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Title: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 23 Mar 2011, 10:39
Dear blag,

Man my paycheck from 4 weeks ago STILL is not in my bank account. I'm overdrawn and I am this fucking close to suing payroll. I haven't been eating more than once a day because I just plain haven't had the goddamn money. I've been subsisting just by eating whatever unsellable items are behind the guest service desk at work, mooching off my roomie and friends, humiliating and degrading shit like that. I am bumming cigarettes that I would normally be buying for myself.

I am a much happier person than I used to be, but man, it's shit like this that makes me fucking wonder why.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Papersatan on 23 Mar 2011, 11:25
SO frustrated right now.  I am visiting the university of Michigan this weekend for "visiting days" but I will be missing the last day because my boss wouldn't give me the day off from work.  On that last day there is a internship/job fair that I really want to go to.  Employers like JSTOR, ProQuest, GOOGLE, fucking, GOOGLE, the CIA, and other places it would be really awesome to have an internship or job.  I feel like I am really missing out on some great opportunities to work a 4 hour shift at my crappy job.  But it is a crappy job I need right now.  We are so poor, I don't even know how we are going to pay for the things we need to do in the next few months. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 23 Mar 2011, 12:08
I dunno about you Kat, but I've heard some pretty sketchy stories about working for Fucking.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 23 Mar 2011, 12:14
I have potentially good news! So you remember the property management company I was temping for on and off, before the pizza job, between the lighting company laying me off every few months, that wanted to hire me but then I waited too long to answer and they hired somebody else? (Of course you do, what else do you have to do but keep track of my employment status, right?) Anyway, at the location where I temped originally, like last April, the girl who I replaced for a month while she was on vacation just resigned, and I have gotten a phone call and 2 emails saying "call me!" about it, and I did. And the HR Lady is going to talk to the Vice President of Virginia Offices about hiring me there. And while it is like 25 miles away in friggin' Tysons Corner, VA, they would almost double the salary I'm making now, which sounded great at the time when I started the pizza job but damn does biweekly pay take some getting used to.

(And y'know how Tania's posts are supposed to faster and faster as they go? Read this like that too.)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: redglasscurls on 23 Mar 2011, 12:17
Eeee Rosie exciting!!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 23 Mar 2011, 13:21
I was having a really good ride home this evening, a bit of a tailwind, nice and warm and a beautiful sunset over The Peak District. Alas, as my life has to be shitty right now, it rapidly went down. Firstly some shit in an Audi decided that they're far too important to observe a modicum of safety on the road and nearly left hooked me, I then got a phone call from a company I interviewed for on Monday to reject me. Again I was "suitably qualified", but "just not what we're looking for".

I really can't help but feel completely useless these days. I know I have necessary skills, I know I work hard, I know that I can do as good a job if not better as any of the other candidate but somewhere along the line I seem to have lost any value at all in the workforce. If you had told me ten years ago that I was going to be washed up at the age of 35 I wouldn't have believed you, but after many applications and enquiries over the past three months, it seems almost inevitable. I'll have to start practicing my "would you like fries with that" if McDonalds will have me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 23 Mar 2011, 13:58
Sorry, you're overqualified.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: scarred on 23 Mar 2011, 16:23
Man the weather was nice today! Sunny and around 50 with only scant clouds. Went for a bike ride, I miss summer. Can't wait for it to return.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: A Wet Helmet on 23 Mar 2011, 16:55
in friggin' Tysons Corner,

I work in Tysons.  If you get the job let me take you to lunch one day.  I'm not trying to be a creeper or anything I just get bored of eating with same people all the time, and it's literally my job to take people out to eat.  

Edit:  I should add this is applicable to any forumite in the Tysons area.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 23 Mar 2011, 17:02
SO frustrated right now.  I am visiting the university of Michigan this weekend for "visiting days"

Ann Arbor?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 23 Mar 2011, 17:25
Oh hey, I've been to Ann Arbor! A bunch of forumites ate at the Chipotle there after 4 of us having spent several hours on planes to get to the US!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Papersatan on 23 Mar 2011, 20:13
Yeah, Ann Arbor.  Most of the employers have a contact email for the recruiter, so I guess I will spend tomorrow writing letters explaining that I can't be there, but totally want in on internship/job opportunities at X company.  It would be so much easier if I could just meet them. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 23 Mar 2011, 20:52
Take the day off sick?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JimmyJazz on 23 Mar 2011, 21:02
Guys an acquaintance of mine made a Facebook status on how affirmative action is "reverse-racism" and I want to respond so badly but I'm so furious like how can someone even ugh

Should I respond/how should I proceed to calmly tell her how full of shit she is?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 23 Mar 2011, 21:11
I have initiated a policy of calling people out on/challenging people's bullshit. Partly because I find it amusing (I'm trolling a girl I used to work with by providing helpful relationship advice when she wants "you-go-girl" type advice, and then again by linking her to informative and helpful websites about weddings when she clearly just wants attention and ego-stroking) but also because if I'm going to be friends with people I don't think I have to allow them to be retarded.

Totally tell her how and why she is wrong. Try not to be a dick about it though.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: celticgeek on 23 Mar 2011, 21:13
SO frustrated right now.  I am visiting the university of Michigan this weekend for "visiting days" but I will be missing the last day because my boss wouldn't give me the day off from work.  On that last day there is a internship/job fair that I really want to go to.  Employers like JSTOR, ProQuest, GOOGLE, fucking, GOOGLE, the CIA, and other places it would be really awesome to have an internship or job.  I feel like I am really missing out on some great opportunities to work a 4 hour shift at my crappy job.  But it is a crappy job I need right now.  We are so poor, I don't even know how we are going to pay for the things we need to do in the next few months. 

Can you try (via email or whatever) to see if you can meet with them a day or so early?  They might be there early, and willing to meet with you.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 23 Mar 2011, 21:16
Guys an acquaintance of mine made a Facebook status on how affirmative action is "reverse-racism" and I want to respond so badly but I'm so furious like how can someone even ugh

Should I respond/how should I proceed to calmly tell her how full of shit she is?
Tell her affirmative action is more about classism than racism.

or show her this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4f9zR5yzY)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Papersatan on 24 Mar 2011, 02:24
I work at 6am 7 hours away from Ann Arbor, so I have to leave on Sunday.  Also I asked my boss if I could have the day off so calling in is probably not a good idea. They extended me an offer of financial aid today though! except I can't see it yet.  The email told me to login to the website, the website "opens" at 6am.  I will be at work then, grrr.  I don't want to wait to know how much.  I really hate websites with hours, I know, I know site maintenance, but commmmmon.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 24 Mar 2011, 03:19
This Week's Blog Post

--So I'm on spring break. Like five of my friends went to Boston this week to visit our buddy at Harvard and I used to be sad about this until I realized that they are there for three days and they are going to be doing nothing and they spent too much money on their plane tickets because they didn't let me book things. So I was just like, fuck you guys! I'm gonna finish my goddamn EP! And Then I Did (http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,26554.msg1025220.html)

--I accidentally fell in love with my best friend but I think I'll be okay.

--I have had In-N-Out thrice, I'm going to have Chipotle twice and I haven't gotten Carl's Jr yet
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 24 Mar 2011, 03:31
In-N-Out is great, Carl Jr's etc. not so much.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 24 Mar 2011, 03:39
I used to think so also, but they have new and improved chicken tenders and they are to die for
That was my birthday meal this year
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 24 Mar 2011, 04:59
Yeah, Ann Arbor. 

If you're going to be eating on campus, try Mia Za's (http://www.miazas.com/). They give you a scantron to fill out and its a make your own pizza/pasta/salad/sandwich type place. It was my go-to place when I was going to UM. Or Flat Top (http://www.flattopgrill.com/locations.html), its a create your own stir fry type of place.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 24 Mar 2011, 05:45
I liked Ann Arbor. Eed and I went back there on our little private two-day jaunt after all you losers had gone home without me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 24 Mar 2011, 05:49
I liked it too! But then again, that me have been because I was happy to be on the ground after having spent a lot of time in the air, plus eating food that wasn't plane food and meeting up with cool people I'd been wanting to meet up with for several months. Oh, and Jens I guess.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 24 Mar 2011, 05:51
I didn't really see Ann Arbor the first time because I was semi-unconcious for the whole time until someone presented me with a burrito the size of my head, and then I think I passed out from exhaustion trying to eat that sucker.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 24 Mar 2011, 05:52
Haha didn't you have that burrito for days? I just threw most of mine away, I knew I was defeated the second I saw it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 24 Mar 2011, 05:56
I love those gigantic burritos. Especially without beans/veggies and with double rice.. can you believe I used to be able to eat the whole thing at once? Thankfully now I can only eat half at a time. I do not need a stomach the size of my head, thank you.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 24 Mar 2011, 07:10
I eat chipotle like 2-3 times a week. They know me there. Steak burrito with rice, black beans, cheese, medium salsa and guacamole,  fuck yeah.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: redglasscurls on 24 Mar 2011, 07:45
The cilantro rice is the grossest. Did they really have to pick the single most polarizing spice in the cabinet to make standard in all their rice? Bluh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 24 Mar 2011, 08:20
Man, whatever, I love cilantro. And their rice.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 24 Mar 2011, 08:33
hahahha chipotle

gotta say a burrito that's just meat w/ double rice sounds disgusting

arey ou from the north?

I get chicken, double rice, cheese, sour cream, mild salsa and corn salsa. And it's awesome.

I'm from Maryland. I'm just super picky about vegetables and refuse to eat beans.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: redglasscurls on 24 Mar 2011, 08:43
Man, whatever, I love cilantro. And their rice.

"Some perceive an unpleasant "soapy" taste or a rank smell and avoid the leaves.[7] The flavours have also been compared to those of the stink bug, and similar chemical groups are involved (aldehydes). Belief that aversion is genetically determined may arise from the known genetic variation in taste perception of the synthetic chemical phenylthiocarbamide; however, no specific link has been established between coriander and a bitter taste perception gene."
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 24 Mar 2011, 08:49
The flavours have also been compared to those of the stink bug, and similar chemical groups are involved (aldehydes).

Interestingly enough, the same is true of Parmesan cheese and vomit.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 24 Mar 2011, 08:59
Oh yeah, I'd forgotten about that. I think you've brought that up before, now that I think about it.

Neko, replace the sour cream with guacamole and that's pretty much what I get. Sometimes steak, sometimes without the corn, but usually it's that.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Allybee on 24 Mar 2011, 10:02
I can't believe all of you are talking about fast food when Anna's post also included things about WRITING MUSIC and FALLING IN LOVE
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 24 Mar 2011, 11:01
We're mostly American, Ally. Bring on the noms.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 24 Mar 2011, 12:57
no no food is very important, that was probably the natural course of the thread. i love food

good or bad food
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: redglasscurls on 24 Mar 2011, 13:03
Even cilantro?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 24 Mar 2011, 13:05
Cilantro is awesome. My boyfriend wants our house to smell like it and will be setting up a few planters with it this year. But he's a chef, and also, he's crazy.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 24 Mar 2011, 15:15
Man, I wish we had burrito places like you guys do. I mean, there's a pretty good Mexican chain in Sydney, but you still just order 'a beef burrito.'
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 24 Mar 2011, 15:26
hey hey hey i ate chipotle too over spring break, big deal cause its a half hour car ride to chipotle from school and i am carless. chickens, veggie shit, no beans, spicy salsa, rice, lettuce, corn, and cheese wutup.

also wet helmet if you are offering forumites free lunch if they come to tysons corner i will totally bum down to tysons at some point this summer when im gonna be living mom+dad in rockville, free lunch is nothing to scoff at ever.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 24 Mar 2011, 16:03
I need to hang out with humans this summer. However I am in boring old Owings Mills, Maryland and carless as well. But I will find a way, damn it. I am so over sitting at home alone all weekend.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: A Wet Helmet on 24 Mar 2011, 16:35
Yeah Sean, c'mon down.  Seriously, I get told I don't feed enough people, give me an excuse.  For you, I'll make sure to bring lots of original pressings of old DC hardcore.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: J-cob9000 on 24 Mar 2011, 17:06
I dressed really well today, if I do say so myself. Also I went to a job fair at school and this black dude told me that I was, "swagged the fuck out." At lunch, another person told me that I should be a model because I "look fresh everyday."
So that was awesome.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Yunior on 24 Mar 2011, 17:23
Realized a few weeks ago I am probably the happiest I've ever been. Not a toothy-grinny type happiness (although that kind certainly comes into play from time to time), but more a prevailing/systemic contentedness with how life is and not so much worry spent on what life could be or isn't. Life is totally good. It's been totally good for, like, months now. The last time I was this consistently happy was probably early/mid-childhood, and really all I remember from childhood is the bubble baths and getting shampoo in my eye and wailing about it so my mom would come in and pay attention to me. (It's been awhile, my mother no longer helps me bathe and also I have not yet figured out in my adult life how to draw a bubble bath where the bubbles don't disintegrate in less than 10-15 minutes, is there some trick to it I'm unaware of or is my childhood nostalgia for bubble baths making them seem better than they really are waaah)

I guess it's more than a little banal to say, but it really, really took me by surprise, realizing how good life can be. I kind of had no idea. I spend most of my time reading and I took up hiking and I am starting to make friends, like other normal human people seem to do. I've been writing every day for well over a year now and it has not driven me crazy, the way it can sometimes. My teachers don't resent me for being the smart kid who never shows up (actually/proverbially). I've mostly quit my anxious tics (skin picking, hair pulling, blah blah) and I've learned not to be so hard on myself if/when I fall back into it. I still mostly assume people do not like me even when I have overwhelming evidence to the contrary. But, y'know, baby steps, people.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 24 Mar 2011, 19:39
My new job is awesome. Suck it, everyone who isn't me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 24 Mar 2011, 19:58
I am so glad!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 24 Mar 2011, 20:17
Yay, Jimmy likes his job!!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 24 Mar 2011, 22:30
Jimmy: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK YYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

In my own job news: I got turned down for a job that I thought was in the bag because I had too much experience... This is pretty damned frustrating. JUST LET ME GET A FOOT IN THE DOOR. I PROMISE TO GIVE YOU 2 MONTHS SOLID WORK BEFORE I CLIMB THE LADDER.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 24 Mar 2011, 22:38
I used to think so also, but they have new and improved chicken tenders and they are to die for
That was my birthday meal this year

Getting in on this conversation late, but fuck it. Not going to lie I'd probably eat those fuckin things like 24/7.

Dear blag,

I am honestly within inches of quitting music for any purpose other than my own personal enjoyment. 3 years of active performing, a 6 month stint on Albanian reality TV, and never once have I ever been paid any more than $50. Even though a good few times I've been promised more, I've always been stiffed. Literally every single time.

My best friend and writing partner doesn't even want to practice anymore lately, I honestly can't remember the last time we practiced anything other than a bunch of blues shit that any of the old farts at open mic can play. I can't remember the last time our practice session went longer than ten minutes. I don't even enjoy playing with him as much anymore. I just haven't been able to stop myself from going out at every single chance I get just to get a quick set in, praying to god that somebody will hear it and like it enough to get us a gig. We've got one coming up on the 9th, though, and I'm not sure if we're even going to be worth hearing just because I know we're going to be incredibly rusty at playing together.

I'm trying hard not to cry about this. So far I'm successful with at least that, but it looks like giving up on this whole thing once Lukas is in the Air Force is probably gonna be my only realistic option. I have no way of realistically getting this off the ground as it is right now.

Jimmy holy god I'm glad you have finally got something you're happy with. You've been putting up with a shit situation for a long time. Please tell me this means what I think it means about your music!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 24 Mar 2011, 23:17
Oh yay, it's Grand Prix weekend. It's just practice runs today and it's on the other side of the damn city and still all I can hear is VROOOOOOOOOOOM VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM VROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 25 Mar 2011, 00:39
For a quiet and gentlemanly respite, watch the Boat Race tomorrow afternoon.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Spluff on 25 Mar 2011, 01:09
nobody understands the boat race
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 25 Mar 2011, 01:53
Well I'm off to sunny Oxford tomorrow for a 300k bike ride taking in the delights of the Cotswolds, the Forest of Dean, the Severn Bridge and two of my favourite descents ever.

Should be a good laugh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: StaedlerMars on 25 Mar 2011, 02:51
Tuesday was a pretty good day. We received a grant for this project I'm working on, and I got elected Head of Music at our student radio station (although technically I won't be a student anymore next year).

However, now I am getting all the e-mails that go with the position and  :psyduck: so many e-mails.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Mar 2011, 07:54
Holy crap you guys I am ill again. If I am correct, this is the fourth time I have had gastric flu since I arrived here in January. I've also had innumerable colds and near-constant fatigue.

I think I am going home in April instead. The decision has basically been made in my head but I need to talk to my mum about it, and then take it to my employer (she already knows it's on the cards and is being very supportive).

I really don't want to have to leave, but more than that I'm worried that I have screwed up my immune system pretty badly. I got tonsillitis last June, is it unreasonable to think that it should be better by now?

At choir practice last night my throat was bleeding, and I realised that this happens quite a lot. My vocal range has shifted down by about four tones, meaning that I'm now most comfortable singing the tenor part at pitch (which I'm not allowed to do, so I sing a higher part which makes me bleed internally).

Basically I wanted to come here and mope about it because I can't really talk about it on my blog or anything until I've made a proper decision and told my employer, but it feels like a heavy weight I'm carrying round with me. One of those damned if you do, damned if you don't decisions.

Also I'm starving, I haven't eaten for twenty-seven hours and have thrown up twice since then so I'm running on negative food.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 25 Mar 2011, 08:03
Holy crap you guys I am ill again. If I am correct, this is the fourth time I have had gastric flu since I arrived here in January. I've also had innumerable colds and near-constant fatigue.

I would suggest that you have had the same flu etc recurring since January. The brother-in-law had a similar problem with tonsilitis and other stuff and kept getting too ill but would go back to work as soon as he felt able to. In the end his boss put him on extended recuperation leave and promised to fire him if he set foot on company grounds during that time (about two months). He thought it was new illnesses but turns out not.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 25 Mar 2011, 08:17
I got tonsillitis last June, is it unreasonable to think that it should be better by now?

Were you treated with antibiotics? If so, it should have cleared up in two weeks or less. You may want to consider having your tonsils removed. Either way I definitely think you should go to an ear/nose/throat doctor about the bleeding. That's not normal at all.

I'm getting my tonsils removed in April or May and I am sooo excited. They are like baseballs in my throat and I'm going to be able to get through a day without coughing/clearing my throat when they're gone and it's gonna be awesome.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Mar 2011, 09:24
I wasn't actually treated with anything. I got sick on the Monday night, I think, and staggered to the doctors on Wednesday for an unrelated appointment I'd made previously. The doctor sort of went "wow that is pretty bad", took a swab of my tonsils and told me to stay in bed (not hard to stick to since standing or even sitting up made me feel like I was going to die). I stayed in bed for about a week and then set off on a three-month theatre extravaganza, in the meantime picking up erythyma nodosum and post-viral fatigue, both as a result of being too stupid to let myself get better.

Then I went back to uni, discovered I had a serious problem, was sent home, spent a month recovering, declared myself fit to work and moved to another country without seeing a doctor.

So yeah, I have no doubt at all that you guys are right and it's all connected and plus I have to see a doctor about it. I don't want to try and see anyone here because my French isn't up to it and I don't think my health insurance covers it, so it will have to wait til I go home.

TL;DR: I am a complete moron when it comes to looking after my health.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 25 Mar 2011, 09:32
Your doctor should have given you antibiotics immediately. Unchecked infections can cause problems. Just let the doc you see back at home know that you weren't treated, aside from rest. Hopefully it has nothing to do with it, but it's good for them to know.

I used to be awful about taking care of myself until I almost died from doing a relatively healthy thing (taking birth control). Now I'm going to at least 3 different doctors a month, and only one of them has anything to do with the pulmonary embolism. I need to not fall apart at the age of 25. I know it sucks but taking care of it now means less chance of it getting worse and/or biting you in the ass somewhere down the line.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Mar 2011, 09:51
I'm not sure whether antibiotics would actually have helped, the tonsillitis was viral. I think probably rest would have done the trick, if it had been coupled with food (it wasn't - I was staying in a guest room of a different college and it didn't occur to my friends to bring me food, or to me to ask) and lasted long enough. Anyway it's too late to do anything about it now! I will be going to the doctor once I'm home though, just got to decide whether that will be in five weeks or three months.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 25 Mar 2011, 13:25
Antibiotics would not have done. It is my understanding that with viral infections we treat the symptoms and bolster the immune system.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 25 Mar 2011, 18:10
I am mad at my friends. They are all coming back from Boston tonight and their flight arrives at the Bakersfield airport at like 11 PM and I was like, "Can I come pick you up and be your taxi???" but my friend was like "No I think all our parents are coming." There are four of them and they all live within like a half-mile radius of each other if not less than that. I'm pretty sure they're all just too lazy to call/text their parents. They are SO DUMB
I would be saving their parents gas and time and also carpooling is better for the environment and I just want to see them and there is like literally no drawbacks for me to go get them, only advantages and it just makes so much SENSE and I NEVER make any sense so they're just destroying my one chance at making sense, I'm so mad, I sent them a series of upset and sad texts for them to all receive at once when they turn their phones back on when they get to LAX. Stupid kids.

And then the vending machine at church where I always got 20 oz. cactus coolers for a dollar doesn't even fucking stock them anymore I hate everything and I am nineteen years old
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 25 Mar 2011, 19:20
Fuck your entire life.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 25 Mar 2011, 19:29
believe in yourself anna, you'll find so many more new and wonderful things to hate in life as you get older
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: ackblom12 on 25 Mar 2011, 20:06
We are in Michigan for Kat's visiting days for grad school and looking at apartments. We are pretty certain we found a nice 2 bedroom today that we are going to take! The only problem is it isn't available until Mid to late August and it is going to be cutting it close for Kat's Orientation stuff. Either way, fuck yeah apartment!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 25 Mar 2011, 20:24
We need to hang out one day. I work up at Domino Farms, at the far northwest boundary of Ann Arbor.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: KvP on 25 Mar 2011, 20:32
We are in Michigan for Kat's visiting days for grad school and looking at apartments. We are pretty certain we found a nice 2 bedroom today that we are going to take! The only problem is it isn't available until Mid to late August and it is going to be cutting it close for Kat's Orientation stuff. Either way, fuck yeah apartment!
Live in a (no tell?) motel until you can move in.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 25 Mar 2011, 21:05
Today I went to Target and ran into said friend's mom and we had a lengthy conversation (because sometimes i forget that parents probably really do not like me and i just end up talking to them anyway because it somehow comes easily) and she was just like "she didn't tell me that you offered" so yeah they're just lazy bums

And then I bought three 12-packs of cactus cooler

I'm still sad though
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 25 Mar 2011, 21:35
Your friends are jerk faces.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 25 Mar 2011, 22:08
It's okay, they got to LAX like an hour ago and I got a text from her saying that I exploded all of their phones because I sent all four of them like five messages during the time they were on the plane. I am not sorry
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: öde on 26 Mar 2011, 02:37
Stop being your avatar, anna! You! Are! Rad!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 26 Mar 2011, 02:47
I don't drink but now would be as good a time as any to start.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 26 Mar 2011, 02:50
Oh fucking fuck fuc the Fred Nile endorsed LNP coalition is inevitably taking control of the state. Fuck this state the two main choices are both run by their morally self-absorbed  ethically bankrupt  coproratist shit-headed right winger elements.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: öde on 26 Mar 2011, 03:09
Good news: I've ordered a replacement hard drive, and bought a new CPU + Fan!

Bad news: where is money?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 26 Mar 2011, 04:04
God fucking dammit I want a burrito.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 26 Mar 2011, 09:04
Last night we had a memorial gathering for my friend Ben at a couple friends' house. I'd organized it with one of my old roommates before I'd taken off for Vancouver, and then beyond making a Facebook event and trying to spread the word as best we could, we hadn't planned for anything else. People baked things, and we listened to Ben's old band, and I filled people in on his last few months, the circumstances of his death (he'd been really ill, dealing with psychotic episodes, etc), and what had gone down at the service in Vancouver. It was all really well attended, and people shared stories and laughed and drank together, and I met a lot of his friends who I'd only ever seen occasionally around campus before. It wasn't an especially sombre evening, though there were moments of that, and overall I just feel that we did him pretty proud.

Talked with a few people about trying to get a booklet printed up, of drawings and writings and things which he'd made. Thankful that this sort of project is something others are interested in.

So, yeah, a pretty beautiful night, as these things go. I'm super grateful.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: jhocking on 26 Mar 2011, 09:23
God fucking dammit I want a burrito.

I am totally about to eat a burrito.

EDIT: I totally ate a burrito.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 26 Mar 2011, 11:05
fuck youuuuuuu
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: J-cob9000 on 26 Mar 2011, 11:30
For breakfast today, I put two eggs, shredded cheese and pepperoni in a frying pan and then fried a bagel in butter. I ate it in my bedroom and watched Netflix while drinking a Pepsi.
I still haven't gotten dressed.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Dimmukane on 26 Mar 2011, 11:34
I ate an omelet with crumbled bacon and pepperjack cheese in it.  It was FUCKING DELICIOUS
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Ozymandias on 26 Mar 2011, 11:36
God fucking dammit I want a burrito.

There are no less than 4 restaurants within decent walking distance from me that make better burritos than you can even imagine. I had one last night!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 26 Mar 2011, 11:37
And then I bought three 12-packs of cactus cooler

Do you know how much you fucking rule Anna because it is an awful lot!

Last night I got a call toward the end of my shift from a music buddy of mine. He picked me up and we went to a bar downtown. That place sucked ass, so we went to the OTHER thing we were invited to do, which was to crash somebody's birthday party at a winery, be fucking amazing, and play music for the party. We were completely successful (birthday girl gave me a hug and wound up with my business card) and wound up getting hella crossfaded.

My lady doesn't remember her night in Vegas last night, but she's still alive and well and 99% sure she didn't wind up fooling around with some other dude. Idunno exactly how comforting she thought that info would be to me, but whatever, I'm not tripping about anything. If anything, I think it's funny as shit. She, on the other hand, is way stressing 'cause she doesn't know if she did anything and "Oh god I hope I didn't do anything I'd feel so horrible because I don't wanna do anything to hurt you." Dude it's Vegas. It's fucking Vegas. I knew it'd be a possibility from the outset and it didn't bother me to think about it then, so why would it bother me now? I think I'm fuckin' impenetrable after this last year I've had, relationship-wise. And besides we have only been 'officially' a couple for like uhhh 4 days maybe? CHILL GURRRRL
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: J-cob9000 on 26 Mar 2011, 11:39
I ate an omelet with crumbled bacon and pepperjack cheese in it.  It was FUCKING DELICIOUS
I was going to make bacon but all we had was fucking turkey bacon. That shit is terrible.
Also, I blasted Frank Ocean while I was cooking and I had so much fun.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nufan on 26 Mar 2011, 11:48
So I went out last night with my housemate for next year, and it turns out that as he's going to be head of the student newspaper he gets free gigs and +1's to any gig in Manchester, even if it's sold out.

FUCK YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 26 Mar 2011, 13:59
I'm intrigued, why does it being Vegas change how people act? I realise it's a place where people get drunk, gamble, and make ill-advised marriages officiated by Elvis impersonators, but those people are just as likely to do those things in any other town with a bar, casinos and "chapels" with lax requirements for proof of prior intent.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 26 Mar 2011, 18:25
Holy shit guys, I think I've got a date on Wednesday night. As in, meeting a girl I've never met before who a family friend put me in touch with for drinks after work.

I haven't gone on a date in years.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 26 Mar 2011, 18:26
Actually there seems to be this mentality that Vegas is a separate universe where you are allowed to do basically whatever the fuck you want and it won't affect your life in the "real world". This is totally false because an ill-advised marriage is still legal, thumbs broken by loan sharks are still broken and syphillis is still syphillis regardless of where you are or were when it happened but a lot of people still have that "what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas" mentality.

Edit: Harry, that's awesome. Also I promise to mail your spare key back this week. I have to find an envelope.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 26 Mar 2011, 18:40
I read the start of Jimmy's post right after Harry's and I was horrified because I thought there was some kind of connection between the two.

 :psyduck:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 26 Mar 2011, 18:56
Also I promise to mail your spare key back this week.

I got a new one cut. It's just plain old metal coloured but I tied a pretty ribbon around it!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 26 Mar 2011, 19:07
Oh. I'll just throw it away then. I'd keep it but it doesn't qualify for my collection of Keys to Doors that Don't Exist. Maybe if you got your locks changed...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 26 Mar 2011, 19:43
No no, don't throw it away! If you throw it away then the rat-men who live under the garbage heap will have the key to my house!! Just send it to back to me.

But don't send it via Australia Post, I don't want the Government to know anything about this . . .
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 26 Mar 2011, 19:45
OK yep I definitely seem to be unconsciously trying to kill myself

Decided to make french toast this morning while not wearing pants and of course the first piece of bread I drop in the pan splashes butter out of the pan and directly onto my naked thigh. So now I've got an angry, red, raised lump on my right thigh which neatly matches the angry, red, indent on my left shin from last week (See my post from March 17th in this thread, Dovey fans!- Ed.)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 26 Mar 2011, 19:48
Maybe I can just deliver it personally. The next time I come to Melbourne. Yes. Perhaps that would be best.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Spluff on 26 Mar 2011, 20:01
If you throw it away then the rat-men who live under the garbage heap will have the key to my house!!

(http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y66/Spluff/936full-delicatessen-screenshot.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Spluff on 26 Mar 2011, 20:03
also I just coughed up the biggest chunk of phlegm I've ever seen

its size was matched only by its disgustisity
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 26 Mar 2011, 20:08
(See my post from March 17th in this thread, Dovey fans!- Ed.)

Can we start doing this when referring to our own previous posts? This actually made me laugh out loud.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 26 Mar 2011, 20:25
If you seriously find narcissistic self-referential humour on internet forums amusing, I have good news about my previous and indeed future posts on this forum.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 26 Mar 2011, 20:31
Speaking of narcissistic self-referential humour, sometimes I get so depressed I play Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and spend hours victimising one Storm Trooper.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 26 Mar 2011, 20:56
Pick him up, put him down, pick him up, push him past a block, put him down, pick him up, throw him around etc etc

In other news, I had really awesome ramen for lunch from a highly recommended place in China town.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 26 Mar 2011, 21:13
It's usually more like Kill all his friends, push him over, drag him face down across the ground, slam him into the ceiling, drag him across the ceiling for a while, slam him into the walls, use force lightning, slam him back into the ground, spin him around for a while, impale him with a lightsabre. Repeat until feeling better. As long as you don't release the Right Trigger he'll keep screaming and writhing in pain even if he has no HP left.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 26 Mar 2011, 21:22
here rizzo, have some pictures of bears standing on their hind legs to take your mind off your terrible dreams

(http://www.pentaxforums.com/gallery/images/3063/1_Sub_Adult_Grizzly_Bear_standing.jpg)

(http://www.alaska-in-pictures.com/data/media/2/grizzly-on-hind-legs_4168.jpg)

(http://cache4.asset-cache.net/xc/AB02985.jpg?v=1&c=IWSAsset&k=2&d=A5C9C13351D9C3B7CC8952BD9D1B8E2C21B41294DCFF65CB76711F73866912B6)

(http://www.solarnavigator.net/animal_kingdom/animal_images/Brown_bear_rearing.jpg)

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/72/Bear-standing-zoo-jerusalem.jpg)

look at how funny they are! they think they're people
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Alex C on 26 Mar 2011, 21:27
I'm feeling sort of introspective and annoyed that salvia isn't legal in minnesota anymore. Fuckin' senators.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 26 Mar 2011, 23:09
Those bears remind me of the bear on the merry-go-round at the zoo in Chicago. You know, with the paws and the happy face.

I had drinks, but man, they were not that strong. That's the problem with getting the male bartender at the gay bar. I am disappoint.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 27 Mar 2011, 00:01
salvia

That reminds me, I haven't had one of my trademark Hendricks-and-sage gin & tonics in a while. Hmm, it's a beautiful Sunday evening here . . .
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Allybee on 27 Mar 2011, 02:49
just spent a lot of time taking care of a friend who, after months not drinking, mixed alcohol and prescription drugs. the decision not to call an ambulance had already been made so I slept over her house to keep the other girl staying with her company. so scary and emotionally draining, especially in light of other recent life events.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 27 Mar 2011, 04:12
Fuck you facebook, I don't want to be friends with my first love. I messed that all up and now I'm sad from 6 year old memories. Go to hell facebook.
Also stayed up all night playing Dragon Age: Origins. Fuck not having frequent auto-saves.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 27 Mar 2011, 04:53
This is a happy post!

So there's my oldest friend, who I've known since Year 4 in Primary School (over 20 years ago!). He's also one of my best friends. Then there's another one of my best friends, who I've known since the later years of high school, and his girlfriend who's also become a really good friend over the last few years. These three people are some of my favourite people in the world and they've been living in a sharehouse together along wiht a bunch of other people over the last few years.

Anyway, we all know that one of the realities of house renting and sharehousing is that sometimes the house you're living in gets sold and there's nothing you can do about it and sometimes anyway it's just time for a sharehouse to end and so you all have to move out. Which is what just happened to my friends.

Well, they've all found new houses now - my oldest friend with one of the other housemates, and my other friend and his girlfriend with each other. And their new houses are only about ten minutes walk from my house! BEST FRIENDS WHO I NEVER GET TO SEE ENOUGH OF MOVING INTO MY NEIGHBOURHOOD!!!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 27 Mar 2011, 04:56
OH ALSO,

I've been trying to get a bunch of my short-short text message stories published in various places for a while now, and it's pretty frustrating because the publishing industry's really conservative at the moment, and trying to get stories published is pretty fucking dispiriting at the best of times, so it's not hard to start getting really down about it and I got another rejection email from a local literary magazine the other day - but this is what the email said:

Quote
Hey, Harry -

I love the idea behind these, and they're the right format for the suites of short-shorts we're running every issue, but we're full up with those for the year now, and I'd hesitate to accept another suite. If Sleepers doesn't pick them up, or you end up writing more, do you want to try me with a bunch towards the end of the year?

Thanks for the good stuff either way

So right now I feel kind of a bit like http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7z192I-mQM (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7z192I-mQM)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: look out! Ninjas! on 27 Mar 2011, 04:57
That is a happy post.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 27 Mar 2011, 05:01
If people who deserve to be happy start to be happy, where will that leave absolute bastards like me?

You selfish pricks.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: jhocking on 27 Mar 2011, 05:52
look at how funny they are! they think they're people

oh sure you think that's funny

I think those pictures look like the last thing you see before suffering a gruesome death.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 27 Mar 2011, 12:15
You better bloody well come back.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 27 Mar 2011, 12:41
Also stayed up all night playing Dragon Age: Origins. Fuck not having frequent auto-saves.

It was never a problem for me, I'm a compulsive saver. Big drama convo, save. Alistair and the Warden are now super best fwends, save. Found new daggers and equipped them, save. Kill a monster, save. Take a few steps, save. Actually, I might have a problem.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 27 Mar 2011, 13:29
I think I got spoiled by games like Mount&Blade that do a save every time a screen changes. But really, not saving the entire time between entering&clearing the castle courtyard, going to the village, coming back and going into the main hall, seeing a cut scene and making a bunch of choices that affect what happens next and then travelling the worldmap, there wasn't a goddamn auto-save? and then sometimes its like, "oh you went to the 4th floor, autosave, oh you got near that door right after getting to the 4th floor, autosave"
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: ummmkay on 27 Mar 2011, 16:11
had a panic attack in the middle of the night while staying with potential new boy for the first time. i haven't had a panic attack in front of anyone outside my family/best friend in years. he probably thinks i am a total nutjob now. and he would probably be correct. super fun.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: öde on 28 Mar 2011, 00:53
Trapped a nerve in my back and got a fever, so I feel like I'm dead and I can't afford to miss work but I can't walk far either :(
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2011, 09:12
had a panic attack in the middle of the night while staying with potential new boy for the first time. i haven't had a panic attack in front of anyone outside my family/best friend in years. he probably thinks i am a total nutjob now. and he would probably be correct. super fun.

Those are pretty funky. The last time I had one was post-coital in a tent with my now-ex. All the while trying to find the smegging zipper and get outside to get some fresh air, I was yelling "IT'S NOT YOU!!!!" at her.

Eeeesh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 28 Mar 2011, 09:31
I got the new awesome job in frigging Tysons Corner, but they want me to start on April 11th which means I have to give my current boss by two weeks TODAY. And just this morning there was a managers meeting and he was all, it's taken so long to find someone to replace Deena but now we have Rosie and it's really great. Freakin' out about how to do this.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2011, 09:49
"Yeah ya do...FOR TWO MORE WEEKS."

Then laugh like a madman, Rosie. That's the way to do it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 28 Mar 2011, 09:59
I might, but I am working at the pizza place that delivers to my house. I would rather not guarantee myself a future of spit-garnished pasta breadbowls.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: redglasscurls on 28 Mar 2011, 10:13
Just stop ordering Dominos lady, it's dogshit anyway! New awesome jobs top crappy pizza any day.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2011, 10:14
She's right. Domino's is garbage, pizzawise.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Katherine on 28 Mar 2011, 10:37
Tell them you have to move to take the job and when you order delivery just give them a fake name and hope the delivery person doesn't recognize you.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 28 Mar 2011, 10:55
Oh don't worry, I'm still gonna do it, but we do like Domino's! (I think Robert likes it even more when it's free, though. Considering we've had more pizza in the last two months I've been here than in like the 6 months prior.)

Today though feels like I'm just lying about everything when I'm like, yeah sure I'll take care of that. Even for things that I would get done in the next two weeks. But especially for the stuff that I won't.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 28 Mar 2011, 12:14
So I'm working on packing up my stuff. Seeing what I can take, what I should leave behind, all that good stuff. Still not really sure what to do with my records though; pack them up and ship them off to Shane?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2011, 12:17
Whatcha got, Zingo?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 28 Mar 2011, 12:21
Uhhh...

That was fast, dude. Also are you going to be the first to  reply to my blog posts? Not that I mind, but I'd like to know if so...

I don't know what I have off-hand, actually. For the most part it's not going to be recent stuff, mostly pre-80's, a lot of it decently common. I can look through tonight and let you know what I have you might be interested, though
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2011, 12:22
Nah, just a boring ass day at work.

Send me a PM, I'm sure there's something I'll be interested in.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 28 Mar 2011, 12:30
Sent!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 28 Mar 2011, 12:48
It is only the first day of campaign week and I am already completely shattered. I've still got a few hours of day left, so I'm making more flyers and contemplating some night-time spray painting in the garden. Only three more days. It's fine.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 28 Mar 2011, 13:26
Resignation done! I still feel bad. Words like "blown away," "worst possible timing," and "one more week" were used.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2011, 13:29
At least they didn't mention "spit-laden pizza".
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2011, 15:12
OKAY. I am really god-fucking-damn stressing out right now, and I feel like I'm on the verge of just breaking.

About 9:30 this morning, the electric company showed up to inform me that my mom didn't pay the bill, and that they were cutting power to our house.

Fucking whatever. She does this shit all the time. I don't get it. I pay her rent, she has three jobs, where the fuck is all this money she makes going?!

So I dealt with it. Gave her a call to see what the hell was going on, listened to her rant and rave for a while, took a shower in the dark (though suprisingly there was hot water? Fucking miracle), went to work. Had to deal with my dad complaining that she asked him for money (my parents have been divorced for about 7 years), and then my grandparents (happy birthday, Grandma!), who let her borrow some money. Fair enough. Italian family, always a helping hand when you need it.

She pays the bill, and these fuckers say they won't turn our power back on until TOMORROW morning. I mean, we're in Massachusetts. It's spring, but it's still arse cold. It's supposed to hit 19 tonight. Not celcius. 19 degrees. Below freezing.

Like, what the fuck am I supposed to do? It'll be cold, my laptop battery's almost dead, as is my cell phone. What do you want me to do, power company? Shiver in the fucking dark because you won't be reasonable?


/rantover


Side note: This was cool when we just couldn't afford oil. It got me pissed off. That's when I was in my harshnoise phase. At least it was productive. But no power = no amp.

sider note: If I make any really scathing/sarcastic posts while I'm still at work this evening..don't take it personally. Except for you, Dovey. I'm watching you. Root Beer lover.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Slick on 28 Mar 2011, 15:49
Did I ever tell you guys about the time that I drank like two liters of root beer in a minute right after supper then threw up in the cafeteria? I didn't drink root beer for a while after that.

Back on the horse now and man do I love it. Every relationship has it's ups and downs.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 28 Mar 2011, 15:53
when i was a kid i drank like 6 huge rootbeer floats at gymnastics camp (after working out all day in the hot idaho summer sun) and then promptly puked all over my new sandals  i was wearing


it would have been traumatic if it hadn't tasted just as good coming up  :|
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2011, 15:56
Root Beer is pretty tasty. He just pegged me as anti-root beer for quoting a scene from Slap Shot.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 28 Mar 2011, 23:41
My lady came back from Vegas last night. Turned out she was just fucking with me re: the blacking out thing. I figured as much. She tries to troll me, and it doesn't work because I'm just so much more experienced. Because I use the internet for FUN shit.

Like downloading Civ 2 and getting crossfaded to fuck with my roomie. Fuck yes.

Woke up this morning, still had crossfade materials, so we continued the rage. Best friend called me around 2pm, I grabbed some food and then we played bocce (HEY SHANE, BRING IT, MOTHERFUCKER, I will END YOU at that game I don't care how Italian y'all suckas is) and had brats on the barbeque. Got mo' baked, had hours of fun. Lukas derped hella bad and threw the pollino in the air and it landed on his lady's shoulder, which has a history of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. That part sucked, but then we laughed about it. All good.

Then work, where I kicked ass but had to listen to my coworker talk about how good Slipknot is, and how much he loves "oldies rock bands, like the Who and the Stones. I only like 'My Generation,' 'Paint It Black,' and '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' though because everything else is just too weird." It took everything in me not to slap that man. I took one for the team, you guys.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 28 Mar 2011, 23:59
I think campaigns week is giving me some hideous indigestion. Can't I just stay home and play Batman today?  :(
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 29 Mar 2011, 06:39
Today has been a successful Tuesday. I woke up reasonably early to go and check out a couple of houses. The first was pretty average, decent enough house but the location was a bit out of the way, no supermarkets nearby and only buses to get around.
The second was really good, near Newtown, the "cool" suburb here. Reasonable bedrooms, good kitchen, lounge, bathroom and courtyard. So the rest of the day was spent chasing up the necessary paper work to apply for it. Submitted all that stuff and then paid a deposit on it and then the agent called us to say that we'd been approved. Signing the lease on Tuesday next week!

Huzzah, Jimmy, Ingelise and I all have a proper place to live now :D

(Which is not to say that the apartment is not proper but I am looking forward to having my own room and not crashing in the lounge)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: jhocking on 29 Mar 2011, 07:29
I'm gonna be an hour late for work because I lost my keys. fuck
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 29 Mar 2011, 09:22
Pat dogg you ain't need to be Italian to kick ass at bocce. My ex was amazing and she was like...100% Polish.


edit: heating update: I ended up crashing at my grandparents last night, because they have a spare bedroom. I was considering tuning my guitar to Open G and recording an album about it, called Exile on Apremont St.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Mar 2011, 12:19
This is not exactly the correct place for this but I didn't want tostart a new thread for it.

I have the following errors at the top of every forum page I load:


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Am I alone in this? What do I do? What does it mean?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 29 Mar 2011, 12:20
i've got it too, we're probably all going to die. don't worry about it
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 29 Mar 2011, 15:00
I don't have that! Hooray chrome or Linux or something that I am using?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: scarred on 29 Mar 2011, 17:08
I had that earlier and then it magically disappeared.

Magic! Not just for unicorns.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: öde on 29 Mar 2011, 18:08
May have you tried























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Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 29 Mar 2011, 19:18
oh god it's happening
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 29 Mar 2011, 19:40
Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Spluff on 29 Mar 2011, 22:40
Hey yeah I noticed that warning thing a few times
it seems to go away on its own after a few sessions, with as little warning as when it first appeared

It didn't s̶͝͞e̴̵em to d̛͟o҉ ̧͠a͘͡͞ny͢thii̵̛n҉g t̢̛o͝ t̷͢h̴e͜͡ ͡forums though so I have no problem with it



honestly I b͜a͏̴rè͝͝l̷y͢ ̢͞e͟v̸e͘҉n nͦ̆́͌ͨ̾o̾͂ͮ̓̓tͤͤͥiͬcͮ̎͂͒e͆̿ it most of the t̀҉̭͓͇̖̯̗͖̜̖͇̜̣̖̝͔̦̘ͅi̵̱̪̘̦͕͘͞͠m͈̻̯͎̬̪̰̻̺͓̪̘̺̬̮͇͇͢͟ę͜͏̯̱̥͇̭̖͇̺̰͖̮͎̣͝

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Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: WriterofAllWrongs on 29 Mar 2011, 22:56
Whoa. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 30 Mar 2011, 00:53
A+
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: look out! Ninjas! on 30 Mar 2011, 02:11
I keep yellin' at it but it ain't not doing anything
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nufan on 30 Mar 2011, 03:24
I got confirmation of acceptance into manchester to do my masters in comp sci! I have been fist punching the air since I found out.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 30 Mar 2011, 03:32
I'm pretty sure I'm going to die of exhaustion this week, guys.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 30 Mar 2011, 04:00
Another night of disappointment!

or

The date that wasn't.

So as you guys may recall I had a date tonight. I was looking forward to it, I had a bit of an emotional melt-down last night (of which, more later), I ironed my shirt and washed my nice white trousers specially and I wasn't even nervous when I got on the train into the city. En route I sent a text to the girl I was meeting to let her know what I looked like and what I was wearing, because we've never met each-other before, and I got to the bar on time and ordered a beer and sat down to wait for her to arrive.

About ten minutes after I got there I received a text from her, saying that she was really glad I'd texted her because she'd left my number at home, and furthermore explaining that she'd been stuck out at a site for work (she works in event management) and wouldn't be able to meet me that night. I texted her back to suggest we meet some other time and she replied that she had a really busy couple of weeks ahead so it'd have to be after that. So I guess I'll have to wait a couple of weeks to see if I ever get to meet this girl or not. I stopped off at another bar where I know the staff on the way home because I needed some friendly faces to talk to and I couldn't stand going home straight away and spending the night alone.

On the face of it it's not so bad but it's been a bit of a shit of a week so this was just one more thing. Yesterday I finally decided to telephone the literary agent I'd sent the manuscript for my novel to just before Christmas, basically to ask why the hell it was taking so long for her to get back to me (but in much nicer words than that, obviously). I left a message on her answering machine and an hour later she emailed me saying she was terribly embarassed and that she thought she'd replied to my submission but that on closer inspection she couldn't find any record of having done so. She then went on to say that although she thought the story of my manuscript was affecting and would appeal to many people (her words), she didn't think it was quite strong enough for the big publishers she usually deals with, given the current publishing climate. She suggested that I try some small independents instead. Now, I've got a lot of respect for independent publishers, I'm trying to get my other book (of the text-message stories I've been writing for the last couple of years) published by an independent because they're the only publishers with the guts to take on something like that, but the novel I thought actually had broad appeal and deserved the kind of audience that the independents can't generally attract, and on top of all the struggles I've been having trying to find a publisher for the short stories book the agent's email yesterday just felt like she was telling me that I was minor-league, which I'm sure isn't what she meant, but it was the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.

I'm feeling better about it now but I won't lie, after I got that email yesterday I had a little cry and I felt pretty fucking hopeless and despairing. Guys, don't ever try to get two books published at once, it's fucking masochistic.

I really would've like to meet this girl tonight and hang out with her for a bit.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: jhocking on 30 Mar 2011, 04:43
I'm pretty sure I'm going to die of exhaustion this week, guys.

There are a few politicians who've been elected post-mortem. You can join their ranks.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: look out! Ninjas! on 30 Mar 2011, 05:44
Did the agent give you any solid criticism or did she just say that and leave it?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 30 Mar 2011, 06:11
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In the event,  while  RUSSELL AND PETER is an affecting story and I"m sure would appeal to many people, in what is a very difficult publishing environment I don't think it's quite strong enough for me to be confident I could sell it to the commercial publishers with whom we generally do business.  My advice: look to some of the smaller, more innovative houses such as Sleepers Publishing and Transit Lounge. They may pay little or nothing by way of an advance, but they also don't require than an agent be attached to the project.

To be fair with so many people wanting to be writers these days the writing industry has become incredibly compartmentalised, as nobody has time to do everything. Once upon a time maybe an agent would have given a writer advice on their manuscript but nowadays they've got their work cut out for them just trying to keep ahead of the constant flow of submissions they get, so they leave that job to specialised manuscript appraisal services.

The problem is that everyone in the publishing industry is shit-scared for their jobs and their future at the moment, and as a consequence publishing is going through an incredibly conservative period. A typical question you see in publisher's submission guidelines, which absolutely drives me mad, is: "What book would you see as a comparison title to yours?" When you've written an 80,000 word manuscript about something with the express intention of writing something unlike anything you've read before (in my case, a story detailing the end of a long-term relationship in which the word "love" is explicitly never mentioned, and in which the "triumphant ending" is actually the final and definitive dissolution of that relationship, and furthermore in which the two people breaking up try their utmost to remain civil with each-other, all intertwined with, basically, a story about what it's like to be a domestic cat) that's an incredibly difficult and kind of futile question to try to answer.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 30 Mar 2011, 06:15
I'm pretty sure I'm going to die of exhaustion this week, guys.

There are a few politicians who've been elected post-mortem. You can join their ranks.

Wasn't there a guy in Missour-ah that got elected like 3 weeks after he died?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 30 Mar 2011, 09:29
If I die, I had better win. That'd be fuckin' amazing.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Verergoca on 30 Mar 2011, 14:11
Harry, i have no idea if this is good advice, but have you thought about publishing your books as e-books on the interwebs? I hear this cuts out the middlemans quite hard?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: snalin on 30 Mar 2011, 14:33
My curriculum includes a book named prioritizing web usability. It's written in 2006. Some of the things they write are so wrong that it's painful. Like "most video clips needs to be shorter than one minute" for people to bother to watch them on the internet.

This book was released at the same time as youtube had started getting 65k video uploads a day, according to wikipedia. What the hell I hate this class.

EDIT: "going forward, mac will probably continue it's decline (in market share)". Why do people still think that you can write books about technology and predict the future in any way?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: look out! Ninjas! on 30 Mar 2011, 14:45
That's not even predicting the present right.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 30 Mar 2011, 15:43
"going forward, mac will probably continue it's decline (in market share)"

Proportion of different computer types taken from surveys at Oxford University's Freshers Fairs over the past few years.  They include both new undergraduates and new post-graduate students:

(http://cassland.org/images/OS-usage.png)

In 2010, the split for undergrads was 74:27:6, and for postgrads was 67:39:7.  The totals are >100% because of people who actively use more than one system.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 30 Mar 2011, 17:48
ways in which i have delivered money for drugs to my friend through my third story window:
- paper clipping a twenty dollar bill around a fruit strip and throwing it
- folding up two twenty dollar bills, inserting them into an empty nerds box, taping it shut for security, and throwing it
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 30 Mar 2011, 18:06
I'm feeling really spacey and out of sorts today -- on the verge of really sad, but not quite there, so I've been doing my best to distract myself: lingering in a used bookstore when I really should not have gotten any more books, reading in a cafe when I really should have been doing my homework, working through various literature blogs, etc. After my time in Vancouver, I'm finding it immensely to get my mind back into my schoolwork, and it is hitting me harder than ever that I just don't have the urge to engage with this material anymore; my interests are almost entirely elsewhere. It's good, I suppose, that I only have a couple weeks left before I'm done with my undergrad, and that I'll hopefully have time to figure out where I do want to be & what I do want to be doing later on. I just don't have the heart for what I need to be working on right now, and though I have tons of amazing friends here, I just don't feel up to interacting with anyone.

Blah.

Tomorrow afternoon I think I'll go for a long bike ride, assuming the weather holds strong. I just don't know quite what to do with myself right now.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: KvP on 30 Mar 2011, 18:13
Why don't you come down to CO instead of us coming up there? It's awesome in the Summertime.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 30 Mar 2011, 18:28
Sounds absolutely wonderful, but at this point I have no idea if I'll actually be able to travel at all or not. I need to figure out work here pretty quick after school ends (though I have a couple promising leads), if I'm going to be able to pay rent and buy food, nevermind going travelling. Unless my parents are feeling mighty generous with graduation gifts.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 30 Mar 2011, 18:41
So a classmate of mine of mine was planning to go to japan during spring break.(last week in canada) I only see him once a week so the first thing that came out of my dumb mouth was "How was Japan?"

Open mouth, insert foot.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 31 Mar 2011, 00:19
After a 2-month hiatus, my federal grand jury service finally enters its second day tomorrow with a training session. Since I'm an alternate, it will probably be several months more before I actually serve. Should be an interesting civics lesson at least.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 31 Mar 2011, 07:14
2 hrs and 45 minutes left. After that I can die.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 31 Mar 2011, 07:23
1 hour forty minutes and then I'm unemployed again.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 31 Mar 2011, 10:37
It's over. Lager is in my belly, I'm in the warm, and I can play batman when I get home instead of making more flyers. The winners are announced tomorrow, and if I don't win I will break down in tears on stage.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: öde on 31 Mar 2011, 11:31
and if I don't win I will begin the revolution
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 31 Mar 2011, 12:33
oh yeah and that
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 31 Mar 2011, 16:40
I'm currently filling out an eviction notice to stick on my own front door for Stacey to find tomorrow morning. I don't think it would normally fool her, but maybe the 12 hour overnight shift she's working tonight will leave her delirious and susceptible to some april fool's day shenanigans. 

But this all got me thinking, I can't wait to have kids just to mess with them. I already plan on running into their room and screaming "HEY GUYS, WAKE UP QUICK, SANTA CAME REALLY EARLY THIS YEAR!!!" and then filming their disappointment. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 31 Mar 2011, 16:56
NO that's like the time my brother told me "wake up it's christmas morning" in like july and i was like what three years old i didn't keep track of months and i ran out the room to a very normal living room then i just cried and then my mom yelled at him
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Post by: nobo on 31 Mar 2011, 17:01
How about the "Come on kids, we're going to Disney World!" and then taking them to the dentist?
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Post by: tania on 31 Mar 2011, 17:11
when i was really small, one of my older sisters had to have a series of major jaw surgeries to correct a severe underbite which resulted in her being really ill and confined to hospital for a few weeks on account she swallowed lots of blood and couldn't eat properly and was really malnourished and lost a lot of weight and etc. she was so mad and bitter about the experience that when i visited her in hospital with my parents she told me that when i grew up i would need the same surgery and that i would probably only have a 30% chance of survival. she totally denies she ever said this to me but there's no way she didn't because like, how on earth could i even make that up at that age. there's no way.

siblings
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Post by: tania on 31 Mar 2011, 17:14
How about the "Come on kids, we're going to Disney World!" and then taking them to the dentist?

there's a jack handy sketch where he tells a version of this prank that involves telling his kids he's going to take them to disneyland, and instead he drives them to an old abandoned warehouse and says "oh no, disneyland burnt down!". no idea if anyone's actually done this, it might be too mean. then again it could also be hilarious. your call i suppose
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Post by: squawk on 31 Mar 2011, 17:17
i thought that happened on simpsons. someone did that in real life? dear lord
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Post by: Rizzo on 31 Mar 2011, 17:27
I've only been awake 2 hours and today has been a good day already. Got an email from one of the university departments I applied for saying they were considering my job application which is promising. Then I got a text from Jimmy saying his boss was looking at my CV, nothing definite but still more promising than nothing! Then I applied for another job at another university which sounds pretty cool.

Now I just gotta shower and then go and meet Hannah for burritos. I suspect I shall get nachos instead of burritos however. Pictures possibly forthcoming.
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Post by: Tom on 31 Mar 2011, 17:49
I've only been awake 2 hours and today has been a good day already. Got an email from one of the university departments I applied for saying they were considering my job application which is promising. Then I got a text from Jimmy saying his boss was looking at my CV, nothing definite but still more promising than nothing! Then I applied for another job at another university which sounds pretty cool.

APRIL FOOLS!

Boy, wouldn't that suck.
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Post by: Tom on 31 Mar 2011, 17:50
Guys, I'm kinda in a shitty mood on a count of having an assessment (read exam) in 4 hours and it counts for a 1/3 of my histology mark. FUCK!
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Post by: JimmyJazz on 31 Mar 2011, 22:35
I get to interview the Black Lips, YES! Sometimes campus radio pulls through
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Post by: Elizzybeth on 31 Mar 2011, 23:56
I started a job babysitting a 6-month-old this week.  Infants are pretty crazy!  The most frustrating thing is when he screams and screams and nothing will shut him up (not hungry? diaper is dry? won't fall asleep? won't lie down? won't be carried? singing doesn't help? cartoons? music?), but goddamn there is something primally satisfying about feeding a baby in your arms.

Also I went to a naked beach today.  It was great (weather was amazing), but bodysurfing naked ended up being a terrible idea... my chest is all scraped up, oops.

I have to decide tonight whether I am going off to a doctoral program this year or next year (my top choice told me they'd defer funding to next year... hm) because if I don't tell our management company whether or not we're staying they will try to rent our apartment out from under us beginning tomorrow. Dang.
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Post by: Tom on 01 Apr 2011, 01:32
That test was fucking easy. W00t, me!
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Post by: squawk on 01 Apr 2011, 01:38
my roommate has the worst conversations ever oh god that is what happens when you have zero interests in anything. she spent over five minutes talking about eggs (her recent consumption habits of, and questioning the usage of sour cream on) on the phone with her boyfriend. which is all she ever does. talk on the phone with her boyfriend, that is, not talk about eggs. but dear lord. why why why
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 01 Apr 2011, 02:07
In a fairly grudging fashion I'm quite impressed with the DWP. Years ago you used to have to go somewhere to have your soul destroyed and be wilfully broken on the mechanisms of bureaucracy in order to register as unemployed. These days you get to do it in the comfort of your own home, which now feels a little tainted and dirty. Of course they haven't just resorted to simple expedience for kicking someone when they're down, that would be too easy. Once you've routinely been made to feel worthless, you then have to go somewhere to do it all over again. It's rather thorough and ingenious.

I'm sure that there's someone in Blackpool whose job is to find new ways to make the benefits system ever more gut-wrenchingly dismal. When I find out who it is, I'm taking it from them.
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Post by: Inlander on 01 Apr 2011, 02:25
Just to put the cap on a week of shit, this afternoon work rang me up and told me that as of next financial year they were going to cut me back to four days a week. Considering I'm struggling weekly to keep my head above water as it is and seeing as how I reeeeeaaaaaaly don't want to get a housemate it looks like I'm going to have to get a second job for one or two days a week from July.
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Post by: Jace on 01 Apr 2011, 08:24
I think I'm out of a job after today. Got a letter from my boss saying security has been cut back.
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Post by: Jace on 01 Apr 2011, 09:48
Yeah, come 5pm I'm jobless.
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Post by: tommydski on 01 Apr 2011, 09:51
I feel like nobody is going to believe you because it is April Fool's Day.
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Post by: Jace on 01 Apr 2011, 10:10
I actually assumed it was a prank. But one of my coworkers confirmed it is not.
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Post by: tommydski on 01 Apr 2011, 10:12
We will not believe you either for a couple of days. Please don't be offended for obvious reasons.
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Post by: nufan on 01 Apr 2011, 11:22
Be offended for some unobvious reasons. Go nuts.
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Post by: Joseph on 01 Apr 2011, 16:39
ugh i'm just so up and down lately and i really really need to be out of school so i can sort my shit out and i wish i was able to focus on school so i actually felt i was making progress but i can't at all and i wish my friends weren't writing papers

but at least i have some pretty good books out of the library and victoria will be coming over later and i'm probably going to be seeing this other cute girl this weekend but seriously i just need to be in a better state of mind
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Post by: Gemmwah on 01 Apr 2011, 17:09
4th out of 5 candidates (not including the RON option). I have never felt so utterly destroyed in my life.
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Post by: Tom on 01 Apr 2011, 19:53
At least some people like you.
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Post by: Joseph on 01 Apr 2011, 22:02
victoria never called me and i couldn't focus enough to read and i just played shitty internet games and listened to music and did all the dirty dishes in the house

blah
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Post by: Tom on 01 Apr 2011, 22:49
me: I spent the entire past 2 days studying Histo. I need a break.
me: for realz
other guy: lol yea
other guy: brain has turned to jelly trying to absorb all of histo crap
me: if it turned to Wharton's Jelly you'd have a problem
other guy: lol
tme: but at least your family would have some nice new stem cells for whatever
other guy: but then it could differentiate into a new brain :P
me: or a mess of teratomas
me: there's no way to make that funny
me: hint: cancer

In IM, I am unusually chatty. I just keep saying shit that amuses me. Fortunately my meatlife friends are polite.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 02 Apr 2011, 03:57
Gemm I would have voted for you SO HARD. People at your university are foolish. Do not be defeated! Start the revolution!
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Post by: the_pied_piper on 02 Apr 2011, 05:55
4th out of 5 candidates (not including the RON option). I have never felt so utterly destroyed in my life.

Don't be put down by this Gemm, university politics are still just a popularity contest. I can't even count the number of candidates who deserved to win our uni elections and finished in the bottom two. (I ran for election once and finished 3rd out of 4 but the one who deserved it finished last)

University is no sort of mirror on the real world, who woulda thunk it?
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Post by: tommydski on 02 Apr 2011, 05:59
4th out of 5 candidates (not including the RON option). I have never felt so utterly destroyed in my life.

Don't worry about it, it's not a reflection of you. You fought the good fight. Next time!
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Post by: Boro_Bandito on 02 Apr 2011, 07:05
Guys! I'm going to be an uncle! No, this isn't a late lame April Fool's joke! Me and my brothers'girlfriend have been joking constantly though about how they are going to have the most mutt child ever (Me and brother are primarily German heritage but there's a bunch of other little crap mixed in, She's half black/ half some kind of Native American because her mother is full-blooded but adopted so she doesn't actually know the tribe). I'm going to have me a little mixed nephew/niece that I can spoil the shit out of, which helps because there isn't a lot keeping me going nowadays. My parents are not as happy as I am, which probably has something to do with the fact that the parents are both 24 year old college drop-outs but you know what, fuck it! (actually I suppose there already had to have been some of that already)
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Post by: JD on 02 Apr 2011, 08:02
congratulations
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Post by: A Wet Helmet on 02 Apr 2011, 17:26
According to her text message, my daughter just won a bass playing competition and was complimented by five time grammy winner Vic Wooten on her ability to keep time.

I will be a proud father for awhile.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 02 Apr 2011, 19:52
Yeah, come 5pm I'm jobless.

I thought you had like three goddamn jobs
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Post by: David_Dovey on 02 Apr 2011, 19:52
If I took off yr shoes I could see the jobs growing off yr feet
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Post by: Patrick on 02 Apr 2011, 23:32
Yesterday, my best friend turned 21. Today, my body is telling me "Fuck you man that's not funny."

Also, we're all officially quitting open mic. We've finally had enough of the abuse from douchebag diva musicians. We're tired of not getting paid for the work we do, which is considerably harder than we ever get recognition for. One of the regulars even came into my work the other day and said to me straight faced that we didn't deserve to get paid because we don't do anything. Fucking. Bullshit.

So I talked to Lukas, I talked to Lindsay, and we spoke to our buddy and mentor Elvis Bob. And Elvis Bob spoke with the owner. The owner said "Why should I pay for this? I can just have you do it for free like before, Bob." And Elvis Bob told him that he wasn't gonna do it for free anymore either. So now the owner's found somebody willing and dumb enough to play and work for free (god love the new guy, he's one of my dearest friends, but zero business/common sense).

Whatever, my lady's down for the weekend. I'm abuot to bounce to spend time with her. Laaaaaaaata
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Post by: sean on 03 Apr 2011, 00:51
i dunno, maybe this opinion is wack, but i dont expect musicians to play at an open mic. though, what do you mean by open mic? cause i mean, when i think of an open mic, i just think of any kind of venue (house to bar to actual legit venue) hosting an event where anyone can show up (usually for free, i guess pay if its a venue venue (so dumb)) and anyone can sign up and play, if they do it in time. though, it sounds like you play this open mic a lot, and in a professional manner too, so maybe open mics are different on that side of the country? derp i dunno i just wouldn't expect to get paid for an event that is an open mic, cause like, any asshole can play at that.
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Post by: Christophe on 03 Apr 2011, 01:56
I believe Pat is referring to running an open mic, which would require running sound, making sure dudes kept within their alloted time et al. I made my bones helping to run sound for an open mic night and it is now a thing I do every Monday and get paid for doing, as well as the live music shows on Wednesday and Saturday.

Pat, good show on telling doude owner to take job and shove it, because open mic can simultaneously be exhilarating (if you get a string of good performers that just fucking bang it out of the park) and frustrating (for any number of reasons, including idiot who doesn't know how a mic works and points it at the monitors, dude who asks for one more song when he's already done three and you want to get the next guy on, rapper who gives you his songs on two different cds and one USB dongle, best man and bride-to-be thinking it's a good idea to get up on stage while you cue up "Barbie Girl" on youtube while they make total fools of themselves [man I'll never live down allowing that to happen although they seemed to take it in stride], oh hey also barely anyone signed up at all today) at the same time, and it's the latter part of the job that should at least net you some dough.
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Post by: Lines on 03 Apr 2011, 05:31
Last night was lets have the whole building wake up Lindsey night. Last night was if I have to leave my room to tell you to be quiet, I'm going to murder you night. I am not going to have fun at work today.

Also Pat, good for you for wanting to get paid. There's a bar here that has a live band that plays for karaoke and open mic and those guys definitely get paid to be there. I hope you can find a gig somewhere else that will be willing to do so.
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Post by: tania on 03 Apr 2011, 08:29
i love redoing these in-text citations so much, i want to take them behind a middle school and get them pregnant
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Post by: sean on 03 Apr 2011, 09:41
oh dang, who the fuck would run an open mic for free? sorry for misinterpreting, but goddamn that is fucked if yr not getting paid to run an open mic, get a better gig and fuck the guy not paying you. in the butt. WITH SHARP OBJECTS CAUSE THAT IS NOT COOL!
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Post by: Jace on 03 Apr 2011, 14:41
Yeah, come 5pm I'm jobless.

I thought you had like three goddamn jobs

I was doing good with just the one, so I quit the other I had, and I guess I'm not really jobless, I'm still employed by the company, but the contract they had with the bank was eliminated. There are a couple of other contracts that could work in my favor though, there's a 4000 hour/week catholic health (hospitals and shit) and a 1700 hour/week Fedex, possible 1000 hour/week with UPS too, so, there's options at least.
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Post by: Slick on 03 Apr 2011, 15:53
I was really really confused about your figures until I realized that was like, total hours on the contract to your company. Which of those gigs would you most like to grab if you could?
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Post by: Jace on 03 Apr 2011, 16:25
Probably the FedEx, as you get to work with someone else (one patrolling and one stationed) and other than patrolling you sit in a chair and hold employee cell phones until their shift is over. UPS could be fun, because you get to climb all over trains all day.
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Post by: Metope on 03 Apr 2011, 16:28
UPS fucking suuuucks they can't do anything right. Go with FedEx.
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Post by: Jace on 03 Apr 2011, 16:31
I'm not really working for that company, I'm just pretending to secure their stuff. Also, FedEx pays $10/hr and UPS pays $9/hr, so I'd rather do Fedex based on getting more money
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Post by: Liz on 03 Apr 2011, 17:09
Fuck yeah FedEx.
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Post by: Hairy Joe Bob on 03 Apr 2011, 19:44
Fuck yeah FedEx.

said the randy postmistress.
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Post by: Hairy Joe Bob on 03 Apr 2011, 19:46
My girlfriend bought me some Thai fisherman trousers.

They are possibly the most comfortable things I have EVER worn on the bottom half of my body. Oh yeahhhh.
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Post by: Inlander on 03 Apr 2011, 19:51
A few years ago I essentially stopped wearing jeans, and I realised that jeans are actually really restrictive and uncomfortable and 90% of trousers are more comfortable than them. (Note to forum: this is not an invitation to post pictures of ridiculous and deliberately uncomfortable trousers.) Silly world, convincing yourself that jeans are the best pants just because of some vaguely remembered attachment to a "common man" ideal that was lost generations ago!
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Post by: Inlander on 03 Apr 2011, 20:03
Okay guys one of the people on my Sunday stories contact list tipped me off to this competition for SMS stories (http://bpayshortandsweet.com.au/) and I've cut down a bunch of my stories to the requisite 120 characters and I am getting ready to own this thing. First prize is A$3000. Feelin' good, feelin' like a shark in a reef full of clownfish.
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Post by: squawk on 03 Apr 2011, 20:15
i went to go listen to silkworm and looked at the last played timestamps, which led to me trying to remember why i was apparently awake at 3 AM listening to In the West on thursday morning, when i remembered that i was really high and so guitar inspired and also i guess that's why i ended up not going to my only class that day which was at 2 PM. i really need to get back into school habits, it shouldn't take over a week to do so when i was on break for only one week as well
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Post by: JD on 03 Apr 2011, 22:15
A few years ago I essentially stopped wearing jeans, and I realised that jeans are actually really restrictive and uncomfortable and 90% of trousers are more comfortable than them. (Note to forum: this is not an invitation to post pictures of ridiculous and deliberately uncomfortable trousers.) Silly world, convincing yourself that jeans are the best pants just because of some vaguely remembered attachment to a "common man" ideal that was lost generations ago!
Whatever man my jeans are mega comfortable.
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Post by: Inlander on 03 Apr 2011, 22:16
I used to think that too.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 03 Apr 2011, 23:07
A few years ago I essentially stopped wearing jeans, and I realised that jeans are actually really restrictive and uncomfortable and 90% of trousers are more comfortable than them. (Note to forum: this is not an invitation to post pictures of ridiculous and deliberately uncomfortable trousers.) Silly world, convincing yourself that jeans are the best pants just because of some vaguely remembered attachment to a "common man" ideal that was lost generations ago!

I like jeans. I haven't really found other trousers that are as comfortable or that look the way I like either. I'm ok with this though, I am comfortable enough though I guess it would be nice to not have my pants fall down around my arse all the time despite the fact that I'm wearing a belt.

Okay guys one of the people on my Sunday stories contact list tipped me off to this competition for SMS stories (http://bpayshortandsweet.com.au/) and I've cut down a bunch of my stories to the requisite 120 characters and I am getting ready to own this thing. First prize is A$3000. Feelin' good, feelin' like a shark in a reef full of clownfish.

Go Harry!, kick the shit out of them!
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 03 Apr 2011, 23:16
I wore four different pairs of trousers this weekend, the jeans were as comfortable an others. Mind you, I do take care to buy comfortable jeans, which is pretty important.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 04 Apr 2011, 01:44
I only own one pair of trousers and it is jeans. They are too big which is a little awkward and the belt is uncomfortable but the jeans themselves are ok. I need to buy more trousers, it seems.

Two weeks til I leave Paris, guys! And in reality more like nine days because I'm going on a choir tour for the last few days so I won't be around to work any more. Five more working days. I feel kind of stuck in limbo here now and just want to lie in bed all day so that it goes more quickly. There are a few things I want to see before I leave (couple of museums, Versailles and maybe the Arc de Triomphe again) but everything is shut on Mondays so... might get up and have lunch...
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Post by: Patrick on 04 Apr 2011, 01:46
oh dang, who the fuck would run an open mic for free?

Me. For the better half of a year now. Hell, I wish I'd realized it was a stupid idea to do it for free.

What's really infuriating to me is that this fucker has strung us along for the entire time, saying "If business picks up I'll start paying you guys." Well, now that my friends and I have been building up the event for 8 months and we've literally tripled his fucking business, where's the goddamn money?

We asked him that question once a while back after we had spent a lot of time working on getting the night bigger and bigger, and he offered to pay us in the wine that he makes up at his winery. Yeah, this fool owns a winery, Livermore is excellent wine country and that shit just happens sometimes. The motherfucker's LOADED, and he wants to pay us in his wine. What the fuck am I gonna do with it? I can't sell it, and I don't drink anywhere even CLOSE to a bottle of wine a week. And I sure can't pay rent or buy food with wine, which are oddly enough two of my biggest problems right now. I want the rate I was promised for the conditions I promised to meet, and then proceeded to surpass.

I have half a mind to call up Andy (my replacement) and see if he won't do me a solid by telling the owner to go fuck himself dry. I know better than to ask for a letter of recommendation from a man who steals (a liar and a thief are all the same), because I can't imagine I'm the only person he's fucked over before. But I don't think I'm going to sit idly by while some douche takes advantage of poor naive saps like us.

I just wish I'd gotten that fucker's word in writing so I could sue him for this bullshit. I'm getting evicted and I go hungry more often than not because I'm not getting paid what we agreed on. I honestly wonder if I shouldn't just call him on his mobile someday and tell him exactly what I've had to eat all day. Just so the son of a bitch can hear the effects of what happens to the people you lie to and steal from.
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Post by: Inlander on 04 Apr 2011, 02:03
Okay guys one of the people on my Sunday stories contact list tipped me off to this competition for SMS stories (http://bpayshortandsweet.com.au/) and I've cut down a bunch of my stories to the requisite 120 characters and I am getting ready to own this thing. First prize is A$3000. Feelin' good, feelin' like a shark in a reef full of clownfish.

Go Harry!, kick the shit out of them!

Like a tiger in a jungle full of fat men on elephants.
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Post by: nekowafer on 04 Apr 2011, 04:39
I only wear jeans anymore. They are the only things that even come close to looking good on my big butt. And the only other pants I've ever liked as much were Tripp bondage pants and I'm trying to be a grown-up so I don't wear them anymore.

Dear Bloggy-thing:

Things are finally picking up at work. After a few months of pretty much making up shit to do around the office, I finally have stuff to do. A lot of stuff. I seem to have more than anyone else on the team. I am starting a new doctor with our practice (maybe 10 applications to fill out), starting two doctors in Delaware (another 5 applications for each doc), starting a doctor at a new hospital (one application, but I have to teach a new girl to do it as well), then showing the two new girls how to do the applications for the Residents that help us out. Which are not difficult, but they take time, which will be tripled with showing completely green people how to do them.

The problem here is that I look like I'm kissing ass. But I can't give away any of my responsibilities, or I'll look like I can't handle the work. And I've really had to work hard to get management to notice that I can do more. I hoped that the other girls would get that I'm honestly just trying to help the team, but it seems this is not the case. Oh well. There's really nothing I can do about it. I am kicking butt, though! I've had tons of compliments from the doctors I work with and it makes me feel awesome.

"Elesia,
Happy credentialing day! Hope you are having a great day. Thanks for doing the hard, tedious work for me, I'd never get those never-ending forms filled out correctly. You are AWESOME! I pledge to complete the forms faster this year!
Enjoy your special day, thanks again for everything,
Dr. Brennan"

I look at this when I'm feeling like crap at my job and it makes me smile :D
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Post by: Slick on 04 Apr 2011, 06:38
oh dang, who the fuck would run an open mic for free?
I have half a mind to call up Andy (my replacement) and see if he won't do me a solid by telling the owner to go fuck himself dry.

There's a power in an open mic, there's a power in a bar, there's a power in the hands of the performer, but it all amounts to nothing if together we don't stand...
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Post by: Boro_Bandito on 04 Apr 2011, 11:34
Like a tiger in a jungle full of fat men on elephants.

Tiger? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4SqXl9Zj6k&feature=related)
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Post by: Zingoleb on 04 Apr 2011, 12:25
I got drunk over the weekend for the first time in a few years. It was amazing. I got girls who called me cute and a roller derby girl (LeeAnnderthal) gave me her number, and I ended outside of a restaurant managing to sing some kind of solo medley of Bohemian Rhapsody and Sweet Transvestite. Though in hindsight it was probably less of a medley so much as I forgot the words and just meshed into the other. So. MEDLEY.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 04 Apr 2011, 14:30
A few years ago I essentially stopped wearing jeans, and I realised that jeans are actually really restrictive and uncomfortable and 90% of trousers are more comfortable than them. (Note to forum: this is not an invitation to post pictures of ridiculous and deliberately uncomfortable trousers.) Silly world, convincing yourself that jeans are the best pants just because of some vaguely remembered attachment to a "common man" ideal that was lost generations ago!

Full-grown man trousers high five o/
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Post by: Lunchbox on 04 Apr 2011, 16:02
I don't drink anywhere even CLOSE to a bottle of wine a week.

What is wrong with you
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Post by: valley_parade on 04 Apr 2011, 16:04
I'm lucky if I have a glass of wine a week, Ally.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 04 Apr 2011, 16:05
Wine is yucky, real talk
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Post by: pwhodges on 04 Apr 2011, 16:07
Off on holiday tomorrow!  12 days in Sri Lanka.
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Post by: valley_parade on 04 Apr 2011, 16:08
I had a pretty nice beer at a hockey game yesterday. Saranac Black Forest, it's kinda like Sam Adams' Black Lager, but brewed in Upstate New York and a bit tastier.
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Post by: Lunchbox on 04 Apr 2011, 16:08
Red wine is the most delicious thing and if my boyfriend and I don't drink an entire bottle over dinner at least once a week we are not doing it right.
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Post by: valley_parade on 04 Apr 2011, 16:10
I did, the other week, learn that wine can be aged in steel barrels instead of wood?

The bartender at the place we were at had me try two different chardonnays. I much preferred the steel-aged one.



Addendum: I'm really not much versed in wine. I do know that I like reds better than whites, and that I am a fan of Shiraz.
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Post by: valley_parade on 04 Apr 2011, 16:14
There were no "woody" tastes to it. I prefer my wine to taste like wine, instead of like trees.

Honestly, I prefer beer over wine. But I am not a beer snob. As much as I like a solid, dark microbrew..I'm also happy with PBR or Miller High Life.
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Post by: Lunchbox on 04 Apr 2011, 16:15
I prefer beer AND wine. I am a little bit of a beer snob but I am not a wine snob at all. Cheap red wine tastes the same as good red wine. Whatevs.
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Post by: valley_parade on 04 Apr 2011, 16:24
I'm finding recently that New York, despite being a fairly shitty place, does have some good beer. Saranac, which I mentioned before, does some sheer deliciousness, while downstate, The Brooklyn Brewery is pretty bad ass. Definitely give their Summer Ale a try if you get a shot.
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Post by: Inlander on 04 Apr 2011, 16:25
There is no better drink to drink during a summer thunder storm than a nice glass of white wine. Many are the times I've sat happily in my doorway watching the lightning and the rain crash down on a warm evening with a glass of white wine in my hand.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 04 Apr 2011, 16:26
franzia is my favorite. but i'm also nineteen and very, very classy
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Post by: ackblom12 on 04 Apr 2011, 16:27
Franzia is the only wine I have ever liked sadly.
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Post by: scarred on 04 Apr 2011, 16:33
I've been drinking a lot more wine lately. I like red wine best. Champagne gives me headaches as I drink it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 04 Apr 2011, 16:40
it (franzia) basically just tastes like juice that gets you drunk! and you get this big ol' catheter of wine for really cheap! what's not to love?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Ozymandias on 04 Apr 2011, 17:37
The only good wine is sangria you fucks.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 04 Apr 2011, 17:46
I don't drink anywhere even CLOSE to a bottle of wine a week.

What is wrong with you

More things than I care to think about.

HEY GUYS does anybody wanna help me move my shit from Livermore to Berkeley this Sunday? The only people who were willing to help me are now making like Catholics and pulling out, and now I am shitting myself so fucking hard that I don't know which way to aim it all
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Post by: tania on 04 Apr 2011, 18:04
i don't drink at all but that is because my stress levels and general life coping skills are so terrible that i am honesty, no joke a little bit terrified that my decision to start drinking alone is going to be the first of like four or five decisions/rationalizations that leads to me waking up with the sudden realization that i've become a high-functioning alcoholic
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Post by: tania on 04 Apr 2011, 18:13
yep, nothing but sleepless nights and crippling anxiety and literally endless coffee consumption for this smart, well-adjusted lady
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Post by: Alex C on 04 Apr 2011, 18:18
Sangria's usually too watery for my tastes.
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Post by: Inlander on 04 Apr 2011, 18:35
waking up with the sudden realization that i've become a high-functioning alcoholic

Hey, but high-functioning, right? That's a win!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Dazed on 04 Apr 2011, 19:45
Drink mead you fucks
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Post by: jhocking on 04 Apr 2011, 19:47
Boy did we have an epic weekend. We nearly died twice on the way back home. We were in Colorado skiing; the skiing was decent, but coming back we hit the worst weather I've ever traveled through. First a giant snowstorm hit while we were on a road going up the mountain, so the car barely stayed in control as we slid around. Then the flight from Denver to Chicago had to go around massive thunderstorms (out the window it looked like apocalypse) and the plane actually hit something in midair.

Now my fiancee's about to leave for a 3 week business trip throughout southeast Asia.
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Post by: Tom on 05 Apr 2011, 00:59
I'm halfway through my research report on Vibrio and man, I just don't want to do anymore of it right now. The half I've already done is like mad shitty and the whole thing is due at 1pm tomorrow. I have 1000 words left, not good. Stupid procrastinating, why didn't I do this half yesterday and the last half today.
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Post by: squawk on 05 Apr 2011, 01:43
i don't know where else to express my distress right now. but right now i am dealing with two drunk bitches both on the phone with their respective boyfriends and i want to kill myself. roommate's friend is just, SO loud, and babbling, and this is punctuated by my roommate saying random foods like "chicken carbonara" because her relationship with her boyfriend consists of playing the Let's List A Bunch Of Things That Start With This Letter game, or, the kind of games that only like, eight year olds play with other eight year olds when they're so bored out of their fucking skulls because they are in a vehicle that is traveling or will travel for more than four hours. someone please tell me what. in the fuck. i have done to deserve this. i am a pretty fucked up person but i wouldn't even wish this on coldplay.
oh well. i'll deal.
WAIT WASN'T TODAY MONDAY WHY ARE THEY FUCKED UP
people should not get fucked up with no regard for the days of the week unless they are me and zach
why my life
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Post by: The extra letter on 05 Apr 2011, 02:54
My favourite pair of jeans split today. It wasn't out of fatness, I was stepping over a dog gate. Which is like a baby gate for a dog. I was sad.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nufan on 05 Apr 2011, 04:23
I suck so very hard at writing complaint emails. I just had to send two, one to a t-shirt company that forgot to pay the VAT on the shipping (meaning that I had to pay the VAT of 3.50 plus an 8 customs handling fee), and another to the company I bought some glow poi off of as the damn things keep turning off mid flight. Both of them pretty much went "erm, could you pretty please do something about this? If not, it's cool" whereas the probably should have gone "sort it out, bitches".

Damn my britishness.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 05 Apr 2011, 05:23
Hold on a second, I'm British and I write harsh complaint emails. I'm also a bit Canadian but I'm not sure that makes much of a difference.

If you need complaint emails written, just let me know, all I demand is ten percent of the spoils of war.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 05 Apr 2011, 09:04
Yeah cos Canadians are never polite
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Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 05 Apr 2011, 16:22
oh shit getting into discussions about literature with my parents' friends on facebook somebody save me the future is here and it's weird
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Eris on 05 Apr 2011, 17:07
So, I went to a respiratory specialist on Monday. I have had a cough for six months and antibiotics haven't worked and I am tired all the time and feel like I am constantly running a low grade fever and have I mention I have had a cough for half a year? My GP decided that because my lungs are clear I shouldn't be coughing so I should try more asthma medication. I asked to see someone who ight have a better idea about what might be wrong rather than just prescribing me medication at random to see if anything changes.

So, $380 and a stab with a needle later, I am on more antibiotics! A six week course! That's gonna cost me about $80 all up and if that doesn't work I have to get a CAT scan to see why the antibiotics didn't work. Apparently the most likely situation is that I have done some sort of mild lung damage (could be from my scoliosis, or the bad chest infections I have had in the past, or maybe the whole hanging around with smokers deal) which means things aren't draining properly and stuff is getting caught and subsequently infected. I really hope these antibiotics work, I don't really know what will happen if they don't.
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Post by: tania on 05 Apr 2011, 17:45
dang hannah i hope everything works out, six months sounds like a real pain in the ass. here's hoping whatever the problem ends up being is easily fixable.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 05 Apr 2011, 18:15
Damn hanburger, hope all clears up fairly swift-like. Dealing with coughing is frustrating as hell.

Things are pretty good for me right now. Signed the lease on a new apartment with Jimmy and Iggy yesterday, moving in in about 2 weeks. Job hunting is going fine, applying for a fair number of things each day, no doubt someone will get in touch soonish.

I finally heard back from google. The reason they couldn't hire me was that head office has decided that they want more quality improvement staff (devs, QAs, security etc) rather than support so they're not going to expand their support team at the moment. The bright side of this is that if they give the Sydney office the go-ahead to hire more staff I'm at the top of the pile. So, all is not lost but I don't intend to hold my breath on this one.

Going to see Star Fucking Hipsters on Friday. Should be awesome. When Leftover Crack (basically the same band less one vocalist) played in Auckland it was one of the best shows I've ever been to so this will likely be rad also :D (Sydney peeps, you should come too - http://www.myspace.com/starfuckinghipsters )
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Post by: Slick on 05 Apr 2011, 19:31
I really liked Chocking Victim so if these guys are descended from Leftover Crack I would totally go see them.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 05 Apr 2011, 22:04
oh geez my roommate just handed me an invitation to his wedding  :psyduck:

this is somewhat surreal, first time i've ever been invited to a wedding on my own.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 05 Apr 2011, 22:31
Woo, two blog updates in one day, you lucky bastards.

I have an interview at Jimmy's work tomorrow. And I've been asked to submit examples of my writing to another company that I had an interview with. I'm in the final two for that place. Ultimately I'd rather work for the first company as they pay better, sound less stressful and almost certainly have a better company structure.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 05 Apr 2011, 22:34
Aw yeah work/internet/live-in chums!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 06 Apr 2011, 00:56
I am so drained mentally right now that I could scream. Except then I'd have to actually scream, and that'd be just ONE MORE THINK TO HAVE THUNK.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 06 Apr 2011, 06:11
Things are happening with my new job! I only have 3 days left at the pizza place, and yesterday I took off to go to the annual team meeting at the new company. Woo! No more bitches asking why it took the driver longer to get to their house than it would have taken them to get to the store! You are not the only people getting pizza on a Friday night, most delivery runs have a couple of stops. If you wanted it that bad you could always, y'know, order for carryout and drive the 5 minutes to pick it up yourself. Also no more people losing their shit because we (actually it's corporate, this is a franchise, we have to do what they say) got rid of their Chicken Kickers. Geez. It's just fucking pizza.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 06 Apr 2011, 08:31
insert needlessly maudlin post

Lets at least try to be a bit more fucking positive eh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 06 Apr 2011, 14:01
 Ohhhh, Dominos? Yeah I had a friend who was a delivery driver for them, and essentially they had him beat his car to absolute hell, customers are ridiculous and the pay absolutely sucked, he just got a job working for Flowers and Fancies as a driver since Valentine's Day and now he's got his own company van, better pay, less stress and less crazy co-workers. Of course I suppose the trade-off there is that now he has to deliver to hospitals and funeral homes and sometimes he has multiple deliveries to the same place because well sometimes there's more than one of whatever family involved there (both permanent and not) but overall he's much happier now.




I myself have currently stopped going to school, I am now enrolled as part of Sheppard Pratt's outpatient adult day hospital program, just dropped my prescription for Zoloft off at the pharmacy (I have never taken anti-depressants before) and in general I feel more crazy than I did the day I went to the ER that started all of this. 

Also I am enrolled in their "dual-diagnosis program", which means that I'm the only person in it for marijuana abuse (whereas everyone else is in it for Alchohol, heroin, and in some cases mixing of those plus several other drugs) even though I've agreed to completely stop smoking as long as I'm on any sort of medication, haven't smoked for the past two weeks since my little ER incident, have no desire to smoke (because the last thing I want to do is deal with side-effects from drug interaction) and generally I don't see myself as addicted in any way (I don't smoke alone ever, I don't mix drugs, I've never sold any possessions or stolen anything in order to buy drugs), and now I'm second guessing myself because all the nurses there and my psychiatrist are being pretty patronizing about all of it and in general making me, well, feel like an addict.

Also did I mention I'm somewhat of an introvert with horrible stage-fright that really, really hates having the center of attention focused on me at any given time? And group therapy? Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

Positive can be a very hard thing to be sometimes. Shit the only reason I can even say any of this is that sort of boundary that comes from the anonymity of this being the internet (even though I've met some of you awesome people in person, yes I know it doesn't make sense)
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Post by: Barmymoo on 06 Apr 2011, 14:10
I assume you are being compelled to be in the program? Sounds kind of a tricky situation because of course they are not going to take your word for it that you aren't an addict... even if you really aren't. Good luck!

Had my last Wednesday with the kids - this time next week I'll be in St Jean de Luz and in two weeks I'll be home. We had a really nice day at Versailles having a picnic in blazing sunshine which I would consider good weather for August, never mind April. Four-year-old daughter, unsurprisingly, fell off her bike (which has stabilisers! I didn't know this was possible) and slightly grazed her knee. Cue hystrionics and constant references to "my blood". I must admit to limited patience for her hypochondria - although she's pretty stoic when she's actually hurt, but of course the tiny nicks and grazes happen all the time and it's so.boring.
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Post by: Boro_Bandito on 06 Apr 2011, 16:13
No, it's on a volunteer basis, I can walk out the door anytime I want as long as they don't have reason to believe I plan on hurting myself or someone else (I'm a pacifist and this has nothing to do with aggression towards others its just part of the thing they ask us every morning). However, based on the strong suggestions that they give me while I'm in the program I have to do what they say or they'll kick me out, and I'm in this program because I haven't found a psychiatrist that doesn't have at least a month long line before I can get an appointment, well at least one that takes insurance. I'm lucky that they were able to take me, frankly. I really, really don't like being called a liar though, whether they actually use the term or not, I try to be a person of my word and I've never been in a situation before where the latter is assumed. I suppose that once you admit to mental health problems the view becomes that every word you say is suspect by default, which really, really sucks.
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Post by: Elizzybeth on 06 Apr 2011, 19:26
My brother has been in a partial hospitalization day treatment program for a couple of months now, and he calls me frequently to complain about the groups.  He finds the experience helpful otherwise, but evidently the groups are uncomfortable and aggravating...

Will be thinking good thoughts for you, Boro.  Hope the medication helps.
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Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 19:58
hurk graduating is so confusing
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Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 20:02
like I might be going to london in the year after the next maybe but my mom expects me to go there without leaning on my aunt(who lives there) for support. I dunno how that's gonna work if I find vancouver to be a scary big city itself.

I just a po' country boy somebody help me.
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Post by: JD on 06 Apr 2011, 20:06
Also also my grandmother's memory has gotten so bad. She literally forgets things five minutes after we tell her. It's also(also also) a surprise trying to find things in the kitchen.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 06 Apr 2011, 21:12
I'm sitting near a Texan who's skyping to a friend back in Austin. He keeps talking about how tanned he is. He is not.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 06 Apr 2011, 21:30
Interview went well this morning. Only took 15--20 minutes though. Feeling pretty hopeful, not 100% sure though. Also got a callback from submitting some of my writing to come in for a second interview at the software company. If I get the job today I will call and cancel the interview but if I don't get it I guess I'll go along and see what's on offer.

It's hard to weigh up cause given that the software company said it was down to me and another dude and given they responded within an hour of me submitting my writing I'm fairly sure they want to offer me the job. But I don't really want to work there. It sounds like it'd be stressful, minimal/no room for growth, pay isn't as good. However, pros - closer to home, better hours, possibly more challenging work.

ARGH!

Also, I am an idiot. The modem here keeps dropping the connection, which is mildly annoying. So I went to the computer shop today to pickup a specific modem I had been recommended. Ended up walking out with another router since they didn't have the particular one I wanted... Do you see the problem here?

So now I have a useless router that I need to return. Oh well, gives me something to do tomorrow.

Edit:
(http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Cthulucore/goodnewsfarnsworth.jpg)
GOOD NEWS EVERYONE. I got the office job, working with Jimmy. Huzzah!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 07 Apr 2011, 06:37
I'm sitting near a Texan who's skyping to a friend back in Austin. He keeps talking about how tanned he is. He is not.

If his definition of a tan is like my definition of a tan, then what he really means is he doesn't have to worry about blinding people as much with his skin. Lets put it this way - one summer one of my friends said that I could use the underside of my wrists as a self defense mechanism to blind attackers. When I "tan", I don't blind people as much.

Unless he's still blinding people with his paleness, then yes, he would be sadly misinformed.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Katherine on 07 Apr 2011, 08:13
I very badly want to go back to school and get my Master's in Forensic Accounting, but I would more likely than not have to take a year off from work to do so.  I can't afford to do that.  I have roughly eleven months to figure this out/win lottery.
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Post by: Verergoca on 07 Apr 2011, 08:19
Right, today my basement went from this:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/206354_1906283505939_1507323046_2104285_7907290_n.jpg)

to this:

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/214997_1906375548240_1507323046_2104333_7582307_n.jpg).

Took 2 trips with a van filled to capacity (and i think i went over the weightlimit on the last trip. Loads of wood!). Tomorrow, one more trip, and then we can start making something out of the thing.

Im tired now :)
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Post by: valley_parade on 07 Apr 2011, 11:28
Yr killing me here, Red Sox.  :psyduck:
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Post by: Patrick on 07 Apr 2011, 12:27
I am getting things done but slowlyyyyyyy oh god if there's anything I hate as much as packing I sure as fuck don't know what it is maybe it is fucking opossums or awful drummers or spiders or something I DON'T EVEN FUCKING KNOW ULAHGLUAHGLUHLGUHLA

IT IS PRETTY AWFUL THAT I WORKED THAT KEYSMASH OUT IN MY HEAD AND THEN ACTUALLY VOCALIZED IT. That is the level of procrastination I'm at right now

~*~i'M~a~HoT~mEsS~*~
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Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Apr 2011, 12:48
I hate packing too! It is the worst thing that I have to do on a semi-regular basis! Packing-hatred high five! o/

My favourite hobby at the moment is looking at properties to rent which are theoretically within my (completely invented and arbitrary) budget and feasibly close to uni. It's not like any of them will be available in October (and if they are there's something wrong with them anyway) but I still like to pretennnnnnnnnd.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 07 Apr 2011, 13:06
I hate packing, but I hate unpacking even more.
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Post by: nekowafer on 07 Apr 2011, 13:07
Is it weird that I totally love packing? Organizing, cleaning, all of that stuff makes me happy. Unfortunately this only annoys the boyfriend and co-workers.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Apr 2011, 13:08
Unpacking is the best thing! You get to set everything up how you want it and for a little while everything is shiny and clean and new and perfect! Packing is horrible because it means the end of something (even if it's the start of something else) and you have to fit everything into boxes which have suddenly got smaller and think about where you will need each thing and something is BOUND to be forgotten and it'll be the biggest, most awkward thing, and there's nowhere to put and ARGH.
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Post by: Lines on 07 Apr 2011, 13:10
I only enjoy cleaning when I'm angry. And I'd rather organize by not putting things into a box. I like categorizing and organizing my things, I just don't like packing because it means at some point I'll have to unpack it all again. Also I lose things in the packing process and I really hate that. A lot.
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Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 07 Apr 2011, 13:17
i like packing because i fucking rule at it


well...i rule at figuring out to efficiently fit things together (and my parents said tetris was useless).....I DON'T rule at deciding what to bring on a trip (i am the worst at that)

Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Apr 2011, 13:47
I'm pretty awful at packing for trips. I always end up with way too much stuff, and not because I'm stereotypically girly and think I need 10 purses with me, but because I think, well what happens if I sit in something and it gets my pants dirty and then my underpants and I don't have enough underpants?? This actually happened at my last convention. My friend was pouring me a drink and then poured like a cup of some alcoholic beverage directly into my crotch. And then I had to wash my pants (I was prepared on the underpants front) in the hotel sink and iron them dry. So I end up packing for a 3 days trip with 6 pairs of underpants.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Apr 2011, 14:21
I am amazing at packing for trips because I have done so many of them lately - I also own over a month's worth of underwear which means I don't have to do laundry during long trips. Packing up everything I own to move AGAIN is horrible though. Cannot. Wait. Until I can sign a lease for somewhere I will be staying for more than eight weeks at a time.
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Post by: Lunchbox on 07 Apr 2011, 15:31
I've moved I think 8 times in the past 3 or 4 years. I am great at packing. I also love moving, which is lucky.
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Post by: Caleb on 07 Apr 2011, 15:42
If I had a choice I would rather be locked in in a room with someone who has an extensive knife collection rather than someone who loves moving.  (Not good knives either, like the crappy ones you see on late night infomercials that only the truly deranged buy)

Honestly I just can't fathom how someone can have any positive feelings toward moving.  Being neutral to moving would be fine.  I guess I could maybe understand that a very few people might even like moving.

But...loving it?  I don't get you Lunchbox.

In other news I am moving out of my current apartment that has isopods in it and moving into a newly remodeled and painted townhouse two story apartment.

And though I am excited about living in a new space I am not excited about moving.
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Post by: Papersatan on 07 Apr 2011, 15:49
I have moved twice, and only once for real, and even that was not for real for real.  Neither move had hard deadlines.  The first one was out of my parent's house into an apt two blocks away, so I could take my time getting my stuff and the second was out of that apt into the house next door to my parents, which they own so I had a week to move in before my other lease was up.  This time my move out date is flexible here, but since the move is out of state we have to do it all in one shot.  

I am nervous about the moving process for us at the end of this summer.  We have started sorting and packing things already because I just know we are going to have so much to do in the last few days.  Our new apt is smaller so we have to get rid of a lot of things.  Also we don't know anyone in Ann Arbor so moving stuff into the second floor apt is going to be all on us.  

Any pro tips for us, ye of many moves?  
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Post by: Caleb on 07 Apr 2011, 15:54
Make sure you label on opposite sides of the box if you have the time.  Or on the top and sides of the boxes.

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Post by: Lunchbox on 07 Apr 2011, 15:55
Start packing early. Get lots of boxes from the liquor store. Use teatowels and sheets and towels to wrap your breakables. Do one trip before you take your furniture over so that you can unpack some of the bigger stuff and empty some boxes.

I mainly love moving because I love decorating, and I love exploring new places and changing up my schedule.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Apr 2011, 15:58
Yeah label everything. And think really carefully about what you are going to need (not what you MIGHT need but what you are actually going to need) and keep that out. It sounds really obvious but you really don't want to be unpacking the whole box to get at the spatula or whatever.

Pack early. Pack viciously - if it's only a "might" need this before the move, you don't. It's better to keep washing the same plate and glass than to have to pack all your crockery on the last day.

Oh yeah and remember you have to lift those buggers, probably up stairs. Boxes weigh three times as much on the day as they do in advance - truu fakt.

If you're one of those people who can trick themselves into an early deadline, do that - tell yourself you've got to be ready three days before you actually have, and then camp out for the last three days rather than leaving it all to the last minute.

And as my dad always says to me "there's only one last minute, and it's sixty seconds just like all the others".
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Eris on 07 Apr 2011, 16:02
One thing I have seen reccommended a lot that seems really clever is to have one box with stuff you will need straight away, like two plates, some basic cutlery, towels and change of clothes or whatever. Then  when you get there and there are all these boxes and you just want to have a shower or a glass of water you don't have to rummage through all the boxes or suitcases to fine what you need for that first night.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Apr 2011, 16:04
KETTLE FOR CUP OF TEA
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 07 Apr 2011, 16:19
The longest I've ever lived in one place is maybe 4 years - and everywhere else I've been less than 2 years. So I've done a shit ton of moving and I no longer mind it. I do love getting to re-decorate and re-think everything and really sort through all my junk and get rid of what I no longer need/want. The only thing I really, honestly hate is the physical labor. I am smooshy and weak.

My tip is to think through where everything is going to go. Pack by room as much as you can - and know that there will always be "misc crap" boxes. If you can make them "misc bathroom" or "misc bedroom" boxes, at the least, it will save you a lot of time when unpacking. If there's anything that's going to stay in boxes for some time - like books that are low priority - write everything on the box, and be thorough. That way when you're searching through boxes for something, you can ignore that box entirely. But it just takes way too much time to do that with all the other boxes, so that's only helpful on low priority stuff.

EDIT: Boro, my brother also went to Shepherd Pratt, for the same program, and it really helped him. He hated the group stuff just as much. Good on you for getting help for yourself. I hope you start feeling better soon!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Apr 2011, 16:27
Oh oh something I forgot: Packing lists. They are superuseful for holidays and even better for boxes! Make a list of what is in that box and stick it to the outside of it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: StaedlerMars on 07 Apr 2011, 17:17
I think my flatmate is playing matchmaker for me. It's a bit weird.

EDIT: nope it's alright. never mind.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 07 Apr 2011, 18:26
That has a bit of a vague meaning to it to mang.


You guys are moving to Ann Arbor, MI? I'm looking at the travel Wiki and it seems lovely.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 07 Apr 2011, 20:23
Hey so I've been entering a bunch of stories in this SMS short story competition which closes on Sunday (Australian time), but apparently the winner is going to be determined in part by some bullshit popularity contest, and because it's almost the weekend I'm not feeling a lot of shame, so if any of you who have Facebook want to "Like" my stories to boost my chances of winning a cool three Gs you can click on the following links to my get to my stories:

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI0NzE1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI0NzE1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI0NTE1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI0NTE1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI0NzQ1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI0NzQ1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI0OTQ1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI0OTQ1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1MzM1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1MzM1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1NTE1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1NTE1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1NjE1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1NjE1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1NzQ1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1NzQ1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1OTc1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI1OTc1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI2MzE1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI2MzE1)

http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI2MTk1 (http://www.bpayshortandsweet.com.au/e/NjI2MTk1)

I'm going to submit a few more over the weekend.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 07 Apr 2011, 21:24
I liked the first one! And then it started giving me errors. I will try again soon.

I also actually like all your stories, as in "enjoying" them
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 07 Apr 2011, 21:32
Thanks Anna!

This competition has actually been a really useful experience for me, because it's demonstrated that I can actually cut down my Sunday SMS stories succesfully (the competition limit was 120 characters). Sure, whatever nuance or colour is possible in 160 characters tends to get lost in the process - but it's still doable. I'm currently thinking of ways to do modified versions of the stories also as a twitter feed (140 characters) to try to get a larger readership.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scarychips on 07 Apr 2011, 21:38
Not to sound creepy, but if you go through with that Twitter thing, I'd follow you. I am really enjoying your stories there, Harry.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 07 Apr 2011, 23:48
My favourite hobby at the moment is looking at properties to rent which are theoretically within my (completely invented and arbitrary) budget and feasibly close to uni. It's not like any of them will be available in October (and if they are there's something wrong with them anyway) but I still like to pretennnnnnnnnd.

There's a stunningly beautiful art deco cinema in Sheffield called the Adelphi. It's closed down and up for sale and I'm wondering if I can get away with calling up the estate agents and arranging a look around because it is absolutely lovely and I want to get inside and touch things.

(http://www.picturesofengland.com/img/L/1108392.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 08 Apr 2011, 00:04
There's a beautiful old brick Art Deco building near my house, all the more notable because the dominant architectural styles in this part of Melbourne are Victorian and Edwardian. And what do you suppose is in this building, spattering its advertising and branding all over the facade?

A fucking McDonald's.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 08 Apr 2011, 00:08
What a waste, Harry.

Bloody hell, I want to live in that art deco cinema.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 08 Apr 2011, 00:29
Well obviously living in it would be lovely. I won't deny at least half an hour of fantasising about long self-congratulatory chats with Kevin McCloud as he enthuses over my sensitive restoration and commitment to the original designer's vision. Alas my Grand Design moment is probably a long way off right now.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 08 Apr 2011, 02:41
Hooray,

I got a letter from HMRC saying that I underpaid tax of 667.60 and that I need to pay them by the end of the month. Just what you need when you're unemployed with no prospects of a job.

FML
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 08 Apr 2011, 02:59
Thanks Anna!

This competition has actually been a really useful experience for me, because it's demonstrated that I can actually cut down my Sunday SMS stories succesfully (the competition limit was 120 characters). Sure, whatever nuance or colour is possible in 160 characters tends to get lost in the process - but it's still doable. I'm currently thinking of ways to do modified versions of the stories also as a twitter feed (140 characters) to try to get a larger readership.

I've been thinking of suggesting this for a while. Also consider that with a popular twitter feed behind you, it might be easier to get the book published.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 08 Apr 2011, 03:18
What I'm thinking of doing is keeping the regular Sunday SMS stories, but also cutting them down to size and posting them on Twitter on Mondays. I'll also set up a simple blog which will explain the whole project and which will have the phone number for anyone who wants to subscribe to the SMS versions. I'll probably also get a PayPal account or something and start charging a small subscription fee for the stories - probably A$10 a year (which will more than cover the costs of distribution).

I'll probably waive the fee for existing subscribers, though. (Don't tell anyone!)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 08 Apr 2011, 07:50
Hey Jens, can you go to the wailing wall or whatever and stick a note in there praying for some decent Red Sox baseball?

I feel like maybe I should try this religion thing, 0-6 is just not natural.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 08 Apr 2011, 08:25
Our government may get shut down today. Oh joy.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 08 Apr 2011, 08:33
USA! USA! US...oh wait.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 08 Apr 2011, 11:05
I think I've managed to condense my life into as little as I can. I'm going to be taking two books, both signed (one is poetry, the other is newspaper articles only in a book), one DVD, and ten records. Tea for the Tillerman ain't going nowhere without me.

Also I'm back in shithole hometown Albion. I found my birth certificate, because the last six months I've been asking my father to find it but he can't seem to manage to find his ass with both hands, a flashlight, and backup rescue party. Took me five fucking minutes. But! I have it now, and can finally go about changing my damn name.

Life is getting better!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 08 Apr 2011, 14:06
Good for you!

Student teaching today was so awesome oh my god these kids are great.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Edith on 08 Apr 2011, 14:28
I'll probably waive the fee for existing subscribers, though. (Don't tell anyone!)

I've been forwarding them on to a friend across town. When you started, he was my neighbor and I'd read them to him every few weeks over beers. Now I don't see him as often so I send it. Should I keep doing that, or make him get his own subscription so you can have some monies from him?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 08 Apr 2011, 14:42
ARGH YOU GUYS I am kind of considering dropping out of my degree and taking a childcare qualification instead. HELP. What do I do.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Edith on 08 Apr 2011, 14:44
Finish your degree, May.

Then raise your own babies. Not other peoples'. Duh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Edith on 08 Apr 2011, 14:46
Also if you drop out of uni I will heckle you mercilessly. And be disappointed in you. Just ask Shane.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Ozymandias on 08 Apr 2011, 15:00
Finish your degree, May.

Then raise your own babies. Not other peoples'. Duh.

Except for mine, raise mine.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: look out! Ninjas! on 08 Apr 2011, 19:19
If I've learned anything from studying its that uni gets easier to navigate, and as a direct result the stuff you study seems considerably less scary. If you're thinking of dropping law because you don't think you can handle it, I suggest you stick with it a little longer. If you're just not enjoying the stuff you're studying, and don't think its because its hard to understand, then you're not doing yourself any favours by sticking around because you won't use it when you graduate.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 08 Apr 2011, 20:35
I'll probably waive the fee for existing subscribers, though. (Don't tell anyone!)

I've been forwarding them on to a friend across town. When you started, he was my neighbor and I'd read them to him every few weeks over beers. Now I don't see him as often so I send it. Should I keep doing that, or make him get his own subscription so you can have some monies from him?

Nah keep doing it, my main interest is making sure as many people read them as possible and I love that people share them. I did that census last year and I found out that the "unofficial" readership is about three or four times the size of the "official" readership (ie, the number of subscribers), which is amazing. Making money is a secondary concern.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 08 Apr 2011, 23:06
So I found out a friend of mine kinda sorta founded Wax Trax Records

Mind is pretty well blown
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Christophe on 08 Apr 2011, 23:14
So I've decided that a policy of Sexual Dtente is probably the best for me right now. Yeah, I haven't had a whole lot of success with the ladies at this point but honestly I've really stopped caring that I'm not getting any right now. I feel like I've got to focus on being as happy as I can without needing to pursue someone at this point, and it's something I've never really done. I can't remember a point since middle school where I haven't felt "I'm happy without wanting/needing a girlfriend" and I think I'm long overdue for that. (Granted for four years I was with a cool girl, but I'm not anymore and since then I've done a lot of re-evaluating of what I want out of a lady and such.) There's so many things I feel like I should probably focus on (like finding a more stable job, moving out of where I am right now, playing music), things I can actually do and have fun with or that actually really matter before involving a girl into the equation. If something just happens to fall into my lap and I'm down, I'm not gonna say no but I'm not going to actively pursue it.

Is this sensible or is this my dry spell getting to me? Do I just need to get laid?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: allison on 08 Apr 2011, 23:51
haha yes dude at the bar it is funny when you try and undo my bra hahaha also when you try and put your beer between my breasts because my shirt is low cut haha you just hit me in the teeth with the bottle ow haha
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 08 Apr 2011, 23:58
Did you report it to security? That sounds like behaviour that would get a guy kicked out of a bar in no time.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 09 Apr 2011, 07:40
Jimmy made kangaroo for dinner which was pretty damn good if a wee bit strange tasting. After lurking about watching cartoons all evening I suddenly noticed this weird smell, no idea quite what to make of it...
After smelling my way around the kitchen for a moment I realised it was the kangaroo'y frying pan. Apparently kangaroo fat smells like satan's butthole.

Basically I am attempting to share my new found knowledge, kangaroo, delicious but deadly! (but mostly delicious (let Jimmy cook for you, he's really good)).

Is it weird that I'm blogging about this?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 09 Apr 2011, 07:43
haha yes dude at the bar it is funny when you try and undo my bra hahaha also when you try and put your beer between my breasts because my shirt is low cut haha you just hit me in the teeth with the bottle ow haha

Did you punch him in the face?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: McTaggart on 09 Apr 2011, 10:11
Man this forum I post on a ton just closed down with like a day's notice. It's been getting kinda shitty for a while but I'm really bummed out about this. I haven't got a clue how to get in touch with anyone I knew from there.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 09 Apr 2011, 11:22
Finish your degree, May.

Then raise your own babies. Not other peoples'. Duh.

Except for mine, raise mine.

I am going to do both! I will raise my own and people will pay me to stay home and homeschool my kids because I will also be playing the Choking Hazard game with their babies! (Don't put that in your mouth... take it out of your mouth! What have you got in there now?)

Jordan, you are welcome to move to wherever I open my daycare and put your kids into it. DO THIS.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 09 Apr 2011, 12:57
I'm going out tonight! I'm going to be social, and there will be alcohol!

I'm afraid  :psyduck:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 09 Apr 2011, 13:16
Is it weird that I'm blogging about this?

Not at all, Kangaroo is very good for you and the environment. I really wish that we'd switch to it as our main domestic source of red meat.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Papersatan on 09 Apr 2011, 13:48
I feel like I've got to focus on being as happy as I can without needing to pursue someone at this point, and it's something I've never really done. I can't remember a point since middle school where I haven't felt "I'm happy without wanting/needing a girlfriend" and I think I'm long overdue for that. (Granted for four years I was with a cool girl, but I'm not anymore and since then I've done a lot of re-evaluating of what I want out of a lady and such.) There's so many things I feel like I should probably focus on (like finding a more stable job, moving out of where I am right now, playing music), things I can actually do and have fun with or that actually really matter before involving a girl into the equation. If something just happens to fall into my lap and I'm down, I'm not gonna say no but I'm not going to actively pursue it.

Is this sensible or is this my dry spell getting to me? Do I just need to get laid?

If your ultimate goal is a meaningful long-term relationship with someone, this is how it should be done. Being happy and stable makes you more attractive to other happy and stable people, and having your happiness and stability arise from outside a relationship puts much less stress on the relationship, increasing the chances it will be successful. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 09 Apr 2011, 13:49
(but mostly delicious (let Jimmy cook for you, he's really good)).


Once he tried to feed me fried spam. If anything smelled like Satan's butthole, that was it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 09 Apr 2011, 14:05
If your ultimate goal is a meaningful long-term relationship with someone, this is how it should be done. Being happy and stable makes you more attractive to other happy and stable people, and having your happiness and stability arise from outside a relationship puts much less stress on the relationship, increasing the chances it will be successful.  

Also as cliche as it sounds, the best way to find someone is to stop looking, and just let yrself be open to the possibility if it arises instead of forcing it. I'd imagine this has a lot to do with people being a lot more attractive when they're not desperate and consumed by desire to be in a relationship no matter what.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Allybee on 09 Apr 2011, 14:10
evaluating my life:

+ exciting summer internship. there's a stipend and I'm getting my own place but it's not terribly far from my parents or my best friend. located in a small college town where there will be many students. internship directly pertains to my interests and career goals (it's in land conservation). future coworkers seem incredibly friendly.
+ got into printmaking class for next year. you have to interview for upper level classes here and I've never gotten refused but it's still nice, I'm not going abroad so that I can take this. the professor loved my work and I felt good in the studio. might concentrate on printmaking within my art major.
+ successfully restarted super cool art collective. people seem stoked/interested. I hear people talking about it on campus.
+ I have many exceedingly lovely friends.
+ my friend's birthday party is at the farm tonight :)

- I am so fucking fail with boys. still.
- my housemates have band practice and ug that bass is loud

I'm going to try to stop looking and concentrate on continuing to be great at everything. boys are time consuming anyways.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 09 Apr 2011, 14:15
I'm going out tonight! I'm going to be social, and there will be alcohol!

Got cancelled on  :psyduck:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 09 Apr 2011, 14:50
Our government may get shut down today. Oh joy.

The only negative consequence I can think of is that if the State Department can no longer exist then my mum's out of a job. It's honestly about fucking time, this shit's been completely without function for more years than I care to think.

Dear blog,

Literally every single thing that could possibly go wrong with my move has gone wrong with my move. Fuck my life completely.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 09 Apr 2011, 15:28
Well, one of my roommates works at a library and that would have affected her getting paid. That would have been bad. But at least they got their shit together and didn't shut down and Planned Parenthood wasn't affected, so hey.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 09 Apr 2011, 16:02
Look on the bright side, your corporations can remain prosperous and competitive and your military strong. You just need to pull yourself up by your bootstraps and move on.

EDIT: for a country that doesn't believe in wealth redistribution, you sure do a lot of it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 09 Apr 2011, 16:14
Got cancelled on  :psyduck:

I'll go out and party with you, Dovey. I'll just spend my next rent payment on plane tickets because, pfft, who needs a roof over their head?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 09 Apr 2011, 16:29
OK! I only have a single bed but I'm sure we'll work something out.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 09 Apr 2011, 21:22
cuddle
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 09 Apr 2011, 21:55
I lent my mouse to dad yesterday because his was broken (some crappy $2 wired mouse he got from playing a shit ton of internet poker), I took it back this morning when he wasn't around because I wanted to play torchlight on my laptop. He just came down here and I asked him what was up and he was all hyper-aggressive: well what do you expect me to do I don't have a mouse! I didn't want any trouble or any of his alpha-male bullshit so I just gave it to him even though it is mine.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 10 Apr 2011, 00:02
Today I found a 5-book compilation of Tom of Finland comics. I really wanted to buy it and send it to Tommy, but it was $25 and I am desperately poor.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: est on 10 Apr 2011, 01:31
There is some sort of Tom of Finland boxed set at Pentimento in Newtown.  It looks intimidatingly large.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 10 Apr 2011, 05:01
Oh man guys, Glasgow is gorgeous in spring! Yesterday and today the weather has been so good, and everyone seem even happier than usual. I went to the park yesterday and spent most of the day outside, and since I burn easily I wore 50+ spf sunblock, like I always do when the sun is out. When I got to the pub in the evening where I was meeting my friends, one of them said 'you look sunburned'. Yep, I get sunburned with 50+ spf in the Northern UK (and yes, I did reapply every other hour)/

Oh and while I was walking down a street, this drunk old hobo stopped me and said 'Wow, those red shoes go so well with your striped top, you know how to dress!'
Why, thank you, fashion conscious hobo!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 10 Apr 2011, 07:18
I feel like Fashion Conscious Hobo is going to be the next internet meme.

Let's make this happen.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Papersatan on 10 Apr 2011, 07:40
I feel like Fashion Conscious Hobo is going to be the next internet meme.

Let's make this happen.

already was in China Brother Sharp  (http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/brother-sharp-%E7%8A%80%E5%88%A9%E5%93%A5)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 10 Apr 2011, 08:31
Quote
On January 1st, 2011, fashion entrepreneur Zhuang Weiguo announced the launch of Chinas very first peasant chic fashion brand, a luxury mens clothing line entirely inspired by the vagabond style of Brother Sharp.

God sometimes I hate the world.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Papersatan on 10 Apr 2011, 09:05
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkOBAEa9wn8  ?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 10 Apr 2011, 12:55
One of my best friends is getting married holy what the crap.

He's the first one from my social group to do that. Depending on when the wedding is, I'm gonna try to fly home, I don't wanna miss this.

I am slightly worried in a sense though, I've never even met the girl, they've only been dating since I left, so like 10 months max. Also this girl is I think only the third girl he's ever been with. Kinda blown away about this whole thing to be honest.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: öde on 10 Apr 2011, 20:15
My first (and ex, duh) girlfriend is engaged, I'm really weirded out about that. A ton of people my in my age and social group have had babies though, so that lessens the impact a bit, I guess.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 10 Apr 2011, 21:10
A lot of my girlfriend's friends from highschool either already have kids or are getting pregnant and it really weirds both of us out. These people are still like, 22 and it doesn't make a great deal of sense to us.

I don't know what a lot of people from my past are doing. I don't keep in touch with my exes (to the point where I moved to a different part of Sydney and broke contact with all our mutual friends, in the case of my last relationship) so I imagine I would be weirded out if that was happening.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 10 Apr 2011, 23:29
gaaaaahd daaamn. here goes week three of the quarter. i am not looking forward to when calc starts being calc but hopefully i can keep on top of my shit.

which i have been doing so far, lately! i seem to have fucking randomly lost the habit of procrastination? so now instead of having obligations constantly hanging over my head i just do work and then i end up with all this free time that doesn't count as "fucking around" anymore and it's really weird and i do not like it. i liked last quarter better when it was colder and i was sadder and my friend was sad too and we both were taking only twelve units and i didn't even have to actually go to class and we'd just do drugs but now i have class every day for the first time all year and i can't miss ANY of them and our dealer got kicked out of school and we can still get drugs but we're trying to stop doing things that aren't blazing because we're not so fucked up anymore. so i guess now i'm biding my time and focusing on school. also i don't have any friends

but i'm so bored. i am getting super complacent not doing much besides listening to and playing music and i'm worried that i'm getting super boring. but i can't really go out and metaphorically fuck shit up if i don't know what i'm looking for. i just feel very neutral and indifferent and it is crippling. i'd rather be sad than this

also i stopped smoking when i actually need more excuses to go outside
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 11 Apr 2011, 02:14
You could go and explore your area? I certainly haven't done that enough around here.

I'm going to Honolulu in June! What does one do in Honolulu?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 11 Apr 2011, 07:39
i heard there might be a beach around there somewhere

 :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 11 Apr 2011, 07:41
And pineapples. So many pineapples.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 11 Apr 2011, 08:39
Also if you drop out of uni I will heckle you mercilessly. And be disappointed in you. Just ask Shane.

 :psyduck:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 11 Apr 2011, 08:44
A lot of my girlfriend's friends from highschool either already have kids or are getting pregnant and it really weirds both of us out. These people are still like, 22 and it doesn't make a great deal of sense to us.

I don't know what a lot of people from my past are doing. I don't keep in touch with my exes (to the point where I moved to a different part of Sydney and broke contact with all our mutual friends, in the case of my last relationship) so I imagine I would be weirded out if that was happening.

That freaks me out too, especially if it was someone in a grade below my own. One of my classmates got married recently and I was freaking out a little, thinking, "I am no where close to thinking about marrying any one, how could she?"
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 11 Apr 2011, 09:23
My little sister has a baby. She's like 4 years younger than me. Oh and she's married. One of my exes who is a few years younger than me is very happily married, and plenty of my high school friends are married and/or have kids.

I'm perfectly content being in a long term relationship with only fuzzy four-legged children. Though the fact that my little sister has a kid does bug me quite a bit.

I don't want children myself, I prefer to borrow others' kids and dress them up like animals and then return them when they poop or start crying or something. The marriage thing I think I would like but it's no big deal right now.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Johnny C on 11 Apr 2011, 10:07
I'm going to my first not-probably-a-result-of-Catholic-upbringing-but-age-has-brought-these-people-to-a-time-in-their-lives-type wedding in July. It's gonna be weird, I'm probably gonna get loaded and hang out with their really adorable kids, overall prediction: positive night.

Hey! The band went to Medicine Hat this weekend and played for a bunch of art school kids. It was really, really great, especially since a bunch of them voted for us to be there (!) and we were thrown into the ring for that by a good friend of mine who's doing design there. And then while I'm there my friend, Graeme, tells me he's had an idea for These Estates t-shirts. And then when I get home he's posted a draft design on my wall. Behold, the only band shirt you've ever seen where the ink is actual real BBQ sauce:

(http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/216254_10150216315583268_504973267_8559914_2588733_n.jpg)

I am so fucking proud of this guy. This is the dorky beardo equivalent of that Cop Shoot Cop record with the pig's blood on it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Slick on 11 Apr 2011, 14:23
would mail-order that shirt
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Ozymandias on 11 Apr 2011, 15:44
Would give you my bank account and routing numbers for that shirt.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scarychips on 11 Apr 2011, 16:56
Would give you Ozy's bank account and routing numbers for that shirt.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 11 Apr 2011, 16:59
Yeah, would definitely let Jordan buy one for me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scarychips on 11 Apr 2011, 17:03
In fact, let's have Jordan buy one for everybody!

Jordan: This forum's very own Oprah.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 11 Apr 2011, 17:07
Ooh, can he take me with him on a holiday to Australia?

Oh wait . . . never mind.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 11 Apr 2011, 17:54
posting because i just changed my avatar/accompanying text

and yeah riz if i had a car i'd be set...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 11 Apr 2011, 18:45
Whoa I am doing four projects at once goddamn is this what being productive is like
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 11 Apr 2011, 18:51
Squawk, your legs don't work? I'm terribly sorry for your loss.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 11 Apr 2011, 19:08
I just live in a really weird place! :[ I'm basically trapped on campus (which is very fun to wander through, i am good at that) and can get out only by bus, but there's so much of this city i can't explore that easily because the buses only run through certain places. next year/this summer will be better
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Papersatan on 11 Apr 2011, 19:10
I got my car back today from the shop.  Somehow the check engine light magically went off, so it passed inspection and it cost less than the insurance settlement to fix the door, so money in my pocket to compensate for what a pain in the ass this has been I guess.  Super happy about that!

Also I was looking up Michigan's inspection requirements online, since when this inspection expires I will have moved and they have none.  NONE. NOTHING.  I could just tear off the windshield wipers, and ride the tires bald and spew black smoke every time I accelerate and I would be legal to drive there.  wtf?  I mean I appreciate not having to spend a grand every year fixing random things in hopes it gets the damn light off so I can drive my car, but I would think at least a safety inspection?  I am guessing the state's (waning perhaps) interest in keeping the auto industry happy has something to do with it, but I still can't believe it.  
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 11 Apr 2011, 19:29
In Arizona there is no inspection, just an emissions test every two years. I don't think you even have to pay for it either.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Eris on 11 Apr 2011, 19:56
you guys remember this picture?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v663/Lapuz/drawings/looklike.jpg)

I realised today that I now look like how I wanted to look like.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Papersatan on 11 Apr 2011, 19:58
o/
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Eris on 11 Apr 2011, 20:01
\o
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 11 Apr 2011, 20:21
Mine was this:

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j125/allylester/66422b07.jpg)

And I did briefly look like this (except still with the nose and the glasses) but then I cut my hair off again and still wear jeans and blazer every day for work but wear dresses on the weekend.
Also shit, I am wearing that exact outfit today except I am wearing my black flats and not my red ones.

PS Original  thread whut: http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,24785
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 11 Apr 2011, 20:24
i just wanted to buy a pair of glasses, i think i did alright on that
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: allison on 11 Apr 2011, 20:42
still no moustache, sorry guys
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 11 Apr 2011, 20:51
I have adjusted this to include all of the things I want to buy with my next paycheck and also grown my hair back at rapid speed but have it be less annoying and shinier and prettier with neater curls and also taking less than 5 minutes to do in the morning please.

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j125/allylester/looklike.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 11 Apr 2011, 20:52
Also fuck me, what is wrong with MS Paint it is so dumb now
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Johnny C on 11 Apr 2011, 20:55
last wednesday i wrote about 4000 words in my novel. today between about 6:00 and now i wrote another 4000 words. i need finals to be over so i can throw myself into this thing full-time.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 11 Apr 2011, 21:00
Wait, what? Johnny, I didn't even know you were writing one! God damn it man you're a musician, stick to one damn thing Can you tell us what it's about?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Yunior on 11 Apr 2011, 21:03
4000 words a DAY? Seriously I hate you I hope all 4000 words are stupid words, also what Inlander said
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 11 Apr 2011, 21:10
I didn't even know there were 4000 stupid words.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Johnny C on 11 Apr 2011, 21:20
Wait, what? Johnny, I didn't even know you were writing one! God damn it man you're a musician, stick to one damn thing Can you tell us what it's about?

it's about basically a bunch of high schoolers who smoke pot and listen to heavy metal and go to shows and kind of care about one or two subjects at school but not really all of them and then it's also at the same time as it's about those things it's about the catastrophic influx of information in our lives on a daily basis in the early days here of the 21st century and of how the ways we get information and how we expect information to come in to us have dramatically altered the ways we engage with privacy and with identity and how basically we have to deal with everything we had to deal with before the internet and facebook and 9/11 but on top of it we have to deal with all of those things too and how in adolescence that can be a serious fucking nightmare and we don't really know how these people are going to turn out as adults affected by this. there's some obvious baudrillardian anxiety in there too. i haven't really worked the whole thing out yet. also there's a character who i'm going to strongly hint is psychic and the novel's going to end with a sequence of heavy metal magical realism
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 11 Apr 2011, 21:26
man fuck you johnny i have a 30 page paper to finish by friday morning and all i have been able to summon the strength to do with my day is feebly edit sentences here and there between lengthy chain smoking and stuffing nutella down my mouth hole sessions. okay not really fuck you but kick my ass okay, i need your help this time
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 11 Apr 2011, 21:33
Yeah but when you're writing a novel you get to just make shit up, see. Makes the writing so much easier.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Johnny C on 11 Apr 2011, 21:56
here are a couple of snippets i'm pretty proud of right now, that don't spoil anything major, since now i want the opening of the novel to be as much a surprise as i can muster

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Brad pauses, then brings his right hand off the keyboard, holds it in the air, and slowly but firmly brings it down on ., making this the most deliberate endstop hes ever put in a piece of writing, to date. Midway through he almost changes his mind, then thinks better of it.
   One down, four to go. Drink. Hell never get used to the flavour of energy drinks, he thinks. Other guys in his grade are constantly ducking out to the gas station across the street at lunch and during the morning break between classes, usually crossing mid-street and messing up traffic something fierce, for a can of the stuff. He doesnt get it. He can barely drink anything that isnt orange juice before eleven. Usually he just buys some from the student-run, staff-supervised canteen. If its a good week and hes feeling loose with his money hell buy one of the retarded kids whatever it is theyre getting, usually a cookie or something. He got in shit from Ms. Bhabi one time for buying Nicks, the big one with the wheedly voice and the squinty eyes, a pack of candy, so whenever Nicks wants candy Brad usually gently suggests that maybe Nicks would like a banana or an orange and Nicks usually says Okay and after Nicks goes over to where all Ms. Bhabis kids sit Brad watches as Ms. Bhabi doesnt smile but as she peels the fruit she usually gives Brad the little half-smirk with the cocked eyebrow that passes for a look of approval from her. She never really looks actually happy about something, mostly just sarcastic. Thats not the right word and if Brad asked Jamie hes sure shed be able to give him a word that sounded nicer but anyways Brad doesnt think she (Ms. Bhabi) likes anything very much although she seems to appreciate the fact that Brad doesnt screw with Nicks. Not that a lot of kids do, or screw around with anyone in Ms. Bhabis class to begin with, since its pretty low to screw with someone whos retarded and a lot of them learned that in grade school at the very least, but Brad especially basically just tries to treat them decently. He knows sometimes he pours it on a little thick and so he catches himself and tries not to speak overly slowly since like thats not even a thing you do with handicapped people, its a thing you do with foreign people and even then you only do it if youre a racist idiot so Brad tries not to do it with them either, with the point being that a guy like Nicks is neither overtly foreign nor deaf so Brad doesnt do the slow-talking thing, at least not consciously. He does do it with the one kid with palsy, Travis, who cant really do anything except open his mouth and slowly wave his arms in a way that makes Brads gut cringe but thats just because like Brads not really sure how much Travis can hear or understand to even begin with so he makes sure he also makes his sentences pretty simple. Not that thats tough for Brad to do that, either, especially considering how shitty this essay is going, but point is that he thinks its decent to at least try to accommodate Travis too.
   Ms. Bhabi, by the way, is hot. Like, completely attractive, a darker brown lady from India with the kind of curved face you want to put both hands on before you try and grab her lips with your own, the kind of attractive person who also, probably, knows exactly how attractive she is. The kind of attractive that they should vet for before hiring a teacher, because its honestly not fair to any of the guys in the school, having a teacher who looks like Ms. Bhabi. The kind of attractive that a couple of kids Brad knows have actually honestly tried, through what he understood to be really shady methods, to get her phone number. Brad has no idea what theyd do with it. His favourite shirt she wears is probably the one with the ruffled neck where the ruffles form a V and go over top of her breasts, which the rest of the shirt is tight and smooth and light-blue and basically clings to them so that your eyes have no choice but to wait until shes not looking and then try to guess their weight. Brad thinks theyd be pretty heavy but hes not sure, since the only breasts hes touched so far are of the developing variety. The ruffles kind of look like maybe waves breaking against a pair of rocks. That sounds stupid every time Brad thinks it, though. She also has a shapely and proud-looking ass which Brad and also pretty much as far as he can tell every other straight guy in his grade has noticed since she spends a lot of time leaning over to the kids in her class. Which like okay is a bit weird to think about, granted, cause its hard to picture her leaning over for a perfectly acceptable mental image like Whoops I Dropped A Pencil, Id Better Pick It Up or Lets Do Some Warm-Up Stretches or Im Bracing Myself Here On Your Work Desk Because I Want You To Have Sex With Me From Behind While We Stand Up without one of those kids pushing that little joystick on the armrest of his or her chair and puttering slowly out of Brads (and, seriously, just about every other straight guy in his grades) liminal fog into the frame of said mental image to wave their arms and drool a little bit and then its really, really hard to think about gently sinking ones fingers into the curved flesh of Ms. Bhabi's cherrylike buttocks. With Herculean effort Brad manages to picture that kid turning around and rolling back off into God-knows-where and so Ms. Bhabi is able to turn around and look at him and make that little eyebrow-raised-half-smile at him again.
   There is absolutely no way Brad will ever have sex with Ms. Bhabi and he knows this so he only entertains the thought at times like now, when hes realizing that theres no way he is possibly going to be able to focus with this erection, so he discreetly unzips and pops his erect dick out over top of the waistband of his boxer-briefs and spits into his hand and quickly rubs one out, thinking this time that after doing the thing he was thinking she was doing at the start theyd move around and so Ms. Bhabi would probably be lying on the bed while he stands up and sticks it into her. Hes kind of unclear on a few of the details of how that last part works but hes got the gist well enough that he grunts a bit as he finishes and grabs a Kleenex to quietly and gently wipe away the mess.

   The first point of evidence is that the Twin Towers didnt look like they fell down because of a plane crash. As Loose Change points out the steel girders in the tower could not melt the way that official reports said they could. It was because jet fuel cant burn at the girders melting point. So something else must have brought them down. Loose Change says that the girders were melted by a controlled explosion that caused the building to collapse. This is also why the building doesnt look like a normal collapsing building.

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It takes what feels awfully close to the last reserves in his already-limited strength to not turn right at the stairs and just collapse in front of the TV while he waits for Skate 3 to load, but Brad manages. He shuts the door behind him very gently. This is about the time he realizes he can see the horizon outside his window.
   Fuck, shit, he says. Oh no no no no no no.
   He gets stuck on no and keeps repeating it as he crosses his room in a single stride and pulls his chair underneath him. His resolve to finish the assignment begins a total and en masse retreat. He sees his hands start running slapdash through all of his papers, independently of his brain, which desperately wishes they would calm down long enough for him to give them some instructions. Unfortunately, his hands have absolutely no interest in taking orders and in about five seconds work themselves up into such a frenzy that theyve literally cleared off Brads desk. All his papers are on the floor. His last three remaining nerves will get heroes funerals. Brad looks at the mess he suddenly and for what he can tell was basically no reason just created around his workspace and in a moment of panic so intense its almost Zen-like he wonders if its possible to wish you were dead so hard that it would actually happen. He closes his eyes and tries it. What keeps it from happening isnt so much his will to live, which is by now non-existent enough to give this a shot, but in fact that he doesnt have the energy to do it. He sticks his arms out in front of him like a caricature of a blind person and moves his fingers around ineffectually. Alright, you asshole hands, if you want to do things your way rather than Brads, then this is the time to get started.

and this is from the description of the kids' high school

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The catch, they soon found out, was that Tomson wasnt fucking around when hed told interviewers across several mediums that he was now only doing architecture to push his own boundaries. He also hadnt been fucking around when he told said interviewers, Im not fucking around. Soft-spoken but assertive, he always caught interviewers off-guard with the sudden and seemingly uncharacteristic use of the word fucking. He hadnt used it in the interview with the school board and maybe that was the problem. Its tough to know in retrospect.
   Tomson was on a roll. Hed recently completed a Washington state library by designing it first, inverting the entire building design, then redesigning it based on the inverted design. Hed designed a Bank of Hong Kong office tower in Los Angeles by blindfolding himself and spinning a wheel marked with various design elements. Hed drawn up the entire plans for a new Universal Studios ride a rollercoaster based on Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot! left-handed, and managed to complete the added challenge of incorporating subtle references to Henry & June that, due to the rides repurposing as a Nutty Professor tie-in, would be a secret he would get to take to his grave. Hed designed, gratis, one the first perfectly self-sustainable, environmentally-neutral outright thirty-bedroom mansions in Laguna Beach for his sixth wifes ex-husband and again completed the bonus challenge, this time conducting clandestine detective work into the mans private background and unearthing his deepest phobia, the scorpion, which of course was what the house wound up looking like from the air, a fact the owner didnt discover until taking a helicopter flight across the area several months later and subsequently refused to return to the helipad. Coincidence, Tomson had told the sixth wife's ex-husband over the phone, before suggesting that the sixth wife's ex-husband simply sell the house (which he later did, for $85 million, a price that more than recouped costs). It was likely a coincidence of a similar order that this was about the time Tomsons hometown started to call to him. But, again, it just meant a new city and new challenges, and Tomson could at this point do no wrong.
   Well, kind of. In Tomsons eyes, the resulting high school was perfect it accomplished exactly what he wanted it to accomplish. That his goals wound up at odds with the school boards, in his defense, was hard to foresee. A perfect cube, the rooms and static elements therein themselves all cubes, constructed in immaculate correspondence with the Golden Ratio, is not an environment conducive to learning. It is an environment conducive to mild, creeping unease, however, which is why ninth-graders develop nauseous flu-like symptoms at Tomson more than they do any other school in the city, although they usually develop enough of a resistance by the tenth grade that the worst of the effects can often be mitigated by just grabbing onto the rail on your way up the stairs.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 11 Apr 2011, 22:04
PS Original  thread whut: http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,24785

Sighhhhh, still not the nightmare horse from Denver Intl. Airport, and even less naked than I used to be. Life is hell.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Johnny C on 11 Apr 2011, 22:06
tania while i was writing that i was supposed to be working on stuff that i got an extension on and have betrayed my professors' trust. you, on the other hand, have presented a bunch of real life actual stuff to people in the last week and also you've got enough stuff that you can put this paper together if you just apply yourself. in writing like 8000 words in the last week i've actually failed. you, on the other hand, have got this far, and you've almost certainly got what it takes to actually live up to the potential that people expect of you, here. get fucking working
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 11 Apr 2011, 22:11
Seriously though guys remember this

(http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a55/ddovey/looklike2.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 11 Apr 2011, 22:12
I look less like that than ever :psyduck:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 11 Apr 2011, 22:18
get fucking working

(http://cdn.someecards.com/someecards/filestorage/thanks-deciding-ecard-someecards1.png)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 11 Apr 2011, 23:57
Oh hey blog thread, I have actual blog that is not bitching about my appearance.
I just found out that my work is sending me to Auckland, New Zealand, for three days at the end of the month to help set up our new office. There will be little time for recreation but I have never been paid to go anywhere before and the fact that this involves a passport and planes and my own posh hotel room and extra money for expenses is pretty damned exciting.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 12 Apr 2011, 01:10
seriously, tomorrow i'm gonna wake up early and write the fuck outta this paper. i'll make you proud jc. you'll see
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 12 Apr 2011, 01:26
Today has been a good day.
I got a day off from uni because my entire class finished our counselling skills demonstrations last week so we didn't have to come in (and that is the only class I have today). I spent the morning hanging out with Rizzo and Ingelise, then in the afternoon I finished my Theory and Practice of Psychological Assessment and Intervention assessment. It's still needs some reformatting and a bit of editing but I can do that tomorrow after class and before it is due (5pm).
Also today  I discovered that there was a sale on at Game, trade in any two games and buy selected games for $1. I traded in some shit games and got Mass Effect 2 and Dante's Inferno. I am looking forward to my week off from uni next week in our new apartment because holy god Mass Effect 2.

Woo!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 12 Apr 2011, 01:54
Oh hey Ally, I'm getting paid to go places with my new job too! I haven't even started yet and they're already sending me to Manly (about half an hour away :( ) for some kind of team event thing over night. Cool.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 12 Apr 2011, 02:39
Holy shit my housemates are moving out I need to move again and my boyfriend is still semi-unemployed oh noesss (but oh yes, because goddamn i am not living in a sharehouse anymore)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 12 Apr 2011, 02:55
I hear Melbourne's a real nice place to move to.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 12 Apr 2011, 03:04
No thanks Harry, I would like to keep my awesome job that likes me enough to pay me to go on holiday.
If you can find a proper job for Max in Melbourne, however, I would consider it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: StaedlerMars on 12 Apr 2011, 03:06
Oh bummer, and I was just about to suggest Sunny Scotland.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 12 Apr 2011, 03:10
If you can find a proper job for Max in Melbourne, however, I would consider it.

If I find a job for him will he find a job for me?

Oh by the way Yo Blog, a week and a half ago I found out that my job is actually only going to be two days a week from July. Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 12 Apr 2011, 03:16
Also today  I discovered that there was a sale on at Game, trade in any two games and buy selected games for $1. I traded in some shit games and got Mass Effect 2 and Dante's Inferno. I am looking forward to my week off from uni next week in our new apartment because holy god Mass Effect 2.

I ordered a $30 copy of GTA 4: The Complete Edition last week, I hope it arrives next week so I can play it during my break starting Good Friday. Good Friday is the best worst day!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 12 Apr 2011, 04:40
Holy shit my housemates are moving out I need to move again and my boyfriend is still semi-unemployed oh noesss (but oh yes, because goddamn i am not living in a sharehouse anymore)
Once I've been at my new job more than a week I'd be happy to fwd on his CV to the appropriate people. :D
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 12 Apr 2011, 05:13
You Australians seem to move a lot. I'm guessing you don't have to sign year long leases then? Is it a weekly thing or monthly thing?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 12 Apr 2011, 05:45
Is his name Matt?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 12 Apr 2011, 05:47
You Australians seem to move a lot. I'm guessing you don't have to sign year long leases then? Is it a weekly thing or monthly thing?
Nope, we tend to sign 1 year leases? But people also move in and out of shared houses.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 12 Apr 2011, 05:50
Oh ok. I've known people to rent houses as well, but it's usually it's year to year as well, so that's what was confusing me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 12 Apr 2011, 06:24
Yeah the first person to move into a sharehouse will have to sign a lease with the agent but after that it's not uncommon at all for people to move in and out without ever bothering to sign a lease and with the agent turning a blind eye.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 12 Apr 2011, 10:25
Yeah I'm still not completely sure if I ever ended up getting on my old sharehouse's lease because our agent was a lazy jerrrrrk. I guess I'll find out when I try to get a lease of my own I guess?!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 12 Apr 2011, 10:48
This from the San Franciscon thread, reposting here so more people see it:

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Also, I am pretty sure that I am going to have to stay overnight in Seattle before getting on the train. The bus I'm looking at taking arrives in Seattle at 1615 on Wednesday the 20th of July and the train for SF departs at 0945 the next day. Any Seattle people around, wanna hang out for a night?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Edith on 12 Apr 2011, 10:53
Dovey, if you don't find a forums Seattle person, I have library Seattle people who id be willing to ask to put you up.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 12 Apr 2011, 11:08
I had a dream I was at est's house last night. We talked at each other in Donald Duck voices and then I went into his bedroom and was attacked by an emu.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 12 Apr 2011, 11:22
I am packing :( I'm not actually leaving for nearly a week, but since I go away for five days tomorrow morning, I need to get this done now. I HATE PACKING SO MUCH.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 12 Apr 2011, 11:38
Whatever happened to uh, what was his name there? Chuck? I think he lived in Seattle.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 12 Apr 2011, 12:00
was he from seattle? i thought he was from idaho or something....that might have been someone else, i dunno

nick lives in seattle. And i live in alger which is about an hour and a half north of seattle, right next to I-5. you could swing by on your way down, if you're coming from canada  like i assume you are

....if you're into trees and kittens and ropeswings and getting high, then yeah....you should probably roll up. if you dislike and/or hate these things then maybe skip it. there's an excellent view of puget sound up this little mountain right down the street, i always take out of towners there because it's really beautiful
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 12 Apr 2011, 12:09
Oh well yeah just f.y.i I don't need a place to stay, there's a hostel that's 19 minutes walk away from the station that I'm going to stay at. It's called The Green Tortoise Hostel (http://www.greentortoise.net/) and it's right near the Pike Place Market. Mostly I was just seeing if people wanted to hang out, because I like forum people and I like hangouts.

Dan I am totally into all of those things, like, a lot, but how easy would it be to get to Alger and then back into Seattle for my train the next morning?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 12 Apr 2011, 12:12
not all that easy. like i said, it's an hour and a half drive, although there are buses that regularly make the trip now that i think about it

how are you getting to seattle? i just assumed you would be driving south on I-5 from BC (in which case you could just swing by) but if you're coming to seattle from elsewhere then...yeah, i dunno
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 12 Apr 2011, 12:15
Greyhound, from Banff via (I'm assuming) Vancouver.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 12 Apr 2011, 14:09
you could always take a bus to Mount Vernon (where there is a pretty serious grehound station) or Bellingham (i assume they have bus stations too, I don't know for 100% certain though), hang out for a while, then catch a bus to seattle later....if you were so inclined.

never ridden greyhound before so i'm not really sure how it works; like if taking two buses would be significantly more expensive than just taking one the same distance, or what

anyway, i'm native to the mt vernon/skagit valley/bellingham area so anywhere within that bubble i can pretty easily pick you up and show you around for a while


we can look at trees and be confused by each other's accents, it'll be awesome  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 12 Apr 2011, 15:17
All done exams forever.

Just need to finish up my research project in the next couple weeks.

But tonight I drink beer.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 12 Apr 2011, 15:18
write mine for me
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 12 Apr 2011, 15:19
please
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 12 Apr 2011, 16:00
oh jesus so if you guys read the drunk thread at all, you would of noticed that other than getting way too fucked up for a monday and generally making poor choices, i ran into a wall and knocked some of my teeth a lil lose. so today i went to the dentist, it turns out i broke the roots of two of them and im gonna need to get them root canaled, which happens tomorrow.

womp. and then my mom yelled at me for drinking on a monday.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 12 Apr 2011, 16:07
Yeah Linds, I have been in sharehouses for the past couple of years. It is tough. I hate relying on other people and getting fucked over. I've only been at this house two months, and they begged me to move in.
Max has taken it really welll and is on the warpath to get a crappy crappy job today so that he can make money so that we have kitchen sex whenever the damn hell ass we feel like it.
Also my cat peed one one of my housemate's beds last night and Max was super happy and gave Tiger an extra long chin scratch.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 12 Apr 2011, 16:35
please

Only if your tits run for president of canada.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scarychips on 12 Apr 2011, 16:57
Monarchy = No President.
 :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 12 Apr 2011, 16:58
dude i know that
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scarychips on 12 Apr 2011, 17:01
then ask her tits to run for queen of canada. or for general governor.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 12 Apr 2011, 17:04
you can't run for those
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 12 Apr 2011, 17:04
i'll get on it
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 12 Apr 2011, 17:06
streak the leadership debate
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 12 Apr 2011, 17:07
nipples '11
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 12 Apr 2011, 17:09
they've got my vote


which, as an american, counts for 1.45 canadian votes if i'm not mistaken about my exchange rates. this election is in the bag


....or in the bra, as it were
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 12 Apr 2011, 17:15
My dad got some backup software for our computer network so yay I no longer have to keep the backup on one of my cpu drives. Also I have like double the amount of memory I had before.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 12 Apr 2011, 17:59
Also my cat peed one one of my housemate's beds last night and Max was super happy and gave Tiger an extra long chin scratch.

Hehehehe! (Cats peeing on beds, especially pillows, is nasty, but some things deserve it and screwing roommates over is one of them.)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Spluff on 12 Apr 2011, 18:20
I hear Melbourne's a real nice place to move to.

yeah that's a lie
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 12 Apr 2011, 18:21
Right in front of the bed is even better. You wake up to something wet and smooshy between your toes. Perfect way to get back at pretty much anyone.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 12 Apr 2011, 19:35
I hear Melbourne's a real nice place to move to.

yeah that's a lie

Okay it's a shit of a place to move to but once you've fought the obligatory half-dozen rounds of thunderdome to win yourself a house it's ace.

Unless you're out in, like, Dandenong or something, but who the fuck lives out there?!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 12 Apr 2011, 19:39
oh oh my mom also yelled at me saying that if i dared have some kind of drunken accident that required medical attention in two weeks when my parents are in florida that she is going to kill me.

i dont know, that just seems like a giant logical reach.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 12 Apr 2011, 19:43
i think that's a pretty reasonable request for a parent to make
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 12 Apr 2011, 20:24
i mean i know it was fucking dumb though, i really really dont need to get lectured about it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 12 Apr 2011, 20:32
Why? My mom tells me not to crash her car or burn down the house every time she goes away. It's what parents do.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 12 Apr 2011, 20:34
i think you kind of deserved this one dude, just cut your losses and accept the consequences. next time you maybe don't get so drunk and do an incredibly stupid thing. them's the breaks
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 13 Apr 2011, 02:07
I hear Melbourne's a real nice place to move to.

yeah that's a lie

It's only a little bit a lie if you're moving from Sydney.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 13 Apr 2011, 04:44
I'm taking Stace to Poland in a week to meet the rest of the family she married in to, and she's super nervous. Would making her watch the Hostel movies be a mean thing to do?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Eris on 13 Apr 2011, 05:06
Red hair, straight hair, no regrowth, trimmed fringe. Lookin' pretty. I keep swooshing my hair around an it still tays neat. Also I smell like hair dye, which I like, even though I generally hate the chemically smelling hair products. It is a little sad, but getting my hair done always makes me feel better about myself.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 13 Apr 2011, 06:01
Getting their hair done makes most people feel good. It's like, a thing.

I haven't had my hair did for a while. I should get on that.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 Apr 2011, 06:13
I don't get my hairs did, but I do enjoy going for a haircut. Even though I have a fairly quick and basic hairstyle (buzzzzzzzzed short), the guy I go to always takes his time and makes sure everything is as even as can be.

Plus it's a barber shop run by black dudes who play old soul music and talk about rap feuds constantly. Even if you're sitting around for a while waiting to get your hair cut, it's always entertaining.

It may sound kinda stereotypical..but hey. The dudes talk about rap, listen to good music, and cut a good head of hair.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 13 Apr 2011, 06:18
Having someone else touch your head has been known to make people feel better. I feel very relaxed after getting my hair cut.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: jmrz on 13 Apr 2011, 06:25
Red hair, straight hair, no regrowth, trimmed fringe. Lookin' pretty. I keep swooshing my hair around an it still tays neat. Also I smell like hair dye, which I like, even though I generally hate the chemically smelling hair products. It is a little sad, but getting my hair done always makes me feel better about myself.

Oh me too! I really like the hair dye smell and how it stays in your hair for a while and you can smell it the next time you wash it. I get this same feeling when I spend the time to dry and straighten my hair on my own. Makes me feel good because damn, I have a lot of hair, it takes a lot of effort to make it look nice and making it look nice makes me feel pretty. I should book in for next two weeks, my regrowth will need fixing by then.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 13 Apr 2011, 07:57
Man I love getting my hair cut even if, like Shane, I have a very basic style (I actually tell them what numbers to use and where). My place is this little shop run by indie girls that have various posters everywhere.


Around here we also have these (http://www.ljhaircuts.com/). My girlfriend hates them.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 Apr 2011, 08:02
Yeah, I'm just "bring it down to a 2, Chris."
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 13 Apr 2011, 08:27
I'm taking Stace to Poland in a week to meet the rest of the family she married in to, and she's super nervous. Would making her watch the Hostel movies be a mean thing to do?

Yes, but do it anyway. It will make the trip much more fun for you and she'll get over it.

Maybe.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 13 Apr 2011, 08:31
Yeah, I'm just "bring it down to a 2, Chris."

Boring. I get my haircut by a cool rockabilly lady with lots of tattoos. She works with other cool rockabilly ladies. They give you free drink and have fun decor and like to talk about animals and I like them lots. Also they have good taste in music and tattoos.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 Apr 2011, 08:38
You get drinks? All we get is a hot dog place next door.

And of course, RAP FEUDS.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Katherine on 13 Apr 2011, 10:44
I have really thick hair so I love getting my hair cut because I always feel bald afterward, even though I still have lots of hair left.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 13 Apr 2011, 11:21
i used to really struggle with haircuts when i lived in guelph and markham because the only salons i could find were these really prissy ultra-feminine ones where the stylists didn't ever seem to know what to do when i told them what kind of hair i wanted (usually something really short and kind of gay). they'd consistently either leave it way too long or just give me some ultra uninteresting, utterly unflattering nonsense. now i have a middle aged, extremely gay dude with lots of experience for a hairstylist which rules because all i gotta do is give him the basic rundown of what kind of hair i want and clarify that i am actively trying to look really androgynous so, you know, just make me look kind of like an attractive dude, and then he gets really excited and goes to town on it and i always end up with something really exciting and fun. he's not cheap so i only get my hair cut once every four months now but man, do i ever look forward to it. you're the best, allan.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 13 Apr 2011, 11:34
II really need a goddamn haircut. My hair falls really stupid in my neck, and it seems to never outgrow that lame 'growing out' phase, although it's a lot better than it was a couple months ago. I am so tempted to go to a cheap hairdresser and just chop it all off again, but I'm gonna bite my teeth together and wait it out. I'll go get my roots fixed and my hair trimmed in maybe late May, that's all I can afford.

Oh and the colour is pretty bad now too, since the amazing dye I got last time didn't last for very long because my hair was bleached under it. Next time I'll get it fixed properly, but yeah, that's in over a month. Ugh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 13 Apr 2011, 11:44
Last time I got my hair cut it looked like a Dovey from the future was cutting it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 13 Apr 2011, 13:05
womp so i totally had two root canals done this morning. they really arn't that bad! and i have dental insurance, which is really cool.

ANYWAY why im posting about this is cause as the endodontist was looking at my teeth, he commented that it looked like one of my teeth had actually had the nerve severed a long time ago. once he actually got to doing the normal root canal, he confirmed it, so apparently for about 7 years (his estimate) i've needed a root canal anyway if i never had one, my tooth would have eventually gotten infected/decayed/whatever and i would have had to of gotten a much more complicated/expensive/likely more painful procedure. my life what the fuck  :psyduck:

for those of you who are curious, i got it done on my two front left teeth (in fancy dentist talk, they are teeth 8 and 9 apparently.)
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Post by: pen on 13 Apr 2011, 13:12
I needed a root canal when I wasn't insured, so I didn't go for it.  Eventually, I forgot about it, then my tooth decayed so much that it broke in half one day while chewing something soft.  Had to get it extracted, which sucked, and then get an implant, which not only sucked, but cost me a total of about $2500... and that's with the insurance I got beforehand.  Teeth are tricky.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Johnny C on 13 Apr 2011, 15:17
i used to really struggle with haircuts when i lived in guelph and markham because the only salons i could find were these really prissy ultra-feminine ones where the stylists didn't ever seem to know what to do when i told them what kind of hair i wanted (usually something really short and kind of gay). they'd consistently either leave it way too long or just give me some ultra uninteresting, utterly unflattering nonsense. now i have a middle aged, extremely gay dude with lots of experience for a hairstylist which rules because all i gotta do is give him the basic rundown of what kind of hair i want and clarify that i am actively trying to look really androgynous so, you know, just make me look kind of like an attractive dude, and then he gets really excited and goes to town on it and i always end up with something really exciting and fun. he's not cheap so i only get my hair cut once every four months now but man, do i ever look forward to it. you're the best, allan.

ditto except that i went from ultracuts to a cool-ass place where my hairstylist also runs a film production company on the side & is happily married & also he saw fugazi in 2001
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Post by: KvP on 13 Apr 2011, 15:50
My old hairdresser used to be a pro skateboarder who ran in the same circle as Jason Lee. Dude could really cut hair.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 13 Apr 2011, 17:36
I go to the cheap place at the mall. The one time I went to a decent salon I was charged $20 more to do an extremely shitty job. And the lady was super rude and didn't listen to a word I said. So I'm fine with the cheap place at the mall for now.

I just wish I could find a decent blue-black hair dye that would last more than 2 weeks :(
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 13 Apr 2011, 17:43
The best part about having curly hair is that you can cut it yourself incredibly easily. No worries about cutting unevenly because you're not going to be able to tell. When I don't like my hair I just head to the bathroom with a scissors and go for it.

Love my hair.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Edith on 13 Apr 2011, 17:48
I cut my own hair way too often. Sometimes I give myself a John Denver, other times it's more of a Joan Jett. Then I go in to the Hair Barn and Rhonda figures out a way to make me look good again.

You'd think I would have learned something from my bald Barbie doll, but I can be a bit thick sometimes.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scarychips on 13 Apr 2011, 18:53
I get my hair cut by a middle-aged Armenian immigrant who barely speaks french, but understands english pretty well. She's pretty rad, honestly. Last time I got my hair cut, she told me that she wanted to cut it just like Win Butler from Arcade Fire or Diamond Rings (google their hair, I am too lazy). I' decided not to, but it still amazed me that she would propose this. She's cool.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 13 Apr 2011, 20:10
I get my hair cut by my girlfriend who is one of the senior stylists at a super swanky salon in the city. She usually charges something along the lines of $150 for what she does so I'm pretty lucky I guess.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 13 Apr 2011, 20:56
I'm not sure why, but when I was little I would hate getting my hair cut. For some reason it felt really painful when they were using the automatic clippers, and I would constantly grimace and close my eyes. One barber even called me out on it. Now I feels fine to me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Dazed on 13 Apr 2011, 21:19
The only people who have ever cut my hair are me and my mom.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 13 Apr 2011, 21:19
Yeah my sister would cut my hair back home, and it was brilliant because she understood what I wanted and what would suit me even better than I did, so I could really trust her to just go to town and try something new/different and it would always come out looking awesome. Also it was a real trip to see my sister being competent at something, seeing as she's pretty fucking hopeless in literally every other part of her life. Also with the 50% discount I got I was only paying $26 for the haircut which is basically the exact amount I'd like to pay for a haircut. I made sure I got a cut from her the day before flying out and if and when I go home one of the first things I do will be to book another one. In the meantime I've gotta get good at cutting my own.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Drill King on 14 Apr 2011, 04:13
YES I AM NOT DEAD YET
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Post by: allison on 14 Apr 2011, 04:24
I go to the same hairstylist as my mom - he is very expensive but totally worth it. He moved to Canada from England in the 50s and the first job he got was sweeping up hair in a salon. He never even went to school to learn how to cut hair, he's just naturally talented. He's got a beautiful studio of his own, and lets my mom and myself make appointments at 7 am (before he's open) because she's been his client for 26 years now.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Eris on 14 Apr 2011, 04:42
I see Jimmy's lady too and she gives me the best haircuts I have ever had. I would never even try and cut my own hair because there is so much of it! I can't see the back of my head, and I can tell I would miss bits of it and it would look terrible or end up really bottom heavy because I don't know how to cut hair, let alone cut curly hair and add layers to even it out. I will leave that to the professionals.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 14 Apr 2011, 05:44
I need a decent hairstylist that actually knows what would look good on me. I don't suppose anyone knows someone in the Baltimore area? I only recently got myself some bangs after like 23 years of all the same length with a part down the middle.

On a bloggy note; I feel awesome lately. I really do. I have never in my life felt this good.. I wake up every day, in a good mood, not necessarily ready to go to work, but not grumpy and crappy and sad. I love you, venlafaxine.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 14 Apr 2011, 06:28
YES I AM NOT DEAD YET

ARE YOU SURE
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Post by: redglasscurls on 14 Apr 2011, 06:29
Yo blog thread I don't have an interesting hairstylist story but our landlord just got back to us the other day and said it is A-OK so we are getting CHICKENS :mrgreen:

(http://www.barterandsons.com.au/images/Chickens/poplets/Australorp_White_Leghorn.jpg)
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Post by: squawk on 14 Apr 2011, 06:37
FUCK YES
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 14 Apr 2011, 06:47
I'm no chicken specialist, but aren't both of those cocks? In which case, what the hell's with all the chicks?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Edith on 14 Apr 2011, 06:48
That's awesome, Manda. I want chickens pretty bad, but you have to hide them here because there's a city ordinance against having livestock in the city and there's nowhere on this property to hide them. I'm so happy for you that you get to have some!

Oh, and the black one looks like a hen to me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 14 Apr 2011, 06:50
One day, when I can have chickens of my own, I will learn the difference.
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Post by: nekowafer on 14 Apr 2011, 06:58
eeeeeee baby chicks
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Post by: sean on 14 Apr 2011, 07:08
GODDAMNIT this is the worst week i completely forgot i had a "sophomore competency exam" (music major thing) today and missed the first part of it. i just have to pass everything before i graduate so i can just do it again next year but FUCKING A this week is just being goddamn awful, what the fuck this week?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: redglasscurls on 14 Apr 2011, 07:09
The white one is a leghorn rooster, but the black one is an australorp hen:) We will probably be getting australorp chicks and maybe a laying hen from a friend's dad! No need to hide them here- my yard backs up to a field full of cows and sheep, so I'm pretty sure we're zoned alright for ag.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 14 Apr 2011, 07:31
Out near us they just generally run aound in the road. Yesterday while cycling home from town I encountered several bird hazards. The first was some juvenile pheasants which are really funny when startled, then some chickens which were arrogantly disinclined to get out of my way. About a mile later it was a massive turkey sat on the edge of the verge by it's farm. This is pretty unusual for Yorkshire, turkeys aren't native and rarely farmed here. They were next to some ducks which weren't in the way, just really shouty.

Are you just getting them for eggs or are you going to get into some home butchery?

In the UK it's got quite common for people to adopt chickens that used to be battery housed but aren't productive enough for commercial interests.
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Post by: Inlander on 14 Apr 2011, 08:00
In Australia, chickens are colloquially known as chooks!

Chook chook chook, here chookie chook
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Post by: redglasscurls on 14 Apr 2011, 08:43
I'm eggs-only, Chris is open to the concept of some for meat though. His vegetarianism is based more on animal cruelty lines, so if he is confident that they had clean, healthy lives and humane butchering then he's happy to eat them (has been the occasional fish only so far). I still couldn't quite stomach it, but we'll see if I'm comfortable having chickens killed/eaten in my yard or not;)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Katherine on 14 Apr 2011, 09:35
I can't fathom eating something that I named, but if he can do it then more power to him.  I would imagine it takes a strong person to be able to separate the backyard chicken from the chicken on the plate.

(For the record, I don't eat animals I haven't named either.  I've been veg for almost 20 years)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 14 Apr 2011, 09:45
I grew up on a small dairy farm, all of the cows we milked got names that we used daily. When they got too old to produce good milk, and if we were running low on beef, well...

You get used to it. They taste the same. And that taste is delicious.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Ozymandias on 14 Apr 2011, 10:05
My wife grew up on a farm in Missouri. They were only allowed to name their animals after food.
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Post by: valley_parade on 14 Apr 2011, 10:15
My wife grew up on a farm in Missouri. They were only allowed to name their animals after food.

Cmere, Hot Fudge Sundae! Good chicken.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 14 Apr 2011, 10:24
Good lord I am incredibly tired and I don't even know why.
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Post by: squawk on 14 Apr 2011, 11:29
FUCK YES

I know I'm kind of late to point this out but this is quite possibly the most amazing av/post synergy I have seen to date.

oh my fucking god i cannot stop laughing
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Johnny C on 14 Apr 2011, 11:41
I can't fathom eating something that I named, but if he can do it then more power to him.  I would imagine it takes a strong person to be able to separate the backyard chicken from the chicken on the plate.

(For the record, I don't eat animals I haven't named either.  I've been veg for almost 20 years)

there's a bit on this in good meat, i'll find it and type it out later
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 14 Apr 2011, 12:24
OUTSIDE LANDS IS OFFICIAL! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
I've never been to a music festival before!!!
And I'm going with my sister and her bf and my best friend and my old best friend and my friend who I hate half the time but is actually a very good friend and ahhhhh!

I should probably register for summer school soon if not like, now?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 14 Apr 2011, 12:36
Holy crap, more responsibility = more work. Much, much more. WHY. Just because I do an awesome job doesn't mean they should then dump every project in the department on me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: StaedlerMars on 14 Apr 2011, 12:49
Gah my flatmate bought new knives and they are so motherfucking sharp i just cut a giant hole into my thumb and OH GOD NOW ITS ALL OVER MY SPACEBAR
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 14 Apr 2011, 13:35
here's what's happening outside my office, right now:

(http://img863.imageshack.us/img863/9825/snowx.jpg)

it is april why it snow
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JimmyJazz on 14 Apr 2011, 13:44
'cause CANADA
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Rizzo on 14 Apr 2011, 15:15
Omg omg omg omg. Going to get the keys to the new apartment today and moving stuff in tonight and tomorrow. Last night sleeping in the lounge! Huzzzah!

New job starts Monday. I'm still excited.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 14 Apr 2011, 15:52
Gah my flatmate bought new knives and they are so motherfucking sharp i just cut a giant hole into my thumb and OH GOD NOW ITS ALL OVER MY SPACEBAR
Now it's gonna get all sticky
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 14 Apr 2011, 16:29
IT'S GETTING WORSE

(http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/8973/snowo.jpg)

WHAT DO
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 14 Apr 2011, 16:30
Tania we are supposed to get snow tonight too, after I go to sleep.

If I wake up to a winter wonderland there will be murder.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Johnny C on 14 Apr 2011, 16:32
tania why don't you google "saskatchewan flooding" right now
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Eris on 14 Apr 2011, 16:37
did you know that it is autumn here?

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v663/Lapuz/autumn.jpg)

the weather really sucks now. Can't wait until spring!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 14 Apr 2011, 16:41
everything is bullshit
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 14 Apr 2011, 16:44
As much as I hate the cold I am kinda appreciating the cool Autumn mornings. Not the wind tunnels that are created in the city when I'm walking from Town Hall to work, though. They're no good.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 14 Apr 2011, 17:24
Yeah, we don't have many deciduous trees. That doesn't mean there's no season between Summer and Winter.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 14 Apr 2011, 19:31
Cities in Australia tend to have extensive planting of European trees, which lend some colour to Autumn. This is particularly true of Canberra, the older parts of which have an abundance of pin oaks (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin_oak), Liquidambars (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquidambar), poplars, and plane trees (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plane_tree). Almost all Australian native trees are evergreen, but a notable exception is Nothofagus gunnii (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothofagus_gunnii), a species of deciduous beech endemic to Tasmania.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 14 Apr 2011, 20:23
My god, this one conservative blogger from the worst student blog on the internet came to the AGM for QPIRG McGill, the raddest organization on campus. And wrote the silliest article about it. Worth so many laughs: http://princearthurherald.com/archives/4702
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 14 Apr 2011, 21:53
Why the fuck did my phone decide to shit out 9 texts from the last week it's been unable to send/receive them. This thing's such a fat piece of shit that I want to just throw it under a fucking lawnmower.

Also, I am now moved into my new place. It is not my place at all, it's actually a spare room in my friend Biff's house that he and his wife have been kind enough to let me live in for a while. God I fucking hate myself for this. I am homeless, just luckier than most homeless people. But like. Being lucky enough to have friends as kind as the ones I've got doesn't make me feel any fucking better about basically being a quite hygienic tramp living in the home of a couple where one is retired and the other is not far behind. I honestly would rather be on the streets than taking charity from these people.

Oh, and I called Target and they already filled my old position, so it's two months before I can reapply for the bloody company. Which basically makes my situation all the more retarded.

Whatever. I've been up at my best friend's ranch since Tuesday, working for him and his family so I can get rid of stress before going into the real-life job market. I've been applying for work online, but nothing's come to fruition yet. I figure I'll hit the same places in person when I'm back, but applying online has proven to be little more than me flying in a holding pattern.

I love being alive, it's pretty fucking great. But lately I really fuckin' hate my life.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 14 Apr 2011, 22:42
hey guys, its spring.

i wore short shorts today.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 15 Apr 2011, 00:16
IT'S GETTING BETTER

img...

SO HAPPY


Fixed
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: KharBevNor on 15 Apr 2011, 06:04
My god, this one conservative blogger from the worst student blog on the internet came to the AGM for QPIRG McGill, the raddest organization on campus. And wrote the silliest article about it. Worth so many laughs: http://princearthurherald.com/archives/4702

"Straight white male studying at prestigious university is positive that privilege is a false idea"
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Edith on 15 Apr 2011, 06:32
I'm cold and hungry because the carpet cleaner man came early and I didn't think I should hang around inside on the wet carpet so I'm sitting on the porch with a stiff neck and had no breakfast and oh good god why am I so bad at being a grownup?

Also does it seem fishy to you that this carpet guy is $40 cheaper than the big companies, and only accepts cash? Because it seems fishy to me but I am trying to save money so I hired him.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: öde on 15 Apr 2011, 06:39
Is he self-employed? Doesn't seem strange to me at all.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Katherine on 15 Apr 2011, 07:27
It is probably fishy in the sense that he likely doesn't claim it as income so that he doesn't have to pay taxes on it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Joseph on 15 Apr 2011, 07:43
While the article is stupid and the writer is too, he's right in a way. I admit that not knowing anything about the organisation he's criticising probably skews my perspective somewhat, but there is a fair degree of self-marginalisation in these groups which they cynically use to garner more support from more gullible members of society.
Of course, the other side of the political/social spectrum does this too.

This is why I can't take student groups/associations/whatever you want to call them seriously when they have any ideologic statement to make. It's like politics on a national scale, only less well practiced.

If you actually want to know anything about anything I can school you on that later (right now I have to get to campus), but just so you know, at this point you have no clue what you're talking about. Like, you just made yourself look like an absolute fool.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 15 Apr 2011, 09:49
Regardless of purported ambivalence, you are capable of appearing as one or the other same as anyone else here.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 15 Apr 2011, 09:52
(I still have no idea what QPIRG McGill is, by the way. People should just stop using stupidly nondescriptive acronyms)

It's right there in the first sentence, Bromar Little
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 15 Apr 2011, 09:53
Also does it seem fishy to you that this carpet guy is $40 cheaper than the big companies, and only accepts cash? Because it seems fishy to me but I am trying to save money so I hired him.

It is probably fishy in the sense that he likely doesn't claim it as income so that he doesn't have to pay taxes on it.

The more likely answer is that, being a small independant trader, he prefers not to be paid in cheque or electronically because then he'll incur bank charges that will eat into his profit margin. That doesn't account for all of the $40, but as a small trader he probably relies on long standing repeat business, small margins and benefits from low overheads and a limited area of operation. If he does a good job and gives a credible looking receipt, use him again and support your local economy.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 15 Apr 2011, 10:00
I'm just saying that people all across the political/social spectrum are attention seeking idiots.

If you mean "there are idiots in all aspects of politics" you might be right, though it's a fairly ambiguous statement in general.

If you mean "literally everybody who engages in politics is an idiot and does so merely for attention", you are very, very mistaken indeed.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 15 Apr 2011, 10:03
Tania here is what is going on outside my window right now.

(http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/215232_701189518759_33809235_36367481_1645157_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 15 Apr 2011, 17:39
fffffff
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 15 Apr 2011, 17:52
Oh and it has started snowing again so we will have even more by tomorrow morning.

yay fargo
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Dazed on 15 Apr 2011, 18:34
It was cool and sunny today in Boston. A nice spring breeze by the water, lovely contrast to the howling winds from hell we got all winter.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Radical AC on 15 Apr 2011, 18:41
My best friend growing up lives in Fargo with my next door neighbor that he decided to marry.  And, I'm kinda confused why people keep rebuilding by the Red River.  It's like rebuilding in New Orleans, but you get that lovely weather that goes along with the northern midwest.  I once rode home from Fargo to International Falls (HA) during a blizzard and there were at least two dozen cars in the ditch we passed.  I love MN but I do not miss the weather.

So it is going to be one of those weekends where I spend the entire thing writing papers.  A lot of short ones, though.  Want my degree bad, and it is so close.

Anyway, I am procrastinating by watching the youtube coachella live stream. (http://www.youtube.com/coachella)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 15 Apr 2011, 19:03
I learned today that the study of beards is called pogonology. I find the wiki page for beard pretty amusing. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beard)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 15 Apr 2011, 19:48
i love getting emails from students asking me to bump up their grades, absent of any reason or merit, so much

hey, you know what's the best way to bump up your mark? by being smart and doing your work! the all natural way
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Papersatan on 15 Apr 2011, 19:51
Dear Tania,

Right now my cumulative GPA is a 3.498 if you could raise my mark in your class by one, or even two marks that would be great.  You gave me a 'B' but you you could change that to a 'B+' or an 'A-' it would help me push my GPA to over a 3.5.  As I am sure you know having a higher GPA will help me to get into better Graduate schools.
Thanks so Much,
Kat

P.S. You are the COOLEST TA ever.  Seriously. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 15 Apr 2011, 19:55
to be fair, i do bump student's grades pretty often when i know the student is smart and it's going to make a difference in what letter grade they get (from an 89 to a 90 for example), but unfortunately "hey could you bump up my participation mark because i really want to get a good grade for this course thanks" really isn't enough to sell me
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 15 Apr 2011, 20:03
man i should really stop bitching about my students, i actually like teaching a lot and it's getting pretty predictable. sorry, forum! i'll find some new material this summer
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: WriterofAllWrongs on 16 Apr 2011, 00:05
I might end up without a girlfriend before the night's over.  More news on this to come.

- Christien
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 16 Apr 2011, 01:18
i love getting emails from students asking me to bump up their grades, absent of any reason or merit, so much

hey, you know what's the best way to bump up your mark? by being smart and doing your work! the all natural way

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC8Vh76vy0w (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC8Vh76vy0w)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Edith on 16 Apr 2011, 06:06
Something is blocking part of my field of vision. It looks like a ceiling fan would look in my peripheral vision, only it's a half circle across the center of everywhere I look. It has been happening for 15 minites or so. Is this what a migraine looks like?

<edit> I called my Dad because I know he gets visual migraines. He confirmed that that was what I was having. It's gone now. Weird! </edit>
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 16 Apr 2011, 06:57
I have those too. When I was younger I used to get the vision issues but not so much any more.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: WriterofAllWrongs on 16 Apr 2011, 12:15
I still have a girlfriend!  The story of success goes thusly:

For a while, me an my girlfriend have sort of been drifting away because we simply haven't been trying.  She'd been choosing her friends' company over mine pretty consistently (about four times a week), and when she didn't prance off to go watch movies that I didn't really want to watch, she stayed in my dorm room and we never really talked or had conversations or even boned.  We both made jokes about breaking up with each other which follow along with our sense of humour, but it was starting to get a bit more honest.  She had been restricting me from doing acid for a while, which really bothered me because we had smoked weed, tripped out on shrooms, and got sleazy together on tequila habitually during our relationship. As a result of all these small problems, we'd been getting into huge fights and started to get spiteful with each other.  I started to be derisive and mean to her, and we both just sort of stopped listening when the other talked.  So last night, she tells me that we need to talk, because she was worried that we were pretty much at the end of our rope, so we go into the Student Union Building and get into an elevator and talked it out, calmly explaining every little problem we had with each other.  Turns out, we just hadn't been talking enough, because we had a really good conversation and figured that we still loved each other way too much to end all of it due to a few minor mistakes.  Result: I'm doing acid, just not around her.  She's paying more attention to me.  I'm being less of a sardonic shithead towards her.  We are going to listen to each other.  I am so happy, I can barely contain it.

- Christien

I might end up without a girlfriend before the night's over.  More news on this to come.

- me

fuck everything

What's up with that, if you don't mind sharing? 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: WriterofAllWrongs on 16 Apr 2011, 12:25
cool
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: öde on 16 Apr 2011, 16:44
I still have a girlfriend!  The story of success goes thusly:

For the relationship thread 3 perhaps we should just post this and lock the thread.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: jodizzle on 16 Apr 2011, 16:53
HEY GUYS HOLY CRAP!  So we hosted the first ever roller derby bout in Toowoomba last nigth!  WOAH! like and I mean WOAH!  We were expecting maybe 500-750 people... we got over 1,200!!  And they got really into it!  We sold all of our merch (made over $1,000) and sold $6,000 worth of booze and made a HELL of a lot of new fans.  Strangers came up to me and wanted their photo with me.  Oh yeaaaaah, I am going to be roller derby famous like I always dreamed. haha  We lost, 181-101 and it was a DIRTY game.  the other teams were head blocking, skates to the face, one of our girls copped a serious elbow to the ribs which floored her.  The medics had to come to our bench abotu 5 times (the first one was me!  First jam out they smashed me in the collar bone HARD - I am soooore but fine probably!) and the head ref almost forfeited the game because he was worried about our safety.  But the crowd just went CRAZY everytime our team did ANYTHING and I think at least 90% of those people will be back next time.

I have spent the last few months putting all my spare time into organising this bout, and there were some major problems on the day (sound and lighting dude isnt getting paid contract breaking cunty mc cunt, OH HEY ABOUT THAT PROJECTOR AND SCREEN I WAS BRINGING FOR THE SCOREBOARD...AHHHH SUCH AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE BOUT!!!!) but I am so proud of how it turned otu.  Now the horror of organisning another one for end of may/early June. WAAAAHHH

At least we know the people of Toowoomba LOVE roller derby! :D  Prepare yourself for a million derby photos in the photo thread over the next week! :D
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 16 Apr 2011, 16:55
For the relationship thread 3 perhaps we should just post this and lock the thread.

that thread is practically my other job! it's like you want to get rid of me
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: öde on 16 Apr 2011, 17:01
Not at all! In fact, you've been promoted! Your new office is in the basement!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 16 Apr 2011, 17:05
Good stuff, Jodie!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 16 Apr 2011, 18:34
Hey all of my Northern Hemisphere friends who are bitching about the long winter, Banff is scheduled to get about a foot of snow over the weekend and that is fucking rad. I love snowwwww, suuuuuckkk iiiiiiitttt
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 16 Apr 2011, 19:41
It's April. I want spring. I want flowers and birds and bunnies and twitterpated people/animals. You have your snow, I'll enjoy my random sunny days and watch the flowers bloom.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 16 Apr 2011, 19:46
Hey if I can't get my bone on then neither can you or the bunnies
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 16 Apr 2011, 19:47
Obviously you do not know the ways bunnies work.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 16 Apr 2011, 21:25
Record store day yesterday! I bought my first vinyl - J Mascis' new solo album. It's on marbled blue and purple vinyl and it is the prettiest thing in the entire world.
I took a picture blogged about it here (http://tigerdarling.blogspot.com/2011/04/record-store-day-2011.html).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 16 Apr 2011, 22:03
i love getting emails from students asking me to bump up their grades, absent of any reason or merit, so much

hey, you know what's the best way to bump up your mark? by being smart and doing your work! the all natural way

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC8Vh76vy0w (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC8Vh76vy0w)

Really happy that you linked this Harry, I picked this movie up from a blockbuster that was closing for $3. Very happy with my purchase of this film. My girlfriend didn't like it very much, but she usually falls asleep partway through movies.

In other news, we tried to watch Space Jam tonight when it was on cartoon network. She fell asleep for the bulk of it. She also didn't know who Charles Barkley was.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Dollface on 16 Apr 2011, 23:50
Dear diary

I have this blasting site near me and now they have putted some neon pink markers on the ground and i call them "gay markers" and this conversation happened with my friend.

Me: look a gay marker.
Friend: pink isnt gay color, infact in some cultures pink is sign of masculinity.
Me: gay  markers is gay and thats the end.
Friend: your penis is gay
Me: ofcourse its gay, i have gay penis but thankfully i have  straight ass.
Friend: so you have gay penis but your ass is straight?
Me: yup il make love to gay person but nothing is going up my butt.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 17 Apr 2011, 01:40
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC8Vh76vy0w (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mC8Vh76vy0w)

Really happy that you linked this Harry, I picked this movie up from a blockbuster that was closing for $3. Very happy with my purchase of this film.

Honestly I thought Burn After Reading was terrible and No Country For Old Men was good but it didn't really wow me but A Serious Man is one of my favourite films of recent year and one of my favourite Coen Brothers films ever.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: KvP on 17 Apr 2011, 02:54
Man you know when you meet a musician you love and before it you're all "oh man it would be so awesome to meet that guy / lady, he / she makes music that I love" but then you realize that it's just you there, and they're there, and you're two people, and you know them but they don't know you and they've probably encountered many dozens of people just like you and you feel weird and end up just kind of muttering and shaking their hand instead of being honest about how you've purchased everything they've ever made on limited white label runs? It sucks!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 17 Apr 2011, 03:47
Australians, go watch ABC1 right now if you're not doing anything. Asher Keddie is nailing it, her Buttrose is uncanny.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 17 Apr 2011, 05:18
Yeah I was very pleasantly surprised by how good that whole hour and a half of television was. Sometimes I feel like I've got a bit of Asher Keddie burnout, that lady's in everything these days, but I was completely convinced by her performance. I don't know how it's possible to do Buttrose's lisp without making it sound like you're taking the piss but I guess that's why I'm not an actor.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: est on 17 Apr 2011, 05:33
I was pretty impressed by it.  I wish there was more like it around, I am sick of how much shit it coming out of Aus TV.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 17 Apr 2011, 05:57
Hooray! I enjoyed it too. Hopefully I will be able to catch the last half tomorrow.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 17 Apr 2011, 08:08
I hope you guys are deliberately referring to Buttrose as Buttrose without providing any context for the amusement of the non-Oznians. If so, good show!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: jmrz on 17 Apr 2011, 08:22
Should I understand what this conversation is about?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 17 Apr 2011, 08:45
the graduate student lounge at my school serves free coffee during the day and because i am a mess with no self control, i was drinking between 6-8 cups of coffee a day during the last six weeks or so of the semester. now that school's over i'm trying to wean myself off that horrible caffeine addiction by drinking nothing at all that has caffeine in it except tea in the morning and i feel absolutely exhausted and very ill and have had an absolutely killer headache since yesterday and i still have so many exams to mark but i can barely even read them. why am i so stupid
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 17 Apr 2011, 11:53
I've just returned from nearly two weeks in Sri Lanka.  No Internet!  It was great!

In the airport terminal on the way out, I checked my emails at the gate, and found my boss had let her university card lapse, and so her university email address had been disabled (she could still email me because we're on the same server)!  I used a remote terminal program on the iPhone to connect (via VPN) to my mail server and set her up a temporary account that used an alternative address that didn't require the university to know about her, and still got on the plane without rushing.  Now I've returned, I find she still hasn't even renewed her card...

There will be photos in due course.  Meanwhile, here is a leopard (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmQdNPluOtI) that came and looked me in the eye at about 10 feet distance; that was awesome!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 17 Apr 2011, 12:19
I've just got back from four days in the South of France with my church choir, which was lovely - really amazing weather, a lot of fun with a whole load of people around my age (including two people who are not in the choir but are friends of someone who is, and who came along to provide extra voices - and who just happen to be from my uni and were in the Pantomime! Small world), great concerts and generally really fun. I spent a lot of the spare time sleeping because it was very intensive but I did get to lie in the sun a bit and eat lots of ice cream and see the town.

Now I'm about to either go to bed very early, or start packing up my stuff in order to leave tomorrow - probably the former because I am zonked. It was Palm Sunday today and we did a procession in the service, carrying privet leaves; weird, but apparently normal in France because palms are rare in Paris. Then I went to a party with some choir friends, which was full of opera students who sang incessant operettas and showed off a lot, and I felt rather awkward about my incredibly untrained, unclassical voice so I didn't sing. Bah.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 17 Apr 2011, 13:27
I hope you guys are deliberately referring to Buttrose as Buttrose without providing any context for the amusement of the non-Oznians. If so, good show!

That is exactly what I am doing.

I think she's really good actress and recently I've enjoyed her work enough to even watch Offspring (fun, kinda clever, sorta trashy 1hr dramas on TEN). What I saw of her in Underbelly was alright but it didn't help that the entire series was your average NINE shit sandwich.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 17 Apr 2011, 15:58
I haven't ever seen her before so that made it even more convincing.
Jamie, last night was the first of a two-parter about the beginnings of Cleo magazine in Sydney in the early 70's. The second one is on tonight, but you should probably catch the first. I'm sure it will be up on ABC iView later anyway.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: jhocking on 17 Apr 2011, 16:20
hey tommy, have you ever seen the show "How I Met Your Mother"? I'm watching episode 5 from season 3 right now and Barney is like exactly how you would act.
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Post by: tommydski on 17 Apr 2011, 17:35
I have not seen this show but I seem to recall Julia was crazy about it.

Also, I downloaded that app to test your game but I got no further. Am I supposed to just wait for you to be done or did I miss something?
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Post by: Lunchbox on 17 Apr 2011, 17:38
The difference between Barney and Tommy is that Barney knows he is God's gift to all women.
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Post by: tommydski on 17 Apr 2011, 17:39
Whereas I know I am not.
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Post by: squawk on 17 Apr 2011, 21:57
I am absolutely dying of laughter because Facebook's facial recognition 'let's help you tag photos by being creepy' thingy believes that Flava Flav has the same face as my half-japanese half-white panda-resembling friend.
This has been: my life is dumb.
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Post by: JimmyJazz on 17 Apr 2011, 22:06
After roughly 24 hours/3 days in the studio, all the tracking for my band's EP is finished. Recording in a semi-legit studio's is really fucking cool and  our friend is the most phenomenal producer/engineer; patient, intelligent, someone who approaches the process as a collaboration with the band as opposed to him being passive or telling us what to do. We were well rehearsed and he was familiar enough with the music so that a good portion of the time was spent experimenting and discussing what our goals were for the specific songs. Overall it was a laborious but enjoyable and artistically fulfilling experience. Mixing should be done by the end of spring and then we'll have an actual EP out holy shit, being a band is the best thing ever guys
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Post by: Johnny C on 17 Apr 2011, 22:08
yeah dude! congrats! can't wait for us to hear it.
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Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 18 Apr 2011, 16:03
snow this morning, and now it's so bright and sunny outside that i can't look anywhere but down

hey, weather, did you know that it's april already? figure it out
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Post by: valley_parade on 18 Apr 2011, 16:16
I froze my ass off at a baseball game over the weekend. Had to buy a jacket (thankfully they were on sale..) and a blanket, and yet my feet were still numb and freezing.

Frig, man. It was so cold that I went into the bathroom during the 5th inning and there was steam coming off of my piss.  :psyduck:

Also, Ally, DAMN YOU. I didn't get a chance to stop at a record store, and the only thing I've been wanting to pick up is said Mascis album.
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Post by: Lunchbox on 18 Apr 2011, 16:33
What is that Shane I cannot hear you over the majesty

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5023/5626537508_42037d4ed1.jpg)
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Post by: valley_parade on 18 Apr 2011, 16:35
HAUGL.

Will have to order at some point.

If you want to have a fancy record off, I have a Two Cow Garage 7" that is PBR colored. It's half white and half silver with red and blue splatters.
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Post by: Joseph on 18 Apr 2011, 17:01
Ugh. Really unproductive today, which is fine I guess since my deadline isn't super pressing but I just want to get this last paper away from me so I can bask in a successfully completed degree. Instead I spent almost all my day reading poetry or reading about poetry, mostly on the internet but I also read two whole books, plus assorted other poems in print and a bit of Zizek. I guess that is productive maybe, in that it's fueling what I really would like to focus my energies on more, but it's probably healthier to finish with my actual school commitments first. But these sorts of things have been basically all I've felt able to focus on at all in the past month, since my friend's death, and as a result I indulge in them probably more than I should.

Really I just need to push through to the end but I just cannot bring myself to sit down and do it.
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Post by: Johnny C on 18 Apr 2011, 18:25
tell me about it, dude, i've hit like a complete & utter wall when it comes to doing stuff. like i actually can't bring myself to do any work. it's fucking awful and i hate it.
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Post by: Joseph on 18 Apr 2011, 18:41
tell me about it, dude, i've hit like a complete & utter wall when it comes to doing stuff. like i actually can't bring myself to do any work. it's fucking awful and i hate it.

we are just going to have to get good and rowdy drunk in a month to celebrate this shit being over
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Post by: Patrick on 18 Apr 2011, 19:12
Man you know when you meet a musician you love and before it you're all "oh man it would be so awesome to meet that guy / lady, he / she makes music that I love" but then you realize that it's just you there, and they're there, and you're two people, and you know them but they don't know you and they've probably encountered many dozens of people just like you and you feel weird and end up just kind of muttering and shaking their hand instead of being honest about how you've purchased everything they've ever made on limited white label runs? It sucks!

I've never had this problem. I usually just wind up shooting the shit and giving honest critiques of their set. I don't get star struck at all, and it's great because I feel like I am actually making a cool person's acquaintance instead of OMG I AM MEETING THIS PERSON I IDOLIZE. I think it's because I know I will never meet the three people I want to meet the very most in this world (John Lennon, George Harrison, and Elliott Smith) so I just don't really give as much of a fuck? I don't know.

Finding a new job is proving to be very difficult. Why am I not surprised. Back at it tomorrow.
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Post by: scarred on 19 Apr 2011, 00:12
Man Pat I dunno what the job market's like where you are but I've been searching for a job in Seattle for months (albeit not as hard as I probably could be). Tourist season is coming up though, so I'm optimistic.

In unrelated news I am flying to San Francisco in May, the weekend before Sasquatch! So, that should be pretty fun.
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Post by: tania on 19 Apr 2011, 08:05
joseph and jc i have googled a "motivational poster" to help you with your respective journeys, i think it's got a good positive message

(http://i1.treklens.com/photos/11724/reach.jpg)
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Post by: öde on 19 Apr 2011, 09:01
While applying for jobs I came across this sentence:

"It serves around 1600 noms per week on average."
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Post by: Joseph on 19 Apr 2011, 12:02
that moon is going to squish that poor kitty
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Post by: valley_parade on 19 Apr 2011, 14:52
The results of a boring afternoon at work (and working alongside some friends):

We found these (http://www.amazon.com/Simtec-Fun-Slides-Carpet-Skates/dp/B000MN8DT0/ref=dp_cp_ob_t_title_1), one of these (http://www.amazon.com/CARPET-PUCK-Double-Pack-Funslides/dp/B000ELQUW2/ref=pd_sim_t_2), and some old Whalers sweaters from another site, along with one of our managers being a hockey mom who would surely lend us sticks..

we're starting a company carpet hockey team. Our NY office has kickball, volleyball and bowling teams..why can't we have fun?
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Post by: Johnny C on 19 Apr 2011, 19:12
one more thing and im done
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 19 Apr 2011, 19:18
I am sitting outside my old apartment while the carpets get cleaned. So bored.

We've been at our new place for a couple of days now and its pretty nice. Still doesn't feel like home but we're still living out of boxes and bags so I'm sure that'll come with time.
An annoying thing is that I can't do any uni work on my week off because my usb is fucked and I don't have good internet access (I'm on my phone, ill have the net up in like, 2 weeks?). Still its such a nice flat.
I hate our new neighbour though. He's fucking weird. Keeps showing up unannounced and just walking into our flat. Yesterday he just rocked up and hid under Riz's bed. In the end I had to physically eject him from the apartment. He's completely fucked.
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Post by: Patrick on 19 Apr 2011, 19:32
Man. When a person who hurt you more than you've ever been hurt by anything in your life suddenly comes up out of the blue after several months and tells you "I should have appreciated you more," how should you react? This is my major quandary of the day.

Also, I can't find my fucking 4-track. I can figure out how to feel about my ex thing later, this is something I have got to solve way more immediately.
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Post by: Tom on 19 Apr 2011, 19:32
You say "well fucking duh" and then you walk away.
Alrighty, sat my Physiology exam. I may have muddled up my short answer Q's on sliding filament theory (I feel really dumb!). I also just got out of my Biochemistry marked practical which was a lot lot easier. I finished roughly 45 minutes early and was happy with my answers til my asshole demonstrator tried to unnerve me (Bastard!). Now to revise for my micro quiz, lab and bacterial isolation. I'll be on Easter break come sundown.
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Post by: tania on 19 Apr 2011, 22:32
you can ask why she did what she did, if you want closure. otherwise, just forgive her and let it go. admittedly a lot of people probably wouldn't do the same but i can almost guarantee you'll feel much better for doing so. holding a permanent grudge is like sitting at your desk in your shitty little apartment in vancouver eating mcdonalds and a tub of ice cream by yourself: it feels good while you're savoring it, but in the long term rarely does anyone any favours. also sometimes it gives you diarrhea.
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Post by: tania on 19 Apr 2011, 22:38
(http://images.mylot.com/userImages/images/postphotos/1724391.jpeg)
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Post by: JD on 19 Apr 2011, 23:22
Hey dudes I'm heading down to maryland in the first weekish of july. Anyone in that area know anything interesting to do?

(I won't be up for hangouts because I'll be with family and friends and whatnot)


edit
(Also I would feel kinda weird hanging out with people on the internet when someone else is hoofing the bill for the trip.)
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Post by: Patrick on 19 Apr 2011, 23:23
I had simply convinced myself it was a bad dream and was content to pretend she didn't exist and it never happened, but it didn't bother me any. We turned out to have a fairly fulfilling conversation about our lives as they are now. It seriously felt like I was just making a new friend. I dunno, I feel like that's a pretty good way for things to go down.

Fuck it, I'll say it. I'm stoked for tomorrow.
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Post by: Dimmukane on 19 Apr 2011, 23:30
Hey dudes I'm heading down to maryland in the first weekish of july. Anyone in that area know anything interesting to do?


Whereabouts? 
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Post by: JD on 20 Apr 2011, 00:15
Near Columbia.
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Post by: öde on 20 Apr 2011, 02:58
I got a reply from a recruitment agency regarding one of the jobs I applied for! I have no idea who the job would be with though, as all the adverts are extremely vague ("our client" etc).
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 20 Apr 2011, 03:14
Standard practice. A lot of agencies have had problems in the past where it has become common knowledge that they are recruiting for a particular company and another agency will snipe the job by undercutting them. I've missed out on a couple of posible placements because of this. Usually they'll reveal the client at the point where they want you to go and interview for them.
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Post by: Jace on 20 Apr 2011, 04:17
Ugh, I guess the catalytic converter on my car is fucked up. I don't have $350 to fix it either. goddammit.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 20 Apr 2011, 10:21
After three and a half months of looking, I finally have another job. After years of  of being critical of them, it feels like a vaguely phyrric victory that the job is with the Royal Mail but WOO HOO nonetheless.

Besides, if anyone gloats I'm going to treat their mail like a suspicious package.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 20 Apr 2011, 14:03
Guess who's drunk at 3pm, guess who just bought a pack of cigarettes, guess who's making all of the bad decisions today
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Post by: tommydski on 20 Apr 2011, 14:06
J'Accuse!
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Post by: David_Dovey on 20 Apr 2011, 14:15
I'd respond to that but first I gotta go drink a giant bottle of Trois Pistoles while taking a shit and then give myself a drunken haircut
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Post by: David_Dovey on 20 Apr 2011, 15:18
I've got, like, Janelle Monae hair now. Boss.
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Post by: öde on 20 Apr 2011, 15:22
Photographs are requested.
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Post by: squawk on 20 Apr 2011, 15:35
dovey you're livin the life i want to live! meanwhile, i just got super high at 2:30 AM and didn't go to my classes AGAIN because i woke up at 3.

it is raining
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Post by: David_Dovey on 20 Apr 2011, 15:37
Photographs are requested.

eh, it looks pretty much the same as the last time I got drunk and cut my own hair, if a bit shorter on the sides (I had a accident  :mrgreen: )
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Post by: öde on 20 Apr 2011, 16:08
Fair enough, I wish I had the balls to cut my own hair, as it is I'm happy to pay someone 9 every couple of months to make it look like this (http://img98.imageshack.us/img98/3899/photokmy.jpg).

I forgot how great spring was! The air smells so sweet and the temperature is perfect!
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Post by: Patrick on 21 Apr 2011, 00:41
Dear blog,

I am feeling rather depressed lately. Manageable, but I just feel like I'm not getting anything done. Ugh. Job searching is a grim business around these parts. It's the only thing I ever have to occupy my mind, though, and that seeps into my social life when I do get the chance to escape the whole scene.

There isn't a day that goes by where I don't regret being such a fuckup in school.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 21 Apr 2011, 00:51
My rat just died. I cuddled him and stroked his fur while it happened.

I am Sadness.
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Post by: tommydski on 21 Apr 2011, 01:03
Sorry to hear that Jimmy.
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Post by: squawk on 21 Apr 2011, 01:17
:(
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Post by: valley_parade on 21 Apr 2011, 06:28
There isn't a day that goes by where I don't regret being such a fuckup in school.

Hey, me too! And Edith makes me feel bad about droppin' out of college (I WILL go back some day, promise.)
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Post by: Lines on 21 Apr 2011, 06:30
Hugs, Jimmy.
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Post by: Boro_Bandito on 21 Apr 2011, 07:02
My rat just died. I cuddled him and stroked his fur while it happened.

Aww man, condolences. One of mine died just before Halloween of a stroke while I was with him for the entire thing, so I know how that goes.
His name was Ezio so I said "Requiescat in pace."
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Post by: valley_parade on 21 Apr 2011, 07:18
I just spent $180 on three Manchester United tickets.

Normally, when the Revs are at home, said seats are $20 a piece. And I'm not even in the bloody Fort.  :psyduck: :-o
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Post by: öde on 21 Apr 2011, 07:26
Got an interview next week for a job as an ass manager! Woo! Only downside is I have to travel up to London.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 21 Apr 2011, 08:57
There isn't a day that goes by where I don't regret being such a fuckup in school.

Hey, me too! And Edith makes me feel bad about droppin' out of college (I WILL go back some day, promise.)

I don't know how feasible this is for you at the moment, Patrick, but there are all kinds of part-time, evening, full-time, flexi-time etc courses for adults which you could look into. In a way there's more choice than for "standard-age" students because I guess adults know better what they want to do, and are more motivated to do it?

So far it seems like dropping out of uni for this year has been the best thing I ever did in terms of my education and just life in general. It's shown me that the traditional timeline for school isn't the only one, or even the best one.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 21 Apr 2011, 09:31
Jimmy nooooo  :-(
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Post by: Liz on 21 Apr 2011, 09:53
Got an interview next week for a job as an ass manager! Woo! Only downside is I have to travel up to London.

Tell me more about this job. How does one manage asses?
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Post by: McTaggart on 21 Apr 2011, 10:00
With a carrot on a stick.
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Post by: Alex C on 21 Apr 2011, 12:19
My sister's marriage is making my life, much, much harder than it needs to be. I just want to yell "Get divorced already!"
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Post by: Rizzo on 21 Apr 2011, 18:28
Omg omg omg New house! New Job! New... life!

All is going well. Jimmy, Lisa and I are, as you've probably read, moved into a new apartment. It's heaps rad and heaps big. I second Jimmy on the fuck Benny notion, that dude is a goddamn next level creeper. Get off my porch Benny you jerk.

New job is pretty good. Interesting enough and fairly easy. Looks like I'm going to enjoy working the night shift.
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Post by: JD on 21 Apr 2011, 19:13
Man I am really sick of high school right now. They had to have a pep rally on the day I was supposed to do a rad presentation on roman coins. Also the pep rally was pretty lame because the power went out half way through.
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Post by: Lines on 21 Apr 2011, 19:39
I made cupcakes today. They are decorated like Pokeballs and Mario mushrooms.
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Post by: squawk on 22 Apr 2011, 00:38
blog thread can you just be my blog for a bit because i don't even want to put this in my own blog and i'm sick of blogging to my friends and they probably hate me and just AGH MATH MIDTERM TOMORROW AND I'M SO ILL-PREPARED and my panicking is doing nothing but just holding me back from actually getting productive studying done but like it's probably going to be useless anyway honestly since i'm so sleep deprived (though not as bad as before) and i know this is the price i must pay for making this week Bad Decision Lifetime but it's also just so FRUSTRATING because up until this week i had been on top of my shit and doing my homework and not procrastinating and so i know how to DO all this calc but just conceptually it's a bit COMPLICATED and there's SO MUCH SHIT and so much can go WRONG and oh my god i don't even get to relax after this exam is done because i have to go straight back into panic mode about my chem midterm on monday and that's my only midterm in that class for the quarter and i don't think i've even BEEN to chem since this month was still in like single digit dates and just oh god oh god oh god why can't i be normal and smart instead of crazy and really stupid
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Post by: squawk on 22 Apr 2011, 00:40
i sent this to my friend 'cause it's kind of an injoke and we communicate in phone screencaps far too often but no yeah this is me, forever

(http://i113.photobucket.com/albums/n217/rageaholicdove/Capture0_34_44.jpg)
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Post by: Tom on 22 Apr 2011, 03:37
Shit, Anna, just big yourself up and stop freaking. Otherwise you'll spoil all the study you've just done.
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Post by: Spluff on 22 Apr 2011, 03:41
ugh, the constant hangovers

university life is taxing
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Post by: StaedlerMars on 22 Apr 2011, 05:15
man, that is basically my main memory from first and second year.
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Post by: Inlander on 22 Apr 2011, 05:59
"Say, what kind of bird is that, anyway?"

"That? That's a South American Give-it-to-me. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gSmVNxePOM)"

I've had a pretty shit week in a pretty shit month but tonight I went and saw the Pajama Men at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and laughed pretty much non-stop for an hour and a half which improved my mood considerably.
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Post by: pwhodges on 22 Apr 2011, 09:43
My brother mentioned this over lunch today, and I had to check whether it was true...

Sorbus No Parking (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sorbus_admonitor) is a tree named after a notice nailed to the first sample identified.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JimmyJazz on 24 Apr 2011, 00:17
Guys I am really depressed about the chance that I might not be able to afford school next year that it's affecting my ability to focus on my huge workload, which I need to maintain good grades and make the school give me Scholarship money. Help me
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Post by: StaedlerMars on 24 Apr 2011, 06:44
I spent the morning biking, had a kind of business meeting for lunch, and am now replacing the handlebars on my bike before heading to a barbecue in the meadows. Summer is here!
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Post by: Patrick on 24 Apr 2011, 09:22
My wrist hurts from the last time I went to my best friend's ranch. We were taking down an old fence that was on it's last legs, and I went to knock one of the boards off by driving the heel of my palm into it. Well, I derped and drove my hand into it at the part where fingers meet palm instead. This caused my wrist to bend back way too far way too quickly, and it's been hella sore ever since. And I can't move it with a very good range of motion.

On the upside, yesterday I went to my old house and picked up my bike. I worked on it with my old roomie for a bit and we had a good time doing so. I love being mechanically inclined, otherwise I'd have hated every second of that AND I'd have probably fucked my bike up. But I fixed it mostly instead!
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Post by: sean on 24 Apr 2011, 09:50
whoa just emailed two landlords about getting an apartment.

adult things
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Post by: David_Dovey on 24 Apr 2011, 10:05
I'm fat!
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Post by: sean on 24 Apr 2011, 10:08
please post a picture of yr stomach, dovey.

pretty please with cherries on top.
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Post by: tommydski on 24 Apr 2011, 10:47
I'm fat!

And sassy!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 24 Apr 2011, 11:15
Okay definitely starting to get annoyed at how lame this breakup is turning out to be so I'm just gonna go outside and work on my bike and then I'm gonna go to Berkeley and try to get a dang EP recorded with my homie.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 24 Apr 2011, 11:17
I'm fat!

And sassy!

Here is a picture of me

(http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l98plzGLFU1qbipv3o1_400.gif)
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Post by: nekowafer on 24 Apr 2011, 11:52
I got to hang out with people yesterday and go to the aquarium and it was awesome! And I got a stuffed animal that made the grumpy boyfriend feel better. And then we came back to my house and my friend transferred all 100 gigs of his music collection to my computer. YAY NEW MUSIC! I am in a really great mood today despite feeling kind of sick. This is awesome.

Is that picture pre- or post-"Real Housewife" makeover?
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Post by: tania on 24 Apr 2011, 15:35
Guys I am really depressed about the chance that I might not be able to afford school next year that it's affecting my ability to focus on my huge workload, which I need to maintain good grades and make the school give me Scholarship money. Help me

whenever i can't focus and feel really overwhelmed and paralyzed by work, what helps me the most is breaking down my tasks into as many small, separate tasks as i possibly can and then just doing each tiny thing one at a time, even if it's writing an essay one single painstaking sentence at a time (which is actually what i did for my final paper - i got 10,000 words in three days!). don't think about the enormity of your workload or the big picture, just focus on each little thing and take it exactly one thing at a time until you feel like you're utterly spent and you can't do any more. compared to entire tasks which might feel monstrous, each tiny thing will be relatively easy to complete and subsequently it's then easier to tell yourself "yeah, i guess i can do one more thing" and thus it's an effective way of keeping busy and productive.
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Post by: BrittanyMarie on 24 Apr 2011, 17:46
adam smashed his car on saturday, smashed it right into an escalade. that is like, number one of cars to not crash into. it's fine and he's fine but now i get to drive him everywhere.

it's most weird that i don't mind. i just wish psn was up


ALSO: i got him into (smog) today so i am proud of myself.
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Post by: JD on 24 Apr 2011, 21:27
My brother spilled soda on my and refused to apologize despite the insistence of everyone else that he should. Such an asshole and I'm still fuming about it augh
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Spluff on 25 Apr 2011, 01:48
My brother spilled soda on my and refused to apologize despite the insistence of everyone else that he should. Such an asshole and I'm still fuming about it augh

It's ok I'm sure he on accidentally the soda on your
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Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Apr 2011, 03:15
There's a dinner at uni for people who were at the Minack last summer and I really want to go, but I can't justify spending 40 on train tickets when I'm not earning anything. The dinner is on May 6th and I haven't RSVPed yet so I really need to decide for definite in the next few days. I've tried coaches, trains, lifeshare.com, asking other people who are going (no answer on those last two yet).

If any of you guys happen to be driving from anywhere in the vicinity of Shropshire/Birmingham/similar to anywhere near Cambridge/London/similar on anything between the 4th and 6th May, or back on anything between the 7th and 9th, I'd be incredibly grateful if I could cadge a lift! In exchange for petrol money/cup cakes/similar, of course.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 25 Apr 2011, 08:16
My brother spilled soda on my and refused to apologize despite the insistence of everyone else that he should. Such an asshole and I'm still fuming about it augh

It's ok I'm sure he on accidentally the soda on your
Use your imagination to change that y into an e.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Boro_Bandito on 25 Apr 2011, 10:00
Shit I was worried that it was your keyboard/xbox/phone/playstation/other expensive piece of electronics
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Post by: Zingoleb on 25 Apr 2011, 10:36
So I stopped an old man outside the library and commented that I liked his hat. I misspelled that as fat. I do not like your fat, old man, get your fat away from me.

Anyways, I said I liked his hat. He talked for the next fifteen minutes about how he used to be a boxer and ran  eight miles a day, and his children don't care about him and his  wife died, but he was pretty entertaining about it all! Then I said I had to go (because it was cold and I am in a skirt because I have pretty dumb ideas some days (most days)), and he said, and I quote, "Well, like they said in Ireland, merci beaucoup!"

It wasn't his mind going, it was just really adorable. This little old dude in a bowler was a serious charmer back in the day. A serious charmer who punched people in the face.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 25 Apr 2011, 21:32
I ran into the guy that played Spider-man on The Electric Company the other day while at the library, or at least he claims he did. He started chatting me up after I inquired about which library the first collection of Ultimate Comics Presents Ultimate Spider-man came from.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: onewheelwizzard on 25 Apr 2011, 22:09
Things to do before I die:

[√] Set my face on fire

Yep, totally never need to do that again for the rest of my life.

Ever.
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Post by: JD on 25 Apr 2011, 22:19
how bad is it?
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Post by: onewheelwizzard on 25 Apr 2011, 22:38
The area I set on fire is about the size of my hand, between the middle of my forehead and the right side of my mouth.  There's a coin-sized piece of skin that got lifted off the side of my nose (only the very top layer though) and I lost half of my right eyebrow and about a third of my mustache.  All in all, it's not nearly enough to give me an interesting scar and to be honest I probably won't even remember that it happened by the end of the week.  It kinda hurts like a bitch right now though.

It was totally my own fault.  I straight up hit myself in the face with a flaming knot of kevlar that was all soaked in fuel and had only just been lit, got a whole side of my face all wet with actively combusting naphtha, and didn't manage to put it out until at least a second and a half later.  The damage and subsequent pain ended up being relatively light, compared to how bad it could've been.    It'll be sore for a while but I didn't do any lasting damage and I'm counting myself lucky, considering the fact that the area of my face that I set on fire actually covers my right eye (which is a little swollen ... we'll see how it feels in the morning).

In any case, it's not happening again.  I was trying some really difficult shit that I should've waited on until the flames were a good bit lower, and I was a little tipsy to boot, and I paid for it.  It's not the kind of mistake you make twice.  On the plus side, I kept spinning until they burned out, and the second, third, and fourth time I tried the same trick, it worked great.  I didn't realize that I'd actually fucked my face up until I stopped and the adrenaline wore off a bit.

I fucking love spinning fire, by the way.  To be totally honest I'm kind of proud of this.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 25 Apr 2011, 22:56
put some aloe vera on that shit
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Post by: richlitt on 26 Apr 2011, 02:36
yesterday was kind of awesome. I woke up early and said goodbye to my mother who had come to see me for the first time in five years in Edinburgh and then she was gone so I biked back home and didn't use punctuation because it makes it sound continuous and like that guy on pitchfork reviews.

Then I totally went to a coffee shop and hung out with my friend who is an expert on afghani warfare and pakistani tribes and shit and then I installed OSX.6 on a new macbook backup that used to be my grandfathers and then I went home to get some more stuff. When I realised I was watching a really lame series I stopped and went outside and when I was outside I went to the big park here called the meadows where I saw the most beuatiful girl I know who I had sworn I would ask out the day before after three years of me being like "I love that girl, but it'll never work."

The upshot is that we hung out all day, first for hours and hours in the sun with friends and then at a horse race that was really thirty hippies running around with people on their back next to cherry blossoming trees which was awesome and there were so many dreadlocks and a fer happy dogs and after being told that the day was a peaceful jaguar day by Big Tim, the guy who is a bit crazy but has a nice dog, i went off and had dinner and wine and good times with girl and co and then at one point after dinner we went into a room alone and played the guitar songs we wrote ourselves before everyone else joined us and then i told her i would meet her today and teach her yoshimi battles the pink robots on guitar and it was perfect and she wanted that.

the problem is I don't know it and this morning before I had to clean the flat because the landlords suck and before I had to go to work and before I annoyed my flatmates by being like 'i have work' i tried to learn it on the guitar and my wrist killed and hopefully i'll get it soon or maybe i'll just restring my ukulele because that's easier and i really want this to work.
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Post by: Tom on 26 Apr 2011, 05:53
put some aloe vera on that shit

Ha ha no, if the burn in total is greater than a circle of roughly less that 1 inch in diameter you need to get it looked at by a pro. The possibility of infection is a serious worry even if it isn't yet weeping (serum, puss, whatever take yr pick).
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Post by: JD on 26 Apr 2011, 06:45
right ignore me then
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Post by: onewheelwizzard on 26 Apr 2011, 06:59
I put some antibiotic and vaseline on it before I went to bed last night and I woke up and it's all weepy and yellow.  I'm going to continue to apply antibiotic.  It's not particularly painful, but it's pretty ugly.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 26 Apr 2011, 10:11
Go and see a doctor you fool. Topical lotions are OK for minor burns but if it's weepy and yellow now then it will probably need proper dressing. Better to deal with it now before it gets proper bad.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: StaedlerMars on 26 Apr 2011, 10:45
Man that was some epic bike fixing fail.
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Post by: nufan on 26 Apr 2011, 10:57
Well, my jobs in jeopardy. I kinda brought it on myself - I work from home and sometimes it is so very easy to get distracted. Got sent a very lengthy letter from my boss (who never normally does anything like that) telling me, in so many words, to fucking get my shit together. Hopefully if I pull a lot of late nights and sort it out in the next few days I can keep it.

To be honest, if this was happening a few months later I'd be tempted by to call it off altogether. I'm off to Uni in September so if this happened in June I might be tempted to take a few months off before I go and enjoy summer. As it is I think I'm just gonna have to pull it together for the next few months I think. Today was sure not fun though.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: snalin on 26 Apr 2011, 11:31
Bosses are very good at asking you to pull your shit together in elaborate ways. My spent half an hour to tell me to work harder, without ever actually asking me to work harder, but instead describing the values my company has, and how that affect my work day. Yay for communications skills.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 26 Apr 2011, 14:30
I went to see a girl in a mustache playing punk on a ukelele last night. It was AMAZING.
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Post by: Tom on 26 Apr 2011, 14:46
It must have been a really big mustache, did she offer rides?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 26 Apr 2011, 14:58
Actually, she did offer a ride. Just not on her mustache, it was in her car. She ended up crashing at my place for the night.
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Post by: A Wet Helmet on 26 Apr 2011, 17:22
Bosses are very good at asking you to pull your shit together in elaborate ways. My spent half an hour to tell me to work harder, without ever actually asking me to work harder, but instead describing the values my company has, and how that affect my work day. Yay for communications skills.

Funny, I just finished writing a short, but very carefully constructed email telling a couple of people to get their shit together, like, now.  It was really quite a challenge to convey the level of firm resolve and pissed-offedness necessary while still maintaining a facade of congeniality.

Kinda sucked, actually.
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Post by: Lines on 27 Apr 2011, 12:33
Peoples, I keep seeing Sam's doppelganger around campus and it's weirding me out. Like he has the beard and glasses and everything. Sam, you may have an older brother. I have found him.
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Post by: abadname on 28 Apr 2011, 00:12
Tonight I filled out an internal bid at my company for the position of sous chef.  This is a bit of a long shot, but I feel really good about it.  I'm one of the youngest people in the kitchen and I don't have the most experience, but I am the guy that people go to and rely on and I am able to do all the tasks.  This is big, and I feel really anxious in a good way.  There will be a lot of prayers, nerves, and lost sleep until I get an answer.  I honestly think there is a good chance I'll get it, but if I don't then nothing changes.

Also I'm getting married in 44 days and got out of class (culinary school) for the summer last week.  If I get this then this summer will officially be the best possible summer, and I'll be able to go back to school not as just a student with a good amount of real world experience, but as the student who is a sous chef in a restaurant.  I need this.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 28 Apr 2011, 11:51
yesterday was one of the most emotionally turbulent days i have ever had, for mostly dumb reasons, and it was mostly ups but the downs were very drastic, at least they all got negated though. but it was just SO STRESSFUL!

my friend had backstage passes to arcade fire (with the national!) in indianapolis and she was just texting me, i can't even be angry or jealous at that. she was at the afterparty and was just like "i am watching arcade fire and the national play basketball." so great! also, this means i'm like, three or four degrees of separation away from arcade fire :D i don't know how they became my favorite band so strongly but they just are

the major reason for my crazies though was probably this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGnJ0uUgJIw), god damn
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Post by: pwhodges on 28 Apr 2011, 15:44
Apparently there's some wedding going on tomorrow.
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Post by: Lunchbox on 28 Apr 2011, 16:02
This one?
(http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/226234_10150231292750180_612000179_9086388_7289279_n.jpg)
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Post by: ackblom12 on 28 Apr 2011, 16:06
What sitcom is that from?
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Post by: pwhodges on 28 Apr 2011, 16:09
If my prospective husband looked like the one pictured on that mug, I'd call it off.

What sitcom is that from?

Could be The Royle Family, I suppose.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nufan on 28 Apr 2011, 16:56
I think I worked my behind off enough in the last few days to show my boss I'm pretty capable and hopefully save my job. Tonight I plan to get so drunk I forget we live in a monarchy. 1649-1660 4ever.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 28 Apr 2011, 17:07
the major reason for my crazies though was probably this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGnJ0uUgJIw), god damn

Hey anna how come you're a Spurs fan when there's like four Californian teams in the NBA?

On a slightly related note, I wanna get more into the NBA but there's never any games on TV :c
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: squawk on 28 Apr 2011, 19:02
Because three of them suck and I will never support Kobe Bryant ever

And Manu Ginobili is my hero
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Post by: squawk on 28 Apr 2011, 19:03
I don't know, there's a lot to be said about the league and how the Spurs are really quite unique and there's no other team like them but I'll wait til their season is over, which will hopefully be in late June :3
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Post by: StaedlerMars on 28 Apr 2011, 19:31
On a slightly related note, I wanna get more into the NBA but there's never any games on TV :c

myp2p.eu, there might be a canadian/us equivalent?
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Post by: Patrick on 28 Apr 2011, 20:25
Sunday, I went to Berkeley and recorded a demo (posted on the music board in the relevant thread, and also here (http://soundcloud.com/kimjongsick/sets/good-feels-promo)). It isn't done, but I am circulating this around to get as much feedback as possible. PM plz!

K.A. Applegate did an AMA on Reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/gzhau/iam_ka_applegate_author_of_animorphs_and_many/) today and I almost cried. So goddamn good. The Animorphs series was the best shit ever. Honestly some of her responses to questions make me wanna cry.
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Post by: Inlander on 28 Apr 2011, 20:38
What I'm thinking of doing is keeping the regular Sunday SMS stories, but also cutting them down to size and posting them on Twitter on Mondays. I'll also set up a simple blog which will explain the whole project and which will have the phone number for anyone who wants to subscribe to the SMS versions. I'll probably also get a PayPal account or something and start charging a small subscription fee for the stories - probably A$10 a year (which will more than cover the costs of distribution).

I'll probably waive the fee for existing subscribers, though. (Don't tell anyone!)

Oh hey there, Blog Thread page 175, remember when I said I was going to do this?

SHAZAM! http://twitter.com/MondayStory (http://twitter.com/MondayStory)

KAPOW!! http://smsstories.blogspot.com/ (http://smsstories.blogspot.com/)

After some careful thought I decided to just beg discreetly for donations rather than demanding a subscription fee from people new to the SMS stories, mainly because asking people on the internet to give me their phone number is already weird and creepy enough without also demanding that they send me money for the privilege.

Anyway if you've been getting the SMS stories you'll know the drill - one extremely short story a week, the SMS version on Sunday (as always) and the Twitter version on Monday (both Australian time - local time may differ).
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Post by: Graphite on 30 Apr 2011, 04:19
Sunday, I went to Berkeley and recorded a demo (posted on the music board in the relevant thread, and also here (http://soundcloud.com/kimjongsick/sets/good-feels-promo)). It isn't done, but I am circulating this around to get as much feedback as possible. PM plz!

K.A. Applegate did an AMA on Reddit (http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/gzhau/iam_ka_applegate_author_of_animorphs_and_many/) today and I almost cried. So goddamn good. The Animorphs series was the best shit ever. Honestly some of her responses to questions make me wanna cry.
Oh hey, I read that while it was going on. I loved the series, but knowing that she was expected to put out a new book every month, and ended up resorting to ghostwriters from about book 26 on, and then didn't treat them too well, broke my heart a little bit.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 30 Apr 2011, 19:53
I've been coming in to work on the weekends (I work on weekends but usually from home) because I haven't got the net at our new flat yet. No one else comes into the office on these days because I'm the only one that does weekend work so I can usually play my own music with impunity over the large speakers.

Today I've been listening to this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujapSvrk92U&NR=1) on an infinite loop.

Someone just came in to the office to get something from their desk or whatever and was met with the site of me, a heavily tattooed, 6 foot, long-haired and generally scruffy looking guy dancing around to a cartoon cat.
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Post by: Doctor Online on 30 Apr 2011, 21:16
http://nyan.cat/

You'll never have to hit replay again.
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Post by: JimmyJazz on 01 May 2011, 01:01
I'm way too angry to write a large amount right now, so this is a placeholder for a rant about a first-hand encounter with the Bystander Effect and bigotry of the most vile kind. Am temped to give up on humanity
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Post by: Doctor Online on 01 May 2011, 17:02
Dear Blog thread,

I've been fighting migraines for the past three days, I've been sleeping every day and all night just about. I'm running on auto pilot at work, messing things up, but I'm scared and want nothing more than to go home to see my mom. Last week while mom was at work, she was getting tickets from a drawer close to the floor. Next thing she knew, something hit her in the back of her head. She was instantly on the ground, she tried getting back up but her balance was thrown off and she fell back into the bins. At that point a co-worker came and helped her back up, and the first thing a manager said was "Are you ok to work?" mom stayed at work, 2 hours later she was approached by a manager who asked "Are you ok?" mom turned to him crying and said "I don't know.", he said "Ok" and walked away. A bit later mom walkd to her co-managers office crying and told her "My lips are numb, I can't think, I'm confused, I think I need to go home." her co-manager said "Whatever Margie, just go home." and shut the office door on mom. Mom turned to one of her co-workers who was with her, started crying even harder and said "They don't care about me." her co-worker said "Well we do. GO to the emergency room NOW." Mom drove herself to the ER, sat in the parking lot for a few confused on what to do, and then just came home.

The next night, her and dad were sitting down eating, her mouth and nose started pouring blood. Dad panicked and she was finally taken to the ER. They did a CT scan, they found spots on her brain. They kept her in a room hooked to an IV for a few hours and then just simply let her go home. The next day she went to the Walmart doctor to get checked out. He was enraged that the hospital she was at the night before sent her home. The scans showed exactly what was wrong with her, and were what scared her Workman's Comp doctor. He immediately called corporate Walmart and demanded that they send someone in to measure how high the box was and how much it weighed.

The box was 15 feet in the air and 15 pounds, my mom wasn't simply hit in the head, she was hammered. She suffered a stroke, a sub-arachnoid hemorrhage. That workman's comp doctor immediately called an ambulance and had her rushed to MCV in Richmond, Va. They did another CT scan, it showed that the bleeding had stopped. They did a spinal tap to see where the blood she did have in her brain possibly leaked.

Been a few days, she's been home. She has to go through speech therapy, and do little memory tests. It kills me to talk to her. Everything she says, in text, on face book, over the phone... it makes me just cry. I can tell something about her has changed, I can only hope it is temporary. I can hear her struggling on the phone to talk at certain points. She can write things just fine she said, but her speech is very slurred and sometimes she cannot even properly pronounce something. Last night, within an hour, she told me the same thing twice without realizing she had already told me.

I've done some research on her injury, she is very lucky to be alive, 50% of the people that have the injury, and don't seek immediate treatment die in their sleep that very night. I'm panicked because she has to be very careful, the next 30 days are very crucial. 45% of the people don't make it within the first 30 days. This is something she is going to have to live with for the rest of her life. She's not going to be able to do the same things she used to do, she used to go to the gym every day, and a very strong, intelligent woman. They ran tests while she was in the hospital the 2nd time, other than her head injury, her health is immaculate. For a 45 year old woman who smokes, she has nothing wrong with her.

More than anything, I want to take Walmart down for this accident. Their poor management team, the placement of the box, everything. This could have been prevented. Mom could be in a better condition if they had immediately called an ambulance. The first words out of their mouth should not have been "Can you still work?" It should have been "Stay right there, an ambulance is on the way." Head injuries are not to be taken lightly, and people should know better than to allow someone with a head injury, who obviously appears confused as hell make a judgment call on something.

I am absolutely pissed for the terrible treatment from her managers. If I had a reliable car right now, I'm pretty sure I would be in Virginia at this moment putting my foot up some asses. I don't want money, mom doesn't even want to sue.. but I damn sure want some fucking blood for this. My brother and I both do.
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Post by: Lunchbox on 01 May 2011, 17:30
That's awful. I hope your mom pulls through okay.
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Post by: JD on 01 May 2011, 17:40
Fuck Wal-Mart
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Post by: Graphite on 01 May 2011, 18:40
That's horrible. There's probably some form of legal aid who'd be willing to take on her case if you investigate options in your area. If you ever need someone to talk to about dealing with the changes to a family member who's had a stroke (grandfather in my case), my PM box is open.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 02 May 2011, 00:42
Man wow, and I thought my managers were douches when I had to report a back strain last summer. That is completely bogus of those managers to be so irresponsible. Do they realize the gravity of what they did (or failed to do) at all?

Dear blag,

Yesterday and today were the Livermore Honey and Wine Festival! I handed out resumes,looked at whatever pretty girls were available to look at, and today toward the end of it I went to the music store, asked to borrow a guitar and a stool, and told them I was gonna try and get them some customers. It worked, and I made some pretty alright bank in tips.

Later in the evening I went to a grassy area by one of the downtown bars and sat on the benches with some friends, all of us crossfaded to fuck. These two really good-looking girls came up with a blanket and a picnic basket. I was seated in such a way as to be able to see up both of their dresses, so I did the decent thing and told them that they might be showing off a bit more than they bargained for. And they were like "Oh, sorry!" and I just grinned, walked away and said "The hell are you apologizing for?" The end.

Oh yeah and my allergies make my head want to explode and I have a cough now and it hurts to smoke, cigarettes OR weed, and I basically just want to fucking power drill a hole in my sinuses so they will stop having so much pressure in them. Oh and I think I have a cold on top of it all, because my allergies don't normally give me a productive cough. Just a dry one. Where'd all the shit in my lungs come from? idfk.

Love,
Me!
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Post by: snalin on 02 May 2011, 01:41
I know where the shit in your lungs comes from!

Oh yeah and my allergies make my head want to explode and I have a cough now and it hurts to smoke, cigarettes OR weed


 head want to explode and I have a cough now and it hurts to smoke, cigarettes OR weed



it hurts to smoke, cigarettes OR weed


smoke
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Post by: Patrick on 02 May 2011, 02:35
EDIT: that was unnecessary of me

in other news I forgot to mention that I saw a girl in a "She Blinded Me With Library Science" shirt on and I just wanna say I totally saw you while I was rocking out in front of the music store and I think you're kinda purdy
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Post by: richlitt on 02 May 2011, 03:30
Shit, Doctor Online. Good luck with getting legal advice: I think that should be a pretty straightforward case you have there. Try talking to the union, as well - is your mother a member? They might be able to help out - they'll certainly be able to give advice as to where to go for this sort of thing. That's part of the union's job, I think.

Patrick, that sounds like a slamming day.

Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Doctor Online on 02 May 2011, 04:29
Thanks guys, my brother and I teamed up together .. basically mom is getting better composure, she's fully aware of what's going on now and actually wants a lawyer to pursue even to just make sure all future medical is taken care of (which when we gave her a run down of what medical will cost, she realizes that no matter what, she's going to be hitting their pocket pretty damn hard). Today, after my work and after his school, we're going to be making some phone calls to our dad, who is advising mom to not even get a lawyer to represent her to be sure she keeps her job. Basically, we have to knock him out of his 1970's company loyalty bull and bring him up to modern times. The world doesn't work that way anymore, Walmart doesn't see a loyal employee, they see lawsuit, and liability.. basically a thorn in their paw.

I'm doing my best in respecting my mom right now, and this is probably the most public I've taken this story. I hope she pursues, and brings this to the public. This isn't the first time it's happened (same store). I'm not quite sure what happened to the other woman, I just know the end result was her in a wheelchair, and she has since passed away. I do not know if her passing had anything o do with her age, or with her accident. But unlike mom, she didn't have an accident report filed. At least mom has that.

I can say, and I'm very vocal about it now. I will never... set foot into another Walmart. Ever. Again.

All I want more than ever is sleep. One real nights worth of sleep. I hope now that I know my mom is doing better I can have that tonight.

On the bright side, my dad got her a puppy (Chinese Crested Powder Puff). She's like a little girl with him, posting all kinds of cute pictures. They named him Wyatt Earp, I talked her and dad into it. My boyfriend and I are going to get a Schnauzer and I'm pretty much set his name will be Doc Holiday... and occasionally I WILL give him a handle bar mustache. But mom's had Wyatt for two days now, and he is the most spoiled dog ever, but so precious. I'm really happy that dad let her get a puppy, I think it's helping her cope with her head injury better. I mean, wouldn't finding this cuteness (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v98/crimsonstitches/WyattEarp5.jpg) asleep like that make your heart melt?
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Post by: BrittanyMarie on 02 May 2011, 08:24
that must still be really scary. and that puppy is holy-shit cute!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 02 May 2011, 08:31
I can say, and I'm very vocal about it now. I will never... set foot into another Walmart. Ever. Again.

Man I don't think I will either.
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Post by: valley_parade on 02 May 2011, 08:48
Livermore Honey and Wine Festival!

Quote from: Dr. Turkleton
WOMAN I WAS COVERED IN BEES
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Post by: nekowafer on 02 May 2011, 09:39
That made me burst out laughing. At work. I will be getting funny looks for the rest of the day :D

I am in a fantastic mood today. I let my boyfriend spoil it for about an hour - he's being a dick because he's tired. It's not my fault. But now I'm back to my good mood, and he will not ruin it again.

I may have to play some serious Rock Band tonight. I feel like singing but don't feel like getting any more weird looks from co-workers.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 02 May 2011, 12:03
I have been feeling like this for the past couple of days.

(http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lia56uSuz01qg7jxao1_500.png)

but blaugh I had the worst stomach ache earlier today and now it's gone and the feeling is magical
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 02 May 2011, 12:37
Sad stuff and puppies.

I hope your mom gets better! And I hope you guys making Walmart pay for what they did. I mean, at least fire that idiotic manager for not doing shit. Also that puppy is adorable and animals do help in the healing process.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Johnny C on 02 May 2011, 14:29
Fuck Wal-Mart
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 02 May 2011, 16:14
Exactly a week before we're filming the biggest project of our year and the lead actor and actress drop out, out of the blue.

WHOOPYYYYY.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 02 May 2011, 16:18
You've got enough charisma and chutzpah to play both parts convincingly, Ryan.

(I just wanted to say chutzpah)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 02 May 2011, 16:23
My lecturer complains when I act in our films. Because he knows me he can't "immerse himself" in our films.

Also I am not a beautiful blond lady.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 02 May 2011, 18:11
 :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: richlitt on 02 May 2011, 23:06
Don't worry, we think you could be a blonde beautiful lady if you wanted to be.

Today I hitch hike to Canterbury from Edinburgh. Going to a conference, the Mountain Goats on my tongue.

Woo!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 03 May 2011, 00:28
Dear blog thread,

Today I applied for more jobs. And today marks yet another day of not getting a phone call or a return email or anything of the sort. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

And I guess my best friend and I don't play music together anymore because it hasn't happened since the last week we ran open mic, which was St. Patrick's Day.

Oh yeah, and I really don't give a fuck that Osama bin Laden is dead because I don't really believe it anyway.

Love,
Me
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 03 May 2011, 10:10
I thought he died years ago but I guess that was someone else? I don't really know anything about anything.


I have got some new clothes! New bras (the lady in the shop said you should replace your bras every 4-6 months and my mum and I both burst out laughing - I think the last time either of us bought one was over two years ago), a pair of black trousers, and a new dress. I'm going to a fancy dinner on Friday and the dress code is black tie; the dress I'll wear isn't quite black tie but it'll do if I can find some decent shoes. Sadly all my red heels are in storage, which is exasperating as they'd be perfect.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that in a week or two I'll finally have a job! I applied for this job back in November and at last have returned to the area, completed the paperwork and once that comes back hopefully will be starting.

Also I have come to the definite conclusion that I'm sensitive to lactose. Blood tests insist I'm not lactose intolerant but my stomach says otherwise.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 03 May 2011, 12:17
Today I applied for more jobs. And today marks yet another day of not getting a phone call or a return email or anything of the sort. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

GET ON EM, DUDE.

Seriously. Don't wait for them to call you. I got the job I have now basically by persistantly calling and emailing the HR director (and having friends that work here do the same).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 03 May 2011, 12:26
Also I have come to the definite conclusion that I'm sensitive to lactose. Blood tests insist I'm not lactose intolerant but my stomach says otherwise.

I'm sensitive to it. You just have to figure out which dairy products are bothering you (mine is cheese) and eat less of it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 03 May 2011, 13:17
(the lady in the shop said you should replace your bras every 4-6 months

This sort of sentiment holds true for a lot of things, but really it is not financially feasible to due so. I mean, I was wearing the same pairs of underwear so long (with regular washing) that they started to wear thin and tear. We're talking like 3+ years on the same 6 pairs. Occasionally I will buy another 5 pack because it means I have to do laundry less often.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Doctor Online on 03 May 2011, 13:31
Today I applied for more jobs. And today marks yet another day of not getting a phone call or a return email or anything of the sort. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

The squeaky wheel is the one to always get oiled. Call them every day to check up on your application status, companies love persistent people. It sounds crazy, I hate the feeling of bugging the people, but they'll remember your name.

This sort of sentiment holds true for a lot of things, but really it is not financially feasible to due so. I mean, I was wearing the same pairs of underwear so long (with regular washing) that they started to wear thin and tear. We're talking like 3+ years on the same 6 pairs. Occasionally I will buy another 5 pack because it means I have to do laundry less often.

I still have underwear from when I was in high school. I actually have the same jeans from when I was in high school. I'm stuck wearing sweats now cause jeans are expensive and I've gained "happy" weight from moving in with my boyfriend, working on that bit. Lost 20 pounds so far! Squeezing in!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: redglasscurls on 03 May 2011, 13:58
Please note that the squeaky wheel thing does NOT apply if it's a small company where there is an actual person checking incoming resumes.
I've reviewed resumes for two positions at my very small company and I SWEAR I have read your resume and determined that your background/grasp of basic grammar is not what we are looking for. I've had a guy send me his resume every day for a week and call the office twice and he was the single least qualified applicant we had for the position. It was infuriating and put me in the super awkward position of having to tell someone WHY we had not contacted him for an interview, which is really not my thing.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Doctor Online on 03 May 2011, 14:06
I never even put small businesses into consideration.  :psyduck:

The way to look at it though, you can hope that maybe that man took what you told him (if you went into an actual explanation, not just "You just don't qualify") to heart, and use that as constructive criticism to improve himself for the next place he applied to. That is, if you were forced to go into detail.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 03 May 2011, 16:33
It's really frustrating at my company because I'm not the one who does the hiring or reads the resumes, I just call them up and arrange interviews and confirm via email, and then they keep emailing me back asking how they went and thanking me and asking why they haven't been contacted... aargh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 03 May 2011, 16:47
I've gotta agree (edit: with Amanda). I had a guy reply to an ad for lighting stagehands who thought he was hot shit because he was on the "D" list with the stagehand union (meaning, he got someone to refer him, but had yet to pass a test that is simpler than my Intro to Technical Theatre final). He was now laying fiber-optic cable, and had previously been a gutter cleaner. He could not understand why we did not want him on our crew list. Simple, it starts with the fact that you said "Local 22 D List" like it matters, and ends with the way you bitched that you "worked hard" to get me a copy of your resume when I didn't immediately call to schedule you.

And there was the guy who responded to the "Moving Light Repair Tech Needed: MUST have moving light repair experience" ad, with a resume about equal to mine, aka office bitch 3+ years. I had to explain that being a quick learner is not good enough, we need someone who knows how to do it, because we don't. If MS Word is all it took to fix those things I would be doing it myself.

Soooo, yeah. Gauge the organizations you're applying to when timing your follow-ups and if your ego is feeling up to is maybe ask politely why they don't think you're a "good fit at this time" or whatever if they turn you down.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Doctor Online on 03 May 2011, 17:09
What I'm saying is, follow up on his applications, follow up after an interview. Calling them never hurt, and sometimes (with certain jobs) calling every day really is the only way to get a job. My boyfriend used to manage, he said through a hectic day it's hard to remember he was supposed to call an applicant back on a follow up. So he really appreciated the ones who did call back. It showed him they really wanted the job. He's the one who's pushed me to do it, because the job I was applying for was very busy, and actually extremely shorthanded so they never actually had a chance to get to me, but calling them at a dead time during the day to touch bases was ok. They appreciated it and voiced that appreciation.

I am also an Amanda. You did not know that, but I'ma be a butt-face and say in my head you agree with me anyways. =P Makes me feel better.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nufan on 03 May 2011, 17:29
Currently listening to a mouse slowly die in the trap I laid out for it earlier. It's not a particularly nice feeling. Eugh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 04 May 2011, 01:58
I learnt a new racial epithet! My friend Liz is Egyptian so can she freely refer to her family and herself as gyppos.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nufan on 04 May 2011, 05:24
Currently listening to a mouse slowly die in the trap I laid out for it earlier. It's not a particularly nice feeling. Eugh.

He wasn't dying! Woo! He simply got his leg caught in the thing. Made him easy to find, and I took him to a park about 10 minutes away and released him. I doubt he'll survive for long what with all the cats around here, but it made me feel a lot better.

I am so not a man
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 04 May 2011, 09:25
I'm sensitive to it. You just have to figure out which dairy products are bothering you (mine is cheese) and eat less of it.


Noooooooooooo it seems to be HOT CHOCOLATE AND ICE CREAM nooooooooooooooooooo there must be another way


Real men slaughter all the small critters they see!

I'm glad you're not a real man.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: redglasscurls on 04 May 2011, 10:28
The plus side is that there are FANTASTIC non-dairy ice creams out there, but non dairy cheese is misery.

Soy Delicious is amazing and comes in a bajillion flavors. Only the vanilla sucks!
(http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSCPtut5t_4T7nu9FGOj_ydGlMxvYhbjT2GFQIrqu1ZXaOGf90Z)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Doctor Online on 04 May 2011, 10:43
I must try this ice cream, I'm in the same boat. I usually just suck it up though and deal with an upset tummy. I love Blizzards and Baskin Robins, I'm walking distance from both stores. I love my apartment. =P
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 04 May 2011, 11:14
I learnt a new racial epithet! My friend Liz is Egyptian so can she freely refer to her family and herself as gyppos.


In this part of the world, gyppo is a term for gypsies, romany or other traveller folk. Mind you, if we wanted to slag off the entire Egyptian population, we'd just call them a bunch of bird-head worshipping motherfuckers.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 04 May 2011, 11:33
The plus side is that there are FANTASTIC non-dairy ice creams out there, but non dairy cheese is misery.

Oh, I still eat dairy cheese, I just have to moderate which softer cheeses I eat. Like eating cream cheese and fresh mozzarella in the same day at two separate meals is something I can't do, but I can still eat them. Stuff like that. And I can't eat some cheeses anyways because of high mold content, like bleu cheese. (Which is whatever, it smells terrible.)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 04 May 2011, 13:13
I dread the day I try to give up dairy. It's going to happen, but I seriously love dairy stuff.

Blog thread,

My girlfriend has decided to grow a goatee, which is very frustrating. Not the facial hair part, but the fact it's a goatee.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: richlitt on 04 May 2011, 13:24
Dear Blog Thread!

In case you were wondering, there are ways to be skint and go to academic conferences:

a) hitch 500 miles and then feel dead afterwards
b) buy tobacco, not cigarettes. learn to roll.
c) don't pay for the crappy food. Contact the organisers and be like "I'm a student can I come for $10?"
d) buy local food! eat local food!
e) don't buy local food - eat dandelion

No, really. i had dandelions for dinner. They tasted bitter.

love,
I
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tania on 05 May 2011, 12:07
non-dairy ice creams

if you ever manage to locate ice cream made from coconut milk, get on that shit. i used to frequent an ice cream parlour in toronto that regularly served it and it was absolutely fucking heavenly
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 05 May 2011, 14:20
If I remember correctly I'm pretty sure there is a brand of coconut milk ice cream that should be pretty easy to find in most decent U.S. supermarkets. I can't remember the name of the brand or anything but I know we found it in Florida and my (dairy-allergic) ex-gf freaked out.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: StaedlerMars on 05 May 2011, 15:43
The prospect of coconut milk based ice cream is a delicious prospect.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Slick on 05 May 2011, 18:53
Prospectively, of course.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 05 May 2011, 23:23
Woohoo, completed the 3rd of four qualifying rides for Paris-Brest-Paris last weekend and am now registered. I am GB3494. Very happy.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 06 May 2011, 00:26
We're moving offices next week, so someone decided to archive all the passive aggressive notes stuck around the kitchen.


(http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/230623_214623245231924_100000527501861_779660_6536331_n.jpg)

I made this one, it has gone down well.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 06 May 2011, 00:34
Your office has a dishwasher?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lunchbox on 06 May 2011, 02:22
Yup, and the place is still a hideous mess. I can't imagine how awful it'd be if we made these boys actually scrub their own dishes.
Oh, there's also this one:

(http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/228420_214623058565276_100000527501861_779656_7131765_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 06 May 2011, 06:22
Ours has a dishwasher too. And two fridges! There's a angry note on one because for some reason everyone kept using this one guy's butter, even though he had his name clearly written on the packaging.

There's also a Dinosaur Comic taped to the bulletin board.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Elizzybeth on 06 May 2011, 16:40
My dad just called me to say my mom drove off two days ago after a fight without telling him what was going on and has refused to talk to him since, so he is moving all of his stuff out of the house today.  They have separated once before, but he says that he does not think this is going to go well and probably they will not be getting back together.

They visited me together less than two weeks ago and seemed fine.  I mean, like, they bought a hot tub together last Monday.

WTF, parents.  I do not know what to think.
 
:-(
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Eris on 06 May 2011, 16:47
Oh hey, on the parent front, I got a call from my brother a few days ago letting me know that my mum has given my dad two weeks to take anything he wants (that he owns) and to leave. Now, she doesn't live in the same house as him, but she is the one paying off the mortgage, so he is paying her rent; it is her house. We have kicked him out before, (I think this is the third time) but this time she is changing the locks. I am a bit worried because he doesn't really have anywhere to go, and of the few places he can go they are not very good places for him (his family are arseholes and alcoholics themselves, and the last people he stayed with took advantage of him and got him to renovate some of their house). Also she is blocking his phone number because of the myriad of pointless calls she gets from him every day.

But unlike your story, this has been building for a long time. I just hope he realises that he needs help and gets it rather than living with his overweight, abusive, morphine addict brother and ends up driving drunk and killing someone by accident. Parents are confusing people.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 06 May 2011, 19:24
Parents are people.

Unfortunately
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 07 May 2011, 00:21
It can also be confusing being a parent.

Life...

If your parents have problems, try to see them like any other friends with problems (which can be weird).  Help if you can (likely you can't); try not to take sides beyond what's actually helpful to them.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: schimmy on 07 May 2011, 05:10
I can't agree with the above point too much. Obviously I don't know how you feel about the possibility of your parents splitting up, but I can provide a little story of how you can cope with it pretty well.

When I was 13, my mum decided her marriage to my dad wasn't working. I won't go into details of why, because that's not really relevant. My sister and I saw it (and still see it) in very different ways. She took it really hard (and turned to the local church and has subsequently become a westboro-style christian, but that's another story). But because my parents never argued in front of me or anything, I was able to approach it with a surprising degree of emotional detachment. What I saw was that my mum wasn't happy with my dad. She'd found someone else who she subsequently married, and as a result she is living a much happier life than she was before. From the off, I saw my mum as just a normal person who needed to be happy with her life, and so I saw the divorce in a good light. My mum was going to be happier, and that could only be a good thing.

I guess my point here is that because I understood that the divorce would make my mum a happier person, it would make her a better parent, so when it comes to parents separating, provided everyone approaches it as adults, aware of each other's needs, then everyone can get through it in a surprisingly happy way, that benefits everyone in the end. Separation might never be fun for anyone involved, but it can still be the best thing to do.

In summary: Happy parents are better than unhappy parents!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: jmrz on 07 May 2011, 05:59
I was really young when my parents divorced and the one thing I remember being worried about was that I got to live with mum. I don't think we saw our biological "parent" (I really despise using this word in reference to him because biologically, yes he is, but that is absolutely it) for a year or so after that? When we did it was every second weekend and it upset me and it made me angry a lot of the time, because I just wanted to live with mum. Eventually everything suddenly exploded and I decided I couldn't deal with him anymore and made the decision to stop talking to him altogether. My sister still saw him and it took her a lot longer to make that decision as well.

My sister and I have both since changed our last names (to Mum's last name, she went back to her maiden name and kept it when she got remarried). Mum remarried six or seven years ago now and I consider my stepdad to be my dad now. I don't remember her being unhappy about the divorce because it was definitely a good thing for her, and ultimately us, in a number of ways.

I guess the thing to remember is that they're people living their own lives and if they wont help themselves there isn't a lot anyone else can do for them. Also, they know what they want and what will supposedly make them happy, so you kind of have to go along with it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 07 May 2011, 06:00
I had a flat viewing this morning! The flat is pretty much perfect: cheaper than my current flat, cute bedroom, amazing kitchen, in the best possible area of town, a small garden, sharing with two lovely girls who are also in art school and studying the same as me (although the year above). They're gonna call me later to let me know if I got it or not since they had two more viewings after me, I have a pretty good feeling about this.

So exciting aahh
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: StaedlerMars on 07 May 2011, 09:11
Guys I have just spent the past 24 hours awake taking part in a culture hack, which means that we were given a bunch of data (this time specifically for the Fringe festival here in Edinburgh) and we had to build some apps with it.

We built a cheeky rip off of whatshouldifuckingmakefordinner which randomly suggested shows for people to go see at the Fringe (http://www.wtfringe.com if you're interested), and then i took part in some the most mind numbing data crunching and bending and flexing to build festivalsreview.com, for which we basically scourged four of the main reviewers of the Fringe festivals their websites using simple scripts, and then dumped them on our servers, cross checked them with eachother, and finally brought them all together on the site to be a general this show was the best reviewed, this venue has the best shows, etc. type of website, something that didn't already exist.

It was a really cool experience, and I was surprised by how much we got done. I think we're definitely going to take Festivals Review further.

Also, Kris, I will reply to your message once I have had some sleep!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 07 May 2011, 10:04
I don't think we saw our biological "parent" (I really despise using this word in reference to him because biologically, yes he is, but that is absolutely it)

I tend to go with "sperm donor", myself.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: McTaggart on 07 May 2011, 11:32
Man as someone who was brought up with the nuclear family being the only thing it is a little scary many people I know have their family fractured or dysfunctional in all kinds of ways. It is the huge minority who still have their family in whatever state it was when it was nearest to 'ideal'.

I would never have guessed it from my experience alone but I guess that whole thing is a crock of shit a lot of the time.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 07 May 2011, 11:52
Today I applied for more jobs. And today marks yet another day of not getting a phone call or a return email or anything of the sort. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay

GET ON EM, DUDE.

Seriously. Don't wait for them to call you. I got the job I have now basically by persistantly calling and emailing the HR director (and having friends that work here do the same).

Update: I HAS A JOB. It's for Grassroots Campaigns, Inc. They have an office in Berkeley. Right now I'm just a canvasser, but I'm in line to be in a leadership position two weeks from now when the Cal students come on board for the summer. It's gonna be amusing to be a high school dropout in charge of a bunch of students from one of the country's more prestigious academic institutions, tell you what.

Tuesday I had a show in Berkeley, which went very well! We were the second (and final) opening act for the most popular band in the city (according to an online vote). We got some excellent exposure, which is great when starting to promote a new project. And we performed with the confidence that only comes from knowing you're 100% prepared and well-rehearsed. Kabir had me tell jokes while he and I picked up our other guitars (we each had an electric and an acoustic, because he tunes his shit hellof weird and I tune in something considerably more common), which surprisingly went over very well. The acoustics in the venue were PHENOMENAL. And we are playing original material that I have a lot of faith in. Most likely because I didn't write the lyrics to it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Dazed on 07 May 2011, 13:14
Fair warning, keep applying for other jobs. Grassroots Campaigns is pretty shitty to their employees and has an insanely high turnover rate. I worked for them last summer on a campaign in Boston for about a month before I quit, and in that month became one of like, the 3 longest tenured members of the staff.

I guess what I'm saying is, congratulations, but get to work on a backup plan ASAP, and don't get used to your co-workers being around.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 07 May 2011, 13:25
I'm not tripping. My boss is a cute redhead and it's full time work. This is definitely not something I want to do for any longer than I have to, but I'm definitely happy to just plain have a job.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Elizzybeth on 07 May 2011, 14:05
If your parents have problems, try to see them like any other friends with problems (which can be weird).  Help if you can (likely you can't); try not to take sides beyond what's actually helpful to them.

That makes perfect sense, and I genuinely do feel that if my parents can be happier apart, then that is okay with me.  My sense of self is not tied to them being together; I love them both and want them to enjoy life.

HOWEVER, I have some serious concerns about my mom. (When my dad called me to say he had some "bad news," I was actually relieved when it was just them splitting, not my mom dead.)  Only very recently has she stopped talking about suicide daily, and she is a very introverted and private person.  She has only 2 family members left alive, and they live fairly far away.  She is retired at the age of 50 due to a mental breakdown following her mother's suicide and, without the support of my father, would be surviving solely on social security income.  She stopped going to counseling about 6 months ago.

As much as I want to support her fully in whatever decision she makes, part of me worries that she is using this as a way to break away from her personal obligations so that my dad isn't watching over her all the time (she has complained multiple times of him "forcing" her to live).

I'm not sure how to approach this either as a "friend" or as a daughter.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Yunior on 07 May 2011, 14:57
Turned in a mammoth research paper on Friday, I can once again play on the Internet  :police:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 07 May 2011, 16:06
Just made/served Mum breakfast in bed and wished her a Happy Mother's Day. I love my mum.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 07 May 2011, 21:11
I celebrated free comic book day today by buying a comic book.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 08 May 2011, 08:31
I celebrated by going into a comic book store and laughing at most of the things.

No purchase necessary.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 08 May 2011, 16:34
Man. Calling my mom on Mother's Day in front of my friends was probably the funniest thing I've had happen recently. I caught so much shit for my Mom-accent. When I'm on the phone with my mom, I go from the accent they're used to, which is my standard northern California accent (the one you hear in about 90% of movies; very neutral, as far as American accents go) to a slowed-down, incredibly thick Georgia accent. Think Alan Jackson. Not a single one of these kids was even aware I was a Southerner by even the loose stretch I consider myself to be one (my mom's side of the family is all from the South and I lived in Georgia for a significant part of my childhood), so when they all of a sudden heard me turn into a Georgia boy, they didn't know what the fuck was happening. My word choice altered itself significantly; my slang was very different, and I used a lot of semi-archaic words such as "yonder."

I recently learned that it is not advisable to drink alcohol within an hour of taking diphenhydramine (my usual go-to choice of antihistamine). That shit will straight FUCK YOU UP.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: richlitt on 09 May 2011, 07:47
My mother code-switches whenever she is one the phone with southerners, as well. She's from Georgia, but for most of my childhood in Connecticut, spoke in a perfect non-regional General American accent.

I realised recently I pronounce pajamas weirdly because of her.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 09 May 2011, 08:36
do you say pajaymas or pajommas?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nufan on 09 May 2011, 08:54
pah-jar-mahs. Who the tits says pajommas?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 09 May 2011, 09:01
I do! I guess? Everyone does 'round these parts.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 09 May 2011, 09:27
Man, I wish people would pick up subtle hints like, "I'm kind of estranged from my family and really don't want to talk about them." This woman was repeatedly asking me about my family, trying to get me to describe them, when I barely know her, and in front of a whole group of people. She ended up upsetting me until I just walked out, because if I didn't I would just break into crying in front of everyone.

Now I feel bad and she feels bad and everyone feels bad. It's that kind of day.

Also - I saw a woman walking around in a mini-skirt and winter coat today. what the hell?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 09 May 2011, 09:34
Dude, it's a Cake song.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 09 May 2011, 09:41
And is totally a good look. Just sayin, ladies.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 09 May 2011, 09:49
I want a girl with a short skirt and a looooong... jacket.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: richlitt on 09 May 2011, 09:55
Me too.

Also, she has to be changing her name from Kitty to Karen. No kitties here.

I alternate between pajommas and pa-jam-mas.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nufan on 09 May 2011, 10:10
I do! I guess? Everyone does 'round these parts.

Banona's in pajomma's

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4O-1SBGPjBo/TOta8ahQsOI/AAAAAAAABpM/4XXLq5pQLn4/s1600/bananas.jpg)

Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 09 May 2011, 11:24
Update: I HAS A JOB.

My dogg. o/

Quote
Tuesday I had a show in Berkeley, which went very well! We were the second (and final) opening act for the most popular band in the city

Dude tell me those Berkeley people have proper earholes and you played with the Bye Bye Blackbirds.

(psst hey did you get your phone fixed yet?)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 09 May 2011, 11:27
I finally installed windows 7.  :mrgreen:
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Post by: JD on 09 May 2011, 11:30
Literally the most exciting thing that's happened to me these past couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 09 May 2011, 11:33
well, windows 7 is badass so i can't blame you

i did the same thing a couple weeks ago and tried to tell someone how cool it was and they did not get it
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: richlitt on 09 May 2011, 11:34
I installed Mac OS 10.6.6 the other day.

It, too, was very exciting.  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 09 May 2011, 11:36
well, windows 7 is badass so i can't blame you

i did the same thing a couple weeks ago and tried to tell somewhat how cool it was and they did not get it

It's so nice to be completely done with Vista.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 09 May 2011, 11:37
I haven't had any problems with Vista.. I mean, it's not perfect, but that's how it is with any operating system I've ever used. I want 7 but I missed out on my free upgrade :(
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 09 May 2011, 12:42
Same here, I don't have any problems with Vista. The only thing I really hate about it is the bar that stays on the top of the screen and will pop up from time to time for no reason.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 09 May 2011, 12:50
I dunno, I get a little annoyed with Vista when the security program stops its own updates to confirm that it is allowed to be running.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 09 May 2011, 15:04
Banona's in pajomma's

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4O-1SBGPjBo/TOta8ahQsOI/AAAAAAAABpM/4XXLq5pQLn4/s1600/bananas.jpg)


I have never seen this before! I definitely say it like that, although I'm from Baltimore.

Also, re: Vista, I have no idea what this bar is that you speak of, and I've turned off that stupid security thing. Don't ask me how, I have no fucking clue, but it's done!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: McTaggart on 09 May 2011, 21:37
UAC would be totally fine if the popups were a little more obvious when they came up under another program and if powershell had sudo and if you could elevate an existing explorer window.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 10 May 2011, 04:14
I got a job too! Well not really, I am working for free at the hospital but I have something to get up for in the morning and hopefully when they need someone they will think "oh May is a good typist/secretary/receptionist/general dogsbody, and she is already trained and knows what she is doing, let's just start paying her!". But I'm still going to go to a recruitment agency tomorrow because there is no guarantee that this will ever happen and that rent ain't gonna pay itself next year.

Also a terrible thing has happened - my computer has decided it is going to crash every time I try to play the Sims. What is wrong with my computer. help. Microsoft says it is a problem with my Intel Graphics Driver but nothing it suggests will fix the problem. ARGH.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: snalin on 10 May 2011, 08:46
Microsoft can't fix your problems. I have no idea why they even included that thing in the first place.

try updating your drivers, and if that doesn't help, uninstall and reinstall them. It looks like intel has an automatic utility for you to do just that (http://downloadcenter.intel.com/, top of the page, looks like a banner add).

Seriously, why does companies think it's a good idea to promote the most important stuff on their web pages with something that looks like a banner add? People will never read those!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 10 May 2011, 08:53
Alternatively, you could light some incense and say a short litany to the Omnissiah.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 10 May 2011, 12:24
Microsoft can't fix your problems. I have no idea why they even included that thing in the first place.

try updating your drivers, and if that doesn't help, uninstall and reinstall them. It looks like intel has an automatic utility for you to do just that (http://downloadcenter.intel.com/, top of the page, looks like a banner add).

Seriously, why does companies think it's a good idea to promote the most important stuff on their web pages with something that looks like a banner add? People will never read those!

FALSE!

Well, I mean that one time Pirates Press had a banner ad on a blog I read about Cock Sparrer reissues. Otherwise, true.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: snalin on 11 May 2011, 14:41
Half a sec I thought you had an example of when "microsoft has detected a problem, and is trying to find a solution" had figured out something else than "there seems to be a problem with the program with a problem, I'll just shut it down for you and pretend that I didn't claim I could fix it, kay?"
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pen on 11 May 2011, 17:31
How do people stay sane when planning a frickin wedding?  Seriously.  I can't focus at work, I'm stressed out as fuck, people are RSVP'ing with additional people that weren't invited, I have to make awkward phone calls to say "sorry, no"  and because of all this shit, along with pressure from my parents to invite  other people that I have no room or money for, I haven't been able to focus on studying for my exam like I should have, and I bombed it, which maybe have a HUGE impact on the direction of my career.  I feel like I have no control over anything in my life at all because all of my fucking energy is going into this party that I didn't even WANT to have... I wanted us to go to Jamaica.  I wanted it to be easy, but no.  Family guilt is strong, and it sucks.  I've had at least 3 total meltdowns that I can recall, so far, and one is always not that far off.  I'm going crazy, and what for?  So I can look pretty for my family and friends, feed them, and try to host a fun party?  That's a lot for one person to handle.  I don't know how I'm going to make it through.  Someone is constantly offended, or complaining about "why can't i bring my girlfriend of two weeks?", or anything else that they can find to bitch about.  I want to call the whole thing off, but we've already spent thousands on preparations and it should be FOR something.  "They" say that it's the happiest day of your life, and all I can think is that it's because all the BS is finally over with.  I want to hide under a rock and cry. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 11 May 2011, 22:52
I wish my life had a snooze button.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 11 May 2011, 22:55
It might seem a little radical, but might I suggest that you "stage" a very public, very messy meltdown where you list everything that is getting to you about organising the wedding and "call the wedding off" because you can't have it the way you want it. Let people stew for a couple of days before puting it back on again and maintaining a hall of asshats on facebook. After that, respond to anything you don't like with the phrase "Fuck off, it's my wedding and if you don't like it I'm cancelling your invite."

I was under the impression that it's the happiest day of your life because you get to be as selfish as you like and no one can do anything about it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: richlitt on 12 May 2011, 00:05
From what I've seen, pen, that's a pretty common occurrence. Take solace in the fact that you're definitely not alone. 

I would advise against mock-canceling it. Take breaks when you can, go on walks with your partner, remember that it'll all be over in a while and you can put all of this behind you.
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Post by: pwhodges on 12 May 2011, 00:08
And remember that someone else gets to do the clearing up after the party!
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Post by: Lines on 12 May 2011, 05:39
You need some sort of Incredible Hulk who lives in your pocket and smashes everyone who is being a douche. If only...

Rachel, hang in there! This is YOUR AND JON'S day, not theirs. If people are being asshats, tell them so. I've known a few people who had limited weddings and that's kind of what they had to do when people started getting fussy about not being able to invite a date or bring their kids.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 12 May 2011, 05:47
Half a sec I thought you had an example of when "microsoft has detected a problem, and is trying to find a solution" had figured out something else than "there seems to be a problem with the program with a problem, I'll just shut it down for you and pretend that I didn't claim I could fix it, kay?"

What, dude I was talking about old Cock Sparrer albums.



Rachel, You'll get through this.

Anyway, you better get through this. Do you realize that I haven't seen you guys in over a year?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pen on 12 May 2011, 07:40
Thanks for the tips, guys.  I got into a screaming match with my mother last night about it... the fun never ends.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 12 May 2011, 07:51
Yeah, I pretty much need to echo what Linds said. It's about you and Jon. Everyone else's bullshit is their own, don't let it get you down.


Also, having watched a myriad of sitcoms in my lifetime, it seems like no wedding will ever go as it was originally planned.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pen on 12 May 2011, 07:53
Our original plan was a castle wedding.  Then Jamaica, then one of the virgin islands because faye's dad wouldn't sign for a passport, then a garden wedding/reception at my dad's in NH, and now this one.  i'd say we're as far from the original plan as we could get.  i really need to learn to stop trying to accommodate other people.  i REALLY wanted jamaica.  *sigh*
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 12 May 2011, 07:55
It's similar to how people are with pregnant women, it seems. Everyone has an opinion, everyone wants to be involved, even though it really should only be about the parents/newlyweds. You just have to put your foot down about a lot of things and tell them there will be no discussion. You'll have some grumpy people but you'll feel better for it, in general. If you have a loud-mouth type friend, and they're willing to bitch at people for you, that would be even better - you tell them what you want, they lay down the law. It's why I make sure to have my sister with me when I need any sort of advocate. I'm too shy/quiet/polite to stand up for myself properly.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 12 May 2011, 07:56
Rachel, just straight up punch someone at the reception.

Not me, though.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pen on 12 May 2011, 08:21
I might.  I told my sister that for any of the people who just happened to bring in their infants, if their babies cry, they're kicked out.  period.  I think she thinks I'm joking. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 12 May 2011, 08:29
I like it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 12 May 2011, 08:53
Get a "You must be this tall to enter" sign and post this beside it:

(http://mattstone.blogs.com/photos/funny_pictures/you_shall_not_pass.jpg)

or this

(http://www.signspotting.com/wp-content/main/2010_03/bangkok%20sign.JPG)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 12 May 2011, 18:51
i REALLY wanted jamaica.  *sigh*

Honeymoon in Jamaica?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 12 May 2011, 18:55
That's kind of setting Jon up for an easy joke though.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pen on 12 May 2011, 19:11
Nobo, we were planning to have our wedding with just immediate family down in Jamaica.  It would have been WONDERFUL.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 12 May 2011, 20:02
What I meant by that was, are you going to Jamaica for the honeymoon to make up for not having your wedding there?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: David_Dovey on 12 May 2011, 22:17
That's kind of setting Jon up for an easy joke though.

D'yer Mak'er?
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Post by: JD on 12 May 2011, 22:35
Oh man I just had my first blue screen in forever. So much for windows 7 being wildly better than vista.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 12 May 2011, 22:48
Have you ever had a blue screen caused  by Windows, though?  Each of the two main graphics systems accounts for about 1/3 of all blue screens, and the rest are nearly all caused by driver faults as well.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 12 May 2011, 23:01
Only once I think.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pen on 13 May 2011, 03:31
What I meant by that was, are you going to Jamaica for the honeymoon to make up for not having your wedding there?

No, I wanted the beach wedding... the sand, flower in the hair, only a few people there to share it with... the rest of the week there would have been cool, but we'll do Jamaica another time.  We're gonna hit up Ireland instead.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: richlitt on 13 May 2011, 03:44
Dear blog thread,

I just finished my undergraduate. Nothing left to do but graduate.

Weird.

Regards,
A College Graduate
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 13 May 2011, 03:53
Oh hey, congrats. What did you get your Bachelor in?
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Post by: richlitt on 13 May 2011, 04:09
Cheers.

Linguistics. It's weird, though, because I'm in Scotland, I don't get a BA. I've got an MA, now. Never had a BA. Huh.

Woo.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 13 May 2011, 06:19
What I meant by that was, are you going to Jamaica for the honeymoon to make up for not having your wedding there?

No, I wanted the beach wedding... the sand, flower in the hair, only a few people there to share it with... the rest of the week there would have been cool, but we'll do Jamaica another time.  We're gonna hit up Ireland instead.

Aw, that would have been lovely! But a few of my friends have honeymooned in Ireland and they loved it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 May 2011, 06:21
What I meant by that was, are you going to Jamaica for the honeymoon to make up for not having your wedding there?

No, I wanted the beach wedding... the sand, flower in the hair, only a few people there to share it with... the rest of the week there would have been cool, but we'll do Jamaica another time.  We're gonna hit up Ireland instead.

Dear bestest friends ever,

Bring me back a hurley? I'll pick it up in July.  :mrgreen:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: tommydski on 13 May 2011, 06:29
D'yer Mak'er?

No, it was her idea.
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Post by: redglasscurls on 13 May 2011, 06:34
Couch to 5K. Or, in my case, office worker to 5K. My thighs hate me today.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 May 2011, 08:16
So...I don't get it.

I ordered a Manchester United jersey this week, and got an email saying the numbering that they wear for the Champions League was out of stock and wouldn't be in for a week or two.

Wanting my shirt for the final on the 28th, I called to ask if they could just use the standard league numbering and EPL badges on the sleeves.


Apparently these are two different items, and a league jersey is not available in my size. It's just the same jersey with different numbers and badges heat applied in house before shipping. Whaaaaaaaaaaat?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 14 May 2011, 14:15
Going to celebrate my(now late)grandfather's birthday by going to is favorite restaurant. I hope there isn't too much sentimentality because I am terrible in those situations.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 14 May 2011, 17:42
oh, ha ha ha wow am I in a shitty mood this morning
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Post by: Gemmwah on 15 May 2011, 11:21
So because for the last couple of weeks I have been doing so much uni work that my head is about to fold in upon itself, so my girlfriend and I booked a holiday to Gran Canaria to stay in the Puerto Rico resort for 7 days after my exams are over to try and prevent implosion, but now my work is saying that I've left it too late to book holiday time for my exams and trip to Gran Canaria and at this point I hate my job so much that I am genuinely tempted to just stone cold quit.

Honestly, I've not had holiday that I've wanted to take since August last year, I took a few days in January to look after my Grandad while he had pneumonia but that was more of an emergency than a genuine holiday. My housemate (we work together) has been given 4 weeks off so she can fuck off to California, and one of my other colleagues was given a week off last minute so she could do her dissertation. So I feel like I'm being entirely shafted and I really want to punch my managers in the face.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: McTaggart on 15 May 2011, 15:08
I just hobbled together enough of an assignment to not get an F-INC for a whole unit, though it's definitely going to get a fail grade. I'm feeling really disappointed in myself. I know the theory well, I understand exactly what I needed to do, I just didn't leave myself enough time to implement it all.

I've been shit at studying, I'm still unemployed, I haven't achieved half the shit I planned on and my discipline and willpower are at an all time low. There's all these deadlines and things I have to plan around which are getting in the way of me actually doing something about it. Incidentally, my parents are taking me on a trip to Turkey and giving me a bunch of spending money and I don't deserve none of it so I feel awful about the whole thing. I'm feeling really low but at least it's a whole different kind of low to what I'm used to so I guess that's better than it could be.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 16 May 2011, 16:37
I don't know if it's Jussi or just the video I saw of the Finnish hockey goalie falling off the plane and crashing face-first into the World Championship trophy, but I feel like I've created my own stereotype that all Finnish people are batshit crazy.

I don't want to seem prejudiced or anything. It's just that every time I hear mention of Finland, it's inevitably something insane.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 16 May 2011, 18:20
I've been shit at studying, I'm still unemployed, I haven't achieved half the shit I planned on and my discipline and willpower are at an all time low. There's all these deadlines and things I have to plan around which are getting in the way of me actually doing something about it. Incidentally, my parents are taking me on a trip to Turkey and giving me a bunch of spending money and I don't deserve none of it so I feel awful about the whole thing. I'm feeling really low but at least it's a whole different kind of low to what I'm used to so I guess that's better than it could be.

Kinda sounds like you're just out of gas. One way to think of the Turkey trip that minimizes the guilt is to use it to recharge your batteries and get away from everything else long enough to think things over and come back with fresh perspective and concrete achievable goals. I think we all reach some point in our lives when it feels like we're floundering, but it's very likely just a signal that your priorities are changing a bit and you just need to find new motivations to match.

Dear Blog Thread, somewhat related, I'm trying to get a handle on all the projects and goals I want to achieve, and it's quite daunting looking at all the things I want to do, realizing that I almost always kinda just let things slide outside my attention. I really need to start prioritizing and taking steps towards getting some of this stuff done. What's sad is that a lot of it is really cool, but once the bloom is off, I have a hard time getting motivated to continue and finish. It's like some long-term ADD I have. I can concentrate on a particular task for hours when I'm excited about it, but later I have a hard time even getting up the will to take a look at it again.

Fortunately, I have a fairly free summer to try to get my shit together, so I'm working on a plan that I'm hoping plays well with my strengths and weaknesses.
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Post by: Lines on 16 May 2011, 19:18
I made a new friend this weekend.

(http://a7.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/229997_946943490705_21400308_43782655_8240788_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 16 May 2011, 19:24
Oooh, he must work out.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Dazed on 16 May 2011, 20:10
Where are the nipples
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 16 May 2011, 20:11
It looks like he's about to hurt you
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 16 May 2011, 20:45
He's helping me up onto his platform. He didn't want me to trip.

Where are the nipples

Those movies never happened. I don't know what you're talking about.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 16 May 2011, 20:46
Be warned, he knows about 7 ways to incapacitate you from that position. Only 3 of them will leave you crippled for life.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 17 May 2011, 22:41
So I'm in Vermont! It's funny, you go to sleep on a bus and wake up feeling like Quasimodo in that same shitty Rochester bus station you always regret going to. Life! But then I fell asleep on the next bus and woke up in mountains. And fog. Foggy mountains. Needed banjoes - always needs more banjoes (except when it doesn't) - but I'm not going to complain (except when I do).

It's about two AM. Almost. Someone gave me sleeping pills - they don't work. I don't sleep well at other people's homes, so I'm pulling an all-nighter. The girl from the internet that I came to meet is fast asleep right next to me and I'm on her laptop now, looking up horrible things, like Oglaf and the QC forums. Gasp - shock - etc. I'm really happy, and I'm not sure what to say. I don't want to go home; there's nothing there for me, and it's depressing to think about being back in Jamestown.

But I'm happy for the time being, until I get shipped back home again. I feel like telling people I love them (someone on the forums? I choose, uh, Linds! Linds is pretty tops. Hi Linds!), so maybe I'm less depressed than usual. Huzzah, etc., let joy be unconfined. That or I'm just super tired.

I ran up to someone today and pointed at the girl and screamed, "SHE CALLED ME MELODRAMATIC!" before bursting into tears. That was fun.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 17 May 2011, 22:42
also I saw a poster today that had a bearded man on it with american flag glasses upon his face, and underneath it said SUBMIT TO EST
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 18 May 2011, 04:12
Dogg if you are in Jamestown again we could actually meet. And if we don't like you I'll get the dagorhir group down there to beat you up with foam weapons.

Also:

- always needs more banjoes (except when it doesn't) -

This will never happen.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 18 May 2011, 05:53
D'aww, thanks!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 18 May 2011, 07:05
Dear Blog Thread,

This week I feel exactly like the Go-Betweens song "Head Full of Steam", except instead of being unable to tear myself away from a girl I'm unable to tear myself away from a handkerchief, and instead of a head full of steam I've got a head full of snot, and instead of feeling great I feel like shit.

Also I've got just over a month to find a new job.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 18 May 2011, 07:06
Dear 2011,

Fuck you.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 18 May 2011, 09:28
Dogg if you are in Jamestown again we could actually meet. And if we don't like you I'll get the dagorhir group down there to beat you up with foam weapons.

Also:

- always needs more banjoes (except when it doesn't) -

This will never happen.

I dunno, I could (eventually, at some point) get tired of banjoes. Also I will be in Jamestown at the end of this week, also also I'm trying to get rid of my stuff (i.e. musical instruments and vinyl records). Just putting that out there.
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Post by: Patrick on 19 May 2011, 06:18
Update: I HAS A JOB.

My dogg. o/

Lost said job already. Been too busy to post about it til now. :\

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Tuesday I had a show in Berkeley, which went very well! We were the second (and final) opening act for the most popular band in the city

Dude tell me those Berkeley people have proper earholes and you played with the Bye Bye Blackbirds.

(psst hey did you get your phone fixed yet?)

The band was called Mad Noise and they were very different-sounding from the Bye Bye Blackbirds but that's neither here nor there since the Bye Bye Blackbirds are from Oakland and not Berkeley. They've played some of the same venues, though, and Mad Noise were an excellent act to witness all the same.

(no, and it is really annoying! I would love to be taking advantage of that unlimited texting plan)

Dear blag,

My bandmate and I have been working on our upcoming album so much, we've gotten a shitload done and we're super proud of our work so far! We're gonna debut some of the stuff to Livermore by way of the open mic I used to run. It's finally reached the stage where we are soon gonna be able to focus primarily on getting shows. Which is basically a gigantic dream that I hardly dare even entertain. I fucking love the feeling of it though. We've played some of the demos around for people to give us feedback on them, and we've gotten some very useful reviews, and most of them came with positive assessments! And most importantly, we're really happy with the music we've written. Even if this doesn't get anywhere, it's so fulfilling to create something you feel proud of.

The idea of playing our stuff for the place my friends and I made for ourselves is kinda sentimental, to a degree, and I am really excited to do this.
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Post by: valley_parade on 19 May 2011, 07:08
The funny thing about last night was that my friend and I were sitting in the bar, complaining that we're too shy to talk to the multitude of girls that were there.

And then literally like 2 seconds later we found ourselves in conversation with two of them. I am kinda bummed as to how this worked out. One was wicked smaht and kinda looked like a young Heather Graham and yrrrrragh but she spent the whole night talking to my friend. Her roommate was just..I dunno. Boring and too worried about trying to buy weed.

We ended up going back to their place, and it was clear to everyone aside from my friend that we were just there to have a drank and order a pizza. He's too busy chatting up Heather Graham, and I'm stuck on the couch with Boring Girl Whose Name Ends in Two Es and watching some shitty something Real World whatever on MTV and my brain wants to melt.

Then it's 2:30, I'm all "dogg cmon we gotta work in the morning", it's pouring out, we run back to his car, I jump a puddle, slip, roll into another puddle, long story short I AM VERY TIRED, SLIGHTLY HUNGOVER, BORING GIRL WHOSE NAME ENDS IN TWO ES WAS BORING...but I got her number anyway...AND MY KNEE IS KILLING ME.

And there's a very wet pair of jeans in my room.

Edit: Oh and Patrick called me to tell me he went to a guitar shop.
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Post by: Lunchbox on 19 May 2011, 16:12
This morning I learned that Jimmy The Squid and I catch the same train to work! And also that we work in the same building! And also Rizzo works there too! And also Est works nearby and will be moving into my house with Eris soon! INTERNET WORLD
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Post by: Zingoleb on 19 May 2011, 19:11
Now I'm imagining you riding to work with an actual squid on the train. It's a kraken. It takes up an entire car. How did you not notice it?
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Post by: Inlander on 19 May 2011, 19:25
Dude have you ever caught public transport in a large city? It's head down, avoid eye-contact, pretend nobody else exists and you won't get hurt.
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Post by: nobo on 20 May 2011, 12:58
Macho Man Randy Savage had a heart attack while driving and died in the subsequent car crash. :(
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Post by: Spluff on 20 May 2011, 20:57
holy shit this hangover has lasted for 2 days and is still going strong
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 21 May 2011, 01:04
I've been away from home for the past three weekends in a row. Now I finally get some time to chill out at home and sleep in and the bloody rapture is coming. FML.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 21 May 2011, 03:37
OK I don't get this, I spend more time at church than almost any of you, trainee priests exempted, and I have not heard about the rapture. Someone tell me quick before I get left behind.


Guys I am Unemployed (as opposed to just unemployed) for the first time and it really sucks, how do people who actually have bills to pay and stuff cope with this? I am underqualified for a cleaning job, for goodness sake! I am looking at the application form right now and it says "What equipment can you use?" and I cannot think of any equipment that anyone would need to use except a cloth and maybe a Hoover. ARGH I AM GOING TO BE POOR FOREVER.

Also it is really frustrating because I'm working full-time without pay at the hospital and I'm the most focused person in the department, they're always stopping for endless cups of tea or to chat to anyone who comes in and barely getting any work done, and yet they are actually being paid for it and I'm not. I've been moved to a different department because I was getting too much work done in the one I was in and they didn't like it.
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Post by: pwhodges on 21 May 2011, 03:47
OK I don't get this, I spend more time at church than almost any of you, trainee priests exempted, and I have not heard about the rapture.

Well, it's nothing to do with real  religion, for a start...
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 21 May 2011, 04:09
I think knowing about the raptures comes mostly from lurking on lots of really sarky webforums and reading the kind of blogs that like to take the mickey out of asshats.

Short version is that some semi-notable godbotherer with a penchant for crunching biblical numbers has decided that the numbers now tell him that today at 23.00GMT a massive earthquake will tee off in Australia and perpetuate around the world destroying us all.

Perhaps it's a tad presumptious for me to suggest this, but this will be the second time he will have got it wrong. Pitiful really, afterall, who wants to be a heel-chaser to the Jehovah's Witnesses. Worth noting that some of the people who work for the man have made mention that they fully intend to turn up for work on Monday morning.

Mind you, some good is coming from this. Christians, Atheists and Apolcalyptists alike have been organising interdenominational parties to celebrate the event. No word from the Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus or other faiths as to whether they're coming and if they're bringing food but rumour has it that the Zen Masters have asked if it means Bring Your Own Buddha?
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Post by: look out! Ninjas! on 21 May 2011, 04:52
guys i just died in the rapture
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 21 May 2011, 05:48
That's lovely dear, would you like a nice cup of tea now?
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Post by: BeoPuppy on 21 May 2011, 06:13
Guys I am Unemployed (as opposed to just unemployed) for the first time and it really sucks, how do people who actually have bills to pay and stuff cope with this?
Well, I have a girlfriend with a steady income so maybe you should look into that option. How to deal with the mental issues like the feeling of being tossed aside by society and feeling useless there, alas, I can offer no suggestions since I've not found the fucking cure for that yet.

So, basically:
Dear 2011,

Fuck you.
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Post by: squawk on 22 May 2011, 03:49
it turns out that managing your emotional instability is really difficult when your only previous method of management was "directing it all at one person"

bluhhhh this is why i shouldn't have friends and i still don't know why i do

posting in the blog thread because (hopefully) i won't be this upset in the morning
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Post by: StaedlerMars on 22 May 2011, 12:24
Dear this week,

Fuck. You.
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Post by: richlitt on 23 May 2011, 01:30
Yeah your week has sucked dude.

But think - California. !
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: StaedlerMars on 23 May 2011, 01:38
Buy your god darned tickets already.
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Post by: richlitt on 23 May 2011, 02:01
Jesus christ. Fine. I'll do it today.
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Post by: squawk on 23 May 2011, 02:06
Today I feel better because my friend is the greatest friend ever oh my god he's so nice and smart
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Post by: squawk on 23 May 2011, 02:07
I just stared at that sentence and wondered/lamented how hard it would be theoretically if like people learning english for the first time had to read my rambling run-on thoughts.

(i am spliff high)
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Post by: Tom on 23 May 2011, 03:25
Guys, I probably have a problem that's really impacting my university work and greater social ability in general. I've been looking over the university's Counselling and Psychological services but I can't really bring myself to go in or even in schedule an appointment probably for the same reasons that stop me from doing anything productive. It's just that maybe I'm embarrassed or just fell guilty about it and I know it's there for these kinds of problems but maybe I'm just being a lazy shitheel covering up for my own failings and inabilities by inventing imaginary excuses and making this post for stupid attention whoring reasons. I mean why use up these services if there are people with genuine problems who need help. I haven't tried killing myself or anything, sure I think about very rarely hardly ever can't call it frequently but that's mostly normal just the waiting for a bus boredom talking.
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Post by: Tom on 23 May 2011, 03:27
URRRRGH VALIDATE MY FRAGILE PSYCHE EVERYONE FEED MY NARCISSISTIC BEHAVIOUR
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Post by: Eris on 23 May 2011, 03:35
have you tried talking to someone closer than the uni counsellors? There was a time when I felt like I should talk to someone and had that same feelings of embarrassment and failure that it seems you are, and talking to a friend was much less scary than talking to the actual psychological dude. I went and saw a guy a few times but each time I felt stupid and hated the whole process so I would put off going and seeing him again until I just stopped. A friend might make you feel more comfortable.

Or you can go into more detail about the situation here, and we can try and help?
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Post by: Tom on 23 May 2011, 03:49
I'm actually not close to/with anyone who I'd feel comfortable talking to about anything other than casual conversation. I'm not going to talk to any family members because they share almost everything and I know from personal experience that I will only further depress the hell out of mum who will feel like she's failed even further because the one son who she constantly says is the best most helpful and understanding (her words, like constantly) is somehow defective and not at all what she wants or hoped for. This is the woman who said that "she was not calling me a deviant" for looking at gay porn, yea you can imagine.
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Post by: pwhodges on 23 May 2011, 03:56
I mean why use up these services if there are people with genuine problems who need help. I haven't tried killing myself or anything,

The services are  there for you - problems can be real even if they don't involve killing yourself!  Although making that first approach can be really, really hard, you may well find that simply having made the first step will help a bit.
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Post by: StaedlerMars on 23 May 2011, 04:06
get drunk
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Post by: Tom on 23 May 2011, 04:17
a simple yet elegant solution
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Post by: nekowafer on 23 May 2011, 04:21
You can always talk to a random person here, one that you know is a good listener. There seem to be plenty of nice people willing to listen to you, if you can just get it out there. It's not an easy thing at all - it's admitting "defeat", admitting that you're not self-sufficient. But that's the thing; no one is entirely self-sufficient. There's nothing wrong with you. You're having problems, sure, but everyone does at some point in their lives.

There are also suicide hotlines. Even if you're not truly considering it, those people are really wonderful to talk to, and can help a lot. Services like that and the one at your uni are there for people like you. You won't be taking anything away from anyone else by making use of them, you'll be helping yourself and the people around you by getting yourself to a better place emotionally.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: StaedlerMars on 23 May 2011, 09:39
Flights are being cancelled in Glasgow because of the ash cloud, and Edinburgh Airport just had a part of it's roof blown off because of the wind. Seriously.

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Post by: valley_parade on 23 May 2011, 10:21
I read that as "fights are being cancelled".
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Post by: öde on 23 May 2011, 11:40
Fights are never cancelled in Glasgow!
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 23 May 2011, 12:20
I heard one was postponed once, but that was because half the participants wanted to get another round in first.
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Post by: valley_parade on 23 May 2011, 12:56
Now I've got that Cock Sparrer song stuck in my head.
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Post by: Gemmwah on 23 May 2011, 14:52
Flights are being cancelled...


NO I AM GOING ON HOLIDAY ON FRIDAY WHY WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS TO ME I HAVE NOT HAD A REAL HOLIDAY IN YEARS
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 23 May 2011, 15:08
It's not volcanoes.


Quote from: one of my friends on Facebook
Isn't it such a coincidence that dusty ash comes from the north as soon as Manchester City take the FA Cup back to their trophy cabinet.


He's got a point, we're talking 35 years of dust.
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Post by: Metope on 23 May 2011, 17:12
Jens got to Glasgow just in time then, he's here now! I doubt he'll ever be able to leave though.
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Post by: StaedlerMars on 24 May 2011, 01:56
All flights here in Scotland have pretty much been cancelled but Ryanair is fighting the decision tooth and nail. Earlier today (it's only 10 o'clock) they said that things should be clear by this afternoon, but just now they said that the ashcloud will be extra thick this afternoon/evening. Parts of me are telling me to go to Newcastle and fly from there this evening as opposed to waiting to see what happens tomorrow.
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Post by: Metope on 24 May 2011, 04:22
Yeah, I'd say go for it, it's looking kinda bleak. Oh no, I'll be stuck with Jens!
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Post by: Zingoleb on 24 May 2011, 10:45
I'm back from Vermont, where I spent the week with my girlfriend! It was fun. Her mother took me clothes shopping and we looked at apartments. Then we had a Nutella milkshake! And we went to Borders, where I started talking to a purple-haired chick with Legend of Zelda tattoos, whereupon she in/abducted me into her lesbian Mormon cult. Then we were thrown out 'cause her ferrets got out of her purse and caused all sorts of shenanigans! I picked one up. It licked my nose.

Also I'm planning on getting a tattoo later this week. I have a birthmark in the  shape of a Scottish terrier on the back of my left leg. I'm going to give it an eye.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 24 May 2011, 12:34
Zing, I have two questions:

1. How come your life is so exciting?
2. Why would you ruin a perfectly good milkshake by putting Nutella in it?
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Post by: valley_parade on 24 May 2011, 12:43
Zingoleb has a stash of highly illegal alcohol.

It's FourLoko, mixed up with a bit of the essence of Ryan and Roddy's partying lifestyles.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 24 May 2011, 13:13

2. Why would you ruin a perfectly good milkshake by putting Nutella in it?

Your FACE. Shut your FACE. I like Nutella.


Though in a milkshake it was wayyyyy better than just straight Nutella.
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Post by: nekowafer on 24 May 2011, 13:44
Tomorrow morning is my tonsillectomy. I might be freaking the fuck out right now. You know.. maybe.
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Post by: Lines on 24 May 2011, 15:41
May, no, a Nutella milkshake sounds yummy. You can keep your boring milkshakes, we'll keep the fun and delicious ones.

You'll be ok! You can eat lots of cold stuff! Think of all the ice cream and sherbet and sorbet and gelato just waiting for you!
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Post by: nufan on 24 May 2011, 15:55
Oh my god. I love Nutella, and I love milkshakes. Why the dickens have I never put 2 and 2 together
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 24 May 2011, 20:53
There's a distinct possibility that I'm going to put on some extra weight over the winter holidays because I've perfected a crepes recipe and there is nothing more delicious than crepes rolled up with nutella inside. It is the best thing. THE BEST THING.
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Post by: Boro_Bandito on 24 May 2011, 23:47
I like them with fresh fruit and whipped cream personally.
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Post by: nufan on 25 May 2011, 01:15
(http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_PLsyqhMySRk/SQAEc1gln2I/AAAAAAAAA4Q/yZMbWO29pv0/s400/homer_simpson31.jpg)
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Post by: nobo on 25 May 2011, 03:44
Tomorrow morning is my tonsillectomy. I might be freaking the fuck out right now. You know.. maybe.

Don't be freaking out. I had my tonsil's removed 9 years ago after getting horrible strep throat 3-4 times a year. After the surgery I was on an all ice cream and yogurt diet for a few days and have had only minor sore throats since then. I wish I had it done sooner.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 25 May 2011, 11:31
for once I ate before I came onto the forums! ha ha ha! your culinary temptations have no effect on me!
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Post by: Barmymoo on 25 May 2011, 12:36
There's a distinct possibility that I'm going to put on some extra weight over the winter holidays because I've perfected a crepes recipe and there is nothing more delicious than crepes rolled up with nutella inside. It is the best thing. THE BEST THING.

it is the DEVIL'S FOOD what are you all doing don't be deceived it is a massively inferior version of ferrero rocher which has been blended in a pathetic attempt to disguise its demonic tendencies run awayyyyyyyyyy
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Post by: Lines on 25 May 2011, 13:51
May you are crazy please stop before we put you in a padded room why must you say such awful things oh man.
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Post by: look out! Ninjas! on 25 May 2011, 19:19
i don't think much of nutella either
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 25 May 2011, 22:16
Crepes loaded with Ferrero Rocher. Barmy, you may just be an absolute genius.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 26 May 2011, 05:14
The fan in my laptop is broken. I still need it through next week. Why now, computer, why now. (Luckily my computer is not over heating, the fan is just annoyingly loud.)
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Post by: Barmymoo on 26 May 2011, 06:46
Today started out horribly because I was tired and having a bad day, and even though I'd been told to come in at 11 to do something for two hours (meaning that I had nothing to do from when I arrived at 8.15 with my mum until 11, and then nothing from 1 until 5.15 when we go home) they had actually done it by the time I got there so I needn't have gone in at all. But then my stepdad came and picked me up and on the way home I got a phone call asking me to go for a job interview tomorrow, and I've got an email about going in to arrange volunteering at a local hospice, so I finally have other things to do than hang round the hospital!

Still feeling ugh though.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 26 May 2011, 10:33
I finally filed my name change.
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Post by: öde on 26 May 2011, 10:51
Zingoleb isn't a bad name!
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Post by: valley_parade on 26 May 2011, 10:51
So what's your name, now? I need to get my dang contacts in my phone all updated.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 26 May 2011, 10:51
What'd you change? (First, last, both?)
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Post by: Zingoleb on 26 May 2011, 11:12
Also Shane, I need your address again. I found a Madonna single I was going to mail you.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 26 May 2011, 11:18
Annnnnnd I just realized my name is now one letter away from being 'lezzie'.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 26 May 2011, 11:34
Rene is a beautiful name, did you say once that you were going to go by that name? Leslie I don't like as much but I think that is because I haven't massively warmed to all the Leslies that I've met, rather than anything against the name.

Does it feel odd to have taken a totally new name? Or is it kind of not a huge deal after all the other changes?

Typical. It's been raining all day and now the sun has come out and I'm too tired to appreciate it.
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Post by: celticgeek on 26 May 2011, 11:42
Rene is the feminine form:  Names (http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Renee).  My daughter's middle name is Rene.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 26 May 2011, 11:45
I am perfectly aware of this - but most Americans, insofar as I've experienced, aren't.
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Post by: celticgeek on 26 May 2011, 11:49
True. 
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Post by: valley_parade on 26 May 2011, 12:04
Also Shane, I need your address again. I found a Madonna single I was going to mail you.

Hurrrrr :psyduck:
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Post by: pwhodges on 26 May 2011, 12:05
Renée is the feminine form:  Names (http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Renee).  My daughter's middle name is Renée.

But consider also Rene Engström (Anders loves Maria,  et al).
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Post by: celticgeek on 26 May 2011, 12:08
Hmmm...  There is that:  Rene (http://www.thinkbabynames.com/meaning/0/Rene). 
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Post by: Jace on 26 May 2011, 13:00
I could've been a Sam or Alex, but...this forum already has a Sam and Alex
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Post by: Lines on 26 May 2011, 17:00
It's kinda relieving. Then again, every other person I meet calls me something different, so I'm used to it by now (Leslie, Rene, Ashley, Unicorn...Unicorn is the most common name people have for me). As for Leslie, well, it matches up to what my standards were, which is a name that's well known as androgynous without being super common. I could've been a Sam or Alex, but...I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much. Rene almost fit that - I suppose were I in France it would work better. Over here, people just assume it to be a feminine name, I suppose.

Awesome.
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Post by: Jimor on 26 May 2011, 17:11
The fan in my laptop is broken. I still need it through next week. Why now, computer, why now. (Luckily my computer is not over heating, the fan is just annoyingly loud.)

Then you need this handy DIY song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpCJzdWxEbQ).
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Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 26 May 2011, 17:22
improbable ninja-steez story incoming!

so....the new guy at my work rolled his new truck over three times after leaving work yesterday. i say "new" truck but it's actually quite old. he got it for free from one of our clients.

anyway, we work at a gymnastics gym and one of the parents was riding her bike on the road and saw the whole thing...she said he dove out the window on the second roll (of three) and actually landed on top of the passenger door (the opposite side he jumped out of).

yes, you read that correctly. he dove out of the still rolling car and landed back on it after it completed another half rotation

what a badass
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Post by: Jimor on 26 May 2011, 19:25
I'll let him have his badass story, but to set the record straight, you don't do anything on purpose in a rolling car. He was ejected forcefully and he luckily ragdolled onto the top of the vehicle instead of underneath the bottom. In reality he's an idiot because he wasn't wearing a seatbelt to keep him inside. [/oldmanscold]
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Post by: JimmyJazz on 26 May 2011, 20:21
Gah I was an idiot andd fucked up my Chem final and failed the course and now my scholarship is taken away from me and I can't attend school and fuckkkkkkkkkk

it brought my GPA to a C average so I can't really transfer to other schools at the moment cause they won't give me aid without at least a 3.0 and shit I'm legitimately freaking out about the future guys. I'm thinking I should take a year to work and make as much money as possible, maybe take a a few online/community college courses and get my GPA up and re-apply to my old college or apply to a cheaper one...does anyone have any suggestions, points of references, advice on where to go from here? etc
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Post by: Lines on 26 May 2011, 20:33
The fan in my laptop is broken. I still need it through next week. Why now, computer, why now. (Luckily my computer is not over heating, the fan is just annoyingly loud.)

Then you need this handy DIY song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpCJzdWxEbQ).

Ha! Too bad (or luckily?) that opening my laptop voids my warranty. I might try blowing canned air through the vents, but I dunno if that'll work well enough.
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Post by: Johnny C on 26 May 2011, 21:26
jens that vacation sounds awesome
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Post by: richlitt on 27 May 2011, 00:57
Going to see the Mountain Goats in Glasgow on Sunday. Man I am excited. Thanks for helping with that Jeans.

Jim, don't know what to say man. Moral support. Maybe try and reset to zero - you're no worse off than you were when you first got the scholarship. A job doesn't sound that bad, and community college or the open university of something is never a really bad idea.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 27 May 2011, 03:07
I am going too, but I don't have tickets! I guess I'll hang around outside hoping for someone to sell one, fingers crossed!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: schimmy on 27 May 2011, 03:37
Holy shit I didn't know they were on tour! I just checked and they're playing 10 minutes from my house tomorrow night! And it appears tickets are still available! FUCK YEAHHH
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 27 May 2011, 03:42
Yeah, Glasgow is the only one that sold out, fuck me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 27 May 2011, 04:01
But it's supposed to be a date! My date already has a ticket! I will get one, there's always someone selling tickets outside at sold out shows.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: schimmy on 27 May 2011, 04:09
It appears that I have no one to go with. I shall go alone, because I still feel annoyed that I missed Les Savy Fav for that reason.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 27 May 2011, 05:46
Holy crap, we won pub trivia last night again!

Getting good at this. I like $50 prizes.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 27 May 2011, 08:17
I could've been a Sam or Alex, but...this forum already has a Sam and Alex

Hurr. Didn't even think of that. I actually considered typing Andy but reconsidered.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 27 May 2011, 08:19
Whenever I meet a guy called Andy my first thought is 'but Andy's a girls name!', just because of these forums. The Andy here is the only real Andy, all the others are Andrew to me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 27 May 2011, 09:41
What about Andy from toy story?
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Post by: snalin on 27 May 2011, 12:00
The fan in my laptop is broken. I still need it through next week. Why now, computer, why now. (Luckily my computer is not over heating, the fan is just annoyingly loud.)

Then you need this handy DIY song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpCJzdWxEbQ).

It's the best song on my faves list, hands down. And there's pretty much good stuff there - they are my favorites after all.
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Post by: Patrick on 27 May 2011, 14:03
Looks like I'm looking for another place to live. Again.

Oh yeah and every other aspect of my life is completely fucked too.

I wish I could just revert to an autosave somewhere earlier along the way or something but that is just not how Real Life works.
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Post by: A Wet Helmet on 27 May 2011, 16:04
Smoking a Drew Estate Acid Kuba Kuba and drinking Scottish ale on my front porch while dinner cooks.

I can't complain.  I really enjoy a decent cigar.
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Post by: nekowafer on 28 May 2011, 10:14
My tonsillectomy went well. The doctor said they were as big as his head, but I didn't get to see them. The anesthesiologist was listening to The Beatles when I got into the operating room, which was kind of cool. She said the music was for the old people in the room, and I was about to say that I knew this song, when I passed the fuck out. Man do I love being knocked out like that. The past two days have been fairly awful, but today is better. I might even eat some real food later!

Unfortunately I am not allowed to eat ice cream or anything with dairy quite yet, as it will leave a film in my mouth and make me cough. But I've had a little jello and lots of crushed ice. I just can't wait until I'm all healed.. I'll be able to sleep a whole night again!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 30 May 2011, 11:16
Any pigeon botherers around these parts. We found a grounded homing pigeon out on the driveway this afternoon. We've followed the advice on the official websites etc, just wanted to know if there's anything else that needs to be done after securing, feeding and watering.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Gemmwah on 31 May 2011, 07:48
Hey guys, I'm on holiday in gran canaria. It is hot. Also i failed one of my 20 credit units this semester so I'm on course o retake the year :-(
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Post by: Inlander on 31 May 2011, 18:18
Any pigeon botherers around these parts. We found a grounded homing pigeon out on the driveway this afternoon. We've followed the advice on the official websites etc, just wanted to know if there's anything else that needs to be done after securing, feeding and watering.

I'd imagine that if it's a proper homing pigeon you can just let it go after making sure it's strong enough to fly and it'll, you know, home.
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Post by: smack that isaiah on 01 Jun 2011, 03:39
Welp, first day of internship today.  I'm up ridiculously early for a day with no school.  I got hardly any sleep cause I was so jittery and nervous.  Augh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 01 Jun 2011, 12:15
Any pigeon botherers around these parts. We found a grounded homing pigeon out on the driveway this afternoon. We've followed the advice on the official websites etc, just wanted to know if there's anything else that needs to be done after securing, feeding and watering.

I'd imagine that if it's a proper homing pigeon you can just let it go after making sure it's strong enough to fly and it'll, you know, home.

Would seem that this isn't going to happen. Have contacted the owner and he's concerned that it's injuries mean that it won't make it all the way from Sheffield to Ayrshire, particularly as it already took three days to get here from Newark. Keeping it in captivity until a courier can be organised.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 01 Jun 2011, 12:18
Hey guys, I'm on holiday in gran canaria. It is hot. Also i failed one of my 20 credit units this semester so I'm on course o retake the year :-(

Surely perpetuating scholardom is a cause for rejoice. Another year of being a feckless and louche student with a healthy appetite for modest self-destruction and a relaxed attitude towards commitment and monogamy.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: schimmy on 01 Jun 2011, 19:32
Alternatively what's preventing you from just resitting the module?
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Post by: Barmymoo on 02 Jun 2011, 03:59
I don't know what it's like at Gemm's uni but at mine, if you fail a module you either resit the year, or don't come back at all. I think it is possible to retake a single paper but it's very rare and usually you're just out.
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Post by: pwhodges on 02 Jun 2011, 04:06
Individual paper resits certainly happen in Medicine at Oxford; I know 'cos my wife used to invigilate some.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 02 Jun 2011, 09:05
I keep finding socks that aren't mine in my laundry. I have a sneaking suspicion that when other people lose their socks in the laundry, they somehow find their way into my laundry.

Also, when I went outside this morning, I found a cactus on the sidewalk.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 02 Jun 2011, 09:19
That's not a naturally occuring species in Vermont...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 02 Jun 2011, 09:20
I don't live in Vermont, Shane. I live in New York, Shane.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 02 Jun 2011, 09:27
I was under the impression that the only species native to New York was greasy-haired women in black suits, but they could be a form of cactus I guess.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 02 Jun 2011, 09:29
I don't live in New York City, May. I live in the state of New York, May.
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Post by: valley_parade on 02 Jun 2011, 09:55
I don't live in Vermont, Shane. I live in New York, Shane.

I thought you moved/were moving to the land of secessionist hippie ice cream making skiers.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 02 Jun 2011, 17:05
3 things

1. I just caught a reasonable sized spider (huntsman, i think) inside and put it out into the garden. There is no reason it should die.
2. I finished my Physiology tutorial work and corroborated my answers with the text book last night. This brings us to:
3. I went to the orthodontist yesterday and my mouth hurts like a fucking bitch. This happens for 1-2 days after I go to the orthodontist every time. So, with my timetable cleared (don't need to go to physiology tute) so I can totally take the day off to like like the Scream. I've taken like 2 panadeines (co-codamol) and shit fuck this is horrible I feel super light headed and my gums still hurt and one day I'm going to get a codeine (But I really love Codeine) addiction I swear and I should stop looking up side effects because now I feel mad itchy.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 02 Jun 2011, 18:21
Persistent telemarketer, go away we are not interested in changing our line-rental. :x
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Post by: Inlander on 02 Jun 2011, 20:07
https://www.donotcall.gov.au/ (https://www.donotcall.gov.au/)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 02 Jun 2011, 20:11
Try telling that my father, he has like a bizarre nonsensical business/Luddite explanation for shit like this.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 02 Jun 2011, 21:55
Gotta love how my mom thinks I'll burn a frozen pizza when I've been working in a commercial kitchen for a semester.

(okay it did burn a little bit, on the bottom)
(still tasted fine)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 02 Jun 2011, 22:36
Hold on, that means your mum was right doesn't it?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 03 Jun 2011, 01:49
I keep finding socks that aren't mine in my laundry. I have a sneaking suspicion that when other people lose their socks in the laundry, they somehow find their way into my laundry.

Also, when I went outside this morning, I found a cactus on the sidewalk.

GIVE ME BACK MY FUCKING SOCKS.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 03 Jun 2011, 03:35
I woke up this morning to my phone ringing and it was a job I applied to yesterday, asking if they could interview me today! Sadly they couldn't, because they're a train and a bus journey away, I need one of my parents to take me to the train station and they are both busy all day - but I'm going on Monday. Fingers crossed! Then I got another phone call from the Job Centre, wanting to review my application for Job Seekers' Allowance. I only just found out that I could claim it, since I'm a student waiting to return to my course after illness (I love that there's a category for that), so hopefully I can back-date it to when I got back from Paris.

And they wanted to see me at 10.30 on Monday morning... which is when I'll be in the job interview! So I'm going on Monday afternoon. Luckily the hours I'd be working if I got the job would be few enough that I could still sign on, so it won't be a waste of time going if I do get it. And if I don't, at least I'm not going to be totally broke.

Things are looking up slightly :)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 03 Jun 2011, 09:38
Hold on, that means your mum was right doesn't it?
More because our oven is stupid than anything else
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Post by: pwhodges on 03 Jun 2011, 10:43
Think about it - if the item is frozen, more heat has to pass to the middle to get it cooked; so either you apply the same temperature to the outside, and it gets too dry, or you apply a higher temperature and it gets burnt.  Not the oven's fault, really, though an accurate thermostat would help in maintaining an acceptable balance between the two.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 03 Jun 2011, 11:31
I thought you moved/were moving to the land of secessionist hippie ice cream making skiers.

Soon, Shane. Soon.

GIVE ME BACK MY FUCKING SOCKS.

  :evil:

The cactus has moved to my porch. I worry that one day I will wake to find it over my bed. I named it Jim.

Also, at my therapist's office today, there was an old man in the waiting room. When his wife pulled him out, he said really loudly in the hall, "THAT WAS THE TALLEST WOMAN I'VE EVER SEEN!" and I was amused and called out, "You know I can still hear you, right?" There was silence for about three seconds, and then he said in a quiet voice, "That was the tallest woman I've ever seen."
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Post by: Tom on 03 Jun 2011, 14:24
My teeth are so much better now, I can actually chew shit again.
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Post by: Lines on 03 Jun 2011, 14:40
Also, at my therapist's office today, there was an old man in the waiting room. When his wife pulled him out, he said really loudly in the hall, "THAT WAS THE TALLEST WOMAN I'VE EVER SEEN!" and I was amused and called out, "You know I can still hear you, right?" There was silence for about three seconds, and then he said in a quiet voice, "That was the tallest woman I've ever seen."

This made me laugh so hard. Sometimes the things older people say are just as funny as the things little kids say.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Eris on 03 Jun 2011, 16:44
The last time I went and saw my specialist about my cough (which I still have, btw), there were actually other people in the waiting room. The old lady yammered away to me about how her husband never helped her out with their children, and how she as thinking of pissing him off and moving into a home so she can relax for a while. The husband just sat next to her in silence while she said all this. Then their son, who obviously drove them there, came in and told her where he had parked, which got her ranting about the metric system and how she never learned it. The son seemed be enjoying himself, and this conversation occurred:

Lady: I don't see why I should learn it. If you move to France you have to speak French, why should we have to use their measuring system?
Son: You know, the Americans nearly crashed their space shuttle when going to the moon, because they were using imperial when everyone else was using the metric system.
Lady: Good! Glad to see America sticking to the guns!

I just sat there and read my trashy magazine, smiling to myself.
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Post by: Blue Kitty on 03 Jun 2011, 17:34
The cactus has moved to my porch. I worry that one day I will wake to find it over my bed. I named it Jim.

Do yeh know yeh snore when yeh sleep lass?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 04 Jun 2011, 15:08
You know, metric is SO much easier to measure things with, but I'm sure most of the American population's heads would explode if we ever switched over. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing... >.>

Also in my 5th grade math class we used to watch a cartoon from the 70s abou the metric system. Metric Man was a ruler man thing with an afro and a cape. I still remember the theme song, it was such a weird cartoon.
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Post by: pwhodges on 04 Jun 2011, 15:20
I learnt metric and imperial units equally; some of the practicals I did at university (engineering course) even had them mixed up, forcing us to do conversions all the time'  And even the metric system has big variations - the electricity course changed from using cgs metric units to SI units halfway through my time, which was rather a big deal, and involved us all getting new textbooks because all the formulae changed.  But even stranger, there was a period when one of the standard sizes of plasterboard (drywall to you Americans) sold in the UK was 4 feet x 900mm - I kid you not!  Mind you, I measure things like that routinely when doing DIY...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 04 Jun 2011, 15:35
Imperial units don't make any sense, they are to the metric system as The Legend of Zelda series is to Mass Effect trilogy. Why do you guys still use imperial, anyway? Don't you guys use it for science like the rest of the world?

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Post by: Patrick on 04 Jun 2011, 18:05
Because Mass Effect is better.

Dear blag,

Yesterday morning was pretty excellent. I was heading over to check up on a resum at a brewpub in Berkeley (Triple Rock, it's called), and I hadn't finished my cigarette yet, so I stopped a couple doors down from the place to finish it so as to not offend any of their customers with my Filthy Cigarette Habits. While I was finishing my smoke, a really cute girl came up and asked to bum one. I obliged, lit her up, and we got to talking. She turned out to be super rad in a number of ways. Eventually we exchanged numbers. Nice ego boost!

After that came Resum Checkup Time. I went in and talked to the same guy I'd spoken to earlier, and he was more enthusiastic about my checking up than anybody else has ever been! They aren't currently hiring but I'm gonna be watching that shit like a fucking hawk. I have plans to enjoy a beer there very soon anyway. I love me some microbrew.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 04 Jun 2011, 18:16
Because Mass Effect is better.

But Mass Effect is the metric system in this metaphor.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 04 Jun 2011, 19:00
Heh. Didn't realize. Personally I agree with you, but in the case of many gamers I know, such words would be considered heresy. Punishable by being forced to listen to The Circle Song on endless loop. I survived such treatment but only just.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 05 Jun 2011, 10:48
Just heard news that one of the most influential people in my life has died. I hadn't seen him in almost a year now but was looking forward to seeing him again next month. When I think back to meeting him some eight years ago, I can see how he helped put my life on the course it is now, leading me to do the things I've achieved, met the love of my life and be where I am now.

I wish I could see him just one more time just to be able to say thank you. You don't always see these things coming or realise the importance of one person until they're gone. I'll try not to regret his passing and to help carry on his work.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 05 Jun 2011, 12:39
Because Mass Effect is better.

But Mass Effect is the metric system in this metaphor.
It wasn't a very good metaphor
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 05 Jun 2011, 12:40
Also whoop seldom killer, that really blows. What happened?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 05 Jun 2011, 14:06
An old friend called Barry Mason died while swimming on holiday in Spain.

This is one of the greatest losses to cycling in this country. If you've ever cycled in London then, whether you had heard of him or not, you would have felt the effects of his tireless work to improve safety and security of cyclists and raise the bar for the quality of facilities. I was part of his campaigning group for a while and because of him I got into cycling, saw a side of London that I would never have had a chance to see, became part of a Turner Prize winning art exhibition and so much more. News reports will detail his more tangible work and achievements but stories like mine are so common that it is impossible to put into words the impact that he has had on people and communities across the city and to an extent across the country. Because he never saught the limelight, much of his contribution will never be recognised from those who benefited from him.

He will be missed by thousands, I can only hope that the many more will not lose out for his passing. It is a momentary solace that he died doing something that he loved.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 06 Jun 2011, 07:17
Why do you guys still use imperial, anyway? Don't you guys use it for science like the rest of the world?

They tried this several decades ago. It didn't work. There are too many people in this country and most of them probably never use metric. They teach both in schools and certain professions do need to know both, but forget replacing imperial with metric in the US. I don't see it happening any time soon.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Jun 2011, 09:09
That's because we're fucking AMERICA, and we don't need no fucking limp-wristed metric system fucking up things over here.

Mentioning limp-wristed, I went to the queer pride festival yesterday. Other than the fact I forgot both wallet and phone, it was pretty fantastic. I was with the 'transcouples' booth, which was to provide support for couples wherein at least one is trans (they didn't realize that there might be a couple where both people are trans; I was a pretty big reminder of that one), though the way they wrote it 'transcouples' incidentally looked like 'transcoyotes' to me.

So yeah. I brought home a bunch of beads, two phone numbers, and the sunburn from hell as souvenirs.

edit: there was an anti-gay christian protest. It was amusing. One guy, with a sign, being escorted out by four cops.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 06 Jun 2011, 12:16
So the girl I met the other day in Berk is totally down to get drinks soon. Made my morning that much brighter. It's nice making friends.

Yesterday was my dad's birthday. We ate at some divey-looking Italian place that actually had amazing food. Like, the difference between the two was by orders of magnitude, I wish I'd thought to take photos. Well worth enduring my dad and stepmom for free Italian food.

Afterward I went to the hotel nearby where my friend works, and he and I kicked it for the last hour or two of his shift. Then we went over to his place and kicked it some more. Shot the shit, listened to music, played Audiosurf, and got baked. Nice way to end an evening.

Today, I'm on Craigslist, scouring it raw until I get a job, just as I've been doing for the last few weeks. Does anybody else have the same difficulty getting responses as I do? I only ever heard back from somebody once, and it was the shit-awful canvassing job that I lost after 3 work days chilling in the broke-ass middle class Berkeley flats.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 06 Jun 2011, 13:26
an anti-gay christian protest

I'd protest against anti-gay christians too.

TSK, I'm sorry to hear your news. At least you can look back on all the things that he achieved and know that he's left an important mark on the world - so many people don't manage that, and it's such a shame.

I've been on a job hunting bonanza lately and I'm really going up and down emotionally over it. Last night we had an awful, three-hour family row with full-scale sobbing, screaming and abuse hurling. I hate those kinds of arguments but I seem to get into them so often at the moment. There hasn't been one as bad as last night's for several years but everyone is getting so stressed with me still being unemployed.

Today I had a job interview for a cafe job which went ok - it's a bit of a hike to get out to the cafe, takes over an hour and costs more than an hour's wages, but it's only 2 days and good hours and I'd take it if I was offered it. I also spent almost two hours in the JobCentre with the world's most inept advisor, filling out form after form only to be told that I needed to come back on Wednesday to make an appointment to come back to see a Personal Advisor to fill out more forms. ARGH. I'm beginning to see how this works - they make it so god-awful trying to claim benefits that you just give up and fall into a depressive slump, at which point they can start blaming you for all society's ills and neatly make you the scapegoat for their own messups.

Also I'm trying to cajole my brother into finding a summer job, or volunteering for something, or just writing a CV would be a good start. He's seventeen; by the time I was his age I had worked four jobs and saved several thousand pounds. I really worry about how he's going to cope when he leaves school, since he's not really considering university and has never done anything work-related. I know it isn't my job to run his life but I wish he would just listen and do something with himself! He's so smart, far smarter than me, and he can be charming and polite and funny and hard-working, all rare qualities in teenaged boys! He's also bloody lazy and totally unmotivated because he's never had to go without anything (he lives with our indulgent and rather profligate father, whilst I live with our much more anxious and spendthrift mother) and also he goes to an awful public school where all the kids have their own Bentleys and half of them already own houses, so the idea of actually having to work for a living is just not normal.

ARGH WHY DO WE HAVE TO LIVE IN A CAPITALIST SOCIETY?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 06 Jun 2011, 14:09
Barmy, this may also be a matter of class.  :mrgreen:

I never get sick and I haven't been sick in over 1 1/2 years, real talk. I'm feeling a little better this morning. I will beat this stupid head cold/flu silly with the power of two many codrals (just pseudo) and my limp sore wrists before Wednesday.
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Post by: jhocking on 06 Jun 2011, 18:24
edit: there was an anti-gay christian protest. It was amusing. One guy, with a sign, being escorted out by four cops.

(http://www.spareroom.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2007/01/gay-protest.jpg)

EDIT: pagebreak yessssss
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 06 Jun 2011, 19:16
u need Jesus Christ! in yr but!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 06 Jun 2011, 23:53
I'm just waiting for the start of jokes like "the second coming" and, referring to that awful series of novels, "left behind"
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Jun 2011, 02:30
Barmy, this may also be a matter of class.  :mrgreen:

I'm confused - how is the fact that I can't find a job because there aren't as many as there were three years ago a matter of class? Am I too bourgeoise or too common? I don't get what you mean.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 07 Jun 2011, 02:41
Oh, sorry for the confusion. I was referring to yr brother.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Jun 2011, 03:17
That makes more sense, although he isn't by any means upper class or anything - he's on a 75% scholarship at his school and my dad, who he lives with, earns minimum wage and his girlfriend is unemployed. But yes, the other kids in his school are upper middle class and maybe some might have upper class family (seems unlikely though, it isn't a very good school, upper class kids go to Eton).

I don't know if I ever told you guys about the time I found myself drinking with a group of old Etonians and one of them couldn't believe that I had actually worked part time in a supermarket during my A-levels. They'd never met anyone who'd done that before.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 07 Jun 2011, 05:36
Today, I'm on Craigslist, scouring it raw until I get a job, just as I've been doing for the last few weeks. Does anybody else have the same difficulty getting responses as I do? I only ever heard back from somebody once, and it was the shit-awful canvassing job that I lost after 3 work days chilling in the broke-ass middle class Berkeley flats.

God yes, I think it's a Craigslist Thing. I got two responses from about 15 emails I sent when I was job-hunting in January. When I got my current job and the Craigslist guy was looking for a replacement for me, he got over 15 responses in the first HOUR of posting an ad. You might want to look at CareerBuilder or a temp agency (depending on what you're looking to do) for more serious offers that tend to give more serious consideration because they're not wading through a million unqualified not-even-resumes. But also, you should really be able to find some audio companies around if you want to do that sort of thing.
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Post by: valley_parade on 09 Jun 2011, 08:08
The sushi place next door to my office is having its grand opening today. Half-price sushi from 1-10PM.

My lunch break is 12-12:30.  :psyduck: I want some damn half-priced futomaki!



(note: It's a bit confusing. They've been open for MONTHS, now)
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Post by: Dimmukane on 09 Jun 2011, 21:50
edit: there was an anti-gay christian protest. It was amusing. One guy, with a sign, being escorted out by four cops.

*pagebreak pic*

EDIT: pagebreak yessssss

True story: today my girlfriend got stuck in some slow traffic coming home from work today.  Upon getting closer to where it was moving, it turned out there was some guy driving slow (like 15 under the limit slow) holding a sign that said 'I used to be gay, but god found me yada yada yada meet my wife' and waving flags and shit.  So she pulled up next to them and rolled her window down, politely exchanged hellos, and then yelled 'I LOVE THE TASTE OF PUSSY' and drove off.  They almost got rear-ended.

I love my girlfriend.
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Post by: MrBlu on 10 Jun 2011, 12:58
I'm moving to Taiwan.

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
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Post by: Patrick on 10 Jun 2011, 13:19
Damn dude, what happened to Canada? I was hoping to try and visit you when I finally can manage to get up there, hahaha. :B

You might want to look at CareerBuilder

This has already been a huge help, holy damn. Thanks for that!

Dear blag,

Oh man I am so pumped for the wedding reception tomorrow, now that it's almost here. My bestie finally managed to come on board for the wedding reception gig, meaning I don't have to do it alone (meaning also that I don't have to be there without somebody I can turn to for the comfort of familiarity). This also means that we get to give the bride what she wants, which is Beatles covers. We've just worked out the PA, and I met the groom last night and he's totally a rad dude who likes a lot of the same music we like. So we've got a lot going in our favor tomorrow. Stooooooked! Lukas is coming over to rehearse in about an hour or so.

The last two nights, I've been going to the open mics that I've frequented. Last night was my final open mic at the place where I used to run it. Or at least, the last one for a while. I need to shift my focus if I'm going to make anything out of this 'performing' thing. Occasional one-off gigs just don't cut it, and open mic hasn't really gotten me anywhere I want to be. I need to get serious about it, but I think I've got a plan for that.

On Tuesday I've got myself a date (I guess) with the cool girl I met in Berkeley a week ago. She lives in Oakland so we've been emailing back and forth and calling from time to time just to chat and stuff, and it turns out she's rad as fuck and have a lot of interests in common. And what we don't necessarily have in common, we're both curious to learn more about. I'm really looking forward to hanging out with her! We'll see where it goes but I'm optimistic, and I'll be happy whatever the outcome.

I guess that's really everything!
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Post by: Patrick on 12 Jun 2011, 14:40
Wedding got played, band got paid, and fun times were had all damn day and I really can't recall when I've had a better day this year. Fuck. Yes.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 Jun 2011, 14:15
Hey blog thredds, do those 5 Hour Energy shot thingies work?

I'm just mad tired today. Woke up Sunday feeling quite rough from the night before, and then ran myself silly playing ultimate last night. I'm sore, tired, my legs feel heavy, and my face is all puffy from breaking blood vessels whilst ejecting Saturday Night.
 
And I am expected to meet friends at a bar tonight for some quality drinking and Stanley Cup Finals watching. Right now I have 3 hours of work left and want a nap. Will one of these things keep me going for a few hours?
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Post by: nekowafer on 13 Jun 2011, 14:22
They certainly help me. They make me just a little bit jittery but it goes away. Try taking just half of it first to make sure it doesn't overwhelm you.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 13 Jun 2011, 17:14
They work. They make some people feel like their skin is all tingly and weird so yeah, taking half or sipping a little at a time might be better if you haven't had it before. They say there's no (sugar) crash but if I'm already pushing it, I find I'll still pass the fuck out when it wears off.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Inlander on 13 Jun 2011, 21:47
Hi guys!

I started a blog! I'm pretty surprised, I never really thought of myself as the blogging type. It's called Noticing Animals. It's about noticing animals. If reading a 1500 word post about aphids and the Melbourne housing crisis sounds like your kind of thing, you can find it here:

http://noticinganimals.blogspot.com/ (http://noticinganimals.blogspot.com/)
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Post by: celticgeek on 13 Jun 2011, 22:21
Very nice, Inlander.  Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 13 Jun 2011, 23:01
I'm sitting here with 4T worth of hard drives (1 2T and 2 1Ts) plugged into my laptop, and as I'm shuffling files around to get control over what I've digitally accumulated over the years, I find myself in a contemplative mood, so I apologize in advance for how truly bloggish this will probably turn out.

I posted 3 or 4 weeks ago how I wanted to get organized and get a handle on all the projects I want to accomplish. I'm far from where I want to be, but I think I'm at least on the right track. I've gone through most of my stuff, and while I still have too much, I did let go of a lot of things that I know I'll never need or want in the future. Of what's left, it's organized (all my books and CDs are alphabetized) and I have a good idea of what I know I'll want to keep and what will be on the chopping block next time I go through everything.

I took all the clutter on top of shelves, books, desks, tables, floor, etc., and made one big pile. Then I broke it down into toss, keep but store, keep and use, and a "process" pile. The toss stuff got tossed or shredded (I don't need 12-year-old bank statements and paycheck stubs). The keep but store stuff, usually momentos of some kind, got put into boxes and put in the back of the closet or under the bed. I processed the third pile, usually items that needed to be sorted another level for the same kinds of decisions. So I'm left with the stuff I really do use or need access to on a regular basis. I still don't quite have proper room to put it in a nice permanent place, but at least if it's "out" I know which shelf or desk it belongs on and can find what I need without tearing everything apart again.

So while visitors probably don't notice a lot of difference in some things, I now regularly have a floor, and when all the laundry and dishes are done, they actually ALL have a place to go that's out of sight! But the underlying organization is more a mental relief. If I want a particular book or CD, I can go to the exact location on the shelf and pull it off. If I need my 2007 tax return, I know which shoebox under the bed has them all.

On the computer front, what had been holding me back with a lot of my video projects was simply room to store everything and to work. I have about 50G of spare HD on my laptop, and each tape from my video recorder will dump 12G of files. At a music show, I may fill 3 tapes. So to work, I need to shuffle things on and off the laptop regularly, but I was running out of room on the 2nd 1T external drive, and I have at least 10 tapes of backlog to still process (120G). So I bought a 2T drive to add to the mix. I mostly have projects mirrored on the other 2 drives as backup, I don't want to lose stuff if one of them dies. What I'm doing is making the 2T as my main working drive with everything, then I'll back half on one 1T, and half on the other. Really important files (which take far less room than all the video work) will be on all 3. (I know there are technical solutions to regular backup, but part of the mental process is figuring out exactly what I have and how it's organized instead of just cloning drive on top of drive because they keep getting bigger and bigger and it's "easy" to do.)

OK, the boring stuff is out of the way.

What all the above is allowing me to do is go out to shows, shoot some really cool musicians doing their thing, and sharing it with the world via my YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/jbailey66). As I talk with more and more of them, I get good feedback on what I'm doing, and the circle of people I know and want to work with has expanded tremendously in the last month. At the same time, I'm making progress on getting some other projects up and running. Possibly some music video shoots, finally more episodes of my TV show, a possibility of a full production shoot of a live show, and I'm helping out with a short film as camera operator. I just get the feeling that by the end of the summer, I'll be a lot further along to where I want to be. All while working with a group of absolutely fantastic people, talented artists, and as its turning out, a lot of good friends.

When the disorganization was holding me back, I felt unqualified to go out there and do any of this because in the back of my mind I was always wondering if I'd just end up letting everybody down. It feels really good to know that's not the case and that I can use my skills to help others as they chase their dreams.  :-)

(Off topic addendum, the other day I checked in with my youtube channel with the joke Attack Attack! "I Kissed a Girl" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FH8CRBShZck) video, and for the last month it's been averaging 3000 views a day and is closing in on 500,000 total views.  :psyduck: )
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Jun 2011, 01:00
I'm in awe, I've been skittering around the fact that I need to sort through a box of paper and my laptop hard drive, and there you are reorganising your entire life. Any tips? I usually get to the "everything all over the floor in piles" stage and give up, putting it all back into one big pile and wasting the whole effort.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 14 Jun 2011, 01:20
I do that about every eighteen months - it doesn't last, you see.  Entropy.   Also, no part of my past life is good at hiding in boxes, and I find I need one thing out of each one over the next few months.  Perhaps I am just bad at sorting!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: calenlass on 14 Jun 2011, 01:21
Shane, everyone I know (all four people) who have taken 5-hour energy shots have gotten sick from them. Like, runs, maybe puking, kind of sick. This isn't common though, I guess.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 14 Jun 2011, 03:12
It's a tough thing to do, May. What usually happens for me is that I'll slowly realize that a whole category of objects are just no longer necessary. A few years ago it was plastic models. I enjoy building them still, but time became an issue, and I ended up with 3 or 4 dozen unbuilt or half built models in their boxes, and the choice was either make the time to finish them, but take that time from new pursuits, or just accept that they were no longer an important hobby to me. So I just packed them all up and donated most to charity, let some kids get joy out them that I won't. I still have several that I finished around, and if I really ever get a hankering to do it again, I can just go buy one and build it. But having all those kits around taking up space was a burden.

Working in a toy store for several years, then a bookstore for a few more gave me a lot of skills in squeezing more stuff into less space. But that's a double-edged sword in one's personal life. I can almost always restack a closet to fit another 10% worth of junk. But it's just as easy to find get rid of 10% of the stuff lying around. And that's all you really need to do once in a while. Take a look at your clothes. If you have 20 shirts, there HAS to be 2 that you could live without.

A lot of the motivation also has come from dealing with my sister. She burned out her brain on drugs, and now has a very strong hoarding tendency, and after watching the TV show Hoarders, and the less extreme show Clean House, I definitely know I want nothing to do with that kind of lifestyle. It's not that I've gone to the other extreme and have a stripped down space with one chair, one table and one bookshelf, but I find it easier and easier to make decisions on what really is important to me, what I merely like to have around if there's room, and what I won't miss.

A way of thinking about how to approach it is something I learned from my video editing experience. What I find as I'm editing 90 minutes of material down to 58 minutes is that I simply can't make the hard choices until I get all the easy choices out of the way first. I do a music show, and we always shoot more songs than will fit. Well, the first criteria is whether or not there was a technical issue with a particular song. If there was, it's gone, and I no longer have to even think about it. When I get down to the last song to cut, then I'll take a lot more time working out how they balance the whole show and work out a flow. The same goes for the objects in our lives. If something is broken, are you REALLY going to fix it? If a dress is torn, are you really going to mend it? Have you used this item at all in the past 2 years?

Just since my previous post, I realized that I do have a category of stuff I no longer really need. I have a "vintage" Atari ST computer, along with a couple boxes of games and disks and manuals. I haven't touched any of it in at least 5 years, and if I really need a spot of nostalgia for it all, there are emulators I can run on my PC. I'll probably also cull a lot of the old PC games I have that only run under Win95. Not everything, since a few might still work, but I spend plenty of time already playing games, and I don't need all of these other ones sitting around waiting for me to never get around to them.

Anyway, more rambling from me, so I'll stop. Hopefully there's at least a little in here that's helpful.
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Post by: nekowafer on 14 Jun 2011, 06:06
I actually truly enjoy organizing things. I do it to some part of my life every week or so, at least. At home we have a file cabinet drawer for important paperwork. In it are hanging files marked with pretty basic labels. Apartment, receipts, coupons, pets, job, finance, health, manuals, and personal. I might be missing one or two but that's most of them. On top of the file cabinet, there is a box that ends up being sort of a catch-all. It has all our mailing stuff in it (envelopes, stamps, tape), plus other random things that we can't figure out where else to put. I generally fill it with all our paperwork if I don't feel like filing - it's "put away" and out of sight, and it's somewhere I can find it later. Every few weeks I will go through the box and file everything. I try to make piles according to the labels, plus a pile of "immediate use" items which will stay in the box and recycle items.

This has helped SO much with all the paperwork. I have a lot of EOBs from being sick recently, so my health file is pretty full - but I keep them in the box for a little while, so if I need something I recently got, it's easier to find. I also keep bills in there so I can follow up on them and such.

When cleaning larger areas or dealing with more stuff, I usually go through and take care of all the trash, dishes, laundry, and paperwork. This is all easy stuff, you know exactly what to do with it. Even if you just stick the paperwork in a pile, it's all together, and can be sorted out later. Like Jimor said, you take care of the easy stuff first. Then I figure out what I have the most of and start organizing that. If it's CDs, I would stack them all and get them out of the way - then you have a smaller pile. Once everything's organized into like-items piles, then you can take your time to go through each pile.

You have to be completely honest with yourself. If you think you'll never use that item again, it needs to go. If you really want to keep it, fine - but put a note on it or something like that and if you don't use it for 6 months, re-evaluate. If you have things that need fixing, put a time limit on them. If you can't get it done within however many months, they have to go. This works especially well with clothing. If I don't wear something for a year, I get rid of it, unless it has sentimental value. Then it goes in a vacuum-pack bag and into the storage area.

I enjoy this stuff so much I've considered becoming a personal organizer.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 14 Jun 2011, 11:53
They work. They make some people feel like their skin is all tingly and weird so yeah, taking half or sipping a little at a time might be better if you haven't had it before. They say there's no (sugar) crash but if I'm already pushing it, I find I'll still pass the fuck out when it wears off.

I took the sipping method. No reactions, no throwing up or anything, but I did get it annoyingly late and stayed up until like 2 bugging Zingo about records and listening to Trap Them.

Oh and blog thread, if all goes well in Vancouver tomorrow night, I will be heading to Boston later this week for a Stanley Cup victory parade! Holy shit.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 14 Jun 2011, 12:25

I took the sipping method. No reactions, no throwing up or anything, but I did get it annoyingly late and stayed up until like 2 bugging Zingo about records and listening to Trap Them.


He's not kidding.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Jun 2011, 12:39
Want to come and organise my stuff, either of you?

The irony is that I am actually a very organised person... for other people's stuff. Stage management takes a lot of organisation because you need to know exactly what prop is where, when it is needed, who it is for, where it came from, where it needs to go and so forth. In Paris I was always tidying the kids' bedrooms to be more logical, sorting bookshelves, arranging my employer's handbag (she had the least organised bag I have ever seen, just overflowing with paper and random things, so she was happy to let me get at it!). But my own stuff? It's just either too overwhelming or too full of memories. I hate throwing things away, I even hate deleting emails, never mind if they're circulars or adverts or just plain spam. I want to keep eeeeeeeeeeeeeverything.
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Post by: valley_parade on 14 Jun 2011, 13:05

I took the sipping method. No reactions, no throwing up or anything, but I did get it annoyingly late and stayed up until like 2 bugging Zingo about records and listening to Trap Them.


He's not kidding.

You brought up the rareness, I brought up the NbN 1/100ness.

Suppose I could help out, May. I do tend to keep my records pretty neat. First 12" records, arranged alphabetically by artist, and then chronologically, 12" VAs, then 7"s in the same format, and then split 7"s, alphabetically by the artist on the A-side. I'd like to get some Ikea shelving to make it better than "some crates", but the nearest one is 3 hours away and they don't deliver.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Jun 2011, 13:22
Excellent, organising party at my place?
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Post by: valley_parade on 14 Jun 2011, 13:26
You're covering airfare, right?
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Post by: David_Dovey on 14 Jun 2011, 14:29
You're covering airfare, right?

Hopefully she just covers something off their first record, they really went off the rails after that
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 14 Jun 2011, 14:35
Hurrrrrrrrr.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 14 Jun 2011, 14:47
May, one comment before I head out for the day, then probably more tonight. One "problem" is that you're young enough that you don't know what may or may not be important to you later, so to some extent, I think that kind of indecision is natural and not something to worry about yet. But I think you probably do need to take steps to get things under control in other ways.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 14 Jun 2011, 15:17
I threw out stuff in my 30s and 40s that I really, really regret not having now in my 60s.  Tough.  What you have to accept is that you can't actually get it right, and when you find something is gone that you now want you must just shrug and move on - either to something else, or to recreating or acquiring what you now miss (if that is even possible).
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Post by: valley_parade on 14 Jun 2011, 15:35
I still need to someday either buy or build a copy of a '73 Fender Mustang to make up for my teenage boneheadedness.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 15 Jun 2011, 05:24
I'm never going to stop calling you an idiot for that, Shane.

I took the sipping method. No reactions, no throwing up or anything, but I did get it annoyingly late and stayed up until like 2 bugging Zingo about records and listening to Trap Them.
He's not kidding.

That explains why I got a text from you around then. Sorry about not responding. Phone's decided to shit the bed on that front yet again but I wasn't about to call you when I knew it was at least an hour or two past midnight.

My sister is coming to town this weekend, flying all the way from DC! I'm pretty excited to see her. The downside is that it is because my uncle's cancer is getting worse and worse (we have already been aware for several months that it's terminal) and so it's basically my sister's (and likely my) final chance to see him while he is still living.

Still, I wouldn't miss it for the world. I made an awful, awful mistake by not seeing my grandpa for a full year before he passed away, and even though it broke my heart every time I did see him, I regret each and every time I chose to postpone seeing him. Fuck. That. Shit. I will spend time with my favorite uncle even if it breaks my heart and kills me.
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Post by: valley_parade on 15 Jun 2011, 05:36
Neither am I.

On the other hand, that Firebird served me well for a few years.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 15 Jun 2011, 05:42
I wish I had gone to see my godmother before she died. I knew she had cancer, I knew it was likely to be the last time I would see her, but I was too busy flirting. Stupid twelve-year-old self, she was far more important than that boy whose name you can't even remember. But I think she would have understood that I was finding it hard to take it all in - she was the first, and so far (incredibly) the only, person I knew who died. But I learnt my lesson and am going to visit my elderly and not very healthy grandmother next month, even though she probably won't know who I am.

Guys guys guys I just applied for the BEST JOB EVER I really hope I get it! 28 hours a week helping organise family events at a local National Trust house. It would be so great! I love the National Trust and I love kids and I could actually get to this place by bus unlike most National Trust places and oh it would be so perfect. Also I have an interview for the cleaning agency next week and that would be once a week and I just started volunteering at the hospice once or twice a week, although that's unpaid, and soon hopefully I'll get an interview for the cafe job in town which is two days a week. Basically after months of desert it looks like lots of little springs are starting to appear and soon I'll be drowning in work opportunities! I hope.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 15 Jun 2011, 17:52
Oh May, I hope you get the job with the National Trust! It'd be really good to see you get a job you like! I've been having a similar springing-up of oases lately. I think it might have something to do with the whole "it is turning into summer in this hemisphere" thing, but that's a good thing anyway.

One of the things that sprung up today was the fact that I called to check up on a resum at a brewery/alehouse in Berkeley called Triple Rock. I checked back in person a while ago, but they weren't hiring. So I called, asked for the manager I'd spoken to, and explained why I wasn't there in person (it's time and money consuming to get there from Livermore!), and he was like "Oh hey, glad you called! Yeah we're gonna be making some phone calls within the next couple of days. Yeah man, I definitely remember you, you're on the list of people I'm calling!" So that really made my day.

Another good thing that's happened is that my bandmate and I finally got some of the video from a show we played early last month! We had a lot of fun at that show (thanks, fo'ties of Olde English!) and we were really happy with our performance. The only one that's been uploaded so far is our performance of "Rust." The very beginning and the very end got cut off, but I'm really proud of it anyway. Here's the link for anybody interested: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WN9TfL4z9lk
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Post by: Jimor on 16 Jun 2011, 02:30
Good luck, May, that sounds like an awesome job! Lots of other good things heading your way, I'm sure.

(Sorry, another long one)
Yesterday was my debut as a TV director for the music show the access station I work for produces. We tape 2 acts each shoot, and for the first one I was in my usual position on camera. That was a 4-piece metal act that was pretty good. Also cool guys and very professional. 2nd act was a 7-piece experimental industrial goth-ish act led by a guy who was really into establishing a "good vibe" for the shoot. No you can't burn incense because the last time we allowed any kind of smoke in the studio, the fire alarm was set off and we got a $1500 fine from the fire dept.

So I got to tell the 3 cameras what to shoot (yelling into the headset so they could hear me on the floor in the middle of a very loud band), and call which of the 3 cameras was live for the recording.

The directing part worked out ok, and once I was into it, the nervousness went away, but on the floor it was easily the biggest disaster we've had for a shoot. Because of the size of the band and the limits of our sound system, the band brought in their own sound guy and PA so they could have proper monitors to hear themselves. This is actually the preferred setup for louder acts. We just plug into the feed from the sound guy and go.

(Editing out a long paragraph): in short, the band sucked, the sound guy didn't know shit, and the leader of the band was easily the biggest drama queen we've ever had. I'm not sure why the rest of the band put up with him, though I'm sure the turnover is ridiculous.

Directing is a weird phenomenon (For school I directed an episode of a news magazine show, and a game show, so I wasn't totally a rookie). There's a tunnel vision focused on the transitions more than the actual content. So even though I'm watching and listening to everything in the performance, I'm looking for when to switch cameras in time with the music and thinking ahead to the next possible shot, so hardly any of it is processed into memory.

This also means I'm judging my own performance based on that part of what happened rather than on all that other crap beyond my control. The producer was actually pleased with how well it turned out despite the issues and thanked me for working through it all. The sad thing is that the bad taste from how the singer acted and the incompetence of the sound guy means that I'm not particularly interested in seeing the final product. There will be lots of other opportunities, though.

One thing I learned from this is that as I do my own show or other videos with the local music community, I really don't have time for people's bullshit. There's far too many good people who are amazingly talented that I'd like to help promote with my videos for me to waste time and effort with those can't be arsed to care or are just going to make it difficult. The weakness of the station's show is that they are beholden to certain outside influences in choosing the acts, while for my show or gig shoots, it's purely based on the fact that I find somebody I feel is worth supporting, both as musicians and people.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 16 Jun 2011, 08:37
Thanks guys :) I just got an email back from the guy I applied to and it said basically "fill out this application form and we might get in touch but probably not because lots of other people have applied as well" which was less encouraging (it said on the website to apply by email with a CV and covering letter, and now they are saying they can't accept CVs? Make your mind up) but it would still be an awesome job so I guess I'll just re-apply with the form. I hate application forms, they always ask irrelevant and intrusive questions like the one that wanted to know how much I weigh. I was so angry about that one that I reported them to BBC Watchdog.

I also got a call from the office job I applied for yesterday, and they wanted to interview me tomorrow, but in the course of arranging that he realised I didn't have a car, which would make it virtually impossible to get there - the job will start at 6am. Why do they not put these things on the job adverts?! It definitely implied office hours. Bah.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 16 Jun 2011, 09:28
One of the things that sprung up today was the fact that I called to check up on a resum at a brewery/alehouse in Berkeley called Triple Rock.

Quote from: NOFX
It's 3:00 at the Triple Rock, another round of watching Paddy talk

 :psyduck:
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Post by: Thomas Edison on 16 Jun 2011, 11:52
Directing is a weird phenomenon (For school I directed an episode of a news magazine show, and a game show, so I wasn't totally a rookie)

Bah, I'm really gutted I missed out on our third year's news magazine show. All the first years were filling in as and where they were needed (from runners to camera ops), but I was in the editing suite with my editor trying to put the final touches on our end of year film. The annoying thing is the studio was right next to us so I could hear all the hubbub and it sounded like so much funnnnnn.
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Post by: Patrick on 16 Jun 2011, 16:30
One of the things that sprung up today was the fact that I called to check up on a resum at a brewery/alehouse in Berkeley called Triple Rock.

Quote from: NOFX
It's 3:00 at the Triple Rock, another round of watching Paddy talk

 :psyduck:

See? NOFX at least thinks I'm cool.
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Post by: David_Dovey on 16 Jun 2011, 18:01
Damn shame no one thinks NOFX is cool then  :mrgreen:
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Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 16 Jun 2011, 18:42
i did!

like ten years ago :wink:
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Post by: Patrick on 16 Jun 2011, 20:54
Whatever my mom still loves me
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Post by: Spluff on 16 Jun 2011, 21:07
nobody thinks your mum is cool either
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Post by: valley_parade on 17 Jun 2011, 05:41
Damn shame no one thinks NOFX is cool then  :mrgreen:

That and it's about the Triple Rock bar/venue in MINNEAPOLIS, Patrick. Geez dude.


So uh, I'm not sure what/why/how this happened, but last night, my local McDonald's had cheeseburgers for $0.24 each. After a fun night at the bar, where we did bad at trivia but very good at Drink The Beer, my friend Jay (who I will be going to Boston with tomorrow for PARADETIEMZ) decided we should stop in and order a Horton (18 burgers and a high-five).

We each did this and ate a few, and gave some to friends. There's now a bag in my fridge containing a dozen cold cheeseburgers that I really don't feel like eating. Hurray, capitalism and gluttony?
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Post by: BrittanyMarie on 17 Jun 2011, 13:46
i watched the best girlfight with paddy once. one of the chicks was the bartender. she won. also the triple rock is a venue i like; they have free bacon wednesdays. i mean, generally the shows i go to in the cities are at first ave/seventh st entry but the triple rock is rad too (BACON)

also i am a hoarder for real. one of the best experts on it in the world says to focus your energy on one small part at a time, like the corner of a couch or like, a basket. not a full room or anything cuz that's too overwhelming. then you get three boxes, one for things to keep, one for things to donate and one for things to throw away. you put the things into the boxes-like if there's a shoe and you know you have the match, instead of going and finding the other shoe and putting it away, just put it in the box for now. after you're done with your target area, you go back through the box of stuff to keep and then you can put them away. most hoarders have a tendency to use too many categories and that's where we get stuck. the process has helped me a lot so far... though i still have like a 2 foot high carpet of dirty clothes in my bedroom.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 18 Jun 2011, 01:13
Just seven weeks since I started working at that great hallowed british institution The Royal Mail, and we've all had an "Annual Results Meeting". The news isn't good. Over the past five years business has declined 20% and the expectation is that it will continue to decline 5% year on year. This is all neatly spun in the public facing reports but internally the message is that the company is heading down the pan. As one of the most recent temps to start working there, I'm in the least secure position based on the usual practice of last in first out.

I'd been hired on the premise that the job should last at least a year. I suspect that it would be wise to start looking for work again immediately.

Shitty biscuits.
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Post by: pwhodges on 19 Jun 2011, 14:28
My only unmarried child, my daughter (age 39), got engaged last night.  Apparently he went down on one knee 'n all; also embarrassed her by asking her while they were out in the company of friends.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 19 Jun 2011, 14:55
Guys something very exciting has happened but it is not my exciting news to tell so I guess I'll have to wait until the person tells you themselves but I'm super excited about it (and you probably won't even realise that it was the thing I was excited about when you find out but here is me telling you right now that I'm excited about it).
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Post by: LeeC on 19 Jun 2011, 17:39
Damn, just got tagged in a video from an old friend of mine on FB.  It was pretty much a Farwell letter to me and others because the doctor just sent him an email saying that he is still on the mysterious disease list but he is suffering from multiple organ failure.  Damn.  :cry:
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Post by: pwhodges on 19 Jun 2011, 23:28
The doctor sent that by email ?
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Post by: richlitt on 20 Jun 2011, 05:33
That's pretty cool about your daughter, hodges.

And man, that sort of information should not be sent by email. Like...seriously.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 20 Jun 2011, 14:09
Congratulations, Paul!

I've found a book called Edward the Dyke (http://www.deepoakland.org/UserFiles/Image/Grahn_Edward.pdf).

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Post by: valley_parade on 20 Jun 2011, 14:28
Guys something very exciting has happened but it is not my exciting news to tell so I guess I'll have to wait until the person tells you themselves but I'm super excited about it (and you probably won't even realise that it was the thing I was excited about when you find out but here is me telling you right now that I'm excited about it).

*drumroll*


Nah, just kidding. It's not my news, either. I could just offer up a ridiculous guess at what it would be.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 21 Jun 2011, 01:43
ARGH so you might remember that I am trying to find a job but in the interim trying to claim JobSeekers Allowance. About two weeks ago I spent the entire day on the phone, talking to three different JobCentre offices, my college, and Student Finance, about getting hold of proof that I'm not currently a student and not receiving student finance. At 4.30 that day I'd managed to get college to fax over a letter (great) and Student Finance to agree to type a letter and post it to me so that I could take it to the JobCentre myself (less great but fine if it actually happened).

Well, it didn't happen. I have another JobSeekers appointment tomorrow (they're fortnightly) so I just rang Student Finance to see why the letter hadn't turned up yet and the guy I spoke to, who I have carefully noted down is called Craig, told me that it wasn't actually possible for them to send out letters from their office and my request would have to be referred to their assessors, who would think about it. ARGHHHHHHH first of all why didn't they tell me this two weeks ago, and secondly why the HELL can they not just type a few lines saying "This person no longer receives Student Finance, her final payment was on November 20th"?

ARGH ARGH ARGH this is just getting ridiculous.
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Post by: valley_parade on 22 Jun 2011, 11:55
Donc, it turns out I can get off the train I'm taking to Boston on Friday at Back Bay Station, which is a meer two blocks from my rather swanky (for a hostel) looking hostel.

With this newfound not-riding-the-T time found, I've made a reservation at a nearby restaurant/jazz club for dinner. This weekend will be awesome. Dinner at a decent restaurant, two friends that don't really post here anymore getting married, and a punk show! And I've never been on a proper train before, aside from commuter rails.
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Post by: Patrick on 22 Jun 2011, 15:04
I have open mic tonight, an interview tomorrow, and I am excited about neither. Maybe I'm just mildly depressed or something today.
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Post by: Tom on 23 Jun 2011, 03:00
I have almost had it with this city's abundance of roaches. I just found two 6cm long, jet black 4 winged crawling across an utterly clean surface. What really drives me mental is that I've never seen roaches this big in any other city than sydney. Americans, you think our spiders and snakes are obscene but you haven't seen anything.
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Post by: LeeC on 23 Jun 2011, 09:31
what city are you in that has all those roaches?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 23 Jun 2011, 10:35
sydney
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Post by: LeeC on 23 Jun 2011, 10:37
D'oh, still waking up my bad.
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Post by: Patrick on 23 Jun 2011, 16:16
I have almost had it with this city's abundance of roaches. I just found two 6cm long, jet black 4 winged crawling across an utterly clean surface. What really drives me mental is that I've never seen roaches this big in any other city than sydney. Americans, you think our spiders and snakes are obscene but you haven't seen anything.

Oh come on man, the American South has huge fuckin cockroaches. I grew up in Georgia and we had em bigger there, probably 7-8cm long. The kind that leave you standing 1cm taller when you smash 'em underfoot. Sorry to break it to you but our roaches reign supreme, you're just gonna have to be content with your toxic wildlife and be satisfied with that gold medal. Don't be greedy.

Most of my friends here in Livermore, as it turns out, suck ass. Nobody wants to hang out or do anything except for be stoned and antisocial. Fuck, when I'm baked I at LEAST have the goddamn common courtesy of being productive instead of just vegetating on the televisor. Ugh. I don't even know why people watch TV.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 23 Jun 2011, 16:51
I was just in the local tattoo shop, where this white, crewcut military guy was being asked lots of questions by a rather...slow individual:

"What kind of tattoo is that?"
"It's a tribal tat."
"Oh, really, what tribe are you from?"
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Post by: Darkbluerabbit on 23 Jun 2011, 18:44
Are they actually slow, or just being a discreet smartass about white dudes getting tribal tattoos?
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Post by: Tom on 23 Jun 2011, 19:40
Hey ah Pat, those ones are normal. I'm complaining about the domestic pests in Australia which are huge, numerous and varied. The ones you're describing are certainly big but they are a natural member of that ecosystem.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 23 Jun 2011, 20:52
Do the roaches in Georgia fly?

The ones in Sydney can fly. It's completely fucked.
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Post by: Patrick on 24 Jun 2011, 02:05
Idunno if they flew, I never witnessed it myself, but they certainly made a nice big splatter on the floor
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Post by: Jace on 24 Jun 2011, 07:11
One time I saw some sewer roaches that were like 6"-9" long. all dead but all over the place at this apartment complex.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 24 Jun 2011, 11:23
Are they actually slow, or just being a discreet smartass about white dudes getting tribal tattoos?

Although I suppose it would depend on the nature of the "tribal" tattoo but what's the problem with that? People should feel free to hand their hat on whatever cultural peg they feel like as long as they do so with honesty and integrity. Of course I say that as a white person and realise that there is no culture that we won't relentlessly absorb, integrate and subsume, but hey, that's our culture.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 24 Jun 2011, 11:59
Are they actually slow, or just being a discreet smartass about white dudes getting tribal tattoos?

Actually slow. One time he was following me around the music store telling me when he was possessed by Satan and his skin turned red and he grew horns and a tail. I was like, "Dude, this violin here? I'm trying to play this violin here," but he kept going on about how he was saved by Jeayseusah.
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Post by: Lupercal on 24 Jun 2011, 13:53
ARGH so you might remember that I am trying to find a job but in the interim trying to claim JobSeekers Allowance. About two weeks ago I spent the entire day on the phone, talking to three different JobCentre offices, my college, and Student Finance, about getting hold of proof that I'm not currently a student and not receiving student finance. At 4.30 that day I'd managed to get college to fax over a letter (great) and Student Finance to agree to type a letter and post it to me so that I could take it to the JobCentre myself (less great but fine if it actually happened).

Well, it didn't happen. I have another JobSeekers appointment tomorrow (they're fortnightly) so I just rang Student Finance to see why the letter hadn't turned up yet and the guy I spoke to, who I have carefully noted down is called Craig, told me that it wasn't actually possible for them to send out letters from their office and my request would have to be referred to their assessors, who would think about it. ARGHHHHHHH first of all why didn't they tell me this two weeks ago, and secondly why the HELL can they not just type a few lines saying "This person no longer receives Student Finance, her final payment was on November 20th"?

ARGH ARGH ARGH this is just getting ridiculous.

That is quite shit. Student Finance are incompetent. Entirely. They can't use their own computer systems, the papers and post they recieve from parents trying to get a larger allowance due to lower income goes to a completely DIFFERENT building to the one they send it to (sorted etc) and so this is why so many of my friends and my girlfriend have all but given up trying to do anything with them. What baffles me is that they are in charge of thousands if not millions of people's livelihoods for 3+ years, essentially. And they never do anything right.

On top of that, I think that Job Center (if that is what you're going for for your Allowance) is pretty awful too. They'll pay you, but they really don't help people get jobs, as my brother knows first hand. He gets no calls and nothing from the fortnightly meetings he attends. Its one of those things I also wonder at because tax payers are essentially paying out for those who have no jobs to have money to live on - fair enough. But my brother has been perfectly able to work and just chooses not to, and is getting benefits for it. Its just a terrible system.

That was a pretty awful post of mine, but I guess I'm saying I know how you feel.
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Post by: pwhodges on 25 Jun 2011, 07:13
I have a new puppy; pictures in a while photo thread.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 25 Jun 2011, 09:42
My friend came over last night to wait in my apartment. Apparently my neighbours were fucking and he was waiting for them to finish and get dressed because he was giving them a ride somewhere. After about fifteen minutes, there's a knock on my door, to which I yell, "DON'T COME IN, WE'RE FUCKING" before throwing open the door to find my other neighbour standing there...and his five year old granddaughter.
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Post by: Patrick on 25 Jun 2011, 16:44
Dear blag,

I'll reiterate: ALL MY FRIENDS SUCK ASS. I have seriously made plans with like 5 different people, all of whom flaked because they were "Too tired" or otherwise afflicted with some lame excuse. Man, take a fuckin' nap and stop cancelling on a nigga every single time you make plans with him.
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Post by: 0bsessions on 25 Jun 2011, 20:20
Oh hey, I'm relatively married now.
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Post by: McTaggart on 26 Jun 2011, 01:17
Neat!
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Post by: snalin on 26 Jun 2011, 04:40
relative to what?
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Post by: Barmymoo on 26 Jun 2011, 06:46
I never did get Student Finance to sort themselves out but for some reason the JobCentre decided to process my claim anyway so I am finally receiving JSA. And I have an interview next week for the amazing National Trust job that I really want! Fingers crossed :)
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 26 Jun 2011, 11:43
Man, take a fuckin' nap and stop cancelling on a nigga every single time you make plans with him.

You do realise that on the most recent page of the Photo's there is a picture that you posted that portrays you as one of the whitest, Johnny Cash, motherfuckers around here.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all in favour of pan-cultural linguistic cross-pollination but somewhere you've got to clock a limit sunshine.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 26 Jun 2011, 11:44
Oh and thanks for reminding me to rewatch some Boondocks.
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Post by: Dazed on 26 Jun 2011, 14:38
Congrats Jon
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Post by: Tom on 26 Jun 2011, 20:33
So my older sister got a book at Christmas time worth $50, she already had a copy so she got the receipt off of the gifting aunt. Neither my sister nor my mother thought it was prudent to check the store's refund policy (store credit, within 30 days of purchase) and follow through. Fast forward to today, I'm on mid-year break and I need some books to read. When mum asks me what my plans are today I say I'm going to the same bookstore to use my gift-voucher, naturally: oh in that case you can return your sisters book and get a refund. I tell her to hold on a sec while I check the refund policy. She suggests taking the book with me and trying even though 6 months is a hella long time from purchase. I then send an email to store just to placate her. The reply email says: unfortunately we cannot return the book that you requested, simply because if we extended our policy for you it would mean we would have to do it for everyone. Yea fair enough, I know the world doesn't owe me shit. When I tell mum about it she tells me I would have had a better chance if I tried in store and once again it was my defeatist attitude that brought about this inevitable response. This is bull of course because regardless of how emotive and persuasive you are rules are rules and there are no speech checks.
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Post by: valley_parade on 27 Jun 2011, 08:48
relative to what?

I'd actually like to know this. I was there and there was definitely a justice of the peace.

Unless it was a fake justice.
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Post by: Jazz Hands Tribute Band on 27 Jun 2011, 12:10
So my older sister got a book at Christmas time worth $50, she already had a copy so she got the receipt off of the gifting aunt. Neither my sister nor my mother thought it was prudent to check the store's refund policy (store credit, within 30 days of purchase) and follow through. Fast forward to today, I'm on mid-year break and I need some books to read. When mum asks me what my plans are today I say I'm going to the same bookstore to use my gift-voucher, naturally: oh in that case you can return your sisters book and get a refund. I tell her to hold on a sec while I check the refund policy. She suggests taking the book with me and trying even though 6 months is a hella long time from purchase. I then send an email to store just to placate her. The reply email says: unfortunately we cannot return the book that you requested, simply because if we extended our policy for you it would mean we would have to do it for everyone. Yea fair enough, I know the world doesn't owe me shit. When I tell mum about it she tells me I would have had a better chance if I tried in store and once again it was my defeatist attitude that brought about this inevitable response. This is bull of course because regardless of how emotive and persuasive you are rules are rules and there are no speech checks.

Sometimes showing up in person can work though, if you're willing to be difficult about it. Eventually they might give you store credit or something. My dad has practically made a career out of that. He could probably star on a Travel Network show about buying things and returning them 4 months later.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 27 Jun 2011, 12:50
So I went up to Buffalo and met Jace! He is kind of an asshole and I'm pretty sure he beats up homeless people, but that's okay, I'm not homeless yet, so I like him.

I went going to a party that night afterwards. I wound up running down Main Street at two am flying a kite in five inch heels. I've never worn heels before! It was fantastic. I had a crowd of very drunk and very gay men cheering me on.
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Post by: Tom on 27 Jun 2011, 12:54
I'm amazed you didn't fall over.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 27 Jun 2011, 12:58
I tend to walk on my toes all the time. Heels were a natural transition. They also make me six foot fucking nine.

There was a statue of a horse balancing a fish on its nose. I put my hat on it.

Edit:

(http://i157.photobucket.com/albums/t51/alowhum_photos/statue.jpg)

THIS STATUE RIGHT HERE
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Post by: valley_parade on 27 Jun 2011, 13:21
So I went up to Buffalo and met Jace! He is kind of an asshole and I'm pretty sure he beats up homeless people, but that's okay, I'm not homeless yet, so I like him.

So THAT'S why I got two similar texts from you and him almost simultaneously.
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Post by: McTaggart on 27 Jun 2011, 20:59
I finally bothered installing printer drivers on this computer because it was getting irritating having to turn on the old computer or go all the way to uni to print something out and I saw how painless windows 7 made it look.

So then later I'm working through this c++ book because that's totally a skill I should have if I'm going to try and direct my degree more towards high performance scientific computing and I write in a gvim window the word 'print'. Immediately thereafter, the whole computer locks up (something I've never seen windows 7 do) and I have to do a hard reset.

After it reboots I fire up eventvwr and have a look for what might have caused the problem. It's the network printer sharing service. I turned off printer sharing and I got through this post ok so it looks like that solved it but I'm really hoping it was a weird coincidence and printer sharing isn't reading everything I type.
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Post by: Patrick on 27 Jun 2011, 21:49
My friend told me that his work is hiring so I am applying there. It's a ten minute bus ride from the Dublin/P-town BART and I can put my bike on a rack at the front of the bus so fuck yeah I'ma work at some Shell gas station with a Wendy's in it.

Dear blerg,

I had a falling out with a friend yesterday. But that friend is super shitty and inconsiderate and downright manipulative, and fuck that fool.

Today I went to my old roomie's place and we kicked it for a bit. I miss the shit out of that dude, we got to be good buds while we lived together, so it was a really good visit. We watched Bully Beatdown and Top Gear (the infinitely superior British version, duh) and made wisecracks the whole time. It was awesome.

At the moment I'm kinda crushingly homesick for Albania; I've been able to talk with some of my old friends there more often recently, and it makes me want to cry every time that happens because I realize suddenly that it's been almost two years to the day since I saw any of them. Breaks my fucking heart, man.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 28 Jun 2011, 12:24
I didn't get the amazing job with the National Trust :( They told me they were interviewing eight or nine people today (out of a large number of applicants, so I'm pleased I made the shortlist) and that it was really tough to choose between me and the other person, but the other person got it because they are already doing something similar somewhere else. So that was upsetting but also it means that I can still go on the choir course. I'd like to just give up and stop looking for jobs, and devote my time to doing interesting voluntary work, but sadly I have to prove I am actively seeking work to get my benefits, and I can't spend the next three months haemorraging money and not earning anything at all.

:(
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Post by: Tom on 28 Jun 2011, 15:46
I'm reading about krokodil (bookmarked a week ago) and the only thing it seems not to do is make your voice all gravelly.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 29 Jun 2011, 13:29
I just got an email from Barack Obama (just a newsletter, nothing individualized).  It is the only thing my spam filter has ever marked as spam. I find this uproariously hilarious for some reason.

Also, last night I ended up throwing out a bunch of CDs. Out the window. Along with some records* and my shoes.

*don't worry! they were only Peter Frampton
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Post by: Tom on 29 Jun 2011, 13:55
I get russian sex spam occasionally but always hetero.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 30 Jun 2011, 05:01
For a while I got a bunch of spam with random words as the title, and snippets of Pride and Prejudice in the body.
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Post by: valley_parade on 30 Jun 2011, 05:44
*don't worry! they were only Peter Frampton

Why did you have them to begin with?
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Post by: Patrick on 30 Jun 2011, 10:58
Last night while I was drumming at an open mic I rimshot my left middle finger and now it is kinda purple and very sore where the drum rim hit my finger. Worth it, though, a friend of mine introduced me to her friend, and I got her number in the best display of awkward smoothness I've ever put on. All said and done, a solid night.

I also managed to get a lot of work done on my Fender Jag yesterday, she plays well again! It's only been, like, a solid year since the original nut broke, no worries...

(dogg Shane's right, Frampton sucks)
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Post by: valley_parade on 30 Jun 2011, 11:50
So you're keeping her, now?

I've got my Allparts cart filled up with "I'll have some expendable cash in a couple weeks" parts to finally get my Trump fixed. And a spare Strat pickup to drop into it. Just need to order a pair of treble bleed kits for that and the Jagmaster.
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Post by: Patrick on 30 Jun 2011, 13:01
A treble bleed kit is what normal people call a 'tone knob' sir

And I'd love to sell my Jag, but let's be real a minute. With all the buckle rash and the body damage and the fact that my dumbass friend took steel wool to it (to get rid of the grime I'd lovingly built up), that thing won't sell in a million years. I'm still picking steel wool pieces out of the pickups with tweezers every other fucking day.

(combined with his other trespasses, which were actually intentional, it's a wonder I didn't murder that fuck when I had the chance; alas, I moved the fuck out of AK instead)
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Post by: valley_parade on 01 Jul 2011, 05:49
Maybe "treble bleed" is not what I'm thinking of.

It's wiring a .22uf cap and a 100k resistor onto your volume knob so you don't lose treble when you turn down the volume.
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Post by: LTK on 01 Jul 2011, 15:10
Isn't that great. More attempts to socialize blow up in my face. It's the end-of-year barbecue at the university and I find myself invited to an evening session of an Aikido class, by a girl who tells me that she's slightly scared of participating but "if you're gonna go, I will too". So that either means she might be into me (shock and horror, I know) or doesn't want to be outdone by me. If it's the latter, no worries there, because an hour into the class, after a lot of judo rolls, I couldn't keep down the aforementioned barbecue food, although thankfully that didn't happen inside the gym. I decided not to stick around for the second hour and catch the train, but that certainly didn't leave a good impression. I was cursing myself the entire ride home.

This post was brought to you by FML Experiences.

I'm hoping I can find an apartment in the coming summer and move out. Hopefully that makes some difference in meeting some people, maybe go to that gym more regularly. Still not sure if moving out of your parents' house and going to the gym suddenly means being less of a loser though.
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Post by: TinPenguin on 02 Jul 2011, 07:38
This morning, I walked into the walled garden where I work, to find a huge swarm of honey bees, er, swarming, all around the pear tree in the middle of the garden. We had to keep the visitors out of the way and call in the beekeepers. Three of them.* It was quite exciting, really, watching them do battle with the fuzzy foe until they captured the queen and gained the buzzing horde's surrender. So there's the highlight of my day. To hell with gardening, I wanna be a beekeeper now.

*I feel obliged by the God of Puns to refer to them as 'The Three Must-get-bees'.
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Post by: Patrick on 02 Jul 2011, 08:50
Dear blag,

Night before last, I got literally zero sleep. I was staying over at a lady's house and she kept fucking doing shit to turn me on. All. Night. I got home blueballed to fuck at 7:30am (after riding my bike home, with my poor balls desperately wishing for a different way home) only to wind up cleaning the house with the guy I live with.

At like 11, I got a text from my buddy saying "Hey dude. Shit. Problem. One of the bands tonight dropped, can you do a set?" and so I threw together a 45-minute set list (it was supposed to be 30; I would rather have too much than too little).

Got my gear dropped off an hour early, practiced a few of the songs for lulz. I was second in the lineup, so I started around 9:40. First three songs? Awesome! Middle of song 4, sound guy completely killed my monitor. I kept asking for it back, and he kept not giving it back, so the rest of my set sucked DICKS. Fuck that guy.

Whatever, I got paid $15. Went to a different bar with my buddy and his band, got a single beer. Waited 15 damn minutes to get my card back, my pint (Fat Tire!) was 3/4 done by time I even got the attention of the SUUUUUUUPER bitchy bartender. She was seriously the nastiest person I ever met! So unnecessarily harsh! Fuck that bitch I didn't tip her shit, on the receipt where it read "TIP" I wrote in "OF MY DICK" because fuck that shit, I ain't about to be given no attitude for the fact that I waited patiently.

Whatever. The other musicians were nice as fuck, and I saw some old friends in the audience. Ooooooold friends, hadn't heard from 'em in years. Awesome!

Love,
Me
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Post by: Barmymoo on 02 Jul 2011, 09:22
I just got back from my two-night trip down to uni (four and a half hour journey there, six hours back... ARGH). It was successful! I saw my DoS and we agreed that a sensible thing to do would be for me to have my Contract law supervisions one-to-one with her, which is a terrifying prospect but hopefully will help me to actually understand what the hell contract law actually is. She also said that she thought there was no reason for me not to come back in the autumn. It isn't up to her, but if she thought I should leave it for another year then I'd have to think very hard about whether or not I agreed.

Then I saw the doctor, who quite happily wrote me a letter stating that I'm medically fit to return, although she also imposed a curfew on me. I'm not allowed to commit to any activities which would mean I wasn't in bed by 11pm. It sounds draconian and ridiculous but I'm glad she did it, because I know that I need to sleep more than most people but it's hard to stick to that when people are pressuring me into going out or doing a show or whatever. Now it's official!

Then I had my choral scholarship audition, which I've been really anxious about. I'd chosen to sing Thou That Tellest Good Tiding To Zion from Handel's Messiah without really considering it very much, and up until three days ago I was finding it impossible to get through some of the longer phrases without running out of breath. But in the audition it all came together and I just got an email from the lady who auditioned me which specifically congratulates me on my breath control! And I got the scholarship :)

I kind of wish I had just come home after all that, because I didn't actually have anything I had to do on Friday afternoon and I was tired. But I went punting with a friend and saw lots of theatre friends and did have fun. I'm just headachey and grumpy because there was an unusually high number of morons on the trains home.
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Post by: bainidhe_dub on 03 Jul 2011, 15:53
Congrats on the scholarship May!

I'm in southern MD right now for the Solomon's Island fireworks show tomorrow. This has been The Longest Day, we got up and drove for 4 hours, and then did 7 hours of setup on a barge on the river. Friday and Saturday we were up in Harper's Ferry, WV to do their show last night. (Sean, you're from up there, right? Did you see it?) I just wanna say though, fuck Shepherdstown and fuck their no-thru-truck roads and fuck their trucks-no-turns intersections and fuck their no-legal-way-to-get-a-truck-from-one-side-of-town-to-the-other. Now I just need to make it 2 more days without getting a sunburn (like last year) and either me or Robert getting heat exhaustion (again this weekend) and we will be all good.
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Post by: sean on 03 Jul 2011, 18:49
nah, im from rockville, MD. i go to school up in shepherdstown tho, ill actually be up there again on tuesday.
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Post by: BrittanyMarie on 03 Jul 2011, 20:28
IMPORTANT NEWS

my cat is super catnip-high at my boyfriend's place and meeting his cat and my cat is so cute and i have a little automatic laser pointer circle thing projecting to the wall and my cat is chirping and trilling and doing jumpy things. also the cat in question is huge.

this is made all the more exciting by being really high.

i'm also really sunburned and hungry.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 05 Jul 2011, 09:42
I went to a festival! I saw bands and they camped near me. Things were fun. It ended two days ago. I still have glitter pouring out of every orifice. I went skinnydipping with friends, and we ran back to the campsite giggling. I wasn't naked, I was wearing a hula hoop. I'm sunburned, except where I got the glitter tattoos.
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Post by: Katherine on 05 Jul 2011, 18:38
That sounds like a fantastic weekend!
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Post by: Thomas Edison on 06 Jul 2011, 13:10
Our Alaskan malamute is only a day or two away from giving birth puppppiiiies yaaaaay
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 06 Jul 2011, 13:52
FFS, more cute animals I gotta google so I know what the hell people are talking about.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 06 Jul 2011, 13:53
OK, that was worth it. You have an aces dog.
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Post by: Lines on 06 Jul 2011, 14:24
Our Alaskan malamute is only a day or two away from giving birth puppppiiiies yaaaaay

!!!
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Post by: Patrick on 06 Jul 2011, 18:17
My fourth of July consisted of beer, music, and makeouts. Can't imagine a better day. After jamming with a bunch of random people at a friend's party, the host's band's singer approached me about filling in for their bassist at a gig in San Diego. Next thing you know, I'm booked. Fuck yeah! Networking rules. It's a dad-rock band, but hey, it could be something difficult to slay. Hella stoked!

Yesterday I went and barbecued some stuff with my bestie and his lady, and then I went and spent the night at a friend's house. Tonight is open mic night, where I will continue my networking and see about getting in with some reliable music-folks. If I can do that and get myself enough work to pay some shit off, I might even be able to just start living off of it. Who knows? Summer's half over, so it's not a safe bet, but still.
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Post by: Radical AC on 07 Jul 2011, 16:27
That sounds like my kind of time Patrick!  Life is better when you have an extensive group of friends who all happen to be musicians.

So today I got a D on a compsci test (Will be a C after the curve, but that doesn't make me feel better), and broke up with my girlfriend of 9 months.  I feel really low right now.  I'm going to drink until I can't remember math.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Jul 2011, 16:38
I changed my name today! \o/
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Post by: Jimor on 07 Jul 2011, 19:11
Congrats, Zingo! I really get the impression that for a while now, even though things aren't perfect yet, you've been more in 1 step back, 2 steps forward mode rather than the other way around.  And this is a big indication of how it's because you're taking control of your life instead of letting it control you. :-)

Radical, sorry to hear that. As long as you only lose Fourier transforms, I think you'll be ok, nobody needs that shit.
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Post by: snalin on 08 Jul 2011, 04:19
yay Zingo!



I've finally gotten all my grades for last semester - it's a healthy looking ABC combo, and I didn't really care that much about the stuff I got C in. If I can keep this up, and fix that horrendous maths D from first semester (I'm supposed to be good at maths!), it's looking up from the initial ACD outset.
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Post by: nekowafer on 08 Jul 2011, 04:54
Here, in these forums, is the only place I've ever seen someone add an S to the end of the word math. Do a lot of people do that?
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Post by: CardinalFang on 08 Jul 2011, 04:57
It's a UK thing.
It's because 'maths' is short for 'mathematics'.
So it makes sense.
Still looks funny though.
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Post by: Jace on 08 Jul 2011, 05:12
whereas, in the USA, math is short for Mathifiyicatin'
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Post by: Inlander on 08 Jul 2011, 07:29
It's also an Australian thing.

Actually, it's an everywhere-where-English-is-the-first-language-except-North-America thing.
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Post by: nekowafer on 08 Jul 2011, 07:33
It looks AND sounds funny to me. I think I sound like I have a lisp if I say it that way.

Is math'n one-a them there things they learned me in school?
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Post by: StaedlerMars on 08 Jul 2011, 07:45
It's a UK thing.
It's because 'maths' is short for 'mathematics'.
So it makes sense.
Still looks funny though.

I never got this logic. It's a short a shortification, so why add an s?
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Post by: pwhodges on 08 Jul 2011, 08:02
Maths is short for Mathematics - no problem there, surely?

In the past, Oxford University's Internet addresses had two forms: "long" and "short".  My department's were "clinical-pharmacology.oxford.ac.uk" and "clinpharm.ox.ac.uk".

The Department of Mathematics had "math.oxford.ac.uk" and "maths.ox.ac.uk" - in other words, the "long" form was shorter (in that part of the name).  The rationale was that it made it easier for Americans to find them...
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Post by: valley_parade on 08 Jul 2011, 08:08
I changed my name today! \o/

Hells yeah, you tall-ass sonofabitch! o/
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Post by: Barmymoo on 08 Jul 2011, 08:38
I changed my name today! \o/

Hells yeah, you tall-ass daughterofabitch! o/

What's the female form of Zingo? Zinga? Zingette?
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Post by: Patrick on 08 Jul 2011, 09:10
Can I still call you Ed as a Cowboy Bebop reference?

Dear blog,

Last night, I went to open mic at the place where I used to run it. My bestie Lukas was there too. He and his lady and another friend all got to meet the girl I've been kinda seeing for the last week or so, and everybody seemed to be friendly enough! Then Lukas and I borrowed guitars and rocked out on hella Beatles jams for the first time at that open mic since March. We haven't played together in that place since March, and we were as solid as we've ever been on our playing and on our harmonies, so it felt pretty fuckin' awesome. And people really enjoyed it! Another excellent night involving music. (RadAC you should basically just come to the Bay Area and we can hang out and jam if that will help with yr breakup! Those really suck, I'm sorry!)

Today, I turn in job apps I picked up yesterday. Tonight, my lady-thing's friends are apparently throwing a party, where I will get to meet them all. Stoked!

Love,
Me!
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Post by: Zingoleb on 08 Jul 2011, 09:17
Can I still call you Ed as a Cowboy Bebop reference?

The librarian does this, actually.
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Post by: BrittanyMarie on 08 Jul 2011, 10:39
today i watched two very attractive firemen help a duck and her ducklings cross the road.
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Post by: Tom on 08 Jul 2011, 14:56
Okay Zing, I'll bite, what's your new name?
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Post by: Slick on 08 Jul 2011, 20:03
man I am totally bummed out right now I am so tired but that is not why I am bummed. I am living with my mom (we are like roommates now, it is good) and anyways so I got home from work today at 4:30 so I was like 'hey mom I am going to put this frozen steak on the counter so it thaws can you put it in the fridge when you leave for the evening in an hour' and then she was like 'yeah sure' and I was like great and then I went to second work where I worked from five till now.
but the steak is still on the counter. It's internal temperature is presently 25C. It is a warm day here. It has been on the counter for seven hours. I do not think it is safe but goddamn I want to eat it I have been looking forwards to it since about 10AM when I was still working the first job and thinking 'man I am going to be working a long time and biking a lot today, I totally deserve one of those steaks that I bought and froze for just such an occasion'.
goddamn man I want to eat my food, I turned on the barbecue before I even walked into the house. I can reasonably have the other steak thawed in fifteen minutes by running under warm water but god-damn, that is such a long time I have been awake for 17 hours and working or cycling for 16 and a half hours goddamn man
the grill is going to be like almost perfect-hot right now and I have nothing to put on it.
man.
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Post by: Slick on 08 Jul 2011, 20:05
I, oddly enough, have two days off in a row now which never happens and basically food poisoning at this point would be the worst thing
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Post by: Slick on 08 Jul 2011, 20:12
now I am not sure if I am sleep delerious. I keep getting this feeling like there is a hair or cobweb or something on me but I am not sure and I can never find it to pick it off and I think I maybe saw it but can not verify that.
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Post by: Slick on 08 Jul 2011, 20:12
I only slept for like five and a half hours last night guys someone help me
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Post by: Slick on 08 Jul 2011, 21:20
alright that situation has been dealt with. Now I am finishing the last of that wine while munching on my bloomed chocolate (I mean it is no good for tempering anymore but it is good for baking but really it is right there and delicious I am eating it).
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Post by: Lunchbox on 09 Jul 2011, 02:00
Okay Zing, I'll bite, what's your new name?

Pretty sure it is Leslie?
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Post by: pwhodges on 09 Jul 2011, 03:21
Rene (http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,23788.msg1030088.html#msg1030088), if that was the final choice.
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Post by: Patrick on 11 Jul 2011, 11:22
It is actually both. Leslie first though.
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Post by: pwhodges on 11 Jul 2011, 12:04
Thanks for the correction - I've found it here (http://forums.questionablecontent.net/index.php/topic,24421.msg1040370.html#msg1040370). Sadly the forum search function, which I relied on, omits a certain proportion of the posts it should return.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 11 Jul 2011, 17:18
I wasn't aware people were paying attention!

This morning, my roommate hooked his phone up to my sound system and woke me up by playing I am the Walrus by Jim Carrey. I did not know Jim Carrey did a version of I am the Walrus, and I wish I still did not know that Jim Carrey did a version of I am the Walrus.

We spent last night taking my breast forms (fake tits you put in yr bra to give yrself bigger tits (or just plain tits if you didn't have any to start with)) and shotputting them around the apartment. They suction cup to the walls.

Two days ago I was bitten in the face by a St. Bernard! It was scary and it hurt, but I was already pulling away when it got me so it only broke the skin in one place. This woman came over and was like "OH MY GOD YOU SHOULD COME OVER TO MY HOUSE AND I WILL CLEAN THAT UP" and after being around her for about thirty seconds, it was readily apparent she was on cocaine. This was given away by the first question she asked me once in her house, which was if I liked cocaine. Then she introduced me to her son, big black guy, who gave me the creepiest smile. She mixed me a drink (there was vodka in it and other things) which I politely sipped and poured out when she didn't see me, and offered me a bed to sleep on. All four corners of the bed had ropes attached. I looked around and figured, this smells like rape! So I tried to leave, at which point she had a  massive crying breakdown on me about her ex-husband, and then gave me two books that I absolutely have to read. I took them and left. They were "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "Best American Erotica of 1995".
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Post by: richlitt on 11 Jul 2011, 17:38
Today I packed up my room fully. Now it is really empty. I'm here for another ten days, but my stuff is all packed away in the closet, waiting to go to Staedler Mars. I have a bag all set for California, although i'm going to miss you all by a few days.

I took down my posters and the orange globe over my light, so now it's all just white. I feel like I'm in a mountain goats song.
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Post by: nekowafer on 11 Jul 2011, 20:38
Two days ago I was bitten in the face by a St. Bernard! It was scary and it hurt, but I was already pulling away when it got me so it only broke the skin in one place. This woman came over and was like "OH MY GOD YOU SHOULD COME OVER TO MY HOUSE AND I WILL CLEAN THAT UP" and after being around her for about thirty seconds, it was readily apparent she was on cocaine. This was given away by the first question she asked me once in her house, which was if I liked cocaine. Then she introduced me to her son, big black guy, who gave me the creepiest smile. She mixed me a drink (there was vodka in it and other things) which I politely sipped and poured out when she didn't see me, and offered me a bed to sleep on. All four corners of the bed had ropes attached. I looked around and figured, this smells like rape! So I tried to leave, at which point she had a  massive crying breakdown on me about her ex-husband, and then gave me two books that I absolutely have to read. I took them and left. They were "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" and "Best American Erotica of 1995".

This is both awesome and terrifying.
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Post by: Liz on 11 Jul 2011, 20:56
although i'm going to miss you all by a few days.

Great Sadness.
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Post by: Patrick on 11 Jul 2011, 21:52
Not all of us!

Suckers.
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Post by: richlitt on 11 Jul 2011, 23:34
Wait, so have you read the books Zingoleb?

Today I tried to wake up early to work and I mostly failed. Now I am on the QC forum and I've worked a third of the amount I should have this week (if I work all day, that is). Turns out I'm horrible at managing my time.

woo Patrick woo.
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Post by: Jace on 12 Jul 2011, 08:03
I am putting Plasti Dip on my sheild so it looks super pretty. THIS IS A FUN EXPERIMENT I HOPE I DON'T FUCK UP
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Post by: Zingoleb on 12 Jul 2011, 12:59
Wait, so have you read the books Zingoleb?


The erotica was hilariously bad (except for one story that I'd hesitate to class as erotica? but it has some d/s themes in it so I guess it's erotica). The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants seems like it would be really amazing if you're a 14 year old girl.
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Post by: nekowafer on 12 Jul 2011, 13:15
It's.. kind of a cute movie. I even watched it of my own volition.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 12 Jul 2011, 13:36
We spent last night taking my breast forms (fake tits you put in yr bra to give yrself bigger tits (or just plain tits if you didn't have any to start with)) and shotputting them around the apartment. They suction cup to the walls.

And just in the periphery of my brain I'm wondering if other women would get jealous of this? Not that tits aren't already great, truly the are, but being able to take them out and chuck them around has to be a new bonus.

Have you considered starting up the new trans exclusive sport of vertical titty petanque?
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Post by: Radical AC on 13 Jul 2011, 20:45
RadAC you should basically just come to the Bay Area and we can hang out and jam if that will help with yr breakup! Those really suck, I'm sorry!

I will so take you up on that offer the next time I'm in the area.  I have family there I should visit anyhow.  Very few things are as cathartic as jamming when you are feeling ... well whatever.
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Post by: LeeC on 15 Jul 2011, 06:06
I hate it when my girl drinks sometimes she forgets stuff.  Like asking me to buy the harry potter tickets last night.  I confirmed it 3 times with her but this morning she thought I did it without her permission (her credit card despite the fact I asked her and she said sure) so now she's pissed and claims that I am lying.  I would not have done this without her permission! I am no thief! :x
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Post by: Jace on 15 Jul 2011, 07:40
That sounds exactly like what a thief would say.
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Post by: LeeC on 15 Jul 2011, 08:41
shes starting to revert back to being an alcoholic lately and taking out her internal frustrations on me and I'm getting sick of it.  She pulls stuff like this all the time when she drinks too much! :|
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Post by: Zingoleb on 15 Jul 2011, 11:34
When she brings the bottle to her lips, shoot it out from under her. If you do it right, you can get her shirt wet, too.
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Post by: Patrick on 15 Jul 2011, 14:12
I know you didn't ask for my advice but personally I don't think I'd stick around if that kind of shit keeps up, it's putting a burden on your shoulders that is not your responsibility to bear.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 20 Jul 2011, 06:42
Ok so applications for Masters degrees opens at the beginning of August and I have until the end of October to get everything in. I need to get referees though oh shit how do I do this, I can ask two of my tutors from last semester but they've only known me for like 6 months. Because of that break I had (two years) between my undergrad and postgrad, I'm pretty sure all of my undergrad tutors will have forgotten me as well... damniiiiit.
What do you guys (specifically tania) think of this? Would it be weird to ask my old Abnormal Behaviour tutor from 2007 about giving me a reference? I don't think she'll remember me though...

I am also looking into my options of which unis I could apply for. I can (and will) apply for the Masters of Clinical Psychology at my current uni (University of Western Sydney), which is super competitive and despite not being one of the "better" (read: better funded, more respected, etc...) unis in the state overall, it is one of the best unis for psychology in the state.
I can apply for the Masters of Clinical Psychology or Forensic Psychology at University of New South Wales, which is well regarded (being one of the oldest universities in the country) and apparently has a good psych faculty but I've never been there. The course structure seems much the same as the one at UWS though. Both of these courses, as well as the one at UWS are two year courses so I'd finish up in 2013.
I can also apply for the Doctor of Clinical Psychology at Sydney University. This is a three year course and I basically end up a doctor at the end of it. It'll be super competitive as USyd is the hardest uni in the state to get into. This isn't because it's a particularly good school, but it's the oldest uni in the state if not the country, it's the richest uni in the state and it looks the best on a CV. I guess the only downside to this is that they want both an academic reference and a professional reference. Professional references have to be industry relevant and I've never had a relevant job because I won't have any relevant qualifications until the end of the year. Fuuuuuuuuuuck.
Oh and also everything I hear about USyd psychology is that it's really shitty and no one comes out of the course feeling terribly prepared. According to a university ratings website it's been rated the worst of all universities offering psychology in the country. UWS and UNSW are both rated "better than average".

I hope my references are ok with filling out a bunch of reference forms.

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Post by: Zingoleb on 20 Jul 2011, 11:27
The hell, Sam?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 20 Jul 2011, 11:27
it makes me sad how accurate but how terrible that picture of me is.
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Post by: valley_parade on 20 Jul 2011, 12:17
The hell, Sam?

Big Black's "Songs About Fucking".

See also: the "Songs About Fucking Up" split with the Copyrights and the Dopamines.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 20 Jul 2011, 12:18
Oh, Shane, I can always rely on you to talk about bands I've never heard of. Well, I've heard of Songs About Fucking, probably twice or so, but...
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Post by: valley_parade on 20 Jul 2011, 12:20
Yeah, pop-punk bands are good at ripping off album covers/whatever.

Songs About Fucking Up does have one of my favorite Dopamines songs, though: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhzfL0BfpB0


edit: I tried looking to see if anyone took a video when they played Pittsfield last summer, then remember that besides me and my now-ex, the only people at that show were the venue owner and guys from the other bands.
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Post by: Slick on 20 Jul 2011, 20:10
Would it be weird to ask my old Abnormal Behaviour tutor from 2007 about giving me a reference? I don't think she'll remember me though...

A prof I hadn't seen in a year or two remembered me just fine when I needed a reference, it's worth a shot. Also try to avoid flooding them with reference paperwork right-away, so you don't scare them off.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 20 Jul 2011, 20:57
I was actually just going to email some people today (two tutors from this year and one from 2007) and ask if they'd be ok with giving me a reference, then depending on what their answer is I'll find out what they want to do. I really hope that one of those tutors is taking one of my classes for this semester because she is awesome.
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Post by: nekowafer on 22 Jul 2011, 08:06
Guys. GUYS! I got the new Nook Simple Touch for my birthday. It's SO PRETTY.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 22 Jul 2011, 13:42
They're pretty great. Pity about their choice in naming.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Elizzybeth on 23 Jul 2011, 23:01
My mom, who has been living in northern CA with my grandfather since she filed for divorce from my dad about two months ago, told my aunt and me on Thursday that she was leaving to commit suicide in the morning and none of us could do anything to stop her.  My grandfather got on the phone briefly to tell me that he wasn't going to stop her and that I will just have to deal with it.  I sobbed, begged her not to, and called 911, but when the paramedics arrived she lied to them, my grandfather corroborated her lies, and they couldn't take her back to the mental hospital.  My father convinced me not to drive up there (about a 7 hour drive) Thursday night because he thought it could be dangerous for me.  She left at 8 a.m. Friday morning and no one has heard from her since.  She did not tell my grandfather (or anyone) where she was going.  She has no cell phone.  I do not know if she is alive or dead.  I have no way of getting in contact with her.  I am pretty upset.  I don't know if I should file a missing persons report.  I don't know what to do at all.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 24 Jul 2011, 08:39
Oh my god, that sounds like the most horrible thing, I'm so sorry! I can't imagine what you're going through right now, I really hope everything's okay.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 24 Jul 2011, 18:45
Oh man, I am so sorry you're going through this. File the report. Let them know about the lies she and your grandfather told the police, just so they know the whole situation and what they can expect to hear if they find her. Even if they choose not to believe you, at least you know you tried. Here's hoping it's all just a display of drama. {hugs}
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 26 Jul 2011, 12:51
It sounds a lot like a cry for attention but as always you follow the rules, you file a report and cover all the bases. It may seem futile, or even worse, enabling, but the alternative is almost always worse, mostly for you.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 29 Jul 2011, 12:25
I don't know how our producer pulled it off, but for her low-budget local short film, she managed to get one of the cinematographers from BBC's Planet Earth to come shoot our underwater scene in somebody's backyard pool. He did the deep sea cave diving photography on the series. All he passed on to her for expenses was extra equipment rental he had to make to supplement his own stuff. Very cool stuff watching him work even on a small project like this.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 30 Jul 2011, 05:44
My brother is such a dickhead. I was catching up with some of my cousins at an Aunt's 50th. In a discussion about Dr. Who, I mentioned that Rory gets to punch Hitler (not a spoiler becuase it's just awesome) and my brother comes a long and says something huge and spoilery that he found on the internet. It then turns out that he spoiled the end of the first half of the current series with a single FB post. He knew that he was getting these episodes 2 weeks ahead of the ABC and of the general etiquette of spoilers yet he did it anyway. What a dickhead.

In other news I told a swishy little 8yo boy to eat some cement because he was freaking out over everyone talking when there was a Harry Potter movie on the tele. Only child much!

This just in, I am super juvenile petty.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 30 Jul 2011, 09:20
This is how I spent Thursday night

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbLBkP13YS8

hint I'm the skinny one singing lead
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 30 Jul 2011, 19:15
I'm finally traveling again.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 30 Jul 2011, 21:19
We spent last night taking my breast forms (fake tits you put in yr bra to give yrself bigger tits (or just plain tits if you didn't have any to start with)) and shotputting them around the apartment. They suction cup to the walls.

And just in the periphery of my brain I'm wondering if other women would get jealous of this? Not that tits aren't already great, truly the are, but being able to take them out and chuck them around has to be a new bonus.

I must say, the mental image of doing shotput with breasts made me laugh. Not jealous, necessarily, but I would probably do it if I ever had the chance.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 31 Jul 2011, 19:41
Woo, Mum got to the mail before I did today and she found my penalty notice from state transit.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Aug 2011, 00:54
It's thunderstorming outside right now in the most amazing way; I was standing in it till the rain started really falling, and then came in. I've never seen a storm so constant; there's a lightning flash at least once a second, and the thunder hasn't stopped for maybe twenty minutes: it just grumbles and gets louder and quieter, but never goes away.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Aug 2011, 00:57
And THAT was a crack of thunder that just shook the windows.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 02 Aug 2011, 01:50
I woke up this morning in a massive panic because I realised that in two weeks I'm going on holiday and I need a tent and I don't have a tent. This really isn't something to panic about (I'm just going to buy a tent) but I still did. I hate panicky mornings.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 03 Aug 2011, 00:40
I got an out-of-the-blue query about videotaping a local band's set some time soon. I quoted a fee of $100, which is probably low, but it's what I feel comfortable charging for now while I solidify what I can do and measure the quality of the work against expectations. I think expectations is the part that makes me most nervous. I'm confident in the quality of work, but I'm getting it with consumer grade equipment and no big "production" as far as setup involved. I've simply refined what I do based on the ability to walk into a venue, stand there with my camcorder and point it and the microphone at the stage to get what I need. There are disadvantages and advantages to that approach, so I guess I just need to make sure it's all clear to the client beforehand.

And that in itself is just feels weird to say.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 03 Aug 2011, 07:51
Today's xkcd (http://xkcd.org/933/) reminds me that I also have tattooed dots on my tummy and back from over twenty years ago.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 03 Aug 2011, 09:31
Exactly what was the BBC planning on installing in you, Paul?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 03 Aug 2011, 11:25
 :-D

Whatever it was, it gave me cancer.  Operation, then radiotherapy, hence the dots of course.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 03 Aug 2011, 13:22
Lasers!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 03 Aug 2011, 13:33
Heh!  Actually, if I was inclined to look for a reason other than chance (which I'm not), I would point to the fact that I spent ten years working around radio-isotopes in hospitals (I wrote programs for gamma camera imaging).

In other news, now that I have passed my 65th birthday, I am no longer simply planning  not to retire, I am in a state of being not retired.

In yet other news, today I fixed a major server problem that has prevented me setting up a cluster for the last two months - now I can move forward again with upgrading the whole server installation at work.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 05 Aug 2011, 12:35
The people at the bar where I used to run open mic are dicks. The people who run the open mic there now are also dicks. They combined forces and managed to push my bestie Lukas and I 3 hours down the list so that we wouldn't be able to play until almost the very end; Lukas wound up leaving in disgust and anger, so I stayed and played solo instead. Fuck 'em though. I broke the 'swearing' rule with at least 3 F-bombs, I went over my song limit, and I stole a bottle of wine. The wine was made by the owner at his winery and he valued the bottle at $75. I guarantee his wine isn't good enough for that price tag, but I also guarantee that when Lukas and I drink it, it will have the sweetness of a year's worth of payback for the lies.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 08 Aug 2011, 06:53
Hey people who live in America, I am coming back! July 11th - 24th 2012 the college choir I just joined is doing a tour of Eastern USA, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington DC). Even if Christian choral music isn't your thing it would be great to meet up with people and I'm pretty sure we'll have free time to wander and explore. I'll know more nearer the time but I'm so excited, I've always wanted to go to New York!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 08 Aug 2011, 07:37
Oh, I'm going to personify the DMV and then either punch them in the dick and/or kick them in the cunt, depending on how they're personified. They keep fucking around with my new ID, and after going through more paperwork, they say I'm not going to get it until the 23rd of August. My flight leaves on the 24th.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 08 Aug 2011, 09:28
Boston

May, remind me closer to next summer, I'll get a few days off and come down for some hangouts!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Liz on 08 Aug 2011, 09:39
Well, we were talking on facebook about doing the next meetup in D.C....
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 08 Aug 2011, 09:45
An ex was telling me about a bar she went to in DC that has skeeball machines.

Fricking skeeball!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 08 Aug 2011, 19:21
Would go to that bar.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 08 Aug 2011, 22:30
I'm not sure if drunken skeeball is the best thing ever, or the worst thing ever.


I fear for everyone else there
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 09 Aug 2011, 06:03
I could definitely come to D.C. for a meetup. That would be pretty awesome. I also love skeeball.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 09 Aug 2011, 11:47
I mean I could likely do DC, but I also promised Patrick that if his band hits New England next summer I'd hang for a week and help out with shit.

So there's that, too.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 09 Aug 2011, 12:39
Shane if I learn drums wanna start a band? You're closer than These Estates
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 09 Aug 2011, 13:18
Jace do you like Weezer at all? My friend Tim and I have been playing some old Weezer covers (and Interpol and shit) sans-drums lately.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 09 Aug 2011, 15:52
May! I'm gonna try to get an internship in NYC next summer! Let's hang out in New York! Don't care about DC, sorry folks but all the cool internships are in the big apple.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 09 Aug 2011, 15:58
Too big and ugly of a city for me. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Metope on 09 Aug 2011, 16:05
I love it! Also, it has all the cool museums I'm gonna apply for internship with, even though I seriously doubt I'll even get close to ever getting through. But then again, I said the same thing when applying to the Glasgow School of Art and look where I am now!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 09 Aug 2011, 16:39
I just got back from a week camping in Alberta. The Rocky Mountains say hello.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 09 Aug 2011, 18:06
Blehhh.

All my Vermontian plans have fallen through; my girlfriend's parents have decided to break us up, by first keeping her from getting an apartment, where I was going to stay, promising me a place to stay instead, and then revoking that at the last minute. There's been that, and a bunch of other bullshit, so...after selling off my instruments/vinyl records/books and everything, I was left without a place to go. So, my friend suggested I move with him out to Washington state, and my girlfriend bought me a ticket. I'm leaving Ithaca, NY on the 24th, in two weeks and a day, and landing in Seattle that same day. I have a friend who's picking me up and  taking me to Olympia, and I have a few places to stay, and about $500 in savings. I've no real plans beyond that except "survive", because every time I make plans they always get boiled down to nothing but "oh fuck how do I survive now" anyways, so I may as well just start from there.

So. West Coast. Yeah.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 09 Aug 2011, 19:16
Jace do you like Weezer at all? My friend Tim and I have been playing some old Weezer covers (and Interpol and shit) sans-drums lately.

I'm pretty sure that I'm actually one of the guys from Weezer already.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 10 Aug 2011, 03:22
Today was the worst, I had to get vaginal smears from a lab-rat with a couple of q-tips. Oh and I grew a beard for a month but I shaved it off today because I just got to the point where I was too self conscious about it and for no other raisin other than I started to feel super gross and all the ginger was creeping me out (my hair is dark brown). Also my skin is really soft and mostly unblemished milky white so fuck my fat face.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 10 Aug 2011, 05:48
No wait Zingo, did you get rid of the Dirnt bass?  :cry:

Jace, you may or may not actually be Mikey Welch. It's a possibility.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 13 Aug 2011, 11:45
No, I still have it. I'm probably going to have it shipped to me when I can afford to do so. But I got rid of my other guitars, my keyboard, my violin, and my dulcimer.

Also I ended up staying up all night watching Buffy re-runs and texted my friend at 5 am "can we have our own Willow please?" to which she replied "you are our willow hon".
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 13 Aug 2011, 13:20
I was just woken up the sound of tiny bones cracking coming from under my bed. There is Fallout level gore.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 13 Aug 2011, 14:46
I mean I could likely do DC, but I also promised Patrick that if his band hits New England next summer I'd hang for a week and help out with shit.

So there's that, too.

I mean this is very much up in the air though considering the fact that we have no idea what we're doing
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: McTaggart on 14 Aug 2011, 00:01
My sister bought a new Toshiba laptop. Once it finally finished installing all the crappy bloatware that you don't get a chance to opt out of we tried to use internet explorer to get Firefox. Internet explorer would not leave the msn homepage -- it kept tripping over a tracking pixel on the msn site and freaking out and not doing anything. On her brand new laptop the internet straight up did not work! What the hell, Toshiba?

Anyway I downloaded Firefox on my computer and we installed it from there and all was well, but it's lucky we had another computer and some degree of wizardry else it'd be completely useless.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 14 Aug 2011, 09:22
I half heartedly suggested to my girlfriend that we try cosplay at one of the conventions we go to this year or the next, mostly to gauge her reaction, and she said she would try. I've always wanted to try and do something like it, as most of my pictures from the conventions are the various people that are brave enough to do it, so I'm kind of happy that she is thinking about it.

I suggested to her Roxanne Richter from Scott Pilgrim while I'll try Professor Pyg from Batman
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 15 Aug 2011, 08:49
Jesus christ, $90 a pop for Bruins preseason tickets.

I wanted to see Drag The River next month, but that's out of the question now.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 16 Aug 2011, 00:52
So, I'm living in a house without running water. My father's place. Instead, he runs a hose from his neighbour's house to his (with their permission). I desire a bath, yes? So, what I have to do is fill a pot with water, put it on the hot plate, and then pour the water into the bathtub. Well, I rigged up a makeshift system to keep the water running into the pot without my having to hold the hose down. Lessons learned tonight:
 
A) I am not an engineer.

2) A garden hose, at full blast, whipping around the kitchen, can do an incredible amount of damage to everyone and everything in the way.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lupercal on 16 Aug 2011, 01:48
Please write a book, because your life of hoses and trucker hats and green dresses and tractors sounds pretty interesting.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 17 Aug 2011, 12:43
I wholeheartedly support the idea of you writing a book, Leslie! I'd read it, for sure, and I would happily help promote it in any way I can. You've got a neat way of conveying

Dear blag,

There has been so much going on lately that I've just been too busy to write about! I'm gonna try and catch you all up.

Last Thursday, Squawk-Anna and I met up in Berkeley and had a little acoustic jam up on the UC campus! It was a whole lot of fun, we gelled well while playing together, and as soon as the opportunity presents itself again, I am definitely going to jump on it. Also, Anna's rad as hell. Just saying.

Over the last two weeks, my friend Lindsay and I have been meeting with the manager of a coffee shop here in town and hammered out plans and details in preparation for an open mic that we wanted to try starting up there. A lot of stuff was super easy to work out, and last-minute stuff was kept to a bare minimum. We even got good parking before setup! The open mic began ten minutes behind schedule last night, but we got an unexpected HUGE turnout. It was a standing-room-only audience on opening night, and we had a good turnout of musicians, poets, and comics too! Many of the people who signed up were totally impromptu, but we saw a lot of really awesome talent, and aside from the late start and a single 20-minute dry spell of performers, everything went really smoothly! It was an unprecedented success, and I was absolutely tickled with it!

Over the course of planning and preparation for it all, it was brought to Lindsay's and my attention that our work running our first open mic (at the place that screwed us) had gotten a lot of attention from people all around the Bay Area (as far away as places like Santa Rosa), but by time many of them went, we had already quit. And with the guy who started running it after us, people complained that they were getting fucked over, and many said they wouldn't return. The last part was a huge disappointment (dammit, all our hard work shot to hell by those assholes), but learning about just how far our reputation had spread made us both really proud!

Tonight, I am going to be doing another 'first' by running the open mic at my favorite bar, this time by myself. It's a fantastic little divey-type place, and I've been coming to their Wednesday night jams pretty religiously since the very day they started (around April or so). Since I'm fairly proficient in a bunch of styles on a bunch of instruments, I've made a reputation for myself at that place as being a standby player for any situation, which makes it easier to get a jam going quickly. Combined with the fact that I'm much nicer to everybody than the guy who started this jam night (same guy who took over Lindsay's and my old open mic), I was approached by the owners about taking it over. I'll be making a solid 20% of whatever the bar makes. I have got this shit on LOCK right now, I think, and I'm going to put a lot of energy into making this open mic worthy of repute.

It feels like karma for the bullshit I took at my first open mic has come back to me with interest, and right this minute, I feel as happy as I've ever felt since leaving Albania two years ago. Hoooooly fuck I feel great!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: glyphic on 17 Aug 2011, 13:19
Ok. Haven't posted here in forever. Haven't really told anyone about this, either.

I got a job with a company in Palo Alto, CA. I'm moving in just over two weeks. I'm so incredibly excited and nervous at the same time. Goodbye St. Louis! I won't miss finding blood trails leading to/from my backyard! Hello, Silicon Valley, where I will be sourcing/recruiting the best programmers in the world.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 17 Aug 2011, 14:09
DUDE WE SHOULD HANG OUT except I have literally no way of getting to Palo Alto since they don't have BART
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 17 Aug 2011, 16:37
We finally got a new washing machine!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Elizzybeth on 17 Aug 2011, 23:12
At first I was like, "Wait, how will that help Patrick get to Palo Alto?" Then I realized it was an unrelated statement. 

Washing machines are good!  If you've been living without one for a while, you probably understand what Hans Rosling means when he partially credits them with the advancement of women in the western world (http://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_and_the_magic_washing_machine.html).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 17 Aug 2011, 23:39
Yeah, I've been doing my laundry in the kitchen sink for a year or so. I just upgraded to a bathtub!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: glyphic on 18 Aug 2011, 06:36
Patrick,

Hangouts would be rad, but I'm going to be a penny-pinched, overworked son of a gun for a few months. Maybe we can form a family band and set fire to San Fran in the future!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 18 Aug 2011, 15:57
I just finished the last migration of eight servers at work from physical boxes, old Virtual Server virtual machines and VMware virtual machines, all into shiny new Hyper-V virtual machines.  The Microsoft utilities for each of those conversions worked remarkably smoothly - impressively, in fact.

The new virtual servers are running on a cluster with a big RAID-6 box of disks.  Moving a running virtual machine from one physical host to another without it pausing is really cool.  VMware can do that too, but using VMware instead of Hyper-V would have doubled the total cost of the system (the VMware management software was quoted to me under a special university deal at slightly more than the hardware cost).

As these conversions required the machines to be unavailable and so had to be done out of hours, I've had over a week of working evenings - remotely, from home - until midnight (as well as normal day); so I'll be taking it easier for a while.  There are a couple more new (virtual) machines to build, but they can be done normally, during the day.  Moving the whole department off the present Exchange 2003 server onto a new Exchange 2010 server will be the biggest job, but probably not as tricky as what I've just been doing.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: schimmy on 18 Aug 2011, 18:08
Dear internets. What the fuck do you do when you lose everyone who means anything to you? I'm talking "Isn't worth being a friend" and "Is in another country for a year." What the fuck do you do?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 18 Aug 2011, 18:59
personally, i play more video games

i don't necessarily recommend it
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 18 Aug 2011, 19:27
Patrick,

Hangouts would be rad, but I'm going to be a penny-pinched, overworked son of a gun for a few months. Maybe we can form a family band and set fire to San Fran in the future!

As long as you don't mean the latter part literally, you've got a deal.

Dear blag,

I surpassed expectations for my first night running the open mic at my favorite bar, and made more money than I thought I would for such an event. On my first night, I literally doubled the hourly wage that I earned working for Target. If that keeps up, I will be making the same money for half the total work hours. And I work one night a week at this place *and* I have another night at another place that earns me income. I'll take it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 19 Aug 2011, 12:23
The septic tank banked up while I was asleep, flooding the house with raw sewage. This is now officially the shittiest place I've ever lived - thank god I'm leaving in less than five days.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 19 Aug 2011, 12:35
I am hopefully going to play cricket with some friends this weekend!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 19 Aug 2011, 20:19
And it's something impressive enough to put on your CV too. You can only grow in experience from that kind of work.

Oh yeah. I'm definitely already manipulating the text of my resume to include this.

I'm actually looking into finally moving to Berkeley f0 r33lz now. I spoke with my bandmate earlier, and he's going to talk to his roomie on the subject of subletting to me. We already know that their landlord isn't going to have any objections. It'll complicate the arrangement with getting to the places I'll need to get to for the open mics, but it'll be worth the commute if I can keep attendance (and therefore drink-buying) up at the Wednesday night one.

I feel like the Wednesday night thing has me relying on myself to get what I want, though, and that's something that money can't buy. Especially after the last year where I basically haven't been able to provide much at all for myself.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 20 Aug 2011, 01:05
I'm doing my Pharmacology assignment, it's worth 5% and I've already done 3/4 of it. It's really alright, no problems but I have the suffocating suspicion I'm doing it very wrong but I've been following the marking criteria to a T. I gotta quit being so neurotic.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: HiFranc on 20 Aug 2011, 01:29
I'm doing my Pharmacology assignment, it's worth 5% and I've already done 3/4 of it. It's really alright, no problems but I have the suffocating suspicion I'm doing it very wrong but I've been following the marking criteria to a T. I gotta quit being so neurotic.

You can only do your best and see what happens.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 20 Aug 2011, 04:22
Patrick, that is really cool to hear you're finding your niche and that everybody is seeing and appreciating the effort you're putting into it. I've been finding that when you treat musicians with respect and look out for their interests, they'll show a lot of loyalty (well, except the douches that always exist in any field, but better off without them anyway). Of course, you understand this from that perspective, so you already know what's going to work. BTW, if you ever want to try playing up here in Sacramento, I at least know who you should talk to about it.

I just got back from filming another show, and it was face-meltingly incredible. Headliner was Sister Crayon (http://www.sistercrayon.com/), an act that I had heard about for years, but hadn't seen before.

I want to say something "out loud" that it's not at all in my nature to say. I am the best at this. I don't mean the best in town, I mean the BEST. I have yet to see a video online that captures live music as well as I'm doing right now. I will add a caveat that I'm talking about "single-camera" style shooting, although there are plenty of multi-camera "professional" videos I've seen that somehow botched translating the live experience. I feel right now that I can walk into any venue, and as long as the sound guy doesn't completely blow it (not a given as I'm sure Patrick and other performing musicians can attest), I'll come out of there with the best live videos that act has ever had.

So there, I've thrown down. I don't mind being proven wrong about this, because it means there's somebody out there I can learn from, but so far I haven't seen it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 20 Aug 2011, 04:58
I don't mind being proven wrong about this, because it means there's somebody out there I can learn from

This attitude is a great one to have. Also, PMed.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 22 Aug 2011, 08:18
I am hopefully going to play cricket with some friends this weekend!

Aw screw you, rain. Screw you.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: JD on 23 Aug 2011, 00:45
So I might become a founding member of a small business in the next year or so? That's about the coolest thing that's happening to me right now. Other than that I got the summer blaaaahhhhhs
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 23 Aug 2011, 11:41
I'm leaving on a flight in less than twenty four hours to go from New York to Washington and oh my god I am freaking out
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Cire27 on 23 Aug 2011, 11:45
So, uh, going to college but not really sure why (don't have a major or anything!).  I guess it's the thing expected of me.  I don't really know what my other options are either.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 23 Aug 2011, 16:58
We had a friggin' earthquake today. In Virginia. It was weird and kinda scary and everybody asked us what to do, us being building management and all, and we had no idea. And my coworker is kind of a twit and was afraid to go back inside the building which didn't help anything.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: whom on 23 Aug 2011, 18:13
Felt it in Delaware.  Wasn't sure what was going on at first.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: smack that isaiah on 23 Aug 2011, 18:51
I didn't feel it in middle NJ, but a lot of my friends say they felt it.  I'm kinda sad I missed out on feeling my first earthquake :(
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 23 Aug 2011, 20:20
My whole office building shook. It was pretty terrifying, actually.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 24 Aug 2011, 05:08
We decked out our living room with the essentials (it also happens to be my bedroom courtesy of a sofa bed).

(http://img593.imageshack.us/img593/628/30087210150407820074348.jpg)

I managed to cut my finger open whilst putting up the curtains after this was taken.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 24 Aug 2011, 18:17
So, my sister tried to set fire to our grandparents' house today. She's been living there since my grandmother died 4 years ago (my grandfather died about 5 years before that). My mother, who's actually in charge of the estate, is quite rightfully pressing charges and evicting her.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 24 Aug 2011, 21:50
Why the arson?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 25 Aug 2011, 08:14
We don't know. For the most part, things have been quiet there the past few months. She had been arrested for shoplifting just before Christmas, and there's always a constant stream of... characters... she kept bringing to the house. But this came quite out of the blue even for her. She just started yelling that she was going to burn the place down and started splashing gasoline on the front. One of the boarders there stepped in and stopped her and called the police, who she screamed at and called a few choice names while being arrested. We don't know if this was a drug/alcohol induced freakout or what at this point.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 26 Aug 2011, 10:43
That's...kinda scary!

I've been having the best few days, though. I got into Seattle Wednesday night - my plane was overbooked and delayed, so they put me on an earlier flight. Got into Olympia, slept through the night after having an excellent meal of paella and clams. Woke up the next morning, was treated to a breakfast in a fancy little cafe, where I met an adorably little dykey librarian girl, and she ended up staying at the place I'm staying at (she's friends with the dirty old man I'm staying with) for the day and there was various degrees of nudity, swimming in the lake, grilled chicken and sweet potatoes and Iron and Wine all day.

The guy here, Kozmo, does plaster casts  (http://ranchofraunch.com/kozbods/index.html) of people, and when I told him about my transgender status, he ended up really intrigued, and at some point he's going to do a plaster cast of my body.

I'm really happy around here. This area is so gorgeous, so wonderful, I feel like I'm at home. Later today I'm going to meet some People From The Internet, and see how well that goes.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 28 Aug 2011, 04:10
So I'm bored, super bored. My brother (in Year 11) asked me to print his assignment/essay/what-have-you and so I did (verily!). I forgot to close it down before I returned his USB so I had the thingie open on my desktop. I decided to proof read! Here's what I've got so far This is the entire thing, my brother is so screwed:
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Cleopatra VII (referred to as Cleopatra throughout the text) [excision] of Egypt was the last pharaoh to rule Egypt and one of great controversy. Whilst there are a great number of sources about Cleopatra many contain biased views that are expressed in different ways; from greatest ruler of all time to a profligate, power-hungry woman [replaced clause for poetry]. Her contribution to life is evident in most if not all Egyptian society [poor construction, consider revision].
Cleopatra was born in 69 BCE to [deletion of redundant verb] Pharaoh Ptolemy XII and his queen, Cleopatra V. Cleopatra [ambiguous pronoun, should also be new sentence] was born in Alexandria [DYAC!], a vibrant port city and mercantile hub [lyricism!] for Egypt at the time [consider replacement with period, e.g.: for x era Egypt]. Provided with a library  (proposed by Ptolemy II, he stated that he would collect at least one of every document)[deliver as foot note?] which helped with her choice of subject [wait, uh what?]. [Perhaps: The library... where she studied...] The subjects she studied were mainly history, languages and Greek culture; she was reported to have excel in every area [sauce?]. One of the contributing factors to Cleopatra being renowned as a great pharaoh was her learning of Egyptian (many in her family did not know how to speak Egyptian) [Ill let this slide but somewhere else Ill draw the line]. The education provided for her [Nitpick: so not something she did of her own volition?] would help her secure the throne. At this time Ptolemy XII hired Roman support to secure his place on the throne, by 59 BCE Rome had moved to secure bordering countries of Egypt. The Egyptians revolted for his action would condemn Egypt, Ptolemy retreated leaving Cleopatra the VI and her sister Berenice to rule, Cleopatra VI died later giving total rule to Berenice [revise]. Gabinius marched on Egypt, seized control and placed [remembered, past tensed] Ptolemy XII back on the throne.  51 BCE Ptolemy XII died, the laws of dynasty dictated that Cleopatra and her brother Ptolemy XIII would rule as Pharaoh and queen. Cleopatra honored the rituals and practices of the Egyptian people gaining support.  49 BCE Cleopatra was exiled by her brother, Cleopatra fled to Syria, whilst Ptolemy XII had been a friend and ally to Rome. (Cleopatra: beyond the myth)[this a reference?]. 48 BCE Cleopatra had recruited an army to march on Egypt and take back the throne. Cleopatra still was no mach [Go! Go! Go! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9VN2mxMnzE)] to [for?] Ptolemy XIIs [possession] army; she decided to seek an [articles] alliance with Caesar.

Cleopatra devised a plan to meet with Caesar within his private quarters in Alexandria. She was wrapped within a role of carpet then carried to his quarters. When Caesar met with Ptolemy XII in the morrow, he declared that he would rule with Cleopatra, and gave Cyprus back to Egypt. This movement meant that Rome had an interest with Egypt and would give it support; this gave Egypt (a country close to being absorbed into the Roman Empire) its strength back. Caesar also moved to stabilize [curious that should use an americanism whilst using whilst] the government with both military and financial support. After the Alexandrian war Caesar left Egypt, leaving Cleopatra (21-22 years old) and her brother Ptolemy XIV (13 years) in charge of Egypt. Caesar appointed three legions to keep the peace and to protect Cleopatra. As ruler of Egypt Cleopatra was recorded to be loved by her people and had motivated them [to do what?]. Roughly [circa?] June 23 BCE Cleopatra gave birth to Caesarion, strengthening [describes the act] ties between Egypt and Rome. Caesar declared Cleopatra as the true ruler of Egypt and turned his army toward Ptolemy XII, after 6 months Ptolemy was drowned in the Nile and Cleopatra was given the rule of Egypt.  Cleopatra and Caesar moved to Egypt in 46 BCE but were forced to leave due to Caesars assignation. After her return to Egypt she helped fund the war against those who killed Caesar, the Caesarian party [Wasnt the Second Triumvirate formed following the assassination?] led by Mark Antony and Octavian. The enemy was Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus. Cleopatra signed a treaty with Mark Antony, which would benefit her with military and Roman support [Why, Shakespeare?].

41 BCE Mark Antony, the new ruler of Rome sent for Cleopatra in order to question her loyalty. Upon meeting her Antony was charmed and, as Plutarch describes it: Her beauty, as we are told, was in itself not altogether incomparable, nor such as to strike those who saw her; but converse with her had an irresistible charm, and her presence, combined with the persuasiveness of her discourse and the character which was somehow diffused about her behaviour towards others, had something stimulating about it. There was sweetness also in the tones of her voice; and her tongue, like an instrument of many strings, she could readily turn to whatever language she pleased... (Plutarch in the life of Antony). Antony spent 41-40 BCE in Alexandria with Cleopatra. Whilst in Alexandria Antony proposed that if Cleopatra were to fund him he would protect Egypt. She agreed, but also moved to take advantage of him by ordering him to kill her sister Arsinoe, which was performed in 41 BCE [is fine but you can do better]. By 40 BCE Cleopatra having given birth to her third son by Antony, Ptolemy Philadelphus, officially married Antony even though he was also married to Octavius sister [like Steinman but pleasing my Aphrodite of the written word]. In 34 BCE, Caesarion and Cleopatra became co-rulers of Egypt, Caesarion was associated with the god Horus and Cleopatra the goddess Isis [not to be confuse with Lsis, goddess of cellular destruction]. Octavian declared war on Egypt after Antony and Octaviuss sister divorced. Octavius and Antony met of the coast of Actium; Cleopatra was present with her own fleet but retreated with Antony when defeat was indefinite [I find that the worst kind of defeat is the one with no clear ending, you want: their defeat was assured. Im assuming that Antony and Cleo lost this]. Octavian marched into Egypt in 30 BCE, where his army was met [? They were fighting each other right or is this a huge ass-mutiny?] by Antonys. Antony moved to fight Octavius but died, once made known of his death Cleopatra was bitten by an asp (thought to be suicide), she died 39 years old. The two were buried together and to this day their burial ground has not been found.
Cleopatra used Caesar to kill her brother who expelled her form the throne. Using her charm [fascinating, how?] she managed to prevent Rome from annexing Egypt and a full scale war between Rome and Ptolemy which would most likely end with Egypt loosing. She gained military, financial and political support from Rome and as some sources [which?] describe, she also controlled the Roman senate. When Caesar died she married Mark Antony [wasnt he dead] who provided her with military support. Sources record that Mark Antony was willing to give her anything. Till [ she wasnt running a shop] her death, she managed to prevent Rome form taking Egypt for close to 20 years.
Cleopatra VII the last pharaoh of Egypt is still surrounded by mystery. She still holds many questions still unanswered and proves a difficult person to research due to the nature of the sources, for each has its own agenda [you didnt demonstrate this, what use is a thesis if ignored?], whether to disgrace her action or to promote her love interests. Even though Egypt was taken by Rome their society and persona is still strong. [related how?]

The stuff in bold is me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 28 Aug 2011, 12:35
You guys, I have been gone for about three weeks on various jaunts and coming back to read the happy supportiveness in this and the relationship thread makes my heart glow. Well done, internets, we appear to be in a good place at the moment! :)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 28 Aug 2011, 16:21
Zingo: sounds like the fresh start is really going to work out for you, and it's good to see! There might still be setbacks along the way, but it feels much more like you're heading in the right direction.

Barmy: welcome back! The internet missed you!  :mrgreen:

Bail for my sister has been set at $135,000. She asked for a new judge because the one assigned to her case had seen her so many times before she thought he'd be biased against her. Went down with my mother yesterday to asses the damage. It was just a couple of scorch marks on the front siding and stains from the gasoline, so not too bad there. Unfortunately, she hoarded up the back yard, and it will cost us around $500 to get rid of all this "free" stuff, including such treasures as a flattened sofa, the back casing to an old TV set, 30 used bicycle tires, and god knows what else.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: sean on 31 Aug 2011, 15:45
wutup motherfuckers.

i live in a badass house in wv now, i just got internet in it.

my life continues to be goddamn awesome.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 31 Aug 2011, 15:50
Two different girls have asked me out this week. I go on one date tomorrow, and another the day after.

This is fantastic.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 01 Sep 2011, 10:10
3 in my account and all I've got to eat is 4 tins of tuna (but I don't have a tin opener). Gotta survive 14 days until my next payday. Score.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 01 Sep 2011, 12:57
Your options now include overdraft, robbery, porn (starring not watching) or as an absolute last resort, calling your mum and dad and explaining that you still haven't learnt how to budget your money.

Been off the bike for week following buggering up my knee on as 1200km ride. Please to announce that I am largely injury free. However, as I have spent the last two years preparing for said ride, I'm hitting a bit of a blank as to what the hell I'm supposed to do with my life. So this would be a good time for my girlfriend to go to the south of France to work on a whiz-band machine for three months leaving me with only the cat for conversation then would it?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 01 Sep 2011, 16:45
Dear blag,

Sorry I've been away so long! I've missed you. But, as you'll soon see, I've been a very, very busy boy.

Last I wrote was the 22nd. Let's see. Since then, I've moved out of one house into another, I've seen my best friend off to the Air Force for a 6-year-commitment, I've completely revived a bar's Wednesday night business (last night, they sold nearly $1k in drinks where they'd been selling maybe 1/4 that before! The owner and I get along reeeeeeal well), I've gotten 2 girls' phone numbers, I've put my Fender Jaguar on consignment, I've found a place where I can actually afford to pay rent AND feed myself (and I move there tomorrow), I've made my back incredibly sore by lifting things incorrectly, and I've decided to start seeing somebody new now that the lady I WAS seeing is no longer interested.

Tomorrow I move, I buy a Honda CT-90 as soon as my geetar is sold, registering that bitch immediately afterward, and everything will be absolutely gravy from here on out. For now. :D

Love,
Me!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 01 Sep 2011, 17:58
Oh man two random girls showed up and they wanted to look at the rooms in the house and I did not let them in because it is not my house (I am staying with a friend until tomorrow) and none of the people who are on the lease are home and basically they are both larger than me and I am not about to watch my buddies get jacked.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 01 Sep 2011, 18:30
I just went on my first real date in a long time. It was amazing. We shared a cheesecake and kissed in alleyways.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 01 Sep 2011, 23:43
3 in my account and all I've got to eat is 4 tins of tuna (but I don't have a tin opener). Gotta survive 14 days until my next payday. Score.
Can't you just like start a riot or something?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 02 Sep 2011, 05:40
I just went on my first real date in a long time. It was amazing. We shared a cheesecake and kissed in alleyways.

So cute!!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 02 Sep 2011, 05:40
Too soon, Jace. It'd seem cliche.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 02 Sep 2011, 10:19
Have you ever wondered where your diaphragm is? Here's a quick and easy way to figure it out.

First, blow up an air mattress by yourself. Then, when you're all done, find the part of your stomach that feels like pain. That's your diaphragm!

Lessons learned the hard way.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 02 Sep 2011, 10:43
Although she has never used one, the girlfriend found that oddly amusing. Largely because she has a guttermind.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 02 Sep 2011, 10:45
Not that diaphragm (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thoracic_diaphragm).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 03 Sep 2011, 01:02
Oh hey, Dad got a kindle 3 and neither of parents really do much reading of novels and whatnot. Ipso facto I have a kindle.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 03 Sep 2011, 07:11
Can't you just like start a riot or something?

Pfft, who needs looting? I got a free cupcake off a lovely lass whilst going off to extend my overdraft (also found a coupon for a free milkshake from ShakeAway. Totally got a Skittles and gingernut biscuit milkshake with popping candy on top).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 03 Sep 2011, 09:17
Start a riot on her vagina
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 03 Sep 2011, 10:23
She just added me on facebook and she's 16, bro.

Which is actually legal in England, I guess (but I still think 16 is pretty young).

Addendum: All girls that I flirt with in future must be made to wear a sign with their exact age on it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 03 Sep 2011, 14:14
This is why being attracted to guys is so much easier. Generally speaking, stubble = fair game.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 03 Sep 2011, 17:46
I just moved into an apartment right next to my favorite coffee shop (where I run my Tues. open mic) and so now I live with two hipsters, an unfathomable yet easily ignored asshole, a super nice metal bassist, and a 15-year-old girl.

I don't understand how in the fuck this group of people lives together, but it's been working so far with zero deaths. So I don't give a fuck. Long as I have a place to sleep, store my shit, and bring ladies up for bonin', it's whatever.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 04 Sep 2011, 03:36
Ugh. My video camera is dying. During the last 3 shoots, as it heats up, it loses focus and it just won't come back until it completely cools off again, which may take at least 15-20 minutes, which means I basically lose the rest of the music set. I was already getting frustrated by the occasional tape glitch that ruined some awesome performances. Even when I'm doing this for free, it's just unacceptable to have to apologize for missing songs, and if I'm going to try to make money with this, it's really not OK to have something this unreliable.

So I ordered a new camera. It's a nice one that is definitely a step up from what I had, but I was really hoping to be able to wait until I could afford something truly professional. But even as it is, this puts me at an uncomfortable level on my credit card considering I only work part time and will basically only be able to keep it level for a while. Ever since I got this card and until about a year after losing my full-time job, I had always paid the balance in full. Because of that, it has a ridiculously high limit that I'm now pushing more than I really want.

On the other hand, it looks much more like a camera that somebody charging professional rates would use, so perhaps it will help pay for itself in the long run. And no more tapes!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 04 Sep 2011, 11:06
stubble = fair game.

My brother is Puerto Rican and was getting stubble around the age of 14.

I found a place to live! The guy who offered is kinda rednecky but not intolerably so. He doesn't know when to shut up, though. I also made a passing reference to a girl I went on a date with, so he assumes I'm a lesbian, which I'm okay with. Maybe he'll not skeev on me if he just assumes I don't like guys.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lupercal on 04 Sep 2011, 14:25
She just added me on facebook and she's 16, bro.

Which is actually legal in England, I guess (but I still think 16 is pretty young).

Addendum: All girls that I flirt with in future must be made to wear a sign with their exact age on it.

Had a brownie off of a woman who's tits were certainly no where near contained in her top yesterday while in the capital. As I walked away indulging in chocolatey goodness and thinking about her huge knockers, I couldn't help but think that was a very successful and yet somehow subtle marketing ploy. Also saying "You know you want some!" and winking probably helped. She can't have been older than 24.

Anybody else think that while high school was a time of mass rejection and intolerance of your general appearance, you grow up a bit and suddenly can't help noticing that a lot of people give you their time?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 04 Sep 2011, 16:41
I had no luck with girls in high school. At college I got into a two and a half year long relationship, and now that I'm single and at uni my jaw is literally dropping at the number of chances I have with girls who wouldn't have given me the time of day a couple years back. I don't understand what happened.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Dazed on 04 Sep 2011, 19:25
You got fuckin sexy man, that's all
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 05 Sep 2011, 06:08
I dunno, I was much more successful relationship-wise when I was in high school, but that is probably a lot to do with circumstances (tricky to meet people when you're living in rural Shropshire with only your parents to talk to) and also because of being ill, which I think has made me less outgoing and less likely to connect with people. So maybe when I go back to uni I'll start making friends and maybe meet someone supernice (instead of a bit skeezy, like lots of people in sixth form were).

Today was my last counselling session, because next week I'm in hospital and the week after I won't be able to get into town without a lot of waiting round for buses or walking, and it's not worth that. And then I go back to uni! Suddenly things have sped up a lot. There are a whole bunch of things I need to do but it doesn't feel like there's time - go to the dentist, finish up volunteering at the hospice (I haven't been for over a month), see friends. I'm kind of nervous about going back because it has to work out this time. There are no second chances now; if I can't cope with this year I have to drop the entire degree because I can't get finance for any more years. It should be ok though. It should. I hope.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 05 Sep 2011, 11:15
Maybe he'll not skeev on me if he just assumes I don't like guys.

Didn't work. He's an utter creep but he's also the only person who would let me move in.  :-( He's really touchy feely and keeps talking about having sex with me even when I repeatedly tell him to stop and I feel super uncomfortable around him. Last night I was laying down watching TV and told him I was going to bed, so he walked over, kneeled in front of me, nuzzled my chest and then kissed my stomach. I told him off for it and went to my room, which I'm going to have to buy a lock for because this guy is just creeping me the fuck out.

edit: oh right, and he kept asking about my 'man feet' (I wear size twelve women's shoes), and I told him I'm trans. He didn't believe me, but kept calling me a he-she and shemale and whatnot, and calling my friends such, even after I first politely explained that those are super offensive, like on the level of ignorant fucktard-word, to me, and then when he continued, to get super pissed at him. I needed a place to live but I'm going to start immediately looking for a place in October because seriously. This guy is skeevy to the core.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 05 Sep 2011, 13:21
Yeah, you gotta get outta there. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOQiqDWV_Tc)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 05 Sep 2011, 14:59
Yeah, you gotta get outta there. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOQiqDWV_Tc)

You like this.

Dear blag,

Yesterday I went to Berkeley to visit my friend and bandmate Kabir! I sold him my Boss delay pedal (a DD-20), he partially paid for it, we rehearsed a shitload with a couple of friends over to critique and provide feedback, and we discussed potential shows.

Also, some of you may have heard about the cannabis street fair in Oakland, and how it got shut down because of their not having the right permits. Well, I've contacted one of the main organizers of the event, and he says 1. that they're going to shoot for a date next month, 2. that they're gonna get the right permits this time, and 3. that Injun Magic can play there. They can't pay us, but we can have a tip jar, merch booth, shit like that. So I'm talking to Kabir about it, and we'll see where this goes. Hopefully it's a success, although I can't see it any other way.

The last year's taught me how to be a businessman a lot better than I could've hoped, I think, and at the moment I can support myself with the open mics I run. But I'm not done. I won't be finished until I've built something truly noteworthy, and that may take some time. Still, I definitely feel like I'm on my way to some amazing shit this year, and next year I imagine it'll be even better. Ahoy!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 06 Sep 2011, 07:03
Well, I was all excited about maybe tutoring a GCSE english student, but then I think they chose another tutor instead. But then today I got an email from someone who wants me to tutor their son in english and maths! Yay!

However, I have slight ethical qualms about this, because they want two two-hour sessions per week (that's 40 a week to me, awesome, but...) the child is five years old.

Five years old and four hours of tutoring a week, in two two-hour blocks? That sounds like hell! I have suggested, partly for my own logistical reasons, that splitting it into one-hour sessions or at least splitting one of them might be better, because what five year old is going to sit still for an extra two hours of school each week?

I suppose it is possible that the kid is home educated or possibly not at school yet or something, and of course I would make it as fun and un-schoolish as possible (if they're falling behind at school already, more school won't help) but still. Pushy parents? Super-ambitious? Hard to say. Anyway if I can do the job I'll take it. You don't turn down that kind of money for doing something you love just because you don't necessarily approve of the parents' pressure. Fix it from the inside, I say (also 40 a week).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Sep 2011, 10:59
Not to mention, I've found most people learn better in four one-hour blocks than two two-hour blocks (I've been on both block and period scheduling - aka one where there's four two hour classes per day, and the other where there's eight one hour classes a day, and I learned way more on the shorter time frame ones. It takes time to digest things.)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 06 Sep 2011, 13:57
I'm at work for another 2 hours and I have literally NOTHING to do.

Huh.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 06 Sep 2011, 14:16
Teach a five year old long division!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 06 Sep 2011, 14:41
No five year olds around.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 06 Sep 2011, 14:56
long division!

Why do people do this, it drives me crazy. I was meant to learn long division but I told my teacher to 'bugger off' and just did short division.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 06 Sep 2011, 15:58
The CS department got a little jumpy, so I've been answering the odd phone call here and there, and hey, I leave in a minute.

Also I just read old threads on OSG.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Elizzybeth on 06 Sep 2011, 17:08
Not to mention, I've found most people learn better in four one-hour blocks than two two-hour blocks (I've been on both block and period scheduling - aka one where there's four two hour classes per day, and the other where there's eight one hour classes a day, and I learned way more on the shorter time frame ones. It takes time to digest things.)

I dunno, I've found when teaching that my classes are a lot more effective in two two-hour blocks per week than four one-hour blocks.  By the time everyone gets settled in and you get done with administrative stuff (answering questions about deadlines, etc.), there's not a whole lot of time left in the hour.  Having two-hour chunks means you only have to deal with that stuff twice a week instead of four times.  Also, in a writing class, having enough time to do some in-class writing is really helpful.  But my students are 18 - 22, and they have longer attention spans--at least by a little!--than most 5-year-olds.

May, maybe two-hour blocks won't be so bad if you can make your tutoring sessions like play, with games and colorful things and gummy bears or something?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 06 Sep 2011, 21:22
May, unless the parents are uptight yuppies who want junior to know calculus in 2nd grade, I know you'll do wonderful at keeping things fun and interesting. I feel that at that age, the most important thing is to just instill the idea that learning all that stuff is just the coolest thing in the world, and that it's all a piece of cake (even when it isn't).

I just tallied the footage I got from the local art/music festival (http://www.chalkitup.org/) over the holiday weekend. Keeping in mind that I missed most of Saturday because I had to work, I have over 8 1/2 hours of live music from approximately 25 different acts. I managed to nurse my sick camera pretty well through the 2nd and 3rd days, though I had to cut filming short on a lot of sets to give it a chance to cool down before the next one began.

The best thing was meeting a whole slew of new bands and artists. I'm pretty confident that when I can get this processed and people see the quality of it all, a lot more people will know who to call for this kind of thing. My new camera comes tomorrow, then Thursday I'm taking it out to film a national act (Eisley), then later in the month I'm filming a Buddy Holly tribute show that the town's main promoter puts on as part of a long series where he gets about a dozen local acts to each perform 2 or 3 songs from the artists. What I want to do with that is turn it into a high quality DVD that showcases what exactly I can do beyond the filming.

Exciting times.  :-D
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 07 Sep 2011, 02:00
I feel that at that age, the most important thing is to just instill the idea that learning all that stuff is just the coolest thing in the world, and that it's all a piece of cake (even when it isn't).

This is so exactly how I view learning, I really hope the parents aren't going to be obsessed with workbooks etc. Hopefully we can strike a balance - do the workbooks to prove the learning has taken place, but do the learning through fun activities (I relearnt how to make one of those chatterbox things we played with at school - great way to ask questions in a fun way!).

Now I'm off on a canal boat for two days. I'm not sure where I'm meeting said boat yet; I'll just get on a train and hope it's going in the right direction!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 07 Sep 2011, 16:02
I just went to the music store to discuss a couple of business prospects with my buddy who works there. 1. I got Injun Magic a gig for Sept 16. 2. I met a very young teenage boy who played really well. And his demeanor reminded me so much of my teenage self that I nearly hugged the kid. Instead I borrowed his "Flood" Les Paul Studio, plugged it into a Marshall Haze 40, and let rip on some early Clapton. Then I gave it back and he let rip on something I've never heard before. Kid's talented as fuck, and meeting him made my day.

I'm going to leave here in 15 minutes to set up at the bar for open mic. I've borrowed a snare drum from the music store (the house one broke; we're getting replacement parts soon!) and I've been word-of-mouth promoting like crazy. I spend a lot of time running around town promoting that shit any way I can, and it's already one of the hottest spots in town on Wednesdays. I couldn't be happier.

Also, Injun Magic is working on getting a show at Cloyne co-op in Berkeley this weekend. I'll keep you posted, but if anybody local is so inclined, you should go anyway. Our friends Junkie Blood are a phenomenal punk outfit and I am going whether I.M. plays or not.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 08 Sep 2011, 10:07
Found a new place to stay that's more friendly and not with a guy who insists I'm male.

Also went on a second date with a girl that looks like six foot tall Lucille Ball with a mohawk. Picnic in the woods, which was sushi and chai tea way way way off the beaten path. In the middle of nowhere, so there was kissing and sex and seven year old children walking in on us.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 08 Sep 2011, 10:17
Oh you.


Edit: Huh, what a terrible pagebreak.


Uh. I don't really have anything blog worthy to say. I went out with the local skate team and made a video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTrL8iTmdCI) with a friend and one of the skaters (warning: language and bush destruction).

That's about it really.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 08 Sep 2011, 10:19
Well, there was like, one guy around thirty who couldn't decide if he still wanted to be a punk or not, being followed by a bunch of six or seven year old boys. One of them walked away yelling "WELL THAT WAS AWKWARD" the whole way.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 08 Sep 2011, 10:39
(warning: language and bush destruction).

Ryan, why did we never hang out when I was younger? We all used to jump in bushes for the fuck of it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 08 Sep 2011, 10:44
Last night was fucking ridiculous. Some drunk asshole kept jumping on the mic in the middle of other people's sets. He did it a grand total of 3 times. I got him to knock off being an asshole the first time, the second time he jumped on in the middle of some other kid's freestyle rap, and the third time somebody had asked the person playing to play Snow Patrol and he jumps up in the middle of the fuckin song all like "HEY MAN SO FUCK YO VOCAL SHIT AIN'T NOBODY LISTENIN SO I'MA JUMP IN AND THROW DOWN SOME RHYMES" and he just starts rapping right there. That was strike three, so I put my shit down and went in to cut his mic. Bartender (who is also the owner) took it into his own hands though and booted him out.

Then there were the meth heads, and we had this pretty hilarious comedian. The latter was a hit. Meth McGee and Tweakita Tweakschev weren't.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 08 Sep 2011, 10:59
Ryan, why did we never hang out when I was younger? We all used to jump in bushes for the fuck of it.

There's a little something called the North Atlantic Ocean separating us, dude.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 08 Sep 2011, 12:31
Wild, wild horses...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: benji on 08 Sep 2011, 12:49
It's looking likely that I will spend 11 hours on campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays this semester. Luckily I've only got one class the other days, but still, this kinda' sucks.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pen on 08 Sep 2011, 12:59
Today was my kid's first day back at school, and I can't express enough how happy we BOTH are about it!  This summer was a series of disappointments for her... her art program had no real structure, she broke her nose, got ear infections and swimmer's ear... now we find out she might have sleep apnea and needs her tonsils out...  I'm so SO happy she's happy to be back at school too... where there is appropriate supervision.  It makes my life so much easier.
 
This is so exactly how I view learning, I really hope the parents aren't going to be obsessed with workbooks etc. Hopefully we can strike a balance - do the workbooks to prove the learning has taken place, but do the learning through fun activities (I relearnt how to make one of those chatterbox things we played with at school - great way to ask questions in a fun way!).
I think you're on exactly the right track there.  I'd put my kid in your class!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 08 Sep 2011, 13:53
Oh yeah, hey, hey, hey Rachel!!!!

I'll be down in yr Metroboston, Metrobostoning it up in a few weeks. I'll get a hold of you and Jon later.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: LTK on 08 Sep 2011, 14:51
Huh, apparently there was an earthquake today at Xanten, near the eastern Dutch-German border, 4.5 on Richter's scale. They say the most damage was caused by people overloading the phone lines with calls to ask what was happening. Not surprising, seeing as the only quakes the Netherlands is known to get are the result of drilling for gas. As for me, I'm 160 km away and it wasn't noticable here at all.

But that's hardly important, since I'll probably be moving to Amsterdam at the end of the month! After lowering my standards a bit I became eligible for a room plus bathroom in an apartment shared by 5, which I'll be allowed to rent until my university enrollment ends. This'll hopefully break me out of a cycle of social isolation and will be a step forward in life. I'm very much looking forward to it. The day of the first lecture this year turned out great too; me and another fellow student visited a friend's apartment, where we played some games and made dinner. The place was absolutely infested with fruit flies, but that was okay since we ate on the balcony. I'm gonna have to get him an electric flyswatter. There are also plans for a sort of cooking club, where people take turns cooking for everybody, which is a great start to meeting people. Hopefully this is setting a precedent!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 08 Sep 2011, 16:52
This evening I changed the domain membership of my cluster servers.  This was easy in previous versions of Windows, but in Server 2008 R2, it required the following:

Shut down nine virtual servers;
Export said virtual servers (first detaching data disks to save copying them);
"Delete" them from both Hyper-V and Cluster Services;
Unshare the eight cluster-shared disks (eight LUNs on one RAID array);
Destroy the cluster on both nodes;
Remove the cluster role from both servers;
Reboot both servers;
Change DNS settings (because of strange but different setups of both old and new domains)
Change domain membership;
Reboot both servers;
Add cluster role to both servers;
Run cluster validation tests;
Run Windows updates on both servers (indicated as required by previous tests);
Reboot both servers;
Create cluster;
Give disks back their sensible names;
Enable "cluster-shared disks";
Share the disks;
Give shared disks back their sensible names;
Copy exported virtual machines back into the desired places;
Import virtual machines (re-attach data drives which weren't copied);
Create cluster resources for the virtual machines;
Start the machines, and check them.

All done at home with the dogs playing at my feet, a glass of whisky, and my wife (who's away) on the phone.  Total time: five hours; I'm going to work late tomorrow (actually, going in early in case of issues and leaving at lunchtime, I think).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 09 Sep 2011, 05:46
Woohoo, half days! o/

I'm heading out at 1, packing up and going to the Adirondacks for the weekend. Though, mostly we'll just be at the muscle car show in Lake George because uh, old muscle cars.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 09 Sep 2011, 14:07
My friend's dad just called me asking me to find him weed. I don't know whether to be embarrassed or utterly delighted. A bit of column A, a bit of column B, and apparently a bit of (TH)C.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 10 Sep 2011, 03:04
I just got back from a spontaneous three-day trip on my friend Tom's canal boat. It's a pretty important boat historically; one of the last remaining and certainly one of the best preserved boats from Thomas Clayton's fleet of tar boats. She was built in 1937 and still has the original engine and cabin etc. Which obviously means no toilet on board, no running water, lots of smoke and soot and noise, and very little space to sleep - the cabin fits two at a squash and everyone else sleeps in what used to be the tar tank.

It was a lot of fun and very tiring, so today I'm going to just chill and sit around trying to lose the sensation of gently rocking. Oh and have my first shower for four days.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 10 Sep 2011, 12:23
As of right now, there is a four year old child on my left and a six year old child on my right, both combing my hair and putting things in it to make me a pretty princess. They've been telling me all about princesses today. Apparently, princesses don't wear underwear. When I pursued this line, they informed me that princesses don't wear underwear on their heads. Oh! I never knew that!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nekowafer on 10 Sep 2011, 22:28
We used to have six ladies on our team at work, plus the manager and supervisor. Those two don't really do anything aside from give out and track work - the supervisor is new and the manager is so disconnected from us that she has no idea what she's doing most of the time.

One lady went out on maternity leave. Another then went out on medical leave for her mother dying, then her mother-in-law getting sick. A third went out on medical leave for mental health issues.

Second lady quit. There are three ladies remaining - crazy 65 year old woman who dresses like a toddler going to church and talks/acts like one too. She knows how to do some of her job but is mostly a moron. Then a new-ish girl, who is willing to learn but doesn't particularly give a shit about her job.

And then there's me. I seem to be the only competent one left on the entire team. Which means I have a giant fucking to-do list and not enough time, attention span, or energy to do it all. But refusing the work is not an option. The other two ladies will return some time in October, but no one knows when, or what they will do when they return. And one might quit!

I'm going a little insane.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 12 Sep 2011, 19:26
I'm sorta staying at a place called Sidhehaven. I'm surrounded by hippies and naked women.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 12 Sep 2011, 19:28
I love writing music with my bandmate. I love playing together, I love performing together, and I love recording with him. However, I hate being the only one with any discipline whatsoever on the matters. I hate being the only one who can even fathom what discipline is. I am easily one of the laziest people I know, but when we're talking about something we both love, the guy can't focus for a sack of beans.

It is really fucking irritating. I spend money to go up there and work with the guy, I go out of my way, and I've risked homelessness more times than I care to think about just for the sake of being able to stay in California and continue making music. And what happens? He stays in bed and/or plays video games, then says "Oh we can practice tomorrow." No, because I have shit to do tomorrow. I am not endlessly flexible. I have a social life I like to uphold, I have promotional tasks I could be working on, I have a lot of shit I could be doing that does not involve sitting on my ass and wasting time I've set aside for something important to me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 13 Sep 2011, 11:33
I expect him to not waste half the time I set aside for his ass. Not after I've gone out of my way a million fucking times for this.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 Sep 2011, 14:04
We're going mini-golfing tomorrow, and my HR director just came over and said that I should rock some argyle.

Thankfully it's going to be on the VERY cool side tomorrow, so I may have to bust out a sweater.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 13 Sep 2011, 14:58
i bought new pants! i never buy clothes

progress is going well on my experiment to see how many pairs of volcom pants a person can own before they become part-owner of the company.


was gonna get some shoes too but i wasn't really feeling it when it came right down to it
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lupercal on 14 Sep 2011, 08:30
what do you expect with a name like injun magic

I think that Patrick is Magic, the other guy is Injun.

I wanna be Scrubs, which one is Scrubs?

 :mrgreen:

Dear Blog,

Good and bad things.

GOOD: Going back to University and have officially submitted my first report to the student newspaper. Aw Yeah!

BAD: Girlfriend is very 50/50 about me at the moment and it is making me die inside.

But hey ho, just felt like I needed to get that off my chest. Writing is going well, can't complain.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 14 Sep 2011, 11:15
what do you expect with a name like injun magic

I think that Patrick is Magic, the other guy is Injun.

That was one of the things we joked about when naming the band, yes. He's Indian, as in India, and I am admittedly the guy who plays the most prominent parts of the songs 90% of the time, and they involve a lot of studio magic.

Hey everybody, anyone a fan of Tyler the Creator? If you should, you shouldn't be, because he says "faggot n*gger" in every song. And words are inflexible and can only mean one thing, regardless of context, right? RIGHT? Right!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 14 Sep 2011, 13:36
Personally the only Odd Future stuff I could ever get into was Frank Ocean and The Jet Age of Tomorrow.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 14 Sep 2011, 15:27
Dad was just teling me that he needed a mini gender changer for a set of headphone plugs because "two males don't go together, that's just wrong!" Me: "Thanks for that, Biggie!"

I hate my family sometimes.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 14 Sep 2011, 15:36
Looks like a childhood pal of mine is going to be recording our set on Friday. Heart: Warmed. Soul: Stoked. Fuck: Yeah.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 16 Sep 2011, 01:31
Tomorrow I get to be "assistant engineer" on the access TV truck as we go cover a high school football game. It both is and isn't a promotion. No extra pay, but more responsibility. That's OK, the crew is basically a ragtag bunch that are a combination of older guys retired from the regular area TV stations, video pros supplementing their income with the occasional gig here, and a few like my just out of the college program looking to get some experience. It's a shoestring budget, and we mostly use cast-off equipment from the affiliate stations in town, but there are very few places in town where you get to actually jump in and do important jobs in the production like here.

Basically, I'll be in charge of some of the more technical equipment setups, wireless microphones and video for example, plus troubleshooting throughout the day, which given the state of our equipment, can be quite a challenge. This is why the older guy who usually does it is stepping down, all the running around putting out fires was just getting not fun for him. For now, it should be an interesting challenge. More importantly, it's much more impressive resume fodder for down the line.

What I'm really getting excited about is a Buddy Holly tribute show that one of the local promoters is putting on this coming Thursday. 12 bands playing all kinds of covers throughout the night in a club where I know I can get terrific footage and sound. But that's only the beginning. Because of a class I took last year, I can basically create a DVD with any trick you'd see on any of the big Hollywood releases. I'm going to produce a disc that between the quality of the footage and the production values of the disc itself is going to blow this town away.  8-)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 16 Sep 2011, 10:31
Hey amigo, break a leg with that shit. That's a super rad opportunity to prove yourself even more than previously, and I'm pleased to see you taking it by the balls.

My recent ex is coming by to drop off the rest of my stuff. Not exactly stoked to see her but it'll be cool to get my shit back. It's starting to really cool down at night now and it'll be handy as fuck to get my sleeping bag back. And I'm excited to get my coffee table and my other filing cabinet.

Also, I've just discovered why there is no light in the bathroom. It is because the fixture is wired UNBELIEVABLY POORLY. I tried plugging my beard trimmer into the integrated outlet, and I nearly burned the whole fucking house down. And there's a Chinese restaurant and a bar below us, and I can't afford that shit.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 16 Sep 2011, 11:19
I remember living in a house where the wiring needed to be redone. When the wall was pulled away, the wiring wasn't even properly done - there was just an extension cord running behind the wall.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Scandanavian War Machine on 16 Sep 2011, 14:44
ugh i just spent like two hours cleaning our big squishy landing mats at the gym, which involved unzipping them, taking all the foam pieces out and vaccuuming up all the foam dust from inside. took the oppurtunity to rearrange the foam and add in some more small insert pieces to shore it up where it was weakened and compressed

god i hate foam dust

these particular mats are about the size of a small sedan fyi  and they probably haven't been cleaned like this in...oh i don't know....ten years? :|
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 16 Sep 2011, 16:35
Wow raw milk is delicious.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 16 Sep 2011, 20:49
Mycobacterium Bovis
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 16 Sep 2011, 20:56
I've heard the debates on raw milk - I'll take my chances. (Also, I'm surprised brucellosis wasn't the first thing mentioned. That's what comes to mind when I think of the hazards of raw milk.)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 16 Sep 2011, 22:17
It is, by far, more common but I've spent the past few weeks studying tb in path. Your chances of not getting anything are fine.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 16 Sep 2011, 22:18
Not that you needed reassurance.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 16 Sep 2011, 23:05
It's kinda like fucking Patrick. Pretty fun, and you probably won't get a nasty virus in return.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 16 Sep 2011, 23:35
Heh.  I had TB in 1959.  As some milk in the UK was not pasteurised at that time (it was labelled "TT" for "tuberculin-tested"), I suppose it might have been Mycobacterium bovis.  OTOH, it was treated with PZA for 6 months, to which M bovis is resistant; the drug it was combined with I can't now identify, as I can find no record of the combination I was given (whose name I remember as Pycamisan 33).

EDIT:

Ooh, look, the Internet now has a hit on Pycamisan 33.  This article (http://www.bmj.com/content/1/5241/1732.full.pdf) describes two outbreaks of TB in cattle in the exact area and time that I got it, and mentions treatment using Pycamisan 33 which, it seems, did not contain PZA as I thought it did.  I suppose I could even have been an untraced victim of one of those specific outbreaks (my case was diagnosed by early symptoms and X-ray).  Pycamisan 33 was quite unpleasant to take (I took 4 cachets a day for six months, I think), which is not mentioned in the article when discussing that people were uncooperative!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 17 Sep 2011, 00:29
<headdesk>
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 17 Sep 2011, 15:10
That's insane, fewer than half of students pass?! And only a tiny percentage pass without retakes? That makes no sense at all! Does basically everyone go to university even if they aren't really academic, and then the ones who are can feel smug? Why would you even have a policy like that?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: snalin on 17 Sep 2011, 15:36
I've heard that some places in the world the A's sit a bit loose, but 40% pass rate is just way too far in the other direction. Almost no retakes is just a joke.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 20 Sep 2011, 07:39
I feel like I just pulled off a Bagwell-Andersen deal here.

On another forum, I traded off a vintage distortion pedal for a preeeeeeeetty good tube amplifier.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 20 Sep 2011, 13:49
Living in a laundry room without a door or any air conditioning is a surefire way to never get laid.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 20 Sep 2011, 15:29
At various times I have given pointers to my son's piano playing.  Here for a change is his wife, my opera-singer daughter-in-law Kirsten Blaise (or Blase).  In the following clip, she is strangled by John Malkovich at 4:40, and then at 7:30 she bursts into song for a while.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3sFYNNJNs4 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3sFYNNJNs4)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 21 Sep 2011, 02:38
EDIT:
I've applied to do my practice lessons for teacher training at the high school I dropped out of.

Once again Tuathal sets out to prove that he can bullshit his way through life successfully.

It's amazing how much of life is like that. And I don't mean it in a bad way. If you're willing to learn from your mistakes, just jumping in and doing it is often the best thing.

Speaking of, in a similar vein, I've been asked to help instruct this semester's TV production class in the use of the remote truck we use at the access station. This really isn't that much of a step up from when I took the class myself 3 semesters ago, and helped demonstrate the equipment because I was already paid staff on the truck at the time, but this time I get paid to be in class. (I'm taking another video class at the school right now as well).

Earlier tonight I filmed another show. A fun night that included a punk band from Germany, The Yoohoos, who are actually just vacationing in town because the guitarist's girlfriend lives here, and had to borrow instruments to do a handful of gigs around town. The big reason I'm blogging about it is because this is the first time I've gone head-to-head in the video dept with the local legend of show taping, a guy who's been doing it for years now.

I am really competitive when it comes to this, and quite sure of myself. Of course, my cockiness got quite a kick to the groin when I forgot to turn on the mic until halfway into the 2nd song of the first set!  :roll:

Other than that, I feel I got a lot of good footage and I'm happy with how this new camera is working out. But since I AM so competitive, here's a side by side of recent clips taken at the same venue.

Him: Tornado Rider - Bluff of Rough Stuff / Dinosaur (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3H5pBa7Zog) (this is worth a look in any case because of the amplified rock cello carried around with a guitar strap)
Me: Sister Crayon - Other (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrc5KUSwPkY)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 21 Sep 2011, 18:54
Your lighting situation is definitely better than his, but I don't know whether to attribute that to settings on your camera, the camera itself, or the lighting technician. Still, your shooting style seems to be considerably more involved and interested than his does.

Also the sound is much better in yours, to my ears. I haven't listened with my headphones yet though but I'll get back to that in an edit.

In my own news, I am growing weary of not having much to do during the week. I want to do something about that but it can't be Injun Magic related, since Kabir's schedule won't allow it. What to doooooo...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 22 Sep 2011, 05:42
One man hardcore punk side project.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Tom on 22 Sep 2011, 18:57
I have 70 words left on this report that is due @ 4:30 this 'arvo. I've done the bulk of it this morning and now I get stuck/bored.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 24 Sep 2011, 02:54
1. Tonight I went to Berkeley with a high school bud of mine, we went to my bandmate's place and did a drinkin' and smokin' thing, and my bandie and I rocked out and there was a lot of fun had.

2. I received one of the greatest compliments from one of the raddest musicians I have ever met. He grew up here in Livermore but lives in Austin, TX. He suggested I move out there and rock out with him, and said I was one of the best guitarists he's heard. I admire the guy's work a massive shitload, and the offer's super tempting, but I'm broke as eff.

3. My old weed dealer from AK is on a road trip with his old man and stopped into Livermore yesterday. We got to catch up, and I enjoyed every second of kicking it with that guy. Yeeeeeeee

4. I'm durnk.
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Post by: Patrick on 26 Sep 2011, 08:21
Went camping last night. My friend's dog got skunked right in the mouth. OH GOD THE STEEEEEEENCH
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 27 Sep 2011, 11:52
Hey cool I'm the only one posting here anymore. Well, my favorite uncle passed away yesterday. He's my uncle by marriage to my aunt, and they're the only aunt and uncle I ever had who are worth anything as people, frankly. We knew by January that the cancer was gonna be fatal, and I'm amazed he lasted as long as he did. The docs and the hospice folk expected 2, 3 months, he tripled that shit like a boss.

Gonna miss that old fart, though. Rarely ever saw him without a big ol' shit-eating grin on his face, even when he was bedridden.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 27 Sep 2011, 12:45
I'm sorry, Patrick, that must have been a blow even though you were expecting it eventually. I remember you've talked a lot about your uncle on here.
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Post by: HiFranc on 27 Sep 2011, 13:03
That's insane, fewer than half of students pass?! And only a tiny percentage pass without retakes? That makes no sense at all! Does basically everyone go to university even if they aren't really academic, and then the ones who are can feel smug? Why would you even have a policy like that?

I don't know about Belgium but I suspect it's similar to Germany.

In the German system anybody who gets the minimum grades has the Right to go to university (in Britain it's a privilege).  As such university are over subscribed so they work at getting rid of people at the other end.  In Germany that extends to lying to people to see whether they are lazy or have the initiative to exceed what they've been told  -- e.g. "That doesn't need to be in until next week." Translation: "If it's not in by tomorrow, you've failed."

{edit}Hugs Patrick.
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Post by: pwhodges on 28 Sep 2011, 01:00
Commiserations, Patrick.
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Post by: Patrick on 28 Sep 2011, 11:13
Thanks for your kindness, you guys. Funeral's on the 8th. My auntie said she had a special request for me, and given the singular focus of my skillset, I assume this means I'm playing a song. If that's the case, I'd be honored. I loved playing for him when he was among the living.
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Post by: valley_parade on 28 Sep 2011, 12:29
given the singular focus of my skillset

You're going to smoke a lot of weed at the funeral?

(<3)
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Post by: Jimor on 29 Sep 2011, 03:27
Condolences, Patrick. Your uncle sounds like the kind of guy that made a world a lot brighter.

I'm reeling, but in a good way. I went to a local meeting of video professionals in order to start making some business contacts in town. One of my professors, a few classmates, and a couple other people I've worked with are regulars. They usually hand out a buttload of door prizes at each meeting donated by various companies, usually things like software plug-ins, collections of production music or stock footage, books on various software, etc. Things that are cool and useful, but nothing earth shattering.

Except tonight we had a presentation by a rep from Adobe, and as part of that, they raffled off a copy of the entire Adobe Studio Premium (http://www.adobe.com/products/creativesuite/production.html) package, and I won!  :psyduck:

A $1700 package that includes Premiere, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Encore, After Effects, Audition.... Pretty much everything needed to make a full Hollywood movie outside of actual CGI. This is also exactly what I was thinking of buying on my own, but the need to replace my camera that I talked about earlier effectively put that off indefinitely. Now I still need a computer that can run this stuff, but that is probably the easiest piece to get if I'm willing to not have the vroomiest machine on the block.

I am definitely not a believer in the woo-woo new age The Secret type stuff, but it really does feel like it's a reward for the time and energy I've put into the local music scene to promote and showcase my friends and other artists. This is exactly what I needed exactly when I needed it to have an opportunity to take everything I'm doing to a whole 'nother level.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 30 Sep 2011, 13:11
That is so great, Jimor, congrats! It does seem like the universe is paying back all your effort, and now you can achieve even greater things :-)

I got a phone call today and my first tutoring session is arranged! Monday, 5pm for one hour a week to start with, for a 9 year old boy from South Korea who needs help with his english particularly written. I'm excited about it, it seems ideal in every way - best time of the week and day for me, because it doesn't clash with choir or any academic things, the right sort of level (teaching a 5 year old seemed wrong somehow) and something I am very good at, rather than German which I tutored before but was never totally confident with. I'm planning some fun activities to do with him, which will hopefully help him without seeming like schoolwork at all. This mother seems much more sensible and isn't aiming for her son to storm his way through dozens of workbooks to become a genius at 10, she just wants to give his language skills a boost.

I've moved safely into college with all my stuff and made a fairly good start on the unpacking, although the room is still pretty messy. I have a huge amount of stuff but it's been swallowed up by the cupboards and there isn't a lot left. The things that are left won't necessarily fit in the places I want to put them, though. I should do a book purge and give some things away - on the bookshelf alone I have thirteen folders and there's another bag full of them. I only do five subjects.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 01 Oct 2011, 07:59
given the singular focus of my skillset

You're going to smoke a lot of weed at the funeral?

(<3)

No, but you did actually get me thinking, and I have a somewhat related plan. I'm going to smoke a HUGE bowl in the morning before my dad picks me up, and I'll probably have an edible stashed for the trip home. He's bringing my stepmom, despite the fact that Uncle Bob told him outright that he didn't want her there. Having dealt with her shit for ten years now, I know she isn't going to have anything polite to say for the whole 2-3hr drive each way, and there is literally no way I'm going to be able to stand being in the car with her for it unless heavily sedated; smoking a bowl will be enough to last the whole trip down, and it will wear off by time the service starts. And it will keep me from kicking her apart. I also plan to have an edible in reserve for when we leave. That way, I can avoid her on the way back, too, and avoid giving myself away with my smoke.

It's maybe not the healthiest plan, relationship-wise with her, but I've all but given up on her. That is the only drama I have with this whole thing.

Thanks again for your kind words, guys. I'm gonna be kinda distant for a little bit while I get some shit sorted. Jimor and May, it sounds like things are going really well for you guys and I'm really happy for you!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 05 Oct 2011, 20:24
The cable access talk show I work on as a camera operator just finished interviewing John Singleton (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005436/).  :-o
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Post by: Lupercal on 05 Oct 2011, 23:37
I've conquered both print and online news media at university, fuck yeah. I mean, it's not anything great, but I feel like I'm already amassing a portfolio and finally have something that is an awesome extra-curricular activity that I do. And I'm good at it, and the editors are super pleased about my punctuality and the effort I put into articles. Shameful plug? (http://www.inquirelive.co.uk/node/3745) (It doesn't make much sense to many people outside of my city, but hey)
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Post by: Patrick on 06 Oct 2011, 11:04
Last night as a part of my set I played (and sang) Weezer songs from the Blue Album. I play it a half step higher than the original (because I don't tune to Eb) and as a result the ending scream of "YEAAAAH YEAAAAH YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH" is also higher. So it is that much more likely to give me a very sore throat the next morning.

Here I am now, drinking citrus hibiscus tea from the coffee shop across the street and reading a shitty Orson Scott Card sequel (Shadow Puppets; why the fuck was this book published?). Hating myself this morning.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 06 Oct 2011, 13:12
Man things have got busy fast. Today I had two lectures, a singing lesson, an accidental two hour nap, another lecture, choir practice, evensong and then self-defence class. Also in there about two hours of reading, which should have been four hours but see above for accidental nap. I only had time to eat at quarter to nine, which is way too late to start cooking anything properly so I had toast. I think Thursdays I will have to eat a proper meal at lunchtime, otherwise I'll keel over.

It was all good though! The singing lesson was amazing, a complete revelation. I've been having all kinds of problems with my voice so we just spent an hour doing exercises to fix them and the difference was incredible. It'll take dedicated practice to solve the issue entirely but I can already tell it's working. And my singing teacher is totally lovely, and thinks that I still have the chest infection I got three months ago (or was it more? More, I think) so I should go back to the doctor and get something for that. It's so nice to find someone who can actually identify what is going on with my voice and help fix it! She has done some speech therapy training and is doing more related stuff that is just exactly what I need to learn. So excited.

I only went to self-defence because a friend asked me to go with her, and I don't see her often so I thought I would just go this week. It was actually really good. I'm a bit uncomfortable with the concept of a class that teaches you how to inflict pain on men on the assumption that you will be attacked by one, but it was great exercise and a lot of fun. I'm so incredibly unfit, and one hour a week, in my college rather than miles away, at a sensible(ish) time, without any commitment to turn up every week if I'm busy - perfect.

Now I need to get to bed, so I can get up at 7am and make up the time I didn't spend working today. Thank goodness all I have tomorrow is three lectures, all in the afternoon.
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Post by: Lupercal on 06 Oct 2011, 17:47
I deem tomorrow to be Middlemarch day, and will endeavour to read as much of the rest of it as possible while my eyes are still moist in my skull and I am still partially breathing.

(Srsly like 800 page victorian novel don't think i can take much more of it after 325 pages kind of losing the will to live but have assignments and exams on this book so have to know it back to front and arhhhhhh)
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Post by: Zingoleb on 07 Oct 2011, 14:28
Someone gave me a mandolin earlier this week, and I have been dedicating time to this like I haven't to music in a long, long time. It is so fantastic - I know a bunch of Zelda songs, the Tetris theme, Ziggy Stardust, and I'm going to start working on Crazy on You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27IW08mC3zE) next.
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Post by: Jace on 08 Oct 2011, 04:20
Wake up at 3pm, pick up friend from work.
Chill with friend until her boyfriend gets home.
Get plugs from him because he works in body mod warehouse.
Go eat taco bell.
He goes to second job.
Keep chilling with friend watching TV+weird videos online.
Go to other friend's party.
She wasn't expecting me, was super happy I showed up.
Flirt with her cousin.
Cousin isn't okay with me having a girlfriend even though we have open relationship.
Mill about still workin on that cousin thing.
Kiss other friend who was hosting because she asked me to.
She thinks I'm a good kisser, neat.
Keep on keepin on with her cousin.
During above party: Drink beer. Indian dude has me do high quality absinthe shot with him. I do shot of patron because italian girl won't do it. I do another half shot of absinthe. Drink second beer.
Chill around with random people just bullshitting
Friend is upset at her boyfriend, has been upset at him for some time, he went to bed super early.
She says she is super close to just blowing me in my car.
I'm like okay.jpg
We go to my car and have some sloppy blowjobbery
She is very impressed with the size of my dongasaurus rex.
Both decide now isn't really the time or place for blowjobbery.
She's probably gonna dump him for reasons unrelated to me.
Still feels good man.
Didn't sleep, went right to work.
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Post by: valley_parade on 08 Oct 2011, 14:11
Someone gave me a mandolin earlier this week, and I have been dedicating time to this like I haven't to music in a long, long time. It is so fantastic - I know a bunch of Zelda songs, the Tetris theme, Ziggy Stardust, and I'm going to start working on Crazy on You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27IW08mC3zE) next.

Battle of Evermooooooooooore
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 09 Oct 2011, 01:35
Today, I buried my favorite uncle and played some songs for his funeral. It was the most heartfelt performance of my entire life. I saw a lot of cousins for the first time since before I ever moved abroad. It was awkward. I have literally nothing to talk to them about that wouldn't feel to me like I was bragging or in some way trying to be something above what I actually am: a regular dude who is from Bizarre Circumstances. The only thing that made me feel comfortable was the familiarity of the Catholic service, the presence of my favorite aunt (the widow) and her superhuman strength in this situation, and the fact that I was basically only expected to play and sing.

I avoided destroying my stepmother in the car without being stoned (my hook flaked on me) and it was almost as hard as having to bury my uncle. She is so full of herself and she says so many hopelessly tasteless and inappropriate things ALL THE TIME that I honestly pity every single one of her students (she is a middle school teacher).

I guess the reason I'm so beat up about this is because it is only within the last 8-10 months that I finally learned what was worth the emotional investment I spent years wasting on ultimately trivial shit, and those 8-10 months were a major turning point in my uncle's health condition. I feel like I wasted too much time wallowing in my own self-induced misery and didn't put enough time into being there for such a powerful figure in my life.

The shitty thing is that my uncle was a major part of my eventual realization that I was prioritizing things badly. Is this a catch-22 or am I just beating myself up over stuff?
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Post by: Barmymoo on 09 Oct 2011, 02:57
I think when someone important to you dies, it is impossible not to feel regrets about the time you didn't spend with them, but it isn't possible to know in advance how you will feel later on. If someone has had a big impact on you, the best way to honour them is to continue developing in the way they helped you to set off on, and there's no use feeling bad that you were caught up in your own thing when you could have been with them. I'm sure your uncle would be pleased and proud to know that he'd helped you sort yourself out, and that would be just as valuable as your presence while he was ill. That's the thing about true family - they are pleased and proud when their "young" are on track, even if it's at their expense in some way.

I didn't explain that very well but when my godmother died and I hadn't gone to visit her for the last time when I said that I would, I spent a lot of time feeling bad about it. But I'm now fairly sure that she'd have said I should have been getting on with living my life and working out where I was going, rather than worrying and being upset about her all the time. Everything needs balance.
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Post by: pwhodges on 09 Oct 2011, 03:09
You can't change the past, so feeling bad about it will achieve nothing - which is not to say that grief doesn't have its appropriate place.  If you feel that your uncle started you on the right path in some respects, the best thing for you and for his memory is to continue along that path as best you can.
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Post by: Barmymoo on 09 Oct 2011, 04:39
Argh I hate banks, and money, and budgeting, and bills, and not having any clue where this week's money got to! I'm allowing myself a 50 budget each week, which considering I only spend at the most 20 on food and I earn an additional 15 that isn't included in that, ought to be ample. I am racking my brains to work out where I spent all of this week's 50, plus all the cash I had with me - another 20, I think, although it's complicated by the different days that money is paid to me.

It would be so simple if my bank statement would update and show where I spent it! But noo, the last payment it shows is the incoming 50 from Thursday. And it says "available balance 51.34" but then further down it says something like "Balance available 3.34". Well. Great.

ARGH. I keep telling myself that once I've bought all my textbooks, fixed all my bike issues, and send birthday presents to everyone has a birthday between now and Christmas (which I have done), I'll be spending less. I bloody hope so, or I'm going to run out of money.
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Post by: The Seldom Killer on 09 Oct 2011, 08:05
If you need help with the bike issues, I have all sorts of spares and bits and bobs kicking around that it would benefit me to donate to a good cause (namely reducing the stack of stuff before I have to move into a new house in a couple of weeks).

Am definitely not liking househunting at the moment. Seems like anything that isn't about to fall down or on some sink estate is looking getting let before we have a chance to look at it. A new one popped up this weekend so I'm hoping that we'll be able to bag it as it's quite nice in a nice part of town which is pretty much where we want to be.

At least Leeds Thoughtbubble have announced the comic convention programme so I can finally book my day there. Anyone else planning on attending?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 09 Oct 2011, 13:32
Thanks for the offer, but the bike issues were a) I hadn't screwed the bike light brackets on yet, and then I dropped the screw into a pile of leaves, and b) the batteries were flat. Both easily resolved :)

The fire alarm in my college keeps going off, and we just all evacuated despite the fact that it was the intermittent alarm in most of the buildings (which means that you don't have to leave, but there might be a fire in another building so be careful) but it's so loud. It was kind of a party atmosphere but then we all came back inside again and now it's stopped. So I have to do some work.
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Post by: Zingoleb on 10 Oct 2011, 14:40
Someone gave me a mandolin earlier this week, and I have been dedicating time to this like I haven't to music in a long, long time. It is so fantastic - I know a bunch of Zelda songs, the Tetris theme, Ziggy Stardust, and I'm going to start working on Crazy on You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27IW08mC3zE) next.

Battle of Evermooooooooooore

Why did this not occur to me? I already have Going to California down...

@Patrick: I understand what you mean. Whenever someone's gone, it's hard not to look back at all the times you could have spent together but didn't. I've never heard anyone look back on their life and wish they had spent less time with their children, you know?
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Post by: Dazed on 10 Oct 2011, 21:15
There are some cool blind melon songs with mandolin too.

Just sayin'.

Also hi blog, life is good and shit but I have a cold.
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Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 11 Oct 2011, 06:24
Hey blog thread.

I haven't been around much lately. I've been hanging out at some other forum for a while. It's ok.

Things have certainly been interesting for me. At the beginning of the year I went back to university after two years of not doing much and I'm coming up to the end of the course now and I'm starting to get pretty stressed out. I have my thesis due in just over two weeks and I'm not sure I'm going to be able to do a very good job. I'm not an incredible writer or researcher to be honest and I feel really hopeless at this sort of thing. I've applied for a bunch of Master's programs and have one more application to submit after I hand in the thesis. I'm actually really confident about the Masters applications because my references are really good and all my other marks for the year have been Distinctions or High Distinctions (two top grades in Australian university) which is a first for me. I'm even top of the year for statistics, a subject I barely understood at the beginning of this year so that's really impressive.
If I get accepted into the course then I'm going to apply to get a teaching job taking first year psychology classes. One of my teachers told me to speak to the Masters co-ordinator and to tell him that she personally recommended me. I'm so excited that I might actually be able to do something with my life.

Edit: Oh, and the other students at uni seem to think I'm some sort of genius or something? I think they're seeing the long hair and black fingernails and tattoos and assuming that I must be really smart to compensate for it all. It's really strange because I don't think I'm that smart, I just show up to all my classes and lectures (last week I was the only person to show up to Developmental Psychopathology, it was really awkward) and I try to get involved in classes and stuff. I realise that I am that mature age student that always answers the questions and shit but god I am so sick of the lecturer or teacher asking a question and then being met with this stone cold silence from the class. Augh.
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Post by: Lupercal on 11 Oct 2011, 08:48
People are strange and don't seem to want to answer a question, as if they'd be looked down upon for the answer they give. I do Literature, so most commonly the stone cold silence is based around the fact that people haven't actually read the bloody book(s) that we've been set to read. We have so few contact hours compared to other courses and people still don't manage to get the work done - while I don't mind what they do with themselves in terms of hours per week they spend studying, it does annoy me that they cannot contribute to the lectures or seminars.

Had something quite similar myself today, bit depressing that third year students cannot find the time for reading.
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Post by: Patrick on 11 Oct 2011, 14:15
Thanks for your support, guys. It means a lot. I'll keep what y'all said in mind so I don't beat myself up over it.

Yesterday, I found out that one of my favorite open mic participants (who is also a good buddy of mine) got arrested. Was surprised to learn he was a coke dealer, which by itself wasn't even the reason they stopped him in the first place. He'd had a traffic offense of some kind where he didn't appear at his court date, and they had a warrant out for him for that. When they found him, they searched him and found an ounce of blow in his shoe. Dude's going away for a while.

Not only am I a little pissed to find out that my friend would hide something like that from me, but I'm also a little pissed to know that somebody who had an outstanding warrant AND who was dealing blow would come into my house and endanger me, my roomies, and every single friend any of us have ever brought up here. My house is fairly high-profile to start with; it's right in the middle of downtown, and there's police patrols at least every 30 minutes, regardless of what time of day it is. And how many times did we have that kid up here...

:psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck: :psyduck:
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Post by: Zingoleb on 11 Oct 2011, 17:02
There's a thing called 'guilty by association'; not sure how applicable it would be in this situation.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 11 Oct 2011, 19:13
I just heard back from one of the schools I applied to for a Masters in Clinical Psychology. Did not get in. They didn't mention anything about my other application for the Forensic Psych. Masters so maybe they're still considering me for that.

Oh well. I have high hopes for the other schools I've applied/am applying to.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 11 Oct 2011, 20:38
So, I spent last weekend changing the fuel pump in my wife's van.  It went out Thursday night, when she was at Wal-Mart.  She was on steroids for her walking pneumonia, and went through some serious 'roid rage when it wouldn't start...

After about 3 hours I was able to narrow it down to the fuel pump and tow it home with a friend's truck.  The only thing about changing a fuel pump on a modern car is that they're put in the top of the gas tank, so you have to pull that out.  Mind you, this is a 26 gallon tank that takes up the whole bottom of the van - it's bigger than me, and was still 1/4 full of gas, so about 70 - 80 lbs.  And I don't have a lift...

But I did it, and it works.  It's probably the best thing that's happened for several months.  Gave myself a slight case of gas poisoning while I was at it - sick all day Monday, still feeling it a little.  Unfortunately, I also found out exactly how badly the body and frame are rusted.  So it looks like it probably wasn't worth the fucking $200 it cost for the part.  I'd say the van has another year, maybe two, before it's too rusted to pass inspection. 

C'est la guerre!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 11 Oct 2011, 23:19
Jimmy, stay positive! They would obviously reject you for one course if they're going to accept you for the other! So it could be a very good sign :) Which one did you most want to do?

I am up way too early. Wayyyy too early. 7.15am and it is still kinda dark out, and tonight I have choral compline which doesn't even start until 10pm. I can see a nap coming on this afternoon - in fact I have scheduled it into my day (I am a huge geek with so many timetables it is quite funny - weekly ones, daily ones, monthly meal planners).

Time to do two and a half hours of reading before lectures! That sounds really impressive and dedicated but it's because I have a supervision this afternoon and I'm not even half way ready for it. But I will be.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 12 Oct 2011, 02:42
Clinical was actually my first preference. If I get offered a place in a Clinical program anywhere else I would take that over Forensics at UNSW.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 12 Oct 2011, 03:42
Jimmy, what did you do your undergraduate in? and where? My sister wants to get into forensic science and I am at a bit of a loss as to how I can help her.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lines on 12 Oct 2011, 05:25
I realise that I am that mature age student that always answers the questions and shit but god I am so sick of the lecturer or teacher asking a question and then being met with this stone cold silence from the class. Augh.

Ugh, I hate this. There was one class in my undergrad where only two people would ever answer questions - me and this one older woman. I spoke up mostly because I got sick of both the silence and the other woman talking all the time. Also I really wanted to yell at the other students, "Do you people know how to read?" (It was a lit class. An easy lit class. We read Treasure Island and Sherlock Holmes and shit. Read a fucking book.) Now I'll speak if I have something to say, but I hate it when I have a lot to say and feel like I'm dominating a discussion. But I have Questions about Stuff.

I hope you get into a school you like! How many places did you apply?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 12 Oct 2011, 09:12
I'm signed up to a daily email with tips about... well, kind of about budgeting but it's also got recipes and tips for cleaning and generally the kind of stuff that the average housewife would care about.

Because I'm a massive geek I wrote in once thanking the woman who writes the column for a really useful tip she'd included. And the auto-reply email I got back included the following paragraph:

Quote
Did you know that www.Google.com is a great place to get the information you need fast. Just type your question into the Google search bar (for example, "Does corn syrup go bad?" or "How to sell a timeshare") and you'll be amazed at how many links will be featured with the information you're looking for. You'll be surprised at the ease and speed of Google. It's like having a research librarian at your finger tips.

Holy moses. I guess that tells you about the kind of emails they get a lot.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pen on 12 Oct 2011, 11:44
I get one of those types of emails every day.  It's the Everyday Cheapskate, and I can't NOT read it.  I have yet to use one of the actual tips, but I think it's pretty neat to just learn about different ways of doing something. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 12 Oct 2011, 15:17
That's the one I was talking about too :) Half of it is either too American or too meat-related to be useful (or are they the same thing?  :wink:) but it's still interesting. It appeals to my nesting instinct.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 12 Oct 2011, 17:01
Jimmy, what did you do your undergraduate in? and where? My sister wants to get into forensic science and I am at a bit of a loss as to how I can help her.

All my undergrad and grad work (I have two qualifications and I'm working on my third) have been in Psychology. First was a BA majoring in Psych, the second was a graduate diploma and this year I'm doing a postgrad diploma. I've done all of these at the University of Western Sydney which is good and bad. It's a fairly young university (about 40 years old) and historically has not been very well funded so a lot of people on the street would tell you it's not as good as other, older universities. The fact is though that in the last few years the Psych faculty specifically have been getting a lot of funding and have pulled in a lot of really respectable psychologists for senior lecturer positions. One of my thesis supervisors is the most prominent sports psychologist in the country (to the point where most sports psych masters programs across the country are based on her work), the head of psychology is the leading researcher in the country in positive psychology and the most prominent expert in paranormal psychology (he's really cool, he used to be on TV a lot whenever tabloid news programs used to do stories about ghosts and shit but now they don't call him because in all the interviews he keeps explaining how and why there are no ghosts and stuff like that). At this point it's the second highest rated university for psychology in the state.
In regards to your sister, I should clarify that the Forensics Masters I was looking at is Forensic Psychology which is very different from Forensic Science. If your sister wants to go into Forensic Science there are a lot of options. If she's interested in studying it here there are actually a shitload of courses available, basically every uni in the country has an F.Sci degree and a lot of the time it's actually easier for international students to get accepted in because they lower the restrictions when you pay full fees (international students can't get Commonwealth Assistance). Aside from forgetting anything she might have learned from television I really couldn't tell you what she could do though... but here are some links to Australian Universities that offer F.Sci degrees.

http://www.forensics.uts.edu.au/ (http://www.forensics.uts.edu.au/)
http://future.uws.edu.au/future_students_home/ug/forensics/bachelor_of_science_forensic_science (http://future.uws.edu.au/future_students_home/ug/forensics/bachelor_of_science_forensic_science)
http://cit.edu.au/future/courses/forensic_science_degree (http://cit.edu.au/future/courses/forensic_science_degree)
http://www.bond.edu.au/degrees-and-courses/undergraduate-degrees/list/bachelor-of-forensic-science/index.htm (http://www.bond.edu.au/degrees-and-courses/undergraduate-degrees/list/bachelor-of-forensic-science/index.htm)
http://www17.griffith.edu.au/cis/p_cat/admission.asp?ProgCode=1264&Type=overview (http://www17.griffith.edu.au/cis/p_cat/admission.asp?ProgCode=1264&Type=overview)

Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 12 Oct 2011, 18:59
Jimmy, thanks for the info. I wish my memory had been better and I realized you were studying in Australia and not here in the US. My folks are already having stress ulcers from the idea of my sister moving to a different state, I cannot even imagine what they would do if she moved to a whole different continent. I am a little curious as to what is involved in sports psychology. Have they figured out why athletes slap each others butts?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 12 Oct 2011, 20:15
Sports and Performance Psychology is basically all about the use of psychological techniques to enhance performance. It's not just sports, the theories can be expanded to basically any performance environment; dance, music, public speaking, etc... My thesis is on how well some performance techniques extrapolate to academic situations (according to my data, they don't).

Really it's all about increasing focus, concentration and relaxation during high pressure events and stuff while lowering tension, decreasing distractions and lowering anxiety with the intention to increase performance. It's kind of interesting but mostly not.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 12 Oct 2011, 22:24
So basically how to make a free throw (or not... :psyduck:)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 13 Oct 2011, 03:45
I wonder if sports psychologists are consulted during stadium construction, or when they are making the playlist for the games, or designing uniforms. I'm guessing not, but those thing scould have a potential impact on performance.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 Oct 2011, 04:47
That last one is sheer marketing.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 13 Oct 2011, 06:01
Or something...
(http://cdn.gunaxin.com/wp-content/gallery/maryland_uniforms/terps_uniforms.jpg)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 Oct 2011, 07:07
From what I remember of the Maryland flag (Rosie you're from there right? Correct me if I'm wrong), it would actually work were the designs on the helmet reversed.

Otherwise, shut up Under Armour.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: LTK on 13 Oct 2011, 07:16
...the head of psychology is the leading researcher in the country in positive psychology and the most prominent expert in paranormal psychology (he's really cool, he used to be on TV a lot whenever tabloid news programs used to do stories about ghosts and shit but now they don't call him because in all the interviews he keeps explaining how and why there are no ghosts and stuff like that).
Hey, that sounds pretty interesting, I'd like to hear more about that. Can you give me his name?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: bainidhe_dub on 13 Oct 2011, 08:10
I mean yeah, those are the crests on the Maryland flag, but whyyyyy would they plaster it all over everything? Even their new shoes are little tiny repeating flags all over. Godawful. Stupid Under Armor. Plus apparently the Charm City Roller Girls (from Baltimore) have had helmets like that for years.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 13 Oct 2011, 10:32
From what I've read on different uniform blogs (oh yes, those exist and I am a huge sporting nerd), Maryland football has never had an "identity", so they're working with UA to try and create one, based on "oh hey, we're Maryland, you're Maryland based, MARYLANNNNNNNNNNDDDDDD"
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 13 Oct 2011, 12:03
Your identity: You are the guy who wears the uniform and pummels the fuck out of the people in the uniform that doesn't match

What the fuck is wrong with these people

Dear blag I guess I'm still sick and I still have another open mic to run tonight. And just like last week I have to do it alone, with a cold. THERE IS NO GOD
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: dr. nervioso on 13 Oct 2011, 14:02
I once had to sing something for "karaoke" (It was just a page with lyrics, and their was a bacckup band. Not complaining just being technical). I did not know the timing or tempo at all, and I constantly came in at the wrong time.

So, originally I was gonna do a long post telling you forum people what my life is right now, but since this is my 50th post and I want to celebrate with tophats and monocles, i'll do prs and cons.

PROS:
Shifting away from shitty friends (those who don't give a damn abut what I have to say, I have to listen to them, and our friendship is barely existent)
Got into Academic Decathlon
Life for me in the next month is pretty chill. I've got two parties coming up for this weekend and for halloween. Won't be too busy, and hey Fall Break soon.

CONS:
I kinda have to stay with the aforementioned friends because of scheduling and one of them being in the nly good local band around here
I am going t be busy, which is good and bad.
My damn pubescent hormones and social aptitude gland keeps on telling me to find a girl. But I really do not want to ruin my cchill next few months :psyduck:



Also, this is my first time using the psyduck (+1)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 13 Oct 2011, 18:59
...social aptitude gland ...

Had mine removed a few years ago. 


It was only getting in the way. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 14 Oct 2011, 02:57
Didn't have to do it alone, hooray! And not a moment too soon, either, 'cause maybe 3 musicians showed. Again. The bar the night before was a similar story. Apparently business gets slow in October. Scotty, the bar owner, said that it gets that way these two weeks in October. Then it picks up and you're busy as fuck until New Year.

Still. It's been a disappointing turnout even with solid promotion. Nothing I can do about it but keep on truckin' with everything and hope for the best.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Oct 2011, 05:32
My doctor decided that maybe the problem with my throat is going to be solved by spraying a hayfever remedy up my nose twice a day. Well hey, I'll try anything, let's see whether this is any use at all. Opinion so far: it is weird to spray a slightly smelly liquid up your nose, even for medical reasons.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: schimmy on 14 Oct 2011, 05:49
I have submitted my dissertation proposal and can now focus on the parts of my life which are fun! Yay! (For a little while at least)

These things are:
1) We have a Sicilian girl staying in our house for a few days. She is good fun to hang around with! Also, mild amusement arises from the fact that she had a one night stand with one of my housemates a couple of weeks ago, and things are now super awkard between them.

2) There is a mouse living somewhere in our house. Initially I was a bit creeped out by this, but we've named it Autonomouse, and in my mind it is becoming our anti-social but sassy fourth housemate.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Oct 2011, 10:53
Guys, in the massively-advanced planning way that I have, I am looking for something interesting to do with my summer.

Here are the criteria:

That is it. I'll go anywhere in the world and do anything anyone will pay me for. Give me ideas!

Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 14 Oct 2011, 13:57
Are you looking to tick over the summer holidays without running up any more debts or bank some cash ahead of the new academic year? Not got anything immediately to mind but I'll keep an ear out for anything that meets the needs.

BTW, how illegal does it not have to be? It's just that if you can bring yourself to punch Michael Gove face I reckon I could swing you a grand or two out of an appreciative public.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 14 Oct 2011, 14:01
Finally moving out of our nice big free house in the country. It's been nice to live in a free house of some considerable size but, in all fairness, it's also a bit shit. So in the next few weeks we're moving into the city where we won't be so isolated and won't take an hour to get to anywhere of interest.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 14 Oct 2011, 15:51
I think unfortunately punching a member of the government would get a criminal record, which wouldn't do wonders to my career prospects in the health service.

Edith has potentially come up with some awesome ideas for me! Which will mean I get to spend my whole summer in America if they work out. That would be super excellent.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 14 Oct 2011, 16:14
I was accosted by a person today who was A) super pissed off at me for being rude and not to her and 2) thought my name was "Mordecai".
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 14 Oct 2011, 23:58
I think unfortunately punching a member of the government would get a criminal record ...

Surely there's an exception for Michael Gove?

More seriously, good luck in America.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: snalin on 15 Oct 2011, 14:40
I was accosted by a person today who was A) super pissed off at me for being rude and not to her and 2) thought my name was "Mordecai".

Mordecai is a pretty fucking cool name, though.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 16 Oct 2011, 05:22
Two nights ago, hung out with this girl. Super cute, and turns out she's pretty rad to hang out with, so we hung out again today. Best part is, she lives out of town and I live in a laundry room without a door, so I don't have to worry about romance ever happening.

I do hate it when this happens though. The last thing I want is to get romantically involved with anybody, and then a girl comes along who makes it seem more appealing than previously anticipated.

Time for bed, then back to work practicing in the morning.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 16 Oct 2011, 10:01
Yesterday I went up in a hot air balloon and then met Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. That's almost the best day I've had this year.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 18 Oct 2011, 14:20
I'm imagining that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was just floating around up there, waiting for someone to meet him.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 18 Oct 2011, 15:47
Is there a more British sounding person than Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 18 Oct 2011, 16:49
Do you mean Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall or the name Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 18 Oct 2011, 18:02
Both, really. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 18 Oct 2011, 21:50
The name. If only his first name were Reginald, or like.. Martin.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 18 Oct 2011, 23:05
I'm imagining that Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall was just floating around up there, waiting for someone to meet him.

That would have made the day just a little bit better.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: The Seldom Killer on 18 Oct 2011, 23:12
Namewise, I think only a title might make The Hugh (as he is known in my house for short/drunk) more British. His voice is very British but I tend to think the more British sounds come from the regions where American actors regularly fail in imitation.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 19 Oct 2011, 00:00
Is there a more British sounding person than Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall?

Me

(OK, not the name)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lupercal on 19 Oct 2011, 09:54
Gordon Ramsay vs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJY6xdhyJJs)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lupercal on 19 Oct 2011, 09:58
Nothing exciting, it was mainly for accent purposes. He is extremely British. Or as we call it, English.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 19 Oct 2011, 12:17
Some random person I've only met once up at my friend's house, who I don't really like, and who stalks the fuck out of my Facebook and simply annoys me to death, was going to come into town and visit. But she cancelled. She was super apologetic, and it took everything in me to not say "No. Really, it's fine. I think you suck anyway, you're a total whiny attention whore who makes me want to shoot myself right in the brain every time you say words."

I don't exactly obscure my feelings about anything. If I am annoyed at somebody, I don't have much patience for their shit. I honestly don't know why this girl hasn't gotten the hint that I don't like talking to her. If I liked talking to her, I'd fucking talk to her more than once every 3 months, and I might actually initiate the conversation myself.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 19 Oct 2011, 15:28
Well, she's obviously attracted to that sort of thing. 

Isn't wonderful how social networks connect you with fuckups you'd never even see in real life? 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lupercal on 19 Oct 2011, 16:23
Part of the reason why I deleted Facebook. When you tell people you deleted Facebook, they look at you as if you've just said "I have a tattoo of Bush where my pubes should be" or "I have a degenerative sexually transmitted disease".

I just think its funny that I'M now the weirdo now that I've stopped letting people I don't know and/or give a shit about have a viewing into my life, like some sort of weird voyeurism that other people love but I take no pleasure from. It became inane and irritating. Also, nobody has anything interesting to say, ever. [/hypocritical post]
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: LTK on 19 Oct 2011, 16:41
Social networks connect you with fuckups you'd never normally see, while network-less people become social fuckups who you never see. Thanks, internet.

Myself, I'm finding out first-hand just how much work and stress in involved in moving. The apartment is a mess, I'm overcharged on the rent, I have to buy all the things, and the communal kitchen is in a state where nuking it from orbit wouldn't make it clean enough. What have I gotten myself into.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: dr. nervioso on 19 Oct 2011, 19:14
I am an expert in moving. It is kinda double edge sword for me socially, it helped me become very adaptable and well rounded, but I do have gaps in my social life, and I have missed sme key moments
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 20 Oct 2011, 07:08
Yeah, like graduation.  I missed HS, BS and Ph.D.  The only graduation ceremony I ever made it to was my master's, cause I didn't have to move.   :|
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Patrick on 21 Oct 2011, 12:08
I'm going to see Tom Morello at Occupy SF today, 4pm.

Fuck. Yes.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 24 Oct 2011, 16:19
My five-month-old puppy, Penny, swam for the first time yesterday. She's enjoyed splashing around for a while (anything to annoy the other dog), but yesterday she deliberately went out of her depth to fetch a stick.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 24 Oct 2011, 16:19
I'm having deja Paul, holy crap!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 24 Oct 2011, 16:22
wut?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 24 Oct 2011, 16:23
I just read same exact post over on the other forum.

(yay swimming dogs!)
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 24 Oct 2011, 16:28
The wonders of cut 'n paste!

I'm still not sure whether to simply drop PJ; there's stuff there that interests me still, but it also means putting up with things that annoy me there as much as they used to here...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: valley_parade on 24 Oct 2011, 16:48
Yeah, I like both these places. I can handle being on three different forums, whatever (here, there and OSG).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 24 Oct 2011, 18:28
I pretty much gave up on PJ after I realized that the most vocal people are just waiting to get offended about something.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: dr. nervioso on 24 Oct 2011, 18:34
I have always wanted to go find another forum like this. Would anyone here tell me abut pocket jury r anther cool forum?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 24 Oct 2011, 18:37
There are no other cool forums. 


This is it. 


 :psyduck:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Oct 2011, 00:08
PJ is where a lot of the old regulars decamped when things were getting tense here. Those of us left behind are the ones who didn't want to go with them (or the ones who went with them but keep nipping home to check on the cat).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 25 Oct 2011, 01:03
There are a myriad forums out there, each with a different reason to exist.  In general I avoid suggesting forums for other people to visit, as I simply can't know what they're looking for, or whether any of the tiny number that I know of will suit.

Would anyone here tell me abut pocket jury?

The Pocket Jury forum was set up as place for a specific group of people, some of whom felt that they had outstayed their welcome at this forum (using Jeph's bandwidth at his expense, while having no interest in discussing the comic it was set up to complement and in some cases despising those who do).  They considered making it entry by application only (but haven't), and it is currently run without moderation - a sort of forum utopia, and I'm a bit curious (only a little bit) to see how long it can last in that state*.  It's really only for those who already know that it's their place.

Tommy's rationale for PJ (http://forums.pocketjury.net/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=6&start=1920#p21537)


* Hmm - the first cracks (http://forums.pocketjury.net/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=472#p22411).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 25 Oct 2011, 03:33
I miss those guys, but visiting the PJ forum makes me realise that I like this one more the way it is now, than the way it was then. I am not really cool enough for the PJ forum.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Blue Kitty on 25 Oct 2011, 13:28
Yeah, I like both these places.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 26 Oct 2011, 10:16
I'm of two minds about it. On one hand, a lot of the most active posters are gone from round here now, which really slows this place down. Maybe others will come along and fill the void, I don't know.

On the other hand, I don't have people threatening me in my PM box anymore.

Edit: It also seems like the ones that went to PJ kind of jumped ship once people starting regularly coming on. There was a problem with registration for awhile there, so there wasn't anyone new coming through - then once there was, a lot of the old members (the regular meebo crowd, anyways) left. Maybe that's oversimplifying it, but that's how it seems to me.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 26 Oct 2011, 13:21
I would agree - this place had stagnated a bit, and developed a very specific culture that was hard to slot straight into (as you know only too well!). When the move happened, it wasn't so much that people jumped ship, they just went to set up their own place as they realised that they couldn't fairly exclude people any more - and hadn't been doing anyway, it was just by chance that people couldn't register - and that new people changed the dynamic they wanted. It was probably for the best.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 26 Oct 2011, 15:28
The thing is, there's not actually any reason for anyone new to come to these forums unless they are a QC fan - there're no other links to draw them in.  I have removed all the stuff there used to be in the "welcome" threads that warned people not to come down to this part of the forum without taking care, and have made it clear that they are welcome to use the whole forum, but there's not a lot more I can do unless they are actually looking for a wider range of experience. 

Unfortunately, past experiences, with QCD especially*, led Jeph to move the forum link on the QC home page from the main top menu to the bottom of the smallest side menu, so the rate at which new people arrive is in any case far less than might be expected from the popularity of the comic.


* For whatever reason, all the moderators for the whole forum were drawn from the group who have recently moved on, and so they took less interest in the QC discussion than it required (i.e. none) - in practice, until I took it on, it was effectively unmoderated, with unsurprising results.  Maybe I should try pointing out to Jeph that not only is it no longer how it was, there is also no reason for it to return to that state, so he has no more need to hide it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: dr. nervioso on 26 Oct 2011, 16:30
PJ looks like my old social circle- Built out of old shit and drama and it is about to collapse. I could be wrong though, but large social circles with a lot f history tend collapse and fragment eventually. And with no neutral person there, then I am guessing the forum is going to go to hell along with the social scene.

It is truly sad that our forum's dark past has ruined its chances to get more people. Anyways, I think it will take a while for the stigma from the old forum dynasty to clear up. It is not directly there, but when you have leaders for a duration of years, there is going to e some stigma to clean up before progress can be made.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 27 Oct 2011, 00:49
That makes it sound far worse than it was! There was a little bit of drama with a few new people - we did get some complete idiots arriving and going on and on about their (lack of) sex life all over the place, but getting angry when we tried to help and getting quite abusive. There was one guy who claimed to be allergic to sunlight. Oh, and another guy who said his friend was a werewolf, that was fun.

But yeah, I wouldn't say it's built of shit or anything. It's a group of friends who've known each other a long time and have similar interests and meet in real life a lot. There's a lot of trust and friendship that it's hard to tap into as a new person. This forum is still finding its feet in the new era but I'd say it'll head that way too as we get to know each other more. It's what happens when people tell each other stuff a lot!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: pwhodges on 27 Oct 2011, 01:32
The real "dark past" of these forums was in the QCD that was, which was not anything to do with the PJ crowd.  The behaviour in this part was generally quite tame in comparison, just friends joshing each other; with the single exception of some incidents of unreasonable baiting of new people, mainly, though not solely, those from QCD. 

PJ might not really suit me, because it doesn't have the heterogeneous elements present in this forum.  But each to their own - I wish them well in their new place, and it is not for us to criticise them here, not least because there are still some people with a presence in both forums.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimmy the Squid on 27 Oct 2011, 02:53
On the other hand, I don't have people threatening me in my PM box anymore.

To be fair, this was due to you saying something incredibly offensive about one of the people that was a) a member, b) the wife of another member, and c) a good friend of a significant portion of the other members. I might also like to point out that since that incident you altered your behaviour and everyone stopped acting like pricks to you (for the most part. I certainly did).
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 27 Oct 2011, 03:18
Zing, you are a great example of someone who did manage to fit into the culture! A shining beacon of "how not to be NQG".
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: benji on 27 Oct 2011, 08:56
So that's what happened to all the old timers. Somehow I missed that. But yeah, I don't think things were ever that bad in the lower forums: there was some cliquish behavior, but I think that was simply the result of people being here for a long time.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 27 Oct 2011, 13:08
On the other hand, I don't have people threatening me in my PM box anymore.

To be fair, this was due to you saying something incredibly offensive about one of the people that was a) a member, b) the wife of another member, and c) a good friend of a significant portion of the other members. I might also like to point out that since that incident you altered your behaviour and everyone stopped acting like pricks to you (for the most part. I certainly did).

And I still feel bad about that! I can't really think of a single time you've been a cock to me (or to my face, anyways). I ended up reading an earlier post of mine the other day, and I'm not sure how I got there, but it made me realize how utterly fucking depressed I was for years, and how it's been really hard to get out of the situation and mindset that were informing my depression, and so it all came across pretty negatively.

Still, that incident pretty much fractured much chance of really being involved in the whole meebo/gabbly/whathaveyou group, which is a shame, but I can't really blame anyone for not wanting me in the group after that.

Zing, you are a great example of someone who did manage to fit into the culture! A shining beacon of "how not to be NQG".

This isn't all that hard - you mostly have to not post tentacle porn.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: dr. nervioso on 27 Oct 2011, 13:45
Sorry I meant no offense. It just sounded like the situation I was in a few years bacx. Also I have heard more unflattering things about PJ than positive. Then again, I haven't heard much about it.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 27 Oct 2011, 14:24
I have barely spent any time there at all, I don't think I have an account, but the people are generally lovely and any unpleasantness is usually a misunderstood joke (some quirky senses of humour, which I think is a good thing!).

So hey blog thread, I spilt pasta sauce on my passport. Do you think it's still valid if the pages are stuck together and smell like broccoli and cheese?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 27 Oct 2011, 15:43
Depends on how hungry the guards are feeling that day...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: dr. nervioso on 27 Oct 2011, 20:42
Maybe if you change your name to Tommy Toesoz from the independent country of Broclichese
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: richlitt on 27 Oct 2011, 23:41
That might be mutilated. Costs the same as a lost/stolen passport to replace.

I just had to cancel a fully paid trip to Brussels for a hackathon, and one to portugal for the same reason, because I lost my passport. Serious shit. :psyduck:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 28 Oct 2011, 01:53
Noooo I don't HAVE 78 to buy a new passport! And this one is valid for another seven years! NOOO
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: schimmy on 28 Oct 2011, 06:58
Questa mattina mi sono svegliato, and I was quite pleased that I could remember a little of the Italian that I got taught last night. My plan is to learn a line of Bella Ciao every day, so that in a couple of weeks I will (surely) be completely fluent. This is how learning languages works, right guys?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 28 Oct 2011, 09:23
Noooo I don't HAVE 78 to buy a new passport! And this one is valid for another seven years! NOOO

The replacement fee is not usually the same as the cost for a new passport.  They don't have all the verification paperwork to do - they already hunted down your next of kin and best friends - it's just the cost of remaking the thing. 

Then again, maybe that is  78 Euros, but that seems pretty fucking exorbitant. 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 28 Oct 2011, 11:08
It definitely is 78 (pounds ;)), I had a look on the website. They also do "extensive enquiries".
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 28 Oct 2011, 11:40
Definitely time for new glasses...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lupercal on 28 Oct 2011, 14:39
Third year at University is definitely "Struggle with essays, but do lots of extra-curricular stuff" year.

As of today I'm the course rep for Stage 3 English Literature at my uni. Which is ...hundreds and hundreds of people that need to tell me things that they like/dislike about the course.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: syrupykeyboard on 28 Oct 2011, 14:39
Hey everyone, long time no see. How's it going?

One month + with scabies.
I am now literally batshit insane.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: LTK on 28 Oct 2011, 16:24
Third year at University is definitely "Struggle with essays, but do lots of extra-curricular stuff" year.

As of today I'm the course rep for Stage 3 English Literature at my uni. Which is ...hundreds and hundreds of people that need to tell me things that they like/dislike about the course.

Same for me, except so far it's more like "Procrastinate on essays, but do lots of extra-curricular stuff". I ended up submitting this paper on animal music 1.5 hours before deadline. Next week I'm starting work as a teaching assistant on a high school, and I need to remember to watch those AI class lectures...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Oct 2011, 02:02
Ugh, scabies sounds like the worst thing - a lingering and irritating illness that isn't really bad enough that you're not concious to know about it. My consolations.

And what, pray, is animal music, LTK?
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Post by: Zingoleb on 29 Oct 2011, 03:19
Deerhoof.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lupercal on 29 Oct 2011, 04:02
Gorillaz?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: LTK on 29 Oct 2011, 04:06
I was basically talking about birdsong in the whole thing. There's some quarreling over whether or not you can call the sounds animals make 'music', just as there is about calling animal communication 'language'; certain criteria have to be met, etc. I was constrained to 1000 words, so I just explained how and why birdsong is musical. I could have written another 1000 words about humpback whales and creativity in songmaking, but that wasn't even necessary. There's a lot more information in this (10000 word) paper:

http://www.library.utoronto.ca/see/SEED/Vol5-1/Martinelli.htm

In unrelated news, I've been doing a lot of shopping around for second-hand furniture to move into my new apartment, and yesterday I picked up a nice desk. Then when I try to haul it out of the car after getting home, one of the planks gets stuck beneath the desktop and a corner breaks off. It was completely dark, so I couldn't see the bit that broke off anywhere. Now that it's light, it's still nowhere to be found. I turned the car upholstery inside out, combed out every inch where I carried the parts past, NOTHING. Now I ruined this perfectly good desk, and bits of it inexplicably disappear. This universe is not supposed to work this way, god damnit!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Oct 2011, 05:08
I have been working on an essay for a couple of days now - I think I started planning it on Thursday and I am determined to get it finished by 1.30 today (so I've got 25 minutes...). I had forgotten how tricky I find writing a really good essay. I know what my thoughts are, but I can't remember the things I read which justify and support them. I've been trying to keep track of what I'm thinking when I go to lectures etc, so that I can flick through my notes and find not only the lecture notes, but also my thoughts on the lecture notes, but it's hard. I wish I had more time to work on it! I could easily spend two weeks solid on this essay but it's only 1,500 words and it's due tomorrow. Plus I have another five subjects, one of which has an essay due at some point - not sure when, it's supposed to be due after the supervision has happened but the supervision has been moved three times and then cancelled. It should have been last Monday.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Lupercal on 29 Oct 2011, 05:46
Oh man, essays. I've been writing on a close-reading of Middlemarch by George Eliot for the best part of a week now and although I'm 2,193 words into a 2500 word essay, it is still like pulling teeth. How I'm supposed to work in the Reform Bill of 1832 into an essay that is talking about a very bland part of a very bland book (essentially a woman sits in a chair for a while, goes into a dark hall, her husband comes upstairs, they walk away together. ta dahhh).

On the other hand, having to cram the entire Cameron/Sarkozy/Eurozone thing into under 400 words is a bit of a problem.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 29 Oct 2011, 06:31
I have to write two research papers this semester and I'm probably gonna just do them the night before they are due.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Thomas Edison on 29 Oct 2011, 09:24
My dad just got back to the U.K after his high school reunion in Deniliquin, Australia and he came back with a bag full of goodies including a 900g tin of Milo, 5 different flavours of Tim Tams and a Canon 550D.

I am pretty much in heaven right now.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 29 Oct 2011, 12:13
Do all you students realize that we dread reading and grading your essays even more than you dread writing them? 

And that the ones dashed off just before they're due are really  obvious? 

And that I'm putting off grading the ones from my class, so my comments will be dashed off the night before I return them... 
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 29 Oct 2011, 14:55
I don't dread writing my essays, in fact there is an essay I really really want to write but I just don't have time. I keep waiting for my supervisor to set it, but I don't think it's likely - we only do four essays a year (for each of five courses) and the topic has been and gone. That sucker had better be on the exam.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: nobo on 29 Oct 2011, 19:34
I have always wanted to go find another forum like this. Would anyone here tell me abut pocket jury r anther cool forum?

It is less of a forum and more of a discussion board, but I really like www.reddit.com. They have sub-board that cover almost every topic, so you have some very large communities focused on sharing photos, and some really small ones discussing particular scientific theories or board games. Much more anonymous than forum such as this one, but it is easy to make friends there as well.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jace on 30 Oct 2011, 05:27
And that the ones dashed off just before they're due are really  obvious? 

Doesn't even matter to me, I hate english classes and writing essays so I put it off as long as I possibly can and shoot for a solid 70% on papers.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 30 Oct 2011, 12:19
Aim higher.  There's a breeze...
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Barmymoo on 01 Nov 2011, 07:28
Grrr I hate land law. It is SO BORING. And I never remember any of it, no matter how hard I study or how long I stare at the textbook, because I just don't care. Plus we take the statutes into the exam with us anyway! Why would I bother memorising hundreds of pages of legislation that I'll be carrying in with me? Can we please just have discussions about what it means, rather than trying to memorise what it is?

In other news, NaNoWriMo started today and I have been trying to get my writing support group sorted. I've been running it for five years and this year I decided to start a new thing - an interview series with the group members. It went great until last weekend, when I realised the person I'd scheduled hadn't actually got back to me in time, so I had to quickly move people around and run the following week's interview early.

They have now got their answers to me, in plenty of time for this weekend, but they are wrong! The interview is meant to be about the novel they will be writing this month. She has answered all the questions in reference to the one she wrote last year, which has been published and is on sale. That's great, but totally irrelevant to the interview. ARGH ARGH ARGH.

On the other hand, she's the first person I've had any kind of difficulty with at all. On the other other hand, I have another five/six interviews to go, and who knows which way they'll go?
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: LTK on 01 Nov 2011, 09:37
I've officially moved! This post is made a horizontal 41 km away from my previous post, and another 10m or so vertically. Got a bed, desk, laptop and mini-fridge. Good timing too, because tomorrow I start my new job right here in the city.

Now let's hope my housemates are not a nightmare.

Hm, I think I forgot to bring paper. The kind you write on. So there's another use for my e-reader: an electronic shopping list!
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 03 Nov 2011, 03:07
Good news: I have a job and income.

Bad news: I'm being evicted for being late on rent despite the fact that I now have a job and income.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Zingoleb on 06 Nov 2011, 00:58
Except my landlady's a dumbass because if she evicts me, she doesn't get rent. She didn't realize that until today.

Also, I coined the phrase 'fag haggis' tonight. Not sure if that's been said before - and I'm also not sure what it means - but I resolve to use this word more often in future conversations.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: snalin on 06 Nov 2011, 04:39
It's obvious what it is, but what is it a metaphor for? Gay, intestine-based food doesn't really ring any bells right off the bat.

So, my sister has tapeworm. She probably picked it up back in the orphanage she used to live in half a year ago, but we still have to be checked. I really, really hope I don't have small, living, parasitic worms living inside my guts. eeech.

I also have to send shit to the doctors to get checked, so there's that.
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Carl-E on 06 Nov 2011, 05:37
Through the post?   :lol:
Title: Re: Re: Blog Thread IIIb : Look Who's Blogging Now
Post by: Jimor on 07 Nov 2011, 00:09
Having a tapewor