bubosquared: (Default)
( Jan. 2nd, 2008 01:53 pm)

The thing about DMs is, because they last so damn long, some time between new pairs, I always forgot how painful it is to break in a new pair. Owie. :(

Work is busy. I’m nevertheless busy playing pretty flash-based games. My favourites are Winterbells (current high score: 2,845,220) and Bubble Bees (Current high score: 9,000-odd). Warning: do not click on that link if you don’t have at least an hour to lose.

Meme time! From Munchkinott:

  • Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
  • I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
  • Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
  • Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
  • When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

Answers behind the cut.

Read the rest of this entry » )

Crossposted from Sleepless in Scotland. Comment here or there.

bubosquared: (turn the page)
( Dec. 4th, 2007 12:03 pm)

Before I end up pulling my hair out: any CSS gurus out there want to point me towards the best way to get a footer on a multi-column page? Because Google is coughing up a bunch of ways to do it and I can't seem to find one that works at least in FireFox and AUGH!

Linkspam of the Day, because I discovered Stumbleupon:

  1. WinterBells -- Beautiful flash game, and the music makes it even better.
  2. VisuWords -- An online graphical dictionary. Fascinating in that way that kinda fucks with my brain. (Double-click on some of the bubbles for more fascinatingness!)
  3. Foodpairing -- Not just here because it's a Belgian website, but also because this comes in very handy for people like me who like to experiment with food but don't always have this kind of thing down as common sense.
  4. Low Impact Woodland Home -- a.k.a.: Hobbit House built for £4000 in four months. We wants one, preciousss ....
  5. The Effects of Drugs on Spiders -- Yeah, um, that spider on caffeine? That's so totally me. *hides in shame*
  6. Hang Stan -- Hangman with a pig. And with answers that are much easier to guess than random words. :D
  7. Programer or Serial Killer? -- I got 3/10. I'm pretty much fucked, then, aren't I?
  8. LetterFu -- This just strikes me as kinda charming and awesome. I may actually start writing letters again with this. :D
  9. Guerilla Gardening -- This is just all kinds of awesome and win.
  10. Things Other People Accomplished When They Were Your Age -- In case your self-esteem needs punching.

My brain has had, alternatingly, Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny and Internet People stuck in it since yesterday. I've tried everything to make it stop, but even ABBA can't make this budge. Augh. This probably says something about me, but I don't know if I want to know what, exactly. (Note: This is not an excuse to start singing Badger Badger at me, nor the Hamster Dance song or any other internet meme jingle. This is bad enough as it is.

bubosquared: (gryffindor)
( Nov. 7th, 2007 10:41 am)

Was yesterday Sucky Customer Day and no one told me or something? Because in one day, I had one bloke claiming that us refusing to reset the Product Key (so he could reactivate it) of his bought-third-hand software without confirmation of the e-mail address it was activated with is "breach of contract" and blah blah blah, and then another guy refused to believe I was Tech Support because I asked "Sorry, Windows 64 bit?" and then refused to do any troubleshooting because, and this is a DIRECT QUOTE here people, "I don't like you, I want to talk to someone else," and my Level 2 claims he's just an ass like that to everyone, but you know, I'm still not convinced that the fact that I'm a woman didn't have anything to do with it and AUGH!

*twitches*

I, um, here, have a meme (stolen from [livejournal.com profile] dantesvendetta) to make up for that: Comment, and I will comment back with a picture of the fictional character that most reminds me of you. Then post the same in your journal and join in the fun!

bubosquared: (livejournal)
( Oct. 3rd, 2007 11:53 am)

Ooh, a meme! I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] troubleinchina: List ten things that have recently made you happy, then tag ten people to do the same. And then she threatened me with flying monkeys. :(

  1. My hip has mostly stopped hurting. Yayes!
  2. The NaNo forums are up! Bweeee! *commences with the time-wasting*
  3. I have a good feeling about this year's NaNo.
  4. There has been a recent influx of hot new starts who are exactly my type. Mmmm, eye candy.
  5. [livejournal.com profile] toubleinchina, especially her big, juicy brain.
  6. Lunch! Mmmm, veggies.
  7. The overdraft from my bank, which means I can survive to payday without having to scrounge.
  8. My hair is growing out nicely, and seemto be pretty healthy so far.
  9. I has Lush! Smelly stuff FTW!
  10. New Knitty is out! \o/
  11. Work is quiet. I'm sure this is just the silence before the storm and/or I've just jinxed it, but I'm enjoying it nonetheless.

I tag: [livejournal.com profile] ruby_fruit, [livejournal.com profile] amatia, [livejournal.com profile] tsukizu, [livejournal.com profile] elfiepike, [livejournal.com profile] elance, [livejournal.com profile] dramaturgy, [livejournal.com profile] halfacork, [livejournal.com profile] apetslife, [livejournal.com profile] safti, and [livejournal.com profile] carelessmemory.

bubosquared: (livejournal)
( Sep. 13th, 2007 04:26 pm)

Now that my domains are back online, I think it's time to start faffing about with journals and things a bit. I'm not leaving LJ, for obvious reasons, but I'm thinking of setting up a wordpress blog, backing up my LJ including all comments to it fore safekeeping, and using it as a jump-off point for crossposting between LJ/JF/IJ/GJ. And then, of course, I need to figure out what to post where and why, and what to do with my writing and crafts journals, which don't have mirrors on JF/GJ/IF, and AUGH! This whole exodus business is annoying, and coming to it a dollar late and a day short doesn't help.

Aaanyway. Have a meme, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] dramaturgy:

  1. Go to http://www.careercruising.com/;
  2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark;
  3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions;
  4. Post the top ten results.

So, uh, my top ten:

  1. Makeup Artist
  2. Historian
  3. Archivist
  4. Optical / Ophthalmic Lab Technician
  5. Special Effects Technician
  6. Tailor / Dressmaker
  7. Computer Programmer
  8. Computer Trainer
  9. Environmental Consultant
  10. Security Systems Technician

Most of those make sense in some way at least, but um. Make-up artist? I've barely managed to mastrer the fine art of applying mascara without stabbing the brush thingie into my eye -- barely, because I still sometimes do that -- and I wear make-up largely because drawing on myself otherwise gets me weird looks, and these people want me to be a make-up artist? o_O

On the up side, in 11th place: gunsmith. Awesome! \o/ In 20th place: Magician. Er. And writer doesn't come in until number 24, woe. But still!

bubosquared: (livejournal)
( May. 24th, 2007 01:12 pm)

More memeage. )

Today's Lunch: pita-licious!

bubosquared: (livejournal)
( May. 1st, 2007 01:48 pm)

Gnr. Have training today from eleven to one. Do. Not. Want. Bleeeergh. And okay, boys who sound like they're the same age as my baby brother do not get to give me lip, dammit. I know what I'm talking about here, biatch, shut up and do as I say instead of arguing that you know better what the problem is. If you know what the problem is, why are you calling me? Yeahk, that's what I thought. Arse.

No lunch box picture again because again I'm an idiot. Oh, well. It's mostly the same as yesterday anyway, except instead of pasta I have cheese and onion pastries. Mmmmm.

More Three Interests And Three Icons memeage! First batch from photonegative. )

Second batch, from dazzy. )

Third batch, from commieprincess. )

Meme from [livejournal.com profile] unloveablehands: Explain three interests and three icons.

In which we learn that everything is always Amy's fault. )

Wanna play? Comment and I'll give you three interests and three icons to explain.

bubosquared: (footballslash)
( Feb. 27th, 2007 11:10 pm)

This concept has been around for a while, but Sars did the iChing thing this week, and I figured hey, let's ask the iChing what's going to happen in re: this job situation of mine:

1. Arethna Franklin - I Say A Little Prayer For You Aw, thanks, Arethna. I guess that's a good sign, to start out with. Also, damn great song.

2. Meat Loaf - The Promised Land Another good sign, woohoo! "Tell the folks back home this is the Promised Land calling / And the big boy is on the line." Which seems to imply a great job is going to land in my lap! *crosses fingers*

3. Meat Loaf - Amnesty Is Granted ... Again with the Meat Loaf. Do I want to read into that, or is this just because I have his entire catalogue on my iTunes? Although, he's not the most represented artist in my music library. o_O "I'm growing tired of feeling like I do" Yeah, pull up a chair and tell me about it, iTunes. "Come on baby let's start again right now." Sounds good to me! iTunes is definitely supportive of my jobhunting, I'd say. :D

4. U2 - Staring At The Sun Heh, speaking of artists more represented in my iTunes than Meat Loaf. "Stuck together with God's glue / It's going to get stickier too." This ... could possibly be a reference to the number of times I've been about to leave this job and failed (stopped searching), and a warning that it's about to get even harder than before to leave this job, and apparently the solution is to "Don't try too hard to think / Don't think at all." So, don't think, just keep sending out applications, you're saying? Right. I'll get on that, then.

5. U2 - Ultraviolet (Light My Way) Sometimes I think I obsess over certain artists too much, heh. "Sometimes I feel like I don't know / Sometimes I feel like checkin' out." Oh, hell yes. I'm gonna say this one is pretty much "Go for it, you'll make it, too: "Baby, baby, baby / Light my way."

Conclusion: Great new job, here I come!

Hm, but, should I change my hair, or go for it and try jobhunting with a mohawk?

1. Johnny Cash - Bird On A Wire "Like a bird on the wire / Like a drunk in a midnight choir / I have tried in my way to be free." That's ... nice, thanks, but I'm not sure of the message, here. Should I stick with my little bit of personal freedom? Give it up because it's a relatively empty gesture/symbol anyway? Or maybe, listening to the rest of the lyrics, the message is that I should apologise to my hair for any wrong I've done to it. But by growing it out and no longer bleaching it, or by shaving it and then apologising for mowing the hawk? iTunes is getting into this oracle gig too much, I think.

2. Guns 'n' Roses - Don't Cry Well, it's Guns 'n' Roses, so you'd think "Go long!" would be the obvious message, although they're nice about it: "Don't hang your head in sorrow / And please don't cry." But my mohawk! :(

3. John Denver - For Baby (For Bobbie) ... I have absolutely no idea what to make of this. I suppose I could interpret this as "You'll look great with long hair, go for it!" But I can also interpret it as "They'll love you regardless of your hairstyle, go for it!" I really think, though, that iTunes just threw this up to give me musical whiplash. Bastard.

4.Metallica - Seek And Destroy Well, okay then, iTunes, I get the message. Burn everything down, salt the earth, start again, I get it.

5.Evita OST - She Is A Diamond "She's a diamond in their dull, gray lives / And that's the hardest kind of stone / it usually survives." Well, yeah, it won't kill me to shave the 'hawk, but you know, I don't want tooooooo!

Conclusion: iTunes may well be right, but I'm not giving in just yet, dammit.

Anyone else want to ask a question of the iTunes Oracle though my often embarassing collection of songs? :D

bubosquared: (Default)
( Feb. 1st, 2007 03:19 pm)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be coming out on 21 July 2007. *marks on calendar, takes time off, starts stockpiling canned food and bottled water for the coming wankocalypse*

Link of the Day: Orcas in the Firth of Forth. Awesome!

Meme, nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] ladyjaida:

Ask me to take pictures of any aspect of my life that you're interested in or curious about. It can be anything from my favorite shirt to my cell phone. Leave your requests as a comment to this entry, and I'll snap the pictures and post them as soon as I can.

I'll be posting That Work E-mail, which I finally finished and sent this morning, under heavy friendslock in a bit, but for now, have a couple of amusing work quotes to make up for all the angst:

Customer: My PDA went down on me ...

Co-worker: Define "fuzzy".

And finally, some memes. This first one is a version of that one everyone else is doing, slightly adjusted by [livejournal.com profile] telesilla:

Give me one of my own stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future after the end of the story, or sometime in the past before the story started, and I'll tell you where the characters are and what they're doing. It probably won't be fic, unless something really inspires me, but I will tell you what's up with them.

If you've done this one, feel free to poke me in the comments here as well, by the way. I've been bad about replying to posts.

And another meme, this one from [livejournal.com profile] bibliotech:

That meme where you have to say everything you know about those of your friends' fandoms that you know only through fannish representations, rather than through ever having watched any. So I will. Name a fandom and I will tell you what I think I know about it, derived only from my LJ experience.

bubosquared: (Default)
( Dec. 18th, 2006 01:29 pm)

Mutter grumble stupid tension headache go away dammit grumble.

[Unknown site tag]

What kind of pirate am I? You decide!
You can also view a breakdown of results or put one of these on your own page!
Brought to you by Rum and Monkey

Crossposted from Sleepless in Scotland. Comment here or there.

bubosquared: (coffee)
( Dec. 18th, 2006 01:29 pm)

Mutter grumble stupid tension headache go away dammit grumble.

What kind of pirate am I? )

bubosquared: (blather)
( Dec. 4th, 2006 02:17 pm)

Work whinging. )

I love my job, I love my job, I love my job, ...

On a more cheerful note: Wish List Meme! )

And if you cuold please link your own wish list post in comments if you've made one, that would be handy, thanks. :D

Quote of the Day:

The historical innaccuracies actually leap off the t.v. and did a little dance in Melle's living room!
([livejournal.com profile] troubleinchina, re: Robin Hood)

And on a semi-related note, there's ... something, whatever, going around about internet people and knowing they're real people and not lying, and I was gonna be all insightful and shit, but you know, I don't think anyone's ever going to accuse me of being a liar or a fake intarweb person or whatever. For one thing, my life is far too mundane for that, and for another, I've met ... a whole lot of you in tht Real Life place now, so you can vouch for me. :D

It'll also be difficult for me to ever stage my death, as both the non-family people in my will are on my friendslist and thus would quickly call shenanigans on any fake deaths.

bubosquared: (Default)
( Oct. 16th, 2006 06:56 pm)

MUAHAHAHAHAHA SUCCESS! *runs around on US servers*

Crossposted from Sleepless in Scotland. Comment here or there.

bubosquared: (plotting)
( Sep. 6th, 2006 12:15 pm)

Okay, fine, I'll do the five things meme.

You post a topic, list, category, whatever, in my comments section.(examples: "Five Things Rodney Won't Eat" or "Five Times That Jeeves Was Caught Unprepared"). Then, in a separate post, I'll post the answers to all your Top 5 ideas, according to me. Serious or fun!

Hit me!

bubosquared: (squee)
( Aug. 17th, 2006 10:57 am)

That celebrity collage meme. )

1. Are you named after anyone? If so, explain.

Nope. It's a tradition in Belgium (or sued to be--it's tankfully dying out now) to name kids after grandparents and godparents, which is how my parents ended up with, respectively, five and seven middle names (and they're not an exception), but my parents very sensibly gave me and my brothers one first name and one middle name.

I'm Sofie Katrien, for the record, neither of which is especially distinctive, especially not for a girl my age. Actually, it doesn't seem to be over here, but in any group of about a dozen Belgian women my age, you'll find at least one Sofie or Sophie, and Katrien isn't that much rarer.

And this is only one of a dozen reasons why I go by Melle these days, heh.

2. Do you have your children's names picked out already? If so, is there any significance?

I'm not planning to have kids, and I don't really think about children's namesas a result, but if I ever did have kids, chances are I'd stick to my parents' "tradition" of picking simple, easy names with no spelling or pronunciation issues that don't need to be abbreviated to be useable. Although I admit I quite like Gaetan for a boy.

3. If you were born a member of the opposite sex what would your name have been?

Jelle, I believe, though my dad tried valiantly, all three times, to lobby for Kit, regardless of gender. I'm kinda glad my mum won that particular fight, to be honest. As a nickname, fine, but as an official name? Not so much.

Note that Jelle, is pretty much the equivalent of Sofie in terms of popularity in my generation.

4. If you could re-name yourself what name would you pick and why?

You know, oddly enough, I don't think I'd ever change my name officially, despite the fact that pretty much the only people who actually still know me by my real name anymore are my family and the people I work with, and even some of those know me by Melle (notably, CO and a bloke whose name escapes me who works in my department and was also at the picnic this Sunday).

(This randomly reminds me that I should go and friend a bunch of RL people ASAP. But I digress.)

Anyway, a I was saying, despite all that, I'm rather attached to my real name. If nothing else, I'd lose my reason for semi-collecting owl stuff, and also, I'd rather not have to explain to official-type people that no, it's spelled M-E-L-L-E, not M-E-L, and no, it's not short for Melanie or whatnot.

5. Are there any mispronunciations/typos that people do with your name constantly?

This would be the other part of why I go by Melle. Not only does no one seem to be capable of spelling my name correctly (S-O-F-I-E, not S-O-P-H-I-E, people), but I rather dislike the English pronunciation of my name. I'm better about it than I used to be, but I still prefer to just go by Melle and save myself the aggravation.

6. Any nicknames you are fond of?

Well, Melle, obviously, which is the only actual nickname I've ever had. Oh, and "kleine puit" ("little frog"), which my gran still calls me. (... And it only now occured to me to wonder where thehell that came from. Um. Presumably, I was a fugly baby?)

bubosquared: (mickey/jake)
( Jun. 22nd, 2006 03:34 pm)

Happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] ktnb!

I'm feeling a bit weird today, will probably be spending tonight napping and/or cleanin or ... something. Or maybe I'll just go on a reading binge; I suddenly found myself wanting to re-read old Metallica slash this morning, and metslash is blocked from here, so the craving has only grown. (And yes, this is an invitation for random recs. :D All fandoms welcome, pretty much, though I'm not known for my love of anime, so.)

Speaking of Metallica slash*, go read and contribute to the stories of Crazy People In Fandom!

* Watch my entire friendslist except a handful of people go "Huh?" at that segue, ahahaha!

Also, that comment meme. )

bubosquared: (becks/owen)
( Jun. 6th, 2006 10:20 am)

Placename of the day: Weston-Super-Mare. Look, in the sky! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ... SUPERMARE! :D And then there's a Mr Anchor who works at a Naval Recreation Centre.

Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] ladyjaida:

Five People I Would Really Like To Be BFF With

  1. Jayne Cobb. We would totally get along, and he can beatup annoying people for me while I hold his beer.
  2. Captain Jack harkness, who would take me across time and space to go see places and teach me how to be suave and seduce people, and possibly let me braid his hair and other BFF-like things.
  3. Jean-Paul Beaubier, because we could totally hang out at coffee shops all day to people-watch. And by "people-watch" I mean "snark". :D
  4. Sir Ian McKellan, although that would be more of a mentor/pupil relationship than proper BFF.
  5. Neil Gaiman. He can be adorable and smart and brilliant, and I'll be in the corner being a doof and making him look even more brilliant by contrast. :D Also, we could talk writing.

It occured to me yesterday that the World Cup is about to start getting underway, and that I've friended a whole bunch of people in the last two years, who probably have no idea what's about to hit them. So, yes, a little warning: I get taken over by a pod person during the World and European Cups. Click on the football tag on this post to see what I was like in 2004, and especially in 2002. I normally support, in that order, Belgium, Scotland, England, anyone playing against Brazil, and anyone playing against the Netherlands.

(Belgium and Scotland for obvious reasons, and England because I like watching David Beckham and Michael Owen get their grope on. The Dutch-hatred is cultural, and it's a tribute to my still-seething hatred of Brazil that I would suppotr the Dutch if they played Brazil, because Brazil, through blatant cheating and lying and A FUCKING BLIND REF APPARENTLY, kicked first England and then Belgium out of the Cup in subsequent matches, and NO I AM NOT BITTER AT ALL! But anyway.)

With both Belgium and Scotland not even in the running, you can expect, for the following couple of weeks, a lot of minute-by-minute match commentary, picspam posts of boys in shorts touching each other in inappropriate ways, threatening of people's kneecaps, bitterness, Ronaldo-hatred burning with the passion of a thousand suns, and, if England manage to get anywhere (ha!), probably the occasional drunk celebatory post.

(Speaking of which, any of the football/slash fans on my friendslist want to help me come up with a football/slash drinking game? Doesn't have to be England-specific, although "If David Beckham insists on taking a turn during penalty shootouts, empty your drink" should really be in there.)

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