Yearly Meme #6

Sixth year doing this meme. I wonder who originally wrote it? Are they in HEAVEN? Here are last year’s.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Bought a car, got hired for a full-time job, went to Japan, ~*SOMKED WEED*~.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year’s was to get a full-time job, so yep! Next year is to be more superficial, and move out of my dad’s place. (Should happen early on.)

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Don’t think so.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My stepmom, Betty, died in February.

5. What countries did you visit?
Japan

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
My own place.

7. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
February 1, when Lily called me up and told me my stepmom had brain cancer. I was walking through UW campus and walked home, talking to my roommates, considering dropping out and leaving within a month (which I did).
February 14, when I woke up and was informed by a few friends and my sister’s blog that Betty had died.
March 8, Betty’s funeral.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Creating a forum from scratch.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Dropping out of grad school and losing half of my money (that I didn’t already spend on my car) in the stock market.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I still have that ingrown toenail from last year, despite getting surgery earlier in the year. I also got surgery for a pilonidal cyst, which is now gone. Had the flu once or twice.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
The price for the trip to Japan was totally worth it. The Prius was the most EXPENSIVE thing I’ve ever bought, but time will tell if it proves to be “the best.”

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Barack Obama, although I didn’t celebrate much on election day.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Israel’s, the Bush administration’s, Fox News… no one especially local, though.

14. Where did most of your money go?
My car. Runner up: thin air.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
I can’t think of anything that especially excited me. Japan was wonderful but not exactly EXCITING, I can’t call myself EXCITED to be back in the Bay Area… I did have trouble sleeping last night, though, because I am looking forward to New Year’s festivities.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Party Ben – Single Ladies (In Mayberry)

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
Happier.
ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner overall. I’ve been gaining a bit this past month, though.
iii. richer or poorer? Poorer by a LOTTTTTT

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I dunno, I did so much. Socialized, traveled, moved, learned, dated, created, exercised, gamed, relaxed. Maybe more flirting – that or establishing more deep friendships.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Less paying for school, in retrospect! But hey, I thought grad school would actually amount to something.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I didn’t celebrate Christmas for the first time in about 10 years. I spent it at home playing video games. It felt kind of like a long overdue period of mourning for my stepmom. I did celebrate Hanukkah with my mom as usual, though, and that was charming as always.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008?
No.

22. How many one-night stands?
None.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Superjail.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
N/A

25. What was the best book you read?
The Complete K Chronicles by Keith Knight. One of the actual books I read was Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, but it kind of sucked.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Xploding Plastix.

27. What did you want and get?
A car, a job. I feel like I’ve answered this question five times already. Stupid meme.

28. What did you want and not get?
A place in the city, and all the social perks that go along with it. But I did well socially anyway.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
Wall-E. That’s two favorite films in a row being by Pixar…

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 23. Went to Sacramento, met up with my two lesbian transgendered friends, got high, watched the Fifth Element, drove down to San Francisco and watched my sister’s band’s reunion concert.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not losing all that money, not being kind of a douche while dating Margot.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
A few more fancy shirts and less jeans; slightly less worrying about my receding hairline.

33. What kept you sane?
A well-executed balance between regular socialization and gaming.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Patrick Stewart.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Elections. I remember having a good argument with my grandparents about how Obama isn’t the anti-Moses if you support Hillary. I got kind of pissed with Israel in the past few days, too.

36. Who did you miss?
Seattle friends. I will return to visit someday!

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Margot.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
Calmness is a virtue, and I’m lucky that it comes so naturally to me.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
No

Charity.

I know it’s navigating into rocky territory when I start criticizing a charity, but I’m going to do it anyway: Child’s Play is a gross misallocation of resources, and those who contribute toward it should give it a second thought.

What you’re doing when you contribute to Child’s Play is buying toys, games, and books for children mostly in long-term care. It’s an admirable gesture as people in hospitals must be bored as hell and in need of some good entertainment. But still, I don’t like the idea of gamers giving games to future gamers.

It reeks of consumerism. It’s no wonder why Microsoft, Sony, Blizzard, Valve, etc. all give thousands of dollars to the cause every year – it’s great PR. It creates new customers. Furthermore, if I remember correctly, the reason Child’s Play was started was to give off a good image of gamers, and to shove that in the face of politicians who would claim that they’re violent, unbalanced individuals. Well that’s great guys! You sure can buy video games. You sure showed them.

Here’s the most important part: Child’s Play doesn’t save lives. I guess you could give a lot of excuses and pass them off as arguments: “the more money we contribute to entertainment, the more hospitals can pay for medicine!” or “kids won’t die… of boredom!” But that’s bullshit. Kids don’t die of boredom. Kids die of hunger, disease, violence, and a whole lot more. Video games won’t save them.

Look, it’s great that you’re bolstering an entertainment industry while giving toys to children in first-world hospitals (oh, and one in Iraq), instead of buying the same things for yourself. But please consider donating to charities that will actually work toward curing actual ills. They’re very easy to find.

I’m open for arguments as to why I’m off base about Child’s Play, but it probably won’t deter me from my main argument that there are much better ways of giving away your money.

PS In Child’s Play’s favor: according to the Wikipedia entry (but not the official site?), cash donated does go toward “paying for pediatric research, facility improvements, etc.” If true, that’s great.

Fetish musings.

<JeffreyATW> noser i need help transforming my internet likeness into some weird thing that could be passed off as a personal fetish
<JeffreyATW> maybe i will be Wrenchy, the wrench
<JeffreyATW> and draw wrenchporn
<Noser> what do you mean
<Noser> back up a step
<Noser> isn’t CAR a fetish comic
<JeffreyATW> it’s boring being a human on the internet who is attracted to women
<JeffreyATW> not unfulfilling, just boring
<Noser> but you’re attracted to men too, if it’s road head.
<Noser> that’s your fetish
<Noser> auto eroticism
<JeffreyATW> that was ONE TIME
<JeffreyATW> and only in my COMIC
<Noser> you said internet likeness
<JeffreyATW> that’s true i guess
<JeffreyATW> i don’t know if my comic is my internet likeness
<JeffreyATW> that jeffrey seems to be a different jeffrey than the jeffrey on twitter and livejournal and facebook
<Noser> well yeah, that’s your carsona
<JeffreyATW> a jeffrey who is too simple to fancy himself a wrench, and fancy wrenches
<Noser> lots of carries are different when they draw themselves in cars
<SamDoug> awesome
<Noser> wrench-on-car action!
<SamDoug> VOLCANOES
<SamDoug> HOLY FUCK
<Noser> I haven’t played with magma
<SamDoug> shit just got epic
<SamDoug> brb forging The One Ring
<JeffreyATW> is there a volcano in upstate new york now
<JeffreyATW> good
<Noser> apparently it’s really easy to destroy your entire sector of the world with a magma pool, bauxite, a mason, and a mechanic
<SamDoug> just the way I like it
<SamDoug> Playing with death and poor AI
<JeffreyATW> hey i’m a wrench, i love mechanics
<Noser> I don’t totally get the bauxite thing being so obscure, the game should mention it
<JeffreyATW> they know just how to handle us wrenches
<SamDoug> also Jeffrey, jog on
<Noser> what kind of wrench
* You are now known as WrenchyATW
<WrenchyATW> torque
<WrenchyATW> just you wait
<WrenchyATW> i’ll start this off as a joke
<Noser> can you point to a picture of your wrenchsona
* SamDoug is now known as CARDoug
<WrenchyATW> but then i’ll start making comics about wrenches
<Noser> are you a specific model of wrench
<WrenchyATW> and eventually it will be like, maybe i really DO like wrenches In That Way
<CARDoug> metric or standard
<WrenchyATW> standard :( i AM american
<WrenchyATW> searching “torque wrench” on GIS for my wrenchsona
<WrenchyATW> safe search is off
<WrenchyATW> http://news.thomasnet.com/images/large/486/486650.jpg
<WrenchyATW> oh god
<WrenchyATW> this manual torque wrench
<WrenchyATW> it has a universal round shank head

My Problem With Ham.

So I was just reading that a friend of mine was enjoying a ham and brie sandwich. Sounds tasty, right? I certainly wouldn’t mind one, but then again, if I was given the choice of any sandwich, it’d be way far down my list. Here’s why.

The problem starts with ham. Ham’s great. It’s from a pig, which makes it pork, and pork’s tasty. Even better, seeing as I’m Jewish and the thought of eating ham and sending a big “fuck you” off to my heritage just heightens the pig-eating experience even more. Bacon, carnitas, pork chops, you name it; if it’s from a pig, it will go in my mouth. But ham? Ham is probably the last kind of pigmeat I would put in my mouth.

I think it stems from a broad history of lunchmeat sandwiches. Throughout elementary school and middle school, my lunch would be either chicken breast or turkey breast sandwiches. Ham was, in fact, seen as a real treat, since I’d only get it in my sandwiches once or twice a month. So ham climbed up the ladder of the Meat Hierarchy and stayed there for a while. Even though it was really just like the poultry breast I was eating, although slightly pinker.

Sometime afterward, though, my tastes started becoming refined. In came steak in all its cuts – ribeye, sirloin, tri-tip – not to mention my growing affinity for all things shellfish (yet another delicious Jewish taboo). Lunchmeat became a thing of the past, and ham was unceremoniously grouped along with it.

Pork is very versatile. When it’s in all the forms I’ve come to love – pork chop being all steak-y, carnitas being all cheesesteak-y, bacon being all… well… itself-y, I’ll eat the hell out of it. But when it’s in its ham form, all it does is remind me of the monotonous days of lunchmeat lunchmeat lunchmeat… and I just can’t bring myself to pick out ham as a “good” type of pork.

Now don’t get me started on Canadian bacon, though. I think that’s some sort of American ploy to get people like me interested in ham again, and it won’t work. Canadians, it’s not your fault! I don’t blame you!!!

Throwing out a bone.

So I live in San Rafael which is a social deadzone. There are invisible borders around Marin which repel the majority of Bay-dwellers, rendering it inaccessible to anyone lacking private transit.

HOWEVER, I haven’t thrown an event at my house in quite a while, and it seems that at this point not too many people have concrete plans for New Year’s celebrations. That, and my birthday’s on the 26th, and it’s always nice to be able to throw the party sometime around then, instead of, like, March.

Therefore, I am forming an exploratory committee to run for host of a New Year’s / birthday party, at my place. I am considering offering rides earlier in the day to those for whom transportation might be an issue. I am also considering heck of dranks, and perhaps homemade cuisine.

So, show of hands. Who might be interested in attending? Guests are allowed to bring friends to this event. Give a shout, or at least a suggestion.