Saga of the Jasonite

The continuing adventures of that eternal man of mystery…


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The oft-underestimated importance of family

I haven’t blogged about anything in too long a time, I suppose. I was reading a story today that I thought I would share; it’s about the importance of family, and how powerful an effect reminding others of it can have. I’ll be quoting the story here. The setting is that several years ago, Craig Cardon and his wife Debbie attended a dinner for members of the Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council at the Harvard Kennedy School:

After the dinner the president of the council invited the council members and their companions to stand and introduce themselves. He suggested that each person share educational and professional background information, along with what each considered to be his or her most significant accomplishment. Because of the way the room was organized, our table would be the last to participate.

[My wife] later explained to me that as she saw all in attendance standing and listing their many academic degrees and professional accomplishments, she thought, ‘What can I possibly say to these people who have been ambassadors, high government officials, educators, professionals, and leaders of gigantic enterprises? I don’t even have my bachelor’s degree yet.

Her mind continued racing: ‘I’ve got to think of something to say. No, I’ve got to find an excuse to leave.’ Then, in an instant, she thought, ‘I’m going to pray.’

She said a silent, earnest prayer, pleading with the Lord for His help and direction. In that moment, a voice came into her mind with perfect clarity. It said, ‘Debbie, who in this room has achieved more important things in this life or has had more amazing experiences than you? You are a mother in Zion. You have brought eight children into this world. Those who are of age are happily married and are having children of their own. What is more important than that? Debbie, get up and tell these people with power what you have done.’

At that moment, the microphone was passed to our table. I had seen her shifting in her chair and looking a bit uneasy, so I extended my hand to take the microphone, thinking to give her additional time to prepare herself. Imagine my surprise when her hand stretched out in front of mine and literally grabbed the microphone.

She confidently stood, and with an elegance difficult to describe, she said ‘A few years ago I accompanied my husband here to the Harvard Kennedy School. And my most important achievement is that I am the mother of 8 children and the grandmother of 18 grandchildren.’

With that statement, spontaneous applause erupted in the room. It was the only applause of the entire evening. She shared a few additional thoughts relating to the central, societal role of the family and the happiness found therein. Then she handed me the microphone and sat down. I stood and added simply, ‘I’m her husband.’

The significant of what the Lord did through [my wife] was evidenced by the fact that for the remainder of the evening we were inundated with questions about families, children, and marital harmony–subjects eminently more important than anything else that had been addressed. Because she had earnestly sought direction from the Spirit and had exercised the faith and courage to respond to what she was told, the Lord had magnified her in a powerful way in furthering His purposes.

I really enjoyed this, because it helped remind me of what is really important, and also how this message seemed opposed to the message that the world is currently giving. The greatest accomplishments are not to be found in a lab or a meeting or a presentation or a discovery, but rather in the home. I hope to someday have a family of my own, and when that happens I hope I never lose sight that (next to the Lord himself) they are the most important things in this world to me.


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My first alignment chart!

And now for something completely different! I’m an old-time fan of D&D (Dungeons and Dragons for you savages out there) and thought I would make a meme based off of the classic D&D alignments. Here is my first attempt, using only comic book characters. I put some thought into it, and there are lots of options given how many characters there are out there to use. I went with some classics as well as maybe one or two choices that maybe not everyone has thought of. Captain America is an easy substitution for Superman, it was a toss-up there. I almost put Silver Surfer as neutral good, since he is my favorite super-hero, but Spidey is more iconic, and I generally tried to find the most iconic example of each of the alignments. I was really tempted to use Dr. Doom for lawful evil, and in fact that may have been the best choice, you decide. As you’ll notice this one is all male. The next one will be all female characters (if I can do it, it’ll be tough), but for now, here it is:

Alignment Chart

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My harrowing day

Well, seems like it’s been forever since I actually wrote a post about my life on here. I don’t think I’ll do it today either, but I will say it’s been a hellish day, particularly the morning, and had me reconsidering if this is the field that I want to be in. It was a fricking nightmare. I came home still distraught about it, still pissed, until I worked out a bit and watched some Family Guy. Thank goodness I did!

I watched an episode that made fun of Christian Bale’s rant back in 2009 on the set of what turned out to be a completely crap Terminator movie, and I was smiling and laughing again. Listening to that jackass completely lose it made me laugh, no doubt. Here’s a guy who gets paid millions of dollars to essentially play dress up, and he forgot that his job doesn’t really matter. *sighs with pleasure* It made me realize that my job does, and I have a helluva lot more self-control than he does; even if I did lose it at work, it would be for something that matters, like a client of mine killing himself. For those that want a laugh, here’s the link to watch what was great, brief therapy for me:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LZ3LLlBsRE

J


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Halfway through Season 2!

elementary dear data

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A matter of honor

Contagion

These are just some of the pics from my exciting episode reviews of season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation! I’m halfway through and have done my best to write some pretty thorough, entertaining and informative reviews of my favorite television show of all time. Even when I’m pointing out the flaws, it’s all done with love! I’ve looked through a lot of webpages and couldn’t find any out there that have the same kind of content and analysis that I do, and let’s face it, there is lots of Star Trek content on the web. My most recent review is of Contagion, take a look and see if you agree or disagree. If you have Hulu or Netflix you can access the entire seven year run and immediately watch it if you like. Or you can do the opposite, watch the episode then read and comment on my review when it’s fresh in your mind! What has surprised me is how much I enjoy writing them, it’s been a lot of fun and there’s still so many more to go…


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The Big Move!

Movin on up to the East Side! (Actually the west side, but whatever)

Movin on up to the East Side! (Actually the west side, but whatever)

Well, it’s coming:  I’m moving into a new place this Saturday! I was living on the peninsula here in Washington state last year but that job ended rather suddenly last March, and last June my old college roommate and his family was nice enough to take me in while I was looking for work. However, after living alone for years (not to mention being an adult) it was not always an easy adjustment. I got myself working again last November and now have the means to move out to my own place again, much to my relief and to those I’ve been staying with I’m sure. This Saturday’s the big day and, God willing, it will go smoothly and I’ll be ensconced in my new home! It should be slightly less painful than usual as I never really unpacked much of my stuff in the intervening seven months, so packing this week should be pretty quick and I’ve already gotten a start on it. I’ve got folks lined up to help me load and unload my U-Haul and I’ve got the money, so I’m ready! Having a three-day weekend to give myself time to unpack and settle in should only help. Now let’s hope the neighbors in my apartment complex are relatively quiet. 🙂


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Finally finished!

Let the awesomeness continue…

Okay, after weeks of work I’ve finally finished my episodic reviews of the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation! It was actually pretty fun and I learned stuff that even I didn’t know about some of these episodes, which was cool. What I’ve done is give a review of the plot (withholding spoilers for those few suckers who haven’t seen them or those who don’t remember), my favorite scenes, how the cast was used in that episode, include nitpicks that I may have, give an overall impression including a rating, include trivia and behind-the-scenes info, and whether the casual viewer can afford to miss this episode or not.

I’m done until season two is released in December, so that will give me a month off to relax and hopefully get going on some other things. I have to admit, I enjoyed this enough that I’m considering doing reviews of another show I enjoy, though of course not to the same extent, Babylon 5:

If anyone has any requests for it I think I could be persuaded. Otherwise I’ll probably just be thinking about it for a while and waffle back and forth before deciding not to do it or something. I wonder if they’ll ever do a Blu Ray treatment for this show? Only time will tell. In the meantime please head either to my main Star Trek page, or to the Season One page and look through a few reviews if you like, it’s always nice to get feedback. 🙂 I’ve included links here or you can just find access at the top of my blog page.


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I love being right!

So way back in March I posted my thoughts about ebook prices, as I’d noticed there were greatly different prices listed for books. At the time my sentiments were that there shouldn’t be much difference in prices at all, regardless of how new or how big the books were. There are no costs associated with paper, which is most of the reason hardcovers cost more than paperbacks, and bigger paperbacks might cost more than shorter books, etc.

So today I got this email from Amazon:

Dear Kindle Customer,

We have good news. You are entitled to a credit for some of your past e-book purchases as a result of legal settlements between several major e-book publishers and the Attorneys General of most U.S. states and territories, including yours. You do not need to do anything to receive this credit. We will contact you when the credit is applied to your Amazon.com account if the Court approves the settlements in February 2013.

Hachette, Harper Collins, and Simon & Schuster have settled an antitrust lawsuit about e-book prices. Under the proposed settlements, the publishers will provide funds for a credit that will be applied directly to your Amazon.com account. If the Court approves the settlements, the account credit will appear automatically and can be used to purchase Kindle books or print books. While we will not know the amount of your credit until the Court approves the settlements, the Attorneys General estimate that it will range from $0.30 to $1.32 for every eligible Kindle book that you purchased between April 2010 and May 2012. Alternatively, you may request a check in the amount of your credit by following the instructions included in the formal notice of the settlements, set forth below. You can learn more about the settlements here:
www.amazon.com/help/agencyebooksettlements

In addition to the account credit, the settlements impose limitations on the publishers’ ability to set e-book prices. We think these settlements are a big win for customers and look forward to lowering prices on more Kindle books in the future.

Thank you for being a Kindle customer.

The Amazon Kindle Team

Ba-BAAM! Looks like those big publishers have been a little naughty! Now see, this is one of things I can point to that our government and legal system gets right. Big business tries to take advantage of their customers and get the smack laid down on them! Just saying it feels good, because what they were doing were gouging those of the middle and lower-income folks like me. So to recap:  I was right. 🙂