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  • Supposed to hit 61F today, but I'm still going to acquire space heaters et alia.
  • Yay! Tags in Porter Square does have some space heaters and they're open now!
  • Two space heaters achieved, and they actually work, too. My day suddenly seems much brighter and less frustrating!
  • Visited a kind and generous friend who is lent us a space heater, and the roommate procured electric blankets, so we are set!
  • Heat is a wonderful thing. I highly recommend it.

The long-term solution isn't set yet, but at least I have control over the short-term stuff, like immediately being warm.  The long-term stuff will be fixed with $MONEY$, one way or the other, either by depleting the remaining savings I'm holding onto (and what are they for, anyway? Yeah, broke furnace surely counts as An Emergency), or it will turn out that I can get some money from my house insurance, or I may qualify for some energy-abatement funding, because a New Furnace will be very much an energy-saving improvement, or I will be able to re-finance the mortgage, which is still, even with the housing market dropping so much, still for much less than the house is worth, even with a broken furnace.

So, I've got Options, and with the acquisition of space heaters, I've got adequate remediation for the shorter term so that I don't have to rush into hasty decisions, which is always a good thing.

Plus, in terms of improving the value of my house, a new and efficient furnace (and the disposal of the asbestos-clad old furnace) is a plus.

  • ION, I'm wondering if I have any orange clothes to represent for my Scotch-Irish ancestry.

Hey, they deserve some love, too.  I think of them as smart people who moved on from Ye Auld Sod when they figured out they weren't welcome....

  • @markos The tea-baggers aren't taking into account that Scott Brown is Indeed Very Right Wing... for the People's Republic of Massachusetts.

Seriously, in some ways I was relieved that Martha Coakley didn't win, because I think she's made some weaselly decisions as the Commonwealth's Attorney General.  Brown, at least, is starting out as that rare breed of "liberal" Republican, which is actually well into the ultraviolet spectrum of actual Liberal stances, but still far to the left of the Tea Party.

  • Ugly Overload: Eye Orbits ow.ly/1nu8p -- What a big-eyed Tarsier's skull looks like, for real. Nature is weirder than I can make up!

This was just a WOW! for me, because it looks almost like a cartoon alien skull.

  • RT @metrozing Nothing official but I've noted, thru client work, an association between intense feelings of loneliness and extreme clutter.

I think she -- she's one of the clutter experts on the Hoarders TV show -- is onto something there....

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  • First online act of 2010, signing up for a card-playing meetup group! Let it be the start of a new year, right?
    • I feel like I've slipped a lot on Being Social of late -- hell, for the past year.  So trying to break out of the mold and get more involved with meat space stuff, like watching movies with friends and playing games and volunteer work is on the radar now.
  • Ooooh, I feel the first stirrings of hunger this morning. Should see about breakfast, yes.
  • Still haven't eaten anything. Suppose I should do something about that....
  • It's not really Sunday, right?
    • Yup,  New Year's Day, though I think I turned in 10-ish.  Blew off two actual in-person social events, too, which doesn't bode well for my resolution above....
  • twitpic.com/w8lpu -- One of the beautiful animals from yesterday.
    • Need to get the rest of the pictures up here -- this was at a Somerville Library event. My college friend [personal profile] luscious_purple was up for a Somerville day trip, and it just happened that I intended to check out the "Tropical Animal Presentation" put on as a Xmas week/school vacation special event.  I think Patty and I were the only unaccompanied adults aside from the librarian and the presenter, but we got to enjoy other people's kids a whole lot, who were pretty much wide-eyed and delighted.
    • My favorite animal turned out to be a kinkajou, which is actually a relative of the raccoon.  I have to say, it's the most monkey-like animal that isn't a primate I've EVER seen -- it even has a prehensile tail!  Which let the presenter keep a "leash" on him (the kinkajou's name was "Sean"?!) while he explored cooperative audience members, including me.  Since Sean's tail is meant to hold him up, it was safe to pull him back by it!  Gorgeous little thing -- too bad you need a special wildlife permit to keep one in MA, otherwise I'd be hella tempted....
  • You know you've been watching too much #Dexter when you find yourself using Michael C. Hall's characteristic diction.
  • If I watch Spaced, I can put off running through the remaining two episodes of #Dexter S2... for a couple hours, right?
    • Alas, I've now both run through all of S2 Dexter (which... wow) and the first disk of Spaced.  I was amused enough by the first three episodes of Spaced, but the final four on that disk were LOL funny.
    • Why isn't there a boatload of Dexter vids?  The art direction on the series is Florida-bright and blood-splashed, and a big bow-tied present for fandom, frankly.
Yeah, yeah this is an update a day late, but the original WAS posted on the right day, and I'd love to have a 365-streak of posting something in 2010.  Even if it doesn't show up until today....
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  • Slept in until 7:30, which made the cats frantic for their breakfast and me extra-gronky.
  • Spent 45 minutes trying to import my Firefox passwords into KeePass, with absolutely no success with export plugins, import plugins etc. Feh

In theory, it shouldn't be this hard.  I have all these handy passwords saved in my local Firefox, and it should be a snap to import them, right?  But the formatting just won't work for some reason.  If I'm having this much trouble -- and I'm good about reading instructions and being intuitive in general -- I'm surprised anyone EVER got it working.

  • Compulsive Hoarding Affects up to 2% of the Population - WSJ.com ow.ly/wRTZ

I should hope that the 2% of which they speak are actually the hoarders themselves, because it also affects family, friends, and neighbors, not to mention municipal authorities.  I'd say that it's "a disease of plenty" but really it's possible to be a homeless hoarder, you just have less space to fill, like a shopping cart....

  • Iconic Photos ow.ly/wTJN -- blog presenting entries of historic/iconic photos from through history. Totally amazing.

And not America-centric, either, with a good wide-ranging selection throughout the history of photography.  I spent way WAY too much time yesterday going through it slowly.

  • Caught Dirty Jobs tonight-- they went to a camel farm! In addition to a pony, I now want a dromedary. I would accept an alpaca instead....

Yes, it's a camel dairy, how cool is that?  My ambition to try camel's milk is unslaken, but closer to a reality.  (I'm allergic to cows milk, and goat milk doesn't do too well either, but I'm hopeful that camels milk doesn't have the same proteins I'm reactive to.)  However, milking a camel is a difficult process, because they only let down for about 90 seconds, and they have to have their calf right by their side to start the hormones flowing.

But it was so cute, because the camel owners are professional animal trainers who have hand-raised their camels to be ultra-affectionate and kind of cuddly, so really Mike had a fun time of it.

Also, they'd named one of their camels "Clyde" which made me giggle.  Nice to know they have an interest in novelty music.

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Two Day Catchup Special Edition! )

Still haven't heard back about the job.  Putting in a bunch more applications now that I've retooled the resume and all that, hitting up some nonprofits on Idealist.org in the hopes that I'll find a nice place that doesn't pay as well so it's getting overlooked in other places.

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  • RT @librarythingtim: Yahoo! Answers: "Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school?" tinyurl.com/p8xu5k
    • Consensus on BoingBoing is that this may be a hoax/troll, or a trial balloon run up by a student who wants to gauge exactly how much trouble s/he'd get in.  Whatever, the idea of something like this happening in real life would be cool.
  • Gronk -- thanks to cyclobenzaprine, I stayed in bed 10:30 PM to 9 AM, with a short excursion to feed cats. Best sleep in a week?
    • Yet more Better Living (or Better Sleeping) Through Chemistry -- the drug is a mild muscle relaxant, enough that it helps to knock me out and break the cycle of being too tired to sleep.  I break the pills in half, and only use them once in a while -- the last prescription lasted me for somewhere over a year.  I swear sometimes I fall asleep faster knowing that I can resort to them if nothing else works.
  • Going to see the Terminator movie with a friend later, eating Late Breakfast out in the damp-but-clean-smelling patio.
    • The chairs under the abundantly-leaved maples only got slightly damp, and the patio table wasn't wet, so I didn't have to worry about the laptop sitting in the damp, either.  Damn wonderful smell, loamy and green.  Twice there were people walking through the back garden of The Empty House, so I assume they're still showing it -- odd to have people where there Have Never Been.  If it sells, I may have to get used to it.
  • Ugly Overload: Winged Garbage Man ow.ly/8Vuk -- Damn, but I'd love to hold a bat like that! So neat.
    • Just a hyuuuuuuuuge flying fox, easily the size of a goose, upside down and evidently not distressed at all.  So cute and yet so alien at the same time.
  • oooooh! Thunder! According to the weather radar map, not close enough to worry about....
    • On second thought, it might have been guns firing blanks as part of the Somerville Memorial Day parade happening up the street, although during a later salvo, I saw Muppet belly-creeping off to a safe hidey-hole, and usually she's not fooled.
  • TERMINATOR SALVATION was a lot of fun as long as I didn't stop to think about it. Having some very good actors sure helped that.
    • went with [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara who is a grand companion for this sort of expedition.  I didn't regret paying for it -- I may work up the enthusiasm to go on a bit more, but really, it was the actors doing good jobs that sold it for me.  I think, though, on the whole I'd have preferred a version where the Big Reveal wasn't given away by the promotional trailers, which would have made it much more layered.
    • After we stopped by the big Trader Joe's in Burlington which is just down the street from the theatre.  I don't think it has any more for sale than the others, but it's stretched out with generously wide aisles so I end up feeling less crowded and stressed... and suspect that I thereby buy more.  Why else would I come home with frozen cubes of chopped garlic and also a pint of TJ's Soy "ice cream"?
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Venetia Phair Dies at 90; as a Girl, She Named Pluto - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com ow.ly/6bDx

Some face was saved last year when the union announced the coining of the term “plutoid” to designate a dwarf planet beyond the orbit of Neptune. More vexing to Mrs. Phair was the persistent notion that she had taken the name from the Disney character. “It has now been satisfactorily proven that the dog was named after the planet, rather than the other way around,” she told the BBC. “So, one is vindicated.”
Damn I would have loved to meet her -- she sounds wonderful!

I don't know if it's sad that I'm actually excited to be improving the lab program we worked on at school last week.

I got a Foreach working on my double-ended Queue generic collection. Why this is AWESOME will not be grokable to anyone not into C#. SIGH

You know, I really do LIKE programming -- it's like a giant steampunky machine to me, all whirring gears and steams escaping, like Rube Goldberg's worst dreams, but it RUNS and does COOL things. I like making things, is what it comes down to.

Tonight in class we're learning Destructors. Phear Me!

Actually, they're a whole lot less exciting than the name might imply, but I get my excitement where I can.

Heh. Instructor says the most likely time we'll need to know about Destructors is in an interview for a programming job....

Says it's a classic interview question. Everytime he says that about a concept or programming pattern, I star and underline it in my notes. If I ever got an interview, I would rock.

Ugly Overload: Baby Pigeons? (Oh, so ugleee and wrong!) ow.ly/6jkU

Proving, I guess, that not all baaaby animals are cute. Which is curious, because I can find baby vultures and scorpions cute, but these? Not so much.

So far today I've already finished and neatened up the IDisposable lab we had for class last night, which leaves me with... not much else to do, though I can pick up where I left off with JavaScript and CSS, I suppose.  I should be able to get the next book in the Old Man's War series from the library, so there's that to look forward to.  Oh, and apply for Jobs....
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Venetia Phair Dies at 90; as a Girl, She Named Pluto - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com ow.ly/6bDx

Some face was saved last year when the union announced the coining of the term “plutoid” to designate a dwarf planet beyond the orbit of Neptune. More vexing to Mrs. Phair was the persistent notion that she had taken the name from the Disney character. “It has now been satisfactorily proven that the dog was named after the planet, rather than the other way around,” she told the BBC. “So, one is vindicated.”
Damn I would have loved to meet her -- she sounds wonderful!

I don't know if it's sad that I'm actually excited to be improving the lab program we worked on at school last week.

I got a Foreach working on my double-ended Queue generic collection. Why this is AWESOME will not be grokable to anyone not into C#. SIGH

You know, I really do LIKE programming -- it's like a giant steampunky machine to me, all whirring gears and steams escaping, like Rube Goldberg's worst dreams, but it RUNS and does COOL things. I like making things, is what it comes down to.

Tonight in class we're learning Destructors. Phear Me!

Actually, they're a whole lot less exciting than the name might imply, but I get my excitement where I can.

Heh. Instructor says the most likely time we'll need to know about Destructors is in an interview for a programming job....

Says it's a classic interview question. Everytime he says that about a concept or programming pattern, I star and underline it in my notes. If I ever got an interview, I would rock.

Ugly Overload: Baby Pigeons? (Oh, so ugleee and wrong!) ow.ly/6jkU

Proving, I guess, that not all baaaby animals are cute. Which is curious, because I can find baby vultures and scorpions cute, but these? Not so much.

So far today I've already finished and neatened up the IDisposable lab we had for class last night, which leaves me with... not much else to do, though I can pick up where I left off with JavaScript and CSS, I suppose.  I should be able to get the next book in the Old Man's War series from the library, so there's that to look forward to.  Oh, and apply for Jobs....
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Warm enough to wear shorts and eat breakfast on the patio. Squirrel is watching me, coveting my Munchkins.

There are regular Squirrel Wars over the possession of the trees in my backyard. It's not a big backyard, but there are two maple trees, about 50yo each, according to an arborist I consulted, and they're relatively sheltered from the street, and very accessible to all the backyards with all their squirrel-friendly garbage can and bird feeders and whatnot. At least once a day I heard them barking at each other, and chases are common, with daring leaps from branch to branch. It's all quite hectic.

Just saw my first butterfly of the year!

I have successfully installed XAMPP onto the iBook. Now I just have to learn enough Javascript and PHP to be dangerous.

It's amazing to me how much more comprehensible it is, too, now that I have enough OOP under my belt to be able to recognize the design patterns. Very encouraging, it is!

ow.ly/41jm "No power is more fatal to freedom and the rule of law than torture. It is like Tolkien's ring."

Here's the more complete paragraph from Andrew Sullivan, because I think it should be read and memorized:

"If I had one belief in politics, it would be that the freedoms secured by the modern West are worth fighting for. Absolutely central to those freedoms is barring the executive branch from torturing people. No power is more fatal to freedom and the rule of law than torture. It is like Tolkien's ring: no society remains free, if its rulers use it. Its power is banned because it is a solvent to the rule of law, the establishment of truth, and the limits of government. For an administration to secretly and illegally unleash this weapon - against citizens and non-citizens alike - and to demand that it not be subsequently called to account, that it be allowed to get away with it under some absurd notion that it's too divisive to hold war criminals accountable for their crimes is and was an outrage. Punishing those responsible for war crimes is not "scapegoating". You know what scapegoating is? It's throwing Lynndie England in jail for following orders given by George W. Bush, while leaving him to the luxury of a Texan suburb."

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bea Arthur: A Tribute - Neatorama ow.ly/41uO

Like... she was a Marine? No, seriously!


Yesterday it got up to 92 here, but the humidity was low enough that it was comfy in the shade of the patio... and then between 5 and 7 PM, it dropped over 20 degrees. Now, if the whole summer would be like that, I'd be pretty damn happy!

Meantime, I've made more progress with Javascript, and am getting myself ready for class. So it goes in crazy job-free land.
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Warm enough to wear shorts and eat breakfast on the patio. Squirrel is watching me, coveting my Munchkins.

There are regular Squirrel Wars over the possession of the trees in my backyard. It's not a big backyard, but there are two maple trees, about 50yo each, according to an arborist I consulted, and they're relatively sheltered from the street, and very accessible to all the backyards with all their squirrel-friendly garbage can and bird feeders and whatnot. At least once a day I heard them barking at each other, and chases are common, with daring leaps from branch to branch. It's all quite hectic.

Just saw my first butterfly of the year!

I have successfully installed XAMPP onto the iBook. Now I just have to learn enough Javascript and PHP to be dangerous.

It's amazing to me how much more comprehensible it is, too, now that I have enough OOP under my belt to be able to recognize the design patterns. Very encouraging, it is!

ow.ly/41jm "No power is more fatal to freedom and the rule of law than torture. It is like Tolkien's ring."

Here's the more complete paragraph from Andrew Sullivan, because I think it should be read and memorized:

"If I had one belief in politics, it would be that the freedoms secured by the modern West are worth fighting for. Absolutely central to those freedoms is barring the executive branch from torturing people. No power is more fatal to freedom and the rule of law than torture. It is like Tolkien's ring: no society remains free, if its rulers use it. Its power is banned because it is a solvent to the rule of law, the establishment of truth, and the limits of government. For an administration to secretly and illegally unleash this weapon - against citizens and non-citizens alike - and to demand that it not be subsequently called to account, that it be allowed to get away with it under some absurd notion that it's too divisive to hold war criminals accountable for their crimes is and was an outrage. Punishing those responsible for war crimes is not "scapegoating". You know what scapegoating is? It's throwing Lynndie England in jail for following orders given by George W. Bush, while leaving him to the luxury of a Texan suburb."

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bea Arthur: A Tribute - Neatorama ow.ly/41uO

Like... she was a Marine? No, seriously!


Yesterday it got up to 92 here, but the humidity was low enough that it was comfy in the shade of the patio... and then between 5 and 7 PM, it dropped over 20 degrees. Now, if the whole summer would be like that, I'd be pretty damn happy!

Meantime, I've made more progress with Javascript, and am getting myself ready for class. So it goes in crazy job-free land.
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Off to Old Sturbridge Village for a day of fun and history and cattle. Okay, chickens and sheep, too -- can't leave those off!

All tweeting from OSV will be done the old-fashioned way -- yelling loud enough for everyone to hear.

Good Ghod am I tired, but there was much happiness at OSV, and a perfect Spring day to do it in.

Still 69 degrees here -- I can't say enough about how nice a day it was!



Oh, the cattlemanity! There were chickens and sheep and cattle, and coopering, tinsmithing, sawyering and more, and a very pleasant day spent in the presence of four delightful children (really!) and their equally nice parental units. Pictures will be posted once I'm back from the day in class -- a shame, really when it's so very nice out (53 at 8 AM!)
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Off to Old Sturbridge Village for a day of fun and history and cattle. Okay, chickens and sheep, too -- can't leave those off!

All tweeting from OSV will be done the old-fashioned way -- yelling loud enough for everyone to hear.

Good Ghod am I tired, but there was much happiness at OSV, and a perfect Spring day to do it in.

Still 69 degrees here -- I can't say enough about how nice a day it was!



Oh, the cattlemanity! There were chickens and sheep and cattle, and coopering, tinsmithing, sawyering and more, and a very pleasant day spent in the presence of four delightful children (really!) and their equally nice parental units. Pictures will be posted once I'm back from the day in class -- a shame, really when it's so very nice out (53 at 8 AM!)
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I definitely need Gronker, not Twitter this morning. Groooonk.

Kung Fu Monkey: The Case Against Universal Health Care ow.ly/3Fe0 -- Leverage creators' plotlines in danger of obsolence. :-)

Probably all my friends who are into Leverage have seen this piece by now, but you never know....

It turns out that the plural of aurochs is aurochsen. Same as ox->oxen!!! tinyurl.com/dm3f59

Linked to a short piece on whether the aurochsen AKA Heck cattle are actually authentic, since they were line-bred back to something resembling the real, original aurochsen. Sue me, I like cattle. :-)

Twanalysis for Theodosia ow.ly/3FMy "likeable sociable cautious" "chatty coherent" Now I know what I'll put on my gravestone.

is successful at getting transmogrification to work for her. Take THAT, Visual Studio!

notes that she mixes up transmogrification with polymorphism, and blames J.K.Rowling and also society in general.

And, while we're at it, I blame Calvin & Hobbes for the transmogrifier box that got me started on the idea. But 'polymorphism' is a far more pedestrian concept in object-oriented programming, though it is a tricky area to work with even on a small program. But Go Team Me, I got it working, and I think I can say that I really understand it now. Probably took me three times the amount of time the teacher alloted for an in-class assignment, but hey, learning takes time sometimes, particularly if you've got Dinosaur Brain Programming to un-learnify.

Cheney's Standards: Lower then the Luftwaffe's "Scharff's methods are still taught in US Army interrogation schools..." ow.ly/3ITp

This is a small item from Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, which brings up what I'd call an irony: the head of Nazi Germany's interrogators forbade torture because it got bad results and could point to many successes that humane treatment and friendly questioning could get quantifiable results

...woke up thinking The Epic Fails would be a good band name.

Recession brings dramatic increase in public library use - (this is MY library) - Somerville Journal ow.ly/3MYL

Yep, the one that's about a half-mile walk from here. Excuse me while I glow with civic pride. I wish the photographer had got more of the architecture that's on display, because there are knockoffs of the Elgin Marbles in a frieze around the top of the atrium.


Why is today a good day? It's true that I had a lousy night of sleep, but I'm going to go see Old Sturbridge Village with [livejournal.com profile] szandara and family and friends, and it's going to be a sunny, warm day and there could be many many pictures and so on.
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I definitely need Gronker, not Twitter this morning. Groooonk.

Kung Fu Monkey: The Case Against Universal Health Care ow.ly/3Fe0 -- Leverage creators' plotlines in danger of obsolence. :-)

Probably all my friends who are into Leverage have seen this piece by now, but you never know....

It turns out that the plural of aurochs is aurochsen. Same as ox->oxen!!! tinyurl.com/dm3f59

Linked to a short piece on whether the aurochsen AKA Heck cattle are actually authentic, since they were line-bred back to something resembling the real, original aurochsen. Sue me, I like cattle. :-)

Twanalysis for Theodosia ow.ly/3FMy "likeable sociable cautious" "chatty coherent" Now I know what I'll put on my gravestone.

is successful at getting transmogrification to work for her. Take THAT, Visual Studio!

notes that she mixes up transmogrification with polymorphism, and blames J.K.Rowling and also society in general.

And, while we're at it, I blame Calvin & Hobbes for the transmogrifier box that got me started on the idea. But 'polymorphism' is a far more pedestrian concept in object-oriented programming, though it is a tricky area to work with even on a small program. But Go Team Me, I got it working, and I think I can say that I really understand it now. Probably took me three times the amount of time the teacher alloted for an in-class assignment, but hey, learning takes time sometimes, particularly if you've got Dinosaur Brain Programming to un-learnify.

Cheney's Standards: Lower then the Luftwaffe's "Scharff's methods are still taught in US Army interrogation schools..." ow.ly/3ITp

This is a small item from Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, which brings up what I'd call an irony: the head of Nazi Germany's interrogators forbade torture because it got bad results and could point to many successes that humane treatment and friendly questioning could get quantifiable results

...woke up thinking The Epic Fails would be a good band name.

Recession brings dramatic increase in public library use - (this is MY library) - Somerville Journal ow.ly/3MYL

Yep, the one that's about a half-mile walk from here. Excuse me while I glow with civic pride. I wish the photographer had got more of the architecture that's on display, because there are knockoffs of the Elgin Marbles in a frieze around the top of the atrium.


Why is today a good day? It's true that I had a lousy night of sleep, but I'm going to go see Old Sturbridge Village with [personal profile] szandara and family and friends, and it's going to be a sunny, warm day and there could be many many pictures and so on.
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RT @librarythingtim: Jesus Christ is following me on Twitter. No, really. Is it the sin of Peter to deny a follow-back?

RT @tzikeh: These? Are AWESOME! wrongcards.com/

The roar of the garbage truck is not heard in Somerville today -- Monday was Patriot's Day (the real one), so they'll come tomorrow.



It is a point of pride for me that MA has had a real Patriot's Day holiday for ages -- none of these Johnny-come-lately holidays. There's even reenactments of Paul Revere's Ride, and Concord/Lexington and whatnot. And also that Boston Marathon thingy, which at my Late Job I used to get off for, because getting to work was impossible for our building. ::glows with local pride::

A Gaythering Storm from FunnyorDie ow.ly/3xzo -- NOM's ad spawns yet another great parody.

HEMA - online winkelen ow.ly/3xzQ -- As long as we're on the subject of Flash, here's a catalog opening (LOUD) that rocks bigtime.

@aukestrel -- I am but the brain sparrow on the wings of my eagle-brained friends.

Javelinas Main Page ow.ly/3z1r -- Among my many Arizona loves are javelinas (collared peccaries) which are too damn cute to be real.



I've been lucky enough to see a couple in the wild, and also recognized their footprints in the mud of a little stream.

Played a whole lot with CSS and Dreamwidth journal/blog, making a real mess but also learning. Now to go to programming class...

Got halfway (in heavy traffic) to school before I checked my phonemail and found out class cancelled. D'oh!



That should teach me to answer the phone promptly. But on the way back, I stopped at A.C. Moore and got some Size 1 knitting needles for a try at toe-up socks. Also more stitch markers, which have a tendency to vanish on me.
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Watching: Gift of a face a testament to donor's enduring values - The Boston Globe tinyurl.com/dxevut

The story's about the donor for the recent ground-breaking face transplant here in Boston. The donor was himself a heart transplant patient, and though he'd signed up to be an organ donor himself, his family had to give special permission for the extraordinary step of harvestingpart of his face because they knew how pleased he would have been to help someone else that way.

not only got the garbage OUT, ditto recycling, also emptied and refilled all the litterboxes. Housekeeper WIN!


Ugly Overload: Tarsier: The Face of Evil ow.ly/2Vmw

I don't mention Ugly Overload half enough here or elsewhere, but it's a constant source of pleasure and wonderment to me. Or maybe I just find the beautiful in the ugly always.

Had Amy's Macaroni and SOY Cheeze for lunch. I can't begin to tell you how much it thrills me to have a childhood comfort food back!

What surprises me every.damn.time is how I can't tell that it's soy cheese -- how do they do it? The last time I tried a soy cheese, it was a tasteless block of vague bitterness. Perhaps I need to try some of the newer brands.

The Future of "Terminator" w/ Brian Austin Green interview. He's still hoping for renewal!!! tinyurl.com/c6y28o

I've been enjoying the HELL out of this season of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles so I'm holding on to the faint hope that it gets renewed, but mostly accepting that it's going away... so that BAG is still hoping, and from this interview sounds like he's confident, makes me want to go back to crossing my fingers.

So Delicious brand Coconut Milk Yogurt is actually as delicious as their 'ice cream'. Plus yogurty goodness.

Oh ye of little faith -- I literally haven't tasted yogurt in ten years -- so why should I be so surprised that the people who make 'ice cream' that tastes so good would also be able to pull off the trick with another fake-dairy-product?

Windows Media Center appears to have disappeared off my computer today!???

In the BWUH? category, yes. Media Center recorded a program on the 14th, for goodness sake! But today, there is NO Media Center program on my computer! I was too tired last night after class to look into HP Customer Support, but once I'm woken up enough today, I think that'll be one of my projects!

April 10

Apr. 11th, 2009 06:45 am
theodosia: (beetle)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:19 Spare cat was put inside Roommate's room with the door closed this morning. It's time that she gets Used To Other Rooms #
  • 09:13 Applied for an entry-level Java job at a nearby very cool college. Probably not much chance, you know? But I'd be so damn good at it.... #
  • 11:50 Watching: Saharan Rolling Spider - Neatorama tinyurl.com/d8gysn #
  • 13:59 Another two job applications - the full monty with customized cover letters and resumes. Hire me, dammit! #
  • 14:53 @scifri -- "Brown -- the OTHER Fat!" #
  • 14:54 @scifri -- "The body's own furnace cells" #
  • 14:55 @scifri Actually, come to think of it, Furnace Fat isn't entirely wrong or disgusting. #
  • 16:48 Ate late lunch/early dinner. Roommate promised to buy non-dairy frozen dessert when she braves the grocery store! #
  • 18:27 Read outside for a while, but the sun went in and it feels a deal colder than 61, so back to the keyboard.... #
  • 06:21 @chickwriter --CONGRATULATIONS! I'd say take a victory lap, but given the hour, perhaps a nap would be more appropriate. #
  • 06:30 Browsing: » TSCC CANCELLED 04-10-2009 -- good summary why here. I am desolate. tinyurl.com/c6jqtz #
  • 06:32 @raveninthewind -- Boo, Feh, ::sound of weeping and tearing clothes:: and the casting of a pox on Fox and its houses. #
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theodosia: (art!)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 08:39 Spare Cat will eventually teach me to have a clean desk. Only because there's nothing left on it when she's done. #
    I should hire her out as an organizer. Sort of the way that a fire or a move will make you organize your stuff, you know? But in a more cute, furry way.
  • 10:15 Left a call for the recruiter from yesterday, so the ball is not in my court. Now I can just cringe a little every time the phone rings #
    I'm pretty sure that no news is bad news, at least when it's hearing back from recruiters. But just getting a little interest is good for my ego, I'll tell you truly at this point.
  • 11:24 And now comes the time of day when suddenly it seems that all the wind goes out of my sails. Yet it is too early for lunch! #


  • 13:43 Really really trying to learn floating in CSS. I think I need to understand divs and ids and classes first, though. #
    There's this awesomely cool site called Zen Garden, where you can switch to radically different CSS schemes on the fly, to see just how much you can style -- layout, graphics, color scheme, typography meanwhile leaving the HTML code strictly alone. By far the hardest for me is the layout part, hence doing a bunch of tutorials and reviewing what I know and what I still have to learn!
  • 14:25 You know what is finally going to drive me out of the house? The prospect of bringing back ice cream (soy) treats. I seem to be 8yo. #


  • 18:04 My submission for Ugly Overload got chosen! tinyurl.com/c95vrl #
    Just to clarify -- it was my suggestion that got used, not my pictures -- I wish I could find a hummingbird nest, but we barely get them around here -- I've only ever seen two in MA! But the pictures -- what ugly little babies and so very very VERY tiny.
  • 21:36 Finished the current lab project a good 15 minutes before the other students. I seem to understand classes and methods, FINALLY. #


I got an awesomely good reference on LinkedIn from my current programming teacher, so perhaps I'm doing as well as I actually think I'm doing, which is always a good thing to have confirmed.

Last night our lab required us to create a class call Fraction, which we could send a numerator and denominator to, then create a method called GetValue that returned the fraction (which is total overkill for non-OOP programmin, since you can do that sort of thing in many less lines of code without involving a class -- but such is the nature of school-based programming problems). After having got the value back, you then had to Set new numerator and denominators and get back that value. Something of a Tinkertoy exercise, but I "saw" right away how it would work and what constructors and methods and fields needed to be created, and a few moments of Googling showed me how to correctly get the fraction double back from having to divide integers, too. I am the queen of the classroom!

It's interesting to me how all of the stuff I've learned has come together -- the digital design and the programming, how it all started intersecting with Flash programming and now I'm finally grasping stuff I didn't initially with CSS because now I grok classes and so on with the C#/OOP.
theodosia: (Lost)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:26 Looking at: Basics - In One Ear and Out the Other - NYTimes.com www.nytimes.com/2009/03/17/science/17angi.html #
  • 07:45 Caffeine still out in car. Never did remember to go get it yesterday, probably because of headache and other woes. #
  • 09:28 sweet sweet caffeine pill, cast your magic spell over my brain.... #
  • 09:36 Watching: YouTube - Shepherds, sheep, sheepdogs, LEDS and a Welsh hillside, via @alterjess! tinyurl.com/9w4o9c #
  • 09:36 @alterjess -- baaaaaa humbug! Also their Pong game plays better than the one I wrote in Flash. #
  • 11:49 tinyurl.com/dnxwk Baaaaaaaaby hummingbirds! #
  • 13:15 I realized that I do not know how to soft-boil eggs. I only eat them scrambled, so I never learned. Had to ask Mom for instructions. #
  • 14:59 Is Twitter the telegraph of the 21st century? Stop. Because concise messaging is coming back into style. Stop. #
  • 15:52 I think I'm going to get computer speakers so I can have sound on this computer here. At home I just use the stereo to output sound #
  • 18:41 wonders if she shouldn't create TELEGRAPHER where all the tweets are in CAPS and there's a sound option that will make dits & dats.... #
  • 20:49 Watching: Gallery - Photography: Life and death beneath the waves - Image 12 - New Scientist tinyurl.com/c8qgvt #


Yesterday was a whole lot of Mom-herding, which probably led me to post more Twitters than usual, none of them about her. She's in considerable pain, and depressed about that, and getting her to take even OTC remedies like Tylenol, or Pepto for her heartburn means a whole lot of cajoling, because I don't want to yell or fight or whine. So I flee to the comfort of the Internet and my Invisible Friends.

I also got away for a while, went out to Target where I found a pair of $11.89 computer speakers. My fancy-schmancy HDMI HP LCD widescreen monitor refuses to output any sound, even after a support call to HP a while back, and at home I send the sound out via a jack and my old stereo system, which works very nicely. So these mini-speakers are letting me get sound and play my iTunes while I'm seated here at the little desk.

I just love the EXTREME SHEEPHERDING vid like gangbusters, even if I'm pretty sure some of the hillside shots were sweetened via AfterEffects or whatever. It's a commercial, but a really nice one that makes me love humanity, the Welsh, sheepdogs and even sheep all the much more.

Not that I don't like the other links, but they're just the bog-standard neat science and/or animal type of links that I adore. I think the most amazing shot is at the end of the hummer babies, where there's a toothpick and a penny posed next to the now-vacant nest and you can appreciate just how TINY those babies were. ::looks at random penny sitting on the desk next to her::

I wonder if I COULD do a Telegrapher site for the giggles of it, or at least a Flash application, which would give me some practice with sound FX, and show off some Actionscript chops, too. Along with, you know, going to school, learning enough Java to pass the SCJD test, and OH YES find a job. (Who said that being unemployed, excuse me JOBFREE means nothing to do?)
theodosia: (northwest)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 09:56 Apt is cleaned up enough for the cleaning lady, according to Mom. SIGH #
  • 12:44 OK...time to hit the road... and hope the road don't hit back.... #
  • 19:18 Door to door time, something very close to 6 hours, 4 of which was spent listening to NPR podcasts #
  • 06:37 kitties remind me that THEY MUST BE FED omgWTFMONKEES #


I gratefully left Mom in the tender clutches of my brother, who I'm also leaving to unsnarl the misunderstanding -- the cleaning service should have been scheduled to do a two-hour apartment cleaning, instead of the Home Service lady. However, in the interest of being paid (she does truly need the money, with a husband in the hospital) she kept herself truly busy for two hours and dusted everything in site, swept, wiped down counters and et cetera.

This was after I picked up enough for her to visit, of course. :-)

The drive was a pretty clean run, though the 6+ hours driving BACK always seems at least twice as long as the drive DOWN. I was going through Hartford CT just at dusk, and there were THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS (I'm NOT over-emphasizing) of CROWS coming into roost on the treetops near the highway and Connecticut River. The sky FULL of black birds was pretty awesome, though I'm glad not to be living under any of those trees.

Home was still there, cats were still furry and demanding. I watched Intervention and collapsified immediately thereafter without unpacking more than the perishable food I brought back from PA.
theodosia: (northwest)

Porcupine face, originally uploaded by moxie58.

Went to NH to visit Batwrangler last night and go looking for cold-blooded trouble on the back roads and vernal pools. And we found some, too. Check out the finds over in my Flicker set:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/moxie58/sets/72157604506497820/

Also, bonus Chinchilla pictures, and the random porcupine we found, who honestly looked so cute and fuzzy that I could have petted him (or her)

More later....

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