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Hal J. Bender
23 August 2013 @ 10:05 pm
After being subjected to a few seasons of M*A*S*H on DVD, I have come to the wonderful, awful conclusion that Father Francis Mulcahy is my Aziraphael. Now go, and sin no more have another martini.
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Hal J. Bender
08 June 2012 @ 03:29 pm
Yesterday afternoon the air conditioner died. I live in south Florida. It is 90 degrees Fahrenfuckheit. Miraculously, the maintenance guys working on the house next door came over and checked it out, made a quick diagnosis, and promised to send someone down tomorrow.

Okay, no problem, I say to myself. I can live without AC for a day. I just won't turn on the lights or use the stove or dryer, and I'll turn every ceiling fan in the house on high so that it's like trying to live inside a wind tunnel. Just nail down the furniture and you're good.

Well.

Trying to sleep in Florida when you've got no AC and it's 100% humidity outside is fucking phenomenal. But I managed to do it, and this morning it was 80 degrees in the house. But the AC guy came around 10:00 and fixed the broken fan that was the cause of it all--in the rain and lightning, I might add--and now I've got habitat refrigeration again, and 77 degrees is feeling juuuuuuuuust fine.
 
 
Mood: cool
Music: Papa Roach - Forever
 
 
Hal J. Bender
03 May 2012 @ 09:41 am
Well, the move went off without a hitch and I'm slowly getting settled and adapting to life in South of South, USA. So far I'm loving it, though I'm living out in the boondocks, which is a little bit of a culture shock to my semi-city slickerness. I have no doubts about my ability to champion onward and assimilate myself with the locals, perhaps in time becoming one of their own.

Things are still a bit crazy at this point, what with getting change of address forms and updated car insurance and a new driver's license and all that baloney, but I'm slowly working my way back toward my fandoms in my spare time. I can't say what'll come first at this point--fic updates or art--but it'll be here when it gets here. Thanks to everyone who commented on my last entry! Hopefully I'll get some time soon to sit down and have a good, long session of Internet with all my pals. :)
 
 
Music: Chet Atkins
 
 
Hal J. Bender
05 April 2012 @ 10:50 am
Getting ready to move 500 miles south to the land of oranges and hurricanes. I'll be leaving Saturday, which means I'm doing a lot of packing, sorting, and worrying about how the hell I'm going to fit the contents of my life into a 5x8 trailer. Even though I sold, donated, or threw out half of my belongings last summer, it still seems like I've got a lot of stuff. Of course, the majority of the things that went were old books, toys and nicknacks. I forgot all about furniture. (Headdesk... and headbookcase, headcoffeetable, etc.) I can't imagine trying to pull off this same move a year ago. I would have had to rent a tractor trailer.

In other news, I've somehow managed to find time to write, busy as my life's been these past couple of months. I'm simultaneously working on A Boys' Game and Die Cast, though more the former than the latter. I'm also trying to incorporate some original material into my writing time, too. I've got a pretty solid idea, I think; it's just difficult trying to get excited about my own characters instead of somebody else's.

Well, back to it. Will try to suppress the urge to just burn everything I own.
 
 
Mood: stressed
 
 
Hal J. Bender
10 March 2012 @ 01:08 am
So they're remaking The Lone Ranger. At first I was rolling my eyes and condemning the lack of new material spewing out of Hollywood's leaky bowels, but then it occurred to me that, in today's fandom-oriented internet subculture, there's a super-massive possibility that the remake is going to be even gayer than the original (and much less campy). I mean, I thought it was impossible to get any gayer than neckerchiefs and spandex riding breeches, but after seeing that Armie Hammer (as the Ranger) and Johnny "Prettyman" Depp (as Tonto) are going to be the dynamic duo, I began to rethink a few things.

Personally, I'm looking forward to the tidal wave of slash fics when this movie comes out.

 
 
Mood: glee
Music: Megaherz - Abendstern
 
 
 
Hal J. Bender
11 February 2012 @ 08:37 pm
I went down to Florida last week to spend some time with my reenactment buddies and also to attend an Item Company veteran's 90th birthday. It was a blast, but that Friday night I started coming down with what was going to be the worst case of influenza I'd had in ten years. Five out of the seven days I was there I was sick, and getting sicker by the moment. By the time I flew home this past Thursday, I was eyeball-deep in mucous-coated misery. I had it all, brother. The chills, the rigor, the migraine, the aches, the crawling skin, the congestion in both sinus and chest, and not nearly enough tissues. Between the Nyquil, Tylenol, Theraflu, Mucinex, phenylalanine-laced nasal spray, and the shots of whiskey and honey I'm taking, my liver probably looks like it's been chewed up by a wild dog and shit over a cliff. I even lost my appetite. I have to be practically dead before that happens, 'cause I can always eat.

Anyway, I'm still six kinds of crappy but at least I'm starting to get better. You don't even wanna hear about the crud I'm hacking up and blowing out. At least I've managed to catch some good comfort movies on TV. Indiana Jones, Quentin Tarantino films, etc. I'm probably still gonna be coughing up snot for another week, but in the meantime I plan to try to work on a few fics here and there, maybe draw something. I'm getting rusty. Last thing the world needs is a rusty old Bender.
 
 
Mood: sick
Music: Rammstein
 
 
Hal J. Bender
21 January 2012 @ 11:47 am
I'm selling my Yoroiden Samurai Trooper collection (well, most of it), and a few other odds and ends from my old anime fandom. I've got tons of doujinshi, including the nearly-entire Laim Club series by Kaimu Tachibana, plus a bunch of artbooks and wall scrolls. Help me get rid of it all!

Bender's Massive, Big-Tent Liquidation Event! Going on now until... uh, all the stuff is gone.
 
 
Mood: enthusiastic
Music: rain
 
 
Hal J. Bender
11 January 2012 @ 11:40 pm
When I was 12 years old, I heard this soundtrack sequence from my favorite anime of all time, Ronin Warriors (known as Yoroiden Samurai Troopers across the big blue puddle). Because of some kind of inalienable copyrights mixup, that little music clip does not appear on any of the already hard-to-find soundtrack CDs. Inflamed with musical passion, I vowed to one day learn to play the song that has held such deeply-rooted feelings within me.

That day came today.

Tonight, January 11th, 2012, I sat down with my cumbersome keyboard propped on my desk, and listened to a twice-slowed-down version of the song (I call it Creating the Armors) that I had ripped from the DVDs. It took me about two hours to get it down to semi-perfect precision. I'm still a bit slow, but practice will help with that.

After almost 15 years, I have conquered a major life goal. I feel phenomenal. Just goes to show that it's never too late to do something you've always wanted to do. ☆ミ
 
 
Mood: phenomenal
Music: myself, being phenomenal
 
 
Hal J. Bender
17 December 2011 @ 12:17 am
Earlier this week my Dreamweaver CS3 spontaneously decided to stop working. I have been unable to diagnose the problem, and, despite my best reinstalling efforts, presently arrived at the conclusion that my problem could only be solved by updating to newer software. I spent approximately two days downloading the 12-gig Adobe CS5 Suite, only to find out that it only runs on Windows 64-bit systems. I run Windows 32-bit. And I hate CS4, and am still not fully convinced that Adobe got all the bugs out. I equate the CS4 Suite to such magnificent disasters as Windows ME and AOL.

As of now I have no Adobe software on my computer, which pretty puts a tight lid on my productive output, at least in the visual field. But at least I have my health, which I'm grateful for, especially having just recently gotten over the flu earlier this month. Worst of all, I had to fly, and being crammed in a pressurized cabin with sinus congestion and a dwindling supply of tissues is a misery I wouldn't wish on anyone. No one was knocking themselves over to crowd me, so at least I had a bit more elbow room.

I had barely enough time to recover to a non bed-ridden condition when I attended my college graduation on the tenth. Wasn't really in the mood for it; I was more excited about my parents treating me to a Mexican dinner afterward.

All in all I'm doing good, staying busy, preparing to start hawking some of my doujinshi and anime paraphernalia, and get a working copy of Adobe installed on my PC. I know I've got a ton of correspondence to catch up with, so if you've left reviews/contacted me/etc, don't panic--I'll try to respond to you soon.
 
 
Mood: annoyed
Music: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
 
 
Hal J. Bender
27 September 2011 @ 09:23 pm

MAH ICONS.
default oldest newest



saddest happiest angriest



cutest sexiest funniest



fave ship fave fandom fave animated


BITCH I DON'T
GOT NO
ANIMATED ICONS
best quote best textless best stolen idea



BITCH I DON'T
STEAL IDEAS

use the most favorite



HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: more than I really need (58)
OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICONS SPACES: 62
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: no
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: don't care
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Band of Brothers
AND THE SECOND MOST: Alex Rider
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: Winters/Nixon
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: not a single damned one
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: hell yes
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: what's that supposed to mean?
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: animated

DO THE MEME.
Coding can be found here
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Mood: bored
Music: The Cars