Amorphous Carbon Soup

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The wild ramblings of an avid chemistry student, computer savvy geek, fine purveyor of steampunk, self-deploring fangirl, photographer and writer.

Deep Breath in a flurry of text messages between myself and the-tabularium.

Lucid dreams occur when a person is aware that he is dreaming while he is dreaming.

FREQUENCY OF LUCID DREAMING IN A REPRESENTATIVE GERMAN SAMPLE 

MICHAEL SCHREDL and DANIEL ERLACHER

So, apparently, all people get referred to by male pronouns now!

I may not have made mention of this before, but I really fucking hate this sort of default male shit.

A couple of weeks back I bought a new laptop, and this was stuck to the outside of the box.
I have to laugh - Microsoft must be getting blunt in their old age. It doesn’t read “Don’t pirate Microsoft Office.” Or “Please purchase official licences Microsoft products.”
No instead, it just demands “Buy Microsoft Office.” You know, after four & a half years using OpenOffice I was actually considering buying a student copy, but being told “Buy Microsoft Office” kinda gets my back up.
It’s the sort of thing to which I would reply “I DO WHAT I WANT FUCKERS!!”

A couple of weeks back I bought a new laptop, and this was stuck to the outside of the box.

I have to laugh - Microsoft must be getting blunt in their old age. It doesn’t read “Don’t pirate Microsoft Office.” Or “Please purchase official licences Microsoft products.”

No instead, it just demands “Buy Microsoft Office.” You know, after four & a half years using OpenOffice I was actually considering buying a student copy, but being told “Buy Microsoft Office” kinda gets my back up.

It’s the sort of thing to which I would reply “I DO WHAT I WANT FUCKERS!!”

Stop Using my Children to Scare Parents out of Vaccinating

"It angers me there are people out there who truly think my children and others like them would be better off dead than just a little different. It’s what the anti-vaccine community has come to in many cases; a hatred of all things autism."

2 months ago - 2
I can hardly believe that this just happened.

I can hardly believe that this just happened.

So, I may or may not have just spent the last hour doing a thing…

So, I may or may not have just spent the last hour doing a thing…

How to Pester People at the Train Station

Okay, you’re standing outside a train station representing your favourite charity/religious organisation, and you find yourself thinking “How can I get people to support my cause without pissing them off?”

Well, here are some guidelines for doing just that.


DON’T

1) Don’t call your chosen victim “love”, ” sweetie”, “darlin’”. If you’re addressing someone like that, you’re probably a white middle aged male & your almost certainly addressing a female. As a female, who routinely catches public transport & has extensive experience with this sort of operation, I can tell you that addressing me as any of the above is a great way to put me on the defensive & discourage me from actually listening to you. It’s demeaning, patronising & infantilising.

2) Don’t stand right in front of the entrance to the station. Believe it or not, people usually congregate at public transport hubs because they have to go somewhere. If they’re walking towards the station with single minded determination, it’s because they have a train to catch. Trains do not wait for people.If you stop someone & they miss their train, it’s your fault & they will be pissed.

3) Don’t continue to pester someone once they’ve rebuffed you. If you say “How are you?” And they say “Good thanks” without stopping they are not interested. If you’re offering them a sample & they say “I’m right thanks” without stopping, they are not interested. If they say “I have a train to catch” they are not interested.
Unless they specifically say something like “I’m interested, tell me more” or “So what does your organisation do?” or “How can I support your work?” They. Are. Not. Interested.
Learn how to respect the body language & verbal responses which mean “no.”

4) DO NOT, I REPEAT DO FUCKING NOT, MOVE IN BETWEEN A PERSON & THE STATION GATES/TICKET BARRIERS. If you make them feel trapped or forced into a situation they will not be interested. If someone agrees to support your organisation because they think it’s the easiest way to get you off their back, this is essentially coercion.
Either way, the person is NOT going to respond favourably to your organisation in the future. They will probably bad mouth you on the internet & to their friends, and you will have a poor word of mouth reputation. You reap what you sow.

This has been a PSA by Prue the disgruntled commuter.

karenhealey:

jabberwockypie:

amemait:

melredcap:

amemait:

dduane:

a-creepy-man-in-a-trenchcoat:

Nothing makes me happier than the fact that the Icelandic government will neither confirm nor deny the existence of elves.

Why fix (or break) what’s not broken?

Nor New Zealand and Taniwha, I believe.

Edit. Autocucumber strikes again. I write nor it says not. Screw you autocucumber.

IIRC the New Zealand government has occasionally moved/changed construction projects “to avoid disturbing a local taniwha”, so there’s that. ;)

I love that we do that.
'Can't put that road there.'
'Why not?'
'Taniwha won't like it.'
'There is no such thing as taniwha.'
'Yeah, you say that but we're not taking chances mmkay?'

Nothing wrong with being genre savvy. That’s only sensible.

I’m an atheist about damn near every kind of higher power imaginable, but I’m agnostic about taniwha.

The local iwi say you don’t build the road there or eat in that spot near the river? DON’T BUILD THE ROAD.

Twitter: Today's Douche of the Day!

Wow. Don’t you think you’re going a bit overboard there Twitter? A whole page dedicated to how your users must depict your brand & the bird motif right down to it’s colours, it’s typefaces, the spacing….?

I mean, holy crap Twitter! All I wanted to know was how to get you’re damn widgets to work on my sideblog. I didn’t asked to be attacked!

2 months ago

http://prussanic-miscellanea.tumblr.com/post/93230372428/prussanic-miscellanea-prussanic-miscellanea

prussanic-miscellanea:

prussanic-miscellanea:

prussanic-miscellanea:

prussanic-miscellanea:

Send help. My vindictive bastard of a brain decided to wake me up at 03:42 with “Bam! You’re awake now.”
It won’t let me sleeeeeeeeep. All I want to do is sleep.

(You can block the tag #liveblogging Prue’s insomnia if you don’t want to hear…

05:02 - I suspect that Tron: Legacy might pass the Mako More Test, when it comes to Quorra.

05:23 - Okay, deciding to stare at a blue light emitting device whist unable to sleep was probably not my brightest idea.
Also, I don’t like the fact that after 3 reboots the Tumblr app just decides to reblog as a link, by default. It sucks.

05:40 - Hungry.

2 months ago - 6

http://prussanic-miscellanea.tumblr.com/post/93230372428/prussanic-miscellanea-prussanic-miscellanea

prussanic-miscellanea:

prussanic-miscellanea:

prussanic-miscellanea:

Send help. My vindictive bastard of a brain decided to wake me up at 03:42 with “Bam! You’re awake now.”
It won’t let me sleeeeeeeeep. All I want to do is sleep.

(You can block the tag #liveblogging Prue’s insomnia if you don’t want to hear…

05:02 - I suspect that Tron: Legacy might pass the Mako More Test, when it comes to Quorra.

05:23 - Okay, deciding to stare at a blue light emitting device whist unable to sleep was probably not my brightest idea.
Also, I don’t like the fact that after 3 reboots the Tumblr app just decides to reblog as a link, by default. It sucks.

2 months ago - 6

http://prussanic-miscellanea.tumblr.com/post/93230372428/prussanic-miscellanea-prussanic-miscellanea   

prussanic-miscellanea:

prussanic-miscellanea:

Send help. My vindictive bastard of a brain decided to wake me up at 03:42 with “Bam! You’re awake now.”
It won’t let me sleeeeeeeeep. All I want to do is sleep.

(You can block the tag #liveblogging Prue’s insomnia if you don’t want to hear…

05:02 - I suspect that Tron: Legacy might pass the Mako Mori Test, when it comes to Quorra.

2 months ago - 6

prussanic-miscellanea:

prussanic-miscellanea:

Send help. My vindictive bastard of a brain decided to wake me up at 03:42 with “Bam! You’re awake now.”
It won’t let me sleeeeeeeeep. All I want to do is sleep.

(You can block the tag #liveblogging Prue’s insomnia if you don’t want to hear about my pointless, sleepless existence.)

04:31 - I was comfortable for about 10 minutes there but, nope, now it’s gone.

04:47 - in the immortal words of Hawkeye Pierce, “What are you waiting for Morpheus? Take me, I’m yours!”

prussanic-miscellanea:

Send help. My vindictive bastard of a brain decided to wake me up at 03:42 with “Bam! You’re awake now.”
It won’t let me sleeeeeeeeep. All I want to do is sleep.

(You can block the tag #liveblogging Prue’s insomnia if you don’t want to hear about my pointless, sleepless existence.)

04:31 - I was comfortable for about 10 minutes there but, nope, now it’s gone.

Send help. My vindictive bastard of a brain decided to wake me up at 03:42 with “Bam! You’re awake now.”
It won’t let me sleeeeeeeeep. All I want to do is sleep.

(You can block the tag #liveblogging Prue’s insomnia if you don’t want to hear about my pointless, sleepless existence.)