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I'm just a guy trying to get by.


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applewood  ·  2 hours ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How I Get By: A Week in the Life of a McDonald’s Cashier

That $215 paycheck for two weeks doesn't make sense and worries me. If she works forty hours a week between two jobs, she's probably working at McDonald's about twenty hours a week, which is about average for retail and food. That way they have wiggle room to "ask" you to pick up hours when someone calls off or if things get crazy, but they won't risk getting near mandatory health insurance hours.

Anyhow, 9.50 x 20 hours is 190. 190 x 2 weeks is 380. 380 x .75 to factor in taxes taken out is 285. Her check should be in that ballpark, especially if she's working extra hours. Obviously I don't know her schedule, but if she's keeping track of her hours and her check seems off, she might be the victim of wage theft, which sadly, is very common.

This is why I always tell people to A) pay attention to their paystubs and B) work at places with systems that allow you to audit your time punches yourself. Not only does it keep pay honest, it's a great way to help you figure out upcoming paychecks in advanced.

applewood  ·  1 day ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: 360th Weekly "Share Some Music You've Been Into Lately"

Not really listening to anything in particular at the moment. I was talking to a coworker the other day and they brought up a few bands that Dan the Automater worked with and I've just been thinking that the dude really had eyes and ears for talent.

applewood  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 4, 2019

Yeah bro, if your main goal is to keep fit and form some camaraderie, keep at it. I gotta say though, I'm a bit jealous that Sambo is an option for you. It looks like a lot of fun. :)

applewood  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 4, 2019

    Aikido

Are you just looking for staying healthy or do you have self defense in mind? Have you considered giving Judo or Wrestling a shot? I ask, because Aikido is great if you're curious or just looking to stay active, but if you're looking to martial arts with the additional goal of finding a style that is practical and effective for self defense, competitive sports, etc., Judo and Wrestling benefit both from having not only a more cohesive and straightforward vocabulary of techniques, but the additional ability to practice competitively also allows you to develop familiarity and confidence in both the techniques as well as your own body. You live a lot closer to the region than I do, so while it was never an option for me, Sambo might be worth looking into as well, for the same reasons stated above.

Personally, I did Karate growing up, a little Judo in college, and finally Boxing as an adult, but that was disastrously short lived, which is a shame because I fell in love with it. If I had a chance to do it all over again, I would have stuck with Judo.

Also, this goes without saying, but please don't fight fight. We're all too good for that. :)

applewood  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Uber’s new loan program could trap drivers in cycles of crushing debt

Payday loans in and of themselves are just awful. I can only imagine that having a payday loan, to an employer, who doesn't even want to treat you as an employee as utter precariousness.

applewood  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 4, 2019

I remember the day Toyota released the specs for the car and feeling really let down. To give something as aggressively styled as that car such weak engine options, I kind of felt like what some people probably felt like during the malaise era.

applewood  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 4, 2019

    Ever driven a Vehicross? They were sloppy like a truck but cramped like a sports car.

No. But I can imagine, even with sportier suspension, it would still drive like a truck. I think I'll always be more inclined to like cars, especially performance cars, but I gotta say, there are some compact SUVs that I like, at least visually. The Kia Niro and Toyota CHR come to mind, but I think if I went from driving the FR-S daily to one of those daily, I'd be pretty disappointed in the handling.

applewood  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 4, 2019

Bobcats are part of the lynx family, and pretty nifty too. Wikimedia didn't have any pictures I liked, but iNaturalist has quite a few gems.

applewood  ·  5 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Tesla Wedge

The specs are good yes. But in a world of brand loyalty over specs, a truck subculture where coal rollers and mudders as middle fingers to the environmental crowd, etc., a truck with unconventional looks from an unconventional brand will have a bit of an uphill battle to climb.

applewood  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: December 4, 2019

Art

kingmudsy has got an arts and craft thread up. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out. It's awesome as heck to have something like that going again because Hubski is legit filled with some super creative people and it's always wonderful to see what people are working on.

Cars

The other month, I talked about how the third, fourth, and fifth generation Camaros just didn't age well at all, visually speaking. They're all just pretty bland and underwhelming, even with clean bodies and fresh paint. Well, the other day, I was thinking about the Isuzu Vehicross and while it may have been a bit of an odd duck in its day and a bit ahead of its time, it still looks good. I can imagine, with only a few tweaks, the same car could be released today and still fit in. I kind of regret never buying a lightly used one when I had the opportunity. The combination from being a limited run car and from an abandoned brand kept me away, for fear of difficulty getting repair support for it, which is a shame, cause I probably would have loved that car. Ditto for the Pontiac G8.

Videogames

I recently got the Street Fighter Anniversary Collection and have been enjoying the heck out of it. I'm a bit at a loss though, because with the exception of Super Street Fighter II for the Sega Genesis and a little dabbling in Marvel vs. Capcom 1 and 2, Inever really played Street Fighter, instead opting for The King of Fighters series from SNK (I literally had ever King of Fighters game from '94 to XI, plus games like Neo Geo Battle Colosseum, etc.). So I'm basically in the process of learning to use and fight against characters I'm not too familiar with, with a series of fighting systems I'm not too familiar with, and I gotta say, it's quite the challenge. I like Fei Long in Super Street Fighter II, Ken in the Alpha series, and Sean in III. I think I owe it to myself to do a bit more exploring though.

Keep being beautiful everyone.

applewood  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski Craft Fair v0.0 - December 3, 2019 (WIP)

Man, what timing. I was just sitting down to start working, and all of the sudden this thread pops up. I mean, I’ve procrastinated the last two days, what’s another half hour or so, right? I’ve been pretty busy with sewing lately, which coincidentially, is part of the reason I haven’t done a Rambling Kaiju Review in a while. It’s kind of hard to read subtitles on a television screen and sew at the same time. So what have I been working on? Quite a bit.

Let me get this out of the way. This was part of a practice piece I was doing as also a gift for someone. Overall, the piece did not turn out too well, but I think it was still appreciated overall. The only really good thing that came of it was, I got to experiment a bit with using multiple threads of different colors to sew with. For the first time, it came out alright, but I think kind of muddy. If and when I do this again, I’m gonna use two colors instead of three and make sure they contrast with each other a bit more. If I’m gonna use this technique, I want the colors to pop instead of blend in.

These are the two big projects I worked on in November. They’re gonna be gifts for some friends of the family this Christmas, underneath the pieces of paper I’ve embroidered their initials, to kind of look like how lovers carve their initials in trees. There’s a few variations between the two, namely the one on the left has cotton underneath the fabric that’s used for the leaves and the hill, to kind of give it a 3d effect, which turned out alright. Because I didn’t want it to get too plush and bulky, I only used one layer of batting, which I ended up not liking because the whole thing feels a bit flimsy. The one on the right is completely flat, but feels a bit thicker because I used two layers of batting in it. The extra weight feels pretty nice actually. The little knots for the apples? Those are colonial knots, which play the same role as french knots in embroidery, but let me tell you, I can’t make a french knot to save my life. Overall, I like both pieces, but each one took over fifty hours to do. I feel for the amount of time I put in, I would have like better results.

So that brings me to this guy. Here’s a sketch of what I have planned. When I drew it and asked Dala what she thought, she said she’s concerned it’s gonna look like a chocolate bunny. Which, maybe it will? I dunno. Is it really my fault that my artistic approximations of nature look like other people’s artistic approximations of nature? Either way, I have more hopes for this piece, even though overall, it might be more complex. For one, I’ve learned a few lessons with the two trees to save me some time. Two, this is gonna be about half the size when all is said and done, so even with more pieces involved, and more embroidery involved (for the eyes, ears, legs, etc. and maybe I’ll throw in some flowers), I think if this takes as much or even more time than the trees, I’ll be happier with the final results. We’ll see, I guess.

This is as far as I’ve gotten before I saw this post. The image on the left was the picture drawn to scale, so I can trace over it and cut out the pieces I need to get the cloth ready. Pieces are on the right.

If you’ll look at my idea sketch, you’ll see the bushes are labeled “Napkin Fabric.” I bought these with the sole intent of using them for projects like this. Something tells me that I’m gonna get frustrated as heck working with these fabrics as they’re gonna wanna fray like crazy. But you know, they’re so cool looking, they’re worth the shot.

Edit: These napkins smell bad and need to be washed. So there's a bit of delay there.

To answer kingmudsy's questions . . .

    Do you have any projects you're working on right now? How's that going? Can you share any pictures?

Not that I can think of. I'm pretty unproductive, not really creative, and never really inspired to make anything. ;)

    Do you have any projects that've fallen by the wayside which you intend to get back to? What happened? When are you going to pick it back up?

Unfortunately, yes. My bookbinding is kind of on hold, because certain things I wanna try, from double fan binding to making my own book cloth, I lack the proper resources and space to do. So I'm a bit uninspired at the moment. The other week, I wanted to try and do some book binding before it got cold, only to discover my glue has gone bad and is no longer sticky. Know what doesn't last forever? Glue. Who knew?

    Is there any new type of crafting that you'd like to explore? What's interesting about it to you? What do you hope to create?

More stuff with fabrics? Just cause they're lovely. The other week, in a Pubski, I said I wish I had room to have a loom. I wasn't joking.

    Would you like your username to be tagged in the weekly thread?

Frankly, I'm insulted that you assumed I don't want to be tagged for these threads.

Well, I’m done procrastinating. Time to get started. Wish me luck.

applewood  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: How soundscapes make Miyazakis movies come alive

Pretty good essay all around. My one thought though, while the author is trying to make a point with comparing the Japanese originals and western adaptations with music, is a good comparison and I know why he does it, it's good to keep in mind that music often plays a very effective role in relaying information as well. It too can not only build atmosphere, but build emotion and influence audience expectations. I'm not disagreeing with the author here, just pointing out that the use of music in film in and of itself isn't indicative of poor craft.