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I hate to say it, but I let my back get ridden.

A friend of mine, whom I will call "Dean" for the purposes of this entry, writes modules for my role playing game, Fellowship of the White Star. I guess I should say he "writes" modules. He comes up with the idea and he communicates that idea to me as best as he appears able.

However his grammar is, to be polite, atrocious. His transitions are non-existent. His characters are flat and stereotypical. His modules take more time to edit than writing a module from scratch.

But, Dean is a nice guy who loves the campaign and loves writing for it. He is so enthusiastic it is really hard to turn him down. And, he helps out in so many other ways. One year he let us store our "magic box" (a milk crate full of two years worth of modules for use for pick-up games) in his hotel room because our housing at the con was less convenient.

We have plenty of authors. Losing one wouldn't hurt, and would actually help as editors could focus on other events. But, again, he is such a good guy. I just can't disappoint him.

I'll bend my back and do extra work for him. I'll gripe and complain about it. But, I'll let him ride my back and take the credit for his finished product. All things considered, I think it is worth it.
31st-Mar-2014 03:25 pm - LJ Idol tope 3: In Another Castle
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Next to the tv stand there sits a set of shelves. And, on these shelves is arranged a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, two SNES's, and a ColecoVision. In the garage there is a PS2, at least one PS, a few NES's, a GameCube, and other consoles made redundant by the ones on the shelves. Between the four of us, there are four DS's. And, of course, there are games on all of the computers. We even have a console video game that plays a selection of classic games such as Joust, Robotron, and Sinistar.
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Video games have been an important part of my life for my entire life. They are still my go-to entertainment even after all these years.
21st-Mar-2014 12:00 am - LJ Idol Topic 2: The Missing Stair
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Halfway down the stairs is a place where I sit ...

I remember when I was a child, one of my favourite songs on one of my favourite (because it was mine) records was sung by Kermit's nephew, Robin.
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I'm in the middle of my life. So much has come before. So much is still to come. But, right now is neither before nor after. It is Now. And, if I need a new car Now, if I need a new job Now, if I need a new routine Now, then Now is the time to do it. I can't do it yesterday. I might not do it tomorrow.

And, I know the perfect place to make such changes. A place that was special when I was young and deserves to be special when I become old. And, if there is an even number of stairs in my house, I'll make do. Because the stair isn't missing. It isn't up, down, in the nursery, in the town.

It isn't really anywhere. It's somewhere else instead.
18th-Mar-2014 08:51 am - LJ Idol Week One Voting
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The poll is posted and it is time to vote.

I don't have a recommended reading list this time. I'm still reading, myself. But, I would appreciate votes.

Polling Page

I'm cross-posting this to my Facebook. A lot of my old LJ friends migrated over there over the years and so I don't know if they still read here or not.
17th-Mar-2014 11:27 am - LJ Idol Week One: Jayus
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"I love you," I said to my wife.

"Yay," is her response. Sometimes she says "Yay" and sometimes she says "I love you too". Both mean the same thing.
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Taken seriously, it is a bad thing to say. Taken at straight value with both what is said and how it is said, it is a hurtful thing to say. But, taken in context, it is more of a joke. Not the normal kind of joke. As Harry Anderson once said, "Its like the funny kind ... only different."
16th-Mar-2014 12:37 am - LJ Idol Season 9 Sign Up
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So, where to begin?

Years ago I had a job that afforded me a lot of downtime. One of the things I did with this time was to write and maintain my Live Journal. I was active in communities, posted regularly, and even participated in this little thing called LJ Idol.

Then, I lost that job. And, that was replaced by a job with zero downtime. And, that was replaced by ... by ... by whatever it is that I do now. I'll leave more detailed explanations for the inevitable prompts in this newest season of LJ Idol that has successfully brought me back to my nearly forgotten journal.

I'm back for now. We'll see for how long. Anyone who missed me over the last two years can thank LJ Idol for bringing me back.
4th-Mar-2011 12:13 pm(no subject)
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Let's say you're running for president, and you win by a mudslide. What would you change about your country and why? Would you make new laws? Paint the White House blue? Tell all!

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I don't think I could win by a "mudslide" because I disapprove of the mud slinging in American politics in general.
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I think that these domestic changes will make the US government more of a body of people who work for the country and less of a body of people who work for themselves and for the good of the interests who pay them.

Theno
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It seems like it is every other year when the U.S. media turns its focus to renewable energy. One side of the news and talk shows spin a horror story of what could happen should fossil fuels become scarce or be depleted altogether. The other side likewise devotes print and broadcast space, not to debunking the scare tactics, but to explaining that the difficulties involved in transitioning to renewable energy sources. These difficulties include technological needs, industrial interest, and financial difficulties. Research shows, however, that the United States possesses the capacity to convert to renewable energy in these specific areas.
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27th-Jan-2011 04:38 pm - First Day Back -- Banned!
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Until minutes ago I had been a member of an LJ community called WoW_Ladies. It was, back when I first joined, a nice place for people to discuss World of Warcraft, mostly out of character.
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Not a great return to LJ. But, hey, one less community on my list.

Maybe I should go through and cut out some others.

Theno
26th-Jan-2011 11:51 pm - Finished My First Semester
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I finished out my first semester back at school. I have finished 4 of 33 classes. And, I've already signed up for four more next semester.

The most frustrating thing about the class was discovering that the paper that I wrote for my Language and Communication class was not read by the instructors. It was simply skimmed through for key words, citations, and format.

Would any of you be interested in reading the paper? And, would you prefer my original version, or the final version?

Theno
27th-Aug-2010 09:38 am - Just Can't Hide It
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Poll #1611447
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 29

Are you excited that Sept 1-8 is International Enthusiasm Week?

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3 (10.7%)
No
3 (10.7%)
It is?
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Clicky
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30th-Jul-2010 02:54 pm - Writer's Block: Supersize me
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Have you ever boycotted a company or product? If so, what was it, and what caused you to boycott it?

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There are places I have stopped going to.
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Theno
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What movie have you seen the most times in your life? How many times have you seen it? Will you ever grow tired of it?

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I don't know about "most." I only kept track on the earliest two movies that I watched over and over, and I have since forgotten the number of times.

In the 80s, I watched the original Star Wars (A New Hope) over and over. When it was featured on The Movie Channel one month, I went out of my way to watch it every time it was on. I only missed a few, when it was on while I was at school.

Thinking back on it now, I'm impressed that my parents put up with that. I was sneaking out of bed at 4 AM in order to watch it again.

When I was at college, there was a blizzard that trapped my roommate, Dean, and me in our off-campus apartment. We watched Rocky Horror Picture Show over and over. I used to be able to quote the entire movie.

I also went through a somewhat dark period toward the end of my first marriage where every day I watched Pulp Fiction and Judgment Night. Sometimes I would watch Sling Blade as well.

I can't say that I ever got tired of any of those movies. I haven't seen any of them in years, but that has more to do with not having as much spare time now as I did back then.

Thinking about it, though, I can see the effect that these movies had on me.
Spoilers Behind CutCollapse ) I don't think I would get tired of these movies even though I've seen all of them well over a dozen times each.

Theno
30th-Jun-2010 01:05 pm - Origins Report
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I owe you guys some serious updates. So, I'm going to try to go in reverse order.
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I had a great weekend, and am looking forward to Gen Con. Just have to get my next event finished, playtested, and edited first.

Theno
10th-Jun-2010 10:05 am - Writer's Block: Prone to puns
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How would you describe your sense of humor in six words or less?

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"It was funny at the time."

Theno
27th-May-2010 09:39 pm - Back In The Saddle Again
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Wow, has it really been two months? I guess I owe everyone an explanation.
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I do have some other news from last April. But, I don't want it to be overshadowed by my health talk.

Theno
17th-Mar-2010 08:01 pm - LJ Idol Week 18: Adorable
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Can I talk about my girlfriend and her adorable children again? Because I really do love CM, and I’m glad she and her kids have chosen to share their lives with me.

The kids confuse me, though. I don't mean to speak ill of them, but sometimes they make no sense. These are children of a broken home (the parents are divorced, hence CM dating me,) they have moved at least twice in their short lifetimes. They have lost and made new friends.

And yet, they perceive that the way things are is the way things will forever be.
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I don't think they will. But, wouldn't it be adorable if they were?

Theno
15th-Mar-2010 03:38 pm - I'd's of March
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If you could do anything that you wanted to do for today, regardless of expense, responsibility, or social / occupational / political power, what would you do today?

Theno
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Do you suffer from occasional or frequent insomnia? Do you have any special tricks or remedies? How does it impact your life?

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I guess I should first point out that there is a distinct difference between insomnia and not being able to sleep. The first is an illness, and the second is an annoyance.

Insomnia can affect a person in multiple ways, and doesn't necessarily affect any given person the same way consistently. Sometimes it is an inability to fall asleep. Sometimes it is an inability to remain asleep. Sometimes it is an inability to get restful sleep (as in, you slept through the night, but wake up and are still sleepy.)
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So, my trick or remedy for insomnia is to identify and reduce the stress in your life. And, to sleep next to someone whom you don't want to disturb when your eyes pop open in the middle of the night for no reason at all.

Theno
14th-Mar-2010 09:26 pm - Theno 3.14
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Today is Pi Day.

Mmmm, pi

When come back, bring pi.


wanker.

Theno
10th-Mar-2010 05:15 pm - LJ Idol Week 17: The Caged Bird
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In 2002, I bought a $75K house for $68K. I thought it was a good deal.

I see people on TV talking about those of us feeling the hurt from the current financial crisis and the failing housing market. They talk about people who bought outside of their means. People who overspent on making their homes "nice." People who put themselves into debt and had no way to pay for the money they borrowed.

I am not one of those people.
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I just hope that CM is willing to give me the time I need. (And, that she isn't upset by me talking about this in public.)

Theno
8th-Mar-2010 12:39 am - LJ Idol Week 16 Run Off
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Some say that his kitty is fluffy, and that a rainbow shines out of his buttocks ... all we know is he is a contestant in LJ Idol.

I forgot to post my recommended reading this week. And for that I apologize.

There was a 10-way tie for elimination. Seven of these people delivered a run-off entry and the voting is now open to determine who stays and who goes.

I would like to take this opportunity to draw attention (once again) to the ongoing story of Jack_Batelin. He is currently behind in the polls and could use any votes anyone is willing to give.

Of course, the other entries are good as well. You can find them all here.

Theno
3rd-Mar-2010 11:43 am - LJ Idol Week 16: Breaking the Fast
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My legs are sore. My head has hurt on and off all week. That first evening, I had a bitter taste in the back of my mouth and felt dizzy. And, through it all, I hated myself.

A few weeks ago, CM got a Family Membership at the YMCA for herself, her kids, and me. On Sun, while the three of them were swimming, I gave myself an hour long workout. It was a bit much.

Over the last few years I had tried now and again to start exercising. But, I haven't really done it since my surgery in 2007. And, in the meantime, I have really let myself go.
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The human body likes the status quo. I don't remember where I read that. But, it likes for things not to change, and when things do change it gets sore, or dizzy, or achy and it is easy to go back to the way things were. This is why it is hard to give up smoking, or give up fatty foods, or start exercising. But, if you want to make a change you have to force yourself to be different.

You can do this by being the boiled frog, by taking baby steps so that the change is gradual. Or, you can do this by jumping in the lake with both feet, quitting cold turkey, or a dozen other euphemisms. The point is, if you want to change something about yourself, you have to commit to it, believe that you can do it, and move forward instead of back to the way things were.

Theno
LJ Idol Season 6
Are you ready to layeth the smacketh down? Is that the bottom line because Stone Cold said so? Are you ready to suck it? Have you said your prayers and taken your vitamins? If you want some, will you come get some? If you aren't cheating, are you trying?

The most popular wrestlers have catch phrases. These one liners help the fans connect to the wrestler. Viewers can take the phrases and say them to each other, or to non-fans. Some of these catch phrases find their way into the cultural consciousness. I've found non-wrestling fans delivering wrestling quotes with no clue where they came from.
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What quotes do you use a lot? What statements of culture help drive your life? Are you on a mission from God? Are you someones number one fan? If someone tells you, "That'll do, pig. That'll do," are you offended or heartwarmed?

And, when life gets you down, do you swear, "As God is my witness, as God is my witness, they're not going to lick me! I'm going to live through this, and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again - no, nor any of my folks! If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill! As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."?

Theno
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