Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Day I Never Ate

I find it interesting how I have all opposite problematic situations as everyone else. For instance people will say, "I only got 4 hours of sleep and then I did non-stop school for 20 hours." Where as I will say "I got 13 hours of sleep and missed my classes." Well here's a new one, and it's not really a problem but I know people will read it and say, "What? How can that even happen? But remember, I'm a weirdo.

So I forgot to eat yesterday. I just forgot about it. I got sick on sunday so I didn't want to eat much but I did eat some salad. So on monday I had some more salad and a sandwich or two. Well I wake up Tuesday and I just go through the day, and I forget to eat, and I never get around to it, it's not long it was ever on my mind, it just never came up, until I went to bed. I woke up this morning and realized I hadn't consumed anything for about 24 hours. I think I had some of my water bottles and I know I took my medicine, but I didn't eat any food all day Tuesday. Funny thing is I wasn't really hungry, this morning I woke up and I wanted to fall back asleep but I couldn't because my stomach wouldn't allow it, not the hungry moans but more of a, "Hey, food is what you need to live, and if you ever want to sleep again, you'll put some food in your stomach."

So I watch tv shows to go to bed, and whatever tv show I'm watching becomes parts of my dreams. Because of this I've started ranking television shows based solely on sleepablility. Certain shows produce really good dreams and certain shows make really bad dreams. And it is a much different scale then actually watchability. The top five shows currently for dreamability are

5. The Critic
4. Mr. Show
3. Coupling
2. South Park
1. The Adventures of Pete and Pete

But then on the flip side the top five worst television shows to go to bed to

5. The Tick
4. Boston Legal
3. Dragonball
2. Smallville
1. Scrubs

I like Scrubs, but I doubt I'll go to bed with it ever again.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Google/Blogger Beta help

So I am curious, and usually I just expect BAWB to answer my technical questions about this stuff, but I'll put it out there for everyone. So because of this new blogger beta google merger, when I'm going through my google reader, I'll read a blog post that I want to comment on and find that it's one of these google/beta comments section, when it is, I can't post a comment under Thirdmango without having to switch to a different account because it automatically puts my google account on top, but when I switch to a different account to sign in as Thirdmango, it signs me out of my google reader because it apparently signed me out of all google whatnots. Is there anyway to prevent this from happening? I can always just wait until I'm done, remember which ones I wanted to comment on, but that gets rid of my abilities to do things quicker. I'm not quite ready to move over to this blogger beta yet cause I like having both my google and my blogger accounts active at the same time seperatly. Any thoughts? Or maybe articles on similar problems?

In other news, I think everyone should give this a try. It's a game called Kingdom Of Loathing, I've told a couple of people about it and told them to check it out, just go to www.kingdomofloathing.com and give it a try. If you do stick with it let me know.

One other story, I meant to go to church this morning and so I had set my alarm on my phone as I usually do. My phone has a nifty little thing on the side that you can press when the phone is ringing to make it stop ringing. Well I remember hearing my alarm for about a second but I don't remember anything past that and then at about 11:30, three hours after I was going to wake up, I awoke to find myself tightly gripping onto my phone. My mind must have really wanted to go back to sleep so I grabbed the phone and turned off the ringer going back to sleep with phone still in hand. Sometimes I just can't control that hand of mine.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Thirdmango The Blogger

A comment was posted by the illustrious Th. asking me why I need so many blogs. So I will give an explanation.

This is the original, and is the obvious hub of everything Thirdmango.

I created the music review blog because I wanted a seperate place for the reviews so this blog wouldn't be cluttered with them.

The poker site was created because this one was getting too cluttered with poker stuff, and some people mentioned they didn't really care about my poker exploits, however it hasn't been updated due to Bush signing a bill which now prevents me from playing poker online.

If you go to my profile I'm sure you'll find another blog entitled notes, not having a laptop and having all my classes being computer classes, I needed somewhere quick to put notes.

Needing to document my radio stuff and needing a place to recieve comments on it and not wanting to do all that through writing and resending emails, once again, a blog seemed like the best place to do it.

Then I have my novel on it's own blog, because people had requested to read it, however the blog will soon be deleted as the story will be transfered to the official Magical Science Website at http://www.gashler.com/steve/magical_science_club/

So there you have it, three main ones. This one, the music review and the radio. The radio is more so for those whom will be listening to my radio program. I'll keep notes for notes obviously, until I get my own laptop, and then the poker one will stay up but don't expect anything from it for a long time. So there you have it. I'm a chronic multi tasker, as I write this I'm also watching an episode of star trek. That's just how I work.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

4.0

I'm well on my way to getting my first 4.0 this semester. It's actually becoming a very real possibility. I'm pretty excited. S don't expect much from me for a little bit, I'm making sure school is my first priority. Though this may not get any updates, check out mangoradio.blogspot.com for my radio exploits and what's going on with my first radio show. :)

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ho Ho Ho

Thanks for the comments to the last post, they were all good advice, though the funny thing is, everyone seems to have missed the point, I know I didn't give one, but both of those circumstances were harmless hypothetical situations, and were from what I thought good representations of the actual point but I can see now should have been less vague. So for another example which ties in to the other other two.

Suppose you're a hunter, and you shoot both deer and pigeons. And you know of two stores, one of which will pay for dead pigeons the other for deer hides. They both pay the same amount, they're both the same distance away but you just can't make it to both stores in the same day. Do you give up the deer to sell the pigeons or do you give up the pigeons to sell the deer. You want to get both done because you really like shooting both pigeons and deer and neither one of them are a bad choice for this made up hypothetical world. So you decide you want to get both done and you're not willing to sacrifice one to gain the other. You need to do both. What do you do?

More to the point I was trying to get at, I used actual events that were possible to make it more realistic for people to imagine, but alas sent across the wrong messages. So don't worry everyone, it's not a big deal, basically it's like saying I want have my kayak and heat it too. :)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Current Obsession Song

The Mars Volta -- Day Of The Baphomets

I've literally been listening to this song on repeat. All 11 minutes 56 seconds of it.

Supposing

Imagine if you will that you are both a democrat and a republican. You agree with most of what both parties believe in. So then you decide you want to find someone, you're looking around and all you can find are democrats and republicans. But yet you want to find someone who believes the same as you, both democrat and republican, they must be out there somewhere right? You keep looking and everyone you talk to has the same sort of response, "Oh yeah, I love republican what nots but I can't understand this democrat side." Or the other way around.

Now you're all sitting there thinking, what the heck? Of course not Thirdmango, that can't actually happen, and besides most of us know you're pretty democrat and not republican. Ah but that's not what I was talking about. Let's try something else.

Imagine if you will that you are a video game designer and you go to church one day and some guy gives a talk on the evils of video gaming, that it's a complete waste of time and anyone that does it is ruining their life. But suppose you decided that he was right, what would you do then? Quit your job and lose all your money? Now let's go back, suppose you believe in this church, but yet you really enjoy your job but what everyone seems to be saying you're living the life of a hypoctire, yet you know that you're not. But you still value the opinions of others. What would you do?

Now sure, this also isn't me, and now you're wondering what I'm getting at. But this one is closer to something that has actually happened to me. Sort of. But they're both related scenarios to my life. Know what it is? Don't? Then keep trying to figure it out cause that's all I'm saying on the subject for now.

Friday, November 03, 2006

Post #200, Mango-Svithe

Relgious content ahead, proceed at your own risk.

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I had an interesting past couple of days. Very weird and surreal, and almost dream like at this point, it went past and it was just about one of the weirdest weeks of my life. For how good of a weekend I had last weekend this one is looking to be an awful one. Most of my comments on this one will be coming from some Book of Mormon chapters I read this morning. Alma 60-62. This is among the war chapters in the Book of Mormon and in this part Moroni got really angry at Pahoran, another general in the army, he felt Pahoran was being an awful general, he didn't care about the war and all that, so Moroni decided to chew him out by sending him a note. And here's a snippet of what he said.

Verse 1-2, "...Behold, I direct mine epistle to Pahoran, in the city of Zarahemla, who is the chief judge and the governor over the land, and also to all those who have been chosen by this people to govern and manage the affairs of this war.
For behold, I have somewhat to say unto them by the way of condemnation; for behold, ye yourselves know that ye have been appointed to gather together men, and arm them with swords, and with cimeters, and all manner of weapons of war of every kind, and send forth against the Lamanites, in whatsoever parts they should come into our land..." and then in verses 5-9
"...But behold, great has been the slaughter among our people; yea, thousands have fallen by the sword, while it might have otherwise been if ye had rendered unto our armies sufficient strength and succor for them. Yea, great has been your neglect towards us.
And now behold, we desire to know the cause of this exceedingly great neglect; yea, we desire to know the cause of your thoughtless state.
Can you think to sit upon your thrones in a state of thoughtless astupor, while your enemies are spreading the work of death around you? Yea, while they are murdering thousands of your brethren—
Yea, even they who have looked up to you for protection, yea, have placed you in a situation that ye might have succored them, yea, ye might have sent armies unto them, to have strengthened them, and have saved thousands of them from falling by the sword.
But behold, this is not all—ye have withheld your provisions from them, insomuch that many have fought and bled out their lives because of their great desires which they had for the welfare of this people; yea, and this they have done when they were about to aperish with hunger, because of your exceedingly great neglect towards them."

Now imagine yourself in Pahoran's shoes for a moment, and I'm sure all of us can. Think to a time when you've recieved an email or letter and you were wrongly accused, or someone spoke ill of your name. It hurts, it stings. It doesn't feel good.

Moroni was so bold in his letter that even near the end in verse 33 he said.

"Ye know that ye do transgress the laws of God, and ye do know that ye do trample them under your feet. Behold, the Lord saith unto me: If those whom ye have appointed your governors do not repent of their sins and ainiquities, ye shall bgo up to battle against them."

Ouch, not only to have your actions called into question but also your whole soul, everything you hold dear. It couldn't have felt good. I know if I were put in this position and I can think of one time when I had been, when one missionary as I was also a missionary completely questioned and denied that I had any sort of testimony of the church. It hurt bad that someone so close could say something so vile.

Pahoran then did something that in that situation I don't know if I could have done. He immidiatly sent a reply to Moroni and in chapter 61 he started with verse 1 and 2. "Behold, now it came to pass that soon after Moroni had sent his epistle unto the chief governor, he received an epistle from Pahoran, the chief governor. And these are the words which he received:
I, Pahoran, who am the chief governor of this land, do send these words unto Moroni, the chief captain over the army. Behold, I say unto you, Moroni, that I do not joy in your great aafflictions, yea, it grieves my soul." Then onto verse 9 and 10, "And now, in your epistle you have censured me, but it mattereth not; I am not angry, but do rejoice in the greatness of your heart. I, Pahoran, do not seek for power, save only to retain my judgment-seat that I may preserve the rights and the liberty of my people. My soul standeth fast in that liberty in the which God hath made us free. And now, behold, we will resist wickedness even unto bloodshed..." He shortly there after closed his epistle but not before telling Moroni that his group had been sent to and fro and that they did still believe in the cause, they had just ran into problems, but many of those problems had now been dealt with.

Pahoran recieved an awful nasty letter and was able to move forward from it and turn it into a positive, one of my wishes is that when we go through our skirmishes with each other that when misunderstandings arise, that we can try to get beyond it.

So then on to the rest in chapter 62 verses one and two, "And now it came to pass that when Moroni had received this epistle his heart did take courage, and was filled with exceedingly great joy because of the faithfulness of Pahoran, that he was not also a traitor to the freedom and cause of his country.
But he did also mourn exceedingly because of the iniquity of those who had driven Pahoran from the judgment-seat, yea, in fine because of those who had rebelled against their country and also their God."

They were able to reconcile and go onto a better cause. I was thinking today of how many times we have misunderstandings which become big things. Once on my mission when dealing with the elder I mentioned earlier whom was my zone leader at the time, one of my best friends sent me a letter, I was very angry with leadership as a whole at the time and couldn't believe that someone so mean could become a zone leader. Well I open the letter and find that my really good friend has become a zone leader in his own mission. Still venting on this rage at this zone leader I channel all my frustrations in a letter to my friend, basically lambasting him for sucking up and become a stupid zone leader. I tore into him good, and I sent it, he was not happy to recieve it but luckily we were able to work things out, though slowly because it took nearly 3 months for a letter to get back and forth between us. Luckily when we were able to get back together in person, things smoothed over and things were able to be explained. How many times do we get hot headed ourselves when something rubs us the wrong way. Just look at the BYU editorial section, something rubs someone the wrong way, they get hot headed and write a scathing letter. That's how we are.

So this morning I took Moroni's place, I felt I had been wronged and I was hurt by it, so I sent a scathing email to this person displaying my displeasure in feeling wronged. Unfortunatly also like Moroni, my information was incorrect and so I was wrong in the first place. But the deed had been done and a giant misunderstanding had occured. I won't go into any more specifics as it's still fresh on my mind, but this story was one of the first things that popped into my head. Now honestly, I really hope the other person involved does not see this for a while, since time is often what is needed at most. But I wrote this more so for myself then anyone else, so that I could get my thoughts out onto a canvas.

So then to the questions, how do you suppose you would act in Moroni's place? How about in Pahoran's place. Suppose the same sort of scenario happens but in your life, what would we do in these circumstances? And a follow up to that one, would we be justified in doing so? Thoughts? Comments?

This has been the official second Mango-Svithe.