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holy crap... POST! [29 Jun 2009|06:34am]
I'm wondering if any of my LJ friends are on Facebook?  I'm seriously considering shutting down my LJ because everything that it can do, Facebook can do better, EXCEPT have my LJ friends from the Wendy forums and other such places.  I'd miss my Skizzy rants and Matt drawings too much to let this thing go.
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facebook vs. live journal [14 Feb 2009|08:41am]
Well, as it turns out, Facebook does not really allow for the massive rants, raves, essays, and stuff that I write here, so I ain't goin' nowhere.  However, it has been really fun finding TONS of people I used to know and reconnecting with them, which I guess is what Facebook is for.  Well done, Facebook!

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something horrible just happened [13 Feb 2009|11:35pm]

Yeah, it happened.  I might be on here a helluva lot less now (as if that was possible).

Love and peace!

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bandwagon [12 Feb 2009|12:20pm]
Extraordinary.  The whole world around me is sick, and so of course, I am too.  Blarg.

Felt the need to post about being ill since everyone else did.  After all, I wouldn't want to be left out.
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time to speak [01 Feb 2009|02:31pm]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

Been silent for a while, AGAIN, and I just thought I'd check in with everyone.

First off, I've taken up World of Warcraft.  Yeah, my soul is suffering a lot, but it's damn fun, it's something I can do with my wife and my sister and some other cool people I've met online and in real life.  It's addictive but whatever, so is television.

Despite hard times work is still going okay.  I don't fear for my store or my job, but I do fear for the country blah blah political diatribe let's hope Obama works out.

It amazes me as I write on here how it feels, I dunno, below me or something.  That's not the right phrase, and I should go back and delete it, but when writing I've always felt that it's best to just let myself puke up everything I've got and decide if I need to edit later.  [Edit - trite is the word I was looking for, but I'm leaving below me because it makes me seem more of a total douchebag, and those of you who know me know how this can be the truth.]

I look around at Livejournal and MySpace and all that and it's all just a massive support group for insecure people who need to feel more important.  And it's sad because, and I know this sounds cliche and whatever, but we are all important.  We might not have a global impact, we might be a small piece of our individual universes, but just being a part of that universe makes us important.

It's that interconnectivity that has been lost over the years that is damaging our society.  That ability for people to come together in various types of relationships - friends, coworkers, family, lovers, whatever - that isn't as honest and strong as it used to be because of "conveniences" (I just did bunny ear air quotes in my head) like cell phones, instant messages, e-mails, and online games.  Years ago when I was a particularly isolationist geek I would've loved conveniences like these because it meant less human contact while still giving the illusion of human contact so I could think that I was normal.

Amazing how I started this rant with a short blurb about starting to play WoW.

Anyway, the problem, in my opinion, is that this digital age of not interacting with our fellow humans has become normal instead of dreadfully antisocially abnormal.  Here I am launching a diatribe on a livejournal that a dozen people at most will read instead of jumping up on a milk crate on a street corner and shouting at the top of my lungs that we need to kill our televisions, computers, and cell phones.

And yet, here I am, thinking about playing WoW and calling my wife on my, what's that?  CELL PHONE.

They've become necessities in our universes where we don't have to sew our own clothes or cook for 5 hours to make a decent meal.  We needed distractions, so along came easily accessed entertainment.  We didn't have enough time for our entertainments, so we had to come up with faster ways to do everything.  We needed to communicate faster, stronger, better, so we invented all these contraptions that put us in constant contact with everyone we know without actually being with them conversing face to face, observing body language and drawing on emotions and energies.

Now I try to emote through the typed word.  I laugh out loud with three letters.  And conveniently while I do this to entertain myself I'm avoiding doing chores or playing with the cats or going out into the world and striking up a conversation with a stranger.

And it's terrible, because as our generation grows into full blown adulthood, as we become the power of our nation, of our world, me having a conversation with a total stranger would be perceived as odd or an attempt to pick them up for sex.  We have a powerful, articulate, intelligent leader to our nation (FINALLY) who used the power of these contraptions to rise to power.  And he used them well, because he found a way to connect with ALL of us who voted through little assemblages of plastic and wire.  We got emotionally hooked, wrapped up in his words.

So can these technological marvels be dismissed?  We can obviously get those emotional connections through them.  You can have a deep and meaningful conversation over a cell phone.  You can make someone cry with a text.  Is it really so bad to not have an actual face to face conversation with a human being?

It's interesting, I wrote my subject line before I even had this rant in my head.  Oddly psychic, that.

I'm not really sure what I had to say.  If you're still reading, bravo to you, I'm very impressed.  If I'm still on your friends list, thanks, chances are I know you and love you as a dear friend even though I haven't seen you in literally years.

I'll try harder, I really will.  That's been my motto for quite some time, but as of late it's actually yielding results.  And do you know why?

Less tv, less computer, less video games.  Sad but true.  Used in moderation, used to socialize and connect.  Well... most of the time.

Love you all

I went back and reread (and threw in an edit) and realized what I wanted to say when I started this rant.  To those of you who read me that think you're not all that and a bag of chips - you are, and more.  You might have your off days/weeks/months, but with the right mindset, with the love and support of your LJ support group, you can do anything your heart desires.  And I truly mean that.  Even when we disagree with you, even when we aren't commenting on your every entry, we're there, watching over you, and loving you from afar.

But if you don't comment on my rant, I'll hate you forever.

*smiley face*

Love and peace

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YES! [05 Nov 2008|07:22am]
So the bad news is as follows:

1. Looks like California is banning gay marriage.  Dammit, California!  You used to be cool!  My wife and I were talking, though, and we believe that gay marriage will be across the country within our generation.

2. Alaska is electing convicted felon Ted Stevens back into the Senate.  What.  The.  F*%&.

3. We didn't manage to get 60 in the Senate.

All things, considered, though, it could be a whole helluva lot worse.  We've got the Presidency, the House, the Senate, and a majority of the Governors.  At least two years of a purely Democratic government, possibly more.  To our generation, to those who voted, make the time every election year for repeat performances.  As Mad-Eye said - CONSTANT VIGILANCE!

Way to go, America, you've renewed my faith in the democratic system!  California may not be as cool as we thought.  Alaska may be f'n crazy.  But the vast majority of America voted in the right people.
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[11 Oct 2008|03:21pm]
5 years.

That is all.
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one shot [18 Jul 2008|10:20am]
 I have made it a point over the last few years that even when I take a hiatus from LJ, I'll stop in when I see a phenomenal movie.

This time I have seen two.

WALL-E - I would dare say the best Pixar movie to date.  Epic, beautiful, hilarious, touching, this is fantastic and a testament to Pixar's ability to make people care for the most mundane things: in this case a little rolling trash compactor and a fancy flying i-Pod.  Phenomenal date movie, or just something to collect some friends and laugh.

THE DARK KNIGHT - everything you've read, all the hype, all the glory, all the raves - it's all true.  But be warned:

Heath Ledger's Joker is an unabashedly scary mother fucker.  Scariest movie villain since Hannibal Lecter.  LEAVE THE KIDS AT HOME.
Pee before the movie starts.  It's two and a half hours and it does not stop.  EVER.  They sell you the whole seat, but you'll only need the edge.
Scary.  Mother.  Fucker.  Can't be said enough.

Both of 'em.  See them.  Best movies I've seen in a long time, and they came out in the same damned year!  SAME SEASON!  MADNESS!!!

In other news my District Manager was canned and I have a new totally awesome boss who has revitalized my job, my store, and my people.  It's been a fun month.

House is lovely, Lindsey is good, cats are good.  Hope you are all happy and healthy!
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story writing [12 Apr 2008|08:35pm]

I've been trying to write more lately, and I'm subjecting you poor folks at live journal to the work.  If you feel like it, read on and give some feedback.  This is a fantasy story that I've been working on for a long time.  What I want to know most is if you can manage to finish what's written here, and if you want to read more.  A good hook is vital, and if I can't pull that off, that's what I need to work on first (apart from basic technicalities, which hopefully are alright here).

Don't be surprised if a lot of writings and essays start popping up in my journal.  If you hate that, de-friend me.  If you like that, friend me.  If you know of good writing communities, please let me know.

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BRAWL! [17 Mar 2008|03:40pm]
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Another reaching out [14 Mar 2008|10:04pm]
I've actually been in the process of putting together a play by mail Star Wars strategy game for my little band of friends who have spread across the country. Then I realized, why don't I extend that out to my little Stevens Point crew as well?

Here's the deal - it's a turn based strategy game, strictly numbers with the classic Empire versus Rebellion during the height of the "civil war" (original movies), there's no role playing required but taunting, teamwork, communication, and even infighting and power plays are greatly encouraged. Players take on the role of a Star Wars hero and their forces and engage in tactical choices to rule the Galaxy. It requires a commitment of one e-mail visit a week between Monday and Thursday. Rules will be available to anyone interested (eventually).

The first game is going to be (at my Madison friends' request) from the angle of the Empire so we can check out the bugs and inbalances the game has. If you're interested in play testing and have some interest in Star Wars, please let me know.

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still alive! [13 Mar 2008|09:39pm]
Yo peoples. After a very... very... VERY lengthy absence, I'm throwing up on the internet.

I'm not really sure why now. I've certainly been lurking long enough. I think I saw Kat post about old school SW and it just got me longing for the good old days of less work and more play and yadda-yadda-sad-me-whine-journal-blah-blah-I'm-done.

For those of you who care I've been working obscene hours, teaching tae kwon do when I can, playing video games, and cleaning up the house, sadly in that order. Oh, and spending time with the wife. Again, sadly, in that order. Lindsey is back in school for vocal pedagogy or something along those lines, and she's quite brilliant at it. She's trying to get into the graduate program at UW Madison, and we're really hoping she can.

I don't remember if I posted this, but I got big promotion at work, now the general manager of my store (hence the obscene hours). It's mostly good, but the last three weeks have been hell and making me doubt this particular job choice.

Enough whining, dammit.

My sister is getting married this summer which continues the "Chris is actually getting old" theme that my life has been heading down. Friends have had babies, have moved across the country, are finally getting their lives together. I feel like I've taken great strides in getting my life together, and I certainly work harder, am more organized, and better disciplined than I ever have been. I certainly want to be heading in a different direction, but I feel like I've got myself situated so that when I am heading in that direction, I'll be able to run it like the wind.

The cats are good. Kiki, who we've had for five years, is healthy and lightning fast and queen of the house. Momo, who is just a little over a year old, is gi-freakin-nor-mous.

I hope all of you are doing well, and happy, and all that jazz. Are we trying to do the annual get together this year? I need to know what weekend it'll be, and soon, so I know if I can do it with Cheryl getting *ack!* married!

Take it easy, world!
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good-bye internet! [29 Oct 2007|07:39pm]
for those of you who know me, my life is busy. for those of you who don't know me, my life is busy. I'm a selfish individual who values their free time, and I have a 50 hour a week job (that I like, except the hours). there are many things I want to do with my limited time, and unfortunately the internet has turned into a time sucking vortex for that limited time.

I have come to a grim decision - I must go cold turkey.

some time ago I went cold turkey on video games. the result - the occaisional freak out where I do nothing but play video games all day. then I decided to go back to playing some video games, but in moderation. end result - less gaming, more productivity, and I ended up spending more time on games that I really liked (Dragon Quest 8, Katamari!), as opposed to just playing games to play them (see Dynasty Warriors)

fatty foods - same sequence of events. cut out all fast food, all fried food, all fatty food. lost a bunch of weight, became miserable and an emotional eater, went back to eating such things on occaision, and moderation ensued.

television - I didn't really last cold turkey on this one, but it did make me realize how much time the boob tube takes up, AND how much I love quality programming (Heroes, Chuck, Firefly, Futurama, Earl, to name a few).

last night I meant to go to bed at 9:00. I stayed up until 11:00 just dinking around on the damn internet. and today I'm exhausted. sucktitude.

so to all of you, I say good-bye for now. chances are I'll be back (though I hardly post on this thing anyway), but I won't be back as much. those who know me in real life, you should have my phone number if the need arises to contact me, and if you don't, please comment here and I'll get you my number somehow.

love to all, take it easy, I'll see you when I see you.

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Harry Potter and the Totally Amazing Saga [22 Jul 2007|09:51pm]
[ mood | satisfied ]

Awesome. Just awesome.

For those few of you out there who have never started the Harry Potter series, it now comes highly recommended as it is a perfect arc with a satisfying and conclusive ending. The pacing, characters, story, humor, and magic permeate the entire series, and while there are weak moments, I have since concluded that these weak moments may have been created on purpose (i.e. repetitous arguments or scenes to demonstrate the monotony of a situation, the irritation an individual is causing, etc.).

Brilliant. Read and love. Discover what all the hype is about and how sometimes, the hype is true.

Thanks Jo, for eight years of joy (I started reading in 1999).

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Chris sucks [15 Jul 2007|09:02pm]
[ mood | dying ]

Some stuff has come up and Chris has had to make the hard decision to skip Renn Faire this year. Sorry 'bout that, but rest assured, it is not Harry related (it's just a bonus). Work, while awesome, has also been more exhausting than ever, and this coming weekend is going to be the first three days off I'll have all to myself in almost six months, so I'm taking it.

There is a slim chance that I (or we) will come out on Saturday night to see the gang. Depends on the level of exhaustion at that time.

And because I possibly lost my RSVP, I absolutely positively WILL BE at the wedding. Only death or a broken body part could keep me away, and the broken body part would have to be very sudden, cuz I'd limp my sorry ass onto the dance floor with a cast and still, well, okay no I wouldn't dance, but I'd make a serious ass of myself!

Sorry gang. Hope the Renn Faire is teh awezome!

-Chris, God no more

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Chris the ass-hat [04 Jun 2007|09:00am]
[ mood | contemplative ]

Question to the Pointers - debating the birthday shindig versus Harry. Lindsey and I took that weekend off when Harry's release date was first announced with the intention of reading the last book together like obsessed idiots. I think what I'm going to try and do is obsessively read the book overnight before Renn Faire and meet you guys down there on Saturday, then be semi-conscious for the rest of the weekend.

Thoughts? Is anyone else planning a midnight reading?

(It's been so long since I posted to LJ there's all these new buttons I don't even understand! Crazy!)

And if the invite for the wedding is still a go, I'm there.

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long long time [08 May 2007|07:46am]
[ mood | anxious ]

I haven't posted since last year, I know, but I've been lurking. One pretty big change in my life, I've been made General Manager of my store. I'm the one in charge, god help me.

Hope everyone else is happy and healthy. Peace

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truth or dare [16 Dec 2006|03:05am]
I haven't posted in a while and am hoping this might start some kind of conversation. Fire away, but only if you want the answer (and being a loser I reserve the right to refuse inappropriateness).

In other news, work is hard but getting a lot better, but I am hella out of shape. How those two are connected I'll never know.

And Square-Enix owns my soul. MY SOUL!!! Balthier might be the second coolest FF character evah (with Auron, of course, being the coolest). And is it just me or is Ashe unusually kick-ass for a female protagonist? Granted, I haven't played very far yet.

And anyone who has missed Heroes, it is the rockinest show since Firefly, and some of you know how much I dug Firefly. My love for Firefly (and now Heroes) nears my love of Star Wars, and I KNOW some of you kids know my love for Star Wars.

All from me. Laterz
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must update! [08 Nov 2006|09:21am]

sorry to any Republican peeps out there, but the Republicans have been in power for over six years, and look what's happened. When the Democrats were in charge, a lot of great things and one BJ happened (which many would construe as a good thing).

and perhaps by the end of the day/month/year we'll have both the House AND the Senate! WOOO!

*end political talk*

work is crazy busy but really fun. I rarely get to see Lindsey, but it does happen. my wife rocks cuz she bought me FF12 and now she's playing it (hot geek wife, wooo!)

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gone [21 Sep 2006|05:23am]
Well, I've been out of town and offline for a month and a half. Did I miss anything?
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