kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

The words and deeds love meme I linked yesterday has closed, so here is version 2.0, second verse, same as the first!

Adapting [personal profile] staranise's terrific how-this-works:

  1. Leave a comment with your, or anyone else's, username(s) in the subject and body. Self-nomination and anon nomination are all fine. If you don't want to be nominated or you want your nomination taken down, just let me know in a comment or in email (knepveu@steelypips.org).
  2. Once someone has a comment thread about them, reply and tell them about something they've said, done, or made that you liked. A kind word, a signalboost, a drawing, a story, a helpful post. This can be short or long. You can just name or link to something, or go into more detail.
  3. Sit back and enjoy how much the people here are making the world a better place in little, tiny ways. They're filling it with art and honesty. They're doing things that are beautiful and kind. It may not fix the world--what does?--and it doesn't mean they're perfect. It just means they're trying, and you noticed.
  4. Play nice.
  5. Anon comments are screened; captcha is temporarily off. Anonymity is optional.
  6. I will be online regularly except for Saturday afternoon and Sunday during the day, when my access will be intermittent; I thought about waiting until Monday, but let's keep momentum going. (Eastern/GMT -5 time, but frequently awake in wee hours as well.)
  7. Point people to your thread! It is 100% okay to let people know when they have an opportunity to be kind to you.

Here is the index for the prior iteration (and now being updated for this version!), by the estimable [personal profile] jjhunter; perhaps there's someone there you meant to comment regarding?

icon meme, Kate style

Thursday, April 8th, 2010 10:50 pm
kate_nepveu: line drawing of startled cat with vacuum nozzle held to back (cat-vacuuming)

I have adapted an icon meme going around because some of the questions are just not suited for me, so I ignore them and substitute my own! For credits and other information about these, see my icon page. (You should be able to hover for keywords.)

silly icon meme )

Icon meme, again

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 07:36 pm
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

The icon discussion meme has come around again. [livejournal.com profile] telophase asked me about the icons behind the cut. If you like, ask me about more icons, or ask me to pick some of your icons and then talk about them in your journal (leave a link to the post here).

six icons )

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

A cropped, but otherwise unaltered, picture of me now, wearing the latest in accesories:


In the mirror in our entryway, trying out a sling for SteelyKid. Hair's longer than I'd like, glasses are the previous version (current version got twisted when they were awkwardly packed in the hospital, and then I popped the screw trying to un-twist them, and I haven't had the opportunity to get them repaired yet), but at least I showered today.

I'm still not sure about the sling—the angle SteelyKid's head is at doesn't look comfortable, but my torso is narrow and there doesn't seem to be any other way—but she was falling asleep in it when I took the picture:

sleepy scrunched-up baby )

and protested when I tried to take her out of it. Since she's been colicky (oh, the joys of discovering yet another food that probably causes her pain!), and is now sound asleep, I'll risk it for a little while longer.

Comments on babies in slings (note the specificity) are welcome. Other advice is not.

kate_nepveu: Text: "Men are from Earth. Women are from Earth. Deal with it." (feminism)

[livejournal.com profile] telophase rocks and has coded that 1930s marital rating scale as an internet quiz:


As a 1930s wife, I am
Very Poor (Failure)

Take the test!

In contrast:


As a 1930s husband, I am
Very Superior

Take the test!

More icon discussion

Thursday, March 27th, 2008 09:48 pm
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Continuing the meme of asking about icons, or asking me to ask you about yours.

[livejournal.com profile] ninjoo asked about these:

five icons )

[livejournal.com profile] desdenova asked about these:

five more icons )

Icon discussion meme

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008 09:07 pm
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Ask me about some (up to five, say) of my icons, and I'll tell you about them. Or, ask me to ask you about some of your icons, and then when I do, post in your own journal—because we picked our icons for a reason and talking about them is fun.

[livejournal.com profile] yhlee asked me about these:

icons )

Voice Post Meme

Sunday, November 25th, 2007 12:05 pm
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Seen at yhlee's, though I was A Rebel! and ignored most of the questions in favor of reading from the opening of The Fortunate Fall.

Something I forgot to say is that I recently listened to a recording of an oral argument I did, and I was disappointed that my voice was kind of . . . ordinary.

cut for long transcription )

kate_nepveu: ocelet in profile, lying on shelf with head hanging slightly over edge (my daemon)

Wiped out for no obvious reason today, so no new panel reports. Here's a poll to help me decide which to do next:

[Poll #1084855]

Also, the "tell me which fictional character I am" meme is very much fun, even if I absolutely suck at coming up with answers. (I've been thinking about it on and off most of today, and the only person I've decided on is [livejournal.com profile] veejane, who hasn't even asked and might not appreciate my answer anyway.) But the accumulated results are like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen game that went around a few years ago: [livejournal.com profile] yhlee is Iskierka from the Temeraire books, and [livejournal.com profile] oyceter is Fuu from Samurai Champloo, and I am Kate Somerville from the Lymond Chronicles [*], and together we fight crime! In the person of . . . someone who has unleashed a plague of locusts, because they would all be very upset at the wrecking of the food supply.

Okay, I said I wasn't very good at this.

[*] According to [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija, but if you have another idea, go ahead.

And now I go off to gather strength for the morrow by reading Qwan.

Mega Meta Meme

Thursday, October 18th, 2007 10:16 pm
kate_nepveu: small turtle in pond, one leg on rock, looking up at camera (expectant turtle)

Ask me a question. Tell me my daemon. Ask me to ask you a question. Make up a memory of us. Ask me about my icons. Tell me something you think I should know. Start a conversation in icons or lyrics. Ask me to do some other meme.

I don't promise to do the same thing in response—I suck at people's daemons, for instance—but I'll do something.


Thursday, April 19th, 2007 08:41 pm
kate_nepveu: text written on wall in blood: "NO MORE HAPPILY EVER AFTER" (Fables (hea))
  • Abruptly it was spring this afternoon, as in bright bright sun and 65 degrees Farenheit. I have no idea, but I'm not complaining.
  • Via [livejournal.com profile] tnh's Particles, troll bingo cards.
  • There's only one movie left from the silly guessing post, so have some more IMDB plot keywords:

    Pudding, Brain Surgery, Tortoise, Weevil, Pursuit

  • GIP (because the booklog doesn't have a place for usericons, even appropriate ones).
kate_nepveu: Wakko with hands on hips and tongue hanging out to one side (Animaniacs (yup! silly!))

From various people: guess the movie or TV series from three of the IMDB's plot keywords:

  1. Stabbed In The Shoulder, Birthday Party, End Of Mankind
  2. Geese, Black Box, Temperature (ETA: IMDB has this as "black box recorder," which isn't quite right; sorry)
  3. Old War Buddies, Gun Nut, Mysterious Past
  4. Hollowed Out Book, Library, Hope
  5. Giant Spider, Battering Ram, Pyre
  6. Genocide, Suit Of Armor, Military
  7. Acrobat, EMP, Mormon
  8. Pudding, Brain Surgery, Tortoise
  9. Torture, Cliff, True Love
  10. Animate Tree, Scaling Ladder, Rabbit
  11. Black Suit Clad Killer, Union, Convenience Store
  12. Ice Skating, Briefcase, Reckless Driving
  13. US Embassy, Amnesia, Fishing Boat
  14. Vincent Van Gogh, Baseball, Mushroom Cloud
  15. Good Cop Bad Cop, Plastic Surgery, Shootout

(I'm bolding the ones that are still left to be guessed.)

Month in Review

Sunday, April 1st, 2007 04:27 pm
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Earlier in March, we went to New York City on the occasion of relatives' birthdays and saw a musical called The Drowsy Chaperone about which I intend to write more, really, I promise. Getting half-price same day tickets makes for a really long day, but if we got tickets ahead of time, going down for a matinee would be quite workable, so we'll have to keep that in mind. Any particular recommendations? I should note that Chad's not much on musicals unless they're metafictional or have some other reason for people bursting into song.

We've also booked our Japan flights and hotels. All we need is the rail pass (90 days ahead) and our flight seat assignments (ditto; not that I have any great hopes of getting an exit row, but we'll try). Now I need to start thinking about learning the language . . .

And as discussed previously here, I started taking a yoga class. It's certainly exercise, but I haven't decided if I'll take another one; the instructor hasn't been very useful in telling me which exercises I should avoid or modify because of the bursitis in my hips, and I'm not suited to the less-concrete parts of the class. On the other hand, having a scheduled class is a good thing for a procrastinatory Kate. We'll see when it's over.

Last weekend we went to Boston. We spend all day Saturday at the Museum of Science, as it was hosting the Darwin exhibit that originated at the American Museum of Natural History. It had all the stuff you would expect, documents of Darwin's and fossils and specimens, all of which were informative and interesting—plus two Galapagos tortoises that I found terribly comic in how very slow and deliberate they were. As a complement, we went to the IMAX movie on the Galapagos, which includes some great underwater footage. After a break at Papa Razzi, a local chain Italian place, we just wandered around the Museum. Lots of the hands-on stuff still needs fixing, alas, but we still found plenty to entertain ourselves before having dinner with [livejournal.com profile] prince_eric and spouse. Sunday morning we put in an intense two hours at the Museum of Fine Arts: Japanese Bamboo Art, Tsutsugaki Textiles, really cool marbled paper made by Sufis, and a fascinating exhibition called "Women of Renown: Female Heroes and Villains in the Prints of Utagawa Kuniyoshi." According to information in the exhibit, the MFA has thousands of Japanese prints and is starting to digitize them; you can see some online.

Finally and very belatedly, [livejournal.com profile] papersky tells me that I am Bapchild. I have what is "thought by many to be one of the finest Village Halls in Kent"; a cricket club (with fantasy cricket!); and a spring named after St. Thomas a Becket. I was the site of the Synod of Baccanceld in 694, and am currently involved in a controversy over the construction of a Kent Science Park.

(And now to post this while the borrowed wireless connection has faded in rather than out, since our DSL went out last night and Verizon doesn't know why . . . )

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From here (explanation; criticism of list [edit: see also my comments at the bottom of the post]).

The Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of 1953-2002 )

More interestingly: look into your crystal balls, dear readers, and predict the most significant books since 2002. I'll start: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke.

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Time for the holiday wishes meme again? You can find the instructions here. Once again, so very optional.

My wishes, cut for modesty )

Please post links to your own lists in comments! (Also see [livejournal.com profile] holiday_wishes.)

Book meme

Tuesday, May 17th, 2005 11:45 pm
kate_nepveu: line drawing of startled cat with vacuum nozzle held to back (cat-vacuuming)

As requested by [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel.

1. Total number of books I've owned:

Back-of-the-envelope suggests in the neighborhood of three thousand.

2. Last book I bought:

It was the school budget vote today, and they always have 50 cent paperbacks as a fundraiser. So I bought Suzanne Brockmann's The Defiant Hero, which is part of a contemporary romance series that I've been getting out of the library, and Tom Clancy's Red Storm Rising, because I used to like it back when I read Dad's copy.

I think Red Storm Rising will make great bedtime reading this week, actually.

3. Last book I read:

Volume two of Lucifer, Children and Monsters. I was dealing with tech support so I wasn't in the best mood for it; when I realized I didn't actually understand immediately what was going on, I just skimmed very fast to the end, got explanations, and then went back and read normally. Despite the inauspicious circumstances, I liked it very much.

Last text-only would be Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH.

4. 5 books that mean a lot to me:

Hey, I did most important books and favorite books already! Oh, all right: Freedom and Necessity, The Lord of the Rings, Possession, for the reasons stated previously. Here I find that "mean a lot" isn't congruent with "most important" or "favorite," flail, come up with Small Gods for philosophical reasons, and retire from the field in confusion.

5. Five people to take up the meme and answer in their own lj.

I can't keep track of who's already done this, and so invite anyone reading who would like to answer. (Leave a link in comments, please.)

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

Cruise in review coming tomorrow or the next day, but a couple of silly things now just to get them out of the way. First, a playlist version of guess the song: )

kate_nepveu: line drawing of startled cat with vacuum nozzle held to back (cat-vacuuming)

I think this may have gone around LJ a while back, but I'm importing it now from the blogosphere via Chad's book log.

the authors I've read 10 or more books by )

kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)

My paternal grandmother died Thursday before last; she was unresponsive when my grandfather went to wake her late morning and then slipped away before she got to the hospital. She'd suffered (I use the term advisedly) from chronic illness for years, but I was still surprised at the news—beyond the usual shock that it was this day, I had rather expected an acute crisis rather than a quiet passing. She had always been very good to me, but she was neither healthy nor happy, and hadn't been for some time. So while I am sad (and guilty about not seeing her more often), it is not a fierce grief. The funeral was a week ago today, and was uneventful, which is a good thing when it comes to funerals as far as I am concerned.

I didn't post about it at the time because the mis-mash of reaction made me feel unequal to dealing with reader reaction, if that makes sense. (Also because I was trying to push work aside for the funeral trip.)

Everything else was work or Boskone. A report on the latter will be done today, because I won't have time the rest of the week. But the snow seems to have stopped for the moment, and I really need to get out of the house before I fall asleep—I've already wasted the morning dozing or catching up on Internety things. So before I head out for a few errands, I will leave you all with six things I've done that you probably haven't.

I couldn't come up with ten. )

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Instructions )

My list )

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