athenaltena: (chie)
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I'm gonna defer to an episode of Kino no Tabi called "The Land of Shared Pain" for my answer to this one. Long story short, an entire country gains the ability to read each other's thoughts, their civilization ends up getting run by robots because they can't stand to be around anyone and have to live by themselves since they hear every single negative thought anyone has about anybody else, so they'll basically all die off in a generation. Kind of extreme, but I think there's something to it.
athenaltena: (Rider)
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I like it, though I did get some grief over it as a kid with people making rude nicknames from it, and to this day some people still pronounce it "Rose-Marie", shorten it without my permission (the rule of thumb is that you can call me Rose or Ro only if I give you permission or refer to myself as that when I introduce myself, otherwise I'm Rosemary) or mangle it in some way, like one idiot I worked with who once called me Anne-Marie, which is nowhere close (I should add that he'd worked with me for over a year at that point, so he really had no excuse).

I don't think I'd change it, since I'm pretty much the only person my age who has it and I think it fits me well. I can't think of any others that would work. I recently had someone comment on all the plants I have in my apartment, and all I could say was "Well, what do you expect with a name like mine?"
athenaltena: (Bored)
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See this and this for my take on the subject.
athenaltena: (-_-)
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Funny you should mention that, since just the other day the (one) ex girlfriend I have from high school found me on Facebook. I've yet to respond and I'm probably just going to ignore the request, since I don't need the knowledge that she's following everything I do hovering over me.

Not to mention that she was the one who broke it off in the first place (after only a week and one date, I might add) and rebounded with someone else at the speed of light, so I don't get the sense that she never gave a damn about me then and probably doesn't now (if she even remembers who I am). And to reiterate the point of this, I just don't need that sort of thing now that I have a better life and a committed relationship, the last thing I want is to dig up old crap that I buried a long time ago.

Facebook: Allowing people you never thought you'd have to think about again bug you with a click of a button.
athenaltena: (Hokuto pink)
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Well certainly this currently playing song, "Back in Black" by AC/DC. Great summer driving. Beyond that, let's see what other songs I can come up with for just going down the highway to...

Blur - Song 2 (stereotypical really, but there's nothing like hitting high gear to that one)
Led Zeppelin - Over The Hills And Far Away
Foo Fighters - The Pretender
The Killers - All These Things That I've Done
Oasis - Roll With It
Learning to Fly - Pink Floyd
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Make You Feel Better
The Rolling Stones - Tumbling Dice
Shinedown - Sound of Madness
Soundgarden - My Wave
Can't Get Away - Third Eye Blind
One Headlight - The Wallflowers

The main thing about many of these is they have a real driving baseline, no pun intended. :P I did actually save this one for any trips I might take later. I do like my rock when driving.
athenaltena: (chie)
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I can't find the video, but there was a commercial for Visa that had a little girl buying two rabbits at a pet store. The dad tries to pay with a check, but the clerk needs to phone it in. As he says this the rabbits look at each other and Barry White starts playing, and then we see the little girl with a surprised face. In the next frame the clerk has to see his ID, and there are twice as many rabbits in the cage. This continues until the rabbits multiply so that the dad has rabbits on his shoulders and they eventually have so many that they're running around in the street. The best shot of the whole commercial is the little girl's face when she sees what the first two rabbits are doing. Great visual humor.
athenaltena: (Bored)
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Possum demon?
athenaltena: (Touko)
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1. I have AB- blood
2. I have never broken a bone
3. My middle name is the same as my girlfriend's first name
athenaltena: (Eriol)
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Cell. Phones. See my rant from the other day for a perfect example. Long story short, I'm in line in the bathroom, woman is talking on cell phone in a stall taking up the stall for minutes on end while I'm waiting. That and the TMI discussions I so often overhear living on campus. Really, people, wait until you get home to talk about that.
athenaltena: (weird)
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Talking. Hands down. Not to mention that my phone plan is 25 cents/minute while a single text is 20 cents. It's simply more economical to talk on the phone since you can get the same amount of info across in a minute that could cost you quite a bit more through a series of texts. Not to mention that if you're in a situation where you can't talk, you probably shouldn't be talking in the first place, so save it until later when you can (I'm mainly thinking of being in class, and people who text in class annoy the hell out of me). That's my philosophy.
athenaltena: (Bored)
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The toilet at work once wouldn't flush due to a problem with the handle, so I used a rubber band to attach it to the lever that causes the tank to empty. Last time I was there it was still in place, so I'm rather proud of that one. Since the booth there leaked when it rained I also figured out a system using trash bags to catch the water and route it outside.
athenaltena: (0_0)
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"Uh oh."
athenaltena: (Hakkai)
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A couple of years ago at my former job (sorry, I can't resist saying that) I found a bunch of books that someone had thrown away. We tended to find a lot of stuff like that, but this was especially ridiculous since they looked brand new and didn't look that bad content wise. I brought them home and have read a few of them, and I have no idea why someone would throw those away short of being a tremendous idiot (which given what most of our customers were like, is entirely a possibility).

I also once found an unopened set of windshield wipers, which coincidentally were the right size for my car, which I appropriated. The general rule is that if someone tosses something it's free game, though we did keep some stuff around for a few days in case it was left accidentally.
athenaltena: (lgbt)
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Short answer: No.

Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

(Sorry, I couldn't resist making a Zero Punctuation reference)

Okay, now the real long answer: What person wants the government saying that you can't marry who you want, providing they're of legal age, be they black, white, man, woman, more than one of the above? It falls into the "none of anyone else's business" category, or more properly right to privacy and life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not to mention separation of church and state, and I don't just say this because I have a vested interest in this issue.

I was hoping that at this point the "slippery slope" argument would not work on this issue anymore since Massachusetts has certainly disproven that one (and in fact our economy got a significant boost from allowing gays to marry, something most states need at this point) but people keep using it. Basically, as long as everyone who participates is legally able to and there's no sort of extortion going on, do whatever the hell you want, I don't care and no one else should either.

*gets off soapbox*
athenaltena: (Ponderous Haruhi)
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Somewhat. A related subject that I was talking with someone about recently had to do with how men and women navigate differently. Women tend to go by landmarks, while men tend to be more about the specific turns taken and the distances between two points. I know I certainly use landmarks a lot (especially in Boston) but I'm not sure about the men I know, since my dad seems to do it all internally.
athenaltena: (androgyny)
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In no particular order (as of right now)...

1. Echoes Silence Patience and Grace - The Foo Fighters
2. It Won't Be Soon Before Long - Maroon 5
3. Life in Slow Motion - David Gray
4. Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself
5. Poses - Rufus Wainwright
6. What's the Story Morning Glory - Oasis
7. Year Zero - Nine Inch Nails
8. Californication - The Red Hot Chili Peppers
9. My Private Nation - Train
10. Surfacing - Sarah McLachlan
athenaltena: (Books)
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My parents never specifically forbade me from reading anything (being cool like that and likely trusting me to make decisions like that on my own) but I do recall one thing with an aunt of mine who was talking about the book Running With Scissors. I probably would have been about 15 at the time and asked if I could have a look at the back cover. She actually took the book out of its paper cover-thing (I have a bit of a fever so forgive me for not remembering the right word) and just handed me that to look at, since apparently she thought that even letting me hold the actual book was equivalent to handing me a machete. Granted in retrospect that book apparently is sort of very messed up, but I remember being pretty baffled that she actually did that.
athenaltena: (cat)
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Don't drive. I'm moving out to Boston tomorrow and not bringing my car, so that'll save me a pretty penny on gas.

In all seriousness, I grew up in an area where you couldn't walk to the store (the nearest is about 5 miles away, the nearest gas station even more, all over hills) but people can still buy better cars with better mileage and ditch the gas-guzzlers. And I mean the big ones. I used to drive a 1997 Rav4 that go 25-30 mpg, so it's possible to still have utility without high fuel costs.

It's not entirely the fault of the consumer, but no one really needs a Hummer if they're not in the Army and need all that stuff. And I think pretty soon they'll have plug in hybrids and people will catch on that we really can't keep using oil and gas in the same way for much longer.
athenaltena: (evil laugh)
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Superman or someone like Wonder Woman or the Green Lantern, so they could fly us back to civilization. Problem solved. :D
athenaltena: (chibi me)
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I think Ireland would be my first choice. As much as I love Japan, the language adjustment would probably be too steep and I'd feel like too much of an outsider, and besides that there's already a sense of homeliness with Ireland considering that my ancestors on both sides came from there. That and I know that their economy is doing well right now, so at least as of last year there are lots of jobs, and the whole country just seems like it would be a lovely place to live. I've also mentally toyed with the idea of renting a house out there when I get older. (Course this is in the far future -- if at all -- so no hitting me up to borrow it yet! :P)

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