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    Sunday, October 31, 2010

    Got my copy of Monster Hunter Vendetta...

    ... via MPS yesterday. Despite the 12-hour duty day, I managed to get
    half-way through it last night, before I was politely asked to turn
    out the lights in the tent.

    Wednesday, October 27, 2010

    Still waiting...

    Got word a few days ago that I'd be shipping out from Kabul to
    Kandahar tomorrow morning, but then some team members had medical
    issues. So that's delayed a bit. We'll see if my team lead can get
    back from Dubai with his teeth in good order.

    Monday, October 25, 2010

    How you like dem apples?

    I can't disagree with Morgan. Personally, I cheated my way to a college degree. I took about 30-some CLEP Tests (free while I was on active duty), a few college courses here and there, more or less buffet-style as I was interested or needed to fill in a couple requirements, and then took the rest of my undergrad at Western Governor's University where all credit is assessment-based rather than credit-hour drudgery.

    So college was essentially a credentialing process for me, even more blatantly than it is for most people. Not to say I learned nothing while prepping for these tests and assessments, or even from the occasional class. I definitely would not have learned Korean as fluently as I have without the Defense Language Institute. I certainly learned a lot of practical and theoretical use in the electronic school at Keesler. Hell, I even learned a few things in grad school at Portland State. But I never did the full-time, on-campus "college experience" that everyone claims is so important.

    I got the degree because it gets me past the HR watchdogs so my resume actually lands on the desk of someone who I can speak with to demonstrate my competence. College isn't a complete waste of time. It's simply not worth as much as is claimed for it.

    Thursday, October 21, 2010


    So is Bagram. And Kabul.

    Tuesday, October 12, 2010


    Qatar is just as ugly as Iraq, Jordan, or Kuwait.

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