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27 January 2012 @ 03:36 pm
ya, still here :P

Also, in the wake of the SOPA fiasco I forward this picture for your consideration:

24 November 2011 @ 05:35 am
19 November 2011 @ 01:21 pm
09 November 2011 @ 01:25 pm
08 November 2011 @ 09:53 am
02 November 2011 @ 08:09 pm
Well I went as Jayne Cobb Saturday night at Abstract, and got recognized from both the Space channel spot with Adam Baldwin as well as the People of Record article.  What was even waaay cooler was the usual spectacular costumes and efforts people put into them, including an awesome Animal from the Muppets, complete with drums! :D

I was there for a few hours to chat with friends on Monday and went with a whipped together mercenary with Umbrella Corp patches on, since previously saw people as characters like The Punisher and Gears of War, thought it would fit well enough ;)

(ATACS camo w/ Coyote Tan loadout, colours slightly off due to camera flash)
08 October 2011 @ 12:21 pm
Thought it was a nice day to go for a walk, I figured I'd go for a 5K stroll to the barbershop, only to find out it is closed until next week, blah!  Other than that it was a beautiful day to get lathered in sweat because I was a dumbass and wore pants and carried a jacket, gah!

Other updates:

» I'm kinda sillier and giddier lately, kinda hard to quantify the origin of it, I'll just blame barwitch. ;)

» Having too much fun with my Uniden HomePatrol scanner, and when I mention it here I know I won't get spambots or fake accounts following me on the twitter account - though  pick up russian spammers on lj every so often.  But anyway this is a neat little device that those new to scanning will love too.

» drawbacks of diesel truck engines, when 1 battery needs to be replaced, both need to go - there went $300+ ... BOOOoooo :P Never though of myself of a truck person, but it's way too practical and the thing is like a fighter tank made of biceps, so I feel quite safe inside ;)

» Disappointed in the last election, not being political here or spouting off about any side.  My concern is the display of apathy with the lowest voter turnout ever.  I can understand people feeling detached, disenfranchised or otherwise disgusted with the process or the people or parties to vote for - the best way to deal with that would be to show up, be counted and refuse the ballot. 

» Met up last week with my old convention pal Miko, interesting chats all around, especially constuff.  Told me their local long-running con crashed and burned shortly after they cancelled the masquerade costuming event... I missed out on the open meeting because I was acting at the medieval faire but here's hoping tcon changed its mind after the postcon panel where it was admitted they were looking into cancelling that event...

... for everything else there's my twitter account... it's waaaay to easier to update and it makes ADD AOK :P
04 October 2011 @ 11:44 am
If all goes well this should be visible on my lj via my fone :P

Posted via m.livejournal.com.

02 October 2011 @ 09:20 am
I do read it but barely get around to posting, dang :P

Updates (also see twitter):

- DCON was awesome, still need to edit photos/vids and upload them

- Still moderately busy as work

- Still loving life

- My place is a disorganized mess, doesn't help that I keep finding cool tshirts cheap :P

Otherwise status quo more or less, no major wow or fraked up news so it's all good :)

22 July 2011 @ 12:30 am

Check out the guy in the silly hat ;)

Also, can anyone get the video to run, so far I got nothin' :(
First off had an amazing weekend, thanks to all involved.

It was a great weekend of Geekery, Charity and good times... went with the UACM crew on Saturday for the colony sweep and got interviewed for the upcoming people of record story and photo'd gearing up, in action and our honour guard for a friend who returned safely from overseas :)  The Yip Yip costume as a huge hit, I made an appearance at the bar and Star Trek party on Friday night and wore it at the masquerade and a bit after the show and the dance.  The original idea was to present it out of competition but I found out another entrant did something similar, so we teamed up then had my buddies Chil and Ghost prep to pull me back out on stage to promote the charity auction.  The costume cost me under $20 to make and a lovely lady bought it for $75!  Also some of my autographed security shirts went for about $200 apparently! Wow great going! :D

Geek points to the Nth Degree... Adam Baldwin, who played Jayne Cobb (the character I outfit as) actually pulled me into his interview on Saturday with Space Channel, then mentioned me on Sunday and pointed me out from the stage... and since then has mentioned me a few times on twitter... wowsers, so cool.

http://twitter.com/#!/adamsbaldwin/status/94217979637669888 for example ;)

There's so much to chat about, will pull up a proper report when I get the chance, including pics and vids... again thanks to all involved, it was a great show :D

Literally as I was pulling gear out of the car to get to the hotel room I got dispatched to a run to South Carolina starting 7am Monday morning, hence my alacrity it getting outta Dodge Sunday in hoped of getting some sleep.  I made it home safely around 8pm tonight, currently unwinding and trying to cool off - my brain will be in a better place by the weekend... so exhausted, but feelin' good, ya know :)
As fortune has flowed, I have two rooms available for DragonCon that I can get rid of but would prefer to help out friends/acquaintances/locals first.

Rooms will be offered to the other lj comms at a later date.

Any hassles will result in rooms (both) and transfers being canceled outright, I ain't got time to secede ;) I can easily cancel both rooms without penalty until a certain date, previous arrangements fell through and their loss is your gain. ;)

Room 1
Marriott Marquis, yeah from the pASS Key fiasco ...
Check in FRIDAY Sept 2, Check Out Monday
1 King Bed
Con Rate -  3 nights
Cost per night per room (USD) $190.00 ... total $655.50 for 3 nights (includes estimated $28.50/night taxes and fees)

Room 2
Westin Peachtree Plaza 210 Peachtree St.
Check in Thursday Sept 1, Check Out Monday
2 double beds
Con Rate - 4 nights
Cost per night per room (USD) $185 ... total $851.00 for 4 nights (includes estimated $27.75/night taxes and fees)

Please reply by Friday 3 June 2011

email neo dot engel at yahoo dot com

EDIT: Also a friend of mine has a room available at the Hilton for Dcon, will forward your contact information if interested.

EDIT 2: Added further room details.

EDIT 3: changed some minor wording issues.
15 May 2011 @ 08:17 am
This is just amazing, I've since saved the video and converted it to mp3 for personal enjoyment ;)


Context for those unaware: This version of the famous rock song is referred to "The Music" that plays a significant role at the end of season 3 leading into the final season of Battlestar Galactica. 

This version just gives me chills listening to it both for how amazingly well it is done along with hearing Bear McCreary's work taken beyond the realm of scifi fans.

Enough of my ramble, please enjoy :)
18 April 2011 @ 07:13 am
13 March 2011 @ 10:46 pm
27 February 2011 @ 09:40 am

I more or less use my twitter account for the day to day stuff, I swear I will get back to posting here soon :)

(CNN) -- Count Jesse Ventura among fliers who don't want their "junk" touched by Transportation Security Administration agents.

The former Minnesota governor and pro wrestler filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Minnesota against the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA.

The suit alleges enhanced airport security procedures, including pat-downs and full body scanning, violate Ventura's rights under the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Ventura is not seeking monetary damages, according to his attorney, David Olsen. Ventura wants an acknowledgment from the court that his rights have been violated and a court order that would stop the government from subjecting him to the screening procedures, Olsen said.

"We consider the pat-downs and the whole body scanners to be a step too far, and they have crossed into the realm of the unreasonable," Olsen said.

The TSA said it cannot comment on pending litigation, but it has characterized pat-downs as one of multiple layers of security used to protect the traveling public.

"Pat-downs are one important tool to help TSA detect hidden and dangerous items such as explosives," the agency said on its website.

The lawsuit calls the TSA's enhanced pat-downs "warrantless, non-suspicion-based offensive touching, gripping and rubbing of the genital and other sensitive areas of the body."

Ventura had hip replacement surgery in 2008, and the resulting titanium implant routinely sets off metal detectors, requiring him to undergo pat-down searches, according to court documents. The lawsuit alleges the pat-downs and the TSA's whole body imaging procedures meet legal definitions of unlawful sexual assault and unlawful video voyeurism.

Ventura, who is host of a TV program called "Conspiracy Theory" on truTV, a CNN sister network, flies two to three times a week for work, according to the suit.

His professional schedule means he must either submit to routine searches, "or retire from his television work and forgo his income," the lawsuit said.

Ventura has stopped flying commercially to avoid the screening, Olsen said.

"It virtually makes it impossible for him to work in his present job," he said.
19 December 2010 @ 08:58 am
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15 December 2010 @ 06:52 am
13 December 2010 @ 02:10 pm
On Friday there was an incident while I was going about my business.  Long story short I felt my privacy and Canadian Criminal Code rights were violated when one too many buttons were pushed.

Today I spoke to a specialist referred to me by our family lawyer.  The conversation was very interesting and his consultation confirmed that I was completely in the right in how I conducted myself, the questions I asked the person(s) involved and my recording of the incident with a quick press of a button on my phone.

I hate not being able to post details, but here's a news story that carries some interest to me right now:

Now the next question - what next?  When I can I'll update, whether it's mitigation, playing "Meet the Press", pursuing a Statement of Claim, or even having a charge sworn before a JP. 
13 December 2010 @ 01:53 pm
07 December 2010 @ 08:17 am
Some may recall a story about a guy in Brooklyn who was selling fake eyewear and abused clients who complained.  Vitaly Borker also claimed to enjoy negative comments as much as one would like positive comments as he claimed Google didn't differentiate between comments. 


The cartoon sums up the situation.

The merchant, Vitaly Borker, 34, who operates a Web site called decormyeyes.com, was charged with one count each of mail fraud, wire fraud, making interstate threats and cyberstalking. The mail fraud and wire fraud charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The stalking and interstate threats charges carry a maximum sentence of five years.


This gives me hope that maybe there is just a little bit of justice out there ;)
05 December 2010 @ 09:36 pm
Still around, making use of twitter account too. 


» Being bad, just downloaded the 3rd Family Guy Star Wars episode 'It's a trap".  Hopefully it's as funny/offensive as the other two were :P

» $5200 paycheque for 2 weeks of work are nice - putting money back into vehicle, including a custom grill guard/accessory holder

» Played with the electrical system and accessories, computer terminal now successfully ready to go and use for enhanced GPS - working on a proper mount to allow the computer to be taken out and reinstalled quickly.

» Certified to work in Utah, passed 111 question exam with 4 questions wrong :P

» All my winter safety gear is good to go with room to spare, even have 2 backup jackets that can be worn inside each other if need be. 

» Maybe going to FutureCon, will know by tomorrow evening and make the appropriate bookings.  Special someone mentioned her desire to go during her visit and if we get to geek out while catching up, bonus :)

» WTF Caprica, got caught up on the goings on leading up to the final episode... hate to say it but no wonder it was canceled

» The Sopranos FTW, been re-watching the series again, aside from much of season 5 when it seemed like the writers ate the whole sheet of acid, great show

So yeah, imagine that a mini update... soon to sleep and start another assignment in the morning, sounds like fun :)
20 November 2010 @ 09:57 am

I ought to post more here but I do use my twitter account. :P