March 31, 2015


I actually find myself at loose ends as to what to write about right now.  Nothing is really leaping out at me... anybody got any burning questions you want answered with a post?  This is the perfect time to ask me!

Picture unrelated.  Nice, but unrelated.

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March 20, 2015

No Joy

I'll be fine soon enough.

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March 18, 2015


Some of you with memories longer than that of goldfish may remember that I had a job interview a couple of weeks ago.  This was the company where I had to take a Wonderlic test, and they discovered that I had a giant pulsating brain.

Remarkably accurate representation of Wonderduck
After the interview they said that they'd let me know "early next week."  After it became LATE "next week", I e-mailed the company HR person to see where the matter stood.  The reply was pretty much exactly what I expected: "We're still trying to decide, we'll let you know."  Well, my thinking went, I've done my part, all I can do is wait.  So wait I did. 

The supposed start date of March 16th came and went.  I wasn't terribly surprised, as they had said that they could push it back if they didn't have enough qualified applicants.  However, I'd be lying if I thought this an encouraging sign.  Well, whatever.  Today, as I was getting dressed to have lunch with the folks, I received an e-mail from the company.  In effect, they were scared of  my giant pulsating brain and decided to hire dullards instead.

 I have been told in the past that I'm too smart for my own good.  This is the first time that's really the case.  The intelligent part of me knew this was coming, it's not a surprise, so on and so forth.  It still really, really hurts.  I wanted this one badly, and nope, not good enough.

I can't even get a data-entry job.  WTF, life?

UPDATED:  Since I applied for the job through CareerMonster or one of those jobsites, I get e-mails from the company occasionally saying "here are some positions you might find interesting."  It's just after midnight, and one just popped up.  They've got six more openings.  So much for keeping my application on file, huh?

Remarkably accurate representation of the company and Wonderduck.

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March 12, 2015

Terry Pratchett

I read Terry Pratchett's works only rarely.  Good Omens, certainly.  His retelling of the "Faust" story in the Discworld universe, yes.  Maybe Carpe Jugulum, I can't remember.  But that really covers it, pretty much.  I remember being unhappy when I heard he had had a stroke, and quite vexed with the cruel universe that would find it humorous to afflict an author with Alzheimers.  But it didn't really hurt me, y'know?  Not the way Anne McCaffery did, for example... possibly because Pratchett could still write; Alzheimers is a progressive disease, after all. 

Terry Pratchett passed away today, and I didn't really feel anything when I heard the news... until I read his final tweets announcing his death.  If you're unfamiliar with Pratchett's writings, one of his main characters was Death itself, who always spoke in capital letters:


Terry took Death's arm and followed him through the doors and on to the black desert under the endless night.

The End.

That's a good way to go out.

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March 11, 2015

I Don't Know

CREATIVITY!  It's not all it's cracked up to be.  I'm fairly certain I'm either halfway or two-thirds of the way done with the project, but much of the time the image of this part or that part of the project that I have in my head isn't matching up with the results.  I think it's because my tools are limiting me... they aren't flexible enough... and my workarounds aren't "working around" well enough.  Of course, you know what they say about the craftsman who blames his tools.

Shut up.
I know that the last batch of Creativeness will make or break the project... it's been the focal point of the whole kit 'n' kaboodle since Day 1, after all.  Everything I've done up to this point has been getting me "warmed up," if you will, for the big stuff.  I've learned the hardware, played with the equipment, expanded my efforts (perhaps too far), and if it works, it'll be spectacular.  If it doesn't... well, "nothing venture nothing win" and all that.  It will have still been worth doing.  At least, to me it will have been.  I'm not sure what you, my assembled readers, will think.  That's always been the case, of course... make a mistake and the horde will tear you apart and leave your broken and bleeding carcass lying in the dirt.  If you're lucky. 

If you're not, they'll take your broken and bleeding carcass with them, and what happens after that is anybody's guess.  One thing is for sure, though: it won't be pretty, and it'll likely be illegal in most states.  And countries.  Probably galaxies, for that matter.  I didn't even know you could do such things with with the pancreas!  So, yeah, and all that.

I don't know.  I just don't.

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March 04, 2015

Do NOT Mess With Granny...

...she will not hesitate to make your world a nightmare.

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