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[sticky post]What's Your Go-To Happy Song?
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The weather is changing and temperatures are falling in my part of the world, so you know what that means...seasonal affective disorder. I'm getting out ahead of it this year in an effort to minimize the psychological effects of saying goodbye to the sun for the next four months or so and, to that end, I'm collating a "Winter is Killing Me (But I'm Determined to Survive)" playlist. The catchy, upbeat playlist so far includes:

1, I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
2. Hollywood Swinging - Kool & The Gang
3. All About that Bass - Meghan Trainor
4. Lust for Life - Iggy Pop
5. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
6. Rock the Casbah - The Clash
7. Feel It Still - Portugal The Man
8 One Way Or Another - Blondie
9. Think - Aretha Franklin
10. Feel Good - Gorillaz
11. My Sharona - The Knack
12. Spirit in the Sky - Normal Greenbaum
13. Tonguetied - Grouplove
14. Faith - George Michael

So, which songs have I missed? Please leave me some recommendations in the comments. It's going to be a long winter. (Bleh.)

This is an abomination.
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Just because you have the capacity to do something doesn't mean you should. Speaking of which, you guys have heard that they're going to create a CGI version of James Dean to star in a new movie, right?

Thirsty Thursday: Michael Ealy
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Intelligent...? Check.
Socially conscious...? Check.
Talented...? Triple check.
Square jaw...? Oui, check.
Striking eyes...? Hell yeah, check.
Abs tighter than your great-aunt's pocketbook...? SO. MUCH. CHECK.

Although he appeared in both the phenomenal For Colored Girls and a recent remake of the cult classic Jacob's Ladder, Michael Ealy is probably better known for his work in television. In the past, this slow burn-sexy thespian has appeared in such acclaimed series as Almost Human, Flashforward, and The Good Wife. He can currently be seen in all his gifted glory on Stumptown with Cobie Smulders, as well as some of my more entertaining dreams.

Thirsty Thursday: Tom Hardy
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Tom "Hardman" Hardy is this week's Thirsty Thursday honoree. Some people may not care for his eccentricities, but personality has nothing to do with Thirsty Thursday, folks. This is about good, old-fashioned, venal objectification, and just check out the chiseled jaw, generous lips, and poppin' pecs on this mofo. And, as if his physique weren't enough, he projects a perceptive intensity that's just as hot as it is unsettling. He looks like the epitome of a guy you'd have the best one-night-stand sex of your life with, only to spend the next ten days trying to get him to stop eating your food and smoking all your weed and just leave because he obviously doesn't have a job. (That one night though.)

Of course, the fact that the actual Tom Hardy is an amazing actor is just delicious frosting on the mancake. Nothing is sexier than skill. You go, Tom HoHo!

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Another Random Question, Nanowrimo, and Thirsty Thursday
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My random question from today's generator (btw, feel free to add your answer in the comments if you'd like):

How do you hope you'll change as a person in the future?

The biggest change I hope to achieve is ridding myself of some of my anger. I tend to be okay (if a little standoffish) with people until they get aggressive in my presence (not necessarily with me). I have a very hard time sitting back and watching other people being mistreated, and it usually gets me in some kind of trouble. I learned certain coping mechanisms when I was a kid and had to look out for myself, but they are no longer appropriate or useful. I want to be able to harness my reaction and use it in a more productive way. Arguing never really got anyone anywhere, except for politicians, and then they call it debate.

In other news, I'm going to fail spectacularly at NaNo again this year. Is anyone else participating? LMK if you're looking for a writing buddy.

Also, just because I've been boring lately and want to reward you, here's a little something for your troubles...

One of my first-ever crushes, actor, style icon and acid enthusiast, the gifted Mr. Cary Grant.
Mmm, mmm, mmm!!!

A Random Title for a Random Post
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First, I want to say thank you to everyone who wished me well after my last post about my new health problem. TBH, I don't really want to talk about it anymore right now, but I do appreciate your kind thoughts. It's just sometimes rough to talk about things you can't change.


In order to find an actual topic for this post, I used a random question generator , and here's what I got...

Q: What's one weird belief you have?

A: What weird beliefs
don't I have?

The older I get, the more agnostic I become in relation to almost everything. You think aliens exist...? Me too! You think they're abducting people in an organized effort analogous to how we capture animals in the wild for preservation purposes...? I don't know about that, but sure, I'm willing to entertain the notion. You believe CERN knocked us into an alternate reality with the Hadron Collider...? I guess it would explain a lot (Trump). You're certain none of this is real and our world is actually part of a quantum hologram..? Okay, sure, tell me more. There are just so many very strange things we all accept and know to be true, I often wonder what other things might go on all around us without anyone having a clue, like microbes before Leeuwenhoek (or Janssen or Lippershey, depending on what you believe or were taught in school).

So, My Therapist Says I’m Disengaging...
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It’s not something I’ve been doing on purpose, but I can see it.

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By Request
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I took the “Which Star Trek Character Are You?” quiz. I *really* wanted Picard but figured I’d get Beverly Crusher.


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Now, Back to My Usual BS
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      What's the last book you read, LJ fam? Mine was an audible version of The Pentagon's Brain by Annie Jacobsen. It's a well-researched and somewhat disturbing book about DARPA and its various weapons programs. Some of the things the US government is documented as currently pursuing (like hunter-killer robots, autonomous AI which hunts down, identifies, and kills its targets ) are just plain frightening, particularly when you think of them in the hands of someone like Donald Trump. And do they want Skynet? Because that's exactly how you get Skynet.

I Can't Believe It's November Already
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This is not a real post. This is would be more aptly described as notes for future posts, so you'll have to bear with me a little. Please and thank you :)

Things to Mention

  1. I had an argument with my brother, my sister, and my mother about how much of my mom's disability my sister appropriates. It was not pretty particularly since my sister and I just starting talking again a few months ago...it's pretty safe to say that's over now.

  2. A health update...or whatever.

  3. Cold weather has arrived. (Alternate title: Eff you winter! I hate you!)

  4. Step One: Writing class, Step Two: Write a play, Step Three: ???

  5. Nanowrimo (Uh-oh)

  6. My mom had surgery.

  7. I have an amusing story to share about Jacob getting to be "line leader" at preschool.