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Date:Saturday August 8th, 2009@10:26 PM
Subject:Muzak
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KUT has been playing This One Song a lot, seems like every time I listen. Naturally, they are far too hip to identify the song or the artist, but hey, I can Google with the best of them. Heck, my kids have Google T-shirts. No, I didn't buy them.
Anyway. It's a cover, by a local band/artist. Ok, ok, I get why they keep playing it. Supporting local artists yadda yadda.

What bugs me is the lyrics.

Well, the whole song bugs me, it makes me think of this horrible movie that is clearly constructed to wring out the maximum amount of emotional response from the audience.

But back to the lyrics. More specifically, one line:

"(I want to see my family) / My wife and child waiting for me"

In just about every writing book, they drum it into me about being specific. So why does this line ring fake? Because a) it's all about "my", as if the wifey and the kid are just adjuncts, but mostly because the "child" is generic. "Son" would rhyme easily and they could even shoehorn a "daughter" in there if they'd really tried.

Anyway. Minor points, probably. Just been niggling in my brain.

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Date:Wednesday March 25th, 2009@3:58 PM
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Semi-crappy pikchas from the Wildflower Center. It's a great place to take photos, all that flower / rock contrast. Wish I'd brought my 40D...

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Date:Tuesday March 17th, 2009@5:57 PM
Subject:This might take some work...
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Rainer does not understand bottles at all. How do you teach a 4.5 month old to drink from one?
Not sure what to do now :)

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Date:Sunday February 15th, 2009@12:49 PM
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I feel a little bad that it's due to health concerns, but I'm really enjoying my new, nearly meat-free husband. I'm actually more interested in cracking the cookbooks - otherwise it just seemed pointless since I was only cooking for myself. Now we eat healthier AND cheaper, woo!

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Date:Sunday January 4th, 2009@7:33 AM
Subject:For Immediate Release
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Many parents know the routine: to calm a fussy baby, hold them tight and pat rhythmically. But who has the time or the strength to keep patting?
Introducing The Auto Patter. It Just Keeps on Patting. Runs on 3 size C batteries and AC power for extra redundancy. Nothing stops The Auto Patter!
The Auto Patter grows with your child. Not a one trick pony, at the right time it becomes The Auto Paddler.
In stores soon! Reserve now!

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Date:Saturday January 3rd, 2009@11:33 PM
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I'm about to get my first baby-free night in 2 months and I'm feeling guilty about it.
WTF, conscience, you should be way too tired for this shit, just like the rest of me!

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Date:Tuesday December 16th, 2008@9:30 AM
Subject:Vitamin i shot of the day
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CNN Headline: Employer: Anti-kidnapping consultant kidnapped in Mexico.

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Date:Monday October 13th, 2008@8:19 PM
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My competitive nature occasionally rears up and finds this geekout test strangely compelling.

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Date:Saturday October 11th, 2008@1:53 PM
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This one has it all (without needless violence). I rather hope he gets away with it =)

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Date:Tuesday October 7th, 2008@4:29 PM
Subject:sex and the workplace
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Yeah, ok, reading this really pisses me off.

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Date:Monday September 29th, 2008@2:08 PM
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I'm a bit surprised that there isn't more of an "I told you so!" outcry from the 'Cheap Chinese goods will bite us in the ass' contingent. Or perhaps there isn't much of one left since it's almost impossible to buy anything NOT made in China.

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Date:Friday September 19th, 2008@8:22 PM
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Well, if you haven't guessed by now, my desk is insanely cluttered.

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Date:Friday September 12th, 2008@8:34 PM
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I love statistics.

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Date:Sunday August 24th, 2008@10:24 PM
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I really, really hate all those "women are empaths, men are systematizers" articles / books / etc. Probably because I'm much more socially awkward than my husband, not to mention my singular lack of success in guessing what a facial expression means in those cute online tests. I do admit, however, that I'm more sensitive to (perceived)(negative) social cues, but I suspect that has far more to do with trying to adapt myself into a very different culture at a sensitive age rather than my biological sex.
Seriously, if you compare his and mine LinkedIn / MySpace / FaceBook / whatever profiles (with the exception of LJ, but he doesn't use his at all), the most striking difference will be my pathetic number of links to his cornucopia.

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Date:Saturday August 16th, 2008@10:34 PM
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So I missed the NIN concert in Houston, partly because I couldn't find my ticket (not sure I ever received it), and partly because driving for 4 hours just to go to a concert alone seemed nuts. I also had weird fantasies of going into early labor in the middle of Terrible Lie or something. Not to mention that I hate Houston, and only partly due to events of 2004.
I did go (and will go again tomorrow) to ArmadilloCon. As much of a hermit as I am, and as awkward as I felt on Friday, and as hard as I'm working to turn this run-on sentence into a cliche, it's quite inspiring, not to mention thought-provoking, to go to a convention dedicated to sci-fi writing.

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Date:Wednesday August 13th, 2008@11:18 PM
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Feh. I was rather starting to look forward to Spore, only to find out that it's infected with the DRM virus known as SecuROM. Screw you, EA.

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Date:Wednesday August 6th, 2008@10:12 AM
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Aaaaand here comes the (even darker) side of the growing Indian surrogacy business...

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Date:Friday August 1st, 2008@9:30 AM
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My husband has recently brought that uniquely American horror into our house: Wonderbread. The kid, not too surprisingly, liked it (in the form of a grilled cheese sandwich).

Now I, personally, believe that a good loaf of bread is one you can defend yourself with in case of emergency. I'm guessing that if I try to brain someone with a bag of Wonderbread, instead of "Oww!" I will get "Ooh, so soft and squishy, do that again!"

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Date:Thursday July 24th, 2008@8:09 AM
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I don't know if things have changed on me in the last decade or so or perhaps I appear to have mellowed out and become (gasp!) approachable, but we really need to talk about this personal space thing.

When have hugs become a social ritual? I must not have been looking hard enough, because I don't recall people I barely know trying to paw me quite so frequently. I was raised in a decidedly non touchy-feely family, and I admit that at first I found the regular application of hugs that my now-husband (he's from Santa Cruz, what can you do) insisted on bestowing upon me quite odd. I admit, I've grown to enjoy them. However, as far as I'm concerned, to be a pleasurable experience, said hugs must be used as an expression of comfort and a high degree of physical intimacy. At this point in time, this is reserved to 2 people: husband and child. At the second tier I would put my grandmother and possibly sputnik5. And while I think her husband is a very interesting human being, and it was my privilege to marry them, I sincerely hope he and many others can just stick to a wave or a handshake when we next meet.
I'm tired of submitting with an inward grimace to these sideways invasions of my personal space. I don't want to think about awkward meshing of limbs (a skill not even Baby Bear possesses, if I remember my fairy tales correctly) and wonder whether I have bad breath. Enough already.

And while we're at it, let's talk about the indiscriminate use of the term "friend". Let me introduce you to its mouthy cousin, "acquaintance". It's not just for New Year's Eve!

On the plus side, I must not seem approachable enough for people to try and touch my belly or you, my LJ friends, might be called upon to bail me out of jail.

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Date:Wednesday July 16th, 2008@4:27 PM
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Even if you're staunchly child-free, this is hilarious...

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