God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
16 March 2012 @ 06:53 am
This journal is mostly public, because most of the time I don't give a damn who sees it. Very occasionally, I might post to "friends only" to avoid drama, or to a select group of close friends, but for the most part my life is an open book. Friend me if you want, I'll probably friend you back. I may or may not read you in return, but it's nothing personal.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
25 December 2014 @ 11:21 am
I have a bit of a rep for being fairly "bah, humbug" about the holidays. Honestly, it's not that I dislike them, I just get very tired and annoyed very quickly by the weird forced joy and insane consumerism, especially when it is combined with an inability to get away from the constant music (don't get me started on the fact that so many musicians feel the need to put out a holiday record with their own spin on the music).

Sorry, little off-topic swerve, there.

Anyway, I don't actually hate the time, just the expectations. I'm more likely to have fun if I am not forced into it. Hell, I've spent entire work days in the garage in a Santa hat while working on cars, just for the goofiness of it. I amused the entire art department of Graceland by singing "Blue Christmas" at the top of my lungs. Jessica and I have a 4-foot fake purple tree.

So, in the end, here's me wishing all of you the best of the season. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Spiritually Fulfilling Equinox, Rockin' Festivus, Cool Yule, Sweet Saturnalia, and Happy Holidays to you all.

Now, get that spirit in your heads...and keep it all through the year. No reason to only be excellent to each other for a few days, when we can do it all the time.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
08 October 2014 @ 09:49 pm
While indulging in a bit of alcoholic relaxation tonight, I came up with a toast that I am fairly proud of. I posted this to FB (because that's where you post when you are drinking, natch), but I liked it enough I want to make sure it's not forgotten.

"Drink to the future, drink to the past, drink for the friendships that truly do last, drink to the sun and drink to the moon, and drink for the fun that is over too soon."

I like being a wordy bastard.

(Crossposted like a mafacko)
16 May 2014 @ 06:45 am, reposted by archmage
dimson wrote: http://dimson.livejournal.com/73972.html
Translations available at Google and Microsoft

New Site Design!!!
This new site design is apparently in beta. When you first visit LJ you should have a popup giving you the option to either stick with the new design or go back to the old version. There doesn't yet seem to be a way to switch back and forth if you dismiss the popup.

[Switch back to the old design]Okay, right now there's a bit of a display problem. There's supposed to be a button at the top of the new header that looks like a question mark inside a word balloon, like this:

But some people are seeing a blank space instead:

If you see the question mark, click on it. If you don't see that icon, click on the blank space where it should be. This will bring up a pop-up with a link to switch back to the old version:

[Turn on new design]If you've already dismissed the pop-up but have decided to give the new design a try, there is no link or button you can press. Instead, you need to open a Support request and ask to have new design turned on for your account. I suggest using "Turn on new design" for the summary of your request.

1. All the old site schemes (Horizon, Vertigo, Lanzelot, & Lynx) have been replaced with this new design.
2. Homepage remains functionally the same, with the exception of the notification bar, which has been moved to a sidebar on the friends feed.
3. User profiles have been redesigned again. Interests and vgifts have been hidden in separate tabs and user statistics (userpics, photos, comments, etc...) are now along the side.
4. The new friends feed now has a bunch of customizable widgets, including calendar view, My Guests, new comment notifications and upcoming events, etc...
5. There's a new "Magazine" and that's about all I can really make of it.

Until there's an English-language post about these changes, I recommend leaving any feedback on the post linked at the top of this entry. It doesn't matter that it's written in Russian, or that most of the comments are in Russian. At least this way your feedback will be seen by an actual employee of LJ.

Update 5/16: There's now an English-language post here in lj_releases, though comments have been disabled. There's a clearer explanation about some of the changes. Staff have also asked users to submit bug reports, suggestions, or feedback about the redesign by opening a Support ticket. You can do so in the regular way, making sure to select "redesign" as the category, or if you're using the new design you can click on the speech bubble/question mark icon and click on the leave feedback link. It still might not hurt to leave a comment in the announcement post.

God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
01 January 2014 @ 11:30 am
Haven't posted here much in the last year. Partly, my work schedule takes me away from everything more than i care to admit, partly a bit of burn-out, whatever. Gotta admit, though, I miss the old place. So, thinking of opening the windows, airing it out, giving it a bit of a dust, and firing it back up.

Gonna try to make a regular thing of posting. I was never one who was so happy about Facebook and any other 'social media'. I avoided it for a long time until I found it to be the one place I could try and keep up with an old friend who might have been dying. Well, several years later, she's (thankfully!) still alive, but I hang around there because most other people are there, primarily. Still, it's just not for me.

'Social Media'...ha. Used to be that I'd get together with friends and we'd talk, laugh, game, goof around, etc. Now, I see groups of people gathered together to stare at their own smartphones. Not my kind of hang-out. Just a couple nights ago, I took Jessica and her mom out to dinner. As we walked to our table, it seemed that every group I passed had at least half the table playing with phones or tablets. Kids included! It is no surprise to me that children seem to have such low interaction skills and abilities, we aren't teaching them how to act in public, how to speak and converse, or how to deal with the world around them. Sorry, topic swerve, but it was on my mind.

Anyway, FB has it's use, but it's not as good for discussion and pondering. Heya, LJ, I missed you.

Dunno who all is still around here, reading, so gimme a holler.
Current Music: Curve - Ice That Melts The Tips
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
26 December 2012 @ 05:49 pm
I'm a huge fan of Space: 1999, and a big fan of both UFO and Thunderbirds, so it was with a bit of sadness that I learned of Gerry Anderson's death today. He'd suffered form mixed dementia, and was 83, so maybe this was a release. I can't really be sad, as his creations will continue to entertain me.

You'll be remembered, sir.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
28 November 2012 @ 04:25 pm
My phone rang this morning, it was work calling. I picked it up and simply said "I'm not coming in to work today, Jay!" There was a short pause before he replied "I'm not asking you to, just had a question...". I laughed, but I was serious. ;)

Got T'giving dinner, finally, cooked by MIL. Got laundry done. Got supplies at the store. Got to sit my happy ass down on the couch and watch a movie, holy shit. I'd forgotten what it felt like to have a true day off!

House is almost completely unpacked. Slowly but surely looking less like a warehouse and more like a home. Feels good to not have dog mess, dust, and various craperoo everywhere.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
24 November 2012 @ 06:49 am
Be sure to give snobahr some love at the Friday Pix!
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
19 November 2012 @ 01:19 pm
Phone rang early today, 'Twas Kathryn asking for help. Bill and Tina have moved to their new place and got out everything but the (fucking huge) desk, and they need to turn over the keys in an hour. Bill's at work, Tina's useless, could i help? No clue how Bill and I got that desk in there, as it does not fit through the door. Took it apart to make it easier to move, muscled it down a flight of stairs alone, did an amazing job of maneuvering. As i lifted it into the pick-up, I broke part of it. Improved it, IMHO. Ah well, that part wasn't necessary.

Got free breakfast. Ah, greasy/starchy/deliciousness, I miss you.

CostCo run. People in large stores lose their ever-lovin' minds. Plenty of food for the house, though.

More stuff loaded up from the old house, pretty sure that's the last of it. Schlepped 6 loads or so up the stairs to the apartment, and managed to slam my fingers in the door on the last load. Really? Way to go, jackass. Also, part of it was some pots/pans/plates/glasses that Tina donated to us...and they are pretty much awful. Greasy, not well-cleaned, and ugly as home-made sin. Since we bought some really cool plates and glasses for ourselves, think these are just gonna get donated somewhere.

Back hurts, tired, still need to put all this stuff up and get posters up today. J's feeling a bit poorly, sadly. Gotta try and take care of my baby.
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll
15 November 2012 @ 10:26 pm
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I ended up working 7 days in a row. between the work time and the drama and the whatnot, I was wiped the fuck out, no surprise. Only have a little over a day off, and I'm back at it tomorrow. Still, it'll be a short week, what with Thanksgiving and all...and the extra hours last week will offset this short week somewhat.

Finally having a day off, it was time to dive into trying to get the new place in order. I simply haven't had the time or energy to do it, and Jessica's been sick, so the place has looked like a bomb full of boxes went off. I wanted to get posters on the walls, but that was not to be. I did get a lot of books unpacked (thanks go out to Toby and Kristine for the shelves!), laundry done, grocery shopping done, and the house set up a little more. One day, the place might look like we live here, instead of just storing boxes here. ;)

Still haven't called my Mom back. mostly, this is due to just not having much to say and no time or energy to spend on it, but there's a small part that is not calling out of petty spite. Calling me five months after your birthday to try and guilt trip me about not calling you on your birthday when I work 12-hour days pretty much all the time and haven't talked to much of ANYONE is pretty annoying.

Not much else to pass on. A little bird told me that snobahr is going to do a "Friday Pix" post tomorrow, so if you need your fix, bop over there and show her some love. In that same vein, I think I'll start putting the pix I would have done my weekly posts with up on my Tumblr, so feel free to follow it if the mood strikes you.

Well, it's been a long day and I have to go back to work tomorrow. No rest for the wicked!