Category: Random


Re-direct

If you followed my profile and ended up here instead of at my other blog, expecting something brilliant to be said, it’s because I didn’t realize that it was going here instead of my more active blog.

So feel free to head over to http://reasonableconversation.wordpress.com for my pointless ramblings on Very Serious Topics. And comic books.

Advertisements

Marker

This post is a marker to indicate where my old, imported stuff ends and my new stuff begins. Just for me, but you can use it if you like.

Oh, ICC. Fickle and brief though your love is, it burns with a passion so great as to leave my stomach in knots, and take from me my vital life essence…fuck it, I’m already bored with this format.

Cut for kindness to Friends Lists

Well, I just washed out of the Kaplan program. Basically, if they don’t feel after five weeks of training that you’re capable of running one of their classes, you don’t get fully hired. For me, while I was great at following their program, kept within time, had wonderful board work, was engaging and explained things well, my lack of practical math skills ended me. I could teach the math section, but if it required me to answer questions that we’re laid out for me, I couldn’t translate the information in my head onto the board or into understandable explanations.

I’m trying to put a positive spin on this. For one thing, did I really want to work for a company that couldn’t get me any information I needed for them on time? That couldn’t figure out how to get four people in a room for three weeks? That wasn’t even prepared for the first lesson?

I can also take sollus (somebody spell that for me, my spellchecker isn’t working and I don’t feel like looking it up further) in the idea that everybody in my training class washed out as well. There were four of us to begin with. One made it two of five sessions. Tonight there were only two of us left and neither of us will be getting classes.

At least I made a friend and met a really interesting person out of this that I plan to remain in contact with. And there will be other jobs, new, better jobs that will make me happy that I don’t get to continue with this one. And I have a nice vacation this weekend to take my mind off of it. I’m trying to remain positive. It just always sucks not to succeed.

Can’t sleep

Can’t sleep at all. I want to, I don’t want to watch a movie, don’t want to read, exhausted, but just can’t seem to sleep. I should work. I don’t want to work. I want to work in Linux. Sometimes I get the Linux bug and simply want to play around in that environment for a while. There was only one time that I was fully functional in Linux for a significant period. It was awesome. I think I’d like to do that again. I would on my laptop if I didn’t have to repartition to make it happen. Could do it on my desktop, but I think my hard drive is fried. Could get a new hard drive, but I need to be paid first. Want to play guitar, but not really. Rambling, only half-ironically. Does this count as crazy if I realize, in my head, that I’m typing like this in order to make an amusing point about sleeplessness and therefore am not crazy, but am driven to make this point despite the possibility, however unexplored, that I might want to write a straightforward, clear post?

Gonna try to get some rest.

Gift idea

So, it’s several months until my birthday, but in case anyone wants me to love them forever and ever and ever, try and find me a copy of The Andy M. Stewart Collection. It’s out of print and I’m looking for it on and off, but man would I love to have sheet music to 60 of his songs. Sorry, I’ve been looking for months, and figure if I expand the search by shamelessly using my friends, it might just work.

Torchwood season 2

I just finished watching Torchwood season 2. My God in heaven was that last episode a tearjerker. I’m still shaking from it. I have to say, this season was, as much as I liked the last one, leaps and bounds more amazing than last season. They managed to plant just the right amount of information throughout it so that it came to an amazing conclusion with intersecting points from all of the previous episodes. I am just so impressed with how they did this season (series). Now, I should get some rest as I just finished prepping tomorrow’s lessons, mostly.

Reflections on the ‘Gates

Ok, so I’ve had Stargate: SG-1 on most of the day as background while I was working on things, and I think I’ve found out one of the reasons why I like Atlantis so much more.

Now, in case there are rabid SG-1 fans out there, let me preface this by saying that I like the show. In fact, I’ll say that I like the theme song better than Atlantis’s by a long shot, largely because I feel that the Atlantis theme sounds like the soundtrack to a ride at Epcot.

However, that’s the only part of the show I can say I actually like better than it’s spinoff. Other than the obvious, “I’ve seen Atlantis from the beginning and only caught sporadic episodes of SG-1 in no particular order,” I find that what attracts me more to the later spinoff is the colors.

Yes, I said “the colors.” The colors in Atlantis are much brighter than those in SG-1, and I find that more appealing. The Pegasus ‘Gates themselves have an event horizon that is colored in a greenish teal that I really like, as opposed to the darker blue of the Milky Way ones. Same applies to the lightly teal wormhole sequences in the former compared to the grayish ones in the latter. The chevrons are in a bright blue instead if orange. Atlantis is well-lit and the wall colors are generally bright and lightly reflective, making the characters appear more detailed and appealing, as opposed to the near constant fluorescent lighting of the SGC. Most of the places they visit in Pegasus are forested or shore-line areas, as opposed to the large proportion of jungle/desert planets available to our own Milky Way.

Most importantly, there are the establishing shots for locations. The Cheyenne Mountain complex really doesn’t do much other than show us a large hole in a mountain, the set for which is left over from Wargames. This is opposed to the sweeping vista of ocean with the city of the Ancients sitting in the middle of it that we get in Atlantis. Sunshine, ocean, Puddle-jumpers occasionally landing, even sometimes Sam the whale-like-thing.

Of course, the last has a brief change at the end of this season, which I’ve already downloaded and watched but hasn’t aired here in America yet so I won’t go into too many details, but I still think the rest will apply. Oh, and Jewel Staite is becoming a regular on Atlantis, so that’s one more point in its favor. Of course, she’s only been in two episodes, one as a different character, but her third episode will be airing in July as the fourth season starts up in Canada.

I could probably go on and on, but that’s one of the reasons I find Atlantis to rock harder than SG-1. Again, just want to say that I like SG-1, but I feel that Atlantis is the superior show.