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October 25th, 2010

Halloween weekend!

Halloween is just about upon us! Unfortuantely, I will not be making it to Fur Fright, but that does not mean I will be without things to do!

Friday myself and Kova will be heading to World Cafe Live for a Masquerade (if anyone knows of anything else going on Friday night in Philly, let me know!).

Saturday going with Kova to a block party of some kind in NJ... still waiting for more info on that. Alternatively, K&T are going to DC for Jon Stewarts "Rally to Restore Sanity"! 

We will be having a halloween gathering at our house! Much like last year it will be some hot cider (spiked if you please), shenanigans, trick or treating, and board games. Please come. That might be what she said.

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October 20th, 2010

Hello, Journal

Just letting you know that I still read you. I don't post much because the people who actually care already know how life is, so LJ has lost a bit of importance. 

I'm on IM a lot, so touch base if you wanna chat! (yay unemployed!)

May 24th, 2010

Pandora Facts

Facts about my Pandora radio station ( http://www.pandora.com/?sc=sh21225522226892100 )

Its my primary station, I listen to it 90% of the time. As such...
  • I use up my 40 free hours about 9 days into the month.
  • I have 9 artist seeds (Daft Punk, Green Day, and Chili Peppers are among them)
  • I Have 15 song seeds
  • I have 155 songs with thumbs up
  • There are 55 songs with thumbs down
  • Most common artists (by most often played) are Coldplay and Red Hot Chili Peppers (as far as I can guess, anyway)
  • Artist with most thumbs up is Linkin Park (with 7)
  • Artist with most thumbs down is Modest Mouse with 12 (an artist is normally banned with 3 thumbs down, unless you thumbs up a song by that artist)
  • At most, I've had 6 thumbed up songs in a row come up.

May 19th, 2010

Dear Journal,

Dear Journal,

You deserve my attention. Ok, maybe deserve is a bad word to describe the places where my thoughts go. My apologies, Journal. I will have to subject you to my thoughts very soon. This news is also unfortunate for anyone who might still read this.

Your friend enemy friend,

April 8th, 2010

Credit Cards

Anonymous Commenting enabled!

I'm curious: How many people depend on a credit card to get through your day-to-day/week-to-week/paycheck-to-paycheck/month-to-month expenses? How did you become dependent on your credit card? Why did you get your first card? What is your largest recurring expense catagory? (food/loans/rent/etc)

March 26th, 2010


At work lately, especially recently (which may just be due to work-related stress), I have been finding myself especially distracted. A lot of the time I don't even realize it. I'll start working on a project, stop to look for a particular file or to check an email that came in, and suddenly will find myself working on a different, less important project.

For some reason I've been more aware of it today, but I know I've been doing it for a little while. I'm working on something, and next thing I know, I'm working on something completely unrelated for no reason, and I have to stop and go back to what I was originally supposed to be working on. I don't know why I'm doing this, or how to stop

So, any advice on how to focus more?

Also: I really need to listen to that voice in my head that tells me what my boss is going to say before she says it.

March 24th, 2010

I don't get it

The brainwashing! CNN posted a story to Facebook about the judge that said a highschool violated a lesbians rights when it prohibited her from taking her girlfriend to the prom.

What bothers me are the comments. I'm not going to claim to know everything in the bible, or what appears where. I'm also not going to claim to know every in and out of the government. What bothers me is the people who have been brainwashed into thinking that they know everything they need to know, refuse to learn beyond the limitations set by what brainwashed them, and are completely content with that.

Allow me to explain:

I'm not even talking wild new-age Micheal Moore nonsense either. Mr. Moore claims in "Bowling for Columbine" that only the 'scary' stories are reported, as opposed to the 'meaningful' ones (crime story, vs. a smog story is what he compares in the movie). He says that when people are scared, they're more likely to buy the comforting products that are offered during the commercial breaks. I find that brainwashing concept a little hard to believe... while there may be something to his idea, I don't think the media world is coordinated enough to have that happen intentionally. There are a lot of those government-media consipiracy theories that they're attempting to brainwash us... and its really a tough sell.

Whats not a tough sell is religion. Aside from the fact that some religions blatantly made up (Mormons and Scientology come to mind), some of them can help people find hope and comfort when they need it. Its why so many elderly go to church... geriatric depression; they want to believe that there is someplace for them when they die.

What isn't OK is when people use religion as a blind defense. Aside from the tired argument that the Bible is against homosexuality (which is easily defeated by the fact you have to cherry pick morals from the bible to say that), you often get the "This is a Christian Country" argument. Even if I ignore that non-acceptance isn't actually Christian at all, its pretty easy to defeat the "Cristian Country" argument, too. The most comment defenses, as used in the comments to that CNN article, are "In God we Trust" and "under God". Unfortunately those were added within the past 75 years.

There really isn't any valid argument against homosexuality, other than "I'm ingnorant and afraid". And I really don't understand how people just refuse face that. They don't do the rather simple research. I just don't understand how they're so... brainwashed that even with an infallible argument, you can't change their mind.

Loosely related, I recently had an brief argument with someone over healthcare. They said that it is illegal to force someone to buy anything  (referring to the requirement that everyone has to buy health insurance). I don't know enough about law to say whether or not its true. I suppose if someone told me that long time ago, I might be inclined to believe it... but it takes only a little critical thinking to realize that everyone who owns a car is required to buy insurance. If thats legal, than its more than likely that requiring healthcare is legal as well. Unfortunately, this person refused to see that... and recited something that sounded like a Republican script.

Why do people believe the first thing they're told, and close the door to all other options? I just don't get it.

March 12th, 2010

So for the past week or so, I have not been wearing my class ring because I lost it... I figured I left it around the  house while cleaning, and it would turn up.

Well, it did turn up...
from    z*******@gmail.com
to    andyjv@gmail.com
subject    Class ring

How are you? My name is Zack and found your class ring at the wholefoods on south st. I work a 9 - 5 so I am going to leave the ring for you at 10th street hardware which is 257 s. 10th between spruce and locust. I know the guys that work there so just go in and tell them you're there for the ring that Zack left. They are open til 8 tonight and 7 saturday.

Take care


How about that!?

March 8th, 2010

Add this guy

Everyone should add dritz_buckwolf  to thier friends list here! He is in Nebraska, and nebraska sucks... so keep him company on LJ! It just takes two clicks!
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