Dear diary, today there was enough mist to make me think that I had landed in the Dagobah system.

Anyone wanna rec me some anime? I've got Cowboy Bebop and one about crazy mermaids waiting on my computer right now, and I'm interested in Tsubasa Resevoir. (And having nostalgic feelings about Cardcaptor Sakura, gods help me.)

Life is crazy and busy and stuff, but I get by (with help from reading my flist).
So, er, hello, flist. *waves* Yesterday - and the day before, actually - I had a weekend. And on that weekend I made pancakes, and because geology is lodged in my brain in the same way that a cat is lodged in your lap with claws ever so slightly extended into your delicate flesh, I began to see in my pancakes what I would usually need a microscope and a thin section to witness. My pancakes were euhedral rounded grains that appeared brown under PPL and had no pleochroism. I rotated the saucepan to be sure. I regret to say that I don't know what they might have looked like under XPL - if anyone out there knows, please tell me! They also showed zoning (or possibly growth rings) and inclusions. Or possibly vacuoles. I have named this new mineral pancakite.

And the point of this is: I am the sort of person who sees rock grains in her pancakes, pancake grains in her rocks, and everything in between. As I said: public service announcement. If pancakes or microscopes offend you, read no further. Consider yourself warned.

So a couple of weeks ago my good friend [ profile] agenttrojie  got metaquoted. Congratulations to you, Trojie! Now everyone is posting versions of the Discovery Channel Ad Song  related to whatever they geek out about, and here's mine. Yay geology!

I love rock science
I love geology
I love volcanics
I love petrology
I love the whole world
Core, mantle and the crust
Boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada

I love landmasses
And continental drift
I love subduction
I love mid-ocean rifts
I love convection
It makes the plates go round
Boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada

I love phenocrysts
I love porphyroblasts
I love matrices
I love volcanic clasts
I love thin sections
I love hand specimens
Boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada

I love the earthquakes
I love the fault lines
I love the folding
And syn and anti-clines
I love tectonics
And deformation too
Boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada

I love fiammé
I love (cooled) lava
I love ash layers
And tuff and scoria
I love volcanoes
They're really cool to watch
Boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada

I love the granites
I love the olivines
I love the feldspars
I love the pyroxenes
I love the mantle
It's got some awesome things
Boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada

I love the cross-beds
I love the turbidites
I love the micas
And clays and biotites
I love the sandstones
And shales and mudstones too
Boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada, boom-de-yada...
In which I am a Horrible Person, and there are cupcakes.
Read more... )
Today my afternoon bus was making interesting sounds all the way home, leaving me convinced that I had turned right instead of left at some crucial moment, and was now living in the universe of the Jetsons. ^_^
Oh number pi, oh number pi,
Your digits are unending,
Oh number pi, oh number pi,
No pattern are you sending.
You're three-point-one-four-one-five-nine,
And even more if we had time.
Oh number pi, oh number pi,
For circle lengths unbending.

*(A Pi Approximation Day, anyway. For those of us using the day/month/year system, 22/7 = 3.142857...)
(Not that I'm angry about anything, but this is the only appropriate icon I have.)

Happy Star Wars Day, everyone! Comment with your favourite quote! Me, I have half a dozen of them, but the one I use most is 'I have a very bad feeling about this.' :D
 Happy Easter, everyone! (Or Soul Cake Sunday, whatever you prefer...) Everything went smoothly at the house of El except for the one egg that was left out too long in the sun and melted, but we consider it a sacrifice to the garden. My brother and I had fun looking for the rest of them, though.

Of course, being us, we looked for the rest of the eggs while doing Yipyip impressions.

'Yipyipyipyipyip... egg.'



'Yipyipyipyipyipyip... egg?'


I love my family. :D
At the FOME (uni fantasy club, lovely place) movie night on friday, they were clearly trying to play 'freak out the newbies'. During Shaun of the Dead, one old(ish) member leaned over to me and said, 'Do you know there's BDSM homoerotic Care Bear fanfiction?' Nice try, but my non-fandom friend had no idea what they were talking about, and my time at the PPC and similar places has given me nerves of steel.

I didn't even think. I stared right back at him, and said calmly, 'Do you know that there's Legolas/Treebeard fanfiction?'

They lol'ed. There was mentions of splinters in painful places. I am sure that I am in geek nirvana.

In other news, it's back to Middle-earth month, ABC2 is showing the Ninth Doctor Who series again, and the FOME barbeque brought me to unheard-of levels of geekery yesterday, but they like Yugioh: TAB and xkcd so it's all good. And we're going to the guide dog open day to see puppies!

The next post will come to you from the futuuuuuuure! until then, farewell.
 This is what happens when you have a spare friday night (well, it happened two fridays ago, but let's not split hairs), a love of Doctor Who, and ready access to your brother's old Lego collection. And you also have an innate need to document this by pictures.

Presenting... Lego Who!

From left to right: Lego!Jack, Lego!Doctor and Lego!Martha, ready to save the world - at least the bits of it that are Lego.

I watched Aladdin for the first time last night. Strangely, I've read the book and seen Aladdin and the Prince of Thieves, but I've never seen the original film. I didn't intend to watch it the whole way through, but it grew on me.

For a start, the story about the Disney people doing the Hammertime dance during production was amusing. I'm not so sure about Jafar as the villain. He looks stylish, sure, but I think Iago's the brains of the outfit. Speaking of which: Shakespeare refs ftw! Bro was watching it with me, and we agreed that Abu was acting like a jealous girlfriend most of the time. We thought his voice sounded familiar, and a quick trip to proved it - he's voiced by the same guy who does Nibbler on Futurama. The carpet is my favourite character, because hey, he's a magic sentient carpet, and he can travel at Mach 2.5.

Here is my reasoning:

Distance from Agrabah (which, for this situation, I have assumed to be Baghdad) and the random Chinese temple they visit (Beijing, for the same reasons) = 6300 km

Time taken to travel there = we'll say 2 hours

And as we all know, speed = distance/time = 6300/2 = 3150km/h

Divide by speed of sound (1238km/h) and you get 2.5.

Therefore, Carpet can travel at speeds of up to Mach 2.5. That's awesome.

We are also convinced that Rajah is Shere Khan doing community service.

Thankyou, that is all.
I went to uni and saw a really uber-techy screwdriver there. It had attachments and everything.

Only the fact that it was being used at the time stopped me from, er, 'borrowing' it. :D
My lil' nerdy heart is singing with joy today, and do you know why? My answers got quoted at [community profile] ljdq! Twice! Go see for yourselves! Now I need to be metaquoted and to make a video that becomes a hit on Youtube, and my Internet Geek Trinity will be complete.

Go play the quiz yourself! No actual knowledge necessary! New quiz every tuesday!

(Go, srsly. Reading past quiz answers is half the fun.)

< / pimping >

I am nerdier than 58% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!
This has been cross-posted to [profile] discuss_realm, but since that's f-locked, I'm posting it here as well in case anyone is interested. And also because I think it's the longest post I've written that isn't a fic.

Wait, did I just answer my own question?
All hail the glorious 25th of May! The date of the earth's destruction in one universe, a rebellion in another, and a friday in what by general consensus is called 'the real world'.

Now, I know someone on my flist made icons of both lilacs and towels. I'm sure of it. But I couldn't find the post or remember who actually made the icons, so I played Make Something In Photostudio In Five Minutes Or Less:

Well, I like it.

Truth! Justice! Freedom!

Reasonably Priced Love!

And a Hard-Boiled Egg!

And Knowing Where Your Towel Is!

And nice red uniforms - oh, I'll come in again...


May. 11th, 2006 10:21 pm

Who knew that particle physics could be this cute???



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