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What Kind of American English Do You Speak? [10 May 2005|01:31am]

Your Linguistic Profile:



50% General American English

25% Yankee

20% Dixie

5% Upper Midwestern

0% Midwestern


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Shred what? [02 Apr 2005|06:19pm]





Proof that you can make a business of anything. The bigger question: What were they doing on St. Marks, a few miles from anything corporate? My guess is a paranoid consipracy theorist on my block decided mass shredding had to happen immediately.

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[26 Feb 2005|02:33am]
Wow! OTEP at the Knitting Factory - 2/25/05. I'd never seen her live before, though I've been listening to her music nearly every day for the last year or so since I discovered her. It was impossible to take pictures really with the crowd thrashing around -- at least not without risking losing my camera. But I got a couple of decent shots:


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This is awesome. So thorough. [18 Feb 2005|12:23am]



I wish it said I was Buffy, but this is right:



You scored as Willow Rosenberg. You are a very smart individual. Though, like everyone else, you've made mistakes. You've changed over the last few years, so have a lot of things in your life, but you've got great friends who love you and are there for you through anything.

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Willow Rosenberg

71%

Dawn Summers

67%

Rupert Giles

63%

Buffy Summers

58%

Xander Harris

50%

Spike

50%

Tara Maclay

46%

Anya

42%

Which Buffy The Vampire Slayer Character Are You Most Like!?
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[14 Feb 2005|01:51pm]
I forgot to watch the Grammies last night. It's not that I was out being social, as I often am these days. It's not that I was watching a movie or reading or something. I did watch TV. But I watched stuff in my Tivo queue for a couple of hours, then went and read. Not for a moment all evening did it cross my mind that it was Grammy night. This says something about me and how my life has changed, but I'm not sure what.
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LJ FriendsCollage - This is cool [12 Feb 2005|09:29pm]

~experiential~



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What Gay Childhood Icon Are You? [12 Feb 2005|08:43pm]


You Are the Very Gay Velma!





She might not even realize it...
But Velma is all about Daphne ... not Fred!


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Washington [10 Feb 2005|08:30am]
In DC for the day on business. Nothing special.

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:^) [03 Feb 2005|04:58pm]

(that there on the right is called irony, folks)
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Freshman Year of High School Questionnaire [30 Jan 2005|02:26pm]
(From emcee_lotion.)

Freshman Year of High School Questionnaire

What year was it?

No, not saying


What were your three favorite bands (performers)?

Bowie, Mott the Hoople, Roxy Music


What was your favorite outfit?

Flared jeans, platform shoes, tight tshirt with a logo or band name on it
In this pic, I'm not wearing the platforms, but otherwise this is it. (I'm on the right. On the left is Skippy. (See below.)


What was up with your hair?

Bowieish - short on top, long in the back, what would now be bordering on a mullet, but back then was glam


Who were your best friends?

Skippy and someone whose name I can't remember


What did you do after school?

smoke cigarettes, go to pubs (this was in England), play pool and darts


Where did you work?

?


Did you take the bus?

yep, 10 mile ride on a school bus.


Who did you have a crush on?

Jennie Pudney, who also had a crush on me but was waiting for me to act and so nothing ever happened. Apparently we were going out, though I didn't really realize it at the time, since nothing ever happened.


Did you fight with your parents?

Not much. We didn't really talk anymore.


Who did you have a CELEBRITY crush on?

Olivia Newton-John


Did you smoke cigarettes?

You've got to be kidding. It was my main entertainment.


Did you lug all of your books around in your backpack all day because you were too nervous to find your locker?

Backpack. How dorky. Too cool for all that.


Did you have a 'clique'?

The following year, back in NY, I was part of the druggie clique. But freshman year, in England, I was the Yank. I was part of some social stuff, but an outsider, as I've been most of my life in one way or another.


Did you have "The Max" like Zach, Kelly, and Slater?

I had no idea what this was, but nerd that I am I googled it and now I know. An off-school hangout for my school friends. Not really. There was the local pub, where I played pool and drank shandy (starter beer - beer cut with lemonade that they serve kids in England) every night. But I lived 10 miles from school, so it was a different crowd. Not my school friends except for one or two. The following year, at Stuyvesant, I definitely did: Tony's - the burger place next door to the school. I was there progressively more and more until I was basically there or outside of it all day.

Admit it, were you popular?

In a messed-up way. I was the only American at my school of several thousand. That made me The Yank. (There was also Skippy, the Australian. And two sisters from India or Pakistan were The Pakis. They were quite fixated on race there.) So, my foreignness made me an outsider, but also exotic (from America=exotic, ha ha). So one of the prettiest girls in the class wanted to be my girlfriend and I was welcomed into a social circle. My coolness credentials went WAY up, though, when I set a school desk on fire during a class and got caned. (Just on the hands, not the butt.)

Who did you want to be just like?

Roxy-era Brian Ferry.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

Never occurred to me to have goals or dreams.


Where did you think you'd be at the age you are now?

Seriously, no clue.
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Hee Hee [29 Jan 2005|12:11pm]
I Am

Which tarot card are you?


Spiritual enlightenment, inner illumination, hidden power. Link between seen and unseen. Balance of positive and negative forces. Receptivity. Unseen guidance.


A young woman sits on a throne holding a scroll labeled "Tora" meaning "law." On her breast is the sign of the meeting of heaven and earth, the Maltese cross. Her crown is the full orb supported by horns, the crown ofthe Mother Goddess Isis, who rules all things changeable, shown by the moon at her feet. Her power, upon which her throne rests, derives from the creative principle of duality, shown by the two pillars of light and darkness. To those who know and love her she dispenses the sweet fruit of the world itself, symbolized by the pomegranites.

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barn coats and neck warmers [28 Jan 2005|04:02pm]
Last week in NYC we had a blizzard with a foot of snow, single-digit temperatures and 50mph winds. It's funny. In Maine, that would be unexceptional, but down here it's just shy of the apocalypse.

It's like when I was growing up in NY and would laugh when Southerners had freezing weather and an inch of snow and everything shut down and cars were sliding off the roads left and right. Now, having lived through a half dozen winters in Midcoast Maine, I watch fellow New Yorkers prepare for storms and cold with bemusement. Ya call this weather?! Sheesh. Also their understanding of cold weather dress is so uninformed. Every time I go out in sub-freezing weather here at least one if not several people say something about my being underdressed, when I'm the warmest one there. They all have puffy parkas or bulky wool coats and all the accessories. I'm wearing what I wore to feed the sheep at 7am in 30 below in Maine: t-shirt under a double-thick sweater under a lined barn coat, plus cap, neck warmer and mittens. (The actual items. There's still straw dust in the pocket of the barn coat a decade later, which makes me smile.) I don't think it's possible to be cold in that, with all the layers trapping warm air. But they think you have to look like the Michelin Man to be warm.

I actually miss the severity of weather up north. It feels real. Something about respecting nature by being in a place where it still runs the show sometimes. As long as I can curl up next to a wood-burning stove with a hot cup of chamomile tea afterwards, then it's fine.

[This is a slightly revised version of a response I posted to lx6's journal on the 22nd, before the storm.]
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Could You Be a Simpson? [27 Jan 2005|12:47pm]
Like Ashlee, you prefer punk rock to polished pop and you've been known to wanna "la-la" from time to time. Like Jessica, your sense of humor makes everyone smile but you don't need your mom to help you do your laundry; you're perfectly capable of handling that on your own, thank you very much. Fluffy puppies in Louis Vuitton carriers probably aren't your thing either. A bull dog is way more your style. You could definitely hang with the Simpsons but overall, their family isn't the best fit for you. How about the Osbourne family? You'd have way more fun throwing hams (and curse words) with Sharon than you would singing carols with Nick and Jessica on their next Christmas special.

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Saint Marks Place in the snow [23 Jan 2005|03:03am]
I always think it's cool when New York has a blizzard. People walk in the street, things slow down, people seem festive.

When I left earlier, around 6, the snow was falling hard, cars were slipping around -- it was cool, and I didn't have my camera. Later we were tromping around the Upper East Side throwing snowballs at each other and I didn't have my camera. Well, I took some when I finally got home at about 1am. The snow had calmed down, but it was still pretty.


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[22 Jan 2005|02:01am]
Just waves of despair. Weird. Where did this come from? I feel like I'm in a psychic fog all of a sudden - like I have a head cold and can't quite sense the world. I know this feeling separate from real colds. It's depression. It's the spiral starting. When I used to feel this, I medicated myself immediately, which usually didn't help, but at least it made it duller, or distracted me. Where is this coming from? Why is it happening now? I know I have two weeks til a year. I know I've been confused by this crush. I know I sort of made a date today with another person. I know... this makes no sense. I know that my life is really good. I know that when I'm with friends, which is a lot, I experience real joy way more than I ever did in my life before. But none of that is accessible right at this moment. But I know it will pass.
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Damn, they called me out [01 Jan 2005|02:50pm]


Your New Years Resolution Should Be: Get rid of your "computer butt"





You've got more than "back" - you've got a big, fat ass.
And it's probably because you count multiple IM sessions as exercise
So, get yourself on the Hacker's Diet, stat...
And then you can stop pretending that you're a hot chick in chat rooms.


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mid-January... uh oh [01 Jan 2005|02:36pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Yikes:

"Be prepared to make a decision about your love life in mid-January, though; keeping a particular option open is no longer, well, an option."



Gemini 2005 Love Horoscope




Your New Year begins with you all over the place in the realm of romance, with the kinds of ups and downs that make other people crazy but actually manage to keep your interest high. Be prepared to make a decision about your love life in mid-January, though; keeping a particular option open is no longer, well, an option. After some brief but informative deep thoughts at the outset of February, you enjoy the many sweet treats the rest of the winter sets out for you with your trademark wit and liveliness.

Mercury goes retrograde for almost a month beginning March 19th, which may bring misunderstandings worthy of a romantic comedy into your life, but with your quick thinking you can turn potential crises into sudden kisses. But you should also look beyond the physical to deeper aspects of people now -- including yourself. You get special access to this new level at the end of March and beginning of April, and your powerful intellect sees how sexy it can be. May and June find you in charge, with your sweetheart or any number of potential ones following along happily.

Matters of the heart require your focus the first weekend of July, rewarding you with the kinds of conversations and flirtations that have you practically falling in love every other minute. You'll enjoy summer's rapid-fire romantic activity, with something new always on the horizon, whether you're single or conducting a raging romance. Even a little oddness in August just adds more color to the overall picture. As for the weekend of August 26th -- well, watch out, world, here you come.

Come autumn, your bewitching variety of talents ensnares you in something that could be serious -- if you let it be. The 10th and 11th of September offer insight to help you decide. It's spooky how sexy you are on Halloween, and the attention you get may even be (almost!) too much for you. But beware of another Mercury retrograde from November 13th to December 3rd -- say what you mean and mean what you say. Then get yourself under the mistletoe the weekend of December 23rd and kiss the year good-bye -- and someone sweet hello.

Where is your relationship heading? Get a peek at your future together with a free Romantic Compatibility Reading!

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prospect? [30 Dec 2004|02:09am]
I think I should send this girl on Friendster a message. Maybe she'll want to go out with me:

Hobbies and Interests: drinking beer
Favorite Music: beer
Favorite Books: more beer
About Me: I'm a drunk. A MEAN DRUNK BITCH

Waddaya think? Good idea?
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Only the Japanese: "lap pillow," with skin-colored polyurethene calves folded under soft thighs [15 Dec 2004|08:32am]
'Lap Pillow' Offers Solace to Lonely Men

TOKYO (Reuters) - Single or lonely Japanese men may get lucky this Christmas.

One popular item for holiday shoppers is the "lap pillow," with skin-colored polyurethene calves folded under soft thighs -- a comfy cushion for napping, reading or watching television.

The 9,429 yen ($90) pillow, which comes with one red and one black skirt, went on sale in late November and maker Trane Co Ltd says shipments have reached 3,000 in just a few weeks.

"We created this item to help tired people relax," said Makoto Igarashi, Trane's managing director.

Care was taken with details such as the softness of the thighs, panty lines on the pillow's "backside" and wrinkles in the lap of the skirt so as to make the pillow look and feel as real as possible.

"We thought our main customers would be men in their 20s, but even men in their 60s are buying it," Igarashi said.

At stores, lap pillows gather crowds where people poke and pry at the foam legs.

"I think this may be good for single men, but it could cause trouble for someone who is married," said Shingo Shibata, a 27-year-old company employee browsing at a toy store which sells the pillow.
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CBS & NBC say opposing intolerance is "too controversial" [06 Dec 2004|06:16pm]
A new TV ad campaign by the United Church of Christ (including the Congregationalists) shows a conservative church with a velvet rope and bouncers turning away anyone who is gay, non-white or weird looking. The ad says, "Jesus didn't turn people away. Neither do we. No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here."

CBS and NBC have refused to air the ads. "Because this commercial touches on the exclusion of gay couples and other minority groups by other individuals and organizations," says CBS, "and the fact the Executive Branch has recently proposed a Constitutional Amendment to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman, this spot is unacceptable for broadcast on the [CBS and UPN] networks." NBC, home of Will & Grace and Queer Eye, just said it was "too controversial."

You can see the ad at http://www.stillspeaking.com/default.htm

If I were a member of a conservative church where only blonde heterosexual couples in blue suits and pink summer dresses with perfect children were welcome, I'd certainly get the message from this ad that I was being criticized. I could understand if a network feared their wrath and didn't want to show it for that reason. What's disturbing about the CBS response is that they cite the executive branch's opposition to gay marriage as the reason it's "too controversial."

So apparently, they're saying that since the President opposes gay marriage, this is the official baseline for our society, and it is a challenge to our government to suggest that being loving and welcoming to everyone is the Christian way.

CBS's reasoning would be more disturbing if it weren't so idiotic. But it is troubling that two of the three major networks balked for whatever reason.
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