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27 May 2008 @ 11:55 am
Birthdays and a couple of thoughts  
Mostly, this entry is about my birthday, which has now slipped by for another year. The thoughts, I can limit to two and quickly dispense with:

1) George Lopez's comedy irritates the hell out of me.
2) I have got to make myself sit down and concentrate on writing up how I'd conquer the world with a PhD.

Anyway, birthdays.

I'm well past the age where I ought to measure how good a birthday is by how much swag I walked away with, but my chronological age has outpaced my emotional maturity, clearly.


  • The Invincible Iron Man comic collection on DVD, the entire run from the first appearance through about 2006.
  • The Fantastic Four and Silver Surfer collection on DVD, again representing the entire runs of both comics series through about 2006.
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible, by Austin Grossman. If you're a fan of superheroic anything, read this book. Told half from the point of view of a supervillain and half from the perspective of a newbie member of an established superteam, Grossman does a very good job of making you really feel for the characters. The two voices are believable, and as for what happens, I'll simply say that if you catch yourself thinking you're catching an evil genius making a childish mistake or three, just remember that even diabolical masterminds are still human. It probably surprises no one that I empathized with the villain of the piece; I suspect I'd make his same mistakes, even if I were possessed by a 300 IQ, as is the villainous Doctor Impossible.
  • God Is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens. I haven't actually received this yet, but it'll get here when it gets here. The Amazon precis and reviews looked fascinating, which is how it ended up on my wish list.
  • A pair of Crocs Caymans in black, which have yet to arrive. It's getting towards the hot season again, and I'm hoping that my feet will appreciate these shoes. In my younger days, I wore sandals rather than shoes at all times. I'm hoping I'll enjoy these. I'll review them once I've broken them in sufficiently.
  • Dinner at Hoffbrau Steakhouse, and thank you again, David.
  • Good company and many well-wishes, you know whom you all are.
  • And then there's this, which has not arrived yet. Little known fact about your Traveler: I used to draw in almost all my spare time. I was rarely far away from the tools of the medium; pencils, pens, markers, crayons, and paper. You don't want to imagine how much paper I wasted drawing on it, over the years. One day, and I cannot tell you when or why, I noticed that I hadn't drawn anything in months. I could not remember the last time I'd drawn something. It bothered me just long enough for whatever mania had currently possessed me to kick back in, and then it was back to being just another memory. I'm curious to see if I can get back into the swing of drawing by using a stylus and electronic pad. Easier error correction and no wasted paper appeal to me, and seem to help me conquer the tyranny of the blank page.

The one thing I would have wished for couldn't have come true yet, so I'm not going to bother being sorry for that. There's time.

So, anyway, it was a fine day, quite enjoyable. The age of 32 was a good year of my life, subjectively speaking, and I hope 33 is at least equally pleasant, if not more so.
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Sooozieee: Steve the Piratepiscosubito on May 27th, 2008 05:34 pm (UTC)
happy birthday!
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on May 27th, 2008 05:56 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :)
craigers01 on June 4th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
Did you get my birthday well-wishes? I tried to send it to you via LiveJournal. Never done that before and didn't receive any kind of acknowledgement that it succedded.

Anyways, Love ya man, happy birthday. Of course, you birthday means that mine just passed.

Didn't get much this year. Parent's took me out to dinner. Girlfriend took me bowling. Oh, and she bought me a 52" PLASMA HD TV! It's huge! Gigantic! It barely fits in my bedroom.

So... anyway... I'm probably going to marry her.

Happy birthday!
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on June 4th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday to you, as well. I did get the text message via LJ and attempted to respond to it, so I'm guessing it didn't go through as a reply.

Oh, man, that's awesome! Bowling! (grin)

Nice gift, seriously, and hopefully congratulations will be in order over your potential engagement. Keep me posted.
craigers01 on June 5th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, no reply. I guess LJ ate it.

Yeah... I've got an engagement ring at the house. I'm pretty sure I've figured out how I'm going to propose. She plays second chair violin in the L'abri symphony. The director is her bosses boss at work. I'm going to ask the director if I can come out on stage during their next performance and propose to Sarah then. She'll freak.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on June 5th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Wow. Huge moment, very nice.
Kat: catbirthdayhatkatmoonshaker on May 27th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Glad it was a good one. I have a Wacom myself. Odd thing is that I do most of my drawing with the mouse rather than the pen. Go figure.

My son wears the generic version of the crocs quite a bit and give them a thumbs up.

I do have to say that once I got the hang of my Wacom that I really like it. Now I want a bigger one. Much so. Very much so.

33 is a good year. I've found that they just keep getting better... it helps to have good company and you certainly have that. Enjoy.
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on May 27th, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)
Ariel's kids (thus my grandchildren) wear little generic Caymans everywhere they go, and seem to love them. I've heard good things, and I wanted something into which I could simply slip my feet sans socks. I did not want sandals, so that tends to narrow the field into the more obscure shoe design.

The only change I'd make to my company is to have more of it more often. There are specific individuals in mind, and there are simply voids where there ought to be people fulfilling roles, though I know not whom. Ah, well. C'est la vie.
Kat: catzgivuhugzkatmoonshaker on May 27th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)

Yeah. I understand that one.
Ace Lightning: feetsacelightning on May 28th, 2008 03:56 am (UTC)
one of these days, when i can afford it, i want to try a pair of Crocs. i've been wearing various styles of Birkenstocks almost exclusively for years, but i've heard all sorts of good things about Crocs. (you might also consider getting yourself a pair of Birkenstock "Boston" clogs, for occasions where shiny plastic just isn't suitable.)

glad you had a good time on your birthday!

silver splits the blue: KissyFaceashbet on May 27th, 2008 11:30 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, sugar!!

And that is indeed an awesome pile of lewt -- hope you enjoy your stylus/tablet, I love mine (although mine is a tablet PC) and it's so much fun to sketch and play without having the intervening step of a scanner! :)

-- A <3
Traveler Farlandertwfarlan on May 28th, 2008 12:20 am (UTC)
Blank paper and the problem of correcting things along with needing particular pencils and so on? Yeah, so keeping me away from drawing right now.