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theodosia: (dsinmotion - thanks to slo_mo_panda)
  • If there were an audio version of Twitpics, I could give you a clip of Muppet's desperate and mournful meowing when I have her dish in hand.
    • O, the catmanity! (felinity?)  It makes me stop and giggle, which slows down her actual feeding, but I guess she and I can't stop either reaction...
  • Ten Fat Footers: How to Make Good Use of that Space at the End of the Page ow.ly/KAs6
  • Back to working on webcomic page design! (Why can't I get my Next/Prev buttons to line up correctly!?)
  • I'm attending WordCamp Boston 2010 -- wordcampboston.eventbrite.com/?ref=estw -- Sounds like it will be fun & interesting!
  • Yay! I remember how to make templates in Dreamweaver, with editable regions. Teachers, I love you!
    •  Nice to have a day mostly devoted to actual design and development -- felt like I had Quite A Week here:
      • Monday: Package Delivery
      • Tuesday: Jury Duty and a Not Guilty verdict!
      • Wednesday: Navisite/Microsoft Web Event all day -- with swag & catered lunch & networking
      • Thursday: Design all day!
      • Friday: network meeting, return the UPS jacket and pick up the sad little UPS check, more design?
    • The week has just been packed!
  • Religion Journal - Montana Rabbi Lends an Ear to an Officer and His Dog - NYTimes.com ow.ly/KCrT
  • RT @TeresaKopec EPIC NERD LOVE: what happens when two betrothed, Level 80 nerds create a "Save the Date" video. bit.ly/5A2HwG
    • I just love that the K9 officer had to contact a rabbi in order to get his pronunciation corrected so the imported Israeli police dog could get the correct instructions.
    • And the nerdy "Save the Date" video is a pure labor of love, and something that I'm sure will annoy their kids and grandkids forever!
  • Hmmm -- so with regret I call to resign the parcel delivery job. Next call I get is an offer to interview for an intern/coop job?!?!!!1!
    • Is that synchronicity or what?  No guarantee that I'll get the job, but at least I'm going to be interviewed by an actual Hiring Manager instead of getting the brushoff from HR -- this is further than I've gotten of late!

Yeah, I resigned from the UPS job.  It wasn't the hard work, carrying things, commuting or anything else that I might have expected to worry about -- it was my damn KNEES, which four days later are still complaining about Monday!!! (and last week, I suppose).  They're NOT toughening up, and I'm worrying that I could actually permanently damage them by stressing them even more.  Which totally sucks... I don't like quitting, but I'm going to have to admit I'm beat on this one.

But, hey, one door closes, maybe others open.  Unemployment is on again, thanks to another Federal Extension (I hate being a statistic, but then again, not going bankrupt is a good thing) and some cool opportunities like website projects are starting to percolate for reals.

theodosia: (northwest)
  • So this is what Saturdays are like when you're employed (if only partly and temporarily). They're nice!

Worked about 15 hours this week, which doesn't sound like all that much, but it was hella intense, and also there's the hour-ish commute each way into Back Bay/South End.

It's not like I wasn't working hard, long hours with school and commuting too, but this is a different kind of hard.  At least I get to feel virtuous about this, too!

  • Bending my knees hurts in new & exciting ways this morning. I am newly filled w/ empathy for those for whom this is not temporary.

It's humbling to be frustrated with a vital body part this way.  This morning as I'm sitting here writing this, they're STILL complaining, and seriously, I'm beginning to be worried that they could be permanently damaged if I keep this up.  I really feel -- not just intellectually empathetic, but really physically empathetic -- for anybody who lives with this.

  • Heh. Just spent the past 3+ hours working on website graphics, making pretty things!

Putting together pages to display a web comic for a friend, making far too elaborate graphics and then scaling them back, et cetera.  I may yet redo all the color scheme, but I'm liking what I've got.

  • Sending out for Chinese food!
  • There is SNOW on the cars outside.
  • Still waiting on food. I don't think it's coming.

Over two hours for food to arrive -- it was supposed to take an hour and change!  I actually called the delivery company who said they would waive the delivery fee and give me 15% off, so we'll see what the charge is.

The problem was that when I ordered it was a little bit rainy, but nothing serious.  In the hours since, it had started snowing in earnest and the cars were covered and the roads were slippery.  So I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised, but still - this is the longest it's ever taken.

Now I wish that I HAD ordered Ethiopian food instead of Chinese, but it worked out to an extra $10 which I just couldn't justify as that is more than I make in an HOUR -- not counting that I'm already ordering HOURS worth of food.

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

  • You think the cats would know better than to try to trip me on the stairs when I'm headed to feed them, because if I DIE they don't get fed.

Seriously, Chumley?  In his haste to get to the food bowl will run UNDER my upraised foot on the staircase.  Good thing there's a sturdy handrail.

  • RT @tzikeh Rain Man of La Mancha #windmillsdefinitelywindmills -- Have I mentioned lately how much I love and admire you?

I bow before the brilliance that is [personal profile] tzikeh

  • Go Dairy Free | Sweet Sundays: No-Bake Coconut Kefir Cheesecake ow.ly/wsrQ -- OMG I have to try this....

One of the sad lacks (okay, among many) in my life is No Cheesecake Ever.  If this works, I'll be majorly happy.

I realized that since I changed the filename, I should put up a redirect page, because I've sent that URL out a bunch of times.  Is 3 seconds long enough?

  • I sort of accidentally started watching Kubrick's The Shining, but remembered I had a handy TiVo to watch it for me.

Damn, but the new TiVo just rocks and rocks.  I didn't realize how much the old TiVo's problem with switching channels (inconsistently, working maybe 80% of the time) made me have to check up on it.  Plus the two channel thing means less household conflicts, and the Suggestions work once again correctly, and and and.  I should have done this years ago, you know?

theodosia: (pushing daisies)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • No mouseicide overnight, though the cats seem disappointed.

It turns out that Chumley did bring the dead mouse into R's room and attempted to give it to her, while I slumbered peacefully on.  And then she ejected him and the mouse, so that I found it on the landing in the morning.  Wimp.

I would say that the cats are insufferably proud of themselves, but mostly that's S.O.P..

  • I need to start a "Keep the Hallow in Halloween" campaign just to play with the Baptists' mindsets.

Yep, some religious types are up in arms about Halloween promoting witchcraft and Satanism, et cetera.  The same people who complain about Christ being left out of Christmas, you know?  It's probably useless to point out that it's the evening before All Hallows, hence the name.  Why, you could put up displays of saints being martyred in your front yard!  It would be fun!

  • Cable box has been returned to the cable office and I have a receipt! And counterperson switched me to a new plan that's $20 less/mo.!

You know what's freaky?  My IKEA media center now has all these empty slots.  We're down to the new TiVo and a DVD player.  I may put back the VCR, since I still have tapes of MST3K and so on, but really... that's all that needs to be there now.

I really wanted to take back that cable box, though, since cable companies are notorious for charging you for "missing" equipment.  Getting a better financial deal is sweet, though.

  • I got my CSS Resume Garden page whipped into shape, but ran out of time to upload it. Still a productive afternoon.

Will have it up later today!  I set myself a good challenge, because I had to take headers, paragraphs and nested lists and make them collapse so that they became uniform paragraphs.  Without, you know, actually touching the HTML that laid them out as headers, et cetera. 

  • How old am I? I remember when you used bang paths to email people.

Actually, I got onto USENET (through a MITSFS account) a little while after the @ email address had come in, but there were STILL people using bang paths in their addresses, so it counts, I think.

This came up because in class we're starting a module in Web Services, and were recapping the history of Internet connectivity and... I was there, at least peripherally, while this was going down.

  • Spare Cat was hanging out atop the fridge tonight. Truly nothing is safe with her around.
theodosia: (Threatening)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Aw, muscle relaxant hangover -- oversleeping sinus headache, but as it breaks the cycle of aches and exhaustion, probably worth it.
  • Terminator - Sarah Connor Chronicles >> one last thing from producer josh friedman. ow.ly/7Q7J

    • A very classy goodbye from the producer.  Guess I shouldn't be surprised he produced a classy show.

  • ow.ly/7T8E <-- choose the Resume for Dummies option to see a good working copy of the newest version!
    • I've got a bunch of quibbles, but for the most part I'm really pleased with the result.  Now if this would only attract the attention of somebody who'd hire me.

  • It's cool in the shade, but I'm jobhunting out on the patio anyway. So there.
    • Being unemployed has perks occasionally, like being able to hang out in the back yard with my laptop (on a long long extension cord) and enjoy the buzzing bees and birds, and flowers flowering.  The columbines have rocketed into bloom this week, and the thorny crabapple is having its best blooming that I can remember, masses of white blossoms all over it.
  • Spare Cat managed to disconnect the computer from the internet. She is very talented, or clumsy, or both.
  • Faux Photoshop: 15 Incredible Images That Look Altered but Aren't | WebUrbanist ow.ly/823I
    • Yeah, I've seen some of those before, but others are new to me (especially the guy "standing" on water) and it's a good reminder that the world is sometimes more impossible than we CAN imagine.
  • Despite my best efforts, it is impossible to get Spare Cat to yodel. She thinks being held upside down, nuzzled, chuffed, juggled is FUN.
    • If you've seen the Cat Yodeling short vid currently on YouTube, you'll know how very hard I'm trying.  But then I'm of the school that a small amount of annoyance in their lives makes cats less bored, and therefore more happy overall.
    • Come to think of this, this is why I need a job.  Because despite some very sincere efforts on my part, I need the structure, and yes, annoyance of a job, which at the least would keep me pointed at learning useful things, give me feedback that I'm working on the right things, and so on.
    theodosia: (Kitty)
    Thanks to bethbethbeth, who brought this to my attention. I did come up with my own way to move the damned user names under the icons, which worked OK, but this way is better, for sure.

    It's offered up in zvi's journal, from a user called afuna.

    Here is the actual code to be added to your Personal CSS:

    .entry-title, .comment-title {
    margin: 0;
    }

    .has-userpic .header { margin: 0 0 0 120px; }

    .entry .userpic a, .comment .userpic a {
    left: 10px; right: auto;
    }
    theodosia: (Mystery Woman)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    • HijiNKS Ensue - LOST finale reaction. I like his solution. ow.ly/7x9g
    • Scanning actual icons from the Dummies books for decorations on my resume. They are damn clever design.
    • Test Image of For Dummies Resume on Flickr - Photo Sharing! ow.ly/7EIS Interested in your reactions!
      • Not that I included any of them -- yet. There's still a bunch of work to refine the page, but it's all "little" details from here on out, mostly on the Photoshop side of the work flow, since I'm adding accents to the subheaders and whatnot.
      • In case anyone is wondering, I've matched the fonts as closely as possible -- and yes, the colors on the page are authentic as well.  Among other things, this phase of the CSS Resume Garden has given me great respect for the Dummies series book designers, who are doing a splendid job of pasting a invisible Don't Panic button on each and every technical-detail-filled page.
      • Reminder to self: look up how to make an accented "E" in HTML so I can get it right on the actual resume, already....
    • Note to Self: must try this later! The video explains all. Paper Cd Case !!! Flower Design ow.ly/7AOK
      • I find that lovely little video almost mesmerizing, because it's such a dance of hands, fingers, paper, curves, straight edges, pencils, scissors and finally an irised CD envelope that's pretty and practical.
    • SKYNET RESEARCH ow.ly/7API -- yep, THAT Skynet. Hee!
    • ::grumble:: looks like Terminator: Sarah Connor is definitely totally cancelled. Feh.
      • Of all the shows that deserved to get another season this year, I'd put T:SCC at the head of my personal list.  Ah well, you'd think that I'd get used to the feeling by now.
    • Ran into my Digital Design instructor on the break, he was all complimentary about my work. Nice to be remembered!
      • This was at the Woburn campus -- he mostly taught at the Cambridge campus, but he was checking up on some things, turns out he's been teaching in the mornings in Woburn so I never ran across him until now.  He's such a great teacher, and all around great guy. It also turns out that he's been taking the same Enterprise Solution Developer class I'm taking, that is offered out at the Framingham campus, so we commiserated and he joked about being a student again.
    theodosia: (pussycat (by heuradys))
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    • Why don't vitamin pills and daily supplements come packaged in multiples of 7? I mean, if you take one a day ANYWAY....
      • Thought courtesy of me filling up my weekly pillminder as I do on Sunday mornings.  I'm just forgetful enough that in the morning haze I could easily forget I've taken something, so if I find myself wondering mid-morning if I remembered, I can just do a quick visual check and voila, I have proof either way.  Also it makes it easier to take them if I'm not tempted to put off the complicated part where I have to get stuff out of five different pill bottles.  I still feel like a little old lady, but at least I'm one that is taking her medicine and supplements, you know?
    • Caught Spare Cat exploring the downstairs when no one was watching. By the time she's comfortable, it will be time for her to go home.
      • Talked to my Mom last night about how CeCe's "Mom" is doing -- which is she's now allowed to walk short distances, but has to use a scooter to go more than a hundred feet, which means getting in and out of her apartment would be an ordeal with Spare Cat around, who thinks the game of Darting Out The Door is the greatest thing EVER.
    • is underwhelmed by WolframAlpha. And is also unfortunately reminded of Evile law firm on the Angel TV series.
      • That was the evil lawfirm Wolfram & Hart, for those playing along at home.  Truly I am scarred for Life.
    • wrestling HARD with CSS positioning... and winning!?
      • Still working on the Resume for Dummies page. Unlike the others in this series that I've linked to here before, which were set up to be proportionally dynamic so that the divs and columns flowed and expanded dynamically as the page and length changed, this one has a lot of Absolute positioning, as I move several sections out of the main content into the sidebar.  It would be dead easy to do this in the actual HTML -- and much a preferred way, seriously -- but this adds to the Degree of Difficulty in an impressive way.  To me, anyway.
    • RT @tzikeh: If you read nothing else today, read this: bit.ly/1awpxs
      • Frank Rich's column from the NY Times, talking about even newer revelations about the criminal, stupid, and/or criminally stupid conduct of the Bush White House:
        • TO paraphrase Al Pacino in “Godfather III,” just when we thought we were out, the Bush mob keeps pulling us back in. And will keep doing so. No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can’t. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year nightmare will keep raining down drip by drip, disrupting the new administration’s high ambitions.
    • Morning. At least the cats are glad to see me... well, glad that I'm alive to feed them. Otherwise I'm sure they'd let me rot away in bed.
      • Or eat me!  Never underestimate the practicality of cats.
    theodosia: (midnite detective)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    • Why don't vitamin pills and daily supplements come packaged in multiples of 7? I mean, if you take one a day ANYWAY....
      • Thought courtesy of me filling up my weekly pillminder as I do on Sunday mornings.  I'm just forgetful enough that in the morning haze I could easily forget I've taken something, so if I find myself wondering mid-morning if I remembered, I can just do a quick visual check and voila, I have proof either way.  Also it makes it easier to take them if I'm not tempted to put off the complicated part where I have to get stuff out of five different pill bottles.  I still feel like a little old lady, but at least I'm one that is taking her medicine and supplements, you know?
    • Caught Spare Cat exploring the downstairs when no one was watching. By the time she's comfortable, it will be time for her to go home.
      • Talked to my Mom last night about how CeCe's "Mom" is doing -- which is she's now allowed to walk short distances, but has to use a scooter to go more than a hundred feet, which means getting in and out of her apartment would be an ordeal with Spare Cat around, who thinks the game of Darting Out The Door is the greatest thing EVER.
    • is underwhelmed by WolframAlpha. And is also unfortunately reminded of Evile law firm on the Angel TV series.
      • That was the evil lawfirm Wolfram & Hart, for those playing along at home.  Truly I am scarred for Life.
    • wrestling HARD with CSS positioning... and winning!?
      • Still working on the Resume for Dummies page. Unlike the others in this series that I've linked to here before, which were set up to be proportionally dynamic so that the divs and columns flowed and expanded dynamically as the page and length changed, this one has a lot of Absolute positioning, as I move several sections out of the main content into the sidebar.  It would be dead easy to do this in the actual HTML -- and much a preferred way, seriously -- but this adds to the Degree of Difficulty in an impressive way.  To me, anyway.
    • RT @tzikeh: If you read nothing else today, read this: bit.ly/1awpxs
      • Frank Rich's column from the NY Times, talking about even newer revelations about the criminal, stupid, and/or criminally stupid conduct of the Bush White House:
        • TO paraphrase Al Pacino in “Godfather III,” just when we thought we were out, the Bush mob keeps pulling us back in. And will keep doing so. No matter how hard President Obama tries to turn the page on the previous administration, he can’t. Until there is true transparency and true accountability, revelations of that unresolved eight-year nightmare will keep raining down drip by drip, disrupting the new administration’s high ambitions.
    • Morning. At least the cats are glad to see me... well, glad that I'm alive to feed them. Otherwise I'm sure they'd let me rot away in bed.
      • Or eat me!  Never underestimate the practicality of cats.
    theodosia: (midnite detective)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    • OSV having militia recreators drilling this Saturday -- right when I'll be in class all day. But they're having sheep shearing next week!
      • From the USS Constitution, no less!  (The historical one in Charlestown, MA, I should add quickly.)  I'm tempted to go out for the sheep shearing, though, so if any of my gentle readers at all interested, you should know that I have a membership that allows me to bring in a friend for free!
    • Fragment of dream from almost falling asleep: "and her sister, Toonda de la Suda" -- just someone's voice saying that. Huh?
      • Or maybe I shouldn't try to nap in the afternoon?  Anyway, at the point that I almost slid over into unconsciousness, I think A Cat (don't know which one) made a move and I jerked awake, with that phrase still echoing in my ears.  Sometimes I really wonder at my brain.
    • Can't get Dummies font to work under Adobe. It's fine for the GIMP, other programs, but Adobe is too good for it or something!
      • Seriously -- how annoying!  I'm working on a Resumes for Dummies CSS page for my resume project, and all I want is to be able to put For Dummies in that chalkboard scrawl from the title.  YES, I could scan it, but it would be ever so much better to have it be more manipulable as an actual text object.
    • Oooh, My Name is Earl season finale....
    theodosia: (Lost)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    • Insomnia Fairy bonked me over the head real good. I have barely the strength to glare balefully back at the world.
    • Cornflakes for breakfast make the world seem much more reasonable.
      I bought more So Delicious Coconut Milk at Whole Foods yesterday -- which costs a deal more than regular milk. But -- the luxury of having Corn Flakes for breakfast is something I'd pay twice as much for. I made Jiffy-brand corn muffins the other day, using the "milk" instead of water, and they were noticeably improved as well.

      Now if they'd only make some coconut-milk "cheese" life would be getting close to perfect.
    • The Daily Dish "Full Cheney Panic" ow.ly/6qgI
      And as history slowly accepts that this man disgraced his office more profoundly than any before him, as it sinks in that this man did not merely make mistakes, as all flawed politicians do, but committed war crimes, with pre-meditation and elaborate subterfuge, he slowly realizes what's happening to him. He can feel it. And so he resists the way he always resists - by lashing out, attacking, smearing, snearing, and grabbing every inch of the limelight he can.
    • Making another resume page with CSS -- this one is going to be Resume for D/u/m/m/i/e/s/Hiring Managers, should be cute.
    • After far too much research, I discovered the font used for subheads in the Dummies series books is Cascade Script. Which I can't afford.
      I ended up looking at literally hundreds of font samples, and Googling increasingly complicated search terms, since "fonts for dummies" got me Google book search inside actually Dummies books.

      But what's weird, I'd never looked at the typography and design on a Dummies book, and it's really quite a complicated scheme, but it works really well. Just a for instance: all the page numbers are in Cascade Script, but the page title is in a sans serif font. Actual code examples are in Courier New, body text is mostly Myriad Pro.)


    I'm trying a slightly new format with my Twitter updates -- make them into a list, for easier reading.

    As long as I'm talking food -- does anyone here have experience with Vegan "mozzarella"? I noticed that there are two brands of soy cheese at Whole Foods that allege to melt. My one test experience quite a few years ago was EXTREMELY disappointing, and it wasn't until I tried the Amy's brand macaroni & "cheeze" that I decided a second try at some of these things was useful, which has led me to discovering the So Delicious yogurt and coconut milk. It would be really great if there was a dairyfree "cheese" that behaves and tastes like the Real Stuff to go along with it....
    theodosia: (illyria)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    • Insomnia Fairy bonked me over the head real good. I have barely the strength to glare balefully back at the world.
    • Cornflakes for breakfast make the world seem much more reasonable.
      I bought more So Delicious Coconut Milk at Whole Foods yesterday -- which costs a deal more than regular milk. But -- the luxury of having Corn Flakes for breakfast is something I'd pay twice as much for. I made Jiffy-brand corn muffins the other day, using the "milk" instead of water, and they were noticeably improved as well.

      Now if they'd only make some coconut-milk "cheese" life would be getting close to perfect.
    • The Daily Dish "Full Cheney Panic" ow.ly/6qgI
      And as history slowly accepts that this man disgraced his office more profoundly than any before him, as it sinks in that this man did not merely make mistakes, as all flawed politicians do, but committed war crimes, with pre-meditation and elaborate subterfuge, he slowly realizes what's happening to him. He can feel it. And so he resists the way he always resists - by lashing out, attacking, smearing, snearing, and grabbing every inch of the limelight he can.
    • Making another resume page with CSS -- this one is going to be Resume for D/u/m/m/i/e/s/Hiring Managers, should be cute.
    • After far too much research, I discovered the font used for subheads in the Dummies series books is Cascade Script. Which I can't afford.
      I ended up looking at literally hundreds of font samples, and Googling increasingly complicated search terms, since "fonts for dummies" got me Google book search inside actually Dummies books.

      But what's weird, I'd never looked at the typography and design on a Dummies book, and it's really quite a complicated scheme, but it works really well. Just a for instance: all the page numbers are in Cascade Script, but the page title is in a sans serif font. Actual code examples are in Courier New, body text is mostly Myriad Pro.)


    I'm trying a slightly new format with my Twitter updates -- make them into a list, for easier reading.

    As long as I'm talking food -- does anyone here have experience with Vegan "mozzarella"? I noticed that there are two brands of soy cheese at Whole Foods that allege to melt. My one test experience quite a few years ago was EXTREMELY disappointing, and it wasn't until I tried the Amy's brand macaroni & "cheeze" that I decided a second try at some of these things was useful, which has led me to discovering the So Delicious yogurt and coconut milk. It would be really great if there was a dairyfree "cheese" that behaves and tastes like the Real Stuff to go along with it....
    theodosia: (Mystery)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    Spare cat was seen checking out the cellar last night. Of course, Chumley then stalked her, but it was Progress, all the same.

    A Q&A With Amazing Race Host Phil Keoghan - Freakonomics Blog - NYTimes.com ow.ly/64jP

    Of the various Reality Show-type hosts, he really is my favorite, not the least because he does so obviously care about the contestants and spends time with them.

    Saturday Night Live - Digital Short: Motherlover -- From the same guys who brought you Dick in a Box... ow.ly/64Ok

    And I like this one even better, not the least because that's Susan Sarandon and Patricia Clarkson playing the mothers!

    Making Stars CSS page more beautiful. Added a comet! And better lettering and stuff, too, but -- comet! How often do you get to do that?

    Resume Stars CSS touched up some more! ow.ly/65Jw

    Hope I'm not harping too much on this, but I'm so pleased with the way it came out. Even if the header graphic needs a bit more work for legibility's sake. This has been a great exercise for getting me deep into the intricacies of CSS manipulation.

    Cleaned out my car preparatory to helping a woman move her stuff for the Time Traders Circle. So I am doubly virtuous! ::prances::

    Mission of mercy accomplished -- the worst part was finding a parking spot in Central Square, but I used a loading zone with my flashers on.

    I like helping, and this was a dead simple assignment -- help her carry small stuff out, drive the car, help her carry it up to the apartment. Now if I can just find a website or two to volunteer work on, and also find somebody to trade me hours of gardening time....

    Just caught Spare Cat trying to chew on the antenna for the wireless modem. She is random.



    It was clear, sunny, and warm yesterday -- it was also gusting to 30mph, so it wasn't much for sitting outside, unfortunately. The biggest excitement was when the latched-but-not-locked back porch door BLEW open, which startled Chumley so much he galloooped upstairs and hid under a bed.

    I got some improvements on my resume website made, though, and cleaned out my car, and had my Major Expedition for the day. So, despite the headache that plagued me early on, it was a good day.

    Today, I have a couple goals, like improving the C# double-ended queue lab project -- because, yes, I'm a completist like that AND there's one bit of functionality I want it to have, because it's exactly the sort of interface utility I'd want. Because it should show you in an output box what the queue looks like when something is added and taken away, and it should be updated automatically. As the instructor said, there is not much of a reason for this program to exist in the real world, but as a lab to demonstrate the lessons it makes a lot of sense, and also it's good practice for working on GUI interfaces, too.

    And I want to make at least two more CSS-styled pages for the resume project, using weirder and weirder designs and cool code that I can stealimitate from the CSS Zen Garden examples.

    Everyone should have a hobby, right?
    theodosia: (doctor)
    On the reading page in this style, the username below the user's icon defaults to the far left, which makes me have to scan all the way across to figure out who is writing a particular entry if I don't recognize the icon picture.

    The following lines added to the Customize Style CSS takes care of most cases:


    .ljuser {
    float: right;
    padding: 3px;
    }
    .entry-content .ljuser {
    float: none;
    padding: 0px;
    }


    The only thing I can't figure out is, when somebody is writing inside community post, how I can get the TWO user names to line up -- the second one floats a little to the left, instead of lining up nicely. At least I can read the page more the way I like, this way.

    Suggestions will be gratefully received.
    theodosia: (doctor)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    Listening a lot lately to: Lou Christie - I'm Gonna Make You Mine bit.ly/6xSJq

    It's a blast of pure pop pleasure, especially when the chorus, who all sound like 16yo girls starts up

    Radiology Art ow.ly/5BsP -- When Radiologists Attack! -- er, rather when they have too much time on their hands. Cool stuff!

    Link courtesy of serenada! There are movies of the scans moving or working in real time, too. Ever wanted to have X-Ray vision -- well, for non-Peeping Tom reasons -- this is what it should be like.

    Found Odwalla Summertime Lime on sale at the supermarket last night -- a sure sign that Summer is on its way. (Spring was sure short.)

    It is exactly as yummy as I remembered -- tart, but with sugar (not HFCS) sweetness to it -- and Lime, rather than lemon.

    printed out resumes and business cards for a 'Career Fair'. Career opportunities, the kind that never come....

    It's a good thing I persevered and printed out two resumes, I got two different "interviews" both of which had them taking notes on it.

    Went up to Ipswich for a Career Fair, talked to some hiring guys, but it was a zoo and I was probably an uninteresting anteater to them....

    oOh, it was SUCH a crush -- there were maybe 20 positions open and at least 100 people passing through while I was there! And it went on for four hours, so you can imagine just how many people they had to see.

    On the other hand, it's a Major Drive from here -- at least an hour in traffic. OTO other H, Ipswich and the surrounding towns you drive through are gorgeous, though I'm sure the new spring foliage helps a bit with that. Horsefarms, old buildings, a stone bridge built in 1764. The company itself has some beautiful buildings, right by the Ipswich River, which flows just outside the wide-windowed cafeteria... yeah, it might be worth it.


    Today I take care of a bunch of things, including getting the switching for my fancy CSS resume online so you can all exclaim how wonderful it is (the Web UI Design manager was impressed, when I was explaining how it worked -- good to have some proof that all the work I'm doing on spec is at least recognizable as the sort of experience that a hiring manager wants to hear about) but also stuff with the house and garden, since it looks to be sunny and non-rainy and warm and stuff.
    theodosia: (eagle)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    Things done this morning so far: foddered cats, balanced Quicken, signed up for a dating website via Facebook... wait, WHAT?

    Don't get your hopes up too much, this is definitely toe-in-the-water time. I'm finding, though, that I've got a definite preference for how much education, political preference and town of residence makes for my favorable impression. Sorry, Everett guys -- I lived there a while, and while I know objectively there can be very nice people in residence, that's not the way to bet.

    Smoking Gun site -- mugshots of a guy arrested over 1333 times. ow.ly/4V8N

    The full account of his arrests and jail time, hospital time goes on for pages and pages. Probably that's all that's kept him alive this long, getting dried out and medical needs taken care of. The saddest thing is, you can see that there's a nice guy in those mugshots -- a nice guy who needs a ton of help.

    Got the Zen of CSS Design from library -- from the guys at CSSZengarden.com, which is answering questions I didn't know to ask!

    Seriously in love with the book at the moment, that takes various of the designs and goes into techniques and concepts of a particular design element or CSS hack (like, at least five different ways to substitute a picture for a header tag, each with its pluses and minuses).

    Wrestling with C# -- DateTime, you are my BITCH.

    Dept of I Crack Myself Up -- class Employee variables are drone1, drone2, drone3 etc.

    Like, for instance 'foreach (Employee drone in employeeList)' I gotta call them something!

    But seriously, I worked out how to transfer a terminated employee from the employeeList ArrayList to the terminatedList and delete said employee from the employeeList on my own... well, with just a little Googling, which doesn't count as cheating, right? Also, aced the DateTime handling since we're supposed to record the termination date.

    It would be all much simpler if we were doing this with an actual database, of course, but having to work with collections is damn good practice, and somethings there's a good reason for dealing with stuff in arrays before you commit it to a db.

    I am SO ready to be employed, already.
    theodosia: old default icon from livejournal (hugh)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    Things done this morning so far: foddered cats, balanced Quicken, signed up for a dating website via Facebook... wait, WHAT?

    Don't get your hopes up too much, this is definitely toe-in-the-water time. I'm finding, though, that I've got a definite preference for how much education, political preference and town of residence makes for my favorable impression. Sorry, Everett guys -- I lived there a while, and while I know objectively there can be very nice people in residence, that's not the way to bet.

    Smoking Gun site -- mugshots of a guy arrested over 1333 times. ow.ly/4V8N

    The full account of his arrests and jail time, hospital time goes on for pages and pages. Probably that's all that's kept him alive this long, getting dried out and medical needs taken care of. The saddest thing is, you can see that there's a nice guy in those mugshots -- a nice guy who needs a ton of help.

    Got the Zen of CSS Design from library -- from the guys at CSSZengarden.com, which is answering questions I didn't know to ask!

    Seriously in love with the book at the moment, that takes various of the designs and goes into techniques and concepts of a particular design element or CSS hack (like, at least five different ways to substitute a picture for a header tag, each with its pluses and minuses).

    Wrestling with C# -- DateTime, you are my BITCH.

    Dept of I Crack Myself Up -- class Employee variables are drone1, drone2, drone3 etc.

    Like, for instance 'foreach (Employee drone in employeeList)' I gotta call them something!

    But seriously, I worked out how to transfer a terminated employee from the employeeList ArrayList to the terminatedList and delete said employee from the employeeList on my own... well, with just a little Googling, which doesn't count as cheating, right? Also, aced the DateTime handling since we're supposed to record the termination date.

    It would be all much simpler if we were doing this with an actual database, of course, but having to work with collections is damn good practice, and somethings there's a good reason for dealing with stuff in arrays before you commit it to a db.

    I am SO ready to be employed, already.
    theodosia: (art!)
    It's as simple as four lines added to your CSS, seriously!

    Dreamwidth Instructions here! )
    theodosia: (doctor)
    It's as simple as five lines added to your CSS, seriously!

    Yes, you have to have a .JPG file ready to use. It should be at least 900px wide, and you also have to know how tall (height) it is. The random banner I link to below is 949px x 140px, therefore, I added a height specification in the second line.

    If you'd like to try it with my random banner for a lark, go to the Organize section of your profile, and choose 'Customize Style'. In the bottom tab of the sections of things you can change there's 'Custom CSS' area.

    Go directly to the Use Embedded CSS text area, and paste in the following four lines:

    #header {
    background-image: url(http://home.comcast.net/~fauxpaws/random_banner.jpg);
    height: 140px;
    }

    Then Save Changes and see how it looks.

    The best thing is, you can't hurt anything by this. You can get rid of the banner by going back and erasing those four lines! Or, having proved you can change the header, you can put your JPG file up on some safe and proper location that won't mind you linking to it, all you have to do is substitute the URL inside the parentheses in the CSS code and also the height in px. And then you will have a custom banner.

    Note: I haven't tried this on anything but my own personal base Theme which is Transmogrified, but I believe the principle will work on any of the available themes.

    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.

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