May. 11th, 2014 05:49 pm
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I was on my third (fifth? Definitely a prime number, I wasn't that far gone) Scotch of the evening; Cheryl was still nursing her first.

"Magic is like painting, anyone can do it."

She half-glared at me. "Right."

"No, really, what's so difficult about it? Apply paint to brush, apply brush to canvas. Voila, you're painting."

"There's more to it than that." Did I mention that Cheryl paints? Good enough for some of the local galleries, so naturally, she's assuming I'm taking the piss at her expense. I turned to look at her.

"Yes there is, and no there isn't, Cheryl." I grinned a bit. "Anyone can paint. It takes practice, skill and skill to paint well. It takes imagination to be good at it."

"Take that painting you showed me the other day. The one with the ravens... Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but that's not normally your thing, is it?"

She frowned, "No, it's not. I'm not really sure why I painted that. I just did. I'd been planning on doing something in that crap commercial style that sells well in the 5th street gallery. But I found myself painting that instead."

"See? Imagination. It doesn't always come from our conscious mind. Hell, I could barely paint a straight line, and even if I had the skill, I don't think I could have produced what you did." I had to be careful here. The painting was hanging a room away, and you never know who's listening, but I had to get to the bottom of this before...

Let's just say before something bad happened. Before Cheryl painted what comes after the ravens.
Author's note: Nope, no fucking clue where this came from. And I don't think I want to know what comes after the ravens.

the fuck?

Mar. 20th, 2014 07:53 pm
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Alabama has passed a medical marijuana bill.

I would have bet money that they'd be one of the last states to do so.
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Assuming nothing changes between now and then, by late Thursday afternoon, I will have a car.

I... what?

Mar. 9th, 2014 02:54 pm
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So, the Ukraine is going to shit, and Rand Paul (who won the coveted "doesn't mean a fucking thing" CPAC straw poll) thinks in response we should drill for oil everywhere we can in the U.S.

Yes, his foreign policy is to drill for more oil here.


Feb. 19th, 2014 12:00 am
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Utah Republican thinks we could go with twice as much CO2 in the air as we have now.

I'm torn on this one. It's either because he's the walking dead (seriously, look at that picture of him), or because the increased CO2 is what is required by his alien species (no, seriously, look at that picture of him.)


Feb. 14th, 2014 11:00 pm
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We had an earthquake. Little baby one, only a 4.4

I have to say, I didn't know it was an earthquake at first... I thought it was just the asshole upstairs moving more shit around in the middle of the damn night.


Feb. 9th, 2014 11:53 am
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Recently, on Facebook, I saw a carefully crafted image macro explaining that, no, the U.S. is not a theocracy.

And that's technically correct. We only have 'In God We Trust' on all our paper money, we have 'Under God' in the Pledge of Allegiance, and there are laws in seven states (unconstitutional laws, mind you) saying that you cannot hold public office in those states unless you believe in God.

But we are not a theocracy.

But we do have plenty of would-be theocrats. Like this lady from Michigan, who's running for a seat in the Republican National Committee, who thinks all gays should be expelled from the Republican party, and that homosexuality is of Satan.


You know, at this point, I'm not sure why there would still be any gay people in the Republican party, considering how most of the Republican politicians are treating them.


Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:30 pm
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I haven't posted in the last week and change because my room-mate has been in hospital. He's getting better (he's already cranky and wanting to leave), but it's going to be at least a few more days before he can.

A friend of his has set up a donation page to help defray his bills. I know times are still tight for a lot of people, so I don't expect that everyone who reads this will have the inclination and ability to donate, but I'm boosting the signal, as it were.
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After watching the premiere of Helix on SyFy last night, I have to ask... why did so many characters who are supposed to be intelligent keep taking the Idiot Ball and running with it?


Jan. 7th, 2014 11:24 pm
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That was an interesting episode of Agents of SHIELD.

A couple theories shot down, and a couple mysteries still going.

I still am trying to figure out who "The Clairvoyant" could be. (And is he a psychic or is all his information gathering done through the eyeball attachments?)


Jan. 1st, 2014 10:39 pm
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New season of Mythbusters starts this Saturday.

They're starting with Star Wars myths.
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Utah is pleading with the Supreme Court "Please stop gay marriage in our state! It is a terrible calamity that consenting adults who are gay have the same rights as consenting adults that are straight.

Over 900 gay couples have gotten married since the judicial decision that allowed it, and Utah is very afraid that God (or the Mormon version thereof) will soon swallow the state into a pit of darkness, or send giant spiders to attack it, if something isn't done to stop this outbreak of equality.
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So, it turns out that something that I thought was a bad idea is turning out to be a bad idea.

Let me explain.

When I first moved into this building (many years ago), if the mailman or UPS or FedEx or whoever dropped off something for you that didn't fit in your mailbox, the building office took the package, left you a note about it, and when you picked up the package from the office, you had to sign for it.

A few years ago, that sort of morphed into "the packages are in the office, and if you ask, they'll let you check to see if you have anything". (No notices about packages any more.)

Several weeks ago, THAT turned into "the table that the packages are stored on is now out by the mailboxes, where anyone who can get into the building, resident or otherwise, can get to them". You know, operating on the trust system, because all humans are good and noble people who would never, especially during the holidays, take someone's mail that didn't belong to them.

Today, my roommate heard someone complaining about packages that had been delivered to the building, that they never got because apparently someone took them. This is, of course, completely unprecedented, and there is no way that anyone could have foreseen such a thing happening.


Dec. 23rd, 2013 10:34 pm
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I have to imagine Darren Young has been told "This is Austin" a couple dozen times by people backstage now.
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Ian Bayne, who is running for Congress, has compared Phil Robertson to Rosa Parks. Yes, Mr. Bayne is a Republican. Are you shocked?

Okay, Mr. Bayne... let's get a few things straight.

Rosa Parks was an icon of civil rights. Phil Robertson makes duck calls.

Rosa Parks was a victim of prejudice and racism. Phil Robertson made comments comparing gay sex to bestiality, and said black people seemed happy before the civil rights movement.

And yet, Mr. Bayne seems to think that Christians in the United States are victims of persecution. Hrm. Let's take a look. Are Christians in the United States being lynched for being Christian? No?

Are Christians in the United States forced to attend sub-standard schools? No?

Are Christians in the United States regularly denied the right to vote? Are they regularly threatened with violence for attempting to vote?

In fact, are Christians under any real attack in the United States? (No, the fucking "War on Christmas" does not count.) No?

Well, gee, Mr. Bayne, I'd have to say that no, Phil Robertson is not, in fact, the Rosa Parks of Christian society in the United States.

In short, shut the entire fuck up, Mr. Bayne.


Dec. 15th, 2013 11:40 pm
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Saw "Hobbit 2: Electric Boogaloo" (or if you prefer, "Hobbit 2: Hobbit Harder")

Pretty good movie. I really only disliked one part, just for the cheesiness of it.

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