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"I hate you."
-Event Staff

In The Off Hours
Books :: None currently...
TV :: Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The 4400, Entourage
Anime :: Naruto, Bleach, Gundam SEED Destiny, Sousei no Aquarion
Music :: DHT - Listen to Your Heart

happiness is...
• Annoying Event Staff
• No More Work
• Night Pictures
• Winning at Poker
unhappiness is...
• No income
• Expensive gear
• Integrating flash and DBs
• Driving long distances

:: Friday, October 31, 2003 ::
All Hallow's Eve...
I just wanted to say Happy Halloween to everybody. Even though I have to retire early tonight in order to even have a chance at waking up tomorrow bright and early for my first underwater adventure in the ocean, I hope everyone else gets a chance to go out and party it up, but party safely ok?

On a more serious note, last night when I attended my make up pool dive class that was postponed from Sunday due to the fires, I found out that two of the students lost their home in Alpine. *sigh* It truly is sad. In fact I have been so disheartened as of late, I logged onto the Novato Fire Department website and left my condolences to Steven Rucker's family and his department. After that I made a donation to the American Red Cross for the victims of the fires in San Diego. If you would like to leave your condolences, you can go to www.novatofire.org or if you would like make a donation you can go to the American Red Cross. Someone told me that if you donate money to Qualcomm Corp, they are matching donations. So that's a good option too.

:: posted by Z [7:34 PM] ::

:: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 ::
Series End...
Over the weekend, being trapped inside by road closures and layers of ash blanketing the ground, I finally found the time to lie down and finish the Otherland series which I have been reading for the past 4 months now. The last book especially, a monster of almost 1100 pages, gave me some difficulty. I spent the last two months on it alone.

My heart is always slightly saddened when I finish a series, whether that be a series of books or a series of anime or manga. If the creators have done a good job, and they usually have to in order to hold my attention for weeks and in this case months, I have grown to know and truly care about some of the characters though I realize they are nothing more than fictitious beings, an idea spawned from the mind of some author or animator. I have seen through their eyes and shared their adventures, joy and pain.

Orson Scott Card once said you know a fictional character better than you can ever truly know anyone. It’s probably true. When else can you ever know what a person is truly thinking, see the truth of their internal motivations? But now it’s over. Four months culminated in a few pages of text and already I have moved on to my next one. For while the story has ended for the characters of Otherland; mine continues forward still.

:: posted by Z [10:23 AM] ::

:: Tuesday, October 28, 2003 ::
Trial by Fire...
Like many others I spent the majority of the last couple of days at home, windows closed to keep out the smoke and ash, glued to the TV, watching the progress of the fire and the frantic efforts of our emergency services to contain and suppress it. As the initial scenes of neighborhoods hit by the fire began airing, the camera panned left and street after street of smoldering ruins that had once been rows of single family homes in Scripps Ranch were unveiled, I was in shock.

Many people called or IM’d me asking about the well being me of me, my family and our home. I am truly touched by the concerned people have shown. Luckily, PQ was spared any damage from the fire. The same cannot be said of communities like Scripps Ranch and Tierra Santa however. My heart goes out to the thousands who have lost their homes and the families of the 13 individuals who lost their lives in the fires of the last few days.

Being cooped inside for the last two days due to road closures and mandatory evacuations, I had been partially insulated against the magnitude of destruction this fire has caused. Seeing scenes on TV, it is always possible to distance yourself emotionally from the event, almost as if it’s happening in some distance and remote place far removed from you. But driving to work this morning on an eerily light traffic Interstate 15, through the ash saturated air and orange tinged light, I finally saw first hand the massive stretches of brush along the freeway which only a day before had burned out of control, jumped ten lanes, raced westward and reached as far as the west side of the 805 before burning itself out. They’re calling it the worse fire in San Diego’s history, one of the worse in all of California’s history. It is without a doubt, one of the most destructive scenes I have ever witnessed. I only hope that we get things under control soon, not only of the SD fires but of the other numerous fires around southern California, so we can start rebuilding out cities.

:: posted by Z [10:34 AM] ::

:: Tuesday, October 21, 2003 ::
SCUBA School…
Well last I had my first 3 hour class for SCUBA and I must say, even though the material was interesting enough, I realized it was way too much like school for my tastes. And now I am even bogged down with all this reading and homework. WTF? So much so I won’t be able to work out most of this week or play poker on Thursday. I will say this though; I am fairly excited about my first dive coming up on Saturday, even if it is only in a pool. Better to learn there than in the ocean I suppose. I still have to go buy a bunch of equipment later today with Fran and find some time during the week the pick up the rental gear. Sheesh... who knew it would be so much trouble? Oh yeah, random ocean news: The popularity of the Disney movie Finding Nemo has devastated the clown fish population in the tropics. An interesting tidbit that I learned last night and thought I'd share.

:: posted by Z [10:03 AM] ::

:: Monday, October 20, 2003 ::
Poetic Burp...
Something I wrote while being completely bored at work today. Who knows why.

- Transient -
we move toward tomorrow
without ever looking back
the world once a perfect bubble
quietly begins to crack

days melt into months
then months change into years
lives once tightly bound
no longer can adhere

people slowly drift apart
memories start to fade
things that were once unbreakable
eventually are unmade

hopes rise and fall
like the rhythm of the tides
dreams once so cherished
are casually cast aside

can we hang onto the past
as the present slips away
today once all important
becomes just another day

:: posted by Z [3:45 PM] ::

:: Monday, October 13, 2003 ::
A Weekend Report...
It’s been a little while since I actually went out and did something even remotely social, but I actually managed to get off my butt, go out, and do stuff that involved human interaction this past weekend. On Friday, I went over to Karen’s new place to have dinner with her, Tim and a few of her law school friends. Everyone I met was cool, though a few individuals might have had a glass or three too much of wine. It had also been a while since I had drank any alcohol but the wine buzz I had most of the night definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the evening.

The next day, I hit up a downtown bar called the Local with the same group of peeps to celebrate two of their birthdays. The environment was chill, the dress casual, and the crowd diverse. I decided it didn’t violate my clubbing ban; the dance floor was a small area between the solitary pool table and the bar. Even though I had quite a few shots, mostly of chilled Absolut, Aaruni’s (one of the bday peeps) preferred drink, I felt surprisingly ok. Good times.

On Sunday, the plan was to meet up with Lan at Di-Chan for some good ol’ Thai cuisine but unbeknownst to us, the restaurant wasn’t open for lunch on Sunday. Much to our combined disappointment we settled for Islands and the 2:30 showing of Kill Bill at Edwards 18 where fate would have it, Tim and Karen were also watching the movie. So I ended up seeing them 3 days in a row, though completely unintentional the third time. The movie was ok, though gory; it was pretty much as I expected it. The style of the story telling has a very distinct old school Japanese feel to it, which I suppose because I’m use to old martial arts movies as well as Japanese animation, I was prepared for. I’m curious to see how it ends in the Vol. 2. Oh well, now I’m done with work; time to go home and to work out.

:: posted by Z [3:31 PM] ::

:: Monday, October 06, 2003 ::
A Personality Test...
So I was bored last week at work (it happens quite often) and Carrie, to my rescue, sends me a link for a personality test. A few others have posted their results and complete description but I'll save you all from the monstrous post that would be and simply tell you the results, the highlights and provide the links for anyone who's interested in taking the test themselves. So after about 70 yes or no questions or so, it is thus determined that I am a ESTJ or Extroverted Sensing Thinking Judging if that makes sense to anyone out there.

Generally enthusiastic, upbeat and friendly
Stable and dependable, they can be counted on to promote security for their families
Put forth a lot of effort to fulfill their duties and obligations
Responsible about taking care of day-to-day practical concerns around the house
Usually good (albeit conservative) with money
Not personally threatened by conflict or criticism
Interested in resolving conflict, rather than ignoring it
Take their commitments very seriously, and seek lifelong relationships
Able to move on after a relationship breaks up
Able to administer discipline when necessary

Tendency to believe that they are always right
Tendency to need to always be in charge
Impatient with inefficiency and sloppiness
Not naturally in tune with what others are feeling
Not naturally good at expressing their feelings and emotions
May inadvertantly hurt others with insensitive language
Tendency to be materialistic and status-conscious
Generally uncomfortable with change, and moving into new territories

There are two pages for full discriptions:

At first I didn't think the descriptions really fit me, but as I read on, the specifics started to resonate with me more. While not 100% accurate, I think the test is at the very least worth a few minutes of your time. I think I learned a thing or two as well. Anyway if you want to take the test, click here.

Oh and if anyone is a ISTP or INTP, supposedly we're compatible, so let me know k?

:: posted by Z [3:22 PM] ::

:: Friday, October 03, 2003 ::
Programmer Humor...

*chuckles* Well I found it hilarious...

:: posted by Z [1:07 PM] ::

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