PAX and stuff

I recently completed the first day back from a 4 day weekend. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday were pretty much exclusively taken up going to, attending, and returning from, PAX. The nerd conference/expo of choice for the Pacific Northwest it seems. I went w/ Pat, and we stayed at my uncle’s, so thanks uncle. Keston was also there, so I spent some time hanging out with him and his companions from Intel. The experience was much as years prior, only bigger, so fun and entertaining and expensive parking.

PAX is one of those things that is difficult to explain to people. People always ask what you do there, and when you answer the question literally, you say something like, “walk around and look at video games that are going to come out, and go to panels about video games and stuff, and sometimes play video games that haven’t come out yet.” But that’s not really what PAX is about or what’s cool about it. Part of what is cool is taking what is generally a isolated minority, nerds, and making them an overwhelming majority. Putting 50,000 nerds into one building has a strange effect. Everything kinda goes backwards. Like, you get peer pressured into playing Magic or D&D, and if someone finds out you don’t know what keyboard cat is they laugh at you. It’s a good change of pace from real life. So I’m going to say that this upside down social world is the real reason to go to PAX, and there are panels and video games as bonus. So PAX was a success. I mean, Pat had never seen another gphone in the wild, and I musta seen 20 @ PAX w/o even looking.

Pat was pretty sick on Sunday, so that sorta sucked, mostly for him. I’m told he feels mostly better at this point, and I still feel fine so I think I’ve resisted infection, so those are good things. News is out about a confirmed case of swine flu at PAX and a whole website has sprung up to report confirmed cases and what flights you were on and stuff, so if you went to PAX and you get sick, go to the doctor.

Monday, day of labor, I pretty much just watched Mythbusters. It’s a pretty amazing show. For me it’s a show I watch w/o really knowing why I like it. Although I have identified one aspect, and that is the actual building. I have very little experience, and, I think, probably, very little skill in the area of mechanically building stuff. The mythbusters are really good at it, and the show presents rapid fire problems and solutions in an interesting way, so I like that aspect a lot. Plus, I think I like guessing the outcomes of stuff and almost always being right, but not always always.

I also downloaded and watched the pilot of Leverage, which I didn’t really know anything about except all my celebrity nerd friends on twitter are talking about it, and Wil Wheaton is somehow involved. Anyway, it looks kinda cool. I have to watch more before I can really comment.

Yeah, so life is good I think. My newest pay check indicates that the amount I’m losing to taxes and other automatic subtractions is 3% greater than previously estimated, but that’s not very much. 😛 Closer to what I expected anyway. Lauren is starting school in Spain in about 6 hours. Everythings pretty standard and genial. ttfn

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Updating… because I don’t have headphones

Is there a word for a person who is willing to have sex with someone because that someone’s sexual history is linked to some highly desirable person?  Like, Lisa loves Johnny Depp so she’s willing to sleep with Mike because Mike had a tryst with Depp’s ex-wife, for example.  If there isn’t such a word, perhaps someone should craft one.  It seems like the kind of thing that could use a good latinate word.

Paul Pirone, CS friend, won the Central Washington University strong man competition that was held recently.  So congrats to him.  I saw him win the flippy tire thing and the round stone picky upy thing so I figured he probably did well, but I didn’t stick around to see that he actually won.

I guess I haven’t posted since Lauren and I came out as a couple.  So, yeah, we’re dating.  One caveat for you guys out there, we haven’t come out to her family yet.  We’re assuming none of them read this, but if you could avoid telling them, or posting things on facebook in such a way that they might see, or whatever, that would be appreciated.

So, probably largely because of this new dating situation, I’ve stayed with the Central people.  Hanging out with everyone, doing the same ol’ things.  We went to Portland as planned and did stay with Keston and Ody, except Sidney and Dan ran away to Linfield cause they are weak (allergic to cats).  Whatever, just extra driving for them.  Yusuke became good friends with the cat.  I named the cat Henry, since it had no name.  I dunno if it’ll stick w/o my presence, though.

Portland was Portland.  I never really understood why people think it’s so great.  I guess if you’re not raised amongst the hippies you think seeing hippy people and hippy stores is really novel and awesome… maybe?  I dunno.  Regardless, stores and just stores to me, filled with piles of stuff I don’t want.  I bought volumes 3 and 4 of Otherland used from Powell’s, though, for Sidney and Lauren.  The rest of the time I spent walking around, which I found quite pleasant because the weather and company were so good.

School’s out for the Central peeps in 2 weeks, so then I’ll have to go home I suppose, maybe even before.  Otherwise the plan is to continue hanging out while I can before everyone goes to their preferred countries.  Tonight we’re going to play basketball.

There’s this new thing called WolframAlpha.  It looks cool to me.  If I had headphones I would have learned all about it by now and could recommend better how to use it, but I think it has a variety of uses for everyone and that you all should play around with it yourself and see what you come up with.  It’s good if you have math homework for sure, and if you wanna do financial analysis, or if you just curious about some statistics but you don’t know where you’d find them.  Like, finding out the number of people with your name… or the population of females in your area.  I dunno, it’s new and probably will ever grow, but I plan to keep an eye on it.  Yeah, it’s definitely cool.

K, I’m gonna go play with it some more.  TTFN, folks.


I like praying… and chainsawing

Well, I’m still at Central. We went to Lauren’s last weekend and chilled and ate. There were lots of people around all the time, so I couldn’t really be doing what everyone was doing all the time, but there were some good times anyway. We played capture the flag and I got to show that I’m fast. People keep thinking I’m not fast just because I don’t move fast very often.

Donny’s around. Occasionally he disappears all day with his other friends, but he’s around more than never, so that’s cool.

On the whole getting my degree from Central front, I think it’s all taken care of. I looked at my report and as far as I can tell the master computer agrees now that I did the work required. So I just have to wait until June and see, I guess. And then I’m sure there will be more paperwork and stuff related to the internship. Evermore.

This weekend the central gang is going to Portland for fun and to meet up with Sidney’s friend, Emily Anne Geddes. Since I’m still hanging around I’m planning on tagging along, and since I am we’re gonna sleep at Keston and Ody’s place, it looks like. It’ll be good to see those guys, so hopefully the find some time to chat and stuff. I’m gonna try and meet up with some of the other Linfieldians and Portland dwellers too, but I’m not very hopeful. Lots of people have plans for the weekend already I’m sure.

My sister is home, apparently. I haven’t seen any evidence, but that’s what mom claims. Sorry I’m not there with my gaggle of friends, sister dearest. Umm… I hope someday you can forgive me. And to you other Kennewickians who have been left behind, umm… come visit, or text me or something. I dun want to leave you behind really.