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The Central Scrutinizer kills me... [Jul. 2nd, 2006|01:59 am]
Cholly the Pinker
[mood |awakeawake]
[music |Frank Zappa, Joe's Garage Acts I, II, & III]

I finally replaced an album that I've wanted to for a long time, Joe's Garage by Frank Zappa. Yes, I did say album, my last copy was on vinyl, which didn't include Act III, which made it a double album, and made it too pricey for a while. The Central Scrutinizer really makes this album, and if anything, he's more relevant than when ol' Frank originally recorded it. With the lyrics, and even the song titles, it didn't get airplay, except I think for a bleeped version on Dr. Demento maybe.
Anyway, I'm very much enjoying listening to it, and educating my wife to the genius that was Frank Zappa.(The only Zappa she ever remembered hearing was "Valley Girl". Sacrilege.)
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Old Man Winter 1; Spokane Streets 0 [Nov. 30th, 2005|09:09 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
[mood |quixoticquixotic]
[music |Peter Gabriel; Shock the Monkey]

Winter decided to strike and strike decisively here this week, Monday we had a bare dusting of snow, the first that stuck, but it was a warning, Tuesday we got 5-6 inches, and another 3-4 today. As usual, people are driving like their IQ's had been halved... The ones that really torque me off or make me laugh, depending on whether they take somebody else out or not when they crash, are the morons who think an SUV is a license to drive like it was dry. I know it has superior take-off ability, but the brakes are still the same as on a two wheel drive. Sometimes I wish I was a cop, but I probably couldn't pass the psych exam because I'd take way too much pleasure in nailing some inconsiderate morons to the wall.
Tire studs are legal part of the year here in Washington, and given the hilly and mountainous roads here, are pretty much a necessary evil, but I keep mine on separate rims I picked up cheap at the boneyard. That way I can wait until I actually, truly, need them. Plus, it saves me remounting fees. ;-)
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My views on sexuality [Nov. 24th, 2005|03:49 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
[mood |aggravatedaggravated]

I know that most of my friends know how I feel about sexuality, I am often fairly vocal about it. Maybe it's guilt from my early homophobe days, but really I think that it's just become very personal since little sister came out 6 years ago. For those who don't know, here it is in a nutshell:

Be secure in your own sexuality, be it hetero, homo, bi or what have you. If you don't know who and what you are, how are others going to know how to deal with or be comfortable around you? Your sexuality is generally hardwired, my personal experience verifies that to me. I was homosexually molested as a 12 year old, by an older neighbor boy. It took me a long time do come to terms with it, but it has not affected my adult relationships, nor my orientation; as some homosexuals have noted that they "knew" at a young age, so did I know at the tender age of 3 that it was going to be females that tripped my trigger. I am a married parent, with the marriage being the only one in my life and nearing 13 years so far. My sister had a much harder time of it, going through a long and violent denial phase. I am thrilled that since she "came out", both to herself and others, that she is a much happier, less judgmental person, she was profoundly unhappy much of the first 30+ years of her life. Fortunately within our immediate family, she did not experience the rejection that so many do, even our "old school" father, who said that he still thinks that it's wrong, recognizes that she and her partner are so obviously good for each other, "it can't be wrong". If you are secure in your own sexuality, sexuality that is different than your own is not threatening unless it is an unhealthy sexuality, such as that of a rapist or pedophile.(Pedophiles are generally not even gay, people that think this are woefully and often, willfully ignorant.)

That is my opinion, but it is based on 45 years of experience in which I have tried my best to maintain an open mind.
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(no subject) [Nov. 18th, 2005|07:58 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
Oi, 3 in the same month?!? Still looking for work, it's a lot harder finding a job now that standing is painful, but I have a couple of possibles now that don't involve moving to Seattle, or at least somewhere besides Spokane. The job market for my field absolutely sucks here. In my field, an average of 1 job per month comes down the pipes, with an average starting pay of $16/hr, in King county(Seattle) an average of 80 at $22/hr. Unfortunately, the cost of living is proportionately higher, mebbe even worse... If it wasn't for the fact thjat it's winter, or damn near, I'd check out fixer uppers, because I can do construction type work, superior type even, but with my physical condition, I'm really slo-o-ow now.(Stuff that would've taken me an hour or two now takes all day, and we're not talking eight hours, more like 10-12. It looks really good when I'm done, but it's paid for in pain, I wouldn't do it for anybody but myself or family now.(And they'd better be in my good graces!)
Tag, the new puppy, got fixed last friday, and had been wearing "the dreaded cone", but he's so dang long in the body(Dachshund), it didn't do a bit of good; he took his own stitches out. Fortunately, without rupturing the surgical site, so he's no longer wearing it, and I no longer call him "Beldar". It didn't really bother him, but it wasn't doing any good either. No rupture or infection, so I'm happy. We are keeping an extra sharp eye on him though. The little beggar is growing like a weed, I don't think the cat is going to have a weight advantage for much longer...
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Two entries in the same month?!? [Nov. 4th, 2005|08:54 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
Okay, so this one kinda cheats, but I'm blaming Mokie, she started it.

You are a Self-Discoverer

You're not religious, but you've created your own kind of spirituality.
Introspective and thoughtful, you tend to look inward for the divine.
You are distrusting of all forms of organized religion.
You especially dislike religious gurus and leaders, who you feel are charlatans.

This is pretty close, except that it's only leaders who discourage thinking that I consider charlatans.("I have the TRUTH, and ONLY I HAVE THE TRUTH") That kind of person scares me too, because most often I think that they're only in it for the power it gives them.

Your IQ Is 130

Your Logical Intelligence is Below Average

Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius

Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius

Your General Knowledge is Exceptional

I looked back over the questions, and couldn't figure out what I had done wrong, so maybe my logic is slightly faulty.

You Are 70% Boyish and 30% Girlish

You are pretty evenly split down the middle - a total eunuch.
Okay, kidding about the eunuch part. But you do get along with both sexes.
You reject traditional gender roles. However, you don't actively fight them.
You're just you. You don't try to be what people expect you to be.

Duh, anybody who has known me for any amount of time knows this. I also don't give a damn about who anybody sleeps with, as long as it's consenting and doesn't hurt somebody. Infidelity in any committed relationship is wrong. If a threesome works for you, fine, I just don't think that I personally could handle it. The dynamics between two people are complicated enough for me, thank you.

Your Brain's Pattern

Your mind is a creative hotbed of artistic talent.
You're always making pictures in your mind, especially when you're bored.
You are easily inspired to think colorful, interesting thoughts.
And although it may be hard to express these thoughts, it won't always be.

This is only sort of me, I had a real hard time choosing between three of the choices.

Your Hidden Talent

You have the natural talent of rocking the boat, thwarting the system.
And while this may not seem big, it can be.
It's people like you who serve as the catalysts to major cultural changes.
You're just a bit behind the scenes, so no one really notices.

Okay, this one nailed me.

You Are Not Scary

Everyone loves you. Isn't that sweet?

Mostly true, but when truly angered, there's no doubt, and I am a large individual. Little kids usually like me on sight, though. This is why I got the same answer on "How Machiavellian Are You?" as Mokie, I don't get ugly unless it's required, then I get REAL ugly. Matched her on "How Do People See You?", too.

You Are 40% Weird

Normal enough to know that you're weird...
But too damn weird to do anything about it!

And too weird to care. ;-)
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President's list, two quarters in a row. [Jun. 28th, 2005|11:49 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
[mood |pleasedpleased]
[music |David Bowie: Heathen]

Well, I found out last night for certain that I made the president's list for spring quarter.(No, not W's list, the college CEO's list. I couldn't care less if W wanted to honor me, in fact, I'd probably get rather annoyed.) 4 classes, and a 4.0 in all of them. Actually, I'm kind of stunned, I knew that I had done well, and figured I had a 4.0 in two of them, but I have never gotten a straight across the board 4.0 unless I was only taking 10 credits(Summer quarter). Last quarter was 17 credits, so it actually was a slight overload, 12-15 being standard full time. I guess the instructor noticed how many people I helped "over the hump" once I figured out how to get something done. I didn't come straight out how to do something either, I just tried to get them pointed in the right direction by asking them questions that when they answered, gave them insight to the problems. No dummies in those classes, just occasional mental blocks.(And yes, I sometimes had 'em too, I'm intelligent, but all too human!)
10 credits to go, I only actually need 5 to complete my degree, but need 10 over summer quarter to get my full stipend from vocational rehabilitation, and the two classes I'm taking this summer are related, so much so that they should be taken concurrently. The one is a substitution for the one originally required for my degree, but low summer enrollment got it canceled, so I'm very glad they will let me substitute this one.
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(no subject) [Feb. 19th, 2005|11:22 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

I'm on the net, but not on my primary box. I'm am a total geek, and a networking student; so I dual boot two of my faster machines(The 3rd fairly modern machine uses swapable hard drives.). Last weekend, everything I touched went south in a hurry. The Windows 2K Server install on my primary box corrupted, and when I tried to repair it, my XP Pro install went blooey, and I couldn't find my emergency recovery or original install disk. That was frustrating, as it had info I needed badly for monday. I finally located a disk through a friend, and managed to get XP booting again, and with the files I needed intact, but it no longer has Dial-up Networking. Since that is how I currently connect to the internet, this is seriously un-good. Thankfully though, since I am such a technogeek, I have two more boxes with modems, and, as of tonight, drivers for said modems for all operating systems used. Although I'm not a great fan of Microsoft, they do have a really nifty deal going for academics studying computers. If your school participates, even students with very tight budgets can play with every operating system and developement software that they make and still support in the comfort of their own homes. The only catch is that you can't use them professionally, and if you sell a box that has the software on it, you have to remove it first. The sad thing is, if you get excited by this, you're total geek...
I admit it, it excited me.
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Run without virus protection long enough... [Feb. 3rd, 2005|07:53 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
[mood |grumpygrumpy]

I went without for a year, actually I'm kind of surprised I didn't have a lot more viruses and spyware but three, even as paranoid as I surf when unprotected. I don't go anywhere but longtime friends sites and sites ending in .gov when I'm nekkid to the net, but still... Maybe my switch to Firefox was even a better choice than I initially thought. The only thing I use Internet Exploder for anymore is Windows Updates, as Microsoft is unreasonably touchy about browsers other than their own.
Anyway, now I don't have to hit reload 72 times to get a page up, so surfing is again pleasurable instead of painful, even if I'm still stuck on dial-up...
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Car broke [Nov. 2nd, 2004|01:23 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
My car won't start, and I can't figure out why, which is enraging me to stroke level blood pressure. The reason I got this car is that I know everything about what makes it tick, but it won't tick, which means I'm being stupid and overlooking something that should be obvious to me. It acted like it wasn't getting a spark, so I checked the points, which had closed down some, not a lot, but I readjusted them anyway. No fire. Replaced the coil. No fire. Sprayed starting fluid down the carb in case it wasn't getting fuel, still no fire. And it's raining. It's also election day, but it's looking like I'll have to walk to the polling place. Somebody shoot me.
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Where does the time go? [Sep. 6th, 2004|11:05 pm]
Cholly the Pinker
[mood |embarrassedembarrassed]

It's Mokie's fault that I'm back, she replied to a post I made wa-a-a-a-ay back in April fer cryin' out loud. I had a major crash on my main computer, lost a huge amount of info. I know, I know, I should have backed it up, especially since I was dual-booting the box, but I didn't, and I paid the price. It stung more than a little, as one of my profs lost a whole bunch of my assignments, and I will be repeating that particular course this Fall quarter, as I was unable to do an independant study this summer to replace it. On the upside, to make full-time to qualify for a full stipend, I am getting to take an advanced hardware class that I wouldn't have been able to take otherwise, which is a bennie in my book.
The garden was pretty much a flop, I did get a small crop of peas out it, and may yet get some zuchinni, but only two bean plants came up and neither did well, one got eaten by something or other, number two never got taller than about 6 inches. My parsnips never sprouted at all, which really annoyed me. I've had gardens all over the USA, but could never get parsnips to grow right anywhere but Washington. I figured since I was back, I could finally grow some again. (Sound of gnashing teeth)
At the beginning of Summer quarter, I started working out at the local VA horkspittle part-time to help make ends meet while I'm in school. I'm assisting the Visual Impairment Services coordinator, which doesn't have much to do with my field of study, but I'm enjoying it anyway. I've built a couple of Access databases which should make my successor's job much easier, the mailing list had been on a Word document for crying out loud, it wasn't alphabetized nor could it be; updating it was a nightmare. Transferring the data took three solid days, but now updating is a breeze, and the information can be organized and used in manners other than just for a mailing list. The boss lady was very impressed, and pleased; I'll be able to get an excellent reference from her. As her job position is a GS-12, if I want a state or federal job, it's a referral that carries some weight. Pretty cool for doing something that made my job MUCH easier...
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