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...ew. Coffee ought not to be chewy. *chews*

I'm getting the hang of calling people. It's considerably less daunting now than it was this time last week.

I'm still overrun with work. I know, I know - I shouldn't be on LJ, but even an overworked mite with an LJ addiction needs a break, once in a while.
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Today's entry brought to you by [livejournal.com profile] ockyflam.

Why I have a good opinion of Robert Pattinson, even though I don't think he's good looking. For serious. You should click on the link. Do eeeet. It'll make you laugh, or at least snort derisively in Stephanie Meyer's direction every time somebody mentions Twilight in your vicinity. :D

So, what's new, f-list? Looking forward to the weekend? I know I am.

Fail!kitty forgot to bring her USB key today. The one which contained the data essential for a meeting with honours supervisor to discuss article, which was scheduled for today. *facepalm* We've moved it to Monday. I AM NOT ALLOWED TO BE A FAILBOT ON MONDAY, GUYS. PLEASE PROD ME IF YOU SUSPECT I NEED HELP TO ACHIEVE THIS: YOU ARE PROBABLY CORRECT.
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I know this is up on [livejournal.com profile] daily_bob, but honestly, this has put me into such a good mood that I had to share.

Presenting: Happy!Bob-with-epic-grin- \o/ - and-bonus-Frankie.

Frank and Bob-with-epic-grin

My glee knows no bounds. Oh, boys.
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I JUST BOUGHT TICKETS FOR [livejournal.com profile] heffiethedragon [livejournal.com profile] dzurlady [livejournal.com profile] therathasspoken AND ME TO GO SEE MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE IN SYDNEY, THE NIGHT BEFORE SOUNDWAVE.



Pete Wentz, how so adorable?
J-14: A lot of your lyrics are very deep and personal -- what is it like to hear Patrick Stump singing the words you wrote?
Pete: They make more sense to me. It's like I find the anthropological site and then he's the one who identifies the dinosaur -- he puts the pieces together. It's more therapeutic to me to watch somebody else do that and sing them. He also has the voice of a cute little angel.

In non-bandom news, [livejournal.com profile] gabyvarius was a star of the show last night, looking sumptuous in [livejournal.com profile] de_chel's corset. Damn, but she looked hot. Well done, sweetie - it was a fun night, and thanks for driving me home!

Camp starts tonight. Part of me is rejoicing, and part of me wants to crawl away and sleep.

Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. So.

I have my morning coffee perched faithfully beside me (I bypassed Mark-the-Belgian-coffee-maker this morning, in favour of catching the next train so I could get to work on time so I could secure tickets. I FORSOOK MORNING COFFEE FOR MCR, YOU GUYS. MY LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDS.), so I am now set to face the day. Also, I may now go into hiding from the Society For The Protection Of Capslock Keys. Aha, sorry f-list.
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Wow, I'm bored stupid. Friday afternoons are so sleepy around here that they verge on comatose.

*chokes and splutters*

It's shaping up to be a quiet weekend. Claire and I plan to engage in the fine sport of couch sitting and marathon movie watching this evening; I'm staying the night because her parents are out of town, and we can stay up late unhindered by any demands but our own sleep requirements. And, I suppose, the bunny. He's a very quiet bunny, mostly.

I have no specific plans for either Saturday night, or Sunday. I may or may not show up at the bookstall, depending on how enthusiastic I am about dealing with crappy public transport on the day. I shall therefore potter. Items on my 'pottering' list include:

Music practice,
create CDs,
academia organisation,
graphics manipulation,
letter writing,
organising my diary,
going to the market with dad,
drinking coffee on Sunday at my favourite cafe,
and avoiding trouble as best I can.

How does all that sound?
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Title: For The Love Of Pandora.
Band: MCR
Pairings: gen
Rating: PG, for language
Summary: Totally and purely crack. Frank makes an exciting discovery under the kitchen sink.
Disclaimer: I know nobody mentioned personally, it is extremely unlikely that this actually happened, and I mean no offence to anybody.
Notes: Thank you to, and cookies for, my lovely betas, [livejournal.com profile] blindmouse, [livejournal.com profile] apex_chio and [livejournal.com profile] therathasspoken. Any remaining mistakes are mine.

For The Love of Pandora )
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This artwork was drawn by [livejournal.com profile] originaluddite, to accompany this story. [livejournal.com profile] originaluddite is incredible, for he is not involved with bandom and has only passing knowledge of MCR, but put up with my flailing and incoherence, and drew a picture for me anyway. How did I get so lucky?

Artwork for 'The Love of Pandora' here. )
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(I was hoping they'd announce a separate show. They did, but not in my city. See my sad face? :-( )

Also: See their precious little faces? LOOK! Lyn-Z and Gerard dressed Bandit up as a hot dog for Halloween. THEY ARE THE BEST FAMILY UNIT IN THE WHOLE WORLD.
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Procrastinator [livejournal.com profile] why_am_i to the rescue!

So I was scouting around the dark recesses of the internet, trying to find amusing trivia questions for a work function, and plausible wrong answers to pad out MCQs, and I came across this gem of a website. I've copied my favourite comments below, but if you want more insightful commentary on insanity and general stupidity with a British slant, or you wish to simply remind yourself that there are still some reasonable people left in the world, head over and laugh or cry as you see fit.

JSYK: This relates to a politician named Nick Griffin, whose views fall in line with those of Pauline Hanson (I can't think of a US equivalent, but think of somebody who is racist and proud of it, and you'll get the idea). The bits in bold are comments that the website's authors have found in threads on various fora around the net. The bits in normal font are the commentary to those comments. My very favourite is the last one, even though it makes me *headdesk* repeatedly in an alarming fashion.

"Thanks to Liz for pointing me at the BNP Question Time thread. It’s actually rather reassuring, to see a party almost unanimously inducing massive, racist erections in HYSers, when we know only a fraction of the population would ever actually vote for them. It’s almost as if they’re just a small group making a lot of noise, who the majority of us disagree with, but stay silent because we don’t think they’re worth bothering with.

This is why I think they’re so impressed with Nick Griffin. These are people who spend all day in an environment where almost everyone has the same opinion, twice an hour, and the ones who don’t either get no recommendations, or give up on the fucking place and come here. Granted, it’s the ultra-left BBC, but it’s safe, sanitised, and everyone is either just like you or invisible. We find them here and not in the real world because differences of opinion and the idea of having to rethink their position actually rather frighten them. Meanwhile, Nick Griffin musters the courage to go on a BBC programme where everyone thinks he’s a racist twat, has seen videos of him being a Nazi and planning to lie about it, and is a lot cleverer than him. It’s as if there’s a thunderstorm and he’s actually peeped outside, while this lot are still quivering under the bed. ...

It was very biased against Nick Griffin. The audience was about 85% multicultural and the panel were hypocrites, one minute saying that the Daily Mail had freedom of speech and the next they were denouncing an elected political party for it’s views!
Where were the supporters of the BNP in this audience? Not allowed in, I suspect. It was a totally one-sided affair and even though I woul not vote BNP, I think the man had a lot of guts for coming on the show in the first place.

Rebecca Dwyer, Wakefield, United Kingdom

I feel quite sorry for Rebecca Dwyer. She obviously really wants to be clever and understand politics and stuff, but it’s always that half-inch away from her grasp. So she can never work out why the fat Scottish man and the young man with the long face and posh accent are always shouting at each other. And this is where bad euphemisms come back to bite the English language in the arse. Poor Rebecca’s clearly heard “freedom of speech” and “multiculturalism” used so often for “don’t criticise my opinions” and “wogs, assorted” that she genuinely thinks that’s what they mean.

Here’s Liz’s find. You remember back in GCSE English, when you had to read all those books, and, though you never admitted it at the time, there were a couple you quite liked. Obviously, it’s been years since then and you can’t really remember what they were about, but you had the same pencil-case right through to the end of your A-Levels, and will never forget the quotes you scratched inside the lid to get you through the day. ...

In the famous book “to kill a mockingbird” Atticus Finch tells his kids, bravery is not a man with a gun in his hand, but someone who knows they are going to be beaten before they start, but still goes ahead. Nick Griffin knew he wouldn’t get a fair hearing and would be raked over the coals. But he went ahead and aired his views, that makes him brave in my eyes and thats why I am voting BNP next election

Atticus Finch, Mockingbird town

At least it’s a change from ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’."

If you are bored and require a study break, you can have a good giggle at these wonderful old superstitions. You might even learn some useful study tips, such as: "If you use the same pencil to take a test that you used for studying for the test, the pencil will remember the answers." Never forget that, kids! No need to stress about cramming, ever again.

Oh, this bandom advent calendar is on my wishlist, for no reason other than it is gratuitously pretty and kind of ridiculous, at the same time.

And also, Mikeyway looking precious and cradling a multicoloured unicorn might be my favourite thing ever: "When life gives you lemons, make a lemon themed analogy." - MW

&alicia+mikeyway; - howsoadorable? Taken in entirety from [livejournal.com profile] mikeyway_daily
alicia: The scuba cat commercial still makes me giggle like an idiot every time it comes on. Do Wanttttt!!! Bunny, figure that shit out already! Lol

mikey: @aliciaway hogwash! Bunny could probably drive a submarine while she does her taxes

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funny pictures of dogs with captions

and a couple more, in case anyone wants to be cuted to death! )
Why was my first thought about that last one "Oh hey, AAR shenanigans!"? Any thoughts, *coughbeersuviuscough*?
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Pete Wentz is going to appear on Australian Idiot, November 8th. I am very amused, and am also quite willing to admit that I'm planning to sell my soul for the second time this year and tune in for the lulz. :D

I need a spoon. :(

(Ahaha, on second thoughts, when spoons are in absentia, hands will do!)

[livejournal.com profile] therathasspoken and [livejournal.com profile] beachy_woods, I have a dilemma! WHICH SKIRT DO I PICK? I colour-matched with the vest when I got home, AND IT DIDN'T HELP ME TO MAKE A DECISION, THEY BOTH LOOK GREAT. HELP. *flails*

[livejournal.com profile] pyrrha_17, thanks for the boots and the badge - I'm planning to utilise both. [livejournal.com profile] gabyvarius, can I borrow your textas before Saturday night? On a related note, is anybody good at drawing or willing to give it a go? I need to add some tattoos to my arm to complete my costume... help would be appreciated. :)?
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Bahahaha! I am just a little bit excited, maybe.

Right now, life is filling me with enthusiasm.

Last night involved a Mexican restaurant, delicious food and toxic margaritas, and catching up with a good friend. I slept in until 11:30 this morning (gasp!), but it wasn't all sleep, on account of being woken up by dad leaving for work, then mum beginning tutoring in the room next door to my bedroom and talking loudly.

My puppy has had a haircut, and is Nearly Naked Dog!, or is at least well-groomed. She's giving me the evil eye from her prime perch on top of the spare bed at the moment.

I actually have time to nick into my favourite recycled clothes store this afternoon, just to poke around and see if anything is worth taking home with me. Will also make a trip to the op-shop across the road, for research, you know.

There's a social event in the form of a housewarming for me to attend this evening, and I will have [livejournal.com profile] thrathasspoken's company for the train trip home again, as neither of us can stay the night, and the last train leaves at just after 10pm. Enforced sensible hours, ahoy!

Tomorrow afternoon there shall be $2-shop shopping and movie watching and giggling, flailing, and probably brainstorming (which may or may not involve falling off the couch, given that [livejournal.com profile] therathasspoken is involved in the shenanigans).

[livejournal.com profile] originaluddite is very shiny. I used the new printer (see yesterday's post) to scan the drawing [livejournal.com profile] originaluddite drew for me a while back, so now I can upload it and share it with you all at an appropriate time point. Seriously, the drawing is awesome, and so is the scanner. :D
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Time to recommence daily anihistamines - itchy kitty is itchy.

Do I have time to bake something this evening? If so, what should I make?

[livejournal.com profile] slutty_pants, I promise I haven't forgotten about the recipes - I apologise for my slackness, and will have them to you soon!

Frothy milk = ♥

Frothy milk on coffee = ♥♥♥

Coffee on white shirt = sadface. [livejournal.com profile] therathasspoken will attest to this, as it occurred on the train when my coffee got a little overenthusiastic.

My favourite coffee dealer thinks I'm 18. I laughed.

Time to get a haircut again.
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Singapore was great! Alas, I didn't actually have time to see much of the city in its own right, but I did manage to get along to the Night Safari, run by the zoo. If you're ever there, you must go to the Night Safari - it was wonderful! Many cool animals to see (including an armadillo!), and it's very well laid out and informative. There was also a stall where you could stick your feet into a fish tank, and all the fish would groom your skin. Apparently, it tickled but felt great afterwards... I didn't get around to giving it a go, but it certainly looked weird from an observer's perspective!

The colloquium was pretty busy, and incorporated many speakers from a range of countries and backgrounds, talking on many issues currently faced by the collaboration, and what might be done about them. There were also about 20 workshops per day to choose from, which made decisions about which to attend very challenging! I helped to present a poster, and I had the chance to meet some very interesting, and potentially useful, people, from both Australia and overseas. I networked like the social butterfly I can sometimes be, and unearthed a couple of potential postgrad supervisors. \o/

I'm glad to be home, though. I got sick of the food for a start; I enjoy various Asian dishes once in a while, but they are very meat-oriented (even the "vegetarian" options usually contained meat in some form or another).


Trivia Night last night was very entertaining! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] mawaridi and [livejournal.com profile] splatchtrock and associates for working so hard on it all!
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Good evening, dear land of livejournal!

I am armed this afternoon with a choc-chip cookie and a small latte. With these things, I can achieve anything!

I sent in my tax return this morning, after having put it off for the last, oh ... 3 months. Sigh. Still, a nice, healthy return will be coming my way. :)

Today's flight departs Melbourne International Airport at 1:45am, which technically makes it tomorrow's flight, but as there will be no sleep for me between now and then, it's a moot point.

- My bank knows I'm going away. They will not suddenly cancel my card. \o/
- My passport is in order.
- I've checked in online.
- My luggage is strewn across my bed, and my thus far empty bag is in the centre of the floor.

... I think I'm nearly ready. Except for the finishing packing thing, lol.

Erm. What else must be done?
- I have to stop via a card shop on my way home - either in Malvern or in the city. *googles* Malvern it is, then.
- I have to wrap the corresponding present, as well.
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Because there needs to be more BCBryar love in the world.

This is primarily for the ever-wonderful [livejournal.com profile] frankkincense, whose one minor character flaw is that she does not worship at the altar of Bob Bryar. This mainly arises from a general paucity of education in the ways of MCR, no pun intended. I felt, however, that it needed to be remedied, and what better cure than a picspam?

Also put together with love to [livejournal.com profile] heffiethedragon, [livejournal.com profile] blindmouse, [livejournal.com profile] dzurlady and [livejournal.com profile] therathasspoken. Sorry it was so slow in the making, but I hope you enjoy!

Notes: not dial-up friendly.

Bob picspam right this way! )
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I have been given a whole swathe of exercises to do by the physio, and we will reassess the situation next week. I know it is good for me, but still also :(

At least she didn't poke and prod my muscles too much? I think she's saving it for later.

I fail at explaining things. When it is friend-to-friend, I can say "oh, yes. My arm hurts here when I do this and I think it is like blah blah blah", and then the physio asks me and I say "ahaha, well. Um. I have an arm. Two, even! ...". So, I apologise to every clinician who has, or will have to, put up with me and my faily explanations of fail. I get tongue-tied, I'm sorry.

I'm going out to dinner tonight, to farewell the aunts before they fly back home tomorrow.
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I am in pain. Fortunately, there is a physio appointment on the cards for me tomorrow. No more pain for me, except for the physio, because that is in the nature of physio appointments. Sigh.

In other news, this weekend will be awesome. Except for the football. Which I will be watching. Which partly makes this weekend awesome. Got all that? :P No, no, see it does make sense. There is a BBQ gathering happening at an offline friend's place, and [livejournal.com profile] heffiethedragon and I are both going along. The point of the BBQ is to coincide with the Grand Final, so I can only assume that I will be watching at least part of the game. HOWEVER, I will also be catching up with friends, so it'll be good. Right?

I pick St Kilda. If the Dogs had to go down to anybody, I'm glad it was the Saints. The Cats are in their 3rd final in 3 years, so I am being fair and picking the Saints, who haven't won a final since 1966.

EEE PANIC! AT THE DISCO! Open up, indeed, Mr Urie. ;)

Also, have I mentioned ow? My arm is a bitch, so I am going to stop antagonising it and sign off. G'night, all.
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I got to work very. early. this morning. I am going to be impressed with myself all day. (I normally arrive at about 9:30, sometimes closer to 10am. Today, I was here by 8:15.
:-O )

Um um um. I can't remember what I was going to say. Oh well. I have *all day* to remember about it and spam you with my musings. Or I could spam you anyway, even if I don't remember the original subject matter. :D
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Lol! Seether did a cover of Careless Whisper, and I giggled all the way through - I couldn't help it. How did I not know about this earlier?

Brendon Urie, how so obnoxiously pretty?


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