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November 3rd, 2013
12:38 pm

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election endorsements 2013
My election endorsements for 2013 (Oxford, OH):
Oxford City Council: Robert Blackburn, Kevin McKeehan, Michael Smith, Edna Carter Southard
Oxford Twp Trustee: Cal Conrad, Larry A. Frimerman
Talawanda Bd. of Education: Mary Jane Roberts, Lois Vollmer
Issue 2: Yes
The only actual decisions we have to make this year are the township trustees and Issue 2. I am open to other opinions on both of those.

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October 17th, 2013
10:59 pm

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On my grandmother's passing
My grandmother, Shirley English, died in her sleep at home two weeks ago at the age of 92. She was my mother's mother, and experienced a rich and varied life, which she lived on her own terms. Rest in peace, Grandma. I miss you.

(Her obituary can be found here:
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/toledoblade/obituary.aspx?pid=167500354 )

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September 29th, 2013
02:26 pm

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Witch test
If I'd lived in 16th or 17th century England, I would have been highly likely to be accused of witchcraft, according to this test:

http://www.historyextra.com/witchtest

That doesn't really surprise me.

Current Music: "Burning Times"
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August 29th, 2013
08:59 pm

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Victorian garb
So several months ago I was invited to a wedding which will take place the weekend after labor day. I rsvp'd in time, and didn't think more about it, until last week. When I turned the invitation over, I noticed that it's a Victorian themed wedding. Does anyone have ideas on where to go for a Victorian costume in SW Ohio?

Note to self: always read the whole invitation when you receive it.

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July 20th, 2013
06:32 pm

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Alternative approaches to calendars
Merlin Stone issued an intriguing proposition. Our current dating system is based on the Christian religion (B.C./A.D.). This shapes the way we view history. For me, everything that happened B.C. is a sort of timeless jumble, and it's difficult to wrap my head around the chronology. Conversely, I tend to see A.D. as the start of the modern era. And yet there are other ways of looking at history. Stone proposed that we use a dating system based on the start of agriculture 10,000 years ago. Before the Development of Agriculture (B.D.A.)/ After the Development of Agriculture (A.D.A.) And so I've been playing around with this. While I think it would also make sense to use the start of writing as a dating point, I decided to stick with Stone's concept. And so here for your perusal is a very brief chronology of history, based on the development of agriculture:
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It goes without saying that this is hardly an exhaustive history of the world.

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June 2nd, 2013
09:30 pm

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My grandmother
I'd planned to see my grandmother in Toledo on Mother's Day, but came down with a virus and thought it best to stay away and not infect her. And so this weekend I went to her home for a make-up Mother's Day visit. I'm glad I did. My 91-year-old grandmother is weaker and less coherent than when I saw her last. She slept most of the day. But we did get a nice conversation in. When I left, after hugging her good-bye, I turned to go out the door and then felt the need to turn around to kiss her.

I got home tonight around 8, and when I called my mom she told me an ambulance had been called for my grandmother, who might be having a heart attack. If she makes it through the night, she'll go into hospice tomorrow.

Grandma has lived an incredibly rich and adventurous life and leaves behind many descendents. Facing her mortality still hurts.

EDIT My grandmother is now in hospice.

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May 6th, 2013
05:19 pm

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Anti-semitism
In response to Israeli forces bombing Syria, someone in a Facebook post said, "That Holocaust they've been lying about for 68 years? It's about to get real, real soon." Here is my response:
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April 25th, 2013
04:37 pm

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D&D quiz
Wizard and Good are solid, but I tied between human and half-elf, and nearly tied between lawful and chaotic, which should make me neutral.

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Wizard (5th Level)


Ability Scores:

Strength-9

Dexterity-10

Constitution-9

Intelligence-17

Wisdom-15

Charisma-13


Alignment:
Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment when it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.


Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.


Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.


Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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April 1st, 2013
12:39 am

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Breaking Dr. Who news!
The next Doctor will be played by a woman! It's finally happening.

However, Rosanne Barr is simply the wrong choice. I'm afraid it will kill the franchise.

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March 7th, 2013
11:22 pm

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Convention plans
I will be on the following panels at Millenicon:
1)Do we have the "dream"? A panel about race and the science fiction community.
2) Irish Tales of Wonder and Enchantment I'll be telling Irish stories on St. Patrick's Day.
3) Once Upon a Time: What happens next?

and at Marcon:

1) Once Upon A Time: Evil Isn't Born It's Made
2)TV Tropes Ruined My Life
3)The Sympathetic Villain
4) Latin American Fantasy and Science Fiction A presentation by yours truly.
5) FanGeek heroes unite!

Millenicon and Marcon are two weeks apart this year, separated by my local SCA group's annual event. Busy March. I'll be glad when Marcon returns to May next year.

Current Mood: busy
Current Music: theme to "Dog and Oven."
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