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It's 3:14 a.m.

I'm sitting here, in my room, the same 'ol room I've lived in for practically my entire life (except for 5 years in the Caribbeans.

Can't sleep.

Thank Goodness It's Friday (and I don't have to go to work tomorrow)

Anyway, hope you're doing well!

-F

Current Location: Canada, Vancouver

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Razzle dazzle.

I experience nothing for long periods of time, and then I experience something for an inkling of time.

I'm watching The Day The Earth Stood Still.

Very good sci-fi...

Themes:

**Anti-Military anti paranoia**
There are many parallels between the way the Mother acts towards her child and the way the government/military decides to act on behalf of the american people.

The mother does not believe that her child can understand what's going on and so asks her son to blindly trust and obey her. As does the representative to the President that assumes command and attempts to control everything, presuming to act on in the best interest of the american people.

**Motivation for change**
There's a scene about 1hr 10min into the movie where a professor tries to explain to an alien (that has been sent here to judge whether or not the Human Race should be exterminated in order to save the planet earth) that "it's only on the brink that people find the will to change... only at the precipice do we evolve".

This eerily echoes a conversation I had with Ulrike and Oliver.
Ulrike is a go getter. Highly motivated, goal oriented. She lives what appears to me anyway a balanced, focused, healthy life.

Frustrated at how her brothers can't seem to take control of their lives as she has, find the balance that she has, she was baffled at why it's so hard for people to change. As a go getter, change comes easy for her. It's easy to decide something for her life and make it so. As opposed to someone like myself.

And yet, she knows personally of two people who were living lives that were really out of whack that had turned their lives around. It was only when their drug addictions brought them to a brush with death that they changed their lives for the better.

There are lots of quad bikes on the island driven recklessly by young people. An accident occured one night involving a teenaged boy, and it made quite a splash in the local media. Soon after, the government put into place a more zero-tolerance attitude against people riding scooters, quad bikes, and motorcycles without helmets.

People have been driving recklessly and without helmets for a long time. It took the death of one of their children to wake the people and government to make a sincere concerted effort to put a stop to this behavior.

**ANYWAY**

I love the internet. I was watching a pirated movie downloaded from the net called The Day The Earth Stood Still. For almost an hour I found myself pleasantly captivated by the movie, and then I hit a snag. There's a key scene that's almost entirely in chinese. In moments I was able to find a website that offered subtitles for download. I found subtitles, but they were in polish. Soon after I was easily able to find the proper english subtitles.

More than the internet I love the culture of free giving. The private, commercial interest of this journey stopped when Someone legally acquired a copy of the film. This is where an entire community stepped in to enable countless other Someones to enjoy the film. The amount of time and effort countless other someones donated is staggering.

It required DivX, which compressed the original film to a size more easily trasferrable online. Divx, though now a commercial venture, was originally a freeware project.

It required aXXo to take the time to convert the original film to DivX format and upload it to the net via Bittorrent (also a non-commercial venture)

It required someone to extract the subtitles of the movie and make them available on "http://www.opensubtitles.org". The subtitles have been uploaded by different people in more than 5 different languages. Someone had to write a program to extract the subtitles as well.

It required Media Player Classic, which is a media player developed by people in their spare time. Many people had to program Media Player Classic to be able to read the DivX file and the Subtitles properly.

All these someones did it fully knowing that they would not be recompensed materially. What made them put in all those hours?

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"something good will come of it all..."
-Setzer Gabian

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I must focus to not be "decrepit" as Phil advises. I am strong. I can stand on my own. I need no "other half". I need no one to complete me; I should strive be to be a whole person by myself. I must draw my energies from the world around me, and not another person, not even a soulmate. To do otherwise will drain each other of our energies and sour the relationship.

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[whiles later]

You know, the more I think of it, I would be more giving than taking from my soulmate. I want to give her my all. Do everything for her. Anything I can, anything she needs. I gotta discuss that w/ phil.

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Sidhe's thoughts on this kind of giving: white knight syndrome or massive fear of abandonment.


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[update]

Even in the act of giving love, Phil says that I would still be taking from my mate. She has to be ready to receive it, and this *requires* her attentions. And I couldn't just give my love to someone who isn't sincerely receiving and appreciating it either. That would leave me unfulfilled, now wouldn't it.

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Current Location: Home, office
Current Mood: awake
Current Music: bass hunter (courtesy of Ro)

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Smother the flame, and you'll put it out.

Here's my friend's word of advice:

"Frostay, you go about things as if you were fishing for the big catch, but if you only go after the big catch, you’ll starve do death. By keeping the ones you catch, you will have enough to survive until such a day when the big catch comes along. Eat a goldfish once in a while."

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Current Mood: chipper chipper
Current Music: Mash up of "everybody dance NOW!"

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Disclaimer: I hold the Transformers™ in ridiculously high regard as I am a nostalgia junkie, and I grew up watching the show. With the live action movie (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformers_%28film%29) coming out the transformers has been occupying a little more traffic in my mind than usual. As much blind love as I have for the show, I came up with a disturbing realization. :disclaimer end

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20070123 tu

The more I think about it, the more it doesn't make sense that the Transformers transform. What purpose does it serve them to transform? Why scour the immediate environment for forms that the robots can transform into? I delve into my fond memories of the show and I can't recall them ever explaining the reason for this.

Think about it. There was no Prime Directive (a la star trek) to conceal their identities from humans so as not to influence human culture.

How bout ...

There was mass unemployment on Cybertron, and many Transformers needed jobs. In order to be of service, for example, they transform say into a car. So if I need to go somewhere I'll call up Bumblebee and he'll come by my house and transform into a beetle and take me where I'd want to go. I wonder if he'd charge me a flat rate, or by the kilometre?

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Perhaps it's easier for them to turn into technology than to build technology. So instead of creating a backhoe to move a large amount of earth, they can turn into one to do the job themselves. A kind of shapeshifter, if you will.

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"Love like you'll never get hurt"

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"Piss against the wind like you'll never get wet"

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20070206 we

SXMone blog -- show phil the last e-mail I sent sandrine, letting her know what was happening on the weekend- Jen/Amina/Ali. I wouldn't want to post that publicly on my blog, but I would like my friends to know about it. I'm sure they'd even be interested. -- LJ style.

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dead to the world after coming home at 8:30 p.m. last night. Brian had made tacos and beef/jalapeno/tomatoes/stupid amount of cheese filling and I coulndn't finish what him and phil left for me. Stephanie came to visit Brian and my mind was blank. couldn't speak french, couldn't think of anything to talk about that wouldn't showcase my inability to speak french at that moment. Went straight to bed shortly thereafter.

about sleep last night. I resisted the temptation to let time linger before sleeping -- I didn't pick up a book or a comic. I simply decided to turn off the light, and though I twisted and turned for what seemed like half an hour in bed, I went out like a light myself.

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still haven't cut back on cigars... I just feel bad refusing brian's 'gifts' when 'it's to my liking'.

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photo tags for photos on SXMONE -- site automagically reads tags and if it's a recognizable location, gets associated with googlemaps. ... perhaps also automagically associates w/ groups?

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art of radio documentaries. I'm certain it's not mainstream -- CBC should consider itunes.

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"she works at the CIA; not for the CIA" -brian, on an island friend.

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...I was so timid around the girls that I was hesitant to help them out even when they were in danger at the rough beach in front of Sapphire Sunday afternoon. I managed to hold Jen's arm, but I didn't want to touch Amina or Alia at all... I was so afraid of what it would mean. ugh. There was a shelf of rock just under the sand that they could've hurt their feets on. Get your FEETS ON!

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making an effort to say hi to neighboors, coworkers -- like papa

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that bit that Robin Hobb said in her interview -- "hey, are you guys interested in a story about people I made up in a world that I made up?"

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send itsumo nando demo to The Girls™

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No shit, Paul VB from northern ontario wants to travel the world till he's 30.

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bakadekai - stupid big

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contact chris if he wants to sell his XBOX -- do research on XBOX as DivX player -- I WANNA SHOW FUCKIN COWBOY BEBOP TO phil, maybe brian.

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The Girls™ -> my soccer pic "this is what I look like when not a zombie :)

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I didn't understand "he's good with his hands" -remark by a woman about Bones™ when I was younger

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ask vistaprint.com if including text (vector) data in the file will increase sharpness --drew's biz card.

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I ought to announce that LAtimes article on LJ

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1 task each evening -- personal e-mails; room cleaning; laundry; etc.
In addition to running :)

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Phil's interior decor (how to clean your room) philosophy: if "it" doesn't need to displayed, don't.

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e-mail to Uncle Jacques/Auntie Fumei; e-mail to brian's parents.

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"Jennifer Look" -aniston -lopez -brad -conelly petroleum south africa


http://uwadmnweb.uwyo.edu/Chemistry/Newsletter%20Spring%202006.pdf

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on itunes: "honour" vnv

if you hurt us, do we not bleed? if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

--future wars against america.
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