Jun. 26th, 2012 10:42 pm
ladymercury_10: (Amy and Elev--errr)
Uh, LJ went nuts, I don't know what happened to the formatting here.  In any case:

Meme snagged from [ profile] dqbunny:

Comment to this post saying "FIVE!" and I will pick five things I would like you to talk about. They might make sense or be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself, hopefully for the rest of eternity!

questions & answers below the cut )

ladymercury_10: (Molly)
I've finally caught up on Sherlock!  (no spoilers).  The finale was brilliant.  I know there's a lot of good Sherlock fic--does anyone have recommendations for short to medium-length stories?  I'm especially fond of Irene and Molly.  Molly and John watching out for/taking care of/commiserating with each other would be splendid.  Also, I now really want crossover fic of Rory and Molly.  Does that exist?  Please tell me it exists.  

In other news...nothing very exciting has happened lately.  I'm reading Good Omens and enjoying it quite a lot.  I've also made an account on in an attempt to keep up with writing now that I'm out of school.  
ladymercury_10: (Amy corner crop)
I just turned in my last final.  I guess this means I've passed college?  Graduation is on feels really surreal.  In some sense, nothing's really changing--I'll still be doing coursework in the fall, since I'm going to grad school.  In another sense, it's going to be very different.  While I'll still be a student, I'll be doing math all the time.  I may never have to write another paper again.  I've gotten so used to being an English major, and it's going to be strange not to have assigned reading and writing.

I can't believe it's been four years already.  I think in some ways I never expected college to end.  Of course I knew I would graduate, but it was always such a distant thing that I only really considered it in the abstract.  I've changed a lot since I got here.  If you had told me on the first day of freshman year that I would go to grad school for math, I would have laughed in your face.

I really love it here.  I'm so proud of my school, of how good-hearted and passionate and smart and unconcernedly dorky all my classmates and professors have been.  I'm going to miss it a lot.  And [ profile] ityellsback, you've been a splendid roommate, and I will miss talking about fandom and bugs and feminism when we should have been sleeping.
ladymercury_10: (Default)
Hello, all, especially new friends from the friending meme!

Firstly, here is a signal boost.  If you want to cheer a little girl up by telling her why it's okay to like princesses AND robots, go here.

Secondly, here is a fun friending meme:

a friending meme for the bookish
ladymercury_10: (Irene)
Questions meme!  [ profile] solo_by_choice asked me the following questions.  If you want a list of questions to answer in your own journal, drop me a note in the comments!

1. If you could live in any fictional universe, which would you choose?
Probably the Whoniverse.  I love Doctor Who a little too much for my own good.  I can see being a crew member on Serenity or joining Starfleet being fun, too, though.
2. What's your favorite planet?
I am inclined to say Mercury, but I like Mars, too.  And Pluto's not a planet anymore, but I'm quite fond of it as well.
3. How many languages do you know; which; to what degree?
Well, English, obviously, since that's what I'm answering in.  I know some Spanish.  I used to be nearly conversational in it, but I got all caught up in math and didn't make time for it anymore.  I'm really rusty now.
4. If you had to live in a different country, which one would you pick?
Perhaps the UK?  Is the UK a country, or is it built of countries?  I always forget how that works.
5. What is the last book you read?
A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen.  It was assigned reading in, of all things, my Chinese Literature class.
6. Numbers vs Letters, who wins?
Ahhh, I can't choose!  Maybe letters, by a very narrow margin?
7. What's your favorite hair color/style?
I am fond of long braids, and I am quite jealous of people with ginger hair.
ladymercury_10: (Amy Oh Darlin')
I hardly ever watch TV by myself, unless it's Doctor Who.  This week, however, is apparently the week when my friends all try to hook me on shows that will eat up my homework time.  First with the Farscape, and then today one of my friends came over and she was like, "Have you ever seen How I Met Your Mother?" and since I had not, she took it upon herself to educate me.  OH MY GOODNESS.  I know several people, including my little brother, who are very addicted to this show, and now I see why.  It's hilarious, and the characters are really easy to care about.

Pi Day!

Mar. 14th, 2012 01:27 pm
ladymercury_10: (XKCDMath)
Happy Pi Day, everyone!  I am off to bake a pecan pie.  I love nerdy holidays so much. :P


Dec. 4th, 2011 12:39 pm
ladymercury_10: (Default)
[ profile] ityellsback you are a genius for finding this and I will now proceed to spam it all over the world.  I think most of you on my flist like at least one of the following and this has all of them: ladies being awesome, fairy tales, Marina & the Diamonds, diversity.  

ladymercury_10: (Amelia)
Hello, flist!  If any of you are doing [ profile] fandom_stocking, drop me a link to your stocking in the comments!  My stocking is here, if anyone's interested. :)
ladymercury_10: (rory skience)
The authors of my number theory textbook apparently like to make up ridiculous stories about mathematicians to illustrate various principles.  Right now I am reading about how Gauss was abducted by aliens from Venus, allegedly to help me learn about modular arithmetic.  I kid you not, this sentence comes directly from the book: "Gauss was surprised to find that life on Venus was similar to life in Germany--the locals worked hard at high-paying technical jobs, the beer was good, and all of the hovercraft ran on schedule."

Alternate history: check
Jokes about national stereotypes: check
Puns: check
Intermediate-level college math: also check

Other things I've "learned" from this book: 

Emmy Noether worked night shifts as a university security guard and employed the principle of induction to check IDs before a showing of "Raiders of the Lost Arctangent."
Euclid was a baker who thought that too much interest in pie was irrational.  He invented the Euclidean Algorithm to help him bake rectangular cakes using square pans.

This has got to be the silliest and most hilarious math text I've ever seen, but my professor says the mathematics is very good.  I can neither confirm nor deny this, but it is pretty clear about most things once it gets down to talking about them.  The really weird part is that these object lesson joke stories actually do sort of help.  
ladymercury_10: (Team TARDIS)
I'm not sure if LJ cuts are working properly yet, so I won't say anything spoilery about "The God Complex."  I will say that it broke my heart a little bit, but I loved it a bunch and it was an excellent episode.

I've been back at school for about two weeks now.  (If I disappear suddenly, I've probably been devoured by homework or some such.)  I'm living in my first apartment, and it's pretty great, albeit stressful in the grownup ways of having to clean and maintain things.  I like my classes so far, especially my number theory class--best math ever.  And I have, perhaps unwisely, agreed to do mildy coding-related things to help the tutoring center keep in touch with the academic departments.  (I work for the tutoring center, so despite the fact that I'm a creative writing major and have no experience coding, this is not entirely as random as it seems.  Plus, one of the CS professors said he could help me get the scripts in Python.)

And now, on to the meme!  Ganked from [ profile] plaid_slytherin:

The problem with LJ: we all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.

ladymercury_10: (TARDIS)
 Guys.  GUYS.  I don't even know where this picture came from, but it's all over Tumblr, and it's fantastic.  

Picture under the cut )
ladymercury_10: (Default)
So I finally caved and bought a year of paid time last month, which means I have room for more icons again!  I have a couple things I'm looking for but can't find, though.  Does anyone have any good Eleven + Amy + Rory icons you don't mind sharing?  I have one, but I'm still on the lookout.  Also, remember back when there was that photoshoot of Karen Gillan, where she had her hands clasped under her chin and it was adorable?  I remember there being icons made of that shot, but I can't find any now.  Do any of you know where I could look, short of combing through the archives of [ profile] dwicons ?  If you don't know what I'm talking about, the picture in question is here, and I suppose I could always crop it to icon size if all else fails.  

In other news, I finally uploaded all the gifs I ganked from LJ and Tumblr to Photobucket, and I am unreasonably amused by watching them all loop at once.   Here is a gif, just because.  

ETA: Thanks to [ profile] promethia_tenk and [ profile] elisi I have now found several versions of the Karen icon I was looking for!
ladymercury_10: (Amy reading)
Practicing with Audacity because I'd like to do podfic and man, do I feel weird about my own voice.  It never sounds like you think it does, you know?  

And then there is the issue of being an American in the Doctor Who fandom.  Would you find it weird hearing a story about English characters read with a Midwestern American accent?  Would it be even weirder if the story was in first-person POV, or if the first- or third-person POV character was male (since I am a lady)?

Do people actually listen to podfic, anyway?
ladymercury_10: (rory skience)
Happy Pi Approximation Day, everyone!  Because I am obsessed with math, today I wore a math shirt to work (it's still business casual if I'm wearing it with a skirt and cardigan, right? :P ), and I'm planning to bake a pi pie when I get home and work on my Möbius knitting.
ladymercury_10: (Default)
 It took me an obscenely long time, but I now know how to work hyperlinks in HTML.  I am now having a field day with them.  

I've imported about half my fic to the AO3, where I am also ladymercury_10.  I also put a drabble up on Teaspoon that apparently I wrote a year ago and never uploaded.  I'll continue with the AO3 some point--thanks to everyone who explained how to do it!

And because I'm still starry-eyed about my newfound HTML abilities, and because I joined [ profile] docwholand (Team Dalek!) and had to make a sig tag, look at the (no doubt amateurish)  graphic I made!  The cap is from Sonic Biro and I did the editing in Picnik.

ladymercury_10: (Default)
  In no particular order:

-revise the profile I'm writing for work
-do whatever other work-related things manifest
-find a knitting pattern and
-ride my bike to the yarn store and while I'm out
-also ride to the library and pick up Batwoman: Elegy (squee!)

This sounds like a good day. :D
ladymercury_10: (rory skience)
I am among those who think that science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not only a technician: he is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress him like a fairy tale. We should not allow it to be believed that all scientific progress can be reduced to mechanisms, machines, gearings, even though such machinery also has its beauty.

Neither do I believe that the spirit of adventure runs any risk of disappearing in our world. If I see anything vital around me, it is precisely that spirit of adventure, which seems indestructible and is akin to curiosity.

-Marie Curie

I love Marie Curie so much.  Her whole Wikiquote page is fantastic.  
ladymercury_10: (Default)
Snerched from [ profile] mfirefly10 :

Comment with any ship (romantic or platonic or maybe even non-existent!) from a fandom that you know I have some knowledge about, and I will rant about aforementioned ship. This may be incoherent gushing or exclamations of disgust, depending on your ship of choice. for relevant fandoms, I guess we could say Doctor Who, Firefly, BSG, NCIS, the X-Files, the Office, Psych, White Collar, Star Trek, or Star Trek: TNG.  I'm sure I'm missing some, so if you remember something I don't, go for it.  

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