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At 11:11am on March 22, 2011, Laura McGuire said…
I am thankful I'm not in sales, but the fact that this a retail store as well as a service and repair center leads to some interesting calls. It would be so much easier to remote in, usually if something like that goes on I just tell them to come in. It'll be quicker for them to make the drive, than to explain over the phone.

I'm applying for other jobs right now, I ether want to be doing more exclusive hardware support and repair. Or I plan on taking a break from IT and work on something more physical. I don't care for desk jobs unless it's mentally stimulating,, I'd rather be out doing physical work.

As far as the stand up goes, you're right... YouTube has become a primary means of media consumption, quite a few musicians and comedians owe their careers to the YouTube boom. I've had friends attempt to make me do open mica, I can be rather witty at times and they think I'd do well. The fact is, I realize how much work it takes and I know a 5 minute act would probably be one of the hardest things I'd ever attempt. Good luck though, I hope I get to see some of your material.

I'm typing this on my phone, so if the format messes up I'm sorry lol
At 7:44pm on March 21, 2011, Laura McGuire said…
Oh, and I think it is absolutely awesome that you are trying your hand at stand-up :)
At 7:44pm on March 21, 2011, Laura McGuire said…

I had to spend 30 minutes on the phone with some geriatric lady today... sigh. "I was told this thing could connect to the internet... but it won't, no matter what I do. It doesn't work. And what I thought was internet doesn't say yahoo, so how am I supposed to check my mail?"

 

Me: "Well it certainly will, as long as you have it connected via ethernet to a working connection. What I need you to do is go down to the safari icon and click on it"

 

She opens it, closes the window... and then enters safari preferences. I about attempted to shoot her through the phone by the time I actually had her to yahoo and taught her what a bookmark bar is.

 

The Xserve has just been discontinued... so I'm waiting to see where Apple is about to take their servers. I am suspecting Steve Job's illness, and the coming of the iPad2 has a bit to do with their lack of regard in that area recently. But yes, Apple Servers are a pain... it's not hard integrating mac's into an existing network, but Mac networking is a pain.

 

I write just about everything, a little historical... right now in the fantasy realm with a book I'm writing. My problem is that I quit every novel I start, I decide it isn't good enough. But I can write short stories all day long. The book I'm working on currently... well, it's been a work in progress for a long time. I'm attempting to stick with it, it's lasted longer than others.

At 6:53pm on March 20, 2011, Laura McGuire said…

ROFL. I have to agree. Right now must of my repair work is coming as side jobs, while I work at an independent apple location. Help Desk is about 15-20% of what I do there (the rest is more tedious paper work for the most part). We're over-staffed.

 

But every time I have a customer come in, all I can think is "How many other ways can they find to screw up the simplest OS out there? I mean... surely it might act this way if they... oh wait" :face palm:

 

I am studying Mac business integration right now, I think it's become a bit easier in the past couple years. There are several large technical companies in my city that mainly use OSX (NASA, Hudson Alpha Institute, ect...)

 

I am angling to get away from help-desk and paperwork at all cost right now, I loath that aspect of by job. But I'll just have to wait and see what happens, who knows, maybe my writing will truly kick off in the next couple years :)

At 3:58pm on March 20, 2011, Lois Lane said…

Thanks! Yes, you did tell us, but I didn't get it until now. 

 

I'll tell the girls.  They will appreciate that. They are feeling like unicorns these days, being the only ones around who don't believe. 

At 11:54am on March 20, 2011, Laura McGuire said…

Exactly, and I work with Apple Macintosh, so the OS is unbelievably simple... and the hardware is almost always repeat issues. It's simple, near mind-numbing work.... but it pays, and there's always a need for it.

 

It also gives me time to focus on my other interest, and goals more aligned with the direction I want to be headed in :)

At 9:04pm on March 19, 2011, Lois Lane said…

Hi!

Just today! What a find and why didn't you tell the rest of us about it.

 

Still figuring it out. So many goodies! Will you help me with questions should I have them?  

At 12:30pm on March 18, 2011, Laura McGuire said…
I was a biology major at University... I sort offell into the iT field to make spare cash. I'm good with computers, and the field has just stuck with me... I have other long term aspirations though.
At 10:09am on March 18, 2011, Leigh said…
Same as always: reading a metric fuckton and spending an unhealthy amount of time the interwebs.
At 5:14pm on March 17, 2011, Leigh said…
Well I will now. ; )
At 6:13pm on March 2, 2011, Prog Rock Girl said…
Oy, all that bickering is giving me a headache...
At 8:10pm on March 1, 2011, Pamela said…
LOL This "troll" situation is the most interesting thing to happen in that group!
At 6:30pm on February 28, 2011, Pamela said…
*sigh* yeah, they really need to grow a set eh?  As I said in one of my posts...one of my pet peeves are weak, wimpy women.  My father's pet name for me was "feminazi", so I've learned to develop a thick skin.  Apparently those poor girls would be having long, meaningful heart-to-hearts on that forum if only the big bad men would let them. 
At 5:56am on February 28, 2011, Gina H said…
I was actually reading Atheist Universe on my iTouch Kindle, but it doesn't have the *bragging* ability of the bibles and highlighters out in plain sight for all to see.
At 7:46pm on February 23, 2011, Gina H said…
Re: "They'd scream, "Ahhhhh! Where are the horses for these carriages flying around at unsafe speeds above 60 miles per day?"

So true! "And what are those flying metal objects in the sky? Run for cover!"
At 11:42am on February 23, 2011, Providence said…
I had gone to Mass out of obligation, I had been reading into other religions for years to try and find answers, I went to loads of different churches and in the end realised the only thing I hadnt tried was not believing... It turned out that Atheism was the only answer that made sense.

I havent given this story in order particularly as some of it happened a few times and it has been all going on for such a long time, I have been searching for the truth since i was about 6!!I hope it gives you a vague idea though!

Ive just 'come out' as an atheist to a friend of mine who is basically not talking to me was trying to give me books, a miraculous medal and god knows what else...urgh!!! :) It's all good though, i mean, what can you expect from someone who is too scared to think for herself??

I hope that gives you some idea of some of the milestones in my journey as it were! sorry its so long!!! :)
At 11:37am on February 23, 2011, Providence said…
Well, to be honest I think Scotland has a pretty large Atheist population- there are both Catholics and Protestants here (The 'Wee Frees', as some of the Presbyterians are called!) and quite a large Islamic community too! A real mix!!

I agree with you about the difficulties facing priests, I think it would be nearly impossible to leave the Church especially if one was a 'secular' priest since there would be no religious order to give you a nice lump sum to send you on your way- a parish would never have as much income and so i suspect would only be able to offer a tiny amount. eek :(

As far as my own journey is concerned, I come from a non-religious home but was sent to Catholic School (as it was strong academically!), came to university a few years later and was confirmed in my second year of uni.I guess I was just 'used' to Catholicism and hence why I converted, it made more sense to me than some of the other churches I had attended and felt like home as i was reminded of my school days.

As I got further in to my degree I started to learn textual criticism, Ecclesiastical history and about the formation of doctrine which gradually took apart everything I had accepted as bases for doctrine. I also had doubts about the catholic church- how can they claim to be the bastion of truth when doctrine has been changed, when the church hierarchy has been so corrupt and how on earth could they remain silent about the Creationism/evolution thing...either one or the other is true....???

Then I read the Old Testament and just realised that God is really really immoral! Jesus is not the nicest fella in the world either and then the priest scandal was all over the news!!

some time later I read Hitchens ('God is not Great'- FANTASTIC!!!!) and along with the God delusion, which I am still reading, and I just realised that I really didnt believe in any of this and hadn't really for a very long time!
At 2:15am on February 22, 2011, Providence said…
I know what you mean about Atheists in the Church- it takes so much courage to leave and as you say for those in the priesthood there is the whole problem of careers etc- it's awful! I have 2 friends going through seminary at the moment, I only hope they don't end up experiencing this problem in a few years time! 
At 4:00am on February 20, 2011, Providence said…
Thank you, it's great to be here! That's interesting that your father had a similar experience, it's comforting to know that others have gone through the same process! For me it has been a pretty difficult (and liberating!) process, most of my Catholic friends don't know that i'm an Atheist the one that does has been trying to 'convert' me ever since!! ha! :) But you keep on going!!
At 11:51pm on February 19, 2011, Tara Dee said…
haha I never actually licked it =P

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