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Circumflex is not a dirty word.

My D&D character: Chuck “Choke-Hold” Rieley, the Nathlekhian Sea Snake! (Image from somewhere on the Internet, long ago…)

My D&D character: Chuck “Choke-Hold” Rieley, the Nathlekhian Sea Snake! (Image from somewhere on the Internet, long ago…)

The Kite Man (by Jason Rouse)

Overheard: Crusader in Converse

First Girl: “You can’t help everyone.”

Second Girl: “Yes you can! What kind of attitude is that? What kind of leader are you? The kind who kills everyone who is too weak to follow!”

All I Want For Christmas Are My Two Warm Feets

While I do maintain a wishlist over on thethingsiwant.com, I think I’d be interested in something more practical this year. What I’d really like for Christmas this year are… socks.

Long woolly warm socks for the winter; light airy socks for the summer; slipper socks for around the house; sensible work socks; socks with crazy patterns; military boot socks… what-have-you. My sock drawer is looking pretty threadbare these days, and I’d love to add some variety. And really, who doesn’t need awesome socks?

The Votes Are In!

Thank you all for your responses!

Setting up the poll was educational. In the future, I’ll have to remember to include my “currently reading” books on the list. I’ll also need to make it clear that people can vote for more than one option. I could instead set up the poll to accept one choice only, but I kind of like letting people make multiple recommendations.

On to the results!

5 Votes: Lord of Light - Zelazny, Roger

3 Votes: Street-Fighting Mathematics: The Art of Educated Guessing and Opportunistic Problem Solving - Mahajan, Sanjoy

2 Votes: Backup (The Dresden Files, #10.2) - Butcher, Jim
2 Votes: Mean Streets (Includes: The Dresden Files, #10.3) - Butcher, Jim
2 Votes: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (The Inheritance Trilogy, #1) - Jemisin, N.K.
2 Votes: Tales of the City (Tales of the City, # 1) - Maupin, Armistead
2 Votes: The War of the Worlds - Wells, H.G.

1 Vote: The House of the Stag - Baker, Kage
1 Vote: Zoo City - Beukes, Lauren
1 Vote: A Princess of Mars (Barsoom, #1) - Burroughs, Edgar Rice
1 Vote: The Runes of the Earth (The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, #1) - Donaldson, Stephen R.
1 Vote: Punished by Rewards: The Trouble With Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’S, Praise, and Other Bribes - Kohn, Alfie
1 Vote: Harpist in the Wind (Riddle-Master, #3) - McKillip, Patricia A.
1 Vote: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century - Mortimer, Ian
1 Vote: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, #1) - Smith, Alexander McCall
1 Vote: Accelerando - Stross, Charles

As well as three write-ins: The Omnivore’s Dilemma (already read it; excellent), The Anubis Gates (might have read it already; not sure), and The Lies of Locke Lamora (which should have been on this list in the first place, so thanks for the reminder).

I also received not one, but two “anti-recommendations” for Erewhon, by Samuel Butler. Man, people do not like this book! I have read the first half of it, and I actually rather liked it. True, it can be rather exhausting to read; you have to be in the right mindset to read a book published in 1872. All-in-all, though, I enjoyed Butler’s philosophical arguments as his narrator “discovered” facts about Erewhonian society. I also enjoyed the clever little digs here and there that Butler directed towards his contemporaries.

So, next on the reading list: Lord of Light, followed by Street-Fighting Mathematics, followed by another poll. We need some tie-breakers!

Thanks again!

Shop Vac (kinetic typography animation) (via jmheather)

This is all kinds of awesome. Thanks to @fredhicks for the link!

Cute Girl Has A Catchy Dance (via naturalinfluence) It’s a commercial, but it’s adorable. (Thanks to Shad for the link!)

One Cover Letter Too Many

A clear indication that it is time to step away from the computer for a while…

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Dear [Employer],

I am writing to apply for the [job] position at your institution. Between my work and school experience, I believe that I would be a good fit for this job.

Throughout my career, I have been ldafoeatemabeses and oalembembects. Reseaons, being, the beings are out being outer beings space is not so vast as space is notlow olow boelow the earth. All compressed, a tempest in a Dixie cup. Lava and mole men and aliens FIGHT and love and fight again. Where do they come from, if not from the pages of the secret collections? Who manages these connections? Living fractals, reaching and blobbing and sckanning sctretches and miles of paperiess and papyrus, shelves upon infinate reaoocurrong shelves recursively identifying passages to the center of the earth / our earth? not so certainly; alients have hearths in their ears, earths in their fears, they come from their own subconsciouses to devour and fly down down down down down down down down down

HTank you for your consideration,

  -Lava That Lies