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May 10th, 2009
09:44 pm

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May 8th, 2009
02:03 am





(Comments set to screen by default, so spoilers can be discussed without ruining it for people who haven't seen it.)

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(Sing with the Choir)

May 6th, 2009
03:44 am

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So, I got the job recently doing telephone research. People keep asking, "WTF is that? What do you do?"

I have also, recently, been feeling sad about not doing anything really, really nerdy. This post will address BOTH those concerns.

At work, I call people and ask them to complete surveys over the phone. 80% of the time, I get a busy signal, answering machines, it rings out, etc. 19% of the time, someone picks up and either can't do it then, or tell me to fuck off in some variety of language. I then mark the survey ended on the computer, and enter the flag for the reason it ended (busy, refused, etc.) OCCASIONALLY, I get someone to complete a survey... if they don't get most of the way through and bail on me because it took too long.

This is MORE boring than it sounds. Sooo... I invented a game to pass the time ;]

On a notepad, I mark down two columns for my two "characters". They are marked "even" and "odd". Both start with 50 hit points.

When I start a new call, I first check the case number assigned to them. If the last digit is even (including 0), then it is "even"s turn. Odd, vice versa. I then check the last digit of the phone number, and save it for later (0 = 10). I will call it X.

What happens next depends on how the call ends. If nobody answers, not even a machine, the turn is skipped.

If I get an answering machine, a busy signal, or a refusal, that character inflicts X damage on the opposing character. If I complete a survey, they do 4x that amount of damage to the opposing character.

If I get a language problem, a "number not in service", or make an appointment for later, then the characters recovers X damage instead. If I start a survey, but they bail for any reason partway, then they instead heal 4x that amount.

If I get a fax/modem line or I call a business, then that character takes X damage to themselves. If I get someone who asks to be put on our Do Not Call list, they take 4x damage to themselves.

...I ended up playing this as I called for 5 hours. For the curious, Even won, with 71 HP to spare when Odd dropped beneath 0. It was close, and Odd was in the lead for a long time, but Even recovered 40 when some asshole bailed on my survey partway, with their phone number ending in 0. It was tense.

So yeah, this is what I do ;]

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(11 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

May 3rd, 2009
11:33 pm - WHOO

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So, I have mentioned before that I wanted to travel and meet TQCers etc. But I hadn't really gotten anywhere with that, mostly because I suck and didn't even have a passport or money or anything ever.

Well, I decided "fuck that".

So I got my passport, finagled around some Aeromiles points with the family, and will be visiting [ profile] shinga in Texas from May 25th to June 5th ;]

I was originally going to bus it because I am cheap and insane, but family laughed at me and offered me Aeromiles points from work trips to fly instead. Approved!

This marks my longest non-family vacation, the longest on-my-own vacation as well, my first flight, my first real international travel, and some other firsts I don't remember at the moment.

I've done some traveling for my "grand tour" so far, but all short trips that made me feel like I really wasn't trying. So, since everything else I do these days feels too boring to note in LJ, I figure it's about time I do something I feel is worth mentioning, let alone worth doing ;]

Current Mood: [mood icon] excited

(60 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

April 25th, 2009
12:42 am


I handed out one resume, had one interview, and now have one job.

I have way too much luck in this kinda thing.


(I get to use my work tag again! Whee!)

(59 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

April 22nd, 2009
04:31 am - tickticktickticktickticktickticktickticktickticktick

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Ode to a pocketwatch )

Current Mood: [mood icon] ARGH

(15 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

March 9th, 2009
01:20 pm - MY EYES



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(17 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

March 4th, 2009
03:03 pm - The List

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One day, I will learn to fence. I don't know when or how, but I will. I've always wanted to, so it's on THE LIST.

So far the List contains, in order of importance:
  1. Visit all Internet People/The Grand Tour
  2. Learn to fence
  3. Learn to play violin
  4. Hang-glide

(29 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

February 23rd, 2009
08:46 pm - Faline

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Faline, my kitty, is not well.

Apparently she didn't eat or drink the whole weekend we were away, nor slept. They gave her something to help rehydrate her today, but she's terribly weak. She won't eat yet (but I got her to drink some tuna water), she IS drinking... but she's so wobbly. She can't seem to see right, and she falls over if she tries to walk.

We left her with the VETS, for god sakes. Why didn't they call us, or do something?

I'm sitting beside her now, on my kitchen floor. She's finally sleeping on a blanket we laid out, since the floor is cold and she keeps getting herself wet with the water dish. I'm watching over as long as I can, then it's my mom's turn. Benefit of a nocturnal household.

I feel weak and sick. She's 21... I know the odds. I just... she's my cat.

I really want her to be okay.

(36 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

February 22nd, 2009
02:40 pm


I am back, and I am ALIVE!

(10 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

February 19th, 2009
03:28 pm


As my family is random, we're going up north for the weekend to a cottage for snow and tobogganing. I'll be around randomly a bit today and tomorrow morning, but then gone until sometime Sunday night. As there is NO tech there, I'll be totally out of contact, so no-one die in my absence. That includes general maimings.

(29 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

February 18th, 2009
11:16 pm


Comment if you yawned.

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(15 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

February 7th, 2009
08:49 pm - FACE




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(17 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

February 2nd, 2009
11:34 pm - Tweet Tweet etc.


So peer pressure finally mounted, and I got a twitter account. I will NOT be broadcasting it all over the place; if you care about my minutiae or random thoughts, I'm Imariaprime on there.

My theory is that if it requires so much less of me than full LJ entries, I'll use it more. And if I use it more, I'll get into the habit of writing, and will start making full entries again. We shall see if this was a pipe dream in the weeks to come ;]

(13 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

January 28th, 2009
12:25 pm - It's in my friggin' EYE


Woke up groggy this morning, read my friends list, saw everybody crying about massive snowstorms all over. Didn't bother to look out my window, because seriously... what are the odds of it being a winter wasteland everywhere from the 33rd parallel to the 43rd parallel?

...apparently 1:1. It's God's bukkake party out there.

Also, I got new winter boots. This is not typically LJ-worthy news, except that these boots have solid steel plates embedded in the soles to make them puncture proof. I bought them in SPITE of this, because they were warm, waterproof, and altogether everything else I wanted. And they ARE good boots. They just also weigh a fucking TON. I feel like I'm walking around with cars tied to my feet. While this is bloody torture NOW while I slog through snow... a few more weeks of this, and I'll be able to kick in tanks.

Current Mood: [mood icon] blah

(15 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

January 26th, 2009
01:10 pm - I R Nutz!

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I have had reason today to remember a LOT of my weird quirks.

The only one worth repeating here, however, is how I used to eat my Cheerios when I was young.

I'd take the bowl with cheerios and milk, and eat JUST one half down to the milk, so there was a wall of cheerios consisting the other half. Some cheerios would always fall into the milk side, though, because the "wall" falls apart.

I'd pretend the wall was a mighty empire, and the stray cheerios were rebels from the empire fighting against it. So I'd eat them. But as I did, the milk would shake more cheerios loose. These were more people rebelling against the aggressive destruction of the rebels. Eventually, the whole "empire" would dissolve into chaos and rebellion, and I'd have to put them all down.

I think I started this when I was in grade 2 or 3 ;/ It vaguely concerns me how GLEEFUL I was, decimating those "rebels" and knowing I was the bad guy they were increasingly rebelling against.


Current Mood: [mood icon] WTF?

(19 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

January 6th, 2009
01:36 pm - Damnit

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Fuck you, LJ. I did NOT want to wake up to a goddamned apocalypse today.

Current Mood: [mood icon] pissed off

(10 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

01:48 am - I DO post sometimes!

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Saw Repo! for the second time tonight. Even BETTER the second time. I love having a new obsession ;]

I've been flitting around, seeing all the people I kept saying "We should get together sometime" to. It's been quite nice to remember I DO have some real life friends after all, even if we are all too damn busy most of the time. I've thoroughly abused myself over the past week(?) or so; it's kinda nice. I've done far too little for too long, but mostly because there has been little to do that really struck me. It's been good.

I'm now back in classes for semester #2, hopefully going a BIT better than the last. I'm not going to get deeply into it, but there is certainly room for improvement ;/ BUT, I have optimism. Being in class for only one day so far helps that!

The only thing left on my agenda is to find something to get particularly excited about in my future; I need something to look forward to strongly. But I figure that's just a matter of time and circumstance, so I'm patient for the moment. All in all... I'm doing pretty well.

It's rare that I am willing to go out of my way to say that, so I just wanted that documented ;]

(P.S: That movie has given me a MAD crush on Sarah Brightman.)

Current Music: Things You See In A Graveyard - Repo! The Genetic Opera

Current Mood: [mood icon] content

(11 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

January 1st, 2009
12:37 am - 2009!


Happy new year, everybody!

(9 Voices | Sing with the Choir)

December 24th, 2008



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