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Feb. 5th, 2013 @ 06:13 pm Gatecrash Pre-release
Two weekends ago, I took part in 5 Magic: the Gathering tournaments. I had a complete and utter blast at this event. Mind you, I was quite mentally and (somewhat) physically tired afterwards, but I had a heck of a good time.
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Jan. 11th, 2013 @ 09:06 am College - I HATE you.
Feeling: crappy
I have been having to deal with a hugely annoying, almost infuriating, college bureaucracy system that is just plain lame, stupid, and rather unhelpful. First, I found exactly nowhere on the paperwork of my Consortium agreement* that "after 90 days of not
paying back this rather piddling amount compared to everything else that you're paying, it gets kicked over to a collection agency so you're going to have to deal with their pathetic selves that won't bother to try getting in touch with you for over a month after this 90 day period you're not aware of AND they'll charge you an extra $25 they won't tell you about and you won't find out about until it hits the account, so you'll end up having to shove a little extra $ in so you don't get charged an overdraft fee thanks to the agent on the phone being as unhelpful as your school." Oh, and did I mention that after doing what the desk person at my old college (where I took the course last semester, for this "wonderful" consortium deal that's rapidly becoming a major source of stress and almost downright fury for me) told me to I also learn that "it'll take a couple weeks in our system for us to show a zero balance, since the collection agency has to get it to us" (there's that lazyass collection agency getting me to do a bunch more out of my way work
AGAIN... *growl*)

And the kicker, which was delivered in an e-mail not even an hour ago: "Whoops, nope, you must submit a receipt showing you have a zero balance before we can remove the hold. We are open until 5 today." Seeing how bad the lines at "wonderful" CTC get
during the week just before classes (seriously folks! Go get on your damned COMPUTERS and register! idiots!), it's probably going to be a couple of HOURS in line. On -maybe- three hours of decent sleep.

And the part that infuriates me the most, and makes me think at this point, that pounding nails into the wall with my forehead would be a more productive use of my time (and would hurt less) than jumping through all these hoops to get this cleared so I can. just. Register. fOr. TwO. CLASSES?!?

All of this trouble was over $189. All this grief... over not even two. hundred. Lousy. DOLLARS.

Pardon me, I think I'm going to let off some screams of primal anguish. This... this just isn't worth it... :'(

*Read: take a course or two at another college alongside the ones you're taking at your "current" school, and it all goes towards your degree and for paperwork reasons falls under the "current" school so Pell Grants won't be messed up.
Nov. 22nd, 2012 @ 06:45 am Whoops, I meant to make an entry a bit ago, didn't I?
Feeling: draineddrained
Strains of Music: Let's Play 20 Years of Sonic - Sonic 06 (those poor bastards)
Let's see, addressing the stuff I meant to the other week or so.

First, that five page paper - managed an 83 on it. Not too shabby. Most of what I got dinged on were formatting items. Now I just need to do the research paper that will consist of:

Research Proposal
Preliminary Research Outline
Annotated Bibliography
Note Cards
Rough Draft
Research Paper

My only issue with that stuff? I tend to just write. I don't do outlines, I don't do rough drafts, I edit as I go. I don't need note cards (what are these for on this, anyway? *baffled*), and "preliminary research outline"? "Research proposal"? Those are going to be short. "I'm researching A Christmas Carol." "I looked for information about this topic. I found information about this topic." Voila. Bit silly to be adding all this stuff onto something I'm not getting paid for, anyway...

So for the last three months, my life has consisted of:
- Programming Logic and Design on Mondays/Wednesdays, and I'm actually really grokking it this time around.
- Technical Writing and Document Design - I would like this one better if the papers weren't such a whopping huge percentage of my grade, we had one to write about every two weeks, and the chapter assignments are worth almost nothing. =\
- Composition II - ...Seeing as this is the class that has that research paper mentioned above, I think I'm going to say nothing more on this topic. Moving on!

So I also promised thoughts on a place I used to hang out at regularly. Actually, I have two such places, now I think about it.
First, the Student Lounge over at Central Texas College. A. I find about all I miss at this point are all the people I could play Magic with. I've only had a chance to play a game or two once in the last 9 months. Before that game (shortly before the release of the last set at the beginning of October), the last time I got a chance to play was back in February. I am really, really missing this game. I've been playing since I was 15. I'd go to the Friday night games, but well... I don't have enough money to keep signing up for tournaments. =\ B. What the heck kind of student lounge closes at 5 pm?!? :'(
The other place that's been changing lately - is a forum for a comic I used to read (can't say present tense anymore since it ended last month.) I don't want to say a ton about it, because I've only quite got second-hand accounts and hearsay to go on... but it's not really the nice place that got me so hooked and involved in the first place. Not anymore. I can't really say if it's because of specific people, or because the comic just wasn't coming along so well anymore, all I know is that it's a bit like Stephen King described 'salem's Lot, late in the book. "No one pronounced Jerusalem's Lot dead on the morning of October 6; no one knew it was. Like the bodies of previous days, it retained every semblance of life." I can't really pin down just when that forum "died", but I do know it's been zombie-shambling along for about 6 weeks now.

And now, since I was up all night, I am going to go pass out. After Turkey Day dinner is when I'll address
- Some thoughts I've had floating around in this eccentric head of mine
- Some self-realizations I've managed to come to over the past year
Oct. 26th, 2012 @ 01:43 am Wow, I need to stop neglecting this.
Feeling: bouncybouncy
Strains of Music: Cowboy Bebop - Call Me, Call Me
So I'll be making an entry later today, albeit a bit slowly, since I'll also be cranking out a five page paper. Why will I be doing that?

- It's due by midnight on Wednesday the 31st
- I refuse to let needing to do an assignment ruin my Halloween fun.

So yeah. Priorities. I has them. :P

In this upcoming, larger post, look for!:
- What the heck I've been up to in the last 3 months
- My thoughts on developments at a place I used to hang out at quite regularly (disclaimer: I can only comment and speculate on what I've experienced there, and on what I've been told)
- Some thoughts I've had floating around in this eccentric head of mine
- Some self-realizations I've managed to come to over the past year
- Maybe I'll even take the time to share photo-progress on two leather pieces I'm going to work on cutting properly during breaks. (I seriously need to take a metal-working class already, it's the only way to get the choker and bicep-bands done properly...)

And maybe a bunch of pictures I happen to like just because - who knows! :D

And now, I get my butt to bed, because it's almost 2 in the morning.
Jul. 5th, 2012 @ 08:19 pm Goodbye, my loved friend.
Feeling: crushed
God, this is hard to do...

Today marks the passing of Milo, the Scarlet Marauder. His hobbies included biting my nose, slipping into my room through the gap between the door and carpet, pouncing on the laser dot, playing pounce and chase with his friend Mist, climbing up my leg to settle on my lap, riding/settling on the shoulders of myself and my mother, not taking any crap from bigger cats that thought he would make a good play toy, and curling up with me on the bed in a furry ball of purr. He was only with me for three weeks, but in those three weeks he was a very happy, loving and loved presence.

And now that I've managed to type this, I think I'm going to go get some ice cream while I try not to dissolve into a big bawling mess.

Jun. 15th, 2012 @ 02:41 pm Pictures!
Current Location: Home
Feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
Strains of Music: Tokimeki Check-in - Cheerful Message
Today I turned in some of my paperwork for the Fall semester for TAMUCT, and I ended up taking pictures. I was quite excited, the old buildings weren't nearly as nice as this one.

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Jun. 3rd, 2012 @ 05:06 pm Musings.
Feeling: contemplativecontemplative
Strains of Music: Mother 3 - Happy Town?
As I approach tomorrow's event, I find myself with mixed feelings. On the one hand, I'm glad I've lived this far (with some of the bone-headed things I've said and done, "justified braticide" on the part of my female parental unit was most definitely an option.) And when I look at who I am, compared to who I used to be, I'm glad for the progress thus far.

But I'm also not sure I exactly want to hit the beginning of my fourth full decade of life (okay, yes, I know, that's 2013 I'm thinking of. Shaddup). Especially when I know there's still more I could be, more I could be doing (but am not yet in the right place to, darn it.)

I guess I'll just have to take a deep breath, step forward, and take the plunge. Not like I have much choice anyway, once the morning comes... XD
May. 24th, 2012 @ 03:47 pm Sooooooouuuuuuuuund.
Feeling: accomplishedaccomplished
Strains of Music: Phantasy Star Universe - With You
So today I got my dvd player back from the repair shop. The power supply on it needed to be replaced. Repair ended up being just a little over $80. On the other hand, for an 8 year old system that I originally only paid $25 for, I can live with my first home theater set-up only costing me a little over $100.

And today I ordered this, and I should get it a little bit after my birthday. Makes me a little sad that my second favorite Idol Master character's version (scroll down a little) wasn't available, though. Shame the price is so up there now though, I only paid about $12 for my Azusa strap. =\ (they're all out of print, I do believe, and any "new" orders are new printings, and done in limited quantities.)

And now, back to stringing the wire for the last speaker!
May. 13th, 2012 @ 12:03 am That's a new one.
Feeling: annoyedannoyed
Asdfghjk! My 4 year old dvd player, already showing some signs of age (disc tray immediately closing again after opening) has tonight decided it's going all out in its' quest to die. It now refuses to open the tray again at all (despite sitting there with the tray open by itself for half a minute before I went over to see why it keeps turning itself on and off). Stupid thing, one of my B5 discs is in there. So now I get the new experience of seeing how much I can disassemble a DVD player without destroying the disc trapped inside. Ack-pfft! *said with much spittle* =P
May. 12th, 2012 @ 09:55 pm DC - I hate you.
Feeling: aggravatedaggravated
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