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Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
8:02 pm - In Which My Precious, We Makes the First Move
Now array'd technology doth reveal
The blessed interconnectedness
Of the great and glorious glasperlenspiel,
Indra's Net made manifest.


current mood: hopeful

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Thursday, December 28th, 2006
7:31 pm - In Which We are Stuffed
It's funny. Companies are just now calling me about all the applications and resumes I submitted between April and July when I was looking for work. There's some small satisfaction in saying "I've already accepted an offer" (what, you didn't know I'm working for the Greenwich Mean tribe as a specialist in Posthuman Entity Rights Law?). Even if said "offer" is Just Another Call Center Job, it's not like I have to mention that fact.

The Chrhanholkwayulidays were, in total 180° from the last few years, Very Good Indeed. There was food, and friends, and some family (the rest of the family will be seen later when there is more time and vehicles are all working). My mother's truck is on the fritz again, so she wasn't able to come to Lubbock after all. I keep telling her that these cruddy late-model American trucks can't handle the roads in New Mexico she drives on. Her job takes her all over the place, on-road and off, and it's New Mexico, so even when the roads are paved they're still pretty bad. She needs to abandon the world of the Ford/Chevy/Dodge toys and just get herself a Land Rover, says I. On the other hand, I now have vacation time building up, so maybe a trip west to see her wouldn't be such a bad idea.

There are several pounds of leftovers in the fridge, lots of new books to read, new cool shirts to wear -- I fit into a large now! -- and from the HM's mother, a sweet programmable gamepad for the tower. Link to the Past + Emulator + Recoil = w00tness.

Speaking of technology, I need to make some more evil recordings for freesound. Out of all the ones I've uploaded, they seem to be the most popular. Maybe I'll read something like "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God", see what they do with that.

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Thursday, December 21st, 2006
11:01 pm - In Which a Five-Course Dinner for Two is Prepared and Enjoyed
Tonight, to celebrate Jen's birthday, I prepared a full five-course dinner.
Course the First
First Course
Minestrone with herbed toast.

Course the Second
Second Course
Crab cakes with red plum and garlic butter sauces.

Course the Third
Third Course
Dijon-peppercorn filet of beef, sautéed balsamic vegetables, rice pilaf.

Course the Fourth
Fourth Course
Cheesecake with orange syrup, coffee.

Course the Fifth
Fifth Course
Brie and Havarti with Dill, crackers.

I'd forgotten how good it feels to cook, I mean really cook, not just entree-starch-veggie-drink cook. I'll admit, the soup and cheesecake were store-bought, but the rest, c'est moi. I feel...accomplished. This, coupled with knitknut 's recent party photos puts me in the mood to do some serious entertaining.

Ah, but well, if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

But why shouldn't I entertain? After all,
My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Milord Sir Lord David the Paragon of Eschaton End
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

Ooh. Eschaton. How very...McKenna.

And while we're catching up on memes:

American Cities That Best Fit You::
60% Honolulu
60% Philadelphia
55% Atlanta
55% Las Vegas
55% New York City


current mood: full

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5:39 pm - In Which The Holidays Have Started to Mean Something Again
First it was snowing, and then it wasn't.

West Texas Snow 3

Then there was a cat here, and then he wasn't.

Miyazaki Cat

My personal term for the WinterHolidays is Chrhanholkwayulidays. This is not so much a term as it is the product of a function written in the language of a formal system for manipulating letters. Take the first three letters of each holiday you follow, respect, or wish to include, and alphabetize the groups. And this can change from year to year. For example, when Eid ul-Fitr happens along this time of year again, we have Chreidhanholkwayulidays. Simple, neat, and no griping. Sure, it can't accommodate every case, and it's possible to create meaningless sequences. But hey, isn't that what Gödel said?

So now we take out the various deities, memes, and spirits associated with these days and place them with the year-round household gods.

Lares & Penates 1

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I've always been struck by the similarity between Santa and Ho Tei. Bags of goodies, patrons of children, associated with laughter, and their images are everywhere.

Oh damn. I just realized something: in that picture's large size you can see a very bad taste in movies indeed...

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Thursday, December 14th, 2006
8:50 pm - In Which Video Games are the Thief of Time
It's been a long time since a video game has sucked me in, but I have become addicted to flOw. It's such a beautiful little game. I like listening to the music and sounds it has, but lately I've been playing other music at the same time and seeing how they mix.

Favorites so far include Crawl Unit's "Holy Static" (gives the game a very sinister edge as you go deeper) and Merleon Cedraeon's "Aquatica". I've thought about playing more Merzbow, but the only album of his I have is Music for Bondage Performance II and it really doesn't work for flOw.

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Wednesday, November 29th, 2006
10:58 pm
Last chapter's up. I'm going to work at getting this one on paper.

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5:11 pm - In Which There's Big Money, and Then There's Stupid Money
While on the way to work yesterday, I heard on the radio how the Chancellor's New House cost the university $1.64 million to add it to its collection of equally wasteful property. He's also getting paid nearly half a million, plus benefits and other perks. Apparently though, this is common behavior amongst universities.

Then the hosts mentioned that the same issue of the A-J that had the article on his house also had an article on how tuition has gone up nationwide 35% over the last five years.

No connection between the two though.

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4:25 pm
From knitknut , et al:


Holiday Edition of Getting to Know Your Friends.
Don't be a scrooge!!!

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?

Not much of a nog guy. Hot chocolate, December is about the only time it's cold enough to drink it.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?

Yes.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?

Yes.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

Yes.

5.When do you put your decorations up?

After Thanksgiving. I don't do anything even remotely Winterholiday until after Thanksgiving, hence why this is posted so late.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?

Turkey, lettuce and tomato sandwich the day after.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:

My first record player. I still have it, too.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?

What truth?

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?

One, and it's picked out by the giver.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas Tree?

Colored lights, glass balls, and lots and lots of homemade ornaments.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?

Love it. Cover this city in it, even for a day, and I'll be happy.

12. Can you ice skate?

No. I don't think I've ever lived anywhere that froze stiff enough for skating.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

Don't really have a favorite, they're all pretty good in my mind.

14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?

People are polite, and businesses don't treat you like an interruption when you walk in.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert?

Chocolate sponge cake.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Carol of Lights on the Tech campus.

17. What tops your tree?

Fiber-optic angel.

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving?

I like giving. The expression on someone's face when you've picked out just the perfect thing is priceless.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?

"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". If traditional though, it's the "Carol of the Bells", but only if it's completely instrumental and played on the biggest, heaviest, deepest bells you can find.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum?

They're not as good as they used to be, but I'll still eat a dozen or two between now and Epiphany.

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Sunday, November 26th, 2006
6:15 pm
This one's for the car fanatics, by way of yusefa on michaelduff 's Friends page.

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Wednesday, November 15th, 2006
2:02 pm - In Which is Discussed Works-In-Progress and What a Lousy Administration Texas Tech Has
I’m dropping out of NaNo. I just really don’t have the time to be writing a book. I mean, it’s mostly done, all the major scenes and happenings have been written, and I’ve broken twenty thousand words, which is twice what I’ve done previously. It’s just hard for me to get everything done on the computer that needs to be done when there’s effectively only one day a week for me to work on it. Doing projects in four-hour chunks means that I have to pick and choose what I work on very carefully, and typing in the draft for a 30-day novel isn’t one of them. I’m sorry.

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On to the rest:

MirrorMask – if you haven’t seen it, do so. Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman allowed to make the movie as they saw fit? And they got to draw on the talents of the Jim Henson Workshop? Yes, the result is DoublePlusGoodFilm. The whole work blurs the line between the living, the created and the generated, which if you look at some of the Storyteller episodes (or even back to the days of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth), is where the Henson group has been heading now for years. It is a beautiful movie, I think Jim Henson would be very proud of what his people have been up to.

Oh yeah, the Monster House DVD has the Spider-Man 3 trailer. Black suit! Black suit!

Lubbock’s rash of armed robberies – inevitable now that the city is the size it is. You can’t pack this many people into a small space without things cracking. On the other hand, I believe that we would have caught the robbers weeks ago if security cameras were pointed at say, the doors or in front of the counter instead of at employees.

Texas Tech vs. Red Raider Outfitter – stoopid. My guess is that Tech found some sweatshop business in China or the Philippines (or these days, California) that would let Tech pocket more of the cash and it was easier to sue Outfitter out of business rather than renegotiate the contract. The evidence? Tech is wanting the gross revenue (not profits) of the past four years. That amounts to $3 million. The royalties on those sales, which Tech already got? $6,500.

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current mood: rushed

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Wednesday, November 8th, 2006
4:58 pm
Stolen from zoe_basp :

Full-blown Hippie

You are 54% experimental, 54% feral, 63% spiritual, and 0% square!

Wow, man! You're the real deal, a full-blown hippie in every way. You strive to expand your mind with spirituality, mind altering substances, and alternative ways of living.


The hippie world needs you because you represent the quintessential hippie. By being the stereotypical explorer of your self, you allow them to explore their own hippie natures.


If you believe that opposites attract, you probably find yourself around Alternates. If you are more inclined to enjoy the company of those with similar attitudes, then other Full-blown hippies, as well as the Neopagan, Mystic, and Feral are for you.


The other categories are Faerie-child, Treehugger, Raver and of course, the Non-hippie






My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on experimental
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on feral
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on spiritual
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 99% on non-hippie
Link: The what kind of hippie are you Test written by pragmaticdreams on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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1:33 pm - In Which a Milestone is Reached and It's Pretty Damn Impressive
Since I’m not able to use the computer at work to type my NaNo, I was afraid I’d never get any progress made. They do provide us, however, with as many legal pads as we need for taking notes and recording important information. I must confess, I’ve rather abused the privilege, having requisitioned three of them since starting there in July. I began just making notes for the novel on paper, hoping to collate them into something workable once I got them home and in front of the computer. Instead, something odd has happened: I can write faster on paper than I can type.

Actually, that’s not quite true. What is happening is that I’m taking less time to refine while I write my rough draft. Too often when I’m typing, I’ll get obsessed on a sentence or three, trying to make them “just right,” and half an hour later, I still have no appreciable progress.

Paper on the other hand, forces me to a sort of concreteness. If I make a mistake, I scribble it out and press forward to the rest of the story, trying to get it told and not worrying about aesthetics, which is really what NaNo is about. Get the words on the paper, leave the editing for next March.

I have, in the last eight days, written over seventeen thousand words on Pilots & Pilgrims (you’d be surprised at how much time I spend in random training classes about things I already know how to do). That is more than I have ever written on any previous NaNoWriMo attempt, and almost more than I’ve written on any other project, with the possible exception of my Master’s Thesis. That’s also just counting the actual story content, not figuring the pages and pages of random notes on character background, setting, and the theological implications that arise from bringing space travel and nanotechnology into Islam.

The real effort will be typing it all in, but I think I can do it. And even if the majority of it remains on paper on the 30th, the words still count as having been written, right?

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What is it with the sudden outbreak of Stupid in my favorite TV shows? First Supernatural adds some white trash pixie-bimbo and her mother that seem like characters out of the worst kind of Mary-Sue fanfiction. Then Lost has to go and introduce two characters whose only purpose appears to be to re-explain what Locke and Sayid are doing to the audience members who can't keep up.

I don't watch a lot of TV, but I do like those two shows and I'd hate to see them go downhill. What's next, turning Doctor Who into a T&A fest?

Oh wait, never mind.

<[-_-]>

Oh yeah. Bye-bye, Rummy! Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out. That goes for the rest of you who lost your jobs yesterday, too. For all of you who just got elected, Don't. Screw. It. Up. You've been given an opportunity to fix what's gone wrong the last twenty-six years or so, so do it, or you'll be out too.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to Wolfforth to buy some Shiner Bock.

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Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
11:16 am - In Which Halloween Turns Out to be Surprisingly Boring
Left PumpkinRight PumpkinHalloween was good. No parties to attend, and I didn't feel up to braving either the Dollar Show for Rocky or IHOP for the local NaNo gathering. Not a whole lot of trick-or-treaters, but a noticeable lack of tricks, too. Still, this is a pretty nice neighborhood I'm in now, so I wasn't expecting anything to go awry. I'm now enjoying a little tidbit from the leftover candy as the dishwasher churns away. It's a lazy day off. Maybe I'll get the cover layout finished for my new project and maybe I won't.

I was pinged the other day with the announcement that my short story "Taking the Silk", which I submitted to the 2005 Clarke-Bradbury Science Fiction Competition, is one of the ones included in the competition collection, Running the Line, available now from Lulu and soon from Amazon! I think this is the first time that a perfect stranger has chosen one of my works and put it into print. It's taking me a while, but I'm getting there.

Speaking of books, NaNoWriMo starts today. I'm better-prepared than last year, as I've got character sketches and a bit of a layout to go on, as opposed to last year where I jumped right into the action. I'm doing the Koch Snowflake approach again this year, starting with the Big Item and then tacking on smaller bits so the novel outline (and eventually the text) will grow fractally. I haven't managed to get to 50,000 words in a single month yet -- the novels usually end up getting finished sometime around March -- but maybe this year I can do it. There's less stress in my life, fewer demands on my time, and my employers furnish me with all the stickynotes and legal pads I can consume. You can track my progress here.

On to those more successful than I'll ever be, it's nice to see that Weird Al broke the Top Ten with "White & Nerdy". I've always liked his music, and thought that he's been cheated out of a lot on account that the recording industry has no respect for how talented he really is. It's sort of like Peter Schickele not getting the recognition he deserves either for his P. D. Q. Bach creations -- you've got to be good to make music that funny. On a birthday many more years ago than I care to relate, I received a present of my first tape recorder (a real one, not some stupid little toy), and a number of cassettes, one of which was Weird Al in 3-D. After all these years it's still one of my favorite albums, not just from Al but period. The man is consistent in his quality.

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Wednesday, October 25th, 2006
6:53 pm - In Which the Worker Gets Screwed Again and Again
Last week they announced they would be closing the Frito-Lay plant here in Lubbock, just in time for the holidays. Maybe in the grand scheme of things it’s not that big of an event, but back when I ran the shop, there was a good portion of my customer base whose parents worked there and in similar places. I’ve got friends who’ve worked there as well. Less than three hundred jobs were lost, a mere blip compared to the thousands lost nationwide due to poor economic practice on the part of the dying federal system. But for those families that will have no job come the end of the year, the failure of the last four administrations is hitting hard.

Sure, about a hundred or so employees will be retained, no doubt the higher-paid managers who don’t actually do any real work – overseeing production is not production – and enough cleanup staff to get the last few batches out the front door. The rest, well, the best they can hope for in outplacement might be a job fair in some unused gymnasium or auditorium, the same thing that qualifies as “employment growth efforts” in this city.

I can imagine that somewhere, some corporate titan just pocketed a cool couple of million, and the rulers of Frito-Lay’s little feudal indust-realities in Texas and Hawaii (also losing its plant at the same time) are going to go home with fat severance packages and offers to relocate. Their jobs are protected, they always are, just as the nobility never seems to go away even after all the kings have been beheaded.

It’s just another sign that here in the Americas, the laborer is a hated creature. Surrounded as we are by luxury and comfort, it disturbs us that our entire daily life depends on low-paid workers on a production line or a factory. Even the US's major product, information, is generated and processed by factories. Anybody who has ever worked in billing or technical support can tell you that. Just because you wear a white collar doesn’t mean that you’re not trapped in some Sinclairian jungle with no protection, no rights, and above all, no job security.

As if to prove the point, it was recently announced that the Mexican government would be levying a 19-cent charge on all telephone calls – wired or wireless – made from outside the country that terminated to a Mexican number. The plan only calls for mobile-terminated calls to be so penalized as the landlines are all owned by the government already. While the motion has been temporarily set aside, there will come a day when it will be implemented, adding an additional surcharge to stateside cellular bills already staggering under a heavy schedule of taxes, surcharges and regulatory fees.

It’s plain to see who this is supposed to target: Mexican nationals, fed up with their government dragging its feet on economic reform, who have gone outside the country to seek decent-paying jobs. It’s a common story even where I work. Many of my co-workers, though they are citizens or legal residents here, have parents, extended family, even children still in Mexico that they’re supporting with their earnings. Every single one of them has a cellphone to keep in touch with their family back home (for all its pretense of progress, much of Mexico still hasn’t seen the Second Wave, much less the precursors to the Third, and cellphones are often the only way to keep contact in many districts). Instead of helping to keep good jobs in the country or creating programs to assist in the support of low-income families, the Mexican government’s response is to punish those who are doing what needs to be done to make sure that food is on the table. No doubt the United States goverment will do the same thing when we start going to Canada or the EU looking for work.

In truth, all governments eventually become like this, asserting control over various aspects of life, be it the market, technology, or morality; while at the same time, refusing to do their part to protect that aspect in return. They want their cut, but don’t want to have to give anything back.

You can think of it this way: in Texas, I can get a Concealed Carry license and have a handgun on my person. Even with that permit though, I still couldn’t carry that gun everywhere. Certain places, like banks and courthouses, restrict me from doing so. That’s fine, because the bank and the courthouse provide security that meets (or rather, exceeds) the extent of my self-provided protection. They provide a service of suitable level to compensate in exchange for asserting control over my right to carry a handgun. In short, it’s a market in which rights and duties become commodities, and in a market, you always want to get a fair exchange, right?

So when a government demands the right to assert control over economics, or control over technology, or control over how much money we are supposed to give them, it is only fair that we demand an equal return on the deal. It taxes; we demand the money be spent on services that benefit us to an equal or greater amount than we could provide ourselves. It controls commerce; we demand that our jobs, our workplaces, our salaries be protected. If it cannot do so, then it has no right to assert control and the exchange is null and void. If a government continues to claim it has that control but provides little or nothing in return, it ceases to be government and instead becomes a tyrant. And a tyrant is something that the people always have the right to resist, revolt against, and depose.

Even the Mafia holds up its end of the bargain when it sells you protection.

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Thursday, October 19th, 2006
8:06 pm
Oh, all right.

Meme.Collapse )

And mbartell , forget mopeds. Build yourself one of these. Man, I can't wait for the Diamond Age.

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Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
9:59 pm - In Which Our Narrator Can't Resist Pointing Out That He's Catholic
I was reading recently about how through a Papal indult, Pope Benedict XVI may be bringing back the Tridentine rite. That's the one in Latin and where the priest faces away from the congregation. It's really pretty, but I don't know if I'd like to see it every Sunday.

To be honest, it never went away, even under Vatican II. A priest could always get permission from his bishop to say the Tridentine Mass, say for a special occasion like the anniversary of a parish founding, or a patron saint's feast day. All the Second Vatican Council really did was enforce the idea that the Mass should most often be said in the local language to allow for greater participation by the congregation. The new indult simply does away with the necessity of a priest to ask beforehand, unless his bishop expressly forbids the Tridentine rite.

Coupled with his recent comments about Islam --  odd given his condemnation of the Mohammed cartoons and the Vatican's stance on the conflicts in the Middle East -- this has some people worried. Benedict has always been known as a hardliner with eyes to the the past, which, depending on whether it's "Benedict XV past" or "Innocent IV past" could easily result in Bad Things. His behavior, from the time that he was head of the Office Formerly Known as the Inquisition to his election to the Holy See, is more than a little disturbing when seen in the light cast by the great diplomat and peacemaker that was his predecessor. It may be that the changes to ecclesiastic policy are a reflection of his focus on fundamental Catholic belief and an attempt to return the Church -- especially the European part of it -- to an older, more sacerdotal mode of practice and worship.

There's another possibility though. Ever since Paul VI created the modern form of the Mass through the Second Vatican Council, certain "traditionalist" Catholic groups have claimed that there is no longer a real Pope, or even that the Catholic Church no longer owes obeisance to Rome. The position is called sedevacantism, based on the name of the time period between the death of one Pope and the election of another. They justify it by saying that changing the Mass changed the Church and thus Paul VI and his followers were heretics. Since no heretic can hold the Fisherman's Throne, much less promulgate authority over the faithful, obviously Paul VI wasn't really the Pope, and neither was any Pontiff since who supported his reforms (up to and including John Paul II). Despite such a stand being total bollocks, it may be that through this effort, Benedict is trying to win back the Sedevacantists and other fringe Catholic splinter groups by making himself out to be the "legitimate" Pope -- at least to them. See, the Sedies are the perfect kind of Catholic for hardliner purposes: fanatic.

Benedict, oy. Let's face it, if things get bad, we can't Torquemada anything.

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Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
10:29 am - In Which Breakfast is Eaten and Ducks are Set in a Row for the Coming Day
I, for one, welcome our new land-roving piscine masters.

Mmm, day off breakfast. Two eggs, scrambled, mixed with a half a cup of leftover chili and half a cup of the saffron rice remaining from curry the other night. I'm in a good mood this morning, feeling productive, hoping to finish some long-standing projects today. There's a book cover layout to finalize, margins to realign, and some sounds, recorded last night, that might wind up in something.

Not too worried though about how long it takes me to get things finished. I read the other day how Mikel Rouse took upwards of seven years to release his latest opera, The End of Cinematics. But, chimes the little bicameral-god-wannabe voice in my head, Mikel Rouse is actually a talented professional musician, composer, and performer. I am a hobbyist and even seven decades probably wouldn't be enough to improve my creations to the point where they'd actually be considered good.

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Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
10:10 pm - In Which the Mayor Is Coo-Coo, and not in the Nice, Safe, Cocoa Puffs Way
Our Mayor is at it again. No, no, seriously, you have to hear this. Hizzoner David Miller's answer to the various problems at City Hall and elsewhere in our city? Put them all on a list and send it to local churches asking them to pray that they are solved. Monthly.

Of course, it doesn't help that one of the big problems is himself. Ever since he was elected things have been going downhill, and that's starting from the ditch that McDougal and Cronies dug Lubbock into. He makes speeches from Spirit Ranch, his own private Jesus Camp. He and his council demand citizens pray and fast for rain. Now he's Cartagia talking to a bunch of heads instead of living in the real world where real solutions have to be found. And this is ignoring his raising of property taxes despite a promise not to do so -- he is a politician, it's expected he would do that much.

On top of it all, may just be Halloween spooking him, but he's started blaming the Devil for the bad coverage he's enjoying both in the media and online. Get this from his latest missive: "...we are getting some attention from the Enemy as the attacks are more frequent and personal".

Don't believe me? I have it here in full.
Here are the prayer requests for the coming month. There is no question that we are getting some attention from the Enemy as the attacks are more frequent and personal. We are putting on the armor and taking refuge in Him everyday. Therefore, we are not discouraged or disheartened... but we are certainly challenged. Thanks to so many for lifting us up in prayer.

1. Please pray for the media to report fairly, accurately, fully and unemotionally. Commentaries from both TV and radio have been less than any of these. I don't mind the heat, but our city doesn't benefit from such divisive and slanted editorializing.

2. Please pray for citizens to be open to full explanations of the reasoning behind the decisions that the council makes. Too often, people make up their minds with only partial facts or inaccurate information.

3. Please pray that Council, media and citizens would be progressive and open to dreaming big dreams. For too long we have limited our thinking and have put our city in a small box. Our God is not small! Neither is his power with which we can build a truly great city for and with him.

4. Please pray for our city staff members. They are discouraged at the moment due to possible losses of benefits, small pay raises and a somewhat negative culture in which they work. We are going to change this over time with God's help and with hard work.

5. Please pray for the unification of Lubbock with other West Texas communities. We have much to offer one another and if we work together the entire region will be strengthened. There are a number of opportunities on the horizon so please ask for Divine guidance that good decisions will be made which will serve many of our neighbors as well as Lubbock citizens.

6. Please pray for pure hearts among our city leaders, both elected and hired. Motives appear to be varied (power, position, prestige, protectionism). Rather, let us have servant-hearts that care more about others than ourselves.

Thanks again. My best to you. DM
People, wake up. This man is insane. He's the crazy king from the fairy tale who thought he could feed his people on sunbeams. Not a single practical action has come out of City Hall in years, and Miller is making it worse. He does not need to be the Mayor of this city; he needs to be in a hospital where they can treat him for his delusions.

current mood: grr-ish

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Sunday, October 8th, 2006
5:43 pm

a Pirate

You scored 3 Honor, 2 Justice, 4 Adventure, and 14 Individuality!

Arr matey. You may belive in honor, and justice, and you certainly have a sense of adventure. But mostly, you play by your own rules. Your code is your own and you are flexible in most situations.

Dress flamboyant and look into a parrot. I think you'll do fine.














My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on Ninjinuity
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You scored higher than 99% on Knightlyness
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You scored higher than 99% on Cowboiosity
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You scored higher than 99% on Piratical Bent




Link: The Cowboy-Ninja-Pirate-Knight Test written by fluffy71 on OkCupid, home of the The Dating Persona Test

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12:37 am - In Which Texas Politics Actually Seems Interesting for a Change
Bye-Bye, Rick PerryI want to get this on record, in case Diebold zarks with the Texas election results: Lubbock no longer likes Rick Perry.

Not 24 hours after the debate, local opinion polls are showing him at around 14%, down from 48% before. Kinky and Chris Bell are neck and neck in the thirties, Strayhorn is at 22%, and Werner has even less of the vote than I ever did. Sure, it's an online poll conducted by a TV station, but still. This can't all be blamed on Mark Foley. Dissatisfaction with the Republican Party is something that has been festering for a long time in Texas, it's just that now it's okay to voice those opinions.

Texas is tired of being the last cheerleader in the stadium.

My three latest Living Minutes are at Freesound now. I'm also working on another project with my contributions, linking them to my Flickr pics. My fellow Freesounders have created a Flickr group and I'm cross-linking sounds with images of where I recorded them. It's fun!

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