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

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

I thought, therefore I twittered:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ugh -- bad BAD night of 'sleeping'. Even with the AC on, I kept waking up all sweaty and tangled. Reaction to 90s temps?
  • I'm feeling unusually chipper and energy-ful for the morning after a bad non-sleepish night. I'd better enjoy it while it lasts....
  • Reading HEADFIRST JAVASCRIPT on the patio - really excellent textbook!
  • Finished THE ANDROID'S DREAM, which didn't do much for me for the first 150 pages, but took off like a rocket from then on. Glad I read.
  • Huh, #saveearl still among the trendy tweets! A sentiment I endorse greatly, but am surprised to find it's so popular.

Sorry, not much time before I have to leave for class!  But aside from sweating sweating and then more sweating and a little restorative ice cream, that was my day.

Really, I'd almost forgotten I could sweat this much.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

  • 07:19 @TamarasBrain -- you get a prize. What, I don't know, but I'm glad you paid attention. :-) #
  • 07:20 I never did make it to Boskone -- feeling Not Good most of the evening, ack. #
  • 09:30 feeling good, check. knitting, check. badge, check. ready for fun, check. And off to Boskone! #
  • 18:11 home from Boskone, quite exhausted, didn't see enough of anybody, but at least found some friends, anyway. #


Sorry this set of updates is so... uninspired, really. Because I spent most of the day at Boskone, which was happy-making, but couldn't update from there, and my creativity and ability to make updates by the evening was pretty much spent, you know?

I made it over to the Boskone hotel by 10, ran into friends nearly immediately when I went to hang up my coat in the DIY coatcheck, and the day ran on from there pretty much like a slow-moving freight train of people and panels and whatnot, starting with a reading by Kat Macdonald, who is the daughter of friends and I've known since she was this high and whom I once caught selling Indulgences in a Boskone hallway. She read the first chapter of a supernatural romance she co-wrote called Salt and Silver and... yeah, I may be really prejudiced in her favor, but damn it was GOOD. It's out in May, but in the meantime you can read that chapter at their website if you want.

There were also discussions about LOST, and folklore/mythology, and famine/death/pestilence, and the English countryside (fantasy vs real, with a lot of reminiscences by Jo Walton who still finds it strange to have the Welsh country she grew up in, so ordinary to her, be idealized by SFF fans).

(I confess to taking a picture of the first gorse bush I ever saw, FWIW.)

Anyway, I ran out of steam about by 4:30 and came home to generally collapse with a short moment of revival for the premiere of The Amazing Race which is still fun after all these years.

This year, I DID buy a membership for last year. LAST YEAR, I held off from buying a membership for 2009 because I thought I'd FOR SURE have a job later in the year and be able to better afford it.

We all know how that worked out.

So, I figure if I BUY a membership now, that will ensure I have a well-paid job next year. This has to work, right?
theodosia: (reading)
3. Coraline, Neil Gaiman

  • I'd forgotten so very much -- the last quarter of the book seemed so new to me -- I must have read it all in one sitting, most likely, especially as this is a lovely and slim little book indeed. This time, I read in small chunks over several days, which stretched it out just enough -- I suspect listening to it as an audiobook would also have improved my recall. SO looking forward to the movie this next week!




Previously on:
2. Theif of Time, Terry Pratchett
1. Green River, Running Red, Ann Rule

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Jul. 7th, 2008 08:44 pm
theodosia: (reading)
* The Video Editing class has moved through After Effects and motion graphics, and now we're into a unit on Sound Booth, which allows some basic sound-editing -- enough to clear up some pops and clicks and background noise, nothing really fancy like multi-tracking. Today was nearly all lecture, though: one of the things I love best about these classes is that we get hands on pretty quickly.

One of my B.Org buddies is a professional sound designer who does work not just for theatres but also amusement park rides. Previously, I pretty much thought that he was a genius and all around clever guy... but now I'm really IN AWE.

* I sat down this weekend and did a very little clipping of a Pushing Daisies episode with an idea to actually Vidding it. Such a beautiful, dayglo-bright show, is my first thought. And my second -- how the hell am I going to keep 30,000,000 clips (my honest estimate of how many I'll have when I'm finished) organized? I don't think my brain is big enough to hold it all.

As I've said with movies: it's a bloody miracle that a bad one ever gets made, let alone a good one -- they're COMPLICATED. And it's that way with vids, too.

But still... I have TEH PERFECT SONG, or at least one that would do magnificently -- the Ditty Bop's "Growing Upside Down". Maybe I need to listen to it another ten or twenty times

* Just finished Kage Baker's The Sons of Heaven, and right before that Mary Roach's Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, and right before that I plowed through Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad Trilogy, 2/3rds of which I hadn't read before. And that's just in the past week, folks.
theodosia: (reading)
Another week, another update on the books I've been reading. 50 is fast approaching, I have no idea which book will get the #50 honor, or how many books I'll log for the year? 75 seems reachable, 100 seems unlikely... I'll compromise and try for 80.

47. Brain Wave, Poul Anderson
46. Alien Taste, Wen Spencer

2007 Honor Roll )
theodosia: (broadminded)
Heh. Okay, I didn't know this chart existed, but it should have, because it's obviously got to be so damn useful to a beginning Pratchett fan:

The Discworld Reading Order Guide
theodosia: (reading)
I'll go with this one until I find a properly fannish reading icon.

If you want the real story behind the picture, go to this story:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/6929404.stm
theodosia: (dead like me)
Here's the honor roll, let's see if this posts!

2007 Honor Roll )
theodosia: (emu)
I strongly suspect there was another book between #22 and #23 but at this point, I don't seem to be able to remember what it was! (I think it was a library book, damn it! Damn this morning fog....)

Anyway, finished Kings toot sweet, finding a lot of things that I didn't remember, and then I sped ahead and read all the Sansa and Tyrion chapters in A Storm of Swords, skipping everything else. Right now I'm about a quarter into it, in a more linear reading.

But yesterday, I've come back to my friends' house in Brookfield and I was blindsided by Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, which is a short graphic novel about her and her father's difficult relationship, which I finished in like two hours or so. I definitely want to acquire it and read through it again.

2007 Honor Roll )
theodosia: (gay pirates! (by heuradys))
The first few pages of Nightbirds on Nantucket didn't grab me, and then I learned it's a sequel, so I'm putting it aside for the nonce.

The library came through sooner than I thought, so I bumped up The Ghost Map in the queue, which turned out to be a quick and interesting read on my journey yesterday -- yes, I finished the book as my plane was getting to Atlanta.

Fascinating, to try to chronicle a scientific detective story like this, when they had to start inventing the techniques that modern epidemiology takes for granted.

The other book I have with me is A Feast For Crows, so I guess I know what I'm reading next....

2007 Honor Roll )

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