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Sources, left to right and top to bottom, as far back as I've succeeded in tracing them:

1. Modified from http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/BvtTarYSTB2IZS93wJeXwAa53c-wUsGFgWTMTz0sPhv8soSNN-EHLx3wEvTB63Vp8dviZwRP=w176-h220-p-no; the originator *may* be one Deebo P. Solomon, although their Peperoncity account is now defunct: http://f1.pepst.com/c/29CCD4/332473/ssc3/home/062/deebu.p.solomon/albums/minnal.gif_480_480_0_64000_0_1_0.gif

2.Modified from a post at http://jogosts.blogspot.com/2011/02/wallpapers-gifs.html; the earliest version I've found (June 12, 2010) was downloaded by stissa88 at http://www.ownskin.com/gif_detail?t=c6UFYWU7

3. Here's one whose exact originator I've been able to trace: modified from https://imgur.com/tA78xWb by @fugulolo: https://www.reddit.com/r/gifs/comments/1pp01a/rain/?st=jeho0u80&sh=76760203

4. Modified from http://oi47.tinypic.com/2nropyh.jpg.

5. Modified from https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/0ZaV5-iCFhOuu0AJfr5AgjTupTccSUI9IMEITfvWXNAemZcYyQlJK6pdSPe0WPD1WaFp3FCCLBplrFI=w289-h220; the earliest version I've found seems to be by Bia Tomaz.

6. Modified from http://files.fatakat.com/2010/5/1272891685.gif.

7. Further color modification of the source of #2.

8. Taken from http://f0.yomowo.org/c/298B07/224905/ssc3/home/015/clo176x220/albums/rain190210_1.gif_480_480_0_64000_0_1_0.gif, and appearing earlier at http://www.umnet.com/pic/diy/screensaver/1/Rain-19813.gif; both are now defunct.

9. Modified from http://www.animated-gifs.eu/category_nature/phone-240x320-rain/0118.gif.
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To [personal profile] kosaginolegion:

Happy birthday from
The rabbit compounding pills
On the lunar disc.
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...I can't quite bring myself to jettison my LJ entirely, having accumulated a body of reference and correspondence that I want to retain; that said, my present and future online homebase is:

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From Froborr on My Little Po-MO:

The other night, I was rereading Terry Pratchett's Night Watch, and I wondered: would Ferguson be as bad as it is if all cops were required to read the Watch books?

And the answer is, of course, yes, because the human ability to compartmentalize and justify via special pleading is infinite, but still, I can't help but think that things might be slightly better if the prevailing cultural image of cop-as-hero was more Vimes and less Dirty Harry.
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...Thank you for (among a thousand-and-three other things) being exactly the person I want at my side during Pulpfest; it's curiously validating to know I'm not the only one snickering at a New Pulp author's cameos by old Shaw Brothers characters or speculating about Kato's nationality.

A birthday gift of cyberflotsam: Emily Asher-Perrin on the subconscious intent (and perhaps karma) underlying the Doctor's metamorphoses: http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/08/not-some-new-man-the-hidden-pattern-behind-the-doctors-regenerations
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The following passage comes from page 138 of Proofiness: How You're Being Fooled By the Numbers by Charles Seife. The source is an anonymous statistician, the context is a discussion of disputed elections, and the formatting is my own.

Humans counting things:
I don't care what the things are--
They're going to be off.
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In the process of looking for something completely unrelated, I happened upon [livejournal.com profile] woogledesigns' thoughts upon the nature (and, indeed existence [or rather non-]) of Doctor Who canon:

Here's what I think: The Doctor remembers every Doctor Who story ever told. Every episode, target book, comic strip and every game of companions and TARDISes you played as a kid. The universe he lives in has no record of it, because paradoxes and divergent dimensions and the time war have reset things. But the Doctor remembers and sometimes when he is sad it's because you've stopped being 8 years old and he can't run around the school playground with you anymore.

(And the comments proceed to kick around the Timey-Wimey Calvinball.)
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...on a day that makes the distinction between icing and frosting moot, both being in devastating abundance.

Your virtual birthday present: could I interest you in some strapping young military men (not Israeli, regrettably) performing an energetic Broadway musical number?

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Brithday links will follow; I just wanted to get this in on time.
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Beyond the shadow of the ship,
I watched the water-snakes:
They moved in tracks of shining white
And when they reared, the elfish light
Fell off in hoary flakes.


Your own faith's chief winter holiday may fall a month or two after most people's, but I won't allow it to go overlooked; Happy New Year to [livejournal.com profile] kosaginolegion!
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News of a pregnancy is automatically the cue for interminable gossip, speculation, and unsolicited advice; when you're the Duchess of Cambridge in the age of Twitter, the globe is your Old Wife Pool(1).

I'd like to take the opportunity to address one old saw that I keep hearing relentlessly repeated in the media coverage: no matter how hard you folks may be longing for a little princess to squee over, GUT-WRENCHING PROJECTILE MORNING SICKNESS IS NO GUARANTEE OF A FEMALE CHILD.

(Disclaimer: I am neither a certified Old Wife nor a mother--but I know one whom I'm pretty sure I can cite with absolute confidence.)

(1) Particularly when your father-in-law happens to be an alternative health-care buff who no doubt has the cream of Britain's Old Wives on call.
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You are not getting this for Christmas.
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It may be a while before you're in a position to check this out, but I thought I'd share a beautifully executed fanvid for "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, set to footage from Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride fro a Danny Elfman trifecta; this is one that I like to cite as a demonstration of how timing and the precise marriage of lyrics to imagery can make a video.

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[livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter, it's good to hear that you and yours are alive and accounted for; that said, I'm not even going to pretend that I can understand how you must be feeling right now; I wish I were in a position to offer you hot minestrone and tuck you in.

[livejournal.com profile] dochermes, good to know that you made it through all right (and I hope Lajka hasn't taken it into her fluffy little head to go surfing down Wall Street or any such foolishness.)

[livejournal.com profile] dferguson, you were around at least as of midnight or so, when you posted a link to your SKY CAPTAIN review over at Doc's; weigh in and let me know how you're doing.

[livejournal.com profile] pfeffermuse? I know that your LJ activity these days seems to be limited to an occasional [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants post, but let me know how you (and your household) are doing when you get a chance. (I've been given to understand that an increasing number of shelters are taking in pets, but there can't be many places prepared to accommodate horses.)
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Cut for indulgence of my penchant for long-winded list-making. )
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An affirmation for [livejournal.com profile] kosaginolegion, [livejournal.com profile] dungeonwriter, [livejournal.com profile] dferguson, and anyone else out there who aspires to Make Stuff Up for fun and profit:

Maybe instead of saying, "you're not a fraud" to each other, we should say, "Yes you are! A con artist extraordinaire! In fact, you are pulling off the steal of the century by creating this completely made up THING and showing that it has value in an incredibly convincing way! You are making a Made Up Thing, Fantasy Whatever, In Your Head, Into Something That Will Look Like People Living Their Lives In A Room! or On Top of a Mountain! or in a desert or outer space or under the sea! If you keep at it, it will make people have weird dreams and maybe even make them choose specific real-life actions! They may even trade hard-earned dollars as a result of it, and as we all know, nothing makes anything more real than money! Go forth, young shyster, you liar, cheat and bullshit artist, and manufacture mass delusions!"

(Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] ms_violet, by way of [livejournal.com profile] metaquotes.)
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...for that peerless purveyor of pop-cultural potpourri, [livejournal.com profile] dochermes!

One commenter's mention of the Reverend Horton Heat in a recent post of yours wound up leading me to this medley of one of the all-time great cartoon theme songs with..a rather sillier one that the Reverend's psychobilly hoedown treatment manages to turn oddly cool.

As long as I'm on the subject of Saturday morning cartoons, I may as well toss in the infamous Alpha Team remix of the Speed Racer theme song.

Here's an excerpt from the pioneering silent animated film Prince Ahmed by Lotte Reiniger; I caught this on my local cable network's Classic Arts Showcase feed.

The Southern White-Faced Owl demonstrates the peculiar abilities that have earned it the nickname "Transformer Owl."

This gem from Set Phasers To LOL brought a number of people immediately to mind; you're one of them.

Japanese comedian/pro wrestler Korikki is the guest for Rasmussen Family Karaoke Night.


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