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Nov. 17th, 2012 11:27 pm
gogmagog: Randall Skeffington from <i>Ugly Americans</i> (Delicious brains)
Wow, it has been a while since I posted here! (Over a year, actually.) I've been mostly active on other sites - primarily Facebook but some tumblr and AO3 - but I've recently found myself thinking a bit about LJ and getting all nostalgic and wanting to get back to it, even as I know that much of the community I loved about LJ has now scattered to the four winds. Sigh. And of course that brought Dreamwidth to mind, which I'm hoping may yet turn out to be the new LJ, community-wise. (Leave my delusions illusions!)

So, I'm figuring I will try to update both this and my LJ more frequently (probably crossposting), as I have met some awesome folks through LJ especially that I don't want to lose.

So what is new in my life? Cut for tl;dr )

So, what's new in y'all's lives over the past year?


Oct. 31st, 2007 05:55 pm
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (WOES I AM SO HELPLESS AND EMO)
Maybe I should turn Wiccan, then I could take Halloween off for religious reasons.

...In related news, today really kind of sucked. The Speaking Center felt like 3 hours of water torture, Milton made me want to shoot myself in the head, and I skipped my evening class because I hadn't fnished the reading (since, y'know, working on that Milton project until like 10 a.m. this morning). So I'm home now, but I'm tired, hungry, and what started out as a nagging ache near the end of Milton is rapidly in the process of turning into a full-fledged headache.

Also I think I'm going to have to go to the mall to get a USB keyboard/mouse, which means I can't start installing Linux on my PS3 until then. D:

On the plus side, I have Gummi Lifesavers (uhhhhh, FOR ALL THE KIDS IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD *clears throat*) and deliciously unhealthy pasta for dinner. :9


gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (OH NOES)
...God, I really haven't posted in a while. Anyway, I should be in Kansas City right now, but sadly due to acts of God, I am not.

I'd been looking forward to going to [livejournal.com profile] rathershady and [livejournal.com profile] courters28's wedding for a while now, ever since they got it scheduled...what, in winter or spring? I had my bus ticket all bought (because again, still no license, argh), and spent Friday getting stuff in order so that I could head out of town.

So I show up at the bus station, all packed and ready to go, and discover that the bus I have to take to Des Moines is 3 hours late. Apparently a rock hit the windshield or something, and so they had to repair it before it could go on along its route. So, this meant that I wouldn't be able to leave until about 9 p.m. This wouldn't otherwise be an issue (it would be a pain making my parents come get me at 3 a.m., but they'd totally have done it), except that I had to transfer in Des Moines to another bus heading to Kansas City - a transfer lasting only 15 minutes.

So basically, there was no way I could take the bus to KC. Slightly panicked, I called my parents to discuss other alternatives - train, driving, etc. - but the only valid one we could come up with was me taking the bus to Des Moines, my stepdad driving the three hours or so up to Des Moines at midnight, then immediately driving three hours back to KC and grabbing like five hours of sleep before driving me down to Springfield, Missouri for Vinnie and Courtney's wedding. (And all this after a full day of work, and he was already running on a sleep deficit.) I felt that would be way too dangerous - he's not the safest of drivers at the best of times, perhaps, and I was pretty sure he'd get in some kind of accident - so my mom and I nixed that alternative. And all the others were out too - Amtrak doesn't run from either Iowa City or Des Moines, only Ottumwa, and wouldn't run on a route that would get me there in time anyway, flight would have been almost as iffy time-wise and flying out would have had to be from Cedar Rapids, which is not that far away but expensive as hell to fly out of (especially on last-minute notice).

So I ended up not being able to go to the wedding, which made me feel sad and sucky because a) Vinnie and Courtney are two of my best friends, and b) if I hadn't been so sucktastic and had gotten my license a couple of weeks ago, this wouldn't even have been an issue. (Also, c) I don't get to see all the other awesome WC folks I'd see there.) Still, congrats to the newlyweds!

And fortunately, unlike most weddings I do have another chance - Vin and Court are having a wedding reception in Colorado in a couple of weeks (since she's from Springfield, more of her family came to that one, and the Colorado one is mostly for his family), and when they first invited me I was invited to both, so I'm gonna see if I can't make that one and at least be at ONE of their weddings.

In other "woes of Yosi" news, my Internet has been down since Thursday evening...when I called Friday, they said they were going to try to fix it, but apparently didn't manage it by the end of the workday. No progress is apparently being made over the weekend (at least my Internet light hasn't come back on), so I imagine it'll be Monday before I have Internet again. Blargh.

In other, less sucky news, I'm now fully into the swing of the semester. I'm taking a Milton class, a seminar on early German literature (so, some European context for all the medieval English work I've read), and a calligraphy class. All of them seem quite interesting and fun. Teaching has been going pretty well, too, after the first week. I'm teaching the public speaking half of Rhetoric, and have had to be working pretty strenuously on my public speaking skills (normally my 1337 writing skillz would counterbalance my speech weaknesses, but that's not an option in this class, so in order to have any authority I'm having to work at it as hard as any of my students - harder than some, I think, which is not doing wonders for my self-confidence but is doing wonders for my motivation). The first week was a bit iffy, but the second week's gone better, and I'm pretty happy with it, aside from one student who's slightly loud and argumentative - while I like and appreciate that he's willing to talk, I wish he wouldn't try to pick fights with everyone in the class over minor semantic issues. (And I can't really talk to him about it, since it is sort of what the class is about, and after the first day he hasn't really been interrupting people or anything, but still, he could be a TEENY bit more diplomatic about it.)

Also, Persona 3 is FULL OF AWESOME AND LULZ, although I'm about ready to throw my controller at the screen at the moment. Persona 3 ramblings )

Also, I seem to have acquired an HDTV, eheheheh. But having done so, my reaction now is OMG SO PRETTY, CAN NEVAR GO BACK. Seriously, the PS3 hooked up to an HDTV using HDMI cables is one of the most beautiful things you will ever see. The Wii is really pretty too, though lower-resolution (I think the best it gets is 480p?), and even PS2 games look abso-frickin'-lutely gorgeous, and I can see so much detail that I never could before...all the text in the Persona 3 FMV intro, for instance. And while playing Devil Summoner: Kuzunoha Raidou this morning, I noticed that on the door of the Narumi Detective Agency it says, in tiny print, "cutting the Gordian knot," which I never even NOTICED on my old standard-def TV.

More regular posts once Internet is back! I have a book-rec post pretty much written up at home, and there are a few other things I want to post about - I really want to get back into the swing of regular blogging, since I got so out of it during the summer with all the out-of-town-beingness, so expect more once Qwest stops actively sucking ass.

Edit: This weekend is also [livejournal.com profile] aurianrose's wedding, so congrats to her as well!
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (I wanna crawl into a grave)

I also purchased Heroes season 1 on DVD :D :D :D

...er, I haven't updated in a while, so a short precis of my doings lately:

- left my cellphone in a pants pocket and it went through the wash;
- cleaned up my room (mostly) the day before I left KC, so no chance to hook up my Wii;
- moved up a shitton of boxed books and stuff, so apartment is now a hot mess;
- failed driver's test both times I took it up here in Iowa, due in part to Noah's flood and in part to my own suckiness as a human being, so continue to walk and take the bus (will go to driver's school probably, because clearly am complete fuckup on my own);
- hooked up Wii here at home, as well as a wireless router so it and PS3 (and my laptop I guess, though I mostly keep that at the office) can access the Internet;
- made Irish soda bread for a barbecue at [livejournal.com profile] lordtravis and [livejournal.com profile] teachingmusic's;
- started my Milton class, which seems interesting;
- taught my first session of my public speaking class, and my students seem like good kids;
- decided not to take a class that I should take in favor of a class that I want to take, which I think will end up best in the end;
- got a new cellphone (same number that I posted before though)

I guess I've been pretty busy, come to think of it. Also, if y'all want to know, my Wii number is 0507-4481-5143-1684, and my PlayStation Network user ID is Yosituna.

Because I don't have time to post actual content, have this instead.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (NEED CAFFEINE NOW PLZKTHX)
Argh, I feel like I'm running on so little sleep right now; I was hanging out with my friend Stephanie until late, but I'd forgotten that I have a doctor's appointment this morning at 8 a.m. So I'm basically running on three and a half hours of sleep, on which I need to a) go to my doctor's appointment, b) do my reading for class, and c) survive class.

...I'm goin' to bed early tonight! (And by early I mean like 5 p.m.)

In lieu of actual content, enjoy this traumatic link (possibly not worksafe? definitely not brain-safe), courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] jantalaimon, and the horrified IRC talk that followed:

Our reactions )
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (NEED CAFFEINE NOW PLZKTHX)
Well, it looks like I'm pulling an all-nighter to finish up this seminar draft - I didn't get nearly as much done today as I would have liked, and while it is just a draft, given that tomorrow today is the "official" (though not hard and fast) deadline, I'd kind of like whatever I turn in tomorrow today to be at least half-decent. (Not to mention that the closer to complete it is, the more useful the feedback will be.)

My goal is to e-mail my prof the draft by about noon or so, then collapse for twelve hours or so. Then I'll spend all of tomorrow finishing up my Beowulf paper and studying for my final exam in that class on Wednesday morning; hopefully I'll get my draft back by Wednesday afternoon, and then I can spend the final two days of the week finishing up this bastard of a paper based on my prof's suggestions. Honestly, after spending like four of the days in the last week working on papers (the weekend doing this, and then a couple of days during the week working on Beowulf, and that's not even counting all the time I've spent on research for the seminar paper), I'm so sick of paper-writing it's not even funny, but I have pretty much another entire week of it ahead of me.

Honestly, all that's going to keep me going through this week is the assurance that I'm going to be in Europe in less than two months*. Well, that and my rather large hoard of energetic music. XD

* = or alternatively less than two weeks, though I'm guessing my brother didn't get the official offer in the last couple of weeks because he hasn't let me know one way or the other; I sent him an e-mail a couple of days ago and haven't received a reply yet, and I'm gonna give him a phone call tomorrow, but meanwhile I'm going to assume things are going to go as originally planned and we'll do our European trip in early June, which makes me happy.

Edit: Screw this, I'm going to bed so that I can get at least 4 hours or so of sleep...I'm managing to not nod off but my brain is feeling kinda muddled, and I figure it's probably not best to try to churn out scholarly writing when muddled.
gogmagog: The Fourth Doctor from <i>Doctor Who</i> (...whatever)
Well, the incomplete was OK'ed - my professor just wants it by the first day of classes next semester, which I'm perfectly happy to concur with (I want it done by then too!). So break will be less restful than I would have liked, but y'know, whatever.

On the plus side, my grading is DONE and turned in. I survived my first semester teaching, w00t! I will admit I was helped along by this story about Darth Maul teaching freshman comp. XD

However, two of my students attached...odd things to their papers. For some reason, one included a photocopy of his insurance card at the end of his final paper (why? I DON'T KNOW); the other included the entire five-page syllabus for another, completely unrelated, geography class (...) at the end of his. WEIRD.

Anyway, tomorrow I leave for three weeks of family holiday togetherness at home. Here's hoping all goes well. I'm not looking forward to the drama I'm afraid will ensue, and to top things off I found out from my mom the other day that apparently she has to have several biopsies done for a suspicious something that showed up during her pap smear. She's got two more doctor's visits for it after I get home, and of course I'll go with her for support. So much for any hope of a restful break, though. D:

An amusing IRC convo from today that will be of special interest to both pornmongers and bakers! )

And for all y'all, the best Christmas special EVAR (from [livejournal.com profile] eslington). DUN-NUH-NUH-NUH DUN-NUH-NUH-NUH BAT-SANTA!


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