So I'm sure I've mentioned here on ThinkSoJoE's Thoughts that I'm a Linux user (at least, I am on my laptop), and a FireFox user (on any computer anywhere), but if I haven't, I'm a Linux user (Xubuntu is my distribution of choice, for what it's worth), and a FireFox user. I'm also stuck in a deadend job doing something I hate for less money than I'm worth. I'm looking to get out of here and into something more fun, like, oh, I don't know, maybe a toy store. So I hit up Toys Я Us's website, then clicked on Careers, hoping to be able to apply online for the nearest location (which, for the record, is a few towns away - my hometown is devoid of toy stores), when I reached this screen (click for full):
Alright, I can understand no Linux support. I'm used to that by now, but the only Operating Systems it supports are Win98, Win2K, and WinXP? No love for MacOS? What about Vista? The browser support is no better - IE5, IE6, and Netscape 7?? Netscape 7?!? Netscape 8 was released in November of 2004 - that's four and a half years ago, kids. Not to mention that IE6 is the bane of my existence and IE7 was released in October of 2006.
Come on, TRU, it's about time to update your website, five years is a little too long.
I intended to come on here and bitch about the new "diggbar" feature that digg.com rolled out earlier this week, how it's overrated and people are giving it too much credit for whatever. Then when I was writing, I realized it makes no sense for me to complain, because that means that when people grab the BWF Network feeds off of Twitter, once the plugin is updated they'll be able to digg without leaving the site! Problem, of course, is how will that effect my site's numbers? Guess we'll have to wait and see.
Dear Internet Explorer 6,
Please just fucking die already. Nobody likes you. The people who do can't see things clearly - mostly because you're not rendering them properly. We've tried telling people that there are plenty of other fish in the sea, but they just can't seem to get over you. We've tried to introduce them to a real Fox. We've tried taking them to the Opera. We tried to take them on Safari. Hell, we tried distracting them with something shiny. We've even tried to introduce them to your younger, much better looking cousins. Yet they still won't let you go.
For the last eight years, experts have tried to make you look pretty. Some have succeeded at times, while others have failed miserably. You've become the bane of designers everywhere. While some still try, others flat out refuse to work with you, while those who are just crazy enough have even tried to kill you. Personally, I wish you'd just go away so that I wouldn't have to work harder to satisfy you and your flock.
On a long enough timeline the survival rate for everyone drops to zero. Hopefully we're seeing the end of yours soon.
Well, normally that title line follows the line "Suffer from the world's destruction," but I suppose it applies here. The question I'd asked a couple of entries prior was certainly given a few answers, and I picked the latest one, which suggested I contact the person in question to see how they'd feel about me attending their graduation instead of just showing up. Well, the graduation was this past Wednesday night. Finally, for the first time in over two years, ThinkSoJoE and former thinksobrain bass player Dan were voluntarily in the same place at the same time.
Sure, we'd run into each other over those two years, but pretty much ignored one another. That first phone conversation after the initial MySpace messages felt like two years of weight off of my shouders. We both finally were able to give each other our own sides to the story. I went to the graduation and hung out with him for a few hours afterward. Maybe it's time to re-add his pictures to the "Former Members" album on thinksobrain's MySpace page.
Dan graduating has made me sit back and think about it though - I'm 27 years old with no direction in mind for my life. I'm all over the place with what I want to do. I've thought about accounting, going to a recording school, and now I'm leaning towards Information Technology. IT jobs pay big money, and quite frankly, I'm tired of barely scraping by going paycheck-to-paycheck. While my ultimate goal is to play my music for a living, that's unfortunately on hold for the moment. Mostly because I don't have the money to invest in anything I need to make it happen. i was trying to do web design, but it's hard to establish yourself and find clients. I'm thinking of doing some acoustic stuff, but that's probably not going to net me much money - although that decision was influenced by the fact that it's what Aaron Lewis did for money before breaking out with Staind. I don't know, maybe I should go for the IT thing. I'm into computers, networking, and all kinds of stuff like that, so why not?
Actually, I requested some more information on ITT Tech, I'm thinking maybe it's a good idea. Dan graduated with honors - and this is a guy who didn't make it past 10th grade. Problem with that, of course, is that I don't have a car and Getzville is pretty far away on the bus. Then again, I'm a guy who sent away for more information on a recording school in Los Angeles when I live in Western New York.
I don't know, I suppose I'll figure shit out and post here when I do. That's what I've been doing here lately anyway, isn't it? Ranting about whatever's on my mind and then figuring it out. I guess that's the whole point of a blog anyway, right?
The other night I came on here and posed a question, wondering what other people would do if they were faced with a situation where they could potentially surprise an old friend that they had a falling out with. You'll recall that I had a situation like that arise, as I found out that somebody I hadn't spoken to in two years was graduating from college this coming Wednesday night. A couple of early comments leaned towards just going to the graduation and extending a handshake and a congratulations. I actually thought it was a pretty decent idea at first, but the more I thought of it, the more I thought that if he was still harboring anger towards me, it could potentially ruin his night for him. A commenter later in the day expressed the same sentiment, and suggested that I let the person know I was thinking of showing up.
After a lot of soul searching and a lot of thought, I ultimately decided that I should test the waters first. I left a comment on the person's MySpace blog about his impending graduation (since MySpace lets you comment on the blogs of people not on your friends list). I told him that I'd initially thought to just show up, but that I didn't want to ruin the night for him. I told him that I just wanted to offer my congratulations and that I'm proud of him for graduating.
Earlier tonight when I checked my MySpace, I had a new message. It was from my old friend, with the subject line "Long Time." In it, he told me how he felt when everything happened, and that he recently decided that no matter what has happened in the past, he wanted to start with a clean slate with everybody. He also told me that he came to this realization the day after he finally saw a movie I'd recommended to him thousands of times before. I guess it's not just being a member of Fight Club that makes you think of things differently.
I replied to his message with one of my own. I reiterated that I'm considering going to his graduation and expressed interest in hanging out sometime soon.
So, in taking the advice of the person who suggested testing the waters first, I think I've made the right decision.