I've picked up a bunch of new readers round these parts recently, so I figured it was about time to rerun the "General Guide to the gnomi
verse" post (now updated and expanded! And 20% more expensive for a slightly smaller box!).Things One Should Know About gnomi:
-- I'm originally from Burlington, Massachusetts.
-- I have the following relatives that hang out on LJ with varying levels of regularity: mabfan
(my husband), lcmlc
(my mother), beckyfeld
(my sister), and osewalrus
(my brother-in-law, married to beckyfeld
-- There are folks on my friends list who I have known since elementary school or even before.
-- I am a word nerd and an inveterate punster. I wrangle words professionally, both as a technical writer and as a freelance editor.
-- I grew up functionally bilingual in an English-speaking household (a story unto itself). This means that I occasionally run into words in my vocabulary that don't have English equivalents, and this will spill over into my LJ. As a general policy, if I use a word/phrase/concept that needs more explanation, please tell me.
-- I'm an Orthodox Jew, and I have been known to yammer on about obscure Jewish topics here.
-- I knit (a lot), I sew (less than I used to, but still a decent amount), and I'm occasionally dabble in beading.
-- I have an inexplicable love of penguins.
-- I have a standing policy on icons in comments
-- My life is one long musical cue. Anything and everything is a prompt for me to break out in song (or, as it manifests itself here periodically, in random lyrics), and I'm hugely susceptible to earworms
-- I will break out into song at the smallest provocation.
-- I encourage discussion in comments, as long as everyone stays civil. Disagreement is good; ad hominem attacks will not be tolerated (and will be deleted).Recurring Features in the gnomiverse:
-- "No, Really, We Talk Like This" (oddball conversations, usually between mabfan
-- Language-related polls
-- Menu planning (usually for Shabbat (the Sabbath) or Jewish holidays)
-- Rambly Bits (catchall posts of stuff I've been thinking about that don't merit their own posts)
As a couple of people have pointed out, "Narf" is always an appropriate response to a question I ask.
So, pull up a seat, grab a drink or a snack, and enjoy yourself!