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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015
10:33 am - Truth and Consequences
This morning, I was contemplating how three very similar words (liminal, subliminal, and sublime) could mean such different things.

Then I read something a friend of mine had written, about teenagers. Teenagers, generally speaking, have no sense of consequences--their brain hasn't finished developing yet, that this is what sparks that thanatophilia which so horrifies their parents. They are unscarred by traumatic events that have long term repercussions, and this gives them the ability to dive headfirst into these situations.

And I began to realize why, when I was growing up, most of the other teenagers were so alien to me. I had a hyperdeveloped sense of consequence. Safety first, safety second, and safety in a tie for third with a good book. How, I thought, could these kids smoke cigarettes? Don't they know about lung cancer? How could they pace along the top of that wall? They could fall and break something. And of course once they got their driver's licenses there was a whole school of danger there even if you were driving safely.

I never broke a bone. I didn't get detention. I got good grades, I read a lot of books, and I watched a lot of television. The most dangerous thing I did was either joining the volleyball team or riding in the car with my elder sister. And I considered that a success. And that's unfortunate. Because your teen years are for screwing up. You're protected by parents, society, the school--protected by a host of safety nets that will likely catch you no matter how badly you screwed up. As you get older, the world is a lot less forgiving about that.

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Sunday, August 30th, 2015
1:04 pm
Looking for folks with knowledge of how insurance interacts with hospitals, for a literary excursion. If you have data to share, I will buy you coffee so you have something to drink while I ask you questions.

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Friday, August 28th, 2015
5:55 pm - IFIAYAQD!
This week on It's Friday I Ask You A Question Day, I ask you to do my work for me.
I currently have five Fiasco playsets in mid-construction, and there's this part of the playset where you list books, movies, media that the players can watch in order to get the atmosphere of the playset down. What I'm asking from you is your thoughts for inclusions on this list. Here they are, in alphabetical order.

Blood of the Lamb: It's the Council of Nicea/Council of Trent/Diet of Worms/New Pope selection time. There's a lot of hushed whispering, dealing behind the scenes, sharp knives in dark rooms, and of 'more pious than thou'. And some of it may have something to do with the business at hand.

Dashing Goggles: Straight up Steampulp, with square jawed very British heroes exploring undiscovered and fantastic places, fighting aliens or natives, or defeating treacherous blighters from over the Channel. If you decide to run this game somewhere else, change out for the appropriate nouns.

Propriety and Perfidy: An Austenesque comedy of manners and manors, but with a lot more unfortunate mishaps and far bigger scandals. In fact, I'm planning on having a panel of scandals to choose right out of the gate.

Rockets and Rust: Steampunk in a sooty city where those that has live above the smog and eat delicate canapes while those that hasn't try to avoid lethal trouble and the constabulary and maybe if there's time they can try to pull off that big caper that will leave them set for life.

Screams in the Fog: Gothic horror, penny dreadfuls, all those books you make certain are hidden before company comes calling. Shocking violence, horrific immorality, sometimes monsters (and sometimes humans are the scariest monsters), and of course blood. Lots of blood, and if there's a spare limb or two that would not go amiss.

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Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
10:04 pm - From Father Perfect
"Does it bother me that she loves you? No. God is love. I'm sure you've heard that somewhere. When someone loves someone else, they are acknowledging the God inside that person. It's a spiritual act, loving someone. She sees God in you. So do I."

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12:05 pm - We defy Augury
There is special providence in the fall of a sparrow. If it be now, 'tis not to come; if it be not to come, it will be now; if it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all.

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Sunday, August 2nd, 2015
2:17 pm - IFIAYAQ: Apple
This one is for those of you using a newer version of iTunes. I told it to update recently, and now if any of my playlists are over seven tracks long (all of them are), I can't scroll down the screen. I tried looking for a poorly placed scroll bar, and when I click inside the playlist window and highlight a song, I can use the arrow keys to highlight different songs, but it doesn't scroll when I try to go past the seventh track. The mouse scroll wheel does not scroll, and I cannot click and drag.
Has anybody encountered this, or have any further hints?

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Saturday, August 1st, 2015
10:53 pm - Coyote Cinema: Chappie
A deftly woven retelling of Pinocchio, RoboCop, and Short Circuit, with a hint of the mortality of Blade Runner, and all of the Phillip K Dick uneasy 'what is humanity' that would entail. They surprised me in a few places, but there were one or two others that I wish they had. I would have liked subtitles, because combining Chappie's accent with voice distortion occasionally rendered him unintelligible.
Four Electric Wags.

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11:31 am
I'm going to say that half of one of you expressed interest, so I'm going to post some pictures.
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12:08 am - It's Possible
Quick MI:AGAIN review.
Holds together pretty well. The supporting cast gets something to do. They don't try to hook anybody up, and the token female is competent and has agency. The set piece in the opera house is pretty impressive. I'm rating it the second best MI:Movie.

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Thursday, July 30th, 2015
4:19 pm - Sing Me to Sleep
I've been messing around with Google's Deep Dream. If anybody's interested, I'll post my results that I thought were interesting enough to keep.

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Sunday, July 26th, 2015
11:00 pm - Every day is exactly
So there was the trip to Chattanooga. Ended up being shorter than expected because we didn't want to drive any more. So far as I know, Reno and Asheville are still on the possible destination list. The days in between have been more or less (struggle) (strive) (fail) (fall). I'm not losing any ground, really, just not gaining any. John got me the CompTIA text for computer security, I've been reading up on networking (also getting the CompTIA text for that), and I have java and python texts ready for me when I get bored of that. At least today I had a bunch of friends over and even though I didn't get to play Fiasco, we did put together an Alpha playset for penny dreadfuls. I think I need to work on making it dreadfuller.
J&A are out of town until Thursday, maybe I can quit distracting myself long enough to make some headway. and just maybe prep for my lesson on Tuesday.

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Friday, July 24th, 2015
12:00 pm - Oh. Oh my.
Avery worked on my shoulder for, like, twenty minutes last night.
Today, I can raise my hand up over my head without pain.
That's a good thing.

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
10:43 am - Track 29
How could I have forgotten this part?
While we were downtown and at the aquarium, a storm front rolled in.

And I didn't get a headache.

How the hell does that even happen? Admittedly, the almost theatrical drama of the skull splitting headache melting away to the accompaniment of spears of lightning darting across the sky was very satisfying, but you understand why I might prefer another method.

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9:46 am - Pardon me, boys
Second full day in Chattanooga. Gotta say, I think it has a lot going for it.
Downtown is busy without being logjammed. The CSO looks a little Boston Poppy, but they have one. The aquarium is really nice (It's no Monterey, but nothing is). Restaurants appear to be challenging for my diet, but I think I can make it work. Even the suburbs appear to be 15-30 minutes out of town, so there's not the exurbia set up where I had to drive an hour to get to town. There are two shuttle lines which go a lot of places--I'd probably still have to have a car to get to the end of the line station, but from there it'd take me around town. It's nice to see water that's moving--the Tennessee River loops through town twice on its way to the Ohio. People apologize when they bump into you, although they may have been tourists. That's the big dark spot right now--what are the people like? Do you have to be a Baptist or they shun you? Can you have political differences and still hold civil discourse? Do they shut down for NASCAR the way other places shut down for the World Cup? Will I have to become a Hurricanes fan?

There was *one* indicator of what the locals are like. At the Tupelo Honey Cafe I had a gentleman ask to take a photo of my Notorious RBG t-shirt because it was 'the best thing he'd ever seen'.

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Monday, July 13th, 2015
8:12 am - Yes, variety
One of my DW-friends posted this morning about her thirty-mile self punishment. I'm going to write about a silly online game. I consider this Variety. Vive le difference.
My friend mimerki and I play Trivia Crack. Kind of a lot. I'm level 75, which I understand on World of Warcraft is a big deal. Grammar on some of the questions make me reach instinctively for the editor's pen, but all in all it's fun. Instead of 'good' and 'bad' questions, we vote on 'fun' and 'boring'. Which creates a different dynamic. But I didn't come here to tell you that story. I told you that story to tell you this story. Every time my phone blorps to tell me it's my turn, it's like she's saying "Hello. I'm here." And for some reason I find it comforting.

Unless the blorp is telling me that she won the game. (I lose.) Then I tear my hair and curse her name.

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Thursday, July 9th, 2015
1:04 am - You learn more from failures
I've been having a string of educational encounters--I find a text that I think is going to be helpful, and it turns out to be either wildly not what I need or way over my head. The good news is that I'm learning, and sinking less time into the mistakes.

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Friday, June 5th, 2015
12:45 pm - Mad Max: Thunder Road
Okay, now I'm actually kind of serious about a Mad Max: Thunder Road game, and I come to you in search of ideas and themes. It has to be based in New Jersey, of course, and 'Born to Run' gets used as theme music. But what else would you expect to find if you signed up for such a game?

EDIT: For those who didn't suss it, this would be a cross between Mad Max 1-4 and the musical catalog of Bruce Springsteen.

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Monday, June 1st, 2015
4:21 pm - Asleep... Tired... Or it malingers
Today was the last Softer World.
I just threw out two beloved t-shirts because they're raggedy and full of holes.
I slept eight hours and cannot keep my eyes open.
I just watched Mad Max. I should be full of energy.
I call do-over.

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Saturday, May 30th, 2015
1:26 am - To find out if I'm a freak
Today was my first counseling appointment in quite some time. Years. Largely because I hadn't felt I had accomplished much with previous counselors. You've probably heard my discourse on this. About twenty minutes in, she leaned forward slightly and said "You know yourself very well." Not a question. I nodded, relieved that I wouldn't have to spend several weeks convincing her that I had some idea what was going on inside me.

Just to confound matters, tonight I was reading about mindfulness since, apparently next to yoga, coffee, and six hours of sleep a night, mindfulness is the most beneficial thing I can do for myself. Perusing Mindfulnet.org I came across the statement that mindfulness was the direct knowing of what is going on inside and outside ourselves moment by moment. And I realised that I didn't often tell myself what was going on inside. So, good on me for knowing that.

All said, mindfulness meditation--isolating the brain and concentrating or at least trying to concentrate on a single focus--still sounds like a punishment.

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Friday, May 29th, 2015
1:20 am - I know kung fu
At this point it is safe to declare that Mad Max: Fury Road is my new Matrix.

For those of you just joining this circus, here's the way things work. Every so often something sweeps like wildfire through the world, setting everyone aflame with rhapsodic appreciation, ardor uncooled by time and a single exposure, and my online world is awash with praise and memes. I think to myself, this sounds pretty cool, and so I toddle out to expose myself to The Next Big Thing. And it's not bad. That scene where they're running through the building to save Morpheus is, in fact, kind of cool. It was worth the matinee ticket price I paid, or at least it would have been if I could let it go at that.

Why didn't *I* get swept up in the rapture like everybody else? I poke at it, frown curiously, poke at it some more, and perhaps I resent the something for leaving me behind and taking away all my friends to Valhalla for some quality time, a film nearly as over the top as Thunderdome, (Where Tina Turner does her very best Grace Slick imitation) while leaving me with a two hour car chase and a made-for-3D moment.

It is more manifestation of my fascination with What Normal People Do, and I try not to fixate on it too much because I'm pretty certain there are no answers. And as Nux always says, nobody likes not getting answers.

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