Archive for October, 2005


Yesterday I turned in my resignation. October 21st will be my last day. I was offered a job at another place, a big Gov’t contractor in the US as the Lead Linux Systems Administrator. The pay is better and the work sounds more fun. Just wanted to share that with you.

Perhaps later down the road I’ll release my reasons for actually leaving- you know, the dirty secrets that disgusted me to the point of find another job. not that it will be libelous or untrue or proprietary in any way.

upon sage advice, I’ve removed the names of both companies to protect myself from morons. this will also give me free reign to talk shit about them.

If I won the lotto

a couple of weeks ago the lotto hit $200 million, and I bought my annual lotto ticket.

The lotto has a strange effect on people. It gives hope where there is none. Even I sat at a redlight imagining all of the wonderful things I could do with that amount of money. Of course erasing family debt, replacing vehicles, real honeymoon with jackie, etc was at the top of the list, but what would *I* do after that was said and done? I wouldn’t have to work. How would I spend my time?

I’ve put a lot of thought into it. I call it my interests list. I thought I’d share them here with all of you. I’m going to continue to expand it as ago throughout life and hopefully knock a few off of here.

  • Move to Grand Rapids, MI (DONE!) (UNDONE!)
  • Study Lingustics
  • Study Comparative religion
  • Study Geology
  • Study Anatomy
  • Build a marionette
  • Study Mathamatics
  • Study music theory
  • Learn piano
  • Learn drawing better
  • Study Metallurgy
  • Learn sword smithing
  • Study chemistry
  • Study physics
  • Study Electrical Engineering
  • Study animatronics
  • Learn c++
  • Study Millitary Strategy
  • Study Philosophy
  • Learn Tai Chi
  • Learn Jow Gar
  • Build a trebuchet
  • Learn to Paint better
  • Learn Latin
  • Lose 30 lbs
  • See Europe
  • See New Zealand
  • See Vancouver
  • Build a library
  • Write a Fantasy Book
  • Write a Fiction/horror Book (DONE!)
  • Write an autobiography
  • Learn to play Bass
  • Learn to Sing
  • Write and record a Concept CD
  • Write and record a Blues Rock CD
  • Write and record a Modern Rock CD
  • Learn Spanish
  • Learn Mandrin
  • Learn to play Harmonica
  • Learn Photography better
  • Develop a 2d top-down RPG
  • Develop a 2.5d side scrolling fighting game(Ogg I’m lookin at you)
  • Get my A+ Certification
  • Get my Linux+ Certification
  • Get my Security+ Certification
  • Get my Network+ Certification
  • Get my LPI-1 Certification
  • Learn to play the Harp
  • Learn to play the Violin
  • Publish series of books called Diff: admining X for Y admins
  • Learn to play Trumpet
  • Learn to play Clarinet
  • Study Architecture
  • Make cheese
  • Start an Open Source Project (DONE!)

One day I hope I get that chance.

Serenity Review

So Jackie and I went and saw Serenity yesterday. It was… a very good movie. A lot of fellow geeks either love or absolutely hate the TV show Firefly and are transferring these feelings towards Serenity. I have one thing to say to all of you hatemongers.

Please. Give it a chance. Watch it with an open mind before you start bashing it. I know most of you haven’t seen it. You know, actually WATCH it before you comment on it. I saw someone comment that they wouldn’t watch it because the trailer seemed stupid. Well, the trailer was meant to attract the 15-25 crowd that have never heard of Firefly, so I guess you can make your own decisions on that. Overall Serenity did pretty well (Opening weekend-wise) from what I saw.

Anyways, on to the movie. I think the best part was towards the end when something bad happened, and I looked over at Jackie and saw her in tears. Not just sad movie tears, but tears of angish. You have to understand, Jackie thought Firefly was an ok show, but she didn’t have any type of emotional investment in it. I had to beg her to put down her book and watch an episode here and there so she could finish the series before the movie.

This scene hit her incredibly hard. She was still upset the next day. That takes skill on the part of the director/writer.

Anyways, it was an excellent movie. 9.5/10

“I am a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar.”

If hollywood turned out movies of this quality more often, I might even go to the theater more than twice a year.

Review of Rama Series by Arthur C . Clarke

The series started with Rendezvous with Rama, going on to Rama II, The Garden of Rama and Rama Revealed.

Since I’m feeling lazy, I’m not gonna write a pretentious review about how the style of the first book was different/better/worse than the following books. The series as a whole was pretty decent, lot of things made you think about how humanity as a whole will probably be cleansed when they meet another intelligent species because they’re too stupid to just be civil.

If you like the first book, you probably won’t like the following three. if you don’t like the first book, you should give the next 3 a chance. Keep an open mind and try to follow it all the way through. The ending is worth it.

I’d give the series as a whole 7/10.

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