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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2010
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    And here we go again, so Warren has something to look forward to at the end of the month.

    Today I managed to get my new flat insured. Once again, the moral of the story is: Kids, don't go into debt and lose your credit rating.

    I am also currently enveloped in the happy glow of the first night of the Tampere Jazz Happening. This year the big things for me are Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics, Marc Ribot's Sunship, Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Tin Hat and Hamid Drake & Bindu.

    What's making you happy right now?
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2010 edited
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    I gave The Flaming Lips a proper listen for the first time today, starting with Soft Bulletin. It makes me imagine that I'm in a sunny field and a bearded smiling man in a suit and top hat is throwing rainbow confetti at me.

    So...I guess that's good?

    Also have the Cat and Star Trek playing.
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    Yesterday was a day of manic productivity: I managed to complete the forms for my FAFSA applications (federal college grant stuff), called my old university and could re-admit myself without having to apply from scratch and pay the admissions fees! I also went gloriously budget thrift-storing (7 shirts & a brand-new-with-tags $45 hoodie for future christmas present, all for under $30), got requests for website updating work from an old client (money!), and went to a doctor for scheduling my tonsilectomy next week! ROCK!

    Then, I took my meds and finally fell asleep at some point before noon.... and didn't wake until midnight. I'm a confused mess.
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      CommentAuthorErikCJones
    • CommentTimeNov 4th 2010
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    I had Dysfunctional Family Dinner with a few friends I hadn't seen in awhile, and we're planning on making it a regular thing.
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    @ My old friend-family had Thanxmas for a number of years. A huge meal with a lot of drinking, then taking everyone the next day to take a group photo.
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    I had the choice between vile breakfast or buying Dodgem logic while briefly in town earlier. I ended up buying Dodgem logic from The Greatest Pokemon Trainers[1] in the city.

    It is now time for coffee, toast and marmalade.

    [1] - It says so on the receipt so it must be true.
    • CommentAuthorTwist
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2010
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    I got my hair cut and it finally looks like its a style rather than a mess of different length hair with the sides shaved.

    Then my Mum and i went to see RED curtesy of a friend who sent us a double pass, had take out lunch, did some random shopping, and are now home keeping company with chilled wine.

    Best day out in ages and awesome way to welcome my Mum back to civilisation (she's been out playing with the refugees on Christmas Island for 2 months)! The movie was definitely a highlight, we giggled through the whole thing.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2010 edited
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    THIS

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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeNov 5th 2010 edited
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    I bought two tee-shirts from winneganfake's store, he has a sale on... first time in months i can afford new threads, very chuffed.

    League of Extraordinary Bastards

    King of Sea
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2010
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    Lemons to tasty tasty lemonade... facebook creeps me out when people from a million years ago track me down and want to be friends. I'm trying to accept it and make facebook be my major out-facing social signpost. But I'm used to being insular and don't entirely know how to handle it when people I knew in high school want to catch up and know everything about my current life. But today... today something nifty happened as I was dodging and weaving their social expectations and my social anxieties... I found my high school English & TOK teacher!

    Somehow I never even thought about him being online (high school was a while ago, ok? }:P) so it never occured to me to check fb. Mr Kopacki was one of those teachers who just can't be forgotten. He was the seminal teacher in my academic career who Made it All Make Sense. After my parents he is the foremost guilty party for how I think and approach life. it's so wonderful to remember that. So wonderful, in fact, that I went ahead and sent him a facebook message telling him all this. I'm not too impetuous, I think, but I had to seize the moment or it's likely I wouldn't try any other way to find him again.

    Hi Mr. Kopacki!
    . . . .
    But I finally have the opportunity now to write this: Theory of Knowledge was by far the best and most important class I've ever taken and that includes all of my college courses (USC BA Theatre '99).

    Thank you for being such a brilliant, infuriating, inspiring teacher.


    I have no idea what he'll think. I haven't seen him since I graduated. But finally. Heh. Finally I got to thank my teacher. }:>
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      CommentAuthorElfay
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2010
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    After two years in Ireland which is my 4th country in 15 years abroad - I'm making in-roads. I've been invited to produce a bi-weekly podcast for a nation-wide arts and community development program, and also to present my i-net jazz radio thing to a class at a local Uni. I've worked as a temp for the entire two years, only gotten 3 job interviews in all that time and have a total of 3 friends (old ones, that I made when I lived here 15 years ago), have no family around and everything I own in the world is in another country in a house I don't live in anymore. But this week?...this week belongs to me.
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2010
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    @taphead.... is that a jag? or a jazz? what you making?
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2010
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    @Alastair - That's going to become a Jazzmaster. My Sonic Youth / shoegaze trip needs it something awful.
    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2010
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    I've been listening to old Jean Shepherd radio shows on my morning walks, rather than get depressed about political news.

    Yesterday morning was a 1969 era show in which Shepherd gave tribute to his friend Jack Kerouack (!), and read for a half hour or so from On the Road. Fucking amazing.

    I wish Shepherd had read the whole thing, He had a wonderful voice. Most folks only know it as the narrator of A Christmas Story.

    In any case, tomorrow I go to the library in search of a copy of the book.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2010
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    Goddamn I love wine. And Dead Can Dance. And theatre. And Immanuel Kant. }:>
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    // I should explain something. Having read and found fascinating both of those pieces written from datamining the okCupid stats for racial and sexual differences, I decided to start an account. I'm not looking to date, but I desperately need some creative people in my life, people with ideas and projects and art. It seems to be working, being that I've found two artists-of-sorts with whom I've IMed, and may collaborate with in the future. //

    Today, I got messaged by a fellow eight years my junior.

    Photobucket


    Yes, I definitely feel better now.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2010
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    A really fucking great RPG session. Jesus fuck.
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      CommentAuthorreosarevok
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2010
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    @taphead

    What was the game?
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010
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    A Perfect Circle played Mer de Noms start to finish at the Avalon. I got to go for free and took a good friend. Danced my butt off, sang till my throat hurt, got a little weepy. Fuck yes. Maynard James Keenan has a voice that just seems to be made of sex.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 9th 2010 edited
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    Simple pleasures today. Good music, nice lunch, warm coffee, dumplings with decent homemade dipping sauce, comforting walk, conversation with friend, long and hot shower and a cup of strawberry soy milk.

    Feeling comfortable. A very welcome change from the "oh my god, I'm fat, untalented and I'll be single forever!" feeling I've been having the past little while.

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