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    Saturday, January 17th, 2015
    10:47 am
    So, a friends mom called me out of the blue to ask me for help compiling an invite list for a surprise party she wanted to hold for her son. He had expressed an interest in having a party at an actual hall, as opposed to the usual large & somewhat random dinner gathering or house party he'd had to date.
    Now, we have a mutual friend, he & I, who is profoundly disabled & cannot leave her wheelchair. When I asked if there was access at the venue, she said 3 things - 1) I don't think there is, no, 2)we may have to leave her out of this, & 3) I have not put down a deposit yet, because I need you to find me at least 40 people to make this worth doing.
    I asked if she'd be open to finding a venue that WAS accessible, & got a half-a-yes, but that she really liked the VFW on account of both price and the fact that it was within walking distance of her house, so "if anyone is too drunk to drive home, they can just crash there"
    The rate they gave her was for 4 hours.
    I did my best - spoke to a friend, who knows his social circle better & has connections to a venue with accessibility. Between us we managed to stonewall for about a week before I approached her & tried to talk her into the other venue, which was a) only slightly farther away, b) less than half the price, c) larger, d) offering 12 hours instead. The only restriction would have been no helium balloons on site & only being available on that Sunday instead of Saturday.
    THAT was enough to make her turn it down flat.
    It was also at this point, after my co-conspirator had devoted significant time and energy to making the list & negotiating with his bosses, that she suddenly decided she couldn't keep it a surprise.
    As could be predicted, the mutual friend with the disability was horribly insulted (not without reason), and proceeded to piss in MY ear about how unfair it was. She suggested holding a separate event for just our circle, but balked at telling the guest of honor this herself. And somehow, the party I wanted nothing to do with organizing, whose venue I attempted to re-arrange to accommodate her, is MY FAULT, for not being able to talk the frankly daft and irrational organizer around to a more sensible solution.
    The real kicker for me - the thing that irks me beyond measure - is that I got handed this fucking shit-grenade ON MY OWN BIRTHDAY. Because nothing makes you feel better about the day that is half-trauma, half celebration quite like having to arrange someone else's celebration, & being shot down every fucking time you try to inject rational thought into the proceedings.
    Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
    11:36 am
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of broken plot devices, I shall fear no evil; for mine is the power of deletion & rephrasing.
    Sunday, July 17th, 2011
    11:18 pm
    Guessing I'm the only one following the News of the World/ bSkyB scandal currently taking Rupert Murdoch down in flames. So here's the short version:
    a long time ago, an ethically challenged git bought up a bunch of papers in the UK, & everywhere else he could get his hands on them. He also snatched up a shit-ton of media companies & cable channels to tell things the way he wanted them told. He then hired people with possibly even weaker ethics than he had to run them. They thougt it was a fine idea to hire private investigators to hack into the phones of celebrities & politicians to dig up dirt on them, &as time went by, decided "Hey; why stop at celebrities? We can steal voicemails off 9/11 victims phones as well!"
    And so they did.
    Not content to stop there, they broke into &stole voicemails from dead british soldiers, social engineered the health records of the former PM of the UK's son, and several murder victims - including one Milly Dowler, a schoolgirl who went missing, & whose parents hoped that, since messages were being deleted while she was missing, that perhaps she was still alive. She wasn't of course - the PI, hired by News of the World under Rebeccah Brooks, decided that, since her inbox was full, they could just delete a bunch of meaningless messages in hopes of getting more dirt.
    None of this came to light until after they found her body, of course.
    It has comer out since that they also paid the police to bring them the dirt on anything that might sell papers. Which is still a crime, not an alternative bugetary measure, as I understand it.
    And so with great fanfare, they closed the News of the World, which they had planned to do since they bought out it's weekly competitor anyway, though they had planned to merge them before the outcry really picked up steam.
    And now Ms. Brooks has resigned, & Murdoch has placed ads all over the UK declaring how sorry he is.
    to which I can only reply with the following:
    addendum: and now, the whistle-blower is dead. No word on cause yet, but timing REALLY raises eyebrows.
    Monday, December 27th, 2010
    11:13 am
    well, since my neighbor is busily burying my car, it would seem I'm going to be home for a while.
    Which is good - it gives me a chance to type :)
    and write some more.
    And work on my birthday present to myself- finishing the goddamn story.
    Meanwhile, been working on cooking larger things- brined whole chicken was last weeks feat; beef tenderloin (which has been on sale a lot recently) was last nights. While I haven't quite mastered them, I think I can handle eating my failures. My delicious, delectable failures.
    And Goddamn; I know a lot of Capricorns. Like an entire herd/school/flock/whatever of them. Happy Birthday, you crazy goat-fishes. . . . .
    Monday, August 23rd, 2010
    2:15 am
    hard to believe it's only been a year. . ..
    Today is the one year anniversary of Taz's murder. Somehow, it feels like it's been so much longer than a year - not that his memory has faded, but that everything else that's gone on has been somehow magnified, like time itself stretched out too far. Part of me still can't quite wrap my head around his being gone. Often I catch myself examining strangers - bald Latino men about the same height, similar build, wondering where are his tattoos? It took me ages to stop looking for D'; before I could finally accept it. I don't honestly know how long this will take, but somehow. seeing his spraypainted portrait on Avenue A does make it easier. There'll be hell to pay if they ever paint over it.
    Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
    11:37 pm

    I write like
    William Gibson

    I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

    Really? wow. . . .
    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010
    12:22 pm
    Friday, January 22nd, 2010
    12:00 pm
    The book has gone live on Publishing Room at long last. I am sorting out how many to order for the first run (am keeping it small, as a) it's going to be up there to print on demand & b) I don't have a lot of space) If you're going to want one & can pick it up some time within a year or so, let me know.
    Thursday, December 24th, 2009
    4:21 pm
    Monday, December 14th, 2009
    2:26 pm
    Dilemma of the week:
    How to write an introduction/ thanks list without sounding like a complete git.
    Monday, December 7th, 2009
    2:19 pm
    Quote of the day:
    On whether aliens have visited earth:
    "The Spaniards, in 1492, did not sail to North America and then just sort of tease the Indians by sailing back and forth 3 miles off the coast for 62 years while the Indians debated on late night radio "do you think we're being visited by Europeans or not?" "
    BBC radio 4 Podcast The infinite Monkey Cage
    Sunday, October 11th, 2009
    12:15 am
    Friday, August 21st, 2009
    3:13 pm
    Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
    11:59 am
    reposted from Myspace
    I don't even begin to know how to fact-check this, and frankly am afraid to on account of increasing the risk to it's author. so here it is:
    Jun 23, 2009 9:54 PM
    Subject: Message from Hunter College NYC alumni - from Iran

    Dear all,

    My other email is down by the gov. hence I have been able to hack into
    this unsuspecting email account.

    Things are turning very violent here for Iranians - last night at
    least 90 were killed and many hundreds others injured (as I write this
    reports are coming in that it is in fact more than 150 from yesterday
    alone killed - putting in the total in at least the many hundreds over
    the past nine days). As fate would have it, Neda, aged 22, was an
    employee at the travel agency who had booked our trip to Mashad for

    We decided to forgo the trip for safety, and she was
    killed by basij yesterday. Today, without knowing it, when picking up
    refund for the trip, all of the employees were dressed in black as are
    many who take to the streets today to mourn her and the scores of
    others killed yesterday - certainly many will be killed today as well.

    There are vast first hand accounts of many of the stormtroopers et al
    being from other countries outside of Iran speaking Arabic - certainly
    some groups rely on the oil profits of Iranian for their own
    operations and even their security is at stake in this shake-up.
    There is information, misinformation,​ and disinformation so take what
    you will, but too many first hand reports usually add up to some sort
    of truth.

    It is no joke that communication is down and that what goes in/out, is
    being tracked. I have been followed by secret service. I cannot post
    to blogs for fear of safety to others. Facebook and Twitter does not
    work within Iran - it has not for more than one week - all rally
    communication takes place via mobile and, more importantly, face to
    face. International telephone calls do not come in; mobiles are cut
    between 4-5PM each day until midnight; SMS are out; TV channels are
    sent parasites so that each night searching for a different satellite
    takes place to find channels (while I have written this, VOA has just
    been lost; we were able to find it last night after one week). Most
    of the journalists who are reporting are not here and seem to not be
    speaking to people who are experiencing these events (as I write this
    the BBC correspondent has been ordered to leave the country). The TV
    "experts" on the bbc, cnn and al jazeera are for the most part,
    completely out of touch, with the facts: this is way beyond ahmadi,
    the supreme leader and rafsanjani. Many of the Western press are just
    as out of touch: I recommend the Guardian from the UK if you must read
    something. This is about the IR and the people at this point.

    I can still go to select areas of this vast city, but go in disguise.
    You may see the stormtroopers on bikes et al, but it is always the
    plains clothes basij who are to be feared - they are free to shoot to
    kill, free to beat to pulps with no reprisal from government. They
    are stationed on most street corners, even tens of kms away from the
    main rally avenue. This is a very serious issue and what amazes
    Iranians the most is that the UN is completely silent on this issue,
    with Western governments still speaking too diplomatically,​ although
    thankfully Merkel has come out the boldest as of now. At this point,
    the people who are going out - who are children, young adults and
    people in their 60s and 70s - are leaderless. It does not matter what
    Mousavi does at this point - it goes well beyond him and has since
    Friday. Although thousands and thousands went out yesterday, there is
    a very high percentage that one will be killed or gravely injured, it
    does not matter. These people are willing to die for the cause. I
    have never experienced such a movement in my life, beginning well
    before the election, to last week's rallies, to Friday's speech
    advocating for destruction, to yesterday and today. There simply are
    too few people from my country and too few people who look like myself
    for me to write more without causing potential harm, arrest and death
    so with this I end this letter. Rest assured that the rallies will
    continue until the change that they demand happens. There are too
    many millions to be killed for it not to stop.

    Please post to NYPL, IMA, Facebook, Grad Center, Columbia, list
    serves, forward, etc. - please do not include my name until I've
    returned, which should be on Saturday, unless the authorities ban air
    travel, which is a strong possibility: during the prior revolution, it
    was closed down for three years. All my other contacts are in my
    other email app hence this can only be sent to a select few people.


    Friday, June 12th, 2009
    5:02 pm

    now if I could only figure out how to insert text. . . . . .
    Saturday, January 31st, 2009
    1:04 am
    The Colour of Magic is playing @ the Quad on W.13th in the city - anyone up for seeing it
    Quad Cinema

    34 West 13th Street
    New York, NY 10011 (212) 255-8800
    1:00pm | 3:40pm | 6:20pm | 9:10pm
    Monday, November 24th, 2008
    3:12 pm
    Friday, October 3rd, 2008
    10:44 pm
    Chain of Ganks, from misterrigel, who Ganked from Turk who Ganked from Diablu. . . .
    * Grab the nearest book.
    * Open the book to page 56.
    * Find the fifth sentence.
    * Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
    * Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

    Having thus acknowledged that he was a Bad Man, and being in due course arrived at the abbey, Wolsey very pluckily expired after making a memorable speech to the prior, beginning,"Father Abbot, I come to lay my bones among you, not to praise them. . . . "
    - 1066 And All That
    Thursday, September 11th, 2008
    9:27 pm
    I still can't watch.
    Tuesday, August 26th, 2008
    11:42 pm

    Your result for The Japanese Demon Profile Test...


    You scored 9 in Malice and 25 in Chaos!

    Japanese dragons, or "Ryu," are very different from their Western counterparts; where the Western dragon is typically reptilian, with a heart as cold as its blood, the dragons of the Orient actually tend to err more on the side of beneficence. This should not, however, be construed as a license to treat them with disrespect; Oriental dragons are extremely powerful beings who do not tolerate impudence.

    Ryu, like the dragons of the West, are known to have a fondness for shiny objects and treasure. Some Ryu are willing to part with their treasures if they deem a mortal worthy of inheriting it. Other dragons may also, like gods, grant wishes and supernatural powers to those who seek them.

    At the same time, one must be wary when dealing with dragons; some may be extremely temperamental, and others even harbor a hatred for mankind and its desecration of the earth. Most dragons are by no means evil, but must still be treated with extreme caution.

    Take The Japanese Demon Profile Test at HelloQuizzy

    Your result for The How Well Do You Know Douglas Adams, and Hitch Hiker's Guide Test...

    Ford Prefect

    You scored 85 % Knowledge!

    You're a hoopy frood from a far out planet, you know Betelgeuse Seven from Magrathea, but may slip up on more difficult questions. Perhaps you only know one version of the Hitch Hiker's Guide, or slipped up on Douglas Adams knowledge... nevermind, you are clearly a true fan with some serious knowledge and that's what counts.

    Please rate my test as it is entered in the 'Geekery' contest, if I get bad ratings I will try to improve the test, feel free to message me with any feedback. Thanks

    Take The How Well Do You Know Douglas Adams, and Hitch Hiker's Guide Test at HelloQuizzy

    Your result for The Director Who Films Your Life Test...

    Steven Soderbergh

    Your film will be 54% romantic, 28% comedy, 45% complex plot, and a $ 38 million budget.

    Filmography: Sex Lies and Videotape, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, Erin Brockovich, and various other homemade independent films. He may just want to follow you around for a few months and construct a film out of that. Your humor is either dry or non-existant, but your life is somewhat exciting romantically because you're "bad." At least you'll be surrounded by the best-looking people who will be cast as your friends, who in real life are probably just as good-looking. Then when he wins the Academy Award for your film, he won't have to make anymore "Ocean's" films.

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