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theodosia: (Mystery Woman)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

HijiNKS Ensue - Saying Goodbye Is The Hardest Partition (Backups? Are your friends) ow.ly/4waN

A cautionary tale. If I have learned anything with working with or owning computers for the past 25-ish years, it's that hard drive failure is inevitable, and in direct ratio to the importance of the irreplaceable data you have.

Today I will have my first bowl of Corn Flakes in 15+years. Thank you, So Delicious Coconut Milk.

...has become reacquainted with the delicate art of balancing the ratio of Corn Flakes to milk so that it comes out even.

It tasted like milk enough that I might actually drink it straight -- like skim, not full-bodied -- but in cereal, it really really rocked. (I take it all back, God, You DO love me.)

One nation, seven sins - Las Vegas Sun ow.ly/4xDw -- Cool graphic of where our national sins are, statistically.

How does your region stack up? Why am I not surprised that the Bible Belt scores kind of badly on most of these?

RT @scifri: Today is National Honesty Day. Really.

Would I lie to you?

Behold, I have become the Garden Destroyer! Take THAT, weeds!

Every time the breeze blows, hundreds of maple blossoms fall on the yard. The ground is turning yellow-green.

[profile] isiscolo pointed out that this almost made a haiku, and improved on it thusly:

Maple blossoms fall
Ground is turning yellow-green
Every time it blows.

Awwwww!

Remains of a lost American explorer found ow.ly/4C6x (There's a Tony Hillerman mystery in there, for sure.)



I hit a wall with the stupid book about JavaScript and Ajax and PHP where the next chapter's exercize on putting together a simple page that updates a clock just.doesn't.work. -- I even went to the website and downloaded their code for one of the exercizes and it just doesn't run on my system, so I know it wasn't a typo on my part. Feh. One of the hazards of trying to learn on your own, nobody to explain to you just where you've gone wrong.

I suspect there's something in the way that PHP or whatever is set up on my iBook that's at the heart of the problem because I'm not getting any errors. Today I'll see about trying to run it on something else....
theodosia: (monsters)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

HijiNKS Ensue - Saying Goodbye Is The Hardest Partition (Backups? Are your friends) ow.ly/4waN

A cautionary tale. If I have learned anything with working with or owning computers for the past 25-ish years, it's that hard drive failure is inevitable, and in direct ratio to the importance of the irreplaceable data you have.

Today I will have my first bowl of Corn Flakes in 15+years. Thank you, So Delicious Coconut Milk.

...has become reacquainted with the delicate art of balancing the ratio of Corn Flakes to milk so that it comes out even.

It tasted like milk enough that I might actually drink it straight -- like skim, not full-bodied -- but in cereal, it really really rocked. (I take it all back, God, You DO love me.)

One nation, seven sins - Las Vegas Sun ow.ly/4xDw -- Cool graphic of where our national sins are, statistically.

How does your region stack up? Why am I not surprised that the Bible Belt scores kind of badly on most of these?

RT @scifri: Today is National Honesty Day. Really.

Would I lie to you?

Behold, I have become the Garden Destroyer! Take THAT, weeds!

Every time the breeze blows, hundreds of maple blossoms fall on the yard. The ground is turning yellow-green.

[livejournal.com profile] isiscolo pointed out that this almost made a haiku, and improved on it thusly:

Maple blossoms fall
Ground is turning yellow-green
Every time it blows.

Awwwww!

Remains of a lost American explorer found ow.ly/4C6x (There's a Tony Hillerman mystery in there, for sure.)



I hit a wall with the stupid book about JavaScript and Ajax and PHP where the next chapter's exercize on putting together a simple page that updates a clock just.doesn't.work. -- I even went to the website and downloaded their code for one of the exercizes and it just doesn't run on my system, so I know it wasn't a typo on my part. Feh. One of the hazards of trying to learn on your own, nobody to explain to you just where you've gone wrong.

I suspect there's something in the way that PHP or whatever is set up on my iBook that's at the heart of the problem because I'm not getting any errors. Today I'll see about trying to run it on something else....
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: (threesomes)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

I left the bedroom window cracked all night, woke up to a fresh breeze on my face. And two hungry cats climbing on me -- door was open too!

Good words from the OSV expedition: croze & cresset. Bragging rights to whoever guesses right what historical activity they're used in!

I promise a No-Prize to whoever guesses.

Yes, Looks Do Matter - NYTimes.com ow.ly/3Ukh

Does this surprise anyone? But there's some subtle effects that we may not be taking into account.

I rocked the polymorphism homework -- go team Me!

Hey, this looms large in my little world, but seriously, I went above and beyond the assignment in ways that the teacher really liked. What's the biggest pleasure in this is that I'm ready to honestly (not honestly-adjacent) say in a job interview that I 'get' polymorphism, when I can take a lab description and work out the structure and methods necessary to make it work and clearly understand the whole thing. Yep. So ready for a job, already....

...has discovered that in C#, it really is 'objects all the way down.'

Do we all know the old joke about the lady whose cosmology involved the Flat Earth sitting on the back of a turtle? Which was supported by another turtle, which was supported by another -- turtles, all the way down. In C#, everything is actually base class 'Object'. Which is not only cool, it gives a handle to understand why much of it works the way it does. Cool!

Had an unexpected side trip to Haverhill to rescue a friend with car trouble, but it was a darn nice day to do it in. Time to sit outside!

Now out on the patio chair, loving the breeze and the sound of chirping birds, faint church bells and the yells of distant children.

73 before 6 AM? Did we go directly into Summer?

No, seriously -- It's not been so much Spring as it has been Burst. There are bees and wasps and small flying things and barking squirrels (the maple trees in my backyard are hotly desired territory)a and several thousand maple seedlings shooting up. If anyone wants me, I'll be out on the patio, dancing barefoot, drunk on it all.

Neuroworld >> Blog Archive >> Torture Debate: Your Inner UFO Cultist >> A True/Slant Contributor ow.ly/3Z4t



I have a bunch of OSV pictures, so I should get them Flickr'd soon!
theodosia: (Sims)

vernalSnow01, originally uploaded by moxie58.

What I saw out the window nearly first thing this morning, except that the snow hadn't melted off the cars. What a way to begin Spring, huh?

theodosia: (stargate by thefakeheadline)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 07:07 ...has decided that today is the day she DEALS WITH things #
  • 07:08 Listening to: The Stooges - 1970 tinyurl.com/cvc6k9 #
  • 11:59 On my fifth or so medical-related call of the day, on Mom's behalf. #
  • 12:34 I really suck as a caretaker, I've concluded. #
  • 19:12 brother arrived, ally in the Fight of Mom's Health. Us vs. Her & Her Depression. #
  • 19:14 Looking at: A Tribute to Space Bat - Neatorama tinyurl.com/d69vyu #
  • 06:10 OK... who ordered SNOW for the first day of spring? #
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Starting the day out with ambition, ending feeling like the day kicked my ass, then jumped up and down on it for a special bonus.

Actually, I did get a lot done -- set up appointments, arranged for transportation to those appointments, tried to figure out the difference between CAT scans, MRIs and X-rays, updated calendars and so on. The community social worker dropped by because she'd heard that Mom was doing badly again so she got an earful. Talking to her, I realized that caring for Mom this trip has been much harder than my other stints here in the Springfield Retirement Castle-- she's in constant, acute pain, and much more distressed about it than other times, especially because until her back went out, she was steadily improving to the point she could be on her own, get about on her own, manage a trip out to shop at Wegman's, et cetera. And then, boom, (or rather, CRACK!) and she's on the DL again.

At times, I've had trouble getting her to take Tylenol "What good will it do me?" she says. Which, you know, like chucking a snowball at a T. Rex, but at least it does something. The doctor doesn't want to give her something narcotics-based because of the falling danger, which given that she's frail to start with is probably smart.

However, my steady urging of him got her a prescription for generic Ambien, which she is to take a half-pill before bedtime, so this morning she reports that she slept deep and well, which has to be the first time in days. I hope that means with the relaxing of muscles and subsequent reduction in pain.

Last night I didn't get to watch Supernatural because it turns out that the local WB played a movie instead! What are they thinking? I also didn't get to watch the Daily Show or Obama appearing on Leno, as we all collapsed around 10 last night -- my brother was staying over so that he could go to a forensic evidence storage course. He got a small prize yesterday for being the quickest with the correct answer. The teacher asked "Why do we keep all this stuff?" and he raised his hand first. "Fear," he said, and then explicated "We're afraid that sometime, somehow, all of it will be needed."

Given how many legal cases have depended on evidence gathered from years back, he's not wrong. Since he's had to stop doing on the street policing due to his neck and back problems, he's found a police speciality that he's good at, is deeply interested in, and knows is useful.

Finally, this morning when I woke up, and looked out the window -- SNOW?! Just a bare dusting, but, given this is The First Day Of S P R I N G, how ironic. It is, however, melting rapidly, so I hold out hope, even if yesterday I was walking outside with just a thin sweater over my t-shirt.
theodosia: (northwest)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 06:56 the dark side of DST -- waking up in the dark. Cats are correspondingly disgusted. #
  • 07:48 Yesterday it was 60. This morning it's 35 and falling, and thick snow is falling at this moment. #
  • 07:58 Oh crap - 3 to 5 inches of snow predicted for today! March is getting on my LAST NERVE #
  • 14:18 Snow has turned to slush, and holding steady at 35F, so no 3-5 inches as predicted. Thank goodness. #
  • 15:51 Looking at:   Birds Stealing Ice-Cream -- via Telophase. Damn cheeky gulls! tinyurl.com/d66qlk #
  • 16:07 Looking at: SF Gate: FL Wright house for sale. Anyone got a spare $2.7M? It's a bargain! tinyurl.com/22jhs8/c/a/2009/03/08/RE0U ... #
  • 17:58 I got to school a little earlier tonight, but still two students ahead of me! #


There's a thin coat of snow on the ground from yesterday, but as we're at 31 and headed higher, so I'm content that we're in Late Winter/Early Spring mode now, where snow is a fleeting phenomenon.

I didn't mention that I saw a robin on the way to the library on Saturday, which is probably the earliest I've seen one around here.

The rest of life remains quite lifelike and probably boring. Recently, I've finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Inda by our own Sherwood Smith (::waves!::), and last night, Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier, which was a quick little read and now I've got to get the sequels at the library.
theodosia: old default icon from livejournal (hugh)
From my current Twitter stream:

  • 08:53 have decided that Chumley is the bargain sport model, Muppet is the luxury model. Both picked up used, too. #
  • 10:32 HUH! I just saw a BEE fly past my window. It's 55 right now, so presumably one could indeed have woken up, but I'm still AMAZED #
  • 15:44 Heartsick over the behavior of a friend. Not the sort of thing you can get angry over, not intent on hurting me. Heedless oblivity. #


Seriously, it reached into the low 60s yesterday and may do the same today, and of course The Official Start Of Spring is only two weeks away, but I was still AMAZED to see a fat black and yellow BEE -- unmistakeable -- fly past my window. Not a whole lot of nectar out there, but at least the snow from last week has completely melted from the ground.

It's DST this morning, and I somehow managed to sleep until 7:30 -- make that 8:30, but since 7:30 is LATE for me anyway, no problem with jumping the clock forward.

I just have to reset the kitchen clocks. My radio-alarm-CD-clock has a dedicated DST button that I push twice a year, which still amuses me. The computers and TiVo reset automatically. Oh, and there's the clock in the car, too.

Also, since it's DST, see to your battery-powered smoke alarms. Yes, even if you have some smoke alarms wired to the house current, you should have the other kind of smoke alarm -- the ones that don't turn off when the power goes out, when most fires occur. If you don't have that kind, and therefore don't have to worry about changing batteries, today would be an AWESOME day to go out and get one.
theodosia: (dead like me)
It's been like forever since I sat out in the garden in the shade with my laptop. It might have happened a week or two ago, but with both classes having scheduled their final projects for May 7th, there hasn't been all that much time to sit out and enjoy the spring, or for that matter catch up on LJ.

I've got both projects well under way -- I'm still rendering the animation for the 3D class, which may take all night and into the morning at this rate. I WOULD like the shiny, shiny and also very computer-intensive geometry and very high resolution methods, and while it looks terrific, it's also slow as all hell.

To top off the week, I got a call from my ex-coworker Sally, that she'd heard from a recruiter who was looking for a Notes developer for a 4-month contract, would I be interested? Given that my Unemployment is scheduled to run out a couple weeks before school does, I would be a complete fool at least not to consider it, so I'm scheduled for a phone screen interview on Friday. If I don't get it, I can go ahead with my Video Editing course that starts next Monday (yes, we have an entire 4 DAYS off!) and plan on eating some of my savings before the beginning of August (and maybe after, depending on how long it takes me to get work after that).

If not, I can take the Video Editing later, since there are night courses offered, so either way I can finish.

The 3D teacher said today that he thinks I could go pro, which is an awesome compliment coming from him. Now if I can just get all the sequences finished rendering for my final project...

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