First I'd like to apologize for how long it has taken me to respond to your questions. As I figure that none of you actually care, this probably hasn't been too difficult of a time. I'll be watching AAD from now on, so if you'd like to know more just post to the forum and the original drunk will be will you in his own sweet time.
AAD: It's now two years since we started infesting your forum. We've been publicly taking your name in vain since September 2001. Some of us had little better to do. But what about you? How have things been going from a career point of view?
JPB: My career pretty much sucks. What with a wonderful US economy, and my lack of any formal education, I don't exactly have the pick of crop when it comes to jobs. Whatever came by, that paid the bills, and was slightly more interesting than watching C-Span all day (Canadian Parliament is hilarious), I took. Tired of being a corporate-drone whore I have decided to return to college to become a corporate-middle-management whore. Seriously, I'm at UWM to get my degree in Software Engineering and a minor in business.
AAD: Why and when did you create Ask A Drunk?
JPB: I created AAD shortly after leaving college in 1998. I was influenced by my friend who created the "Ask Jesus" forum on LUSENET (It seems that that forum has been over taken by actual Christians. It was so much better when it was blasphemous). Of course, drinking was involved as well as it being entirely too late that night. So, pretty much, I started AAD because...
AAD: A couple of your own postings on LUSENET were signed 'sir jakersley, or the drunk guy who hath no pants'. Is there a story here?
JPB: Before I started using the nickname spoon00, I made attempts to be funny. Since they failed, I knew I was not funny and I now rely on being self-deprecating. Also, I may have watched/listened to too much Monty Python at the time.
AAD: Your original email address and your current one both begin with the word 'spoon'. Why is this? (It has been suggested that you invented spoons, and/or get a percentage of the profit from every spoon sold, everywhere in the world.)
JPB: Spoon was from "The Tick". I used it enough for it to stick.
AAD: Why did you take down your personal web site? Any chance of it reappearing?
JPB: Very technical reasons for this. I moved. I had a Linux box on a DSL connection severing my old site. I moved to a place that promised to also have DSL but they forgot to tell me that I'd have to wait a year. So all I had was one telephone line and dial-up. I've moved again and I have DSL once more. At some point I'll have a web-server running again, but until then you can experience the trills at my uwm homepage.
AAD: An email has arrived from a man called Flood (tempting to say we've been 'inundated' with emails from him, but in fact it was just the one) who describes you as a 'part time Canadian'. How do you plead in response to this grave charge?
JPB: Yes, this is a friend of mine and he is correct in his charge that I am a part time Canadian. The thing is, my father owns a fishing resort in Ontario, and the only way that I could work there in the summer was by becoming a Canadian resident. I am currently a landed immigrant, but I have yet to get my SIN and Health card.
AAD: To borrow a formula from 'I Love Everything': beards, classic or dud?
JPB Beards are pretty classic, if done right. Can I do it right? No.
AAD: A question for you in your professional capacity, from one of the AAD veterans, Zen Clown: 'I'd like to ask about Linux applications as they apply to PCs. Seemingly, most hardware and software is dedicated to Macroshaft. The average user has a hard row to hoe getting away from MS. Will Linux evolve in the near future so that shitheads like me can use it? I installed Lycoris and it wouldn't recognize my modem, scanner or printer thereby rendering it virtually useless. And could I perhaps slip in a "furthermore"? Any recommendations regarding Linux OS for home users?'
JPB: If you want *nix on the desktop, get a Mac. I've been a loyal Mac fan for many years and have run MacOS X since it was in beta. A few driver issues where around early on, but it is very much mainstream now and very few problems arise, except maybe for extremely old peripherals. I still have Linux around and use it for a few desktop applications. I think that Linux has the ability to be a good desktop OS as long as some group is willing to make the commitment like that of Apple in getting BSD Unix ready for the masses. For now I don't suggest Linux unless you are willing to make the commitment necessary to follow through in making it work for you (learn to compile, etc...). Linux, right now, is very good and I suggest that it be put to use in the following; corporate desktop kiosks, most/all server uses, cheap clusters, internet kiosks, school desktop kiosks, firewalls, use for vertical applications, embedded devices, etc...
AAD: What do you prefer to do in your spare time?
JPB: Not that I have too much spare time now that I'm in school, but I do enjoy quite a few things. I enjoy swimming and bicycling in an attempt to keep in better shape. It's going pretty well, if only I would stop eating so much. I try to culture my self a bit by reading and participating in a school choir. I'm actually very good as singing and have quite a bit of fun as long as I don't have to solo. I've been reading a lot of Harry Turtledove, but I'm getting some more political and historical readings done as well. Big fan of the Internet and I visit a few sites everyday; slashdot.org, fark.com, macrumors.com, macslash.com, and web zen. I'll also do some programming or learn a new programming language every so often. No big personal projects yet, but I am working on a web site for someone right now.
AAD: What do you prefer to do out of your spare time?
JPB: Since I'm in school right now I could tell you the classes that I like. It's the end of the semester right now, but my philosophy, econ, and computer science classes were all successful in keeping awake. Math wasn't bad but I'll enjoy that more once I start calculus. Next semester I'll be finishing up all my required course work so I'll be able to focus on the math and computer science soon. I also work part time in the UWM Student Union at the information desk. I'm not too sure where stuff is on campus, so I'm very unhelpful some of the time. I also have the choice of being the cashier at a local Chinese restaurant when funds are low and I have extra spare time.
AAD: Can you spare a dime?
JPB: Ha, was going to ask you the very same thing. I'm in college now, very poor. Don't make me get Susan Summers out here...
AAD: Counselor Troi. HOT HOT HOT!!! or scary psycho bitch?
JPB: Super HOT psycho bitch. Fond of Hoshi Sato from Enterprise though.
AAD: Got pics?
AAD: Brie or Low-fat Philadelphia?
JPB: I've been known to have Brie and crackers as my only breakfast. Remember, there's no F-A-T in B-R-I-E.
AAD: Scotch or Gin?
JPB: Scotch, with Brandy coming in second. Gin is last, or whenever my Grandfather is making martinis (I can't see!).
AAD: Do you currently have a partner? If not, any one of us would be honoured to fill the vacancy, even if it meant changing sex - but if you could actually see most of us you might not be very keen on this proposal.
JPB: This may be the most depressing answer for some of you then. I am engaged to be married to a wonderful girl named Judy. Our current wedding date is set for June 6, 2004. I will be taking her name at that time, becoming Jacob Wu.
AAD: We think of you as the moral and spiritual leader of Wisconsin, someone regarded with awe and reverence and devotion by everybody. Is there any truth in this picture?
JPB: I am the king of "Do as I say, not as I do."
― The Founder, Monday, 15 December 2003 20:53 (fifteen years ago) link
jacob o jacob, pity us our weakness.
and now to the flail mart.
― hurley (hurley), Monday, 15 December 2003 21:54 (fifteen years ago) link
I have seen the error of my ways.......
Secondly, Thank You! I cannot quite focus on what for but Thank You none the less.
― Ðµdë §téè£, Tuesday, 16 December 2003 03:17 (fifteen years ago) link
― C J (C J), Wednesday, 17 December 2003 19:27 (fifteen years ago) link
― hurley (hurley), Wednesday, 17 December 2003 21:30 (fifteen years ago) link
― Matt (Matt), Wednesday, 17 December 2003 23:32 (fifteen years ago) link
― Zen Clown (Zen Clown), Thursday, 18 December 2003 00:00 (fifteen years ago) link
― C J (C J), Thursday, 18 December 2003 15:44 (fifteen years ago) link
But she said...
"Tut, tut, none of that now. It was an innocent slip of the tongue."
Did you hear what YOU said!
"You're a filthy sonofabitch."
My monkey loves me
― Zen Clown Critic (Zen Clown), Thursday, 18 December 2003 21:16 (fifteen years ago) link
Fucking hell, I said, a talking monkey.
The internet has now achieved everything it set out to do, and can stop.
― Matt (Matt), Friday, 19 December 2003 02:09 (fifteen years ago) link
― hurley (hurley), Friday, 19 December 2003 11:33 (fifteen years ago) link
― Lynskey (Lynskey), Friday, 19 December 2003 14:19 (fifteen years ago) link
If indeed you and Judy have been married for a year now, please accept my heartfelt best wishes. Have you gotten her a gift? If I'm not mistaken, for the first aniversary, it's toothpaste, and as the years go by it gets more expensive.
I think I can speak for everyone on this forum, Jacob, best wishes and may the Force be with you.
If not for you, we might not be.
Martin William Stoetzle, Zen Clown, on behalf of the AAD forum.
(I am seriously assailed by my curiousity here...Are you Jacob Wu?)
― Zen Clown, Monday, 6 June 2005 03:34 (fourteen years ago) link
― Zen Clown, Monday, 6 June 2005 03:42 (fourteen years ago) link
― George (Matt), Monday, 6 June 2005 08:39 (fourteen years ago) link
― Heave Ho, Friday, 30 March 2007 17:57 (twelve years ago) link
― Heave Ho, Friday, 30 March 2007 18:01 (twelve years ago) link
I have been invited to a "work focused" interview with ever charming dwp next week, can't wait. My partner is gravely ill and my son is in peak adolescence, which is a nightmare for any parent, but is slightly more challenging when he has classic autism and is tending towards violent behaviour. The worst thing is that I really do miss work and it would actually be an easier option than being a fucking carer. That is the thing that "benefit scum" types always fail to understand.
― xelab, Sunday, 22 November 2015 02:32 (three years ago) link