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Well here it is 2014 and still not back to work. Had 2nd interview yesterday for a job in state (they are based out of australia).  i am now working on getting a skype discussion about a job that came about since i posted in craigslist about looking for work. I also have a couple other things I am working on (one trying to get concrete info from recruiter about the position and possible interview with the CEO - that's the only interview for that job, me want to speak with hiim!). Hopefully something will hit soon as unemployment ran out (buddy hooked me up for a couple months or so so I didn't have to hit the 401k just yet).

Our leaders in Senate/House/Congress are assholes, they take 3 frickin weeks vacation and leave those of us in need in the lurch. They should be FIRED IMMEDIATELY or replaced in the next election, every damn one of those (dems/repubs) who screwed us. And they really need to come off the dole off our backs  when they retire and get to keep their existing medical coverage FOR LIFE and their kids going to school should NOT even be covered by us just because they are in politics. Wish I went into that shit instead of working (sarcasm).


Well it's coming up on 6 months in 5 more weeks. I've had a LOT of phone interviews, a bunch of walk-ins and recently round 2 on the phone with one company. Hoping they bring me in for a walk-in. Have another phone interview this afternoon and one late monday afternoon with yet another different company. Also waiting on word of a phone or walk-in with Sandisk after speaking with the recruiter last night. Lots of activity but no setting the hook (which is stressing me out). Had one possible but they passed on me (probably due to no network switch configuration experience or deeper linux/SQL) but it would have been dream job, work at home, go to california for training, go to Belgium to meet development group....MAN I WANTED THAT ONE SOOOOOO BADLY.

Keeping the chin up though and taking the hits in stride....still.


Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:35:03 AM »
Well, 6 lvl 80 chars, most exotic gear/trinkets but still need to grind to get mats I need in the TP (Azurite Orbs). New events are brutal and lots of people doing them so some lag will occur.

Guardian - Greatsword/Scepter + Shield
Necro - Staff/Scepter and Warhorn/focus
Ranger - Longbow/Shortbow or Longbow + Greatsword or dual axes
Warrior - Greatsword or Dual Axes (prefer GS)
Mesmer - Greatsword or dual swords (interesting)
Elementalist - dual daggers running air/earth - fun to play

This past weekend they had a free preview if anyone knew of it. Content being added, Jubilee guantlet was a pita and haven't finished it...not sure I will!

Still trudging along, Ele almost done storyline, just have Zhaitan to beat up/kill to finish her storyline. Rest eventually...not in a rush, mainly grinding for mats to make better gear/trinkets as I leveled up. I have master craftsman (400) but they are raising that cap to 500 by years end which means making ascended/legendary gears but need all sorts of stuff to craft them = won't be cheap or fast unless you got a lot of money to blow. Some items in TP still 2K+ gold! NUTS!


Well when I get off my ass to put another release out on either Darkened Soul or Mired In Twilight I'll be in touch. I just need to get motivated again and sit down with my software and start noodling on stuff....haven't had much emphasis on it again after getting excited to work on stuff awhile ago....hopefully I'll get something together for either project and get in touch with you.


Laid off 3 weeks ago....again. But had 2 interviews (walk-ins) last week but they passed on me....buggers! But I had 2 phone interviews this week as well and am waiting to hear back from them. Now I have to collect NH unemployment which BLOWS since I am losing ~$201 a week since they pay that much less than MA unemployment. That means I need to find a job fairly quickly since I will be hitting my bank account to pay bills and eat (not too much but still have to vs with MA I wouldn't have to touch my bank account, just reckon with the tax man end of the year since I don't take taxes out as I'd be eating more of my bank account while not working otherwise....).

What bugs the shit out of me is a lot of the jobs are in Boston/Cambridge and it isn't worth the frickin hassle of a 2 hr commute each way to drive 30 frickin miles at this point. I'm looking outside the city and having some luck. I am hoping CSR or Hitachi interview me and pick me up in the near future as I don't care about driving to Burlington MA (2x miles but not near the headache of doing Boston or Cambridge) and I'm not a city person, i.e. public transportation or just going to Boston for doing something, too many idiots/parking/etc...

Wish me luck on landing something soon. Being out 3 wks and having 2 walk-ins and 2 phone screeners is a hell of a lot better than the last time I was laid off...still  not feeling warm and fuzzy and hope to god I don't have to put my place on market and sell it and move to an apartment/with the girlfriend as that'd really suck....I do want to sell at some point but when I am stable with work and have some money in the bank for a down payment on a house...


Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: June 05, 2013, 07:49:07 PM »
Doomed - In My Own Abyss from Germany, this is some really REALLY GOOD DOOM/DEATH METAL for those into it. Highly recommended, going to buy his new release once it is out in very near future.


Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: VST / Software Suggestions?
« on: March 28, 2013, 03:29:59 AM »
Komplete 9 has been announced and may be order-able or pre-order-able at this time. 33 instruments, it includes The Giant piano and a new monophonic synth and Battery 4 + the rest of the stuff. If you got the coin get ultimate on an external drive ;-)

I've updated to K7->K8 for $114.50 or so the past 2 yrs and I can go to 9 for $149....but don't know if I want to blow any more coin on stuff I am rarely using these days. I am attempting to get Mired off the ground yet again with an old friend at this time....

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:23:51 AM »
Ele, Mes and Guardian are lvl 80, got some nice armor/acutriments for those 3 but need to grind for coin to get runes mats to make them or buy them due to the cost of them alone... Living Story was updated and I did 2 parts of it last night (watch discussion between Rytlok and the 2 others then assist them in battles). So it was a fairly big update recently (again). Got a human ranger and sylvari thief (finding them rather weak (thief) in general). Still grinding away and curse shore is a bear solo...

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Amazon Cloud Player
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:20:51 AM »
I have Duran Duran - Rio in there and I don't recall when I bought that (way way long time ago if so....) among other albums. I think I have 2xx more songs that can be put up there by myself. I don't think it reflects anything I purchase from amazon but will have to check that after next purchase. Kind of nice when I don't want to mount up my network share from my WHS or while at work vs playing what I've ripped to company laptop....

OK, apparently we came from the DNA of the Engineers, got that - check....we find them, one left alive goes spazzo and kills most and tries to leave the planet headed for earth to deliver the aliens....WHY? It'll be interesting to see if a) he does complete the sequel and b) how the lone woman heading to Engineer planet deals with things/what happens there....

I thought they were on earth when the one engineer drinks the nasty black goo and transforms while falling into the water and DNA dissolves/changes/re-combines...I thought that he was on Earth and most say the same.... and we have the evil robot and I knew what he was going to do once he said "organic" then met the buzzed scientist in the lounge...

So what do you all think will come from the next movie? I want to know why they want to launch the aliens to our planet for one thing, secondly I don't think it has been answered as to how/why they created the aliens (did they? still not sure here...). Still was a decent movie overall....but I am trying to figure out how the one person changed to look like an Engineer and was kicking major ass on the crew...who was he? The irishman was dead, other one got impregnated and I am not sure if he was brought back to the ship....if he was...then why was he looking like one of the Engineers?

Will be interesting to see how he ties things in for the next one, if he does do it....


Everything and Nothing / Re: Am I a putz or a whack-job?
« on: February 26, 2013, 05:14:30 AM »
I am over fifty and I like extreme/doom/death metal also, and if you don't know these check them out, I love them!

there's no hope for you with jazz though ;D ;D

o.O  Saturnus! Fabulous band, I need to get their newest release and am awaiting Mourning Beloveth's forthcoming, or was it Mournful Congregation...either way but fantastic doom bands. Good choice ;-)

Everything and Nothing / Am I a putz or a whack-job?
« on: January 12, 2013, 12:30:21 AM »
I have been into rock/hard rock/metal/extreme metal since roughly 1974-ish but in the '80's I got exposed to jazz (experimental - jean luc ponty, stanley clarke/etc....) and it tickles my fucking fancy with some of them. BUT that is also when I got into *electronic* music a-la Tangerine Dream. I got wicked into Jean Luc Ponty in that time-frame and I know he did a stint with Zappa in the '70's as well. BUT his Cosmic Messenger was so f-n impacting/impressive it STILL blows me away to this day. Am I am retro-dick? I LOVE that album and I think the one after. Same goes for Tangerine Dream, I loved them for their 80's sound till roughly mid 90's because it became commercial IMHO. I know they have a ton of movie stuff along with their regular releases but they went too *happy* IMHO* compared to Green Desert and beyond (esp. in mid 90's IMHO). I loved their stuff and would have paid a good price to see them live back in the early 90's but then changed direction like JLP did. I also was into KennyG back in the day (his first big release, after that = nty). Also was into Clarke/Duke project but that's another ball of wax.

Anyways, being 50+ now and still into the old stuff and extreme metal (I LOVE this shit! death/black/doom), am I a cog in the wheel, or a regular joe still moving forward with life BUT still digging current/old shit? I feel old now! HAHAHAH

Comment as you see fit folks! I can take it!


Got it on blu-ray as well recently but have not watched it. I guess I'll have to pay attention to this closely to give any thoughts/questions when I get around to watching it. Who are these engineers?

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: January 09, 2013, 03:49:39 AM »
Wow no chatter about it since September? Sheesh! Cursed Shore is insane with number of Risen there, you can barely get too far before being attacked by lots of them. Mesmer is lvl 80 finally as has been my ele. Working a Guardian now, he's almost 48. Grinding nightly to try and lvl up 1 or 2 levels and farming mats for crafting/bank mats.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Finally... Sound Forge for Mac!
« on: November 21, 2012, 03:54:22 AM »
Is Sound Forge worth updating from 7.0x? I haven't bothered looking at it since I don't muck around much on it for editing audio. I will have a look to see prices on it now for version umm 10 or so?

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: Presonus Studio One
« on: November 16, 2012, 11:01:33 PM »
I picked up Studio One V2 for ~$200 end of October on a 50% off sale. I am just barely starting to look at it. I am running the 32 bit version so I can slave Ableton Live to it (have not gotten that far yet). It seems to be pretty well received overall and heard very good things on its mastering alone. 2.5 is due out very soon which will add even more functionality to it. I just have to sit down, spend time on the tutorials and manual to wrap my head around things. It is *very* different for me coming from Live back to a traditional DAW package so I will not have things in Live (session view for one, a biggie) and things are done differently or called/named differently coming from Live so it'll be a learning experience. Live 9 is due out Q1 2013 and Suite includes Max4Live (Standard does not BUT if you have prior license you should still be able to use it, and any instruments you bought prior to Live 9 will work in it so it is a hard choice ($299 vs $159 for Suite/Standard (no M4L, missing some instruments/effects (audio to midi for one), and less sound content by a big margin).

So...we'll see how things look in the next few months or so for Live 9. Push however looks cool as hell but is $599....really cool looking controller that'll work w/o LIve but less functionality. Check out the videos at ableton or youtube about Push. I thought about getting neat piece of hardware but can't justify the costs (ROIC) in my opinion.


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: RIP Pete Namlook
« on: November 16, 2012, 10:54:11 PM »
WOW, sad to hear, and so young....he is what I will be in < 2 wks for age....I better eat my veggies! j/k. Sad news indeed and I am sure he will be missed. My condolences to his family.

Interesting, sounded like something I may have done in the past at the beginning of the first track. I'll check out the others as time permits and perhaps scoop it once I check my paypal funds.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: September 27, 2012, 02:55:27 AM »
Well started an Ele now (Siren Kometh, mesmer is Madness Kometh) and it's kinda fun to play. Guildies have a char or two at lvl 80 already.....haven't been in as much as I want to (still doing PWI) but there's lots to do (crafting alone is insane) and have to make coin to convert to gold to get items from store vs paying real cash I think (keys to open the black * chests).

Heard Guardian is over-powered but fun to play as well.

Computers, Internet and Technology / Re: Guild Wars 2
« on: September 04, 2012, 02:58:56 AM »
Well I got a little time in this weekend. Lvl 12 Norn Mesmer for a character. I am on Stormbluff Isles for world map location. I may be moving it today which I think is the last day of free move. Mobs are a bit harder to kill like during the beta, i.e. ones that are 2 lvls or higher above you can kill you if you don't do the drop/roll/evade moves. And it appears you only have enough energy to do 2 of them at my current level. Not sure if that increases as you level higher. Buddy saw a lvl 80 next to him yesterday....

Grabbed a Great Sword (shoulda kept one that dropped...vs buying) and does magic attacks?! But I picked up 4 skills on it in a short period of time which was interesting. Started on some of the crafting stuff and found that you can access your bank from them as well as from Lions Arch area.

Overall pretty cool but a much larger learning curve IMHO.


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