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Saturday, December 12th, 2009
8:56 pm
I just spent almost $800 on car repairs. Painful, but it's so much nicer to drive now.

The front passenger wheel doesn't squeak constantly anymore! Apparently my brakes were overdue for a change. Oops.

I also got a new muffler to replace the one that fell off a while ago. It's nice not to hear a ridiculously loud VROOOOM every time I hit the gas - and nice to have space in my trunk again. Mufflers are big.

Maybe one day I'll get around to replacing that stereo.
Friday, December 11th, 2009
11:57 am
Oh yeah
I still have one of these things. I forgot.
Saturday, October 3rd, 2009
5:49 pm
They only thought the war was over.
I broke the uneasy cease-fire with the hornet nest today.

They moved into an overhang on the side of my balcony out back a few months ago, and announced their presence by opening hostilities. I was out painting one evening, and one of the hornets stung me on the back of the arm. A half-hour later, I'd received one sting, and the offending hornet lay in the bottom of my shop-vac, after being shot down with spray adhesive, sucked through the vacuum, and finally bludgeoned to death with a board.

I called the leasing office soon after and requested that they get rid of the offending insectile neighbors, and thought that was that.

The exterminators never came.

Meanwhile, the nest had doubled in size and population. I was unable to use the patio, my usual area for spray-painting. I checked once every week or so, to see if they'd been removed, but it was not to be.

Today, I looked out back and noticed that the hornets hadn't changed positions in a while. Thinking that perhaps the cooler weather had finally taken care of them, I opened the sliding glass doors to get a closer look - and one of them twitched his antennae and fixed me with a withering glare.

No bug tries to intimidate me and lives.

I got my paintball gun out of the closet, loaded up, and opened the glass doors again. Taking my time, I sighted the gun at the center mass of the nest and shot a single round. I scored a direct hit, and the nest fell to the ground, taking most of the hornet population with it. Two soldiers were spared, and after hovering around the area for a few seconds, flew away. I shot the nest again, and it flipped off to the side of the patio. I closed the door and waited.

Meanwhile, a middle-aged woman sat in the second floor balcony of the nearby apartment complex, knitting and minding her own business, oblivious to the war going on.

The two surviving hornets returned, and landed in the blue-spattered area that once contained the nest. One tried to pick up what appeared to be an egg sac or maggot, covered in paint and dripping down the wall, but gave up and took flight before I could get a good bead on her. Another landed nearby on a nail, and narrowly escaped the impact of another round. Just a few seconds later, she landed again, and died in a spectacular explosion of blue paint.

The woman kept knitting.

I shot the nest again and it disappeared.

The last remaining hornet surveyed the area, and approached the glass doors, twitching her antennae, as if to say "I'll be back," and flew away.

Bring it on, bugs. I'll be waiting.
Friday, August 14th, 2009
4:56 pm
New project.
On my latest adventure in the world of crafting, I went in a different direction and tried metal casting. My first design was out of necessity, since I'd somehow managed to lose my old pewter cross necklace at an amtgard event, and I needed a new one.

I sculpted the shape in modeling clay first, then took a plaster mold from that. I bought an electric melting pot, and melted down some old pewter Star Wars christmas ornaments I had lying about. The first two production runs sucked, so after melting down all my first attempts, and re-doing the clay model and plaster mold, I came up with this one.

After casting this, I played a game of "let's see what I can melt in this thing." Fun times.

Today I got the soapstone I'd ordered - future molds will be carved from that, instead of cast from plaster.

My next project is buttons. I want to replace the plastic buttons on a 1800's vest I bought recently with some pewter ones, with either gears or skulls embossed on them. Maybe both ...
Thursday, July 30th, 2009
2:32 pm
While having a conversation with Heather about monthly uterine purges and the psychological effects thereof, I invented a new H. P. Lovecraftian creature, the Zoth-Uterog. And here she is:

(links to a larger version)

Drew this with a pencil and pen, then scanned and photoshopped in the color bits.

Resemblance to the female reproductive system is entirely on purpose.
Monday, June 8th, 2009
5:47 pm
Alles gut zum mein Geburtstagfeier!
Saturday night was my birthday party at Bavarian Grill.

It was good to see everybody, we haven't all been out in quite a while - icky summer weather and all that. The afterparty at the bar with the crotchety Beer Frau was pretty great too - she's very entertaining.

I haven't been there in a long time, so I forgot how good the food was; I got the Jägerschnitzel - the one covered in Awesome Sauce. Tasty, tasty fungus.

I got some super cool presents too - a set of darts, a book about zombies, a Zombie Outbreak Response Team (Urban Division) shirt, and .. a THEREMIN. Woo!

Thanks everyone!

Now I'm off to go put the Theremin together.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
8:31 pm
Grumpy Old Man Time
I heard Hot Topic was ripping off somebody's corset design from Etsy, so I clicked over to their website to see if it was true.

That was a mistake.

I was barraged by a snivelling crowd of douchebag hipster models wearing douchebag hipster clothing in douchebag hipster colors and douchebag hipster styles, designed for douchebag hipsters by douchebaggy douchebags. I seriously want to punch every one of them in the head. Multiple times.

Buncha douche bags.


Current Mood: grumpy
Sunday, May 10th, 2009
11:55 pm
I was going to make a post
but then I didn't feel like it.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2009
1:59 pm
Tuesday, March 24th, 2009
5:29 pm
I finally found the materials I need for my medieval stormtrooper suit, a side of armor-grade leather for $85. I'm picking it up tomorrow. Hooray!

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, March 21st, 2009
5:58 pm
Amtgard news
I won dragonmaster again! I entered my leather pants, a leather vest, two hats and two chainmail shirts. Everything did well. I don't know what awards I'll be getting, but hopefully I'll be a step closer to my Master Garber.

(For those of you unfamiliar with Amtgard, Dragonmaster is a tournament based around making stuff. That's about it.)

I just got back from Spring War down in Giddings, had to leave early so I could go to the birthday party tonight. It was a really great event. Highlights included two ridiculous missed turns; the equally ridiculous girl that claimed to be not only a vampire, but a cousin to Lilith, offering on several occasions to turn me (insert twiddly fingers of doom guesture here); the fort-o-plywood that blew down before anyone could raise a battering ram to it; a large trebuchet with stuffed animals for ammunition; really thick fog; a friendly hyperactive dog that loved cheese; and staying awake until the sky started to get light again.

Now excuse me while I go take a nap on the nearest available horizontal surface. I am tired.

Current Mood: cheerful
Tuesday, February 24th, 2009
11:52 am
In the Texas House of Representatives right now ...
Best news I've had in a while.

This is copied directly from the Quoted from Texas State Legislature website:

81R5789 MMS-F

By: Creighton H.C.R. No. 50

WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the
United States reads as follows: "The powers not delegated to the
United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the
States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people";
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment defines the total scope of
federal power as being that specifically granted by the
Constitution of the United States and no more; and
WHEREAS, The scope of power defined by the Tenth Amendment
means that the federal government was created by the states
specifically to be an agent of the states; and
WHEREAS, Today, in 2009, the states are demonstrably treated
as agents of the federal government; and
WHEREAS, Many federal laws are directly in violation of the
Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States; and
WHEREAS, The Tenth Amendment assures that we, the people of
the United States of America and each sovereign state in the Union
of States, now have, and have always had, rights the federal
government may not usurp; and
WHEREAS, Section 4, Article IV, of the Constitution says,
"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a
Republican Form of Government," and the Ninth Amendment states that
"The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not
be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people";
WHEREAS, The United States Supreme Court has ruled in New
York v. United States, 112 S. Ct. 2408 (1992), that congress may not
simply commandeer the legislative and regulatory processes of the
states; and
WHEREAS, A number of proposals from previous administrations
and some now pending from the present administration and from
congress may further violate the Constitution of the United States;
now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That the 81st Legislature of the State of Texas
hereby claim sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise
enumerated and granted to the federal government by the
Constitution of the United States; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That this serve as notice and demand to the federal
government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective
immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these
constitutionally delegated powers; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That all compulsory federal legislation that
directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal
penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation
or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed; and, be it
RESOLVED, That the Texas secretary of state forward official
copies of this resolution to the president of the United States, to
the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the
senate of the United States Congress, and to all the members of the
Texas delegation to the congress with the request that this
resolution be officially entered in the Congressional Record as a
memorial to the Congress of the United States of America.

Short version: The bailout, among other federal mandates, exceeds the authority grated to the US Congress and the President, and will not be accepted by the Texas government, or any of the other States considering similar resolutions.

Check it out, it's true, and it's not in the news.
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
1:28 pm
Update on the car and other things
I pulled the broken console shroud out of my car last night, and found to my satisfaction that the idiot that stole my stereo broke one of the plugs off the back of it, making the iPod function inoperable. I doubt he'll get much money for it at the pawn shop, with that part broken off. Heh!

I also found a replacement shroud online for around $90, so I ordered that and a few other parts to replace the dented fender from a few months back, plus some other things I'd been putting off. Total cost was a little over $500, which is considerably better than what the body shop wanted to charge me.

In other news, I like ginger snaps.

My rockstar pants came in from Lip Service today! I've been wanting them for a while, but they were always sold out until recently. I was able to recreate that particular shape from one pair of pants I already had, but when I tried to do it again with a pair of pants from Express, the serger ate a big chunk out of one leg, so I had to throw them away. I don't think I'm going to try to fool with expensive pants anymore. Not worth it.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
2:00 pm
Update on the car
The Crime Scene officer came by and dusted my car for prints, and found a couple. After she was done with the car, I checked through it for anything else missing.

Crackhead took my folder of music CD's, all the loose change and the spare clip out of the center console, and the long knife I had under my seat. He left my tools.
11:58 am
At what point does it stop being free speech and start being treason?
I was driving home yesterday and noticed a car in front of me, with papers taped to the back window with what looked like Arabic writing. I was on the phone with Heather at the time and jokingly said it looked like somebody's being all "Jihad". Yeah, I know, bad racist me, right? A few minutes later I found myself directly in back of that car at a stop light, and noticed it had little American flag stickers stuck all over the back window ... upside down.

If anyone hates this country that much, leave.
Sunday, February 8th, 2009
11:47 am
Just got back from Corsicana this morning. We had a small Amtgard gathering there, in honor of Sir Zig, who died last week. I got there late and missed the singing and the toast, but there was still some good times sitting around the fire and talking with everyone. Sleeping under the stars that night was excellent.

Last night I dreamed the world ended. It was impossible to tell at first that I was not in reality, since it began exactly where I had gone to sleep for the night. It was a happy, peaceful dream, at least until a strange slimy rain began to fall. I don't remember much of what happened, but it ended with the sky being ripped away, spirit and matter planes crashing into one in a chaotic turmoil of events.

It didn't help much that it rained a bit this morning after I woke up.
Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009
9:04 pm
This morning was the third time in less than a month that someone's asked me if I had a business card. Huh.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
3:50 pm
Funker Vogt
Funker Vogt posted a flyer on MySpak for a US tour a couple of weeks ago, with locations TBD. I posted a comment on it saying something about coming to Dallas, thinking there was no way they'd actually come here.

Today the revised flyer was up, announcing new tour dates. And at the bottom of the list:

Dalla​s TX - April​ 24 - The Churc​h


Current Mood: gleeful
Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
5:51 pm
Made a new hat, a sequel to the top hat from a while ago. This one looks better.

In other news I've got class tonight. Trigonometry. Yes, it's a review, but I need to go through this again so I can get through Calculus next semester. Woo.
Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
8:50 am
Well, it looks like Big Brother wins this round. I was finally able to view the video that Ingsoc posted of me for the red light ticket I got in the mail, and I didn't stop at the red before turning. Neither did the guy in front of me or the guy in back of me, for that matter. Lucky snag for the gummint, three fines in one go.

Obviously I'll be more careful in the future.
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