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Entry 01/07/2016 02:16:30 AM - Mentat 1036

"The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier…" - Bill Gates

I've gotten into the first week of the new year and in spite of the fact that I've been more than diligently writing personal diary entries, it's been some months since the last time I had written publicly was about the time of the mugging. In the following three months since then I've been inordinately quiet online while happily producing various Mandelbulb and (mostly) JWildfire fractal work. While I've been more than happy about keeping my diary private (offline), the primary reason hasn't been because of the frivolousness of the entries. Not at all really; after all I've been well known for taking the most frivolous and dog-eared end of any element in my life and turning into a melodramatic moment of story-telling proportions. No, the ongoing issues that I've been having since starting this job has been the ability to focus on any one thing and staying with it from beginning to middle to end. Instead of focusing and staying to that course, I often find myself going in a hundred different directions at any given moment. Further, the more intense the issue -- the more frustrated I become when trying to describe the issue -- the more likely I am to run away from it, finding something else to distract myself from that frustration. I have since gotten a little better about this at least privately -- whether this will extend publicly remains to be seen -- but I'll endeavor to do my best one way or another.

I got hired at the contract I've been working for the last 9 months. In spite of the anger issues that I had been going through because of that mugging, the delusional pats-on-the-back the manager (only in the position 3 weeks longer than I've been working there) that firmly believes she's changed things for the better, and the host of other issues I've seen, witnessed, experienced both just prior through to just after the hiring process. As I've said before (around the end of September) I've never been in a department that completely lacks the ability to reading (and comprehending) e-mail sent to them personally as well as a blast to the whole department. The icing on that cupcake came a couple of weeks later when I was pulled into the manager's office and was chastised for the "scathing" e-mail I had sent QA coordinator (a contractor barely into his 30s) and how much he cried to the manager about how harsh that e-mail was to his feelings. After about 15 minutes of being berated not only by the manager but also the witness (because she's female and I'm not, it's common practice to have a witness -- usually of management -- to ensure nothing goes afoul. This witness is also a team leader for the department), I decided to go onto the offensive to shut the meeting down when the manager said, "if you got an e-mail like the one I wrote, I'm sure you'd had been crying in my office about it." I looked at her and said, "Uh, no I wouldn't. I would have handled that criticism like an adult and not a spoiled child." And then went on to state the apparent issues that continue to plague the department, including how no one reads e-mails, no one seems to be able to take any criticism and how everyone cries foul for any slight that might come out or inferred. I got loud enough in the meeting that the window on her office door rattled and when I left that meeting people in the department were unusually quiet like they thought I was getting fired.

The fact is, I could go on and on (and on and on) about it, and the more that I do the more I'll feel my blood pressure once again rising and the more aggravated I'll be about it. And while it's true it might get a bit of frustration that I've had pent up over the months -- I suspect more than it'll just torque me up in ways I don't want to cope through. And I'm rather liking having my attention to coping through health and fitness issues more than work-related issues. With that I keep reminding myself that there are some places that have it well established on how to handle such situations and such issues and there are places that don't. This is just one of those sort of places that doesn't. And the bottom line is that I'm just riding it through to see whether the changes are going to be for the better, or for the worst.

After all the zaniness of getting hired and getting the Golden Ticket to allow being hired at this place, I've continued with my regimen from my doctor as he balanced out my medications for high blood pressure as well as dietary changes because of these medications (low sodium mostly); I come to find out the main medication for controlling high blood pressure -- Metoprolol -- is also used to control anxiety. This was after the second month of the medication adjustments; of which two of those months I was seriously crotchety as I was fighting the near constant fatigue I was experiencing. By the third month -- I had gotten used to the medications and whatever hostility I had been feeling just washed away and disappeared. Because of this, I've learned to take advantage of the medication and allow most of the aggravating instances at work to wash away and deal with them if I can deal with them. Or to leave them be until I can handle or not.

The other drug that I take -- Chlorthalidone -- reminds me vividly that I am middle-aged. Seriously. Because of one of the side-effects of regularly taking it, I've had to include taking Metamucil (AKA, The Radioactive Sludge) as part of my diet. I think the most annoying part of about it is that if I miss so much as two doses of Metamucil -- my bowels stopper up faster than you can say, "Screaming Jesus on a Ferris Wheel".

All I can think on this is -- so this is what Middle Age is all about? And I thought the first six years were going to be a cake walk through to retirement. Nope, this is where the true "fun" begins.

The second part of this middle-age is the amount of fun I've been having in the kitchen trying low-sodium and more healthy alternatives to the things I've been eating most of my life. While it's true that I had learned my cooking from my three grandmothers (maternal, paternal and step-father), I never did take advantage of that experience on just myself. While it's true that I normally cooked such meals for boyfriends & partners (or for special occasions) it was rare to do so for myself. Further I've been expanding upon it thanks to places like All Recipes, Food and Food Network as well as Epicurious just to name the few off the top of my head. While I might not post the pics on WordPress, DA or Blogger -- I do on occasion post them to Twitter and Facebook. And if you're curious enough -- you can always ask me what I'm trying out at the moment.

Couple this with the exercise/keep busy routine that I've had going since October last year and I'm happy to say that I continue to lose weight. I've currently gotten to my first goal weight of 185 lbs. (83.9 Kg) and I'm currently working on my second goal weight of 170 lbs. (77.1 Kg). I'm optimistic (but not overly hopeful) given that it's winter and I'm not overly enthusiastic about walking in sub-freezing temperatures. It'll definitely be happening over the spring to fall of this year though, rest assured.

Next up for 2016 is finally getting around to redecorating and renovating the Homestead. That'll start in the spring when it warms up. Heh, unlike the douchebag ex-landlord that I worked for -- I am NOT doing any interior painting in the winter. Not now and especially not ever again. I guarantee there will be pictures coupled with the potential for the mis-adventures that will and can occur.

Overall, I'm getting rather used to it just being Moe and me. At least Moe and I have come to an agreement about certain things; namely his not kneading the duvet when he comes to bed and clawing up the rugs instead of his scratcher. Though it took me a while to realize one of his habits is actually love bites, even if he doesn't do head-butts. While he hasn't ever drawn blood, he tends to clamp down a bit harder than I'm used to. And while he's not as friendly as any of other cats, because of it he's a perfect alarm for people coming into the house and when noises are too clamorous outside. If it's too noisy he's gone… disappears… and runs immediately for somewhere in the bedroom. He'll only come out after they're gone or it's quiet in the neighborhood once again. Which is perfect when I'm unconscious and drooling into a pillow.

While I've set about 25 goals for this year, three of which are currently sitting on my desk: publicly posting (some more) of my journal entries, trying to write a short story without the necessary muse for writing and whether to continue posting fractal work for 2016. So the operative question I've had since the new year is will I add them to the list of goals or not? Well, it remains to be seen.

  • Mood: Bemused
  • Playing: Rift
  • Eating: Breakfast foods
  • Drinking: Coffee
2016...

And changes are in the air.  Please stand by. 
  • Mood: Amused
  • Listening to: Seawaves - Ancestors (Original Mix)
  • Playing: Star Trek Online
  • Eating: Paella
  • Drinking: Water
Banded Gradient Marble by mbaldelli
Banded Gradient Marble
JWildfire 2.56, un-Retouched

A variation of one of the many banded marbles I've worked on over the years.  While I continue to stick to a indigo pallet as the year ends, I added a little splash of other colors to enrich the deepness of the Maroon and Purples.

As well as the last marble I'm making for the 2015 year.  Not sure what I'll be doing next -- that's more than a week away.  Pleasant Holidays and a Festive New Year everyone.  I'm looking forward to more drama for mine.
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Twisted Stars Marble by mbaldelli
Twisted Stars Marble

JWildfire 2.56, un-Retouched

One of the more interesting aspects of JWildfire vs. Apophysis is how much more likely that JWildfire can work with/produce and render common objects into the original (random) render. This happened to have been a start, which I had warped - A la Mad Scientist Like - into a Marble. 

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Dream Catcher by mbaldelli
Dream Catcher
JWildfire 2.56, Un-Retouched

This was just a successful test image that I rendered because I liked the design that I was seeing in the preview window.
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Entry 01/07/2016 02:16:30 AM - Mentat 1036

"The great thing about a computer notebook is that no matter how much you stuff into it, it doesn't get bigger or heavier…" - Bill Gates

I've gotten into the first week of the new year and in spite of the fact that I've been more than diligently writing personal diary entries, it's been some months since the last time I had written publicly was about the time of the mugging. In the following three months since then I've been inordinately quiet online while happily producing various Mandelbulb and (mostly) JWildfire fractal work. While I've been more than happy about keeping my diary private (offline), the primary reason hasn't been because of the frivolousness of the entries. Not at all really; after all I've been well known for taking the most frivolous and dog-eared end of any element in my life and turning into a melodramatic moment of story-telling proportions. No, the ongoing issues that I've been having since starting this job has been the ability to focus on any one thing and staying with it from beginning to middle to end. Instead of focusing and staying to that course, I often find myself going in a hundred different directions at any given moment. Further, the more intense the issue -- the more frustrated I become when trying to describe the issue -- the more likely I am to run away from it, finding something else to distract myself from that frustration. I have since gotten a little better about this at least privately -- whether this will extend publicly remains to be seen -- but I'll endeavor to do my best one way or another.

I got hired at the contract I've been working for the last 9 months. In spite of the anger issues that I had been going through because of that mugging, the delusional pats-on-the-back the manager (only in the position 3 weeks longer than I've been working there) that firmly believes she's changed things for the better, and the host of other issues I've seen, witnessed, experienced both just prior through to just after the hiring process. As I've said before (around the end of September) I've never been in a department that completely lacks the ability to reading (and comprehending) e-mail sent to them personally as well as a blast to the whole department. The icing on that cupcake came a couple of weeks later when I was pulled into the manager's office and was chastised for the "scathing" e-mail I had sent QA coordinator (a contractor barely into his 30s) and how much he cried to the manager about how harsh that e-mail was to his feelings. After about 15 minutes of being berated not only by the manager but also the witness (because she's female and I'm not, it's common practice to have a witness -- usually of management -- to ensure nothing goes afoul. This witness is also a team leader for the department), I decided to go onto the offensive to shut the meeting down when the manager said, "if you got an e-mail like the one I wrote, I'm sure you'd had been crying in my office about it." I looked at her and said, "Uh, no I wouldn't. I would have handled that criticism like an adult and not a spoiled child." And then went on to state the apparent issues that continue to plague the department, including how no one reads e-mails, no one seems to be able to take any criticism and how everyone cries foul for any slight that might come out or inferred. I got loud enough in the meeting that the window on her office door rattled and when I left that meeting people in the department were unusually quiet like they thought I was getting fired.

The fact is, I could go on and on (and on and on) about it, and the more that I do the more I'll feel my blood pressure once again rising and the more aggravated I'll be about it. And while it's true it might get a bit of frustration that I've had pent up over the months -- I suspect more than it'll just torque me up in ways I don't want to cope through. And I'm rather liking having my attention to coping through health and fitness issues more than work-related issues. With that I keep reminding myself that there are some places that have it well established on how to handle such situations and such issues and there are places that don't. This is just one of those sort of places that doesn't. And the bottom line is that I'm just riding it through to see whether the changes are going to be for the better, or for the worst.

After all the zaniness of getting hired and getting the Golden Ticket to allow being hired at this place, I've continued with my regimen from my doctor as he balanced out my medications for high blood pressure as well as dietary changes because of these medications (low sodium mostly); I come to find out the main medication for controlling high blood pressure -- Metoprolol -- is also used to control anxiety. This was after the second month of the medication adjustments; of which two of those months I was seriously crotchety as I was fighting the near constant fatigue I was experiencing. By the third month -- I had gotten used to the medications and whatever hostility I had been feeling just washed away and disappeared. Because of this, I've learned to take advantage of the medication and allow most of the aggravating instances at work to wash away and deal with them if I can deal with them. Or to leave them be until I can handle or not.

The other drug that I take -- Chlorthalidone -- reminds me vividly that I am middle-aged. Seriously. Because of one of the side-effects of regularly taking it, I've had to include taking Metamucil (AKA, The Radioactive Sludge) as part of my diet. I think the most annoying part of about it is that if I miss so much as two doses of Metamucil -- my bowels stopper up faster than you can say, "Screaming Jesus on a Ferris Wheel".

All I can think on this is -- so this is what Middle Age is all about? And I thought the first six years were going to be a cake walk through to retirement. Nope, this is where the true "fun" begins.

The second part of this middle-age is the amount of fun I've been having in the kitchen trying low-sodium and more healthy alternatives to the things I've been eating most of my life. While it's true that I had learned my cooking from my three grandmothers (maternal, paternal and step-father), I never did take advantage of that experience on just myself. While it's true that I normally cooked such meals for boyfriends & partners (or for special occasions) it was rare to do so for myself. Further I've been expanding upon it thanks to places like All Recipes, Food and Food Network as well as Epicurious just to name the few off the top of my head. While I might not post the pics on WordPress, DA or Blogger -- I do on occasion post them to Twitter and Facebook. And if you're curious enough -- you can always ask me what I'm trying out at the moment.

Couple this with the exercise/keep busy routine that I've had going since October last year and I'm happy to say that I continue to lose weight. I've currently gotten to my first goal weight of 185 lbs. (83.9 Kg) and I'm currently working on my second goal weight of 170 lbs. (77.1 Kg). I'm optimistic (but not overly hopeful) given that it's winter and I'm not overly enthusiastic about walking in sub-freezing temperatures. It'll definitely be happening over the spring to fall of this year though, rest assured.

Next up for 2016 is finally getting around to redecorating and renovating the Homestead. That'll start in the spring when it warms up. Heh, unlike the douchebag ex-landlord that I worked for -- I am NOT doing any interior painting in the winter. Not now and especially not ever again. I guarantee there will be pictures coupled with the potential for the mis-adventures that will and can occur.

Overall, I'm getting rather used to it just being Moe and me. At least Moe and I have come to an agreement about certain things; namely his not kneading the duvet when he comes to bed and clawing up the rugs instead of his scratcher. Though it took me a while to realize one of his habits is actually love bites, even if he doesn't do head-butts. While he hasn't ever drawn blood, he tends to clamp down a bit harder than I'm used to. And while he's not as friendly as any of other cats, because of it he's a perfect alarm for people coming into the house and when noises are too clamorous outside. If it's too noisy he's gone… disappears… and runs immediately for somewhere in the bedroom. He'll only come out after they're gone or it's quiet in the neighborhood once again. Which is perfect when I'm unconscious and drooling into a pillow.

While I've set about 25 goals for this year, three of which are currently sitting on my desk: publicly posting (some more) of my journal entries, trying to write a short story without the necessary muse for writing and whether to continue posting fractal work for 2016. So the operative question I've had since the new year is will I add them to the list of goals or not? Well, it remains to be seen.

  • Mood: Bemused
  • Playing: Rift
  • Eating: Breakfast foods
  • Drinking: Coffee

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And in case anyone wonders....

1. I drink rarely. Once a year at best.
2. I use earbuds when in video chat because they have better noise cancellation.
3. Those are the glasses that got destroyed in Entry 608.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Holidays to you and a bright and better new year. Christmas Emote 
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mbaldelli Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2015
Merry Holidays and a Festive (and non-dramatic) New Year to you as well.  Hopefully you'll get everything sorted out sometime in the near future.  
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you.

Yes I am hopeful I will, when life gives you lemons squirt the juice in life eye and run screaming away. lol
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Sinspunkt Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional Writer
I love your marbles!
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mbaldelli Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015
:bow:  Thank you kindly for the words and the mention in your daily...  
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Sinspunkt Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2015  Professional Writer
My pleasure. Your work is beautiful and I'm looking forward to seeing more.
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
What is your thoughts on Black Desert MMO coming to the US  www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyFrRc…
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mbaldelli Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015
it's Korean...  Seriously?  Are you going to shock the pants off of me and tell me you're into K-pop now too?  

It feels like it's jumping onto the FF train..  www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmnAL6…

Zodiacs?  Really???  Isn't that like something used from Oblivion?  

The critic doesn't remember how he got to level 13?  This isn't immersive; this is prelude to some really bad end game grind.

The player housing looks like the nightmares I walked into back when there was life in Second Life.  

And...  I gave up on the walkthrough critic when the maids look like men in French Maid Drag.  

Nope...  Not into it...  Final Fantasy VII come Second Life...  While it's good that they improved the battle system, it's just...  Eh.  
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Wretched--Stare Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL it will be released in English soon, like I said before I'm not a big MMO fan.

I like co-op based RPG's that I can play alone if I want and some FPS's with that option. I know you are a MMO player so I wanted your opinion if it was worth the download. :)
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mbaldelli Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2015
*sighs*  Well there goes my faith in humanity (some more).  

Depends...  Would you get into it?  Probably like the reviewer, I suspect.  Would I?  Nope, too much intermingling between Second Life and Final Fantasy.  And I didn't see all that much about interaction with the player base, which is a negative in my book.  Truth be told I'm one of those crotchety sort of players where I love doing everything on my own, and am usually hesitant about cooperative with other players.  This is mostly because I tend to like to explore in the middle of a mission (like in Warframe), instead of rushing through the mission.  

The rest?  Nah...  While I miss the trolling days when I could do an STF (Elite Task Force, Star Trek Online) in nothing more than a Miranda class ship (a guaranteed player groaner),  sometimes it's just good to play nice. 
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