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25 June 2008 @ 10:35 pm
This has probably made the rounds, but I'd never done it, so...

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20 April 2008 @ 05:11 pm
Any other Wii-ites out there, my Wii number is: 4235 1922 3646 6048
01 April 2008 @ 12:31 pm
By now, everyone who is going to has seen the BSG Season 4 premiere bootleg (new window) that was leaked onto YouTube last night.

But seriously, I'm much more surprised that they revealed the final Cylon in the first fracking episode than I am that it was her.... And XXXX and XXXXX together FINALLY, in the opening scene no less??! It's going to be a great season!
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29 March 2008 @ 07:49 am
Stolen from thebruce0  and phaedra_amunet 

My Personality
Openness to Experience
You don't usually get angry too easily but some things can annoy you, however high levels of stress can lead to you feeling panic or confusion, but usually you cope with day to day pressures. You generally make friends easily enough although you mostly don't go out of your way to demonstrate positive feelings toward others. You are reasonably interested in the arts but are not totally absorbed by them. You find helping other people genuinely rewarding and are generally willing to assist those who are in need. You find that doing things for others is a form of self-fulfillment rather than self-sacrifice, however you feel superior to those around you and sometimes tend to be seen as arrogant by other people. You are not an overly cautious person. You will think about alternatives and consequences but make up your mind fairly quickly.

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PureAwakening Jewelry.
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19 March 2008 @ 03:24 pm
Stolen from starbursidereus 

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)


You're not Northern, Southern, or Western, you`re just plain -American-. Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don`t really have a local identity. You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be. Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.

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While the description *IS* accurate (while growing up, I lived in Michigan, Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky and Michigan) I kept an eye out for words that would indicate a Kentucky accent (which I know occasionally comes out) and found very few. Ah'll tell y'all sometime 'bout that, y'hear?
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19 March 2008 @ 10:36 am
Boy, Emo Kitteh has gotten a workout in the past few weeks.

We all know 2001.
Most of us know Rendezvous With Rama.
Many of us are aware of his incredible ability to predict near-future technology advances.

In the triumvirate that included Asimov and Heinlein, he was always in the middle with me. His output a little more spare and not quite as engaging as Asimov's brilliance, but with none of the Libertarian nonsense that invaded Heinlein's works.

I'm happy that he had a chance to put out 3001, even it was just a chance to tie up some loose ends and show off his prognostications for life in a thousand years.

The Monolith has one more star in it now, the brightest one yet; its creator has returned there.
Current Mood: sadsad
14 March 2008 @ 04:28 pm
Happy 129th birthday to Albert Einstein!

""He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, scince for him the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despiceable an ignoreable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing but an act of murder." -- Albert Einstein

How far America has changed in 60 years (seven, really)... Can anyone imagine someone making this quote today, openly critical of "love-of-country", and still be seen as a hero and patriot?
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05 March 2008 @ 08:34 am
First Jeff Healy, now E. Gary Gygax.

I grew up on Dungeons and Dragons, like so many geeks of my generation. I first learned it in the 8th grade, watching my older cousin play with his friends. I was invited to sit in once and that was all it took.

The combination of free form story telling and random chance was absolutely captivating. And the numbers... I think it was my first encounter with something that used mathematics to model reality. Even if it was actually fantasy, the tables and charts all described things that I understood. Falling damage, encumbrance, speed over various terrain.

I saved up and bought the books; 2nd edition. Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, Monster Manual II (never ended up getting Monster Manual for some reason), Unearthed Arcana. I would spend hours with the random dungeon generator in the back of the DMG, graph paper and pencil in one hand, dice in the other. Just marveling at how a simple random throw would lead to patterns that made sense, a lookup table to populate a room with treasure or a monster would cause a story to appear in my head instantaneously, giving the whole thing meaning.

I played with my friends through high school. I played with my friends through undergraduate college. I played on my 30th birthday, for the first time in 9 years. The books were different, the rules were different, but the magic was the same.

Ever since high school, I was always the Dungeon Master. Those who know me are probably not surprised by that. But as our groups were small, I would almost always take the role of a player at the same time, part of me joining in with the adventure while another part of me designed it and guided it.

That so much can come out of a couple of small books, some dice and the imagination of a few like-minded friends still to this day amazes me.

Thank you, Gary. Rest in peace.
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03 March 2008 @ 09:37 am
This weekend, singer/songwriter/guitarist Jeff Healy, age 41, died of cancer which he has had since birth. Most know him from his role in the movie Roadhouse. Interesting story: That role was actually written with him in mind, even though neither him nor screenwriter knew. The screenwriter saw Healy perform in a bar in Canada, and when later writing Roadhouse though "Hey, that blind guitarist I saw was really cool, I'll write in a blind guitarist to the movie." Healy then auditioned for the role and got the part, only finding out later that he was the inspiration.

YouTube won't let me embed it, but here's a link to his biggest hit, which reduces me to a helpless heap every time I hear it. Listening to it for the first time this year, I find it especially resonating. This one goes out to annicat.

P.S. If you dig his sound, but only know his first album, check out Hell to Pay. I find it 1000% better, more rock than blues, but never got much traction.

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Current Music: duh
13 February 2008 @ 05:12 pm
With the recent primaries, I've been eagerly anticipating Obama's victories for all of the usual reasons, but also for a reason that might seem a little unusual.

What did I find?Collapse )

Ladies and Gentlemen, we are through the looking glass...
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