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|Friday, April 3rd, 2009|
Last week I went down and met with midomi
...then we flew back up and settled into a home together.
Living with someone is a new experience for me. But it's easier than I had expected. Maybe we just go together and get along really well...
I feel...happy. Every moment is happier than it was before she was here.
I love you, Mids. <3 Current Mood: loved
|Tuesday, March 24th, 2009|
A month or two ago I was going through old CDs and I decided to put on the Phantasy Star Online soundtrack. I hadn't listened to it in a while, and when I did...it startled me. I believe I got PSO soon after it was released, which according to Wikipedia was November 2000. I played it often for several months. (Only single player, really.)
November 2000 was a time in my life when I was trying desperately to finish college. I was sick of it and I wanted to do something else; I wanted to graduate, but my social anxiety was making it hard. I was living alone in an apartment in Cambridge, walking to and from school most days. I was seeing a psychotherapist, and he was great, but he wasn't a cure-all. The stress in my life had triggered a certain amount of depression as well. I still had a ways to go in figuring out how to manage my life and my mind.
When I listened to that soundtrack, I remembered that time. I suddenly felt lonely
. It was startling how intense the sensation was...and how I didn't remember being that lonely at the time (probably because I was kind of messed up).
I don't like feeling lonely. I don't want
to feel lonely. So, tomorrow I am going to visit midomi
. And I am bringing her back to move in with me.
I don't feel lonely now. Somehow I feel...confident
. Current Mood: excited
|Tuesday, March 17th, 2009|
|Monday, March 16th, 2009|
|Sunday, March 15th, 2009|
|Beware the Ides of March!
Well, not really much to beware in this day and age, but it's still an interesting date. Current Mood: busy
|Saturday, March 14th, 2009|
|Friday, March 13th, 2009|
|Happy Friday the 13th!
Second month in a row! Amazing, isn't it? ;)
Wheels are turning. Things are happening... Current Mood: busy
|Friday, February 6th, 2009|
|Sunday, February 1st, 2009|
|Friday, January 30th, 2009|
|Tuesday, January 27th, 2009|
Oh, right...I'm safely back from my weekend trip to Boston. ;) It was fun. I'll have more details later. Current Mood: busy
|Saturday, January 24th, 2009|
|Friday, January 23rd, 2009|
|Writing in dreams
I took a nap and I had a curious dream. I felt like I was hearing a story that someone sent into a website talking about their experiences...This guy was a Best Buy employee, and he was working at Best Buy wanting to buy something, but there was a customer being serviced that would take hours. So, for this situation, they had a mannequin dressed in Best Buy clothes with a clipboard that they put in line to hold their place. Of course, the thing about the clipboard was that random passersby would write stuff on it...and over time this had evolved into an interesting collaborative story!
The story writers then decided that they wanted to keep control of the story in the hands of the experienced writers...but of course, this was all anonymous to begin with. Their solution was to write a bit where they explained that only story bits that contained text in a color other than black
would be counted. All else would be treated as attempts by evil conspiracies to influence the story reality. So, if you wanted to contribute to the story, you had to carry around a red pen or something. Eventually no one would be bothering to read through the previous pages of the clipboard, so they wouldn't know about this little rule...unless they had been participating for a while!
Of course, thinking about it now
, I doubt anyone smart would want to shut out new writers. Without new writers, a project like this eventually becomes stagnant and abandoned.
(...Then there was something about puma kittens, but whatever, dreams are like that.) Current Mood: awake
|Tuesday, January 20th, 2009|
|Sunday, January 18th, 2009|
|The Tarot Cafe: The Wild Hunt
Yep, that's me, with a book; The Tarot Cafe Novel vol. 1: The Wild Hunt
. This is a novel based on the Tarot Cafe
manhwa series (manhwa = Korean comic books). An author named Chandra Rooney (a.k.a. sora_blue
) was commissioned to write The Wild Hunt
If the name "Chandra Rooney" sounds familiar...she was also known as "Lady Chaos", active years ago around ImproFanfic
and creator of Dark Star
And now she's got a published novel. :D
(Incidentally...the URL on the shirt is outdated
. ;) ) Current Mood: chipper
|Thursday, January 15th, 2009|
|Patrick McGoohan, age 80
As you may or may not have heard, Patrick McGoohan died at age 80
. Thinking about this, I realized that I admired this man and his work. So I figured I should write about it...
Patrick McGoohan's magnum opus was, of course, The Prisoner
. (That's a link to Six of One, the Prisoner appreciation society. Also, if you're interested, you can watch the original Prisoner episodes online, legally
!)( About Patrick McGoohan's workCollapse )( So, why do I admire Patrick McGoohan and The Prisoner?Collapse ) Current Mood: contemplative
|Saturday, January 3rd, 2009|
|Thursday, November 27th, 2008|
|Monday, November 17th, 2008|
|Polymorphic function arguments
I just had this curious thought...
If you're programming, you call functions a lot. Functions often have parameters. Sometimes they can have a lot
of parameters. Sometimes it's hard to remember which parameters are which; like, if the function is supposed to be called like "function(int amount, int x, int y)" and instead you give it the parameters "function(x, y, amt)" then something's going to go wrong. Now, granted, in modern IDEs and editors it's usually quite simple to look up the function definition and make sure you're calling it correctly.
However...What if you could call the function arguments in some other order, as long as you knew what they were? Something like this: "function(x: 2, y: 3, amount: 1)". There would be some specifier to let the compiler associate the parameters with their values.
I feel like I've seen some language that had this facility, but at the moment I can't remember what it was. Current Mood: curious
|Sunday, November 16th, 2008|
I just had the most amazing dream...I dreamed I was spending some time at a place that had lots of old arcade games set up to play. Classic stuff like Pac-Man, Centipede, Ms. Pac-Man, of course...but there were also a lot of them that just came right from my imagination, and yet seemed in some way plausible. Arizona Sun, a game where you played a private detective being menaced by thugs, and its sequel Louisiana Bailey, starring his female counterpart. Metalevel, where each level was drawn (recycled, pastiched?) from a classic video game. And then there was the room with several rows of cocktail cabinets with instruction manuals that could be perused...stuff like Sasmiris, the emergent-story game from Chris Crawford. And Trojan, with its hilariously bad full-motion video of women in impractical armor. And Don-Cha, the sexually explicit caveman therapy game.
...And then I woke up and realized that none of these games actually exist. Sigh. Current Mood: disappointed