Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

30 years old
Male
from Pittsburgh,PA. Current: Nashville, TN

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 19: Fit4RTX and a 5k For Charity

      5 days ago

      I hate running.


      I don't throw that word around often, but I do: I hate running. So much so that my last car proudly displayed a 0.0 sticker on it. However, despite my hatred of the activity, I'm a realist when it comes to running: running is one of the most efficient ways to burn calories per minute (swimming being the best). As part of my Fit4RTX goals, I started running on treadmills in Winter to build up the very necessary stamina for my guardian role. After a while, I was able to build up to a decent pace, though I still didn't enjoy running any more than when I first started. It was a necessary tool to achieve my goal and nothing else.


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      Fast forward to May. My company is big into charity work (i.e. some of you out there recall the journals about Christmas shopping sprees for low SES children, or the reverse trick-or-treat my company has) and this year they came up with an interesting charity project. They're sponsoring a 5k for employees in which the company will donate $1,000 to the charity of choice to the winner. Here's the twist, the winner isn't determined by time, it's determined by expected time. Those participating form a two-person team. Each member of the team submits how long they think it'll take them to run the 5k. The expected times are then added for each team. Before the run, all participants must turn over cellphones, watches, or anything that can tell time. This prevents someone from just waiting by the finish line to hit their guessed-time. After the run, your team's time is added and which ever team's time was closest to their initial guess wins. I love volunteering and doing charity work, so despite never running a 5k in my life, I signed up.


      Since all my running has been on a treadmill, I didn't know exactly how well that would translate to the outdoor 5k path set up by my company. Many of the participants would train and run the route after work twice a week, so I joined them. My first run started off well; the first mile I was able to keep pace with most of the pack. During Mile 2, I fell a tad behind but I felt like I was keeping the pace I was used to on the treadmill. At the end of that mile, I was thinking to myself "Gee, this isn't as bad as I thought." As soon as I had that thought, my body went full "NOPE" and I had to slow to a walk.


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      I walked the rest of the way. Each time I've gone out with my coworkers, I'd feel a little better and make it a little further before the "walks" settled in.


      The 5K is next Thursday and hopefully with a few more runs, I'll have a good idea of what time to submit. My teammate and I will be running for Catholic Charities so hopefully we'll bring them a nice donation next week.


      Wish me luck; I'll need it all and then some!


      Have a great weekend everyone!


      -James

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 18: Kickstarter and the MDB Card Game

      1 week ago

      Hello everyone!


      First off, I want to congratulate the community for raising an amazing $421,766 in eight and half hours after the Million Dollars But ... card game went live. It's truly a testament to the passion of the community and the creativity of our benevolent overlords at Rooster Teeth! You all are awesome and I love you all (in a strictly platonic way, naturally).


      Having said that, I'd like to stand on my soap box for a second or two ...


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      When I first heard that MDB was going to released essentially through Kickstarter, I couldn't help but feel an undefined sense of discomfort about it. On the surface, it makes total sense economically for RT to release a new product through Kickstarter:


      1. As they stated, they can expand to different consumers that are not in RT's ecosystem.
      2. It gives them an accurate idea of how many units they'll initially need to meet demand. It helps cut down on over/under supply, and having people pay upfront is more reliable than gauging interest with surveys that doesn't put the consumers' money at risk.
      3. We don't have to pay sales tax on the game.


      Those all appeal to my economic senses, but I still felt "meh" about it. I started thinking more on it and I think I uncovered the sources of angst.


      For one, unlike Lazer Team, the game is already done. I contributed money to Lazer Team because I knew that the more money they brought in from contributions, the better the movie would be. The larger budget would help clean up the special effects, get more well-known talent, etc... Here, the game is already complete. No matter how many contributors there are, the game will not change.


      Another thing, this is purely a pre-order, not a way to have contributors to feel "a part" of the creation process. I'd be curious to know how many of the contributors are already in RT's eco-system (and by eco-system, I mean anyone who has created an account here on site, or purchased items from the Store. I bet they could bounce email or physical addresses off Kickstarter and the RT site to see how many matches there are). I'm willing to bet that the majority of the contributors are already familiar with RT. With Twitter, Reddit, other social media sites, and word of mouth, I bet they could have just effectively reached a new percentage of customers without paying Kickstarter the 5% fee.


      Last, and most concerning to me, is the possible negative externalities of doing this on Kickstarter. At its core, Kickstarter is intended to be a vehicle by which creators with ideas, can get funding from backers who support these ideas. Essentially, these backers are making an investment in a project for a certain payoff (namely, the finished product and associated perks). As with any investment, there are risks associated with it. Kickstarter is a great example of the free-market at work for the law of large numbers to assess the balance between the risk and reward. In RT's case, they've completely removed the risk from the equation. They have a finished product ready to go in an environment of ideas and prototypes. Being a market trend setter, I'm afraid that this will have more content creators coming to Kickstarter with completed products already. What this will do, market-wise, is condition the consumer/contributor to expect finished products already before kicking money to it. This creates a crowding-out effect on creators who have good ideas but need capital to further the idea. If these people are crowded out, the idea of Kickstarter is essentially defeated in favor for a pre-order vehicle.


      Whew! We went deep. Let's climb out of that hole.


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      Let's level here: Am I going to buy the game? Absolutely. It looks like a lot of fun. Am I going to do it through Kickstarter? Nope. I'm all for RT being a market disruptor and using outside vehicles to promote their product and be efficient with their resources. I am, however, uncomfortable with the unintended consequences of how they're going about selling their game.


      I'm happy for RT's continued success and happy for those who contributed and got wonderful perks for it too!


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      Have a great week everyone!


      -James


    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 17: It's That Time of the Year: The RTX Guardian Oath

      2 weeks ago

      Hello everyone!


      For the last 4 years, I've made my RTX guardian oath (which borrows heavily from Game of Thrones). Since the new Game of Thrones season has started back and up guardians received their assignments recently, I say it's as good as any time to resurrect the oath. I've had to update it a tad since some of the features no longer exist on the site, but the essence of the oath is there.


      Attendees gather, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until RTX does. I shall take no photos, hold up staff, pitch scripts. I shall wear no costume or win mods points. I shall live and exhaust myself at my post. I am the sharpie-holder at the autograph booth. I am the watcher of the crowds. I am the shield that guards the staff and special guests. I pledge my vacation time and my activity feed to the RTX Guardians, for this RTX and all RTXs to come.


      I can't wait for RTX and to see a lot of you awesome people!


      Have a great weekend!


      -James


      P.S.

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    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 16: RT Meet Ups and RTX Guardian Assignments

      3 weeks ago

      The Week 16 update is coming in a little late this week (in that I completely missed last week):


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      Though it is for good, busy reasons!


      1) Nashville and Knoxville had very successful RWBY Vol 1 meet ups and screenings! Prior to the screenings, I hosted a RT:TN meet up in Nashville and @Kandel stepped up and hosted the Knoxville meet up. Thanks to all the wonderful community members who showed up!


      2) RTX Guardian assignments came out! It's always an exciting time for guardians to know which team you'll be on and start building a rapport with your fellow team members. This year, for the third year, I'll be taking my talents to Austin, Texas as a PA. I'm excited to see a bunch of familiar faces there and new faces as well. It's going to be a crazy RTX and hopefully we'll make it crazier (in a good way, or Jackie and Jenn will kill me).


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      Make it a good week everyone!


      -James


    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 15: Targeted Advertising That Worked On Me

      1 month ago

      Yesterday, I was hit with some targeted advertising (where personal data is used to send specific ads to an individual), and for the first time it worked! I'm sure we've all seen it: you'll go on Amazon and look up a product. For the next week, anytime you long into Facebook or check the weather on weather.com, you'll see Amazon ads for that product you looked up. Generally, I very aware of when ads are products of data mining. I build predictive models and mine data for a living so I'm more sensitive to how my data is being used for ads. Yesterday however, I was impressed for the first time by a targeted ad.


      For some context, I've been working hard on getting #Fit4RTX. The one spot, however, that I've been having trouble was working on my triceps (some of you may remember the journey @DiMono went on to strengthen his triceps in his journals of yesteryear). To help augment what I was already doing, I went web surfing for other exercises that target the triceps. I found a couple of free weight and body weight exercises that I wanted to try the next day. After my search, I went to Facebook to see what my friends were doing for the Penguins / Rangers playoff game. The very first post on my feed was a post liked by a friend of mine. It was part of a TED talk about muscle science. It was a short video (about 100 seconds), it was entirely simple animations, and it had subtitles so I didn't have stop listening to the Penguins pre-game show. I watched it and thought it was interesting but then immediately I had the thought: Did my friend just recently like this very timely post, or was there extremely clever targeting advertising at play. I looked on my friend's profile and discovered that she "liked" TED talks in general, but not that specific video. Clever clever ad people.


      I'm making note of this experience, not only because it was extremely clever, but because it was a targeted ad that I actually found really interesting and helpful. In the past, the targeted ads came in too late. Products that pop up in Amazon ads are already products that I've purchased or decided not to. Sometime hotel offers will pop up after I've already had my trip. Ex post advertising isn't effective. This TED talk, however, shared info with me that was relevant for my on going research. Furthermore, these kind of ads are, ideally, what I've been hoping for in a world of "Big Data": that the ads each individual get are relevant, helpful, and useful, not annoying or worthless. Perhaps we're finally getting into a brave new world of targeted advertising.


      Have a great rest of your week!


      - James



      P.S. Go Pens!

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    • EricHVela asked Desayjin a question

      What does the A. stand for as your middle initial? Andrew, Aaric, alKhwarizmi, Agness, Alejandro, Abraham, Adolph, Algernon, Alfredo, Alfreddy?

      Answered: Apr 12, 2016

      Alexander, but my maternal side call me Alesandro.

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 14: The Song That Just Won't Leave My Brain

      1 month ago

      We've all been there. You'll hear a song and it will ... linger. At first it's welcomed. "That song is dope [shut up, I'm old]; let's hear it again." You hit replay and take it in again. And then it becomes a third ... a fourth ... a tenth ... It just won't leave, yet we feel compelled to listen to it one more time in the hopes that this next time will be the one to vanquish it.


      This morning was one of those days where I couldn't stop listening to a particular song. How bad? I listened to it for an hour straight. The song is question is a mashup up popular classical music.




      This isn't a mash up where you'll hear a little bit of Mozart, then Beethoven etc... The author took 57 popular classical music scores from 33 composers, transposed them into a common key, and layered them on top of one another. It sounds like it would be a cacophonous mess, but he cleverly laid 3 or 4 songs down at a time and it works surprisingly well. The kicker, instead of showing musical notes, he replaced them with a headshot of the composer. I was completely enthralled by watching little Bach heads systematically scaling the bars, seeing Mozart playfully hop around, Tchaikovsky stopping heavily around. I've been playing piano since 3rd grade and learned by playing a lot of classical music. Most of those 57 pieces were immediately recognizable to me and brought back a flood of memories of learning said pieces. I was hooked.



      What songs have gotten in your head and just couldn't leave? Share them in the comments below; maybe they'll get stuck in my head and I can move on ... for the time being.


      Have a great weekend!


      -James

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 13: Celebrating 13 Years of RT

      1 month ago

      As our dear and respectable Canadian community manager @Barbara has commanded, here's a little write up about a favorite or memorable moment in RT's history. There have been so many, but the one that stands out the most is the one that fundamentally changed how I interacted with the community.


      It was 2012: RTX was moving to the Austin Convention Center for the first time and I was excited to meet some people within the community and celebrate all things Rooster Teeth. The day before RTX started, SideQuest had their first charity auction. One item I immediately had my eye on was the original @burnie Statue as heard from the Podcast and later the RTAA. It quickly became the hot item at the auction. As the bidding continued to spiral out of control, I made friends with another community member (@mattcorry) who tried winning the statue as well. Matt, who is from Australia, wanted to win the statue so he could take it to Burnie, Tasmania and complete Burnie's crazy idea. I immediately latched onto this idea and we pooled our funds to win the statue. Unfortunately, the two of us alone couldn't outbid a few others trying to win it. We enlisted the help of @ninjaspectre to round out our plan. With our powers (money) combined, we won the statue for $870.


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      With the statue in hand, we sent it back with our intrepid Australian and brought the statue to Tasmania (check out his profile to see the photos).


      I realized in that moment that we didn't buy the statue for ourselves, but to complete a story that the entire community and RT could enjoy. Since the statue was now a symbol of the community, every SideQuest charity auction, we brought it back to re-auction it off. It became a sort of Stanley Cup that the auction winner would enjoy for a year and return every RTX.


      Winning and sending the statue to Tasmania became the catalyst for doing what I could for the community. I began to do more volunteering for the community: organizing the Tennessee fan base, being a RTX guardian, and other little projects that pop up.


      Side note: After numerous online interactions, RTX 2012 was the first time I met Barbara in person:


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      Fast forward two years:


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      Maybe I'll stick to online interactions. :p


      I can't wait to hear about everyone's favorite moments in RT history and to see the future of RT! Happy Birthday RT!


      -James


      #RT13

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 12: The Saga of Appearing on The Tonight Show

      2 months ago

      A few months ago, my wife and I were trying to figure out how to celebrate our first wedding anniversary. We thought about going near, going far, or having a stay-cation, but a crazy idea began to gain momentum: getting on The Tonight Show. My wife has been a huge fan of Jimmy Fallon for a while and I’ve become a fan of his style of late-night show: fun games, good music, and getting guests out of their comfort zone. We started looking into how to get tickets and we quickly discovered it wasn’t as simple as getting something like concert tickets. Here is our story …


      The tickets “go live” a month prior. For example, the first of February was when all the tickets for March “went live.” Now I put that in quotes because you actually don’t get the tickets then. You get put on a waitlist for the tickets. How do some people get on the waitlist? Prior to the “go live” event, you have to create a profile on a separate website that is not affiliated with NBC. On this site, you essentially have to create a casting profile. My wife had to upload a picture of her (but gets bonus points if the picture includes everyone in your party. More on bonus points later), state her height, weight, hair color, and eye color. Including all that information (and a picture of your entire party) will fill a pie-chart to 50% which ranks your “Jimmy Fallon Fandom.” The next thing they ask for is to link multiple social media profiles (each profile fills up that pie-chart more). Last, they ask you to say why you want to be on The Tonight Show. Filling that last part out, along with everything else, will fill the pie-chart to 100% and you’ll get the rank of “Super Fan.”


      All of that is done prior to the “go live” event. Once the event go lives, you pick a few dates you’d like to attempt to get on. The window closes in less than an hour (though not as quickly as RTX VIP passes), and in the next 48 hours, you’ll be informed if you made it on the waitlist or not. If you’ve made it on the waitlist, then you play the waiting game. We finally heard back 8 days before the show that we got tickets. We had to quickly throw together a NYC trip: plane tickets, hotel, reservations for restaurants, requesting time off from work, etc… Now when I say we got tickets, we still weren’t guaranteed a seat. Apparently, they oversell the show so that there aren’t empty seats. They will start taking you up around 3pm, but won’t let you line up prior. We were hovering and once the announcement was made, it was a near stampede to get line up. Once they hit the max head count, they had to turn people away … who had tickets mind you.


      We were the lucky ones who made it though. We went through security, talked with very friendly pages (who took an official picture of us), and then were selectively placed in the audience based on 1) where in line we were and 2) what colors we were wearing. We got seats dead center immediately behind the monologue cameras. A comedian came out to warm us up and The Roots followed up with a 10 minute jam session. Then the show started taping all in one go. Jimmy nailed the monologue. Jake Gyllenhaal is beautiful beautiful man in person. Their detective sketch was knee-slapping funny and cool to see the "behind-the-scenes" of getting them cleaned up between bits. PeeWee Herman talked about his new movie (he was seemingly less creepy as the actor and not the persona), and the musical guest was decent, but the sound mixing wasn’t the best for a live studio audience.


      We went through a lot of uncertainty to get on The Tonight Show, but we had a terrific time once we got there and had an amazing time eating and drinking our way through NYC. What a helluva way to celebrate a first anniversary. :)


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      -James

    • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Week 11: Turning 30 in Style (Togas)

      2 months ago

      Earlier this week, after doing a decades long battle with my 20's, I finally defeated it. To commemorate the defeat of my 20's, my wife and I concocted a plan to celebrate in grand fashion. With my birthday falling on the Ides of March, it seemed appropriate to incorporate Julius Caesar into the party, and what better way than a toga party!


      For those of you who don't know, or need a quick refresher in history, Julius Caesar was a terrific guy who did a lot for Rome:

      • Created Legions of jobs
      • Gentrified Gaul (France), Germany, and Northern Spain
      • Spread the wealth to the plebs
      • Formed very close relations with Egypt's government

      All in all, a pretty nice guy. Then the social elite of Rome, the 1% if you will, decided to end his good-guy campaign with some real cloak-and-dagger tactics:


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      Back to the present. For my 30th birthday, we asked our friends to come over and have a toga party to celebrate; we checked to make sure daggers were left at the door. It was a nice way to bid farewell to my 20's, considering that the last toga party I went to was in college.


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      Thank you all for the birthday wishes! Now onward to my 30's!


      Veni, Vedi, Veteri! -I came. I saw, I grew older.

  • Comments (169)

    • madmanmoe Keeper of Shenanigans

      2 months ago

      Happy belated birthday. Sorry so late, but its good I still checked, right...?eh...? ehhhhh....?

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        2 months ago

        Thank you sir! In my family, we celebrate birthday months, so you're not late :).

      • madmanmoe Keeper of Shenanigans

        2 months ago

        Best...Family...EVER!

    • Toptoast Keeper of the Breakfast

      2 months ago

      Happy Birthday!

      Have this wonderful assortment of cake, on the house: cake.jpg

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        2 months ago

        I'm all about Team Cake. Thanks!

    • topham DHYB

      2 months ago

      Happy Birthday! And Community Day! What a wonderful time to be alive!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        2 months ago

        Thank you good sir!

    • FLYbarger Keeper of Blades

      2 months ago

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      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        2 months ago

        That's awesome!

      • FLYbarger Keeper of Blades

        2 months ago

        I knew you'd enjoy that.

    • JDunlap The Dude

      3 months ago

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      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        3 months ago

        Why thank you sir! And yes, chimichangas are wonderful!

    • ErinM

      3 months ago

      Happy Warm Fuzzies! Even though I'm not anywhere close to being an economist, I'm glad there's someone else here who understands my nerdy ways with finance. =P Thanks for being awesome!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        3 months ago

        No, thank you for being awesome!

    • Audrey Spread The Love!

      3 months ago

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      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        3 months ago

        Thank you for the Warm Fuzzies!

    • LadyOddDuck RTX 2016 Guardian!

      3 months ago

      Happy Warm Fuzzies Day! Thank you for being such an awesome and giving example for this community to follow.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        3 months ago

        Thank you Duck! Thank you for all you do for the community! I'm looking forward to working with you as a guardian this year!

    • rachyrock Goddess of Noms

      3 months ago

      Happy warm fuzzies day, Secret Santa recipient! Hope you've had a lovely day :)

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        3 months ago

        Thank you so much!

    • CiQuat V2 Super Team!

      3 months ago

      Thanks for the helpful spam flags!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        3 months ago

        No problemo! Happy to help. I used to hunt them down back on the old site as well before we had those fancy flag buttons. /End old man rant.

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      5 months ago

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      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        5 months ago

        That's awesome!

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      6 months ago

      I thought that you would get a kick out of this:

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    • BricBrac Eagle Scout and Explorer

      6 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        6 months ago

        Thank you sir!

    • Audrey Spread The Love!

      8 months ago

      I'm running statistics on my novel.

      I instantly thought of you. :)

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        8 months ago

        All the more evidence that our RTX panel was the most informative! (@Audrey ; tagging you because notifications don't work on comments ... yet).

    • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

      8 months ago

      "You do not have sufficient permissions" to view that comment you just left with me in it. Where was it and what did you say? And in case you don't get the notification for this personal comment: @Desayjin

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        8 months ago

        @Kiwi it was on NaomiC's College journal. I was just saying that your advice was spot on. Funny, I got the same issue when you tagged me here. I went to her journal first, and then here second. Oh silly website ... :(

      • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

        8 months ago

        @Desayjin We're going to start playing "find the post" tag! Another comment you just left on something didn't make it through. I'm just going to assume it was the reply to this comment, and the other notification was because you tagged me. This is important information to have for the future...

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        8 months ago

        Yep it's hella annoying. I'd tag Adam so that he could see what we're saying .... but ....

      • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

        8 months ago

        I can't decide between +1 Funny and +1 Ditto!

    • Radius55 Site Admin

      8 months ago

      You mentioned me with the XKCD comic and I have no idea where. But, yeah, it was a good one.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        8 months ago

        It was in the OCC. Funny, I don't get notifications for personal comments. Oye! (@Radius55 just in case you don't get the reply notification)

    • DLGR TheTallLoud1

      9 months ago

      LOL Anne (artduck) made a journal about you and mentioned "Matt's PA"....just giving credit where credit was due, bb! :D!

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      9 months ago

      Hey, I tried to make it to your panel this past weekend at RTX but due to being in line for another panel. I hope I can go to RTX next year

    • shadytay

      9 months ago

      Hey man, it's Taylor from the RT:TN group. Just wanted to say that I hope to see you at RTX! If I see you I'll be sure to give you a wave or a highfive or something!

    • free2achieve OhBabyATriple

      1 year ago

      Hi there! Idk if you remember but I was part of that RTX group that you had to help lead out during the whole bomb scare last year from the Michael and Lindsay autograph signing and I just wanna say thanks for that smiley0.gif Got to see Michael and Lindsay and it was so awesome (also Burnie talked to us and fist bumped me so there's that too). Anyway, hope you go to RTX cause you were a great guardian!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I certainly remember! I'm glad to you all of you got to meet Michael and Lindsay once everything calmed down! I will be at RTX again this year as a guardian again. I hope to see you there (and no more emergencies this time smiley0.gif )!

    • Raf ShimmySham Gaming

      1 year ago

      Hey man! Thanks for the add! smiley13.gif

      • Raf ShimmySham Gaming

        1 year ago

        Hahaha! Honestly, I had thought the same thing too. Eh, just means we've had good interactions on the site. smiley0.gif

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        It was one of those moments where I thought "how are we not friends on the site?" I had just assumed we were already! smiley0.gif

    • Toptoast Keeper of the Breakfast

      1 year ago

      Hey, you are more awesome than a moose driving a tank into battle against a pack of wolves!

    • crofteria OCC Keeper of Death

      1 year ago

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    • Audrey Spread The Love!

      1 year ago

      I thought this might amuse you.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Supply and Demand at its finest! Thanks for the share! smiley0.gif

    • topham DHYB

      1 year ago

      Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day!

    • Tillyisfat

      1 year ago

      Happy Valentine's day! You're a super rad guardian, hope to meet ya at RTX sometime! :D

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        If I get asked back as a guardian, I'll look forward to meeting you RTX this year! Have a wonderful Warm and Fuzzy day!

    • Metaldragon5

      1 year ago

      Happy warm and fuzzies day, hope its been good. Miss hanging out at RTX hope to see you there.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        RTX 2015 reunion tour! Have a great Warm and Fuzzy day!

    • MrFusion Podcast Overlord

      1 year ago

      Warm and fuzzies to the resident statistician!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Thank you sir! I'm on call 24/7; that's 24 hours a week, 7 months a year.

    • Kaoru27Umi Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

      WARM AND FUZZIES TO YOU PERSON ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR STATE!
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      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I'm holding you responsible to maintain the state until my triumphant return!

    • Aoina InvScreen

      1 year ago

      HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! You seem like a really awesome person and I'd love to get yo know ya better and maybe play games sometime? If that sounds good to you. You're awesome keep on rocking.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        No, YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY! Games sound great! My Xbox Live name is justamiddleman! Keep on being awesome!

    • JDunlap The Dude

      1 year ago

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      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I'll make it so!

    • LadyOddDuck RTX 2016 Guardian!

      1 year ago

      Happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for your incredible Ask an Economist series. They've been fun to read even if I don't necessarily understand all the math! Thank you for also being kind and supportive!

      This comment brought to you by the Warm Fuzzies Project. Now go spread the love. smiley12.gif

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Thank you for the warm and fuzzies! I'm glad you enjoy the series!

    • Haratkins Let's Write

      1 year ago

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      Happy Warm Fuzzies James! :D

      From one of the plebs who doesn't understand how the economy actually works like you do,
      Harry

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        It's probably better not to understand the dark underbelly of economics; blissful ignorance and all that. Thank's for the warm and fuzzies!

    • Audrey Spread The Love!

      1 year ago

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      You're awesome! I love shooting the shit with you, whether it's about community stuff or weddings (and you totally know you love talking about dresses). Keep on being your cool self, dude! And thanks for volunteering for The List!
      Spread the love with Warm Fuzzies of your own today!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Thanks for the warm and fuzzies! It's fun shooting the shit with you because there seems to be a lot of shit out there that needs shooting! I love the picture too; one of my favorite RvB quotes!

    • Blutonian Tech Guardian

      1 year ago

      This is why I love math as a sports fan!

      www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/20...

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Great article! I love it!

    • CLOWNPRINCE3

      1 year ago

      thank you I've been a huge RT fan for years, idk why it took this long to sign up for the site.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        No problem! I think every user on the site can say they've been a fan for a while before signing up. Nothing out of the norm about that smiley8.gif .

    • topham DHYB

      1 year ago

      Thanks for your card! Have a wonderful Christmas!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        You are most welcome! Thank you for yours as well. In all honesty, I was worried it wouldn't make it to you in time for Christmas! I'm glad it did!

        Merry Christmas and Happy New Year my friend!

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      1 year ago

      found you on twitter

    • Blutonian Tech Guardian

      1 year ago

      I'm 99% sure I'm right on this but I'd still like verification because my co-worker has argued with me until he was blue in the face.

      This is a probability question: There are 3 doors in a hallway. Two of those doors lead to the same room. The two doors to the same room are adjacent and the middle door is locked. The probability that you will open a door that leads to the room with two doors is what?

      I want you to come to the conclusion on your own so I'll put my answer in spoiler tags and then you can tell me if we arrived at the same conclusion.

      It's a 50% chance. The choice is between the left door and the right door. He kept arguing that it was 33%. He cited an example of pulling matching socks out of a drawer where two socks were red and one sock was blue. I told him in the sock scenario he would be correct but the word problem above makes it a different scenario.

      It would only be 33% in the door scenario if you had to pick two doors before you entered any of the rooms AND the possibility existed that the middle door could be its own room.

      The probability would be 66% if you only had to pick one door that lead to the room with two doors AND the possibility existed that the middle door could be its own room.


      I'm not crazy, right? Tell me I'm not crazy!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        The real world problem helps the word-problem make a lot more sense! I get it completely. I think that's a good example of what you were trying to go for!

      • Blutonian Tech Guardian

        1 year ago

        Well the real world scenario was a bit more complex and I was trying to simplify it while duplicating the scenario, but I think I made it more confusing with the wording.

        Essentially this was the real world problem:

        In one wing of a building, there are three rooms in a row, rooms 1, 2 & 3. A user had an iPad that worked with the system in Room 3 but not in Room 2. Between the 3 rooms there are 2 types of systems. Two of the rooms have System A and one has System B.

        He asked me if I knew off the top of my head if Rooms 2 & 3 had the same system or a different one to help eliminate the possibility of an interoperability issue.

        I knew that Room 2 had system A, but I was unsure about Room 3. I told him it was a 50% chance that the two rooms had the same system and he argued that it was 33%.

        I tried to explain that since two out of three rooms share System A, and we know one of those rooms is Room 2, the chance that Room 3 will be the other room that also has System A is 50%. There are only two possibilities, Room 1 has System A and Room 3 has System B or Room 1 has System B and Room 3 has System A, thus a 50% chance.

        That's when he brought up the sock scenario stating that if you had 3 objects and 2 of them were the same, the chance that you would blindly pick the two that were the same was 33%. Which is true, except that in the real world scenario, the first object is a given and we know it is the one that has a match.

        Sanity is overrated anyhow, as long as it doesn't cause an inability to do maths!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I would change the wording to explicitly state that what is the probability that the first door you can open leads to the desired room. Also, a picture might help; imagining three doors all on one side of a hallways makes it easier to visualize what's going on.

        There's a 104% chance (+/- 4%) that you're crazy smiley6.gif . Then again, I'm equally as crazy so we're in good company.

      • Blutonian Tech Guardian

        1 year ago

        I noticed you told me I'm right, but didn't tell me I'm not crazy...

        Thanks smiley8.gif

        I'm pretty sure its the wording that is confusing my co-worker. I took the problem and broke it down like you did to where it becomes a 50% choice between the left door or the right door to come to my own conclusion but for some reason I'm failing to explain it properly to him and I thought I was losing it for a bit there.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        You're right ... sort of. The question of the probability is that you will open a door that leads to the other room. You can choose the locked door first (or know from the outset that it's locked) but then you have a 50% chance of picking the door leading to the desired room.

        Admittedly, I had to read the question multiple times to fully understand what was being asked.

        If you got to pick 2 doors, knowing that the doors leading to the desired room must be adjacent, it'll still be a 50% chance since there are only two combinations of doors that satisfy that requirement (Doors 1 & 2 or Doors 2 & 3).

    • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

      1 year ago

      Holy Christ you type fast.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I'm doing what I can for the community smiley0.gif

      • Gorczy The Real Slim Shady

        1 year ago

        Well I'm definitely glad you have that position. You're definitely someone who can help us stay informed with the truth behind this matter.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I'll tell you the same thing as I told @LoZelda: working in a corporate environment as an economist, you need to be able to react quickly to new information and type it out. smiley8.gif

    • inxpitter Stray Thoughts

      1 year ago

      How about an analysis of how the popularity of achievement hunters offsets the hate for the new achievement hunters by examining the youtube like/dislike ratio or various mixes. for example, a video with Matt and Jeremy together, vs one where Ray is also there.

    • Zack W^_^W

      1 year ago

      Well someone sure doesn't like me. :P

      • Zack W^_^W

        1 year ago

        maaaaaaaybe.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Maybe someone was "fat-fingering" the mod buttons and hit the thumb down on accident. I thumbed up to counter them smiley8.gif

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Seriously. I was wondering about that.

    • gi_goku Anime Fan

      1 year ago

      Getting you closer to having 200 friends!

      • gi_goku Anime Fan

        1 year ago

        its all good

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Ha! Sorry man; it's still too early in the morning for me. (I still like cake more)

      • gi_goku Anime Fan

        1 year ago

        I was trying to make a math and food joke...

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Used to be one of my favorite numbers, but then I discovered the wonders and practical applications of e. I think it's more of a bias that I'm required to use 'e' 100x more than 'pi' in my day to day work.

      • gi_goku Anime Fan

        1 year ago

        what about pi? Do you find it as amazing as cake?

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I don't view friends as some sort of virtual currency. Having said that. I LOVE numbers with lots of 0's in them, or prime numbers, or 'e' (2.71...)

    • Kiwi OCC Time Lord

      1 year ago

      Interesting article I thought you might enjoy: Why the rise of cosplay is a bad sign for the U.S. economy

      I'm somewhat insulted, but I have an idea you can analyze the correlation a little more delicately. That's all it is to me - a correlation.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Thanks for the article! I'll give it a look and see if I can't put some rigor behind it.

    • nouveaujour

      1 year ago

      Listening to the harassment discussion on You Tube (late to the party).
      Thank you for taking the time and energy to do the discussion; more reminders for people to be nice to each other and to reach out for help if needed is much appreciated.
      -nj

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Of course; I'm here to help smiley0.gif

    • Haratkins Let's Write

      1 year ago

      I'm loving the Ask an Economist journals! I'm probably the only one who's legitimately enjoying it because I love analysis.

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        You'd be surprised. For every one person who overtly enjoys it, there are at least 5-10 people who silently enjoy. I'm glad you enjoy it though! If you ever have a question you'd liked featured, let me know!

    • Zack W^_^W

      1 year ago

      Hey! You asked one of the questions in JDunlap's 5 question interview with me! That was a great question, and one I have spent a good amount of time mulling over. I've always been pretty conscious of how I interact with the site. I hope my answer was satisfactory! I could probably go into a lot more detail especially with how I carry myself on the site since the mod title hit me. Thanks for asking it!

      • Zack W^_^W

        1 year ago

        Hahah, awesome. And thanks! :D

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        It very much was! I was actually somewhat worried that the answer would simply be "nothing has changed; it's no big deal." I'm glad you take the job seriously and are very thoughtful about it. In fact, I think you're so good at it that when I got the email notification that you had posted something, my first reaction was "Well shit. What did I do?" Anyway, great interview all around! Also, keep up the great work on the site!

    • drew Duckster

      1 year ago

      little late on the follow Friday, but I do remember seeing you working hard at RTX this year! :D

      • LoZelda Pwnee Studios CM

        1 year ago

        I TOTALLY FORGOT ABOUT THAT.

        That is so a t-shirt...

      • drew Duckster

        1 year ago

        oh yeah! I came up with a particularly terrible one about calling the guardians who keep people from holding up RT staff on the floor "Cock Blockers" .....I think @LoZelda is putting it on a tee shirt next year? XP

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Hey Drew! I believe I remember seeing you at the charity auction. As for the actual convention, I think I saw all 30,000 people. All I really remember is a lot of people and the puns .... oh the puns that forced their way into my ear ... smiley8.gif

    • Steffie HUZZAH

      1 year ago

      www.dailydot.com/geek/barbara-dunkelman-rooste...

      Hey Mr. Muscular Guardian.

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      • Steffie HUZZAH

        1 year ago

        When Blaine stands next to anyone they automatically look like they've gained 10lbs...

        I can't see sounds just yet but today may be the day!

      • Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I swear that the guardian shirt adds 5-10 pounds of muscle mass. Plus if @bgibbles were there, the article would read: "she has a staff member and guardian. The former being a muscular guy and the latter is in that weird spot where you can't determine if they're muscular or simply overweight." smiley6.gif

        Thanks for the find Steffie! How's that coffee habit going? Seeing sounds yet?

    • Cheshire_Cat

      1 year ago

      Had a blast working with you at RTX this year!

      Thanks for accepting the FR. :)

  • Questions answered by Desayjin

    I did indeed. Togas a definite yes. No bathhouse. I also made sure everyone left their daggers at home. Pictures are forthcoming.

    Terrific! My wife threw me a Roman-themed party since my birthday is on the Ides of March. She's the best :)

    How does it feel to be 30?

    | Asked by: EricHVela 2 months ago

    Age is just a number. However, it is a number that happens to be a great barometer for a person's age.


    In all honesty, it feels good. At my current job, where I've been for 6 years now, I've had to hide/disguise my age. The problem I faced is that I'm essentially an internal consultant and a lot of more veteran colleagues don't want to hear the opinions (no matter how much data support them) of a 24 year old. Now I can proudly wear my age.

    After our founding fathers fought for the independence of our country, they had a choice as to where they located the new capital. Instead of Philadelphia, they thought a swamp devoid of all human life would be a better place to put our nation's capital.

    Still, I'd take any place in PA (even Philly) than Jersey or Cleveland.

    Good question! First, make sure that your college or university doesn't offer scholarships that you qualify for. Many of them are merit based but also on ability to pay (in that if you don't borrow from the Bank of Mom and Dad, they'll generally give you more of discount). Once you have a better idea of how much you'll owe after that, definitely try through the government first. They typically have the best interest rates. Interest rates are slowly on the rise. If you can get under 4%, that'd be awesome, but it may have to be < 5%. Shop around different places, see what their terms are, especially if there's a grace period after graduation (which there should be).


    Good luck!