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OH MY GOD [Oct. 19th, 2008|08:43 pm]




Well you won't have to worry about ignoring Shax for much longer. Oh, who am I kidding- you guys obviously don't worry about me at ALL. WELL GOODBYE FOREVER, SUCKERS- I'm starting a NEW journal and it'll be INVITE ONLY and I guess THAT will show you!

In which I chew you jokers out but GOODCollapse )

So effective immediately, Shax.livejournal.com is closed! It had a good run that kinda petered out towards the end, but I'm back, and I'm feelin' green with evil, so come join me at my new digs:


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SHAX@PAX2008 PART 3: Never Forget Me... [Sep. 21st, 2008|06:51 pm]
[Current Music |フマぺろ - マドゥーラの翼]


I...think that hits pretty much all the high points! I have many more pictures of the trip up at my Flickr gallery; Kou's got a bunch at her LJ Pictures directory as well.

I got back to RDU at around 2:00 in the morning, picked up my car, and headed back home. About five minutes after getting on Highway 40, I went to pass someone going 20 below the speed limit; I put on my left turn signal, merged over, and clicked the signal off... only the blinker didn't shut off. Tried putting my right signal on, and my left turn signal just kept flashing. Basically, I drove the entire twenty miles from the airport to my house with my left turn signal on, and folks, there are NO shortage of people on the road at 2:30 in the morning who'd just LOVE to tell you that HEY, DUDE, YOUR SIGNAL'S ON!.

Turns out it was a busted microswitch, but of course you can't just replace THAT part- you need an entire ASSEMBLY. I could've probably done it myself if I weren't terrified of exploding my car's airbag while trying to take the wheel off the steering column, so I took it to the shop and got it repaired. Only set me back $133, but dang, after a cross-country trip, that kinda stings. Oh, well- it's fixed, vacation's done, and things should be nice and normal around here for the foreseeable future-

AW, MAN. THIS won't end well. STAY TUNED!
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PHOTOMEME [Sep. 20th, 2008|08:40 am]
[Current Music |Tito Puente - Mambo Gallego (D-Code Remix)]

By way of zerochan (C'mon, folks- "ganked" is soooooooo 2002)

Post a photo of you Right now
Don't change your clothes or fix your hair
post these instructions

True to the spirit, if not to the letter- I'm pretty sure dudes wanted me to shrink this thing down, which technically counts as editing. HORIZONTAL SCROLLBAR IS AN ABOMINATION

PAX writeup to conclude this weekend- mind's been on HIMITSU OTHER THING all week!

(probably not as cool a thing as you're thinking)
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SHAX@PAX2008 2: BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE MUU [Sep. 13th, 2008|04:10 pm]
[Current Music |Queen - Dont Stop Me Now]

And so it was that nunuu and myself had arrived in Seattle, Washington for a weekend full of nerdy fun. First thing to do was to drop off our unnecessarily-huge suitcases so we wouldn't have to lug 'em around the city.

Actually, that reminds me- Kou and I had similarly-sized suitcases, but hers weight almost HALF of what mine did. Turns out I packed almost twice as many shirts, socks, and pairs of pants as she did- and I'd brought along a couple extra pairs of shoes. I like to fly in my sandals, see, so I needed to pack my usual everyday pair in my suitcase, along with a pair of Adidas that are just PERFECT for one particular outfit. I THINK WE SEE WHO WEARS THE SKIRT IN THIS RELATIONSHIP.

(Also contributing to my bag's heft was the CD organizer into which I'd slipped the 20+ DVDs that make up my entire MST3K collection, which I'd then end up LEAVING IN SEATTLE- but more on that a little later.)


Honestly, most of the vacation was spent on my feet, walking the well laid-out streets of Seattle in search of fun stuff.

Good EatsCollapse )

Speaking of food, I've gotta get together with the local crowd for pizza in about an hour- THE NEVERENDING WRITEUP WILL CONTINUE.
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SHAX@PAX2008 2: TOUCH DE DOKODON! [Sep. 13th, 2008|11:55 am]
Seeing as how it's been two weeks now since the trip and there's no way I can remember events in a DAILY sequence, we present the rest of the Seattle Vacation in TOPIC-O-VISION:

Adventures in PAXCollapse )

Thanks for reading! Sorry this entry took so long to post, but hopefully one or two of you got a kick out of it!

(For serious, though, to be continued later this afternoon)
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SHAX@PAX2008: IN THE WORLDS BEFORE MONKEY [Sep. 10th, 2008|11:30 pm]


And now, 11:30 PM has arrived, and I need to get some damn sleep for work tomorrow. Only *I* could set out at 7:30 to write a convention report and, three hours later, only JUST get out of the airport. We'll pick this up again tomorrow night- maybe I'll actually get to some of those Cryptic Images in the last post!
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SHAX@PAX2008: The Prequel [Sep. 3rd, 2008|02:52 am]
Just got home from the airport about an hour ago; have spent the intervening time trying to figure out why my house smells like an explosion at a balloon factory.

Got another whole day off tomorrow to try and cope with jetlag, and am I ever gonna need it- it's closing in rapidly on 3AM Eastern Standard Time, and I'm most definitely still on Pacific. I'm hoping I can get my act together enough to at least START the writeup, but for now, have a preview in the style of Paul Chapman:

Don't put your DS in your checked luggage, because Penny Arcade Expo 2008 was the Greatest Vacation EVER!

This summary will contain:

Manly rhythm games.

Girly rhythm games.

The axis of evil.

Seeing forever.

Getting your girlfriend into gaming.

Turning left.

Surprisingly, this summary will contain very LITTLE:

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[PAX08] GAME OF SHOW [Aug. 31st, 2008|11:13 pm]
[Current Music |don don kat kat don kat don]

The Taiko no Tatsujin 9 machine at GameWorks just down the road from the convention center

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Dirty job but it must be done [Aug. 24th, 2008|04:26 pm]
It has come to my attention that one can view the ENTIRE YEAR OF 2008 on my LiveJournal's front page. That's absolutely ridiculous considering how much has gone on in this stupid year so far!

Take this summer, for instance, which has been a non-stop joyride of amazing bullshit. I don't know, guys. I used to do stuff. I liked to draw a picture every now and then, or maybe play a videogame or watch some TV or SOMETHING. Nowadays... well, not so much. And it's all because I have to work for a living.

Your government-mandated WORK SUCKS portion of the LiveJournal Entry follows.Collapse )

WHEW! Been needing to get that out for a while. Good news is that we ARE in pretty good shape on all these jobs now, and even finished a couple up over the past two weeks. The contractors still give us hassle every now and then, but that's just part of what they do- we could be two months ahead on any given job and they'd yell at us for not being THREE. Though I HAVE still been putting in (unpaid) overtime on a couple jobs, I haven't felt like I've HAD to do it since late July. It'll all get done one of these days!

And really, as harsh as the past few months have been, it's all about to turn around 'cause I'm officially four days away from VACATION!

nunuu and I will be hitting up the Seattle area for PAX 2008, as well as quality hangouts with ladyfox, fandomgreen and who knows who else. I anticipate NOTHING BUT GOOD TIMES!

More to come but far less bitching, post-PAX in all likelihood.
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I ain't pooped in three days, excuse a man [May. 26th, 2008|09:05 pm]
So this time last year, I was wrapping up a depression-filled three-day housesitting weekend at my parents' place while they were in the mountains with my brother, sister-in-law and then-almost-one-year-old nephew. THIS year, I actually made the trip with them. Between the eating nothing but meat meat MEAT at every meal, the unpredictable hardheadedness and tantruming of my now-almost-two-year-old nephew and the whole general disagreeing with everyone on every non-smalltalk subject imaginable, I think it's best that these whole-family outings are kept to a minimum in the future.

Travis and family apparently wanna go to the beach sometime in July. The whole family's invited- along with the in-laws, with whom I clash violently every time I open my mouth in their presence. I....think I may need to housesit that weekend, or something.

Aside from that, though, the weekend was fairly nice- weather was great, the vibe was very low-key, and I was actually able to send text messages to and receive same from nunuu for a change!

Tomorrow's my birthday! I get to spend it working all day, of course, but past a certain age, you just shouldn't expect much in the way of hullabaloo just 'cause you've racked up another year. In light of that downer of a thought, though, Kou actually got me a brand-new digital camera, which I received MINUTES before rushing out the door to go to the mountains :O. On top of that, I apparently have a second Mystery Package coming from her, slated to arrive sometime this week. The woman is WAY too good to me TT.
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