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theodosia: (holiday2)

I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Slept for more than 10 hours -- must have needed it! Cats are disappointed in me, but then they always are, pretty much.
  • I favorited a YouTube video -- Hands-Only CPR - Hand Walker bit.ly/1b50d2

It's actually a PSA for hands-on CPR, but it features a really talented handstand walker.

  • Watching #SGU from last night, they're finally hitting their stride, best opening yet!

Some good character work, finally hitting their stride I think.  Cynically perhaps, I think the producers need to kill off their characters a few times before they get familiar enough.  Being SF, though, they can undo the deaths and get on with the business of writing them....

  • It is rainy rainy RAINY outside. Good day to catch up with TV and reading.
  • Oooh -- going to a holiday fair in Wakefield, at least for a little while. Off to the races!
  • Got a really cool set of trays at the Holiday Fair (which was more of a church sale than vendors/flea market). For $2, very cool & useful.

On a tip from [profile] cindywrites, [personal profile] vwbug & I went off to a cute sale at a church in v-dub's new home town (she just moved to an adorable little apartment) which was very importantly all inside, because of the aforesaid RAIN (the remains of Hurricane Ida), but this was a HYUUUGE church full of gyms and meeting rooms and all that.  Raffles, gift baskets, food.  After, we went by a local diner and I had a Very Late Breakfast (the best kind).

  • Unseen Academicals is the kind of book that you keep checking how many pages are left to reassure that there's more to come. #Pratchett
  • Running out of gas, will probably not finish the Pratchett book tonight... But therefore something to look forward to tomorrow!

That was 9:30ish.  I guess the stress -- AKA eustress, the "good" kind of stress -- is catching up with me.  Job interview, networking, much successful friendly interaction.  Plus, oh yeah school finally, completely ending this week.  No pressure there, not at all.

theodosia: (lotr)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • #Nobel - Remember campaign ad about answering White House phone at 3 AM? Never asked WHO'd be calling, did it?

File this under "Unexpected News You Think Must Be An Onion Headline"

  • When looking a little further pays off: 10 AA batteries were $7.49 at checkout, but 16 priced at $8.49 on the shelves. !!!!!

Srsly!  I'd just combed the entire Staples store for batteries (I'd thought) and found them at the checkout finally when I went up to ask where I'd missed them.  So I asked, anyway, and was directed to a wall sort-of behind the checkout that I hadn't covered in my search.

  • The 32 Rules of Zombieland - HorrorMovies.ca ow.ly/tAT8 -- all in a handy list form! Illustrated!

You really OWE it to yourself to see this movie, that is, if you're not put off by the blood/violence too much to appreciate the comedy genius. Zombie movies are like cilantro, for some people if it tastes like soap and they're never going to appreciate it, I know.  However, if you don't mind cilantro, this is the Mexican foodstuff that you've been waiting for all your life, and didn't know it.

  • #Nobel -- you know, we shouldn't be blaming OBAMA for getting the Prize. It's not like he went to Stockholm to campaign for it.

Criticize the Nobel nominators and voters all you like, fulminate on the sharp divide between the way Americans and the Swedes see the man and what he's done so far.  Obama didn't sign up to be considered, Obama didn't have a campaign machine mailing videos and presents to the Nobel voters.  He won the election, took the oath, and jumped into the Presidency job with both feet and as much vigor as you could want, taking out the time to start mending a bunch of diplomatic fences along with the NUMEROUS domestic problems he inherited.

If anything, it's another symptom of the unrealistically high expectations the man has put upon him as he is trying very hard to do the job he was elected to do.  I sure hope -- for all our sakes -- that history will find in the long run that he lived up to those expectations, but 8 months into office it's sure too early from where I sit to say he has.

  • Must now stroll to library to return books and get new ones to replace 'em. Yay!?

Got Pillhead and The Secret of Platform 13 and made a side trip over to the East Branch to pick up Cover Letters For Dummies.  Yay!

  • Watched Fringe, waiting for Friday Night SciFi to start... embarrassment of riches!

It will always be SciFi in my heart, no matter how many logos and bizarre spellings they go through.

 

And now, having woken up way WAY too late, I'm off to class for the day....

theodosia: (halloween)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • I seem to be bereft of twit this morning. I am twitless. Handitwitted. Untwitterable.

As they say, some days it's just not worth it to chew through the straps.  Not only didn't I have thoughts that would fit into 140 characters, I didn't have thoughts.  Very down day, alas.

  • Awful Library Books: 'Looking Forward to Being Attacked' -- ow.ly/sMNv -- The ToC is a particular delight.

ALB is a librarian's blog highlighting books they've run across -- like outmoded Advice or Career books from the 1970s that deserve to be updated or disposed of.  Like the 1968 book about the life of a West Point cadet -- which would be interesting to a military historian, for instance, but not so much if you were a contemporary high school student, you know?

The Looking Forward to Being Attacked book is not so much in that category, mostly in that it's timeless in its editorial weirdness.  Outside of a friend who does Krav Maga, I don't know anybody who looks forward to being attacked, but there's a kernel of truth in that if you carry yourself with confidence, your smarter muggers and attackers may choose to attack someone else.  ("may" not "will".  Bad guys may be a cowardly and superstitious lot but generally speaking they're also stupid in some fundamental ways.

  • Past time to leave for class, but I have a warm fuzzy Spare Cat trying to lie down on top of my arms as I'm typing.

Oh yeah, she's STILL around.  Her mom isn't doing any better, and in fact I was told she's getting a kidney biopsy this week.  Although, we can all hope that if they can identify something that they can fix, she might eventually be well enough to take back her cat.

Let me be the first to say that I love and adore kitties, but I'd adore this one more as a temporary visitor.  I look upon the Spare Cat as punishment for my hubris in believing that I could manage any cat.

  • ow.ly/sQrD -- Andrew Sullivan's beagle is getting old. Sniffle-inducing.

"I used to think that dogs were just dogs, beneath us humans, different in fundamental ways. I don't any more. I see the trace of God's love and God's creation in every one. But I only really see it in the one I love and have lived in the same room with for twelve years and counting."

  • school: we're doing Java servlets. I'm beginning to think that I never really knew any JSP at all....

Speaking of hubris -- it's remarkable to me how much I still don't KNOW.  Considering that this is the third time I'm gone through the module on J2EE -- but it was taught differently all three times.  This time, we have a thorough grounding on what is included in HTTP Requests and Responses and how the hidden infrastructure makes the Gets and Posts behave.

I rocked through most of the Lab project we had, which was to make a simple calculator -- two fields to enter numbers and buttons to click to make them add, subtract, et cetera.  This is on a JSP page that calls another when it returns the answer.  Not rocket science, but I can really say that I understand each bit of code I'm writing.

Haven't heard back from the Holiday Shipping Coordinator job... one that I could do very well, indeed, but I'm going to go with the thought that I won't get it.  Right now today I'm feeling a little bitter, but damn, I WILL get something soon, right?

theodosia: (midnite detective)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Cat mommy not up until 8 am. Cats most disappointed with cat mommy. Cat mommy waiting for caffeine to start percolating in her veins.
  • Oh look! Jim Beaver! On an episode of Psych. Well, I guess I should give the show a chance, right?
  • Test to see if @LoudTwitter is working correctly #lt
  • Aha! The problem with LoudTwitter is that I made all my tweets private, therefore it didn't have anything to ship to LJ. Duuuh.
  • Still reading GENIUS SQUAD and already regretting that GENIUS WARS won't come out until next year....
  • Empty house behind mine is now 'Sale Pending'-- I wonder if I could sweet- talk someone into letting take 'as-is' pictures?
  • Mad men over way too quickly! Setup episode, looks like fireworks next week.
theodosia: (midnite detective)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Chumley is more like a LOLL cat than a lolcat.
  • Heat index rose to 106, so I moved inside and turned on the AC. Although my heat adaptation is finally starting to work....
  • Finished EVIL GENIUS, took it right to the library and took out sequel GENIUS SQUAD.
  • Cat mommy not up until 8 am. Cats most disappointed with cat mommy. Cat mommy waiting for caffeine to start percolating in her veins.
  • Oh look! Jim Beaver! On an episode of Psych. Well, I guess I should give the show a chance, right?


Still don't have PC back yet, although Angeltronics has isolated the problem to my video card getting fried, which a) means that we don't have to reinstall everything and b) don't risk losing data and c) if I'd done the reinstall, the problem would still have persisted. So although this is taking way longer than I'd like, I'd still say we're ahead on points.

I so want my PC back, though. All my Adobe are belong to it, as well as iTunes. I love my iBook, don't get me wrong, but it's more like a Netbook functionally in my life!
theodosia: (threesomes)

::peeks cautiously out, like a prairie dog in black-footed weasel land::

I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • I really feel for the administrator on Primeval - his team members are more suicidal than lemmings, and even less likely to listen to orders

I can't of course remember what his name is -- never a good sign for the overall worth of a show with me -- but I do enjoy his Blackadder-like disgust and haughtiness.  Given that his leading team members are all brilliantly stupid, and in fact at one point their team leader was a marketing/PR person originally, I have to say by now I totally respect his disgust.

And yet, I'm still watching, partly because Connor is cute and Abby is adorable, and partly because their adventures on the whole are so much fun to heckle in my head.  Plus, they make Torchwood look remarkably competent, on the whole.

  • Made much progress with the WP theme this weekend, though it appears that the ability to put Flash in the sidebar is severely limited.
  • Oooh -- sent off very advanced WP Theme to client, to the point where they need to make Decisions. Decided to go off to a movie this aft!

Yeah, the website that sucked my life away -- but it was fun (when I wasn't tearing at my hair in frustration) and I've learned so very much doing it -- geeze Louise, I built a WordPress Theme from scratch with the help of a tutorial!  Not to mention all the Flash and JavaScript/XML besides.  I guess I HAVE been paying attention in class.

  • Going to a movie -- what a strange, wonderful idea!
  • So... movie didn't happen on account time being mislisted-- 4 pm is too late to watch and get to class on time.

R is off work this week, so she is available for movie-going.  I may try again today....

Has anybody reading this seen Sunshine Cleaners?  And if so, is it very gruesome?

  • YouTube - Roland Emmerich's "2012": Trailer 3 (June 18) 720p HD ow.ly/fzXO Not one cliche is left uncliched!

Seriously, an aircraft carrier is swept by a tidal wave... onto the White House!

Amazing, there is no shot of a dog running to safety just before it hits.

Or maybe I'm just jaded -- this week, with so little on TV, I turned to Comcast On Demand and watched a whole bunch of episodes of Life After People from the History Channel, where we go on an extended tour of a future where humankind disappears and everything decays to the point where you can't hardly tell we were here.  And the CGI artists just love knocking tall iconic structures over!  Yet it does not hit my cliche buttons in the same way that Herr Direktor Emmerich does....

  • Traffic was terrible -- crawl onto 93, most of the way north. Roadwork plus the all-day Noreaster!
  • Is 'frabulous' a current slang word? If not, it should be!
  • The difference between an interface and an abstract class is like the difference between a guideline and a rule. #OOP

We're back into the heart of object-oriented programming, and now I have to pay attention again, because we're dealing with Concepts again.  'Frabulous' came up because the instructor put together a list of madeup slang words to run against a spellchecker and I suspect he's making them up.

But 'frabulous' just sounds fun.  In the meantime, we've got a lab where we're going to use both interfaces and abstract classes and have polymorphic virtual methods and whatnot.  Of course, by the time 9 rolled around last night, I was tired enough to need help figuring out to format an ENUM (which, if you don't program, is very very simple).

 

Oh good, while I was writing this, notes from the client came back, so I guess I know what I'm doing this afternoon!

PS -- [personal profile] cupcake_goth's book Gothic Charm School is out!

theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • 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"?
theodosia: (midnite detective)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Supposed to be 92 by 2 PM here. It may be time to put the AC in the window?!
    • In the living room window, that is.  I never did get the bedroom AC taken out....
  • HijiNKS Ensue - "Imagine a hate-filled pineapple" - SciFi's Choice ow.ly/8gWb
    • Why has it taken me so long to find this web comic?  Because their sensibility of fannish media is so close to mine, such as for instance, the cancellation of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles in favor of Dollhouse.
  • Live wild turkey in my neighborhood! I'm so jealous that this guy got a picture! ow.ly/8iC0
    • If a turkey came into my backyard, I'd be over the moon, seriously.  I love big birds especially, so a turkey would be a fantastic sighting.
  • Awww, there's a #SaveEarl hash tag. I rarely do hashtags, but this one I can get behind, I love the show. SIGH
    • I may love it, but I just never seem to post about it here.  (I kind of think of it as the Bizarro Supernatural, since it's concerned with brothers who are way too close, on a Mission.)  Anyway, I'm surprised and touched that Earl made top of the hashtags yesterday, I guess there are more of us fans out there than I thought.
  • That distant noise you hear is me purring in satisfaction as I make another leap in understanding OOP. Objects all the way down!
    • That was when I was working on the current lab -- I wrote a method that created a SQLConnection object and handed it back to the calling method, which worked the first time, and which I understood everything that happened and why.  Not necessary, but that way I didn't have to write it out in four places, and then change the login back to the string that works on the school computer (versus my home computer) in four places.
    • Besides, if I get this done at home, I can skip the first hour+ of class tomorrow morning -- coming in at 9:30 versus 8:30 is huge!  Because that's the time set aside for working on the lab, you see.
  • Woot! Somerville Public Library has a book for me two days after I requested it via ILL. Now I just have to stroll over today...
    • And it's Head First Javascript which looks to be just what the doctor ordered.  When I ran into Bill Shea (my Digital Design instructor) at school this week, he enthusiastically endorsed the series, and I can see why -- he's certainly qualified to be a good judge of instructional texts.  I forsee some pleasant self-instruction out at the patio table with the iBook to hand.
    • Note to self: we're starting our Java module next week, and Head First Java might make a really great supplemental text, and one that might be worth buying with my own precious money.
  • Old Sturbridge Village Wool Days! Wish I had somebody to go with me! ow.ly/8lMd
    • I just have so much trouble justifying the hour+ drive for myself, plus the village is more fun if you have somebody to show it to and find out what they latch onto.  It's  never the same village twice!
    • Probably still wouldn't be a good day to go -- in the 90s and so much of it is outdoors in the sunshine.  And I bet the grapes are sour, too.  (But!  Sheep! Shearing! Carding! Spinning! Knitting! Weaving!  SIGH)
  • I so need a hammock -- too hot inside to nap, but oh so pleasant in the patio shade even if it's 91F.
    • I've been saying I need a hammock for the past 9 years, even if I'd only use it for three months out of the year.  Yes, I could spread a beach towel out on what laughably passes as a lawn, but I know how many bugs are down there, which is a hazard of being an adult, I suppose.
theodosia: (knitting)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Fringe season finale sure didn't answer a whole lotta questions -- if the series is cancelled, the fans are s c r e w e d.
  • Well, that answers my question: Fringe PICKED UP FOR SECOND SEASON! ow.ly/6Ccp
    • What I get for being a Bad Fan, like not finding out that the renewal was in the bag.  And also that Leonard Nimoy is going to guest star for a couple episodes next season.  When I saw his name for the guest credits in the season finale, I thought it would be for some short dream sequence or something.  Kudos for them getting him.  Now we only have to wait, what, until September or something like that?
  • Stench from rotten refrigerator sickens 28; San Jose office evacuated - San Jose Mercury News ow.ly/6CDj
  • Lunch time! Turkey Helper, ice cream for dessert and a good book in the backyard to look forward to!
    • I swear that these two items have nothing to do with each other.  My fridge, except for needing a good scrubbing where there was an unfortunate OJ spill, is not now, nor ever has, nor ever will, emit a stench so strong that it will put anyone in the hospital.
    • Anyway, the poor drone who volunteered to scrub out the fateful refrigerator doesn't have a sense of smell, which makes sense why she'd keep going when an ordinary person would have opened the door, gagged, and engaged the services of a Hazmat team.
  • finished The Last Colony, sitting out in the backyard. Now in class learning about Exceptions....
    • I wondered why Scalzi named the colony planet 'Roanoke' and then DID NOT title the book 'The LOST Colony' -- but he answered that, much to my satisfaction, as the plot played out.   (And I foresightedly got Zoe's Tale from the library at the same time, so I have the parallel story ready to roll.)
    • Class was... as close to boring as it gets, last night.  First we had 45 minutes more Lab Time... which not only did I finish during Lab Time on Monday night, but then I spent some home time on Tuesday reworking a couple little things.  So if I'd come late to class, I'd have been perfectly fine.  After he went over the lab and how it could have been done (I could have shifted more operations to the Calculator class, and had to make fewer calls and many fewer lines of code) we then spent the next 2+ hours on Exceptions.
    • And, honestly -- I'm already pretty experienced in dealing with Try/Catch.  The takeaway for me was going over what this does to the Call Stack -- I likened it to having to unravel a piece of knitting if you make a mistake.  And if you've left a life-line threaded through the stitches a couple rows back, you can regress to the Last Known Good Row without having to frog the whole thing.
    • So, it's good to have a better conceptual understanding of what's going on, but really, I could have gotten that in the first half hour of lecture and demonstration.  Saturday, we're going to have an Exception lab, and then get into dealing with databases, which is my bread and butter, so yay.
  • Twisted and funny "Peanuts" parody strips --> ow.ly/6P6P
    • The rest of Medium Large is funny, too, but these strips in particular are subversive and/or sacreligious.
theodosia: (wet cat)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Fringe season finale sure didn't answer a whole lotta questions -- if the series is cancelled, the fans are s c r e w e d.
  • Well, that answers my question: Fringe PICKED UP FOR SECOND SEASON! ow.ly/6Ccp
    • What I get for being a Bad Fan, like not finding out that the renewal was in the bag.  And also that Leonard Nimoy is going to guest star for a couple episodes next season.  When I saw his name for the guest credits in the season finale, I thought it would be for some short dream sequence or something.  Kudos for them getting him.  Now we only have to wait, what, until September or something like that?
  • Stench from rotten refrigerator sickens 28; San Jose office evacuated - San Jose Mercury News ow.ly/6CDj
  • Lunch time! Turkey Helper, ice cream for dessert and a good book in the backyard to look forward to!
    • I swear that these two items have nothing to do with each other.  My fridge, except for needing a good scrubbing where there was an unfortunate OJ spill, is not now, nor ever has, nor ever will, emit a stench so strong that it will put anyone in the hospital.
    • Anyway, the poor drone who volunteered to scrub out the fateful refrigerator doesn't have a sense of smell, which makes sense why she'd keep going when an ordinary person would have opened the door, gagged, and engaged the services of a Hazmat team.
  • finished The Last Colony, sitting out in the backyard. Now in class learning about Exceptions....
    • I wondered why Scalzi named the colony planet 'Roanoke' and then DID NOT title the book 'The LOST Colony' -- but he answered that, much to my satisfaction, as the plot played out.   (And I foresightedly got Zoe's Tale from the library at the same time, so I have the parallel story ready to roll.)
    • Class was... as close to boring as it gets, last night.  First we had 45 minutes more Lab Time... which not only did I finish during Lab Time on Monday night, but then I spent some home time on Tuesday reworking a couple little things.  So if I'd come late to class, I'd have been perfectly fine.  After he went over the lab and how it could have been done (I could have shifted more operations to the Calculator class, and had to make fewer calls and many fewer lines of code) we then spent the next 2+ hours on Exceptions.
    • And, honestly -- I'm already pretty experienced in dealing with Try/Catch.  The takeaway for me was going over what this does to the Call Stack -- I likened it to having to unravel a piece of knitting if you make a mistake.  And if you've left a life-line threaded through the stitches a couple rows back, you can regress to the Last Known Good Row without having to frog the whole thing.
    • So, it's good to have a better conceptual understanding of what's going on, but really, I could have gotten that in the first half hour of lecture and demonstration.  Saturday, we're going to have an Exception lab, and then get into dealing with databases, which is my bread and butter, so yay.
  • Twisted and funny "Peanuts" parody strips --> ow.ly/6P6P
    • The rest of Medium Large is funny, too, but these strips in particular are subversive and/or sacreligious.
theodosia: (SF)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Yesterday's double-take: bike pulling a kiddy trailer, but it had a puppy instead of a baby in it. Guy was on his way to my vet's.

I was going there myself to pick up Chumley's prescription cat food, so I found out his puppy is 7 months old, named Gertie, and a weirder-then-usual cross between a Pomeranian and a larger dog -- it kind of resembled a miniature German Shepherd, very attractive and obviously quite intelligent.

off to the wonders of Trek: The Even Newer Generation in 5! Whoohoo!

Back from Strek movie, drawing pink sparkly hearts around J.J.Abrams and Z.Quinto and still smiling all through the drive home, too.

It left me very very happy, and wanting to know what happens next. I won't say more outside a spoiler cut!

Finished THE GHOST BRIGADES in less than two days, probably a good thing that I don't have the third book on hand =right now=. ::twitches::

Sat for another two hours outside when I should have been gardening and stuff. There are two sequels, which I've requested through the library this time. I can hold out, I know I can.

Oooh, finally got a Time Trade Circle assignment -- helping an artist take her stuff home from Cambridge Open Studio!

CSS Resume now switches between 3 RADICALLY DIFFERENT styles, like CSS Zen Garden! Try it! ow.ly/61LI

Both of the Web Development hiring managers knew CSS Zengarden, and one had met the guy who created it at a seminar where Meyer taught ("Oooooh!" I said.) So they were both interested in seeing what I'd done.

RT @tzikeh: Plasma converter invented. No, this is not a joke. tinyurl.com/2ypnft

If this is some sort of web joke or con game, it's one hell of an elaborate one.
theodosia: (Kitty)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Yesterday's double-take: bike pulling a kiddy trailer, but it had a puppy instead of a baby in it. Guy was on his way to my vet's.

I was going there myself to pick up Chumley's prescription cat food, so I found out his puppy is 7 months old, named Gertie, and a weirder-then-usual cross between a Pomeranian and a larger dog -- it kind of resembled a miniature German Shepherd, very attractive and obviously quite intelligent.

off to the wonders of Trek: The Even Newer Generation in 5! Whoohoo!

Back from Strek movie, drawing pink sparkly hearts around J.J.Abrams and Z.Quinto and still smiling all through the drive home, too.

It left me very very happy, and wanting to know what happens next. I won't say more outside a spoiler cut!

Finished THE GHOST BRIGADES in less than two days, probably a good thing that I don't have the third book on hand =right now=. ::twitches::

Sat for another two hours outside when I should have been gardening and stuff. There are two sequels, which I've requested through the library this time. I can hold out, I know I can.

Oooh, finally got a Time Trade Circle assignment -- helping an artist take her stuff home from Cambridge Open Studio!

CSS Resume now switches between 3 RADICALLY DIFFERENT styles, like CSS Zen Garden! Try it! ow.ly/61LI

Both of the Web Development hiring managers knew CSS Zengarden, and one had met the guy who created it at a seminar where Meyer taught ("Oooooh!" I said.) So they were both interested in seeing what I'd done.

RT @tzikeh: Plasma converter invented. No, this is not a joke. tinyurl.com/2ypnft

If this is some sort of web joke or con game, it's one hell of an elaborate one.
theodosia: (wonderfalls)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

RT @alterjess: Star Trek last night = COMPLETELY AWESOME. Seriously loved it. Yay.

Lucky dog gets to see a preview. She's usually a good predictor of stuff I like, so this makes me cross my fingers all the harder.

Oh yeah, networking meeting this morning. It's Friday, right? The days all run together, if not for the TV schedule I'd have no clue.

FTR, I'd much much rather be working at even a semi-nice job than being unemployed. Salary almost a frill versus the desire to be working.

Seriously, really. I feel like life is On Hold these days -- in fact, except for school, it is. The year just didn't start out right, with frequent trips down to PA and all, but damn, here it is gearing up for summer (spring having been mostly skipped around here) and I'm still circling the Life Airport. Somebody, make me an offer already! Will code for food!

RT @sue_oz: It's buy indie day. Support your local independent bookseller. tinyurl.com/c3kks8

Not that every day isn't Support Your Bookstore Day, but yesterday it was kinda official. I'm sure that your local bookstore will be happy to count today's sales in their totals.

Because of a dreadful lack of Getup and Go I didn't actually buy any books, but I did stop at Newbury Comics (which is kinda sorta a bookstore) and buy some CDs, and I fully meant to go over to Porter Square Books and throw myself on a book in support of this, but it can wait until this morning because I need a couple things from CVS in the same strip mall, and maybe some dairyfree ice cream.

came home to two calls from recruiters. I know better than to get my hopes up.

I'm wondering if this had anything to do with putting my resume up on Dice.com. 'Twould be nice if it were.

Took out a 6-month subscription for Dreamwidth.org today -- we'll see if it's a keeper. And I've figured out how to adjust the CSS already!

I'm not deserting Livejournal, just looking into supporting a new community which is a good idea should anything happen to LJ. I'm a scarred survivor of online community diasporas, including one that the corporate owners just pulled the plug on thousands of users, so having alternatives is a good thing.
theodosia: (illyria)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

RT @alterjess: Star Trek last night = COMPLETELY AWESOME. Seriously loved it. Yay.

Lucky dog gets to see a preview. She's usually a good predictor of stuff I like, so this makes me cross my fingers all the harder.

Oh yeah, networking meeting this morning. It's Friday, right? The days all run together, if not for the TV schedule I'd have no clue.

FTR, I'd much much rather be working at even a semi-nice job than being unemployed. Salary almost a frill versus the desire to be working.

Seriously, really. I feel like life is On Hold these days -- in fact, except for school, it is. The year just didn't start out right, with frequent trips down to PA and all, but damn, here it is gearing up for summer (spring having been mostly skipped around here) and I'm still circling the Life Airport. Somebody, make me an offer already! Will code for food!

RT @sue_oz: It's buy indie day. Support your local independent bookseller. tinyurl.com/c3kks8

Not that every day isn't Support Your Bookstore Day, but yesterday it was kinda official. I'm sure that your local bookstore will be happy to count today's sales in their totals.

Because of a dreadful lack of Getup and Go I didn't actually buy any books, but I did stop at Newbury Comics (which is kinda sorta a bookstore) and buy some CDs, and I fully meant to go over to Porter Square Books and throw myself on a book in support of this, but it can wait until this morning because I need a couple things from CVS in the same strip mall, and maybe some dairyfree ice cream.

came home to two calls from recruiters. I know better than to get my hopes up.

I'm wondering if this had anything to do with putting my resume up on Dice.com. 'Twould be nice if it were.

Took out a 6-month subscription for Dreamwidth.org today -- we'll see if it's a keeper. And I've figured out how to adjust the CSS already!

I'm not deserting Livejournal, just looking into supporting a new community which is a good idea should anything happen to LJ. I'm a scarred survivor of online community diasporas, including one that the corporate owners just pulled the plug on thousands of users, so having alternatives is a good thing.
theodosia: (reading)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Dreamed I was a castaway on Lost, hunted by the Others, turning into a Most Dangerous Game when I woke up. I wonder how it comes out?

I attribute this to having caught up with the last episode a short while before I went to bed.

I generally don't get nightmares -- at least the kind where I'm terribly terribly scared and being hurt and it goes on for a long time -- since I'm a light sleeper I pretty much wake up just as the plot gets going.

RT @matociquala: Overheard on the internet: "Crossbows don't kill people. Quarrels kill people."

#mostperfectpopsong 'Sugar Sugar', the Archies. My passionate defense will involve singing, miming, music scholarship and finally razors.

It turns out that Neil Gaiman was asking what the most perfect pop song was. I couldn't resist answering, and with one that pops right off the top of my head. And yeah, I'm irrational enough about it that I would cut you. :-)

Ten years on and Columbine still feels the pain | Guardian.co.uk | The Observer ow.ly/3eUq -- thoughtful



I finished the book I've been reading in spurts for a week or so, and dived into the newest part of The Sharing Knife by Bujold, which I read more than 3/4s of yesterday, like bonbons that you can't stop eating, even though you know you'll run out all the sooner. So not much beyond that got done -- but how often do I spend my day so enjoyably?
theodosia: (never run towards a fire)
"Any sufficiently advanced stupidity is indistinguishable from malice" -- [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre

Expanded from a comment I made over at [livejournal.com profile] elishavah's journal, since the whole matter of AmazonFail touches upon something that I've done professionally: run extensive database applications -- not nearly of the size of Amazon's catalog, but big enough that the best a dutiful developer can do is spotcheck data to see that sorting and search functions are working correctly

I know how easy it is to fuck something up like a ratings system with just the tiniest of tweaks -- and how hard it can be for them to get noticed until it's a disaster. Thankfully, all of my egregious mistakes were for internal company databases affecting small subsets of users, but in one case a glitch that hit only a few affected documents went on for nine months before there were enough of them that there was a plethora of complaints and we realized that it wasn't "just" a user mistake.

(And thank goodness I had a great manager who really grokked 'innocent until proven guilty' and knew that the data we were dealing with was complex and quirky, so that I didn't have a whole load of work stress -- beyond my sincere self-administered kicking -- while I fixed things.)

This is just my speculation, pretty much free of Actual Knowledge -- except that I've read enough about the Amazon ranking system in the past to glean this -- an item's overal sales ranking is recalculated daily, weekly or monthly depending on where in the ranking hierarchy an item is currently at. So you have the low ranked ones -- in the hundred-thousands ranked monthly or less, because yeah, there's really not much reason to rerank A Consumer's History of Toe Lint when it only sells 2 copies a year or less. But best-sellers who are selling hundreds of copies a day change fast enough that you might well be recalculating them more than once a day.

And then some book or author gets vaulted out of obscurity when she's suddenly in the news, or on the Daily Show or interviewed on NPR or whatever. So you've got to have allowances in your ranking algorithm for sudden popularity. Such as mentions of books in the press, press releases for upcoming guest appearances, book tours. And you probably want to fold in other sources of rankings, like LibraryThing or Shelfari (I don't know if they get used, but they're cool sources for aggregated data) and of course you need some official cataloging source like Library of Congress.

What you end up with is a very complex ranking system which weights all sorts of factors depending on recent movement and ratings, and like Archimedes' lever for moving the Earth, a very small change may end up majorly tweaking -- or, ahem, glitching -- rankings, which are used for customer searches.

Note that the AmazonFail LGBT glitch is especially glitchy in that it has not affected ALL GLBT content -- I suspect that somebody changed a ranking algorithm back in Jan or Feb, or added in a new rating system from libraries or groups (like some "pro-family" organization) that they didn't realize down-checks a whole lot of stuff. But because rankings are also calculated by time scale, it might have taken a while for the problem to snowball, as successive weeks go by and the more recent rankings get calculated into the overall ranking.

You'd practically need calculus to chart out what was happening. First couple of complaints in February were checked out and they could only find a few books affected, so it's a minor glitch.

And if their IT/Customer Support gets run the way I think it might be -- some poor schlub investigates, can only find a couple dozen books affected, and writes up the incident as a minor glitch that should get looked at the next time the master ratings system gets tweaked.

And then... every complaint from mid-Feb on gets the canned response, since it's in the system and it's going to be looked at. OR worse, since Amazon does have a reason to keep dildos and so on off the major ranking system, it's written up as a feature and nobody's looking at the fact that this occasional glitch is snowballing as the dozens of books goes into the hundreds, into the thousands.

A thousand books affected sounds like a lot, but given how many zillion titles Amazon carries, it IS a 'minor glitch' -- I'm betting that suddenly as some internal date passed and more recent rankings were weighted and/or the new input rating was newly added to the calculation, that the affected books soared into the hundreds of thousands, the big majority of LGBT titles.

And it does it just as we're sliding into a 3 day holiday weekend.

Oh, it's going to be an "interesting" morning at the Amazon.Com marketing and IT departments...
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 09:11 Watched TDS & TCR and ate lunch early -- why not? Also, Jon Stewart continues to make the news bearable.... #


  • 10:07 Looking at: Gothic Charm School - Cover of the book, out this summer. It will be splendid! gothic-charm-school.com/charm/?p=170 #
    Even though no one would mistake me for a Goth (all my Gothiness is on the inside) I find Jillian's advice really admirable and enlightening. I really hope this book is a good-sized hit.
  • 11:15 Spare cat is currently t/r/e/e/d/ hutched by Chumley in the bedroom. He's observing her calmly, she is between outraged and insulted. #
    A few minutes later, there was major Cat Drama when Spare Cat attempted to jump to a higher shelf, missed, tumbled to the ground, and Chumley naturally decided to attack or at least investigate. Paws were swiping, hisses were hissed, and a cartoonish pursuit ensued, but nothing was hurt but feline dignity.
  • 12:09 Just got a call from a recruiter about an entry-level Java job...maybe Resume 2.0 is starting to do its magic. #
    Fingers crossed -- at least I was able to talk lively about my class experience with web services, both writing and using. Writing a "miniature Twitter" does sound rather exciting even if it's about 90% less complex than the real thing. Will I hear back from him today? Stay tuned.
  • 06:43 Spare cat has killed another mug. I must remember only to bring up mugs that I don't like to 'her' room. #
    Maybe I can make money by renting her out as an "organizer"?


Recruiter call was definitely a day high point, but I'm clamping hard down on getting my hopes up. Things are so damn lousy in the job market that they'll probably have a couple dozen guys calling him back any minute now.

The "Detect Music Now" function is especially ironic just now. Just maybe I'll let myself bask in the idea though.
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 08:32 Cats are predictably disgusted with DST. Mommy is waking up late, but not that late.... #
  • 11:00 I thought Ta-Henisi Coates was female. At least I was right about him being African American.... #
  • 11:04 Make that Ta-Nehisi. I was even Googling earlier to find out how to pronounce the name. I must need more caffeine. #
  • 11:05 For the moment, I'm going to pronounce it Tannessy, in the hopes that I'll be able to remember how to spell it that way. #
  • 12:48 Friend says it's ta-nahasee. Now I just have to remember it. #
  • 13:10 off to the library to make art cards! #
  • 15:07 Finished reading INDA. Didn't know it was a Part 1, damn it. #
  • 18:47 How did it get to be nearly 7? Oh wait, that "daylight savings time" thingy, right? #
  • 21:20 watched TAR; somehow they managed to find all likeable teams this time around or else the nasty ones didn't last long enough. #
  • 21:21 Loved seeing honest-to-God SIBERIA though and it was clear the locals were having a grand time. #
  • 21:24 Looking at: deviantART: Bobbie-the-Jean's Journal: 50 Reasons I Reject Evolution tinyurl.com/ac6679 #


Much to my amazement, Ta-Nehisi Coates has no Wikipedia entry, which probably I should have corrected, what with his having written books and whatnot, but then I couldn't have created more than a stub anyway. Not when I can't even pronounce his name reliably, anyway.

I should mention here that I know Inda is part of a series, I just really didn't know from looking at the cover that it leaves off the story with major plots unresolved, and major characters mid-agony. I've got the sequel on order from the library.

(But then I went in without reading any of the inside cover copy, or I would have twigged sooner that this isn't a YA, despite the lead characters being 10 and 11 when the story starts, which made the sex and bad language later on rather surprising as in "that's what they're letting kids read nowadays?")
theodosia: (reading)
2 Theif of Time, Terry Pratchett
A re-read, but one that improves every time through -- in fact, I find that most of Pratchett's books improve. I notice things that didn't occur to me the first time, like that Lady Myria LeJean's name is a pun.

Previously on:

1. Green River, Running Red, Ann Rule
theodosia: (dead like me)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 08:07 It's Sunday, right? The days run together, here at what Mom calls the Old Ladies Penitentiary. #


  • 08:08 @TamarasBrain -- you are my kind of museum-goer!! #


  • 10:58 it is now 62 in PA. I may finally make it out to the thrift store. Tune in for my next exciting adventure! #


  • 17:04 Finished reading Weird Pennsylvania, mildly amusing and not hardly weird by my standards. #



Bought four short-sleeved knit shirts at the Good Will, which has seriously the nicest selection of donated goods I've yet to come across -- it makes me realize how picked-over Boston's stores really are. The ones I went with are all work-appropriate, but I only made it down one aisle before I had way too many to try on, and then with four that I was really enthusiastic to buy it didn't seem like I should keep going. Gotta leave some nice stuff for the other people!

Today I take Mom to a doctor's appointment and probably hit the other good thrift store. And tomorrow I get to go home!

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