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    Originally posted by galathaea
    Aha! A perfect discussion point for this thread!

    No. Not yet. It seems one of the lawyers decided to take a vacation in the middle of final negotiations, so the paperwork got stalled. But the papers have passed through the investor's lawyers, and I hear they just passed through our lawyers last week and all accounts say there is nothing really surprising about what is inside the final product. So now the last step is to have someone on our side (I think the new CEO, but I'm not really in the loop on this) sign them, which is supposed to happen yesterday (guess that didn't happen), today, or tomorrow. From what I've heard, the funds will then immediately be transferred and off we go! However, my boss, who has been through these investor things way to many times for sanity to be completely preserved, has told me and the other lead programmer to wait until the money is in the bank before we pack (to be absolutely sure -- and not to "jinx" anything), so I still will probably be here a few more weeks getting ready for the move.

    Until then, things are quite.... boring.
    lawyers...ohh man what a riot, we had to fire our farking lawyers because the straw they had in our wallet was sucking the green right out of the investment dollars...lawyers bite wad.

    PS: I hope you like rain and crappy weather, I mean it's nice and all...different country, but after 5 years my spawn and that ex-thingamajig couldn't wait to get back to the states...I imagine though the guiness is probably fresher....don't think I've ever stuck my head under a guiness tap and just went to town...ahh I'll have to mark that down for a future night in fells point....

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    Now onto my original boring rant before gal posted something too interesting to resist commenting on.

    It's so sad the human race that is, I mean I sit there and read responses to topics on a couple of forums, news, misc etc...and I just wonder how come we have so many stupid people all over the world. I think it comes down to the fact that people don't read...I mean what the fark, are we just coming up with each persons individual version of history...very disappointing, but then I've always been disappointed in the human race, so what else is new. So that brings me to thinking of advancing the field of hologram technology...I mean always looking for something to start my own buisness and do something else for the world besides discarding used condoms in random places....I figure if we could make history and stories more interactive, then maybe people wouldn't be so tempted to make s_h_i_t up as they see fit, heck just the revenue from the porn angle would make me richer than bill gates/murdoc or which ever clown in the lead, isn't it a jap for the world lead in useless possesions. All I need is some good booze, a couple of fast rice burners, some rad RPG games, an occasinal bong hit (whoops didn't mean that), hmm I'm pretty easy...also on that note, did you know that sony released a couple of games that are using it's motion sensor camera that they are selling (usb plug in on the ps2), where it tracks motion to play the games, man do you see a market for that, I sure do...at least my beer hat (the one that holds the beers and has the sippee straws) would get a better use than going to camden yards. I mean you'd have to have your hands free right? Ohh on that note also, since it's a camera they are talking vid conferences, course sony is always trying to push that stuff, I see the ps9000 series going off to explore jupiter any day now...know what I mean..those japs...gotta love em, raw fish and technology...who would have thunk it.

    hmm so I guess I'll have to go do some research and round up some VC (and no I'm not talking viet cong here)...hmm I need to read up on fuzzy math and accounting practices of great CEO's while I'm at it.....

    I need a beer...

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    Originally posted by Mick_2003
    PS: I hope you like rain and crappy weather, I mean it's nice and all...different country, but after 5 years my spawn and that ex-thingamajig couldn't wait to get back to the states...
    Well, after living the past 17 years in the deserts of Nevada, I can't wait for some regular rain and actual vegetation (sagebrush is the state flower for a reason...). But I do wish they'd stuck to the original "plan" of putting our offices in Kingston, Jamaica (ok... it wasn't really a "plan"... more like wishful thinking). But our mushroom hunting expeditions will probably be more profitable there than here. I still have fond memories of seeing my first Amanita muscaria up in Seattle...
    Also posted by Mick_2003
    I imagine though the guiness is probably fresher....don't think I've ever stuck my head under a guiness tap and just went to town...ahh I'll have to mark that down for a future night in fells point....
    Yeah, I'll probably have to figure out how to drink that stuff without getting full (or maybe stop eating altogether). The music scene in England is quite nice, too, and I'm hoping to be close enough to one of the nice music centers there. Alot of great stuff to get involved in. But I'll probably end up with no time on my hands and no energy to enjoy myself. I guess thats where the Guiness will come in...
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    Originally posted by galathaea
    Well, after living the past 17 years in the deserts of Nevada, I can't wait for some regular rain and actual vegetation (sagebrush is the state flower for a reason...). But I do wish they'd stuck to the original "plan" of putting our offices in Kingston, Jamaica (ok... it wasn't really a "plan"... more like wishful thinking). But our mushroom hunting expeditions will probably be more profitable there than here. I still have fond memories of seeing my first Amanita muscaria up in Seattle...
    Did they say where you might wind up in a general way? Like near london, or york, or ipswich (hmm played too much kingmaker when I was young, the board game that is..Avalon Hill rocks). The ex-wifey works for the people that listen to everything everybody says everywhere...well acutally just record it and run algorithms to pick out the juicy parts...having lived near fort meade in maryland and when the base was open to drive through (which it's not after sept11 of course) I use to get my kicks just mumbling wierd _s_h_i_t while driving by the nice big shiny building...I'm sure I've got a file a mile high by now heh heh.

    She did do a lot of travelling and loved seeing all the stuff, I never went over, developed a control issue on planes in 1995 circling alanta's airport...I still don't understand why they won't let me fly the plane, and by boat takes I think 10 days or so last I looked...maybe it was 7...Though I certainly wouldn't mind moving over there, I love rain, "prayers for rain" and all.

    ok think beer run, I need to shut up and think beer run.

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    Originally posted by Mick_2003
    It's so sad the human race that is, I mean I sit there and read responses to topics on a couple of forums, news, misc etc...and I just wonder how come we have so many stupid people all over the world. I think it comes down to the fact that people don't read...I mean what the fark, are we just coming up with each persons individual version of history...very disappointing, but then I've always been disappointed in the human race, so what else is new.
    This reminds me of a very telling discussion that my boo was telling me about the other day. My boo currently works in a pharmacy as a pharm tech (boy that dual chem / philosophy degree is really paying off!), and one of the lead pharmacists was talking about some pharmaceutical. So my boo mentions that there is nice book which explains the pharmaceutical action of that class of drugs (I believe this was a tropane alkaloid like a scopolamine patch or something) and the pharmacist turned and said, "You read books? I don't have the patience for that kind of thing..." And this was a pharmacist raking in like 80+ grand a year, who is supposed to give people sound pharmaceutical advice! (And yes, from the retelling, it appears the pharmacist had some incorrect notions on the action)...
    Also posted by Mick_2003
    So that brings me to thinking of advancing the field of hologram technology...I mean always looking for something to start my own buisness and do something else for the world besides discarding used condoms in random places....I figure if we could make history and stories more interactive, then maybe people wouldn't be so tempted to make s_h_i_t up as they see fit, heck just the revenue from the porn angle would make me richer than bill gates/murdoc or which ever clown in the lead, isn't it a jap for the world lead in useless possesions. All I need is some good booze, a couple of fast rice burners, some rad RPG games, an occasinal bong hit (whoops didn't mean that), hmm I'm pretty easy...also on that note, did you know that sony released a couple of games that are using it's motion sensor camera that they are selling (usb plug in on the ps2), where it tracks motion to play the games, man do you see a market for that, I sure do...
    One thing I notice missing fro your list of applications is education. I still think that the "next great thing" in the technological world will be from education. Everyone needs it (6 billion + potential market), and the place where education goes wrong these days seems to be with the static books and the static whiteboards / chalkboards that don't really give anyone the actual insight to things that have a motion or allow for any actual interaction. And I mean even things like math, where you can actually show visually the manipulations and pieces moving around during a proof, or any of the many science fields. Reading words on a page and forming the mental images is a great skill that should also be taught, but it really will be more of a historically important thing (this was how our ancestors used to record their speeches and stories... long ago before we had computers and other devices that could record sound and images and allow you to interact with them) than an actual useful thing once we get our education up to par with our technology. Alot of things need to be done to get the attention of our information-drowning generations hopped up on Ritalin and looking for something, anything interesting to pass by their wandering consciousness. But maybe I'm giving away too many of my own career plans here...

    Oh, and to be perfectly kosher, you should probably call it a water pipe, or else they might throw you out of the store...
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    hmm so I guess I'll have to go do some research and round up some VC (and no I'm not talking viet cong here)...hmm I need to read up on fuzzy math and accounting practices of great CEO's while I'm at it.....
    Yeah... but pick your list of CEOs to study carefully. The "great" ones of this past decade have either been extremely ambitious (which is, in my opinion, a good thing, though it can land you in the legal minefield that MS has had to shuffle through) or extremely fraudulent (though, with good connections, you won't ever be charged!)... Both ways have made the CEOs billions of dollars, but they don't seem somehow as ingenious as someone like Ford...
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    Originally posted by Mick_2003
    Did they say where you might wind up in a general way? Like near london, or york, or ipswich (hmm played too much kingmaker when I was young, the board game that is..Avalon Hill rocks).
    Looks like just south of London. We had planned to move to Wales like 3 months afterwards, but luckily that fell through (to get the development grant we had wanted would have required us to work in a district that was somewhere like 50 miles from the nearest residential...). So it looks like rain, sometimes snow, but mostly mild cool weather.
    Also posted by Mick_2003
    The ex-wifey works for the people that listen to everything everybody says everywhere...well acutally just record it and run algorithms to pick out the juicy parts...having lived near fort meade in maryland and when the base was open to drive through (which it's not after sept11 of course) I use to get my kicks just mumbling wierd _s_h_i_t while driving by the nice big shiny building...I'm sure I've got a file a mile high by now heh heh.
    I once got this really weird letter from the NSA about how they had seen some test scores I had received on this one math competition, and how they'd like for me to join a summer program they have to see if I'd like to make the NSA a career. The weird thing about the letter was that I couldn't see any information on responding. It looked like it could have been a printing error, but I just figured that I was supposed to pick up my phone and saying something like "I accept your offer" to the dead phone line or something and a black helicopter would drop off men in black with the details. I wish I still had that letter. It brings back eerie memories...
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    Originally posted by galathaea

    One thing I notice missing fro your list of applications is education.
    Well I was kinda thinking education in my rant. The one thing though that I think can't be replaced is fiction. Nothing is better than reading a work of fiction and having a very good imagination. I'm sure my visions of Stephen R. Donaldsons world(s) are quite different than what he originally imagined. But sticking to facts etc, would be very nice, it would be great to be at gettysburg standing on big round top and being able to pan around and watch. Or at sharpsburg in peering out of the west or east woods watching the union soldiers getting spanked as they advance thru the cornfields. I think given that type of personal interaction, kids would be so much more involved. I know I would have. Wow to be totally immersed in it, panoramic, 3-D funky stuff.

    Yeah... but pick your list of CEOs to study carefully. The "great" ones of this past decade have either been extremely ambitious (which is, in my opinion, a good thing, though it can land you in the legal minefield that MS has had to shuffle through) or extremely fraudulent (though, with good connections, you won't ever be charged!)... Both ways have made the CEOs billions of dollars, but they don't seem somehow as ingenious as someone like Ford...
    Sadly, I spent a number of years working for one of the best CEOs there is (one word welsh, you can figure out the rest), well working for da man's company that is. I mean it wasn't really all that bad until the end, nice perks and stuff. I guess it all boils down to the same issues working for large corporations, which I guess I don't need to hash here. Small companies are so much more fun, but so much more scary, as in stability, and what do you do, when the small company becomes a large corporation...hmm I think I need a career change, need a job where I don't have to talk to anyone, you'd figure if I have headphones on, umm that would clue people in heh heh...
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    Originally posted by galathaea
    Looks like just south of London. We had planned to move to Wales like 3 months afterwards, but luckily that fell through (to get the development grant we had wanted would have required us to work in a district that was somewhere like 50 miles from the nearest residential...). So it looks like rain, sometimes snow, but mostly mild cool weather.
    Not bad, London has to have a lot of things to do

    I once got this really weird letter from the NSA about how they had seen some test scores I had received on this one math competition, and how they'd like for me to join a summer program they have to see if I'd like to make the NSA a career. The weird thing about the letter was that I couldn't see any information on responding. It looked like it could have been a printing error, but I just figured that I was supposed to pick up my phone and saying something like "I accept your offer" to the dead phone line or something and a black helicopter would drop off men in black with the details. I wish I still had that letter. It brings back eerie memories...
    You should have picked up the phone and said 'boo'...

    They recruit ever year from Meade Senior High, they don't pay well at all, but you can work for them while you are going to school for credits or after school and continue working for them after school, and you got to do the poly, background, psyhco thing, and pass the test first to even get noticed. I won't even go into details about my poly...*lol* it was too freaking funny...but I'm suprised I passed the psycho test...never had an intention of taking a job there anyways, needless to say there is a certain waiver you have to sign about not using umm as you put it water devices, and that's why the polygraph was funny...also needless to say they didn't offer me a job what a riot Ahh I wish I could do a tenth of what I did in my youth these days...sigh...

    Been in the main building once. Gotta love the marines with the M-16's. Really makes you curb your tendiences to start acting like you have terets.

    Ahh I think this thread has become un-boring now...so I'll say this in closing...

    It rained today...and I once saw a turtle.

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    Originally posted by Mick_2002
    having lived near fort meade in maryland and when the base was open to drive through (which it's not after sept11 of course)
    I used to play at the Fort Meade chess club. It used to meet at the base high school but they moved it to the conference center at the NSA across the street from the main complex. The first night we were in the new location (in the same building as the cryptology museum) somebody forgot to inform base security that we were in there.
    (Note:it was base security that let us in in the first place.)

    One half hour into the meeting 6 base policeman come charging into the building with guns drawn. They come charging in as a room full of 40 geeks looks up at them from their chess boards. They said we had tripped multiple alarms....Like Duh!
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    I'm thinking of starting up QLF

    Queue magazine Liberation Front

    Manifesto to follow.

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    Originally posted by Mick_2002
    I'm thinking of starting up QLF

    Queue magazine Liberation Front

    Manifesto to follow.

    Who's with me?
    What about this Manifesto?
    Liberation Front - hm.. seems good, Liberation for whom and what?
    Can U descibe it more complexy?

    PS: can I be a CEO of this Front
    Oh... this is more safely to be a main helper of CEO ( if CEO is U )
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    Originally posted by dimm_coder
    What about this Manifesto?
    Patience..you know ted kaczynski didn't write his maifesto in one sitting...

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    Originally posted by Mick_2002
    Patience..you know ted kaczynski didn't write his maifesto in one sitting...
    Well, interesting indeed.

    So, lets go together
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    So like this is interesting, but really let me ask, does it have to be boring to post, or can you just be bored?>

    Anyways, people are always giving me free stuff, don't ask me why, so I got a george foreman grill thing like 3 weeks ago for free of course, so I decided to try it out with some burgers last night. I would never buy anything from a infomercial or from a freaking ad on a webpage..marketing is wasted on me..having said that.

    I must say this, I am impressed. The only draw back is I could only do one burger at a time, but you warm it up for like 3 minutes, and blam the burger is done in like 2...and it's not at all greasy...nice.

    Now I'm not so sure about things that are like real bulky, as in a big fat piece of chicken breast, but I'm gonna try some salmon steak later today...outta be interesting...I think this might be my new toy.

    wish the grill area was better though, but if you just looking to cook up something like a pork cut/chicken brest, tofu burger, burger, hot dogs or whatever small, then I give it a thumbs up.

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