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|Friday, March 11th, 2011|
As of mid May I ship to join the United States Army and seek training to become an Officer.
Hooah! Current Mood: proud
|Monday, July 20th, 2009|
|House and Puppy
As of today I officially own a house. The closing was at 10 AM EST this morning. The process took several months due to some outstanding legal complications with the property and the resulting paperwork shuffle. Thankfully all I had to do was wait until the bid was approved and then sign the closing papers.
Also, I have a new shepherd mix puppy that I rescued from the local humane society. My older dog and the puppy will come live with me at the new house once we complete some upgrades to the house.
|Monday, January 12th, 2009|
|Oops, I Forgot Pictures Again
Alas, maybe I'll remember to fiddle with them when I'm at home. A lot of stuff going on lately.
Looks like my parents may move out of the current house in favor of a different one in another part of town, and instead of selling this one they'll rent it out to myself, my brother, and a couple friends for a very reasonable rate. That concern has taken up much of my attention when I haven't been muttering under my breath about a throat infection (possibly, anyways).
So, in a way, I won't be living at home any more but I won't have to adjust terribly much either. Win-win for me and a sweet deal for all involved. I am especially pleased with the arrangement as I love the house and it would hurt to see it go to someone else right now. Plus, with the housing market being crap it allows us to hang onto the building until later and everyone involved will be in a much better position down the road to profit.
Its a bit sad to see Cat leaving for parts far and unknown, but I can't complain. When we first met I was seven hundred and fifty miles from home, so who am I to complain? I had my shot at freedom, but she has not. Not like I have any say in the matter, but after being away from home its nice to consolidate myself in one location. My biggest regret is that I cannot corral everyone else in the same place. :P I hope she gets the job and a chance at something different, but more importantly I hope she finds what she is looking for as soon as possible. For myself, I was stuck in many ways pursing a degree away from home, and I gave up a lot to gain that distance. I now have my paper verifying I can take a test sufficiently well and sponge knowledge. Woo, I guess. But at what cost? I could have stayed closer to home and gotten a similar piece of paper without losing so much. I guess, really, what I gained is intangible experiences that I never could have known here, but many of them were negative. Maybe I fear that for her, it will be the same way. I hope not. Likely it is just a selfish desire not to lose another friend to mileage.
Work goes well as it always does. Trying to stay ahead of the curve and keep work from piling up. Am good at that, so not a problem. Still, can't help but feel there is something more important I should be doing than bouncing between a computer here and a computer at home. Current Mood: contemplative
|Wednesday, January 7th, 2009|
Still haven't uploaded the pictures from the cruise yet, and now have pictures from my trip to the convention to post as well. I suppose they'll just keep backing up until I get around to it.
Its my brother's birthday tomorrow so we're going to dinner tonight. Doesn't leave much time to do posting or uploading until late tonight, if then.
The one thing I wanted to mention was that after driving past the University today I felt compelled to go back to school primarily for the reason that my network was far superior when I was in college and I rather miss having that. Also, I don't really get out terribly much and it would probably be a good opportunity to get out and try new things again. Further, its probably the best possibility to meet new people.
Hmm, thoughts are a bit more scattered than I thought. Ah well, I'll write again later.
|Thursday, December 25th, 2008|
|Saturday, December 20th, 2008|
|Back on dry land
Fortunately my brother brought his laptop with him on the cruise so I have the opportunity to use it wirelessly while he's napping. I would bring one myself but I have none that are suitable for travel. Hopefully work will get me one that is both portable and powerful. I don't necessarily need long battery life if I can get the other two criteria. Rarely use any computer off AC power.
I'm currently sitting at a La Quinta hotel in Ft. Lauderdale watching Shrek on TV (See Cat? Layers!) and freezing from the air conditioning (brother needs the air cold for his lungs) behind me, but enjoying the stable landmass a few floors beneath my feet. The cruise to the Caribbean was great and I enjoyed SCUBA diving for the first time. One step done on my certification for Deep Sea Diving, or DSD.
All in all I came out +$160 after I paid Dad back the $50 I borrowed and lost the first night, and not counting the $40 I used and kept to win the second night I played. I gave the chips to Dad to count against a Leica V-LUX 1 I bought on the trip, so plus the rebate, I'm only paying about $400 for what would be close to a thousand dollar camera after tax. Hooray for duty-free.
Off to dinner now, but I'll post more tonight or when I return to Tennessee.
|Friday, December 12th, 2008|
|Totally called it
Compared to all the important things I could post, I will instead pat myself on the back.
Those who care about such things will have heard by now that BioWare is producing a new Star Wars themed MMORPG called Star Wars: The Old Republic.
When they announced that they were developing a new MMO, they refused to say about what. When they said they were involved in creating a new Star Wars game, they also refused to say how. I (and likely everyone else) predicted that the two projects were one and the same.
I hope it is as good as the expectation for a BioWare game predicts it to be. Also looking forward to Dragon Age.
Unrelated, I am going on a cruise next week. Huzzah! Current Mood: happy
|Wednesday, November 5th, 2008|
|Time to start hiding the money
So for all those people who still believe in hard work and rewards instead of handouts and welfare start hiding that money wherever you can. I know I'll be keeping an eye on the financial market and not one day after the election I have been hearing advice on how to move jobs and capital overseas to get it out of the reach of new taxes and union intimidation.
Hooboy! If distraught states thought their jobless ratings were high now just wait until their employers start cutting back jobs to compensate for the tax hikes.
Hell will freeze over before I start paying for some slacker to sit on his or her ass and be lazy.
I feel especially bad for my girlfriend who has worked since she was twelve and saved many thousands of dollars in order to make a down payment on a house in the future. She will graduate in spring 2010 into an economy that, in all likelihood, will punish the successful. I can only hope she takes an extra two years to get a masters and stand a good chance of emerging into the 2012 market with a president who values hard work and independence.
I am not looking forward to the next four years. Then again, the president-elect has to actually live that long first. >.> And further, if he messes up and things get worse, it will be a long shot in hell before another minority holds the position. Anyone familiar with market cycles knows that NO president can change an economy single-handed within four years. Hiking taxes only slows the speed of the market which is a BAD thing when what we really need is a spending bonanza and more investor confidence. Capital gains taxes will just beat up a dead horse at this point.
Hope you've all got a back-up job lined up shoveling dirt or something. This will get worse before it gets better.
|Thursday, October 16th, 2008|
Late night nostalgia prodded me to come along and say Hello.
Alive and doing fine.
~ Ghosts appear and fade away ~
|Sunday, May 25th, 2008|
|Finally at home and starting up new endeavors
So I got a lot more A's in my last semester than I expected. Honestly I'm shocked. My last semester may actually be my best. Go figure. Three A's, one B, and one likely to be an eight credit A. Bitchin'!
I have a new car now. I love the Cavalier, and it has served me well, but I have something of a dream car now. It's a black 2005 BMW 525 with more buttons than I know what to do with. I'm going to spend a little extra money and put in some features that I know I want to add, but it drives better than any other car I've ever had.
So apparently my grandparents set aside some money for the grandkids many years ago for when we graduate college. Now that I'm done with my Bachelors, I suppose I get mine. I didn't want to find out how much it was just yet. I thought with a gift that nice I wanted to open it when they were present in person, so I'm going to drive to go see them and open it there. If you want to do the math, figure out a likely number with a principle of $1,500 compounded over 23 years. Not bad, eh?
Justin and I are still looking to open that gaming store. We have a solid concept and financial backing. We need to find a good location now in order to make more concrete plans. Justin is buying a condo in the region. I'm thinking about finding a nice, animal friendly house somewhere nearby. I'll look when I'm out and about along with scouring the internet.
Now that the computer is set up at home I can resume work on my game server. We attempted to test it and immediately uncovered bugs. Too sleepy to fix them right now, but I kept the logs to look at the code tomorrow.
Looks like I have enough to keep me busy for now. Current Mood: chipper
|Tuesday, May 20th, 2008|
Finished my last final. Nothing left to do. If all goes well I graduate Friday. Woot! Current Mood: excited
|Tuesday, May 6th, 2008|
|Near the End
Finished my senior thesis presentation on data structures and my demo server. Only thing left there is to turn in the paper write-up by the end of the semester.
One project, one paper, and three finals to go and I'll be finished. Tick tock!
|Friday, April 11th, 2008|
Finishing up a semester is quite busy. But that's what I'm up to. So there. :P
|Monday, March 24th, 2008|
Fun times at Anime Boston 2008. I'm quite tired now, so I shall post more fun details later. I did more things on my Spring Break than I've done any school week this year or last. Insane!
Time for to be sleeping now. *crash*
|Thursday, March 20th, 2008|
|Back in New York Again..
..but only for hours more to go before I'm off to Anime Boston in, well, Boston, Massachusetts. I'm rather happy about going but I really, truly wish I didn't have a project that I feel must be done by the time I depart tomorrow morning. I know that the due date is one minute before midnight tomorrow but I don't think I'll have any internet access or capability to continue the project then. It's just not going to happen at such a bustling convention among the many friends who are making the trip to attend.
Just a week earlier Cat mentioned that once her Spring Break was over she felt like she hadn't had a break at all. I feel like that now and my break isn't even over yet! I'm not going to have the money to really enjoy the convention and I'll be relying heavily on Justin just to attend in the fashion that we normally do. I must have made a mistake at the airport parking my car because the price to get it out of the lot was STEEP and really felt like a knife to the gut. Dad was nice enough to put a bit more money in my account but I fear that I just won't have enough regardless. I'm counting up the pennies and trying to plan it out as best I can. I know I won't be coming back with any swag from the dealer's room. That is for sure.
I only have myself to blame for not getting the project done sooner. I did have a good time with friends during those intervals where I said I was going to work on it, so I don't regret visiting old friends at home and work, but I do wish I simply had more time to fit everyone.
During this Spring Break I will spend a non-trivial amount of time in four States and pass through several on the way. I'm burnt and will be tossed into a sea of pixie stix/pocky infused maniacs running around glomping the unwary. I'm so toast.
Decided to take the ferry tomorrow morning. Was going to drive around the island and back up through CT but it is faster this way and I can sleep on the ferry. A touch more expensive but I'm splitting travel cost with one of the fencing team members headed to the same convention so gas and tolls will be less lethal to my budget.
I want to write about the great time that I had visiting the awesome people I had the pleasure of meeting in Kentucky but my brain and my mood prevent me from gushing the praises appropriate to describe the events. Suffice to say that spending time with Cat, her close friend, her spiritual family, and a menagerie of dogs, cats, and exotics was an experience I only wish I could have again soon.
From the moment I got hit with the lot fee at LGA things started to look bad. Traffic on the LIE made it worse. Simply being in New York crushed my spirit. I hate
being in New York right now for no particular reason other than it is
I will try harder, Cat. I should have saved some of the book to read instead of melting down. Help? -- Ah, time for that run. See you at the tree.
|Thursday, March 13th, 2008|
Nearly time to leave and catch my plane flight. Heading out early to make sure I don't get stuck in traffic horribly and miss the flight. I will likely get stuck in traffic all the same, but the extra hour and a half ought to be sufficient to save me.
I hope that I will have interesting and varied stories to tell once I return but we shall see. For now I just need to make it home. Next weekend is Anime Boston so I'll be quite busy for the next week and a half. Hooray!
I have a project due that was extended from this Friday to next. Given how busy I'll be I need to get it done this weekend. Not too bad though. At least I can do it from home on my laptop.
I hope to get a few things done of a business nature. I'd like to scope out the potential competition in Knoxville for my potential store and meet the owners and staff. Hopefully a peaceful and cooperative situation will arise for mutual benefit and everyone will be happy. I also want to scope around for a guitar to start playing. I have an interest in learning to play at least one instrument and have for years now. Finally decided to give it ago. Plenty of my relatives can play so I have access to people who know how.
I return next Thursday to pick up my car for the drive to Boston. I'll leave for AB Friday and come back Sunday. Good times! Current Mood: excited
|Sunday, March 9th, 2008|
|Closer Now to the Break of Spring
So only one week left to go until Spring Break for me. My brother's was this week and a few friends that go to other universities have next week off. Mine is the following. I don't have Friday classes so I'll be flying home on Thursday. The last weekend of Spring Break I'll be headed back up to Boston for Anime Boston with friends so it's really Thursday to Thursday for me.
I'll be visiting Cat in Kentucky in the middle of the week round abouts Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday night which should be fun. There are several people there whom I have not had the opportunity to meet yet as well as my good friend.
Other than that I'm just focusing on getting stuff done before next Friday (though I'll be home Thursday night I have a project due Friday night at 11:59 PM). Running fencing practice again tonight and then it's back to working on projects.
|Tuesday, March 4th, 2008|
|Nearing Spring Break
Things to do soon: Finish midterms and projects due before or immediately after spring break.
Things to do after that: FLY HOME! Woo hoo!
So I decided for lack of a more dynamic opportunity to fly home and spend a week with the dogs and my friends back in the South. I'm rather glad that I did because I miss being home and I can get a few things accomplished while I am there. First and foremost I'm going to relax like most people do when given a free week. Other than that I'm going to try to visit as much as possible. I haven't seen my coworkers since January (where I work over the summers) and I want to see my friends that I only get to see when I'm not at school. Hopefully I'll get a chance to visit nearby friends I haven't seen in some time *nudge Cat* and I will assuredly go to Knoxville to scope out potential locations for the small business that is in the works.
One midterm down today. Computational Theory. Glad I studied! One more tomorrow and then some crazy stuff for Thursday and next week. But it's doable. I must avoid slacking for at least a week and a half longer. Then, it is slacktastic! Current Mood: accomplished
|Wednesday, February 20th, 2008|
I'm trying to be the friend that I'm needed to be rather than.. well.. I don't know what. I want to do more. To do everything. But isn't that always the case with me? I'll bend over backwards and run in circles to make people happy when I've a mind to do so. But sometimes that enthusiasm is too much. Patience! Patience! Time changes all things. Just wait and see, self, just wait and see.( Lia - Tori no Uta (Song of the Bird)Collapse ) Current Mood: thoughtful
|Saturday, February 16th, 2008|
So not all is really as bad as I might have thought when I wrote my last entry. Yay for friends! Justin was my strongest supporter when I had a rough weekend and kept in touch to make sure I was doing well, but after that I had my enthusiastic roommate to provide me with gaming amusement and a strong sense of camaraderie.
Getting through the week was surprisingly easy and I was happy to find after my last posting that Cat was still keeping tabs on my sparse entries and so we began talking again over IM. It was quite fantastic to strike up an old conversation and catch up on news. It's been too long. More on all that later, perhaps? (To put into perspective, she was the one whom I took to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and to Montauk Point to sightsee so long ago.)
I checked back through my postings and saw that I had mentioned last year's South Atlantic Conference fencing tournament so I should mention that the team went this year as well. Our top finisher was one of our women saberists placing second in individuals. Though I had to drive ten hours there and ten hours back both stupidly early and stupidly late it was a good trip all the same. I miss the South.
I intend to work on some characters for Cat's site Midnight Rising which looks to be a very promising role-playing community with a custom in-house setting that is worth a read by itself. To visit, go to http://midnightrising.proboards42.com/
. The amount of work that she and the other members have put into making the site robust is admirable, but I really must give props to Cat for contributing such volumes of material. If you want a lengthy and rich role-playing experience it's worth your time. Current Mood: hopeful