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Post by The Wisp on Fri Dec 26, 2014 2:19 am

Glides wrote:I have a date tomorrow. I should be happy about it, but I'm really not. I absolutely despise dates and I'm only going on this one because that's what she wanted to do.

My entry into manhood is just as underwhelming as I expected it to be. I'd put this under rants, but this is a supposedly happy occassion.

That's still progress! Try to go in with a good attitude and you'll do fine Smile
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Post by Enail on Fri Dec 26, 2014 11:20 am

Glides, it doesn't have to be some Big Important Date thing, just think of it like going and doing something fun with someone who might be cool. Even if it's not what you'd want to be doing, just go in to have have fun with it, don't treat it as some grand event that will singlehandedly change your life.

Also, next time your jerkbrain tries to tell you no one would want to date you, you can point it to this and tell it to shut the fuck up. Grin
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Post by BasedBuzzed on Fri Dec 26, 2014 12:25 pm

Does the pessimism stem from the fact that you're not optimistic about how the date will go, or because you actually don't want to date the person? I'm all for seeing where it goes if you're a bit unsure, but don't force yourself into anything because "muh last chance" or "can't get any better" thoughts.

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Post by nearly_takuan on Sat Dec 27, 2014 7:56 pm

Another online test interview screen thing, and this time I nailed it. Fucking nailed it. Likely still won't hear back for a while because of the holidays thing but I do expect them to call me. Though...I really hope they ask harder questions when they do.
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Post by reboot on Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:22 pm

Hong Kong is amazingly fun.
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Post by WJMorris3 on Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:21 pm

Liking the fact that OKCupid is allowing asexual as a selected preference!

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Post by Werel on Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:05 pm

Whoooo, paper got accepted to my favorite academic conference! First abstract I'd ever submitted on my own research alone (rather than a big grant project with a famous PI)-- pretty good to know I can maybe hack it on my own merits. Kyoto, here I come! Grin
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Post by Guest on Sun Dec 28, 2014 1:10 pm

Werel wrote:Whoooo, paper got accepted to my favorite academic conference! First abstract I'd ever submitted on my own research alone (rather than a big grant project with a famous PI)-- pretty good to know I can maybe hack it on my own merits. Kyoto, here I come! Grin

Yay! High-fives all around!!

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Post by nearly_takuan on Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:06 pm

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Werel wrote:Whoooo, paper got accepted to my favorite academic conference! First abstract I'd ever submitted on my own research alone (rather than a big grant project with a famous PI)-- pretty good to know I can maybe hack it on my own merits. Kyoto, here I come! Grin

Yay! High-fives all around!!
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Post by KMR on Thu Jan 01, 2015 10:00 am

I'm leaving for a Caribbean cruise today! I'm not looking forward to the fact that I'm going to have a ton of stuff to do when I get back, but for now I'm going to put that out of my mind and just enjoy my trip.
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Post by Guest on Mon Jan 05, 2015 7:41 pm

Got invited to a catch-up dinner yesterday by a friend who has been in Europe for a whole year!

Couldn't make it (ugh) but I don't get invited to stuff very often in the first place so I'm stupidly happy about it. It's the little things, the little things!

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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 09, 2015 12:46 am

Unboxing my new Seagate 5TB USB 3.0 hard drive was like something outta 2001 A Space Odyssey. :3


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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:32 am

The Mikey wrote:Unboxing my new Seagate 5TB USB 3.0 hard drive was like something outta 2001 A Space Odyssey. :3

That's a lot of porn, dude.

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Post by Guest on Fri Jan 09, 2015 11:46 am

Ehehehe, it is a lot of space; but it ain't for porn. ;D

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Post by nearly_takuan on Wed Jan 14, 2015 7:08 pm

I've been anxious about a job I interviewed for that I still haven't heard anything further about for almost a month now, because they really should have contacted me by now even if they decided not to hire me. But I wanted them to hire me, because I like the kind of work environment they seem to have going, and I'd like to have some "real" income again, and that somewhat makes up for me being skeptical that I would ever really fit in with the out-and-proud gamer-gang clique they have going among their team, especially given that every single one of them is a White dude. (Because of what it connotes about attitudes toward diversity, even in a city where White people vastly outnumber the rest of us. Women don't vastly outnumber the rest of us....)

I've been anxious about a job I applied for that has been moving forward at a moderate pace, because even though they seem fairly convinced I'm up to the task I'm not actually all that sure myself as I learn more about what's involved. It will be exciting to have so many new things to learn and think about, but if I don't end up living up to their expectations I will be in some very big trouble and so will they. We have another interview scheduled pretty soon. I think this is the last one. Despite my reservations I do want the job; there's a lot of potential for good in there, too. But back on the original hand, their "work hard, play hard" jargon gives me a vibe like they might try to force "work/life balance" on me and try to promote "teamwork" by organizing a bunch of group events, all of which is decidedly Not My Style. Always something to put up with, I suppose.

Except maybe not. Because now, right now, just now, I am suddenly fleetingly amazingly giddy with anticipation for a different upcoming interview. Possible dream job. Good location for making myself Do Things after work. Small but loose but friendly team, including a few people I already know. I know better than to talk politics at work but by all appearances this team is refreshingly left-leaning and liberal, which indicates we may have other sensibilities in common and the rest can be figured out and negotiated. Already did one of their tests and they were evidently quite pleased. Again, lots to learn and lots to try. Maybe not a lot of new ground to cover, yet, but that will come in time. They can lowball the damned salary for all I care. I want to work here.

It is mildly sobering that this is the happiest thought I have had since a similar day four years ago. It might be meaningful that the thought consists partly of "holy shit, what a relief, I was worried about being good enough and I did way better." It is definitely important that I keep a mental snapshot of this feeling. Someone get me a graybox so I can live inside it.
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Post by Gentleman Johnny on Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:38 am

Survived two Park our classes now and feeling very accomplished. Next week I'm going to add a belly dance class to try it out. Apparently male dancers are an actual thing just fairly rare in the states. Can't hurt to check it out.
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Post by Barretts_Salt on Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:39 am

Gentleman Johnny wrote:Next week I'm going to add a belly dance class to try it out. Apparently male dancers are an actual thing just fairly rare in the states. Can't hurt to check it out.

Yes, yes they are.  My first wedding, a long time ago, was Middle Eastern themed (Jewish ceremony courtesy of our friend the rebbe) with ME food courtesy of our SCA friend group.

We had both a male and a female belly dancer -- the guy was similar to a bearded Tim Curry.  At that time (1981) there was a wonderful male bellydancer named Qasim.  He might even turn up on YouTube?

Enjoy:)
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Post by Guest on Thu Jan 15, 2015 2:24 pm

I love Ragtime music and blues and this really brightened me up a little.


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Post by Gentleman Johnny on Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:27 pm

Barretts_Salt wrote:
Gentleman Johnny wrote:Next week I'm going to add a belly dance class to try it out. Apparently male dancers are an actual thing just fairly rare in the states. Can't hurt to check it out.

Yes, yes they are.  My first wedding, a long time ago, was Middle Eastern themed (Jewish ceremony courtesy of our friend the rebbe) with ME food courtesy of our SCA friend group.

We had both a male and a female belly dancer -- the guy was similar to a bearded Tim Curry.  At that time (1981) there was a wonderful male bellydancer named Qasim.  He might even turn up on YouTube?

Enjoy:)

I had heard a vague rumor of a troupe with one so I asked a local instructor about it. . . ok, actually I asked her if she knew one particular performer so she could put in a good word for me on the dating front (didn't know her) but we kept talking from there. The practical truth of how it shakes out is they're much less common. Among Middle Eastern troupes the guys are generally straight. Among American troupes, almost universally not. But whatever. I accidentally found myself in an improvised belly dance circle at an event a few months back and it was a lot of fun after I got over being the only guy on the dance floor. Good thing I had a mask on so no one could tell how nervous I was as the only guy and trying to pick up the routine by watching and following along.

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Post by Barretts_Salt on Thu Jan 15, 2015 10:28 pm

Oh, definitely far less common. And for all I know, I may have seen them at a peak participation period of time:)

And it's a great excuse to get a scimitar.
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Post by Autumnflame on Sat Jan 17, 2015 10:58 pm

I don't have liver cancer, and apparently I have a boyfriend now! Grin

(The only potentially-dicey part about the latter is how to break it to the other guy I've been dating that I like, and want to keep seeing, but don't feel strongly enough about to turn into a Relationship.)

What would really put the icing on this January cake is if I get into Spectrum, but that probably won't happen. Still gonna try.
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Post by The Wisp on Sat Jan 17, 2015 11:05 pm

Congrats, Autumn!
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Post by Gentleman Johnny on Mon Jan 19, 2015 5:14 pm

Finally got to the top of the waiting list for my Pimp Boy 3 Billion kit! Made my own shoulder holster, my first ever leather work project. My asymmetrical, one shoulder vest to match it came in. Best of all, I have convinced a friend of mine to settle a debate over the appropriateness of comparing modern American complacency in government to the 30's German equivalent (I take the side that this is a vastly inaccurate comparison) by online propaganda war!

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Post by BasedBuzzed on Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:13 pm

>not naming the account Dildo F*ggins
He was going to lose that exchange from the start. Still, it's nice to see such a 180 flip(though knowing the backfire effect, it's going to take a long time to create actual changes in attitude).

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