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( Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:28 pm)
I have set out to do the thing which I have long planned to do.

It is Wednesday. I will take that as a blessing from Odin.

It's storming. I will take that as a blessing from Thor.

I spilled seven gallons of water on myself. I will take that as a blessing from Loki.

The gods have smiled on me. In time I will have mead to offer them.

On a related note, I wonder if coca cola can ferment...
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( May. 28th, 2009 12:31 pm)
After about nine months of work, penny pinching, careful planning, and a lot of waiting, I bought a house. The house belonged to my grandmother before she died. After her death, nobody in the family could bare to see the house go to a stranger. We found a local community bank willing to work with me, and they gave me a great rate on a 30 year fixed rate conventional loan. I also received a grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Yesterday was my settlement, and now I begin the process of moving in. It all seems so surreal.

I've moved my bed over, and tonight will bring over more clothes. This weekend I'll work on books (which accounts for about 80% of what I own), my computer, and my various other belongings.

Also, I need to bring over some incense or something tonight, because the place smells like she's still living there. It's not that I want to erase all traces of her from the house, but it's a bit unnerving to walk in the door and get a big whif of Nana's favorite potpurri. The house is dark and dingy, much like you'd expect when inheriting a house from a dead relative. As wrapped up as I get in that kind of macabre mystique, I'm not Gomez Adams so I'll have to shake out the cobwebs and lighten the place up.
Here are three samples from the papers I have collected from my three students on the subject of the Corpus Hermetica as it relates to them.
I'm so proud of these children )
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( May. 21st, 2009 11:54 am)
Yesterday, in addition to being my birthday, was also the first time my Mage: The Ascension group was able to meet in about a month or so. I really enjoy my character, because he's at the same time Not A Nice Person without actually managing to be a complete jerkface to everyone he meets. He just has incredibly high standards and is pretty arrogant about it. Yay, Order of Hermes! Let me tell you, I enjoy playing this character so much that after a while I went a little bit crazy and started looking for neighborhood kids who were playing Harry Potter out in the field near my house. I introduced myself as Professor Alan Gibson, Magus Adeptus of the Order of Hermes and Servant of Gula. I then put them to work and made them hand in research papers on the Corpus Hermetica. They've recently handed in their papers, which I will grade. I'll post them here tonight as I'm grading them.

I think you'll find their work to be incredibly enlightening. If these children are our future, we will have a very bright one indeed.
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( May. 19th, 2009 11:35 pm)
I'm going to be 25 in about 25 minutes.

Jesus christ.
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( May. 18th, 2009 10:35 pm)
I'm reading Generation Kill now, in an effort to branch out. And considering the last three books I read were by John Scalzi, Robert Heinlein and Joe Haldeman, it's not so much branching out as reading the same stuff, except it takes place six years ago and it's all true.

Oh, tangent. A large part of The Forever War by Joe Haldeman takes place in Columbia, MD! Color me amused! There's even a part where the main character goes to Hyatsville to buy a gun and does so without any red tape at all. How quaint! I love when books I read take place in Maryland. Did you know that Sam Fisher from the Splinter Cell games lives in Towson? That's what the Splinter Cell book says!

Anyway, Generation Kill fucking humbles me. All of these characters remind me of people that I know, and hang out with. I haven't seen the HBO mini-series yet, but I'm going to now. I keep reading it, thinking about how the characters seem so real and taking notes on how I can write like this. And then I see the pictures included, and I'm reminded that these people are real and while I was leading a generally self-centered life in America, these men were fighting for their lives. It's humbling. That's the only way I can really put it. It's definitely a great read so far.
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( May. 17th, 2009 05:17 pm)
So basically, the plot of it is this:

A Hashashin tries to blow up the Vatican with the LHC and a guy saves the day by linking symbols to a hodge podge of conspiracy theories and various falsities about history, art, science, and religion.


And I get looked down on when I tell people I read science fiction.
So like, if you guys have a dreamwidth account let me know and we can add each other and stuff. My name's the same there.

Thanks for the invite, Kat! <3
So like, if you guys have a dreamwidth account let me know and we can add each other and stuff. My name's the same there.

Thanks for the invite, Kat! <3

This breaks my brain every time I see it. Metalocalypse mixes far too well with girly animes.
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( May. 15th, 2009 12:42 pm)
I keep seeing ads for a book called Norse Code. I don't know if it's any good or not. It doesn't look that interesting to me, but that title is hilarious. It's almost a Pratchett title, or would be if I think it's actually a serious title and there's something about a code, and it's norse, and possibly genetic. Still, Norse Code. That's an awesome title.

I cooked kielbasa in beer and brown sugar yesterday. I wanted to buy National Bohemian because it's a good beer to cook with. I don't really drink it. I like Red Stripe and Stella Artois, myself. But they didn't have six packs of Natty Bo at the liquor store. They only had a 24 can case, so I had two options. Buy a beer that they DID have six-packs of, which I don't mind drinking and using a few to cook with or buy the 24 pack of Natty Bo, which is really good to cook with but not so much to drink.

Since an overabundance of beer is never a bad thing, I went and bought the Natty Bo. This is beer logic. More is better. Even if it's National Bohemian.

And yes, I realize that not liking Natty Bo means that I'm a traitor to Baltimore, my generation AND my Bohemian ancestry but christ, at least I have better beer.

Still gonna drink it, though.
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( May. 12th, 2009 09:55 pm)
It's a live album full of their newer stuff, with a second album of remixes and unreleased stuff.

The live versions of their new stuff still don't impress me. VNV Nation's new stuff just doesn't seem as intense as their older, pre-Futureperfect stuff. Even Futureperfect had a bit of punch to it. It seems like their music hasn't been as moving lately. It seems like their songs are very static now. Before a song could start out with a nice, mellow intro, then descend into chaos and vice versa. Their newer music stays the same all the way through. It sounds very carefully measured, and very mechanical. And here I am criticizing an "industrial" band for sounding mechanical! I certainly don't blame them for changing. Obviously nobody should be expected to remain artistically static their entire career. Some of their hooks are still nice. The songs just seem to have lost that dynamism of the PTF2012 and Empires era. Am I the only one who feels this way?
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( May. 11th, 2009 08:27 pm)
I had a really good conversation today with someone who knew quite a bit more than me about science. If you're on BRPS, you can see it. It was about the scientific realities of using human blood as a food source. Got some good stuff out of that. It should shoe-horn right into this military science fiction setting I'm working on.

It occurred to me that the attitudes I have toward government and war come out pretty harshly in this setting. I suppose it's only natural. It's hard to claim objectivity when you paint the government as enablers of vampirism.

Edit: I was going to edit something and make a bold statement but I forgot what it was. I think it was something about crackers. And maybe a website? The details escape me.
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I'm going to have to go with Mama Fratelli from The Goonies. Anyone who gave birth to Sloth is okay by me.
Truly this is a conundrum more perplexing than the Kobayashi Maru scenario! I'm going to have to hack the system here and say both.

I have two tickets to see Star Trek at the IMAX theater.

After like a week of being SICK AS BALLS, DAWG it feels good to be doing something.

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( May. 7th, 2009 10:59 pm)

You know, I've always wanted to see a Star Trek series/episode/movie/something set outside of the Federation. Something about a crew of rogue traders out to make some quatloos by any means necessary, who skirt the law, run illicit goods through the neutral zone and just get by on the skin of their teeth. All of the action without that pseudo-utopian bullshit that Star Trek always tries to wax philosophical on. Basically, take Firefly and put it in the Star Trek universe. I guess that's why I liked Firefly so much. It was like seeing the Star Trek story I've always wanted to see.

The new movie kind of looks like what I've wanted to see in Trek. A bit of grit without turning into Sin City In Space.
Here's a random thought.

I wonder how the Japanese perceive Terry Bogard from the SNK fighting games. Do they actually take him seriously as a character instead of viewing him as an extremely violent, terminally delusional nutjob? Because that's the only way I can characterize him in any way that makes sense. How else could someone justify a character whose main schtick is ruthlessly beat the crap out of people while yelling "HEY! C'MON C'MON! GET SERIOUS! ARE YOU OKAY?! BUSTER WOLF!"

I know that the SNK games have some kind of plot going to them, and I doubt that they would intentionally make the Big Damn Hero of their games a whacked-out lummox who seemed to lose control of what he was saying whenever he got into a fight. If they did, then kudos to SNK. That's a brave choice. It turns Fatal Fury into the "Rain Man" of fighting games. I picture Terry as this mentally deficient martial artist who gets entered into a fighting tournament by some jerk who likes to pick on the handicapped, and his brother Andy enters in order to look out for him. If that isn't a part of the SNK fighter plots, it really should be. If I ever make a fighting game, I'm using that one.

Wait, are there any English speaking fans that regard Terry Bogard as a serious character? I don't believe it's possible, but maybe there are.
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( May. 4th, 2009 04:32 pm)
I want someone to promise me that if I don't have a rough draft of a short story written by tonight, you will do me physical harm.

I mean it.