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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJan 29th 2014
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    a project that has been looming over my head this year is about to be finished, sort of. My partner is finished, anyways, and I don't mind cleaning up after her on my own. That was a very welcome surprise today.

    Also the funk that's been on me this month seems to be lifting a bit. Less heart burn, more gym, better eating, hoping that will all keep up and improve my outlook each morning.

    Also I came up with a cheesygreat idea for a sitcom, so I've been writing that for laughs.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2014
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    The results of my MRI scan said "reassuringly normal", so that's one less thing I gotta worry about. Maybe I don't need to send a team of miniaturized Colonial Marines into my head to take out the Queen Insect after all: "Stay away from my brain, you bitch!"
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2014 edited
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    Went to see Culture Clash tonight. I used to watch the TV show a zillion years ago - the few that made it to air and I'd always wanted to see their stage shows, but it cost money and I could never convince anyone to come with. Finally my sister noted they were close and relatively cheap. YES! YAY! So much fun, and such terrific talents! I didn't realize how much of my view of America parallel's theirs, if not being somehow informed by their view. Gah. Love them!

    And then we checked out a local "next gen gastropub" courtesy of a good Groupon and now I'm groaning in happy pain from some eeeeexxcellent food.

    PS this is my hair now...until the red washes out (soon):
    redhead
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      CommentAuthorPaul Sizer
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2014
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    Five feet of clean, healthy colon, good drugs and eating solid foods again. Hot damn, that's how to end a week!
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    I was social with an old friend! I was invited out to a low-social-impact hanging out, and I went, and it was fun!

    I also got three gigs for future photo shoots this week! Crazy!
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    I spent far too many hours in a car today, but in the middle got a wander in the sunshine in a town I used to go to all the time... so very familiar and for the first time in years I drove on proper country lanes and could do so by instinct as I knew for sure where I was going. Which was both lovely and a facer! (have to realise that however much I want to feel it, this town/area is just somewhere I live, not home. bah!)

    But sunshine. nice coffee. for less than £2.!! a proper hill and shops that were mainly closed on the sunday. free car parking and what chains there were were not the big ones. Out doors !! I was utterly broken earlier this week, and now I feel much better...

    (now I just have to find some way or another of getting a decent massage, until then a hot bath will have to do!)
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2014 edited
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    I need to get on this thread more often. Shit, every time I post in a Hug thread, I say that...
    I auditioned for a webshow that films out of the LCBS the fella works at (ETA: was gonna post a link, but I forgot any youtube link has a tendency to get formatted for imbed here), on a whim! Our friend is one of the co-hosts, and they were filming w/ a live audience, so I was there to support. Found out they were doing auditions for a new third co-host, I decided "fuck it, I know geeky stuff". Got really nervous seeing the other three girls try out. But when I sat down, it was easy. It was just talking about stuff I like. The fella just called me an "idiot savant of talking", so there's that. Our friend was INCREDIBLY surprised I did so well, since I have a tendency to freeze up and be really quiet all the time. But, yeah, it was somehow the simplest thing in the world.
    Inside scoop from the fella, who hung around to close up the shop after they finished discussing the auditions, was that I "know too much". They apparently want a barely-nerdy girl who will have stuff go over her head all the time (and probably one way better-looking), which reeeeeally irks me. But I'm totally fine w/ not getting it or getting it, whatever, it was the experience of putting myself on the spot and facing some of my social problems that mattered to me.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2014
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    I did the art & layout for this. A track is streaming and this is now available for pre-order and BONE-COLORED VINYL!
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2014
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    Nice!

    I guess I could pimp out that CD that used my photos: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=775696359122539&set=pb.178497858842395.-2207520000.1391632930.&type=3&theater.



    But what I really came here for was to talk about how I'm knocking out this aggravatedly stupid research project they're paying me way too much for. I clocked twenty hours over the past four days just cleaning up my partner's mistakes. Woop. All in all, though, I'm actually getting to be pretty proud of the report. It's no publishable article (..... YET) but it'll at least make them not regret hiring us.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th 2014
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    Also, brittanica, they should hire you AND a ditzy girl and then you just lay a verbal smackdown on her naivete every week. And then maybe a physical one, during the closing credits, like a mud-wrestle or something.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
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    Did a thing and I was proud of it. Then I made a yummy dinner.
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    @dorkmuffin, very nice, out of curiosity do you were where the printing for the packaging was done?
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
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    @vandalhandle, NO idea. Relapse Records handled all of that.

    Some internet comments so far: "I like how the artwork looks like vomit may have been one of the painting ingredients." and "I think that artwork is more disturbing than the music. Wtf is going on there?"

    YYEEEEEAAAAAAAAH BOI
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    I went to a doctor yesterday and I unexpectedly got botox injections in my head and neck, afterwhich I went uptown to grab some oil paints a fellow on craigslist said he'd left for me, only to find they'd been taken. It was a complete bummer. I was really looking forward to those paints!

    So, slushy and damp and feeling crap, I decided to walk over a few to the theater where Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart were performing together. They've got rush tickets. So I got a ticket for $30, and sat in the front row! That's normally a $150 ticket! And I saw them acting right in front of me! And then I waited outside the stage doors and saw James Earl Jones sneaking away, and one by one got to thank McKellen and Stewart (and a fellow I'd not known before) as they each signed my Playbill!!!

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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
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    ZOMG Rachael I am SO FUCKING JEALOUS YOU DON'T EVEN uuggghhhhhh I hate not living in New York!!!!!

    Which one did you see Godot or No Man?
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    I saw No Man's Land. Waiting for Godot has little available seating left according to the site, though I might try to see it next week if the weather is bad. Bad weather = exchanged tickets & less rush ticket sales = better chances of a decent seat. It's not just a case of snobbery, my vision is wierd. I really do need to sit close if I'm going to see their faces at all. It was amazing. McKellen is so lithe and fluid in his body! Also, it was odd to see Stewart with some hair.

    I now have $28 in my account for the month, but I think it was worth it!
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
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    I was ripshit to find I was in the city the weekend they took all those bro pictures. I would have sought them out for hangs.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2014
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    Wow. Godot is way better known, and that's why I rather see No Man's Land. Also Pinter is a little bit of a bastard so I'd like to see how Stewart and McKellan went about it. I love sitting in the front row because from there you can see the actor's working their butts off. That would have been a true master class to observe. (And my eye sight is shitty.)
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2014
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    So...there was this post in my head for a while about Beer Certification programs. Primarily two that were the biggest games in town where I am here. I decided to do some research and I ended up talking to current and former students of both programs, sat in on a class, interviewed the founders of both of the programs (one on a conference call with him in Chicago and the Canadian rep here in Toronto). I got all these notes done...and then I didn't write the damn thing for two months. Part of it was dayjob taking up so much of my energy and another part was just writer's block on how to approach. But yeah, a couple of days ago I got hit with a bolt of lightning, sat down, and slammed out 2000 words in one sitting. Edited it, took photos, and sent it out yesterday.

    ...and so far the response has been incredible. It destroyed my previous record of most views in a single day and I've been getting e-mails and PMs from people thanking me for providing a well-balanced post that outlined the differences between the two programs. My journalist father, who is ALWAYS very critical of my work, says it's the best thing I've ever written, and I've been told that it will be used as a resource for people who want to seek certification.

    So I'm feeling pretty fucking good.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2014
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    Big monster document of doom DONE! Handed back to my partner for check-overs before we send it to our boss/prof. I could definitely use a victory cigarette after that -- the last six hours of the project were just formatting and references.

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