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Saturday, September 30th, 2006
8:45 am
I made Testimony.
They woke me up early this morning, and are preventing me from getting any work done this weekend.
It is so awesome.

Current Mood: groggy / excited
Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
6:38 pm
Polaris Game Chronicles
For those who don't have gamechronicles set to their friends pages, or have no clue what it is, but would be interested to see what's going on with the Polaris games I've been mentioning offhand in conversation, go and see.
Query: should I GC the sessions of the game that my friends and I are playing here at home?
Friday, August 18th, 2006
12:21 am
Snakes on a Plane!
Just got back from seeing it with Dad. We agree it was an excellent movie, although certainly very much the cheesy action thriller we all expected. But they're pretty rational about it, things make sense (mostly), and the B plot-lines they throw in really improve the film.
Overall, I'd give it a B+ and say it was the best "snakes on a plane" film that could have been made.
And Samuel L. Jackson is awesome.
Go see it, but only with friends.
Sunday, August 13th, 2006
10:04 am
I've decided to play through Final Fantasy IX. I got up at about 5 am (after heading to bed at around 5 pm yesterday) and began playing. It is fun.
I'm heading to church, and then I think I'll play more FFIX this afternoon. I'll need food at some point if anyone wants to grab something later.
Monday, July 24th, 2006
1:00 am
{its = 'Very Hot';}

... also, fun.
Thursday, July 13th, 2006
10:23 am
"Then what is magic for?" Prince Lir demanded wildly. "What use is
wizardry if it cannot save a unicorn?" He gripped the magician's shoulder
hard, to keep from falling.
Schmendrick did not turn his head. With a touch of sad mockery in
his voice, he said, "That's what heroes are for."
"Yes, of course," he [Prince Lir] said. "That is exactly what heroes
are for. Wizards make no difference, so they say that nothing does, but
heroes are meant to die for unicorns."
-- P. Beagle, "The Last Unicorn"
Tuesday, July 11th, 2006
7:52 am
Larp venue: HELP!!!
Let me just make an impassioned plea. The History Corner seems to be locked up tight, and we can't get Lag. Does anyone know of a place with one accomodatingly large room and at least a couple small rooms that we could use on Friday?
Monday, July 10th, 2006
3:48 pm
No Lag
It appears that Lagunita has been taken over by high-schoolers. So we shall be forced to result to another larp venue. It looks like the History Corner may be a good option, if it's as open as people say it is.
Friday, July 7th, 2006
1:31 pm
Larp Venue
Can someone remind me how we get into Lag on Friday?
Tuesday, July 4th, 2006
5:58 pm
God Bless America
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. --

Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states....

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.

We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
Friday, May 26th, 2006
12:29 am
X-Men 3
So, regarding X-Men:The Last Stand...
I propose the 1:15 pm Saturday showing at Shoreline. We can leave from campus at 12:30. Who's in, and what further organization needs to occur?
Thursday, April 13th, 2006
9:48 pm
Sand in my shoes
It was just a random stretch of beach where dad pulled over along the Pacific coastal highway near Malibu. A full moon on an almost clear night, rocks and seeweed intermixed with fine sand as the waves crashed ever higher. I had to climb down an incline lined with rocks, and there it was. Nothing unique about it, really; nothing there but the blackness of the ocean and sand.
It was by far the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.
The ocean sent one insistant crest of water after another to wash over the sand, creating foam and new patterns barely visible in the darkness and weak moonlight. A palpable silence accompanied by the roar of forces both larger and more ancient than I can reasonably comprehend. Color is an illusion in an environment like this, and shape little more than a memory. I can only be alone here, but I can never be lonely.
I'm not one to just experience beauty; I must become a part of it. And so I sang a hymn, and another. I touched the water as it washed near my feat before retreating. I let myself enjoy the plants and stones. Finally I was hit by a wave, that wet me thoroughly and permeated my lower legs and feat. Socks drenched, shoes filled with a surprising amount of sand.
They waited for me back up on the highway. I opened the door, wiping as much of the wet sand as I could off my shoes. But my jeans and shoes are still stained with the very reality, the pulp, of that experience. Small, unimportant. Meaningful. Beautiful.
I have lived in California for 20 months now. Why was this my first visit to the beach? Why did I insist that we drive so far out of our way this evening just to see it at night?
It doesn't matter. This was real beauty.
I'm back at the hotel now. I have relished one last residue of the experience, carefully pouring the sand from my shoes.
1:23 pm
Being in LA
Somebody told me what to do in this area, but I completely forgot.
I have parents here, and the three of us are collectively clueless. What the heck does one do fun in LA?
Monday, April 10th, 2006
1:40 am
Saturday, April 8th, 2006
5:06 pm
Birth Date Meme
Go to Wikipedia and look up your birthday. List three neat facts, two births, and one death in your journal, including the year.

December 5th:

Neat Facts:
1932 - German-born Swiss physicist Albert Einstein is granted an American visa.
1933 - Prohibition ends: Utah becomes the 36th U.S. state to ratify the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, thus establishing the required 75% of states needed to enact the amendment (this overturned the 18th Amendment which had outlawed alcohol in the United States).
1936 - The Soviet Union adopts a new constitution and the Kirghiz Soviet Socialist Republic is established as a full Union Republic of the USSR.
1974 - Party Political Broadcast, the final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, is broadcast on BBC 2.

1901 - Walt Disney, American animated film producer (d. 1966)
1927 - Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand (which means my birthday is a national holiday there)
1968 - Margaret Cho, American comedian and actress

1791 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer (b. 1756)
Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
5:16 pm
Spelling: British vs. American
The following sentence is spelled how I customarily would spell the words therein:
"Prepared to enjoy a night of good theatre, I was sitting in the center of the auditorium when I noticed I really liked the grey color used in the curtains."

Theatre, center, grey, color ... is this valid? Discuss.
Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
12:16 pm
Roxanne + Spring Forward
Just a reminder that we're watching a movie tonight at 8 pm, hopefully in Willis Lounge (a lounge in Rains, easy to find on the map). This is designed to be an opportunity for us to wind down, etc, with no connection to last week at all. All are welcome to attend.
And a second reminder -- Daylight Saving Time just hit, so the present may very well be an hour later than you think it is. If you haven't adjusted your clocks at all and they say 7 pm, then you should be at Willis already.
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2006
3:44 pm
So, I signed up for AOL about a month ago. I'd gotten very curious as to what sort of benefits there were to members, how the chatrooms worked, etc, so did one of their free trial things.
And today I called to cancel.
And now I'm furious, because the "Department of Cancellation" goes to great pains to trick you or pressure you into not cancelling. I succeeded, but I ended up yelling at the woman I was talking to. Well, y'know, not literally "yelling", but ranting. I'm sure she was just following the script in front of her, but that doesn't make it any less infuriating.
Among other things, they use whatever private information they can to try to talk you into sticking with it. In my case, she mentioned the amount of time I had actually spent using the service (very short; it didn't take long for me to realize it sucked). That was what sent me over the edge. I apologized thereafter but the damage was done. I almost certainly made her day less enjoyable.
I just hope it actually gets cancelled now.
Somebody calm me down.

Current Mood: incensed
Sunday, February 26th, 2006
4:36 pm
April Fools Day
A tentative Epic schedule was just released, which brought to my attention that the last day, Saturday, is April the 1st.
I can't stand pranks. I don't think they're funny and I don't like the idea of having to keep a look-out for them.
I can't stand lies, and I hate the idea of having to reevaluate everyone's statements for truth value.
Typically I avoid people on April 1st so my own very divergent views involving this day don't create too much strain, and so no one has the opportunity to try their latest invention of deception and evil on me.
But I'll be playing Epic this year, and on the off chance I'm not dead by Saturday, I really have little choice.
What I'm saying is, when you start making your April Fools Day plans, please leave me out of them. I won't take it in stride and I won't be amused. I can't stand the holiday. Please respect my wishes and just don't.
I'll probably post this again near the end of March, but for those people who plan early (and I know they exist), I wanted to make my request early. Thanks, and try not to be too offended.
Friday, February 17th, 2006
2:21 pm
Surviving an alien attack
Excellent instructions (in movie form) found here.
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