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Below are the 13 most recent journal entries recorded in Irish's LiveJournal:

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2003
2:34 pm
Give me something for pain...
I love you. Who are you?
Sunday, January 26th, 2003
10:20 pm
Industrial and the Art of Sucking, Part 1
... so earlier today, I decided to bust out the treadmill and work off some of the cubicle tummy that I've acquired over the last couple years. Since the DVD player in the basement is broken, I grabbed Front 242's old Integration video and popped it in the VCR.

I had forgotton how awful the video for Headhunter is. Same thing with the video for Tragedy for You. Then I realized what they had in common: Anton Corbijn. Mind you, the rest of their videos aren't exactly spectacular, but nothing compares to the awfulness of Richard 23 and a fat woman pulling vegetables out of the sand in the desert. It's completely stupefying - kind of like when you were 12 years old and were trying to comprehend what the name "Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam" meant. Given the fact that Front 242 had a limited budget, it explains why they were using a second-rate hack like Anton Corbijn, but Depeche Mode had oodles of cash and they actually chose him to direct their videos. Why, why? *sob*

Current Mood: confused
Tuesday, June 18th, 2002
11:43 pm
Life at a glance
Boy, it's been a long time since I've posted...

My ears are plugged up. I'm sort-of getting over a cold, so if I blow my nose the right way, my ears plug. It's annoying, especially when you're trying to rock out on your computer. The reason I'm only sort-of getting over a cold is because I've actually had this since last Thursday, and I haven't been able to kick it yet. @#$@ Virii ...

I - as usual - didn't end up at City Club on Friday, mostly because I was busy being sick. Unfortunately, I promised Janice she could hit me if I didn't show up this time, so ... errr ... (puts a helmet on) ... I guess I'm in for it. We're supposed to go see Minority Report Friday, so if everybody goes to CC afterwards, I'll probably tag along.

On the bright side of life, I got my diploma in the mail Saturday. Ford is supposed to "re-evaluate your worth" when you get another degree, although now that they're in the gutter, I'm not holding my breath. They also decided that we might not get raises this year, and if we do, it won't be until August. It figures, because I'm supposed to get a promotion this time around. My boss doesn't know what's going to happen to my promo if Ford decides not to give raises this year. *grrr*

My Computer Graphics book arived in the mail today, so I'm quite pleased with that. Gotta love half.com. ;)

Other than that, life goes on. My car needs washing, the relationship with the "wife" is still wonderful yet hopelessly platonic, and I'm addicted to Medal of Honor: Allied Assault.... and I'm off to bed.

Current Mood: sick
Tuesday, May 28th, 2002
12:34 am
Weekends are too short ...
For once, I actually accomplished a little of what I had set out to do over the weekend. Sure, I slept a lot, never ended going to City Club, and read too much, but
a) I got exercise. I biked a good 10 miles today. Not bad for out-of-shape me.
b) I socialized! I watched Legend over at Lala's yesterday in a last-ditch effort to get some socialization in during the "weekend."

I also spent a decent amount of time at my parents' house, fending off my dad's questions on Windows XP. If anyone wants to get me this for my birthday, I won't complain. ;)

In other news, I have decided that my gerbils are the spawn of satan. Every time I try to go and pet them, the try to bite me. For some reason, they think I'm food. Grrr...

Current Mood: pleased
Saturday, May 25th, 2002
6:39 pm
Ow, my freakin' head!
Uggh ... I just woke up from a wonderful two hour nap that I took after I had an ocular migraine. I used to get those quite a bit a couple years back, but this is the first time that I've had one in a good three or four years.... (*ow*)

On the bright side, I got the new Greg Egan novel,Schild's Ladder yesterday, so I've spent a lot of time reading that. Too much time, maybe. ;) Plus I re-discovered the cable box in the living room, so I've been dosing up on all the movies that I never would have paid to see originally. Lots of ways to distract myself while the wife is in California ...

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, May 15th, 2002
8:39 am
The joys of waking up late.
I love sleep. Moreover, I love sleeping in.

I figured I'd go into work late today because the boss isn't going to be around. I think it's really symptomatic of a bigger problem: I hate going to work, and I'll use any feeble excuse that I can not to.

If I weren't so constantly besieged, I think I wouldn't mind my job. There was a time when I actually enjoyed it. But now ... *shudder*

I'm beginning to think that there is no such thing as the perfect job. One where I can put on my headphones without being interrupted every five minutes. One where I can do something more meaningful than to write documents defining the differences between engine control modules. I need to get into a research lab ... *sigh*

Current Mood: lethargic
Sunday, May 5th, 2002
8:12 am
Busy Weekend
Heheh ... I graduate in about two hours... life is good.

Unfortunately, I couldn't get the week off work because I'm too busy. I did manage to get Monday off, though, so it could be worse, even if I'll probably end up spending the day landscaping.

The cherry on the cake is that I have the promo copy of the new Manowar album. Rock!

Current Mood: optimistic
Thursday, April 25th, 2002
7:17 am
The Nightmare Begins
Uggh ...

I just went to go get my morning coffee at the cafeteria, and the building is already infested with kids. This is going to be a long day ...

Anyways, my computer at home is still a useless heap of scrap. I can't, for the life of me, figure out why the @#$%! thing keeps spontaneously rebooting. I've tried updating everything, changing RAM timings, removing all the PCI cards, and disabling AGP and the thing still does it. The problem goes away when I put my crappy old ATI video card in, though.

I have an enermax 550W power supply coming in the mail. If that doesn't fix it, I think I'm going to throw the thing out my bedroom window.

Current Mood: sleepy
Thursday, April 18th, 2002
8:59 pm
The tribulations of being pasty and white.
I think I hate spring.

It rains a lot. The grass starts growing again (which means I have to mow it.) Insects start ... uhh ... insecting again.

But most of all, people spend more time outdoors. Since it was so warm last weekend, the wife and I drove around town with the top down on her convertible. I still haven't recovered from the dose of sun that received. Must .... stop .... itching!

I think if was a lot more depressed I would make a good goth. I certainly have the skin tone.

Current Mood: content
Wednesday, April 17th, 2002
10:31 pm
V is for Victoriousness

As of 6:41 PM this evening, I am now finished with Grad School. The wife had a congratulatory bag of jelly beans and sour gummy bears waiting for me when I got home. ;)

Heheh ... no more stinkin' homework for me! I'm actully going to enjoy myself for a little while. Lots of video games. Biking at Metro and Stoney more often. Learning to play the keyboard. I might take up Tae Kwon Do again ...

...or ... I might actually start socializing again ! ...

I actually wish there was a way I could skip work tomorrow, but I don't think I could get away with it again so soon...

Current Mood: jubilant
Tuesday, March 12th, 2002
9:56 pm
Grrr ....
I think I'm off to a bad start. This is entry number 3, and I'm griping again.

Life is stinkblossoms at the moment. For the last two weeks or so, my computer has been spontaneously resetting itself. As it turns out, my Asus A7D266-D motherboard has a built-in propensity to do that sort of thing. Unfortuntely, all the resets pure�d my windows partition, and I had to start all over again. I've managed to get some semblance of stability out of the @#$! thing by lowering my SDRAM voltage down to 2.4 V, but it still resets once every couple days.

I also found out my Grandma died yesterday. She was the last remaining Grandparent that I had left, so it was sort of the end of an era. She was 88, and had been doing pretty well until recently, so I can't complain too much. It just caught me by surprise.

Today was also Shayna's birthday. I got her flowers, Super Mario World 2 for her Game Boy Advance, a portable cotton-candy maker, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail Special Edition on DVD. She laid into me that none of the gifts were considerate enough.

I can't wait for this week to be over with. I just have to survive my Compiler Design midterm tomorrow, and my Grandma's funeral on Friday, and it'll be alllll over with ... *sigh*

Note to self: MUST go to Noss' party .... must not be anit-social ....

Current Mood: frustrated
Friday, March 1st, 2002
11:52 pm
I just finished the last Ice Breaker mint in my tin.

The special thing about this tin of Ice Breakers is that it was my Valentine's Day present. I got my S.O. a card, a box of truffles, a jewlry-making tool, and Tetris for her Game Boy Advance. I got breath mints.

I'm thinking about this because I've been accused of not noticing how much she appreciates me. Sometimes I have to wonder ... *sigh*

Current Mood: contemplative
Thursday, February 28th, 2002
6:58 pm
Ha! I finally have an entry in my live journal. And I've only had the thing for about three weeks now!

Believe it or not, this is actually part my a plan to become less of a hermit. I used to make a practice of going to City Club at least once every six months. Prior to this January, I think it had been about two years since I had been down there.

Oddly, that coincides with the time I started Grad school. Crappy excuse, I know, but it's been sucking the life out of me. But this is a fresh start ... the start of a new, more sociable Irish!

(You can stop laughing now!)

Current Mood: accomplished
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