The nanobot invasion of my body has begun.

Ξ October 6th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ blog, nanobots, sick |

I always seem to get sick right around this time of year, and its really, really annoying. It started with angry nanobots wielded by maker infiltrating my nose, and causing it to become stuffed up. Then the nanobots swam down the river of phlegm, and are now attacking the interior of my lungs. Damn things are tenacious enough to not be expelled like they’re supposed to when I cough.

I do feel better today than I did yesterday, though, so maybe I’m thinning out their numbers.

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Is setting up twitter to do up…

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

Is setting up twitter to do updates at VMWorld

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Work is stealing my energon.

Ξ September 3rd, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Work, blog |

Recently I’ve noticed that after I leave work for the day, I don’t want to do a damn thing. This is putting a serious crowbar in the gears of getting ready for my black belt test, maintaining my car and my own health, and general enjoyment of my life.

I don’t know if its just the stress of all the crap currently going on at work, or if its because of the incessant, rampant ignorance displayed by the employees there. I am seriously at a loss as to how these people have made it through life to whatever point they’re at without figuring out how to learn something new. I mean, they’ve made it this far, right? I bet they’ve learned from their mistakes before. Why are they so afraid to do it when you put something with a keyboard in front of them? The damn thing isn’t going to transform into a giant blood-sucking robot if you have to hit ctrl-z because you accidentally bolded something.

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I hate sleeping.

Ξ August 29th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Work, blog, ninja |

Really, it’s not the sleep that bothers me so much, as the getting to sleep that I hate so much. The thing that really sucks, is that I want to be asleep right now!

My sleep schedule is all sorts of messed up right now. I blame all those damn kids coming back to work now.

After a horrificaly failtastic display on my first attempt at getting my black belt, I will be retesting in “a few weeks.” Hopefully I’ll pass. More on this in another post (see? I’m setting myself up to post more.)

I think it’s time to try sleep again.

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A Decision.

Ξ August 20th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized, blog, decision, new |

I’ve decided to not import my old blog articles. I have them all backed up and saved, I just feel I want to start anew. In my old posts I had character issues from importing from mismatched sql versions… I had spam comments in a lot of it…

Just not fun. If anybody feels free to clean all that up for me, then I’ll consider importing my old comments to the new blog. In the meantime though, I’m sticking to a clean, new site.

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New Blog Location!

Ξ August 19th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Uncategorized, blog, new, kitty, meow |

So this is the new location of the mocheryblog.

My old location had a database error so I only have stuff saved from probably about a month ago.  Then I decided to get my own hosting and the result is what you see now…

Once I get everything fixed and updated, and should end up going to the same location.

And I might be able to retrieve some of my old posts.  I’m not sure I really care at the moment.  We’ll see.

Until then…

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The best weekend ever (hopefully)

Ξ June 4th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ blog |

This weekend is going to be awesome.

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From the land of the rising sun, Post 4.

Ξ March 23rd, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ travel, blog, ninja, japan |

Japan, Day 3

I went to sleep at 8:30 last night, I was so tired. Slept fine until 4am, then woke up every half hour until 7am. I didn’t have time to eat anything this morning, so I just grabbed some juice on the way to the hombu.

The first class today was with Nagato-sensei .  He emphasized using the body, instead of your strength when doing techniques, something I need to pay more attention to.  If a technique isn’t working for me, I have a tendency to just try to muscle through it. It’s much easier if I start out using my body to do the technique. Trying to muscle it is usually what messes it up in the first place.  There wasn’t a lot of room in the hombu today, because Soke’s class was right after. It ended up being a good thing, because the lack of room reinforced how little space you really need, if you use your taijutsu. Usually, when we train we’re making these huge movements, deep kamaes, gigantic parries, etc. Ron says it all the time; a punch can miss you by a foot or by a quarter of an inch, it’s still a miss. Training with all those people around really reinforces it.

Soke’s class was 15 minutes after Nagato-sensei’s, and even more people were there for that .I know I’ve said it before, but Soke’s movements are amazing. They’re so subtle, so its very hard to catch everything he’s doing. I really appreciate Ron training with Ashley and I today. He’s a very patient teacher with the both of us, and I know he’d love to be training at a higher level. It means a lot to me that he’s taking the time with us to say things like “no, put your hand here,” and not just throwing his hands up in disgust with us. Both Soke and Nagato-sensei seemed to reinforce being very light with your movements today. I saw two advantages to this: 1) it’s very easy. You don’t get tired when you’re doing it this way. 2) It’s a lot harder to read someone when they’re just laying two fingers on the inside of your wrist, rather than grabbing you with all their strength. We did some seated things today, from fudoza. One was from a grab from behind, a punch to the head from the side, and a punch to the head from another seated person.

When Soke’s class was over, we went to Naguchi-sensei’s class where I watched people film some of the stuff they learned to day in class. I made a fool of myself when Naguchi-sensei leaned out his window and said “Konichiwa!” to me, because I had no idea who he was. I had no idea his dojo was right next door to his house. I was offered the chance to get on film as well, but I was a little too unsure of myself to do that. Turns out I could’ve just let Ron beat up on me, and been fine.

Finally, Lunch time! Surprisingly, I wasn’t all that hungry. I’ve discovered a wonderful citrusy juice/soda drink, but I can’t remember the name of it. We had Chinese food. Kind of bland. Meh.

We went to a park in Shimizu-koen after lunch. It’s the site of that obstacle course thing in the ninjutsu episode of Human Weapon. It’s not a “secret ninja training compound” like they said it was. It’s in the middle of a huge public park, owned by one of the Kikkoman families. There were a bunch of youngsters running a race there! We didn’t get a chance to run through it, but Robin mentioned it might not be a great idea anyway, since the water’s likely freezing cold this time of year. Maybe if we come back during summertime. Before we got to the obstacle course, we happened on a very nice old Japanese man, watching 3 little girls playing in the water, trying to catch some carp in a little stream/pond they have there.  Everyone here always surprises me with how well they speak English. Baka gaijin! I feel like such a jerk whenever I can’t say something in Japanese.  We walked around the park for a long time, until it was konbanwa time.  It’s such a beautiful place, I took lots of pictures. Even some with me in them! Way to ruin the beauty, eh?

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From the land of the rising sun, Post 2.

Ξ March 23rd, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ travel, blog, ninja, japan |


So, day 2 in Japan started early, with a traditional japanese breakfast of cooked whole fish (it still had eyes!), raw egg, rice, pickled veggies, miso soup, seaweed, and some dark squiggly stuff. I tried everything, except the fish. I couldn’t quite pull it off. Raw egg on rice was alright, but probably not something I’ll ever order again.

We headed to the store, where Ron grabbed this shopping cart. A little different, eh? Then we split up for the day.

Getting cash out of an ATM machine in Japan can only be done in one place, the post office. Had I known this, I wouldnt have gone on a 2 hour trek, that had 2 very wonderful Japanese people walking Ashley and I around town. Now I know though.

Oh, my Engrish phrase for the day: “Luck is Smilling” Seen on a T-shirt in a department store today.

Noodle Bowls here are amazing.

We visited a local graveyard in Noda, then went to Atago Shrine yesterday before class. We had dinner at a place called Seiziriya (I think) surprisingly good pizza (there’s not a lot of japanese food there, but you get a really good value). We headed to the Hombu, and trained with Soke.

Soke has a presence about him that I’m not able to explain. I could tell when he had walked into the dojo, even though there were 120 people in the way. Crazy. Training with him is hard, he goes so fast.

We came back to Kashiwa after class, and tried to figure out how Ashley was going to get to Nagoya on Saturday. We looked around on the internet for a bit then just decided to go to the station and try to get her a ticket. We ran into a musician named Kazuya, and listened to him for a while. He got told to leave by the authorities, and then helped us with trying to get Ashley’s ticket (which we couldn’t, it was too late). He spoke pretty good English, just limited vocabulary. Ashley got his number. We might hang out with him Saturday.

Then I came home at about midnight and got some much deserved sleep.

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To the land of the Rising Sun

Ξ March 14th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ travel, blog, ninja |

I leave for Japan on the 19th, and I totally am not prepared for it. Mentally, at least. My fear is that I’ll commit some huge error, and people will ask Ron why the hell I’m a 4th kyu. Once I get over that, I think I’ll be fine.

I’ll be staying in Kashiwa while I’m training, until the 27th. Then I will haul my sorry, broken ass to Tokyo, where Wendy will meet me on the 28th. Then its 4 days of fun and recuperation before I come home on the 31st.

Tasks for the trip: Find the mysterious Chuhai, learn to like sushi, have some awesome street vendor yakitori, and at some point run into a crowd yelling “Godzilla!” I think it’ll be a spectacular time.

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faster internet!

Ξ March 13th, 2008 | → 0 Comments | ∇ techie, blog |

The great news has finally come. I upgraded to 1.5Mb/384 DSL yesterday. It’ll go into effect tomorrow, after 8PM. Most of you will be laughing at my 1.5Mb speed, but when you’re 17000 feet from the CO, that’s wonderful. I’ve been scraping by on 384k DSL since I got it, years ago. This was necessitated by mom and dad getting their own computers. I don’t want to share my bandwidth! Oh, It’s also $15 cheaper. Woot!

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