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Friday, May 16, 2008

1:45PM - To cross and cross again.

Yesterday (5/15) somewhere around 1:30 PM, my grandmother Vickie passed away. This was not unexpected and while I'm not jumping for joy or anything, I'm at least glad that she's no longer in pain. So now I'm heading back to Baltimore to spend some time with my father and aunt. To the few of you who met her, I hope you have good memories of her. To the rest of you, I'm sorry you won't have the chance now. But, in the words of Oingo Boingo, noone lives forever.
To cross and cross again.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

9:16AM - Heading to Baltimore

As soon as Leigh gets to the place I'm dropping my car off at, I'll be on the road to Baltimore. My grandmother's cancer is near the end stages, so I want to get a chance to see her. No need for condolence replies, by the way. She was over 80 when she was diagnosed and as much as she smokes, it's really just amazing that it took this long. Plus, she's more than doubled the time her doctor thought she would have.

Anyway, more on that as it develops.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

2:23AM - Brief update

Got GTA4 after work yesterday. Didn't get a whole lot of sleep. Is muy badass. They even have an almost all Bob Marley station. Drool...

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

1:09AM - More stuff

So, I started working overnights today. It's...slow. But, it's only for a month.

Trying to get back into the habit of posting regularly.

In other news, I found out that nine of my credits from Temple transferred, which will put me at 44 tota after the two classes I took finals for today are processed. If the life experience thing gives me at least 13 credits, that'll put me past the halfway point to my degree.

Back to the trenches now. Until later...

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

11:51AM - Finally...

My finals are done. I predict an A in my information science class and a B or C in my speech class. As long as they're both C or better, though, I don't care. Now to vote, then sleep.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

10:26PM - So, what has Max been doing?

Last time I posted, it was October. Seems like it's been half a lifetime. So, a summary.

Still going to school. Assuming I don't utterly screw up my finls on Tuesday, I'll be on Dean's List. This is a little past the 1/4 mark and depending on how many credits I get for life/work experience, I may only need another 3 or 4 years to graduate.

Still working for Verizon. Coming up on my two year anniversary. Did something dumb in January which ruined my promotion opportunities this year but such is life. Regardless, I'm still doing all right on the job front.

Leigh and I put on an addition to our house. The new master bathroom is pretty sweet. We're working on moving a little closer to the VA border to cut down my commute. More on that as it develops.

Speaking of Leigh, we celebrated our 2 year anniversary in April. Went to Savannah. It was amazing. I love that town.

Um...that's about it for right now. Heading home from an MMA event in Hampton with my buddy Robbie and figured I'd use up the time by putting a decent post together. Now it's back home for relaxation and maybe a little PS3 time. My handle there is (duh) chaosrunner in case anyone wants to add me. Until later...

10:03PM - Woo!

Just making a short post. I realized that it's been a while since I've posted, so I downloaded a client for my phone so I could post while in the car. I've had a lot going on in my life and I'll be posting in more detail soon, but for now, I thought I'd just say that I'm still alive. More to follow.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

8:02AM - Last minute note

Leigh and I are heading up to MD right now. Hitting Renn Faire tomorrow. Drop me an email or something if you're going to be thre.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

2:35PM - For debate

Who is/was the greatest guitarist in history?

If you need to make distinctions, go ahead. For instance, in my opinion Stevie Ray Vaughn was the greatest blues guitarist, but both Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai are better rock guitarists. However, though he's not quite as good as any of the aforementioned gentlemen in either genre, I feel Eric Clapton is the greatest overall because he's great at blues and rock.


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

8:41PM - Merph

So, updates...

On the first day of my temp-promote position, the entire project got put on hold, so I'm back to my old job again. I was kind of upset about it at first, but it was completely out of my control, so all I could do was shrug and keep making myself look good until the project either restarts or something else comes along.

On the bright side, I've gotten to keep my mega-sized cube (for now), I've got local admin on my PC (a rarity around here), and my M-F schedule. I'm primarily doing project work for my team, so there's always something new.

Other than that, the addition to the house is all but finished. We're just waiting for some touch up work on the paint and the tiling and it'll be finished. That means that I should be able to give you a go-ahead to visit soon, emturtle.

School started back up. In two classes, an intro to programming class and a creative writing class. Both have been interesting so far, but nothing to report just yet.

Other than that, everything's pretty much the same old same old.

More later, maybe.

Friday, September 7, 2007

2:31AM - Explodie head

So no shit, there I was...

Check behind the cut for spammy details.Collapse )

Current mood: ecstatic

Saturday, August 25, 2007

7:58PM - Bwah!

Just a medium sized post while my brain is overclocked.

1) It's a small world. While talking to one of my coworkers (possibly the only other Jew in the department and definitely the only other person to come into the office wearing a kilt), we were discussing family and he mentioned that some of his family was living in the VA Beach area. I mused aloud that they might know my friend Sid. Andy (my coworker) looked shocked for a moment and started giving out a few details which all adequately fit x_stang and sure enough, Andy's his brother in law.

2) In a fit of random nostalgia, I was trying to find one of my old friends from my (first) college days. Finally tracked him down. For those in the Burgh (or who were there when I was), if you remember Dan Blumenfeld, I finally tracked him down. That made me feel much better, as it's been about a decade since we've spoken and I missed him.

3) Summer semester seems to have gone well. Got one grade back (an A) and I'm waiting on two others, which I suspect will be an A and a B, but could be two A's or two B's or I might have completely screwed the pooch on a final and gotten lower. But if I make one more A and a B, I'll make Dean's List for the first time in history. OMGWTFKTHXBYE!

4) Going to Dragon*Con. Have to work on Labor Day, so I'll be leaving by noon on Sunday. But, damn it, I'm not missing it again! Fucking flooding last year...

5) Might be working on a book with my father. More on that as it develops.

6) Work has been...strange. Over the past few months I've managed to put myself in an amazing position where I'm doing pretty much what I want. I'm getting handed a lot of tasks and I keep doing well at them. I'm trusted by management and much of the associate staff. I'm actually listened to when I come up with ideas. It's just...weird how well things are going. And I found out that my supervisor has put my name in for a temp-management gig doing process improvement work. I'm excited about that, as it's one of the two management areas (the other being education) that I'd be interested in getting into in this center. There's a third (project management) but it's not applicable out of this center.

7) I just found out that my favorite DJ moved and is now in the same general vicinity that I am. YAY!

Anyway...still at work, so I need to grab some calls. Fucking mandatory overtime...

Maybe one day I'll start posting more regularly again.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

2:14AM - Late night musings

If a man stuck his penis in someone's ear, would that be aural sex?

12:30AM - Ahhh, my ears...

This is mostly for those of you who, like me, are in the 30 and over catagory.

Have any of you heard about that mosquito repellent tone that some teens are using for cell phone ringers? Most adults apparently can't hear it. I can, but I've always been able to hear some into the ultra-sonic.

Let me tell you, that SOB is annoying.

I was curious who else here can hear it? You can find an mp3 of it here: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5434687

Apparently, the idea is that since most adults can't hear it, kids are setting this to be their SMS alert to get away with having them on in class. That way, when they get a text message, the teacher can't hear it, but they can.

Maybe I should apply for a teaching job and put the fact that I can hear the mosquito ring in my resume...

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

1:57AM - Still alive

Still kicking. Work's been busy. About two months ago, I moved to the 'offline' team, so I'm working tickets instead of taking calls, at least primarily. Last week, I was offered a few additional responsibilities, so I'm making a big extra 10 bucks a day and working on some analysis and other stuff. It's nice, as it shows that my supervisors think I'm capable and further secures me in my position. So work's going well.

Taking three classes this semester: a very simple intro comp-sci class, an intro biology class, and a fairly interesting journalism class. It's eating up my free time, but it'll get me 1/12th of the way closer to my degree.

I've finally given up my staff role on the Dragonlance MU* I'm on. I'd done exactly jack and shit recently and I was tired of feeling like I wasn't contributing. That's been a load off of my mind.

Only other interesting news is that I finally got the TV to go along with my PS3. 57" Mitsubishi DLP. The in-law's shop is building the stand, which should be done this week. Then I can finally get everything set up. It's my sole anticipation, currently. But hey...it's something.

Finally, I've been feeling very nostalgic recently. I haven't been able to see a lot of my friends in a long time and I miss them. Some won't answer their email. Some email, but it's not the same as hanging out. But that will make the eventual time I see them that much more special.

Anyway, it's late and I have homework/reading to finish before bed. So, until later...

Monday, March 12, 2007

9:23AM - Testing something

Wanted to see if I could get this posted to auto-update my published AC articles. (Up to 4 now, with another pending.)

Saturday, March 3, 2007

5:01PM - Cha-ching!

Just a brief update.

Submitted an article for pay on Associated Content, finally. It was just a short piece, but it was accepted and the money is now safely in my PayPal account. Not a whole lot (under six bucks), but hey...not bad for 20 minutes' work. However, I could use some people looking over it. So, if you have a moment, check out:


And if you have the time, there are two other articles there, too.


Tuesday, February 20, 2007

11:16PM - Catching up, part 1.

Read through the most recent posts of all of the names starting with numbers and the letter A. Got a whole lot more to go through.

Monday, February 19, 2007

10:43PM - Geeze, where to begin?

I haven't had the time to keep up with my friends list recently. I hope everyone's doing alright and I'm going to keep making an effort to keep track of everyone, but life's been hectic.

The job is doing well. Commute's still a bitch, but hey...the pay is good and the benefits are terrific. Plus I mostly enjoy it.

Leigh's doing well. I haven't done anything stupid in months, so I can only guess I'm improving on that front.

We're going to Italy for our one year anniversary. Plane tickets are booked. Hotel stays are booked for all but one day. We're primarily hitting Rome and Venice.

My doctor said my cholesterol was too high, so I've been cutting out the fried foods and eating less ice cream. Already lost about 10-15 pounds in the past month. It's hard to give up french fries, though.

And finally, I've been helping out with a project for the Heinlein Society. We're publishing a book to commemorate Heinlein's 100th birthday, the proceeds of which will go towards the Society. I got roped into contacting people and asking nicely for contributions. The initial list I got was full of writers, including a few that I knew of. Spider Robinson was a little difficult for me to get over my drooling fanboyishness and approach, but he responded and was very polite. A few authors have been more standoffish (like Robert Silverberg, who feels (quite understandibly) that if he's writing something, he should get paid for it), but others have been very enthusiastic and appreciate having been considered. But I've been having trouble thinking of what the hell I can say to (of all people) Sir Arthur C Clarke. But that's my problem...

If any of you know someone (or are someone) who was strongly influenced by Heinlein's work or wants to write a scholorly essay about one of his books, let me know. We're still looking for contributors and there's an August 1st deadline.

See ya'll!

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

12:43PM - Best birthday ever

So, I turned 30 on Sunday. And when I say thank you for not making a big deal about it, I really do mean that. I'm not being sarcastic. I normally hate birthdays, with the exception of the gifts. Now that it's passed, though, I can call attention to it again.

So, as the subject implies, I had a great birthday.

1) My mother got me a Utilikilt.

2) Saw 'Rocky Balboa'. Great movie, made even better by the fact that I recognized so many things from my home town in it.

3) Was originally going to be gifted with dress shoes, but the only pair I liked (a spiffy pair of black, lizard skins) were too tight in the toes, so I'll probably end up getting a pair in Italy in April.

4) Got a few books and movies instead of the shoes.

5) Went out to eat at a lovely Japanese place in Virginia Beach that I'm fond of.


6) On the way home from VA, stopped by Super WalMart for groceries and found...a PS3. The wife relented and let me get it!


Anyway...I don't feel 30. But that's immaterial. The important thing is that the year's started out damn well and it looks to be only getting better.

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