Car fun

So, my car had serious vibrations- we’re talking wake the dead level vibration- past 65mph. Never went past maybe 63ish due to this. Figured it was the front end alignment I’ve put off fixing for too long.

Nope. Apparently, the rear tires were the primary cause of vibration. I let those tires go months past when a tire guy said they should be replaced like next week.

Got them replaced last week, and coming home from my parents yesterday, I was keeping pace with the car in front of me, glanced at the speedometer, I was at 80. No vibration.

Slowed down to 65 and hit cruise control. A bit later on I accelerated to 70 to see if the earlier vibration free speed was a fluke, again, no vibration.  New tires is the only change since the last time I had the vibration issue.

So yeah.  The tire guy who said hte rear tires needed replacement, was right and I should have prioritized that more.  Still need to fix the alignment.

Education plans

I need to get my CompSci degree.  At least an AS degree in it.

Now, my math grades from my AS in General Studies were bad.  It’s not that I didn’t understand the math- my procedural skills were at or near the top of the class pretty much every time.  My attention to detail, though, hurt my grades badly.  I’d write down x^2 when it was supposed to be x^3, not because I miscalculated, but just a copying error.  It would be x^3 on the first line, and just end up x^2 on the next.  I need to fix that.

So, my short term plan is use some online resources to brush up on my math skills through Calculus 1.  Going through Algebra and Pre Calculus on Khan Academy.  I’m signed up for a Geometry course on edX, and a self paced Calculus 1 on Coursera.

Once all that is done, it will be time to start at OTC.  I will probably just have to take CompSci courses and a few math courses, with all the general ed stuff taken care of with my General Studies degree.  So a year or so.  Maybe less if I take advantage of winter and maybe summer terms.

Then I might look at a job in the field, or doing my own business with the knowledge, or perhaps moving on to a 4 year degree. I’ll see how that goes.

Apartment woes

I hate the heater in this apartment. Oh, it works fine, well enough that I trust when the season changes it should switch over to cooling mode fine.

But the thing is LOUD. I’ll have something on my TV or computer at a nice comfortable volume, then have to throw the volume up when it kicks in, then it’s too loud when the heater goes off.

I suppose the only thing they likely considered beyond “how cheap are these climate control units” was “how long until we have to buy a new one”. Noise level was probably very low on their list of concerns, if it made the list at all.  You generally get what you pay for, and this apartment is cheap for the area, and the are is cheap to begin with.

John A Lejeune’s Birthday Message to the United States Marine Corps

On November 10, 1775, a Corps of Marines was created by a resolution of the Continental Congress. Since that date many thousand men have borne the name Marine. In memory of them it is fitting that we who are Marines should commemorate the birthday of our Corps by calling to mind the glories of its long and illustrious history.

The record of our Corps is one which will bear comparison with that of the most famous military organizations in the world’s history. During 90 of the 167 years of its existence the Marine Corps has been in action against the Nation’s foes. From the battle of Trenton to the Argonne, Marines have won foremost honors in war, and in the long eras of tranquility at home generation after generation of Marines have grown gray in war in both hemispheres, and in every corner of the seven seas, that our country and its citizens might enjoy peace and security.

In every battle and skirmish since the birth of our Corps Marines have acquitted themselves with the greatest distinction, winning new honors on each occasion until the term “Marine” has come to signify all that is highest in military efficiency and soldierly virtue.

This high name of distinction and soldierly repute we who are Marines today have received from those who preceded us in the corps. With it we also received from them the eternal spirit which has animated our Corps from generation to generation and has been the distinguishing mark of Marines in every age. So long as that spirit continues to flourish Marines will be found equal to every emergency in the future as they have been in the past, and the men of our Nation will regard us as worthy successors to the long line of illustrious men who have served as “Soldiers of the Sea” since the founding of the Corps.

John Lejeune
Lieutenant General
U.S. Marine Corps

I Am a Writer

This post is an assignment for English Composition I: Achieving Expertise, a writing MOOC at Coursera.

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Autobiographical playlist

So, I’ve got an autobiographical playlist in iTunes.  At some point I may explain some of the reasoning, but as it stands now, here is the list:

  1. The Who – Behind Blue Eyes
  2. Pet Shop Boys – It’s a Sin
  3. Meridian – Masquerade(Possession Mix)
  4. Switchblade Symphony – Wallflower
  5. VNV Nation – Legion
  6. VNV Nation – The Farthest Star
  7. Beborn Beton – Another World
  8. The Crüxshadows – Birthday
  9. Scott Brown – Hold Me Forever
  10. Kanye West & Jay Z – No Church In The Wild(Featuring Frank Ocean)

Why yes, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in goth clubs, why do you ask?


Job search/budgeting

Oh, I got a call that I’m moving on to the second interview with Macy’s. Basically, the way they do things, they have the initial interview, then an interview with the department head.

Getting past the first is, of course, not a sure thing, but it’s certainly a good sign. Even if this job doesn’t work out, it at least shows that I’m not total crap at job interviews- which is important. You could be the perfect candidate, if you interview poorly, you don’t get the job.

Also doing budgeting work. Utilities I’m looking at $200/mo. This is more or less a guess from looking at what my parents pay. The big wildcard is water. We have a well that serves the park, so we don’t have a bill for that. Well, my parents do, when a pump or a pipe breaks. But not for the water itself. I should look up to get some more specifics in the utility budget.

Rent I’m assuming $300. This is plausible within a reasonable commute of the mall for a studio. There are places less than that, even in the city, but I get a sketchy vibe about them- some of the outside pictures make me not even want to see what the inside is like. And having first hand experience unfucking some of the “repairs” done to rental properties, I think I’ll trust my instincts on this. I’ll send the rent budget up if I get close enough to walk to work or utilities included.

Phone will be $45/mo, if I have to, I can drop back to a regular TracFone and spend about 20 or even less. I’m having trouble finding ISP quotes without a specific address, which I can’t provide or even throw in a plausible one. I can probably find some info on third party ISP review sites.

Food I’m still a bit lost on.  Gas I need to work out, I could look at an upper range for commuting distance and go with that, the math won’t be too hard.