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For people wondering why LJ has been down lately... [Apr. 8th, 2011|05:14 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
Blame the Russians.

No, really.
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BlizzCon 2010 Pictures [Nov. 1st, 2010|10:04 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
Public Photo Gallery
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Vacation Time! [Oct. 21st, 2010|07:01 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Yoko Kanno/Tim Jensen - Run Rabbit Junk [Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex OST]]

Leaving for BlizzCon. Will post lots of pictures when I get back.
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Oh, damn... [Mar. 10th, 2010|09:16 am]
Geoff Ellingwood


Please pardon me while I drool.
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Attention: Photographers [Mar. 1st, 2010|02:10 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
I'm going to be doing a bit of economic stimulus with my tax refund this year, and am looking at purchasing a DSLR rig. I've talked to several friends (some of whom will be reading this) and have a pretty good idea what I want. At the moment, I'm looking at the following:

Nikon D90 kit w/ 18-105mm lens

Nikon SB-600 Speedlight flash

Also planning to get a second rechargeable battery, 32 Gb memory card (and USB card reader for my computer), a nice camera bag, a basic tripod, and a remote shutter trigger.

Total (before shipping) is about $1300.

Thoughts? Tips? Corrections? Recommendations? Alternatives?

Please let me know.
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Meme, swiped from zanthess [Feb. 25th, 2010|12:33 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
1. If you're on my friends list, I want to know 35 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet is fine.

2. Comment here with your answers and repost the questionaire on your own journal. :)


01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
27) Do you believe in ghosts?
28) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
29) Do you swear a lot?
30) Biggest pet peeve?
31) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
32) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
33) Favorite and least favorite food?
34) Do you believe in God?
35) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
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Moved, and a reminder why... [Jan. 27th, 2010|10:23 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]
[Current Music |The Orb - 2 - 01 - Little Fluffy Clouds (Live From Washington DC '97) [U.F.Off - The Best Of The Orb]

Move is complete, thanks to my co-workers who helped me schlep stuff, and no thanks to the hypothermia that we all almost got for doing it when the temperature was 15 outside.

Still sorting and unpacking stuff, and some of my replacement things are showing up.

The UPS guy tried to deliver my new desk yesterday, but apparently took it straight to the apartment complex office (they sign for some packages) instead of to my apartment. Now, this is a nice desk - natural wood, computer-style with filing cabinets, keyboard tray, etc. seleene_paris helped me pick it out (thanks hon!), and it's not exactly small. There was no way that I was going to be able to get it back to my apartment, and I was worried how I was going to arrange it.

So I walk over to the office, and run into the head maintenance guy before I even get inside, who recognizes me and asks to make sure everything's in the apartment and sorted. There were a few hiccups, like a refrigerator not being in the apartment when I moved in, but everything's been taken care of, and I thank him. I mention the desk, and his first response is, "I'll get the truck and we'll bring it over." I didn't even have to ask; they simply did it. By the time I'd walked back to the apartment, they had it leaning against the wall outside my door.

Yes, I'm still renting, but I found a darned good place to rent from.

Oh, and it's two blocks from work. Talk about reducing your carbon footprint... I don't even need to take the (biodiesel-fueled!) busses anymore, except for once or twice a month, for shopping that I can't do at the IGA across the street.
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Moving tomorrow. [Jan. 9th, 2010|12:13 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |anxiousanxious]
[Current Music |Enfold Darkness - The Rise Of The Great Fornucator [Our Cursed Rapture]]

New apartment, much closer to work. I'll be offline for a couple of days. Freya is enjoying having boxes everywhere, but will probably not enjoy being shut in the bathroom all day. See you guys in a few days. :)
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Trick or Treat! [Oct. 31st, 2009|11:40 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]

We had trick-or-treating at work yesterday. 100 kids, all in extra-cute costumes, all "belonging" to employees. Much candy was given out, although thankfully there's plenty left for me. Great times, great times. :)
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Republican WW2 Veteran Speaks on Gay Marriage [Oct. 21st, 2009|10:13 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |humbled]

You're going to want to watch this.



In other news, Homework Day is today. Tune in if you can; it's going to be a blast.
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Job update. [Sep. 23rd, 2009|11:51 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]
[Current Music |The Guild - (Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar (feat. Felicia Day) [(Do You Wanna Date My) Avatar (feat.]

As of this past Monday, I am now a full-time employee with Wolfram Alpha, LLC. Benefits start at the end of the month. Needless to say, I am thrilled.
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For the rock hounds... [Aug. 20th, 2009|10:48 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |Rob Zombie - 06 - (Go to) California [The Sinister Urge]]

This month marks the one hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the main fossil bed of the Burgess Shale - one of the richest and most important fossil beds... well, ever!

Read for yourself!
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Looking back. [Aug. 19th, 2009|11:30 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |Rob Zombie - 13 - Never Gonna Stop [Greatest Hits Past, Present, And Future]]

This past Sunday would have been my seventh wedding anniversary.

I suppose I should be upset and angry, but I'm really not. I'm doing better than I was, and I hear that Paula is doing well too. It's probably good for both of us; we just didn't match properly, for a variety of reasons. So I hope she does well in school, and I'll continue to enjoy my job.
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Friends don't let friends play Alliance. (part 2) [Jul. 4th, 2009|01:08 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |creativecreative]
[Current Music |Filterd Episode 041 (26 June 2009) - Frank Ellrich (A.S.Y.S) (Hard Dance - D I G I T A L L Y - I M P]

File this post under: Things Geoff does when he has a day off, a copy of Photoshop, and a desire for some humor.

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George Tiller's murder and some thoughts about history. [Jun. 1st, 2009|06:22 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
Okay, this post is going to piss some people off. I'm well aware of this, and I'm even going to encourage it, to a certain extent. The things I'm going to be talking about are controversial, the positions I'm going to present are going to make people uncomfortable, and I'm going to make people on both sides of the issue think twice about their perspectives. So if you choose to read past the cut, keep in mind that I'm intentionally doing this to make you think.

Personal disclosure, I'm pro-choice, even though some of the things I'm going to say here are not necessarily going to come across as flattering to this position.

Now then.

As many folks are aware by now, on Sunday, May 31st, 2009, George Tiller was murdered. In a church, during services (although out in the narthex, and not in the chapel itself). This man was an abortion provider, and the murder is likely to have been motivated by this.

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Wolfram|Alpha [May. 19th, 2009|06:59 pm]
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As many of you know, I'm working for Wolfram Research now. I'm involved (although mostly around the edges) with their new product, Wolfram|Alpha. There's been a lot of hype about this, up to and including a live web broadcast from the actual launch of the website. It's been pretty chaotic, but a lot of fun for me.

That being said, a lot of people don't quite get what this new thing is. It's being billed as a "computational knowledge engine", which is a different thing altogether from a search engine, like Google. This is something that simply has never existed before, which is why so many people are having trouble figuring it out. You can't use it to search for things, like the best value car, or the cheapest cell phone, because that kind of thing can't be computed, except by methods that would either be biased, or not be trusted, or both.

But for things that are computable, Wolfram|Alpha excels. It builds on the computation power and symbolic interpretation of Mathematica, and takes it to an entirely different level. While Mathematica is designed for professionals, Wolfram|Alpha is designed for the whole population, although many of the data sets are rather specialized. As things stand now, this product is only starting. It's at the first point where it's good enough to be used by the public, but it has a long way to go. There's a lot of work to do, and a lot of things won't work, and there's a lot of data that hasn't been put in yet.

So if you run across things that don't work, or that you think should be added, use the feedback form on the bottom of the page. Your feedback will help make it better. I'm not just saying that, either - I'm actually one of the people who reads that feedback, and makes sure it finds its way to the developers. So sending feedback will also help to ensure my future employment. *grins*

There's a lot of articles out there which show off what Alpha can do. I figured I'd show a few examples, myself. So if you'd like to see some examples, click here to see them.Collapse )
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Steam, The Last Remnant, and why my weekend plans are trashed. [May. 1st, 2009|07:16 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
So, there's a (fairly) new Square|Enix RPG out, called The Last Remnant. Xbox 360 release, and PC, with PS3 soon to follow. I had it recommended to me by bav101.

Since I have a new job (more on that later), I figured I'd treat myself and pick up a copy. While at the mall this week, I stopped by the Game Stop in the mall, but they didn't have any PC copies. Apparently they're phasing out their PC games, because of "rampant piracy". Sounds like an excuse to me, but oh well. Turns out, the game was made available via Steam, Valve's download-based free service for game distribution.

I've had a Steam account for a while, and I was pleased with the results when I brought home my (store-bought) copy of the Orange Box. So, last night I fired up the client and purchased a copy of The Last Remnant. First of all, it was only $39.99 - no tax. Fair price for a new game, I figure. Second, the download was fast. It's a 12 Gb install, and it was done before I woke up this morning (and I started it right before I went to bed). Third, it just... works. I didn't have time to get very far this morning (just to the point where I actually control my char), and now I'm off to work, but there was absolutely nothing for me to do. Click on the shortcut, configure my gamepad, tweak the video settings, and start playing.

That's the kind of game experience I want. Simple, quick, painless, and it just works. Oh, and so long as I have my Steam account (free, of course), I can download it again any time I want. The fact that I have no physical media won't limit me at all.

Now, I'm off to work, and yeah, my weekend plans are fairly set now. *grins*
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Media wtf. [Apr. 25th, 2009|12:06 pm]
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[Current Mood |pissed]

Here is an article on Salon.com which describes a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles in the New York Times talking about how "some retired generals, working as radio and television analysts, had been co-opted by the Pentagon to make its case for the war in Iraq, and how many of them also had undisclosed ties to companies that benefited from policies they defended".

You'd think that something like this would be all over the major TV news channels, right? Well, no. In fact, they're supressing it. Here is an article from Media Matters which talks about an NBC segment which completely ignores these articles when discussing the Pulitzer Price winners for this year.

There's something going on here, and I don't like it.

The original articles are:
Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand
One Man's Military-Industrial-Media Complex

These are New York Times articles, so registration is requied (although if you use BugMeNot, you can bypass that...).
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R.I.P. [Apr. 11th, 2009|08:11 am]
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Dave Arneson, co-creator of D&D, died of cancer on Thursday. Gary Gygax, the other co-creator, died last March.

I guess it's up to us, the new generation of role-players, to keep their spirits alive. The creativity and socializing that you can get from role-playing is still (in my opinion) one of the most valuable things that a young (or young-at-heart) person can do to help develop themselves.

In the mean time, I bet there's one heck of a session going on up in heaven.
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Some food for coding thought... [Jan. 15th, 2009|06:45 pm]
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Here is an interesting article to read. At first, you might scratch your head and think, "Gee, Geoff, what does that have to do with programming?" Well, it's pretty simple. The judge is upholding a ruling that says that calling something a "trade secret" does not mean you can keep the source code for a breathalyzer a secret from a defense team that might want to challenge it on the grounds that it was not programmed or designed correctly. While this will mean that some cases of DUI that should probably have resulted in convictions will be dismissed, the end result is much better.

What it means to a programmer is that, if you're involved with a project that has serious implications (in this case, evidence can result in a conviction and jail time), you had better do it right. And that's because your work can be gone over with a fine-toothed comb by a defense team. And for something so serious, it darn well had better be able to stand up to inspection.

Even better, it's not a difficult stretch at all to see how this sort of a ruling might be expanded to other things, such as ATM's - and even voting machines. No matter what side of the political spectrum you're on, I'm sure you want elections to be as fair as possible. I know I do.

This ruling only applies in Florida for now, but I don't see any reason why it won't be extended. So make sure you ship good code, if it's for something important.
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Video games and violence. [Jan. 13th, 2009|11:20 am]
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This topic has always depressed the heck out of me. I've played plenty of violent video games, and all I hear about them is that they somehow "cause" people to go do stupid things like shoot up their schools. How exactly does that work? These games don't teach you how to do anything other than use a mouse or gamepad to aim, and they certainly don't show you where to buy or make weapons. There's a cognitive disconnection in making that assumption; a distinct reality gap that's being consciously overlooked.

So, much to my pleasure, I ran across this blog entry (pops, originally from SlashDot). It's written by a psychiatrist, and is a summary of a study done by a psychologist and a sociologist which shows that video games do not lead to violence. They point out that, especially for boys, video games are social activities (and as such, should - in moderation - be encouraged). They do admit that people who already have a tendency towards violence or aggression may be drawn to violent games, and that those may affect them adversely, but that is a far cry from the "causation" that people want to believe.

It's just not there, no matter how much you want to believe it. It's not as simple as that. For children, ultimately the responsiblity lies with (*gasp*) the parents! Did you know that the ratings on video games are put there - voluntarily - by the video game industry? And hey, guess what, they're there for a reason! A game rated "M" (mature) for sexual and violent content is not for kids. If your kids have them, there's a problem - and it's your problem for letting them get a copy.

People should not expect politicians to legislate this away somehow. Laws that impose penalties for selling games to minors aren't very effective, for the simple reason that the minimum-wage people who are selling them often simply don't care. Similar laws have done very little to curb underage drinking, for the exact same reason. Warning labels, which are the latest measure proposed, worked so well on music CD's and cigarette packs, didn't they? All these things are is feel-good measures, that let people suffer the illusion that they are somehow doing something to help, when ultimately, there's nothing that can do on a large-scale level.

If you really want to stop random violence, stop trying to blame video games and other red herrings. Look at the real questions - how are people getting access to the weapons? (gun show loopholes, lax firearm registration, etc.) What sorts of things really drive people to that sort of rage? (bullying, mental illness, etc.)

Now, if you'll pardon me, I'm waiting for my World of Warcraft server to come back up.
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Swiped from zanthess [Jan. 12th, 2009|09:24 am]
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01. Name:
02. Birthday:
03. Where do you live:
04: What are you studying/What are you working as:
05. What makes you happy:
06. What are you listening to now/have listened to last:
07. What is particularly good/bad about my LJ:
08. An interesting fact about you:
09. Are you in love/have a crush at the moment:
10. Favorite place to be:
11. Favorite lyric:
12. Best time of the year:
13. Weirdest food you like:

RECOMMEND
01. A film:
02. A book:
03. A song:
04: A band:

PLUS
01. One thing you like about me:
02. Two things you like about yourself:
03. Put this in your lj so I can tell you what I think of you?
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Meme, swiped fromlookingforlily... [Dec. 7th, 2008|01:08 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |Anthrax - In My World [The Island Years]]

Bored? Well, maybe.

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USAF Interrogator speaks on Iraq [Dec. 3rd, 2008|07:20 am]
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No matter what your views on the matter, please read this.
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These are a few of my favorite things... [Nov. 14th, 2008|10:25 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |stressedstressed]
[Current Music |Scooter Vs Status Quo - Jump That Rock (Whatever You Want) [Jumping All Over The World Whatever You]

Swiped from lookingforlily, cut for length.Collapse )
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The election is over. [Nov. 5th, 2008|09:43 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |pleasedpleased]
[Current Music |Black Sabbath - The Mob Rules [Mob Rules]]

I'm sure plenty of people have lots to say about how it was and wasn't won, but I personally have something slightly different to say.

Thank you, Senator McCain. Nothing becomes your campaign like the way you left it. No fussing around with recounts or court cases. You bowed out graciously when the results became clear, and you told all your supporters - even cutting across the boos - to stand by Obama, because he is going to be the next President. History will remember you for many things, but the one thing that I will remember you for is you being a gracious loser.

Hopefully, people across the nation will listen to what you said. Barack Obama is the next President of the United States, and we all need to get behind him, regardless of how you feel about his politics. As the saying goes, we aren't out of the woods yet - there's still economic and military troubles all over the world that need to be dealt with. The nation has chosen what it believes is the best Executive for handling that, so it's time to toss aside party differences and get to work on making this a stable and productive nation again.

That is all.
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I have to plug these guys... [Oct. 25th, 2008|12:33 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
Good Old Games is a web-based computer game purchase place, and every single game they sell is completely free of draconian DRM. Buy it, download it, play it as much as you want. They have some great classics like the entire Fallout series, Descent, Shogo: MAD, MDK 2, and lots more - all for under $10. If I didn't already have most of those games, I would totally be getting copies.
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Excuse me while I have a nerdgasm. [Oct. 22nd, 2008|01:04 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Disturbed - Indestructible [Indestructible]]

You know that Bioware/LucasArts Knights of the Old Republic MMO that had been speculated about for a long time?

It's official.
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Biscuits. [Oct. 21st, 2008|01:38 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
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[Current Mood |hungryhungry]
[Current Music |Metallica - 07 - Hit The Lights (Live In Paris) [The Unnamed Feeling]]

So with the wonderfully cool fall weather, I'm starting to have a craving for warm things for meals. So I took a few biscuit recipes from around the 'Net, and as is my normal style, I tweaked and modified them. Extremely successful so far.

The Base:
  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening, such as Crisco

  • dash salt

  • dash granulated sugar

  • 1 cup milk

Preheat oven to 425 F. Mix dry ingredients well in a large mixing bowl, then cut in shortening. Stir in milk until completely mixed. For best results, use warm milk (simmering it in a saucepan on the stove works quite well). You may optionally knead out the dough gently 15-20 times on a flat board, lightly sprinkled with flour, or you may simply choose to make drop-style biscuits (I prefer the latter).

Either knead and cut biscuits using your preferred method or drop them directly onto a lightly-greased baking implement. Makes about 6 cut biscuits, 12 large drop biscuits, or 18 small drop biscuits. Bake for 14-18 minutes, depending on the size of your biscuits (smaller ones will require less time).

Variation 1 - Garlic and Herb
When warming the milk, mix in some fresh garlic or garlic powder, to taste. Also add various herbs to the dry mixture. Garlic powder, cilantro, sweet basil, thyme, and sage all work quite well, from my experience. No further changes necessary. This will give you a nice herb taste to the biscuits, which makes them better as a side for a full dinner.

Variation 2 - Chocolate!
Add 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and 1/4 cup sugar to the milk while warming. To the dry mixture, add 1/4 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 cup sugar, and decrease flour to 1 1/2 cups. You may optionally sprinkle the biscuits before baking with granulated sugar for a nice carmelized effect.

More variations as I come up with them. The chocolate ones are baking now... yum!

Oh, and I'm going to start using tags now, for what that's worth.
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O LORD IS DAT SUM DRAGON HEAD? [Oct. 20th, 2008|06:05 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |Scooter - Nessaja [Jumping All Over The World [CD2]]]

Why yes, yes it is.

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Halloween party! [Oct. 9th, 2008|05:28 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |stressedstressed]
[Current Music |Nine Inch Nails - Closure DVD (DVD Extras)]

Cut for her pleasure.Collapse )
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Meme, as tagged by seleene_paris [Oct. 8th, 2008|03:31 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |stressedstressed]
[Current Music |Milk Inc - ouch damn [Forever]]

RULES:
  • Pick your birth month.

  • Strike out anything that doesn't apply to you.

  • Bold (or italicize) the five-ten that best apply to you.

  • Copy to your own journal, with all twelve months under a lj-cut.

  • Tag 5 people from your friends list.

JULY: Fun to be with. Secretive. Difficult to fathom and to be understood. Quiet unless excited or tensed. Takes pride in oneself. Has reputation. Easily consoled. Honest. Concerned about people's feelings. Tactful. Friendly. Approachable. Emotional temperamental and unpredictable. Moody and easily hurt. Witty and sparkly. Not revengeful. Forgiving but never forgets. Dislikes nonsensical and unnecessary things. Guides others physically and mentally. Sensitive and forms impressions carefully. Caring and loving. Treats others equally. Strong sense of sympathy. Wary and sharp. Judges people through observations. Hardworking. No difficulties in studying. Loves to be alone. Always broods about the past and the old friends. Likes to be quiet. Homely person. Waits for friends. Never looks for friends. Not aggressive unless provoked. Prone to having stomach and dieting problems. Loves to be loved. Easily hurt but takes long to recover.

I tag: gaijinjohn, mapjunkie, perpetuallydry, stryck, zanthess

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More funnies. [Oct. 7th, 2008|12:46 am]
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Some lolcats, cut for space.Collapse )
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WARNING: Laughs Ahead [Oct. 6th, 2008|11:41 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
A list of 213 things that Specialist Schwarz is no longer allowed to do in the US Army. (pops)

Warning, do not eat or drink anything while reading this list. You will almost certainly spit it out or exhale it through your nose with laughter.
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Meme. [Oct. 6th, 2008|08:16 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
Swiped from maskmaster, cut for brevity.Collapse )
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'Tis the Season... [Oct. 6th, 2008|04:43 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |stressedstressed]
[Current Music |DJ Liquid - Birth of Liquid Dreams [Liquify]]

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
neppyman goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as a Borg Cube.
arnie40 gives you 4 green cinnamon-flavoured jawbreakers.
bav101 tricks you! You lose 1 pieces of candy!
bronriel gives you 5 brown lime-flavoured nuggets.
circe_ravaine gives you 4 purple spearmint-flavoured wafers.
earnbrand gives you 11 teal peach-flavoured gumdrops.
jennkitty gives you 17 red-orange raspberry-flavoured pieces of taffy.
mapjunkie tricks you! You get a used tissue.
maskmaster gives you 15 red-orange blueberry-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
seleene_paris gives you 8 green lemon-flavoured gummy bats.
stryck gives you 4 blue lime-flavoured jawbreakers.
neppyman ends up with 67 pieces of candy, and a used tissue.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.
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Politicking [Oct. 5th, 2008|09:48 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
So the McCain campaign has gone full-on offensive with their tactic of attacking Obama's character. The primary vector so far seems to have been Obama's associations with William Ayers, one of the founders of the Weather Underground. Admittedly, back in the 1960's, they were Very Bad People(tm). They set off bombs and were what just about everyone would agree was a terrorist organization. And that was forty years ago. Now? Well, Ayers is a professor of education at the University of Illinois, Chicago. And yes, he and Obama live in the same neighborhood, and have served on a couple of different community organizations - all charitable ones.

Sarah Palin says that this means that Obama is "palling with terrorists". Really? According to CNN's Fact Checker, not exactly. "CNN's review of project records found nothing to suggest anything inappropriate in the volunteer projects in which the two men were involved."

Meanwhile, a slightly different story is surfacing from the left side. The Daily KOS has a good summary, along with links to the original posting (it's in Norwegian, so translations may be required). Suffice it to say that, in 1988, Obama gave a complete stranger $103 in an airport to help her check an extra bag. Since she was taking everything she owned to Norway to get married, this was very important to her. Further details on the website.

I think the contrast is quite clear. The Obama campaign isn't trotting this story out, even though she received a formal letter from Obama in 2006 when he was a US Senator. They also aren't harping non-stop on the Keating Five scandal, from a different economic crisis, in another era. Instead, they're continuing to talk about what their candidates will do to make the situation better.

McCain, on the other hand, is attacking. And using out-and-out baseless accusations that one could easily call fear-mongering.
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Screwy cat. [Sep. 30th, 2008|03:50 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
So I'm sitting here at my desk, with Freya on the back of my office chair, and I hear the CD-ROM drive on the server (which is behind my head) open. It seems that Freya has figured out what the "eject" button is, and what it does. After batting at it for a bit, she manages to give it enough of a shove to trigger the auto-retract mechanism. At which point, she leaps off the chair (which almost throws me out of it, since it's suddenly unbalanced), and tears off into the other room, knocking over a stack of books on the way.

Who wants to bet that she'll try again later?
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Arr! [Sep. 19th, 2008|02:14 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |WoW]

Even Blizzard be understandin' the fun of International Talk Like a Pirate Day. All ye lubbers playin' the World of Warcraft, make yer way to Booty Bay and enjoy the fun and frivolity.

As for ye wenches and ale, Brewfest be startin' tonight at midnight, so get yer mugs ready to drink all the grog ye can handle!

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Political musings... [Sep. 18th, 2008|09:26 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |pensivepensive]
[Current Music |Brainiac]

It won't surprise anyone that I'm a liberal, supporting Obama. But here (pops) is an interesting article by a conservative columnist (and former publisher of the extremely conservative National Review) which offers reasons why conservatives should be supporting Obama as well. Interesting food for thought, whether or not you agree.
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Alive? Why yes, yes I am. [May. 28th, 2008|01:10 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
So yes, to answer your question, I'm still alive. Me and the lovely Brandi are enjoying each other's company very much, as is her lovely daughter.

As for what else I've been up to, well, it shouldn't surprise anyone that I've been playing lots of World of Warcraft. Screenshots and details of my exploits are behind the cut.

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More World of Warcraft commercials... [Dec. 23rd, 2007|06:10 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Scooter/Bomfunk Mc's - Scooter Meet BomFunk MC's [Sheffiled/In Stereo]]




Vern Troyer as a Gnome Mage





Jean-Claude Van Damme as a Troll Mage (in French)


A happy Winter Veil to all the WoW players out there (go rescue Blitzen!), and to all others, a very happy holidays.
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For all my WoW friends out there... [Nov. 23rd, 2007|01:30 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |fullfull]
[Current Music |none]



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For all you electrical engineers out there... [Nov. 19th, 2007|12:37 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |Dougal - Ministry of Sound - United in Hardcore - CD1 [Ministry of Sound - United in Hardcore]]



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For all you band geeks out there... [Nov. 17th, 2007|02:01 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Billy Daniel Bunter - Ministry of Sound - United in Hardcore - CD3 [Ministry of Sound - United in Ha]

(and anyone else who appreciates stuff like that)


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Quick quizlet... [Nov. 15th, 2007|03:15 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |TOONAMI - STRINGS [TOONAMI]]

IQ Test Score


This seems to be the maximum rating...

Fair warning, their signup page is rather restrictive about what you can type in... and there's a lot of "Special Offers".
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Funny picture and cute cat... [Oct. 28th, 2007|10:33 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none]

Click here for picture (Borderline NSFW, opens in new window/tab)

As for cat... I was in the bathroom, taking care of business, and Freya as usual is working her way around my ankles. She stops after a while, and I look over to see her sitting down. In the shower stall. I couldn't help but crack up laughing... the one place in the apartment that the cat does NOT want to be - and she's even gotten wet a few times from poking her nose in while I'm showering! On the other hand, she's taken up the habit of joining me under the blankets again. I think she likes being all warm and cozy under there, and she's not the least bit claustrophobic, so she often goes to sleep with me.
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Geek joke... [Oct. 13th, 2007|11:44 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of [Rage Against The Machine]]

What HTML element is used the most often in a mortuary's website?

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Today's Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy [Oct. 8th, 2007|09:33 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |fullfull]
[Current Music |Brobdingnagian Bards - Do Virgins Taste Better Medley [A Faire to Remember]]

This one is really easy - and really good.

These portions are for either one very hungry person, or two moderately hungry people. Adjust accordingly.

Sausage Gravy

  • 1/2 lb. breakfast sausage (I use Bob Evans's Sage pork sausage)

  • 1/2 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup sifted flour (approximate)

  • 1 tsp black pepper

  • 1 tsp salt

  • dash garlic powder

  • dash onion powder

  • dash red pepper


Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 1 1/2 cup Bisquick

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine

  • 1/2 cup milk


Preheat oven to 450. Brown sausage in a skillet, chopping into as fine pieces as possible. While sausage is browning, cut margarine into Bisquick in a large mixing bowl with a fork, then stir milk into the mixture until it begins to flake. When sausage is browned, remove from heat, drain, and cool in the skillet. Take biscuit dough mixture in your hands and knead gently, making sure to clump it all into one mixture. If it sticks to your hands too much, dry them well and rub a little flour into your palms. Separate into four equal portions, and form into 2" round discs, placing on an ungreased baking sheet.

Bake biscuits for 10 minutes. While baking, add milk and dry ingredients - except flour - to the browned sausage in the skillet. Over medium-high heat, bring to a simmering boil. Slowly sift in small amounts of flour, stirring vigorously to avoid clumping. The gravy will thicken quickly. Stop adding flour when it is just shy of the thickness you are looking for, and remove from heat.

Biscuits should be done at this point; place them on a plate, sliced in half, and serve covered in gravy.
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LOLZ [Sep. 28th, 2007|10:02 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |Scooter - 10 - How Much Is The Fish? [Mind The Gap (CD 2)]]

You'll all enjoy this, I'm sure.

So I'm heading to the store tonight, to pick up some stuff. As I'm getting to the bus station, I spot a Ford Expedition coming. My first thought is, "Gee, not another bloody SUV..." Then as it passes, I make out the license plate, taking a closer look. Clearly not from Illinois. In fact, it's from Alaska. Okay, fine, so they probably need the four-wheel drive (passing over the question of what it's doing in Illinois). Then I see what's on the license plate. "BRRR1" I almost fell over laughing. One of the few times I wish I had a camera phone.
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