As I mention in another journal entry, he seems to have a very specific problem with me. It appears at least in part to be connected to "what" I am, as opposed to "who" I am. But that doesn't bother me in the least - it's not like I'm hiding the fact that I'm a transsexual, or that I'm ashamed of it.
I don't understand the fixation on a person's sex, whether it's male, female, or somewhere in between. It's not like this goon has to deal with you in Real Life. Consider ignoring him: don't mention him, don't refer to him directly. He's not worth your time. He's only trying to egg you on, to show everyone that you are what he thinks you are. Don't stoop to his level.
For example, I was telling one of my neighbors today that every time Chapman's Ice Cream goes on sale, I gain weight (the easy part), which I then have to lose (the hard part). So I told her that I have two choices this week - either avoid the sale, or buy an "I'm not fat, I'm pregnant" shirt and not worry about it. I'm going to avoid the sale since I haven't lost all the weight from their last sale this spring, when I bought 20x 2 liter boxes, and I would like to get back down to my ideal BMI before my next doctor's visit.
LOL How did that go over? I should get one of those shirts... Despite having lost 20 pounds over the last six months or so, I still have my belly.
And I sympathize with that, because coming to terms with the "what" of who I am meant discarding a lot of stuff, taking risks, not knowing what the outcome would be. But oh wow, am I ever glad I did. It's not fun going around with some sort of internal chip on your shoulder.
That's the thing-- people are, in some fashion, the product of their experiences. They have seen or done things that others have not. They have learned how to react to situations differently than others have. You are not the same person you were yesterday or last year. You're a different person, hopefully all the better for the things you have experienced.
I have to say... You return and this "apk" whackado seems to have all kinds of time to spend posting (anonymously, I might add) insults on your posts.
If you bother him so much, why does he simply ignore you or something productive like that?
In this JE alone, there are so many posts from him that I am wondering if he even HAS a job to pay for the home he claims to own.
I, for one, am really glad to see you back.
I knew about the blindness becoming a bigger problem, then I slipped and fell off the 'Net for a bit, myself.
I tend toward Facebook for mindless drivel and contacting most of my family. As you may have noticed, I have the occasional post here, largely because the alternative (most of Teh Circle have shifted over to some M$ offering) bites. Those that shifted over there have said something a few years back about someone (SolomnDragon? Her Dave?) working on a more permanent home for Teh Circle, but last I heard that was still in the works.
I said "generate revenue" because that's how the droids in municipal government view it. In my mind, it's more like "taxation without representation": Want to speed? Fine. That will cost you a tax. Literally and figuratively.
I'm pretty sure that it didn't take long for word to get around about that...
That actually works for the police departments in many places, because people from away are less likely to fight the ticket.
I was talking to someone at work about how some of the best political wisdom I've heard came from a Douglas Adams book, specifically the bit about how the ones who aspire to positions of authority are those least qualified to have said positions. The conversation then devolved into how the Beeb had created a site to act as a real-life Guide.
Considering this is my first professional certification, I don't know if I can aptly answer that. I can tell you this:
- SANS certifications are notorious for being difficult.
- SANS Certifications are well-known in the industry. These are not some fly-by-night "let's give certs away" things.
- They certainly are not inexpensive. This certification costs something in the neighborhood of $4,000 to take. The first exam attempt is around $600. If you fail and need to try again, it will cost you around $300 or so.
- The certification is good for four years.
So... I'm actually pleased at having passed this.
Besides, we also have recent precedence on this. There are laws which prohibited certain anti-competitive behavior for newspapers. If you stifle the channels of communication, say the printing press in the 1800s, then you control the narrative(s). Today, the Internet is uniquely in that very same position. If you allow a privately owned organization to take self-serving priorities, with no competitive alternatives available, then you are again in a position where the narrative is dictated. Let's say Comcast buys Fox, and now only Fox content streams quickly. A Comcast subscriber decides to hear the alternative side of the narrative, say from MSNBC or CNN, but they get constant "spinning wheels," as they wait. Occasionally they get resets (as ISPs have been caught doing to P2P), or accidental DNS redirects to blackholes.
Also, the Internet was originally developed by the government and universities, and did not prioritize traffic. Imagine, for example, if GPS were to be "bought" by GE. You can only get fine positioning if you pay $x a month, but if you don't, you get 200m accuracy. Maybe this is your street to turn on, maybe it was a block back.
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My employer pretty-well insisted that I get a certification. They went so far as to pay for the training and the first exam attempt.
To that end, I'm working on GCUX through SANS. So far, so good. It's pretty interesting.
From what I'm reading about how to prepare for the exam itself, it would be to my benefit to prepare a thorough index- something in the area of 30-50 pages long. O_O
Go ahead and blame Bush.
Hehehe... Unlike certain *cough*Liberal*cough* groups, I don't think Bush is to blame for everything.
Congrats on the new addition!
My youngest (#3) is now officially a teenager as of this week. Not quite sure how that happened. I must have blinked.