When we arrived home on Saturday night (not long before midnight, after a wonderful evening with [livejournal.com profile] littleredhead and [livejournal.com profile] groundctrl! :)) I found a package from my brother, Hawk.

cut for the huge )
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( Oct. 11th, 2008 05:40 am)
Project Gutenberg just released Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates - I haven't even got past the gorgeous illustrations, I must share these!

Pyle claims (and I'm not sure I belive him*) that before they developed into pirates, the buccaneers survived by buccanning meat - hunting alone, shooting wild cattle, and drying the meat - but that the Spanish who were settled in the area (Tortuga and the mainland nearby) got sick of all these French sailors wandering around and started hunting them...

the buccaneers began to combine together for self-protection, and out of that combination arose a strange union of lawless man with lawless man, so near, so close, that it can scarce be compared to any other than that of husband and wife. When two entered upon this comradeship, articles were drawn up and signed by both parties, a common stock was made of all their possessions, and out into the woods they went to seek their fortunes; thenceforth they were as one man; they lived together by day, they slept together by night; what one suffered, the other suffered; what one gained, the other gained. The only separation that came betwixt them was death, and then the survivor inherited all that the other left. And now it was another thing with Spanish buccaneer hunting, for two buccaneers, reckless of life, quick of eye, and true of aim, were worth any half dozen of Spanish islanders.

(*I'm not sure I believe him because I can't imagine A) one guy being able to haul out a wild cow to a good drying-place, or B) guys ever wanting to hunt alone - don't guys always group together to hunt? It's instinct, right? But I like his hypothesis re the articles being like marriage. :))
or if you feel so inclined, an outright gift. 

I do want an icon that goes with my Victorian Boys stories.  I have two problems:

1) I have a lame photo manip program and I suck with photo manip (of course maybe it I got a better one I might not have such a bad time).

2) It's really freaking difficult to find pictures of Black kids in Victorian outfits.  Ethan Phipps, if it wasn't obvious from my first description of him, is supposed to look to some extent African descended.  And thinnish.

But, despite all that, I found a couple of pictures.  So I'm wondering; how difficult would this be?

pictures of boys, whoo hoo )


The sketch is by [livejournal.com profile] twirlynoodle, and the crappy adaptation to icon is all my fault. 

My roses are melting.  *le sigh*

I'm trying to read "Let's All Kill Constance" by Ray Bradbury, and finding it very forced. And it's leading me into the temptation to write all in nonsequiters. I should probably go back to finishing up Jules Vern's "To the Moon and Around the Moon." (Okay, I know I haven't got that title quite right. But it's close.)
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (xmsratbl)
( Dec. 16th, 2006 08:46 am)
Cool idea - Open ID lets people from other blogging sites leave comments on your livejournal with their other blog ID, or even read your friends locked posts if you allow them to.

Someone set up an LJ in the name [livejournal.com profile] anonymous.  It's a no-brainer joke, but there's a bunch of really stupid people who think that lj user=anonymous is the person who anonymously posted something mean on their journals.  That is scary. 

I was hoping there was a community called anonymous.  I imagined it would be a lot like Post Secret. 

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] holyschist I spent possibly an hour reading Nathan Castle's Nude Rollerdisco of Comics.  I think I read all of them - Melaines Choles (existential angst), Seamonster (sweet human folly, but then gets creepy and sad at the end), Great and Small (ironic and odd stories of animal/human interactions during WWII, but the last frame nearly made me cry) and Squid Gideon (which I actually thought was really amusing in a meta-humor way.  I love meta-humor.  I'm a dork. :)) - and that hour even included pauses for reflection.  I'd say it was an hour well-spent. 

I think I need to turn the conversation at the beginning of "Seamonster" into an animated icon. 

And did I mention how much I loved Looks To Alaska's response to my lament about honor duels being not okay in today's world?

there is a NEED for Honor Duels......
in today's world we sadly settle for the random ass kicking or drive by........

It's sad.  Sad.  Isn't it?  I think it goes right along with our loss of respect for craftsmanship.  We have no artisans, now, just Wal-Mart and drive-by-shootings.  It's no wonder I have a thing for those gay Victorians. 

Something else, there was something else much more important I was going to say...  Oh, right, gosh, how could I forget!  I'm staring at a picture of a rabbit which has taken up residence in the typing stand on my desk.  The picture has taken up residence, that is.  The rabbit is in the picture.  Get the picture?  Yes, like the impatient child I am, I tore open your gift as soon as it arrived, [livejournal.com profile] daegaer, and didn't stop to wait for Hogswatch morning.  It's a very lovely picture! :)  As too, was the card. :)  Cute little cottages.  I'll take that with me to my real estate agent, Afa Twoshoes,* and tell him I want a house like that.  Only with trees around.  And I want it for $135,000.  ;)

*The other day my co-worker came in with two shoes on.  They were both black, but they didn't match. :)
His other job is real-estate agent, and he's constantly pushing me to buy a house, so I string him along a little for the fun of the conversation, but basically I tell him that I want to live in town and pay the same for a mortgage as I do for rent.
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (bertietea)
( Jun. 2nd, 2006 08:09 am)
I just bought a paid account.  why?  Because I made one more icon and didn't have room for it.  (I know, the text is fuzzy - I'm not very good at making icons.)

It was confusing to see my journal style now continuing through all my pages.  I was so used to knowing when I was 'behind the scenes,' in a place where I could edit and look at comments, because it went into the default style.

Wholly shite there's so much more I can do with paid accounts!
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
( May. 25th, 2006 09:21 am)
Gasping out of sleep
Half hour before the alarm
Full lungs want chai tea

Inspired (challenged?) by [livejournal.com profile] daegaer.  Well, it's just the start of my day.  It took me forever to get around to making the chai (and no milk - I can't have that when my lungs are acting up.)  It did seem to help a bit.  Make me cough, anyway.  I put in black pepper, white pepper and chili - it couldn't help but make me cough. :)  Also cloves, cardamom pods, cinnamon, whittled ginger, all in a base of lapsang souchong, with two tablespoons of honey.  I feel like a witch doctor. 
A birthday card for you!  (My artistic talents are meager, but it was drawn with love.:))

not work safe )


derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
Curried Goat in a paper cup


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