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Observations From The Outside
17th-Sep-2009 10:44 pm - Bacon Is Good For Me
Silly - Cowthulu
I saw this and I thought of you, my brother! Enjoy!

And now, the remix!
Kid In A Candy Shop
28th-Jul-2009 01:36 am - Voice Post
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26th-Jul-2009 10:25 pm - Voice Post
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18th-Jul-2009 09:34 am - Cover Letter Resume Video
Scorpion Tribal
For all my friends out there who are out of work and searching for a job.

Alec Biedrzycki was having trouble finding a job. He sent out lots of cover letters and resumes, but got little to no responses -- and even if he did get a response, it was a rejection letter. So he got creative and made a music video resume and posted it to YouTube:

His video started getting many hits and eventually drew the attention of CNN who interviewed him for a segment on their program. He's now starting to get noticed now by companies.

Everyone keep up the faith! Unfortunately, you are not alone in the search.
15th-Jul-2009 09:54 pm - Naamah's Kiss
Relaxing - Ferris Bueller
What I am reading now:

Once there were great magicians born to the Maghuin Dhonn, the folk of the Brown Bear, the oldest tribe in Alba. But generations ago, the greatest of them all broke a sacred oath sworn in the name of all his people. Now only small gifts remain to them. Through her lineage, Moirin possesses such gifts—the ability to summon the twilight and conceal herself, and the skill to coax plants to grow.

Moirin has a secret, too. From childhood onward, she senses the presence of unfamiliar gods in her life—the bright lady and the man with a seedling cupped in his palm. Raised in the wilderness by her reclusive mother, Moirin learns only when she comes of age how illustrious, if mixed, her heritage is. The great-grandaughter of Alais the Wise, child of the Maghuin Dhonn and a cousin of the Cruarch of Alba, Moirin learns her father was a D'Angeline priest dedicated to serving Naamah, goddess of desire.

After Moirin undergoes the rites of adulthood, she finds divine acceptance... on the condition that she fulfill an unknown destiny that lies somewhere beyond the ocean. Or perhaps oceans. Beyond Terre d'Ange, where she finds her father, in the far reaches of distant Ch'in, Moirin's skills will be a true gift when facing the vengeful plans of an ambitious mage, a noble warrior-princess desperate to save her father's throne, and the spirit of a celestial dragon.
15th-Jul-2009 09:41 pm - Those Crazy Japanese
LOL - Ben Franklin

I saw this trailer shortly after a night where friends came over to the house and we read some pages from book of bad lesbian viking porn. For those of you who were there that night, you'll immediately recognize what scene I'm talking about.

Yeah. Bad Viking Lesbian Porn will be coming to Pennsic. It's a book club thing.
8th-Jul-2009 05:40 pm - Seven Up!
Yesterday was July 7th. I had to take the kitties in to the vet for their annual checkup. They passed with flying colors. When I went to the receptionist's desk to pay the bill, she looked up at me and said, "It comes to $77."

"Interesting," I replied. "$77 on 7/7."

"I was thinking the same thing," she said.

Yesterday was also Keith's birthday. I went to the grocery to pick up some items for the special birthday meal that he wanted. After gathering all the foodie bits, I went to the checkout lanes. Only lane #7 was open.

"The total comes to $71.37," said the cashier. "You saved $7.42."

That's an unusual amount of sevens that have been appearing today. I thought to myself. Why not take a chance?

After paying for the groceries, I wheeled my card to the machines that sell scratch-off Lottery tickets. I choose to play the "Lucky 7's" game. I put my money in and got 7 tickets. I don't know why I exactly did it, but I kept each ticket in the same order that they came out of the machine -- bottom to top. Then I went home and put them in Keith's birthday card without messing up the order.

He opened the card and pulled out the tickets, immediately scratching off the top ticket. "I won $7 on this ticket!"

I had to laugh. "That was the 7th ticket that came out of the machine." Then I relayed the rest of the tale to him about my bizarre 7 day.
29th-Jun-2009 09:32 pm - Dies The Fire
Relaxing - Ferris Bueller
What I am reading now:

From Publishers Weekly:
What is the foundation of our civilization? In this rousing tale of the aftermath of an uncanny event, "the Change," that renders electronics and explosives (including firearms) inoperative. As American society disintegrates, without either a government able to maintain order or an economy capable of sustaining a large population, most of the world dies off from a combination of famine, plague, brigandage and just plain bad luck. The survivors are those who adapt most quickly, either by making it to the country and growing their own crops—or by taking those crops from others by force. Chief among the latter is a former professor of medieval history with visions of empire, who sends bicycling hordes of street thugs into the countryside. Those opposing him include an ex-Marine bush pilot, who teams up with a Texas horse wrangler and a teenage Tolkien fanatic to create something very much like the Riders of Rohan. Ultimately, Stirling shows that while our technology influences the means by which we live, it is the myths we believe in that determine how we live. The novel's dual themes—myth and technology—should appeal to both fantasy and hard SF readers as well as to techno-thriller fans.

From Booklist:
For survivors of a mysterious event that caused electricity, internal combustion engines, and gunpowder to fail, the Pacific Northwest furnishes enough land to support subsistence existence in a future that belongs not to today's rifle-toting survivalists but to people who know older ways. Musician Juniper takes refuge on her family's land with a growing group of friends that becomes "Clan MacKenzie." Reenactors know useful things, such as how to build log houses and craft bows for hunting. Meanwhile, Mike Havel, a pilot who was flying when the Change happened, and his passengers, having survived crashing in a frigid lake, gather followers, too. Thanks to a former Society for Creative Anachronism (a real organization of eclectic reenactors) fencer, and after hard work and the accident that gives their group the name "Bearkillers," they have the knowledge to sell their protective services. There are villains, too, such as a medieval history professor who starts a feudal revival, in Stirling's intriguing what-if about modern humans denied their treasured conveniences.

How do you like that? The SCA takes over the world!
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