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22 April 2010 @ 10:58 am
I had a perfectly nice desk chair a month or two ago. Real nice, comfortable. And it broke. One of the pieces used to attach the seat to the wheelbase was this hard plastic clip. Which, being plastic, inevitably broke. And that one little piece breaking made the whole chair worthless. Honestly, why that piece of plastic couldn't have been made of metal instead is beyond me. But not really. See, this is how shit works in this day and age. Quality products quit being a selling point decades ago. Now it's about making your products as cheaply as possible, and selling them for as much as you can get away with it. Oh no, it broke 4 months later? "Oh well, they can just buy a new one! From us! More money in our pocket!" It pisses me off.

Yesterday, I had to pick up a standing fan for the living room. The old one finally died, after a couple of years. (Now that's product quality I miss.) So I picked up a $20 fan at Walmart and got back home to get it out of the box and put together. And lo and behold, 50% of it is made out of cheap plastic. The little clip that goes on the front of the fan cage with the brand logo on it was broken right out of the box. That pissed me off, too. It's not an integral part of the fan, granted. But the fact that I can't even buy new products in pristine condition is pretty sad. And aggravating.

Fucking Capitalism.

And sure, I know... "Well what do you expect for $20?" But honestly? Alot more than that. It just disgusts me. Cheaply made products sold at semi-fair prices that break or need replaced a couple months down the road. Even my new Nike shoes were made in a Vietnam sweatshop. Brand name doesn't even mean shit anymore.
 
 
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30 January 2010 @ 01:11 am
Heh.  
Because it's just too funny not to share.

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31 May 2009 @ 12:13 pm
Okay, first things first, I'm so not the best of critics, nor am I the best at 'writing reviews,' but I'm going to give this a go anyway.

Eat Me, Drink Me. I didn't like it then, and I don't much like it now. It's a definitive low point in Manson's career as far as I'm concerned. About the only thing off the entire album that I like is the instrumental version of If I Was Your Vampire. Now then, with that in mind, we have the new album. And the return of Twiggy Ramirez/Jeordie White to the band. This pleases me immensely. I have nothing against Tim Skold, but he was never a suitable replacement for Twiggy, for me. Not to say that The Golden Age of Grotesque wasn't a good album, because it was. But Twiggy! From the first track to the very last you can just tell that Jeordie wrote alot of the music. And it is good. Alot of it is even rather unusual for Manson, but somehow it still works. Four Rusted Horses' immensely bluesy feel is a good example of this. It almost sounds more like a country/western song than something you'd hear on your local rock station. But it works! They pull it off well. Another great highlight of the new album is the reflections back to Mechanical Animals, which Jeordie also wrote most of the music for. There are several ballad-like tracks on the new album, not too dissimilar from such Mechanical Animals tracks as Coma White and Great Big White World.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoy the new album. It's great to have Jeordie 'returned to the fold,' so to speak.
 
 
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28 May 2009 @ 07:51 am
So ... there's really not alot to "blog" about. Still no job. Still trying to find one. On the upside more places seem to be starting to look for new hires, now. Gradually. Not that this has done me any good. Still filling out apps and calling them back to pester for interviews, but nothing so far. ~mutter~

In other news I think my PC is dying a slow death. Even after a full OS reinstall it's still acting more and more sluggish. ~sigh~

In yet other news my oldest sister's olderst daughter will be graduating from high school this weekend. Talk about making me feel old. LOL.

Ummmmm.

That's all I got, really. Dang.
 
 
Current Music: Marilyn Manson - Leave A Scar
 
 
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26 May 2009 @ 12:35 am
Yeah.... so...

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Meh. Whatever. Fuckin' Hollywood.
 
 
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07 May 2009 @ 06:00 am
Scrubs is officially over. /crai
 
 
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22 March 2009 @ 03:43 pm
Why must there be so many drama queens in the world?
 
 
Current Music: kidneythieves - Before I'm Dead
 
 
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01 March 2009 @ 10:14 am
Been a while since I posted anything. Been even longer since I posted anything worth reading.

Still have nothing to offer. haha.

Stuff.

And such.

And what not.



Enjoy.
 
 
Current Music: Hollow Haze - Pretender
 
 
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23 January 2009 @ 11:50 am
I admit, CSI without Grissom (and Warrick, for that matter) will be strange, but I don't think it's a complete end to the series. Nick is still fantastic, as is Greg. Catherine, well... she's always kinda irritated me 'cause she has such a bitchey personality (this is alsy why I was glad to see Sarah gone, haha). But Larry Fishburne! That's just crazy. It was funny watching Morpheus bumble through everything in last night's episode. I rather enjoy the fact that he's joined the cast, and got top billing in the credits, no less! That rather amuses me, considering he's just a grade one in the show. lol.

But yeah. All the people crying over the loss of Grissom need to get over it. heh. Can't change it, so why bother? lol.
 
 
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16 January 2009 @ 10:39 am
So.. I moved back to Texas at the end of last year. Staying with my mom and working on getting on my feet. That was, and still is, the plan anyway. But shit hasn't gone right since I got here. First, my mom's car got totaled on a trip up to Oklahoma. Then the replacement vehicle her oldest daughter, my half-sister, gave her crapped out. So now there's no way to get to and from a job, besides the bus. But you can't take the bus without already having money to pay for it. And since I have no job, I can't take the bus. Can't use the bus to look for a job because I have no money to pay for the trip. ARGH!

It's just one thing after another, these days, and it's aggravating as fuck.

/end rant
 
 
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31 October 2008 @ 11:37 pm
So.. we had some earthquakes here in the Grand Prairie/Irving area the other day. Small and hardly noticable, for the most part, but still ... it was crazy. I was lying in bed with my nose in a book when the bed jiggled. I got up and looked under the bed, trying to figure out why it shook. LOL. Never occured to me that it was an earthquake. Craziness.
 
 
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22 August 2008 @ 11:09 am
WoW can get boring sometimes. Rep grinding, farming, sitting around trying to find a PuG for this or for that. Yeah. It can get boring. And that's just for the toons at 70. For those still leveling it's a whole other ball of wax. Especially for those that don't have mounts yet. Blargh. Heh.

So anyway, all that leads to me getting fruity and investigating other MMOs. The free-to-play ones, obviously, since I'm broke. lol. The first ones I looked into were the FPS combat MMOs. WarRock and CombatArms. WarRock is... a little lacking, graphically. About the only thing it has going for it is the ability to use vehicles. Humvees, tanks, and even aircraft. And that's all well and good, I guess. But there is no real 'training' at all. There is, but it's severely lacking. Just you on a tiny little map with a humvee. No helicopters to learn to pilot, and no F-22s. Only way to familiarize yourself with those is by playing in an actual match. Which brings me to my main gripe. Diving in head first, I joined into a match. And was immediately voted out by the other players for not knowing what I was doing. Okay. Whatever. I join a different match.... and get the same result. Voted out. How the fuck are you supposed to familiarize yourself with the maps and the vehicles if all the "leet players" vote you out of their little matches? ~grumble~ In the end, it was no big loss... like I said, the graphics are rather lacking.

CombatArms, on the other hand, has some pretty nice graphics but no vehicles. And, the biggest plus, I wasn't voted out of the matches. lol. Might not be able to vote players out. I didn't really pay much attention. I was too busy trying to not get my head blown off. LOL.

Another free MMO I tried was Project Torque. Online racing game. Sort of like Need For Speed, and Midnight Club, and all those. Just... free to play. Like most free MMOs, they get your money with specialty items. Purchase in-game money and/or points with real cash. So you can buy upgrades, and the like. Ultimately, my biggest gripe with Project Torque is the controls. The default controls are keyboard only, accelerate with the up arrow, left and right with the respective arrows, and brake/reverse with the down arrow. Since I have a dual joystick gamepad, I mapped the controls to it and that makes it alot more tolerable. But the accelerate is pressure sensitive, in the game. But my gamepad doesn't have any pressure sensitive buttons. It's either pressed or not pressed. So there is no ability to push the accelerator down halfway, instead of just... gunning the engine to full. lol. Ah well. It's still pretty fun.

And, last but not least, I reinstalled one of my favorite little WWI/WWII era games, Sniper Elite. It can be a major lesson in frustration sometimes, especially when playing it on full 'realistic' mode. Where your bullet trajectory is affected by gravity, wind, posture, and all that. lol. I tend to play it on rookie mode, where the only thing that needs to be compensated for is gravity. What can I say, I like my games easy and not so difficult that you have to keep trying the same portion/mission again and again and again. lol. That kind of shit drive sme bonkers.

Anyway... Yeah. S'all I got.
 
 
Current Mood: mellow
 
 
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11 August 2008 @ 02:28 am
The outside unit for the central air quit on us tonight. Here's to hoping we can get it fixed without it costing an arm and a leg.

Update:
Well, it turns out that the capacitor is burnt out. Something that should be easy to replace, and not cost alot. Thank goodness.
 
 
Current Mood: hot
 
 
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10 June 2008 @ 11:36 am
EVE  
So a while back, definitely more than six months ago, I gave EVE Online a try, with the free trial. Suffice it to say I was overwhelmed. After playing games like WoW and Guild Wars (as well as my fair share of free Korean MMO's) it was so vastly different that I was at a loss. Not even the starting tutorials helped me all that much. I even managed to get lost in space, amusingly enough. And on top of that I got called an idiot by someone for not wanting to talk to them. Such great people in this game! I thought.

Anywho, moving on.. I decided to give it another go. I didn't even have to use a different email address to try the free trial again, wich I found a touch amusing. As it stands, I'd like to think I have a much better grasp on the game now. Not that I've been playing it for very long, mind you, but I don't get lost in space anymore and I'm slowly figuring out the better ways to make money. The game does have it's downsides, of course. The most notable of those being that it's just alot more slowly paced than most other MMOs. I mean, for those unaware, you don't run around as you character, period. You fly around in your spaceship(s). You don't get skillups by going to trainers, or crafting a buttload of worthless items. Skills, I think, are one of the biggest hurdles in the game, for people accustomed to other MMOs. It takes hours to learn new ones, at the beginning. The higher level skills later on? Days, up to weeks. Yes. WEEKS. Also, quests/missions. You can't just load up on quests and do them leisurely, over the course of a few days. They're on a timer. That's kind of, well... shitty. heh. Get your quest/mission, and then go out and do it right then. A bit annoying, sure. Especially when RL plans might come up. LOL. But zipping around in that little spaceship has grown on me. It's fun. It's a surprisingly fresh change of pace, at least to me.

Reading up on the guides they offer makes some of the game seem daunting. As of now, I'm still scooting around in the safe little rookie areas, but further out into space it can get alot more vicious. Or so I've come to understand. I've yet to experience it for myself, save for one small foray into a lower security zone to hunt down some pirates to kill. There, too, was an interesting learning experience. Unlike the NPC pirates from the intro tutorial, the NPC pirates you find on your own are alot tougher. LMAO. I had to tuck tail and run. >_>

But yes... after giving the game a second chance I'm liking it alot more. Yeah, iit has it's downsides, to be sure. Things I'd prefer to change, but.. so does Guild Wars and WoW. Heh. Nothing's perfect, and all that.
 
 
Current Mood: complacent
 
 
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12 May 2008 @ 09:02 am
A friend of mine that I went to high school with back in Pawhuska posted some pics of the Class of '98 reunion. OMG. It's just INSANE what ten years can do to some people.
 
 
Current Mood: amused