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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If this is some sort of web joke or con game, it's one hell of an elaborate one.
theodosia: (Kitty)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If this is some sort of web joke or con game, it's one hell of an elaborate one.
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: (wonderfalls)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

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)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

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.
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OK, so I have a tendency to remember stuff late, like that last night was late night shopping in Davis Square, or that today is Art Beast (an arts festival) there, but still... it didn't occur to me to actually register for a Harry Potter book at Pandemonium, because honestly I figured they'd have more than a high enough pile of them to go around, but evidently they're sold out. Feh.

Luckily I can go over to Porter Square Books, who don't believe they're going to run out, but I did call up and put my credit card number down just to be sure.

I don't know where the urge to read the last one so quickly is coming from, I waited months to read several of them in the series, and never went to one of the midnight releases. Maybe because this is my last chance? Maybe I'm finally giving in to the fannish excitement?

(Maybe I just want it to be OVER with?)
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I just finished Fire Logic by Laurie J. Marks, which gets a four star rating from me. I wouldn't have thought it would end up that way -- because the first 50 or so pages didn't engage me enough, but the world is fascinating and the characters slowly began to catch fire (hey) until they were blazing away. Now I want to jump ahead in my long queue of unread books (90 on my shelves, not to mention all the books out there that I DON"T own) and read the sequels.

Marks is a local author, so I've seen her around at conventions and was generally impressed with her before this, but I tried to get my hands on books by her and Elizabeth Bear in order to have something read by them before Readercon -- didn't quite make that goal, but at least I felt more informed on the basis of a half-novel-read.

It turns out that Marks is a workshop partner and buddy of Rosemary Kirstein, so I probably shouldn't be surprised that in the long run her book came out very high in my estimation.

Already underway is Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin, which I have on a 7-day loan from the library. Thank goodness, like all of his books and especially the Tales of the City books this one is just flying by, deliciously, so the next in line can snap this up as soon as I can finish and return it!

2007 Honor Roll )
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Cover: Lest Darkness Fall, originally uploaded by moxie58.

Love this one, from the groovy groovy lettering to the colors.

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Sturgeon Cover, originally uploaded by moxie58.

I couldn't resist scanning the cover of this old book. Unfortunately, the spine is now completely missing and it's just not a salvageable book... but I do so love this classic cover.

(So far as I know, the cover has absolutely nothing to do with any of the stories in the collection.)

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oooh, beyond tired, to the point where I'm wondering if I can sleep -- I tried a nap when I got home, and dozed, but didn't really drop off.

The drive was rather unexciting, which is pretty much what you want on a post-holiday trip. I listened to the "Hobo" history and the 51 States sections of the John Hodgman audio book and now I want to nominate them for a Hugo. Do you think I could get a groundswell going? At least a Sideways Award, because there's some crackfic Alternate History going on there, complete with state songs courtesy of Jonathan Coulton.

So I've done a whole lot o' nothing, really since I got back. Watched a little TV, decided I was too tired to try following Doctor Who from Friday, so that has to be backburnered. It will help keep me from whining too much about the lack of new TV shows, anyway.

Also, I have newly ahem'd episodes of Torchwood (which I kept trying to find online the past couple of days, in my touching belief that it was Sunday already) and the 2006 Doctor Who Christmas special episode.

I haven't even begun to survey the Yuletide and other fics that have shown up of late. Tomorrow I'm at work, which if previous years are any yardstick, will be deader than roadkill, in which case some remedial reading can safely take place....

Oh, I would be remiss in forgetting to wish my birthday twins, [livejournal.com profile] doll_revolution and [livejournal.com profile] jesseh a merry-happy before the day is done. Misery loves company!
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Special for [livejournal.com profile] malkingrey -- a picture of the newly arrived book below.

For the rest of you, a plug. If you liked the Temeraire books, you should definitely try this one. Not that it concerns Napoleonic War dragons and the riders who love them too much. This is a story of Civil War ships and the sailors who love them too much fly sail them. Really, entirely different!

The first two chapters are posted on the Authors' website, so you can give your literary toe a quick dip....

picture for malkingrey! )
theodosia: (dork)
OK, it's not like I didn't love and admire the new Battlestar Galactica, especially the crew and creators... but then they add this vid to their official site:

It's A Frackin' Awesome Machine -- not like the one with Lorne Green

I fall on my (virtual) knees and kowtow in the general direction of Vancouver....

Eureka

Sep. 20th, 2006 12:05 am
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Spoileriffic Reaction )

Oh, and before I forget again -- My Name is Earl came out on DVD today. I have it preordered on Amazon, but it is taking all the will power I have -- oh, and the fact that I don't want to move my car from its new parking space -- to keep me from running down to Target where it's gone on sale.

Plus... the season premieres of Earl AND The Office on Thursday....
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My BSG thought:

Minor, really )
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Via [livejournal.com profile] fjm, I've been devastated to learn that Octavia Butler passed away yesterday. She was 59, which is far too young, especially for a writer with plenty of good work ahead of her. I've long admired her writing, seeing her speak at Readercon some years ago was a red letter day indeed, though I never gathered up the courage to really speak with her.

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