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Yearly Meme #7

I don't use LiveJournal regularly but it's still my place to post long-form things and silly memes. Last year's answers.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?
Lived in San Francisco and used a bike as a means of commute.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yes. Not only did I move out of my dad's place but I quit my job, got a better one, landed a sweet apartment, found an awesome lady, and continued to visit a gym - all goals I had sitting around. Next year I plan on losing some weight, and keeping my job (if I like it as much as I do now).

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don't think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No one close to me.

5. What countries did you visit?
France, Belgium, The Netherlands.

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
I can't think of anything I lacked this year. I'd like a lighter body how about that.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Early July when Anna and I started dating!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting a job at Linden Lab. Since then I've achieved quite a lot.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not having more energy to go and try new things in the city, maybe? Not that I care very much.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Still have the ingrown toenail, although it's showing signs of improvement. At the end of this year a few of my fingers got really dry and horrible. They might be improving but they're still icky.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
My bike has served me well.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Obama's, again. He actually got health care to do something that's pretty great.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Glenn Beck, Gavin Newsom

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent, then food.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Moving into the city, and my new job.

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
Das Racist - Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell (Wallpaper Remix)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Fatter
iii. richer or poorer? Richer!!!

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercise. Also exploring the city even more. Being more generous.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sittin around and checking my RSSes. Gaming.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it in the usual place, sans tree, sans too many presents. It's mostly a thing for my stepbrother Jason to enjoy nowadays.

21. Did you fall in love in 2009?
Yes.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
LOST.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
N/A

25. What was the best book you read?
Oh my god I don't think I read a book, I am an awful dude (no not really I don't care much).

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Fanfarlo, Geographer.

27. What did you want and get?
A cheap place in the city.

28. What did you want and not get?
A cheap place in the city that isn't overrun by bums!

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Inglourious Basterds.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 24 - Walked the Golden Gate bridge with my mom, set up http://deadwinter.cc, went to the Ruff's for dinner with Anna and the family, then drove on up to Sebastopol. Party coming in January!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
A nation with less bureaucracy and partisan politics.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
I got this hoodie which was pretty cool and I also wore ankle socks when going to the gym. I hate this question

33. What kept you sane?
Anna

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Patrick Stewart.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Probably health care, probably not the Iran election.

36. Who did you miss?
Santa Cruz friends but I will see them in a few days.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Anna.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
Just because you're in a lively place doesn't mean you need to go all out all the time. Relaxation is important.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
AND IN THE END THE LOVE YOU TAKE IS EQUAL TO THE LOVE... YOU MAKE!
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And then he got hit by a car

It's been half a year since I updated my journal, so I thought I'd give a recap to those who've either been in the dark, or following me on Twitter and have as bad an attention span as I do when it comes to keeping track of what is actually happening with people's lives.

In summary, my life has changed a lot and gotten much better since the beginning of the year. In fact, I'm almost in awe that so much good stuff has happened in the duration of half a year. Major changes include moving into an apartment in the city, getting a new job, and selling my car.

One day, my good friend Margot notified me of a friend of ours looking for a new roommate, in a room with amazing rent and in a neighborhood where I wanted to move. I jumped on it and confirmed the room by the end of the day. It's in the Tenderloin, which is known as the "worst neighborhood in SF", but it's where I wanted to move because of its proximity to so much good stuff. Nob Hill, Chinatown, Union Square, Downtown, and the Civic Center are right next door. The homelessness and drug abuse on the streets concerns me, but it doesn't affect me. I feel safe. And my roommates are wonderful people. My room is huge. I couldn't ask for much more.

I quit Diabetes Health in May, and got a new job doing web development at Linden Lab. So I get to walk around Second Life as a robot and get lauded by residents just because my avatar's last name is "Linden." The office is sweet, and it's a 10-minute bike ride from my house. Just this last week I got the nod that I'm going from contract to full-time. Some of the stuff I've put together at LL is already online. And I'm making much more than I spend, so I don't have to worry about money at all. (And buying drinks and stuff for friends without fretting about the cost is an added benefit, too.)

I sold my Prius within less than a year of buying it new, taking a substantial loss - but at the same time, glad that I bought a car and drove it around for almost a year instead of watching the money disappear even faster on the stock market. My primary method of transportation is my bike, and I'm loving biking through the city. My health insurance at DH just ran out at the beginning of this month, so it's a good thing I'm going full-time at LL, so I don't have to worry about cars becoming crashed into me.

Other bits of goodness include: making and maintaining friends through Something Awful, local bars and hangouts, work, and old friends from high school and college who are still in the area. Dating nice girls. Being within BART's reach, so the rest of the Bay Area's within reach (and so is my mom's place). Living in a city that I thought would be out of reach for at least a few more years. Using the Internet a whole lot less, and constantly being surrounded by friends without feeling overwhelmed. Oh and I also went to Europe earlier in the year for a week; I realized I never told LJ about that. So there we go.

So that's my life in a nutshell. All good stuff, no bad stuff. The only bad thing I can think of is that I haven't budgeted time to go to the gym, but that can be remedied. Sorry for neglecting you, LiveJournal, but at least for now, Twitter, Tumblr, and Facebook are my venues. Goodbye for now!
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24 Hour Comic

Sophie, Kane and I each did a 24-hour comic this weekend. Here's mine:

http://jatw.us/memes

The comic's only 10 pages and I did it in 10 hours. I stayed up another 8 hours and made another 13 pages of random autobiographical crap. Then I went to sleep. This is the first comic I have drawn on paper in 5 years.

Can you name all the memes in the comic? Here's the cheat sheet under the cut:

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Doing a stupid meme

MAH MY ICONS.

default oldest newest
saddest happiest angriest
cutest sexiest funniest
fave ship fave fandom fave animated
best quote best textless best stolen idea
use the most use the least favorite

HOW MANY ICONS DO YOU HAVE: 62
OUT OF HOW MANY AVAILABLE ICONS SPACES: 195
IF YOU COULD BUY SPACE FOR MORE, WOULD YOU: No
DO YOUR ICONS MAKE A STATEMENT: I am an internet nerd
WHAT FANDOM DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: [besides myself,] beatmania IIDX
AND THE SECOND MOST: Dogtato
WHAT SHIP DO YOU HAVE THE MOST ICONS OF: I can't believe I'm doing this quiz
ARE YOUR ICONS MADE MOSTLY BY OTHER PEOPLE: No
DO YOU MAKE ICONS: Yes
ARE THEY ANY GOOD: YES
ANIMATED ICONS ARE: YES

DO THE MEME. DON'T GIVE HIM THE STICK
Coding can be found here
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Vacation worth it?

Big problems in vacationtown. First, a little background...

Last year, I canceled a flight to Israel. I had assumed that I was given credit through British Airways to redirect the flight wherever I felt like within a year, but it turns out that there was a misunderstanding.

Today it was confirmed by both British Airways, and my booking agency Vayama, that the flight is only good for SFO to London to Tel Aviv. Oh goody.

I no longer have much to do in Israel. Visiting Shiranne would always be nice, but it's not worth taking a week out of my work schedule to do. I had originally planned on using the credit to book a flight to Paris, where I'd hang out with Hannah for a week in February while she's off from the Sorbonne.

But if I were to do that, turns out it would be an extra $500 plus another ten hours on a plane, as I would have to go from SFO to London to Tel Aviv to Paris (and back), at best. I'm not so sure this is worth doing anymore.

This is a week of unpaid vacation. By not working, I would have been losing less money than I had already spent on this ticket, but with this extra cost and burden of going through yet another airline and expecting flights to go as planned, I no longer think this is a good idea. But I feel pretty bad about already having spent over a thousand dollars on travel and having it go to waste.

And if I were to decide to go to Israel, it probably would be en route to somewhere else. So why not Paris now? And since I was thinking of spending extra time in Paris because Shiranne would possibly visit, why not spend that extra time visiting her in Israel instead, since I kind of have to go there?

So in summary:

If I go:
$1000+ credit used
$500 extra spent on ten extra hours (not counting airline transfer time) for a round trip flight from Tel Aviv to Paris
At least an unpaid week
Hundreds spent on hostels and other accomodations
Fun in Paris and perhaps elsewhere

If I don't go:
$1000+ credit lost (or used some other time in the next half year to still go to Israel)
No work schedule interruption
No visiting Hannah, etc.

Hey LiveJournal! What do you think I should do!!!
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Yearly Meme #6

Sixth year doing this meme. I wonder who originally wrote it? Are they in HEAVEN? Here are last year's.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Bought a car, got hired for a full-time job, went to Japan, ~*SOMKED WEED*~.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year's was to get a full-time job, so yep! Next year is to be more superficial, and move out of my dad's place. (Should happen early on.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don't think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My stepmom, Betty, died in February.

5. What countries did you visit?
Japan

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
My own place.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 1, when Lily called me up and told me my stepmom had brain cancer. I was walking through UW campus and walked home, talking to my roommates, considering dropping out and leaving within a month (which I did).
February 14, when I woke up and was informed by a few friends and my sister's blog that Betty had died.
March 8, Betty's funeral.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Creating a forum from scratch.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Dropping out of grad school and losing half of my money (that I didn't already spend on my car) in the stock market.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I still have that ingrown toenail from last year, despite getting surgery earlier in the year. I also got surgery for a pilonidal cyst, which is now gone. Had the flu once or twice.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The price for the trip to Japan was totally worth it. The Prius was the most EXPENSIVE thing I've ever bought, but time will tell if it proves to be "the best."

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Barack Obama, although I didn't celebrate much on election day.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Israel's, the Bush administration's, Fox News... no one especially local, though.

14. Where did most of your money go?
My car. Runner up: thin air.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I can't think of anything that especially excited me. Japan was wonderful but not exactly EXCITING, I can't call myself EXCITED to be back in the Bay Area... I did have trouble sleeping last night, though, because I am looking forward to New Year's festivities.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Party Ben - Single Ladies (In Mayberry)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner overall. I've been gaining a bit this past month, though.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer by a LOTTTTTT

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
I dunno, I did so much. Socialized, traveled, moved, learned, dated, created, exercised, gamed, relaxed. Maybe more flirting - that or establishing more deep friendships.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Less paying for school, in retrospect! But hey, I thought grad school would actually amount to something.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I didn't celebrate Christmas for the first time in about 10 years. I spent it at home playing video games. It felt kind of like a long overdue period of mourning for my stepmom. I did celebrate Hanukkah with my mom as usual, though, and that was charming as always.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
No.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Superjail.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
N/A

25. What was the best book you read?
The Complete K Chronicles by Keith Knight. One of the actual books I read was Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, but it kind of sucked.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Xploding Plastix.

27. What did you want and get?
A car, a job. I feel like I've answered this question five times already. Stupid meme.

28. What did you want and not get?
A place in the city, and all the social perks that go along with it. But I did well socially anyway.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Wall-E. That's two favorite films in a row being by Pixar...

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 23. Went to Sacramento, met up with my two lesbian transgendered friends, got high, watched the Fifth Element, drove down to San Francisco and watched my sister's band's reunion concert.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not losing all that money, not being kind of a douche while dating Margot.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
A few more fancy shirts and less jeans; slightly less worrying about my receding hairline.

33. What kept you sane?
A well-executed balance between regular socialization and gaming.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Patrick Stewart.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Elections. I remember having a good argument with my grandparents about how Obama isn't the anti-Moses if you support Hillary. I got kind of pissed with Israel in the past few days, too.

36. Who did you miss?
Seattle friends. I will return to visit someday!

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Margot.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Calmness is a virtue, and I'm lucky that it comes so naturally to me.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
No
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Charity.

I know it's navigating into rocky territory when I start criticizing a charity, but I'm going to do it anyway: Child's Play is a gross misallocation of resources, and those who contribute toward it should give it a second thought.

What you're doing when you contribute to Child's Play is buying toys, games, and books for children mostly in long-term care. It's an admirable gesture as people in hospitals must be bored as hell and in need of some good entertainment. But still, I don't like the idea of gamers giving games to future gamers.

It reeks of consumerism. It's no wonder why Microsoft, Sony, Blizzard, Valve, etc. all give thousands of dollars to the cause every year - it's great PR. It creates new customers. Furthermore, if I remember correctly, the reason Child's Play was started was to give off a good image of gamers, and to shove that in the face of politicians who would claim that they're violent, unbalanced individuals. Well that's great guys! You sure can buy video games. You sure showed them.

Here's the most important part: Child's Play doesn't save lives. I guess you could give a lot of excuses and pass them off as arguments: "the more money we contribute to entertainment, the more hospitals can pay for medicine!" or "kids won't die... of boredom!" But that's bullshit. Kids don't die of boredom. Kids die of hunger, disease, violence, and a whole lot more. Video games won't save them.

Look, it's great that you're bolstering an entertainment industry while giving toys to children in first-world hospitals (oh, and one in Iraq), instead of buying the same things for yourself. But please consider donating to charities that will actually work toward curing actual ills. They're very easy to find.

I'm open for arguments as to why I'm off base about Child's Play, but it probably won't deter me from my main argument that there are much better ways of giving away your money.

PS In Child's Play's favor: according to the Wikipedia entry (but not the official site?), cash donated does go toward "paying for pediatric research, facility improvements, etc." If true, that's great.
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Fetish musings.

<JeffreyATW> noser i need help transforming my internet likeness into some weird thing that could be passed off as a personal fetish
<JeffreyATW> maybe i will be Wrenchy, the wrench
<JeffreyATW> and draw wrenchporn
<Noser> what do you mean
<Noser> back up a step
<Noser> isn't CAR a fetish comic
<JeffreyATW> it's boring being a human on the internet who is attracted to women
<JeffreyATW> not unfulfilling, just boring
<Noser> but you're attracted to men too, if it's road head.
<Noser> that's your fetish
<Noser> auto eroticism
<JeffreyATW> that was ONE TIME
<JeffreyATW> and only in my COMIC
<Noser> you said internet likeness
<JeffreyATW> that's true i guess
<JeffreyATW> i don't know if my comic is my internet likeness
<JeffreyATW> that jeffrey seems to be a different jeffrey than the jeffrey on twitter and livejournal and facebook
<Noser> well yeah, that's your carsona
<JeffreyATW> a jeffrey who is too simple to fancy himself a wrench, and fancy wrenches
<Noser> lots of carries are different when they draw themselves in cars
<SamDoug> awesome
<Noser> wrench-on-car action!
<SamDoug> VOLCANOES
<SamDoug> HOLY FUCK
<Noser> I haven't played with magma
<SamDoug> shit just got epic
<SamDoug> brb forging The One Ring
<JeffreyATW> is there a volcano in upstate new york now
<JeffreyATW> good
<Noser> apparently it's really easy to destroy your entire sector of the world with a magma pool, bauxite, a mason, and a mechanic
<SamDoug> just the way I like it
<SamDoug> Playing with death and poor AI
<JeffreyATW> hey i'm a wrench, i love mechanics
<Noser> I don't totally get the bauxite thing being so obscure, the game should mention it
<JeffreyATW> they know just how to handle us wrenches
<SamDoug> also Jeffrey, jog on
<Noser> what kind of wrench
* You are now known as WrenchyATW
<WrenchyATW> torque
<WrenchyATW> just you wait
<WrenchyATW> i'll start this off as a joke
<Noser> can you point to a picture of your wrenchsona
* SamDoug is now known as CARDoug
<WrenchyATW> but then i'll start making comics about wrenches
<Noser> are you a specific model of wrench
<WrenchyATW> and eventually it will be like, maybe i really DO like wrenches In That Way
<CARDoug> metric or standard
<WrenchyATW> standard :( i AM american
<WrenchyATW> searching "torque wrench" on GIS for my wrenchsona
<WrenchyATW> safe search is off
<WrenchyATW> http://news.thomasnet.com/images/large/486/486650.jpg
<WrenchyATW> oh god
<WrenchyATW> this manual torque wrench
<WrenchyATW> it has a universal round shank head
Got Meat

My Problem With Ham.

So I was just reading that a friend of mine was enjoying a ham and brie sandwich. Sounds tasty, right? I certainly wouldn't mind one, but then again, if I was given the choice of any sandwich, it'd be way far down my list. Here's why.

The problem starts with ham. Ham's great. It's from a pig, which makes it pork, and pork's tasty. Even better, seeing as I'm Jewish and the thought of eating ham and sending a big "fuck you" off to my heritage just heightens the pig-eating experience even more. Bacon, carnitas, pork chops, you name it; if it's from a pig, it will go in my mouth. But ham? Ham is probably the last kind of pigmeat I would put in my mouth.

I think it stems from a broad history of lunchmeat sandwiches. Throughout elementary school and middle school, my lunch would be either chicken breast or turkey breast sandwiches. Ham was, in fact, seen as a real treat, since I'd only get it in my sandwiches once or twice a month. So ham climbed up the ladder of the Meat Hierarchy and stayed there for a while. Even though it was really just like the poultry breast I was eating, although slightly pinker.

Sometime afterward, though, my tastes started becoming refined. In came steak in all its cuts - ribeye, sirloin, tri-tip - not to mention my growing affinity for all things shellfish (yet another delicious Jewish taboo). Lunchmeat became a thing of the past, and ham was unceremoniously grouped along with it.

Pork is very versatile. When it's in all the forms I've come to love - pork chop being all steak-y, carnitas being all cheesesteak-y, bacon being all... well... itself-y, I'll eat the hell out of it. But when it's in its ham form, all it does is remind me of the monotonous days of lunchmeat lunchmeat lunchmeat... and I just can't bring myself to pick out ham as a "good" type of pork.

Now don't get me started on Canadian bacon, though. I think that's some sort of American ploy to get people like me interested in ham again, and it won't work. Canadians, it's not your fault! I don't blame you!!!
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