The Habitrail

Everything old is new again
April 25, 2022, 5:36 pm
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It looks like I might start using this again, if Twitter become dead to enough people. Of course, who can find me here? I’m talking to a void. Yes, there’s an RSS feed for this, and maybe RSS feed aggregation of blogs will become en vogue again.

I haven’t made a post to this blog in a while. I mean, obviously, you can see all the entries below this one in the list. This post composing tool looks neat. Dreamhost has been keeping this hosted WordPress instance up-to-date in the background and it’s gotten a lot better in the last few years.

I have no idea how much of a hurdle the comments are for people. I recognize the allure of just being able to type a response into a box without having to log in or enter an email or whatever, but the bots. Oh, the bots. Everything is horrible on the Internet. Speaking of horrible things on the Internet, I used to have Facebook comments enables on this thing. I deleted that plugin.

The problem is that what is this for? What is any blog for? My dream on Twitter was to go viral, that never happened (unless you count the one time I got like 30 likes on a tweet “viral”) but that’ll never happen. And if it does happen, people will see the rest of the blog, copied from my LiveJournal, going all the way back to 2001 and oh god I don’t even want to think about what 2001 Andy was like…

Things that have happened, or have they?
October 10, 2016, 5:18 pm
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So yes, I haven’t posted here as much as I’d like. I don’t even know if this will ping back to Facebook when this is posted. I could just be posting into the void. It’s hard to get into a mindset where typing more than 140 characters is an option. To write language that flows from sentence to sentence — that builds and culminates. I keep having ideas for posts that I think about while riding my bike but forget to write when I get home and they float away into memory.

I want to write more. But every time I start to think about it, I get shot down in my own head by the idea that no one will care about what I write unless it can be easily digested. Hey, it could be worse, at least I think people care at all about what I write.

Another thing that kept me from writing was the last post of my LiveJournal. Every time I wanted to write something, it always felt small and unimportant following that. But as time goes on, it gets pushed further down the page by test posts and excuses.

Maybe it’s time to move forward.

Something old, something new
May 30, 2012, 5:05 pm
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So yeah, this is a WordPress I set up. This is me trying to see if the Facebook integration is working.

Because sometimes, 140 characters just isn’t enough to express myself.

Die, spammers, die.
March 20, 2012, 6:28 pm
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So I made this blog separate from LiveJournal just because I wanted to have a place where I had more control over things, away from the apathy, instability, scary business practices and spam of LJ (while still having a long-form place for my thoughts that don’t fit into 140 characters).

Before I even manage to get my thoughts together about how I’m going to make this work, one of the entries I migrated over from LJ already had a spam comment on it.

How did they even find this?

Hello world!
March 14, 2012, 2:00 am
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This is my first post.  I’ve got WordPress installed, even though I’m a permanent member of Livejournal.  We’ll see if I actually use this thing.

One day older
October 26, 2009, 1:25 am
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Today I turn 33. I had a whole joke planned how I was going to say it’s my 21st birthday in hexidecimal, but I’m not feeling in a joking mood. On Sunday, Rannie Yoo (although she left the world Rannie Reid) finally lost her battle with cancer and left the world surrounded by loved ones, leaving the world a sadder place. I’ve been tossing around in my head what I was going to say in this post. I knew it was going to happen. As soon as we found out she had cancer and the type and stage of it, we knew it was coming, but it only really started to hit me hard this last week, when we knew the end was near.

I can say without a doubt that of all the people I’m not related by blood to, Rannie was most directly responsible for my life happening the way it did. If it were not for her, I most likely would not have been an officer of Cal Animage, which introduced me to a circle of friends that I still have to this day. Without her, I would not have staffed Fanimecon, nor Anime Expo, which between the two caused me to meet more people than I can count and affected me in immeasurable ways. But more than anything, Rannie was the first person I ever really got past an initial crush and got to the plateau of friendship without confusion that existed for years.

Just now I opened up the private diary file that I kept before I had this LiveJournal, which contained things which were for my eyes only. In the section about Rannie, it contained stories that I had long forgotten about the path from random person to friend, most of which are not appropriate to share. The one I can share is the story of how she and I met… maybe. We don’t know for sure, but we were both fairly certain, but the first time I met Rannie was a Saturday morning in Bowles Hall in the Dungeon (a.k.a. the TV room) in our freshman year. I was there to watch cartoons, and turned the tv on before I realized there was a girl asleep on one of the couches. The TV woke her, and we ended up talking a bit while we watched TV. I never caught her name, but years later this came up in conversation, and Rannie says she had that same thing happen to her, and what are the odds of that happening twice?

This isn’t very coherent. I don’t suppose it could be. For the last week, whenever I stop thinking or doing anything, the space is filled with sadness and tears. Part of me should be scared that someone my age could die of cancer. But most of me is just devastated that I’ll never see her again. Any person should be happy to have touched as many lives as she touched. The outpouring of sentiment from people I’ve never met just goes to show that she continued to have an influence on other people past the point where we were hanging out regularly. I feel sadness for the people whose lives she was destined to brighten in the future that will never have that chance.

I should stop before I ramble too much. Tomorrow is going to be hard — I still haven’t decided if I will tell my coworkers what I’m going through or if I should just push through it and keep my mind occupied. I will try to have a happy birthday. Being sad goes against what she lived for.

When life gives you the raspberry, give the raspberry right back.

See you next time around, Rannie.

August 18, 2009, 6:39 pm
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So at this moment, my mother and step-father are in Alaska on a cruise. As a part of this trip, my mom is making a special pilgrimage to Juneau, which will be the last of the 50 state capitals she’s visited in her life, and the only one that my father never made it to.

My brother just made an offer on a house. I’m so proud.

As for myself, life continues on. As is the recent tradition, it’s been six months so it’s time for me to have another boss. I’m still doing the same job as the last year and a half, but now they did a little re-org.

I finally rectified a shortcoming in my life and I purchased Okami for the Wii. I’m probably about 2/3rds of the way through if my item list is any indication and it’s everything people have said it was. I also picked up (i.e. downloaded via Steam) the Secret of Monkey Island remake. As I’m getting further in, things are seeming less and less familiar, I either played it once through way back when and replayed only the first bit, or I never finished it at all. Admitting this possibility probably loses me some nerd points.

The summer game drought is still going strong for me, with Shadow Complex coming out tomorrow and then an explosion in September. Hopefully I can finish Okami and Dragon Warrior V DS soon, and I’d like to finish my second playthrough of FF12 as well, seeing as how I bought a PS2 slim pretty much for the purpose of playing it again. (Although my library of PS2 games is full of reasons).

The WoW expansion news is starting to get exciting — I bought the DirecTV PPV to watch Blizzcon. I just hope that it doesn’t come out anywhere near FFXIV, because that would be a strain on my free time….

Another member of the family
July 22, 2009, 2:10 pm
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So I haven’t posted to the elljay in a while, but I have been making with the Twitter on an occasional basis. I’ve noticed my friends list has been dwindling in activity, as I guess short nugget sized 140 character updates are becoming more the norm than multi-paragraph posts. Another casualty of the ADD post-MTV generation, I suppose.

So, I had this whole chain of priorities of things that needed to be done in a very specific order that I’ve been working towards:

I wanted to finally have an app on my iPhone that I could search my collection of DVDs and books wherever I was so I could not accidentally buy the same thing twice, but Delicious Library 2 requires Leopard, and my Powerbook still has Tiger and instead of paying for Leopard I could just buy a new MacBook Pro…

But before I could buy a new MacBook Pro (which would also let me finally play with iPhone programming) I’d have to pay off some of my credit cards and get my finances stabilized and my house refinanced.

So I got my house refinanced. I paid off my credit cards. I got my brand new MacBook Pro (so shiny) and I find that both Delicious Library’s iPhone app and Pocketpedia were both pulled from the app store because is being persnickety.

Yes, I have both of them downloaded already, but I’d either have to pay for DL 2.0 or a DVDPedia/Bookpedia etc. bundle in the hopes that the version of the iPhone app I have will possibly continue to work maybe and pray that nothing breaks that would have required an update. Both Delicious and Bruji have expressed that they are upset that Amazon did what they did and they wanted to support the iPhone. I hope that Amazon pulls its head out of its ass.

Taco Bell is broken
June 14, 2009, 2:03 pm
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Taco Bell is broken.

Okay, Mr. Dishwasher, I’m looking at you next
May 26, 2009, 3:46 pm
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Whoever had the water heater in the “Which of Andy’s appliances fails next” pool is a winner!

I was sick over the three-day weekend, which means I didn’t even get to visit at Fanime, and ended up working from home today. Then Jenny came upstairs and said “I don’t want to bother you, but there’s a funny sound coming from the laundry room.” After stepping into a pool of water, I quickly figured out what was wrong.

One quick shutoff valve turning and some not so quick mopping and drying of the linoleum later, and the room is mostly dry… although the fan is going to run overnight to make sure the nooks and crannies underneath the washer and dryer get dried off. This, people, is why it is building code to have a pan and drain underneath all new water heaters. This one was 20 years old and so it didn’t have it.

So in retrospect, spending an hour in a damp room exerting myself may not have been the best thing to do when getting over a cold…

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