Saturday, 26 June 2004

Here Endeth the First Design

Branflakes' Box of Rants and Raves is no more.

Fear not, brave readers. You will still find incisive and witty rants (and raves) here, but I thought it time for a new name, and new and thoroughly boring) banner, and ultimately a redesign of the pages layout. That having been said, I'm only one man, and I'm working on a shoestring budget here, all while trying to sell my car, and join the proud legion of Toyota Echo owners.

In other news, the job opportunity I applied for in Regina did not pan out the way I'd hoped, so I am still here in Nova Scotia, for the time being. Don't get me wrong: I love my job, but it is still not guaranteed to be a permanent one, and the pay, while great for rural Nova Scotia, is at least slightly below the class average, if you know what I mean.

On a sad note, MEAT, the only other uncultured, rural, redneck UNIX Hick I've ever met, is now MEAT, the Cosmopolitan Pirate Who Does Classified Stuff in Ottawa. Farewell, MEAT, and tell none of your secrets while drunk in Gatineau bars with French chicks. Even if they ask nicely. :-)

It looks like I may not be able to do the Maine trip in September after all due to lack of time off. This displeases me greatly, but, *shrug*. What can you do, eh?

That's all, folks. Stay tuned for weather and sports, after this commerical break, as well as the new website design. Coming soon to an XHTML-compliant web browser near you.

Thursday, 17 June 2004

Spread Far and Yon

It seems that, with each passing day, my network spreads further and further asunder.

By this, I mean my computer network. For many, many days and months, it remained static at one computer. Sitting. Alone in isolation. In a dusty, cold, downstairs bedroom.... it ends tonight. Tomorrow morning, my computer joins the Eastlink high-speed network, and the Auburndale Crossroad joins the broadband revolution. And the poor little computer, sitting there all beige-like, will no longer be alone. No longer will it solitarily play The Sims and be disgusted with how slothenly my Sims are.


By this, I also mean my network of friends. In the six weeks since I've graduated, I, of course, have come back to Bridgewater, and many of my other friends have gone to their home places. As the summer approaches, and the job-finding season approaches its climatic peak, I'm watching my friends spread to Ottawa, Hamilton, and as far away as Korea, as well as points between; this ignoring the ones who are already far away.

I must confess, I'm not innocent in this endeavour: I'm looking at one job, for which I'm a perfect fit, that would take me to Regina. The Land of the Flat. Perhaps whatever gravitational force reduced Saskatchewan to a flattened wasteland (apologies to Saskatoon) could reduce me to a healthy weight, without the need for exercise or diet. ;-)

Had a great visit last weekend with That Hot Chick in CS. It will happen against, and next time, we should try to take The Accountant (no website) with us. It would be lots of fun.

Might try to make it to Wolfville again this weekend; tough to say, really.

That is all.

Sunday, 6 June 2004

A Light Shines in the Darkness

I originally started this off writing about an actual light bulb. Then I realized two things.

(1) I've already written a blog entry about light bulbs.
(2) This one, like the other one, is dangerously melodramatic, and could lead to people characterizing me as some sort of melodrame. Which people do already. :-P

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I'm lonely. The world is a big place, and almost all the people in it who mean a lot to me are far away, and I hate it. The people who are close by, and you know who you are, do what you can to make it suck less. However, human beings are social animals, and this human being is no exception. Methinks I'm getting cabin fever.

Shouts out to my "Far Away Posse" in the following communities, in no particular order: Musquodoboit Harbour, Dartmouth/Cole Harbour, Wolfville, Fredericton, Halifax, Yarmouth, Winthrop, Kitchener-Waterloo, New Glasgow, Vancouver, Whistler, and Austin. Also to my "Near Away Posse" in Lunenburg and Midville Branch, for keeping me sane on a more daily basis.''

Also: please, please, please -- if anybody wants to spend time with me, let me know, okay? I don't mind spending my money to have the opportunity to spend time with my friends. And I honestly don't mind talking to my friends either, just in case any of you got some kind of indication to the contrary. ;-)

Final tidbit of wisdom from somebody not me: "But I don't want to answer God's call! I've got everything worked out already!" (This is a paraphrase.)