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Long Live Oklacon [Sep. 21st, 2015|10:38 pm]
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Just wanted to say to everyone who helped make Oklacon such a special place in my heart, and in the hearts of many other furries... you are much appreciated... Thank you for helping me find myself... Some of my fondest memories in life were at Oklacon, and I am a better person because of you... and I know I'm not the one who feels this way. You will be sorely missed...

http://oklacon.com
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Ten More Years! [Jan. 27th, 2015|09:51 pm]
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So i know it's been a long time since i've posted here... It's been an even longer time since I set this LJ up...

...ten years, to be exact.

Feels good posting here again... I've totally been all twittered out for a while, but this is where it all started for me in the furry fandom, which i have now been a part of for ten years...

...and i can't imagine how i lived life without this awesome community as a part of it =^_^=

To ten more years!
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howdy :) [Apr. 26th, 2014|05:17 am]
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Just wanted to say hi :) been a long time since I posted something but I've been okay... things are looking up ^^

How have you all been?
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thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! [Jan. 8th, 2013|09:33 pm]
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So grateful to have you in my life... <3


Posted via m.livejournal.com.

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turning thirty today [Jan. 8th, 2013|06:50 am]
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It was nice being a twenty-something... a lot of awesome things happened for me in my twenties... like finding all of you. :-)

Can't wait to see what my thirties have in store... hopefully more awesomeness =^_^=


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last night's Shop [Dec. 14th, 2012|11:08 am]
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So I normally don't link to Shop recordings and I know I haven't been on LJ that much lately... - but we had a special Shop last night - http://t.co/ICixIK5d - the important heavy stuff starts at about 1:02:30 or so...

Today is fourth down and long, with the game on the line...and we are about to throw for the end zone and hope for... well, I'm not Franco Harris... and it won't be immaculate or anything... but a conception would be really nice :-)

Wish us luck...
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Greetings! [Nov. 27th, 2012|06:50 pm]
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Just wanted to say "hi"... I know I haven't been here in a while... I haven't been very many places in a while... but I'm still around... somewhere...
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The Fall of the Hogs [Nov. 8th, 2012|11:21 pm]
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Louisiana-Monroe, who beat Arkansas this season, just lost to Arkansas State 45-23. The Red Wolves are now officially better than the Razorbacks. When will Arkansas man up and put their big boy pants on and play Arkansas State in Little Rock? When? No more excuses. With UCA, UAPB, and A-State all leading their conferences, the Hogs are far from the only game in town, and every year they avoid in-state opponents now just makes them look more and more like cowards.
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Life Happens [Oct. 13th, 2012|08:25 pm]
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On September 24, a girl named Alivia was brought into this world... via emergency Caesarean section... five weeks premature... but healthy. She was healthy, and so was her mother, my sister-in-law. Since Alivia was under four pounds at birth, she was kept in NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) until she gained some weight. She progressed awesomely, passing all of her benchmark tests, and was ready to come home on this past Thursday.

Before a baby is released from NICU to go home (maybe before a baby is released at all to go home), the mother has to be readmitted to the hospital to spend a night with the baby and watch videos on CPR/choking and car seats. When my sister-in-law went back to the hospital, she complained of pain in her stomach. It turns out that she had an abscess that had to be surgically removed. She was also found to have endometriosis. The hospital readmitted Alivia to NICU, but since she was healthy and nearing five pounds, she was no longer in need of intensive care, and the hospital decided to release her on Friday. And it was on Friday that Alivia came home...

...with my wife and me.Collapse )

Alivia will be with leolovely and me until her mom gets out of the hospital... probably Monday or Tuesday... in the meantime, feel free to click the pictures for larger images of the little bundle of joy =^_^=

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One year down... [Oct. 8th, 2012|12:21 am]
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...(infinity - 1) years to go.

Can't believe it has been a year already... seems like a lifetime... a lifetime that leo_lovely and I were meant to share with each other...
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upcoming concerts [Aug. 6th, 2012|03:29 am]
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I'm playing at IndyFurCon this weekend! (Friday August 10 in the afternoon)

I'm also playing at Mephit Fur Meet on Labor Day Weekend! (Sunday night September 2)

Beyond MFM, there are no concerts scheduled...

...and right now, it just might stay that way.

I don't know... I just...

...
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baseball and kickball [Aug. 5th, 2012|12:01 pm]
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so the baseball playoffs start today... 5:15 pm at Mills High School... if we win we play Thursday night but I don't see how I can be at the Thursday night game and be at IndyFurCon Friday afternoon to wreck shop... so if we win I'll just have to hope my team wins Thursday and then if they do make it back in time for the finals starting Sunday...

kickball starts two weeks from now on the 19th

yeah i'm back on the team sports thing... even though i'm like 50 pounds heavier than the last time i played sports... hopefully playing sports helps me lose those 50 pounds... hehe
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2012 Fursuit Tourney Endorsement: Nbowa Lion! [Aug. 3rd, 2012|11:01 pm]
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Though I have been voting and following the action, I have not blogged much about fursuittourney (or much of anything else) this year. (Heck, I'm still trying to process last year!) Each year of the tourney since 2008, I've made endorsements of fursuits left in the tourney (for whatever that's worth lol). Though I've considered many different qualities, my number-one trait that I've looked for is the skill that first inspired me to perform and still drives me: fursuit musicianship...



...and without further adieu, it is with great pleasure that I officially endorse fellow fursuit keyboardist and all-around very talented fursuiter nbowa in the 2012 Fandom's Favorite Fursuit Fracas!!! =^_^=

I know it's already the weekend, and this round ends Sunday morning at 7:59am EDT, but it's not too late to cast your vote for Nbowa Lion and all your favorite fursuits at the following page:

http://fursuittourney.livejournal.com/143140.html <-- as of this post, Nbowa's down a few votes, but with our support, he can pull it out XD

Here are links to just a few more awesome and entertaining videos featuring nbowa for you to enjoy (plenty more on YouTube, just search "Nbowa"):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjamEtl5kU0 (golfing lessons hehe)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ad92kIwKwZ4 (never knew they had snow where lions live!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qltKEBYNUuc (what lions do when they're out and about ^^)

Also wanted to send a shoutout to matrices's Beef Jerky, another awesome fursuit musician who I endorsed in 2009 and who is still in this year's tourney. A Beef Jerky vs. Nbowa semifinal would be sweeeeeeet :-)

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Paw Recognize Paw Studios
fursuit piano and furry hip-hop shop
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We Don't Let Dreams Die [Jun. 29th, 2012|12:04 pm]
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...this community was built on dreams and we don't let dreams die here...



thanks dobie for the video footage ^^

mp3 at http://www.furaffinity.net/view/8300345/
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Anthrocon! [Jun. 14th, 2012|07:48 am]
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Getting ready to leave for Anthrocon 2012! Yay!

I will be in the Dealers Den, table K06 - right next to :iconfloppybelly: :) Come say hi and pick up one (or both!) of my two new albums, Ready Fur the World and The Purring Piano, or a Chicken and Fries 2012 shirt, and receive my new latest unreleased song! =^_^=

Also, check out my concert on Friday at 2:30 pm in the Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom XD It's going to be awesome! Lots of new songs that I haven't played before but I've been working on just for you... ^^

Other than that, who knows where I'll be... out and about... as many places as I can be... I might even clone myself a few times to enjoy as much as I can and see as many of you as I can!

If you're on your way there already, I hope you have safe travels! If you're there already, yay! I hope you have a lot of fun ^^ If you're not going, I hope you have an awesome weekend too! <3

Check my Twitter feed today and Monday for a link to a "Glympse" of me #drivinglikebucktown on the way to and from Anthrocon ^^
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Shop is live in a few minutes! Also Upcoming Shop Schedule [Jun. 11th, 2012|07:46 pm]
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Shop will be live in just a few minutes tonight!!! http://ustre.am/2xrx #shopwreckers on anthrochat IRC

Also - here's the Shop schedule for the next two months (all start times at about 9:00 pm ET):

Monday June 11
Wednesday June 20
Monday June 25

Tuesday July 10
Tuesday July 17
Monday July 23
Monday July 30

We'll be back on Tuesdays starting in August :)
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No Shop Tomorrow Night [May. 28th, 2012|09:46 pm]
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No Shop tomorrow night. Personal reasons that I will not discuss here, but that involve overnight visitors at my house that would make doing Shop in their presence rather uncomfortable to say the least. That, and I have to be up at 0500 Wednesday and will have to work all day Wednesday and all night Wednesday night, in addition to dealing with other stuff that I again will not discuss.

We might do Shop/RCFM review on Thursday night, if everything on Wednesday goes well...

Sorry...
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Happy Mother's Day [May. 13th, 2012|09:00 am]
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As we children think of our mothers on this Mother's Day, we should think of those children without mothers and those would-be mothers without children. Also, as we celebrate those brave mothers who perform the roles of both mother and father on Father's Day, so should we celebrate those brave fathers who perform both roles on this day.

As for my mother: verse 1 on this song is about her, so yeah...
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We Don't Let Dreams Die [Apr. 22nd, 2012|04:16 pm]
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...i don't post works-in-progress very often... but i'm not this inspired to create very often...

This community was based on dreams...Collapse )

based on http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/s_737408.html and http://unclekage.livejournal.com/140420.html and awesome people like you!
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OMG I Just Encountered A CHRISTIAN - RUN!!! [Apr. 22nd, 2012|09:45 am]
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So I was at the supermarket getting groceries this morning... And as I was checking out, the lady behind me in line commented on my shoes and said they looked like socks. I told her a bit about my shoes... and how comfortable they were... and she agreed that they looked very comfortable (they are!)

I then noticed that she was in line to buy about six cases of bottled water. I commented to her about it... and she mentioned that she and her team were doing a homeless outreach today and they asked her to bring water. And as such, she did. I smiled and shyly commented that I was just shopping because my wife was sick... and she even gave me a list of everything to get (I pulled out the list and showed it to her). She said that she hopes my wife gets better soon...

...so after I finished checking out, and I was on my way out the door, I heard her greeting the cashier by name and conversing with her. I didn't have to turn around to know that she was smiling - beaming - like she had Pinkie Pie's song (or the piano rendition of it) stuck in her head. She wished the bagger a happy Sunday, and the bagger commented that it was just another Sunday... she then told the bagger that there are many people that are grateful that he is doing his same routine today...

...so I put my groceries in the Short Bus, and I went over to see what they had out on Redbox... but really I was just waiting for the lady to come out of the store. When she did, I said "hi" again to her and told her:

"I just wanted to say that I can tell you serve an awesome God, because you are such an awesome person."

You see, being a Christian is not about bigoted messages of God hates figs or bags or fads. It's not about bombing health clinics and killing doctors because they may or may not perform abortions. It's not about voting for a certain party or against a certain bill. Because none of those politicians, none of those doctors, none of those people whose lifestyles you may or may not share, will be held accountable for your light, and whether or not you let your light shine, as she did so brilliantly. Her light shined so bright that I'm radiating joy right now. And I want to let my light shine brighter as a result.

And you can let your light shine too - you can spread positivity and make someone smile - and you don't even have to be a Christian to do it. Her positive motivation was her service of Christ, but that doesn't have to be your motivation. Anyone can be a positive person whether your motivation is your belief in God (any of the manifestations thereof) or your belief in karma, or your belief in scientific reason - you can still be positive. Heck, your motivation to be positive can simply be your furriness.
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Turns out I can't bench 275 pounds... but still... [Apr. 21st, 2012|07:55 am]
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...so after doing some research online, it turns out that I wasn't actually benching 275 pounds yesterday.

I was using what is called a Smith machine (of course the gym at work is not going to allow us to do heavy weights just freeweight lol). The bar on the Smith machine does weigh 45 pounds by itself. However, the machine uses a pulley system and counterweights for the bar. Based on what I've been reading online, the bar on the Smith machine should only count for 10 pounds, maybe 15 pounds, when calculating total weight lifted (definitely not 45 pounds).

Still... that means I benched either 240 pounds or 245 pounds yesterday... which is still an all-time personal best. And I still wouldn't have been able to do it without the spotter there telling me that I could.

So the moral of the story does not change at all. =^_^=
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I Can Bench Press 275 Pounds? What? [Apr. 20th, 2012|11:26 pm]
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Today was max day at the gym... basically, the day when you "max out" on the weights... seeing how much you can lift to determine what weights one should work out with.

I started on bench press with my usual weight - twelve reps. I had only been doing 135 pounds for my workout weight, because that's all that I thought I could work out with successfully. So I did my set, and then I started the max. I bumped it up to 185 pounds, thinking that would be tough and about the max I could do. I was able to do 185. Then, I tried 205. I was able to get that. Finally, I went up to 225 pounds (two 45-pound plates on either end, plus the 45-pound bar.) I surprisingly was able to do two reps of 225 lbs., and I stood up and sat there staring... thinking that would be my max...

...at that point, another gym member asked me if I needed a spotter...Collapse )
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Today's Shop Survey [Apr. 20th, 2012|01:17 pm]
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If you could elect an official leader of the furry fandom, who would it be, and why?
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Roadside Ditch Spoof - Bobby Petrino [Apr. 9th, 2012|08:57 pm]
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Bobby Petrino for DirecTV [Apr. 9th, 2012|03:05 pm]
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When your team gets blown out on Monday Night Football, you get frustrated.
When you get frustrated, you quit on your team.
When you quit on your team, you go and coach a college team.
When you go and coach a college team, you meet co-eds half your age.
When you meet co-eds half your age, you take motorcycle rides with co-eds half your age.
And when you take motorcycle rides with co-eds half your age, you wake up in a roadside ditch.
Don't wake up in a roadside ditch.
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Six Months Down... [Apr. 8th, 2012|11:07 am]
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6 months down. I would say 666 months to go (just for laughs)... but that would imply our marriage would last "only" 56 years. That's a gross underestimation.
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HE IS RISEN! [Apr. 8th, 2012|08:05 am]
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He Is Risen! Repost this to your journal if this makes you happy. :-)
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"Why is it that sometimes the most Christlike people... [Apr. 5th, 2012|09:52 am]
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...are they who have no religion at all?"

I haven't even finished this article - I'm just halfway through the second page - yet I am hereby declaring this article by Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing, as Mandatory Shop Reading.

Read this article. All three pages. If it times out on you or you get a server-is-full error (over 300,000 Facebook likes and counting), then dammit, try again and keep trying until you finish the article. This is not optional. If you don't have time to read the article, that is no excuse. Make time to read this article.

You will be happy you did.
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Someone Like You - Piano Cover [Apr. 3rd, 2012|11:11 pm]
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Piano cover of "Someone Like You" by Adele. Performed in fursuit. =^_^=

This song is so powerful to me... I hope I did it justice... I hope you enjoy it...

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Congratulations to the Yotes!!! [Apr. 2nd, 2012|03:40 pm]
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Congratulations to craz_e_coyote and ladydeyote on your marriage today! May your lives together be full of many wonderful blessings and love :-)
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...fursuit troubles... [Apr. 1st, 2012|09:46 pm]
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Well, that's it. I guess I can't fursuit anymore. I was trying to redo my new video and I broke the zipper. Too much chicken and fries caught up to me (even though I haven't had any since Lent started...)

...I tried to fix the fursuit, but I just made it worse. I ended up ripping some stripes out of the back along with the zipper. Not a good thing...

...I guess I could ask someone to fix it... but the purple drank I spilled on it left a pretty nasty stain... that damn song... I never should have recorded it... and I guess that's what I get for breaking my Lent fasting and having chicken and fries...

...I would have taken pics so I could send to people and post here to at least see if maybe one of you could fix it - but I ended up getting the fursuit stolen. Along with my bike...

...I tried to chase after the thief, but the neighborhood watch guy spotted me, and I had forgotten to take my hoodie off. The hoodie was slowing me down anyway... and did I really have to carry the bag of Skittles with me? Why couldn't I have just gotten Starburst? It's still rainbowy... kinda...

...so yeah, I thought the neighborhood watch guy was gonna shoot me in the chest and claim self-defense... but instead... he pulled out a crossbow. Now my knee is all messed up... never knew arrows were that sharp...

...story of my life. At least the neighborhood watch guy didn't try to have sex with me. Because that would have just been creepy... I mean, I'm not in high school or anything... and I don't think he's a teacher... but still...

...in other news...

...

...

...I hope your April Fool's Day was great! =^_^= also - new video coming soon :)
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Sex Between a Teacher and an 18-Year-Old Student - Illegal? [Mar. 31st, 2012|09:14 pm]
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Do you think that a sexual relationship between a teacher and an 18-year-old student should be against the law?

http://www.todaysthv.com/news/article/204492/2/Arkansas-Supreme-Court-overturns-state-teacher-student-sex-law

The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down a law that banned sexual relations between school faculty (teachers, coaches, counselors, and principals, etc.) and all students of that school that are under age 21. The court held the law was unconstitutional, and that sexual relations between consenting adults is protected under the Constitution. Twenty-four states have laws on the books banning sex between teachers and students, and California is considering drafting a law similar to the law that was struck down in Arkansas. Similar laws in other states have been upheld by their respective state supreme courts.

What say you? Do you feel that all sexual relationships between teachers and students should be banned?

As for my take: I don't see anything wrong with it, in this case. The student was 18, and the relationship was consensual. Not only was the student above the age of consent (16 in Arkansas), but the student was an adult. If the student was coerced in any way by the teacher, then that's a different matter, but in this case, the relationship was consensual. I see nothing wrong with it, Sure, I may be upset at the situation, but I definitely would not advocate that the teacher be locked up for 36 years, as the teacher in the case linked to above was. If the student was coerced into it by the teacher, then that's rape/assault no matter how old they are. If they were not - then who am I - or you - to stop adults from having consensual sex?

If the above law were upheld, then what would stop this from being expanded to college students? What would stop it from being expanded to include sex between ANY teacher and ANY student under age 21 (not just students at their school or in their class)? What would stop it from being expanded to ban all sex between ANY public official and ANY person under age 21, whether a student or not? Not saying... Just saying.

As far as whether sex between a student and a teacher is ETHICAL or not - I don't think it is ethical, no. Not at all. I would support school policies - even state educational policies - that would strip the teacher of his or her job and even his or her teaching license in such cases. No problem with that. But in the case of whether it is AGAINST THE LAW - no way. What is ethically and morally right goes way above and way beyond what is merely legal, and schools should have the right to restrict sexual relations and many other social interactions between teachers and students, as they do have the potential to interfere with the learning environment. But this is a case of the law, and of the teacher being locked up for 36 years for a consenting relationship with an adult. No.

Full disclosure - I have an 18-year-old sister and and an 18-year-old brother, who are both still in high school. In fact, tonight is their senior prom. :-)
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Mega Millions Fever Folly [Mar. 30th, 2012|04:12 am]
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It is so amazing how many people are going crazy and buying Mega Millions tickets... even the Amish are getting in on the craze! (Okay maybe not really hehe)

But what the massive throngs don't understand is that their odds are getting worse and worse - and in fact - their true odds of winning - which we math geeks call "expected value" - are much much lower than they would be if the jackpot were 20 million or something much lower.

Sure, the odds of having all six numbers right don't change - but as so many more people play - the chances of more than one person winning go WAY UP. but of course the news and the lottery people will never ever tell you that. Oh noes. Of course not. They want to continue to fuel the craze and drive lottery ticket sales.

It is a damn shame, too.
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Finish This Sentence [Mar. 28th, 2012|11:05 am]
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Finish this sentence: "All I really need is a ..."
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...all I really need is a smile, smile, smile... [Mar. 28th, 2012|09:46 am]
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...fill my heart up with sunshine, sunshine...



=^_^=
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Last Day in Paradise [Mar. 23rd, 2012|09:42 am]
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Key West, Florida is definitely the closest I have ever been to paradise... been here two days and we have done a lot here... went to the southernmost point in the continental U.S... and then we went "further south..."

...the end of the White Street Pier in Key West is over the water, but it is further south than the "southernmost point"... as a geography buff, of course i had to go there. Got my wife's picture there too!!

Got to eat conch for the first time... conch fritters look and taste kinda like hush puppies... also had mahi mahi and key lime pie... as well as key lime sorbet... yum ^^ also went to the top of the key west lighthouse and all up and down duval street... my feet are sore... and speaking of my feet - I got some of those vibram fivefinger shoes :-)

...but today, back home. 21 hours of driving. We will be back here definitely ....
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Last chance to get in tourney bracket! [Mar. 15th, 2012|10:20 am]
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Still not too late to get in our tourney bracket pool :)

http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/group/64938

we have less than an hour though... :)

Also check out roby_panther's tourney bracket pool if you haven't yet =^_^=
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FCN callout [Mar. 14th, 2012|09:34 pm]
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So I can't make it to FWA this year... but I'll be at FCN in a month!

Who all will I see there?
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no FWA [Mar. 12th, 2012|09:37 pm]
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Won't be going to FWA this year... will be going on vacation with the lioness for spring break... i guess you could call it a honeymoon... *winks*

I hope everyone that goes to FWA has a lot of fun! Don't do anything that I wouldn't do twice :-)
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I may be wrong... [Mar. 12th, 2012|06:11 pm]
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My belief in God is best summed up by Charles Barkley.



I may be, I may be wrong... but I doubt it!
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Tourney Bracket [Mar. 11th, 2012|08:43 pm]
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Went and set up a tourney bracket on Yahoo for this year's tourney...

http://tournament.fantasysports.yahoo.com/t1/group/64938

feel free to join if you want =^_^= and good luck!
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Shop tonight! [Mar. 6th, 2012|07:01 pm]
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Not sure what we're working on, but it will be awesome whatever we come up with :-)

http://ustre.am/2xrx - #shopwreckers on anthrochat IRC - starts about 9 pm ET... ends when i pass out

=^_^=
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did not finish [Mar. 4th, 2012|02:15 pm]
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They closed the course... got to mile 18... the race official said I could continue at my own risk... but there would be no water or aid for the duration. I made a decision of personal health and safety over pride, and I withdrew from the race after 18 miles and change.

I could have finished... I was in little pain... much less than in 2008... but it was just not worth it. I would have been listed last again... if i would have been listed at all...

At the end of the day, the fact of the matter is I entered the 2012 Little Rock Marathon for entirely the wrong reasons. It shouldn't be about not finishing last... it should be about finishing at all. But when the race official stops you, detains you for five minutes while he radioes in to see if i would even be allowed to continue... not only did it take my momentum, but it took my give-a-fuck. Demoralizing, it was.

Next year, I will use the early start so this doesn't happen again, or I will train harder and ensure that I can keep a six-hour pace. The rules clearly state that the course closes at 2pm... so I can't blame the race official. I just did it for the wrong reasons.
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still going... [Mar. 4th, 2012|09:20 am]
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Still going... http://t.co/apE81n3T Little Rock Marathon - watch me try to finish next to last!
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little rock marathon [Mar. 4th, 2012|08:38 am]
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In 2008 i finished last. This year, the goal is to finish Next to Last!
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Blunt Amendment... *shaking my head* [Mar. 1st, 2012|05:00 pm]
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The only thing more depressing than the existence of the Blunt Amendment, is that 45 out of 46 Senate Republicans voted for it. Plus three Democrats.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/birth-control-exemption-bill-the-blunt-amendment-killed-in-senate/2012/03/01/gIQA4tXjkR_story.html

tl;dr: The Blunt Amendment would allow ANY employer to refuse to cover ANY medical service for ANY "religious or moral" objection.

So, not only can Catholic churches, schools and charities refuse to cover contraception for their employees, but ANY CORPORATION with a Catholic CEO or executive team could refuse to cover contraception. A corporation with a Jehovah's Witness CEO could refuse to cover blood transfusions or organ donations. A corporation with an atheist CEO could refuse to cover any procedure done at a Catholic or Jewish or other religiously-affiliated health facility. A corporation with a Christian Scientist CEO could refuse to cover any medical procedure period.

The Blunt Amendment is stupid, and Republican Senators are stupid for supporting it. Sorry, Senator Olympia Snowe of Maine - even though you're the only Republican who didn't vote for it voted against it - you're still a Republican, and thus, you are stupid by proxy.


If something is true more than half the time (in this case, the above is true over 97% of the time), then it is no longer a stereotype. It is just statistics.
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Derpy Bieber Day [Mar. 1st, 2012|10:33 am]
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So apparently, today is Derpy Hooves Day across the bronysphere. Today also happens to be Justin Bieber's birthday. The fact that these two days coincide with each other is not entirely happenstance... after all, Justin Bieber IS seen by many as an affront to mentally disadvantaged people everywhere...

...in other news, Black History Month is now over... does this mean the Chicken and Fries 2012 campaign will start to slow down? I hope not...
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Lent [Feb. 21st, 2012|01:43 pm]
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For Lent this year, I have decided to give up people... and let people down... and run around and desert people...

What are you giving up this year for Lent?
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reposted from thump [Feb. 19th, 2012|07:53 pm]
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A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?
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Furry Fiesta 2012! =^_^= [Feb. 10th, 2012|04:22 pm]
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Where are you staying? At the hotel :)

What day are you getting there? Friday 'round noon

Who will you be with? my wife, if she can make it - if she can't, we'll see

Do you do free art? If performing music in concert counts, then sure!

Do you do trades? Not really

Do you do commissions? Very, very rarely. Like, once a year or something like that.

Do you do badges? nope

What is your gender? XY

How old are you? Old enough to run for the House, not old enough to run for Senate.

Are you taken? mentioned my wife above, so...

What suits will you have? this one - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoesORo7V3o

Can I touch you? If I know you and you aren't creepy or smelly.

Can I talk to you? Sure hehe

Can I buy you lots of drinks? Lots of drinks? no. A drink or two? sure :)

Can I give you lots of money? Pleeeeeeeeeeeease ^^

Can I hug or snuggle with you? Hugs, sure maybe; snuggles, nah prolly not

How tall are you? about 6'

Are you nice? People seem to think so.

Are you cliquey? I'd like to think I'm not, but honestly, that's not for me to say. I'm really surprised this meme actually asks us to fill out "are you cliquey"... sorta... uncouth...

Can I stalk you? Okay - who the fuck came up with this stupid meme? Starting to hate I filled it out. This is fucking stupid. (by the way, NO)

Do you have an artist table? I'll be in the Dealers Room next to rhubarbthebear :) I have two new albums since last year - The Purring Piano and Ready Fur the World. Both are amazingly awesome and you should get one of each. Plus my other albums if you don't have them already :-D Also be sure to check out what Rhubarb has to offer; I'm sure it is more awesome than my stuff hehe

Do you like parties? Absolutely :)

If I see you, how should I get your attention? Let me see your brohoof! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTQz0rLXic0

Can I hang out with you? I'll be jumping around from place to place, so it depends...

How can I find you? I'll be in the Dealers Den... or performing a concert on Friday night... or running the Charity Poker tournament on Sunday... or somewhere doing something... but yeah I would say "look for the black guy" but that would be racist... so... I'm sure I won't be too hard to find though
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