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  • Supposed to hit 61F today, but I'm still going to acquire space heaters et alia.
  • Yay! Tags in Porter Square does have some space heaters and they're open now!
  • Two space heaters achieved, and they actually work, too. My day suddenly seems much brighter and less frustrating!
  • Visited a kind and generous friend who is lent us a space heater, and the roommate procured electric blankets, so we are set!
  • Heat is a wonderful thing. I highly recommend it.

The long-term solution isn't set yet, but at least I have control over the short-term stuff, like immediately being warm.  The long-term stuff will be fixed with $MONEY$, one way or the other, either by depleting the remaining savings I'm holding onto (and what are they for, anyway? Yeah, broke furnace surely counts as An Emergency), or it will turn out that I can get some money from my house insurance, or I may qualify for some energy-abatement funding, because a New Furnace will be very much an energy-saving improvement, or I will be able to re-finance the mortgage, which is still, even with the housing market dropping so much, still for much less than the house is worth, even with a broken furnace.

So, I've got Options, and with the acquisition of space heaters, I've got adequate remediation for the shorter term so that I don't have to rush into hasty decisions, which is always a good thing.

Plus, in terms of improving the value of my house, a new and efficient furnace (and the disposal of the asbestos-clad old furnace) is a plus.

  • ION, I'm wondering if I have any orange clothes to represent for my Scotch-Irish ancestry.

Hey, they deserve some love, too.  I think of them as smart people who moved on from Ye Auld Sod when they figured out they weren't welcome....

  • @markos The tea-baggers aren't taking into account that Scott Brown is Indeed Very Right Wing... for the People's Republic of Massachusetts.

Seriously, in some ways I was relieved that Martha Coakley didn't win, because I think she's made some weaselly decisions as the Commonwealth's Attorney General.  Brown, at least, is starting out as that rare breed of "liberal" Republican, which is actually well into the ultraviolet spectrum of actual Liberal stances, but still far to the left of the Tea Party.

  • Ugly Overload: Eye Orbits ow.ly/1nu8p -- What a big-eyed Tarsier's skull looks like, for real. Nature is weirder than I can make up!

This was just a WOW! for me, because it looks almost like a cartoon alien skull.

  • RT @metrozing Nothing official but I've noted, thru client work, an association between intense feelings of loneliness and extreme clutter.

I think she -- she's one of the clutter experts on the Hoarders TV show -- is onto something there....

theodosia: (dead like me)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • I only slept solidly between like 2 AM and 6 AM, tho' I did get a lot of UNDER THE DOME read, but honestly wasn't awake BECAUSE of it.

Not that it's not interesting and I really want to know what happens next, but seriously, if sleep were going to happen, I wouldn't be able to read with much concentration, and it's not like I have a seriously limited amount of time to read in.  Still....

  • RT @TeresaKopec Why do I torture myself with Morning Joe? [...] screaming that trying terrorists in NY is "unprecedented." Seriously dumb.

You know, NYC has to be to terrorists like a trailer park is to tornadoes.  I mean, it can't raise the likelihood that Al Quaeda is going to want to hit it by more than 2% already.  And OH YEAH, there was that little trial for the WTC 1993 bombing, which amazingly didn't result in a big fat disaster.

(If I was a terrorist who wanted to strike at the heart of America, I'd be targeting stuff like the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial and so on, right now, regardless of anywhere trials were located.  Stuff that gets them worldwide notice.)

  • I'd feel much happier about the end of school -- last class tonight -- if I had The Next Step of my career laid out or possible....
  • My final project was finished with five minutes to spare -- that's completely finished, go team me!
  • Home after saying goodbye to programming class. Heard that I will get my certificate on Weds. Good timing!

The end of the Last Lab project -- our final project -- came an hour before the end of class.  It was a difficult one, and I suspect I'm the only one in the class who finished it thoroughly, including both the ASP application and the GUI client/Webservices server variation.  I did really REALLY learn a lot in this class, and had so much fun doing so, too.

Now if I could only get a job doing some of this stuff....

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Huh, LoudTwitter's been down for several days!  In the meantime, there's been just a little progress on the job front...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

  • #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....

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I thought, therefore I twittered:

We got some heavy rain, and now the sun is shining again!

Getting more and more thunder noises -- Muppet took off for a safe hiding place. I'm staying on the patio until actual rain starts!

Patio time finally because my cold isn't too bad and the humidity isn't too bad either. Will probably be ruined by a t-storm later....

Stopped by, computer just in beginning stages of checkup and backup. But this way they know I'm eager, so I think a stop-in helps.

Health-Care Reform - What It Means For You (washingtonpost.com) ow.ly/kHcN -- good Flash infographic link courtesy @chickwriter!

Combined moving the car to avoid streetsweeping, with running out to the CVS for cough medicine et cetera. Still have to run out again...!

Computer repair shop opens @ 10, think I'll drop by while on other errrands. They don't seem like they'd mind.

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Hey, Kids! Get your own really official-like certificate from the Kenyan Birth Certificate Generator!
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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: (Dodo)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

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: (pussycat (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

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

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

H1N1 Swine Flu - Google Maps ow.ly/44G8

Making Light: Flu Redux ow.ly/44N0 -- discussion of the science behind flu prevention and treatment

Some good, reassuring info, worth your time to look into if you have questions.

My take on it: It's likely that the relatively high death toll in Mexico was because there's less accessible medical care/people are poorer, which means the initially affected didn't get to the see medical personnel until they were on death's door. Whereas now that people know what to look out for, and patients are getting early intervention and support, it should be much more survivable than the initial presentation.

RT @pnh: How did I avoid knowing that Samuel Morse was a pro-slavery, anti-immigrant crank? bit.ly/m2qyz

It was Morse's birthday yesterday I wondered why the @SciFri twitter was all dots and dashes!

...is fighting the good fight with Javascript, which is dead easy after Java and whatnot.

Seriously, it's so pleasing to have my increased mastery of OOP concepts pay off here, too. I feel all virtuous and stuff. Now if I could just get a job, any job, that would let me work with stuff like this and get provable practical experience....

RT @Devilstower: @ljburns Are Cap'n Trips jokes officially non-funny yet?

Yep, I've been thinking about The Stand, too, where a superflu kills off just about Everyone. (BTW, Devilstower is known to my GEnie-era friends as Mark Sumner.)

Frank Rich - The Banality of Bush White House Evil - NYTimes.com ow.ly/496E

I worry that I'm becoming Theo-One-Note on the torture issue, but it's the issue that most agonizes me at the moment. It is a betrayal of everything that America stands for, and if we don't put our house in order, we're leaving the door open for it to happen again, worse. For me, it's not just the moral issue, it's that torture actually produces bad intel that hurts your side AND it does actually "embolden the enemy" because they can prove you're the evil guys their leaders warned them about. It's so wrong on so many levels and yet there are so many people acting as though this were a minor issue, or as Peggy Noonan suggested, want to walk on by.

is learning how to override operators in C# -- making '==' more, um... equal?

Um, yeah -- guess who was twittering during OOP class last night. Partly because we wrote some model code that overloads the meaning of "==". Which, frankly, I just didn't get WHY and the lab work gave me a classic "OH!!!1!" moment when it became clear just why there would be a reason for it -- which goes into the difference between relational equality and referential equality.

Pointers are the Higgs Boson of C# -- you can't see them, but your existence depends on them.

Once again I said 'pointer' in class, and the teacher corrected me that I should be saying 'reference' because C# (and Java) doesn't let you manipulate the actual memory addresses (which in classic C programming is what a pointer does) but only refer to them indirectly. Another "OH!!" moment. And then it follows that the pointers are out there, but we have to take them on faith, like the elusive Higgs Boson.

We're covering Collections tonight. "As God is my witness, I'll never use Arrays again!"

Heh. The teacher wqas saying that once we'd find out how useful ArrayList, Stack, Queue and others collection structures are, we'd never use a plain vanilla Array again. "How do you keep them down on the farm, now that they've seen ArrayList?"
theodosia: (Mystery Woman)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

H1N1 Swine Flu - Google Maps ow.ly/44G8

Making Light: Flu Redux ow.ly/44N0 -- discussion of the science behind flu prevention and treatment

Some good, reassuring info, worth your time to look into if you have questions.

My take on it: It's likely that the relatively high death toll in Mexico was because there's less accessible medical care/people are poorer, which means the initially affected didn't get to the see medical personnel until they were on death's door. Whereas now that people know what to look out for, and patients are getting early intervention and support, it should be much more survivable than the initial presentation.

RT @pnh: How did I avoid knowing that Samuel Morse was a pro-slavery, anti-immigrant crank? bit.ly/m2qyz

It was Morse's birthday yesterday I wondered why the @SciFri twitter was all dots and dashes!

...is fighting the good fight with Javascript, which is dead easy after Java and whatnot.

Seriously, it's so pleasing to have my increased mastery of OOP concepts pay off here, too. I feel all virtuous and stuff. Now if I could just get a job, any job, that would let me work with stuff like this and get provable practical experience....

RT @Devilstower: @ljburns Are Cap'n Trips jokes officially non-funny yet?

Yep, I've been thinking about The Stand, too, where a superflu kills off just about Everyone. (BTW, Devilstower is known to my GEnie-era friends as Mark Sumner.)

Frank Rich - The Banality of Bush White House Evil - NYTimes.com ow.ly/496E

I worry that I'm becoming Theo-One-Note on the torture issue, but it's the issue that most agonizes me at the moment. It is a betrayal of everything that America stands for, and if we don't put our house in order, we're leaving the door open for it to happen again, worse. For me, it's not just the moral issue, it's that torture actually produces bad intel that hurts your side AND it does actually "embolden the enemy" because they can prove you're the evil guys their leaders warned them about. It's so wrong on so many levels and yet there are so many people acting as though this were a minor issue, or as Peggy Noonan suggested, want to walk on by.

is learning how to override operators in C# -- making '==' more, um... equal?

Um, yeah -- guess who was twittering during OOP class last night. Partly because we wrote some model code that overloads the meaning of "==". Which, frankly, I just didn't get WHY and the lab work gave me a classic "OH!!!1!" moment when it became clear just why there would be a reason for it -- which goes into the difference between relational equality and referential equality.

Pointers are the Higgs Boson of C# -- you can't see them, but your existence depends on them.

Once again I said 'pointer' in class, and the teacher corrected me that I should be saying 'reference' because C# (and Java) doesn't let you manipulate the actual memory addresses (which in classic C programming is what a pointer does) but only refer to them indirectly. Another "OH!!" moment. And then it follows that the pointers are out there, but we have to take them on faith, like the elusive Higgs Boson.

We're covering Collections tonight. "As God is my witness, I'll never use Arrays again!"

Heh. The teacher wqas saying that once we'd find out how useful ArrayList, Stack, Queue and others collection structures are, we'd never use a plain vanilla Array again. "How do you keep them down on the farm, now that they've seen ArrayList?"
theodosia: (Threatening)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Warm enough to wear shorts and eat breakfast on the patio. Squirrel is watching me, coveting my Munchkins.

There are regular Squirrel Wars over the possession of the trees in my backyard. It's not a big backyard, but there are two maple trees, about 50yo each, according to an arborist I consulted, and they're relatively sheltered from the street, and very accessible to all the backyards with all their squirrel-friendly garbage can and bird feeders and whatnot. At least once a day I heard them barking at each other, and chases are common, with daring leaps from branch to branch. It's all quite hectic.

Just saw my first butterfly of the year!

I have successfully installed XAMPP onto the iBook. Now I just have to learn enough Javascript and PHP to be dangerous.

It's amazing to me how much more comprehensible it is, too, now that I have enough OOP under my belt to be able to recognize the design patterns. Very encouraging, it is!

ow.ly/41jm "No power is more fatal to freedom and the rule of law than torture. It is like Tolkien's ring."

Here's the more complete paragraph from Andrew Sullivan, because I think it should be read and memorized:

"If I had one belief in politics, it would be that the freedoms secured by the modern West are worth fighting for. Absolutely central to those freedoms is barring the executive branch from torturing people. No power is more fatal to freedom and the rule of law than torture. It is like Tolkien's ring: no society remains free, if its rulers use it. Its power is banned because it is a solvent to the rule of law, the establishment of truth, and the limits of government. For an administration to secretly and illegally unleash this weapon - against citizens and non-citizens alike - and to demand that it not be subsequently called to account, that it be allowed to get away with it under some absurd notion that it's too divisive to hold war criminals accountable for their crimes is and was an outrage. Punishing those responsible for war crimes is not "scapegoating". You know what scapegoating is? It's throwing Lynndie England in jail for following orders given by George W. Bush, while leaving him to the luxury of a Texan suburb."

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bea Arthur: A Tribute - Neatorama ow.ly/41uO

Like... she was a Marine? No, seriously!


Yesterday it got up to 92 here, but the humidity was low enough that it was comfy in the shade of the patio... and then between 5 and 7 PM, it dropped over 20 degrees. Now, if the whole summer would be like that, I'd be pretty damn happy!

Meantime, I've made more progress with Javascript, and am getting myself ready for class. So it goes in crazy job-free land.
theodosia: (have fun (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Warm enough to wear shorts and eat breakfast on the patio. Squirrel is watching me, coveting my Munchkins.

There are regular Squirrel Wars over the possession of the trees in my backyard. It's not a big backyard, but there are two maple trees, about 50yo each, according to an arborist I consulted, and they're relatively sheltered from the street, and very accessible to all the backyards with all their squirrel-friendly garbage can and bird feeders and whatnot. At least once a day I heard them barking at each other, and chases are common, with daring leaps from branch to branch. It's all quite hectic.

Just saw my first butterfly of the year!

I have successfully installed XAMPP onto the iBook. Now I just have to learn enough Javascript and PHP to be dangerous.

It's amazing to me how much more comprehensible it is, too, now that I have enough OOP under my belt to be able to recognize the design patterns. Very encouraging, it is!

ow.ly/41jm "No power is more fatal to freedom and the rule of law than torture. It is like Tolkien's ring."

Here's the more complete paragraph from Andrew Sullivan, because I think it should be read and memorized:

"If I had one belief in politics, it would be that the freedoms secured by the modern West are worth fighting for. Absolutely central to those freedoms is barring the executive branch from torturing people. No power is more fatal to freedom and the rule of law than torture. It is like Tolkien's ring: no society remains free, if its rulers use it. Its power is banned because it is a solvent to the rule of law, the establishment of truth, and the limits of government. For an administration to secretly and illegally unleash this weapon - against citizens and non-citizens alike - and to demand that it not be subsequently called to account, that it be allowed to get away with it under some absurd notion that it's too divisive to hold war criminals accountable for their crimes is and was an outrage. Punishing those responsible for war crimes is not "scapegoating". You know what scapegoating is? It's throwing Lynndie England in jail for following orders given by George W. Bush, while leaving him to the luxury of a Texan suburb."

5 Things You Didn't Know About Bea Arthur: A Tribute - Neatorama ow.ly/41uO

Like... she was a Marine? No, seriously!


Yesterday it got up to 92 here, but the humidity was low enough that it was comfy in the shade of the patio... and then between 5 and 7 PM, it dropped over 20 degrees. Now, if the whole summer would be like that, I'd be pretty damn happy!

Meantime, I've made more progress with Javascript, and am getting myself ready for class. So it goes in crazy job-free land.
theodosia: (Default)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

I definitely need Gronker, not Twitter this morning. Groooonk.

Kung Fu Monkey: The Case Against Universal Health Care ow.ly/3Fe0 -- Leverage creators' plotlines in danger of obsolence. :-)

Probably all my friends who are into Leverage have seen this piece by now, but you never know....

It turns out that the plural of aurochs is aurochsen. Same as ox->oxen!!! tinyurl.com/dm3f59

Linked to a short piece on whether the aurochsen AKA Heck cattle are actually authentic, since they were line-bred back to something resembling the real, original aurochsen. Sue me, I like cattle. :-)

Twanalysis for Theodosia ow.ly/3FMy "likeable sociable cautious" "chatty coherent" Now I know what I'll put on my gravestone.

is successful at getting transmogrification to work for her. Take THAT, Visual Studio!

notes that she mixes up transmogrification with polymorphism, and blames J.K.Rowling and also society in general.

And, while we're at it, I blame Calvin & Hobbes for the transmogrifier box that got me started on the idea. But 'polymorphism' is a far more pedestrian concept in object-oriented programming, though it is a tricky area to work with even on a small program. But Go Team Me, I got it working, and I think I can say that I really understand it now. Probably took me three times the amount of time the teacher alloted for an in-class assignment, but hey, learning takes time sometimes, particularly if you've got Dinosaur Brain Programming to un-learnify.

Cheney's Standards: Lower then the Luftwaffe's "Scharff's methods are still taught in US Army interrogation schools..." ow.ly/3ITp

This is a small item from Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, which brings up what I'd call an irony: the head of Nazi Germany's interrogators forbade torture because it got bad results and could point to many successes that humane treatment and friendly questioning could get quantifiable results

...woke up thinking The Epic Fails would be a good band name.

Recession brings dramatic increase in public library use - (this is MY library) - Somerville Journal ow.ly/3MYL

Yep, the one that's about a half-mile walk from here. Excuse me while I glow with civic pride. I wish the photographer had got more of the architecture that's on display, because there are knockoffs of the Elgin Marbles in a frieze around the top of the atrium.


Why is today a good day? It's true that I had a lousy night of sleep, but I'm going to go see Old Sturbridge Village with [livejournal.com profile] szandara and family and friends, and it's going to be a sunny, warm day and there could be many many pictures and so on.
theodosia: (Default)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

I definitely need Gronker, not Twitter this morning. Groooonk.

Kung Fu Monkey: The Case Against Universal Health Care ow.ly/3Fe0 -- Leverage creators' plotlines in danger of obsolence. :-)

Probably all my friends who are into Leverage have seen this piece by now, but you never know....

It turns out that the plural of aurochs is aurochsen. Same as ox->oxen!!! tinyurl.com/dm3f59

Linked to a short piece on whether the aurochsen AKA Heck cattle are actually authentic, since they were line-bred back to something resembling the real, original aurochsen. Sue me, I like cattle. :-)

Twanalysis for Theodosia ow.ly/3FMy "likeable sociable cautious" "chatty coherent" Now I know what I'll put on my gravestone.

is successful at getting transmogrification to work for her. Take THAT, Visual Studio!

notes that she mixes up transmogrification with polymorphism, and blames J.K.Rowling and also society in general.

And, while we're at it, I blame Calvin & Hobbes for the transmogrifier box that got me started on the idea. But 'polymorphism' is a far more pedestrian concept in object-oriented programming, though it is a tricky area to work with even on a small program. But Go Team Me, I got it working, and I think I can say that I really understand it now. Probably took me three times the amount of time the teacher alloted for an in-class assignment, but hey, learning takes time sometimes, particularly if you've got Dinosaur Brain Programming to un-learnify.

Cheney's Standards: Lower then the Luftwaffe's "Scharff's methods are still taught in US Army interrogation schools..." ow.ly/3ITp

This is a small item from Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, which brings up what I'd call an irony: the head of Nazi Germany's interrogators forbade torture because it got bad results and could point to many successes that humane treatment and friendly questioning could get quantifiable results

...woke up thinking The Epic Fails would be a good band name.

Recession brings dramatic increase in public library use - (this is MY library) - Somerville Journal ow.ly/3MYL

Yep, the one that's about a half-mile walk from here. Excuse me while I glow with civic pride. I wish the photographer had got more of the architecture that's on display, because there are knockoffs of the Elgin Marbles in a frieze around the top of the atrium.


Why is today a good day? It's true that I had a lousy night of sleep, but I'm going to go see Old Sturbridge Village with [personal profile] szandara and family and friends, and it's going to be a sunny, warm day and there could be many many pictures and so on.
theodosia: (knitting)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Terry Karney on the torture memos pecunium.livejournal.com/395056.html

Thoughtful observation by a veteran who's not only undergone SERE training but has thought a lot about orders and questioning them.

I spent nearly 3 hours gardening. But I realized what I really do is referee -- You over there! Stop growing! Give that rose more room!

Or maybe a coach? At any rate, the power to garden is for me the power to destroy. Especially destroying VINES which I hate with the passion of a thousand burning nuns. And this is just like ordinary Massachusetts vines, nothing like kudzu, but some of them can get 15 feet long in a season, putting down suckers as they do to create... more vines!

In the end I filled up three more bags of clippings, leaves, vines and random stick-like objects, and now I need to buy more. I did try composting when I first moved here but the end result was a vine infestation on the other side of the yard where they sprouted from the pile. "There's more complication to this gardening thing than I had previously considered."

Watching: The Daily Dish -- F-Minus for the Bybee Memo, A Lawyer's Opinion tinyurl.com/ddkbz2

Good, concise explanation of why lawyers are especially upset about these so-called legal memos.
theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 09:04 Pandagon discussion of Chris Brown/Rihanna situation that doesn't make me physically ill. pandagon.net/index.php/site/comments/pu ... #
  • 09:20 @snacky you never know when a Snack Emergency will break out. #
  • 09:21 @crysothemis -- I found myself actually eating medicinal ice cream last night while waiting for a sleeping pill to take effect. #
  • 09:23 oh crap, I should have been dressed and out of here by now. #
  • 10:35 Networking meeting must have more than 60 people! #
  • 15:47 I think I have to totally rewrite my resume, because it's just not working. #
  • 16:53 tinyurl.com/ctk6cj #


I've been reading far too much about Race Fail again and having to physically restrain myself from saying angry things when I know I don't know enough to make wise judgments, and certainly don't have the talent to say things that would calm the situation much.

Edited to add corrected link below
Anyway, I found the Amanda Marcotte piece in Pandagon thoughtful reading, though I think she discounts how much "love" can influence someone staying in an abusive relationship.

The blind link above is to a short Andrew Sullivan piece -- yeah, just a paragraph, which I may as well excerpt here, because:

Obama's predecessor secretly invoked the power to suspend the First and Fourth Amendments for seven years, authorized the seizure and torture of American citizens, launched two decade-long wars of attrition, doubled the national debt, presided over the worst financial bubble since the 1930s, provided the weakest level of economic growth in decades, and left the US in the grip of the steepest depression since the 1930s. But after five weeks, it's Obama who should be impeached? Ooookaaaay.


The WIND (Wednesday Is Networking Day -- yes, it's on a Friday) meeting was interesting, although it's a good indication that it was more crowded than I've ever seen, more than 60 people I'd estimate. That may be because the speakers this time were professional headhunters talking about their work and what to expect from working with one, but it's another good indicator about how many people are unemployed and trying every way they can to find work.

I'm becoming convinced that my resume as currently written is actually discouraging inquiries, so I'm looking to talk to a professional and see what they can come up with.
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: (lotr)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 08:38 Watching: Claymation -- How wedding cakes really happen! tinyurl.com/4d23rw//s.ytimg.com/yt/swf/cps-vfl73532.swf&video_id=NDhHxIz ... #
  • 08:40 I may eventually get really excited that it's I-Day, but I think I'll need some breakfast first. #
  • 13:15 gave in and watched some Inauguration anyway. Especially the bit where Bush flew AWAY #
  • 19:44 Did a search and destroy on the grocery store tonight, mostly avoiding perishables since I'll be leaving Thursday! #
  • 22:34 Obama -- great president or greatest ever? (OK, we've got a ways to go before rendering that judgment, but off to a great start, yes?) #
  • 06:45 Looking at: Chrome Cow » US Democracy Server: Patch Day tinyurl.com/94pvc7 #


Considering how many times I've thought forward to this day for so many years now, you'd think I'd have been even more excited, but instead I was mostly trying to figure out what I can get done in the time remaining before I head back to PA for some more Mom-wrangling. (Which, thank goodness is mostly light duty at this point while she mends.)

Still, it was a grand day for the US and perhaps the planet, too. Whatever Obama's political stance, he's a genuine leader, who can get us all lined up and pointed in a mutual direction and that's what's needed most at this point, because there's a huge psychological factor involved in a fiscal depression, beyond the financial realities.

And what the US in particular needed -- a Constitutional scholar elected Pres. to help undo the damage done to our rights and moral standing in law and justice.

Anyway, I'm damn glad to wake up today and know this is the first day of the next four years.

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