La Cage aux Folles Gothique, or The Addams Family Musical

Have we seen this plot before? YES
Was Gomez's accent ridiculously thick? YES
Could the actress playing Morticia dance? NO, not really..

Did any of that Actually Matter? NOPE, NOT A BIT!!!!

From the moment the lights went down and the orchestra at the Kennedy Center started to play that familiar tune... and the ENTIRE audience double snapped like pros... and the blood red velvet curtains opened to reveal the gate of the Addams Family mansion... we were sold.

Beautiful sets, outrageoussly funny jokes, some timely, and some older than dirt...


They muck with Wednesday Addams. She gets better, but it is disconcerting to see her wearing yellow, cooing over cute birds, and whi-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-ning. She gets better. Keep telling yourself that.

Thanks Kitton, for a lovely evening!
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Philosophize this! :-)

Which philosopher are you?
Your Result: Sartre/Camus (late existentialists)

The world is absurd. No facts govern it. We live well once we truly accept the world's absurdity. YOU give our life's meaning, and YOU control your world.

(see Nietzsche for very closely tied beliefs)

--This quiz was made by S. A-Lerer.

W.v.O. Quine / Late Wittgenstein
Immanuel Kant
Plato (strict rationalists)
Early Wittgenstein / Positivists
Which philosopher are you?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz
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Volunteer-run organizations

Before anyone gets excited, I want to stress first that though the idea to write this down came from a current discussion in the spiritual community I'm in.. it also applies to a LARPing organization I'm an officer with, and other volunteer events and conventions I have a role in. No one specific person is the target of this post... and the people who have recently been stating opinions are all people I respect... and actually not the focus of this comment. This is just something that has been bubbling around in me, and needs airing.


It is very easy to bitch about The Old Guard or The Old Boys Network, running an organization or event.... when one is just sitting back and expecting the event to be brought to them on a silver platter.... but one must realize that the event is run by volunteers who give up their time off to work their collective butts off to try to make a good event in which the majority of people will have fun. Organizations like that exist on the backs of their volunteer labor.. and those laborers are as human as anyone else. They need breaks and positive feedback... and eventually they need to be allowed to "retire", knowing their work is in good hands.

Even the "small jobs" are significant, in running an event. A lifeguard at the pool, someone who runs offsite for stuff, someone who looks over the cast props for a LARP to make sure they are safe to use... are just as necessary and significant as a coordinator, writer, or president. The relationship is symbiotic... one cannot exist for long without all of the parts.

Please remember that when you hear the call for volunteers, and see if you can give a part of your time... it makes a better-run event for all of us, and keeps people happy they came.

Thanks for listening. namaste.
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Federal IT Job Opportunity: NIH

Subject: Recruiting for Chief, OER Web Development and Technology Branch

We are looking for an innovative communicator with strong technical and management skills to serve as a Supervisory IT Specialist (INET) to lead the Web Development and Technology Branch in the Office of Extramural Research’s Office of Planning and Communication in the NIH Office of the Director. The announcement is open to all sources until 3/6/2012.

Come get Voodoo

Let it in.

I was reading an article that Del posted on a list he writes on, and it really struck a chord with me.. one that is reverbing through my head even as I type... most poignantly on Valentine's day...

LOVE: Let it in.

Some of you are hurting... I know you, and I hear you. Some of you are thinking... maybe I don't deserve to be loved... maybe Im really terrible and the universe has spoken and passed judgement, and I am to be alone... some of you are starting over, or starting anew.

I just want to remind you all to let Love in. Love is out there, waiting for that opening, that momentary welcome mat. It may be romantic love, from the partner of your dreams... or the person you never took a closer look at. It may be brother/sisterhood love. It may be love of good friends. The love may come from shared hurt, shared pain, shared joy, shared song, shared experiences, shared feelings... it may be hot, cold, warm, tepid, inflamed... it may be a mad mix of lust and yearning.

The important thing is... Love is there. Let it in. let it fill you with heady warmth and joy. let it embrace you, and let you sink into it's arms. Let it comfort you and envelope you. Let it in. There is no-one that does not deserve love. Especially YOU.

let it in.
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To my Anonymous Valentinrs...

Firstly, thank you. I post my thanks here rather than sending a personal email... because, of course... I'm not sure who you are! :-)
But thats ok.. the loving thoughts and suggestions are most welcome!

That being said.. if you wanted to let me know who you are... so I could, maybe, take you up on an offer, or return the sentiment... I offer you the chance to do so... in this post, which will only show your comments to me..

Happy Valentine's Day!
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Killing Word

Life as a D&D Character...

I Am A: Chaotic Good Human Ranger (6th Level)

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Chaotic Good A chaotic good character acts as his conscience directs him with little regard for what others expect of him. He makes his own way, but he's kind and benevolent. He believes in goodness and right but has little use for laws and regulations. He hates it when people try to intimidate others and tell them what to do. He follows his own moral compass, which, although good, may not agree with that of society. Chaotic good is the best alignment you can be because it combines a good heart with a free spirit. However, chaotic good can be a dangerous alignment when it disrupts the order of society and punishes those who do well for themselves.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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