1287 Most Foul.

In case you don’t pay attention to my twitter feed, I did an interview with Fes of The Webcomic Beacon. If it were just another text interview I wouldn’t bother saying anything here, but since it’s audio I think you guys might get a kick out of it. (I also think text interviews are kind of lazy…) I should warn you though that I get really nervous when I think about being “on stage” so there’s a ton of likes, you knows, and I means, littering my vocalizations. It tapers off near the end when I start to calm down, but I stay pretty edgy for a long portion of it. That said, long time readers will hear echoes of the comic dialogue in my actual speech. Anyway, there’s a few bits of insight concerning the future storylines, so if you like that sort of nuts and bolts talk then this is for you. There’s also a heavy dose of nostalgia for Fes and I who started in the webcomic community at about the same time. Some parts sound like two soldiers sharing the most boring war stories ever recorded… XD Here’s the link.

The Teen’s 16th birthday is this weekend. My mother is taking her and a few of her friends on a trip. Let me tell you, I don’t envy her at all. Not only do I not like car trips, but I can’t stand more than one young person at a time for very long. I couldn’t stand young people when I was one and nothing has changed much on that front. At least now I’m not expected to be around them. Indeed, most people would look at me crosswise if I tried. So much the better I say. That’s not to say I wasn’t an exasperating teen myself. I just kept my groupings to the absolute minimum possible. Basically I hated fun. I pretty much still do. Most of what people do for the sake of fun is just miserable to me. I don’t like crowds, I don’t like noise, I just want to pursue my hobbies peacefully. I know there are others like me in the world, but our very nature keeps us from becoming friends. Just know, brothers and sisters of the pastoral arts, I’m out here too, just chilling out and being awesome. Someday I would like to visit historical places, like Gettysburg, or whatever, but I don’t want to be rushed. If I cant take my time to do something I’d just as soon not do it at all.

On the other hand I think pairing up a fun hater and a fun lover actually makes for a good romantic match. Because the opposing forces keep the pair from being too much of one or the other. I like stories like that. It’s almost always a fun hating male being paired with a fun loving girl though. I’d like to see it gender swapped. Maybe that’s something I’ll have to do myself.

I’ve been waking up too early, so I want to go to bed at, like 5 PM recently. Alternately I go the bed as 12, then wake up at 3, then get crappy sleep till 5, then get up and start my miserable day. It’s not working for me. I’ve started playing my DS before I go to sleep some nights because I find if I do I tend to sleep straight through for the 5 hours instead of waking up 3 hours in. It still leaves me just shy of 6 hours, but I seem to function better. Six to 7 hours seems to be my best sleep range. If I actually go the full eight I get closer and closer to waking up with a headache for whatever reason. At least that’s how it is now. It’s fluctuated over the years.

THis is kind of a weird post. I’m so sleepy…


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Just wanted to say my husband and I are what you describe. He loves fun and going out, me not so much. I’m perfectly happy being in my little bubble. Just wanted to let you know it does happen :D

Now I’m thinking it wasn’t over gold. It was a cover-up. A murder as part of a long cycle of violence between two families. Like the Capulets and the Montagues. Only probably with guns.

Okay. Alex is Velma. Jolene is Shaggy? And John is Fred? Does that make Jessica Daphine? (Ed might be Scooby.)

Nah – John is the “Shaggy” – he’s the only one with the scruffy beard – or perhaps Mike.. Thomas has to be the “Fred” – the leader. Nina has to be the “Daphne” – beautiful but nothing romantic going on between her and “Fred” – just really good friends. Of course if you assume a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship, Carol HAS to be “Daphne” – beautiful – and a red-head like Daphne. Jessica would make a good Daphne – independent and good looking – but she has no real relationship with Thomas and obviously Fred and Daphne have something going on if only as good friends. Alex can certainly be the “Velma” – book worm and turtle-neck sweaters. I guess that would leave the role of Scooby Doo up for grabs. Ed is a possibility – but so is Mike. Scooby and Shaggy were both a bit cowardly at times – and Mike is certainly timid. Hmm – how about Ed for Scooby and Mike for Shaggy…

… then again – the most timid is Jolene ….
Arrrgh – let’s face it – the cast of BtwFailures just does not map one-for-one to Scooby Doo. For one thing, they have much more completely developed personalities than the gang at Scooby Doo ever did. I’m sure Jackie wouldn’t object to the revenues that Scooby Doo brings in though…

Well, it’s a better fit than my Firefly / Serenity suggestion from a week or two ago.

Hey, mine was first! Or, at least, earlier than yours. Think I had Thomas as Mal, John as Wash, Ed and Jess as Simon and River,Mike as Shepherd Book, Carol would be Inara, but Nina doesn’t work as Zoe-she’s about as awesome, but no real relationship with John. Who did you have as who?

Yes, yes; Murder most foul, indeed. My guess is some sort of poison; there are a few that mimic communicable diseases and fevers. I’ve been reading Erik Larson’s Thunderstruck lately. While the better part of it has to do with how Guglielmo Marconi developed wireless telegraphy around the turn of the last Century, it is also the story of Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen and the heinous crime he committed. Worth a read (especially for geeks), even if you just borrow it from Alex at the Marbleton Library.

My niece turned 16 on Monday. I’ve got until Sunday to come up with an Amazon Gift Card (easy) and another Studio Ghibli video. I don’t mind hanging out with her; we have a lot of similar interests, and she’s like 16-going-on-30 as far as maturity is concerned. In some ways, she’s a little more mature than a couple of female friends of mine (29 and 37) — she’d probably love meeting them.

While it certainly isn’t a romantic relationship, my sister and I started off as extrovert and introvert respectively, and each switched over the course of high school. Though I still enjoy a nice thorough visit to a museum or historical site more than she does. Of course, I’ve always been more interested in intellectual pursuits.

Headaches? Hmmm…..might be allergies? i was in the same boat not too long ago. Poor sleep. Lots of headaches. Tried a few different things, no luck. The most effective results i’ve gotten were after starting a nasal inhaler like nasacort or nasinex. No more headaches and averaging 6 hours or so sleep instead of 4. Might be worth looking into?

Turns out some of my ancestors are “town founders” and shit. I was shocked.

So a little background: My family was only about 5 people growing up, except we went to visit my great-great-grandmother (who I’m named after) in her mansion in North Carolina. The house dated from before the civil war even. (I’m in Florida, so snow was a “thing” for me as a little kid!)

I was very young, and even when I wasn’t, things are “need to know, and you don’t need to know” in my family. Heck I didn’t even hear when my grandparents died or where they’re buried, and I don’t know if my mother is alive right now. I only met my dad once, at a computer show where I was running a booth. (“Are you [my full name I NEVER use]?” “uhhh, yeah….” [extends hand] “HI! I’m your dad!”

Anyway… I got bored a while back and Googled my g-g-g’mother’s name. Bingo. I found a grave marker in a small NC town. It happened to have links to other people in the same family buried there and I recognized names! There’s about 40 of ’em buried there.

So it turns out they were rich as hell off of tobacco dating back to pre-civil-war and there’s even roads in the town named after them. It explained a ton of bits & pieces of knowledge, like my mother’s “Uncle Fletcher” was “in China” and bought back silk dresses and stuff. It appears he was a tobacco exporter to China in the ’30s according to his obit.

One of these days I’ll have to go up to that little church and have a look around the graveyard.

I’m sure that’ll be a weird experience.

I know a “gender-swapped” love-fun-and-hate-fun couple like the one you described. The guy is a total social butterfly, will talk to anyone who will halfway listen, and loves going to events of all kinds with crowds of people and whatnot. The girl is a total hermit. She hates people, and tolerates large crowds only for his sake, and would be totally happy staying at home and reading. The guy would probably go out to everything all the time if it weren’t for her. The girl would probably never go anywhere outside of work, home, and other various places of necessity if it weren’t for him. They have a volatile, but extremely long-lived relationship. They’re pretty great.

When I was a Park Ranger, one of my duty stations had been built at the site of an abandoned farm and ferry site. Most of the family members were buried on the hill above, iron railed fence around it, with some marked stones and a lot unmarked. The largest one was also the last, a lady that died at the height of the flu pandemic. It devestated the local area, being rural and sparsely inhabited. Many families died before anyone even knew something was wrong.

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