June 4th, 2014

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One of my least favorite things to do in story writing is coming up with a name for the protagonist.  It always sounds stupid in my head just because it's echoing around my own brain, and also because it feels like some kind of commitment.

I'm going to describe a character to you, and I want you to name her.

She is:a desert-wandering nomadic bohemian type.  The sort of person you'd expect to join the circus or possibly a cult.  She has hair to her waist.  She's not ugly, but she's not beautiful, either.  Her fingernails are stained with cigarette smoke.  She's a talented dancer.  No one knows where she came from.

What's the first name that pops into your head?

Desperation

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The built in microphone on my laptop doesn't work. When I try and record something, all I hear is static. I've tried updating and reinstalling my sound driver, and downloading it from the manufacturer website (Toshiba) and gone through the set up microphone process several times. Do you guys have any other ideas?
cabaret voltaire

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Oh my god, I haven't posted here in ages. But when faced with this question tqc popped into my head so here I am. Anyway...

I bought a copy of The Condom Encyclopedia a while ago for pretty cheap. I was looking for things to sell, so I looked up this product and saw people were selling it for at least $80. I was wondering if I should sell it since I need the money, or hold on to it since it's more valuable than I thought it was?
TW tales square

Gift Boxes

My google fu has failed. I need sturdy gift boxes for some heavy glass bowls that are to be presented at a corporate function. The only web sites I can find with these type of boxes require you to purchase a case of 25 to 50 boxes. I need two. Any ideas where I can find something that will work that can be bought in single quantities? (Sizes are about 9"x9"x9" and 12"x12"x12").

DN/DC: What's the worst gift you every received?
Minerva McTabby's Summary Executions

HP/Pottermore/Fandoms/Steak/Meals

If you’re a HP fan, which house are you in? Or are you a combination? Or don’t you bother about a house/s for yourself?

If you’re on Pottermore, which house did Pottermore put you in?
Does your Pottermore house match where you think you belong?
What’s your Pottermore wand?
Do you like it, or would you have chosen a different wood/core?

Other than your primary house, which house members do you think you’d be most comfortable hanging out with?

Do you have a set of rules for what you consider HP canon?

Do you geek out about anything other than HP? If so, what? Are you involved in the fandom/s, or do you prefer just to enjoy it all by yourself, or with RL friends/family?

If you don’t give a flying monkey’s about HP, what’s your favourite fandom?
If you don’t give a crap about anything that could be described as a fandom, what are you enthralled by? Tell me why you love whatever it is?

If you spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about and/or participating in any activity and/or fandom, do you think that that participation/thought-time is beneficial or detrimental to you?

DK/DC: If you eat steak, how do you like it? Have you ever ordered steak in a restaurant? If so, was it good? What are the attributes of various cuts? Have you ever cooked steak at home? Were you successful?

If you don’t eat beef, or indeed any meat, what would be your ideal main part of a meal at which everyone else was eating meat? Or would you prefer that the whole menu was vegetarian/vegan, with dishes that everyone can enjoy? (not planning anything, just curious).
she blinded me with science!

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Do you have a favorite place to get free ebooks? Legitimately, I mean.

Google Play has a free book section, but it's all classics that are free because they're out of copyright. I'm looking for a good source of contemporary material in reflowable ebook formats, particularly short stories, programming articles, and scientific papers. I'd also like to publish some stuff myself.