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oh crap, it's april fool's day.

i hate this "holiday". mostly because i am incredibly gullible. but it's already started. something came across the CH mailing list about a proposed album of duets between Neil Finn and Kylie Minogue. puh-lease. no egg on my face yet, but it's only a matter of time. also, in addition to being gullible, i am bad at making up funny pranks. (ah, not even three am, and another joke crosses my desk, rfc 3514.) (2 more fakers; the 'tori amos playing mary poppins' story and someone on my friendsfriends posted a fake entry. i must have no sense of humor left or something.)

they started towing people from the bank that try to park there overnight. what a crock of shit. what do they care who parks there when the bank's not even open? crock of shit, i tell you. i'm sure it is all the fault of The Man. something else pissing me off: i can't figure out how to make icons like the trendy teenagers. with their tiny text and precise borders. if some elijah-wood-hobbit-fancying-13-year-old ninny can make a fancypants livejournal icon, why can't i?

today when i got home i had this intense feeling of contentment. i looked around me and took in my surroundings and i was overwhelmed with a feeling of satisfaction. i have a place i can more or less call my own, and good food to eat, and all i had ahead of me was curling up in a warm bed with a book or something* after having whatever the heck i pleased for breakfast (which turned out to be milk and ginger snaps) and that when i woke up, i could make myself an entire pot of kraft macaroni and cheese and just thinking about that i felt at peace. later in the day in the shower i was contemplating if that is lame; i thought about how earlier in my life i would have seen myself as a sad hermit for not wanting to go anywhere or do anything. i may feel that way tomorrow, i don't know. but right about now i seem to not want to go anywhere or do anything. i like things easy. i like my totally unfulfilling, easy job which allows me to have all the things i have. yikes. frightening. pleasure in a little blue box with orange writing.

i would like to give a shout-out to all the happy pagans in my life, past, present, and future. i need more communality/conviviality. someday i hope to own a house where i can have grungy, uncosmopolitan parties that give everyone present a feeling of belonging. except the people we didn't invite, ha ha. that is a joke. i am kidding.

oh my god two weeks until taxes are due. time to panic.

*"or something": the soap opera digest Days of Our Lives retrospective. now don't go giving me that Drake Hogestyn eyebrow. everyone has their guilty pleasures.



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Apr. 1st, 2003 04:40 am (UTC)
Happy Pagans and Other Spiritualists
Yeah, I was thinking yesterday about the Hoard parties and about that one house warming AngelMc had, where it was very casual, but there were candles and music and alcohol and good conversation. I havn't had that kind of warm, welcome, elegant yet down to earth feel at a gathering in years. Hmmmm
Apr. 1st, 2003 07:22 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Pagans and Other Spiritualists
exactly. i was thinking of brett's bonfire or of the first two horde parties... times when i really felt i was with people who were wide open. welcoming. people who didn't know me yet were opening their homes and themselves up to me. maybe i'm painting it in a rosier light than i should, but that's how i remember things. i feel like *i'm* not so open as i have been historically. it can't be about getting older because most of those friends and acquaintances were older than i am now when i met them. :)
Apr. 1st, 2003 07:31 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Pagans and Other Spiritualists
wide open. welcoming. people who didn't know me yet were opening their homes and themselves up to me.
Like when you invited me to the party (Jack's b'day) and the other one (don't remember the theme) after just meeting me at a club once? I'd say that's pretty open and welcoming. :)
Apr. 1st, 2003 07:36 am (UTC)
Re: Happy Everyone!!!
I guess... and I'm not even a pagan... heh... I guess saying that I give a shout out to the happy pagans could be construed itself as exclusionary, but the fact of the matter is it is at those gatherings where I have felt the most unconditional love!

This, my friends, is why people constantly call me a Big Fat Hippie. :)
Apr. 1st, 2003 04:48 am (UTC)
about a proposed album of duets between Neil Finn and Kylie Minogue

All 'fools days' aside you did hear the duet she did with Nick Cave, right?
Apr. 1st, 2003 07:25 am (UTC)
i did, and it was good! i don't hate kylie minogue like some people do. i even have all her new singles on mp3 at work because they energize me. i know it's pop pap and she's a scary plastic-looking idol now but the songs still make me feel good.
Apr. 1st, 2003 07:34 am (UTC)
she's fun pop, I totally dig her.
Apr. 1st, 2003 04:50 am (UTC)
I know how you can do it... Photoshop... Maybe we can make some Satuday! I have Photoshop7.
Apr. 1st, 2003 07:23 am (UTC)
ohhhh reaaaally
you know how to make the bordered tiny text and stuff??? i need to get photoshop although i was hoping something free i could DL at work would do it. i emailed necrocannibal for advice too.
Apr. 1st, 2003 06:43 am (UTC)
Man, Tori Amos would me an awesome Mary Poppins. I mean, a hott one, yeah, but still.
Apr. 1st, 2003 07:27 am (UTC)
I second that.
Apr. 1st, 2003 07:45 am (UTC)
I have Photoshop 5 point something, which you're welcome to play around with. I have a few skillz on it too, though not of the mad variety...
Apr. 1st, 2003 07:53 am (UTC)
hehehe... that's better than me, i just checked and my version of photoshop is 4.0.1. yow, that's old. i am really hoping someone can help me figure it out using gimp thought, because i can install that anywhere!!

here are some (admittedly frightening) examples of someone else's handiwork that just happens to exemplify the techniques that are so popular here on LJ and that i want to use.


yes, i got them all from lotricons. heh. well, almost all. EEK.
Apr. 1st, 2003 08:43 am (UTC)
uh i don't know from gimp i should probably pick that skill up though
1)it is possible but time consuming to do text pixel-by pixel, all text can fit in a grid size 5x7. more likely you can get fonts for small sizes. In PS then you do Layer-->Effects on the text layer to drop shadows and do glowing texts and do bevels and stuff
2)animating gifs can be done with a program called gifanimator which i hear can be obtained in a warezy fashion; you make the cells andsave them as consecutive gifs then open them and then it compiles it or something
3) switching from color to B+W, in PS ;
Select->All, Copy
New Image
Copy/Paste into layers as needed and erase what you don't want from the top layer, futzing with layer opacity helps you see through the top
Apr. 1st, 2003 09:31 am (UTC)
Re: icons
to do transparent GIFS you need to be able to save as format gif89a
if you look that up on google or on adobe PS help that will have to walk you through it because it's obscure/pedantic/inscrutable (vocabulary help?)
Apr. 1st, 2003 10:53 am (UTC)
Re: icons
obscure/pedantic/inscrutable (vocabulary help?)

All of those are fine! =)
Apr. 2nd, 2003 12:06 am (UTC)
Re: icons
1) I never thought of getting a font that was already a) tiny and b) bordered. this is smart.

2) animated gifs annoy people anyways

3) This is knowledge that I fear can only be imparted to me in person. cutting and pasting into layers is more complicated than ... i mean it's not ... AJHDBSYCHaugcliusdvb!^%$@&
Apr. 1st, 2003 09:36 pm (UTC)
Nothing at all wrong with feeling peace and contentment and pleasure at your surroundings. In fact, I would venture to say that being able to create a good environment for yourself is one of the key factors in overall happiness, for those of us who don't seek enlightenment through suffering and transcending the ego. Not that there's anything wrong with that. Dude, I'm just not that cool. I just can't wait to paint my walls.
Apr. 2nd, 2003 12:03 am (UTC)
I had NO IDEA how peaceful painting my walls would make my life.
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