December 20th, 2006

Neko (lofulah)

Hmmm... 33 pages of junk...

Took a long questionnaire on all sorts of relationship things and got 33 pages analyzing me.

For the curious, the PDF is here: http://download.yousendit.com/213173D015132941
(For my own personal reference, the name of the file should be TRUE | TrueCompatibility Results.pdf, stored somewhere on my computer . . . )

I can't offer a link to the quiz, I'm afraid. I'm pretty sure it's for true.com members only, and there's stupid signing up things (like credit cards numbers being a requirement.... although it seemed like you only need a number that validates as "valid" - that is, the checksum must work. I don't remember what it is, but I'm pretty sure I "mistyped" my american express card number, and after several tries, got the system to accept the card number. I'm assuming it won't be able to go through the system (since my real name is attached to the false number...) and end up taking money from some other person... although either way, I'll cancel before the end of the free trial period.)

(signed up for true.com in order to get a free iPod shuffle from shopfreepay.com. They're run by Gratis, the same group that did the original free iPod sites that got news coverage as the-real-deal. The difference between those and shopfreepay.com, is that with this one, you don't have to find friends. So I've spent about... $11, assuming I haven't been charged anything else by the shady-looking Today Escapes+ offer ($1). $10 went to a month trial of Blockbuster online (3-at-a-time rentals! Plus a coupon for a free game or DVD rental instore! Plus each rental can be returned in-store for another free in-store rental. So that's actually 6 total rentals at a time... kinda. I should be getting a total of 36-42 DVDs in the span of a month, if I do things right... That'd be about 25¢ per movie rental. :D)

Leaving for Taiwan friday. Will be in charge of taking care of the little sister and keeping her from getting lost. Yay... Return planned for the 28th. Will probably only have sporadic internet access there. Need to remember to load all the perl modules I might need and bring the perl eBooks have have... Time to get Highbrow up. XD
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Neko (lofulah)

Every woman... (by Maya Angelou?)

[note: I don't actually know the title... I can't seem to pin down a full text copy.. the best I could find was here: http://www.suzannewhite.com/letter/index.shtml

I've gone and bolded the things that I think are truly important that anyone should have/know/whatnot, regardless of gender.
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A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
one old love she can imagine going back to...
and one who reminds her how far she has come...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own even if she never wants to or needs to...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ...
a youth she's content to leave behind....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to retelling it in her old age....

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE .....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
one friend who always makes her laugh...
and one who lets her cry...


A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
a good piece of furniture not previously
owned by anyone else in her family...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems, and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honored...

A WOMAN SHOULD HAVE ....
a feeling of control over her destiny...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to fall in love without losing herself..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to quit a job, break up with a lover, and confront a friend without ruining the friendship...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
when to try harder...
and when to walk away...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that she can't change the length of her calves, the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
that her childhood may not have been perfect...
but it's over...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
what she would and wouldn't do for love or more...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
how to live alone...
even if she doesn't like it...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
whom she can trust, whom she can't, and why she shouldn't take it personally...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table...
or a charming inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...

EVERY WOMAN SHOULD KNOW...
what she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...
and a year...
Neko (lofulah)

And to welcome in the non-existant winter...

Coldstone coupons:
http://www.coldstonecreamery.com/holidays.html
$1 off any ice cream purchase.
$3 off any signature cake.

And a very cute, slightly addictive game from the lovely Orisinal site:
http://www.ferryhalim.com/orisinal/g3/bells.htm
(Current high score of 27,820,730. Which is not actually that much, if you consider the fact that each bird you hit doubles your score at that point.)