kshandra: Anthony Ainley from the Classic Doctor Who serial "Survival." Text: "Why, yes, I AM plotting your demise." (Ainley - Demise)
As those of you who follow us on the Book of Face already know, [personal profile] gridlore and I went and saw Iron Maiden at the Oakland Coliseum Arena Wednesday night (yes, Oracle, I know, I'm a purist). Opening for them was Ghost, a doom-metal band out of Sweden.

I fell in love with their theatricality almost immediately.

Ghost

Somewhere in the midst of all of this I got it into my head to cosplay their frontman, Papa Emeritus* - or rather, to cosplay as Mama Emeritus, as I'm never going to be able to hide my chest, no matter how shapeless a costume you put me into. I found some amazing reference photos from an eBay listing (including a photo of the costume maker with the band, showing just how good the recreation was). I even found an EtsyStudio listing for a brocade in the same pattern as Papa's chasuble, only worked in black-and-purple instead of black-on-black to make it a little more me. I'm also planning to add bright purple lipstick to the facepaint to highlight the feminine aspect.

What the fuck sort of monster have I become?!

* Officially, the band remain anonymous, though a recent lawsuit has pierced that veil.
kshandra: Frank the Goat, swearing in comic-book fashion. Text: "LiveJournal: Proudly uniting foreheads with keyboards since 1999" (Livejournal)
So I was attempting to click through on a Read More tag on a friend's LJ, when this pops up:

screenshot of the pop-up window forcing Livejournal users to accept their new service agreement

Lemme say that one more time for the folks in the back:

ATTENTION: this translation of the User Agreement is not a legally binding document.

So unless I agree to something written in a language I do not read, I can no longer access a blog I have been using over fifteen years.

I'm doing one final import of content, so I have whatever recent comments have been left on the LJ side of the divide. And then I'm clicking OK on the agreement long enough to save my 200+ userpics, and deleting my account.

I do hope I'll see more of you on Dreamwidth in the future. I'll miss those of you who don't make the switch.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Default)
Changed my default userpic; it's now an animated scroll of the closing paragraph of Keith Olbermann's Special Comment the night Gabby Giffords was shot. It's an important reminder, to myself and hopefully to others.

Keith no longer holds quite the same space in my fangirl's heart that he once did. [personal profile] gridlore stopped following him before Countdown went off the air for the final time, noting that it had become the liberal equivalent of all of the conservative echo-chamber shows he railed against so often, and I ultimately had no choice but to acknowledge the truth in that statement. I've used the #KOdependent hashtag on Twitter once or twice since then, and was only half-joking about it. But in the wake of this week's results, Doug is appreciating the need for a liberal firebrand (or dick-punching arsonist, if you prefer) once more.

In other news, Facebook just scared the bejesus out of me. Somebody flipped the wrong switch somewhere, apparently, and they put memorial banners on everyone's profile. I discovered this the hard way by going out to my sister-in-law's profile.

My transgender sister-in-law who just started hormone therapy earlier this summer, and who has been posting about whether she's going to rush the process along to make sure she still can, or whether she's just going to go back in the damn closet.

I've already heard about one suicide brought on by the election (and not one of the unconfirmed reports, either). The possibility that C might join their number was entirely too real, and I did not need that.

And how are YOU doing?
kshandra: Graffiti of hands ripping open a dress shirt, Superman fashion, to reveal the word FAIL (FAIL)
...after a desperately-needed nap, I get up this afternoon and get on my computer for the first time all day to discover that the latest Windows update has done something to trigger the "invalid product code" error message on my copy of the OS. Further inspection seems to reveal that the product code has somehow been rolled back to the OEM code - for the copy of XP that was on the machine when I bought it a decade ago.

And my install disk is at the office.

FML.
kshandra: Close-up of an old Nokia cellphone; the display reads "Tardis calling" with an icon of the TARDIS in the corner (TARDIS Calling)
Perhaps more accurately: Do I know anyone with a Netherlands-based phone number?

I've received two calls on my cell phone in as many days; research this morning revealed the country code to be NL, and the city code to be Haarlem. No message has been left, obviously.

EDIT, 10 October: Six calls since Monday morning. If I wasn't terrified of what the call cost would be, I'd be half-tempted to answer.
kshandra: Mock Scrabble board square reading "Triple Nerd Score" (Triple Nerd Score)
In the latest search puzzle in Jane Angel, one of the items in the picture was a SixApart baseball cap.
kshandra: Small owl with its head turned 90 degrees from vertical. Text: "Wait...what?" (...what?)
I'm playing a hidden object game (Jane Angel: Templar Mystery), and the lead character is supposed to be an FBI agent. I'm working my way through, cringing at the Engrish (the designer is based out of Russia, as many of them appear to be, and I can only hope they've hired better translators since this first came out), when I notice that the character's journal has what appears to be a real phone number on the cover ("if found please call xxx-xxx-xxxx").

I looked it up...

...and it's the actual number for the Los Angeles office of the FBI.

...I quit.

Oct. 4th, 2012 11:57 pm
kshandra: Graffiti of hands ripping open a dress shirt, Superman fashion, to reveal the word FAIL (FAIL)
Hit a McDonald's drive-thru on the way home. Ordered McNuggets, with sweet-and-sour sauce.

The video screen SAID sweet-and-sour sauce.

We got home, I reached into the bag...

...and pulled out three packets of barbecue sauce.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (LiveJournal)
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When I originally started this post, the question was:

If you were the TSA at Hogwarts, which Harry Potter character would you pat down, and why?

What, EXACTLY, where you thinking when you selected this question, LJ?

No, let me rephrase that. WERE you thinking when you selected this question?

Seeing as they have now changed the question, the answer, obviously, is "no."
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (BurningMan)
I was out at dinner with [livejournal.com profile] i_got_u_feed when we both got a Tweet with the following link in it. M pulled it up on his iPhone and, well....

Heady Leaves the LLC )
kshandra: Four penguins, three of whom appear to be staring accusatorily at the fourth. Text: "Well, this sucks." (Sucks)
Egg stealing gay penguins are totally the next equally large boa.
kshandra: Small owl with its head turned 90 degrees from vertical. Text: "Wait...what?" (...what?)
After M's disturbing speculations in the kitchen last night, this Metaquote couldn't possibly be better-timed....
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (PokeAtOwnRisk)
(crossposted, with some edits, from my BMan village's board)

Decided that I needed boot covers to go with my Fabulous Playa Coat™ last month. Went shopping with [livejournal.com profile] hederaivy, from whom I was going to commission them, and couldn't find purple fur for any amount of love or money. Found a vendor online who not only offered them in purple, but makes them in extra large sizes to go around my *&^%$#@! calves. "I need these by 10/10," says I, as I'm having them shipped to my office (my neighborhood is NOT one where you want to leave a package on the doorstep). "No problem," says the vendor, "it usually takes us 1-2 weeks to ship."

This was on 9/19.

I emailed the vendor on Wednesday to say "Um, dude, WTF?" She writes back, saying she'll check the order status and promising that they'll be here by today.

I get another email this morning with a 0100 timestamp. "if you give me your home address I can have them forwarded there instead and they will for sure arrive there by Saturday delivery."

I gave her that address at 11; she has yet to reply. If I don't come home from Faire tomorrow to see [livejournal.com profile] gridlore waiting for me with a box o' fuzzy, I will be...displeased.
kshandra: Small owl with its head turned 90 degrees from vertical. Text: "Wait...what?" (...what?)
*wonders absently if her favorite football hooligan has heard of the Sons of Ben*

(And once again, Radio IO has PWN3D me.)
kshandra: Anthony Ainley from the Classic Doctor Who serial "Survival." Text: "Why, yes, I AM plotting your demise." (Ainley - Demise)
...but no. [livejournal.com profile] docwebster, I'll have you know that DAVE FRIGGIN' MOREY linked to "Swingin' the Alphabet" in his blog today.
kshandra: Cartoon drawing of a sheep, knitting a striped sock (Knitting)
Or maybe just absurd....

A My Little Pony-sized Jayne hat.
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Playa Pumpkin)
The man accused of setting the Burning Man on fire four days early has been arrested for allegedly planning to set Grace Cathedral ablaze, San Francisco police said today.

I hope Paul Addis gets the help he's clearly starting to show he needs. (And I'm avoiding the ePlaya for at least a week until the wank goes away.)
kshandra: The Burning Man effigy, lit in blue neon, arms by his sides; an orange half-moon is visible over his shoulder. (Argh!)
What I said two years ago still applies today.

Lady, it's not a clown car!

(Edited to remove a link to my older post, as people have begun leaving comments on that one, and I'd prefer the current discussion to be left in one place.)
kshandra: Small owl with its head turned 90 degrees from vertical. Text: "Wait...what?" (...what?)
I won a thousand-dollar car stereo system today.

Buh-wha? )
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