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things i have to do and things i want to do in the next few monts

Mar. 25th, 2008 | 01:36 am
playing in my head or on my speakers: nothing

job interview in dc - thursday
if job in dc falls through, find another job by the end of may (end of current lease)
get a trim - wednesday
taxes - by april 15th
full frame documentary film festival - april 3-6
lindy lessons - every wednesday at 830 until the end of may (sucks if i get job in dc and it starts before then...)
complete the work i'm doing for duke before i leave the area
clean my apartment
sell the random crap i have - desk, curtains, computer stuff, stereo, etc
clean my room at home and repopulate stuff (books) i'm not taking with me when i leave (for now. i promise i'll take all my books and shelves sometime, mom&dad)
shakori hills - april 17-20
spamalot - april 18
fall asleep...frikkin insomnia because of all the stuff i'm thinking about
go to the sabro show - april 1
cut back on WoW - just 10 man nights and my off-night Gruul runs
van halen - may 5
avenue q - may 6-11
go camping for a week when the weather is nice - maybe april 24-29
redesign togroklife.com
finish designing scifilia.com
begin populating the scifilia database


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Grok Life

Feb. 14th, 2008 | 02:10 pm

If you didn't already know, I only use this journal infrequently. Most of the stuff I write about, I post on Grok Life. But to make things easier for you, you can just add the syndicated feed to your livejournal friends list to see what I'm writing about.

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Dec. 21st, 2007 | 01:09 am

So, I have a new job to complement my job at Starbucks.

Starting in January, I'll be working on developing a Java application for interfacing Augmentative and Alternative Communications (AAC) devices with Blackberry devices. An AAC device is essentially the talking computer that people like Stephen Hawking uses.

I have to admit that I'm a bit nervous about this. I haven't done any Java programming since I was an undergrad, 2 years ago. And it is way beyond anything I've ever done before, programming-wise. But it is a very worthwhile program, and I know that if I am able to help in anyway with the project, that it will be something that I can be proud of having done.

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Dec. 8th, 2007 | 01:13 am

I'm Joshua Abraham Norton, the first and only Emperor of the United States of America!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.

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William Shatner and Mr. T

Nov. 20th, 2007 | 09:45 pm

play world of warcraft

Watch these videos, if you have a soul.

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stolen from Language Log

Nov. 3rd, 2007 | 01:40 am

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music update

Oct. 25th, 2007 | 02:11 am

boris was amazing

my ears are still a little raw.

driving in the pouring rain at night on the highway sucks. but it keeps you from falling asleep at the wheel.

i just got my homework done. time for bed.

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Oct. 17th, 2007 | 09:50 pm

Your home is a

Gamer's Headquarters

Your kitchen is stocked with chips, dips, and assorted caffeinated beverages. There's a pantry with emergency backup caffeinated beverages. You also have some breakfast cereals in there, but you haven't had breakfast since last Spring. Your master bedroom has blankets printed with images of Mario and Link. Your study includes unread copies of various gamer magazines, each purchased for the free demo CDs. One of your garages houses your Hummer, and others contain your H2, and H3... with room for an H4, if they ever invent one.

Your home also includes a robot repair bay, where your mechanized servants are routinely fitted with new restraining bolts. (It's just a precaution.) Your guests enjoy your collection of every console and associated game ever made. Except the Intellivision -- those controllers drive them NUTS. Outside is your radio telescope, listening constantly for alien transmissions. Especially invaders. They'll come eventually, even if nobody believes you. (Nobody does.)

And, you have a pet -- a koopa named "Shelly".

Below is a snippet of the blueprints:

Find YOUR Dream House!

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Oct. 10th, 2007 | 06:29 pm

These are the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" by LibraryThing's users (as of today, 30 September 2007). As usual, bold what you have read, italicise what you started but couldn't finish, and strike through what you couldn't stand. Add an asterisk to those you've read more than once. Underline those on your to-read list.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Anna Karenina
Crime and Punishment
One Hundred Years of Solitude
Wuthering Heights
The Silmarillion
Life of Pi : a novel
The Name of the Rose
Don Quixote
Moby Dick
Madame Bovary
The Odyssey
Pride and Prejudice
Jane Eyre
The Tale of Two Cities
The Brothers Karamazov
Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
War and Peace
Vanity Fair
The Time Traveler's Wife
The Iliad
The Blind Assassin
The Kite Runner
Mrs. Dalloway
Great Expectations
American Gods
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Atlas Shrugged
Reading Lolita in Tehran
Memoirs of a Geisha
Wicked : The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West
The Canterbury tales
The Historian : A Novel
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Love in the Time of Cholera
*Brave New World
The Fountainhead
Foucault's Pendulum
The Count of Monte Cristo
A Clockwork Orange
Anansi Boys
The Once and Future King
The Grapes of Wrath
The Poisonwood Bible : A Novel
Angels & Demons
The Inferno
The Satanic Verses
Sense and Sensibility
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Mansfield Park
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
To the Lighthouse
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Oliver Twist
Gulliver's Travels
Les Misérables
The Corrections
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Prince
The Sound and the Fury
Angela's Ashes : A Memoir
The God of Small Things
A People's History of the United States : 1492-present
A Confederacy of Dunces
A Short History of Nearly Everything
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
The Scarlet Letter
Eats, Shoots & Leaves
The Mists of Avalon
Oryx and Crake : a novel
Collapse : How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
Cloud Atlas
The Confusion
Northanger Abbey
The Catcher in the Rye
On the Road
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Freakonomics : a Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : An Inquiry Into Values
The Aeneid
Watership Down
Gravity's Rainbow
*The Hobbit
In Cold Blood : A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
White Teeth
*Treasure Island
David Copperfield
The Three Musketeers

Speaking of LibraryThing, if you have an account, add me as a friend. If you want to see most of my reading list it is located here.

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RIP Robert Jordan

Sep. 16th, 2007 | 10:00 pm

Someone posted a comment in George RR Martin's LJ that Robert Jordan has died, and Wikipedia also shows his date of death as being today. The Wheel of Time website is being very slow, but there is a post dated today at 430ish eastern, that I'm loading. And it's true. He died at 2:45 pm today.

What is sickening is that around that time today, I was talking with some friends about his sickness and that it was likely that he wouldn't finish the book before he died. It just makes me a little queasy to think that coincidences like that happen. But of course, there is no way I could have known he was laying on his deathbed at that very moment. Bizarre.

Here's to hoping that the final book is somehow completed. But most importantly, my condolences and best wishes go out to his wife Harriet and the rest of his family.

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend.

Robert Jordan gave birth to a legend, and in doing so, became one.

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