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Kidneythieves and 8mm [Jun. 10th, 2011|04:56 pm]
flickr album of pics I took at the show

Some of them are a little blurry since I was using my ipod but all in all, not bad.

Any suggestions/advice on how to clean them up, please let me know.

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trip checklist [May. 31st, 2011|11:17 am]
Leaving thursday morning to head to L.A. to visit with michelle and tina and see the kidneythieves and 8mm.. soo much awesome, i just might explode..

my travel checklist (if you see something i'm forgetting, please let me know)

airline e-mail
shuttle bus e-mail
ipod and phone chargers
a book
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talking to no one? [Apr. 30th, 2011|02:19 am]
[Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

So.. I have no idea who reads this anymore but.. I have now finally completed post-secondary education.

Our actual graduation isn't until late june and no diploma/official grades yet, so i don't know that i can technically say I'm a graduate.. but I'm finished and felt about tall as a wind turbine tower today.

ps. if you can read this, you should check my entry from a couple days ago, advice is definitely appreciated.
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(no subject) [Apr. 19th, 2011|03:55 am]
[Mood |crushedcrushed]

file name says it all right now.
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(no subject) [Mar. 27th, 2011|03:41 am]
so.. 5 weeks left of school.

starting to look for jobs.. seeing a few but right now they involve moving places i'm not too interested in moving to (thunder bay for example)

there's a company coming to interview people at school sometime in the next few weeks.. haven't gotten much information on it but it's a 3rd party company that appears to fulfill manufacturer's service contracts on turbines.. so with them being a third party, i expect lower pay since it's a middleman involved..

I'm mostly curious about their plans to move into Toronto since there are no wind farms in the immediate area?

pretty upset with someone right now.. feels like they've just decided to suddenly cut all ties, a month and a half and no word from them despite a few e-mails i've sent.
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holycrap!holycrap!holycrap! [Mar. 9th, 2011|05:02 am]
[Mood |stressedstressed]


starting to sink in that i have a month and a half to 2 months left of school.

been trying to apply but as always, my resume sucked. it was good, just wasn't showcasing what these employers are looking for. glad i talked to a recruiter for 1 of the companies that was upfront about it. fixed it up tonight, revisions tomorrow, then round 2 of sending them out.

*crosses his fingers*
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voting [Nov. 28th, 2010|05:17 pm]
it's a little late since elections and such are over, but i wanted to capture this quote from a podcast i'm listening to http://escapepod.org/2008/10/

"When apathy becomes the majority rule the people that are the least apathetic end up running things by default. we call these people zealots."
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(no subject) [Nov. 10th, 2010|06:11 pm]
so.. 92.68% in math overall.

then had a week of "marketing/sales" which was a waste of time. but.. whatever.. it was an easy week.

started electrical theory.. which so far has been a piss-off/joke.

day 1 was safety.. which i can understand.. day 2 was about fucking hand tools. there's a page in our textbook devoted to what a hammer is. whisky tango foxtrot
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Two plus Two equals I want to punch you in the face. [Oct. 12th, 2010|06:28 pm]
[Mood |angryangry]




**incoming school rant**

So we started our math unit today. On Friday before the long weekend, we had the first 2 chapters in our math book assigned to us as homework. This sounded very worrisome until I opened the book and saw chapter 1 was basic adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing whole numbers. I skimmed through and basically skipped it since each question I stopped on, I got the correct answer without much effort, (most i just did in my head, no small feat considering I was sitting in one of the busiest train stations in Canada on one of the busiest travel days of the year). Chapter 2 is fractions, which I actually did the chapter review questions for, again, fairly easily. (difficulty level: no calculator)

I get to school today (late but on time, an entirely different matter :madsmile expecting us to review both chapters since we have 12 classes scheduled to cover the 12 chapters in our book. This would give us an extra class later when we might need it for difficult things like trigonometry, advanced algebra, statistics, etc.
Oh no. Instead, we spent 4 and a half hours being taught how to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers. Not even decimals, negatives, etc. involved. The most basic of math. ALL FUCKING AFTERNOON.

There's a kid in our class (Devon) that has already gotten on everyone's nerves. He has to be the special one and the center of attention, etc. He's been going on since day 1 that he's afraid of the math unit because it'll be really hard for him and blah blah whine whine whine. I understand that if you haven't done much math in awhile, yes, it's very difficult. I found it the same way back in 2007 when I was back in college after 6 years taking essentially the same math course we are now. It was also a challenge last winter/spring when I was taking the course and then working for H&R Block to get into the habit of doing simple arithmetic in my head (because it looks really bad if the guy you're paying to do your taxes has to get out a calculator for math you as the customer are able to do on your own). But... this kid didn't do any of the work assigned. So I can't have sympathy for him being lost when he knew it was coming and put forth no effort.

Two other guys in our class (of 5 in total) also found today basically a joke. The other guy, I think some of the refresher was good for him (since he also didn't touch his textbook over the weekend) but basically knew what was going on once he saw it. If we continue at a snail's pace for the one kid Devon and end up sacrificing time the other 4 of us could have used more wisely, I'm going to end up having a discussion with our teacher and possibly the head of the school.

An example from today about this Devon kid. He was up at the board solving a problem. He wasn't able to do long division. Our teacher K, (he's persian and has a crazy name so just goes by K) was trying to teach him. "Well, because I didn't learn it this way in school, and with the number line the way it is in the Western Hemisphere, I just don't understand this." He then went back to his seat and sat down. It took K telling him 3 times to get back up there to finish the question before he would. So he's not putting forth effort because he doesn't want to learn.

Example number 2, which is an "Are you fucking kidding me?" moment. He was up at the board solving a problem and had to add 5+6. He had to walk back to his desk and get his calculator to do it. It was at that moment I decided tomorrow before class I'm going to demand of our instructor that no calculators are allowed tomorrow. We shouldn't need them. In the real world on a job, we won't be able to go get a calculator for such simple math.

Tonight calls for scotch. Lots of scotch. (and WoW once the patch finishes installing... and when the servers finally come back.. failing that.. hoping the Beta servers are up)
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(no subject) [Sep. 19th, 2010|03:46 am]
[Mood |lonelylonely]
[Tunes - |wii sounds from downstairs]

i wish there was something i could say to make her feel differently. . .
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