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I neglect this thing far too much.

I haven’t fully decided if it’s because I wait until things happen in my life that are worth writing about, or if I only write when I try to alleviate my guilt for not putting forth any effort to be the writer I know I can be.  Probably both; although I seemed to have more to say when I was a whiny, angsty teenager complaining in my DeadJournal… O__o

Where to begin?  I suppose the beginning is always the best place, especially if one is catching up.  I suppose I should start in December, after my last post.  That’s where I left off, anyway.

I was living in Newnan with friends, on unemployment still, and fervently trying to look for a job.  Nothing panned out, the new year came and went, we started fighting about money, we had a falling out, I moved back home with my parents.  (There’s the annotated version because the long-winded version plays out like a bad soap opera in my head every time I think about it.  Everything is over and done with, and while I regret losing a best friend for something very stupid, it still happened.  We live and we learn, and truth be told I will never do that again.)

Enter February.  I started a new job as a quality control technician in a plant that’s not far from the house.  Sounds fancy, doesn’t it?  It’s not.  Putting it simply, I inspect parts that are made in the plant.  The plant itself (TI Automotive), makes gas tanks for certain models of BMW, Volkswagon, and Hyundai/Kia cars.  There’s about 8 different lines running in the plant, not to mention all the shipping and receiving that goes on.  It’s loud, crazy, and monotonous work.  Truth be told, I hate it, only I can’t complain because the pay is not bad and I can pay my bills.

I only complain about the job until the “this job is bigger than you” thought crosses my mind.  Then I get set back into my place for a while.  The plant makes gas tanks that will be in cars that people actually drive, and I’m inspecting the parts.  I stop complaining after that.  The job is still boring, though.  I catch myself watching the press near me make a part and the robots do their designed task.  Boring as it in there, it’s fascinating.

Moving on.

Ever since I went to London in 2007, I’ll pine for it every 3-6 months.  I’ve been missing it lately, just thought I’d share.

Lately I’ve gotten this bug about getting things done, and not leaving anything unfinished.  This includes writing, cleaning, whatever I can think of that I’d usually put off.  I started digging through my notebooks trying to find a script for a movie I was working on, only to remember that it was on my external hard drive, which crashed ages ago.  Back to square 1 on that one.

I was without a gaming console for a few weeks after I applied the January Dashboard update to my Xbox.  My original 360 Elite went through a ton of freezes before it finally red ringed, so I took it apart (my warranty was gone ages ago) and attempted to fix it myself in addition to modding the case.  The fix didn’t work, so now my case mod is useless, especially since I gave up and purchased a newer 360.  X_x  I tried to save it, though.  I really did.  I can game again, but I’m sad I can’t use my Emilie Autumn 360 case mod.  It really is beautiful.

I’ve got a lot of things running through my mind but no clear way as to how I want to convey them.  Maybe that’s why I get so many headaches, too many pressing thoughts. :3

Well, this seems to be a good place as any to leave off.  I feel I’ve bloggored enough today, and I should get to writing something; although it’s more likely I’ll end up playing BioShock 2 until bed, though.

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Er, I’m quite rubbish at keeping up with blogs, obviously.  I mean, you’d think with me being unemployed ONCE AGAIN, I would have ample time to write petty nonsense in this thing.  I don’t know, at any rate, I haven’t been keeping track of much.

Let’s see, as I mentioned above, I lost my job in November.  Once again I was laid off.  It’s possible I should move back home with my parents, but I’m trying to see if I can find another job first.

December 4th I saw Trans-Siberian Orchestra.  I have to say the concert was fantastic.  It was everything I hoped it would be ever since I started listening to them at age 14.  I went away from the show feeling dazzled and slightly deaf, but so happy I saw them.

One week later (December 11th), I flew to New York with my friend Kim and saw Rammstein.  I can honestly say without a doubt it was the BEST concert I have ever been to.  To be a part of that history, to see them in the U.S. for the first time in almost 10 years, and in Madison Square Gardens, was nothing short of awe-inspiring.  Marking that off my bucket list was pretty awesome.

I went away from that concert with the ultimate feeling of euphoria, even more deaf than the week before, also hoarse.  It didn’t matter, I was/am so happy I saw them.  Words can’t describe the happiness.  I, like the other fans who saw Rammstein in NY, hope they decide to eventually tour the U.S.

What else?  Oh, well…tomorrow is my birthday.  Yeah, happy birthday to me.  I’ll be at my cousin’s, doing laundry and reading and hoping the day doesn’t suck too terribly bad.

Update over, I’ve nothing more to write.

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Blogging whilst at work.  I’ve been meaning to write something for quite some time, but I’m only now getting around to it.

General catch-up

3 weekends ago Atlanta hosted Gay Pride.  I went to the festivities all 3 days (Friday to Sunday) and meant to blog about it.  We see how well that went.  I’ll write up a separate entry soon, because all the fun that was had cannot simply fit into this one entry alone.

By a stroke of luck at a local Barnes & Noble, I got my hands on the Complete Sherlock Holmes: Vol. 1 & 2.  I am part way through the The Sign of Four.  Finding quiet time to read is difficult at best; I’ve taken to locking myself in the bathroom and bringing the book to work with me for some alone time.  I’m not complaining, I rather enjoy it.

I’ve felt creative as of late, a smattering of poems and a partial story have been written.  None of it complete, should work on this.

My general rantings, however, deal with the atrocities on the Georgia interstates that claim to be suitable drivers.  They’re not.  They’re brainless, devolved beasts with 2-ton death missles, and that’s putting it mildly.  I don’t know what’s been emptied into the water supply to make everyone bat-shit crazy when it comes to driving on the interstate, but it’s been effective.  Maybe it’s the weather or the recent full moon.  Whatever the case may be, it’s made me think about modifying my car; perhaps into something along the lines of a tricked-out death machine you see in video games.

Not realistically possible for my make and model car, but I digress.

What else?  OH, Emilie Autumn’s second printing of her novel The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls finally shipped.  Now if mum will send my copy to me, all will be right in the world.  I cannot wait to have my copy actually in my hands.

OH!  Also, I’m so excited about Rammstein playing their first U.S. show in 10 years!  They’ll be in NY on Dec. 11th, and I HAVE TICKETS TO BE THERE!!  I’m so excited about this, I cannot wait for November to pass.

I also have tickes for Trans Siberian Orchestra next month.  More excitement.

At any rate, that seems to be the gist of it.  I’ve noticed since picking up Sherlock Holmes my speech has gotten far more proper.  As it should be, I suppose.  Not many in America know what proper grammar is.  Indeed, half my peers still use their/there/they’re and your/you’re improperly, and we’ve been graduated from high school 6 years.  No matter, at least I can say grammar/literature class were my best studies.

I’ll end this now, work to be done.

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I hate recalling a movie I saw some odd number of years ago, then not being able to find the name of the movie when I Google.  That happened to me today.

I can’t remember when I saw the movie, but if I had to venture a guess I’d say it was roughly 10 years go:

The movie was about this couple who, despite being in debt, continue to live beyond their means; the guy buys the girl a puppy, the girl maxes out their credit cards, the girl buys a huge knife that can “penetrate a car door”.  They’re continually fighting about money, and the guy starts stealing cars and robbing banks.  The girl finds out and becomes fascinated, wanting to join him.  The two get the attention of the cops, and at the climax of the movie, she kills herself and the guy is shot to death.

Trouble is, I can’t find the title of the movie!  Maybe I’m not using Google right. :/

Someone help?

Edit: I found it.  It’s a 1996 film called Normal Life starring Luke Perry and Ashley Judd. 🙂 I am satiated.

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Today is Towel Day.

As we observe this day by keeping our trusty towels handy, we are reminded of a brilliantly mad man who taught us: 42, Don’t Panic, Mostly Harmless, and overall the insanity of Life, the Universe, and Everything.

Here’s to you, Douglas Adams.  Bop Ad, we miss your brilliance.

I must go collect my towel now.

Our brave and fearless leader. March 11, 1952 - May 11, 2001

So long, and thanks for all the fish.

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Condolences all around!

No I’m not a Lost fan, I’ve never seen one episode.  But I have friends and old coworkers who were cuckoo-bananas over the show.

I hear the show is absolutely, positively over.  For that I give my condolences, you guys must be crushed.  I have no idea how the show ended, but from what I understand about the show, it must have been weird.

On another note, I hear 24 will be also be ending.  This is another show I’ve never watched, but I do love me some Keifer Sutherland.  I extend my condolences to the 24 fans as well.

MMM, Keifer Sutherland

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I’ve always been secure in the knowledge that I’m nerdier/geekier than most of the girls I went to high school with.  I LOVE technology, video games, car tech…honestly the CNET site is my haven for all things tech.  I’ll explain my fanatic love for them in a bit.  Anyway, I’ve always considered myself a nerd until it was recently brought to my attention that ‘nerd’ status isn’t truly official until you do something awesome and tech geek/nerd related.

I’ve lost most of you, I can tell.  You know the nerds you went to school with that were already building cpu’s before you’d learned your way around Word?  They’ve already proven themselves as nerds.  With me now?  Let us continue.

Some funny anecdotes and the bricking of the Blackberry.

I remember when I got my hands on my first laptop (only made so by my mother buying herself a new one and giving me the cast-off), and within 6 months I had crashed it 7 times.  (The first 5 were to see if I could manage it and then revive it, the last 2 were completely accidental.)

I kept that obsolete piece of junk running another three or so years; even after replacing the screen (accident, it was knocked off my bed by an unruly cat), the hard drive (another accident), an experimental OS wipe in favor of a Linux test-run, and like 9 re-installs of XP.  I remember one re-install was because I tried my hand in hacking that proved disastrous (nerd-fail strike 1 and rookie mistake).  I think only 2 XP re-installs were actually full and complete (as in asking me for the verification keys), meaning I had like 7 incomplete layers of OS.  While my OS wipe in favor of Linux was effective, I could never get the hang of the open source coding (nerd-fail strike 2 and rookie mistake).

I successfully broke my computer after 4 or 5 years of abuse, and it breathed its last during the wipe of Linux and re-(times 9)install of XP.  The CD drive gave out, locking the computer in perpetual Safe Mode limbo before all the drivers made it back onto the hard drive.  (I of course got a new laptop, my Toshiba Satellite that I love so much.)

All those times I was so close to obtaining nerd status, but I always fell short.  It could be argued that I’ve accomplished more with my computer than most people (no matter how horribly wrong it’s gone), but I was never satisfied with almost destroying one thing.

Enter my third and final attempt at official nerd-status.

A few months ago I learned the 5.0 OS for RIM had leaked online, and I wanted to be all cool and upgrade my phone.  I thought “Eh, how hard can it be?” (See where this is going?) I found out the hard way that is is incredibly easy to brick a Blackberry, and a bit more difficult to bring one back to life.  A close friend (and fellow geek) tried to rush to my rescue, and also informed me that if I could bring back my beloved BBerry on my own, I would have official status as a nerd.

I felt like her.

It’s ALIVE! and my nerd status.

It took several hours, an Excedrin (or 3, I can’t remember), and a lot of swearing, but I did it.  My phone was as good as new, in the literal sense because I had to re-install my apps…but I was just happy that my phone was alive once more. Lesson learned, just because I read through the process to upgrade the OS didn’t actually mean I had followed every step.  I understand this is a common rookie mistake (rookie mistake 3 for those keeping track), and one I’ll be sure to never repeat.  Well, given my history with OSs, that could be a short-lived resolution.

On to CNET.

As I said in the beginning of this post, I love CNET.  Back when I was crashing my old laptop every other week, I was always on their download page looking for new software to junk up my hard drive, but I digress.

I realized not too long ago that my nerdism status had grown while I was catching up on my podcasts.  Every single one of them is a CNET podcast:

  • The Apple Byte
  • Buzz Out Loud
  • The Buzz Report
  • Car tech
  • CNET’s Top 5
  • Dialed In
  • Gadgettes
  • Mailbag (although this technically doesn’t count, Molly Wood scrapped the Mailbag project February 9, 2010 in lieu of her numerous other projects)

I could ramble on and on about this, but skip to the end: I completely enjoy being a nerd.

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