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Alright, so, sitting here in the library avoiding the practice problem set that I need to finish for chemistry class, listening to my iPod. What's playing? 100 by Howie D. Can I just say yum? I mean, I've always been a huge BSB fan, and I totally support each of the boys as solo artists as well, but I swear I didn't know Howie was so awesome until quite recently!

...I guess that's all. The song has also ended, and my music's on shuffle, so if I continue this discussion the subject will inevitably switch over to OK Go.
What music lifts you up when you’re feeling down?
That song, actually! I'm a HUGE Backstreet Boys fan -always have been, and always will be- and I'm not ashamed to admit it. Especially when you expand the category of "Backstreet Boys music" to anything they've done with other artists, and anything the individual members have done solo, I find there is quite literally a BSB song for every single one of life's moments. Yesterday (though I haven't gone to sleep yet, so it's "today") was my Grandpa's memorial service, and my Mom and I had been in charge of preparing all of the media (music, slide show, memory cards). Our play list included not one but two BSB songs: Safest Place to Hide and Never Gone, from their album Never Gone.

Writer's Block: 9/11

I was at home, getting ready for school. It was the first week of high school, and I knew we would be discussing it in class, as it was clearly an important event, so I wrote stuff down and took notes to my social studies class. As one might assume, I was the only kid who'd done so. Some of my class mates weren't even aware of what had happened yet!
Where were you?

What's a "Ruh" anyway?

It has occured to me a few times as I'm out there in the LJ communities posting my comments that maybe, just maybe, people actually wonder and care what the heck my screen name means. If you are one of those people, well, then I suppose this entry is for you!

If you ask Wikipedia what the hell a Ruh is, you'll likely find that it's "an Arabic word meaning spirit." That is not why I chose it.
If you then ask Wikipedia for Ruh (disambiguation), you'll get a relatively short list of people with the last name, and you'll find out that RUH stands for Royal United Hospital, which is located in Bath, England. That is also not why I chose it.

So, you take a step back. You ask Google. You'll read about the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. That isn't it either. You'll be told about all the places in your area that might, in some way, be whatever you meant when you asked Google to look up "Ruh." Nope, safe bet says that's not it.

Reading on, Google might suggest that you're looking for Scooby Doo. At this point, I would like to point out that "Ruh," in this case, is "roo" and not "r-uh." So, no, it isn't a Scooby Doo reference.

You will meet quite a few more people with the last name Rug, hear more about organizations with the initials RUH, and learn phrases from various languages using the word ruh. These are all, you guessed it, not it.

No, by the way, it's not a cleaver miss-spelling of the Winnie the Pooh character's name, no is it a reference to the animal kangaroo.
No, history nerds, it is not a reference to the Rus, though the association does make it all the more awesome to my nerdy little heart.

By Google page 20, you're tired of seeing the same stuff. Nope, you haven't found it yet. You click over to the image search. Maybe that'll give you a clue. After finding a vast array of unrelated images from belly dancers to weight lifters to Dr Gregory House, you'll likely give up that method too.

You see, the problem is that I've borrowed part of a name. The missing piece you're looking for is Edema. So, you search Edema Ruh, and suddenly Google is your best friend again.


I am a huge fan of Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller books, and his protagonist was born into an Edema Rug troupe. The Edema Ruh, comparible to the Roma  or Romani of eastern Europe, are nomadic entertainers. Never heard of them? Think of gypsies. Until recently with realtiy shows like My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, most of the English speaking world hears "gypsy" and thinks of the Disney portrayal of Esmerelda and her troupe from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. That is exactly what "Ruh" is supposed to mean, in this case. Old-world circus train style caravans of entertaining (singing/dancing/acting) vagabonds. That is why I chose the name. I love the idea of that culture, and in another life, I'd like to be born Romani.

Alright, so now we know why "Ruh," but why "de Ruh?"
In French, anything that is de something is of something. Therefore, de Ruh means of Ruh or of the Ruh.
French surnames preceded by de often denote nobility.

I chose to use both meanings. In reality, my family heritage traces back to royalty in Scottland, Ireland, France and Finland.

So, there you have it.

...and I've successfully wasted a good half-hour.
Who is the meanest movie bully?
I'm going to be another one to agree with the title prompt and vote Biff. I'm not voting for Biff because he's the scariest or most hated, nor the most entertaining. Those titles all go off to super hero movie villains and the type of character we see in well-adapted book-to-movie films. Biff is one of the more unique villains in the world of cinema because he doesn't have super powers, he isn't capable of holding a nation hostage, and he isn't responsible for committing various acts of molevolence against Harry Potter. He's a well-written, well-played, "real-world" teenage bully who was originally written for the movie screen as opposed to television, books or comics.
Seriously, I've had that song stuck in my head all summer. Anyway. I discovered that I've had this account since March and yet my journal is conspicuously empty, and thought that I should rectify that. It's 12:33 AM right now, and I'm sitting here with coffee... which will probably come back to bite me when I try to get up at 8, but oh well. I was writing all morning before work, and I actually found that whenever I wasn't distracted dealing with customers or talking to my co-workers, I was definitely trapped in my protagonist's head space. Does that ever happen to anyone else? My character's having a rough day, so I was glad that my coworkers were cheery and chatty. It would have been a looong closing shift otherwise!



I actually have no clue what to write here, though. I kind of want to get back to my story, so... TTFN!