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Time, time, time, for another peaceful war

About Now it's ten years later, but he still keeps up the fight

We cannot defend freedom abroad by deserting it at home. - Edward R. Murrow Jul. 4th, 2026 @ 10:09 pm
Support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

If you are coming to look at my journal, from here on out, until the 250th Anniversary of the Declaration Independence of the United States of America, this is the first thing you will see.

On that day, 4 July 2026, I wonder if I will be able to look back and see that the Constitution was supported and defended well.
What do you think?
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Take one moment Jan. 1st, 2025 @ 01:30 pm
If you are able,
save them a place
inside of you
and save one backward glance
when you are leaving
for the places they can
no longer go.

Be not ashamed to say
you loved them,
though you may
or may not have always.
Take what they have left
and what they have taught you
with their dying
and keep it with your own.

And in that time
when men decide and feel safe
to call the war insane,
take one moment to embrace
those gentle heroes
you left behind.

Major Michael Davis O'Donnell
1 January 1970
Dak To, Vietnam

Apr. 28th, 2013 @ 09:54 am
On 1 May 2013, the sun will rise at approximately 0540, at about 93 degrees (magnetic) at Riverbend Park in Cambridge, MA.

I like to rise when the sun she rises,
early in the morning
And I like to hear them small birds singing,
Merrily upon their layland
And hurrah for the life of a country boy,
And to ramble in the new mowed hay.

In memoriam May. 30th, 2011 @ 10:07 am
To fallen soldiers let us sing,
Where no rockets fly nor bullets wing,
Our broken brothers let us bring
To the Mansions of the Lord.

No more bleeding, no more fight,
No prayers pleading through the night,
Just divine embrace, eternal light
In the Mansions of the Lord.

Where no mothers cry and no children weep,
We will stand and guard though the angels sleep,
All through the ages safely keep
The Mansions of the Lord.

- Randall Wallace

fan snark: Jan. 15th, 2011 @ 10:56 am
Went to the panel "Boston as Setting" kind of disappointed, there were no Bostonians on the panel. Plenty of people who had moved here for college and never left. Or who moved to Boston because they felt it was where they should be. Not that I don't mind, but I hope in all of Arisia they could find at least one person who grew up east of 128.

Because the only real blanks are those who were born blank.
You nativist tool.

Nov. 22nd, 2010 @ 10:31 pm
I lost the game.

Oct. 13th, 2010 @ 07:29 pm
You are so young, so much before all beginning, and I would like to beg you, dear Sir, as well as I can, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don't search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.

Rainer Maria Rilke, letter 4 to a young poet,
Worpswede, near Bremen
July 16, 1903

Hymn to the Morrigan Aug. 12th, 2010 @ 01:53 pm
O Morrigan, we call your name
Across the dusty years.
You speak to us, of blood and lust.
You show us all our fears.
You are a goddess, old and wise.
Of holy power you have no dearth.
Beneath your wings, black, red and white,
We learn of death and birth.

You walk about, this ancient land,
Your hungers raw and clear.
You make the crops, grow rich and strong,
As well your geese and deer.
A flirting maid, a lusty hag,
A mother of great girth:
Without the touch, of your black wings,
We cannot heal the earth.

You float upon, a blood red wave,
Of swords and spears and knives.
Your voice inspires, fear and dread,
That you'll cut short our lives.
You try the warriors', courage sore,
Our inner souls unearth.
Without the touch, of your red wings,
We cannot know our worth.

You fly above, the silver clouds,
To Avalon's shining gate.
You lead the dead, along that path,
To meet our final fate.
The joke's on us, we find within,
A land of laughter and of mirth.
Without the touch, of your white wings,
We cannot have rebirth.

O Morrigan, we call your name
Across the dusty years...

by Isaac Bonewits

role playing games Jul. 14th, 2010 @ 06:13 pm
I owned Basic and Expert D&D boxed sets as a kid, and I sort of played AD&D 1E, as well as collecting the books: PHB, DMG, MM, FF, D&D (edition with Cthulhu, Melnibone, and Erewhonian mythos), UA, OA, the Greyhawk Boxed set, the FR boxed set, the Spelljammer boxed set.

I never really played much.

I'm tempted to give it a shot when I come back - but what is the closest feel to AD&D 1E?

presented without comment Jul. 4th, 2010 @ 08:59 am
"When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

"All Four Stanzas" Jul. 4th, 2010 @ 08:56 am
"All Four Stanzas" by Isaac Asimov.

signal boosting: water main break causes boil water order for much of eastern MA May. 1st, 2010 @ 04:46 pm
the following communities are affected:
Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Canton, Chelsea, Everett, Lexington, Lynnfield Water District, Malden, Marblehead, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Nahant, Newton, Norwood, Quincy, Reading, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Stoughton, Swampscott, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Weston, Wilmington, Winchester, Winthrop.

less than two weeks! Apr. 19th, 2010 @ 11:32 am

Okay, so I'm NOT going to Padstow, but you get the point - I'm SO psyched about May coming!

Fundraising for a GREAT cause Apr. 5th, 2010 @ 08:12 pm
I almost never donate to anything.

I've donated to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center's Walk for Change for shadesong.

sponsor 'song here: http://www.firstgiving.com/shiralipkin

The next five donors (after me) will be matched 10% by me. Done - $214 dollars contributed by the five donors after me = $21.40 match)

Can I get 9 of you 'droogs to each match 10% of those five as well?

Let's go!

lensman just upped the ante - BUT: will anyone on my friends list match my matching?
One more person to donate gets matched!


We've got until the weekend - how many of you think we can get her to $1500?

Amateurs! we can get her to $2k pass the word, pass the frigging hat!
What I'm hearing: Dropkick Murphys - Which Side are You On?

Hyatt Stay certificates for sale Dec. 22nd, 2009 @ 08:55 am
Is there anyone interested in buying some Hyatt "Choice" stay certificates for face value?
The Choice level is worth $135, and I have SIX of them - three which expire on 31 MAR 10, and three which expire 31 DEC 10.

I'm selling them for $100 each.


Signal boost?

I can be reached through the LJ private message function.

IT WORKED!!! Dec. 21st, 2009 @ 01:46 pm
Ο ήλιος αυξάνεται! Αληθινός, αυξάνεται!

RIP Liam Clancy Dec. 5th, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
The last of the Clancy brothers has gone on.

Of all the money e'er I had,
I spent it in good company.
And all the harm I've ever done,
Alas! it was to none but me.
And all I've done for want of wit
To mem'ry now I can't recall
So fill to me the parting glass
Good night and joy be with you all

Oh, all the comrades e'er I had,
They're sorry for my going away,
And all the sweethearts e'er I had,
They'd wish me one more day to stay,
But since it falls unto my lot,
That I should rise and you should not,
I gently rise and softly call,
Good night and joy be with you all.
What I'm feeling: drinking a parting glass
What I'm hearing: The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem

Nov. 19th, 2009 @ 12:14 pm
Happy birthday dee_cee!

Hyatt Stay Gift certificates for sale Nov. 13th, 2009 @ 10:42 am
Is there anyone interested in buying some Hyatt "Choice" stay certificates for face value?
The Choice level is worth $135, and I have FIVE of them - two which expire on 31 MAR 10, and three which expire 31 DEC 10.

Signal boost?

I can be reached through the LJ private message function.

one cybenetic organism, and a response by another: Nov. 5th, 2009 @ 10:20 pm
(F) Brother Cavil:
I don’t want to be human! I want to see gamma rays. I want to hear x-rays, and I want to smell dark matter. I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws and feel the solar wind of a supernova flowing over me. I’m a machine, and I could know much more. Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I'm a machine! And I can know much more! I can experience so much more. But I'm trapped in this absurd body! And why? Because my five creators thought that God wanted it that way!

Roy Batty:

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.

Are they both complaining about the limits of humanity's senses, or their own frustration with humans believing themselves to be the top of the food chain?

One of them is arguing against people who want to experience the human condition, or, at least, accept it, and one of them was giving his death speech to a human.

In other news, just watched Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, and it was amazing, though intentionally disjointed, and presented an interesting look into the concept of salvation.

Great easter egg, for those of you who remember the original series!

Hyatt Hotel Stay Certificates for sale Nov. 3rd, 2009 @ 09:15 am
Is there anyone interested in buying some Hyatt "Choice" stay certificates for face value?
The Choice level is worth $135, and I have SIX FIVE of them - three two which expire on 31 MAR 10, and three which expire 31 DEC 10.

Signal boost?

I can be reached through the LJ private message function.
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