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Friday I went to the Harvard Natural History Museum with my sister. It's one of those things I'd meant to do way back when I was still attending college in the Boston area but never got around to.

Also Jazz in July started that day and I really wanted to see Yoko Miwa live. (This I didn't actually get to do, but she'll be performing again this month so I was only a little bummed out.)

SO! I wasn't entirely sure what to expect at the museum, because I only knew about their glass flower exhibit, extensive taxidermy animal collection and super-low admission price. Basically my sister and I were just hoping it wouldn't be a) boring and b) smelly/gross.

cut for pictures )

THE END.

thrilling isn't it
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In my universe shopping is dangerous )

Anyway, here is a meme from [personal profile] hamimi_fk:

- Comment with "Hit me!"
- I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you.
- Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
- Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people.


The questions [personal profile] hamimi_fk gave me:

1. Zombie apocalypse! What's your weapon of choice?
A Remington 7600 pump action rifle. A year ago I probably would have said automatic shotgun, the standard zombie slayer, but I had a talk with a friend who is a gun-nut about guns that are easy to use, and he said shotguns are simple to shoot but the recoil for most of them is strong enough that rapid-fire shooting is really painful unless you have the arm strength to handle it. Since I am always preparing for the zombie apocalypse, I asked him what gun he would recommend for a) the apocalypse and b) a person whose only gun experience was with the airsoft variety. And he was like, "A rifle."

Also rifles look cool, and you don't have to be up close to a zombie to be effective.

2. If you could write the story for a game, what's a basic idea of what you like to write?
OH GOSH. I don't know. I don't have many original story ideas. Um. I think I would start with a girl protagonist who somehow discovers the ruins of a massive underground civilization and starts exploring it, and then...stuff happens! Maybe I would write in supernatural shenanigans? It might be mysterious and fascinating, or full of horror, I don't know. I just would like to see girl protagonists and old civilizations and underground exploration.

3. Vehicle of choice (aka, favorite kind of vehicle)?
If I could drive anything in the world?

A 1997 Nissan 180SX. Preferably in blue. Was this choice influenced by Impact Blue from Initial D? Hells yes.

If you mean more generally, I really love cars, and driving, and racing people on the street at night

4. Best video game you ever played?
OH NO this is hard. But the first game that came to my mind was Phantasy Star IV. It is pretty much my ideal RPG: tons of things to explore and NPCs to speak to, world-building that is neither too vague nor too detailed, a storyline that is epic in scope but not pretentious or humorless, colorful and unique character designs (and character personalities), and a fun battle system with character-specific skills. I like character specific skills. c:

Also, it had really involved cutscenes that had been hand-drawn then pixel-fied for the Genesis. The game was supposed to be on the Sega CD and have animated cutscenes, but the Sega CD was pretty awful so they moved PSIV to the Genesis, but tried to keep the animated cutscene idea in as much as possible. The stills from PSIV's cutscenes look good even today.

It also had a side quest where you bought cake for a dog. EXCITING!

5. If a rooster lays an egg on the tip of a pointed roof, which side would the egg roll down?
I C WHUT U DID THERE! Roosters don't lay eggs.

But if they did, I bet the egg would just break on the point of the roof, and if it was a hot and sunny day, there would be fried egg for breakfast.
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Last weekend my sister and I went to Amherst, MA, where my brother is currently living. My sister's graduation date is still up in the air due to a botch in a credit transfer, but she will be graduating within a year and a half, and she's been looking into grad school. Since my brother attends UMASS Amherst, she decided we should visit my brother to see his new apartment and check out the UMASS grad program at the same time.

For those who aren't acquainted with the area, Amherst is way out in the wasteland that is Western Massachusetts. Ok, wasteland is pretty harsh. It just happens to be covered in trees and mountains - basically, it's like the rest of New England once you leave the Boston metropolis - and everything that is not nature out there can be placed into two categories:

-Colleges
-Businesses and housing to service attendees of said colleges.

I am not exaggerating here. Off the top of my head, in the Amherst-Northampton area there's UMASS, Smith, Mount Holyoke, Amherst College, Hampshire College...and I'm fairly sure I'm missing a few more. Those schools are all within 30-45 minutes of each other, and UMASS alone has an undergraduate population that crushes the permanent population of the local towns surrounding it. I can't imagine living in the area permanently, but if you are young and a hipster douchebag unsure of what you want to do or where you want to go in life, it's a fun and enjoyable place for the most part.

The weekend was pretty interesting.

Beer, car batteries and cocks )

Tomorrow's topic: I have no idea, but I suspect it may involve the reunion of my sister and Mr. Mutey. ;)

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