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29 October 2009 @ 02:36 pm
I have these large bundles of blood vessels on either side of my septum that have a habit of cracking open and bleeding when the weather gets really hot or really dry (or both!). This past June, it was so bad at work one day that they sent me home. I'd be considering the idea of getting them cauterized for several years, but this was sort of a last straw. Don't get me wrong, I like leaving work early, but having my nose bleed for over an hour sucks.

So I went to see an ENT and he said it seemed like a reasonable thing to do. So he set up an office appointment, because it can usually be done as an in-office procedure. I went in on the appointed day and took my place in the hot seat. He began by putting rolls of gauze soaked in Novocaine in both of my nostrils. While they were soaking in, he pulled out a syringe with a 4 inch needles. After a few minutes, he pulled out the gauze then inserted the needle into my left nostril. I didn't handle it well.

Its not that I tried to punch him or passed out, but I did get quite pale he said, and I felt like I was going to throw up. He managed to get the first injection done, then gave me a few minutes to collect myself before going into the right side. Similar reaction of coming close to passing out. At that point, he decided that I'm not a good candidate for local anesthesia, so he got me a coke and said to head down to his scheduling person and set up an appointment for surgery under general anesthesia. The surgery date was Oct 27th, pre-op was Oct 22nd.

I went in on the 22nd, talked to the doctor about basic stuff like not eating the night before and not taking blood thinners for a week in advance. So I paid part of the deposit and was sent to the surgery center to pay them and the anesthesiologist. While there, I learned that insurance wasn't going to cover more than $200, so I'd be stuck with a total bill of $3500. That wasn't going to happen, so I canceled the surgery, went back to the doctor to get my deposit refunded, and headed on in to work. I had already taken the 27th off, so I saw no reason to tell them then that the surgery was off. In stead, I took Tuesday to look for a new job.

I spent Monday night preparing my resume and putting together a list of places to go. Tuesday morning, I printed out the list of places and also a short list of personal references, in case anyone asked at the time. Most of the places I visited said they weren't hiring at all. One place took my resume, had me fill out an application that included a 10 question test on basic computer stuff (use safe mode if you suspect a faulty ________.) The guy there said he was looking for a part time tech, preferable 8 to 12 or 1, and I said that I'm currently working 6 to 5, so unless he can pay me $400/week for part time work, that's really not what I'm looking for. He said he'd keep it on file and give me a call if they had need of me.

The last on my list was staffed by a guy who calls himself Tweak. Tweak used to work at a place called core, owned and 'operated' by a fucktwit named Franco, whom we called Mario because he looked like a certain plumber. Many of my friends used to work for Franco until one day when he showed up on a brand new Harley. The bike wasn't a problem, so much as when the next day, pay day, came around and Franco said he didn't have the money to pay anyone, that he'd pay them for two checks on the next pay day. Everyone but Tweak said hell no, pay us now or we're going to the employment agency. Franco said to get the fuck out of his shop. So they did, and Franco was left with one employee. When the employment agency contacted him, he said he had no idea why they'd all left, but he certainly didn't fire them, so they weren't getting unemployment. He ended up having to sell most of his business (and the Harley) to pay all the debt he had. Now he's in a shop about 1/3 the size and still just as broke.

(Karmic Koala download complete! Now to make the disk.)

Anyway, Tweak didn't recognize me. He took my app, said the boss kept those sorts of things on file, but that they were in kind of a slump, so he didn't know when or if they'd call me. I left that shop and got in the car, only to realize that there's a place next door that wasn't on my list called Monster Computers. I picked up another resume/contact list and headed in. There was a dude wearing jeans and a t-shirt that read "Its funny that you think I'm still listening," a woman that turned about to be a customer, and another dude behind the counter. T-shirt man finishes up a sentence or two, then turns to me and says "Hey man, what I can do for ya?" I said "Hopefully you can hire me." "... really? Lets step outside for a moment." So he took my resume and we went outside. He started with "What kind of job are you. . ." then saw my objective statement (To obtain and IT Technician position in a computer repair of build-from-scratch setting in order to meet customer need on an individual and personalized basis.) He didn't say anything for a moment as he looked through my work history. He got to the next section and said "Oh, A+ certified, that's cool." Then he started talking about the guy next door and how they used to be partners but he didn't like the way that guy ran things, and now his shop's going to be closing in 4 to 6 weeks, so he plans on buying that space and expanding into it, so he's definitely going to need a few techs soon. He asked if I smoke or do drugs, and I said that I hardly even drink. He says "holy crap son, how old are you" "Uhh. . ." "oh my god, you have to think about it" "27? No, I'll turn 27 in December." "Man I wish I was 26 again and didn't smoke or drink. So how much are they paying you at Soffe?" "8 bucks an hour" "So you'd be happy if I paid you 9?" "Sure." "Aight, I gotta talk things over with my partner. You'll probably hear from me in the next couple of days."

So yeah, I might have a new job.
11 October 2009 @ 11:00 pm
So I built my new computer. Its shiny and black and glowy blue and allegedly super fast, but I haven't done anything other than web browsing yet. I'm running Ubuntu 9.04 atm, and I'll put win7 on when it comes in two weeks. I have a crazy picture where I had my motherboard with most of the important stuff on it open air to see if it'd boot. I should put that up somewhere, like here or the SHP forum. I've done very little transfer of dataz, that'll come after i get win7.

Mad computing

Card reader works. Yes, the fan i'm holding is running, as is everything else. You can totally see the BIOS in the background.

I'm using the stock heatsink/fan for the processor right now just in case it's got problems. I should get a fold@home or prime95 for stress tests. When 7 comes, i'm going to replaces the cute little HS/F with this behemoth

Mega heatsink

Incase anyone is interrested, here's what I've got

AMD Phenom IIx4 955 BE
MSI 790FX-GD70
2x2GB G.Skill RipJaws ddr3 1600 7-7-7-24
2x WD Caviar blue WD5000AAKS (will be Raid 1 when I play with it more, Raid 5 in a few months when I get a new video card and 2 more HDs)
Radeon 4650HD 1GB
Plextor PX-880SA CD/DVD burner with LightScribe
CoolerMaster CM 690, chassis painted black, hole cut for power cable routing
Lotsa fans.

It sounds like an airplane preparing for take off. In a few months when I get more stuff (waiting for Radeon 5870s to come down in price, or for the 56xxs to come out) I'll have to get a front panel fan controls so I can turn them down for normal use and turn them up for intensive stuff.

yarg, need to go to bed. getting up at 5 to be at work at 6 is the suck.
02 September 2009 @ 09:56 pm
I believe I have a hobo living out of my trunk. Not totally a hobo, he does have a job. I'm just afraid he doesn't have a home.
20 August 2009 @ 11:01 pm
Today, I had a doctor appointment at 3:45. I told my supervisor it was at 12:45. I took the extra 3 hours to take my A+ exams. So, as of about 2:45 today, I am a CompTia A+ certified technician. Go me.

While at the doctor, I mentioned that I'm now a certified tech and asked if he was in need of one, cuz I'm trying to get out of my shitty factory job. He said that his office is in the process of upgrading all of the data storage equipment and refitting the office with a whole new technology scheme, but they don't really need a dedicated tech. But he gave me the name of a dude who's the head of an organization of which he (My doctor) is a member that aims to get the whole medical community of the Cumberland County area into this century regarding technology. He also wrote a little note of introduction explaining that I'm a patient who's just gotten into the IT field and is looking for a better job. So I guess some time in the next week or so, I'll try to make my way over to his office and have a chat with him.

I also need to call Adam and see if he's got anything for me, now that I'm officially not a total noob anymore.
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
24 July 2009 @ 07:20 pm
but would find it useful for my friends' entertainment.

My supervisor needs to make plans to shut the fuck up. She needs to initiate those plans immediately. There is no time at which she should terminate them.
07 May 2009 @ 10:29 pm
For the viewing pleasure of my reading public, my Warcraft UI!

Notable addons: Bartender 4, Fubar, X-prel (my party and raid windows overlap, but the party window disappears when i'm in a raid), Shock And Awe (for enhancement shamman, it's the 9 orbs remaining bar, there's lots of other stuff that it doesn't show right now like Storm Strike cooldown and time remain on wolves),and Trinket menu (the two trinket button above my actions bars, mousing over brings up all trinks in my inventory for quick swapping).
20 March 2009 @ 01:43 pm
I Am A: Neutral Good Human Bard (2nd Level)

Ability Scores:







Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment because it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Bards often serve as negotiators, messengers, scouts, and spies. They love to accompany heroes (and villains) to witness heroic (or villainous) deeds firsthand, since a bard who can tell a story from personal experience earns renown among his fellows. A bard casts arcane spells without any advance preparation, much like a sorcerer. Bards also share some specialized skills with rogues, and their knowledge of item lore is nearly unmatched. A high Charisma score allows a bard to cast high-level spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

that was a fun 20 minutes. But I'm totally higher than 2nd level. I'm also multiclassed in monk and fighter and rogue. . .
12 March 2009 @ 04:27 pm
I got a call today from KDM in Cincinnati. They want to know if I'd like to schedule a time to go in and talk with them about employment. What timing! If only she'd called me 5 months ago >.
Current Mood: amusedamused
23 December 2008 @ 08:01 pm
I would like to share with my reading public the fact that I hate gift cards. When purchasing and gifting them, I feel as if I'm saying "I feel this overwhelming unwanted obligation to buy you something, but I don't know you well enough to discern precicely what manner of object you desire, so I'll leave those sorts details up to you. This is a non-cash amount that I feel fulfills my societal obligation based on the nature of our relationship and my economic status." For the most part, the beginning is true; I don't want to buy things for my parents, my sister, her boyfriend, my sister-in-law or my parents-in-law. I want to buy things for my wife and a few of my friends. Everyone in that first sentence is getting something, four of them are gift cards.

I also hate receiving gift cards. Part of the problem is that I don't want a lot of things that are a reasonable price range for someone to give to me. One could, theoretically, give me a gift card to help with the purchase of one of these outrageous items, but that amount wouldn't make up the difference between the cost of the item and the amount I'm willing and/or able to put into it (for instance, a $30 card doesn't help me buy a $900 projection TV thing.) The obvious solution is to just take the card into the store and find something the card doesn't quite cover and pay like $3 for a $30 + tax item. However, that means going into some place and shopping for something that I don't object to owning. Say that last verb-phrase out loud. Doesn't that sound stupid? So I'll head into the appropriate store, look around, see nothing that I can now afford that I actually want, and put the gift card in my wallet to be forgotten for nearly a year. Most of these gift cards expire after 12 months, or they start charging a fee for keeping the balance active at that point. Doesn't that make the whole endeavor feel like theft?

Every time, I've typed the word a "caurd."
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
13 September 2007 @ 07:59 pm
1. Go here: http://www.careercruising.com/default.asp
2. Put in Username: nycareers, Password: landmark.
3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions.
4. Post the top ten results.

1. Special Effects Technician
2. Logistics Specialist
3. Set Designer
4. Costume Designer
5. Fashion Designer
6. Electrician
7. Dental Lab Tech
8. Electronics Engineering Tech
9. Electrical Engineering Tech
10. Oceanographer

Several of those sound fun. but dental lab tech?