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Saturday, June 25th, 2016
12:43 am - For gods' sake
I've been reading a lot of self help books lately, because I need a lot of help.
One of the commonly recurring themes is that they ask you to think of the universe as an orderly directed plan instead of a cold place that doesn't care about you and will crush you if you step into its path.
Which is all good and fine, except that (a) most of the reasons why they tell you to do this boil down to 'because it makes you feel better' rather than 'because it might be true'. A lot of their support is full of confirmation bias and the 'cold reading' skills that get used by people talking to your dead relatives from beyond the grave. (Example: Have you ever been thinking of somebody and had them call you at that moment? That's proof that there's a god or something. Except, how many times have you been thinking of somebody and they *didn't* call you?)
I know that, in theory, I'm reading these books and I can take what's useful and leave the rest. But it gets underneath my saddle and irritates me. I Will Try Harder.

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
5:45 pm - The Skin of Evil
I was worried that this was going to be another 'humans encounter amazingly powerful alien entity but triumph by being plucky and human in their humanity' episode, but it didn't let me down. It was nice to see Troi using actual psychology. Also nice to see Picard not inviting himself on every away mission. But that alien landscape? Classic sixties Trek, right down to the styroprene boulders.
Oh yeah, and how can they still not have video from the away team? "I'm just going to describe this indescribable alien to you. If I abruptly stop talking, it probably ate me."

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
1:36 pm
I am not Twitter savvy enough to figure out how to discern the context this was given in, but I claim full responsibility.


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Monday, June 6th, 2016
9:47 am - Coyote Cinema: Hard Candy
Just a quick overview; I saw this last week and it was good, but I wished it had been better. The characters weren't that deep--you had the creepy pedophile and the vengeance angel. She's always rock-solid about his guilt, there is no wavering or uncertainty, and I think that would have helped some. For a victim of the patriarchy, this could be cathartic or satisfying, but without something extra, this is pretty much just revenge porn.

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Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
5:18 pm - Review at Farpoint
Interesting. Definitely different. Troi in a miniskirt as a callback and then male crew in a miniskirt as a call forward. Picard is a new style of captain--he runs, he surrenders, he begs, none of which Kirk could ever have done. Some odd scenes that seemed to have no purpose besides time filling. I can see why people thought Trelaine and the Q Continuum might be related. I thought Data was recruited as a companion during the show's run, but I was mistaken. A good start. Next, 00110110.

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Friday, May 13th, 2016
5:53 pm - My video projects. Yes, plural.
I have not given up on the Dorothy Parker video yet, but given a dearth of actors and props I've moved it to a back burner. This is just a general call for actors, and people with cool props or locations to shoot in. I'm working on creating content to shoot short videos, and I'd love to have a stable of potential talent that I could entreat to spare an afternoon being creative with me. If you're interested, I'd love to have you on board.

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Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
12:54 am
I don't care what Atlas says, I can't imagine killing any of the Little Sisters. It was never really a choice, and I'm perfectly happy never seeing it happen. And as much as I hate the Houdini splicers, I hate listening to Big Daddy's mournful groans and plodding steps when he has nobody to protect--partly because there's nothing I can do to improve his situation, crammed into a metal shell by an evil industrialist, shackled both mind and body.

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Friday, April 29th, 2016
9:57 pm
I'm pretty sure Ivy won't see this if I put it on the Facebooks, so I just put it here for her.



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Wednesday, April 27th, 2016
6:58 pm - Cagey
This slice of life is brought to you by my friend Ivy, who has the most interesting things happen around her.

On my way to lunch this morning, a balcony crow swooped near in greeting. I smiled and threw down a couple Wheat Thins. The crow didn't call out -- sometimes they do, to let other nearby crows know that the food lady is here. Nevertheless, maybe ten steps later a crow swooped near again. I stopped and gave it its due of Wheat Thins. That crow, too, was silent. Ten steps after that, I was swooped a third time. I stopped. "Wait. Are you the same crow?" I swear it looked kinda guilty-proud. I looked back, and the previous two sets of Wheat Thins had been stacked up and hidden inconspicuously to the side where it could come back and get them all later, after continuing to shake me down as many times as I was willing to dole out. All conducted in complete silence, so that the other crows wouldn't come and participate in the Wheat Thin bounty. I laughed and gave it three Wheat Thins for being clever, but the gravy train had ended and it knew it. There was no fourth swoop; they can tell when you're on to them.

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12:17 am - Getting the Rock Band back together
It's only taken six years, but I've reassembled most of the Rock Band gear into a usable format. (One USB port for the microphone, which is mandatory before they let you do anything else, one for the guitar, a cordless controller for things like spelling the band's name.) And I already have an avatar for CJ, lead vocals and guitar for Coyote Blues, a fresh new band out of San Francisco, and thirteen big stars to my credit.

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Saturday, April 23rd, 2016
11:18 pm - Shooting Spots
Corner of Milford and Livingston, Milford--Filling Station
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM3ADJ_Asa_R_Smiths_Mobil_Station_Highland_MI
248-698-2737

South Gera Road, Frankenmuth between Baker and Roedel--Filling Station
http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM3AD8_Standard_Service_Station_Frankenmuth_MI

Needed:
Outdoor spots lacking modern features.
Places that look '20s-'40s, art deco. Should not be too hard in Detroit.

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10:07 am - Easy Rider
+Only a couple of miles on the bike this morning. Disappointing. But next time will be better.
+I've lost a lot of cornering skill--my turns have to be much gentler, much wider to avoid pitching me over sidewise.
+Which would be bad especially because the bike seat is too high, and I can't get it to lower. It may be rusted in place, which would be unfortunate.

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Wednesday, April 20th, 2016
9:40 am - Update
Cyrano CJ Coyote Jones.


At your service.

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2016
5:23 pm - A Re-Dragon Age
I'm at the big boss fight at the end of Origins. This time, I may just quit here. I just spent two hours in a fun-filled TPK joyfest. Suddenly all of my characters have become clingy and shy--they cluster around the archer and won't attack if a strange monster approaches. Which means I've killed approximately ten of them while trying to fire a ballista at the archdemon. It's not fun, and I'm not getting paid for it.

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Friday, April 1st, 2016
1:50 am - Zathras probably have hard death.
And I am apparently all about maintaining the balance. I feel like crap--headachey, nauseous, vertiginous, and generally run-over. I can't say I'm actually *sick* but I'm not really functioning. I am running through several predictable self-talk background tapes. I start out saying that I need to take care of myself, take it easy, get rest, and not worry about outside commitments so much, and that goes well for a while. Then I switch to saying that the world doesn't care how I feel, I still have no income and obligations to meet which will have no sympathy for my delicate constitution and that guitar isn't going to restring itself. And then I have a panic attack and think that when I can see a doctor again I should consider getting back on Alprazolam. But hey, a panic attack counts as *something identifiably wrong* so I can then go back to taking care of myself.
The Show That Never Ends.

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Thursday, March 31st, 2016
12:20 am
And regardless of how long you stare at them, how you rearrange them--shifting words around, replacing one with another--they refuse to say what you're thinking.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2016
10:02 pm - Coyote Cinema: Horns
This one's been on my to-watch list for years, and I'm glad I got to it. It's very... visceral. Raw, in an emotional way. Love and Death are catalysts for the most volatile of emotions, and they don't shy away from them. I don't think some of the more fantastic elements played as well as they could, but by that time we were far enough into the picture that I could forgive it. Unvarnished truth and metaphor got mixed together and I'm not certain whether the play was subtler than I could hold on to or whether the symbolism got out of their hands toward the end. Love and Death, as I mentioned earlier, Revenge, Family (both genetic and chosen), Lies we tell ourselves and others.
Four wags and Daniel Radcliffe.

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Monday, March 28th, 2016
12:21 am - It's come up again
More people referencing Star Trek and I want to be in on the fun. But not so much that I want to sort through years and years of programming. So I come to you, Trekmasters of the Universe, to sit at your knee and be enlightened.

What episodes would you say are 'must see' for somebody who's browsing? If you say 'all of them' I will shoot you in the knee. Hand to G*d.

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Friday, March 25th, 2016
12:46 am - More Bitching About My Life
I went back to yoga after my back started behaving itself, and that made my GERD act up unpleasantly. I stopped going to yoga because I didn't want to throw up in class--very embarrassing--hoping that stepping back on squishing my stomach would help. And it didn't. I started Soylent courses, thinking that something so inoffencive would have to help. And I thought it was helping on that first day, but it wasn't. It's not the end of the world, I know, but it does tend to cast my life in a heartburn-colored lens filter that influences other things. I've cut back some on acids in my diet, but when I'm already cutting out fats, it's difficult to then to take out spices, lemonade, soda, and the rest of the list of things I use to make eating less of a chore. There's a point where I say "I'd rather have the upset stomach."

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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016
10:08 pm - That Moment
That moment when you realize that talking about filing for disability is starting to give you a panic attack.

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