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Non Nimium, Stultum
Keep It Simple, Stupid
.... dunno what happened to it.

It's not here, tho. I looked.

I looked because I posted it from the "mobile" site and I wanted to make sure it got here.

It didn't.

Maybe that mobile site doesn't work?
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Ok, don't get excited.... this may be my last post on here for awhile.

Because... you know... it's me.

So, anyway..... I bought some tickets to Zoo Tunes this morning. One each to see Joan Osborne with Taj Mahal) and Aimee Mann. And later today I'll be using a ticket at Safeco Field to see the Mariners play the White Sox.

And all this thinking about tickets made me realize that I don't yet have a ticket to Sasquatch and I really want to go!

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My Mood: annoyed annoyed
Singing: Ticket to Ride - The Beatles


Thanks to everyone who responded to my previous post. Its good to know that some things never change.

I am considering making a renewed commitment to LJ, i.e. regular posts and occasional comments... assuming I can think of anything at all to say... but if you can't wait for me to make up my mind, you can always find me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/harbinjer). Not that I have a lot to say there either.

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My LJ account is still here... are any of my LJ friends still here?

My Mood: curious curious

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Uh.... hey guys. Are you still here?
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Is there anyone still undecided out there? If you need help making up your mind, call me. Seriously, this isn't as hard as you seem to be making it, and I'd be happy to explain it to you.

There's two traditions I like to share with everyone on election day, and I hope you will participate (they are both real simple):
1) vote.
2) pizza.

Pass it on.
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PumpkinFest 2008 was a huge success, and I would like to thank everyone that participated. I would have thanked you sooner, but it's taken me this long to clean up the mess and eat all the food you guys brought.

For those of you that didn't show up.... and you know who you are....

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Bookstore Calamity: a tragedy in three acts (abridged)
Based on a true story

Act One:

Humble bookstore employee works all day at the bookstore, closes up and goes home. After a long hard day he's happy that he won't have to return tomorrow.

Act Two:

Humble bookstore employee arrives home and realizes that he mistakenly brought all the cash home. Because he's not scheduled to be there early in the morning he must make an unscheduled trip back into town to drop off the money.

Act Three:
The next morning, humble bookstore employee receives an urgent call from fellow employee. She is unable to work today and there is no-one to open the store. Humble bookstore employee must go to the bookstore anyway, rendering pointless his late night trip of the night before.

The End.

My Mood: annoyed annoyed
Singing: Huey Lewis & The News - Workin' for a Livin'

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One of the great things about working at a bookstore is, of course, free books. I only work one day a week (usually), but on that day I typically bring at least one book home on average.

Today it was three.Collapse )

Singing: Elvis Costello - Everyday I Write the Book

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PF 08PumpkinFest is coming up on the 26th of October, and I hope you're all gonna be there!

No? You say you live too far away? are too busy? haven't left your house in years?

Well, now you don't have to miss out! You can join the fun online! That's right... its the digital age and you can experience all some of the excitement and fun that is PumpkinFest. All you need is a pumpkin, an internet connection, and a Flickr account. What could be simpler?

More info at http://blamb.net/pumpkinfest08/

My Mood: excited excited

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Awesome news: Ridley Scott to direct Joe Haldeman's Forever War!
It's about time somebody did.

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This is the artwork I created for the Pumpkin Fest 2008 invitations. I'm hoping they arrive from the printer soon, because 1) I'm excited to see them, and b) I want to get them in the mail ASAP.
For those of you in the area (or reasonably nearby) who may consider coming to this "fun" and "unusual" event, send me an e-mail and I'll make sure you get the details. As for the rest of you.... too bad. You'll be missed.

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My Mood: invitational

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The local news is reporting that the police have released a description for a man they are looking for in connection to a shooting a few weeks ago. The suspect is a white male in his 40's with grey hair and glasses.

Sound like anyone you know?
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Katy, a friend of mine from H.S. invited me to her house because a mutual friend, Alana (also from H.S.), is in town. It was like a mini-reunion.

I haven't kept in touch with many people from H.S., so it was kinda weird, but also very comfortable and relaxed. Fun, even. We talked about all kinds of random things, including what everyone is doing, and we looked at faces in the yearbook, of course. We talked books, movies, and travel... and it turns out all three of us have writing projects we've started.

.... And they both made me promise to join Facebook. I have joined, but I guess I really don't understand the purpose of it yet.


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Sheep! (from Squishable.com)The scene, one week ago:
My friend Shanna: Does your mom still collect sheep?
Me: Always.

Today... this guy shows up, greeted with much giggling and many squishy hugs!

Check out Squishable.com for more adorable round animal faces and some of the most hysterically fun catalog copy you'll ever see. You can thank me later!

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I was having a computer issue that some of you may also be having, so I'm going to pass on this knowledge in the hopes that doing so will reduce the amount of psychic trauma in the universe. It's not a perfect solution, but it works for my situation. Your mileage may vary.

My issue relates to a new installation of Firefox 3.01 on Windows XP SP3, but I am told that people who use Internet Explorer are also going through this. The good news is my solution should work for both browsers, as well as any others.

The Problem
Files... in particular ZIP files and executables... that I downloaded with Firefox 3.01 were giving me security warnings such as: "The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?" Or my favorite: "Do you want to open this file?"

Duh. I clicked on it, didn't I?

The Solution
If you have a site that you are downloading from on a regular basis, add the site to your Trusted Sites list in Internet Options:
1) Open Internet Options (in the Control Panel).
2) Click on the Security Tab.
3) Click on Trusted Sites.
4) Click on the "Sites" button.
5) Type the URL of the site (i.e. http://www.downloads.com) and click the "Add" button.
6) Click "Close" and click "OK" and yer done!

If its a site you only occasionally download from, you may want to just deal with this on a file-by-file basis:
1) Right-click on the file.
2) Choose "Properties."
3) Click the "Unblock" button, down near the bottom.
4) Click OK. That file will not bother you again.

Alternatively, when you do get the pop-up warning, you can uncheck the box that says: "Always ask before opening this file."

Hope this helps!

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) was activated today (if you don't believe me, ask Google), and in case you are wondering if it has destroyed the world yet, you can go to hasthelargehadroncolliderdestroyedtheworldyet.com

That is all.

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These are the coolest things ever! I want this! or this! or this!

But mostly I want this!
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Oregon Coast
Originally uploaded by Harbinjer.
I finally got around to posting some pics from my trip (with my family) to the Oregon Coast. http://flickr.com/photos/harbinjer/

Speaking of which... Hey! I went to the Oregon Coast with my family. We had a fantastic time... we rented this really great beach house and the weather was awesome (most of the time). We ate lots of Tillamook Ice Cream and played on many beaches. We also toured an aircraft museum and saw Sea Lions in their native habitat.

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Weather is always a concern at Bumbershoot... or at least it should be. It's an outdoor event scheduled on the same weekend every year, afterall. Still, I can't remember ever being at Bumbershoot when it was less than perfect weather. Maybe it's happened.... it must have... but I don't recall it.

This year, I gotta tell you... I was nervous. I checked the 5-day forecast early in the week: it said rain on Saturday! I checked it again the next day: Sun on Saturday, but maybe Rain on Sunday!

This is when I remembered I don't trust 5-Day forecasts. I decided to wing it, that the weather would do what it would do.

What it did was rain on Friday, then threaten in the mornings with dark clouds that cleared up... completely... on all three days. The weather simply could not have been better.

So anyway....
When I got to The Seattle Center I dropped by Bill Stidham's booth to say hello. We talked some more about his art and I told him I'd save him a spot at the Old 97's if he could make it.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Vert Ramp caught my eye...  the guys getting crazy air... so I decided to go ever there and watch them. The "Rockstar Girls" (i.e. hot chicks in super-short skirts and low-cut t-shirts) were tossing out shirts and hats to the crowd while we watched the international super-stars of skateboarding (and one BMX guy) take turns doing awesome tricks.

I had some time to kill, so I watched Choklate. She was good. Great band backing her up. She commented on the lack of sun, and one song later it broke through the clouds. The Magic of Bumbershoot.
Then it was time to go over the the North Comedy Stage to see Jessi Klein, T.J. Miller, and Nick Thune, all of whom were hilarious. Added note: the warm-up guy started off his set by coming over to me and saying (and I quote): "I like you... don't know why... maybe its the beard." He tried to be funny, but he wasn't, really.
I grabbed some food and watch Bedouin Soundclash, who have a really great sound... something like if The Clash and The Police were one band. Translation: worth seeing if you get a chance. I'm definitely curious what their album sounds like.
X Levitation Cult was playing when I got the to Mural stage. Totally forgettable. Seriously. The only thing I really remember is that I thought about leaving, but then I remembered that I was waiting for...
The Old 97's! They rocked. If you have to ask what the show was like you owe it to yourself to see them in person. They played between 1/3 and 1/2 new stuff from the album I hadn't listened to at the time (and have yet to form an opinion on), and the rest was all classics.

I met a friend for dinner at Zeek's Pizza, then drove home with my soul rejuvenated for another year. Mission Accomplished.


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