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    Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
    10:58 am
    To Those in the St. Louis Area...
    Stay safe today if you have to drive on the roads, and make sure to be on the watch for worsening weather!
    Saturday, December 25th, 2010
    4:17 pm
    Merry Christmas!
    A Merry Christmas to all of you. Spend it with friends, family, or loved ones, and make sure to treat yourselves and enjoy. :)
    Monday, September 27th, 2010
    5:15 pm
    In Scientific News...
    It was discovered today that strapping owls into armor and equipping them with swords and gigantic steel talons makes them pretty damned good fighters. In other words, you may enjoy Legend of the Guardians, especially if you don't mind a lot of Zack Snyder's slo-mo shots. Go see it!
    Monday, February 22nd, 2010
    6:22 pm
    New Job!
    So today I started working at a phonebook publishing company, doing data entry. It's a temporary position to start with, though it is full-time. I'm really just happy to have work again, and to be in an environment that I like. They don't know how long the project I'm the 'test subject' for will last (they're trying to internalize a process they had previously outsourced), but hopefully it lasts a few months at the least, and maybe I can get in permanently with them. I hope everyone else is doing all right in their own job searches, or keeping the jobs that they have.

    Current Mood: happy
    Saturday, October 31st, 2009
    3:04 pm
    Happy Halloween!
    A Happy Halloween to all of you out there. No matter how things are right now, try to indulge yourself a little today. :>

    And all the best wishes out to athelind, who is most certainly not having a good day.
    Monday, August 17th, 2009
    11:57 pm
    Thinking Before One Speaks
    I try to advocate the title of this journal when I can, but I often fall prey to blurting out things I feel are dumb and tend to backtrack to make the damage of my words as little as possible. But now, a website is oblingingly asking high schoolers to do the same for the sake of homosexuals and others of their like. Penny Arcade actually made me aware of this, and like the authors behind that comic, I have to agree that I don't think this is aggressive enough a campaign. The poster ads I've seen mock other school stereotypes, but those same types of people are popular enough or don't care enough to see this as an attack on their own lifestyles.

    And that's just the thing, you're focusing this on the high school levels and attacking high school stereotypes that won't last once they've graduated. When I was back in school as an underclassman, there were upperclassmen who were rumored to be gay, and things were whispered about them, but frankly, the whole 'that's so gay' saying hadn't hit popular culture yet. Truth be told, I've said that exact thing, or a variation thereof, on rare occasion. I do frown at people when they use it in my presence, but unless I come out and tell them it insults me as a bisexual, they'll never even realize it. And furthermore, it takes actual effort by a person to change the manner in which they say things. It took me most of high school to effectively eliminate words like 'Goddammit' and 'Hell' from my vocabulary because, as an atheist, I felt I shouldn't use them any longer. So unless people really try and care, a campaign like this isn't going to work...and frankly, the people this is aimed at are probably never going to notice it anyway.

    Current Mood: thoughtful
    Saturday, August 1st, 2009
    6:41 pm
    Humorous Homo Sapiens
    So, Judd Apatow's third film, Funny People is a pretty good hit. From early trailers, I suspected this could be Adam Sandler's big break into serious awards consideration, but coming back from the film, I'm not so sure. The drama that this movie tries to generate is downplayed in comparison to the hilarious stand-up acts given by everyone and the realization that every character in the film is a jerk, Sandler's especially. From Jason Schwartzmann's upscale, smug sitcom star to Leslie Mann's married yet morally-wavering former girlfriend, each character ends up coming off as an insensitive dickhead. Even Seth Rogen's character, who is the movie's true 'good guy', lies to a friend to get ahead and keep a quality position to himself. It all resolves in a kind-of ok manner, and all the performances are great, but...I think I was looking for something more. That being said, the film has plenty of laugh-out-loud funny moments, often back-to-back considering the characters are all presenting their material, and I'd suggest it as a film to go and have a good time at.
    Sunday, June 28th, 2009
    3:27 am
    Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen review
    I went in with the knowledge that critics had drubbed the movie (and most especially the plot) as a whole for its many lacks, and that fans still rated it mega-high simply because itw as Transformers. I also went in to see this much as I did Hellboy II: The Golden Army, where I felt the second movie of both series was sufficiently excised from the original comic/animation/whatever that I didn't have to compare old and new, and could just see it as a movie (Although the superweapon to destroy the sun in this one was an old Megatron bit from the 80s cartoon). That being said, I'd have to rate this as a low C for overall movie score, and a low B for ability to keep me entertained. I mostly just enjoyed seeing Transformers aplenty popping in, though given how most went unnamed, you pretty much had to hope you could recognize them, because very few got much characterization aside from comic relief. I liked Soundwave and Ravage (and Frank Welker voicing them) and it was interesting to see some other old names tossed around, including Jetfire. That being said, it's your typical Michael Bay movie: loud, explosively colorful, and full of useless jabber and last-minute saves from the world being blown up.
    Friday, May 29th, 2009
    12:27 am
    I suspect I am either too shy, too polite, too timid, too old-fashioned, or some amalgamum of the lot. I know for a fact that I'm too serious, and it's all starting to affect me. Oh, I'm certainly relaxed enough and conversational in person, but a'll be hard-pressed to get me to open up unless you know me and I'm fond of you. Even then...I think it's hard for me to just 'chat' because I'm afraid that I'll say something stupid. I fear this is driving people away, because they see me as too one-minded or absolutely focused on one aspect.

    It is only in my own writings that I find myself completely unihibited. When I write, I'm only trying to impress myself, to tell myself that not only can I do this, but I'm good at it, too. I bask in others' praise; I suspect that most authors and artists do. But my main reason for writing is to exult in my own just have fun with something I'm good at.

    So...yes. I'm trying to get a story or two out and posted.

    Current Mood: moody
    Monday, May 18th, 2009
    3:29 pm
    Vacation = End
    So I'm back from Florida! It was...warm, for starters. Sunday and Monday were 101 and 95 degrees, respectively. Monday we watched the Atlantis launch from a few miles off Cape Canaveral, and I spent most of Tuesday and Wednesday hanging around our resort, golfing, swimming, etc. I had purchased a one-day/two-park ticket for the Universal Orlando theme parks on Thursday, and that turned out to be a lot of fun. I was the only one out of my family that went, so I was able to just flit about as I liked. The 'ride' park, Islands of Adventure, had some great coasters, and Universal Studios itself didn't disappoint with a few good 3-D shows and such. The only other event of note was our trip to see Cirque de Soliel's "La Nouba" show on Friday night at Disney, It's hard to explain all that went on, because the show was a complete cavalcade of all their acts, but if you have not yet gotten to see Cirque live, I highly suggest finding any of their shows and going. Absolutely breathtaking to watch. I don't have any real pictures, nor did I end up buying much, but I nonetheless really enjoyed my time down there, and it's good to be back home.

    Current Mood: good
    Friday, May 8th, 2009
    7:45 pm
    Tomorrow morning, I shall be heading down to Orlando, Florida with my family for a week-long vacation. We've a timeshare in a resort facility down there and are making use of it for the first time in years. I'll be back on Monday, May 18, so until then, keep safe and take care of yourselves! :>
    Friday, March 6th, 2009
    11:01 pm
    Watchmen Review
    Overall, it was very well-done. There are a few changes I'm going to address behind a cut, but I can understand that they were made to please a more visually-oriented, action-craving audience. I enjoyed my viewing of it (save for some of the music they added into scenes) and would probably see it again, yes.

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    Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
    1:31 am
    On Noted Authors
    So I just found out today by reading the afterword of his latest book that Robert Asprin died last year. I'm quite saddened by this, as I'm a big M.Y.T.H. Inc fan, though the news that the woman he'd been co-authoring with for the last few years is 'inheriting' the series is pretty nice, as she does very well in keeping with the flow, comedy, and character of the group. But yeah, damndamndamn. I am, and will always be, a huge fan of Gleep and Skeeve.

    Current Mood: blargh
    Friday, January 23rd, 2009
    11:16 am
    Work Entry
    So, I never posted much of anything about the job I've been working, but nonetheless, today is my last day there. It was a temporary assignment, The place is great, and the people there even better. I worked there (the place is Schaeffer Manufacturing, a lubricants and greases maker) for almost 10 months, and everyone really made me feel as if I belonged, and as though I was helping out a great deal. My supervisor even bought a cake and a gift card for me today. As much as it was a bummer to hear that this was my last week on Monday, I'm now feeling a great deal of sadness for leaving. They're going to keep me in mind should any positions open, and I'm eternally grateful to them for such a great environment to have worked in. I know the economy is crappy, but I think I can find another temporary or permanent position soon. I just...I just had to post something like this, because despite what it means for me, employment-wise, it means a great deal more to me as a person. I should hope that you all feel as welcome and as valued wherever you work.

    Current Mood: touched
    Monday, January 5th, 2009
    11:12 am
    Post-Christmas Purchases
    So, in the 10 days since Christmas ended, I've made several purchases for goodness! They include:

    Fallout 3 - Returned the next day, as my video chip isn't one of their supported ones.

    Victory of Eagles - I'm only ten pages in and already I'm back in love with Temeraire.

    Bone - Best non-superhero comic ever.

    Wall-E - A beautiful journey through excellence.

    The Girl Who Leapt Through Time - A darling, almost simplisticly-excellent animated movie about a girl who can leap backwards in time.

    So yeah, I'm rather happy so far! All the best to everyone for the new year.
    Thursday, December 25th, 2008
    3:08 pm
    Happy Holidays!
    A Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it, and the happiest of holidays to everyone.
    Thursday, November 27th, 2008
    2:02 pm
    A very happy Thanksgiving to all, whether you are celebrating or not. Make sure to enjoy this day with loved ones, young and old, and to eat in the spirit of harmony together!
    Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
    11:42 am
    Midwest Furfest
    I shall be headed up to Chicago Friday morning, so expect to see me there midafternoon. I look forward to seeing/meeting all who are going, and to have a good time!
    Monday, November 17th, 2008
    1:12 pm
    Wrath of the Lich King
    So, first impressions from the launch weekend.

    Zones: Howling Fjord is probably even better-looking than I had thought it would be. Gorgeous tall trees and scenery that I really missed from Outland. The Vrykul are well-done and possessed of enough models to differentiate, and the Nordic feel they lend the place is very welcome. Borean Tundra is...a mish-mash of scenery that makes it feel rather ugly in comparison.

    Quests: Most of them are pretty nice, with several leading to some nice scripted events in both places. The walrus-people have some easily-done quests that let you rocket through their reputation bar. I'm already honored with one character at 71. Overall, though, Borean Tundra has the better spread of good quests.

    Dungeons: Utgarde Keep is big in scope, but drab in color. The outside, however, looks gorgeous. Same can be said for the Nexus, but it carries onto the inside, which is this sculpted hall of blue magnificence. Looking forward to more!

    I've not made a Death Knight yet...trying to save that for Thanksgiving weekend. Right now, I'm just trying to keep up with people who are more focused on one character than spreading time amongst all they have, like I'm doing. Overall, though, Blizzard's done another wonderful job. We'll have to see if it carries on through the whole continent/story.
    Sunday, October 5th, 2008
    1:45 am
    Blindness, the movie!
    Just so that no one actually worries about the actual condition, at least... (I am nearsighted, however.) But still...I suggest people see this movie. Critics have both lauded and hated it, it seems, but I avoided any such things before seeing it first. I suggest you do the same, though I'd be honored if you read my review behind the cut.

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