Random Thoughts and Parallel Dimensions

Grand Unified Theory Happens

Tattoo Design: Crits wanted

Tattoo Concept: Fallen Angel
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Trials and Tribulations
I am seriously worn out from my father-in-law's alcoholism. It doesn't help that he's bipolar, but when he drinks (and it's OFTEN) he gets worse. I'm exhausted and stressed and I don't feel at home in my own house anymore because of it. Granted, I love our place, but the knowledge he's just around the corner stresses me out to no end. Brian has the ability to ignore the issue, but I can't and it's tearing me apart.

I don't know what to do.

I should update my main site once in a while (APOCRYPHA BRAIN LEAK)
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Asbeel's Infected Papercut...Collapse )

The Apocrypha Tarot -- Work in Progress (6/22)
I know it's been a while since I posted; been really busy on my end, art-, writing- and work-wise.

My current project is the Apocrypha Tarot. Thus far, I have the Major Arcana drawn and inked. After I finish those, I'll be starting on the Minor Arcana face cards.

00 - The Fool
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01 - The Magician
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03 - The Empress: inked
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02 - High Priestess
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04 - The Emperor
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05 - The Hierophant: Inked
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06 - The Lovers: inked
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07 - The Chariot: inked
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08 - Strength
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09 - The Hermit
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10 - Fortune: inked
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11- Justice: Inked
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12 - The Hanged Man: inked
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13 - Death: inked
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14 - Temperance: inked
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15 - The Devil: Inked revised
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16 - The Tower: inked
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17 - The Star: inked
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18 - The Moon: inked
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19 - The Sun
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20 - Judgement
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21 - The World: inked
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Writer's Block: Leave Room
What's your favorite dessert?

Papa's Obituary, or Why Can't Americans Write proper English?
Lesson learned: someone please proofread my mother's writing; if ANYONE can make sense of the survivors, I applaud you.

Maybe I'm still very raw about Papa's death and need to vent it out on something. But seriously, my mother has no concept on grammar and how to put together lists in sentence structure. She remembered my cousin Sarah kept her name but forgot that I kept mine; I'm not sure that my cousin Tonya's son's name is Chris Chauncey, and if it is, it means her brother Chauncey was left out of the obituary (not to mention she spelled Tonya's name wrong and Miya's middle name is Leeann, not Miya and Leeann); after listing Uncle Lele's children, she didn't follow the sentence structure so that you don't know the relationships and connections between anyone. Also, Tonya and Mike, Matt and Crystal, and Deanna and Rick are life partners.

Something like this shouldn't really upset me as much as it does. I think I need something to really vent about. Granted, this is nowhere near as upset as I was for Great Gram's obituary -- which DID at least get a proofread before it made it to the paper, but it's still grating that proper grammar is no longer considered useful.

Glenn Leroy Clark
ALBION -- Glenn Leroy Clark of Albion passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2009, at MaineGeneral Medical Center's Thayer Unit.

He was born Aug. 11, 1918, in Summerfield, New Brunswick, the son of the late John D. and Catherine (Malcolm) Clark.

He came to Maine with his family in 1938 and resided in Albion. He worked at the Ranson P. Kelley Farm at Nye's Corner as a herdsman. Around 1945 Glenn's long and close relationship with Frank Lee and Lee Bros. began. He worked for Frank until he retired in 1983. He operated almost any piece of heavy equipment that Frank had. His favorite was a John Deere 690 B backhoe, as well as a TD 25 bulldozer. Glenn did most of the groundwork for all his children's homes.

After retirement Glenn was always outside raking, planting and working in his garden. He and Vivian took bus trips with George and Hilda. What he enjoyed most was having his family and his big gray cat around him.

He was predeceased by a son, Leland N. Clark; brothers Ralph and Carlton Green and George and John Clark; and sisters in-law Evelyn and Hilda Clark and Maddie and Louise Green.

He is survived by his wife, Vivian. He is also survived by their children's families: daugther-in-law Tami and her children, Violet and Tim Giroux, and their children, Danielle and Justin Brow and Britni and Emilee Sue; John and Michelle Clark, and their children, Ben and Anna; Joy and Chris Davis and their daughter, Paige; Tanya and Mike Carroll and their children, Miya and Leeann, and Chris Chauncey; a son, Graydon and Kayan Clark and family, Sarah Clark and Jeremy Shute, Deanna Clark and Rick Hathaway, Matthew Clark, and Crystal Pomroy; a daughter, Pammy, and Ray Gilbert and their children, Holly and Jeff Joler, and Sierra and Savannah; Chris and Aimée Gilbert and Trafton, Raylee, Brian, Amanda and Zoey Gilbert; and Amy and Brian Vigue and Jennifer and André Fontaine and Olivia. Additional survivors include brothers Leslie Clark and his wife, Carol Clark, of Albion, and Mavor Clark of Albion.

Many thanks to Dr. and Mrs. Forrest West, and Two North at MGMC Thayer Unit, for all their compassion for our family.

Visiting hours will be 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home-Winslow Chapel, 173 China Road, Winslow. A Masonic Evening Memorial Service will take place at 7 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Scott Dow officiating.

Donations may be made to LN Clark Inspiration Network, P.O. Box 392, Fairfield, ME 04937.

Condolences may be expressed at www.lawrybrothers.com.

Arrangements are by Lawry Brothers Funeral Home-Winslow Chapel.

Love Letters by James Joyce -- NSFW
We were working on the podcast of The Plate, and Rao posted this up to us prior.

My god, it's hysterical.

johnhamilton.us/2/jamesjoyceletters.htm Seriously, NSFW.

And we really did use the randomizer. Really.

Character Meme!
 Ganked from moon_fox 

Pick ANY character of mine and I will tell you their:
01. Full name
02. Best friend
03. Sexuality
04. Favorite color
05. Relationship status
06. Ideal mate
07. Odd Skills/Skills in general
08. Last Amusing Escapade
09. Favorite food
10. Crushes
11. Favorite music
12. Biggest fear
13. Biggest fantasy
14. Quirks
15. Bad habits
16. Biggest regret
17. Best kept secrets
18. Last thought
19. Worst sexual/romantic experience
20. Biggest insecurity

Characters to pick from: userpages.prexar.com/artemis/apocrypha/

To the Winchester!
LiveJournal Username
The name of your zombie infested home town.
Your zombie killing weapon of choice.
How much do zombies scare you?
Oh noes!!11 A zombie! What do you do?
Blasting zombies left and right with a freaking twelve guage. What do you think?kabaryu
Curled into a fetal position crying their eyes out.moon_fox
Is pwning some zombies with Don't Stop Me Now playing in the background.lefthandsnake
Is sitting at home watching CNN and eating ice cream.jmercedesd
Get ripped to pieces by the zombies. Bummer.beccastareyes
Is the zombie king who you must destroy to end the zombie menace.crayder
Number of zombies you decapitate.142
Chances you survive the zombie swarm.
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This is Hilarious -- and relevant to Apocrypha.
From BBC News:
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People who drink too much coffee could start seeing ghosts or hearing strange voices, UK research has suggested.

People who drank more than seven cups of instant coffee a day were three times more likely to hallucinate than those who took just one, a study found.

A Durham University team questioned 200 students about their caffeine intake, the journal Personality and Individual Differences reported.

However, academics say the findings do not prove a "causal link".

They also stress that experiencing hallucinations is not a definite sign of mental illness and that about 3% of people regularly hear voices.

"This is the first step toward looking at the wider factors associated with hallucinations," said psychology PhD student Simon Jones, who led the study.

Under stress

He said previous research had suggested factors such as childhood trauma could be linked to hallucinations.

When under stress, the body releases a hormone called cortisol which is produced in greater quantities after consuming caffeine.

The extra cortisol boost could be what causes a person to hallucinate.

Therefore, Mr James added, it made sense to examine the link between caffeine and mood.

Besides coffee, sources such as tea, chocolate, "pep" pills and energy drinks contain caffeine.

After asking the students about their typical intake, the research team assessed their susceptibility to hallucinatory experiences and stress levels.

Pregnancy problems

Among the experiences reported were seeing things that were not there, hearing voices, and sensing the presence of dead people.

However, Mr James stressed more work was needed to pin down the link.

He said: "Stressed people may simply drink more caffeine."

And he added: "Even if caffeine were responsible for hallucinations in some way, the part it plays would be small compared to other factors in life."

The researchers now plan to investigate whether other aspects of diet, such as sugar and fat consumption, might be associated with hallucinations.

Dr Euan Paul, of the British Coffee Association, stressed the study only focused on people with a very high caffeine intake.

He also said no details were recorded of other substances consumed that might have had hallucinogenic effects.

"There are literally thousands of well conducted published studies looking at all aspects of the coffee, caffeine and health debate and the overall conclusion clearly demonstrates that moderate caffeine intake, 400-500mg per day, is safe for the general population and may even confer health benefits."

Recent research has linked high caffeine intake among pregnant women to miscarriage or low birth weight.

Other studies suggested it could help prevent skin cancer, reduce nerve damage associated with multiple sclerosis, or cause problems for diabetes sufferers.

The Durham study was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and Medical Research Council.



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