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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
7:28 pm - What. The fuck.
Background information:
I am without a roommate. I have been so basically since last Spring semester ended- i.e. for two semesters. This is the way I like it, but I'm not about to pay out the ass to keep it that way. That being the case, I'm in danger of receiving a new roommate this upcoming semester.

From a letter dated 12/8:

Roommate Assignment for Spring Semester
...As soon as another person is assigned to your room, information about your roommate will be emailed to you...

Some random guy just showed up at my room about an hour ago to inform me that "his friend" (no name given- nice!) will be moving into my room on Thursday.

I have not received an email from ResLife. This is the first time I've heard anything about it. Thursday is the day after tomorrow, meaning that I have, in essence, tomorrow in which to change my room from a total shithole in which I'm using 90% of the available space into a decent living area that I'm using half or less of.

What if I'd gone the fuck home, as I could have done as early as last night? I mean, I'm going to be back well before winter break is over. I figured I'd clean my room between New Year's and the start of next semester. At that point, I quote (emphasis theirs): "A General Maintenance Worker and a Complex staff member will enter your room... They will move items to one side of the room if a desk, bed and closet are not already cleared. If this action is necessary, a minimum charge of $31 per hour will be added to your student account." A minimum charge. They could charge me a minimum of $31 per hour as a result of their not informing me that I'm going to have a roommate as of the Thursday before winter break even begins.

This isn't even my main concern. I don't know this guy. Judging from his friend, he's probably a real fucktard, and I'm uneasy about that to begin with. But this probable jackass is going to be in my room with my stuff without me there for two goddamn weeks. I don't know or trust him. Why in the fuck is this legitimate? And consider too that there's like a 95% chance that I'd be gone all of break, as most students are.

Thank you, ResLife! I could have come back to a newly-cleaned room with an extra person in it, $30 or more dollars of fines, and the suspicion that my things had been fucked with. How comfortable you make me feel in my adopted home!

Fuckers.

current mood: seriously angry

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Thursday, December 8th, 2005
6:11 pm - Attn: Christine, Justin, Peter
Please check your email. I want to know when you are available for D&D during Christmas break. So uh... let me know.

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Saturday, September 24th, 2005
5:41 pm - Ask a stupid question....
...And today's stupid answer (to yesterday's stupid question):
You end up getting your ass fired the very next day.

Here's how it went down.Collapse )

And that's it. I'm gone. Why am I gone? For telling her to give me a break, and refusing to let her interrupt me. What's really funny is that she was right in telling me I was a good worker- she and others have complimented my efforts several times, and there are very few people there who work harder or better than I did, even despite my newness to the job. Really, it's herself she's hurting.
The other funny thing being, of course, that she seemed pretty ticked off about the whole thing. I'm not. So she's angry and I'm fine with it. Ruined her evening and not mine. Heh... suits me just fine.

I should probably find an alternative second job, but that would've happened anyway.

current mood: can't complain

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Friday, September 23rd, 2005
4:32 pm - What do you do when your boss is a dirty fucking liar?
I've been sick the last couple of days. Yesterday I went down to tell my manager that I wouldn't be able to work about three and a half hours before my shift was scheduled to start, and got nothing but crankiness. Today I went down about an hour beforehand, because I'd been thinking all day that I might've felt good enough to work... So my manager bitched me out, telling me that I needed to let them know at least four hours in advance. Not only have I never heard this from anyone (yeah, communication between managers and employees is really for shit), but the employee handbook I received when I was hired states explicitly that it's one hour's notice that I need to give.
Upon pointing this out to her, she informed me that because I'm a student worker, the handbook doesn't apply to me...

The very first words on the cover of the handbook:
"Student food service".
From page 6, "about this handbook":
"This student handbook..."

Granted, the handbook also reserves for Chartwells the right to change any of the policies therein, with or without telling students about them. But here are my problems:
1. My manager has now on two occasions taken the opportunity to take the stress of her day out on me, failing completely to show me any degree of respect.
2. My manager has been upset with me for failure to comply with policies of which neither she nor anyone else has informed me.
3. My manager has blatantly and explicitly lied to me, stating that the handbook's policies don't apply to me.

I'm seriously thinking about turning in my shirt and hat and telling her where she can shove them.

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2005
12:15 am - For all those dismayed by the Revolution controller...
...Here's an interesting article linked to by PA:
http://lostgarden.com/2005/09/nintendos-genre-innovation-strategy.html

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Monday, September 19th, 2005
12:12 am - Bleeding pirates to you this evening!
Arrrr.

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Saturday, September 17th, 2005
3:42 pm - Just a heads-up
In case anyone was thus far unaware, Monday is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrrr.

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Friday, September 9th, 2005
8:59 pm - Suicide by overwork
My schedule this semester, per week:
18 hours of classes
5 hours of homework (estimated)
10 hours of work at Perkins (estimated)
2 hours of biking to and from Perkins
15 hours of work at the dorm cafeteria (estimated)

All I can think is how nice it will be to have several hundred dollars' income each month.

current mood: sleepy

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Thursday, August 25th, 2005
1:07 am - Oh, for the love of god.
I'm back at school- have been for a week or so. I apologize to everyone I didn't get to see... Between cleaning my room and just some shit that's been going on in my life, I didn't really get a chance. And as much as I really, really want to come up for the Fair, I don't think that's going to happen, either....

I've been so damn spoiled over the summer. Sure, I haven't had much to eat. Sure, I've been lonely. Sure, I've been either working or being at class every day, which wears me out; sure, I've had nothing to do in the dorms so I've been tired all the time. But it's been so damn peaceful. On any given floor of the single four-floor-tall hall used for summer housing, there were maybe ten people in total. It's been quiet. I haven't had to deal with people. Campus has been mostly empty. I didn't realize how nice that was.

Today was move-in day for the freshmen- the day when, inevitably, this niceness had to be shattered. The campus is thick with morons, their moron parents, and their moron younger siblings. They're EVERYWHERE. And I'll admit a certain elitist annoyance: these people have no idea what's going on, and many of them are just visiting the place, and it's irritating having all these damn tourists swarming all over what is, ultimately, my home. (I mean, I've lived in this building for the last year straight, and eight months out of twelve the year before. This place is my house- an excuse I'll use when I feel like wandering down to the mini-restaurant/convenience store in the complex in my pajamas.)

What's worse is that interest in the quiet study floor was very low this year, apparently. Not a problem, right? Except that if the floor doesn't fill up, they fill it up- with stupid jackass irritating loud obnoxious drunkards, who don't want to be here to begin with. Many of them will probably be moving out, but for now my dorm experience is basically the same as it was two years ago.

In other news, Mountain Dew Pitch Black II has an aftertaste that reminds me astonishingly of cat urine. Seriously, I'm not making this up.
Edit: Which is to say that the taste of the one is shockingly like the smell of the other. I haven't tasted cat urine.

current mood: Sleepy

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Monday, August 1st, 2005
9:49 pm
I am now back at home.

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Thursday, July 21st, 2005
10:45 pm - Various News (Or: Why Jeff is Retarded)
Hit a car today. Yup. Biking from the dorms to my work in quite a hurry, bent on picking up a paycheck (sixty whole dollars when I expected at least a hundred! joy!) but also concerned that I might be due at work half an hour previous (previous to the time of the incident- I'd left a half hour previous, at the time I might have needed to work) as I'd lost my schedule for the week (turns out I was recalling a shift from the week before). Hurrying, obviously, to get to work as quickly as possible in case I did need to be there: I missed a shift once when my alarm didn't go off and was told that if it happened again it'd be my job. Trying to get there as quickly as possible, I took a risk, crossing what is probably one of Mankato's two busiest streets against the light- I looked to make sure nobody was coming first.

So this girl comes barreling down the opposite side of the street. She's blocked from my view, and me from hers, by a long line of cars that was trying to get through (but waiting to turn left.). I don't know what the hell speed she was doing, but I'm betting it wasn't 30, and neither she nor I saw the other until we were pretty much right on top of each other. I think I tried to swerve while I braked, to try to avoid the imminent collision, and I believe I pretty much took her mirror out with my handlebar.
Which then further begs the question: how fast do you need to be going when a rubber-covered handlebar will shatter your mirror and rip it, with its housing, nearly clean off your car?

Police showed up after she called them, everything was fine and dandy. Apparently I may be covered by my parents' liability insurance should it come to that, so good deal there. And of course I'm unhurt, aside from a small bump of some kind on one wrist (not sure just what hit it), and aside from having my chain knocked off of the gears and acquiring a slight wobble to the front wheel my bike is fine as well. So good all around, I guess.

Pretty frickin' scary, though.

In other news, summer semester is right about to end. There's one more week after this one, and then as far as the school is concerned I can sit and rot in my dorm room for three weeks before moving to the new one (at which point I get another week before fall semester starts up). For various reasons, I am considering coming home during this time period, for at least a week (and possibly two or even all three of the weeks available to me).

So if anyone wants to see stupid dumb old me, I'll be there, hangin' out, not doing much. Maybe working at Subway if I'm still technically employed there. Maybe not. So... Yeah. Lemme know.

current mood: Sweaty

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Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
5:31 pm - Uh...
So I'm rereading The Sparrow at the moment. I decided to take a look on Google and see if I could find any fan art for it that would help me to better visualize the Runa and the Jana'ata. I couldn't find any, but I did stumble across Mary Doria Russell's own site- specifically the section of it with news pertaining to the allegedly in-the-works movie adaptation of the book.

I remember hearing about this years ago; as I recall, Antonio Banderas was supposed to be playing Emilio Sandoz. It'd be a little weird, but I think it could work. Know who they've got now, instead?
Brad Pitt.
Quoth the site (directly from Russell herself):
"Obviously, some elements of the story will change with Mr. Pitt in the lead, rather than a Latino actor. Ethnic issues aside, Brad Pitt is a fine actor, and I expect him to make the role his own.

With Dr. Miller directing, the first part of the story could be set in Australia at the Tidbinbilla radio telescope. The American Jesuit linguist (whom I think of as Father Bob White Guy) could plausibly be working on some of the 500+ non-IndoEuropean language families of the Aborigines. The rest of the story could go from there. Of course, I'm just guessing; Mr. Seitzman may have an entirely different approach to the story."

Emilio becomes "Father Bob White Guy"? Thinking about it, this sort of only changes like half the book. Emilio's past doesn't exactly work now. His defense mechanisms aren't explained. His early relationship with Sofia no longer makes the slightest bit of sense, and neither does his relationship with Yarbrough.

Good job, guys. Couldn't have held out for a not-as-well-known actor of the right ethnicity who might have been every bit as good as Brad Pitt and would have, you know, kept the story intact.

Maybe it'll be a good movie on its own merits, if and when it finally comes out. But I hate having to step back and make that distinction when it could've been avoided in the first place.

current mood: Headachy

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Wednesday, June 15th, 2005
10:10 am - For all you KoLers who haven't been back to the Kingdom lately....
1. The Sorceress quest is completed.
2. It's a real bitch to get through, unless you really know what you're doing. (Most, myself included, didn't.)
3. Ascension is really frickin' sweet.

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Friday, June 10th, 2005
8:29 pm - Holy shit
I think I skimmed over a bit of talk about this at PA a little bit ago, and thought others might have missed it as well.
Go here:
http://www.pqhp.com/cmp/gdctv/
Scroll down to the third item, and click "play video". (I hear registration is free, but if you don't feel like registering, use bugment.)

Click the "demo" button thingy, then watch that, and when it's done, skip ahead to about 30:00, and then I think about 40:00 or so.

This game looks like crack.

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Wednesday, April 6th, 2005
10:16 pm - Nice...
I love it when my life gets made easier. Di and I were discussing how much we hated our new jobs at Baker's Square, and were seriously considering trying to secure different ones and then, having done so, quitting. Instead, they're firing me for being "scared of the heat"- which is true; I dislike strongly getting burned. I guess since I can't handle the heat they're kicking me out of the kitchen.

I've got debts to pay off, though, and no work lined up until I can get a NEW new job. Fuck.

current mood: mildly depressed

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12:36 am - Eddie Izzard-influenced, much?
Popeman... Popeman, and Altar Boy...

current mood: amused

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2005
1:50 pm - In case anyone was curious...
I may have done the working-out wrong, and I may have gone about it entirely the wrong way (I assume there's probably a good, fast math-based method), but it seems based on about a half-hour's work that the average roll one gets from the "4d6, drop the lowest" method is a 12.

Further, your chances of rolling an 18 are exactly 150% of your chances of rolling any number from 3 to 6, combined.

In case anyone was wondering. (I know I was.)

current mood: Extremely geeky

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Saturday, February 12th, 2005
11:41 am - Eeexcellent.
Been having stuff a little early, viz. February 14th, as I've got class all day followed by a night class (at night). Di's been giving me my birthday present- about ten first edition D&D books, from the DMG to the Fiend Folio to something called the Dungeoneer's Survival Guide (which, as it turns out, is about the Underdark- very sweet). I say she's "been giving" them to me because they haven't all arrived yet- it's been about one a day. I think it's an awesome present, but she thinks it's lame and geeky. Which leads into my poll for the day:

GEEKIEST PRESENT EVER
1. Collection of 1st ed D&D books
2. Collection of old and new Zelda games
3. Your choice here

We went out to dinner last night, which was cool, but hard on the wallet. Worth it, though. Now we're heading off to around the cities to see mein brüder, which should be fun as well. So.. that's about it.

Hope everyone's chosen unit of time is going well.

current mood: Pretty good

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Wednesday, January 19th, 2005
11:56 pm
Diane is a butt.

That is all.

current mood: jocular

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Friday, January 14th, 2005
8:24 am - Goin' back to school.
Yup... My winter break's over. I'm leaving for school in about two and a half hours... Which logically would mean that I ought to be packing at the moment. Kinda sucks that I didn't get to see anyone much over break, but I was too busy working to plan, and I guess for the most part (Jenny Grant's party excluded) nobody felt like putting anything together.

So, guess I'll see people over the summer, then.

In other news, I'm excited about my new classes... Some of them. Anthro 438- theory- I'm less than thrilled about, and ethnographic film could go either way but satisfies a gened. Bioarcheology sounds, from its name alone, like a class chock full of potential to be awesome. And then of course I'm taking an introductory geography course to meet a gened... And if you know me at all, you probably know that geography and I try to leave each other well enough alone. It's a sort of mutual loathing.

Of course, everyone knows why I'm really excited to go back to school, so I won't belabor the point.

Um... Yes. I don't have to eat Subway anymore! Yay! Damn stupid Subway.

As you can tell, I don't have much more to say.

Uh..... 'Bye.

current mood: awake

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