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Friday, December 12th, 2014
7:00 am - My tweets

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5:15 am - S A TUR DAY Night!
Had one of those weird vivid half-awake vivid imaginations. A roller derby league, like back in the seventies when it was more of a professional wrestling soap opera. Except in this league it was the zebras who had beefs and throw downs.

In fact, in the middle of a match the jam timer (whose name I do not know) started picking at Curt Vile, one of the penalty timers, for his name choice, insinuating that it was simple plagiarism of an early nineties punk artist. They both had accents that suggested lower class England.

"It's not plagiarism, you stupid git. It's an homaaaaaaaaage! You obviously know nothing about early 20th century composers!"

"Don't you talk down to me, you pretentious pseudointellectual hat-basket!" I have no idea. Don't ask me. I was just watching. But at that point, he grabbed a surprisingly heavy bouquet of foxglove from a flower cart located near the scoreboard and started thrashing Mr. Vile. Blossoms were flying everywhere, and distracted skaters had abandoned their jam, and then I had to go get a drink of water.

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Saturday, December 6th, 2014
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Friday, December 5th, 2014
5:43 pm - It's beginning to look a lot like
I know that, back around the time of the iPocalypse, I put out a request for people with mixes of mine to send me the tracklistings. However, at this special time of year, I am asking specifically for people who might have one of the four iterations of "Slouching Toward Bethlehem" (A very special Christmas mix, divided into the Palestine and Pennsylvania discs) to contact me. And of course the yearly offer to make a copy of STB for those who might be tired of the usual Bing Crosby/Swingle Singers Christmas fare because as of Friday on Thanksgiving weekend it was feeling a bit overplayed.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2014
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1:37 am - Power to the people, Right On
Now that the GOP has cured ebola and swept every governmental body from the Senate to my friend's book club, there's a lot of dangerous talk about 'bipartisanship' and 'working together'. I'm just going to say this once--knock that crap off.

I had a president once who thought it'd be fun to try bipartisanship, you know, just once, to see what it was like. But when he started treating the minority like they had a role in policy and law making, they suddenly forgot they were a minority and decided they had to have their own way all the time.

My country spent six years violently thrashing and spinning its wheels in forward and reverse at the same time, churning up the ground and failing to perform even the simplest of tasks (aside from congressional pay raises of course) until somebody got the idea to cut Congress out of lawmaking altogether, which sort of helped.

So, yeah, Just Say No to Bipartisanship.

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Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014
4:00 am - My tweets

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1:03 am - Waiting for the man with the bag
So... I'm reading Ordinance No. NS-517.77, about Santa Clara businesses and bags.

Forbidding businesses to sell paper bags at less than fifteen cents is... interesting, and I could see a law student writing a paper about that.

Are stores really also forbidden to give away reusable bags? I don't see a price stop on that, so I guess they could be sold for a penny. Or 'as part of a time-limited store promotion'. So I guess you could have a few consecutive promotions.

In order to be defined a a reusable bag, it has to be labelled with the name of the manufacturer. If you knit a shopping bag, I suppose you could sew a little cloth panel on it and write your name on it with a Sharpie. You'd have to draw a little recycling symbol on it too.

Fines for violation of the law include whatever legal penalties are called for and in addition an Administrative Fine. Is that unusual? Or do lots of laws have two punitive tiers?

I'm guessing 'public nuisance' is the legal charge. If not, then that's a third tier.

Source: http://www.cawrecycles.org/files/SCC%20Ordinance.pdf

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Saturday, November 29th, 2014
3:00 pm - My tweets

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1:17 pm - Hello, Goodbye
AUGH. Tomorrow is Sunday, which is the traditional day of Sunday brunching, and of course I have no brain.
SO.
On <24 hours notice I say COME YE ALL TO THE BRUNCH THAT IS BAJI'S TOMORROW AT TEN-THIRTY. WE SHALL FEAST UPON THE FLESH OF THE BABY CHICKEN AND THE FLESH OF THE TOAST (NOT THAT TOAST) AND THE FLESH OF THE BACONSAURUS. THOU NEEDST NOT PERFORM THE RSVP BUT IT WOULD NOT SUCK TO KNOW.

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Friday, November 28th, 2014
3:00 pm - My tweets
  • Sat, 05:29: Hey @alixtersa we're thinking of making tomorrow's RPG an Avatar game. You up for it?

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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014
7:00 am - My tweets

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Monday, November 24th, 2014
5:23 pm
It's good to be back.

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Sunday, November 23rd, 2014
9:11 am - Fwd: Dust. Wind. Dude.
Cyrrie is getting long in the tooth, or would if he had teeth. His plush is
still in pretty good condition, save around his seams and his tail, but his
felt is curling and aforementioned seams are distressing. He can't hold his
head up any more. He still wears the pretty amber necklace that Jess gave
us, possibly back when we were dating, and his eyes (always a potential
trouble spot) are bright and firmly attached. He doesn't get to travel any
more. There's too much potential for a stupid accident. Plus my memory is
atrocious and chances of me setting him down and forgetting him are
embarrassing to admit. And nobody lives forever, I know that, but I think I
kind of need him to. I considered dipping him in lucite, but that would
make holding him kind of awkward. There's a metaphor in that but it's way
too early and I'm not prepared to unpack it and I have a headache from
sinuses and crying so you figure it out for yourselves.

Pics are from our trip to Ashland when we rode the bike. Chicks dig coyotes
so he was in charge of trying to sell our tickets.
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Friday, November 21st, 2014
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Thursday, November 20th, 2014
9:29 am - Coyote Cinema: Double Feature (Sita/Gojira)
The films we're going to cover here are a bit different; there may be some whiplash, so make sure you're wearing protective gear. Don't worry, the second one is pretty short.

The first film has had a rough and interesting history. Nina Paley, the creator of "Sita Sings the Blues", ran afoul of the complicated copyright laws in the US and in foreign markets with her use of songs by 1920s jazz singer Annette Hanshaw. It's available under Creative Commons in a lot of different places including Netflix. I was given this film years ago and have finally gotten to see it. I may be hit for taking so long.

The animation is simple cut out style, like South Park but more elegant and involved. The storyline is a retelling of the Ramayana paired with a more abbreviated modern storyline that runs parallel. Neither went exactly where I expected, both were very satisfying.

The Hanshaw musical numbers were complementary and fun to watch; her... habit, schtick, whatever... of letting us know at the end of each song that she was finished by telling us "That's all!" was a little annoying but led to one of the funniest bits in the show. The more traditional music, updated with a dance beat, is relaxing and invigorating at the same time. The three narrators who work their way through the film chaotically explaining the goings on were delightful and amusing, although in my copy their volume was a bit low and so I missed a bit of it. I may watch again with headphones just for that.

This is a charming film, right down to the intermission, although there is a bit just after the intermission where the tone changes dramatically. I admit that I was a little disappointed when the second act didn't follow that lead. As it is, the bit ends up being a little disturbing (in an effective way), a little jarring, but nearly works in my mind.

All in all, four wags.

And I also saw the latest Godzilla film that I know of (2014), the American production with Juliette Binoche and that guy from Breaking Bad. I went into it with some trepidation, having heard mixed reviews, but one strain was that this was a return to the original film and less the kaiju that features monster on monster action. And they were right. This film is... majestic, I guess is a good word, and I confess to delightedly shouting "He's come to save us!" at one point.

Three wags and just a little childish glee.

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Monday, November 17th, 2014
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12:18 am - Don't take five, take what you want
Sitting and listening to the KLF, I wonder to myself "What other bands came out of Scotland?"

My old life: Sit and chew on it, chasing down leads in my head, hoping my memory is the least bit reliable, with a new name popping up every few minutes for review. Have it taking up cycles in the back of my head for possibly two or three days. Call Enik. "What about Elvis? He's Irish, right? Not Scottish. The Proclaimers? I'm pretty sure Leith is by Edinburgh."

My new life: Google for 'bands from scotland'. Click on Wikipedia entry. Done. Oh wait, discover new band. Go to Spotify to listen to an album.

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Sunday, November 16th, 2014
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