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Well, only a couple of weeks late, here's 2011 in review (the meme).

2011 )
amatyultare: (pass me that textbook)
Sooo, it's been two months since I've posted in LJ. I should try to post a little more often. And in that spirit, the traditional even though I didn't do it last year end-of-the-year meme.

2010 )
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Work today was okay - a typical Monday - except for the technical emergencies that kept turning out not to be emergencies. I mean, emergencies that aren't emergencies are the best kind to have and all, but it was getting faintly ridiculous by non-emergency #3.

Anyway.

[livejournal.com profile] dalek_sellis posted this meme. And I hadn't done a meme in a long time, but vaguely remember them being fun. So I figured, why not? And stole it from her.

Some...Stuff...About Me: The Meme )
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Work today was okay - a typical Monday - except for the technical emergencies that kept turning out not to be emergencies. I mean, emergencies that aren't emergencies are the best kind to have and all, but it was getting faintly ridiculous by non-emergency #3.

Anyway.

[livejournal.com profile] dalek_sellis posted this meme. And I hadn't done a meme in a long time, but vaguely remember them being fun. So I figured, why not? And stole it from her.

Some...Stuff...About Me: The Meme )
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
At long last, the Year In Review memes. Fun times!

2008 )
amatyultare: (devil has a smile)
At long last, the Year In Review memes. Fun times!

2008 )
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Apologies to those on my f-list who are members of [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck and therefore have already seen this. (BTW, it's an amazing community and I do recommend it). I'm borrowing [livejournal.com profile] deliriumdriver's Bold-o-Vision, with the addition of italics for snarky side-comments.

Woman decides to get her college-aged son a debit card, on the belief that this will teach him to 'manage his finances'. She feels that "when he [runs] out of money, the ATM [will] tell him 'No, you'll just have to wait until next month'." (Why an ATM would drive this lesson home harder than a plain old empty wallet is left unexplained.)

Woman does no research and gets her son a debit card that has 'overdraft protection'; overdrafts are honored, and the overdrafter is charged a fee for the service. Woman claims that this was not made clear to her. (I doubt it. Banks that offer this service generally ADVERTISE it; my bank has it and it actually gives me a feeling of security that if I am in an absolute emergency and don't have money, I can use my debit card and then pay the fee later.)

Woman's son pays no attention to his finances, takes money out of an ATM that he does not actually have in his account, and gets charged an overdraft fee.

Wait for it...woman gets angry AT THE BANK, goes and rants to the bank manager, and gets the fee reversed.

My feelings, on hearing the above scenario, was something along the lines of "If they really didn't notify her of the feature, then she's right to be upset, although I still hope she was polite about it....but if she was notified of this feature and just didn't pay enough attention, well, let's just say I feel bad for that manager."

The editors at Good Housekeeping magazine feel differently. Apparently their reaction was, "This woman is a genius! Let's write a whole article about how you can make a fuss and cause headaches for all the customer service people you deal with and how that will save you money!"

Another tactic recommended by Good Housekeeping is to act out public displays of emotion and argue [your] way out of fees by gradually rais[ing] your voice until you get what you want. I kid you not; read an excerpt here or see a scan of the whole thing here. In my world, such behavior is called acting like a two-year-old and is to be strongly discouraged, not recommended.

There are certainly times where a company is in the wrong, and in those situations I firmly believe that one should be determined and assertive in getting one's issue resolved. However, I also firmly believe that there is really NO situation in which it is appropriate to act like a spoiled child.

(And, as one insightful commenter on [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck pointed out, "These suggestions stem from a conviction that workers who interact with the public are simple extensions of their place of employment rather than real people. Nothing could be further from the truth.")

By the by, this got brought to the attention of [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck because one woman read it and decided to try the standing-there-and-yelling-until-you-get-your-way tactic on a [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck member to get out of paying STATE SALES TAX on a purchase. Strangely enough, it didn't work.



And now to cheer me up...MEME!

Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. shinshi doumei cross score: 9
2. subaru/kamui score: 8
3. seishirou/subaru score: 7
4. classical liberalism score: 7
5. kurogane score: 7
6. fai score: 6
7. godchild score: 6
8. lovely complex score: 6
9. victor davis hanson score: 6
10. dennis prager score: 6
11. syaoran/sakura score: 6
12. nero wolfe score: 6
13. kurogane/fai score: 5
14. florence king score: 5
15. sugar sugar rune score: 5
16. mount allison university score: 5
17. anime boston score: 5
18. pretty guardian sailor moon score: 5
19. maladicta score: 5
20. kobato score: 5

Type your username here to find out what interests it suggests for you.
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Apologies to those on my f-list who are members of [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck and therefore have already seen this. (BTW, it's an amazing community and I do recommend it). I'm borrowing [livejournal.com profile] deliriumdriver's Bold-o-Vision, with the addition of italics for snarky side-comments.

Woman decides to get her college-aged son a debit card, on the belief that this will teach him to 'manage his finances'. She feels that "when he [runs] out of money, the ATM [will] tell him 'No, you'll just have to wait until next month'." (Why an ATM would drive this lesson home harder than a plain old empty wallet is left unexplained.)

Woman does no research and gets her son a debit card that has 'overdraft protection'; overdrafts are honored, and the overdrafter is charged a fee for the service. Woman claims that this was not made clear to her. (I doubt it. Banks that offer this service generally ADVERTISE it; my bank has it and it actually gives me a feeling of security that if I am in an absolute emergency and don't have money, I can use my debit card and then pay the fee later.)

Woman's son pays no attention to his finances, takes money out of an ATM that he does not actually have in his account, and gets charged an overdraft fee.

Wait for it...woman gets angry AT THE BANK, goes and rants to the bank manager, and gets the fee reversed.

My feelings, on hearing the above scenario, was something along the lines of "If they really didn't notify her of the feature, then she's right to be upset, although I still hope she was polite about it....but if she was notified of this feature and just didn't pay enough attention, well, let's just say I feel bad for that manager."

The editors at Good Housekeeping magazine feel differently. Apparently their reaction was, "This woman is a genius! Let's write a whole article about how you can make a fuss and cause headaches for all the customer service people you deal with and how that will save you money!"

Another tactic recommended by Good Housekeeping is to act out public displays of emotion and argue [your] way out of fees by gradually rais[ing] your voice until you get what you want. I kid you not; read an excerpt here or see a scan of the whole thing here. In my world, such behavior is called acting like a two-year-old and is to be strongly discouraged, not recommended.

There are certainly times where a company is in the wrong, and in those situations I firmly believe that one should be determined and assertive in getting one's issue resolved. However, I also firmly believe that there is really NO situation in which it is appropriate to act like a spoiled child.

(And, as one insightful commenter on [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck pointed out, "These suggestions stem from a conviction that workers who interact with the public are simple extensions of their place of employment rather than real people. Nothing could be further from the truth.")

By the by, this got brought to the attention of [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck because one woman read it and decided to try the standing-there-and-yelling-until-you-get-your-way tactic on a [livejournal.com profile] customers_suck member to get out of paying STATE SALES TAX on a purchase. Strangely enough, it didn't work.



And now to cheer me up...MEME!

Based on the lj interests lists of those who share my more unusual interests, the interests suggestion meme thinks I might be interested in
1. shinshi doumei cross score: 9
2. subaru/kamui score: 8
3. seishirou/subaru score: 7
4. classical liberalism score: 7
5. kurogane score: 7
6. fai score: 6
7. godchild score: 6
8. lovely complex score: 6
9. victor davis hanson score: 6
10. dennis prager score: 6
11. syaoran/sakura score: 6
12. nero wolfe score: 6
13. kurogane/fai score: 5
14. florence king score: 5
15. sugar sugar rune score: 5
16. mount allison university score: 5
17. anime boston score: 5
18. pretty guardian sailor moon score: 5
19. maladicta score: 5
20. kobato score: 5

Type your username here to find out what interests it suggests for you.
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] yubsie

1 - Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Random quotations: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr’s “explore the last seven days” http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Band Name: Grace Hopper
Album Title: To Triumph Without Glory (I really like that, actually)
Album Cover: here

Fun times. Except that my sore throat is getting worse. *sigh*
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] yubsie

1 - Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Random
The first random Wikipedia article you get is the name of your band.

2 - Go to Random quotations: http://www.quotationspage.com/random.php3
The last four words of the very last quote of the page is the title of your first album.

3 - Go to flickr’s “explore the last seven days” http://www.flickr.com/explore/interesting/7days/
Third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

Band Name: Grace Hopper
Album Title: To Triumph Without Glory (I really like that, actually)
Album Cover: here

Fun times. Except that my sore throat is getting worse. *sigh*
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Happy 2008, everyone! I again haven't been posting much on LJ...really there has not be a lot to report, as I have been spending my days mostly reading, watching movies and anime, and thinking. Since it's the new year, though, I figured I would do those two enduring end-of-the-year/beginning-of-the-year memes.

First, the question meme )

Second, the first lines meme )

Once again, I didn't say the most interesting or original things, at least as first lines, in LJ this year. There's always next year, though....

In other news, Mom gave me two great books for Christmas--reading them has been part of what I've been doing this past week. Mao's Last Dancer is moving, and gives a very interesting perspective on what it was like to live in rural China (a perspective that is far too often ignored, as city residents have much more of a chance of education, financial success, and therefore the ability to have their stories told). Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler's second book, is also great--I would call it evocative.

With these books, however, plus the books I kept from this semester's classes and after having one of my small shelves stolen by my sister...the bookshelf situation in my room is somewhat critical. You laugh, but it's true! There are books stacked all over my room. Clearly I need to go on a shelf-buying expedition.

Argh, must get offline *curses dialup* Later, all!
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Happy 2008, everyone! I again haven't been posting much on LJ...really there has not be a lot to report, as I have been spending my days mostly reading, watching movies and anime, and thinking. Since it's the new year, though, I figured I would do those two enduring end-of-the-year/beginning-of-the-year memes.

First, the question meme )

Second, the first lines meme )

Once again, I didn't say the most interesting or original things, at least as first lines, in LJ this year. There's always next year, though....

In other news, Mom gave me two great books for Christmas--reading them has been part of what I've been doing this past week. Mao's Last Dancer is moving, and gives a very interesting perspective on what it was like to live in rural China (a perspective that is far too often ignored, as city residents have much more of a chance of education, financial success, and therefore the ability to have their stories told). Oracle Bones, Peter Hessler's second book, is also great--I would call it evocative.

With these books, however, plus the books I kept from this semester's classes and after having one of my small shelves stolen by my sister...the bookshelf situation in my room is somewhat critical. You laugh, but it's true! There are books stacked all over my room. Clearly I need to go on a shelf-buying expedition.

Argh, must get offline *curses dialup* Later, all!
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Ana is lame, and does memes when she should be getting some sleep. She also apparently feels like talking about herself in the third person....^_^

To be honest, considering the rate of my insomnia, I won't be getting to sleep until at least 4 AM anyway, so twenty more minutes shouldn't hurt. On with the meme! (Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] lacontessa for those playing along at home.)

I'll sing you a song, and I hope that you don't mind... )

That was fun...although it did take more than 20 minutes.

Since I feel like I haven't updating this thing sustantively in forever: Nutcracker is going well, but will be much better once we have a complete budget and a proposal into the Budget Allocation Committee. Anime Society (although I have stuff to do for it) and WRCU cheer me up (doing nothing but choosing and really listening to music for an hour--why didn't I start DJing for WRCU earlier?). Classes are going fairly well in general; I'm a bit frustrated with the slow pace of my Chinese Economy class but I'm keeping up really well in everything so far. Right now I'm trying to think of topics for my two large-ish papers this semester (10 pages is no longer very daunting to me). Chinese class this semester is very reading and writing heavy, which is probably not good for my long term language development but tends to make me feel much more confident in class. My other big focus is working on 'after Colgate'. Right now I am working on my personal statement. So difficult!

In summary, my life at present is reading and flashcards for classes, budgets and organization for extracurriculars, and controlled panic on the real-life front. Oh, and I can't forget my insomnia, which has gotten quite a bit worse; the problem is that if I don't get to sleep pretty quickly, I get bored and either get up and do something or start planning things in my head--both of which keep me up. At least it's not really affecting my quality of life (yet). But in any case, things are mostly going well.

Now, an attempt at sleep. Later, all!
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You're on my friends list. I'd like to know 27 things about you. Just copy and hit reply and paste in the comments section with answers.Thanks! You'll be surprised how much you didn't know about your friends
after this! Then copy the meme and see if anyone answers you.


1. Do you have a tattoo?
2. How old are you?
3. Are you single or taken?
4. Fish?
5. Do you dream in color?
6. Do you have any recurring dreams?
7. How about them hipsters?
8. How did we meet?
9. What's your philosophy on life and death?
10. If you could do anything with me, what would it be?
11. What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
12. Do you like musicals?
13. What is your fondest memory of me?
14. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be?
15. If you could close your eyes and be transported anywhere in the world, where would it be?
16. What are you wearing?
17. Have you ever gone swimming after dark?
18. Have you ever seen a corpse?
19. If we had one day to hang out together, what would we do?
20. Which do you prefer - short or long hair?
21. What's your favorite day of the week?
22. What's your favorite color?
23. What's your favorite period in history?
24. Tell me one interesting/odd fact about you.
25. How many pets do you have right now?
26. What was your first impression of me?
27. Will you post this so I can fill it out for you?
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So, watched OotP today. I want to watch it again before I commit, but tentatively--I think it's my favorite of the movies. Yeah, they had to leave a lot of stuff out, blah blah, but it had a lot of artistry while still respecting the story and themes of the book (which was my big gripe with the third and fourth movies). More later? I want to reread OotP, at the least, before I say much about the movie as an adaptation.

Kind of late, but: the interview meme! [livejournal.com profile] tarimanveri asked me five questions; answers are below. Comment with 'interview me' and I'll ask you five questions of your own to answer.

As bewildered as a bee in an eggcup bonnet... )

I'm trying to reread all six HP books before Deathly Hallows is released...and I'm almost at the end of PoA, which I want to finish (it's been a while since I've read any of the books). Later, all!

Meme!

Apr. 17th, 2007 09:50 pm
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Comment and I will give you 3 interests on your list, and 3 icons, for you to explain.

[livejournal.com profile] yubsie asked about:

not mixing metals

Hah, knew I'd get this one! Mixing metals is wearing both gold and silver at the same time. I generally hate it and think it looks ugly. I think it actually used to be a fashion rule that one couldn't mix metals, but now it's supposed to be fashionable and jewelry makers even make jewelry with both gold and silver tones on a single piece. This makes me very upset. Can I help it if I'm conservative fashion-wise?

eject!eject!eject!

A blog written by Bill Whittle. It's mostly long essays (he's actually published one book of his essays already and is working on another) which means he posts VERY infrequently, but his points are always interesting and well-made.

ebichu

Eheheh...Ebichu Minds the House is an anime series made by Gainax as part of the Anime Love Bubble Bubble Hour. Ebichu, a hamster, is the main character and does her best to help her owner, OL (office lady) lead a happy life, starting with dumping her boyfriend (whom Ebichu calls Useless Boy). It's basically a raunchy but HUGELY funny sex comedy. Since it's part of a sort of compliation show, each episode is only 10 minutes long.

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The only icon I've consistently held on to that I haven't made. (It was made by [livejournal.com profile] tehiconz and I probably found it on one of the Pretear icon communities some time back.) I love it because it may be the most ironic icon I've ever seen.

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This was from a screencap I took of Fruits Basket a long time ago with plans to make an icon from it. It's actually the eyecatch from the 'school festival' episode where the upperclassmen make Yuki wear a dress. When I FINALLY made the icon, years after I took the screencap, I had no ideas for text in mind, but rat!Yuki just looked so exasperated that I settled for 'don't ask' which is something I often say when people ask me why I'm annoyed.

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Icon I made for a contest at [livejournal.com profile] pretear_awards. I didn't win, of course, but I had fun making the icon. I was especially proud that I managed to de-emphasize the Shoulders of Doom a bit (I love the Plant Pretear outfit but those sleeves are terrible).

*snicker*

May. 31st, 2006 09:37 pm
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LiveJournal Username
favorite drink
weapon of choice
do you like the taste of envelope glue?
the evil ninja mastermind hellbent on world dominationyubsie
the bewitching and sexually ambiguous one that no one knows anything abouttruelifeshannon
the scarysmart one, eerily calm even in the midst of chaoslacontessa11
the tiny, seemingly-delicate one with a deadly temper and awesome strengthmouseears609
the pale, quiet one who turns out to be really, really scarylacontessa11
the sexy, smirking anti-villain who joins your side at the last momentryoki17
the snarky punk mercenary who's only there for the money and coz they love a good fightcat0dancer
the distant arrogant aristocrat who wants to bring down the society they were born intobubbleteagirl02
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1. Leave me a comment saying "interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you five questions of a very intimate and creepily personal nature. Or not so creepy/personal.
3. You WILL update your lj with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.

(I will include my answers to Erin's questions once she asks them, but I wanted to be the first to post this ;-)
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I was looking through my 'memorable entries' and found a meme that I felt like reviving. Sooo.....

Reply with your ~name~ (Or username) and I'll tell you something I adore about you.

Afterwards, copy and paste this into your own journal.
(except you don't really have to do that part)
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Wait for it, wait for it....

Again, I'm sure you'll all be *so* surprised by this.... )

In other news...um, not much going on. Mom has a new sorta-boyfriend who seems nice enough (he's got an interest in China which is kind of cool). She had him over for dinner tonight and made yummy Thai fried rice and beef with broccoli, and fresh spring rolls. Now she's talking religion with Eric while I relax and don't have to socialize by hiding in my room, *sweatdrop* Well, I AM an introvert....

Manga mini-report: Furuba 13=much Ayame and Momiji love. Aww.... The T/K romance keeps getting cuter, and I'm kind of proud of Yuki. Also, it wasn't until the third time I read it that I realized we had probably 'met' (not really) Ren for the first time! (Ren is Akito's mother).

Full Moon 5=Izumi! I was struggling not to ship Izumi/Mitsuki at one point....anyway, the ending is very ?!?!?!? My main feelings are (a) What??? What's really going on here? (b) I totally should have seen the pattern from KKJ (c) I want to know what this really means; I have never been more tempted to read scanlations in my LIFE (but don't worry, Kris, I won't)!

Lalalala, my life is boring. I have to go write other things now, so later, all!

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