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See! The rantings of a madman.
Experience! The power of cheese.
Feel! As someone fondles you...

...Er, wait a sec.
Jan. 1st, 2010 @ 12:45 am Moving forward, in reverse.
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Misunderstood Evil Philanthropist
Current Mood: drunkdrunk
Current Music: Freedom Fighters - Two Steps from Hell (Star Trek Trailer #3)
No garbage cans were sacrificed for this years end celebration.

There was way too much food. The demon plague monkey children are likely to get coal for the next ten years.

Looking back upon 2009 it was a roller-coaster ride to hell and the it still isn't done with yet. After 9 months of being unemployed I finally got a job in March. While the pay isn't the best, lack of benefits (like paid vacations) suck and the commute takes me to South Austin it is still employment of a sort. The only downside is that I'm dealing with a dead car and no real savings to call upon to get me a replacement vehicle without burning my existing 401K.

My friends (annoying though at times) also are urging me to take better care of myself -- Diabetes is a very real risk in my family and I'm showing outward signs. Diet and exercise coupled with cutting as much sugar as possible is the first step. Yes it's a bitch to have to have them rag on me, but I know they mean well and sometimes even I need a swift kick in reality to try and make amends with my life.

Still its nice having them at this time of year when so many others don't have anyone else to call upon. (Nevermind that I never really talk to my blood relatives much anymore due to my hermit ways.) In the end its worth every moment, as pain reminds you that you are alive. That you feel and most importantly that you bleed.

Can't ask for anything less.
Dec. 16th, 2009 @ 08:29 pm Now a moment of zen...
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One Winged Angel
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Who am I - Peace Orchestra, Animatrix
Be not like the stone, which is scoured by time.
Be like the reed and bend with the wind.
Dec. 8th, 2009 @ 09:41 am Some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed...
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Misunderstood Evil Philanthropist
Current Mood: crushedcrushed
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...So I'm headed to work. Then I hear the terrifying sound of an engine tearing itself apart. I managed to limp over to the side of the road and found myself at least 3-4 miles out of the city. Knowing I'd be in for a long walk (what with my aversion to Cellular technology and all) I set forth.

Thankfully a kindly couple were headed my way and managed to give me a ride home so I could call into work and get a tow-truck to go pick up the smoldering ruin that is my car. Yes it couldn't have happened at a worse time. Yes I think I threw a rod.

Yes this means I'm going to have to scramble to get myself into a new car ASAP.
Oct. 15th, 2009 @ 08:24 pm Clearly I'm insane, because...
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One Winged Angel
Current Music: Indio - NOIR OST
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...Nielsen TV Ratings has called me 4 times since the 10th.

20091016: Correction, 6 times.
Aug. 25th, 2009 @ 09:13 pm What would you do?
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Current Mood: weirdweird
Current Music: American Dreaming - DCD
It is important to note that I strongly discourage you, the humble reader and your sphere of influence, from taking steps to bring about the negative outcome as described below. Instead this is merely a hypothetical question meant to provoke inner reflection and raise awareness overall. Your answer should be based on your knowledge, experience and bias without external influences compromising the outcome, and it should be done honestly and truthfully. Why you, and you alone, have been singled out is not relevant but your reaction to the situation is.

Before the question can be asked it should be observed that the following hypothetical situation happens:

Tomorrow agents (be it of a biological and/or mechanical offspring, or of divine or extraterrestrial origin) approach you to bear witness and pass judgment upon humanity. Should you prove we (as a collective whole) are worthy we will remain unmolested henceforth to continue on as we have been and our fate left in our own hands. Otherwise should you prove us unworthy the chapter on humanity will forever close and a new chapter will be written about what it to come after.

What would be your choice? And why?

While this concept is certainly not original in origin (classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, BSG, Terminator, etc...) it has been a question I've been toying with more and more lately in an effort to become, ironically, less judgmental as a whole.
Jul. 18th, 2009 @ 09:27 am Karaoke...
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One Winged Angel
Current Mood: apatheticapathetic
Current Music: Prelude to War - Bear McCreary, BSG
So last night the co-workers had a team-building experience at Common Interests, a Karaoke bar off Burnet. So while I didn't sing (though you'd be surprised I had like 2-3 songs I was half tempted to try out; Closer by Trent being one of them) getting me out and about like this is akin to pulling teeth for me.

Of course everyone was enjoying copious amounts of alcohol but I played it smart and nursed a Guinness for the night. Me having the farthest to travel of the group is a reasonable excuse, nevermind wanting to avoid having to pay APD for another ticket (a story I forgot to post on the day of and should go back and add) or worse depending on just how badly things could have gotten.

Really I've only had a few times in my life where I've gotten more than happily buzzed and in each occasion I've either lived there or managed to get enough nap-time to let the kidneys filter out most of the toxins. Nothing major though since generally speaking I don't really need much to find amusement.

I did actually, if you forgive the lack of hearing after the fact, have fun. While there were a couple of singers who, for a lack of a better word, suck donkey balls unless you're to wasted to care, overall there were a few diamonds in the rough who not only nailed the song but also got the crowd going wild.

However I think I'm either getting too old, or just don't care, to repeat the experience. Not that I don't like some of the wild and crazy people I work with just that situations where I'm in a crowd of strangers tends to make me more closed and reserved than I normally am (and anyone who has known me long enough knows I'm wound pretty tightly as is).

Not that I don't mind the occasional side-trip into bizzaro land to grow out of stagnation. As the Chinese liken to say may you live in interesting times.
Jul. 9th, 2009 @ 01:17 am Happy Birthday prodigal!
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Current Music: The Knight Bus - John Williams, Harry Potter
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Yeah. Totally random. And I know I missed another July birthday -- Mea Culpa.
Jul. 4th, 2009 @ 07:31 pm Everyone's got Bling
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Misunderstood Evil Philanthropist
Current Music: Invisible Wounds -- Fear Factory, Resident Evil
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Totally done with MS Paint.

I was bored.

My Muse is an evil whore.

That is all.
Jun. 27th, 2009 @ 06:40 pm Signs and Portents....
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Current Music: Redemption - Conjure One
For the first time in a long while I went and grabbed some Chinese from Rose Garden here in town. Ironically enough they gave me a fortune cookie with the following:

"You will have much to be thankful for in the coming year."

For auspicious occasions I'm afraid. Very afraid.
Jun. 5th, 2009 @ 05:01 pm A different kind of company...
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Misunderstood Evil Philanthropist
Current Location: A spinning rock around a ball of fire.
Current Music: The End of All Things - Howard Shore, LotR: Return of the King
So it was officially announced that Penske would purchase the floundering Saturn Automotive arm of General Motors. As proud Saturn owner I am glad to see that the brand would continue onward (and hopefully upwards) into the coming years freed from the financial woes currently effecting the automotive juggernaut. Many Saturn retailers only sell and service Saturn vehicles so this is welcome news on many fronts as the Saturn culture is unique in the car industry -- One that has possibly suffered lately due to the economic downturn that's hit the country as a whole.

My only request is that they bring back the Poly-carb door panels and the style that set a Saturn apart from every other vehicle on the road today...

...Adding an optional weapons package designed to blow idiots off the road would be a big plus.