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Christmas is Stale [Dec. 14th, 2012|09:17 pm]
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We've been listening to the all Christmas Carol station at work, which is the most efficient way I know to induce holiday fatigue. This is what inspired the figgy pudding post the other day, and I'd like to thank Erin Hughes for pushing that into a more productive direction. Listening to every professional musician who has ever lived singing the same selection of 30 or so songs has me wondering why Christmas seems so impervious to our otherwise jaded, postmodern, internet-brewed ironic cynicism. Newer artists barely even scratch the playlist, despite the dwindling number of people who even know who Bing Crosby is. Most of the newer artists (and by "newer," I mean "started their careers later than 1960") that get airtime are those who mimic the styles of Sinatra and Crosby, like Michael Buble' and Harry Connick, Jr. I'm not complaining about that specific style, mind you -- I rather like it, in moderation -- but the lack of diversity or advancement with regards to Christmas music (maybe one new song enters the annual playlist every 3 or 4 years) must inevitably lead to stagnation, as it becomes increasingly clear nobody has had the slightest impact on the cultural meaning of the holiday other than Wal-mart. New Christmas songs aren't good enough for us to remember, new Christmas movies are largely forgettable and FOX News has declared you the enemy if you even think about celebrating the holiday in a way that makes non-Christians feel welcome -- you're the offensively-accented waitstaff from "A Christmas Story" or you're nothing, as Bill O'Reilly would have it. War has been declared on anyone who would change the way we celebrate  Christmas, even if it's a change that engenders goodwill towards men, if not peace on earth.Read more...Collapse )
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Put Me On the Side of Gun Control [Dec. 14th, 2012|08:23 pm]
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The shootings -- not just in CT, but really every time guns are used to kill innocent people -- are tragic, but moreso because they could be solvable but for political logistics. I get that owning guns is important to a lot of people, but nobody has the right to do do that. Let's talk about stopping this from ever happening again. If that means owning guns stops being a right and starts being a privilege... well, maybe that's not such a bad thing.

It's been suggested (in response to this post on Facebook, for example) that even without guns, people will be able to do large amounts of damage, like the Chinese man who stabbed 22 people, also in a classroom, today. I take that point; even someone who's not a knife virtuoso could drive a car into the building. Guns sure do make it a hell of a lot easier, though. Like I said, I'm not calling for a ban on guns or knives; when I say gun control I really mean control. You can say Big Brother if you want, but registering legal firearms seems reasonable to me. That would be a start: if carrying an unregistered firearm were an arrestable offense, the police might be able to actually enforce the law, and maybe even have some real ability to investigate and even prevent gun violence. I'm a layperson spitballing in reaction to a tragedy, so I'm sure it's not perfect, but it's something, which I see as the only option in response to preventable tragedy. Yet every time this happens we're hamstrung by paranoia and endless accusations of fascism, and nothing ever happens and the cycle of violence continues and innocent people die.

As for the knife guy, maybe a carry permit for knives larger than a Swiss Army knife are called for, as well.
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(no subject) [Dec. 14th, 2012|08:15 pm]
I've been posting in Facebook a little more often, so I'm going to try to start cross-posting here. I don't think about it often, but I kind of feel bad that I neglect my LJ.
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Trying Something Again [Feb. 2nd, 2012|11:00 pm]
Time management is one of my greatest weaknesses. I just can't seem to get a handle on it. So I've written up a spreadsheet that breaks the day into half hours. Every half hour I need to be doing something different than the half hour before, and I find it works best in a work/break pattern. Day one has been fairly productive; my laundry is done and my kitchen is clean. Let's see how day 2 goes.
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Projects [Jan. 3rd, 2012|12:09 am]
I'm not doing any resolutions this year. I'm actually rather a fan of the concept, as they exist as an interesting test of one's willpower but at the moment my willpower is not at its best. For several months my motivation has been utterly sapped; there was a considerable surge when Lea left in October and I'm rebuilding it with my dating -- I've had some very good luck with dating recently -- and on top of finally managing to keep my apartment mostly clean for two weeks in a row, I've also taken on a project just to see if I could do it and succeeded: woodworking.

My DVDs, all 800+ of them, used to be in the front room against the wall. Said wall is now bare, used as a screen for my MST3k group's projector. I use it as my TV now, and it's wonderful. Unfortunately, taking down the DVDs was not accompanied by a plan to put them back up somewhere. So now I've started the project of building shelves. I'm going to build DVD shelves for my apartment. I was just going to try to build them, but now that I've actually built a small practice shelf and a larger modular shelf, I'm ready for the project as it was meant to be. I'm going to build wall-height pine shelves for my DVD storage and spend about 20% of what I would if I bought a pre-fab DVD storage unit (which I would still probably have to do the same amount of work putting it together anyway).

Wish me luck!
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Gone Mobile Again [Dec. 30th, 2011|01:50 pm]
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I've let my lj go stagnant again.  This whole regular posting thing is a lot of work.

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Furniture can Be Passive-Aggressive [Aug. 4th, 2011|09:02 am]
This note was in the break room at work:

Dear rude people,

Please clean me after you spill on me!

Sincerely,

The Counter

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One Of Us! [Aug. 1st, 2011|03:16 pm]
We're doing a few performances of Bye Bye Birdie, and one of the main cast (Randolph) is a little kid, so we have two of them. Child labor laws or something. To save time, they rehearse together, and the Randii, as they've taken to being called, are now familiar enough with their part to sing and speak in unison. The effect is... strangely entertaining. Creepily cute, maybe?

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Updates [Aug. 1st, 2011|10:13 am]
[Current Location |United States, Florida, Avon Park]

Since I haven't posted in a while:

I'm still at my lab tech job. Five years in February! I'm saving up vacation hours, which means I'm in dire need of some time off. I haven't taken more than a day since September.

I'm involved in another show; TesserAct Theatre's Bye Bye Birdie. I'm doing sound and only sound. About half the crew from Noises Off! is involved here, so it's a reunion of sorts. I'm having fun.

I'm still with LB; we'll have been dating a year in less than two weeks, I think. She's really good with dates, so I've taken it on myself to become even worse with them. I mean really good. "Today's my sister's co-worker's neice's dog's birthday" good.

I've been handed the reins if my MST3K Meetup group. If you're a fan of the show, or know someone who is in the Chicago area, join us; it's a great little group I'm proud to be part of.

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Saw Something Lovely Today [Apr. 17th, 2011|09:04 am]
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A couple years ago I was doing some research for a debate and looked up emergency contraception. The first page of Google was awash in the debate, in which the religious zealots posted a bunch of lies and those with actual medical knowledge (or had done research) responded with medical facts.

I know I'm biased here, but how many times can one have a claim repeated and debunked the same way with the same readily available information and still think that those making the claim don't know that it's not true?

Anyway, today I made that same search, and the first two pages of Google are entirely made up of medical fact pages from reliable sources.

I think that's nice; as far as Google (the only deity I worship) is concerned, the matter is settled.
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