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Aug. 19th, 2005

Today's Exercise: I unlocked a new character and the Advanced tournament. I think there may be a decent reward for winning that, so I might load up Goku or Vegeta and go for it. If I can ever figure out the timing on those damn teleports and pull them off effortlessly, I should be able to put in a good showing. Until then, it'll be repeated run-throughs with my low-level characters until they're built up.

Today's Bridge: The low point for me was screwing up a hand twice. I raised 4D to 5D, even though I knew we didn't have the power to pull it off, then ruffed low and gave up a trick I didn't have to lose. I could have made 4D. I had lots of weak openers today.

Today's big news: Yes, extra big text because it's extra-important. I got to chat with pirogoeth today, as well as jadestar4 and kismetn, so they already know. livali may know as well. But other than that, this should be news to all of you. I faxed the clearance-related paperwork to Navy HR this morning, and by early afternoon, I had my job offer letter. That's right; I've been formally offered a job with the Navy, and has been pointed out to me, I'd be a fool not to take it. Aside from the obvious job security and privileges, my salary will be considerably higher than what I'm making now. And my paycheck today was the first one to include my pay raise based on the evaluations back in spring... it's more than I got last year, and it's still not close to the government's offer. So I'm going to spend this weekend getting fingerprinted at the police station (should I go to the state office, or the city office? Probably the city office, but that's annoyingly halfway across town and probably a pain to get into) and filling out the paperwork, including the evil, evil SF-86. I thought for a while that it would require me to look up my address in Yanbu, but then I realized that I beat the clock on that one. I moved back to the States for good ten years and a few months ago. So no Saudi address for me! Had this process gone on last December, when they first scheduled it, I'd have needed that address.

I think that's pretty much it. I got sick in the shower again, but with the way my sinuses have been bothering me, that's no big surprise. That, or the chicken. Tomorrow night may or may not tell on that one. I'm thinking of heading to Cheeseburger in Paradise for either lunch or dinner, just to check it out. Anyone care to join me? (This is the Bloomington CiP, not the Indianapolis one.)

PhD, in book three, has completely abandoned its roots and become Slayers with boobs. As Grenadier was to Trigun, so is PhD to Slayers. Seriously. It's pretty funny. I need to rest after being sick, so it's time for more Midori Days at last. And lots of sleep, I can only hope.

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mairesue
Aug. 20th, 2005 04:17 am (UTC)
WOW! Yvan eht nioj!
nidoking
Aug. 20th, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
Not exactly. I'll still be a civilian. I'll just be employed by the government. I'm pretty sure that being IN the Navy and working for the Navy are two completely different things. For one, working for the Navy hasn't had its image sullied by the Village People. ^_^
mairesue
Aug. 20th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
Just the Simpsons making fun of it.

I thought you might be 'working' for it rather than 'in' it but I wasn't sure and I couldn't resist alluding to the episode with my favourite line of all time.
nidoking
Aug. 20th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
That was a great episode. "Superliminal advertising."

But it still can't match the best line I can think of from Mystery Science Theater 3000. They're watching a cautionary short that begins with a funeral procession, and Mike says in a straight voice that I can never manage without cracking up, "Don't let this happen to you. Don't make the same mistake these people did. Don't die."
mairesue
Aug. 21st, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
I haven't seen that but every time I hear Homer say,

"It doesn't mean anything. It's like ramalama ding dong, or give peace a chance."

I still enjoy it.
nidoking
Aug. 21st, 2005 04:13 am (UTC)
BURNS: What's this? There's some kind of invisible force field over these vegetables!
HOMER: That's the sneeze guard. You have to lean under it to get food or sneeze on stuff.
action55
Aug. 20th, 2005 04:36 am (UTC)
I saw a DBZ commercial once. True story.
nidoking
Aug. 20th, 2005 01:25 pm (UTC)
You must watch a lot of television, or not very much.
action55
Aug. 20th, 2005 02:24 pm (UTC)
Not very much. I use my TV for my PS2 when I feel the urge to play something or watch a DVD, but that's not often. (I am more of a PC gamer.) The only show I make it a point to watch is Teen Titans.

As far as anime, I have a little bit of experience. Most of it is crap, but that is true for any TV show type. I have most of the Cowboy Bebop disks, all of Noir and I have recently started collecting Samurai Champloo. I already watched most of Champloo fansubbed, as well as Bleach, Last Exile and Melody of Oblivion. I'll go back and get Gundam Seed someday.
nidoking
Aug. 20th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC)
I think you'd like Kino's Journey. And Haibane Renmei would probably be right up your alley, too. I'd like to say that if you enjoyed Samurai Champloo, you'd probably like Tsukikage Ran, but that has some elements I assume you wouldn't like. Still worth trying, though.
action55
Aug. 21st, 2005 05:22 pm (UTC)
Are these fansubbed titles? Cause Outside of buying them, I have no other way of checking them out unless there is some means of downloading them.

I am one of the few who will actually buy anime he's already seen fansubbed. XD
nidoking
Aug. 21st, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
I was naming licensed series specifically. I buy them when the fansubbed series are released as well, if they ever get around to publishing them. Still waiting on Hare + Guu. I believe the Kino's Journey movie is out there, as well as "episode 0", whatever that is.
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nidoking
Aug. 20th, 2005 01:26 pm (UTC)
Hercule Satan. Not a very big deal, really, since I don't think he gets his own play mode in this game, but he's there.
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nidoking
Aug. 22nd, 2005 08:14 pm (UTC)
As always. He's actually a pretty strong character in Tournament mode, because his attacks are good at knocking opponents out of the ring, but I suspect that, lacking the teleport ability, his usefulness is greatly diminished in Budoukai 3.
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nidoking
Aug. 25th, 2005 10:53 am (UTC)
Well, there are plenty of attacks that are capable of knocking the opponent out of the ring. I just always found that his were the most effective for that purpose. His attacks are all physical rather than energy-based. The downside in Budoukai 3 is that the opponent can teleport behind him, while Hercule himself has no teleporting ability. That can be fatal when trying for a ring-out.
krikketgirl
Aug. 20th, 2005 01:57 pm (UTC)
Hey! Go you!

But I'm sorry to hear that you're still feeling sick. Is there nothing that can be done? Did I miss something?
nidoking
Aug. 20th, 2005 02:23 pm (UTC)
I don't think you missed anything. I suspect that it's just my overactive sinuses. My throat gets blocked up, and the steam from the shower loosens up all the mucus, which makes me cough. If I cough too much, I throw up. That used to happen pretty frequently when Mom used to smoke in the house. She blamed the cats.
arrowchan
Aug. 20th, 2005 02:43 pm (UTC)
Congrats! I used to work for Defence over here in the civilian branch, sounds like you've got something similar. Not sure I'd do it again, but it does have its advantages (rampant sexism not being one of them... *snerk*). Have fun!
arrowchan
Aug. 20th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC)
Although if the DF there is anything like the DF here, they discourage online journals, and especially letting anyone random know that you currently work in the forces, and any details that could compromise security in any way such as building layouts, the names of other defence members, or even just general gossip that could be used by unfriendly factions. Just something you might want to consider. Personally I friends-locked anything to do with my job in case they found it and disciplined me or whatever. I would actually advise that you do this for the above post, but that's pretty much up to you. Because they do come down _hard_ if you're found out.
nidoking
Aug. 20th, 2005 04:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I know I definitely haven't put anything classified in my journal, and I only refer to people I know by first name, except those whose employment is public (like my friend who ran for Indiana Congress). When referring to the unclassified parts of my job, I'm generally pretty vague. Some of the government people here have seen what I write about, and nobody's said anything about it yet, so I don't think I have anything to worry about.

There's another guy, who's now a Navy employee, who actually posted conversations I had at work in his blog. It's now only available through archive.org, and a few months are missing, but... scary stuff.
arrowchan
Aug. 21st, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
Well, maybe they are more slack over there than they are here, but over here, literally everything that happens in that building is restricted knowledge. You can't even enter the building unless you have a restricted pass, and you're not supposed to mention anything about the mechanics of your work online. You could probably use the vaguest possible terms publically, and they would still ream you if they found out. I am quite serious when I say that people have been disciplined and fired for posting that they work for the defence force online in the public forum. People aren't supposed to know because they found out that those old school friends sites etc. were actually being used by foreign governments as information collection databases. People were actually targeted by foreign spies that way, and we had a few cases of people being approached by women in bars and the like who ended up getting them drunk and mining them for information, or even just general approaches elsewhere. We had special lectures on the subject in case we let something of importance slip accidentally. I don't know how important your job actually is in terms of classification, but they take online disclosure very, very seriously.
nidoking
Aug. 21st, 2005 01:51 am (UTC)
Well, no worries about me getting drunk, at least. And there's nothing classified about what I do. But I'll keep it on the down-low even more than I have been. Thanks for the warning.
jadestar4
Aug. 20th, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
Garsh!! :")
I feel so loved! I got an honorable mention!!!!
nidoking
Aug. 20th, 2005 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Garsh!! :")
And why wouldn't I honor the people who talk to me? ^_^
jadestar4
Aug. 21st, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
Re: Garsh!! :")
Thank you! I'm sorry I kept missing I took a nap after a long day of work and I didn't wake up til 10 my time! I was like OMG I can not believe I slept that long!
nidoking
Aug. 21st, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: Garsh!! :")
I've done similar, but rarely until that late. And I'm not sleeping at that point, anyway.
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