A question

Feb. 21st, 2017 04:36 pm
rhondacrockett: (Am I addicted? - dava)
Is it considered unremarkable and acceptable behaviour to ask for a stranger's contact details (namely, a phone number) immediately upon engaging with them online? And is it considered unremarkable and acceptable behaviour to give it upon such a request? And is it therefore considered bizarre, rude, anti-social or verging on the hysterical to refuse?

I am completely baffled by this. Common sense tells me that asking for a stranger's number is presumptous and riven with the potential to go wrong, but when I tell them no, they act like I'm being unreasonable or that I just need to be persuaded.
rhondacrockett: (The fourth wall... it broked)
Does anyone else feel queasy when they hear Elle Goulding's "Love Me Like You Do" or Beyonce's "Crazy In Love", because of their connection to a certain half-century-long spectrum of an intermediate achromatic colour? I really liked "Crazy In Love", and I know that if it had been released without the abovementioned association, I would have liked the creepy/slowed-down edit even more. (I have a thing for creepy "love" songs; the only Justin Timberlake songs I can stand are "Cry Me A River" and "What Goes Around".) "Love Me...", I can't be sure about, since it has never been unconnected with the variety of ashen tones, but my suspicion is that I would have thought of it as an ok tune: not one that would grab my attention but I might sing along unconsciously to the chorus.

I haven't read the books; I wasn't interested in them before they went OMGPublishingphenomenon! and after hearing complaints of bad writing and unease over the central characters, I was even less interested. On the principle of that non-interest, I will not be seeing the movies, either. So it's really disturbing to find that it is damaging my enjoyment of media which I am interested in!
rhondacrockett: (The fourth wall... it broked)
Watching Toddlers and Tiaras (not my choice of viewing, I hasten to add). There is a child on here called "Rainbow Dash".

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rhondacrockett: (Weird is rad)
This Monday, I like... Jeremy Clay's Victorian Strangeness series.

I Like Monday - Victorian strangeness photo _76057311_victorian-mother-and-son_al_zps4944f185.jpg
Image taken from this particular column in the series


They say that the past is a foreign country. Thanks to Jeremy Clay's Victorian Strangeness series at the BBC News Magazine Monitor blog, we can find out exactly how foreign the nineteenth century was. Each Saturday, Mr Clay, the author of The Burgler Caught by a Skeleton, posts a new tale of the outlandish, ghoulish, bizarre and sensational, gleaned from the glut of newspapers and periodicals of the Victorian age. So far, we have met with a lion in the spa town of Llandrindod, monks running a black market trade in clothes stolen from corpses, a wife-beater getting a taste of his own medicine from an all-female mob, and a monkey whose interest in public hangings does not end well.

The nineteenth century is a time period that's close to my heart: old enough to be properly 'historical', modern enough that you can see how it connects with today. These tall-but-true tales are a fascinating and wry glimpse into a time when technology seemed to run amok, eccentrics were ten a penny, and everybody was obsessed with death, particularly violent death. Suddenly, all those ludicrous Victorian potboilers don't seem quite so ludicrous anymore...
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
So I need white shoes to go with my outfit for my brother's wedding. You would think that would be easy, right? Wrong! All either too casual or too short or too big or too high-heeled ARRRGH!!!!! I have trailed through a dozen or more shoe shops and found nothing, so I have been reduced to ordering from Amazon, the evil blighters.

Anyway, whilst scrolling through their list of "white shoes women", I came across these monstrosities. I actually swore out loud when I saw them. OW TOES HOW THE FUDGSICLES DO YOU WALK SHOES ARE SUPPOSED TO ALLOW YOU TO WALK I DON'T EVEN AUGH!!!!

This just confirms my conviction that fashion is evil.
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
Neil Gaiman really really looks like Charles Dickens. I'm serious, it's kinda uncanny...

Also, this is an awesome picture. Although I'm not convinced that something quite so rainbow-coloured can be discribed as "steampunk".
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
Best Occupational Category
You're an ORGANIZER
Keywords

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Your very careful, conscientious, conservative nature gives others the confidence to trust you with handling money and material possessions. Structured organizations that have well-ordered chains of command work best for you.

Suggested Organizer workplaces are large corporations, business offices, financial lending institutions, banks, insurance companies, accounting firms, and quality control and inspection departments.



2nd Best Occupational Category
You're a PERSUADER
Keywords:

Witty, Competitive, Sociable, Talkative, Ambitious, Argumentative, and Aggressive

These enterprising types sell, persuade, and lead others. Positions of leadership, power, and status are usually their ultimate goal. Persuasive people like to take financial and interpersonal risks and to participate in competitive activities. They enjoy working with others inside organizations to accomplish goals and achieve economic success


..."Enjoy mathematics"? ME?!?! I can't think of any job I would loathe more than being an freaking accountant. Yes, I am conscientious, careful, methodical, and I do like clear structures of command (and of responsibility). But maths and I are NOT good friends - and maths involving money and I are even worse. I was traumatised as a child of five by maths involving money and I've never gotten over it. Freaking accountancy... *shudders*

As for the second best, I don't recognise myself in any of that, particularly the "ambitious" tag. I am the most dithery, un-ambitious person I know; I get into depressive fugs angsting over how much I DO NOT KNOW what I want to do with my life!!!!!!!!

...I must be srs1y d00in 1t r0ng.

(Nicked from the Paperbackwriter blog.)
rhondacrockett: (batmint - dava)
Ok, has anybody ever heard of an internet shopping site just... randomly setting you up an account and then sending you a welcome email - even though you've never heard of them, never been near them? Seriously.

Roflmao

Apr. 14th, 2005 11:21 am
rhondacrockett: (Default)
Worst. Theme Park. Idea. Ever.

Oh dear. I think Dickens is having a heart attack right now.

And it gets worse

"Naughty delights"? "Free and easy style of Victorian music hall"? I think I'm gonna die laughing.

Edit: Er, not sure if everyone can see these links cos they're from the New York Times, which requires you to have a log-in registration, so here's some other links so you can see what I'm talking about.

The BBC report
Somehow, I think Uncle Walt has it licked

OooOOOooo!

Jun. 18th, 2004 11:12 am
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
There are men in suits, with those little ear-piece radios with the curly phone-line, on Elmwood Avenue. They're all standing around a big silver car, looking solemn and bodyguard-ish. There's also a policeman not far away.

Who on earth would be on Elmwood Avenue, who would need bodyguards with ear-piece radios? Where on Elmwood Avenue would anyone who needed bodyguards with ear-piece radios be going? More importantly, when do I get to see the assassination attempt?(!)

*Feels giddy at the thought of rooftop snipers in black, bodyguards flinging themselves in the firing line, and important personages being bundled into silver cars while security agents chase the guy down.*

Warning! Biohazard! )

Liz, I'm so sorry for your loss *hugs Auntie*

*shivers*

Jun. 9th, 2004 01:37 pm
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
The Elmwood Building is absolutely freezing. And I didn't bring my jacket because it's pretty warm outside and I didn't think I'd need it. So I'm sitting here in a T-shirt, freezing to death. At least I didn't change into shorts and sandals like I was thinking of doing, so my legs are warm.

A summary of various things I ought to have mentioned before:

- My dad got fired )

- Mark is no longer going to the Himalayas. For whatever reason, it got called off. He's now going to Patagonia; it's some region in South America that covers parts of Chile and Argentina. They're not going to hire porters, so this time they're going to have to carry everything themselves and Mark's on this whole "Argh I am so unfit, I must get fit!" thing.

- Amy's teacher, Mrs Brownlow, is leaving. Which is kind of a good thing - we all had her at one stage or another, and she's not a good teacher - and kind of a bad thing - Amy's preparing for the transfer test and getting a new teacher is a pretty big upheaval at this important stage.

- Joanna is going away next week on an Outward Bound course to the Lake District, paid for by Hilton Hotels. I tell her that she's getting to play around with part of Paris and Nicole's inheritance! Then, after the Outward Bound trip, she's away to Malta for a week.

- House news )

- Dream a little dream )

Anyway, must go now, I need to do work and get this extra section for my sample chapter done. And also I'm hungry. Oh, and it's warmed up somewhat in here.

PS. Hello, [livejournal.com profile] hadrielkq!
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
So you surround your username with the HTML tags < font size="7" color="(username)" > < /font > aand...

rhondacrockett

I'm... puke-green?

Thanks a lot, LJ.

*

In other news, my little sister Amy got 64% in her first practice transfer test :DDDD She da smart cookie! And her teacher sent one of her poems off to some competition. Awww! Following in her big sister's footsteps ::tear::
rhondacrockett: (Lookit me)
I had a long-ass entry written for yesterday, and then they decided to shut the computers down in, like, 5 seconds!!!! So yeah, I lost the whole thing. The summary of it was: house hunting is not good, Lesley's baptism was cool, and dreams are strange. Bah. The dreams were really weird too; well, one of them was really weird, and the other was sort of weird.

My descriptions yesterday were even more detailed than this )

I had weird dreams last night too )

Leon has still not got back to me about my stuff >:( Let's see, it's the 18th now, and I sent him the stuff on the 6th. He's had nearly two weeks, where the hell is he?!?
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