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Techmology and Scientism / Really, REALLY old fossils found...
« on: August 22, 2011, 02:24:23 am »

Particularly interesting since the microfossils were apparently formed before there was a heck of a lot of oxygen to play with, they're sulphur based.

Aneristic Illusions / Maybe there's hope...
« on: August 21, 2011, 12:17:46 pm »
Yeah, I'm an optimist, sometimes.  Don't worry, life is working on beating that out of me.

But, came across two articles this morning that give me hope for humanity.  A little, anyway.

The state of Illinois kicked Catholic Charities in the teeth.  The court ruled that the state can cancel year-to-year contracts with them (that have been in place for 30 years) because they refuse to place children in homes with same-sex couples.

And, a court ruled that a California teacher who stated that creationism is "superstitious nonsense" can not be sued for violating the First Amendment.

“In broaching controversial issues like religion, teachers must be sensitive to students’ personal beliefs and take care not to abuse their positions of authority,” Judge Fisher wrote.

“But teachers must also be given leeway to challenge students to foster critical thinking skills and develop their analytical abilities,” he said. “This balance is hard to achieve, and we must be careful not to curb intellectual freedom by imposing dogmatic restrictions.”

Or Kill Me / Help me out, here, Dok...
« on: August 16, 2011, 02:39:53 pm »
Maybe my life wasn't everything a girl dreams of, but I was doing okay.  I had a husband I was crazy about, one I believed in, that I trusted.  I had a home. Not a palace, sure, but it was ours, and I loved it, too.  Pets, hobbies, enough cash to splurge now and then...  For America, I was doing just fine, and pretty fucking awesome, compared to some.

Then it all came crashing down.  My husband wasn't half the man I thought he was.  I lost my home, my job.  Money's tight, these days.  They say money isn't anything, but having it beats the fuck out of having to decide if you're paying the credit card bill or eating.  Even my hobby got a kick in the teeth, since he brings that slut he's banging around.  My car is falling apart around me, and I'm not sure how I'm going to replace it.  I've had people I thought were friends prove they aren't, either by walking away, or by sticking in a knife. 

I'd thought people were basically decent.  Now, I occasionally wonder if we wouldn't be better off if aliens came down and carted off 90% of the population as lifestock and bombed the rest of us back to the stone age.  I thought I was a good person, who cared about everyone.  Turns out I can be a bitch who can tear into someone she at least used to be in love with.

The world isn't black and white any more, Dok.  Somebody smudged it up with shades of gray all over the place.  Trust isn't yes/no any more, it's how much do I trust someone, and with what?  Life isn't good/bad any more, it's better than yesterday, or sucking harder than last week.  Pieces are great, sure, and some people have been awesome, but a lot has gone to the suck.

So...  here's what I don't get, Dok...  With all this shit coming down trying to break me, to kill me, why is it I feel more alive than I have in years?

Aneristic Illusions / Obama endd Don't Ask Don't Tell
« on: July 23, 2011, 03:28:29 pm »
60 days left, in which the military will be looking at extending benefits to same-sex couples.

So...  Restrict the ways a woman can get insurance to pay for an abortion...  And when in desperation, she resorts to deliberately overdosing on pills to force a miscarriage, arrest her, charge her, and threaten her with a fine of up to $5000 (which she obviously can't afford) and up to 5 years in jail...  Taking her away from the children she DOES have.

I do fucking hate people sometimes.

Techmology and Scientism / Launch of the Endeavor
« on: May 27, 2011, 03:55:54 pm »
Okay... this is cool.  NASA released video of the launch, from the shuttle.

Apple Talk / Gotta love the Catholic Church
« on: May 26, 2011, 01:22:12 pm »
Father Riccardo Seppia has been working with the Pope on reforms on responses to sex abuse cases. 

He's been arrested.  Pedophilia and drug charges.

You can't make this shit up.,8599,2072613,00.html?xid=rss-world

A Marine veteran, survivor of two tours in Iraq, gunned down in his home by a SWAT team.  Coverup follows.

What the fucking hell?

Techmology and Scientism / Lingodroids
« on: May 18, 2011, 09:27:32 pm »

RPG Ghetto / Toying with a campaign idea...
« on: May 15, 2011, 10:56:02 pm »
Anybody out there run anything using the Dresden Files RPG rules?  I like the world, the system looks interesting.  (I particularly like the idea of the city in which the game is set being a joint work by the GM AND all the players.)  Just wondering if there are bumps in the system I should watch out for.

Apple Talk / ITT: Luna's dealing with the shit in her head
« on: May 15, 2011, 03:37:53 pm »
Yesterday was a great day... mostly.

See, there was an SCA demo.  This is where we go somewhere and do what we do in public, with people who AREN'T us walking around, asking questions, and generally getting in the way.  It's part, "come, see what we do," part, "hey, wouldn't YOU like to do this, too," and, usually, part publicity stunt for whatever group asked us to do a demo for them.  Big guys in armor smacking the hell out of each other with sticks is always a crowd pleaser, go figure.  We are, after all, an EDUCATIONAL organization, so, once in awhile, we go out and try to inflict some knowledge on the mundanes.

Besides, it's fun.  The look on the face of a teenager when you hand him an 18 pound helmet and they realize, "they put this on their HEAD?!" is priceless.  (The trick is, learn to support 18 pounds with your arm straight out and your wrist straight.  Let 'em get their hands under it... and DROP the whole fucker on them at once.)  Cub Scouts are, by the way, the most bloodthirsty little bastards you'll ever see.

Anyway, we're doing this demo.  Richter's got his buddy's forge and is busy turning busted scrap metal into useful sharp things and pretty things.  Suu's got a couple of her best outfits out on display and is fielding questions at the Arts & Sciences tent.  Me, I'm out fencing, and having a ball.  The king and one of the other knights borrowed some gear and came to fence, too, good time.  We had a tavern brawl (well, four of 'em).  Set up a table with some extra stuff to parry with...  Couple of candlesticks, a pot lid, some fake food, mugs...  A stuffed cat...  (Yeah.  My friends are sick bastards, sometimes.)  We'd've done more, except the table got busted when we flipped it over and one of the girls broke it with her head.

Anyway, good day... except for the point where I turned around and realized my NYEX-husband is there, and he brought the little whore with him.  Pretty much instant mood crash.
I pulled my shit together...  Grabbed something to eat, and went back out on the fencing field with the couple of the guys who I know can handle things if I lost it out there.  (Did NOT go out against J or SA, they're both new, and my control was off.  I was pissed, but not at THEM.  O and E knew I was upset and pissed, and are both capable of making sure I didn't do anything stupid to them.)  Usually, I'll refuse to suit up at all if I'm angry...  I know who I'm angry at, and it's NOT the person across the field from me.

So, took out some aggression on my friends.  No damage of which I'm aware was done, which means I probably laid a bruise or two on 'em, but nothing bad enough for them to bitch about.  Dunno if either one of them heard my cussing while I did it... but it helped.  Got some support from friends, some who just saw I was upset, others who saw them there and figured I would be.

I ignored the both of them, except when he tried to wave and say hi, he just got a glare. 

Rest of the day after the demo was awesome...  Shower, hike over to Richter's for dinner, movie, some of which I slept through on the Couch.  (I don't think I got a LOT of sleep, but I slept like a bloody rock, one of those naps where you close your eyes, open them again a second later, and realize you've missed half the movie.  At least it was one I've seen before.) 

Glad I got that nap...  Came home and spent the rest of night staring at the ceiling.

See... here's what I can't figure.  I sure as hell do not want him back.  Not if he came crawling with a thousand apologies and confessions of stupidity. 

So why the fuck does seeing them together feel like somebody's tearing out vital organs?  Why did I run my shower out of hot water this morning standing in there crying over this shit?

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