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i'll play along, but don't expect me to be too quick about it, because i'm right about to start working twelve hour shifts with no days off.
Comment here and repost a blank one on your own journal.

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
27) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
28) Do you believe in ghosts?
29) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
30) Do you swear a lot?
31) Biggest pet peeve?
32) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
33) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
34) Favourite and least favourite food?
35) Do you believe in God?
36) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
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The Big Read thinks that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicise those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've only read 6 and force books upon them ;-)

19, and three were kinda cheating.  emma so has me beat.  to be fair, however, most of the books i read are a touch more obscure than is included in the list, so it's no sign that i'm not well read, i'm just a proper elitist asshole.  =P
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emma and i will be deciding on her arrival date over the next few days, and she'll be here soon!  (late ish july it looks like right now!)

i am more excited than any of you know.
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Comment on this post and I will choose seven interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

ewww.  i'm doing this?  wtf...  =P

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many of you have likely seen this, a ted talk by peter donnelly on common misconceptions about statistics.  nonetheless i think this video is too important for any member of any modern society for me to pass up sharing it.  certainly the best explanation of how statistics can be misused, and to horrible ends, i've seen yet.  as well a few nice explanations of bayes theorem (but he doesn't say that's what they are), which is nice since that's typically such a point of frustration for people learning statistics/probability.

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or just under that, until emma's here, and consequently, i'm legally married.

wow.  exciting much?  =D
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i fucking fail. my life is so busy in such an odd way. anyway, here's the post. finally.

life is good. lots of reading going on at the present. less internet, more books. this is good for a zeke. probably good for a you, too -- but apparently that lesson hasn't sunk in yet if you're still reading this shite i spew. don't worry, it took me ages to figure it out, and i still have to drag myself away from the computer nonetheless.

reading! specifically: on the road, zen mind, beginner's mind, all of statistics (for nearly the third time i'm attempting it, this time having fulfilled the requisite studies beforehand.  a good practice, let me tell you...), a first course in calculus (not entirely done, but very nearly so), and the hero's journey (don't get too upset brian and leilani!  i'm just starting on the road, which i got from emma the same time i got this book from you guys, so it's nothing personal.  i just suck.).  and this is all good, reading a lot is definitely very good.  i find that i fulfill my goals a lot better, and i enjoy what i read a lot more when i read a book.  not that the medium which one uses really matters, but the content is much more developed and pertinent to my interests.  this likely also has to do with how much more effort i put into selecting books than websites.  anyway, i digress...

my gig as a millwright isn't going badly or great.  it's certainly not bad, i'm not in any way behind schedule.  but i could be doing better.  of course, this doesn't matter so much.  i've got enough money for my purposes, and plenty of time to live life -- this is what really matters, methinks.  i'm working on learning to weld, rather, working on becoming a certified structural welder.  i can already weld, that is certain.  not great, but i can do a decent weld.  i just need more practice.  also working on getting more certifications (altho i already have more certifications than like three quarters of the union...  this is only because they're more useful to an apprentice, and because i really don't mind putting in extra time when the option is there.), specifically three turbine related certs.  that's enough of that shite, work is boring, and no one really needs to know much about it.

math!  oh my, i love math.  i really do.  and i'm learning a lot of it, at least for the time i have to put into it.  i've finished an introductory linear algebra book, and nearly finished a one year calculus book (the aforementioned, by serge lang -- i highly recommend it to any interested.), and this all since the beginning of the year.  okay, that's only two books, but i do, in fact, do other things in my life aside from geeking.  it's fun, i like doing it, there's not much more to say.

programming: the math kinda is there to support the programming.  but i also like the math by itself.  it just depends on what sorta math you're talking about as to whether i learn it to do things with it or just because it's so damned cool.  but programming, while i love it on it's own, is definitely all about doing things.  ai/machine learning/statistical inference approaches to solving complex problems in my life that lend themselves to such a solution.  also have a longer term goal of developing an automated trading system.  this won't happen for a while.  i'm not a good enough programmer or mathematician yet, nor do i have the money to invest.  but it will happen at some point, this i guarantee.  i do not, however, guarantee it'll be a success.  but i think it will.  we'll see...

zen!!!  whee, this is the most exciting (to me) part of it all.  well, of the personal, studyish, things i'm doing because i love them/to better myself sorta stuff.  zen, at least for me, has been the single most useful of all my pursuits of any sort over the past few years.  no joke.  it's a bitch to be consistent about meditation (to give you an idea, i've only got eleven days straight at this point), but i find that when i do meditate consistently, i tend to do better in being reasonable, sincere, and compassionate in my day to day life.  this is good.  this is what i want to do.  i also intend to go to two sesshins a year, or more if possible.  we'll see how feasible that is -- i'm not quite at a point yet where i can afford to turn down jobs just to go off and meditate for a week.  no matter how much i'd like to.  also, i found after my first, last, and only sesshin thus far, that i was fairly disoriented for the first day or two afterwards.  well, no, disoriented isn't the right word -- normal life just seemed so absolutely stupid, so many parts of it, at least.  i imagine that wouldn't be as severe now, but i still wouldn't want to go on a job immediately after sesshin.  also, at some point, if i can manage it, i'd really like to do an ango or two.  or three.  we'll see what's feasible, what emma can handle, and all that.  there's a very good possibility that a three month deal like that would be absolutely unnecessary, and in fact, irresponsible, given my place in life right now.  that won't be happening for like a year or two anyway, so i don't need to worry about it now.

music: i don't really care that much anymore.  i still love the same music i always have, but i really don't have that much music in my life right now.  this'll change once emma's here, i'm sure.  but it'll never be quite as important to me as it has been.  he says so smugly as he listens to his lossless copy of ghosts i-iv from nin.  hypocrite.  =P

intoxicants: i say intoxicants because i'm really including a lot here.  hell, i'd even include fast food/soda...  caffeine, alcohol, excessive refined sugar, nicotine and more stereotypical drugs.  yes, i included excessive refined sugar as an intoxicant, because it can certainly affect me like one.  not that i get any serious high from excessive sugar like i do drugs, but the effects aren't that desirable anymore for me.  same goes for alcohol, caffeine, all of it.  i doubt i'll abstain from all of them entirely, but they will certainly take a back seat in my life in the future.  the clarity of mind and simple, ordinary, boring, intellectual and spiritual life i'm interested in are simply uncompatible with all but infrequent or moderate indulgence any intoxicants.

emma: last, but certainly not least.  like, by no means at all.  she's almost here.  this means that, yes, i will, buddha willing (teehee, i make myself lol...), be married in under three months.  she's got a doctor's appointment and one interview, and then she'll have the visa.  after that, well, she comes here, we get (legally) married ASAP, and we start the paperwork for her green card.  and i really couldn't be happier about all of this.  i mean, not the paperwork and the hassle and the fucking visa...  EMMA!  i'm excited about her.  i really can't imagine having a more perfect relationship than what i've got with her.  we're equally wild and simple and everyday boring (in the way that you all by now should know me to be, to some extent or another), and i really think that's what makes us click so well.  well, among countless other things that i have no interest in going into now.  the point is just to get y'all up to date on my life, not to spoil my memoirs.  =P

anyway, basically life is great.  i live pretty simply.  i don't see many of my friends very often, and while i'd like to see them more often, it doesn't really bug me that i don't, either.  i don't do much, honestly.  i read, i do zen, i work, and i talk to emma.  that's about it.  and that is just perfectly fine.  i fucking love my life.

that's it, bitches!
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i promise! and no later! sorry i failed to do it last week. life is hectic, as always.

<3 you motherfuckers! well, some of you at least. =P
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because i owe you guys an update. and i don't have time to write it now, but i'm promising right now that i'll do the best i can within this next week to catch you all up with my life.

this is all for now.
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damn. sucked in by petrolvodka_gin.

For the first three people that reply to this post who re-post this challenge: you win!

I will send you a gift.

It might be something I've made, or something cool from my hidden stash of fabulousity. It might be a mix CD or a rubber duck or a book I think you might enjoy. It could be a useful object or something else that is awesome and taking up room in my house.

Whatever it is, I promise I will get it to you in 365 days of your posted comment or less, and I will need your snail mail if you're not local.

The only thing you need to do to receive your gift is PARTICIPATE.

Be one of the first three journallers to reply to this, and post this very same thing in your journal, and YOU are the lucky giftee.

Just 'cuz.

Because you get what you need when you ask, and because it's fun to give people stuff.

(Note: If you have anything you especially want, mention that in your response :) I can't promise I'll have it, but if I do I'll try to make it that item :)
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tehgeekmeister: shit, i am officially the coolest person evvar.
tehgeekmeister: i have a cyborg fiancee.
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"if you're looking for fun, grab your wii."
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"there's a new pussy in town" --eron in reference to a new stray cat.
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i just thot everyone would like to know that i've been asked to schedule an interview for a position as an (no, i'm not lying) insurance salesman.

double yoo teee fucking efff.
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scott adams on don imus.
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i've always loved fractals, but i never knew they could be THIS beautiful...
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"The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting with the first one."
- Mark Twain
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funny shit. no, rly. check #23. i <3 google.
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re-beginning updates over at tehgeekmeister.com.
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