September 28th, 2004


Tuesday Update

A big thank you to amqu for providing a link to the text of Iraqi Prime Minister Allawi's speech before Congress. And welcome to my friends list!

Wow, the sky is blue, outside, clear, crystal blue!

I'm off to the women's shelter in a few minutes, where I'll be until 4pm or thereabouts, today. I hope I don't have to spend the entire day calling churches. Most of them are small churches whose offices aren't open, and I keep having to leave messages. Still, if it helps us develop a donor base, that would be good.

I went back to the_bards, to see if there had been any activity over there since I left; I was thinking of rejoining. No such luck. The last post is still my own, from January 1 of this year. There's no point in joining a poetry critiue community, when no one is around to critique the poetry. Maybe I'll decide to be a masochist again and resubmit to poetryslamming. Some of those people are very rude, though, so I might look somewhere else, instead.

Or I could go to musewriters, which I have been horribly neglectful of, and didn't mention first because I feel so guilty for neglecting it...It's probably long dead and buried.

It is very irritating to me that I seem to work in bursts--I'll do a lot of work on a project for a short period of time, then I find I need to do something else, and I'll let a project fall by the wayside. It's not a very disciplined way to work. There are so many things I want to do and should be doing, though--poetry, art, novels, job-hunt...Argh.

Time for me to go to the bus stop. Bye!
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    "Kathy's Song" - Simon & Garfunkel

Today at the Women's Shelter & Crime Night Tuesday

Things went pretty well, today, though I don't think I got as much work done as I did last week, because the office telephone was in use a lot more today than it was, last week.

Pretty amazing, though--While I was calling churches to collect contact names for our fundraising drive, one of the pastors I was talking to was actually on the phone with a parishioner who was having problems related to what our women's shelter does. I have never seen 'God working in mysterious ways' quite that blatantly, before. It was pretty neat. The case has to be investigated to determine whether anything bad was truly going on, but it was still neat.

The house now has three ladies living in it, which is the most it has had since I've been there. Unhappily, one lady is a return resident.

Tonight is Crime Night Tuesday. Since the Discovery Channel seems to have broken up their Tuesday bloc of forensics and crime programming, I've switched to A&E, which airs Cold Case Files, Dog, and Crossing Jordan on Tuesday nights. It is interesting to me how some of these criminal cases make the rounds among the forensics shows. Tonight, Cold Case Files featured the Muevano Kupasa case, in which a technique called rapid prototyping was used to create a 3-dimensional replica of a CT scan of a victim's skull. I have also seen this case on The New Detectives on The Discovery Channel. I had no idea her body was disarticulated, or if I did know, I'd forgotten. Pretty shocking.

The other case featured on tonight's Cold Case Files was that of an arsonist in San Mateo County, California, a while back. The arsonist was an 18 year-old guy who shot videotapes of his fires and narrated them--creepy, creepy narration, too. I am very, very glad they caught him, because he was disturbed. It was like writing Ephram Young in Imperial Secrets-Nautica, getting inside the minds of the criminals he went after. Ephram is a precursor to Paul Graves. I am so very glad I did not give Paul receptive empathy and make him a police inspector on the serial crimes unit...

Um, yes, I am way cruel to my characters, sometimes.

Anyway...This arsonist creeped me out. He was really getting off on the fires and had a fantasy life that embraced the Satanic. Very, very messed-up guy. I hope he stays in a mental institution, because he sure seemed prime material to re-offend and escalate, if he is ever released. They would not state his name on the show, because he is in rehab. Frankly, I think his name ought to be known and a sharp eye kept on him, if/when he is released. Not wanting to stack the deck against him, but he scared the crap out of me. I hope he is better now, but I also hope he stays where he is.
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A Fondness for Icons

Do you ever get fond of icons used by people on your friends list? Every once in a while, a friend of mine will have an icon that I start to think of, whenever I think of that person. With crackferret, it was her black and white ferret picture--it was so cute! With snowelf, it was a blue-shaded picture of a girl that I imagined was what Snowelf really looks like, though I'm sure that's not so. With nixnivis, it's all of her 'brain in a jar' icons; with morsefan, it's her icon of the elderly gentleman. With cpsingsforhim, it's her Elijah Wood icon. And with caersidi, it's her icon made from John Williams Waterhouse's painting The Crystal Ball. There are lots of others, but that's enough to give you the idea.

Somehow, I come to associate particular icons more strongly with the people behind them than others. For qos, for example, the icon of the woman holding the sword is it, quintessentially her. For shusu, it's her red one. Both of these people have various other icons, but those are the ones I most strongly associate with those two people.

Does anyone else experience this phenomenon? Do you have favorites among your friends' icons, and do you miss them when they're gone and wish you'd copied the graphic?
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