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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

theodosia: (dead like me)
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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.

theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
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  • 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: (threesomes)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

theodosia: (SGA)
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  • 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: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
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  • FBI terrorist interrogator on the uselessness of torture and the efficacy of cookies - Boing Boing ow.ly/absU

Amazing how much more reliable the information you can glean from humane treatment is.  Somebody in the discussion pointed out that it's sort of like inducing Stockholm Syndrome, and I suspect they're right.  And strangely, the Geneva Conventions are completely silent on the use of kindness.

  • Spare Cat is not an Affection Sponge. She is an Affection Mugger who wants Teh Love Nownownow and will crawl up on your face to get it.

Chumley is definitely an Affection Sponge -- if you start petting him, he can never get enough of it.  And he will often remind you that he likes being petted.

Spare Cat, however... isn't content to wait around for it.  Oh no.  She demands it.  If she had a little gun and opposable thumbs she'd force you to pet her about 80 times a day.  As it is, she jumps up on your lap or the desk or whatever, and pushes into your hands or even your face.

  • ZooBorns: Nubian Goat Kids at the Indianapolis Zoo ow.ly/achC While I'd take a turkey for the backyard, I'd really like a goat!

Even if it turns out that the only plants left in my backyard are Weeds That Goats Don't Like To Eat -- it would be worth it.  Also... how cute are these kids?

  • Amazing how much better the patio looks now that I swept about a billionty-seven maple seeds and old blossoms & whatever off it!
  • Said hi to house-shoppers checking out the empty house behind my yard. Seemed like nice people, hope somebody like that buys the place!
  • My state rep put an offer up on Freecycle for some violets, mint plants so I emailed her & got some. That's real public service from a pol!

What can I say -- it  was a backyardy day for me.  I felt ambitious early and used an old broom to sweep up, so that the concrete isn't speckled with litter and I'm like... oh gosh, this looks so much better.  Glad I did it before the Prospective Buyers showed up.  Talked to them over the fence, volunteered that the train tracks so close by are very very rarely a problem (which is true, but keeps the cost of these houses a bit lower, which is good if you're a buyer in search of a bargain).

And yep -- my State House rep is Patricia Jehlen, who lives about a mile from here, and has a lovely garden.  When I told her that my childhood backyard had white violets all over it, she got a shovel and dug up a couple more for me!  And now they've been planted in my backyard, where I've already got some purple violets, but have missed the other style a whole lot.  Aww!

  • Spare cat has not only managed to get out of her e-collar, she's hidden it... somewhere. I'm tempted to put her back in the stiff one.

And it would SO serve her right.  But I think I'll just go by PetCo and get another soft one.  She's managed to reopen the wound a bit, and anyway, I've got to be able to return something to the nice person who lent it to me.

Of course, the collar will turn up probably when we least expect it.  But it's really, thoroughly G O N E for now.

  • Testing the XML Flash app online! Don't mind the silly icons, K? ow.ly/ahmP

It seemed like a good idea to actually try the app in an online environment -- which makes sure that I'm not depending on some local setup. It behaves as advertised, so I'm quite the happy camper.  I'm sure there's about ten better ways to do this, in Javascript and through Content Management Systems and all, but for cool DIY design, not too shabby.

  • Movie Trivia: Mary Poppins - Neatorama ow.ly/ahBu Still a Biiiiig favorite movie for me, bad Cockney accent and all!

I do love this: "Dick Van Dyke freely admits that his cockney accent was awful and in fact kind of gets a kick out of it. " Good for him, I say.  This makes me want to write a bit of fanfic where it turns out that his character is in fact an American posing as a Cockney for some bizarre reason.   Thank goodness that the impulse will pass me by.

theodosia: (Dodo)
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Had an unplanned INTERVENTION mini-marathon last night -- three repeats before the season premiere, and I ended up watching them all.

I hardly ever mention this 'reality' show and yet I catch it nearly every week -- I find it materially different than most shows categorized with that type, as the subjects (not just the addicts, but their families) get portrayed sympathetically and as truthfully as a show condensed from probably dozens-to-hundreds of hours of footage can do.  It shines light onto my own self-destructive behavior and attitudes, and also reassures me that I'm dealing with them well enough.
But even so, an impromptu 3+ hour marathon is long for me.  I sorted a bunch of bills and filed them, paused the TiVo and made dinner and other house chores, so it wasn't entire lost time, because too much TV can be a vice, too.

WHAT WENT WRONG WITH TERMINATOR SALVATION? ow.ly/9hD8 do NOT read if you haven't seen the movie yet. Worth a look if you have!

If you thought that the movie almost seemed like two different stories welded clumsily together... and one was much more interesting than the other... you were right?


Spare Cat seems to have grown a nickel-sized abscess on her hip. Time to call my vet for advice....

Spare Cat has a 3:15 vet appt. She is not distressed or interested in the wound, but as she's a loaner I'd like to return her w/o any dings

Spare Cat was looked at, prescribed antibiotics and received a staple for ten days. Also the indignity of being shaved around her booboo.

Oh, CeCe! (Yes, Spare Cat has a name.)  I knew that she was Work going into this, but she's managed to exceed all my expectations.  I don't know how she got the abscess, or tear (the vet thought that she might have cut herself on something, and lord knows she falls off enough things and whatnot that it could happen) but there it was, and a nasty little hole in the skin it is.

The good thing in this is that the wound doesn't seem to be distressing her any, or slowing her down.  Most of the unhappiness is solely on my part!

I wonder how many people condemning the choice of Sotomayor didn't see anything wrong with Harriet Myers.

Or, at least, didn't say anything publicly about Myers even if they had doubts.

theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
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  • RT @librarythingtim: Yahoo! Answers: "Is it OK to run an illegal library from my locker at school?" tinyurl.com/p8xu5k
    • Consensus on BoingBoing is that this may be a hoax/troll, or a trial balloon run up by a student who wants to gauge exactly how much trouble s/he'd get in.  Whatever, the idea of something like this happening in real life would be cool.
  • Gronk -- thanks to cyclobenzaprine, I stayed in bed 10:30 PM to 9 AM, with a short excursion to feed cats. Best sleep in a week?
    • Yet more Better Living (or Better Sleeping) Through Chemistry -- the drug is a mild muscle relaxant, enough that it helps to knock me out and break the cycle of being too tired to sleep.  I break the pills in half, and only use them once in a while -- the last prescription lasted me for somewhere over a year.  I swear sometimes I fall asleep faster knowing that I can resort to them if nothing else works.
  • Going to see the Terminator movie with a friend later, eating Late Breakfast out in the damp-but-clean-smelling patio.
    • The chairs under the abundantly-leaved maples only got slightly damp, and the patio table wasn't wet, so I didn't have to worry about the laptop sitting in the damp, either.  Damn wonderful smell, loamy and green.  Twice there were people walking through the back garden of The Empty House, so I assume they're still showing it -- odd to have people where there Have Never Been.  If it sells, I may have to get used to it.
  • Ugly Overload: Winged Garbage Man ow.ly/8Vuk -- Damn, but I'd love to hold a bat like that! So neat.
    • Just a hyuuuuuuuuge flying fox, easily the size of a goose, upside down and evidently not distressed at all.  So cute and yet so alien at the same time.
  • oooooh! Thunder! According to the weather radar map, not close enough to worry about....
    • On second thought, it might have been guns firing blanks as part of the Somerville Memorial Day parade happening up the street, although during a later salvo, I saw Muppet belly-creeping off to a safe hidey-hole, and usually she's not fooled.
  • TERMINATOR SALVATION was a lot of fun as long as I didn't stop to think about it. Having some very good actors sure helped that.
    • went with [personal profile] tsuki_no_bara who is a grand companion for this sort of expedition.  I didn't regret paying for it -- I may work up the enthusiasm to go on a bit more, but really, it was the actors doing good jobs that sold it for me.  I think, though, on the whole I'd have preferred a version where the Big Reveal wasn't given away by the promotional trailers, which would have made it much more layered.
    • After we stopped by the big Trader Joe's in Burlington which is just down the street from the theatre.  I don't think it has any more for sale than the others, but it's stretched out with generously wide aisles so I end up feeling less crowded and stressed... and suspect that I thereby buy more.  Why else would I come home with frozen cubes of chopped garlic and also a pint of TJ's Soy "ice cream"?
theodosia: (Mystery)
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  • @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?
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Yesterday's double-take: bike pulling a kiddy trailer, but it had a puppy instead of a baby in it. Guy was on his way to my vet's.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If this is some sort of web joke or con game, it's one hell of an elaborate one.
theodosia: (Kitty)
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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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RT @alterjess: Star Trek last night = COMPLETELY AWESOME. Seriously loved it. Yay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I'm not deserting Livejournal, just looking into supporting a new community which is a good idea should anything happen to LJ. I'm a scarred survivor of online community diasporas, including one that the corporate owners just pulled the plug on thousands of users, so having alternatives is a good thing.
theodosia: (illyria)
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RT @alterjess: Star Trek last night = COMPLETELY AWESOME. Seriously loved it. Yay.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 07:44 Spare cat played with feathery-toy-on-a-stick last night for a minute before remembering she was scared and closet-retreating. #
    CeCe has been here nearly a week now, so it may be time to start introducing her to the Resident Cats, who have been sniffing suspiciously at the door, not to mention being frustrated there's a Forbidden Room (no doubt with the corpses of previous cats on display....)
  • 08:28 LivingSocial's PickYour5: "movies you grew up on" tinyurl.com/d2dc6x #
    For the record: Silk Stockings, Wizard of Oz, Planet of the Apes, Robinson Crusoe on Mars and Fantasia!
  • 09:32 Looking at: Lawyers, Guns and Money: "A Fool And His Money" tinyurl.com/daeqlq #
  • 12:17 Just noticed that the decrepit, unimproved pink house behind me is having an Open House, and toured it, seeing the original setup mine had! #
    It's on offer for 265K, which considering it's got obvious water damage and original kitchen fixtures from the 30s and 40s, horrible linoleum floors and so on, makes me feel much better about how much my house might fetch. Also, it gives me some idea of what my house looked like when it was built -- window-pane doors between the kitchen, dining room, living room, hall! Beams on the ceiling, light fixtures, door handles! Tile walls in the kitchen, which I actually rather liked! And the bathroom was arranged so the toilet was under the eaves, which makes more sense to me!
  • 15:44 Went to Time Traders orientation, a time/services barter bank, you can get gardening in exchange for web design or tutoring or whatever. #
    Sounds very cool and there were people eager for web site work, too, but they also will "trade" car trips. I'm such a lousy gardener, it would be good to even get weeding help! It's a time BANK so you don't have to trade tasks only with the person who does for you.
  • 19:16 working on rehabbed resume. Counselor told me it's OK to be truth-adjacent. #
  • 19:17 I think I'm going to have macaroni & soy cheese, plus ice soy-cream, while watching TAR after this. #


I earned that ice creamfrozen non-dairy dessert -- the rehabbed resume now fits onto one page, and is well beyond the "first draft" stage, though I expect I'll want to make more changes once I run it past the career counselor, which I'll do after I take one more good look/touch-up this morning.

Talked to Mom yesterday, she's tentatively hopeful about meeting the doctor on Wednesday -- cross your fingers, everyone!
theodosia: (never run towards a fire)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 08:16 BSG has all its plot ducks lined up for a shooting gallery which we didn't realize until the guns started going off. Frakking fantastic! #
  • 08:35 OK, time to go off and see if I can make this 'school' thing work again. (Leaving myself the option to leave.) #
  • 08:35 I mean, I'm coughing still, but not enough to affect my driving. #
  • 10:40 My final project program now updates and refreshes current statuses among three different sessions. Still needs work, but YAY! #
  • 12:11 realized I've been doing all this WITHOUT CAFFEINE today! Am almost finished with the project to an A grade. #
  • 13:02 I'm done! I can go home, hurray! #
  • 15:16 Ate lunch, watched Camels' Empire on Animal Planet. Now want a camel more than ever. Or just a little guanaco. #
  • 18:46 Got a very basic Pong game working in Flash AS3. Still needs scoring, clever graphics, et cetera, but hey -- it works! #
  • 00:04 Just registered for Vividcon, in the hopes that I'll get to go -- would need to have a job and et cetera. #
  • 00:08 Was able to stay up late enough to register due to reading The Graveyard Book -- thanks, Neil! #


Though there was still significant (ie more than once) nose blowing and coughing, I DID go to class, and once there, was programming away like a fiend -- just as well as I could want, picking up where I left off on Monday. Got the insert done, then cleaned up some user issues on the client program. Then I went back to the web service and tightened up Session ID issues, so that the web service itself was protected -- you can only get a session ID if you successfully log in, and none of the other web services work without that ID.

I was so hot that I had functions working right the first time, written from scratch! Then I came home, ate, relaxed, and went back to working on my Pong game, working out somewhat slower how to get objects to interact properly.

You would think that I should get a job doing these kinds of things that I enjoy so much, no? (Now if I can just convince just one hiring manager....)

After I made myself exit Flash and go downstairs to eat there was a History Channel Modern Marvels show on exotic weaponry, which led into their showing of Goodfellas which I initially left on while I started to read the Neil Gaiman book that I got from the library on my way home from class, and one thing led to another and I started watching despite myself. (I'd never seen it before, since I don't like "gangster" movies in general.)

Which meant I was awake much longer than usual, and happily I managed somehow to remember that Vividcon registration was starting at 12 midnight, so I read more of The Graveyard Book and managed to register well within the increasingly narrow window.

Now I just have to work on finding a job (or hitting the lottery) so that I can afford to go. But you know, it's in August, and so much can happen between then and now, right?
theodosia: (Angel)
From my current Twitter stream:


  • 07:41 consciousness doen't seem enough reward for getting up #
  • 11:26 shoudl be in the car already. ::vanishes:: #
  • 16:47 Looking at: The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan (February 16, 2009) - Torture And Memory tinyurl.com/dyoh5g #
  • 17:42 Getting ready to go to class, tral la. Have to change back into my Outside Clothes #
  • 19:52 Making session-enabled Web service tonight in class. Whoo! #
  • 22:03 all done! #
  • 07:17 remember all the things I didn't get done yesterday? ::looks fierce and determined:: #


Yesterday I accomplished -- well, not much of note, aside from an entry into a Worth1000 contest. (I need to keep up my Photoshop, etc. skills, so getting an Assignment instead of faffing around with computer solitaire games is worthwhile.)

My Tweets from Monday didn't even include the rather nice time I had viewing Coraline for the second time in the company of Readaslot and Batwrangler, which was a nice semi-extension of Boskone, what with having late lunch at Macaroni Grill (my favorite chain restaurant ever) and having fun peeps to revisit con ideas and experiences with.

I didn't even update here. In fact, I pretty much didn't read LJ at all. (Lest you think I just update from Twitter -- no, I usually go through the boards two or three times a day, minimum.)

At least I got out to the grocery store! And bought, um, frozen-non-dairy-dessert bars.

Tomorrow... visiting PA for a long long weekend of Mom-herding, which is pretty much light duty. In class, we're starting our final project tonight, which the teacher says is designed to be completed in the remaining class time exclusive of outside time (we're free to work more on it on our own.) Alas, I'm kind of going to have to depend on that, since I won't have my Windows computer along, just the iBook running the wrong OS and all. But I should have enough time to make up for that in the coming week and a half....

Above, I recommend the Andrew Sullivan note, which is short but entirely to the point about the usefulness of torture as a interrogation method -- it points out that severe pain and stress has been proven by psychologists to DEGRADE accurate memory recall. So, presuming a torture candidate actually does have some useful information, how much more likely is it that they'd be able to spit it out IF THEY CAN'T ACTUALLY RECALL IT ACCURATELY?

Sometimes I think I'm just yelling about this because it's such an affront to, LOGIC as well, as, you know, human rights and human decency.
theodosia: (beetle)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 06:46 Gonna see Coraline today! #
  • 09:27 need to figure out where Coraline is playing in 3D #
  • 09:43 Reading: Movie Showtimes - Coraline 3D is the correct search term, so now I know! tinyurl.com/bo2d9p #
  • 17:04 ...the 3D gave me a bit of a headache but it was totally worth it for how good the movie was! Between Coraline & BSG, great media weekend! #
  • 19:17 playing with photoshop, feeling ambitious after watching LEVERAGE tonight #
  • 20:19 Just talked to Mom, she's doing OK, but still on oxygen #


SO glad I made the effort to find Coraline in 3D, because it's the best technology I've come across yet, the depth was well done, and director Selick used it well, to add to the 'realism' of the animation without hitting you in the face over and over.

Loved the tiny knit garments too -- there's a neat vid on the Coraline website that shows how they were knit -- yes, the tiny gloves that the Coraline puppet wears are to scale!

This morning I spent some time watching the trailers and all for Coraline now that I've seen the movie, the more to marvel at the art direction and music, and all.

In the rest of life, things are lifelike. I have an interview with a contracting firm -- Robert Half -- on Monday, so I'll be running around tomorrow morning like a crazy thing, not to mention checking out my interview suit and figuring out what I'll wear on my feet, though at least since the weather is still going to be mild-for-February I may not need to strive for Eskimo-dressed-for-Success, though there's still going to be melty-slushy-icy sidewalks to maneuver.

I caught up with Mom on the phone yesterday for a nice chat. My aunt is staying with her and she's sounding more hopeful. They're getting mild weather in PA, too, so they're talking about taking her out in the car for a drive, because she's literally been indoors since I took her out for a pulmonary test at the end of December! She's still on oxygen, but she's taking walks in the hallways to build up her endurance, and goes to the community dining rooms in her Jazzy chair.

This should be a good if fast week -- I've got the interview, school on two nights PLUS Saturday, PLUS Boskone... which I'll have to miss for part of Saturday, but that's the way it rolls sometimes, and is probably worth it in the longer view, too. I may even throw caution to the wind and PARK at the hotel, though it painest me to spend the money, but that means I get home fastest when my fun-o-meter runs out.
theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:27 Um... exactly where did this snowstorm come from, anyway? It's supposed to be 4-6 inches!!!??? #
  • 07:32 Looking at: COOL NYTimes Infographic on Flight 1549, which shows off fancy-ass FLASH work! tinyurl.com/8wphwm #
  • 10:22 FINALLY ready to leave. Sheesh. It's worse when I'm not in a hurry.... #
  • 17:57 Watching JADE WARRIOR at Arisia -Finnish/Chinese modern Kalevala?! #
  • 19:36 Off to dinner at Ethiopean restaurant! #
  • 22:02 Waiting for car to warm up enough to drive home #
  • 22:37 finally home -- very slippery out, not just for cars but also walking down the street. However, very VERY sparkly. #


Day 3 of Arisia went much better for me, especially in the realm of Spending Some Quality Time With Friends like Malkingrey and Oracne, though there are still far too many people I've only managed to catch not a glimpse of.

One of the programming items I attended was a macrame class where we could buy the materials to make a hemp-string bracelet. It's been DECADES since I did macrame, so it was fun to try it again, and the hemp cord is much more workable and prettier than the butcher's cord which was all I could work with as a kid.

There was also a fun panel on Pushing Daisies with Eric Van and Sonja Taafe and articulate others, and I managed to expound on why Emerson Cod Is The Anti-Magical Negro, and generally share in the warm glow of fannish LOVE.

I had to kill some time before meeting others for dinner at 7, so I ducked into a showing of Jade Warrior which is a Finnish/Chinese coproduction involving a reincarnated and most especially doomed warrior monk (who has ended up as a smith in modern-day Helsinki) and the demon who has hunted him through the centuries, as well as recreating the Sampo, and some really spectacular one-on-one Wuxia fights, culminating in a demon-vs-smith in a forge with HAMMERS that was gorgeously brutal.

Then we gathered some adventurous souls and found our way over to Central Square for Ethiopian food and honey wine, which was much enjoyed both for the yumminess and the talking, too. Getting home turned into a bit of a slog, because the snow had been coming down all day and there was about 4 inches on my car, and the roads were a mess and a half. However, it's less than 3 miles home and there wasn't much traffic, so I drove ever-so-carefully and slowly.

There's still some Arisia left, so I may stir myself yet again, especially because roads are clear and parking will be ever so much less of a problem....

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