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* I keep forgetting to post about this, but there's a Count of Monte Cristo read-along going on! There's a whole collection of people reading it, but I've been keeping to the speed of the FFA readalong (central post here), which means I'm only up to Chapter 11. It's not too late to join! Chapter 11 represents about 10% of the way through, so you can easily catch up.

I'm very familiar with the general story of the Count of Monte Cristo, having seen several movie versions, the Wishbone episode, and Gankutsuou (the space opera AU anime, yes, this is a real thing that exists and is surprisingly faithful to the story, to the best of my knowledge), but I've never actually read it before. I've been told there are a lot of cool things in the unabridged version that usually get left out, including runaway lesbians, so I'm excited for that.

* Today I saw The Girl on the Train, which was fairly good. I found it neither as confusing nor as dumb as I'd been warned, but I can't say it's my favorite movie of the month either. I'd recommend it, but only if you have a particular interest in thrillers. Mainly I saw it because I need to do anything that involves a lot of sitting, because:

* Tuesday evening I had foot surgery, although that sounds way too dramatic for the reality of the experience – I sat in a chair for 10 minutes while a doctor cut off a mole that looked suspicious and stitched up the hole. They sent me home with the promise that I should be able to get around normally, if a bit slow and sore. Instead I woke up Wednesday with my foot swollen horribly and have since been unable to put any weight on it at all. Since I otherwise feel fine, I can get around short distances by hopping, but that limits my activities, as I'm sure you can imagine. I tried a cane! ... the cane did not help. It turns out you still need to be able to balance briefly on the injured foot to use a cane. I need a crutch, but I keep thinking that I'll be better soon, and I don't really want to buy one to use for only 6 hours before it becomes unnecessary. We'll see how I feel tomorrow.
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FYI: I am leaving for vacation for the next week – beach, whooo! Though New Jersey beach, so not that exciting. I will have internet access, but I probably won’t be keeping up with everything as much as usual. If there’s something you post that you really want me to see, feel free to email or leave a comment with a link! Also, apologies if I owe you email; I am so far behind on email and am probably going to be even moreso while I’m away.
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I never know quite how to write these posts – "here's a thing that was stressing me out, but now it's over and I have no particular need of help or advice!" – but I feel like I should write them, if only because, I dunno, I like to know about what's going on in my friend's lives, so I assume they feel the same about me. So! If this sounds kinda awkward, that's why, not because I particularly mind talking about it.

Cut for some minor medical stuff )

On the other hand, I did get a lot of reading done! Both clinics I visited seemed to be in the midst of some sort of crisis, and I ended up spending a total of five hours in waiting rooms. Which was annoying, but you know, better me than someone with kids to pick up or who gets paid by the hour at their job.
brigdh: (I need things on a grander scale)
[livejournal.com profile] dhampyresa posted: When you see this post, feel encouraged to post something in your journal. Short or long, trivial or profound, it doesn't matter, just something. And if you like, you can pass on the token by copying this notice at the bottom of your post.

And so I suppose I will post too!

It's raining an excessive amount here today, which on the one hand: blugh, what a gray, cold, rainy day. But on the other hand, I finally have an excuse to wear my new rain boots! I bought them back in... March, I think? And hadn't had a reason to wear them until today. I think they'll mostly be useful once the snow comes (though I dread that day) but today is such a swamp I figured I'd wear them anyway. And I only got soaked above the boots and below my jacket, so: success!

In case anyone has missed all the many announcements about it, it's nominations week for Yuletide. (Yuletide is a Christmas-timed exchange for fic from small fandoms. If you love a book or movie that only has a few stories written about it, this is your chance to ask for more!) You have until tomorrow to nominate any fandoms you want. I nominated Benjamin January (unsurprisingly) with Ben, Rose, Hannibal and Ayasha (mostly because someone else had already nominated Shaw); The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal; and Heian era RPF (Murasaki Shikibu and Sei Shonagon). Though at least one of those choices was because people had already nominated things I'm thinking of asking for. I haven't entirely decided what to request yet; there's so many excellent things to choose!

Anyway. Yuletide! Who else is excited?
brigdh: (<3)
I have my first smartphone! :D I know, I know, I'm way behind everyone else. So far I've gotten really into Words with Friends (my username is Brigdh1, if anyone wants to play), even though I think the peak popularity of that was several years ago. I also have set up an instagram, noparagraph, where so far I have posted all of one photo (of my cat. Of course. It's the internet!).

So, people with more experience of smartphones than me (ie: everyone), tell me what your favorite apps are, or other cool things I should do with my new toy. I have an Android, if it matters.
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Completely stolen from [livejournal.com profile] just_ann_now
Last Things Meme

1. Thing that you read - The last book I read was "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith. The last fic I read was chapter six of this bandom AU that I don't even know why I'm reading, I don't know who any of these people are, but it's strangely compelling.

2. Thing that you watched - The first episode of 'Sleepy Hollow' on Monday night. I don't watch a lot of TV. If internet video counts, the most recent episode of the Ask A Slave webseries, which is HILARIOUS and you should all watch it.

3. Thing that you listened to - "Shove It", Santigold

4. Thing that you wore - Does what I'm wearing now count, or is it supposed to be the previous thing I was wearing? Anyway, now I'm wearing jeans, brown boots, an orange t-shirt with a fox on it, and a brown jacket.

5. Thing that you ate - A turkey sandwich with brie, pesto, and cranberries.

6. Thing that you wanted - Pork belly bao from a local dumpling restaurant. But I'm in the wrong part of town for that, so turkey sandwich instead.

7. Thing that made you happy - The amazing S'More Ice cream I bought I pint of the other day. IT IS SO GOOD.

8. Thing that made you sad - My favorite coffee shop's announcement that they're closing early today and not opening again till Monday, forcing me to go to far inferior coffee shops.

9. Thing that made you worry - The possibility that I have TB? (I'm going to find out on Monday! I got tested today.)

10. Thing that you're looking forward to - finishing my dumb [livejournal.com profile] polybigbang fic that I am so not enjoying writing at the moment.
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It's my birthday, yay!

I'm getting so old! This is the last year of my twenties. What will I do when I have to be an adult? (Also, ha, I think everyone I know who still is reading LJ is older than me, which I suppose proves that the answer is just 'continue to have fun as before'.)

Yo!

Apr. 11th, 2012 07:29 am
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So, I'm not dead! Nor have I abandoned LJ. I just, uh, went to rural India for three months and forgot to mention to LJ that I was doing so.

As a side note, I don't want to give the impression that India doesn't have internet access. I am still in India at the moment, in fact, and the internet is here and easily accessible. More so than in the US, perhaps, since India has these amazing things called 3G tabs, which appear indistinguishable from a regular thumb drive. But 3G tabs allow you to plug them into a laptop and thus connect to broadband internet anywhere, anytime (well, okay, not anywhere. You've got to be in a large enough city that it has a good 3G network). Why do we not have this technology in the West? Between this and the invention of cold coffee with ice cream, India is the new superpower of my heart.

But archaeology tends to happen in extremely remote areas, and rural India is much like rural anywhere: not known for its wifi hotspots.

As for how I managed to forget to post about something like that, let's just say that it turns out that Seasonal Affective Disorder is not just a one-time thing. Who knew! I am now morally obligated to start acquiring drugs as soon as October starts. (Still, another thing India has: sunlight!)

But I've missed you, LJ! How are you all? What's been happening? I hear American politics and the media has gone a little crazy, re: birth control/Santorum/Republican nomination/basically everything. Here the major scandals involve a General's birthday (don't even google it; it is the most boring news story ever and yet somehow people have been writing thousand-word articles about it every week for months) and cellphone networks (also boring).

Also, I've succumbed and finally signed up for twitter. I'm not going to be doing the thing where I post my tweets to LJ, so if you're interested, you can follow me at @brigdhs or click this link. I think? I'm not sure how this works yet. And let me know if you have a twitter, so I can follow you!

Kiva

Aug. 3rd, 2011 02:10 pm
brigdh: (happiness is a kind of holiness)
Kiva.org, which most of you have probably heard of, is a very cool organization, which allows you to lend microloans to people over the world, who are starting businesses, farming, making crafts, etc. As the person uses that money to improve their circumstances, they repay the loan, allowing you to lend money to someone else.

Right now, however, Kiva is having a sale where you can lend $25 to anyone on the site - for free! And if 5 of you do it through my invitation, then I get a t-shirt. But more importantly: helping people! Just by signing up! If you're interested, here's the link.

Updates

Jul. 21st, 2011 02:49 pm
brigdh: (look how I got you bitches rockin' to it)
So, to follow up on the we're-looking-for-an-apartment post, we have found one! It's in Greenwood Heights, which seems like a nice neighborhood, though I don't know much about it. I'm excited to move to Brooklyn, since I haven't lived there before, and a lot of my friends do.

Hopefully now I will finally, finally, finally catch up with LJ, since I am no longer dealing with looking at apartments/finding brokers/parents in town/teaching all at the same time. It is SO EXCITING to have a weekend where I have enough time to write my lectures for the week ahead, instead of doing them all the night before, I CANNOT EVEN TELL YOU. Which is kind of pathetic? But happy-making!

Anyway, Brooklyn! Does any have any recommendations for restaurants/stores/coffee-shops in the area, or other feelings about it?

Moving

Jul. 11th, 2011 09:54 pm
brigdh: (the city)
So, as a result of the whole robbery thing, plus the building owners being even more unbelievably shitty than I had previously realized (among other things, they have still not fixed the window the burglars came through, meaning we have had plywood covering it for a week and a half now), we're looking to move. Today we went to see our first apartments. There was one that was very nice- huge, lots of light, nice building- but I'm sort of uncertain on if we should wait to see more. This apartment is in Washington Heights at 170 and Broadway. Has anyone lived there? Have feelings on the neighborhood?
brigdh: (She scythes names like herbs)
I know I haven't posted in about two weeks, but that is because my life has been crazy.

My grandfather died, my apartment was robbed (of, among other things, my laptop with the un-backed-up syllabus and information for the class I was teaching in a week), I went to Ohio for the funeral, two (of three) guys were arrested for the robbery so I had to go testify in court, I got a new laptop, my class started and I had no time to do anything other than furiously rewrite my lectures and find new scans of the readings, I went to Boston for four days. Whew.

And so in all that, I have not been entirely keeping up with LJ. But now, finally, I'm back! So, what all's been happening with you?
brigdh: (MWAAAAAAH!)
[livejournal.com profile] rm and I have been having this argument discussion for years, and I need to ask your opinion. Also, I'm totally not going to sway your opinion by telling you that Ohio is in the East Coast timezone.

[Poll #1733722]

ETA: I mean culturally, not geographically (though obviously the two are linked).
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\o/ I HAVE MY COMPUTER BACK OMG IT IS SO EXCITING. \o/

So, my laptop broke about a week before I left India; I suspect it was due to the difference in electric power between there and here, as I had a transformer but not a converter (or maybe the other way around. I can never remember which word refers to which device. At any rate, I had the thing that changes the shape of the plug but not the thing which changes the actual amount of electricity coming through). Anyway, my laptop went from 'slightly wonky but no different than it's been since the first day here in India' to 'hey, I'm totally not even going to turn on' overnight. Which was distressing. I had an appointment to drop it off at an Apple store the first full day I was in NYC, and they thought it would take 5 to 7 days to fix. Unfortunately, I did not get it back until 9 days later. 9 days! Of no internet or the files I needed to work! Okay, so my girlfriend did in fact generously share her laptop, but you know: the keyboard was the wrong size, and it didn't have my bookmarks, and it was ALL WRONG. WRONG. My problems are totally real, you guys.

Anyway, I finally have my laptop back, and the world is wonderful. And in Apple's defense, although they did take way too long, in addition to fixing the logic board (which is what had broken), they also replaced the battery and the keyboard (which had gotten a little cracked) for no additional charge. Which is pretty awesome.

One of the things I can do, now that I have my laptop and its files back, is post poetry! April is National Poetry Month, as y'all probably know, and I usually use this as an excuse to post poetry. But I did not have the file where I keep my favorite poems until now, meaning I had to Suffer In Silence. Woe! Anyway. Poetry!


The Lights Are On Everywhere - Charles Simic

The Emperor must not be told night is coming.
His armies are chasing shadows,
Arresting whippoorwills and hermit thrushes
And setting towns and villages on fire.

In the capital, they go around confiscating
Clocks and watches, burning heretics,
And painting the sunrise over the rooftops
While the people wish each other good morning.

The rooster brought in chains is crowing.
The flowers in the garden have been made to stay open,
And still dark stains appear on palace floors
Which no amount of scrubbing can wipe away.

Remix!

Apr. 12th, 2011 07:04 pm
brigdh: (heart of light)
My laptop broke while I was in India, and is away being fixed. While I (self-evidently) still have internet access, I am super picky about computers, and I'm spending most of my day going 'Wahhh, this keyboard is too big for my fingers!' 'Wahhh, I want my bookmarks!' 'Wahh, I want to download stuff, but if I download it to this computer, I'll just have to download it again when I get my own back!' and various other petty problems.

So anyway! I managed to sign up for Remix, because I luckily happened to glance at LJ the last day of sign-ups and so heard about it. I have totally not even begun, though. I haven't even read any of my assignments stories yet! I am simultaneously excited (because I like the fandom I got matched on, and my assignment seems to write the characters and pairings I like, and I always love Remix) and worried (because OMG DEADLINE SO SOON). Who else signed up? How's your stories coming along?

Yay!

Apr. 10th, 2011 04:33 pm
brigdh: (the city)
I am back in America! It is very exciting to be home, since it's been about seven months since I was able to spend more than five days here. Not that I don't like traveling, but Jesus, that is a long time.

Also! It's my birthday! (Not coincidentally, since I had to try hard to be back from India in time for the day.) Tell me you love me.

Things!

Dec. 13th, 2010 10:59 pm
brigdh: (MWAAAAAAH!)
1. Tomorrow I head home to NYC. I did not see anywhere near as much of England and Wales as I wanted to, which is my own fault for continually procrastinating on figuring out train schedules and such, but is still sad. Someday I will be back! Until then, wish me luck with flights and trains and such, because apparently it is snowing enormous amounts in the US?

2. Evidence of enormous amounts of snow: the Metrodome roof collapsed! This video seriously seems more like special effects than reality.

3. Speaking of returning to New York, Ellen Kushner is doing a reading of a new Riverside story tomorrow night, but I think there's no way I could make it from the airport in time (even if the enormous snow does not cause flight delays), so I am sad. But other NYC people should go! Details here.

4. AHHHH PACKING. I hate all these limits; there's no way I'm sneaking in under 50 pounds. I have to hope I can have two carry-ons, although the instructions are very confusing (the airline tells me to check Heathrow's regulations; Heathrow tells me to check the airline's regulations).

5. There's a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out! The trailer looks fantastic! THERE ARE MERMAIDS. I am so excited! I'm less into whatever this romance is between Jack and some new character, although Penelope Cruz as sword-fighting lady seems potentially awesome.

6. I posted a story this morning! I'm quite proud of it, actually, so you should read it: Marks (Swordspoint, Richard/Alec, PG-13).
brigdh: (holier than thou)
1. I have finally seen the new BBC Sherlock! Thoughts and Vague Spoilers )

2. Have you seen the trailer for The Eagle? Because if not, you should watch it right now. It is possibly the slashiest movie ever. I became a member of the fandom about 1:06 in, when the cynical guy tries to slit the throat of the other guy, and then they bond. HELLO MY FAVORITE STORY TROPES, HOW ARE YOU. I cannot wait for this move to come out.

3. I was in London yesterday, walking down the street, when I heard someone call my name. I dismissed it at first, because, well, I don't know anyone in London. But it turned out to be a friend from school (who is himself supposed to be in China right now, to make it even weirder), also walking down a street in London. And not even a particularly tourist-y part of London! My life is so random sometimes.

4. What Teachers Make (video). Spoken word poem by Taylor Mali. Really wonderful.

5. I have no context for this picture (apparently it's from a production of Twelfth Night?) but it is AMAZING.

6. Still working on that story.

Things

Nov. 28th, 2010 08:02 pm
brigdh: (the memory of a million vanished stars)
1. OH MY GOD IT IS SO COLD HERE. It snowed enormous amounts (okay, like, an inch. Maybe two) in Cardiff on Friday, and I very nearly induced frostbite in my toes in the process of discovering that my boots are not waterproof. On the one hand, this means I do not have to feel guilty about throwing them away when I head back to the US and don't have space in my luggage for them. On the other hand, I may not be able to last that long with hole-y boots.

2. Today I am in London, where it has not snowed, but is EVEN COLDER than Cardiff, OMG. Have I mentioned that I hate winter? Just in case you didn't know.

3. I am staying in an AMAZING hotel right now. The room we had reserved was not ready when we checked it, so we got bumped up to a suite-like thing, and it is enormous and fantastic and I feel very decadent.

4. Yesterday we went to Cardiff castle, which is actually more of a Victorian mansion than a castle, having been entirely remodeled in the late 1800s. I've been in a lot of old mansions and museums and historical tours and that sort of thing, but I have never before been in a building where I literally could not imagine it as a single-family home. It was just... unreal. I mean, look at this. That is the ceiling of their sitting room! And not even their main sitting room. My mind cannot comprehend such a lifestyle.

5. I am working on a story that's making me really happy. I'll probably be looking for a beta in a day or two, so let me know if anyone's interested. I'll post more details when I'm closer to the point where I won't be embarrassed for other people to look at it.
brigdh: (winter is coming)
It is in the thirties and people are sitting outside at tables to eat! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH. I do not understand.

Also (while I'm being childish), it is in the thirties! I thought the whole deal with me coming here was that the winter was not going to be as extreme as in NYC? Where it is probably also in the thirties, I know, shut up. Because weather is clearly way more important than, you know, my studies.

So, what is bothering you all today?

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