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Joy of joys! :D

One of my friends offered to sell me her laptop that she's getting rid of for a very paltry sum by laptop standards until I can get a new one. :'D

I'm so happyyyyyyyyyy~
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But I'm happy to report that my netbook isn't as dead as I thought it was. With some gentle prodding (read: smacking around) I managed to have the screen stay on long enough to back up ALL OF THE THINGS to my hard drive in case the screen never comes on again and I'm cut off from the internet forever. Sad.

In happier news, I FINALLY GOT MY POTTERMORE BETA EMAIL WOOOOOOO~

There isn't much to do now besides going through the first book and finding things, but casting spells and making potions is so interesting and it's real time and you can actually fail and I really like that. :0

Also I'm in Slytherin officially and you just don't know how happy that makes me. :3

Anyway, I have to start getting ready for work. If you managed to make it to the Pottermore beta, leave me your usernames? <3
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...because mine is on the fritz. :(

I can honestly do okay without it. I'm staying with my grandma (more news about this in a sec) and she doesn't really have internet access (we can both make internet with our phones), so aside from writing and my music I don't really have a use for it right now. Besides, I'm hoping that once I register for school, I can either get money for a Macbook or get my family to just get me a new laptop for school. That would rock.

I'm just hoping that it decides to work for me when I get home. I have SO MUCH new music on my computer that hasn't made it to my external hard drive, and I'd probably die if I lost it all. D:

About me staying at my grandma's, I'm super happy about this. :D About two years ago, I was staying with her, but she kicked me out for severe laziness, which in normal "not my grandma" language would be just general laziness. :P I'd been trying to suck up the courage to ask her if I could stay with her again while I go to school, because seriously, the worst thing she could do is say no, right? So I did that today and underscored my commitment to abiding by her rules by asking her to write up a contract for me, and she said yes! :D So I'm good to stay for another six months, at least.
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My best friend is in a band. It's not his band, per se, but he's in it, and he loves playing in it, so.

They had a show at one of my favorite Chicago venues last night, sharing the stage with such local talent as The Ivory Theory, The Action Blast, and Super Happy Fun Club and it was an AMAZING show. I was only on the floor to see best friend's band perform, as I was busy being the unofficial official merch girl for his band, The Aesthetic, but all the bands last night were amazing and I picked up so much new music, my car will be so happy. :)

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I've been reading a bit more lately. I used to have a NOOK Color (NC) e-reader, but I sold it and (sort of) upgraded to the new one Barnes and Noble has out, the NOOK Simple Touch (NOOK Touch), mainly for the battery life, and the fact that since the NC was more like a tablet, I kept getting distracted from my reading with promises of internet and Angry Birds, so. It seemed like a good choice for me, and I'm really happy with it.



Its name is Kristoph (von) Nookenstein, and I really do take it with me everywhere. I'll never be one to completely discard physical paperback books. I actually insist that whatever house I end up in will have a library room full of bookshelves. But when you're the type of person who is capable of reading several books at once, and likes to go back through some of your favorite books just to find a favorite moment or quote that wiki'd its way into your head, I think e-readers are perfect for you. ~hugs Kristoph tight~

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Also, August was supposed to be my month for doing things. Productive things, like setting up my loan repayment so that I can register for school, and then actually register for school. But how the hell did the 14th get here so fast? I must do ALL OF THE THINGS this week. Because it is what I must do.

Because honestly, only having work to look forward to is getting really boring. D:
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"Fandom is focus. Fandom is obsession. Fandom is insatiable consumption. Fandom is sitting for hours in front of a TV screen a movie screen a computer screen with a comic book a novel on your lap. Fandom is eyestrain and carpal tunnel syndrome and not enough exercise and staying up way, way past your bedtime.

Fandom is people you don't tell your mother you're meeting. Fandom is people in the closet, people out and proud, people in costumes, people in T-shirts with slogans only fifty others would understand. Fandom is a loud dinner conversation scaring the waiter and every table nearby.

Fandom is you in Germany and me in the US and him in Australia and her in Japan. Fandom is a sofabed in New York, a roadtrip to Oxnard, a friend behind a face in London. Fandom talks past timezones and accents and backgrounds. Fandom is conversation. Communication. Contact.

Fandom is drama. Fandom is melodrama. Fandom is high school. Fandom is Snacky's law and Godwin's law and Murphy's law. Fandom is smarter than you. Fandom is stupider than you. Fandom is five arguments over and over and over again. Fandom is the first time you've ever had them.

Fandom is female. Fandom is male. Fandom lets female play at being male. Fandom bends gender, straight, gay, prude, promiscuous. Fandom is fantasy. Fandom doesn't care about norms or taboos or boundaries. Fandom cares too much about norms and taboos and boundaries. Fandom is not real life. Fandom is closer than real life. Fandom knows what you're really like in the bedroom. Fandom is how you would never, could never be in the bedroom.

Fandom is shipping, never shipping, het, slash, gen, none of the above, more than the above. Fandom is love for characters you didn't create. Fandom is recreating the characters you didn't create. Fandom is appropriation, subversion, dissention. Fandom is adoration, extrapolation, imitation. Fandom is dissection, criticism, interpretation. Fandom is changing, experimenting, attempting.

Fandom is creating. Fandom is drawing, painting, vidding: nine seasons in four minutes of love. Fandom is words, language, authoring. Fandom is essays, stories, betas, parodies, filks, zines, usenet posts, blog posts, message board posts, emails, chats, petitions, wank, concrit, feedback, recs. Fandom is writing for the first time since you were twelve. Fandom is finally calling yourself a writer.

Fandom is signal and response. Fandom is a stranger moving you to tears, anger, laughter. Fandom is you moving a stranger to speak.

Fandom is distraction. Fandom is endangering your job, your grades, your relationships, your bank account. Fandom gets no work done. Fandom is too much work. Fandom was/is just a phase. Fandom could never be just a phase. Fandom is where you found a friend, a sister, a kindred spirit. Fandom is where you found a talent, a love, a reason.

Fandom is where you found yourself."


By [personal profile] hesychasm

Things.

Aug. 8th, 2011 03:49 pm
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So, I don't actually blog much these days; most of my thoughts stay in my head or are spewed at random times over on my Tumblr or Twitter, but what with LiveJournal constantly being attacked, everyone's making journals here to be safe, and I don't wanna lose contact with some awesome people, so... here I am.

I think eventually I want to make random masterlists of things, like my eBooks and stuff, and do fic recs and other random stuff here. I'll get around to that eventually; I'm very very lazy.

In the meanwhile, here, have some pretty:

Intro Post

Aug. 6th, 2011 09:36 pm
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(um. there'll be something here. eventually.)
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