Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Birthday misadventures and e-commerce…

My birthday was yesterday. I received lots of well-wishes from my friends on Facebook. But the actual celebration was this past Friday (my brother planned it). My sister gave me a Russell Wilson jersey, and we promptly watched the pre-season game where the Seahawks dismantled the San Diego Chargers. This was a complete surprise, as tradition dictates that my birthday never gets celebrated by my family. And I’m usually happy with it. Normally, I’ll take the day off, and enjoy a quiet day to myself. Actually I should correct myself. The past two birthdays, my brother has made sure that dinner was provided (I’m always happy with pizza or Chinese take-out). My father gave me a Spamazon gift card, which has all been used up. About this time, I had also been making some purchases (I’ve long since figured out that if I really want something, I’m going to get it myself).

Long story short, this is what I got:

With the Spamazon gift card:

  • A Samsung BD-F5900 / BD-FM59B 3D Wi-Fi Blu-ray Disc Player. It has Wi-Fi on it, so I can play Netflix on my 60” TV. There was some initial difficulty in setting it up, as it initially thought that it was still in Mexico (I saved a few dollars and got it refurbished). But I got it reset, so I can now use Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video. Though I currently don’t subscribe to either (that’s probably going to change, though…)
  • 300: Rise of an Empire. I liked the original 300, but I’m not going to pay movie theatre prices.

And I then got some other items on my own:

  • It was time I retired both Gateway EV700 monitors that I had been using for the past 14 years. So I got an ASUS VN279Q 27-Inch Screen LCD Monitor. Replacing 2 17” CRT’s with a 27” LCD. I should’ve done it soomer. I really like the HD display. And playing FS is going to be a blast with a 16:9 aspect ratio display. I no longer have to use my tv if I want a widescreen display (which is good, as it only has one hdmi port, and my Blu-Ray player only connect through HDMI)… And with the retirement of the EV700’s, I now am no longer using any component from my original Gateway computer that I got in November 2000.

And I’ve also purchased some DVDs:

  • Henry V. I used to have this before. Then I loaned it to a friend, and never saw it again. Shakespeare always makes a good epic. There are times in my life when I could use Derek Jacobi to narrate my life. We could all use a chorus… Though it is ‘out of production’ so I had to get a used copy….
  • The Princess Bride. A storybook story with the Dread Pirate Roberts, Princess Buttercup, and Andre the Giant….
  • The Austin Powers Trilogy. I liked all three films, and this was chance to own them all.
  • The Naked Gun Trilogy. I remember seeing these many years ago. This was Leslie Neilson at his finest. Play LA’s finest…
  • Robin Hood: Men In Tights. My. Favorite. Movie. Of. All. Time. And to think I never owned it on DVD. And somehow Mel Brooks’ retelling of the story is so much better than the Kevin Costner treatment. Rabbi Tuckman is better than Friar Tuck.
  • Spaceballs. When it comes to Lord Dark Helmet vs. Darth Vader, you have to go with Rick Moranis. And I even got an extra copy for my co-worker, Pizza the Hutt (see Rene, I did mention you…)
  • Top Secret. A spoof of both Elvis films and war epics. And it’s funny. Especially that one scene with the cow…
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Once again, I used to have this version, but I lent it out, and never saw it again. Now that I have it again, I shall grin, and then feast upon the lambs. And sloths. And carps. And anchovies. And orang-utans. And breakfast cereals. And fruit bats. And large… On second thought, skip a bit, brother.
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (Special Collector’s Edition). I have the regular version (along with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan). For another birthday a while back, I got the Director’s Cut of that film, and so I’ve always been on the lookout for them.

Some of these items (like the Blu Ray player and the monitor) were purchases that I had been planning for a while. But most of the DVD’s I got on impulse in a moment of weakness.

I’ll try to be stronger. I promise.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Battles Within….

<Klingon video because I can…>

This is really difficult for me to write. For the past day or so, I’ve gone over what I’d be writing in my head, and on several occasions, I even had it completely written, but every time I sit down, my mind draws a blank….

I’m sorry in advance if this post seems more like a rambling re-hash of stuff that I’ve posted before, but I still feel strongly about the issues therein, and I can no longer hold my thoughts in…

I posted previously on a certain matter (see here, here, and here for the gist of it, though most of the posts from April through June were related to this…). I’ve posted that I was going to step away from this matter, and to keep silent on this matter. But I can’t simply just walk away. I keep finding my thoughts continually drawn towards her. But from obsession springs delusions, and that’s not a good thing. I simply need to let her go. As bitter as a pill that it is, it is the best. I want to be free from the obsessions, free from the delusions, and that means I need to be free from her. I have tried to contact her (and in at least one email I did indicate that I was attracted to her), and there has not been a response. Several conclusion can be possibly drawn from this, but I’m not going to speculate. I just have to accept that it’s not going to happen. I will not be a part of her life.

With that in mind, I’m trying not to be bitter. Hubris has gotten me into trouble before, and if I’m not meant to be with her then so be it. If you really love someone, then you’ll want that person to be happy. And if she’s already happy then the only thing I can do is to quietly rejoice in her happiness, and keep a respectful distance. I guess it boils down to the fact that I should be grateful that I got to know her when I did, and it’s time to find the strength and let her go.

Maybe then will I finally be free…

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Another trip to the doctor

It's been too long since I've last been here. But I really had no choice in the matter. After my last visit, Aetna denied my claim, and I ended up paying over $600 for a diabetic checkup & office visit. Then United Healthcare decided I didn't need to see a doctor (which I previously wrote about). So I went with Group Health. And it took almost 2 months to get that in order. But today, after numerous phone calls,  I got into my doctor's office.

Health care is good. Getting insurance is a nightmare. But, I went for over 10 years a diabetic without insurance, and any insurance is beget than none....

Thursday, August 07, 2014

To the backups go the victory. And hopefully the job.

Ok, with less than two minutes to go in the preseason opener, it looks like the Denver Broncos will win over the Seattle Seahawks. Big deal. It's only a preseason game. It doesn't even count. This is mainly to decide who gets a job fit the regular season. Their backups are better than ours tonight.

When it comes to football season, I've always had a preference for the preseason. Because you're watching people fighting for jobs, fighting for your job period is probably a better motivation than fighting fit a trophy and a ring. I could possibly understand the ring part, but it's not even forged by the Elven-Smiths, so it's not even one of the Rings of Power...

Aren't Virtual Machines Fun?

I use VMWare player on my tower. Because I have really important software (ie games. Really old games) that I still occasionally want to use (play). And it won't run on what I currently use. But thanks to the miracle of the virtual machine, I can have a working copy of WinXP and WinME handy to run them. And since I can run my video card though my hdtv, that means I can run Windows ME on a 60 inch monitor.

But don't worry. I promise to only use my powers for good....

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Coffee or computer?

Due to the nature of my work schedule, on occasion I have to be up überearly in the morning. And there are times when I'm too tired to even get to the kitchen & the coffee maker located therein. So last year I bought a new coffee maker. And I put it where I needed it the most: in my room. It was originally placed on my TV cabinet, and it shared the same power outlet. When I got my current TV it had to be moved. The only available real estate in my room is on my computer desk, sharing the same outlet as my computer. Ave knowing how much juice each one pulls,  this choice is presented to me: coffee or computer? This morning I actually realized that I was turning my computer off for a cup of coffee. I guess this is why I have my tablet. So I can blog about my decision of coffee over the computer....

Once upon a time, I had sworn off coffee (most likely an over-reaction to an unfortunate indecent at work, when I ended up tossing my morning coffee and the salami sandwich I had the night before) and drink. I'm giving coffee a try again. But I'm still dry....

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A hope for peace....

I'd want I'm setting in the media is true, then Israel is holding to its truce in Gaza. Perhaps it may even be possible for both parties to sit down abd settle their differences peacefully. In this conflict there are no winners. When you deliberately target civilians, you lose period. And that's something both parties are not innocent of.....

Violence. Is. Evil. Period.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Hopefully today will be a better day

Ok, a couple of days ago, I got on the wrong bus, abd I was late to work. Today as I boarded the bus,I made sure to ask where the bus was going.

Moral of the story: You only need to get on the wrong bus once. If at all....