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Sunday, December 25th, 2005
8:13 am
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Friday, December 31st, 2004
7:06 pm
god, what a year.

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Monday, November 22nd, 2004
10:04 am - exceedingly hot
In the car I generally listen to homemade Mix CDs culled from my music collection. When making these, I usually very carefully select what goes on them. Decided in a fit of boredom/sickness this weekend to just put my mp3 player on random and make a CD out of whatever it picked. If there was a song that was already on a mix currently in my car, or over 10 minutes in length, I would skip it. I also would skip a track if the same band was already on the CD. Here's what I ended up withCollapse )

I encourage everyone out there in LJ-land to do the same, and post the results!

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Also of note from this past weekend: I finished the last of the Skittles miriku gave me about nine months ago in exchange for a ride home from work. It was a LOT of skittles.

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... and Congratulations to Gregg and Danae. Sorry we couldn't make it down!

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Tuesday, November 16th, 2004
2:47 pm - every hour, on the hour
Friday night I had my San Francisco DJing debut at die maschinen. Things went well, playlist coming soon. One thing about DJing in the secondary room in a club, however -- once you play something people don't recognize they bolt for the main room. Still, I had fun, and preteen pornstar was played and seemingly liked.

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My company's CEO just walked around the office and handed everyone a package of Welch's Fruit Snacks. Strawberry flavored. I have no idea why.

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The role of the crackpot theorist is far undervalued in literature these days (although greatly overvalued in government). To wit: The Enchanted Bomb, a treatise on the atomic bomb and it's impact on society, including radioactivity as proof that the earth is alive, and biblical validations of something. Not sure what, but it's a great read. Hyperactive colors and fonts only add to the experience.

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They decided to hire "Jade Fang" as my superior after all. Unsure how long before I'll be required to carry out my first assassination.

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
10:50 am - we are like sheep
I've lived in three states: New York, Illinois, and California. And those were the three states (along with Pennsylvania) that gave the most electoral votes to Kerry. At least I've lived in good places on a regional level.

Expanding from that, my older brother antigen7 lives in New Jersey and voted for Kerry, and they went Democrat. My younger brother negativedreamer lives in Florida and votes Republican, and that state went for Bush.

So I think this generation of Tuffys has the power to influence the electoral college. I think for the good of the country, I should move to Florida, and we should get Shawn out to Wyoming or somewhere where he'd do the least damage.

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Everyone in my office is down today. Not gonna be a real productive day, I dont' think.

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One of the propositions on the ballot in San Francisco yesterday:

"Prop N will put on record that San Franciscans oppose the U.S. war and occupation of Iraq and demand that our troops come home now. Prop N will also set an example for other cities to demand that public resources be used for vital services."

It passed, 63%/36%.

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8:15 am - being led to our long-prophesized doom
god help us all.

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and Happy birthday danarama. Remember, you're only as old as the women you tie up, or something.

current mood: horribly dissapointed

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
12:43 pm - that sound is more important than your entire life
So last Friday I was interviewing a candidate for my project's Head of Engineering (Jade Fang didn't get the job). I'm in the office's conference room, speaking with her, and I notice that behind her, in the mostly-empty bookcases on the wall, are two dvds of Chinese porn! With rather graphic cases. The interviewee didn't seem to noticed them, but I was afraid she was going to ask me about them.

(one of my company's projects is China Portal, which sells that sort of thing.)

current mood: mildly amused

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8:45 am - Decided to avoid political conversation today.
So I was thinking yesterday about how the letters in the English language are pronounced, and how there's a lot of inconsistency throughout. So I decided to come up with my own ideas for how some letters should sound: Possibly my most irrelevant post ever...Collapse )

current mood: apically sonorant

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Monday, November 1st, 2004
3:17 pm - long-tongued zebra porn
Past few days update, in short, with pictures:

Mikey & Lindsay arrived in San Francisco on Wednesday, although not necessarily in that order. That evening brought the fun of the "urgent work call at 10pm", leading me to seek out internet where I could find it. Luckily, Talia was kind enough to let me go to her place and work, even though I'd only met her about 45 minutes earlier.

Thursday: Cruxshadows. Cheesy fun. Mikey gave a better writeup of the show in his LJ than I could, so go there if you're interested. If you want to see Lindsay's pics from the show, go here. Oh, and Jay let us know that he was going to be renting out our spare room.

Friday: Lui(x)za arrived in SF from Davis. We went to the much-hyped Tokyo Dark Castle, which ended up being the most fun I've had paying too much money to see crappy bands. Some pics:
- Not taken with a fish-eye lens, but looks like it was.
- The (hot!) ladies before we left
- Me, Val, Lindsay, Corey, and Luiza with the Bunny from Donny Darko
- My new roommate needs to learn to use the 'rotate' feature of photoshop

Look here and here for more Friday fun pics.

Saturday: Ate at the "Coffee Sh Prime", bid Luiza adieu, visited Chinatown, and went to Matt's party. Corey wore a freak costume that was a cross between some blue bird and the scary vagrant from Mulholland Drive.

Sunday: We didn't do much, but Erik hung out with Tori Spelling.

Thanks to Val, Lindsay, Mikey, Luiza, Corey, Jay, Matt, and everyone else for the wonderfully exhausting weekend. =)

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"Mechagojira" won the 'new dj name poll' with about 70% of the votes. One thing the poll taught me is that people don't know how to pronounce 'mechagojira'. Here's my attempt at a phoneticism of it:

mek-ɐ-go-jē-ra

That J makes the standard english J sound, and not an h-like sound.

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I keep hear people saying "this is the most important election of our lifetime", but I'm pretty sure that was the 2000 election -- we just didn't realize it at the time.

current mood: perfectly acceptable

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Friday, October 29th, 2004
10:16 am - you need to find the temple
November 12, I'll be returning to the DJ booth -- I'll be spinning the upstairs dance floor at Die Maschinen that night. I'd suggest you all come out, but just about everyone reading this either lives too far away, promotes the club already, or promotes a competing night. Heh.

As I've mentioned, "dj /dev/in" has been retired due to an existing "dj devon" in SF. So, I'll leave my replacement name up to you all:
Poll #374991 I need a new DJ name

What should my new DJ name be?

dj mechagojira
16(69.6%)
dj ductile
2(8.7%)
dj seppukake
1(4.3%)
dj armored weapon
0(0.0%)
dj seismic retrofit
1(4.3%)
dj snugglerape
3(13.0%)

Is "DJ snugglerape" really as that horrible?

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Saw Cruxshadows last night. Had a fun time. More on that later, perhaps.

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Boy, what awful grammar on that second poll question. I'm not fixing it. Too damn bad. And I reserve the right to ignore the poll results and choose whatever I feel like as a new name.

current mood: overly tired

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Thursday, October 28th, 2004
12:03 pm - this entry dedicated to the memory of William Barnhill
An old lady who was in front of me at the grocery store just apologized to me (for taking a long time arguing over the price of halloween candy) by saying to me, "sorry, young lady". I'm not sure if she missed the two days of stubble, or just assumed that 'long hair in ponytail' meant 'female', but that certainly helped her fulfill all the the Old Lady in the Supermarket stereotypes[0].

I wonder what my generations old-person stereotypes are going to be like. Will the kids in 2050 be snickering at me for complaining about the mandatory thumb-in-the-eye I'll need to get when I buy my soup at the grocery store? Will the newfangled brain-scanning credit devices confuse me? Will my hoodie be considered laughably old-fashioned? God, I need to develop some terminal illness, and fast.

I remember my grandmother, in one her more or less lucid moments[1], telling me how she believed that in thousands of years our civilization would be buried under sand, waiting to be excavated by future archaeologists (I'm not sure where the sand was supposed to come from). Still, a valid point -- I wonder if in 20,000 years our culture and society will be viewed in the same way as we view Mesopatmia and Ur -- as quaint primitive societies ruled by long-forgotten gods. One thing is for certain -- in a thousand years, "devin tuffy" won't even be a memory. I find that frightening, but strangely comforting.

Was reading one of Spalding Gray's books the other night, and in the introduction he wrote that his goal was to weave a lifelong epitaph for himself, but do it orally[2] because to write it down meant he had hope for the future. There was a man who really understood the world.

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I'm sleep deprived and overly stressed from work. Please excuse the rambling.

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Mikey and Lindsay are both in town this week. It's really really great to see them.


[0] She also couldn't work the credit card reader.
[1] Sometimes it was hard to tell one from the other.
[2] I realize the irony of reading that statement.


current mood: moderately coherant

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2004
10:13 am - bahhhhhhhhh I say.
So I decided to make my own meme/survey thing. Here it is:

Post a comment to this entry, containing the current contents of your cut/paste buffer. In other words, use CTRL-V and just post what you get.

("http://69.227.35.62" was in mine)

current mood: quizically pasty

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Saturday, October 9th, 2004
10:40 am - oh no, i've bored you again
Tired as hell. Busy at work, trying to get myself a social life up here in SF, and of course, not sleeping well.

Saw my second-favorite Norwegian band, Icon of Coil, at the DNA Lounge on Thursday night. They put on a good show, and aren't afraid to stop their performance so one of the keyboardists can run to the bathroom. Plus they sang 'Happy Birthday' to some girl in the audience.

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I may start DJing again soon. "DJ /dev/in" will probably be have to be retired as there's already a "DJ Devon" up here. Right now the leading replacement name is "dj mechagojira" unless someone suggests something better.

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And to all my peeps in San Diego (and other places I no longer live): I miss you all! Come and visit.

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Wednesday, October 6th, 2004
8:50 am - seeming like a receiver
As I said yeterday, my company moved into its new building. The plus side of this is that I have my own office. The down side:



It's a little bland. The wall of to the right looks just like the other walls in the picture (i.e., no windows). The fourth wall faces the hallway.

I just took two photos of the room, originally at 2048 x 1536 resolution. Usually, the file size for that size jpg is about 1400k. The pics I just took were 1100k and 995k. That's a lot of white.

current mood: blandly claustrophobic

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Tuesday, October 5th, 2004
3:03 pm - Return to Emerald City
After weeks of travelling around, working from home/coffee shops/friend's places/Santa Clara/Carlsbad, my company's new office in Redwood Shores is now open. If I look out the window, I can see Oracle Headquarters. (For those not in the know, I worked for Oracle for about five years before I got my current job.)

It's rather unsettling driving around the area. I've been to the Redwood/San Carlos/Belmont area a bunch of times before for work, but it's very hard to think of this as my regular work place -- I'm too used to this area as a 'place I go for a few days'. Like moving into a hotel permenantly. It's going to take some adjusting.

I can't seem to get into the stairwell in the new offices. Meaning I need to take the elevator to the second floor. That bugs me.

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004
1:29 pm - lets catty diet

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Friday, September 24th, 2004
9:41 am - the story so far
Hey look, I'm back on The Livejournal.

I've been under the radar for a few weeks now. Let's try and recap a bit.

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The move went less smoothly than it could have. The movers showed up to pick up our stuff a day and a half late, finally arriving at midnight saturday (28th of August). Then when we arrived at our new apartment that monday, it was not quite ready to be lived in, missing such things as hot water, a fridge, a stove, curtains, fresh paint, door buzzer, mail access, etc. To top it off, the soundproofing of the bar at garden level was basically nonexistent.

In the end we got a bunch of our rent money back, and are moving into the second floor apartment to escape the noise. It's a three-bedroom, and because of all the problems we are getting it at a greatly discounted rate. So if anyone needs to rent a room up in SF, let me know, I got a spare bedroom available to sublet.

Despite all the problems, our new place is really nice, and in a superb location. And it's got a washer, dryer, AND dishwasher included.

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Oh, thanks to everyone who came to my going-away non-party.

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Bats Day at Disneyland is also something I didn't get the chance to write about. I'm going to have to forego[0] my usual long-ass detailed description of the day that no one will read anyway and just say that it was incredible fun, and I had a wonderful time, spending the day with great people. It was a real nice way for Val and I to spend our last day living in Southern California.

On the flip side, the whole Bats Day thing itself seems a bit stale. The novelty has really worn off, and now it's just like a bunch of people I know in the park. The group events at the end of the night felt kind of forced, and no one really did the big 'everyone goes on the rides together' at the end of the night as they'd done in previous years. Still a wonderful time, but more because of being with good friends than because of the actual event.

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In a few days I'll make a post with a bunch of photos from the past month.

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So the past few weeks I've been commuting back and forth between San Francisco and Carlsbad. My company's new office hasn't been ready yet, so i've come down here several times to work. Time has been limited, so I've not really been social past my first few days back. Mainly, I feel like I've already said my goodbyes and feel like I should actually just leave instead of hanging around so much.

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If you've read this far, I'm trapping you in meme[1] hell. Think of a word that describes me, do a search for it in google images search, then post that image as a comment here.

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My mood has been varying wildly these past few weeks. The stress from the move, as well as being in limbo between multiple homes/cities/job spaces has been a tremendous strain on me. So I'd just like to say thanks to everyone who has been supportive to us in the past month or two.

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I don't feel like lj-cutting today.


[0] Despite LJ's spellcheck feature, that's a correct spelling
[1] I know, I know. I've read Dawkins, I know what a 'meme' really is, but I'm using the term anyway. I'd call the changing of the word from it's original meaning to it's current one a meme in itself. Heh.

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Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
9:28 am - immensely content
(09:18:33) devin: ok, without using google
(09:18:59) devin: square -> cube ; circle -> sphere; rectangle -> ???
(09:19:01) miriku: is your comment not showing up or something
(09:19:20) miriku: ooh
(09:19:46) miriku: rectangular prism?
(09:19:55) devin: correct!
(09:19:59) miriku: woo!
(09:20:09) devin: i would have accepted just 'prism' probably.
(09:20:23) miriku: i think prism can be non rectangular
(09:20:27) devin: i know
(09:20:28) miriku: like trapezoidal prism
(09:20:36) devin: basically it's any extruded 3d figure
(09:20:43) miriku: except a sphere
(09:21:04) devin: if you extrude a spere, you're going into 4 dimensions, yo
(09:21:16) miriku: and before you say that, a sphere is a non-linear extrudification
(09:21:27) miriku: or after you say that, as the case may be
(09:21:43) devin: i should have specified a linear extrusion.
(09:22:12) devin: yes! now I can check off "linear extrusion" on my list of "phrases I need to work into a real conversation"

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real update one of these days, i promise. It's been a busy/stressful/intense/draining few weeks.

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Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
7:49 pm - That sign says "San Francisco"

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Tuesday, August 24th, 2004
10:40 am - Every corner abandoned too soon, set down with due care.
This is it. Four days until I leave San Diego.

It's been fifteen years since I first visited San Francisco and decided it was a place I wanted to live one day. Now I've got only a few days until I leave to move up there. It's something I've wanted for so long, it's hard to imagine actually going through with it.

I wrote a post recently about what motivates me in life. I've spent a long time chasing after what I expect will give me contentment, propelled by the hope of a better life somewhere down the road. San Diego has been wonderful, but I've always felt I would be more fulfilled living in the Bay Area. Will this happen? Right now, it's what I want. So off I go.

But I think it's fairly obvious by now that the chase is an end unto itself and no longer a means. My true motivation lies in the charge to better my situation, not in any ideal life I have in mind.

In other words, I've always had a hard time sitting still.

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Friday the movers are picking up all our stuff. We're having an open-ended non-party that day; stop by our place so we can say our goodbyes. We'll probably order some food around 6 or 6:30. The major caveat here is that we're going to be busy coordinating everything for the move; so expect us to be running around a lot and not really entertaining. Hence "non-party". My address is still 4454 33rd St.

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I don't expect to have internet access after Thursday. Hopefully I'll get in one more journal entry before then.

current mood: wistfully silent

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