I'm Laura. I am female, 28, a codemonkey, a linux enthusiast, a gamer, a bookworm, a knitter, a spinner, a tatter, sometime gothic, musical, vehemently geeky and occasionally ineptly artistic.
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Posted at 05 Dec 2007 11:45:47 AM
I am in love with this song.
I can't stop listening to it!
This may finally get me to update my ipod, so that I don't have to keep the website open in the background...
Job news and melon.
Posted at 11 Dec 2008 11:01:54 AM
Disdainful of her posting frequency, indeed.
(I was reading through a blog today which participates in something called PayPerPost. I would fail so miserably at that..)
Not much is going on - what else is new? As of two Saturdays ago, I am now 24. *throws confetti* No real change so far... I don't appear to have grown another head, learned to play the violin nor spontaneously gained the ability to sort books and clothing in any meaningful way. There's always hope.
Addicted to Emilie Autumn's
new CD "Laced/Unlaced" - it's a 2-disc album which came with a tiny yet amusing hardcover booklet. One CD is her playing classical compositions, both Bach, etc and three of her own compositions; the other is entirely her own work (and playing) but falls smack into her Victorian-Industrial genre. I loves them all!
My computer still isn't up and running, largely due to my failure to turn up a harddrive-sized box in which to mail the defective one back, and the time to do it in. Curse the post office and its "business hours"... they're my business hours too, blast it. So once again, I am thankful and more than thankful for this gorgeous little laptop which is enabling me to go on about my day in a quasi-normal manner. Even if I am running OSX all the time, because I still haven't gotten wifi to work on Ubuntu. (It probably just needs a few evenings' worth of work, but since I don't have any other computers within arms' reach on which to procrastinate while I do said work, I am ... spoiled. That's what I am. Spoiled.)
The cooking blogs that I've been reading through lately are updated on my links section, there to the right. The latest one is Cooking by the Seat of My Pants
, and it is both a great read and a fabulous source of recipes. I'm trying one out tonight, but since it is so radically different from anything I've done to date (and also involves the cooking of real rice, since I neglected to pick up the 10minute kind when I was at Wegman's, and I may decide this is too much work and just finish off my Chinese takeout instead) I am putting off writing about it until I'm sure of it.
Blah day at work, as usual. I -did- have a talk with my manager yesterday and let her know that I am aiming for the end of July as my relocation to St. Louis date, so at least that's done. My coworker recommended I do it as soon as possible (well, that was the phrasing, but the meaning is "Please talk to her first, so that I don't have to report you?" If you mention things like Oh by the way I'm Leaving to other employees, they're honor-bound to tell someone about it.) That's a very tricky thing to do, too - it's nice
to give them the heads' up so that they can plan for you not being there anymore, but since that planning may involve just kicking you to the curb immediately so that they can get their hands on a more permanent employee as soon as possible... it's a crap shoot. Me, I'd be happier if they did fire me. I've more than enough to live on for a couple months, it would simplify things immensely from a timing standpoint and Heavens know I have no love for the place.
So, after my mediocre day in which I did almost nothing, had the waitress at the pizza place forget my order and then bring it out to me just as we were leaving and burned to boot, and again did nothing, I am here at my laptop with a container of honeydew melon and cantalope chunks which I have been lusting
after all week. The smile on my face when I took the first ice-cold bite was unimaginable. I don't know whether I'm not drinking enough water or whether I just really wanted melon, but the taste was almost euphoric). I've got a bag of teeny tiny gummy bears next to me because they were too adorable to pass up in the candy bin, I'm updating a website which I am quite proud of and am about to log onto WoW*. With any luck the bf will be home soon and I'll get to talk to him, and my afternoon will be perfect.
*Bron hit 70. And got her Kara key 2 nights ago. And did Kara last night. Curator dropped my T4 gloves, and I won! OMG. I'm wearing a shitty green Of The Physician belt and hat, have only the Hallowed Garments, and I have my T4 gloves. Silliest looking priest, ever
Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:53:36 AM
Ok, so it's media day here on my diary.
We're watching the Academy Awards, which is cool because usually I mean to watch them, and then I forget. There was a montage about screenwriting, with scenes from all different interviews and movies (I'm pretty sure that I caught some His Girl Friday
, I know there was some Moulin Rouge, and there were some scenes with a black and white Johnny Depp movie -- I needed to know what that movie was, as it just looked incredibly intriguing! So, I hit up IMDB, and I'm fairly sure that it's Ed Wood
... which I now need to see. Yes, definitely.
I have a new favorite song at the moment - Emilie Autumn, again, which by now noone should be surprised by. I'm still working my way through her discography, so expect a few more of these over the months ;-) Anyhow, it's a really great remix of Liar
(from Opheliac) which was released on her Liar/Dead Is The New Alive remix album, and it kicks so much ass.
Grab it here!
In other news, my new MacBook Pro laptop is here, and oh it is shiny :D The plan is still to put Debian on it, although there are some documented issues with keyboards and rEFIT that I think I need a different USB keyboard to work around; the one I have doesn't seem to be doing the trick, and it's surprising how many of my keyboards are still PS/2. So, shopping I will go.
No news yet on the whole job situation -- they want to (prospectively) put me at Lockheed, which I'm less than thrilled about, but I'm getting used to the idea. We'll see how it goes...
I'm still waiting to see when I'll be able to get out to St Louis again, but I suppose that's partially my impatience and partially my desire to plan a couple of weeks ahead. I really ought to get used to the idea that throwing some stuff in a bag and taking a 5hour plane ride on a day or two's notice is *really* not that taxing, and certainly won't hurt me any. :-)
Rambling, links, new music and Avenue Q
Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:53:15 AM
Since I've now been poked by at least two people to get off my arse and update this site, here goes nothing :)
Christmas was ... eh, Monday, I guess. I got back to Binghamton on Sunday afternoon, and Dan followed me down that evening once he got off work. It was good, we just hung out, I sat around loading data all day (was still on pager duty), and in general we had a nice relaxing catch-up-on-your-movies type of day :)
I got off of my last pager rotation on Thursday, slept most of the day on Friday, and Kyle came up to visit that evening. We gathered up Matt and all went over to Robert's place to play with the Wii Matt brought up (neat system, it really is), and then raided Denny's at midnight :D Really, it was an awesome evening.
Kyle crashed at my place over the weekend, and we went up to Ithaca on Saturday both for lack of anything else to do, and to stock up on hair dye since that's the closest place to here that I know of which stocks Special Effects. Mine's dark blue now (I got bored of purple :) ) and I actually really love it. For some reason it doesn't dye quite as evenly as the purple did... *shrug* It's still pretty darn cool.
Picked up a couple of new desks for my apartment at Staples on Sunday... $13.50 each (!), and they're pretty good for it - pine, pretty big, no bells or whistles... just a nice big flat space. One is set up perpendicular to my regular desk so that I've got this whole corner-type thing going on, and the other is across the room as both spare space, and as a desk for anyone who comes to visit.
Ahh..hmm... oh yeah - I caught Kyle's damned cold :P So for the past couple of days I've been feeling like death warmed over, and pretty much just camping out in the apartment. I think tonight I'm going to go hang out at Robert's for a bit, maybe come home and do some AB with the latenight crew before going to bed. I *should* be in bed before 2, logically speaking... chances are good that it'll be around 4 again. Yay, weekends.
I've been accumulating tons of new music lately, some of which I've mentioned here before (Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, 30 Seconds to Mars) and some of which is a bit newer. The song that I'm currently addicted to, and which has (no joke) been running through my head almost every time my brain has some downtime is this one:
Emilie Autumn's Shalott
Apparently on Last.fm that song is tagged as "victorian industrial, songs I fucking love to death, Emilie Autumn"
... Yep, I pretty much agree!
It's from her Ophiliac album, which I have on preorder and am insanely excited about. Check out the Wikipedia article on The Lady of Shalott
- it's probably shorter than going and getting ahold of the whole poem just to understand what she's singing about. (Have I mentioned that I love Arthurian legend?)
I'm also tempted to get into a discussion of just why I adore violin in grunge and rock music, but really I think it's sort of self explanitory ( Cruxshadows, TSO, Emilie Autumn and to a lesser degree* Barrage? Yep.)
*Lesser degree meaning they're neither grunge nor rock, not that they're not violin-ish. That's practically the main instrument in the band. They're so much fun :D
Also, hello to anyone jumping over here from Frosty's
very kind journal entry
! That was a really fun night; I still kick myself because I really ought
to have been able to come up with Holocaust Cloak. And the phrase "don't-refer-to-me-by-my-haircolor-Laura" has already sent several of my friends into convulsions from laughter, which is *always* a good time ;-)
...Umm, Frosty? What on earth did I win this so-called "person of the year award" for, praytell?
I'm heading over to Kyle's next weekend, so we can take the train down and catch Avenue Q
on Saturday afternoon (silly sold-out evening shows, blah). I'm really looking forward to it, since a day in the city is always a blast, moreso when it's accompanied by friends and good Broadway :D A quick stop along 28th street will be useful too, as I'll probably take the opportunity to stock up on some spices and such that I need.
That's all for now folks - I need to be out of here in under an hour, so time for another dose of Dayquil and the daily "finding some clean socks" ritual.
(Note: yes, I am leaving out all mention of the recent guild drama. Those that know what went on already know, and I don't really feel the need to start things up again here. I never did and never will have anything against KotW - my switching to BC was purely a factor of who I play with on a regular basis... and unfortunately, just about all of those people are in BC now. I completely understand if anyone is upset at me, and I am really and truly sorry.)
An itemized list
Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:53:07 AM
Because *I* think it's funny, my last two days (inclusive) have gone thusly:
Get up, only to discover that Outlook has the IQ of a retarded eggplant, and that my meeting is not infact for another half-hour. Go back to bed.
Get told that I really don't need to be on this conference call anyway. Go back to bed.
Realize that if I do not get up soon and do errands, I will not be here when the pager arrives, then it will get taken back to the FedEx place and then I will be in trouble.
Get dressed. Tell people that I will be afk for a couple of hours, since the post office and the mall two business days before Christmas are guaranteed to be quite the collective party.
Am out of the post office. Rock on.
Am finally out of the mall, and am feeling slightly homicidal.
Pager arrives, and the fun begins.
Sometime that afternoon:
Begin discussing pager hand-off with previous pager holder, and am informed that some significant processing issues have cropped up which will require equally significant catching-up later. Mmmm... can already see how this will play out.
That afternoon and evening: Play WoW and check email. (This is normal.)
Am informed that an additional 16 hours or so will be needed to fix the aforementioned issues, and to check back tomorrow afternoon. Simultaneously wince and giggle with slightly-hysterical delight, since the train wreck this will be is already becoming clear. Go back to playing WoW and checking email.
Have been alerted of issue requiring an immediate solution.
Am rapidly discovering that the documented solution is in fact so much crap, and wake up the oncall DBA to fixplskthx.
Problem is still not solved. Give up in disgust, and let the poor DBA go get his well-deserved rest. Also, attempt to get some well-deserved rest myself.
3:30 am - 8:00am
: Attempt to sleep, yet get woken up every half-hour or so by emails. (This is normal, albeit depressingly so.)
8:00 - 10:00:
Do normal work-related stuff.
Realize that I have exactly one hour to get out of the house. Take world's
slowest shower, since I am still resisting wakefulness with all my bodily power, pack and hope that I'm not forgetting anything, write emails to the wonderful people covering pager for me today while I am driving and at the TSO concert, and come to the conclusion that it is 11:00 and I am still not out of the house.
Load car. Realize that I have neither watered the plants, cleaned my apartment nor done last night's dishes. Verbally apologize to the apartment at large, and pull the door shut behind me.
Realize that rented movies are due back on Saturday. Swear, and then retrieve them.
Realize that today is clearly the day they gave free drivers' licenses to anyone who cared to apply, regardless of IQ, reflexes or aptitude. Swear some more, and arrive finally at Starbucks.
Am calmed down slightly by caffeine, and on the way to the video place.
Arrive impossibly late to said video place. Yikes.
Am finally on the highway. Jeez.
Arrive in Coxsackie to pick up Dan, and immediately turn around and hightail it up to the Pepsi Arena.
Thoroughly enjoy the TSO
concert. YAY omgsquee happy :D
Am on the way home. Arrive, greet family, scrounge up something for dinner, am told that "I look tired." Hmm.
Yay, internets. Check email and discover to my joy that nothing serious has broken which I need to deal with. Also discover the new ETA of that solution has been pushed back yet again, and that I will need to somehow invent at least 48 mythical hours in order to catch it up again.
Finish this and realize that it is not nearly as funny as I think it is, but am sleep-deprived enough to post it anyway.
Yes, the TSO concert was wonderful, and I loved every minute of it :D Dan and I have gone every year for the past 3, and really I hope that we can keep up the tradition. We went to the afternoon show because I was a dumbass this year and didn't actually get tickets until last week, but honestly the 4pm was probably the better choice this year (as opposed to the 8pm) given the availability times of people to cover for me.
Not sure what's going on tomorrow (Dad?) or when I'll head back to Binghamton. It may be either Saturday or Sunday, depending on that server and my personal schedule... I tend to get really tired and that makes me not want to deal with people during these weeks (not that any of you have noticed though, right? ;) ), so honestly the sooner I'm back in isolation the better it will be for all concerned.
Oh, and - all the well-meaning people who keep inviting me to Christmas dinner because I will be all by my lonesome on Monday? Really, I'm ducking out of our own family's dinner because I am guaranteed to be in a heinous mood, probably unshowered for a couple of days and in general quite antisocial. I might bite. I will certainly growl. Also, not particularly fond of having to be polite and full of appropriate levels of holiday cheer with lots of people I don't know. I appreciate the thought, I really do - but I'm avoiding the whole fiasco for some very good reasons. It'll be ok, really :)
Still addicted to this new Three Days Grace album. This is some good stuff, people!
Posted at 19 Dec 2006 03:33:31 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, for you, a present:
It will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day and you will loathe me until kingdom come. But it will be fun. Yay, random-yet-incredibly-catchy Finnish scat song!
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Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:52:48 AM
Mmhmm, ADD post from hell coming up. Be afraid.
I am le tired, due to having been up all night and then stupidly attempting to get 15 minutes' worth of shuteye without first actually turning my alarm -on- (as opposed to just setting it), so slept for an hour and a half before waking up and blazing out the door to work. Worth it though, I think... went along on one of Atmos' PUG MC runs, got myself a [Striker's Mark], a Lava Core and a Fiery Core (I should be a good girl and send them to the guild bank, but I really need mount money!)...hung out afterwards and explored the Caverns of Time with Brian and Quin. That's such a cool new area, and I'm incredibly excited for it. Also found the Dark Portal out in whatever the area name where Nethergarde Keep is (Blasted Lands?). That is one darned cool-looking portal! I have some really nifty screenshots that I'll have to make into wallpapers or something.
Need to figure out how to make my video card not suck quite so hard. It's a damned good card, but for some reason I can't configure it to give me more than 15fps. It's been long enough now that logically someone can shed some light on this...
Got False to 300 herbalism, and took advantage of the assloads of herbs that I farmed up in the process to make probably 60g worth of potions (not to mention selling the plaguebloom and dreamfoil outright). I'm trying this as an alternative to farming Silithus... at the very least it has novelty going for it.
Starbucks seems to have redefined "dry" to mean "pour in as much milk as it is humanly possible to fit into that cup." I've been getting the heaviest dry cappucinos lately... one more and I really am going to say something.. this morning's fortunately escaped tasting like nothing but hot milk, so I didn't feel like caring that much.
The new Ego Likeness album is fantastic. I can't stop playing it. It's this perfect combination of bass and mellow vocals that makes it so easy to listen or dance to - really, really good. Now if I could just find my good headphones, I'd be all set.
Am thinking that I will add a custom-painted iPod nano to my list of soon-to-be-purchased guilty sins, as long as I'm already hitting up colorwarepc for my laptop. I need a new mp3 player, I know that my iPod software works (as opposed to trying to find linux-y software for some random brand of mp3 player. Sorry, but I'm not that masochistic), and heck, who can resist a matching laptop and mp3 player?
I want this
. Check the 2nd picture, with the fishtail skirt - I want that too.
Not that I have anywhere to wear it to, more's the annoyance. Karma, I'm coming to visit just so that I can go out someplace worth wearing half of my wardrobe to!
I want a 360 too, and am dangerously close to buying one. My sole restraint at this point is the honest wonder whether I'll actually have time to play it, without resorting to first constructing a time machine and all that. Since it's not like I don't have other tasks on hand ... finishing my cloak (that's a big one, since it's sort of taken over my living room), doing laundry, there's some stuff on this website that I want to fix/upgrade/implement, and oh, play WoW. Right. Because that's not a full schedule or anything.
Christmas is coming entirely too quickly, and this is problematic. No luck on shaking off pager duty that week, and honestly I think I'm ok with it. It is going to severely SUCK to try to pull it off while at home, though... I think I'm not going to enjoy it at all. It's sort of hard to be a nice, normal, stressed-out sleep-deprived workaholic bitch when your grandpa is downstairs politely asking for some help cutting up the salad stuff for dinner, you know? All I want is to be left alone during that week, and that is exactly what I will not be getting. If I had my way I would go up for the TSO concert, say Hi and give people their presents (which I have yet to get. Shit!), and then come right the heck back home on Saturday morning... don't think that's going to happen.
UI mods are still broken. Most of them, anyway. I want all of Titan Panel back (it's only half-functioning as of yet), and I want my arcHUD, and also Serenity. Rawr... at least CTRA works for me, last night's MC was kind of funny in that a lot of us really discovered how much we depend on notifications like "**Damage reflection for 10 seconds**" flashing across our screens at 30-point font at crucial moments to keep us alive. We got through Domo by the skin of our teeth - I think there were 3 people up at the end, and noone was actually tanking Domo himself... O_o
Heading down to Maryland this weekend. Really
have to get to the bank today. Should really find some work to do and then go do it. The car's behaving nicely, thank you :)
Hooray for good moods
Posted at 11 Dec 2008 11:01:30 AM
I'm in such a good mood today. Hee!
Had a great surprise waiting for me when I checked my websites this morning which has put a big smile on my face all day, it's a beautiful 65 degrees outside and the radio dj was incredibly cool and played Time Warp while I was driving to work - at which point I rolled the window down and cranked the radio up to blasting. Which is one of my favorite things to do, ever. :D
I accidentally wore old comfy jeans, my /dance tshirt
and sneakers to work today. Heh. That's distraction for ya!Edit:
Figured out why the DJ's being so cool and playing Time Warp, Thriller, The Adams Family and the Ghostbusters themes today. D'oh! I love Hallowe'en, and yet I'm completely misplacing all my holidays lately. Heheheh...
Went to Wendy's for lunch today, and took the long way back through all the back roads around here. It's really a perfect
day - the epitome of tshirt 'n' jeans weather, bright blue sky, a really comfortable breeze. The grass is still bright green, but the trees are brown, orange and gold, and it's farm country, so all the cows and horses are out grazing. The barns are bright red, and stand out beautifully against the fall backdrop. Leaves skip along the road in the breeze making that dry rustling sound that just begs for leaf fights, s'mores and campfires (you know that sound!)... it's really, really perfect.
The last thing I want to do today is be in this office now! And it's not like I'm doing anything...
Oh, to hell with this. I'm leaving early, taking the back way home, and I may even take pictures :)
Posted at 30 Oct 2006 03:31:09 PM
This is a hell of a lot better song than I expected it to be...the opening bars startled me, and I wasn't sold on the vocals 'til about halfway through. Glad I kept it, though...this is good
OC ReMix: Zelda 'Hyrule's Angel (The Sleeping Beauty)'
It came to mind that I didn't care.
Posted at 11 Dec 2008 10:51:53 AM
An update, oh my...this one might actually have substance, too!
My trip to Florida last weekend (Thursday through Monday) with Mom to visit Dan was actually a lot of fun - we saw his campus, which is nice
, did some shopping, test drove a car, and did a really amazing amount of just hanging out and reading. I made it through I think 5 or 6 books, counting the plane trips both ways. That is awesome =D Mostly Discworld...I'm plowing through them at a pretty good clip. I'm up to Reaper Man, which I'm enjoying. Moving Pictures was kind of meh...nothing great, nothing bad. I'm just a Rincewind fangirl, I guess =D
Dan is also now charged with reading Good Omens and American Gods in his negative amounts of spare time. Yesh.
This month is crammed...l keep checking my calendar to find some time to oh, I don't know, maybe sign up for a raid or two so that I don't become one of those bitches who just comes once we've downed the wipefest bosses >_> but yeah... last weekend was Florida, this weekend is NY for Chris' birthday, next week is pager duty so I'll actually have lots of raiding time that week, and the week after that is Halloween. No clue what's going on in November, that requires too much foresight right now and I'm sleepy.
Which reminds me, I'm giving up on growing my hair out to do Sophitia @ PAX...I'll just have to be satisfied with not embarrassing my friends for a few days. Woe ;) But seriously, it's getting long and it's annoying me. (My middle-school self just cried a little inside...I distinctly remember swearing never to cut it above my shoulders, preferably above the middle of my back, blah blah blah. Live and learn, I guess.) Besides, it's cute when short and purple...longer than shoulder length just looks limp. I think about this stuff too much.
Mental note to go by the hair place here and see what they can do in the way of extremely temporary black dye...if I try to do it myself it'll look like ass, and it needs to be gone in a few days (and on blonde hair, too...this should be
Chris' birthday present is still not here, and I'm on the verge of killing *Company*. The only reason I haven't done so yet is because it's probably the postal service at fault, and there's not a whole lot I can do about speeding that
My package of Halloween Peeps and assorted other goodies made it to Australia! Karma said that she got the last package a few days ago, which makes me really happy. Also eager to try Tim Tams, a package of which is apparently winging itself toward NY as we speak. *glee*
I got my BPAL order the other day! 2 lovely 5 mL bottles of Morgause, which I love beyond reason and am considering up and ordering 2 more right now, because if they discontinue it I will be seriously distraught. Haven't tried the imps which arrived with it yet...I've been in a very gothic mood lately, which isn't lending itself to experimentation. I'll get around to it, as some of them look intruiging. Also, I want one of naamah_darling's BPAL boxes
. Badly... just need to get the cash together again after getting my car. I know what I want, too, because she'll do a beautiful job with it...a mischevious green-eyed faerie :)
Speaking of cars, this is the one I test-drove while in Florida, and which I really liked: Toyota Yaris
. 4-door automatic, naturally... the 2door looks like they forgot half of the car. Mom said that she and Gene can toss a couple thousand my way temporarily, so that I can build a new one rather than looking for a used...they start at $12k and actually start being drivable at $14.5k, so it's really not that far out of my budget. And new means a good warranty, less wear, etc... yay :) One thing I still have to check up on is how servicable it is outside of dealership repair centers...I hate
having to take my car to a dealership for stupid things, and would prefer to not do so at all if possible. It's nothing more nor less than a blatant ripoff, and usually an ineffective one since real mechanics are more likely to actually _fix_ whatever it is that's wrong.
My Halloween costume is almost together...I need to run by Gap and get the pants, and my belt is proving problematic still, but I got the tank top while in Florida and the rest of it more or less sorts itself out. Hee....this is going to be fun!
My sftp server works now! I can't reach it from work because of blocked ports (and no "business reason" to open them), which is just weak. If I move it to 443 I can, but eh...I'm debating. People already know where it is, and I don't feel like it's worth the effort. If I want something, I should have the foresight to copy the files over when I'm home, and if I forget, it's my own damn fault. A guildie pointed me towards a new band last night that I need to look up, and Brian's hopefully going to burn me off some Tool/Queens of the Stone Age/other assorted stuff, Arsis
is currently rocking my world, and that'll help.
Perl is being a little bitch, and refuses to update itself so I can get at WWW::Mechanize. So no penny-arcade podcasts for me...woe. That's my project for tonight, in addition to sewing my new patch
onto my shoulder bag. I thought I'd ordered the Alliance
one too, but apparently not...rawr. Have to fix when I'm at the mall tonight...mmm, Hot Topic, guilty addiction that it is. I'm amused at myself every time I shop there. However, they did
introduce me to Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show
, for which I will be forever grateful. The people who work there are so much more entertaining than the clothes.
This is probably too long already, but since it's my diary ya'll can stfu and deal. Need to write in my real diary more often. I miss having a cat around...