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10..

Apparently now the friend feed only shows you 10 entries. Way to go, LJ, you sure know how to encourage your members to come back and use you!
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Sad News:Lux Interior of The Cramps passes...

Grasping at something appropriately psychobilly to say, I instead will choose to leave the clever prose to the journalists and the peanut gallery....

There is not much that I can say at the moment... I am genuinely saddened.

but Lux Interior of the psychobilly band The Cramps passed away Wednesday the 4th, feb 2009.

http://www.thedailyswarm.com/headlines/cramps-lux-interior-rip/

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/node/148947
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The Bachelor

Deliberate Gentle Sex Master (DGSM)

The Bachelor

Straight-up. Studly. Congratulations, you are The Bachelor.

You're an honest, good-thinking guy, and though you're very sexually active, people don't perceive you as a male-slut or man-whore or guy-dick-putter-inner or whatever. You have a sterling reputation.

You're a careful person, perhaps too much so for your friends' tastes, but girls like that in you. You probably don't kiss & tell. And you definitely don't brag. You know you don't have to prove anything to anyone. It's as if you believe in monogamy, so long as it's with lots of different people.

Our guess is that you've got some kind of word-of-mouth going with the girls out there, and that in the future, your sex partners will get even more plentiful, and more attractive, too.

You will settle down eventually, and make an excellent husband. You seem like the type who is into the idea of making copies of yourself, so you'll probably have kids. Bear in mind, meanwhile, this can get expensive.

ALTERNATE ENDING: You will die broke and alone. Vermin will feast on your ragged body for five days before the groundskeeper notices. The thing is, when somebody dies in a public restroom, the natural odor of his decomposing flesh is often masked by the feces smell.

Your exact male opposite:

The Manchild

The Manchild

Random Brutal Love Dreamer

Always avoid: The Wild Rose (RBLD)

Consider: The Dirty Little Secret (DGSM), The Intern (DGSD)

Link: The Online Dating Persona Test | OkCupid - singles | Dating
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Fundraising for charity through art?

Greetings,

Well most of you know that I have a charity/nonprofit that I run.... this is NOT about THAT organization. (Although that organization was instrumental in making this potentially possible.)

I just had an idea for a fundraiser for some health-issue-based charities. I have (or have access to) a large amount of materials to make this happen. However, I don't have the experience of setting up, planning, and running such a charity event (or soliciting participations/submissions.) [Given, I have experience with such tasks, just not in relation to such a potential fundraiser.]

So, I am coming to you for help/advice/suggestions/help with research, etc. [Please feel free to do some websearches if you have no prior experience with such a thing, and suggest good urls to check out, thanks! Or if you do have experience with such a thing, just babble away. :) ]

Basically the format of the fundraiser is such... lots of artists, celebrities, etc. get one (or more) of item _X_. Item _X_ is the same for everybody and is an object that relates to the cause that the fundraiser is being raised for. The artists, celebrities, etc. can do whatever they wish with the object in order to produce a work of art. That work of art is subsequently displayed in a gallery showing, and sold and/or auctioned off.

Basically the low down - I have, or have access to a LOT of these item _X_'s ... anywhere from several thousand to ten thousand or more. If I do the math with 10,000 and a simple affordable number like $100, that's $1,000,000 that we could possibly raise for charity. Of course we would probably sell them off for more than $100 a piece -- but that's a lowball affordable estimate to figure out what _might_ be possible.
For that kind of possibility, I think this is something worth investigating.

Some aspects I envision:
photographing every finished piece.
producing a coffee table book on the subject (with the best works.)
producing as much additional/secondary material as the market can bear and desires (for fundraising purposes)
touring the best works and/or holding local gallery showings in big cities of as many of the works as possible.

Questions to ponder:
can/should we do this under a pre-existing non-profit organization, or should we start a new one?
which related charities should benefit from the fundraising?
what expenses will we have and how do we cover them? (Can we get donations and/or in-kind support of the things we need?)
can we get commercial sponsors to support the project?
what sort of human resources will we need for such a large project? can we get volunteers or interns?
where and how should we sell or auction the final pieces? at gallery shows? on ebay? through a large prestigious auction house? for set prices at the shows? as silent auctions at the shows?
How do we get celebrities to participate?
What are basic standard operating procedures for running such things?
How much time do we need to get the project up and running? How soon can we plan for our first event? (My first thought was to aim for an early 2009 showing, but that might be too soon.)
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So I got my glasses..

So I got my glasses... 2 pair.. small package.. from zenni optical.
the only thing they could have done better for shipping, etc. was to include a packing slip in with the glasses to say what the prescription, models, etc. were. I think that would have been good for order confirmation.

The clip-ons are not as dark as I would have thought or hoped for, but I haven't tested them outside yet.

I haven't worn glasses in ages so they took a little getting used to. I've already done the fall-asleep-with-them-on wake-up "where's my glasses?!" dance. Found them quickly, but knowing I had a second pair upstairs was a plus.

I haven't tested them thoroughly yet, but I think the antireflective coating with zenni optical is an option worth getting. (I got one pair with and one pair without because I didn't know if it would be worth it for the extra ($5?) fee.)

The quality is about what one could expect from inexpensive glasses. I think only a trial over time will really determine their quality/durability. The slightly more expensive pair is not much difference in quality than the $8 pair as far as the frames go. (The only thing I really notice with the $8 pair is that it has a plastic sheathe on the entire length of the earpieces which is a little loose -- but I've seen the same sort of issue with my in-store frames before. The thing to do different in the future if ordering an $8 pair is to just avoid such things.. although I actually like the fit of the $8 pair better I think.)
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east coast

So, my bro-in-law, rabid_chemist, just got a job on the Delaware coast, this means that my sister catbirdgirl is going to be moving back to the east coast for the first time in years. Within about a 2 1/2 hour drive (according to google maps) from where I live.

This may surprise even her, but this will be the longest she has been nearby on the east coast in probably about 20 or 21 years. The last time she was living nearby on the east coast for any significant length of time was when she was doing a co-op for college in Washington DC.

I suppose that means we will be seeing her more often.
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Venture into online glasses...

I've had glasses most of my life..

So, once I started wearing contacts I quickly became addicted to them... it's great to have no weight on one's nose all the time, and to be able to wake up and just be able to see, not to lose one's glasses.. and also to be able to wear whatever sunglasses one wants, etc.

But I need new glasses.

I tend to be particularly hard on my glasses...

and I tend to lose them..

I was originally planning on getting transitions/photochromic lenses. I've worn them since.. well, for a very long time.. and really prefer them... when I started, and for the longest time... photogrey (glass) was FREE at the place I used to get my glasses.. then they started charging. Eventually, I had to switch to plastic to reduce the weight.. it's a pain in the butt to have that pressure on your nose all the time, and transitions ran me.. I think something like $100+ for the lenses. I really like this, not having to carry two pairs.. and them just changing automatically when you go outside, etc.

Well, to order photochromic online would have run me something like $39 extra... so I figured what the heck, I will try to do the old glasses switch thing (either having tinted lenses for outside. I'm actually starting out with regular glasses with no tint, and magnetic or clip-on shades. I think I'll probably lose them, misplace them, or just find them annoying.. but it will get me two pairs of glasses.. my first choice of glasses were like a $20 choice with $39 lenses.. and it would have cost somethibng like $62+$5 shipping to get them.. one pair.. then I realized.. that if I ordered $8 glasses... (and not photochromic) I could wind up with like 4 or 5 different pairs for about the same price.. and have backup glasses all over the place.

I could in essence become a frameslut. I'm already a clotheshorse. I know most of you don't know that, only seeing me in jeans and t-shirts most of the time, but I have a rather extensive wardrobe.

To find out what glasses fit me well (for the framesize) I just went into lenscrafters.. and fell in love with an absolutely amazing pair of $119 (plus lenses) Rayban mirrored sunglassess.. these things were like sex, they were so nice and comfortable. [Sigh] Well, I'm not getting them anytime soon... but..

So begins the experiment... worst comes to worst, I could always go get the photochromics if I find I can't work with the switcheroo.. but until then.. I just placed an order for two pairs of glasses for $40.85 and should get them in a couple of weeks. I could have gone cheaper, but figured I'd get a more expensive pair, and one 8$ pair, an extra clip-on, and test the anti-reflective coating on one of the pairs.

I will let you know how it goes. (Not that you care.)