Three fake holidays for 10/16

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:15 am
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Over at my main blog, I wished my readers a...

Happy National Liqueur Day! I could have also wished my readers a Happy National Dictionary Day or a Happy National Department Store Day when I wanted to take a break from recapping the News and Documentary Emmy winners, but I decided to do something easy and familiar. If my readers wish to celebrate those other days instead, they can go right ahead.

I'll wish my readers here a Happy National Dictionary Day and a Happy Happy National Department Store Day anyway.



Did I mention that I read "Big Magic"

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:19 pm
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by that lady who did the really trash "Eat Pray Love"? I did. I tried it because the cover was so bloody gorgeous, all that purple! And I have been reading creativity books for inspiration. And you know what? This was a good one. No really. Now, as per usual with white folks, she manages to find inspiration in an mostly white canon of creatives; and as per usual the greeks and the romans are invoked as the beginning of creative history (insert eyeroll. And there is a story about Bali priests at the end that reads to me like she is defending cultural appropriation (its the way she talks as if there isn't a valid reason for concern in the situation that eveolved, even if in that case, it didn't work out the way it usually does when poc have something white folks are interested in). And I really dont agree with her that art is essentially useless and not that important to our survival. (She basically thinks that physical stuff like doctors nurses etc are important to our survival, while art is something that we choose to do but can live without. I find that her dismissal of art's catering to our mind's needs to be really weird for someone who is deep into spirituality. For me, art is just as necessary as the physical stuff. Not just bread but roses too, ya'll or in this case not just bread but art.

But the rest of it? Spot on. She takes the myth of having to suffer to create art to the woodshed. She talks about making creative work a devotion in a way that really synced with me. She addresses the idea of genius, and success and how if you are lucky to have one of your ideas take off, how to deal with the fact that nothing else you make is likely to be be as successful as that one idea (the answer: face that, acknowlege it and work anyway. Try to stay away from the idea of working towards success and try to embrace the actual creative process itself. She talked about working to support your art and how that helps to not put so much pressure on you to perform. (Though I started thinking about the many ways in which capitalism emands that you work so much that many folkd can't even get a minute to practice art at all and that's why a dream of many folks is to be able to make art that sells, cause they'll have some goddamn time to do so! ) And she talks about the fact that whatever path you choose, there will be associated shit that you will have to deal with. So pick the path. if you can, that has jewels that shine so brightly for you that you will dig thru the shit to get at them.

Her writing was lovely, light and casual and inviting. I really do rec this book!
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cause iam gonna attempt nanowrimo this year!
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Major Crimes series finale spoiler, kinda. )

And then I will cry exactly the same way I cry every time I watch Third Watch's finale and it ends with Bosco still doing his thing. Every time.

(Apparently I cry thinking about that, too. Wow. Misty eyes over here, hello.)

In fact, I reject any other ending to this series.

ETA: No, wait, I know what it'll be: Read more... )

I created a feed for my other blog

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:52 am
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Unfortunately, I didn't really know what I was doing, so I gave it the wrong name.  It's [syndicated profile] neonvincent_feed  instead of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.  Sigh.  I tried to change the name by entering the URL again and it just sent me back to the already existing feed instead of letting me set up a new one.  Live and learn.  At least it exists and any of you can subscribe to it.


Dead Man's Help Wanted

Oct. 15th, 2017 07:00 am
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I watched Help Wanted the other day, which is not at all an infrequent occurrence, and I still believe that if I could only watch one episode of television for the rest of my life, it would be that.

I'll never not fixate on the moment during the raid where Brenda's trying desperately to figure out where the suspect went and Sharon is the one who asks the questions that focus Brenda. First of all, I find it interesting that the men who work with Brenda every day can't or don't do this, but the woman who is an outsider steps in. Second, I love it because it's who the characters are: Brenda is disorder and Sharon is order. But this time, there was a new thing I noticed -- the drastic shift from the last episode they shared, Dead Man's Hand. That episode shows us what it looks like when Brenda's thinking gets muddied by her feelings toward Sharon. It straight up tells us, multiple times, that a guy dies because Brenda lets her judgement get so clouded by her dislike of Sharon. And we go from that to Brenda saving multiple young women because Sharon gives her clarity. So I'm just a little 😍 over here.
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On my blog's Facebook page, I wrote the following a week ago:

Crazy Eddie's Motie News was feeling confused.*

The bot traffic, which stopped August 17th, has returned to the blog. At least I won't have to worry about making my page view goal this month (1173 page views per day for a total of 36,393 page views), but at what cost?**


*I chose confused because perplexed and paranoid weren't available on Facebook. They aren't available here, either, but at least I can write in my own choice, which is "suspicious."

**I made that page view goal on the 11th. The blog currently has 44,616 page views for October with the month less than halfway over and 53,700 for the past 30 days. As for the cost, it's wondering who or what is reading my blog and for what purpose. I can say that it's coming from inside the U.S. The Russians aren't nearly as interested as they were before the election.

Getting Serious About Writing

Oct. 14th, 2017 03:06 am
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So in the vein of getting serious about English and writing, I'm going to start trying to draft items to submit to contests and literary publications. I'm also looking at free-lancing, though that probably won't lead to anything unless/until I get published anywhere, since I don't exactly want to list NaNoWriMo or fanfiction in my portfolio.
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yesterday and I am whining inwardly because I can't buy it. It has no arms you see and stops mid back. I also dont trust its comfort level for the truly ridiculous level of time I spend sitting. But I wants it so bad. *sighs* I am trying to find a desk chair that is gorgeously colorful, comfortable, has a tall back so I can lean my head on it and has arms. Apparently this set of specifications is next to impossible to fulfill. The makers of desk chairs seem to feel that most of them should be black or white or brown. Or if they are colorful they should be midback and have no arms. Or be the UGLIEST shade of that color that they can find. I am very confused as to their choices. Maybe I should learn to draw so I can learn to design so I can design my own goddamn chair and somehow get it made?

Happy Friday the 13th!

Oct. 13th, 2017 06:26 pm
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Can you spell triskaidekaphobia for Friday the 13th?
Nautical superstitions for U.S. Navy Birthday on Friday the 13th

Keeping On Track

Oct. 13th, 2017 03:09 am
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I've cancelled almost all my memberships and am on schedule to pay off another credit card this month. It should take four months to pay off the other two.

I'm going to see about online TEFL stuff on the weekend to start additionally building up a chest fund for moving to Italy. (My plan is to explore London -> Ireland -> Get Irish passport -> Cruise France and Spain a bit -> Work toward Italy.)

I'm also trying to get more on top of writing again so I can work on TEFL and, in addition, writing.*

So. Busy.

*I'm still also interested in the counseling, but as I pointed out before, people I know in 'safe' jobs are still miserable and living paycheck-to-paycheck. So why bother being safe?




My co-worker and I were talking about hook-up culture and how it is critical of FWBs and insists it is a nightmare waiting to happen. Well, so are STIs. I think people should adapt their expectations in order to have (medically) safe casual sex.

I'd rather have a broken heart than a resistant case of gonorrhea or syphillis. What on Earth is wrong with people?

Iago is sarcastically surprised

Oct. 12th, 2017 09:20 am
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Ugh

Oct. 12th, 2017 01:42 am
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I really want to go to Colorado Springs and visit my mom for a week (I could really use the time to relax) but I don't want to spend the money on the airfare. I want to pay off my credit cards instead.

I keep starting the process of buying a ticket and then backing out. I'm going to have to call her.

I told her when my days off were but we didn't actually talk about me getting out there.

It's so hard to talk to her because of my double shifts.
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National Fossil Day

Today is National Fossil Day, exactly the kind of holiday I'd celebrate at Crazy Eddie's Motie News except that I'm in the middle of featuring the News and Documentary Emmy winners in science, space, and medicine. Maybe next year. So, I'm observing it here by sharing a video I'll get around to posting at the main blog eventually, An Asteroid Didn’t Kill the Dinosaurs, Here’s a New Theory About What Did from Seeker.


Actually, the asteroid did kill the dinosaurs, just much more indirectly than originally thought.


Shannara Chronicles returns

Oct. 10th, 2017 08:12 am
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My wife and I watched the first season of "The Shannara Chronicles" when it came out on Netflix a year ago and found it surprisingly enjoyable. We've been looking forward to its return. That's tomorrow. Here's the trailer.


One of the things that the trailer makes clear is that the show takes place in a post-apocalyptic future, something I pointed out in a a comment on The Worlds That Never Were on Greer's Ecosophia blog: "It may not be immediately clear in the books, but in the opening credits and scenes of the TV series, it's explicit that the stories are set in a post-nuclear-war future where the elves, dwarves, and trolls evolved from humans in a radioactive environment and where ruins of our current civilization dot the landscape."

Watch the opening to see.


Here's to the second season being as fun to watch as the first.
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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving 2017! Also Leif Erikson Day and Native American Day




Happy Native American Day!



Happy Leif Erikson Day!

Happy Wester 2017

Oct. 8th, 2017 10:31 am
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Silly Squirrels for Happy Wester 2017!
I'm single-handedly keeping alive a fake holiday called Wester, which is the first Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Autumnal Equinox... The holiday has its own animal mascot, the Wester Squirrel, which goes around and gathers goodies to hide instead of hiding goodies to pass out like the Easter Bunny.

Over at the main blog, I have videos of squirrels stealing each others' nuts and squirrels using a tactic from "The Walking Dead" to evade snakes.  Here, I have flying squirrels going for distance from National Geographic.  Hey, it's football season!




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Diabetes has turned me into a masochistic Pavlov's dog. When presented with food, instead of salivating, I have a conditioned response to stick myself with needles.

Predictions: "Battle of the Sexes" will be nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Movie. Emma Stone will be nominated for Best Actress in a Comedy Movie. Steve Carell will be nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy Movie. With three months of releases still to go, it's too early to post odds on their winning. It's also too early to make bets on their Oscar prospects.
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very disappointing. the downside of trying new things i guess, some stuff will not work out.

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