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The Runespeaker Cycle: Raido

Posted on 2009.12.08 at 06:04
Feelin': : pensivepensive
Six to MaunderCollapse )


The Runespeaker Cycle: Prologue

Posted on 2009.12.03 at 04:53

Hwaet!Collapse )


Who You Are, Part the Fourth

Posted on 2009.10.05 at 15:21
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"You take the praise because I'm paying for the past
Pretended not to have a history until it caught up with me, at last
Time's still getting faster and I haven't done much yet
It's not quite what you wanted, but that's all you're going to get"

- Snowpony "Easy Way Down"

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John Akpata: 'What Do You Know About Love'

Posted on 2009.06.02 at 23:50


Two From YouTube

Posted on 2009.02.10 at 17:56
Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.

Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?

Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.

Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!

Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes...

Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!

Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Ah, Ghostbusters. And now, the videos.

And a nice English wigout courtesy of everyone's favourite Caped Crusader. Now with dance music!

Your result for What is the Measure of a Man? The Gentleman's Test...

The Scholar

Learning is your passion!

Marvelous! You epitomize the gentlemanly tradition of ongoing education and self-improvement! Your sparkling tongue is the stuff of legend, and the wide breadth of your knowledge has saved others countless hours of pained research!

Women hang on your every word!

Take What is the Measure of a Man? The Gentleman's Test
at HelloQuizzy

Your result for The Elemental Test...


The Durable Titan

Your nature is Metal. You stand firm against most of the chaos around you but still move on with your life. You defy anyone to try and shatter your resolve as you take step after monstrous step toward your dream. You are often a pillar of strength for those closest to you, steeling their resolve so that they two can march forward into the future.

Take The Elemental Test
at HelloQuizzy


[Soldier Stories] Who You Are: Part the Second

Posted on 2009.01.24 at 21:23
Feelin': : contemplativecontemplative
Diggin' This: : Johnette Napolitano - The Scientist
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"Is this how you fight the system?
Is this how you right the wrongs?
Is this where you look for justice, pointing fingers where they don't belong?
Is this where your future's brightest?
I think it's where it falls apart.
No-one's gonna hear your cryin',
Lyin' down with your broken, bleeding heart.

You're gonna fight the world, is what you're gonna do.
Is this where you look for justice when things ain't changing fast enough for you?" - Dropkick Murphys, "Thick Skin of Defiance" *

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[The Beautiful Dream] Who You Are, Part the First

Posted on 2009.01.15 at 05:05
Feelin': : peacefulpeaceful
Diggin' This: : Against Me! - Cliche Guevara
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There goes a joke involving two bulls sitting on a hill, surveying their harem-herd spread out across the plain beneath them. The younger bull, bored of sitting, suggests to the elder bull that perhaps they should charge on down the hill and have their way with a couple of the cows. The elder counters with the suggestion that if they walked down, they'd have the wind to have 'em all.

Zodiacal considerations notwithstanding, every now and then it will occur to me that I'm not exactly the young bull anymore.. while I've mentioned this a time or seventeen before, I shan't belabour it here.. but hold the thought because it will come up later. Now, as always, I'll mention that what's behind the cut might be uncomfortable for some readers. But fuck it; it's the teeth of the winter and I'm prone to introspection right about now. So here goes.

I've Come To Send, Not Condescend.Collapse )


God and the Soldier - Anonymous

Posted on 2008.11.11 at 11:49
God and the Soldier

God and the soldier
All men adore
In time of trouble,
And no more;
For when war is over
And all things righted,
God is neglected -
The old soldier slighted.


Keep up the good fight, brothers.


Lonesome October: Strange Faces

Posted on 2008.10.21 at 07:07
Feelin': : exanimateexanimate
Diggin' This: : Frank Sinatra - Somethin' Stupid
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It won't surprise anyone to learn that soldiers don't just become awesome engines of destruction all on their own. It's not like it's a virus which slowly invades your cells and produces more of its kind, is the Art of War.. no, it's a skill which you need to tend and build upon of your own volition. To this end, soldiers take courses to improve themselves professionally, much like you in the private sector may, if you have that kind of job. Constant education, as in any field, is the key to self-improvement and greater success.

So it happened that while I was taking one of the courses that would lead me to my eventual end-goal as an Ender of Days, I chanced to work with a guy from one of the other battalions whom I hadn't met before. Gregarious, unassuming, keen and professional, I liked him immensely. He did his job uncomplainingly, and was a very, very strong team-player -- a real pleasure to work with.

But as you might imagine, courses which involve teaching the knacks involved in mastering the Soldier Trick are designed so that you can play those tricks in War. Which necessarily means amping up the stress through sleep and food deprivation, mindgames, and crushing physical labour. Once the theory portion of the course is past, you can count on things being as bad as the Directing Staff can possibly make them, so you know how to use your new tools effectively in the worst conditions possible.

While this makes sense, the smart soldier learns to manage his stress levels as best as he can to better stay goal-oriented and focussed on the task at hand. Whenever one gets a spare minute, therefore, one does whatever one can to relax. The alternative is burnout; while this often happens anyway (yours truly as a case in point) it will happen definitely if you don't figure out some way to blow off some stress. This, then would explain my penchant for the drink and the ladies.

But everyone's different, as we well know, and so it happened that one night, while I was returning to my barracks room to sleep as much as possible before the trials and tribulations began afresh in the morning, I heard my colleague laughing his head off from behind a closed door. Curious, I knocked and entered, and found him seated in a chair beside his bed, teary-eyed from laughing his fool head off at a bunch of photographs.

Of retarded children with severe cranial deformities.

True story.


The Sincerest Form of Flattery: The Mixtape

Posted on 2008.10.11 at 17:04

MixwitMixwit make a mixtapeMixwit mixtapes

Thanks to boiledpeanut for the link! I don't know how many hours I spent trying to mix tapes when I was a kid. I still spend hours on playlists and burnt CD's.


My GOD, What I Think of Memes!

Posted on 2008.10.05 at 14:07
Your LJ Persona In Four Easy Steps

Using images from the web, portray the following:

1. How you see yourself on LJ.

2. How you want to be seen on LJ.

3. Request your readers to post, in comments, how they see you.

4. Pass it along in your own LJ, because a meme needs to be free, yo. - fragbertFragbert, by way of my Flist.

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A Memory of Wolves

Posted on 2008.08.25 at 20:42
Feelin': : nostalgicnostalgic
Diggin' This: : The Headstones - Nickels for Your Nightmares
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The night was far from gentle; a deep, killing cold had settled in and the air shimmered with ice crystals. There were no clouds in the sky, which was all dusty with billions of stars, and the moon had risen a grinning sliver of silver, shining on the edge of a circle of black. There was no wind. There were no night sounds. From horizon to horizon to horizon to horizon, there was only that cruel, glittering sky. We huddled together in a copse of trees, crouched low, wrapped up as best we could from our small-packs. Greedy for heat and forbidden to build a fire. Silently making our prayers against the lengthening nights, for a return of the Sun, for an end to the crushing cold.

And then the air was full of Wolfsong, from everywhere, as one half of a pack sought for the other. And that shock of fear banished all thoughts of freezing from our minds as numb fingers curled tighter around the hilts and grips of our weapons, and we added another request to our prayers.


Penn Says:

Posted on 2008.08.05 at 06:01

From Crackle: Penn Says - A Tiger Eating a Guy is Big News

From Crackle: Penn Says - CanadiaN

Thanks to kalinichtaKali Nichta for tipping me off to this whole series.


The Dark Knight

Posted on 2008.07.21 at 11:48
By way of reply to sinnickSinnick, a rebuttal to his review of The Dark Knight which got too wordy to be a comment in his journal. May contain spoilers and peanuts.

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No, I'm Spartacus, Dammit!

Posted on 2008.02.26 at 20:32
Cyanide and Happiness, a daily webcomic
Cyanide & Happiness @


Charlie Sexton

Posted on 2007.11.14 at 19:25

Anyone remember this tune?


Recollections, Redheads, and Redemption.

Posted on 2007.08.26 at 02:18
Feelin': : contemplativecontemplative
Diggin' This: : Joan Jett & the Blackhearts - Do You Wanna Touch Me? (Oh Yeah!)
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Here We GoCollapse )


Spiders On Drugs

Posted on 2007.08.07 at 21:35

For Mattie.


All Jedi an' Shit part II

Posted on 2006.07.26 at 12:23
Feelin': : chipperWry
Diggin' This: : Cibo Matto - Sci-Fi Wasabi
So the song which provides the backdrop for this post is by a Japanese hip-hop duo who perform in English and have a very Beastie-Boys New York City vibe about them. Small and cute and round, they bust out rhymes consisting of.. well, whatever rhymes. The backdrop for this song is this big, 'City of the Future' piece of sonic architecture, the sort of music designed to be impressive and awesome and representative of a bold, new, utopian future. Or so it seems to me.

What's that? This isn't about Jedi at all, you say? Keep your pants on (1), I'm getting to it.... anyway. Cibo Matto manage to reference Obi-Wan Kenobi twice over the course of the song, which I figure isn't bad for a couple of Japanese chicks who really don't have much concern beyond making it rhyme. Which sparked a conversation with a friend online this morning, regarding the Jedi and their relevance.

That's it? That's your big fuckin' Jedi reference? Dude. Weak.

Holy Gosh! Have patience, I'm getting to it. So, it happens that I have, as a geek of my times, several theories on various Jedi personages which I now feel compelled to share with you, my unsuspecting readership. Sit ye back and gaze in wild wonder as my Jedi theories roll out here, just like thunder. (2)

1.) Except you, miss. Right there in the front. Yeah, you.
2.) Apologies to Van the Man.

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Being Runewise

Posted on 2006.05.26 at 16:08
Whereabouts:: Home
Feelin': : thoughtfulthoughtful
Diggin' This: : The Ramones - Rock 'N' Roll High School
The Other Thing I Was Stashing AwayCollapse )


[RIP] Mary Therése "Tess" Raymond-McCauley b. 19?? d. 2006

Posted on 2006.04.23 at 13:42
Whereabouts:: Home
Feelin': : bereaved
The Alzheimer's took my Mémé (1)this morning, ending at long last the wasting dementia which left her lost and alone even amongst her family.

We were expecting it, but it's no less sad.

It occurs as I sit to write about her life that I only know the most perfunctory details, apart from the more tragic ones. This is, in itself, quite telling.

I know she was born to a sixteen-year-old girl in Windsor, but I don't know when.... Mémé was a lady, and you don't ask ladies their age. I know Mémé was a smart cookie. I know that even though there were times when all she could do was cry after her first husband ran off to his own pursuits and left her all alone with four kids, still she dug in and did her part with what she had. Mémé was a tough lady. I know only the most fleeting details of her courtship with Bing, except to say that it was obvious to see them that they loved each other without reservation, full-on, for all of their time together.

Her history's not what I know best about her. I know that when I was very young and very sick, it was Mémé held my vigils, praying for me. I know that when I was small and wan, the best place to sit was on Mémé's lap. I know that nobody could cook a Réveillon feast like her. I've seen her cow the big, thick, beastly men my family produces with nothing more than a glare and a tightly-gripped wooden spoon. Typically Québecoise, she was wee and plushly proportioned, but at the same time was a creature of surpassing grace who loved to dance. I still remember her singing tunelessly whilst whipping up her famous pancakes after Church on some otherwise-forgettable summer Sunday, keen to get everyone fed so we could go to the beach for the afternoon.

In my travels abroad, it was Mémé who I thanked most frequently in my prayers at night for insisting that I learn languages and learn them well. When I came home after my first time overseas, it was Mémé who fronted the line to see me safely back, who beat her drum the loudest. And who came to see me safe and home every time thereafter. More than anybody else, Mémé made me think that the result of my long adventure was worth the cost.

In the Kingdom of my mind, there won't ever be a better example of what it is to be a good person.

1.) Pronounced 'May-May' for the non-francophones in the crowd, it's a familiar form of Grandmére, which is French for "Grandmother".



Posted on 2006.04.19 at 05:16
Feelin': : amusedamused
Diggin' This: : Esthero - Wikked Lil' GRRRLS
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[RIP] William R. "Bing" McCauley 1925 - 2006

Posted on 2006.02.23 at 10:05
Feelin': : sadcimmerian
Diggin' This: : The Misfits - Resurrection
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You're a Handsome Devil... What's Your Name?

Posted on 2006.01.14 at 13:33
Feelin': : amusedamused
Diggin' This: : The Misfits - Fiend Club
More Schoolyard TomfooleryCollapse )


Dancing About Architecture X

Posted on 2005.12.31 at 02:01
Feelin': : amusedamused
Diggin' This: : The Final Song!
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Dancing About Architecture IX

Posted on 2005.12.30 at 17:17
Feelin': : contentcontent
Diggin' This: : Headstones - Mystery To Me

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Dancing About Architecture VIII

Posted on 2005.12.29 at 18:05
Feelin': : crankycranky
Diggin' This: : My Chemical Romance - Give 'Em Hell Kid

Give 'Em Hell, Kid - My Chemical RomanceCollapse )


Dancing About Architecture VII

Posted on 2005.12.28 at 10:24
Feelin': : contemplativecontemplative
Diggin' This: : INXS - Don't Change

Don't Change - INXSCollapse )


Dancing About Architecture VI

Posted on 2005.12.27 at 02:35
Feelin': : tiredtired
Diggin' This: : The Detroit Cobras - Shout Bama Lama

Shout Bama Lama - The Detroit CobrasCollapse )


Dancing About Architecture V

Posted on 2005.12.26 at 02:55
Feelin': : contentcontent
Diggin' This: : Pixies/Weezer - Velouria

Velouria - The PixiesCollapse )


Dancing About Architecture IV

Posted on 2005.12.25 at 02:45
Feelin': : peacefulpeaceful
Diggin' This: : Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah

Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley/Leonard CohenCollapse )


Dancing About Architecture III

Posted on 2005.12.24 at 00:05
Feelin': : contentBig In Japan
Diggin' This: : Tom Waits - Big In Japan

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Dancing About Architecture II

Posted on 2005.12.23 at 01:44
Feelin': : contemplativecontemplative
Diggin' This: : Public Enemy - Fight The Power

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Dancing About Architecture I

Posted on 2005.12.22 at 11:13
Feelin': : contemplativeClever
Diggin' This: : Del Shannon - Runaway

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Dancing About Architecture: Prologue

Posted on 2005.12.22 at 02:03
"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture - it's a really stupid thing to want to do."

--Elvis Costello, in an interview by Timothy White entitled "A Man out of Time Beats the Clock." Musician magazine No. 60 (October 1983), p. 52.

Stupid it might be, yet despite my reputation for cleverness I can't help myself. It's right about now that people generally turn toward introspection, reflecting on the year they've had, listing the high and low points, and other such and stuff. I'm sure you've all heard, watched, or read a few of these 'Best/Worst of 2005' presentations, and are probably dreading the relentless onslaught that's coming with the New Year. I can't say as I blame you much; I'm already sick of them and I haven't seen any... in fact, I've usually avoided such things like the plague, as I find the personally-created ones too distant to relate to and the mass-produced ones too banal to stomach.

Yet, as the year draws to a close I find myself overpowered by the desire to do some kind of retrospective pieces as an exercise for my writer's voice. So, dear readers, I've dreamed up this project: For the next ten days to fill out the year, I'll try to write a piece about a song I love, and try to tell you what it is that I love about it. The rules of this exercise, should you care to know, are these:

  • The song can be from any style, genre or artist, but it has to be a single, whole, self-contained song. Concept albums, song fragments and orchestral pieces are therefore excluded.

  • The song must be able to stand the test of time, and be listenable time and time again on its own merit. Associations with particular times, people, or events necessarily make the song a soundtrack, not a standout piece on its own merits. Sentimental favourites are therefore excluded.

  • The 'Why' of the thing is already established: I love a song because I do. The aim here is to concentrate on what it is about that song that appeals most.

Three rules, ten days, ten essays. I'll be good enough to put my meanderings behind a cut daily, so those of you who don't want to read them don't have to. Those of you who do, are welcome to comment, as always. The first of these essays will follow later today.

1.) While it's true that many famous people have used this particular bit of pith in their interviews, this is the best and most piously researched source I could find. If Costello's not the original source, he's near enough to it that I doubt I'll lose sleep for misattributation.


All About Me

Posted on 2004.09.04 at 01:00
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Slainte Mhath.


[Poem] Movie-Star Kissers

Posted on 2004.07.30 at 17:15
Feelin': : nostalgicnostalgic
Diggin' This: : Letters To Cleo - I Want You to Want Me
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Posted on 1972.04.25 at 18:15
Feelin': : crazyIntroductory
Diggin' This: : The Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen [Demo Version]
Image Courtesy of Dracopottamus


Son of the Greetings Post: Some Clarification

Posted on 1972.04.25 at 18:14
Feelin': : crankycranky
Diggin' This: : Ween - A Tear for Eddie
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