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April 19th, 2014
08:14 pm

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Playing The Godfather Video Game for the past two days.
The premise of the game is that you're an associate of the Corleone Family. Right now I'm very much in training of how to be a mobster. I just shook down a store owner and bribed a cop. I've noticed that I don't do well with anything new, but I know that I have to do new things in order to keep getting bored, although I like the comfort of what I already know. I have to remind myself at one time Red Dead Redemption was mindboggingly new and uncomfortable to play.

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April 16th, 2014
10:20 pm

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I caved!
I'm trying to make this year one of saving the most money I can. Usually I'm pretty responsible and disciplined when it comes to financial affairs. However, I get bored. I bought two new games for my Xbox 360, Godfather the Video Game and Mafia II. Although I'm interested in the Mafia, I chose these two games because they got high reviews and because I figured their game play would be similiar to Red Dead Redemption. I prefer fight scenes where you just used a gun or knife. I really dislike those games where you do all these acrobatics to knock out or kill an opponent because all I feel like I'm doing is just randomly punching a bunch of buttons until the other guy goes down. I also don't like fight game play where you have to do stuff like 'hit b twice, then a, then x, then hit the toggle switch up to kill your opponent!'.

It's also hard for me not to spend my money on books, because I'm always looking for intellectual stimulation that way. I've gotten used to reading on my iPad or Kindle and having the convenience to immediately download content, which has made even going to the library seem like a chore.

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April 14th, 2014
04:44 pm

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Listening to Mindy Corporon . . .
. . . who lost her 14-year-old son and her father in that shooting at that Jewish Community Center in Kansas. Oh, dear God. This is just devastating on every level.

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April 13th, 2014
08:20 pm

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The mystery of the broken comb teeth.
During the last week or so, I kept noticing that yet another tooth would be broken off my comb. It wasn't like I handled the comb roughly or that it was some really old and brittle comb. One night I was in bed and my little orange tabby jumped up. I saw him go over to my comb and start biting the area where the teeth were coming off! Grady would gnaw on stuff, especially when he was still a kitten but it didn't even occur to me that it might be him. Instead of scolding him, I started laughing. I'm not much of a disciplinarian, I'm afraid.

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April 8th, 2014
03:34 pm

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You know those househunting shows you see in TV?
Some of them have really pretty real estate agents. I always wonder if the husband is thinking about how much he'd like to have sex with said agent as much I am. Their wives will be droning on in a squeaky voice, "How much cupboard space does this kitchen have? Do these cupboards come in solid gold? And I need a solid jade countertop too!" And I wonder if the husband is standing there, thinking, "Man, I love to squeeze her boobs and run my face back and forth in her cleavage!" For me it'd be either that or thinking about committing suicide to escape listening to the boring minutiae of home improvement.

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April 6th, 2014
11:12 pm

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Grady is a little sweetie.
My little orange tabby Grady jumped up on my bed, washed himself and my forearm, and then went to sleep beside me. He's had a rough time lately because he's so shy and there's been company over the last so many days.

Justin often runs away when he realizes I'm going to pick him up. He must have wanted me to pick him up and snuggle with him a little while ago because he stood still while I bent down and picked him up. However, when I'm bed, he'll jump up like Grady just did and lie against me as we got to sleep together. I love Justin to bits but I don't always understand him.

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April 4th, 2014
09:33 pm

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From idealism to pragmatic hedonism.
When watching the news just now, I pondered how I made that journey in about ten years from age twenty to thirty. I find it absolutely impossible to take the human race seriously, so I've gone from being this idealistic person who thought it was worth fighting for various causes to this misanthrope who just wants to drink beer and be left alone.

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08:04 pm

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I bought some new tubes of paint . . .
. . . so that I could paint a life-sized rendering of my penis and I RAN OUT OF PAINT!!!!!!!!!! 

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April 3rd, 2014
03:41 pm

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In regards to the second Ford Hood Shooting . . .
Wouldn't it make sense to let everybody just carry a gun on base? It seems like if some asshole started shooting, he'd be cut down a lot faster.

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April 2nd, 2014
04:31 pm

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"It is what it is" is actually a brilliant and much-needed phrase.
I've noticed that you hear it a lot in the past year or so, so it's potentially in danger of becoming overused. If it becomes an overused cliche, then obviously people will cringe when you use it. That being said, I've come to realize that there is often so much pressure on us by others to justify everything he say or report on according to whatever ideology happens to be in fashion at the time. I love the phrase IIWII because it basically tells those sort of dogmatic people to fuck off: "I don't fucking care what ideology you're trying to make me justify what I say or what I do. What I believe or do exists and is necessary to be done and I'm not going to try to justify it beyond saying that I think it's right and needs to be done."

On a related note, I've come to despise virtually all ideology no matter what part of the political spectrum it comes from or whether is religious or secular in origin. Why? Because it seems to come down the same damn thing of other people wanting to tell you what to do and I don't like to be told what to do or what to think.

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