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The diatribe of a distinguished digeratus

Avengers Rocked!
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Saw the movie on opening night at a non-3D, but large, screen. It was a great movie. Nice dialogue, nice interactions, good plot, and the CGI didn't outperform the characters.

Thor's hammer can only be picked up by Thor (with a couple of exceptions, but I digress), but if it is left on a plate, can the plate be picked up? In the movie, Thor is fighting Hulk onboard a huge flying fortress/ship and at one point Thor drops the hammer to the deck of the ship. Hulk tries to pick it up, but can't... he digs his feet into the steel deck but the hammer doesn't budge. But the ship is flying, so the hammer is actually moving through the air. If Thor dropped the hammer in a moving car, wouldn't the car keep moving? What if the Hulk lifted the car? Would the hammer prevent him from lifting it, or would he, in effect, lift the hammer by way of the car?

Anywho, the movie was great! Go see it if you get a chance.

Oh, the Black Widow as awesome, and wasn't just a bit player to a men's battle.

A Dark Day in the US of A
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Two hundred and twenty years ago yesterday, the United States Bill of Rights became law.  Now Congress and President Obama are going to take away another Right and put us all one step closer to a totalitarian police state. 
 
The latest defense spending bill (2012 National Defense Authorization Act) includes a rider that gives the military the right to hold detainees indefinitely.  This has been the defacto standard since 9/11 but now this codifies and expands this draconian act.  The language is quite clear, “without trial until the end of the hostilities.”  Now, yes, this is supposed to be a power that only exists during war, but how long do you think this War on Terror is going to last?  When will it be declared over?  Never, of course. 
 
And in case you think that the definition of who can be held is narrow, guess again: 
 
"That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."
 
How's that for a dictatorship?  "...persons he determines... aided the terrorist attacks..., to prevent any future acts..."
 
Indefinite detention shouldn't be used by anyone, for any reason.  This is just wrong. 
 
What's happening to America?  Fear and Greed. 
 
When we drive from Phoenix to San Diego we have to go through THREE border patrol checks.  Three!  Last I checked Interstate 8 never crosses into Mexico or any other foreign land. 
 
Half of Americans live in poverty or close to it.  In my circle of friends I have several who are unemployed and are scraping by. 
 
The Gulf was polluted, New Orleans was trashed, and the greed of Wall Street destroyed the lives of many average Americans while emasculated Federal Agencies did nothing. 
 
Not to mention the billions of dollars and thousands of lives wasted on a war we didn't need against a country that had nothing to do with 9/11.
 
Where did we go wrong?  Fear and Greed.
 
The corporate lobby effort grows every year.  Career politicians better pay attention if they want to have the treasure chest necessary for the next election.  Corporate greed has whittled away at federal agencies that regulate industry.  Corporate lobbying has gotten congress and the president to push aside and weaken the laws and policies that regulate commerce and corporate action.  Pollution, labor, safety, transparency in money markets: all have been slashed away to allow for faster growth, faster profit, and bigger booms.  But the booms turn into bubbles and then they burst. 
 
The War on Terror has allowed the Congress and the President to take more US citizen rights away, and to spend more money on the Fear of Terror.  Wiretapping, indefinite detention, surveillance drones: Welcome to the police state.   Where are your papers?

Before and After
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Oh my god.  Google did a street view of Japan before the earthquake and tsunami and then recently did another one.  Now there's a website that allows you to see the before and after street views.  It's unreal. 

Here's one I found.
Before.  Notice the bridge railing and the buildings.


After.  See the bent and missing railing, as well as all the missing buildings.


The website is Here.

Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays
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Which December holidays do you celebrate, and why? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]


December is filled with celebrations for me. The government office Christmas party (although its official name is 'Holiday Party'), the Christmas dinner with my coworkers (company paid for), a holiday party with my Improv Group (complete with a stage acts), my family Christmas gift exchange on Christmas, and my Friends Circle New Years Eve / Saturnalia Gift Exchange and Dinner on the last day of the year.

Writer's Block: It's payday!
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What would you do if you had a million dollars?
Pay off the house then open the La Mesa Microbrewery.

I can haz Lagoon!
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Awesome!  Lagoon arrived the other day and I finally had a chance to actually release her from her cardboard prison.  She is gorgeous! 

Thank you Bats for a great job of design, creation, and follow-though to a wonderful doll!



If you want your own, go to her site here, or come to the 3rd Annual San Diego BJD Con on November 5th. 

The Passing of a Friend
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I first met Huette at an SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) war.  Once a year, the local kingdoms get together and have a rather well organized battle at a local campground/park.  It's a great excuse to campout somewhere for several days and meet interesting people.  One them was Huette.  She was the camp's cook, and I immediately volunteered to help, being that I am the camp cook in my circle of friends.  So over the next few days I got to know Huette while being a cook's assistant. 

I found her to be friendly, accepting, gracious, and generous.  She had brought a ton of food, and cooked and cleaned and provided for our local camp wonderful meals aplenty.  She was extremely knowledgeable about medieval cooking, and an old hat at just about all things SCA.  Everyone seemed to know her, and many would stop by just to talk.  Braggers would brag, Gossips would gossip, and Royals would be royally welcome.  And what I came to see is that Huette loved them all.  She talked and listened: a friend to all.  

The only time I saw her upset was over truly unfair events.  Like all big societies, there was plenty of politics and backdoor swabbles, and Huette not only witnessed this, she also was sometimes the brunt of it.  Seeing that made me never want to become so involved with the SCA that I too could become a victim of the rabble. 

Not long ago she found a wonderful lifemate with Hoar, a gifted potter in the SCA who, like her, is friendly, warm, and giving.  Together they made a fantasic couple, and were wed.  It was great to see Huette with Hoar at the events, selling pottery and talking up a lively debate with everyone.  It just fit so well. 

Unfortunately, life events don't always go as planned, and Huette fell ill.  It turned out to be cancer, and after a valiant battle, she passed away on September 28, 2011.

Goodby Huette,  I shall miss you.  I wasn't your closest friend, nor your most distant... I was just a friend of a friend , but you still touched my life and I won't forget those days of cooking together. 

Writer's Block: Lucas for a day
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If you could write the next Star Wars movie, what story would you tell? It could be anything: a sequel, prequel, or anything in-between. Describe your adventure in 300 words or less. Our favorite story will receive a Star Wars saga Blu-ray gift pack! [Contest Details]


This is the tender story of a tall, strong, and underappreciated furball who falls in love with a dashing star ship captain after their many years of service together.

"Ohhhh Chewy."

"Aawwaagggggghhhhh."

"Oh yes. A bit lower. There. Right there. Oh yeah." Chewbacca's claws lightly played through Han's graying locks.

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To be continued... maybe.


Hosting Another BJD Con
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The Third Annual San Diego Ball-Jointed Doll Convention will be held at the picturesque Marina Village on the waters of Mission Bay on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 11 AM to 3 PM.  We'll be located in the Terrace room on the south end of the Marina Village complex at 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, California
This year's theme is 'Supernatural Orleans', a tribute to vampires, zombies, voodoo, witches, and all things eerie and magical.  There will be doll costume contests, games, prizes, and raffles, plus refreshing drinks along with many of your favorite dealers!
$10 per person at the door.  Please note that anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.  Some doll nudity is likely.
Dealer and Sponsor inquiries welcome.   There is a discussion thread on DoA.




LJ: Suckeist Suck that ever Sucked
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I have had no luck connecting to LiveJournal for the past several days until just this morning.  And even now it is being flakey.  I am behind by a good week because I was attending Comic-con over the weekend, and work has been busy.  I want to read what all my friends have posted on LJ, but that has been neigh impossible.  I tell you, I may have to just bail on LJ.  Especially concidering that this is a paid account.  With service like this, I can get such abuse for free elsewhere. 



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