Friday, December 24, 2004

Hair cloning for baldness? *blink* muchly tired, checkin email before frantic Xmas packing tradition commences. WebMD as usual has flooded my inbox with crazy mostly-hypochondriac-sounding email newsletters. I keep it coming, though, cuz occasionally I get stuff like this:

Hair Cloning. For, like, replacing lost hair..?

I think I'll just let it go, & get to the frantic packing...

Monday, December 20, 2004

Programming Issues

I'd just like to say that the inability to stop typing piece as 'peice' is really annoying. I even did it there. Grr....

[Also, working on a laptop for any length of time with a bad desk/chair is hurtful on the neck and back]
Back to hacking..

Sunday, December 19, 2004

Game Pieces

Here's a teaser. I spent 5 hours last night hacking a program to create all my tetris pieces for me, with any size, colors, and shapes I want. It even rotates it and draws the shading on the bevels correctly. PyGame is great. (It would have taken me much less, but I spent like 2 hours fiddling with a couple different math modules trying to get it to rotate a 2d array.. should have paid more attention in CSE 485 before I dropped it ^^)
Anyways, this piece is one of the new tetraminoes, thats going to be worth 3x the points, because it forces you to have a hole.
[For anyone interested, the script to make the peices is underdocumented and here]

Thursday, December 16, 2004


This game is going to scratch an itch.
In explanation: I just finished exams and this semester (woohoo, and thank god), so I'm trying to decide what to do with my 3 weeks off with the requirements that it involves coding in python. I've been meaning to write a game for a while, with the major setback that Blender doesn't seem to work on my laptop (but it does on all other computers, annoyingly). Blender was going to be too much of a learning curve anyways.
So, in a fit of Not Studying (tm), I played SolarWolf on Jim's Suze computer. Long story short, I was impressed by its cleaness, quickness, prettyness, pleasing to the earness, and other important things (like good gameplay). I immediately wanted to find out what it was made with, and to my pleasant surprize, found out it was written with pygame. [Well then, dad, you win.] My initial impressions of pygame, based on a quick download of one of their demo games was that it was clunky. This was a long time ago, and I think I was grouping it in with my initial impression of pythonCard, which was definitely not what I was looking for as a GUI solution (but now looks a lot better than I remember as well, and I recomended it to someone for some project they were doing).
To all those who worked on these projects: Great job, and thanks!
After reading an article on getting into game programming, now my plan for x-mas break is writing a Tetris clone. (muahahaha) My unique (maybe, probably not) spin on it is going to be a library of other pieces you can choose. (meaning other than the standard tetraminoes) I'm definitely going to build in a highscores thing so me and Rachel can battle to the death.. (still haven't come up with a name though)

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Sharkey 2: the Revenge

Why is it that as soon as I mention him here, the next day he goes and pulls a Haxor DaVinci?
I'm quite sure that one has nothing to do with the other, but, dangit. Now I'm linking to a etis rorrim.
What's funny is that knowing him, the site may be back to normal tomorrow, or gone. (yet again.)

Thursday, December 09, 2004

Sharkey, himself as ever

I revisit Sharkey's site about once a month, since he's not exactly posting real fast. But always, I come away entertained. However, this is the first time I have ever spewed hot chocolate all over my monitor. (In any context.)

..He starts off with a mouse pun halfway down the page, quickly veers into Gremlins humor, then Buddhism, and speeds up from there. It actually made me want to wander around in EQ2 being a wiseass. Looks like fun. I'm sure I could think of something. I don't know how detailed the EQ2 char creation thingie lets you be.
I wonder if it's possible to cobble together a Ferengi...

And as usual, the rest of his site & random links are also fun.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004


They made mechs![TOYOTA.CO.JP] Woah! And they look cool, and anime like!
Woah.. !

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Exhaustion & X-Men make me giggle

Not really the X-Men themselves, I guess, but more the minor characters.
I stumbled across this site:

I was addicted! It's like an encyclopedia of chibi Marvel characters! Or rather, I guess that's what it *is*... ^_^
Some of the lesser-known characters have such ridiculous names/premises... there's the weird copycat ones, like theguy that's a Kingpin clone - but wearing a
fez, or the guy named Orbit who has lil jawbreaker lookin things orbiting his head, or the lady who has no shoulders, named Venus Deemillo! o_o
And you get to browse them and watch the little surprise GIF animations and look at bizarre versions of Wolverine & giggle.

Or at least, *I* giggle.

Prolly the Tilex fumes...

Saturday, December 04, 2004

Woof! ... Seriously??

Technology progresses in some utterly crazy directions.

Like Dog Translators developed by the Japanese...
brought to you by Sharper Image!!

some of the description...
Dog owners are convinced their dogs talk to them, right? It's true! And now Bow-Lingual, The Dog Translator can help you understand exactly what your "best friend" is trying to communicate. Bow-Lingual was developed by Dr. Norio Kogure, a PhD in veterinary medicine at Tokyo's Kogue Animal Hospital.
Working with leading scientists at the Japan Acoustic Laboratory, Dr. Kogure recorded hundreds of breeds and analyzed thousands of voice (bark) prints. Their intensive observations and analysis led them to categorize canine communication into six emotions — Happy, Sad, Frustrated, Needy, Angry and Assertive — and to create the first Animal Emotion Analysis System (AEAS), which is the sophisticated technology behind Bow-Lingual.




We HAVE to get someone this for Xmas! We have to!!

Friday, December 03, 2004

Neato desktop

I've just realized that my desktop is rather spiffy. Since OS X came out, I've been fiddling with icon mods, and other stuff, and currently this is the end result:

Spiff, no? ^_^
The background is generated by Fracture, a screensaver that generates fractals and lets you shuffle the color scheme while it's generating. And you can save the images you like! (I was impressed enought to pay for it.) I made the Fracture folder my desktop images folder, & it shuffles fractals randomly every 15 minutes. ^_^
Plus, I have this OTHER amazing screensaver, called Fluid. It's so cool. And adjustable!

And thank god, Mike's Dell is no longer Frelled. I un-frelled it. Much misery and dell-phone-support-incompetance was discovered, but I did it. yay, me.

Thursday, December 02, 2004

Lycos Anti-spam plan overwhelms sites (BBC)

Interesting thing I found from Slashdot. Basically, Lycos made a screen saver that (instead of helping find aliens, or further genetic research, or something cool) sends packets to the websites of spammers to try to raise their bandwidth costs. Well, it was rather popular, and the spam websites are getting shut down by what amounts to a DDoS attack. (Lycos says that they were trying to just slow down, not shut down the sites) I have mixed feeling on this. Its cool that someone's trying to target the spammers, but who gets to say what the targets are? (these guys say they were innocently attacked by the screen saver after an actual spam company linked to pictures on their website) Worldstock, save up to 80% every day! Woohoo!
No, but seriously, I read this article about being sad in Q3 and Q4, and it mentioned that online shoppers might be going to places like (which is pretty much on online outlet.
The interesting and bloggable part of this is that they have a thing called Worldstock, which is a section selling "handcrafted goods from around the world"(TM). You can shop by country, including Ghana, Brazil, China, Tibet, and Nepal, to name a few, or you can shop by category (jewelry, rugs, home decor, etc.). They have some really neat looking things, like Cool Chinese Caligraphy, Chinese Jade Fish, and Rattan Head Pillow from Thailand. (It looks uncomfortable, but I think its similar to what the japanese used while sleeping on their mats on the floor. I'm fascinated by this, and always wanted to try it..)

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Gorillas and the Blue Screen of Death

There has been an overriding theme to my week:


So much, in fact, that I should get a T-Shirt.
Too bad my particular Screen of Death doesn't have a shirt of it's own.

And that's *on top of* blogger refusing to let me log in for over a damn week.


I've given a name to my pain, and it is Batma- er, rather, What The Frell Is Up With Mike's Dell. It's frustrating enough to have have given it a really long name, Spanish nobility Juan Sanchez Villa-Lobos Ramirez,
Chief Metallurgist to King Charles the Fifth of Spain style, with capitalization and everything. 8 ( The Blue Screen of Death is becoming an increasingly frequent event, and windows take forever to open! "My Computer" opens five minutes after I click. ARRGH.
So I started doing some research, about the processes running in the Task Manager, thinking maybe spyware was responsible. Ctrl-Alt-Del should NOT be so freakin familiar, dammit. I can't remember the last time I had to force-quit something on a Mac! *ahem*

Anyway, It turns out that (as far as I'm concerned, anyway) it's WORSE than spyware - there are all sorts of legitimate-yet-nasty things that run at startup.
This page has been insanely helpful:

Apparently, Creative SoundBlaster and in fact all Creative software, drivers, etc, that are installed with the Creative soundcard and run the processes
Devldr.exe, Devldr16.exe, or Devldr32.exe, cause so many problems that, well, it seems best to simply uninstall them. Here's an excerpt from that oh-so-helpful page:

Found on Windows 2000/XP. It really does not matter how Creative call this task/service, DEVLDR, DEVLDR16, or DEVLDR32, it is a thorough nightmare whatever its name, and DEVLDR does not disappoint. What does this task do – we do not know, it is such a frustrating task we care little about what it does.

And even further:
As one website puts it "Rumours that Creative's driver team is composed entirely of gorillas enthusiastically beating on their keyboards with their feet have not been confirmed !".

So that's what I'm in the process of doing. I have to scour the C: drive for any Creative or evil "Devldr" stuff, restart, and install windows-default soundcard drivers and software. In short: ARRGH.

In Other News, I have an idea about Xmas gifts that are brought to you by the # 400 and the letter S.

Friday, November 26, 2004

Mr. Buchanon on Story Telling and EA

The school of IST at Penn State likes to show off their new and shiny building by having lots of interesting speakers come in. One of them was John Buchanon, from Electronic Arts, speaking on the gaming industry.

Funny Quote: "We turn pizza and coke into games"

He gave us the usual consoles drive the industry bit, and gave some interesting information about how much it costs to develop a game (which is to say, A Lot), but they have a short shelf life. This is the major reason why game companies are consolidating.

One of the interesting things he talked about was how gaming is built into our culture, the new generation being people who are ~41 years old and younger. (so, in 20 years, we'll be making games for the 60 yr old demographic).

The majority of his speech was about storytelling. He asserts that our culture is built around storytelling (you ask people how their weekend was on Monday morning), and that the draw of playing a game is that its an experience that can be turned into a story. Since many people play a game, you know have a shared memory that allows you to connect to these other people. He also talked momentarily about the problems with 'interactive' storytelling in games, which is that you have to be led eventually along specific plot points (or 'portals') or else there is no game. I wish he had gone into this in more detail, but his entire speech was cut down to fit into 45 minutes.

Factoid on Language: 90% of conversation (non business and school) is gossip. There is a theory among linguists that Humans developed language because we were bored.

Monday, November 22, 2004


Bunny is a webcomic that is just cool. Its updated everyday (so far, exactly), the art is awesome, the characters are simple, and it has that cool humor snapshot feel to it. I particularly like this one, because zombies are classic (and are also the theme for the month).
In the computer labs where I work, they put up new posters advertising yet another stupid portal. The poster has a horde of groundhog looking things with sharp teeth and weird googly eyes. One of them is saying "We're here for the brains". The PR person for the website said they were 'interest creatures', but what it means to me: Penn State is pro-Zombie. (!) o.O

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Puzzles and other fun things

This has been the cause of my not Bloggingness last week. I found it in a flurry of puzzle doing that was kicked off by this.
That, and the fact that I've been completely obsessed by plants. This all started with that terrarium idea, and has accelerated into a side idea of raising bonsai and selling them. (!) I've been walking around staring at the ground, looking for interesting moss (yes, thats right, interesting moss), ferns, and other small plants that I can harvest before the dreadful snow hits and covers everything. I told poor Jim to save a bottle for me so I could raise a little clover looking plant in it til I get my terrarium going. (I was planning on removing it via chopsticks o.O )
I've even decided that I'm going to put some salamanders in there once I get it up and running (my terrarium, not the bottle).
So, am I crazy? Isn't this step one?
(does it mean something when you can reference your own blog more than once in a post?)
o.O <- I've practiced this smiley in the mirror, so I could see that is humanly possible, because I have need for the expression so much.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

DrunkenBlog: This one goes to eleven

DB at it again, with his good points. As you can see below, I was all "oooh, ahh" when the iPod photo came out.. and I wanted it, but just because I'm pretty materialistic when it comes to anything Apple, not because I actually want it. I especially have no need for it because my digital camera broke almost a year ago (cry).
Speaking of iPods, I think my 5 gig battery finally died.. either that, or walking around in the cold weather with it in my inside pocket somehow drained the battery the last couple times I've used it. =What to do about this? And my poor digital camera (cry again) How I miss taking pictures..

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 - 'Brain' in a dish flies flight simulator

This is just crazy. I have more faith in the human race - we can get mouse brains to fly planes! Such crazyness. Wow. Whats really cool is just the sheer power for it to learn, we took some brain cells and stuck it on a plate with some electrodes, and it just organized itself, hooked up and went! I have more faith in my rats (Brouhaha, Gala, and Spree).
(Crazy, I say!)

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Politics and Orcs

I didn't get to be Chun-Li. I couldn't find the costume bits anywhere! And resewing was just not an option. It was just too much this year. :-(
However, Election Day and our Election Night party more than make up for it. Mike & I went out with Mike's dad (Bill) to Applebee's for lunch, and that was fun because not only is Bill fun, but he's never been to an Applebee's before.
Mike, myself, Tony, Manny, Mike B & Gillian were at the party. It was a good balance of opposing political views. ^_^ We watched the election coverage and argued with each other. And laughed at the TV wackyness. Some very wacky stuff happened on TV - we caught Al Sharpton verbally taking off people's heads, apparently he's more vicious when sleep deprived. And his delivery was even more indescribably bombastic than usual. He said something to the effect that if Bush wasn't ready to go once he lost, Sharpton was gonna show up at the White House with his boys and some moving vans! *ROTFL* some of that may be TonyReinterpretation-ism though, he has a way of rephrasing things to make them even funnier. Also, apparently Dan Rather said the following: "if a frog had side pockets he'd probably wear a handgun".
If anyone happens to read this and has some clue what that may mean, lay it on me. The bafflement is killing me. ^_^
My dad was disappointed that we didn't invite him, even though we're separated by three states. ^_^

At any rate, the best part about this election to me right now is that it's over. Now all I have to worry about is the people that own Madison Square Garden producing commericals against building a football stadium in Manhattan. That doesn't seem like the smartest idea to me, considering NYC's already amazing traffic problem, but those commericals are damn annoying. You can only tell who makes them by the nearly illegible eeeety-bitty text at the bottom of the screen at the end.

Back in Rachel's Costume Obsession Land:

These people are about as crazy as me. They decided to make a Moria Orc. We have procedure in common:

Step 1: Realize that you are crazy.

Now you may proceed.

However, these next guys are on a totally different level. They're an actual special effects house, and pretty much their whole site is amazing to look at. Plus they have a fun front page.
their Ring Wraith and Witch King... dude... the *actual really armor* armor, not just fake rubber armor... 0_0

In Other News,
Ipod Photo Explodes my mind.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

Saturday, October 30, 2004

Brain in a festive frying pan.

I'm so utterly silly sometimes, I amaze myself.
Yesterday was pretty cool, I went with mike to Ralph's place, hung around while they jammed. The band is Mike-bass & vocals, Ralph-drums, Tony-guitar. They're getting pretty damn good. Mike's vocals are enthusiastic & entertaining, if not on key. ^_^ They're covering some metal songs, & writing their own - Mike's lyrics are good stuff. :-)

So after that, we get home, & Mike goes right to sleep, since he has to leave for work at 7am. I start fiddling around with The Smurf (links are fun! ^_^), hunting for some cool desktops, new icons, organizing files, stuff like that. I started doing that around 8 or 9 pm, just chillin. The TV freakishly turned itself off around midnight, which was actually fine since Fox News isn't exactly soothing. Mike & his sleeping sitting up w/TV the Rhino-snoring. What a doink. ^_^
So after that, I guess I didn't have TV to keep track of time with, and the next time I glanced at the clock, it said 4:30 am! I was like, whoa! Mike's gonna wake up in under 2 hours!
I figured I might as well sleep while Mike's at work. So I did. but not well at all. Plus I'm really weirded by the heavy fog out the window, it's... so... dark & X-Filesish and stuff. not conducive to the whole waking up thing...

In Other News, I want to be Chun Li for halloween, but I'm missing some bits of the costume I made! It's so awesome, I'm so proud of it - it's the best-looking one I've seen, if I don't say so myself. ;-) It's made from a real (if cheap) Cheong-sam from Canal St, one of my fave shopping places. Manhattan, cheap stuff, Chinatown! Yay! ^_^
I have no photos from when I 1st wore it, a few years ago... hopefully that will change if I ever find this damn stuff.
I've turned 2 apartments upside-down looking for the missing bits already. I have some of the necessary fabric left over, but I don't relish the idea of spending the next 12 hours or so sewing... god do I hope I'm exxagerating there...
I have other random news, like LOTR cooleness... I'm outta steam, though. Later, will post later. Cool links. Good Stuff.

Thursday, October 28, 2004

Apple - iPod Photo

Apple - iPod Photo
OMG I want it!!
*drool* I haven't even been paying attention to this.. surprized the hell out of me. Ooh, and I need a new digital camera too.. o.O

DrunkenBlog: Rich Wareham of Desktop Manager

This is definitely a good read: DrunkenBlog: Rich Wareham of Desktop Manager I'm finding that I really enjoy Drunken Batman's stuff (though, I'd like to know how he came up with that name) I check his site almost as much as I check Slashdot, and usually before. That said, his interviews are excellent (and mesh well with the way I think). This particular interview has some interesting parts on the up and coming programmer:
Could you elaborate on why you don't think someone coming up could learn to code in the same way, as some would say that the amount of information and code out there has never been greater as a whole?
Because there isn't the encouragement there once was. Nowadays software makers have tried as hard as possible to hide the workings away from you and discourage fiddling. Although you can learn television maintenance by reading books on how television works generally and learning electronics, its no substitute for the amount of learning gained by getting the back off and almost killing yourself by grabbing hold of the high-tension wire :).

This is, of course, the natural progression as computers have become more appliance-like and less machines of wonder. When cars first came out, the owners had to learn how they worked sufficiently to prime pumps, turn cranks, oil, turns, strip and otherwise maintain their machines. Now they are more reliable but you can't learn how a car works by taking it to bits any more.

Also, although there is a lot of material, modern computers are too sophisticated when it comes to getting you hooked. With the old home computers one could get instant gratification by writing a program which drew a space-ship on the screen in 10 lines of BASIC. Nowadays you'd have to learn COM + Win32 + DirectX just to get a black rectangle. The 'activation energy' required for kids to get exciting things on the screen has increased exponentially over the past decade. The lack of home-programming magazines is also a problem although some the the Linux magazines here in the UK are starting to carry beginner's programming articles again.

Finally no machines come with BASIC + a programming manual in the box any more. When I was a kid programming was Just What You Did™ with a computer since commercial software was thin on the ground. I guess what I mean to say is that today's computer landscape doesn't encourage hackers like it once did.

I couldn't agree more. I seem to have the required impetus - .001 to start a project of my own. I have a bunch of ideas, enough C++ and python knowhow to code the logic of an application, but no knowledge of decent gui interfaces, which to use, and how to use them. (I would definately use python though, as I am a hard core pythonian.) Plus, I'm so flippin busy all the time.
Speaking of python, something I've been toying with is working up a project for people who know how to program but want to learn python. I am a very hands on kind of learner, and it seems to me that there isn't a really good resource out there for someone who is a experienced programmer to learn it in a decent way. I know this because I've been trying to teach it to my boyfriend. There isn't anything he really wants to program at the moment, so I can't just help him do that, and showing some of my code to him isn't really a good way to learn the language. Its kinda embarassingly hard to show something python without some kind of something to demonstrate. I figured something that does some kind of simple mp3 organization (similar to what iTunes does) would be a good first python project because it deals with dictionaries (yay) and shows you how to deal with the file system in python. As for putting this together as a resource, I would have links to some of the different python mp3 modules (id3-py looks like my favorite), a link to the python quick reference, an introduction to the basics of how to make python go and installing modules, and some useful tidbits of code (and maybe just my code for doing it). I'm not sure if this would be worth it, but I still plan on doing it when I get some time.

Oh, and through some surfing, I noticed this: Web-apps are the legacy apps of the future. Its an interesting idea, and an interesting site that I forgot existed for a while.
Oi, I think thats enough for today.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

EverQuest Mac?

I just stumbled across this on, my absolute favorite site for mac upgrades, news, etc:

EverQuest Mac free 30 day trials?

I don't think I'm even gonna touch that, though - the last thing I need is a new time-wasting obsession...

Also xlr8 posted a link to to Apple's Tiger Preview for Developers. I can't absorb it all right now. Brain stopped at "Ooo, purty CD..."

I've been researching upgrades for The Smurf on xlr8, the drive compatability database, articles, FAQ, etc are freakin invaluable. Especially since I now have an awesome desktop tower w/tons of RAM (WHEE!), thanks to my ebay powers. And I found a better KVM switch than the one that was at the comp show, too! I'm so excited, I can't wait for it to arrive... also nervous because I'm not 100% sure it will work?

So goes my crazy comp-building project. : )

I just noticed that they say whose post it is at the bottom of the post... which could get confusing with a long post, you dunno whose post you're reading?

Ok, I'm here!

Thanks for the invite, so far this seems way better than LJ - prettier and everything. ^_^
I'll start out with my usual random stuff, I guess -
I started reading the Fallen webcomic, but dang you for distracting me with your cool link powers! o_0
I'm trying to un-tornado the apartment, sew up abused clothing, etc- really just chillin over here. In an attempt to stem the tide of Michael Chaos, I bought some cheap shelves & a mail organizer from Collections Etc., & I'm putting them together. So hopefully, the mail and gigantic clothes that typically are all over the living room will have someplace to live that mike will actually put them. Eh.
The problem with cheap furniture is that it has kinda icky varnish that really bothers my insanely sensitive self. Plus, as with most stuff from that catalog, it has lots of chemicalish powdery dust on it, that mostly smells like the yucky chemically varnish. Much handwashing and vaccuming is required. Plus, that catalog has just got some *insanely* tacky stuff. But it can be useful to us $$ impaired.
Ok, ok... I really must get back to the un-chaos-ifying effort.
Oh, and in cleaning I found some more clothing for you! Go figure. ^_^

Love & Cool stuff I would be unwise to try and wear,

Awesome artists

Just a couple cool artists I noticed today:
deviantART: Blue Kingdom by ~AyameFataru
Fallen, webcomic by Aido Rakaen Eun Hee Choi Hyung Jun Kim Corene Werhane Ron Weed
Sea of Saa ~ Fran Saa
Deviant Art: blix~it
Okie, I could go on and on. So much talent, so jealous ;)

Happy Birthday Me!

I'm 21! ah! This isn't supposed to happen.. I was never actually going to hit 21, I thought I'd be, well, not 21 forever. Not that 21 is important to me, as I'm not much into going to bars, or anything else like that.
Meanwhile, Jim, being the bestest, sweetest boyfriend ever, got me an amazing necklace that I saw window shopping oneday. Its a cool thick, flat silver ring on a black braided leather thong. Its really nice. Thankyou babe, I love you!

Thursday, October 21, 2004

Ahh! Missing posts

My posts are dissapearing. (Including, ironically, the vs livejournal one) This is rather alarming and dissapointing, as I was really warming up to =( I sent an email to their help, and hopefully they can be found..

Vivarium Galore

So, my new Next Big Project (tm) is going to be a vivarium(minus the animals) in the 20 gallon hexagonal tank (18x16x20in) that I inherited from Robin, Jay, and Anita. I'm pretty sure its an All-Glass, so I'm going to have to order a lid for it from my local pet store.
Theres an interesting waterfall/pump/fogger (ooh, fancy!) set from Exo Terra that costs about 50$. At 10x10x13 in, this is going to be the centerpeice of the vivarium. They seem to be cheap at Reptile Supply
There's fake jungle vines that you can pick up from the local petstore that I'm going to use to give it a deeper feel, but I'd really love a hunk of Ghost Wood which does well in very wet habitats and usually grows moss. (even some Cypress Wood would be cool), but these cost about 20$ a peice
You can also buy sheets of dried moss from the petstore that I'm going to attach to the back of my aquarium, not sure if I'll do it on one or two sides, but I can attach air plants in there. In my research, a great place to buy plants is: Black Jungle
As for the floor, I'm going to use Terra-Lite (expanded clay mix) for drainage, then ground coconut fiber as soil for the plants.
Of course, to top it off, I bought some small plastic jurassic park dinosaur figures to put in there. I've always wanted to do that :)
I'm excited. Now all I need is a lot of money..

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Slashdotting 10/19/04

Now I know how a manual transmission & clutch work! Whee!
That wasn't too hard to understand. Don't think I could fix one, but it would be interesting to take one apart.

Todays Slashdotting Results:

Weekends Over

Well, I survived my sister's visit. It wasn't too bad, really, I'm touched that she drove all the way up here to visit me. She left her really nice, sexy leather jacket (which looks amazing on me), I'll be returning that to her when I go visit my grandparents next week.

Now we're right back into the week. You know, it seems like I don't have any free time. This is because I don't. Jim bought me a copy of "Black Hawk Down" when we started going out three weeks ago, and I've gotten to page 30 (in three weeks! and this is while I'm reading in class, and its a really good book (so far)). Thats sad. Whenever I have a moment to relax, or I actually go to bed at a reasonable time, I feel like I should be doing something that I'm forgetting, and it bugs me. At the same time, I constantly feel like I'm blowing off my friends, Jim, my dad, or my pets, because I'm so busy doing shit. I hope my schedule settles down soon, because this is no good. /bitch

In other news, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars was amazing. The first 2 hours really disapointed me, but they completely made up for it with the second half. (except for naming the damn baby D'argo, for crying out loud!) The second episode had some amazing battle scenes, ridiculous things happened, more ridiculous things happened, and I almost cried a couple times. Oh, and they practically blew up the universe. Everything you could really want in an episode of Farscape really.

Oh, and while we're at it: Dad, you should really start a blog. I mean, really. I suspect that you secretly spend most of your time trolling the internet for cool or informational blogs, programming tidbits and interesting open source projects, and other random things. You know so, so much that I don't understand how you fit it all into your brain. You having a blog (come on, even I'm doing it now, and I swore I never would), would be like having the ultimate cool filter of the internet. If you even just had a site of links, that would be cool, or a list of rss feeds. You know you want to. Do I have to start a petition?

Lesse, what else.. ah. Its raining here, which is completely understandable, because this is Pennsylvania, and well, that what it does in the fall. What I want to know is why it smells soo bad after it rains. I know its the earthworms dying on the pavement (poor buggers), but earthworms are small, and there really aren't that many on the sidewalks, and they've only been dead an hour or two, and they're watered down now ~ why does it produce such a strong smell?
Hmm. Well, back to reading up on how transmissions work.

Friday, October 15, 2004

More Updating, Happiness, and General Weekend Terror?

Well, since I spend 13.5 hours a week sitting in front of a computer at work but with nothing in particular to do besides baby the laser printers, I decided that I actually will have more time to update this. Now if I only had something to talk about. :)
I would like to note, for the record, that I am a very happy chica. Very happy. Jim is an awesome boyfriend. He's super nice to me, very much the gentleman. In fact, I think he's going to spoil me rotten, not that I mind ;). Jim's quiet, but really smart, and he makes me laugh. He's also caring, and sexy, and he makes me happy. There's really not much else I could ask for in life (besides a car, damnit). Thank you, Jim, you're amazing. =)
In other news, my sister's coming up this weekend. If she makes it here (she's driving a crazy car up after a full shift of work in the middle of the rainy night), then I guess I'm going to have to find things to entertain her and her friend with. Seeing as I don't even know how to entertain myself when I get a break from work, I have no idea what to do with her, who's very much into partying and stuff like that. I also work from 1000 to 2400 tomorrow, so poor Jim's going to be stuck entertaining them. (Good luck babe) *sigh*

Thursday, October 14, 2004


Something thats been on my mind recently is my lack of personal vehicular transportation. This is due to my lack of appropriate funding, but now that I have 2 part time jobs (working for me dad, and as a Penn State Lab Consultant) and I'm going to be moving farther then walking distance away from campus next August, I'm going to be getting one.
As a result my new boyfriend, Jim, and I talk about cars constantly, because well, I miss having a car, and I want to get a good, dependable one (unlike my other 3 junkers). I'm thinking along the lines of a used Audi, if I can afford it.
Anyways, as a result of web meandering, I found this link: Mini Rally which never fails to amuse me. (so tiny!) While we're on the subject, the Mini Cooper S is an amazing car. (I want, I want) At first, I didn't really like Minis because, well, they're so small. Jim tells me that they're not cramped on the inside and they are actually really great, well made, good performance cars. Sweet. They also cost about 25k, and they seem to be hard to find used.. :(
Eh, I can always dream :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2004


Well, I always thought I would do this some day. I guess it took a prof of mine making this a class activity to finally get me to do it. (you can thank him, or condemn him, whichever) See, I've always had a good reason not too, or some special power of procrastination. I'm not sure what I'll do with this, I could do a Python blog, or a random interesting news blog, or just a personal this is how my life went blog. Who knows (green chinese pottery?). I guess I'll keep it around because I'm developing this spiffy, cute little site.