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[17 Dec 2002|08:45am]
I was looking for an excerpt from an OSC book when I found this. Not what I wanted, but it'll do for now. Most of you should've read this before, but if not:


"Let me tell you the most beautiful story I know.
A man was given a dog, which he loved very much.
The dog went with him everywhere,
but the man could not teach it to do anything useful.
The dog would not fetch or point,
it would not race or protect or stand watch.
Instead the dog sat near him and regarded him,
always with the same inscrutable expression.
`That`s not a dog, that`s a wolf,` said the man`s wife.
`He alone is faithful to me,` said the man,
and his wife never discussed it with him again.
One day the man took the dog with him into his private airplane
and as they flew high over winter mountains,
the engines failed
and the airplane was torn to shreds among the trees.
The man lay bleeding,
his belly torn open by blades of sheared metal,
steam rising from his organs in the cold air,
but all he could think of was his faithful dog.
Was he alive? Was he hurt?
Imagine his relief when the dog came padding up
and regarded him with that same steady gaze.
After an hour the dog nosed the man`s gaping abdomen,
then began pulling out intestines and spleen and liver
and gnawing on them,
all the while studying the man`s face.
`Thank God,` said the man.
`At least one of us will not starve.`"


-Orson Scott Card, "Children of the Mind"
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[17 Dec 2002|01:10pm]
I'm putting the finishing touches on my plans for a new PC I'm going to build. I'm going to keep my current one in my room and use it as a TV/DVD player. Specs are as follows:


Case:

Z-Extreme
+ 400W Allied/Deer PSU
+ 3- 80mm Clear Fans
+ Blue Cold Cathode Light

Case total: $116 before shipping



Mobo:

EPoX EP-8RDA+, nforce2 chipset
Contains: 1 8x AGP, 6 PCI, 6 USB, Audio, LAN, Firewire

Mobo total: $116.99 AFTER shipping



CPU:

AMD ATHLON XP 2600 /333 FSB PROCESSOR CPU
+ Thermaltake DRAGON ORB3.


RAM:

CRUCIAL MICRON 512MB 64x64 PC 2700 DDR RAM (333 mHz)


Hard Drive:

IBM 40GB 7200RPM Hard Drive



DVD/CD Drive:

SONY DDU1621/B2 BLACK 16X DVD ROM Drive


Sound:

Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 - RETAIL



Speakers:

Creative Labs Inspire 6600 6.1 Speaker


CPU/HSF/RAM/HD/DVD/Sound/Speaker Subtotal: $ 808.00 AFTER shipping



Video:

Reuse gf4 ti4400 until geforce FX is released :)



Misc:

I need to find 3 rear speaker stands from somewhere.



Grand total (for now): $1040.99
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[17 Dec 2002|04:36pm]
Part II:

30. Favorite Song/Band at the moment:
I get caught up with and obsessed with different songs/bands periodically, but only long enough until the next one grabs me. The only band that I have consistantly come back to again and again over the past 5 years or so is System of a Down. Their unique blend (is that oficially a cliche yet?)of American and Armenian styles just does it for me. Yeah.


31. Toothpaste:
Uh, Mentadent I think. The one in the upright dispenser


32. Restauraunt:
None bear any significance to me. There is a nice chinese buffet called The Emerald Coast I used to frequent in Pembroke Pines.


33. Single or Taken:
I have yet to be pursued.


34."all right," said Deep Thought. "The Answer to the Great Question..." "Yes...!" "Of Life, The Universe, and Everything..." said Deep Thought. "Yes..!" "Is.." said Deep Thought and paused. "Yes...!" "is...""Yes...!!!...?" "Forty-two," said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.
I'm not sure where the question was supposed to end, but I couldn't have answered it any more perfectly.


35. Favorite flower:
Can't say that I have one. Do black roses occur in nature?


36. Sport to watch:
Live: Hockey, football, any race
TV: Football, NASCAR (don't laugh)



37. Fast Food Restaurant:
If I'm forced, a plain Arby's RB sandwich, but I'm going to have to agree with Publix subs


38. When was your last hospital/doctor visit?
Apart from the drug test for this job and my last one ... 3 years?


What happened to 39?
Well I guess 783&9


40. What color is your bedroom carpet?
Whole apartment is beige if I remember correctly


41.How many times did you fail your driver's license test?
Written: None
Driving: An embarassing twice.



42. What do you think of Ouija boards?
I'd have to agree with overrated.


43. Where/How do you see yourself in 10 years?
Quit taking all the good answers! 10 years is too far away for Japan, though. I need to go while I'm young. Want to hook up next summer?


44. Who is the last person that you got mail from before this one?
Actual mail: Bellsouth (phone bill)
E-mail: Betty Huggins Insider Savings (fricken spam)



45. What is your favorite store?
The Little Shop of Horrors


46. What do you do most often when you are bored?
Think.


47. What words or phrases do you overuse?
I'll let a 'dude' slip out once every day or so, which is entirely too often.


48. Friend who lives farthest away?
I have a good friend in Kansas, and I'm oringially from Pennsylania.


49. Best things?
Freedom. Honest opinions. Technology. Strong minds.


50. Least favorite thing?
Ignorance. By far.


51. Bedtime?
N/A


52. Where is your favorite place to travel?
Spain is an amazingly beautiful country. That being said, I prefer the old-but-not-decaying beauty of small towns in the mountains of Pennsylvania. That may just be nostalgia talking, though.


53. Where is your dream vacation destination?
Japan, no question.


54. Any hobbies?
Music, technology, reading (although sadly lacking lately), life appreciation


55. Favorite book/ magazine?
Book: Anything of OSC's
Magazine: So many good ones that I don't subscribe to. Possibly Scientific American as #1.



56. Who will respond to this fastest?
I doubt anyone will, but I'll post it anyway.


57. Who is the person least likely to respond?
I'd have to say everyone has an equal shot.


Took over two hours with all the distractions at work, but was fun :)
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[17 Dec 2002|04:38pm]
I normally don't do things like this, but for some reason I felt compelled to do this one. Leave responses in comments if you feel the need.

"Sorry, but your comment of 5664 characters exceeds the maximum character length of 4300. Please go back, shorten it, and try posting it again."


Part I:


1. What time is it now?
2:10 pm


2. Name as it appears on your birth certificate:
Carlos Alexander Moll


Hey, where's #3?
Hiding with 6 from 7 (789)


4. Number of candles on your last birthday cake:
Didn't have one, but if I did, it would've been 20


5. Date that you regularly blow them out:
October 30th


6. Pets:
1 dog in Miami: Canela


7. Height:
6' 3"


8. Eye Color:
Brown


9. Hair Color:
Varies from brown to dark black


10. Piercing:
No thanks


11. How much do you love your job-Scale of 1-10?
Only been with this one 2 weeks, but so far it seems to be a solid 8. We'll see when those incentives kick in how much higher that goes ;)


12. Birthplace:
Bethlehem (PA) on Devil's Night :D


13. Current Residence:
Orlando, FL


15. Been to Europe:
Spain on 5 seperate occasions


16. Been toilet-papering?
Haven't had the pleasure


17. Been toilet-papered?
No


18. Loved somebody so much it made you cry?
Someday. Maybe.


19. Been in a car crash?
Yes, but too young to remember.


20. Croutons or Bacon Bits?
Croutons, hands down.


21. Car you now drive?
2000 Nissan Maxima


22. Coffee or ice cream?
Ice cream. Coffee is too bitter


23. Blanket or Stuffed Animal:
Blanket


24. Salad Dressing:
I prefer a nice Caeser salad


26. Lucky Number(s):
3,13,30


27. Favorite Movie(s):
Varies by mood. I recently saw Cube 2 which was GREAT (comes out next year I think). Great suspense and good characters, plus a great presentation that captures you from the first 5 minutes. I saw it at a LAN party, they just started playing it about 2 AM, and of the 80-90 people there, more than half stopped and watched it. Really good.
As for evoking the most emotion, it's have to be What Dreams May Come. Really I like any movie that makes can get me to either laugh, or care about its characters.



29. Favorite day of the week:
Saturday.
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