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|Tuesday, July 12th, 2016|
|Public service announcement
For all of you that just insist every story, tv show, anime, and what have you must be dark, gritty, brooding and full of horrible people, I have one request:STOP IT!
There is a place in the world for happy and uplifting stories. Thhings were the good and the innocent are not crapped on. Maybe, just maybe, if we told more stories like that we would all be inspired to do good things instead of being cynics and waiting for the next horrible moment to come along.
That is all.
|Monday, June 2nd, 2014|
I've been out of the office due to medical issues. Mainly because I needed surgery to repair some serious intestinal problems. I get back full time today and it's near the end of a development iteration. And ... it turns out a specific story in the iteration had tasks for docs, test, and UX for updating a specific thing ... but no task for engineering to actually implement it. So my first day back I get a panic request to implement it today if possible. They're very sorry, blah, blah.
Hey morons, if you need something implemented, you actually need to ASK engineering to implement it, and not on the final day of a development iteration.
It seems no one got a brain transplant while I was out; stupidity still reigns.
And on top of it all, one of the good UX people left. They couldn't take the stupidity anymore either.
|Monday, November 25th, 2013|
|A non-grouchy comment for once
I just saw Day of the Doctor in the theater (yes, I didn't watch it on TV so I could see it on the big screen for the first time). 100% worth it. They tied up a long-standing plot and theme in a creative way. I can't say any more as it would spoiler it, but if you are a Dr. Who fan and haven't seen the movie/50th anniversary show, see it.
|Sunday, December 9th, 2012|
To all the game publishers out there...
STOP MAKING EVERYTHING EITHER AN MMO OR A FIRST PERSON SHOOTER! THERE IS A MARKET FOR STANDALONE SINGLE PLAYER GAMES, THANKS.
|Monday, November 21st, 2011|
|Tuesday, April 19th, 2011|
|The passing of old heroes
Namely two people I grew up watching on TV died in the past two months. Today, Elizabeth Sladen, Sarah Jane Smith from Doctor Who, died of cancer. She was only 63. Two months ago Nicolas Courtney, the Brigadier from Doctor Who, also died of cancer. He was 81.
They're actors, yes, but I grew up watching them be heroes on the old Sci-Fi show. It's sad to lose them; they were both great actors and the roles they played were memorable. They were two of my favorite characters from the series.
-- Kagetsume Current Mood: sad
|Sunday, April 10th, 2011|
|I hate cardio
Cardio workout is truly the most evil thing ever invented. After 15 minutes I felt like I wanted to die. 20 minutes later, I still feel like I want to die.
Something that is supposed to be good for you should not make you feel like you want to die.
|Thursday, January 27th, 2011|
My mother's 32 year old Arabian gelding died today. Liver failure. It's hard to listen to a parent cry over the phone.
|Thursday, January 6th, 2011|
|Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010|
Today I have had to explain the difference between a String and a Number, to a college educated (and degree holding), supposed engineer.
That's beyond sad and pathetic.
|Thursday, October 14th, 2010|
|I wonder about people
You know, you would think someone with a college degree would understand that 100% of 0 is still 0.
In the immortal words of Basil Fawlty: Oh Budda.
-- Kagetsume Current Mood: aggravated
|Thursday, October 7th, 2010|
|Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010|
I like this quote:
Great things come in small packages.
Except for singularities, they suck.
Whee, nerd humor.
|Wednesday, September 8th, 2010|
|Can I have a good day, please?
One of my uncles (by marriage. Father's sister's husband) had a massive stroke yesterday. They're debating turning off life support; he's pretty far gone. Wasn't close, but it's still sad. Life ends so quickly.
I'm not the one suffering, for which I'm thankful, but I am having to watch it go on around me. I could really use some good news for a change.
-- Kagetsume. Current Mood: melancholy
|Thursday, September 2nd, 2010|
|Monday, May 24th, 2010|
|Monday, December 14th, 2009|
|Kagetsume's financial rules
1.) Always pay cash when possible. If you don't have the cash and it's some trivial item you do not *need* for survival, do without. Big ticket items (cars, etc, are excluded from this rule, but the same concept applies if possible, pay cash if you can.).
2.) Have only *one* credit card you use for everything. Play it off every month if possible. Do not pay 'just minimum'. You may have more than one for building credit score reasons, but for the love of everything, do not use them
3.) A modification to rule #2
: Store credit cards (Best But, Lowes, etc). They exist to screw you over. Understand that simple fact
. Why do I say that? Look at the interest rates. Most are close to 25% apr. People do not realize how much this is. A simple example, on a $1000 balance, you will pay $250 in interest alone for a year on that. This is robbery, folks. Don't do it; don't use them. The ONLY time to use them is when said store is offering same as cash
for X months and it is something you do need, like a washer, dryer, etc. Or it is something you'd like, but can't cash it out all at once (but be careful here). In this case, take your balance, divide it by (X-1), then pay that EVERY month until it is paid off (The X-1 payoff rate ensures you pay it off one month ahead of time, to be safe). If you do that, you will pay no interest on the item. Do not just pay minimum, you will not pay it off in the time period, ever. Their bill calculation ensures that; they expect and want that. Because ... interest accrues from date of purchase folks. So if you don't pay off that $1000 and you had 12 months ... by the end of that 12 months you owe them an extra $250. Tada, you just paid them the interest they wanted in the first place. You saved nothing by that deal.
4.) Do not make yourself house poor. Just because you can afford something huge, don't. Always purchase something you can easily
pay and leave yourself as much money as you can left over as possible at the end of the month.
5.) Save for the future. Do not depend on the government to pay your retirement. Chances are they won't be. Save money every month for it. Saving 10% a year should be target, more if possible. You will thank yourself later.
6.) Avoid impulse buying. Seriously. I'm not kidding here. By avoiding impulse buying, 1, 2, and 3, are actually very easy to follow. No, you really don't need the latest and greatest 'foo' with feature 'bar'. Put it down and walk away. Once you are away from it, then
think about it. Decide if you really, really, want it. Then go back to rules 1, 2, and 3. If you can satisfy all of those, only then make the purchase.
7.) For repeating bills, set up auto-pay. Not being late is one of the biggest contributors to a good credit score. The other is having a good income to debt ratio. You do not want to be late. Not only will you pay more (late fees), you may take a hit on your credit rating. A low credit score means everything you try to do later (home, car, etc), will have higher interest rates because you've shown yourself to be a risk. While this seems counter-intuitive, there is a reason: If you haven't paid on time regularly, a company will charge you more to lend you money so they can recoup their initial lending cost faster. This is to mitigate some of the risk they're taking on you.
8.) Always assume any company, bank, salesman, or product is out to screw you. Most of the time they are. Be defensive. Don't fall into their traps. Read the fine print
9.) Never let a telemarketer sell you anything. Ever. EVER
. They work by pressure, guilting, and suckering you. Basically they want you to violate rule 6 by emotional appeal. Don't let it happen. Hang up and walk away.
10.) Always pay cash when possible. Yes, this is a repeat of rule #1
. It's important. I repeated it because it is important. Don't forget it.
11.) Do not lend money to family or friends. If you want to give them money, make it a gift
. Never expect to be repaid. If you are repaid, awesome! If you aren't, oh well, it was a gift. Expecting to be repaid usually means you'll lose a friend or break contact with said family member. It's not worth the stress.
11.) Lastly: This may sound harsh but ... If you don't know someone, DO NOT TRUST THEM. Especially when it comes to money. I've seen members of my own family screwed here. I know of what I speak.
-- Kagetsume. Current Mood: grumpy
|Tuesday, December 8th, 2009|
|Thursday, July 30th, 2009|
Learned today that my co-worker, AKA CrackBoy, has been tossed from team to team for being completely useless. He has yet to have done anything for my employer since hired on. Good grief, folks, why haven't you fired this guy?
He makes 20% more than I do on top of it. All because his 'office' is located in CA, and with CA being a high cost of living area, they get a bonus to their salary. :P
Life isn't fair.
|Sunday, July 5th, 2009|