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Once more, it appears to be time to post random poems in our LJs and implore our friends to do the same. This time I'm going with Shakespeare. I've always liked the refreshing realism of this sonnet:


My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips' red:
If snow be white, why, then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red, and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound:
I grant I never saw a goddess go,
My mistress, when she walks, treads on the ground:
And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
As any she belied with false compare.



Incidentally, where the hell did this rain come from?
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1. My username is ____ because ____.
2. My journal is titled ____ because ____.
3. My subtitle is ____ because ____.
4. My friends page is called ____ because ____.
5. My default userpic is ____ because ____.

When I created this journal I spent a lot of time thinking of possible usernames, to what turned out to be very little avail. What I wanted was an at least vaguely apropos single-word abstract concept that started with V, but every sufficiently interesting one I could think of turned out to be taken. After much frustration, I finally decided to just add a couple extra Vs to one of the ones I'd already tried. (Since then I've discovered, to my extreme annoyance, that [livejournal.com profile] vexation has in fact never made a bloody post nor even used the account to post comments.)

And then I went hog-wild with the V theme, which is why my journal is titled "Vainglorious Vicissitudes: The Vertiginous Void of Vacuous Verbosity" and my friends page is "Vaster Vistas, or the Vagaries of Various Vagabonds"--and also why my comment links count the "valid views" of those who "venture to verbalize."

My default userpic is from a Spamusement cartoon by Steven Frank; it's the only one of my icons that doesn't purport to be a picture of me, except that for all intents and purposes it is a picture of me. Anyone who's ever scritched behind my ears knows this already.
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From the [livejournal.com profile] altfriday5:

1. When was the last time you took a test?.
A few weeks ago--the CBEST. And I don't know how the hell I scored so low on the essay portion--unless it's because they assigned a bloody controversial prompt and I answered as honestly as I could without sounding like an utter hippie freak.

2. Does taking tests make you anxious? How anxious?
Usually not; I'm a good test-taker. Tests of a kind I'm not used to make me a bit nervous, though, in the way that unfamiliar things often do.

3. Pick your favourite type of test question (short answer, essay, multiple choice, etc.). Why? Least favourite? Why?
Multiple choice tests are not only easier, but more objectively graded, which I value a lot because I often don't trust graders. I do think sometimes that they're too easy, and they're admittedly very frustrating when they're badly written because there's no partial credit if you get it "wrong," but that's not a problem I've run into often. Essay questions bother me mostly because I just physically don't like having to write so damn much.

4. Have you ever felt that someone was deliberately "testing" you (i.e., setting up situations or conversations to see what you would do or say)?
I can't recall that I have, but then again I tend to be oblivious to that sort of thing.

5. Have you ever deliberately "tested" someone?
Closest I've come is being weird at people to see how they'd take it. I've been told that's messed up, but I really don't agree; I don't think there's anything manipulative, and there's certainly nothing false, about showing people bits of your true self early on just to see if they can handle the real you, and if it's neither of those things, I don't see what else would be wrong with it.
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The textbook we use here for intermediate algebra is kind of dry, compared to the ones I used in high school. Really, I didn't think the authors had any sense of humor whatsoever--until today.

Today, I came upon a word problem that began "Three kinds of tickets are available for a Prosthetic Forehead concert...."

Okay, so they have a sense of humor. They're just hiding it very well.
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My ancient work machine died yesterday, and so they finally set me up with the new one they've been promising. It's sleek and all, but it's annoying me in little ways. For example, it's fucking with my fonts in a way I can't figure out how to correct. My LiveJournal is showing up in Arial or some such stupid thing instead of the Verdana I know and love, and it's bothering me. It just looks so...cheesy.

I don't think it's a Firefox problem, but in any case I've searched for settings to tweak in both the browser and the computer's control panel, and found nothing that seems to work. I hate to sound like a whiner, but can anyone tell me how to regain control of my goddamn fonts?

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