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AAAAaaaAAAAAAaaAAAAAaaAAAAAAaaaAAAA! [May. 28th, 2004|07:16 am]
Joe Ibershoff
Alright, I feel a tad better.

So it turns out the process of quitting and leaving a major job is quite stressful, even when it's your choice and under good circumstances (meetings with Security, meetings with HR, papers papers papers and signatures galore, making sure to dump the contents of my brain to other people so that they don't lose all the work that's happened in my head, etc.). And then there's all the packing and preparations (contacting all the utilities places, cable, etc.), which are of course worse when you're consistently dumb like me (and so you have lots of crap you intend to get rid of but haven't yet, and then put off packing until the last minute). And then there's doctor's appointments (nothing all that serious, no need to worry), and my roommate's car breaking down, blah blah.

Suffice to say that I'll be mostly out of touch for a while as I'm extremely busy and will be largely Internet-less over the next 2 weeks. I might get a chance for another quick update sometime, but no guarantees.
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buggin' out [May. 25th, 2004|07:15 pm]
Joe Ibershoff
ALL YOUR BASE ARE BELONG TO (cicad)US!

I have to MOVE EVERY ZIG while biking to/from work in order to dodge kamikaze insects. I've heard horror stories about motorcyclists who've wrecked due to collisions with the flying critters -- they say it's like getting hit by a pellet gun when you've going that fast. Shouldn't be as bad for me, as I'm only going 15-20mph, but still.

And the noise is everywhere... I think it's kinda cool, but then I would.
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'Bout time. [May. 18th, 2004|01:14 pm]
Joe Ibershoff
Ganked from robotcharlie.

Buddhist kingdom Bhutan puts environmental, cultural,
psychological well-being ahead of monetary wealth.

http://www.globalideasbank.org/showidea.php?idea=4837

They're ditching the GNP/GDP as the chief indicator of productivity on the basis that it's horribly flawed. This isn't a brand new idea, my brother Ben (merdi55) introduced me to it a while ago, and I've read some things on the topic since. But as far as I know, this may be the first time there's been national adoption of this type of idea. You can even leave out everything non-financial and you still come to the conclusion that the GDP is flawed, and must be revised to include true financial accountability for all costs and wastes associated with a business.

There have been at least a few steps in the right direction by the World Bank and the UN, but this is a country doing it! Very exciting. :-)
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do people actually care? [May. 16th, 2004|08:30 am]
Joe Ibershoff
[Current Mood |cynicalcynical]

Do most people actually care about the rest of the world? Do they care about understanding the world, understanding the problems and their possible solutions, and understanding their own impact on those situations? Do they care about living a life with intention, where every aspect is more-or-less part of a coherent and purposeful whole?

Or are most people content to live a life decided largely by circumstance and whim, where convenience and desire are priorities and they are unaware of the impact of their actions on the rest of the world? Would they rather just have someone else tell them where to donate money and what garbage to recycle than to understand what's wrong and why? Are they content to let it be Someone Else's Problem? Or do they simply not care what happens to most people -- as long as things are good for them and those they care about, what does it matter whether anyone's trying to clean up the mess they make?

Do people care? Do *you* care? Do you care enough to think about it, not just now and then, but to keep an awareness in your mind of the impact of everything you do? Or is that too much to ask?
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it's a gas gas gas! (bonus points if anyone has a clue what reference that is) [May. 15th, 2004|10:31 pm]
Joe Ibershoff
I recently received a mass email (copied at the end of this) about a proposed "don't buy gasoline" day, scheduled for May 19th. The rationale seems to be that the oil companies will still produce the same amount of gasoline, but since no one will be buying it that day, there'll be too much for them to store, or in some other ways it will cause problems that cost them $$$. Well, I have quite a few thoughts on this. If you don't want to read it, or don't want to read the whole thing, please at least look at the last paragraph (just before the copy of the email).

My thoughts on gasoline use and boycottingCollapse )

Copy of the email:
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IT HAS BEEN CALCULATED THAT IF EVERYONE IN THE UNITED STATES DID NOT
PURCHASE A DROP OF GASOLINE FOR ONE DAY AND ALL AT THE SAME TIME, THE
OIL COMPANIES WOULD CHOKE ON THEIR STOCKPILES.

AT THE SAME TIME IT WOULD HIT THE ENTIRE INDUSTRY WITH A NET LOSS OF
OVER 4.6 BILLION DOLLARS WHICH AFFECTS THE BOTTOM LINES OF THE OIL
COMPANIES.

THEREFORE MAY 19TH HAS BEEN FORMALLY DECLARED "STICK IT UP THEIR
behind" DAY AND THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION SHOULD NOT BUY A SINGLE DROP
OF GASOLINE THAT DAY.

THE ONLY WAY THIS CAN BE DONE IS IF YOU FORWARD THIS E-MAIL TO AS MANY
PEOPLE AS YOU CAN AND AS QUICKLY AS YOU CAN TO GET THE WORD OUT.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE REDUCTION AND CONTROL IN PRICES
THAT THE ARAB NATIONS PROMISED TWO WEEKS AGO?

REMEMBER ONE THING, NOT ONLY IS THE PRICE OF GASOLINE GOING UP BUT AT
THE SAME TIME AIRLINES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES, TRUCKING
COMPANIES ARE FORCED TO RAISE THEIR PRICES WHICH EFFECTS PRICES ON
EVERYTHING THAT IS SHIPPED. THINGS LIKE FOOD, CLOTHING, BUILDING
MATERIALS, MEDICAL SUPPLIES ETC. WHO PAYS IN THE END? WE DO!

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. IF THEY DON'T GET THE MESSAGE AFTER ONE DAY,
WE WILL DO IT AGAIN AND AGAIN.

SO DO YOUR PART AND SPREAD THE WORD. FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO EVERYONE YOU
KNOW. MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND MAKE MAY 19TH A DAY THAT THE CITIZENS OF
THE UNITED STATES SAY "ENOUGH IS ENOUGH"
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Wages and healthcare [May. 10th, 2004|05:24 pm]
Joe Ibershoff
My brother Ben (merdi55) wrote a very interesting little essay on "wages and healthcare" in his journal. It also touches on entrenchment of cultural thought, and raising a family. I highly recommend reading it: http://www.livejournal.com/users/merdi55/4723.html.

Here's a teaser:
There are two main factors that prevent parenting couples who desire to from operating a familial economy where both parents work part time for money, and correspondingly share the responsibilities of home-making and child-raising. These two factors are the lack of a minimum living-wage, and the lack of universal health-care in America today.
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Soy-humor [May. 9th, 2004|10:39 pm]
Joe Ibershoff
So I couldn't find my 20 lbs of soybeans, and I was asking Justin if he knew where they were. Eventually, I found them in the closet, when I had suspected they were in his car. So he said, "I'm 'soy'-rry about that." To which I replied, "No problem. I was just 'bean' stupid." :-)
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(no subject) [May. 8th, 2004|01:09 pm]
Joe Ibershoff
*contented sigh* I feel better today, much more relaxed. I've got the windows open, it's a beautiful day, I have the freedom to do what I want with my life, and I have the presence of mind necessary to do something about it. Today is a good day.
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(no subject) [May. 7th, 2004|08:38 pm]
Joe Ibershoff
But wheeeeeeeeeee, this is the best thunder and lightning we've had in a while out here. :-)
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(no subject) [May. 7th, 2004|08:00 pm]
Joe Ibershoff
Whew. I've given my notice of resignation. Quite a relief, but it somehow makes me all the more impatient to leave. Partly because I'm excited about this summer and next year, but also in small part because it's a bit awkward because I've chosen to leave (and they know it) but I'm still here.

My big boss, a man very well known and respected in industry, government, and academia, was very understanding and encouraging. First he did the typical boss things -- asked if I was leaving because of some problem or difficulty at work, then when I told him my reasons he asked if there was anything he could do to change my mind. I told him no, explained that this wasn't a spontaneous decision, and assured him that I am confident in my decision. So said he was sorry to see me go, that he felt it was a loss to both our group and to the Agency (but it didn't sound so cliche when he said it, I swear). I apologized for the fact that it's not a good time (from the point of view of the project), and he quickly said that it's no worse than any other time, as we're always in the middle of something and there's always a lot of work to do. He asked about my plans, and offered to write a recommendation if I ever need one, and also said I could contact him if I change my mind down the road and decide I'd like to come back. That last was unexpected but very reassuring.

My project leader, sort of an under-boss, on the other hand, didn't take it in stride quite so well -- which I understand. He's been feeling the pressure very intensely lately, and this is another issue for him to deal with -- not only will he lose a person 3 weeks from now when he already feels like there aren't enough people to get it all done, but there'll have to be time (my own and that of others) spent preparing to transition my pieces of the project into someone else's care. I could see him get more tense as soon as I told him -- the first thing he said was "What timeframe?" *sigh* I feel bad for him, and I can't help but feel in some ways like I'm abandoning the project. But that's the way it goes, sometimes.

To be perfectly honest, *I* feel a little tense. I'm making a major change to my life (again), and I'm heading to KY when I don't have everything worked out yet -- and I've just pass the point of no turning back. I don't know whether UK will offer me a TAship, and I haven't even started looking for a job in case I don't get the TAship. AAH! Oh well, I'll do what I have to do. For those who'll be there, I'll see you in Lexington in 3 1/2 weeks...
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