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I want to learn Dutch as a foreign language. It doesn't look complicated at all. Every time I go into a bakery, I've noticed that their entire alphabet only contains one letter.

Maybe this is where Rowling got this idea for when Harry began ssssspeaking in tongues.
  • Listening to: an audiobook on John Adams
  • Watching: Penny Dreadful
Al One's Ghost Gun by Puppetcancer
Al One's Ghost Gun
Mage fans will notice a few details which the rest of the masses might initially miss.

I'm still not sure what Al One himself would call this device. Suggestions?

Ghost Gun? (easy to remember, has alliteration, too violent-sounding though)
Gauntlet Beam? (too much like Harrier and Sons of Ether, too swashbuckling)
Gauntlet Projector? (as far as props go, most people think of a gauntlet as an armored glove)
Interdimensional Field Adjuster? (too long)
Dimensional Emitter? (doesn't emit nor alter dimensions)
Dimensional Sanitizer? (there might already be a Prime device called that)

He knows what it does, how to use it, how to repair it, etc. It's possible he's never come up with a name for it, since the other four conventions of the Technocracy don't tend to ever show interest in spirit/dimensional science. It sure comes in handy when getting rid of Cthulhu from under a child's bed, though. It doesn't destroy spirits. It moves them to where they're supposed to have gone in the first place. Haunted houses get sanitized in moments.

It doesn't do a dang thing to the kindred, though, possibly because vampires are about as material as you can get. Choosing immortal life tends to pretty much close a lot of doors leading into an afterlife on the other side. It's unknown what such a device would do to one of the few vampires who reached Golconda. It doesn't do much of anything to normal people, but antique dealers hate the idea of a device which can potentially clean all traces of nostalgia and "historicity" out of an heirloom.

Also, if you caught what famous American sci-fi novel the "historicity" term is from, you are a wonderful, wonderful person.
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I was reading an article in Popular Science regarding the anti-intellectual fervor that has grown in U.S. society over the past few decades.

I'm becoming more convinced that every five years, U.S. voters who want to vote must be able to pass the same exam that immigrants have to pass. Granted, some fool in Congress is going to read that sentence and conclude that a better solution is to remove the written civic exam for all immigrants instead of adding it onto a voting requirement.

I'm not saying that we should have a cut-off based on our grades or IQ scores or standardized test scores. I'm saying that the same test used to see if an immigrant can tell the difference between a Senator and a Representative (or where Bolivia is on a map) would be a fair and already-ready-to-go method of helping to improve the practical wisdom of everyday people every November. I'm tired of correcting people's spelling on billboards. I'm tired of trying to explain to relatives that wind farms don't affect the climate. I'm tired of having to point out that science covers phenomena which can be measured while religion by definition isn't supposed to be able to be covered by science, and that both science and religion can co-exist.

To me, there's a difference between a person of average intelligence who continues being eager to learn versus a person of above-average intelligence who got a college diploma 20 years ago and has been riding for free off it ever since without ever opening a book or spending an afternoon looking up metallurgy on Wikipedia just for fun.



I was also reminded of my favorite lines from Christopher Eccleston's stint as the Ninth Doctor in Doctor Who.

Female Programmer: If you're not holding us hostage, then open the door and let us out. The staff are terrified!

Doctor: That's the same staff who execute hundreds of contestants every day?

Female Programmer: That's not our fault. We're just doing our jobs.

Doctor: And with that sentence, you just lost the right to even talk to me. Now back off!




I'm tired of assuming that I'm wrong and that the louder, more passionate, more repetitive voices of the internet and the news are the correct voices. What if there ARE only four lights?

I'm sorry, but "alot" is not a word. It's two words. Stop spreading stupidity.

"Centimeter" means there are 100 in a meter.

The five second rule is a myth. Either wash it off with soap and water first or put it in the garbage disposal.

The Bible is an anthology written and edited by a lot of different men throughout the centuries, not a syllable-for-syllable dictation straight from the larynx of God.

Black people didn't rule ancient Egypt as kings and queens. However, we do have a black President today. Whether or not these facts "fit the narrative" or make you feel better about yourself is irrelevant to the facts.

The existence of antibacteria-resistant tuberculosis does not disprove the existence of God any more than the admission of a heliocentric solar system does.

Breaking a mirror doesn't mean that you've got seven years of bad luck coming; it only means that you need to get a dustpan and sweep up the shards before anyone steps on them.

Repeating a lie over and over does not cause reality to make it true, no matter how many Likes it has.

Columbus discovered America, and so did the Native Americans, Leif Ericson, and others; they just did it at separate times in history without an easy way to communicate their discovery to the other discoverers. Angiosperm flora discovered America before our own species was even around, but I don't hear the local gardening club griping about THEIR bragging rights.

Being a girl does not mean that you're bad at math, hopeless at science, clueless about the number of escape pods on the YT-series freighters, or bad at playing video games.
  • Listening to: a really depressing history of the Balkans
  • Reading: Mage the Ascension rulebooks
  • Drinking: hmmm, good idea. I AM kinda thirsty.
"How do we know Cybertron still exists?"
"It MUST exist."

Have you ever had those moments of listening to campaign news stories, reading anti-vaxxer posts on Facebook, or rolling your eyes at your company's latest  announcement for why your boss has suddenly cleared out his desk and "moved on"? I hate those moments, when I can't tell which side's "facts" are correct because neither side is being totally honest.

It's just part of being an adult.

I have to admit I DO like the nostalgia of being 15 years old again and reading a textbook with the certainty that everything it said was true. When I was a teen, studying and doing my homework wasn't easy, but it was easier in a way because I didn't have to doubt and double-check everything. I could just absorb new facts out of the textbook without having to doubt it. Nowadays, I critically pick apart every news article, rumor, and fact I'm exposed to, and it's both fruitless and exhausting.

Sure, it's nice to learn that, for instance, not all books of the Bible are equal in terms of how much they represent the actual message of God. ex. One reason why there's a John 1, John 2, and John 3 late in the New Testament is because for Christianity's first 300 years, one too many scholars mistook that John as the same John from the Mathew/Mark/Luke/John. Whoops!

Yet, while I think that studying more closely into why the Bible was put together IS a worthy goal of seeking out what God really wants of us, at the same time there are definitely days I wish I could just go back to being a kid in Sunday school where any tidbit the adults taught us was true, period. As an adult, I look upon James and Jude as more helpful (and relevant) than reading Numbers, Song of Songs, most of the Apocrypha, or the on-line rantings of some overeducated fool who writes manifestos and has a restraining order from his ex-wives.

Yet at the same time I strongly suspect some of the Apocrypha might be just as valid as the Gospels. Heck, most folks don't even know that James, Peter 1, Peter 2, John 1, John 2, John 3, and Jude almost didn't make the cut into the Bible in the first place. Sometimes, that loser writing the manifesto does have a valid point to make.

Likewise, when I'm listening to Trump and Hillary, I'm not exactly inspired and enthused about either of them being trustworthy or honest as my next President, but if I don't vote for the lesser evil then the worse evil will get elected.

I have some background in microbiology, and the whole anti-vaxxer nonsense bothers me, yet I can't 100% wave them off as tinfoil hat wearers. I can't 100% assume that all big oil and big pharma are bad for society, even though I still admire Ike's final speech as a level-headed President regarding a warning to us about the rise of the military-industrial complex.

Yet, even as an adult, I'm pleasantly surprised how the occasional line from the cartoons and movies of my youth STILL offer wisdom, even though technically, the writer probably had no more knowledge or wisdom about reality than I did. He/she could've been writing the dialogue while suffering from a stomach ache or listening to his divorce lawyer over the phone while typing up a throwaway line that for whatever reason, I still remember today as gospel.

My current favorite example is a line that Transformers fans from the 1980s would remember from the pilot episode. After 4 million years of being deactivated due to a crash-landing on Earth, the Decepticons are reawakened. With no Autobots around to stop them, the Decepticons are free to continue their goals of domination and conquest. However, it's been 4 million years. Who says their goals and triumphs mean anything anymore? In 4 million years, nobody is going to remember or care who our next President will be in November 2016 A.D.

After the Decepticons are given a pep talk about returning to Cybertron for a glorious victory by their commander, a Decepticon named Skywarp utters the question, "How do we know Cybertron still exists?" Megatron answers, "It must exist".

For years, that line made no sense to me. Lately, though, I get it. When you don't know what the truth is, you've got to make some assumptions to carry on or else you might as well just sit down and die.

It's not just about trust, as in which candidate to trust or whether you should trust your hysterical anti-vaxxer sister with the autistic child or trust the vast majority of scientists who agree with the CDC, especially if your skillset and education allows you to apply for a job AT the CDC. So, I still trust in the CDC's methods and conclusions more than I trust in the Jenny McCarthys of the world, but I'm still very uncomfortably aware of WHAT IF the anti-vaxxers are correct in some of their concerns after all?

"How do we know Cybertron still exists?"
"It MUST exist."

I'm reminded of Ecclesiastes, which is thought to have been written anonymously by King Solomon. Ecclesiastes is basically a depressing-yet-not-actually-depressing goth book written at a time when Christianity didn't even have an afterlife yet. The statement is repeatedly made: if life sucks then why bother doing anything? (I'm paraphrasing. LOL) The author's response is that if life is so dreadful and uncertain, you should just follow God.

"How do we know Cybertron still exists?"
"It MUST exist."

If I'd been deactivated for 4 million years and just woke up, I'd still be interested in values such as democracy, liberty, removing my hat when indoors because I'm male, never texting while driving, helping widows and orphans, etc. even though I'd suspect that after 4 million years my entire way of life might be totally obsolete. Well, what ELSE am I supposed to do?

Do I just deactivate myself again? Do I go exploring? Do I try and conquer the universe in the name of a cause that might have died out 4 million years ago to save my home planet which might be a barren husk with a population of zero by now?

Do I become a hedonist slut and live for the moment? Do I become an ascetic monk who strives for peaceful harmony instead of material conquest? Surely there has to be something more than merely food, clothing, and shelter to look forward to every morning.

"How do we know Cybertron still exists?"
"It must exist."

Do you ever have that happen to YOU, where a bit of dialogue out of a cartoon from your youth comes back decades later to help you make sense of a confusing world of manipulative sound-bytes, adware, and marketing executives whose sales forces view you as nothing more than a target audience who can click on their ads?
  • Listening to: a really depressing history of the Balkans
  • Reading: Mage the Ascension rulebooks
  • Watching: old Voyager episodes that I missed the first time
  • Eating: still a bit nauseous
  • Drinking: hmmm, good idea. I AM kinda thirsty.
After a week of being a concerned citizen this past week, I would love to watch a news story about the Dakota Access Pipeline protesters beating the #$&@%$ out of that Kaepernick anthem guy.

Granted, Kaepernick's issues regarding racism are worthy, but he's doing it in the most #%$&@ way possible.

Back when there was a big national issue over whether or not it was constitutional to burn the U.S. flag, I remember realizing that to me, I wouldn't want to burn a flag if I had the right to do so. Meanwhile, if I did not have the right to do so then I ought to burn the flag. If the ideals which the flag symbolizes do not match what the Constitution says, then the flag has been reduced to nothing more than a colorful bed sheet with grommets.

To me, the fact that we're allowed to burn our flag in protest is enough reassurance that my country isn't as bad off as I thought. They're leaving it up to the individual citizen to show self-restraint and honor instead of forcing us to obey.

IMO, a person burns their own flag when they perceive that their flag no longer stands for its principles. A person would never burn their flag when they perceive that their flag still stands for its principles. 
I want to learn Dutch as a foreign language. It doesn't look complicated at all. Every time I go into a bakery, I've noticed that their entire alphabet only contains one letter.

Maybe this is where Rowling got this idea for when Harry began ssssspeaking in tongues.
  • Listening to: an audiobook on John Adams
  • Watching: Penny Dreadful

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MandiPope Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday, Honey!  Hope today is as stellar as the man I date happens to be.  :)

Thanks again for my own birthay present, too!  You really outdid yourself on this one.


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RoboMommy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi son :hug:
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Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist
Hello, L!

MLP told me you'd be stopping by. :-)
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RoboMommy Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Mandi's such a mind reader! =D
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MandiPope Featured By Owner Edited Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I was browsing through your gallery and marveling on how much you've matured, grown and changed as an artist over the years.  What really got me was, no matter how much better you got, it never negated how awesome your earlier works were.  They're still amazing, eye catching and relevant.  It's like you just got better, but your old stuff never aged or began to look "dated" or even "out of date" at all.  That's amazing to me! 

You're a fantastic artist, and the best one out there, in my opinion, and that was my opinion long before you agreed to date me.  And yes, dating your favorite artist?  That's one heckuva trip!  It's an honor to call you my boyfriend and the greatest honor my artwork has afforded me to get to work/collaborate with you on past projects.  Thank you for being who you are and being so willing to indulge your self proclaimed biggest fangirl!


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Puppetcancer Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist
Thanks, hon! I've never had anyone state that about my lifetime of artwork before.
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MandiPope Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, I certainly noticed it while browsing your gallery.  You've come a very long way, all while preserving your original talents and skills when they were relevant and up-to-date at the time.  Your older work, basically, does NOT appear inferior to newer pieces.  There are differences and growth, but none of it invalidates or negates the work that came before.  THAT is really awesome!

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MandiPope Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Werd!


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MandiPope Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy two years n' four month anniversary, Babe!  Thanks for a fantastic weekend.  :)


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RoboMommy Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You and Mandi, have a sweet weekend together <3 Hope you two get more of these, too. (And Mandi will get rid of all that work-related stress!)

Big, cuddly hug to you and Mandi,

~ Mommy Luana ~
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