posted by Gene on Feb 11
posted by Gene on Dec 1
I have a bit of time here so I guess I’ll to throw out a general status update for anyone who doesn’t get news about me from elsewhere. Or for anyone that wants a recap.
Big news I guess is my internship is disappearing. My last day is the 11th. I didn’t download porn or anything, so stop thinking that. The project just didn’t get enough money for me, so there you go.
“What are you gonna do?” you inevitably ask because everyone seems to. I’m going to chill out for a bit, then I will look around for things to apply to. Then I will apply to things and see if anyone wants me. Repeat until someone cool wants me. For you CS people out there you can keep and eye out for me, ya know, send me info on jobs and put in words for me, and stuff, if you want.
What else? Yusuke came for Thanksgiving. We hung out, ate some food, he bought a hard drive that he tried to leave at my house, good times. Mostly we hung out at the parents house and ate and played a few games, or we laid around my house and played Modern Warfare 2. I’ve been playing that a lot. I’m not really an FPS guy but this game is sucking me in so I’m going to try and become and FPS guy with this game. Get caught up on 7 years of not playing any FPS’s. FPS. If you have a PS3 and want to be my friend and play with me that would be good. I suck right now but someday I’ll be awesome and you’ll want me on your team. erosebe is my name.
My computer is still broken. I got the new motherboard but apparently it was not the problem. So I guess it must be the processor or the PSU. I was hoping someone would be cool and let me borrow a PSU to plug in and see if that fixes the problem, but nobody helpful seems to be around. So I don’t know what I’ll do. I might have to take the PSU somewhere and get it tested and if it’s fine then I’ll try and get Intel to give me a new chip. Warranty says 3 years, but I bet there’s some hoops. Might have to scrap the whole thing and start over. Hopefully not, though.
Lauren gets back at the end of the month. Yay for that. She’s going to come visit me for a bit before going back to college. I think that’s still the plan anyway. Haven’t talked to her in a few days cause she went to Scotland and saw Fiona and Fiona stole her internet powers or something.
That seems to be about it. I look forward to my free time. I’m hoping to do some coding on my own projects which I’ve never actually started. Maybe learn a new language or two. That’s probably the loftiest of my hopes. I also want to play a lot of video games, read a lot of books, start working out more than never, and start donating platelets regularly. First appointment is the 14th. (I have to donate more blood since I won’t have any money to give away)
That seems to be all for now. Come visit me while I’m unemployed. I’ll probably be bored and more willing to do that stupid thing you’ve been trying to get me to do.
posted by Gene on Aug 20
Let’s hit the highlights you’ve missed.
The weekend after the Kaitlin’s wedding Mom and I went back over the mountains to go to Steve’s birthday party (get Lauren). We did some family visiting and whatnot before we stole Lauren back to the Tri-Cities.
So Lauren was here for a week. I had to work so we didn’t do anything truly awesome, but we did the whole happy couple thing. On Sunday we went to Morgan Fuquay’s (friend since preschool) engagement party. Hung out a bit and fed the wasps. Went to Costco and bought a 40” 1080p LCD and an ice cream bar (I love those Costco ice cream bars). We went on some walks, saw a Princess Bride in the park, I got Lauren to ride a bike, and of course we did a lot of watching podcasts, TV shows, and movies.
The only other interesting thing that happened during the week that I can think of is that someone egged our house on Wednesday. Well, threw an egg at the front window. Aaron rushed out and got all excited, whereas I was inclined to just ignore it. Kim convinced me to go out and make sure Aaron didn’t get beaten up, though, which was easy cause we didn’t find anyone. The next night someone wrote “Bitch” on the drivers side window of my parents car, which Lauren was borrowing. They did it with soap or something, so it came off easily enough, but Lauren kinda got freaked out. She thought she knew who it was and that they were after her or something. There’s been no events since then, though. I postulate that come the weekend they had better things to do, and if we make it this whole week without event I’ll assume they got bored, or they really did dislike Lauren and her absence is saving my house from further attack.
Donny is back in town for a little break, so he visited a few times, and Elisabeth, recently returned from the orient, came down on Saturday. We all went and saw District 9. I had no idea what it was when we went, so I was pleasantly surprised. It was definitely a good movie. I don’t think it’s actually as amazing as the hype would suggest, perhaps, but it’s good. If you factor in the low budget it’s quite incredible. I admit I can’t really comment on the hype much, being totally insulated from it, but I hear there is hype. Also, just a side note, I don’t think it counts as a sci-fi movie. I think to be a sci-fi movie that science has to play an important part in the plot, it kinda has to be a character. Maybe you can make a case that District 9 fulfills that, but it’s pretty thin.
So, Elisabeth stayed for a night, and then stole Lauren away. It was nice of her to drive her home, I guess, since she needed to get back and my parents are gallivanting around on some road trip.
So, with no parents and no girlfriend for the last 3 days I’ve been living the bachelor lifestyle. Pretty much work, and then go home and watch podcasts and such. I’ve also been wrangling w/ my computer trying to make it suck less. And chatting w/ Lauren. Really it’s just the bachelor life in that I have almost no food. I’ll go shopping some day. I want someone with a car to take me to Albertsons, or anywhere that sells the new thick shelled Klondike bars. I wanna try them, but the stores close enough for me to buy ice cream at don’t seem to carry them. However, I could buy milk and bread and such on my own if it comes to that.
So, I have had some free time and I haven’t been blogging. Part of that is because I started watching Peep Show. It’s a British comedy that Keston suggested when the Central gang went down and stayed at his place. It’s about these two losers. It’s really funny. One of the actors’ voice sounds really familiar to me, but I don’t think I recognize him. I wonder if he voice acted something, or if all Brits sound the same after a while.
I’ve watched 2 seasons (series) which to the BBC is 12 episodes. It’s got some of that awkward humor that I don’t like much, where someone is just in a horrible situation and it’s supposed to be funny, like Curb Your Enthusiasm, but it’s British so it’s better, and that’s only like half the humor. The characters are just so retarded and do the most ridiculous things. I LOL every episode. And Wikipedia says it’s not cancelled yet, so hooray for that.
I’ve been riding my sister’s bike to work for the last couple weeks. It’s red, so it goes faster. Actually, if it does go faster, it’s cause it’s a hybrid bike. I’m leaning towards the idea that it does go a bit faster, although it’s difficult to judge w/o the speedometer. I think I’m getting to work in about the same time w/ less effort. Kinda makes me wonder how much a difference a full road bike would make.
I worry a little bit about going much faster. People are clueless and deaf and always walking on the bike path. Today there was a woman walking her dog, and she stopped at this point where the path goes up a curb, turns 90 degrees and then goes down a steep hill. I was riding slowly at her, while she stopped, turned towards me, and let her dog off the leash, so I thought that was a little strange but at least that she’d seen me. But, as I got closer I figured out she hadn’t and saw she had in ear buds. Anyway, it was too late and I was passing between her and her dog and as I was she turned to reach for her dog or something and almost hit me and recoiled in utter surprise. It was kinda funny, but only because we didn’t collide and die.
Also, today on the ride home I almost rode over a snake that was lying in the middle of the path. It was dead in the middle. I’m meaning directly in the center in the previous sentence, although it maybe been literally dead as well. I zigged around it but when I looked back it hadn’t moved, and I can’t have missed it by much. It might have gotten run over earlier.
David Mitchell is the name of the Peep Show actor I was saying had the familiar voice. Wikipedia says he did the narration for Beauty and the Geek, which I did see like 5 – 10 minutes of. I hope my auditory memory is that good. I can’t find anything else on his filmography that I’ve seen. /shrug
I have a bunch of spider bites on my legs. I think I got them all in one night, but I’m not sure. Sometimes when I get up in the morning, my bike is part of a spider’s new web creation, even though I parked it only 12 hours before, so, that’s pretty cool. I wonder if we manage to get the yard taken care of a bit through the winter if next spring the insect population will be more limited.
So Lauren’s leaving in 11 days for Spain. When she left I was thinking it was further off, so I thought there was a better chance of us seeing each other again b4 she left. Now it seems somewhat unlikely. /sigh It’s ok though, I hate those big goodbyes anyway. Plus internet, I mean, what’s the big deal with being 9 hours ahead.
So, it looks like I’ll just be chilling out at home this weekend. Haven’t really done that in a month or so. My parents are getting back from their trip, so they might crash the party and make me do housework, but they might be busy with their own stuff. /shrug Pat’ll be around, I think, but he has 40 gigs of Hercules to watch, so he’ll be distracted.
I think I will end this post. I just want to quickly mention one thing. There was recently (sorta, I’m a bit behind on my podcasts) a TEDTalk about the aqueous ape hypothesis of human evolution. I strongly recommend people watch TEDTalks, and in general you can trust them, but this particular one, I’m pretty sure is crap. I haven’t had time to do the research yet, but I feel confident that it’s a fringe hypothesis for a reason. I’ll let you know if I find time. Anyway, I wanted to warn against this particular talk because the speaker is not un-compelling, and the audience seemed really taken, and I’ve also seen signs that more and more people I know are actually watching the TEDTalks, so the impact could be great if not countered.
posted by Gene on Aug 4Last Friday mother and I went over the mountains to the Seattle area largely to attend the wedding of Kaitlin Carr (defunct name) and Kevin McNamara. Lauren’s sister got married and we went. We also snagged Yusuke from Ellensburg and took him to the airport. His flight was at 4 AM so we ended up just dropping him at like 11:30 cause we didn’t wanna wake up. Sorry about that Yusuke. He txt’d saying he was leaving, eventually, so I guess he made it.
We didn’t end up taking the truck and stealing the Carr chairs, as previously reported, because the information that said I could have those chairs was incorrect. I mean, partially. I can have them, eventually, maybe. Whatever.
The big story of the trip was the big fight that occurred around us soon after we arrived on the scene and I met all of Lauren’s family. You sorta had to be there, but the gist is that Kaitlin cried, some assumptions were made, Lauren’s aunt got booted from the house and wedding with lots of yelling and goading to violence, and then there was lots more crying, and then in like 10 minutes there were apologies and everything was pretty much back to the way it was before. I was only tangentially involved, and so it wasn’t my fault. At least not the way some of you are thinking.
That was all the day before the wedding. The actual wedding day seemed to be pretty uneventful, in that regard. There was the wedding, which is quite the event to those involved. I just watched from the balcony. It was like 20 minutes long, so that was good, and they, meaning the bride and groom, actually managed to pull off the first kiss in front 130 people thing really well, I thought.
The reception afterwards was neato, I guess. I mean, I’m not much for parties and whatnot, but this one didn’t have booze, so that’s up my alley, and I got to sit at the head table, which is also up my alley, and I got to sit next to Lauren and hang out with her the whole time, which is really the reason I went over the mountains in the first place. There was all the usual reception stuff, dancing, bad dancing, toasts… yeah.
The rest of the weekend I basically follow Lauren around like a puppy and hung out with her family. We ate and bowled and stuff. I think I was very witty and charming, and nobody tried to exorcise me, so I had a pretty good time.
Ok, enough about that. Ask Lauren if you wanna know more about her sister’s wedding. We came home Sunday and I did laundry (yeah, I know, lame huh) and set up my Drobo I bought and got ready for work.
My cousin, Steve, is having a party on Thursday, so we’re going back over the mountains (yay! More Lauren!) for that. Consequently, I’m trying to work long hours so I won’t fall too far behind taking off two Fridays in a row, and half a day on Thursday. So, I’ve basically been working all the time since I got back.
I installed this plugin, SunCult, that tells me when the sun will set and what not. Yesterday I managed to ride home entirely during twilight. The weather addon says the apparent temperature was 94 due to the wind. It was actually 98. Nice eh? Twilight riding is definitely as cool, temperature-wise, as I can do w/o biking in the dark, but it also has the greatest number of bugs to contend with. I’ve been careful to bike w/ my mouth closed, and I managed not to swallow any, but I know if I keep biking at twilight they’ll get in my eye or nose or something.
So that’s what’s been happening. I have a busy few days ahead of me, so posts might not be coming.I was just wondering, though, can anyone tell me if poppy seeds actually add anything to the taste of poppy seed muffins?
posted by Gene on Jul 31
Turn’s out that mantis was just a husk of a mantis, or at least it was this morning. I kinda suspect it wasn’t last night.
I got to work with an average speed of 14.5 MPH today, and home was 15 MPH. So, variability abounds apparently.
I’ve been moved at work. I’m officially at the intern barn. 2 people are leaving Tuesday, 2 more Friday, and everyone in here will be gone by the end of August. Then I’ll have 7 computers and 10 monitors all to myself.
Off to see Lauren soon. yay! Oh, and Yusuke.
posted by Gene on Jul 18
So, this is the big update post I promised. We’ll see how it goes.
I’ll start way back 4th of July weekend at Sidney’s. I told you I was going to go, but sorta skipped talking about being there. It was as expected, so pretty cool. I got tons of food, and got to hang w/ a Pat and Sid and Lauren and Yusuke, so the best people basically. I got to go inner-tubing a little bit, although not enough. And I, of course, got to see some fireworks. They were pretty up close and personal in this case, which is fine, I guess. I’m not a big fireworks person either way, so whatever.
Moving on. Umm… new internship thing. 7 days. 1 full week that I spent almost no time training on. I’ve gone to some meetings, looked a bunch of code, written some stuff. I’ve got a lot of stuff to catch up on. It’s hard to understand all the stuff they wrote already, and know where to find stuff, but I’m getting there. I feel I was actually pretty productive Friday, so that’s good. The situation is pretty relaxed. Come in when you want, breaks when you want, leave when you want, within certain restrictions, obviously, but it’s all good. I’m hopeful things continue in a vein similar to the first week, just with me getting more competent.
The other news is that I’m renting a house in Richland with Aaron. It was really messed up when we saw it, but the rent is cheap so we went for it. Mom and Dad and Aaron and I have all put considerable hours over the last week and a half cleaning it up, and it’s to the point where it’s livable, at least mostly. Internet is going to get installed next week, supposedly, so once that’s there I could definitely live there. It’s within biking distance of work, so that’s much preferable to the current 30 minute drive, so I plan to get in as soon as I can stand it there. (meaning there’s internet)
So that’s the gist. I’ve been very busy. I spend most of my free time corresponding w/ my lovely gf, because I like her and we’re far apart. She’s gonna get to visit on Wednesday, though. Sidney, supposedly, is gonna drive over that same weekend or Thursday or something. So, Yay!
In the mean time Yusuke’s came and visited this weekend. He forgot his macbook power cord so he’s been using mom’s netbook all weekend. And we’re doing wii fit. We have to work on our posture. Pat’s around so we went swimming in his pool today instead of working on the house, which I think is a good weekend move, but the decision was made by Pat and Yusuke, they’re the drivers.
So that’s a good update, right? You feel caught up?
posted by Gene on Jul 1
I went to Cheney, again, if you didn’t know. After waiting so long for PNNL to call and tell me when I should start interning I gave them a call. That’s what all the people said I had to do. I was like, “Whatever,” but they were all like, “wooo hoowoi,” so I was all like, “Fine.”
Anyway, PNNL said they were waiting for Central to send them confirmation that I had graduated. I called Central, and they said they were waiting until after July 2nd to send the confirmation because that’s when degrees get processed. Armed with this knowledge I knew I would be safe coming to Cheney to hang out with Pat another week, and to facilitate quickly getting to Sidney’s for the 4th of July party.
So… Monday, in Cheney, I got a call from PNNL. That call when they tell me when to come in. The one I had been waiting for but had recently determined couldn’t possibly happen until July 6th. Yeah. Luckily they didn’t want me to start until July 9th, so the fact that I’m in Cheney was not a problem. However, this does underscore the problem with calling people to get information. The information makes you think you know things, but you can never known anything when dealing with bureaucracy. One should always act like an animal, on instinct. The illusion of knowledge will just get one into trouble.
Yeah, so that’s all settled. I have to show up at 7:45 in the morning for orientation. I love morning!
Pat bought a new mountain bike. Like, it’s his and not his mommy’s. We went riding on a gravel trail thing for like 12 miles. I got a flat that pretty quickly drained my tire… so the last mile was a bit rough. Pat’s bike is fast. He let me ride it for a bit, and life is easy with a bike like his. Fancy.
Today I went to a bike shop to get my tire fixed. It took me like 30 minutes to walk to the place cause I am a meander-er, and I kinda went past it a couple blocks. Then he said it would take him about an hour to get to it, but he didn’t know, maybe more. I decided to just hang out in “downtown” Cheney since I’d have to turn around right away if I went back to the APT. I went to this thrift store that had amazing quantities of junk. It had a book called “False Myths of Same Sex Love” or something like that. I thought about buying it for Aaron, but then I didn’t. I didn’t want the owner to think I was gay.
I wandered back to the bike shop just when he was about to call me, so I have good timing, I guess. He said he found a tiny thorn in it, which is lame. I mean, who puts thorns out in the middle of bike trails? Intelligent design. Phooey!
We’ve yet to try Pat’s bike on a real mountain biking trail… with rocks and tiny paths and sharp turns and stuff. I’m pretty sure Pat has plans to try it out soon, though. So that will likely be an adventure.
Oh, and I watched the entire first season of 30 Rock. Yeah. It’s a funny show. Very funny. Like, way more funny than modern stuff is, normally. It’s odd.
Pat and I did that crazy ab workout thing that Dan taught me. I still lose at the face up part. I don’t think it’s fair, cause my tail bone is jamming into the floor and it’s very uncomfortable. I think I’d do better with one of those gym mats or something. I have a bony butt.
Thursday is when LAUREN! and Yusuke come to get me on the way to Sidney’s. Pat has Friday off, so he’ll just drive up after work, I guess. I tried to make it so we all went in one car to save gas, but apparently that’s super confusing and impossible. Should be a pretty awesome weekend. I’m very much looking forward to seeing Lauren… I mean everyone.
You know what’s cool about Sidney’s house? You can eat dinner, and then, when you’re done, you’re full until dinner the next day. Efficient.
posted by Gene on Jun 27
For those of you not following my twitter I made a Sims house with 8 of the B-Podders, Dan, Hiro, Sidney, Naoya, Lauren, Me, Yusuke, and Elisabeth. They don’t let you do more than 8, or I probably woulda killed myself making everyone. Anyway, much of my time these days is spent with at least part of my attention focused on this silly game. If you would like to know details I suggest you ask, as I intend to try and not bore everyone with the details, although I might fail.
IRL I called PNNL and asked them what was up. They told me they were waiting on Central. So I called Central and asked them what was up and they told me that degrees aren’t processed until July 2nd, so they can’t tell PNNL I graduated until after that. So my vacation gets another extension. I will likely go to Cheney with Pat again this week, since I now know I can, as it will be more convenient for attending Sindey’s 4th of July celebrations. Plus I can hang out with Pat more before we are both relegated to work drone-itude.
Lastly, in the course of addressing my computer woes I have found in convenient to use mother’s computer from time to time. As such I have also used IE, a thing I’ve not done often in years. Using IE has exposed me to adds like the one below. Now, I dunno what this is an ad for, although I’m sure it’ s utter crap, but apparently one need follow only “these one simple rule”. /rolls eyes I tend to scorn sheeple, but people are such gibbering morons that if they didn’t have that instinctual herd mentality we never would have made it this far.
posted by Gene on Jun 19
Since I’m leaving Cheney in a few hours I figured I’d do an update post explaining a bit of what I did during my week here.
On Monday, Pat’s first day of work, Pat and I did a easy little bike ride, on roads and paths. We went 18 miles out to the lake. It was a good date path. Girlfriends would definitely like it. So, now Pat knows. We saw a couple turtles on the trip. It was cool. Along a long stretch of the path is a little stream on both sides, and they were coming out of there to sun themselves or something. One was covered in green slime stuff. So… that was kinda the highlight of that day. We also fried chicken, and did it successfully, eventually.
Tuesday Pat didn’t have to go into work until 8. Yeah, I know. Awesome, huh. One of these days we watched Crank 2. And we played a bunch of Resistance over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday. We also watched quite a few Project Lore episodes. We went to Subway on Tuesday cause we were missing cooking supplies and we felt lazy.
Wednesday, after Pat got back, we went shopping for a pot big enough to cook our corn, and got some grocery things we were missing. First we ate a Tony’s pizza, though, to tide us over. After successful shopping, except the pot being kinda broken, we successfully made corn. The rest of the day was all Resistance. While the corn cooked Pat and I did this ab work out competition thing I learned from Dan. It was round two. Round 1 on Monday was a sweep for Pat, but I one the face down half of the competition this day. Uh… whoo?!?
Thursday I Skyped w/ Yusuke and Lauren a bit. They were together since Yusuke was going up to Vancouver and stopped for lunch w/ Lauren. Sidney came and got me afterwards and took me to Newport and her house. We hung out with Emily Anne Geddes and their friend Shelby( or Shelly or something), and Pat came up after work. He made it without directions or anything. Instinct. We trampolined, and Guitar Heroed mostly, but most importantly we ate tons of their food. So that was good.
Today is the last day of work for Pat… … … this week. I guess the plan is to jet out of here as soon as he gets home and go back to the Tri-Cities. I bet he hopes to get home in time for dinner.
All the time when I’ve been alone has been spent watching podcasts and playing the Sims and chatting with people… mostly Lauren.
We go now.
posted by Gene on Jun 13
Kim and Pat hung out with me most of today. We chatted (I was interrogated) and had free food and then we had this brilliant idea to buy an ice cream cake to celebrate Kim’s 1 year of working at Value Village, as no one had yet celebrated it. This is the cake. We are quite pleased with ourselves. I feel it is a great thing. Perhaps you do not understand the subtle humor of the situation, but perhaps you do, so there it is.
There was video game playing later. Coop FPS in the form of Resistance, which was fun. I don’t FPS much but I did enjoy several moments and I don’t seem to suck too terribly.
Tomorrow (actually today) is the day all the Central people leave, except Yusuke. So I hope you guys have good goodbyes, and, ya know, imagine I was there, too. I hope you got the random facts, Sidney. Also, I’m putting in a recommendation for Pat becoming random dude that comes to your house and eats food and stuff.
Hiro, have fun in Alaska. Dan, have fun in on with Sidney. I’ll see ya both on the interwebs. Yusuke, try to be nice for a little bit. It’s not the time for humor, the girls aren’t going to be in the mood. And Lauren, good luck with your family. Sorry for the hassle that I am. Please let me help them understand how we need to visit each other all the time if I can.
Tomorrow (really tomorrow) is the day Pat leaves for Spokane for his new job, so to him I say, take me with you!
Yeah, I think that’s all the goodbyes for now. Kinda abnormal for me to do direct messages in my blog like that, but variety is the spice of life, they say. Seems like they should change up that cliche a bit. The real important thing is, Happy 1 year at Value Villiage Kim.