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Traveler Farlander
14 June 2011 @ 05:25 pm
Pretentious whining no one wants to read.Collapse )
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Traveler Farlander
12 May 2011 @ 06:42 pm
 I want to describe something for you, two options in a choice available to you, right now.

Say that you have two people standing in front of you. You can ask one of the two to help you out in life. Either one can offer you help getting through, understanding the world in which you find yourself. Their methods differ, as do their messages, but in the end, you're here for the same thing from whichever of the two you choose: help with life.

On your right is a success story who tells you that if you do everything he says, without question, you will reap serious rewards for your obedience. He has standards of behavior that you might consider extraordinary, harsh penalties for failure to live up to those standards, but he also is very quick to forgive you for your failures as long as you ask him nicely and really really MEAN IT. He wants you to consider him a father figure, and he expects nothing less than your total attention, every single day. If you do just exactly what he says and thank him for the privilege, you are promised rewards beyond your dreams. If you fail him, you will suffer like you cannot even imagine for your betrayl, which he will see your failure to be. You cannot question him because he's always right; he's known to be right at all times because he says he is, and you aren't allowed to question that, either. There are plenty of testimonials to his ability to help you get by in life, no doubt. Lot of stories told on his behalf will tell you how he is passing out rewards in the here and now, all in addition to the big payoff at the end. None of the stories are clear on the causality; they never involve him simply handing you success. They're more along the lines of how he must have influenced things, leaned on the right levers to make things go your way. Still, he is happy to take credit for his actions. He has lots of rules, plenty of those, and if you do manage to follow them all, you'd probably be fine, though it helps if everyone else follows those rules the same way you do. If others aren't following those rules, then it must be due to ignorance; your job is to tell them how to obey him, and how to do it right. There's a lot of wiggle room on how to take what he said and apply it in life, and since you can't question him, you can't really get any direct clarifications on interpretations, either.

On your left, by comparison, is a guy who offers advice. He doesn't want obedience from you. He doesn't really want anything from you, other than some time and that you listen. He doesn't want to do things for you, he isn't interested in forgiveness, and he won't hand you a lollipop if you're good. He also doesn't get mad at you, doesn't punish you for being who you are, and hates to see you bend your knee to anyone out of fear. He'll be with you if you ask for help, he'll always be there when you need, but his goal is get you in a position to not need him. He likes smart people because they're interesting, and the best way to help someone become more interesting is to help them get smarter. He isn't here for fame, he isn't here for glory. He doesn't need your validation; he absolutely treasures your conversation. He's selfish, in a sense; he wants you to be better because it improves his life if you are. He can show you the truth of things, and he often does whether you want to see it or not. If you're weak, he can help you become strong, but he will NOT do it for you. Most of all, though, he wants you to simply live. Don't hurt anyone else, because that doesn't make anything better. Help others if they ask you for help, and if you're able. If you can't do that, just leave each other alone. It's a hard life, and the worst thing we can do is make it harder on somebody else. Leave each other be... but never think that you're alone, if you don't want to be. Life is hard enough without having to face it alone.

Two choices. Two stories. Your choice.
 
 
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Traveler Farlander
21 December 2010 @ 12:42 am
Tonight, for the first time since 1638, Luna's light will vanish on the Long Night. This is my only Yuletide tradition, but it is particularly apt tonight. I'll be asleep for most of the event, sadly.

My Lady:

In this, the time of the deepest darkness of the year, you await the birth of Your holy Son, the child of the Consort, the new Sun King. The warmth of Your Lord has passed, the harvest taken, His body cut down, His face but a memory. In this time, many fall to despair. There is fear in the dark, and in being alone.

You are not alone. You have never been alone. You will never be alone.

We are with You.

We stand with You in the darkness as we have stood with You in the light. In the Spring, we rejoiced with You in the sacred marrige with the Consort. In the Summer, we celebrated the life all around us and the glory of Your King in His prime. In the Autumn, we mourned with You as He fell, and gave thanks to Him for His sacrifice that we all might live. Now in the Winter, we remain with You. We are here to nuture the life within You. We stand by Your side, holding the light for You and Your Son. We stand watch over You in the darkness til the return of the light. We hold the light for the Sun King. His light will never fade, His fire will never die. As You have stood for us, so we stand for You. Your enemies circle and wait their moment to strike, but You need never fear. No matter how they turn their hands against You, we will always be there, Your sword and shield. None shall pass.

We are with You.

We are Your family, Lady. We have been here with you for as long as we can remember. When you were the young Maiden, we were there. In the heart of Your joy as the Mother, we are here. When the Wheel turns and you are the Elder, we will remain and tend Your fires. When the time comes for us to stand and walk forth into the darkness, we will walk together. We know You are with us, just as we remain with You in this, Your dark part of the year.

We are with You.

So mote it be.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: quiet
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Traveler Farlander
20 November 2010 @ 09:19 pm
When I read, I sometimes note that I have taken on characteristics of the work. I see things from the perspective of the main character. I consider events in the frame of reference of mathematics, physics, social theory, history, or whatever subject about which I've been reading. For a time after I read, I amI enjoy conversation, don't misunderstand, but a spoken word wouldn't cut it. I am enriched by dialogue, but I am enlarged by prose. shaped by the material, powerfully turned by it.

I feel at times that something in me awaits the right text, the key phrase to open up something locked away, hidden from my conscious mind. Pardon the computer parlance, but it is as though I'm sitting at the password prompt to an su - command. Enter the password, and I will gain access to the root filesystem of... who knows? Myself? Insight into humankind? The world? Reality itself, muah ha ha?

I wonder if my text has been written. If it exists at all.
 
 
Traveler Farlander
11 October 2010 @ 10:03 pm
So okay, I think I've done this before, but I'll do it again just in case I missed anything.

I'm not a Kinsey 1, but I'm closer on that end of the scale than I am to the 6 end. I'm polyamorous, actively so due to two of the world's finest women letting me be so. I'm of the opinion that who you love or what you want out of life is no one's business but yours and whomever you choose to let be part of it. If you want to marry, do so with whomever you choose, but that's what works for me. If you want to have a kid and you have the resources to care for it, do so; I don't want to have kids, so I avoid it, but that's what works for me. I'm pagan, solitary in practice but spiritually connected to my chosen family, but that's what works for me. I'm a gamer, a cynic, and sometimes more anti-social than I really wish I was.

Whatever works is the primary tenet of my life; Just Live is the most wisdom I can offer.
 
 
Traveler Farlander
30 September 2010 @ 03:50 pm
 Hey, my fellow techheads in the Dallas-Ft. Worth commuting area of north Texas. Want a job? Know anything at all about VMware? Customer service skills up to snuff to handle a fast-paced tier 1 service desk environment? We're looking. Got two Cloud computing tier 1 support positions to fill at one of the industry leaders in the cloud pool sector. Message me, I want the headhunter/referral bonus. ;)
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Traveler Farlander
06 August 2010 @ 10:19 am
Happy birthday to pfc_rat
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Traveler Farlander
06 August 2010 @ 10:18 am
Happy birthday to my beloved valkyrwench! Love you. 
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Traveler Farlander
None of you probably remember this post from a while back, where I posted a prelude to yet another writing project. I get an idea, I write part of it down, and I swear to myself that I'll come back to it. Invariably, I don't, and lose track of the whole idea. This one, however, stays with me, so I've finally gotten down a first actual chapter, wherein we meet the protagonist. C&C welcome, and especially let me know if this is a good hook line:

"As soon as her alarm clock went off, Jenn knew this was going to be the worst day of her life." More?Collapse )
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Traveler Farlander
16 June 2010 @ 08:40 pm
 ganked from seawasp via gridlore 

"I think it's inevitable that as we read each other's journals we create mental pictures of each other. Post this on your own journal to find out who your friends see when they read about your life.

"Two Rules:
1) The person must be in the movies or on TV (but doesn't have to be an actor/actress). The person can be specific to a role or character or just the person.
2) Post a picture.
2a) Repost to your own journal."
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Traveler Farlander
26 February 2010 @ 08:58 pm
Happy birthday (a few days early) to denali1 . Have a good one, my dear brother Numsi!
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Traveler Farlander
14 February 2010 @ 10:27 am
Happy Valentine's Day to my dear darling wife, valkyrwench. I love you.

Happy Valentine's Day to the dear OSO, whose name I still cannot mention in public. I love you.
 
 
Traveler Farlander
09 February 2010 @ 11:28 pm
In response to this blog post, well, let's just say that a couple of people feel that this person isn't quite in touch with the reality under which the majority of people live in this country. Consider this my annotated response to her list of suggestions for architects who have received the "gift" of a pink slip.
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Traveler Farlander
02 February 2010 @ 02:07 pm
I've been asked if I know anyone who is up-to-date on their VMWare knowledge with current ESX revisions, HA and DRS knowledge a must, vSphere a plus, network interactions a definite plus, etc. If you are someone like that or know someone like that who is relatively local to the DFW area who might like a job in the exciting world of Support Escalations, ping me.

ijk, I'm looking at you along the lines of possible recommendations.
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Traveler Farlander
Blame Ali for this one.

For a moment, imagine you are watching Iron Chef. Now, imagine that you're watching it in a dimension numbered "616." That's right: Iron Chef Marvel!

Your competitors? In the blue, he is arguably the greatest scientific genius in the world. There is no mystery he cannot unravel (aside from the female mind), no challenge he will not meet with deep consideration. Willing to sacrifice anything in pursuit of knowledge (including his friends' safety, apparently), he is Reed Richards.

In the green, he is the master of his cultural cuisine (and indeed the whole culture whether they like it or not), acknowledged interdisciplinary genius (fail to acknowledge at your peril), and honestly the only Iron Chef with an iron face, he is Victor von Doom.

Both competitors bring their deep mastery of chemistry to the science of cooking along with enough creativity to cause holes in space and time... literally.

Presenting your battle is a duo: Uatu the Watcher (who better to observe without interfering) and Alton Brown [1] (the ultimate scientific chef). Your chairman, an agile, athletic man of mystery with unmatched discrimination in all things taste and smell: Daredevil. [2]

The secret ingredient is a staple of the competition, and especially when you have two mental titans like these two in Kitchen Stadium. What could be more fitting than the chosen ingredient for this battle: Radiation!

Reed would spend the first thirty minutes creating equipment that would shave thirty minutes off his cooking time. Meanwhile, since he would have disassembled the oven, Sue would be using force fields for cooking equipment, broiling things over Johnny's hands. Ben? Ben would be crushing ingredients for the signature dessert of microwaved Rocky Road ice cream.

Doom? Doom's entire menu would consist of Latverian dishes. His entire kitchen staff would be comprised of Doombots, interchanging enough that only Uatu could tell who was the true Victor von Doom, and he wasn't telling.

The judges would have to include:
Emma Frost, former White Queen of the Hellfire Club. Socialite and sophisticate, who better to critique and comment on the sinful delights of fine dining? [3]
Galactus, the ultimate food critic. The ultimate traveller, he has sampled the cuisines of whole worlds... at once.
And finally, Spider-Man, because every Iron Chef panel has to include one wiseacre whose background has exactly nothing to do with food or culture. [4]

Unfortunately, the world would never know the winner of this battle for several reasons. For one, the Daily Bugle pulled their sponsorship when Spider-Man was announced as a judge. (Something from the publisher about refusing to endorse events including criminals, public menaces, and also Victor von Doom.) Daredevil, the Man Without Fear, wasn't concerned about this, but the producers at the Food Network weren't made of such strong material. There was a deal in place to pick up a new sponsor: Weapon X brand kitchen cutlery [5], but they had to scrap the whole thing after the competitors started a food fight rated on the megaton scale. Took them several months to pick back up after Kitchen Coliseum turned into Kitchen Crater.

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[1] Honestly, a cooking event this nerdy without Alton Brown? Inconceivable. Besides, can you think of anyone else who'd have a chance of keeping up with culinary chemistry as applied by Doctor Doom or Mr. Fantastic?

[2] I considered several possibilities for the Chairman. Prince Namor of Atlantis certainly could bring the mystery and majestic presence, but he would have quit when the secret ingredient was anything not available from the bounty of the sea. Tony Stark was a possibility, but his AA sponsor talked him out of being around the cooking sherry. I could have picked Doctor Strange, but his clothes already reminded me enough of Chairman Koga's outfit. Besides, I couldn't use Matt Murdock as a judge; how would he award points on plating?

[3] Mephisto was unavailble due to a full schedule as divorce attorney to the superstars.

[4] I thought about including Jean Grey, but I figured she'd be leery of coming back to judge a second time after dying of food poisoning the last time she was on a panel with Emma Frost. Jean came back, of course, but who wants to die of food poisoning twice?

[5] Their ad campaign: "If your kitchen knives can't cut through a tank yet remain sharp enough to slice a tomato, then your cutlery isn't the best at what it does, bub."
 
 
Current Location: not in 616
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Current Music: Ace of Cakes
 
 
Traveler Farlander
02 January 2010 @ 11:21 pm
Time for a status report. Let's take a quick snapshot of me as I am now for future reference. If you aren"t interested, don"t click.Collapse )
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Traveler Farlander
31 December 2009 @ 01:12 pm
Happy birthday to dear sorcia. Hope it's a good one, hon.
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Traveler Farlander
30 December 2009 @ 12:50 pm
If anyone out there is interested in trying out Champions Online, the current superhero MMO from Cryptic Studios, let me know. They've made a trial available where you can play up to level 15. If I refer you, we both get "l00tz," if you'll pardon the vernacular.

Leave me an email address if you want an invite. I can send out four right now.
 
 
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Traveler Farlander
21 December 2009 @ 04:59 pm
Four years old, now. I'm not cut-tagging it this year, nor am I linking to the original post. This is my observance of the holiday.

My Lady:

In this, the time of the deepest darkness of the year, you await the birth of Your holy Son, the child of the Consort, the new Sun King. The warmth of Your Lord has passed, the harvest taken, His body cut down, His face but a memory. In this time, many fall to despair. There is fear in the dark, and in being alone.

You are not alone. You have never been alone. You will never be alone.

We are with You.

We stand with You in the darkness as we have stood with You in the light. In the Spring, we rejoiced with You in the sacred marrige with the Consort. In the Summer, we celebrated the life all around us and the glory of Your King in His prime. In the Autumn, we mourned with You as He fell, and gave thanks to Him for His sacrifice that we all might live. Now in the Winter, we remain with You. We are here to nuture the life within You. We stand by Your side, holding the light for You and Your Son. We stand watch over You in the darkness til the return of the light. We hold the light for the Sun King. His light will never fade, His fire will never die. As You have stood for us, so we stand for You. Your enemies circle and wait their moment to strike, but You need never fear. No matter how they turn their hands against You, we will always be there, Your sword and shield. None shall pass.

We are with You.

We are Your family, Lady. We have been here with you for as long as we can remember. When you were the young Maiden, we were there. In the heart of Your joy as the Mother, we are here. When the Wheel turns and you are the Elder, we will remain and tend Your fires. When the time comes for us to stand and walk forth into the darkness, we will walk together. We know You are with us, just as we remain with You in this, Your dark part of the year.

We are with You.

So mote it be.
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: quiet
 
 
Traveler Farlander
11 December 2009 @ 08:59 pm
Happy birthday, Ace!
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Traveler Farlander
14 November 2009 @ 07:26 pm
Happy birthday to kythrain, and many happy returns.
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Traveler Farlander
11 November 2009 @ 12:46 pm
To all veterans out there, past, present, and future: thank you. We say it today, but it's true every day. Just thank you.
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Traveler Farlander
31 October 2009 @ 11:29 am
Blessed Samhain.
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Traveler Farlander
03 October 2009 @ 12:15 pm
Turns out, as my dear wife noted this morning, Cryptic Studios has sent three 14 day trial keys for Champions Online to everyone who bought lifetime subscriptions. As that includes me, I received three keys and will dole them out to the first three people who ask for one. I currently have three none remaining; sorry if you missed your chance.

It's a fun game, and it has made good use of an intellectual property with which I grew up as a role-gamer. Ask and ye shall receive... y'know, if you're one of the first three to ask.

 
 
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Traveler Farlander
27 September 2009 @ 10:00 pm

Little over a year ago, I made my suggestions about what should be done with the legacy of the Batman family. Grant Morrison was going to shake things up, talking about killing off the Bat, and I went on the record as saying, "Good, hurry up, and here are some suggestions about who should pick up which pieces." Looking at things now, I guess I was about half right.Don"t read any farther if you don"t want to be bored or any Spoilers, pun intended.Collapse )