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Sunday, November 19th, 2006
2:35 am - In the bay...
So we are now in the bay.

Post on this thread if you want to hang out at some point.

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
5:00 pm - The Republican Revolution
For over 40 years (1952-1994) Democrats controlled the house. Then in 1994 the "Republican Revolution" gave control of both houses to the "Moral Majority."

They managed to hold it for just over 10 years, fucking the country over more ways than I can count, and all I have to say to the departing members of both the House and Senate:


Don't let the door hit you on the way out.

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2:23 am - Blue Moons and Democratic Victories
Yes I am actually posting.

And no it is not about politics.

Jen and I will be visiting California soonish (flying to SF the Saturday before Thanksgiving)

If you feel like hanging out comment on this, shoot me an e-mail or give me a call.

See you soon!

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Monday, September 4th, 2006
10:34 pm - Battle Of USA and Testing
So...a 15 year old girl was hitting on me at the tournament this weekend. stormborn didn't believe me when I told her, but after testing the girl came up to her to compliment her on our Escrima skit. She told Jen that she had great taste in a husband.

I am both complimented, and somewhat weirded out.

Other highlights of my weekend. I almost beat Chris Wade in continuos sparring (64 to 66 whixh is very impressive considering how good he is). The refs messed up the rules too. Normally for continuous sparring you have two 1 minute rounds with a 30 second break. They did two two minute rounds. Bloody exhausting.

Needless to say, I am thouroughly wiped out.

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Monday, August 28th, 2006
11:03 pm - Life Changing
Well...I don't post often, but I will post for the big stuff. I am currently a bum (or a kept man depending on how you look at it).

I am going back to school to get a few computer certifications in Oracle, and study some Unix at the same time. Hopefully six months from now I will be a full fledged computer nerd employed by some mindless corporation in an appropriately nerdly capacity.

In the mean time, when not busy with school, stormborn has already given me a nice long list of stuff to get done around the house, so I should be kept nice and busy.

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Sunday, March 26th, 2006
11:07 pm - I liked this quote...
Herecledese, a greek military trainer said this Circa 300 b.c.e.

"Give me one hundred men, ninety will be targets for arrows, nine will be soldiers for they the battle make. One will be a warrior for he he battle wins, for he will bring the other nine home. I must find this man for he is the reason I train*"

laevus care to comment?

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
12:06 am
"rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’, because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual." Thomas Jefferson

Fuck strict constructionists. We need to look at what the founding fathers had to say about liberty, and take that into account when we write laws.

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Monday, January 30th, 2006
7:24 pm - think outside the box
"Neurotypicality is a pervasive developmental condition, probably
present since birth, in which the affected person sees the world in a
very strange manner. It is a puzzle; an enigma that traps those so
affected in a lifelong struggle for social status and recognition.
Neurotypical individuals almost invariably show a triad of impairments,
consisting of inability to think independently of the social group,
marked impairment in the ability to think logically or critically, and
inability to form special interests (other than in social activity)."

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Tuesday, January 24th, 2006
9:47 pm - Honest to God post...
Well, I thought it was about time to have an honest to god post on this thing...not really sure why.

Hapmudo is busy as always. We've got our second CIT seminar this weekend. Two days, 8 hours a day, and much pain will be had by all. I feel I've already learned so much, having spent the past six months getting personal attention from the Grandmaster. We've got testing February 11th, and stormborn has been fretting a bit about whether or not we will be able to present our escrima form. It is a kick ass form, but if we don't get to present it I won't worry about it too much. I've also been thinking more about transferring our membership to Herndon so we can get more Grandmaster attention. The only thing holding me back from this is all of the underbelt's that we have been helping that Annandale.

Work is boring...I have taken to calling it insipid soul sucking banality, but it pays the bills. We are working on life plans that will allow us both to cut back on work hours and yet still have kids (I know, kids, a very scary thought). We're even talking about trying to teach martial arts full time.

Part of this plan would involve moving somewhere cheaper eventually. We are strongly leaning towards Tucson, cause I miss it and I have the god-damned cold. I am a desert creature! (Ah Dune)

And see, this is why I never post. My life seems rather mundane. Boring actually. Gone are the drama filled days of college, which I suppose is not a bad thing, but I do miss the parties.

Speaking of which...who is up for a nice debauchery filled party?

current mood: lethargic

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Sunday, January 1st, 2006
4:19 pm - obligatory New Year's entry...
Highlights of 2005:

  • The Earth did not crash into the sun

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Monday, October 31st, 2005
6:19 pm - Dave's internment
Dave's internment is tenatively scheduled for sometime between Dec. 14th and Jan 16th.

If you are interested in attending go here and Leave a comment on summersweet's Journal.

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005
11:19 pm - What the fuck
Hufu The other other other white meat.

And people say I am crazy...I almost want to order some.

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Sunday, July 24th, 2005
9:06 pm - ah...
let's see I haven't posted in forever...its been a crazy, hectic, friend dying, life filled kind of year... and to complete my half-assed post some quotes for you:

"You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You are the same decaying organic matter as everything else"

Fight Club

"You are not your job. You are not the money in your bank account. You are not the car you drive. You are not how much money is in your wallet. You are not your fucking khakis. You are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world."

Fight Club

"This is it, folks. This is the idea which has kept me virtually unknown for the past 16 years. I have watched my crowds dwindle. I am going nowhere, and nowhere quick, but, those of you who have children, I am sorry to tell you this, but they are not special. Wait! I know some of you are going "what, what?" Let me just clarify: I know YOU think they're special ... ha ha ha! I'm aware of that. I'm just here to tell you, that they're NOT!"

Bill Hicks...

(and no, I'm not special either)

Now, the sooner you realise this...accept it, and move on with your life the happier you will be...

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Friday, January 7th, 2005
5:51 pm - I have a job!
Just got the call today.
New job for me...caloo calay
less commute
and better pay.

More details as they develop.

I am so the coolest person in the universe.

In other news, I did something weird to my back. It feels like a cross between a pulled muscle and the time I had pleurisy. Hopefully it goes away before demo class tommorrow.

current mood: frabjous

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Tuesday, November 30th, 2004
11:03 am - Selling My Soul...
One Paycheck at a time.

So here is a whopper from the Legislative Director of the lobby I work for:

"Grange members understand that the most effective means to guarantee our personal liberties and secure our future prosperity is through greater involvement in the democratic process. Common frames of reference, such as language, faith and patriotism as well as common sets of knowledge, skills and experiences regarding the operation of the political process are also fundamental prerequisites for vibrant civic participation."

Discussion Questions:

1) You Afraid yet?

2) Liberty needs homogeneity? What the fuck?

3) How do you communicate with people whose mind's work like this?

4) At what point does the "He just needed killin'" defense obtain?

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
9:46 am - A Referendum
For me this election was a referendum not on economic policy, not on terrorism or the Iraqi war, but rather on my fundamental faith in the American people. I know this sounds melodramatic, and possibly extreme, but bear with me. One of the values I hold most dear, and a defining part of my personal morality (or philosophy If you prefer) is the belief that individuals should be free.

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Fanatacism…Patriotism, Faith…they are all on the same side of the coin…and this country keeps landing up heads.

Sorry if my rant has been a bit incoherent…I have a lot more to say, but I need to get to work so I can go home and pack for my frumple-making convention. Oy…or in the words of Bill Hicks: “Where’s the tower, where’s the gun? Where’s the tower, where’s the gun?”

current mood: Incensed

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Thursday, September 23rd, 2004
10:27 am - Random musings...
First off I saw a car this weekend with a liscense plate holder that read "Frito Lay Number 1 Sales Rep 2002"

Now why would anyone want to advertise that? I mean the guy is shilling overpriced junk to bovine America. Its like taking pride in selling coke to crackheads...not too bloody difficult if you ask me.

Also watched a little bit of the festivities for the opening of the Native American Smithsonian. It was pretty damned cool. It's been a while since I've been anywhere where it was socially acceptable for men to have long hair.

I need to go back sometime this week while they are still serving venision stew on the lawn...maybe tomorrow for lunch...mhmmmm Bambi, yummy.

Bush continues to astound me with the depths of his idiocy. His speech in front of the UN was characteristicaly ignorant, fear mongering, accusatroy, dissasociative and in general screwballish.

Speaking of which I read an article this week talking about the pasion and power at Bush rallies. How women scream and swoon when he shows up. How the events carry a moving emotional message...and yada yada yada. There is a word for that sort of thing...it is called demagoguery, and a good portion of the framers' time went in to figuring out how we could avoid that kind of mob fueled charismatic mojo.

Oh well...hopefully Canada will take me.

On the Hapmudo front, Jen and I have been taking the assistant instructor program, so we've been leading and helping out with underbelt classes. It is rather interesting, but takes a lot of energy just to keep track of so many things at once (you know keeping the class moving while making sure nobody kills themselves) Last night was especially interesting as Mr. Lee did not come out at all, so Jen and I lead the class the entire time. (He must have some level of confidence in our abilities)

This saturday we've got a Demo for the Herndon open house (losthermarbles you need to drag B along and avoid the evil psycho sister from heck) It should be a nice relaxing demo for a change (not like our three demos 6 hour Kennedy center affair two weeks ago)

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Thursday, September 16th, 2004
11:11 am - The Tale of Genji's Penis
So I was reading the Tale of Genji (well an abridged version) and I think I learned a few things about the Japanese from the book.

First off, as far as I can tell, all men did in 1200's era Japan was write poetry, dance and try to seduce anything that moved. Now this is not to say that poetry or rampant sexuality are bad things mind you, it's just that our modern American Vin Diesel idiom tends to argue that the two are mutually exclusive.

But, the most interesting thing I've learned is that the whole theory that the stifling societal constraints have led to the sexual "perversity" that runs rampant in Japan is complete bunk. And, if you think I am casting aspersions on the Japanese by saying that their society is known for its sexual deviance, just look up hentai, Japanese fetish conventions or panty vending machines.

A major portion of the Tale of Gengi revolves around how he falls in love with a 10-year-old girl. When he meets her he immediately asks her guardians if he can have her. And they reacted in just about the same manner you or I may have would, with a nice blinking "What the fuck?" But Genji is persistent, and eventually "gains custody" of the girl...who he proceeds to educate and mold into the “perfect” woman. Perfect in this case meaning docile, subservient and desiring to carry out his every whim. Not that this stops him from his nightly habit of seducing anyone who gives him so much as a passing glance...

So my conclusion is that the Japanese's current penchant for creative pleasures has nothing to do with its oppressive archology-esque corporate lifestyle, but is at least 800 years old.

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11:09 am - The meme I can't resist
Ok...can't resist temptation:

I want anyone and EVERYONE who reads this to post in here something they would like to do with --or too--me someday.

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Monday, August 23rd, 2004
10:27 am - The Mondays
Just a few observations to start off your week.

Why is it that Bono gets fined umpteen million dollars for dropping the f-bomb on national television (not even in a negative fashion mind you) and Janet Jackson gets crucified for shopwing a little tittie during the Super Bowl, but DC 101 can play 'Prison Sex' uncensored on a Sunday afternoon, and no one gives a hoot...

Don't get me wrong...I love the song. I think Maynard is the only man alive that can make a song about rape and sodomy sound so beautiful...but still, if you want to talk about offensive: one flash of tittie versus: "I have found some temporary sanity in this; shit blood and cum on my hands"

Come on...

Also I love watching U.S. media presentation of the Olympics. I think this is where fox news journalists learned everything they know. Have you noticed that their coverage follows the same pattern for any event the Americans are not winning? No matter what place the American is in they always have a shot.

I mean it could be men's epee fencing, the French could have the reincarnation of Aldo Nadi while the American fencer could be Joe Schmo, a blind quadruple amputee, and the comentary would still be something along the lines of: "Well its going to be a tight match but Joe has a chance if a meteor falls out of the sky striking Aldi on the head in the next few minutes. Did you know that Jow trained for this event using two donkeys and a pair of pliers. His parents are in the audience with us today cheering him on..." Excessive dribble ensues. By the time it is over the fencing match has ended, Joe has lost 150000 points to zero, and they cut to the swimming events.

My most recent ammusement with Olympic commentating came last night watching the girls gymnastics individual apparatus events.

(do you think "apparatus" is a funny term? It sounds so S&M. I get this vision of short little midget gymnasts in leather bondage gear tying up unsuspecting synchronized divers with their ribbons...anyways)

Don't ask me why I was actually wathcing gymnastics...lets just move on.

So anyways the event ends with the American girls winning second, and the comment from the announcer was something along the lines of: "And so Jane Doe will take the podium for America joined by Olga Vladputzin (or whatever) of Whatsylvania and Ingrid Juergenstein of some other country"...so I'm thinking through all of this "hey wait a minuite, didn't whats-her-face from Romania actually win the event?"

I guess the commentators just thought it'd be best ot overlook that nasty little truth...

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