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    • Technical Difficulties

    • Posted by EnglishSubtitles on 11 Mar 11
    • Apparently, I suck at including pictures into my posts.

      When I posted my introduction in the "introduce yourself" section of the site, I noticed that my picture in included in the post wasn't showing up in the preview of it. I posted it anyway, thinking it might just be a "preview" glitch, but it still appears as blank with question mark. I looked at the same post on different computers and the case remains the same.

      I'm new to all this, so any advice that you can send my way would be helpful.
      Thank you.
    • Burrying Childhood

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 8 Mar 11
    • I walked down by the river today, to see what had become of my childhood, only to find the hidden paths covered by sculpted hills and landscaped trees, or swaths of pale gray cement, and winding metallic stairways.

      No sign of the loons. They're long-gone, gone when the construction started, fled like I did. Perhaps it was the only sensible thing to do. There are no tracks of rabbits in the snow, no tracks of deer, or raccoon or skunk. Only small birds and the occasional squirrel, and the tracks of people's pet dogs and their boots as they tromp along the clean, pristine walkways.

      It does not feel like home, not like the place I went in anger or sorrow, to hide from the world, even during winter storms so bad I could hardly feel my fingers through gloves.

      Gone. Gone are the twists of the river I knew, where loons nested and crawdads basked, ducks swam and the herons hunted. Replaced by tourist-friendly sculpted river rocks that never belonged here. Gone is the tree that was the childhood way of crossing the river (thankgod our parents never found THAT out), replaced by iron bridges painted rust-red.

      The cops now want people to use the pathways, instead of chasing people away. They say things will be better now. They say it will bring tourists and money, this pale pathway I wandered, as if covering everything with pavement and fake wilderness made from stones of cement made to look 'natural' are a replacement for what was. A fake wilderness.

      Very few will notice the difference.
      Very few will care.
    • A Practical Gasmask

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 5 Mar 11
    • So. I just got a gasmask...
      People keep on asking me why I have it, and looking at me expectantly. It's like they expect me to have a practical, mundane, every-day-use for a gasmask up here in Michigan.

      Why did I get one? BECAUSE.

      editing to add a LINK to a pic I edited of me in the gasmask. I deleted the eye lens things and then promptly scared the crap out of me. hahaha. Image removed because I've sufficiently spread my fear of my own editing. ;)
    • OH NOES!

    • Posted by RenThing on 19 Feb 11
    • "So they're getting a Brit to play the next Superman. Bye bye "American way" from what Superman fights for."

      I've seen this or similar quotes floating around since Henry Cavil was named as the next actor to play Superman and it makes me just want to throttle people.

    • Quote

    • Posted by RenThing on 18 Feb 11
    • From Scalzi who got it from someone else, a quote that really resonated with me and my hopes for my son:

      “The world does not need more young men who were raised to believe it is a woman’s job to endure them.”
    • Still Kickin'

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 13 Feb 11
    • Furnace did not blow up because the fanbelt was fubar'd. It's currently turned off and not fixed because G. decided to watch tv instead. Come tonight, I expect it to be cold as all hell again, and my area to be the only really warm part, because I have my space heater instead of being in the area that normally gets heat.

      I'm feeling a bit better thanks to peach flavor kefir (The store had !!6 !!flavors instead of a choice of blueberry or plain. WOOT), and a turkey wrap from the local hippie co-op, got my homework done and am waiting for monday, when my new stylus for my iDevice is to appear in the mail.
      Edit: Furnace fixed. YAY!
    • Set it On Fire

    • Posted by Rootfireember on 9 Feb 11
    • flaming paper

      Burned paper trash today, and helped heat up my area of the house, as well. Take that, junkmail and old bad drawings! I also thought it might be interesting to try to take pics of said firescapes, and got a bunch of rather interesting textured images that don't really LOOK like fire to me, but *shrugs* I like 'em anyhow. I like how in this one you can see the flowery-shape of the curling tongue of flame, and a hint of the texture of the paper being burned (That's over 500 monopoly money $1's, that were given to a coworker for a 'tip' which got passed onto me).