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Entry #2,500

And suddenly, here it is, my 2,500th LiveJournal entry. I was relatively late coming to LJ. I began an account here April 15th, 2004, intending it only as a mirror for my Blogger account. And that's what it was for a while. But, for one reason or another, I eventually switched over to LJ exclusively. I'm not even going to try to "guesstimate" how many words I've written on LJ over the past six years. An awful lot. And if you go back and add in the Blogger entries, which began on November 24th, 2001...well, it's a lot of words, and spans the better part of my career as a writer. On November 24th, 2011, I'll have been blogging for an entire decade, which seems almost impossible.

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I'm utterly overwhelmed at the response to yesterday's "Spooky Birthday Present Fund" proposal. I'd thought that we might get fifteen donations by late June. As of this morning, we have twenty five. About an hour ago, I took down the PayPal button, and we started turning people away. This means that I'll be producing twenty-five copies of the new poem, instead of fifteen copies. My great thanks to everyone who's taking part in this (including the people we turned away). You guys are unbelievable. While most donors were in the US, we also have people in Canada, England, and Australia. Now, of course, I have to write a very good poem. So, yeah, wow and thank you. We have all your snail-mail addresses, and the signed and numbered copies of the poem will be mailed out late in June.

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Today, I'm going to begin writing "Tempest Witch," my Frazetta tribute, which will be appearing in Sirenia Digest #54 later this month. As soon as this piece is done, and as soon as I've read A House is Not a Home, I'll be beginning work on "The Maltese Unicorn."

I'd like to remind you that, although the limited edition is sold out, there are still copies of the trade hardcover of The Ammonite Violin & Others available from Subterranean Press.

There was a mild seizure yesterday evening, which took me by surprise, as I've not had one in...well, at least a month.

Night before last, we finally saw Werner Herzog's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call: New Orleans. It's a brilliant film, despite having two sets of colons in the title.

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kylecassidy
May. 12th, 2010 03:45 pm (UTC)
LJ's community driven structure really clobbers blogger.com. I've yet to find a better blogging solution. Like minded people find like minded people through communities, or simply stick to their own journal and write. And it makes commenting so much easier.

Congrats on a decade.
greygirlbeast
May. 12th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)

I think, for me, the comments feature was a big part of the conversion.
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greygirlbeast
May. 12th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC)

his is why I deeply empathize with your feelings of the ghost town that LJ seems to have become, of late. The sense of considered, measured reading and engagement seems to have fallen prey to the immediacy and reactionary nature of... everything else...

Agreed.
mb2u
May. 13th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Comments and an ability to control who sees what. Happy 2500 and on to 2501...
mastadge
May. 12th, 2010 04:04 pm (UTC)
The Bad Lieutenant – Port of Call: New Orleans

Problem solved.
greygirlbeast
May. 12th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)

Problem solved.

Ah. I see that's how it's listed at imdb. On Wikipedia, it's listed with two sets of colons. I don't recall what was on the DVD. I'll go with imdb, though.
mastadge
May. 12th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC)
I didn't pull that from IMDB, it's just that double colons irritate me as well. And in the movie's title sequence, there's a colon between Port of Call and New Orleans, and no punctuation between The Bad Lieutenant and Port of Call.
greygirlbeast
May. 12th, 2010 04:18 pm (UTC)

And in the movie's title sequence, there's a colon between Port of Call and New Orleans, and no punctuation between The Bad Lieutenant and Port of Call.

Well, there you go.
chris_walsh
May. 12th, 2010 06:58 pm (UTC)
A friend of mine who reviews movies will, when he thinks a film so titled sucks, will say the "colon" in the title, like "X-Men Origins COLON Wolverine." That said, he LOVED The Bad Lieutenant - Port of Call: New Orleans.
tsarina
May. 12th, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Herzog's The Bad Lieutenant was so fascinating. We saw it in the theater, which ran a hilarious montage of all the crazy, crazy moments in Cage's films.

The community of LJ is really what drew me and kept me all this time.
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greygirlbeast
May. 12th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)

and a crucial part of my thesis would probably have been vastly different (Thomas Khun, in response to Popper's call for falsifiability).

Well, then. Our meeting in person clearly was a good thing.
seph_ski
May. 12th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
I'm a fan of Herzog's work, but I haven't seen that one. I'll have to check it out.

I did recently watch "Incident at Loch Ness" though, and if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. It's a delightful mockumentary.
greygirlbeast
May. 12th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)

I did recently watch "Incident at Loch Ness" though, and if you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. It's a delightful mockumentary.

Yep. Me saw it in the theatre. Loved it.
blakesrealm
May. 12th, 2010 05:58 pm (UTC)
If I could make a suggestion regarding the PS3 you're going to be buying. Sony has released an updated version of their latest slim model, one with a smaller GPU and power supply. It should require 15% (or more) less power.

The model should be trickling out now, and over the next month. Might want to see if you can get that model rather than the leftovers from the last run.

Just a suggestion.

You can tell the difference by the model/SKU number:
Current slim model: CECH-2000A
Newly manufactured slim model: CECH-2100A

Same price, hard drive size, etc.

As far as games go ... I have no idea what the two of you plan to play, in terms of volume, but as was mentioned the games are quite costly these days ($60+ new). If you're so inclined there is a Netflix-like service that is very reliable called gamefly (http://www.gamefly.com).
nullmode
May. 12th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Be careful with Gamefly. They do not provide adequate shipping protection for the discs and if the Post Office kills a game they hold you responsible. They will simply charge your card a generous fee to replace the game. There is really no way to prevent them from doing this. It's why I am no longer a customer.
greygirlbeast
May. 12th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)

Be careful with Gamefly. They do not provide adequate shipping protection for the discs and if the Post Office kills a game they hold you responsible. They will simply charge your card a generous fee to replace the game. There is really no way to prevent them from doing this. It's why I am no longer a customer.

That is utterly appalling.
blakesrealm
May. 12th, 2010 06:54 pm (UTC)
Ack. I never ran into that myself. Ugh sorry to hear about that. :(

When I was a member, I don't play as much on my consoles as I do my PC so I canceled my membership, they mailed the discs out with heavy cardboard sleeves. Seemed like they were pretty solid to me.
humglum
May. 12th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)


Thanks for the info about the PS3. Is that the 120G or 250G? I'm trying to decide between the two right now. The 120G seems to be sold out everywhere online at the moment, but given it's only early May, we should be able to find one by my birthday.

As far as games go, there are a couple of older titles we're looking at. Cait's been wanting to play Heavenly Swords forever, and I'm very interested in Folklore. And there's Final Fantasy XIII... But given that the PS3 has been out for so long, I figure we'll be able to score some good used games relatively cheap.
blakesrealm
May. 12th, 2010 06:52 pm (UTC)
As far as I can tell both models are getting the upgraded chipset. I think those model numbers are for the 120 gig model -- but to be honest I'm not sure if they carry over to the 250 gig model or not.

I think the reason that they're sold out everywhere -- same here in Michigan by the way -- is because of the updated model. They were letting their old slim models sell out before they sent out the new models. I'm sure that they'll be in stock again soon, by the end of the month I imagine at least.
gargirl
May. 12th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh awesome! I am so glad about Spooky's b-day fund/the poem. I guess we all happened to be flush and in the mood for poetry when you needed us to be.
bleedingtom
May. 12th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
ps3
The 250 gb is preferable, but don't look for backwards compatibility. Unless you buy one of the original models, the new ones don't support it.its a shame that sony needs to money grub that badly that they deleted an option, which is why I went to xbox 360. I'm no fan of microsoft, but at least I can pick up older games for cheap and play them.
humglum
May. 12th, 2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
Re: ps3


Not an issue here, as we still have a PS2 that works beautifully.
mb2u
May. 13th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: ps3
My biggest reason for not getting a PS3 is the lack of backwards compatibility. That and the boy who is our major gamer in the house hasn't wanted one. Now, he's making rumblings and then Grand Turismo 5 may actually ship this year...
fusijui
May. 12th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
It's a brilliant film, despite having two sets of colons in the title.

It's only appropriate with two prominent colons in the cast: Cage and Kilmer.

Ba-dum-bum.
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