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"This boy's life among the electrical lights"

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Blog


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We pass the road I used to take to the auto plant when things was good and I smell the burnin smell a the torches and I can hear the sizzle and whirring noises. See that fat face a the woman took my sandwiches out the fridge sometimes and pretended she don't know better cause she deaf. This old guy used to drive the lift and sometimes he give me money for the vendin machine if I don't bring a lunch. His name was Fen. One day he hit a stack a pallets that fell on the Mexican boy and after he pulled himself out they wanted to send him to a hospital but he said he was okay and went home and didn't come back. Can't remember his name.
I figure I'll think about all the people I know now because when I go in it'll all be new people I plan to forget and the only ones I'll want to remember inside is the ones I knew outside. I don't know what other people do when they go inside the first time because I only know my dad who went in and he don't tell no one bout it but that he wasn't goin back. Every time he come around he say that and I hear from my uncle every time he go back in.
It's a little while till we come out from the dark a the overpasses and dirty brick buildings and start seeing houses with little overgrown yards. Looks like where me and ma lived fore dad left the first time. All these places look the same- don't matter what part a town you in. We're bout a mile west a where I grew up and I see a hundred places remind me my neighborhood. Bet there's even a house looks just like ours out here and maybe a kid looks like I looked like when I was ten. Maybe he has a sister and they at each other all day and his mom sprays them with a hose when it's hot out and takes them to the park when she too sick to work. Maybe he makes good choices.
You get this far out you start seein houses mixed in with the places people work. Like the place a while back, me, Ray, Mike, and Dee used to take my uncle's car to the lumber yard near Ray's place with some whiskey and talk bout what ways we would spend our millions when we get famous. That's where Dee and I was foolin around and we had ta get a bus home cause Ray found out what his sister and I been doin and went home without us. We kept goin there till Mike got beat up and his ma wouldn't let him go out with us anymore. We didn't wanna go out there anymore anyway cause we din't want to after what happen.
The yards get bigger and the houses get farther apart till the yards turn to corn and there are no more houses. When I was little granddad took me for a summer on a farm where he worked while ma was in Ohio with my uncle. They had a horse they let me ride on the weekends: round the little yard with granddad holding the reins and not too fast. There was a dirt path where the horse paced back and forth and shook his head like he nervous. Eats crab apples I throw when granddad wasn't lookin. Rain came they brought the horse in the barn. It smelled like mold and hay in there and I would sit with the horse and we stare at each other until granddad get done bailin and we go home for the day. There was corn on that farm too. Me and granddad peeled the hairs and wrappers off the corn and he tells me bout living in places where it don't snow.
We stop at a intersection and there's people on the side the road in vests pickin trash and they stare at us. I don't look away. They don't know me. I'm already here. So they look away so they can forget they saw me when they go home.
I'll bet I could be a farmer. When I get out it's where I'll go because ain't no one cares bout what you done so long as you work. That's what granddad told me last day, when he was done tyin bails and he was sittin chewin and waitin for ma. He gave me a horseshoe he found in the yard and told me don't do like my daddy done. I brought the horseshoe home but I musta lost it.

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Good to see people still active on LiveJournal. It's been a long time since I updated or checked friends' pages. :(

Unintended Consequences
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By buying out lala.com and forcing me to find a new music subscription service, Apple led me to Microsoft's Zune, and only after converting all the money I spent on lala.com into iTunes store credits. I haven't even spent them all yet because it's hard to pick ten to twelve songs I'd like to listen to until I die.
I feel kind of like Moses, wandering the desert looking for a home. I've seen the promised land and it is the commoditization of media. lol- I'm just fucking with you; I'm not much like Moses because he had a beard.
That's all I can muster right now. They installed a web nanny at work so I only get an hour on Livejournal a month. Maybe I'll post from home.

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I participated in Ludum Dare over the weekend, which is a 48-hour game programming competition. Participants are allowed to use any game engine freely available but have to make all their own content and code from scratch. I took part five years ago (man, hard to believe that much time has passed) but wasn't able to finish in time. I thought I'd have a better chance of completing something this time because I've got "Just Another Game Engine" in good enough shape to do other projects, and it has a lot of features that would take a lot of time to code from scratch (like spritesheet animation, which isn't part of "SDL", the library I built the engine on.)
The theme for the competition was "Islands." Mine is made for three players using the same keyboard (hopefully players have big keyboards, heh.) The players are monkeys trying to collect coconuts that correspond to their player colors. There's no prize for winning except bragging rights, and the experience of taking part, I guess. :) Judging is done by the participants and scores are revealed after judging is over, two weeks from now. The game runs on Linux and Windows and you can get it here: http://www.box.net/shared/static/ou65x6g26u.zip . Just unzip the contents to a local directory and run either the islands file (for Linux) or islands.exe file (for Windows). I'm not sure if it's much fun; I didn't have two other people to play-test with me. I'm just happy to have finished it in time (lol).

Sandra Bullock Sucks All Kinds of Shit
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Given the choice, would you rather sleep in or eat a delicious breakfast? Is there any food you love so much that you'd wake up at dawn or travel a great distance just to eat it?


I got a snake, man. One time I fed it some beer man. It was slithering this way and that. It was all fucked up.

This will probably be posted a hundred times before I hit send, but here it is
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I haven't been making real updates in a long time because I've been working on other things. Primary among the "other things," I've got a short (around ten minutes long) adventure game about 80% done and I'd like to get some feedback on how it plays, so if you'd like to volunteer five to ten minutes to "alpha test", email me (easlern@yahoo.com) or post a reply. It's called Appalachia and it's kind of like a SCUMM (point-and-click) adventure set in post-apocalyptic Kentucky. The project is open-source with creative commons assets, so helping out will have to be its own reward. TIA. :)

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lol continued
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"A decade's worth of music file-sharing and swiping has made clear that the people it hurts are the creators -- in this case, the young, fledgling songwriters who can't live off ticket and T-shirt sales like the least sympathetic among us," Bono noted.

The singer pointed out that the US effort to stop child pornography and China's effort to suppress online dissent indicate that it is "perfectly possible to track" Internet content.


http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gpaMK3O2gPPV4Sr1PKbLqCeCM6hQ

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"Earth saw clmate chnge4 ions;will cont 2 c chnges.R duty2responsbly devlop resorces4humankind/not pollute&destroy;but cant alter naturl chng"

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"BERLIN – Fans hoping to glimpse U2's free concert celebrating 20 years since the Berlin Wall fell were outraged Thursday to find that a nearly 6-1/2-foot (2-meter) high metal barrier was installed to block the view for those without tickets."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091105/ap_on_en_mu/eu_germany_mtv_europe_awards_u2

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