Mar. 30th, 2009 12:08 pm
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This series is Never. Going. To End.
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Helzberg Diamonds officially gets the Bad Man Hat for their current "That Guy" ad campaign. If you haven't seen the billboards (I assume they're doing print and television as well, but we can avoid those), it's things like:
  • That Guy enjoys giving his significant other a pedicure. Since you're not that guy, there's Helzberg Diamonds.
  • That Guy makes a quiche for breakfast. Regular guys go to Helzberg Diamonds.
  • That Guy likes painting her toenails....
  • That Guy goes down on both knees...
The last one in particular is confusing, and we spent a good chunk of yesterday's evening commute trying to decipher it. That Guy gives oral sex, and therefore should be mocked? That Guy is a submissive? Eventually we decided it must have something to do with marriage proposals being done on one knee, with both knees indicating subservience to your Woman. Or pants.

I already think the entire diamond industry is a crock so I wasn't going to purchase from them anyway, but this sort of behavior from a local business calls for public mockery. So, mock I do. Mock mock mock.

In other news, my computer has developed revealed a few idiosyncrasies. First one came when [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale could share network folders with me, but not vice versa. Turns out it was just being Really Slow in updating the network tables... but later, after a totally painless update to (K)Ubuntu 8.04, it refused to load PCGen when hers was working fine. After about an hour of cursing, the culprit turned out to be OpenJava, which was pre-existing from when I installed the first time. Her more-recent install had Sun's Java by default, which PCGen requires.

And the point of THAT story is that we're 99.7% ready to send out the character sheets for the Gygaxian Grinder on the 26th (we've scrapped the Friday start, in favor of Saturday morning cartoons and an all-day, single-day affair). As soon as my co-mod signs off on it, those players who will be starting us off should expect an email and another post in this vein.

Which brings me to the fact that Google Sites rocks my socks. That is all.
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This morning on the way in to work I saw the following, just besides the "Sempter Fi" bumper sticker (among others):
Cut for profanity in image )
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Video of Keith Olbermann blowing a gasket on Da Prez's latest verbal missteps
(courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] marcgunn)


Apr. 24th, 2008 12:44 pm
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A: It's Take Your Kids To Work Day.

B: I'm reading a lot of Harry Turtledove lately.

End result? )
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So my previous dentist continues to cause me pain and suffering... today was to be my first appointment with Davis Family Dental, a kind and friendly place. Read more... )

So anyway, the short version is, stay the HELL away from Barry Schwartz, DDS.
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This morning was sort of epic in its failure. I'm not entirely sure how you get "sort of epic", but it looks a lot like this in my world... )
I thought yesterday was supposed to be Monday? Yesterday was pretty good, actually, after about 10:05AM...

Anyway. [livejournal.com profile] archway has given me a pick-me-up meme of sorts to do, which I'll probably wrangle after lunchtime.
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So last night was the big New Year's Eve party at the Charlesworth Hostile, during which I drank (over the course of ~5 hours) the sum total of:
  • half a beer;
  • a swig of mead;
  • two sips of Champagne;
  • half of a one-liter bottle, more or less, of braggot (mead beer).
...and got violently fucking ill.

Pretty sure that wasn't from the alcohol, folks, but my apologies to J.C. and Jen for being "that guy" at this years' party. On the other hand, if the worst that happened was some guy who took up a bathroom for a time being ill, passed out on a bed, and then hurled some more in the living room under the care of a former EMT before getting driven home, it was probably a pretty good party drama-wise. And it was certainly a good party up until that point... *grin*

Best case scenario, I had a touch of food poisoning from what I had for lunch. Because otherwise something was off in the braggot (which I was passing around), or that stuff is a FUCKTON more alcoholic than it looks, or I came down with something (which I was then also passing around). That last seems unlikely, since I'm perfectly fine now, and was perfectly fine until ~2ish. I totally don't remember several moments in the being-ill-process, which is irritating/worrisome, but I'm very glad I was surrounded by friends. And yet, you hate to be "that guy", and now I feel defensive. *sigh*

Still, the Contract for Souls that Mephistopheles was carrying around was a big hit. I think the sum total of my evening's work was 16 signatures, two 'marks', and a kiss. I'll take it.
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I'd say this is the worst mood I've had on Halloween since 2003 (the great coffin-that-wasn't debacle), but then I remembered that I spent a good chunk of last year's 10/31 in the DMV and related offices. So... maybe not that bad.

Still, pretty damn grouchy. No costume for me today, hoping I snap out of it soon enough to costume up for tonight. No idea how to play Harley Quinn cranky... hell, I don't really have any idea how to play HQ cheerful, since I've never actually seen her in action.

Oh, and the second side of the garage doors crapped out this morning. Both K and my cars came back healthy (healthier, anyway) yesterday. Things even out?
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[livejournal.com profile] featherynscale had already fled upstairs. I slowly crept around the corner, found a weapon, and returned, all in darkness and as much silence as I could manage. Then I turned on the lights, one by one, to corner him. Much scuffle ensued, and I'm afraid her room is a little the worse for wear. But after many blows, he finally stopped leaping at me and succumbed. I disposed of the body, and triumphantly climbed the stairs.

[livejournal.com profile] featherynscale was at the top of the stairs, passed out on the couch and obviously exhausted from the ordeal. The adrenaline was jumping in my veins, but I woke her as gently as I could and said, "It's over. He's dead."

Read more... )
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Meme coming down the pipe for Friday, originally from [livejournal.com profile] cjdoyle, by way of [livejournal.com profile] starwyse and [livejournal.com profile] lexpendragon:

Wow - what is it in the air lately? Post after filtered post about how everyone is feeling alone, disconnected, unwanted. It's not like this is one or two people - it's like a rash all over my friends list the past few days. Male, female, betwixt, undecided, unconcerned...it seems to be an equal opportunity Brain Weasel.

Clearly, something needs to be done. I think we need to have a Brain Weasel Stomping Day.

The problem, as I've noted before, is "it's easier to see the Weasels when they're eating someone else's brain." So this is my call to my friends list, and to your friends list, and beyond. This Friday, make an effort to squish someone's Brain Weasel.

Have a crush on someone? Post a flirty comment in their journal. Admire someone's skills? Post a comment about it. Just think a person is nifty? This Friday is the time to tell them. Doesn't matter if the post your commenting to doesn't have much to do with your comment. Just post those good thoughts. Trust me. People will appreciate it.

Do this for everyone - not just those you suspect are feeling down (After all, you might not be on their Brain Weasel filter). Take a few minutes and help launch people into the weekend with a smile. And...who knows? Maybe sharing how others make you happy will make you a bit more cheerful in return.
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I'm argumentative today. Okay, strike that; I'm more argumentative than usual today. I'm not sure if this bodes well or ill for my evening and Saturday. On the other hand, this post has been percolating since Tuesday, at least, I just haven't been around to make it...

A couple of things crossed my radar going in opposite directions this last week. The first was Rosie O'Donnell's idiotic comments about "Ching Chong Chinamen" (which I apparently missed back in December), and the video rebuttal from Beau Sia, an Chinese-American slam artist. I really enjoyed his take on the issue, which made my reaction to Exhibit B all the more surprising.

George Takei took issue with retired sports figure Tim Hardaway's homophobic remarks last week, and recorded a "mock PSA" in which he began in an informative and neutral style, then camped it up by commenting on how much he "really liked" Hardaway, running his fingers up the leg of Hardaway's image behind him and making various not-so-thinly-veiled innuendos. See the video clip for yourself. Somehow, this rubbed me the wrong way from the get-go; I don't think it's kosher to "taunt" someone who is uncomfortable with homosexuality any more than it's okay to taunt a gay man by throwing them amidst a pack of horny females, for example. The final line "And one day, when you least expect it, I WILL have sex with you!" was just the capstone of that problem for me - it feeds right into the prejudices that already exist, and doesn't do a damn thing to create a dialogue, as far as I can tell. It's reverse bigotry in my world, but several people I know liked the skit, so maybe I'm out of the 'norm' here. But on the other hand, I'm not sure I agree with the NBA's decision to ban him Hardaway from all future All-Star events.
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So this morning I decided to ride my new* bike to the store, since we only needed one thing (kitty food). So I oiled up the chain and gears which badly needed it, checked the tires (only a little low), and set out.

Wow. Not only does this town lack continuous sidewalks, bike lanes, or drivers who know what a bicycle is when they see it (ahh, there's the root word of the problem, see), the gas station air pumps are apparently not designed to interface with bicycle valve stems anymore?? My 50¢ only let the air out of my tires, without being helpful in any way.

Bleh. At least I made it there and back without dying of either cars or heat, and the cat is no longer wasting away to nothing.

* Okay, garage-sale re-issue for $5.

P.S. Anybody got an old bike air pump they're not using anymore?
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Fascinating; I haven't felt the need to hit inanimate objects since I left my stepmother's house, I don't think.


Dec. 13th, 2005 09:04 am
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(Contemplating) taking beer in for lunch continues to be a poor plan.

On the plus side, I did get in to work on time today, for the second time in 3 months or so.


Nov. 8th, 2005 01:25 pm
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I was wondering when I'd get an excuse to use my other new icon; unfortunately getting out of bed this morning supplied it. Blech; unfit for human consumption today, which makes sense since I have to be in meetings 2/3 of my day.

In other news, however, the security guard at the Bruce Watkins Center grabbed my arm on the way out the door. Apparently he was very interested in what I was carrying, namely, Book 7 on The Wheel of Time series. He was unsure when Book 11 came out, so we talked for a bit about that. But the key point is that I'm done with Book 6, which officially is the longest in the series, Takes Forever and is madly depressing to boot. You know how The Empire Strikes Back is sort of a downer? Yeah, it's like that, only he keeps his hand (for now).
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Went to bed last night in a really crap-ass mood (sorry, [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale & [livejournal.com profile] kittenpants), mostly for stupid reasons not worth mentioning here. After about half an hour, I realized part of my problem was that I'd forgotten to eat, so I got up made reheated my leftovers from lunch, ate that, got something to drink (non-alcoholic, despite my better judgment), and an oatmeal creme pie, and went back to bed.

I don't remember falling asleep... )

I know I went to bed (the second time) thinking about the concept of "wasting time", due to having spent most of my evening in a negative-progression session on my MUD:
-<LewsTherin>- Gold lost this session: 7852. Experience lost: 10238. Times poisoned: About 9. Strength to smash open the strongbox at the end of your treasure hunt: Not quite sufficient. Dexterity to pick the lock on the strongbox: Only enough to break the lockpick eventually. Times died: 1.
-<LewsTherin>- Welcome back to YOUR Ancient Anguish? Priceless.
But the rest? I'm blaming the tilapia.
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Well, Irish summer notwithstanding, Cranky Druid Month (i.e. August in general) has arrived in full force. Alternating between wanting to cut someone's head off, curl into a ball and sleep for a month, and move to Montana is in no way particularly productive or friendly, but it is what it is, for several years running. We (myself and the others who have noted the phenomenon) are not sure what causes it (work, heat, hormones?), but then we can say the same thing about astrology.

However, for the record it should be noted that Christopher Walken running for office (and songs with cowbells in them, more generally) does seem to help, a bit. Any suggestions of additional songs are welcome.

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