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Searching for the White Crow in the Mist of the Unknown

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Richard Best
8 December
grr argh gorble I am currently unemployed and looking for work, which is one of the reasons why I have so much free time available for surfing the 'net temporarily employed working as a visual trimmer a sales signer in the Men's Children's and Intimates departments at the local outpost of a national department store chain. I write poetry, short stories, and philosophic diatribes, and am trying to accomplish a novel or two. I believe in magick, but am not a ritual practitioner, a situation which can be fun but risky, and often challenging. I have a fairly good idea of what I believe and why I believe it, but any and all of it is open to challenge and adaptation (I try to perform regular and rigorous maintenance checks to make sure that it all holds together as well as I think it does). I think that anywhere from 50% on up of what the average human believes to be fact is in reality only a matter of opinion; I don't have anything against opinion or theory as long as it's properly labeled, but I can get pretty cutting when something other than fact is presented as fact, and I can be pretty wicked bad when I do so.
Uh, what else? Heinlein, Herbert, Castaneda, Hesse, Gibran, Gahan Wilson, Harlan Ellison, Dali, Escher, H.R. Giger, William Gibson, William Burroughs, and a host of others too numerous to mention. Zelazny, Phillip Jose Farmer, Spider Robinson, Theodore Sturgeon, Samuel R. 'Chip' Delaney, George Alec Effinger. Steve Martin. And so forth.
Somewhat as a result of which, I abhor bad spelling and bad grammar even more so.
Given a choice, I generally prefer the i ching to tarot, although someone who knows what they're doing and has made a thorough study of both should be able to get similar results from either (I'm not one of those people, which is why I have a preference).

I've been asked by several different people to whom I've posted comments how I came across their journal, and I think that I can reasonably assume that I will get the question every now and then in the future, since I'm still doing the same stuff that led to the question being asked in the first place.
I started up my LiveJournal blog on 2004-05-04, and since then have been bopping around via the interests listings, friends lists, and checking out profiles & journals of those who have commented to the journals that I end up in, so about the only way to cut the possibility that I might stumble across your journal to practically nil would be to list no interests (or at least none of those which I have listed in my profile), to not friend anyone nor allow anyone to friend you, and to not comment in anyone else's journal.
Of course, you could keep me out of your journal by making it friends-only or blocking me specifically, but you couldn't absolutely prevent me being aware of your existence. (Eek. That's not meant to sound menacing- I'm just saying that you're probably out there somewhere where I can see you. 'k?)

So, if I commented on something in your journal, it's probably because I thought you said something cool and interesting. I've resisted the temptation so far to post some kind of flame in two or three journals that I thought might be cool because of what they said commenting in someone else's journal, or because of their username, or because I liked their avatar, and instead they turned out to be 'tards. I don't need no bad cess, I don't fiend for static, and much like the poor in pocket, the poor in spirit will always be among us. I don't like it, but that's the way it is.

If I friended you off the bat, it's because your journal was so cool that I felt like I just couldn't live as happily without a direct connection into every little keystroke you might send our way.
Otherwise, it's because you friended me, which I would guess happened either by a process similar to the one described above or because I commented in your journal and you checked me out and said "w007! I just can't live as happily without...", and I decided to make it mutual.

Now, if you friended me and I haven't friended you, that doesn't mean that I don't think that you're cool. If you've friended me, I've definitely gone and checked out your journal, and if I don't block you, that means I think you're at least ok. But I go and check my userinfo at least once a day to see if anybody's friended me whom I don't know about (the frequency will probably diminish at some point, but I'm a hot & bothered noob), and if there isn't anyone new, I may nevertheless click on the link for someone whom I haven't friended to see what's up with them. So it's not like you're totally ignored.

So now you know...
1337, accuracy, aeon flux, alice in chains, analytical cockroach, anime, anomaly, art, beastie boys, behavioral paradigms, bernie worrell, bettie page, bill hicks, bootsy collins, carl jung, carlos castaneda, cats, cellular automata, chaos, chocolate, coffee, comics, computers, coyote, crystals, cthulhu, cyberpunk, czechonorpoletzerlany, david bowie, david letterman, depeche mode, devo, dilbert, dragons, drawing, dream work, faith no more, ferrets, fetish, fractals, frank herbert, futurama, george clinton, girls, grafitti, grammar, harlan ellison, hassan i sabbah, holy gagarin, humor, hunter s. thompson, hyperspace theory, inajiraarijani, infinite spider, integrity, janis joplin, johnny cash, kmfdm, led zeppelin, lester bangs, lisps, magick, manga, meditation, mongoose, monty python, mother love bone, music, mythology, nanotechnology, network administration, nevin zehr, nin, noses, of course, originality, os tweaking, p j harvey, parliament/funkadelic, pattern, philosophy, physiognomical theory, poetry, processes, propaganda, psychology, public enemy, punctuation, question lizard, richard feynman, robert anton wilson, robert heinlein, robin williams, robotics, rocky horror picture show, roger zelazny, saint darwin in action, saint heisenberg, salinas, salvador dali, scott adams, self-creation, semantics, serial experiments lain, sex pistols, sigmund freud, siouxsie and the banshees, snake, soundgarden, spelling, staind, steve martin, string theory, surrealism, syntax, system tweaking, systems theory, technology, terry pratchett, the b52's, the beatles, the clash, the doors, the ramones, the sex pistols, the white crow, time travel, tom waits, tori amos, trickster, u2, voter fraud, voting machines, web comics, weezer, wetware, william burroughs, women, writing, zen

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