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First Dreamwidth post not imported from LJ-land!

So, I realize that while Dreamwidth ostensibly imported my friendlist, in actuality it imported personname.lj.com accesses, which is not terribly useful for building my friendslist here. I added the few people whose tags I recognized, but this entry will remain unlocked in the hopes that eventually my erstwhile LJ friends and I will find each other again, like star-crossed lovers, only not actually lovers, although there's a decent chance that I do love you.

Anyway, while I'd normally make this a separate (and locked) post, here's a thing I've been thinking about. Or rather, before we get to that, here's a thing that what I've been thinking about made me think about. Specifically, an old Emo Phillips joke that in one UK survey, was voted as the funniest joke about religion of all time. Obviously that's setting your expectations far too high, but anyway, here's Emo Phillips at his finest:



What made me think of that joke was the fact that I was about to get into an argument with someone I mostly agreed with, on Facebook. And sometimes when I do that, I feel bad for arguing with people I mostly agree with, when people spouting horrible ideas that I vehemently disagree with seem to be in abundance lately, and yet I do not tend to end up arguing with them. Because I feel like I'm not going to convince misogynists and racists to suddenly love people of all genders and colors and whatnot, nor do I have any interest in listening to what they have to say. Whereas I feel like there might be some actual dialogue to be had between me and a facebook friend who disagree on a small semantic issue like the definition of racism.

But maybe there's no utility to be had. I'll admit, writing this post has sapped my interest in going back and commenting on her post, perhaps because my need to write something has petered out, perhaps because my previous foray into discussion with a facebook friend where we disagreed somewhat (on the issue of face-punching) did not end terribly well, perhaps because I'm increasingly seeing the Internet as shouting into (the void // echo chamber // room of angry bees) and none of those seem terribly useful, so it's much easier to not engage, and most people don't seem to appreciate anyone disagreeing with them on their own page anyway, and who cares what I think anyway (well, presumably you three, if you've read this far, but not people just posting their own memes and red meat on their own pages).

Anyway, I welcome your disagreement as always, but more importantly, Hi, I'm on Dreamwidth!
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Like many folks on here, I'm moving over to SomnolentReverieBreadth, where I am just Osirus. Says it'll take a few days to process, but once it's done, I will likely stop being here. You can find me there, or facebook, gmail, or best of all, in real life.
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Welp, haven't posted here in a while. Perhaps because I have nothing to say. Although I guess it's been so long that LJ has not seen mention that I moved from my house of 13 years, to another house in town.

Since then, for the past half-year, my life has remained largely defined by:

A pair of irksome Negatives:
1) I have not yet managed to sell the old house (which is preposterously underpriced).
2) I cannot seem to get people to pay me for my writing (which is also probably somewhat underpriced).

Overwhelming Positives:
1) My days are filled with love and laughter that completely dwarf the negatives above, so I remain quite happy.
2) Smaller things (regular gaming, D's job at the library, our new house) are also sources of happiness.

So basically, I am happy with my life but worried about money looking future-wards.
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I mentioned this video at the BBQ to a few of you and then failed to explain it, but found it to share. This is... an interesting thing exploring augmented reality that is cool but also a bit dystopian, that just takes a few minutes to watch:

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My old friend Lex and I have launched a new humorous advice podcast called:

Problem Solvers ...ish

We've just posted our fifth episode, so you can follow that link to hear us solve listener problems ranging from racism to dick pics. And we'd especially love if you have any problems for us to solve, if you click through on the site and leave us an anonymous voice message online with your problem for us to use in a future episode. Don't leave your name, because we want to play the voice message on the podcast. Truth be told, our queue of listener messages is now empty, so it would be awesome to have that not be the case when we go to record next week.

Do please feel free (encouraged, even!) to share the link with your friends and acquaintances who might enjoy such a thing.
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Posting here instead of Facebook because I'm not about vaguebooking into Facebook drama. But while Facebook recently may have spurred this post, I've had the issue pop up repeatedly over the past 15 years at least.

Posit:

You have an acquaintance named Ivanna whose company you find generally pleasant. Although you are not super-close, you gravitate towards her at parties to chat.

Another acquaintance of yours Alex, tells you that in fact Ivanna is TERRIBLE, insofar as Ivanna has definitely been terrible to Alex in the past.

What's your move?

*Avoid inviting Alex and Ivanna to the same parties, but otherwise don't get involved at all. It's not really your business, and Ivanna has always been perfectly friendly to you.

*Start disassociating yourself from Ivanna, because a friend says she's sort of awful.

*Launch a low-key investigation by seeing what other people who know Ivanna think of her.

*Some other thing.


Possible answer-changing factors:
*Maybe you are closer to and have a longer relationship with Alex (or Ivanna).

*Maybe you have many friends who love Ivanna's company.

*Maybe Alex isn't the first person to say that Ivanna can be mean behind closed doors.

*What is Terribleness? (A single horrible incident vs. repeated infractions)(unnecessary rudeness vs. racist comment vs. screwing things up for a job opportunity vs. anything physical)
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I've heard the phrase before, but it does seem like lately, a lot of people on the far-left want to savage some left-wing people for not being far left enough.

This gets rambly. )
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It's a great time to be alive and not dead! Happy new year to everyone reading this, even if I just saw you at New Years because that was fun. I am pretty excited about life.

Naturally, there are sub-optimalities, ranging from my lack of income to my annoying neighborhood to my recent re-acquisition of the post-nasal drip I had in mid-December.

But things are mostly glorious! I got to see lots of friends over the past few weeks, and I am in love, and I have not one but TWO new creative collaborations coming up with friends, which excites me very much. I have many talented friends, and was remarking to someone over New Years what a neat thing it is to occasionally see my friends "Voltron up" -- e.g. when one friend writes a musical piece using another friend's poetry to be performed by a chorale conducted by a third friend. Totally awesome!

Well, in 2016 I am starting a comedy podcast with one old friend, and co-writing a musical with another one. As neither of said friends are Williams-connected or local-connected people, nobody reading this knows them. But still, I am pretty excited. By February, I should have a podcast available for people to listen to. And by May, I should have a musical for which I co-wrote the lyrics playing at the Orlando Fringe Festival. And by thunder, I'm pretty chuffed about it.
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[livejournal.com profile] the_star_fish has been heroically taking her free days off of work to drive me all over Western Mass. You can get a vague sense of how that goes in my most recent column.

I should probably write some new jokes, since I'm hosting a comedy open mic on the 15th and then apparently the entertainment for a Halloween party later in the month. My problem is that the jokes I find funniest tend to be funny only to me, and occasionally Debbie. Example: On our road trips, every time we entered Hadley, I said in my best Harvey Korman impression, "It's Hadley." As this is not funny to anyone who isn't a Blazing Saddles fan, and doesn't really translate to print, I couldn't put it in my column. But it made us laugh. And much as I enjoy performing comedy for a room full of people, sometimes the most rewarding thing is to make one person you love laugh a lot.

I don't mean to post so much about being happy and in love; I could also mention my back has hurt somewhat of late and my lack of income remains a looming issue.
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I'm pretty pleased with my most recent column, wherein I reveal the anagram secrets of Bernie Sanders. (This is my favorite column since last year when I did the same for Gloria Steinem.)

Meanwhilst, my heart is so full of love and happiness that it would be difficult to write about without being annoying.
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Yep, once again we're taking a few days to play 26 boardgames, one for each letter of the alphabet! You can watch Debbie tweet it with pictures @StarfishKnits, and/or watch me geeklist it with write-ups and bad puns at BoardGameGeek.

We just finished playing Kingdom Hearts CCG, and now Debbie's considering whether we are playing Lord of the Rings: the Duel next, or something more classic like Louis XIV.

This is my favorite thing.

WordXWord

Jul. 19th, 2015 11:48 pm
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For those of you unfamiliar with WordXWord, it is my favorite open-to-the-public thing in the Berkshires.* They do events year-round, but the culmination is always a week-long festival in August. This year it's from the 16th-22nd, and as always, if you live or visit in or near the Berkshires, I highly recommend it. The visiting poets are always phenomenal (Past performers include Taylor Mali, Anis Mojgani, and Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz). If you have spare cash but no spare time, you can donate to them on the site as well, but you are seriously missing out if you do not show up at the festival, and it is all entirely free.

Tonight I secured myself a spot in the story slam semifinals by telling a story about [livejournal.com profile] squirrelhaven which happened roughly a decade ago. If you are interested, the basic story is told here. There are also two more storyslam qualifying rounds over the next two weeks (details at wxw365.org) in case anyone ([livejournal.com profile] bayleaf? [livejournal.com profile] galorette?) wanted to go tell stories there or just watch. I won't be at those, but I will be showing up for as much of the August festival week as possible.

*(My friends, naturally, remain my favorites overall.)

Performy

Jul. 14th, 2015 11:33 pm
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Between poetry, comedy, and stories, it turns out I have some stage time this summer. Been doing a bit of each, finally qualified for the WordxWord poetry slam over the weekend, so I'll be doing more poetry in August.

Meanwhilst, I'm hosting a FREE comedy open mic this Thursday evening (7pm) at the Parlor Cafe in North Adams, preparing for my appearance at a show in Northampton next month.

Sunday I'm competing in a WordxWord story slam qualifier in North Adams, and then on Monday I plan to compete in a Story Slam in Williamstown.


Recent columns:
Marriage and Rainbows

Buy Pun, Get Pun Free

Thug Life

Apr. 5th, 2015 04:55 pm
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Just read a news article via Facebook to learn that one of the rappers I most enjoyed freestyling with at the nerd rap convention last decade was recently arrested for armed burglary. (Back at the convention in 2009, I think he mentioned he'd been arrested for petty theft.) I was going to make a joke about something something cred, but mainly I'm just sad; he seemed like a nice guy.

Unrelatedly, my most recent column is about Hobbies.
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If you, like me, received half a dozen emails from the Alumni Fund earlier this month, you are the target demographic for my latest column. The rest of you may enjoy it anyway:
The Pun Also Rises: The Alumni Fund

I think this is the last week of winter. Then it will be time for me to start going outside for regular walks again. If any of you want to join me occasionally, that'd be cool.

A discussion of academy awards on my boardgame chat list got me thinking -- there are separate awards for best actor and best actress, but it's not as if the honorees are doing different things. Someone said they were irritated by the separation, as if the separate awards were to say "You did pretty good... for your gender." But if the awards were merged into a single Best Actor award that included female actors, if the awards were dominated by a single gender, would that be better than the current system? I suppose one could have quotas to try to avoid that, but I'm not sure that's better than the current system either. I don't actually care about the academy awards, but as usual, I'm picking a specific irrelevant case in an attempt to derive general principles.
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Finally got out for a walk today, for the first time in four months. Nearly slipped and injured myself many times (a few of which just in our deathtrap driveway), but hopefully in another week or two the ice will melt and I can get back to walking on a more regular basis. I feel better -- physically and mentally -- when I do so.

While I am eager for winter to end for that reason, tonight we were reminded that the downside of warmer weather is more idiots in the street in front of our house shouting and yelling. As they say, "If it's idiot season, why can't we hunt them?"

If you didn't catch my most recent column, in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday last week, a Seussian look at some recent headlines, with close parodies of 4 different Seuss books: Headline Seuss

Two weeks from today, Thursday 26th, I'll be hosting my monthly comedy open mic at the Parlor Cafe. It's free, so if you enjoy watching live comedy more than you enjoy paying money (or if you want to try some material yourself!), you are welcome to attend.
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Last night was our first comedy open mic at our local coffee house (The Parlor Cafe, for you locals), and it was a great success. Even though the NY comedians said they couldn't come, and the Northampton comedians said they could and would be there and then didn't show, we still had 3 local comics in addition to myself, as well as a few mcla kids who were willing to try out telling a joke or two.

It had been a bit since I'd done a comedy set, but there's still nothing quite like the feeling of successful live performance. Although I hope there's one thing like it: My performance tomorrow night.

Meanwhilst, in my latest column I explain everything you need to know about Salad.
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I haven't posted much to LJ of late, even though I ostensibly like it better than FB. Maybe I'll be better about that this year. I've been especially not great at keeping up with my humor columns, so if you haven't caught the last few:

New Ears Resolutions

The Day Before Christmas

Bard-Mitzvah: A Shakespearean Travelogue (I will admit to being particularly fond of this one.)

Hullabaloo and New Years parties were all lovely as usual, I enjoyed seeing people and as usual wish we had more time to hang out, and as usual my intentions for the new year are to spend more time gaming, walking, writing, and friending (that is, interacting in a pleasurable manner with friends, not adding people on facebook).

Meanwhile it's cold out, our driveway is ice, [livejournal.com profile] the_star_fish is sick with a broken car, extremists murdered a bunch of satirists in France, in reprisal other extremists attacked random Muslims (and Jews), race relations in this country continue on their fantastic path, and I'm giving myself a pass on the fact that yesterday I decided to eat a few bowls of chocolate peanut butter ice cream. It's times like this one really appreciates the concept of hibernation.
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For those of you not on Facebook but still here (which I'm sure isn't many, but whatever): As usual, I'll be hosting my big Heathen Hullabaloo on the evening of December 25th. If you're not celebrating Christmas (or even if you did earlier and will be done before dinner), you're welcome to join me and an motley assortment of my friends from various spheres for Oriental Buffet (next to Price Chopper in NA) at 6pm.

If that's no good for you, dear friend, let's try to get together for food and conversation sometime before next Christmas. If we do so in summer it can even be a picnic! (Although certes this should not stop us from also hanging out before then, since pretty much every year my new year's resolution is "spend more time with my awesome friends", and this year will be no exception.)
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