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    • Forced Time Off

      1 day ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      On Friday, a little after noon, my internet went out. I called my people, and they said it'll be down for 3-5 business days, which means it could be all of next week. I can use my phone as a hotspot during that time, but I only have 1GB of data each month. This means a couple things for me directly:


      A lot of my entertainment on a daily basis comes from watching YouTube while I eat. With my internet down, I can't do that any more. I have DVDs I can turn to, but when it only takes me 10-15 minutes to eat, a DVD is much longer than I need. Maybe that's what special features are for. I'll also tend to video-hop on YouTube and end up taking a couple hours there. Not being able to do that any more should prove a good break from that habit - everything I watch with my internet down, I must watch deliberately.


      The internet is how I make a living. I work from home as a web developer. Part of that job involves continually reloading the page I'm looking at to see if I've accomplished what I'm trying to accomplish yet. I burn through a lot of bandwidth on a daily basis. With no internet access, my ability to do my job is very limited. Which means it's a good thing I don't have any immediate client work coming up.


      So I can't watch online video and I can't work. That leaves me with a lot of time to fill. Fortunately, I'm also a writer. It seems to me that there are worse ways to spend a week than writing full time. I even have a concept I finally plotted out a couple days ago which I can try to blast through. And if/when I get stuck on that story, I have others which I can edit. And when I don't feel like writing at all any more, I have a lot of books I can read (seriously, you have no idea). This week will be a very different week, because it has to be.


      Also, I'm more than halfway through my 30 day abs challenge. Haven't missed a day yet, despite something weird currently going on in my shoulder. So in addition to abs every day, it might be leg day for the next little bit. Yesterday I went for a long walk as exercise, and instead of my usual 2 laps, I was feeling good and did 3. In the end I covered 10km and a bunch of stairs up and down in 89 minutes. Not bad. And it's a good way to take advantage of the temperature still being warm up here.


      What's everyone else up to this mid-September?

    • Challenge Update + A Recipe

      1 week ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Today is day 11 of the challenge I mentioned back in this journal. Back on day 1, I got through 3 rounds in about 36 minutes. Today, ten days later, I got through all 5 rounds in under 31 minutes. The nice thing about abs is that they're meant to function hard every day, which means you can work them hard every day without having to worry much about recovery time. Unless I'm going out of my way to stretch them, I really don't feel any soreness there at all.


      With the exceptions of day 2 (sore abs were sore from being worked in a new way, only got through 2 rounds in almost 30 minutes) and this past Saturday (took it slow), I've seen nothing but direct measurable improvement every day. I have to wonder though: are my abs getting stronger, or are they getting better at the specific workout I'm doing? Further testing will have to be done at the end of this.


      It also kind of looks like the right side of my abs are growing faster than the left, but that might be an illusion caused by internal organ placement or uneven fat distribution, so I'm not going to worry about it right now. If it turns out to be a thing, I can always correct it later.


      Now, it's not widely understood that muscle growth doesn't happen in the gym - it happens in the kitchen. You can lift all the weights you want, if you don't eat right you won't gain muscle mass. That's why bodybuilders and strongmen eat many thousands of calories every day, including entire farms' worth of chickens and cows. Chicken is actually one of the best foods for getting your protein, because it tends to be pretty lean. But just baking chicken every few days gets boring. Why not change it up by making a casserole? How do you make one, you ask? Let me tell you.


      How Chicken Casserole Works

      There are three basic elements to a chicken casserole: the chicken (duh), the sauce, and the other ingredients. The basic method for making a casserole is to prepare the ingredients, mix them all together, then stick them in the oven to cook it. Here's an overview of how to make your casserole, so that you can change it however you like to make it the right one for you:


      The Chicken

      The first thing you need to do is cook the chicken. I like to bake 3 chicken breasts in the same casserole dish I will use for the casserole itself, because it means less cleaning up. I season it with salt and pepper, and bake it at 350ºF for 45 minutes, but you can cook it however you like - it's your casserole, so anything you do is correct. (caveat: correct is not necessarily synonymous with tasty)


      The Sauce

      While the chicken is cooking, you need to prepare the sauce and other ingredients. A simple way to make a cream sauce is to mix together two tins of condensed cream of chicken soup and a small carton (237ml - the really short one) of table cream. If you want to add some extra texture to the flavour of the sauce, you can use cream of mushroom, or cream of broccoli, or cream of whatever else soup instead of cream of chicken. You can even use cans of different soups. Again, it's entirely up to you. Using more cream will make the sauce creamier, and you can add anything else you like to the sauce as well - get creative, try things out.


      You can also add spices and herbs to the sauce, like paprika and parsley. There are lots of spices that work well with chicken, so go online and find out which ones those are, and pick some. Remember to mix the sauce thoroughly, so that the taste is uniformly distributed! You're also not forced to use a cream sauce - if you want to give it a tomato sauce instead, you can do that. Again, it's your sauce, so it's up to you.


      The Other Stuff

      The other things you add to the casserole are what's really going to give it character. They can be vegetables, like broccoli or mushrooms; they can be grains, like pasta or rice; you can add cheeses to it (so many cheeses). Vegetables should be prepared raw, while pasta or rice should be cooked (they need to soak up water, and there isn't a lot in the casserole dish). Cheese should be shredded or diced. I add broccoli crowns to mine, because chicken and broccoli go well together, and cheddar on top.


      The Chicken's Done Cooking!

      When the chicken's finished cooking, it needs to be turned into smaller pieces, because you're making a casserole. If you baked it in the casserole dish, and there's fat to drain, then remove them to a plate and take care of the fat, then put them back in the casserole dish. I prefer tearing the chicken roughly with a fork and sharp serrated knife, because I like the texture it provides, and it makes it easy to remove the veins and such, which I don't like.


      Next you add the other ingredients. Whatever they are, you'll want to distribute them evenly among the chicken, and then mix them together. That way you don't end up with a layer of chicken, then a layer of rice, then a layer of broccoli, etc. There are two exceptions to this: 1) if you're adding rice, you may want to put it on bottom rather than mixing it in; 2) if you're adding cheese, you may want to spread it on top of the casserole at the end rather than mixing it in. I use 'may' for a reason there - your casserole, your choice.


      Once the ingredients have been mixed together, pour the sauce over them evenly, and mix it all again. This will distribute the sauce amongst the ingredients, so you don't end up with the sauce just sitting on top. Once everything is mixed, if you held back cheese to put on top, this is when you do that. You may also choose to sprinkle something like parsley over the top, if you want to add both flavour and something visual to it.


      Time To Turn It Into Casserole!

      Once everything is mixed together, stick it in the oven at 350ºF (if you baked it like I did, you can just leave it on while you do everything else) for 20 minutes, or until the cheese on top melts if you put some there. You probably have a mess of mixing bowls and food cans to clean up, so while the casserole cooks is as good a time as any to deal with that. When the 20 minutes are up, pull it out of the oven, and start serving! I prefer to use non-slotted serving utensils, so that I don't lose any of the sauce back to the casserole dish.


      Making a chicken casserole like this usually provides 6-8 servings. There will be lots of protein, especially if you add a lot of cheese like I do, as well as a healthy distribution of fat and carbs (your body needs all three to function properly). I prefer to leave the leftovers in the casserole dish and just cover the whole thing and stick it in the fridge, because it's way simpler than moving it into something else first. Plus it takes up less space that way.


      I should note again that since you're making the casserole, you can change it however you like. If you decide that the cream is too rich and you want to use half and half instead, or three cans of soup and no cream at all, then you can do that. If you want to see what happens when you add asparagus and spinach, go nuts. What I've provided you with here is not a specific recipe, but a general set of guidelines for how to make a chicken casserole. Part of the fun of cooking is in trying out new things, and seeing what works. So go experiment!


      Starter Recipe?

      Bake three chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper, at 350ºF for 45 minutes. Shred the chicken into short strips. Add a diced crown of broccoli, and a sauce made of two cans of cream of chicken soup and a small carton of table cream, thoroughly mixed. Spread 8oz of shredded cheddar cheese on top, and sprinkle with paprika and parsley. Place in oven at 350ºF for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serves 6-8.

    • The power of working backwards

      1 week ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      If you're like me, then you enjoy seeing magic tricks. More than that, you enjoy trying to figure out how the trick was done. Penn & Teller: Fool Us is basically Penn and Teller doing exactly that. It occurred to me a while ago that it's possible to figure out most magic tricks by working backwards from the effect, and figuring out what must have happened to make it possible.


      For instance, consider the following trick: the magician hands someone a deck of cards to look through, and asks them to think of one of them. They then take the deck back, and fan through it to reveal that the named card is now face-up. It's a pretty serious effect.


      So how is it done? Since the spectator gets to examine the deck beforehand, it's obviously not the card from that deck being turned over in advance. So it is either being turned over in secret, or it's a duplicate of that card being added to the deck in secret. One of those things must have happened. Suppose the presentation makes the first option impossible. That means there is a second deck somewhere, from which the chosen card can be pulled. So either it is hidden somewhere the magician has access to, and is in an order known to the magician so that specific cards can be retrieved, or he has someone else hand him the card in secret. One of those things must have happened. And so on. Even if you can't get to the specific moves, you can usually get to the overall method.


      This is a process known as Retrograde Analysis. Given current situation XYZ, what events ABC must have occurred to arrive at the current situation? Master level chess players use this all the time. There are endings they know how to win, and rather than trying to win from the current position on the board, they try to steer the game towards one of those known endings. Given the desired position XYZ, they must cause events ABC to occur in the game. Chess grandmaster Maurice Ashley talks about this in his TED Talk:




      The reason I'm talking about this now is that magic tricks and chess games are not the only places where thinking backwards is useful. As long as you know where you want to get to, you can apply this type of thinking to any aspect of your life. For instance, I want stronger abs. That is my situation XYZ. If I have them, what must I have done to get them? I must have done a lot of ab exercises. So how do I do that? I follow a program that includes lots of ab exercises. That's how we end up with the 30 day 400 reps a day challenge from my last journal. But that's a really short analysis chain. How about something a little grander in scale?


      My mid-term goal is to be able to make a living at writing. Now let's follow a retrograde analysis chain to figure out what I have to do now in order to get to full-time writing in the future:


      I want to write full-time. What must happen to allow that?

      I need to get enough of my writing published to sustain myself.


      What does it take to produce that much writing?

      I need the time to write and edit enough stories.


      How do I get that much time?

      By freeing up time in other places.


      Where can I free up the most time?

      I spend a lot of time working.


      How can I stop working so much?

      I need enough money to sustain myself without having to work every day to get it.


      How can I get that money?

      By creating residual income sources, or by having a product I can sell for enough money each time that I don't have to do a lot of work to make it happen.


      How can I create those resources?

      I need to have something marketable, that people will pay for repeatedly.


      Do I have something that does that yet?

      I have something that can become it.


      Better start turning that into such a thing then.


      And that is how I decided to take my flight school software, created for one of my clients 12 years ago, and update it into something that flight schools all over the place would be willing to pay to use. Using retrograde analysis, I was able to get from my eventual goal - being able to write full-time - all the way back to the first step I need to take to make it happen.


      Now, that doesn't mean that the first step is easy - not by a longshot. I actually haven't really had the time to focus on it for most of the last few months, because I had to build up enough capital through doing client work that I can afford not to do client work for a while. And the transformation from the current site to the upgraded version is itself hard, as well as being a huge risk - I'm staking my entire future on the premise that what I'm creating will be as desirable to flight schools as I think it will be. It's a leap of faith in myself. I believe I have the skills and determination to make this happen, and I'm going to do everything in my power to make sure that it does. Making this work is my only business priority. And that is why I will be successful.


      So what do you want?

    • I Am Challenged

      2 weeks ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      On Friday I began a challenge that's dumb for me. It's this challenge:




      Basically, you do (ideally) 80 specific reps x5 as a workout or as part of your workout every day for a month, to gain greater core stability and strength. When your abs are good, you can get through the entire routine in less than half an hour. My abs are bad. I get through two rounds in half an hour, and then have to stop because my abs are dead. But there's 28 more days left, so hopefully that will change.


      If things go very well, then by the time I'm done this challenge my left oblique will be all healed up, and then I can focus on building my obliques and maintaining my abs, rather than on building all of them at once. I don't know whether that's a good way to move forward, but it's certainly a way to move forward, which is better than standing still. So I'm doing it. If anyone wants to join me in this endeavour that is equal parts fun and terrible, I look forward to sharing our pain with each other.


      Edit: Just did today's workout, and I got through 3 rounds in about 30 minutes. Measurable improvement is a good thing.  grinning

    • A Comedy Of Errors - SCUBA Edition

      2 weeks ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      About a week and a half ago, I went SCUBA diving with an acquaintance. Let's call her Stef. Stef and I went on a few dates several months ago, and we decided it wasn't going to work. A couple months ago she texted me out of the blue asking if I wanted to go diving with her. It's been a while since I went diving, so I said yes, and off we went. She'd dived more recently than I had, so between that and my own knowledge I was prepared for a pretty good trip.


      The dive site is in Tobermory, which is about 4 hours away. To make things easier on us, we're staying at my friend's chalet in the Blue Mountains, about halfway from here to there. We drive to his place on Friday, sleep the night, then after breakfast we hop in my car and make the two hour drive to Tobermory. Things are going well.


      We get to the dive centre, and it turns out the boat is delayed in getting back from the previous dive trip. The winds are strong and the water's choppy, so this isn't a surprise. When we do finally get on the boat, Stef pops a couple Gravol, because she gets motion sickness. This was a surprise, but she knows her body better than I do, so I wasn't concerned. The water was choppy and the wind was strong, and she was able to stand for most of the ride out there, so again - not concerned.


      About half an hour later we get to the first dive site: the sunken Caroline Rose. You know how there's a boat on the Canadian dime? That's the Bluenose. The Caroline Rose is a sister ship of the Bluenose. It's pretty neat. We're instructed to finish suiting up, but then it takes the boat crew about 10 minutes to hook onto the buoy that will help us navigate the dive. It was all downhill from there.


      As we continue to wait, I remove the top half of my suit, because I don't want to overheat. Stef stays in hers, and the combination of sitting in a black dive suit on a sunny day, plus her own penchant for seasickness, makes her start feeling unwell. She's the first in the water, and I get in right after her and ask how she's doing, and she says she isn't feeling well. Then she feeds the fish. A couple times.


      I define SCUBA diving as the art of not dying underwater. There are two really important rules for diving: 1) always ascend and descend slowly. This allows your body to experience pressure changes gradually, and it significantly reduces the chance of injuring yourself. 2) always keep eyes on your dive buddy. You're in this together, and if something goes wrong with one of you, the other is responsible for getting you back to the surface safely.


      Rule number 1 of those two was reinforced to us by the divemasters before we got in the water. We were told to descend slowly, and to follow the rope down to the bottom because it would take us where we need to go. Stef was clearly distracted by her seasickness, and forgot all of that. When we receive the order to descend, she goes straight down, as quickly as possible. The recommended speed for ascending or descending is about 1ft/sec. She goes down at a rate closer to 4 or 5 feet/second. And because she's my dive buddy, that means I also have to go straight down at 4-5ft/sec.


      I realize what's happening pretty quickly, and about halfway down I make a point of looking up to see where everyone else is. I spot a fin (those things on our feet are fins, not flippers) and note the direction it's in, and then go back to watching Stef. We get to the bottom, and I make sure we're both okay, and then I signal that we were going to swim in the direction I saw the fin. About 10-15 seconds later I feel a tug on my fin, and turn around to see one of the divemasters indicating that he and I are going to swim in another direction, and I follow him back to the group. Clearly he'd spotted Stef first and then come for me, and now we are all together again, and everything is fine.


      We spend the next half hour or so at a depth of about 50ft, swimming around and through a shipwreck. I do a good job of keeping eyes on Stef. Stef does a good job of following sometimes me, sometimes random people. And also continuing to feed fishes. She does that through her regulator (breathing mouthpiece), which is actually the correct way to do it, because it makes everything so much easier and safer than removing it. She does this at times when I'm not looking at her, so I only find out about it later. I also spot and point out a crayfish to her that nobody else gets to see, so that's pretty neat.


      Then it's time to return to the surface. The divemaster has a dive computer that tells him at what depths we should wait on the way up, and for how long, in order to prevent injury. These are called decompression stops, for the obvious reason. There's also a usually-mandatory stop at 15 feet for 3 minutes, called a safety stop. The dive plan is created to include these, because as I said before, SCUBA diving is the art of not dying underwater.


      We receive the signal to start going up, and this is when I find out that the rapid descent has not only made things very hard on Stef, it has also confused me. Because instead of removing air from my buoyancy control device (BCD), as you're meant to do, I add a bit of air to mine. As you ascend, air expands and becomes more buoyant. So when I get to the depth for the first decompression stop, my BCD has become too buoyant, and I just keep going. I see Stef getting further away below me, and assume that she's descending again, so I start swimming down to get her. But then she keeps getting further away, and quickly, and suddenly my legs are out of the water. I've completely blown past the decompression stop and the safety stop, and am now floating on top of the water watching everyone else do the safety stop I was supposed to be doing.


      When you dive, as soon as you break the surface of the water the dive is over. But I know that the safety stop was important, so I want to get back down there. A really strange thing happens though: I am somehow physically incapable of getting back under the water. I empty all the air out of my BCD, I try literally pulling myself down the rope - nothing works. I've never experienced that before. Eventually everyone else finishes the safety stop, and they return to the surface. If anyone saw me there early, they didn't say anything about it.


      After everyone else crests the surface, I remove my dive mask and spit out the phlegm, as I always have to do (diving gives you cottonmouth). Turns out there's blood in it. So I say "well, that's just great." What happened was obvious: the rapid decompression from surfacing so quickly burst something in my sinuses. Now I need to deal with it.


      We get back on the boat, and I sit down on the bench, and one of the crew members comes over and points to my nose and says "You've got a bit of blood there." In that voice of unfortunate resignation we all have, I say "Yeah, I know." Then I ask him to bring me some toilet paper to stick up my nose so I can clean myself up. I spot Stef at the other side of the boat, move to her and sit down, and ask how she's doing. She sees my nose, points to it, and asks how I'm doing. Neither of us made the second dive.


      So we're sitting on the boat as everyone else gets in the water to dive. Two more people return to the boat, claiming seasickness, and we become "Team One Dive Or Less" (one of them was underweighted for the first dive and couldn't get down for that one either). Stef is shivering, so the captain and I make her take off her SCUBA suit (bathing suit stays on) and I give her my towel, so she can dry off and warm up. I change into my civilian clothes, since there's no sense staying in my swimsuit any longer.


      We head to the front of the boat, where she lays down and I sit next to her, and we chat for a while. Eventually everyone else returns from the dive, and the boat starts heading back to shore. And it's still windy. And the water is still choppy. And a lot of water starts splashing up on deck. I've put on my civvies already, and decide that staying up there is crazy. She stays there lying on the front of the boat, in her swimsuit and my towel. Being frequently splashed with water. You can see where this is going.


      When we finally get back to shore, my towel is drenched. Stef returns it to me and I fold it up into a plastic bag in my gear bag. We go about our business, visiting stores and eating dinner, and then make the two hour drive back to my friend's place. I hang up my towel to dry in their laundry room, and a few hours later go to sleep. When I wake up the next morning, I go to collect my towel, and it's wetter than before. Either something leaked onto it, or it got used for something. I consider leaving it there and collecting it later, but since I don't know when I'll next see my friend I decide I'd rather take everything home at once, so I fold it up into the plastic bag and we pack up and head down to Toronto.


      After dropping Stef back at her place, I return home and find that the plastic bag was insufficient to contain the water from the towel. Not only is it still wet, but the change of underclothes I'd tucked in there and not used is also wet. So the first thing I have to do after getting home is hang up my towel, swimsuit, underwear, and two socks, over the shower curtain to drip dry. Three hours later I get an email from my dad inviting me to a barbecue the following weekend (4 days ago) for my mom's birthday, and my friend is going to be there. So I could have left the towel there and had him bring it, and saved myself the drip dry grief. If only I'd known.


      So in the end, I drove four hours each way to spend a weekend getting a bloody nose and transporting a soaking wet towel home, while missing out on half the dives I paid for. Stef has decided she's done diving off boats. I think that's a good idea.

    • The Importance Of Being Self-Aware

      3 weeks ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      It's been a while since I did a pure cardio workout. I do a few minutes of jumping before each workout, to get the heart going (one of the reasons my calves have regained 100% of their flexibility already), but I haven't gone for a long walk in over a month. I was planning to do one on Thursday last week, but life conspired against it, so it didn't happen. So, looking for a workout today, I did that. My goal was sub-hour door-to-door, and I finished in 58 minutes. So, got a win there. But that's not the only thing to talk about here:


      Whenever I go for a long walk, I always take a water bottle with me, and you should too. The reason for that has to do with the first thing I'm going to talk about here. My initial plan was to keep walking until I was stopped by a red light, and then take a drink of water. Somehow I managed to only hit lights when they were green, so I didn't end up getting to drink any water until I decided that not doing so was dumb, near the end of the first lap (out of two). At that time, my gait was sluggish and I was feeling tired.


      I continued drinking water incrementally for the rest of my walk, and within about five minutes I was feeling energized again. I finished the second lap strong, despite having been going for twice as long. The reason for that is that being hydrated helps your muscles function properly. Because I was paying attention to my drinking habits, I know exactly what made me feel tired and what made me feel energized - if I'd not been keeping track, I may have written it off as just getting a second wind. Being self-aware helps you know what works and what doesn't.


      About 4 minutes into each lap, there is a staircase to get up onto a bridge. It's 34 steps. Last time I went for a walk, the second time up the stairs was terrible. Today it was totally fine. This can be directly attributed to not skipping leg day since I started doing calisthenics workouts a little over a month ago. Because I pay attention to my body, I was able to recognize this change, and get excited about it.


      After the two things I noted above, I was feeling really good and considering doing another hap lap after my scheduled two. About halfway through the second lap, I felt some soreness at the top of my right quad. That told me that I was not taking a half lap at the end. I paid attention to the pain, to evaluate if I was going to have to cut the second lap short. Based on the type of pain, and its intensity, I decided that no, I would not have to cut short the second lap, and I finished it as planned.


      Any time you work out, it is vitally important that you pay attention to your body, and that you learn how to correctly interpret the signals it sends to you. That is how you will keep yourself safe and uninjured. Every time I've injured myself in the gym, it has been at least in part due to losing focus on this, and as a result doing something I shouldn't have done. As a great(?) man once said: "Learn from my mistakes!"


      And that's three things I know specifically because I pay attention to my body and my habits when I get exercise. There's a bonus fourth one to be had as well: since I was somewhat lethargic at the tail end of my first lap, and moving slowly, it's a sure thing that had I been hydrating properly for the first lap as well, I would have come in significantly lower than the 58 minutes I took today. The route is down several flights of stairs, then 6.5km walking, then back up the stairs. It is not unreasonable to believe I can get the round trip time down around 52 minutes. And so, that is my goal. Once I can do that, it will be time to add running back in.


      I know there are other people out there on fitness journeys who pay attention to what I say about such things - how are your endeavours going? Have you made progress towards your goals? Are you staying motivated? Last weekend I went scuba diving with a friend, which was my exercise for the weekend. In my next journal I'll tell you all the story of that trip - it's a comedy of errors well worth waiting for.

    • Clothing Sizes Be All Like...

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Yesterday I went to Mountain Warehouse to get some shirts and a sleeping bag. I have some tank tops from them already, and they're mediums. I got to the store, at a different location than the last time I went there, and discovered a serious lack of medium-sized shirts. I found five of them. Tons of small and XS, and lots of XL and up. 5 mediums. I was carrying them all around with me trying to choose two from them when there was only one I really wanted.


      After literally an hour and a half of trying to find more mediums, I came upon a long sleeved shirt I liked, grabbed it in a medium, and tried it on. The sleeves were too long, so I grabbed a small, which fit perfectly. So I grabbed some of the many small shirts, and they too fit me. So apparently despite owning medium tank tops I'm meant to wear small shirts from them.


      I'm 6'3"


      Clothing, man.

    • A Business Lesson

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I don't know if I ever talked about it here, but last year one of my clients decided they wanted a mobile version of their website. In the short time between them telling me they wanted it, and me responding, someone who wasn't supposed to be part of the decision-making process decided that rather than letting me provide a quote to get the job done, she would take it upon herself to find someone who wasn't me to just go ahead and do it.


      My contact in the company apologized profusely to me for this, said she didn't know what this other woman was thinking, and that it had always been the established plan to have me develop the mobile interface. I tested the site I'd built on desktop and it still worked, so I didn't think anything of it. I did notice a bug where after clicking on a menu item for the first time the menu would slide up and then reappear, but the client didn't say anything about it so I decided to leave it and pick it up later. Then work picked up, and I didn't get a chance.


      Last week I was discussing mobile websites with my uncle, and I decided to finally take a look at this mobile version the other person had built. It's garbage. For one thing, it only addressed phones in an upright position - landscape, it loaded the desktop site, but with the menu squeezed and displaying on multiple rows. The submenu worked on an iphone but not on my android phone. And it was ugly as hell. I took a look at the html, and it appeared the other coder had done the absolute bare minimum required to spit out something that displayed differently on a phone than it does on desktop. So I told my client that the mobile site they'd gotten was garbage, and explained why, and I offered to do one that was actually developed properly. They gave me the go-ahead a couple days ago.


      This afternoon I began the process of removing the code the other person had added. For one thing, they had sandwiched some of my CSS display rules in between theirs, so that when I removed their chunk of rules I had to extract mine and reinsert them, which is super shady. I also found the following piece of code in the router:


          $('#menu a').on('click', function() {
            if (!$('#menu').hasClass('collapsed')) {
              $('#menu').addClass('collapsed');
            }
            $('#menu').slideUp();
          });


      What those few lines do is slide up the menu as soon as you click anything on it, and there was a display rule added to re-show it on desktop browsers. So that weird bug I mentioned at the beginning where the menu would slide up the first time you click on it? Added by this other person. Which means not only did this other person (I refuse to call them a coder or developer) do a terrible job at what they'd been hired to do, they also broke part of the desktop website in the process. When I give my final report to the client, I'm going to be sure to mention this to them, as further evidence for why using this other person was a bad idea.


      There are some lessons to be had here for anyone involved in running a business. First, the chain of command exists for a reason. The people involved in it know more than you do, and they can make better decisions. When you go off and just hire someone to do a thing without consulting anyone, it's entirely possible you will break things because you didn't know any better and didn't ask. Randomly inserting yourself into a project uninvited has a significantly greater chance of ending poorly than doing things in an orderly fashion will have.


      Second, when something has been built by one person, that person knows everything about that thing - especially the pieces that are overly sensitive and likely to respond poorly to random tampering. Unless you have a very good reason - and "I know a guy" doesn't count - you should always go to that person first for any changes to that thing. They will either be able to modify it better and faster than anyone else, or they will be able to identify the things to look out for so that the next person can better take care of it.


      Third, internal communication is vitally important. If this other woman had bothered to mention to literally anybody what she was planning to do, she would have been told not to do it, for pretty much the exact reasons I've mentioned above. When you go off and just do something without telling someone, especially when that thing has a high probability of breaking what you're trying to work on, you may just find yourself being demoted or fired for incompetence when it goes poorly. And nobody wants that.


      There's another lesson to be had here as well, for the coder who wants to modify someone else's work: test your shit. My uncle's developer has over a dozen phones, specifically to test websites on them to make sure they work on as many platforms as possible. Had this developer done even a tiny amount of testing, they would have found all of the bugs I mentioned at the beginning of this journal, and been able to eliminate them. By getting the job done right, you will make yourself look better, and you will save your client money for not having to get your work redone by someone more competent than you.


      Standard operating procedure exists for a reason. You should follow it.

    • Don't Skip Leg Day

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      Today was leg day. My legs hate me now. It was something like this:


      60 seconds wall sit (horizontal femur)

      4 x 25 squats

      30 seconds wall sit

      2 x 10 lunges

      3 varying sets of Slick Floor Bridge Curl (look them up, they're awesome)

      3 varying sets of 2x25lb straight-leg deadlift

      2 x hollow body hold (gotta hit those abs every day)


      So my quads might have lost less strength than I thought, just size. If you go back to the calisthenics progression page I linked 8 months ago, 30 seconds of wall sit is not far away from where I was at before the injury. I remember it being easier back then, but history tends to be rose-coloured, so who knows really? Next time I do legs, it's karate lunges.


      Also, I learned where my deficiency is with the hollow body hold. In a nutshell, the hollow body hold is an exercise where you lie on your back with your arms and bent legs up in the air, and then you press your lower back flat against the floor and extend your limbs out towards the floor (straight up and down, not to the side) until your lower back lifts up. Wherever it is that you start losing contact with the floor, you hold that position for as long as possible. It's a fantastic core exercise. Anyway, I learned (to no surprise) that I can take my arms all the way up, but my legs going down past 45º really quickly gets my back off the floor. So now I know how to train and test that exercise. Progress!


      Unfortunately, the whatever's-going-on with my lower left oblique isn't going away, which means a) I have to be careful with how I move, as sudden twisting movements may aggravate it, and b) I need to not train my obliques for the time being. At all. I can stretch them safely, but putting the muscle under load would be a bad life choice. This will lead to a muscle imbalance between my abs and obliques, which I will need to address down the line. However, being aware of it now gives me a huge advantage for when that happens.


      I know I've only been talking about my workouts lately, but honestly there's just not much else interesting going on with me right now. So this is what you get for now. Here's a song I like that you may not have heard before. A different version of it was the closing credits music for Stir Of Echoes, a really good movie that was overshadowed by The Sixth Sense which came out around the same time.



      What are you guys up to?

    • Improvements, I Guess?

      1 month ago

      DiMono It's Back Baby!

      I've had two workouts since the test last week. The first was on Friday, and it was stretching and core. Turns out I didn't lose strength in my abs after all, at least not a noticeable amount - I must have been doing crunches differently during the test workout which led to a smaller number. I was able to get all the way through the ab workout (minus a couple exercises and stretches that I forgot about until afterwards) and at the END of that, did 25 crunches only stopping because I didn't want to overexert. So that's good.


      Did my second one today, and it was chest and back. Turns out going calisthenics-only is really difficult when you don't have access to a pull-up bar. So I'm modifying the next couple months of my training: no equipment except dumbbells 25lbs or less, and a chest expander. I'm also going to do my best to keep all my workouts under 40 minutes (excepting warmup and stretching), so as not to overexert. I'm very disappointed with how far my chest strength has fallen, and I'm pretty sure my back strength is severely diminished as well. My shoulders seem not to have lost that much, oddly enough. My legs are toast though.


      I took some more progress pictures on Friday before my workout too. The plan is to take another set in September, and then a final one in November when I've hopefully been back in the gym for a month or two, and then I'll chop them all together and put up some comparison pictures. It may be a while before I have leg progress to chart though, because my knees are not the greatest and squats are not the most comfortable thing for me. Time will tell.


      My flexibility also slowly continues to improve. Hopefully I'll be roughly back where I was last November by this November. Now if only my left lower oblique would stop being sore, I'd really be in business.


      What are you guys up to?

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    • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

      7 months ago

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      Happy Warm and Fuzz McFuzzy Day!

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        7 months ago

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    • Tropes FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold I Am What I Am

      1 year ago

      Hey so you also got mentioned in On The Spot this week - so that's pretty damn neat, just started the episode.


      Hope y'all are having fun at UnCon! Wish I could be there!

    • TomtheIronMan FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

      Hey man this time g1 Tom the Iron Man over on ScrewAttack and just wanted to touch base with you about someone we've been seeing posts with on Twitter and Facebook, a fellow g1 named Dylan Toomey. Dylan's been around since 2008 and simply put, he's a wily and silly guy with a penchant of making memes that no one understands but himself, and that's the joke. He means no harm and he's just continuing his shtick now and introducing himself in his own special way that the migration of ScrewAttack to the Rooster Teeth family is complete. I know Dylan personally and have met up with him at every SGC he's been in attendance to, and he's actually a quiet and fairly reserved person IRL. Clearly he's been rubbing the mods the wrong way and it has led to you having to intervene personally, if it is a breach of conduct I can assure you he has no idea it is. Hit me back if you have any questions (I'm still trying to figure out how everything works here), and have an awesome night.

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      Hello, good sir! You're awesome!

    • Nat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

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    • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

      2 years ago

      Just wanted to toss you a quick "thanks" for all the workout pointers and Tough Mudder tips you gave me a while ago. You were one of the few people who gave me actual usable advice that has made a difference. I've been working out for just about 4 months now and I've seen great progress and plan to keep pushing forward.

      So, thanks :)

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        No problem :)

        Are you doing things next Saturday?

      • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

        2 years ago

        Next Saturday? Yeah, I'm going on an end-of-summer camping trip with some friends that weekend.

        Why do you ask?

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      2 years ago

      bruh

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      2 years ago

      pls respond

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Personal Comment notifications have been broken since day 1. I didn't see your comments until now, after scanning through Adam's journal's comments and seeing that someone had discovered that fact. I don't remember whether we banned anyone for being knucklesdawson, but seeing as the thread you were commenting about is locked now, it seems irrelevant. I just wanted to let you know that I wasn't ignoring you, I literally had no idea you'd said anything because of a site failure.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      2 years ago

      To clarify, knucklesdawson is not me.

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      2 years ago

      Have I been banned from the v2 thread or something? I can't post in there, says I lack sufficient permissions.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      2 years ago

      Are you tagging me in posts? Or is it the site transferring data over. Because I'm not able to access the tags to see.


      Also, 4000th comment.

      • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

        2 years ago

        Just saw Jackie having the same issue. Bug, I guess.

    • jackiebot FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold me irl

      2 years ago

      I have no idea what's happening right now, but I'm getting like.. half a dozen notifications that you're mentioning me in a post.. and when I click on it, I get sent to a completely jumbled version of your profile.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        I got no notification that you'd left me this comment. I was trying to put up a private journal entry and tag site admins in it. It didn't work properly. I eventually got it up and running, so check out my journal.

    • Nat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Check this out, this is incredible: Atmoph window

    • MaryFairy Barely here...

      2 years ago

      Happy birthday! (Sorry it's late)

    • Resolis FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Insidious Crow

      2 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono!

    • Mattbab4

      2 years ago

      Happy birthday

    • THEDODGER FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Wookiee

      2 years ago

      Happy Birthday DiMono! I hope you have an awesome day and make sure you enjoy yourself! Keep up the amazing work! smiley0.gif

    • Freelancer The Trash Man

      2 years ago

      Is there a time limit on my timeout from the Ask Anything thread?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Doesn't matter whether it's entertaining; it's inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        2 years ago

        Come on, don't tell me it isn't at least slightly entertaining when someone is like "can u teech me how 2 make cgi" and I chime in claiming to be Monty?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        I mean giving troll answers. People ask questions there looking for information, and they are trusting of the answers they receive. You posting random garbage in there is inappropriate.

      • Freelancer The Trash Man

        2 years ago

        Nah. But that's entirely dependent on how you define how I've been posting. Do you mean in the past few days or overall?

        Post edited 5/18/15 9:08PM

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        If you're unbanned from it, are you going to keep posting like you've been posting?

    • JJ FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      HOLY SHIT is that fuckin DiMONO!!!!!

    • ailsarocks FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Community Stylist

      2 years ago

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        2 years ago

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    • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

      2 years ago

      I'm considering signing up for Tough Mudder this summer, any training tips or things I should know before I fully commit?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        It's about 11 miles, so 17km is pretty close to accurate.

      • Cove FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Dancing Shark

        2 years ago

        Awesome thanks! I have a team I just need to get my ass in gear for strength training. I'm already running frequently so I just plan on increasing my mileage (I heard there's about 17km of hills).

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Good luck!

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Ignore the time estimate on the site; expect to spend 5 hours out there. Plan your day accordingly. Wear clothes you don't care about, or else clean them immediately. Don't have pockets. Your shoes will probably be a lost cause; bring spares and donate the dead ones to the pile (you'll see what I mean when you get there).

        You'll be driving to an off-site parking lot and taking a bus to Mt St Louis. Bring I think it's $15 for parking, and include about half an hour on either end for bus transit. You'll be leaving your wallet behind while on the course; keep it appropriately empty, just in case.

        They will offer you food on the course; eat it, you'll need the energy. And the potassium. Completing the course is easier with a team, for many reasons; if you go there alone, try to find people to join up with. Tough Mudder is hard, but remember that you're going there to enjoy yourself; so have fun with it. Lots of people dress up in costumes.

        Most of the obstacles I encountered weren't that difficult; a moderate amount of fitness should be plenty to get you through them. Focus on cardio. Lots and lots of cardio. And don't skip leg day - in fact, add another one. They're going to be taking you up and down hills an awful lot. Compound exercises are better than isolation exercises. You will have to climb over a 7-8' wall in order to get to the course; make sure you can do that, as it's the one obstacle you really can't skip. But don't skip obstacles unless you absolutely have to, because otherwise what's the point?

        That's everything that comes to mind right now.

    • Kaoru27Umi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

      2 years ago

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      2 years ago

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        2 years ago

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    • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian Emeritus

      2 years ago

      As it is technically the 14th, you can enjoy your Valentine's Warm Fuzzies now!

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      Happy Warm and Fuzzies to our favorite Bot Destroyer!

      Your Neighborhood RT Community Economist:
      -James

      • tutvuvu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        2 years ago

        One must appreciate some nerd love

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

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    • Enforcer2005

      2 years ago

      You are cool and I like you. Hope you are doing well dude.

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    • Tommex

      2 years ago

      Merry christmas dimono smiley0.gif

    • nouveaujour FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 years ago

      Catching up now on the harassment discussion from the other night (that really doesn't sounds so great when typed out, but I'm going to go with it...) via You Tube.
      Just wanted to say thank you for taking the time and putting the thought into a meaningful discussion.
      -nj

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      2 years ago

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      Guess who???

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        2 years ago

        Oh fuck.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        2 years ago

        Don't fuck it up

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      3 years ago

      I'm being trolled or I'm sleep-defriending you. WHAT IS GOING ON.

    • film_geek FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      3 years ago

      www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOoCixFA8OI

      Here`s that song I was telling you about. one of my favourite's of theirs.

    • Snaaaake

      3 years ago

      I saw you at RTX and wanted to come up to you and give you a high five, problem was the convention center was being evacuated... smiley4.gif

    • Shastamac

      3 years ago

      As of right now, you have one friend for each day of the year! Congrats! :)

      • Shastamac

        3 years ago

        That's true, but you have some time to find one.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I need a midget for Feb 29th still though

    • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

      3 years ago

      Give me TOUncon tickets! I want them now! smiley2.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        We're very good.

      • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

        3 years ago

        It wasn't working but you guys fixed it and I am now officially attending TOUncon smiley12.gif

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Are you really unable to purchase tickets from the website? If you do it from a desktop or laptop it should go through.

      • Julia FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold elDiablo

        3 years ago

        HE DOESN'T KNOW WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT! GIVE IN! I NEED TO GO TO TOUNCON

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

        DON'T GIVE IN TO PEER PRESSURE

    • TheFatalFall

      3 years ago

      How do you rate achievements?

      • Laurenz

        3 years ago

        Click on the "Achievement Hunter" tab at the top, and then go onto "games". You can type games in and rate them there. smiley0.gif

    • br0wnbr0th4 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Greed

      3 years ago

      Sorry to bother you again good sir, but would you be able to change my Site birthday to June 3/90?

    • NealMcNeal FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Real Deal

      3 years ago

      Happy Birthday Chris, hope you have a fantastic day! smiley13.gif

    • Juular

      3 years ago

      So, been banned from the Red vs Blue forum. Know what's up with that?

      • Juular

        3 years ago

        good bye recon :'(

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I was scuba diving at the time. No idea.

      • Juular

        3 years ago

        I mean, I did say the US government did 9-11. But I hardly think that's enough to get me banned from an entire forum.

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      3 years ago

      So, managed to get the new set of Cookie Clicker Achievements yet?

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        You mean 1.0453? I have all of them except 400 cursors, which is currently impossible. I haven't played in over a week, just sitting on my bank of 200 sextillion and waiting for the next update.

    • Tommex

      3 years ago

      Hey man! I'm a coder too! html, css, php, python, javascript, java, objective C

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      3 years ago

      Special delivery! (World domination not included)
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    • Dopp ROLL TIDE

      3 years ago

      Did you change my title on here?

      • Dopp ROLL TIDE

        3 years ago

        k thanks

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        Nope

    • um4dbro210

      3 years ago

      hey i have a error 422 and i have no idea how to fix it……plz halp

      Post edited 1/26/14 2:00PM

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

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      • Psycho

        3 years ago

        I had a error once. I never survived.

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

        Have you tried turning it off and on again?

    • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      3 years ago

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      Hahahaha. At work.

    • Thorenir

      3 years ago

      Happy Thanksgiving!

      • KWierso AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

        3 years ago

        #lolcanada

    • VoidFox gay robot

      3 years ago

      oh hey, I see you're from ontario, somewhere just north of toronto. well it just so happens that I'm from somewhere just south of toronto.

    • khurram_89 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nerf herder

      3 years ago

      What's with all the spambots lately? Janet8251 needs to be squashed.

    • DanielZhu1

      3 years ago

      I will be taking your advice on writing a little side story though, may give me some creativity practice. Maybe you can read it sometime and tell me if it is any good.

    • DanielZhu1

      3 years ago

      You have read the idea I posted, and I see the logic in your words. But I'm fine if they don't use my ideas until 3 years later, I just want to give them something, and be just a small part of this. Because RWBY is something that truly resonates with me.

      • DanielZhu1

        3 years ago

        I think I will also try writing the RWBY side story. May improve my creativity, and open up more possibilities.

      • DanielZhu1

        3 years ago

        With my current college possibilities it's very likely I'll be able to get some great credentials. After all and SAT score of 2280 isn't all that common.

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        I wish you the best of luck, but I wouldn't count on getting an internship with them; it sounds like you've already decided it's going to happen, and you need to realize that a) they need to have such an intern position open, and b) they literally get dozens of resumes and applications a day. Hopefully it will work out the way you want, but assume it won't, and write it yourself.

      • DanielZhu1

        3 years ago

        Yes, they probably won't in the next few years, but in 3 years time I will have the qualifications to intern at rooster teeth for 1 summer, maybe it may be possible then

      • DiMono FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold It's Back Baby!

        3 years ago

        They're not going to use your idea. Ever. It's not going to happen. If you're passionate about it, write it yourself.

    • Cheshire_Cat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Registration Team Lead

      3 years ago

      Spambot alert.. brunomarcos

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