October 31st, 2006

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Pumpkins and bonbons

Normal breakfast this morning! Yay! (Breakfast is the easy meal to get back to, and it's not as easy as one might hope. But still.)

And a happy Halloween all around! The dog will not be pleased. Halloween confuses her. She really likes little monkeys, but she's not allowed to play with them on Halloween, just to give them things that smell too interesting to share. This makes no puply sense. Also she is deeply suspicious of things worn on the head -- hats, masks, whatever. She knows who's under them. She just doesn't get why. It's just not a thing a dog would think of.

When I was little, my mom would strip me down to my skivvies and plunk me down on the kitchen table to carve pumpkins with my godfather. The same procedure held for egg-dyeing at Easter. If Dave would move home to Minneapolis, I would keep my clothes on and sit on a chair, but I'd probably still invite him over to carve pumpkins and dye eggs. (Now that Mother and Dad live here, we have added my godfather to the list of People Who Should Move Home. Not that he will. But we're lobbying anyway.)

Good luck to all those of you who are doing NaNoWriMo! I'm pretty allergic to organized group activity, but I wish you well in yours. If it gets you writing something you want to write, all for the best. For those of you who aren't doing NaNoWriMo, I will propose an alternative: International Bonbons and Movie Magazines Month! Had a stressful fall? I don't care where in the world you live! Spend November eating bonbons and reading movie magazines with me! (Actual movie magazines not required. Mine will probably be New Scientist. It's just, y'know, how the expression goes.) We have no cute graphics. We have no discussion groups. We have no progress bars. Why? Because we are too busy eating bonbons and reading movie magazines and looking languidly fabulous to bother with such things!

Other things allowed in International Bonbons and Movie Magazines Month: long leisurely walks on crisp days. Hot beverages to follow. Baking cookies and eating the rejects as they cool. Writing, sure, but not obsessing on word count or chapter count. Buying presents for friends and family, but not obsessing on number of shopping days until Christmas.

Come on, who's with me? And -- to tie in with Halloween -- what kind of bonbons do you want?
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Silly poll #4766: the photograph one

Note: if you have any particular tastes in photographic pornography, please do not include them in this poll or the comments thereto. That's not what I'm asking, and I don't want to know. That's what you define as porn, by the way, so if you're thinking of examples of pictures of someone naked in a way you don't consider pornography, go ahead and include that. I am a firm believer that not all naked pictures are pornographic. I just don't want anybody wibbling aloud to me about whether Miss October counts as a friend or family member in a specific category, unless Miss October is your cousin Bernice.

Poll #857592 For my photography-related edification

If you see a picture of a person, and you like the picture, you are likely to compliment:

the subject.
5(5.8%)
the photographer.
10(11.6%)
the person in the situation to whom you feel closest (photographer, subject, subject's mother, etc.).
15(17.4%)
the person in the situation you feel has contributed most to the photo's success (due to lighting, makeup, etc.).
5(5.8%)
the person who has the most rum.
2(2.3%)

If you like a picture of yourself, you are likely to feel satisfied with:

yourself
4(4.6%)
the photographer
23(26.4%)
depends on how much work it was for you and for them
8(9.2%)
no one; you never like pictures of yourself.
13(14.9%)
the person who supplied the tickyboxes.
2(2.3%)

You enjoy having pictures around the house of:

yourself
0(0.0%)
other people who live in your house
3(3.6%)
family members who live outside your house
5(6.0%)
friends who live outside your house
2(2.4%)
friends or family members in a specific category (babies, for example, or people getting married)
1(1.2%)
Marshal Mannerheim.
0(0.0%)
no one; you do not enjoy pictures of human beings around your house.
21(25.3%)

You enjoy having pictures around the computer or bookmarks folder of:

yourself
1(1.2%)
other people who live in your house
2(2.4%)
family members who live outside your house
1(1.2%)
friends who live outside your house
3(3.7%)
friends or family members in specific categories (as above).
3(3.7%)
Marshal Mannerheim
2(2.4%)
no one; you do not enjoy having pictures of human beings around the computer/bookmarks.
21(25.6%)