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updates, quirks, and thanks

Happy belated birthdays to animated_max and gypsyjr, and happy birthday to carpdeus. Best wishes to you for a wonderful year!

I've been buried under finals and grading, so I've missed out on mentioning a few items of interest:

Re: History

Hobbit May Be First Australian
(The Hobbit-like humans of Indonesia may have lived in Australia.)

Oldest Known Maya Mural, Tomb Reveal Story of Ancient King
(amazing new insights into the origins of Maya art, writing, and rule)

Re: Literature

There are new books available for preorder as well as news updates from Valancourt Books, a wonderful press that offers quality reprints of rare Gothic novels.
(I'm especially excited about The Witch of Ravensworth, personally.)

Rumor has it Prince Caspian has been greenlit by Disney as the next Narnia film.

Re: Fandom

Koenig, Cawley Talk 'New Voyages' Surprises
(an interesting case of blurring the lines between a "fan" series and a "professional" series)

"Cthulu by Ego" film
(a parody must-see for fans of Lovecraft - thanks to sneezythesquid for this)

I've been tagged by several friends, most recently by st_crispins, for this, so here goes:

Ground Rules: The first player of this "game" starts with the topic "5 weird habits of yours" and people who get tagged need to write an LJ entry about their 5 quirks as well as state this rule clearly. In the end, you need to choose the next 5 people to be tagged and list their names.

1. When I travel, the first thing I do when I reach my hotel is unpack my clothes and iron every piece that needs pressing. I feel unsettled about conducting whatever business I have if I don't know all of my clothes for the entire trip are pressed. (Yes, I carry a travel iron.)

2. I've only owned one pair of tennis shoes/trainers in my adult life, and they were required for an aerobic walking class I took as an undergraduate. For some reason, trainers look strange to me, and I can't bring myself to wear them.

3. My comfort zone for room temperature is approximately 65 degrees (Farenheit). My house and office stay at this temperature year-round. The first thing I do when I enter a classroom is adjust the thermostat.

4. If I hear a song once, even in a store or as background noise, I usually can remember all of its words (even if I was not aware of listening to the song at the time). In the past I prepped for particularly difficult exams by setting my notes to a familiar tune, recording myself singing them, and then playing my notes back to myself - because once I heard them, I knew them.

5. I have very little sense of direction or place. I keep a written list of detailed directions to many places I go regularly but not daily, because I often must reuse them. I think there's a whole section of my brain that simply doesn't work; it probably was overrun by my brain's lyrics database. :)

I won't tag anyone to do this. If you haven't yet, and you'd like to do so, please do.

And huge thanks to those who have sent me lovely cards/letters/packages, including euclase (I'm still in awe), thrihyrne (will be writing back shortly), fungus_files (I love the turtles), sneezythesquid (thanks so much for the tape), aragornlover (hope your back is better), llembas (hysterical card - and I love the quote), and sunnysky (what a beautiful card - my sentiments exactly). Happy, happy holidays to you!

Quote of the day:

"In the sunken city of R'lyeh dread Cthulhu has drunk all the wassail, again."


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Dec. 14th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
What a great meme! I didn't know any of those things about you, so that's very cool. Glad you got the letter; I only hope it was legible. :cringe: Thanks for your update and for sharing your delightful quirks!

Dec. 15th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
I didn't know any of those things about you, so that's very cool.

LOL. I hope I haven't freaked you out or anything!

It was great to get your sweet letter. (And what beautiful paper you made!) I'm anxious to reply soon. *hugs*
Dec. 14th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
My comfort zone for room temperature is approximately 65 degrees (Farenheit).

Adding to the list of 'separated at birth' evidence. ;-)
Dec. 15th, 2005 02:57 pm (UTC)
You know, the evidence is starting to pile up in a serious way...! :) Glad to know I'm not the only one who feels that way about the temperature issue. I usually look like I'm dressed for a different season than everyone else. Ha!
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
When I was in London it was a wet/cold 60-65 and I barely even put on my light jacket (over one layer of clothing)... I couldn't believe all the clothes everyone was wearing! The style was 3 or 4 layers *indoors*. Gah! I was sweating just looking at them!
Dec. 16th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Yep, we're definitely related. :) Everyone's forever saying, "Are you just wearing that? Where's your coat?" Look, I'll wear one when I get cold, okay? Thanks....

Maybe we both have penguin blood! That would explain soooo much.
Dec. 14th, 2005 11:07 pm (UTC)
your quirks are great, and the obsession with music becomes ever clearer. ;)

I never iron. ever. I only buy clothes that don't need ironing, and when I travel and stuff gets a bit scrunched...I just wear it anyway. feel free to de-friend me now.
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)
your quirks are great, and the obsession with music becomes ever clearer. ;)

I wish I could "purge my files" of the lyrics sometimes - I recall every word to atrocious songs I can't stand, but I can't remember where I parked the car this morning. Silly brain!

I never iron. ever. I only buy clothes that don't need ironing, and when I travel and stuff gets a bit scrunched...I just wear it anyway. feel free to de-friend me now.

LOL! Nah, I just admire you for being less anal and obsessive-compulsive than I.
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Dec. 15th, 2005 03:01 pm (UTC)
Yay! Another cold-blooded person! It's nice to know I'm not alone.
Dec. 15th, 2005 02:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for the mention! I'll be sending your Clermont Friday evening, hopefully in time for the holidays. And you won't be disappointed with Witch of Ravensworth...it's bizarre, horrifying, and yet hilarious.

Hope you're having a good winter break!
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:02 pm (UTC)
Great news! I look forward to them both. Thanks!

I just turned my semester grades in, so break officially begins now. ::happy sigh:: It sounds as though you have a busy one planned. I hope you have a great time!
Dec. 15th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
Thank you
for the birthday wishes!
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you
You bet. I wish you yummy, steaming cups of your favorite beverage (hot tea? mulled wine? coffee? cocoa?), and a good stack of Dickens.
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you
Tea, Earl Grey or perhaps a nice Jasmine ;)

Thanks <bows gallantly>
Dec. 16th, 2005 05:40 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you
Ah, you and Jean-Luc Picard with your Earl Grey! :)
Dec. 16th, 2005 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Thank you
Funny story that.

The year before ST:TNG came out, I was introduced to the delightful tang of Earl Grey.

Since I do enjoy Trek, everyone assumes that I'm copying Mister Pick-ard (as the landlady in Time's Arrow calls him). <sighs with Shatnerian eloquence> Oh well.
Dec. 15th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed the link, and the package. It was my pleasure. Two more tapes to go!
Dec. 16th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
Waaaaah! *happy dance* So, are you the Kraken now? :-D
Dec. 16th, 2005 11:05 pm (UTC)
In another page, I just might be. ;)
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