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5-2-16 10:46 am
5-2-16, 10:46 am. I recognize it's been a couple of weeks since my last log, but what a couple of weeks it's been. To recap: last month, a coworker was found dead in the office, surrounded by tentacles and holding a broken mug shaped like a vaguely terrifying figure. When I made notice of this, I started having all kinds of weird things happen to me.
Well "weird" just went to "alien abduction weird."
Just over two weeks ago, I was about to call it a night, when I remembered my cell phone was in the other room. Who hasn't had that happen, right? So I stumble into the living room, reach out for the phone, and instead, I'm holding a wrist. In the darkness, I completely missed the masked, gloved man (I assume) waiting in the corner, but he(?) didn't miss me. Instead, he grabbed my phone just ahead of me and, knocking me to the ground as he twisted out of my surprised grasp, made a run for the side door.
I recover quickly and soon I'm chasing after this guy running down the street. Let's ig
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9:30 am, 4-11-16. by jeditoby 9:30 am, 4-11-16. :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 0 5 Weird coincidences. Whatever works. by jeditoby Weird coincidences. Whatever works. :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 0 4 11:53 am, Wednesday 4-6-16 by jeditoby 11:53 am, Wednesday 4-6-16 :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 1 0 11:15 am, Wednesday 4-6-16 by jeditoby 11:15 am, Wednesday 4-6-16 :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 0 4 CSI Photo - 4-5-16 by jeditoby CSI Photo - 4-5-16 :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 1 4 Steamfest 2015 photoshoot: You and what army? by jeditoby Steamfest 2015 photoshoot: You and what army? :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 1 4
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SW: Origins
For the convicts:
“And that was when he noticed that his blaster was pointed back at him!” The assembled crowd laughed along with the Devaronian. The noise died down and he said with a wink, “Of course, Gamorreans are always a little slow. That’s what makes them such great guards.” More laughter, but before he could continue, a grumbling voice rose above the rest.
“So how did you get here, then?”
The crowd was watching the Devaronian, but you spot the
All eyes were on the Devaronian, who nodded, smoothly going with the flow. “Right. I’m sure that’s a tale every one of us knows too well.” A few sniggers, but mostly wan smiles from the assembly.
“Right. Well, so I had the jewels and this pig’s blaster, but what I didn’t know was that some poor sod had pulled the exact same job as me just a month earlier. Except he didn’t get out the front door ‘cause, of course, he wasn’t me. So I’
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Idolatry
Because the name is different from the picture, depictions of the Prophet are worthy of death, but naming oneself Mohammed is fine.
Because the visual art of writing is substantially different from the visual art of drawing, it is okay to write the word Mohammed but a violation of one man's opinion to draw a picture of the Prophet.
Because violating the law in defense of commentary is permissible, but questioning that commentary is against the law, we set men up to be greater than God.
Because you value a Prophet more than God, you'll allow artistic depictions of God but not of one man.
Because you value your feelings more than God, you'll do whatever you want and justify yourself appealing to other men's words, rather than God's word.
Because you love evil more than God, you'll violate His law and kill His people.
Congratulations, jihadi: you have become the idol.
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Tales of the GM: Player
"This...this is actually a great min-max with the point-buy system!"
"I couldn't help myself. I mean, I wanted to make a Wizard. But I didn't want someone who was useless in a fight. So I gave him 16 on Intelligence, 14 on Strength and Dexterity, and 12 on Constitution and Charisma. Poor wisdom gets 11.
"Then, I give him the Acolyte background. I'm sure Sage would be better, but this works. So, in the end, he's a guy who was sent by his parents to become a cleric. Maybe they thought it'd make him wiser or something. But when he got to the temple, he studied and studied, worked out, participated, but never really got a divine connection.
"So one day, he's in the temple library and comes across some arcane books and he starts picking up this magical ability. So after years at the temple, he's buff and smart and liked well enough, but he's no closer to any particular God. And he goes home and does some arcane spells and his parents, they're none the wiser. So he tells them that he's a Cle
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The HynemOod by jeditoby The HynemOod :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 3 9 Palladium Footpuncher, Bar Scene by jeditoby Palladium Footpuncher, Bar Scene :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 0 0 Draw This Again by jeditoby Draw This Again :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 1 3 Artistic Progress by jeditoby Artistic Progress :iconjeditoby:jeditoby 1 7
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Dear Mortal,
I saw your birth into this world, the beginning of your hourglass filling up with the present thoughts and dreams of the future. From the sands of your mother's life was I born, and ever have I been with you.
I was there those many sleepless nights (for you, as every night is sleepless for me) when, as a babe, you wailed for fear of hunger. I was there the many, many times you bumped your head and thought you were going to die as you tried to walk. Once or twice, I even thought I might lend a hand when you did some foolish thing that your parents would later tell you to never do.
I am always with you, as I am with all mortals, for that is what the word 'mortal' means. I and you, and them, dancing in a timeless waltz that repeats endlessly. The colors and clothes may change, the faces different with every step, but the danse macabre goes on and on until your hourglass runs out.
I wonder, young mortal, what truth you see, for it is not I who makes mortals disappear, but themselves. Truly
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First, to the embellishment: my wife is quite content with this, though I confess the large red object at the bottom (wax seal? But whe...

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Some actors chafe at being so iconically tied, but I think she rode this wave as well as anyone ever has. Why fight the zeitgeist when it's putting food on the table? She was able to live the high life--literally, given some drug addictions--but also helped a lot of others find success through her work behind the scenes as well. She exemplifies--besides the drugs--the power that we have generationally to pass the torch to the next generation. She was handed the torch by her parents, and she passes it on to a new generation of talented actors, all the while showing grace or at least good humor in dealing with her own problems in a world that can't get enough of her character. 

When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, she said, "I'm a Disney Princess!" But she was wrong. Every Disney Princess in my lifetime was based on her portrayal of Princess Leia. She was not "A Disney Princess," she was all of them, and that's something special that nobody else will ever be. To paraphrase Batman, "As a woman, I'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol... as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting." Carrie Fisher, however it came to be, became that symbol who defines generations of women. Carrie Fisher may be dead, but Princess Leia--General Leia--is immortal, forever carrying on the fight against evil.

So we bid adieu to not just an iconic actress, but an iconic woman: a fearlessly flawed mother, mentor, and friend, and an inspiration to men and women throughout that galaxy and this one. Farewell, Princess, and may the Force be with you.
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Passions have cooled enough that I can say this: 
Don't tell me who you voted for. I can see it in your eyes. Best leave it unsaid between us and we'll get through the next four years as best we can together. Days like now are why ballots are secret.
I wrote recently, on Quora, about some people who are not nice. Someone complained that the term was dull and uninteresting. I wanted to reply that it's as far as I felt I could legitimately go because I have manners and calling people names is bad manners.

I did not foresee the attacks in Nice, but these words today have a much deeper meaning in context of the attack there than anything I was writing about.

President Hollande points out that if we remain in a state of emergency always, we lose the rights and civility of peace--in effect, the terrorists will have won. He and I agree that whatever else may happen, we cannot allow the terrorists to win. He'll lift the state of emergency by the end of the month, and we'll go on with our lives as though these attacks didn't happen.

The attackers will be forgotten. The mess will get cleaned up. The memory of the attack will translate to more money spent and more manpower put into preventing a repeat performance.

The philosophical debate over whether liberal governments are capable of protecting their citizenry without becoming totalitarian states goes on. I just wish it were a war of words.
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Some actors chafe at being so iconically tied, but I think she rode this wave as well as anyone ever has. Why fight the zeitgeist when it's putting food on the table? She was able to live the high life--literally, given some drug addictions--but also helped a lot of others find success through her work behind the scenes as well. She exemplifies--besides the drugs--the power that we have generationally to pass the torch to the next generation. She was handed the torch by her parents, and she passes it on to a new generation of talented actors, all the while showing grace or at least good humor in dealing with her own problems in a world that can't get enough of her character. 

When Disney bought the rights to Star Wars, she said, "I'm a Disney Princess!" But she was wrong. Every Disney Princess in my lifetime was based on her portrayal of Princess Leia. She was not "A Disney Princess," she was all of them, and that's something special that nobody else will ever be. To paraphrase Batman, "As a woman, I'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol... as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting." Carrie Fisher, however it came to be, became that symbol who defines generations of women. Carrie Fisher may be dead, but Princess Leia--General Leia--is immortal, forever carrying on the fight against evil.

So we bid adieu to not just an iconic actress, but an iconic woman: a fearlessly flawed mother, mentor, and friend, and an inspiration to men and women throughout that galaxy and this one. Farewell, Princess, and may the Force be with you.
  • Drinking: Hot Cocoa

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passionism Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
why anarchist?
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jeditoby Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Anarchist? I'm just a straight-A student!

Well, okay, that's not entirely accurate. When I first registered to vote, I claimed I was an anarchist. Anarchy is an ideal, and as I see it, it can be either a utopian ideal or a dystopian one. I'd like to think that left to their own devices, people are good and will take care of themselves and each other without the need for governmental controls. As I've gotten older, I've come to understand that government is a natural outgrowth of the need to work together (and have someone direct that work), so I've mellowed out some since. But I still have a soft spot for utopians. So...a little shout out to my idealist roots.

...Okay, that's not entirely true, either. Mostly, it's 'cause I'm not terribly artistic or photogenic and I don't want to steal someone else's work (lest people here think I'm some awesome auteur). Granted, I did take this picture off the internets, but if needed, I could make a reasonable facsimile in Microsoft Paint.

That's the whole story.

Well...hmm, yes, I think that will do. My Molotov story is for another day (and has nothing to do with any -archy).
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passionism Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I don't know almost anything about anarchists but when I spotted your symbol I immediately recognized it. I sometimes see it on the streets and wonder what it truly means.
Thanks for the explanation.
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Frosty-Rain Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! :iconrainbowbummiecakeplz:
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littlecrazyneko411 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Thanks for the fav ^^o
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schizmatic Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
So sorry to hear about your data. I never knew USB's could just fry like that, and I suspect it might be part of an insidious conspiracy to get us all to upload ourselves into the Singularity. Power to Paper!
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jeditoby Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012
Dude. The possibility is technically there, but the likelihood is so remote!
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mindflenzing Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the +fav.
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raisegrate Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Professional Artist
Hey, thanks for the watch! Glad you enjoy all the whatever it is I do. Stay tuned, I'll try and put on an amusing puppet show for you!

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jeditoby Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
You've got a lot of impressive work. I stay up on the whiners as often as I can!
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