Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

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

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    • Resurfacing and Life Updates

      1 month ago

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

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      It has been a looooong time since I've written a journal or have really been active in the community. My last journal was pre-RTX so here comes rapid fire updates on life:


      1. This past RTX (my 5th, 4th as a guardian) was the best run RTX ever. I think that is in large part to the hard work of RT and Guardian leadership (@Barbara, @Bethany, @SailorTweek, @sirNARVY, @kriss, @LoZelda). While I'm sure it was absolutely crazy and stressful for them, their hard work ensured that none of the craziness trickled down to the rest of the guardian team. Speaking of which, the entire PA team rocked it this year. Our success was entirely thanks to everyone knocking it out of the park. Outside of the guardians, it was terrific to meet so many people from the community. Despite having 5 RTXs under my belt, I still meet more and more of the community, some of which I've known online forever but finally met in person. Last, and certainly not least, @matt and @annahullum are the most wonderful people on the planet.


      2. RT Tennessee successfully hosted screenings of RWBY Vol 2 in Nashville and Knoxville. It's great to see how many community members there are in Tennessee and our strong turnout for events! It's come a long way since the group first formed many a year ago.


      3. One of the chief reasons for my disappearance on the site has been work related. A few months ago, my company downsized a bit and my team of 15 became a team of 5. You don't need to be a math wiz to know that means more work for the remaining 5. To compound the issue, my company was acquired in July. While my position is safe, this means even more work to help integrate into the new company and the new culture.


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      4. Last, the other reason that my free time has completely evaporated is certainly exciting:



      BABY SIDNEY IS ON THEIR WAY. COMING THIS FEBRUARY!!


      My wife and I are certainly excited to share this news. It was difficult not to tell all my friends at RTX, but we wanted to exit the first trimester healthily before publicly sharing the good news. All of our excitement quickly gave way to reality of increasing family size: making room for the baby. We've been working hard to store/donate/toss stuff from our house we don't need/use any more. In addition, thinking about new furniture and paint colors for the nursery as well as going to doctors appointments with the Mrs has already sucked free time away.


      While I may not be posting as often as I normally do, I am keeping up with my threads and friends. Don't worry, I'm still watching you .... Muahahahah! I'll also continue to manage the Tennessee events as well. Fret not, it will take more than work and babies to keep me away from our amazing community!


      TL;DR: RTX was awesome. Work is crazy busy and it's sucking away most of the time I used to dedicate to the community. Also, we're having a BABY! I'm not going anywhere, just won't be as active in the near future.


      -James

    • lain246 asked Desayjin a question

      Have not used this yet, but figured I'd ask the best questions: How are you this day? why isnt it RTX yet? Coke or Pepsi? =3

      Answered: Aug 16, 2016

      Crazy busy with a lot of things going on in life right now. Barb and Bethany need to make sure RTX Australia goes well. If it doesn't, the Aussies will rage, dig a hole straight through the earth to the US, and go all Crocodile Dundee on us. Coke, because my Southern Belle wife would divorce me in a heartbeat if I said otherwise.

    • Week 21: I'm Coming For You, RTX!

      3 months ago

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      In 12 hours, I'll begin my journey to Austin for my 5th RTX. I can't wait to get back into the thick of masses and standing shoulder to shoulder with my guardian friends. I hope to see and say hi to everyone! If you see me, stop and say hi; high fives are also welcome! No excuses!


      Annnnnnnnd since Game of Thrones just ended, it seems appropriate to throw this back out there, one last time before RTX.


      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.


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    • Week 20: We Have A Website; We Need Your Feedback

      3 months ago

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      Whoa, long time no post for this one. Life has been insanely busy this last month and RTX is next week (ahhhhhh!). That being said, there's some important community news that I wanted to share.


      You may have heard that there's a new sheriff in town when it comes to the website. Let's give a RT community welcome to @MikeQuinn! He is Rooster Teeth's new VP of the Engineering Team. I could gone on and tell you about him and what he wants, but I'll let him do that in his own words.


      The short of it: he knows the website has a long way to go and he's actively working with the team to make it better. This is where we as a community come in. He's asking for our feedback.Go ahead and check it out, share constructive feedback, and follow him to see what neat, new things will be coming our way!


      Let's give three-cheers for Mike and his Herculean task he's about to undertake for our website!


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      -James

    • Week 19: Fit4RTX and a 5k For Charity

      4 months ago

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      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

    • Week 18: Kickstarter and the MDB Card Game

      4 months ago

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      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


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

      4 months ago

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      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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    • Week 16: RT Meet Ups and RTX Guardian Assignments

      4 months ago

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      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


    • Week 15: Targeted Advertising That Worked On Me

      5 months ago

      Desayjin RTX Guardian x4

      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.

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    • Shoban FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Nabohs

      4 weeks ago

      Only noticed NOW that you're Featured User, Happy FU Day man!!

    • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

      4 weeks ago

      HAPPY FU DAY!!!

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      I believe congratulations are in order!

    • Cinomari FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of N00bs

      4 weeks ago

      It's always great to see smaller community members get recognized for FU...


      Jk ;) Thanks for all you do. <3

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        4 weeks ago

        I'm really happy that RT gives a microphone to those really tiny, limited reach members like me. :p


        Thanks! :D

    • ninjacake FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Senzu Bean!!!

      4 weeks ago

      Looks like you are the FU! I believe a golf clap is in order.

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        4 weeks ago

        Thank you and belated FU day to you sir!


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      4 weeks ago

      FU Family Man!!!

    • SailorGirl81 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper Of Kittens

      4 weeks ago

      Congrats on FU!!!

    • IndiaRT28

      4 weeks ago

      Man what are the odds that after I posted my journal about Featured User, I find you getting it the next moment. XD


      Anyways Congratulations on earning the Achievement: "Featured User!" Enjoy the 100 gamerscores. :)

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      2 months ago

      Want to know something absolutely funny... I think I kept thinking that you were Radius55(Austin)... And I said it multiple times... :P Don't I feel stupid.

    • madmanmoe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Shenanigans

      6 months ago

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

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        6 months ago

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

      • madmanmoe FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Shenanigans

        6 months ago

        Best...Family...EVER!

    • Toptoast FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of the Breakfast

      6 months ago

      Happy Birthday!

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

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        6 months ago

        I'm all about Team Cake. Thanks!

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      6 months ago

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

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        6 months ago

        Thank you good sir!

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      6 months ago

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      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        6 months ago

        That's awesome!

      • Fly FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Blades

        6 months ago

        I knew you'd enjoy that.

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      7 months ago

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      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        7 months ago

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

    • ErinM

      7 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        7 months ago

        No, thank you for being awesome!

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      7 months ago

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      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        7 months ago

        Thank you for the Warm Fuzzies!

    • LadyOddDuck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Call Me Duck

      7 months ago

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

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        7 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Goddess of Noms

      7 months ago

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

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        7 months ago

        Thank you so much!

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      7 months ago

      Thanks for the helpful spam flags!

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        7 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.

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      9 months ago

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      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        9 months ago

        That's awesome!

    • gi_goku FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      10 months ago

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

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    • BricBrac FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Eagle Scout and Explorer

      10 months ago

      Happy FU Day!

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        10 months ago

        Thank you sir!

    • Audrey FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Spread The Love!

      1 year ago

      I'm running statistics on my novel.

      I instantly thought of you. :)

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        1 year 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold OCC Time Lord

      1 year 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        1 year 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold OCC Time Lord

        1 year 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

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

      • Kiwi FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold OCC Time Lord

        1 year ago

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

    • Radius55 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Site Admin

      1 year ago

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

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        1 year 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold TheTallLoud1

      1 year 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      1 year 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

      1 year 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold ShimmySham Gaming

      1 year ago

      Hey man! Thanks for the add! smiley13.gif

      • Raf FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Spread The Love!

      1 year ago

      I thought this might amuse you.

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

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

    • topham FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      1 year ago

      Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful day!

    • Tillyisfat FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

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

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      1 year ago

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

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

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

    • MrFusion FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Podcast Overlord

      1 year ago

      Warm and fuzzies to the resident statistician!

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Princess of Mars

      1 year ago

      WARM AND FUZZIES TO YOU PERSON ON THE OTHER SIDE OF OUR STATE!
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      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold The Dude

      1 year ago

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      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        I'll make it so!

    • LadyOddDuck FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Call Me Duck

      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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

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

    • Haratkins FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Tech Guardian

      1 year ago

      This is why I love math as a sports fan!

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

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold DHYB

      1 year ago

      Thanks for your card! Have a wonderful Christmas!

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Tacos

      1 year ago

      found you on twitter

    • Blutonian FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

      1 year ago

      Well someone sure doesn't like me. :P

      • Zack FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Zatch

        1 year ago

        maaaaaaaybe.

      • Desayjin FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold 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 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX Guardian x4

        1 year ago

        Seriously. I was wondering about that.

  • Questions answered by Desayjin

    Crazy busy with a lot of things going on in life right now. Barb and Bethany need to make sure RTX Australia goes well. If it doesn't, the Aussies will rage, dig a hole straight through the earth to the US, and go all Crocodile Dundee on us. Coke, because my Southern Belle wife would divorce me in a heartbeat if I said otherwise.

    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 6 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!