Interfacing With Another Species 7.2 Ksecs Too Early

Ξ September 29th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ special, Work, code, japan, coding, programming, conference, meeting |

I’ve been scheduled for a conference call without my input on the time for more than 7Ksecs before I usually resume consciousness.  In the past this has usually resulted in disaster for the other involved parties, as I typically can’t resume from standby that early, let alone speak in coherent sentences or form what humans would consider lucid thoughts.  My ideal employer would either be able to work with this better, or be located in Japan.

This article on Code Climber identifies a lot of the most important reasons I and so many others work best at night. There are numerous benefits to working at night:

  • There are far less interruptions by email, instant message, and news via RSS
  • There is minimal interaction with human species, as they seem to prefer sleeping while Sol illuminates the oppopsite side of their planet
  • My best and most productive work requires long periods of concentration and Focus

Original post by Maker


There’s no right way to…

Ξ September 24th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ um yeah |

Have you ever seen a girl with a pretty face and thought to yourself, “man, that girl would look great if she lost 30 lbs.” Or how about you go on a blind date with a girl who is “slightly” overweight but has an awesome personality. What are you supposed to do? You can’t let your friends see you with a fatty. What if you had the crazy notion of actually dating a fatty with the intention of “transforming” her in to the girl of your dreams?

Women try to do this to men all the time. They see a guy and say, “I’m going to turn him into the perfect boyfriend!” Well we all know this never works. You simply cannot change people. No guy wants to be turned into the pussy that his girlfriend wants him to be and no girl wants to sit there belching, farting and watching sports with the guys. The more compromises you have to make in a relationship, the less likely the person is right for you.

So what can you do?

There is no right way to tell a girl she needs to lose weight. It’s a futile endeavor. They will bait you and deny it if it ever even comes up. Twice in my life I went out with girls who were pretty cool and fun to hang out with. But at the end of the night I didn’t want things to proceed any further because I thought they were too big for my liking. In both cases, they later asked me why I didn’t like them.

There are blunt ways to do it:
me: so wait, ellie was giving you shit about erica?
Joshua: yeah, she was like why didn’t you talk to erica
what is wrong with her
she kept asking me
me: are girls that dumb that they dont realize we dont like fatties?
Joshua: and i was like she is very nice but i didn’t look at her like that
me: like i went on a date with this girl
and i wasnt attracted to her
because she was a little bigger
Joshua: well she wanted me to say exactly what you said and i wasn’t going to
i am not going to be an asshole about it
me: and so she kept bugging me about why i didnt want to keep seeing her
and told me to be honest
Joshua: and you were and she hates you now
me: and i told her, you have an awesome personality, i like hanging with you, i would just like you better if you were a little thinner
and she called me a fag
Joshua: wow
you actually said it to her
me: hells yeah
i have no shame
maybe she will lose weight now and make someone else happy
she gave the best bj i ever got
i bet erica gives a mean bj
Joshua: big girls like to gobble up the dick
they are usually used to have something in there mouth

There are the nicest possible ways to do it:
(10:29:21 PM) qtgrl910: so who is this new jdate girl
(10:29:58 PM) lernerbot: oh, just some girl
(10:30:04 PM) lernerbot: who sent me her pic and shes hot
(10:30:07 PM) lernerbot: and id hit it
(10:30:11 PM) lernerbot: if she wants to )
(10:30:32 PM) qtgrl910: hahahaha
(10:30:38 PM) qtgrl910: i think ud hit alot
(10:31:02 PM) lernerbot: i would
(10:31:04 PM) lernerbot: i wont lie
(10:31:08 PM) lernerbot: i find beauty in everything
(10:31:12 PM) qtgrl910: hahaha
(10:31:20 PM) qtgrl910: thats good
(10:33:08 PM) qtgrl910: i guess im a little more picky
(10:33:55 PM) lernerbot: well im not picky in looks per se
(10:33:58 PM) lernerbot: just personality
(10:34:04 PM) lernerbot: i like women of all shapes sizes and colors
(10:34:07 PM) lernerbot: but iw ont date a fat chick
(10:34:17 PM) qtgrl910: so thats not all shapes
(10:34:31 PM) lernerbot: i may hook up with one
(10:34:34 PM) lernerbot: but wont date one
(10:34:38 PM) qtgrl910: hahahaha
(10:34:40 PM) qtgrl910: what is fat
(10:34:43 PM) qtgrl910: like how big
(10:35:14 PM) lernerbot: depends on the height of a person
(10:35:19 PM) qtgrl910: okay
(10:35:20 PM) qtgrl910: like 5′4
(10:35:34 PM) lernerbot: haha how tall are you?
(10:35:37 PM) lernerbot: and are you baiting me
(10:35:43 PM) qtgrl910: hmm im like 5′4
(10:37:19 PM) lernerbot: 120
(10:40:32 PM) qtgrl910: oooo thats little
(10:42:12 PM) lernerbot: normal )
(10:42:36 PM) qtgrl910: im not 120
(10:42:38 PM) qtgrl910: so im fat?
(10:43:14 PM) lernerbot: how much do you weigh?
(10:43:21 PM) lernerbot: when i last saw you, you were too big for my taste
(10:43:39 PM) qtgrl910: ohhh wow
(10:47:32 PM) qtgrl910: u think ur a good looking guy?
(10:47:44 PM) lernerbot: i have to think i am )
(10:47:50 PM) lernerbot: or else im not confident right?
(10:48:00 PM) qtgrl910: but theres a difference between truth
(10:48:04 PM) qtgrl910: and feeling confident
(10:48:09 PM) qtgrl910: guys can be ugly but confident
(10:48:29 PM) lernerbot: well sometimes i think i look good, sometimes i think i look bad
(10:49:07 PM) lernerbot: but
(10:49:09 PM) lernerbot: i know im awesome
(10:49:15 PM) lernerbot: i know im not david beckham
(10:49:19 PM) lernerbot: but i could be a lot worse
(10:49:27 PM) lernerbot: i wasnt in good shape when i met you
(10:49:31 PM) lernerbot: im in better shape now
(10:49:35 PM) lernerbot: still have a ways to go
(10:49:41 PM) qtgrl910: yep
(10:49:47 PM) qtgrl910: well u can work a little more on being nice
(10:49:53 PM) qtgrl910: cuz i have been nothing but nice to you
(10:50:00 PM) qtgrl910: and i found ur comment super offensive
(10:50:04 PM) lernerbot: which one?
(10:50:05 PM) qtgrl910: ive never been told that before
(10:50:09 PM) qtgrl910: that im too fat
(10:50:20 PM) lernerbot: no offense
(10:50:22 PM) lernerbot: but
(10:50:32 PM) lernerbot: no girl in the history of the world is going to take that nicely
(10:50:39 PM) lernerbot: so i said it in the best way possible
(10:50:47 PM) lernerbot: but you asked
(10:50:54 PM) lernerbot: so you brought this upon yourself
(10:51:34 PM) qtgrl910: yep
(10:51:56 PM) qtgrl910: ive dated guys that are in great shape
(10:51:59 PM) qtgrl910: and good looking
(10:52:04 PM) qtgrl910: and they’ve never told me that
(10:52:14 PM) lernerbot: you asked
(10:52:14 PM) qtgrl910: and i actually hooked up with them
(10:52:32 PM) qtgrl910: i have a big chest…so of course i will not be a size 0
(10:52:39 PM) qtgrl910: but im not like a big size
(10:52:44 PM) qtgrl910: so it doesnt make sense to me
(10:53:12 PM) lernerbot: lets not get into a detailed argument
(10:53:22 PM) qtgrl910: it was super mean
(10:53:31 PM) qtgrl910: and i dont think i was ever mean to u
(10:54:01 PM) lernerbot: /facepalm
(10:54:24 PM) qtgrl910: whatever

Original post by Heebus


No one speaks and no one tries

Ξ September 16th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ News from the front, pink floyd |

Strangers passing in the street
By chance two separate glances meet
And I am you and what I see is me
And do I take you by the hand
And lead you through the land
And help me understand the best I can

Pink Floyd (formed 1965 in Cambridge, United Kingdom) is a British band noted for and music, philosophical lyrics, compositions, sonic experimentation, innovative cover art and elaborate live shows. One of music’s most successful and influential acts, the group have sold an estimated 73.5 million albums in the U.S., and over 300 million albums worldwide.

We’ve just lost one of the founding members of the most influential bands of all time. Today Richard Wright passed away at age 65 of cancer.

Original post by Maker



Ξ September 15th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

First off, I’d like to make a note for myself of what movies I need to review to put on this site: Burn after reading, Hard Candy, Outsourced, From Hell, The Counterfeiters, Constantine, Dan in Real Life, Cash back, Before The Devil knows You’re Dead.  Lot to review, but I’ll work on it.

And with that out of the way, I wanted to talk a little about what has been going on in my life.  As some of you may already know, I recently finally got a job.  I’m working as an Application Engineer at Tektronix in Beaverton, OR.  I work with the video test line, so you could call me a Video Application Engineer, I guess.  What I do is write scripts of code for the video test products and I also support the products as a Tech Support Engineer.  I get asked about marketing and sales, but also work more on the technical side with MPEG encoding and testing encoding schemes.  It is a pretty diverse job.  Im really enjoying it so far  - the people I work with are very nice and helpful.

In the past month I’ve gone from knowing nothing about video test engineering to knowing quite a bit.  There are tons of different parts to a video signal and broadcast schemes and even more to know about MPEG encoding and that side of the world.

I’m working with analog products also: some of our products test broadcast NTSC and PAL composite streams.  Then there are the SD and HD digital streams.  On top of this I support MPEG monitors - which are dispersed over RF and IP broadcast streams.

So far I’m really enjoying my job.  In a few years I hope to be a developer for the product line.  I’m already having a ton of ideas of how to add-on to the current products.  I recieve feedback for certain things and it gives me a unique point of view that will help me out in the future.  I mean, if you know what people want in a product, it will benefit to know what to add, right?

At the moment there isn’t neat frills or getting down to developing new technologies, but there is room to if I so choose to and it will help me in the short run if I want to.

Tons of opportunity on the horizon, plus the steady paycheck )

I need to start to meet new friends here in Portland - It’s a new town and I’m not used to having to be outgoing, so it is a new experience.

To all: wish you well and I’ll keep in touch more often.

Original post by moch


Saw Another Bear

Ξ September 14th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |

another bear

I forgot to mention on here that I saw another Bear last weekend.  This time from further away.

Original post by ojuice


Finally set up twitter on my p…

Ξ September 12th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ tweets |

Finally set up twitter on my phone. Hurray! Leave for VMWorld Monday. Should be good times!

Original post by logikal


Now With More Twitter

Ξ September 11th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Life, Web |


Original post by melktart


Differing Worldviews: The Foundation of Our Two Party System

Ξ September 10th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ This I Believe |

Note: This post is the result of a conversation I had a couple of nights ago that really made me examine and articulate the reasons I’m a Democrat.

There are fundamental differences between the assumptions made by the Democrats and Republicans.  It is these assumptions that inform the policies of each party.  Two of these differences are what I’ve always focused on in determining my party affiliation and what policies I support.

First, the Republicans believe that perfectly efficient markets are achievable; the Democrats on the other hand believe that, even in a free market, there are no perfectly efficient markets.  These differences date back to, and are best defined by, the debates between Friedrich Hayek and John Maynard Keynes.  Inefficiencies in the market are most often seen in the employment market, where they also have the largest impact.  These inefficiencies in the labor market arise from two places: labor comes in whole units (i.e. you can’t employ half a person) and there are labor contracts, so companies can’t change wages or let people go as soon as the market changes.  This is not to say that the amount of employed labor does not change with the market, there is simply a delay in realizing that change.  This is, by definition, an inefficiency in the market.

This differing view of the world has huge implications on what economic policies work for controlling and moderating the economy.  These two different assumptions lead to completely different theories on how money moves through the economy.  In a perfectly efficient market, the Trickle-Down Theory works at stimulating the economy.  However, it has been shown repeatedly that this is not the case.  Even so, the Republican Party continues to believe in an economic theory that has been shown to be fallacious. The Democratic Party subscribes to a theory that works fairly well in predicting the outcomes different stimuli on the economy.

That is the first difference between the worldviews of the two parties.  The second is also related to economics, but informs social policy to a greater extent.  The Republican Party believes that the world is a zero-sum game, that if somebody else has something they are taking it away from me.  Conversely, the Democratic Party believes that we can create more by working together than we would have working independently.  In other words, Republicans are about getting a bigger slice of the pie, while Democrats are interested in making a bigger pie.

This difference greatly affects social policies.  By helping the least fortunate in our communities, the Democrats attempt to help people become more productive members in our society and economy.  The Republicans believe that without government help others in the community will come forth and voluntarily help those less fortunate.  Unfortunately, in my experience, I’ve never meet anybody who has made this argument and also put their money where their mouth is.  Instead, they seem to want to just lower taxes so they can have more and do nothing to help others.

One common theme between these two difference is that Democrats, by in large, change their view based on facts and experience, while the Republicans continue pursuing their policies based on faith.  This single difference runs through every major difference between the two parties.  One party is based on empirical evidence and science, while the other rejects it.

It is for these reasons that I’m a Democrat.  I don’t believe in every policy that the party supports.  And I definitely don’t agree with the partisan politics that play on people’s emotions to convince them of voting one way or another that both parties pursue.  However, I do agree with the basic assumptions that the Democratic Party makes and how they approach policy.

Original post by dram


Iz To Can Has LOLs?

Ξ September 9th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Life, Web, Cute |

I am utterly obsessed with I Can Has Cheezburger. I visit the site every day enthusiastically awaiting the next new LOL. I thought I’d include some of my all-time favorites below:

Iz to can be moar lols times nao plz? Kthnx.

Original post by melktart


Testing for Twitter Compatibility

Ξ September 8th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized |


Original post by melktart


Testing Wordpress plugin.

Ξ September 8th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ tweets |

Testing Wordpress plugin.

Original post by logikal


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