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theodosia: (dead like me)
I thought, therefore I twittered:
Two Day Catchup Special Edition! )

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

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While the desktop computer is in the shop, I won't be able to start extensively editing and crossposting as much from the iBook, which lacks Semagic that let me edit and then repost/crosspost entries to both DW and LJ. I'm sure hoping that the cleaned up PC returns today, but I've learned never to say RSN with computer stuff.

But at least I'm going to try to be more active here and there. Loving seeing all the commentary on the vids at Vividcon!
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!)

chumley_schnozz, originally uploaded by moxie58.

This was taken back in November, but I just saw it now on the sidebar slideshow and realized how much I like it. He's such a catly cat.

theodosia: (emu)
* Readercon happened, and I enjoyed myself as usual, though I didn't go to any parties, and didn't join any dinner expeditiions except for one with [livejournal.com profile] readsalot. In fact, I crashed fairly early all three nights, which inevitably makes me feel like I'm only seeing half the con. Highlights included seeing an interview/biographical movie about Chip Delany, which reminded me how delightful he really is (and how lucky I am to have had him as an instructor at Clarion West), and various panels such as the one about religion and magic.

* After months of non-knitting, I was suddenly On Fire, and knit yet another pair of Fetching (fingerless mittens) and a cute-lacy hat. And then knit another hat from the same pattern but a different yarn this week when I caught up on all the TV I missed over the weekend.

* Feeling too exhausticated after Readercon to post or even think about posting. Complicated by the fact that there is some kind of driver incompatibility going on with my HP Pavilion Media Center, which after 3 support calls totalling over 6 hours I'm now waiting on a System Restore Disk Kit to be shipped to me.

(Incidentally, having done some support work myself now and then, I'm actually really impressed with the guys that I got at HP -- they never talked down to me, they didn't work from a script, they were totally dedicated to getting my PC back and running correctly. And the first two times that I hung up the phone I AND they were convinced that the problem was fixed... until it happened again, because this is a monitor driver crash happening at what seems like random intervals. So I'm not blaming the support I got, in fact, rather the opposite.)

* In school we have just finished our final instruction unit on Adobe Encore which is DVD-authoring software. I was lukewarm about the idea, but it turns out you can do some really cool things, so I'm putting together a DVD portfolio of my short video/animation projects, including a slideshow of some of my pictures, with animated backgrounds for the menus, and probably an Easter Egg or two just for the hell of it.

Now we're in our Final Project phase, where we come to class and just work on stuff that will go into a 3-minute+ video. I'm struggling with about a dozen different ideas -- we're not allowed to put together a vid using sources not belonging to us, the idea being we should shoot some original footage to then mix up. One of them would be some easy instructions for putting together motion graphic titles in After Effects for use in vids. The beauty of this is that I can record it right off the screen (for the footage) and use a microphone to record the narration separately.

I might have to have a script for that, though.

* And I heard from Unemployment that I'll probably qualify for the 13 week extension! My benefits ran out two weeks ago, so I'm coasting on my savings now, which is nowhere near dire YET, but will be eventually, so that's a bit of a relief, yes?
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
Sorry for not being updatey this week, I end up feeling like I've got dozens of things to write about, all of which will be intensely boring and/or already out of date.

Work work work with a side of work sauce )

Today I've already worked a couple of hours -- from home, happily, and without too much stress or worry. I also had time to run out and get some grocery shopping done and stop by the vet's to pick up a very large bag of prescription cat food... which I decided had to go into air-tight containers. Large containers... which it turns out that I had to scrounge up out of the backs of cabinets and stuff. And then there was the pouring from the large bag, which the cats watched with desperate fascination.
theodosia: (northwest)
I didn't get a lot accomplished yesterday, about the only thing was getting out to MicroCenter because [livejournal.com profile] veejane needed to drop off her ailing computer. I'm going on the MooTour with [livejournal.com profile] mabfan and [livejournal.com profile] gnomi and other good people (I think [livejournal.com profile] tsuki_no_bara too) so I'd already cleaned out a lot of photos out of my Palm Zire in anticipation, but you know, a project to take pictures of all the CowParade really could take up a lot of room....

So I wandered over to the Accessories department, and what to my surprise, I found an SD Cards (for extra storage) from Verbatim, which was priced at 1 gig for ~$38, which seemed pretty good -- but then I took it over to the registers and it turned out to be $28.

That's 1 gig of storage. For my PDA! I mean, geeze, my very first harddrive, for my Mac Classic (back when they were sold without harddrives!) was an incredible 20 megs! And I'm carrying it around in my purse!

Now off to the CowParade. I transfered over the remaining bunch of my pictures to the card, and I have like 990 megs left. I don't suppose I'm going to have to worry about how many pictures I can take today....
theodosia: (dead like me)
I can just smell the slightest hint of burning charcoal on the air -- somebody is barbecuing a couple of houses away, I suppose. Right now it's wonderfully peaceful in my backyard, I can can hear a screaming jay and the rustle of leaves in the wind. It won't stay that way, of course, but while it lasts, I'm going to enjoy.

details, details )
theodosia: old default icon from livejournal (hugh)
Things I did this weekend:

Saturday:
* went to Trader Joe's and Whole Foods.
* went to yoga
* cleaned off my patio furniture and hosed down most of the patio itself. (Note to future self: playing with the hose on really hot days is fun!)
* watched Discovery Channel special on pre-dinosaur beasties
* played some Sims2
* went to [livejournal.com profile] aviatrix18's wedding reception, got to see a bit of [livejournal.com profile] malkingrey and [livejournal.com profile] editrx among others, but missed [livejournal.com profile] malkaesther entirely. Wor
* watched most of an A&E TV special on the history of Superman

Sunday:
* went to Star Market, CVS and Porter Square Books
* Bought three books and the Sunday paper at the latter: Deep Survival, Raven's Gate and Vintage Styles for Today, which is a collection of knitting and crochet patterns that Lion Brand has featured in its 100+ year history.
* Bought Deet-containing spray at CVS
* Set up the living room open doorway with a gauzy summer curtain, so I could keep the AC in
* spent much of the day in there, watching TV and reading and playing Sims2.
* Created a Sim named Hugh who is married to a Sim with my real name. Laugh every time I think about it.
* Balled up four skeins of hand-dyed wool and began a test swatch.
* Rewatched entire Superman history show
theodosia: (beetle)
Maybe, if I only have ten minutes or so before I leave for yoga, I can set myself up to make a short post that covers as many recent topics as I can fit in that amount of time? Worth a shot....

* Took Chumley to the vet yesterday afternoon. The upshot is a) he's fat (and on a diet already) b) his bloodwork and all is good c) he has a tooth that might well be decayed, so we've got to schedule him for a scaling and possible extraction, poor guy. I have kitty-antibiotics on hand to start giving him three days before the Procedure.

* He was not very thrilled about the whole thing. In fact, at the vets he tried to wedge himself into the far corner of the carrier with his face hidden. We had to nearly upend it to get him out....

* It looks like I'm going to go down to NJPA for the holiday weekend. More because it's Patriots Day off on Monday -- or as it happens Boston Marathon Day. The real important part is that I get a day off not because my company is so patriotic, but because most of the Back Bay where I work is effectively shut down because of the massive crowds viewing the race.

* The B.org Frankenmix challenge has brought some really terrific music into my life, like the song referenced for this post. It's like one of those chain letter things, where you get deluged with more and more letters? Anyway, sudden my iTunes library has jumped up like 238 songs altogether, which count actually skips a bunch of duplicate songs I already had. I'm going to need to make at least a mini-mix of some of the outstanding favorites this has produced so far....

* I had some really terrific tortilla soup in the Pru Center food court for lunch. Yay Qdoba grill. Even though I started off the day with a yucky headache, that cleared it up, and also my sinuses for like the next week....

* I saw the chicken again. Searching idly around online for information about angora bunnies, I happened upon the Murrary MacMurray Hatchery (they do have some rabbit products, strangely) and was able to identify Reston the Rooster positively as a Black Rosecomb, which to my delight is considered one of the smaller bantam breeds.

* I finally gave into dreadful temptation and bought a Schooba, upon finding out that they've gone on sale for $100 off. I figure it's 2006, and while I don't have a jet car or a personal rocket pack, I might as well have a household robot that will do my floors.

Unfortunately, the battery has to charge for at least three hours (and possible as many as 16) before I can use it. But wheeee!!!1! anyway. I'll let you know how it comes out....

* Eeek -- running overtime here. Watch me go....
theodosia: (50s me)
I think it was just a week or two ago that I posted pictures of me with my new haircut. Imagine my surprise to be posting more pictures of me-me-Me, but I did get my new glasses yesterday, which I think are pretty spiffy... and then there was this handy cameraphone that just popped out of my handbag and before I knew it, I was snapping away again.

And there's that new scarf, too! )
theodosia: (50s me)
So... haircut? It was had. And inbetween getting home afterward, and scrambling to get out to yoga on time, I managed to take a couple of pictures.

Either hide your eyes or click. You was warned. )
theodosia: (pussycat (by heuradys))
Lamardeuse stumbled across this here... I coudn't resist!





theodosia: (yum yum face)
... ok, not so Killer, except if you watch the more excitable newscasts. Here it's just a lot of snow on a day that most people, myself included, don't have go much of anywhere.

So I'm sitting, catching up on TV and movies from earlier this week while I knit, and coming upstairs to sit at my desk in the study, surfing B.org and LJ, and watch the cat watch birdies in the window feeder.

So of course I took some pictures... )
theodosia: (skunky)
...you just heard from the direction of Somerville is me whimpering as I hit the outside, 19F air on my way to work in a few minutes. After a week+ of springlike temperatures, they turned Winter back on. Don't be too alarmed by the sad lonely noise, K?
theodosia: (pirates)
[livejournal.com profile] luscious_purple needed a place to stay tonight, and since I have recently acquired a sleeper sofa (with added family history!), I offered to put her up. So after some shopping, she found her way over to Somerville (added by some familiarity with the area) and we visited, and then we went over to [livejournal.com profile] helvirago and [livejournal.com profile] vwbug's for their New Year's party....

Except, um, that's tomorrow night, oddly enough. I'd not paid nearly enough attention to the invitation. At least I had called to leave a message that we'd be late, which they didn't get until they'd come home from shopping... so they had a couple minutes warning, at least, before we showed up.

They were very gracious about it, and we visited a bit, which was fun. Then me & old roommate went over to Mary Chung's to get some takeaway, brought it back and watched a twisty episode of Without A Trace until it was time to turn in.

(Then of course, I got online just to check my email, and before I knew it, it was midnight -- oh dear.)

You know the nice thing about missing that the party was scheduled for tomorrow? I now have something to do tomorrow.....
theodosia: (theda)
Interesting -- Google Maps now works on my iBook in Safari, so I spent a couple minutes finding my Mom's new address on it. Only the map must be more than two years old, because it's showing her "independent living community" as the former Naval Air Research Center that it used to be -- complete with no-longer-existent runways.

Ann's Choice as it was....
theodosia: (cowboy callum)
Good day at work today -- I got in early for a presentation to the QA department, who needed an orientation to our SFA system, since they're going to be testing some stuff formally. This despite the fact that for the 8 or so years that I've worked with these systems, we've done all our QA ourselves. It's true that things have gotten more complex than they used to be but... oh well. Sometimes it seems like all the new managers exist for is to make processes that have worked very well just more complex.

Anyway, somehow or other, with the hour allotted, I ended up saddled with 35 minutes of the presenting. And then used up all of it and then some, because the QA manager who was along came up with some very good questions that no one had considered.

(Except that... there was one really important change to the system that no one told me about, a 6 digit code that's changing to a 13 digit code. And of course this affects lots and lots of code and views and forms and so on... if only someone would have, oh, mentioned it in passing, I'd have been prepared with answers and examples where this change would matter. Le Sigh.)

After that, the day was downhill in a pleasant fashion. Lots of people out because they've started their holiday early, et cetera, so I was able to get a couple more things done, and start code review for that 13 digit code and what will need to be done to accommodate it.

Tomorrow we get let out at 2 PM, which is really nice, although I'm not going to take off for NJ until Thursday AM
theodosia: (gay pirates! (by heuradys))
All hail [livejournal.com profile] veejane, who came over this afternoon to help me move furniture around: porch table to basement, kitchen table to porch, set up the big oak table I brought up from NJ several weeks ago, then helped me carry the marble-topped cast-iron treadle base table to the living room, where we re-arranged chairs and tables and lamps, and also took the AC out of the window and stored it on the porch for the winter.

I'm getting tired all over again just thinking about it! She was such a help and a trooper, and just what I needed to get all this done -- finally!

Then we collapsed for a bit in the reconstituted living room, and watched some vids from the 2004 Vividcon set. After she went home, I watched Bones from this week, and then as I was switching around, landed on The Apartment, which I recognized right off the bat because one of my favorite songs of the moment is a jazzed-up version of the theme song... so I settled down with it, about a half-hour in. Boy, not only does Jack Lemmon remind me of David Hewlett (or vice versa), but Dennis Quaid looks a lot like Fred MacMurray... and you know, Renee Zellweger really does resemble a young Shirley Maclaine, at least when she's not anorexic.

Now it looks like I may get out to see the Harry Potter movie, so my weekend is getting better and better.

For a day that started out with me getting back into bed after feeding the cats and eating a little breakfast, and then sleeping for another three hours or so, it's turning out pretty good....

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