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Eric S. Riley
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I was so busying taking pictures of everyone else at AwesomeCon, that I barely got a chance to do one of my own.  Luckily it was with this awesome droid!
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Six years ago, I read a hilarious website that claimed that the city of Washington was directly influenced by Satan, because of all of the sacred geometry used to lay out the street grid. One of these "demonic" sigils was the Qabalistic Tree of Life. So I set out on a journey with my friend, and packed a copy of Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qabalah" and set out to prove them wrong.

What happened instead was a deeper exploration of the Qabalah, and a deeper look at what goes on in my home city.

For years this footage was unusable, because at first I couldn't upload a video of this length to YouTube. Then it was in the wrong file format. Then I tried to re-edit it, and I couldn't import the old files. But finally, finally, I was able to find a way to convert the old files, re-edit the entire film, and post the film in its entirety on YouTube.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you:

Walking the Tree with Fritter and Potpourri
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Six years ago, I read a hilarious website that claimed that the city of Washington was directly influenced by Satan, because of all of the sacred geometry used to lay out the street grid. One of these "demonic" sigils was the Qabalistic Tree of Life. So I set out on a journey with my friend, and packed a copy of Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qabalah" and set out to prove them wrong.

What happened instead was a deeper exploration of the Qabalah, and a deeper look at what goes on in my home city.

For years this footage was unusable, because at first I couldn't upload a video of this length to YouTube. Then it was in the wrong file format. Then I tried to re-edit it, and I couldn't import the old files. But finally, finally, I was able to find a way to convert the old files, re-edit the entire film, and post the film in its entirety on YouTube.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you:

Walking the Tree with Fritter and Potpourri
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Six years ago, I read a hilarious website that claimed that the city of Washington was directly influenced by Satan, because of all of the sacred geometry used to lay out the street grid. One of these "demonic" sigils was the Qabalistic Tree of Life. So I set out on a journey with my friend, and packed a copy of Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qabalah" and set out to prove them wrong.

What happened instead was a deeper exploration of the Qabalah, and a deeper look at what goes on in my home city.

For years this footage was unusable, because at first I couldn't upload a video of this length to YouTube. Then it was in the wrong file format. Then I tried to re-edit it, and I couldn't import the old files. But finally, finally, I was able to find a way to convert the old files, re-edit the entire film, and post the film in its entirety on YouTube.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you:

Walking the Tree with Fritter and Potpourri
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Before I get into this you MUST play with the Graph TV analyzer here: http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/  It shows you a scatterplot and trendline for fan ratings on every episode of a television series.  Look at HIMYM: http://graphtv.kevinformatics.com/tt0460649.  While certainly not the lowest low for the show, it was certainly well below the curve.

I think television finales in general are problematic, because the longer things run, the deeper the expectations upon the finale.  For most sitcoms, there are years upon years of history that need to be untangled, rewound, and resolved to the satisfaction of the audience, and for the most part that's just completely unrealistic. HIMYM, LOST, The Sopranos all suffered in their finale episodes because of pent-up audience expectations for some kind of masterful resolution, and when that proved unsatisfying, they tore up the very thing they loved. 

But sometimes television gets it right. Breaking Bad had one of the most positive viewer reactions for a finale that has probably ever happened.  For my part I felt it was because the writers took ongoing pains to resolve many issues each season, while building on only very specific threads between Walt, his family, and Jesse.  You don't get that kind of taut writing on a weekly sitcom.  Sitcoms just build and build and build, going nowhere (e.g. Seinfeld) or spinning in circles (e.g. Friends).  But shows that deliberately work toward closing plotlines (e.g. Breaking Bad), have a greater chance of success when they get to the finale, because the expectations are fewer, and writers have a greater chance to deliver. 
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Six years ago, I read a hilarious website that claimed that the city of Washington was directly influenced by Satan, because of all of the sacred geometry used to lay out the street grid. One of these "demonic" sigils was the Qabalistic Tree of Life. So I set out on a journey with my friend, and packed a copy of Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qabalah" and set out to prove them wrong.

What happened instead was a deeper exploration of the Qabalah, and a deeper look at what goes on in my home city.

For years this footage was unusable, because at first I couldn't upload a video of this length to YouTube. Then it was in the wrong file format. Then I tried to re-edit it, and I couldn't import the old files. But finally, finally, I was able to find a way to convert the old files, re-edit the entire film, and post the film in its entirety on YouTube.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you:

Walking the Tree with Fritter and Potpourri
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Six years ago, I read a hilarious website that claimed that the city of Washington was directly influenced by Satan, because of all of the sacred geometry used to lay out the street grid. One of these "demonic" sigils was the Qabalistic Tree of Life. So I set out on a journey with my friend, and packed a copy of Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qabalah" and set out to prove them wrong.

What happened instead was a deeper exploration of the Qabalah, and a deeper look at what goes on in my home city.

For years this footage was unusable, because at first I couldn't upload a video of this length to YouTube. Then it was in the wrong file format. Then I tried to re-edit it, and I couldn't import the old files. But finally, finally, I was able to find a way to convert the old files, re-edit the entire film, and post the film in its entirety on YouTube.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you:

Walking the Tree with Fritter and Potpourri
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I tried that same thing with the supposed esoteric design of Boston, and I too learned a ton about hermetic philo. great post
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Six years ago, I read a hilarious website that claimed that the city of Washington was directly influenced by Satan, because of all of the sacred geometry used to lay out the street grid.  One of these "demonic" sigils was the Qabalistic Tree of Life.  So I set out on a journey with my friend, and packed a copy of Dion Fortune's "Mystical Qabalah" and set out to prove them wrong.  

What happened instead was a deeper exploration of the Qabalah, and a deeper look at what goes on in my home city.  

For years this footage was unusable, because at first I couldn't upload a video of this length to YouTube.  Then it was in the wrong file format.  Then I tried to re-edit it, and I couldn't import the old files.  But finally, finally, I was able to find a way to convert the old files, re-edit the entire film, and post the film in its entirety on YouTube.  

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you:

Walking the Tree with Fritter and Potpourri
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Always judge a book by its cover. Its gross, hairy cover.
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  • DC Public Library
    Branch Manager, 2007 - present
  • U.S. Government Printing Office
    Cataloger, 2002 - 2007
  • Seattle Central Community College
    Assitant Librarian, 2001 - 2002
  • University of Washington Press
    Gifts and Exchanges Technician, 2000 - 2001
  • Chiquita Brands International
    Tariff Specialist, 1998 - 2000
  • University of Cincinnati Classics Library
    Library Technician, 1994 - 1998
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Librarian, Writer, Radical Faerie
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Public Librarian, endlessly curious, highly opinionated, addicted to writing, loves to travel, raised in a small town in Ohio by some wonderfully open minded folks.
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2010: Library Journal Mover and Shaker; 2011: Guest Lecturer at Wuhan University School of Information Management (Wuhan, China) on American Public Libraries
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  • University of Washington, iSchool
    Masters in Library and Information Science, 2000 - 2002
  • University of Cincinnati
    English Literature/Classical Civilizations, 1994 - 1998
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