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What Is Your Battle Cry?

Who is that, stalking on the mountains! It is The_vulture, hands clutching buzzsaw hand extensions! And with a gutteral cry, his voice cometh:

"I'm going to beat you beyond your expiration date!!"

Find out!
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Yes, [ profile] ysabetwordsmith's September Poetry Fishbowl is all about pets and poetry. Go check it out and leave a prompt! :)
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I recently won one a free icon contest held by [ profile] meeksp (also found at My habit of practicing a Kung Fu form or two at work when things are really slow (as well as my build) has earned me the nickname "Kung fu Panda" by some of my co-workers. (Hee!) Based on the prompt of an anthropomorphic panda version of myself in a Hung Gar (Southern style Kung Fu) pose, Mika created the TOTALLY EPIC ICON you see before you now!


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[ profile] ysabetwordsmith  has this to say about her upcoming Poetry Fishbowl:

"I'll be holding a Poetry Fishbowl in my blog on Tuesday, June 7 2011. This time the theme will be "alternative sexuality and gender studies." I'll be taking prompts on all aspects of sex and gender; since I've been covering asexuality recently, I'm hoping to see some activity there. Then I'll write poems based on whatever ideas people give me. At least one of those poems will get posted for everyone to enjoy free, and the rest will be available for sponsorship if people wish. If you'd like to see more positive portrayals of aces and asexuality, here's a chance. Drop by and leave me a prompt, read whatever poems appear, or just watch the fun. Everyone is welcome. You can read more about this project on the Poetry Fishbowl landing page."

You can read more about the upcoming Poetry Fishbowl here.
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This is a fairly simple one to answer: a good, solid knife. It's your most essential survival tool. With that, you can fashion the rest of the tools and weapons you need to survive in a wilderness. 
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This month's theme is urban fantasy. She's apparently already used one of my prompts "China is here" to create a poem. (Three guesses what film I got THAT prompt from.  XD  )

The Poetry Fishbowl is all about creating poetry based on prompts from the audience. Check it out!
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As some of you may know, [ profile] haikujaguar , an author and artist adored by many in LJ land, especially given how much of her work she has freely shared with us (including stories, anecdotes, card readings and advice on writing and producing art), has run into quite a big spot of trouble requiring extensive house repairs. To help out with some of those expenses (and fill my Crackberry with enjoyable reading), I've just purchased quite a number of her e-book publications from Smashbooks. On her Smashbooks site, she has a number of free short stories to download, so you can get a taste of her writing before deciding to purchase any of the other very reasonably priced works. If you like good sci-fi, furry fiction, stories dealing with alien cultures, and/or explorations of gender roles and issues, I'd highly recommend taking a look. My favourite, thus far, is Alysha's Downfall, which contains some very edgy writing.
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Snagged from [ profile] itsjustc ...

Your results:
You are Sayid Jarrah

Sayid Jarrah
Claire Littleton
Sun Kwon
Michael Dawson
John Locke
Boone Carlyle
Charlie Pace
Shannon Rutherford
Mr. Eko
Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
James "Sawyer" Ford
Kate Austen
Jin-Soo Kwon
Dr. Jack Shephard
Walt Lloyd
Ana-Lucia Cortez
You can take electronic devices apart and see how to fix them. You are good at problem solving and at interrogating people.

Click here to take the Lost Personality Quiz
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Stolen from [ profile] fayanora  (with a cunning plan, of course...)

Your results:
You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)

Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Inara Serra (Companion)
River (Stowaway)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
Honest and a defender of the innocent.
You sometimes make mistakes in judgment
but you are generally good and
would protect your crew from harm.

Click here to take the "Which Serenity character am I?" quiz...
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As discovered in [ profile] rowyn's journal...

My Valentinr - the_vulture
Get your own valentinr

This'll probably be the only way I celebrate Valentine's Day this year, aside from chowing down discount chocolate the day after, so, yeah, feel free to send me a Valentine's greeting.  *silly grin*

(Note: To avoid having to sign up for anything, just click the 'Anonymous' button.)
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Yoinked from [ profile] itsjustc ...

If you're on my friends list, I want to know 36 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 ... You're on my list, so I want to know you better! Be honest. Copy the questions and post your answers as a comment then repost the empty questions on your journal.

1) Are you currently in a serious relationship?

2) What was your dream growing up?

3) What talent do you wish you had?

4) If I bought you a drink what would it be?

5) Favourite vegetable?

6) What was the last book you read?

7) What zodiac sign are you?

8) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.

9) Worst Habit?

10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?

11) What is your favourite sport?

12) Do you have a Negative 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 colour eyes do you have?

23) Ever been arrested?

24) Favourite TV show?

25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?

27) What's your favourite place to hang at?

28) Do you believe in ghosts?

29) Favourite thing to do in your spare time?

30) Do you swear a lot?

31) Biggest pet peeve?

32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?

33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?

35) Do you believe in God?

36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?

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Heee! I'm really enjoying the Art meme that's been going around. See here for my own posting of said meme (and the results thus far):

Here is the first cool image I've thus far requested, courtesy of [ profile] rowyn, who drew my character, the Mighty Vermithrax, Kobold Sorceror Supreme, from her recent PBEM role playin game, The Traders:

Vermithrax, by Rowyn

THANK YOU, ROWYN!!! In the words of Eric, "It's so, like, TOTALLY WICKED!!!"

[ profile] pyat comes through with a Martian from his stories. (Here for a bit o' background: )

Jolly good show!

[ profile] minor_architect is doing her art meme by photography. I asked her for "something inorganic with a macro lens". Her response is as follows:

Macro photography of a katana by minor_architectMacro photography of a katana by minor_architect
Macro photography of a katana by minor_architectMacro photography of a katana by minor_architect

Great shots, [ profile] minor_architect ! Thank you muchly!

And now for a sketch of me enjoying a sunny Sunday afternoon off (without any wretches about) before phoning home, by [ profile] itsjustc:  I especially like the ever-so-British callbox in the background (hee!). Thank you!


Dec. 2nd, 2008 09:10 pm
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Red DancingYoinked from [ profile] pyat  ...

The first five people to comment in this post and repost this meme in their own journal get to request a sketch of a subject/character of their choosing from me.

Pyat in his natural environment
As requested by [ profile] pyat , 'Pyat in his natural habitat':

Red Dancing

And for [personal profile] itsjustc , here is Red Fraggle dancing with gleeful abandon...    
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As presented by [ profile] ysabetwordsmith ...

Woman of Willendorf - Digitally edited photography of ceramic replica by the_vultureMethinks I'll present 'Woman of Willendorf', a project in which I digitally altered a photograph of a ceramic replica I had created of the famous neolithic art piece, the Woman of Willendorf.
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The Time Travel Tag Trip!

After you finish reading this, please look through
this journal's list of tags, find one that captures your interest, and select it.

Go back in time! Go back as far into the entries as you dare, then read one or two.

Come back to the present! Read one or two of the recent ones. Reflect a little on what you've read, comparing the past to the present, and then share the observations of your journey here.

Copy and paste this text into
your own journal for more time travel adventure!

Thank you, in advance, for your participation!

I made this one up myself! Let's see how far it goes.  :-) 
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Snagged from [personal profile] itsjustc ...

If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now (even if we don't speak often or ever) please post a comment with a completely made up, fictional memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - but it has to be fake.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph in your LJ and see what your friends come up with.

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 Spotted in [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's blog...

Today is Pimp-A-Friend day. LiveJournal is a wonderful place to connect with interesting people. Feature one of your Friends, with a brief description of what makes their journal worth reading, and share the joy. Readers are encouraged to visit the featured journal and/or reply to this message with recommendations of their favorite Friends.

Okay, I'm running a little late on this one, but, hey, I think I can be forgiven on account of my ludicrous schedule. Choosing someone to pimp has been kind of difficult; I've got a whole whack of very interesting friends and I've recently added many more. Of course, most of my friends, both old and new, have already acquired a bit of readership already, as they've been here for quite some time.

As such, I've decided to pick someone rather new to LJ: [profile] iammystery_girl. She creates a lot of informative and interesting blog entries interspersed with lovingly described memories of her childhood. Many invite the reader to engage in discussion. Her descriptions reflect her visual nature, which is highlighted by her use of beautiful photos and stimulating graphics. I'm certain many will find her blog to be a source of refreshing reading.  :)
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Yep, now that we have good weather again, I'm back to watching Blue and Red haul off loads of dirt. Oh yay. As the excavator is carefully digging the ditches, it's taking them a long time to load the trucks. This is the second day of it. I'm so really, really glad I have access to a computer during all this. 

Granted, being forced to stay in one place has given me LOTS of time to do sit down things. With it, I have:

  • Done a lot of work transferring my favourite journals from PDC to here
  • Tagged a number of postings from my memories
  • Tweaked my resumes some more
  • Applied to a few more jobs online
  • Started getting involved in an e-mail RPG
  • Gotten more deeply involved in Scarybirds - a dark fantasy fiction collaboration site
  • Started a short story at said site
  • Engaged in a lot of correspondence
  • Finished off Knife of Dreams, by Robert Jordan (The Wheel of Time series rocks!)
  • Played far too much Zuma for my own good
  • Recorded a little work on my didge and a try out for a bit of voice acting

Yep, lots done! (Oh, there goes Blue.)

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For the last few days, my life has revolved around the activities of the contractors I've been assigned to keep track off. They are currently grading the roads, as specified by the engineer, into my uncle's future subdivision. I've been noting start and stop times for various pieces of equipment, in particular the bulldozer (henceforth, the Cat) and two dump trucks (nicknamed Red and Blue (though blue is really red, white, and blue, but I digress...)). I've been pretty much fixed to staying in visual contact of Red and Blue so I can keep track of how many loads of dirt they take and where they take them. The task has it's inconveniences, but, at the same time, it gives me a lot of opportunity to catch up on various stationary activities, like blogging, for example. 

Of course, having to continually focus at least part of my attention on the trucks may have slightly deleterious effects upon my sanity, as demonstrated by my rather one sided conversations with the trucks ("Red, where are you? Ah, there you are. What the hell took you so long? Blue, did you just head out the other way when I wasn't looking?!?")

My dad gets to play with a loader and an excavator whilst I sit around all day; that's not fair.

Meanwhile, the exercise regime has been shot to crap over the last week and a bit. I'd been doing well establishing a routine of running, cycling and yoga over the last several weeks, but that ended early last week when I came down with a rather nasty chest cold. At the same time, my right knee started acting up again. I think I may have moved oddly in my sleep, as I woke up in the middle of the night with it being a bit sore. I attempted to end the lack of cardio yesterday with a bike ride out on the property. That lasted all of ten minutes. Granted, I hit the road hard and fast, but I didn't expect to soon be coughing hard enough to see spots. Nope, cardio, at least hard cardio, will have to wait for a while still.
The job hunt isn't going as well as I would like. A call centre job I had an over the phone screening interview for has declined to offer. I strongly suspect that I'm 'overqualified'; few people will hire someone they think will be moving on very soon, as I suspect they think I would. I wonder how many people have been stuck unemployed simply because they were 'overqualified' for all the work that was actually available. *sigh* Still, I'm fairly hopeful I'll pick up something fairly soon; I'm just trying to keep from settling for minimum wage work.

With lots of time available for things like blogging, I've started the transfer of entries from to here. I've been posting them using the Date Out of Order function, so they'll be in the appropriate chronological order. I've also begun putting tags into my past entries. I've become quite fond of tag clouds in my other blog and was pleased to discover that I could use them here, as I was selecting a new theme for my LJ blog (Do you like?). It's going to take a long time to get things sufficiently tagged, methinks.

(What is Red doing now?)

Other odds and ends:

  • I've purchased and arranged for the delivery of [info]1grl_revolution's birthday pressie.
  • I've recorded a chapter of the novel I've been reading to my girlfriend. I'll have to get that burnt to disk and sent out sometime soon, as well as the really cute pressie I picked up for her. 
  • I've been seeing coloured balls rolling around in spirals and such whenever I close my eyes, courtesy of playing way too much Zuma.
  • I've discovered that Chucky really, really doesn't like the utility jeep. He'll let you walk up pretty close before ducking into his hole, but he bolts for it on hearing the jeep.

And that's about it for now.


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