05.25.2014

the dog

by David

I’ve had multiple dogs through my life. While growing up, Shih-tzu’s and a German Shepard. After the Marine Corp, while living in Las Vegas, I got a Beagle since I always wanted one. I lost her four years ago to cancer, but she had lived a long sixteen years.

Two and half years ago I got Meg a Corgi pup.

These dogs are so unlike any other dog. They are extremely smart, almost to smart for their own good.
They are very expressive, you can actually tell what they’re thinking, it’s almost scary.
They are really friendly. They love everyone, to the point even though you had not yet met, you’re still their friend.
They are hilarious. They just love life and do what they can to get a laugh and a belly scratch from you.
They are the perfect size dog. Not to big, not to small. A big dog in a little dog’s body.

They also worm their way into your heart.

If you had not heard, Ein has cancer. He had surgery a month back to remove as much of the tumor as possible with the hope of restoring his breathing and figuring out what was going on. In that aspect, it worked. He’s able to breath through his nose and he’s back to his old self for the most part.

It’s also given us more time with him. Unfortunately, it’s not curable due to the location. While we’re not sure how much longer, Meg and I are thankful for each day we get with him longer.

02.03.2014

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

11.06.2013

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.

09.11.2013

insanity

by David

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

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)

06.19.2013

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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04.06.2013

redeux

by David

After a few weeks of just a few heart flutter’s, it came back pretty good last night. I’ve been going over everything i’ve done that may of caused it, but nothing.

The echo-cardiogram showed nothing as far as I know. The monitoring device I had to wear for 24 hours, havent heard anything from that.

Soooooo frustrating.

02.20.2013

bugs!

by David

So it seems that one of the plugin’s I use brought a bug out in mysql and has caused the issue with posting pictures. It’s rather annoying.

My provider has informed me today they are going to be installing an update either tonight or tomorrow which should take care of it and allow me to post my pics again.

02.17.2013

Last night I had a bit of a scare dealing with my heart. It was something that was bothering me for the last day and a half until last night when it was really bad. I kept feeling this thumping, squeezing, cough inducing sensation in my upper chest/lower throat.

I called Valley Meds doctor line and spoke to the on call who asked me a series of questions and then told me to hang up and call 911.

Within 5 minutes of me calling 911, the first responders were pulling up. In all, a fire engine, paramedics, and ambulance.

Luckily, it was not a heart attack, the EKG was clean on that. But the heart monitor was showing irregular heart beats and my blood pressure was 158/93. Normally it’s 110/70ish.

Once at the hospital, they ran tests, blood work, xrays and settled upon what they call PVC, or Premature Ventricular Contraction. In my case, the bottom portion of my heart would pump twice in a quick beat, inducing a pause (skipped heart beat), and then a normal beat. That normal beat afterwards, as it was explained to me, was the sensation I was getting. The heart was filled with more blood than usual and had to pump harder to get it out.

They said it’s not something to really worry about at this stage, but I do need to make an appt with my doctor for some other tests. I think it may actually be caused by my new meds i’ve been on for about two months now. But we shall let them decide.

I also wanted to give a big thank you to the emergency personnel that showed up last night. It was shockingly quick and am happy to have first responders that good. Tukwila, Washington Fire dept, paramedic’s, and Tri-Med ambulance service.

01.20.2013

gray days

by David

This week started out nicely. Had two days of sun, yet crisp cold weather. They said it was supposed to be like this all day, so I took Ein to the park both days and had planned on taking my new metal detector out mid-week.

It started off the same, ice fog in the morning, and changed to… fog.

And stayed that way the rest of the week. So didn’t get to try out the metal detector yet.

Other than that, week 3 of pics are done. I think I will continue this way, putting them in the PoTD section daily, but doing a weekly update post of them. That way I don’t spam the front page, facebook, or twitter.

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