Kare

Sugar free dew drops and salted fish

So it's been a while and I figured, what the hell, why not post.

My civic is mostly dead. About a month ago, the timing belt finally decided to bite the dust and when adding up the costs of repair, plus the up and coming repairs, I decided it was time to just say screw it and get a new car. This in and of itself is not a big deal, as I was planning on replacing it in another ~6 months anyway, it just made me lower my financial target and take out a longer loan that I planned on. I checked out an 02 miata, which I totally loved, but the lack of any sort of real storage for anything (including people) mixed with the bumpy ride made me keep looking. I settled on an 07 scion tc. It's a dark blue, with a hint of purple, 2dr couple. Stick shift, of course, and it's quick but not fast. The ride itself is quite smooth and it's got a really big back seat (totally unexpected). I liked the styling of the car overall, didn't care too much about the rear end but over the past month, I've become quite acclimated to it. On a side note, my estimate was pretty accurate with how long it'd take me to regain my skills driving a manual transmission; one week. Now, it's just second habit and quite fun to drive really. Unless I want to, I don't squeal the tires anymore and while it doesn't corner like the civic, it's still got pretty decent grip. I'm still deciding on what to do with my old car and I'm about 90% settled on donating it. I get a tax write-off and don't have to drive it anywhere. Pretty much a win-win situation.

Several months ago I replaced my old computer. Nothing came over from the old system and this build was a long, long time coming. All in all, it wasn't the top end of what's out but it wasn't very far from it. I'm still looking at replacing some components later, but I'm in no rush. With the exception of crysis, it'll play anything at max settings with a good frame rate. Already got 1 500G and 1 750GB SATA II drives in the system with another 750GB sitting in the closet ready to go. I decided to try out vista on the machine and so far, no real issues. I do get graphical artifacts every once in a while and that does require a reboot to resolve, but other than that, no issues at all. It's really been a rock solid build and I'm quite happy with it.

My friends Tony and Amber are engaged and set to get hitched next spring, which rocks. Both are now graduated and in the next couple months, relocating to Austin for work/school. While I'm happy for them, I'll seriously miss their company and it'll suck for them to be gone. I'm sure there will be quite a few trips between Dallas and Austin, but in the end, it's two less friends to hang out with on the spur of the moment. Such is life tho.

On that note, I've been shopping for that special someone. Of course, it's not exactly as easy as it was when I was younger, but it's always been kind of a pain in the ass anyway. Been on a couple of dates, sadly; no real connection. I'm not in a huge hurry but at the same time, I'm not gonna lie, it'd be nice to have someone.

I don't cook nearly as much as I used to, which is kinda sad. Since I moved into my new apartment, the kitchen is quite nice and great for cooking. I just really don't have the energy most weekdays and without really anyone to cook for, it's easier to just go grab something or make something small. On a side note, Alice doesn't seem to really like the apartment too much when it rains and hides everytime. I think it's the fact it's a 2nd story apartment and the ground doesn't vibrate in a good way for her. Poor kitty.


-cheers



You Are a Chocolate Cheesecake



Rich and greedy, you're attracted to the dark side of life.

Nothing ever quite satisfies your inner beast. And somehow, people find that sexy.

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"Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children." -William Makepeace Thackeray
Growing up there is a special status that your parents have when compared to everyone else, but recently i've noticed my parents have been demystified. This got me wondering when exactly this change occurred. When you're little, your parents are the very picture of an adult. While i'm not sure if it's because you're supposed to respect/love your parents or whatever, but there is definitely a psychological difference between how we see them vs. everyone else. Even when you're quite a bit older, they somehow still retain this status (even when compared to other people their age). I think it was about the time my age hit half of what my parents' was, i looked at them and started seeing something totally different. I saw more flaws, more differences, and ultimately less 'divinity'. I can't say i love or respect them any less, prolly more; but the pedestal i put them on when i was a kid is no longer there.

"...eat this chicken or I'll kill another." -Ali G
I think i've given up on consuming mass quantities of red meat. I've noticed that since i've been eating mostly chicken, fish, and pork, that i've been feeling alot better. When i eat red meat too frequently (more than twice a week) my stomach gets tight and my back hurts. I'm pretty sure it's because it's harder to digest, and i really don't like to eat 'heavy' foods. With rare occasion, i've pretty much stopped wanting burgers, pizza, most pasta, etc. Of course when your cooking tastes better (to me atleast) or comparable to most restaurants it is a bit easier to omit these foods. Now, by no stretch of the imagination am i going veggie, i'm still quite a carnivore, but my preferred diet has drastically changed in the past 6-9 months.

"The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men." -Samuel Adams
Now i can't speak for everyone else, nor would i want to, but i think it's way past time we either do away with or highly restrict lobbyist. Honestly, i feel they are one of the many things that are destroying this country and should have no foot to stand upon. Now, when i say lobbyist, i mean the ones that make large gifts or donations to a politician in an effort to gain special consideration for their issues. On a political stage, by no means should your financial standing have any direct impact on the importance of your issues or your representation. Sadly, i don't think this will change and it's only going to get alot worse. Atleast it'd be a bit easier if we could put little patches on the politicians like the outfits NASCAR drivers wear.

Am I alone in thinking this world would be alot better off if we had another bubonic scale plague? Something that'd wipe out a large portion of the world's population and then simply just disappear? Now i'm not totally heartless and would desire one with minimal pain/discomfort and would prefer the people i care about made it through, but i'm not overly picky.


Random link that pissed me off.



I am emmental cheese!
Cheese Test: What type of cheese are you?
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Kare

Orz

Last month i finished my Solaris 10 sysadmin cert and started looking for work. Slowly but surely, i've been working my way down a list of headhunters with various levels of success. Volt, Manpower, Modis, Teksystems, and most recently Robert Half. Out of all of them, only two seem to actually care about the people they are representing and work towards getting you employment, and only 1 (the most recent) is really active about it (including the only one to return calls promptly). All in all, it's looking slightly better now and i am starting to hear back from several of the inquiries about various job postings that i've submitted. As things currently stand, it looks to be about a 50/50 chance between me ending up in Dallas or Denver, which suits me just fine. If back in Dallas, i got several good friends and already have a nice, cheap apartment setup that i totally love. Denver, well, i got a couple of friends and finding a good apartment will be interesting to say the least. Overall, the process hasn't been too much of a headache, just quite time consuming and at times very annoying. Recently, i had to take some assessment tests, to which i scored either somewhere slightly above average (solaris) or way beyond average (pc hardware, networks, etc). This was a pleasant surprise considering i haven't really been focusing on sharpening my knowledge over the past month. I've broadened my search from just solaris/unix jr admin to include help desk with some admin responsibilities with either windows or unix. I can't say i'm particularly pleased with a pure windows environment job, but if nothing else it'll get me some basic admin exp and exposure to industry stuff. At the very least, it will give me some experience to put down on the resume (to which i'm sorely lacking) and the money to continue training on my own.

To my dismay (putting things very lightly), as i pulled up to the parking lot yesterday afternoon for my interview, my happy little honda decided to spew out mass amounts of white steam/smoke and my heart sunk as i looked down at the rapidly raising temp gauge. I checked under the hood to find coolant sprayed everywhere along one side of the radiator. Hoses were dry, connections were fine, and there was a ton of what seemed to be my car's lifeblood pouring out of the top of the radiator. So, after my interview i called my stepfather as there was no way i was going to be able to make the ~2 hour drive home with my car. It took 3 cooling off breaks to make it from the business park to the fry's parking lot 2 exits down the freeway. I did get to have a ben and jerry's shake along the way, which was overpriced but pretty tasty. Thankfully, there was a mechanic's shop in the same parking lot as Fry's, sadly it was Firestone. Now don't get me wrong, i've never been displeased with the quality of parts or work of Firestone, however they do tend to be one of the most expensive options. Up to that point, my car hadn't overheated (which in itself was a blessing) and the cost to tow it to any decent mechanic + that mechanic's charges for repair would prolly be close to just going to Firestone. So, after a bit of consideration i decided i would have to bite the bullet and use them. Quite unexpectantly, they were able to get it done that day (i brought it in just before 16:00). I twitched a little when i found out it was going to be just under $700 for the radiator, total coolant flush of the engine and replacement of the thermostat. I had been meaning to get the radiator replaced for about a week and all things considered, it's much better for it to happen yesterday than on the road to denver or the first day of a new job.

Between everything else, i've been picking up a few games here and there and working on my japanese cooking. I've went through the book i have and need more. As far as games, nothing all that great recently. Fear was good, but short, the various PS2 games were disappointing overall, and Vanguard (the 'next great MMO') it's buggy, a resource hog from an unoptimized engine, and laggy as all hell on my sat connection. I obviously don't intend on playing it any longer than i have to, but no new MMOs come out until this fall. With any luck, i can get into the Warhammer beta. Not like i'll have alot of time for MMOs once my work kicks into full swing, but i still need some kind of release.


Final Fantasy Character Test



Which Final Fantasy Character Are You?




Final Fantasy 7






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Kare

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Solaris training is going well again. After a serious motivation nose-dive before the holidays, I’ve forced myself to get back into the swing of it and it’s slowly coming together. Priced a Sun box last night, mostly just for practice. 180 bucks for an ultra 60 doesn’t sound too bad, tho I’m not really sure. Shopping for non x86 boxes is not something I’m accustom to. Honestly, if I can get past the tests w/o a machine, I should be peachy. I would really prefer not to have an antiquated machine laying around that I’ll most likely never use again.

Oddly enough, I was pseudo watching I love lucy last night when I came to realize that porn has made a really strong impact on our sex lives. By having to keep things fresh, pornstars feature a slew of new and/or never before seen positions, activities, and various fetishes that have slowly been added into our repertoire of things to try out. Mixed with the saturation levels of porn and sexual related discussions have lead towards our bedrooms being a lot more open than they were 40-50 years ago. Of course, I don’t give all the credit to porn, with all the sex therapist and various other forms of media (sex in the city, self help books, movies, magazine articles, and such), we’ve become a lot more adventurous than a few decades before. I think something I heard many, many years ago sums it up best. My sister was told that before my grandmother’s second husband, she’d never experienced cunnilingus. I can’t imagine it. I mean, by my first serious relationship I’d already learned the pleasures of both giving and receiving oral sex. I suppose it’s just a matter of time before even the newest of taboos are broken and accepted. Tho now I suppose the question is, what’s left in the taboo section?

Saw a few more movies via netflix. Ant bully was ok, good kids movie I suppose. Little man was…yea, it’s about what you’d expect. Lady in the water was decent, reminded me a lot of splash for some reason.

Well, tomorrow night I should have my first attempt at making japanese dumplings. Of course I’m gonna do it the hard way and make the wrappers by hand. I mean, what’s the point of trying to learn new things if you don’t do the most time consuming way possible first? ~.^


Something interesting things I've stumbled across recently:
Tickle me Emo.
A new twist on japanese speed dating

Marine rules for engagement

1. Bring a gun. Preferably, bring at least two guns. Bring all of your friends who have guns.
2. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive.
3. Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.
4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.
5. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateral and diagonal movement are preferred.)
6. If you can choose what to bring to a gunfight, bring a long gun and a friend with a long gun.
7. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber, stance, or tactics. They will only remember who lived.
8. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating, reloading, and running.
9. Accuracy is relative: most combat shooting standards will be more dependent on "pucker factor" than the inherent accuracy of the gun.
10. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty.
11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose.
12. Have a plan.
13. Have a back-up plan, because the first one won't work.
14. Use cover or concealment as much as possible.
15. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours.
16. Don't drop your guard.
17. Always tactical load and threat scan 360 degrees.
18. Watch their hands. Hands kill. In God we trust. Everyone else, keep your hands where I can see them.
19. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH.
20. The faster you finish the fight, the less shot you will get.
21. Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.
22. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one.
23. Your number one option for personal security is a lifelong commitment to avoidance, deterrence, and de-escalation.
24. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun, the caliber of which does not start with a "4."

You scored as Simon Tam. The Doctor. You have a gift for healing that goes beyond education. You took an oath to do no harm, even when your patients have tried to kill you. You are out of place where you are, being used to refined society. However, if you take that stick out of your arse you should be fine.

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Simon Tam

81%

Kaylee (Kaywinnet Lee) Frye

75%

River Tam

75%

The Operative

69%

Capt. Mal Reynolds

63%

Zoe Alleyne Washburne

63%

Hoban 'Wash' Washburne

56%

Inara Serra

50%

Shepherd Derrial Book

50%

Jayne Cobb

31%

Which Serenity character are you?
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Kare

Nobody should have to wake up before McDonalds opens for breakfast.

I haven't really liked the christmas holidays since i was a little kiddo. Partially because i am not part of any religious group that has anything to do with it. So when we decided to go visit my grandmother in Waco, i was honestly kinda neutral about it. The trip itself was fairly pleasant, nothing major occurred and it was just one of those times where you're with family you hardly ever see (my grandmother's sisters) and eat food you would never order. As far as gifts, nothing too out of the ordinary; kitty calendar, a DS with FFIII ^^, and the ever popular green stuff in an envelope. I've decided to stay home for the second trip mostly due to it being in the hellhole known as Houston. I've no desire to ever go back there again. It was kinda sad to see the potential for a really great snowstorm die out by a few days. It was raining solid for about 2 - 2 1/2 days right before christmas, afterwhich it finally dropped below freezing which left nothing but a little ice. >.<

Solaris training is progressing, tho slower than expected. Due to failing the first test on the first try (for very stupid reasons) and then the christmas holidays killing everything for a good 2 weeks, i won't be done till sometime in jan it seems. So yea, time table got moved slightly, but everything should turn out ok...i hope.

I've seen quite a few movies, mostly via DVD. Casino Royale was quite good, more of the old hardcore bond, less of the tongue in cheek brit. Miami Vice was decent, i wouldn't say it was great, but it really wasn't bad. National Lampoon's Pledge This was even worse than i coulda imagined. Clerks II was quite good, which for a movie that he wasn't gonna make, i was happy he did. Others escape me, but mostly cause they aren't worth a mention.

Still cooking, playing around with various things and having a good time with my now very worn japanese cookbook. I am wondering how i'll be doing this once i don't have 3 hours to cook 1 meal tho. >.< I figure i can break most of it up into stages to be continued later, except for the soaking of rice for 1 hour, then cooking it for another hour. I've soaked rice for as long as 3-4 hours and it still came out good, but i think it was closer to the 6+ hour mark that made it get crappy.

I'm starting to burn out on PSU, i can feel it happening. Between my connection being crap, most my friends aren't playing it, and having many other things that require my attention (mostly solaris and cooking); i've just been losing interest in it. Now granted, i'm not that far into FFIII, but i have to admit, it's fantastic. Easily the best FF game in 5+ years. It's got the feel of FF1 and 2 with a full on job system similar to tactics. Story is decent and it's not too bad about going hog wild with all the gimmicks of the DS (thank god). At the rate this is going, it could end up in the #2 spot for fave FF game (beating out FF7). Can't wait for Vanguard, here's to hoping it doesn't suck ass.

Ok, that's all for my posting atm... Perhaps i'll post sooner than once a month, but i wouldn't hold my breath if you were part of my depraved readership.


I found a slighty more fun test for this time. No super spiffy linky for it so: Here . My score was roughly 25 to the left.
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Kare

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Today i spent ~5 hours shopping for groceries. One of the downsides to living out in the country is that this is, without a doubt, HEB country. For those that don't know, HEB is a smallish chain of grocery stores originating in the Austin area. If you see a grocery store out here, there's prolly around a 90% chance it's a HEB. They have reasonable prices, a decent selection, and fairly good produce. The only major complaint i have is that the butcher's stock sucks ass, hardcore. I've tried, on multiple occasions; beef, pork, chicken, and seafood, all with the same result: sub-standard, tough, and flavor-less meat. This leaves you with two options, 1) search for a independent butcher or 2) search for a different grocery store. After spending ~20 min looking for a rumored butcher's shop, i opted for option 2. Well, it was a good 2 hours before i got to the nearest (to the best of my knowledge) non-HEB grocery store. I'm sure it prolly seemed quite interesting that i loaded up on chicken breasts, salmon, and swordfish steaks with very little other things in my basket (my previous shopping was done at the cult grocery). I got home just in time to start cooking dinner. >.<

With a decent amount of skepticism, i tried yet another new dish out of my ever-full japanese cookbook; Sakana no Shinshu-mushi (Fish steamed with Soba, Shinshu-style). Now, to date, i've cooked alot of different things in various ways, but steaming fish was something i'd never done before. As i spent the 2+ hours making the recipe for the first time, i had a backup plan for dinner, should it turn out...less than good. To my surprise, it was very, very good. Even without all the ingredients (mostly garnish type things), it was a smooth and delicately flavored (yet filling) dish. Basically, it's fish (salmon this time) wrapped around cooked Soba noodles, then steamed. Now granted, it's _far_ more complex and annoying (mostly cause it was the first attempt) than that, but that's a close enough description. Everyone was quite pleased with it and it looks like it's going on the repeat menu.

A good friend showed me this little movie about a mac, done in the same style as the WoW switcher vids. I have to admit, if you've ever been a Mac newbie, it's quite easy to relate to this guy.
Here is another interesting read i ran across today along with many other random things.


You scored as Combat Shotgun. The Combat shotgun is mostly a sidearm. There are many different Combat Shotguns like the M500, Remington 870, SPAS-12, Benelli M3, ect. The shotgun ussually holds up to 4 to 9 shotgun shells. The shotgun is very reliable and powerful and close range but lacks firepower at longer range. Double Ott Buck is very powerful you know. The Combat Shotgun either comes in Pump-Action or Semi-Automatic or both.

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Combat Shotgun

53%

PSG-1

47%

M24 Sniper Rifle

47%

Grenade Launcher

41%

M4 Assault Rifle

41%

M249 SAW

41%

Ak-47

28%

Mac 11 Uzi

28%

What Gun would you Be?
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Kare

50 Degrees = no more scorpions ^^

Well, it would seem they are doing Castlevania game. Lets hope it's not another street fighter quality movie, tho i highly doubt it'll be side-scrolling; much to some people's dismay.

As i was out and about last night, i had a chance to play the Demo for Guitar Hero II. Somewhat limited on time, i only had enough time to play a song and a half. I played warpigs on Normal difficulty (just to get into the swing of things), which of course, i tore up. So then i went to the butthole surfers song on hard....ouch, that hurts. First two notes, 3 note cords! Yep, that's right, 3 notes on hard difficulty. Needless to say, i failed it (mostly cause i had to leave and couldn't try again). All in all, i'm quite excited about the game.

I saw The Prestige yesterday as well. While not a gripping, compelling movie to span ages and multiple viewings; it was pretty decent. Acting was ok, cast was solid, and plot was fairly believable. One magician movie down, one to go.


Random test for the day:


How evil are you?
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-God

Winter is coming ^^

So Sun pissed me off, or rather, the lack of students to the classes i want to take piss me off. As there's 1 student in all of the sysadmin I classes nearby, i went ahead and ordered the CD. If nothing else, it's cheaper, which is always good. I still will have to go to a sun place for the tests (and test prep class), but i've got a little more flexibility with that. I'm not overly concerned on going with the CD vs the class, but i wanted some baseline to see where i was at. On the plus side, i could be done with all this a bit sooner than expected. ^^

Since i started getting into japanese cooking, i've made quite a few dishes. I'm now past the vast majority of the dishes i already knew (with the exception of sushi). Thus far i've made: Miso Soup, Miso Salmon, Miso chicken, Chicken cutlet, Pork Cutlet, Smoked salmon Onigiri, Simmered beef rice bowl, Chikin Risu, Crabmeat Omelette, Shrimp Curry, Shrimp Tempura with Soba noodles, and a few other that escape me at the moment. Overall, it's not nearly as hard as i imagined it would be to get it right. Now granted, making curry from scratch is a massive pain in the ass which took 6-7 hours total. I can tell i've improved a good amount with how i cook now, but even when i started, things came out very close to how they are ment to. Most of the things i make i get right (in taste if not presentation) by the 2nd or 3rd time i make it. Still quite a few things in the book to make, but i'm pretty confident with my skills.

One of the hardest things has been trying to find a good place to get the cooking items and ingredients i need. Oddly enough, Austin has a much better selection than Dallas did, with the exception of a few things. I tried looking online for a good store, but alas, no such luck as of yet. I'm quite sure there are places out there, so i'll look a bit more later but i do get sidetracked easily it would seem.

Been a few weeks since i've played any MMO, which is rather refreshing. So far, only been playing Valkyrie profile 2, which i have to admit, rocks pretty hardcore. It's a shame i'm at the end boss tho. >.< They recently released the track listing for Guitar Hero II, which looks really awesome. Can't wait to play it, when i get around to it. Have to admit, Warpigs, Sweet Child o' Mine, Cherry Pie, and Primus (yay!!) should be a interesting to play.^^ Tho oddly enough, it seems Metallica was too good for a video game.

Your True Love Is a Cancer

Why you'll love a Cancer:

Cancer's loyal and sincere heart makes your own sensitive heart melt.
Caring and devoted, a Cancer will take the lead in pursuing you - and not give up!

Why a Cancer will love you:

You're laid back enough to deal with Cancer's little mood swings and freak-outs.
A fellow homebody, you know how make Cancer comfortable and at home with you.
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Kare

Yay, hell season is almost over.

I hate August. As if the mass quantities of daylight weren't bad enough, it's freakin hot all month. I can't understand how people can actually like summertime down here. I mean sure, scantily clad girls running around is interesting and all, but i don't think that makes up for the oppressive heat. It's like almost 21:00 and it's still ~95 outside. I suppose it could be a tad worse, atleast i don't live in Houston anymore. I consider it a bad sign when you get into your portable oven, ie: car, turn on the ac and you can see the cooler air coming from the vents but can't really feel it.

So yea, it's been like a few months since i posted last, just haven't had anything all that terribly interesting to say. Finished the solaris training CD, which was alot more engaging than i figured it would be. I still have yet to make my little cheat sheet with all the commands, options, etc, but will soonish. As soon as i get the duplicate CD sent back to Sun, i can register for Sysadmin I, yay! It'll be nice once i get all that done and can actually use it.

On the Gaming side of things, i left FFXI. I'm pretty sure i've 0 desire to ever go back to it, finally. It always was my fallback MMO when there was nothing else i wanted to play, but with the changes they made last and decline of a player base, i think it's finally time to walk away from it. I've been playing DDO a fair amount recently. It's more of a relaxed atmosphere and very casual gamer friendly overall. Met some cool people i like to run with, in a guild, all the good stuff. I'm very pleased with the frequency of updated content, for free no less. I figure it should last me till the end of the year when like, 3 MMOs come out. Hopefully one of them will be good and addictive. It's been a while since i've had that New MMO addiction, and i miss it. I recently picked up some good old fashioned PnP RPG books that Drax0r rescued from the depths of his closet. Been reading over them again, off and on. Not sure i really want to start up a full on gaming group again, but ya never know. If nothing else, GH II comes out in like Nov, so that's something i'm really looking forward to. With me currently in the last set of expert on GH I, i'm pretty sure i'm just about done with that. It's fun and like most games i enjoy, i can't beat them. I mean, i _can_ beat it, it's just if i beat it and see those end credits then all the magic of said game is gone.

Going down to Austin this weekend to visit my parents, which should be fun. It's quite pretty down there, tho i'm sure it'll be just as hot as it is here. Going to do the whole birthday thing. People keep asking me what i want for my birthday and every year it's the same. I've honestly got no clue. Socks, Food, maybe some shiny new game? I'm not really one of those people that have alot of things they want, so shopping for me can't be easy. I never could understand birthdays anyway. I mean it's fun to spend a day (or a few hours) with someone on their birthday to let them know how much you care and such, but it's kinda strange to me. You're basically having a party to celebrate another year of their lives gone by. The candle gets a little shorter. The flame dims just a little bit. It's really kinda morbid if you ask me.






How Will You Die??


You scored as Natural Causes. Your death will be by natural causes, though not by any diseaese, because that is another option on this test. You will probably just silently pass away in the night from old age, and people you love won't realize until the next morning, when you are all purple and cold and icky. So be happy, you won't be murdered.

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Natural Causes

80%

Disappear

67%

Suicide

60%

Disease

53%

Stabbed

47%

Suffocated

47%

Drowning

33%

Cut Throat

33%

Gunshot

27%

Accident

27%

Posion

27%

Eaten

20%

Bomb

13%
Kare

The dream fairies seem to be on strike.

Just finished disc 3 of Deadwood season 2. I have to admit, while the higher vocabulary might hurt the average viewers, it's nice to actually watch a show that isn't aimed at those with just a 3rd grade education. So far, the season has been quite enjoyable and has a very heavy Sopranos feel to it. Multi-tiered plotlines, character development, and just a touch of violence keeps me hooked. It looks like it'll be alot of fun to watch and i'm optimistic about season 3, unlike the total crap that is the most recent Sopranos plotline.

After a massive headache, my CD for intro to solaris was finally ordered today and i'm really looking forward to getting to work on it. I've got the sun box set up (sans a power cord) in the computer room and hopefully by the weekend i should have the cd in my grubby little paws. Due to the delay caused by my bank being a pain in the ass, i looked at other options for sysadmin I as the june 19th date seemed rather soon, all things considered. Thankfully, there's another dallas one on july 10th, so that should work out quite well (giving me a month or so before sysadmin II starts). With the way things are progressing, i'll have a month to spend on each section of the training; which should give me just enough time to absorb all the information without having too much downtime.

I love scripts. FFXI has a 3rd party program that i'd never, ever use called the windower. This nifty little program was originally made so you could run FFXI in a window or even just alt-tab to the desktop and keep the game going (without it, the game just crashes). Over time various things have been added that honestly i haven't needed or found much use for. One thing that i've been messing around with is writing custom scripts that function like very extended macros. While i haven't gone as far as to use them while not at my computer, keeping a hands-free approach while skilling strings on brd or summoning magic for summoner is quite nice. It's far from perfect, but they get the job done. With an almost complete set party for smn about to start, this will be quite useful.

Been playing quite alot of Guitar Hero over the past few days. I have to admit, it's quite a fun game (even if the rest of the house has given up once we hit hard difficulty). Overall, the game's difficulty scales quite well and it can be actually hard (screw Bark at the Moon). I'm still slowly chipping away at it, and i can really see myself getting better, but i'm playing less and less at a time due to frustration (i'd love to be able to just work on very specific parts without having to redo the entire song from scratch, for example). It's also quite obvious that some songs are actually much, much hard to play on a real guitar, whereas the converse is also true. I'm wondering what advances will be made for the sequel.





My inner dragon color is Yellow. Click here to try the Quiz!

Your Inner Dragon is the most interesting of all. Yellows are the fourth rarest dragon of all (after Gold, Platinum and Chromatic dragons). They spend the vast majority of their time soaring high above the ground, often for no particular reason. They love to be in the air, and are thus typified as the Air Elemental dragon. Your Inner Dragon spends most of his/her time on the Plains or steppe highlands when not mingled with the air currents. All of the Elemental dragons are technically aligned "Chaotic Evil" but a Yellow is about as close as they come to being either Neutral or "Lawful Evil." So if you feel like a bit of a do-gooder sometimes, it's perfectly normal.

You like to spend time in silent, aerial meditation and would only really attack someone if provoked. Your favorable attributes are the sunrise, Spring, incense, clouds, and any kind of helpful air mass or current. When it's needed, your breath weapon is pure bolts of Lightning. How's that for a neat piece of carry-on luggage? See you amongst the clouds!
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