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Social Studies
Monday, August 29, 2005 - 11:45 AM
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So Chapter 25 is turning out to be the hardest one to write so far.  It's also managed to coincide with school beginning again, which means that everything gets thrown akimbo at my job.  I'm working as hard as I can on this thing and I'll get it to you guys as soon as I can, I promise.

In the mean time, here's a gripping story to tide you over : U.S. Representative Bernie Sanders (I-VT) giving Rolling Stone a tour of how our government really works.  Crazy stuff, and you can't not believe Bernie.  (Courtesy of Matt Boyd over at Machall, and my boy Tony over at ((the uberpolitical)) rousseau.blogspot.com.)

(A note on critical thinking.  Rolling Stone is a gleefully anti-establishment magazine: the broader the statements it makes, the more literary license has probably been taken.  This is not to say the broad statements are necessarily wrong - just that you or I might have worded them a little less gleeful-antiestablishment-y.)

like Vegetarian KFC
Thursday, August 25, 2005 - 7:00 PM
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Doom, the movie - which apparently contains no demons, and makes no reference to Hell.  How do you have a Doom movie with NO DEMONS and NO HELL?!  No problem, says the trailer - just discover "the last 10% of the human genome."

This movie is going to suck so badly it hurts.

Story XXIV
Monday, August 22, 2005 - 9:15 PM
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Okay, listen, here's the deal.  I'm writing this thing, this huge story, and I'm having a lot of fun at it.  You guys, you come and you read it, and hopefully enjoy it, and all I ask is that from time to time you drop by and let me know what you think of it.  This is one of those times.

Here's Chapter Twenty-Four - all of it.  When you're finished, come back and click here.

There they go again
Monday, August 22, 2005 - 2:15 PM
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The Japanese government has initiated a nation-wide project to develop 3-D, smellable, tactile television by 2020.  Also in the works: flying cars and cyborg wives.

Story: Chapter XXIII
Saturday, August 20, 2005 - 12:45 PM
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People, cat, internet and sheer laziness kept me from getting this finished and polished until this morning: Chapter Twenty-Three.  Some big important things coming next time... biiiig, impoooortant.

Argh
Friday, August 19, 2005 - 11:45 PM
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They're "fixing" the phone system at work, which at this point means that random phones are randomly using their ringer speakers to emit a single, sustained tone at high volume.  I feel like an experiment.

FAQ update et al.
Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 9:50 PM
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I woke up from an accidental nap after work feeling woozy and antisocial, and my friends changed their plans from a (brainless) movie to a (brain-requiring) dinner gathering, so I bailed.  I've been puttering around the internet and updating the "Murloc is Lonely" F.A.Q. in preparation for a polish run at the first half of chapter twenty-three.  There are some new questions, and some expanded answers to old ones.  Nothing particularly interesting (you all already know why Katy M is a "female bull"), except maybe a bit about the sequel everyone always asks me about...  Comment here.

Zoinks!  Don't read my FAQ, you WoW people, when you could be testing patch 1.7.  Go on, get out of here!

Caydiem draws
Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 12:30 PM
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Another artpad drawing, this time from Caydiem herself.  (sista can draw!)  This one has both Cay and Fangtooth in it, in what I believe is a drunken brawl.

If anyone's ever curious about what Katy M looked like, have a look at Caydiem's forum avatar.  Thar (s)he blows.

Old-school /drool
Thursday, August 18, 2005 - 11:00 AM
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Did anyone watch ∆on Flux back in the day?  When I saw those words in the same sentence with the words "movie" and "Charlize Therone", I got a little sick to my stomach...  I love Charlize, but she set off Hollywood sellout alarm bells for me on this particular project.  Then I saw this new trailer... let's say it did some decent fear-allayment.  See for yourself.

No Joke
Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 1:55 AM
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Irritable male syndrome.  hehe STOP LOOKING AT ME

The Annoying Thing
Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 12:15 PM
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Just discovered European sensation / annoyance Crazy Frog, a.k.a. The Annoying Thing.  The video is some quality animation work by a Swedish guy, and the second single featuring The Annoying Thing apparently topped Coldplay's new single and outsold them four to one in the UK this May.  The thing even got itself a Wiki.

The animation is insane.  I can't stop watching it, which is actually kind of scary.  Have a look.

edit: I guess this thing is all over US TV too.  Figures- I don't watch much o' that.

Fangtooth
Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 9:30 PM
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Fangtooth!  Drawn by this guy.  (that's a wow-forum link, and those disappear pretty quickly)  That's pretty close to what Fang looks like, though of course the characters are not the same as the inspirations.  Fang the Tooth is a little plumper after his posh desk job, and his teeth stay mostly inside his mouth.

Story: Chapter XXII
Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 9:15 AM
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The second half of Chapter Twenty-Two is up.  Read it and then come back.

If you got the reference in the second to last paragraph (Eco with a twist of Plato), then fair play you.  If you didn't, and you're bored for the summer, buy this book now and read it.  It's only ten bucks, and it's an exciting murder mystery, and it really impresses people when you say you've read it.  GO NOW DO IT >.<


Sunday, August 14, 2005 - 8:00 AM
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I'm back in the land of always-on internet!  Doing a quick check on the WoW forums is no longer a ten-minute proposition.

After a rough night Friday, my parents brought me home yesterday, and crashed on my floor.  (Apparently when you're in your fifties, crashing on someone's floor involves bringing a full-on bed mattress in the back of the truck.)  They left at five this morning, heading back by way of their weekly goat-milk supplier, so I've been awake and catching up on my internet since then.  Turns out, not a whole lot going on.

The number of typos that have slipped by me has been going up lately, so I'm doing a double out-loud proof read of the end of chapter twenty-two.  It'll be up later today.


Wednesday, August 10, 2005 - 9:50 PM
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The first half of Chapter Twenty-two is up.

Current mood: sweaty.  This place is humid as hell.

...those Current mood:, and so on, things in blogs always struck me as kind of silly.   Actually, to tell you the truth, I can't quite say the word "blog" itself with a straight face.  And yet here I am...


Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - 10:00 PM
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It's not the first time it's been said and it won't be the last: crazy Koreans.


Tuesday, August 9, 2005 - 5:00 PM
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This is the least relaxing vacation ever.

As of yesterday at two in the afternoon, my parents own an old farm up north by twenty minutes or so, on a ridge facing the sunset.  Absolutely beautiful.  They still own this house, too, for the time being.  We've made four trips up so far, and moved a tiny percentage of what needs to go, and cleaned out maybe a third of the first floor of one of the jam-packed-with-old-crap barns.  As for the house itself: we're storing the stuff in the garage (which will eventually be the living room) right now, because we don't want anything in the house itself when they jack it up before my parents can move in.  In October.  As long as the new, bigger barn is built, in place of the above-ground swimming pool that's there now, between two of the other barns.  Hopefully, goats will arrive in October as well.  Then this winter they're going to remodel the entire inside of the house, putting in a whole new staircase and bathroom.  Incidentally, my parents are both almost sixty years old.

I'm thinking about writing a book about this whole insane thing they're doing, and if I do, I'm going to call it "Ascent into Madness".

Someone should ask me how my teeth are doing.  I got a great simile for it.

The story is coming along nicely: I should have something polished enough for posting tomorrow some time, so check back.

nap time, chicos!

edit: yay, now google thinks my webpage is about barns


Sunday, August 7, 2005 - 1:05 PM
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Some dudes brought a devilsaur to Orgrimmar for fun, which I think is awesome.  Full story here.

edit: Looks like the WoW forums ate that thread, which is a pity because he had a pretty cool writeup for the adventure.  Now it's just your average dinosaur-in-capital-city slideshow.  Pictures here.


Sunday, August 7, 2005 - 11:15 AM
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I finally got FP installed on my parents' computer, and am posting the end of Chapter Twenty up where it belongs.  Most of the stuff I've been doing at home so far involves sitting around and watching things and recuperating, so I've had time to get chapter twenty-one written as well.  Assuming the dial-up doesn't die again, I'll be posting it later today.

edit: Here it is.

Another public service announcement: if you take eight Tylenol a day for more than about two days straight, it starts to cause incessant, pounding headaches.  Oh the harsh, hateful irony.


Thursday, August 4, 2005 - 11:15 AM
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I'm updating the site in Notepad right now due to my parents' lack of Frontpage.  The end of Chapter Twenty is up on the WoW forums; I'll throw it up here as well as soon as I can.


Wednesday, August 3, 2005 - 11:30 PM
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I survived! =D full story here.


Tuesday, August 2, 2005 - 1:10 PM
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Why did my bandwidth use go up by a factor of ten yesterday ?  oh sweet... Eyonix gave me a front-page community spotlight mention...

edit, because I was curious: The word for "go up by a factor of ten" is decuple.


Monday, August 1, 2005 - 10:00 PM
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I posted the next couple pages of Chapter Twenty.  They're walkin... pretty boring stuff... a couple of little clues in today, though they don't necessarily look a lot like clues.

So, theoretically, I'm getting my wisdom teeth out Wednesday, and just in time, too.  (Theoretically = why the hell haven't they heard back from the insurance people yet?!)  All my friends have been playing the "Who can tell me the worst wisdom teeth horror story" game.  First prize so far goes to Chris, with his friend's jaw breaking during the operation.  I got my fingers crossed that my jaw doesn't breakWish me luck, anyway.

My parents, bless 'em, are picking me up from the dentist's - passed out and drooling, I'm sure - and driving me two and a half hours home to recuperate for a week and a half.  It's not all altruism:  Next week, they're moving from the lovely little place in the nearly-suburbs where I grew up, to a farm, where they can retire and raise cows and goats and make (expensive) artisan cheese out of the milk for a living.  ...I'm not kidding.  ...yeah, the cheese is freakin delicious.  ...sorry, you can't have any, because they're selling all they can make right now without even shipping anywhere.  Anyway, the upshot is I'm gonna be at home until next weekend recovering from surgery and eating delicious cheese and helping my parents move.  I might write less there or I might write more, we'll see.  Either way, this time I'll get a copy of my dad's brilliant synopsis of my story's themes (he's got a master's degree in social science! =D) and post it here.

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