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Jon Eric
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After several months of marathonning the show on Netflix, then a couple more months of watching an episode or two in what little spare time I have now, I'm now finally sitting down to watch the final episode of The West Wing.

It's been a long and often bumpy ride. Not sure what to pick up next.
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Loved The West Wing (& I'm currently trying to get Mr Mills to start watching the box set); and I really enjoy The Good Wife which has the same sort of 'good guy will always win' ethos :)
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Wow, I'm basically the worst Jew ever.

I waited until the last minute to file my taxes, which of course I had to do because I owed money this year. So I ran to PakMail on my lunch break, and it took up most of my one-hour lunch period. I forgot to pack a lunch, so I had to go someplace to pick up some food. The only place nearby that could get me food fast enough was Subway.

Happy Passover!
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Disgusting.
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Confession: It was only a few weeks ago that I finally got around to seeing Say Anything for the first time. I adored it. Here's a nice retrospective article singing just some of its many praises.
 
One of my two favorite movies. I can watch it over and over again.

25 years? Cripes.
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Well, I have now.
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I created a playlist for last night's party, full of songs about houses, homes, going home, coming home, missing home, and so on. Then I got to thinking, if I wrote a song that belonged on that playlist, what would it sound like?

+Vita Haake caught a video of me practicing this new song. It's not done yet, but I hope you enjoy this preview.
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Thank you, +Rose Kentspeth! I should be recording more music and more performance videos (perhaps ones where my hands are visible!) in the near future.
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Dear +H&R Block, could you maybe not interrupt my tax return process with an ad asking me how I'd like to receive my "refund" when you just told me I'm not getting a refund this year? Way to add insult to injury.
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Turbotax did the same thing to me....i felt the same "salt in the wound" sting. 
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Hey, +Glenn Case, way to publicize your new Kickstarter! I only barely caught wind of it with enough time to contribute!

Also, congratulations on meeting your funding again!
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I got into a gunfight last night. At least, I think they were guns. They shot bullets or pellets or something, but apparently they also ran on 9-volt batteries... Anyway, it was a strange dream. I ran into this area that looked like some kind of cafeteria or rec room, armed with only a pistol, while people camped out behind chairs and pillars and the like were firing at me with semi-automatics. When the bullets hit, I felt that cold impact, the sting of being ripped apart, the chill of losing blood. It really felt like dying, or at least what I imagine dying would feel like.

Then I had to try it again. Like a video game - the whole scenario was reset back to its original tableau and I had to run the gamut anew. I failed on the second attempt, as well, still feeling the sensation of being pummeled with ammunition, still feeling that pulse-slowing feeling of death. And then I got a third try.

I made note of where my attackers were and where my safe spots were. I had an argument with a teammate (apparently there were teammates?) about which type of gun to use. I insisted that I needed only a sidearm, but the teammate insisted that I use some strange weapon that looked like a Super Soaker but sprayed a barrage of bullets. On this third attempt I made it through to the end, where a couch sat, which was apparently my objective.

I jumped over the couch and sprayed a salvo at my final attacker, who nonetheless got ever closer. Something about the battery in my weapon dying made my bullets dissipate into thin air before they could affect him. I explained what had happened, and apparently this was a good enough answer - he conceded that I had won.

The mood in this bizarre room changed. The people who'd been vigilantly guarding their posts trying to kill me were now mingling with drinks in their hand. Some of the people were familiar to me, others were strangers. One was my middle-school crush Amanda. 

Back in middle school and parts of high school, I had it for her bad. This was infatuation bordering on obsession for a while. I haven't seen her in years, but it didn't strike me as unusual to see her there last night. She met my eyes, walked over, and sat sideways in my lap. I placed a hand on the small of her back like a familiar lover. She smiled. "I love your purple hair," I said. I think, but I can't be sure, that her hair hadn't been purple until I commented on it. She nestled up against me and kissed me. "What can I say?" She said. "I love that you know how to get things done."

I woke up in the strangest mood, feeling more tired than before I went to sleep.
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Oh boy oh boy oh boy
 
This morning, Noisey premiered the brand new Atmosphere video for "Kanye West"! Check it out NOW below.

Southsiders drops NEXT MONTH— May 6th! Pre-order now:
iTunes → http://bit.ly/South_iTunes
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Amazon → http://bit.ly/Southsiders_amz
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Put your hands in the air like you really do care.
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For the housewarming party last night, I gathered a playlist of songs about houses, homes, being home, going home, coming home, or missing home, and we played that for most of the evening. +Vita Haake and I want to thank everyone who showed up and made my new home feel even more like a home!
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Stupid geolocked stuff. C'mon Google, get better. :/
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Technical Support Analyst for Farm Credit Bank of Texas
Skills
Hardware and software troubleshooting, Linux, soft skills
Employment
  • Farm Credit Bank of Texas
    Technical Support Analyst, 2014 - present
  • PowerIT
    Support & Training Manager, 2013 - 2013
  • Dell
    Enterprise Technical Support Analyst, 2011 - 2013
  • Harte-Hanks
    Enterprise technical Support Representative, 2009 - 2011
  • IndyMac Bank
    Collections/Customer Support Rep, 2008 - 2009
  • Grassroots Campaigns, Inc.
    Canvasser, 2008 - 2008
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Austin, TX
Previously
Gambier, OH - New Orleans, LA - Metairie, LA - Cleveland, OH - El Paraíso, Honduras
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Computer nerd by day, music nerd by night
Introduction
Computer technician. Cruciverbalist. Minesweeper addict. Home recording artist. Keyboardist and solo artist.

When I consume, I try to do so thoughtfully. When I promote, I try to do so politely. When I disagree, I try to do so reasonably. I'm here for the discussions, for the sharing, and to see what's on everyone else's mind.

Twice I ran a Google+ based project between 2011 and 2013, called The iPod Experiment (#ipodexperiment). I formatted my mp3 player and filled it up with unfamiliar music, most of it suggested by other people right here on Google+. Other than that, I just try to start discussions by sharing things that I think are entertaining or important. I'll post about new music when I have it, too. Hope you enjoy.

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Si, soy un gringo. No puedo escribir bien en Espanol, pero puedo intender y leer. Y mas importante, me gusta apprender nuevas perspectivas. Lo siento no escribo nada en Espanol, y no espero tu Circlar me si no quierres. (Puedo decir Circlar para "to circle"? No se. Soy un gringo.)
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Gainfully employed despite having a B.A. in English.
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  • Kenyon College
    English/Anthropology, 2004 - 2008
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Hands-down, the best wireless store I've ever shopped at, and the best service from a carrier I've ever gotten. They helped me figure out which plan would work best for me, then they helped me switch over from AT&T. Later on, they helped us switch the primary contact on our account. Later still, I needed some repair work on a phone I'd bought at this location. The rep there referred me to a local repair shop, and when that store refused to take the job, the T-Mobile rep rushed out a warranty replacement and comped the cost. That's customer-centric problem solving!
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
The agent at my T-Mobile store referred me to All Wireless Repair when I needed a repair that the warranty didn't cover. The guy behind the counter spent all of thirty seconds looking at my phone before he straight-up refused to service my device. The repair was not extensive (there was something stuck in the headphone jack; otherwise it was fine), and he told me that the low cost of the repair would not be worth the risk of damage to the phone. So I asked what the cost to repair would be if the headphone jack were permanently damaged anyway. He replied that they simply would not even attempt to fix my phone. "We're at the top of the food chain for Austin phone repair, and when you're at the top, you have to worry about your reputation," he told me. But I don't think you get to stay on top by refusing service for a job you don't like. Especially when your business has the word "All" in its name. By the way, I told the guy at my T-Mobile store what happened. His reaction? "Well, I guess we're not sending any business to them anymore."
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Public - 5 months ago
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Most people I talk to about barbecue in the Austin/RR area have never heard of Johnny T's until I tell them about it. That's a real shame, too, because in my opinion, it's the best barbecue in the area. Any time I have relatives in from out of town, we stop by. The regular and spicy barbecue sauce are both great, but make a special point to ask for the Carolina Mustard. I usually get the ribs, and I always leave stuffed and satisfied. Bonus: they also just opened a location in the North Austin Trailer Yard, off 183 and Anderson. The food is exactly the same at the trailer. Delicious.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Excellent
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The three-egg omelets at Omelettry are delicious and filling. I always have a devil of a time trying to decide what to eat and I never leave hungry. The only thing that keeps me from going more often is that there's always a wait, and they take cash only.
Food: ExcellentDecor: Very goodService: Good
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Pretty good barbecue. I like the brisket sandwich here, and the loaded baked potato when they have it. Not my favorite barbecue in town, but I stop by for lunch every once in a while and usually enjoy the food.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Every Saturday morning, my wife and I head on down to the nearest Torchy's for some breakfast tacos. It's a tradition with us, and when schedule conflicts interrupt the plan, we do miss it. We're in love with the Diablo Sauce, and seldom show up without at least one of us ordering a Fried Avocado taco. I'm fairly certain that I've eaten more often at Torchy's than at any other restaurant in all of Austin, by a wide margin. They're that good.
Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Very good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
This is sort of a homestyle/country style breakfast place. Nothing fancy. They have scambles and bowls and benedicts and all the rest of the stuff you see on a sit-down breakfast place menu. It's all pretty good, but nothing really stands out, and it's a bit overpriced. Nothing about this place is outright bad, but I have had better dining experiences in town for less money.
Food: GoodDecor: GoodService: Good
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago