wombat_socho: Wombat (Politics)
Ill-tempered political rant follows )
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The Bleat.:
It’s infuriating how people fade away or sink into the deep, and there’s nothing you can do. There was a Great Divergence many years ago, and the social order forced in the basement of the Valli Pub fractured. Now. You may well think it’s preposterous to assume these things wouldn’t happen, since life consists of such fissures: grade school friends are lost to middle school, high school friends lost in the great new wave of college, college roommates forgotten when the workplace and the post-college claque of 20s-somethings takes over, and then this batch abandoned when kids and the Real Job and all the other anchors of adulthood are draped around your neck.


I know exactly what he's talking about. Because of the splintered time-line of my life, with all its moves and job changes (not to mention the peculiar nature of Minnesotans) there are a lot of people in my life who have just...vanished. I'm pretty sure most of them are still alive; I see traces of some of them on the internet, but they're just out of reach.

The Internet has fixed this to a certain extent, and I am grateful to Facebook for putting me back in touch with some of my friends from high school and the Army; it has also been a useful tool for staying in touch with my Anime Detour and Convergence peeps from Minnesota. Still, there are folks who hover out there somewhere on the internet like satellites in a distant orbit; we're aware of each others' existence but don't talk often, if at all. I wonder how much of that is because I'm not prone to pestering people. If we have stuff in common, then I'm very interested in getting together and doing that stuff, or at least talking about it, but if all we have in common is the fact that we were at the same high school thirty years ago, well, we may not have a whole lot to talk about. I sometimes wonder if this is the reason I'm not that close to my cousins. We've been living different lives in different places and don't have a whole lot in common except for blood. It may be thicker than water, but you can only talk about your relatives for so long.
wombat_socho: Wombat (SSuiseiseki)
(moar like Day 1.1, c/d?)

Original plan to get up relatively early, hit the breakfast buffet and see [livejournal.com profile] bam2 before leaving for the collation failed utterly. I attended neither of the panels, missed [livejournal.com profile] bam2 and the buffet, and wound up eating lunch at Erbert & Gerbert's before boarding the bus to the Stipple collation and arriving half an hour early, much to Jeanne's surprise. Collation was entertaining; it was good to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] luned and the other folks and talk about Stuff.

C. showed up right at 1700 and we headed south to Edina and Q.Cumbers; dinner of good quality (and much roughage) was had, and then we went up to her office to do taxes, watch YouTube videos, do taxes, look at stuff in EVE, do taxes, drink tea, and basically act all ADD while taking care of her taxes for the last three years (MN and Fed). Hopefully the state and Feds won't screw her too badly on the penalties and interest. She pressed a couple of CDs on me of Funker Vogt, Combichrist, and some really filthy Russian ska by Leningrad. Reminded me of the famous DLI Obscenity tape, only set to ska music and sung enthusiastically. OMG, is it foul.

Got back to the hotel about 0100 or so in the snow, hung out for a while near ops with [livejournal.com profile] gohanvox, [livejournal.com profile] geekboyonline, [livejournal.com profile] kurai_tsuki, [livejournal.com profile] revolutionaryjo and others in various states of drunkenness (or not, as in the case of [livejournal.com profile] stuckintraffik and probably [livejournal.com profile] dejana) and headed upstairs about an hour or two later. Getting up in a few hours for breakfast will be painful but necessary; tomorrow I hope to actually see more programming, but I suspect this won't happen.
wombat_socho: Wombat (SSuiseiseki)
For "school" read "Army", otherwise, this could have been me at any time in the last 25 years.

(NB: for this post and all subsequent posts, IHTFP = "I Hated That Fucking Place".)
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So, yeah. The last moving consultant showed up about an hour late this morning, guesstimated the weight of all my books & videos & crap about half a ton higher than the others (except the guy who phoned it in and thereby lost my bidness) and left me with a helpful folder of information and a little tin of mints. Awww.

Sent off applications to PG County this morning. They have vacancies in History, English, and Spanish, so I figure I have a good shot. They're pretty desperate for teachers, by all accounts, but I'm not taking anything for granted. One thing I do need to do is go out and pick up a printer to replace the dead LaserJet (my kingdom for a roller!) and the dead Samsung that actually belongs to Detour. This is because a number of school districts have apparently not figured out that it would be a lot faster and easier for applicants if they could submit their crap over the web instead of having to print it out and mail it in...on the other hand, they probably expect most of their applicants to be local and not from halfway across the country.

It's supposed to be really nasty hot today, up to 95. I'm not looking forward to going out later for drugs, bread, milk and the aforementioned printer, but it's got to be done.
wombat_socho: Wombat (unhappy)
Had to redraft my letter of resignation because my supervisor (and, presumably, other persons at Echelons Above Reality) wanted to know why I was leaving. "Because I want to" was apparently not viewed as a serious response, so I pointed out in the second draft that since I was moving to Virginia, keeping the Customer Accounting position would be impractical. If they ask for another rewrite they're getting the Goonfleet version. In the meantime, they apparently want me to carry on with the normal work routine instead of letting my backup get some more practice in.

The scattered thunderstorms we were supposed to get this afternoon never showed up, so it's now more like home outside. I'm going to hit the pool and then do laundry, assuming the laundry room is clear; also going to set up a fresh batch of sun tea, since I picked up an assload of tea bags at Wal-Mart when I stopped there to replenish the bandage supply.
wombat_socho: Wombat (Boss Coffee)
This is the title of a new book by Michael Zielenziger, who was the Tokyo bureau chief for the Knight-Ridder newspapers in the 1990s. He became interested in the emerging hikikomori problem in Japan, and the book is the result. Has anyone on my f-list (particularly [livejournal.com profile] jariten, [livejournal.com profile] jiawen, [livejournal.com profile] materia_indigo and [livejournal.com profile] marainsanity) seen this book yet? If so, what did you think? There's an excellent review of the book at the Chicagoboyz website, and it really makes me want to get hold of the book, which seems to be chock-full of cultural goodness. (Rachel)

Post title also applies to today; it's that time of year when the Great Fusion Bomb In The Sky is especially harsh and shades must be drawn against it.

I didn't get laundry done last night, but I did get most of the dishes done and successfully burned a couple of mix CDs. Progress.

Last, a tech bleg: does anyone know how to make the shift key work to turn off the caps lock in XP? I can do this on my work box, which is running Win2K Pro, and on Cowzilla, which has XP Home, but the Optiplex has XP Pro and I can't find out how to make the shift key unlock caps. It's really playing hell with my typing. :(
wombat_socho: Wombat (unhappy)
Yesterday might as well have been Monday.
WTF, Mittens? )

As if that weren't enough, apparently the student loan folks have calculated that I need to fork out $666.05 a month to them, which would be pretty laffo if I could actually afford it. That's more than my flipping rent and utility payments added together. *groans* I guess I'll have to get on the horn with them and find out what my options are.

The cherry on top of the steaming shit sundae is some unexpected crap from people I honestly thought better of. Thanks a lot, guys, thanks for giving me another reason to not miss this wretched excrescence of a state when I leave. As if I didn't have enough perfectly good reasons already. Thanks so very fucking much.
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I think the corporate firewall at the EBN has gotten wise to LJ, since I couldn't get either the client or the update page to work today. So you're seeing this now instead of at 11:00 this morning.

Apparently the tornado scare came and went with no actual tornados. Woop woop. On the other hand, it's going to be raining on and off all weekend, though Friday and Sunday will be partly clear. It rained plenty yesterday and this morning, imao.

Re-read yesterday's family drama post and decided to take it private. Too much potential for more drama, and I should have realized that at the time.
Internet spaceships drivel itp )
Last but not least, missionaries are coming to America. From
Africa. (Reverend Sensing, via Maggie's Farm)

I'm feeling the need for more vegetables in the diet, but can't decide between OCB in Richfield or Q. Cumbers. The only vegetables in the apartment at the moment are some avocado dip and a couple bottles of ketchup.
wombat_socho: Wombat (WTF)
Lileks gets demoted to local reporter by the idiots running the Strib. The sensible thing to do would have been to fire the entire editorial staff and just reprint op-eds from the New York Times and Daily Worker, assuming the latter rag is still around now that Moscow's not helping pay the bills. Instead, according to Brian Lambert (via Mitch Berg) they're cutting back all the things that make the Strib distinctive in favor of...more beat reporters and a publisher being sued for industrial espionage? This is just stupid. Given the institutional prejudices of the Strib, the chances of them actually improving their local coverage (i.e. giving Minneapolis the scrutiny it deserves and the local companies likewise) are pretty much zilch. One seriously doubts Nick Coleman or Doug Grow, much less CJ, are going to say anything to upset the applecart down at City Hall or the Government Center. Kersten, maybe, but she's the token conservative on staff and nobody there takes her seriously.

I don't think the Strib has ever really known what they had in Lileks. The man is a pop culture savant, radio host, essayist, and all-around Cool Dude. He could have become a one-man fount of new media for the Strib and made its website nationally famous, but under the current (and previous) owners, he was regarded as another weirdo specialized columnist like Al Sicherman. So much the worse for the Strib. Personally, I don't read their paper and seldom check their website, but I hit the Bleat every day. That won't change. I do wonder, though, how many local readers are going to note the passing of the Quirk and decide that enough's enough; no point in spending half a buck a day to get the same news you can find for nothing on Drudge or the Examiner.

Other reactions by Hugh Hewitt, Don Surber (whose Charleston WV Daily Mail went the other way), Powerline, and Captain Ed. Except for Hewitt and Surber, I didn't bother linking the other out-of-towners because they really didn't have anything unique to add, but there's a lot of folks talking about this.
wombat_socho: Wombat (dead wombat)
I went to bed at a decent hour last night and still woke up feeling like shit. So I called in sick. Hopefully more time in bed will make the ooky feeling go away.

In the meantime, I see that the snow the newsies have been twittering about for the last couple of days is finally here. I'm not impressed. After the major storms earlier in the winter, this is nothing; it's not even sticking to the roads. Still, it's annoying, but that's spring in Minnesota - a warm embrace followed by a snowball down the shirt.
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It's supposed to snow today, a couple of inches more or less. SFW. Winter is OVER. On the other hand, this endless overcast is starting to get on my last nerve. When did I stop enjoying the protective 100% cloud cover? Oh, right - Cold War's been over for almost ten years. I feel old.

I'm slowly cleaning out my apartment. Went to bed last night at a semi-decent hour, got oodles of sleep, and hauled out a bag of garbage this morning. Only 3-4 more to go before the place is free of extraneous paper, pasta boxes, and other such effluvia of daily life. Also took care of some dishes this morning besides what I absolutely needed for breakfast, which advances the cause of not having an apartment that looks and smells like a complete trash pit. Actually the smell never got that bad, since I got rid of the organic garbage promptly, but still...

Work is slow. It's the beginning of the month, after all.
wombat_socho: Wombat (Boss Coffee)
So, yeah, post-con depression. It'll pass. Tentative plans to go see 300 with [livejournal.com profile] jamestrainor tonight ought to help.

I also need to bang out an excusezine for StippleAPA tonight or maybe today if I can quit browsing the GF forums long enough to get any work done. A lot of the posts today revolve around the op yesterday that killed a Titan under construction and the lead item on EVE News today which was total spin by the owners of said baby Titan. Lots of Goons mocking BoB, CCP, and other EVE forum whores whose opinions most of us don't give a swift shit about anyway. "Winning the PR battle" my ass. Nobody in GF cares what anybody thinks unless those bodies are in Red Alliance, TCF, Against All Authorities, or some other corp on our side of the war against BoB and their toadies.

Back in real life...meh. It's raining outside and I need to go find some fishy goodness for lunch.
wombat_socho: Wombat (die now)
My employers' legal department needs to die in a fire because they can't understand plain English, and I can't be more specific than that. God fuck. I hate them. Half a day's PTO wasted getting paperwork together for these assholes.

In other news, after being pleasant and sunny and holy crap EIGHTY DEGREES most of the way through Detour weekend and into Monday, the weather has decided to go out like a Qwghlm lamb, i.e. damp and cold. This sucks.

No progress on anything domestic last night, but I did throw out a bag of garbage this morning on my way out the door to SA for refueling of Sportage and self. SuperMom's biscuit & gravy handmeal is okay but nothing to write home about, whereas the fajita flatbread sandwich at Arby's is full of disgusting pimento cheese crap and fail. They seem to have tried to make some lame TexMex fusion Philly cheese steak, which is just blasphemous. It would have been cooler to just have the peppers, pepper jack cheese, onions and beef without the horrible Cheez Whiz analogue. Yuck.
wombat_socho: Wombat (dead wombat)
Didn't sleep well last night thanks to the cold and the time shift and being all cranked up over badges. I'm functional this morning, but only just, and I have a meeting after work at the Thunderbird with our sales rep to go over the resume and some other matters. Woop woop. Feel the excitement.

The weather lately has been nice by local standards, which is to say clear, sunny and with daytime highs in the 40s. Most of the snow that dropped on us last week has melted and run off to cause flooding elsewhere, and if it does in fact rain today or tonight that'll speed things up. I'm hoping the clear weather holds for another couple of weeks, after which it can rain like Manila in the monsoon for all I care.

I don't even want to think about Convergence at the moment. but there's a staff meeting on the 17th. Fuck fuck fuckitty fuck.
wombat_socho: Wombat (Happy)
There's about 17" of snow on the ground this morning, but enough people stayed home from work that getting to the P&R and riding the bus to work was no more difficult than getting home was yesterday, albeit without the ramp-sliding excitment from yesterday. This is the way it is; we get a foot and a half of snow, the plows go out overnight, and the next day it's business pretty much as usual, except for some state offices, schools, and business that decided to take the day off.
The Evil Banking Neighbor isn't one of those.

Last night on EVE... )
wombat_socho: Wombat (WTF)
Management is sending us home on account of the impending blizzard as of 2 PM.
More time to kill and/or be killed on EVE, yay.

UPDATE: Wow, that was entertaining. The driver of the 535 bus I was on took the ramp off 35W at 66th a little too fast and wound up sliding halfway into the intersection at the bottom. Weehu. Nobody hurt, thank God, but it was real interesting for a couple minutes there. Visibility is shit right now, measured in yards instead of miles, because there's a lot of snow coming down and it's coming down fast. Me, I'm not going anywhere until tomorrow morning, assuming of course that we're open tomorrow.
wombat_socho: Wombat (HALO)
I spent a lot of yesterday plugged into EVE. So how did it go?
Yesterday was full of death, buying sprees and - eventually - win. )

Not much else happening. Grinding continues on AD registrations, ejecting bags of garbage from the apartment continues (if for no other reason than it looks like I'll need the space to stack P's boxes) and the right leg continues to heal, slowly and with much itching that (praise Jesus) diminishes as the day wears on.

There's an assload of snow on the ground, replacing the last of the old stuff which had very nearly all melted. Better now than at the end of the month during the convention, though we'll probably get some more snow over the next fortnight and a half.

Today I did the semi-annual desk cleaning after my supervisor threatened to throw everything on my desk in the garbage except for the phone if it wasn't all cleaned off. What a bunch of officious bullshit. It's not like the auditors really give a rat's ass whether I have a pad of Post-its on the desk or anything else that's not a security violation (and if they do they need to find real jobs) but we have a Clean Desk Policy here, and all must conform. Have I mentioned lately how eager I am to GTFO this place?
wombat_socho: Wombat (SSuiseiseki)
If the luck I've been having with agent missions in EVE is any indication, it's a wonder the Caldari haven't been beaten back into the Stone Age by races that don't have their heads jammed firmly up their fourth point of contact.
Because most of you could care less about this )

But first, I need to go out in the snow, get my Actos (I gave up on it yesterday, roads were just AFU) and other stuff at WalMart. None of today's activity is being made easier by staying up until almost 0500 reading John Scalzi's The Ghost Brigades. This is a sequel to Old Man's War, and like the original, it kicks much ass.

In other news, the crappy weather forced the cancellation of today's staff meeting. [livejournal.com profile] marainsanity, whatchu want to do about all these AMVs? I'm going to be down around MCAD at 7 PM, so I could swing by before or later to drop them off.
wombat_socho: Wombat (HALO)
I finally signed up for EVE last night - decided I'd give it the benefit of a two-week trial and see how I lke it. There's no question that it's complicated, and I'm thinking I probably should have read up more on it before I got into the tutorial, but what the heck. I'll have time to hack on that today, since the Convergence programming meeting this afternoon got cancelled ([livejournal.com profile] thaadd having caught some kind of Death Flu) and with the exception of the run to WalMart for Actos and hacking on the registration database I really don't have to do anything today. Picking up the library books would be bonus, so I'll probably do that too, especially since Glasshouse is in now - God bless interlibrary loan!

I'll have to be careful doing all that - it's snowing like a bastard out there right now.

Time to go jack up my gunnery skills and see if I can find a railgun for cheap.

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