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Friday, August 21st, 2009
9:24 am
Got my GED test results, I passed.
English Reading: 99th% (aced the test)
English Writing: 88th%(I totally flubbed the essay and I knew it at the time, still, it’s better than failing)
Math: 96th%(No idea what I got wrong, I thought I had this one aced, but there is no way to get info back on what you missed)
Science: 99th%(Aced the test)
Social Studies: 99th% (Aced the test).

So after taking the test, I must say that I should have done this at age 14-16, I would have aced the whole thing, and I wouldn't have had it looming around as an annoying undone thing that I was procrastinating about unnecessarily.

Anyway, my dilemma now is that I don't know what the next reasonable step is. Ideally, I would like to get into game design, specifically, concept art, but really anywhere in the design process would be better than being an office monkey. I'm just not sure what the best path to that goal is? Also, getting any job that pays better then what I have now would probably be helpful, since my children are eating more and more, and a stagnant income isn't going to keep them fed. So in general, does anyone have any suggestions? Would getting an A+ cert help me get better employment, or are those so outdated and low tier that I would be better off looking into some other short term training for another sort of cert? Has anyone heard any good things about Mass Art recently, my initial plan was to try and get a fine art degree with a focus on figure study/anatomy/portraiture, and then go to a trade school for the necessary game design skills afterwards, but the online reviews of Mass Art I have read are all terrible (but they are also online, and thus, of dubious quality themselves), and the price has skyrocketed since I last considered it. Anyway, I have to get back to my monkeying around the office, but any input would be appreciated.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
3:31 pm
Photos from this weekend
While I didn't get almost any of the bride and groom, I did get a fair number of pictures of my impossibly cute children. Feast your eyes on that which occupies most of my time.

http://s13.photobucket.com/albums/a293/zomb0y/LyzzNJonathansWedding/
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
10:10 am
Frank Zappa question and my daily dose of bile.
This morning I heard a track by Zappa on a local college radio station, which ended with him saying "Tax the Church. Tax Businesses owned by the Church." I tried to track this down, and I am under the impression that it is from the tune "Heavenly Bank Account". However when I have searched for the lyrics to said song, those lines are not listed, so I was curious if anyone knows if that is off a specific cut of that song, or if I am mistaken and it's a different song.

In New York, teachers are sent to special holding positions where they are paid but don't teach, certainly the best possible use of tax payer money (this has been happening for years)
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/education/2008/05/04/2008-05-04_teachers_in_trouble_spending_years_in_ru.html

Hey, it happens outside of NYC too!
http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-teachers-side6-2009may06,0,4308247.story

Also, protest done right (from the BBC today, French prison workers protesting working conditions).

Monday, April 13th, 2009
11:25 am
I wish this article went on to suggest alternatives
http://leiterreports.typepad.com/blog/2009/04/the-capitalist-assault-on-children.html

Decent, but lacking in suggestions as to how to confront/deal with the problem. Also, totally ignores the role that our public education system plays in the process.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
3:45 pm
Monday, January 19th, 2009
10:57 am
Moving
So having secured a new apartment, I will be moving from Stonehame to Reading (this is a very short distance for those of you not in the know). I have not scheduled a truck rental yet, but am expecting to schedule on for saturday, and hope to get everything that requires a truck moved then. If anyone would like to help, or has a large vehicle they would like to let me borrow/move things with between now and the end of the month, I will be greatly appreciative.
Thursday, January 8th, 2009
10:16 am
Oakland Riots
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/01/07/BA2N155CN1.DTL

Since it doesn't seem to be getting any press out here, at least, not that I have heard.

Also, please people, for the love of god, if you decide to riot, FIGHT THE POLICE, don't just trash your neighborhoods. All it does is ruin the local community and enable the police to crack down further. Why is it that in the US, everytime something like this happens, people trash their own neighborhoods, or the downtown area, rather then organising and attacking the source of the distress. In this case, for example, why not riot and attack the BART headquarters (where ever those might be), or better yet, picket at their major stations non-violently.

*sigh*

On a more upbeat note, I have found a new apartment, and should be moving in around the 16th. I may be sending out a general request for assistance with the large stuff, once I have figured out what it costs to rent a truck and have made more progress packing.
Wednesday, November 19th, 2008
1:32 pm
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
11:23 am
A couple of good articles.
This is a half decent article:
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2008/10/28

that said, they leave out an important part of the dumbing down of America, which is covered in some small part in this essay.

http://www.johntaylorgatto.com/hp/frames.htm

The essay by Gatto (an award winning school teacher who has been waging war on the education system in the US), I think addresses the problem much more accurately, which is no surprise, because Gatto has been studying and writing about this subject for quite a long time, and is motivated by the desire to see our system of education in the US reformed, rather then to complain about how Christianity makes people stupid and has ruined the political landscape in the US.
Thursday, October 16th, 2008
11:16 am
Remind you of anyone?


(thanks to Rob R. for letting me know about this litte piece of Bat-Relevance"
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008
2:23 pm
"The Shock Doctrine"
To those who have not heard of this book, you should go out and get it and start reading, with what is going on in the economy, especially regarding the "bail out", getting informed now and making your voice heard is the BARE MINIMUM you should be doing. If I wasn't broke, I would be buying copies of this book and mailing it to people.


Also, check out here for more information as it pertains to whats going on right now.
http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/resources/disaster-capitalism-in-action
Sunday, October 5th, 2008
9:05 am
Role Playing Books available
Here is the big long list of books I am looking to sellCollapse )

Anyway, I'm trying to unload these as quickly as possible because I am running out of space to store things, and sadly, Baby stuff takes priority over un-used roleplaying books. If some crazy person wants to give me like $200 you can have the whole lot and save me a lot of trouble. Otherwise I'm going to have to go through every book with the manager at pandemonium to find out what he thinks he can resell, and it will all be for store credit (which is fine, but I would rather have cash, because then I can blow my money at Your Move Games, where there is a 20% discount on warhammer miniatures (PS. Buy your minis there, they can order anything for you and you still get the discount).
Thursday, October 2nd, 2008
4:18 pm
Anyone want to buy a lot of roleplaying books?
Before I go and trade all my old roleplaying books into Pandemonium for store credit, I was curious if anyone would be interested in buying them for more then the 20% of cover price or so I would be getting there. I don't have an exact list of what I've got, its mostly old white wolf stuff, and probably some rifts/tmnt/palladium stuff, might be a little bit of gurps in there too. Its mostly in good condition, and I don't really want to part with them, but with my ever growing children, space is at a premium, and I find it unlikely that I will be using them to game ever again (I'm pretty focused on Warhammer/40k these days, and by the time the boys are old enough to game, I'm sure that there will be plenty of equally enjoyable games available).

Anyway, let me know in the next few days, becuase I'm probably going to try and trade the stuff in this Sunday so I can free up those shelves.
Wednesday, October 1st, 2008
2:47 pm
Friday, September 26th, 2008
12:09 pm
Friday, July 11th, 2008
10:43 am
Anywone want to buy me a case of these?
http://www.dieselsweeties.com/shirts/daretohope/

As I've said before, I'm not against Obama, infact, I'm almost certainly voting for him, but I really wish I could give these out to about half the people I know. I know its easy to get excitied about politics, and to pin a lot of your hopes on one guy, especially when things are as rotten as they've been for the last 6-8 years, however, as I think he has done a pretty good job of proving in the last few weeks, Obama is a politician first, and unfortunatly, politicians are, buy their nature, evil (and no, I'm not really trying to say Obama is evil, I'm just making a sweeping statement about politics as a whole, so don't get your feathers in ruff over it).
Friday, June 27th, 2008
10:17 am
One of those "Had Enough" days
Does anyone else have those "I've had enough" days, where you get up, and you foolishly start checking the news, and EVERY SINGLE FUCKING NEWS REPORT, makes you want to do some combination of cry, hide in a cave, or just hang yourself. Seriously, I know I'm not the most functioning person, but the combination of the following news articles really makes me just want to give up, or turn to a short lived stint of enacting masked vigilante justice on practically everybody, prior to arrest or death on the "job". Its not bad enough that the economy is going to pot, and that the country is at war, still, but in addition there are people fighting AGAINST mandatory sentencing for people who commit violent sexual assault on children, while the news is full of reports about child rape. It seems to me that the collapse of the west is accelerating, and I really am just feeling like there is no hope what-so-ever, and that all the recent mentions of Hope and Change from candidates is just a bunch of hot air, and in 4 years, whatever changes there are to life as is, they will be worse then they are now. And worse, I'm not aware of any place else in the world where things seem better.

*sigh*

Well, I'm just going to trudge through the rest of the day, and hopefully I'll be over it when I wake up tomorrow.
Friday, June 20th, 2008
9:39 am
Not Exactly Work Safe....
But it must be shared none the less.

Special thanks to Billporn, who already posted this.
Monday, June 2nd, 2008
12:20 pm
Saturday August 23 at The Middle East in Cambridge Mass , the Meatmen are doing another show. The one in RI was pretty damn good, and I'm hoping this one is better. Ya'll should go.
To those who don't know the Meatmen, be warned, Tesco skirts on the edge of being white-power, being a white guy who sings hate-rock. However, he did make the effort last show to condemn white supremacy, and remind everyone that he hates and scorns all groups. This is only a concern I put out there because there are usually "fans" (read as "Ignorant savages")who actually take all the shit he says seriously, so theres a high chance of some moron bone-heads showing up. (There wheren't any that I noticed in RI, but there where a hell of a lot of scary old guys).
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
2:54 pm
Dropping the soap in Yeti prison....
is a good way to describe what riding on my current bicycle seat is like. Which is to say, a fucking racoon ate my bicycle seat, and the spare replacement "seat" that I have is about the most uncomfortable bike seat I have ever sat on. I'm half tempted to just take it off and ride around with the seat post up my "uh-oh", however, before I start going to such extreme measures, I thought I would ask around and see if anyone had a spare seat they want to donate to me, ideally one that is soft, and not akin to the tip of a large albino ape-mans cock.
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