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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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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
10:59 pm - The blood of tyrants
Posit:
It is essentially a given that special interest groups and the small top percentage of wealth create laws at least at the federal level, possibly further.
We can then assume that the citizens have no part in the legislative process for any reasonable definition of 'citizens'.
This leads us to the conclusion that when we are taxed we have no representation in the government.
If the Tea Party wasn't so full of idiots I'd tell 'em to find a boat in Boston.

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
12:06 am - I'm doing this wrong.
At first it was just failing to get stuff done--scheduled stuff, guitar practice, writing, exercise, that felt manageable especially with no job to get in the way, and it just ended up taking longer than I thought it would need to. And so every day felt... like I was focused on what wasn't done instead of what was. And I'm working on that. Now, having changed rooms for redecorating purposes a couple of times, I'm losing things. All of my worldly possessions basically are in boxes, but I can't find my Kindle, I can't find Brian's art to hang with the rest of it, I can't find Abbie's photos... It feels like I'm unraveling a little. Like whatever I'm standing on is inevitably being washed away. I almost took up smoking again last week. I thought I'd pared down to the important things and let go of the rest. Apparently there's more paring to do.

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Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
2:13 am - Movin' On
Miss Rose's travel post has inspired me, although mine is far less complicated than hers. Most of my travel is 'drive to Detroit for an evening event'.
But on 22 Aug I'll be in Chicago for the Evil Dead musical--it's apparently finally leaving Las Vegas for a tour. More nebulously, we're taking a trip when it's hot and miserable to investigate how hot and miserable it is in places that we might be moving too. And sometime in the next few months I want to go see Washington or, if that doesn't work out, bring Washington to me for a visit. That's the whole travel plans until November, which I'm hoping will be a full out mad visiting time centered around AmberCon.

In other news, Spring was lovely, and I'll miss it.

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Saturday, May 16th, 2015
9:54 pm - The Crow


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7:01 pm - Gabriela
It surprised me when I held her at first--after my experiences in the past, I didn't expect her to be so light, so delicate. It made me feel very protective, knowing that with a gentle touch I could make her sing, but handling her roughly would make her scream. I cradled her carefully, just stroking her curves, her smooth planes. I ran my finger up her neck, letting my fingernail catch. She purred softly, and a soft warm sense of satisfaction washed over me. All I had to do was tell her, let her know what I wanted. And if I performed well enough, she'd do anything I wanted. She wasn't a classic, but she was classical, and from a good family. Drawing her into my lap, I whispered that it was time to work on that C chord.

EDIT: She does not like being choked, and reacts badly to the capo.

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Thursday, May 14th, 2015
3:01 am - That's what she said.
Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, and Mariachi El Bronx all playing a show at Meadowbrook on 11 June.

Shut up and take my money. Right now.

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Monday, May 11th, 2015
11:39 pm - Finally did it.
I finally ponied up and hired me a Classics scholar (PhD punks!) to translate the family motto for me. I've only been talking about doing this for years. Thanks to Fiverr.com by the way for making this happen. For the first time ever, my icon text and my impressive Latin translation:

Dentes acutos atque angustam solvendorum laborum capacitatem.

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Thursday, May 7th, 2015
1:21 am - Ethics. Morals. Fucking with people's heads.
There is a certain frequency of sound--subaudible--that is supposed to make people feel uneasy. At what point does it become ethical to use such knowledge to enhance a 'creepy' game?

No warning?
"This is going to be a creepy game."
"I'm going to be using special effects for mood."
"If you don't want me to play subaudible noises please let me know."
Simply rephrase the first paragraph of this post?
Never?

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
11:12 am - You may be right--I may be crazy
My first counselling appointment has a price tag of $250 more or less.
I'm going to have to demand that in the first month they assure me I'll stop making bad relationship choices and am afraid of nothing, rational or irrational. After that we can dig in and really start to work.

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Tuesday, May 5th, 2015
6:38 pm - Drifting, falling, floating weightless.
It's raining, at least sort of. There's a delicate breeze. The hot tub is at a delicious 106o and I can move to various combinations of in and out. I have two speakers and an iPod in a ziploc bag playing my Greatest Hits playlist, and neighbors far enough away that I can sing along and only mildly annoy them. I have my old Kindle in another ziploc, because it has paddles to turn pages instead of a touch screen. Which means there's pulp-style motorcycle-riding punch-throwing action. (Catie, somebody's slacking off on your page. Stone's Throe isn't up there yet.) There's mostly-fresh fruit (from the store so mostly). I may just stay here until I fall asleep and drown.

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Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
10:48 pm - There's a world out there
Seattle/Portland/San Francisco folks, help me with a... discussion I had with a friend. Do any of these activities sound interesting? Don't check the ticky box unless you would realistically be motivated to leave the house to do them--lord knows there are plenty of times when I've said "That sounds like fun!" and then never left the couch because it was too much trouble. Facebookies, you can't do the poll if you don't have an account so I guess leave a comment.



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4:45 am - Learning all the secrets without really trying
From the Buddhist point of view, we human beings live in a very peculiar fashion. We view impermanent things as permanent, though everything is changing all around us. The process of change is constant and eternal. As you read these words, your body is aging. But you pay no attention to that. The book in you hand is decaying. The print is fading and the pages are becoming brittle. The walls around you are aging. The molecules within those walls are vibrating at an enormous rate, and everything is shifting, going to pieces and dissolving slowly. You pay no attention to that, either. Then one day you look around you. Your body is wrinkled and squeaky and you hurt. The book is a yellowed, useless lump; the building is caving in. So you pine for lost youth and you cry when the possessions are gone. Where does this pain come from? It comes from your own inattention. You failed to look closely at life. You failed to observe the constantly shifting flow of the world as it went by. You set up a collection of mental constructions, 'me', 'the book', 'the building', and you assume that they would endure forever. They never do. But you can tune into the constantly ongoing change.

I had no idea I was already such a good Buddhist.

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Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
9:59 am - Yelp Review
My Migraine: Two Stars.
In a word, disappointing. Was able to minimize most effects by curling up in a dark room under a few blankets and trading out ice packs on the back of my neck all night. Swirly star-like things behind my eyelids all the same color, also a boring glowy white. Occasionally slept, with pleasant dreams providing brief release. Nausea which promised vomiting later failed to deliver even with added vertigo effects. Heavily advertised 'icepick through the eyeball' effect underwhelming. Over all, inconvenience instead of promoted misery cruise through shark infested waters. Would not buy again.

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Sunday, April 26th, 2015
7:00 pm - Harold. Also Maude.
On either the first or the second (Next Fri/Sat) I'm going to the Redford to see Harold and Maude. So are you. I don't care what you're doing, or think you're doing, it's not as important as this. And if they ever update their 'coming events/showtimes' message to go past 17 April I can find out what time the show starts.

You know you want to. Where else are you going to see a Jaguar hearse accompanied by a Cat Stevens soundtrack?

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12:24 am - It is done.
The Dalek Girl had transcended that spark of humanity left from her
Skarovian heritage and become an icon. When I saw her on the convention
floor, I had of course left my phone in the hotel room charging. We vaguely
suggested that we'd try to bump into each other when I could properly
capture her glory. She was cute as all hell--reminded me of Dawn--and had a
fantastic outfit full of electric lights and crinoline.

I had a fantastic hour of Tai Chi (along with some pointers at a dojo where
I might get more) and then scarpered up to floor 12 to get the phone.
Mostly hung around Geek Prom/Costume Contest because that seemed like a
logical point to pass her. But no. In fact, my guy with the Costume Contest
wept tears at the lack of her. Perhaps we both did--no one will know.

After the contest had begun, general concensus was that she was hitting the
room parties. I'd already determined that waiting for the lift was either
pointless or just a good way to spend half an hour standing in a lobby
hoping something would eventually show up. So I was up and down the stairs
between 1 and 6, poking my head into open doors, and asking anybody who
would stand still in a place that wasn't amazingly noisy "Have you seen the
Dalek Girl?"

Many of them had, often 'just five minutes ago'. This had become more than just taking pictures of pretty girls. This was now a quest, and just popping off to the bar for a drink and calling it a night was not an option.

I spent far too much of the next two hours 'just five minutes' behind her.
She was a wily quarry, a member of a superior race. I had to start forming
an SMS network, and that was where she finally fell--room 501, showing off
her amazing costume. Graciously, she allowed me a memento (aside from the
amazing state of my calves from those stairs, of course) before flitting
off into the night, blue light flashing a promise that she would EX TER MI
NATE.




(She's so saucy!)

EDIT Thank yous to Google Docs for WTFEver they did here.
It was super helpful. And it totally didn't piss me off.

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Saturday, April 25th, 2015
8:57 am - And now I hear Google Voices in my head.
Here was my test call to see how their transcription does:
And this is where I test their transcription and say something like "Goldfrapp" and see what they think that means.

My results weren't too bad, I guess:
And this is where I get to test the prescription that it might say something like that can going for app. And see what they think that means.

Step Two:
Personalised greetings.

Then:
Find a way to make it stop calling my computer when I get a phone call.

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