kshandra: A spoof of the Guitar Hero logo, featuring a home karaoke machine (Karaoke Hero)
I should really be catching up on work, but you know how it is.

Courtesy of [personal profile] bkwrrm_tx, who posted it on FB. I'll start with the questions in this post, then get caught up with Days 1 and 2 later.

  1. A song you like with a color in the title
  2. A song you like with a number in the title
  3. A song that reminds you of summertime
  4. A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget
  5. A song that needs to be played loud
  6. A song that makes you want to dance
  7. A song to drive to
  8. A song about drugs or alcohol
  9. A song that makes you happy
  10. A song that makes you sad
  11. A song you never get tired of
  12. A song from your preteen years
  13. A song you like from the 70s
  14. A song you'd love to be played at your wedding
  15. A song you like that's a cover by another artist
  16. A song that's a classic favorite
  17. A song you'd sing a duet with someone on karaoke
  18. A song from the year you were born
  19. A song that makes you think about life
  20. A song that has many meanings to you
  21. A song you like with a person's name in the title
  22. A song that moves you forward
  23. A song you think everybody should listen to
  24. A song by a band you wish were still together
  25. A song you like by an artist no longer living
  26. A song that makes you want to fall in love
  27. A song that breaks your heart
  28. A song by an artist whose voice you love
  29. A song you remember from your childhood
  30. A song that reminds you of yourself
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
This used to be a first-day-of-the-year meme, but doing it on the last day makes sense, too.

Free DW Account, Created on 2009-05-01 (#152315)
31,173 comments received, 3,996 comments posted
5,327 Journal Entries, 190 Tags, 0 Memories, 72 Icons

Permanent LJ Account, Created on 5 March 2001 (#69080)
30,599 Comments received, 48,206 Comments posted
5,323 Journal entries, 182 tags, 61 memories, 211 userpics

There used to be a lot more minutiae involved with this, but I don't have the brainpower to try and figure it out across the two platforms right now. (I did take this opportunity to start moving my RSS feeds from LJ to DW.)
kshandra: Frank the Goat, swearing in comic-book fashion. Text: "LiveJournal: Proudly uniting foreheads with keyboards since 1999" (Livejournal)
Stolen from [personal profile] miintikwa - see also [livejournal.com profile] 2017revival

Name: Kirsten/K`shandra/Koosh
Age: 46
Location: Silicon Valley
Tumblr/Goodreads/IG/etc: If there's a kshandra on the site, it's 95%+ likely to be me.

Describe yourself in five sentences or less:
Stolen from my abortive attempt at LJ Idol Season 9: Life long San Francisco Bay Area resident, married since 1991 to [personal profile] gridlore, also a Bay Area native. I'm morbidly obese and middle aged. I trend toward the introverted side of ambiversion, and self identify as a recovering depressive (directly analogous, IMO&E, to being a recovering alcoholic). My passions are science fiction conventions and Burning Man, both attending and volunteering; my current Default World boss is someone I work with in the desert. I have too many stuffed animals and not enough bookshelves, too many half-finished craft projects and not enough hours in the day to finish them.
Top 5 Fandoms:
I'm old enough that I remember the days before that word became quite so balkanized - but I also realize that it was a time when the word referred to F&SF to the exclusion of most all else, so I'm coming around on that point. If I had to give a list, it would probably be (in no particular order) 80's music, classic Doctor Who (I'll watch New!Who, but it's never captured me in quite the same way), [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's Toby Daye novels, Kushiel's Legacy, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I'm an erstwhile pundit fan and still moderate Texts from the Anchor Desk (officially the co-mod, but the blog founder hasn't been on Tumblr in a while).
I mostly post about:
Day-in-the-life stuff, with occasional descents into the land of memes.
My last three posts were about:
One about seeing The Nutcracker with my mother and two about the death of my grandfather.
How often do you post? How about commenting?
I'm better about the latter than the former, though truth be told I'm not very good at either. ;-) I took part in NaBloPomo last month in the hopes that it would get me posting on a regular basis again, and it's helped a little bit, but I'm still nowhere near as prolific as I was in the early days of my journal.
A GIF to describe how your day has been so far:
kshandra: Sinfest character Slick sits at his laptop, poking the keyboard; the words "refresh refresh refresh" hover over his head (5-Minute-Refresh)
Imported from FB in lieu of actual content today.

  1. Are you named after someone?
    Not to the best of my knowledge. My first name isn't from family, and almost every female I've met who was born in about an 18-month window around my birthday has the same middle name.
  2. When is the last time you cried?
    I honestly can't recall. I'll mist up over damn near anything, though.
  3. Do you like your handwriting?
    It's been better. I'm woefully out of practice.
  4. What is your favorite lunch meat?
  5. Do you have kids?
    The stuffed animals don't count, do they?
  6. Do you use sarcasm?
    Never heard of it. </dry>
  7. Do you still have your tonsils?
  8. Would you bungee jump?
  9. What is your favorite kind of cereal?
    Golden Grahams. If I'm feeling particularly decadent, I'll use chocolate milk.
  10. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
    Rarely, even though I know they'll last longer.
  11. Do you think you're strong?
    "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much." --anonymous, frequently misattributed to Mother Teresa
  12. What is your favorite ice cream?
    Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Therapy.
  13. What is the first thing you notice about people?
    It depends on the interaction.
  14. Football or baseball?
    *insert George Carlin routine here*
  15. What is the least favorite thing you like about yourself?
    Where do I start?
  16. What color pants are you wearing now?
  17. What was the last thing you ate?
    An organic chocolate truffle from Costco. [livejournal.com profile] lysana once described these as "chocolate satori," and she's not wrong.
  18. What are you listening to right now?
    The clack of my keyboard.
  19. If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
    Purple, natch.
  20. Favorite smell?
    Wood smoke. Sandalwood. Vanilla.
  21. Who was the last person you spoke to on the phone?
    A customer calling with a last-minute order change.
  22. Favorite sport to watch?
    It used to be figure skating, but got out of the habit before the scoring system changed, and I've never managed to get a good handle on the new system.
  23. Hair color?
    Brown, liberally sprinkled with gray.
  24. Eye color?
    Brown. If I've been crying a lot, they go green.
  25. Favorite food?
  26. Scary movies or happy ending?
    Doesn't have to be a happy ending, necessarily, but it better not be scary.
  27. Last movie you watched?
    In full? Doctor Strange. Caught a chunk of Woodstock on TV last week.
  28. What color shirt are you wearing?
    Faded purple with bleach stains, because I'm lazy.
kshandra: Sinfest character Slick sits at his laptop, poking the keyboard; the words "refresh refresh refresh" hover over his head (5-Minute-Refresh)
[livejournal.com profile] labelleizzy posted a meme wherein they were asked to write about six of their userpics. If you comment "Meme Me" I will pick six of your userpics that you can then write about, thus maintaining meme balance in the journal-verse. Feel free to propagate or not, ask people to ask you for six userpics, as you like.

samuraiI entered a raffle at LeatherMasters (and need I tell you that link is NSFW?) and won a boudoir photography session; I still see occasional credits online for the photographer, but he appears to have no web presence whatsoever. Hard to believe it's been twenty years since I had that photo taken...

nudeEight years later, and there I was, taking my clothes off in front of the camera again. This was from a session with my then-lover [livejournal.com profile] yohannon for the fetish photography site he was attempting to run at the time; it never quite came together due to a bad case of Life for several of the involved parties, but it's fun to freak people out by telling them casually "Yeah, I had naked pics for sale on the Internet."

PonyPonyPony![livejournal.com profile] squigglz was drawing MLP versions of her friends for a while; this was mine. The cutie mark was intended to be a koosh ball.

ButtercupButtercup was always my favorite of the Powerpuff Girls. (Damn, the artist who drew this originally appears to have buggered off the net, and I don't even have a copy of the full piece, showing all three of them as teenagers, to show off.)

LivejournalAh, the bad old days... I'm trying to remember if this predates [livejournal.com profile] power_loss or not.

PiffanyPiffany was the Lawful Good cleric from Aaron Williams' Nodwick, who carried a roll of Duct Tape of Healing with her. I used this icon when talking to/about one of my exes, who always triggered my protective instincts.

Anybody else?

Advice Day

Nov. 22nd, 2013 12:00 pm
kshandra: Butterfly-shaped pewter paperweight, engraved with the Serenity Prayer (Serenity)
From [livejournal.com profile] athenais, via [personal profile] wild_irises, a meme, slightly modified:

Today, I would like people to give me advice. Any kind at all. I will take it. I won't argue about why it's impossible. You have total immunity.

Go for it.
kshandra: Six hearts in rainbow colors, linked in a star pattern around an infinity symbol (Polyamory)
Originally found on Tumblr, and brought to LJ/DW by [personal profile] karaokegal:

Make me choose between:

two ships
two characters
two fandoms
two anything at all.

Those of you who remember me from my days as an X-Phile are now laughing hysterically.
kshandra: Cover artwork from Trans Siberian Orchestra's "The Christmas Attic" (Christmas)
by way of [livejournal.com profile] karaokegal:

Based on what I post, what would you get me for Christmas?
kshandra: The TARDIS to the right of a purple sun (TARDIS)
Also known as "Koosh should add 'paid DW time' to her $WINTERHOLIDAY list, 'cause all her Whovian icons are still on LJ"

Your job is now your Time Lord name. The last digit of your phone number is the current regeneration you are in. The nearest clothing item to your right is now the most notable item in your current wardrobe. The last person you texted is your current companion. Your favorite word is now your catchphrase.

I am the second CSR. I have a penchant for sweaters, apparently, and [personal profile] mactavish is my companion. (Does this mean Owen gets to come with us?)

kshandra: Mock Scrabble board square reading "Triple Nerd Score" (Triple Nerd Score)
Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] sunsetsinthewes:

In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door.' Comment "trick-or-treat" to this post and...well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!
kshandra: Text: "I should perhaps be disturbed by the MASSIVE NEED I have for approval of strangers on the Internet." (Default)
...albeit not the one [livejournal.com profile] gridlore is doing, because I couldn't get past the first question.

  1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
  2. List (and upload/link) 5 songs you love that begin with that letter.
  3. Post them to your journal with these instructions.

[personal profile] sarken gave me J.

Jackpot (Bruno's Bop) - Bruce Willis - An even bigger musical guilty pleasure than Barry Manilow. (And say what you like, that man can WAIL on the harmonica.) The audio and video are sadly out of sync on this video, but it's the only one I could find.

JAM - Michael Jackson - For those who've only met me recently, I'm one of those weird posthumous fans. My musical tastes have remained true to my generation throughout my life, so it wasn't as though I had no knowledge of his career - I was there when Off the Wall and Thriller and Bad were all released - but his music never grabbed hold of me the way other artists did; I enjoyed it when I encountered it randomly, but didn't seek it out, and came to regret that in the wake of his passing. Dangerous may actually be my favorite of his albums, and this is probably one of my top two favorite songs of his. And if you only watch one of the five videos I link to here, I would ask you to make it this one. It's minimalist, particularly for a Michael Jackson video, shot in abandoned buildings and largely in silhouette; even backlit, the two Michaels of the video (Jackson and Jordan) are unmistakable whenever they appear. And the sequences throughout the video of the two superstars trying to teach one another their very best moves are a delight to watch.

Jesus He Knows Me - Genesis - The original video is brilliant, skewering the televangelist collapse of the late 80s and early 90s; the live performance takes that energy and builds on it brilliantly.

Jet City Woman - Queensryche - This song crawled into my brain and made itself at home when I wasn't looking. I didn't even know who recorded it...and then Doug and I saw them on a triple bill with Alice Cooper and Heaven & Hell, and I damn near exploded when I recognized the opening chords. I've attempted it at karaoke a couple of times; I will consider it one of my greatest accomplishments ever the first night I nail it.

Jump Around - House of Pain - I loved this song even before B-Weezy made it his.
kshandra: Text: "I should perhaps be disturbed by the MASSIVE NEED I have for approval of strangers on the Internet." (LJ Addict)
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This really couldn't be better timed; yesterday marked my 10th anniversary on LJ. My journal has seen relationships grow, thrive, crumble, and collapse; it has watched my family and me battle various demons, internal and external; it has been home to moments of sheer poetry and sheer absurdity - sometimes simultaneously.

Here's to the next ten.
kshandra: Text: "I should perhaps be disturbed by the MASSIVE NEED I have for approval of strangers on the Internet." (LJ Addict)
Age: As old as my tongue and slightly older than my teeth.
Bed size: Queen.
Chore you hate: All of them.
Dogs: Can take 'em or leave 'em.
Essential start to the day: ...honest to god, I don't think I have one.
Favorite color: Have you MET me?
Gold or silver: Gold when I was younger, silver now.
Height: 5'6" and change.
Instruments you play: Used to play flute. Still sing.
Job title: Customer Service.
Kids: Reply hazy, ask again later.
Live: and direct, from Network 23.
Mom's name: [livejournal.com profile] murphymom ;-)
Nicknames: Koosh, Kiri
Overnight hospital stays: Tonsillectomy at age 6...7? Mom?
Pet peeve: Too numerous to mention.
Quote from a movie: "I've only got one job on this ship. It's a STUPID job, but I'm gonna do it!"
Right or left handed: Right.
Siblings: Brother, 3 years younger; half-sister, 18 years younger; half-brother, 22 years younger.
Time you wake up: Between 7:15-7:30 on weekdays. "When I feel like it" on weekends.
Underwear: Sadly, I couldn't find the post from [livejournal.com profile] ihasatardis I wanted to link to here....
Vegetables you dislike: Not as many as when I was younger. Brussels sprouts, okra, hot peppers, raw onions.
What makes you run late: My innate nature, alas.
X-Rays you've had: Not as many as [livejournal.com profile] gridlore, but definitely my share. Most recently my left knee for my arthritis diagnosis.
Yummy food you make: To quote something [livejournal.com profile] dafydd said years ago, "I don't cook. I follow recipes really well, though."
Zoo: Haven't been recently. Wanna go watch feeding time at the penguin exhibit again. "Do not bite the hand - or leg - that feeds you!"
kshandra: Text: "I should perhaps be disturbed by the MASSIVE NEED I have for approval of strangers on the Internet." (LJ Addict)
My journal is EIGHT today. o.O Never in my life have I kept up a diary as long as I have this.

Climbing Mt. Normal
The Life and Times of a Communication Fetishist
Created on 2001-03-05 17:03:00 (#69080), last updated 2009-03-05
25,382 comments received, 36,734 comments posted
Permanent Account
4,509 Journal Entries, 167 Tags, 60 Memories, 100+ ScrapBook Files, 6 Virtual Gifts, 153 Userpics

Interests: 150
Unique interests: 0
However, I originated three interests (5-minute-refresh, I ♥ >1, and equally large boa), which I think entitles me to at least some geek cred.
Friends: 302 / Mutual Friends: 295
I just wish that more of y'all were local. (And that some of y'all weren't dead....)
Communities: 144
The last time I did this that I can find, I was complaining about 83. o.O
RSS Feeds: 53

And finally....

Top Commenters on [livejournal.com profile] kshandra's LiveJournal
(Of users in friends list)
1[livejournal.com profile] dandelion_diva565 565
2[livejournal.com profile] jarlsberg71420 420
3[livejournal.com profile] mactavish403 403
4[livejournal.com profile] gridlore396 396
5[livejournal.com profile] lysana380 380
6[livejournal.com profile] firestrike327 327
7[livejournal.com profile] docwebster322 322
8[livejournal.com profile] dafydd306 306
9[livejournal.com profile] bunyip298 298
10[livejournal.com profile] murphymom297 297
11-100 )
Total Commenters: 568 (468 not shown)
Total Comments: 25382

Report generated 3/5/2009 3:18:56 PM by [livejournal.com profile] scrapdog's LJ Comment Stats Wizard 1.7

kshandra: Text: "I should perhaps be disturbed by the MASSIVE NEED I have for approval of strangers on the Internet." (LJ Addict)
Suffering CD cover

This meme is making the rounds again, and this particular combination was just so striking, I couldn't help but post it. The directions, if you're unfamiliar:

  1. Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
    The first random article you get is the name of your band.
  2. Go to http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
    The last four or five words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.
    (My quote was only six words, so I broke it in the obvious place and went with that.)
  3. Go to http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days
    Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.
  4. Use Photoshop or similar to put it all together. (I used Serif PhotoPlus for this)
kshandra: (Wedding)
(*wonders absently how many distinct earworms that phrase spawns*)

Couples meme, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] baxil, [livejournal.com profile] serenejournal and no doubt others....

Because I don't have enough sense to go to bed at this hour )
kshandra: Text: "I should perhaps be disturbed by the MASSIVE NEED I have for approval of strangers on the Internet." (LJ Addict)
Describe me in one word... just one single word. Positive or negative.

Leave your word in a comment before looking at what words others have used.

Then copy and paste the meme to your journal to find out how people will describe you when limited to one word.


kshandra: Text: "I should perhaps be disturbed by the MASSIVE NEED I have for approval of strangers on the Internet." (Default)

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