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|Thursday, August 26th, 2010|
The dentist's appointment being out of the way takes a decent chunk of stress off of my mind. Lupa was right- he's good. I was in and out in under twenty minutes. Despite not using anasthesia, the worst I felt was a few seconds of dull, vague ache.
|Wednesday, August 25th, 2010|
Many of my friends refuse to believe that the stories from veteran tech support workers are true. That large a percentage of the American population couldn't be that
stupid. One of my coworkers reminded me of a number of things that one in five Americans believe. For those of you who have ever doubted our tech support stories:
One in five Americans cannot locate the United States on a map.
One in five Americans do not know what country the US declared its independence from. (source: Gallup)
One in five Americans believes in Witches. (Gallup) The pagan population in the country just isn't high enough to account for that one- most of those are probably the crazy scary fundies who believe that witchcraft entails late nights with Dungeons and Dragons, drugs, and blood sacrifice.
One in five Americans believes that the sun revolves around the earth. (Northwestern University)
Ladies and gentleman of my friends list, meet the fine people who call tech support. And we wonder why so many refuse to believe that desktop computers need power to function.
|Sunday, August 22nd, 2010|
Veronica got up bright and early with me yesterday to go book buying. This time it wasn't for sale, it was for my personal collection. Literally the day it was announced that the tax cuts to the rich were going away, my rare book sales slowed to a trickle. As such, I really haven't been buying- it's something I'll do again when the economy is better.
However, the other day I was walking down Hawthorne, and saw a flyer for a private library being sold off. There were 4000 books, with fixed rates between $2-$3, depending on the type, and a breakdown of the number in each subject. I looked at the number on Russian history, and did a double take- it would be extremely difficult to have a Russian history library that large, which included a lot of pre-revolutionary history, and not have a significant number of rare books. The west just wasn't as interested in Russia up until the soviet era.
I was not disappointed when I went with Veronica. While I didn't find anything ultra-rare in the history section, I did find a number of Imperial Russian history books which I've been wanting for myself, and could never have afforded otherwise.
I also did find something which, though I haven't verified it yet, may be reasonably rare for my own collection. I'll have to check up on it to see exactly what it is. However, there was a copy of The Three Musketeers
, obviously old, but in good condition. It had a number of little mistranslations in it, of the sort that you see a lot of in French books being translated to English for the first time. Some of the early Jules Verne translations are good examples of this. At any rate, I love Dumas, so I picked it up.
|Saturday, August 14th, 2010|
O mighty friendslist- are any of you looking for a roommate in the PDX area? I have a friend who needs to move back to town for school. He'll do the Craiglist thing, but would prefer friends of someone he knows.
He's one of those genuinely nice people, who is going to school to be a teacher because he wants to make the world a better place.
|Sunday, August 1st, 2010|
Plenty to report, but not enough energy to write it all.
I spent yesterday with ambershadedlens
and Marie, for baking and movie watching. We did rosewater cupcakes with grenadine frosting, and bitter chocolate cookies.
|Wednesday, July 28th, 2010|
|Tuesday, July 27th, 2010|
ThinkGeek now has a "People For the Ethical Treatment of Zombies" tee shirt.
Given how many times my D&D character has had the "undead are people, too!" chat with the party, I may have to get this.
|Saturday, July 17th, 2010|
Friday night, Marie's place.
Lots of wine, coupled with some absolutely delicious math lectures which Marie found.
If you're the sort of person who enjoys working technical support, this constitutes a fun Friday night.
|Thursday, July 15th, 2010|
Skye showed this video to me, about nuclear testing done in the cold war. It's one of those things that I can't believe anyone tried, even just to see what would happen.
|Saturday, July 3rd, 2010|
Someone of my acquaintance recently mentioned a friend of theirs who works as a phone psychic. It came up in an economics discussion tonight- which one of you was it who'd mentioned that?
|Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010|
I returned a week ago from Napa. I saw relatives that I haven't seen in about seven years, as well as my parents. It was peaceful, and a much needed vacation.
|Saturday, May 29th, 2010|
|Saturday, April 17th, 2010|
I finally found a pair of shoes with the right grip for parkour. Now that my ankle's healed and I have a pair of shoes with good grips, I want to do it again.
Marie and I went to the park this afternoon, since she needs to learn some, too. I've lost a lot, but I've got a good idea of where I need to go from here.
Having Marie with me tonight made it easier.
Tentatively, we'll be doing it two nights a week- possibly Sunday mornings as well.
|Monday, March 29th, 2010|
|Tuesday, February 9th, 2010|
I'm still around, despite my being quiet. I've still been working far too much.
I've finished the Botany of Desire
, which I was forced to run out to Powell's and purchase, as my online book purchases were taking far too long to arrive. They've finally gotten here, giving me another round of biology, as well as some Scottish history to dig in to.
The oleic acid for one of my pet projects gets here next Monday. Thanks to the minimum order requirement, I had to purchase a gallon instead of a liter- and I didn't even need a full liter.
|Friday, February 5th, 2010|
It has been a good day.
It's been the sort of good day where I find myself humming Dr. Horrible while working on my current pet science project, and wondering how expensive or difficult it would be to patent this.
|Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010|
I've finished Hunting Pirate Heaven: in search of the lost pirate utopias of the Indian ocean
. It was not what I'd hoped- far more travel story, and less history, than I'd been looking forward to. I also finished The Island of the Colorblind
, by Oliver Sacks.
UC Berkeley had a wonderful lecture series a while back on human consciousness. One of the things which is went over was that consciousness, as the lecture series was defining it, required understanding that people around you have different thoughts than you do. The same lecturer, this semester, has another webcast lecture, this one on how people perceive society. It appears to be an expansion of what he had to say about the whole understanding that other people have different thoughts matter.
For now, I'm trying to down enough caffeine to wake up. Tomorrow, I'll be spending the day doing housework- finishing up the cooking, including a bit of work on the zombie cookbook recipes, getting the kitchen clean, and doing a bit more work on the steam punk jacket.
Okay, the aforementioned lecturer just made a Terry Pratchett reference in his lecture. Win.
|Tuesday, January 26th, 2010|
It is amazing how one hellish day at work can suddenly be negated by a few minutes of baby panda videos.
|Saturday, January 16th, 2010|
I'm still alive, despite the hours that I've been putting in at work. Surprisingly enough, I've had time to read, and have been going through quite a few things lately. Recently, I've read:The Sextants of Beijing
, a history which re-examines the view of the Chinese as introverted and xenophobic.Lost Names: scenes from a Korean boyhood
, an autobiographical account of growing up in Korea during Japanese occupation.Gang Leader for a Day: a rogue sociologist takes to the streets
Sudhir Venkatesh's riveting account of his time spent with the Black Kings.
All three are excellent books, though the latter two are certainly less dry. In addition, I'm about half way through Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief
. I'm awaiting the arrival of three more: Serial Murders and Their Victims
; Hell or Connaught: the Cromwellian colonization of Ireland
; and Hunting Pirate Heaven: in search of the lost pirate utopias of the Indian ocean.
I've also had a bit of new music to listen to lately. Jessi got Njord for me, which wasn't quite as good as I'd hoped, but still very good. He also found me the two disk CD set from Epica performing at the European International Opera Fest. My father sent me four Dar Williams CDs. Her song subject matter certainly seems to have changed since dad took me to see her as a teenager.
|Friday, January 15th, 2010|
linked me to this. I thought that all of the other Alaskans that I know would appreciate it.