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Can't you see what you've done to my heart and soul?
this is a wasteland now
A few words
"When we describe the Moon as dead, we are describing the deadness in ourselves. When we find space so hideously void, we are describing our own unbearable emptiness."
―D.H. Lawrence

"Is the meaning of life defined by its duration? Or does life have a purpose so large that it doesn't have to be prolonged at any cost to preserve its meaning?"

"Living is not good, but living well. The wise man, therefore, lives as well as he should, not as long as he can... He will always think of life in terms of quality not quantity... Dying early or late is of no relevance, dying well or ill is... even if it is true that while there is life there is hope, life is not to be bought at any cost."
―Seneca

"People will tell you nothing matters, the whole world's about to end soon anyway. Those people are looking at life the wrong way. I mean, things don't need to last forever to be perfect."
―Daydream Nation

"All Bette's stories have happy endings. That's because she knows where to stop. She's realized the real problem with stories — if you keep them going long enough, they always end in death."
―The Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes

“The road now stretched across open country, and it occurred to me - not by way of protest, not as a symbol, or anything like that, but merely as a novel experience - that since I had disregarded all laws of humanity, I might as well disregard the rules of traffic. So I crossed to the left side of the highway and checked the feeling, and the feeling was good. It was a pleasant diaphragmal melting, with elements of diffused tactility, all this enhanced by the thought that nothing could be nearer to the elimination of basic physical laws than deliberately driving on the wrong site of the road.”
― Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita






TICoSME
Musicalities!
Kill that boredom!
Binder Paper Comics

Web Comics and Such
A Distant Soil (Some nudity)
The Adventures of Gyno-Star (Some explicit stuff)
Aquapunk
Axe Cop
Basic Instructions
Bear Nuts
Beeserker

Blue Milk Special
Bobbins
Broodhollow
Bug
Buttersafe
Camp Weedonwantcha
Chainsawsuit
ChannelATE
Cigarro & Cerveja
Conspiracy Friends!
Crunchy Bunches

Curia Regis
Cyanide and Happiness
dead winter (has some explicit stuff)
Devilbear: The Grimoires of Bearalzebub (PG-13?)
Diesel Sweeties
Distillum
DUBBLEBABY
Dumm Comics
Eat That Toast!
Ectopiary (Some nudity)
E-merl.com
The End
Evil Diva
Evil Inc.
Existential Comics
The Fancy Adventures of Jack Cannon
For Lack of a Better Comic
Forming (Explicit)

Girls with Slingshots (some explicit stuff...?)
Mirror
Hark! A Vagrant
Head Doctor Productions
Hollow Mountain
IDK Comics
Inscribing Ardi
The Intrepid Girlbot
JBabb Comics
The Last Halloween
Last Train to Old Town
L.A.W.L.S.
The League of Evil Genius

Legend of Bill
Living With Insanity (some nudity)
Love Me Nice
Married to the Sea
Meaty Yogurt
Medium Large
The Meek
Metacarpolis
Monsterhood
Monsterkind
The Moon Prince
Moon Town
Moth (Some nudity)
Mr. Lovenstein
Muddlers Beat

Natalie Dee
Nedroid
The Non-Adventures of Wonderella
Optipess
Out There
Phuzzy Comics
P.I. Jane
Political Cartoonists Index
Poorly Drawn Lines
Powernap
Red Meat
Rice Boy
Robbie and Bobby
Rosscott, Inc.
Safely Endangered
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
Savage Chickens
Scenes from a Multiverse
The Secret Knots
Serenity Rose
Stand Still. Stay Silent
Stinking Hellebore
Strong Female Protagonist
Subnormality
The Super Fogeys
Tales of Pylea
Three Word Phrase (some nudity)
Tiny Kitten Teeth
Toothpaste for Dinner
Trying Human (Some nudity)
Two Guys and Guy
Mirror

Witchy
xkcd
Yellow Peril (PG-13)

Infrequently/No Longer Updating Web Comics
The Abominable Charles Christopher
The Adventures of Dr. McNinja
The Adventures of Ellie Connelly
American Hell
Bag of Toast
Bear in Mind
Bobwhite
The Book of Biff
Brat-halla
Brightest
Bullfinch
Chain Bear (Some explicit stuff)
Daisy is Dead
Dream Life
Edemia
Edmund Finney's Quest to Find the Meaning of Life
A Fine Example
Finn and Charlie are HITCHED
Floodmud
Freaks!

Green Wake
Gun Show
Hello with Cheese
Helpful Figures
Intragalactic
Kyle & Atticus
Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space
Letters to a Wild Boar
Lovecraft is Missing

Manta-man
Meat and Plastic
Minimalism Sucks
Mis-
Moe
The Nerds of Paradise
Nimona
No Reason Comics
Odd-Fish
One Swoop Fell
Owen's Uncles
Patches
Pictures for Sad Children
Raymondo Person
A Redtail's Dream

Riotfish
Roy's Boys (PG 13?)
Run Freak Run
Saint's Way
Shortpacked!
Sin Titulo
Snowflakes
Split Lip
Spooky Doofus
SubCulture
Super Buzzkill
The Super Gay Adventures of Ross Boston
Thermohalia
Troubletown
Ugly Girl
YU + ME
2815 Monument

Pure Flash Awesomeness
Aardvardkbutter.com
Angry Alien
Die Anstalt : Toy Psychiatry
The Frown
Hoogerbrugge

Other
Bogleech
Clients from Hell
Brian Despain
Creatures in My Head
Damn You Auto Correct!
Jhonen Vasquez's site
Overheard in New York
Passive Aggressive Notes
Submarinechannel.com
Superdickery
UHpinions
Whirled
Looky here
free counters
Just feel like saying
Friday, May 26, 2017
I'm feeling really appreciative of my friends today!

That's all.

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Moods and friendships
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Usually my mood noticeably improves during the spring/summer, and this year seems like no exception. I feel generally good! Like, not hugely depressed. Kind of light, with some energy. It's not every single day, but it's more days than not. This is the time of year when I'm fun and it's easy to be there for people and support them or entertain them. And it feels like it will always be that way and I've finally gotten past all the depression stuff.

But I know that's not true, of course. I mean, I've gone through this cycle a few times now, over several years. Unfortunately it seems to follow a kind of pattern where I feel good in the spring/summer, meet someone, we develop feelings for each other, and then things start to get worse in the fall as my mood drops. And then all the promises I sincerely made when I was feeling good start to fall apart. I've gotta be more careful... The last few times I thought to myself, "I'm always so cautious, I should take a risk and see if it pays off," and it didn't pay off, haha. I mean, I still learned things from those experiences, but I guess I haven't found a good midpoint between caution and risk-taking yet.

What I HAVE learned is how to identify and exit bad situations earlier. Not in an impulsive way where I have a kneejerk reaction to anything that looks "toxic" I mean, but I think a lot more about what's going on and whether it seems like healthy behavior, as well as what factors are feeding into that. In the past I would make a lot of excuses for what was going on and feel like I would stick it out until things got better, but I don't feel like I have any obligation to do that now. Things might get better in the future but I don't have to wait for that if I don't want to. I do make a distinction between taking some distance and cutting people out of my life, though. I don't think there's anybody that I've really 100% cut out of my life, but I will definitely stop putting in as much effort to maintain a friendship if I don't feel like it's going well. If the other person wants to pick up the slack and try to keep things going, that's fine. Kyle and I eventually became friends again, and I think even Trevor and I are on better terms now, although I needed about a year's worth of a break from each of them.

Not sure where I was going with this, but it got kind of rambly so I'll stop here.

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Something I appreciated a few days ago [2P]
Sunday, May 21, 2017
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TAMAFP [4P]
Thursday, May 18, 2017
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Draining/recharging [DP]
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
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Ruining other people's sleep schedules [DP]
Monday, May 15, 2017
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Recent friendish person
Saturday, May 13, 2017
I've been having fun talking to someone new. I guess I'll refer to him as uh... RD. That's not his actual name, but I can't call him J. because that would be confusing.

We mostly have silly fun conversations. Lets me exercise my creative muscles. I think I used to have more conversations like these with people in high school, but it sorta just faded out and the people I know now don't talk like this.

Not really any context for this, he just said something and I went with it.


This was after he ate dinner.


And then there was one day he was just sending me pictures of a toilet all day.


Once he was done, he ranted a little about his day before this.


My external hard drive has been having some serious problems... My laptop won't recognize it anymore, and when I try to connect the HD, for some reason my laptop just cuts the internet connection. The drive manager won't load when I open it if my external HD is connected. I think I need to ask my dad for help... He's on a bike tour though and he won't be back for months. :T Luckily I don't have anything I need immediate access to on there, but it's kind of concerning, especially since my external HD died a few years ago and I lost a lot of files. Kyle lectured me for not having stuff backed up more thoroughly when I told him I was having issues... -Sigh- He apologized later and said he;d had a bad day himself though.

Just reminds me that I need to find a way to backup my blog here. Nutang isn't being actively maintained as far as I can tell, and while I trust that dave won't just let all our stuff disappear, I would feel better having the past 10+ years of my blog saved somewhere else just in case the site goes down.

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Culinary mishaps
Sunday, May 7, 2017
So I tried making a recipe from Imgur for Cacio e Pepe. I haven't failed so hard in the kitchen in quite awhile. "Easy" and "simple" were some damn dirty lies.

I have an understanding of where I went wrong in the process, but I can't really undo the mistake. My cheese wasn't grated finely enough, so instead of melting into the water to form a sauce, it instead clumped together into a large gooey mass that stuck to the bottom of the pot and fused into a thick hard brown layer under the pasta. Trying to stir the pasta/cheese around and adding more water didn't really help; the cheese just glommed onto the utensils I was using. It was like swirling a stick around a cotton candy machine, if the cotton candy was a wad of cheese.

Anyway, I stood there stirring it for... oh... probably at least fifteen minutes, maybe twenty, to try to get it to melt. It never fully melted. Eventually I just gave up. Tried eating some of it, and it was edible, but not great. The poster wasn't kidding about it being filling, though. I had maybe 3/4 cup of the pasta and then I was done for the night. Or well, done eating.

It took me well over an hour to clean the pot. :( Fifteen minutes with a scrubby sponge at first, making exactly 0% progress, before I tried finding something that was abrasive to use. All I could find was dishwasher detergent powder. Figured it wouldn't hurt to try, so I poured some of that in and scrubbed more. Still no effect. Poured some white vinegar in, because that can be a good cleaner. Nope, no dice. At that point I realized that I did not have adequate tools for the job, and so I left the pot to soak and went out to the grocery store to get some steel wool. They didn't have plain steel wool, only SOS pads, so I just got some of those. Went back to the house, scrubbed with an SOS pad for twenty minutes, made some headway! I got almost half of the hardened cheese layer off. Arm was getting tired though, and the sink was covered in blue SOS soap goop. I decided to try a different tactic and poured enough vinegar into the pot to cover the cheese layer, then put it on the stove and boiled it for awhile. That actually disintegrated the majority of the cheese that was left, which was nice. I scrubbed away the last bit with a second SOS pad afterwards.

All in all, the whole thing probably took me closer to two hours, but I shaved down my time estimate because I did spend a bit of time in the grocery store looking at other things, so I figured that didn't count towards the cleaning.

Man, though, what an ordeal. On the bright side, I felt VERY accomplished when that pot was finally clean.

After I finally went back upstairs I looked up the recipe elsewhere on the internet and it seems that a lot of people have similar troubles with it, so I felt a bit less embarrassed about how badly it went. Serious Eats (which has never let me down) ran through some good tips on how to do it right and was more specific about all the steps than that random person on Imgur. Too bad I was too lazy to do more research before attempting the recipe. T_T

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