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Subject:Will all great Neptune's oceans wash this?
Time:08:39 pm
Today I bought a leather jacket and witnessed what appeared to be the remains of a chicken abortion. When you open up an egg, you don't expect it to be filled with blood and something that must have been a fetus.

I also put dill in the stuffed peppers by mistake. I dread the consequences. Dill is not my thing, and neither is having a cookbook that always tries to flip to the page on cabbage recipes. Of course, I didn't realize it was on the cabbage page again when I added the dill. I've been very scattered and clumsy today. I managed to get a lot done, but lord knows how many things I walked into in the process...
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Subject:MEEP
Time:01:11 pm
Pandemonium (ironically) in trouble!
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Subject:I'll have that with a side of ARRRGH!
Time:01:20 pm
Very upset right now. Computer isn't recognizing its wireless card (hasn't for about a week, but I hadn't done anything about it until today). No problem? Probably just got jostled loose? All I need to do is open it up and resecure it? Probably. That's where the upset part comes in. Y'see, my laptop is a used machine but relatively new to me, so I never noticed before that three of the screws that keep it together have stripped heads!

I hope Masse's Hardware is open today, because I am incredibly annoyed with the situation.
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Time:07:33 pm
Is anyone else as amused as I am that file-sharing sites are always asking users to "please send abuse"?
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Subject:Mégis mieux...
Time:06:30 pm
Current Mood:deeply amused
From István Ormos's article, "Goldziher's Mother Tongue: A Contribution to the Study of the Language Situation in Hungary in the Nineteenth Century":
An uncle of of Goldziher, Mihály Goldzieher (born 1827), moved from Köpcsény to Pest around the middle of the 1840s, and the letters he wrote to his bride around 1860 were "in a Hungarian-German 'macaroni language', such as was spoken by the townspeople of Pest in those days, with the Hungarian words in Roman and the German words in Gothic script". The address was always: "Meine liebste Kedveském! [My dearestGERMAN | darling,HUNGARIAN]". The following sentence may serve as an example: "Felõled álmodám die ganze Nacht. [I dreamt of youHUNGARIAN | all night.GERMAN]" In another branch of the family, the following sentence occurs in the first decades of the twentieth century in Budapest: "Tout égal, de ha nem túl peinlich pour toi, chère maman, ich glaube, mégis mieux, ha magyarúl beszélünk. [It doesn't really matterFRENCH | but if it is not tooHUNGARIAN | embarassingGERMAN | for you, dear motherFRENCH, | I thinkGERMAN | it would nevertheless beHUNGARIAN | betterFRENCH | if we spoke Hungarian.HUNGARIAN]" It should be noted, however, that this last sentence was intended as a joke, an exaggerated mockery of existing habits.

In all honesty, I should admit that that last sentence sounds somewhat like something that would actually be said in my family. We're basically all ADD people who speak a little bit of a lot of languages.
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Subject:Lovecraft + Who = win
Time:03:24 am
There are two catch phrases running through my head right now:

"Are you my mummy?"

and

"I can't wait to vivisect this one."

They have a sort of synergy, don't you think?
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Subject:Nebula haikus
Time:01:12 am
Win! I haven't read all these books, but the haikus are still funny:

1966 - Babel-17
Words describe language;
Language is a weapon - so
Will this book kill me?

1983 - Startide Rising
Dolphins lost in space
Learn an important lesson:
Never trust orcas.

1984 - Neuromancer
1 \X/1|| |-|@><><0|2 j00
\X/17|-| |\/|`/ |_||}3|2|337 $|<1||z0|2$|
This is kind of sad.

1985 - Ender’s Game
Outcast kid genius
Though unpopular, saves Earth
Guess why geeks love this.
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Subject:The usual family squee
Time:07:19 pm
I had a good time. Food was good, and family continues to rock. My father brought me Dutch cheese from his latest visit to The Hague, and my mother brought homemade cranberry sauce and pi pies, one of which she sent home with me. This semester the poor woman is studying Vietnamese, which I do not envy her. Randy is so successful he can't deal with it all (which is jealousy-inducing, but still, you've gotta respect a guy who makes a living selling T-shirts reading "Science: It works, bitches!"), and Ricky, who you will remember previously put together a Tesla coil, recently upgraded to building a forge in his backyard. I think I will go down and visit him this year, and we will rejoice in turn-of-the-century technology together, as well as watch more Arrested Development, which is a very funny show. The often fearsome one, my grandmother, was not on this occasion overly critical, and was pleased to learn that I was giving college a break. Good. I'm pleased too.

I lost my hat the first night I was there, but found it again the last morning I was there half way down the lane. Bless me, had I lost it I would have worn first mourning for a year, then second mourning (involves less crepe) for a few months more, eventually dwindling down to half mourning. Yes, I did spend the journey there and back reading Inside the Victorian Home; how did you guess?
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Subject:is life a boon?
Time:05:37 pm
Joy! After several rather inconveniently timed days, I am no longer violently ill. My room and my life are utter messes currently, but now if I chose to get up off my ass and do something about it, I would not end up on the floor alongside the rest of the mess. Am total slacker, but am totally healthy slacker!
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Subject:I'm enjoying these Victorian publications far too much
Time:05:05 am
From various 1845 issues of the Scientific American:

The war with Mexico has blown over for the present. The Mexicans are not ready to fight.

On fashion.Collapse )

A girl belonging to Wrentham, Mass. has been sentenced to sixty days in the house of correction, for pretending to be a witch."

On health and science.Collapse )

"As dull as a hoe," is a very common phrase, and implies that hoes are necessarily or ordinarily dull. But it is advisable for farmers to keep their hoes sharp, as they regard a saving of labor.

On words and music.Collapse )

TOO SMALL FOR THE PRICE.—It is reported by our agents that our paper is generally well received, and that the only objection is that "it is too small for the price." We can assure the stupid, senseless boobies who make this assertion, that we could afford the paper at one-half its present price, if we were to fill two pages with advertisements, and the balance with the ordinary newspaper material; but that, on the contrary[...]

On exotic lands.Collapse )

Three Pecks of Snakes!

At Birmingham, Conn. on Tuesday of last week, some young men, while hunting in the woods, discovered a den of crawling reptiles, counting seventy-six in number, and measuring three pecks,
dry measure. They were too much chilled to be harmful, and were put into a box to be sent to "this market."

On the English.Collapse )

It is proposed and urged by the papers in several States, to have a thanksgiving day throughout the Union, on the 26th of November.

And on the good old USA.Collapse )
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