Monthly Archives: May 2012

This Post is About Me Being Sad.


So, I was supposed to start a new nannying job on the 10th.

This job was arranged through Care.com. I almost got a FANTASTIC job through them a few weeks ago, but ended up getting passed over for someone else, so I was pretty confident about this job I was supposedly getting. The woman was going to move here from New York for work purposes and had a six year-old son who was temporarily in a wheelchair due to an injury. She was going to pay me in advance for the first week and also give me money to pay for the wheelchair she was having delivered to Terre Haute.

I’ll be honest, I ignored a lot of warning signs, the biggest being that she seemed completely unable to spell or form a coherent sentence. But I need a job, badly, and I’ve been turned down for three editing/proofreading jobs so far and I’m just feeling kind of down, and honestly getting a little desperate. So I ignored the spammer-speak, and the fact that never gave me any contact info beyond her email address, and the fact that she said her name was Rose Joyce but the “from” field of her emails always said “Joyce Rose”, and that no matter how many times I asked she never told me what her new address in Terre Haute was going to be.

The check arrived yesterday, almost $3000. Most of it was supposed to be for the wheelchair seller, who would arrive to drop off the wheelchair after I notified “Rose Joyce” that the check had been received and deposited.

My bank raised its eyebrows when it saw the check. Their initial reason for getting suspicious was that it had “an incomplete signature”, except it didn’t. Perfectly legal electronic signature stamp. Honestly, everything about the check was legal. In fact, it was SO legal that, if the routing and account numbers on it had worked (nobody checked), the company or person or whomever that account belonged to couldn’t say jack about me ending up with their money.

After a phone conversation I couldn’t hear, they told me that they were going to have some service of theirs or whatever investigate. Their reason for THAT? It was a large check, and I had “so little money in my account.” Um, what? I’m not quite sure what the implication was there, but I was insulted all the same. So I said, “fine, whatever” and Chris of binary expletive paid for lunch even though I’d said I would.

Then the check came back fraudulent. As did the bank that issued it, and the company that “Rose Joyce” supposedly works for.

I spent a long time crying and trying to think about what to do. I wanted to send “Rose Joyce” an email saying, “I hope you feel good about yourself, trying to swindle a 23-year-old college student just looking for a job.” Eventually I just sent a profession, polite, but succinct email that essentially said, “I’m onto you, our business is concluded, I don’t believe there is any further reason for us to communicate any longer.” Probably I shouldn’t have even done that.

What to do from this point? I still need a job. I’ve got about three dozen applications out there, but so far I’ve not heard back from anyone, and that’s just local stuff. I’m sending in inquiries and applications to see if I can get work doing that proofreading/editing thing, but that’s starting off slowly, if at all. In another week or two, if I still have nothing, I’ll go work at Sony, I guess. But I really don’t want to work at Sony. I can do twelve-hour shifts, four days on, four days off, on my feet the entire time doing menial factory work, but… yeah, I don’t have to justify not wanting do that.

I guess I’ll just keep trying. Keep me in your thoughts, guys, and if you can give me any leads, let me know.

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Assassins, Abject Terror, and Nagging


You guys, I finished playing Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, and I have to say, I have never played a video game like that before, ever. The end kind of had me scratching my head and going, “Wha…?” But in the end what ended up happening is I went ahead and pre-ordered Assassin’s Creed III. In case you haven’t seen the trailer for the game, here:

While I actually prefer the cultures explored in the previous game, I think I could still bring myself to be excited about Revolution-era America. I may go back and play the other Assassin’s Creed games as well, I may not, we shall see.

The guy who lent me Revelations also lent me another game called Singularity. You guys, I cannot handle this game. I just… I can’t.

I watched the trailer before starting it. It’s below, and honestly, it looks innocuous enough, right?

It looks like an awesome adventure game, right? With some shooting? I’m not so good at shooting things in-game – thank goodness for the auto-aim features in Assassin’s Creed and World of Warcraft and whatnot. But this guy who’s been lending me games has been pretty dead-on with what he thinks I’ll like, so I thought, what the heck, I’ll give it a go.

This… you guys, THIS is actually gameplay.

When you’re done screaming/peeing your pants/trembling in the corner/making this face let me know.

AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH

I’ll wait.

Anyhow, there’s still 27 hours left to get some fiction in for Qu33n of Spades’ Fiction Magazine! If it takes you a bit longer, you MIGHT be able to get something in like a day or two late, but you didn’t hear that from me. Since it’s fairly early in the magazine’s life, I can afford to be a little lax with submission deadlines, but not later than like June 3rd or whatever.

I’m really excited for the inaugural issue to come out – June 22nd! And remember, if you’ve already submitted, you’ll hear from us no later than June 15th.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to get back to gaming and screaming nonstop for a good portion of the forseeable future.

Toonami is Back


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I honestly don’t remember much of Toonami. My friends all cite it as a key part of their childhood, but looking at the dates that it ran, I’m fairly sure I usually either (a) didn’t have cable, or (b) my family was very anti-TV* during its time. So I’ve never entirely understood the attachment to what I understand to be a time-block of television shows.

But I sat down to watch last night, if only because of the geek-obligation.

I will say, I wasn’t terribly impressed with the fact that they decided to open up with Bleach. I understand the show is hugely popular, but I can’t understand why. I truly enjoyed the first couple of seasons, but once Rukia was captured or whatever I quickly lost interest. There’s an obvious, weak formula the plot follows almost every episode, and while, yes, I understand it’s an action anime… I don’t know, maybe it just isn’t to my taste, but every time I hear someone talk about how much they love Bleach, I want to punch them forever. Also, I disagreed with Toonami’s decision to open with episode 255. Would it have hurt to have started at the begging of a story arc? I spent most of that thirty minutes wonder who the hell all these people were and why is Rukia & Co. staring at a giant rock made of buttholes.

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Also, I don’t care what Ichigo said in previous seasons, his name does not mean “protector”, いちご is Japanese for “strawberry.”

Deadman Wonderland was… better? I was attempting a running twitter commentary during the entire block, and here’s some of the things I said about DW:

  • @12:33 AM: I’m confused. Is this the first episode? Is it? WHY IS THAT GUY HURTING PEOPLE. DID EVERYONE DIE. WHAT. IS THIS THE END.
  • @12:34 AM: “I’m in ur classroom, killin all ur friendz.”
  • @12:43 AM: Happy birthday, @nerdella, here’s a show about massacred middle-schoolers.
  • @12:51 AM: Why is this girl naked, covered in paint, and wearing a neckbrace and a baseball mitt?

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I guess I like the show. I expected… I don’t know what I expected. I did not expect any of that. I assume the guy has, what, bloodbender powers now? At any rate, the show is pretty brutal, not sure if I’m really into it or not. Parts of it seem extremely silly.

Casshern Sinsthrew us right back into the world of “wtf am I watching.” Here’s some commentary I had during its run:

  • @1:01AM: “Luna… I will kill you. But first… we DANCE! To this delightful opening credits music!”
  • @1:07AM: Ending every statement with “…full of robots” is the new meme. Go!
  • @1:16AM: Ringo looks like an alien. Just sayin’. She’s too cute to not be evil somewhere down the line.
  • @1:25AM: …is everyone robots? is that what this show is about? robots?

While I enjoyed Casshern Sins more than Deadman Wonderland, I certainly don’t understand what’s going on there, either.

I zonked out during FMA, not because I don’t like it, but because I’ve finished Fullmetal Alchemist and they aired an episode I hadn’t seen before, so I didn’t know the context for anything that was happening. Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of my favorite animes of all time, don’t get me wrong, but I was pretty lost and not as young as I used to be. I did miss not getting to watch Cowboy Bebop, but the last time I saw anything related to Ghost in the Shell I was hella confused, so I think I’ll live.

At any rate, I did enjoy Toonami, but since I’m a noob, I’m not quite sure what the big deal is. Maybe someone can explain to me, because all of my nerd friends are too busy telling me that I have no more nerd cred.

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* We had the big TV in the basement, but it was loud and difficult to work. There was a small tv on the main floor, too, but my parents expected me and my sisters to be in our rooms by 9pm on weeknights and 11pm on weekends.