I'll po YOUR lite!'s journal

> recent entries
> calendar
> recent friends
>>check again
>>my comms
> Algeh.com
> profile
> previous 10 entries
> next 10 entries
> first entry

> update
> console

> animepdx
> squanky
> chihuahua
> cerise
> leander
> carvel
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
13:02 (08.12.11) - Three rejected holiday card photos and how to get the winner
On Tuesday, I took Annabelle the Basset Hound to a local park in an effort to get Christmas card photos to send out to my pet-sitting clients. It was pretty much a fiasco, and I've concluded that if I do this again I'll have to bribe someone else to go along to either camera-wrangle or dog-wrangle.

If you'd like a card mailed to you, please comment to this post (on either Dreamwidth or LiveJournal) with your mailing address. Comments will be screened, although I'll unscreen comments that don't include an address.

I'm sharing three of the outtakes here. At least I didn't have to pay money to have these developed.

Annabelle doesn't really understand about photographsCollapse )

So anyway, while the card I'm sending out will not be a beautifully posed masterpiece, it will be much, much better than any of those.

This post is also available at http://algeh.dreamwidth.org/282033.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments there. Feel free to comment in either location.

( theorem?)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
16:54 (22.11.11) - My tweets
  • Tue, 09:13: Spent several minutes deciding if wool socks were a pair or if they belonged to different pairs. Conclusion: one was inside out. #coffeenow

(1 proof | theorem?)

Monday, November 14th, 2011
13:36 (14.11.11) - OryCon 33
I went to OryCon 33 over the weekend. I'm always so tired and out of social interaction points by the time I get done with a con that I never get con reports typed up. I'm making myself get one written up this time because I do enjoy reading everyone else's.

As per usual, I mostly spent time hanging out in the filk room with some excursions to other tracks during breaks in the filk programming or when something looked particularly interesting. This is also a commuter con for me, which makes it harder for me to get to morning stuff because I sleep in and eat a big meal at home before I go to the con each day.

Friday (includes stats on the Friday bardic circle)Collapse )

SaturdayCollapse )

SundayCollapse )

Personal observations/what worked and didn't work about how I managed the conCollapse )

So anyway, that was OryCon. As with every year, I have moments when I wonder why I keep doing this to myself and other moments when I remember why I keep coming back. I've already bought my membership for next year, and this year I also offered to volunteer before, but not during, the con (with my anxiety I don't want to commit in advance to doing anything in particular during the con so I can adjust my con schedule as needed if I'm having a day when I can't handle much). We'll see if they take me up on that.

Next up: possible December housefilk at my dad's place in Aloha (I'm not sure that there's enough interest, so I need to put out a few more feelers before committing) and then Conflikt in January.

This post is also available at http://algeh.dreamwidth.org/281277.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments there. Feel free to comment in either location.

( theorem?)

Monday, November 7th, 2011
12:01 (07.11.11) - So, I got a twitter (Algeh_T)
I gave up and got a twitter account because I realized that I had no current contact info for some of my friends and it seemed less obnoxious than facebook (among other things, I generally click out of a sign-up process if it requires me to specify a gender). If you're interested, I'm on there as Algeh_T .

(I have no idea why anyone else would want the username Algeh - I use it as a nickname because it's what I got when a non-native speaker of English misunderstood and tried to write down my initials "L.J." as a name once. I'd just decided to go by my initials instead of my name because I was tired of the "Linnea. L - I - N - N - E - A. Thank you. No, it's not Hawaiian. It's Swedish and traditional in my family." speech that I have to give pretty much every time I introduce myself. Unfortunately, the first person I tried "L.J." on was a native German speaker, and I went back to the Linnea Speech after that debacle.)

Right now, I'm planning to import my tweets daily into LJ and then make those entries private a day or so later when I get around to it. I'd prefer to make them private immediately (I'm importing them for back-up reasons), but LJ doesn't seem to let you set a minimum security just for those posts. I am not impressed, but I suppose if LJ were being impressive I wouldn't have needed to get a twitter in the first place.

This post is also available at http://algeh.dreamwidth.org/280890.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments there. Feel free to comment in either location.

(2 proofs | theorem?)

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
14:30 (28.09.11) - I used to like computers, I remember liking computers, now I just want to give up on the whole thing
Argh. All I ever post here any more is whiny complaints about how the world doesn't work the way I want it to. This is pretty much the state of my life the past few years, so I guess that's not that surprising. So anyway, me whining. Again. Dammit.

I'm trying to set up a new, professional domain for my math tutoring and petsitting businesses (which I should probably post about here at some point). I figure that a nice feature for the pet business would be if I kept a daily, password-protected blog for each overnight client so they could check on their pets while on vacation. Because I want to get this set up soon and don't want to spend a lot of time learning about various blog/CMS choices I was going to do this with Moodle, which is kind of like killing a spider with a 30-volume encyclopedia set. (Plus, I could then set up practice quizzes and such for my tutoring clients, and easily re-purpose the whole thing if I got a teaching job, as Moodle is a great platform for things like online math homework assignments.) However, the host that's my current first-choice (for reasons mostly having to do with a good customer service track record) will only support up through Moodle 1.9 on their cheap hosting, and the more expensive hosting needed to run Moodle 2.x is a big enough cost differential that it doesn't actually make a whole lot of sense to spend that much more when what I actually need right now is, in fact, less than 100 password-protected blogs rather than a full-fledged learning management system. (Moodle 1.9 will lose even security-fix support next summer, so I'm not going go with that.) Of course, I don't know anything about the various blog-hosting systems. Wordpress is what everyone seems to use for blogging, but doesn't seem to offer much in the way of intrinsic privacy levels, so it looks like I'd have to spend a lot of time messing around with plugins. There are a lot of other blogging/CMS systems out there, but I have no idea where to even start researching which don't suck.

Am now tempted just to make html pages in emacs rather than use a blogging platform and assign each client their own password-protected folder on my domain. I already know how to do that, and it just sounds way easier. I'm pretty sure that's the Wrong Way To Do It, though. I keep wanting the 90s back, which is not the way to make websites not suck.

I wish I were wealthy enough to just hire someone to deal with all of this crap for me, but if I had that kind of money I wouldn't be petsitting in the first place. Computer stuff just changes too fast for me to ever understand what the hell is going on anymore, and I'm just so tired of trying to even find the right way to frame my questions.

This post is also available at http://algeh.dreamwidth.org/280077.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments there. Feel free to comment in either location.

(16 proofs | theorem?)

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
13:52 (08.06.11) - Semi-disappearing
This is just a note that I haven't been online much lately or doing a good job of keeping up with LJ communities and such. I'm currently caught up on personal journals on my LJ friendslist (but not yet on anything DW-only) but otherwise I just haven't been paying attention for about 2 weeks now. For now, assume I'm running at least a week behind on anything posted in a personal LJ and that I won't see it if it's in a community. If it's something I actually need to know in a timely fashion, call me. If it's something in a community I run and it needs dealing with, that goes double.

This is mostly because I finally let myself start playing Harvest Moon: Magical Melody, which I bought on sale back in December but hadn't been letting myself start because I knew I'd play it constantly for a while before losing interest. I'll probably resurface in a month or so when it's less fun, but in the meantime my recreational screen-time is being spent there instead of here. It's a game where wild monkeys like hugs. How can I not play it all day long?

This post is also available at http://algeh.dreamwidth.org/279784.html. There are currently comments there. Feel free to comment in either location.

( theorem?)

Thursday, May 12th, 2011
20:59 (12.05.11) - Dear Kohls
Dear Kohls,

Thank you for actually carrying, in stock, the bra I wanted. This puts you one up on JC Penney, who wasted a bunch of my time only to ultimately try to hand-hold me through ordering it online via the roundabout process of talking out loud to a salesclerk (pretty much the worst of both worlds as far as my shopping preferences go).

However, I would like to clue you in to something about the bra-buying public: many of us have a pre-existing opinion about either the bra size we wear or the bra style we like. Some of us even have opinions about both! Thus, sticking all of the bagged bras of a certain brand into a two-sided display with a total of sixteen shelves to explore and doing so, as near as I can tell, with no organizing principle whatsoever, is pretty much not awesome. Many stores choose to organize their similar displays by style, then band size, then cup size, which makes it fairly easy to trial-and-error your way to a bra that fits within any given style by grabbing the one you think you need and several adjacent ones before going in the fitting room. I could also see an argument that organizing first by band size, then cup size, then style might encourage women to explore a variety of styles in the size that they already know fits them and that this might be more convenient for them. Organizing by some other principle, such as color or cup size first would be odd but at least let me know the shape of my search space and let me skip searching some sections of the display.

I came in knowing my cup size, band size, and the exact model number I wanted. To put this into perspective, if I could buy bras at Napa Auto Parts (and I'd probably buy them nowhere else if I could), I could have walked right up to the counter with this amount of information and been out of there in five minutes with either my bra or an explanation of which store it was at and how long it would take them to get it in from there on the truck.

Back in reality (and at Kohls), after poking at several shelves, I found a bra in the style I wanted but a size very different from my own, which gave me the incentive to go on. Eventually, after searching all 16 shelves, I found two bras in the size and style I wanted and an empty package that indicated it once contained a third (I found this first, on about the 5th shelf I searched, and it gave me motivation to keep going). Neither were anywhere near each other. One was on the top shelf on one side of the display, and one was as far away as possible on the bottom shelf of the diagonally opposite unit. Neither were surrounded by other items that were of similar size or style (aside from all being bagged bras of this particular brand, since that was true of the entire display). For all I know, my inattention to detail means that I missed the Holy Grail of bras, the One That Isn't White, Yet Is My Size and Style, in the process of trying to examine each package individually to see if it was the one I was looking for.

I might note that at no point during the time I am shelf-reading this entire display do I see a sales associate of any kind, a level of being left alone I'd previously associated only with used book stores. (This is fitting, because the level of disorganization was also something I'd only seen previously in used book stores, and not often there.)

I was going to share all of this with you in the survey that my receipt kindly invited me to take, but there were no long-form comment opportunities provided, only a bunch of vague questions with Likert-scale-type answers and a few yes/nos. It is times like these that I miss paper forms, for they had margins in which I could provide commentary.

Thank you for providing a minimally adequate shopping experience.



This post is also available at http://algeh.dreamwidth.org/279524.html. There are currently comments there. Feel free to comment in either location.

(7 proofs | theorem?)

Thursday, April 28th, 2011
11:12 (28.04.11) - You know, I have a birthday coming up
I just heard about a small-press publisher who is having a hard time of it. Now, a lot of people are having a hard time right now and I am pretty broke, so I often don't even read these things anymore. I happened to read this one, and it turns out that this particular publisher has been re-printing some of my very favorite Tanith Lee books (which I noticed because I happened to see the title of one of them on a tiny image on their blog and was persistent enough to figure out that they'd hid them under an imprint of their own rather than the first several places I looked - I didn't find it particularly easy to browse their catalog for stuff by a particular author in general).

Anyway, there are maybe two or three of you who read this and also tend to buy me birthday presents. If you're one of those people, haven't already figured out what to get me this year, and can afford it, I'd like one of these, please. I'd particularly like the short story collection Sounds and Furies because I don't already have it in another edition and it contains one of my favorite short stories (Crying in the Rain) and otherwise seems to contain stories that I don't already have copies of. Death's Master was also one of my favorite novels as a teen and I read the crap out of it, so I really wouldn't mind a new edition of either it or Night's Master, but I do already have copies of both of those from the 70s DAW paperback run. I wouldn't mind a new copy of The Birthgrave either (which I also have a copy or two of from the DAW paperback run in the 70s), but that book didn't get read as much as the other ones when I was a teen.

If you're not someone who generally buys me birthday presents, don't buy me books as a result of this post! Do, however, consider buying yourself some of these books if they look like your kind of thing. I don't feel comfortable recommending them to everyone because they are pretty weird and dark books (I wouldn't loan one to my mother, for example, or keep any of the ones from this publisher in my classroom library), but I really enjoyed them when I read them. (Note: while I started reading them as a pre-teen, these are not YA books. I don't recommend buying them for children without reading them yourself first.)

This post is also available at http://algeh.dreamwidth.org/278638.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments there. Feel free to comment in either location.

(1 proof | theorem?)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011
23:03 (19.04.11) - It's my 10-year LiveJournalversary!
It's been 10 years of using LiveJournal, which is pretty much the most recent site I've joined that I use regularly (if you don't count cross-posting to Dreamwidth, in which case I guess LiveJournal is the second most recent). I don't even want to think about how long that means I've been on the internet now.

All of you Web 2.0 kids need to get off my e-lawn.

(I was going to do a meaningful post on how my life, LiveJournal, and the larger internet have changed in the time I've been using LiveJournal, how that's been reflected in my changing posting habits, and blar blar blar introspection, but I seem to have stopped being introspective in public. Also the Blazers are down TWO GODDAMN GAMES in the playoffs and that's all I actually want to talk about, but I doubt any of my readers are interested in sports blogging.)

This post is also available at http://algeh.dreamwidth.org/278221.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments there. Feel free to comment in either location.

(1 proof | theorem?)

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
09:55 (15.02.11) - Status change
[personal profile] two_star and I broke up this weekend. We are still friends, and feel free to invite us both to events that you think we'd both like. Of course, feel free to invite only one of us to events that you think only one of us would like, and to invite neither of us to events that we'd both hate.

Also, my new goal is to make enough money to move someplace where I can get a dog. Dogs are fuzzy. I probably want a Black and Tan Coonhound, so I need to make enough money to live someplace appropriate for a big dog. Am tempted to move to a rural area in the south to accomplish this, except that I'd hate the weather there and also I doubt that my neighbors would be thrilled to see a queer pagan vegetarian move in next door no matter how many hound dogs I had. Perhaps I should look into fishing villages in Alaska again, although then I'd get a different kind of dog since that'd be a cruel place to ship a hound but a great place to have a local husky-type.

This post is also available at http://algeh.dreamwidth.org/277412.html. There are currently comment count unavailable comments there. Feel free to comment in either location.

(4 proofs | theorem?)

> previous 10 entries
> next 10 entries
> top of page