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PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Theoretically I could do it on my own, but they're long curtain rods and ceilings are high here, so it's a two-person job. And I don't have the necessary tools, which is the bigger problem.

Maybe I'll retrieve the curtains myself, and wait to hang them until the guy's better. Thanks for the advice!

Usa, you're awesome. I love it. Thank you!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I wonder how someone gets funding for ideas. In many ways we seem to have intellectually crippled ourselves by not teaching business to people at school. What does it matter how smart someone is in a selected area if you make it difficult for them to get the money to do anything with it?

Urg - headache - after images when I blink at things. Wonder how long after images are meant to last. I mean if you look at a white screen of text in a dark room how long does it take the after image to fade when you close your eyes? If you look at a torch and move it around in your fov how long does it take the trails to fade? Really hard to find averaged figures for this stuff for some reason.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Asa: That's probably a good idea. Wink

Nem: There doesn't seem to be an average time, but if that's been happening for a while you might want to get it looked at. =<


My brother donated his old Kindle to the family a few days ago. No one else is using it at the moment, so I've got control of the thing. I have been raiding the free books on Amazon. The Kindle is now equipped with copies of: Paradise Lost, the Divine Comedy, Faerie Queene, and eleven plays by Aristophanes. I'm just getting warmed up.

Someone take this thing away from me before something scary happens.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, this happened on 10th September...
http://www.flickr.com/photos/19299984@N08/7976507568/
(For a sense of scale: http://i.imgur.com/oUHBr.jpg )

Time to start working on those bucket lists, I'd say... Cripes.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, but that's Jupiter. Surely that happens more frequently than we're aware.

Yesterday I went over the get the curtains, and basically stocked my kitchen! My ex-roommate gave me a sandwich maker (!), oil, vanilla, spices, rice, barley, wheat, cutting boards, and a salad bowl. And I get any of the remnants after her sister makes selections. How all I need is a microwave, electric burners, and pans.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know how large that was but large objects - on the order of .3 to ~1.5 km are estimated to strike Jupiter between every 500-6,000 years. It's infrequent enough that when Shoemaker–Levy 9 collided with Jupiter in '94 no-one had seen it happen before.

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I dunno, 'nu. Not being sure what it's meant to be like, you feel like such a hypochondriac bothering a doctor or someone about it. If I notice it getting worse again, I'll definitely go. But it's not the sort of thing you note normally - how long do trails from torches and the like last - so you don't know whether you've gone back to more or less normal or not afterwards. ^^;

It may even just be due to not getting enough sleep, I suppose.

Dunno. Humans need to come with a general diagnostic mode that tells you whether it's worth bothering a doctor for a more in depth thingy.

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Today, new earphones; Koss Pro4AAT s. Got to admit I'm not a huge fan of the whole closed cup design. Feels like when someone's got their hands over your ears and is pushing the air into them. Gets very hot too. I dunno, it'll probably ease up a bit as they get flexed. Assuming the little plastic thingy they've joined the cups on with doesn't snap first. At the moment they're kind of vice-like - and I don't have a totally comedy-size head, (maybe 6 or so inches across at the ears.)

They don't sound that bad - or at least they won't once they've had time for a bit of a run in, I suppose. You've got to play stuff through headphones for a couple of hundred hours before you can really tell. At the moment the bass response is somewhat excessive, and muddies the mid tones. In part that's just the nature of the beast with closed-cup 'phones though. Some people think it makes them sound unnatural. If you want added isolation from earphones, to lock yourself away from the world, that's really the way to go though. Well, that or active noise-cancellation. To some people isolation and the added bass you can get from having a closed cup is really important anyway. So, in a sense, that's a value judgement.

I'd take a fair wager that if you opened them up you'd find they've screwed some sort of rubberised padding material in there to punch it up compared to the mid and high tones anyway. Which may be where you're losing a lot of that definition.

The person who gave them to me's obviously put a reasonable amount of thought into it. Read reviews and the like. You just can't help thinking... maybe Amazon review isn't the best place to start learning about a subject you don't have any experience with. You know?

I don't want to seem ungrateful - it's not like you want them to have wasted their money, and it's not like you want to lie to them. But... those sort of considerations are exactly why I don't talk about things that I might want around others. If you talk about your life you lose a degree of control over it. Even in personal interactions with people who have your own interests at heart - knowledge is power.

Uck, I'm an awful person <_< Or maybe just honest. How are you meant to tell the difference? You feel like you should like things you're given more because they're given to you, you know? But you don't, and you don't know how to alter your preferences to strongly favour things on that basis.

Of course I suppose equally you could go the other way, and talk excessively about the specifics of your desires. But... the sort of conversations you can have there aren't hugely rewarding in my experience. You just end up talking about subjects that no-one else knows anything about. And then, well, why are you talking? Because somewhere down the line someone might want to get you something related to it? Should you have to watch every conversation you might have to make sure that you've remembered to mention everything that's important to you in relation to that subject incase someone might make some, doubtless well meant, mistake based on it? Isn't it easier just not to make the effort to have the conversations to begin with rather than living with that consideration in every conversation you decide to have?

-shrug-

I do that after every conversation, these days. Weigh up the tone of the discussion and decide whether it was a mistake to make the effort to speak on some particular point that is.

My mother says people can't live like that. That they'd be lonely. Not sure quite what to think of that. She never called when I was at uni - and when I called we rarely had anything to say to each other. Pretty much the only person she has to talk to is my father - and he's always watching TV. She's not dead yet, seems to get by okay. How is that not being on your own?

I think it's probably a lot easier if you've grown up living more or less by yourself though. If you've developed that state of mind: that your default is to consider spreading your personality around a bit of a dirty habit or occasional indulgence; something you actively decide to do when it can't do you very much damage.

Heh. Let's see, happier thoughts, happier thoughts.

Today there's martial arts practice. That's always a good way to pass the time. Also found a large book that's apparently been read long enough ago that I can bear reading it again ^_^ Mmm, cold pizza. Uh - I mean, renewed book.

Hey, there's a happier way of phrasing some of the above: 'Discretion is a virtue.' XD

Wow, you really can make anything sound like a virtue if you stretch far enough. Maybe, after all's said and done, I just need to hire a PR specialist =p
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that's probably the best way for you to interact with normal humans, Nem. ^_^

Re: the afterimages. Perhaps consider NOT sitting in front of a lit screen in the dark? Our eyes aren't meant for that kind of contrast.

I got nothing done today! However, I did make a grilled cheese sandwich in the sandwich maker, which was inordinately pleasing.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't look at screens in the dark, Asa. At least not as a matter of course. ^_^; Or look directly at torches and wave them around in front of my face.

It's just something I assume presents more or less the same context for everyone.

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Today not much going on really. This is interesting - http://www.ownedcore.com/forums/world-of-warcraft/world-of-warcraft-general/375573-looking-inside-your-screenshots.html - security through obscurity lasted them an awfully long time.

Tired. @_@ People really should stop feeding me coffee after three in the afternoon. People like... well. Me. =p
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today, I installed League of Legends. I might be in love.

I also might get a new roommate soon - my partner is in a chorus, and one of the members has been living in a hotel for the past few weeks because he just moved to the city. Totally not worth it, so we're meeting with him tomorrow so he can see our place and get a feel for it.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shiny.

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Today the parents continue to struggle to get the father's laptop to work. It randomly refuses to boot.

They were under the impression that it just didn't boot in the morning. For some reason. They were literally waiting for the morning to test it to see if it still booted. >_<

Anyway - Nem's thinking CMOS battery, RAM, graphics card, CPU... in order of awfulness. Honestly it could be almost anything. Anyhoo, mentioned this to them a couple of weeks back - so they replaced the hard disk.

Today they installed windows on it again, booted it up and then.... Heh =p Problem's still there. Oh well - at least he's got a new HD?

In other news, Planetside 2 continues to look drool-worthy. @_@ The first one was awesome - though the lack of outdoor stuff really got in the way. This one looks... Yayness - actual large-scale field battles. Combined arms. Proper organisation.

^_^

Also the new Xcom game. Undecided about that one at the moment. On the one hand, we haven't had a new tactical game like that in a long time. On the other I'm unsure about the switch from action points to a move/shoot system - and, more importantly, from a just general advancement system to a class-based system. It's been getting good previews, but frankly you can't trust the popular press in these matters. Gonna be a bit more wait and see on that one. I remember investing so many hours in the original game, but don't really want to get my hopes up.

Gosh, talking of getting your hopes up. The new iphone. I've got a friend who's really into those things and I'll never really understand him - in that regard at least. I mean it's worse hardware than other phones, the marketplace that apple has takes a huge cut of the app-maker's money. Used to be if you had a phone in your pocket you could just write a program and run the thing - but not sine the evil apple corp got their claws into things. Though I suppose that's generally what companies want - they don't want you to have a computer, they want you to have an internet enabled entertainment device... >_>

You're basically paying people to do you over.

There was this really funny clip where they passed an iphone 4s off as an iphone 5 and people were going 'Oh yeah it's lighter, and faster....' =p

I digress.

Today's burst of rampant consumerism brought to you buy Nemtech incorporated. Less evil than 8/10 companies as rated by our testers.

Edit: September 15th

It's the strangest thing to have someone's own description confirm predictions you made about their underlying state of mind. I suppose it's no-one's fault they aren't smarter. They should have done certain things - but they didn't, and you can put that down to them not having been exposed to a certain selection environment.

I suppose, equally though, someone who was really smart and playing against you would know that you'd made a forking prediction and select to confirm whichever fork favoured their interests, in the knowledge that you - having worked for it - would be more likely to trust the conclusion.

So in a sense, while it narrows the potential answers down considerable, it's still leaves you with some questions.

Still, very interesting - and if you look at their history there are examples of behaviour that fits the model that couldn't possibly favour them unless they'd foreseen the need for this general model of excuse. Which isn't wholly improbable but if they can see that far ahead why aren't they more politically adept in other areas of their life? How much would they be sacrificing to have one general excuse? Not sure that would make sense as a strategy for them.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I walked two miles in light rain to pick up legitimately French pastries (the shop owner is from France), only to find out that two of the tree lunch mates I was aiming for won't be able to make it. @__@

Ah well. On the other hand, two miles is the longest I have walked without (really) stopping. Happily, I can report that the bottoms of my feet were what gave out on me, not my back or my legs! My legs were a bit sore about 3/4 through, but another few minute saw the ache subside. My back did not hurt once, even though I was hauling my 30lbs (I estimate) backpack.

Today I ordered a pair of those compression leggings athletes wear, as per the suggestion of a friend of mine who does crossfit. I have a good pair of running shoes, and I'll pick up some school attire. Then, I'll hit the rec center and really burn through the weight.

Today I am incredibly pleased to be in proper physical working order.

I hope today is excellent for all of you. Be safe, wherever you are. The world seems crazy these days.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The world is crazy, but we just came through Rosh Hashanah (the New Year), so there's hope. We'll have to see how our prayers hold out for the future.

Spent the last five days with my cousins in Jerusalem, and meeting various friends of theirs. All grandparents, of course, given the generation, but it was nice. Nice and quiet. Lots of reading. Now to go back home for ten days of struggling to keep it up before Yom Kippur (Judgement Day), then I can relax a little bit until Sukkot. Then panic for university sets in, when classes start...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to hear all are well.

That's great news about your back, Usa! ^___^
Just remember to be careful--once you've hurt your back it is really easy to hurt it again!

Today I am relieved to have secured essays for my paper on Criticism. Aye that's a headache of a class though--I don't suppose anyone can explain Derrida in a way that makes any sort of sense whatsoever?

Today it's been a year since I left for South Africa and Mozambique. I miss . . . oh, everything. Except, perhaps the ants. And the giant spiders. Everything else, though . . . *sigh*
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything in particular about Derrida? I suppose the obvious touching stone for his deconstructionist approach is Levinas, a far better writer IMO, if that's what you were interested in.

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Today I have hot-chocolate. Nom nom nom. Trying to cut down on the caffeine.

Also discovered that sleep only really seems to do you much good in near total darkness. This explains a fair bit.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today was a banner day. Secured a job, found two long-lost websites, bought stuff for the apartment. It's not a real shopping trip unless I spend more than 200 NIS...

Didn't write my paper, but I'm getting plenty else done. Also, I'm having a house guest this weekend! I've never had one of those before. I need to sweep desperately, there's dead bugs all over from various Raid attacks and I've only been home one night in the last week. And I'm going kayaking at 7 tomorrow morning, which means I have to get up at 5, which means I'd BETTER get to bed by 10.

Have a good weekend, everyone!
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