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WHAT???

22:33 May 31 2010
Times Read: 933


She DOUBTS.... ME?????


*cautious look*


We shall see.... we shall see...


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Morrigon
Morrigon
22:38 May 31 2010

God dammit you said:



"I hope the salad turns out alright."



and I said:



"Me too."



GAH!





Invidia
Invidia
22:51 May 31 2010

What does Pai think about all of this



Inquisitive minds would like to know





birra
birra
02:54 Jun 01 2010

Pai got salmon. I don't think he cares about the salad, honestly...





 

THHHHHPARTICUTTTHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! *hands out towels*

18:31 May 30 2010
Times Read: 946


This journal entry is about sex, violence, under-age sex and the general stupidity of people.


Just to give the requisite warnings. And/or, teaser. Heh.


So Morri and I watched a few episodes of the show Sparticus last night. Pretty good show if you're into over-the-top violence and Cinemax late night soft-core with a touch of full frontal nudity...


I was thinking about the show while I was mindlessly mowing the lawn this morning. The producers claimed that they wanted to offer an accurate depiction of what life in Ancient Rome was like... so... sex, violence, an appreciation of beauty and liberal views on the value of life and relationship commitment.


Which got me thinking to a comment someone made in the vamp box, regarding a certain friend who has returned and how admins here monitor the public chat room. The comment was, paraphrasing, "Someone can speak openly about having sex with 16-year old girls (which is legal age of consent in his country) but we have to watch our language here..."


Ok, point taken. It is a matter of social values, law and sensitivities of the VR viewing public. As far as I know, the "sex with 16 year olds" conversation didn't involve any graphic descriptions - correct me if I'm wrong. But this is topic of social values, not absolutes. Remember, only about 5 generations ago, the average age of consent in our country (the United States) was 14, whereas what was deemed publically appropriate language (profanity) hasn't changed all that much. The f-word is still considered obscene, just as it was back then.


This thought led to another; why has this age of consent changed, and why is our society so hung up of topics, descriptions and displays of a sexual nature being so inappropriate?


As our society moved through the 20th century, we quickly became one of the most advanced, or at least viewed as one of the most advanced, western culture civilizations - yet, we seem to have lost the ability to deal with some of our most basic instincts as animals. Turn to, of course, legislating them instead of embracing, understanding and dealing with them.


If Sparticus is indeed a peek at what life was like in Ancient Rome, they were obviously more in tune and comfortable with sex as an important part of human nature. Whereas our society has a little conniption fit when a female nipple is almost exposed on television.


Yet, there is little uproar when a show such as CSI include violent, downright horrifying scenes of violence.


So have we lost touch with the intrinsic parts of our nature and instinct that allow us to appreciate love, beauty, the importance of and who we are as sexual beings... and in turn, compensate for that lost with an increased fascination on our violent, animalistic side?


Despite our advanced findings regarding emotional and mental development, biology would strongly suggest procreation in humans begins around the ages 12 to 14... evolution would suggest monogamy is just not the right path for us as a species - so why has our society moved toward forcing these changes and values upon us?


Just putting that out there for a Sunday morning...


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RedQueen
RedQueen
19:34 May 30 2010

ahhhhh......looks like Viridian is back,,,lol



Might I also say that VR is a little clip of TV and it's mores as well: Nipples are a no-no, but a profile can be slam eat UP with graphic, horrifying, gory pictures of all kinds of violence and mutilation, and that's ok. So is it art reflecting life, or life reflecting art?





Morrigon
Morrigon
19:57 May 30 2010

I saw a disturbing rape and murder scene on CSI or a show like it. That made me shake my head. Janet Jackson's nipple is a cause for horror and apologies and yet a woman being raped is considered part of an entertaining episode on TV?



Hmm...





birra
birra
20:06 May 30 2010

RedQueen - VR is bound by the same laws and regulations as any other online media source. A nipple can be construed as pornography, forcing the publisher (Cancer and his business) to provide legal documentation proving the "model" is of age.



On a site of 17,000 members, that would be darn near impossible. Easier to keep tabs on who is violating terms of service than hunt down a signed legal document proving compliance every time someone flashes a "naughty bit."



It goes along with how our society needs to define everything as "appropriate" or "inappropriate." I have no idea when the human body - which basically comes in two varieties, male and female - became inappropriate to be viewed by humans.





Invidia
Invidia
20:31 May 30 2010

Sup dudes



Embrace your Id



Or lick Birra



THE CHOICE IS YOURS!





Silverbow
Silverbow
04:57 Jun 04 2010

Will have to put more research into this subject but I do belive a lot of our "hang ups" come from censorship and how it has gotten out of controle in the US. I do belive it also had something to do with religious influences upon people and that extending into buisnesses. I will have to look all of this up again. I did once years ago. Basicaly it comes down to.. someone said they didnt like something someone else was doing, so put presure on someone else to stop it and whala.. Legislation. :D Dont quote me on all that though cause as I said.. I have to find my research again to be certain.





birra
birra
14:49 Jun 04 2010

I did a research project on this subject for a Psychology of Sexuality class in college - it all stems back to the Puritan days. Although our nation believes in a separation of church and state, the catholic church and their interests are still heavily influential on our government and legislation. Christian beliefs, in one form or another, account for 80% of the population.



I hate to slam religion, but you know... christians it seems have always had a thing for violence and have always deemed sex sinful, impure, etc...



A direct reflection on our society.





 

Wow...

00:07 May 28 2010
Times Read: 974


...the zombie Bert stamp... it's pretty awesome. Heh.


Almost makes me want to reach for the shotgun...


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Whoa...

17:54 May 27 2010
Times Read: 995


...I have this unbearably happy yet anxious feeling today. Perhaps it was the cup of Tim Horton's coffee at the meeting this morning, combined with the nerves/emotional charge of having to give a presentation at the meeting.


I don't know... I swear they put heroin in that coffee...


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faeriemoon
faeriemoon
18:05 May 27 2010

It's CRACK I tell you!





birra
birra
21:10 May 27 2010

You don't have to tell me...



*jitters*





RedQueen
RedQueen
21:24 May 27 2010

NOW you guys know why Canadians are so polite...LOL





sahahria
sahahria
00:44 Jun 01 2010

in the words of SouthPark



TIMMY TIMMY TIMMY TIMMY!!!!





 

FEH...

14:51 May 26 2010
Times Read: 1,010


...I'm having trouble getting motivated today. Not sure what it is. Maybe I just feel a bit overwhelmed. Not sure. Maybe I just need a change of scenery...


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Funny...

05:43 May 26 2010
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...funny to see some of these old friends on Facebook... especially the photos they post...


..ummm... Karen.. you know your boob is hanging out in that one?


Yeah.. oops. It's been there since August 2009, so I doubt you've noticed...


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Walking...

06:26 May 25 2010
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...I was walking Pai around dusk tonight and in the northern sky I saw a bright, brilliant meteor... it descended quickly, a bright white light against an ocean blue, starless sky.


In the fading daylight, with a large, bright moon and clear skies, normally you won't see meteors unless they are close and bright.


This one was. It was one of those moments of wondering what it was my eyes were seeing... a plane? No, no flashing lights, decending way too fast... fireworks? Nope, too smooth in a downward trajectory and not fading...


...and by the time I could fully process it, it was out of site behind the houses I was near.


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MysticalChild
MysticalChild
16:13 May 25 2010

Visitors!





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
23:01 May 25 2010

Are you really our birra? Is Pai growling at you? Or are you growling at him?



O.o






 

...all this tonight, on dinner, at eleven!

04:17 May 25 2010
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Haven't shopped for food-stuff in a week or so and my schedule has been downright crazy the last few days.


So I used up what was left in the fridge, and a couple frozen salmon filets... came up with a vegetable-pecan mix in a honey & jack daniels sauce.


Not bad for a throw-together meal at 11PM...


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*zzzzzzz

03:33 May 23 2010
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...so... damn... lazy right now.


But I have to go take care of the chickens. Have a lot of cleaning to do around the house tomorrow. I wanted to go out tonight.. but... blah.


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ThothLestat
ThothLestat
03:41 May 23 2010

The chickens need to start helping out with the housework!





birra
birra
03:43 May 23 2010

...all they do is eat and poop.



Ones of these days, I'll turn the table on them.



Well, that just doesn't sound right, does it...





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
04:33 May 23 2010

no, that sounds about right.

I was going to suggest a broom made out of chicken feathers. Ya know, two birds, one stone.... metaphorically of course.





RedQueen
RedQueen
09:02 May 23 2010

lol- I'm with Thoth on this one...lol



course we do have children for a REASON.....





 

Sheesh...

21:34 May 21 2010
Times Read: 1,087


...it has been a lovely day, but now the humidity has built up and it's starting to rain. So I decided to put the chickens back in their cage and get them in from out of the rain. Nothing worse than wet bedding in the chicken cage... then the poop really starts to stink.


But you know, for as lazy as these chickens are... man they put up a fight when you try to gather them...


...they must know they're going to be food eventually.


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Hope... hope and chickens.

05:32 May 21 2010
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Enjoyed a very late dinner tonight... along with a good merlot. I guess that is the only bachelor part of me... staying up late, eating dinner at obnoxious hours... same stuff I used to do when I travelled...


...speaking of which, I really feel the need to get back into it. I need to start some serious contract hunting.


...regardless, I still don't make a good bachelor... I actually eat well balanced meals...


Remember those days of college when you would have dinner at 2AM and the meal consisted almost entirely of condiments?


Heh... and for tonight's entree, Heinz 57, delicately mixed with a packet of Kraft Mayo from that gas-station sandwich last week and a packet of duck sauce left over from that chinese take-out you had back in the fall semester...


Ahhh.. those were the days...


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RedQueen
RedQueen
06:12 May 21 2010

When ya have a bartender for a wife, and the hubby works the night shift at the printing company, that's the NORM for us...lol



But I do like the idea of the merlot and a zen moment...lol





Tangerine
Tangerine
06:18 May 21 2010

I remember when I used to come home, and my 3am dinners would consist of either Taco Hell or Beeforoni with melted cheese on top and dorritos! lol





birra
birra
15:33 May 21 2010

Yep - college dinners. 2AM - reheated leftovers or whatever I could scrounge up, while sitting around playing NHL '94 on the SegaGenesis.



What a way to unwind. :)





RedQueen
RedQueen
21:46 May 21 2010

dayum...some of this actually still sounds good...lol



My favorite? one can chili, one can diced tomatos, one can kidney beans, heat and serve over whatever leftover pasta or rice was in the fridge...lol



Truth be told, I have gotten some of my favorite late night binge foods from reading people's journals on HERE....





 

Hear the eyes?

03:57 May 21 2010
Times Read: 1,113


Totally not picking on Smile for this but... "that's gotta hear the eyes a bit"


Have you ever heard your eyes? For example... if you get air pockets under your eyelids and they pop and squish when you blink or move your eyes around....


...or when you're at a meeting a lot of people all agree with a motion...


...but those are different eyes...


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Smile
Smile
04:19 May 21 2010

Hmmm... To hear your eyes..





 

Ahhhhh!

18:42 May 19 2010
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Gorgeous day - working outside for a while watching overthe chickens as they get some time out of their coop.


I should grab a glass of wine and make this a complete moment of zen....


...and in the sunlight, I should grab some screen cleaners... amazing how dirty the laptop screen gets just sitting on my desk.


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*sigh*

22:19 May 18 2010
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Pai is always so sad when Morri travels without him...


...pathetically sad, really. It is odd to see this dog mope... but he is.


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sahahria
sahahria
18:29 May 20 2010

Aww poor thing... I can imagine exactly what he's like :( Give him a hug for me :)





 

Ouch...

18:05 May 12 2010
Times Read: 1,175


...emo lunch today. I got my thumb good slicing up a green pepper.


Bled through the first set of band-aids pretty quick. The second set isn't looking so strong.


But... I feel so alive! Heh. Not really, it hurts like a sumanabich. I'd rather not be in pain, thanks.


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Isis101
Isis101
19:56 May 19 2010

Ouch! Damn!





 

A new sales strategy for Thoth...

19:10 May 10 2010
Times Read: 1,205


What happens when Morri and I bat around ideas via IM... discussing the way a web host customer (an American Legion Post) can sell email addresses to members as a fund raiser...



b: thanks

b: hey, if they get 100 people to buy emails it's $2500


m: Totally

m: and why not? As you said, like a sort of donation thing


b: right


m: and it's advertising for the post


b: and we send them setup info with our info on it

b: yep

b: and it's advertizing for the post


m: and advertising for their post.


b: and advertising for their post, too.


m: Plus it would be more advertising for the post.


b: Right, AND even more advertising for the post!


m: It would be like the emails were advertisements for the post.


b: This is true, and with so many people using their domain for email, think of all the additional advertisements for the post.


m: *dies*

m: I'm imagining us doing this while Tim is sitting at the table, just going back and forth


b: Have we mentioned all the additional advertising the post would get from this???


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Morrigon
Morrigon
19:18 May 10 2010

Sometimes we have too much fun. Ahhh the second cup of coffee always brings this on.



Oh hey I just realized, selling the email addresses would not only bring in some extra money, it would be advertising for the post!





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
19:48 May 10 2010

*takes notes*







Morrigon
Morrigon
22:00 May 10 2010

*dies*





RedQueen
RedQueen
01:54 May 11 2010

*giggling from the floor*





 

Good eats...

02:55 May 06 2010
Times Read: 1,232


...I made a good queso dip. Not great. It was missing something.


I think I should have used raw jalapeno, minced.


Anyway...


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MysticalChild
MysticalChild
03:36 May 06 2010

It was missing a Queso Shark.





birra
birra
18:50 May 06 2010

Man goes in cage... Cage goes in queso... Shark is in queso...





OUR shark.





 

A tired day...

19:30 May 04 2010
Times Read: 1,257


...up at 3AM for a job... I'm hitting the wall.


But it has inspired me... I should open a sleep study clinic and recruit VR members as study subjects...


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BLOODLIFE
BLOODLIFE
20:16 May 04 2010

'Sleep Study Clinic', count me in!!





MysticalChild
MysticalChild
21:14 May 04 2010

Me too!

I've been told I need to go to one anyway ;]





RedQueen
RedQueen
21:30 May 04 2010

VR members sleep? WHEN???





Vampirewitch39
Vampirewitch39
00:27 May 05 2010

Only if I can have my rum and sleeping pills at some point of this study. ;)





 

A peek at the chicks...

03:29 May 03 2010
Times Read: 1,295


...I spend a lot of time these days surrounded by cute chicks. Here are some pictures.




Left to right in this picture are Pepper (an Araucana) Omelette and Ginger (Golden Comets). At this point they were only about 4 or 5 days old.




Here is Pepper enjoying some time out in the sun and the lawn - about 3 weeks old in this picture.




The newest, Clover, a Black Austrolorp. We just got her yesterday - we're guessing she's about 10 days old.




And Clover again - hanging with her new buds at the office. Also seen in this picture are my Cornish Cross chickens... I think that might be Fajita and Cordon Bleu... or maybe Quesadilla... or Florentine? I'm not sure, they all look the same...


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imagesinwords
imagesinwords
03:32 May 03 2010

Love the names ;)





RedQueen
RedQueen
21:29 May 03 2010

Ima still hanging with parmesan in there somewhere...lol





CarnelianMyst
CarnelianMyst
01:42 May 04 2010

They are adorable little peckers!





KCRC
KCRC
02:42 May 04 2010

Where's Picatta and Saltimbocca?





birra
birra
04:04 May 04 2010

I can reserve those names for the next round, near the end of June. These little peepers are only going to be here for about 8 or 9 weeks.





ThothLestat
ThothLestat
18:04 May 04 2010

would it be wrong to name one Lemon Pepper?





birra
birra
18:18 May 04 2010

Nope. The next batch might be General Tso, Stir-Fry, Honey Roasted...





Isis101
Isis101
19:59 May 19 2010

They are so cute...pets, breeding stock - or food?





 

A new one...

02:30 May 02 2010
Times Read: 1,316


...we got a little baby Black Australorp chicken to add to our layers today. She's a bit younger than the other 3 new layers but she should be able to go into the main coop shortly after they do.


She adjusted to the 6 at the office as she spent the afternoon here, although they picked at her a bit at first - I think they were just a little confused by her coloring. Their world has been nothing but little yellow fuzzy companions until now, and then being introduced to a little black fuzzy companion... I'm not sure they knew what to make of it.


According to the information sheet on the breed, the Australorps actually hold the world record for egg production, so we have high hopes for our new addition.


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RedQueen
RedQueen
04:51 May 02 2010

OMELETS AND FRITTATAS AT BIRRA'S....lol








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