I’m having a very good day, which I did not expect this morning, so I’m responding to

People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

Tag eight people. Don’t tag who tagged you.

1. Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up:
– books, usually poetry these days as I seem to only read novels in eBook format these days
– a stationary bike that glares at me waiting for some, any, use to break its ennui
– white, white, and more white…
– a variety of things that are not white sitting on a table waiting for me to put up on the wall
– usually the face of a cat wanting attention

2. How do you style your hair?
Yeah, I spend hours each day “styling” my hair.

3. What are you wearing now?
Jeans and a sweat shirt.

4. If you could spend an hour with any one person of your choice (be they dead or alive) who would it be?
The writer of Beowulf

5. Do you nap a lot?
I can’t sleep a full night for whatever reason anymore, so virtually every day

6. Who was the last person you hugged?
Hmmm…. been a bit, Derdriu perhaps?

7. What’s your current fandom/obsession/addiction?
The SCA keeps me wanting to go back. When I lose some passion for one or another aspect, a new aspect always pops up that renews my energy. What I have never lost a passion for, and cannot imagine ever losing, is the joy of knowing the friends I have make there.

8. What was the last thing you ate today?
Flat Branch nachos.

9. What was the last text message you received?
Life is Bleah….

10. What websites do you always visit when you go online?
LiveJournal, Facebook, Pandora, my Blogs (especially Blogging the Boys, Baseball Prospectus, Global Futbol, Michael Yon, Gay Patriot, SCAToday, Neo-neocon, and Minor League Ball.

11. What was the last thing you bought?
Besides lunch? Hmmm…. an automatic cat box off of Craig’s List

What are you listening to right now?
My Paddy Rock station on Pandora, currently Ballad of the Graywood Hotel by Hazy Looper

What do you think about before you go to bed at night?
What I want to get done tomorrow, and my general hopes and dreams

14. What is your favourite food?
Ask me when I’m hungry and I’ll tell you what I want at that moment.

15. What is your favorite weather, and why?
Fall – I love the warm sun with the contrast of the cool air, the bouquet of color, the smell of leaves and the sound they make under horses hooves. (fineum said it better than I could)

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
Anglo-Saxon lyre

17. How are you?
2009 has generally been sucky, but today has been very good.

18. If you could make a movie, what genre would it be?
Probably science fiction.

19. Say something about the person who tagged you:
One of the strongest souls I have ever met.

20. What was the weirdest dream you’ve had recently?.
Something about defending a line of battle with a friend from high school… who I have no reason to attach to any military thought.

Tagging: bernina2000de, cantigajoy, elasait, liamstliam, okobojii, mahault, evil_fionn, trimguy

The Oscars

OK, for the first time in probably 20 years I watched the Oscars. I got free beef stroganoff so it wasn’t a bad trade.

Who knew Hugh Jackman was that talented? I certainly didn’t. I was, however, disappointed that at no point adamantine claws didn’t just shoot out of his tux.

The people who made Slumdog Millionaire were so enthusiastic and happy and it was very fun to hear their speeches. Good for them.

I thought Kate Winslet’s speech was great as well, because again you had someone who appreciated the honor.

I enjoyed the commentary about the actors instead of the film clips for the best performers.

It’s too bad the jokes are so stilted, though, and the only performer that I thought was really funny was Steve Martin. Tina Fey did OK opposite him, but the timing of everyone else was just wretched.

In fact, the funniest line from the night was the Japanese guy who won some tech category saying: “Domo arigato Mr. Roboto.”

Still, it was an enjoyable time because of the excitement of so many recipients.

Unfortunately a person had to bring it down, and that person was Sean Penn. He and I are actually on the same side of the gay marriage issue. Legally, I think gay marriage being illegal is unconstitutional based on the 14th Amendment. Ethically, I think that being faithful and honest in the relationship is far more important than the genders involved. It’s not like heterosexual couples have all that great a track record staying together right now, as my divorce among millions proves.

But Sean Penn’s a jerk. First of all, I have always hated it when actors use the Oscars as a forum for their political views. Second, he could quite easily have stated his position in a positive manner: “I was pleased to have the opportunity to portray a famous gay leader who did so much for his community. I hope that my portrayal can help more people support gay rights issues like gay marriage.” Instead, he gave an ad hominem attack on those against gay marriage. This doesn’t help. I can definitely say that if you argue with me about my position, and you lay out coherent reasons, I can indeed be convinced. You tell me that I’m going to be ashamed and that my grandchildren will be ashamed of me I’m going to tell you to go to hell.

So, even though I agree with him on this one issue, Sean Penn, please shut up. Your speech left a bad taste after what had been a joyful and happy evening.

My Turn

-Describe me in one word- just one single word. Positive or negative.

-Leave your word in a comment, before looking at what words others have used.

-Copy and paste the meme to your journal to find out how people describe you when limited to one word.

Super Bowl

Well, the dishes are in the dishwasher washing, the trash is in the bag, and on Tuesday my trash men are going to grumble about how many bags I put out at the curb.

My 4th Super Bowl party at my house was another success. People ate wayyyy too much (including me) and yet there are more leftovers than I could eat. I sent one set of lasagna home with a friend, and foisted a bunch of junk food on one of my friend’s students.

And yet, I’m a wee bit grumpy. This is two Super Bowls in the last three years that have included the Steelers, which in and of itself is not an issue. What is an issue is that this is two Super Bowls in the last three years where the Steelers won and were egregiously assisted by questionable refereeing decisions. Any of three clearly illegal blocks on the interception return prior to the half should have been called. One that really irritated me was the face mask called on the Cardinals defensive back when the Steelers receiver was doing the same thing at the same time… especially since the NFL made this a priority to call because they didn’t like the way Cowboys RB Marion Barber was running.

Sigh…. I hate it when the referees influence a game, and they essentially owned the third quarter. I have to compliment the Cardinals for their resiliency and their mental toughness when it seemed like every time they made a good play, the referees called a penalty.

Sadly, this would have been a great game, but for the referees. I don’t know that the Cardinals would have won if the referees hadn’t helped the Steelers, only that it’s a shame that they were so prominent in a game that had a chance to be a classic, and now will just go down as a good Super Bowl, just as the Steelers-Seahawks game is essentially forgotten.

Nevertheless, it was a great party. I have tons of jelly beans (black licorice and yellow banana and red cherry and white coconut) to take to Estrella. Before Estrella, I don’t have to cook given that I have lasagna, and olives, and cheese, and…

Anyone want to help me eat leftovers? 😉


Today everyone seems full of hope. I am full of hope too.

I am full of hope that, as my friend Delric predicts, that Obama will feel himself compelled to be a centrist president and mitigate the far liberal and socialist viewpoints that his voting record suggests he espouses.

I am full of hope that the things that he will be most liberal on are the things that most of America, I think, wants or at least wants to stop discussing. Things like same-sex marriage and other personal freedoms.

I am full of hope that he will recognize that he is in a long-term war, a war not started by the United States, but by an ideology that has long recognized that freedom of speech, freedom of religion, equality between the sexes, human rights, and democracy prevent that ideology from achieving its goals. That ideology is fundamentalism, whether it’s Christian or Muslim or pseudo-scientific theories that have reached such ideological status despite the lack of or the twisting of the actual evidence.

I am full of hope that Obama will handle the challenges of inimical foreign powers well, challenges that even Biden explicitly said will begin happening within six months of Obama’s inauguration, unlike the person that Obama is most often compared to, Kennedy.

I am full of hope that Obama will emulate one of Kennedy’s best decisions, a strong commitment to space exploration.

I am full of hope that Obama will realize that there are no easy answers when it comes to producing energy and that our entire civilization is dependent upon reliable energy. I further hope that he will recognize that current plans for clean, renewable energy, which we all want more of, often have serious and major unintended consequences and find new ways around those problems.

I am full of hope that my Democratic friends, who are good people and generally centrist, will not find their find their vision corrupted by a person whose track record seems radically different from theirs, despite both being called Democrats.

I am full of hope that Obama fulfills all of his campaign promises, even if they do not always fit the traditional liberal viewpoint, such as his vow to protect the Second Amendment.

I am full of hope that I was wrong and that history will prove me as being wrong.

I am full of hope that the hope wafting in the air will bring good things.

I am full of hope that Obama will be remembered in America as a great President and I will work to help as best I can.

Today, I am full of hope, because hope is all Obama has ever shown me.

Such Friends

So Eddie and Mia are flying back to England tonight from the Vikings event here. As we left lunch and hugged each other Eddie said something about how this was the hardest part of any trip, the saying goodbye.

I started thinking about the truth of that statement. Then I thought about the greatness of life to have the opportunity to have those sad moments, for without the great friendships there is no sorrow at parting.

So for all those people who I have hugged at the ends of Pennsic, Estrellas, and Gulfs. For all those people that I have spent hours saying goodbyes and hugging at smaller events, or at conferences or wherever, I have but to turn to Yeats for something to say to you all:

“Think where man’s glory most begins and ends,
And say my glory was I had such friends.”

I usually don’t like posting political stuff here…

But this is pretty important in my opinion:

What Orson Scott Card, a Democrat, says here has been one of my greatest frustrations with the 2008 election process.

I have no problem with people voting whichever position they choose in an election, that’s their right as an American. What I do have a problem with is the current process of disseminating information to allow people to make an informed choice. Right now, I see that it’s a GIGO process.

Opinions and fiction of person misplaced in time.