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My hair does not smell like Nebari snatch.

South Africa's Constitutional Court has ordered the country's parliament to amend marriage laws so that same-sex marriages will be legal within the next year. No, not the U.S., land of the free and so forth and such like, but South Africa. I'm waiting for one or another asshole white-power group to declare that this is what happens when you stop treating black people like cattle. Next thing you know, the gays are running things.

Anyway, yesterday Spooky came back from the market, where she'd gone to get the makings for chili, with a big ol' box of Cap'n Crunch. As a child, Cap'n Crunch was my most favorite cereal, even though those hard little yellow nuggets of corn and sugar inevitably made the roof of my mouth bleed. Sitting here having a bowl for breakfast, I was not surprised to see sugar listed as the second ingredient and brown sugar listed as the fourth. But hey, it's a great source of folic acid! And it still tears up the inside of my mouth. At least some things stay the same. Anyway, sugary kid cereals will not become a habit, but it was a nice, nostalgic diversion.

The writing went well yesterday. I did 1,506 words on the second piece for Sirenia Digest 12, which I'm calling "The Lovesong of Lady Ratteanrufer." It is an entirely different sort of story than "Metamorphosis A," so it looks like this issue of the digest will exhibit two distinctly different flavours.

Not much else to yesterday. Before the writing, but after the journal entry, I read Angela Carter's "The Cabinet of Edgar Allan Poe." We tried to go for a walk at one point, but it was raining so hard we only made it to the edge of Freedom Park before turning back for home. This morning the rain is gone and it looks like winter out there, clouds and most of the leaves have fallen. Just before bed, I read from The Velikovsky Affair (1966) — more research for The Dinosaurs of Mars.

Read chapters XXII and XXIII and finished House of Leaves (for the second time).

Also played more Final Fantasy XII, which I'm continuing to enjoy tremendously. But I will say that compared to FFX and FFX-2 (I didn't play XI), this is a darker and more difficult game. Overall, I prefer XII's battle system to the old turn-based system, but it is hard.

Here's an e-mail:

Dancy — A whole lot happens in S GA - here a monster, there a monster - but then, from Savannah to Birmingham, nothing? That seems a long way for a girl like that to go w/out a fight. I can't help but wondering what did happen. An uninterrupted bus ride somehow just doesn't seem likely.

Can't wait for
Daughter of Hounds.

Well, this whole thing is complicated by there being two parallel realities. There's the one from Threshold, which has Dancy taking the bus from Waycross to Birmingham. In that worldline, her misadventures in Savannah precede her encounter in Waycross with the Gynander and Sinethella. However, in the Alabaster stories, we have a second worldline (perhaps created by Chance's actions at the end of Threshold), wherein Dancy travels to Waycross before Savannah and then leaves Savannah in the company of the Bailiff, with no apparent destination in mind. In the first worldline, on the bus trip from Waycross to Birmingham (Ch. 2, pp. 25-27, Roc 1st ed.), she does encounter the "hitchhiker," but, otherwise, I figured that the bus ride kept her fairly safe from monsters (and them safe from her). As for the second worldline, that present in Alabaster, I don't yet know what happens to her after she leaves Savannah. I have half a suspicion that she never reaches Birmingham.

Also, this comment from yesterday's second entry (LJ only), the one with the photos:

You have this remarkable ability to smile and yet seem palpably menacing. Like an orangutan "smiling" to let you see the teeth its going to use to chew your face off. That is, incidentally, a compliment.

Which is precisely how I take it, as a compliment. It's true that many anthropologists and primatologists have noted that in such non-human primates as chimps and baboons, the "smile" is employed as a threat display, not as a sign of friendship. What an exceedingly strange way to show you're happy or glad to see someone, by showing off your teeth. Most mammals snarl or grimace as a warning, not a welcome.

Okay. That was longer than I'd intended it to be. I must attend to the needs of the platypus. If you're reading this via Blogger or MySpace, you can see the photos from yesterday here (though, really, this journal is best read via LJ).

Postscript: Blame Spooky for this entry's subject line.

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greygirlbeast
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Predator's Smile

Also, I can't tell you how much the hitchhiker, in Threshold, made me wonderfully happy.


He is actually a favorite character of mine.
nykolus
Nov. 16th, 2006 06:57 pm (UTC)
is this too much? i thought it was sweet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sdUUx5FdySs

and now, i have a choice between moving to canada OR south africa.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:19 pm (UTC)
is this too much? i thought it was sweet.

IIt is very sweet, actually.
stsisyphus
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
Blame Spooky for this entry's subject line.

I sense some future retribution in the manner of wrist binders and a cranial sander.

I know I read it at some point, but did you ever post the details of Nebari gential physiology to nebari.net?
greygirlbeast
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
I know I read it at some point, but did you ever post the details of Nebari gential physiology to nebari.net?

It's one of the umpteen million things I've never gotten around to doing there. Though, you can learn a little about such things from Setsuled's Nar'eth manga.
humglum
Nov. 16th, 2006 08:16 pm (UTC)
I sense some future retribution in the manner of wrist binders and a cranial sander.

Heh.
Apparantly the nixar is none too fond of the smell of beeswax and the various other things I have to put in my dreads to tame them and keep them (and my scalp) healthy.
stsisyphus
Nov. 16th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
Ha! I thought this was something you said to Caitlin.

Well...that sander is likely to be a little more uncomfortable for someone without bony or dense keratin-based protruberances. ;)
greygirlbeast
Nov. 17th, 2006 12:17 am (UTC)
I thought this was something you said to Caitlin.

Yep. She said it to me, because she is rude and foul of mouth.
stsisyphus
Nov. 17th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
...she is rude and foul of mouth.

Surely these are merely some of her most charming characteristics! :)
greygirlbeast
Nov. 17th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
Surely these are merely some of her most charming characteristics! :)

Oh, indeed.
stardustgirl
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
Are glass shards listed on Cap'n Crunch? Maybe they're a secret ingredient; I had the same experience with it.

Froot Loops are my sugary cereal vice - straight out of the box, snack style.
greygirlbeast
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
Are glass shards listed on Cap'n Crunch? Maybe they're a secret ingredient; I had the same experience with it.

I'm beginning to suspect the presence of sand.
sclerotic_rings
Nov. 16th, 2006 08:01 pm (UTC)
"And when we had no Cap'n Crunch, we ate sand."

"You ate sand?"

"We ate sand."
kambriel
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
You should really beware of the Cap'n. He's not an official Captain in any accredited navy. Kind of like the General Mao dictator of KFC who needs his face plastered everywhere. He's no General.
sclerotic_rings
Nov. 16th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear Elvis Almighty: now I understand why L. Ron Hubbard faked his death. It wasn't to see if he came back with superpowers: it was to take over the world's oceans with the help of SUGAR!
forgottenbelief
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
I like the new combat system in FFXII as well. Although I'm almost 40 hours into the game and am starting to suspect I'm not even halfway through. I'm about to go fight the boss for the sword of the Dynast-King, whereabouts are you?
greygirlbeast
Nov. 16th, 2006 07:50 pm (UTC)
whereabouts are you?

Not nearly so far along as you. I'm up on the floating continent and just met up with the rebels.
sclerotic_rings
Nov. 16th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
"I'm waiting for one or another asshole white-power group to declare that this is what happens when you stop treating black people like cattle. Next thing you know, the gays are running things."\

Silly person: of course that's what happens. Considering that the former ruling elite are waiting for everyone else to realize their mistake and beg them to return to the old days (the way so many Cuban ex-pats keep waiting for Castro to give them back the country or the number of members of "The Provisional Government of the Republic of Texas" expecting to be allowed to turn Texas back into an independent nation), if the gays don't take over and run things, nothing gets done. And it gets done faster, cheaper, and with a hell of a lot less bitching and moaning than in the old days, I tell you what. (Yes, I've lived in Dallas for a bit too long. Why do you ask?)
wishlish
Nov. 16th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
"And it gets done faster, cheaper, and with a hell of a lot less bitching and moaning than in the old days, I tell you what."

The rebuttal to that statement is, of course, Jim McGreevey. He's the only Democrat I've ever been ashamed to have voted for. Nothing to do with him being gay, of course. Everything to do with his putting his possibly-unwilling lover in a Homeland Security position despite lack of experience and government clearance weeks after 9/11.

Sorry. The man still irks me.
wishlish
Nov. 16th, 2006 08:33 pm (UTC)
See, now I'm left with two questions, as my pain-addled brain awaits relief from the lower back pain that's literally driving me mad (literally- it's driving me mad in a New Car! as Bob Barker would say before he retires next year...)

1. What DOES your hair smell like?
2. What does female Nebari genitalia smell like? And of course, this would probably end up as one of those answers that would be dependent on variable t (time) and m (mood). A horny Nebari at 3 am probably smells different than one on a murderous rampage at 3:15 pm.
stsisyphus
Nov. 16th, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC)
As an adjunct to point 2, I imagine that some of this might even be dependent on whether the Nebari female has had their anesthetic venom glands removed or not. Although the aesthetic point might be pretty academic and only really debated among those who "study" differences between physiology of the traditional Nebari (of Sanctuary) and that of the remaining "native" Nebari remaining on the surface. Of course, I don't suppose that there's any established (i.e. documented on nebari.net)evidence that the "native" Nebari have insufficient technological sophistication to allow them to perform what is likely a complicated medical procedure.

Come to think of it, wasn't either Nar'eth's mother or one of her sires Nebari anthropologists?
greygirlbeast
Nov. 16th, 2006 09:32 pm (UTC)

Come to think of it, wasn't either Nar'eth's mother or one of her sires Nebari anthropologists?


Nope. Her mother and both her sires were botonists and horticulturists. See here for more details.

The venom has no perceptible odor (perceptible to Nebari noses, at least).
greygirlbeast
Nov. 16th, 2006 09:37 pm (UTC)
2. What does female Nebari genitalia smell like? And of course, this would probably end up as one of those answers that would be dependent on variable t (time) and m (mood). A horny Nebari at 3 am probably smells different than one on a murderous rampage at 3:15 pm.

*snork*

Indeed.

When sexually aroused, female Nebari produce an odor that a human might find reminiscent of a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper. In general, many races consider the Nebari to have a distinctly "spicy" scent about them.

1. What DOES your hair smell like?

See the subject line above.
styggian
Nov. 16th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
I had a free month of FFXI but I wasn't interested enough in it to put in the time it owuld have taken.
shadowmeursault
Nov. 17th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
*spooky, hypnotic voice*
do not resist the siren call of sugary breakfast cereals.
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