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Saturday, February 16th, 2008
1:15 pm

So Feb 14th (Lupercalia, Valentine's, etc) was a fund raiser for the Silicon Valley Roller Girls (Roller Derby Team) at Mission Ale house. It was an "Anti-Valentine's" event. They had a wheel of (mis) fortune and a raffle including "Win a date with a Derby Girl". It was fun!

I am not a huge fan of any kind of sporting event, but I do like to support my friends when they get involved in one.
Trisha "Double Cannons" and I have been friends for years, and it turns out I knew at least one other member of the team already (an acquaintance from karaoke).

To tell the truth, I do not think it would be that tough convincing me to come out and support them. Derby seems to involve lots lovely ladies sweating, getting bruises, and getting into fights. Many of them have died hair and tattoos. Pretty much sound like my kinda place! *wicked grin*
Trish even tried to talk me into becoming a ref. I am sure it would be fun, and I agreed to help out if I could, but I am not interested in that kind of commitment right now.

Their next event is another fund raiser on the 20th at Armadillo Willies. I will not be able to attend because that conflicts with the Chamber of Commerce meeting for Feb.

Current Mood: good
1:15 pm
Writer's Block: One Day to Live

What would you do if you had one day left to live?


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Sunday, February 10th, 2008
12:19 pm
Who Am I This Time?

I finally got in that special order movie I have been talking about; it is mine and several of my friends' newest fave movie!

Who Am I This Time?

So how can one of the cutest romantic comedies staring Christopher Walken AND Susan Sarandon, AND directed by Jonathan Demme (Something Wild, Silence of the Lambs, etc), AND writen by Kurt Vonnegut Jr somehow get completely overlooked?!

I guess it can if the fools that own the rights to it waited 20+ years to release it on DVD, then did not even make a big deal out of it. The fools!

So far, no one that has watched with me has failed to love it. Of course it helps that most of my friends were/are drama geeks and movie buffs, but still how can you go wrong with this combo?

12:14 pm
Writer's Block: Repeat After Me...
How have people pronounced your name? How is it supposed to sound?
 My name is Nathaniel; also, Nathan, Nate, or even Nat. I usually use Nathan with strangers, I have learned that they get it right faster.
I have been miss-called Daniel, Samual, McDaniel, Bdaniel, Franiel, Nassaniel, Nassan, Saniel, San, Thaniel, Than, etc.

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008
1:03 pm
Club Vivid

So as some of you know, I let Nicole talk me into going to Club Vivid last night ( http://www.vividsj.com/ ). I knew what to expect, but I still felt a little slimy from being there as I left.

I guess that is what I get for letting a dyke choose the club. *chuckle*. She and her GF were able to look right through all the scuzzy boys on the prowl, though the club was so choked with testosterone, I am surprised that anyone could see at all. It did make me say a thankful prayer that none of my other female friends had gone with me; I never could have apologized enough.

Not that it was all bad.
I got there when it first opened and the floor opened with some '80s dance and familiar pop tunes. I had walked over to the Cinnabar on my way there, to avoid paying Vivid's drink prices, so I was already at my "two drink minimum" to get out on the dance floor (even tough it was just me and the paid go-go dancers dancing).

It turn out to be a good thing that I was dancing.
Nicole had told me it was a Hollywood Theme dance night. I had figured that since we were in the middle of Carnival that that meant a theme dress up club. Boy was I wrong; I think they may have been trying to give that impression, but it was really just another regular Meat Market theme.
I showed up in Noir, complete with vintage suspenders, a long tan trench-coat, and a brown Panama hat. It was the hat that got me in trouble though, it was against the dress code! They said that I could keep it on for a little while until coat check opened, but then I would be forced to take it off.
I think they tried to approach me a few times and make me take it off, but it is tough for security to be discreet while interrupting a customer on the dance floor. I was one of the few people on the dance floor and it might have looked bad to the other patrons. Ha! I got to keep it on all night!

BTW, am I the only one that is disturbed by their theme schedule?

Thursday, Jan 31st was their Mardi Gras party. Friday Feb 8th will be ANOTHER Mardi Gras party.
Mardi Gras is ONLY on Tuesday, I am not even Catholic and I know that. The second party night would actually be during Lent.

WTF?! Talk about religious holidays going secular! Oh, well. 

Current Mood: tired
Tuesday, January 29th, 2008
5:58 pm

So my roommate borrowed back her copy of the Autobiography of Malcolm X.

Her son needs it for a school report. It has been taking me quite a while to get through 2/3 of the book (admittedly I am reading 3 other books and finished light books in the mean time) and I find it hard to believe that a 10 year old is going to read the whole thing for a report.
I even suggested that since it was divided up into several chapters per portion of his life that me might concentrate on one part of his life (say childhood). She wanted none of that (my suggestion, nor me making suggestions about her son).

Oh, well. At least I know how it ends. :)


Current Mood: complacent
Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
11:11 am
Great, I am a dog.
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According to the books that means I am a servant. Great
11:07 am
Golden Compass

How come I was the one that really wanted to see the Golden Compass and it seems like everyone has seen it already but me?!

I am about 1/2 way through reading the Amber Telescope (third in the book series after, the Subtle Knife) and really wondering if they can make a second movie if they have already deviated so far from the first book.

Monday, December 17th, 2007
9:29 am
Dickens' Faire

Well, for lack of anyone else to take, I took my two estranged (or is that just strange) parents to Dickens' with me yesterday (they are friends but got divorced when I was 10).

No one is getting any presents from me this year; I drank away all my Christmas gift money at Dickens'. Yes, the bartenders were that cute.   ;)

Of course, typical of my luck, none of the cute bartenders nor any of the other nice women I talked to this weekend showed any interest in getting to know me better.

I did seem to run into a nice old man quite a few times… lots and lots of times…who was very, very friendly…are you sure you are not following me?!

Oh yeah, and a female FOF that thought I looked “Oh so cute” in my Dickens’ costume. What? Of course she was gay.

I did have a great time and saw lots of acquaintances. I even saw that gorgeous creature (who’s real name I can NEVER remember) who goes to con dressed as Death (Sandman/Endless) so it takes me a moment to remember that I even know such a beautiful woman. Usually, by the time I remember that I DO know her I am blushing and stammering trying to explain that I did not recognize her out of her wig (though I have met her out of it more times than in). What? Of course she is happily married.

Current Mood: complacent
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
4:41 pm
Hey everybody

Since I have not been on for a while I have

1) Forgotten who every one is.

2) Forgotten all the tricks to posting names and links, etc.

Feel free to poke me and tell me how who is who and how is how.



the Neutral Christ

4:35 pm
*Tap* *Tap* Is this thing on?
 Hello. Nate here.

Chell was asking me why, if I have started writing in another journal, that I have not been writing in my live journal. I said I did not know, but I did know that it is already so time consuming that I would prolly just copy and past from one into the other if I remembered at all.

Current Mood: artistic
Sunday, July 24th, 2005
12:20 pm
Geting a kick out of zee Germans
Dear Diary,

For some reason my most recent movies I got excited about have been German ones. I guess I kinda go through these unintentional phazes. Or maybe fate just sends them my way (Murphy be praised).

I bought the original Munchausen movie, it just came out on DVD. Yes that's right the WWII erra (1943) restored film, never before seen in the US nor most of the Allied Nations.
I loved it! It was an extraviganza! The goverment owned movie industry was trying to out do American epics to prove their supperiority. Gorgious sets, costumes, special effects. It cost the equivilent of millions of dollars to film.
(Mmmm... Moon Queen)
And funny, very funny, too.
It even comes with an animated short.

I, also, bought What To Do in Case of Fire (let it burn!) Six anarchists in the 80's film themselves making a bomb that they put in an abandoned building. 12 years later, the bomb goes off nearly killing a renovator. Since there is not statute of limitations on attempted murder and the police have the film (still unwatched) in there evidence files, they must get back together to steal the film back.
Very fun.

Current Mood: chipper
12:16 pm
Your morals are up your butt
Dear Diary,

I consider myself a very moral person (according to what I consider moral) and there are some things I really would not do. How did this happen...?
Raw score: 85%
There's a special place in Hell for you: the basement penthouse. You scored the nastiest possible on the Sexual Hell Test. You have no sexual restraint whatsoever. You'll take pleasure however you can get it, and my guess is you get it a lot. If for some reason you don't right now, you will soon, as people in your category only tend to spiral down ever deeper into the abyss of carnality and delicious sin. Congratulations.

I, personally, think that this category is the best. Paradoxically enough, sexual liberation and indulgence can only bring you closer to purity and honesty.

AVOID: all but level 3 hellions like yourself. You wouldn't want to ruin anyone, now would you?

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:

free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 90% on hellish
Link: The Sexual HELL Test written by jason_bateman on OkCupid Free Online Dating

Current Mood: confused
12:10 pm
Full Throttle? (computers don't have necks)
Dear Diary,

So the computer I was using to get on the net worked twice then hurled all over the screen. I was right in the middle of a long blog when it froze up and stopped cooperating ever again. I think it is either the vid-card or the KVM switch. Maybe I will get off my happy but and make one of the computers I have work well enough for a %$#@ dial up!

Now I am over at Pink Buttons place getting a quik fix and saying "hi". I guess I am best reach by cell these days.

Current Mood: frustrated
Monday, July 4th, 2005
3:51 pm
Open Invatation
Hey y'all

I know it is last minute, but anyone who is not busy today is invited to my place.

BBQ. Movies. Drinks... and watching fireworks from my roof.

408 390-9313

408 866-4290

Current Mood: happy
Saturday, June 18th, 2005
1:10 pm

I have returned!

Hey, why fix a my computer when I have three working computers laying around my apartment.

Let’s see how often I actually remember to post.

Current Mood: awake
Tuesday, October 12th, 2004
1:05 am
My new obsession
___Dear diary:

__A friend of mine was telling me that there is Gaelic game vaguely similar to chess that is sometimes played at Ren Faire. After doing some research I found several versions of it on the web.

__The Viking game Hnefatafl or tafl (pronounced like the word “table”) for short predates the renaissance by several hundred years. In fact it probably died before chess was even imported into the Western Europe so therefore would be inappropriate to play at Faire. Despite this many people have begun playing variations of it as a truly non-chess capture game.

__Most of the original rules are lost.

__The basic idea is fairly simple:
1) It is a “chase game.” This means the game is “unbalanced” with more attackers then defenders and each with different goals. In most of these games the ratio is always 2:1 plus a king on the defender side. The King begins in the middle and tries to escape to the edge of the board.
2) All of the pieces move orthogonally (like the rook in chess) about the board as far as they want but cannot move through another piece.
3) Pieces can capture each other by sandwiching (bracketing) in an opponent’s piece.
4) The King must be blocked in on all 4 sides, either by opponent pieces, hostile squares, or, in some versions, the edge of the board.

__Everything else is variant game rules to try and find a balance of power and the even out the win ratio.
7X7 9X9 11X11 boards are used and even larger. 8:4+1, 16:8+1, 24:12+1 always keeping the number of attackers as double the number of defenders (plus a king).

__Somehow soon I will make a set and find a place to play it.

PS: Unicorngardens.com has an electronic board for playing brandubh, a 7X7 Irish tafl game. It requires two players (no vs computer mode).

Current Mood: Obsesive
Monday, September 13th, 2004
5:30 pm
Doggy Fun
___Dear diary:

__Supposedly there is a dog park in Fremont that has agility training equipment in it. While doing a search for this park Rachell found something else instead: Ohlone Calaveras Park.
_It is located off 680N just past the Sunol grade which makes it a bit of a drive from SJ but not so far that I wouldn’t go to it on short notice.

__What makes this rather simple wilderness park so interesting? Dogs are allowed on the trails. Not only that, but once you get into the trees and fields dogs are allowed OFF leash. This is unusual. We went to several county parks yesterday and none of them allowed dogs on trails and few of them allowed dogs outside of paved areas. None of them allowed dogs in the water off leash (and on leash was only if the ranger was not around).
_It does cost $5 to park, but so do most county parks ($4 if you do not have a dog.). There are creeks and rocks and picnic benches and camping and all kindsa stuff.

__We hiked for over 2 hours (4hours including the trip back) and wore ourselves and Llorona out. (Rachell needs to learn to pace herself better)

Current Mood: exhausted
Thursday, September 9th, 2004
4:40 am
Stupid Dog!
___Dear diary:

__The dog just paraded around the front yard with one of my favorite adult toys in her mouth before settling down to chew it up.

Determined voice: Must... remember... that laughing... will only encourage her.

__Besides it’s our fault for getting her into vibrating toys. Her fave is still that silly frog that vibrates when you pull its tongue.


Current Mood: annoyed
3:29 am
Cows and things
chach·ka or tchotch·ke also tsats·ke (tsätsk)
n. Slang
A cheap showy trinket.

[Yiddish tshatshke, from Polish dialectal czaczka.]

Current Mood: geeky
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