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theodosia: (thousand elephants (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • FBI terrorist interrogator on the uselessness of torture and the efficacy of cookies - Boing Boing ow.ly/absU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

theodosia: (gay pirates! (by heuradys))
I thought, therefore I twittered:
  • This morning I'm vicariously following Wiscon via Twitters. So wish that I could have gone -- school AND finances = KO
  • The top 5 words I've tweeted: time, class, listening, looking, gronk. bit.ly/To6TR
    • Also vicariously following Wiscon via LJ and Dreamwidth, too.  I suppose I could have "afforded" missing a school Saturday class, considering it concerned a bunch of stuff that I know well (no way to predict that in advance, though) and I'm still not flat broke after more than two years of unemployment... but with the uncertainty of just "when" I finally get a job, it feels too much like fiscal irresponsiblity.  But damn, what a wonderful group of friends and interesting people, and cool discussions and ideas.
    • The Tweetstats app is pretty interesting both for the statistical charts (I didn't know I was most likely to tweet at 7AM) and the psychological/social reveals of the most-used words.  Although, the top five are a bit skewed for me, because "listening" and "looking" come from the Twitterfox plugin for adding links... oh, and for the longest time, I'd start out my Twitter day with a "gronk", considering how I feel most mornings when I wake up.
  • Finishing up C# today -- Monday we start Java.
  • I survived C# Database Transactions. ::proudly shows off scars::
  • We got let go early on account that it was Mem. Day wkend and it was sunny out. I'm thinking seriously of nappage....
    • Actually, it's Wednesday we start Java -- we get Monday night off, I keep forgetting.  It's not that we didn't cover important stuff - Transactions are so important to data integrity in a multi-user situation! -- but I've been there, done that.  As it was, our instructor gave up on making us do a lab, because not only would that take time, he'd have to go over it with us.  Instead we did an in-class program set up so that if we ran two instances of it, would set up a race condition that needed the transaction locking to make it work.
  • ow.ly/8OdG -- just one instance of what they did to teenaged "terrorist" Omar Kadr at Gitmo.
    • Mercifully brief description, really, and I wouldn't recommend it for the weak-stomached.  Suffice it to say, Kadr was a young teenager picked up on near a battlefield whose possibility of knowing anything strategic or important was nil.  Anything you could get out of him was probably 'buyable' with a couple candy bars and some priveleges like playing soccer.  I can't begin to tell you how Orwellian his treatment was.
  • Now out in backyard, going to cut grass and deweedify. Right afer I finish teh interwebs.
  • My "lawn" is less than the size of most living rooms, so cutting it was pretty much waving around a string trimmer. Wiktory!
  • The backyard smells like newly-cut lawn. I should probably go in before I get hair fever!
    • I really should cut it more often, especially because I have an electric string trimmer and a hundred-foot extension cord (used to power the laptop, whose battery now holds about a half-hour of charge)  Also, there's a bunch of comfrey that's occupied part of the side, and I'm waiting until they've finished blooming before I get rid of them, I hate to kill pretty things!
    • Well, except if they're vines.
    • Interesting side note -- when I tweeted "cut grass" I got a private tweet from an outfit called Green Canary that specializes in painting lawns green.  I'm not making that up.  Suffice it to say, that if I have to CUT my lawn, it's not in need of further greenifying (though once you take out all the weeds, it's significantly less green and more patchy).
theodosia: (beetle)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Insomnia woke me up early -- like before 5:30 AM early. I read and played with cats -- now waiting for class to start. Oy.
  • An Exception object is the black box of programming -- it's the only thing that survives a crash. So to speak....
    • I suspect I can be a mixed blessing to an instructor, because while I AM paying attention, I'm apt to go off into a rapture about a metaphor that almost describes a concept he's trying to get across.  The lot of the poetic programmer is a hard one.
    • But really, 'black box' has an aptness that is RIGHT in some important respects.  Because a crash does destroy the airplane (call stack) back to the try/catch block and the only data that is preserved, from what could be a quite long bit of program is the error message... which you can set up in advance to record vital bits of info, in fact.  Yeah, 'black box' does describe it in spirit.
    • I came away from the class not feeling like I'd learned that much, but looking over my notes, we did cover a whole lot, but mostly material I'd been exposed to before, like Exceptions and how to use them.  But what I got in addition, was the theoretical underpinning to what is happening and why, which is the part that lets me "feel" what is going to happen when a program does certain things.
  • Smokescreening Nancy Pelosi = absurd distraction | Crooks and Liars ow.ly/7iL7
    • Good argument pointing out what a willful distraction it is to make a big fuss over what Pelosi heard and when.  Once again, this is why we need a fair and bipartisan investigation of the whole torture mess, no matter where it takes us.  (Though, if you're going to play "he said, she said" with the CIA, I'll guess that the CIA has more reason to lie, then and now.)
  • Fuzzy the Conciliation Caterpillar! - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 ow.ly/7nJ5
    • Mark Fiore does the best Flash animated political cartoons ever -- yeah, not exactly a wide open field, but anyone else is going to be hard set to beat him at it.  Here's one, pointing gently to the absurdity of saying that we should just let sleeping war crimes lay.

Signs that summer is NIGH include mosquito bites -- I must now have 20 of them, in places that I wouldn't have thought a mosquito could get, like near my tailbone and under my bra strap (where it itches every.damn.time.I.move).  I found myself Googling bedbugs in a fit of paranoia, but it seems as if there'd be other signs, like my roommate also having trouble, and OH -- bedbugs, among their other loveable traits, leave excrement trails behind on your bedding and furniture.  (You don't want to know what that excrement is mostly made of, right?)

Mosquito repellant just moved up to the top spot in my shopping list.  Feh.


... you know, a poetic programmer would make for a whole new appreciation of "I thought that I could never see/A poem lovely as a tree" for the right value of 'tree'.

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

  • Insomnia woke me up early -- like before 5:30 AM early. I read and played with cats -- now waiting for class to start. Oy.
  • An Exception object is the black box of programming -- it's the only thing that survives a crash. So to speak....
    • I suspect I can be a mixed blessing to an instructor, because while I AM paying attention, I'm apt to go off into a rapture about a metaphor that almost describes a concept he's trying to get across.  The lot of the poetic programmer is a hard one.
    • But really, 'black box' has an aptness that is RIGHT in some important respects.  Because a crash does destroy the airplane (call stack) back to the try/catch block and the only data that is preserved, from what could be a quite long bit of program is the error message... which you can set up in advance to record vital bits of info, in fact.  Yeah, 'black box' does describe it in spirit.
    • I came away from the class not feeling like I'd learned that much, but looking over my notes, we did cover a whole lot, but mostly material I'd been exposed to before, like Exceptions and how to use them.  But what I got in addition, was the theoretical underpinning to what is happening and why, which is the part that lets me "feel" what is going to happen when a program does certain things.
  • Smokescreening Nancy Pelosi = absurd distraction | Crooks and Liars ow.ly/7iL7
    • Good argument pointing out what a willful distraction it is to make a big fuss over what Pelosi heard and when.  Once again, this is why we need a fair and bipartisan investigation of the whole torture mess, no matter where it takes us.  (Though, if you're going to play "he said, she said" with the CIA, I'll guess that the CIA has more reason to lie, then and now.)
  • Fuzzy the Conciliation Caterpillar! - Wednesday, April 22, 2009 ow.ly/7nJ5
    • Mark Fiore does the best Flash animated political cartoons ever -- yeah, not exactly a wide open field, but anyone else is going to be hard set to beat him at it.  Here's one, pointing gently to the absurdity of saying that we should just let sleeping war crimes lay.

Signs that summer is NIGH include mosquito bites -- I must now have 20 of them, in places that I wouldn't have thought a mosquito could get, like near my tailbone and under my bra strap (where it itches every.damn.time.I.move).  I found myself Googling bedbugs in a fit of paranoia, but it seems as if there'd be other signs, like my roommate also having trouble, and OH -- bedbugs, among their other loveable traits, leave excrement trails behind on your bedding and furniture.  (You don't want to know what that excrement is mostly made of, right?)

Mosquito repellant just moved up to the top spot in my shopping list.  Feh.


... you know, a poetic programmer would make for a whole new appreciation of "I thought that I could never see/A poem lovely as a tree" for the right value of 'tree'.

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

  • Insomnia Fairy bonked me over the head real good. I have barely the strength to glare balefully back at the world.
  • Cornflakes for breakfast make the world seem much more reasonable.
    I bought more So Delicious Coconut Milk at Whole Foods yesterday -- which costs a deal more than regular milk. But -- the luxury of having Corn Flakes for breakfast is something I'd pay twice as much for. I made Jiffy-brand corn muffins the other day, using the "milk" instead of water, and they were noticeably improved as well.

    Now if they'd only make some coconut-milk "cheese" life would be getting close to perfect.
  • The Daily Dish "Full Cheney Panic" ow.ly/6qgI
    And as history slowly accepts that this man disgraced his office more profoundly than any before him, as it sinks in that this man did not merely make mistakes, as all flawed politicians do, but committed war crimes, with pre-meditation and elaborate subterfuge, he slowly realizes what's happening to him. He can feel it. And so he resists the way he always resists - by lashing out, attacking, smearing, snearing, and grabbing every inch of the limelight he can.
  • Making another resume page with CSS -- this one is going to be Resume for D/u/m/m/i/e/s/Hiring Managers, should be cute.
  • After far too much research, I discovered the font used for subheads in the Dummies series books is Cascade Script. Which I can't afford.
    I ended up looking at literally hundreds of font samples, and Googling increasingly complicated search terms, since "fonts for dummies" got me Google book search inside actually Dummies books.

    But what's weird, I'd never looked at the typography and design on a Dummies book, and it's really quite a complicated scheme, but it works really well. Just a for instance: all the page numbers are in Cascade Script, but the page title is in a sans serif font. Actual code examples are in Courier New, body text is mostly Myriad Pro.)


I'm trying a slightly new format with my Twitter updates -- make them into a list, for easier reading.

As long as I'm talking food -- does anyone here have experience with Vegan "mozzarella"? I noticed that there are two brands of soy cheese at Whole Foods that allege to melt. My one test experience quite a few years ago was EXTREMELY disappointing, and it wasn't until I tried the Amy's brand macaroni & "cheeze" that I decided a second try at some of these things was useful, which has led me to discovering the So Delicious yogurt and coconut milk. It would be really great if there was a dairyfree "cheese" that behaves and tastes like the Real Stuff to go along with it....
theodosia: (illyria)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

  • Insomnia Fairy bonked me over the head real good. I have barely the strength to glare balefully back at the world.
  • Cornflakes for breakfast make the world seem much more reasonable.
    I bought more So Delicious Coconut Milk at Whole Foods yesterday -- which costs a deal more than regular milk. But -- the luxury of having Corn Flakes for breakfast is something I'd pay twice as much for. I made Jiffy-brand corn muffins the other day, using the "milk" instead of water, and they were noticeably improved as well.

    Now if they'd only make some coconut-milk "cheese" life would be getting close to perfect.
  • The Daily Dish "Full Cheney Panic" ow.ly/6qgI
    And as history slowly accepts that this man disgraced his office more profoundly than any before him, as it sinks in that this man did not merely make mistakes, as all flawed politicians do, but committed war crimes, with pre-meditation and elaborate subterfuge, he slowly realizes what's happening to him. He can feel it. And so he resists the way he always resists - by lashing out, attacking, smearing, snearing, and grabbing every inch of the limelight he can.
  • Making another resume page with CSS -- this one is going to be Resume for D/u/m/m/i/e/s/Hiring Managers, should be cute.
  • After far too much research, I discovered the font used for subheads in the Dummies series books is Cascade Script. Which I can't afford.
    I ended up looking at literally hundreds of font samples, and Googling increasingly complicated search terms, since "fonts for dummies" got me Google book search inside actually Dummies books.

    But what's weird, I'd never looked at the typography and design on a Dummies book, and it's really quite a complicated scheme, but it works really well. Just a for instance: all the page numbers are in Cascade Script, but the page title is in a sans serif font. Actual code examples are in Courier New, body text is mostly Myriad Pro.)


I'm trying a slightly new format with my Twitter updates -- make them into a list, for easier reading.

As long as I'm talking food -- does anyone here have experience with Vegan "mozzarella"? I noticed that there are two brands of soy cheese at Whole Foods that allege to melt. My one test experience quite a few years ago was EXTREMELY disappointing, and it wasn't until I tried the Amy's brand macaroni & "cheeze" that I decided a second try at some of these things was useful, which has led me to discovering the So Delicious yogurt and coconut milk. It would be really great if there was a dairyfree "cheese" that behaves and tastes like the Real Stuff to go along with it....
theodosia: (carrots)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

I joined twitter on 20 June 2007 - whendidyoujointwitter.com ?

You know, for once I was early into a trend. I should mark my calendar or something.

Flickr: jack_mord's Photostream ow.ly/4dwa -- fascinating Victorian death photos, oddities. Some very disturbing, beware!

Definitely not for everyone, beware! Like for instance, you ever really wanted to see exactly how distressing leprosy was?

Taming the Bicycle ow.ly/4eqU Mark Twain article on learning to ride a bike!

One of those high-wheeled Victorian bikes, in fact. Find out again why Twain was a famous humorist then and now.

Dandelions have bloomed in the day and a half since I've been out of the garden!

Oooh, 93F... but 20% (yes - 2 & 0) humidity. It's nice if you have some shade and a vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert sandwich.

Learning JavaScript and AJAX in the backyard is harder than it looks. Wind keeps riffling the pages of the book! No, seriously!

ow.ly/4hJp The Torturing of Desired Intelligence, The Daily Dish

"I was concerned that the CIA intelligence was probably derived from torture by the Uzbek security services. Karen Moran reported back to me that the US Embassy had replied that it probably did come from torture, but in the War on Terror they did not view that as a problem."

RT @CupcakeGoth -- Cupcake Goth meets Mini Cupcake Goth: twitpic.com/463iy

[livejournal.com profile] cupcake_goth has her Gothic Charm School book coming out soon, btw. In the meantime, she's got a Mini-Me to comfort her....

RT @pollinatewildly: Maybe it would help calm the panic if we called it "bacon fever" instead (RT @paulandstorm ) #swineflu

RT @librarythingtim: "Why is Cataloging Hard?" and why to make it easier tinyurl.com/dewdg3

RT @zen_habits: Very cool:I can't stop watching this 7 second video: bit.ly/kXsde

It's truly neat -- a magnet falling through a pipe-shaped magnet sloooooowwwws its fall down. Startling, even when you know what's coming.


Wow, two or three 90 degree days and we've passed right through spring. No, seriously, it's not just the dandelions that have sprouted -- the bleeding hearts bloomed too, and all the violets, and I'm getting buds on the rose bush already. Also, the damned Japanese bamboo in the corner that I keep having to kill off has sprouted about a foot and half -- no, I'm not kidding. Today's menu of Fun includes getting out the shovel and digging down to get out some of the roots. That only stops it for a while, since the bamboo on the other side of my neighbor's house (and side street) can and does send out suckers that long.
theodosia: (Mystery)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

I joined twitter on 20 June 2007 - whendidyoujointwitter.com ?

You know, for once I was early into a trend. I should mark my calendar or something.

Flickr: jack_mord's Photostream ow.ly/4dwa -- fascinating Victorian death photos, oddities. Some very disturbing, beware!

Definitely not for everyone, beware! Like for instance, you ever really wanted to see exactly how distressing leprosy was?

Taming the Bicycle ow.ly/4eqU Mark Twain article on learning to ride a bike!

One of those high-wheeled Victorian bikes, in fact. Find out again why Twain was a famous humorist then and now.

Dandelions have bloomed in the day and a half since I've been out of the garden!

Oooh, 93F... but 20% (yes - 2 & 0) humidity. It's nice if you have some shade and a vanilla non-dairy frozen dessert sandwich.

Learning JavaScript and AJAX in the backyard is harder than it looks. Wind keeps riffling the pages of the book! No, seriously!

ow.ly/4hJp The Torturing of Desired Intelligence, The Daily Dish

"I was concerned that the CIA intelligence was probably derived from torture by the Uzbek security services. Karen Moran reported back to me that the US Embassy had replied that it probably did come from torture, but in the War on Terror they did not view that as a problem."

RT @CupcakeGoth -- Cupcake Goth meets Mini Cupcake Goth: twitpic.com/463iy

[personal profile] cupcake_goth has her Gothic Charm School book coming out soon, btw. In the meantime, she's got a Mini-Me to comfort her....

RT @pollinatewildly: Maybe it would help calm the panic if we called it "bacon fever" instead (RT @paulandstorm ) #swineflu

RT @librarythingtim: "Why is Cataloging Hard?" and why to make it easier tinyurl.com/dewdg3

RT @zen_habits: Very cool:I can't stop watching this 7 second video: bit.ly/kXsde

It's truly neat -- a magnet falling through a pipe-shaped magnet sloooooowwwws its fall down. Startling, even when you know what's coming.


Wow, two or three 90 degree days and we've passed right through spring. No, seriously, it's not just the dandelions that have sprouted -- the bleeding hearts bloomed too, and all the violets, and I'm getting buds on the rose bush already. Also, the damned Japanese bamboo in the corner that I keep having to kill off has sprouted about a foot and half -- no, I'm not kidding. Today's menu of Fun includes getting out the shovel and digging down to get out some of the roots. That only stops it for a while, since the bamboo on the other side of my neighbor's house (and side street) can and does send out suckers that long.
theodosia: (SF)
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: (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: (Mystery)
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: (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: (wonderfalls)
I thought, therefore I twittered:

Why has it taken FOUR busted mugs for me to realize that with Spare Cat I need to use a bottle w/ a cap at my desk?

That's always been my protocol for water at work, where accidental knocking-over seemed like a big possibility, and professionally embarrassing. Here at home, I've relied on squat steady mugs, put back far enough from edges and so on -- except that I haven't taken into account the advent of Spare Cat.

Phone-screened for an Java internship last night! 6 mo. fulltime commitment, 50 mile commute. If I get it, will have to ponder accepting.

Seriously, it's a $500/month stipend, so can I afford to make up the difference out of my savings, for a very long commute, against the possibility I'd be offered a permanent job then? But it would get me the professional entre' that I need so very badly.

But this is all putting the cart before the horse -- they haven't even set up an interview yet! Waiting at least until I've seen the place and got a feeling about the work and the people there before I start really stressing, right?

Browsing: pecunium: About the methods in those torture memos -- good analysis, devastating reality. pecunium.livejournal.com/3955 ...

RT @chrislhayes: If a US soldier was captured and water boarded 183 times in 1 month, something tells me Fox News would say he was tortured.

When God wanted OOProgrammers to go mad, he created polymorphism.

So it's Object-Oriented Programming: Electric Boogaloo in class these days, and once again I'm surprised by how much I didn't 'get' the first time through. The lab we have this week is a practical demonstration of polymorphism, and while I could 'see' what it was doing when demonstrated last time, this time it all seems to make basic sense when I sit down to program it on my own
theodosia: (knitting)
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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.

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