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A friend no more, or never was? [Aug. 5th, 2009|11:00 pm]
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 You ever have one of those friends where you get that sense that you're the only one trying to maintain the lines of communication?  And then when you stop maintaining, the communication stops?

Was that person really your friend in the first place?

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It is the 21st century, right? [Feb. 5th, 2009|10:47 am]
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Quick rant about taxes (no, not having to pay them, that's a separate topic)...

The IRS pulled a fast one this year and extended the deadline for companies to send out their 1099s, etc., to February 15th.  It was January 31st last year.

So, many folks can't even *start* their taxes until after February 15th.  That's 1 1/2 months the government is entitled to hold onto your money if you're due a refund.

I'm sure this was from companies bitching about how much work it is to get the forms out in time.  Blah, blah.

Ok, in this day and age, if you can't get out information that you've been accumulating *all year* to your customers, then you have a problem.

Some guy should load the printer on 12/31.  I'll give said guy 1/1 as a holiday, yet the mysterious and magical computers that run our society will have no issues working that day and will be diligently calculating everyone's forms.  Said computers will also, of course, then publish the results on the company's website underneath each customer's online account data.  Guy should come to work in the morning on 1/2 and hit the friggin' print button.  Have a machine auto-stuff the ton of envelopes and mail them out.  I expect my 1099s by 1/7.  Done.

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Deer in the road...I know, everyone sees them... [Jan. 9th, 2009|01:09 pm]
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Driving to work yesterday down one of the local streets, I look up and 3 adult does are standing right in the middle of the road.  I had enough time, so I slow to a halt instead of slamming on the brakes and startling them.

Then, we just stare at each other for a while.  I tried to send them a 'vibe' in that I meant them no harm and they remained there, staring at me.

I just took them in.  Beautiful creatures.  Graceful, majestic, innocent.  They had no cares or wants other than safety and survival.  

Then, after a bit, another car started to come over the hill and broke the 'trance'.  They lifted their heads, looked at the source of the noise, and then trotted across a nearby field.

If I believed in such things, I'd say there was a 'powerful moment' exchanged.  But I don't, really.

However, I made a note that morning that, as tasty as it is, I wouldn't eat venison again in my lifetime.  It's strange, I know, but it felt like the right thing to do.

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An epic weekend... [Oct. 16th, 2008|01:10 pm]
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Had my buddies from HS come up and visit for a long weekend.

We played a lot of games.
We did a lot of Xbox (Marvel Ultimate Alliance, in case you were curious).
We had a ton of laughs.

It's been over 20 years (over 25 for one of them), we live in different states, and still when we gather, it's as though we never left.

I count myself extremely lucky for that, and I'm grateful.

I'm also grateful to the SOs who tolerate our immature play weekends in the face of other obligations.  Huge kudos to the ladies.  :-)
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Adventures in lunch... [Oct. 16th, 2008|12:31 pm]
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Ever since I switched to the salad and starting putting baby spinach leaves in it, I always whistle the theme to "Popeye the Sailor" on my way back to my desk from the caf.
 
Freakin' spinach.

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NetFest 2008 [Sep. 29th, 2008|01:04 pm]
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Great times, guys.  Thanks to all who made it possible and such a resounding success.

And special thanks to gizmoek's sandvich.

The amount of beer and coffee consumed was....impressive.

I'll post some pictures soon.

For now...sleep.

Oh, wait...I'm at work.  Crap.
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A discussion of love.... [Sep. 18th, 2008|01:17 pm]
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[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]

Disclaimer:  This post isn't about any particular people or circumstance.  It stemmed from a discussion and I'm extremely curious what others think.

Even those who aren't parents can probably help with this one.

Say you have a child.  Of course, you love that child with all of your heart and being.  You love that child so much, you can't imagine loving them any more.  Nothing can diminish that love, nor take away from the bond you share with that child.

Now....you have another child.

Of course, you love that new child with all of your heart and being.  All of the statements above apply to the new child.

First question:  Do you love your first child any less?
Typical answer:  Of course not.  Parents love all of their children equally (for the most part...as long as they're behaving and not getting arrested for smoking dope at school).

If we take a step back...why should this 'unlimited love that can be shared' exist only in regard to parents and their children?

Should you be able to have 'unlimited love' for your own parents?  Do you love either one less than the other?  What about love of your siblings?

And then the kicker....what about someone you don't share DNA with, such as a lover/partner?

Let's first clear up that of course there are many different forms of love that we feel.  Some examples:

Parental love toward one's children
Familial love toward one's parents and/or siblings and/or aunts/uncles, cousins, etc.
Romantic love toward one's partner, SO, husband/wife, fiancee, etc.

Should the 'unlimited love that knows no limits and no bounds' concept apply to only one of those forms of love?  If so, why?

I suppose this line of thought is migrating into a polygamy vs. monogamy concept.  But, call it what you will, the questions remain.

What is it that upsets us so when our romantic love goes beyond a 1-1 basis?  If our capacity for love is truly unlimited, then shouldn't we be able to love many vs. one if that's the way the wind takes us?  If we feel romantic love towards one that is not our partner, does it lesson the love we feel for that partner?

Is it just the sex?  Does sharing physical intimacy with one person take away from the experience we share with another?  Seems similar to the emotional aspect to me and really the fundamental question....does sharing something lessen it?

Another option:  We feel that way because society tells us to.  We're supposed to pair off and that's that.  It's always been how it's done.
Yet another option:  We're too insecure with ourselves that unless our partner is monogmous, they'll find someone better, leave us, and we'll be alone without romantic love at all.

The former is kind of sad, yet expected as it also explains many other behaviors we exhibit.  The latter is way sad, yet probably too close to the truth.  It's where jealousy comes from, which is among the ugliest of negative emotions.

Anyone have any thoughts?  My monogamous partner and I are quite curious what people think.
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It's not really 'hardon', although that would be hysterical... [Sep. 8th, 2008|01:24 pm]
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For those not keeping up with the latest, the Large Hadron Collider goes online in a couple of days over in Geneva.

It's pretty freaking exciting from a research perspective.  Hopefully they'll find the Higgs Boson and maybe even lend evidence to M-theory (or at least possibily provide evidence of a higher than 4 dimensional universe).

It's pretty interesting from the stories that the nobel lauretes involved with the project are getting death threats from people who don't want the universe destroyed.

Which, by the way, is calculated to be an obscenely small probability.

In the small chance the earth does get swallowed up by a black hole or converted into a huge strangelet this week, it was nice knowing you all.
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Adventures in lunch.... [Aug. 19th, 2008|12:28 pm]
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I have my 'standard' lunch that I've posted about before.  Turkey sandwhich...cheese...dijon mustard....dill pickle slices.

They recently changed the cafeteria procedure in that we don't make the sandwhiches anymore and the caf workers prepare them instead.

As you can imagine, this usually leads to disaster.

One day, when I wasn't paying attention, my sandwhich ended up having honey mustard instead of dijon and multi-grain bread instead of whole wheat.  Seriously.

That, combined with the mild stomach ache I've been getting after lunch for the past week or so (I'm thinking the turkey the caf uses is not of the highest quality deli meats), has been making me re-evaluate my life choices.  Specifically, in changing my lunch routine.

After tossing and turning all last night in bed due to anxiety and trudging into work this morning with the weight of uncertainty pushing down upon my shoulders, I decided today was the day.  Today, I shall have a salad.

The salad had green things in it.  It had raw spinich leaves.  It had carrots.  Freaking carrots.  Cucumbers, a couple of strips of chicken, shredded cheddar cheese and hard boiled egg whites rounded it off.

I ate it, my stomach doesn't hurt, and most importantly, the world didn't explode.  My mother would be proud.

Since I seem to be in 'crazy changes mode', perhaps tomorrow I'll become a mormon.

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This cable will change your life.... [Aug. 7th, 2008|03:56 pm]
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A co-worker sent me this link to what is essentially a CAT-5 network cable sold by Denon for 'high end connection' of Denon audio equipment.

At first, I started laughing hysterically at the price and thought that was the entire joke.

But, that's not even the funny part.  Read the comments users have been leaving.  I almost peed my pants.

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