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'Tis finally official [11 Mar 2010|04:45pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Yes, it is official. I just got word.

The SCC Alternative Reiligion Forum is now an officially recognized student group at Sinclair Community College!

It only took 2-3 years to drum up enough warm bodies.

Yay to all!

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Driving Safety 101 [10 Mar 2010|11:41am]
[ mood | frustrated ]

I've been reading about Toyota's problem, and the following applies to dealing with a stuck throttles on any automobile:

How to stop any car with a stuck throttle:

1) Shift to Neutral.

2) Shut off ignition.

3) Use the brakes to bring the car to a halt.

If you don't shut the ignition off first, your brakes will be working against the power train. You will still be going too fast, and you'll burn up your brakes very quickly.

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When TV and music collide... [09 Mar 2010|08:17am]
[ mood | curious ]

I watched "Bermuda Triangle Exposed" on the Discovery Channel last night. Guess what song stuck in head afterwards? The Police "Synchronicity II" My mind works in strange ways.

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Huh? [09 Mar 2010|06:41am]
[ mood | pleased ]

A wondrous piece of FAIL:

http://failblog.org/2010/03/07/lease-fail/?from=twlol

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Car issues [05 Mar 2010|09:33pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Took car in to get manifold gasket fixed. I finally had the money. Well, I drove the car a little to long on that leaking gasket. They found a cylinder head gasket that was also leaking. Wonderful. Antifreeze had been leaking into the engine. That means that the engine is essentially a boat anchor at that point.

My options were: Twice budget on a lengthly fix whose durability would be highly suspect. Twice THAT to replace the engine with a rebuilt one. Or, admit that that is just too much money to put into a car that old, and buy a good used car instead.

I took the last one. Now, I own 2003 Grand Prix with 88000 miles on it. I didn't want to take on a car payment for another year and a half. However, it was apparently the Alero's time. It'll be a tight budget for the next two years, but after that, I'll have a big bill paid, and I should have things quite well in hand financially then.

The amazing part was that I didn't ping off the walls, or collapse in tears, and I also wasn't in a panic calling Dad. I handled it all quite well, quite even tempered, and quite all on my own. I feel good about that part.

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Cool Song [04 Mar 2010|08:58am]
[ mood | weird ]

I've seen the following video a few times. Cool song!!!

Orianthi - According To You Lyrics

According to you
I’m stupid,
I’m useless,
I can’t do anything right.
According to you
I’m difficult,
hard to please,
forever changing my mind.
I’m a mess in a dress,
can’t show up on time,
even if it would save my life.
According to you. According to you.

But according to him
I’m beautiful,
incredible,
he can’t get me out of his head.
According to him
I’m funny,
irresistible,
everything he ever wanted.
Everything is opposite,
I don’t feel like stopping it,
so baby tell me what I got to lose.
He’s into me for everything I’m not,
according to you.

According to you
I’m boring,
I’m moody,
you can’t take me any place.
According to you
I suck at telling jokes cause I always give it away.
I’m the girl with the worst attention span;
you’re the boy who puts up with it.
According to you. According to you.

But according to him
I’m beautiful,
incredible,
he can’t get me out of his head.
According to him
I’m funny,
irresistible,
everything he ever wanted.
Everything is opposite,
I don’t feel like stopping it,
so baby tell me what I got to lose.
He’s into me for everything I’m not,
according to you.

I need to feel appreciated,
like I’m not hated. oh no
Why can’t you see me through his eyes?
It’s too bad you’re making me dizz-ay

According to me
you’re stupid,
you’re useless,
you can’t do anything right.
But according to him
I’m beautiful,
incredible,
he can’t get me out of his head.
According to him
I’m funny,
irresistible,
everything he ever wanted.
Everything is opposite,
I don’t feel like stopping it,
baby tell me what I got to lose.
He’s into me for everything I’m not,
according to you. [you, you]
According to you. [you, you]

According to you
I’m stupid,
I’m useless,
I can’t do anything right

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Happy Anniversary to the parents [02 Mar 2010|08:36pm]
[ mood | happy ]

Happy 42nd Anniversary to my parents!!!

They married young by today's standards, but they kept it going.  Raising a kid along the way, and dealing with the military life for the first 23 years.  Quite an accomplishment.

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Long Day! [26 Feb 2010|11:52pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Moved money around at credit union this morning.  Then I went and set up an appointment to have the leaking intake manifold gasket replaced.  Then onto to the parents.  Father had another surgery on his left eye.  The bottommost portion of his retina had become detached.  All went well, and he's at home recuperating.

After dinner, I headed to the Keep for Silent Death.  I had Yoko-Shan and got caught between the Q'raj and Colosians.  I had no combat capability left when the game ended.  Congrats to the Q'raj and CJ for the victory.

Tomorrow, I get to ferry parents to appointments.  After that, the Kindred will be holding its Distings ritual.  Good time to be had!!!

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A game without scale? [23 Feb 2010|09:20pm]
[ mood | disappointed ]

I just REdiscovered something about the game Silent Death that I don't like:  no explicit scale.  How long is a game turn?  How many km/sec is 1 unit of drive?  How big is a hex?

For the game this Friday, I want to do a station rescue as a red giant star throws off the outer layer of its atmosphere.  That leaves a planetary nebula, a white dwarf, and a heavy UV environment in between.  I know how to handle the destructive elements.  I know how fast the nebula expands (a few km/sec according to Wikipedia).  I just don't what that means in avg hexes/turn withing a game setting.

ARGH!

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Tyr's Day [23 Feb 2010|07:10pm]
[ mood | busy ]


Snow showers forecast for the next couple of days.  I hope it doesn't add up to much.  Work is going well.  Enrollment looks like it'll be big again.  I've signed up for a Spring class.  I'm looking forward to hitting the books again.  I've got an idea for the Silent Death game this Friday.  I need to do a little research to make it plausible.

SCCARF is beginning to take shape.  dragonfeydaile stopped by today.  I hadn't seen her in some time.  The meeting this afternoon ran over while everyone was discussing our planned "The Snakes are Back!" day in March.  It'll be our first event.  I'm hoping we get this right.

As for my car, I'm managing to keep coolant in the engine.  I hope I can nurse another week and a half.  Then I'll have the money, and I can get that intake manifold gasket fixed.

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Busy Saturday [19 Feb 2010|08:38pm]
[ mood | sleepy ]

Tomorrow will be busy, but I get to rest tonight and veg on Sunday, so I won't complain.  I'll be playing in the Injurious Games league 'til around 3pm.  I might be heading south to the forge for some more work on the Confederation hammer.  Depends on where they are on the working, and how late the game runs.  Nursing a car until get the cash to fix it, part of me wants the game to go late, and the hammer working to end early, so I wouldn't have to drive so far.  Another part of me really wants in on the working as much as I can.  We'll see what tomorrow holds.

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The dark side of NASCAR's heritage [19 Feb 2010|03:56pm]
[ mood | disappointed ]


Much as a like NASCAR, and am proud to say that I was NASCAR wasn't cool, I still cringe when reminded of its redneck roots.

During Speedweeks, much was made of Danica's beginning her stock car career debut at Daytona.  And it is notable that she was doing it with one of the top teams in the Nationwide series and with support from one of the top tier teams in all of NASCAR.  Danica has something that many female drivers before have never had:  A multi-year ride with a top team and a big-dollar sponsor.  While I imagine that having solid resume from the IRL IndyCar series didn't hurt, I imagine that some women see her unquestioned good looks and wonder.  Sarah Fisher must cringe when she sees Danica run a full IndyCar schedule for a top team and solid sponsorship while she struggles with owning her own team with only enough sponsorship to run part-time.  Yes, life isn't fair sometimes.  To Danica's credit, she can drive a race car as her 4th place at Indy in 2005 and her 6th place finish in the Daytona ARCA race attests.

However, the ones that came before her had a rough road in the face overwhelming male prejudice, as the following article details:

http://www.nascar.com/2010/news/opinion/02/19/splash.go.rswan.dpatrick.predecessors/index.html

I find myself dissappointed by my own gender a lot.

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Winter in SW Ohio [16 Feb 2010|09:15pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

I guess I'll have to be less critical of the snow-clearing efforts hereabouts.  The Weather Channel said today that this was the 3rd snowiest February on record in Dayton.  The former New Hampshire resident in me still remains unimpressed by the actual amount of snow on the ground though.

That said, I'm now officially sick of snow and really sick of the below average cold.  People in Vancouver had better not complain too loudly about the unusual warmth they're experiencing.  It's been below average for most of the last month and a half in about 2/3 of the US.  It can warm up just a little bit.
 


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Vegetating on Sunday [14 Feb 2010|12:44pm]
[ mood | lazy ]


The bands at Bojangles last night were great.  The lead singer for Spies for Autumn reminded me a lot of Amy Lee of Evanescence.  Superkreep was awesome as usual.  The show closed with Brand of Deceit, and they were great as usual.  I wonder what I might look like to others in that setting.  A four-eyed nerd in a hockey sweatshirt head-banging to heavy metal?  They didn't know me in Germany or in the 90's, that's for sure.

I'm now to the vegging stage of the weekend.  Laundry running now.  The Daytona 500 will start soon.  After that, I'll probably get groceries and settle in for the Winternationals at Pomona.  The life of a race fan is sssssooooo difficult.
 


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Busy Weekend [13 Feb 2010|04:56pm]
[ mood | busy ]


Busy weekend going well so far.  Last night, we played Silent Death , and while I got my butt kicked, I gave back in good fashion.  Storms and Glaives make for an interesting combination.  Today, we played Injurius Games, this time I wasn't able to give back as good as I got.  1 measly honor point.  I'm highly disappointed with myself.  No Kindred meeting tonight, but there is PNO and Superkreep is playing at Bojangles again.  I'll be really tired when the adrenaline from all of this wears off.

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Yo, this can't work forever. [08 Feb 2010|09:32pm]
[ mood | thoughtful ]


I found this on Yahoo!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20100208/wl_mcclatchy/3421567

Capitalism has it downsides, and one of them is an addiction to spending.  After the boom years of the '80s and '90s, the US populace spent its way into more debt than it truly could handle.  When the populace quit spending, corporations had to start cutting, and financial institutions found themselves in trouble.  The answer, some think, is for the government to be spending to prime the economic pump.  That's all fine and well, except the government is up to ears in debt as well, to the tune of several trillion dollars, and that's growing rapidly.

It just might be time for the bright minds of this great nation to come up with a working economic model that's less dependent on massive amounts of spending.  I have no clue what that would be, but there must be a way.

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Are the pagan religions second tier [07 Feb 2010|10:56am]
[ mood | curious ]

From asatruar 

As a result of California limiting paid prison chaplains to Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, and Native American faiths, a legal argument as sprung up as to whether or not all religions are indeed equal under the constitition.

One story here http://wildhunt.org/blog/2010/01/is-the-first-amendment-for-monotheists-only.html

Quote:
"The true historic meaning of “religion” excludes paganism and witchcraft, and thus, does not compel a conclusion that McCollum has state taxpayer standing … paganism and witchcraft were never intended to receive the protections of the Religion Clauses." /quote

While we're not wiccan, I believe this is important.

More information, including links to articles and contact info to write to those in charge:
http://www.circlesanctuary.org/liberty/pmccollum/

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Some people's intolerance [03 Feb 2010|09:05pm]
[ mood | annoyed ]

Thanks to Zorya Evenstar on Twitter:

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation-and-world/la-na-wicca3-2010feb03,0,3367750.st\
ory

The audacity of some people. How can someone feel that their thing is so right
that they can throw common courtesy to curb? How can someone let their own
sense of righteousness allow them to do something to someone else that they
wouldn't tolerate if the roles had been reversed?

I hope the quiet majority in this country is will quit being quiet on this
issue.

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More eye surgery misadventures [30 Jan 2010|01:24pm]
[ mood | relieved ]

Hopefully, my father's adventures with the surgery on the left eye are over. Yes, he developed another complication: detached retinue. Fortunately, he caught it while it could still be fixed. Mother ended up driving him to the reattachment surgery. He's doing much better. He says that seeing out of that eye is like looking through a glass of water at the waterline. The vitrious fluid should be restored within the week.

Mother hasn't driven much because of her pernicious anemia. While she drove father to his appointment, it did show that, while she's much stronger now, she was still way out of practice.

They do know to call me, but all three of us have a stubborn streak with regards to independence. We really like to take our of own stuff ourselves. I am glad that I've been able to help them as much as I have been.

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The weekend that was [24 Jan 2010|09:18pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Well, the weekend proved more eventful than I anticipated, but this time, it was in a good way.

Friday night, I went to Bojangles to see Superkreep. They were great as usual, and there were two other bands that were great as well. Not getting home until after 2am colored the weekend, though.

Saturday, I played Injurious Games. The current campaign is limited to 5-man squads, and I heartily approve. I beat up on some Meck's while trying to keep gladiator squad at a distance. Fortunately, Turn 6 arrived soon enough. After that, I met up with the Kindred. There were five of us this time, instead of the usual three. Yay! We discussed ritual, fine points of faith, and various squirrels. I headed home early because of how late I was up the night before.

Sunday, I did laundry, read "The Silver Mage" to completion, and hit up the bookstores. I watched some hockey and some football. I wish my apartment's cable package included the Fox Soccer channel. I was actually starting to like watching soccer on TV when I was taking care of my parents a week or so ago.

I also found my copy of the Prose Edda. The Kindred Leader brought his copy to the meeting, and I suddenly realized that I was looking for something smaller and thinner. Looking this evening, I found it, sitting in plain sight where I figured it was.

TTFN!

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