http://trollprincess.livejournal.com/1086261.html -- "Real Men Don't Make Cheesecake" -- still a favorite.
http://community.livejournal.com/lightningwatch/33668.html?thread=361092#t361092 -- The world is crumbling around us! The sanctity of Hogwarts is threatened! (If you think this means that Bruno is currently an NPC in lightning_war, you might be right.)
http://www.spawn.com/news/news2.aspx?id=12846 -- woah.
Diebold backs sloooowly away from the voting machines. Do the machines get a vote?
suggestions is looking for a volunteer. Yes, I applied. I had it loaded up and was regarding it, and then someone poked me about it, so I figured I should.
Why does this feel like a ratings comm application?
a) Time. This, if anything, is where I'd fall short. My time is in short supply and high demand these days, but it averages out to less than an hour a day, so I think I could swing that as long as I kept caught up with what was going on, and I think I know how to do that painlessly, as described in b).
b) As far as "refreshing pages and reading what others have to say" goes, I submit for consideration my summaries of LJ news posts and their comments. :) I have the LJ Comment Unfolder installed in Firefox, and have a few Suggestions discussions of interest already being tracked. If I changed this to alerting me every time someone posted to suggestions, and then subscribed to comments on every post after unfolding and reading everything, I wouldn't have to deliberately make time to work on this.
c) I can stay chill in a heated news discussion, and be patient and respectful there, as well as my track record in this community. Even when my allergies act up. *tchoo*
d) I'm pretty sure I have this one down, and I also have decent skill in taking a would-be flame and directing it into more productive discussion. Given adequate opportunity to vent, I can avoid poking situations that would be only inflamed by my intervention. I know how to both screen and freeze. I have successfully gotten note_to_cat through a few declawing and shelter flamewars, and have quashed attempts to use the community as a rallying place for a flamewar elsewhere.
e) Neither admin nor Abuse!
... I do have a permanent account already, so attempting to apply paid time to my account would be a little useless.
norabombay has a 13-song introduction to rap and hip-hop, backed up with YouTubes of the music videos.
As I was suspecting I would, I am staying home from work today, on the grounds that a) they are not surprised, and b) I really do need the down-time to get better. I have a dentist appointment later on today; I need to be OK to go to that. I told Pink Shirt Guy to feel free to call me about any questions he has about the $PAPERWORK. He hasn't done that form in months; I hope he'll be OK. Meanwhile, I'm getting worn out from just sitting and reading. hcolleen has made me hot tea ♥, and has wandered out to obtain