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Unwashed Village / Life!
« on: October 23, 2014, 10:10:36 AM »
So, life.

I'm super sad that because Robert Jordan died, we will never get the follow up series about Mat kicking ass in Seanchan.

I've been super pumped about a lot of video games lately, but none of them have really been slayers.

I'm sad about my handle, because as an adult, I can see that Pierce Anthony is kind of a weird misogynist.  I didn't realize that shit when I was like 13, yo. 

I like Java more than C++, but they're both fun.

I continue to struggle with my alcoholism.  I've been doing a lot better lately, but shit yo, it can be tough.

Uhm, what else.  My older sister just had her first kid and I'm the godfather, that's kinda fun;  I've come to the conclusion that the only reason I like one of the major US political parties more than the other is because I am of the opinion that one happens to be more hypocritical;  I think my gums are receding because I abuse my vaporizer so much.

So how is life treating you cats?

Unwashed Village / I'm thirty!
« on: August 19, 2014, 10:13:16 AM »
And my sister is super super pregnant, and my aunt has terminal brain cancer, and I'm redoing my career, and I'm trying to figure out whether or not to marry my girlfriend.

Okay, that last bit was a lie, I already know I want to marry her, I just hope she'll get her dumb ass on board.  Anyway, my point is: Michigan is a horrible state.

Unwashed Village / Internet
« on: October 05, 2013, 02:49:14 PM »
When I was about 13, we finally got the internet for the first time.  I had Fallout, somehow; I can't even remember how I got The Game.  My parents must have bought it for me?  Man, they are pretty good folks.

Anyway, me and this asshole buddy I had started looking at INTERNET MESSAGE BOARDS to find out stuff about this game.  Bear in mind, it's 1996-7, this is a new thing.  I stumbled upon Interplay's Fallout board, and met the Roshambo warrior.  He invited me to the Unwashed Village.

Throughout the next 6-7 years, I was Unwashed.  I was a massive douchebag pretty much all the time. I lied about my age and claimed I was two years older than I was, I obsessed over every board social interaction.  I wrote HORRIBLE poetry.  I wrote some short stories that I think I are kinda funny.  I wrote EVEN MORE HORRIBLE poetry.  I met people all over the fucking world.    I lusted after every female board member, but I told myself that I was being discrete about it; in retrospect, I'm sure I was just like every other teenager.  I fell fucking in love with every board collaborative project.   I was involved with board drama. 

The moments that I remember with the most clarity:

I called Rosh "She", and he responded that he's a he, and I apologized, and he said it wasn't a big deal, then said "Much of what makes us human is lost in this digital world."  Rosh, if you're still out there, that shit you said 16 years ago will never leave my head.

I called Tink "babe", and she got super double angry about it.  I think that was the first time that I really processed that my words have different connotations to other people, and I had to make sure that I am aware of the feelings of the person I'm talking to, and not just assume that every person has the same societal norms I do.  Apparently, communication is a two way street; that cliche doesn't mean 'you have to pay attention to the other person so you can hold hands', it means 'you have to pay attention to what's coming your way because if you cross the double yellow you might plow head on into a durango and maybe die.'

Nathan dying.  I remember that.  Jesus.   

I used to play Shadowrun with Bobtheslayer and Commander Clairol and . . . other people.  Sorry if you played with us and I don't remember you.  The reason I remember it is they told me that they debated throwing me out of the game because I was ruining it for everyone.  Now, at 14-15, I didn't take it well.  In retrospect, well.  I basically idolized those folks at the time; it was probably good for me to learn that they weren't amused by my juvenile attempts to control a social situation.  (also, holy fuck, bad poetry)

What else did I learn from the Village?  Hmm.  Fuck it, go for it?  Everything you put on the internet is there forever?  The world's a big place?  Am I the only person who still remembers the guanabana joke?

Anyway, that's a little trip down memory lane.  Do with it what you will. 

hey guys how are you great I am great too whatever

Has anyone read David Drake's RCN series?  I would really like to discuss them with someone.  I would love to discuss David Drake with someone!  Come on, a-holes, 15 years ago this was the most erudite place I knew, when I was 12 and didn't understand why nobody else wanted to talk about books, the board came through.  COME THROUGH AGAIN.

Unwashed Village / New school year is about to start!
« on: August 16, 2013, 06:59:09 AM »
This year I've gotta teach algebra 1, and I'm kinda nervous about it!  A bunch of dumbass 14 year olds?  My heart tells me to try to talk to them like they have the capacity to reason, but my brain tells me that my heart is dumb as hell, and I need to yell at them until they learn how to math.  You know that in middle schools in virginia, you can't get held back?  You can fail everything and you still move on to the next grade.  As a result of that, I'll probably have some kids who can't perform addition.

Ahhhhhhhh decisions decisions.  It's so hard to be strict!  I'm such a moron, I think of myself as basically 14, it's hard to remember that apparently I'm a grown man on the outside.

Unwashed Village / Hey Blue! And other people, I guess.
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:47:52 PM »
So I've succeeded in becoming a damn good teacher.  The only dream I have left is writing!  When you and I and other guy tried last time, I rapidly faded away, and I'm not sure what was going on with you guys.  Collaboration is always a delicate balance between direction and pride.  Anyway, we could try again, eh?  I'm amped on life right now.  I get to teach a class on discrete mathematics this year!  IT'S SO EXCITING.

So I don't know if anybody remembers this, but a while ago I said I was gonna be a high school teacher.  Some people said "Jesus that's a bad idea" and some people said "Hooray!"  I assume the latter group didn't know me that well.

Anyway, I did it, I just finished my first year as a teacher, and now I'm about to go into my second.  I'm working on my master's in education, and I have to write SO MANY PAPERS. 

My master's program is so politically correct that it's kinda racist.  I just finished a paper on "non-Western contributions to discrete mathematics."  I'm about to started a paper on "non-Western contributions to measurement systems."  P.S., it specifically says in the assignments that Western means "USA OR BRITAIN."

I find it kind of annoying.  Respect your audience, graduate program.  If someone asked me about historic mathematicians, although they exist, I would not default to British.  And I certainly wouldn't default to American; I don't think there have even been any American mathematicians!   Jefferson was a hack and Franklin was a fucking hedonist, and both of them were capitalists before anything else!

But hey, I cannot be trusted to be not-racist, so thank god my graduate program is making me read about the history of math.  I don't really like to read, so.  You know.  Huge thumbs up. 

Unwashed Village / Okay, so, I'm pretty sure I'm the king of everything
« on: November 02, 2011, 10:40:34 AM »
Listen, I lay a bunch of bullshit on my family and the women who harass me, but I'll tell you guys the truth.  I got laid off in august of 2009, I spent two and a half months drunk, I sobered up, applied for a job, got it.  I'd say that the way the world works I've been unemployed since may or something?  Anyway in all that time I just bullshitted everybody, the women,  my family, everybody, jesus fuck, why won't people just leave me alone! 

Anyway five days ago I was like, I should get a job, so I applied for a job, and then I had a job. hahahah, fuck everybody!

Unwashed Village / So I have crazy mental problems!
« on: October 04, 2011, 11:26:53 AM »
I've been having a great deal of trouble getting a job, friends!   It's pretty much all my fault though, I'm just a big old dumbass who experiences performance anxiety and finds it difficult to do job apps and whatnot.  I am the king of standardized tests, but I kinda suck in every other way, haha

Unwashed Village / Then and now, motherfuckers
« on: September 26, 2011, 09:44:11 AM »
So let's see, when I discovered the Unwashed, what.  I was, uhm, 13?  So it was fourteen fucking years ago, hahah.  I lived in a suburb of Philly at the time and it was like, literally my first experience with the internet.  I thought the Roshambo Warrior was a girl because of the way he spoke, and he was like "Hey I'm a dude" and I apologized and he said "no worries:  'much of what makes us human is lost in this digital world.'".  Direct quote from 14 years ago! 

Man, then I moved to virginia and we did the fucking ICQ chats!  and the rare attempts to play shadowrun or D&D over ICQ!  CC got in a car accident and I wrote a like, 14-year-old love poem to her about it and showed it to my dad, hahahahah

My dad was like:  "Yeah, okay.  This is great.  Lets never talk about it again until you're five years older." 

Jesus fuck, he's smart.

Unwashed Village / Holy crap, the board is getting hosed
« on: August 01, 2011, 09:31:38 AM »
I appreciate knowing that we're in the valued 12-32 male demographic for the modern piece-of-shit spambot. 

My sister got married yesteday!  It was kinda cool.


I've done made 290 dollars off of a short story that's five words long.  IT HAS BEGUN

Also, missed you guys!

Unwashed Village / I'm bored, so, theme songs!
« on: November 22, 2009, 09:01:08 AM »
Do you guys have a theme song?  I've had one or another ever since puberty or thereabouts.  You know, you're about to do something that makes you nervous, you need to psyche yourself up, so you have a song that makes you feel invincible.  I sing mine to myself before I ask girls out!  And it always works.  ALWAYS.

lara linked me me current theme song a while ago!  It's perfect.  It made me lust after her even harder.

Is that perfect or what?

Unwashed Village / Let's talk about girls! or boys. Whatever you're into.
« on: November 15, 2009, 08:08:50 AM »
So, as you know if you know me, I love pretty girls, and I think pretty much all girls are pretty.  You may also be aware that I talk a lot!  Taken together, this means I love talking about what's going on in my love life.  I realize that's not a great trait, but fuck it, I love listening to other people's trials and tribulations of the heart as well.  Anyone can confide in me, and so I will confide in everyone!

So anyway, I met a girl named Angela a few days ago.  If my skills at reading people are accurate, we've got at least three things in common.  In no particular order, the first is that we both like crappy movies, and the second is that we both like me, and the third is that we both like her.  This one should be pretty fun! 

I met her, uhm.  Four days ago?  So I'll ask her out tomorrow.  I've said it before and I'll say it again; if you wait longer than a week before asking for a date, forget it.  There are exceptions of course but as a general rule, if you want it, go for it. 

Basically I'm writing this post to lay a bet against this universe; within seven days I'll have gone on a date with a pretty new girl.  If I win, I get to go on a date with a pretty new girl.  If the universe wins, it makes me twice as fired up to make sure I land a date with the next pretty new girl.  But you won't win, universe!  She's a fan of 'Bubba Ho Tep'!  She will be mine!

This post fails in that it doesn't have any specific prompt for replies, but the general prompt is 'what's up with girls/boys/love/whatever the fuck you want to talk about'

I talk about stuff that makes me feel good and hope other people listen;  I'll always extend the same courtesy!

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