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Creative Bankruptcy

It is with regret that Sethers.us must announce its complete creative bankruptcy, effective immediately. All future and currently in production projects have been canceled. Craft supplies have been donated or disposed of. We are working with our lawyers to determine if any remaining #flannelfriday storytime posts that have been unpublished can be uploaded at some point.

We would like to sincerely thank you for the years of support we’ve received, and your patience as we kept saying we would do things that never saw light of day. It took a lot of deliberation to reach this decision, but because changes in the economy, poor time management, the video game Destiny, and a complete failure to impress any women, it was deemed necessary to cease creative operations. We will take this time to assess what the future of sethers.us and Seth will be, and are excited to really focus on our writing and thumb piano.

We’d also like to end this with a heartfelt message from our president. But shortly before the announcement he left on an unplanned vacation. If you see him, the police would like to ask him a few questions.

 

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More Things I Am Doing

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Remind me to tell you the time when I was feeling really good about life and almost killed myself hiking.

Ha ha well one year later, I guess. Almost anyway. Some things are better now, some things are worse and overall there has clearly been a shift in priorities.

I’ve considered going back and cleaning up sethers.us, removing most of the personal posts and creating a more professional atmosphere. But on the other hand what would I be posting professionally?

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I’ve been trying to wake up earlier, to the tune of 5 AM. It’s not fun.

SNOW COULD BE WORSE

Still NOT a fan of the winter. It has been a more mild winter and I can appreciate that. I don’t appreciate that people said LAST year was a mild winter as well though, which puts me into a fearful mind of what a real winter is supposed to be like.

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Obviously I didn’t move HERE, in this empty valley. That’ll probably be the next place I move, with my tent.

THIS IS ADMITTEDLY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE

I managed to escape the basement, but not after a few months of extreme duress and problem after problem. Usually involving some sort of flood, either from the upstairs bathroom into my kitchen, or that tiny leak that flooded my bedroom and murdered my record collection. I don’t know which is worse.

Living in a great place now that’s close to a good walking area. Clean, quiet, plentiful parking. The only downside is I didn’t get to move out of state.

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Photo from a recently developed tradition called “Donuts and Destiny”. Which is both the highlight of the month and very telling of how sad my life is.

RELATIONSHIP STATUS: I MOSTLY PLAY VIDEO GAMES THESE DAYS

I have played an obscene amount of Borderlands 2 online with friends and got another to start playing Destiny with me. It’s a good form of escapism but I could really stand to balance it out better. While I’ve given up on developing strong LOCAL social bonds my time could be better spent reading, working on some damn writing, or not degrading into a worthless, unhealthy slob.

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Is this fall? This is as fall as it got. Little disappointed given all the great things I heard about fall growing up in the low desert.

THE JOB IS STILL FINE

Just had my employee review and they seem to find my performance exceptional. Yay. Some of the early projects that had exciting potential have been pushed aside for more important work, and the interesting collections I started with have given way to, uh, less interesting collections. Sometimes aggravating collections. They don’t know what will happen with our jobs come December as it will be up to someone whom hasn’t even been hired yet. The college has a great working environment, mostly, but I’m not hip to the idea of cataloging for an extended period of my life as it would drive me insane. Absolutely insane.

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Penguins won’t jump in the water until someone else has in case there is lurking danger. I am a penguin.

RECONSIDERED OUTLOOK

Escaping the basement was good because I’m not being emotionally oppressed every waking and sleeping moment, bad because it freed up some mental capacity to feel discontent about OTHER stuff.

I have a pretty good idea of what I want out of life tho’ I’m unsure how to get there. I certainly don’t want what I have and that’s a good place to start I suppose.

P.S. I will say that the past year I’ve found a good pizza place, a good burger place, a good donut place, and yesterday finally found a good place for cheap Mexican food so I am indeed surviving.

Hiding Notes

Was walking in the library when I stumbled on this sitting on the floor outside a classroom.

Well since you said “please”.

I had to do a double take to realize it wasn’t random litter. On the back:

 

I see no reason not to take life advice from anonymous messengers.

I see no reason not to take life advice from anonymous messengers.

Well that was nice! I’m not sure of the original intention of the note leaver, had they placed it there on the ground or if it accidentally made its way there, but being an old hand at hiding notes I decided to move it elsewhere.

It will have less of an impact if seen from the other side, I will admit.

Hopefully someone that needs it finds it!

#moviepants for march announcement

!!! TORI MADE A SURVEY CHECK IT OUT !!!

Okay okay okay. I suppose, it being March 6th, I should finalize this month’s #moviepants since Movie Pants Commissioner Elizabeth is taking off this month. I’m going to be doing something a little different. You’re my friends, you know me. You know that I love creating chaos, and that I am really bad at planning social events. I thought I could combine the two. Meaning there won’t be a survey, instead we’ll do this.

WEEK ONE Darcy(@bibliobotic)

Time: Saturday, March 8th, 6 PM Pacific/ 7 PM Mountain/ 9 PM Eastern

Movie: Spaceballs

WEEK TWO Tori (@torceratops)

Time: Saturday March 15th, 6 PM Pacific / 7 PM Mountain/ 9 PM Eastern

Movie: East is East

WEEK THREE Brenden (@brendanl79)

Time: Friday, March 21st, 7 PM Pacific/ 8 PM Mountain /10 PM Eastern

Movie: Miami Connection. [A Martial arts rock band? What?]

WEEK FOUR Heather @Lopielovesbooks)

Time: Sunday March 30th, 5:30 PM Pacific/ 6:30 Mountain/ 8:30 PM Eastern

Movie: Can’t Hardly Wait

WHaaaaat? What are you doing Seth? Why are you listing people? BECAUSE THEY WILL PICK THE MOVIE AND TIME FOR THAT WEEK. But there are two catches:

The first, it has to be a movie on Netflix. We’re going to try to accommodate for as many people possible this month. Now this doesn’t mean YOU have to have Netflix. But if you are watching on disc or via another service, that movie ALSO has to be available on Netflix.

Secondly, and this is the real trick, if a time is chosen and a poorly verified majority of #moviepants folk will be able to attend, the movie is automatically going to be Ghostbusters.

That’s right, the REAL movie for the month is Ghostbusters. Four people pick a time for their week, one time slot gets to be Ghostbusters. The other three become alternate #moviepants experiences. Historically this means that it’s very likely those other three #moviepants nights just won’t happen at all if not enough people are watching. They’ll just stall before anyone even hits the pause screen. But who knows? The #moviepants anniversary is coming up and I’m using this as an experiment…

As for why I chose whom I chose it’s not favoritism, they’re just a selection of consistent #moviepants viewers (And Darcy, who is exempt from scorn for slacking off this year because she is a founder).

Right then, let the discussion continue on Twitter.

Mary Has Terrible Handwriting: Round 2

Okay most of you know the drill probably. Mary has terrible handwriting, and I need your help to make sense of it. This time I have a whopping 19 that need translating.

Here is the link to the online version of the diary. I’ve added both page numbers that match the pages on the link, and also the dates which you’ll find useful if you decide to download a PDF of the diary. Did you know you could download a PDF of the digital materials? Well you can!

I made the highlights a little more subtle (maybe a little too subtle?) and the pictures a little smaller. But! You can open each picture for a bigger view.

1) Page 9/ January 9 : Solved!

Z.C.M.I. is what I am FAIRLY certain what that says. What that is, I have no idea. Do you?

Page 9 Jan 9

Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution

Lucy Ruth figured this one out pretty quick. She had guessed it was a department store from the context clues and then with some search wizardry found it. I say “wizardry” to hide the fact that I probably spent ten seconds searching and gave up.

(Anna guessed it right too using insider knowledge, but Lucy was quicker on the draw)

2) Page 36/ Feb 5 : Solved!

That Y’s loop in the “yet” is causing issues but the name is a little squished together too.

Page 36 Feb 5

Liz figured out one from round one that made me go cross eyed too, and she says (and I can see it now) that this one is “Sperry’s”

3) Page 60/ May 29 : Solved?

It LOOKS like “lab” (doggy!) or “lal”, which isn’t a thing. But that trail on the final letter is confounding me. She’s never done that. A random outlier, or odd abbreviation sign?

Page 60 May 29

Elizabeth thinks she might have been writing “latch”. Because it’s a hutch or the like and that would probably impress Mary. It doesn’t explain why it’s written like that though, but I’m not sure there IS an explanation

Changing my mind. Initially one guess I had is that she gave up on spelling “Labrador”, and Matt came up with that idea independently. And comparing other “b”s in the middle of a word, it matches pretty close. Going with that now.

But then again Kevin guessed that could be where she was attacked, and Julie thinks she fell under her blanket fort.

4) Page 85/ March 24: Solved!

Here’s a tricky one. It’s both illegible AND split up! It doesn’t help that often when moving to the next line Mary will forget her place and reuse letters or put an entire word twice.

Page 85 March 24 A

Spliced together the full name if that helps any. The colored box is blocking a loop that’s part of the line above.

Page 85 March 24 B

I figured out this one all by myself looking at the stitched name. Going with “Pugmier”.

5) Page 111/ April 19 : I give up.

Another where it’s pretty legible, just nonsensical. What is a box of par?

Page 111 April 19

It’s clearly “par”. I was hoping someone would tell me what this MEANS but you have all failed me. I’m so disappointed in you. Yes you, personally.

6) Page 153/ May 31 : Solved!

Looks like “ous”. Could be “our”? Taking a scenic tour to their final resting place? Charming.

Page 153 May 31

Elizabeth says it’s “our”. Which makes sense but that is no “r” by any measure. Oh well “our” it will be.

7) Page 158/ June 5 : Solved?

“Indest” school. What is that.

Page 158 June 5

I few people have suggested she’s shortening “Industry” (and spelling it Indestry). Without any other ideas I’ll go with that.

8) Page 180/ June 26 : Solved!

The what brothers? Bogritron? That sounds like a robot family, but that can’t be because they wouldn’t have been killed in action if they were robots.

Page 180 June 26

Liz did the research and found out it’s Borgstrom. They don’t have a movie, but they do have a Wikipedia entry! And yet, still, “Borgstrom”? They’re totally robots.

9) Page 187/ July 2 : Solved!

Seems to be “lycons” which I’m guessing could be a brand. Didn’t turn up in my searches though. Except for the werewolves in Underworld.

Page 187 July 2

A couple people figured it must be a brand but couldn’t find it either. But nobody suggested it’s anything besides “lycons” so it’ll stay a mystery, but a mystery that doesn’t need solving.

10) Page 206/ July 21 : Solved?

She’s talking about berries here. “Rasp.” is obviously “raspberry” but I don’t know what a cot berry could be.

Page 206 July 21

Leona had a great guess that it could be apricots. She had mentioned them again the next day in full spelling so I think she’s right.

11) Page 225/ August 9 : Solved!

Primary doo? Is that a #1 #2? Ha ha get it? Cuz…well anyway.

Page 225 August 9

I think it was Julie that said it was “too”, which I suspected as well. I checked some other of her “t”s and tho’ it’s rare she does write them like that on occasion.

12) Page 234/ August 18 : Solved!

GET A GRIP MAN. Or. Whatever that says.

Page 234 August 18

Linda used logic to decide a “grip” must be a bag, and looking up the variant definitions of grip she’s right!

13) Page 237/ August 21 : Didn’t actually need solving!

This isn’t so much a thing that needs transcribing as me giving Mary and America’s late 1940’s culture a public shaming.

Page 237 August 21

14) Page 249/ September 2 : Solved!

PROBABLY “pickling”? But it doesn’t fit. “Picting” does but I don’t think that is a thing, is it? Unless you’re a nerd that tries to find the science in 80’s science fiction novels.

Page 249 September 2

Liz seconding my pickling theory so I’m going with that.

15) Page 252/ September 5 : Solved!

I almost don’t want to know the truth, because it looks like “Woofind” to me and if it’s anything else I’ll be disappointed.

Page 252 September 5

Liz says that Woofinder is a real name. Can we trust her? I say we trust her.

16) Page 292/ October 15 : Solved

It’s aaaaalmost outfit, but she’s spelling it…”outifitt”. Or something.

Page 292 October 15

Decided this is just “outfit” with very poor handwriting.

17) Page 294/ October 17 : Solved?

This is mostly a call out to any Utahn’s that follow me and know the geography. Is Millin’s Peaks a mountain? Or…oh maybe it could be a place of unspeakable evil or a bro restaurant. (Which I mean really is the same thing, isn’t it?)

Page 294 October 17

Nobody could drum up info on “Millin’s Peaks, so I’ll leave it as “Millin’s Peaks” and if someone wants to figure out where that is THEY can do the intense research.

18) Page 314/ November 6 : :Solved!

Heating affair? Heating offair? I understand neither of those.

Page 314 November 6

Julie thinks it’s “affair” and I do too.

19) Page 317/ November 9 : Solved?

She’s used “couns” for “counselor”. Could this be a variation?

Page 317 November 9

I’m gonna go with “counselor” because it’s the only thing that makes sense.

And that’s all, folks! Reply in Twitter to guess at your convenience or, for better archival purposes (or if you don’t have Twitter) reply in the comments any guesses you have. Your help is legitimately appreciated! (And I know you enjoy the distraction from the daily grind. Just tell your boss you’re donating your time to an educational institution if you’re caught.)