oh yeah

Aug. 24th, 2006 03:51 pm
solarbird: (bubbles-is-hardcore)
take that, puny corporate networking system



picoupdate: not sure. but all i know is that i woke two days later in a Mexican hospital and they're asking if I saw who hit my bike because there weren't any witnesses, and accororginly, everything kind of sucks. I'm back on solid foods at this point, but this whole typing thing is still hard and they're talking about about a month of p.t.. And my bike is el-trashed-od. More when I know more.
solarbird: (molly-oops)
I was pretty sick yesterday and am still sick (tho' improving) today, so instead of doing stuff that required brains, I typeset a Cardcaptor Sakura doujinshii novel that I found online and liked. I sent a URL to the .pdf I made off to the authors. Hopefully they'll like it. It still needs some finishing work, but it has the general idea. (I did a full typeset into book format. 302 pages, counting covers, etc. What got me started was that the .TXT files the individual chapters were in displayed very, very badly, so were accordingly difficult to read, and, well, I'm an artist with design training, I can fix that...)

My hobbies are so lame. I think this is the geekiest thing you'll ever see me admit to doing in a public post. At least, god, I hope so.

Anyway, I'm still not feeling great, so I'm going to bed without posting today's half-finished political post. Hopefully tomorrow for that. But have a flower picture instead, taken at the same Ravenna Avenue P-Patch as the sunflower I posted before!

Boom! Oooooooooooh, ahhhhhhhhhh
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Ten Things That Make Me Happy
(tagged by [livejournal.com profile] corivax)

This is not an exhaustive list, nor is it in any particular order or rank. And it's things, not people. Certain people can take themselves as read. ^_^

1. Taking flower pictures. Or pictures in general, really. I used to take a lot of pictures, I kind of slacked off, I'm back at it again. Also, posting them, which may be directly related. For today's example, see below.

2. Philip Glass's "Metamorphosis One." You should own a copy.

3. Researching the crap out of things that have caught my interest recently. The web has made this a zillion times easier and fun. When I've had to do it all-physical-book, it's been slow and frustrating - akin to the way that I write pretty well given a keyboard, but just can't in handwriting; the amount of time it takes to make characters is just too frustrating and limiting. This probably implies some mild form of ADD or something, I dunno.

4. Sushi! Also pho, really good udon, moshi, shave ice, mirin (cooking with, not drinking, you goons), rice crackers, berries off vines, baked beans I made myself, and ice cream.

5. Gardening, as long as it's on a scale that isn't insane. Clearing the back yard/hillside? Insane. I'll hire somebody to that when and if we can afford it, and until then, it's on its own. [Note the correct use of it's and its here. Please remember for future reference.]

6. Shoujo Kakumei Utena. Also, Wish, Invader Zim, Chobits, Cardcaptor Sakura, Leave it to Kero, A Miracle of Science, most books by Verner Vinge, most films by Hayao MIYAZAKI, most manga by CLAMP, and Battlestar Galactica. That's kind of a lot for one item.

7. Fixing broken things, as long as it doesn't become repetitive, which is to say, frustrating and annoying. Night before last, I fixed our little $3 kitchen timer, because, well, I could. It was fun. And also $3 cheaper than buying a new one. Something that I have to fix over and over again, on the other hand, annoys me. I do badly at deeply repetitive tasks.

8. Playing music in a group, even though we haven't done that lately due to lack of a group. Unfortunately, it mostly seems to be a group activity for me.

9. Actually doing something coherent in Japanese, which is pretty rare. I'm very bad at it. Now that the rainy season is coming, I'll be on the bus more often instead of biking (see next entry) so will be studying more again.

9.5 l33t, because it's soooo stupid. ^_^ I call this 9.5 because it's languages-related and therefore links to item nine. Kinda. HEY IT'S MY LIST, BACK OFF.

10. Biking. ^_^ On a similar note, having a good bus system and walkable areas. I like being able to leave house without anything and go all over the city and not have to worry about driving or where I'll put the stupid car.

Okay, that's ten. There are more queued up in my brain, but SUFFAH, POPE! And have a flower picture. I found this one near the bus stop on 25th last week, shortly before running into Anna getting onto the same bus home I was, which was funny!

Yellow Bell

I also like this bizarre, added-on-to garage a lot. It's on the walk to the shops and it makes me happy. AGH THAT'S ELEVEN fuxx0r j00 for getting that out of me! Bastards!

Yesterday and the Day Before

PS: No tags on anybody, but do your own version if you want.
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I won't actually be offline for this convention, if everything goes right. So I don't know why I'm throwing all these things up at the last minute. But I am! I guess there's nothing like needing to work on one thing to want to work on something else...


Monday's miles: 2.0
Tuesday's token: 0.1
Miles out of Hobbiton: 412.7.
Miles to Rivendell: 45.6

Look at your LJ "interests" list. If you have fewer than 50 interests, pick every fifth one. If you have between fifty and seventy-five interests, pick every seventh one. If you have over seventy-five interests, pick every tenth one. If you have fewer than ten, pick all of 'em. List them here, and tell everyone exactly what it is about these things that interests you so much.

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: Best. Damn. Show. On. Television. Which admittedly is only saying so much, but still. To steal a line, Starbuck is my TV girlfriend.

COLLECTIVES: In this case, it refers to collective intelligences. One example is Mars from the webcomic A Miracle of Science, which you should totally go read from the beginning. Now.

ELVES: I am one, and there aren't a zillion of us, so the rest kind of just follows, doesn't it?

GROUNDCOVERS: I like gardening; I'm not fond of weeding; I prefer to avoid herbicides and won't even use most of those made. (Anything that doesn't degrade in short order to something harmless is out. That leaves me about two options, one of which I'm even only willing to apply with an eye dropper directly to the plant in question, and that only because it's horsetail I'm fighting here, c'mon!) Groundcovers squeeze out many common weeds and are often quite pretty. I've posted flower pictures from some groundcovers I've planted and others which I've found around. The flowers are almost always small, but there are often many of them.

MANGA: Mostly, I just like a lot of the art styles I find there. I got here from my anime interest; also, occasionally, I get up the nerve to try translating really simple stuff as kind of homework.

PAGANISM: As an independently practicing neopagan, I have to say that monotheism never made any damn sense to me. However, I'm not completely without the theology bit, even if I don't let it rule my political thinking.

RANMA 1/2: YAPPAPPA YAPPAPPA II SHA-N TEN!! I think this was the anime that got me into anime. Then I read the manga, or at least a decent chunk of it.

SCULPTING: I think I post enough about this already. If not, go look at this for a while. I'll wait.

STARLIGHT: Hum. I just like it. I like how it looks and how things look under it. I like things that look like it, like stone with little reflective bits at night. It all goes back to the same thing the sculpture is about when I'm being serious about it - how light moves around.

UNIMOG: YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BE UNIMOG'S SUNSHINE. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BE UNIMOG'S SOLE SOURCE OF SUNSHINE. YOU ARE REQUIRED TO MAKE UNIMOG HAPPY WHEN UNIMOG'S SKIES HAVE BECOME GRAY. (We actually started to put together a cover of this song when we still had band. I think it would have been a Crime and the Forces of Evil project, but I dunno. Anyway, we have it on disc somewhere.)
solarbird: (not_in_the_mood)
Worst allergy day of the year, by a lot. I awoke at a little before 5am with a flood of evil in my nose and a heavy heavy dose of that must-claw-all-the-skin-off-my-face nails-on-chalkboard high-pitched-whine-that-makes-your-skin-quivver pain. I got a bit better later in the morning but it's back now in heavy attack. Right now I'm alternating between wanting to scream and hating everyone who doesn't get attacked by the air around them, which is unfair but god dammit this is horrible. This is one step away from the literally-blinding (because you can't focus or really open your eyes) migraine-like sinus pain that I've so far managed to avoid this year. I'm on full or over-doses of everything that actually works, and have kicked up my metabolism with caffeine. (It's like a migraine, but as a bonus, includes itching inside your head!) It's helping a little.


After helping [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat move another truckload of stuff in Monster, I got him to show me the basics of his camera, and now I have more flower pictures. Since his digital camera is much better than mine, I have some nice close shots, too. So here's today's flower picture, which does not feature this new development - you'll just have to wait for the really close shots:

I don't know what it is, but it's kind of nice. Two more under the cut, since it's been a while since I posted any.

In other news, CLAMP School Detectives is just weird. I like CLAMP; I like most of the things CLAMP puts out; I like CLAMP School; I love that it has Gamura Hall. But the Detectives permutation ... weird. I think I'll reread volume one of the collected and see if it gets any less weird, but I kind of doubt it will.

I also talked some with Vicka on Friday about grad school research stuff, and spent what time I wasn't spending helping Paul move on Saturday reading over a bunch of stuff on relevant web sites. Vicka said she'd look over stuff before I sent anything in, for which I am very grateful. I don't know what might come of it, and I still don't know what questions I should even be asking about to pursue this from the neuro side, so those are other things I'm still thinking about.

And last night, we watched the last episode of the new Doctor Who (27x12 and 27x13 - god damn those are big season numbers ^_^ ) and yea, it was good.

There was something else I was going to mention, so I might edit to put that in if I remember. Knowing me, that will be in five minutes.

Wednesday's miles: 1.1
Thursday's miles: 2.85
Friday's miles: 1.5
Saturday was Help Paul Move More Shit Day, which is exercise but not walking, and today is DEATH BY ALLERGIES day, so probably no walking today. Dammit, I wanted to go down to the farmer's market. ;_:
Miles out of Hobbiton: 244.95
Miles to Rivendell: 212.35

More flower pictures, and quizzes )
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Tomorrow, I'll make a [livejournal.com profile] use_nihongo-ok version of this post too. But for now, here's a version for my own journal. ^_^

闇のまつえい9 (やみのまつえい9): Descendants of Darkness 9
English translation by ME! - やった! ^_^

page 1, frame 1, box 1:
麗らかな (うららかな): A beautiful spring day
午後の昼下がり (ごごのひるさがり):Afternoon; early afternoon

page 1, frame 1, box 2:
退屈な伯しやく様はとても良いいと (たいくつなはくしやくはとてもよいいと おもいつ): While bored, Count Chiyaku comes across a particularly pleasant thought. (chief official (count) chiyaku's boredom exceedingly pleasant thought comes across an idea.)

page 1, frame 2, box 1:
そうだ!: "That's it!"
page 1, frame 2, box 2:
パーテイーをひらいう : The party opens.
---end page 1---

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