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  • RT @BostonDave Cat Food...Now with LSD? Friskies "Adventureland" Commercial post.ly/P1Wk // More proof cats are insane, frankly.

Really has to be seen to be appreciated -- great fantastic CGI with a real kitty.

RT @tzikeh Does anyone have news about Mad Men's Season 4 premiere date? Have they schedule it yet? Are they filming?

Retweeting because yeah, I'd REALLY like to know!

  • Is working in raw PHP today, which is much slower but correspondingly much less frustrating than CakePHP.
  • I keep forgetting that all PHP variables start with $. $$$$$$$$$$. Maybe if I type $$$$$$ often enough it will stick.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  • Gaaaaah... must have been in a PHP-induced coma, suddenly it's 4PM!

CakePHP wouldn't be so bad if it weren't impossible to set up.  Well, impossible for me.  I knew I was in trouble when my friend Ron asked if I was using bash or tsh (or something like that).  "I want to learn to drive a car, not how to assemble the engine first."

Straight PHP, on the other hand -- I'm working my way through to a complete catalog website, with its own control panel for the user.  I'm very sure this is exactly what Joomla or Drupal should be used for, but if I do it all by hand, I'll have all the conceptual issues nailed down, and then can revel in the ease of use, secure that I know what's really going on underneath everything.

  • Spare Cat logged me off my computer. She is talented, I'll give her that much. Grudgingly.

I sure hope I'm getting a lot of good karma for taking in Cece, because I sure deserve it.

  • RT @tweetmeme Caprica: Exclusive: 'Caprica' producer Jane Espenson explains Sam Adama's tattoos - S.. ow.ly/1oOwZQ

I'm not seeing a whole lot of Caprica love yet!  It's taking its time, but in the meantime the world-building is fascinating and the characters are growing.  For me the breakout character is actually Sam Adama, who seemed to be a tertiary character in the pilot and now looks to be a major player.  But maybe I should have expected this from the hyuuuuuuge cast they developed on BSG.

Anyway -- the tattoos turn out to be fascinating, absolutely.

  • Watched the last two #Leverage last night -- couldn't love the show any more, especially Elliott and Hardison, but geeze they're all good.

I had a real nice paragraph extolling the virtues of this show, and then Spare Cat landed on both the mouse and keyboard and erased it past retrieval.  Suffice it to say, you were all right about this show....

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: (holiday2)

I thought, therefore I twittered:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • FABULON ow.ly/qh7K I should just move to Planet Fabulon.

They consistently find the most luscious over-the-top fashion/cultural/historical pictures, plus snarky commentary, plus NSFW homoerotic nudes, plus bad really bad King Super Bad fashion photos

  • RT @pvanb Nothing runs over your foot like a Deere #madmen

This week's Mad Men featured one of the all-time GREAT product placements... which didn't work out so well for one of the characters, but should definitely cement the image of John Deere riding mowers in the minds of all viewers.  Just one more reason to love this show.

  • Cities of the Underworld host just speculated if the Freemasons can be linked to the Templars. No, I'm not making this up.
  • He also noted that the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia is covered with Freemasonry symbols. Ya think?
  • @Zenkitty714 -- Aside from the 10% woowoo about Templars it's pretty good. I picture a producer w/ a cue card: "TEMPLARS!" to remind him.

Scene: the producer is trying to pitch an episode to the History Channel execs: 

Producer: "A show about the Anasazi in Arizona would be fascinating -- preColumbian ruins! Cave paintings!  Spanish missionary buildings and a Conquistador outpost!"

Exec: "I don't know, it would be awful expensive, and who would be interested, anyway?"

Producer: "...some of the Conquistadors might have been Templars."

Exec: "Good, good... can you find some symbols, like in one of the missions?"

Producer: "Sure!"  (Thinks: "Thank goodness just about all Roman Catholic symbolism overlaps with the Templars...")

Exec: "It's a go, then.  Hmmm, have you considered visiting this Crusader castle in Turkey?  We hear there may be some Templars there...."

  • Went to Whole Foods/Trader Joes, stopped to try vegan deli stuff at the WF cafe. Vegan pad thai was pretty good, not so the chik'n salad.

There were also Vegan potstickers, which weren't very good cold.  The buckwheat soba was not too bad.  Alas, the "chick'n" protein substitute was terrible, but I only took three little cubes of it in my dish.  I also added some definitely-NOT-vegan real chicken from another section of the deli bar.  It cost me $7 with the addition of some Nantucket Nectar lemonade, so all in all it was a good run.

  • RT @hoardersTV: Don’t forget to tune in to A&E tonight at 10/9c for an all new #hoarders !

I identify far too much with the subjects... or well, maybe just enough.  Because if I just gave up caring my house would soon look like that.  (And yes, there was another house where some of the rooms had to have shovels brought in.)  So I sympathize, even while I'm moved to action to remedy some of my own clutter.

  • ow.ly/qpi9 -- The View From Your Sickbed/Daily Dish -- outdated insurance info kills insured woman.

Quick version: needed a liver transplant, hospital had old insurance info, family too upset and rushed to check that it hadn't been updated to a much newer, much more complete policy.  Family didn't find out until weeks after she'd been dead and the original insurance company paperwork saying "we don't cover her any more, why don't you try the insurance that does?" reached them.

  • RT @Cashmere Telling me not to be snarky is like asking me not to breathe.

I bow to Cashmere's facility with words and general sentiment.

  • We covered handling passwords in ASP.NET tonight -- how to hash them and as importantly WHY you want to take the trouble.

Part of why I like this class so much -- Fran (teacher) wants us to understand the bigger picture as to WHY things are done a certain way and help us avoid common misperceptions that a shortcut or three wouldn't hurt just this one time.  Once I have the Big Picture the little pictures start falling into place for me, because I have a map of where I'm going.

Hey, today is the start of Fall!  Already I can find a few trees around here turning, though most remain leafy and green.  Here's hoping that after the bizarre summer we had, we can get a long, slow and perfectly typical New England Fall, with glorious warm (not hot, not cool) weather.  Come on, we deserve it.

theodosia: (pussycat (by heuradys))
Hey, Kids! Get your own really official-like certificate from the Kenyan Birth Certificate Generator!
theodosia: (spork)

I know I'm busy when I get involved with My Big Fat Website Project in the morning and don't get around to updating here at all.  Because it seems like all the energy I have To Do A Good Job is being spent on that.  On the up side, the Project is moving satisfactorially along, including writing some Javascript that takes XML files and puts them up as neat, formatted, organized and attractive HTML/CSS code.

I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Did they really schedule the Twitpocalypse and the Facebook name domain event for the same day? Talk about tempting fate!

Actually the big news about that is it didn't cause more disruption -- the world of programming is getting trickier and more adaptive.  http://www.twitpocalypse.com/ explains better that I can what the problem was -- in short, the unique identifier code (which was a 32-bit unique number) got exceeded when the 2,147,483,647th tweet was twatted.  (Yes, that's 2 billion served.)  The Twitter site itself was programmed right - the numbers just rolled over and restarted at the bottom of the signed integer list, but the lack of planning on some application developers is showing.

  • Ugly Overload: I Don't Want to Grow Up ow.ly/dTtL Cute baby frogmouth chick grows up... ugly.

Awww... it's like a tribble.  With a beak!

  • Honestly, I'm going to put down the Dreamweaver now and go do something that does not involve a computer, or code.

See what I said about getting a little, um, concentrated?  And I went back later in the evening and hammered out a kludge to get around the way IE handles XML, too!  Baby, I'm on FIRE.

  • Walked to the library and back -- now I have a backyard reading book. Time to go out on the patio and, um, read!
  • It's Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates, btw.

And... it's a Large Print version, which gives me the feeling that I'm just speeding along through it.  Rarely have the Puritans ever been this... entertaining?

  • Waiting for the last ever episode of Pushing Daisies to come on. Angry at the universe and TV program execs both.

Still angry at the way the network handled this series.  Hoping all the creators go on to wonderful work, of course, but damn why couldn't we have had at least one full season?

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

  • Time to stop playing with a Flash accordion menu and go do Sunday shopping already!

I found a CC licensed version of  the classic  functionality that I'm free to adopt and adapt for my own purposes, making a video-displaying widget that opens 'drawers' showing videos.  Thank goodness for the kindness of strangers on the internet, making me not have to reinvent the wheel to get this to work.

In practice, the amount of work needed is somewhere between "taking a perfectly nice car tire and slapping on a new hubcap" and "cutting down the car tire until it fits an electric scooter." 

  • From an Accepting Father of a Non-Conforming Ten Year Old Boy << Open Letters to KRXQ Sacramento ow.ly/cKkS

Background: some radio hosts at KRXQ went off into a pretty horrible and ignorant rant about transgender kids and how they should have it beaten out of them, et cetera.  And they are rightly getting the response they so richly deserve.  This post is a long and thoughtful, well-written entry that will educate many on the problems these kids and their families face, and why this is a great teachable moment.

  • Chumley, despite having had a full and healthy breakfast, is now licking the Spare Cat's empty bowl. He really does have an eating disorder

Sometimes I need a reminder that I am a dutiful CatMom, and having Chumley licking the extremely empty bowl kind of shows that it's not entirely my fault that he's overweight, i.e. he's relentlessly pushing for PleaseSirCanIHaveSomeMore.

  • I lied, played with accordion menu ActionScript some more. Even though I need lunch, et cetera!
  • Spare Cat got out of the donut again, but she uncarefully left it next to the location where she'd stashed the soft collar! Ha!

It turns out that she sort of shoved it underneath the blanket in the closet in the box where she likes to hide.  I mean, she really did manage to ruck up the folded blanket and deposit it underneath, or maybe she accidentally moved the blanket in the process of struggling out of the donut.  But the soft collar is once again found!  HA!

  • Off to see UP. No, that doesn't sound right, exactly....
  • After having seen UP, I keep telling Spare Cat she's wearing the Cone of Shame, but she's not much mollified.

OK, OK, "the Floppy Cone of Shame" since she's back to the soft collar, but as a friend of mine says, really for cats it's the Funnel of Frustration.

As for Up, I had a really fun time of it, especially because I loved the dogs so much.  We didn't catch it in 3D, which from the reviews doesn't sound all that much a loss, particularly because now I've done enough 3D animation to really catch what an amazing job Pixar does with the technology of 3D rendering.

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: (Singing Carrot)
PSA: Pushing Daisies shows the last of three episodes tonight at 10 PM.  Can't miss TV for me, even as I mourn the series being cancelled all over again.

I thought, therefore I twittered:

Slept late courtesy of muscle relaxant, woken in the night by Chumley getting his neck stuck in a plastic bag handle!

Oh, the catmanity!  However, the path of his distress was only from one side of the bedroom to the other, where he went to earth under the bed with most of the large -- it was a big stiff plastic DSW bag -- bag sticking out, so freeing him didn't even involve me getting out of bed, really, just leaning off the edge.

I suspect he's jealous of all the attention that Spare Cat has been getting this week.

I would Rail Against Fate, Woe. Woe conspiring me for not having corn flakes to eat, but in fact it was ME forgetting to buy them yesterday.

I'm finding that being deprived of my rightful Corn Flakes after not being able to eat them for so long has made me more desirous of making up for lost breakfasts.

Am well on my way to remembering how ActionScript works. What a relief!

It's surprising how a couple of months of Doing Other Things can make one rusty.  On the bright side, my mastery of OOP makes some things with the Flash programming much easier to predict and control.

I still have my work cut out for me to get what I want to do all spiffy and professional, but I can see how it's going to work, and that's a big relief indeed.

YouTube - Total Eclipse of the Heart: Literal Video Version ow.ly/9Wpm I just hurt something laughing.

Oh good loooord!  The original video was ridiculously operatic and crack-addled Over The Top and full of bizarro images like wrestlers and ninjas and football players in what looks like a boys prep school with the singer raising her arms Evita-like, and big hair and raccoon-eye makeup and unexplained wisps of red silk scarves blowing in through windows.  Add in a new soundtrack where a sound-alike singer  comments on the goings-on, and I pretty  much can't watch this with food or drink anywhere in the vicinity, because it would leap into my mouth and make me spit-take.  The comic timing/dialogue between image and commentary is very very good.

Thanks to [profile] isiscolo for this link.
theodosia: (midnite detective)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

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

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

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

Venetia Phair Dies at 90; as a Girl, She Named Pluto - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com ow.ly/6bDx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So far today I've already finished and neatened up the IDisposable lab we had for class last night, which leaves me with... not much else to do, though I can pick up where I left off with JavaScript and CSS, I suppose.  I should be able to get the next book in the Old Man's War series from the library, so there's that to look forward to.  Oh, and apply for Jobs....
theodosia: (Threatening)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Venetia Phair Dies at 90; as a Girl, She Named Pluto - Obituary (Obit) - NYTimes.com ow.ly/6bDx

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So far today I've already finished and neatened up the IDisposable lab we had for class last night, which leaves me with... not much else to do, though I can pick up where I left off with JavaScript and CSS, I suppose.  I should be able to get the next book in the Old Man's War series from the library, so there's that to look forward to.  Oh, and apply for Jobs....
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: (SF)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If this is some sort of web joke or con game, it's one hell of an elaborate one.

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