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Happy 2013 [Jan. 6th, 2013|11:49 pm]
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Things didn't work out so well in Okayama. I've since been back to FL, back to Japan to study, and am now back in FL.
I'll try to update this now and then.
The wrap-up work on my book will happen once the new computer arrives.
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Hellstorm Evangelion III is up. [Sep. 1st, 2011|04:11 pm]
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http://www.heavens-feel.com/blog/archives/232 .

And that's it. All three books are now complete.
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Other than that, how'd you like the play, Mrs. Lincoln? [Jul. 4th, 2011|04:56 pm]
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my nifty hobbyLong time, no write. Sorry about that, everyone.
The Nasuverse RPG book is now just about done except for the Fate Zero cast, which I think I might do as the anime airs this October. I can do small updates (as I will tonight) to the text files which contain errata, notes, comments, observations, and other such small details.
So what happened with the whole Japan thing? Suffice to say that there are many horror stories concerning Interac out there, and THEY'RE ALL TRUE. I'll leave it at that. The upshot is that in 1D4+4 months I will be a tiny house owner. A major reason why I want the tiny house is so that moving will be easier if I need to do it and so I can travel to Japan more often.
I've been studying for the JLPT and will take that at the end of the year. I'm really looking forward to challenging myself like never before and I've been studying for it. To that end, I'm accepting translation conceptions. If you've got something written in Moon, I'll translate it for you in exchange for money. And I'll do stuff that other translators won't touch, so bring thy h-mangas and doujins over to me and I'll work on them. Get in touch with me and I'll take care of the rest.
It's also an exciting year to be a Type-Moon fan. The Hollow Ataraxia translation is chugging along, we have Carnival Phantasm coming out next month, and in October there's Fate Zero. Our cup runneth over.
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(no subject) [Jul. 31st, 2009|04:57 pm]
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my nifty hobbyjapanThings are gearing up for my departure on the 15th of August. I have to admit I have some mixed feelings; on the one hand this is a rare opportunity which I have to seize, and I want to pay down my loans and save up for a house, going to Japan means saying goodbye to IRL hanging out with most of my friends. Skype, e-mail, and facebook are all ways to stay in touch, but nothing compares to the dinner and movie meets.
Many new sections were added to the Nasuverse RPG book I've been working on, and there's even an app to let you run or play the game over the net. I have a few more guys to stat and then the appendix to write, and after that, it'll be stick-a-fork-in-it done.
Since we're discussing FSN stuff, it appears the Unlimited Blade Works Route is getting its own movie. May I humbly recommend ufotable as the guys to make it.

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(no subject) [Jul. 2nd, 2009|08:23 pm]
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my nifty hobbyI have several big updates to the Fate Nasuverse RPG. All that's left for me to do is finish statting the casts. Expect more of that in the coming weeks. The book is pretty much done except for the stats, so you can use it to make your own original characters and tell your own stories if that's your goal.

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(no subject) [Jun. 12th, 2009|09:42 pm]
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my nifty hobbyThe Fate Nasuverse rpg is now in the final stages before completion. With chapter ten done, you have all of the rules necessary to make your own characters.
What I've been working on now is Chapter Eleven, in which stats for the casts of the various Nasuverse products are provided. I have all of the Tsukihime cast done except for Aozaki Aoko, a person for whom I don't have enough information to provide stats. That will likely change once I have access to the information in Mahoutsukai no Yoru.
Hopefully some of my business projects will improve the to the point where I can freely discuss them here.

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I got the job! [May. 19th, 2009|10:58 pm]
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japanThis is awesome, and by awesome I mean totally sweet. I'll be working in Japan (again), this time as an ALT.
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What I've been up to and where I've been. [May. 18th, 2009|12:37 pm]
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my nifty hobby(Dr. Albain) It's My Life - Stop Pushing MejapanI had a job interview for a position in Japan that should provide for me and help me to pay down my debts. I hope I get the job.
Episodes 8 and 9 of our podcast are up, if you'd like to give it a listen.
And The Fate RPG recently got a completed entry for Chapter Ten, which now gives you everything you need to make any kind of character, including Servants.

Current Mood: quite content
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Battler vs Beatrice, a Cautionary Tale In Pictures and Words [Apr. 14th, 2009|11:01 pm]
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FREECON poster [Mar. 27th, 2009|02:29 pm]
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Freecon: A totally free anime convention right on Florida State University Campus. Friday April 17 12 noon - 12 midnight and Saturday April 18 12 noon - 12 midnight. Click for directions and an event schedule.
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Something awesome. [Mar. 26th, 2009|11:36 am]
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We need something awesome to cheer us up after being unemployed for long stretches of time and reading the torrent of bad news we see everyday.Behold a nice slice of awesome: GameCenter CX. The guy on the show is like a Japanese version of Joel from Mystery Science Theatre 3000.
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(no subject) [Mar. 16th, 2009|07:56 am]
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Heavens Feel Press just released their seventh podcast. You can give a listen
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(no subject) [Mar. 10th, 2009|10:54 am]
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More Food!
Black Bean Burgers
* 1/2 onion, diced
* 1 can black beans, well drained
* 1/2 cup flour
* 2 slices bread, crumbled
* 1 tsp garlic powder
* 1 tsp onion powder
* 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
* salt and pepper to taste
* oil for frying

Preparation:
Sautee the onions till soft, about 3-5 minutes.

In a large bowl, mash the beans until almost smooth. Add sauteed onions and the rest of the ingredients, except the oil, adding the flour a few tablespoons at a time to combine well. Mixture will be thick.

Form bean mixture into patties, approximately ½ inch thick and fry patties in a small amount of oil until slightly firm. Make veggie burgers and enjoy!

Source: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/maindishentreerecipes/r/BlackBeanBurger.htm

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(no subject) [Mar. 6th, 2009|08:10 pm]
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In terms of cinematography, it's not that different from the book and is very reverential to it. I liked the film adaptation overall. There are a few minor quibbles I have (I didn't like the actress they picked for Silk Spectre II, and the ending lacked some of the punch the book had.) It was still wonderful.

I'm looking forward to seeing the director's cut extended version in the
Fall. As for the film's various hatas, heed them not.
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Ultimate Podcast Works episode 006 is up. (And the recipe for CalorieMate). [Feb. 25th, 2009|01:33 pm]
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It's in the usual spot, so head on over and give it a listen if you like.
And I'm going to try to make my own CalorieMate instead of just buying it. If I can figure out the recipe (or a good approximation thereof), I'll post it here.

Homemade CalorieMate
2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
Pinch salt
1 cup (2 sticks) (226 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
(comment: real butter is very bad for you so I just substitute in 3/4s of
a cup of Promise or Olivio).
1/3 cup (60 grams) powdered (confectioners or icing) sugar
1 teaspoon (4 grams) pure vanilla extract
3 or 4 scoops of vanilla protein powder
4 tablespoons of fiber powder
3/4 cup almond milk (blend in a multivitamin or two into it in a blender)
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt.
Cut the butter into small pieces and blend into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives. The mixture should look like coarse crumbs. Gently stir in the protein and fiber powder, making sure to
mix thoroughly. Add the milk and stir until it forms a thick, fluid mixture.
Put the mixture onto a floured surface and bake on 350 for 10 minutes. Once it is done cooking, let it cool on a wire rack.
Cut into tiny "lady fingers" and you have your own ready to eat MRS (meal replacement system).
Like the food it's based on, this tastes bad and you'll be very thirsty after you have some. Naked Snake (Big Boss) liked it, but he was hunting and killing his own dinner in the jungle. Make of that what you will.

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MENTOS DAY [Feb. 21st, 2009|09:25 am]
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Big news with FULL LIFE CONSEQUENCES. [Feb. 19th, 2009|12:12 pm]
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Anime - Japanese Animation(Dr. Albain) It's My Life - Stop Pushing Me
I made the second cut for the job position I want in Japan. Now that I've wrapped up my Master's I've come to the following realizations:
(1) I'm getting older.
(2) I haven't been overseas or travelled for over 10 years.
(3) I want to stop paying rent.
I've made several preliminary designs over at Summerwood Designers for a livable small house. What I've got in mind is somewhere between 350 and 540 square feet. (Cost for the structure [not counting plumbing and wiring] is going to I hate the idea of paying a mortgage for 30 years so I could probably live in one of these if I organize things right. Part of that would involve setting up a sleeping loft to optimize the space available. I saw several items from Tatami Room which don't take up much space, so that can also be incorporated into the design. Heaven knows I've gotten used to living in very little space as a result of being a grad student. When I get this job (and it's pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point) I'm going to use the money to not only travel a bit, but also save up and buy some land, lay down a foundation, and set up one of these cottages.
I've come to the realization that I love my hometown and I want to live there. But though my journey is going to take me away from it for a little bit, I'll be able to have a place in my hometown where I don't have to pay rent every month.
Ken and I recorded a new radio show last night, so in a little bit you'll have the new show. I also will bust my rump on finishing up the last part of Chapter Ten, so that'll happen before the month is over.

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Breaking the silence even further. [Feb. 13th, 2009|05:39 pm]
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The long-awaited Episode 005 of Unlimited Podcast Works is up, and I hope it is to your liking. Give it a listen if you want to.

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Songsmith is the best thing Microsoft has ever done. [Feb. 12th, 2009|03:08 pm]
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I've been a bit more quiet than usual (save for building up The Scarlet Devil Mansion Library), but I'm going to break that silence to share these with you.





This last one won't allow me to embed it, but it's still great.

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Writer's Block: Cookies [Feb. 4th, 2009|11:38 pm]
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What is the strangest advice you've ever received from a fortune cookie?
You are a generous and caring person.
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(no subject) [Jan. 31st, 2009|03:20 pm]
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Sick as all get out (cold + ear infection). I made some lemon frozen yogurt to help cheer me up while I recover:
* 1 carton (32 ounces) plain yogurt
* 1-2/3 cups sugar
* 1/3 cup lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
* 4 drops yellow food coloring, optional

Directions:
In a mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, sugar, lemon juice and peel; mix well. Stir in food coloring if desired. Fill cylinder of ice cream freezer two-thirds full; freeze according to manufacturer's directions.
Refrigerate remaining mixture until ready to freeze. Allow to ripen in ice cream freezer or firm up in the refrigerator freezer for at least 2-4 hours before serving.
I think most desserts use too much sugar, so I reduced the amount of sugar I used to about 75% (a taste test confirmed that was enough). Once it was ready to be served, I then added some Cinnamon Toast Crunch (a kids' cereal) to the side of my bowl to contrast with the sour flavor of the frozen yogurt. It was a wonderful combination. This is a dessert I'd recommend to anyone with a cold or otherwise in need of vitamin C.
Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/Recipes/Frozen-Lemon-Yogurt
Still working on the grimoire. It should ship sometime tomorrow or Monday.
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Recipe: Banana Pudding Ice Cream [Jan. 20th, 2009|04:21 pm]
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We celebrated Obama's inauguration as President of the United States today. There are many valid reasons to celebrate the passing of the torch. As part of our celebration, I brought over a bottle of Perrin & Fils Chateau Neuf Du Pape which I had been saving for this day. We are going to enjoy it with dinner. After dinner, we'll enjoy this ice cream I made today:
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(no subject) [Jan. 12th, 2009|01:43 am]
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We're back and kicking butt because we're the goddamn batman like the original gangstas we are. Fate's newest chapter has rules for using the various types of The Dead as antagonists along with rules for playing True Ancestors or vampires as player characters. I'm currently working on the next part of the chapter, which will have more detailed rules for running Servant characters.
And we have a new podcast for you to listen to, in which Ken discusses his experience at Anime South:
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(no subject) [Jan. 8th, 2009|10:52 am]
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I am about 25% done with Chapter Ten. I am going to have to add Chapter Fourteen to the book, which will be a Grimoire of spells seen in the Nasuverse and rules for making new ones.

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delicious homemade pizza recipe [Jan. 3rd, 2009|12:45 pm]
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Protip: as long as you are cooking the sauce, ingredients, and cheese on top of the dough, you don't have to watch the pizza dough when you are cooking it to yield the pizza crust. No bubbling should occur.
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(no subject) [Dec. 31st, 2008|04:14 pm]
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It's the end of 2008.
What a year it's been.
Incredible change awaits us in 2009.
And while I did not finish Fate before the year was out, I will be able to polish off the remainder of it before too long, with supplements aplenty (Kara no Kyoukai) in the wings.
Now for a New Year's Present:
tons of Touhou albums. It's a mediafire folder, so take your time looking through it.
I also have the recent Touhou anime in 3 .rar'd chunks(it's surprisingly good). Just put them all in the same place and combine them like Voltron:
1, 2, 3
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(no subject) [Dec. 22nd, 2008|04:40 pm]
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Been a while since I updated. Fate is taking a bit out of me, but that's not the only reason.
Yeah, I graduated. But the big question is what to do next. This week I've got letters to send out by the truckloads to try to find work and/or go back to school. Now that I'm out of school I kind of want to make some money to save up to go back. And I'd also love to do some travelling. Grad school classloads varied from term to term, but towards the end it was like bareknuckle boxing.
Yes folks, that means my half-life had FULL LIFE CONSEQUENCES. Hence my reluctance to continue right away.
On the positive side, in addition to getting my book done soon I will be able to run my panels at Freecon , which I am really looking forward to doing. Considering the state of the economy, it's probably better if my planned activities require little to no capital to do. And now that I have graduated, it's time for me to get rid of the weight I packed on towards the end of my FSU stuff.
And for fans of the download section, I put up some more Zettai Karen Children stuff.

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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2008|11:25 pm]
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my nifty hobbyIt's been a while since my last update. While I suppose the podcast do count in their way, I am referring to text updates here.
I hope that the shift to heavens-feel has been satisfying for everyone. I'm able to do more kinds of unique content, and eventually the convention photographs will be back online.
I recently discovered the Clone Wars CGI series. I don't have cable so I can't watch it on tv, but I have been watching the episodes online and I absolutely love it. I never really cared for Episodes IV-VI, as my favorite part of the Star Wars universe has always been the events from 22-18 BBY. And it is here that I'd like to give a shout out to Darths and Droids for its fun remixing of Episode I. Perhaps after Fate is concluded I might take a stab at making a rulebook for that setting. No promises, though.
Right now it's time for me to prepare Chapter Eight and the remaining Chapters for their release.

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(no subject) [Dec. 7th, 2008|08:48 pm]
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We yet another podcast to share with you from Heavens Feel Press. Here's the latest episode, which I've embedded for your listening pleasure. Topics discussed this week include Haruhi Suzumiya, Lucky Star, and American McGee's Alice followed by a discussion of Alice In Wonderland as it is received in Japan. If you like, please go on over to Heavens Feel Press and subscribe.

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On that Chapter Eight of Fate [Nov. 28th, 2008|04:15 pm]
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I'm not sure if they are going to be able to repair my computer (and I feel like a damn fool for not backing up my notes) but I think I'll be able to power through chapter eight anyway and go back to completing the book. I'll eventually need to play through Heavens Feel again to properly get the documentation for it. How frustrating.In recognition of my continued need to get stuff done, here's Matou Sakura, the Black Holy Grail from Fate Stay Night:
http://heavens-feel.insanejournal.com/457595.html

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(no subject) [Nov. 23rd, 2008|06:34 pm]
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We have lots of podcasts for you to have a look at over at Heavens Feel Press. Here's the latest episode, which I've embedded for your listening pleasure. Topics discussed this week include Odin Sphere, Shin Megami Tensei, Rozen Maiden, and Cooking Mama. If you like, please go on over to Heavens Feel Press and subscribe.


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(no subject) [Nov. 16th, 2008|05:13 pm]
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So our first podcast (read: talk radio show-like mp3) is up and online. C&C is welcomed. We hope more people will join in on the next show, and if you can't be there for the actual recording of the show, you can send us a voicemail via the link on the page and we will include it in the next program.

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Now THAT'S what I call REAL Ultimate Power [Nov. 14th, 2008|03:05 am]
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Ninjas flip out and kill anyone they want! They cut off heads ALL the time and don't even think twice about it! These guys are so crazy and awesome that they flip out ALL the time. I heard one time there was a ninja eating at a Denny's. And then when a kid dropped his spoon, the ninja killed the whole town. I once saw a ninja uppercut a kid for opening a window. So if you don't believe that ninjas have REAL ultimate power, you'd better get a life right now or they will chop your head clean off! It's an easy choice, if you ask me. 1

1 -Robert Hamburger, Real Ultimate Power, xxvii.

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(no subject) [Nov. 12th, 2008|03:58 pm]
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Here's a treat for you: my own custom soundtrack for Hunter the Vigil. It may be a little different from what you're expecting. I'm a big fan of the electronic music John Carpenter composed for his early movies, so this has a strong electronica/chipset feel to it.
Part 01: Download
Part 02: Download

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(no subject) [Nov. 12th, 2008|01:50 pm]
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The Nasuverse RPG has been growing little by little and I'm on schedule for finishing it by the end of 2008. And by the end of this weekend I should be done with one of my lectures (the one on Tsukihime. I plan to use Life Day break to do a lot of work on the other two).

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(no subject) [Nov. 10th, 2008|07:54 pm]
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So, the new site is slowly growing. I'm not sure how popular it'll become, but it's fun working on it. It's been a long time since I got to get down into the dirt to work with html and javascript. I've missed this kind of pleasure that I get from building something.

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(no subject) [Nov. 9th, 2008|10:08 am]
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My new website is up, and it will be the permanent home of the Fate Nasuverse RPG and my other gaming and personal projects.
Go ahead and click on the image in this post to go there. I still intend to use this to discuss what I'm doing and keep up with my friends, though. If something interesting is occurring on HF, I'll mention it here.

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“The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.” [Nov. 9th, 2008|07:21 am]
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(no subject) [Nov. 7th, 2008|08:03 am]
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Is there no occasion more gladsome than childbirth? Yet as with all things in this world, it is done amid blood, pain, and filth.
- Nyarlathotep, Fall of Cthulhu.

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(no subject) [Nov. 5th, 2008|07:02 am]
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I feel pride in and hope for my country again. I haven't felt this way in a long, long time.

Watching the events unfold last night was a little difficult as I did not want to be disappointed if he lost, so I did not allow myself to become as emotionally invested as I might have at first. I thought about not watching the events at all and just working on my blog, so I compromised by watching the events unfold on bbc.uk live. They had a live video feed with embedded twittering and an automatically updating map. Very good show. The is at 349 to 162, and seeing the Dems pick up more seats in the Legislature is also very satisfying. This is a cornerstone in American history. I am proud to be an American today.


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