Monday, August 30, 2004


Yeesha Kitten

Conflict of Interest

Lets talk a bit about privacy vs. support systems.

Over in livejournal, you have the ability to set up filters so that certain posts can only be seen by the people you allow to view that post. Many people, myself included, use this feature to discuss sensitive issues with trusted friends.

A is currently being lambasted by B for having a 'not B' filter. B (who discovered the filter because A forgot to log off) says it's an invasion of their privacy, and is horribly offended that A is taking about their issues to people.

My question is, then, who is A supposed to talk to, and how? It's vitally important for human beings to have a support network that they can go to when they've hit a rocky space. This includes being able to talk about issues you're having with a significant other. Outside perspectives, second opinions, just a shoulder to vent on... all of these things are *nessicary* for the person to be able to go back and work on those issues effectively.

I can see asking for privacy on details, but even then, you need to be able to talk things out. Being angry that your SO has a circle of friends they can communicate with, even if it is through LJ, strikes me as selfish.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

gleh, politics

I tend to hate politics. In general, I think the entire government of the US needs an overhaul. When facts get ignored for money, and religion wins out over legality, things need a change.

Neither candidate for president is particularily promising, although in looking at Kerry's position on issues I pay attention to, I like his stand far more than Bush's.

And I have yet to get a good answer to the question I keep asking Bush supporters...

Give me 5 things he's done in the past 4 years that were good for America.

And not this retorical "America is safer" chaff, either. How is America safer? Why?

What about the economy? We've gone from having a budget surplus, to the bigest deficit in decades? Unemployment is up, jobs are getting 'outsourced' right and left. The 'middle class' can barely make ends meet, and heaven help you if you try to live off of under 40K a year in this country.

The enviroment? Bush made it clear that money is more important by refusing the Koyoto treaty, rolling back enviromental protections, and ignoring the most basic scientific facts in favor of lobbiest dollars.

Personally, I'll vote Kerry, because the idea of another round of Bush makes me cringe.

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Gee, thanks

You know, it's a bit disheartening when you realize that someone's commitment to their gaming buddies is stronger than their commitment to you, their girlfriend.

The same guy who won't cancel game night for anything but an emergency, sees nothing wrong with canceling my only night out of the house to help with someone's car.

Timely, isn't it, given that theres a discussion about MMOs and their impact on peoples commitments. And while his scheduled games are usualy tabletop RPGs, his weekends are often taken up by LAN parties, and those always take priority.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Hello there...

I figured I should put in a bit of an intro for the intrepid 'net explorers...

You might have guessed that this isn't my usual bloggieness. I usualy blog elsewhere, but that's full of enough stress and strain and weirdness that I fear the Myst community would implode of shock. I you ask nicely, I might let you in there :)

On the surface I'm an average mother of 3. Until you notice that you rarely see my older two kids, and my life is nothing like average. See, the painfully adoribibble pixie like toddler you see around me is a mutant. No, I'm not joking. Somewhere one of her genes mutated, or got lost, or something... so things don't work quite like they should. Hopefuly at puberty she'll develop a useful mutant power, but for now we lose a whole lot of sleep and a lot of things get broken.

Away went my dreams of becoming a midwife... now I'm a social worker, nursing assistant, government lobbyist, secretary and recordkeeper with no paycheck.

In my wee bits of spare time, I'm busy reading, and reading, and reading. And occasionaly sewing then reading. Oh, and doing nifty stuff in the Myst communnnniiittyyy, and snuggling my husband and/or sweeties.

Note to Self

Playing tag in 3D enviroment is Bad for Eleris.

woooozzzzyyyyyyy. Wagh.

However, dancing to someone singing over voice chat is good.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Well, we'll see.

Sent a long email off to Mr. VIP of Marketing, asking for thumbs on several projects. We'll see what he says. I suspect his reaction is going to be "Oh god, her again". Somehow, despite the enthusiasm from semi-official sources, I feel like I'm imposing on their company. In a creepy stalker-leechy sort of way.

But, dammit, I'm good at what I do, and I want to do it. All my catherding and graphic skills are just sitting around here mouldering anyhow.

It's not about money. And the next person who says "are they paying you?" is getting thwapped. It's about knowing the heart and soul of the universe, and celebrating that.

Yeah, so I'm obsessed.

I've been thinking about weighing in on Mysterium stuff, too... but again, I feel like I'll get the 'who's this n00b' looks. My ego is the size of a pea sometimes. How much experience do I have with running events/gatherings/conventions? So why am I all nervous?

Sunday, August 15, 2004


Just found out that we may be taking over publications for a semi-major (read 1600-2000 people) convention. While this is not a complete disaster, it is a bit of a trial by fire. It looks good on the resume. Eleri, Freelance Jill of All Trades. I can design a cd covers, tshirts or buttons, make soap, cat herd people and organize events, or I can help you birth babies. I make a good paperweight, too.

I am highly amused at people griping over the evolution of a universe created by a few guys in a garage. Something that they never expected to span 11 years of creativity and multiple medias. Because, by ghu, they should have known back in that garage exactly how they wanted everything in the universe to work.

But then again, I am a very easy person to please, really. I wasn't horrified by Faramir being tempted by the ring, nor Hermione being the one to stand up to Sirrius. Things are as they are, and all I ask is a few Ages and a Linking Book to steer me by.

The Demo Team is shaping up, although I am Highly Nervous at not having a response from the VIP of Marketing yet. His blessing is a big shiny nessecity.

Speaking of shiny... Dude. Firefly.

Friday, August 13, 2004

I have managed to end up with an actual blog. How interesting. We'll see what I end up putting in here.