Observations:
  1. It's been a while since I've posted.
  2. Actually, quite a while.
  3. I seem to have this kind of super!hiatus every year.
Preliminary findings:
  1. I should post something.
  2. Also, I should keep posting things.
Options for posting:
  1. Post a recap of everything that's happened since last I posted.
    • Pros:
      • There's a recap of everything that's happened.
      • I feel like I've posted something.
      • It may lead to further posting.
    • Cons:
      • I've forgotten lots of stuff that's happened.
      • It's long and tiresome to read.
      • Plus, a little more dull than I might otherwise like.
  2. Post some kind of frothy rant about a current issue.
    • Pros:
      • There's a frothy rant about some current issue.
      • I feel like I've posted something.
      • It may lead to further posting.
    • Cons:
      • Ranting as a first post back makes the subject look more important than it might otherwise be.
      • It's long and tiresome to read.
      • Plus, it's of limited interest to the flist in general.
  3. Post a meme.
    • Pros:
      • Memes are sometimes fun to play with.
      • I feel like I've posted something.
      • It may lead to further posting.
    • Cons:
      • It's a meme.
Conclusions:
  1. Not posting for some time leads to posts like this.
  2. This post will likely contain a meme.


So, fair warning: here be meme.



  1. COS(x) where x is your age plus three?

    Suffice to say, it's much the same as (1 - sin²(x))/cos(x).

  2. Will you be married by then?

    Married by when? Age -0.748058? Er, no.

    (And what would letting zygotes marry do for the so-called sanctity of marriage? ANSWER THAT, OH ANONYMOUS WRITER OF MEMES.)

  3. Who was the last person you hugged?

    Whoever it was, it mustn't have been a very memorable hug.

  4. What were you doing at midnight last night?

    Staring at a clock, wondering what I should be doing.

    (Catching up on xkcd and QC won.)

  5. Ever stolen a street sign?

    Not yet, but I may consider it if ever they make a sign that says "STEALING STREET SIGNS IS ILLEGAL. Please do not steal this sign."

  6. Do you know how to drive a stick shift?

    No.

    As for other tasks I can have machines do for me, I'm not posting this by tapping in the ASCII using a morse code key spliced into the phone line, Winamp doesn't make me play instruments to hear music, and I don't hand-set galleys of type when I want to print something.

  7. Do you wear jewelry 24/7?

    ...I have no way to make this one interesting. So, no.

  8. Who is the funniest person you know?

    Does it only count if they do it deliberately?

  9. Do you still have clothes from when you were younger?

    People just assume that time is a big wibbly-wobbly ball of timey-wimey stuff, but actually, from a linear, subjective perspective, it's more of a strict progression from cause to effect, meaning that all my clothes are from when I was younger.

    Except these ones, which are, in fact, from the future.

  10. What are you mad about right now?

    Er... nothing. Except, perhaps, meme writers who want to marry off zygotes. They bother me some.

  11. Are you a jealous person?

    Everyone else has more jealousy than me. It's not fair.

  12. What are you allergic to?

    I'm allergic to some weird 'NKA' substance, according to every piece of officialdom that's needed to make a note of it. I'm not entirely sure what it is that I'm not supposed to be mixing with the nitrogen and potassium - is it silver? aluminium? astatine? - but I seem to have done well enough so far.

  13. What song lyric, if any, is stuck in your head at the moment?

    None, for once, and I'm not getting one stuck in there just for you. No. Not at all.

  14. What did you dress up as for Halloween?

    A twenty-something user of The Intertubes™. Oh, hey, wait...

  15. Do you enjoy travelling in aeroplanes?

    Umpteen tons of metal, coated in extremely sensitive equipment, powered by dead dinosaurs and held aloft by a quirk of science? Who wouldn't? :)

  16. What is your favourite salad dressing?

    Simple ones; oil, acid, flavouring, mix, add, eat.

  17. How many siblings do you have?

    No trigonometry for this one? How very thoughtful.

  18. Do you know what you are going to wear tomorrow?

    I'm tentatively betting on clothes.

  19. Is your hair your natural hair color?

    It's either that, or there's tiny little hairdresser elves that come and dye it while I sleep.

  20. What song are you listening to right now?

    An MP3 of this. Well, not exactly; the MP3 has better sound quality, and makes me wish that 'MP<3' could be a valid filename extension.

  21. Does anyone like you?

    That's not a very nice thing to say, oh anonymous meme writer person. Not very nice at all.

  22. What are you thinking about right now?

    Answering this question.

  23. What does your last message in your inbox say?

    It talks of a new version of the Portable Apps suite. Wow, exciting.

  24. Do you call anybody by their last name?

    No, unless Shepherd Book somehow counts.

  25. What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up?

    Going back to sleep, swiftly followed by why that might be a bad idea.

  26. What did you do yesterday?

    Er... stuff. Yes.

  27. What would you rather be doing right now?

    Well, it's certainly not marching up and down the square.

  28. What did you last cry over?

    Er... something. A movie, perhaps? If it helps, it probably wasn't spilt milk.

  29. What always makes you feel better when you are upset?

    Always? Nothing. There are, on the other hand, many things that frequently work.

  30. What are you worried about?

    Less than Hannelore, and that's good enough for me.

  31. Have you ever had your heart broken?

    Yes.

  32. Have you ever been out of the country?

    [Insert here joke about Tasmania/Queensland]

  33. Does the future scare you?

    Not really; specific future events, perhaps, but the future as a whole doesn't strike me as OMGfrightening.

  34. Have you ever had the cops called on you?

    No. (This is not an invitation.)

  35. Who was the last person you ate with?

    Um... someone. I think I'll just say the ghost of Brillat-Savarin and be done with it.

  36. Where's your best friend?

    Unlike you, oh anonymous meme writer, I don't feel I have to radio collar my friends.

  37. When did you last see your mum or dad?

    Today.

  38. When was the last time you danced?

    In the shower this morning.

  39. Where do your grandparents live?

    Happily, far enough away to not bother me.

  40. Can you drive?

    More or less.

  41. Where is your favorite place to be?

    I don't really have a favourite place.

  42. Where would you like to move?

    Hmm. Somewhere where summer never gets over 30°C would do nicely.

  43. Do you have nightmares?

    So very, very few that I can't even make up a far-fetched example of nightmarishness to say "OH HAY LIKE THIS BAD THING? No", which ruins my plans for answering this question. Grr.

  44. Have you ever told anyone you were okay when you really weren't?

    ...for whom is this even a question?

  45. Do you think anyone out there loves you?

    It's possible.

  46. What have you done so far today?

    Very, very little, followed by answering 45 questions from a meme. Actually, make that 46.

  47. Ever really liked/loved someone that wasn't good for you?

    Yes.

  48. Do you talk a lot?

    I might, on occasion, be tempted toward a certain degree of loquacity.

  49. Can you play pool?

    Reasonably well, unless I have to play an easy shot.

  50. Did you cry today?

    No. Well, not yet at least.

  51. Where were you at 8:00 this morning?

    In my nice, warm bed, thinking nice, warm, sleepy thoughts.

  52. Have anything you wish you could tell someone but can't?

    Sure, I got a secret. More'n one. Don't seem likely I'd type 'em here, do it?

  53. Do you find it in your heart to forgive?

    Forgive what, oh anonymous meme writer? Is there something you're not telling me?

  54. Has anyone ever told you that you have pretty eyes?

    It's been said once or twice.

  55. Do you like to smile?

    Not for the sake of smiling, no. Liking other things does, however, tend to make me smile some.

  56. Last thing you had to drink?

    Water, actually.

  57. What are you wearing?

    Woven, coloured plant fibres.

  58. What colour are your eyes?

    It depends on the lighting.

  59. Are you tan?

    Er, no. That involves that weird 'sunlight' stuff, doesn't it?

  60. Do you prefer warm or cold weather?

    Cold, definitely cold. Cold makes me seek warm; warm makes me seek a peaceful end.

  61. Where were you three hours ago?

    Right here, as it happens.

  62. Are you wearing socks right now?

    No; even with toes that are a little cold, naked feet are comfier than wearing socks about all the time.

  63. When was the last time you went out of state?

    A couple of months ago. Which is kind of disturbing, really, because from here "out of state" is only about 20-25 minutes away.

  64. Have you been to the movies in the last 6 days?

    Unless BitTorrent counts as 'to the movies', no.

  65. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?

    There may have been a shirt ordered from the Interwebs. It may have been an hour ago. This may count as being in the last week. But, like a buffet table, how will we know unless we interrogate it?



And there we go, a post. Maybe later there'll be a post on swearing prime ministers, or on the Catholic annexation of Sydney, but for now I'm just going to click the magical post button.

Date: 2008-07-13 07:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilacsigil.livejournal.com
Every time I see NKA on a hospital chart, my brain helpfully tells me that the patient is allergics to knickers. I'm not really sure how this connection came about, but it's firmly in place now.

(P.S. When you find this paradise of cool summers, please let me know. I live in the coolest non-Alpine part of Victoria, and it's still too hot for me.)

subject

Date: 2008-07-13 08:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
...that sounds like a potential episode of House. Or, possibly, fic.

(And altitude won't help; I've been atop Kosciuszko in summer and still wanted to just melt and be done with it. So, Tasmania, perhaps? Or just adjusting the whole Earth's axial tilt?)

Re: subject

Date: 2008-07-13 09:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] analise.livejournal.com
Okay, you have to explain Kosciuszko and possibly how to pronounce it because my first thought on reading that was, When was she in Mississippi? (pronounced more or less like: Koz-ee-esk-oh)

Then I realized it wasn't spelled quite the same, but still!

Re: subject

Date: 2008-07-15 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
It's the highest mountain in Australia, but when you're there you kind of expect Hugh Grant to come and tell you that no, it's just a hill.

Date: 2008-07-13 08:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deepfishy.livejournal.com
*pounce* You live! Would you like some delicious cake?


...and in a complete tangent, are you aware of the Jossness soon to be unleashed upon the world (ie, Dr Horrible's Sing-Along Blog)?

Date: 2008-07-13 09:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
I do! I would!

And, I am! Made, it would appear, with not one but three Whedons (and a science ingredient).

Date: 2008-07-13 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deepfishy.livejournal.com
More Whedons = more win?

Oh, the cake is delicious and moist! I'm sure it must be around here somewhere...

Date: 2008-07-15 12:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
We'll see! Today!

Mm, cake. But I'm not sure about the sediment-shaped sediment.

Date: 2008-07-13 09:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurenmitchell.livejournal.com
You aten't dead! I like that in a woman.

I hope you are back from your super!hiatus. I have missed you.

Date: 2008-07-13 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
I'm pretty happy about it too. And I also hope I'm back; being missed saddens me.

Date: 2008-07-13 09:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goblinpaladin.livejournal.com
Catholic annexation! Catholic annexation!

Date: 2008-07-13 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Mmm... yeahsurewhynot. Which is, of course, all one word, and means there should be a post soonish.

Date: 2008-07-13 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
It seems my opinions don't froth very well, but there is a post. With luck, there'll be some mockery to be done in the next few days, which would at least make me happier.

Date: 2008-07-13 10:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annemjw.livejournal.com
Bloody World Youth Day. On the plus side, my choir's church (long story short with that turn of phrase is that I'm not Catholic, I just sing there) did get to entertain French priests today who were on their way there.

Not quite sure of the logic that means Wellington, NZ is on the way to Sydney, but hey, the world is round, right?

Right?

Date: 2008-07-13 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Well, it's on the way if..

Er...

I've got nothing.

Date: 2008-07-13 01:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annemjw.livejournal.com
Quick! Distract them with shiny things!

Date: 2008-07-13 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Nooo! They'll insist on you giving them a tenth of the shinies!

Date: 2008-07-13 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annemjw.livejournal.com
Nobody claims weregild from me unless I see a body.

Date: 2008-07-13 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Can they claim danegeld instead, if they've brought a boat?

Date: 2008-07-13 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annemjw.livejournal.com
Do they have a flag?

Date: 2008-07-13 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
They have swords and pointed sticks, so they could make a flag if need be.

Date: 2008-07-13 01:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Bloody Vikings.

Spam spam spam spam spam spam...

Date: 2008-07-13 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annemjw.livejournal.com
They think they're so cool, just because of their boats and their sagas.

Date: 2008-07-13 02:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
And even so, that was before they had emo princes who wanted to be kings of walnuts.

I was more going for the song - spam spam spam wonderful spam, and so forth.

Date: 2008-07-13 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] annemjw.livejournal.com
Well, he got the nuts part right, at least. And I can like a man who can be witty in the middle of destoying his entire life. Shows character!

Date: 2008-07-13 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] packbat.livejournal.com
You have so little respect for memes. Love it. :D

Shall I [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes your answer to the first two questions? (Y/N) _

Date: 2008-07-13 02:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
Secretly, I only like doing the memes that I can play with a bit. Some just have incredibly dull questions, without that little spark of silliness that can make them actually fun. :)

And you may, if you'd like to.

Date: 2008-07-13 03:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] selenitia.livejournal.com
Apathy-chan!
*tackle-hugs*
I missed you!

You missed my moving far, far away.
I live in Texas now.

Date: 2008-07-14 02:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] palmer-kun.livejournal.com
Vancouver BC Canada. Temp rarely hits 30 in the height of summer. Anything above that shows up on the news as "a record heat wave"

Winter lows stop at around, on... one below freezing. For about 3 days a year.

Date: 2008-07-15 12:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
...do want. Very much.

Date: 2008-07-15 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] palmer-kun.livejournal.com
It is plenty humid though

Date: 2008-07-14 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] romen-dreamer.livejournal.com
Hello. I'm just here to let you know that I adore your icons and may in the future be taking a few for my own use - I'll credit them to you, of course, either in the keywords on lj or with a link to your journal in my signature if I use them as forum avatars. But I figured I should let you know anyway, and thank you for distilling so many facets of culture into the 100x100 pixel form of nearly pure genius.

My mind is boggled by the number of fandoms I have in common with your icon collection. Keep up the nerding :)

Date: 2008-07-14 05:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joee-girl.livejournal.com
I just wanted to post and say cos(x) could be zero, and dividing by zero is bad.

Plus I don't understand the NKA reference.

Plus I have no idea where I know you from.

NKA stands for "no known allergies"

Date: 2008-07-14 02:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
In this instance, cos(x) cannot be zero; x is defined before it's used anywhere that it might otherwise break things. It's somewhat more valid to infer that if cos(x) is, in fact, equal to (1 - sin²(x))/cos(x), then x cannot be a value for which cos(x) returns zero.

Date: 2008-07-14 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] liddle-oldman.livejournal.com
Here from (of course) Metaquotes, though I note we have LJfreinds in common.

I note in the paper this morning that there's a discussion in Colorado to give fertilized eggs the same legal status as an adult. The intent is to not only outlaw abortion, but all forms of reactive birth control (IUDs, for instance). However, one of the unintended consequences, it seems to me, will be to allow zygotes to marry. Since this is, by definition, an extremely Christian (in the maddest American sense of the word) initiative, this will only enhance the Sanctity of Marriage.

There you go! Problem solved! ;)

Date: 2008-07-15 12:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] active-apathy.livejournal.com
It seems to me that there's an easy way for Science! to stop that, by just pointing out that zygote marriages would have an approximately 50% chance of becoming same-sex foetal marriages.

Or, for that matter, that developing offspring would acquire the adult right to have themselves discharged against medical advice.

Date: 2008-07-14 07:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] silmaril.livejournal.com
Yay! You're back.

And funny as ever, too.

Just wanted to say

Date: 2008-08-10 05:34 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for the post

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