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Friday, March 22, 2013

ReasonFest 3!

That's right, everyone! ReasonFest 3 is right around the corner.  This conference will be April 20-21 and hosted on campus at the University of Kansas.
You can see the full schedule right here: http://kusoma.org/reasonfest/schedule/

This year's ReasonFest will be the biggest and best ReasonFest yet! We've got speakers like Amanda Knief, Taner Edis, Seth Andrews (host of the Thinking Atheist), and Greta Christina.  There will also be a debate on the topic of the origin of morality with JT Eberhard and Matt Dillahunty will be representing the atheist perspective.

If education isn't your thing on the weekends, we've also got entertainment! Comedian Keith Lowell Jensen and musician Shelley Segal will be performing Saturday evening.

This event is free for everyone to attend, but that doesn't mean it's free to put on. The Society of Open-Minded Atheists at KU has been working tirelessly to plan this conference, and we're currently trying to scrape together the funds that we have to get all of the plane tickets ordered for our speakers. We couldn't do it without our amazing sponsors and donors, and that's where you come in, dear reader!

If you are looking for a way to support a secular, educational event, look no further!  This conference would not exist were it not for the generosity of this amazing community.   
Please consider donating here to support this awesome student-run event happening in the heart of Kansas.

To register (FOR FREE) for ReasonFest, go here.





Thursday, January 24, 2013

I get email

The Society of Open-Minded Atheists and Agnostics at KU has a email address.  Some people like to take advantage of this by sending us emails with their various arguments.  Today I received a message that was too good to not share. When I pasted this email into Word, it took up 8 pages, so you've been warned.

I just have one question: does this have anything to do with Scientology? What is this?

Subject: Brain is not MIND: mind in IMPERISHABLE aura goes with in death (based on my lifetime studies)
To:
 kusoma@gmail.com 
 
Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:21 PM
Electro-magnetic imprint of DNA goes with you in the death transition? Multi-life history/experience/deeds in Junk DNA ?   Scientific evolution through 15 dimensions?  Unseen IMPERISHABLE “bodies” in aura?  Brain is not the mind?  Mind based upon mental (or reasoning) body of aura?  Mind goes with you in death????

Note: I lost both of my parents at their early age of 57.  This caused me to launch a part-time fifty year study of "what comes next after death?" Topics I researched were such as the Mother Mary apparitions, a variety of religion beliefs other than my former Catholic, atheist rationale, the paranormal,
  quantum physics, biology, genomics, messages from the afterlife, instrumental transcommunication (ITC) via tapes & TV, UFOs, and extraterrestrial messages, trying to find out answers, primarily thru books, science magazines, and websites, obviously with a very open mind.
 
I was particularly interested in answering this question:  How can it be that it is possible to contact afterdeath personalities as if they were still of full mental capability --- via paranormal MEDIUMS, or even by special ITC electronic communications, as has been demonstrated repeatedly?   
As a retired engineer/executive, I needed to understand exactly HOW “mechanically”or structurally this could be possible.
 I FOUND THE ANSWER: Electromagnetic/energetic version of DNA in death  -- and unseen IMPERISHABLE body aura containing the mind!!

Two books in particular provided key answers, and both were most believable due to being very comprehensive and "scientific" though not related to much of Christian/Judeo training.  Below I have compiled short summaries and excerpts for your possible interest. Also, a short list of books that reinforced these two.  I hope you will keep an open mind in reading them.  An old Chinese proverb states: "A mind is like a parachute. It only functions when it is OPEN."


To summarize the first book, a dictation by a benevolent extraterrestrial group Guardian Alliance, it teaches SCIENTIFIC EVOLVEMENT: 1) Your electro-magnetic or energetic version of DNA goes with you in the death transition. 2) you will reincarnate repeatedly and the JUNK DNA holds your personal multi-life history and experience. 3) Your consciousness will next progress eventually through fifteen dimensions toward perfection, currently being in the third.  All other dimensions are unseen and have different vibrational frequencies and atomic configurations.  4) Christ came to us as a teacher from the twelfth dimension.  5) God is the Universe Prime Creator/Force/Source, and not the god Yahweh of the Old Testament who was an Ancient Astronaut to Earth. 


As dictated by Ascended Masters, key messages in the second book were: 1) There are other unseen IMPERISHABLE “bodies” around the physical one in an aura (Note: As seen by Kirlian/GDV photography, see Wikipedia re: the paranormal aura).  Key bodies are the astral, the mental (or reasoning), the etheric, among several others. 2) The brain is not the mind. The mental body is the basis/source of the mind. 3) All these “bodies” go with you in the death transition, especially including the mind.  4) In the next step, all these bodies and DNA will proceed with you into the astral plane or dimension. 5) do not fear death as it is merely a transition to another “form”.


See the more detailed excerpts below.  Also, a short list of other reinforcing books. To me, these were "startling" concepts, but comforting in their believability as they “fit” based on other related research.
 
 
There does need to be more scientific research especially on 1) electromagnetic/energetic &biophotonic properties of DNA, and 2) functions of the aura(or bio-energy field)!  Russian and German scientific researchers are “on track” to one day scientifically prove life continues after death.  Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp and son Jurgen at University of Marburg, Germany continue early work on electromagnetic aspects/versions of DNA and cell biophotonics as members of the Int’l Institute of Biophysics, and among others, Dr. Peter Geriaev  in Russia with a breakthrough in biophotonic electromagnetic DNA termed Wave Genetics or bioholography.  And, Dr. Konstantin Korotkov, Director at the St. Petersburg State Tech University, who concentrates on aura (or bio-energy field) research as Founder/President of the Int’l Union of Medical and Applied Bioelectrography,  has actually produced early Kirlian/GDV photographs which may be of the “soul” or aura leaving dying human bodies.  Unfortunately, American research on these two “niches” is minimal or negligible.

PS: Pass this along if you are so inclined
Book  #1. Source: “Voyagers” Volumes I & II  -- by Ashayana Deane(Anna Hayes)   For details see Chapters on Ascension Mechanics & DNA.  Available from Amazon.com, Volume I and 2nd Edition Vol. II  583 pages.  Purchase recommended.
“At the death of the physical body, you will discover that your consciousness lives on and your evolution continues.
“Ascension is not some lofty spiritual concept designed by the minds of man, it is the literal, tangible scientific process of the evolution of consciousness and biology with the laws of energy mechanics that apply to a multidimensional reality system.  All souls will eventually evolve and ascend through a 15 dimensional scale to re-emerge as sentient identity within realms of pure consciousness beyond the dimensional systems.  Whether or not you view ascension and multidimensional evolution as a reality while you are alive on Earth, you will be directly faced with that reality once your consciousness has passed out of physical life and into the multidimensional framework.   How well you prepare for that discovery now will determine the ease with which you are able to take your next evolutionary step once you “wake up on the other side”
“The term “Ascension” represents much more than some lofty spiritual concept invented by the finite human psyche in order to give purpose to its finite existence.  Many in the earthly scientific communities believe that life is limited to the physical expression and that consciousness is the result of the body’s biochemical/neuro-electrical functions.  Following these erroneous beliefs they draw an equally erroneous conclusion that consciousness ends at the death of the physical body. Consequently, human science will be confronted with a whole new order of multidimensional reality and a whole new science.  
“The process of ascension is not some quasi-religious concept based upon the meandering of the human mind.  Ascension is instead a highly SCIENTIFIC process that represents the universal order through which consciousness experiences itself as being.  Ascension also involves the understanding of morphogenetic fields or the form holding energy constructions that allow matter to build into individuated forms.  Ascension therefore is a science with specific mechanics that allow for the evolution of consciousness from simple to more complex forms.  Every being in existence is involved in this evolutionary process and applies to each and every one of you.  The choices one makes in thought and deed will determine the quality of experience, or lack thereof, that will be personally encountered.
 “DNA is built upon minute electro-tonal (i.e., multi octave) patterns of multidimensional frequency and the energetic imprint of the DNA goes with you in the death transition. The content of that pattern will determine how high your consciousness will be able to travel (progress) in the system once it is released from the body. Whatever frequencies are contained within that imprint will determine the specific dimensional placement after death.
“This “system” blueprint has called your races forward toward an unseen destiny which is the return of immortality and the (eventual) reunion of the consciousness of man with its Prime Creative Source.  In terms of the soul’s perspective, the challenges and hardships faced along the way in Earth life are understood to be lessons in growth as human consciousness evolves to remember the truth of its eternal existence and embrace the beauty of its multidimensional identity. From the perspective of a human consciousness focused within a physical body on Earth, those challenges can seem, at times, overwhelming.  Without consciousness recognition of the purposes, processes and objectives of the evolutionary plan, the hardships can appear to be unbearable and without meaning.
“All human souls are involved with the exact same process of evolving the genetic “package” and the consciousness to higher dimensional levels; some souls are just further along in this journey.  This is a process by which the life forms evolve through matter particles and anti-particles upward through the 15 dimensional scale, from dense matter solidity to pure, non-mattered-based conscious energy substance.
“All dimensions exist in the same space, but seem to operate separately due to the particle pulsation rates of which they are composed.  The degree of angular rotation of particle spin shifts 90 degrees from one dimension to the next while remaining invisible to each other.  In the universe there are 15 primary dimensional bands.  Dimensional frequency bands group in sets of 3 and each set of three dimensions represents a Harmonic Universe.  Thus there are five Harmonic Universes within one (overall) dimensional Universe.  The degree of angular rotation of particle spin shifts 90 degrees from one dimension to the next within one Harmonic Universe.  In each Harmonic Universe containing three dimensions, there are two 90 degree shifts of the angular rotation of spin between particles.  Between one Harmonic Universe and the next there is a 45 degree reverse angular rotation of particle spin.  This 45 degree reverse angular rotation of particle spin creates a Magnetic Repulsion Zone, or void between Harmonic Universes, which keeps the reality fields contained there within separated from each other.   Through this structure of relative angular rotations of particle spin, the holographic illusions of multidimensional reality, matter, time, space, movement and individuation of form are perpetually created and sustained.  Entities existing below the 7th dimension possess physical biological forms.  Dimensions 7 through 9 possess the etheric matter form.
“These multidimensional Electromagnetic fields are collectively referred to as the bio-energetic system or the aura field of a manifest form.  The aura field has seven primary inner layers (i.e., bodies) which  correspond to dimensional frequency bands 1 through 7.  The aura field also has seven outer layers which represent the form-holding MORPHOGENETIC imprints for the seven inner layers of the aura field.  The morphogenetic imprint holds the instructions and design for form-building in a type of digital or electronic encoding.  The seven outer layers correspond to dimensional frequency bands 9 through 15.  The 14 layers (bodies) of the aura are connected to each other through a central point within the eighth dimension.
“The perceptions of your present races are focused within the middle range of the third dimension.  In order for humanity to evolve into higher dimensional fields, the frequency patterns of dimensions four, five and six must be brought into manifest expression with the energetic grid of Earth.  The frequencies or sound-tones must also become operational within the active DNA strands.  The energetic imprint of the DNA is carried with the personal morphogenetic field and consciousness after physical death of the body.  (Note: Morphogenetic fields are the form holding patterns through which matter forms.  Rupert Sheldrake postulated on their existence, but proposed no physical mechanism.)  Whatever frequencies are contained with that imprint will determine the dimensional placement of the consciousness after death.   The ultimate success of DNA* building lies in the hands of the embodied consciousness who personally directs the process by the way in which personal energy is used and applied.
            *Note 1:  Our current scientific community is thoroughly confused about the multiple strands of DNA, declaring only a few as having a known usage – and calling the remainder “junk DNA.”  Over 98% of DNA has an unknown function!  However, if it were junk, the sequence of the “syllables” i.e., the nucleotides in DNA, should be completely random.  In fact, they are not random at all, and current scientists now believe that this DNA contains some kind of code with function completely unknown or undetermined.
“(At death), you will move your consciousness through a dark tunnel, with a bright light at its end, the same effect as in a Near-Death-Experience (Note: the subject of much book investigative reporting).
“Multiple reincarnational** identities represent portions of a person’s soul awareness evolving.   To the soul-self identity, the immediate incarnates in its incarnational family are recognized as living sub-personality fragments of its own identity whose reality simultaneously takes place with the dimensional bands contained within the soul-self’s DNA.  The DNA represents electro-magnetically encoded digital imprints of the other living portions of your identity.         
**Note 2: Reincarnation occurs only in the first Harmonic Universe.  “You reincarnate into multiple forms and situations because one lifetime is in no way sufficient time, nor does it offer sufficient exposures to enough diverse situations to give the fragment-spirit the understanding necessary.  The best way to learn about poverty, or being rich, or being helpless, or being powerful, or being female, or being male is by experiencing lifetimes in such circumstances.”  Book source: Andareon Theory communication.
“Consciousness and matter are both composed of these units of electro-tonal energy and so both spiritual and scientific mastery are brought together through the applied knowledge of electro-tonal energy dynamics.   For the smallest units of energy in the cosmos you could find 800 billion billion units in an average 3 dimensional photon.  They represent the “divine substance” out of which the cosmos is composed.
“There is an organizational intelligence and sentient creative force of vast proportion that is responsible for the design and creation of the cosmos, i.e., the Central Creative Force you call God***.   Members of the benevolent Guardian Alliance (Note: who communicated this book) are beings from higher reality fields, dimensions ten through fifteen, who have evolved beyond the manifestation of biology, physical and etheric matter substance into states of conscious pre-matter form who appear as forms of light when they enter your system**** or, occasionally take on the appearance of biological forms in order to interact with Earth life, for example: Jesus from the 12th dimension. 
***Note 3: The GOD of the Old Testament Yahweh was an Ancient Astronaut as demonstrated by the Jewish-American scholar Zecharia Sitchin who authored multiple books based on historical Middle Eastern archeological hieroglyphic interpretations.
****Note 4: The above afterlife “system” description is supported in the website Zetatalk.com which contains details on souls, reincarnation, DNA and dimensions (density), particularly Dimension Four.
Book #2. “The Treasure of El Dorado” Chapter 7.  The Bodies of Man.                       EXCERPTS from dictated communications by Ascended Masters.                                    Joseph Whitfield  213 pages.   Available through Amazon.com.
“The value of the TREASURE is literally priceless since it could not be purchased with all the material wealth of all worlds.  The asset is the SECRET OF OVERCOMING DEATH.
“Few indeed are aware of the totality of their being. Existing within and around the physical bodies are IMPERISHABLE bodies.  These other bodies interpenetrate the physical body as well as extend beyond it. The various bodies which constitute the total potential of all developing human beings are: the physical matter body, the astral (antimatter) body, the etheric (Christ) body, the mental body and the emotional body.  It is these other bodies that constitute the phenomenon referred to as an aura (NOTE: Which apparently has been proven to exist by special photographic techniques, see Wikipedia aura paranormal). The reason that the aura is not readily seen by most people is that its range of vibration renders it invisible to the physical eye. One’s CONSCIOUSNESS and other higher faculties reside in this “spiritual” (frequency existing) body and are INDESTRUCTIBLE.
“WHEN PHYSICAL DEATH OCCURS, THESE OTHER BODIES LEAVE THE PHYSICAL BODY AS A UNIT AND BECOME THE OPERABLE VEHICLE THROUGH WHICH THE CONSCIOUSNESS CONTINUES TO FUNCTION IN OTHER DIMENSIONS!  While one is no longer physically incarnated, the astral body houses the other bodies after the transition called death.  Unlike the physical body, however, the astral body is inviolable.
“Let us examine some of the functions which the various aspects of the astral body serve while one is physically incarnated.  The subconscious is the mechanism which performs those vital functions that produce automatic actions and reactions on the physical level. Examples of this would be breathing, beating of the heart, blinking of the eyelids, digesting, etc. It is the subconscious which permits the formation of habits and which must be reprogrammed in order to break habits and existing beliefs.  The subconscious however does not have the capacity for rational thought.  Everything that is recorded in the brain is also recorded in the subconscious.  The subconscious contains total memory information FROM ALL PREVIOUS LIVES AND EXPERIENCES (as recorded in the energetic DNA).
“The brain is the memory bank while physically incarnated.  The subconscious mind is the memory bank for your total experiences. Whatever is recorded in the brain is recorded automatically in the subconscious as well.
“Consider that quality of the astral body that is called soul.  Think of a cassette tape (i.e., the energetic DNA).  When the tape is blank, it can be said to contain no soul.  Now fill it with recordings.  What we have done is to impart attributes to a previously empty cassette.  We have thus CREATED SOUL.  When the life ends, the tape (i.e., the surviving energetic DNA) is filled with that essence called SOUL.  Within the total soul are many completed “tapes” containing the records of all incarnational experiences.  The completed “tapes” form the memory bank, or the akashic record of each individual being.  Whatever information is contained (from past lives), whether it be good or evil, true or false, right or wrong, correct or incorrect, can and does influence your well-being in your present life.  This is why many people go through lifetime after lifetime making the same mistakes over and over again.  In summary, the subconscious and the soul lack discernment. They cannot reason.
“The conscious part of your mental body provides you with the powers of thinking.  Thinking is the capacity to discern, reason, rationalize, to exercise self-discipline, to deduce, to employ logic, to analyze, inquire, synthesize, judge, investigate, observe, etc.  THE BRAIN IS NOT THE MIND.  It is one of the instruments that the mind uses while you are manifested in the physical planes (dimensions) of expression.  The mental body has three distinct parts or levels: the conscious, the subconscious, and the superconscious.  A primary function of the mind or mental body is to produce awareness, an incredible tool in the development of potential.  As a component of the mental body, the subconscious has the ability and the capacity to record all sensual, mental, and emotional, and spiritual experiences and to “play back” this information, functioning like a tape recorder (i.e. the DNA).
 
“The etheric or Christ body has been described by enlightened writers.  Often referred to as the light body due to the effect produced in the atomic structure of this body by the speed of the electron movement within the atoms which equals or exceeds the speed of light.  Achieving the status of etheric or Christhood confers upon the recipient many powers not found in the lesser bodies. Jesus represents the best example in history.  Among the powers he was known to have demonstrated were: bilocation, levitation, materialization, healing, etc.  Jesus constantly reminded his followers that they could do all of these and even greater things.
“When one achieves the full etheric or Christ vibration, then death will no longer have dominion over him.  It gives him the power to alter his vibrations at will, and thus he can freely travel through the physical, astral and etheric vibrations.
“It is the emotional body that gives you a feeling nature, i.e., that produces the capacity for experiencing all levels of emotion such as joy and sorrow, love and hate, compassion and malevolence, ecstacy and depression, pleasure and pain, excitement and indifference. The emotional capacity is experienced on all levels of expression.
“The superconscious is the functioning mind of the etheric or Christ self.  What is required is that man of earth become aware of the existence of the incredible power of the superconscious mind and desire its attainment. To give you some idea of the scope of the superconscious mind, think of a rating scale numbered from 1 to 10 as representing the range of man’s conscious mind in Earth.  Then classify the most outstanding geniuses of Earth history using 10 as the ultimate that is attainable.  You will find that such men as Einstein, Swedenborg, Whitman, etc., would be rated from perhaps 7 through 9.  By comparison, a pure state of superconsciousness would range into the hundreds or thousands.  It is quite easy to conclude from this, is it not, that the means exist to literally transform Earth into a paradise by educating mankind as to its potential.
“These bodies constitute man’s potential as he continues to evolve within the “system.”  Each aspect of our total self is indispensable to the function and purpose of our total being.  
OTHER REINFORCING BOOKS:
Zetatalk by Nancy Lieder, Granet Publishing, dictated by benevolent extraterrestrials
 
   also see website Zetatalk.com, Section Density, i.e. Dimensions
An Ascension Handbook by Tony Stubbs, Oughten House Pub’g, channeled from Serapis Bey

The Science of the Soul by Robert Siblerud, Sacred Science Publishers
                                  Oneness - the Teachings by Rasha, Jodere Group Inc.
Andareon Theory by Robert Gidel, Andareon Foundation Press, dictated by Andar Group

After We Die, What Then by George Meek, electronics engineer, Ariel Press

A Lawyer Presents the Case for Afterlife, by Victor Zammit, Gammell Pty, Ltd.,Australia

   also see website Victorzammit.com
Extraterrestrials in Biblical Prophecy by G. Cope Schellhorn, Horus House Press
                     The Yahweh Encounters – Controversial Bible Interpretation, by Ann Madden Jones
Extraterrestrial Contact - the Evidence and Implications by Steven Greer, Cross Point Publishers

Gods, Genes & Consciousness - Nonhuman Interventiion in Human History

 
  by Paul Von Ward, Hampton Roads                                                                                    A Seth Reader, by Richard Roberts, Vernal Equinox Press                                                        The Only Planet of Choice, by Phyllis Schlemmer, Gateway Books, Bath, UK               Vibrational Medicine, by Richard Gerber, Chapters 1 & 4, Bear & Co.                                         Life After Life by Dr. Konstantin Korotkov,  Backbone Publishing                                          Miracles of the Storm – Instrumental TransCommunication (ITC), by Mark Macy                            See website: World ITC.org                                                                                                 Abduction to the 9th Planet, by Michel Desmarquet, Arafura Publishing, Australia

PS: I live in Lawrence, so I would happily come to your meetings if you would have open minds and give me time to express my alternate opinion.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Proposal

Well, during the first night of Skepticon 5, JT proposed on stage at the end of his talk. Apparently, I was the only one in the room that didn't know what was happening.

Now, before you ask, we did talk about this beforehand. Once he got it out of me that I would say yes if he seriously asked, he started making plans.

JT's talk was entitled Dear Christian 2 in which he presented several common arguments that theists often posit when trying to convince atheists that god is real, and then he explained why those arguments don't work.

The final argument he presented was, "But how can you love without god?"

...Yes. His proposal to me was a part of an argument against the existence of god. Most atheist-y proposal ever.

So he reaches this slide and starts off by talking about how love is like any other emotion: it starts as a chemical reaction in your brain, and the evidence is the way we show and express that love. Then a photo of me and JT pops up on the projector screen, and our friend, Steven Olsen, sitting next to me (who contributes to JT's blog) handed me a rose from under his jacket. I was a little confused at first. A slideshow of photos of us together started going. Then I saw a whole line of people (those people being good friends and a lot of them were there to give talks at the conference) forming to each hand me a rose as JT continued with his well-rehearsed speech about displaying love and showing how you care and relating it to our relationship. My mom said she thinks I made it to the second rose before I started crying.

I sincerely wish I could tell you what JT said to me, but his speech was so well-rehearsed and well-written that I would butcher it if I tried. And to be honest, I didn't hear a lot of it between the tears and roses and hugs.

His speech ended when I had a dozen roses in hand and he said, "This woman gives me more access to heaven than any belief about god ever did…and I want to spend my life with you. Will you marry me?”

I would like to tell you I played it cool, but there's video of this, so I can't say that... I can tell you, I couldn't say anything, so I nodded vigorously and jumped up to get to the stage.

All of Skepticon was recorded and will be on youtube in the near future, so I'll be sure to post that for you.

PS! There won't be a wedding for a couple years. I'm going to finish up my bachelor degree first and get into grad school, and then we'll take it from there.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Stream of Thought Writing from the Airport

The title explains it all. If you're looking for something intellectually fulfilling, don't look here.

First off. HELLO BLOG WORLD! You would think that during the summer I would be able to write more often than I do during the semester. Apparently not. I went to Florida, came back to Kansas, flew to Ohio to be a camp counselor, came back to Kansas for a week, then went back to Ohio to spend time with JT and then attend the SSA 2012 leadership conference.
I am currently sitting in an airport in Charlotte, NC. My flight was supposed to leave at 10:15pm, but is now scheduled for 12:15am EST and will hopefully land around 1:35am CST. I'm so sleepy! Don't worry. I bought raisinets and gummy bears.
So updates on life. When I was a counselor at Camp Quest, I had a blast. The kids were amazing, and the whole thing was just a lot of fun. Exhausting but fun. I'd also like to mention that JT was a counselor as well, and he was amazing with his cabin of 8 little boys all between 8-10 years old. It was adorable. He likes to think he's super tough and mean, but he loves kids and it's adorable to witness.
I hope to go more in depth about Camp Quest and its awesomeness in a later post, but right now words are hard.

I think a man in front of me just had a spider on him. He jumped out of his seat. It was only a little funny.

Update: holy shit IT WAS A GIANT COCKROACH AND IT'S RIGHT NEXT TO ME. Man. talk about karma. It's not so funny when it's right next to me... Sorry for laughing, stranger near me.

Ahem. okay. So. Sometimes JT likes to write posts about how to not be an asshole in the airport. This includes not sitting next to power outlets if  you're not using them. I'd like to add something to the list. If you're using the moving sidewalk and are just standing on it, don't take up the whole freaking lane! People have connections to catch, and you're blocking their quicker path. Just stand to the side, really.

Cockroach update: he was creeping everyone out, so someone finally squished him. He lived a good little bug life, but he was too fast and crawled over too many feet. Also, it amazes me what will bring people together. We were all sitting here in silence, ignoring each other's presence. Then this cockroach shows up, and we start laughing and talking and warning passersby if they got to close to the bug.

Life update: My past week in Ohio was awesome. I got to spend some quality time with JT (which is very rare), volunteered at the SSA office to assist with conference prep and then attended the conference where I got to hang out with old friends and make many new ones along the way.
JT and I saw the new Spiderman. It was SO GOOD! We both loved it. He says it was as good as the Avengers. I won't go so far as to say that, but I would definitely watch it again.

Okay. Well. That's enough, right? If you're up and reading this, I'll be here for a while, so instead of lurking you should entertain me with a story or a joke or advice on how to protect myself from cockroaches. Bye, loves!