The fear in its eyes

As I was driving into work on 413, I round the bend before the bridge and there's 2 police vehicles with their lights on. In the headlights if on of the cars is a larger deer. A buck to be exact. It's lying down with it's head lifted and it's hind legs were bent outward to the right of it's body... undoubtedly broken. This deer was staring at the headlights of the cop car, you could see the fear in its eyes. Its mouth was open too.. either panting or bleating in fear, I had my radio on as I went by, so I didn't hear it.

That poor creature, you know it will be mercy-killed. My heart goes out to it.


The Dream Cycle

The name is Bond. Ink Bond. *Doo do do Doo do do do Doo do Doo do Doo doo doo*
Yep, last night I had a dream that I was Agent 007. And my nemesis was none-other than the insidious Dr. No. The setting, though, has nothing to do with the movie. I was at a huge white-washed mansion (that was owned by Dr. No) and it was my job to infiltrate it. The mansion sat atop a very large mountain with steep cliffs all around and ruins of older buildings on the cliffs. They looked like Greek ruins to me. Anyway, the dream starts that I scaled the cliffs, and I was standing on the walls of some of the ancient ruins, though I seem to have gotten stuck or I got a bad case of fear of heights cause I couldn't figure out how to get around the ruins I was at. I was jumping from one wall to the next (~50 foot drops in-between) trying to figure out how to get to the mansion...

[at this point I lost track / don't remember the dream]

The next thing I remember, I'm hiding in a room of the mansion. The room must have been a supply / work room cause I remember mops, power tools, cleaning agents, etc. scattered around. The room also had a window and when I looked out I saw none-other than Ernest Borgnine leaning up against an Aston Martin in the drive way (he was dressed like a chaffeur) and I knew he was my contact and waiting for me. (How he could just drive up and wait for me in the driveway of the enemies hideout is beyond me). At that point I heard voices and knew that Dr. No and his henchmen were getting ready to come in the room and search it. So I had the bright idea of wrapping myself up in a grey blanket and sitting on the floor, I'd lean up against the table and wall pretending I'm asleep. After all, they would never wake a sleeping Agent would they - and I was asleep so I figured they wouldn't notice me.

Wrong. At that point I got captured and unfortunately I woke up so I don't know how it played out. Obviously, though, I wouldn't make a good dauble-O agent. heh.


Essence of Time

As you know, I'm a proponent for the global changes of 2012. There's many theories out there about what is supposed to happen, personally, I think it will be a meteor shower or cometary shower. Hopefully not an impact. But this is not what this post is about. One of the theories is that 'time' is speeding up. The theory behind it is that the Schumann Resonance (SR) - long considered Earth's 'heartbeat' - has run at 7.8 cycles per second for the last thousand years (how the hell do they know that?), but around 1980 it started speeding up and is currently at 12.9 cycles. The SR itself is a well documented phenomenon - basically it's a cavity between the surface of the Earth and the Ionosphere that captures magnetic pulses created from sources like lightning strikes. The Navy uses the SR as a method of timekeeping in fact, since the cycles of the SR were always dependable.

Anyway, back to my point, if time is speeding up.. how would we even perceive it? We exist within the confines of time, so if time is speeding up, doesn't that mean we and everything we interact with is speeding up too? Which means if time sped up, our point of reference (our consciousness/perception) is also speeding up so in fact it wouldn't feel like there is any change at all. Things like this dwell in my mind. Scary, no? :)



I had it in my head that I was going to write about how all my life I've fought insomnia. Even as a wee little Ink, I would spend many a night in bed staring at the ceiling because my brain wouldn't shut the hell up. I think it has partly to do with the fact that I used to be a night owl... I always enjoyed being outside as the moon shone down. It was comfortable, quiet, and cool.

Speaking of the moon, as I arrived at work today and was walking into the office, I noticed that the moon is in the crescent and it's just past the harvest moon. A harvest moon is when the full moon happens near the autumnal equinox (22nd of Sep) and for whatever reason, the time between moon set and next moon rise shortens by a little. This means that the moon rises earlier in the evening (usually right after sunset) which gives farmers a little extra light to collect the harvests - hence the name harvest moon.

On a different note, now I must come clean... I have an addiction. A horrible, wasting, addiction. I, Ink and Stone, am addicted to games. That's right, games. Namely PC and X360 games. It's like crack for my mind... games are nothing more than interactive books, yet they are done so well... I just can't get enough of them. Why read about the hero that's going to slay the evil dragon when you can be the hero that slays the dragon?? Over the weekend I signed up for the Lord of the Rings MMO Beta. Hopefully, they do it well. Also, The Godfather comes out for the 360 tomorrow! Whoohoo! I'm going to try to hold off buying it, considering I just bought Enchanted Arms only 2 or so weeks ago. But, I dunno, there's something appetizing about extorting money in the form of 'protection pay' from local merchant rubes.

Anyway, that's all for now...


Ink's Techie Tip of the Week

Update your hardware drivers!

That's right. Whether it's your sound card, video card, monitor, keyboard, motherboard or whatever, it's always a good idea to check the item's manufacturers website every so often for driver updates.

A small example: I recently installed Logitech 5.1 surround speakers on my system, patched through via a Creative Audigy 2 card. All was fine and dandy until I noticed that the Audigy's device controller kept resetting the speaker settings from 5.1 to 2.1 settinga (which is my old setup and the programs' default). So I went program diving trying to find why it was resetting with no luck. So I figured mayve the drivers/software of the card was buggy and downloaded the latest updates from Creative's site. Viola! All fixed and I'm enjoying my happy jamming surf rock in 5.1 channels of polyphonic hi-fi goodness in psychohead blowout style! Dig it!


Questions, part 2

I saw this at the Much Ado About Sumthin blog... and figured I'd pass on the love.

1. Three things that scare me
myself (sometimes what I think frightens me)
heights and falling (stupid phobia :( )
loss of family

2. Three people that make me laugh
Los (funny BOFBPOS)
Brian (artistic brother! or is that autistic??)
Various comedians

3.Three things I hate the most.
Snobby and pretentious people (get over youselves)
Algebra (and math in all it's evil forms)
Religion in all it's forms (don't tell me how to live/think)

4. Three things I don't understand
How people can be duped by monotheistic 'our way is the only way' religion
Why people don't revolt against tyrannical governments
People's infatuation with 'reality' tv

5. Three things I'm doing right now
drinking apple juice (100% pure, my ass)
trying to wake up without coffee (what a difficult thing to do!)

6. Things to do before I die
visit Japan (and all those old shrines!)
own a house (with a puppy dog)
write a book

7. Three things I can do
play guitar (awww yeah, surf rock!)
grow plants (I recently discovered I have a green thumb)
paint sumi-e

8. Three ways to describe my personality
slightly insane (shut up, Los)
friendly but suspicious

9. Three things I can't do
my math skills suck
give birth (heh)
two/four finger whistle (how the hell does my sis do that?)

10. Three things I think you should listen to
Your conscience
surf rock!

11. Three things you should never listen to.
politicians (liars)
religion-mongers (haters)
anyone close-minded or intolerant

12. Three things I'd like to learn
the Japanese language
how to wood-cut
black magic *evil grin*

13. Three favourite foods
steamed crabs *droool*
mint chocolate chip ice cream (Breyer's !)
baked chicken with Northwoods seasoning

14. Three beverages I drink regularly
tea, iced or hot
soda (which I'm trying to stop)

15. Three tv shows I watched as a kid
Inhumanoids (cartoon)
In Search Of
Amazing Stories

So that's it.
So Los, Reverse, Brian, and anyone else reading this... you're tagged!!!!!!!! mwhahahahaaaaa....


Chunk Out and Chow

That is the perfect title for my Labor Day weekend food festival. We're talking crabs and sour beef and dumplings and apple crisp and macaroni and cheese and fried chicken and barbecue chicken and swedish meatballs and texas fries and corn and baked cinnamon apples and soft-serve ice cream and BLTs and watermelon and burgers and I'm sure there's more I missed. Oh, and this wasn't all at once, but there was a smorgasbord on Sunday that I went to that contained alot of this... mmmmm, good food.

On a different note, the happy little storm Ernesto that passed by this way a few days ago created minor flooding at my parent's joint down in the DE. A vacant lot about 2 houses away from their's was flooded too of course... except this lot is home to a large amount, no, a veritable army of grasshoppers. When it flooded the hoppers had no where to go, so as some of the cut tall grass started to float the hoppers got on board and floated in between my parent's and their neighbor's houses. So now said army of hoppers decided to make this their home as the water receded and they scaled the houses. The wall of the house was covered by a plague of hoppers. We're talking a plague of biblical proportions here! Creepy shit. Pictures to come soon.