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Kim and I "officially" celebrated our anniversary yesterday. We went to Melting Pot for dinner, which was oh-so-splended as usual. I ate until I felt like I was about to burst!

Then we met up with zensidhe and redheadlass to catch Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters. It was... entertaining. If you aren't already quite familiar with the TV series then the movie will make absolutely no sense whatsoever. Not that it matters, as it's fairly nonsensical even if you know the show well. zensidhe said that one reviewer described it as "an origin story that has neither an origin nor story." I don't think I can say much more than that.

After the movie we went to Blue Devil in Ybor. Kim got her belly button pierced (she's been toying with the idea for years) and I got a tattoo.

I got a tattoo.

*I* got a tattoo!! Geeky me!!

Specifically, I got the Extropy logo (see userpic) on my right upper arm, around the shoulder. The philosophy and world view that it represents most strongly reflect who I am and the ideals I support, so it's a natural first choice. No photos yet, but soon!

Ed Powell did my work. So far I'm very pleased. He said that the arm is probably the easiest place to get a tattoo, and that makes sense. Yeah, it hurt (as ucertola once said, "they're not licked on by kittens!"), but it really wasn't bad. Kim and I held hands during most of it, and any time it got sharp I just locked my gaze with hers and all was well.

Kim was, of course, my strong warrior woman during her piercing. :-)

Definitely an anniversary to remember.


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Apr. 22nd, 2007 11:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I wanna see it!

I am so happy for the two of you. Happy anniversary.
Apr. 22nd, 2007 11:30 pm (UTC)
Awesome, congrats! Need pictures!!!!

BTW, I'm probably going to lose geek points for this, but can you explain and/or post a good URL that explains the whole Extropy thing?
Apr. 24th, 2007 09:50 pm (UTC)
No geek point penalty, as it's not terribly well known outside of transhumanist circles. I'll probably repost this comment when I post the pix.

Here's a wholly-inadequate-but-brief definition:

Here's a much, much better (and much longer) treatment on the subject:

In my own sloppy, off the cuff, banging-this-out-in-5-minutes-at-work-while-my-phone-is-ringing words, Extropianism is a subset of transhumanism that is very pro-technology, pro-intelligent life, and pro-individual liberty. It encompasses a rationally-derived belief that through advancing technology and our increasing ability to improve ourselves (physically, cognitively, ethically, etc.) the future will be immeasurably better than the past.

Eh, that's a terrible summary. The Extropy.org link is far better. :-)
Apr. 25th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Oh, a quick word about the symbol itself. It was the original logo for the now more or less defunct Extropy Institute, and from the late '80's through the mid '90's or so it featured heavily on their web site and in their magazines, Extropy and Exponent. I'm fairly sure that it was designed by Max More and Tom Morrow (yes, those are their real names. It's an Extropian thing. ;-) ). Later they decided that having a symbol directly representing their organization/movement/philosophy/whatever could be misinterpreted as "cultish" and it was de-emphasized, though many people (including me and tacit) still associate it with Extropianism in general.

The five arrows represent humanity (and by extension, all intelligent life) expanding onward, upward, and outward into the universe. They chose five 'cuz, well, most of us have five fingers, though Extropianism most definitely does not discriminate against polydactyls or the digitally challenged. ;-)

I'm sure that's way more than you ever wanted to know.
Apr. 23rd, 2007 01:11 am (UTC)
I loved my belly piercing...sadly I had to let it close as it never healed correctly...probably because of the uniform rubbing against it...then I had babies...the tatoos I still have...

It doesn't really surprise me at all...but I almost fell asleep while the guy did my first tattoo...only thing that kept me awake was the fear that he would tattoo my whole leg...:)
Apr. 23rd, 2007 02:40 am (UTC)
thats why i got my first one there. now go get that finger one. oooh, we should get one together sometime, we can be manly and stuff.
Apr. 23rd, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
yay for inky goodness and pierced bellies!
Apr. 23rd, 2007 12:10 pm (UTC)
Ah - now you have joined us! More More More More More tattoos!You will be assimilated! Resistance is Futile! LOLOL

I would love to see you tat, so when you are able to get some pics please do post them. I'm sure it is beautiful.

I've always wanted to get my bellybutton pierced, and with my recent induction into the joys of bellydancing it would be a very nice adornment, but I don't know that I would do very well with one.
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