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*Blows dust off* Been a while, hasn't it?

Still, sticking with something light for this, as I wanted to give the question the credit it's due.

From ME, by ME, I ask you, The Question.

If you had a giant laser capable of inscribing things on the moon, what would you carve?

And please, folks, keep in mind we are ONLY discussing the moon-carving applications here. Pretty much all the other uses (yes, even the beam-splitter ones) can be taken for granted... Although I have to admit, the one you're thinking about is pretty cool. :3
Pirates, Dragons, Monsters

A REAL update!

Thank you, all, for putting up with my entry into Blog Like It's The End Of The World Day, featuring the zombie onslaught upon our fair planet. Let's try something real, shall we?

I'm in a slightly better situation than I was last time I posted, and SUBSTANTIALLY better than most of the intervening times; new bike, steady job, NEW COMPUTER, things are improved. I might even be able to take this job (or a promotion) out of this state, which would dramatically accelerate my timetable. Not having to build up a look-for-work stake to live on means getting out of here all the sooner!

Besides, I like these people. For the first time in my work history, I believe I can honestly say there's nobody I work with that has a real problem with me. That's a VALUABLE first, I can tell you.. and shameless offerings of candy doubtless had an effect on the proceedings. Still, I'm looking forward to my three-month anniversary with this place. It should be all good, I say.

Have to go, love you all!

Evil Laugh


For the first time, I'm glad I'm in Arizona. Kinda.

It's been a LONG time since I watched TV, so I didn't catch the first reports; I caught a rumor that it'd begun in some Eastern European country, and who cares? But they were spreading all over, almost as if they were.. seeded.

After a few hours at work, people buying up whatever they could use as weapons, I managed to hide away a chainsaw and machete.. When the first couple shamblers came in, I was glad I did. After that, as you can imagine, work was over!

The bosses tried to organize for defense, but it was just NOT on. Nobody there had a clue about fighting zombies, and too many panicky screwballs; they may have been good coworkers for the most part, but I wasn't going to die for them. The bike and the Kyle were outta there, even if I had to leave the chainsaw behind.

Here's where the Arizona advantage came in; three blocks away from my place, there was a gun shop. One that happened to be closed on Wednesdays, no less! And while there'd been some people trying to break in, they hadn't had weapons with them apparently.. because all that was left outside were a few zombies and a nearly-off window grille. And inside?


There was a cutlery store a couple spots down, and I managed to pick up a bunch of broadswords as well as a couple of (VERY nice) katanas; they made a good backup to the guns, and you never have to worry about a sword running out of ammo. Still, it's the gun shop I'm typing this at. MUCH more defensible.

I don't know how much longer I can handle this. The local 7-11 was good for a food run, mainly because I had enough guns to bluff back the trio of thugs already there.. but I made sure not to have any real friends in this state, and there's nowhere to go.

..I killed the landlady an hour ago. She'd helped me out so much, and what did she get? A fistful of boomstick in her mouth, that's what! This is just INSANE. I can't take on a town full of f*cking ZOMBIES all by myself, I don't care HOW many weapons I have!

And the downside of Arizona, aside from all the other crap? The zombies have guns too.


Evil Laugh


Greetings, folks!

It's been a long time since the last update, and almost as long in Arizona. What can I say, this is a place that isn't exactly conducive to new stuff. Nearest town? About an hour away, and the same kind of thing that you can find here, only less of it. Still, I'm working to save up money for a new computer after the death of the last one on m'birthday, and then saving up MORE money to get the heck out of here!

In Arizona, that's about the noblest ambition it is possible to have.

Still, I doubt I'm going to be out of here before Christmas... and that brings up the next subject. Presents! I've been asked a few times what I want, as gift cards make me break out in gigantic hives, so here we go! Two real categories here, of T-Shirts and Books. (Some nice black reinforced boot-socks would be nice too, but I think I can handle that.)

T-Shirts, folks!

Love the Glove: What can I say, I have WANTED this glove for the past two years and more, but have never gotten it. This is something I LONG for!

Tennis, anyone?: What can I say? It SPEAKS to me.

The TRUTH about the English Language: It's linguistic snark. How could I not love it?

And now, how about some books? Fair warning, this section is rather larger than the last.

Of Spaghetti Monsters That Fly: This is a movement I've got a serious liking for. Not about to join up, but would like to enjoy some of their fine literature, you know?

Man from A to Z: It's something that looks good to me. Come on, the cover has a guy boxing a GORILLA! What more do you need?

Sneakiness made commonplace: Hey, I'm a fan of knowing things. Things other people don't generally know, in particular; this is like "The Way Things Work" streamlined to my desires.

Evil Robotic Geniousness: See above, only with robotic minions and electricity. I may never put these books to good use, but I'll have a whee of a time reading them!

Surviving Zombies: You KNOW they're coming. The only questions are when, and who's ready. And may pick up a few extra things on the way!

Okay, that's a pretty good go. I'm not really expecting more than one or at best two of these items, but it's something to keep in mind!

Also, those who come across this: Please, comment with your own wishes, okay? I hate giving out gift cards as well, so let's get you what you WANT.

Until next time!

Candid Opinions

Update on future Lack of Updates

Folks, I'm going to be incommunicado more so than usual for a while.

I just got word that tomorrow at 10 am, instead of staying out for ten days, we'll be staying out almost continuously until the end of March. Maybe three, four days in port total, that's it.

So sorry, all! Catch you on the flip side!
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Good and bad...

I got my Christmas present from my mother today; it rocked. Still, there were a few 'bzuh?' inducing moments... CHOCOLATE-COVERED INSECTS!?

I've also been cleaning a ship with a cherrypicker and acid. What did YOU do today?

I should be heading out for a few days on the 16th, and will be incommunicado.

And a very, very dear friend just died...

Tiny Evil One, I'm missing the hell out of you already.

There's nothing more to say.
Candid Opinions

Part Two

Today was a pretty fair day, really. I was working busily, getting my head squished in by all the protective head-stuff... Honestly, I like being reasonably safe, but after some time with my normal glasses, goggles on top, the respirator, the ear plugs, the hat, AND the big sound-deadening ear muffs, it starts to really hurt. Still, safety and money!

Also, I had ostrich tonight. And you didn't. BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Cower before my ostrich-stuffed might!

...Or not.

In any case, much done, much happening, see you all next time!


P.S. Aunt Juli, thank you very much for the slacks. They shall be quite nice for when I need to be uniformy.

Shaun and Darby, thanks! Good to get a new picture of our future overlords; I've been needing one!

Grandma, you rock beyond all concievable definitions of the word. Your present made Christmas all over again for me; it was and is utterly, UTTERLY awesome! Thank you, I've been trying to get ahold of that for ages.
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Can't post from ship; posting from a mall, so acting quickly!

Okay, super-quick, people.

I am on a ship. It's 677 feet long and weighs about 21,000 tons- I think- with many people aboard, so yes, a new experience!

The work is hard, with much running up and down, but I have my own stateroom with attached bathroom and am getting overtime up the hooh-hah, so it's all good, you know! Currently, I've been doing daywork in port- maintenance and business of the ship- and watchstanding at sea, aka making coffee and acting as lookout with binoculars. There is a LOT of running up and down ladders (That's sailor for both stairs AND actual ladders) in that one, doing the night rounds and 'crumb-bossing' the second deck.. but legs are shaping up fast. As of Monday I'll be heading out again for ten days, unknown as to where and will do a couple underway fuel replenishments there. Huzzah, overtime!

That's it for now, gang. Catch you on the flip side!
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Yes, another one. I didn't have a choice!

20 years ago I was: Getting my mind blown away by Back to the Future, still pretty young.

15 years ago I was: Wearing one of those funky tails, going to the East Coast for the first time, a youthful chap.

10 years ago I was: Hopelessly addicted to video games, still in school, starting to pick up a little German.

5 years ago I was: Not in a very good way; in college, not able to get my head together and stop having fun, a disappointment to myself and my family.

1 year ago I was: Learning a new trade, starting to get things going agian after too many starts having stopped, in Sausalito and having Strange Adventures.

Yesterday I was: Walking around Norfolk for 5 hours and exploring the surrounding towns, thinking about how I'd sent myself an entire country away from the people that I love in order to make things better.

5 snacks I enjoy: Starburst Smoothies, a nice chocolate milkshake, croissants, Ghiradelli squares, smoked oysters.

5 songs I know all the words to: The Bastard King of England, Paddy Lay Back, Baby Got Back -Sir Mix-A-Lot, The Wrong Way -Sublime, Maneater -Hall & Oates.

5 things I would do with a million dollars: pay off my bills, invest it to make more, help my family with a couple issues, buy a spectacular DVD library, take over the world.

5 places I would run away to: mountains, ocean, cyberspace, the redwoods, just about anywhere I can be alone with a good view.

5 things I would never wear: Pink, a muumu, neon colors, a woman's white trash novelty shirt, pantyhose.

5 favorite TV shows: Hmm, it's been a while... Megas XLR, Family Guy, Rurouni Kenshin, The Man Show, The Daily Show even though I still don't like Jon Stewart too much.

5 bad habits: addicted to internet and rp'ing, procrastination, running off at the mouth, inability to admit to being wrong when I know I'm right, often forget to modulate my 'very carrying' voice well.

5 biggest joys: Family, friends, snark, books, and the ability to better myself.

5 favorite toys: Computer, weaponry, Swiss Bubble Knife, my ring, my screwy imagination.

5 fictional characters I would date: Dejah Thoris, Chameleon of Xanth, Starfire, Princess Jasmine, Buttercup from the book of the Princess Bride... Man, it's really true! "I wouldn't go out with anyone willing to go out with me." Hah!

5 people I tag to do this: priestessnaoko, pinkcars, irishblessing, chaoticerotic, and my sister Meglet.
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Ladies and gentlemen, a meme!

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fourth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don't search around and look for the "coolest" book you can find. Do what's actually next to you.

In my case?

"Here, O Kulan Tith," he cried, "is he who has desecrated the temples of the Gods of Mars, who has violated the persons of the Holy Therns themselves and turned a world against its age-old religion; before you, in your power, Jeddak of Kaol, Defender of the Holies, stands John Carter, Prince of Helium!"

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950) A Warlord of Mars

Burroughs could run off at the mouth like nobody's business, but MAN that boy could write a gripping tale!