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Date:2008-11-05 18:33
Subject:I've tried to refrain from election stuff but damn.

Crowd in downtown Portland spontaneously bursts into the Star Spangled Banner after Obama's win is announced. What really impresses me is that these people are singing. At events where the Star Spangled Banner is performed, most of the audience just move their lips. But these people are singing with gusto, pure joy.

Later there were drums and a conga line through downtown to the hotel where the Republicans were gathered. Because being patriotic doesn't mean ya can't gloat a little.

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Date:2008-10-11 15:18
Subject:Open Studios

Portland's Open Studios tour is this weekend and next weekend. 98 local artists let people visit their studios and watch them work. I picked up a guide for it yesterday and have already marked a few artists to go see tomorrow. Can't wait!

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Date:2008-08-08 14:52
Subject:It's good to have big brothers

Derek and Michael are sitting at the table eating. Aidan runs over with his drink to sit down with them.

D: It costs a dollar to sit at this table.
M: You have to pay us to sit here.
A: I even have one! It's in my room.
D: You have a dollar? Then it costs two dollars. Because this is America!

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Date:2008-07-18 15:26

There's going to be a new 90210 this fall. The preview is totally uninformative so I don't know if the new show will have anything in common with the old one except the zip code.

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Date:2008-06-25 12:12
Subject:Swat: an informal poll

When I was a kid, seems like everyone had a flyswatter. Usually a tacky plastic one. I can't remember the last time I saw one. I just realized that I don't even own a flyswatter. Have they been rendered obsolete by bug zappers and air conditioning? Do you own a flyswatter?

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Date:2008-06-14 13:54
Subject:Yo Momma

This website is cracking me up. It's snippets of emails and IM convos from people's mothers. Many of them are sweet and most are unintentionally hilarious.

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Date:2008-03-28 09:45

I'm surprised people on my friends list didn't comment on Arthur C. Clarke's recent death. Since I rely on LJ for most news, I didn't even realize he had died until I saw it in a newspaper I had lying around.

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Date:2008-03-26 13:20
Subject:We're baaaaack

And yesterday while we were in San Francisco, the Oregonian ran an article on the front page of the Living section about Christian (and me) along with two other local game designers. They ran the story this week as a little extra publicity for the GameStorm con that's coming up this weekend.

P.S. It was lovely and sunny in California, about twenty degrees warmer than Portland. We were glad to land at PDX last night but as soon as we drove out of the airport raindrops spattered the windshield. Oh yes, that's my town. Gorgeous rainbow over downtown on the way home.

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Date:2008-03-22 10:58
Subject:I'm off

I've decided to protest the LJ changes by going on vacation to California. I'll catch up with everything here in a few days! Happy Easter, etc.

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Date:2008-02-22 10:46

(My apologies to those who read my caelista journal as well and are getting this twice)

Since we saw Handel's Rodelinda last weekend, I haven't been able to stop thinking about the contralto's Dove sei. The entire performance could have been better, but this aria is haunting me. Jennifer Hines sang it for the Portland Opera and I thought it was odd that they had a woman singing the part of King Bertarido. Turns out it's often sung by countertenors. Here is Andreas Scholl performing it. The exiled king has returned to his own land and is hanging around his memorial stone wondering about the fate of his beloved queen. Scholl has a lovely voice but his performance doesn't carry as much emotion as Hines'. Her appearance was the moment when this opera came to life.

It's close competition for my all-time favorite, Un bel di vedremo from Madame Butterfly, which is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written.

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Date:2008-01-27 21:58

I saw Mirrormask last night. I don't know how this film escaped my notice when it was in theaters, but WOW. An online friend mentioned that it's total eye candy and she was right. I loved this movie.

Gaiman is growing on me. I also read Anansi Boys recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. Christian was a little disappointed because he thought it would be more like a Pratchett book. To me it's a fable, not a comic novel, even though Gaiman slips in his sly humor with his wording here and there. It made me want to read the traditional Anansi stories.

After Anansi Boys I read a young adult novel called The Witch's Boy that I had gotten for the kids. This story is written in the timeless language of classic fairy tales, but with more developed characters that drew me in. The author includes characters from familiar fairy tales, like Hansel and Gretel, but they show up in passing and they are now middle-aged. He could have left them out and I would have enjoyed the book just as much, or maybe more. I was so impressed with his language and the tone of the book that I kept thinking "delightful," and that's not a word I normally use.

Now I have Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was, which delphica   recently recommended, so it looks like I'll be continuing the fable streak.

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Date:2007-12-25 12:15
Subject:Xmas Snow!

In all the years I've lived in Portland, I think this is the closest we've come to a white Christmas. I hope it sticks.

Hope everyone's having a wonderful holiday. :-)

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Date:2007-12-06 23:14
Subject:Haha, the Humans are Dead

I might be getting to this late. Looks like it's been up for a while. But I find it amusing.

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Date:2007-11-26 16:22

What the fuck is this Cyber Monday? First I've heard of it. Maybe I'm not Geek enough.

Also, I just wrote 7800 words on my novel and cracked 40,000. I'm on the home stretch now.

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Date:2007-09-18 13:15
Subject:"Want Not, Waste Not"

Did anyone catch the article in the Oregonian on Sunday about how the state is drafting a plan to discourage consumers from, well, consuming, in order to cut down on trash? Apparently Oregonians' trash output rose 43% from 1993 to 2005. So we may be happy recyclers, but we're also big consumers and all the new arrivals to the state are contributing more trash too.

I'm glad to see that "consume less" is making its way into more mainstream circles, but I'm very curious to see how the state proposes to stimulate the economy while telling people not to buy new things. There will have to be major economic shift from consumption of goods to consumption of services, I'm thinking.

They're already talking about reducing packaging, and I'm all for that. The drafters of the proposal abandoned harsher ideas like carbon taxes on products that use a lot of energy, or fees for building large homes.

Interesting times to come.

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Date:2007-08-09 22:36
Subject:Happy birthday, dave_knight!

I know you like the belly dancing, so here's a special birthday greeting for you. Enjoy!

Oh, and watch til the end. :-)

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Date:2007-08-07 10:25

Aidan keeps getting this stuck in my head, so now you can have some too:

"Spongebob Scarepants, Spongebob Scarepants,
Sponge-be-boooooooob ScarePANTS!"

No need to thank me.

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Date:2007-08-05 23:41
Subject:LJ stuff

Does Livejournal allow importing posts from other blog programs like Blogspot or Wordpress?

That would be handy.

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Date:2007-07-30 12:44
Subject:Random question for the smart people on my Friends List

Can wine be made from citrus fruits? I know it can be made from dandelions, berries, and I think from apples and pears, but what about orange wine? Do citrus fruits ferment into alcohol? Is hard lemonade something like vodka with citrus flavoring, or does it come from fermented lemons?

Please satisfy my totally pointless curiosity about this matter.

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Date:2007-07-23 19:34
Subject:While I'm spending the day on Youtube...

If I haven't already made you watch this, watch it now. Someone from Christian's friends list posted this clip from Britain's Got Talent. She prefaced it with "Paul Potts is here today to sing," and that pretty much sums it up.

In fact, if I did make you watch it, watch it again. His voice is worth it.

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