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Things! [Dec. 8th, 2011|10:30 am]
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I've been watching lots of things! I watched all of the recent Doctor Who (2005-onward) and Torchwood (Captain Jack is so dreamy. *_*). I took a break from Gundam after "Gundam SEED" and watched an anime called "The Law of Ueki" which was really quite enjoyable. Next it's back to Gundam, though, with "Gundam SEED Destiny". I'm actually nearing completion of Gundam. It makes me sad. Obviously next up is Macross/Robotech. :3

Work's going well. Our new building is nearing completion, which means I'll be spending a lot of time over there, soon. I have about 20 switches and 25 access points to install; should be interesting. I had my 5th anniversary of working here in mid-November. Here's to five more probably!

Game-wise I've been re-playing through Zelda: Link's Awakening on my 3DS, Corpse Party on PSP and Valkyria Chronicles on PS3. I played Army of Two: 40th Day with mrotakki, and that was much better than I expected.

In 12 days I turn 30, which terrifies me. I totally didn't keep up with my resolution to get in shape by my b'day, but I have been climbing again, so it's at least a step forward. I'm actually celebrating my birthday, which I don't normally do, because it's a momentous enough number and I wanted to invite all of the people, whether they can make it or not. So I did! We'll be playing laser tag at a not-Q-Zar, unfortunately, but then we'll be eating a ton of sushi.

It should be a fun way to start my 3rd decade.
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(no subject) [May. 3rd, 2011|01:57 pm]
So have you heard about Canvas yet? No? It's kind of neat! It is threads of images with image editing tools handily available and stickers with which to show your affection for drawings. It's poised to be somewhat like a work safe 4chan, which makes sense since it is in part founded by moot.

Anyway, I submitted my first picture and don't hate it:

It's in this thread. I also have invites, if anyone wants to join in.
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I fight for the users! [Dec. 18th, 2010|12:08 am]
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Tron Legacy was awesome. I saw it with somniferum and her boyfriend djtrinary. Here is a picture of us wearing 3D goggles. I look really dumb:

The movie was everything I wanted it to be and more. ps, get the soundtrack, it is also so very, very awesome.

Oh, here is a picture of a blue bear I won in the claw machine in the movie theater's antechamber. I gave it to Erik.

I'm going to Cleveland on Sunday returning Saturday; my 29th birthday is Monday. I think I want to be happier with myself and my body by the time I turn 30, so I need to get my ass in gear and work out and stuff, on my terms.

Gundam Wing was even better than I remember it being. G Gundam was "okay" for a Gundam, which means it was pretty good as an anime, but not so great for Gundam. Gundam X is next, after G Saviour and the Gundam Wing movie (which I've seen a few times before, but will likely be better in the context of the whole show). Not sure after that... probably Turn A Gundam or SEED.

I'm tired.
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Rest in Peace, Gail. [Oct. 29th, 2010|06:39 pm]
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This morning Gail -- my step-mom -- passed away, peacefully and in her sleep.

I'm okay and will be heading to Cleveland for the funeral. I didn't start crying or even feel it well up inside me -- I think I got all of that out of the way when my Dad told me that there was nothing left to do. Or maybe I'm just too exhausted from a low-sleep week. I don't know. I expect to cry at the funeral, though; that's what happened with Abi.

I'll miss Gail. I feel like there's this Hollywood-promoted view of step-parents that they are evil and mean. Both of my step parents -- David and Gail -- have been nothing but kind and good people in my life. They've both been a blessing, if you will.

I'm sad for my Dad. He's not a particularly emotional guy, but even now he's sad. Death, however, is a part of life and Gail had 5 1/2 years on top of the 2 years doctors initially gave her, so he is and we are thankful.

Rest in peace, Gail. We'll miss you.
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(no subject) [Oct. 18th, 2010|12:44 pm]
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My step-mom is dying.

She's had an on-again, off-again battle with cancer for about seven and a half years, at this point. Surgeons had a peek around inside while performing a separate procedure and saw that the cancer had spread to many other organs. The surgeon said: "I don't know how she's even made it this long."

It's sad, but something I've been prepared for for more than seven years. When the colon cancer was initially found, Gail was given two years to live. At first she beat back that cancer through chemo and other treatments. Her mandate was always that she didn't want any treatment that would make her lose her hair, and until they found a tumor in her brain a couple weeks back, she didn't. Gail's been the model of fitness and health since everything started going south and the doctors feel that's been one of the biggest boons for her. Earlier this year (or was it last?), they found cancer on her ovaries, so they removed the ovaries. Then cancer developed in the muscle lining where the incisions had been made. Initial treatments did no good, until they found the right doctor. Then the cancer brought backup and it's been a downward spiral ever since.

Another boon through all of this has been the relentless optimism of my dad. He's a pretty stoic guy in general, but he usually finds a way to hunker down and look for the next treatment. Or the next doctor. Or just the next small victory. There comes a time when the true gravity of a situation overcomes even the greatest disposition, and that happened this weekend. "We're not looking to fight anymore; we're just trying to get Gail comfortable so she can go home. This could go on for weeks or even months (though that doesn't seem likely)." In the 5% of a day that Gail is awake, her siblings are stopping by.

Ohio's a hard trip to do on short notice and my last memory of Gail is from Father's Day, when she seemed a little low energy but much like the Gail I always remember. I'm not sure if I'm going to be mad at myself for not saying goodbye in person, but I'm also not sure I want to take away that last memory. I'd like to speak to her on the phone if she gets to a point of being lucid again and I want to be there for the funeral.

It's scary, Death. But it's a part of Life. Gail's been a wonderful part of my life for I think twelve years now, and more than anything I'm glad that my dad found someone that he refers to as the second pea in his pod. I'm sad for him, even though he says he's okay. I hope he manages to be okay.

I expect to be in Cleveland on short notice in the near future. It's not a trip I look forward to in the least.
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Feelin' Hermity. [Oct. 1st, 2010|02:22 pm]
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I've been feeling pretty hermity lately. But then I go and, in a bout of narcissism, take a new picture of myself. My hair is pretty long these days (as you can see), but I generally keep it up in a ponytail to minimize the annoyance factor. At the end of the day, I usually re-do the ponytail right after I get home from work, but I always notice that big ol' curl or kink. My hair has always been as straight as hair can be, so it is a novel concept for me. That's probably the first picture of myself in a long time that I've not utterly detested. There were a number more in the sequence, but that's the one I like best. And oh em gee my hair is loooong. The shortest my hair has ever been was I think in 2000 before College. Or maybe 1999. I looked young and terrible, regardless. here is a picture from then with about the crappiest quality imaginable -- it was the early days of digital photography. I haven't decided what I'm going to do with my hair at this point. The length is, obviously, metal, but it takes that much longer to wash it and keep it out of my face, etc... Who knows.

Work's been busy lately. I'm doing more network stuff than I did before, which means I am finally putting that Certificate IV I earned in Australia to use. It's interesting and fun stuff! Definitely, it's new stuff, so there is a lot to learn and re-learn. I feel more a part of the team than I did before, in a weird way. Work's good.

I've been playing a lot of Mass Effect 2 as well as Halo 2. ME2 is very good, but there are a lot of things I miss from the first game. There will probably be spoilers, so I will cut. cut!Collapse )

I am finally further into Halo 2 than I have ever been. I have a history with Halo 2, you see. I bought it for original Xbox when I lived in Sydney, never expecting it to come out on PC. I barely played it, though I intended to. And then it came out on PC! But it's really buggy! You can't custom map the controls, which, when playing a KB/Mouse FPS game, is required for me. My keys are very weird and there's a lot of history as to why, but I'm sure I've talked about that before. Anyway, I've settled on using AutoHotKey to remap my keys while I play Halo 2. It works out pretty well, though occasionally the game will say "Press F to do something!" and I am all "but what key is F supposed to be??" (For the curious: "A" is my melee attack key.) The other problem with Halo 2 is its locking down of the saved games. I format my computer a lot, so I need to back up saved games a lot. Windows Vista (and I think even some games in XP) have a folder in the %userprofile% folder called "Saved Games", which is a perfectly logical and great place to store saved games. I wish all game companies would use it. Including Microsoft Game Studios. For Halo 2 Vista, they use the Saved Games\Halo2 folder to store the user profile, but not the actual saved game. The ACTUAL saved game is located in %userprofile%\appdata\local\microsoft\halo 2\Saved Games\S0000000 (possibly S0000001 or another number if you have more profiles associated with your Windows login account). It's a really dumb place to put a saved game. Being the case, I have lost massive progress in the game on a number of occasions.

Earlier this week I finally wrote a script which, upon double-clicking, will automatically copy the files for the currently logged in user to a specified location, thus backing up my saved game. It actually backs up all of the files associated with a saved game in the vain hope that I'll be able to restore /all/ settings in the future. It's untested, and I'm not keen on reformatting anytime soon. It will hopefully also prevent losing progress when my computer crashes, which my computer sometimes does. Halo 2 Vista does some sort of magic where it knows if you're trying to hack the saved game or something. All this means is that, if I've gone past one of its magic points and my game crashes, I have to start back at the magic point, even if I've saved the game later. Annoying, but at least progress is savable at all. I will finish this game, damnit. And then I will play Halo 3. And then ODST. And then Reach. I enjoy Halo, I just choose to play it in the least efficient conditions possible, it would seem.

Little progress in Dragon Quest IX or Mother 3, though I think I'm rounding 3rd and heading home on the latter.

I've been watching G Gundam, and it is far better than I expected, actually. I'm about halfway through. Next up: Gundam Wing. Yessssssss! I'm also almost done with Battlestar Galactica -- the newer one, of course. It's quite good as well.

I'm pleased with my computer in that it will be 3 years old in March and largely still capable of everything I want to do at the speeds I wish to do them. It crashes occasionally, but it's been a good computer. The itch to upgrade is strong, but my wallet refuses to allow it. And I can't just upgrade for a couple hundred bucks, of course -- I mean, I could, and it would be an upgrade, but I want more than that. As such, I'll be riding this machine out for a few more years, I think. Maybe a new video card is in my future, but largely, it will remain as-is.
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No Beard [Aug. 22nd, 2010|10:29 pm]
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No beard wins, because I just didn't like the way I looked with beard. Since goatee is the default state of the jrr-face, that is what I return to. I have to clean it up a bit, but there you have it: goatee.

I went to the Chromeo show in Denver on Friday. Chromeo was amazing. Both dudes exude cool and have a great energy about them. The music is amazing and catchy and I love every second of it.

Denver concert-goers, on the other hand, are fucking dicks. I know Denver is known to be a pot city, but if dozens of people in the audience are smoking up when all venues are supposed to be non-smoking and the security guard himself tells you "Sorry, there's nothing we can do about it. They'd do it anyway. Sorry." rather than at least ATTEMPTING to enforce it... ARGH. I was on the verge of hitting someone. I realize, though, that that would end up with me having an assault charge and the dude not getting in any trouble whatsoever despite possessing and smoking an illegal substance.

I'm not anti-pot -- if people want to smoke pot or do any other illegal drug, go for it. In your own home. Where you're not inflicting it onto other people. Like me. Who doesn't want to be around that shit or smell it or have it in my system in any minute quantity. It's not my thing; please don't force it on me. Unfortunately, concert-goers in Denver are inconsiderate assholes, and there's nothing anyone will do about it. It fucking sucks, because now I don't want to go to any concerts anymore. Usually the bands I go to see aren't too popular, so it's not a big deal. Apparently Chromeo is popular! At least, that is what the 1600-person-sold-out-venue says. So, new rule: If a band is popular, I don't see them in Denver, if I see them at all.

Fortunately, I am pretty sure Android Lust isn't so popular that I need to worry about this. Their show next month should be awesome, especially since it is at The Church. (The Church is a hundred-year-old Church-come-nightclub. It is the best goth-club venue ever.)

I finally picked up Mass Effect 2 today since I had a rad coupon. I look forward to it, though I've blown so much time on The Interwebs tonight that I probably don't have time to start it. I might anyway, though. I *needs* it.
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Important Question [Aug. 11th, 2010|05:08 pm]
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Important Question: Beard or no beard?

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Job Opening [May. 26th, 2010|01:14 pm]
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There is a graphic design position open where I work: It involves drawing, science, and drawing science.

The guy that's leaving was pretty good. He had a few covers of periodicals such as Science and Physics Today. A lot of his stuff is on his blog, here:

I know I know a lot of artists, though I feel like this sort of a job might be dull for many of them. The stress level can run high at times, but overall it's a pretty awesome place to work. We have 3 Physics Nobel Laureates. I get to fix your computers!

If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass it on.
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Changes [May. 19th, 2010|05:54 pm]
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Some things have changed/happened in the last two months!

I had a moustache for a day: Cinco de Moustache! I... pretty much look like a child molester, so I shaved the molestache off as soon as I got home from work.

I switched from T-Mobile to Verizon and got a Palm Pre Plus. It was $50 and I get 20% discounts for my place of work. It doesn't change my overall phone bill, which means 3G + WiFi Hotspot + new sexy phone? Totally worth it. I am loving my new phone even more than I thought I would. I would have gotten a Droid for the same price but I'd've had to order online and then call in to get the discounts applied and I didn't want to deal with that. My phone number remains the same (if you don't have it and want it, just ask! You can have it!), and I still don't answer my phone from 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. because I prefer being able to sleep. I really really really like WebOS, the Palm OS powering my phone. It's elegant and yet still very tweakable. I don't have to have the Stockholm Syndrome of being a Windows Mobile user anymore... it's lovely. I only wish I could program so I could help fill some of the gaps in its app store.

I went climbing for the first time in I think two years. It was really good, except for losing my Katy's Hand Jam after using it for the first time in the same amount of time. That stuff is a-mazing and I even enjoy the smell. It feels good on the hands after a day of climbing. In fact, I will order some more right now. Order'd. I am sore, but climbing felt good and gave me a workout, which I need be given much more often.

I preordered StarCraft 2 so that I could play in the beta. I love the look, feel, and sound of the game. The actual strategy, though? I really, really suck at StarCraft 2! I guess I never played a lot of PvP in StarCraft 1, but it's all that's available in SC2 and it really feels like it's been supremely tweaked for the tournament-level players. Those of us what like a nice casual game are totally fucked. The game is fun, but I've resigned myself to playing the single player, then putting it back in the box and putting it on a shelf and looking at it. That's not entirely true, of course, since I'll play PvE with my friends as well as UMS games, but PvP is something I just can't dedicate enough time to for it to be fun, even with my friends. It's easy for me to accept other people being better at games than me, but there's only so much pounding my head against a wall I can do in the limited free time I have at the moment. So: No PvP StarCraft 2. If you need me, I'll be playing vs. 'Very Easy' computers. Also, my name is "jrr.onimo", if anyone else has it and wants to chat or kill Very Easy computers with me.

I won an award at work! There's a huge block of text that ends with "It is also worth mentioning that although most of us have found computers frustrating at one time or another, J.R. not only attends to our computing problems with uncanny promptness, but he also empowers us with knowledge to avoid many future issues in a positive and encouraging manner." It also came with a $200 cheque. I... feel really good about this. I usually freak myself out, worrying about whether I'm doing my job well enough or what people think about how I do my job, but this pretty much erased all fear, uncertainty and doubt for at LEAST a week.

I used my $200 bonus on things that I have wanted to buy but have felt a little guilty about buying because, well, I don't need it yet and I have something else that does the task and it's kind of a lot of money... -- you know, those sorts of things. I got a Logitech K340 keyboard, a Logitech M705 mouse, and all of Battlestar Galactica on Blu-ray. With cylon action figure. Sure those blow my bonus budget by about $50, but it is a treat. I'd like to point out a few awesome things about that mouse and keyboard: They are both in Logitech's Unifying set of devices, which means both devices use the same receiver. The keyboard is also a little smaller than your normal keyboard. Both devices are also rated for 3 years of battery life. I cannot stress to you how much I despise changing batteries in devices -- having to have batteries around; having to throw them out (I am ecologically conscious!), having to even think about it. But 3 years of battery life? FUCKING SOLD. Even if it's only 2 years, that's still a long damn time before I have to change batteries, and I'm okay with that. These things are also important because they are replacing my old IR keyboard/mouse... thing... for my media center computer. Now it's possible for me to play a few games on the TV in addition to watch Hulu. It's one of those minor 'experience' upgrades that was going to cost me $100 and I couldn't just bring myself to pull the trigger... so hooray for work bonus. It's the only 'extra' money I'll get here anytime soon.

Speaking of work! They've started building our building expansion. You can watch it go up! There will be time-lapse videos sometime in 2012 when it's complete. I picked out, set up and mounted that camera, by the way. My duties are... varied. Our new building will support all sorts of new SCIENCE!!, which is my favorite thing to support. Hooray, SCIENCE!!

My Xbox 360 started to eat it. It's not Red Ringed, but it is graphically challenged. If it would Red Ring, at least it'd be covered under warranty, but no such luck. 360 repairs through MSFT are $99, across the board, so I sent mine in. I actually found out moments ago that it is repaired and returning to me. I'm pleased by this. I nearly sent my cat instead, but then I realized I'd infinitely rather have a repaired 360 than a missing cat.

That's probably enough wall of text for now. I know, I know: tl;dr. Like always.
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