Sunday, July 31, 2005

More yummy food.

Curse you food network, making me want to cook again. So I cooked again. Marinated some chicken breasts in raspberry walnut vinaigrette dressing, garlic, and some white zinfandel. For a day. Served it over some macaroni shells with just a smidgen of olive oil, garlic, basil, oregano, and parmesan cheese lightly coating the pasta. Served with chilled white zin. Made for a very fine meal, I must say.

We're going to try some grenadine in our hookah tonight with cherry molasses tobacco. I'll let you guys know how it turns out.

Saturday, July 30, 2005

It's 3AM; I must be lonely.

Actually, not really. It's 03:12(as I start this post) and I'm not feeling particularly lonesome. What an interesting day. I was pointed to something online for BestBuy employees that lets us take tests and get free stuff! Thus far I have a copy of Norton Internet Security 2005 Spyware Edition coming my way, as well as a free copy of Linspire (Linux based OS). Not sure what I'm going to do with Linspire yet. If I ever get to upgrading Skywarp (the desktop) I might make a third (yes third) computer for my room. Or maybe as a communal computer for the living/dining area. Who knows. I'm thinking it might be a white case with red lights, call it Ratchet. Hmm.

Anyway, I did a few errands today, walked about BestBuy's computer department wishing I had a lot of money to spend on computer stuff. Which reminds me. I need to put in for the Appliances Supervisor spot. Might not get it, but it's important to show initiative and ambition. Plus Supervisor pay would be the hell out of what I'm getting now. Don't ya know.

The highlight of the evening, however, was a whole bunch of us (my brother Jerod, home from Pey-Loo[Peru], Hugh, Phil, Maiko, Craig, Maria, Jeremy, Heather, Derek, Squatch, and Robin) going out to Plum Krazy's to watch an awesome show put on by Chris's band, Also Known As. A good time was had by all. In fact, I just got back in just now. No, really! Of course, I have to be at work at 7. So no sleep for me until after the meeting. Bleh.

do you (you!) feel like we do?

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Day 6.

Still no new supplies. I have consumed all but the last can of pasta. After tomorrow's breakfast, I fear there will be little left. My companions seem unable or unwilling to procure new supplies on their own and I will not be capable of a supply run for another three days. Cookies, while tasty, provide little nurtition.

Someone (not me) needs to make a grocery store run. Milk and bread. This is neither difficult nor expensive. Well, it's expensive if you're flat broke. Really, all I need is a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, lettuce and some dressing. Then at least I'll have some food. We have cereal but no milk. An abundance of peanut butter and jelly, but no bread or crackers even. We have hamburger helper, but no hamburger. The only thing we have left, really, is some Chef Boyardee lasagna bake (hooray sodium) and one can of canned pasta ravioli (yay more sodium.)

signed, Oultaw Prophet of Greensboro

Thursday, July 21, 2005

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Wow. What an awesome book. In three (two and a half, really) sittings, I completed the book. If it weren't for work I might have done it in one. And twisty, wouldn't you know it. The biggest twist, for me, was finding out who the Half-Blood Prince turned out to be. And no, it's not who you think. No, not even him. And it's not an obvious "not who you think" either. Just a good damn book. If you thought some of the other books were starting to look a little dark, yeah. They got nothin' on this one. Lucky for me then that Chris was playing at a release party thing in Raliegh and got himself a copy. Because I was then able to read his copy. Whee.

yeah, grey is my favorite color

Kwizatz Haderach of Geeks, still

The Deviant Geek
You answered 85% of the questions as a geek truly would.

You're a geek and you know it. You've got all sorts of fringe hobbies and socially unacceptable tendencies. Chances are, whenever possible, you hate to be grouped with other people and sometimes go out of your way just to be different.

You're smart too. You're more willing to depend on your own brainpower to solve problems, instead of relying on others to pull you through life. You probably read a lot, and generally enjoy learning new things.

So what's it all mean? You may be considered by some to be uncool, but you probably don't care either. In social situations you may be either slightly passive or slightly loud (geeks always fall into the extremes). In a nutshell, you answered enough questions correctly supporting a geek philosophy to be considered a more potent geek than 60% of the population.

My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 92% on geekness
Link: The True Geek Test written by ambientred on Ok Cupid

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Zelda Junkie

So payday was today. And what do I do with it? Save for the future? Tuck it away for a larger purchese next month? Put it towards that new car I want to get? Heck no! I go and buy The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap and Farscape Season 3. To be fair, though, I got both at a discount (Used at EB Games for the former and eBay for the latter) and of such a discount as to be a small portion of my paycheck, the rest of which went to my monthly savings deposit and bills.

But Minish Cap is everything a Zelda game should be. Puzzles, monsters, the quest for a better sword to save the princess. Though it would be hard to be as expansive as Wind Waker or Ocarina of Time, it stands to reason that it could easily be as big as A Link to the Past was. And that was a big one. Supposedly, Minish Cap is the first Zelda story in the timeline Nintendo says exists, so that's kinda cool. And it incorporates a large number of sound effects from the later games while keeping with the A Link to the Past look and feel that is so well known and loved by Zelda freaks like me. Now all I need is the Zelda Collection for the Gamecube and A Link to the Past for the GBA and I'll have every (true) Zelda game. Whee!

ha! come on!

Saturday, July 09, 2005

And That's News to Me

Well, about me, really. But hey, that's what this whole blog is for, yeah?

First, Arby's is my new best friend. Often times I don't eat my dinner until 9 or 10PM. Why? Because I have a seriously malfunctioning circadian rhythm. Eating after 7? My word, but that's bad for you! You'll become fat! Perhaps, little Timmy, if I didn't stay up until 2 or 3 most nights. Eat at 10, awake for four more hours at the least. Similar to eating at 6 and going to bed at 10. Reasonable, at least in my sleep patterns. But! Arby's has a thing where you can choose from a selection of options and get four of those items for five bucks. Two sammiches, a fry and a drink for $5.35. Can't beat it.

Secondly, I've reinstalled Final Fantasy XI. Which was an adventure of its own, I tell ya what. Not only is it a lengthy prospect (the actual installation takes two hours-ish from the discs), but I had lost my ID and password. And you can't register but once with the key given. So I call the customer service to get it back. Verification of me being me is going ok, but for the fact that they need the first and last four digits of the credit card I was using when I had the ID. Wtf? That was almost a year ago. I had no clue (then) what it was. A week later, my brain stumbles upon the needed information. If I couldn't remember, I was just going to sacrifce the $20 for a new copy when I got paid again. However, I had already deleted it off the hard drive. So. Two more hours of installing. Then! Eight (EIGHT!) hours of version updating since I bought the game way back in the fall of '03. There had been a lot of updates since then. It didn't help that my network disappeared for a few hours the first time I tried to do the update. But I got back on. Turned all the visuals to maxi-effin-mum. And boy is it pretty. And fun, too. Well it was once I got it working properly. Seems ZoneAlarm doesn't like it when I change areas. Won't allow my computer to download new data for an area. But once I turned off that particular firewall (I've got more where that come from, you buggers!), it was awesome. At least for me, but I'm a geek. A gamer geek. A gamer geek with a Final Fantast addiction going all the way back to '96. The only surviving game addiction that has been around longer is my Zelda addiction which goes back into the 1980's. But that's been discussed around here before. And probably will be again once I get Minish Cap. When, not if.

Lastly, moving sucks. Doug and I lent a hand in moving our friend Heather into her new place, which is a really nice place. On the second floor. Ick. But there were 5 able(ish) bodied guys, Heather, her mom, two trucks, and two trailers. All in all not too bad. But moving twice, whether it's your crap or not, within three months of each other is uncool. Luckily, for me, I have to work tomorrow. They're going to be moving a washer and dryer up stairs. Ha!

Chris will be back from his foray with the National Guard Band this week, meaning there will be drunken smoking going on this weekend upcoming. I've been, mostly, dry for the last three weeks, should be amusing. Hmm. I only seem to drink a lot when Chris is around. Is there a meaning behind that? Either being around him makes me want to drink, or he's my drinking buddy. Probably both.


I do believe it's working, good

Saturday, July 02, 2005

News? What?

I often try to keep politics out of my blog here and focus more on crap that has absolutely no meaning to anyone outside of my circle of friends. But, I feel, perhaps, it is time I said something, although, because of the nature of my blog, only the aforementioned circle of friends will see my blog. Go fig. Anyway.

Bush's handling of Iraq is unpopular. Well no shit. It's an ugly, politically motivated, politically-correct war. Anyone's handling of Iraq would be unpopular. If Kerry or Gore or, hell, the Pope were president, their handling of the war would be unpopular. And comparisons to Vietnam are crap. Utter bullshit. Why? Well, let's break it down. Vietnam: Jungle. Never fought in a jungle before. Iraq: Desert. We know deserts. We've been in them before. Hell, we've been in the area before. A lot. Also? Casualties. Just on sheer numbers, this war is far better for us. Any American soldier who is killed in combat is a tragedy. But 1500? Over the course of 840 days? Would that all wars should be this clean.

I've got a childhood buddy of mine over there, so don't go accusing me of bein unsympathetic to the friends and families of the soldiers over there. My friend joined up knowing he'd go to war. He wanted to do it. His father retired a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army. Flew helicopters in Vietnam, two tours. Purple Heart. Green Beret. Distinguished Flying Cross. The boy wants to follow his father and serve.

And we've done some real good over there. John Scalzi has mentioned before in his blog that even if the reasons for going over there weren't kosher, we still needed to be over there. And I agree. Saddam had to be stopped. No one else would, so we had to. It's our calling. Team America: World Police. (America! F@#k, yeah!) The Iraqi people have a democratically elected government. Our soldiers toppled tyranny and gave freedom. And I would like to think that the men and women who have died would be proud to know that their lives were given to free a nation from oppression. It is a noble and holy calling.

Supreme Court rulings. Yeah. Well. I can see where they're coming from on the Ten Commandments issue, so I got no beef there. The internet downloading issue, however, hits a little closer to home. I don't download music like I used to, but I've got a lot of music that, well, let's say I never had a hard copy of. I have many times downloaded music to taste a band before buying a CD. And I have bought several CDs using such a method. But attack as they might, the RIAA and MPAA is fighting a futile battle. No matter how many services they topple, those that want to file-share will find a way (gyar.)

In other news, it's 5AM and I have to open in a few hours. I have no clue why I got struck with such a hard case of insomnia, but it's annoying as hell. Also, Inu Yasha remains one of the best animes ever. Sesshomaru is badassitude. I'm also testing the waters on buying a new car. Anglee *wolf howls*(sorry, American Dad. I know that was your gimmick for Karl Rove *baawwwooooooo* but it's funny.) has given up on her 199X Honda. It needs some engine work, but as part of buying the car I'd be willing to split the costs to get it running. Needs a paint job, but I've never owned a car that didn't. But it's a Honda. Much better gas mileage. I can do a lot with a Honda. And I think it would look damn cool in a gunmetal grey.

4:57AM. Time to try and get a few hours of nap in before my day.

push me and then just hurt me till i can get my satisfaction