[07 Apr 2009|06:35pm]
"It's as if you finally manage to blow up a dolphin raft without passing out -only to find out you have a crippling phobia of inflated pool toys."

I don't know what that's about, but it just popped into my head.

Also, seven weeks since my last post... so I poked the badger to remind me how much fun it can be not to suffer from puncture wounds.
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[27 Jan 2009|02:06pm]
In tandem with my last post:

In this past month, six people I know have been laid off (not including myself).

I wouldn't really give it too much thought if it weren't for the fact that more than half of LJ's dev team in San Fran' was just laid off.

With a spike this harsh in layoffs, I can only wonder.

Six months from now, if jobs don't start appearing again, and the unemployment benefits trapdoor drops... I wonder what the heck is going to happen.

I may not have said it on here, but I've been more than predisposed to the fact that Obama *isn't* going to do the things people said he would (if anything at all, for that matter). This is precisely because other people said he would do all this crazy-awesome B.S. that would make it so you didn't even have to wipe your own ass anymore. The only things *he* has said is that he wanted to bankrupt the coal industry and basically fuck over any business that wasn't actively contributing to his campaign.

So, what are the unemployed in the U.S. going to do in six months when they get the big anal shafting?

I'm not flipping out or anything, I'm genuinely curious. I feel that if this will indeed be the case that it's just not worth getting all flustered about.

Preparations? Yes. Flustering? No.

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[27 Jan 2009|12:11pm]
Oh yeah, when I got laid off earlier this month, I finally figured out what Obama's "Plan for Change" thing is about.

So, true to form, you may be seeing me out in front of the local hangouts.

With a tin cup.

Asking for change.

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[27 Jan 2009|10:52am]
I am starting a project, whereupon I am attempting to get all my friends to make sound/portrait packs for the Infinity Engine games (Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, etc).

I'm doing this mostly for the amusement factor, since I can start screaming a friend's name aloud when they keep falling prey to arcane spell failure, setting off area of effect traps, or basically blaming their digital doppelganger whenever something bad happens.

Once I get mine done, I will post it... well... somewhere you can get it.


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[26 Jan 2009|11:56am]
Alright, it's final.

I tried to do a fresh legal install of WinXP on my computer. without going into endless detail about how and why it wouldn't work with me... but I got fed up after two hours of talking to a post.

So I did something rather out of the ordinary.

I just wiped the HDD, and tossed in a random operating system CD into the tray and booted the PC.

The OS?

Ubuntu v8.10.

Verdict?

Holy f***ing S#!T is this made of WIN or DOUBLE WIN?!?

I couldn't make this scenario up:

Installation of Ubuntu takes ten, fifteen minutes tops -and that includes the FORMATTING of the HDD.
Without a single driver installed, Ubuntu says
"Hey, I see Internet! Firefox is pre-installed, so hop on!"

Then I get a prompt:
"Hi-ya! I see there's 227 updates for this Operating System!"

Of course, I almost started to make a keening noise when I clicked the download button... but what's this? 9 MB downloaded per second? I feel a little better about this, so I open a Fox window and start surfing the web...

A short while later, I'm running two instances of Firefox with three tabs each (all Hi-Def YouTube videos), while running a Hi-Definition FULL SCREEN video from a USB-powered THUMB DRIVE on a SPLIT DESKTOP -without even making the auxiliary fan kick on*.

Oh, and the audio didn't even so much as stutter with the built-in media player that instantly recognized the video format as soon as I clicked to open it and downloaded the necessary codecs within about ten seconds.



There's a lot more "CAPSLOCK IS CRUISE CONTROL FOR AWESOME" dialog, but long story short?

Like HELL I'm ever going back to another Windows OS ever again.

Ubuntu 8.10 was free.
They ENCOURAGE you to share the disc with everyone.

Oh, a nice additional fringe benefit? Try "Never getting a virus or spyware ever again." The way the system is set up, I would have to try very hard and know what I'm doing to get my PC fuxx0red up.

*: Normally the aux' fan kicking on is akin to a morbid obe's wheezing while doing that weird lumbering jog that they do in their muu-muu of shame. With XP, this basically means whenever I have Firefox running a single Youtube tab, and I click on the Start menu button by accident somehow (audio/video lag for 10-30 seconds) then the menu pops up and pops back down because I tried to abort... etc, etc, etc.
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[05 Jan 2009|10:54pm]
So, I just got back from SOLAR.

I tried to have fun, I really did... but I was seriously under-funded, and having just been tossed in the employment dumpster not even a week before dampened the hell out of it.

Oh, yeah. I got a voicemail on the 31st telling me that I've been let go from Center Stage due to "financial difficulties".

Now I have to figure out how the hell I'm supposed to find another job in this stupid town, again.

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[19 Dec 2008|07:46pm]
The E-Smoke finally arrived yesterday (it was hiding in the mailbox, I was expecting UPS).

All I can say -as an immediate impression- is "I am soooo done with smoking cigarettes."

The "smoke" the device puts off tastes great, drags nicely, doesn't stink at ALL (heck, it actually smells pleasant), and is consistent in flavor and vaporization.

Right now I'm utilizing the Coffee flavor, and I have to say it's excellent. It's just enough scent/flavor to give the impression and it doesn't leave an aftertaste (much less one that would make me cut out my own tongue).

I've taken at LEAST sixty "drags" so far, and it's still going strong -it definitely requires a few drags to start tasting the flavor consistently, but that's literally the only non-stellar quality.

It weighs about as much as a sturdy fountain pen, and it's made of what seems to be enameled stainless steel. I purchased the red pen/blue LED variant, and I couldn't be happier... I haven't even so much as looked at a regular cigarette all day.

Bonus points for the fact that it's faaaaar less expensive than cigarettes, even in the short term.

Only possible gripe I have is that it didn't come with the "pen clip" as advertised, but I plan on contacting them about it an a few moments.

I'll give a more comprehensive and detailed review on my new "E-Smokey Treats" nicotine inhaler later, as I have company over at the moment!
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[28 Oct 2008|08:44pm]
Whee.

I finally got my Collector's Edition copy of Fallout 3 that I reserved three months ago. Then I came home and waited over twenty minutes for it to install.

Clicking "Play" on the Fallout 3 auto-play menu loads up a black screen.

I wait.

Then I wait another hour.

Still black.

I could have made, play tested, and distributed this game in under ten minutes for a buck -and still had nine minutes to go to the bathroom.

Most expensive lunch box/bobble head ever.
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[05 Oct 2008|02:07pm]
A large majority of my entries have been "Privatized" for some personal convenience factors.

I will be changing most of my more recent posts back to their original privacy settings shortly.

Yay for paid accounts.
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Point of Interest: New Article Series! WWWUT? [01 Oct 2008|08:04am]
This update is part of the "When Will We Use THAT?" (or WWWUT? So clever.) series, showcasing those instances where the what the hell things we had to memorize in high school/college turn out to be pretty useful.

Today's "When Will We Use THAT?":

Algebra, The Doppler Effect, and Men With Adorable Hats.Collapse )

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