04.21.2014

Everyone loves Ein

by David Wyble (TheJaxx)

You can read the story by clicking on the link below. But the cliff note version is Ein has a growth that is blocking his nasal cavity. This causes him much stress since he is unable to breath through his nose and he’s been unable to sleep for very long without having to wake up to breath.

He has surgery Weds and Meg and I could use your help by sharing his page or donating. Or do both!

Thank you.

02.03.2014

i am American, are you?

by David Wyble (TheJaxx)

In yesterday’s Super Bowl, there was a commercial that has invoked a lot of responses from people. That commercial is Coke’s America the Beautiful.

In this commercial, there are people who sing parts of the song in their native language. If you have not seen it, please view below. I will continue on the other side.

Now that you’ve seen it if you had not yet. What were your feelings?

Did you think it beautiful, encompassing what America is about? If you did, you’re part of the group that understood the concept. That America is beautiful because it is a melting pot of many different cultures. This is how I felt about it, and I was promptly accused of promoting the liberal agenda for it. LOL….

If you felt offended, hopefully not because you were insulted that they “sang the national anthem” in another language. First off, it’s not the national anthem. The Star Spangled Banner is.

But in any case, that reaction is racist. Pure and simple. And for you to say that you’re insulted that they would show you what this country is really about is idiotic.

The reason I say this is because of what I said a few sentences back. That America is a melting pot. We have thousands of immigrants that come to this country every year. Most of these people do not speak American (we don’t speak English). Most will learn how to speak it. Some will not, oh well. That’s their choice.

We promote and encourage people to honor and respect their heritages. Many families teach their children their native language as well as American. Even third generations are learning this and it is all they speak at home and when they deal with other’s of their ethnicity. But because you can’t understand it, you have to get all uppity about it.

We are a young country when compared to the rest of the world. We do not have centuries of heritage, we just have over 240 years of history. Germany, Italy, France, and so on have eons. So we do not have our own identity, we have hundreds. And I am pretty certain that most of you that are reading this can look back to when your ancestors came to this country did not speak anything but their native language. Besides, did you know that we have Native Americans that do not speak American? Go up to Alaska and visit the Inuit, you will find some that only speak their language.

While American English is the common language, it is not the official language. We do not have one.

Stop being racist. We are supposed to welcome immigrants with open arms. We are supposed to share our cultures with each other to promote friendship. We are supposed to be proud of our heritage and ancestry.

And to those of you shitbirds in uniform that are saying “I feel un-American drinking coke, I took an oath to defend this country.” Grow. The. Hell. Up!

I took that same oath! You need to grab a book on the history of the United States and read about immigration. And I DARE you to say that to some of your fellow brother/sisters in arms that ARE NOT citizens! Those individuals that are from Mexico or the Philippines serving THIS nation even though they’re not citizens. They’re doing it because they KNOW what this country is about. Because obviously, you don’t.

Here’s some shaming of racist morons (one is supposedly Ms. Kansas): http://publicshaming.tumblr.com/post/75447787843/speak-english-racist-revolt-as-coca-cola-airs

02.01.2014

Starting out early this year!

As many of you know, I’ve been participating in this wonderful fund raiser for the Children’s Miracle Network, raising money for my local children’s hospital. This year it is being held October 25th and I will be abusing myself once again!

Last year I raised $630 and appreciate each and every one of you for that support. This year, I want to break $1000 and so I’m going to start early and do random things to raise money through out the year.

My teammate’s and I have some things planned for the marathon and are currently working on them. More info will follow on that later.

But for now, you can see this years page for me here, please share it with your friends: http://www.extra-life.org/participant/89852

What about prizes, David?

That’s part of the more info will follow.

But! If you’re local here in the Seattle area and love music, I have four tickets to see Sea Wolf on March 6 at The Triple Door for you and three of your friends. If you’re not familiar with that name, Sea Wolf is a wonderful indie rock group.

Interested? Check below:

To win these, donate any amount over $25 and you will be entered into the drawing that will be held on Feb 20th March 1st at 6pm.

Thank you for your support!


*****UPDATE 2/21/14***** Extended donation period to March 1st

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11.06.2013

sucky service

by David Wyble (TheJaxx)

I’ve been in customer service for a long time and because of this, I become annoyed when I see crappy customer interactions.

Recently, I had an issue with some characters in Star Wars: The Old Republic by Bioware. Several of my character’s were flagged for renaming, even though I should not have been. I petitioned explaining what was going on. I receive a response from a rep a day later telling me “We appreciate any feedback from our players but as the devs do not see this, it is best if you post your suggestions on the forums! The devs will then take your suggestions and look into them.”

I was confused as to how they gave me that answer since it had NOTHING to do with my petition. They had closed my petition so I had to open a new one. I then explained again the problem and that I did not want to rename my characters due to their obvious error. This petition was closed, no response.

I call in this time. The rep repeated everything I said to make sure he understood. He told me that he could create a petition for me since they’re not able to deal with in game issues. I log on today and see a reply to it telling me that ‘in game mechanics do not yet exist for players to reserve character names’ and they close it as ‘resolved through email.’

Two things there that blew me away. They TOTALLY misread the petition again, the one that the rep put in this time. And then closed it saying resolved through email. I NEVER got an email from them!

I opened yet another petition asking them if they even read the petitions and a long winded letter about how frustrated I was with their service and how they do not obviously want people to play their game and no wonder they’ve lost so many players.

So what did they do this time?

They banned me. “Abuse of the GM staff.”

So Bioware… you can kiss my….. I had respect for you and your games. I now have none and will no longer buy your games.

11.03.2013

extra-life 2013

by David Wyble (TheJaxx)

Very happy with the outcome this year, I raised more than last year and our team raised $1650.

LONG night and played lots of games!

For next year, we are going to work on a few idea’s to make it even better for both us and our sponsors.

Anyways, I need some sleep. :)

09.11.2013

insanity

by David Wyble (TheJaxx)

So the #Mariners did it again. Traded away another decent player for “prospects to be named later.”

So tired of the upper management doing this crap. It’s time for Howard Lincoln to be fired and get a management team with some brass balls who aren’t afraid to actually do something!

Everytime we supposedly get a good player, they flounder. Then they’re traded away and they blow up! Why? Because they know they’re going to be traded, so why should they actually put any effort into helping a team who isn’t interested in helping them?

I will not be buying anymore tickets or supporting the team anymore until things change. This has been going on now for 8 years, and they just keep saying “We’re in the midst of rebuilding and putting together a quality team!” For 8 years?!

Albert Einstein said it best… Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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08.17.2013

what d&d character am I

by David Wyble (TheJaxx)

This was a fun little personality test. Quite a few questions, so make sure you have some time to answer them.

I Am A: Neutral Good Human Ranger (6th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength-14
Dexterity-13
Constitution-11
Intelligence-15
Wisdom-14
Charisma-12

Alignment:
Neutral Good A neutral good character does the best that a good person can do. He is devoted to helping others. He works with kings and magistrates but does not feel beholden to them. Neutral good is the best alignment you can be because it means doing what is good without bias for or against order. However, neutral good can be a dangerous alignment when it advances mediocrity by limiting the actions of the truly capable.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter’s dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger’s Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

Detailed Results:

Alignment:
Lawful Good —– XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (17)
Neutral Good —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (21)
Chaotic Good —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (20)
Lawful Neutral — XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
True Neutral —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (17)
Chaotic Neutral – XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (16)
Lawful Evil —– XXXXXXXXX (9)
Neutral Evil —- XXXXXXXXXXXXX (13)
Chaotic Evil —- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)

Law & Chaos:
Law —– XXXXX (5)
Neutral – XXXXXXXXX (9)
Chaos — XXXXXXXX (8)

Good & Evil:
Good —- XXXXXXXXXXXX (12)
Neutral – XXXXXXXX (8)
Evil —- XXXX (4)

Race:
Human —- XXXXXXXXXXXXXX (14)
Dwarf —- XXXXXXXX (8)
Elf —— XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Gnome —- XXXXXXXX (8)
Halfling – XXXXXXXXXX (10)
Half-Elf – XXXXXXXXXXX (11)
Half-Orc – XX (2)

Class:
Barbarian – (-2)
Bard —— (0)
Cleric —- XXXX (4)
Druid —– (-4)
Fighter — (-2)
Monk —— (-25)
Paladin — (-23)
Ranger —- XXXXXXXX (8)
Rogue —– (-2)
Sorcerer — (0)
Wizard —- XXXX (4)

08.10.2013

school days

by David Wyble (TheJaxx)

I’m officially a college student. I decided to enter University of Phoenix’s study program and work towards an Associate of Arts: Information Technology degree. After which I will then pursue my Electrical Engineering degree.

I also took the Network Tech class at Comcast and passed it! Pretty excited about that!

All these steps will put me towards my eventual goal with engineering at Comcast. But by having these degree’s, I should be that much more valuable.

Paying for it is student loans. So now comes my asking you for help.

GotChosen does monthly scholarships and a $40,000 one as well. No essays. No GPA. Just that it must be used for educational expenses.

To win this, I need sponsors!!!! That’s where YOU come in. And don’t worry, it’s free, doesn’t cost you.

To sponsor me, click me and sign up. That’s it!

Meg and I would really appreciate it!

Oh, and I have a White House Honey Ale in the secondary right now. :p

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07.10.2013

extra-life part deux

by David Wyble (TheJaxx)

http://www.extra-life.org/participant/thejaxx

I’m doing it again!

And there’s some great prizes this year as well, so get on over there and take a look!

Specially if you want to go to PAX!

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06.19.2013

school and other things

by David Wyble (TheJaxx)

I’ve gone back to school!

Yup, that’s right.

I’ve decided to go with University of Phoenix as it fit my schedule the best. Currently i’m going for an associate’s in Information Technologies after which I will pursue a bachelors in EE.

There’s been multiple time’s I was going to post, but just got lazy. Been busy with so many things as of late. Gardening, the pea patch, other obligations, etc. It’s really cut into my other things I like to do. /sigh oh well, it will come around again.

I’ve got a lot of picture’s to post for the POTD, but i’m going to switch to a different gallery setting I think. This one just keeps having issue’s.

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