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19 September 2009 @ 12:35 pm
The G20 is happening here in just a few days... FBI guys are already here, and huge roadblocks are already set up on the edges of sidewalks, ready to go for Wednesday morning, and there are way more police walking around than, ironically, makes me feel comfortable. We've already had a bombthreat. Protesters are getting ready, whether they're actually allowed to be there or not. Can anyone else see this becoming a clusterfuck of epic proportions?

I'm taking the risk of going downtown on Monday, just to take a walk around, because I'm fairly sure the city won't look the same come Friday. As far as I know they *are* allowing protesters, and people who have all the paperwork and identification will be allowed in and out of the city... and god knows some asshole is going to do something stupid and break windows or make a bomb.

This is a surprisingly unique, and weird, place that I'm very fond of, and as a result it seemed both fitting and funny to take excerpts from the list a large group of people made called "You know you're from Pittsburgh when..." The list is about 400 items long, so needless to say this just a preview xD But its amusing and guaranteed to confuse, so have fun:

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Let's just hope there still is a Pittsburgh after this nonsense. Its this, right here that proves the evil of politics- a bunch of men are gonna sit and talk in the city, and it incites bombthreats and potentially violent protest. But its also just human nature... there's always a conflict, and always the belief that violence can solve it. I just hope people are smart enough to protest with words rather than actions. I guess we're gonna find out...
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26 August 2009 @ 03:50 pm
Can anyone tell me what bird these might've come from? I live in Pittsburgh, so that narrows the options a wee bit, haha x) I found about 5 or 6 in a park a few days ago... I don't know what they could be from though. The pictures aren't great color-wise- they're like a sandy, light brown, fading into white... all of them are about 3-4 inches long... look at the pics- anyone got a clue?

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Those actually turned out pretty well, considering my lens is broken xD I'm stupid enough to have taken the thing on a trampoline to make a video... go me. The lens got knocked, and I put it back in place... still worked fine, but when I went to shut the camera off it didn't go all the way in. So I lightly pushed it in... and it never turned back on xD When it finally did, the lens was wobbly, there are shadows around the edges of photos, the extremes are blurry... and I can't afford a new camera now. xD But eh... its my dumb fault, I have to deal for awhile.

I'm on the hunt for another job... I still have my current one, but they schedule me for a 4 hr. shift 1 day a week- if I'm lucky. I'm not making anything, and they won't give me more hours. I'm trying everywhere because everyone's hiring right now, all the college kids are leaving... but apparently they're not hiring me. :( Bah.

Oh well... the end of summer is always weird, it seems. Often the fall is better... I'll keep hoping so.
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Current Music: Michael Penn- slipping my mind
24 August 2009 @ 01:04 pm
Random depressing rant ahoy!Collapse )

And now that I've driven the will to live from all of you with my long-winded whining and poorly executed metaphors, the least I can do is share something funny... from Patton Oswalt, whom I've been listening to on and off all day. I'm in college now and I'm gonna have to take science classes next semester... and I would do anything to have a moment like this in one of the classes. xD

Here in audio format, because its just not as funny written down:

Happy Monday and all that shit.
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Current Music: Bob Dylan- blowin' in the wind
11 July 2009 @ 02:42 pm
With little else to do yesterday, I hopped on a bus and headed to the Aviary. I love birds, I love taking pictures... its a good combination x) They added an African penguin exhibit recently too, sadly at the expense of the red-hooded cranes... I don't know why they couldn't have just moved the cranes. Why did they have to get rid of them? :( But you gotta do what you gotta do, I guess...

Picture time!
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That's about it on my end.... nothin' else happening.
Have a happy weekend x)
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Current Music: Bill Hicks- moon is smiling
04 July 2009 @ 08:26 pm
It's been forever since I bothered using this thing. I don't really know why I do in general, to be honest. Nobody reads this thing, and why do I expect them to? x) It actually seems kind of egotistical to write about yourself/your day/people you know and expect other people you know, and even those you don't, to read into it and make comments. Its an interesting way to communicate if you know people who are far away now, but the idea itself gets stranger to me all the time. I guess thats why, aside from a handful of posts here and there, I pretty much just post videos and general news. The ironic thing about this little rant is that I'm seriously interested in reading what other people write in their own journals xD I always manage to find ways to contradict myself.

Now for the hypocritical bit of personal information xD I'm going on a trip!!! I'm leaving for Chicago next Thursday. Woohoo!

And now I leave you with Franz Ferdinand.

Happy 4th!
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17 June 2009 @ 04:04 pm
I don't know why I feel like posting this, but I do. I've got nothing more interesting to say anyway, so its something x)
I've always kind of been afraid of death, like many people... I have a lot of beliefs about it, and I find myself strongly spiritual, and yet the idea of dying still scares me. I think its a little hypocritical, but it still makes sense- believe anything and everything you want, but the fact of the matter is death is still a mystery... we have no idea what, if anything, happens after. To me the idea of nothing happening is actually scarier than any bad fate that may await me in some potential afterlife... I've actually had panic attacks thinking about this. Its always been a scary thought.

I found this poem a few years ago... William Cullen Bryant's "Thanatopsis"... and reading it, it was like being put at ease. 'Thanatopsis' is a Greek term for a meditation on death, and thats what the poem is... contemplating death. It sounds dull and depressing, but its a beautiful poem, and somehow very comforting to take the poet's point of view into account... and for some reason I've been thinking about it all day, so I feel like posting it. Its not terribly long, and well worth your time anyway x) Have fun:

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Its strange but familiar subject for a poem, and somehow its very relaxing. I dunno, maybe I'm just incredibly strange x) But its one of my favorite poems... I always feel calm reading it. But that's about all I have to say... not much is going on around here. Just felt like popping in and proving I still exist x)
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Current Music: Rosebud- safekeeping
07 June 2009 @ 03:00 pm
Get Fuzzy

That is the best thing ever xD

I can't believe its already June. Its insane. I keep thinking it should still be way earlier... like it should still be around February or March, for some reason. It just doesn't feel like it should be summer yet. Time passes way too fast! x)

But the one good thing about it being June is the Three Rivers Arts Festival is here. :D I'm glad this still happened- a lot of stuff got shut down for the year. The Folk Festival was canceled for this year, which was a *huge* disappointment... another arts festival that takes place in Shadyside won't be happening, and there's talk that the Irish Festival may either be postponed or canceled altogether. :(:(:( I went to that for the first time last September, and it was incredible. Quite a happy mix of Irish and Scottish arts/crafts and music, which is absolutely necessary, because- say it with me- IF ITS NOT SCOTTISH ITS CRAP.(Lets see how many people got that x))

The festival really branched out... it's still mostly based out of Stanwix park, but there was quite a collection of artists and vendors at Point State Park, as well. They filled in the massive hole where Fort Duquesne was, and covered it with grass so it's more of a real park than it once was... which really is a shame, because that was a historic site. You don't fill in historic sites with dirt! xP they created a cement outline of where the fort was in the grass, so at least they're preserving the memory of what was there. I've never been to the Point before... its interesting. :) I'm going back Monday to take pictures of the festival- what I can get away with, at least. I learned the hard way last year that its not recommended you bring a camera xD- and then the Point. I kinda hope the guys who were out on the walkway singing Grateful Dead songs will still be there- I wanted to talk to them xD

And now I leave you with one of the most beautiful things I've ever laid eyes on... this literally takes my breath away.

Hope you've all had a good weekend.
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26 May 2009 @ 03:30 pm
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And a purty little flower for your enjoyment...
19 May 2009 @ 12:23 pm
I can't recall where I found this, but its absolutely fantastic... xD An insider's look into the "joys" of womanhood. It's a funny, and quite on-the-mark little rant...

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And now for something completely different...
I didn't see this when it originally aired. Frankly I'm glad, because I probably would've been kicked out for the night for making too much noise. I nearly peed myself laughing this morning... Craig Ferguson is a fucking genius.

You can tell that poor kid in the Flamenco shirt hates his life xD I would kill someone to be in his position, truth be told. Now I have to go find the vid of him with the unicorn puppet singing "The Lonely Goatherd"... xD God bless this man.

I have many pictures from a weekend spent with archers and medieval folk that will be posted once I'm motivated enough to load all the pictures onto Photobucket. I can say for the moment that I'm currently looking for a traditional bow and learning to make my own arrows from the friend who took me with them. I've been missing out for a long time.
12 May 2009 @ 03:56 pm
Religions fascinate me on a number of levels, and Eastern philosophy and religion seems to be at least a little closer to the Truth than the West... its a living paradox, which I think is interesting- religions shrouded in ritual and deities speaking of formless, unpersonified Truth that exists within and without everything. We are God. Enlightenment is nothing more than coming to realize that everything is as is it always has been, which is divine.

However, folk theories crowd every religion like flies on shit. They are superstitions and aimless beliefs that are based more on personal ideas than any spiritual text, tradition or just plain common sense. It gets spread around though, and with time become irreversably hitched to faith- people unquestioningly believe the most nonsensical things, just because its been tradition for however-long. Spiritual leaders- priests, gurus, teachers- lap this stuff up and shovel it into their disciples as mind-control, and they of course take this bullshit as fact because it's clearly coming from an enlightened source.

Below is a list that a good friend and, in a way, "teacher," and I have created of folk-theories of guru-based spirituality. Its not long, but its interesting and its quite on-the-mark. Lets see who agrees with what, and if any of it maybe jars your perception of something a little... I'm interested in this kind of conversation, people, lets start it up.

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And now for something completely different... and probably a lot more interesting to most of you than the random ranting above: Purty flower!

The roses are slowly starting to bloom... yaaay :)
There's a huge branch that just died off... nothing's coming back on it, I can tell. That makes me sad... this thing used to be a monster, and now every year it dies a little more... but it's very old, so I guess it's just its time. Nothing lasts forever, after all. Hopefully we'll see a few more years out of it x) I've been in love for as long as I remember. I don't know what I'm gonna do with myself when I can't go out and care for it- its been my summer hobby x) At least its here for now, though.

Anyway, off to do.... something else!
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Current Music: New Model Army- high