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wackity smackity doo

Laid off at work. Saw it coming, though. Just as well; my health hasn't been as stable as I thought it'd be, and it's not worth it to me or them to keep missing so much work (never mind that they barely have any work for my former department to do anymore). Oh well, onwards and upwards. Or sideways.

Two worthwhile links:
  1. Pictures of an abandoned incinerating factory in Kharkov, Ukraine (from industrial). Oooh, post-apocalyptic!
  2. What would Pac-Man look like if he were a samurai? Awesome piece of art I saw this morning (and am ordering a print of it, hell yes!).
And that's it. Fighting the cigarettes and trying to finally get some stuff taken care of with the house (I think a year is long enough to mourn, yeah?).

Oh, and unrelated: I finally watched Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, and Hugo Weaving needs to dress in drag more often. That's all I'm sayin'.
walken is not amused

Notable quotables

meme from kalyx:

Go here and keep hitting random quotes until you get five that resonate with you, and post them to your journal.

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.
      William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

It is a fine thing to establish one's own religion in one's heart, not to be dependent on tradition and second-hand ideals. Life will seem to you, later, not a lesser, but a greater thing.
      D. H. Lawrence (1885 - 1930)

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae.
      Kurt Vonnegut (1922 - 2007)

The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.
      Havelock Ellis (1859 - 1939)

I have come to the conclusion that my subjective account of my motivation is largely mythical on almost all occasions. I don't know why I do things.
      J. B. S. Haldane (1892 - 1964)

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Just a heads-up

There's a rash of new accounts being created with the sole purpose of adding random people and making posts containing shady "free music downloads" and "free movie downloads" URLs, including a "parisrocksagain.com" site, which showed up on Google as possibly harmful.

Just a warning if you find yourself being added by some random schmuck. According to Google, there's 1600+ accounts on LJ with that parisrocks URL.

I submitted an Abuse report on this just a few minutes ago too.
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Any Houdini fans out there?

Check this out:

Click the picture to go to the artist's blog, where he's selling that one and a bunch of other neat comic-book art. Very Mike Mignola-ish, I dig it.

(The artist is the same guy who did the Watchmen/Peanuts one-shot, if you've seen that. I've never read Watchmen, but from what I've seen of Rorschach, I probably should read it. Looks cool. And I guess they're making a movie of it too. I'm so far out of the loop on comics, but I still know what I like, hurrr de durrr.)
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When you little scamps get together, you're worse than a sewing circle.

First, the bad news. Remember those kids in Texas? The polygamy sect? Texas' Supreme Court came through like the shining beacons of wisdom they are and said to send the kids back. *headdesk* Guess it wasn't "cult-like" enough, huh?

Now, the good news. Two of the interweb's coolest guys, Wil "Wesley Fucking Crusher" Wheaton and Neil "I'm The Nicest Creepy Motherfucker You'll Ever Meet" Gaiman, had two back-to-back posts that made me cheer from deep inside my Southern California military compound.

1. Mister Wheaton goes to see Elvis Costello and the Police in Hollywood the other night. Some silly bitch is gabbling on her cell phone about how great Sting sounds -- the real-life equivalent of commenters on Youtube quoting the same fucking video their comments are attached to -- and annoying the hell out of Mister Wheaton, who
snapped. Before I knew it, I said, "Hey! I don't want to listen to your fucking phone calls. I want to listen to the Police."

Her eyes widened, like she wasn't used to people standing up to her.

Did I mention that she was probably in her mid-40s? Yeah, that's important. She was absolutely old enough to know better.

"WHAT?" She said.

"I paid sixty dollars to listen to The Police, not to listen to you."

"Well I paid seventy," she said, petulantly.

"So that makes it okay for you to be an inconsiderate asshole?" I said.
In case you missed the relevance of this... Someone was told to shut the fuck up by WESLEY CRUSHER. AWESOME.

2. Neil Gaiman addresses the millions of voices crying out in fannish pantswetting squirrel-on-meth excitement over the rumor that he'll be writing a future episode of Doctor Who:
I see from the internets that Rich Johnston's carefully worded "Well, Neil and Steven Moffat had dinner, and Neil hasn't said no, but there's many slip between cup and lip..." thingummy on his rumour site became "It's an open secret that..." when it was reported on Aint It Cool News and that's now transmuted into "OMG NEIL IS WRITING DOCTOR WHO BEST NEWS EVER" on the next round of news sites, and most of my mail today (except for the one from the young man who wants to know how to get out of doing military service, which just left me flashing on the last part of Blackadder Goes Forth) is asking why I haven't told everyone all about it...

Look, if it ever gets to the point where I know that I'm actually, definitely, for certain, writing an episode of
Doctor Who, I'll post it here. In big red letters. Or green. You'll know when it happens, trust me. I may even get Maddy to write the entry for me, and include photographs of cats doing amusing things in it. It'll be a proper blog post. Promise.
This was after he deleted what he was originally going to write, which was "Right, then. Will you PLEASE shut the hell up for two seconds?" But then he realized that he was Neil Gaiman, and rewrote it to sound more like the ridiculously polite, funny, creepy guy we all know and love.

Sometimes the internets are pretty cool, you have to admit.
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Memorial Day

There's something to be said for a U.S. holiday meant to acknowledge the sacrifices of soldiers that is usually spent getting bargains at department stores. Oh wait, that's what we do with every holiday, isn't it?

Okay, maybe that's too cynical.

Still, being the current generation of a family whose fathers and grandfathers have all been in the armed forces, I get a little upset during this holiday. I will never believe that war is ever the right answer; unfortunately, it is and has been an answer — sometimes thankfully not the first answer — throughout history, and history is neither right nor wrong. It just is. Although you could probably make a case for the last eight years... but, you know, "bring 'em on", "mission accomplished", nu-cul-ar, golf, etc.

Things worth reading in between hamburgers and beer:

From youaredumb.net.
"Memo to America: BY THE WAY, WAR.

It's funny how things change over time. It used to be that Memorial Day was set aside to remember all the soldiers that died in our past wars, and pretend all those wars were justified. Now, it's a time we've set aside to actually remember that we're at war. In two countries. So far."
Global War on Terrorism casualties from 2001 to 2008 (.pdf file) from http://dmdc.osd.mil/. Funny how when you haven't seen the phrase "Operation Enduring Freedom" in a while, you realize you've forgotten to keep up with Get Your War On.

Finally, from the History News Network, A Day for Remembering -- and Accepting Responsibility, an article about Lt. Gen Lucian K. Truscott, Jr., who gave a speech in Italy back on Memorial Day, 1945.
"In his heavy rasp, Truscott told the dead men that he was sorry for what he had done. He said that leaders all tell themselves that deaths in war aren't their fault, that such carnage is inevitable. Deep down, though, if they're honest with themselves, he said, commanders and politicians know it's not true. Truscott admitted he had made mistakes, perhaps many.

Then he asked the dead to forgive him. He was requesting the impossible, he knew, but he needed to ask anyway.

Finally, Truscott debunked the idea that there was glory in dying for one's country. He saw nothing glorious about men in their teens and twenties getting killed, he said. He then promised the men buried at Nettuno that if he ever ran into anybody who spoke of the glorious war dead, he would 'straighten them out.' 'It is the least I can do,' he concluded."
For those of you who have served and who are serving in the military, thank you for your sacrifices. Thank you for doing what the rest of us are too weak, too selfish or too afraid to do.
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Watch out for something 'Zinaps Anti-Spyware' folks. It's a virus that nailed me just now. Not sure how I got it yet.

ETA: Found it, in the process of fixing it. Figured out how I got it: was looking for a transcript of a House episode, and found it on a site called "twiztv.com". There was something else right after that in my Firefox history from a "advance-actions.com" site. The end of the URL (a "secure.cgi?" file) was a short string of gobbledygook. The same string is in an .ini file in one of the Zinaps folder that ended up on my computer.

Be advised to block both sites in whatever browser you're using.

Bleah, fucking assholes.