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G. Scott J.
25 October 2009 @ 01:22 am
I'm quitting Facebook. This is kind of rolling over into also quitting LiveJournal, since I (obviously) need a way to post every inanity in my life, and if I'm going to have some sort of blog I'd rather have it be something not-still-LiveJournal.

The link is http://gscottj.blogspot.com. Feel free to RSS or ignore as you please.
G. Scott J.
08 September 2009 @ 10:07 am
I have a girlfriend. I am incredibly happy about this.
G. Scott J.
31 August 2009 @ 12:15 am
So yeah. I don't update much anymore (at least, on LJ---microblogging FTW!), but this is momentous.

I've just moved into a basement suite.

This is the first time I've signed a lease that was... well, let's go with "real," and assume that means more than a month, and also more than month to month. Let's also assume it means that the lease agreement wasn't hand-written in front of me.

This is the first time I've lived in a place by myself, knowing it would be for more than a month or two.

This is the first time I've had a place that is home that is home because it's all mine.

This is the first time in two years and two months, since graduating Vassar, that I've felt truly happy.

(Also, on a tangential note--but even tangents touch once, and are slightly relevant--my girlfriend that I've never met, that is falling hard for me while I fall hard for her, is coming in 4 and a half days. I'm expecting something to go wrong in my life soon, simply because this is easily the longest time in which everything, absolutely everything, has gone absolutely right, over and over again.)
G. Scott J.
17 August 2009 @ 07:50 am
"Unlike those with autism, people with AS are not usually withdrawn around others; they approach others, even if awkwardly. For example a person with AS may engage in a one-sided, long-winded speech about a favorite topic, while misunderstanding or not recognizing the listener's feelings or reactions, such as a need for privacy or haste to leave. This social awkwardness has been called "active but odd". This failure to react appropriately to social interaction may appear as disregard for other people's feelings, and may come across as insensitive."

I find a lot of this to be quite fitting.

And? I always seem to make the same mistakes. Oh well. I've gotten good at apologizing for them.
G. Scott J.
11 August 2009 @ 07:16 am
Hi all.

I just wanted to say that I woke up this morning to an LJ post by a girl I really like. Pretty much all it said was that she really liked me.

Oh, and, it turns out, I really like her. Did I say that already?

That's all.
Current Location: Canada, Saskatoon
I feel: gigglygiggly
G. Scott J.
26 February 2009 @ 06:51 pm
So, a Jeopardy category tonight was "Proverbs" or something to that effect. And one of the clues was, "If this is 'mightier than the sword,' then why is it that 'actions speak louder than words'?" (... or close enough)

The answer, of course, is "What is the Penis Mightier?"
G. Scott J.
There's a commercial on here (from my own bank, no less!) that has a couple of innocent-looking tourists stepping up to a stall at a market somewhere in Latin America. They pick up one of the trinkets for sale, and the wizened old woman explains to them that it's a "worry doll," to take away all their worries. Quaint, no? The tourists then go on to explain, using tourist speak such as "grande worries" and "investment-itos", that because they're white, their problems are more important and their worries bigger, than those of these simple, poor people, selling hand-made, 4-inch dolls for a buck, to make a living.

It makes me want to puke every time it's on.

And it's on at least once an hour.

UPDATE: I found it on YouTube. (Thankfully, searching for it on YouTube made me realize that it wasn't my bank. Ph-fucking-ew.)
G. Scott J.
28 January 2009 @ 01:57 am
What I like less than freezing up because I was rushing, and not thanking someone when they do me a favour (stopping a bus that I was running for), is getting the opportunity to return the favour to someone else later on in the same day, and again freezing up out of just blatant indecisiveness. I don't know why I have to debate helping someone when I get the chance to, but I seem to be afraid of having stuck out my neck when I didn't have to.
G. Scott J.
15 January 2009 @ 01:32 pm
I have had three ideas recently, which I would consider at the very least innovative.

1. Instead of simply taking money from students as a due for being part of a school's student union, the student union should take that money and invest it all in an on-campus business that's sure to turn profits. Things like coffee shops or dining halls or possibly, ambitiously, housing, that you know are economically feasible because the school has been doing them forever, could be replaced by student owned and operated versions. Even if the profits aren't returned to the students as in any other investment, it's still a means of providing a service on campus, as well as increasing the amount that can then be put into whatever the student union fees are already put into. Just instead of the school doing it, the students do it. The businesses themselves would have to be decided on fairly carefully, but, I think it would work.
Are such things actually profitable? Does putting a coffee shop on campus make money for the school/for Aramark or whatever, or is it just 'cause people kept asking for one? I'm pretty much positive that it costs less to maintain a dorm than they charge students to live in it, but it's not like the student union could just build new dorms, either. Might be a way to facilitate off-campus housing, though...

2. There are large vents on the ground outside the window where I'm sitting on the third floor. The force of the air upwards is diminished enough from the three floors' distance that while the snowflakes outside the window would be pushed up fairly quickly at ground-level, they're actually balanced here, so that they no longer fall, until they get swept further out from the building by variations in the flow of air. This reminded me of Millikan's oil-drop experiment to measure the charge of an electron, where by balancing a charged oil drop you could measure the size of the charge on the oil drop. There's no charge in this case, and we can easily find the weight of a snowflake, but by knowing the weight of the snowflake and the force of the air at the bottom, you could find the factor by which the air slows as it rises.
I know this would be of interest to some engineers, but, they've probably also found out another (similar?) way of measuring it.

3. I've already forgotten it. Which is why I'm writing these down, to remember them. And to share with all you lovely people! :-)
G. Scott J.
10 January 2009 @ 01:51 am
I am sick to death of my tolerance. There is no longer a happy medium between feeling nothing and feeling dizzy.