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Osmonds Rock

I’ve also recently watched a couple of recorded Osmond concerts, and they’re quite good entertainers.  If you’re not too cool for the room, you might give them a shot.  They’ve got great harmonies.  They dance without looking boy-band.  And they take you back if you’re over 30. 

Having recently watched a similar recorded Barry Manilow concert (also worth a shot for the not-too-cool), I’m not enjoying the audience shots that get included.  The front-row fans are grown women who grew up idolizing these performers, they know every song, they dance and sing, and, well, they look rather dumb.  Not that they’re dumb, but they look dumb, just like anybody who’s having that much fun looks dumb, and they don’t have the mitigation of being teen-aged, where the expectations are lower. 

But, yeah.  Worth a look.

DVR Farts

I missed Jeopardy last night, because the DVR farted and lost the series record setting somehow for that and Millionaire (I use it for a warm-up — it goes a lot faster when you fast forward through the IQ test rounds).  I could not get it to do a series recording setting last night for any reason for the 19:30 local broadcast channel.  I found another listing at 11:00, and it would do that, but I checked that recording just now and it was empty because that was on GSN, and I don’t get GSN.  So I tried and it did the series record on the one I’ve been using up until now without a flinch.  So I’ll have another one to do tonight. 

I’ve been learning where my holes of knowledge are — I need to do some basic literature and art history, along with some emphasis on Shakespeare, and I have some holes when it comes to snooty TV shows, all of which came together to give me three sucky catagories in DJ in my last round.  I made 2k more on DJ than I did in the Jeopardy round, which isn’t good. 

However, I’m pretty good with my state birds, so, if they come up, I’ve got a good shot (a little confused on some of the midwest states about cardinal/robin/eastern goldfinch). 

Dropping off another resume today, and I’ll try to get some electronically filed today also.  And then drop off an application pack for Juvie in Everett on Monday, and maybe send another set for a Crisis Intervention & Victim Advocate in a Sexual Assault Center in Everett as well.  Maybe I can have that ready to drop off Monday as well.  I’ve gotten one response on one of the jobs I sent a resume for — it was filled.  And I’ve had three or four insurance agencies try to recruit me from my available resume (I think I’m going to make it unavailable, if that’s what I’m going to get).

Job hunting less than fun.

Well, job hunting has never been fun for me — I’ve always hated it.  But it’s become necessary — I haven’t had a job all week.  I do need to call the HR person at the state to see if I can straighten stuff out there, but I’m not really hopeful that they will do something that makes sense (ever).  And I have been finding some nice sounding opportunities that would be workable next steps — ranging from doing some of what I have been doing, but closer to home and for better pay to being a social work assistant working in a hospital, which would be wonderful.  I dropped off an application packet for a juvenile detention officer position today, and will be sending another off for another facility shortly — might see if there’s an opening for the facility between here and there as well and make a sweep of it.  Having the degree to put into the application is making this more fun than job applying has been in the past.

However, writing all of these cover letters is getting to me.  All of this talking about myself, saying the same things in different ways, is just getting to be too much.  One of the sites I’m working through has an online application where they will send the resume for me for each position, and I can add a cover letter, but it seems to be that they all get the same cover letter.  I was trying to write a one-size fits all letter, but that’s making me too crazy.  So I’m going to spend some time tomorrow and do each application separately, with its own customized cover letter.

Which makes more cover letters.  Just what I needed.

I would still rather stick a fork through my hand than go through this process if it would wind me up with a decent job.  However, I’ve not yet found a way to convert ham-fisted acupuncture into job success, so I’ll keep slogging through this.  And I’ll try not to be too obvious about how much I hate doing it.  I’m almost hopeful that this will work.

Jeopardy update

So I’ve been scoring Jeopardy for a little over a week, and I just had my best game.  My average for the first five was 20520, which isn’t quite to the goal of 24000.  My average for the past two is 25100.  One thing that’s bumped a couple of those scores down has been when they don’t complete a board (like Thursday’s show).  However, yesterday’s show (which I just did) got me 30400.  Something that helped was that I didn’t get a wrong guess in the Double Jeopardy round.  I’ve also missed questions that I should have got by forgetting what the category was.  Guessing at answers I’m not certain of has lost me more than not guessing would have on the instances my unspoken guesses was correct.  I have also seen categories that I would have done better with if I’d done the training mentioned in the article I mentioned before. 

So it’s about time to start with some flashcards for some of the repeated category areas to pick up some of those other answers.  They will help fill my head with more trivia, and should help bump up my scores a bit.

I’m probably going to do another post or two today.  There’s stuff going on.

All night long (almost)

It’s going to be a long day.  This week I’m working early in the morning (6-9), so I have to leave about 5:15 to get there, so I need to get up about 4:30.  However, I’ve been getting to sleep about 2:00 most mornings lately, which makes that a nasty wake-up time.  So I was a little sleepy at about 7:30 in the evening, so i went to bed for the night.  That would be plenty early to get a good eight hours of sleep.  Brilliant plan, neh?

One little problem — I got a couple phone calls and woke up at 10, and then I was awake.  I’m just now starting to get sleepy, and it’s 4:00.  So I’m going to go get ready for the day and get to work.  If I can make it through the day without a nap, I should be better able to get to sleep at 8 tonight. 

I also got some good news — I have more money than I thought I did.  My paycheck was direct deposited Friday, and I had an automatic utility payment scheduled for the same day, and, when I checked Friday, I couldn’t see the transactions, but I could see that my new balance was going to be less than I thought it would be.  But it’s all better now. 

So enough time killing.  time to go turn my alarm off and get into the bath tub.


I’ve decided to start preparing to be a contestant on Jeopardy.  I’ve enjoyed the show a lot and I’m not getting any younger, so I thought it’d look into it.  I found a site on the net from a man who was a two-day winner some years back with some insights into how to be a contestant.  And so I’m recording the show now (dvr is my friend) and I just did the first show using his method (you keep track of which answers you get right on the board, not counting Daily Doubles or Final Jeopardy) to come up with a score.  The goal is 32,000 and I just got 19,800 without any additional training based on the guidelines given on that site.  I’m pleased.  I had a couple of categories that I was useless in, and had a couple of answers that I wasn’t sure about that were right (and some wrong guesses). 

Relatively pleased.  And it was fun. 

The Moderate Supermajority

That’s a great title.  It’s not talking about American presidential politics — it’s talking about the proclaimed need for moderate Muslims who will push back against more radical Muslims.  Written by Michael J. Totten, this article makes a number of interesting points about the actions of these moderate Muslims and how they do and don’t get media coverage (along with why). 

And now we’ll see if Semagic is behaving better after both the helpful tip from , and my ham-fisted deleting of all of my draft files.  If it doesn’t, it’s most likely because of the latter tactic. 

Update: It works now. Thanks Mara.

Glasses came.

They’re interesting.  The frames are much narrower than I’ve had before.  The arms  are flexible and springy.  The lenses are stronger — my left eye is in focus for the first time for a long time.  My right eye seems fuzzy, but I think that’s compared to the improvement in that eye.  This is a big shift in my prescription.

So today is headache day. 

Also, Semagic is being a butt  It continues to open up with that first post sitting there.  This is annoying.

Carbon Tax Rehash

Semagic has been annoying me by not clearing the original entry I did with it.  I just hand deleted it.  We’ll see if it replaces this with what was here. 

Anyhow, with cable, I’m getting more “news,” and what’s being talked about in the news.  One thing is the Obama campaign’s discussion of a carbon “cap and trade” system to address global warming.  With this being current, I’m going to re-use a post I made last June that discusses a carbon tax system where the rate is linked to actual changes in measurable global temperature.  I think it makes more sense than the Obama policy because it links the financial consequences of carbon emission to actual measurable increases in temperature, rather than guessing what the consequences of that carbon might be.

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