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Writing [30 Mar 2011|07:59pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

"I've always considered writing the most hateful kind of work. I suspect it's a bit like fucking, which is only fun for amateurs. Old whores don't do much giggling."

- Hunter S. Tompson

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Silence [16 Dec 2010|11:16pm]
[ mood | frustrated ]

There's nothing I'd like to hear right now more than that cop knock.

I just don't have gumption to summon it.

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Enjoy the Silence [22 Oct 2010|12:03am]
[ mood | awake ]

I can't tell you how bad I want to hear that sometimes raspy voice right now.

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Chump [06 Oct 2010|08:28pm]
[ mood | rejuvenated ]

Pants are for chumps

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Decade [29 Sep 2010|09:01pm]
[ mood | cold ]

Lady of sorrows
Muse of lost time
Of my oath, so little remains.

Ten years have now passed.
At the scene of the crime
Only smoke and the forging of chains.

Who could be so strong
To carry so long
A burden gone silent and cold?

Sweet memory's last
Frozen hard and stuck fast
Though the mirror betrays they are old.

Of the songs that were sung,
Dulcet voices once rung
Now are echos of empty refrains.

What price? Never asked
Yet paid for the task.
All that time...but forever remains.

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Finally [01 Sep 2010|11:13pm]
[ mood | relieved ]

The doctor has cut it out. And it was benign.

Woot!

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Rule #1: Cardio [15 Aug 2010|09:40am]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Today I sang while rowing. Out of breath, but happy.

Still, I need to learn more slow paced songs. I think maybe Depeche Mode is a bit too creepy.

She wants to see with your eyes
<stroke>
She wants to smile with our smile <stroke>
She want's a nice surprise <stroke>
Every once in a while <stroke>

...

Oh, hello there fisher dude! What are you staring at?

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Out of Gas [29 May 2010|10:56pm]
Treat her proper...she'll be with you for the rest of your life.
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Blood [18 May 2010|08:26pm]
[ mood | drained ]

Sometimes, to be rid of a cancer, you must cut away a great deal of healthy tissue.

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Morning Musings [24 Apr 2010|12:12pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Woke up early. Something about the chill in the air made me want to wander. So I got up and headed south to the River Thames.



The Golden Jubilee bridge was deserted. It felt strange to be there alone in the middle of a city of millions. London seems to be built in a way that allows a person to find space even during the busiest of days.

Looked out over the river and just enjoyed the sun rising over the metropolis. The first and last light of the day always catches the gilded tower tops.




After a while I finally headed back. Lord Nelson was there waiting for me, as he always is.




Not the birthday I had planned. But which ones ever are?

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In-Flight Meal [31 Jan 2010|10:29pm]
[ mood | sick ]

Watched "Up In the Air". There's a scene in it where the protagonist is speaking with his sister. She tells him that he is gone so much that he basically doesn't exist to his family.

My first reaction was that this really hit close to home home for me. My second was that I was pleased by the realization. I've worked very hard to have as little impact on my "nuclear family" as possible.

Is that strange?

Meh.

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Scruffy Nerf (gun) Herder [07 Jan 2010|10:09pm]
[ mood | sad ]

Today's Vitamins: Betty & Barney
Resulting Horoscope: Remember that your friends have relationships outside of your immediate circle. Foster and support them in this. The rewards for all will be threefold.

-------------------------------------------------------------

It's days like this I miss her the most.

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Shampoo is expensive for coders [23 Nov 2009|07:00am]
[ mood | awake ]

10 Wash
20 Rinse
30 Goto 10

Is the whole bottle a single application? Damn you Prell!

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Truth of Omission [30 Oct 2009|06:56am]
[ mood | sad ]

I will always love you.

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Skwisgaar [14 Oct 2009|06:12pm]
[ mood | sick ]

In ancient barrow
In slumber cold
A power stirs
on beir of gold

The north-beast whispers
through icy breath
A timeless promise
of perfect death.

Burma Shave.

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Geeks at Work [12 Oct 2009|04:59pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

eastlandd 
An odd thought just occured to me.
eastlandd 
..
Webber, Will 
That truly was an odd thought
eastlandd 
I was thinking about global warming.  What if it's natural? I mean...what if it is normal that an advancing civilization causes drastic climate change.  That species which advance to sentience nearly always change the envorinment so much that they either leave their planet of origin for space - or they perish.  What if it is simply a 'weaning process' that pushes all species to the stars?
Eventually, if we make it to space, galactic civilization will welcome us and congratulate us on moving from infancy to adolescence?
Webber, Will 
I think that means you need a really nailed-down definition of 'normal' for you theory to work.
eastlandd 
True. But it would be interesting if it were the case.  Maybe the basis for some good fiction.
Webber, Will 
meaning, the reason advanced civilizations are out in space travelling around is really because they manged to ruin where they came from.
eastlandd 
 Exactly!
It's common enough in the animal kingdom.  Ant colonies, pack hunting animals, coral eating fish...they all deplete an area and then move on
Webber, Will 
Then curbing the things that cause a planets' demise would be viewed as a backward step really.
eastlandd 
Well, there might be a special class of civilization that lives in harmony with its environment but never joins the interstellar community.  Autistic civilizations or something...
But once you grow to a certain size and sophistication - a planetary environment really isn't the appropriate place any more.
Webber, Will 
Your theory only works is it's presumed the species that leaves veiws the other life inhabitants of where they left as 'not worth fixing things for'.
eastlandd 
Well, regardless of the environment we leave - some kind of life will survive and thrive.  We've seen that many times through all the great extinctions in our distant past.  But the sooner we leave the planet, the better chance the "next up" will have.
Only if we create some kind of runaway Venus-like greenhouse effect will life be impossible.
Webber, Will 
I was thinking the other day that if the rate of tech advancement for our species were even trivially changed plus or mins a little speed wise- we would have a dramatically different world right now. Because of the compounding effect-- and a very long length of time since we first came into existence and now.
eastlandd 
I remember Carl Sagan talking about the Library of Alexandria - and how when we lost the knowledge stored there we lost 1000 years of advancement.
Webber, Will 
if homo-sapiens innovated 1% faster--- much different world now. If some other life form on a different planet innovated 1% faster than we do- but 'got started' quite a bit after we did- they would be dramatically beyond us now.
eastlandd 
Agreed.  So long as they didn't use their innovations for killing each other, like we have done.
Webber, Will 
house flys with god-like intelligence.
eastlandd 
indeed
We are like butterflies, who flutter for a day and think it eternity.
Again, Carl Sagan.
Webber, Will 
It would be quite a bummer if the only thing that set our species apart from all the other life forms out there is that we have a slight regard for other life forms. That is- if every one of the others was ' every man for himself!'.
eastlandd 
Wow...that would be ironic
Here we are, constantly berating ourselves for how poorly we treat each other - and we're the best the universe has to offer...
Webber, Will 
It would be cosmic-ly funny if we were constantly being communicated to by countless advanced civilizations- but we are so dramatically behind them in technology that we can't preceive any of that communication.
eastlandd 
That's one of the 3 solutions to the Fermi Paradox!
Webber, Will 
It's like-- I keep talking to these bacteria in this digestive tract-- and they just don't seem to be talking back.
eastlandd 
How rude!

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Fever, fever burning bright! [06 Oct 2009|05:03pm]
[ mood | sick ]

I think I'm down with the H1N1. Gah!  Worst fever I've had in years.

Hopefully Earl Gray tea and Ibuprofin will see me through.  I really can't afford to miss any more work.  Just got back from a vacation and I don't want to be a slacker any more.

In other news, this weekend the Dilgar and Earthforce met in mortal combat.

Dilgar War Machine on the March.

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[03 Oct 2009|06:30am]
[ mood | drained ]

All night drinking is a game for the young.  Ugh.  Come to think of it, I hardly ever did it even when I was young.

I never shoulda had that last Lone Star in a can. I KNEW something was fishy about it.

Camel's back? Broken!

On the other hand, the entertainment was amazing.  Went and saw a puppet show of Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle". 

I've promised myself that I'd do more and different stuff.  This certainly qualifies.

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[29 Sep 2009|06:59pm]
[ mood | hungry ]

I'm shocked at the number of Hugo and Nebula award winning novels that I haven't read.

As soon as I manage to finish slaying House of Leaves, I intend to rectify this.  I think it will be a fun journey going through them in chronological order and seeing the evolution of science fiction from the golden age (Babel-17, by Samuel Delany) to the more modern (Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin).

Damn...Le Guin has a Nebula award in 1969 and 2009.  Talk about longevity!

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[27 Sep 2009|09:51am]
[ mood | frustrated ]

Was talking to Bender today and, of course, talk of these troubling times brought up discussions about the government and social issues.

I think a big problem is that we can't even all agree on what the purpose of a government is.

Is it merely to protect each citizen from unwanted intrusions by others?  Is it a guiding hand to actively curb the baser natures of people?  Is it a means for pooling resources to accomplish goals impossible by smaller institutions?

Without knowing the purpose of a government, how in the world can it do anything?

Bigger brains than me have struggled with these problems and come up with nothing.

Surely somewhere there is a place where you can find social justice, economic equity, and a decent guaranteed level of food, housing and medical care for everyone.

Hell, for something approaching that I'd line up happily to pay my taxes.

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