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18 December 2008 @ 06:49 pm
The good thing about not owing a car anymore: I don't feel obligated as a native Midwesterner to try to drive to work anyway.

The bad thing about relying on public transit to get to work: (via the Metro Transit site)

Routes temporarily suspended.

8, 9, 11, 19, 22, 23, 25, 27, 31, 32, 35, 37, 38, 39, 45, 46, 51, 53, 55, 57, 64, 68, 74, 79, 99, 105, 107, 114, 122, 123, 125, 126, 133, 143, 149, 152, 154, 155, 158, 159, 161, 162, 164, 167, 170, 173, 175, 179, 182, 183, 187, 191, 192, 196, 197, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 210, 211, 213, 216, 217, 219, 220, 222, 225, 229, 233, 236, 237, 242, 243, 244, 247, 249, 250, 256, 257, 260, 261, 265, 266, 268, 272, 277, 303, 304, 306, 308, 316, 330, 355, 373, ST 540, ST 555, ST 556, ST 560, ST 564, all 800 routes canceled, 912, 921, 925, 929, 981, 982, 984, 986, 987, 988, 989, 994, 995.

Don't see your bus route on the list? It's on i's adverse weather route. Or better yet, "an unpublished reroute"!

Let's see if tomorrow ends up being the second snow day away from work...

Current Location: snowed in on the Hill
Current Mood: coldcold
02 December 2008 @ 04:23 pm
OK, here's my review of The Elfish Gene by Mark Barrowcliffe that I just posted on GoodReads:

Despite the differences in age and upbringing between me and the author (him playing D&D in it's first incarnations in mid 1970's Midlands England, me riding the second wave of D&D in the early 1980's Midwest US), it is quite frightening, yet absolutely hilarious, how many things we had in common as D&D/fantasy obsessed teenagers. To name just a few:

* Naming your character your own name spelled backwards.

* Super characters of unbelievable power, prestige and wealth.

* Backstabbing other player characters before PVP was cool.

* Forays into live-action roleplaying before LARP-ing was never cool.

* A consuming passion for 70's metal music and, of course, Rush!

* Dabbling in the occult and witchcraft--$5.99 mass market Necronomicon anyone?

* Buying any game you could get your hands on despite the fact you would never in a million years to find the time or people to play with.

* Lastly, Michael Fucking Moorcock!

Stylistically his tortuous sentence structure sometimes hurts (much like my own convoluted diction) and some of his various British-isms were lost on me (the many Brit terms for "nerd" were appreciated however.) Despite that I recommend this book for any other kindred spirit who once played an 18th/18th level Grey Elven Fighter/Magic-User named "Fingolfin" or other similar ass kicking, rule breaking beloved character. Geeks Unite!

26 November 2008 @ 01:07 pm
Do you like rock, alternative rock, butt rock, and/or metal? Come on out to the Noc Noc Wednesday (tonight!) for Overdrive, a new night featuring said music played REALLY LOUD. It's the usual Sunday night DJ Sean, no cover, and as an added bonus, only for tonight, you (probably) don't have to work tomorrow! I'm crossing fingers for some kind of drink special, but I guarantee it should be a fun night with good people--with or without 25 cent High Lifes!

I'm already composing a huge mental (metal?) list of songs I want to request...
Current Mood: hyperBANG YOUR HEAD!
Current Music: see above
04 November 2008 @ 07:07 am

(I am not implying that you vote three times)

If you haven't already sent in your absentee ballot, get out there, head to your polling place (rain be damned!) and VOTE!!

Call me a romantic for an older, simpler time, but I still vote in person. Something about making that extra effort to get out, be a part of the community and actively take part in the democratic process. Sadly, this time is the last major election for Washington State with in-person voting before we go to all mail ballots. It pleases to me no end however, that I get to cast my last "personal" vote for Barack Obama. I am sure to savor the moment as I fill in that circle for O! Now if only we still had old fashioned voting booths...

My mind was made up a long time ago; this morning's major decision involves whether I should take my laptop with it's completely dud battery to Vote at Al's tonight! Nothing like spending an evening watching election returns in my favorite neighborhood bar with all my friends, (hopefully) drinking in celebration of victory. Thank god, Al's now has a liquor license, unlike 2000. And 2004...

Time to vote! :)

EDIT: John on KEXP just played a set of "California Uber Alles" Dead Kennedys, "California Uber Alles" Disposable Heroes of Hiphopcracy but the killer is "Fight the Power" PE! Voting isn't armed revolution, but I can't think of a better song to head off to vote to!
Current Location: CapHill
Current Mood: hopefulHOPE
Current Music: KEXP Election Day Mix
24 September 2008 @ 07:46 am

If you've moved in the past few years, you might not be registered to vote.

If you've legally changed your name (i.e. you got married, or decided "Batwing Candlewax" sounds cooler than "John Smith") you might not be registered to vote. 

If you haven't actually voted in the past few elections, you may have been "purged" from the voter rolls as "inactive" and, you guessed it, you might not be registered to vote.

If you're in the State of Washington, the deadline to register to vote is coming up very soon on October 4th - less than two weeks away!  You're registration must have an October 4th or prior postmark if you mail it in!

If you're NOT in the State of Washington, go to www.VoteForChange.com which will walk you through how and where to register for any state in the USA.

WASHINGTON STATE RESIDENTS: Visit the WA Secretary of State website to make sure your voter registration information is up to date, current, and showing as "active" at http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/register.aspx


in King County, call 206-296-VOTE (8683) and you can check and update your voter registration info by phone.

Other WA counties, go to http://www.secstate.wa.gov/elections/auditors.aspx to find your county's election division to register or update your registration info.

Voter registration forms are also available locally at:
King County Elections
King County Community Service Centers
City Clerk’s Office, City Halls
Seattle Community Service Centers
All branch public libraries
All public schools
Fire stations in Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Seattle, Tukwila, Southcenter, Redmond and Renton
League of Woman Voters
Out of the back of my car (Seriously - if you see me in person, ask. I'll even cover postage.)


If you're "not sure", it DOES NOT hurt or "mess anything up" to send in another voter registration form.

If you have questions, ask! 


(reposted from Seattle Goth Community)

24 September 2008 @ 07:29 am
With 40 days until the November election, the anxiety dreams, troubled nightmares and fitful nights of poor sleep have begun.

Then you may ask, your anxiety is just starting NOW? ;)

On a related note, make sure you are registered to vote and that your registration information is accurate. Don't let the machines throw out your vote on a trumped up BS technicality.

The deadline to be able to vote in November is October 4th. King County residents go here. I will cut and paste some other good posts I've seen about voter registration later...

Current Location: CapHill
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
12 September 2008 @ 07:23 am
I am embarrassed and mortified that for a few hours on Wednesday, I completely fell for an internet rumor. It had a kernel of truth to it and my righteous indignation as a bookseller and the heat of an important election year got the best of me. At least I showed some restraint and did NOT post it on LJ nor email it to my entire email list. Death to Memes!
Current Location: CapHill
Current Mood: morosegullible
Current Music: Sleater-Kinney - "Dig Me Out"
21 August 2008 @ 01:22 pm
This is a blatant cut and paste from synabetic because a) it's important and b) I'm lazy and pressed for time (on the clock, yo!) Thanks, Steve!

Then you need to read this. Now.

Most important bits from the post if you haven't clicked yet: "Hello, folks--earlier this month, at a well-known conference, there was announced a tool that can hack into any GMail account, regardless of how good your password is, as long as the data is flitting around unencrypted.

Simply log into GMail, and click on the Settings link over in the top right corner. At the bottom of this screen is a section labeled 'Browser Connection', which by default is set to 'Don't always use https'. Change this to 'Always use https', then click the "Save changes" button directly below. That 'should' keep you safe from people using this fascinating new toy."

Big thanks to </a></b></a>lwood for letting people know, and many thanks to </a></b></a>talheres for the heads up.
Current Location: work
16 August 2008 @ 08:04 am
Now that I once again have my collection of cassettes (remember those?) handy in my bedroom rather than down in the basement where they've resided the last three years, I've been slowly sampling some of my oldies but goodies.

In the last couple days I've listened to Sinead O'Connor "The Lion and the Cobra" and Run-DMC "Raising Hell" Who knows what other relic of the 80's will strike next!
Current Location: CapHill
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: see post above
23 June 2008 @ 09:41 am
As many of you know, I'm back in my hometown of Adrian MI right now for family things, but I had a nice (?) moment last night.

My parents live about 4 miles out of town in a house surrounded by farmland and woods. It's not the full on boonies, but to give you an idea: our dirt road didn't get paved until about 10 years ago, there's only a dozen houses on the 2 miles stretch of road and it's really dark and really quiet at night, especially for a long time city dweller like myself.

Last night, while sitting in the backyard, enjoying a smoke and a bourbon, watching the sunset, I saw a coyote! He came out of the tall grass of the sod waterway bordering the yard and the farm fields, maybe 50 yards away. He looked at me, trotted one way along the grass, came back, looked at me again, then ducked back into grass. 

It's no Manchester Panther story, but pretty exciting nonetheless! :D
Current Location: Adrian MI
Current Mood: amusedamused