2013

For my first company dinner, the group went out to Timberwood Grill. It actually was a great place to eat, and I had spiffy food of buffalo wings, along with fish and chips. All in all it was a good experience, and I would recommend.

 

Right before snapping this picture, a coworker was announcing that “I was taking pictures of my food” in a mocking and obnoxious manner. Yeah, whats-your-name. I will take pictures of my food if I like. Just the same way you can take dozens of photos of your kids.

 

Personal advice from me. Let people mind their own business in peace sometimes, and don’t be a loudmouth about it just because you can. Thank you.

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While I was back in ETSU, I followed a girl by the name of MellasFenixxes on deviantART. I loved her stuff and while I kept tabs on it, never thought about commissioning her till my first job started. Over the summer I was brave enough to ask her to commission a long-standing idea I had, some of the Disney girls dressed up in the outfits from Touhou. The first one we worked on was Esmeralda; this was the final result after I went back a few times to fix the background.

 

Lineart courtesy Paola Tosca.

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Finally getting an upgrade! Just swapped to this iPhone 5S today, so this’ll be interesting. This is actually the first time I’m buying my own phone, so it’s a first for me. Still sticking to that Otterbox goodness; kept me out of trouble the first time around, and hopefully it’ll do the same this time.

 

So yes, this is my last photo with my old phone. Signing off for now.

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I find that nowadays I get home, I just want to veg out a little bit and do something else than either be in the house or napping. I do get tired, but until I hammer out a better schedule, I hope outside just as it starts to cool down just a little. And since this is the end of August, it’s thankfully not sweltering hot when out here.

 

So often I have a soda, taking my saucer chair and lounging on the back porch with my Iconia A100 tablet, browsing deviantART or Houzz  (as you can see here). It is a little clunky but the Houzz app works beautifully, and it’s like browsing virtual housing without leaving your couch.

 

Time will tell when I finally start doing something in the evenings.

 

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This is a shot of the Millenium Project Alpha as I finish the last upgrade for this system. Though the hard drives can take more capacity and be swapped out, I’ve had this frame since 2007, and I believe it’s time to use another system in the near future.

 

However, the upgrades I installed in this system not only made it better, it solved a problem I’ve had since I was using the system in my last year of ETSU: the fan roaring when doing something taxing. Turned out the system was having brownout power issues, and a higher wattage PSU was in order. I naturally upgraded this when I heard that the 3.0Ghz processor required more power, and the 750W was the same price as a 550W the week I bought it (didn’t hurt to get more, right?)

 

New Arctic Silver paste, the PSU and processor are my last blessings on this computer. And with the upgrades over the years of the Bluetooth Media Card reader, additional DVD-ROM drive and even a Firewire card/port, I believe I can say I fulfilled my design philosophy of “maxing out” a system in my possession.

 

I’m glad to say the Millenium Project Alpha was my hot rod.

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At my workplace, we have a whiteboard in the little kitchen area. Nobody really does anything on it except post a motivational flyer now and then. So I tried to add some funny doodles a few months in. I was inspired by a Dalek meme I had seen in school back in the beginning of the years, so I adapted it a bit as if they were working the job I was. 😛

 

Unfortunately, my coworkers didn’t appreciate it. It got erased a day later and nobody made a single comment on them. I never drew anything on their big whiteboard again.

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Working late at my new workplace for a few months, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that it is a little unsettling after staying past 5PM, even when there’s only one or two people left in the building. This particular night I was past 7PM, and was one of the last ones in the building.

 

When stepping out to head home, I caught this picture down one of the two long corridors next to my office. My door is to the utmost right of the photo.

 

I will state that it may not be that settling to you, but the way it was set up, it certainly did leave you to stick around.

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I found myself out of the neighborhood this afternoon, in the small town known as Lenoir City. Why? To meet some kid who was going to sell me a Gameboy. The meetup spot was Jet Pizza; while waiting for him to show, I ordered a pizza to take back home with me. I snapped this photo while waiting around; it had an interesting aesthetic to it; certainly not like the chains I go to; and while not in grandeur to M & S back in Dover, it had an older look that made me think back to the late 90s somehow. Maybe I’ll stop in here one of these days again.

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