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(no subject) [Nov. 15th, 2010|11:57 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
My major and minors going full blast.Collapse )
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(no subject) [Jun. 26th, 2010|10:30 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |surprisedsurprised]
[My ears bleed to |Keith Apicary - Classic Gaming Wiz]

It's very rare for a job opportunity to basically be dropped in your lap. It's even rarer when cheap housing comes with it as well as parental approval to move halfway across the country without a second thought. Basically, an old family friend is some sort of Assistant Manager at Merryl-Lynch in Jacksonville, Florida. Not only can he apparently hook me up with a job, he can also put me up in his place.

I'm going to need to give this some serious thought but it's a helluva opportunity. It only makes it better that I don't have to make an immediate decision. I know the Census gig is about to be up soon and I now go in every day expecting to be axed. Interesting that I will not be put back onto the sub list for next year either. It really feels as if the whole world is steering me toward something as I continue this grand adventure with a blindfold on.

Let's see where the road goes.

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Near death experiences sure make you appreciate life. [Jun. 5th, 2010|10:14 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[Current Location |Home]
[I feel |contentcontent]
[My ears bleed to |Pink Floyd - Time]

So how'd your Saturdays compare to mine?Collapse )
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Something I don't usually do, but feel oddly compelled to today... [Apr. 12th, 2010|06:48 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |sleepysleepy]
[My ears bleed to |DVDA - America Fuck Yeah]

Food Review BelowCollapse )
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(no subject) [Mar. 23rd, 2010|02:38 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |okayokay]
[My ears bleed to |Keith Apicary - Four Bright Buttons and Two Joy Sticks]

Well, that ticket wasn't as bad I thought it would be. It helps that I was able to take an online course to get rid of my points.

Sold my old telescope. Ordered a better one and honestly, the one I should have gotten in the first place. I won't miss it either, I managed to get a very similar telescope for dirt cheap a few years back. Once the better one comes in, I need to build a mount for it.

Census Enumerator training tomorrow. Should be interesting. Once that work is done, I should have a nice chuck paid off on my student loans. Haven't heard from Huntington in a couple of days. My guess is that my manager is pretty busy with her marriage and such.

I forget where I found that old userpic. I remember using it on a report about Spiritual Darwinism I wrote in college.

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(no subject) [Mar. 16th, 2010|05:00 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |impressedimpressed]
[My ears bleed to |Stairway to Heaven (Mutsuhiro Nishiwaki Music Box Cover)]

So I got another temp job. Enumerator for the U.S. Census Bureau. The door to door guy that conducts the census for people who haven't mailed it in. Hopefully, I won't encounter any "C" Rock types. Yes I'm talking about the Apollo missions in case you were wondering or made a misinterpretation.

Three weeks of work stating in the middle of next week. Good pay too. I guess it pays off to, for once, score well on a standardized test.

Also, I'm currently in the throes of training at Huntington. I trained for two days last Friday and Saturday, essentially learning the bulk of my responsibilities and observing one teacher doing a 1:1 session. I know for a fact that I'll need some more observation time, as well as time getting to know where stuff is before I can start. I also need to let them know my hours are going to be limited for the next three or four weeks. Hopefully that'll fly, as one of the main drawing factors for this position was an incredibly flexible, albeit part time, schedule.

Speaking of taking jobs while doing others, I finally got a call to sub for a Social Studies teacher. A middle school one though, but hey, I finally get to do something related to what I've done during the bulk of my time in college. Tomorrow should be quite interesting.

No Stairway, eh? Well, music boxes are awesome though I would shudder to think of the size of this one, it would be sweet if it actually exists.

If that last line or two didn't make sense, don't worry about it.

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(no subject) [Mar. 12th, 2010|12:14 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |contentcontent]
[My ears bleed to |Yusuke Honma - Bouhatsu E No Prologue]

Training in a few hours.


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Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you. [Mar. 8th, 2010|12:42 am]
Wu Zi Ngu
[Current Location |Tulivu-Donna Cumberbatch & The Seatbelts - Mushroom Hunting]
[I feel |annoyedannoyed]

Got a speeding ticket today, I think this is my third or fourth ticket in all my driving career though every one of the others happened at the same time (Saturns, inexperience, and DDR should not mix). Never around when other people blow by me, but caught me when I was trying to figure out why my car was vibrating oddly. Ticket or not, the cop was actually fairly nice and it was my fault for not paying attention to the road, it certainly could have been a worse ticket.

Still, definitely going to hurt the bank account methinks. At least I'll be getting a decent tax return, which should help.

Also, getting a job helps too. Haven't started yet, they're still doing a background check and calling my references. Maybe if I still haven't started, I'll try and sub for a couple of days which should take care of the ticket.

Speaking of which, three jobs are actually available tomorrow, that's odd and unbelievable luck, especially when it comes to subfinder. All middle school, but beggars can't be choosers.

Welp, better get to bed then.

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Teacher Banzai. [Feb. 27th, 2010|01:30 am]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |calmcalm]
[My ears bleed to |L'Arc-en-Ciel - Driver's High]

So Great Teacher Ngu might be making a comeback.

Potential job at the Huntington Learning Center. I'll take any teaching related job at this point. I need to shake off the rust. I have my interview Tuesday.

I also took the Census Employment Exam. Scored 24/26. Not bad considering a passing score is 10/26. That's worth a fair bit of scratch as well.

Jury duty next week isn't going to be fun if it gets in the way, we'll see. Need to do my taxes too. Ugh.

Also, living on a corner lot sucks. Snow + extra large sidewalk = soreness.

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(no subject) [Feb. 14th, 2010|08:12 am]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |contentcontent]

Happy Lunar New Year everyone!

Hey fellow tigers, let's make this new year rock.
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4+ Years, and Finally... [Jan. 20th, 2010|12:09 am]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |contentcontent]

Finally donated my hair, it was pretty freaking long. Down to my butt essentially.

Now I have a sort of John Cho / Garrett Wang Star Trek sort of look going now.

I bet I'm going to be amazed at how much shorter my showers are now. I bet I'm also going to keep finding my old hair for years to come.

Welp, now I can go update my passport pic, going to be headed out to Hong Kong with my brother in May.
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1/5 King of Iron Fist Replica, 4/5 Robot Ninja [Dec. 21st, 2009|06:28 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |accomplishedaccomplished]

Click Here.

I guess this makes up for the video game character costume contest I lost at NJIT (which I still think I lost because I wasn't a female).
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Post(al) [Dec. 11th, 2009|11:42 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |calmcalm]
[My ears bleed to |ITG - Euphoria]

Time is a ticking on my seasonal job. Only one more week left as it were. I bet if I had asked, I could have gotten a full time position but at the same time, I would have grown too complacent with the job and would be destined to perpetual mediocrity with lots of projects and long term goals unfinished. Helped Pat get a job there, always a good thing even if the work is extremely tedious. The job honestly felt like a mix of Office Space and the accounting scenes from The Producers.

There's a bigger world ahead and for once, I'm somewhat ready for a long haul. No need to scrounge around flea markets and secondhand shops to barely make ends meet this time. For now, I've saved up enough in my bank account to last myself at least half a year, plenty of time to get a lot of crap done. My first priority is to get back on my Federal Employment Studies. It takes time but for once, I can afford the time and if I get a gig as a G-Man, it may end up being my career, and a damn secure one at that.

A lot of myself still wants to teach or do something in the education field but with my current skills and lack of a decent portfolio, the outcome doesn't look very good. I've always had my sights set on teaching at the higher level. I could care less about academia. I'd rather not end up being the guy that tries to shill his books at lectures or smoke a pipe and argue with other bearded tweed blazered old men about why my views are better or more accurate. Honestly, the arguments that spring up in academia are more or less a classy, well dressed flame war. I can't see myself doing that and I guess I have a built in avoidance countermeasure of not being able to grow a beard. I honestly would just love to teach at the higher level and not many professors can claim to want just that. However, I haven't a clue as to what I would want to study if I were to go back for grad school so while it is a consideration, its not something I see myself getting into just quite yet.

I can't believe this myself but I decided to grow out my hair seven years ago. Now it's longer than the hair of most, possibly even all of my female friends and acquaintances. I'm going to donate it this coming week but I haven't a clue as to what type of hairstyle to rock after that. Suggestions, other than keep growing it, are more than welcome.

Maybe I'll get back to updating this thing more regularly. State-level politics are starting to amuse me greatly (I guess I really am a history major) though I've always hated talking politicking and stuff like that. So maybe I'll update this more often, or maybe you see text files pried from deep within the data banks of the robot ninja again for a few months.

We'll see.

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Whiffleball [Nov. 4th, 2009|06:35 am]
Wu Zi Ngu
It is remarkable to see such a huge division in this state between groups of people, the teams they support, and the key players of said teams.

The demonstrated passion for respective teams is impressive, and the immense amount of arguing and bickering makes for an interesting and, I will admit it, amusing show.

Luckily, the smoke and mudlinglingsing should be over soon and we here in the this great state will finally see who ends up being the winner in this long, arduous, and bitter battle.

By the way, is there some sort of baseball game going on or something?
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(no subject) [Sep. 20th, 2009|07:46 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
Capcom is very good at reinventing, then overengineering the wheel.
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And her name is Sony [Sep. 6th, 2009|12:44 am]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |tiredtired]

First, off a news story that I am probably only finding funny because of my current state of weariness:

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Interestingly enough, despite the extra effort in posting the link here, I'd much rather do it here than on Facebook or whatever else lets the world know how they can stalk me.

Oh yeah, I got a job. Data entry for only five months (unless they really really like me). Should be good enough to tide me over while I finish off that Federal Employment home study course.
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Come on momentum, don't stop now. [Aug. 28th, 2009|02:50 am]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |hopefulhopeful]
[My ears bleed to |Layla]

For Once, a Day of WinCollapse )

So there we have it, a good day for classic vidya games and a half decent full time seasonal jerb lined up.
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(no subject) [Jul. 13th, 2009|04:11 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |satisfiedsatisfied]
[My ears bleed to |Stephen Lynch - A History Lesson]

It's been six months since I officially graduated and obtained my certification. It took another two months to realize that there was an enormous mental obstacle that will indefinitely prevent me from becoming a successful teacher. I've spent the past four months looking for a job, any job. I've barely had work experience, tout a liberal arts degree, had no internships whatsoever, and barely had a clue about how to look for a career, let alone start one.

It really doesn't help that my loan payments just started either.

Recently, things have been looking up. After many fruitless job finds doing things I'd hate or only doing crappy temp work, I've finally started getting interviews for jobs that I'd actually be interested in and could feasibly do. The first interview was really shaky since it was a group interview and I felt like I was the weakest link. But this weekend presents itself with an excellent opportunity. A test prep agency is looking for college grads to become SAT Teachers. I said eff it and sent in a cover letter and resume not expecting much. Apparently it was enough to at least get me invited to an open house so things are looking up.

Randomly, my dad gave me a flier for a Federal Employment Orientation Seminar at Rider. With nothing to lose and nothing to do, I went. Turns out I was doing my government job applications completely backwards and held wrong misconceptions that federal work programs were only for specific individuals. Then I learned, once again, we live in America. That means if you have the money, you can enroll yourself in a work program.

Although its a big investment for me at the moment, I know its my best option. For two months, I'm going to become a student again, at home anyway. During this process, Uncle Sam is going to judge my character, and make a suggestion as to where I will excel in order to get my foot in the door. After that preparation, I'm going to take another final examination and if I pass, I'm home free. What you do first isn't what you're going to do forever for Uncle Sam. Once you're in, every six months, you get a new shot at making yourself better or getting closer to getting where you want to go.

No matter what though, it looks like its going to take time, and I have responsibilities now. I also can't put all my eggs in one basket, people who did that in 8th grade got bad grades in health class. Time to just get a job to tide me off until then, though that's also exceedingly difficult at the moment. Thank god(s) for having awesome friends.

Looks to me like I've got one helluva road ahead of me, but I'm curious to see where it goes. If curiosity killed the cat, than I'm glad cats have nine lives.

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(no subject) [Jun. 19th, 2009|01:50 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
First Quinto, and now Shatner too? Wow, I wonder how I missed that all these years. Must have been his crappy books.

Oh the silliness.
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(no subject) [Jun. 8th, 2009|04:47 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |confusedindecisive]

I'm debating between two responses to this news post:


It's sad that this is what needs to be done for students to do well these days.

Where the hell was this program when I was in school!?

Someone help me decide which is a more fitting response.
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This is probably old news but it's still funny [Jun. 4th, 2009|01:52 am]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |amusedamused]

Haha, Quinto couldn't do the Vulcan live long and prosper hand gesture so he had to glue his fingers together.
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(no subject) [May. 24th, 2009|02:02 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu

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I think its a conspiracy by Amazon or Wal-Mart to relatively silently eliminate their competition so they have a bigger foothold in the used game racket.
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In Three Words: I need Money [May. 22nd, 2009|09:39 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[I feel |confusedpuzzled]
[My ears bleed to |Masayoshi Soken - Weird Counterpoint -Hurry Up Version-]

There are a lot of compelling reasons for me to buy each of the current generation video game systems. Of course, I don't have the money and I'm not willing to sink further into debt to have one. Still, the one thing that bothers me the most is the strange disparity between the PC and consoles. I mean, there always was, but nowadays, it seems even crazier than usual.

I don't find it hard to believe that games cost $60 these days. Heck, they used to cost that much back then too, depending on the system. A good friend of mine told me that when he got Secret of Mana years back during its initial release, it cost $70. That may be a hard thing to believe for the current generation of vidya game players.

I randomly stumbled across the poster that came with Final Fantasy III US and on the back of the poster, there was an order form for lots of stuff that's needlessly valuable for no reason today. Also on the order form was Final Fantasy II US, which cost, lo and behold, $70. With that in mind, I've come to the realization that I seriously had it good since I went from the third generation of video games with my NES to the fifth generation. Even then, I came in fairly late in since I entered that generation with a PSOne.

I must say, I really had it good with the PSOne since, by that time, the used game market had a nice selection of complete games at a cheap price. What made it all better was that during generation, gamers started trying to keep all the packaging together (I guess this is because CD's are delicate, facilitating the need to keep their original cases while the cartridges of yore can be nigh indestructible).

I plunged into the sixth generation eventually (i.e. when supplies finally came 'round) with the PS2. At that point, games were only $50 a pop. That isn't much considering how little it costs to produce a CD versus producing a cartrdige. I suppose the price is mostly from developers and Sony trying to make up for production costs.

To a degree, I can understand the $10 jump in the PS3's case given that blu-ray is shiny and new. But since the 360 uses DVD's still, MicroSoft doesn't have an excuse. At least Nintendo knows to stick with the $50 mark. Heck, I bet if the 360 lowered its game costs to match the Wii's they'd do better (not that they're doing badly by any means). Still, it is what it is, and I bet someone out there can explain why this happened to me a lot better than my possibly nonsensical windbaggery.

Once again, I've talked more about other random things than what I was intending this post for so, yeah, lets get to why I actually started writing this post. What, was I talking about again? Oh yeah, Bunny Tennis.

Street Fighter IV comes out soon on the PC. This means that I have even less of a reason to sink money into a 360 or a PS3. The best part about it is that it's coming out at $20 less than the current new prices of the game on the PS3 and 360 respectively. I wonder why that is. What's even stranger is that upon the PC's release (end of June if memory serves), they're going to offer a special bundle that includes the limited MadKatz FightPad (which is by far the greatest fighting game pad I've ever used) which is normally $40 alone (which is coincidentally the cost of IV on the PC) and the game for the same cost as the game new for the PS3 and 360.

Now I wish I didn't spend that whole day electronics store hopping to find what probably was the only 360 FightPad in all of New Jersey (well, to be fair, at least Central Jersey). Still, I have my FightPad and it has nice artwork of everyone's favorite competitive-but-not-really-and-I-think-overrated character.

A.K.A. Ken

*sighs and shrugs*

Enough of that for now.

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(no subject) [May. 13th, 2009|02:08 pm]
Wu Zi Ngu
[My ears bleed to |Uematsu - Anxoius Heart]

Advent Children Complete stuff, may or may not contain spoilers.Collapse )


Still looking for a job. If I fail this week, I'm going to sub as much as possible until summer's end. Hedging my bets on working for ze Germans. I'll elaborate later. Going to apply tomorrow for that job.

Graduations and crap this weekend. Not sure of my plans yet, but I need to look out for a buddy of mine at the Alma Mater since he's an international student whose family can't make it to graduation. Jimmeh's also graduating, but he doesn't feel like walking. Heck, I could walk again, I was able to pick up another cap and gown and everything. Probably not going to though. Note to self, bring something to distract from the boringness of graduations this time. God, did my graduation drag on unnecessarily.

Should be a good couple of days, depending on how things turn out.

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(no subject) [May. 10th, 2009|07:43 am]
Wu Zi Ngu
I guess $quare-Enix enjoys spends their time harassing dedicated fans rather than making half decent games.

The last line of that post is extremely striking, as it reminds me of similar thoughts when the 3D Chrono Trigger Remake was axed by $quare.

To be fair, FFXII was good, but then again, what isn't when it's a Star Wars ripoff "totally original idea in a completely brand new world."

I'm starting to think that the golden age of both companies was the late NES and SNES periods, heck both companies are sort of like the Romans and Catholics. And history has shown us what that's grown to become.

Ahh well, even the Bleem victory shows us that we can't win 'em all, even if we do.
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