salad_barbarian: Richard (Richard)
First up I'm feeling a bit better now. I managed to get through work last night without too much difficulty. I did get a bit lost when I got to the hotel where the show was at but I could chalk that up to it being several years since I was there last. I could but I should have know to look for ballrooms which I didn't do until a hotel worker I asked suggested. And this too shall pass away.

Anyway a post one of you made got me thinking about the friends I've made on this site. (I didn't comment to that entry since I try not to make comments that are all about me too much.) I miss the days when more people would post. I recently checked a journal and she hadn't posted since 2010! I'm sure if I checked the other people on my friends list there would be a few even longer ago. What happened to them? I remember one person was having medical issues. Did she die? Have most of them "moved on" to Facebook? Twitter? Or have they dropped out of social media altogether?

I created a FB a short while ago to keep up with three friends that I had made here. I have gotten used to it but I can't say I like it. I don't think I'll ever understand how it got popular. It seems so restrictive compared to LJ. Maybe that's what people like? More restrictions on how they can express themselves? I could be wrong (the confusion thing after all) but it seems like in terms of how much you can say in a post (not just length but things like icon/user picture and such) it's: Live Journal > MySpace > Facebook >Twitter. I do admit however that from what I've seen of Tumbler it doesn't fit this trend. But in defense of my little idea I'll state that Tumbler hasn't quite achieved the ubiquity of FB and Twitter. Feel free to poke holes in this idea in the comments. I would rather this not be true.

Back to LJ, getting ready for this post I decided to look up my profile page and see just how many friends I have. I notice that one of the first people to friend me had at some point unfriended me about a year ago. She hasn't updated since last April so maybe she just quit LJ without deleting her account?

I noticed that most of the people who I'm friends with are women. Not quite sure how that happened. (But I am sure that this would be a lot more fun in an anime.) I also noticed that [profile] ditehmoghmog hasn't tried to friend me in 3 years. S/he used to friend me a lot but I guess they finally gave up.

I wonder if I should join a few add-me communities or just give up. I don't think I could stop using LJ as long as there are a few interesting communities here but...

Hey this place has had a good run though huh? I mean I've opened up more here than I ever thought I could have. I've met one of you in real life plus another one of you has moved to this city a bit ago so I should try to meet you too.

These past few posts have been far too serious. I'm going to try and make the next one just a little more silly.
salad_barbarian: Rupert dressed up for Christmas and me (Merry Christmas)
So Christmas eve I was all set to do a bunch of Christmas posts to a bunch of places and have a spectacular entry here. There were going to be videos and songs and I was even thinking of writing a short story about Rupert The Spydeer helping Santa save Christmas.

But it was not to be.

When I turned my computer on that morning I was greeted with a very unjolly blue screen of DOOM. Said blue screen was apparently caused by unmountable boot volume. nothing I did could get rid of it. I tried using safe mode and going back to the last time the system was working. But no matter what all I got was a blue screen by way of unmountable boot volume. So I reluctantly decided to wipe the whole thing and used the recovery disks to set things right. however even after I got rid of everything and reinstalled windows it still would not act right so I did a special scan of the computer that's supposed to look for and fix errors. That took nine hours to complete and still the computer was slow and unresponsive.

It was time to face facts. After 3 hard drives and untold amounts of cursing it was done for. My computer was dead.

I'll spare you the epic quest I went on from store to store to find a new laptop but I now have a new computer. It has some problems to be sure (I can't get the type writer sounds program to work, it has a built in webcam, and the touch pad is poorly defined) but it's still far and away better than the previous one.

Better news involving my Christmas and other news will follow eventually.
salad_barbarian: It's Jet from Cowboy Bebop (Thinking)
Getting mad might get you motivated but staying mad motivates others against you.

The louder you shout the less I hear.

You don't need to look much farther than Fred Phelps to see that being crazy devoted to God IS crazy.
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Gotta Knock a Little Harder
-Words by Tim Jensen
-Music and Arranged by Kanno Yoko

Happiness is just a word to me
And it might have meant a thing or two
If I'd known the difference

Emptiness, a lonely parody
And my life, another smokin' gun
A sign of my indifference

Always keepin' safe inside
Where no one ever had a chance
To penetrate a break in

The entire song just has a lot of meaning to me:

Also this song is a good reminder for when I'm down.
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Normally I don't remember them. But when I do I try to write them down if they seem important. Of course I forget to write them here but I'm working on that. I've had three recurring themes.

The first is what I guess is a kind of goblin market where I'm walking down an ally and it turns into a market place usually seeming to give stuff away. I haven't walked in an ally in years. I wonder if I should just to see if the dreams have a reason.

The second theme is being in school again. I almost always know I don't belong there but I go along with it anyway. Considering how bad school was for me I'm surprised these dreams aren't all nightmares.

The third theme is romance. The first dream was great. But I haven't had many like it. I still consider it a recurring theme since it's happened more than once.
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Well the Taste of Chicago has come and gone and I've ended up putting on more weight than I wanted. I tried a variety of foods this year including: Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza (good), Upside Down Carmel Cupcake (really good), All Natural Chicken Apple Gouda Sausage (not good), BBQ Turkey Ribs (good), Japanese Shrimp Tempura Burger & White Sweet Potato Tempura (ok), Apple Wonton (good), Churros (good), Mini Angus Burgers with Tater Tots (ok), Gyros (ok), Mashed Potatoes Stuffed Cupcake (bad), Breaded Eggplant (good), Cherry Dumplings (good), and Cookie Dough Ice Cream Cone (great). Other odd foods that I've had previously: Banana Chocolate Egg Roles, Irish Egg Roles, and Pork Filled Banana Dumplings.

On the forth of July I took my migraine medication at around midnight. It's supposed to make me drowsy as a side effect but I didn't go to sleep until about 10:00 AM. This was made worse by the fact that I had woken up at around 8:00 AM the previous morning.

I really need to get to a dentist soon. A few days ago another part of one of my teeth broke off. It's hard to make an appointment when I don't know when work will need me.

Also I need to start earning a lot more. I recently paid over $2000 to an attorney so my parents could file bankruptcy. Plus my dad's car needs to be fixed. Plus I'll have to pay for any dental work myself. Plus I need to get health insurance. Plus I want the hell out of here. I want to move out on my own.

Oh well time to get some sleep. Here's some nightmare fuel:
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There are several people I wish I could forget. It's been years since I've seen them but I still get pissed off whenever I think of them. I won't name them because I don't want to even think of them. To much of my life has been wasted on hate. They would be best unremembered.

I don't think I've ever done one of these writer's block things before.

Good Friday

Apr. 2nd, 2010 10:02 pm
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Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
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According to the poll in my last entry you all (and by all I mean the two who voted) want to hear all of the good things in my life. Also I threw in a few things that just make me happy. So away we go...
Read more... )
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I will eventually be posting all of these ideas but I thought I would give you all an option of what you get to read next. So, do you want to hear all of the good things that I consider a part of my life? Do you want to hear all of the things that I can't stand about my life? Vote and let your voice be heard!

[Poll #1533621]
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Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful night
That started when my computer
Decided it wanted to fight.

The programs were mighty annoying and,
The anti-virus brave and sure.
Five hours it seemed I wasted that day
Would my sanity endure, would it endure?

The windows update started getting rough,
The computer was almost tossed,
If not for $&@# media player,
The data was all lost, the data it got lost.

No Firefox, no Miro, no video to mp3 converter,
Not a single ripped DVD,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primitive as can be.

It seems like all I do here lately is complain about my technology messing up. But I promise this will be the last one (unless my stereo busts into flames). Read more... )

For those of you new around here I'm normally a lot more upbeat. It's just that I was hoping to save money and so far this year I've been spending like there's no tomorrow.
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Remember awhile back I was having computer issues and needed to uninstall everything and start anew? Well things went ok for a while. so good that I didn't think to back any new stuff up. Finally I decided to do a back up the night I started my last work schedule of the year. Here is a short quiz for you to guess what happened that night. My computer A) screwed up royal. B) transformed into a hot robot woman and asked me to teach her what love is. C) SUDDENLY BEARS!

I'll give you a second to think it over. *cues jeopardy music*

The answer is A) screwed up royal! Yep it would turn on and in a few seconds a screen would come up winlogon has encountered an error and needs to close, followed by windows explorer has encountered an error and needs to close. Do not pass go, can not back up any of your data. Nothing I did could keep it working long enough to try and fix it. So I had to wipe it all out once more. At least I only lost about a months worth of pictures/music/videos/bookmarks. Also I had to try and fix it between work, sleep, and using my dad's computer to try and keep up with all of my online stuff.

Anyway it seemed to work fine after that. Until that is I was greeted by a blue screen. I think the windows update messed up or something but at least this time I was able to get to what little I had and back it up before once again starting over.

Between that and running around getting last minute gifts (I'm normally done awhile before this) I might have missed a few of everyone's recent postings.
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This post will probably be a bit depressing. I plan on writing about all of the awful no good very bad things that have happened to me recently. Feel free to skip this if you want. My next post will be all sunshine and lollipops I promise.

Read more... )

Tune in at some point in the future for: RUPERT AND SALAD BARBARIAN'S DAY OF FUN! 2
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A long ramble about my computer woes:

Well my computer has been acting up with a few blue screens. I did a disk scan that supposedly fixed a bunch of things. I tried to do a system restore to before I installed speedy fox* (which was the last program I installed) but it wouldn't work. Then I tried to defragment and got a blue screen. Also now firefox won't keep me logged in to anything so every time I open it I have to sign in to everything. So then I tried to delete all of my cache and I found out that I had to do some thing else to get rid of my temp files (I thought I had been doing this but I wasn't). Then I booted up in safe mode and tried to defragment again only to get a blue screen after a few moments. I tried to delete a few of the bigger files and tried again. Again I get a blue screen. So I call a friend of my dad who fixes computers for a living. He said it might be because of something plugged in to the usb ports but nothing was connected most of the times it screwed up so it might be google chrome. After uninstalling chrome I figure everything will be ok right? Wrong! About a half hour latter another blue screen of doom. I'm going to try calling him again tomorrow and see if he can help again.

I know there might be a way to fix it if I had a windows XP disk but I don't have one. Whenever the blue screen comes up it sometimes says something about a kernel_stack_inpage_error and atapi.sys. I have no idea what the hell any of that means.

Does anyone know if Ubuntu is any good? Since windows seems messed up I might like to try something else but I don't know if all of the stuff I have would work with it.

*My computer wasn't acting right before I put it on but it got a lot worse afterward. I deleted what I could find of it so I'm pretty sure it's gone.
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"Listen to me! Television is not the truth. Television’s a goddamn amusement park. Television is a circus, a carnival, a traveling troupe of acrobats, storytellers, dancers, singers, jugglers, sideshow freaks, lion tamers and football players. We’re in the boredom-killing business. So if you want the truth, go to God. Go to your gurus. Go to yourselves, because that’s the only place you’re going to find any real truth. But, man, you’re never gonna get any truth from us. We’ll tell you anything you wanna hear. We lie like hell. We’ll tell you that Kojak always gets the killer and that nobody ever gets cancer at Archie Bunker’s house. And no matter how much trouble the hero is in, don’t worry. Just look at your watch. At the end of the hour, he’s gonna win. We’ll tell you any shit you want to hear. We deal in illusions, man. None of it is true! But you people sit there day after day, night after night, all ages, colors, creeds. We’re all you know. You’re beginning to believe the illusions we’re spinning here. You’re beginning to think that the tube is reality and that your own lives are unreal. You do whatever the tube tells you. You dress like the tube. You eat like the tube. You raise your children like the tube. You even think like the tube. This is mass madness you maniacs! In God’s name you people are the real thing, WE are the illusion!"

Howard Beale, NETWORK

I don't think anyone is reading this lately but I don't care. I'll keep on posting until I die or walk away from this life.
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Hello everyone. It is time. I've put this off long enough and it's time I stopped thinking it over and over in my head and finally wrote it out. Behind this cut are my views on several topics from government to equal rights to the death penalty to abortion. read on )