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A "People are Sheep" link [01 Sep 2010|02:21pm]
[ mood | bored ]

Yes, I know I haven't paid much attention to LJ over the past few months.  The basic reason I'm posting now is that the link I want to post is way too long for Twitter, and Twitter won't shrink it.  Oh Well, the following is a wonderful example of how people are willing to be sheep in spite of themselves.



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About rain [02 May 2010|10:17am]
[ mood | confused ]

What is it with the past few years.  It seems like if it rains somewhere two days in a row, there's a flood.  However, if it doesn't rain for a week, there's a drought.

Folks, have we made our environment THIS sensitive to rainfall levels?

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Weird hockey luck [29 Apr 2010|08:41am]
[ mood | mixed ]

Dang it!

The Canadiens won.  That means that Boston will be playing Philadelphia in the next round.  It's probably the best matchup that a Bruin's fan could hope for this playoff year.  However, I don't like seeing the Habs win or Ovechkin get knocked out.

Yes, I'm pessimistic about the Bruins' chances from here out.


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Fun Weekend [26 Apr 2010|07:34pm]
[ mood | productive ]

No one came to Silent Death on Friday.  Kind of good actually.  I went home and caught up on sleep. 

Saturday, we played Red Baron.  I played a German fighter flying near where a German photo plane was flying.  2 Albatrosses and 1 DFW vs. 3 Sopwith Triplanes.  I wasn't optimistic on our chances.  Fortunately, the third Tripe arrived way late and wasn't a factor.  At one point in the early manuevering, I opted to keep my slower plane between the Brits and the photo plane instead of jumping on their tails immediately.  It paid off.  I got a shot at one Tripe before having to half loop back at a second.  In the resulting manuevering, I managed to get another shot at the same Tripe.  Two Triplanes then fell from the sky.  The photo plane completed its mission unharmed.

Then next game was an Allied airfield attack.  I flew an SE-5a escorting 2 DH-4's.  I strafed the anti-aircraft guns twice before regaining enough altitude to chase off a German fighter trying to knock down one of the DH-4s as it escaped.

Met up with the Kindred for our Eostre ritual.  I couldn't find my staff, and thought I'd left it at one of my Kindredmate's house.  Well, no I left it at zorya_thinks house after ritual practice for this weekend's Beltaine ritual.  Wonderful.  She'll hopefully bring it too me at work sometime this week.

Sunday, I did laundry and then went to the parents to help them with housecleaning.  It took a bit, but mother's cooking is always worth it.  Watched a British soccer game while waiting on dinner-time.  Cardiff v. Sheffield.  Cardiff is in Wales, and I had thought that Sheffield was close to the Welsh border.  Try much farther north and east.  I guess my British geography isn't as good as my German geography.  Cardiff won.

At work, I was preparing accounts to turnover to collections.  A lot of hunting down uncashed refunds, voiding of checks, voiding of vouchers, and transferring credits to pay down debts owed.  This can turn interesting when one finds an uncashed refund from 5 years ago and can paid down a 1-year-old debt with it.  Tomorrow, I get to work on more.

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And while we're pointing out cultural idiocy [19 Apr 2010|04:11pm]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

Oh, and while we're at, let's quit blaming women for the immature, boorish, and often disrepectful behavior of males.

I don't care what she was wearing.  I don't care how she was acting.  What I care about is a person controlling their own behavior.  Yes, I'm big on personal responsibility.  It comes with being Asatru.


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Huh? [19 Apr 2010|02:44pm]
[ mood | irritated ]

Can insanity in the name of religion please stop!


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Bruins vs. Sabres [15 Apr 2010|04:04pm]
[ mood | hopeful ]

Good news, Bad news

Good news, one of poltr1 and I's hockey teams will make it to the 2nd round of the NHL playoffs

Bad news, poltr1 and I will be on opposite sides of a hockey playoff series.

My Bruins vs. His Sabres.

May the best team win!

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My weekend so far [11 Apr 2010|11:39am]
[ mood | rejuvenated ]

A fun weekend so far.

Friday night, I got beat up at Silent Death, but not before slamming Target with trip-4s with a Mjolnir and getting the golden beebee (12 on a crit hit) on Rob's Binary for some revenge. That game ended in a rough draw. Target had a massive gunboat while Rob had 4 medium fighters. We called it a stalemate with much haggling about who was buying who off.

Saturday's game was Might of Arms. It was Byzantines vs. Arabs and Turks. It was a close game, but the Byzantines prevailed in the end. One Arab tribe managed to escape with their plunder, otherwise the Byzantines owned the field.

Saturday night, I met up with the Kindred to discuss an oncoming blot. There was a rare hazelmemory sighting.  After a quick symbel to Freyr, we got to talking about spring goddesses and such.  Most of us learned quite a bit, and much talk was had of locations and which of our many god-poles-in-waiting are the ones for Freyr and Freya.  Thankfully, we have some time to sort all these things out.

Today, I'm doing a few chores and heading out to see my favourite sycamore tree.  Hopefully, I'll have time later for the IndyCar race and the drag races.

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The Prince of Darkness's piece of immortality [09 Apr 2010|04:03pm]
[ mood | musical ]

I thought about this song today. Amazing how relevant it still is.

Ozzy Osbourne, "Crazy Train"

All aboard! Ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaa!

Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay

Crazy, but that's how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe it's not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate

Mental wounds not healing
Life's a bitter shame
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train

Let's Go!

I've listened to preachers
I've listened to fools
I've watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role

Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words

Heirs of a cold war
That's what we've become
Inheriting troubles I'm mentally numb
Crazy, I just cannot bear
I'm living with something' that just isn't fair

Mental wounds not healing
Who and what's to blame
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train
I'm going off the rails on a crazy train

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Adventures in Auto Service [08 Apr 2010|09:06pm]
[ mood | relieved but still confused ]

My car is now freeway-ready again. I took it in to have the hub bearings replaced. Car sounds and handles far better now. The engine noise from the 3.8L V6 is still taking some getting used to.

The adventure in aquiring the parts proved to be a big "Seriously?" moment. There was a missing bracket on one of the center hubs. It turns out that that bracket holds all the sensors for the anti-lock brakes. Hence the a few weeks ago about the ABS light. Anyway, the dealership didn't have the part in stock. I wasn't enthused about waiting 'til another day, even though I would have brought it back Saturday had the service person not shot that idea down. Can you believe that with all the auto parts' stores, numerous dealerships (some of the Pontiac even), and several junkyards in this greater metropolitan area, that they had to go someplace a 1-1/2 hour drive away to find someone with the part in stock?


Well, my car was ready at about 4:15, when I was already on the bus to the dealership to pick it up by 5:00.

As I said, it does drive better now. I guess that means the adventure was worth it.

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Monday wanderings [05 Apr 2010|07:25pm]
[ mood | mixed feelings ]

Sitting in Borders tonight. I'm running something for work, while I surf the Web. I checked my email, and there's a small potential hiccup. I'll deal with that in the morning because there's no real way to deal with it now.

Why am I in Borders? Because I'm trying not to hide in my apartment as much. It's difficult to meet people that way. For myself, this is a fine place to hang out. I just hope that I don't unconsciously have the "leave me alone" force field up. It would definitely complicate the process.

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Mandatory Silliness! [05 Apr 2010|11:58am]
[ mood | weird ]

No, Your Blueness!!!

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Thoughts on extremist crimes [03 Apr 2010|09:46am]
[ mood | curious ]

The news items on the arrests of members of the Hutare militia alongside a letters sent to state Governors by a group calling itself the Guardians of the Free Republics (who claim nonviolence and peaceful means on their website, but whose ideas could get taken to the next level)got me to thinking about what might constitute a hate crime. I looked it up, and it seems that a criminal act becomes a hate crime based on circumstances of the victim. That means that only the victim's religion, race, creed, ethnicity, gender or other facts are at play. I'm wondering if it would be helpful to add the perpetrators' motives if they fall under a similar umbrella. That is, if members of an extremist religious group murders law enforcement officers or other goverment officials because they believe that the Bible outranks the Constitution, that it should be committed a hate crime and prosecuted thusly to the fullest extent of the law. I would be in favor.

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Classes have begun. [29 Mar 2010|09:18pm]
[ mood | relieved ]

Ah, classes have begun. I can now think about things beyond the here and now. My first class will be tomorrow from 5:30 - 8:15. Yeah, I'll be one tired and hungry boy by then. I'm hoping that taking a quarter off will have rejuvenated my energy for school work. Tomorrow will probably be the last busy day for a while. Most classes have had their first meeting by the end of Tuesday. Now, I get to set things in motion for year-end and catch up on updating a few things. Looking forward to calm in the office and the class work ahead.

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Coming home to roost [25 Mar 2010|03:07pm]
[ mood | disappointed ]

It looks like all the smear tactics and fearmongering both parties have engaged in down the years (like the last 25 years) is finally coming home to roost.


It's difficult to convince the rest of the world to remove the hate and violence from their politics when we're indulging in it ours.

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I love cards...not! [17 Mar 2010|04:37pm]
[ mood | ambivalent ]

How to know that you're getting in your own way in a big way? When you do a Tarot reading, and the root card is The Devil crossed by the 8 of Swords. Thanks, I needed that.

Anyway, today hasn't been nearly as busy as it needed to be. I'm worried about how many students have yet to pay. I just hope that Friday is too out of control.

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What is the NHL thinking? [16 Mar 2010|08:53pm]
[ mood | grumpy ]

I'm not sure what the league is thinking? A week after declaring a shoulder hit to the head on Marc Sarvard to be legal and clean, despite its potentially career-ending consequences. The league decided to back up a referee who made a bogus call by giving Alex Ovechkin a 2-game suspension. I see press reports repeating that it was a hit from behind. Uh, have you guys seen a replay? It was from the side, and it was a push not a hit. That's amazing restraint given Mr. Ovechkin's love of hitting. While Mr. Campbell was seriously hurt and out for the rest of the season, he WILL recover. His injuries were incidental. Thanks for a knee-jerk reaction.

Meanwhile, Mr. Savard now has a concussion, and may not play again. Concussions and hockey don't go together well. Just ask Brett and Eric Lindros. The player who dealt that him got off scott-free after a deliberate blow to the head.

NHL get your head together. Is the standard the resulting injuries or the style of hit? Make up your mind, please!

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Hockey thoughts [15 Mar 2010|09:32pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

At Sinclair today, a student saw my Bruins' coat and asked if I had seen the hit on Marc Savard. Yes, I have. You have to be under a rock with regards to hockey matters to not have seen it and the outcry that came from it. However, I hadn't invested much thought into it until I heard Mike Milbury's comments during the Chicago-Washington game on Monday.

I'm a firm believer in the idea that hockey is a man's game, and that, if you don't want to get hit, you shouldn't be playing. However, I don't think that a hit with career-ending potential should be considered a "clean hit", and should be made an illegal hit ASAP.

In regards to the Savard hit: A stick to the head is a penalty. A fist to the head is a penalty. An elbow to the head is a penalty. A player headbutting another playing is an automatic major penalty. Marc Savard was intentionally hit in the head with a shoulder. WHY isn't THAT a penalty? Sorry, Mr. Milbury, but the league is right that this hit needs to be a penalty.

Todd Bertuzzi was suspended for a year for slamming another player head against the ice with his forearm during a fall. What's your opinion on that, Mr. Milbury? A deliberate, heavy blow to the head, irregardless of implement needs to be a penalty.

In defending his position, Mr. Milbury pointed out a hit by Alex Ovechkin on Jaromir Jagr that no one thought twice about. Ovechkin placed his shoulder in Jagr's chest. It was hard, but Jagr got right back up and played on. That's why no one called foul on it. It wasn't a head shot. Savard was hit in the head, Jagr wasn't. That's what makes this different.

One comment that Mr. Milbury did make was that the league should be looking into equipment issues to provide better protection. I agree with him on that point. Many concussions and other head injuries have resulted from heads hitting the ice or hitting the boards on otherwise clean hits. NHL, step up, let's do some research on better helments.

And in case anyone thinks I'm a softy because somebody got hurt, here's a point for you. In Sunday's game, Alex Ovechkin was called for boarding and was given a 5-min major and a game misconduct. Boarding means hitting from behind knocking the player into the boards. Bogus call. Campbell was injured on the play, and was out for at least the remainder of the game. However, seeing a replay, Ovechkin didn't hit Campbell. He PUSHED him, from the SIDE, into the boards. If Campbell's skate hadn't caught a rut in the ice, it would have been just another hockey hit. But that's what I meant by needing better helmets. The head injury was incidental. But due to the injury, the ref tossed Ovechkin. I hope that ref was shown the replay and chewed out for that mistaken call.

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Stress in more than one form [15 Mar 2010|07:47pm]
[ mood | worried ]

I hope the cold is over for good this year. The effect on my DP&L bill has been not so great. I love summer for this very reason.

The wind-up for Final Payment Day is hardly winding at all. I hope the reminder emails I sent out today to get some response. I worry what Thursday and Friday might be like. And with that, how many classes will open up Friday night. And upset students on Saturday morning.

My work expectations aren't very high, are they?

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Stop the madness!!! [12 Mar 2010|11:13am]
[ mood | annoyed ]

A lesbian high school student in Mississippi is suing her school because they cancelled prom after she requested to bring her girlfriend and be allowed to wear a tuxedo.


Can we stop the madness? Also, in a country where freedom of religion is included in the Constitution, why do folks still refer to holy texts when debating legal issues or enacting laws? Can we start being the accepting society we claim to be to the outside world?

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