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Goodbye lj Oct. 10th, 2011 @ 06:47 pm

I am officially abandoning livejournal in favor of Google+. I barely post here anymore anyway. If you're not on Google+, you should be.

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Plans for the future Jan. 26th, 2011 @ 02:23 pm
This is just a quick list of my plans when I stop working for T-Mobile. Ideally, I'd like to start a business dealing with computers somehow. Web design is one of the easiest businesses to start but my web design skills are a little subpar. I am certified in PC repair but it worries me that I can't control the demand for my business. Since I tend to be a jack of all trades, master of none, with this stuff I'm trying to think of something more general. Part of me just wants to put "computer genius" on a bunch of business cards and take whatever jobs come my way, but I think to succeed I'll need to focus more.

I really don't want to just get another job. My goal in life is not to just climb the corporate ladder. I tend to think I would fail if I tried anyway. I dislike arbitrary authority figures too much. The nature of corporate appointments is to reward those who market themselves well more so than those who can actually perform well. So self-employment seems the only way to actually achieve satisfaction in my work life.

I would have liked to have built up a decent savings before embarking on a venture like this, but lately I've just been putting myself further in debt. I could try to get a better paying job for now, but on paper I look only qualified for retail. And a career change generally brings a pay drop anyway. Even if I'm a complete failure, six months of "self-employment" will help diversify my resumé and improve my odds of getting a better job.


Sep. 26th, 2010 @ 02:57 am
 I've had the past week off from work and pretty much wasted the entire time. I had originally planned to try and discover ways to make money and quit my job.  I figured I'd spend a day checking out the online freelancing sites, another day working on a new website (I'd like to learn Ruby on Rails), and maybe a day starting on writing a kids book I've been thinking about. Instead I spent pretty much the whole time playing Dwarf Fortress. Boo.

Some important dates came and went.  September 23rd marked the ten year anniversary for me and Chrissy of our first date and just yesterday Nathaniel had his first birthday. 

I'm sure I've said this before, but I really envy the kids growing up in this era. I had to settle for a set of encyclopedias as a kid, but my kids will have access to most of the world's knowledge any time they want it thanks to the Internet.  don't think anyone else on my friends list has kids, but a program I got for mine called Zoodles is really neat.  Besides being a filtered internet browser for kid-friendly sites, it also allows video e-mails to trusted members of my family. And as long as they have a webcam, they can send video e-mails back.  We're living in the future!
Current Mood: tiredtired

May. 6th, 2010 @ 12:04 am
Technology in action

After a ridiculous amount of time, I've finally got this website I've been working on in a state that I'm comfortable telling people about.  I originally had the idea for this site after trying to think of an easy mobile phone application I could write.  This is really my first foray in to web application development and I'm pretty pleased with the result. Thanks go to treacerbullet  for helping with the name "Ask the Web for Advice."

Feedback is very much appreciated. If you like the site, please post about it in your own journal so others can learn of it. Posting specific questions is as easy as copy-pasting the address.

Maybe I'll do an actual update on my life tomorrow, but now it's time for bed.

http://www.askthewebforadvice.com/

-Jacob
Current Mood: tiredtired

Writer's Block: News development Mar. 21st, 2010 @ 10:54 pm
What's the first major news event that you remember hearing about as a child? Where did you learn about it? How did it impact your world view?

I remember the Challenger shuttle explosion. The teachers at my elementary school had us all gather together and watch the launch on TV. I remember afterward the teachers talking to each other and there being a lot of downtime as they (I assume) tried to figure out what to do after having us all see it turn in to a giant fireball. I don't think I understood what was actually going on and how it was a big deal. I remember later watching the news footage with my mom and my brother and I pointing out where the fire first started.

Feb. 8th, 2010 @ 11:24 pm
I'm going in to my fourth week of grand jury duty.  It's an interesting experience, but I also can't talk about anything because I'm literally sworn to secrecy. But based on what I've seen, let me repost something I posted about a year and a half ago, since apparently no one who is arrested understands this.

-Jacob

Feb. 5th, 2010 @ 12:10 am
My brain is currently embroiled in an inner struggle between my instinctual desire to seek out social interaction and my habitual reclusiveness.  The fact is that my greatest social enjoyment often comes in the form of standing around and listening to others while not saying anything myself, which I imagine greatly weirds out the people around me.  It also makes one-on-one interaction nigh impossible. So I've basically been staying home and watching the kids and trying to satisfy my social urges by the rare times my wife and I have a moment to talk or by listening to my co-workers during the rare time we're not plagued with customers in the store. I've also found that although I will obsessively read my friends page here on LJ, I find actually posting difficult for the same reason that I find talking difficult: That the words that I actually form seem a pale facsimile to the ideas I actually wish to express. And then I worry that those words, being imprecise to my intention, will be misinterpreted and found either laughable or offensive.

I also worry that I use too many big words and sound like a jackass.

Also, if I have to step away while in the middle, my mind will keep going meaning that when I come back I'm in a completely different state of mind and often unable to continue the train of thought I was on earlier.

Anyway, I was planning on making a lengthy philosophical post on the nature of friendship only to end up asking you to friend me on Facebook so I might as well end with that. I'm the one whose picture has a llama in the background.

-Jacob
Current Location: United States, Cicero
Current Mood: tiredtired

Oct. 31st, 2009 @ 08:02 pm
  • 17:51 For halloween, I'm dressed as a t-mobile employee for the second year in a row. :( #
  • 17:53 My son Riley is Thomas the Tank Engine. Nathaniel is a pea pod. #
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Oct. 8th, 2009 @ 08:00 pm

  • 16:39 Social networking tools are for people who wish to network socially. Where are the Recluse disengagement tools? #

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Sep. 25th, 2009 @ 03:51 pm
Chrissy is currently in labor. My second son will be here soon.

-Jacob
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I'm tired, yet don't feel like going to bed.

Blog posts I've thought about writing but still haven't:

Philosophical rambling on the nature of money versus value
In defense of Twitter
Recognition of several friends' recent successes
The evil guide to getting rich
The gender and naming of my unborn child
A sci-fi story with like cool spaceships and crap
All the sweet devices I have networked together with Wi-Fi
Cool things I'm learning to do with Python
Thoughts on whether or not going back to college would be worthwhile
Random Emo song lyrics

I guess I should just go to bed
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  • 18:39 Was I ever fun? #

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  • 22:25 One of the rare times I feel confident in my poker ability and pokerstars up and dies. #pokerstars #
  • 22:33 Dpgdap #
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  • 22:37 Doing some maintainence on my twitter account and finding out that the short codes to enable using my phone get posted as well. Funny. #
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  • 16:26 Attention Syracuse area: Please come buy a cellphone from me at the T-Mobile store on Erie Blvd. It's dead here right now. #
  • 17:33 Thirty minutes til the store closes. Time is crawling. #
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  • 15:25 At the memorial get-together for Renee. #
  • 15:26 I feel really bad for Erich. #
  • 15:35 Obviously not a whole lot going on if I'm twittering through it. #
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  • 16:52 A coworker asked me about twitter. Then asked if I keep up on it. Answer: No. #

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We got the call Saturday morning.  Renee passed away.  She was having breathing problems when we were down for her wedding and I guess when she finally got her lungs looked at last Monday the damage was too severe. Hospice was called in.  Her parents were already there and Tricia, Chrissy's other sister, flew right down.  A couple concerns, including taking care of Riley, kept Chrissy from going down.

There's a lot of emotion here right now.

-Jacob
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