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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2006|10:56 pm]
[mood |draineddrained]

Back from Columbus. Had an excellent and in some ways surprising time, but will need to write more later. I was already behind on sleep going into the weekend, and have been burning the remaining reserves since then. I need to crash now or I'm going to be a mess on Tuesday.
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(no subject) [Feb. 14th, 2006|08:28 pm]
[mood |busybusy]
[music |The Hues Corporation - Rock the Boat]

Busy busy at work. I'm not sure what it is lately, but it's just been nonstop from clock in to clock out. They moved a bunch of us way down into the corner of No Man's Land, too, so my surroundings have been eerily empty and quiet.

I've had some sort of unnatural buildup of static electricity since yesterday afternoon. I wish I knew the source, but I've been zapping people and doorknobs constantly for the last 24 hours. I almost fried my cell phone, too. Had to remove and replace the battery to get it to startup. I'm guessing tonight would not be a good night to poke around inside the computer. :)
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(no subject) [Feb. 13th, 2006|11:48 pm]
[mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[music |Nobuo Uematsu - FF1 Temple of Fiends]

A boulder blocks construction of my canal. If only I had TNT.
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"Does he seek to humble me with his newfound piety?" [Jan. 29th, 2006|04:27 pm]
[mood |calmcalm]
[music |Return of the King Soundtrack - "The Ride of the Rohirrim"]

I am once again on a Tolkein kick, having spent the better part of a week working through the extended edition DVDs. I'm working my way (slowly) through The Silmarillion now. Good reading, though I was a little more attention could have been paid to the dwarves. I've always been rather fond of that mountain-dwelling people, even since I portrayed Gloin (father of Gimli) in our grade school play. :)

Once again it is New Year's Day. The Chinese New Year now. I think this is the third of one sort or another in the last three months? No wonder I'm starting to feel old.

No significant complaints, however. Just hanging out and relaxing for the most part this weekend.
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(no subject) [Jan. 10th, 2006|08:09 pm]
[mood |aggravatedaggravated]

That's it, I'm done with girls for a while again. Or at least with dating. I am so sick of the mind games. I'm not sure whether I should be amused or aggravated, so we'll go with aggravated since my LJ entries are rather lacking in negative moods. /vent
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Package [Jan. 7th, 2006|10:58 pm]
[mood |restlessrestless]
[music |(Utada Hikaru) Simple and Clean]

Yay, my package arrived today! I finally decided to spring for the Yu Yu Hakusho Spirit Detective saga box set (since it's now like 2-3 years old and will probably start disappearing from store inventories). Good times... I had almost forgotten what the original Japanese voices sound like after having endured the Cartoon Network dubbed version. Need to start scouting for Dark Tournament saga and Chapter Black saga, now.

Things are going well at work. The busy holiday season is finally starting to slow down. And (amazingly) there are recent hires who are even newer than me. It feels kind of strange to be teaching and answering questions when I barely know what I'm doing myself -- not that I'm complaining.

Finally saw the new Harry Potter movie on New Year's day. Worth the price of admission, but I think Prisoner of Azkaban is still my favorite. Haven't gotten around to seeing Narnia yet. But the good news is that my recent flu-like virus deal seems to be subsiding. All in all, not a bad start to the new year.
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Thanksgiving and Business Ethics [Nov. 24th, 2005|11:52 pm]
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[mood |fullfull]
[music |Record of Lodoss War - Original Soundtrack 1]

Thanksgiving was good this year. I was pleased not to have been called in to work, got to visit with family, and of course partook in the customary consumption of mass quantities.

The evening was filled with reality T.V., though I'm not sure if my uncle in particular was really into it. Tonight's episode of "The Apprentice" really brought up an interesting question in my mind, so perhaps I can justify it as something other than junk food for the brain.

Long-winded analysis of the episode hereCollapse )

Back to work tomorrow and Saturday. No day after Thanksgiving shopping for me this year, though I am contemplating a trip to the stores next week. Besides, "Black Friday" is getting ridiculous. Stores are opening at 5am now? I don't even want to be awake before 7:30, much less waiting in line at a Best Buy or something. Glad some people enjoy it. :)
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"I read your book!" [Nov. 12th, 2005|01:34 am]
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[mood |contentcontent]

I love the movie Patton starring George Scott. I first saw this classic in high school civics class, and for some reason it really resonates with me. Perhaps it's all the wonderful quotables, the vintage George Scott acting, and the sometimes perky, sometimes haunting (but always recognizable) score.

I have the DVD, of course, but seeing it broadcast on TV is always a nice Veteran's Day treat. Which reminds me, I never got around to finishing War As I Knew It. It's probably buried in a box with my other books from college. Need to see if I can dig that out.
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Election Day [Nov. 8th, 2005|10:31 pm]
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

Fun fun. I stopped by after work, sliding in about 20 minutes before the polls closed. Actually it was a pretty light crowd, which scares me when I'm voting against things (it's probably easier to round up fanatical supporters for a cause than people who care enough to go out and defeat it). All is well, though. Early returns indicate that the (few) things I voted for are winning, and the things I voted against are losing.

I have to admit, there is a certain power rush and sense of euphoria from an election that goes your way. I remember both of the Bush elections, and what a tranquil night of sleep I had when the early returns indicated victory. It's like "you can rest now, you've done well and don't have to worry as much about the next few years."

I'm definitely an election night returns junky. For the 2000 election, I was listening to the returns on a walkman while playing ping pong with neighbors in the dorm basement. Curse their lack of T.V. down there. Watching the map slowly fill up with reds and blues... it's like a major sporting event. The superbowl of American politics.
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Obligatory Halloween Update [Nov. 2nd, 2005|09:37 pm]
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[mood |nostalgicnostalgic]
[music |Joe Sparks - I Am the Radiskull]

Wow, it's been busy busy. :) Handed out candy on Halloween again, which is usually amusing. Probably had around fifty kids again this year, mostly during the first hour.

Am I the only one who is sorely disappointed by the lack of high quality Halloween television during trick-or-treat hours? It was mostly a choice of grisly horror movies (Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, etc), some documentary on vampires, or non-seasonal programming. I didn't even see Halloween episodes of sitcoms. I ended up watching Hannibal vs. Rome, which was good enough. Nothing like the slaughter of Cannae and mass quantities of candy to put you in the festive spirit.

Hopped online for a bit afterwards, and then conducted our guild's annual Halloween event of ghost stories around the campfire in Galaxies. There was a large turnout this year, and a good time was had by all. I just posted the chat transcript, which ended up being around 76,000 characters between the five stories.

Work is frantic. I'm getting buried under paperwork, and the phone never stops ringing. Thanks to daylight savings time, it's now pitch black when I come home at 6:30. Kind of reminds me of the zoo in a way, when I'd always leave in the cold darkness of night. After staying up late on Halloween, I was completely exhausted Tuesday night. Came home and fell into bed almost immediately after eating.

It's strange what sorts of things will trigger a memory. On my way out of work today, I caught a whiff of the cleaning supplies the janitorial staff had been using on the floor in the atrium. I was instantly back in the dorms, walking through the freshly cleaned lobby on my way back from morning class. Sound is a powerful memory trigger for me (old songs, for example), but I'd have to say scents are even more effective.
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