Mar. 7th, 2011 02:40 pm

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zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Lego)

Recent shuttle launch as seen from an airliner.

Also, funny pilot! :D





I once saw a televised launch of an Ariane rocket at the Kourou Space Center.
The ESA had a helicopter orbiting the launch pad and filming the launch, and it looked awesome!
I couldn't find that on YouTube but I did find this nifty montage with a soothing Daft Punk soundtrack:



Space is the place!


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It's "le 14 Juillet" today, aka "Bastille Day" for the non-French.
It's also [livejournal.com profile] tugrik's birthday. Joyeux anniversaire, Gros Bleu! :D

One thing I miss about France is the traditional July 14th military parade in Paris.
I though the Americans would have kick-ass parades on July 4th, but I guess not.
Le Défilé Militaire, as the parade is called, takes place along l'Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris.
The Président is in attendance, along with other politicians and dignitaries.
All the branches of the French military are represented, including the Gendarmie Nationale (state police),
Guarde Républicaine (part of the Gendarmerie) and Brigade des Sapeurs-Pompiers de Paris (Paris Fire Brigade).
So here's a little flavor of home: la Légion Etrangère (the French Foreign Legion) parading earlier today.
(Commentary is in French)



La Légion is the last infantry unit in the parade, it has the slowest marching speed at 88 steps per minute.
To contrast, the regular Army marches at 120 SPMs, while the Chasseurs Alpins (snowtroopers) march at 140 SPMs.
(My brother was a good skier and did his service with the Chasseurs Alpins. He marched in the parade in 1978.
You know who else was in my brother's Chasseurs Alpins' squad? Luc Besson. I'm not even kidding!)
The motto inscribed on La Légion's banner is "Honneur et Fidélité" (Honor and Faithfulness).
It's a bit like the US Marines "Semper Fi(delis)" (Always Faithful).
The horseback soldiers are not part of the Légion. I'm not sure who they are.
The ones riding in the armored personel carriers are definitely Légionaires. :)
Officers wear the black képis and soldiers wear the white képis.

For those interested, the French Ministry Of Defense has the entire 2009 Défilé du 14 Juillet 2009 online.
Hopefully, they will post the 2010 parade later. In the meantime, click here to view the 2009 parade.

Vive la France!


zrath: Zrath-Smiley as a TRON program (Batman)


There's been no word from the French Consulate about the job I interviewed for.
I've sent some more resumes out for various jobs, including a QA Lead position at 2K Games.
Nothing new on the grandmother thing. I expect this will take forever.
A wire transfer popped up in my bank account a couple of days ago. It wasn't much, but it was enough to
take care of a couple of problems that would have made me unable to pay my October rent on time.
The transfer was from the SACEM, so looks like the paperwork has finally gone through.
I've decided to sell the 3 Lego Classic Space bases from The Tub after all. I need the money.
I still have a bunch of sets and minifigures on eBay, including the new Power Miners mini-sets right here.
There's a big LUGOLA meeting this Saturday, near Legoland Carlsbad. It's a joint meeting with SANDLUG,
the San Diego Lego User Group, so that should be interesting. And a bit of a drive.
I just completed a new Lego MOC (My Own Creation) for the meeting and I'm happy with it. I'll be bringing
it along with the SCAP strike package, Weapon M, the Agents flying sub, and the big scary Mega Bloks ship.
There will be pictures on Flickr some time in the future.
My sleep schedule is totally screwed up. I woke up at 6pm, did some computer and eBay stuff until 10pm,
then showered and dressed and went out to get dinner. Then I came back and ate dinner while watching
two Season 7 episodes of "Smallville". Damn, Brainiac is an asshole. Then I cracked open Volume 4 of
"Batman: The Animated Series" and watched Disc 1 while finishing my Lego MOC for the Saturday meeting.
Volume 4 contains the post-redesign episodes, were Joker suddenly has "Genesis Cooke reverse eyeballs"
(black eyes with white pupils), Bruce Wayne looks like Clark Kent from "Superman: TAS" but with blue eyes
and black hair, Poison Ivy looks elfin and unhealthy, and Catwoman lost all definition. Grrrrrr...
The Scarecrow did look scarier though, what with the noose and the Leatherface mask and the preacher's rags.
And the writing is still there, which is the most important part.
It's now approaching 6am and I'm going to try to get some sleep and return some normalcy to my schedule.
Good morning!


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Back from the interview with the Consul.
I could have done better.
He says he has other candidates to see.
So the waiting begins...

Personally, I think I'm not getting it.
They probably want someone who's more IT and less QA.
We shall see.

Souplantation is off, the friend is not well.
And I'm not in the mood for a buffet.
I'll think of something.


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Just poking my head in here to say "hi" and confirm that I still exist.
Operation Lego Tub is winding down, so I'll have some free time soon.
I finally located the final 4 pieces I needed to complete the last two sets.
And I actually built something with the Mega Bloks. I plan to horrify my fellow LUGOLA members at our
next meeting, which is amusingly being held on "International Talk Like A Pirate Day" (the 19th).

In other news, I finally interviewed at the "Consulat Général de France a Los Angeles" last Wednesday.
This is the job listing I saw on Craigslist that was entirely in French.
It's a general computer guy position and the ideal candidate needs to be a French citizen.
I had mentioned this in a previous post, and the original interview had been canceled.
I was then recontacted and did have the interview last Wednesday. It seemed to go kinda okay.
Much to my surprise, I have a second interview, scheduled for tomorrow.
It seems my first interview was with the Adjunct Consul. This interview is with the Consul himself.
Oh boy...
By the way, this definitely goes under "Places I Never Thought I Would Ever Apply For A Job At".
I would be awesome if I got this job.
There's been darn few responses to all the résumés I've sent out. And by "darn few", I mean "1".
And the position would provide me with living wages again, the likes of which I last had at Amp'd Mobile.
And since it's the French Consulate, there would be more paid vacation days and medical coverage.
Believe me when I tell you I'm more than a little surprised that I seem to have a shot at this.
All I can do is go in tomorrow and do my best, and hope for the best.

I plan to have dinner with a friend at Souplantation tomorrow night.
We will either celebrate or commiserate. :)


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Hey kids! Guess what today is!
It's "le Quatorze Juillet"! July 14th! Bastille Day!
Enjoy the long version of the French national anthem!


Vive la France!


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