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"Freud was right"-Agent Paul Smecker (Boondock Saints) [17 May 2009|03:16pm]
"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." S. Freud

"If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun." The Dalai Lama


Cognitive Dissonance [11 May 2009|09:53pm]
[ mood | busy ]

Working hard with both work and school. My grades have taken a turn for the worse, but I can still graduate Magna Cum Laude so not too bad, and I figured that I would have a bad semester (but thought it would be my first or second) The work load is ridiculous, I have portfolio review in 3 out of 4 classes, and the class I don't have portfolio in I have to write 2 8+ research papers while getting everything critiqued by 3 teachers. To be fair, I did allow myself a bad semester, and it's still early enough that I can bring my grades up.
Work is going well. I'm going to have to write about the people who show up there, and how I imagine their lives are when they aren't frequenting the establishment.
Experiencing weird emotions I've never felt (or chose not to deal with) after getting dumped. I realize part of it was my fault, but on many levels sometimes I think this is just how it was going to be, regardless, and due to catalysts the whole ordeal is now over sooner rather than later. But since I'm not omniscience, thinking about the future and "what ifs" is a pointless venture because it doesn't change anything. Venting on LJ is something I swore never to do, and I'm not going to now.(maybe I will at some point, but hell, airing dirty laundry on here seems weak to me) Still hurts, still painful, and unfortunately, all of my future relationships are going to be influenced by this to some degree or another (use your imagination on that one) I experience dissonance with my thoughts, constantly, over this one.

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School's out [18 Dec 2008|08:51pm]
[ mood | busy ]

Finished up today, took my last final, did my last bit of extra credit, and we'll see. So far all A's. I think next quarter is going to be a bit easier, so I may finish up my Business Accounting class and get my associates degree just because having an applied science degree is awesome.
We had an advertising campaign contest for the school's culinary department, and my group came in 2nd place. I was definitely irritated, but I was vindicated because they decided to use my copy for the ad, so next quarter my copy will be used in their advertisements. Go me. It has the added benefit of getting my name out there, which is going to be important when I start looking for a job in the near future. I hope I don't burn out, 11 more quarters to go.
Had a band tryout today, so we'll see. I haven't played bass and am definitely rusty, but we'll see. School is first priority, but we'll see how the whole thing goes. Fingers crossed, I need more outlets.
Most awesome song I've heard in a long time-Sybreed's Re-evolution (it's labeled as a remix) Going in my workout playlist. I highly recommend the band.
I'm leaving for Florida for a week. It will be good to get away from everything, I think.
Sometimes doing the right thing isn't doing the right thing.


Fucking group projects... [09 Dec 2008|10:58am]
So I'm in a group (a decent group at that) for a project in school. One girl is a thorn in my side, because she decided, and got the group to agree, to her being the creative director, the position I already was in. I have no idea why they changed this. We had our first meeting, decided who was to do what, and then at the end of the meeting my group changed my role.
So...a week from when the project is due, she has nothing, and says that for some reason she can't name, she can't (or won't) be able to fulfill her intended role. What the fuck? So now, she expects me to do it.


Book meme [03 Dec 2008|06:27am]
* Grab the book closest to you. Now.
* Go to page 56.
* Find the 5th sentence.
* Post that sentence, followed by the book's title.
* Copy these instructions as a comment to your status.
* Don't go looking for your favorite book, or the coolest one you have -- just grab the closest one.

"Thus M61A1 indicates the first modification of an item for which the original designations was M61"
-Operator and organizational maintenance manual for the 7.62 mm rifle M14 and rifle bipod M2


The Adventures of Mr. Turdsley, or Mr. Turdsley Heads to the Gym [03 Dec 2008|06:12am]
[ mood | annoyed ]

There is a guy at my gym who from now on I'll refer to as Mr. Turdsley. I should ask him his real name. He's a real prick. He's one of those guys who has to be in complete control of his surroundings, in this case, the whole gym. Our gym is set up in lanes, everything in neat rows, most things bolted down. However, to annoy those and remain in command of the building, Turdsley will always move at least 1 swiss ball and 1 workout mat away from the area for swiss balls and mats and position them in the pathways, effectively limiting 2 paths with his workout nonsense. I don't understand why you move the mat and ball a full SEVENTY FIVE FEET from their designated and roomy area into the cramped confines of the weights. Today, he was in rather good form, because not only did he have his ball and mat, he had his workout bag spread out in front of a power rack. ADDITIONALLY he was moving benches from the bench area(which is next to the dumbbells) into the lanes, controlling even more space. He grabbed a total of two benches and left them in the lane when he was done. The retard then got dangerously close to me when I was doing dumbbell presses and proceeds to grunt doing curls with 20 lbs. Why the hell would you move the 20s into my zone(which is the heaviest dumbbell area, 80s to 100s is the heaviest they go here*lame*) and get into my space, knowing full well I'm gonna drop them when I'm done? This idiot also tells people to put their stuff back because it's in the rules. Yea, the rules also say something about gym bags, moving equipment, and between the lines not being a dick.
"hey buddy(I HATE being called "buddy")you gonna put those back?"(referring to some plates I was using)
"um..yea, eventually, when I'm done"
"ok, we have to keep the gym clean, thanks"

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[28 Nov 2008|04:41pm]
[ mood | busy ]

In the process of finishing this...I just need one more part to complete it(of course, I'm probably going to add all sorts of stuff to it) Then I have to get it ranged.(I need to do that to my M4 as well...)

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some things to note [05 Nov 2008|08:08am]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

"Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies." – Honore de Balzac

"The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now." – South Carolina v. United States, 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905)

"In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other." – Voltaire (1764)

" The difference between libertarianism and socialism is that libertarians will tolerate the existence of a socialist community, but socialists can’t tolerate a libertarian community." – David D. Boaz (1997)

"We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." – Winston Churchill (1903)

"One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation." – Thomas B. Reed (1886)

"Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys." – P.J. O’Rourke

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." – George Washington

"No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session." – Mark Twain (1866)

"There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him. – Robert Heinlein

"Every decent man is ashamed of the government he lives under." – H.L. Mencken

"The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." – H.L. Mencken

"The power to tax is the power to destroy." – John Marshall

"In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning, and cruelty." – Leo Tolstoy

"A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money." – G. Gordon Liddy

"The state in which the rulers are the most reluctant to govern is always the best and most quietly governed; and the state in which they are the most eager, the worst." – Anonymous

"To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical." – Thomas Jefferson

"If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free." – P.J. O’Rourke (1993)

"The Constitution shall never be construed … to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms." – Samuel Adams

"He that hath no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one." – the Bible, Luke 22:36.

"Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest." – Mahatma Gandhi, in Gandhi, An Autobiography, p. 446

"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery." – Winston Churchill

"If you want government to intervene domestically, you’re a liberal. If you want government to intervene overseas, you’re a conservative. If you want government to intervene everywhere, you’re a moderate. If you don’t want government to intervene anywhere, you’re an extremist." – Joseph Sobran (1995)

"Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else." – Frederic Bastiat

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[05 Nov 2008|06:13am]
Obama won! Well,if a black(or half black, or raised by white people, or whatever you want to call him)...

I never want to hear anyone play the race card ever again. As in "this happened to me because,essentially, I'm not white". Ever.

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Election Day [04 Nov 2008|01:41pm]
I just voted. I was prepared to hit the polls after school and wait in line for hours. Didn't happen. There was no line. I felt almost special just walking in there and 3 minutes later being done with the whole thing.
Today, I voted for a party I practically hate.
I voted for a political system I practically hate.
I voted for a man that has ideals I don't share.
I chose the lesser of two evils, but it's still evil.
...but I'd like to feel like I did it for the greater good.
Next time, I'm voting for whoever is the Constitutionalist, if there even is one. Neither Obama nor McCain are in this category.

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[22 Oct 2008|03:28pm]
something I did in art skills are coming back!!

and if it breaks...Picasa is to blame.

Dealing with my health insurance company...I was quoted a monthly rate which was acceptable, and now I get a bill that is over DOUBLE that amount, and apparently there was a mix up with the form, but then they got me retroactively and I didn't even have confirmation of coverage. Hopefully I can fix this before next month's billing cycle, but it also means that I have to reapply. What a pain in the ass.
Previous employer had me covered under dental, and I have a tooth cleaning/checkup/x-ray, and then they waited TWO months to process that, so now I owe the dentist $300 bucks. Bastards.
This has been mixed. I've been getting A's on my projects so far. Granted, they aren't hard, but I'm off to a good start. I did sleep in and miss class on Tuesday, and everything they went over (though I can do what they taught on my own) Going to take me some time to get over this whole health insurance thing. I've been burned before to the tune of $6400 for a hernie that my old insurance company decided not to pay for because it was a "pre existing condition". What was so stupid was when I went to the drs for the surgury they put the card in first, and it went through, then 4 months later I get the fucking bill. Bullshit.

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[14 Oct 2008|03:07pm]
Finished up school for the day. I've got to get some technical drawings in...think I'm gonna draw a Floyd Rose tremolo system. First I'm gonna watch Futureweapons. One thing I miss about early days is there use to be Kim Possible marathons.
Fed the wildlife outside the house. Awww!

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Bauhaus [08 Oct 2008|03:38pm]
I have to write a paper on the Bauhaus movement for school. This quote stands out from the book:"Bauhaus students, like art students before and since, were regarded by the towns people as dirty, lazy, promiscuous, and generally having too high an opinion of themselves."
On another note, apparently by using two specially shaped water bottles, and explosive charge, and a thin sheet of metal, a new type of "mine" is created, using the force of water(wtf?)to cut through a target, like a vehicle. I've seen water used to cut metals, such as steel and titanium, but having water droplets go through a car is pretty crazy.

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most awesome student ID picture EVER [02 Oct 2008|06:41pm]

...and if the link breaks...well...picasa does that to me sometimes.


[02 Oct 2008|09:05am]
Today is orientation, school related.


[26 Sep 2008|02:51pm]
I really love how tax payers dollars are the new source of endless capital for large corporations that have convinced the government higher ups that they are somehow indispensable and above the law. Of course, the pot is sweetened because the higher ups get nice stock options and other deals to make a buck off of our cruddy economy. I wonder if Enron were going through it's problems NOW would they be getting off scott free too? Hmm.
People for years have complained about the growing wealth gap in America, but what about the rights gap? Where wealthy and affluent people are involved in criminal activity, scoff at laws, and participate in drugs, affairs, and scandal, without ever feeling a single consequence?
I really really really don't want to have kids. Not unless I somehow get miracled into this upper crust of the elites.


thoughts on health/weights [17 Sep 2008|07:22pm]
[ mood | busy ]

Still trying to get my workout plan back together...I try to keep each workout less than an hour long, so I have a workout that is both intense and convenient. Ran about 2.5 and walked another .5 miles today...I hate running, but running 6 miles is something I want to do once a week. 20 miles a week is something I want to average, but I've got to watch my knees. I don't have any problems with them, but since I do fairly heavy squats and other olympic style lifts, I don't want to put any more strain on them than necessary.
Been thinking about getting my personal trainer certification, it would be a good way to meet people and give me a schedule I can work around my school, but I know that a lot of advice I see trainers giving is bunk, and doesn't translate really well into "real world" strength. Many people I see coming to the gym haven't done anything more physical than picking up groceries in the past 10 years, but I don't think that doing 10 reps with 5 lbs is going to make much of a difference. I think much of the information that personal trainers use for their clients is based on a partial success model, where the client sees a few small improvements in their overall health, but nothing more than that, because it is in the best interest of the trainer to have them coming back for more sessions. Not to mention that most personal trainers are in pretty poor condition. Guess what I'm saying is what I would advocate to a client might not be approved by the gym. Oh well, we'll see.
Gonna cut out heavy bench press...I'm benching over my weight, but I don't want the shoulder strain associated with heavy bench, a fairly worthless exercise IMO. I'll keep benching 225 or so, but add more wide grip dips and pushups/hindu pushups to my upper body work. They effectively work and condition the chest, while avoiding much of the problems that flat benching leads to, mainly excessive shoulder strain from the muscles being pinned in place by the bench.
Rambling...anyway,if anyone wants to work out with me, let me know.


workout... [14 Sep 2008|11:54pm]
...before I started school, I said I wanted to do a 300 type workout. You pick a variety of exercises, and usually do each one for 25 to 50 repetitions with as little rest in between as possible. Initial workout plan:
25 pull-ups
75 bodyweight squats
50 pushups
50 floor sweepers
50 divebombers
50 handstand pushups

in reality, it went something like this:
pull-ups 13,9,6 I am lousy at pull-ups, always have been
bodyweight squats 75 I have strong legs, easy enough, but still got me puffing. These were done to below parallel and on tiptoes.
50 push ups (too easy)
floor sweepers 25,25 My abs need a lot of conditioning, I don't work them, and should, since core is arguably the most important group of muscles, not only because a ripped mid section is generally accepted as the aesthetic of being in shape, but a healthy core means better balance, better digestion, and lowers the risk of lower back pain.
divebombers 25,25 hard, much harder than a push up, arguably the best overall body weight exercise for the upper body.
50 hand stand push ups 15, 10 I was done, didn't make it to 50.

Think I'm gonna do something like this 2 times a week. It's much harder than spending an hour at the gym.


[24 Aug 2008|05:08pm]
[ mood | cruise control...ON ]

Got back from Boston. Had a wonderful time with the family, and with Rupa!
Back at my new place, not done unpacking yet, but getting laundry, grocery shopping, and arranging out of the way. I need to get rid of some stuff.
The work commute is going to be a bitch, I think. Gonna have to figure out what time to leave in the morning. I'm going to swing by the gym on the way home from work, and hopefully avoid rush hour(though that is practically impossible in this area) It's only for one more month, so I'll just have to adjust.
Oh yea, and I got the net up and running. Woo hoo.


[09 Aug 2008|01:51pm]
I highly recommend the band SYBREED. They remind me of Fear Factory(harsh vocals, drums, synth, Soilwork(clean vocals, guitars,song structure), and Opeth(certain cleaner riffs, vocals), all rolled into one. I recommend the song Bioactive and Decoy off of Slave Design
Managed to make it to the gym today...and yesterday, as well. Work (70+ hours a week) really made me not want to do anything at all. I'm officially burned out with work, and have slid into complete apathy for anything work related. I've just been saying "fuck it" when 6 pm rolls around, and leaving. Of course, management is pissed about it, but I really don't care. They work, more or less, a 40 hour week, in air conditioning, sitting down. I don't. I work in a non climate controlled environment, constantly moving around. I got my raise, and the whole "good things happen when you stick with us" spiel. 3% isn't a raise you morons, and it's not even keeping up with inflation. I guess I should be happy that I'm making as much as I am (and I consider what I make a paycheck, not a living. A living lets you have a crappy house and a second hand car, at the minimum), so I still consider myself underpaid. As I've explained to my boss, there really is no motivation here to do well, because there is absolutely no reinforcement, positive, or negative. 6 more weeks
Came home, and steamed my carpet. My landlord has got it in his head that I should get the stains out of the carpet, or he's going to have to "charge me to do it himself". I pointed out "those stains were there when I moved here, and we both know it's epoxy/and or glue from one of your projects that your helper spilled, and guess what? it's not gonna come out". I steamed the carpet anyway, because I said I would, but of course, nothing came out. Landlord also got it into his head that I should have to pay an extra month's rent because "money's a little tight". I think this is unfair and completely ridiculous. IF money were tight for me, he certainly wouldn't care. He griped that I bank out of state, and it complained that it takes a few days for the check to clear. Oh, never mind that I almost always paid my rent a week before it was due, to give him plenty of time to have it cashed by the 1st of the month, yet somehow, he rarely actually got around to putting it in his bank until after the first week of the month. Also, when the room was advertised as "no utilities" that means I don't pay utilities, and also, turn on the air conditioning. Seriously, it's been 86 degrees (WTF?) at times in this house. Insane.

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