I Clean Up Good.

Friday night was "Socializing With Art Museum People" night, in the form of a cocktail party which required that I wear a jacket and tie. Initially, I was told it was "formal", but it turns out lmfB and I don't have the same definition of "formal". My definition is the one where that means having to wear a tuxedo. Anything less is "semi-formal" or "business attire". Or something. To be honest, I was a little disappointed. I'd kind of like to put on a tuxedo, and top hat, and carry a cane. I think manbeard + top hat pretty much has to = "Abraham Lincoln Costume", which would have been cool.

Anyway, apparently I "clean up good". I knew I should have worn that goddamn John Deere hat with the jacket and tie.

Mrs. Henderson Presents

Last Thursday (as opposed to this Thursday, of which speaking about in the past tense would be a little odd, not that I'm above it, but, you know, just for clarity), we went to see Mrs. Henderson Presents (official site). It was picked pretty much at random, and I was completely surprised and impressed. I was also a little surprised at how old Judi Dench looked, but, as it turns out, I was confusing her with Judy Davis, and remembering Davis' role in "Husbands and Wives", from about 92 I think, where she looked a lot younger than Dench would have a mere 14 years ago. I guess people with the same first name and last initial aren't necessarily the same person.

Mrs. Henderson Presents: You should go see it. It's the best film I've seen in probably six months. Wait, when did Land of the Dead come out, again?

Rocking the Fuck Out

My friend David and his wife recently had their first little baby girl, and she is absolutely adorable. Best of all, she has taken a liking to my music, under my nomme de plume, "DJGinsu". Woohoo! I feel like I finally have accomplished something!

"Your Conscience is a Rotting Corpse": My friend and bandmate Sean came to record yesterday. This was 1/2 of the result. It rocks a lot. Tuesday, I'll go to work on the other song we knocked out.

I bought a cheap-ass, but new, bass guitar on Sunday prior to the aforementioned recording session. I am a much better bass guitar player than I am a regular guitar player, largely due to the fact I've been playing bass a lot longer than I have guitar. It's pretty cool to pick an instrument you haven't played in a while up, and find yourself completely at home with it. Plus, I like the fact that bass guitars are bigger, and have longer necks, than regular guitars. \m/ 8==m==>

What I really, really want is a Rickenbacker, but they're hard to find. At least the old ones are. I know someone who has one, though, who I may try to persuade to sell it to me. He only uses his SG now, so the Rickenbacker sits pretty much unused. This particular Rickenbacker is rich in Rock History lore, as well; it used to be owned by Mike Mills, who sold it when REM played in Bloomington, at which point my friend Greg bought it, then sold it to another friend, Matt, the current owner. Man, the crunchy, metallic sound of that thing was FREAKIN' AWESOME. Neeeeeeeeeeeeed. Rickenbacker.

On Saturday, I broke out the Octave CAT synthesizer I have on a sort of "semi-permanent loan", and rocked the fuck out with that, too. The end result is an atrocious piece with a totally rad name, "Touching A Cat's Junk". It's noisy and annoying, and I don't suggest you download it and give it a listen. Just appreciate the SHEER AWESOMENESS of my SONG-NAMING SKILLZ.

Curse You, Ewoks!

Apparently I am "overqualified" to work for George "Chebacca" Lucas in the capacity of the position for which I interviewed. They'll keep me in mind, though, if a position more suited to my abilities crops up. Meanwhile, I'll hold my breath.

On the plus side, this liberates me with regard to my idea of yoda-napping the Yoda statue from the fountain in the ILM/Lucasarts/Lucasfilm complex. Step one: borrow a truck. Step two: recruit ethically versatile assistance. Step three: STONE YODA IN MY OWN BACKYARD. Naturally, this paragraph serves as a perfect alibi, were such an event to take place. I mean, who'd be insane enough to steal a Yoda statue after saying they were going to steal a Yoda statue on the Internet, where everyone and Al Gore can read it? Not me, that's for sure!

This Week In Naked Raygun-Related Discoveries

Jeff Pezzati may not be a name that is familiar to you, but it should be. From the Trouser Press link:

Chicago's Naked Raygun was one of the encouraging new punk bands that bloomed in the Midwest long after thrash had apparently isolated the punk aesthetic in its own circumscribed ghetto, where it would never again challenge the musical values of regular folk. Lump the longer-running Raygun in with Hüsker Dü, Man Sized Action, Big Black and Breaking Circus and you'll be oversimplifying, but you'll have your finger on an early-'80s movement of sorts. All of these bands expanded the boundaries and cast aside some of the trappings of punk to bring it back into contact with the mainstream. If none of them ever attained huge success, all at least appealed to adventurous people who don't have mohawks.

I loved Naked Raygun in my high school and early college years. Every chance I got to see them, I went. I looked forward to the FREE SHIT section of each show, and the way they'd rip through their repertoire of 2 minute aggressive, melodic songs, heavy on Stiff Little Fingers and Buzzcocks influence. I can still easily listen to all of Throb Throb or All Rise, and rock the fuck out. Therefore, it was a pleasant surprise to learn that Pezzati isn't just resting on his laurels, and, in fact, has a kickass band now, called "The Bomb". No, they're not as kickass as NR was, but they still kick a lot more ass than, say, Liz Phair, Urge Overkill, or Smashing Pumpkins ever did.

My Almost-the-End-of-March Work Resolution

I hereby vow to spend at least four hours a day of "worktime" searching for another job. Maybe I should remove some stuff from my resume, so as to prevent future "overqualified" bullshit responsii. I'm seriously slacking on searching for a new job, which is lame, but every time I start, I get bored, and start doing something else. Goddamn you, golden handcuffs of BOREDOM!

On Bluetooth Headsets

I finally broke down and purchased a Bluetooth headset, on the basis that it looked the least amount like a vibrator clipped to one's ear. On the plus side, that little boom mic thing that extends below the ear is pretty much obscured by my Manly Manbeard. On the down-side, ear-hook technology is totally bigoted against people who wear glasses. Fucking annoying. If I take my glasses off, the earpiece fits perfectly. If I put them back on, they battle for which one is closer to my head, which is a zero-sum game.

Also, it occurs to me that it's a little lame to have a wireless phone, that then extends, wirelessly, to a wireless earpiece. Wouldn't it be easier to just make phones fucking smaller, so you could wear them on your ear, and cut out the middleware? Or maybe an implant...

Guess What Motherfuckin' Time Is It!

That's right, it's motherfuckin' POOPSTIME, y'all! Get your poops on.

Update [2006-3-27 11:50:57 by MohammedNiyalSayeed]: Addendum: Anyone have any suggestions for a reasonably-priced, durable bike trainer? I'm leaning towards this, but mainly because it's cheap.
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But how could you play games, share pictures by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:15:32 AM EST
and all that other stuff phones are for if it's stuck to your ear, transferring voices to and from? What are you, some kind of Luddite.

I have an odd daydream where I go to buy a real cell phone (instead of my tracfone) and go off on the sales droid who wants to sell me a picture phone, telling my corporate policy and many of my customer's policies (who include TLA places) prohibit camera phones and it would be a useless money sink.

Then I realize I hate cell phones, and my very basic tracphone is perfectly adequate.

I was thinking James Garfield instead of Lincoln, but hey, vive la difference.


Things I need a device to do: by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:28:44 AM EST

Allow me to respond to work pages by SSHing into servers and issue commands, talk to people, send SMS messages to people when I don't feel like phoning.

Things I don't need my phone to do: take pictures, play games, send pictures. The cool thing is, my Blackberry is camera-free, and only has one game, which I removed, to save space for more server pages and links about zombies and puppies. GOD BLESS PROGRESS!


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You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
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Re: Bluetooth headset. by Breaker (4.00 / 3) #2 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:23:33 AM EST
Repeat after me:
I AM NOT A FUCKING CYBORG

No, not even if you spray the headset all silvery chrome.


I prefer the solid black by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #4 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:29:17 AM EST

Which just ends up looking like a hearing aid. Hearing aids are the NEW HOTNESS!


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You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
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How about by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:07:24 AM EST

if we sprayed your head to match instead?


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You mean by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #17 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:35:30 AM EST
Which Peacemaker by wiredog (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:35:15 AM EST
This one or this one?

Earth First!
(We can strip mine the rest later.)

Neither. by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:37:11 AM EST

This one.


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You can build the most elegant fountain in the world, but eventually a winged rat will be using it as a drinking bowl.
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Sweet! by notafurry (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:38:55 AM EST
Now I can steal that fucking statue with the perfect mark to point the cops to! They'll never suspect me now that someone else talked about it on the Internet!

Wait a min... aw, fuck.

Join me by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #8 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 06:41:10 AM EST

And together we shall rule the galaxy as father and sonshare custody of a concrete Yoda statue, as dude with an alibi, and another dude with an alibi!


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nooooooOOoooooooo by joh3n (4.00 / 1) #23 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:02:43 AM EST
That's not truuuue, that's Impooooosibuuuuuuuul

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So ... by Improbus (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:10:03 AM EST
Just out of curiosity ... where exactly is this STONE YODA located (GPS co-ordinates if you have them)?



If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, the meal was cooked a long time ago. --- Oma Desala
Is This The Target? by Improbus (4.00 / 1) #11 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:16:54 AM EST




If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, the meal was cooked a long time ago. --- Oma Desala
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Target: Confirmed by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #12 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:24:47 AM EST

It's right outside of Letterman Digital Arts Center, which, while the satellite imagery isn't fully up to date, can be approximated here.


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OK Then by Improbus (4.00 / 1) #20 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:51:12 AM EST
A pickup truck won't cut it.  This will require a flat bed six wheeled truck with a boom (crane), complete darkness and an earth quake would be helpful as a diversion.  A detailed recon should be done first of course.



If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, the meal was cooked a long time ago. --- Oma Desala
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I don't want the whole fountain by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #21 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:53:38 AM EST

Just the Yoda. Complete darkness can be made to happen; a few quick, silenced rounds into the security lights will solve that issue. As for the earthquake, I may have a solution. But I agree, we need to do some serious recon. And by "we", of course, I don't mean "you and me", because everybody knows we'd never do anything like that.


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Dude, by Improbus (4.00 / 2) #22 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:00:32 AM EST
Do you have any idea how much just Yoda weighs?  A six wheel truck is a necessity.  That statue would break a pickup.



If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, the meal was cooked a long time ago. --- Oma Desala
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I seriously don't think it would by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #24 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:07:04 AM EST

The picture makes it look bigger than it actually is. It's just Yoda-sized. However, if necessary, we could go with a nice military-grade six-wheeled vehicle. Better safe than sorry, I guess. Unless the pickup in question were, say, of "questionable ownership", at which point, who cares if it breaks?


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Hmmm ... by Improbus (4.00 / 1) #26 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:09:30 AM EST
I am thinking it may be easier just to duplicate the statue.



If you immediately know the candlelight is fire, the meal was cooked a long time ago. --- Oma Desala
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DEFEATIST! by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #27 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:13:41 AM EST

Why duplicate effort? My skills don't lie in sculpture, but, rather, tactical procurement.


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I guess Yoda drinks a lot by yicky yacky (4.00 / 1) #14 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:25:07 AM EST

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Of course he does by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #16 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:27:48 AM EST

How else does one make it to that age?


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Does ILM by blixco (4.00 / 1) #13 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:24:58 AM EST
still have R2D2 in the foyer?
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Taken out of context I must seem so strange - Ani DiFranco
I can neither confirm nor deny! by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #15 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:26:54 AM EST

Actually, I can deny; now that they've moved into LDAC in the Presidio, I think they moved it to a non-foyer location, though it can still be found, provided you're on-grounds with a visitor badge and an escort. Or without a visitor badge, and a means of getting into the building. Either/or.


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Bike Trainer by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #18 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:43:40 AM EST
One of the online stores (Nashbar I think) is having a sale on their winter training shit, including trainers.  I have a CycleOps Fluid2, as does ad hoc.  It's a good trainer and offers good 'road feel' as far as the resistance isn't linear in progression.  It does, however, chew up tires, so having a spare rear wheel with a cheapo tire is almost a must.

Check EBay, I scored a CompuTrainer for less than half the full price last year.


Ah, sociopathy. How warm, how comforting, thy sweet embrace. - MNS
Exxxxxxxcellent by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #19 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 07:45:27 AM EST

That's exactly the sort of information I needed! Thanky!


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IAWTP by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #36 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:42:32 AM EST
But Performance is the one with the sale.

A trainer isn't something you want to go too cheap on or you'll end up buying another one in a year or so. I do like the Fluid2.

I just got a new tire especially made for trainers, but reviews won't be in for a long time.
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Pet peeve: It is impossible to be over-qualified by cam (4.00 / 1) #25 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:07:11 AM EST
You are either qualified or not. Whether they want to pay you what you are asking with your qualifications is a different thing.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

He gave me the 'I think you would get bored' by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #28 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:15:42 AM EST

excuse, as the money was acceptable to me, as were the benefits. What he doesn't understand is that the acquisition of skills that rendered me "over-qualified" bored the shit out of me, and I have no interest in pursuing a career in that field, whatsoever.

Man, I wish they'd list sheep-tending jobs online.


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time to cut the resume then. by garlic (4.00 / 2) #29 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:21:26 AM EST
Any sort of experience on your resume that doesn't apply directly to the job you want to get probably ought to be cut from it. Any advanced degrees that might scare off your employer ought to be cut too. Nobody ever got in trouble for leaving experience off their resume, only for making shit up to put on their resume.


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IAWTP by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 2) #33 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:07:55 AM EST

I now have four different versions of my resume, and expect I'll have many more iterations as I remove or re-add stuff specifically geared for positions as I find them.


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I have had that in the past too by cam (4.00 / 1) #32 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 09:43:02 AM EST
I am of the opinion that I will be the judge of that, and I wouldnt have applied if I thought that was the case.

Sucks.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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in serious reply to your perhaps jesting wish by 256 (4.00 / 1) #37 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 11:43:00 AM EST
Online listings for various work for room and board positions at farms in Ireland, including several sheep farms

also, i contend that "Touching A Cat's Junk" is no match for "Keep Your Filthy Albertan Hands Off the Age of Consent, Mr. Harper" in the song name category.

victory: 256
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You may have won this battle, Mr. 256, by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #38 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:09:48 PM EST

But the war has just begun! Also, meant to say it earlier, I like the song. I also agree that pretty much anything that is "beyond the pale" should be mined for humor value, and, as such, support future such endeavors.

And, actually, that link kicks ass; I am partially joking about the sheep-herding thing, but it does have a real appeal, and I appreciate the link. Living off the grid, as it were, sounds pretty fucking good after a night of page after page from servers bitching about this or that. Sheep don't do that shit. Sheep can wait til the morning!


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if you truncate the url to by 256 (4.00 / 1) #39 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:18:03 PM EST
http://www.wwoof.org/newsite/wlist.asp

you can get listings for a wide range of other countries as well. you have to pay a membership fee of, i think, 15 USD to actually get the contact info for places you are interested in.

misslake and i paid our dues and worked at two different farms in mexico through wwoof. one was fantastic, one was a nightmare. but as long as you have a contingency plan (which i imagine you always do) i think it's worth the risk.

but of course, i'm not what you would call "career oriented" so dropping out of sight for six months was a viable option for me. YMMV.
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Excellent by LoppEar (4.00 / 2) #40 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 12:50:48 PM EST
I had considered them a few years back, good to hear from someone who's tried it out.

Very close to putting my 18 month plan down in words, your diary the other day put it front and center again.


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get your own by LilFlightTest (2.00 / 0) #41 Thu Mar 30, 2006 at 10:55:07 AM EST
then you can herd em all you want.
Send me to Austria!
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Actually, it's pretty easy to be over-qualified by lm (4.00 / 1) #31 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:37:23 AM EST
Companies are looking for people that they think will stay in the job long term. (Well, not always, some sectors like outgoing telemarketing and serving up Big Macs have insanely high turn over rates and that is expected.) Consequently, if they think someone can do the job in quesion half asleep, they may very well pass over that person because (a) they think the candidate is looking for temporary work while looking for a different job, (b) they think (like MNS mentioned) that the candidate will get bored doing the work and leave, or (c) they have a policy of paying people based on objective criteria to keep from getting sued and even if a person volunteers to come in at a lower pay scale, they don't want to make an exception to their defensive measures.

And I'm sure there are also other reasons out there. Some good, some not so good. I'm not arguing for this mentality. In fact, if I owned a business, I'd look at a candidate willing to work at below market-rate as a bargain. But I'm also not going to condemn the way that hiring managers act. Most of the time, there is a reason for their policies and I'd want to analyze whether their policy will bring about their goals before coming to a conclusion as to whether or not or they're being a bunch of fucktards, which they may very well be.

I'll also concede that ``overqualified'' is also a euphanism for ``too old.'' But I don't see any evidence to suggest that this is the case for MNS.


There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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I'm sure they have their reasons by MohammedNiyalSayeed (2.00 / 0) #34 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:16:20 AM EST

And though I mentioned it in the diary, I'm not too miffed about it. I'm a little disappointed I won't get to take my smoke breaks in the Yoda Courtyard, but that's life. There are plenty of other jobs out there, in the end.


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Octave CAT by 606 (4.00 / 1) #30 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 08:22:41 AM EST
God, I love that analog squeal. That is so beautiful.

My current analogue lust is for a Sequential Circuits PRO-ONE as used by Metric and Lazersnake, or Richard D. James' Yamaha CS5, which sold for a mere 680 GBP.

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Mmmmmmm, PRO-ONE.... by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #35 Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 10:18:46 AM EST

The only downside, or upside, if you look at it differently, about the Octave CAT is that it's old enough that it has trouble maintaining voltages, and, as such, goes in and out of tune at it's own whim. It's cool for noisemaking, but not so cool if you're trying to play something melodic. Well, something melodic that's in tune with any other instruments. Or itself, five minutes prior.


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