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Virtual memorial update

Update: here's the completed Ingress in-game memorial to Leonard Nimoy.
Nimoy memorial 2

Virtual memorial

Ingress players in San Francisco are in the midst of creating a memorial to Leonard Nimoy within the game. It's not finished yet, but the core is done. Nicely executed.

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Maybe I was too hasty

Just got a call on my cellphone from someone claiming to represent "the government", who informed me that I can claim a grant of $8500 for merely paying my bills on time and being a good citizen. There was no caller ID and the caller had a thick Indian accent. Was I too hasty in telling him that I wasn't interested in his scam, then hanging up?

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On movies and allegories

Almost everyone loves movies. A very few don't. The rest generally consider them weird.

It's more fun to see a movie with someone else. Many people find a special person who they enjoy seeing movies with. Others will go to a movie alone if there's no one else available, or with a casual friend or acquintance.

If you have a special person with whom you usually see movies, you're considered a couple. Many couples prefer to go to movies together; often, though, if one of them isn't available or isn't interested, the other will go to a movie alone. No one thinks this is strange, but it can be a little embarassing to be seen watching a movie alone if you're part of a couple. Sometimes, one of them will see a movie with someone else. If the other person in the couple knows about this and considers it OK, there's no conflict; but if they think that the first person never sees movies with anyone else when in fact they do, it can be upsetting to the non-movie-goer when they find out. It's not a very nice thing to do. Many other people consider it wrong for persons in a couple to see movies with someone else, whether the couple considers it OK or not. These couples wish those other people would mind their own business and stop judging them.

Some couples occasionally go to movies with a third person, sometimes more. Occasionally they'll start going to movies with that third person all the time. This is generally frowned upon, even though no one involved is unhappy with the arrangement.

Occasionally a number of people will see a movie as a group. This is also frowned upon by many others who don't do this, again despite the fact that everyone involved enjoys it. It's not clear why these people are so judgmental about something that doesn't affect them at all. Maybe they're jealous.

Some people enjoy all kinds of movies. Some prefer only comedies, or only action films, or only romances. A few of them will loudly announce how awful people who go to other types of movies are, especially old movies or foreign films, and how they'd never go to any movie with those people. Most others find this rude and annoying, and will avoid going to see movies with people who do this. Sometimes the people who do this grow out of it over time, but many never do.

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Discuss. And don't over-analyze the analogy.

I'm baaaaack

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Is this on?

Thanks to a deeply moving LJ posting by a friend (you know who you are) I've decided to start hanging around here again. The long-form format suits me better than That Other Place, to say nothing of their inecessant screwing around with privacy and functionalty in the name of more revenue.

So. Whats new? Most of the people who read this will know by now that I'm living happily in SF with my partner of two-and-a-half years, Pierre. There was a break-up, a new boyfriend, a year of unemployment, a health scare (unfortunately coincident with that year of unemployment) and a new job that I'm not thrilled about, but hey, their checks clear.

Pierre doesn't have an LJ account, but he's very active elsewhere on the Internet. He's now the director of nursing at
Magnet, which is a pretty damned prestigious position. I'm incredibly proud of him.

And he's abandoned me. Well, temporarily. As we speak he's in mid-air on the way to the east coast to visit his best friend, who left SF to pursue a nursing degree. He'll be back next Saturday. It'll be the first time that we'll be separated for more than a couple of day since 2012, early in our relationship. I miss him already.

So what's new with you?

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  • Tues, 6:43 PM: Today I was told that my work at the gym is starting to pay off. I'm ridiculously happy about it.

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  • Mon, 2:31: Day 2 of 2 at Disney for Gay Days. Much fun with Dave Cobb and his entourage, and much less fun with my feet, which feel like they're worn to stubs

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  • Fri, 1:50: Just about to leave for Anaheim, Disney and points beyond...

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  • Sat, 12:49: We've made various types of ice cream, sherbet, gelato and sorbet since I mentioned the epiphany that was fresh strawberry ice cream a few w
  • Sat, 12:51: Hmmmm. Looks like the sgplus extension for Chrome doesn't do a very good job of tweeting longer posts... it just truncates 'em.
  • Sat, 12:52: I was waxing rhapsodic over a lemon-buttermilk sherbet we just made.

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  • Sat, 12:49: We've made various types of ice cream, sherbet, gelato and sorbet since I mentioned the epiphany that was fresh strawberry ice cream a few w

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  • Sun, 18:38: Heading to TX with Victor tomorrow. I'm fine with meeting his family, but after 2 years in the Bay area I don't know if I can take the heat!

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  • Sat, 15:14: Homemade strawberry ice cream: fresh strawberries, heavy cream, sugar, lemon juice. Absolutely incredible - like nothing I've had before.

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  • Tue, 16:42: Brief but annoying power failure a few minutes ago. I should be grateful they're not more frequent, I guess.

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  • Sat, 21:02: Anyone planning to go to Gay Days at Disneyland, Oct 1 & 2? I have to be there the following anyhow week, so Victor and I are going. #fb

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  • Tue, 20:21: In Vegas, listening to our CEO deliver pep talk to 4000 ppl. Would rather be in Ptown for Bear Week. #fb

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  • Wed, 14:05: At Joe's, waiting while Victor gets his hair cut.

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