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Massive Update [Jul. 26th, 2005|09:56 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |hothot]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

First of all, my thoughts and prayers go out to the Boy Scout leaders who were killed in what looks to be a tragic accident at the National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill in Virginia. It's an awful shame, but I hope that the 40,000+ kids there can still have a good time.

Secondly, about the apartment I'd been looking for...

I got it. :D

Thanks to everybody who was rooting for me. But there's even better news. You see, they ran out of 1-bedroom apartments. And they ran out of tiled-floor (the cheapest) apartments. But they wanted to lease to me (August is getting close, and they want to fill up their buildings)... so they're giving me a 2-bedroom, carpeted apartment ($635 a month) for the price I was going to pay for the 1-bedroom, tiled. ($490 a month)

Beat that. *sticks out tongue at nobody in particular*

I haven't been on-line the last few days because I've been taking care of that, as well as running away from triple-digit temperatures that have settled in over the state of Illinois. Thankfully, we've got a cool, dry front moving in today, so the next week is going to be much better. Tomorrow, I'm on my way over to meet with my doctor (not the psychiatrist, who's been an ass about such things - my GP), and see about getting a referral for some talk therapy. More details on that as they develop.

And, in case you think I would leave you without a new, funny quiz to muck about with... here ya go!Collapse )
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Update! [Jul. 13th, 2005|10:32 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |happyhappy]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

<td bgcolor="#000000">
I Am Maui
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You love life and you're determined to live to the fullest. You use your bag of tricks to protect those you care about and to teach those who mess with you and yours a lesson, but you're not unreasonable. You're a tinkerer and an inventor, you love to build stuff. You enjoy hanging out with good friends or being out in nature. Like the Hawaiian Trickster Maui, your amiable nature fools those who think you're an easy target. You're not.
Which Trickster Are You?
Take the Trickster Test at www.isleofdreams.net.


I've been really busy the last few days, but I'm doing better than I have in at the entire time since this whole mess started. More details soon.
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Warning: Geek Ahead [Jul. 10th, 2005|01:12 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - library]

While at work yesterday, I called somebody with the last name of "Lich". Presumably a German name, not quite sure on the pronounciation.

Well, I got to thinking... what if that was my name? And what if I had kids?

I suppose if I had a daughter, I'd have to name her Demi. And if I had a son, I'd have to go with either Arch or Draco.

*ducks*
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Some sillies... [Jul. 8th, 2005|09:53 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Cut for your pleasure...Collapse )

I've filled out an application for an apartment, and I'm waiting to hear back from them. They need to run a credit check and contact my previous landlord first, so it may take a few days (it was filled out a week ago today). So keep your fingers crossed for me. :)
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Major news from London. [Jul. 7th, 2005|09:28 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |pensivepensive]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Read This

To everybody on the other side of the pond, be safe. Our thoughts are with you.
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Some silly goodness for you... [Jun. 30th, 2005|08:29 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Quizzes!Collapse )
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How to avoid telemarketing calls... [Jun. 29th, 2005|11:38 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |hothot]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

... from the point of view of one who makes telemarketing calls.

Rule number one - do not hang up. If you do, the call with be dispositioned as a call back.

Rule number two - be careful about saying "I'm not interested". Sometimes the call will be dispositioned as "Not Interested", but not always. And since it's up to the discretion of the telemarketer, the more rude you are, the more likely you are to get called back...

Rule number three - don't hesitate to ask to be put on the company's Do Not Call list. They're required to comply with such a request by law... BUT! It can take up to 30 days for it to be completely processed, because the call center gets their numbers from a central database, and your request has to get back to the central database, then out to the various call centers that all use that database. Also keep in mind that multiple companies may be calling you - ask which company the call is from. You may have to request that multiple companies put you on their Do Not Call list in order to completely stop receiving calls.

Rule number four - gadgets don't work. The Telezapper? Newp. I've heard actual "The number you are trying to reach is no longer in service..." messages over the line at work, and all those cute devices or answering machines that try to replicate the tone that precedes to get rid of calls like that are wasting their time. More importantly, you're wasting your money on them. Privacy manager services on your phone line, on the other hand, do work, although those are dispositioned as call-backs, just like answering machines - not that that makes a difference as long as the service remains active.

Rule number five - be nice to the person on the phone. Remember, they're working a job and getting a paycheck, same as you or me. So be polite, just ask to be put on the Do Not Call list, and wait for them to finish their explaination.
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Just a little taste... [Jun. 26th, 2005|02:13 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - library]

Well, Donna and I went to the Taste of Champaign-Urbana for lunch yesterday. Had a good time, although the weather was hot. Afterwards, I headed up to the mall to run some errands. It wasn't really so much of a date, more like a friendly outing with just the two of us, but I still had fun and she did too.

Even so, we're already fighting. Well.. kind of. You see, she's into swordfighting, so last night, we took some of her practice bokken (lightly padded, but still packing a whallop) out to a local park and did some sparring. She's quite good, although with my long arms and a pair of 40-inch bokken, I managed to hold my own despite being horribly out of practice. I've got a couple of bruises on my forearms, because my parrying skills aren't what they used to be. Maybe I should invest in some vambraces...

Anyways, it's nice to have a weekend off. "Normal" schedule starts this week as far as work goes, but I've got a lot of errands to run this week, so don't expect to see me on-line all that much until I've gotten some of them worked out.
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Quiz! [Jun. 22nd, 2005|10:20 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |calmcalm]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

You scored as Mace Windu. Mace Windu: The Leader.

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Obi-Wan Kenobi

79%

Mace Windu

79%

Qui-Gon Jinn

75%

Master Yoda

71%

Anakin Skywalker

63%

Darth Sidious

63%

Count Dooku

58%

Luke Skywalker

58%

Darth Maul

54%

Random Jedi

33%

Darth Vader

29%

What Force User Are You?
created with QuizFarm.com


Hand me my lightsaber... ;P
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Update. [Jun. 22nd, 2005|08:39 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Ugh. Working double shifts (13 hours total, 3 days a week) between the thrift store and the telemarketing place sucks. Thankfully, this is the last week of that. Next week, I'll be working a normal 40 hour week, albeit an early second shift - much better, and no more time in the thrift store.

I heard a song on the radio yesterday that really hit me hard. Not what I expected to hear on a "light rock" radio station, but oh well...

Cut to save space...Collapse )

All of you by now who are reading this know by now what I'm going through, and how difficult it is for me. I just want to thank all of you for all the support I've gotten. I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for myself, what with this job and all. Now, my tasks are to make sense of my emotions - to continue with my meds, to get into therapy (assuming the blasted psychiatrist ever lets me), and just to try to sort out the mess that's been made of everything.

I love you all, each and every one - and I want to thank you again for helping me get through this.
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Job! [Jun. 20th, 2005|11:49 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

As promised, here's my job update. I'm now working as a ... telemarketer.

*pauses for gasps and take the opportunity to put on some flame-retardant clothing*

Yes, that's right - a telemarketer. But the company I work for follows the rules and the laws, so it's okay. Really. That's what I tell myself all the time, even though I have to take a shower when I get home.

In all seriousness, though, it's a good job, pays well, and isn't high stress, either mentally or physically. Also, quick raises, internal promotions, and health benefits after 90 days. So I'll probably stick with it for a while, at least.
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Phew. [Jun. 18th, 2005|10:38 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]
[Current Music |none - library]

Well, the job's going well... I don't have much time today (Parkland's labs are closed on the weekends now), so I'll post a full update (with funny stories) on Monday.

It's a beautiful day outside, so I'm going to be spending a good chunk of it outside, just enjoying myself. Later on this afternoon, I'm going over to m00n_daughter's apartment to pick up some ritual reference books, then head back and take a long nap - the last two days have been 13-hour work days between the store and training.

Not much else going on; I'm apartment hunting now, so expect to see me on-line much more fairly soon.
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Quizzes! [Jun. 13th, 2005|11:46 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |hopefulhopeful]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

More quizzes!Collapse )

Job training starts tonight! I'm gonna be rather busy for the next couple of weeks; my training schedule is wonky. After it settles down, though, I'll be around plenty. I've also started apartment-shopping, so look to see me on-line quite a bit more after that happens, probably around August 1st.
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Lots o' sillies! [Jun. 9th, 2005|03:09 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |excitedexcited]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Cut for your viewing sanity...Collapse )

Oh, and I got the job. Yay!
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Update [Jun. 7th, 2005|03:10 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |accomplishedaccomplished]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Quizzies!Collapse )

I've got a second interview on Thursday! Woot!
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Update [Jun. 6th, 2005|04:36 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |okayokay]
[Current Music |none - library]

Since the program I was working in with the Social Services office is done, I'll be working over at the Thrift Store now (they have too many volunteers at the office and not enough at the store), sorting donated clothes (can't do much else, because of the shoulder - meh). The days have changed around, too.

I'm also looking for a "real" job, like I've said... no luck just yet, but I'll keep everybody posted. I think I've got a fall-back job if necessary; I'll do that after a week or two. Either way, the prices I'm seeing for a 1-bedroom unfurnished apartment are along the lines of $400/month with utilities included - quite easily affordable after a month of saving. So I'll probably have my own place by the end of the summer, one way or another. Maybe sooner. As with so many other things, I'm just sick of waiting.
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Whee! [Jun. 2nd, 2005|11:59 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Quiz!Collapse )

Doing some job hunting today; I'll post results of that probably tomorrow.
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Memorial Day (a bit early) [May. 28th, 2005|11:18 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]
[Current Music |none - library]




Freedom Isn't Free


This Memorial Day, we salute all who have fallen in the service of the United States of America. Your sacrifices have allowed us to keep the liberties and freedoms that we have cherished our entire lives. While we enjoy time with our families, going to beaches, cookouts, and parties, we should never forget that it was the loss of so many men and women who have served this country that brought this about.

We salute you, and we will never forget.





Put this on your own web page or journal (copy/paste all small text):


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<h2><font color="#ff0000">Freedom>/font> Isn't <font color="#0000ff">Free</font></h2>
This Memorial Day, we salute all who have fallen in the service of the United States of America. Your sacrifices have allowed us to keep the liberties and freedoms that we have cherished our entire lives. While we enjoy time with our families, going to beaches, cookouts, and parties, we should never forget that it was the loss of so many men and women who have served this country that brought this about.

We salute you, and we will never forget.

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Put this on your own web page or journal (copy/paste all small text):

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<p><hr><p>
<h2><font color="#ff0000">Freedom>/font> Isn't <font color="#0000ff">Free</font></h2>
This Memorial Day, we salute all who have fallen in the service of the United States of America. Your sacrifices have allowed us to keep the liberties and freedoms that we have cherished our entire lives. While we enjoy time with our families, going to beaches, cookouts, and parties, we should never forget that it was the loss of so many men and women who have served this country that brought this about.

We salute you, and we will never forget.

<p><hr><p>
</center>
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Some additional sillies... [May. 26th, 2005|08:57 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Cut for your viewing pleasure...Collapse )
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And now for something completely different... [May. 21st, 2005|12:20 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Quizzes, stolen from various sources...Collapse )
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Plan 66 [May. 21st, 2005|09:30 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

And now for the fun entry - the one regarding Star Wars. As I'd said, I was able to see the movie on opening day. A noon showing, in fact. And it was quite good. I'd seen enough teasers and such to have a very good idea of what was going to happen. Also, we all knew how things ended up. The only real surprise to me was how the Jedi Order learned that Palpatine and Darth Sidious were one in the same.

Spoiler-free review: Wow. A truly grand wrap-up to the Star Wars movie franchise. Amazingly beautiful, with the special effects actually feeling toned-down in scale from the previous movies. Yes, there were lots of CG backgrounds, but a lot of the action focused on the characters and their interactions. Surprisingly, Padme was a bit more of a supporting character, not having much in the way of screen time except opposite Anakin. Her independance really was stifled in this installment.

As far as the plot goes, it was fairly straightforward. There were only a few real twists - primarily the decision that Anakin makes that sends him over to the Dark Side for good. Otherwise, everything had a very linear progression about it, and you could always predict what was going to happen next (aided, in the final duel, by having known who won).

The fight sequences were amazing. Especially the one of Obi-Wan versus General Grievous (with four lightsabers!). The shots of Anakin with a red lightsaber in the final duel were fakes - the only point he uses a red lightsaber is when he is fighting Asajj Ventress in the Clone Wars shorts, and that is one he's taken from her. That doesn't prevent him from doing serious damage with a blue one... Darth Sidious, on the other hand, works miracles with his own red lightsaber, and ends up proving himself an immensely capable fighter.

If you enjoyed the Star Wars franchise, go see the movie. It's worth it.

As far as the TV series goes, George Lucas has said that it will focus on spin-off characters from the movies, in episodic (not arc) formats. And he'll be letting other writers work on the series, as well. To me, that sounds very, very, VERY good. But we'll see - it's going to be a few years before we see anything from that project.

Now for some spoilers...Collapse )

Last thought: The only character that survived from the beginning of Episode 1 to the end of Episode 6 with no memory loss or other serious physical injury? R2-D2.

I'll leave you with that for now. I've got lots more thoughts about how this connects things, but those would be best shared over a drink or three at some later date.
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Second update... daily goings-on [May. 21st, 2005|09:12 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

This post is just a quick recap of what I've been up to over the last few days. On Thursday, I went to see Star Wars (see third post for details about that), and stopped into Meijer to say "hi" to people. Yesterday, as per the first post, I talked to the PD in my court case. Afterwards, one of the staff at the Salvation Army was having a birthday party at the director's place (again), and I got invited. We stopped into Meijer to pick up some things, and again to say "hi" to people, then headed out to her house, where I helped her boyfriend marinate the BBQ chicken and spice the hamburger patties. Quite yummy fixings, and then I jumped in the pool and helped keep an eye on her daughter and some of the neighbor's girls while the parents relaxed and chatted.

They were all fairly good swimmers, and we ended up playing a silly version of "tag", with all of them trying to catch me. One of them cheated a bit, staying out of the pool (which made it difficult), and the program director's daughter - proving that she'd make a good water polo player - almost ripped off my swim suit when I tried to swim past her. I had to call a time-out to tighten things a bit, and the parents were snickering. They wore me out with that pretty fast (no way I could keep up in the water with two in the water and on the deck in a 40'x10' pool for very long), so we chatted about hobbies like gymnastics, softball, and swimming. I showed them a few swimming strokes, some water polo tricks, and just generally kept them company.

I had a good time, although I think the daughter was upset when I had to go (the shelter has a curfew), so I promised that I'd come back and play with her some more. This morning, I caught a bus most of the way to Parkland, and walked the rest of the way (it's a beautiful day outside). The lab's open until 1p, so I'll probably hop onto Elusive for a while and harass some of the folks there.

Like I mentioned, I stopped into Meijer a couple of times over the last couple of days. The place looks pretty good - they're redoing the flooring in the softlines department, putting in some (probably fake) wood paneling to give it more of a homely appeal to it. Most of the people I met while I worked there are still there, and they were happy to see me...

There's a bit of a bittersweet part to this update, though. ... only click here if you really want to read it.Collapse )

Beth and Justin have moved into their new place, and are doing well. She's Full Time in Systems now. Matt and Sara broke up (in fact, they did that the day I ran into Matt) - she took the kid. Julie's still having serious physical problems; I didn't get a chance to talk to her too much. Jodi still loves hugs. And Katie's still there, and still playing softball.
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Update trifecta... [May. 21st, 2005|09:01 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Three updates for today, sorry it's taken me so long to get them all done, but when you read them, you'll understand why - lots has happened in the last three days.

I'm writing these in my own time frame of most-important to least-important (and since many have separate LJ cuts, in three separate posts), but because LJ is reverse-chronological, this one will show up at the bottom of the list for today. If that confuses you, tough. I'm too lazy to backdate these, and they need to be in separate posts.

This update deals with the court case, so...

Only click here if you want to know more about that...Collapse )
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Star Wars! [May. 15th, 2005|01:17 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - library]

It's that time!

I was lucky enough to have control of the TV last night, and caught the second half of the Clone Wars shorts on Cartoon Network. Wow. Even better than the first half. Among the highlights - Anakin's elevation to the rank of Jedi Knight (including Yoda severing his padawan's braid, which Padme put into a keepsake box next to the necklace he gave her in Episode 1), Anakin and Obi-Wan becoming friends and brothers, as well as master and apprentice, General Greivous getting a lightsaber lesson from Count Dooku, and the kidnapping of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine by General Greivous, which ended the shorts - an emergency call went out to the Outer Rim forces, where Obi-Wan and Anakin were fighting, then the credits rolled.

The shorts do a near-perfect bridge between Episodes 2 and 3 (as the shorts end, the army was hyping out, and as I understand it, that's where 3 begins), and are - in their own right - quite impressive.

I'm excited, and lucky for me, a few nice people chipped in a few dollars, and I will be lucky enough to be able to catch Episode 3 on opening day. I'll post a review (with spoilers behind a LJ cut) for everyone who's interested.

And in other news... will someone please explain to Mother Nature that a high of 59 is not appropriate for the third Sunday in May? That is all.
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Some random musings... [May. 11th, 2005|04:29 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - library]

While waiting to go to work this morning, I was watching NBC's Today Show, and had two random thoughts.

The first was, upon noticing that the Rolling Stones are on tour again, was unprintable. Did you know that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are 61? My parents are younger than that, and these guys are sweating and screaming up on stage several nights a week. They're nuts. And... um... I wanna go see a show. :-D

The second was a bit called "Suddenly Slim", about people who have undergone weight reduction surgeries, and the aftereffects that sometimes surprise them. Apparently, some of them are requiring counseling about their condition - they are still having to deal with the normal rejection and low self-esteem associated with dating, and resolving that with the sense that they have gained appeal through the course of their surgery. Made me think a bit.

Today's been a bit sticky with very high humidity, but not unbearable - thankfully, the Social Services office is air-conditioned, as is the shelter.

I'll be on-line most of tomorrow from Parkland on my day off and building on Elusive, so look for me there. Oh, and Johnny - you owe me riddles. (Check your e-mail)
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Meme! [May. 10th, 2005|03:21 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Cut, for your viewing pleasure...Collapse )

Pretty quiet week here. Weather's abominable what with the humidity, but oh well.
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Quizzes! [May. 9th, 2005|08:52 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |creativecreative]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Avalanche
~ 62% Water ~ 77% Wind ~ 70% Earth ~ 74% Fire ~
And if there ever was an avalanche,

I'd landslide down with you...

Hey, nice. It seems your personality is mostly balanced. You are likely intelligent, ambitious, and reasonable.

However, if you ever feel like you are rushing too much and not quite in tune with the world around you, try wearing an Azurite. It inspires patience, kindness and intuition and thus helps balance out your somewhat shy Heart Chakra which is associated with the element of water and represents our sense of love and compassion.





My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:


free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 63% on water

free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 67% on wind

free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 87% on earth

free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 73% on fire
Link: The Elemental Balance Test written by Nitsuki on Ok Cupid


Seems about right, especially considering the work I've done to center myself lately.

Not much else to report. Had a nice weekend; got out and enjoyed the sun and such a bit. It's going to rain here in Central IL for the next day or two, which is fine - the sun and fresh air helped me over the worst of the cold, so I'll spend the next day or two just resting. I've been doing a lot of reading, and a lot of work on the new area on Elusive. Suffice it to say, this area will have more "action" in it than any other area on the mud to date. I'm packing it full of mob/object/room programs to try to bring it to life, instead of just being full of things to level off of. If you're a player there, you'll definitely enjoy this. :)
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Pool Party! [May. 7th, 2005|12:06 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |cheerfulcheerful]
[Current Music |none - library]

The program director at the Salvation Army's Social Services office (where I work) invited all the volunteers and staff over to her place for a pool party last night. That was an absolute blast, and something I very much needed to cheer me up a bit.

I seem to have developed a bit of a cold (it's not allergies, although that's not helping things), and a little positive energy is always good for dealing with such things.

I got to help with the cooking (the meats were already prepared, I just got to play with a huge propane grill - whee!), then I ate the fruits of my labor. They have a heated pool, so some of us went swimming. By this point, it was starting to get dark, but we'd set up a volleyball net.

Night was no barrier! Noel (the program director's boyfriend) pulled his truck around (he runs a pool installation business, so it's a huge Ford Super-Duty) and we played volleyball (guys against gals) by the glare of headlights. Needless to say, it was chaotic. The ball ended up being lost in the shadows more than once, and then there was the pond.

The ball ending up there was my fault - I missed low on a dig and it ended up going almost straight horizontally into the water. By the time we'd grabbed a pool net, it was too far out to be retrieved. But again - no barrier! There was an old rowboat, missing oars, on the edge. Noel found a couple of plastic paddles, and he and I pretended we were canoeing and got the ball back. The techniques aren't quite the same, but it was still fun - yet another example of how silly and screwy you can be without having a drop to drink.

All in all, a good evening. I got a ride back to town with one of the other volunteers and her roommates (thanks, Kai!) and got some sleep. Due to the cold, I got a LOT of sleep (around 12 hours, and boy did it feel good). Now, I'm over at the library, sending my mom a Mother's Day e-mail (yeah, I'm cheap - so sue me), and updating my journal.

After this, I'm heading over to the quad to enjoy the sunshine (high of 80 today), hopefully beat the sniffles and sore throat, and just generally revel in the fact that I no longer have exams to worry about. (Nothing personal, earnbrand - drop me a line if you want to arrange a stress-buster or something.)
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Eheheheh... [May. 5th, 2005|09:38 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |contemplativecontemplative]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

More silly quizzies...Collapse )
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A bit of silly in the form of quizzles... [May. 2nd, 2005|10:51 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |creativecreative]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Something to lighten your Monday blues...Collapse )
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Riddle me this... [May. 2nd, 2005|08:05 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |creativecreative]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

I've temporarily suspended work on my book, because I just can't concentrate on it in a public computer lab. Instead, I've resumed building on my friendly, neighborhood MUD (Elusive Dreams). Folks who are regulars there will recognize my strange builder, and he'll be on a fair amount over the next few weeks while I work on the new area.

I'm going to need some outside help on this area. Part of what I'm working on is something that's never been done on that MUD before - partner-based mini-quests. Some of them involve riddles and such, not just monster-slaying. It's complicated, and done through mob programs... going to be a bit of work, but then again, I've never minded a bit of a challenge.

So here's the drill. I'm going to post one riddle that I came up with. I need more. Quite a few more, and ones that the answers to won't be found by googling. I'm afraid I can't offer much in the way of rewards (other than thanks and possible in-area credit), but any help would be appreciated.

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Musings [Apr. 29th, 2005|04:23 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |calmcalm]
[Current Music |none - library]

While volunteering today, I ran into somebody I knew from a long time ago - they recognized me in a heartbeat, and it took me a minute to remember them. The person used to work for U of I Dining Services, at Busey Bean, and remembered me.

It was really neet to run into somebody like that - she hadn't seen me in almost three years, and yet still remembered that I was "one of the nicest, calmest people" they had come through their lines. She told me that she always figured me for the type that would be doing volunteer work at a place like the Salvation Army, helping out people who need it.

I told her a little bit about my situation, and what I'm going through with my wife. She told me not to worry, that God's looking out for me and making sure I'm doing what needs to be done.

It really made me feel good - even (although I'll deny it later if you ask) brought a bit of a tear to my eye. I know that my situation is rough, but by doing what I can to help other people, I'm proving to myself that I can change, and that I can overcome what's happened to me. It just makes me feel even better to see that other people appreciate the work I'm doing to help them, as well.

And now for something completely different.

As we were closing up shop today, ariachiba walked past the office with a guy (whose name I can't remember) I met at her birthday party. Belatedly - hi! (I was doing paperwork and couldn't get up.)

My work schedule got changed a bit. I'm now working Monday afternoons and Tuesday mornings, and still working all day on Wednesdays and Fridays. Thursdays are my "fool around online" days.
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Memes and such... [Apr. 28th, 2005|10:35 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

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Heh... [Apr. 26th, 2005|01:27 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |none - work]


My computer geek score is greater than 93% of all people in the world! How do you compare? Click here to find out!
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Arrrrr.... more silly memes... [Apr. 26th, 2005|12:27 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |none - work]

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I'm sorry... [Apr. 25th, 2005|03:35 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

LiveJournal Username
My character is...
My clan is...
My opinion on PK is...
I type like...
The Head Immortaltaikou
The Rampant PK Bastardvolcgrrl
The Sycophantic Wanna-be Leaderjennkitty
The Random Newbieevilmathgenius
The One Who Always Gets PK'edanher
Odds of you dying the next time you sign on
95%
Total number of hours you've wasted MUD'ding1,827
The amount of money you could have earned by having a job instead$41,619
Quiz created by Geoff at Blog Quiz
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I'm a very, very bad person. ;P
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Random memes! [Apr. 25th, 2005|01:27 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

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Dolphin Goodness [Apr. 25th, 2005|10:38 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

Have I mentioned that the Discovery Channel is cool? I caught a program last night that I'm sure earnbrand would like. It was called "Hunter-Killers", and was about the latest generation of US attack submarines - the Virginia-class subs. Lots of information, including stuff about how their trunks are designed to hold 9 people at a time, plus gear - they mentioned how it was perfect for deploying a SEAL team.

One thing that did seem a bit odd was that they showed quite a bit of the sub's equipment. The showed the main control systems, including what they said was the first fly(dive?)-by-wire (i.e. non-hydraulic) maneuvering gear. It was basically a joystick; I suppose that would help reduce the chance of injuries in the event of a collision, although there's also danger from electrical failures - but I'm not a Navy engineer. They also showed the main sonar stations, although the explaination of passive vs. active sonar was rather mediocre. The control boards all seemed to be touch-sensitive readout panels, which probably do quite well under flooding conditions (and are probably also a lot easier to keep water-tight.

They went into quite a bit of detail about the training exercises, including some scary-looking videos. Not something I envy earnbrand for going through, but at least his crew knew what to do in the worst-case scenerio.

There was also a brief discussion of "boomers" - including a video of a test launch on an Ohio-class sub, complete with control boards. Makes me wonder how much of the stuff that they showed was classified. I did notice that absolutely nothing related to reactors was either shown or discussed - with good reason.

They did discuss things related to propulsion, but not reactors. They made special mention of diesel-electric-powered submarines, and how some of them have made their ways into the hands of so-called "rogue nations" (Iran was mentioned) and how that, when they're operating on strictly electric power (under 5 knots, according to the program), their acoustical signature is extremely hard to detect with passive sonar.

The program also talked about a new development in diesel-powered subs. I can't remember the acronym they used, but it's a method to allow the subs to run their diesel motors without the need for a snorkel - something of definite interest, since the sub needs to keep at a relatively shallow depth in order to use a snorkel. The new system stores LOX (Liquid Oxygen) on-board the sub, and uses that as a combustion agent for the motor. They showed a sub from the Norway fleet that uses this system; it looks pretty spiffy, as well as allowing for some new developments in non-nuclear propulsion.

All in all, a pretty spiffy program, and also very complimentary to submariners. They talked about how big of a deal it was to finish quals and to get your dolphins, and even showed the ceremony where some of the Virginia's crew received theirs. I was impressed.
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Illinois Weather... [Apr. 24th, 2005|01:34 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - library]

Sheesh. Last weekend, it was in the 80's and I was getting a tan. Yesterday, it snowed. Not enough to stick, but yeah... the high for Champaign-Urbana was 39. Brr. Needless to say, I didn't get out much.

It's been a pretty quiet weekend. I've been doing a lot of thinking about future plans and such, and how I can best get myself prepared for them. It's not stuff I can post publically right now, for a variety of reasons, but I'd like the chance to bounce my thoughts and ideas off of people, so feel free to drop me an IM or e-mail if you're willing to listen to me blather for a while.

I got another month's supply of my drugs on Friday - the Mental Health Center in Champaign is a pretty good place, although I don't much care for the psychiatrists.
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Court Update [Apr. 21st, 2005|11:41 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |calmcalm]
[Current Music |none - parkland]

That is to say, nothing. It was basically a waste of time, but a necessary step. They run through all the misdemeanor cases and check the status of them. What surprised me was that a LOT of people didn't show up - and a large number of bench warrants were issued. Too bad for them. In my case, the Public Defender is waiting to hear from the State's Attorney's office as to an offer, so we simply got a general continuance. Basically, no news, delays, etc. I'll keep folks updated as necessary, although specifics (obviously) can't be posted here.
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Just because... [Apr. 20th, 2005|01:29 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |none - work]

You scored as Paganism. Your beliefs are most closely aligned with those of paganism, Wicca, or a similar earth-based religion. You may also follow a Native American religion.

</td>

Paganism

75%

Buddhism

71%

Islam

63%

Hinduism

58%

Satanism

54%

Christianity

50%

agnosticism

50%

Judaism

33%

atheism

21%

Which religion is the right one for you? (new version)
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No real surprise here, since I try to incorporate bits and pieces of all major religions in what I consider "my" world view. I suppose the paganism scored high because of my affinity with nature, as well as my belief that there is no "one" God - the concept is beyond our reckoning, and even our ability to label. Call it what you want; it's beyond us to give it a hard and fast label.

Man, I'm bad about this while I'm at work with an Internet connection and bored, aren't I?
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I miss my kitty... [Apr. 20th, 2005|12:35 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |none - work]

my pet!

But what the heck, this one's cute. :)

Court tomorrow - just a preliminary hearing, so nothing will be decided. I'll be posting some musings about future stuff after that's taken care of.
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Egos for others... [Apr. 20th, 2005|11:07 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |none - work]

Yoinked without shame from jennkitty.

Reply to this if you want a little ego massage. I'll reply back with something good about you. If you want, post this in your journal as well.
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Yoinked. [Apr. 20th, 2005|10:53 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |none - work]

If there is at least one person in your life whom you consider a close friend, and whom you would not have met without the Internet, post this sentence in your journal.

There's several - and you know who you are.
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A bit of silly... [Apr. 20th, 2005|10:40 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |boredbored]
[Current Music |none - work (!)]

For those who read "Get Fuzzy"...

Bucky: What's in this funny box? OOO! It's a GUITAR!
Rob: You know, guitar strings used to be made of CAT gut.
Bucky: Well, I don't know about that... my guts have always been more of a wind instrument.
Satchel: Oy.

Totally caught up on the work, data entry, faxing, filing... thought I'd lighten somebody's day. ;)
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More silly stuff... [Apr. 18th, 2005|11:42 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |contentcontent]
[Current Music |none - parkland lab]

Extra-big silly graphics cut for your journal's sanity...Collapse )

Not much of substance to report. I'm going to Frances Nelson again today to meet with their medication assistance folks, to help get me supplies of the stuff I'm on other than the psychotropics that the Mental Health Center can provide. Good deal for me.

I've got a court date on Thursday, but it's just a preliminary hearing - basically, just a status report. Nothing is going to be decided, although I do have to be there and I do have to look decent. Thankfully, my aunt and uncle helped me out by getting me replacement decent clothing.

I'm having trouble with my book. Not the formulation or anything, but the whole writing part. It's not easy to write when you're surrounded by a hundred college-age folks all busy doing IM's and such. What I wouldn't give for an iPod and my MP3 library right now... Ah, well.
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Supervolcanoes and Superegos [Apr. 17th, 2005|01:41 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |refreshedrefreshed]
[Current Music |none - library]

The Discovery Channel put together a movie on the Yellowstone supervolcano this spring. It originally aired last Sunday, but the folks wanted to watch The Masters, and I wasn't about to interrupt the end (and besides, it was cool to see Tiger Woods win). Thankfully, it was re-run last night, and I caught the entire thing.

The movie itself was produced with the help of the USGS. It was also not a bad piece of filmmaking, either - good plot, decent characters, decent effects (and not over-done, either). But what really impressed me was the way the movie stuck to the science. It was truly amazing to see a movie that stuck so closely to scientific accuracy. One of the most telling examples was when several USGS folks were evacuating, some by helicopter, others by truck, and a pyroclastic flow overtook them. Both ran, neither could outrun the flow (it was travelling at around 120 mph, from the way the movie ran - they can go much faster), but the helicopter survived by heading upwards - the people in the truck died (as well they should have - Dante's Peak to the contrary).

There was precious little scientific liberty taken. They mentioned in the beginning that the ground upswell at Yellowstone was around 12 feet in the "last few years", but since the exact date of the film was left unspecified, you can't really fault them for that (the actual amount of uplift is more on the order of a handful of feet over the last century). Other than that, the film was very accurate. An individual plume eruption destabilized the magma chamber, and ended up triggering an event that "unzipped" the entire caldera, resulting in multiple plumes which emptied the 25,000 cubic kilometers of magma that was trapped under pressure in the chamber.

They didn't give exact numbers on the death tolls, which was probably a wise thing. They did hint that millions would have died. Also, they did go with the "nuclear winter" scenerio - the movie ended with a pan-out on a global scale to show the caldera covering a large portion of the United States, with most of the US being covered in snow.

Afterwards, Tom Brokaw narrated some interviews with real USGS folks talking about how likely the scenerio presented in the film was. The general consensus was that, if it did happen, that's about right for a worst-case scenerio, but there's no guarantee that it will happen any time soon. They pointed out that the "hot spot" was moving over continental plates of increasing hight, which reduces the changes of a break-out, as well as giving a good picture as to what exactly the fact that the eruption is "due" means on a geologic time scale.

Quite an impressive piece of work. I'm going to keep my eyes open and see if I can pick up a copy to own at some point.

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Some silly stuff and some ruminations. [Apr. 16th, 2005|09:24 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |relaxedrelaxed]
[Current Music |none - library]

Silly stuff cut for viewing simplicity...Collapse )

Okay, now for the ruminations. I had a doctor's appointment over at Frances Nelson yesterday afternoon. The whole time I was waiting, I was remembering the day that volcgrrl got out of Respite, and earnbrand and I were there to meet her for my appointment (and some cuddling). I miss her terribly, but I understand that it's necessary right now.

The doctor's visit was mostly formality - the medication center there is going to help me get supplies of the medications that the Mental Health Center can't provide samples of. Dr. Kohler wrote perscriptions so they can do that. Also, they're going to re-schedule the sleep study, so that we can figure out what's going on with my fainting spells. My suspicion remains that these were stress-induced, and possibly linked to the depression - we'll see.

The hospital still can't find my missing stuff, so my aunt and uncle are going to help me out by getting me some new stuff this afternoon. It'll be good to see them, certainly. It's another beautiful day today; I'm going to make an effort to enjoy as much of the weekend as I can. It turns out that I cut my time in the sun last weekend as close to the edge as possible - I barely avoided the "peeling" stage of sunburn, but came out of the day with a pretty nice start of a tan. I'll see if Barb and Gary will get me some sunscreen to prevent future burns, because it's going to be a wonderful spring here in town.

I finally put down other books long enough to start working on mine. I tossed an early chapter outline off to jennkitty for her to take a peek at. Unfortunately, I can only work on it two days a week, while I'm at Parkland, since an hour at the library isn't enough to really do a whole lot. I've got the characters and dialogue styles established well enough, but I want to spend a bit of time each day re-reading, both for proofing and for getting back into the characters' style. And I think you all know me well enough to know that I'm not going to be doing this on paper. ;)

The volunteer work I'm doing is bringing back links to the service projects I did while I was in the Boy Scouts - something full of good memories, for sure. It's also making me think fairly hard about possible career future - I'm really enjoying the work, and it's more along the lines of a social worker than a hacker. I'll be thinking about that fairly deeply over the next few weeks, while the court case gets worked out.

I've always told people that I still don't know what I want to do when I grow up. That still stands - I never want to lose the love I have for innocence and play, but I do think I need to focus myself a bit more on a career path. So we'll see - the more I look into teaching or social work, the more I like the ideas. I know the money and stress levels are both pretty nasty, but I really like the idea of being up close and personal with people, and helping them directly. More thoughts on that as they come.
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More evidence that I'm a goofball... [Apr. 14th, 2005|12:56 pm]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]
[Current Music |none - parkland lab]

Silly quizness cut...Collapse )
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More silly stuff... [Apr. 14th, 2005|10:56 am]
Geoff Ellingwood
[Current Mood |sleepysleepy]
[Current Music |none - parkland lab]


Your Linguistic Profile:



85% General American English

15% Yankee

0% Dixie

0% Midwestern

0% Upper Midwestern




Despite spending 7 years in the Midwest and marrying a Midwestern girl, I'm afraid the language simply didn't rub off on me. Ah, well.
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