It's that time again.

This is a call for submissions, so to speak.

I'm going to be getting another tattoo after Christmas, I think. So, what I'd like is suggestions. I figure a lot of you know me pretty well and have pretty good ideas as to what I like. Feel free to post pictures (and if you're the drawing type feel free to design one if you'd like :-) ).

How was everyone's Thanksgiving? We had a good time, lots of driving, lots of food.

That's all.

Some things to talk about.

1. Go. Vote. I don't care what your politics are. Go vote. Go. Whatever you're doing will probably still be there when you get back. Go.

2. I'd like to talk for a minute about a problem plaguing modern sci-fi and fantasy fiction. Authors who feel that making up words = interesting and/or good writing. Randall Munroe from XKCD and I seem to be on the same page. The number of made up words is inversely proportional to how good we think the book is. (Disclaimer: I don't know Randall Munroe, I just wish I did...is that creepy?) This leads me to my second point: Anathem by Neal Stephenson has more made up words than I've seen in a book ever. Don't give me any of this "Tolkien maked up werds all the time!" Tolkien made up entire languages. Even if you didn't like the books you have to admit that's pretty awesome. Also, the languages were there because there were different races in Middle Earth.

In the foreword Mr. Stephenson explains to us that his story doesn't take place on Earth, but rather a planet very similar to earth. I imagine this is supposed to explain the proliferation of non-existent words. It didn't appease me. The new words didn't add anything to the story and most times detracted from it. Every page or so there was a dictionary entry defining the made-up language and every time I had to stop and read one I felt the story slipping away and it made me angry.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I didn't finish the book. Perhaps there's something utterly astounding and wonderful past page 75 or so, but I didn't have the patience to go wading for it. The entirety of what I read felt like I was slogging through waist-deep muck. Don't get me wrong here; I don't mind a tough read. I like a challenge every now and again. Tolkien (again) has always been a tough, thought-provoking read for me and I love The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings (The Silmarillion, however, not so much). Anathem wasn't difficult because it was thought provoking. It was difficult because (to me) it was pretentious.
That's all about that.

Happy election day, folks!
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I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 100.

That number should be easy enough for some of you to guess. It's an answer. An answer to a question that no one has asked. The question itself is unknown.

Guess it and you will be rewarded with enlightenment of a sort and a never-ending quest for a question.

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So, I've not shot any pictures this week. I've got a shooting assignment for class and I need to work on that, but more importantly I need to be taking pictures and making mistakes. I need to start carrying my camera with me more often. I've got to start making time for photography.

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I guess that's all, really.
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I think I'd prefer to stay inside....

If this election isn't over soon it is going to kill me.

Seriously.

Take this story for example. I'm no McCain/Palin fan, but come on! How the hell is this news? So she was blessed by a Kenyan pastor. Perhaps witchcraft is something that is mentioned a lot in their parish? I'm doubting she asked to be blessed against witchcraft. Why. Is. This. News?

Gah!

Now on the other side of the coin, McCain is trying to postpone the VP debate. Ostensibly this is to protest Congress for not passing the $700 billion financial bailout that is on the table. However, I continually wonder why they're shielding Palin from the media. I would think that if she's actually going to be this huge shot in the arm for the Republican campaign (and not end up being a huge liability) that they'd want her out in the spotlight as much as possible.

Personally, I think the McPalin campaign knows that Joe Biden will take her apart in the debate.

Anyway, that's all I guess.
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Masterpiece Theatre

Good morning my fine intarweb friends.

I would like to start this post on a positive note: My photography class is teh awesome. I learned more in the first class than I have in 2 years of trying to figure this out on my own.

The next thing I have to talk to you about is Rock Band 2. I finally picked it up last night and Echols, Jordan and I ended up rocking until the wee hours. Well, 12:45am. Is that a wee hour?

Anyway, it's pretty excellent. A lot of reviews have been of the "ho hum, more of the same" variety and I agree to and extent (except for the ho hum part). The rock band formula is still there. But you know what? It's still hella fun. It's still engaging and it still makes me feel like a rock star for a little while. Everyone should feel like a rock star for a little while. The major updates (on the 360 version)are to the UI and to the communication times. The new UI is gorgeous. It is beautiful and way more functional than RB 1. The "communicating with the Rock Central Server" business is all but gone. And the save times are incredibly fast. Signing in and creating characters is much smoother and less time consuming as well. Also, the Band Challenges and online challenges are crazy fun.

If you already own GH III/Rock Band 1 instruments they work fine. I hear the new drums are much more responsive and are quieter, though.
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Show of hands: Who's still around after they switched on the Large Hadron Collider?

/raise hand

Let's all take a deep breath, step back and wait for the Ultimate Destruction! (rights reserved) when they actually start colliding things in October. :-)

But seriously, I'm looking forward to this project being fully operational. I've got my crowbar all ready to rock.

I hope this project reveals some awesome new things we didn't know before.
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