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Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
4:37 pm
Seeking a financially responsible housemate
I've recently had a housemate move out, which means that I have a room vacancy, so If you or anyone you know is looking for a place to live in Central Florida (East Orlando), doesn't require too much space, and is financially responsible, drop me a line. Rent is $267/month plus 1/3 of the utilities costs (usually adds about $120). It's a 3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2 story house with a 2 car garage and small yard.

Edit: We have one interested party for temporarily renting the room between late July and somewhere around October/November. That's not set in stone, yet, so even if there's marginal interest, let me know.

Current Mood: hopeful
Thursday, July 7th, 2011
1:02 pm
Google+


Yep. Pretty much. :D

Current Mood: geeky
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
5:40 pm
Sorry to post about Furnet again, but lol...
I know it has been 9 months since I last made a post. I have one that I started about general life stuff, but it's set private until I finish it. Meanwhile, an update on the Furnet saga ('cause it's pretty funny)...

I have been connected to Furnet on alternate hostmasks since they banned me (the ban is described in my previous post) - mostly idle, but occasionally chatting in a channel or two. It has been regular chatter; nothing to write home about, really. I had also occasionally logged into the "Simba" nickname, just to keep it from expiring. It was one of those cool, remaining nicknames that had been transitioned through services upgrades and things so much that the creation date somehow got set to "Jan 1, 1970".

Today, while idle for quite some time, I notice someone's quit message was: "User has been banned from FurNet (Bye Bye again Simba)". This came as a surprise to me since I was still connected. The admins are so paranoid and overzealous that they ended up banning someone else because they thought it was me. It just so happens that he has an account on my server and uses it to stay connected even when he's not at a computer.

Just for curiosity sake, I do a quick /nickserv info Simba all, and get this message back: -NickServ(services@irc.furnet.org)- Nick simba may not be registered or used.

They've removed "Simba" from NickServ and forbidden anyone from using it. HILARIOUS, considering how many "Simba"s there are in this subculture. :p

Then, I get a message on AnthroChat from yappyfox, asking what I did on FurNet to piss them off again, 'cause he was also banned. The best part is that the answer to his question was "absolutely nothing!" They just suddenly got a bug up their ass and started issuing ridiculous, paranoid bans.

As the conversation went on a little while in #Fursuit, Locobunny mentioned that he had logged into to an old account he had on another one of my servers in the same hosting facility. When he tried loading up IRC, his old scripts had him connecting to FurNet. He was banned as well. I'm not sure if his connection from my server somehow triggered the Furnet admins' enthusiasm or what since Yappy, scar, and I have all been connected from the same hostmasks for 9 months after my last run-in with them.

Yappy also wrote about it on his LJ. Edit: Post has since been removed, but I have a copy of it here.

I just find this all very amusing. The best part is that in their enthusiasm, they managed to take out three, other users while my session remains intact. When Yappy confronted them about it, he was told to basically "Shove off. You know Simba, therefore you are guilty by association." Guilty of "what" is anyone's guess!

Totally lolling over here.

I did manage to recover my Furnet Situation page. Maybe they're fired up about that or something.

... oh, and I updated the WikiFur entry on AnthroChat, detailing why AnthroChat came to be.

Current Mood: amused
Thursday, June 17th, 2010
9:46 pm
I got "banned" from Furnet! (oh noes)
So here I am... just going through my normal day at work, when I scroll by the virtual desktop containing my various Internet Relay Chat (IRC) sessions, and lo and behold:

[furnet] *** You are banned from FurNet (You have pushed the limits on reasonable behaviour and you are nolonger welcome on furnet)
-:- Closing Link

Whatwhatwhaaaat?! I didn't realize that idling for 5 hours could be defined as "pushing the limits on reasonable behaviour", so I fired up a local IRC client instead of the one on the shell that I normally use (to get around the ban), and entered #Furnet to ask "what gives?"

It turns out that in a brief conversation that I had in a channel, some 17 hours prior, I mentioned that I thought that the Furnet Administration is fascist. It was an off-handed, passing, indirect comment and was a reaction to just having witnessed someone being banned from the network for a stupid reason. I suppose that someone informed the network admins about my criticism, they didn't take kindly to it, and permanently banned me from the entire network (not just the channel) in order to ... uh ... prove me right? Way to go, guys!

Oddly enough, by doing so, they broke several rules in their own Code of Conduct for IrcOps. I suppose that tyrannical fascists, who can't take criticism, break any rules they feel like in order to quell expression of opinions that are contrary to theirs.

Really, that type of people, of whom the admins of Furnet are an example, should never be in charge of anything because they can't handle upholding the idea behind the basic human right of "freedom of speech". Yes, I know that it is not an infringement on freedom of speech, but it is contrary to the idea behind freedom of speech or, at the very least, the idea behind the old addage: "sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me". Yes, I know that it's their playground and can be as arbitrary as they want on it, but would you want to have anyone who is that petty be in charge of anything?!

AnthroChat is certainly a viable alternative. Yeah, shameless plug and all that, but I mention it because I have detailed knowledge about how its opers are very strictly not allowed to behave that way. If you know of any other networks that have a strict, freedom-of-speech-based oper policy, like AnthroChat, let me know, and I'll include them here.

Here's the conversation that got me banned
Here's the part where they told me what I did wrong

Now, you might say that I'm a bit arrogant about my own behavior being righteous, and you're probably correct to some extent. It just really bugs me when someone receives over-reactive administrative action taken against them for merely typing words, so if I see it, I pretty much can't help but make comments about it. If people's ideas/actions were never challenged, progression of personal growth would slow to a near halt, so yeah... I challenge people's ideas, but never silence or prevent them (as they have done to me).

Friends don't let friends do Furnet.

Edit:
So, I rolled out of bed this morning and noticed that I had been banned (again). This time, Yappy (Sniffer) and scar were collateral damage (they've also been banned) because they were on similar IP space. Oddly enough, guess who fired up yet another unbanned IP and reconnected! That's right! It's meeee! I really do have an almost unlimited supply of them.

(Yes, I know I said that you should convince all of your friends to leave Furnet, yet I've been going through this trouble to keep getting back on, but evading overzealous and completely unfair bans in order to just sit idle and wait for the next is kinda fun)

Current Mood: aggravated
Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
5:25 pm
We can rebuild him
The cast came off today. Aside from my wrist being in some pain from being held in the same position for a few weeks, everything seems fine. My pinkie finger doesn't quite clench all the way in to make a fist, but I suppose that shall come in time. I have a follow-up appointment in 6 weeks, so we'll see how things are at that point.

I have HARDWARE! :o

Thursday, May 20th, 2010
12:56 pm
Surgery has been completed
Just a quick post to say that I'm home after the surgery on my hand. :)
Wednesday, May 19th, 2010
12:41 am
Went to the bone doctor today - update on the HAND
I went to the imaging department at Florida Hospital this morning to collect my X-Rays from Friday night and run next door to an appointment with an orthopedic doctor. Oddly enough, I actually didn't look at the films until the doctor put them up on the illuminator, so it was the first time I got to see them.

It was weird, 'cause instead of seeing pictures of the insides of my hand, all I could see was bright, glowing, neon, bold-face type that almost audibly screamed the word "SURGERY" to me. ... or, well, that's how it seemed anyway. :p

 

He doesn't think that it'll stay lined up on its own enough to heal without it ending up being crooked for the rest of my life unless he puts pins and a plate in there to brace it. I tend to agree, so I'm having surgery on Thursday morning. Wheeee! General anesthesia! It's another first for me!

Current Mood: nervous
Saturday, May 15th, 2010
1:38 am
This is a first for me!
I broke a bone in my body! ... the 5th metacarpal in my left hand, to be exact.

Yes, and it was for something kinda stupid and mostly inconsequential. Here's the setup... I have the food dishes for my two cats, Maverick and Cougar, in the window sill of my bedroom (it's really deep). I have my universal gym in front of that window and it has bars for doing butterflies. Maverick is overweight, so I have him on a strict diet. I get a little upset when he eats more than he's supposed to, and let him know, very obviously, when he's doing something I don't want him to be doing. Well, he was eying Cougar's dish, and she had left some food in it (it doesn't take much to fill her up). When he thought I wasn't watching, he started walking over to it, so I jumped out of my chair and lunged at him, with a trajectory that took me basically through the middle of the gym (where the cables and weight plates are). I went to put my hands up to brace myself against the supports for the two seats on it, and forgot that the butterfly handles were quite a bit closer to me in 3D space than the supports were. My hand jammed into the cushioned part of it, but it wasn't cushioned enough, 'cause I heard an audible snap as the bone in my hand broke. It's the one that goes between the pinky finger and the wrist.

It takes me forever to type stuff, 'cause the splint and wrap are holding my pinky and ring fingers at about 110 degrees from my wrist, so the only useful finger on that hand for typing is the ring finger.

And there you have it!

Edit:
The ER took X-Rays and splinted it, then referred me to a bone doctor that I need to call later. I haven't seen the X-Rays yet and don't know how "bad" it is other than "yes, it's fractured". It's mostly like a "boxer's fracture", so according to Wikipedia, it'll be about 3 or 4 months of healing.

Current Mood: embarrassed
Saturday, December 19th, 2009
11:02 pm
Avatar
I went to see Avatar (3D) with tervicz and tolemur tonight at the IMAX theater at Pointe Orlando.

I haven't been this much of an emotional wreck after a film since... er... ever. Go see it.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
12:26 pm
Went snowboarding in Maine with people of fun and awesome
This weekend, I flew to Boston to meet up with roninotter, halioffirpine, lynxkitten, zschamm, Stacy, and Justin for a road trip up to Sunday River in Maine to get back on the snow after a much-too-long hot season (yes, I realize that I live in Florida). The place was crowded. The snow conditions were very inconsistent, which made it abysmal. The company was superb! The food was great! My bindings were set way wrong for the type of riding I was doing, so I fell. A lot. I had almost no control on my heel edge and didn't correct the stance and settings until Saturday evening, after heading back to the lodge, 'cause I'm a doofus.

All in all, the weekend was still a blast, regardless of the amount of suck that happened on the slopes. Most of our group beat themselves up on the mountain pretty badly, including myself, but I still managed to be one of the die-hard three who kept at it the longest. I probably shouldn't have, though, because I pulled a muscle in my shoulder during one of the falls that I took on Saturday. I'll be making an appointment with a doctor after this post to get it checked out, 'cause it's really painful to lift my right arm.

During the road trip, both up and back, we stopped at a place called "Maine Diner" for a late lunch/early dinner. On the way up, I ordered a cup of clam chowder (New England) and salmon pie. Both were top notch. On the way back, I ordered the homemade crab cake sandwich, which was also very good. If you're ever in Wells, Maine, check the place out.

Other highlights of the trip included:

  • A "Pray for Snow" party on Saturday night at "The Foggy Goggle", which included a bon fire, lots of drunken ski/snowboard enthusiasts, and a leisurely snowball fight. The party and the praying must have worked to some extent since the mountain received up to 4 inches of natural snow that night. :)
  • Prime rib special at a place called Liam's. Good people, good food, very nice bar, and inexpensive, tasty prime rib.
  • Dinner at Matterhorn Ski Bar where we shared some garlic knots and three, very tasty pizzas: Weisshorn, Alphorn, and Hornlihutte.


Current Mood: grateful
11:35 am
Word
Stolen from towyncoyote

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Postpartum Depression:N/A
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I am a beacon of stability. Roar.

Current Mood: depressed
Friday, August 7th, 2009
1:00 pm
The nicest person on the planet has departed
While I was waiting for my (delayed) flight to New Jersey last night, my grandmother (mom's mom) passed away. I'm still rather numb about it, I think, but really, I started the grieving process for this 4 or 5 years ago when I learned that she had Alzheimer's. We started losing her personality first, which was probably a little harder to deal with than had it been something sudden. I got news that her health was rapidly declining a few days ago and that yesterday she took a turn for the worst. With the financial help of my mom, I booked a flight at around 4:30pm and was scheduled to arrive at 11:42pm. I didn't get to see her, but my mom says that it's probably for the better because she didn't look well at all.

I'll miss her - a lot. She was like a second mother to me and was quite possibly the nicest person I've ever known. I'll write more about her when I have time to think.

If anyone is wondering where I disappeared to, I'm in South Jersey and shall be attending her memorial services on Monday.

Current Mood: devastated
Monday, April 13th, 2009
4:59 pm
These are a few of my favorite things
Elliott Lifeguard

So! I like go karts and water parks and hanging out with friends and meeting new people and artists and good food and music and volleyball and DDR and Rock Band and big, fuzzy costumes. WELL! It just so happens that all of those things will be at ONE GATHERING during the weekend of May 29th through the 31st. I shall be going and I shall be having a good time of it! (You should too)

Current Mood: optimistic
Friday, February 27th, 2009
7:15 pm
Why does it hurt so good?
Aside from being related to snowboarding, what do all of these items have in common?

Burton Twin 2009 SnowboardBurton Mission 2007 BindingBurton Moto 2009 BootSporTube Series 3 Hard CaseBurton Control Mat

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Current Mood: ecstatic
6:11 pm
Back from Colorado


These photos pretty much sum up the awesomeness (and retardedness) that was last weekend.

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This had to be one of the most fun experiences of my life! I can't wait to do it again!

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, February 19th, 2009
11:15 am
In Denver, excited about snowboarding, torn up by a friend's passing
After finishing up at work yesterday, I went home, waited for kuddlepup to get home from work, piled my things into his car, and headed to the airport so he could drop me off - destined for Denver, Colorado. The flight was originally scheduled to take off at 8:10pm, but after I checked in and got to the gate, I realized that my boarding pass had a departure time of 7:35. The plane was certainly headed to Denver, so I knew I was at least going to the right place, but I have no idea how the departure time was truncated by 35 minutes. Bonus!

The flight was EMPTY. There were probably about 30 people on board, and we had takeoff clearance before the last few people boarded. I think we even ended up getting out earlier than the new departure time.

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I had trouble sleeping all night, probably because I'm just so full of adrenaline from the excitement of being here, and probably because of the time difference or something. Although, maybe the cosmos was just trying to tell me that something was horribly wrong. After a restless night, I finally gave in, got up at about 7:15am local time, and took a shower. I got dressed, and booted up the ol' Lappy to check e-mail and hop on IRC for a bit to pass the time while Vish and Redstorm were still fast asleep. That's when I was blasted by the news of evil_dwagon's passing.

Most knew him as Furp. I knew him as an intelligent, wry, fun-loving, selfless friend who seemed to always put others first and be the first to spring into action to help anyone in need. I'm completely beside myself after hearing this news - having run the entire gamut of emotions while reading the outcry from the community.

It's been such a long time, I don't really remember when I first met Furp. It was probably at an MFM, sometime back in the 1998-2000 timeframe. My most memorable moment with him, though, was at this past year's Eurofurence. A fairly sizeable group of folks decided to head down into Suhl in search of a good dinner. Because vehicle space was limited, and probably moreso because we're completely wacky people, we all tried piling into theamazingkodi's Renault rental car. It had a hatchback and cargo cover, and Furp and I jumped into the boot to ride down the winding, mountain road. It led to a cacophony of laughter from everyone involved, but the two of us were just giggling like children. Kodi took the turns with some added pedal, and we were all shouting "Tokyo Drifto!" the whole way down into town. Good times, good times.

I'm still going to try to enjoy myself this weekend, but I know I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about this for quite some time. It's a real shame that someone who has helped rescue so many people from so many accidents was taken out, himself, in a collision with a drunk driver. I hope that driver really gets what's coming to him. :/

Current Mood: indescribable
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
3:41 pm
Hi. My name is Scott, and I'm addicted to snowboarding.
So dominowuff mentioned he was going begged and pleaded for me to join him and a few others this past weekend for some skiing/snowboarding at Sugar Mountain, North Carolina. Despite knowing that the conditions were going to be horrible, I decided that I'd find a way to get myself up there let him twist my arm and drag me along, kicking and screaming. I also thought, "Well, maybe since we'll be in North Carolina, we'll also somehow manage to also find time to visit CCI."

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All in all, it was a fun weekend, but if I did it again, I think I'd shoot for sometime in December instead of February.
Monday, February 2nd, 2009
8:25 pm
Indeed it did contain nuts - eventually
Friday night, I boarded a non-stop flight from MCO to BOS, landed at about 9:10pm, and was immediately picked up and whisked away by zschamm, lynxkitten, and a delicious pretzel of nommity goodness to rendezvous with roninotter, halioffirpine and Darius, regroup, pile into Hali's van, and trek up to Killington, Vermont for a weekend full of snowboarding awesomeness. Aside from a bit of a hard landing, the flight was unremarkable, which is good. On the way to Vermont, we stopped for some McD's, 'cause while the pretzel that zschamm made was delicious, it wasn't a meal. Although, to some, I imagine that a Big Mac, fries, and a root beer don't really qualify either, but oh well.

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Current Mood: jubilant
Thursday, January 29th, 2009
11:43 am
This weekend may contain nuts
As briefly mentioned in a previous post... Last April, I went to Boston and New Hampshire to visit with lynxcat and roninotter to go do something I had never done before: Snowboarding - at Cranmore, North Conway, New Hampshire. As a result of it being the absolute last day of the season, I'm told that the conditions were horrible because we were riding on coarse, granulated ice rather than snow. Even with those conditions, even though I seemed to be on my ass or hands and knees more than I was standing on my board, EVEN THOUGH I nearly broke all of the soft tissue in my left elbow on one of my falls, I completely fell in love with snowboarding. A++++ WILL RIDE AGAIN!

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? Well, that means that I'm heading back up that direction this weekend (tomorrow night)! This time, it will be to venture into Vermont and go snowboarding at Killington Ski Resort and I'm all-encompassingly jazzed about it. Good friends, good times, good..ness. :)

But wait! There's more! Come hell nor high water, I also have plans to go to Copper Mountain Ski Resort on the same weekend as Furry Ski Weekend. They're all filled up, but I'M GOIN' ANYWAY, 'cause, well, I bought the plane tickets and I don't want to waste them. Whether I'm stayin' on my own somewhere else on or near the mountain or I end up staying with the Furries, I'mma be snowboardin' that weekend, too. :)

Current Mood: bouncy
Monday, January 26th, 2009
9:50 pm
Elliott's Previous Two Events
We had another fun, happenin' Elliott's Event last weekend that I don't remember much of 'cause it was busy, stress times for the me. Grandiose new things keep being added, which lends to a feeling of unpreparedness for the normal stuff. Granted, it's just a party, and it's free, so there should be zero expectations/quitcherbitchin' and all that, but I, personally, still like to have a few more ducks in a row than we've had for the last two events. For Elliott's Summer Celebration, a 5000sqft building was being built to house the party. That was grandiose addition #1 that got started about a month before the event was scheduled. I must say that a lot got finished before the day of the party, but because we didn't have the temporary power pole prepared enough for the power company's liking, electricity didn't get delivered. Since we were really focused on the building we didn't prepare things like... FOOD much ahead of time.

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The moral of the story is that a lot of work gets put into these parties, so COME CHECK 'EM OUT. :) Maybe we'll actually start getting things prepared ahead of time for one of them. :p

Hopefully people had fun at this one.
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