angelsaves: (Default)
my baby brother graduated from college!!! here's a picture: )

my parents were like YOU WERE BASICALLY A SUPERHERO THIS WEEKEND, because i did a really good job of pretending i wasn't in horrible miserable pain the whole time \o/ i still had to take a lot of nap breaks, but oh well. and when mom was finding her father's pocketwatch to give johnny, she found the necklace her mother promised me for MY graduation, so now i have a swishy fish necklace \o/

i'm working on a sequel to the mafia AU! i posted bits of it already, and i've been copypastaing more to imp in IM because i can't make people suck less in reality, but i can make patrick sharp be a doofus in fic!

a picture is worth a thousand words, so if you've ever wondered how to summarize casa de this land, here's another picture: )

i slept through the test i was supposed to take :| i feel bad because i should have realized sooner that this just wasn't going to happen, but i also feel like it's too late to feel super guilty. it happened, now we deal.

what are you up to, lj?
angelsaves: (lady isobel stanley)
i'm rereading strange but true hockey stories, copyright 1970, which is HILARIOUS. some of the funny parts are unintentional, like the author's daring suggestion that now that guys like phil esposito and bobby orr have broken the 100-point ceiling, perhaps one day a player will reach 150 points in a season! (the current record is 215 not counting playoffs, 255 counting them, held by wayne gretzky.)

some of it is definitely on purpose, though, like "the case of the loose goose," a 1943 feud between red dutton (then-president of the nhl), john digby chick (then-vice president of the nhl), vern degeer, and jim coleman (both sportswriters). dutton promised the sportswriters of canada a dozen ducks after a hunting expedition and never delivered, for which they teased him mercilessly. then he smuggled a dead duck into degeer's suitcase, and his wife was NOT impressed. to get even, degeer ended up borrowing a grocer's pet goose named mildred:

"We had Wasserman wrap Mildred up in paper," says DeGeer. "When he got finished, she looked more like a bouquet of flowers than a goose."

Having determined that Dutton was not in his room, Coleman persuaded the assistant manager to give him the NHL president's room key. Meanwhile, Mildred remained silent in her wrapping. "She was perfectly behaved until we got into the elevator," says Coleman... "But the elevator was crowded and, once it started, she stuck out her beak and nudged a stout lady standing directly in front of DeGeer."

The embarrassed DeGeer stuttered an apology, but he was mute when Mildred gave the unsuspecting woman a second nudge and this time accompanied it with a long, low hiss. "The lady turned and gave DeGeer a searching look," says Coleman. "Then she smiled faintly. I attributed the smile to the wartime manpower shortage in Toronto."


later, when mildred was chilling in the bathtub, chick came back a few sheets to the wind, and she stuck out her beak and bit him. when he called management to be like "WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS GOOSE DOING IN MY ROOM," they told him to take an aspirin with a large glass of water and go to sleep. BUT IT WAS A REAL GOOSE!!!

so basically i'm kicking my feet with glee. i'd like to get a goose to bite gary bettman.
angelsaves: (Default)
after a long, frustrating day, one of my students basically prayed over me. "you will succeed in all your dreams and efforts, because that is what you wish for others. you will be so happy, because that is what you do for others. you will enjoy division of labor, because you have worked so long and so hard alone."

also she gave me strawberry gum
angelsaves: (hashtag america)
why can't i be a cyborg yet? i would make SUCH an excellent cyborg, you guys. seriously. i'm waiting.

HAPPY 32ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE MIRACLE ON ICE BTW

i wrote some commentfic! a little bit of cat-bros, "Duncs turns into a small animal and Seabs takes care of him", and bobby ryan paying getzy back for lunch (spoiler: not with money)

derek boogaard gives me a lot of feelings. it's taken me months to read the whole series of articles, and i still haven't quite made it through his notes. i just... SO MANY PEOPLE failed him, and i want to be part of keeping that from happening to anybody else. fucking DOZENS of doctors, all working for the same team, none of them communicating with each other about what they're prescribing. people hiding injuries. people letting kids feel like the only worth they have is how much they can hurt people. NO.

i finally decided to withdraw from the stupid class i've been bitching about, which means i have plenty of time to spelling&grammar beta imp's magnum opus \o/

my hair is the color of raspberry sangria wine slush now. relatedly, i really want to drink some raspberry sangria wine slush. and also say "raspberry sangria wine slush" a few more times

EDITED TO ADD (21:15): i was inspired by the beauty of nhl 36: mike richards to make ART. cut to avoid blinding you with the wonder of it all )
angelsaves: (teemu)
these fucking jets announcers need a punch in the nose. SHUT UP ALREADY. atlanta wasn't a good place for a sports team, but that doesn't mean they were all STUPID. also, it baffles me that they somehow manage to be pretending that the winnipeg jets sprang out of thin air instead of being mostly the same dudes who were the atlanta thrashers a couple of months ago AND insulting atlanta every other breath. YOU CAN'T HAVE IT BOTH WAYS, DOUCHENOZZLES.

did some friends list cuts, mostly inactive journals. if you think i hit the checkbox by accident (entirely possible) or you really enjoy reading my stupid locked entries for some reason feel free to comment or message me!

nobody showed up for tutoring today, so i used up my phone battery looking up costume components for my RIVER SONG outfit (it's gonna be so great) and wrote about sidney crosby being really grumpy about the fact that geno can't turn him into a werecat.

GOOD, THE HABS WON!
angelsaves: (trolland)
things i am doing lately:
- tutoring genetics! and apparently i'm good at it! (email from the head of the academic enrichment center: "How is tutoring going? You looked quite at home with your gathering of disciples." yesssss i am the empress of the genetics students \o/) it's exhausting but it makes me really happy.
- clapping my hands and squeaking with glee at hockey players' twitters, especially evgeni malkin's (he calls his cat "my babe!!!!!" and he trolled sidney crosby on his first day back at contact drills :D) and patrick kane's (he's made exactly two poorly-spelled tweets, and paintkane has tweeted at him!)
- panicking about med school applications. i've submitted 4, and i only have a few essays left to write, but some of them are complicated things like "what do you consider to be your most significant non-academic accomplishment?" "not dying" is the actual answer, but i don't think that's what they want me to say...
- wandering around target, making friends with cute indie couples in the dog costume aisle ("ooh, shark! ooh, BANANA! what's your dog going to be for halloween?" "actually, i have a cat! i'm torn between getting the bat wings and making her a dragon, and finding a cat costume for dogs and making her be a cat dressed up as a cat." "hahaha that would be HILARIOUS! definitely make her a cat-cat!") and overhearing adorable little girls from mars ("i want to watch oprah winfrey!" "okay, we can--" "she controls the animals!" "i don't think that's--" "hi, man! how ya doin', man?")
- watching HONEY 2. somebody write me all the maria/tina fic. or the kat graham/me fic. either way.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING, INTERNETS?
angelsaves: (big dork)
i remember really clearly being obsessed with a case of thoraco-omphalopagus conjoined twins when i was a kid. their names were amy and angela. my mom tried to keep me from seeing the headlines the day they decided to do the surgery: AMY SACRIFICES HER LIFE FOR ANGELA. i thought that was bullshit -- amy's an INFANT, she can't decide things like that, they want a nicer way to say they're killing amy to try to keep angela alive when it might not even work. this was 1993, so i was seven.

turns out grown-up bioethicists agreed with me.

overview of the case written for high school students
newspaper article written shortly after the surgery
article from science world written 3 months after the surgery
catholic bioethical analysis written 5 months after the surgery
eulogy the week angela died
in-depth eulogy after angela died, partly by the author of the above newspaper article
bioethical analysis a year later

that last one also includes some wild, radical ideas on health care reform. from 1995. :|
angelsaves: (crazy)
it really bugs me when people writing books don't actually know what they're talking about. (i was going to specify nonfiction, but it bothers me in fiction too.) especially when i can tell exactly what happened: they read a fact, they thought they understood it, and they rephrased it.

that is how you end up saying incredibly stupid things like this:
Richard A. Marlar, a biochemist at the University of Colorado Medical School, analyzed the coprolite and found myoglobin, a protein unique to human muscle. The coprolite could only contain myoglobin if the person who left it had eaten of human flesh


NO. myoglobin is found in the muscle tissue of many, many different animals. the coprolite has myoglobin in it because the person who left it ate meat, not because they ate human flesh. they can tell the person ate human flesh because the fossilized turd has HUMAN myoglobin in it, which can be chemically distinguished from other types of myoglobin. kind of an important distinction.

(from dinner with a cannibal: the complete history of mankind's oldest taboo)
angelsaves: (babydoll)
i'm working on a presentation for my neurobiology class. finding an article was a pain in the ass, because 90% of the articles that fit the specified criteria are about PTSD, and you know what i really don't need to stand up in front of my class and talk about? yeeeah. but i found one! it's about "motion sickness, stress, and the endocannabinoid system." endocannabinoids are the substances our bodies make that mean we have receptors for stuff like, oh... marijuana. so at one point in the discussion, they say, apparently without any irony at all, "endocannabinoids are involved in the complex regulation of food intake." YOU DON'T SAY. did these people GO to college?

i bought a new printer today, because it was cheaper to buy the new one AND ink for it than it would have been to buy ink for the old one, but apparently at some point in the seven years i forgot about, it stopped being fashionable to put ethernet ports in printers, so i actually have to PLUG IN to use it. WHATEVER. that made me feel really stupid and crazy, though (WHAT DO YOU MEAN TIME PASSES???), so i sulked for a while :| then [livejournal.com profile] just_katarin painted my nails checkerboard, though, which helped.

some things should really not be surprising. i still tell people about how i accidentally warped my whole view of bandom by reading the cultverse before anything else (i was honestly shocked to find out that cobra starship's first keytarist was still alive) ...and then i read the brothel AU in hockey fandom, and now whenever i hear pavelsky or thornton's names and look up at the kings/sharks game, i'm vaguely surprised to see them fully clothed. /o\ canon? what's that?

speaking of bandom, i reread [livejournal.com profile] thegaystarfish the other day, and then bobby ryan made that amazing fucking goal, and now i'm basically convinced that bobby ryan is the boy fairy princess of the ice. DID YOU SEE THOSE LEAPS? i mentally shooped glittery wings on him. what a fantastic human being.

and then max pacioretty made a joke on twitter and bruins fans attacked him in incredibly awful ways? idk. there was a lot of really violent stuff, and a lot of really homophobic and misogynist stuff, and then there were the people insulting him based on where he's from. i was 1000% more offended by the ones who seem to think he's canadian than by the ones that said he's a typical connecticut douchebag, because he's NOT canadian, and people from connecticut ARE douchebags. (there's a reason i apologize when people ask where i'm from.) someone even tweeted all "you're making us CT people look like douchebags!" and i was like, oh, honey, that ship sailed so long ago we speak of it only in song and story, as a formative myth of our culture.
angelsaves: (babydoll)
i'm working on a presentation for my neurobiology class. finding an article was a pain in the ass, because 90% of the articles that fit the specified criteria are about PTSD, and you know what i really don't need to stand up in front of my class and talk about? yeeeah. but i found one! it's about "motion sickness, stress, and the endocannabinoid system." endocannabinoids are the substances our bodies make that mean we have receptors for stuff like, oh... marijuana. so at one point in the discussion, they say, apparently without any irony at all, "endocannabinoids are involved in the complex regulation of food intake." YOU DON'T SAY. did these people GO to college?

i bought a new printer today, because it was cheaper to buy the new one AND ink for it than it would have been to buy ink for the old one, but apparently at some point in the seven years i forgot about, it stopped being fashionable to put ethernet ports in printers, so i actually have to PLUG IN to use it. WHATEVER. that made me feel really stupid and crazy, though (WHAT DO YOU MEAN TIME PASSES???), so i sulked for a while :| then [livejournal.com profile] just_katarin painted my nails checkerboard, though, which helped.

some things should really not be surprising. i still tell people about how i accidentally warped my whole view of bandom by reading the cultverse before anything else (i was honestly shocked to find out that cobra starship's first keytarist was still alive) ...and then i read the brothel AU in hockey fandom, and now whenever i hear pavelsky or thornton's names and look up at the kings/sharks game, i'm vaguely surprised to see them fully clothed. /o\ canon? what's that?

speaking of bandom, i reread [livejournal.com profile] thegaystarfish the other day, and then bobby ryan made that amazing fucking goal, and now i'm basically convinced that bobby ryan is the boy fairy princess of the ice. DID YOU SEE THOSE LEAPS? i mentally shooped glittery wings on him. what a fantastic human being.

and then max pacioretty made a joke on twitter and bruins fans attacked him in incredibly awful ways? idk. there was a lot of really violent stuff, and a lot of really homophobic and misogynist stuff, and then there were the people insulting him based on where he's from. i was 1000% more offended by the ones who seem to think he's canadian than by the ones that said he's a typical connecticut douchebag, because he's NOT canadian, and people from connecticut ARE douchebags. (there's a reason i apologize when people ask where i'm from.) someone even tweeted all "you're making us CT people look like douchebags!" and i was like, oh, honey, that ship sailed so long ago we speak of it only in song and story, as a formative myth of our culture.

HA, I WIN

Mar. 9th, 2011 05:13 pm
angelsaves: (hockey)
i have cured my sinus awful with the magical powers of vicks vaporub. PUT IT UP MY NOSE? DON'T MIND IF I DO! i can breathe. you know what's awesome? breathing.

last night, i dreamed i was on an epic camping trip in someone's backyard with [livejournal.com profile] shoemaster, [livejournal.com profile] just_katarin, some of the guys from my neuro class, some people i follow on tumblr, and three or four blackhawks. chloe got out in the rain, brent seabrook helped me catch her, and we were all really terrible at putting up tents.

overanalysis of the chara/pacioretty hit last night )

HA, I WIN

Mar. 9th, 2011 05:13 pm
angelsaves: (hockey)
i have cured my sinus awful with the magical powers of vicks vaporub. PUT IT UP MY NOSE? DON'T MIND IF I DO! i can breathe. you know what's awesome? breathing.

last night, i dreamed i was on an epic camping trip in someone's backyard with [livejournal.com profile] shoemaster, [livejournal.com profile] just_katarin, some of the guys from my neuro class, some people i follow on tumblr, and three or four blackhawks. chloe got out in the rain, brent seabrook helped me catch her, and we were all really terrible at putting up tents.

overanalysis of the chara/pacioretty hit last night )
angelsaves: (big dork)
do you watch hockey? do you write stories about people who play hockey? do you long to know what the different injuries the players are always getting mean? do you have bits in your hurt/comfort fic that say [SOME KIND OF PLAUSIBLE INJURY GOES HERE] for when you figure out what would last the right length of time and have the right symptoms to fit into your plot?

HAVE I GOT A POST FOR YOU. those are my favorite questions to answer! i am the kind of nerd who totally spent yesterday afternoon researching exactly what type of knee reconstruction surgery evgeni malkin is likely to get.

i'm going to comment to this post with stuff as i think of it. feel free to comment with questions!

DISCLAIMER )
angelsaves: (big dork)
do you watch hockey? do you write stories about people who play hockey? do you long to know what the different injuries the players are always getting mean? do you have bits in your hurt/comfort fic that say [SOME KIND OF PLAUSIBLE INJURY GOES HERE] for when you figure out what would last the right length of time and have the right symptoms to fit into your plot?

HAVE I GOT A POST FOR YOU. those are my favorite questions to answer! i am the kind of nerd who totally spent yesterday afternoon researching exactly what type of knee reconstruction surgery evgeni malkin is likely to get.

i'm going to comment to this post with stuff as i think of it. feel free to comment with questions!

DISCLAIMER )
angelsaves: (Default)
YEAH I TOOK THE MCAT \o/

after many trials and tribulations in fucking GETTING there, that is. but i took it! and this time it went much better! and then i came home and went to sleep, and soon i'm going to go back to sleep. because you know what's great? sleep.
angelsaves: (Default)
YEAH I TOOK THE MCAT \o/

after many trials and tribulations in fucking GETTING there, that is. but i took it! and this time it went much better! and then i came home and went to sleep, and soon i'm going to go back to sleep. because you know what's great? sleep.

yesssssssss

Jan. 6th, 2010 06:21 pm
angelsaves: (Default)
internet, i'm not sure if you've noticed yet, but it is NO LONGER 2009! now it is 2010, which will be a much better year. i am leaving no room for doubt in that statement. at the very least, i had several horrible firsts in 2009, so those things can't happen for the first time again!

I HAVE SOME GOALS )

yesssssssss

Jan. 6th, 2010 06:21 pm
angelsaves: (Default)
internet, i'm not sure if you've noticed yet, but it is NO LONGER 2009! now it is 2010, which will be a much better year. i am leaving no room for doubt in that statement. at the very least, i had several horrible firsts in 2009, so those things can't happen for the first time again!

I HAVE SOME GOALS )
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