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John Scalzi Saying Thanksgiving Grace, the Science-Fictional Way, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] kc_risenphoenix.

Happy Turkey Day, Turkey Night, and Turkey Weekend, or just have an enjoyable late November, folks.
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They start them really young over there (hattip to [livejournal.com profile] solarbird):

My brain keeps trying to insist that it can understand this (which it can't of course, except for the loan words like "heavy metal concert"). Also, I adore that the closest related video YouTube could come up with was for "Bad Romance".
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Overheard earlier today:
Me: <reads back of humorous body wash>
K: Yeah, I bought that on a day I couldn't smell, largely because of the packaging. It turned out to be rather... licorichy.
Me: Which is odd to me, since it's marketed as "for Men", and more people who like licorice that I know are female than male. But maybe that's the point - smell like what you want to attract?
K: If that's the case, then Body Wash for Men should smell like chocolate, because marketing tells us that all women love chocolate, and Body Wash for Women should smell like vanilla.
Me: I didn't know men were known to like vanilla.
K: I just report the news. Anyway, I'd really rather smell like... coffee.
Me: You want to attract people who stay up late at night?
K: Nerd-bait, that's me.
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No time to participate in BLITEOTW today, so I thought instead I'd post the horrific little monster [livejournal.com profile] featherynscale and I came up with for last night's game.

Literally, the genesis of this thing was the following conversation earlier in the week:
K: We need to decide what to have (our players) fight on Friday. They didn't get to last time.
D: We also need to sort out how to disable (the character whose player was leaving the game). Maybe something snuck up on him in the night...
K: They shouldn't really be able to fix it on their own, we may have to make up a monster.
D: What about an Oogiel?
K: What's an Oogiel?
D: Based on O-G-L, the Open Gaming License?
K: Hmmm... so it would relentlessly work to steal your content and make a copy of you?


And this was the result... )
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C, E-flat and G go into a bar. The bartender says, "I'm sorry, but we
don't serve minors." So E-flat leaves, and C and G have an open fifth
between them. After a few drinks, the fifth is diminished, and G is out
flat. F comes in and tries to augment the situation, but is not sharp
enough.

D comes in and heads for the bathroom saying, "Excuse me. I'll just be a
second." Then A comes in, but the bartender is not convinced that this
relative of C is not a minor. Then the bartender notices B-flat hiding at
the end of the bar and says, "Get out! You're the seventh minor I've
found in this bar tonight."

E-Flat comes back the next night in a three-piece suit with nicely shined
shoes. The bartender says, "You're looking sharp tonight. Come on in, this
could be a major development." Sure enough, E-flat soon takes off his suit
and everything else, and is au natural.

Eventually, C sobers up and realizes in horror that he's under a rest. C
is brought to trial, found guilty of contributing to the diminution of a
minor, and is sentenced to 10 years of DS without Coda at an upscale
correctional facility. On appeal, however, C is found innocent of any
wrongdoing, even accidental. The judge rules that all contrary motions are
bassless.

(from pianoworld.com by way of [livejournal.com profile] ixzist)
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Today I am most happy for XKCD, mostly because it reminds me how trivial and first-world my relationship/Linux/physics/raptor problems really are, but also because it makes me laugh out loud, when so few things do.

If you've never read it, read it. Five of the last six have been brilliant (today's is kinda "eh")... and don't forget to read the title text with your cursor!
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For whatever reason, the City gives us Veteran's Day off, not Columbus Day. I figured this out finally, so I'm at home most all of the day. In addition to the actual tasks on my to-do list, that sounds like time for a bit of mischief...

MEME BEGINS HERE
If you saw me in (the back of) a police car, what would you think I had been arrested for?
Answer in comments, then post to your own journal and see how many crimes you get accused of.
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My dreams have been weird with a capital Q lately. My brain is only half-on as a result, so today you get links of a literary nature (basically).

Point the first: Obama, McCain, Clinton, and Kucinich go to a Convention of a different sort. Hilarity ensues.

Secondly, if you don't have time to read comic books (what are you doing on LJ, then?), here's a helpful set of one-sentence summaries, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] jackbabalon23.

And finally, Elizabeth Bear linked to a publisher's blogpost about why your favorite new book may not be at your brick-and-mortar store. Interesting stuff there, especially if you're an author-in-aspiration.
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And you don't get much more content-free than this scene from A Scanner Darkly:

Robert Downey's drug-fueled retort about 1:00 in tends to render me speechless with laughter, for some reason...
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triadruid: Apollo and the Raven, c. 480 BC , Pistoxenus Painter  (Default)

Image courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] theweaselking. I have no idea where that shot was taken...
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Whence Owlbears?
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[livejournal.com profile] montecook recently posted the history of why 3E has two 'iconic fighters', and someone responded by Chuck Norris'ing the "white guy" who everybody seems to love to hate (personally, I wasn't even certain he was white):

Regdar is awesome.

Regdar is even more awesome.

Regdar will be awesome in 4E, too.

I think my favorite is "Back in second edition, a Thief party member tried to steal some of Regdar's gold. The result convinced every Thief to call themselves "Rogues" in third edition, just to distance themselves from that foolish act.".

What's yours? Or can you add to the list?
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Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] ixzist.
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Courtesy of the ever-weird [livejournal.com profile] lady_kathana, an "Intervention with MySpace" video, from the folks who brought you the Internet Website Party, Cracked.com:
cut for autoplay, language, girls kissing, boys kissing, and the general presence of 4chan )
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iPhone-a-friend:
n. The act of using a regular cell phone to get information by calling someone who is sitting at a computer and can surf the internet by proxy.

Hu-ha!

Apr. 29th, 2008 05:31 pm
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Through dangers untold and through hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the goblin city...

No, wait, that's not right.

Through CD_burner errors, empty printer cartridges unnumbered, the world's slowest Post Office, and a homicidal maniac in a conversion van, I have finally mailed out the long-distance selections of the CD-Swap project. Local folks that I haven't seen yet should expect one in their hot little hands Real Soon Now... Playlists will follow after I think they've arrived, to give the actual recipients something to be surprised about.

Also, I have replaced the Recycling Bin which disappeared last Friday. That only took three stops, as the first two stores didn't have any. Fockers.
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"This isn't Casino Royale; this is Casino Royally Stupid..."

(okay, so they're going to try to steal a minor artifact from a temple, deliver it to a high-stakes card game for illicit advantage, then take the artifact back and return it to the temple without anyone noticing)

It's more like Topkapi crossed with Assumption.

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