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Forget doing household chores (or anything else that needs doing) in 15-minute chunks. I seem to have from 15 seconds to three minutes' worth of patience, depending on the chore.
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A discussion of self-image suddenly moves me to ask all y'all: how much does this icon actually resemble me?

(Needless to say, answer only if you know me in "real life.")

Edit: If you can put into words just how or why it does or doesn't look like me, that would be nice too.
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Miracle of miracles: today I had a car door slammed on my hand and due to the way the door was constructed, I was hurt less than I would ever have imagined possible in such a situation. In fact, it quit hurting almost completely within a few minutes. Not only that, but the guy who did it is talking of buying me food by way of apology. I suddenly begin to understand the appeal of being a professional accident victim.

Also, we are apparently performing on Sunday in an octagonal church. That is hella nifty. Kinda sucks that it's in BFE, though.

It occurs to me that I've neglected to mention we're performing Sunday at all. We're doing a couple of cantatas and a harpsichord concerto, all by Bach. Saturday's show is in Oakland, Sunday's is in Palo Alto. Details are here.
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[livejournal.com profile] saizai (proudly displaying partially completed embroidery): Wheeeee! Looky, looky.
[livejournal.com profile] caesia: *chuckles*
[livejournal.com profile] saizai: Whaaaaat?
[livejournal.com profile] caesia: You're very cute.
[livejournal.com profile] saizai: Hey, I'm being very manly.
[livejournal.com profile] caesia: Manly?
[livejournal.com profile] saizai: Macho.
[livejournal.com profile] caesia (with raised eyebrows): Macho.

(V sporfles in background)
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A couple of nights ago, I had the first LiveJournal-related dream I can ever remember having, and it was fairly interesting. I dreamed I was reading a post someone had made in [livejournal.com profile] blog_sociology describing a "challenge" they'd participated in: they were to spend a week not blogging about blogging. That week, they'd made only three posts to their personal journal: a post at the beginning of the week saying "yeah, I'm doing that challenge thing people have been talking about"; a post in the middle of the week saying "this sucks!"; and a post at the end saying "yay, I'm glad that's over." In other words, not only had they been completely at a loss for anything to blog about once they stopped blogging about blogging, but they'd also not been able to keep themselves from blogging about not blogging about blogging.

I think my subconscious is grossly exaggerating. I certainly don't think anyone in that community is actually so absorbed in meta-analysis that they don't have anything else to talk about--but the idea is amusing, and it also amuses me to be sitting here blogging about people blogging about not blogging about blogging.

Now, my only question is: should I post this over in [livejournal.com profile] blog_sociology?
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Bloody fuck! I've just realized there was a much bigger fuckup at the polls. When you vote a paper ballot, you're not supposed to sign the register, as I mentioned earlier. When I voted today, they had me sign. I'd said "I'm not supposed to sign, right?" but they said I was, and figuring that there might have been a change in procedure, or else that it was a slight messup on their part but not likely to do anything more than annoy the vote-counters, I didn't argue. It wasn't until I got home that the implications of it hit me.

When you vote a regular ballot, there's no way to trace it. The only proof they have that you voted is your signature on the roster. That's why you're only supposed to sign the roster if you voted a regular ballot. Provisional ballots go in those little envelopes so that they can make sure you didn't vote somewhere else as well before they take them out and count them; if your signature appears in any roster anywhere, that means you voted and that means your provisional ballot won't be counted.

By making me sign the roster, they've nullified my vote. Not just mine, but those of every other voter who was on the rolls at that precinct but voted a paper ballot anyway.

I called the registrar's office as soon as I realized this. Fortunately, because of their other screwup I'd taken note of the precinct number; the fellow there, agreeing that this was a Bad Thing, told me he'd pass this on to the troubleshooters and that they might get back to me. If they don't, I won't be able to find out if my vote, specifically, got counted until it's far too late to do any good, though I might be able to find out how the situation in general was resolved.

Cross your fingers, folks. I'm gonna be royally pissed if they don't find a way to fix this.
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Okay, now I wish I hadn't waited till late in the day to vote. One of the women at my polling place thought I wasn't allowed to get a new paper ballot when I mis-marked the old one. When I told her I was pretty sure I was, one of her fellow poll workers looked it up and told her I was right, but I shudder to think how many people came through that day and were forced to cast mis-marked paper ballots.

*scribbles letter to registrar's office*
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I should've mentioned this a while ago, but I'll do it now in case there are still people reading this who haven't voted yet.

If you're planning to vote a paper ballot, ask for it before you sign the register. Otherwise they have to go back and cross your name off and scribble little notes on it and shit so the count doesn't get messed up--or at least here in California they do. Be nice to your poll workers and don't make them do that. They'll have a tough enough time today as it is.
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I've just found out that you can apparently fax absentee ballots instead of mailing them. This may come too late for some of you, but if you got your absentee ballot too late to mail it in and you can't make it to the polls in person, you've still got time to fax it in; call your registrar's office to get the number.

Spread the word, please. I've heard of way too many people in this election not getting their ballots in time.
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Y'know, it's odd: I enjoy Lovecraft parodies a lot more than I enjoy Lovecraft.

(link from [livejournal.com profile] cortneyofeden through [livejournal.com profile] stollman)


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