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First off, I should mention that I volunteer as a driver for RightRides, a group that provides free rides home to women, LGBTQ, and gender-queer individuals on Friday and Saturday nights. The goal is the elimination of gender-, orientation-, and sex-based violence. This Sunday, at the Mercer Street Babeland, there will be a performance of The Vagina Monologues benefiting both RightRides and the V-Day 2010 Spotlight on Women of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Monopoly!

Oct. 15th, 2009 01:27 pm
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Anyone else playing Monopoly City Streets? I'm "XODER83" on there, and I'd love to get a friend or two.
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A friend is building a game for XBox 360 Live Indie Games market that he's calling Zomband. It's a classic rogue-like adventure game (like angband, etc.) with Zombies. His development company is The Hip Gamer, and he's raising development funding at Kickstarter. It looks like it's going to be really interesting. If you think so too, toss some bucks his way. They're just days away from a tech demo!
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It is a ring made of a quarter. Specifically a 2001 New York State quarter. Erin got it for me as a birthday present, but I've been wearing it kinda as an engagement ring. I just want to get something straight: women wear such rings on their left ring finger, right? This is the same for wedding bands, right? Don't men wear the latter on their right? If so, then a man should wear an engagement ring on his right, no?

I've never worn a ring before, so it's been taking a little getting used to. Isn't there a point when you are no longer aware of it? I take it off while drying my hands to dry under it. I don't wear it to bed, TKD, or to shower. Are any of these strange?

Can you actually see any of the details of the ring in this photo? What about if you load the full-size image by clicking on it here and then clicking on it again when you get to the slightly bigger version?

Can you believe I'm asking so many questions?
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Below is a very happy sight. NJTransit turns off signal lights when there are no trains around. So it is very nice to see the lights come on at 1130, telling you that you're about to head home.

I just got my mom one of her birthday presents. I think I'll install it tonight so she won't have to deal with it. Also because I'm a cheapskate and got her an open box version. Gotta love Best Buy. I plan to get her some other things, and split it with one of my brothers. Sounds fun, right?

Being on 2nd shift has screwed up a lot of my normal routine. I'm down to 2-3 big meals a day, instead of 5-6 small ones, for instance. I also haven't been posting nearly as much. And I've been lazy at work because there's no support. Whatever, I'll be back on 1st shift next week, and all will be good.

I also picked up 'Foot Fist Way', which was hilarious in theatres and I can't wait to show to Howard and Pat. I think they'll get a kick out of it as the lead does everything wrong.
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Isn't it lovely? Found a few months ago in Penn Station.

Time to be a fanboy: Dorian Spencer is now in the final 2 on NYC Soundtracks! Vote for him on msg.com/soundtracks
Voting continues through 8p tonight. Do it!

And now back to our regularly scheduled program.

Yesterday was a slow day filled with chores. Which is a good thing, especially as one of those chores was laundry, something that needed to be done pretty badly. Erin went with a friend of hers to a museum in Jersey, as she was expecting me to be working. I was going to work on Saturday, but our test got stuck on Friday in such a way that we needed Software's help to fix it, and all the relevant people had gone home for the weekend. I'm not sure what my benchmate did that night, but I know it had nothing to do with that test.

2 days to my birthday, and I still haven't got any plans made. So very lazy. Or busy. Or tired. I think I'll be working 2nd shift next week. That'll be interesting, for the variety, at least.
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I've got some LED lights that I got at Ikea a few weeks ago. They provide nice, diffuse lighting at very low power in a variety of colors. They're really handy as a sort of night light, so Erin doesn't have to turn on the harsh overhead light to come to bed.

Due to a miscommunication on my part, I didn't get to see The Dark Knight last night after class. It's for the best, I think, as I got to bed at least 2 hours before I would have gotten home, had I seen it.

My class is really cool and relevant to my interests. The Chief Security Officer of AT&T is the professor. He recommends reading Feynman and 2600, but there is no required text, which is great, because I already read those.

I've been catching a little of the convention, and I think it is too slick and too mastubatory. But I'm glad Obama will be getting the nom and that Hillary is no longer trying to split the party.

Time to go to work. Tell me a happy story to read on my lunch break, please.
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Tentacles?

Aug. 26th, 2008 07:00 am
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Erin saw these at Ikea and said they reminded her of some tentacle monster. I don't remember which one.

I'm going to Stevens tonight for my first day of class actually on campus. Class starts at 615, so I'll have a bit of time to kill. Maybe I'll get my ID.

After that I'll be going to see The Dark Knight in IMAX w/ Howard and Pat. Luckily, the show starts at ten, so going to class will not impede my seeing the movie. It will, however, likely impede my sleep.

I mentioned yesterday that I'll be going to work early for the next few weeks thanks to The Customer being around to observe the test. This is a problem, as I am continuing my likely self-destructive late nights. Maybe I should restart the sleepy alarm and set it even earlier.
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Approved for Zipcar! Will have the card in 3-7 days.
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One more cool thing about today: my license turns 1 year old, so I'm going to apply for ZipCar!
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Erin and I went to Paragon last week, and I noticed this near an internal phone. The list of languages was very long, running from sign to Urdu. I thought that was pretty cool.

I am really tired this morning. That's what I get for staying in Brooklyn until 11. And I ache, which is what I get for going to the headmaster's class. And there's a good chance I'll miss my NJ Transit train, which is what I get for being 5 minutes late leaving the house, and betting wrong on subways. But now I'm on a 1 train that might make it to Penn on time. Of course, by the time I post this, I will know whether I made my train or not.

In other news, I need a haircut. My hair is over my ears and a distraction when I exercise and it's too warm. I hope to take care of it Saturday before practice.

Made my train! Still want to sleep.
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Found in the 23rd St. 8th Ave. station, northbound platform, around 24th St. I hope you can read the text, as it was pretty interesting.

Lately, thanks in part to the end of my school year & Erin's graduation, we've had a little more time to do things. This week we went to a knife skills class & saw 'Foot Fist Way'.

The class was very interesting, and I feel I learned a lot. Like how to cut an onion properly, reducing (but not eliminating) the amount of irritation. And how to cut a bagel without killing yourself. (Show of hands: how many of you thought of BDSM when I said 'Knife Skills'? And how many thought of martial arts?)

The movie was pretty good. I was worried I wouldn't like it as it's one of those awkward comedies that generally make me want to run away in sympathy rather than laugh. But in the end, I thought it was funny and sweet. I was probably one of the only people in the audience that recognised the forms as authentic. This film deserves more audience. Give it :-)
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Taken of an Acela train in Penn Station. Aren't we all looking for a quiet car? Like last night, on the subway, I was between two guys w/ their music so loud I could hear it as clearly as they could.

Last night's commute had another key problem: I missed my train out of work. My options were to wait over an hour in the cold late night, or call someone who could give me the number of someone who could give me the number of a co-worker that lives only lives 2 minutes away from work. Of course, I'll get made fun of even more relentlessly than normal, but I think it will be worth it in terms of the extra sleep and the ability to play Wii Fit.

Now off to Erin's graduation!
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My youngest brother says that Nintendo games are heavier than non-Nintendo ones. I think I may have bought one of the heaviest ones ever.

Working second shift today. I really appreciate that I can run errands on days like this, the Nintendo World release of Wii Fit. Erin is really excited about playing it, and as she's graduating tomorrow, she'll have tons of time for it. (While she's not looking for a job, or learning stuff on her own, or doing housework, &c.)

I've been reading 'Sissy Nation' lately, and while it is a fun read, the author has yet to present a solution out of our American Sissyhood. On the other hand, I'm less than 25 pages into a 165 page book, so that may be a little premature. :-)

To that end, back to the book.
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So I'm getting a new nearly sub-notebook in a few days. It comes with Vista, which I'll be keeping on it, just in case Spore ever actually comes out, but the rest of the time, I'll be using Linux. The laptop will have WiFi and Bluetooth, and I've found that there are very few good graphical programs for managing either, and all only work in the major Desktop Environments (KDE and Gnome). So, even though I'm getting used to Gnome at work (thanks Fedora Core, in your RPM muck), I'm thinking of going the KDE route. And I'm thinking, therefore, of going with Kubuntu for no-configuration Debian-derivative joy. However, I am very open to whichever distro can make suspend-to-disk easy and work with most (preferably my) laptops. Any suggestions? I have experience with Slackware, Gentoo (most recently and most in-depth), and a little bit of Debian. Sabayon (and the fact that it's Gentoo-derived) interests me, but I'm concerned the stock Intel video card will not be up to the task. I suppose for that last bit I can try the live CD out.
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I went to Fairway to pick up some of my favorite Ginger Beer, and first, they had nearly none left (certainly none left in their legendary Cold Room), but my long arms were able to fetch me four delicious bottles. Prize (and salt, and peppers, and olives, and Silk®) in hand, I went to the register. A little old lady let me cut in line because I had so few things. The cashier starts to ring me up and stops at the soft drinks. She says something I cannot quite hear because I've got my iPod on (antisocial me, indeed). I take off the other earbud and ask her to repeat herself. "ID." I try to explain its a soft drink with less than 0.5% alcohol per volume, but she just looks at me like I'm either an idiot or trying to get around showing my ID. I display my papers (bitte) and swipe my credit card and continue on my way.
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Go. Go see it. Now. It's amazing. The audience is the icing on a delicious cake of snakes and plane.
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So, I feel good. It's excellent.

I accomplished all the goals I set for myself for today:
  • Get my "graduation present" money (money that has been sitting in a relatively low-yield savings account for me to pick up when I graduated). (It will be put in my much higher yield savings account, worry not.)
  • Go to Tae Kwon Do class. Always a pleasure, but today was especially good for some reason.
  • Accomplished my sekrit mizzion
  • Listened to tasty music
Thought I'd post this to bring the tone of my LJ up a touch. I rarely post when things are going right. This journal paints such a bleak picture of me and my life. Good thing that I remembered to post this.
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Damn your computers for being down in the morning so I couldn't find out
that you wouldn't have the game until like 4pm before wasting my lunchtime.

I will have that game, and I will soon!

But not till after work.
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