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28 September 2009 @ 07:34 pm
Hi, LJ. I've missed you. If your house burned down and the guy in the black hat shot your dog, and your Pa, and your dog's paw, and I totally ignored you, too bad sorry, it's not personal.

I was gone from LJ for long enough that I started to become afraid that I'd never see all the backlog. So I stayed away - for long enough that i KNEW I'd never see the backlog. And THEN I stayed away for long enough that I figured "ah, screw it."

So, I'm back. Hi. I'll be nice and ready for all the flame you like. Once I just finish reading these few old posts....
Current Mood: mischievousmischievous
27 July 2009 @ 03:55 pm
That's right, Thumbsucker, I see you.

The Shocking ConclusionCollapse )

I don't know who these people are, but they know what they're doing, I think.
Current Mood: gigglygiggly
07 July 2009 @ 10:09 pm
SO, as is painfully obvious from the huge gaps between my posts, I much prefer to ramble on in OTHER people's posts.

But this year I have gotten more random shoutouts about my Barfday today than for any three other years combined, and i must say that I find it touching. My feeling touched, however, had nothing to do with my choice of icon.
Current Mood: immature
15 May 2009 @ 01:09 pm

That is all.
Current Mood: chipperchipper
09 April 2009 @ 10:36 pm
Ganked from a friend.

10 reasons why gay marriage is wrong
The following statements are in no way ironic, or satirical -all of them are completely logical--I would never be sarcastic at all....never

1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans.
05 March 2009 @ 03:58 pm
Have you at any time in the past had a nighttime fantasy about a couple of jaunty bandits playing the Question Game?

Can you imagine a new twist to the question game with ADDED limits?

Would you believe that when I awoke this dawn I had fixed in my mind a chat between two men swapping badinage that not only was all in questions, but also contained no instances of that bit of the alphabet between Q and S?

Could one even guess how long I spent talking that way, while I got my child up and out to school?

Would it shock you to find that without the added twist I spoke nothing but questions until ninety minutes had gone -- almost gone by twice?

Do you have any idea how stupefied I sometimes am that they let me continue to walk about loose?

...Well, that last was a gimme, I guess.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased
Current Music: Salsa Celtica
Mmmm, coffee.

See, the question ITSELF is mischievous enough. This was very educational.
Current Mood: inspired
29 October 2008 @ 10:02 am
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Mudita is a Buddhist (Pali and Sanskrit: मुदित) word meaning rejoicing in others' good fortune. Mudita is sometimes considered to be the opposite of schadenfreude.

The term mudita is usually translated as "sympathetic" or "altruistic" joy, the pleasure that comes from delighting in other people's well-being rather than begrudging it. Many Buddhist teachers interpret mudita more broadly as referring to an inner spring of infinite joy that is available to everyone at all times, regardless of circumstances. The more deeply one drinks of this spring, the more secure one becomes in one's own abundant happiness, and the easier it then becomes to relish the joy of other people as well.

The traditional example of the mind-state of mudita is the attitude of a parent observing a growing child's accomplishments and successes.

Mudita is also traditionally regarded as the most difficult of the brahmaviharas to cultivate. To show mudita is to celebrate happiness and achievement in others even when we are facing tragedy ourselves.[1]

The "far enemies" of mudita are jealousy and envy, two mind-states in obvious opposition. Mudita's "near enemy," or quality which superficially resembles mudita but is in fact more subtly in opposition to it, is exhilaration, perceived as a grasping at pleasant experience out of a sense of insufficiency or lack.

Schadenfreude, a german word also used in English, is the exact antonym of Mudita. Schadenfreude is enjoyment taken from the misfortune of someone else.

I've definitely had it some, and it's great. I think we are more capable of understanding something if we are better at describing it. And I'd like to have more of it, and course share it with those who are close to me, to give it to them.

I came across it while trying to see whether any of the major dictionary sites define compersion or frubble (They don't, but reference.com points to Wikipedia. It's a little odd when the the Oxford English Dictionary has never heard of word that's got 300 words in Wikipedia, with lots of useful crosslinks.)

Wikipedia didn't list frubble, which is the UK synonym for compersion, until just now.
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Current Mood: Mudita
23 October 2008 @ 07:41 pm
stolen from everyone

"If you saw me in the back of a police cruiser what would you think I had been arrested for?"
14 August 2008 @ 01:22 pm
Since my last post I've linked to 3 or four other crying songs. I figure I'm stuck with this bloody thing until I post my other two vidsCollapse )
Current Mood: gigglygiggly