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More Babylon 5 in the future?
No more online music
MN decides not to enshrine discrimination
Living in the right place
Perceptions of color
Changing the world?
Another random bit of fiction
Yes, let's drug our kids
Minnesota really is a haven for comic books



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 Wednesday, 26 July 2006
Wednesday, 26 July 2006 11:23:47 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

Apparently there's the possibility of new Babylon 5 in the future - how cool is that!?!

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 Monday, 24 July 2006
Monday, 24 July 2006 11:10:48 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
OK, I think I've had it.

A couple years ago I bought an album and a couple other songs through Best Buy's web site - from a service called Liquid Audio. A few weeks later, my license files quit working, and Liquid Audio was entirely unhelpful - unsympathetic even! I believe they've gone out of business though, so they got what they deserved.

About a year ago I bought some songs from the new Napster. A few weeks later I had a hard drive crash and lost my license files. Fortunately Napster was more helpful and I was able to get my license files restored (though I think it used up the second of my 3 machine licenses).

But today my Napster licenses are just gone. No system changes, nothing. They just quit working. And yes, I'm sure Napster's helpful service people can get them back for me, but that is no longer the point. The idea of downloading music and more importantly dealing with the DRM is unacceptable.

All I want to do is listen to music I purchased, and I can't do it. That sucks. And spending time calling around or emailing to get support to be able to use my own damn property isn't acceptable at all.

So I'm done buying music online. It will be a lot cheaper for me to just go buy the CDs at a store and rip them, and then never worry about this shit again. If I figure it based on my hourly billing rate it is a LOT cheaper to just avoid the DRM.

And when the CD's are DRM protected? Well then I guess I'm done with commercial music. Most of it sucks anyway, and if I can't listen to it on my PC while working then it has no value anyway, so it just doesn't matter.

Yes RIAA, you can protect your precious resource. But in the end you may be your only market, because the rest of us are getting fed up with all the bullshit...

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 Tuesday, 18 July 2006
Tuesday, 18 July 2006 14:34:07 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
The Minnesota House of Representatives rejects gay marriage amendment.
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Tuesday, 18 July 2006 11:03:22 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Eden Prairie is one of the top 10 small cities in the US. Yet I often yearn for something I left behind years ago...
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 Wednesday, 12 July 2006
Wednesday, 12 July 2006 08:53:36 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

The following is a list of colors and common related perceptions. This comes from an article about the color that is most sexually attractive, which is relatively immaterial. What is more interesting to me is that these common perceptions are useful from a literary or gaming perspective - this list makes an excellent guide in terms of picking the right color(s) to set a certain mood or expectation in your reader or the player of your role-playing game.

Black: Sophistication, elegance, seduction, mystery, sex, banishment, binding, protection, evil
Blue: Trust, reliability, belonging, coolness, tranquility, peace, calm, wisdom, justice, depression, understanding, patience, loyalty, sincerity, honour
Brown: Earthy, conservative, protective, constructive, hard-working, solid
Copper/Bronze: Love, passion, friendship, sex
Gold: Prestige, expensive, elite, authority
Green: Nature, fresh, cool, growth, abundance, rejuvenation, recovery, healing, harmony, balance, peace, hope, jealousy, envy
Grey: Neutrality, staleness, depression
Magenta: power, magnetism, spiritual power
Orange: Playfulness, warmth, vibrant, encouragement, luck, kindness, stimulation, optimism, abundance, success, independence, sensual
Pink: Soft, sweet, nurturance, security, tenderness, peace
Purple: Royal, spirituality, dignity, divination, inspiration, meditation, compassion
Red: Passion, energy, excitement, danger, speed, impulsive action, stimulation, assertiveness, aggression, strength, sex, revolt, war
Silver: Prestige, cold, scientific, stability
Turquoise: Intuitive, insightful, inventive, original, renewal, change
White: Pure, virginal, clean, youthful, mild, peace, truthfulness, enlightenment
Yellow: Warmth, cheer, happiness, vitality, change, progress, clarity, communicativeness, affirmation.

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 Sunday, 25 June 2006
Sunday, 25 June 2006 16:49:11 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
While the rich live a different life from the rest of us, it seems that at least some of them do live in the same world.
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 Monday, 19 June 2006
Monday, 19 June 2006 17:21:55 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
A random bit of fiction set in my Helicon V universe
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 Friday, 09 June 2006
Friday, 09 June 2006 22:06:09 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )
Having successfully resisted the concerted efforts of the schools to drug my kids over the past several years, it is not a surprise to me that the number of kids on drugs has increased more than fivefold since 1993...
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 Thursday, 08 June 2006
Thursday, 08 June 2006 13:06:38 (Central Standard Time, UTC-06:00) ( )

...and related things - including superheroes!! Makes me glad I live in MN :)

Seriously, I am a comic collector, and Minnesota really is full of comic authors and artists. But who knew we had actual spandex-clad heroes?

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