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Unemployment on the horizon [Mar. 16th, 2010|02:20 pm]
So, I never posted about this, but back on September 9th, I was informed (along with over 200 of my co-workers) that my job was going to go away. It was being outsourced. We were not given any solid dates, but I expected to lose my job sometime in April or so. As time went on, it became clear that the upper management here didn't really know what they were doing, so that date has been in flux as they were held up in contract negotiations.

Well, the contract has finally been signed and I finally have a date. Unless I find another job, I will be joining the great unemployed masses as of September 14th. It's a long way off, yet, so I have plenty of time to prepare. I'm not in the least worried about it.

I am actually toying with the idea of not even bothering to look for a job, as I will be able to survive quite easily off of my unemployment benefits. If I go that route, I am thinking of really giving the professional juggling world a serious effort. I'd be able to live off of my severance and unemployment, so could cope with living as a starving artist for a time, without actually having to do the starving part. I don't like starving. I also like my fast internet and not having to move. Moving sucks.

So what do you, my friends, think of this? How hard should I be looking for a job? Do you think I really have what it takes to make it as a successful juggler? Or should I stick with UNIX systems administration and/or database admin work?

I know what my parents would say.
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I builded a website! [Sep. 16th, 2009|12:27 pm]
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]

So, one of my good friends, misterjustin, is a big ol' nerd who plays with toy soldiers. I'm not talking about green, plastic army men. These are a bit more involved. Detailed little creations that hobbyists spend great wads of money on, and countless hours of their time painstakingly painting them in meticulous detail. These little miniatures are the basis for their "armies" in various games such as Warhammer 40k. There are tons of designs and variations for these miniatures. From space marines, to goblin swarms, to space-ships, tanks and siege engines. However, misterjustin noticed that there is a lack of bases to mount these little figures on. Oh sure, there are a bunch out there, with varying levels of detail and craftsmanship, but not what you'd expect for the demand. So, he decided to do something about it.

He has spent the last few months developing his own line of detailed bases to mount these miniatures on so that he can sell them to the public. They are really impressive and I'm very proud of him for the fantastic and professional work he has done on them!

Now comes my part. When it came time to set up his online store, poor misterjustin found that he had weak skillz! Just trying to install the base Zen-Cart software proved to be a daunting task. I had installed the software before and knew how to get it up and running, so I agreed to do that part for him. Though, I was going to leave any data entry, customizations, modifications, and configurations all up to him. Installing was fine, but I am no web designer and had no idea how the application worked.

So, I installed it. And very soon after, I noted that he was having issues still, as the documentation for the software was weak. Damn. So, I took a peak, to help fix a few major issues. Then a few less major ones. Then helped with some customization. Then agreed to take the whole thing on. Eep! Mind you, I was kinda having fun figuring out how to make this thing work, despite the horrible documentation.

Over the course of two months, I completely built an e-commerce website that is integrated with Paypal and looks pretty close to misterjustin's original design specifications. I'm rather proud of myself. The site went live on a "soft launch" today. I'm excited and nervous for both misterjustin and myself.

If anybody feels like taking a peek at my first dive into creating a real-live website, you can see the beast over at www.secretweaponminiatures.com. Wish us luck!
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Meaningless Fluff [Sep. 15th, 2009|01:31 am]
This is for tragerstreit because her sadness made me cry today and this made me laugh anyway.

Never use a cat as a machine gun!

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And... the good stuff... [Jul. 27th, 2009|03:05 pm]
So, this weekend was the start of a heatwave here in Portland. bloomerwedgies had the bright idea to get out of town and head to the beach for a few days. I agreed that this was a brilliant idea, so I made some arrangements on Friday and we were off and on our way by noon on Saturday.

Cut for friend's page friendlinessCollapse )
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First... the bad news [Jul. 27th, 2009|10:08 am]
So, the highlight of this weekend was a lovely trip to Astoria and Long Beach on the coast with bloomerwedgies, Tabitha and David. I'll get to that shortly. First, I wanted to get the bad part out of the way. Luckily, this was minimally invasive on our fun-filled weekend and really only took about an hour or so of our time and we were all able to continue having fun despite this one bit of yuck. I know it will be a much larger hassle to deal with in the coming weeks, but there was nothing more that could be done over the weekend, so we all mostly just forgot about it and moved on.

So, we drove out to the beach on Saturday to spend the night and enjoy a few days away from the Portland heat.

On Sunday, I got into a small car accident.Collapse )

Anyhow, there were no injuries of any sort. Nobody was jolted, and there are no sore muscles or whiplash to worry about. She wasn't even sure if she'd hit us and there was only a tiny little scratch, about an inch long, on the rubber part of her bumper. So, the only thing that needs any attention is my poor car. It'll take a fair amount of body work. Hopefully, I won't have to go TOO long without a vehicle. In my debt-payoff mode, I can't afford the full coverage insurance, so there is no rental to cover me. Maybe her company will pay for that. Who knows? I'll be calling my insurance company again shortly to find out how I go about dealing with the rest of this now that it's the work-week.
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No content here... [Jun. 6th, 2009|07:46 pm]
But DAMN this was funny! bloomerwedgies and I just about wet ourselves watching this!

Thanks to foseelovechild for posting this.
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The Goose-Duck-Monster Mystery Solved [Apr. 30th, 2009|01:43 pm]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]

After 2 years, the mystery has finally been solved. Back in May of 2007, bloomerwedgies and I took a trip to the Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden. While there, we saw many interesting things which I could swear I posted about. However, I cannot find any such posting. Weird. At any rate, one of the things I saw was this giant, mutant, goose/duck/vulture/monster. It was really large. Like... from where I was sitting, it appeared to be larger than the Canadian Geese, though that may have been a trick of perspective. It was shaped like a duck. And had a pink, fleshy head like a friggin' vulture! Here. See for yourselfCollapse )
So, it turns out it's not a mutant after all. We do not have to fear being taken over by horrifying vuldugeese. What a relief!
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Today is win [Apr. 20th, 2009|03:10 pm]
[Current Mood |chipperchipper]

It is a fantastically beautiful day out. The sun is shining, the sky is blue, birds are singing. The downside is that I am working. But I am so lucky because I telecommute on Mondays. I'm sitting outside at our little patio table in the shade working on the laptop and enjoying the fresh air. Sometimes, life is just really awesome. Hurray!
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So in love with today's xkcd [Mar. 31st, 2009|02:38 pm]
This is one of my biggest pet peeves. I'm a horrible person, but I actually HAVE keyed peoples cars for this. If your car is so special that you deserve two spaces in a crowded parking lot to keep it from getting scratched... it NEEDS to be scratched. I'd do a lot worse if I thought I could get away with it. Erg! It fills me with rage! Maybe I need therapy...
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Brokened! [Aug. 8th, 2008|01:14 am]
[Current Mood |draineddrained]

Guess who added to his collection of broken bits yesterday?

Me! See over on the pinky side there, where the bones don't line up? Yeah... that's ow. The rin finger is broken, too. Though not so badly. Yay fun!

In better news... I've finally gotten all my car stuff straightened out. I'm insured, registered in Oregon, have new plates, and have transferred my title. Finlly! What a relief!

P.S. There are probably lots of typos from typing with only my left hand. It's late and I don't care.
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