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Tue, Oct. 19th, 2004, 12:39 am

I started my new job today. I am working tech support at Psyberware. It's going to be fun I think. It looks like it will also lead fairly quickly into moving up into programming or another more responsible (and more full-time) job, which is good.

I was surprised at the interview on Friday to find that xot was also there to interview for the job. Happily, they hired both of us!

Today was spent training on their ticketing/job tracking program. It's pretty straightforward. and no problem at all if you're familiar with a Unix terminal interface. We'll be going for a 2 week training period, then moving into our regular schedule after that. I'll be working 3-8pm Mon-Thu, which is a fantastic schedule for my natural inclinations. Mornings are for sleeping and insane people. I'll see you bright and early at the crack-of-noon.

So, I'll have income and be able to afford being out and about more again. I'm really happy about that. I've got some equipment needs that have been neglected for too long as well. Here goes!

Tue, Oct. 12th, 2004, 01:18 am
Just home from a rather entertaining evening.

Tonight was Psyberware's 10th anniversary party. Having been a member
of Psyber really since before it was Psyber I figured I'd go down and check it out. I had been unsure whether I wanted to make the trip down to Lincoln from home but tetrakatus talked me into coming down for it anyway.

The party itself was not the most exciting thing in the world. Tragically few people showed up at all, which was sad. On the plus side, I got to meet the Psyber people that have come on since I lived in Lincoln and was hanging around all the time. psy, and yogidancer were there of course so we all hung out and talked abot movies and whatever and drank coffee.

After that was over, around 8:00, tetrakatus, psy, yogidancer and I decided to head to tetrakatus's house to hang out in his hot tub. It was very nice, I hadn't done a good soak in the tub for too long and we had more good conversation, just hanging out enjoying each other's company. I don't see yogidancer very frequently and am still getting to know her, but I really enjoy her company every time we meet. She always has something interesting to say and is a good person.

All in all it was a fun, satisfying evening.

Sat, Oct. 9th, 2004, 12:19 pm

On October 8th at 9PM, two third party candidates were arrested for attempting to enter the Washington University complex holding the second presidential debate. The candidates, Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party and David Cobb of the Green Party, chose civil disobedience to fight the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Over half of Americans believe third party candidates should be included, yet politicians continue to funnel public funds into the bi-partisan Commission. S.W.A.T. teams were used to deny the will of the American people while mainstream media ignored this historic event, a shameless suppression of political diversity.

Full story at Libertarian Presidential Candidate Michael Badnarik's webpage

Do you think that continuing to support the two party system is ever going to effect any real change to this country? The system doesn't care which of the two entrenched powers you support - they're nearly identical anyway. You're fooling yourself if you think that any substantive choice is being offered there. Broaden your search, find someone whose ideas really represent what you believe.

Sat, Oct. 9th, 2004, 01:42 am
What D&D Character Am I

I Am A: True Neutral Half-Elf Ranger Mage

True Neutral characters are very rare. They believe that balance is the most important thing, and will not side with any other force. They will do whatever is necessary to preserve that balance, even if it means switching allegiances suddenly.

Half-Elves are a cross between a human and an elf. They are smaller, like their elven ancestors, but have a much shorter lifespan. They are sometimes looked down upon as half-breeds, but this is rare. They have both the curious drive of humans and the patience of elves.

Primary Class:
Rangers are the defenders of nature and the elements. They are in tune with the Earth, and work to keep it safe and healthy.

Secondary Class:
Mages harness the magical energies for their own use. Spells, spell books, and long hours in the library are their loves. While often not physically strong, their mental talents can make up for this.

Silvanus is the True Neutral god of nature. He is also known as the Patron of Druids. His followers believe in the perfect balance of nature, and believe that nature's bounty is preferable to any other 'civilizing' method. They wear leather or metallic scale mail, constructed of leaf-shaped scales. Silvanus's symbol is an oak leaf.

Find out What D&D Character Are You?, courtesy ofNeppyMan (e-mail)

I ranked nearly as highly in chaotic-good, which would have been my first choice. But I'm happy in the ground between the two.

Fri, Apr. 23rd, 2004, 12:03 am

I've felt crummy all day. I woke up with a bit of a scratchy throat and didn't feel very good. I've just taken it easy all day and have been drinking echinacea tea so I'm a bit better now. My throat seems ok but I still feel lethargic.

I really want to feel better by tomorrow evening so I don't have to miss guitar group.

I may have picked up whatever is bothering me at the Auburn Marketplace last night. It's a farmer's market and craft fair thing that's going on Wed. eves. Last night was the first one I'd been too and if they're all as dull as that I won't bother again. We took one quick circuit through the thing and left. I really like things like this for two things: farmer's market and entertainment value. There was really only one produce booth and it was light on selection and very high on price. If the produce in question had been organic it might have been worth it. But it wasn't advertised as such so I had to assume it wasn't. I didn't bother asking. Not only was the thing a bust as a farmer's market, there wasn't any significant entertainment either. No street performers, no live music execept what was emanating into the street from the Club Car, and not enough people (or diversity) to make the crowd itself entertaining. The whole experience made me long for Grass Valley's friday night markets, which are far better on both counts. They won't get going for another couple of months though.

Wed, Apr. 21st, 2004, 05:00 am
Welcome to myself

I suppose that given that this is intended to be a journal it makes sense to write something in this space. I have just joined LiveJournal and have been casting about for friends to add to my list.

Today was fairly calm. Went into town for coffee in the mid afternoon, chit-chatted with Andrea and read the Chronicle.

There have been some changes brewing in the Linux realm that I've been tempted to catch up with but hadn't done yet because I didn't want to mess my system up too badly. Today I was finally convinced enough to dump xfree86 from my machine. I installed the new X.org X11 server instead and except for some minor font problems that ultimately turned out to be of my own making it was ridiculously easy and problem-free.

Now all I have to do is build up the courage to dump devfs for udev and I'll be all bleeding-edge. :)