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Jan. 5th, 2010 01:06 pm
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Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kelkyag, my new blog has an LJ feed at [livejournal.com profile] specificgeneral. Yay! :)

(Today's entry: new discoveries from the Kepler mission!)
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Yup, still alive. Had a relaxed time at [livejournal.com profile] desireearmfeldt's for New Year's Eve, and a quiet New Year's Day so far.

I wanted to announce to my LJ crowd my new project for 2010: A brand-new blog, Specifically in General. It's my attempt to write something that people beyond my immediate social circles might want to read; we'll see if that works. It's mostly there to prod me into writing something more substantive. Given that I haven't even been able to update my LJ much lately, we'll see if it works...

I'm also starting Project 365. I'll be posting the results on the new blog, but here's today's photo (from an afternoon walk over to Mount Auburn Cemetery) to start things off. :)

Evocative face

I hope 2010 brings good things to all of you out there in LJ-land!
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...wow. It's been a long time since I posted. Longest break in my LJ history. Don't really have a reason why; there are certainly plenty of things I could have posted about (travel and work and LARP and etc.). Just haven't been in the mood, I guess.

But I had to stop by to tell everyone that The Big Broadcast of October 30, 1938 rocked so hard last night. My own part is very small; I'm on stage for maybe ten minutes out of the whole show. But just the opportunity to boogie backstage to Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band is worth it. :) And opening night last night went very very well, despite a more-chaotic-than-usual prod week.

Three more shows (tonight at 8, tomorrow at 2 and 8). Come see!
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I should do a proper update, and talk about my trip to Las Vegas and environs last weekend. (Short version: the Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam, Valley of Fire, and Death Valley are all awe-inspiring in their own different ways. Absolute silence is spooky. And I am not the target audience for Las Vegas.)

But in the meanwhile, here, have some photos. Way too many photos.

A few samples. )
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From [livejournal.com profile] muffyjo, a fascinating piece about the importance of the people we cross paths with but don't really "know."
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It's not much of a story, really, because I'm terrible at plot and dialogue. But it tells what, in my mind, eventually happened to Sevi Meryasek, Wayfinder, Protector of Rachenza, Priestess of Tamalasque, Guardian of Watersong.

A Letter to the Collegium Historians of Rachenza. )

Also...

Aug. 30th, 2009 09:18 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] devarae has a new nickname: TapeCat!

(She was playing a mutant cat who was helping get people suited up to go into a hazmat site. Said suiting up involved dressing people up in trash bags, gloves, and masks, and taping everything together. [livejournal.com profile] devarae got way too gleeful with the tape. :) )
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Just back from The Authority Games, a Prophecy one-off. It was a near-future game in a world where India and China nuked each other and everyone else is short on resources. The distribution of the world's resources is run by an outfit called the World Resources League, and decided by an annual reality-show-to-the-death. Of course, it turned out that the WRL was horribly evil and had been causing natural disasters and the nuclear war and hoarding resources and everything else, and we had to stop them. Which we did, in grand style, storming the broadcast studio to start our own feed and get the truth out to the people.

This does not begin to describe how much fun this event was, though. I really didn't know what to expect going in, but I had an utter blast. [livejournal.com profile] dcltdw and I had decided to come in as a pair, and in a moment of deranged inspiration had decided to be a pro wrestling tag-team called the Portland Panic. I was "Diva Queen," he was "Maximum Overdrive." Yes, it was exactly as ridiculous as it sounds. :) We got matching t-shirts, I got a cheap tiara and a boffer scepter (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] warriorbard63), and we went in. We had so much fun posturing for the cameras and shilling for sponsors and generally being a couple of hams. (When Dave wasn't feeling sick, at least. :( )

The absolute highlight came Saturday evening, though, when our team's old nemesis, the Red Terror, showed up for a rematch as one of the games. [livejournal.com profile] dcltdw and [livejournal.com profile] warriorbard63 squared off first, in a brilliant, no-weapons actual fake wrestling match -- throwing each other around, faking headbutts and body slams, the whole nine yards. Meanwhile I was getting the crowd into it, which didn't take much doing -- the other PCs and a few NPCs who were there were fanTAStic. Then [livejournal.com profile] ladyofmusic and I went at it with the boffers, making it as stylish as possible, while [livejournal.com profile] dcltdw got the crowd going (and, with his special Inspiration skills, actually healing me in the process!). In an accident that we couldn't possibly have choreographed, I backhanded [livejournal.com profile] warriorbard63 in the forehead with my weapon while he was sneaking up on me, and he played it beautifully, staggering and then falling over.

The whole thing was SO MUCH FUN. I've had a lot of wonderful moments LARPing -- intense ones, dramatic ones, saving-the-world ones. But for sheer fun and awesomeness, this ranks way up there. I was on an adrenaline crash for much of the rest of the evening, but it was so worth it.

And then we saved the world anyway. Not bad for one weekend. :)
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I had forgotten that one of Ted Kennedy's legislative accomplishments was getting parity for mental illnesses in health insurance. I've been lucky enough to have at least some coverage when I needed it in my battles with depression, but I know many people weren't so fortunate.

The man was not perfect, heaven knows. But there are a lot of good things in our society right now that would likely not be there if it weren't for him.
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RIP, Senator Edward Kennedy. I think [livejournal.com profile] mabfan said it best: someone will succeed him, but nobody can replace him.
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As far as my running comfort is concerned, 5200 feet and dry beats sea level and humid.

But, I made the whole three miles this evening, very red face or no. :)
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"The way to her heart is through her wrist."

That has so many icky implications...
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Reminder, gotten at tonight's trio auditions for PMRP:

Group singing is fun. You should do more of it.
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I've been thinking a lot in the past day or so about Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and what she accomplished in her life, and what it meant.

She was a forceful advocate for people with disabilities, most notably in her founding of Special Olympics, but in other ways as well. I found this article referenced in a piece on boston.com. Bear in mind that it was written in 1962, at a time when those with mental and developmental disabilities were commonly institutionalized and hidden away. Some of the language in the article isn't quite what we would use today, but in the context of its time, it's quite a dramatic statement of support and possibility. She was also an advocate in other arenas, and pushed her political brothers to consider the issues of those with disabilities as well. (I believe I read yesterday that Ted Kennedy said, "We wouldn't have had an Americans With Disabilities Act without her.")

Some of you know that my brother has developmental disabilities. (It's not a condition with a name; we've never been sure what the specific cause is, though oxygen deprivation during gestation or birth seems to be the most likely.) He's participated in Special Olympics over time, especially in something called Unified Sports -- team sports in which half the team members have disabilities and half don't. His softball games were always a joy to watch. Summer after summer, you could see the players' confidence and abilities improve, and the social outlet was at least as important as the physical. It can be very lonely, I think, to be an adult with disabilities -- especially someone like my brother, who is high-functioning enough to live in his own apartment (with support), but doesn't have a solid social circle. The social support from an organization such as Special Olympics can be vital.

So I salute Mrs. Shriver and all her efforts. Today's facilities and possibilities for people with disabilities are tremendously better than they were 40 years ago, and her advocacy played a significant part in that change.
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So, the Festival@First 6 one-act show is over. I've intentionally not posted much about the play I was in, because, well, the shock/surprise element was part of the experience, I thought. But now that it's over, I can talk about it some more.

Cut to spare your friends page. Note: if 9/11 is triggery for you, you might not want to read this. )
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I would love to go swimming someplace outdoors on one of these hot days. I know Walden Pond; what are some other good local places for outdoor swimming?
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I was talking with my mom tonight about her stepfather -- a man I really wish I'd had the chance to know. (He died before I was two years old.) He had an extraordinary life -- born in Ireland to a Spanish mother and Irish father, came to the US as a child, lied about his age to serve in WWI, spent time "adventurously" in Mexico (Mom doesn't know details, but said he came back with scars on his right arm and had to switch to using his left hand), studied at the Colorado School of Mines, eventually wound up in Indiana.

I have several research projects related to him now, but one of them is going to be tough. According to Mom, he used to tell stories (he was quite the storyteller by all accounts) involving a character named, phonetically, "Bolliver Gagnus." I have no idea if this is an Irish figure, or a mangling of "Bolivar," or what. My Google-fu is thus far inadequate to this task, if there's anything out there. (Mom doesn't think he invented the name, though it's possible.)

Anyone have a clue?
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"Don't you think their hands were shaking as that rocket ship touched down?
I'm sure they shivered as it finally touched the ground.
And that giant leap so fragile that it hardly made a sound.
Well, it must have been amazing, what a world they got to see,
So I don't care, my foolish fear won't get the best of me..."
-- Great Big Sea, "Walk on the Moon"


Forty years ago today, men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the moon. They went in peace for all mankind, as the plaque says. I've always been sorry that I didn't get to see it; I didn't come along for almost another year and a half. My parents say they got my brother, then not even two years old, out of bed to watch, just so he could say he'd seen it.

I think it's hard for those of us who weren't there to really understand the thrill that those dark, wobbly images gave -- but I, for one, still watch them in wonderment. We people finally stepped onto another world.

Where shall we go next?

Thanks, Apollo 11.
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My next-door neighbor is looking for new tenants for his upstairs apartment. It's a 3BR (one is smaller than the other two), redone kitchen, nice neighborhood. He's asking $2500/month rent, but may be flexible. If you're interested or know someone who is, let me know and I'll pass your info to him.
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I took no pictures at the actual con, but I did take a bunch at the Baltimore Science Center and the National Aquarium.

Photos are over on flickr; here's one of my favorites.

Watching you...

Behind the cut: video of some amazing, glowing jellyfish.
Jellyfish or neon sign? )

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