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Subject:NY Passes Same-Sex Marriage
Time:10:43 pm
I have never before watched the proceedings of any of the legislative bodies that pertain to me, but I watched it tonight. Now I know that I wasn't missing much, as most of these buffoons can barely speak coherently. The ones who were eloquent were actually those who were undecided up until tonight, and all of them came out in favor.

But for having to watch Senator Diaz bloviate, I still was witness (albeit over an Internet live stream) to history.

It's about @#$%ing time.
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Subject:A... Wicked thought
Time:02:44 pm
I'm sitting here listening to the soundtrack to Wicked and came to a realization.

I *will* do this show. I *will* be at the sound board for Defying Gravity. My biggest problem will be that I'll also want to be in charge of special effects. But I guess I can leave that, 'cause no one will be able to pry my cold, dead hands off the faders.

I said the same thing about The Scarlet Pimpernel, and Madame Guillotine. Paul Kraus mixed one weekend of Pimpernel because I was off running the Historical Recreation Masquerade at CostumeCon. But it was my design and my weekend mixing that won the awards. (Luck that it was my weekend mixing, the schedule just worked out that way.)

But Defying Gravity is giving me the same shivers Madame Guillotine did back when I saw it on Broadway. I *WILL* do this show.
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Time:11:53 pm
Just saw the touring company of Wicked at Proctors in Schenectady. Great show.

We saw the "standby" Elphaba. Not the understudy, there was one of those, too. Dunno. She was great. Very, very good cackle, when it finally comes out. Doesn't make the hair stand up on the back of your neck like she did, but still very good. (I met The Wicked Witch of the West when I was about 6 and she was giving a talk at UCONN while my mother was the publicity director for the School of Fine Arts. I remember only two things: I met her, and she did the cackle once because everyone always asks her to.)
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Subject:Westboro comes to Albany
Time:01:52 pm
So, Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Albany to protest Albany High School's production of The Laramie Project. Even better, the kids at Albany High chose to do The Laramie Project specifically to annoy Westboro after Westboro came to Albany to protest something else 8 months ago.

For those who don't know, The Laramie Project is a play written about lives in Laramie, Wyoming surrounding the murder of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Shepard was targeted because he was gay.

Westboro is a bunch of freaking crazies, who are blaming the deaths of soldiers in the "War on Terror" on homosexuality and the "lapsed morality" of America.

This all made me think. I wonder what it costs for Westboro to come protest. The counter-protestors are already lining up, but they're going to be (primarily) local, so it's cheap for them. That seems like a financial disincentive for Westboro, but they are clearly driven by insanity rather than economics. That means they can be driven in to bankruptcy... :-)

I propose "Laramie Project Day". Much like the Vagina Monologues gets done all over the place for V-day (which they actually stretch in to a month to make it easier, but I'd rather avoid that) we need to do The Laramie Project in as many places as possible on or about October 12 to commemorate the day Matthew was murdered. The more places to try and get Westboro to protest, the better. There are more of us, and we therefore have more resources than they do. And even if that particular piece of my evil plot fails, it's still raising awareness of hate crimes and homophobia, which is a noble cause all to itself.

I'm still going to hope it would bankrupt Phelps & Co.

Edit: I'm behind the times, the folks who write The Laramie Project organized just such a thing on October 12, 2009.
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Subject:RIP Eugene
Time:01:42 am
"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

I certainly can not say it more eloquently than the Bard.
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Time:11:27 pm
John Scalzi on the Creationist Museum

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Subject:A/C Hell
Time:05:58 pm
It's another bad sign when the last email in your inbox is a server complaining about overtemp. And it's worse when you can't actually read that email because the mail server seems to have shut down.

Yep, Computer Room A/C died again. At least I caught it before EVERYTHING shut off.

ETA: A/C guy got here, hit the breaker, put a ladder against the building, and realized he's forgotten something... so I went up to take a look while he ran off. That beast is NOT happy. Fan on the chiller runs for 10 seconds, off for 2, cycle. OW.
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Time:10:32 pm
Current Mood:tiredtired
I call a mulligan on the week. No more, try again.

My day TODAY: 2 voicemails before work is never a good sign. A/C in the computer room *exploded*. OK, the rooftop part did, not the part in the computer room, but still. I didn't even get video. I was going to work from home. Instead I was in the office playing a game of "with these fans and most everything shut off the temperature does _this_, so that means I can turn one more on and get these 15 people working again". I almost sent an entire department home, theirs was the last machine I powered on before overloading the cooling capacity of a box fan and a stand fan on the floor and a desk fan hanging from some telco wire from the ceiling (floor = blow cold in, from the ceiling = blow hot out). A/C repairs were done around noon... except they weren't and the guy left. More panic'd calls, put the fans back, try to get the overtemp lights to turn off rather than turning the machines off again. We were actually fixed around 3:30ish. Total accomplishments of the work day = none. Much beer has been had since.

And that was JUST MY day TODAY. I drove John back to work yesterday after 6:00 PM. Amanda's nose bled into her lamb tonight. etc. etc. etc.

No more. I call a mulligan. While I don't want tomorrow to be Monday, that's a better option to continuing this pile of $%!^.
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Subject:That was... interesting
Time:08:03 pm
So this evening I sampled a durian flavored candy. They were a bit old, so it was somewhat disappointing. The usual overwhelming bouquet of rotting meat was replaced with a delicate flavor of freshly-pumped-out septic tank. On top of the usual durian flavors, plus coconut milk, which was the bulk of the saltwater-toffee-style candy.

I came, I saw, I experienced, I remembered why you always keep a bottle of Lebanese anise-flavored firewater around, 'cause that flavor will kill ANYTHING.
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Subject:A Conundrum on Hazing
Time:11:43 pm
Current Mood:pensivepensive
Yep, that says "Hazing".

Many of you know, some of you may not, that I'm on the Board of Directors of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theater Honorary Society. As a Greek Letter Organization, and one where new members join via a process that very much resembles pledging but is often referred to as "Understudying" and the people as "Understudies", we have a hazing policy that is only slightly shorter than the national constitution. (And I think longer than the U.S. Constitution, but I'd have to count words to be sure.)

We're meeting this weekend to rewrite the Constitution and Hazing Policy. It hasn't been really looked over in a decade, we figure it's due.

The problem that I'm faced with is that the activities our pledges are asked to go through would, by any rational NON-THEATER person, be defined as hazing. Pledges get up under hot lights in front of an audience you can't see made up of members and recite things you've been told to memorize? Classic hazing. Also what is done every #@$%ing day on theatrical stages everywhere, except then the audience paid for the privilege of watching it.

As we re-examine the hazing policy tomorrow during our all-day marathon session of tweaking Constitutional language (Kill me now? PLEASE?) we are probably going to talk at length about the perceptions of people outside the organization and what potential problems there are for us waiting in the wings. We're not going to stop doing what we do because people think it's hazing, because in this case IT ISN'T. But what can we do?
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