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So you're thinking: 'What happened to the weekly updates?' I'm wondering the same thing myself. I wrote them, typed them, even submitted them, but they just haven't appeared here on the site. My only guess is that they've somehow gone across some trans-dimensional ether and been posted to a parallel Jason's LiveJournal, where that Jason has been deleting them as they do not pertain to his parallel life.

So that explains that.

Really.

Fine, I lied. I didn't actually write the posts, though nobody can disprove that my parallel self siphoned off my drive to make the updates and used the drive to make his own updates. Unless they have a device to travel between dimensions, in which case: Prove it, dammit! Or just leave me the device so I can verify the truth independently.

Clau's almost ready, I think, but I will try to update with real content soon. Also, given my lack of stimulus to update, even with the incentive program, I am thusly suspending it, as the penalties incurred are not working to get me to update more frequently.

I'm out!
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Guu2

Yeah....

Well, Clau claimed her prize this time round, but no other takers. Going to keep trying to remember weekly updates, and the previous offer still stands. In case I forget, though, Twitter is probably the best option. Before I get to the post, though, I present this first:



Yep, new Weird Al, non-parody song. Yay! On to the update now.

Really, it's been a bunch of the same old stuff. Two major upcoming events to take note of, both of which I'm excited for. (1.) Clau's birthday. She, her sister, and I are all heading out to San Antonio, primarily to have fun at the Schlitterbahn waterpark, though we'll definitely do other stuff as well. (2.) Ohio. Will be heading up there Jul 31-Aug 5 to see Val. Only thing that would make it better would be if Clau was coming, too, but it'll be good to see Val again.

Air hadn't been working in my apartment (which I'd known since the end of last summer), so got that fixed early in May, so I've been once again living in air-conditioned comfort. In other apartment quality details, got U-Verse installed, so I have working TV once again, with DVR this time, so that's nice, too. No problems to report yet.

Reviews? OK. The new Green Day album is definitely quite good. Season finale of Lost, as per the usual, was great and left me wanting the next season to start already. Chuck's ending was funny, and I'm glad they're bringing it back for a third (albeit shortened) season. Likewise happy with Scrubs and Better Off Ted getting another season. But the best TV news:

Futurama will be back for at least 26 MORE EPISODES! Commence rejoicing!

Movies: Angels and Demons (better than Da Vinci Code, but still not great), State of Play (better than expected), Paul Blart: Mall Cop (pretty good), Observe and Report (crap), Star Trek (yes, I mentioned it already, but saw it a third time, equally good and Clau eventually revealed that she actually enjoyed it). Haven't yet seen Up, though it being Pixar, it's obviously automatically good. Gonna wait for Terminator: Salvation due to crappy reviews. That's about all the movie news from me, although on the subject I'll move on to a couple websites.

First off, Flickchart.com, where you can rank movies through it's interface. Rather than just creating a list and assigning numeric values, it does Movie vs. Movie, and you choose what you think is better. I'm mostly doing it based on how much I enjoy watching said movie, though sometimes quality trumps watchability (case in point: Braveheart, good movie, don't often feel motivated to watch it. List undergoing constant refinement, but my top 5 are remaining firm, top 20 belong there (though not necessarily in said order), and the top 50/100 are also looking good. You can see the list here: http://www.flickchart.com/wolfbrother. Have also been playing some online Tetris at www.tetrisfriends.com. Quite fun.

Finally was able to make it out to White Sands with Clau's sister, and as usual, it was fun. However, Clau failed to apply sunscreen to all portions of my back, so I got a pretty bad burn that I'm still recovering from. Keep applying aloe gel, which definitely seems to be easing the pain. Week before that, I got food poisoning again, so that's why we hadn't been able to go.

Still writing more and eating less, so things are good on that front, as well.

That's really about it for now, so I'm out!
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Guu2

See? More frequent!

Okay, so it's been a bit longer than a week since the last LJ post. No one called me on it, though, so the claims period is officially over. If there's no update by the timestamp of this post May 15, the claim period will remain open until I update. Twitter is merely supplemental to this; a forum for briefer, less wordy (and probably less boring/time-consuming) updates. Though obviously some of the Twitter content doesn't carry over into here; sometimes it'll just be a random statement that wouldn't fit in here, so I'd still recommend checking both. As with this time, if no one calls me on the failure to update, no one gets a prize/reward/justice/etc. Seriously, though, I fully intend to do weekly updates, which should get easier as I continue to force myself to buckle down and write for pleasure again. Been far too long since I've sat down to write for fun. Have a couple ideas in the wings to be written, and two stories in progress (one just for fun, the other more serious), not to mention those previously started and languishing (Phena, Walter's Kitty, etc). But yeah, kicking myself back into writing gear. Also planning on trying to lose some weight; don't think I'll ever be back down to my crazy-thin high-school levels, but I should at least be able to make some progress.

In other news, Clau's training period at Time Warner is over and her regular schedule is pretty sucky. She's only off Wednesdays and Thursdays for the foreseeable future. Working weekends sucks, but there is at least a plus side to it. Primarily, I should be able to match most of my schedule with hers and have so far (barring next week, as I can't trade Thursday). Secondarily, by having days off in the middle of the week, it frees up more stuff for us to do, like bowling. Doing so on the weekends would be crazy due to the sheer masses of people that bowl on the weekend. Likewise movies; mom, Clau, and I went to see Wolverine yesterday at 5:05 and the theater was deserted, which was a welcome change. Movie was pretty good, too, better than expected. Clau also seems interested in trying golfing again, so the mid-week off days should help with that as well.

In other movie news, the three of us went out to the cheap theater for a double feature and saw Taken and Confessions of a Shopaholic. Both were quite enjoyable, especially the first, but even the second one was surprisingly good. This weekend is Star Trek, though. J.J. Abrams+Star Trek=Awesome. Clau doesn't really want to see it, but I'll probably get her to; after all, I saw her Twilight movie. Bleh. On the note of Mr. Abrams, I'll segue into Lost here, and have to say I am really looking forward to next week's finale (and, for that matter, next year's final season). It just keeps getting better! Continuing TV talkage, the series(?) finale of Scrubs was also quite satisfying. There's talk of bringing it back for a 9th season (albeit without most of the major characters), but it'd still be good, I think. Loved the last bit in the finale of Chuck, as well. And if you haven't watched it, I also recommend Better Off Ted, which I wouldn't have discovered if not for reading io9.com. Also started an anime called Pani Poni Dash, which is bizarre even by my standards, but still enjoying it.

I'm also trying to start planning out the Val trip, but with Clau being yet uncertain as to when her vacation days can be taken, that makes it rather difficult. Looking likely that we'll just meet her in Ohio and hang out there, but nothing has been finalized yet. All that is certain is that Clau wants to go somewhere outside the Southwest. So time will tell what comes of that trip. Definitely one of the things I'm most looking forward to this year.

Korn concert without Clau was kind of strange. Hadn't been to a concert without her since before I met her. To boot, they didn't play for very long, and didn't play many of their hits; it was more lesser-known songs. We were going to have seen The All American Rejects on the 6th, but they moved the concert from the Coliseum to Club 101 so we decided not to go after all. No concerts coming on the horizon, either. We'll be working for most of Balloonfest (I'm be off Memorial Day), but not really missing much there. Perhaps Streetfest after that, but they've not announced anything about that yet.

Also signed myself up for U-Verse now that it's available at my apt, especially since I get a 25% discount. Goodbye DISH. Since I'm getting the employee rate, the HD channels are even included, as is the extra receiver. It'll be nice to have working TV again, that I can watch whenever I want. Getting that installed on the 13th.

What else? Tried the grilled chicken from KFC: better than you would think, considering the source. I still prefer the fried, but the grilled is still pretty darn good. Other food related comments: the pasta bowls from Dominos are actually edible and actually on the tasty side. Pepsi/Mountain Dew Throwback: both good, even if the Dew Throwback tastes a bit like carbonated, watered-down, Kool-Aid.

Also found myself some new funky music thanks to a news article about the New Orleans Jazz Fest: Big Sam's Funky Nation (and miscellaneous others found on their links page). So good times for my ears there.

Only one other event of note to mention today. This morning I was woken by Clau pounding on my window, thinking she had left her bag in my apartment. Turns out she hadn't, so though sleepy, I at least got to see her today. But that's not where I'm going with this; that visit (however brief) proceeded to confirm that dreams are indeed the brain's way of defragging. I say this, because after I went back to sleep I had a crappy dream (by which I mean one that, while being dreamed, is believable), in which I think Clau broke up with me or something. I know that I ended up crying in the dream and felt a fleeting moment of despair upon waking before realizing that it had been a dream. It took only a few seconds to realize it, as upon thinking about the dream, I realized that characters from Scrubs had been present. Which leads back to the defragging; Scrubs had been the last thing I watched before going to bed. I'd also watched Lost, but apparently, I wasn't needed by the Island, as it showed up nowhere in the dream.

But that's about all I've got to say, so until next time, no later than Friday the 15th, I'm out!
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Twittering

For more frequent, less bulky updates, you can follow me on Twitter if you'd like. Twitter handle is wolfbrotherj.

Still gonna do the once a week (or more) LJ update, though.

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Quarter of a Century

So I'm finally updating and I'm sure I'll miss plenty of data just due the sheer gap of time between this and my last update (and the gaps between those). So, most recent first, I guess. The weekend before this past one, Clau and I went back out to Tucson. Left early on Sat and arrived to a chilly rainy day. Not to worry, though. Our first stop after the visitor center and breakfast at Waffle House (oh, how I'd missed you) was Biosphere2, which obviously got us out of most of the rain/hail. In addition, it was pretty cool. From there, we headed to a pizza place called Rocco's Little Chicago, and the pizza was awesome, among the best we've ever had. Rest of the day was pretty much spent chilling. Hit Waffle House again for breakfast the next day and then proceeded to the Titan Missile Museum, a decommissioned missile site from the cold war. It was also quite cool. We then went to Colossal Cave, which was alright but not great. Ended the day back at Old Tucson Studios before going back to Chad's for dinner. Unfortunately, the prime rib was both smaller and not as good as I remembered, but Clau enjoyed her steak. Then we drove home, having enjoyed our weekend excursion thoroughly.

Another major event to post about is that I'm now a quarter of a century old. Yep, turned 25 back on a rather uneventful (but still good) March 30. Dinner with mom at Great American Land and Cattle led to evil food poisoning a couple days later, but my bday itself was fine. Got a vacuum from mom, and Star Ocean: The Last Hope for the 360 from Clau. Don't feel any older though; still feel just the same as I did when I was 17, only heavier. Though I'm going to buckle down and see if I can lose some of my excess weight. Already doing a long walk daily, so we'll see how it goes.

February also marked three years for Clau and I, and we continue to believe that we'll remain together. As one of her friends observed, we're practically engaged even if we've not made it official. Regardless, our future seems pretty much assured, and we couldn't be happier with our relationship.

The beginning of January also saw the completion of Clau's Christmas gifts. Most of you who read this probably already know what that was, but for those who don't, Clau now has a Siberian Husky. Her name is Mishka and she's grown considerably since then. She was also a bit of a scaredy-cat at first, but she seems at least moderately less so now. Obviously still pretty and cute, though.

As I said, those have been the major events since my last posting. Though also since then, Disturbed came to El Paso, and you can bet I was there! Had been wanting to see them since their first album, and they definitely didn't dissapoint. Next concert on the horizon is Korn on the 27th, which Clau is desperately trying to be off for, so here's hoping for that.

Obviously we've seen plenty of movies since my last post, as well. This weekend was Crank 2, which obviously kicked ass, though it wasn't quite as good as the first one. Also saw Bedtime Stories at the cheap theater with mom; pretty good, but if they make a sequel, it promises to be better. Then we've got the whole summer movie season ahead of us: Wolverine, Terminator, Star Trek, Harry Potter, Up, etc etc. Ones we've seen since the last posting: Monsters vs Aliens (not Clau, I gave a B), Watchmen (Clau hated, I liked), Race to Witch Mountain (better than expected, B ), Coraline (dragged at times but otherwise good, B), Push (just me, A-), Twilight (trash, saw because Clau wanted to), Transporter 3 (obviously enjoyed), Underworld (back on valentines, as we'd initially seen :Evolution on our first date three years ago, pretty good), Bolt (A), and Quantum of Solace (much better than Casino Royale, more Bondlike). There may have been others, but that's the majority, I think.

Plenty of books since then, too. One definite recommendation if you like fantasy is Brandon Sanderson. Finally had gotten around to reading the books by him I'd picked up, and loved them. Very glad he's the one finishing the Wheel of Time. Also finally got the last book of The Song of the Tears, and once again, Ian Irvine didn't disappoint.

Also looking forward later this year to going with Clau to meet Val somewhere. Starting to plan that out, but the outcome will be fun regardless.

Really can't think of much else to write at the moment, but I am formally resolving the following: if I fail to update this at least once a week from now on, any reader is entitled to ask me for any favor (whether it be a short story, long update, money, etc)*, with a monetary limit of $5, and I will oblige.

That said, I'm out!


*Favor may be requested by anyone. Timeframe of favor indeterminate. Money only able to be claimed by personal acquaintances. Other exclusions may apply, not valid in parallel dimensions.

Wolf

Cool video

Mash-up of random YouTube peoples playing instruments. Very cool.




I know, I need to do a real update.

Soon, maybe?

I'm out!
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An update already?

So we ended up deciding not to head out to the Grand Canyon just yet. Clau wasn't willing to leave immediately after work, so we held off. We did, however take a shorter trip, back out to Silver City, NM (specifically, the Gila National Forest). We left on Saturday and came back Sunday. Saw the Gila Cliff Dwellings, which were pretty cool. Plenty of trails in the forest, too, and since it's only about 2.5 hours away, it'll probably become one of our preferred hiking destinations. So despite it not being our initial plan, we still enjoyed the trip thoroghly.

We still need to see Eagle Eye. Taking mom to see Quantum of Solace in the morning since Clau doesn't want to see it. Then next week will be Bolt, and that will be followed by Transporter 3. Have 3 concerts we'll be seeing as well: Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Tantric/Drowning Pool, and Papa Roach/Seether/Staind. So yay!

Halloween went well, though neither of us won the contest here at work. 1st place winner just copied my costume from last year (a man as a woman), though admittedly his costume was much less conservative than mine had been. Had to have my hair styled and by the end of the day I was suffering from how greasy my forehead felt.

Well, got a call, so I'll end this post now.

I'm out!

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Thank you.

Thank you for making the right choice, America.

Also, will try to post more frequently as these huge gaps are inexcuseable.

Only major news to report in terms of upcoming events is that of next weekend, as Clau and I have 3 days off in a row. We'll be off to Arizona, specifically the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, and Jerome, among a few other things we'll squeeze in. So quite looking forward to that.

Still need to see Eagle Eye, which looks good. We are, if you can believe it, behind on movies, and we have 3 coming in the next three weeks alone (007, Bolt, and The Transporter 3)!

But all else is good in the land of J, especially now that Clau is working w/ me @ AT&T.

That's all for now, so I'm out!

Wolf

Get over it, already!

So at work they have CNN on the TVs and as such, I've been seeing the Republican National Convention. And still they have this obsession with national security. 9/11 was seven freaking years ago! Let's look at the facts here:

Prior to 9/11: No terrorist attacks of drastic significance.
9/11: Major event, lots of dead people.
Post 9/11: No terrorist attacks of drastic significance, but loads more dead people than 9/11.

Let's look at those death tolls:

9/11: apprx. 2,974
Bush's War (aka the Iraq War): over 4,000 (excluding contractors (almost another 1,200)). That's just non-Iraqis. Include Iraqi police/soldiers, and that's another 11,000. Include civilians, and the number jumps significantly higher, with estimates ranging from 80,000 to 150,000 deaths from the violence of the war (some estimates cite over a million).

So is this whole Collapse ) even remotely justifiable?

NO.

The Republicans are a broken record; even in 2004 their arguments were losing luster, but we're now seven years past 9/11, and there has been no event even close to matching the scale of 9/11. Just as there was nothing close to matching the scale before 9/11. It was an isolated, though admittedly devastating, attack.

Get over it, and let's start fixing America.

I'm out!
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Spread it around!

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