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Sorry Terry, but I've found a new Church [24 Jan 2008|10:36am]
First off, Jess found this story online, and I wanted to pass it along to you all.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7200531.stm

Which I think is great.  Honestly, there are distinct elements taken from Buddhism, Christianity, and various other spirituality that resonate with our sensibilities of good and evil in the Jedi story.  That it's taken from such a well known work of fiction may instill some with a modicum of disbelief.  I mean, would people really follow a religion based on the work of an author of science fiction? 

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Ron_Hubbard)

I could see myself sinking my teeth into the Jedi religion.  I would probably actually feel less pretentious than the few times I wonder back into Catholic mass.  And in preparation for this religious commitment:

My Jedi Name is:
Carte Demad from the planet Aceon!
http://www.xach.com/misc/jedi.html
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Live Action Final Fantasy [11 Jan 2008|09:27am]
For anyone who's played the games, this cracked me up.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHlE48D3moA
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Holy Fucking Shit, that looks sweet. [19 Dec 2007|04:54pm]
I just watched the Dark Knight Trailer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWw0ov-cAUg)

Heath Ledger as the Joker.  I wasn't so sure of it at first, but it really looks like he nailed it.  Especially the voice.  Just enough of Nickelson for it to be an homage, rather than a "Why the hell didn't they just get Nickelson again?".  Beautifully creepy.

Also some interesting side casting: Anthony Michael Hall playing Mike Engel who is apparently a reporter obsessed with finding out who Batman really is, and Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent.  Suggesting that they'll bring back Two Face, if not in this movie in the possibility of another.

It's looking sweet, folks.  It may be just enough to finally wipe the bad "Batman and Robin" taste from my mouth. 

Man, did that suck.
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Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Holiday [07 Nov 2007|09:33am]
Thanksgiving has always been, and perhaps always will be my favorite holiday.  Even with the shadow of horrible Native American relations looming over it, for me personally it's always been about sitting around a ginormous table with my immediate and both extended and extending family members.  That's always been for me the thing I was thankful for.  I sometimes see people who hate going back to see their family, or it's nothing but ritual.  "I'm with my family not because I want to be, but because I feel I should be."  I can't imagine anywhere I'd rather be this year than back home and surrounded by people who genuinely are happy to see me.  I hope I'm not the only one.

But it seems more and more that Thanksgiving is more like Christmas Eve-Eve.  Some people already have their decorations up, and this morning on the Today show, they were wishing everyone Merry Christmas...what the fuck!  A while back, one of my roommate's girlfriends loved Christmas so much, they had to strike the deal that she couldn't mention it until Midnight on Halloween.  I always thought that was kind of funny.  Then on Halloween that year, clock struck midnight and she jumps up and shouts "CHRISTMAS!"  Very strange.

I guess I can't fault people so much for loving Christmas. I just wish Thanksgiving could have it's time in the sun as well.  
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[25 Oct 2007|03:20pm]
[ mood | busy ]

It's Relationship Violence Awareness Week down here at Southeast.  I pulled together a lot of events.  We've had a smattering of attendance.  I'm excited that as many people came as they did, although I still wish there would've been more.  The coolest thing is that we've had over 400 people sign pledges of support.  Granted that's the least involved thing that a person could do: it literally takes them 5 seconds, and they get a button if they sign, but we've got the pledges posted on campus as this Wall of Support for victims of Relationship Violence.  It's really a neat thing to see 400 sets of handprints on this wall saying that they support survivors.  I'm proud of that.

The other thing that I've noticed is how many people have joked about abusing their significant other, or about Relationship Violence in general.  I really think it's because people are uncomfortable thinking about people actually being hurt, and so there's this need to make it lighter, and less intense.  I get that.  I just need to find a way to get people to think about what that might say to people who have experienced Relationship Violence around them.  There was one person in particular who was walking with a friend who made a joke about it, and I could see her freeze up about it.  There's this "painted on smile" that I've gotten way too familiar with that tends to alert me to people who've likely experienced something like this.  The guy quite possibly had no idea what his friend had gone through, and likely wouldn't have said anything had he known.

When I first joined SAPA, we were pretty much encouraged to jump down the throats of anyone who made jokes about these things.  It took me a while to realize why that might not be the best way to handle things.  The problem I face now is just, I know I can't let those jokes just slip past without saying something, but I don't want to vilify the people who make the comment because they're uncomfortable.  Oi.

I'm presenting again tonight.  I had a co-presenter, but she's feeling under the weather so I told her to stay at home.  I am also feeling less than tip top, but I'm still working on that whole taking care of myself as well as everyone else thing. 

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Football Musings [22 Oct 2007|04:15pm]
My entire life there's always been this tiny child inside of me, wearing blue and silver, waiting for the chance to jump up and cheer on the home team Lions to win the Super Bowl.  Even when childlike fantasy was replaced by adult sarcasm and fatalistic "writing off the Lions forever"-type talk, I'd be lying if I said that I still didn't hope.  And then I moved to Missouri.

And now the Lions are 4-2; and the Rams are 0-7.  Maybe it was me the whole time...
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Vampires and Dreams [17 Oct 2007|11:52am]
More specifically dreams about  vampires.  I find that I often dream about having to fight the undead.  Not the Journey-with-a-bullet-proof-helmet undead (thanks Andy) but the generic swarming, biting kind of undead.  I think it's always been the case that I've dreamed about vampires and zombies.  In part, because I love them in movies and film.  I wonder though, if there isn't some sort of meaning that these have in my life.

I often dream about them when I'm thinking about Sexual Aggression.  I once was going to write a book about vampires using the profiles for various sexual predators as vampires.  I think that the analogy fits, and maybe because of that my brain tends to organize things in that way.  But I wonder if I thought it was a good idea for the book, because my brain already had made the connection.  I had recurring dreams about vampires long before I ever thought about writing that book.  So I say hmm...

But then sometimes I have dreams that I'm working back at Bennigan's and Jeff Daniels is the cook that forget to make my chicken fajitas.  That dream sucks.
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I found this funny [05 Oct 2007|08:12am]
http://www.viralvideochart.com/youtube/quotiran_so_farquot_snl_mocks_mahmoud_with_gaythemed_love_song?id=A9OfNrxt5Q4

It's kind of hard to hear the lyrics over the piano, but it's saying is pretty funny.
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[06 Sep 2007|02:09pm]

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[01 Sep 2007|12:46pm]
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Ubergeekdom [18 Aug 2007|04:50pm]
Here's another geeky personality test for y'all to play.  Those who haven't played D&D may find it less than interesting, but perhaps I'm wrong.  So there you are.

http://www.okcupid.com/tests/1532690756472625027/RPG-Class
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Holy _____-y ______, Batman [07 Aug 2007|03:38pm]
I think this post will be an insert your favorite sidekick exclamation.  I hope you enjoy!

I paid off my first two months of Loan repayment yesterday.  And I think it's safe to say, fucking ouch.  Even with the money that I paid (a hefty sum, I might add) I still owe just over $70,000...

...when the hell did that happen?!!!  I don't feel $70,000 smarter.  But mainly, I don't feel $70,000.  I'm remembering back to when I was in high school talking about this ideal profession that I was going to go into.  It was an architect/contractor mix for big buildings in major cities.  There was a program at Loyola in N'Awlins for me to focus on that and train up to do that very thing.  6 figures to start.

Why didn't follow through on that again?

Ah yes.  I remember now. 

Math.
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Geek-O-Rama [02 Aug 2007|02:21pm]
So Jess and I had our honeymoon in the Mecca of Geekdom that was the San Diego International Comic Con.  It was really cool.  There were times that were an assault on the eyes and nose of anyone within the area.  Some people had some serious hygiene issues.  Like people who quite obviously crapped themselves and were walking around like it wasn't anything special.  They made me sad.  As much as I thought I would simply mock the people wearing the various costumes of comic and anime characters; I had to admit that some of them were really impressive.  The amount of craft that went into some of them, as well as the patience, and perseverence with wearing spot on full Darth Maul make-up in a room where I was sweating in shorts and a T-shirt.  Remarkable.  The downside (other than the poor hygiene folks, who really were the minority there, I"d say) was the lines.  I jumped in line to save seats for me and Jess to see Kevin Smith only to be told after waiting an hour that I couldn't hold a spot in line.  That was frustrating.  Then we wanted to go see the Heroes and Futurama people, and Joss Whedon who were all in the same room at various times.  We got there at 11, and were going to jump in for the first one (2 and a half hours later) only to be told that the line had been capped for the rest of the day.  Bum-to-the-ummer.

Unlike many of our geeky brethren, however, we also went outside in the sun to see the beach, which was gorgeous.  I expected the weather in San Diego to be much hotter.  It was over 90 here in Cape when we left, and it was 73 and gorgeous when we landed.  I'm not sure how that works, but I like it.  I got to both see and also wade into the Pacific for the first time in my life.  2 oceans down, 2 more to go!  (That Arctic Ocean is going to be a doozy!)  We then resumed the geekiness by going to Legoland.  Legoland was fun, but clearly designed for little kids and their parents.  It was nice for it to be so laid back.  There were little spots for kids to play while their parents waited in lines for the rides.  I remember being a little kid and a half an hour to wait for a ride was an insurmountable amount of time for me to sit still and wait.  I thought this system was better.  Considering the souvenirs and fun stuff we got for ourselves at the con and in the little touristy town next to the con, and then the gifts that we got for others, we came back with a completely full suitcase of stuff in addition to our two, now almost overflowing bags.  Good times.

And now it's been back to work, which has been more of the same.  Upsides and downsides.  I'm being told that I'm doing a really good job, and I'm getting complimented a lot on all of the stuff that I'm doing, but breaking into some of these groups to present is like breaking out of Alcatraz.  I could see one or two people doing it, ever, but I may be S.O.L.  I guess we'll see.  I keep reminding myself that I'm not going to make all of the changes in a year, or two, or even five.  But if I can make change little by little and keep trying, that'll be something.  I just worry with being grant funded that I could easily run out of time before I see that happen.  And so it goes...
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Catching up on catching up [23 Jul 2007|08:24am]
[ mood | lathargic ]

So I've been sucking at the posting lately.  Work has been if not very busy, very draining.  Most of my thoughts and time have either been on it, or on things like babies and houses.  None of either just yet, but I've decided to take the time to do the requisite thinking for both.  Sometimes people look at me strange when I say that I need a proper amount of time to think about something before I even start doing legwork.  It's just that I need to know for both of those two more major developments that I'm absolutely ready.  I've felt ready for more than a year on those, but now after time, and with the other life changing developments, like getting married, getting a job, not being Mr. Broke-as-a-Joke Carmody, I need to know where I stand today. 

My brother and Sister-in-Law are past their due date on their first daughter.  Madeline Carmody.  I'm uber-excited.  I'm actually an uncle already, but I haven't spoken much about it.  It's a very interesting situation that took a lot of getting used to, and figuring out what my role might be within that relationship.

Jess and I are getting ready for our Honeymoon.  Oh, the geekiness.  Who else would go to a Comic Book Convention and Legoland for their honeymoon, but me and my wife?  I'm so incredibly lucky.

I've read completely the last book of the Harry Potter set.  I will spoil nothing for those of you who are still waiting with baited breath for the goodness that is Harry Potter.  I did in fact cry, at a few points, as did Jessica.  I will say that this book felt different to me.  I loved it, and the last third to a quarter of the book was some of her best writing, in my opinion, but I don't think it was my favorite.  The middle dragged for me, and there was just something that was very different in the style than the rest of the books.  I'd love to hear what anyone else thinks.

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The Duke Case [19 Jun 2007|04:05pm]
I thought this article did a pretty good job summing up the case for me.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/chi-rape_thinkjun17,0,6933264.story?coll=chi-newsopinionperspective-hed

Just thought I'd share.
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Someone in my office showed this to me [15 Jun 2007|12:59pm]
One hundred years ago, in the year 1907:

-The average life expectancy was 47 years.
-Only 14% of homes had a bathtub.
-Only 8% of homes had a telephone.
-There were only 8,000 cars and only 144 miles of paved roads.
-The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 mph.
-The tallest structure in the world was teh Eiffel Tower.
-The average wage in 1907 was 22 cents per hour.
-The average worker made between $200-$400 per year.
-More than 95% of all births took place at home.
-Ninety percent of all doctors had no college education, but instead attended so-called medical schools which were criticized by the government for being substandard.
-Most women only washed their hair once a month, and used Borax or egg yolks as shampoo.
-Canada passed a law that prohibited poor people from entering into their country for any reason.
-Two out of every 10 adults couldn't read or write.
-Only 6% of all Americans had graduated from "high school".
-Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at the local drugstores.
-(My favorite) Pharmacists said, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and bowels, and is, in face, a perfect guardian of health."

Now we're invited to imagine another hundred years.

It's hard for me to convince some people that I grew up without a computer until I went to college.  Imagine people without cell phones.  Just found those interesting.
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On Being a Grown Up [05 Jun 2007|09:54am]
I've done a great many grown up type things this past year.  I got married.  I graduated.  Got an actual job-job.  You know: one that I come home from not smelling like Monte Cristo.  I moved states.  Lots of big kid things.  And now I'm getting ready to be 26.  Not old, I know to a lot of you.  But it's the oldest I've ever been.  I don't quite feel the same way about this birthday as I did my last one.  25 seemed like such a landmark birthday to me.  My brother even said things like, "Now you're really an adult."  But still, I think birthdays always give me pause to reflect on where I'm at, and where I'm going, and such.

My job is odd.  It is both way easier than I thought, and in an odd way, because of that more difficult.  There is often not much that I can do as of yet.  Either I've accomplished all that I can on my end, and am now waiting on someone else to do work on their end, or I have to consciously pace myself so that I don't freak out the people in the university by seemingly flipping their whole world upside down.  I always viewed Universities as bastions of liberal thought.  And I do think that's true.  There's lots of liberal thought, but a great deal of conservative action which creates for an interesting climate.  Professors doing cutting edge research on what should be done for higher education to really provide the best service for the students and to create a community "that's a beacon to fellow institutions across the nation, and further; the world", to quote an article I read recently.  And the Yang to that Yin, we have administrators who are business men and women who focus on dollars and cents, and what is "tried and true", to quote Southeast's president in one of his recent speeches.

So the hardest part of my job: Waiting.  Waiting and wondering if I'm doing enough, or if I'm too impatient to wait something out to make sure that I can make lasting change on this campus.  I think I could bust in, and give a program every week, and rage against the institution to try and make all of the changes that I think are needed.  But then I'll be burnt out, and written off as the liberal, feminist psycho that had all of those crazy ideas, and whose grant wasn't renewed.  So, in closing, I'm learning that being a grown up is about balance.  Damn't!  I hate it when my dad was right.
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[29 May 2007|09:26am]
[ mood | Hopping Mad ]

This is utter bullshit.  The story gets a bit graphic and so I want to put a disclaimer for it, in case people just aren't up to it.  I've also summarized why it's bullshit below just in case.

http://www.ktvu.com/news/13370961/detail.html

There was a gang rape involving 8 baseball players and an underage incapacitated woman.  3 female soccer players saw what was happening and intervened to get the girl out of there and to the hospital.  The brave woman decided to press charges, only to have a pissant District Attorney say that there wasn't enough evidence to prosecute.   With 3 witnesses, an underage victim who has medical documentation of her incapacitation; there's not enough evidence?  What other evidence could there possibly be?

I was so afraid that Kobe Bryant and the Duke case was going to negatively affect the way that sexual assault cases were prosecuted.  I don't know for certain that it is the case here that this person was influenced by the way that particular case went, but I have my suspicions.  It's looking like things are headed back to a time where rape was just a crime that didn't matter.  People are trying to make it something that victims just suffer with it, like it's part of life.  Like there is something inherent in men to rape women, and part of life for women.

Fuck that.

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Gotta Love Student Newspapers! [18 Apr 2007|10:19am]
[ mood | bemused ]

There was a correction in today's Arrow concerning the article.  They spelled my name right, and Dr. Jackson's as well.  And it was posted on the 8th page, right above a coupon for Nachos at Hardee's.  And I, the person who the correction was about, could only say:

"I didn't know they had nachos at Hardee's."

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