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Michael
26 June 2009 @ 11:32 pm
Without a doubt, I am sure that I have shared the story of that phrase and the fifth grader that, quite rightly, pointed that out to me. In an effort to get to know the students I worked with, I would have lunch with them from time to time. The conversations ran the gamut of subjects and tones, and sometimes it ran a bit like a conversation between John Candy's Uncle Buck and Jean Louisa Kelly's Tia, which is to say there wasn't much conversation at all. The first few times I did this, some of the kids were under the impression that they were in trouble--which struck me as very odd.

In any case, one student of mine looked me in the eye and she said, "You're not a people person." Which is really quite an astute observation from someone that hadn't spent more than a few weeks around me. Okay, for one that spends any amount time around me, this probably isn't all that surprising. My public (read: seemingly more affable and social) persona aside though, this emotionally distant person is really the core of who I am. Growing up an only in a single parent household, and having been expected to be self-reliant at a very early age contributed a LOT to me being the person that I am today. From the point that she said this about me, it became apparent that change was in order.

Change like this isn't something that comes easily--at least not for me. In fact, there are times when it doesn't seem worth the effort--which, of course, is totally not the case. I wouldn't trade any of the time I've spent getting to know others over the course of this past year for anything. Now, it definitely made things that much more difficult at the end of the school year. Never in my whole life would I have imagined myself getting attached to others. Clearly, this is bound to happen when you spend that much time with people. It reminded me that it's been much too long that my habit of creating a force bubble around myself--you know, as a self-defense mechanism. Someone from high school recently told me that we'd talked more on Twitter and Facebook in the last few months than in all of our time in middle and high school together. True story. My reticence knows no bounds! Imagine that, though, a use for both Twitter AND Facebook. Huh.

So, I sit and write just a little bit (okay a LOT of bits) of what goes through my head, in case I forget.

Thinking back on it, those thirty to forty minutes every once in a while were absolutely great, and I wish I could have had lunch with those kids that much more often. I'm certainly glad to be more aware of this while my own children are still young.

Odder still is that I put most of this together while Resident Evil: Extinction was on.
 
 
Current Location: Florida
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Residen Evil: Extinction on Encore
 
 
Michael
15 June 2009 @ 08:54 am
I carry my little black notebook around with me the majority of the time. It feels wrong to be without it, really.

My problem is that I use it more for work related things than the original purpose that I purchased it for: to jot down possible entry ideas, or something that was on my mind at the time. So much of the time, I get that Roy Batty "All those moments will be lost in time...like tears in rain" feeling all the time. Of course, I myself have never seen attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, but you get the point.

Then I get to thinking more on it, and then think I'm so much more deliberate in my writing if I were to do this. Actually, that really shouldn't be a problem for me, because a lot of the time I really am deliberate in all that I do. I run through multiple scenarios in mind like test runs to gauge what I should say, do, or write.

Bah, over-thinking things kills me. I need to write that down in my little book.
 
 
Current Location: Florida
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: Operation Condor on Encore Action
 
 
Michael
08 May 2009 @ 11:01 am
I missed last week because I was just too tired and, come to find out, sick to post a seven. So, here's this week's.

Matthew West - Sellout
Jimi Hendrix - Astro Man
Enigma - Mea Culpa
Hairstorm 84 - We're Not Gonna Take It
Mono - Where Am I
Ani DiFranco - Done Wrong
Led Zeppelin - The Rain Song

I remember the first Matthew West song I ever listened to: Something to Say. It was catchy, upbeat, snappy as Mr. White would say. This seems along the same lines. Snappy.

Listening to this makes me want to listen to Man or Astro Man's take on that one song from MST3K. Yeah.

My niece bought an Enigma CD a couple of years back. I didn't realize they were still together.

Hairstorm 84's cover of Twisted Sister is from an 80s hair band tribute compilation. Dee Snider and his band sure made some funny videos. Strangeland creeped me out a bit, though. Different beast altogether, of course.

I need to listen to some more Mono, and fire up the Great Expectations soundtrack again.

Ani is another one of those artists I'm familiar with, but only have listened to a little bit of. One day, I'll correct that.

My iPod really seems fixated on Led Zeppelin for some reason.
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Current Location: Florida
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Jason Mraz - Sleep All Day
 
 
Michael
25 April 2009 @ 01:37 pm
Thank you Jaman for enabling me to further focus on what's truly important.

My Life in Song Titles!

Pick an artist, and using ONLY SONG TITLES from only that artist, cleverly (preferably) answer these questions. This is harder than it seems!

Artist of choice: R.E.M.

1. Are you a male or female: Hollow Man

2. Describe yourself: World Leader Pretend

3. How do you feel about yourself: Half a World Away

4. Describe your ex boyfriend/girlfriend: Sweetness Follows

5. Describe your current boy/girl situation: At My Most Beautiful

6. Describe your current location: Texarkana

7. Describe where you want to be: I Remember California

8. Your best friend: Electrolite

9. Your favorite color is: Electron Blue

10. You know that: It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

11. What's the weather like: Green Grow the Rushes

12. If your life was a television show what would it be called: Imitation of Life

13. What is life to you: It's a Free World Baby

14. What is the best advice you have to give: Find the River

15. If you could change your name what would it be: Wendell Gee
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Current Location: Florida
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: none
 
 
Michael
24 April 2009 @ 06:10 pm
Bif Naked - Lucky
R.E.M. - Why Not Smile (Alternate Version)
Louis Armstrong - Gone Fishin'
Bad Religion - Suffer
Chevelle - Until You're Reformed
Franz Ferdinand - Come On Home
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Travelin' Band

Bif Naked's Lucky makes me miss BtVS quite a bit. Has Bif done anything lately?

I need to reacquaint myself with R.E.M. again sometime. It's been a while.

Not one of my favorite Armstrongs songs, so there we are.

Just about all of the few Bad Religion songs I've listened to have been really quite good. Yes, I've liked this one as well.

Who is Chevelle? I believe this is from the Daredevil soundtrack. What a terrible movie, huh? Not quite Catwoman terrible, so more like bad bad bad and not bad BAD BAD.

My first memory of Franz Ferdinand was a music video Take Me Out using Star Wars characters. Classic! From an MTV2 show, I think.

Creedence. That about sums that up, no?
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Current Location: Florida
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: Doctor Who on TiVo
 
 
Michael
18 April 2009 @ 07:50 pm
My Autobiography

AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Procedure: Fill this out in your own words and repost as, my autobiography. Tag at least 10 people (I, however, have chosen not to tag. I'm not forcing this on anyone).

-Prologue-

1. Who took your profile picture? I did.

2. Where was your picture taken? In the car while waiting for something or someone.

3. Exactly what are you wearing right now? T-shirt and shorts.

4. What is your current problem? Finishing up online discussions and homework for class.

5. What makes you most happy? My family and the students I work with every school day.

6. What's the name of the song that you're listening to? None, but my internal soundtrack has Miley Cyrus' The Climb on repeat.

7. How old are you? Thirty-six.

8. When's your birthday? March 3rd

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Current Location: Florida
Current Mood: okayokay
Current Music: none
 
 
Michael
17 April 2009 @ 03:24 pm
Another week has come and gone--at least I know I can get a few moments for a seven.

Blink-182 - First Date
Dave Matthews Band - Tripping Billies
Johnny Cash - You're the Nearest Thing to Heaven
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven (live)
Evanescence - Lacrymosa
Vanessa Carlton - A Thousand Miles
Ghoti Hook - Walking on Sunshine

Because I'm a fanboy, I have to admit that I am pretty much ecstatic at the possibility of seeing Blink live this summer--dependent on what's going on and all. A bill with them and Descendents would pretty much do it for me. Yup.

Sorry all of you, but DMB is one of those bands I'll take or leave. I did like the video for Everyday with Judah Friedlander. Is that okay?

Cash. That's pretty much 'nuff said, right?

Zeppelin, again what else can you say about them? I strongly resist the urge to play the very little bit of Stairway that I know all the time. It is a tough life.

Evanscence is one of those groups that I've liked what I've heard from, but have not listened to all too much of. Does that make sense?

Le sigh, what's Vanessa Carlton been up to lately? Last thing I remember her doing was that bit with Counting Crows' cover of Big Yellow Taxi. That's about it.

Okay, I've almost gotten into arguments about this Ghoti is NOT pronounced GO-TEE, but fish if one uses that language trick (the name of which escapes me right now). You know, gh sound from enough, short o sound and the ti sound from motion. I'm right, right? No? Whatev.
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Current Location: Florida
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Current Music: none
 
 
Michael
Ended up biting the bullet and replaced my iPod that died. Good thing is double the capacity. Bad thing is losing my entire collection of MST3K in MP3 format. Could be worse, I suppose. That

Mandy Moore - Top of the World
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
Pearl Jam - Daughter
Orbital - Lush 3-1
Shakatak - Streetwalkin'
Foo Fighters - Breakout
Kelly Clarkson - You Found Me

Bah! Another song I don't believe I had backed up was Mandy Moore's duet with Michael Stipe from the Saved! soundtrack. God Only Knows, indeed!

I was late getting around to listening to the Killers. Mark another one where I missed the boat.

Violins? Violence? When Eddie Vedder and company released this song and album, it reminded me a bit of R.E.M.'s Green CD with the wordplay in it. So, yeah I liked it from then on.

Orbital keeps creeping into the queue a lot more than before. Odd, that.

Shaka what?

Dave Grohl is awesome, isn't he? Plus, he's the FRESH Fighter, too so that's a plus.

Wow, and here we are to another of my ever-growing list of guilty pleasures. Kelly ClarkSON! indeed.
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Current Location: Florida
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: none
 
 
Michael
05 April 2009 @ 04:18 pm
Rethinking what in the world I am doing with this thing.

Will be pulling a MacArthur with this at some point--I am just not sure when and am not sure why I've let this poor journal head off in such a drastically different direction.

That said, now I'm reminded of an old song by Railway Children that I will have to try and dig up again (due to the great iPod loss of 2009). Ah, of course I can't find the lyrics to it. The song was called Consider, and it seemed rather fitting.
 
 
Current Location: Florida
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Michael
  • 09:07 just got pushed under the bus by @butcherbandanna in class. Didn't even hear it coming. Thanks! #
  • 13:20 @hAMBERguesas Wow, what does your iPhone do for you? :D #
  • 13:21 @hAMBERguesas w00t for Firefox <3! #
  • 13:22 @mileycyrus In Tweetdeck www.tweetdeck.com there are simple buttons to reply, retweet, etc. On the Twitter site, click the left arrow #
  • 13:22 @hAMBERguesas Not right now, but I can be. You on? #
  • 13:24 @hAMBERguesas K, I'm on, but it's weird. Am getting a chat room full error. But, I am on. :D #
  • 13:55 has managed to survive class this weekend. Am really enjoying having music on the iPod again! Going cold turkey after 5+ years is TOUGH! #
  • 13:57 @hAMBERguesas Yeah, until iPhones cook dinner and/or get a 120 GB capacity I am going to pass on 'em...for now. #
  • 13:59 @mickanger Amen to that brother! #
  • 13:59 @Landru66 Hey, me too! Sweeeet! #
  • 14:01 @rance That monkey gets me every time! Also that Rock 'n' Roll Martian song... @_@ #
  • 14:02 @cluv I wonder how much Nick's chin influenced the design for Peter Griffin. Hm, best not to think on it too much. #
  • 14:09 @markhoppus Hey, if that happened at least you've met your annual spider ingestion quota. #
  • 14:11 @hamberguesas twitpic.com/227kj - More points for it, if it had been a liger. #
  • 14:13 @ladiesgaming Twitpic it for opinions? #
  • 14:16 @levarburton That. Is. AWESOME! #
  • 14:18 @neonbubble Ah bummer! There isn't a RIffTrax for it yet. #
  • 14:22 @hAMBERguesas ZOMG, Scene It?! My family refuses to play that with me 'cause I can lap them on the board. Or they're just really bad at it. #
  • 14:26 @hAMBERguesas Sure don't played it on borrowed family one and the normal board game one. They will be in today, not sure if they brought it. #
  • 14:30 @hAMBERguesas An hour seems like forever! Seen this yet? andrewdickman.deviantart.com/art/The-MST3K-Animated-Wallpaper-91996054 #
  • 14:33 @neonbubble tru.dat Enjoy! Well, riffing it at least! #
  • 14:36 @hAMBERguesas Sweet. Well, I'm out to enjoy some of the day. Will probably try to watch some more MST3K later. #
  • 14:38 thought he was going out for a bit, but was mistaken. I do, however, believe that sushi is on the menu for this evening. Life is good. #
  • 14:40 @poetmom I would agree. Being a cat that could operate a remote control would be a bonus for me. #
  • 14:41 @hAMBERguesas Haven't braved making my own. Can make the rice though. So, heading out here in a bit: www.tsunamisushi.us/ #
  • 14:47 @gnatty I have named it iPod Therefore iAm (and yup, I picked black). Have to TwitPic it some time. Also, have added 2 Lady Gaga songs! :D #
  • 14:53 @LindseySchaal Wow. I have no words where normally I would have so many. #
  • 14:56 @LindseySchaal Craiglslist is such a great source of entertainment. Had forgotten how useful it was for that. :D #
  • 14:59 @LindseySchaal He's very specific about his roses? Or learned English from the cast of Worwilf...warwelf...um, Werewolf. #
  • 15:01 @hAMBERguesas 'Cause they can find your address on Tweetie/Twitterfon? I do wish that the non-MST3K bots would not follow me. :\ #
  • 15:06 @hAMBERguesas Hm...is it possible to be both, though? Those terms seem to be mutually exclusive, no? #
  • 15:10 @hAMBERguesas You FTW! But you're in a class all your own with your MST3K and Xbox <3 and all. :D #
  • 15:11 @LindseySchaal NSFW and life, really. I would be curious to see how many responses he got. #
  • 15:13 @hAMBERguesas That's good policy. But I get drawn to the celebrity ones for some odd reason. Ok, heading out to feed now. Later! #
  • 16:55 twitpic.com/2ty3i - is enjoying dessert. No sushi though. D: #
  • 18:51 @gnatty LOL! You & Lady Gaga FTW! #
  • 18:56 @gnatty Sadly, the 160 GB models were disco'd a while back. So, 120 GB will do. I really liked my time with an old Zen too. Great player! #
  • 18:57 @hAMBERguesas It was pretty good, but I am still craving sushi. I will have to reschedule a sushi rendezvous soon. #
  • 18:58 @poetmom IKR??!! Oh yeah, being able to operate a desktop/laptop would be handy as well. #
  • 19:07 @hAMBERguesas IKR??! JS, FWIW. I C WHT U mean...ok, ouch my brain hurts now. #
  • 19:10 @markhoppus You just described most of my life--except replace iPhone with a book. People don't get someone that doesn't know sports. #
  • 19:11 @hAMBERguesas You've gotten me to read Spanish again. I need to practice doing so. #
  • 19:12 @hAMBERguesas CRAZEE like Prince partying down like it's 1999? #
  • 19:17 @legalhooker Yeah, that was a major bummer. Come, join us at www.justin.tv/thesynth #
  • 19:29 @legalhooker I think so--I read about a cease and desist regarding. The link I provided is up and showing a Hercules MST3K episode right now #
  • 19:31 @jagbella Well, it IS Belladonna after all. #
  • 19:45 @jimmyfallon If only they realized the power of twitter. FAIL on their part! #
  • 20:09 @kitanaor Mmmm! I think Morrissey would secretly agree with this. :D #
  • 21:37 @gnatty Not sure, but I was :( about it. #
  • 21:44 @janalynn99 Say what? Where does 42 as the answer fit in though? Or does it not? #
  • 22:01 @hAMBERguesas Whoa, he cyber-hugged you? .: bows :. #
  • 22:04 @hAMBERguesas Well, in my mind it IS him. So, there we are. Yes, I am simple. #
  • 22:12 @hAMBERguesas Bowing like Mike and the 'bots during MST3K: The Movie! (and doing Servo's chant too) :D #
  • 22:17 @hAMBERguesas Cool. I have yet to achieve Expert skills. Medium and some Hard but that's about it. I have RB envy. D: #
  • 22:45 @hamberguesas twitpic.com/2ulka - Ah. Where the magic happens? Or something. #
  • 23:11 @rance Come on over to www.justin.tv/thesynth right now it's Clue, but most of the time it's MST3K. #
  • 23:37 @hAMBERguesas I have somehow managed to teach my users to reboot first, then see if their problem is resolved. Not sure how I did that. #
  • 23:51 @hAMBERguesas SO annoying! Want me to kneecap 'em anonymously for you? #
  • 00:34 thinks it's time to call it a night when his eyes start seeing things that could not possibly be (kind of like in Videodrome). Trippy man! #
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