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Like a Cylinder - Graduated - Salvador Dali in a lawn chair.
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Like a Cylinder - Graduated
After surviving several months of eighteen hours a day in front of the computer, sixty technical papers, nine programs, a enormous AI framework masters project, writing over a hundred pages of academic essay, his company being bought, and general exhaustion, zordac has now graduated with a Masters of Science degree in Computer Science.

Jimmy, I am proud of you, not only of your accomplishments but your character, your courage, and your heart. I am proud to have you in my life and am enriched to be able to share this milestone with you.

I wanted to thank Brooke and Will (even though they don't read this) for coming to the graduation ceremony. For the first time in decades, it rained on commencement day, and the ceremonies delayed and pushed indoors.

Oddly, it was only Jimmy's biological father (whom he hadn't seen for twenty-five years before 2004) of all his family who actually showed up for the event. It was very surreal. His father is functionally illiterate, never finished the third grade, and has been a laborer all his life. But he was there and wanted to be a part of Jimmy's life. Even though it was awkward, I still appreciated the gesture.

kesterly also graduated with a Juris Doctorate on Saturday. Congratulations, Jenn. I am so proud of you. We had a party for both of them.

I want to thank, too, all of our Oxford friends who came to the party that followed that afternoon. In attendence were Brooke, Will, alcamar (thank you again for all your help with the grill and cooking), gothicbeauty21, jopasm (thank you for all your help in the kitchen!) gsan, haabda, frolicswllamas, kirk_daniel, stephaneyney and Tilly the puppy, luchador_ryu (Brandon), and David Winters. All of you made the day even more special by celebrating with us. I love you guys.

This week, we'll be watching Episode III at the Paradiso on Thursday at 7:30 PM. To prepare, we'll be watching all the StarWars movies, starting with A New Hope and Empire tonight at 7PM. Tomorrow will be Return and Phantom Menace leaving Attack of the Clones for Wednesday.

All are invited to attend. I'm sorry if this upsets the return of Movie Night&trade, but this is a special occassion. Bring your own refreshments, please, so I don't have to go to the grocery store.

mood: sore throat

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wyldkyss From: wyldkyss Date: May 16th, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC) (link)
Congratulations Jimmy! That's an awesome accomplishment!
alcamar From: alcamar Date: May 16th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC) (link)
I know it's a wierd bit, and no it's not an excuse, but I've already plans for tonight to go with a couple through a quest in WoW. Tis their anniversary tonight, and she's now addicted and wants to stay in and quest for their 2 year anniversary. Soooo, hopefully I'll be done with it relatively soon, but not a clue really. We're starting right at 7, so likely 2-3 hours. When I'm done though, I'll head on over immediately there after.
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: May 16th, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC) (link)
These are my feelings on the subject.

Online plans are just as much plans as offline ones. Even though I don't like the idea of addiction to anything (a drug, an emotion, a game, or any form of entertainment), I think you should honor your commitments to your online friends, too. Your commitment takes place in a game-realm, sure, but it was made to a real life person sitting at a computer also in that game world. "Real life" and "game life" aren't really very applicable terms anymore. It's really just your life that you choose to spend with friends. Some of them you know only online; some live just around the corner. Admittedly, many of these online friendships are temporary and flimsy because they rely on the chaotic nature of a game to survive. However, I do believe (and know from my own experiences) that you can develop meaningful friendships with people you've met through an online game that survive beyond the game and into "real life".

The problem arises when a person neglects their offline relationships and responsibilities, which you haven't at present. :) I have felt neglected before several times when I've made plans to stop by someone's house and have talked to their back that night while they just solo-hunted. There's a difference between just regular hunting/playing and times and special events and commitments to people online.

As far as I can recall, I don't ever feel like you've broken plans that you've made with us just so you can play. And I certainly wouldn't ask you to break plans you've made in game just to hang out and watch movies you've seen a zillion times. Perhaps if it was something more important, but this isn't one of those times. There have been a couple long stretches where we haven't seen you for a couple weeks socially but that's usually because we haven't actively called you to come over anyway, and that's due as much to us (complacency about people just showing up, busy with our own stuff, hermitage) as it is to your gaming.
alcamar From: alcamar Date: May 16th, 2005 09:56 pm (UTC) (link)
I just feel neglecting at times. I know times past I've had plans and missed out doing stuff with you guys due to quests in route in the game. Other times I know I've told everyone I was out, and ran off to hang with you guys.
If it was just a few people doing the quest, I'd log on or post in the forums and tell em eh eh. But Tis their anniversary, and they were wanting to do that, which is pretty cool I thought, plus wanting me to join along, so would feel even worse about leaving. If we had talked about doing the movies sunday night, I probably would have said naw, no can do monday due to stuffs. I already had written off other nights to take care of cleanup and movie night and starwars in memphis, but monday night was mostly free and such.

Just a jumble of timings all at once, hehe. Now, no, I'd be getting offline if it was just me, I'm not that hooked on it. I was maybe at one point in my life, to gaming in general, but not so much anymore. I can separate, pull myself away for time with friends and family.

Another part of my feeling of "obligation" is that I know a good portion of people I game with in wow in person. zenthalas is the guild master, his girlfriend plays, plus a good few other people, friends from high school and friends I met through those guys.

And I haven't been hanging out with ya'll so much lately because I knew jimmy had work to do. I knew he needed to get it done, and as much as I would have liked to come over and hang out at times, I knew he had stuff to do, was busy a large portion of the time, and didn't want to be the one guy who screwed up his progress for that night I just happened to come over. So mostly I left it up to you guys to let me know if anything was going on, so that he could work uninterrupted and we could hang out when you guys were free. And it's not like I don't see him, every day at work I do :)
From: _anglophile_ Date: June 3rd, 2005 05:20 pm (UTC) (link)
Just wanted to let you know about a great jazz singer who has been featured on Prarie Home Companion a few times, Inga Swearingen, she is really good. You should check her out.

She has on CD out and another on its way.
I came across you randomly as you had Prarie Home and Jazz in your interests. I hope you check her out and like her.
wildthunder From: wildthunder Date: June 5th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC) (link)
I came across your journal by doing what I call journal hopping ... going from journal to journal ... congrats to zordac ... that's a great accomplishment and it is definitely worth celebrating :D

Have a great day :D
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