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Ive been MIA!

Dragonfly

So Thanksgiving was awesome. The weekend was chill. I did computer work this week Monday and Tuesday and then Palm Springs for Diana Ross on Wednesday. Home on Thursday to work on prep for today. Today is more Diana Ross. Sos Sunday. Tomorrow night is Bootie (woo)! Madness this week. Next week is the final full week before my christmas trip, so Ive gotta get my ass in gear.

Theres plenty more to say, but Im on stage and distracted and stupid. Sorry Ive been ignoring you – I need to do something about that. Maybe get updates enabled from my phone or something.

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Lost/Home Mix – THE METRIC PLAYLIST

Dragonfly

Maybe home isnt a place but a person. Maybe it is both. But you want to get there. James resurfaces from the vapors and gives a new album this year and the final song “I Want To Go Home”. It has bars, nudity, and the theme of this playlist. What more could we ask for? The tab for the taxi home I suppose. Lets all just get home.


1. The Picture – Editors

2. Home – Nine Inch Nails

3. Sparks – Overseer

4. Call The Ships To Port – Covenant

5. Five Minutes – Buffalo Daughter

6. Paranoimia – Art Of Noise

7. Slipping Away (Tick Tock Mix)- The Creatures

8. What I wouldnt Give – Holly Brook

9. Momma Sed “Tandimonium Mix” – Puscifer

10. I Want To Go Home – James

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Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Dragonfly

Im just about to start peeling more potatoes and muddling through my first Thanksgiving without parental supervision, but I wanted to wish you all the happiest of happy Thanksgivings and extend my hopes that youre all with people you love today. Thanks for being in my life, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible as the year winds down.

I dont like having my friends scattered to the winds, but it does give me an excuse to travel. Im coming to see YOU.

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Back in town

Dragonfly

I wasnt in New York very long. It was an old-fashioned one-night trip, complete with exhaustion, one night of drinking and actually quite a lot of work. I went out (rather unexpectedly) with LM to a couple of fun places. We really trekked all over the city, too, deciding to go to the LES at the last minute to try a bar we thought might be a speakeasy-style place (but yes, without the prohibition).

Now Im back, getting in the swing, and happy to be looking forward to finishing projects and feeding the masses. In the next three days I have to:

  • finish the chest
  • finish the collage table
  • clean the house
  • make thanksgiving dinner

And work, of course. I always come back with delicious work into which I want to sink my teeth. this week will be a little light on work, but thatll just have to do.

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Lost/Home Mix – THE METRIC PLAYLIST

Dragonfly

Why do we get lost sometimes? We go away and when we get back things are different. Its just how things are. If you dont hold onto “home” it may slowly evolve and you may not recognize it. You blink and it may quickly evolve. Change is a guarantee, just dont allow yourself to miss what is happening or youll be left behind. Im tired of playing catch-up myself, but arent we all?


1. The Picture – Editors

2. Home – Nine Inch Nails

3. Sparks – Overseer

4. Call The Ships To Port – Covenant

5. Five Minutes – Buffalo Daughter

6. Paranoimia – Art Of Noise

7. Slipping Away (Tick Tock Mix)- The Creatures

8. What I wouldnt Give – Holly Brook

9. Momma Sed “Tandimonium Mix” – Puscifer

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New Xbox Experience

Dragonfly

So heres me. Im not interested at all in the whole avatar craze, and I feel like the avatar is the most pointless thing about the Wii for MS to copy. Absurd, but Ive already talked to people who like it.

What I like is Xbox/Netflix streaming. I like it a lot. The quality isnt great, but for TV shows that I dont feel like wasting queue slots on, its great. And movies that Ill never bother to rent? Awesome. Whatll it take to get the entire Troma catalog on there, do you think?

In other Video Game news, this is the first post under the long-needed “Video Games” Category. Its not like I dont play or talk about playing video games – where has the category been?

Lastly, Ive pretty much given up on WoW. I just forget that its around and dont care much about it. I have gotten back into Hitman: Blood Money a little bit, but time hasnt let me play much.

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Lost/Home Mix – THE METRIC PLAYLIST

Dragonfly

This one is straight forward and sometimes we need that. You dont always want to be kept guessing, that gets old. Holly Brook gives us “What I Wouldnt Give” because, again, you want to change the past. You wouldnt have gotten lost or away from home, would you? Not with a second chance. But it was fun the first time wasnt it? Yeah, you may get lost again. Third chances do exist dont they? Yeah…and I am a Chinese Jet Pilot.


1. The Picture – Editors

2. Home – Nine Inch Nails

3. Sparks – Overseer

4. Call The Ships To Port – Covenant

5. Five Minutes – Buffalo Daughter

6. Paranoimia – Art Of Noise

7. Slipping Away (Tick Tock Mix)- The Creatures

8. What I wouldnt Give – Holly Brook

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Quantum of Solace

Dragonfly

Theatre

Enjoyable, good action. felt like 2/3 of a Bond movie. No Q, no relationship with the main girl. I actually liked it quite a bit.

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Twins

Dragonfly

DVD.

It was a Standard-Def DVD from Netflix, watched during eating and waiting for CJ last night. Funny – I didnt remember all the “we do things the same” touches. Loved seeing what LA used to look like. Who knew Playmates was ever that clean?

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I dont see enough movies.

Dragonfly

The ones I DO see, I dont remember. Im going to try writing down all the titles of movies Ive seen and maybe something about them, but not posting it on the homepage (because who wants to read one-word reviews of Madagascar 2 or Twins?).

This is all an experiment in memory and movie plot retention. Probably Ill have failed at this by the end of the month, but you never know. Im still blogging after 12 years. Or, Im still doing whatever it is that I do online after 12 years.

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Back in the swing

Dragonfly

On Friday, I started building a chest.

On Saturday, I drove to Vegas.

On Sunday, I drove back home.

Today, I continue my chest build.

More details: Friday night, I was itching to go out, so when Kieran called, I went to the Dime with him. Out till 2, I had to get up to drive with CJ, AF & LG to Vegas in time for the Michigan game on Saturday at 9am, which meant getting up and leaving by 430. yay for 2 hours of sleep. I napped from 4-6 on Saturday afternoon, then went over to Caesars to chill with Dave during the Bette Show. Afterwards, we went to a house party then to a ghetto bar and suddenly it was 530. Shit.

I missed the first 10 mins of the Eagles game, which didnt matter because they tied (who fucking ties?), and I had to watch 5 quarters. then I took the girls to do some shopping and myself went to visit RH for an hour or so. We finally got on the road at 4pm, just in time for the setting sun to make trouble.

Home at 800, there was just time to drop things off and leave again for WMs bday at… the Dime. So my weekend came full-circle. Now Im working and thinking about how Ill do the chests top and hinges. Also, I wonder how Ill age it.

Enough of this. Back to work.

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Lost/Home Mix – THE METRIC PLAYLIST

Dragonfly

So we get lost and what is the one thing we always think first? What would I have done differently? Hind sight is not exactly 20/20 but it sure does feel like it. Siouxsie and The Creatures give us a little diddy about slipping away. You lose your way and you’re bound to forget how to get back or not a have a clue on what to do. You give up and fill your head with what ifs, but “if” Grandma had ball’s, she’d be Grandpa. Don’t let go or you’ll have to have that thought in your head for a very long time.


1. The Picture – Editors

2. Home – Nine Inch Nails

3. Sparks – Overseer

4. Call The Ships To Port – Covenant

5. Five Minutes – Buffalo Daughter

6. Paranoimia – Art Of Noise

7. Slipping Away (Tick Tock Mix)- The Creatures

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Keyless Entry

Dragonfly

The Chrysler Dealer wants $80 for a Transponder key for my car, $150 for a new FOB and $50 to program the pair of them, and then the state of California wants tax on top of that. Can you imagine? “Thank god for the internet” is a phrase I utter every damn day.

The internet turned up Midwest Keyless, a company who will sell me a key fob for $40 with instructions on how to program it myself. So Im buying 2 for half the price that the dealer wants for one. Ill still have to go to the dealer for keys, I think, but Im going to search on that, too, because, damn, thats another car payment! And that was a lot of commas. Fuck commas.

What else? Its Friday. Im going to Vegas tomorrow morning. Im going to watch football, showgirls and football, and then come home. Fucking fun.

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I just made the last payment on my car.

Dragonfly

I did. I just wanted to make it known that by the end of the month (or the beginning of December), Ill have the title to my car in hand. Wow. Now, if i can only use that money every month to pay off other debts. Must focus on actually spending that money wisely.

But the thing to take away from this is that Im no longer paying on my car and Im happy about it. Insurance will get cheaper. W00t.

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Meg & Ket had their baby!

Dragonfly

His name is Kiran. His birthday was yesterday, so its good that Im starting out on the typical belated-birthday foot. Congratulations to Meg & Ket and I look forward to meeting the newest addition to the family.

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Fail, Eagles, Fail

Dragonfly

So. Why is it that when the Eagles lose, they do it looking like an incompetent bunch of fools and when they win, theres nothing to say about it? 20 minutes of possession in a game? Pshaw.

Ah well. At least its Monday, right?

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New President

Dragonfly

Well, its happened. Congratulations to America for managing to elect someone with some promise. Thats a good thing. Californians cant say the same for ourselves, however, with Prop 8 mysteriously passing. I just hope is that everyone who voted to take something away from someone else loses something important to them this year. Preferably a limb. Or a sex organ.

Next post will be back to random irreverence on clapboard. Im sick of politics, and sick of not knowing why all sex blogs are written by chicks. Lets discuss that next time.

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Voting day

Dragonfly

Clapboards not usually a political blog, and it wont be tomorrow, but if youre a voter, go vote early tomorrow. Diebold will no doubt try to steal this election too and look out for swing states where the secretary of state is a Republican – the polls will look very wrong for those states by tomorrow night, mark my words. Heres to hoping that this time tomorrow, were taking our first step back towards respectability from the international arena, towards rationalism over fear and away from the hatred and divisiveness that has marred us for so long.

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Lost/Home Mix – THE METRIC PLAYLIST

Dragonfly

Anyone remember Max Headroom? Matt Frewer? Well this song was played everywhere in the 80s when music was weird and parachute pants were cool. Art of Noise was doing its classical music/electronic mix and it was popular. The album version of this song is different without the Max Headroom track, but I was lucky to find the single version. This one brings me back because at 31 I feel old and musically out of touch. As for the mix, we all get tired now and than of the journey for finding home. It gets in your mind and you cant sleep. Obsession becomes insomnia. Then we return to the 80s in our minds and we are wearing jam pants and OP T-shirts. Oh god…why…all the…neon. It keeps me up at night. I need to get to sleep.


1. The Picture – Editors

2. Home – Nine Inch Nails

3. Sparks – Overseer

4. Call The Ships To Port – Covenant

5. Five Minutes – Buffalo Daughter

6. Paranoimia – Art Of Noise

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Cell Phones at Best Buy?

Dragonfly

Okay, so my Centro has a broken screen. Im a big Centro supporter, but I cant see spending $120+ on another Centro (which doesnt work in Vista64, btw) only to have to re-up my contract and deal with all that. Ive been following the sweetness that is the HTC “Diamond” line (or whatever theyre calling the line of the Diamond, Pro and HD these days) and think Im sold on the Touch Pro. I held a non-working copy next to my Centro today and theyre friggin identical in size, which is cool and surprising, given the HTC Pros slide-y keyboard.

That said, Best Buy has it for $30 cheaper than Sprint does. The sad thing was that Im only eligible for a $75 rebate because Ive only had my Centro since October 18th or so of last year. Im supposedly eligible for the super-customer thing with Sprint, but I dunno how thatll work. Note that I said “was” up there, because I called Sprint this morning and they were nice enough to offer me the “extra” $75 as an incentive to stay with them rather than going to get a sweet-ass G1 or a cliche-but-still-sweet iPhone. So that brings the price sort of to within shouting distance.

Theres a rumor of a 20% off coupon floating around the web thatll knock another $60 off the price of the phone, too, so thatll help. From Best Buys $300 to $240 sounds good. If I can find a way to make it better, I will. I supposedly have some reward-zone gift certificates available, so Ill check those, too.

Hopefully youll soon see a picture of my new phone posted up right here. No more broken phones!

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ysterious Proble

Dragonfly

So a little while ago, my “M” key just quit working. A restart got it fixed, but really. The “M” key? Thats just wrong.

What else?

I’ve managed not to snack at all this week thus far (what is it, Wednesday already?), and its good. Ive actually had hunger pangs that I think were just my body complaining that I wasnt stuffing it full of junk at all hours of the day, so I ignored them. Three squares for this guy, at least for awhile.

Snacking is for the weak!

Oh, I have a confession: Ive now played World of Warcraft. Mostly, its to test out my new system and see how pretty it can look, but its a little fun, too. Thus far, though, it hasnt really impressed me, so when I get my XBox back, Ill go back to playing stuff on that. Esp. now that the new dashboard comes with HD-streaming. And my XBox360 RROD Dates are as follows:

  • 10/20: RROD, get UPS label
  • 10/23: Hand Box to UPS Driver
  • 10/28: email notice that the package was delivered in TX

And thats where we are, XBox-style. Oh, and also (jumping topics like a CHAMP, I tell you!), maybe some of my older readers can tell me if I ever signed up for WoW before, btw. I tried to sign up as Flicman and it was already taken. Was there WoW in college? I know there was regular Warcraft, but WoW? It was vexing.

Anyway, Im off to do some actual writing. Hard to do from here, but Ill give it a shot. Happy Wednesday.

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Lost/Home Mix – THE METRIC PLAYLIST

Dragonfly

Ive seen Buffalo Daughter live once, they opened up for Girls Against Boys. The drummer was “healthy”, squeezed behind his drums and never missed a beat. The bassist during a ten minute song played the same chord for the duration and never missed a note. They were terrific live and are a good rock band who has solid albums with lots of rock experimentation. This song is about wanting something just for a little bit. You are lost and you remember what you are missing. You fear you may never get back and you just want to experience it again. As the quote goes “Two minutes in Heaven are better than one minute in Heaven”. We are asking for five, is that so wrong? You cant be lost unless you have somewhere you have to get to.


1. The Picture – Editors

2. Home – Nine Inch Nails

3. Sparks – Overseer

4. Call The Ships To Port – Covenant

5. Five Minutes – Buffalo Daughter

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Lost/Home Mix – THE METRIC PLAYLIST

Dragonfly

We move on to Covenant, and industrial/EBM/goth/dance band(It all depends on who you talk to and which elitist wants to be in charge of naming things. Electronica? Really?!?) They sing to us about sending a signal to come home in a get your feet moving kind of way. People shouldnt let people get lost, so now you have a shiny light to follow instead of the one you stared at to get lost in the first place. Attention spans in nano-seconds will have you separated quickly.


1. The Picture – Editors

2. Home – Nine Inch Nails

3. Sparks – Overseer

4. Call The Ships To Port – Covenant

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