A couple of my friends pointed out this absurd LinkedIn post from the gentleman behind the actual monetary success of the popular webcomic Penny Arcade, Robert Khoo. Here it is in full — http://www.linkedin.com/jobs2/view/9887522?trk=job_nov — but allow me to summarize:
"We want someone…
Found on Deviantart
image by Mr. MT
I find this disturbing for a number of reasons.
A couple of weeks ago, I was scheduled to take a trip from New York (JFK) to Los Angeles on JetBlue. Every year, my family goes on a one-week pilgrimage, where we put our work on hold and spend time visiting temples, praying, and spending time with family and friends. To my Jewish friends, I often…
My sister asked if the events of “The Labyrinth” are meant to be Sarah dreaming, or are they real? Although my primary reaction was that she shouldn’t put that much thought into any children’s movie (or any instance of David Bowie in tight pants), I’d like to take this opportunity to put so much thought into this children’s movie, that it’ll blow your mind.
So why is David Bowie kidnapping a child from an underage Jennifer Connelley?
In a time long long ago a sorcerer named Jareth fell in love with a girl named Sarah. Sarah’s father and step-mother would not let her marry Jareth because they wanted her to keep her, as a servant, to care for their other child. In a fit of rage Jareth kidnapped this other child and spirited it away to the fairy world. In this new world Jareth built a palace for his Sarah. He turned the spoiled child into a goblin, and kept it to be a servant.
Many stories of the fairy world tell us that time moves differently there than in our world (Rip Van Winkle for one). In the time it took for Jareth to build his kingdom, which he may have thought was little more than a few years, Sarah grew old and died.
Overcome by grief and addled by a lifetime spent in a strange world filled with monsters, Jareth goes mad. He refuses to believe that he has lost his love. He searches the mortal world from his castle, looking for her.
Sarah is Hebrew name. So, it is common, and has been in use for thousands and thousands of years. It does not take long (for him) to find a dark haired girl named Sarah, who has a younger sibling, and who feels that she is treated unfairly by her step mother. In a fit of rage he kidnaps this other child and spirits it away to the fairy world. Perhaps this new Sarah dies in the quest to find the child, perhaps she wins her sibling back and flees.
Jareth searches the mortal world from his from his castle, looking for her. It does not take long to find a dark haired girl named Sarah…
This is how Jareth becomes the goblin king. Every goblin in the goblin city is a child Jareth has stolen, who was not recovered by a Sarah. (he told the current Sarah that Toby would become a goblin if she did not find him in time)
This is why he builds the maze. The magic bog, the junk yard of useless treasures, all tricks to slow Sarah down. Because if he can only have his Sarah for the time it takes for her to regain the stolen child, he will make it take as long as possible, keep her as long as possible.
This is why there exists in our world a book containing the story. Because it has happened before. So many times. At some point some lucky Sarah must have returned to our world to tell the story.
This is why when the most recent Sarah first meets Hoggle at the start of the labyrinth, and introduces herself; “I’m Sarah”, Hoggle responds “That’s what I figured.”
Because of course she’s Sarah.
They were all Sarah.
A pair of twin barn owls i made this past year. The both debuted at Anthrocon 2012. Lexington the yellow eyed owl is my personal costume, Luxor the green eyed owl was sold in the dealers den at AC.
These were taken a few years ago at my friend Kim’s house. I actually have loads of photos from this shoot, but never posted them. So here a are a few shots that i thought i’d share.
My Sister Paid Progressive Insurance to Defend Her Killer In Court
I’ve been sending out some impertinent tweets about Progressive Insurance lately, but I haven’t explained how they pissed me off. So I will do that here as succinctly as possible. There’s a general understanding that says, “insurance companies— oh they’re awful,” but since Progressive turned their shit hose on my late sister and my parents, I’ve learned some things that really surprised me.
I’ll try to cleave to the facts. On June 19, 2010, my sister was driving in Baltimore when her car was struck by another car and she was killed. The other driver had run a red light and hit my sister as she crossed the intersection on the green light.
I love the second picture. It completely screws with my mind because it really looks like it might be from a movie or a CGI animation or something.
How do you want to be addressed?
Giza is just fine. “Hey you” also works in a pinch.
I’m a guy.
Old enough to know better. But I don’t have any grey hairs yet…
What do you look like?
I’m about 5’10” and 180 pounds. I shave my head, and you’ll often see me wearing a shirt and tie during the day. I’ll also be wearing my White Mage hoodie a good chunk of the time.
Where/how can I find you?
Look for the White Mage. :-P Aside from that, I’ll be in Con Ops (I sorta um, run that department) and on site at registration (I wrote the registration software we use…).
How are you getting there?
Driving out with Ethan Staghorne and Joel Fox. Both of them are coming to the con all the way from Sweden.
What hotel are you staying at?
Which days will you be attending?
I’m arriving Tuesday night, departing Monday afternoon
I’ll be busiest on Wednesday and Thursday for setup. After opening ceremonies on Friday morning, my schedule quiets down until Sunday afternoon, at which point we’ll be packing everything up. Once the packing is done sometime Sunday evening (around 9 or so…), then I can relax the rest of the evening.
Do you do requests?
I’ll drink certain booze if requested to, if that’s what you mean.
Do you do commissions?
I don’t brew alcohol, so no…
Will you have prints, CDs, or merchandise?
Definitely not. It would be illegal for me to sell alcohol.
Will you have Art in the Art Show?
Who will you be with?
That’s a good question. Since I’m working this con, I’ll be running around quite a bit.
I’d certainly love to make the acquaintance of other White Mages, though!
What is your main purpose for attending?
Convention obligations aside, I love to see my friends again, and to meet other people with similar interests.
Can I talk to you?
Sure, but if you see me walking somewhere kinda fast, you’ll have to walk with me. And if I say, “Not right now”, I’m not blowing you off, I’m just taking care of something. In terms of “time not on duty”, Anthrocon is unfortunately my worst con in taht regard.
Can I take pictures with you?
Um, I guess. I won’t object to that. I just never understood the whole, “I’d like my picture taken with this person” thing.
Can I touch/hug/cuddle you?
Not when I’m on duty. It would be unprofessional of me.
Can I hang out with you?
Sure! See the above notes about my availability.
Do you go to parties?
Yes. And I’d certainly like to be invited to more parties so that I can meet more people. It’s way too easy to fall into the trap of going to the same parties and events year after year and seeing the same people. While comforting, it can cause someone to become “set in their ways”, and I don’t want to be that.
Do you fursuit/costume?
Not at the moment. Just a White Mage… with a tail. :-)
What is the best way to reach you?
When not at the con? Check my contact page: http://www.dmuth.org/contact
During the con, @dmuth on Twitter works. My cell number for texts is also available on request.
Cheetahs are kinda derpy sometimes.