Aug. 21st, 2007 12:16 pm
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I don't know whether it was the haircut, the dye job, or your positive thoughts and support, but I signed an offer letter with F5 Networks this morning. I'll be starting on September 4, with benefits effective from that date. (It's the first working day of the month, so they won't impose the standard "wait until the first of the following month" delay.)

Thank you all, and wish me luck and fortune in my new job.
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Do any of you have any information, either direct or anecdotal, about working at f5 Networks?

I interviewed there today with a couple of managers, a senior manager, and an HR person. I can't say much about the nature of the job at the moment (drat those pesky NDAs) but it would be challenging yet within my grasp, a solid learning opportunity with significant promotion potential. I got the distinct impression that they'll most likely make me an offer by the middle of next week.

So, does anyone around here have anything they'd like to say, either positive or negative?



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That wonderful job I got in mid-June went South on me yesterday. The bosses decided that they needed a skill set that was significantly different from what I brought to bear— different enough that despite their earlier commitment to getting me trained in areas where they knew I was weak, they couldn't wait for me to learn whatever it was they needed. (They wouldn't say, despite my repeated request; all they said was that the decision to let me go had been made and wouldn't be rescinded.)

On the positive side (such as it is), I've been paid and will get two weeks' severance at the first of September, their next payroll period. And (unlike my previous employer) they won't try to contest my unemployment claim.

Dammit, this was an ideal commute, and a tremendous learning opportunity. Dammit.

So, I'm job-hunting again.

I'm just about ready to cut my hair short and dye it dark brown, in hopes of at least looking young enough to get past the first in-person contact. I'm looking at my 56th birthday anniversary this month, and it's hell competing with twenty- and thirty-year-olds in this job market.

At least I know COBOL. Take that, Gen-X slackers.
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Just a moment ago I saw the words, "Werewolf: the Forsaken" in someone's LJ.

I swear by all the ten thousand little gods, I initially read that as "Werewolf: the Foreskin".

Help me.
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Cognitive dissonance is when Republicans oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants but support a pardon for (convicted lawbreaker) Scooter Libby.
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Go here and hit the play button.

Trust me; i has an internet.
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She's been trying to post an update in her journal since this morning, but the servers are not cooperating.

(Maybe SixApart, who buys a lot of gear from my former employer, is having a meltdown because of that "former" status... Heh.)
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My life feels basically full of suxxus maximus right this moment. Talk to me.
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From CNN:
NEW YORK (CNN) -- People have eaten millions of chickens that were given feed tainted with recalled pet food, federal officials said Tuesday, though they said the threat to human health is minimal.

The announcement came after an investigation of chicken farms in Indiana found that 38 of the facilities had given contaminated feed to poultry raised for human consumption, and that 2.5 million to 3 million people ate them.

The officials added that they expect to discover that chickens on possibly hundreds of farms in other states were also given tainted feed.
(My beloved [ profile] riverheart has compromised kidneys…)
The FDA's investigation began in March after at least 17 cats and dogs died of kidney failure linked to the tainted pet food. The urine of cats that ate the food tested positive for melamine, an industrial chemical used in the manufacturing of plastic utensils and fertilizer.

Investigators suspect that melamine, in combination with a rice protein additive imported from China and found to contain cyanuric acid, may cause crystals to form in the kidneys, shutting them down. Cyanuric acid is used as a stabilizer in outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs.

"We had one case recently where the cat's kidneys were completely obstructed and when we went to surgery to relieve the obstruction there was no normal stone, instead the ureters were completely full of these melamine-type crystals," said Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at New York's Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.
Had enough yet? Nope.
Representatives of Perdue and Tyson Foods -- two of the largest U.S. chicken producers -- said Tuesday in letters to supermarkets that they do not use protein ingredients from China in their feeds.

Last week, FDA officials said 6,000 hogs that may have ingested tainted pet food entered the human food supply. Pork producers in seven states -- California, Kansas, North Carolina, New York, South Carolina and Utah -- are being investigated for buying adulterated feed.

The agency also reported last week that it has received more than 17,000 consumer complaints related to the recall, including reports of approximately 4,150 dog and cat pet deaths.

More than 150 brands and 5,300 pet food products have been recalled. Companies that produced affected items include Menu Foods, Hill's Pet Nutrition, P&G Pet Care, Nestle Purina PetCare, Del Monte Pet Products and Sunshine Mills have been recalled in cooperation with the FDA. The first recall was initiated March 16 by Menu Foods.
Fuck. That is all.
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Loyalty Day.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2007, as Loyalty Day. I call upon the people of the United States to participate in this national observance and to display the flag of the United States on Loyalty Day as a symbol of pride in our Nation.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirtieth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.


Fine, Dubya. Here's my flag.

My mind

Apr. 7th, 2007 02:17 pm
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Frequently I read the diaries at Daily Kos, because I'm a progressive leftist. Sometimes my mind plays me tricks.

One diary whose title I just glanced at was called, "Help out the Dixie Chicks".

I swear, for a moment or two I thought "out" was a verb.
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… to three weeks ago, when I was at my physician's office getting a complete workup. Turn your head and cough, finger up the butt, yadda yadda yadda. Oh, and an electrocardiograph.

My sawbones eyeballed the EKG tape, looked at me, and asked, "When did you have your heart attack?"

Say whut?

"Don't change your exercise pattern," he says. "Continue with your stringent regimen of not exercising, and walk slowly whenever you can. Get these tests done, asap. And try not to worry."

King Canute had about as much success commanding the tide not to come in.

Nine days later, off I go for a half day of cardiac ultrasound, nuclear imaging, non-stress stress test (inject with adenosine, walk slowly on a treadmill for four minutes to avoid the worst side-effects while my pulse starts to race), more imaging. Stop off at the lab a couple of days later for blood work.

Fast forward to yesterday, at my regularly scheduled follow-up.

Other than diabetes (known, trying to find the right drug mix to get control) and a tendency toward hypertension (known, well-controlled), my bloodwork was outstandingly good. No cholesterol problems, no kidney or liver problems, the only way my prostate readings could be lower would be if I didn't have one at all.

And then the kicker: I have a teensy hole in my heart.

Nobody is born with a fully formed heart. Fetuses and neonates have an open fibrous membrane between the ventricles, which soon after birth is supposed to fuse closed. In about one out of four people (including your humble correspondent), complete fusion doesn't happen. In the vast majority of these cases, the leakage between ventricles is insignificant; only rarely is it sufficiently dire as to require surgery.

That's what's going on with me. Minor hole in the heart, shows up as an irregularity in an EKG. (As I think back to my childhood, my G.P. said I had a "heart murmur" that didn't seem to affect my activity level, but which my mom inflated to the point where she made the school district exempt me from physical education classes. I was all right with that, as I was terribly body-shy to start with, and this gave me an excuse to take another academic class instead.)

So for someone with diabetes and (controlled) high blood pressure, who happens to be sixty or so pounds overweight, I'm in remarkably good health.

Dammit. Now I don't have an excuse to not go to the gym with [ profile] riverheart on the weekend.

Nothing to see here, move along.


Mar. 30th, 2007 04:54 pm
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(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

I miss somebody right now. I don't watch much TV these days. I own lots of books.
I wear glasses or contact lenses. × I love to play video games. I've tried marijuana.
I've watched porn movies. × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.
I curse sometimes. × I have changed a lot mentally over the last year. × I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
it goes on... )
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This item is being sold on Ebay.

If you have an Ebay account, you can report it as offensive and/or hateful, and hopefully get this item pulled (and maybe the store, too).

Go to Ebay and sign in. Enter the following in the search box exactly as written.

seperation gays rights

Then, when it says 0 items found but shows you the store (and the item, too), click on it, let it come up, and scroll all the way to the bottom of the screen. Click the "Report this item" link. You'll be able to select Prohibited or Banned Items, and select that it is hateful, discriminatory, or racist — we used the "listing contains hateful, discriminatory, or racist language" subject selection. Then send the complaint to Ebay. It'll automatically have the subject and item number — all you need to do is click.

So that haters can't buy the item directly from here, I'm not posting a link.
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Borrowed from [ profile] angry_biscuit:

  • You are dying right now as you read this, accept that and have a life while you can.

  • Guilt and shame are absolutely useless. Be who you know you are and do not put yourself in the position of having to justify yourself or over explain who, how, why, or what you are.

  • The best way to get something from someone is to give it to them first — only then are you really worthy of it.

  • Loving a person means you want better things for them than they want for themselves. It also means knowing what buttons to push to make them hurt, because if you truly love them you will never ever push those buttons. Ever.

  • Have no fear of rejection. No one can really reject you anyway, all they can do is prove they were never worthy of you to begin with.

  • All people come into your life for a different reason, the categories are simple. they come for a single reason, a season, or a lifetime. You must accept people as they are but that is not to say that you have to accept being completely incompatible with them.

  • There is never a right time, there is never a perfect time, but there is ALWAYS a better time.

  • Challenge yourself as often as you can so that you will know what your limits are, and until you know what your limits are, live as though you have none whatsoever.

  • Live in the now, it is all you really have. The past is over and unchangeable, the future is uncertain. Live in the now, make it memorable, and make it count.

  • Take people at their actions and not their words. You will never know who they really are by what they say, think, feel, or claim to believe, only by what they do. This is how character is both built and revealed.

  • True joy only exists in self acceptance. Seek perfect acceptance instead of a perfect life.

  • Honor and celebrate the people who love you, accept you, and put up with your bullshit like your life depends on it — when you get down to it, it really does.

  • Do not waste or throw away energy on stupid shit. Energy you waste is ten times harder to reclaim as energy well spent, and coming by it is hard enough without wasting it when you have it.

  • Develop your sense of compassion. You cannot do truly great things, only little things with great love.

  • You are under no obligation to forgive anyone that hurts you, and you owe them no forgiveness. All forgiveness really is is deciding that what someone did is not worth writing them out of your life. It certainly doesn't mean you are "over it" or that anything is made right yet, just a declaration that the old relationship is dead and a starting point for something new.

  • Do something nice for someone else but don't tell anyone about it.

  • Smile at strangers, make eye contact and say "Hello!" Do it for yourself as much as for them.

  • Always leave extra change in vending machines or on store counters for the person behind you somewhere that is a few cents short. Think of how good it would make you feel if someone did it for you when you really needed it.

  • Accept that life is not fair and that you will not always get your way, and pick your battles wisely. Oftentimes you'll find that some things are really just not worth the fuss.

  • Time wasted on the wrong people is time taken away from the right ones. The fools who take and never give are robbing you of your life and well being, and those who love, need, and deserve you suffer in your absence.
  • People who do not compliment your life will only complicate it. Some people are just toxic and no amount of wishing or hoping will change this fact. They'll manipulate you to get something from you, which is not love. In fact, it is the opposite of love.

  • Hatred is not the opposite of love, just another extreme of it — the opposite of love is the total absence of it.

  • Consider this: If you did not know yourself, would you want to be friends with YOU? If not, should you not be making yourself a better friend to others?

  • When in doubt as to whose turn it is to take out the trash, TAKE OUT THE GODDAMNED TRASH.

  • Don't be a "ditto head". Read things from different points of view from your own and reaffirm your existing beliefs or change them.

  • Fix your life so that whenever people are thinking of you, the first things that come to mind are how thoughtful, caring, and fair you are. All examples you set should be the ones you want to set for your children.

  • Be brave, and even when you're not, pretend you are. No one can tell the difference.

  • Write notes and letters to the people you love. When you die, they will be the best gifts you ever gave.

  • Your house, your rules. If guests cannot handle that, they can fuck right off. Your home is your safe space from the world and all its craziness - do not suffer gladly anyone disrespecting that.

  • Never be afraid to speak your mind, especially when you see injustice happening.

  • Just because it is important to you does not mean it will be to others. Conversely, what is unimportant to you is very important to someone else. Maintain a level of respect for these differences.

  • Every once in a while, indulge yourself with something and have enough to share with someone who deserves it. Make this a new ritual.

  • Just for fun, buy $5 worth of scratch off lottery tickets and give them to random people — people you know or strangers. You'll bring fun and light to someone's day.

  • Masturbating is the single most self validating thing you can do — tug and tug often.

  • Get into the habit of being early for everything, and take your time once you get there.

  • Don't stop. If you just don't stop, you'll find your way eventually. Sometimes you may end up the winner because you were the only one that showed up — so be it, a win is a win.

  • You are NOT your limitations, setbacks, failures, successes, joys, sorrows, illnesses, strengths, or weaknesses — you are the sum total of all your parts.

  • Fuck anyone who sees the wheelchair before they see its engine.

  • Never let anyone make you feel as though you don't deserve the things you want — that is way too much power for anyone to have over you.

  • The person you are supposed to be is the person you know you are, and you have a responsibility to that person to live through them and let that be your authentic self.

  • If you are not telling yourself the truth then you are a liar to every person you come into association with.

  • People are going to judge you no matter what you do, so be judged on fact and not on opinion — you'll get carried a lot further on it.

  • People do not make you happy — make yourself happy and share that with others. You will never be fulfilled emotionally, intellectually, physically, or psychologically by one person alone, that is too much for one person to live up to. You and you alone are responsible for your happiness.
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Unlike last year's Super Bowl, when the Seahawks had to defeat not only the other team but the officials as well, this year's game between Da Bears and the Colts (as far as I could see) didn't have a single blown call. Instead, Chicago had to overcome not only the other team but their own quarterback.

Throughout the season, one never knew if the Good Grossman or his evil twin Skippy would show up for the game. (The Seahawks had a chance, early in their playoff game, to bring Skippy to the forefront; had we made an easy interception on Chicago's first series instead of giving up a big gain, the blow to Grossman's confidence could have made all the difference between victory and a heartbreaking overtime loss.) In today's game, Indianapolis's defense kept Grossman off-balance, and although Manning's team lost a couple of fumbles themselves, the Colts won the takeaway-giveaway battle while keeping their own offense on the field for almost twice as along as the Bears (38:04 vs 21:56).

Congratulations to the Indianapolis Colts, winners of Super Bowl XLI.

(Now, only ten days until the four most beautiful words in all of sports: Pitchers And Catchers Report.)
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I don't post very often, so when I do post I'd like to think it's important. (Other than memesheepery, but that's irrelevant.)

Three years ago today (January 31) I made the best deal of my life. In the cool morning Puget Sound air, aboard the M/V Puyallup, I married my beloved [ profile] riverheart. For richer or poorer, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, until the stars no longer shine.

I'd do it again in a heartbeat, my love. Any time, anywhere.

I love you.
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My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Viscount Charles the Ingenious of Porton Down
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Happy birthday, my best beloved [ profile] riverheart, and many happy returns of the day.

I love you.
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