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Friday, August 8th, 2008
8:17 pm - Funny quick conversation
As I was skimming through the LJ friend entries, I came across shinga's post about a possible discovery concerning her condition. And, I was thinking about her wheelchair and wanting it. All of a sudden, she pops onto AIM.  As a result, the following conversation took place:

DMO: ...creepy...
shinga: ?
DMO: I was just thinking about you....
DMO: ... or rather, your wheelchair.
shinga: lol
DMO: and then you popped on
shinga: I'm magical like that.
DMO: Like your handicap senses were tingling
shinga: my cripple senses were tingl-- FUCK you beat me to the joke
shinga: fuck you
shinga: lol
DMO: I know
DMO: I actually felt you thinking it
DMO: seriously.
shinga: LOL
DMO: I creeped myself out on that one
shinga: It's your Asian powers, it happens

current mood: psychic

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1:26 am - Vampires - Just wondering
And this entry is because I can't sleep...
So, if you have any opinions about vampires, please comment.
I get bored easily and love reading people's input.

Not that it's a predominant theme for 2008, but there have been several vampire stuff I've noticed as of late. 30 Days of Night was released on dvd, as well as Lost Boys: The Tribe. And there's Breaking Dawn which is the fourth and last novel in the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer. Plus, I saw posters for the Twilight movie. I'll not state an official opinion on Twilight because I haven't read it, but based on what I've been informed about it, I have a feeling I'll not like how the vampire is portrayed.

For me, to be a vampire, you really need three things:
1) Fangs - Seriously, without the fangs, you're just a cannibal on a liquid diet with a skin condition.
2) The need to drink blood to live - You take that away and you have a guy with pointy teeth and a skin condition
3) Die/serious burning from sun exposure - That's part of the whole vampire legend!!!

Of the three, the fangs are the least important, but that's how you would distinguish a vampire from a human.

Unnecessary stuff:
1) Crosses - I'd like to think vampire legend existed before Jesus. It would seem stupid for them to suddenly gain an allergic reaction to the letter "t." Let's face it, to a vampire, that's all the cross is to them. Put two planks together in a t-formation and you have instant vampire-repellent. LAME!
2) Sleeping in a coffin - It's cliché, to play off the whole undead thing. I'm sure they'd just be as comfortable in a bed.
3) Mentioning that one way to kill a vampire is a wooden stake through the heart - Seriously? What wouldn't die if I drove a wooden stake in their heart? And why wooden? Does their otherwise immortal heart gain an allergy towards wood? I'm sure any large enough impaling object should be sufficient. Are you telling me a steel poker through the heart of a vampire wouldn't be as affective? Otherwise, we'd see more movies where vampires are performing personal surgeries ala "Dead Man's Chest" style hiding their hearts from possible stabbage.

Holy Water:
And what's the range on blessing holy water? Let's avoid the D&D references here.
If I had the pope come over for dinner and requested he bless some things, how much would it cover and is there an expiration date? And since there's water in blood, what would happen if he blessed a vampire? Would he suddenly explode?

... see what happens when I can't sleep?

current mood: curious

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Friday, August 1st, 2008
11:26 am - Iron Chef - repeat
I posted this long ago (4-05-2004), but thought it was funny.
Iron Chef: Special ingredient - Twinkies

It's pretty much an Iron Chef contest I made up with the special ingredient as TWINKIES.
We have a French chef and a Japanese chef.
Since I have an almost completely different audience of readers to my LJ, just wanted to share it with the newer folks.

current mood: silly

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Sunday, June 29th, 2008
4:02 pm - Wanted
The new movie "Wanted" is pretty awesome!
For anyone who has worked in a cubicle type area, watch it!

There is a ton of amazing gunplay.... please ignore actual physics.
For those that know anything about the comic, the movie is not
as violent as it should be. Don't get me wrong, there's a bunch of
killing involved. But, not nearly the amount there should be.

Note: Now I want to buy a ton of Nerf guns.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
7:52 pm - Seriously... click it
This if freakin' awesome to watch: click here!
(seriously, do it!!!)

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Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
11:48 am - Iron Man - watch it!
So I watched Iron Man this past Friday.
Oh yeah... TOTALLY worth it.
This movie kicked ass!
That's right... so much ass that I had to bold, italicize, and underline the word "ass."

If you don't watch this movie, then you're a Nazi.
There, I said it.
You don't want the world thinking you're a Nazi, do you?
I mean, they're keeping tabs of who watches this movie, and if you're not there, then you get put on a list... a Nazi list.
I've seen it; it's not pretty. Michael Jackson is on that list.
Do you want to be under the same category as Michael Jackson?
No, I didn't think so.
Watch the movie.

current mood: satisfied

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Friday, May 2nd, 2008
1:13 am - Misfits for 2008
Well, contacted the scheduling people...
Yes, it is scheduled at midnight on Saturday.
So, as long as we can pull a group together, we have a time for the show.

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Monday, April 28th, 2008
4:01 pm - Who you gonna call?...
On April 18th...

The Terminal Reality people set up a publicity promotion for the new Ghostbusters game being released in Fall of 2008. So, they arranged for ECTO-1 (the car) and a giant inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man to be in front of their building.

Nerd fun fact: For those that are curious, YES that is the ORIGINAL ECTO-1 used in the movie. Of course it was fixed up a bit, but it's still the original. Awesome, yes?

For Facebook Photo Album with more pictures... click here.

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
6:10 pm - New Incredible Hulk - Trailer/teaser
Didn't like the first one? Or maybe you did...
Check this out, and see if you'll like the second one more.


So far, I do...

current mood: dorky

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Monday, March 10th, 2008
8:30 pm - Job: Horizontal Positioning
We're downsizing the Customer Service department... more specifically, the International portion. If you haven't guessed, I'm part of the International CS department. So, in a few months, my position will be no longer available. Which kinda sucks since my title was recently promoted to Senior CSR.

The Company:
I work for Maxim, and no, not the magazine. If I worked for the magazine, I'd like to think I'd like my job a little more. The full name of the company is Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (http://www.maxim-ic.com). We make integrated circuits and other engineering type products. We are located in a variety of countries: Maxim UK, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, to name a few.

The Situation:
The majority of my accounts are in Europe:
1) FMG Electronics - Ireland
2) Abacus/Micromark - UK
3) Avnet Europe - France & Germany
4) Spezial - Germany

These are the big companies, each one several millions of dollars yearly. And, of course, I am located in the U.S. The higher-ups think it best to reallocate these accounts to one of our locations within the same timezone. So, the logical choice would be Maxim UK. I can't say I blame them, as it totally makes sense. I'm surprised they didn't think of this years ago.

The kicker is where does that leave me?

The "Solution":
I had a talk with my manager last week, and he actually told me to look for another position. Of course, he's not going to do it, and why should he? But, he did say that he would help promote me in whatever area I choose. Although, that could be manager-speak for, "I'll say I'll help, but in reality, you're going to start from scratch." I do have 5 1/2 years of experience with the company, so that might help.

My current consideration is checking for openings in Maxim Direct.  Same basic concept of customer service, only customer will be contacting us directly instead of with a Distributor. They generally have a lot of turnover, so I'm sure there will be a spot for me should the time come. Meanwhile, I think I'm safe for the 3 or so months until the transition takes place.

Note: This isn't just happening to me. It's a department thing. But, since this is my LJ, I'm only mainly concerned with how it affects me.

current mood: numb

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Tuesday, December 18th, 2007
6:26 pm - Some ninja star fun...
I've always been curious as to how much a box worth of ninja stars can cover a person.

Shannon was my lovely volunteer for this experiment: 5'7"  130 lbs.

Course, because of gravity, it just covered her, instead of burying her.
I think I'll need 4 boxes to do that.

Note: Bring four boxes

I think I'll keep a spare box of ninja stars in my car for those that want to know what it feels like to get covered by them.

current mood: tired

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Thursday, September 20th, 2007
11:54 pm - I got another bonus!
Normally, I'd get a bonus once a year.
And logically, it'd be right around the time I was hired.
My last review was on June 26, and they gave me a pretty nice chunk-of-change.

The company wants to arrange it so that everyone gets reviewed at the same time,
so they picked September 2nd (my boss is running a little behind). I came into
his office today for a summary of my performance, and I'm still doing pretty awesome.
As a result, I get another bonus of $888.61!!!

It may not sound like much, but it's like them saying, "Thanks for staying with the
company another 2 1/2 months. Here, have some money!"
Oh, and a tiny raise.
Tiny because they just gave me a raise two months ago.

I'd say it's been a good month.
1) I got my $500 gift card(s) to Best Buy
2) I got another dinner for two at a hoity-toity place; bringing the total to 4
3) I got an extra bonus of $888.61.
4) I got a small raise.
5) Using my gift card, I bought Heroes, Unbreakable, and X-Men 3.

All-in-all, I'm doin' pretty good.

current mood: ecstatic

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Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
6:40 pm - AnimeFest 2007
First off, I'm (still) on vacation and will be until Thursday (9/06).
Been having a few good runs...

1) I bought that nifty Zombie Spider-Man as shown in my previous LJ entry.

2) I got a haircut today. Just to put things in perspective, my last haircut was January 16, 2007. That means it's been 232 since my last cut. My head feels cold now.

3) Title to my car is officially now mine. Transferred the title today.

4) Pictures and captions from AnimeFest '07 are now posted on my MySpace:
Please add comments where you see fit.

5) I've finally got my rewards for being with the company for 5 years in the mail while I was away:
a) $500 gift card to a location of my choice (from a list). I'm picking Best Buy.
b) Another almost "free" dinner for two at one of the following locations:
        1) Chamberlain's Steak & Chop House = $140.00
        2) Chamberlain's Fish Market = $140.00
        3) Ruth's Chris Steakhouse = $150.00
        4) Fogo de Chao = $110.00
        5) Daddy Jack's = $110.00
        6) Benihana = $100.00
        7) Mansion on Turtle Creek = $170.00
That makes 4 dinners for two to the above locations.

current mood: awesome

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Saturday, July 7th, 2007
4:35 pm - Back from Florida today
I'm back from Florida today...
BUT, I'm not quite settled.
I'll have pictures later!

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Friday, June 29th, 2007
12:19 am - Office Space
I always tell people, my workplace is literally like Dilbert.
It's semi-accurate in the fact that I'm trapped behind a cubicle all day, and it's not entertaining at all.
But, in case you wanted to see what my area looks like, here you go...

current mood: sleepy

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Tuesday, June 26th, 2007
10:17 pm - Review & Bonus
Well, I've been with my company for 5 years now, and I was due for my yearly review.

So, the good news...
I scored really well. The boss was very impressed at the level of work I've done.
Not that I show any signs of slacking ('cause I hide them very well).
And, I got a 7% raise, which is the best I've done since I usually get 5-6%.

Plus, I got my bonus today.... available upon next paycheck.
Boss said it was the highest he remembers ever giving out to our group in a very long time.
Before taxes: $4,025
Of course, I'll most likely get a little less than half that after taxes.

So, after taxes, I'm predicting $1,972.

Oh, and I'll be road tripping to Florida with a few friends over the weekend.
We're going to try to be back for Stepher's wedding.

*crosses fingers*

current mood: good

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Sunday, June 24th, 2007
10:19 am - Super Mario Talent Show
It's been shown before, but I just thought it would be entertaining to show it again.

current mood: amused

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Monday, June 18th, 2007
10:20 pm - Dinner for two.... AGAIN!!!
Yup, my boss gave me another one.
I guess we updated the restaurant list because now there's 7 places I can go to.

And here they are:
1) Chamberlain's Steak & Chop House = $140.00
2) Chamberlain's Fish Market = $140.00
3) Ruth's Chris Steakhouse = $150.00
4) Fogo de Chao = $110.00
5) Daddy Jack's = $110.00
6) Benihana = $100.00
7) Mansion on Turtle Creek = $170.00

And get this... I have THREE.
And before anyone asks, no, I can't stack them.
The only real stipulation to using them is that I have to make reservations.
Oh, and the Mansion requires a coat.

current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
8:02 pm - Snow Day (sorta) at Work
I don't live that far from work, so I decided to go.
And, judging by the number of "no shows," I could have easily gotten away with not going.

Our department (my section) has 12 employees, 1 supervisor, 1 manager, 1 data entry.
Of those people...
I showed up, my supervisor, my manager.

On the plus side, it shows I'm dedicated to the job.
And with my annual review in a couple of months, I hope that is taken into account when it's bonus/raise time.

current mood: cold

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Tuesday, January 16th, 2007
7:55 pm - Haircut
Minor news... very minor.
I got a haircut today.
Keep in mind, I only get a haircut twice a year.
Last haircut was June 15th.
That makes 7 months and one day!

That is all.

current mood: dorky

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