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Wednesday, September 8th, 2010
1:31 am
Going to Haiti
I leave for my trip to Haiti in less than twelve hours.
Thursday, February 4th, 2010
12:21 pm
The earth began to shake
I was just sitting here eating my lunch, when the earth beneath me shook. I hope we don't all get washed away.
Tuesday, January 26th, 2010
10:38 pm
We're all standing in a circle...
Reply to this post, and I'll tell you one reason why I like you. Then put this in your own journal, and spread the love.
Saturday, September 26th, 2009
7:25 pm
Fashion Umm... I Don't Know What
For quite a while now, I've been seeking a bright red v-neck sweater. I found one for about two dollars in a thrift store recently, and it was almost perfect. It's in good shape, has good quality fabric, and is the exact shade of red I wanted. The only thing that made me hesitate was that it had a logo on it. The logo was on the left breast and was the word "Semper" with an oval around it and the word "Sweden" underneath the oval, all in white text. I decided to get it, figuring that an embarrassing association was unlikely, and I could just google the name before wearing the sweater in public. Turns out that Semper is Sweden's leading supplier of baby food. I've decided to wear the sweater.
Sunday, September 13th, 2009
3:54 pm
Single Again
I am once again single. My relationship with Dawn lasted a bit less than four months. I'd say that's a pretty good run. The "talk" happened less than an hour ago, but I really don't feel any emotional shock, since we have both expected this conversation for some time. The fact that our work and school schedules have only permitted us to be together on weekends for the past month or so was a good wind down. I'm also glad that she seems to be taking this development somewhat well.

Here's the stats:

Total time from meeting to first date: 7 days
Total time from first date to breakup: 3 months, 20 days
Total I Wanna Be the Guy completions: Well over a dozen with varying difficulties
Total times defeating the guy without playing through first: Quite a few, including beating him twice in a row
Total Iris Treasures: 0, something I'm not particularly proud of

My goals for my next relationship:
Total time from meeting to first date: no goal set
Total time from first date to breakup: 6 months, 17 days (going for a new record)
Total I Wanna Be the Guy completions: I'd like to beat it on V. hard with less than 40 deaths.
Total times defeating the guy without playing through first: I'd like to be able to beat him more often than not
Total Iris Treasures: 2 (the remaining two on the save I'm playing)
Monday, August 24th, 2009
7:22 pm
Amnesia Extravaganza
Hello, friends. Please make a post with your name and our common experiences.
Friday, June 19th, 2009
5:54 pm
I Need a New LJ Icon.
I'm really tired of my LJ icon. Someone post me a new one.
Friday, June 12th, 2009
11:29 pm
I'm a Winner.
Back on November 1, 2003, I posted 19 reasons I'm a loser. I was only nineteen years old. I think I was a lot more bitter back then. Here it is over five years later. Much has happened during that time. I'd like to take a moment to give updates for these. Think of this as a story about the power of positive thinking or something.

1 I'm loud/annoying often times (And can't seem to change it no matter how much I try)
I have since learned how to harness this energy into a powerful way of interacting with people. Instead of uncontrolled outpouring of words and actions, I radiate a powerful positive energy. The key to this was learning how to master my own actions in social situations by anticipating their effects on others.

2 I wasn't liked in CISCO, EAST, or A+
I think that I simply had a lot of energy and talkativeness but no direction. I had 7893258973 words to say but nothing interesting to say with them. Now that I understand people better, I can get along more smoothly in classroom type situations.

3 I'm bad at my job
I'm not particularly great at my current job yet, but I have more perspective now and can understand that the process of learning the ins and outs of a job takes time. Oh and my job now is 897349787894 times better than the one I had when I was 19.

4 Only once has someone I liked (in that way) liked me back (at the same time)
Now that I understand how attraction works, I am able to attract women somewhat at will. Sometimes I even just do it because I'm bored at parties or social events. A lot of the reason I am able to date regularly now is lifestyle. I wouldn't have been able to leverage having a good lifestyle back in my constant video games/living with parents days. I enjoy dating, and I'm really glad that I get to now.

5 I have a very poor energy level
I still have a very poor energy level. I'm going to start exercising regularly again. I think that will help. I seem to remember having a better energy level when I used to do running and weight lifting.

6 I have no dreams or aspirations (I'd like to have a family, that's about as far as I've thought it out, and I don't even know why I want that, beyond the basic human instinct to procreate)
My long term goals are not super specific. I do, however, know that there are certain things that I can do to ensure a future meeting of my goals. I save money. I practice various skills. I expand my social circle.

7 I lie to my self and tell my self that everything's ok when it isn't (often related to the next one)
I imagine that complacency is something that will never go away. I try to introspect fairly often to seek out blind spots. To be sure, I still have blind spots in the tapestry of my character, but they are fewer now than then.

8 I often fail to notice my emotional problems/shortcomings
I am much more aware of my own emotions now. I've spent time specifically studying psychology for the purpose of understanding the way I think. I've found that one of the best ways to avoid problems with my emotions is to try to keep my emotions about 90% positive and only about 10% negative. Those numbers are not based on any quantitative measurements though.

9 When I do notice them, I either suppress it, deny it, or do not have a clear understanding of it anyway
My brain is done developing now. I'm a big boy. When I find weakness, I repair it. When I find fears, I confront them. I started doing this in baby steps years ago. As I did it more and more, it became easier. When confronted with shortcomings now, my first instinct is to fix them, rather than to ignore them.

10 I don't give my parents the respect they deserve
I love both of my parents a whole lot. I think that it's hard to give your parents the love and respect they deserve when you live with them. Without the pressure of cohabitation, it's a lot easier to be nice. I really love my family, and I am so glad to have them in my life still. I even get along really well with my sister now.

11 I live with my parents (I don't even pay rent)
I haven't lived with my parents in quite a number of years. I live in my own apartment, and it's clean. I'm saving up money that I may use for a down payment on a house in a few years.

12 I put up false fronts around some people (most people)
I no longer consider it a bad thing to put up false fronts around people. The "real me" just wants to veg out and play ZSNES most of the time. I've found that part of behavior modification is modeling good behavior even when you don't feel like it. For this reason, I often behave in ways that are very different from what "comes naturally." It's not that I'm being "fake" or anything. I'm just practicing social skills and good habits.

13 I'm arrogant, sometimes boardering a superiority complex, or contempt for people I consider inferior (I'm getting better about this though)
My style of humor is kind of arrogant sometimes, but I don't really feel superior to anyone anymore. I have a genuine love for people, and I have replaced a lot of my negative attitudes for positive ones. I still come off as arrogant sometimes, but it's more an issue with calibrating my humor than any real attitude of superiority. I'm currently working on modifying the way I incorporate self aggrandizing statements in my humor in order to keep them from framing me as an arrogant jerk. Oh and I learned how to spell bordering.

14 I swear in front of my little brother (no F or S words though)
My brother is now fifteen. I don't swear nearly as often as I used to. He does not swear very much, so I guess things have turned out pretty well.

15 I barely passed high school, and couldn't seem to get my school work done, even when I tried. (I still can't read more than about 2 paragraphs at a time)
I can read entire books just fine now. I don't know why I had such a hard time concentrating for a couple years. Maybe it was some sort of dietary thing or a hormone imbalance.

16 I'm not going to college (at the moment)
I finished my associate's degree in 2007 with a 3.9 GPA while working full time.

17 I'm 19 and still don't have a car ($550 saved up for one though)
I have a car, an apartment, a good job, and a healthy savings. Not only that, but learning the skill of living modestly despite having money when I was saving up for a car has lead to a lot of success in my life so far. I think that slowly saving for my first car really did a lot for me in the long term.

18 I'm not a stoner but most stoners are as/more successful than me
Recently, I was talking with my brother and I explained how I used to feel like this. He doesn't smoke, and I certainly want to encourage him to avoid it. I told him that he may very well feel the same way as I did when he's first starting out in life. Then I cited my current success as a good reason to stay off drugs.

19 I'm addicted to chatting on aim and surfing the net
I go socialize in the big giant room with the blue ceiling a lot more now. I see instant messenger as more of a means to an end now. I use it to coordinate meet-ups and stuff, not as a primary communication method. I also have better taste now, so surfing the Internet is more fruitful than it used to be.
Monday, May 11th, 2009
7:01 pm
Saturday, March 14th, 2009
10:13 am
Happy Pi Day!
Today is that one special day out of the year when we celebrate the irrationally beautiful number pi. I could write volumes on the subject of pi, but the volumes would be full of what looked like a stream of random numbers. Instead, I'll say only this: March 14 is a time to celebrate. Nerd and non-nerd alike can join together to share in this most momentous occasion.
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
10:44 pm
All of my money worries for the rest of my life are over.
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Wednesday, February 11th, 2009
11:16 pm
I would post more frequently but...
I have had several ideas for things to post on my journal recently, but I have been hesitant. Doing so would push my very favorite LJ entry off of the front page of my journal. I've decided to go ahead and make that happen right now. I don't care. I just have to grit my teeth and do what needs to be done. Everything will be easier after that. I'll post a real post some time soon. Real post does not mean long.
Thursday, January 29th, 2009
12:43 pm
I Wanna Be the Guy
Today, I died on a couch. I died on a couch in impossible mode. Today is a good day.
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
7:20 pm
New Years Resolutions
I did not make any New Years resolutions. As the countdown was going on, all I could think about changing in my life was my proximity to Ben. I think I made my resolutions in late 2007. I've stuck to them pretty well, too, despite their not being very specific. "Become an all-around better and more successful human being" isn't exactly a five year plan. As a reference list:

-I have recovered both physically and emotionally from my time at school. This means fewer video game binges, less junk food, and the ability to feel passionate about things again. The zest for life that I had lost track of between work and school is back. In addition, as a result of living for two years without any decent rest, no matter what happens to me, I can just say "ain't no thing but a chicken wing. Nothing phases me." After all, I get to sleep at night and get up in the morning every day of the week now.

-I have become a more connected part of my social circle. I did not have the time for friends, parties, or dating when I was going to school. Additionally, I had piss poor social skills in general. Relying on Renee quite a bit to connect me to my social group meant not really knowing a lot of the people I associated with. I have since established personal connections with more members of this group. Some of my "party friends" have turned into real friends. Hosting LAN parties and organizing card games has made socialization more accessible, too.

-I have traded in my poorly fitting hand-me-downs for some real clothes. My first attempts to improve my personal style consisted of dressing like a bank manager no matter where I was or what I was doing. I have figured out this "casual" thing a bit, but I'm always overdressed anyway, because I like it that way. I get hit on more often.

-I reversed the process that would have lead to my getting fat. For two years, I had no time or energy to cook real food. My life was a series of microwave burritos. Candy and soda were my bread and water. I could not exercise a lot of the time because I didn't sleep consistently enough to recover from it. I also didn't have the morale for it on most of the days that I was going to be able to sleep. After finishing school, I lost about 20 lbs without even trying. Amazing what not abusing your body will do for you.

-My job may lead to a career. Security guarding is awesome. I really and truly loved that job. The only problem is that it was a job and not a career. Working as a sales/service guy for office equipment means that I get to work business hours, perform skilled labor, meet office people, and make good money. My job starts and ends at the same time every day, and I work the same days from week to week. My boss has read and applies the principles of How to Win Friends and Influence People. Did I mention that I somehow found this job in late 2008 when nobody anywhere could find work? I was days away from giving up and security guarding again.

I don't know what all of my future plans of better human being becoming are. I'd like to do some programming again. Getting better at my job is an obvious one. Cooking more would benefit me quite a bit. I think getting stronger would be cool, especially my midsection, which seems to become fatigued more easily than the rest of me. I'm in the process of improving my living quarters to facilitate more general, non-LAN social gatherings. Don't worry, guys, I'll still have LANs.
Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
10:33 am
Stolen from Chris
GOODBYE 2008: A year in review

Where did you begin 2008?
I think I was at home. I don't really remember though.

What was your status by Valentine's Day?

Were you in school anytime this year?

Did you have to go to the hospital?

Did you have any encounters with the police?
nothing of note

Would you relive 2008 over and over again?
Over and over again makes three tries total. I would love to do that! I'd know the future.

What did you purchase that was over $1000?
The only thing I might count is taking ten months off work. It was expensive but worth it.

Did you know anybody who got married?
Clayton and Alyse got married, as did Adrienne and Jeremy. There may be others that I'm forgetting.

Did you know anybody who passed away?
I don't think so.

What concerts/shows did you go to?
I went to a couple shows at the Placebo. I saw the Pasties when they were in Arcata.

Where do you live now?
I live in the same place I lived in 2007.

Describe your birthday?
I didn't make a big deal out of my birthday.

What's one thing you thought you would never do but did in 2008?
I went ten months without working.

What has been your favorite moment?
My favorite moment was becoming The Guy. I know a lot of awesome stuff happened last year, but anyone who has finished that game will understand.

What's something you learned about yourself?
I've gained more perspective on just how awesome I am.

What was your best month?
Probably May. I became the guy, started dating Jasmine, played a whole bunch of Rock Band, shot things at The Edge, and had some great LANs.

Were you in a relationshp this year?
I was in a relationship that lasted most of the second half of the year.

What music will you remember 2008 by?
Vocaloid music

Would you say you've changed since the beginning of this year?
I've gained a better perspective of "normal." I think I could act really normal if I felt the need to.

Do you think 2009 will be better or worse?
I really don't know. I think my life has become progressively better as years have passed, so 2009 probably will be better.

What do you want to happen in 2009?
I want to keep having LAN parties.
Friday, January 2nd, 2009
9:55 pm
My Brother Is The Guy
Today, my brother became The Guy.
Sunday, December 14th, 2008
10:09 am
That Year-End LJ Thing That Keeps Getting Posted
A year in remembrance by the first entry of the month. Place the first sentence from the first entry of each month this year (2008):

Dear Internet,
I just defragmented my big data hard drive. My computer can breathe again.

Friday February 15, 2008
Cards at Denny's at 4:00pm

In honor of Pi Day, I am having a fairly large LAN on Friday, March 14.

(I did not use my Live Journal to post entries during April)

I know I haven't updated much lately.

I went to Oakland with Chris.

I'm feeling a lot better today.

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(I did not use my Live Journal to post entries during September)

Most of you probably do not know what I've been doing these past few months.

(I did not use my Live Journal to post entries during November)

I am once again single.
Monday, December 8th, 2008
8:24 pm
Single Again
I am once again single. My relationship with Jasmine lasted a bit over six months. I'd say that's a pretty good run. The "talk" happened less than an hour ago, but I really don't feel any emotional shock, since we have both expected this conversation for some time. The fact that our work schedules have only permitted us to be together on weekends for the past month or so was a good wind down. There is a lingering fear that I'm suddenly going to realize "she's gone!" and become distraught, but I really doubt that's going to happen. I'm also glad that she seems to be taking this development well.

For those of you who are curious, she brought up the subject of "where this relationship is heading," and I was the first to make specific reference to "breaking up." I think it means that she gets most of the credit for "breaking up with me," but I believe that I should get some. Perhaps this is unjust of me. If you have input on this tremendously important matter, please comment.

My brief Googling did not net me any good relationship statistics to compare my relationship to, so I will simply post my data. If anyone has information from a relevant study to use as a comparison, I would appreciate a link.

Total time from meeting to first date: 5 days
Total time from first date to breakup: 6 months, 16 days
Total I Wanna Be the Guy completions: 3 (2 hard, 1 very hard)
Total times defeating the guy without playing through first: 2
Total Iris Treasures: 8, including the slime

My goals for my next relationship:

Total time from meeting to first date: no goal set
Total time from first date to breakup: no goal set
Total I Wanna Be the Guy completions: 3 (all very hard)
Total times defeating the guy without playing through first: no goal set
Total Iris Treasures: 2 (the remaining two on the save I'm playing)
Thursday, October 23rd, 2008
5:33 pm
What has been happening since my last post
Most of you probably do not know what I've been doing these past few months. Here is a short update for those of you who like silly stories.

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Sunday, August 17th, 2008
11:07 pm
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