A Jar of Rocks

A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a large empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2" in diameter. He then asked the students if the jar was full? They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. "Now," said the professor, "I want you to recognize that this is your life. The rocks are the important things - your family, your partner, your health, your children - things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else. The small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out dancing. There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal."

"Take care of the rocks first - the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

But then... an engineering student then took the jar which the other students and the professor agreed was full, and proceeded to pour in a glass of beer. Of course the beer filled the remaining spaces within the jar making the jar truly full.

The moral of this tale is: no matter how full your life is, there is always room for BEER.

- Nighthawk


Overwhelming Support

I have to admit that I'm more than a little bit surprised. After Jason told me that he may want to give up the site, I got to thinking and convinced myself that the site was barely in anyone's bookmarks anymore and probably should be let go since it's so inactive. Been a long time since I've gotten so many emails. =)

Happily, a great many viewers have written to me since my last post saying how much they appreciated our work and most suggested that even an occassional update is better than no WTFMan at all. So, in response to all of you who wrote - thanks.

I'm giving the site a SLIGHT cosmetic change just to get rid of the Flash menus and its links to stuff we don't have anymore. I've also moved the Flash Movies into their own section. I've also conveniently linked the author's emails if I know them so people will stop fuckin emailing me asking me about flash. ;)

Anyhow, again, thanks for the support. I'll see if I can come up with a post that's worthy of attention in the near future..

- Nighthawk


WTF is up with WTFMan

Good question. Been asked a couple of times if we were planning on shutting down the site due to its inactivity over the past year or so. I've been the last one of the three of us that has continued to attempt to breathe some life into this site, but alas it isn't something that I can do alone. Maybe there's just been no fire to spark post-worthy rants, maybe I've slipped into complacency with the game I'm playing, or maybe I'm tired of ranting and coming off as a whiner. Hell if I know.

I do know that I met up with the Nads brothers tonight and one of which is our dear old Ronald McDonald. He told me that he was pretty over the WTFMan site since he'd had little to say recently. Obviously, his inactivity is not a newsflash to anyone, but him wanting to give up the site was a bit of a surprise. So, long and short of it is that Jason and I started this site together and I can't say with certainty that the site will remain online forever without his input. One of the big draws to the site was his creative genius which he expressed well in text and his flash movies.

I highly doubt that I can provide such a level of entertainment alone that would do WTFMan the justice I think the name deserves. Then again, to me, being a WTFMan meant more than just being some idiot who ranted on a site. It meant being an evil guy in game with more than a moderate share of pvp ability regardless of the game I'm in and yet still be able to express coherant thoughts without being mentally fatigued by it.

Anyhow, I guess what I'm saying is that the future of WTFMan.com is now not exactly as foreseeable as it was to me before tonight. Figured since we do this site for you guys, you'd want to know.

- Nighthawk


Voluntarily Unemployed Again

Ok, there are some things in this world that I am extremely good at - being a used car salesman was not one of them. I am here to admit that I suck at sales. I don't hound people enough, I give people their space, I actually *chuckles* believe people when they say they're just looking. So, after 7 days of futility, I quit after having sold zero cars.

The upside is that I was motivated to buy some pretty nice ties that I suppose will come in handy if I ever give a shit enough to dress up. The other upside is that I discovered with a little effort I can make over $200 in a day of trading/selling shit in Asheron's Call. So, that gives me something to piddle with until my other job starts in a couple of weeks.

And to think that being good at a video game has paid off... again. Who'd have thought....

- Nighthawk


New Employment

I have been on forced sabatical since I lost my WAN Admin job at Nextel a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, the IT market has sucked to the point that I haven't found anything in my field. So, I've been enjoying my time away from the grind and goofing off aplenty. Like all good things - that time came to an end, but with no options in IT I have had to do something that most people just snicker at.

I am *sighs* a used car salesman. God help me.

After having my first 4 day at work and knowing the reputation that my new job has, I have come to a whole list of realizations about why this job sucks complete ass.

  • I'm not big into pouncing on people like a vulture looking for a meal
  • Bad weather brings car sales to their knees.
  • Being all too Irish, even good weather is an issue. One word - sunburn.
  • Standing around all day long hoping that someone will show up is... well... boring as shit. Nevermind knowing that your paycheck depends on it.
  • Everyone assumes you're out to fuck them.
  • If someone tells you "we're just looking" and you're a nice guy and leave them alone, you're an idiot. I did that and another salesman talked to them 2 minutes later and went right into a deal with them.

Basically, with all of the above in mind, you have to be exactly what people hate to be able to get sales. Needless to say, I hate my job. If you come by my dealership, do me a favor and shoot me.


- Nighthawk


Just Remember...

Heh... killed more cats than I'd thought.

- Nighthawk


Imitation is Flattery?

Well, that's what I was always told. Then again, I hadn't seen the "Official JoV Website" then either. Not only did this guy have the balls to steal my graphics, my layout and damn near quoted my JoV Guildpage Guild Guidelines and Recruiting sections here on WTFMan.com word for fucking word, but he had the complete hairy set to put a copywrite notice on his other page like he was the genuine article.

I mean, I know his site has a big and bad 039 Visitors, but one would think that common sense would dictate that when you steal from a site that's been updated since 1998, you know you're going to get found out and shouldn't take credit for the shit you didn't do.

Idiots... I swear.

- Nighthawk


The Tamers

As many of you have noticed, one of the Flash movies from the lefthand menu is not working - The Tamers. Since Azile is no longer part of this website and that movie was his, that is why our link isn't working anymore. Why hasn't the link been removed? Well, because Ron is lazy and he does all the flash work.

Several of you have emailed me on where you can view this. Answer is that I don't have a clue, so you should ask Azile.

- Nighthawk


WTFMan Not Dead

It has indeed been an unreal amount of time since our last update. Part of that is our expected laziness. The other part is that we have again moved providers, so for a while we had no access to update our site at all. But, we're finally able to update again now.

Been playing a lot of Asheron's Call in my free time and loving most every minute of it. I still to this day don't understand how people can stand playing on carebear servers or hell even playing games that are almost entirely o.O (like EQ, UO and DAoC). I missed Darktide and the constant-pvp environment while I was away and I'm re-hooked. Characters are starting to bust past the "level cap", but still skill tends to win more often than levels, so I can't complain too much. My character has reached lvl 90 which I never thought would happen. JoV is still small with less than 20 members and we're thrilled to be a small tight knit guild that the 7000+ member guilds call "non-factors". If being a "factor" means selling out, then a non-factor I'll be.

Since gear and client-hacking have basically been wiped from AC, the game is more fun than ever. People actually have to play their characters and there little more amusing than dropping some level 120+ fool who has no clue how to play his chain-leveled-uber-character. A fine example of such a person is Zeke from KoC. He's such a coward that he said he wouldn't even play his new character until it was at the level cap of 126. Now that my friends is the definition of skillless. Or scared... take your pick.

Anyhow, enough rambling about that. I'll post more soon now that we're back up.

- Nighthawk