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Thursday, February 3rd, 2005
11:20 pm - Because I think it's important, not because... I, y'know... can't have babies.

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Tuesday, January 11th, 2005
9:50 am - For Josh
http://forums.anandtech.com/messageview.cfm?catid=38&threadid=1474389
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Monday, July 5th, 2004
10:22 am
In case you didn't know, she came back a week early and surprised me. A huge, elaborate ruse with Sean and Saskia... I was so set up. But, if you're wondering why I haven't been around, blame Erin.

DC



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Friday, June 25th, 2004
1:27 am - Thanks, maskedwulf

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Thursday, June 17th, 2004
10:48 am
So, I haven't updated in a while. Work is going alright, school stuff is being ignored, and Erin's home now in less than three weeks. Three things notable I can think of.

1. At work, between myself and the other guy that works my position, we accounted for over half of the overtime in the entire kitchen. Getting dumped on? Of course not.

2. I would love to attend Annette's party; however, there are two concerns. One is how I'll get over after work -- if Mikey doesn't mind taking the Lions Gate home from the airport, then I'd like to talk to him about getting a lift. If not, is anyone willing to meet me at the Seabus at 11pm (actually, I could bus or cab from there)? Also, I would have to stay over, and lately, that's sounded like it's a real problem. I promise to be good and I work the next day, so I'd be up and out in the morning. If you can help with either of the above, please let me know.

3. I just watched the Final Fantasy: Advent Children trailer. It's looking good -- though, in my opinion, not better than Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, but the plot and cinamatography could still be better than the first.

Those were my three things, and now I'm off to work.

Later,
DC

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Monday, May 24th, 2004
3:09 pm
So, yes, my previous post is very important to me -- if anybody has any ideas, feel free to comment here or there. The suggestions just have to be location-specific, because things we could do here and Australia aren't really helpful.

This past week was absolutely awful, but I feel pretty good about it now. On Tuesday I had a prep shift, and that went alright, and I almost even finished on time. Then on Wednesday, the head office folks were in and ravaged everyone over their specs and presentation. On Friday, I had this huge fiasco with my noodle bowls having way too much sauce. So, after plating two of them with too much sauce, I cut back on the amount I was using to compensate. But, when the first two were finished and cleared, they were brought back to me. I went, "Shit, but I knew that, and have fixed the problem." Oh no. The day sous-chef sat there and watched me make a bunch for him (to then be wasted) so ensure I was following the spec. I was, and that pissed him right off. He still blamed me, though. That pissed me off. Friday night and Saturday were both really good, though I was running a little late on my bills, though I was getting worked. I ran out my stock on just about everything. Saturday was a good night.

I came home, and my weekend has been really slow. Watched a few movies, including the first two Scary Movies. I want to develop a drinking game whereby you identify all of the satirized movies and drink for each scene... working on that one. Last night I tried to come over to a couple of place in NV, but ended up not coming over at all. Instead, Cam came over and we saw Shrek II, which was absolutely hilarious. Big props to Cam for driving out here. Today I was supposed to do something with Sean, but he didn't phone me, I finally got ahold of Eric, made plans, then Sean phoned. So, he's going to have to wait until next weekend, I guess.

Other than that, not too much else is new. Hope everyone is having a Happy Victoria Day. The reason I asked for that list is Erin is worried we won't have enough money to do the Australia trip, so she wants a list of things we could instead do in Canada if she just came home early. So, I may not be going down afterall, which is majorly disappointing. Anyhow, I'm off.

Later,
DC

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Sunday, May 23rd, 2004
8:49 pm
Erin asked me to come up with 10 things we could do in Canada when she gets back -- so far, I've come up with a Krispy Kreme run to Delta (or across the border), camping with her or my friends, spending our traditional week up Whsitler and taking a road trip to the Calgary Stampede. I need some more good ideas... or rather, I need some good ideas, and figured some folks here might have a few. Any advice either for places or activities would be appreciated.

Later,
DC

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Thursday, May 20th, 2004
1:10 am
Well. not too much is new, but thought I would give a brief update. That portioning shift at work was awesome -- I learnt a bunch, did tons extra, and still almost finished on time. I found out that the guy doing it now is leaving, but in July. Like, while I'm gone. And whoever they get to take over will have to work then, and continue through July. ("Fuck!"). Alas, it does not look like it will be working out, despite my hopes. It's alright, I think my time in Australia will make up for it. I still have my hopes set on working grill, but not closing -- getting home is harder as the bus now runs further away, and the restaurant is open later than when I closed last summer.

Today was characterized by the regional managers being in to give us a store review, and they focused, somewhat expectedly, on my station. They had me make one of everything, then critiqued the dishes. It went much better than I expected and after it all I (a) still have a job, (b) am assured I won't be going through that anytime soon. The whole thing, though, was just nerveracking and painstakingly dumb. I did enjoy my break though. Lately I've been bringing lunch from home and making it at work (you have more than a microwave and can actually do that) so today I made oven-roasted tuna melts and cut pears for dessert. That was good.

I almost went to The Shore tonight after work, and phoned the guys (read: castor, sir_devo, et al.), but the people at work weren't sure whether they were going and I wasn't waiting around, despite the promise of it being incredibly enjoyable and reasonably cheap. So, it'll have to be another week.

In any case, the week is going and the weekend shall come soon enough.

Later,
DC



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Monday, May 17th, 2004
4:06 pm
Well, last time I tried to update, I tried to cover like two months of my life and everything was really akward. It was the reason I avoided updating for so long, not because I couldn't or didn't have something to say, but by the time I got around to it, trying to catch up was going to be boring / trite and a huge waste of time. So, instead on focusing on updating everyone on my past three months, I'll just post what I feel like and hopefully that will suffice for the time being.

I've got good news on two fronts today, despite the fact that I've just vegetating at home, bored out of my mind on my one day off, but caught up on sleep and am presently relaxing.

On a personal note, my passport arrived today, which makes me one step closer to Australia in July. I now have to get a ticket and an Australia visa, which shouldn't be too hard. I've also (a) told grandma, who was going to be the biggest obstacle, and she seems fine with it, as long as I have enough for school, and (b) told my fascist boss, who said he would "take a look and see what [he] can do," like if he said no I might change my mind about going. But everything else about Australia is a go, as far as I'm concerned. I've worried about where it will leave me financially, but I feel it's something I need to do, and I'm just going to concern myself with the consequences as they arise. It's exciting, this whole idea of going down, even though given the choice, I wouldn't pick Australia if I were going on my own. I really want to travel to Eastern Europe or the Middle East first.

And on a work-related note, not only have I been getting amazing hours and tips have been fantastic, but yesterday I was in training grill (chicken, salmon, steaks) in the kitchen, but because one prep cook had a family emergency, I was asked to take a prep shift tomorrow as they try and cover. I'm really excited about that, because if I can out-perform the guy who typically does it (not the one with the family emergency, the regular, who is known for being lazy), I might be able to land the gig myself, and get out of the kitchen by 3 p.m. every day. That would be amazing. This means tomorrow I'm working my ass off to get everything done before the retaurant opens, which will be a challenge. All of this just means that I'm sick of the job I've held since last summer and want to do something else -- either move would also mean a pay-raise for me. All of this is, however, somewhat unlikely, because going away means that my boss will be unenthousiastic about moving me up right before my disappearance. I'll have to work on that, but otherwise I'm enjoying working with new people in a renovated kitchen and working splits. I typically work 12-3 p.m. then 5-10 p.m., which gives me 2 hours to sit on the patio and relish the sunshine with a good book, which lately has been a very intriguing From Beruit to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman, written in 1990 about the Middle East and his experiences in the 80's. Absolutely facinating for me, and provides a lot of insight into the Jewish perspective, although I need to read some more on Israel's "right to exist", because he doesn't examine that in any detail whatsoever. However, Eric took off with it in his car the other day, so until I get it back from him, I'm reading a short Le Carre novel to pass the time, as well as The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Friedman's second book.

I'm sure there's more, but can't think of it. I have some personal and some IRSA paperwork which is hastily not being done, and probably won't be today. I'm going to meet castor later for coffee, I think. Though I need to be home early; my workday starts at 7 a.m. tomorrow.

Later,
DC



PS. Hey weedabix, listen to this song. It's wicked, and I think you'd love the reference to treble.



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Monday, March 22nd, 2004
8:43 am - Public Announcement: Binxy hates you.

Sorry I missed the party, guys. I had a costume and everything, and heard it was awesome. Next time, Gadget, next time...

Later,
DC

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Saturday, February 28th, 2004
12:58 am
It's a quiz. Not exciting.Collapse )

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Thursday, February 26th, 2004
9:56 pm
I changed the "Idiots" icon around somewhat. Nobody liked the last one, though the "art" was really hard and I wasn't about to scrap it (making a convincing pistol or assault rifle 10 pixels high is pretty hard, at least for me). So, I've used a different cultural reference in the icon's creation, and I think it's funny, but wanted some feedback... so, submitted for your approval...

current mood: prostrastinaty

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Tuesday, February 24th, 2004
9:54 pm
So, I got my Valentine's Day gift today. It plays this intoxicating music. It's meant for 4 year-olds. I like it.

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Wednesday, February 18th, 2004
7:05 pm
The MP3 meme:

Step 1: Open your MP3 player.
Step 2: Put your music list on random.
Step 3: Write down the first ten songs it plays, no matter how embarrassing.


*changes from comedy playlist*

1. Eric Clapton -- MTV Unplugged -- Layla
2. Big L feat. C-Town -- Lyricist Lounge vol.2 -- Still Here (castor would love this song)
3. Counting Crows -- Live at the World Cafe -- Mr Jones
4. Rascalz -- Global Warning -- Temoin
5. Tool -- Lateralus -- Reflection
6. Blackalicious -- Quannum Artists -- Swan Lake
7. Gob -- Paint it Black
8. Pharcyde -- Trust (Original)
9. Beatnuts -- Street Level -- Hit Me With That ("you betta ax' somebody!")
10. Rage Against the Machine -- The Battle of LA -- Sleep Now in the Fire

Thanks maskedwulf, that was a constructive and amusing waste of time.

Later,
DC



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Saturday, February 14th, 2004
4:54 pm
      
Marriage is love.

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Sunday, February 8th, 2004
10:19 am - I'm a little bitter this year -- again -- and this is funny. Give them to loved ones.
"Valentine's Day is like herpes: just when you think its gone for good, it rears its ugly head once more. No wonder some people prefer to call it VD."

Que pensez-vous? I just made myself a new lj icon patterned after someone else in the childfree community. I think it's funny, but fear other folks might find it too distasteful. So, I figured I would ask those who read my own journal... Is this funny?



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10:11 am
So, for those following the ever-boring saga of my life, yesterday was a relatively successful day. I had been working with a couple looking at buying a new computer and selling the old one to a relative. So, I went over yesterday, and had been over two times before, to backup everything on their old machine and save all the data. Another visit, I went with them down to A-Power and bought the computer, with prime everything, including a deluxe mainboard, smoking video and every possible bell and whistle. They're powerwhores like me, but with a lot more money. So that was fun. Then yesterday, it was picked up, I formatted and set up the old one, formatted, set up, and transferred everything to the new one, and installed a whole bunch of peripherals (printer, scanner, net md, palm, etc). They were so pleased that I'd spent my time pricing, comparing and choosing what would be best for them (read: quality brand everything, from ASUS, Pioneer, Intel, Kingston, Seagate, etc.) that they gave me a card with a sizable sum and their "old" USB keychain harddrive. See, they recently bought a Panasonic Toughbook (a beautiful notebook, with a waterproof keyboard and shock-padded harddrive), and the USB is really cramped. Because the 128MB drive is a secure one, with the extra bulk that entails, it needs a little more space (an extra 3-5 mm). Because it wouldn't fit their new notebook, and I'd mentioned I didn't have one, they threw that in the card too. So, now I have a Lexar USB Jumpdrive Secure, which was really nice. I don't know how much I'll use it, but I was tired of burning CD-R's for tiny files, so this should work a lot better. And the secure software looks handy, though it's one of the features I won't use -- actually, I will. If I lose it, I don't want kids going through my files.

I came home late from that, met up with castor to go work on twice_removed's computer, and feeling pretty good about the day. She wasn't home (j'etait le shocked -- I was actually, though castor knew better). Luckily, her dad was home, and was really nice about it; I worked a while doing some maintenance, installing a new mouse (USB on Windows 98 is not a good time), and installing a few additional utilities to make sure it stays somewhat cleaner/faster. I was paid again very well, and left incredibly content with the progress of the day (my bank account actually has... money again). I got back into the car with castor, and kimokidd paid me back from the passenger seat. More money. So yesterday was just really successful, took some of the heat off the work-finding (I mean, money never goes as far as one would hope, but it helps a lot).

I now have a paper to write on the legitimacy of neorealism in International Relations and the deficiency of neoliberalism and marxism. I'm listening to some Sir Mix-a-Lot castor and I heard in the car on the way home. That was cool... figured weedbix would really like it, and downloaded it in his honour. "My posse's on Broadway!!" Anyhow, things are beginning to turn around. Got my student loan processed, my ticket to Ottawa is paid for, and I made some cash. I'm much more content, now I just need my girly and a sweet job. Oh yeah, on that note, I was given a few leads yesterday... some sounded pretty cool. I just have to follow them up, and I have a few powerful folks trying to help me out.

Later,
DC



current mood: content

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Thursday, February 5th, 2004
3:11 am
So, things are turning around. I'm calmer about the financial situation, despite the fact that the student loan folks aren't being extremely helpful. I'm actively looking for a job (so, if you know someone trying to give good ones away, tackle and assault them), and have a number of leads, which is nice. As for school, I've been reading non-stop, and am starting to get a good grasp on the things I didn't understand (except the Cold War -- I have a love/hate relationship with this historic period). Anyhow, that is improving, too. I even have a meeting with two folks from the Canadian Institute for International Affairs on behalf of IRSA, so that should go really well. If only that could lead to a dream job! Oh, the joy! But, alas, it won't ever happen.

Erin and I had a long talk tonight, mainly to calm her down about not moving in together. It ended up being really long, with me carefully telling her that I don't mind her staying longer to see all of the sights and make enough money down there, though the sooner she's home, the happier I'll be. Finally, I told her no matter what, that on her birthday I promised to wait until she comes home, and I intend to. She was so happy and so relieved she started crying. She had this huge "pros" list for coming home in April, and the only "cons" were her earning potential there (I won't go into the economics, but basically she is putting away fat money in CDN for coming home) and getting to see all the areas she wants to see. So, being the pushover I am, I told her to take as much time as she needs, that I love her, and will be here when she comes home. That wins me points, but for what, I don't know -- I do still suspect she isn't ever coming home, but that's mainly a personal concern. Anyhow, that's how things are going right now, ladies and gents. Ups, downs, and everything. I'm disappointed about Erin's delay, but when she comes home I want her to be happy about it, and excited about our future together. I do not want to entertain complaints or griping about how I encouraged her to come home prematurely (not that I don't anyway, but it's somewhat veiled).

I hope everyone is doing well, comment here because you can, lemme know about anything pertinent or pressing, or just because I still feel a little alienated from the NV crowd.

Later,
DC

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Monday, January 26th, 2004
9:47 am
http://www.livejournal.com/community/wtf_inc/51195.html

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2004
11:26 am - Puh-leeeeze, come out and support the UBC mNATO (Ottawa) Delegation
So, after UBCMUN, I've been invited to join a delegation from UBC to Carleton Univeristy in Ottawa to participate in a Model NATO Conference as the Italian delegate to the Special Committee on Espionage and Terrorism. The conference is from March 1st through 5th, and should be amazing. I've decided to go (as if my grandmother gave me an option).

However, due to the costs involved with travel, and wanting to shell out as little as possible, the UBC mNATO (Ottawa) Delegation is hosting a party at the Caprice on the 29th of January. Because we're representing Italy in NATO, it's going to be...

Little Italy @ the Caprice
Thursday, Jan. 29th

Tickets through me are $10 each, and include a free drink at the bar.
Please tell everyone you can because we also get proceeds from all the cover prior to 11pm! We're trying to fill the club (450 people), and turn the event into a complete success. If you'd like the free drink, though, please buy a ticket from me in advance, because the cover won't... err... cover it. Also, the club won't be themed, per se, but if you were to wear a pinstripe suit and fedora, I'm sure nobody would object.

Furthermore, this event is mandatory for all of those that want me at the 70's Party on the 31st. Really.

Thanks,
DC



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