Wednesday, December 08, 2010

One vs The Other

From Blogizdat LJ:

I have a twin set of impulses:

1) to write publicly, here on this blog, for example, posting a variety of relatively innocuous things that will offend and disturb only the most sensitive souls, allowing readers to enjoy and comment, as they wish.

2) to write privately, in my journals, where I engage in some kind of written primal scream therapy, where I let everything out, no holds barred, utterly ruthless on myself and others and the world at large, mostly written when I'm enraged or depressed or blissfully happy.

And see, there are times when I think I'm almost capable of turning a phrase worth reading, that I can write passably well, but honestly, the stuff I write publicly doesn't really hold a candle to what I write for Eyes-Only, in my never-to-be-humble-opinion.

Read the rest here.

Jonathan Coulton - Big Bad World One

Jonathan Coulton - When You Go

LJ Writer's Block: Do you want to know a secret?

From Blogizdat LJ:

Which song by The Beatles is your favorite, and why?

Read here.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Today's Rondomnimity

From Blogizdat LJ:

*) It was Pearl Harbor Day today, a day that will live in infamy, as FDR said it would.

*) I'm liking my new Nook Color, but I'm still looking forward to getting my iPad at the end of the month - thing is, the Nook is only seven inches diagonally, and the iPad is nearly ten inches, and yes, I know, size isn't everything, I'm told, though what do they know? - but that extra real estate comes in handy when reading a magazine or larger PDF file. Funny, but neither the Nook nor the iPad runs flash - meh.

Read the rest here.

LJ Writer's Block: Dream or Reality?

From Blogizdat LJ:

What do you think really happened at the end of the movie Inception? Have you ever had a dream that you confused with reality?

Read here.


From Blogizdat LJ:

I got an email this afternoon at work that a former co-worker died today.

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Today's Randomnimity

From Blogizdat LJ:

*) i just bought one of those new color nook book readers from barnes and noble - it's pretty nice, a bit small and underpowered, but it cost less than an average netbook, has gorgeous color and wifi, and i do like it - but i am also going to get an ipad, gonna buy one used from a friend at the end of the year, and really looking forward to that, too

*) i suffer under a curse: i can forgive fairly easily when someone who's wronged me is contrite and wishes to make amends, but i have a helluva time forgetting

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I'm having one of those 'meh' evenings, indeed, I can't even manage to bang out another 'Randomnimity,' which is annoying the helloutta me right now, cause my brain is chock-full of clever and witty things, both pithy and verbose, and yet all that'll seem to come out is 'meh:'


Like the Cuyahoga River on fire

'River On Fire'
Adam Again


River on Fire Lyrics
by Gene Eugene

What would you say if you knew what I was thinking?
Maybe you do, but you know not to dig too deep
What if i knew what you needed for sure?
I've seen in your eyes you need more, much more

And I could be happy, and you could be miserable
I'll grab a metaphor out of the air
The Cuyahoga River on fire

What can you say? The impossible happens
What can you settle for?
What can you live without?
I remember the night I first darkened your door
And I swore that I loved you
My heart was pure

You could be happy, and I could be miserable

My open window, a dream in the dark
My fingers, your face
A spark, a trace

I know a lot about the history of Cleveland, Ohio
Disasters that have happened there
Like the Cuyahoga River on fire

Monday, August 09, 2010

Today's Randomnimity

From Blogizdat LJ:

  • I don't feel well at all today, have got some kind of sinus-headachey and coughy thing, with an angst chaser - meh

  • Kind of scary seeing how much food some people can shovel down at The Old Country Buffet, though I suppose it stands to reason that people would do so at an all-you-can-eat restaurant.

  • You know how Lucy entices Charlie Brown to run for the football each year but he never quite gets to kick it, and how stupid he feels when he lands flat on his back, every.single.time? And see, I don't blame Lucy for her part, that's what she does, but shouldn't Charlie know better than to go for it? Doesn't he know a lost cause when he sees it? And still he runs for it, every.single.time - foolish Charlie.

Read the rest here.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010


I was with yards of the scene of this armed robbery with my two little girls not but two hours before the incident referred to below:

From the Pioneer Press

Robber hits St. Paul bank, fires at off-duty cop, briefly takes hostage; no one injured

By Mara H. Gottfried

Updated: 08/04/2010 07:12:15 PM CDT

A man robbed a bank in St. Paul this afternoon, took a teller hostage and fired shots at an off-duty police officer working as a security guard, then fled in a car.

No one was injured during the incident.

The masked robber entered the Park Midway Bank at 2300 Como Ave. about 2:30 p.m. with a handgun, police said

He demanded money from a female teller, and after being provided with some cash, the robber told the teller to leave the bank with him, according to the FBI.

Read the rest here.

Thursday, July 29, 2010


“In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant. My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known -- no wonder, then, that I return the love.” - Soren Kierkegaard

Family Reunion

If my foot didn't hurt so much, I don't think I'd mind making the trip, but it does, and I do, I mean, thing is, no one wants to hear others complain about their aches and pains - hell, I don't even want to hear it out of me - but it's hard when every step one takes causes a wince, and there is little else that helps but lying down, icing and NSAIDs, and, well, can't do that when on the road, can I? This to shall pass. Meh.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Remembering Elizabeth

I first wrote and posted this on July 28th, 2005, reposted on July 28th, 2007 with slight revision, and am posting yet again today, late on July 27 (in my world), revised once more, with an additional commentary.

From Blogizdat LJ:

On July 28th, 1966, our family went on a picnic outing with friends to celebrate the birthday of a young South American teacher who was living with us at the time.

We drove a few kilometers away from our town to a small undeveloped beach on the Tocantins river, where we had a picnic lunch, after which my dad took a nap in a hammock, and my mom went down the beach to a shack to change into swim wear, while the several of us kids and young teens splashed about in the warm and shallow water.

Then, the unthinkable happened.

While the events that followed are somewhat muddled in my mind, I recall a great deal of commotion - someone had noticed that my nearly-7-year-old sister Elizabeth had disappeared under the water, and did not reappear.

Read the rest here.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Question of the Day

From Blogizdt LJ

If you could have 10 minutes alone with anyone in the world where you could do or say whatever you wanted without consequences, who would you choose and what would you do?

Read the answer here.

Today's Randomnimity

From Blogizdat LJ:

  • I don't like the 17th of pretty much any month, and it's not that I'm superstitious, really, though maybe I am, it's just that there have been a host of bad things happen on that day, over the years, and I get anxious - well, more than usual - each time one rolls around, and yes, know that's pretty stupid.
  • I got to kiss my daughters goodnight for the first time in a week - they'd been off at camp for a week, and I'd been missing them heaps.

Read the rest here.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Randomnimity - Memorial Day

From Blogizdat LJ:

  • It's Memorial Day, a public holiday, and I had the day off work.
  • I woke up way-early, stuck in some kind of angsty loop, ruminating over things out of my control.
  • I hate when I get this way, cause I tend to forget to eat, but I did have some iced tea for breakfast
Read the rest here.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Today's Randomnimity - Kinda Linked Abstract Poem Edition

From Blogizdat LJ:

Wishes are pretty pointless
I wish it were nearer
Nearly hit a doe the other night
Does it really matter that I care?
Read the rest here.

Jonathan Coulton - Octopus

Jonathan Coulton - Octopus .mp3
Found at bee mp3 search engine


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Henry and June - And Anais

From Blogizdat LJ:

I watched the 1990 film 'Henry and June' this past week, and I'm still trying to digest it.

Thing is, I deliberately did not read the Anais Nin book on which the movie is based before watching it as I was afraid it might ruin the movie for me, but from all the other reading I've done - by and about Anais Nin, before and since - I think I expected too much, and now that I've begun to read the original source, I can see I was mistaken: I should have read the book first.

Bottom line, 'Henry and June' is not a bad movie, but it's certainly not great, and does not come even close to doing justice to the book.
Read the rest here.

Today's Randomnimity - Birthday Musings

From Blogizdat LJ:

  • Birthday - it's my birthday this next week, and I will be fifty-three, two years older than my dad was when he died, which kind of freaks me out.
  • Falling apart - I feel like I'm really starting to go to seed, cause my body is wracked with aches and pains (aren't they the same thing, really?) and I'm more prone to depression and anxiety than I've ever been.
  • Appearance - what's more, I am starting to gray, and kind of going bald at the crown, yet I don't think I really look my age, as I have somehow managed to escape so far without wrinkles or crow's feet, and at six-foot-six, I've stayed a relatively slender two hundred-five pounds for nearly twenty years.
Read the rest here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Today's Randonmiinity - Linked Edition

From Blogizdat LJ:

  • When I'm feeling really down it's kind of comforting to sit on the plaza under the 35W Bridge, and yes, since you asked, I spent about an hour there tonight, watching the river flow, musing and reading old journals.
  • I prefer reading journals to watching TV.
  • TV or Not TV: I'm really disappointed in this season's '24,' and I think it's just as well the show is ending. I'm also really disappointed in 'V,' I really had high hopes for the show to be great, but that was not to be. I'm not really disappointed at all in this year's installment of American Idol, and I'm going to miss Simon Cowell next year.
Read the rest here.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Today's Randomnimity

From Blogizdat LJ:

  • I wonder if anyone but search bots read this?
  • Was asked to take over a database at work, was shown in a hurry of a flash, and don't remember squat about it, and now I need to run some queries against it this weekend, but I don't know how!!! Damn MS Access! I mean, I learned command line Oracle SQL in school, why can't I use that??? Grrrr!
  • I really, really, really want an iPad!
Read the rest here.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Today's Randomnimity

From Blogizdat LJ:

  • Went garage-saling this past weekend with the girls, and my head was somewhere else most of the day, but I did buy a few small things
  • I love the sight of bright red male cardinals in evergreen trees
  • I really, really, really want to blog more, though I only seem to be inspired when I'm feeling down, but when I'm down I write mostly in my other LJ's, and in various password-protected devices - I guess I need to get out of my head more
  • Speaking of writing, I wish I had a count on the number of words I've written in the past five years - total, in all permutations: blogs, journals, personal and work emails, chat, FB and other social networking, SMS - I mean, my vague inkling is that I've written several million words, a good deal of which are stored hither and yon, some of which have been lost to the ether, some of which are utterly trivial, but some of which are really important, and I just wish I had time to read thru them all
Read the rest here.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More Randomnimity

From Blogizdat LJ:

  • I am turning 53 this year, and I'm suddenly feeling it.
  • I was just thinking about the first video game I ever saw: Pong.
Read the rest here.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I'm In Shock

I was feeling pretty low yesterday AM, and as I was watching the news whilst getting ready for work, the TV report gave further details on a murder-suicide that had been front-page news on Sunday: the murder victim was an immediate co-worker of mine, worked on my floor, not someone I was very close to, but I did know her fairly well.

Like I said, I'm in shock.

Friday, March 12, 2010


From Blogizdat LJ:

  • I had lunch with my college-aged niece EC (17) at BU this past week, and I said something that cracked her up, which in turn made me smile.
  • I've had lunch with her maybe twice a month this school year, and it's been nice to get to know her better, now that she's all-grown-up
  • I'm gonna miss her next year when she moves away to a different school.

Read the rest here.


From Blogizdat LJ:

I took the girls to the Old Country Buffet last Saturday, and I have to say, it's a strange and wonderful and scary place, where an all-you-can-eat breakfast can be had for $5.99 on weekends.

Read the rest here.

Friday Night Videos

"Always The Moon"
Jonathan Coulton


"Creepy Doll"
Jonathan Coulton w/Neil Gaiman


"Re: Your Brains"
Jonathan Coulton


"Mr Fancy Pants"
Jonathan Coulton>


"When You Go"
Jonathan Coulton


Monday, March 01, 2010

March 1st

It's not starting out like I thought, but maybe that's what I get for thinking when I'm not used to it.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The I's Have It

From Blogizdat LJ:

  • I discovered the walking track at The Oval today
  • I walked nearly 6 miles.
  • I am worried, cause my foot really, really hurts.
  • I like that the days are getting longer.

Read the rest here.


I really need to write more.

No, I don't mean I should write more, I mean, I *need* to write more, cause I have all these thoughts floating around my head, and I have no where else to get them out.

Of course there's the little fact that even though I post mostly-anonymously here, I'm known to some, so I still feel the need to keep myself in check - not a bad idea, in any case - but I may end up setting up a completely anonymous blog, just to be able to write anything and everything that crosses my mind.

Come to think on it, I have a couple of LJ's still out there, one of which I still update from time to time, almost forgot about that, and of course, I have personal journals for the really messy stuff, don't I?

Well, yeah, but there's something about the discipline of writing for an audience that keeps me focused, whereas I get much sloppier when writing for myself, so I'll probably do both.

Anyway, I'm going to write more. Honest.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Maxi iPod

Sounds intriguing, but for the unfortunate name:

For Apple, iPad Said More Than Intended

Published: January 28, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple has generated a lot of chatter with its new iPad tablet. But it may not be quite the conversation it wanted.

Many women are saying the name evokes awkward associations with feminine hygiene products. People from Boston to Ireland are complaining that “iPad,” in their regional brogue, sounds almost indistinguishable from “iPod,” Apple’s music player. The problem may be worse outside the United States; Japanese does not even have a sound for the “a” in iPad.

Then there are more serious conflicts. Two other high-tech companies already market products called iPad and are laying claim to the trademark.

Read the rest here.

This Makes Me Tear Up

Alison Krauss could have a hit with this song, just gorgeous, from the one and only Jonathan Coulton:

Jonathan Coulton - Always The Moon

Lyris here.

Friday, January 15, 2010

People Of Walmart

People of Walmart

Great Moments In Brutal Honesty


New Gmail Security Settings

From Gmail:

Changing the HTTPS setting

We've recently made the 'Always use https' setting the default behavior in Gmail (the default used to be http). Here's some background: If you sign in to Gmail via a non-secure Internet connection, like a public wireless or non-encrypted network, your Google account may be more vulnerable to hijacking. Non-secure networks make it easier for someone to impersonate you and gain full access to your Google account, including any sensitive data it may contain like bank statements or online log-in credentials. Accordingly, we enable the 'Always use https' option in Gmail by default. HTTPS, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure, is a secure protocol that provides authenticated and encrypted communication.

To disable or re-enable this feature in Gmail:

1. Sign in to Gmail.
2. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page.
3. Set 'Browser Connection' to 'Don't use https' or 'Always use https.'
4. Click Save Changes.
5. Manually change the URL to to start accessing Gmail via http.

Please note that selecting 'Always use https' will prevent you from accessing Gmail via HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol). If you trust the security of your network, you can turn this feature off at any time.

If you use a public computer to check your email, it's also important to end each of your Gmail sessions by clicking Sign out at the top of any Gmail page and to close all Gmail browser windows.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

From The American Red Cross

I Have No Words

Okay, that's not entirely true, I guess I should have said that I have few words, cause even though I tend to be a bit hyper-sensitive at times regarding personal matters, when it comes to events on the news, things rarely get to me, but the story of the devastation in Haiti did, especially the part about the kids, I mean, look, I've got two daughters, one of them just about the age my sister was when she died (seven), and I guess I'm just a softie about these things, then, and I've been feeling pretty shaken up, all day.


From Yahoo/AP:

Panic, looting and triage after major Haiti quake

By JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press Writer Jonathan M. Katz
Associated Press Writer
Wed Jan 13, 6:42 pm ET

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The tiny bodies of children lay in piles next to the ruins of their collapsed school. People with faces covered by white dust and the blood of open wounds roamed the streets. Frantic doctors wrapped heads and stitched up sliced limbs in a hotel parking lot.

The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, still struggling to recover from the relentless strikes of four catastrophic storms in 2008, was a picture of heartbreaking devastation Wednesday after a magnitude-7 earthquake.

Tuesday's quake left a landscape of collapsed buildings — hospitals, schools, churches, ramshackle homes, even the gleaming national palace — the rubble sending up a white cloud that shrouded the entire capital.

Read the rest here.

Take Off Your Pants

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Word To The Wise

Okay, don't have to be wise, just learn from my mistakes: remember, that ice on the sidewalks and driveways and streets outside is really, really slippery and if you don't take it seriously, you will go to ground, and you *will* mess up your back - I'm just sayin'.

Yes, I did. Meh.


From Blogizdat LJ:

I was recently asked if I had made any resolutions for the new year, and in all candor, I had not. I mean, I'm constantly making resolutions, I guess, constantly resolving to do better or different, and I'm constantly falling short.

Read the rest here.