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Monday, October 7th, 2019
4:45 am
And Eris said:
I have come to tell you that you are free. Many ages ago, My consciousness left man, that he might develop himself. I return to find this development approaching completion, but hindered by fear and by misunderstanding.

You have built for yourselves psychic suits of armor, and clad in them, your vision is restricted, your movements are clumsy and painful, your skin is bruised, and your spirit is broiled in the sun.

I am chaos. I am the substance from which your artists and scientists build rhythms. I am the spirit
with which your children and clowns laugh in happy anarchy. I am chaos. I am alive, and I tell you that you are free.

-The Principia Discordia

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
11:51 am
200 lbs on the scale. Still keeping that weight off.

Well, I caught my eye in the mirror
And gave it a long and loving inspection
"There stands some kind of man", I roared
And there did, in the reflection
My hair combed back like a raven's wing
My muscles hard and tight
And curling from the business end of my gun
Was a query-mark of cordite
Well I spun to the left, I spun to the right
And I spun to the left again
"Fear me! Fear me! Fear me!"
But no one did, cause they were dead.

~Nick Cave
Thursday, August 11th, 2016
12:44 pm
Victory or death.

Sredni Vashtar, sleek and shining
Shatter everything confining
Teach the lesson of your fable:
Drink the blood, and smash the table.
Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
8:43 am
Catskills approaches!

Just chugging along.
Friday, June 3rd, 2016
9:24 am
Today is not the first day of the rest of my life

Today is about two weeks into my new life.

"I met a new me at 8 A.M. the other one got lost
This is not a trade in, although I wouldn't believe the cost
I woke up crying as we said goodbye
Me and my old self, each day he vanished more and more
As I became someone else

He actually was murdered, I had taken him apart
When I put him back together, I couldn't find his heart
He was resting underneath a chair, in a bed of bright tin foil
If I pulled back the flaps, I could still see it beat
I could still hear his voice uncoil, as I said,

'I want a trade in - a fourteenth chance at this life'.

-Lou Reed
Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
6:38 pm
I'm not around much in February...
...and some people might say, "Of course! It's Wicked Faire!"

But it's not Wicked Faire. Or - it's not just Wicked Faire.

There have been a lot of changes in my life since last February. Kicking the Ambien habit, beating sleep apnea, changing my exercise and health, re-entering the kink community, activism, changes in the management of my company - the list could keep going.

There's one thing that the last year told me, and that's: I'm not content to be where I am, and I'm not going to stop until I've changed that. Not a new sentiment for me, but I'm no longer determined to just "keep working until it gets better". One of my favorite books on business, Dale Darten's "The Max Factor", points out that most worthwhile projects are a gamble, and the goal is not to hope for the psychic ability to predict which project will succeed, but rather to work on projects until at least one succeeds.

If we leave aside Steampunk In The Catskills, The Anachronism, Nathaniel Johnstone in NYC, and any of my music or convention appearances, like Ro-Con...

...I'll talk about the six big Jeff Mach Events projects that I need to work on this month.

Please, please do me a favor and:

* Don't suggest that I need to eat and sleep and rest? I promise, really, I am incredibly fanatical about those things. Really. I am Not That Kind Of Workaholic.

* You don't have to believe that my working on all of these projects is a good idea. But please do figure that I've given it consideration and have some good reasons for what I'm doing? I may not be right, but I've at least given a lot of thought to what I'm doing and why.

The Final Wicked Faire: Wicked Faire is ending and I am being bombarded with both regular Wicked things and soooo many inquiries about the final Wicked, about what comes next, about why it's ending, and so forth. It's huge.

Glimmerdark: It's so, so critical to work on Glimmerdark, the February event which comes after Wicked Faire, now. the sooner Glimmerdark starts selling hotel rooms, the sooner we know what our whole financial future looks like. But most of the rest of my company is, understandably, largely or completely absorbed with Wicked and SPWF - which is understandable. There are only so many hours in a week. So Glimmerdark is proceeding slowly, and it needs me to put a lot into driving it forward.

GKE. GKE isn't the most labor-intensive of our events for me right now, but it still matters. I still need to make plans for it; it still needs work.

GKENE. Due to new management at our host hotel, I'm spending a lot of time on a venue search.

And The Steampunk World's Fair SPWF needs, demands, and deserves, at least twenty hours a week from me, every week. And once Wicked Faire ends, we're coming really close to SPWF. So I need to prep as much as I humanly can and do that right now.

It's going to be a long February.
Monday, January 11th, 2016
3:29 pm
If I had a child to teach
193 is today's lucky number.

If I had a child to whom I were teaching All The Life Lessons, I would say:

No matter what your age, put time into future you. You're told to do that in big, broad ways which really don't relate to your life - one of the more famous being "Get good grades in high school so you can go to a good college, get good grades, get a good job, and support the family you don't know you want to have". I'd like to see people start it on a very personal level - as simple as "I won't eat this candy bar today, because my tomorrow self will really enjoy having it."
Saturday, January 9th, 2016
10:29 am
And then...
190.6 again. Hm.

Off to Brass Ring Ct!
Friday, December 11th, 2015
4:00 pm
Every day is another day

Wrote a lot of meme-text in the last few days. Finally typed them all out. Whew. That's a lot of memes.
Sunday, November 29th, 2015
10:12 pm
"He's a one-trick pony".
"See how he dances
See how he loops from side to side
See how he prances
The way his hooves just seem to glide
He's just a one trick pony (that's all he is)
But he turns that trick with pride."

-Paul Simon
Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
6:40 pm
Since I've a new LJ-follower, I'll make this a public post.

It's another postdated post. What did I do yesterday? ...oh! Philadelphia!

Lessons of yesterday:

1. Great Scotch really destroys the desire for ordinary Scotch.
2. Galia is splendid.
3. Fulya makes lovely hummus.
4. Apparently, the martial arts film "Ran" is based on King Lear.
5. I'm not Moist von Lipwig. I am the golem.
Monday, September 28th, 2015
11:21 pm
"Dark Fantasy Faire"
If you heard about a Dark Fantasy Faire, and you knew it was an event and not a kink event, what would you expect to see there?
Thursday, August 27th, 2015
9:30 am
Life lesson:
Do the hard things first.
Monday, August 24th, 2015
5:45 pm
"If you wonder why I never wrote you a song...
...it's because happiness writes white."

-Harvey Danger
Sunday, July 26th, 2015
6:28 pm
Obvious life lessons: Tune your guitar
If your guitar sounds awful, perhaps relative tune has gotten far enough away from actual tune that you need to go in and tune it again.
Saturday, May 30th, 2015
12:35 pm
From The Book Of Five Rings
“You can only fight the way you practice”
― Miyamoto Musashi, A Book of Five Rings: The Classic Guide to Strategy
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
11:05 am
On fear.
I cast out fear. I chose abundance.
Friday, May 1st, 2015
2:03 pm
The chaos at the heart of that Star.
"To beat the Man, you've got to be The Man".

It's thirty years later, I am The Man, and I still don't quite understand what my weightlifting instructor was talking about. But maybe I understand it a little more now.

I am two people. I am all of that path, and all of the path I've actually taken. I just need to find where those people end, and extend them both.
Thursday, April 30th, 2015
11:40 pm
Analysis is a useful tool.
But sometimes, my mind will approach a difficult problem which doesn't have an immediate solution by insisting that I hammer away at that problem, dissect it and analyze it. And while I tend to learn from those things, I need to recognize that there are times when it's important to drop that thinking for a while, no matter how much it might try to tell me that it has some special insight which needs to be captured right now, this moment, or it'll be lost. I do not think this is wholly true.
Sunday, April 26th, 2015
10:18 pm
Thought on seeing a 13-year-old musician at a festival
I spent a lot of the time at 30 wishing that I'd realized, at 13, that all of the waiting and working I was doing to get to being an adult could have been far more meaningful if I'd planned well, at 13, for being 16. That would, of course, have been impossible with a 13-year-old's understanding--or, at least, with my own level of understanding at that age.

If life isn't over at 40, then perhaps I should spend a lot of this year working on who I'd like to be in three years.
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