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I've been playing with .Net webforms lately... it took long enough, but Microsoft's finally done some things right. All the functionality I used to have to code back in the late 90s is now just a click of a property, visual-style. I was worried that going back to the world of traditional webapp development was going to be a bitchy transition, but this shit is a cakewalk.

I can see though how old school web designers/developers would be frightened off by the prospect of having to code in Visual Studio Land. Working in object-oriented Microsoftthink in C# or VB.Net can't be easy for someone who's never been exposed to that kind of thing, and you really do need to write your own classes and get under the hood to really get the cool stuff done. But I really like that there's a layer of abstraction above that level with the XML-style notation of web controls at the form source level; if you learn that stuff, you could pretty much hand code basic webforms.
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It's looking to me like I'd be lucky to get $0.25 a word around these parts. Let's presume that I am fortunate enough to get this rate... in order to live at my desired comfort level, I have to make $1000.00 a week.

So... 4000 words. That's four big pieces a week, sixteen a month. That's cake, I can do that no problem... but where to get the work? And who'll pay?


Mar. 6th, 2006 03:48 pm
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Stayed home from work today for a day of rest. Nose is running like a river, but I feel almost human. I've already been through half a box of tissues; I drink water, and it just comes right out my nostrils.

I somehow have to work up the willpower to go outside and do a load of laundry, as I have no clean underwear or socks. bah.


Mar. 4th, 2006 10:47 am
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I have chosen the perfect time to develop a nasty little respiratory infection. I have a callback audition on Sunday night, and I'm supposed to be teaching a class next week.

ARRRGH. Must. not. talk.


Feb. 28th, 2006 11:37 pm
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My first job out of college was working for an Internet startup called CToons Studios. I worked with an animator there by the name of Kevin Lane... on a whim I decided to google him, and look what I found!

Jo mama

Feb. 12th, 2006 09:30 am
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Fun fact: I believe I got my first job by mentioning Johari's window in my interview.

Flu Update

Jan. 4th, 2006 10:29 pm
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It's totally the flu. I've been having bouts of light fever the last couple hours, my head is getting stuffed, and I'm developing a chest cough. I don't think I'm going to be well enough to go in tomorrow... and I wasn't smart enough to realize that I needed to place a Peapod order before 3:00p.m. today to get delivery for Thursday. I'm going to have to go out to get flu supplies myself, more juices and vitamins and broth and crackers and such. :( :(
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A phone message for me at work relayed by my partner:

I just have to share this with everyone, cuz it's funny...

Judy Roger called from the NRCC
She represents Congressman Tom Reynolds.
Her number is 800-942-3665

She called inviting Mr. cah-PREE-o to a fundraising dinner for President Bush.

I told her that I'd be sure Mike called her back.


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If you want to come by for late night gaming this evening (9:30pm until 1am), I'll be at my apartment after I finish with my networking.

I received "Sunda To Sahul" in the mail yesterday, and I have just started messing around with it - I wouldn't mind getting a game or two of that in, as I'm supposed to be demonstrating it at a couple of upcoming cons...
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I have been super duper swamped with work and life stuff. On top of it all, I had a bout of panic where I thought I would have to have a wisdom tooth out... a quick trip to the dentist today however uncovered that I do not, in fact, have a wisdom tooth on the lower left side of my jaw. I am apparently just irritating the gum and tooth by eating with too much gusto or something. Very odd, but the x-ray shows nothing wrong with me.

Stress maybe? I hope I'm not clenching my jaw in my sleep or anything.

Apologies to all for dropping off the face of the planet. I hope to return soon.

Pity party?

Nov. 4th, 2002 10:33 pm
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I found myself lacking in motivation today, the first day of officially being laid off.

I have this continual feeling of being in limbo with my life. I'm taking steps, and I am without a doubt moving forward in most things... but it seems like everything, every aspect of my person, is in transition. It is a very peculiar way to feel. I'm standing at the crossroads again, waiting to bury my old self beneath it and move on; but even though it seems like forces conspire to clear the path for me, there are still many things blocking my way.

I've been moving things into the new apartment, but it is slow going, and the landlord is taking his time clearing items out of the building. Specifically, he has to get all of the furniture out of the front bedroom, and I need to seriously clean the living room, dining room, and that front bedroom in order to live in that apartment. We're talking "cleansing with purifying flame" here. Or at least scrubbing all the walls, ceilings, and floors with bleach. I really want to be moved in before Thanksgiving, but I'm having doubts now on whether that will be possible.

Career-wise, things seem to be happening a little faster, but they are much more precarious. My consulting business is getting more customers, but we are still shy of being one hundred percent self-supporting (paying all the bills and every bit of our salaries). Running your own business means you're much less certain about your paychecks, and that uncertainty gives me pause sometimes. I think I've been getting a little rusty in my skillsets as well, so I'm feeling motivation to learn about new tools and technologies, but finding the time and funding to pursue that education is going to be tricky over the next year.

And what can I say about the other portions of my life? Food and shelter have been foremost, but they seem to be mostly taken care of, at least until the end of this year...

One of my closest friends announced his engagement to his girlfriend of two-ish years. I keep reminding myself that life is not a race, and I'm not competing with anyone, but it is hard to sweep the ever present biological and evolutionary instincts out of my head. And it's very hard to not want to have some kind of steady relationship after having been without one for the last two and a half years. I also want very badly to really accomplish something significant; I think that's why I've been working so hard with Big Blue on the business plan we've been formulating for the pc arcade, because we both know that idea could be a very big thing.

But the good news is that lionlady made me feel much better about life tonight when I stopped by for a visit. I'm honored to know such a kind person... she goes out of her way to help me with even the tiniest things, and I appreciate it greatly. And her cats make me very happy.

In other good news, I've gotten down to 284 pounds. That's 36 pounds lost since the end of June. That's a good thing... I'll be close to my starting college weight by the end of this year if I continue this trend. I'm starting to think that maybe I should even get as far down as 225, another sixty pounds less. I think that'll depend on how I look and feel when I hit 250, so I guess we'll see when I get there.
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I'm really excited about Return To The Forbidden Planet. The cast met for the first time on Tuesday, and it's really a terrific pool of talent. Our first read-through was a lot of fun... but everyone except for the two male leads needs to be off-book in TWO WEEKS. Oh my Jeebus. I'm not particularly concerned about this; my part is a significant one, but I'm merely a supporting character, and have nowhere near the number of lines Tom or Ken do.

The really scary thing is that the production of this musical is going to be staggering. There's lots and lots to do between now and October 3rd; I'm going to be rehearsing three nights a week, and doing singing rehearsals on a fourth night. The blocking and choreography and vamping and timing is going to take a long time to work out. Between both my jobs and this, I will no longer have any free time during the week. None, zero, zip.

This concerns me. I want to be able to do things and to see people on a regular basis and to have the freedom to do random stuff at a moment's notice... but my time committments are manifold. I'm going to have to be really strict with my scheduling.

I guess this is the tradeoff for wanting to do something new. I suppose my timing could have been a little better, I could have picked a time where business and work weren't picking up. But I really wanted to be a part of this show - the bug bit me, and here I am.

You all have to come to the show, by the way. I'm going to be pre-selling tickets at some point... and really, how can you say no to a musical that stars Tom and has me in a supporting role??
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m: "How high is the bridge over the river? Maybe I can sneak in!"
c: "Oh, you're going to go all Ninja Commando, aren't you? Aren't you?"
m: "I'm *Captain* Ninja Commando."
m: "Actually, I'm Lucky Captain Ninja Commando!"
c: "Silly Lucky Captain Ninja Commando. Lucky Captain Ninja Commando Nuggets are for the youth!"

Diet? I hardly know it. I didn't realize that cutting my calorie intake would induce euphoria... this rocks!

*b regards the display*
b: "What does N - O stand for?"
m: "No."
*m laughs hysterically with euphoric low-calorie delerium*
b: "I'm going to feed you three snickers bars a day. Through the nose."

I liked Minority Report
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Guess I've been a bit lax with my journal keeping, hm?

I'm so awful at everyday writing. I keep thinking that there aren't enough mundane things happening to me to keep up anyone's interest level.

Recent goods:
Massage. I heart julz. Sushi! Housemates on vacation - late night company and getting to do some cooking of my own. Made some very yummy pizza. Making strides with my writing; I actually have a paying gig! And of course I sent in my one page entry to the WotC fantasy setting proposal contest... cross your fingers for me.

Recent bads:
Work related stress, not much new there. General malaise, punctuated by shouting. I'm not a shouter, but I shout back when shouted at, damn it! And at what point did I end up becoming my mom's only friend and confidante? It's amazing how roles reverse as you get older... I'm not sure I want to be the parent though. They aren't children for crying out loud, they just like to act like it sometimes. :-P


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