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Saturday, August 20th, 2011 12:17 am

In This Newsletter...

  • RainFurrest Staff Meetings!
  • Pre Registration Closes.
  • Website Updated.
  • Guinness Book of Records Attempt.
  • Hotel.
  • Events Grid Online.
  • Variety Show.
  • Art Show and Art Jam Announcement.
  • Campfire Sing a Long.
  • Artist Alley.

  • Read more... )
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    Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 05:58 am

    Just a reminder folks, RainFurrest is having a BBQ in Shoreline this Saturday July 23rd.

    On Saturday, July 23, 2011, RainFurrest will be hosting its first annual kickoff BBQ! Everyone is invited. The BBQ will be at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA. A donation of $5 is requested, but not required. We will be starting at approximately 3:00 PM and will be in the lower shelter right on the beach.

    Richmond Beach Park
    2021 NW 190th St
    Shoreline, WA 98177

    See you there!.

    Food will be provided, however we request that people bring beverages, and firewood, as there is a fire pit on site
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    Wednesday, July 13th, 2011 01:11 am
    Where to you lead-you black, winding ribbon?
    Through smoky cities with skyscrapers high-
    Past factories and stores, past men and women,
    Beyond the horizon, to meet the sky?
    Do you travel through fields all fenced with rails-
    Or past stately spruce that whisper and call-
    Become peaceful road, or wandering trail
    In a forest of ferns and pine trees tall?
    Do you ramble through a New England town,
    Past salt box houses and curio shops,
    Past fishing vessels that bob up and down,
    Or silent farmers who harvest their crops?

    Lead me, you may, to many new places,
    Or home again to familiar faces.

    -- Marian Smith

    (Published in a NY Telephone Newsletter, circa 1959/1960)
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    Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 05:46 am
    GOP seems to be approaching the debt/deficit question from a philosophical perspective. Everyone else is using math.

    (Found on Twitter)
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    Monday, July 4th, 2011 10:18 pm

    Link to The Authoritarians (a free eBook) or The Authoritarians

    I stumbled on to this book on the recommendation of a friend, I read it and was impressed with the conclusions it draws, In my lifetime I have seen a dramatic shift toward the right in the Republican party, the GOP is no longer a big tent, at best its several smaller tents with connected awnings, with no room left for people like me, whom are social liberals, but at times fiscally conservative.

    In reading this book, I was able to recognize traits of RWA's in people around me. For example, I know several people who suffer from the extreme compartmentalization a Mormon scientist, who can both hold the semi creationist doctrine of the LDS Church and work on study of the solar system, this contradiction alone make my head want to explode.

    I also have several friends, who while being actively gay, are also Neoconservatives and see no issue with their personal needs for equal rights, and the party's call for in some cases recriminalization of homosexuality.

    I believe that in the end RWA's are not bad or evil, but their recent prevalence does explain the extreme lack of elasticity in politics in the Unites States over the last decade and some of the seemingly contrary positions held by the Republican party on whole.

    (if you think anyone mentioned in this entry is you, your wrong, both people mentioned are composites of several people)

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    Friday, July 1st, 2011 07:07 pm
    So, In November of this year, I will celebrate a wonderful 5 years in Western Washington, a couple observations stick with me:

    The Bad.

    1. You people still cannot drive.
    2. Merging is a foreign concept, people drive 45 till the end of the acceleration lane, then try to merge.
    3. 'Old Man with Pickup Truck' or 'Subaru Driver' will never exceed 45 MPH on the Freeway.
    4. If your doing the speed limit, please move out of the fast lane.
    5. Seattle Nice is a real thing.
    6. Tourists are clueless here too, thankfully unlike in Southern California, they only come 4 months a year.
    7. People are amazed when I tell them I make a 45 mile one way trip for Del Taco.
    8. There is no In-N-Out.
    9. The cellular deadzone in the middle of the Ship Canal Bridge is annoying.
    10. Hipsters annoy me, hence I avoid Cap Hill, Belltown and Lower Queen Anne.

    The Good.

    1. 13 Coins is amazing, 24 Hour fine dining is a wonder to behold.
    2. Ivars Salmon House is also a similar wonderful thing.
    3. Weather - Most of the time its so pleasant, even if pleasant might be cold.
    4. I dont need Air Conditioning.
    5. 90 Miles to Fish on Rice
    6. Friends - I have some of the best friends in the world up here.
    7. RainFurrest is the best furry convention in the world
    8. Jobs - If you want work, come to Seattle, there are lots of jobs to go around.
    9. Housing is Cheap - you can get a 2 bedroom as little as a half hour from Downtown for 800 a month.
    10. Social Scene - The Fandom here is active, lots going on, lots to do.

    Overall, I'm happy, I miss sunshine sometimes, I miss warmer weather sometimes, I miss real community, but I'm happy here.

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    Friday, July 1st, 2011 05:06 am
    First Post on Dreamwidth my new DreamWidth account is [personal profile] alohawolf
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    Thursday, June 30th, 2011 10:45 pm
    First, Happy Birthday [ profile] stevefoxx

    I went back thru my posting history and realized I have not made a substantive post in quite some time.

    I used to post quite regularly, weekly even, with ideas of importance.. and now? Not so much.

    So, to Re-Cap;

    I got laid off in December of 2010, I then;
    Went to a RAIn BOD meeting in Whidbey Island.
    Drove down to LA, spent a month.
    Spent a month with my "It's Complicated" (Mate) in San Jose.
    Went to FC2010.
    Went back to LA for January Prancing Skiltare Party.
    Drove back to the bay to visit with [ profile] tamino
    Drove home, visited with HunterKitty in Eugene on the way out.

    I then came back and found a job at a Data Center.

    I miss the conversations, and wide social network I had 3-4 years ago, I need to stop looking inward and start looking outword again.

    I also have a partner (kinda), something I at some point I need to post about?

    Is LiveJournal dying? god I hope not, the alternatives suck.
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    Saturday, June 11th, 2011 02:09 am
    When the night returns just like a friend
    When the evening comes to set me free
    When the quiet hours
    That wait beyond the day
    Make peaceful sounds in me

    Took a drag from my last cigarette
    Took a drink from a glass of old wine
    I closed my eyes and I could make it real
    And feel it one more time

    Can you hear it, babe
    Can you hear it, babe
    From another time, from another place
    Do you remember it, babe

    And the radio played like a carnival tune
    As we lay in our bed in the other room
    When we gave it away
    For the sake of a dream in a penny arcade
    If you know what I mean
    If you know what I mean, babe

    And here's to the songs we used to sing
    And here's to the times we used to know
    It's hard to hold them in our arms again
    But hard to let them go
    Do you hear it, babe
    Do you hear it, babe

    It was another time
    It was another place
    Do you remember it, babe

    And the radio played like a carnival tune
    As we lay in our bed in the other room
    When we gave it away
    For the sake of a dream in a penny arcade
    If you know what I mean
    If you know what I mean
    If you know what I mean
    If you know what I mean

    If you know what I mean, babe
    If you know what I mean
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    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 07:27 pm
    RainFurrest 2011 Newsletter Volume Two
    In This Newsletter...

  • First Annual Kick Off BBQ
  • Guinness Book of World Records Run
  • Guest of Honor Update
  • Charity
  • Hotel Notes
  • Artists Wanted
  • Staffers Wanted
  • RainFurrest Conbook Submissions
  • Arists Alley and Art Show

  • Read more... )
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    Thursday, April 28th, 2011 12:31 am
    Aloha's Life Goals.

    I want to know more people who want to make the world better.
    I want to leave a better place then was left to me.
    I want to be happy.
    I want everyone around me to be happy.
    I don't want to be alone even if I'm single till I die.
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    Sunday, April 24th, 2011 04:21 am
    So, recently, I have been chatting with some friends of mine who are a bit more on the objectivist side of the road, and they convinced me to read Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged.

    I could give a traditional review of the book, and suppose I should, but first there is a lasting impression I wanted to impart. Its a quote fromPart II, Chapter II:

    "An honest man is one who knows that he can't consume more than he has produced." (Page 381)

    It's a theme that reappears over and over again thought the book, and its false, full of hot air, and is possibly the most dangerous sentiment uttered in the last 80 years. Objectivism has one assumption - everyone is able to produce enough to sustain their own life, and its an assertion I think is utterly wrong. In this world, there are people, for whom they best then will be able to do a menial labor, and its not a small number, its a significant minority of the population, be it, they are not smart enough, are emotionally disabled or have some other hang up that prevents them from performing a the self supporting level.

    Objectivism appeals to the part of me that strongly believes in self determination, that only Me, myself and I should be the ones to set my destiny, but I have, and have always had a strong belief in Social Justice, to which Objectivism has no room for, So the question I ask, is what of them, what of the people who cannot produce what they need to consume to exist? I think this question alone rules out Objectivism (and by extension Anarcho-Capitalism and Libertarianism) as a practical way of living - its striving for a "reality" that has never been.

    If you look at it just as fiction, its fair, not great, but fair, the philosophy gets in the way of the story, and the story gets in the way of philosophy. , I actually enjoyed it quite a bit, and while I disagree with some of the tenants - I agree with the overiding theme of "Don't let anyone tell you something isn't possible" but disagree in greed without sharing. Atlas Shrugged however is worth reading, at the very least it gives you a vision of what the Tea Party is both striving for, and fears.
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    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 09:02 pm
    Gather 'round me, everybody
    Gather 'round me, while I preach some
    Feel a sermon coming on here
    The topic will be sin
    And that's what I'm agin'
    If you wanna hear my story
    Then settle back and just sit tight
    While I start reviewing
    The attitude of doing right

    You got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
    E-lim-i-nate the negative
    And latch on to the affirmative
    Don't mess with mister inbetween

    You got to spread joy up to the maximum
    Bring gloom down to the minimum
    And have faith, or pandemonium
    Liable to walk upon the scene

    To illustrate my last remark
    Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark,
    What did they do, just when everything looked so dark?
    Man, they said, we better

    Ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
    E-lim-i-nate the negative
    And latch on to the affirmative
    Don't mess with mister inbetween

    No don't mess with mister inbetween

    You got to spread joy up to the maximum
    Bring gloom down to the minimum
    And have faith, or pandemonium
    Liable to walk upon the scene

    You got to ac-cent-tchu-ate the positive
    E-lim-i-nate the negative
    And latch on to the affirmative
    Don't mess with mister inbetween

    No don't mess with mister inbetween
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    Tuesday, April 12th, 2011 08:31 pm
    I'm looking for Califur 0 Images, does anyone still have pictures - it occurs to me, that my memories of this event are fading rapidly, and I wonder if has pictures.
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    Monday, March 28th, 2011 11:33 pm
    Since I know I won't remember in November when it comes up, this year I will celebrate my 9th anniversary of my Livejournal, and my 11th year in the Fandom.. I remember that [ profile] rainbow_roo gave me the invite code so long ago, and I resolve to post more, I wish this community is what it was, lively, and active, like it was, but more so. - and to another 9 years.
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    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 12:46 am
    So, it's been about 3 weeks since I stopped eating meat, just meat though, I still eat all the other foods I ate before, and honestly, I feel the best I have in years.. though I had a call with my mom:

    (me) So Mom, I gave up eating meat
    (Mom) All meat, even fish, bacon, and pork?
    (me) are those things meat?
    (Mom) Yes!
    (me) Well, then there is your answer.
    (Mom) *laughing* Alright, I get it, no meat.

    I also think I smell better.

    Any vegetarian cookbook suggestions?
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    Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 02:30 am
    In This Newsletter...

  • Message from our Chairman
  • Guest of Honor Update
  • Hotel Notes
  • Flyer Meme
  • Registration
  • Volunteer!
  • Dealers Room and Art Show
  • Events Updates

  • Read more... )
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    Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 01:28 am
    I'm unemployed, and usually two or three times a week, I run into a company that is using Taleo, this used to not bother me, but its always a new company, which means 2-3 times a week, I need to reenter all of my information, I wouldnt object to this, if I had not, sometimes hours before entered this SAME information, into an IDENTICAL form, for another Company, Taleo has it all, but its not shared, so I have to put it all in again, all my work history, everything from scratch, over and over again. - grr.

    *sighs* *clickityclackityclickity as he renters his information again.*

    I guess there is one thing I hate more, sites that will only work in IE.