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theodosia: (fishy)
  • Nice to have some good news to share at Job Search Club, for a change!
  • Job Search club uplifting today, some interesting leads on stuff or at least good suggestions made and received. Excelsior!
  • This has been the best week I've had for a while, I think. Now for the momentum part. May inertia be my Santa Claus!
  • Okay, I'm putting down the IDE and moving away from the computer. Time to eat some food and watch TV and NOT program PHP.
  • Making a list of all the things I still have to do to the PHP code: error handling, security and all that. The elaborations!

Yes, if you didn't see what I said yesterday... I will be getting training for a US Census enumerator and working in Somerville...for about six weeks, give or take.  Not exactly a permanent solution to my employment situation, but it puts me back in the realm of wage earners and also resets the clock on my Unemployment, if things work the way they're supposed to.

I start training on the 24th, which seems to be very far away and very near, too.  In the meantime I'm working hard on my projects, as you can see from the above Twitter entries.  Got a catalog program written in PHP that is teaching me what I need to know about how to get comfortable with that language, also taking me through all the elementary steps you need to really get a command of the language and the essential things you do with a web page/web application, like sessions, transferring data between pages, passwords and security and so forth.

This all goes towards Project Fluff Up My Resume wherein all this gets cited as professional work, so that I have current credits.  It will be interesting to see if I can land some work on the basis of this... once I have it done, that is.

theodosia: (someone else)
  • Expiration dates mean very little. - By Nadia Arumugam - Slate Magazine ow.ly/19oAm

Something I've suspected, having come across varied dates and different ways of expressing this -- "use by" vs "sell by" for instance.  Obviously a lot of consumer intelligence is needed to navigate this correctly, as in looking and sniffing goods that are "overdue" but it's nice to know YOU WON'T DIE OMG if you use canned peas 6 months past their sell-by date....

On April 1st -- the first one was back in December, which was very interesting and full of free software and good educational/networking opportunities.

  • Got the Ajax include working on web pages, now I can have a uniform set of menu links that are user-maintainable. Wiktory!

This is cool, because I wanted a user-maintainable list of menu links that should go on about 20 different pages, and it'd be a drag to have to update each of them by hand... and moving the whole site into PHP or a CMS just for that one function seems like overkill, not to mention the maintanability by the user.  However, an Ajax call when the page is loaded puts a simple HTML file with the links in a list into the sidebar, for all 20-some pages.

This feels like I went up a level in Web Designer.  Small steps, small steps.

  • Baked bread machine dough in ceramic bowl w/lid, came out very well.

My previous attempt at No-Knead bread came out literally very flat, as the yeast, um, didn't work.  Yesterday I was in too much of a hurry for overnight rising, so I mixed up an egg bread batch in the aforementioned machine, and then preheated a ceramic casserole dish that has a glass lid for a half-hour in the 450F oven, then popped dough in it and let bake for like 30 minutes with the lid on, and another 10 with off, because by then it was more than dark enough.  The result has a great crust (not as great as the No-Knead, but splendid for a bread machine loaf) and is a pretty cool success.

So yesterday had TWO successes in it!

  • Um... Sunday, right? That would explain a lot.
  • On the other hand, if this is Sunday, then it's #AmazingRace day. And I can get the rest of my grocery shopping done this morning.

If I had a job, there'd be no doubt this is a Sunday.  As it is, I had to think back over the last couple days of activities (or in the case of this week, non-activity on some days).

And TAR has returned, just when a bunch of my shows were taking hiatuses or whatnot, so there's something to look forward to!

theodosia: (fishy)
  • Do you think, if I acquired a 3-pack of fineline Sharpies today, I might be able to find one when I need to write on a CD?

I can't blame this entirely on Spare Cat, try though I may.  If I searched behind the desk and other inaccessible areas, I'd probably be surprised what wonders I'd find.  As well as dust bunnies and other cruft.  Easier to buy more, really....

  • That Will Buff Out: Twilight Car Sparkles In The Moonlight Like A Fruity Vampire ow.ly/193Z9 -- My next car? Love the shiny....

My car is nearly 5 years old now, about time for a makeover, right?  Do you think I could get a deal with Swaroski, so that I could drive around for them in my swanky be-Dazzled vehicle?

  • Off to the Jobseek club, and then about a hundred errands I've let slip all week....

It was definitely a Chronic Fatigue week, more so than I've experienced generally.  Monday and Tuesday were complete wrecks, Wednesday got a little focus going with the CakePHP lesson via the Boston PHP Meetup.  It wasn't until Friday that I felt like I was on my game and making forward progress again.

  • Went to four different stores, but now I have groceries, shampoo & Sharpies.

And for all that shopping, I'm still lacking corn flakes, lemonade, and So Delicious non-dairy "ice cream", which are all main staples for me.

Honestly, it's not like the supermarkets are 30 miles away or anything.  I've just been exhausted and not wanting to face the outside world, much.

theodosia: (reading)
  • My dreams of getting lost in a loft condo w/ no clear edges to individual living spaces has nothing to do with anticipation of today, right?
    • You literally had to guess where one apartment ended and another began -- there were all these missing walls, which were clear to the inhabitants, but not me.  Paging Dr. Freud?
  • Time to get ready for the interview. Do I even have unbesmirched pantyhose?
  • Small panic as I realized that I didn't have a printed copy of my references, but I've fixed that! And off we go -- wish me luck, all!
    • It appears that I have been neglecting an important part of the job hunt process, i.e. dressing up for the Actual Interview... in no small part because I haven't been getting any.  However, I did find my Interview Suit (and subsequent Interview Tights Without Runs) and all that, so I went off in the proper style.
  • I think the interview went well, found out that my friend Tom W. works in that very same dept! Had lunch w/ him after, which was calming!
    • In fact, Tom's manager is the one that I interviewed with!  He seemed nice, and I think we hit it off, so my hopes are cautiously raised, but not so high as to invite hubris.  The worst part of the job would be the commute (at least 45 minutes by car, hour by public trans), but for a chance at an entry level job that "can get me in" I'm willing to endure it....
  • RT @thebratqueen: Oh to be a fly on the wall at St Peter's gate right now bit.ly/3ieuwr
    • For posterity: Oral Roberts, 91, passed on.  If I believed in Heaven I'd also believe in Universal Salvation, so it pleases me to think of the welcoming committee who turns out to meet Oral.
  • "Stay classy" - twlol.com/tw/?v7-31643 #lol #fail -- I know some hunters who would think this is a win!
    • Though, I suppose some children wouldn't.  Still, if you had a stray reindeer and a need for some venison....
  • ...is close to admitting she's not going to get any more coherent work out of herself today. Or anything much like coherent though, either.
    • Interviews are HARD WORK, yo.  There's the babbling for one thing.  Luckily I had Tom to go get a lunch with right after, which was calming and yummy and fun.  And yes, for large portions, the drive is a pretty one!
  • The High Concept of this mystery is 'Abigail & John Adams: together they fight crime.' Not so shabby in actuality.
    • The book is The Ninth Daughter by "Barbara Hamilton" better known in SF circles as Barbara Hambly.  40 pages or so in, I'm really enjoying it, too.
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: (cowboy callum)
  • Woke up to a world where snow clings to every branch and twig. It doesn't last long, but it's as pretty as December ever gets.

Surprise Snow at least has the advantage of surprise prettiness.  I thought I was paying attention to the weather, because the delivery job is out in all weather, but this one blindsided me!

  • Knees are still hurty. I'm beginning to wonder if I will damage them PERMANENTLY if I keep on with the job. Opinions?

So far the consensus is No, but I'm probably right to be a little worried -- it's like I'd got stiff hurty rubber bands installed.  This morning, they're feeling much better, but I've got another shift this afternoon....

  • Oooh! Got webpage project to the point where I could upload a test version to client's site! Want to pet it, love it, call it George....

It's nice to make something pretty, and use so much of what I've learned.

  • Made Turkey Helper with Arrabiatta sauce!
  • Got WordPress blog set up for job networking group -- I'm on fire today!

I just used an off-the-shelf WordPress Theme with only mild customization, so this was not a HYYUUUGE project.  I'm still pleased to have thought of and start this, as it could be as useful for the networking group as the class blog was for my programming course.  Instead of personal posts, it will hold announcements, rosters, useful documents and links to job fairs and so on.

  • #TAR -- they had so much fun w/ Las Vegas! So... When does the next season start?
  • Watched Hot Fuzz tonight-- why did none of you people tell me how great it was?!?

Yeah, I know the movie's gotten some good word, but NONE of youse guys made enough arm-waving and squeeing in order for me to post-haste view & enjoy.  Shame on you!

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: (never run towards a fire)

Sorry for the lack of enhanced posting, but life has been very full the past week or two what with the holiday and temporary job and interview and, oh yeah, TEH EXHAUSTION.

  • One more shift. I can do it, if I can get my legs to work....
  • You know, if I took an analgesic, I might feel less like death warmed over. I'll have to look into that.

You know, I really expected I'd have aching arms from carrying stuff, but beyond a handful of boxes that were a lot to manage (and I had a hand-truck to maneuver them!) what has been a toll on me was getting in and out of the truck... and all the stairs.  The route I'm on is in Boston's South End, which is 90% brick rowhouses, all of which have a minimum of at least five steps to get up to the door.  It's like being on a Stairmaster for an hour or more a day....

At least if nothing else I'll be in better shape by the time the job is over.  Unless I break down in the street and somebody shoots me to put me out of my misery, that is.

  • Off to networking!

There's a Job Seeker's Club networking meeting at Career Source in Cambridge that seems actually useful, if only to make me feel guilty once a week and/or give me some new hope.

I'm going to put together a blog/archive for the group -- much like the blog that my teacher for the programming class used to post class notes and example code for us.  There should be a different term for "blogs" like that, because they're more like community newsletters than individual/group journals.  Anyway, it will give me more practice, and actually could be pretty useful, if only because there will be an official place to go to for the current roster, helpful links and documents that people found and so on.  Locked down to group members, of course.

  • It's been a long LONG time since I looked forward to a weekend this much! Just one of those things you miss about a job, sort of!
  • You know, the cats would never doubt how much I love them if they only knew how much effort it takes me to traverse the stairs to feed them.

Back to the ow ow OW portion of our day.  I've got to say this about the delivery shifts -- they go like greased lightning.

It's been a pain to wear the official jacket the last two days with the unseasonal warmth --it's heavy and well-insulated and I've sweated like you wouldn't believe.  However, the POWER of the jacket is such that everybody immediately recognizes you as UPS, and so many people say HI to you in a friendly way, or are glad to see you when you ring their bell.  A lot of them know the delivery driver by name, and ask after her if they don't see her.

  • Managed to last thru #SGU, but plan on collapsifying immediately thereafter.

I've ended up liking SGU more then not, much to my surprise.  I like that they really don't all like each other, that we get glimpses of their lives beyond the ship, that they're still not in control of the ship after a half-season of sincerely trying.

And this half-season finale has some developments that they can't hit a reset button on.  Very satisfying....

theodosia: (holiday2)
  • Garbage out to the curb in time, litter boxes cleaned... I'm on a good roll this morning!
  • Barbara Hambly -- new Antryg Windrose story for online pay! (squee!) ow.ly/FAJT

Novelette length and quite satisfactorily worth my $5 to read and enjoy.  Now, of course, I have to reread the Antryg & Joanna novels (This falls between them).

  • Today's Modern Marvels show's random but intriguing subject: Harvesting.

Random subjects for the win!  McCormack reapers in 1833!  Combines! (which combine reaping and threshing in one machine/vehicle) up until the present day, which has experimental robot harvesters, including a suction-cup orange harvester with cameras to aim it.  Dole lettuce harvesters which move slowly through the fields, the crew wrapping and boxing the lettuce heads right there!

  • Had to go by package handling co's office because of deficient SSN, then on to SS to prove who I am. Holiday traffic horrid everywhere.

That turned out to be even more of an annoying trip -- first I ran into traffic getting there -- even mid-afternoon on Wednesday, there were lines backed up for the highway on ramps and people going home early, but then I had to go over to the Social Security office in Davis Square, which meant more traffic, parking, and waiting.  All because of two transposed numbers, but evidently, once the number has been entered wrong, you now have to go in person to get it straightened out.  The nice clerk (everyone was nice along the way) pointed out that I should probably be grateful that they're on top of people entering numbers into the system, which is true, really.

But at least I got to go to the last Farmer's Market of the year in Davis Square and buy some local apples, pick up prescriptions at CVS and so on.

  • The cats are agitating for dinner, but every time they come near, I wave an open container of Vicks Vapo-Rub at them. It's Kitty-Kryptonite!

It's been years since I had Vicks around, but I tried it for a patch of toenail fungus, instead of fancy-schmancy and potentially liver-destroying prescription medicine.  After about three weeks the fungus was permanently gone and I have a large container left over.  Now when Spare Cat gets too in-your-face for affection I can put some on my nose and have my sinuses cleared up, too.

  • I'm tired enough that I decided against a trip tonight to the supermarket which theoretically would have calmed down some.
  • Spare Cat has been full of beans tonight, galloping & jumping & meeping for apparently the sheer joy of it.

And a Happy Thanksgiving (or a regular happy Thursday to all my non-Usanians) to you all!

theodosia: (holiday2)
  • Uphill work to get conscious this morning, but I have the part time job orientation -- unpaid, BTW-- this morning that I'd better hurry to.
  • Back from orientation, which was all about safety, safety, safety, Spam, and safety. I was not the oldest nor the only female. Not bad!

This is the temporary holiday driver's helper job with UPS, which if it doesn't get too physically tiring should move fast & furious, which if I can't have an intellectually rigorous job will at least keep me moving.  UPS seems like a fair company, to judge from the way they treated us temps.

Oh, and it turns out that orientation is paid, too -- now that's more than I expected, right there.  I'm assigned to the group that works within 5 miles of here, so I shouldn't have to travel far to meet up with the drivers.  But it's not guaranteed I'll get hours every day, though since there's a certain amount of expected attrition among the helpers, if you stick around and are reliable, you'll get work.

If nothing else, it should be An Experience.

  • Back to teaching myself PHP, which is rather untyped & wild-west-style lawless, rather like discovering that pro racers use training wheels

It's just that after learning rigorous typing for C# and especially Java, going back to PHP and realizing that you don't have to declare if something is a string or a number is... oddly disappointing.  Cats and dogs living together! Luxury!

  • You know what? I forgot to call the school to go get my Actual Certificate for the programming course today....

It was supposed to come in last week, I called and stopped by twice, guy promised to call me when it was in (he SAID that he was given a package tracking number) and looked so honest when he said it.

The important thing is, my "certificate" is official, I just don't have the physical document.  But I'd like it anyway, ys know?

  • Almost #Heroes time. I may be the only person still watching, but I love evil carnivals.
  • #Heroes might just have the best Thanksgiving episode since Buffy's Yam Sham.

I never expected a "Thanksgiving" episode from this show, but if they'd been doing this sort of thing more along the way, there'd be more interest in it for sure.  Three families, three awkward family gatherings.  Plus, Mr. Muggles has a girlfriend!  With a pink bow! Yam jokes! Fainting guests! Exes bringing new love interests!

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

  • No one would have believed in the opening years of the 21st century we were being observed by slit-eyed aliens in our own homes....
  • Off to a job-seeking workshop at Career Source. This unemployment gig is sure a lot of work....

It's a Job Seekers Network Group that meets once a week, but perhaps it will spur me on to get more organized and on track with what I'm pursuing.  It gives me pause to realize that everyone there was older than 35 (a participant polled the room) which may just be a reflection of what job seekers make it to a Cambridge strip mall setting or whatever.

  • I'm attending Microsoft and NaviSite Present: Elite Web Optimization Event -- bit.ly/3gFBHk

This I heard about at the Boston Web Designers meetup the night before.  There's some considerable free software on offer there, including Microsoft Expression and Silverlight (their answer to Dreamweaver and Flash, respectively) which wouldn't hurt me to know, especially if it ties in well with Visual Studio....)

  • RT @TeresaKopec RT @Atrios: i think Obama should really rethink his plan to bring Magneto to new york city.

Had to retweet this, because it's obvious both of them have read my favorite-ever X-Men comics story sequence, not to mention the rather cowardly reaction by some conservatives to -- eek! -- bringing Guantanamo detainees onto mainland US and actually treating them like the war prisoners they are.

  • How Somerville is it? 'Smart Car' parked on Highland Ave, with a Denver boot clamped over a wheel....
  • Perhaps I will feel less achy if I take a random shower (defined as any shower taken outside of regular shower hours...)

I subsequently crashed and burned by 8:30 PM -- too tired to do more than go upstairs and see if I could sleep.  And it turned out that I could... which, you know, if I can do that, I really really need it.

Still, it's been a busy week, and most surprisingly one that isn't devoid of achievement....

theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
Huh, LoudTwitter's been down for several days!  In the meantime, there's been just a little progress on the job front...

  • Got a UPS holiday package handler interview this afternoon -- not sure if I want it, or can do it, but I feel obliged to check it out. SIGH
  • Time to go off to the interview. Wish me luck!
  • Package delivery helper job news: well, if I have an orientation to go to, that means I'll get called on to help deliver, most likely?

Not exactly a fabu job, since it is only part-time, and isn't guaranteed that I'll get anything like a reasonable amount of hours, and it's only on between Thanksgiving and Dec 24.  And it's basically a driver's helper, you ride along and run up and down the streets dropping off packages in all kinds of weather.  OTOH, it should be reasonably busy and go by fast, and probably won't invalidate my Unemployment benefits, that is if I get approved for the new Federal extension.

  • RT @zen_habits: Corporate Fakes: How To Identify Astroturfers And Front Groups is.gd/4TQbK

It's actually shocking when you find out what groups getting their spokespeople on national media, speaking as "the voice of the common people" are actually paid shills, or at least getting some major behind-the-scenes financial support that they don't want you to know about.  You know, while the Tea-baggers and Code Pink both have disrupted public meetings, at least Code Pink was really a grass-roots operation...

  • "It's not jumping the shark if you never come down." #Supernatural

I could hear the fangirls squeeing from over here.  Have I mentioned lately how much I love Ben Edlund and all he's brought to the show?

  • twitpic.com/pbfol Spare Cat, as we know her and grudgingly tolerate her....
  • No one would have believed in the opening years of the 21st century we were being observed by slit-eyed aliens in our own homes....

 

I definitely have been in a bit of a funk, because I'm just not getting any traction on this job thing -- I'm looking into internships and volunteer opportunities.  If anybody knows of open source projects that could use my amateurhelp, point me to them, K?

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

  • Miniature Pets Gallery, 10 good, ten bad. I want a mini-goat, but I might take a mini-mule instead.... ow.ly/zR16

Honestly, some of the cutest small things you'll ever see.  Plus-- they bred mini-mules from minihorses and minidonkeys!  How mini-cute is that?

  • Honestly, getting an email from Staples with a 'Your Destiny Awaits' subject is more likely to make me cringe than want to buy stuff....

Seriously, I don't want my destiny to involve office supplies and paper, unless the paper company involved is the one that HRG used to work for on Heroes.

  • OMG, the application for a pharmacy chain job includes a 20-screen strongly-agree to strongly-disagree personality questionnaire!!??

CVS had an even longer one than the one for UPS that I did the other day.  I amused myself by trying to consistently answer the questions the way that I thought they'd want... which is pretty much truthful.

  • bobby-tables.com: A guide to preventing SQL injection ow.ly/zV1h -- My favorite XKCD cartoon, and the tech advice therefrom.

Yep, a kid named so that if you input his name correctly, you break the database!  Very geeky humor, but it makes a good programming point. 

Back in real life, I knew a guy with the last name of Abend... which in the days of COBOL applications, broke his college's student database because ABEND means Abnormal End, which was a key phrase to Stop Everything in that language.

  • I am SO not ready for the sun to be setting around 4:30... but it is. FEH. Who thought up this lousy orbit-thing, anyway?
  • ow.ly/zYOm -- a picture of the first frost, gorgeous!

I guess these two entries aren't unentirely related... the good and the bad of seasonal variety.  In my backyard, Maple A is 95% bare, but a slightly-ragged Maple B soldiers on, so that you have blue New England Asters sitting in a bed of orange-yellow leaves, as pretty as it gets around here.

  • Spare Cat doesn't want the world, just my half of it... so that she can keep the other half of it under observation....
  • Dear Furslugs (aka 'Cats'): you're not getting fed until 5 PM EST if I have to lock myself in my room with a pillow over my head.
  • (You can tell they're furslugs by the trails of shed fur they leave wherever they go.)

Spare Cat's mom caught a break -- she's in Stage 3 kidney failure (AKA not bad enough for dialysis) due to the diabetes, which isn't good news EXCEPT they took a kidney biopsy and there's NO cancer.  They may be able to improve the kidney function with drugs, so fingers crossed.  Not much chance of Spare Cat going home for a while yet.

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

  • Caught Spare Cat tentatively sniffing noses with Muppet yesterday. They backed away right quick but there was no hissing! Progress!

Oh, nobody would mistake them for buddies, but it's nice to see that we're down to DefCon-3, and Spare Cat isn't fleeing at the sight of the other feline household inhabitants.

  • ow.ly/uNXG -- Manolo compares the style in real Bonnie & Clyde pictures versus the actors in the movie. Thanks, Jonquil!

Some side-by-side comparisons, showing off to me why B&C are so very iconic even to this day.  It was our own [personal profile] jonquil who alerted me to this entry!

  • Just spent 45 mins researching why DVR switch codes don't work, only to find the instructions said TiVo & Pause, not TiVo & TV Power. D'oh!

It's still New Tech Toy Time here.  I also used TiVo Desktop to copy over a show to my computer, just to see if it would.  This means I can watch stuff Up Here when Rosemary wants to watch something different downstairs, and so on.  Plus, ways to transfer shows to the iTouch and so on.

  • Oooh, the TJ's in Cambridge is definitely opening soon (not answering their phones alas). I think I'll drop off a resume there....

Seriously, they're not a bad place to work for, and it would be easy to get to, especially if I get a bike for good weather days.

  • RT @MitchWagner Can we get more people to throw their rubbish in the bin by making it fun to do? bit.ly/3eJrgm

From the same people who brought you the musical stairs, which is actually some kind of VW promotion.  I think the sound FX on the trash can work mostly by its novelty value.

And, anyway, Boston's Museum of Science has had a musical stairway for about as long as I can remember!

  • Geeze, I'm going to have to break out the winter jacket and gloves! #clingingtosummerbymyfingernails
  • Contrary to what I was told, the new TiVo CAN record 2 channels @ once. Cable card is necessary to get digital-only channels.

That's right!  It will keep track of two show streams at once!  I'm still going to get a cable card to manage the higher channels (and get rid of the cable box -- another slot in the media center opened up!) but dual functionality can start right now!  Woohoo!

theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Heh. Both permanent resident cats slept with me last night, offended that I went away on Sunday night. Not affection, to weigh me down.

More possessiveness than love, surely, but it's nice to have somebody NOTICE I was gone.

  • A Night To Remember on cable this AM. Still one of the best disaster movies EVER.

In all its 1958 B&W glory, too.  And then there was a National Geo. channel documentary on a 1987 London Tube fire which went into just why and how that happened.  (Hint: wooden escalator treads not the greatest idea ever.)  So it was kind of a disaster-themed morning.

  • Signed up for 2 PM 'Getting Unstuck' class at Career Source in Cambridge. I think it's time to have a Plan B because Plan A is not working.
  • It occurred to me at the workshop where the leader was talking about caterpillars turning into butterflies, than I am a cynical caterpillar.

Plan A is so not working, and unfortunately unless they pass another extension, I'll be out of Unemployment Benefits in the foreseeable future, which means that I'd better come up with some other job/career choices to keep me busy and with enough money to keep house and home together until things turn around or I can finally network/sweet-talk/bribe my way into a Web 2.0 job.

So I think more workshops and so on with Career Source and other agencies is in my immediate future, too.  Maybe sitting down with one of their career counselors could map out what I should do for Plan B.  I've thought that I could try getting a job at a cellphone store, because I'm good at explaining technology, and a female-friendly salesperson might be able to do well, but it might be a good idea to try for something that could pay more.

I'm mostly trying hard not to feel like a Failure for not landing a job, and mostly succeeding, because rationally I know that it's the market failing ME, not vice versa.  I know that if I could at least get to the Interview stage, where I do well, at least that would be something, but I don't get to talk to anyone but the occasional recruiter, who usually betrays that they don't know enough about tech to do more than send my resume on. SIGH.

 

theodosia: (rhino brain in a box)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • 387 - The Graveyard of the Atlantic << Strange Maps ow.ly/aOmV

I've linked to this site before -- and will likely again, I expect.  This entry is a map of shipwrecks off Sable Island, as godforsaken a glorified sandbar as you could find, 150 miles from the nearest land (Nova Scotia, represent!) and a menace to navigation always.

  • Just caught Spare Cat catching her collar on a projection and backing out of it. Considering putting her back in the stiff, horrible collar.

...and it would serve her right.  If she works up her way to making An Immense Effort, she can lick at the wound, which isn't helping the healing any, and prolongs the time she has to be wearing a collar.

Incidentally -- the softer cloth collar still hasn't shown up.

  • ...has been locked in mortal combat with a transparent banner to run on top of a picture, but has triumphed. Actionscript, you are my bitch.
  • Um, kind of forgot to eat lunch. Time to fix that now!
  • I just ate either Linner or Dunch, which considering I'll be in class from 6-10, probably isn't the best way of managing mealtimes today.

I'm volunteering to do up a web page -- with some Flash link boxes featuring thumbnails -- which is giving me some resume/portfolio cred, plus making me stretch my abilities here and there, like having to deal with the layering of Sprites and button-like behavior in non-buttons.  Having a lot of fun doing it, too, well, as long as I don't have to eat.

  • Just catching up on the news -- go Team NH!

Today NH signed into law a Marriage Equality bill, joining MA, VT, ME, CT and strangely enough IA, into allowing so-called "gay marriage".  MA has had it for five years now, and our state seems to be thriving instead of collapsifying....

  • Java -- finally understanding the difference between int and Integer. Only took me a year and 8 months.

I started this class in September 2007, for those who are keeping count.  And yes, we only cover Java intermittently, but its come around enough times that you think I might have paid attention when the compiler accepts int and Integer equally well and wondered why.  I guess that's the bonus of going through this again, where I'm not only picking up on the nuances that flew over my head, but twigging the behind-the-scenes patterns and paradigms that actually control how things come out.

  • Have warned Spare Cat that if she doesn't shape up, I'm changing her nickname to Donut Head. She seems unfazed.

Honestly, you would think the 15th time in a row that she tries to walk over the keyboard and gets dumped off onto the floor, she'd get a clue.  Or gets chastised for Knocking Non-Cat-Toys Off The Desktop when there are perfectly good cat toys being waved seductively and tossed charmingly for her benefit.  But, nooooooooo.

theodosia: (Mystery)
I thought, therefore I twittered:
  • @inkandchocolate -- is that a rictus on your face or are you actually glad to see me?
  • 275 - The Friendly Floatees' World Tour << Strange Maps ow.ly/868A I LOVE THIS BLOG!
Damn, I could spend about a hundred years on each entry -- my love of maps and geography and neat ways to show stuff is all here. Plus, what seems to be a fascination for West Virginia on the part of the blogger. However, it's NOT inexplicable, because it turns out there are some neat maps to explick.
  • If you have to be unemployed, I recommend doing it out on your patio. 150% more cheery.
I DID write out a boffo cover letter, which took me an hour. Pity I'll most likely never hear back from them, but I feel all kinds of virtuous.
  • I will not chew my leg off. I will not chew my leg off. I will not chew my leg off. I WILL NOT chew my leg off.
  • Sorry. Class tonight is going over SQL inserts, which I learned very well back in about 1985...
  • I survived C# Database Access and all I got was this Twitter.
Oy.  It was a close moment there, as the instructor is going very earnestly  into why you have to be careful about setting up your insert statements with the single quotes and double quotes correctly, and I'm looking down at my leg in the virtual beartrap and wondering how many bites it would take me to snap the femur in half.

It's not his fault, this is SO the material that my fellow students have to know, and he's explaining it well, too.  But, I could spend 15 minutes reviewing it, look over my in-class code examples from last year for another 15 and be done.

Also, I very nearly finished the lab that we're supposed to spend another 1.5 hours on Saturday morning.  Luckily, he has no problem with me coming in late....
  • Woke up with an urge to finally join Netflix. Perhaps it will pass.
Does anybody have clever arguments to sway me either way? And/or some really cheapass code to join that gets me six months of free movies or something like that?
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: (fishy)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    Despite the hopelessness of the cattlecar Career Fair yesterday, I DID feel that I was highly employable and skilled and able to show it.

    @janice_e The best takeaway from the experience was good confirmation that the market is failing me, not vice-versa.

    At one point, I was diagramming out the double-ended queue we wrote for our recent lab in the programming class -- the one I rocked, and the hiring manager (not an HR, a guy who writes Java) was really intrigued that you could pass a datatype just like any other variable. So I think I passed the casual "does she know enough about programming?" barrier with flying colors. If they only had an opening for me!

    @batwrangler Y'know, the whole Day of the Triffids story would have been so different with just a little Roundup on hand.

    My backyard smells like lilacs, which are blooming well this year because the neighbor cut back the maple on that side. Yay neighbor!

    @victoriajanssen - and my childhood home had them outside my bedroom! I never expected that a favorite part of homeowning w/b the backyard!

    I end up feeling much more calm and centered when I sit out there for a while. And though I'm right in the middle of a busy city/town, there's enough birdsong and whatnot to feel like I've reconnected with nature and all that.

    Read half of THE GHOST BRIGADES for the past two hours, good enough that I wasn't aware of the time passing!

    Having previously gulped down Old Man's War in like a day and a half, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that I could get so engrossed that I lose time with this one, too.


    Going to see the Trek movie with [livejournal.com profile] rakshathedemon this afternoon, which should be geeky fun for all. I'm not seeing a whole lot of complaints, you know?

    In other news, when I talked to Mom on Thursday night, she was SO happy -- she's not only "graduated" PT and OT with some very pleased therapists to say goodbye to, when she went to her doctor for her followup, he was shocked at how well she looked/was. Especially the not- being bent over with pain, I expect.

    She's still on oxygen, since the pulmonary hypertension isn't going away, because of the heart murmur backing up some of the blood in her lungs, so she has to stay on some medications, and use her powerchair to go longer distances on the campus. But, overall, her quality of life is up, and she's even doing better than she was when her back acted up, with some hope that she might be weaned off the oxygen for longer periods, enough to be able to get out and about.
    theodosia: (illyria)
    I thought, therefore I twittered:

    Despite the hopelessness of the cattlecar Career Fair yesterday, I DID feel that I was highly employable and skilled and able to show it.

    @janice_e The best takeaway from the experience was good confirmation that the market is failing me, not vice-versa.

    At one point, I was diagramming out the double-ended queue we wrote for our recent lab in the programming class -- the one I rocked, and the hiring manager (not an HR, a guy who writes Java) was really intrigued that you could pass a datatype just like any other variable. So I think I passed the casual "does she know enough about programming?" barrier with flying colors. If they only had an opening for me!

    @batwrangler Y'know, the whole Day of the Triffids story would have been so different with just a little Roundup on hand.

    My backyard smells like lilacs, which are blooming well this year because the neighbor cut back the maple on that side. Yay neighbor!

    @victoriajanssen - and my childhood home had them outside my bedroom! I never expected that a favorite part of homeowning w/b the backyard!

    I end up feeling much more calm and centered when I sit out there for a while. And though I'm right in the middle of a busy city/town, there's enough birdsong and whatnot to feel like I've reconnected with nature and all that.

    Read half of THE GHOST BRIGADES for the past two hours, good enough that I wasn't aware of the time passing!

    Having previously gulped down Old Man's War in like a day and a half, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that I could get so engrossed that I lose time with this one, too.


    Going to see the Trek movie with [profile] rakshathedemon this afternoon, which should be geeky fun for all. I'm not seeing a whole lot of complaints, you know?

    In other news, when I talked to Mom on Thursday night, she was SO happy -- she's not only "graduated" PT and OT with some very pleased therapists to say goodbye to, when she went to her doctor for her followup, he was shocked at how well she looked/was. Especially the not- being bent over with pain, I expect.

    She's still on oxygen, since the pulmonary hypertension isn't going away, because of the heart murmur backing up some of the blood in her lungs, so she has to stay on some medications, and use her powerchair to go longer distances on the campus. But, overall, her quality of life is up, and she's even doing better than she was when her back acted up, with some hope that she might be weaned off the oxygen for longer periods, enough to be able to get out and about.

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