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Jan. 19th, 2008 | 02:45 am

I admit it - I broke down and bought City of Heroes and City of Villains. So far (after one night of playing) I've gotta say, it's pretty fun. But there's gotta be some of you out there who also play - let me know who you are and what server, so we can interact through this shared storytelling medium.

Man, I feel even more geeky than usual. I'm Soundman, on the Victory server. Tech/Defender.

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New York

Dec. 25th, 2007 | 11:46 am

New York is great! Merry Christmas Everyone! RIP Future Phone 12-24-2007

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W00t! Thanks, Karl!

Dec. 17th, 2007 | 08:56 pm

I Am A: Lawful Good Human Sorcerer (4th Level)

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Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment because it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus</a></b> (e-mail)

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Lyttle Lytton Contest

Jul. 15th, 2007 | 12:21 pm

For any of you writers out there, who may or may not be familiar with the Lyttle Lytton contest, here's what you need to know:

You can go to adamcadre.ac and read previous contest winners. Bascially, you try to write the worst opening sentence to a novel (along the lines of "It was a dark and stormy night", but worse), and keep it under 25 words. You can submit multiple times, as long as your total number of words is less than 30. Here are my submissions for this year:

It was with turbulent regret that both I and the wine-bottle sat between blushes.

Her face, though scalded, was as lily-white as I could ever want as we jovially kissed.

Anyone think they can do WORSE? :-D


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Phoenix & Dragon

Jul. 12th, 2007 | 11:10 pm

Phoenix in flight –
          Shining starlit eyes, chaos embodied
Dragon reclining –
          Orderly plodding now returned to flight
Secret sparks light the night, their glow comfortable
As Dragon and Phoenix dance
        In the sky
                                         On the ground
Their wings flapping in time
         Their hearts beating with one rhythm
                  Their bodies emitting one aura
Yellow flames – Orange sparks – Green scales
Natural, healthy beauty
The Dragon is pleased, seeing order born of chaos
The Phoenix is happy, binding herself closer to his earth
Heat flows constantly, their bodies shining
Scales sliding and flametongues licking
There is no bliss like two souls uniting
                          Two minds joining
                        Two bodies thriving
                       Two hearts…

-Luke Keppel

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Ranger Tom to Ground Control:

Jul. 12th, 2007 | 10:30 pm

Hey everyone -

Just a quick update that I was cast in the Broadway Theatre production "Escanaba in Da Moonlight" playing the only character without a yooper accent (thank goodness - I sounded like an Irish Indian when I tried it...) - Ranger Tom. Think... dudley do-right, but also convinced he knows everything about everything. And... if that doesn't sound like me, we must not have been friends very long. ;-)

Oddly, Midland is performing it a month before we do, and CMU a month later. What are the odds of the schedule happening that way? I think Jeff Daniels won't want to come to any of them, since if he came to one, he'd probably have to come to them all. But it'll still be fun.


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Time, like an ever rolling stream...

Jun. 6th, 2007 | 12:54 pm

Wow, it's been forever since I posted an actual update here. And all sorts of events have happened in the meantime that have changed me and my status in life-  the important events that these journals were made for. I guess it's time I got off my proverbial butt and started writing about them, then.

First and most important in my life is my lady love, Alisa. We've recently passed our sixth lunaversary, though we were more than 6,000 miles apart at the time - she in Boston, me in Hawaii (more on Hawaii later). We met back in... October? Yes, October. Our friend Amy cast us in a directing scene for TAI 481, and Lisi and I were expected to kiss. So, we went for coffee before rehersal one day and just chatted, to get used to each other. There, we discovered that we really are kindred souls - our beliefs are very odd but work together quite well, and we don't mind each other's differences. Later that week, she asked to kiss me... and I turned her down. (What do you mean with your sarcastic comment "great romantic story"? It's not over yet, dingbat!). She was very surprised, and I think a little offended. Who was this guy who'd just turn down a make-out session with a girl with whom he had a connection? I did some soul searching, decided that since I did indeed WANT to kiss her, it had only been the impropriety of the situation that had made me turn her down. So, I asked her on a date, and she accepted. Making out on a date is ok, so we've been together since then. Official since January... there's more to the story, but that'll do for now. :-)

Secondly - I've graduated from Central officially with my Master's degree. No major job as yet, but I'm interning at WCFX, and just was called today for a job interview with WILS in Lansing. Fingers crossed - I'd be doing radio news for a news-talk station. :: big grin! ::

Thirdly - Central Audio Theatre has done amazingly well - I'm so proud of my Director's Council, who'll now have to keep the show running and at top quality. There've been a few problems here and there, but I'm confident they'll be able to get some sort of a season together. I'm heading down to West Plains, MO for the National Audio Theatre Festival, where I am directing "the freshman class" - basically, I'm pseudostaff, directing complete newbies and community theatre people in association with the professionals also at the conference. It's definately something I look forward to doing.

Fourthly, I went on vacation to Hawaii with my parents. I've some pictures up on Facebook, but they don't do justice to everything we saw and did. We spent a week on the Big Island, and a week on Kauaii - the oldest island. I saw everything from human bones to purple-grey poi, to sea turtles, to black and white sand beaches, to lava, to the Arizona, to the rope swing from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Overall, one of the most amazing vacations I've taken - and I didn't want to go in the first place. Just shows what I know about vacation destinations.

Fifthly, though I've posted about it on here, opening my own business has been full of peril, but lots of fun at the same time. It's been quite the trip, but I highly reccomend any CMU students out there check out our discounts and the possibilty of free delivery - just go to www.keppelstext.com. Ok, advertising over. I promise. As long as at least one more person checks out the website. Chrystal, you get mad props for being the first person to buy books from me. :-D

That'll do for now - there's obviously a lot more going on, but these are the major highlights. And at last, you LJ-landers get a true story of my life!


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New CMU Textbook Store - Keppel's Text & Tales

May. 9th, 2007 | 03:00 pm

Keppel&apos;s Text & Tales
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A note from my AIM message:

May. 5th, 2007 | 09:56 am

After 1:30 today, I expect to be referred to as "Master Luke". Any other greeting will be studiously ignored. (that is, ignored like you ignore your studies...)
*Exceptions include those who also hold a Master's degree (or higher), and my CAT minions, whom I release from said obligation, as they proved themselves worthy by showing up to Director's Council. They may continue to wear their "Luke's Minion" shirt with pride, however.

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Help me choose my daemon!

May. 1st, 2007 | 04:51 pm

Yay for Golden Compass!

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