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There is no more difficult, unfriendly, un-intuitive, un-workable platform out there.
The damn thing is slow, and EFI is a mystery to everyone. I'm sure it is a logical piece of hardware to someone, but I have yet to meet them.

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I've been accepted to join the staff of the June 20-22 New Warrior Training Adventure.  I look forward to the opportunity.  For those men who are interested, I highly recommend the experience, even if you don't quite think it would be your cup-of-tea.  Certainly if you have any questions about the experience, I am happy to talk it.

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I've applied to staff the next LA weekend for the New Warriors Training Adventure. The weekend is June 20-22. I'm not sure if I've made the cut yet or not, but I'm on the mailing list, and should know soon what the verdict is. I'm excited about the possibilities, and look forward to seeing the weekend experience from the other side. I'm hoping that it will provide me a new insight into myself and how to view others with an open and also critical air. A kind of new honest way of dealing with people, or at least those already initiated men, and solidifying my own leadership skills.

For those men who are interested:
http://www.mkpla.org/
Feel free to look around, I believe they are still taking applications for new men.

And for those women on my f-list, there are equivalent women's weekends:
http://www.herweekend.org/
or
http://www.womanwithin.org/

thumbcat has already gone on the Woman Within weekend, and will be doing the HER weekend this weekend infact. Of the above weekends, MKP is men only (for men, staffed by men), Woman Within is women only (for women, staffed only by women), and HER weekends are for women only, however are staffed by both men and women.

And feel free to ping me w/ questions if you have any.

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Jon is running his table-top RPG again, so I felt the desire to post some of my old writings. This place Providing an archive for them. I don't attest to their quality, but feel free to comment if you're so inclined.

The Unlikely Journals of Walth'n ayan Bra'lynn
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Part 2 is only a partial. I'll get to it eventually :)

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I've done quite a few faires over the years, and these things tend to get a bit blurry. So here's an initial attempt to figure out one year from the next, and determine where I was for all this.
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March is question month here on LJ.
Feel free to ask anything you might want to know and I will endeavor to answer.
Questions are screened and answers will be replied to in separate entries.

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I had the 2nd session for my tattoo done last night, and I was able to sit for it much better than the first. It helps that I wasn't getting over being sick, had a good lunch, a fuller night sleep, etc... He was able to start on the shading on my right shoulder and back. I'm excited that it wasn't as difficult as the first time to sit still. Fills me w/ more confidence to move forward.

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reallydeepman: Thank you for the cookies! They're very yummy!

Last night was the first session for my tattoo. There's not much to see at this point since it's juts the outlining, but from looking at the initial drawing, I think it will come out lookin' fantastic.

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I haven't posted in over a month, and it's not that there aren't things to talk about. I would argue that just the opposite it true. Unfortunately, I still don't have alot of time now, so I will post w/ a couple of the big points.

Dec. 16th 2007, thumbcat and I got married. I'll post some pictures and probably a back-dated entry about the event at some point here in the near future. We had about around 100 people who joined us for the celebration. The time leading up to the event was certainly hectic, but for those of our friends and vendors who have been through it before, they said we were very well organized. I felt like I was only just keeping my head above water, and even now, a month later, there are still things to do, like get the Thank You cards sent out. There are those who have asked if I feel any different, if marriage has changed me. I don't believe so. I am just more solid in my commitment to supporting Thumbcat in our life together.

For roughly the last 8 weeks or so, I've been participating in some sessions with some other men who went on the New Warrior Training Weekend. It's called a PIT, but I can't remember what the acronym stands for at the moment. The idea is that the work we started on the weekend can and should be continued. The PIT is the training on how to run IGroups (Integration Groups) that are with fellow "warrior brothers." The initial weekend, and the continuing work I think would be good for a few of the men on my friends list, and new initiation weekends are available on a regular basis. If any of you are interested, let me know, and I can send you some more info.

Those are the couple big things for now. Still playing WoW, and working at SYMC. So status quo there.

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I was planning on doing a long post about it, but every time I try to sit down and write, something comes up.
So here's the quick and dirty. Spent most of Sunday working on the garage. Got pics taken for the things we want to ebay or donate/get rid of. Alot to do still to make that a reality, but already the garage is more useable, and as each item gets gone, it'll improve the situation even further.

This coming weekend, I'll probably attack the bonus room so it can be more usable. We'll see how that turns out. I also need to get the wedding rehearsal stuff sent out.

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It's been a while since I've posted an update as there's been alot going on, but not easily something to chat about.

This past Thursday started the PIT process of the warriors path. PIT stands for Personal Integration Training, and is the next step after the weekend intensive last month. This starts a 10 week process of learning the tools that were used during the weekend and provide the means for creating our own iGroup. iGroups are the maintenence groups for this mens organization.

In this group there were some familiar faces, and new faces. Some men who have just stepped off their weekend intensive just last week, and others who were part of my weekend. I could feel the excitement we all shared to continue the growth process. Of course though there's not much of the specifics that I can talk about, however, for me it was like a cool refreshment. The opportunity to touch that weekend experience with guidance to be held accountable for what I have done and where I've come up short on my long-term goals.

We'll be skipping Thanksgiving weekend, but the next session is the Thursday following. I'm looking forward to it.

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To Jane:Cut here for the details...Collapse )
Breakdowns/Broken processes:

  1. Failure to communicate that fax was not received. (as per our discussion there is a policy to broadcast logs of all outstanding proofs aged > 5 business days)

  2. Proof is ambiguous on the "15-20 day" turn around. It should say 3-4 weeks or 15-20 business days.

  3. Failure for unified order information availability to all parties along workflow chain.

  4. Failure to communicate to storefront and therefore customer that target dates are not hard-fast, but may flex by a couple days.

  5. Failure to communicate either to the regional storefront nor to customer that the printing was delayed causing the ship date to change from stated date of 10-15 ship with 10-16 arrival to some later date.

  6. Failure of the corporate office customer service to find out the status of a given order that is being passed through their location.

  7. Failure of the regional store fronts to know up to date status of a give order that was placed in their store.
    24 hour or more turn around to deploy shipping/tracking logs for orders shipped out from corporate offices.

  8. Failure to be able to contact the specific department (invitations) handling the order, by both myself and the customer service agent.

  9. Failure to be able to speak to a manager in a timely fashion.


I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for taking the time to listen to me as well as reading through my experiences.

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3 hour drive into work today. 2 to get to the 101, another 45 mins to get to the top of the Sepulveda pass, then 15 to get the rest of the way to the Culver City office. Leave at 6 expect to get in by 7ish. 9:00 AM pull into my parking spot.

I R A sad puppy. Well, just tired really.

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This past weekend, I went to what's called the "New Warrior Training Adventure." I was completely out of contact w/ the rest of the world from Friday afternoon, to when I got back late Sunday night.
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For more information: http://www.mkp.org/

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Current Noise: 13. 05 O'clock Shadow Productions - Black Sunshine

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That is all!

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When I say DO NOT install IE 7. That means I Don't want to see it on my machine. Not, Please Install this over night when I'm not around to cancel it.

Stupid IE7 install.

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Go w/ the feeling.
Trust the instinctual answer, even if the direction given by that answer is unclear.
If the direction is unclear, state that fact openly.
Don't hesitate to ask for a moment or 10 to think things through/clear the head.

There may be more.

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Over the last week or so, I've been re-reading parts of The Prince. The idea being that I need to re-read some of my old "training" books to touch upon the mindset I maintained during that time of my life. This a part of training in general, as I've also started going back to class by training w/ the old dojo 2x per week.

Last night, I hit a couple points that hit home as they are similar things to what thumbcat has said in not-so-many-words during some of our own discussions/arguments.
Paraphrasing:

  • It is better to be feared than loved, but best to be both feared AND loved. If you're too worried about being loved, it will just breed contempt and that is about the worst state to be in. Just don't work so hard at being feared that you become hated, though arguably contempt is still worse.

  • War should always be on your mind. The idea that if you look around you and assess your environment for the "What Ifs" of battle, you will be prepared to handle those situations when they arrise, and have an idea of how to react in those "What if" situations. This is more than just movements, but also looking into the reasoning behind the decisions of your opponents.


There were a couple others that I can't remember at the moment, so I'll re-read what I read last night to see what else pops up and post about it some more.

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I did this a while back when having some troubles w/ ruijama. It was quite illuminating at the time, even if it wasn't surprising. My problem yesterday was that I couldn't answer this question when asked by the counselor. I felt like a deer in headlights. So thumbcat suggested I do one of these again, and I agreed.

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More to come perhaps?

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Current Noise: Global Cee - Burnin'

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