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I've left Livejournal to blog on Wordpress. If you're looking for where my blog is now: https://argothald.wordpress.com/.

The reasons for my switch are here: https://argothald.com/2017/04/11/the-end-of-my-livejournal-blog/

I'm leaving my old posts here because the comments, formatting, tags, and links weren't all transferred. For better or worse, all my new posts will be on Wordpress.

If you like my blog, I hope you'll join me there. If you don't like my blog... well, I'm not sure why you're reading this!

A Witch Does Passover - 2017, part 1

This year the first night of Passover falls on a Monday evening, so I didn't expect to have many people come. The turn-out looks to be higher than my expectations; we might have six people.

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Scanning, scanning, scanning

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The Colors of the Kaballah

I've just finished my first color design project for my Shapeways shop, Kickin' Wiccan. It proved to be challenging in ways I did not expect.

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List of movies that give me tears

I recently tweeted "Just finished watching “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Gosh, it’s dusty in here."

So here's my list of movies at which I'm certain to tear up, no matter how many times I've seen them. For most, the big emotional reaction is at the end, but there are a couple of exceptions.

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Life imitates Shadowrun

I'd like to tell another gaming story. It's a sequel of sorts to my previous story.
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Playing with Paranoia

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chance to be the gamesmaster at a game of Paranoia. I want to tell a story about that game. Let me set up the situation:

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Our new form of goverment

A friend of mine recently posted that the incoming administration was going to be a:

kleptocracy = government by theft

I agreed with the spirit, but disagreed with the specifics. I did a teeny bit of googling, and came up with this term:

pseudocracy = government by lies

I thought it appropriate, given the statements made by the president-elect in various media, and the influence of fake news sites on the current politics of our nation.

In attempting to promote "my" new word, I had another idea to describe the current political landscape, given the political appointments by the president-elect. This one already existed:

kakistocracy = government by the worst

In response, Russ Heller came up with the perfect word, far better than any of my attempts. In his words:

The Greek prefix "Chryso-": Forming compound words pertaining to gold or, by extension, gold-like colours.

Specifically, chrysophobia is the fear of the color orange.

Chrysocracy means government by the rich, and also government by the orange.

We'll have to live through it. At least we now know what to call it.


Switching charities

I need a bit of help.
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As part of my duties as High Priest of the Wicca, I've performed wedding ceremonies. My legal authority to do this derives from the Universal Life Church, which makes those marriages "as legal as church on Sunday."

The most recent ceremony I performed (in 2013) was for a same-sex couple. Just as it was legal for me to be an officiant, it was also legal under the laws of the state of New York for both their names to appear on a marriage license.

I would perform that service again in a heartbeat. I would perform it for any people, for any type of relationship, as long as all involved were consenting and willing to share their lives with each other. I will do 10,000 times if that's what it takes. If it ceases to be legal, I will do it 100,000 times, as long as the people involved accept me as their officiant.