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"Hello all,

Regarding inviting friends to our wedding--we should have room for between twenty to thirty friends. However, we are going to wait approximately till mid-May before inviting any, giving our families enough time to RVSP so we have firm numbers. The wedding is 2pm to 6pm on June 13, so if you are potentially interested in coming, please let us know and keep the date open--but understand, at this point, things are still very in flux.

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Snatched from, [livejournal.com profile] mountainheather
Association Meme:
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.
The subjects that she chose are:
Zip cars
Tae kwon do

Textactular landslide )
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[Poll #1352066]
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Internet & TV are out at my parents'. So I'm listening to dance music radio and reading The Economist while I eat my French toast. How's your morning?
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I can has no more cold, plz? How was your day in lolcat speak?
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Too sleepy to write now. Any requests?


Sep. 4th, 2008 07:20 am
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Quickly, the photo is of some old train cars just outside Hoboken terminal. I'm not sure why they're there, but they've been there the past 2 weeks.

Last night was the Final Four concert for NYC soundtracks. The first act was decent, but generic. The second was not very good (you are not Luther Vandross, stop vamping like him). The third act, Dorian Spencer, was excellent, which makes sense, as he was the guy we went to see. The fourth was also very good, his name was Trevor Exter, and he played the cello like a guitar, almost entirely by picking, and even playing chords.

All in all, a pretty successful evening. But as always, I'm sleepy. This is most likely the sleep debt from Tuesday finally hitting me, but whatever.

If you'll forgive me, I've noticed that when I started posting photos daily, I got a ton of comments, but now it's resumed to its normal trickle. Is it because I haven't been commenting very much myself?

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I've got some LED lights that I got at Ikea a few weeks ago. They provide nice, diffuse lighting at very low power in a variety of colors. They're really handy as a sort of night light, so Erin doesn't have to turn on the harsh overhead light to come to bed.

Due to a miscommunication on my part, I didn't get to see The Dark Knight last night after class. It's for the best, I think, as I got to bed at least 2 hours before I would have gotten home, had I seen it.

My class is really cool and relevant to my interests. The Chief Security Officer of AT&T is the professor. He recommends reading Feynman and 2600, but there is no required text, which is great, because I already read those.

I've been catching a little of the convention, and I think it is too slick and too mastubatory. But I'm glad Obama will be getting the nom and that Hillary is no longer trying to split the party.

Time to go to work. Tell me a happy story to read on my lunch break, please.

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Could someone please text me the number for Cha Cha, the text answer service and confirm it's free. Use my LJ info page to send the text for free. Thanks!

edit: Thanks [livejournal.com profile] misch!
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This is a silly photo Pat took of me several months ago. I'm a hardcore Sith Lord, or something.

Yesterday, my alarm didn't wake me, which I always take as a message that I'm too sick to go to work. Erin and I got a lot of work done, anyway. We renewed our lease, got her a new camera, and got some needed housewares. Oh, and did a ton of laundry. I also sorted through 3 boxes, filtering them down to 1.5. I've had a better record than that, but these boxes had newer stuff that I am more likely to need. Oh, I forgot, we also picked up the Mika DVD, which is excellent. I hope he comes back to NYC soon, so we can go see him.

Experiment: you should take a photo and send it to me. Either directly by MMS, or by emailing it to my full # (w/ the 1) @tmomail.net. If it's cool, I'll post it and talk about it.

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Hello! [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet and a few other people and myself are all planning to chill in Central Park starting around 2pm tomorrow. I'm pretty sure you want to join us there! Our approximate location will be here.

See y'all there! Oh, and bring food. Erin and I are bringing a fuckton of watermelon with us.
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This one seems to refer to the law of big numbers. Or perhaps these guys don't ride the train. Or maybe it's a reference to their anonymous nature.

Since I got the pedometer, I've taken at least 37192 steps. This does not count times near sleep, or times near practice, because I'm not wearing these pants then.

A few people have told me they've been enjoying these many new mobile posts I've been making. I'm really glad to hear that, but I'd like to know what it is that y'all have been liking about it. I'm nearly done with the Delawanna photos I've got, though there's at least 1 more I want to take when the weather's nice again. I'll likely keep digging into the archive from the old phone, but I'd be interested to know what y'all'd like to see.

OTOH, I just took two more pictures walking to my NJTransit train. Still, I'd like some input, if you can afford it.

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Found from my old phone's photos that were backed up. Photo taken on 60 and Columbus.

What would happen if graffiti was legal?

Just glad to be off a series of annoying trains. Both NJ Transit trains had drunk middle aged people acting like children & they appeared pleased that they were. The 1 had a dude w/ a high, affected voice and a girl both clearly still in HS going loudly over the minutia of socializing.

Got me some new books so y'all may be getting fewer posts shortly...

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Evidence that most of the work at this station was done by one couple, who are very clearly very much in love-both with each other and with Sharpies.

How's your day going?

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So, after some deliberation since my last post (sorry, friends-locked) on this, I've decided to go with the following image:

I decided that I found the hand of Eris in the middle to be a little distracting, and I like the pure geometry of the rest of the mandala. Same location (the upper left deltoid, aka under t-shirt sleeve), same size (~2.5 inches in diameter). I punched the mandala through Vector Magic to get an SVG version so all my future experiments with the image can be nice and smooth, regardless of resolution. For instance:

However, I still have some questions about the tattoo remaining:
  1. Where is a good, inexpensive but not cheap (get the difference?) place in NYC if I were to do it?Q. 4 from original post
  2. I have freckles on these spots, how will they interfere? Will they simply be obliterated by the black ink?
  3. [livejournal.com profile] amalthya recommended going towards the end of the summer, as getting it will ban me from swimming for some time. I'm guessing I shouldn't go there with a sunburn, but if I have a tan, how will that affect things?
  4. Are there any questions I should be asking that I am not?

Thanks all!
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Name a particularly graceless animal.
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I've been reading an AskMetaFilter post about life-changing events, and I've decided to try and catalogue some of my own:
  • On Religion: Many of the comments in that thread talk to a single moment where a person realized that there was no God. I never had such a revelation because I never believed in one. I intensely realize, however, the moment I became a Discordian (albeit a non-theistic one): I was reading the Illuminatus! Trilogy and I realized that, despite my interest in order which drove me to engineering, science, etc., chaos was equally valuable, and should be respected. Of course, that doesn't mean that everything must be chaos (those who follow the purely Eristic path worry me), however, but instead that chaos has its place, and that creation/destruction is the sides of the Sacred Chao I'd rather worry about. Around this time I met [livejournal.com profile] shoujo_mallet and shortly after I met [livejournal.com profile] malaul. Taking into these two important people, along with the "Enlightened Nihilism" I picked up from [livejournal.com profile] faboo, helped form much of my personal philosophy, such as it is. The fact that there is nothing that I have to do, except die, is something that I needed to learn during the more stressful portions of college, and I still need to remind myself of it often (c.f. my time troubles in an earlier post).
  • On Adults Being Wrong: Although often being told to take bullying by not responding and failing, I never considered this bad advice from my parents. The worst was when I was in first grade and I got a math problem wrong. I started crying (I cried a lot in elementary school, now I nearly never do) because my Dad had checked the work, and he should have caught any mistakes. I remember once being upset and loud about it when my mom screamed, "What do you want, my blood?" That shut me up quick and I felt how badly I was hurting her over nothing, simply by complaining. There's one more, and it involves riding back from Rochester with my dad, and talking with him about it a few weeks later that I'm not going to go into here, but a lot of you know this story, and if you're curious, drop me an email or a text.
  • On Mental Health: I was sent to a child psychologist twice when I was a kid. I never understood why, until my mom told me as an adult that it was because I was asking about suicide. The question I was asking was about English, actually. It was "What's the penalty for committing suicide?" See, that word, commit I'd only ever heard on TV law shows, committing purjury, committing murder, committing a felony, &c. She said that it was its own punishment, so I asked why anyone would do it then. See, committing murder makes sense, because you get some gain out of it (revenge, or sating a compulsion or something), same thing with stealing, or lying. To be fair, however, I was/am depressed a lot, and I was bullied a lot until about HS.
  • On Failure: In college I had a lot of angst about my first withdrawn class. Did this mean I shouldn't go into EE? Was there anything I was good at? I talked with my advisor about how it would look on my transcript, and he said, rightly, that one or two W's is not a bad thing—it shows that you know when to cut and run, and when to ask for help. Making a habit of it, however, is another thing. I never made a habit of it, and here I am.
  • On Success: When I earned my First Degree Black Belt back in 2000, I felt an intense sensation of having everywhere to go. I felt that I had so much to learn and now I was able of at least beginning along those paths. It was euphoric. Trivia bit: at every black belt test, your teacher comes up and says a few words about you, and at every one of mine, Howard has used the phrase "gentle giant."
  • On Speed: One time I was rushing off the train while I was still working in Chelsea, and the door hit my ankle as it was closing. I can still remember time slowing down and I thought: "I could do this to avoid falling, but if I screw it up, then I'll hurt worse and have more broken electronics on me than if I fall flat correctly." I fell flat, and I'm sure it looked very undignified, but I landed right and had no major injuries. Bonus story: While rollerblading at RIT, I took a turn a little too wide and had to hold my outside skate over the mud to avoid falling. I did OK for a good five feet, but when my wheels sunk in and got stuck in the mud (I had detachable wheels at the time) I did a roll, shoulder to hip, and came out unscathed.
  • On girls: This may not be accurate, but I feel I lost a girlfriend (back in college, not anyone I'm currently dating) due to a lack of libido on her part triggered by hormonal birth control. Since then I've been a little quick to assume drugs' influence on others' lives. This pisses off Erin when I jump to such conclusions about her.

OK, that's enough ridiculous introspection for one shirking from work day.

Big question: What would you say was your "life-changing" event? Or perhaps events?
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Everyone has things they don't blog about.

Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it. I reserve the right to filter appropriately.

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I know that [livejournal.com profile] rosefox and [livejournal.com profile] sinboy, and I think that [livejournal.com profile] kgola are all going to Arisia. Who else is?
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