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I was feeling inspired [Friday
September 21st, 12 at 10:58am]
Watch this- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLI4HO5Ca74&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Then read this.

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Things You Should Be Reading [Monday
January 16th, 12 at 12:53pm]

Today's/this week's strip concerns the Cavia/Square game "Nier", available in both Gestalt and Replicant flavours. Why available in two different flavours you ask? Well, the titular character is a grizzled and towering veteran badass monster fighter on a quest to save his sick daughter.


That's if you're playing Gestalt, anyway. If you're playing Replicant, the alternate edition Square insisted on being able to make for release in Japan, then Nier is... well... not.


Nier Replicant is the same setting... only now you're playing as a young man on a quest to save his sick little sister. This lithe, guyliner-wearing, deco-art sleeved, powdery white boy-hero. Now, some of you might think that once word of this had circulated pre-release, the Japanese gaming community would be up in arms over executive meddling, and do their best to support the 'original' title, yes?

"In Japan, Nier Gestalt sold over 12,500 copies in Japan the week of its release, while Replicant sold over 60,000 and was the top-selling video game in Japan that week." - Wikipedia

One more issue to observe with the game, below the cut due to spoilers about one of the supporting cast.

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And in more cheerful aspects, I found this when looking over YouTube comments for this year's No-Pants Subway Ride video. (:

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Ellie Goulding [Saturday
January 14th, 12 at 2:42pm]
So, the musical artist I'm following at the moment is Ellie Goulding. She's got a nice voice, somewhat distinctive from the West coast's stock supply of bleached blondes and such, and her lyrics are catchy enough. Something interesting caught my attention in her music video for "Lights" though.

The first thing I noticed (this video was the first time seeing any visual of her) was that she's not a stick figure. Strong full-figured legs that I find very attractive, and a non-emaciated face. What I kept noticing after that was that for about 90 percent of the video, her hip and waist region is either kept blocked (drum set) or she's wearing a black dress and is against a black background.

Maybe I'm over-thinking, but does it seem to anyone else (Kat? Karen? either Amanda?) as though that's intentional? Full body pictures of her are semi-hard to find (I say only semi because this /is/ the internet), but her figure seems lovely, but it also seems to be intentionally kept hidden in this and her other videos. Thoughts?

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How Fights Start [Thursday
December 1st, 11 at 11:13pm]
Amanda shared this with me:

How Fights Start

My wife sat down on the settee next to me as I was flipping channels. She asked, 'What's on TV?'

I said, 'Dust.'

And then the fight started...  
My wife and I were watching "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" while we were in bed. I turned to her and said, "Do you want to have sex?"

"No," she answered.

I then said, "Is that your final answer?"

She didn't even look at me this time, simply saying, "Yes."

So I said, "Then I'd like to phone a friend."

And then the fight started....

Saturday morning I got up early, quietly dressed, made my lunch, and slipped quietly into the garage. I hooked up the boat up to the van, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour. The wind was blowing 50 mph, so I pulled back into the garage, turned on the radio, and discovered that the weather would be bad all day.

I went back into the house, quietly undressed, and slipped back into bed. I cuddled up to my wife's back, now with a different anticipation, and whispered, "The weather out there is terrible."

My loving wife of 5 years replied, "Can you believe my stupid husband is out fishing in that?"

And that's how the fight started...
I rear-ended a car this morning. So, there we were alongside the road and slowly the other driver got out of his car. You know how sometimes you just get soooo stressed and little things just seem funny? Yeah, well I couldn't believe it...... He was a DWARF!!! He stormed over to my car, looked up at me, and shouted, "I AM NOT HAPPY!!!"

So, I looked down at him and said, "Well, then which one are you?"

And then the fight started.....

My wife was hinting about what she wanted for our upcoming anniversary. She said, 'I want something shiny that goes from 0 to 150 in about 3 seconds.'

I bought her a bathroom scale.

And then the fight started...
When I got home last night, my wife demanded that I take her some place expensive... so, I took her to a Gas Station...

And then the fight started...
After retiring, I went to the Social Security office to apply for Social Security. The woman behind the counter asked me for my driver's License to verify my age. I looked in my pockets and realized I had left my wallet at home. I told the woman that I was very sorry, but I would have to go home and come back later.

The woman said, 'Unbutton your shirt'. So I opened my shirt revealing my curly silver hair. She said, 'That silver hair on your chest is proof enough for me' and she processed my Social Security application.

When I got home, I excitedly told my wife about my experience at the Social Security office.

She said, 'You should have dropped your pants. You might have gotten disability, too.'

And then the fight started...
My wife and I were sitting at a table at my school reunion, and I kept staring at a drunken lady swigging her drink as she sat alone at a nearby table.

My wife asked, 'Do you know her?'

'Yes,' I sighed, 'She's my old girlfriend. I understand she took to drinking right after we split up those many years ago, and I hear she hasn't been sober since.'

'My God!' says my wife, 'who would think a person could go on celebrating that long?'

And then the fight started...

I took my wife to a restaurant. The waiter, for some reason took my order first. "I'll have the steak, medium rare, please."

He said, "Aren't you worried about the mad cow?""

Nah, she can order for herself."

And then the fight started.....
A woman was standing nude, looking in the bedroom mirror. She was not happy with what she saw and said to her husband, "I feel horrible; I look old, fat and ugly.. I really need you to pay me a compliment.'

The husband replied, 'Your eyesight's damn near perfect..'

And then the fight started.....
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Even though I hardly post, this needs to be shared. Badly. [Thursday
October 13th, 11 at 7:27am]
Originally posted by kleine_teekanne at Protect Women's Rights in Mississippi: Sign the petition to help stop Amendment 26!
On November 8th, Mississippi will vote on whether or not to accept the following anti-choice amendment: "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning, or the functional equivalent thereof."

However, this initiative—known as Amendment 26 or the "personhood amendment"—isn't just a matter of outlawing abortion in Mississippi or a vehicle to challenge Roe vs. Wade. If passed, this legislation will have many other far-reaching effects such as banning most or possibly all forms of birth control, banning some forms of infertility treatment, and opening the door to bringing criminal charges against women who have a miscarriage.

In a further effort to gain attention and spread information, a petition directed at the Attorney General of Mississippi (who is presently in favor of Amendment 26) has been created here:

Mississippi Attorney General’s Office: Stop the policing of women's bodily autonomy - Stop Amendment 26!

From the petition: "The reproductive and bodily rights of women should not be policed. Critical birth control medication should not be taken from any women - especially since birth control can have other important health effects and benefits aside from contraception. A miscarriage should not be equated to the murder of a child. Abortion should remain legal - and safe. This amendment is dangerous, radical thinking that prioritizes the rights of a fetus over the rights of born, living women everywhere."

Show your support for a woman's right to her own body: please click the link above and sign the petition to support stopping Amendment 26!

Further Resources:
Wake Up Mississippi - a grassroots movement started by Jackson Women’s Health Organization has information available on their website as well as a link to help donate to their efforts. Among other efforts, they are currently trying to get billboards up to help spread the truth about Amendment 26. Also, if you happen to have a Facebook account, please give them some Likes at their FB page.

Parents Against MS 26 is another good page that is particularly informative about how Amendment 26 could negatively affect infertility treatments. They also have a donation link set up.

The article Occupy My Uterus. My Ass! Fertilized Eggs Are NOT People! at the Daily Kos gives an in-depth explanation as well.

The Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) speaks out against Amendment 26 too!

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DC's New 52 [Saturday
September 10th, 11 at 9:21pm]
Here's my general outlook on the New 52. Basically, I think the titles involved all fall under one of four categories.

Category A - The Obligatory - These are the titles that we all knew were a given. I'm not saying that's a good or bad thing for any of them as a rule, just that they were all obviously coming.

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Category B -The  Progress - These are titles that I think either put forward Fan Favorites that aren't quite A-listers, or titles that are branching out beyond the typical superhero stock material. (Not a lot of these are going to get comments from me, since in nearly all cases, I'm ludicrously fond of all of them, and have no complaints. (:  )

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Category C - The Neutral - No real opinion on these ones. Titles that really just feel like filler, even from an editorial/marketing standpoint.

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Category D - The Pointless - Really DC? These are mostly titles that I feel are rendered redundant by being part of an overall 'family', or that could have been better served by leaving a slot for someone from Category B.

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What Late Night Chat Has Wrought [Saturday
July 9th, 11 at 7:31pm]
Alchemyprime:    http://www.halolz.com/2011/07/08/my-fortress-pony/
GoggleBoy83:    Rainbow Dash would totally be the Scout
GoggleBoy83:    Uh, I mean...
serenity2132:    Would that make the crazy one the soldier?
GoggleBoy83:    Fluttershy would be The Medic
Alchemyprime:    Pinkie Pie?
Alchemyprime:    ... She might be the soldier.
Alchemyprime:    I kind of see her more as the Heavy myself.
GoggleBoy83:    "I am bulletproof! AHAHAHAH!"
Alchemyprime:    Right, exactly.
Alchemyprime:    Who would Twilight Sparkle be?
GoggleBoy83:    Applejack would be The Sniper
GoggleBoy83:    Twilight Sparkle would be the Soldier, ready to give advice on war to absolutely everybody
Alchemyprime:    We're missing a pony... Oh, right. Rarity.
Alchemyprime:    ...
Alchemyprime:    I want to see Derpy Hooves as the Engineer and Doctor Whoof as the Spy. Because the Spy is a dashing rogue.
GoggleBoy83:    Rarity is the Demopony
GoggleBoy83:    Creating the most beautiful and carefully planned explosives ever!
serenity2132:    ...
serenity2132:    We're having thuis conversation
serenity2132:    Which My Little Pony character fits which class in a cartoonishly violent videogame like TF2.
Alchemyprime:    ...
Alchemyprime:    Yeah?
Alchemyprime:    ... This is not the weirdest part of my day, honestly.
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It is not I who am crazy... it is I who am MAD! [Friday
June 17th, 11 at 7:13pm]
Okay, so, in a fit of either brilliance or boredom... I composed a rap about the Animated Stunticons, from this year's BotCon exclusives. (Don't you judge me, internets!)

Anyone who wants to help me come up with actual music for this is more than welcome. :)

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Writer's Block: Forever young [Tuesday
May 10th, 11 at 6:42am]
If you found a magical stone that could keep one person young forever, would you keep it or give it to someone else? If the latter, to whom would you give it?

My wife.
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May 6th, 11 at 8:20pm]
Not Me: "To get home, Odysseus had to face giants, monsters, and a giant hole on the sea."
Me: "I believe she prefers to be called 'Kirke'."
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Highlights From Thursday and Beyond (Beyond meaning backwards as well as forwards) [Saturday
April 23rd, 11 at 10:32pm]
Stuff From Before Thursday!
  • Working for Kelly Services grading tests for various states' Departments of Education. It's mind-numbing work but it's full-time hours, I get out before rush hour, and the pay is fair, if not great.
  • Going to BotCon this year! Woohoo!
  • I graduated! Back in January. Sorry for not mentioning that sooner.
Thursday Until Now!
  • Mom and Dad came to visit to help us with re-doing the patio in the backyard. The previous owners left a miserable attempt at a tiled area, and we're finally getting around to sprucing it up. Dad has a few decades experience in masonry, so his help is invaluable. Mom comes with him however. -__- We /almost/ hosted them here, but beloved Mother-in-Law, Lynn, jumped on that grenade and let them stay with her.
  • For those of you not intensely familiar with my mother, I'll paraphrase my friend Kevin. "TJ's mother is a caring, friendly, generous, helpful, and loving person...without the social skills necessary to express ANY of that."
  • I was stressed out all day at work on Thursday, just thinking about the fact that Mom and Dad were going to be at our home without me and Amanda present. Played havoc on my digestive tract, the stress did. I also discovered that I'm apparently not the best in my work group without trying, which is annoying.
  • Got home to find that Mom and Dad had made initial headway on the backyard, then assisted with removing the old tiles under our prigola (like an arbor [like a gazebo, without walls]) and I carted them off.
  • Mom spent the next two days largely tossing stuff of ours aside whenever Dad didn't keep her busy helping him, under her perceived notion of things having no obvious value to her, so they were garbage. Raised beds were emptied, dirt was left piled against the fence where it will rot the wood unless we move it (like she promised she would do today and failed to live up to), and many an innocent perennial, brought inside to over-winter, was tossed aside like garbage.
  • Package arrived for me on Friday from Japan, leading to intense questioning by Mom as to why packages are arriving, and demanding to know what it was/if I had bought anything. I was pretty much spiraling into an incoherent ball of stress at this point, it being the tail-end of the week, and Mom and Dad already regularly screaming at each other and me.
  • It's funny to see how I get along so well with Dad now, but can't be in the same space as my mother. It used to be just the opposite.
  • Highlight of the discarding of stuff was only discovered by me Friday evening, after many hours of dealing with Mom's crap, and retreating into the extension/second office/guest room of the house to just let myself cry. (Sleep exhaustion + insane amounts of stress + fishing possessions out of a garbage can = no shame in needing to vent). While I was in there I saw that she had stripped off the blanket from the futon that we use to protect it from the cats. Mom apparently needed a blanket to cover part of DAD'S TRUCK BED. Note that Amanda made this blanket herself back in middle school. Despite my best efforts, Mom still doesn't understand that she did anything wrong.
  • In spite of exhaustion and emotional instability, grocery shopping still needed to be done. Treated myself to a bar of Endangered Species Chocolate to be opened upon Mom's eventual departure.
  • Saturday wasn't as bad in terms of overall stress level, but it went for rapid-fire bad events. The first of which was the fact that it was raining, which turned the backyard into a mud-pit, quickly turned into a series of ruts from multiple wheelbarrow trips. We brought back large amounts of stone-dust to lay the foundation for the new patio.
  • Said stone-dust was dropped off just before nine in the morning, so I had to get up early, in spite of usually using the weekend to cash in my sleep deficit. Another fight ensued with Mom after I reminded her (as I've done so for the past two weeks of planning all this) that Amanda and I needed to make an errand run to do some banking this morning, since I no longer had weekdays free to do so.
  • Upon arriving at the bank (yay for depositing our federal return), we found out that without proof of residence, which Amanda had none of, we couldn't add her to my account as an authorized individual, meaning that I'll have to bring her along with me again the next time a check comes along made out to both of us.
  • Just as we were pulling into the bank, even, we get a call from Chuck (housemate), informing us that when the second truck-load of stone-dust left, they snagged the fiber-optic wire overhead and destroyed our internet connection. :(
  • Upon getting home, I managed to wait through a half hour of Verizon's elevator music and get to an actual person, who informed us that a repair team would come by tomorrow morning (willing to do an on-site repair with no customer cost on Easter Sunday morning? Verizon gets my loyalty for a good long while). Not the greatest news, but better than we expected.
  • I was pulling my boots back on to go outside and help out again, when the bench in our front hallway split in half underneath me. WHAT. THE. HELL. UNIVERSE?
  • Final aggravation of the day was when trying to sort out when would be the best time for Dad to come back and help us continue with the job (more than could be done in just the past few days). Mom snuck up on me while I was mentioning that I'd be out of town for a few days at the start of June, which set her off on another inquisition when I refused to tell her (that I was going to a Transformers convention)
  • Eventually, they left, and there was much rejoicing, and some chocolate.. and ultimately an appletini made with awesome vodka from Iceland that Rachel got me when she and Max stayed here on their way back from England.

And, in short, beloved followers, that is Just What Kind of Weekend It Has Been. *collapses*

ETA: The repair guys actually showed up today, mercifully. (: I'm indulging in much reading of Order of the Stick.
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I get memes the only way I know how... by stealing. [Wednesday
April 20th, 11 at 9:53pm]
Name a character from one of my fandoms, and I will reply saying:
* How I FEEEEEL about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon.
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April 10th, 11 at 3:55pm]
"Hello, ladies, look at your commander, now back to me, now look at Coruscant, now look at me looking at Coruscant. Who am I? I am Gillad Pellaeon. Look down, back up! Where are you? You're on the bridge of an Imperial Star Destroyer, where the crew is /not/ being strangled for petty mistakes. Awesome. What's that on your back? It's an Ysalimiri, protecting you from dangerous Jedi tricks. Anything is possible when you follow Thrawn. I'm next to a command chair."
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Today at Zombie [Tuesday
March 22nd, 11 at 3:58pm]
Went by Zombie Planet to pick up some bags and boards, and George (owner) told me that the 501st will be in attendance for Free Comic Book Day. (:

Me: How many are going to attend? 
George: I'm not sure yet, at least three or four. The organizer I spoke to told me they had a Vader within driving distance--
Me: *bursts into laughter* Sorry... sorry.. I just gotta saver the way he said that so... so casually... 'a Vader within driving distance'. *snerk*
George: *also laughs*

He even agreed with me that Stormtroopers are cooler to see than Vaders. (:
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Shopping Question [Wednesday
March 9th, 11 at 7:38pm]
In terms of a rough percentage, up to how much more will you pay for a given item at a local business as opposed to a major online retailer? (like Amazon)

As opposed to a specialty online retailer? (like Hobby Link Japan)
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Apropos of NOTHING [Wednesday
March 9th, 11 at 12:10pm]
Manga Prince Charles of Wales!
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A Saturday Good Enough to Post About [Sunday
February 27th, 11 at 12:40pm]
Yesterday was one of the best days I've had in a while, so here's the bullet-pointed version.

- Got up not terribly early to go put in three hours (9-1) at the side job, cleaning off cars at a park-and-fly lot. Was soaked and moderately chilled through by the time I finished, but I ran an errand or two afterwards and headed home.

-Was greeted by beloved wife, who was making pancakes! <3 Had enough time to shower before the batch was done; and it was good.

- Relaxing downtime, happy chit-chat.

- Dropped stuff off at the library, picked up bird-seed and suet, then embarked on a small indulgence we've chatted about before. It was about this point in the day that Amanda commented getting to sleep in and then spend the day running errands with me is her favorite time of the week. <3

- The indulgence was making an approximately half-hour drive into Ballston Spa to go to Willow Marsh Farm. It's a local farm that's one of the few places in the state authorized to sell raw milk. They also sell their own homemade cheese, baked goods, granola, yogurt, beef, lamb, and veal. They sell eggs too, but we didn't poke around enough to find out if they had chicken coops on the farm as well. We passed a place just a little bit before we got there that touted fresh eggs, so they may be working with another local farm.
They have a self-service store about the size of our dining area which was very nice. We grabbed cookies, milk, and "garlic lover's cheddar" made from the farm's raw milk, left our money in the cash drawer (gotta love a venue with enough faith in humanity to use an honor system), and went on our merry way back home.

- We got home, I made bacon cheeseburgers and we sampled the raw milk. Not a remarkable difference, but the stuff made with it was awesome. Get on that later.

- Grocery shopping, store was nicely vacant for the most part, and we got out before the snow really started coming down again.

- Got home, unpacked, Amanda gave me a back-rub with this mustard oil that does wonders for sore muscles, which made me very happy.

- Cheddar, sesame bread, Essensia from Quady Winery, and cookies and milk; while watching Leverage. The cheddar was crumblier than I usually like my cheese, but it was delicious. The cookies were fantastic, and the raw milk went with them like... well, like wine with cheese.

- Downtime for the rest of the evening. Kitties were played with.

So yeah, a good day.
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December 17th, 10 at 4:10am]
TRON: Legacy was very very pretty, and avoided some cliches I was really expecting to see (especially for it being a Disney movie). I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who likes good sci-fi or an average action flick.
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December 15th, 10 at 8:42pm]
[ mood | pensive ]

Final exam, defeated!

If I did well enough, I'm done with school forever. If not, I file an appeal to just have the goddamn Minor GPA waived next semester. If that doesn't work, I take another Anthro course and do better.

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This is Odd [Friday
November 19th, 10 at 7:00am]
Hm. I seem to be twenty seven. Odd, that.

Going to bed before midnight and getting up at 3:30 seem to have negated my ability to process this on an emotional level.
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