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    Monday, July 1st, 2030
    2:59 pm
    Future scheduling
    So, this is where I'll be for the next couple of months, just for reference.
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    Current Mood: busy
    Saturday, March 7th, 2009
    6:50 pm
    Facebook- friend or foe
    Facebook is interesting. I was im-ing an FB friend from high school earlier today, discussing the place that it seems to be carving for itself in modern society. In my own case, it has more or less supplanted livejournal for my online social contact system, despite the fact that the venn diagram overlap of contacts is at maybe fifteen percent. Livejournal seems to be mostly people I know from my time in Boston, with a scattering of others, while Facebook is becoming a repository of people I knew in high school and college, again, with a few others thrown in the mix.

    I think it's a way to have a loose contact with people so one can feel in touch with those from the past, or even the present, without the commitment or energy expense of real social contact on a regular basis. I had a chat a few nights ago with a woman I sort of knew in college, and probably communicated more in that message box than we ever did twelve years ago. I also just tracked down a high school girlfriend. It was a strange relationship- three years difference, which is significant at seventeen (she was older, btw), and ended poorly, but we seem to get along well enough now. Life and time are funny things.

    Anyway, so my friend and I today were discussing how Facebook makes one realise the affect one has on other people, without ever realising it. We both have had people make a friend request of us, and had no idea who it was. People I last knew at sixteen, who still remember me. It's odd to think of the fact that I clearly made an impression on someone significant enough that they remember me well enough to bother trying even a tenuous contact after nearly two decades, while I have no recollection whatsoever of them. Creepy. And then there's the flipside. How many lives have I touched badly, through mischance, or immaturity, or casual callousness? How many scars have I left on people who still remember me with anger, or bitterness, or even simple dislike, while I wander through life with no knowledge whatsoever of the damage I've done? I may never have known of it. Humbling thoughts, both the positive and the negative.

    I can't decide whether I ultimately think that Facebook is a good sign or a bad one. One the one hand, it does provide some electronic cohesion and connection with one's society, which is something the digital age has eroded to a great extent. On the other hand, it also makes it much easier to be lazy about one's social interaction, further enabling the dissociation of society. On the gripping hand, at least in my case, I'll be seeing people in Nashville and Memphis that I would never have been able to get in touch with otherwise. In many cases, people I haven't seen, or talked to, or really even thought about in fifteen years, but it will still be good to see old acquaintances, and find out how time has changed everyone else. It's kind of like a "Where are they now?" for real life.
    6:35 pm
    Update from Baltimore
    It's still an odd life, being on tour. I went to a goth night in Baltimore last night. One of my coworkers lives in town, and she talked it up quite a bit. So I walked, about a mile from the hotel, through the somewhat frightening nighttime downtown to a fairly quiet residential neighbourhood that happens to have a small club in the middle of it.

    At first, I wasn't terribly impressed. The dance floor was tiny- maybe twelve by fifteen, and there were fewer than twenty people there. However, I did strike up a conversation with an attractive young lady, who turned out to be quite a bit younger than I thought at first. The fact that her friends all had x's on their hands should have been a clue. But she was entertaining, and cute, and introduced me to a good Tom Waits song I hadn't heard before.

    I also had a good chat with the lady at the door, and her Oregonian DJ husband. I ended up closing out the bar with them, hanging out with the two of them, the other DJ, and the bartender after closing for a while. A decent conversation, a convenient lift back to the hotel, and a new lj friend. So, all in all, time well spent.
    6:11 pm
    Who watches the Watchmen? I do.
    I saw Watchmen yesterday. Overall, I'd have to give it a 90% approval rating. The Comedian and Rorshach were brilliantly cast, though I am a bit unsure about the direction/acting choices made by the actor playing Rorshach at the end. The younger Nite Owl was also pretty well chosen, though I though he could have had a little more personality. The younger Silk Spectre was only alright, but her character was never particularly well imbued. I'm not at all sure about Osterman. It's a difficult role to get inside- trying to balance some sort of humanity (perhaps) with his obvious psychological distance, his cosmic perspective, and his existential imprisonment. I don't think I liked this interpretation overmuch, but I didn't dislike it, either, and I doubt I would have appreciated any other interpretation any better. The one character choice I disapproved of to a great extent was that of Veidt. He wasn't the powerful personality he needed to be, and came off as strangely effeminate.

    A lot of connective detail was left out of course, which makes sense as the kinetic medium does a lot of that work automatically, but it took some of the metaphorical undercurrents with it, unfortunately. The nietzschean references particularly were lacking, which is a fundamental theme of the entire work, but the action of the movie served reasonably well to imply them, even if I would have liked some sort of mechanism like the pirate comic to underscore it.

    I did like how much of what was left out was implied in the imagery and subtext, and the amount of information that was conveyed in the beginning flashback montage was quite impressive. I think most of it would be missed by someone who hadn't read the book, but for those of us that have, it was nice to see, even though it kept me wanting more. I was disappointed that they put in the New Frontiersman and the newsstand for a total of two minutes of screen time each. My feeling is, leave them in in their entirety for the full impact they provide, structurally, or cut them entirely. The key role that the New Frontiersman plays in the plot could have been handled in some other way without throwing in just a scrap of a much more significant piece of the source material.

    They changed the maguffin in an interesting way, that I think actually makes more sense in terms of the Watchmen world. It's certainly more believable than the original was, both in scope and in context of the rest of the work. However, the end result was much less satisfying and less believable than in the book. I'm not sure why that is, but it seemed a directorial lack, more than anything else.

    It clocks in at two hours and forty minutes, and in the final analysis, I can't wait for the director's cut, which I hope adds at least an hour.
    Friday, February 20th, 2009
    4:09 pm
    What happens in Reno...
    Cover charge for The Wild Orchid: $25
    Drinks: $8 each
    Lap Dances: $20 each
    Tips for the one on mainstage at any given time: $1-$3

    Walking back to the hotel while txting not one, but two of the evening's dancers:

    Priceless
    Thursday, February 12th, 2009
    12:09 am
    Happy Birthday trista!!!
    Friday, February 6th, 2009
    12:04 am
    I love goth clubs. Even in Ohio. A random drunk chick with a husband, a girlfriend, and four kids, made out with me, and a chatted up a belly dancing amazon.

    Hoo hah.
    Thursday, February 5th, 2009
    6:17 pm
    Last week, I saw the ever lovely fanw in Cleveland, which was pretty much the only good thing about being in Cleveland for me. The crew was awful, the venue wasn't great, and the goth night was kind of lame.

    However, we went to dinner, had some beers, played some pool, went salsa dancing, and had a conversation involving cadavers, neutrino oscillation, and Arisia.

    I really miss awesome conversations like that.
    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
    1:38 pm
    Happy Birthday thewinterfox!
    Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
    8:39 pm
    Best homecoming evar!
    It's so good to be back in Portland again. I love my girlfriend. And tonight, I'll get to see my kitty again!

    Too bad there's so much other stuff to do as well.
    Saturday, November 15th, 2008
    11:33 am
    80's/goth night in Houston last night. Very fun. The funny boobalicious bartender Bobbi-Jo made the night worthwhile. Also some good dancing, a great mix, and got hit on by a very sweet and elegantly dressed woman. Still, I have my 'never date someone who picks you up at a goth club' credo. Also, there was no reciprocation on my part, which is far too often the case in such situations. And there's not a whole lot of point in such a short term liason. I leave Houston in two days, and am pretty much working the whole time until then.

    And then to St. Louis, where I'll be meeting up both with trista and a high school friend of mine. Excellent.

    Finally, home again, just in time for Thanksgiving. I miss Portland. I miss my bar, and my apartment, and my cat, and my girlfriend. I am tired of the travel.
    Friday, November 14th, 2008
    6:41 pm
    Kool-Aid is tasty!
    I got a dozen pings today from Facebook. I'd been meaning to check it out for a while, but that seemed kind of ridiculous. It's... interesting. I found some people I haven't encountered in years, and have been looking for. I also found people I haven't encountered in years and really have not been looking for.
    I was unfortunately unable to find a couple of people I have been trying to find for a long time.

    Ah, well.

    Other than that, I'm in Houston, not doing much other than work and catching up on t.v. I had a good time in Ft. Worth for a couple of days. Hade a pseudo date with an exceedingly mature and attractive 20 year old. Yes, folks, I've still got it. Went to a hookah bar for the first time, which was quite nifty. Very mellow buzz. Interesting story for this chick. Born with Lyme's disease, misdiagnosed for years, contracted encephalitis as a child, takes care of her mother who was greatly impaired by the illness, a father who's in New York working as an art handler for most of the year. Quite cool. So very much wanted things. Got a lovely kiss out of it, which was fantastic.

    Then Minneapolis before that, for an unseasonably warm week in late October. Much time spent with trista, which is a good thing. Halloween was quite the wild time in downtown Minnie, made more so with the (comparative) warmth. We spent most of the night just wandering the streets, people watching.

    Previously, I was in Austin for a wedding and to see friends. I did not, in fact, jump out of a perfectly good plane, unfortunately. That whole plan fell through due to a series of complicated events.

    Still, it was a lovely wedding. I just wish I didn't have this thing about wedding gowns. I nearly suppressed all reaction, until the end, when I got muchly distracted. It was a combination unitarian/catholic wedding, which was interesting in and of itself, with a little mingled sand ritual which I found fascinating. During it, I though about the logistics of a poly wedding. Four wouldn't be terribly difficult, especially if it were fully integrated. Three, however, that one's tough, whether it's a triangle or a vee. Any thoughts on that, friendbots?

    I met a bunch of vets, being that most of the bride and groom's friends after high school were made at school. Many conversations about repro work and palpation in large animals. Most of them were gross. At least two of them were interested in me. Neither were inclouded in the group of women I was interested in, but c'est la vie. It was still a wonderful time seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and flirting with them.

    Before that, it gets hazy. Oh, yes- in Seattle with the show, hanging out with randomphoenix, which was fantastic both because of and in spite of the romantic/sexual tension there. Kind of delicious, that point in the relationship, don't you think? And there's every indication that there won't be any kind of a resolution in the near future. I also met cerafaery for the first time, after hearing about her for ages. She was as interesting and nifty as I had been led to believe. I did, however, get the vague impression that she disapproved of me somehow. Not sure if that's true at all, or why it would be the case, but there you go.

    Anyway, that's a precis of the past month. Oh, and also, yay Obama!
    Tuesday, October 21st, 2008
    7:29 am
    Way too much
    I've been too busy to blog about all the things I've been doing that I want to blog about. Yesterday, I left Seattle. Today I leave Butte, MT. Tomorrow I go to the Minneapolis airport and fly to Austin. The next day I jump out of a perfectly good plane. Then, perhaps, the Cruxshadows (again!). Finally, the wedding. After that, I can rest. Hopefully that's when I'll be able to tell you all about my recent exploits, including a pre-birthday celebration, Ft. Worth, the PDX hiatus week, and Seattle. And, of course, compelling ladies.

    In other news, I now have to dig the truck out from under some snow and drive for a while.
    Saturday, September 13th, 2008
    11:50 am
    Success!
    So, I will be staying in Eugene with the lovely ninjakitten on Monday. I should be getting in around 7, which leaves plenty of time to meet with you previously occupied folx after 9-ish. Now the only question is- where?

    That, I leave up to you, gentle Eugenies.
    Thursday, September 11th, 2008
    4:29 am
    I'm a gonna be in San Fran this weekend. I expect to arrive sometime Friday afternoon/evening, and leave probably Monday morning.

    On the way back, I'm hoping to stay with some friends in Eugene. You know who you are, though I haven't actually emailed you yet. It's been a little last minute.

    Anyway, for those of you in San Fran, I have no hard plans as of yet, so let me know what your availability is, and I'll figure out how to see you.

    If there are any surprise people in San Fran (those who haven't gotten an email from me) let me know, and I'll put you in my plans as well.

    Should be a fun weekend.
    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008
    1:08 am
    I miss my kitty.

    Current Mood: sad
    Thursday, July 17th, 2008
    8:15 pm
    Lonestar
    I'm just outside of Dallas for thenext week, I don't ahve a computer, so I'm limited to the hotel's internet kiosk. I will be not terribly communicado this week.

    As opposed to the past couple of weeks, of course.
    Monday, July 7th, 2008
    5:56 pm
    In Seattle for the next couple of days. It's pretty cool, at least the Capitol Hill area. It's kind of like a cross between the Mission in San Fran, and the East Village in Manhattan.

    But it's no Portland.

    I realised a couple of days ago that I'm going to be out of town for most of the next month.

    Seattle today and tomorrow, return Wed. morning. Work Wed night, drive to Bend for work Thurs, return Fri morning. Sat night, a friend comes into town fro a week. Sun night, I leave for Florida and drive to Texas to install a show. I return around the 23rd, and leave again on the 1st for Louisville to strike a show. I then drive it to Minneapolis to store the set, and send a little time with trista. I should return on the 11th, though I just found out a friend from Boston will be in PDX on the 8th for a couple of days. It would be nice to catch up with her, without having to travel to LA where she'll be for the next 6 months. Tough choice.
    Friday, July 4th, 2008
    1:56 pm
    Happy 4th of July, everybody!
    Saturday, June 28th, 2008
    1:02 pm
    And, Happy Birthday aerynne!
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