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Don't post here anymore. [Oct. 10th, 2010|11:43 pm]
My new blog is over at we are large, people, if you'd like to check it out!
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Rough goals for next year [Dec. 24th, 2006|11:03 pm]
So, I like to do this thing where I think about stuff sometimes. So I was thinking to myself, and I said "self, what are some goals you'd like to accomplish next year?" and my self said "well, here are some:

- play piano more (at least 30min/week)
- play guitar more (at least 30min/week)
- write in at least an unstructured way, hopefully a more structured way that could perhaps lead to a book no one would want to read :)
- learn the banjo
- learn how to use my expensive SLR camera that I got 2 years ago for christmas
- play music with other people more, not just in a church setting
- keep up the pace of reading, though not setting a goal of 100 books.... which I did this year, and am coming up a little short (check my progress, and that of my roommate, at 100booksayear)
- obligatory "get in shape" goal
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(no subject) [Dec. 12th, 2006|03:36 pm]
What’s Your Digital Life Quotient?

How digitally connected are you?

1. Have you ever sent a text message?
2. Have you watched a web video in the last 7 days?
3. Do you own an iPod?
4. Have you ever edited or retouched digital photographs?
5. Do you have a PayPal account?
6. Have you ever purchased song from an online music store?
7. Have you ever purchased On-Demand TV?
8. Do you have a blog or have you ever posted comments to a blog?
9. Do you have an RSS reader?
10. Do you own a SlingBox?
11. Do you have a wireless network at home?
12. Do you have a DVR or Tivo?
13. Do you IM more than 1X/Day?
14. Do you own a navigation device or GPS?
15. Have you ever bought or sold an item on eBay?
16. Do you subscribe to a Podcast?
17. Have you ever used Google Earth
18. Do you have a MySpace Profile?
19. Do you have a second life avatar?
20. Have you ever played a multi-player networked video game?
21. Do you use an open-source web-browser?
22. Have you ever placed a VoIP call?
23. Have you ever downloaded a feature film?
24. Have you ever watched a mobisode?
25. On average are you online > 2 hours a day?

Once you have answered all the questions, total the number of times you answered yes and to multiply this X 4. This is your /100.

I got an 84.
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This needs to be preserved for posterity. [Oct. 12th, 2006|03:00 pm]
I can't tear my eyes away.
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(no subject) [Sep. 13th, 2006|10:18 pm]
Just sitting here, sipping on a Strongbow (England's Dry Cider(tm)) and eating pretzels. Feeling very british. Or very midwestern overweight male that ran out of beer and found this cider stuff in the back of the fridge from his wife's bridge party last month. Not sure which.

Anyways, went to jiu jitsu tonight and it was AWESOME. I got to "roll" for the first time, which is what sparring is called in JJ, and it was alot harder than I thought it would be. But I did pretty well considering I'm a rankless white belt! It was so much fun, though I'm a little sore and got a bloody lip (which just enhances the "i'm gonna come at you like a spider monkey" craziness).

The reason why I'm posting is because I'm bored and waiting on my roommate to get home so we can finish our House Season 1 disc and send it back to netflix and start on season 2 soon. I really want to see this last episode. I wish she would hurry home.

Let's see... In other news, I dropped my phone one too many times. I knew this day would come someday. I loved my little phone - so tiny, so rugged, almost scandinavian in its efficiency (actually, isn't Nokia scandinavian?). Anyways, it now has no external speaker capabilities, meaning no speakerphone, no ringing, and, most importantly and the reason why I won't just keep using it - no alarm clock. So I've been late to work... which isn't really anything new, but now I have a palpable excuse, one that doesn't include mumbling and apology. I went to the Cingular kiosk at the mall (after going into the real store and seeing it was so crowded it would have taken hours) and saw that the only non-flip Nokia they had was the 6030, a huge black monstrosity (black is bigger, it seems), that I hated from the moment I saw it, but I hate motorola phones more, and I hate flip phones more. Well, I thought I hated them more... but I don't, apparently, because I returned the black monstrosity the next day and ordered the only other nokia phone cingular carries, the Nokia 6102i. Hasn't come yet, but we'll see if my hatred of the flip-ness presents itself. I'm hoping the shininess of a new phone, plus the excitement of having a gadget shipped to me, and getting to open it and peel the plastic wrap off the shiny bits... well, I'm just hoping.
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Another meme (shoot me in the face) [Sep. 12th, 2006|11:19 am]
another meme, and my apologiesCollapse )
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(no subject) [Aug. 23rd, 2006|11:53 pm]
Inspired by a friend linking to my blog, I feel I should update.

This past week has been busy and emotionally turbulent, but fun as well, in a roundabout way. This weekend, and by 'weekend' I mean Saturday and Sunday, because I honestly can't remember what I did Friday night, was busy. I drove to Athens Saturday night to visit Nat and Eli and it was fun. I stopped by Aaron's beforehand and picked up some awesome music, most notably the hassidic jewish reggae/rapper that everyone else seems to have heard of due to this thing they call a "radio" - Matisyahu (caution link has noise). Nat and Eli and and I enjoyed delicious mexican food, then tore into a homemade cheesecake (Nat - you make the cheesecakes of GOD. The whole earth will sing their praises as they arise, gain sentience due to their awesomenitude, and rule over all of us as a benevolent yet stern oligarchy of dairy-fresh goodness). I drove back that evening and got back in around 2am, then messed around on teh intarweb for another hour and a half, rendering myself unable to get up for church in the morning. So I missed church, shoot me, for I missed the pastor's insensitive side comment during his sermon about how, when you get married, you become a "person of significance". Harumph.

Sunday for lunch I met an old college friend, Susan, for lunch and an impromptu shopping spree at Old Navy and Barnes and Noble, which resulted in the purchase of a set of large magnets ("R" "&" "L", representing mine and my roomie's first initials, to adorn the fridge), 2 hoodies, some wrapping paper I don't need, but was "on sale", and another bag for my collection. It's tweed. It's like getting a hug from a tweed library. At Barnes and Noble I pretty much went apeshit over the half price classics shelves, then came to my senses and only ended up bringing home Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman (from that section). Then I picked out 6 other books which weren't on sale but that I simply had to possess, one of which is PostSecret. It is awesome, you should check it out.

After my afternoon shopping binge, I headed home to pick up my djembe and go to the church for our 2x/monthly prayer/prophetic/worship meeting called Unveiled. I played there with another guy, who is really weird and personal-space-invading, on percussion and my friend Jeff on guitar, and we prayed for our friend Sonia who is leaving soon to a former soviet country to help some long-term resident missionaries homeschool their 4 daughters. (can't say where, as there are safety concerns for the missionary family).

After that, I headed home to find my small group making themselves at home (since most of them have keys) and small group nearly underway. I got to play the djembe again for group, and it was fun.

Then I had to go to work.

Then my new ipod that I bought myself last weekend as a b'day present stopped working right, so I spent an hour at the genius bar at the Lenox Apple store trying to get it fixed, was told it was defective, and was sad. They couldn't look up the receipt from the perimeter store where I bought it, because, hey, they are a technology company and their systems don't talk to each other. The guy at the genius bar, who was smugger than the normal smugness of an mac user because he was an apple store employee, and smugger than the smuggest apple store employee because he was a genius bar worker and had on a t-shirt that said "genius", was not very helpful and was smug (surprise!) and condescending. I contented myself with the fact that he works at a mall, no matter what his shirt says. So I have to take it back to the perimeter store, or bring my receipt with me (which I have, it was just at home that day because I didn't think I was going to have to exchange it) to the Lenox store, and trade it in for a shiny newer ipod which may have the same issue lurking within its gleaming exterior.

Tomorrow evening - saturday evening I am attending the OneThing conference put on by the International House of Prayer. I am excited, as I have been really interested in prayer and intercession and worship, and this conference is going to be about those things, with some awesome speakers and worship leaders. Plus, I am taking Friday off to go, and taking days off work is always fun, unless it's to go to a series of doctors' appointments or to bury a loved pet. Then it isn't fun.
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(no subject) [Aug. 10th, 2006|09:45 am]
Fun times, fun times (to borrow a line from my brother) were had by all.

So, in the news today, another plot to blow up planes. I actually learned this from my Dad on the phone on the way to work today, since I am really out of touch with the news (having no tv) despite my intense internet connectedness :). We had an interesting discussion just about disproportionate reactions to things: the Mohammed cartoon saga of earlier this year, the Lebanon situation right now. We talked about the lack of love in the world, how we are all raised with prejudices against people and how these prejudices can bring this sort of stuff about. It honestly makes me want to move to Iraq and just love people, just to show them that they are loved, that there are good things, to try to temper some of the hate. "The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently." -Friedrich Nietzsche


In my work-life-news today, we FINALLY had a candidate for team manager pass the excruciatingly long interview process and get an offer. I am way more happy than my calm demeanor and ability to spell correctly denotes - I really hope he accepts. We've had an open req for a manager for over a year now, and I am ready to be managed. I thought I would like having little authority in place above me, but it is too difficult for me to self-motivate for this long. I need accountabillity!

In personal-life-news, I went to kickboxing and jiu jitsu last night and learned how to break someone's wrist (obligatory Napoleon Dynamite reference: "break the wrist, walk away"), practiced my leg-choking move (called the Triangle choke), and sweat alot. On the drive home a friend called - he and another *amazing* drummer were at the church playing around on percussion, so I drove there instead of home. I changed out of my sweaty gi (white pants = not attractive) in the church parking lot and finished right when my friend came outside to see if I was here. Perfect timing.

We jammed for an hour or so, I learned some cool new beats and got to play the drumkit a little too! It's been awhile since I've been able to play with other percussionists like that, and it was really fun. I want to buy a set of congas I think, though the church has several sets and I wouldn't ever play them at home, so I can just play the ones at the church... so I don't need them. I already have 2 djembes (though one is at the church and I don't really know where it is...), a guitar and a piano. Because I a teh musical.

Tonight I am going with friends to see Talledega Nights, which I have heard isn't as funny as Old School or Anchorman, but funnier than Dodgeball and Wedding Crashers. I won't tell you how it is, since I hate spoilers ;).
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(no subject) [Aug. 8th, 2006|03:28 pm]
I'm just sorry. I was bored. There's no excuse for filling out memes...

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(no subject) [Aug. 8th, 2006|12:37 am]
Happy b'day to me. :)
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