Just signed up for Yuletide. I was quite amused at the character list participants had assembled for the Dresden Files, as it includes a “Frank Hendricks.” I know that’s the name his player in the Hearts and Minds RPG came up with for him, but I wasn’t aware it was so firmly entrenched in fanon! Somehow I felt like a party pooper, correcting it to Nathan.

In other news, Kristin sent me the photographs she took of me as a psychotic, murderous queen. I have a freakishly long neck and evil-looking clavicles. It’s good to be the queen!

Books I am currently in the middle of: (in the order they were started)

  1. The Vor Game, Lois McMaster Bujold
  2. The Sellsword, Cam Banks (a long-time friend of Jim Butcher–we palled around at Comic Con)
  3. The Wordy Shipmates, Sarah Vowell
  4. The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
  5. The Queen’s Bastard, C.E. Murphy

    and now

  6. More Information Than You Require, John Hodgman

Self control. I should look into it.

But why, you may ask, is my brain going in so many directions? Perhaps this is because I have done so many awesome things in the past month.

September 15: Attended the Audacity of Jokes Obama fundraiser. Among other notable comics were Kristen Schaal (Flight of the Conchords, The Daily Show) and Jonathan Coulton.

September 29: The Mobile Pie Hole! Enjoyed free pie and Pushing Daisies swag in Times Square as ABC pimped the season premiere.

September 30: Kevin invited me to see Simon Pegg at Comix. I LOVE YOU, KEVIN!

October 1: Pushing Daisies premiere! I made delicious pies for my guests and wore a cute dress. Afterward, Kristen helped me hang the Serenity travel posters I’ve been meaning to hang for months. I also put up the Pushing Daisies dot I was given by a Mobile Pie Hole attendant. It’s about two feet wide, and it looks fabulous on the wall!

October 2: Bought Nation! Listened to audio book Thursday and Friday.

October 5: Toured the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons as a part of Open House New York.

October 8: Saw Sarah Vowell speak!

October 10: Long-time family friend Tex invited me to a performance art production, for which he composed the music. It was very bizarre, but it was great to see him and his family again!

October 12: Kristen and I went out for crepes, then she used me as a model for her painting of a psychotic queen. I’m still waiting to see those photos, Kristen! Later, Tex invited me to watch the Cowboys game, then I treated him to gelato.

October 15: Debate Night! And better, my beloved college roommate Ko spent the night!

October 16: Kevin and I went to the Obama campaign HQ to get training for phone banking, canvassing, and other forms of volunteering. W00t!

October 17: Invited more friends out for crepes! Crepecrepecrepecrepecrepe.

October 18: Planned to spend the weekend phone banking, but woke up on Saturday a nasty cold and couldn’t. Lamesauce, body.

October 20: Ko came to town again! She and I and one of our favourite college professors, Veronica, went to Vesselka for shenanigans and raspberry blintzes.

October 21: Saw John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton speak and perform, respectively, at Barnes and Noble. Fig. 1, Jonathan Coulton summons a great white whale through the sheer force of his awesomeness. Fig. 2, John Hodgman sees whut you did thar. Unfortunately, he does not see the great Brobdingnagian hand come to squish his head and filch a copy of his new book, More Information Than You Require.

Have I mentioned how much I love living in New York?

Twitter Driveby

  • 00:44 @viennateng Can you explain it in 140 characters? #
  • 09:30 Does Palin’s job naming convention remind anyone else of feudal Europe? tinyurl.com/5zno7w #
  • 09:30 Also, how is "wealth spender" worse than "deficit raiser"? #
  • 09:50 Missed "Heroes" last night, but find I really don’t care. Was it worth watching? #
  • 09:51 @hodgman I have no uke case, but I look forward to seeing you at B&N tonight! #
  • 10:09 @Wraithmaker Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow #
  • 10:30 @hodgman gave a TED talk! The universe is awesome today. tinyurl.com/6abzzm #
  • 10:34 Biden on Ellen: Entrance music was "Changes" by David Bowie, and now he’s speaking against Prop 8! Be still my heart! bit.ly/pgl3K #
  • 14:43 The only thing about quiche more fun than eating it is pronouncing it. Keeeeeeesh! #
  • 17:17 WAH. iTunes is crashing a minute into each song. Guess I’ll be bringing my iPod into work for the foreseeable future… #
  • 17:18 @jonathancoulton Drat! Can you make an exception for coonskin? #
  • 18:05 At B&N, soon to be captivated by @hodgman and @jonathancoulton. Will any of you guys be in attendance, besides the obvious? #
  • 18:17 @boymonster I am dubious. We may have to thumb-war for the title at the next Comic Con. #
  • 23:26 Did I know before today @hodgman is doing a cameo on Battlestar Galactica? How can sadness exist in the world in the face of such splendor? #

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  • 07:57 @fourteenacross We have levers! They make me feel like I’ve accomplished something. Electronic voting machines are so anticlimactic. #
  • 09:38 Tried a new shampoo this morning. Hair feels really, really soft. It’s the little things in life! #
  • 10:43 Jon Stewart to Sarah Palin: "F*** You" tinyurl.com/5v5jfa #
  • 14:35 Dear Baby Jesus, I’m not sure what I did to deserve this picspam of scruffy Lee Pace, but I thank you nonetheless. tinyurl.com/64mfnf #
  • 19:02 @mkcho73 Wish I could join you guys, but I have cunning plans of my own. *rubs hands* Have fun! #
  • 00:00 @Wraithmaker I had dinner with my visiting college roommate and one of our professors! ‘Twas quite awesome. #

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  • 00:16 @jimmyaquino Try not to get mugged! #
  • 01:18 @edeainfj What are you quoting? *headtilt* #
  • 08:32 Retweeted from @benjaminspector: Charleston, WV: Early voters say machines changed their votes from Dem to Repub tinyurl.com/6gedhj #
  • 09:35 @fourteenacross *dances a merry jig with you* #
  • 11:48 @mkcho73 They are a god-fearing restaurant, and they keep the sabbath holy by not serving delicious fast-food chicken. #
  • 11:49 @jimmyaquino Woooo, Maximus! Give him a necklace of the skulls of his enemies for me. #
  • 11:50 HUZZAH! Colin Powell just endorsed Obama! I can’t wait to see how the McCain campaign spins this. #
  • 12:17 Powell’s MtP endorsement is a well-reasoned, empathetic analysis. Always refreshing to see that in politics. tinyurl.com/69lwa7 #
  • 13:51 @xiehicks Oh, man. GORGEOUS. Where was this? #
  • 17:14 @jimmyaquino Most of the time I share with a friend, or I take 2/3 home for leftovers. #
  • 17:15 @edeainfj Oh, hon, I’m so sorry! You and she will be in my thoughts. #
  • 17:55 6pm, and I’m veering napward. Of course, if I go to sleep now, I’ll probably wake up at 3am and be incapable of going back to sleep. Arg. #
  • 19:06 @mkcho73 That’s what I love about my neck of the East Village. NO STARBUCKS! #
  • 23:09 Oh my god, I’m laughing so hard I’m CRYING. The 2008 political campaign as a D&D session: tinyurl.com/6e3bul #

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  • 11:47 WAH. Yesterday’s predictions were correct. I woke up this morning with a sore throat and a voice an octave lower than normal. #
  • 11:48 Was hoping to do phone banking for Obama all day, but that’s not happening. Maybe data banking. But do I want to expose volunteers to cold? #
  • 19:24 Took four-hour nap. Clearly, volunteering will have to wait for tomorrow. #
  • 21:13 @xiehicks @fredhicks Welcome back! Hope you had a fabulous, relaxing time. #
  • 23:37 Palin on SNL’s cold open — not rude enough to be considered a slap in the face; not charitable enough to engender sympathy for her. WIN! #
  • 00:16 @jimmyaquino Try not to get mugged! #

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  • 09:39 Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? John McCain knows! #johnmccainknows #
  • 09:45 @jimmyaquino ENVY. March is so far awaaaaaaay! #
  • 09:48 m-w.com’s word of the day is "genius." Seriously? #
  • 10:25 Oh. My. God. McCain as a a creepy husband on SNL. I will never be able to hear him speak without thinking of this! tinyurl.com/5f2fhm #
  • 11:23 "Contrary to the rumors you’ve heard, I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton, sent here by my father Jor-El, #
  • 11:23 to save the planet Earth." –Barack Obama (tinyurl.com/5ulag3) #
  • 14:29 Wooooo, my favourite time of the week! ONTD_POLITICAL: SHENANIGANS FRIDAY! My contributions: tinyurl.com/6gql97 #
  • 14:41 @mkcho73 …Because it’s the Sci-Fi Channel? #
  • 15:55 Too funny: Joe Cocker sings "With a Little Help From My Friends" tinyurl.com/6rt8zk #
  • 16:07 Raaaaarg. Getting that tickle in my throat that warns of an oncoming cold. Must begin mainlining Vitamin C! #
  • 16:26 Extraordinary photos of animals in today’s The Big Picture: tinyurl.com/62ugvx #
  • 17:22 BoingBoing: Top 10 TED Talks — tinyurl.com/6dav6q #
  • 17:49 Check out this cool game, testing color acuity. I scored a four, w00t! tinyurl.com/5tkxcc #

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  • 10:15 McCain’s moment of utter gobsmackitude, btw: tinyurl.com/3u5w4b #
  • 10:22 @mkcho73 Yes. Yes it is. Have you ever seen it rain on that show? #
  • 11:15 Screw you, New York Metro, for spoiling the season finale of Project Runway on your front page. :P #
  • 11:35 @mollycrabapple Knife? Nah. He used a stake. :D Glad to hear the MoSex event went so well! Wish I could have gone. #
  • 11:37 …One of my MALE coworkers was just humming Katy Pfaffl. I think my head exploded. #
  • 12:03 Coworkers ordering lunch. One dials a number and asks if they have live mice. #
  • 12:04 (Okay, he’s a snake owner, trying to find a pet store in his new neighborhood. Still disconcerting.) #
  • 12:29 Best photo ever: tinyurl.com/3wb88n #
  • 17:54 Nobody loves you like Obama loves you! tinyurl.com/4yorvu #
  • 18:23 Live mice-inquiring coworker now calling every sex shop in town for a Green Man suit. I love my job so much! <33333 #

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My beloved Becky is facing a tight financial situation, and she’s opened up shop for graphics commissions! See her post on the subject and check out some sample graphics here.

Kat and I have invented a new game: Flan In the Cupboard! See how many ways you can describe the slow collapse of the McCain campaign in a pithy metaphor.

Me: like a punctured tire
Kat: An air mattress with a hole you just can’t find.
Me: a week-old mylar balloon
Kat: A Coke left out all night.
Me: Violet Beauregarde in the hands of the Oompa-Loompas
Kat: Those giant balloons the day after the Rose Parade.
Me: A randy young guy who just discovered the hot chick he picked up at a bar has a suspicious bulge.
Kat: A bitten-into dumpling.

I think you can tell what I thought of the third Presidential debate. :D

Man, watching political anything is infinitely better when I’m with Ko. Yes, my beloved college roommate crashed at my apartment last night! She flew out of JFK at crazy o’clock this morning, so it was my job to deny her beauty sleep through obnoxious giggling and general tomfoolery. We heckled the debate with an enthusiasm that would shame Rocky Horror audiences, exchanged much-needed back rubs, and squealed over photos of Ko’s new gerbil and the surprise babies that came a week later. SO CUTE! She’ll be in and out of NY the next few weeks, and I look forward to more of the unquenchable silliness that accompanies our reunions!