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April 22nd, 2008
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Updates, or fragments of updates, or updates of fragments:
  1. Somebody shoot me now: My "two-weekend" third job, covering for the departure of a paginator at a local newspaper, metamorphosed into four weekends, then eight. Now their top candidate to fill the position fell through, and I'm being told that they need me until at least late May.

    I can't leave until they find a new designer; I can't drop hours at job #2 because the only other person doing my job is quitting; and I can't drop hours at job #1 because the only other person doing my job is quitting.

    It's only by the (strained and deteriorating) grace of roaminrob that I'm able to work six days a week right now instead of seven. My social life isn't completely on hold, but it's on life support. And I haven't touched my friends list this month.

  2. "Day 34. Cops still bored."[*]: Got pulled over by law enforcement today for pulling into a parking space. Did you know that (in California at least) it's illegal to make any U-turns in a business district, except at properly labeled intersections? (I know this, because he said I looked skeptical and showed me the relevant passage in his copy of the Vehicle Code.) This includes pulling into a parking space on the opposite side of the road.

    Fortunately, I was either polite enough and/or sincere enough in my protestations of ignorance that he let me off with a warning. At least now I know that our roads are safe from the vile and pernicious evil of business-district u-turn scofflaws.

  3. First-world problems: There is one fringe benefit to working ridiculous hours -- money to spend. Bought the copy of "Rock Band" I've had my eye on since winter, and have been vainly trying to find both time and friends to enjoy it with.

    There is one aggravating thing about Rock Band: ARRRRGGH HARDWARE. I was already aware that you can't use Guitar Hero controllers with it (short version: Activision sucks donkey balls and I'm not picking up any GH games). But it turns out you can't use Rock Band controllers with it, either. I currently have three guitars in my house, at most one of which works*, and have just returned a fourth dead guitar to the store. I'm sure it's a lovely game and I really look forward to playing it. Someday.

  4. Content stolen from the Internet dept.: "And there were dragons in the earth in those days."

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* One official Rock Band guitar, DOA. One official replacement Rock Band guitar, unusable because I own a PS2 and they sent me an Xbox 360 guitar (not cross-compatible, and it took me a week of research to realize that). One third-party Psyclone Kingmaker guitar, recently returned to store because whammy bar died within a week. One third-party Psyclone Kingmaker guitar, new, still in box. Moral: Using equipment produced by the lowest bidders make the baby Jesus cry.

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From:makuus
Date:April 23rd, 2008 01:14 pm (UTC)
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At least now I know that our roads are safe from the vile and pernicious evil of business-district u-turn scofflaws.

*eyes narrow* The worst kind of miscreant, those.
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From:lupagreenwolf
Date:April 23rd, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
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Aggh--good luck with the crazy schedule!
From:antwondotcom
Date:April 23rd, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
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I have similarly never found a third-party fake-guitar that was even remotely worth a damn. The standard quality zone seems to range from "prone to disintegration within two weeks' time" to "not designed to work as expected from the get-go". (Like the "Shredder" guitar, where star power could not be activated by tilting, but only by shaking the controller - which usually meant attacking the device with a knee-to-the-groin sort of motion while playing. Unintentionally hilarious for spectators, sure, but not exactly fun.)

Not that even the official Rock Band Stratocaster is any great shakes in my book. I just consider myself lucky to be on the Xbox360 at this point, where Microsoft's iron fist ensures that I can use the Guitar Hero controllers that are much more to my liking.

In any event: be well, and best of luck enduring the work-storm, sir!
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From:arethinn
Date:April 24th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)
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Did you know that (in California at least) it's illegal to make any U-turns in a business district, except at properly labeled intersections?

I guess because it's not residential, but also not divided? As far as I know "u-turn is legal except where signed" is only on roads with an island down the middle (or whatever paint striping it is = an island -- solid white?).
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From:dragonzuela
Date:April 24th, 2008 04:48 pm (UTC)

random question time!

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As an outdoorsy person, have you noticed blackberries up your way? Are they Himalayan blackberries? Are there native blackberries? I'm studying hybridization of invasive and native blackberries, and am trying to find some places where the native exists but not the invasive, in an attempt to characterize genetically pure native blackberries so that I can distinguish them from hybridizing ones. According to CalFlora, further along 49 into Sierra County might have the native but not the invasive.

So that's random and you might have no clue, but I thought I'd check with someone who actually lives in that part of the state, rather than trusting the internet.

Edited at 2008-04-24 04:49 pm (UTC)
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From:baxil
Date:April 24th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)

Re: random question time!

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Hm! I don't know offhand - can't think of any bushes in the area. Wait, there's a few near the walking path at Sierra College, and furthermore we'll be doing some camping this weekend.

I'll keep an eye out and let you know.

In other news, the Big & Rich parody is nearly done. If the e-mail address in your LJ profile works, I'll send you a copy!
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From:dragonzuela
Date:April 24th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)

Re: random question time!

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Thanks!

The address in my profile should work.
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From:roaminrob
Date:April 25th, 2008 04:12 pm (UTC)

Re: random question time!

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Native blackberries are common in thickets up on the North Coast (Eureka, Arcata, surrounding areas), to the extent that they're considered a nuisance.

There are also (what the locals call) himalaya berries up there, but they're less common, and more desired because of their larger berries and better flavor.
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From:dragonzuela
Date:April 25th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)

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Eeenteresting... I'll have to go there. Where I've sampled so far, it's been the other way around in terms of how common they are. I know Himalayan blackberry/Himalayaberry is a real problem in Washington, though, so it's not just latitude...
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From:baxil
Date:May 7th, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)

Re: random question time!

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As a late follow-up, I never did see any blackberries. :-p I'll continue to keep my eyes out.
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