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No Friends? [07 Nov 2009|05:36pm]
I've just cleaned my friends page up. I really am not here enough to read all this stuff.
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Life [08 Feb 2009|03:29pm]
My name is Vicki. I like kites, sewing, cooking, thread bracelets, crocheting, reading, writing, and playing video games. I work at an indy sub restaurant with the family who owns it. I play too much Team Fortress and have gotten all inspired to post about the hobbies I am neglecting. Most people who play FPSs are jerks anyways, so I am going to start limiting my gameplay to the times when my favourite server is active. It is a server with fewer jerks. Since it is usually an evenings/weekend server, I will now have more time to do everything else.

Thank you,
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Falsely Vegetarian Supper [08 Nov 2007|07:28pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

A hot, healthy dish that doesn't take lots of skill or time. I guess it would be healthier if I'd added vegetables, though.

Leftover White Rice
Canned Chickpeas
Dry Onion Soup Mix
Olive Oil
Frying Pan (I prefer teflon)
Your favourite Cooking Utensil

Heat enough oil to prevent sticking/burning in the early stages.

Throw the rice and chickpeas in the frying pan and mix them up until they're evenly distributed. I recommend about half as much chickpeas as rice. To me it just seems more balanced that way. Isn't that an amino acid thing, too? Don't drain the chickpeas, you waster. The chickpea water serves as part of your water, and it has taste in it.

Thow in enough onion soup mix to make everything taste good and turn brown. Add enough water so that as it boils, the onions will be softened. Water also dissolves the powder and makes the rice and chickpeas absorb it.

Cook on high, stirring constantly, until most of the water has gone.

It would be vegetarian, but the onion soup mix has lots of cow. I wonder how vegetable soup mix would taste.

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... [23 Oct 2007|01:37pm]
Hmmm... I haven't been here in a while, but it is connected to my other places... I wonder if it would be useful to start up again...
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Civic Duty [10 Mar 2007|03:24am]
I usually don't have my principles defined word for word. For the most part, I have some summaries, but nothing really detailed and meaty. There is one thing, though, that I've finally realized I live by and know I live by, even on the outside:

If you can do something that most people can't, you should, because if hardly anybody can do it, then there is going to be a need for it that you can fill.

One reason why I moved to a tiny Northern school, is that I can handle the cold and the forest better than many other people from my hometown. I'll leave room down south for the people who can't handle the North. I took English, in part, because nobody else I know loves it as much as me.

So now I feel like I should be doing something about the water crisis. The thing is, ~real~ things aren't my strength. I find world issues, political debates, and particularly things that require a good fight, very stressful (in my opinion, debates about linguistics are not required for human survival, in the way that debates about the poor treatment of Canadian aboriginals is).

However, nobody else ~knows~ about the water crisis. It appears that only activists and scholars do. So I am suddenly put in a position of relatively unique power that I don't have all the skills to handle. My standard of what I can do to fill a demand is suddenly brought down a few notches, against my will.

Well, I guess I'm already doing things about other important problems I'm worried about (mostly consumerism, especially in the area of companies controlling consumers). I avoid wearing certain clothes just because they obey fashion trends. I thrift shop. I avoid TV. I use a free browser that can toggle visual ads on and off. I eat little meat. I try to buy certain things organic, free-range, or less than conventionally polluting in some other way. I use Linux. Oh, and by the way, I already don't buy bottled water.

That is the first action recommended to me to help. I know my next one is shortening my danged showers. And I'm already leaving people little thoughts that, Hey, look, there's a water crisis, and isn't it scary that nobody knows about it?

So, I guess this means that I have to start reading in places like www.blueplanetproject.net, if I can survive through my homework and still stay interested.

Uni culture has been putting so much pressure on me to get involved. It's woven throughout my class material, and practically required if you want a social life with decently engaging people. Well, it looks like I've finally caved. Once I'm on my feet this summer, I'll be figuring out how to do things besides classes and food. I will be starting from scratch.

(cross-posted on other domains)
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[15 Dec 2006|09:02pm]
My first semester of University is over.
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Blog [01 Sep 2006|12:38am]
[ mood | neutral? ]

I think my preferred blog will be on WritersCo from now on, because I'm much more a part of the community there. However, I still don't want to drop this place. I'm always finding interesting things to read, here.

Anyways, today's entry there is about my move from Mom's WinXP Home computer to my Ubuntu Linux. It's not so complicated, but if you care to read it, it's over here.

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More On Photobucket's Shadiness [31 Jul 2006|06:50pm]
[ mood | diligent ]

I went to Photobucket, clicked Browse, clicked on a random image, and clicked "Order Prints". I then went through the whole process of putting together a calendar to order. When everything was ready, they finally took me to a page where I had to sign into the print company - not Photobucket, the print company. I then looked at the Terms of Service for QOOP (the print company), and they say in section 3.5 that they have full rights to anything uploaded to their site. This is how Photobucket can get away with not saying it in their own ToS. They say it in someone else's. Of course, they don't exactly tell you that they are connected to QOOP. Shady buggers.

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*SCREAMS* [31 Jul 2006|03:41pm]
[ mood | disturbed ]

Photobucket sells your art on you without asking permission or paying you.
And more of the same.
Do you know how big this is? Not only are members' art being used like this, but there are a lot of members who upload art that doesn't belong to them onto Photobucket. So it affects even those smart enough not to use Photobucket.
Someone else I showed this to said, "Use ImageShack instead." Well, I have no idea how good any of these guys are. I don't have an image account anywhere, right now, but I figured as many people need to know about this as possible.

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Me, Women, Compugeekdom, and Ubuntu [30 Jul 2006|12:35am]
[ mood | sleepy! ]

I'll tell you what is making it harder for me, as a woman, to choose Open Source software.

I can't program, and a lot of software is created with the programmer's perspective in mind. Have you seen your local programming class lately? There are a lot fewer women who can program than men. Fine. At least make programs friendly to users who can't program. (On a side note, Mozilla is not nearly as customizeable as it claims to be, because only programmers can understand source code.)

Some guys I know who are interested in computers are cocky, annoying jerks. Not all, but a whole lot of them. Most of the computer guys... oh, heck, most of the smart guys I know are far too interested in showing off their knowledge to care about acquiring more knowledge (ie: listening). They don't realize they're trying to compare their penis size with someone who is actually powerful enough to give birth, and confident enough not to have to prove it (the general rule of ego-defenses: if you try to prove something about yourself - such as men always competing with each other - it means you feel a need to prove it, which means you don't actually believe it securely).

When a guy starts displaying his mighty testosterone before me, I don't always understand that he's just trying to compete the way guys compete. I'm not geared to think that way. In the heat of the moment, I consider the discussion, and how he treats me. I find myself more often on the listening end because I don't have the drive to fight him. My ideas fighting his ideas are something totally different to me (they do not seem as segregated in the voices of debating men). Likewise, I take his rambunctiousness personally, because I am geared to think that he would care more about the ideas themselves than his great knowledge of them if he wasn't trying to make things personal.

The biggest problem then, is simply the lack of female influence on the open source world. If there wasn't, I wouldn't be crowded out by a bunch of guys who don't know how to not program, competitive "discussers", or worse, jerky penis-insecure bastards. Nor would I be only drawn to female geeks. It's deprivation that would draw me to them.

What is Ubuntu Women good for? Well, since female influence is so rare, it can get lost in the shuffle of compugeekdom. It is easier for women to be heard if they work together to make the female perspective known.
In that case, I am of the opinion that an ideal compugeekdom would have equal female influence, so we wouldn't need groups like Ubuntu Women to make up for anything. After all, I don't know of any men who are intentionally sexist against women in the computer world (ie: believing women have no potential to be as good with computers or games as men). The few I've asked have expressed concern that more women should be into computers.
Ubuntu Women's goal, then, should be to get more women into Ubuntu. Then we wouldn't have that problem.

Ubuntu, a Linux that is finally meant to be truly user-friendly, can resolve the lack of women in compugeekdom simply by remaining true to its goal. Not only is it made for people who can't program, but it gives everyone a chance to improve it in whatever way they can, instead of emphasizing the value of certain talents over any others.

I'll tell you of my personal experience of women tackling science, which previously lacked women. This is changing. And guess where I have seen it changing the most drastically..? Biology (and, go figure, that was my favourite part of science, too). Fitness, veterinary work, even medicine. The University of Guelph is a prime example. Guelph Uni is known, perhaps misleadingly, as a school of biology. Interestingly, there are so many women in that school, I only see 2 men in their advertising booklet. I wish I remembered the ratio of women to men there. It's pretty drastic (2 or 3 to 1 or something, maybe more).

So maybe women just need to find their niche. I know of a few more traditional things that women would be interested in: stylesheets, aesthetics, designing computers to feel more lifelike and less interruptive (my computer's fan is the new unholiness avoided by Romantics, I tell you), documentation, advertising, coming up with ideas from the user-perspective, and balancing the user-critique (if you read a lot about gender in compugeekdom, you'll have probably heard all this before). As for the women who are into hard programming: Go you! I just think it's perfectly understandable if fewer of us are. After all, studies of school children have shown that boys are more geared towards math, while girls are more geared towards communications.

Now, I'll tell you why I decided to switch to Ubuntu. Maybe this knowledge will give Ubuntu's makers some ideas on how to make Ubuntu more attractive to women.
It's because I went to the right places and found some friendly geeks to hang out with. Listening to them talking about how crappy Microsoft is, and how it only excels by throwing its money around, made me want to move away from it. I don't want stores and companies to tell me what to buy by only having one thing available (I had already been applying this rule to my clothing and hygeine products).
I don't want to be pushed around in my decisions as a consumer, and I want to be an informed consumer. Besides, I'm one of those wierdos who like to spend as little as possible by cooking and sewing and thrift shopping. But really, the whole thing started with thrift shopping because I wanted to pick my own clothes.
So I guess you can say that even using Ubuntu, never mind contributing to it, is a form of feminism for me (same with clothes and hygeine). Mind you, my definition of feminism is pretty loose. To me, it's anything related to women having an overall quality of life that is not limited due to their gender (this allows for feminists to be housewives if, though only if, they choose).

I hope we can get to the point where we won't need to emphasize gender as though there is a problem with it, and simply have balance.

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[20 Jul 2006|11:16pm]
[ mood | high ]

I just completed Secret of Mana. YaY!

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Stupid? [07 Jul 2006|01:13am]
[ mood | disgusted ]

My eldest sister advised me to get a credit card today. Ha. Ha. Ha.

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Mostly A Good Quiz [28 Jun 2006|10:45pm]
[ mood | interested ]

The only thing I don't like about this quiz is the criteria they use to measure the "love" standard. They measure it by how active and full your love life is. This is not actually an important part of happiness. The real standard for measuring your love life should be how satisfied you are with it, regardless of how active it is. You could be a celibate priest for all I care. If you are perfectly happy with no romantic lovers, then you should be getting a much higher rating than this quiz would give you. The point is feeling content with your love life or lack thereof, and this doesn't have to be acheived by having a romantic lover.
They don't ask enough questions on this point. If you have no lover, you should only be rated low if you feel like you need one. If you have a lover, you should only be rated high if you are good to each other. Those are the most obvious criteria. I don't feel like boring you with more detail.
About me, then. I am fairly secure having no boyfriend. I know that this is not a good time for me to have one. I know I don't need one. This would bring my rating up. However, I feel an emotional starvation for one, because I was deprived of love from my father. I would be reluctant to turn down a boyfriend if I was offered the chance to have one. This would actually bring my rating down, since I want something/someone that it is not a good idea for me to have at this point. Though at least I would turn him down in the end, which would bring my rating up again.

This Is My Life, Rated
Take the Rate My Life Quiz
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Barely Made It, Even Shirking [26 Jun 2006|09:01pm]
[ mood | aggravated ]

Completed 50 Book Challenge List:

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Writing Exercise: Sleep Deprivation [02 Jun 2006|01:06pm]
[ mood | peaceful? ]

Click here for a way to learn how to free your brain of things that get in the way when you should just be writing.

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Death On The Web [10 May 2006|12:37am]
[ mood | concerned ]

You know what I'm worried about? What if my closest internet friends die, and their real life friends don't know that they should notify me, and all I see is that my friend isn't online any more and I can't find him? At my current state, if I die on them, they will surely be at a loss for what happened to me.

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Birds Are Fun [06 May 2006|02:12am]
[ mood | cranky ]

A cardinal keeps fighting his reflection in my window. I wonder if it hurts. I tried sticking sparrowhawk silhouettes on the inside, but his problem isn't with the window's clarity. Maybe I should try moving them to the outside. I wonder how long they'll last in the elements. They're just paper and tape. Our windows are nicely deep set, though.
Honestly, I don't mind him constantly hitting my window. I can sleep through it when I'm actually tired, and I rather like his company. I just wonder if he's hurting himself or his family by constantly fighting when he should be eating or building. I hope he hasn't already gotten so far along that scaring him away by making the silhouettes visible will kill some eggs. It is unlikely that he has.
PS: The crankiness has nothing to do with the cardinal. If anything, he's helped.

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[24 Apr 2006|10:36pm]
[ mood | full ]

You know what? Fake maple syrup sucks.

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Intuitive Type [12 Apr 2006|02:49am]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Several months ago, I met an older man who was a friend of my friend's family. There's really nothing wrong with this guy on the outside that would suggest that I should stay away from him. Even in the whole time I have known him, he has never hurt me. I was just afraid of him, from the time I met him, for no reason whatsoever. This went on for a couple of months of getting to know him and his family.
Then there was a period of time in which he was too busy getting his bearings to socialize much, and I heard it was because his wife had pressed charges for assault. I knew I had just known something was wrong the whole time. Nothing specific.

A couple of months ago, when we were still worried about snow days, I decided not to take my textbook home on a Thursday afternoon because I didn't want to carry it, and knew I wouldn't be able to do the work for that subject on that night anyways. Then I felt a fear well up inside me. I suddenly became worried that I should be prepared with that textbook for the weekend, because tomorrow could be a snow day. I did not listen, because of course, society has raised me not to.
The next day was a snow day, and I lacked my books all weekend. I couldn't do my assignment. And then I got sick. So I really lacked them all week. And this is when I got to thinking...

Tonight, I didn't want to do my homework, so I decided to go out to the huge hill just south of my house, to see how the surrounding view looked in the moonlight (I do things like this a lot). I wanted to go out because, well, it's nice outside. What's wrong with that? And somehow, as I was walking into the trees I stopped. My insides were screaming, "HEY! SKUNKS AND PORCUPINES ARE OUT HERE! TURN BACK!" And of course, I kept going anyways, because I wanted to go outside.
Things were fine until we got very close to that hill. Then my dog ran down into some trees, and there was some scuffling, and snarling, and I finally got him to come back, and oh, look, there are two quills hanging loosely from the inside of his top lip.
So I did not go to the top of the hill. I came home.

I wasn't even thinking about the poor dog. I was thinking about me, never freaking listening to my freaking intuition, because I am so unused to acknowledging its value, or even recognizing it. It's something for which I'll have to deviate from the norms of Western culture.
More on me and my Jungian mode after I do my homework.

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Unhunger [06 Apr 2006|10:02pm]
[ mood | concerned ]

I cannot ward off hunger, but I am apathetic to it. I have no appetite, even when I'm hungry. Sometimes I feel a little weak, and then I make myself eat, but I don't need as much as I used to. I'm still adjusting from the time when I used to need huge portions, and so I'm still taking portions that are a little too big for me, and then I don't feel well after I finish, since I don't want to waste, and it's only a bit too much.
Meat doesn't appeal so much to me any more. I wouldn't feel odd becoming a semi-vegetarian, but I'm still not in the position to shop for myself. There are very few foods that I really crave, but some that I still like are extremely good things; like honey, molasses, other natural syrupy sugars; rooibos tea; whole wheat bread, oatmeal or hermit cookies, cereal that isn't crap; romaine hearts; bananas, sometimes. And I still like chocolate, though I'm not addicted to any type of food.
I feel physically energetic, and my metabolism is going wheeeeeeeee, but sometimes I get mentally tired more easily now, and I've been losing weight so fast, one of my guyfriends has expressed concern for me.

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