If you read the title of this blog entry and thought I was plotting to kill my grandmother, well, you'd be wrong. One piece of stuff that I've been ignoring for at least a year or two (probably much longer) has been this giant paper shopping bag in my main "computer room". It has been sitting behind my chair for quite some time, being an obstacle between two halves of the room. In fact, what actually prompted me to get rid of it is the music stand behind it, on which is a music book with exercises I've been wanting to go through, probably for even longer. It's about time I took a look inside the bag.
Judging from the contents, I'm guessing it's unrelated stuff I picked up and threw into one bag while I was moving. Here were some of the many oddities inside:
- Exercise from What Color Is Your Parachute. Back in 2009 when I was laid off and furiously trying to get a new job in my field in the midst of a shitty economy, I had some career center or another recommend the book What Color Is Your Parachute. It's a book about job hunting and career building, updated every year (mainly to keep the suggested website links and what not all up-to-date). And well, I thought the book mostly sucked. However, there were some exercises that seemed worth doing. I photocopied these sections, and bought a poster board for the exercise too. Then I never ended up doing anything with them. I can't remember what happened to the big green piece of poster board, aside from collecting dust in my bedroom.
- Readers' Digest. I bought this at an airport, probably in that same year because I was unemployed at the time. The cover story was "The Best New Jobs". This is worth a second reading, then probably throwing away. I'm going to do that tonight. No sense in waiting longer to do it; that's how things like this end up hanging around for so long.
- Middle School newspaper. Volume 1, Issue 1 of my middle school newspaper. I entered sixth grade in the mid 80s, namely the same year that all of the schools in my area got rid of junior high school and created middle school. Now this is a fun piece of nostalgia, and not junk that I'm going to just toss away. My wife will be pleased to know that Jon Bon Jovi won the sixth grade polls in three categories (favorite group: Bon Jovi; favorite song: You Give Love a Bad Name; favorite male singer: Jon Bon Jovi).
- EIDOS Interactive catalog, '98. This was the company that made Tomb Raider, and most of the catalog sold related items. This included stuff like a briefcase ($74) and sunglasses ($199). But a 1998 gaming catalog looks like modern technology compared to the next item.
- Turtle Commands for Logo. Wow, the Logo programming language. Move the turtle forward 30 pixels, turn right 90 degrees, and repeat those commands until you've drawn a square. Here was a collection of commands I got at the time from my babysitter up the street. All of those secret special commands they didn't teach you in computer class or on the tutorial diskette!
- Bad date's phone number and email address, among other things scribbled down on the same piece of paper. I had met this lady though the long defunct website longhairedmen.com, "The site for long-haired men and the women who love them". I met quite a few dates through that site, actually. It was great while it lasted. Unfortunately this was one of the not-so-great dates. I must have been saving the piece of paper for one of the other phone numbers or notes on it, whose meaning has now been long lost. Goodbye, piece of paper!
More to come.