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Back to school?

Posted by Trapezeo in Trapezeo Thinks, 22 May 2017 · 42 views

Well, today I applied to grad school. My bank will pay for 2 classes a year so I'll be slowly getting my degree. The school I'm looking at going to is only 20 miles away so if I do need to take a class in person, it'll be a short drive. The plan is for everything to be online so I don't have to commute.

 

I'll be getting a graduate certificate in Strategic Marketing Management and will eventually roll that into the MBA program. I only need 4 classes for the certificate. If I'm going to stick with banking, I want to become more heavily involved in the marketing department.

 

I'll keep everyone updated on how the process goes! I hope I get in! My undergrad grades were not that great, so who knows.



A small relationship rant, I suppose

Posted by Lucy in thoughts/things, 21 May 2017 · 68 views
personal, relationship

(Was originally going to post this in the bad thing that happened to you today thread but then it got super long and I haven't been putting anything into my blog lately. So here we are.)

 

Not a bad day per se, just a bad weekend. My boyfriend and I both have exams tomorrow and the next few weeks, and we're both very stressed. Plus I have 0 self confidence atm because I lost so much weight from having pneumonia and basically my ass deflated. It's a Dutch pancake. Sad. Anyway, people have been telling me even more often to eat more, that I need to gain more weight etc. GUESS WHAT. I know, cheers. Thanks for telling me almost everyday, every single week. Ain't that easy for me, y'all. And then my boyfriend said on Saturday morning during breakfast "Your ass is kinda flat, eat more." And I kind of got a bit pissed at him, because like I said, 0 self confidence and people having told me that several times already. He never ever compliments my physical attributes, so that just rubbed the wrong way. I know that what he said was more him being concerned and trying to push me to be more active physically, but naaaah. And ever since then I feel like he's either trying to provoke me and/or I'm still very very sensitive. Annnd this morning I asked him if it was okay if I left a hairbrush at his place (out of courtesy, I knew he'd say yes but I always need to be polite about shit like that...) and he didn't answer my question and mocked me. Well fuck me for wanting to be polite????? Then I got kinda moody and he noticed when we were on the tram, I explained him why and of course he didn't understand. We both revised at different locations, and we decided to meet up for lunch. He was waiting for me infront of a shop, and on the way there I decided to apologize for my moodiness that morning. Turned out he arrived a few minutes prior to our agreed time and bla bla, I told him he should have told me as he needn't have waited because I was only a 1 minute walk away. he said something along the lines of "Naaah, it was okay, it gave me the chance to look at the women" and that just rubbed me the wrong way again because he knows that I haaaate when he mentions other women in a checking out kind of way infront of me. Something he'd done a few days earlier and I reminded him that I personally find that disrespectful, especially because I have asked him in the past to not make such comments. Was still feeling a bit meeh from that. But then I had a little think about what he'd said and my first thought was that he'd been trying to provoke me. Orrr he was just making a joke. Thing is, I can hardly ever tell if he's joking or not. So I asked him and he said he had indeed been joking. The mood was a bit lighter but I still felt very distant from him and we didn't talk much. I did most of the talking but he didn't seem awfully interested in keeping a conversation going. And then we both went back to our respective study locations and that's that.

 

Also I do realize that I'm very problematic (low self confidence, sensitive af...) but meh. I hope this is a one time thing due to both of us being stressed. I understand why he might have not been interested in talking to me any further, not wanting to accidentally say something that I'd be able to misniterprete and be a sensitive little shit. I wish I could explain all this to him without him telling me that I'm trying to find excuses or telling me it's all my fault for not doing sports. Because according to him, sports is the answer to my eternal social anxiety/shyness, anxiety in general, me being underweight, everything.

 

Right now I just want to tell him that I'm sorry for my part in the last two days, especially since we haven't been able to see each other as much. And he has to prepare for an exam too, so a sensitive girlfriend probably isn't helping with his stress levels. But I'm also super scared anytime I have to talk about my feelings with him, because most of the time it ends with me crying because he just doesn't understand what I'm trying to say and it's my fault anyway. I think we both feel a lot of resentment towards eachother at the moment. Sighhhh.

 

If you've read all this, cheers. I just needed to vent a little. I might call my mum.



5 days left?

Posted by Maha in I love you to Pieces, 14 May 2017 · 65 views

And so the last 5 days of my 60 day gym challenge is coming up starting tomorrow.

 

1 more full body and then 4 targeted sessions.

 

For some reason I'm definitely not as wrecked as I thought I would be.

 

I definitely feel sore but once I get into it I just push through it and find it rather enjoyable. Though restarting the challenge and going back through it will be enjoyable along with the 2 on and 1 day off rest days.

 


I did my workout 7 hours ago or so today since It was my last day off for the weekend and decided it'd be a good time to go do it during the day. I'm still super energetic and 12:30 am right now, just going to head in and do a little cardio and then head to bed after a shower.

 

 

I start my new roster at work tomorrow/today which hasn't changed any start or finish times but I will be up at the cash registers for the 1st time in the 4 years i've been working there. So it'll be an interesting event. Wish me luck?



Belle's Once upon a time dress : FINISHED

Posted by Liesa in Crap...I'm cosplaying it., 20 April 2017 · 137 views

So I've had very little time to update this blog but I finished my cosplay past week :D And then the outdoor convention was so rainy, I couldn't wear it all day ;.; So sad.

Also, I need to work on making process pictures :p

 

So next step was to sew everything together, match up lining & outer fabric and make it one corset. And everything looked fabulous! Until I fit it. Same old boob problem. I had to take it out around my breasts a little, yay for remembering extra seam allowance. Once it fit properly it was time for my fake leather bias tape & the eyelets.

Top almost finished, time to leave it be and work on the skirt.

 

The skirt was so straightforward I finished it in an hour and forgot all about pictures. It was just a straight skirt, 9 panels because it needed a lot of gathering at the top. So this is how it all looked together. Nearly there.

 

Spoiler

 

I decided against an underskirt because it was full enough already. With the skirt completed, I focused on the hardest part. Sleeves. I never made a sleeve before, especially a puff one. So I drafted a pattern & with a bit of fumbling I managed to get two pretty puffed sleeves and a collar.

 

Next comes the only thing I'm a bit bummed about. Belle's sleeves and collar have a super pretty embroidery on it. My friends mom has an embroidery machine that allows you to input drawings. So I added my rendering of the embroidery and tried it out on scraps. And it looked like crap :( Turns out my fabric was too thin to embroider properly. A bit of a let down my brain came up with a second idea when I was half asleep. 3D textile markers. Next morning I went to the shop, bought two separate markers. One with a pearl effect, one without and tested them.

 

Spoiler

 

Again I wasn't very pleased with it. Fabric was too thin and soaked up the paint & it looked plastic.
So I ditched the idea of embroidery and left the sleeves & collar for what they were and just added them to the top. One day I'll remake them in more sturdy fabric that can be embroided.

 

Dress DONE! *dancing*

 

Wig was super easy. I bought a lace front. I'm very picky in wigs. I always prefer a lace front and prefer giving out some more for them. So I ordered from my favorite site, Wig Is Fashion, and the bonus with them is that they come styled in neat curls and a center part. So it just needed a bit of a twist on the side and I decided to add a bow.

 

Spoiler

 

I decided to add a last part to my cosplay. Chip the cup. I found a cute little cup in the thrift store & got a friends brother to sand it down for me and cut a chip with a dremel tool.

 

Spoiler

 

I present Chip the cup after painting. :D

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And a few con snaps I have. I hope weather gets better soon because it's filled with cherry blossoms down the road of my home and perfect for pictures.

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I so hate the filter they put on these ;.; I always look like I have no eyebrows.

 

So this was the fastest I ever made a cosplay :p I hope some enjoyed seeing the process and now I'm back and forth to deciding which cosplay to make next.



2017 According To the Hunger Game's Distant Uncle That No One Talks About

Posted by Keil in Awkward Everyday Stuff, 09 March 2017 · 168 views

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This is from the 1989 movie "The Running Man" with a tight Arnold Schwarzenegger in an equally tight yellow jumpsuit. A good cheese film so much so the lactose intolerant would enjoy it.

 

In a dystopian society, Schwarzenegger's character gets framed for mass murder through the same television techniques that makes the GOP Health Overhaul Plan, a comedy sitcom for people who actually still watch TV. As "punishment" for his crimes, he is forced to play the #1 rated show "The Running Man" where he must run to the finish line before being killed. Along the way, he chokes am energetic Asian dude who just wants to play hockey and chainsaws a Hulk Hogan impersonator in the dick. I assure you, this is not a porno, unless a predictable slew of bad puns is your fetish.

 

Bush did not do 9/11...

 

alone.

 

p.189



I'm Running Out of Compassion for my Family

Posted by Karla in Karla's Stuff and Things, 08 March 2017 · 163 views

Please do not mistake this for an "emo" post, because it's not. It's more of a rant.

 

About three weeks ago, my mother was driving me to orchestra rehearsal. Normally, I would drive there myself, but the road on the way there tends to be very dangerous, so my folks don’t want me driving on it.

 

While my mother drove, she started saying that her eyes were getting heavy. She nearly fell asleep at the wheel twice, and I had to yell at her just to keep her awake. One of those times, she almost got us into an accident. When we stopped for dinner, I insisted that I drive the rest of the way to rehearsal, but she kept insisting that she keep on driving. I’m not going to lie, I was scared about what happened, and I was scared the rest of the way home, thinking she was going to fall asleep again. Thankfully, she didn’t. She told me not to tell my dad what happened, and being the stupid person I was… I didn’t tell him.

 

Well, about a day or two later, she was driving (not with me), and she told me that she felt sleepy, she closed her eyes, and the moment she opened them, she was on the wrong side of the road. About a day later, my dad found out what’s been happening. We had a bit of a long talk, and I told him that I was putting my foot down, and that until we could find out what’s ailing my mother, she shouldn’t be driving me to rehearsal.

 

Last week, my mother insisted that she was taking me to rehearsal. I had to decline, of course, because I didn’t want to risk her getting us both into an accident, and until she finds out what’s making her drowsy at the wheel, she shouldn’t be driving. Of course, she didn’t listen to me. She didn’t even listen to my dad when he talked to her. So when rehearsal day came, she said she was taking me. I said no, she’s not. Dad and I walked out the door, and before I stepped out, she said, “You two remember this…”

 

She ignored my father and me for several days. I’m just so flabbergasted as to why she would be angry with me because I looked after her safety. I should also mention that my dad goes into surgery in about two weeks, and he won't be able to do anything for two months. I anticipate my mother getting angry at me and refusing to drive me to rehearsal (That's okay, because I don't trust her behind the wheel anyway), so I'll tell her that I'm going to be driving myself to rehearsal. If she says I can't, then I'll simply have to skip rehearsals until my father recovers. Of course, she'll say no to that, but what other fucking choice do I have??

 

I’m getting sick and tired of my mother being angry with me for the stupidest reasons, and I’m getting sick of her in general. I’m sick of her trying to control me, I’m sick of her trying to victim-blame, and I’m sick of her trying to shift the argument to make herself look like the victim whenever she's clearly in the wrong. I can’t bother wasting my time on a family member who doesn’t appreciate what I do for them.

 

From now on, my relationship with her is completely loveless. Whatever compassion I had left for her is gone.

 

I don’t hate her, but I don’t love her either. I can never forgive her for the things she’s done, and I certainly cannot forgive her for this. If she thinks that risking getting me and her killed is a better option than playing it safe, and then decides to act petty about it, then I want nothing to do with her.

 

Being an adult is hard.



Math Test

Posted by firewolf13 in firewolf13's Blog, 27 February 2017 · 144 views

Today I aced my math test, wow I wish I would do that more often. :)



My Very Bad Kinda V-Day Poems

Posted by KyloRen in Welcome to the Dark Side, 14 February 2017 · 197 views
valentines day, v-day, bad poetry and 2 more...

So I got bored in class and decided to write a whole bunch of Star Wars themed really bad V-day poems. They're in the theme and poetic style of the classic "roses are red" poems but I wouldn't directly call them love poems. I'd give the names of who the poem is for, but I think it's pretty obvious.


 

My suit is Black
I'm on the attack
My Kids tried to kill me
At least my grandson is with me
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Lightsabers are Red
Grandpa is dead
I talk to his helmet
While crying in bed
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My hair is Red
Ren's a whiny bitch
I love my cat Millicent
So I bought her catnip.
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My lightsaber is Red
A jedi's is blue
I hate everything
Especially Luke


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My armor is Chrome
Starkiller Base is my home
FN-2187 Deserted
So I need to hurt 'em.


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My name is Matt
Kylo Ren has an 8 pack
He's totally shredded
So I molded myself after that
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Hi I'm Matt
Kylo Ren has an 8 pack
I saw him in the shower
He's got some great power


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Lightsabers are red


Some are blue


I've got a scarred head


I'm a creep too


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I like little boys


I take them for the Order


One is a knight


The others are fodder


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My lasers are showcased


As I hurtle through space


I'm the Death Star recreation


Kylo's Starkiller Base


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The fangirls love me


My hair is fluffy


I'm incredibly sexy


So they all want to fuck me




C++ update

Posted by Rainforce in Rainforce's Blog, 23 January 2017 · 233 views

UPDATE

 

So I managed to write some code, I decided to make an arkanoid/breakout clone instead. I do think I need some help though. I had zero c++/sfml experience before writing this, so bear with me haha.
The code itself is working, but I still need to do some stuff and I wouldn't feel confident showing this in the interview.

 

TO DO LIST:
- Add a score system (+100 points when block is hit)
- Play explosion animation when said block is hit
- Make code more organized (with classes?)

 

Code:

 

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////
// Headers
//////////////////////////////////////////////////////
#include <SFML/Graphics.hpp>
#include <SFML\Audio.hpp>
#include <iostream>
#include <time.h>
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
int main()
{
srand(time(0));
//Create the window
sf::RenderWindow window(sf::VideoMode(640, 550), "Explosive Arkanoid");
window.setFramerateLimit(60);
//Load the sound and music
sf::SoundBuffer boom;
if (!boom.loadFromFile("sound/explosion.wav"))
{
std::cout << "SFML error" << std::endl;
}
sf::Sound sound;
sound.setBuffer(boom);
sound.setVolume(10);
sf::SoundBuffer backgroundMusic;
if (backgroundMusic.loadFromFile("sound/Lightning.flac"))
{
std::cout << "SFML error" << std::endl;
}
sf::Sound music;
music.setBuffer(backgroundMusic);
music.setVolume(20);
music.play();
//Load Textures/sprites
sf::Texture redBlock, orangeBlock, yellowBlock, greenBlock, blueBlock;
sf::Texture tBackground;
sf::Texture tBall;
sf::Texture tPaddle;
redBlock.loadFromFile("images/redBlock.png");
orangeBlock.loadFromFile("images/orangeBlock.png");
yellowBlock.loadFromFile("images/yellowBlock.png");
greenBlock.loadFromFile("images/greenBlock.png");
blueBlock.loadFromFile("images/blueBlock.png");
tBackground.loadFromFile("images/background.png");
tBall.loadFromFile("images/ball.png");
tPaddle.loadFromFile("images/paddle.png");
sf::Sprite sBackground(tBackground), sBall(tBall), sPaddle(tPaddle);
sPaddle.setPosition(295, 440);
sf::Sprite block[1000];
// Placing the 5 colored blocks
//Red block
int n = 0;
for (int column = 0; column <= 50; column++)
for (int rows = 1; rows <= 1; rows++)
{
block[n].setTexture(redBlock);
block[n].setPosition(column * 64, rows * 0);
n++;
}

 

//Orange block
int orange = 10;
for (int column = 0; column <= 10; column++)
for (int rows = 1; rows <= 1; rows++)
{
block[orange].setTexture(orangeBlock);
block[orange].setPosition(column * 64, rows * 32);
orange++;
}

 

//Yellow block
int yellow = 20;
for (int column = 0; column <= 10; column++)
for (int rows = 1; rows <= 1; rows++)
{
block[yellow].setTexture(yellowBlock);
block[yellow].setPosition(column * 64, rows * 64);
yellow++;
}

 

//Green block
int green = 30;
for (int column = 0; column <= 10; column++)
for (int rows = 1; rows <= 1; rows++)
{
block[green].setTexture(greenBlock);
block[green].setPosition(column * 64, rows * 96);
green++;
}

 

//Blue block
int blue = 40;
for (int column = 0; column <= 10; column++)
for (int rows = 1; rows <= 1; rows++)
{
block[blue].setTexture(blueBlock);
block[blue].setPosition(column * 64, rows * 128);
blue++;
}

 

// Initializing the ball direction + position
float positionX = 320, positionY = 275;
float directionX = 2, directionY = 3;
while (window.isOpen())
{
//Handle events
sf::Event event;
while (window.pollEvent(event))
{
if (event.type == sf::Event::Closed)
window.close();
if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::Escape)) window.close();
}
if (event.type == sf::Event::Resized)
{
std::cout << "new width: " << event.size.width << std::endl;
std::cout << "new height: " << event.size.height << std::endl;
}

 

// Ball collision with the blocks
positionX += directionX;
for (int i = 0; i<n; i++)
if (sf::FloatRect(positionX + 3, positionY + 3, 6, 9).intersects(block[i].getGlobalBounds()))
{
block[i].setPosition(-100, 0); directionX = -directionX;
sound.play();
}
positionY += directionY;
for (int i = 0; i<n; i++)
if (sf::FloatRect(positionX + 3, positionY + 3, 6, 9).intersects(block[i].getGlobalBounds()))
{
block[i].setPosition(-100, 0); directionY = -directionY;
sound.play();
}

 

// When the ball should bounce
if (positionX < 0) directionX = -directionX;
if (positionX > 640) directionX = -directionX;
if (positionY < 0) directionY = -directionY;
if (positionY > 550) positionX = 300, positionY = 275;
// Controls paddle
if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::Right)) sPaddle.move(10, 0);
if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::Left)) sPaddle.move(-10, 0);
if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::D)) sPaddle.move(10, 0);
if (sf::Keyboard::isKeyPressed(sf::Keyboard::A)) sPaddle.move(-10, 0);
// Ball speed + collision with paddle
if (sf::FloatRect(positionX, positionY, 12, 12).intersects(sPaddle.getGlobalBounds())) directionY = -(rand() % 5 + 5);
// set the ball position
sBall.setPosition(positionX, positionY);
// Clear + draw on window
window.clear();
window.draw(sBackground);
window.draw(sBall);
window.draw(sPaddle);
for (int i = 0; i<n; i++)
window.draw(block[i]);
window.display();
}
return 0;
}



3: A little late to the party...

Posted by ohml in Two Cents, 15 January 2017 · 221 views

Hey guys! I doubt any of you guys noticed my little hiatus, but I indeed had one, lol, We kind of just started a new year and I've noticed all these blog posts about their goals in 2017. I'm not a firm believer of this "New Year, New Me" bull but I'll give it a try. This year, I will have it on record with this blog post, so hold me accountable!

  • Do 200 crunches everyday
  • Read any book, for recreation (notice how I didn't say fun lol) every month.
  • Get a 3.5 GPA or higher during my 2nd semester
  • And most importantly...get past 200k NP in my bank.

 

DEUCESSSSSSSSSS

 

Hey guys! I doubt any of you guys noticed my little hiatus, but I indeed had one, lol, We kind of just started a new year and I've noticed all these blog posts about their goals in 2017. I'm not a firm believer of this "New Year, New Me" bull but I'll give it a try. This year, I will have it on record with this blog post, so hold me accountable!

  • Finish my semester with a 3.5 GPA or better
  • Do 200 crunches everyday
  • Read any book, for recreation (notice how I didn't say fun lol) every month.
  • Don't stay up pas



Following the herd..

Posted by Marionette in Marionette's Blog, 04 January 2017 · 152 views
new year, resolutions

If I actually write down some resolutions in a place they're visible by someone other than me then there's an outside chance I may actually stick to them.. maybe. No promises.

  • No more alcohol. It mixes badly with my meds and ends up leaving me ill for days. It's just not worth it.
  • Lose some weight! I know everyone says this but the only person I'm cheating is myself.
  • Read more. Reading makes me happy, so do more! Anyone have any suggestions I can add to a list? What's your favourite book or series?
  • Stop procrastinating. I've had my etsy store planned for over a year now, just get on with it!
  • Fight the fear. Social anxiety is ruling my life and it needs to stop. There's a meet planned in Feb with the girls from WYOO. I am going. I am. Honestly. :ninja:
  • Learn a new skill. Crochet is cool.. right? and knitting?
  • Positive attitude. It's not healthy for the kids to see me being so negative all the time. I need to be a positive role model.



October...

Posted by FelisNoctua in FelisNoctua's Blog, 23 November 2016 · 176 views

October was SO busy.
Finished paperwork to graduate with my masters, in December.
Saw Cumberbatch in Frankenstein.
Had a fantastic Halloween party, complete with keg beer for trick or treating parents.
And apparently, I got pregnant.
Yes, through birth control, this past long weekend full of nausea, and a missed period, led to two pregnancy tests that said "YES". I'd be thrilled if I didn't feel like I was going to lose what little lunch I could get down.



TV shows

Posted by snowleopard77 in tv shows, 06 November 2016 · 166 views

I have to catch up on my TV shows. I have been doing home work all week so I need to catch up on TV.



I fee like a bad friend

Posted by Mishelle in Mishelle's Blog, 28 October 2016 · 207 views

Aurora's prison bae has finally gotten out of prison and everything I said would happen happened.

 

Apparently his name is Trey, I literally have been calling him prisonbae for the past 3 years and I still don't really care what his name is. I've been trying to get her to cut things off with him ever since she started this mess of a relationship with him (while he was in prison) because he just sounds like trash. He seemed to me like the type of guy who was just leading her on because he knew he would need a place to stay when he got out of prison. He was released 3 weeks ago and Aurora took off of work to drive 10 hours to Northern California to pick him up and bring him back home. I knew he would try to move in with her because he doesn't have anywhere to go. His sister's dad got a restraining order put on him so he can't live with his mom because of it. She assumed he would eventually move into a halfway house and told me that she would give him a week to find a new place to stay.

 

Lmao I knew that was a lie. I basically completely fell back. When she texted me about him I just kind of ignored her because if you're already complaining 2 days in this clearly isn't working out. I've been warning you for three years, what more is there to say?

 

Fast forward to 3 weeks later. She's texting me with pictures of her crying saying that she's done with him because he made her cry. He hasn't found a job, he hasn't even had an interview. He turned down applying for Jamba Juice because he felt that job was beneath him (bitch,,,) and he told her he wanted to do construction because that's "men's work". I'm assuming by "construction" he means the guys who stand in front of Home Depot and wait for a job. Meanwhile, Aurora is paying for everything. Letting him stay in her home. Buying all of their food, Basically she's sugar mama. And I told her not to fucking be sugar mama.

 

Like if he really loved you he'd want to do better and finally do something for you for a change. You've been putting money on his books, driving a damn near day to go see him, and jumping through hoops for him but what has he done for you? NADA.

 

So now she's crying in my imessage and shit talking about how she's getting drunk tonight and I'm just so not even remotely moved.

 

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I'm not gonna say I told you so, but god damn it bitch I told you so. He was an insecure, unintelligent vagabond and I'm glad he's finally gone. He had nothing going for him. He had no job, no money, and no home training. Good riddance. I'm trying so hard to be supportive but I really just want her to be over it already. I was over it 3 years ago.



Just getting my thoughts off my mind right now.

Posted by VooDoo in Words of Peackocky, 24 September 2016 · 231 views
pregnant

So, as I have announced yesterday on here, I just found out I am pregnant and told my amazing man today!

 

He was excited, so no worries there. Very happy!

 

And while this isn't my first time being pregnant, if all goes well, this will be my first time having a baby.

 

I lost a baby in a car accident a few years ago. And I miscarried another baby. So I am scared that something will go wrong again.

 

I don't want it to and for the most part I am going to keep a positive mind about it. This is the first time I am in a healthy and loving relationship. I am going to do everything I can to keep our baby healthy.

 

I am also scared about the day I give birth. That has always scared me. But I am crazy excited to hold our baby for the first time!!!!

 

I can't wait to find out if our baby is a boy or a girl! I really want a boy but I will equally be just as excited for a girl, because she can be my little princess!

 

Ok, for now, that's all I need to get off my mind.



[Hearthstone] Quick update on my progression.

Posted by Shane in Megazord's Blog, 15 August 2016 · 232 views

So a small update so you guys know. (I know many of you don't care :lol:)

 

ANYWAYS

 

1. I ended up crafting and cracking open a few notable cards...

 

Edwin Van Cleef (crafted)
Al'Akir Windlord (pack)
Snake Pit (golden) (first) (pack)
Shadow Stalker (second) (crafted)
Blade of C'thun (first and second) (crafted)

 

2. Picked up Karazhan also, so now I have the shiny pink cardback!

 

3. I've got over 1890 wins now.

 

4. I've been struggling to get the daily quests done, but I can usually finish them up within the 3rd day by rerolling the quests to get ones that match, or are easy to do. Been playing a lot of tavern brawl, which is fun to an extent... But it's the easiest way to finish quests. =/



Running on Caffeine and Misery!

Posted by Pryanka in The Prysm, 18 July 2016 · 193 views

Oh my gosh, let me just start off by telling you the education system in the United States does not prepare you very well for standardized testing!!!

 

If any of you know me, you know what I'm stressing about in particular: THE BAR EXAM

 

Till date, most of us can agree that we have been able to pass with minimal effort on our part (Of course, most of us have to study to get straight A's, but I'm talking about just passing - it's pretty difficult to fail high school as long as you submit your assignments on time and show up)

 

Well, all that worked until High School. Then college went and changed the rules on us. Getting an undergraduate degree definitely required more effort than high school did. But for those of us who didn't do a math/science based degree and opted for a liberal arts major (coughEnglish&Politicscough), it wasn't that strenuous. A couple of essays per semester, and as long as we did our readings and could talk about them a couple times in class - just enough to make our presence known - we got participation points and ambled right along. Most of my classes were not substantively testing me on material I had to memorize every few weeks like the pre-health majors went through. Grades matter, of course, because they determine your ability to get into graduate school or get a competitive job. But the amount of preparation needed to excel in undergraduate classes wasn't that crazy. For the politics class where there was some substantive knowledge of various political theories, you spent maybe a couple weeks leading up to your final exam reviewing your notes. And if the class was an open book final exam...forget it. You just spent enough time to organize your notes, write out answers to past exams, and just make sure everything you needed was in your outline and accessible. And even after all that, 7 times out of 10, I barely looked at my notes while taking the test anyway because there was just so much to write.

 

After undergrad, enter: Law School
Oh Law School, I think you're set up for failure, and yet I can't figure out an alternative that wouldn't be equally as bad. Let's lay down the basics that you need to know going into my rant. We take "core" classes our first year of law school. These are the "basics" that we build on for the remaining two years. The core classes include: Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Torts, Civil Procedure, Property, and Contracts. Coincidentally, these are also the major subjects tested on the bar exam. In fact, one out of the two days is 200 multiple choice questions in those subjects (plus Evidence). Of the 7 subjects, 6 are taken during our first year of law school.

 

The remaining subjects are: Conflict of Laws, Partnerships, Agency, Corporations, Secured Transactions, Family Law, Wills, and Trusts. These don't really show up in the multiple choice section, but do show up in the essay section. (6 essays, 3 hours, some essays test multiple subjects...so the 7 core subjects plus the 8 additional subjects are all fair game). These subjects are a mix of secondary core classes OR optional classes at most schools. (In my school, we had to take 4 out of 5 from: Business Law, Administrative Law, Evidence, Trusts and Estates, and Tax. The other subjects are optional or covered briefly in other classes. Conflict of Laws was covered in our Civil Procedure class, for example. Family Law and Secured Transactions were completely optional).

 

So you take your core, you take your secondary core, and you fill up the rest of your law school semesters with electives (Ie. I took an incredible class on Family Violence and Sexual Assault, I took Matrimonial Law Practice, and I joined the Child Advocacy Clinic. Can you see the theme?).

 

But the problem is that a BULK of the Bar Exam that we are now studying for is made up of those 7 core subjects that we took two years ago! And it's difficult to recall that information with word-for-word clarity, which is what we need for the essay portion of the bar exam. Not only that, studying these subjects in law school is a very nuanced thing. We spent a semester on each of these subjects, flesh out the history and evolution of the rules, and discuss hundreds of court cases that have shaped the law into its current form. To pass a final exam for our law school classes, we had to be able to eloquently discuss all of that, especially case law. The answer to everything was MAYBE, followed by explanations on why it went either way, supporting both sides with case law and favorable interpretations of the statutes at issue.

 

And now, for the bar exam, we are told to recall the cut-and-dry version of the "rules" and forget all the rest of it. The answer is no longer a maybe. They want a very succinct "IRAC" formula for answering the essays. State the issue, write out the applicable rule in 2-3 sentences, analyze the facts to the elements of the rule...again, very concisely....and finally, conclude one way or another based on your perfunctory analysis.

 

I mean, an example of an IRAC'd paragraph would be:

 

The issue is whether the defendant created an irrevocable option. An irrevocable option can be created by a merchant if it is in writing and states that it is irrevocable. If there is no time limit, the offer expires after a reasonable time. Here, the defendant is not a merchant, he is just a consumer. Thus, he could not create an irrevocable offer, and no irrevocable offer was created.

 

^ Like literally, it's got to be that repetitive. I mean I cut out some details from the rule statement (there are some other elements, and other methods to create irrevocable options) BUT you get the point. No linguistic flourishes. They want that wording very specifically so graders can grade our essays in 2-3 minutes each.

 

We spent three years learning how to make that paragraph above into a full-blown 10 paragraph essay answer to a final exam question. Now we've got to stop "arguing with the question" and just answer it in that robotic, mechanical way. No time for maybes. No time for exceptions, and case law, and court rationales.

 

Now, we have to spend three MONTHS (from end of our final semester in ~May until the bar exam at the end of July) to unlearn everything and re-learn it in a way that's appropriate for bar exam writing.

 

Not only are all the major subjects three years old in our memory, we also have to change our writing and analysis style.

 

But the icing on that cake - we have to memorize in three months all of those succinct rules distilled from three years of law school. I mean, it's a final certification exam - isn't that the point, you say? It is the point, I get it.

 

But it's not fair to allow students to take open book law school finals for three years, then expect them to unlearn everything, and re-cram the important rules from all of the subjects they've taken.

 

We never had to memorize the rules in law school. We only had to know that FRE Rules 401-403 covered Hearsay, and flip to those rules when we needed to reference them. The analysis we always had to do, but no memorization was necessary. You could bring your outline and the statutes to the final exam and flip to whatever rule you needed. Just spot the issue, conduct the analysis on the applicable rule, and you were good. It definitely doesn't prepare you for the bar exam.

 

I would rather have had to memorize rules for individual classes per semester for three years to have a solid foundation going into bar prep studying. Instead, it was overwhelming as fuck.

 

Even now, just a week before the exam, I feel confident in my ability to pass the MBE Questions and the MPT exams. (MPT's are "practice tests" where they give us a closed universe of rules and case law, and we have to write out some kind of brief, memorandum, jury instruction, etc. We get 2 of those closed universes. 1.5 hours each. That part doesn't require "learning" because everything you need to write a perfect answer is given to you in the closed universe. I guess it's like a reading-comprehension test for wannabe lawyers to make sure they can actually prepare legal materials and follow instructions)

 

What I don't feel confident in is those goddamn ESSAYS. Those 6 essays are going to make or break my score, and the biggest problem is that I have to memorize 3 years worth of materials in just 3 months. We have to regurgitate nearly word-for-word on whatever issue and subject they test us on. It's just a lot of goddamn memorizing :(

 

Most essays we encounter, we can do a cursory read and "answer" and know how all the subparts of the essay will play out. (No, the mother cannot deny her daughter asthma medication even though her cult-like religion forbids medicine. Yes, the mother can cancel her daughter's skating lessons even though the daughter loves to skate, because it's not the courts problem what recreational activities a parent puts their child in).

 

What is hard is structuring it in that mechanical IRAC format and WRITING.OUT.THOSE.DAMN.RULES. Word for word.

 

So yeah, it sucks that law school didn't administer final exams in a closed-book setting to emphasize our need to MEMORIZE (and also train us in memorizing those rules so we didn't start from scratch for bar prep). It also sucks that all the major bar exam subjects were the first ones we took in law school and aren't remembered that clearly 2 years later. (Even though I also know those are foundational subjects and they can't do it any other way).

 

I'm just salty.

 

And whining. And venting. And miserable because the bar exam is seven days away and I keep getting my non-hearsay exceptions mixed up with my hearsay exceptions -cry-

 

And for some reason, I never get any answer involving depraved-heart murder right.



Guide to when I am trolling and when I am not

Posted by ortin in cello adventures!, 24 June 2016 · 318 views

When I am trolling, I try to take the most absurd position and actively try to generate as much outrage as possible. Example: before I had planned to vote for Trump as a joke because I thought he was entertaining. I don't defend my trolling because that was never the point. This will continue as long as I am immature enough to find it entertaining.

 

This is different from when I want to debate. Sometimes I have controversial opinions, and sometimes I argue the opposite side from what I believe because that is a great way to broaden my knowledge of an issue on both sides. I try to explain why I think so, and the logical steps between the steps. Occasionally this causes just as much or more outrage, but know that it was never my intention.

 

TL;DR: Contrary to popular opinion, I am not trolling all the time.



Winter is here.

Posted by Swarley in A Bit of This and That, 23 June 2016 · 257 views

I have a lot of free times on my hand during this Winter, and I decided to try to watch GoT again. For the third time. Both times I tried I stopped on S01E09. I need to catch up, gdi! Especially after the last episode, because people have been talking so much about it e.e

 

So yeah, I have a lot to watch. Good luck, me.



And so the long, arduous battle begins!

Posted by WarezHaxor in Thoughts from the dark corner..., 21 June 2016 · 290 views

Well...today marks the day I submitted the custody papers for my kids. Their mother has hung up on her children repeatedly since she's moved away because she thinks they don't want her when she calls 10 minutes after their bedtime. She's pushed so many of my buttons recently despite spending over $4000 of my hard earned money to get her new clothes, makeup, an apartment, and everything she wanted to get out, fixed the car she bought to move away with and even helped her move. After all of the help I've given to her even though she's cheated on me 5 times in 6 years, and she still feels a need to try to piss me off. So from this point on it is a waiting game until the public defender gets a hold of me, and the judge sees the case. I know this is going to be a long and stressful fight, and to be honest I do feel like a sleaze ball having to involve the court, but I do need to look out for those girls and my own rights to them. Rather quick entry this time around, I'm anxious and nervous, and don't know what to think or expect especially when she gets served with the paperwork herself, but I do feel I have a good case, and so I remain optimistic. I will keep this blog updated as news occurs on the situation, and I hope it helps to serve as a lesson to anyone who may end up in the same boat as me. Protect your kids, protect your rights, and be willing to do whatever it takes, even if you feel bad for doing something like this. It only guarentees your rights to your kids.
-WarezHaxor





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