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26th-Dec-2012 10:24 pm - I love my engineer father.
Me: (frowning) Hmm.

Dad: Something wrong?

Me: Well, I have a question, but I don't know how to ask it without making me sound really, really creepy.

Dad: Go ahead.

Me: How many human bodies would it take to fill a twelve-by-twelve pit to knee high?

Dad: (stares)

Dad: (pauses, thinking)

Dad: Well, if you assume the human body's eighteen inches wide, eight inches deep, six feet high... (pauses, ticks off a few fingers) I guess about twenty-five, twenty-six?

Me: Okay, yes, awesome, thank you!

Dad: I'm going to ask the pastor to pray for your soul next Sunday. Why couldn't you just want to be a druid with a blue candle or something?
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) fenris is SUSPICIOUS)
Oh my goodness why is plotting so hard. Or rather, why am I so bad at it.

Why can't I just string ten introspective one-shots together and call that a narrative? I mean, they could be thematic and everything. I could totally pull a Sine Qua Non (and how's that for a blast from the past) and just stick in notes at the beginning of each chapter that do all the, you know, "narrative" and "plotty" and "important" bits, and then I could focus on writing the ten thousand words about how all the characters are feeling instead.

Dragon Age Big Bang, you are not being my friend. Making me plot and keep up with the plot and resolve the plot, when all I want to do is just wallow in layered metaphors about finding a purpose and moving from shadow into light and back again.

hnnnnngh writing. If I smash the pen against the paper hard enough, do I eventually get art? (also I actually wrote out stuff longhand for this fic. Broke out the notebook I haven't written in since Feb '10 and everything. This stupid challenge is destroying me and I still can't stop.) Current word count: 30k out of I think 65k-ish?


ALSO I am getting sick. I can feel it. I have dosed liberally with cough syrup but now I just feel sick and loopier than a crazy straw, which I expect also explains this post.
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) fenris think hard)
So here is a post!

Okay, so I wrote that, then immediately got up to get another sloppy joe because I couldn't think of anything else to write. I don't remember being so bad at this!

Okay, here's a thing that's going on in my life: so some of you may remember that I'm in optometry school, and some of you may remember that last winter I failed Ocular Pharmacology, which meant that I had to repeat the course—and, since the course is only offered once a year, it meant I had to basically drop out for the spring and summer, get a job for that time, and then come back to join the class under me to retake the course.

WELL. I am DELIGHTED to say that it is going much, much better this year. Grades have been As and Bs and I'm even getting handwritten notes on the results pages (Good job this term! Keep it up!), which I figure can't be that bad. The instructor even told me that I seemed more engaged in lecture this year, which, considering I was so frustrated and embarrassed by my own difficulty in the course last year that I went out of my way to actively avoid the professor, I can totally see why she'd think that.

BUT it's going so much better now, and God willing I'll do as well on the last test and the final, and this time next year I'll be prepping for externship rotations rather than this class again, because if that happens I might seriously consider throwing myself off the ledge in front of my apartment. (It is about three feet high. In retrospect, this is not a particularly effective threat.)


This is a very cute story for people who like either proposals or Star Trek.


Goodness, what else is going on? Auburn football has been absolutely atrocious this year but nobody cares about that on my flist but me, I don't think. The dog has hit 65 pounds and seems to be leveling off there, and all 65 pounds of him are currently on my feet.

AH AH AH HERE IS A FUNNY THING THAT HAPPENED.

So, we had a test Monday which included a short-answer section, and one of the questions was "Explain how ortho K is beneficial for a young myope." And oh my goodness, I had no idea. I remembered the phrase popping up on the Alternative Treatment slide but we never went into it in any depth that I remembered, and I've never met an optometrist who has even suggested it as a possible treatment for myopia, so I couldn't even attempt the b.s. the question. So, in the spirit of total honesty, I wrote down in the black "not the foggiest idea," went on to answer the rest of the questions, and that was that.

The next day, in lab, I had a question for one of the professors who teaches the course. She's a very nice woman but very serious and very professional, and I've never really heard her joke around with students or even with the other professors save a few comments here and there. So I asked my question about the vergence testing we were doing that day and she looked at me, and she kind of shrugged one shoulder, and she said, "Well, Quark, I haven't the foggiest idea."

And then she winked at me.

Oh my goodness, I died laughing. She said it made her laugh as well when she was looking over the exams the previous night, and it was just such a great moment that I proceeded to tell all my friends it had happened too (to their own varying degrees of shock and laughter). It was also pretty cool to see her smile that broadly in a classroom setting.


Also, I am now on Dreamwidth? LoquaciousQuark over there too, as per usual. I'm planning on crossposting everything to LJ too though, so those of y'all here won't notice any difference.


Okay, one last thing that I should have mentioned ages ago and...utterly failed to: Jade is here! She moved in quite a number of days ago and I am just the worst at telling y'all things, but I can at least tell you that it's been great. I don't think Jade will be mad at me for confiding that I was a slight bit nervous about it, just because we haven't lived in the same city for like five years and I am not so good at the reliable social interactions when it jeopardizes my precious precious sleep times, but to my utter and unending relief it has been wonderful.

Like, I'd forgotten how nice it is to just sit down and talk with someone about anything and everything that comes into your head. My roommate I adore and love and treasure dearly, but she has no fandom background and she just doesn't understand the giddy joy of posting a fic and getting positive feedback like someone who's been there and done it themselves. I mean, the other day we sat at my kitchen table and discussed Dragon Age minutiae for like three hours. We're talking the nature of demons, Inquisition possibilities, everything about the Old Gods the wiki had to offer.

It's just fun, you know? I'd forgotten how much fun it could be.
loquaciousquark: ((misc) eyes! eyes everywhere!)
5th-Oct-2012 09:51 am - TODAY'S MY BIRTHDAY
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5th-Oct-2012 09:51 am - TODAY'S MY BIRTHDAY
(TODAY'S MY BIRTHDAY)

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY
(HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY)

TODAY'S MY BIRTHDAY
(TODAY'S MY BIRTHDAY)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME
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Upton Sinclair, on Les Misérables:

So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine, with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) varric storytime forever)
Upton Sinclair, on Les Misérables:

So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation, which, in the face of civilization, artificially creates hells on earth, and complicates a destiny that is divine, with human fatality; so long as the three problems of the age—the degradation of man by poverty, the ruin of women by starvation, and the dwarfing of childhood by physical and spiritual night—are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a yet more extended point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, books like this cannot be useless.
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) varric storytime forever)
31st-Aug-2012 09:17 pm
Watching Jade jump like a frantic rabbit after the paragon and renegade interrupts in Mass Effect 2 is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I am so glad she's here, if just for the joy she brings into my life for things like this.
loquaciousquark: ((craig ferguson) oh marvelous! haha!)
31st-Aug-2012 09:17 pm
Watching Jade jump like a frantic rabbit after the paragon and renegade interrupts in Mass Effect 2 is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. I am so glad she's here, if just for the joy she brings into my life for things like this.
loquaciousquark: ((craig ferguson) oh marvelous! haha!)
16th-Aug-2012 04:14 am - FLASH!! BOOM! ZING!!
Why am I so bad at this LJ thing?

I don't know. I have a ton of stuff to talk about--I finished my summer-not-really-summer-more-like-March-to-August-that's-what-five-months job a little over a week ago and classes start next Monday (OH BOY I GET TO GO THROUGH PHARM ALL OVER AGAIN)(also the first bits of CEVS)(which is going to be simultaneously hilarious and awful)(because I'm going to have to sit through someone taking 45 minutes an eye on retinoscopy on me when I've already passed the practical where we had six minutes for both eyes)(but at least I don't have to take the tests for that one). I also helped my little brother move into his new house which will be his First Married House (October 13. Oh my goodness my little brother is getting married).

BUT what I actually want to talk about tonight is the fact that I am experiencing my very first Ocular Migraine (tm)!

There was a small little shimmering spot in both eyes just to the right of my central vision for about 15 minutes, which made it very awkward to read XKCD, and then slowly it expanded into a large shimmering backwards C that was always dancing just out of sight, which as you may guess is very frustrating when you're trying to document the appearance of visual phenomena for science.

THEN it got bigger and bigger and bigger and eventually took up my whole dextro visual field and there were SPARKS and BLUE AND RED FLASHING LIGHTS and little wavy LIGHTNING BOLTS and now the headache's started which is less fun but at least I have my regular migraine medication for that.

But mostly I was inspired by my across-the-street neighbor whose kids I played with for years growing up and who I recently found out is also an optometrist. (Go figure.) He has a blog which is very often very funny, but he recently documented his own retinal tear which I found absolutely FASCINATING, and I would would recommend the read just for the articulateness of it.

Oh, oh, oh, my head my head my head. GOING TO BED.

(This also reminds me of the patient we had one day who, upon learning I was in optometry school, said, "Oh, what's the difference between optometrists and ophthalmologists again? They're the smart ones, right?" And when she realized what she'd said, back-tracked by saying, "I mean, they're the ones who are real doctors?"

Which, considering I've heard an ophthalmologist describe optometrists as "monkeys with glass cutters," is not the most insulting thing she could have said, I guess.)
loquaciousquark: ((misc) eyes! eyes everywhere!)
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