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31 December 2011

From Lucy:


by e.e. cummings

may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
for even if it's sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile

Happy New Year at Raglan Shire


From the live stream from Iceland a minute ago.


30 December 2011


Maurice Sendak*

*not a whore

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For Enjah

From Global Chat:

Dec 30 6:36:10PM N If global were a horror flick... who would die first?

Dec 30 6:36:19PM hN elf would survive

Dec 30 6:36:28PM F Elf would be the murderer, Nadia.

Dec 30 6:36:32PM M lol

Dec 30 6:36:45PM hN TRUTH

Dec 30 6:36:51PM hN but he would be the friend that you wouldnt suspect


29 December 2011

Norwegian News



Seen today at 11:43 am, ultimately it may answer the question, 'Do objects expire?'



Piano Tuner of Earth Quakes
Must've been based on Verne's The Carpathian Castle as was the Czech film Tajemstvi hradu v Karpatech [entire film on youtube] from 1981. The latter treats the story quite differently, of course. This offering was enjoyable visually with the Quay's signature complex and layered visuals, chiarosuro, and dramatic sensibilities.

Not for most people, this film is engrossing for some, but ultimately possesses a lopsidedness weighted towards the visual. I like a more rounded film myself, but feel this was worth experiencing.

Updated to add: Some films 'feel' like films and have a satisfying fullness, while others don't feel complete - in the manner of, say, Guy Maddin films (which are annoying in their insistence on placing barriers between me and the content, as though GM wants to hold up a toy but not let me play with it). It's like part of my brain is twiddling its thumbs instead of being absorbed in the unfolding story. Piano Tuner of Earthquakes is that type of film, to me. YMMV but probably not much.


28 December 2011


Fermented Trout Sushi Award Winner

A Somewhat Gentle Man was enjoyable.

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27 December 2011

Winter Wingding
Ilmenskie Jones
Institute of Ocular Testing

A few Glitch pics from the past week


26 December 2011


Watching this, which I am enjoying.


25 December 2011


Lost Floor


Jim and Lucia gave me a nifty usb xmas tree + day of the dead gamer :-D
Currently they rest near my duck from Lucy.


24 December 2011

Today at around 1pm + my finger :-D


Salazar treated Lucy, Holo, and me to an airship tour of New Babbage, which I haven't spent much time in lately. Lucy and I vowed to take a forklift tour next year.
Indistrial Haze over New Babbage


23 December 2011


Reappearance of the 'Trololo Guy' thirty-five years later.

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Not the bots I'm looking for.

Not very useful-seeming robots, alas.


22 December 2011

Ilia, Salazar, and Os in front of the Cowell Christmas tree.

I'm short (about 5'6" or 7 I think).


Cthulu Tree


Say what? She must not know any civilized people. Or maybe just is fond of megatrite.

Paw, yer coffee's ready!




21 December 2011

The Daily What reports:

Dec. 21, 2011

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: A rather worrisome bit of censoring took place today at the House of Representatives, which had a split-second pro-forma session this morning.

A Democratic effort to force an up-or-down vote on the Senate’s payroll tax cut extension plan was hastily halted by Speaker Pro Tempore Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA), who swiftly adjourned the House without acknowledging Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer’s repeated cries of “Mr. Speaker.”

Despite being rudely shutdown by Fitzpatrick, Hoyer went on to have his say, excoriating Republicans for allowing the tax cut to expire despite the potential damage to the already struggling economy.

As Hoyer was yielding to another Democrat, Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), ranking member on the House Budget Committee, the mic suddenly cut out, followed shortly by the footage.

C-SPAN later tweeted that it “has no control over the U.S. House TV cameras – the Speaker of the House does,” suggesting that someone in House Speaker John Boehner’s office ordered the live feed off the air.

Less than a year ago, C-SPAN’s asked Boehner for permission to install privately-operated cameras in the House. That request was denied.


Just now...


20 December 2011

Alarm as Dutch lab creates highly contagious killer flu - The Independent

Oh, um... er... what an... achievement?


Unproductive Day
Often after jin shin I'm useless, but today I was useless even before I got there

Went to bed at midnight (early for me but the night before I had just tossed all night), got up at 10 (after a lot of weird dreams), drank some coffee, played Glitch for an hour and a bit, had a shower and got dressed, gassed up my car (traffic was insane), went to my 2:30pm Frank appointment (we laughed and laughed and he gave me some organic parsnips/beets/trail mix), dropped my Netflix envelope in the post, threw away my garbage, got home at 4:30 and cooked stir-fried vegetables with a ton of hot peppers and soy sauce, had to lie down for an hour or so, then played Glitch and goofed around on the net for about and hour and a half, then had to go and lie down at about 9:45 and just got up again at 11.


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Tsunami debris slide show.

ABC Stormwatch
In his presentation, Ebbesmeyer actually gives a checklist for people who find such items, which includes treating the debris "as a crash scene," checking it for radioactivity (!) and notifying the likely owners in Japan. He also says that U.S. citizens should expect more unusual things to begin bobbing up in the Pacific in the months to come, including car tires, the wings of airplanes and – Jesus – "feet in sneakers." (At least West Coasters are used to the severed feet.)

* The 'severed feet' are not really severed feet per se, it's just that modern sneakers don't get eaten by fishes, and end up washing up on beaches still containing feet.


Pictures from yesterday:

Weather shifts quickly in Cowell.

Jeff (machinima character) standing on the thumb of Aley's monumental Metropolis robot.


19 December 2011

The tree is up in Cowell - when's the lighting?

18 December 2011


Strange nuclear waste lint might be "biological in nature"



Russia Today: 'The blog-o-sphere is boiling at the cruel beating of a female protester by Egyptian military police, who continued battling protesters in Tahrir Square on Sunday. The clashes, into their third day now, have left 10 people dead and hundreds injured. ­The video uploaded on YouTube Sunday reveals the extreme cruelty of the country's law enforcers during the crackdown. The army soldiers in full riot gear have been savagely beating a seemingly unconscious female protester with big sticks, kicking her and stomping on her chest. Security forces lashed out ruthlessly on armless civilians and burned down tents that had been put up by activists outside the parliament building to camp in protest against the military rule. The internet community therefore questions the methods of the military regime who took over power after the ousting of the ex-President Hosni Mubarak in February.'


Economy Fudge

Circa 1965 I was a child making fudge with my older sister. My fudge set up and was fudge, however hers was runny and non-fudgicle. She said, 'Let's put the two together, then we'll have two pans of fudge.' I was powerless (little sister) and of course the result was fudgicide. No fudge. In that case the minus fudge, + power was on the same side. I had + fudge, - power.

I was just reading something said by Matthieu Pigasse about the instability of the EU, where he said, essentially, 'Let's put all the good and bad fudge together as it's the only hope for our fudge.' Experience tells me that it may not be a good idea. In that case the + fudge + power is held by the same EU member anyway. Also, bits recover at different speeds and that bit that recovers pulls up the next bit; lump it all together even more than it is already and that process is lost.

In my experience bad fudge has an unlimited capacity to wreak havoc on good fudge; it's a virtual oubliette.


Smoke Lizard


17 December 2011

In Google, search for let it snow


16 December 2011


Making a clone sammich.


I saw Enj as normal, she saw herself as sunken in the floor. I heard a number of similar reports, all fixed by a relog, but trained by SL I never think much about bugs.



Wow, still tired after sleeping about ten hours because I was exhausted following Shelley's visit. I did nothing, but there you are. She had asked me what I'd like and I'd said digestive biscuits, and when she said What else? I'd said biryani if she was cooking, otherwise lamb souvlaki takeaway. She brought both, plus lots of other bits and pieces and showed me photos from her recent-ish Ireland/Scotland trip.

On the radio they said the tsunami debris clot is 'the size of the state of California*' or by some reports 'twice the size of Texas**' and chunks have begun hitting the Washington coast. Make up yer mind - Texas is bigger than Cali. Which is it?

* 156k sq mi
** 262k sq mi


14 December 2011



A very Philip-K-Dick-esque plot revolves around the lone technician of a lunar mining operation.


13 December 2011


12 December 2011




Global Chat

Brugu: If Richard Nixon were playing Glitch he would say "I am not a Rook"





Meanwhile in the Alice...


10 December 2011


Bernie Sanders trying to make it so the American Constitution no longer regards corporations as people. Would be nice; guess what will happen, though.



IRVINE, Calif. (AP) — An Irvine couple who suspected their 15-year-old son of smoking turned to a man believed to be relied on in their church to violently discipline children, authorities said.

The parents asked Paul Kim, 39, to discipline their son after finding a lighter in his possession, dropping the boy off at Kim's Chino Hills home with permission for the beating, San Bernardino County sheriff's spokesperson Cindy Bachmann said Saturday.

Kim hit the child with a metal pole about a dozen times, causing severe bruising on his legs, according to Bachmann. The pole was about an inch in diameter, investigators said.

An adult at the boy's school saw the bruises and called Irvine police, who in turn informed San Bernardino County officials, she said.

I'm sure if that was the punishment for owning a lighter I, at fifteen, had I been singled out for punishment, would've been beaten to death.


I love Marga Mooch.


09 December 2011

DrZuess gave away 750k's worth of cubimals by dropping them in Groddle Forest Junction. It was quite a sight.


08 December 2011

I v v sorry

I've checked Safeway's website periodically these past years but they always said, 'We don't deliver to your area but sign up and we'll let you know if that changes.' Recently it changed - I spent ages picking out an order, then last night finalised it and scheduled it for today. My only choice today was between 4-8pm, which was fine although sort of late,. At around 4:30 or so the driver rang to say he'd been all around the lake and couldn't find my house though he'd been driving for AN HOUR.
Me: Where are you?
Him: I don't know.
I asked him what he'd like to do, and he said he wanted to find my house, so I said, 'Good.'
After a bit of thinking I asked him to tell me the address on a mailbox, which he did, and I found him on Google maps.
Me: Tell me the next one you see and I'll tell you if you are going the right way.
He was!
In the inky blackness he couldn't find the drive; I said I'd turn the lights on and off - two minutes later he rolled up.
Groc. order is fine - the loaf of bread is =========:O though.

07 December 2011


RIP Dobie Gray


From the Glitch forum:

I think the last thing most people want here is another Second Life - is that the closest we've seen to the Metaverse? - with developers writing their own in-game elements. I *really* don't want graphic designers to be able to add infinite content (that my friends will then push on me via FB). I want to play the game the company has written, a finite world with limited choices. Tiny Speck have made quite a lot of tools available to developers within certain parameters, and if you can't find something there that's "in it for you" then maybe for now at least this just isn't going to be your game.
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'His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.'

Similies Perpetrated by High School Students Wiseacres

Thank you to Candide for the link.

06 December 2011



05 December 2011

Stoot interview on Massively gives new house gameplay hints :-D




04 December 2011

Chromatic Typewriter


03 December 2011


Uh... Merry Christmas... ??




Do I need to be more feminine to be identified as a Glitch girl?

Attire: Sushi hat, green hair, black chicken suit top, black skirt, black trousers.







School Portrait (2011) from Michael Berliner on Vimeo.


02 December 2011


Submarine is a funny little coming-of-age film.


01 December 2011


Mystery at Mucid Memes

Who decorated my house? I thought it was Enjah as she's done it before but she says no, so who?
It's very pleasing, in any event.





PokiPok Press -Using the new distilling skill. I logged off before making the full 24 hooches required.




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