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Final Fantasy X = fing win!
Windows 2000 pro = win!

that's all I have for today

w00t! Cindy and I got our gifts from my parents today, but Cindy wasn't home to get the package from UPS, so we're probably going to have to wait until Monday to get it, unless she can go pick up the package later tonight, or if we could get it from the UPS office tomorrow. I've missed my mom's cooking, especially now around the holiday season. It's always good to get a package that's filled with lotsa holiday cookies. Now, we've just got to figure out where we're going to put the cookies, cause we don't have any room in our fridge. I guess it's time to clean that thing out...maybe I can talk Cindy into cleaning it out...maybe. j/k Cindy does a great job of cleaning the house and everything, but for some reason, the urge to clean only hits her when it's like 2-3am. I think it's because she works overnights, and so she has more energy at night than she does during the day. That's the only bad thing about us right now, the fact that we work such different shifts and don't get to spend a lot of time with each other. That's why we try to cram everything together into the two days on the weekends that we get to spend together. Sometimes that sucks too, just because we try to get so many things done during the weekends, that we never get to truly enjoy each other's company.
I love you, Cindy...don't ever forget that!


/me sighs
I wish I had all of my christmas shopping done. I don't have anything bought for my family. I've bought a few things for my son, but I still haven't gotten anything for Cindy. It makes me feel bad that I can't buy Cindy what she really wants for Christmas, because of the fact that we don't have the money for me to spend on the items I want to get her, or that she would like for me to have. I don't really know what to do. We've been able to get some toys and clothes for Joey, which of course is the major thing, as this is his first christmas. We got a digital camera for us as a family, but we really haven't had the time or money to purchase presents for each other, and like I said, it makes me feel terrible that I can't get her the things she really wants for christmas. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to find a way to make it up to her...I just don't know what I'm going to do about it yet...

/me looks behind himself, almost as if someone's following him.
you ever get that feeling where it seems like someone's been following you, but they are just far enough away that you can't see them? I've felt like that all day...maybe i'm getting paranoid...maybe it's because i only got three hours of sleep...maybe someone's been spiking my food with poision to get rid of me...maybe i'm smoking crack at night and not knowing it...maybe my mind hasn't left the wonderous place that is the dream state...maybe i live in the dream state now and there is nothing that is real for me...blarg!...i'm starting to see the little men...tell them to leave me alone...get away from me!...quit following me!...


alright, enough of that madness. Truthfully tho, for some reason I feel like someone's been following me around, watching my every move. Now, I honestly don't know if it's because I only got three hours of sleep last night and sleep deprevation is beginning to catch up with me. I've got to bake cookies for our work party tomorrow. I think maybe 2 or three dozen cookies should be enough for the 10 people on my team at work. I just wonder how long it's gonna take me to get those done tonight after I get off work. It's going to completly blow any chances that I have of working on either this website, or my webcomic tonight. Oh well, at least I did get some drawing done last night for the webcomic at work. Hopefully, I'll have everything done for the webcomic by the time the first of the year rolls around, because I plan to have it out in the world on January 1, 2002. I can dream, can't i? It would be so nice if i had someone to actually HELP me with the webcomic. I did at one time, but now he's disappeared, and I haven't heard shit from him in over a month and a half. Oh well, I really didn't expect him to help me all that much as it was. He was kinda a lazy guy most of the time. I'm not saying that I'm not lazy sometimes, but he was like this probably 90-95% of the time. So I would've been on my own anyway.

Alright, i'm done ranting/being strange for right now...

/me jumps back onto his train of thought

HA! I found my train of thought! It was right here where I left it. Damn trains of thought, always tryin' to run away.
After reading this news thread at, I've come to the decision that I'm not going publicly available cd's, especially from Universal Music Group. I, personally, am of the thought that, if as a consumer, I decide to make a backup of a cd that I buy so I don't screw up my original copy, I have every right. And, under the Home Recording act, I do have that right. It seems as though Universal has decided that they are going to try and prevent their customers to make copies of the cds. I can understand why they are taking this stance, because the same technology that is used to create mp3s for home use, can be used to distribute those mp3s illegally, and of course, that means that Universal will be losing money because people will not be buying the cd. But those people who are getting the mp3s from the 'net probably don't pay for cds anyways, so it's money they would have never gotten. Now, I've downloaded mp3s of bands that I like, aside from the singles that are out over the radio. But, after downloading those mp3's, i've also went out and bought the cd, simply because I liked a couple other songs that were on that cd. I think that Universal is actually going to lose more money on this idea then they are going to make, just for the simple fact that because of this new copy protection technology that they use, it will be impossible for people with older cd players, or even a macintosh computer, to play the cds. I, myself, would take a cd back if it didn't work in my cd player, because what's the point in having the cd, if you have no way to listen to it.

That's just my $.02 on the whole thing.

Well, I attempted to get litestep working last night, but I didn't have any luck. I've gotten a few hints from people online, so I'm going to try them out tonight. Let's hope I can get it working. It seems like it would be faster then the basic windows explorer.exe shell, but I'm not going to find out until I get litestep up and running. (crosses fingers) Here's to hoping I can get it working sometime soon.

gah! I just lost my train of thought on what I was going to post up next, so I guess that's all I'll post for now. I'm sure it'll probably come back to me later.
Check back soon!

I did a little work on my computer last night, not much. I got a little work on the website done, finally coding some character pages. Hopefully they'll be done and up soon. I gotta find some small pics to put up for the characters, and that's causing me a problem. It'll be all good in the end though.

I downloaded Litestep last night. It's an interesting program that replaces your shell for windows-based platforms, making them look more like a Linux based platform. It's a novel idea, and I would love it, were it not for the fact that I got a major error once I restarted my computer for the changes to take effect. I've made a few posts on the Litestep forums, trying to see if anyone else ever had the errors that I've had. I think it will be an interesting change, once I can get away from the explorer.exe shell. Blarg on Microsoft! They just don't want anyone to customize their systems. I would move to straight Linux, but a lot of the programs that I use don't have a Linux version, and I've gotten so used to using the windows versions, that using a different program might be too much of a change for me. Not that I'm saying I don't like change, because change is always a good thing. Another problem is that I don't know if Linux would recognize the secondary ide controller card I installed to take full advantage of my 40gig hard drive that I bought myself for Christmas. Sometimes Windows is a good thing, at least for this instance. Oh well, maybe I should stop trying 2 fight Microsoft in their attempts to take over the world. I do know I won't be buying an Xbox any time soon.

Speaking of game systems. With the Xbox, Gamecube, and PS2 out in the market right now, it would be a hard time to decide what you want to purchase. I, myself, own a PS2, which I bought last November. I've been happy with the PS2, and the quality of the games that have come out so far. I don't really care about how powerful the Xbox is, because if it doesn't have the software that make people want to buy it, then it's gonna fail. Now the Gamecube, that's another beast all in itself. It will probably be the one that lasts the longest against the PS2, simply for the name factor. I know that, as I was growing up, the old 8-bit Nintendo was THE thing to have, and you were lucky to have one. I remember spending hours playing Mario and Zelda games, not to mention Metroid and Castlevania. I will buy a Gamecube, but not for a couple years when the price goes down.

Well, I'm done ranting for right now, I'll probably come up with something else later.

I really didn't want to come to work today. I've had such a long past couple of days, it really sucks having to come to work today, just from the simple fact that I haven't gotten 4 hours of straight sleep in one night for about 3 weeks. I don't know what the problem is, but it's really been draining me of all of my energy. I think I need like a week straight off of work to just sleep and catch up...I wouldn't want to come back to work after that, though. Maybe part of the reason that I'm so tired, at least today, is that all I did yesterday was cook. I love to cook, but it always takes a lot outta me. Just the creation process when I'm in the kitchen is very exhilerating, but very exhausting as well. (shrugs) oh well, it's always hardest to do the things you love to do, but they're the most worthwile to do.

I've decided that today is one of those days that I hate my job. It's just so damn busy, mainly due to the fact that everyone's out shopping at the stores. It wouldn't be so bad if all I took were customer calls from home, but it's not that easy. We've got to handle store calls as well, and some of those damn store associates can be real assholes. I guess they figure that since they're treated like shit by everyone who comes in, they have the right to treat everyone else like shit. I don't understand store associates, which is stupid, considering how long I worked in retail before I got this job.

Well, I'm outta rant material, at least for right now. I'll probably add more later!