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...that she might be a sufficient reason for young Candide

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September 14th, 2003

A weekend in the life @ 04:10 pm

Current Mood: giddy

So I figured I'd come in and work a bit this weekend, since Google is pretty sweet to hang around, even when there's so few people here. The only downside is I feel kind of alone, but that's a mixed bag. I also don't feel embarrassed about wasting three hours screwing with my email settings, for example. So I've spent a lot of the weekend here, but I've only gotten a little real work done. Planning to get some more substantive work done this evening, though, so I can hit the ground running on Monday.

I didn't really get my email working how I want by any stretch of the imagination, but it's certainly better, and more to the point, I feel like I'm to the point where I can walk over to the help desk and a) I know what questions to ask and have an idea how to interpret the answers, and b) I don't feel like I'm wasting their time without at least trying (for like 6 hours cumulative) how to do what I want without help. So I don't consider it wasted time, just annoying.

I spent a lot of time over the last 36 hours reading Al Franken's new book "LIES and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right" I was seriously impressed. This is a great book. A book that makes me laugh out loud multiple times per chapter and also manages to be one of the most informative and well researched analyses of a topic I've ever read. Major points. I feel like I learned a LOT about politics this weekend, and I've already pre-ordered Molly Ivins' new book Bushwhacked so I can continue the trend.

I kind of wanted to go to a movie yesterday, but from what I could tell, it looked like they all sucked, so I never actually called anyone to suggest it. Chi-Chi called me to tell me Lauren Suding's in town and we should get together for coffee. Which is funny, because Lauren Suding lives in the Bay Area. I guess I'll see her when she gets back. Sorry, Chi-Chi. =) I should really post to incircle and tell people I'm in the area. ::shrugs::

Anyway, if anyone has suggestions for amazing movies that are currently out or coming out soon, let me know. Amazing doesn't mean intellectually brilliant. I mean I really enjoyed The Italian Job, for example. I'm just looking for entertainment. I don't currently have a good way to watch rentals, so if it's out of the theater, I'll have to get to it later.

BEGIN GEEK ALERT (If you don't care about Magic Online...consider yourself warned)

If I wind up with money to spare beyond what I need for rent and paying back my debt and such, which looks like a definite possibility, I'm going to start putting together a complete playset of every card on magic online. I've decided this is really the way to go, since at the moment if they ever take MTGO offline, I lose all the money I've put into it. If I have a complete playset of everything, admittedly that costs a hell of a lot more, but it has the advantage that at any time, I can simply extract all of my online assets and get a complete PHYSICAL playset of every card printed since Invasion block. (You can trade a complete set (one of each) of a given expansion online for the same set of physical cards. This only works with complete sets, though, so I can't just get my collection printed out in its current form.)

Besides which, the way I spend money on magic right now is stupid: when I want to build a new deck, I sell a bunch of cards I'm not currently using below cost and buy the ones I need above cost. That invariably costs me money, but I really don't wind up netting much of a collection, and it becomes a situation of me paying for the priveledge of playing. I love playing, so that's not unreasonable, but since it's unnecessary, it feels a bit silly.

I'm never going to get sick of this game, and having 4 of each card would just rule, so I don't see any reason why this is not a good idea. For those who have some sense of how much this will cost, I'll note that I'm just going to start with invasion block, since I suspect it might leave the store when Mirrodin enters the fray, and since Invasion block is my favorite block ever printed, I'd hate to let it slip by. Then I have at least a year to worry about Odyssey and the rest.

I figure at about $3.33 per pack, I need 800 specific rares, which comes to around $2660. That's a lot of money, but that will also mean getting about 12 of every uncommon and about 45 of every common, which I can sell to recoup costs (or more likely save money on the next block). I'll also try to buy complete sets as they become available on Ebay, since that's a cheaper way to get the rares (no bonus copies of U/C cards). And besides, the key point here is that after investing at this level, I protect myself from just losing everything. Not only can I trade in the cards, but if I decide I hate the game, I can get a huge fraction of my money back out of the game by selling complete sets on Ebay. With single cards, this is more or less impossible (which is why I'm always selling below cost). People are more excited about buying sets for the same reasons I'm excited about owning them. Security, in-game utility, and the option to recover the costs. So if I can be the guy who has all the cards, it's definitely in my best interest.

Even if wizards collapses (god forbid), I get to keep a playset of everything, which pretty much means I can personally host games with friends, where everyone builds a deck from my enormous collection. I really don't expect that to be an issue given that Magic is an international competitive strategy game, but in my opinion, even if magic dies, I would value a complete collection like that more than, say, a really nice sports car. So let the next guy buy his Porche, and for vastly lest money, I'll build my collection of cards. Seems pretty reasonable to me. I like my Corolla just fine, thanks.

END GEEK ALERT

Speaking of which, while I'm making speculative plans, if I wind up getting a job here, I plan to move closer to work. I'm not crazy about the place I'm living now, and besides the rent is higher than I want to pay, and I'd really like to be biking to work. But right now it takes like 20+ minutes just to DRIVE. Part of that is traffic, but it's not exactly down the street, either. So...not worth buying a bike and moving out if I'm going to be leaving in December, but the instant I know I have a permanent position (here or elsewhere), I'm going to look for other options, and probably give notice. And then buy a bike.

So in summary:

1) I love my job, if I don't get to keep it, I will cry.
2) My housing is an annoyance, and I hope to move, but this is obviously secondary to point #1
3) I will soon have a crapload of magic cards, again, partly dependent on point #1
4) Al Franken's new book is a must read for pretty much all of my friends and family
 
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From:eeks
Date:September 14th, 2003 06:05 pm (UTC)
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daaaamn. that's a near orgasmic quantity of magic cards. heh. i have, um...most of a playset of Rage cards! heh. Good luck, though. Mirrodin looks interesting - seen the spoiler/going to the prerelease?
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From:hawk
Date:September 15th, 2003 09:23 pm (UTC)
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You kiddin' me? I read MTG.com daily. Did you see Rosewater's column today? Ridiculous. Also ridiculous, and in a way that I'm drooling to exploit is the combination of Jens' tournament card (the one that was designed as a 2WG costed insane creature, and came out unchanged except now it just costs 4) and Soul Foundry. Yeah. My collection order will be: Invasion block, Mirrodin block, and then everything else. I've always loved playing five color decks, and both blocks work remarkably well with the idea. Probably not going to make it to the physical prerelease, though. Busy busy busy, and I only play online.
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From:bortyspice
Date:September 14th, 2003 07:02 pm (UTC)
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Did you move to the Bay Area? Or am I just confused?
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From:hawk
Date:September 15th, 2003 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, I'm in the south bay through december. After that, we'll see.
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From:bortyspice
Date:September 15th, 2003 09:00 pm (UTC)
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Cool! I'm up in Walnut Creek (the East Bay). Joe Higgins lives down here now too, I ran into him at the Saturn Dealer when my boyfriend took his car in to get fixed! Small world :)
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From:hawk
Date:September 15th, 2003 08:21 pm (UTC)
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Oh, yeah, and he loved it. They pushed publication forward to take advantage of the publicity. And the judge told Fox to go fuck themselves.

Canon Beach, eh? So instead of going to where I am now, you go to within an hour of my hometown. Jesus. I hate you this <--------------> much. You couldn't have maybe visited Oregon in like late December? Whore?
From:daligirl
Date:September 29th, 2003 12:54 pm (UTC)

Lurking

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Hey, good to know you're alive and well, and reading Franken. How long are you going to be in the Bay area? Any plans to visit Oregon soon? I miss you, yo. :)
From:(Anonymous)
Date:August 15th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)

Gmail and where are you?

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It's funny how I came across this. My mother has just discovered this funny 20th century invention called "the internet." She believes it is limited to sites such as cooking.com and google. She will not believe me that they have expanded it as far as mapquest.com and cnn. I haven't tried to convince her it goes even further. She's in no danger of reaching the end of the internet in her lifetime. Anyways, she enjoys googling people and places she knows, and yesterday she says to me "Lauren, who's Chi Chi." So I explain to her who Chi Chi is, not really wondering why she's asked. Turns out google directed her here, to your posting. I followed it, and lo, find out that you DID get that voicemail that Chi Chi left you last fall when I was in Michigan. Cool. Now I'm neither in Michigan nor California. If you can guess where I am (and tell me what state - geographically, that is - you are in), I will be happy to take one of those Gmail invites off your hands :)

hope all is well -
L
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From:hawk
Date:August 16th, 2004 11:46 am (UTC)

Re: Gmail and where are you?

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What's your most current email address, so I can send the invite directly?

If I remember my rumor mill correctly, you're in NY. Or did you move again? (assuming that was ever true...)

As to Chi-Chi's voice mail, was it ever in contention whether I'd received the voicemail? I mean we did wind up hanging out like the next week, right?

I converted to full-time in January, and I've been working away at Google ever since. I'm living in Mountain View for the moment, though I plan to move to SF in the near future.

::warmth::

...that she might be a sufficient reason for young Candide

and he for her