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Cadet Smirk
03 August 2005 @ 12:37 am
Hark, the Silent Blogger Updates
I safely returned home from Ellsworth AFB, SD late on the evening of 21 July 2005 after having successfully completed Air Force ROTC Field Training.

Since then I’ve done my damnedest to do as little as possible. When one returns from an environment wherein one is told when to wake up and when to sleep, when to shower, what to wear, when to speak, when to sit, and when and what to eat, I think taking a little time to be as unproductive as possible is wholly warranted.

Not that I’m justifying my lazy ass-ness.

Oh, I’m in the market for a new cell phone, and am open-minded to considering a new service plan. Any good deals out there?

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Mood: lethargiclethargic
Music: "Georgy Girl" by The Seekers
Cadet Smirk
20 June 2005 @ 04:55 pm
Into the Wild Blue Yonder
This journal will be on hiatus from 22 June to 22 July 2005. I won't have access to the Internet or a telephone for a month due to field training in South Dakota. Say a prayer and wish me luck.

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Mood: anxiousanxious
Cadet Smirk
17 June 2005 @ 03:32 pm
Her Majesty's Royal iPod

AFP reports that HM The Queen has joined the portable digital music revolution and invested in an Apple iPod:
Queen Elizabeth II has dipped into the royal purse to snap up an iPod.

The Sun said the 79-year-old sovereign had bought a six-gigabyte silver model for 169 pounds.

The pocket-sized digital music players can hold up to 10,000 downloaded songs.

Queen Elizabeth's second son Prince Andrew -- fourth in line to the throne -- was reported to be behind the move, having bought his mother a mobile phone and taught her how to use it in 2001.

"The Queen loves music and was impressed by how small and handy the iPod is," a royal insider told the tabloid on Friday.

"Obviously it is quite complicated to download songs, but I'm sure one of the courtiers will do it for her.

"Prince Andrew will probably also help out because he's a real dab hand with gadgets."

The newspaper suggested Abba's "Dancing Queen" and "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears for Fears might be on the royal iPod.

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Mood: amusedamused
Music: "Dancing Queen" by Abba
Cadet Smirk
15 June 2005 @ 11:44 am
Rules for MilBloggers in Iraq
LCDR Smash has a must-read entry for all milbloggers:
New regulations for milbloggers were released in April by the headquarters of the Multi-National Corps in Iraq.

At this point, the policy only applies to units assigned to Iraq. All personnel are required to register their websites with their chain of command. There is no "pre-screening" or "censorship" policy. However, all commanders are responsible to ensure that the following "prohibited information" is not published:

1. Classified information

2. Casualty information before the next-of-kin has been formally notified by the Military Service concerned.

3. Information protected by the Privacy Act.

4. Information regarding incidents under ongoing investigation.

5. For Official Use Only information.
Smash also has a .pdf copy of the full reg available. While this only applies to units in Iraq, the rules are worth following even stateside. Check it out.

(cross-posted to afrotc and usmilitary)

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Cadet Smirk
15 June 2005 @ 10:50 am
Summer Revamp
Whew. I've spent the past couple of days redesigning and revamping the journal. If you're reading this from your LJ friends page, take a second to click over to my main journal page and give the new layout a once-over.

You'll notice the pop art styling inspired by Roy Lichtenstein. I've been using a frame from "The Enemy" as my default userpic for awhile now, but this new layout takes my love of Lichtenstein (the artist) to a new level.

Oh, and I've made a few more userpics, too; most will be used to visually identify the main idea of the associated entry.

I'm now syndicating the journal in both Atom and RSS. The feeds are available on the sidebar.

Finally, I've submitted Check Six to two blogger groups: the Rocky Top Brigade (for Tennesseans) and MilBlogs (for military members, vets, and their dependents). In addition, I've utilized BlogRolling.com to enable me to keep track of my favorite non-LJ blogs; you'll find them and a selection of my LJ friends' journals on the sidebar.

Look for a photo album in the near future.

So there it is. How does it look?

Update: Well bloody hell. Off I go advertising my layout and then LiveJournal breaks down and defaults back to the old scheme. It's a system-wide problem, not a localized event. My apologies if you followed my request to look at the new style and found a hideous blue-white-gray mess in its place.

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Mood: calmcalm