The Journal of spencer.
Hey elowel. 03-15-15 11:43
I've been trying to consolidate all of my old blogs into one place. Is there any way to get a database dump of all of my posts from elowel (spencer and spencerdub) so I can import them into my WordPress database?

It'd be super rad if it also contained comments, but I can live without that.

Hearts and kisses.
To all Portland-area folks:

According to their schedule, Fred Phelps' Westboro Baptist Church is going to be in the Portland area from May 28th to June 3rd, picketing churches, Jewish congregations, and public schools. Since they will be exercising their freedom of speech, I want to as well-- I want to organize assemblies to counter their messages of hatred by sending messages of love and tolerance. I don't know exactly how to go about doing this, but if I could organize a fundraiser for various noble causes like Jason Connell did, that would be cool as well.

Part of the whole "organizing assemblies" gig requires getting people's attention, though. If you're interested, let me know, either here or through some other means of communication.
05-06-10 12:16
Happy National Day of Prayer, everyone! Yaaaaaay!
Inconsistency 04-30-09 17:12
Swine flu:
  • 13 confirmed deaths

  • Under 200 suspected total deaths

  • Under 5,000 suspected infections

Everyone is all in arms about this, ready to do anything necessary. Get out the masks! Save the poor developing country!


  • Estimated 25 million deaths

  • Estimated 33 million living with disease in 2007

I realize that a pandemic would be terrible. By all means, let's do what we can to prevent that. But let's also not forget that we've already got a nasty virus decimating parts of the world. And it's just as easy to pass out condoms as it is to pass out masks.

EDIT: Well, I've been shown up by Max in the comments. Good show, everyone, thanks for playing.
Mr. Cory 04-20-09 19:06
Whenever Richard Cory went down town,
We people on the pavement looked at him:
He was a gentleman from sole to crown,
Clean-favoured and imperially slim.

And he was always quietly arrayed,
And he was always human when he talked;
But still he fluttered pulses when he said,
"Good Morning!" and he glittered when he walked.

And he was rich, yes, richer than a king,
And admirably schooled in every grace:
In fine -- we thought that he was everything
To make us wish that we were in his place.

So on we worked and waited for the light,
And went without the meat and cursed the bread,
And Richard Cory, one calm summer night,
Went home and put a bullet in his head.

-"Richard Cory," by Edward Arlington Robinson

External success does not guarantee inner tranquility.
A Comcast representative just came a-knocking. My dad answered the door.

Very quickly, my father made it clear that he wanted nothing to do with whatever Comcast was offering. The solicitor, however, doggedly continued his quest, until my dad essentially said, "No, so leave."

As he left our step, the representative noticed two potted raspberry plants on our porch. We got them a few weeks back, and haven't transplanted them yet. Nevertheless, it should be fairly obvious that they're raspberries-- the tubs they're sitting in have pictures of berries and the name of the fruit printed broadly across the label. Seeing these plants, however, the Comcast rep asked, "What are those? You guys aren't growing marijuana, are you?"

Now, perhaps it's just me, but I cannot see any situation wherein a company's representative has any place asking something like that. If it was meant as an accusation, it was incredibly rude and unnecessary. If it was idle curiosity, it still probably should have stayed idle. While I'm all for the interaction with people on friendly, human terms, there are still lines in the sand that govern social interaction, and asking a new acquaintance within two minutes of meeting them whether they are growing a currently illegal drug is definitely on the wrong side of one such line.
Parallels 02-12-09 21:28
Walking to rehearsal today, I passed some kids leaving school. They looked like your typical troublemakers-- as soon as they were off campus, one of them lit up a cigarette. They caught my attention because they were busy shouting "nigger" at buses, automobiles, and a passing police car.

"Nigger! Nigger!"

When I was young and living in my old house, I decided one night that I wanted to shout "damn it." "Damn it! Damn it!" I shouted, until my parents carried me down the hallway and put me in the garage.

The simple self-gratitude of yelling obscenities very quickly waned, and I moved on. They let me back inside.

"Nigger! Nigger!"

Did I grow up fast, or do others grow up slow?
What happens when you combine a popular social networking site, untrustworthy third-party add-ons to this site, a mass of ignorant people, and one person with miserable reading comprehension?

A group called "They are trying to make us pay for facebook - Petition to keep it free"

"Laura LaForge," a member of Facebook, stumbled across two articles published on Wednesday reporting that Facebook will soon begin charging application developers an optional "verification" fee. Applications submitted with this fee will be evaluated for security by Facebook, and if they pass, will be given an official Facebook seal of approval, as well as a little more visibility on the site than non-verified applications.

As it happened, however, Laura LaForge saw the words "Facebook" and "fee" in something close to context, and immediately jumped to the conclusion that Facebook was going to start charging a subscription fee.

If it was one misguided idiot, it'd be funny. But then LaForge created a group on Facebook that was bleeding with a sense of sensationalist urgency.

"December 31st, 2008 will be the last free day on facebook.

"As stated in the media, FACEBOOK designers are intending to make the access to the website charged. Indeed, advertisement revenues they get do not meet the firm's needs in terms of bandwidth allocations and programmation costs which are increasing steadily since the financial crisis.

"Registration fees expected are 3,99$.

"This group aims to rally so that FACEBOOK remains free.

"Invite all your friends to join before it is too late."
(Emphasis mine)

Threatened with the idea of paying $400 to access their beloved social networking tool, almost 100,000 Facebook users flocked to the group. Comments such as "absolutly disgusting," "we could all just move to another is this goes," and "they are a small WANNABEE "Microsoft" or "ENRON"" filled the group's discussion board.

Some members have suggested that this is a hoax group. If it is, it's a damn clever one. But even as a hoax, this group has demonstrated how remarkably easy it is to convince masses of people today-- all because nobody is bothering to think for themselves anymore.
The Next Door 12-18-08 00:44
I've been biting my nails all week in anticipation of a letter. On November 15th, I applied Early Decision to Whitman College in Walla Walla. The lengthy explanation of the decision-making process can be found elsewhere, but I've been certain for quite some time that Whitman was the perfect school for me. I was a trifle concerned whether I was perfect for them.

Monday, the day I was supposed to hear from the school, came and went without any notification. So did Tuesday. Today, I opened the mailbox again to find nothing. Disheartened, I set it out of my mind, and continued my day. This evening, however, after dinner, I opened up my e-mail inbox and saw it:

Dear Spencer,

Congratulations! I am delighted to inform you that you have been admitted to Whitman College for the class entering in the fall of 2009...

I feel as though the proper thing to do is end this with an appropriate conclusion, but I can't think of anything. That's the punchline: I'm in. After so much dreaming, hoping, and waiting, I've been accepted to my top choice school.

The next door of my life has opened.

It feels great.
This just in: 11-23-08 11:28
I slammed my finger in the car door yesterday.


...fucking OWWWWWW.
Y SO SRS? 07-27-08 23:40
I'd like to take a moment to share a five-minute Photoshop hack job. I didn't even bother to get out my tablet for this one.

Saw The Dark Knight again tonight, hence the owl. Man, I enjoy that movie. It's damned good.

That's all I've got to share right now in the way of useless minutiae. Check back later (in another six months or so), for some new bit of irrelevant blogging!
05-08-08 12:08

<3, the Management.
04-13-08 22:06
I have never in my life swung so quickly between moods, so frequently. A graph of my mood over the last four days would have about five different extrema.

It is absolutely exhausting, for sure, and probably not healthy, either.
I am better than you. 09-27-07 10:19
Spencer shouldn't leave himself logged in. That much is certain!

Pick It Up! 08-18-07 16:20
I have an interest in forming a group of volunteers in the Milwaukie area in order to regularly pick up litter from public places. Currently, I imagine we would meet about once every two weeks, and we'd go spend an hour or two picking up trash from streets, parks, and so on.

If you have any interest in joining such a group, please comment on this post and e-mail me. I'm "Southwest23" at Gmail.
Spread this number? 05-03-07 19:08
09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

Won't mean much to anyone who doesn't use Linux, but that bit of code right there can be used to watch and decrypt HD-DVD videos in Linux.

It's pretty hot shit right now. It probably won't be usable for too long, but, hey, join in on the fun while you can.
Mirror, Mirror 04-04-07 22:26
Heheh. I'm Elowel.

Again, more temporary layout. I thought it would be fun to be a mimic.
Makeover! 04-04-07 17:31

I've become really tired of the default templates, and I want to change mine. I have a general idea of what I want— a really sleek design that just oozes Web 2.0. Not to the point where it's impractical, though. I want it to look good.

Unfortunately, my CSS and HTML skills are very limited. So, I'd like to ask, would anybody be willing to make me a template? I'd be glad to give more information of what I sort of want, but at the same time, I'm totally fine with leaving it a little open to interpretation.

You can catch me at southwest23 at gmail. I'm Southwest2300 on AIM, but you'll be lucky if you can catch me on. I'm never on AIM.


Of note: This was posted from Deepest Sender. Sweet.
Whaaa? 12-22-06 03:22
Well, I don't know what happened, but I ended up completely wiping all my account settings, somehow, including my template and my image.

I guess this means I should get to work on that new template I've been thinking about.

I'm suspicious that this might be a cookie problem. My cookies have been acting weird lately… but whatever.
A Sense of Place 11-27-06 07:47

I should possibly post more often.

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