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[27 Jan 2006|11:57am]

the_symphony
California was pretty cool.

Acquired key item: 50th Anniversary Golden Mouse Ears. They have my name embroidered on them. Shut up, it's cool. Sora got some too. Hers has a bow on them. She's such a girl.

Spent the day following Sora around as she attempted to convince princesses to join her party. Also, while she fed the ducks. Ducks are pretty dumb. So are some princesses. But we rode the rides. Space Mountain was AWESOME! Some cast member chick promised us the Buzz Lightyear ride was cool too, but it was just lame. She couldn't find Goofy or Donald, but as we were about to leave the park, she ran smack into King Mickey! So THAT was cool. He's nice. I mean, you'd expect a king to be snotty, but he wasn't at all. I'd totally hang out with him.

So yeah, Disneyland was cool.

Back to questing.

~ Riku

PS. It's LAME that I'm not in the game questing with Sora, because I was so there. So was that Leon guy, who's also cool. You think we'd let Sora run off by herself? Kid'd get squished like a bug. No way.
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An announcement, particularly directed at fangirls [01 Jun 2005|03:12pm]

the_symphony
[ mood | annoyed ]

I AM NOT A SAP.

Of the two of us, HUGHES is the sap.

I am the player.

Get it right.

~ Roy Mustang, Flame Alchemist

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ANNOUNCEMENT [20 Apr 2005|04:46am]

the_symphony
We're changing over the community to one where people can join but not post, and everything's going to be friends-locked, so if you want to keep reading our ramblings, please join. (If you're already listed as watching this community, you should have an invitation waiting for you.)
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That damned survey [01 Apr 2005|10:02pm]

dash_faireborn
So Dash, she says to me, have you done the system survey yet?

Just why I woke up, I thought. So I can do more paperwork.
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[10 Aug 2004|01:55pm]

wicked_spike
[ mood | amused ]

There's a hole in the world. Seems like we ought to have known.

~ Spike

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[18 Jul 2004|10:06pm]

angelari
[ mood | in love ]

I don't know if your wings are real,
but I've never seen you without them
And I follow you everywhere.

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[18 Jul 2004|09:36pm]

kelvar_strife
[ mood | anxious ]

I can't... quite... reach... my soul.

Okay, that was melodramatic. But somehow, it fits.

I. Can't really think about what's going on outside. I can't think about the fire. Because. Yeah.

I've always been good at denial.

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Thoghts about thinking (crossposted from my journal, because we couldn't decide where it belonged) [17 Jul 2004|05:10pm]

angelari
[ mood | anxious ]

So reunion posted a link for shadow_dancing to read, to a site that contained some good information on Asperger's Syndrome. Rene has Asperger's, and all of us struggle to deal with it, simply because the way someone with AS interacts with the rest of the world is often so very different than the way that most people think. So I was perusing the site, and reading various things, and I followed a link to another site that had an article on diagnostic criteria for AS. I read the DSM definition of the syndrome, and on down the page.

Then I got to the part that had the list of characteristics. And I started going, "Wait, I do that. And that. And that, too." There are sections that I only hit one or two characteristics, but then there are sections where I hit *most* of them. We think... we think that someone, one of our "front runners," to borrow a phrase, has AS.

The symptoms (ones we recognize are italicized)Collapse )

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I have a revelation. (Sometimes I'm a little slow on the uptake.) [12 Apr 2004|03:23am]

angelari
[ mood | enlightened ]

A little bit of background.

Before I moved out to Pennsylvania, I was heavily involved in Phoenix local fandom. I worked the second con I ever attended, way back in 1995, and I never looked back. I held a committee-level position at nearly every convention that was held in the area. I was CASFS procedural secretary. I was involved in a NASFiC and two Westercon bids, and I traveled to several out-of-state cons primarily to throw bid parties and man bid tables. I was the Faithful Lackey (President) of T.H.E.M., ASU's sci-fi club, for a year. I even helped my disorganized ex chair a convention.

When I held a position, I was a complete and utter bitch. My usual laid-back attitude completely vanished. I wanted things done, I wanted them done right, I wanted them done at a professional level.

Yes, Integra Helsing was involved in con-running in Phoenix.

It's... a combination of relieving and distressing to look back and see evidence of my Others before the Great Awakening when (I thought) they first started acting through me. I'd thought, perhaps naively, that they'd been content to sit in my head and talk to me, and only came out to interact with the rest of the world when I gave them permission. But now... well, among other things, it explains certain sudden changes in my attitude/personality/beahvior that appeared from time to time. Obviously, Integra was the one who got involved with fandom and the politics that drove me crazy. After years of hating slacks and not owning a single pair, it was Antony who went out and bought my khakis. I know there are more moments and situations like this, and they'll all start to make sense after a while. But this one was a big one, and I had to share.

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[25 Feb 2004|10:00pm]

wicked_spike
[ mood | thoughtful ]

There's a hole in the world. Seems like we ought to have known.

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Love, Obsession, and Other Predicaments of Romance [31 Jan 2004|09:06pm]

wicked_spike
[ mood | curious ]

Draw me a line between love and obsession. Go on, draw it. At what point does it become "unhealthy?" Speculating on it, it seems to be like obscenity - you know it when you see it. You can point to someone's relationship or whatever and say that it's unhealthy, but it's difficult to list the criteria, because it's all about degrees.

Obsession seems to require that it's unreciprocated. If I spend hours on end thinking about a person... her eyes, her smile, the way her hair bounces... if there's a possibility of the person caring for you, it's love and everybody thinks it's cute. If they don't like you, and yet you can't get them out of your head? Obsession. You're dating, and you show up unexpectedly at her workplace with flowers? Cute. They don't like you, and you stop by? Stalking. Of course, there also comes a point where you can be dating a person, and cross the line into obsession or possession or something. Calling once a day is sweet; calling seven times a day is creepy. But where does the line get drawn? At what point does it stop being cute and start being scary?

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[22 Jan 2004|07:35pm]

wicked_spike
1. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS:
Under Xander's bed.

2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
*looks around to make sure no one's looking* Byron's Collected Letters.

3. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD
Some sort of cutesy girl with big eyes the boy picked out.

4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME?
Poker.

5. FAVORITE MAGAZINE?
Wired.

6. FAVORITE SMELLS:
Blood, lilacs, fear.

7. FAVORITE SOUND
The boy moaning. Or Dru screaming.

8. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?
Being left behind.

9. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP?
Sex?

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
Black.

11. TATTOOS OR PIERCING?
Nope. Don't like to mar my perfection, thanks.

12. DREAM VACATION?
I've always been fond of Amsterdam in winter. Lots of dark, lots of licentiousness.

13. MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE
Sex. Well... family.

14. FAVORITE FOOD?
Blooming onions.

15. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
Chocolate.

16. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST
Define "fast."

17. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Xander.

18. STORMS-COOL OR SCARY?
I love storms. With good ones, you get dark in the middle of the day.

19. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
Model A.

20. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Count Dracula. He owes me money.

21. FAVORITE DRINK?:
Blood.

22. WHAT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?
Which one?

23. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?
No.

24. ANY JOB, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Big Bad.

25. EVER BEEN/ARE IN LOVE?
Yes.

26. IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?
Depends on what's in it.

27. LAST VIDEO YOU WATCHED?
Some porn thing I nicked from Xander.

28. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS?
Yeah. SOmetimes.

29. WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED?
Me.

30. FAVORITE NUMBER?
1.

31. YOUR NAME:
Spike.
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Survey [20 Jan 2004|07:16am]

kelvar_strife
[ mood | rebel without a cause ]

1. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS:
I share a room with Shaski in the training complex at Cosmo Canyon.

2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Sun Tzu, "The Art of War."

3. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD
Dust.

4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME?
Go.

5. FAVORITE MAGAZINE?
Anything with swords in it.

6. FAVORITE SMELLS:
Water, roses, food.

7. FAVORITE SOUND
Live steel sparring.

8. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?
Screwing up in formation.

9. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP?
What's going to happen today?

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
Blue.

11. TATTOOS OR PIERCING?
An eagle feather on my upper right arm.

12. DREAM VACATION?
Gold Saucer. ^^

13. MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE
Happiness.

14. FAVORITE FOOD?
Marshmallow fluff.

15. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
Chocolate.

16. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST
Yeah, sometimes.

17. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Hell no.

18. STORMS-COOL OR SCARY?
Mostly cool.

19. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
Don't have one.

20. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Shaski's mom.

21. FAVORITE DRINK?:
Cold water. No, really.

22. WHAT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?
The day everybody gives me PRESENTS!

23. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?
No.

24. ANY JOB, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Sword-dancer.

25. EVER BEEN/ARE IN LOVE?
Yes.

26. IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?
Who cares?

27. LAST VIDEO YOU WATCHED?
A ridiculous training video with no production values.

28. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS?
There are wrong keys?

29. WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED?
Shoes.

30. FAVORITE NUMBER?
3774

31. YOUR NAME:
Depends on who's asking.

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[20 Jan 2004|07:05am]

iscariotantony
[ mood | amused ]

angelari thinks it would be amusing if everyone in the Symphony took the same quiz/survey. (Not everyone, she amends, that would take forever; just the people who post a lot.) Here's mine.

1. LIVING ARRANGEMENTS:
I live with my wife and children in a converted farmhouse in southern Germany.

2. WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING NOW?
Several obscure texts in even more obscure Latin. See my headache?

3. WHAT'S ON YOUR MOUSE PAD
Abstract purple swirls. It's super-ergonomic or something.

4. FAVORITE BOARD GAME?
Risk.

5. FAVORITE MAGAZINE?
Nature.

6. FAVORITE SMELLS:
My wife's hair, fresh-turned earth, leather, old books.

7. FAVORITE SOUND
Children's laughter.

8. WORST FEELING IN THE WORLD?
Knowing I can't protect my children from everything.

9. WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU WAKE UP?
Is it morning already?

10. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE COLOR?
Gray. No, really.

11. TATTOOS OR PIERCING?
I used to have one ear pierced, but I let it grow in.

12. DREAM VACATION?
A snowbound cottage in the Alps and my wife.

13. MOST IMPORTANT THING IN LIFE
Family.

14. FAVORITE FOOD?
Gyros made by my mother.

15. CHOCOLATE OR VANILLA?
Chocolate.

16. DO YOU LIKE TO DRIVE FAST
Very fast.

17. DO YOU SLEEP WITH A STUFFED ANIMAL?
Do babies count?

18. STORMS-COOL OR SCARY?
Very cool.

19. WHAT TYPE WAS YOUR FIRST CAR?
A Citroen on the verge of falling apart.

20. IF YOU COULD MEET ONE PERSON DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Elvis. Just kidding. Saint Jermone. Or Jesus.

21. FAVORITE DRINK?:
Scotch and soda.

22. WHAT IS YOUR BIRTHDAY?
The day I was born on.

23. DO YOU EAT THE STEMS OF BROCCOLI?
Yes.

24. ANY JOB, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Father. No, really. Paying job... maybe head of Iscariot.

Just kidding.

25. EVER BEEN/ARE IN LOVE?
Yes.

26. IS THE GLASS HALF EMPTY OR HALF FULL?
If a child's holding it, it's too full.

27. LAST VIDEO YOU WATCHED?
"Lord of the Rings: the Two Towers."

28. DO YOU TYPE WITH YOUR FINGERS ON THE RIGHT KEYS?
Always.

29. WHAT IS UNDER YOUR BED?
Plastic boxes with summer clothes in them.

30. FAVORITE NUMBER?
17.

31. YOUR NAME:
Antony.

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Multiple Code [10 Jan 2004|01:07am]

angelari
[ mood | tired ]

I finally found a working link to the multiple code, and we spent some time working on it tonight. Some of it, I need to think about and WE need to talk about. If you went, "Hey, put that down!" during a section, and I went, "Whathuh?" you need to do a little intro post or something. Good Lord.

Translate it here.

MuC N++++ f;f/m/a/* S.H+/ S.He+/ S.Hd/ S.Uv+/ S.H&S.Uv/ S.Sa/ S.Sg+/ S.Sv/ S.Mcw*/ S.Mfl+/ S.Mfl*/ S.Mrm*/ S.Ldw/ S.Lf/ S.Lc/ S.Ls/ S.Lh/S.H~Mcw /S.A"Cetran"+/ S.A"Jeneba" A(b r---!/+++!!) Ow/r/c/i/n We/m/stu!/w Cc+ I-- OF(r+ o++) P+ psi/ast/spi/mag F x+/c+/pd/n/#+ T++#* Xb+ (s/g/b) Ja/r Do R C+ So


Bedtime.

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[07 Jan 2004|01:40am]

walteranderson
[ mood | blah ]

Yeah. Cuz there are like five people who read my journal, I thought I'd say that I put a post in it. Stuff about me life. If anybody cares.

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[18 Dec 2003|06:46am]

kelvar_strife
[ mood | bouncy ]

angelari made me a new icon. It roxors. She is teh coolies.

I should go to bed. 3774, make me go to bed.

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[18 Dec 2003|06:42am]

angelari
[ mood | tired ]

I spent a little bit of time playing around with icons, the results of which are that kelvar_strife has one, and (for the moment) I have two new ones. I have a couple of others in the works. I'm also looking for something to use as a 'generic Symphony' avatar. I suppose, with the absence of invite codes, that anybody who wants a journal could set one up, and nobody's posted using my account but me, but it'd still be nice to have one, just in case. Suggestions welcome.

Anyway, I haven't been to bed yet, and yes, it really is that late.

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[18 Dec 2003|04:51am]

iscariotantony
[ mood | confused ]

angelari made a post about how the strangest part of being a multiple was having someone else's dreams. That is peculiar, certainly, but...

I was born in a universe similar to that portrayed in the anime and manga Hellsing. I've been left out of both of them thus far, but I still wonder if one day we'll see scans from the newest manga and discover someone who looks oddly like me within the pages. I can only imagine what it must be like to be a "major" character and see your life through someone else's eyes.

Maybe like this: someone wants to write a fanfic with me in it. Someone other than angelari, that is. Her writing isn't so much creating fanfic about me as me telling her things and her writing them down. But this completely other, non-system person spent some hours interviewing me tonight - and I have little doubt that there will be further interviews - so she can write me into a fanfic.

It's an odd, odd feeling.

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[12 Dec 2003|09:23pm]

kelvar_strife
[ mood | cheerful ]

angelari's prodding us all to make posts... since we have journals, we should use them, and so on. I've been putting off posting for so long that all the stuff that I wanted to talk about has pretty much become commonplace. Zak's here, and we're trying to figure out a way for him to live with us permanent-like. It's great to have him here with me and Seph, though, even if it only turns out to be temporary.

And that's about all I have to say. Because I suck.

Oh, yeah...

TROGDOOOOOORRRRR!

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