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Done with pseudonyms Apr. 30th, 2009 @ 11:35 pm
I've blogged on many different sites (Livejournal, Typepad, Blogger, Geocities, etc) over the years abandoning one for the other, always being lured by the new shinyness of it all. Every time I've done this a pseudonym or Nom de Plume was employed.

To be honest, I've grown weary of it. I want my words to have weight, carry meaning and represent me. So now, for your viewing pleasure, I present you with http://gabrielnovo.com

If I'm ever to make the change into writing for a living I sure as hell better start by using my real name.

Been a LONG time.... May. 30th, 2008 @ 04:36 am
The only reason I keep a LJ account is to read my friend's blogs. If it weren't for friend only posts, I would have ditched this a while ago. On that note, I have taken up residence at a new location. For those with any interest, you can find my incoherent ramblings at http://gabu-kun.blogspot.com

Hope to see ya there.
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

Moved shop... Aug. 20th, 2006 @ 05:14 pm
I've gone over to the dark side and setup a blog with Typepad. I have to admit, that I find it easier to work with. If there's anyone still reading this crusty old LJ, then please kick over to my new blog and send me a shout out.

Current Mood: hopefulhopeful

Change of Venue May. 3rd, 2006 @ 01:01 am
I've been trying the TypePad thing and really really liked it.

As per usual, I'm not updating with the frequency I would like, but it's a constant work in progress.

So those of you actually still interested in seeing my words, head on over to the new page


We Made It Aug. 6th, 2005 @ 06:36 pm
I'm just throwing up a short post. We are now living in an apartment in Chicago. We arrived Wednesday night after driving 800+ miles from Charlotte. Thursday I hired a crack team of Mexicans to unload the UHaul. In 2 hours all of our worldly belongings had been shoved into our second story walkup. We also installed our AC units (not having central AC sucks donkey balls). Friday was a chill day. I signed up for a TMobile hotspot account and today am sitting in a Starshmucks writing this post.

Being in Charlotte was an incredible experience for me professionally. Personally, it was a trainwreck for my wife and I. I feel like I'm waking up after a year long sleep. We're finally back in a thriving city. A place where night owls can enjoy life and everything's at your fingertips. I really think this is going to be a great step forward for us.

When I'm a little more settled in, I'll write about the entire move/job hunting/new city experience.
Current Mood: tiredtired
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» So Long and Thanks For All The Fish
Last Friday was my last day at M$. As I was packing up my cube, I realized just how amazing it was to be standing there at the end of the race. I had survived through a year of crazy customers, Indian engineers and at least 3 rounds of cuts. I had gone from a guy that was pretty good with computers, to a finely honed Windows Networking machine. I completed another 11 M$ exams and earned 5 new certifications. I've handled critical issues spanning the globe and interacted with such a variety of companies it's ridiculous. Even though I may be waxing nostalgic right now, I am glad that it's over. My tour of duty is done and I'm looking forward to returning to civilian life.

Which is a wonderful segue into my next announcement ;)

My wife and I are going to move to Chicago. To say this was "last minute" is an understatement. Up until Thursday of last week, we were planning to move out to Las Vegas. On that fateful Thursday, I was offered a job in downtown Chicago. All our gears screeched to a halt. We've now redirected our energies back up north. By the end of this month (which is less than a week, for those of you playing at home) we have to get an apartment in Chicago and put together a move. Insane? Yes. Impossible. No, but it certainly feels like it.

With a couple of good friends and some surprise leads, hopefully the apartment hunting will go well. The move may be cutting it a little close, but then again I found out about my M$ gig two weeks before my lease was up in Fort Lauderdale.

Charlotte has been nice, but it's not the place for us. The complete lack of things to do here has been soul crushing. There have been a couple of exceptions, but they have been so few and far between that they couldn't sustain an interesting pace. With the bevy of things to do in Chicago and the throngs of humanity existing in that city, I find it hard to believe we're going to be bored living there. I'm really really looking forward to making this next step. My career may have been skyrocketing this past year, but our personal lives have been put on hold. My fingers are crossed that we're finally going to get the chance to live the way we want to in Chicago.
» OK I'm beginning to get a little pissed
Since getting the latest installment of Harry Potter, I haven't had the chance to digesting the entire novel.  I'm in the first hundred pages and just can't allocate more time to it. 

What's pissing me off is that the ending to this fine book has been ruined for me.  Not once, but twice.  If I was trolling on HarryPotterSecrets.com or some other bullshit like that I can understand, but I was just going to sites that I normally go to.  One a news site and the other a webcomic.  There were no spoiler warnings, no blurred out images that you have to click to read.  The ending was right there in bold text.  The more I look around the Net the more I see this behavior.  Why are people trying to ruin the experience for others?  I don't see people posting about the ending of newly released movies, so what the fuck motivated them to do this shit?

I'm still going to do my best to enjoy the book.  It's really well written and I love the series.  I'm just disheartened that people have decided to snatch the joy of experiencing a great book from others.
» Rude, Crude, NSFW and then some
While surfing through everyone's favorite waste of time on the Internet, Fark.com, I stumbled along this article. Now any movie being banned or censored in ANY way will always peak my interest. So I dived into the Fark comments about the article.

Now the premise of this movie is that it's about one hundred big name comedians telling the same obscene joke, one that's been making the rounds since Vaudeville. Not just a litany of funny people putting their own stamp on this joke, but a peek into humor itself. It seems to be the kind of movie that can be taken at really high levels or really really low levels. After seeing the list of comedians, I just have to watch this. To give you a sampling of this painfully graphic joke click here. [WARNING VERY NSFW, OBSCENE AND GRAPHIC]

Now that's just the South Park spin on it. From what I've read, it doesn't even crack the top 5 for dirtiest. Some people are going to listen to this joke and laugh their asses of. Others are going to go pale with shock. Either way, it's the telling of the joke that's the key. That's why 100 people saying it ad nauseam won't be boring.

Here's the trailer. Tell me what you think about this.

I might make or lose friends with this post ;)
» I went a little insane...
This Saturday was my B-day.  I turned a quarter of a century old.  WooHoo!!!  To celebrate my inevitable descent into dementia, I went to Circuit City to partake of their ridiculous DVD sale.  I purchased 26 DVD's for about 9.99 each.  At least 4 of the DVD's were multiple disc sets and one was a 3 DVD box set.  I couldn't believe how much money I spent/saved.  I even broke the register at CC.  Halfway through my checkout the machine refused to add any more items to the receipt.  It said I had reached the maximum number of allowed items.  I almost had a tear in my eye.

Later on I'll put the complete DVD list up just so you can marvel at my sheer insanity.  Now I'm off to indulge in my consumer whoredom.  =)

Here's the list

  • The Rundown
  • The Bourne Identity
  • The Bourne Supremacy
  • Resevoir Dogs
  • Lost in Translation
  • Training Day
  • The Incredibles *2 DVD's*
  • Basic Instinct
  • Total Recall *2 DVD's*
  • Kill Bill Vol. 1
  • Kill Bill Vol. 2
  • Pitch Black
  • Pirates of the Caribbean *2 DVD's*
  • Poolhall Junkies
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Frailty
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Dune (Sci-Fi Channel Mini-Series) *3 DVD's*
  • Minority Report *2 DVD's*
  • Half Baked
  • Lemony Snicket
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Anchorman
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Devil's Advocate
  • Boxing Helena
  • » I feel like a shmuck
    I'm pulling into my apartment complex and I see some jackass in a pickup truck take out our newly installed gate.  He then backed up, to go around the now mangled piece of iron. 

    There I am, right behind him.  Do I get his license plate, no. 

    Yup, it's officer jackass on duty. 

    I did see what the truck looked liked.  I also called maintenance for our complex and he in turn, called the cops.

    I apologized to them for not getting the plates, but they were really nice about it.  I guess they usually don't get the plates in situations like this.  Either way I feel like a royal ass.  It took them one month to get that new gate built and installed.  Less than a day later, some asshat in a pickup truck wrecks it.  Fuck.....
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