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Friday, January 8th, 2010
1:51 pm
Legal success, for once
I just won a law suit, that I filed and presented entirely without legal counsel. Go me.

It was from my prior boss rear ending my vehicle, resulting in my having to leave that job. More importantly, resulting in my having to pay for broken brake lines. She lied about the details, geiko denied the claim, so I found out how to file civil action with the local magistrate and did it. I asked for the brake damage and the bumper damage, expecting to get at least the brake in settlement. They awarded me the bumper damage, which is higher. Now they'll probably appeal, which is insanity. It will cost Geiko several times the amount I'm awarded to pay their lawyer rather than just do the honest thing and pay for the damage I'm owed. But I expect to hold up under the appeal too. It'll still be months before I'm repaid, but I'm still stoked for getting it done all my myself.

So anyway, booya, I ams lawyersy foo. Phear.
Sunday, November 8th, 2009
1:38 am
Stargate Universe
Dear Gods, its actually good. It appears they have a budget, and either a lot of the talent behind Galactica, or inspired by it. Good dramatic pacing, characters you can care about, and heron61 will be pleased to see they get their scout badge for diversity and lack of blatantly offensive stereotypes. Its like Galactica had a lovechild with Voyager and let the better parts of Stargate raise it. I just got caught up, though I still need to catch the very first episode. Off to hulu or whatever to find it.
Sunday, October 25th, 2009
1:17 pm
Bit of cyberpunky fiction
Well, that was unexpected. I had one of those dreams last night, the kind that makes for a story. I actually made the effort at writing it down and developing it some. More like the opening chapter of a novel I'll never write than a short story, but quite the exercise. I haven't attempted anything like that in a long time. I'm pretty pleased with the outcome, and just how much detail started pouring out once I started. I might have to tinker more with this again. Its an interesting start on something.

Its hard finding work in 2030 that doesn’t involve shooting people...Collapse )
Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
11:16 am
I think I might finally be starting to get it. I've been grinding away at the igowin software, which is a 9x9 board with varying handicaps that progress as you do. I've been stuck at about 17 Kyu for weeks and finally started to get some of the spacial tactics. Giving ground being a bit of a breakthrough for me, as I was playing to respond to every move with another attack previously. This drops me to about a 14 Kyu against the computer in just a few matches. Its finally starting to make some sense and I'm progressing again. I figure once I get to about a 10 I might be able to play a human at about a 40 and not embarrass myself too much :)
Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
2:46 pm
I am in America, eating a Lemongrass Mint
which was purchased in Beijing
imported through South Africa
manufactured in Switzerland
with ingredients from Asia

It hits 4 continents before reaching my belly.
Oh, and its named for a city in South America.

Crazy, ain't it?
Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
8:13 pm

Latest blood tests back. My A1C is back down to 5.5, which is pretty much normal. It was up to 9ish in previous reads. Its amazing the difference working out about twice a week makes in my sugar response. I'm sure all that mountain climbing I did in China didn't hurt either, mind you. But this is after only less than 3 months of getting back into training.

It seems that Karma demands that I become a kung fu master. Or something. My health suffers if I don't. That's about typical for Karma's tactics on getting me to do things. Why couldn't I just be crazy and get visions? That'd work just as well, really. Well, then again, no it probably wouldn't, so its just as well.
Saturday, August 29th, 2009
7:33 pm
Brain test
Interesting brain test to see how well you can guess ratios. They flash dots on the screen, yellow and blue, for .2 sec. You guess which color had more dots.

You had a score of 89% correct on this test. Based on the results we have so far, the average person who takes this test scores 75% correct.

Your percentile score on this test was 99, meaning you scored higher than 99% of people who took
this test

Sweet. Still has smrts.
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
6:31 am
Improvement. Only up at 6am today. Still kinda liking the early morning. Just not the part where I fall down into a coma at 3pm to catch up. Dream stories were really good tonight though.

Alternate world where Superman was a real dick. Like SMBC was drawing him. There was this alien race destroying the planet with a giant mining laser, but superman was too busy being a dick somewhere else on the planet to notice until it had done a bunch of damage already. He does intervene and stop it, but has to sacrifice himself to do so. Setting is now post apocalypse Victorian styled steampunk fantasy with most of the world destroyed or under ice. Seems superman dieing brought magic back into the world or some such. There are cool costumes.

I'm making a D&D character, and telling his story. He starts off with 1 level of fighter and then intends to go to magic school. First, there are a number of quests one can take to raise one's stats. One for each stat. Example I read was eating a fish in a particular ritual to gain a +1 int. Only 1 +1 can be gained for each stat. But there is an alternate quest for each that gives a +3. For fish, its make an empathic connection with a magical fish. If you do the +1 you can't get the +3. The fish I caught was a bunny, and it was very cute. Nevertheless, on a random roll, character is killed by baddies that he gets in the way of that wipe out his family or some such. A necromancer is fortunate enough to find him and raises him from the dead, making him his apprentice. "Your life is now mine" and he's inclined go agree, honor bound. I think the necromancer is fulfilling one of the darker versions of the +3 options by binding him in this way, but I'm not sure which. I never detail the whole chart. So he gets to learn his mage levels, at the study of a dark mage seeking lichdom, while the apprentice himself is good of heart but bound. Something goes wrong and master's lichdom fails, trapping his soul in a soul jar or some such, releasing apprentice, who can now start the game.

After that, there's not much getting back to sleep. Not when I'm writing alternate D&D stat mod ritual rules in my head.
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
8:38 am
China pics are up. See Facebook.

7:19 am
Early Morning Realizations
Jetlag sucks. I've been waking up at 4am every day for the last 2 weeks. Coming home didn't help any. So now I will talk about pants.

I don't have much in the way of body modesty. I really don't care if people see my bits, it really doesn't matter. I;m not in the least embarrassed by them. However, I also realize that people may not want to see my bits, and they may cause embarrassment and horror to those unfortunate enough to view them among polite society. And so, I wear pants. Not for me, but for the ones I love. Excepting for the ones I love very much, for whom I take them off whenever possible.
Tuesday, August 4th, 2009
7:03 pm
Home again
I am pleased to report that both China has released me to return and America has accepted me through customs. I owe far too many companies money for them to not let me back in ;)

The trip was awesomely good. I started a journal of it which I didn't finish. Bits of that posting and pictures to follow when I get the time.

In short: I climbed mountains, the great wall, learned new Kung Fu, bought a bunch of crap, hit some clubs in Beijing, and walked up a whole lot of stairs. There was also some things that tasted like chicken which I am fairly certain were not chicken. Same for some of the pork. We decided it was best to not ask.

I'm still terribly jetlagged, will recover in the next day or so. More later.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
3:40 pm
I am officially done with inkjet printers. The last lexmark I bought, mind you from a going out of biz sale so it was only $40, cost me $55 to replace the ink. On a cost basis analysis, I'm spending between $.50 and $1.00 per page to print, as they don't last all that long.

Today's adventure in pricing began when my Brother fax machine refused to print a fax it received because it thought the yellow ink cartridge was empty (its not, its full. I've never printed color on it). When I first set it up, it insisted I install color ink even though I was printing B/W faxes, and now it continues to refuse to print B/W without color ink, which it in fact has. So I start to price.

I have concluded that laser is in fact the way to go. With about a $200 investment, you can get up to 3000 pages. That's $.07/page. Comparing with various standalone faxes and printers, the best I could do was about $.30/page. Laser for the win. Except it cost an extra $150 for any model to also FAX. Fail.

So I ended up with a $30 FAX machine that takes toner ribbon. Yes, that's good old fashion toner ribbon. $30. That's $.18/page for the rare time I ever receive faxes, less as replacement toner comes in 2 packs so it drops to somewhere around $.10 over time. And its half the size of the old one. Win.

At this point I wait until the ink runs out on my 3in1 printer and when it goes, just chuck it for a B/W laser printer. The inkjet can sit under my desk for the rare day that I want to print out a pretty color picture. That's all the damn things are good for.
3:12 pm
If you are not following what is going on in Iran right now, you should be.

Start here:

Thursday, June 11th, 2009
9:38 pm
Kung Fu
Passed my yellowbelt test tonight. Woot! Current sifu believes in making the tests a real test of physical ability so even though I'm coming into this as a former blackbelt, he knows that and is making sure I'm still feeling pushed. So that is the good.

Better, I'm going to China!

The school is doing a China trip at the end of July. The usual tourist spots, and a good bit of time at the Shaolin temple training with the monks. So I get to be beat with sticks for having a lazy horse stance a lot. Which means lots of training for me in the mean time to clean that shit up. All courtesy my dad, who decided that since he really hasn't done much for me and just got a nice inheritance from his mom is passing along the goodness. I am not one to complain. I am also not one to pass up a chance like that. So, thanks dad :)

So now I've got to step up the training. I've got only a month to tighten up so I can take best advantage of the monk time. Nothing like a little motivation to get me off my ass and eating better.

Guess I'll install that Mandarin module for Rosetta Stone, too. I hear such good things about the software, now I actually have a reason to use it.
9:32 pm
Just in case I've managed to slight anyone or what not, my general policy on adding LJ friends is that I have to be able to figure out who the hell you are. I do the same thing on Facebook, but that's a lot easier since people use names and pictures. With LJ its too often handles and graphics so I end up trolling through their journals looking for clues and references. Not often successful with that. So if I've been ignoring anyone I shouldn't, poke me to fix it cause now you know why.
10:40 am

Sunday, June 7th, 2009
9:17 pm
Mr. President! Get Down!
I have survived another WTT. I've been beaten, brused, burned, bitten, cut, and poisoned, and had the time of my life. Rockin.

Also learned new vocabulary: Crunt. Definition: not sure where it is, but you don't want to be punched there.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
5:26 pm
So how to explain it. Everything went wrong. We worked our asses off for days. And everything came off so right. We all had a tremendously good time. I think in part for being so involved in the production. Met some very cool folks, drummed, danced, burned some shit. And left with the impression of it having been an excellent party. I'm still kind of buzzed from it, actually.

I'll post some pics of the installation later on when I get them off the laptop.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
10:38 am
In other news, I'm back in training again. My dad offered to pick up the tab on classes at the school he's been going to, so I couldn't let that by. Shaolin Kempo this time, which is like kung fu mixed with a healthy dose of karate. Hard style blocks and strikes, which I'm really digging as I did a LOT of soft style before, and chin-na (which he just calls ju-jitsu for familiarity) joint lock techniques, which was also something I studied quite a bit before. It seems the course is basic kempo and ju-jitsu techniques and short katas, moving in to shaolin 5 animal style kung fu. We did Dragon Blocking this week, which involved grabs snaking around the opponent with open claw hands. Very cool, and delightfully different than Eagle Claw which does a lot of the same but in a more linear way. I always wanted to do more with the traditional animal forms, now it looks like I will get the chance. In 3 classes, I think I've gotten all the white belt material. I might be 7 years out of shape, but a previous black belt does help speed up the basics :)

I feel great for the exercise, too. I've so needed this. Mmmm... Yang... Really increases my energy. Really causes me to wake up at 3:45am and not be able to get back to sleep until 7 too, which I'll need to find some workaround for. That's annoying.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
5:41 pm
wickerman dead mans party
So we're leaving for Wicker Man this thursday. This has turned out to be a much bigger outing than first intended last year when we said "hey, we should get the clan out for a party space pittsburgh style next year". Scortch made this huge dreamcatcher thing that will be flying over north crook, and hanging from it will be a sort of astec calander in painted cardboard skulls, astec zodiac animals, bats, skeletons etc, pioneered by ryan and lisa. Who'd have thought, the past few weekends my attic has been full of people painting under blacklights like the happiest of kindergardeners. We're one of two groups running sound, too. I'll be spinning some of my funky dubstep and other goodies, ron has a crapton of material as usual, ryan has a set or two and ben will have a lot if he's able to make it up (anyone leaving friday eve, give him/me a call).

So yea. Dead Man's Party in force. Boingo service friday night at midnight. I just need to check the costume store for blacklight white facepaint for the skull faces. This is going to be all sorts of awesome.
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