July 26th, 2017
aris_tgd: "Tune your ear to the frequency of despair and cross-reference by the latitude and longitude of a heart in agony." (Lyttle Lytton Spider-Man Agony)
posted by [personal profile] aris_tgd at 06:04pm on 26/07/2017
But between massive high-level incompetence and irritating low-level incompetence I'm not sure I believe it.

So I ordered a thing online, and like many things it was made in India, and it was shipped by Express Mail--and due to shenanigans, if I wanted a tracking number, I had to order it sign-on-delivery.

So I got a message--not from the post office, but from the person I ordered from--that they attempted to deliver on Saturday, didn't get me, and I needed to phone up and figure out what to do next.

Well, I phoned up the USPS, spent something like forty-five minutes on their phone tree, and got a confirmation that they would hold it for delivery at the downtown post office.

... I actually get mail from the westside post office?

When I actually went to the downtown post office, they were also confused. I did convince the postal worker to check the confirmation number, and he confirmed that it was at the westside office... and had been scheduled for redelivery.

So THAT'S annoying. Especially because there's really no way to get over there before I have to be on campus tomorrow (I have to leave around 8:30 to be there in time for our lab prep, with the way the buses run, or I'd drive over first thing.) So I'll have to leave campus early to make it back in time to drive out before the office close, which is of course earlier than the downtown office. Irritating! Not vital, but annoying.

And now it's time to figure out how matrix algebra works, grade, and take a nice hot shower to work on the kink in my back.
July 24th, 2017
aris_tgd: Whitestar crashing, "And when you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame" (Whitestar Lucifer Fall)
posted by [personal profile] aris_tgd at 03:22am on 24/07/2017
I got an invite to the closed alpha of Sunless Skies, so when it wouldn't load I decided to take Sunless Sea for a turn and make sure that it wasn't on my end. Turned out there were a few things I could fiddle with to get both of them working properly (Sunless Sea originally wouldn't load, then I looked in its settings and found out that it had been set to a window size of 1280x3. Not 300, 3.)

So... Sunless Sea, man, that's rather addictive.

I now have like five dead zee-captains. Alas, poor... whoever.

My favorite death actually was when I was out of fuel and prayed to one of the gods of the underzee, who decided to drop me in port at Kingeater's Castle, the farthest point on the map. It was obviously somewhere my tiny little steamer Should Not Have Been. And then I got blown to smithereens, which is how most of my adventures have ended.

Still haven't managed to get back to port with those smuggled souls for the Cheery Man, blast it! I managed to pick them up successfully once, but nothing else.

Oh, Sunless Skies? Looks pretty! It hasn't really crashed since I got it to actually run, but there's not much to actually do in it yet. They're still building systems.
July 22nd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] den at 10:15pm on 22/07/2017
It's 22nd July. Happy Pi Approximation Day!
Mood:: 'silly' silly
July 20th, 2017
aris_tgd: "Tune your ear to the frequency of despair and cross-reference by the latitude and longitude of a heart in agony." (Lyttle Lytton Spider-Man Agony)
posted by [personal profile] aris_tgd at 01:24am on 20/07/2017
Should I get a Goodreads account?

I mean, if nothing else it might be a good way to organize lists of "things I want to read" on my e-reader, since the e-reader's library functionality is terrible.

It might also help me to not purchase the same book four times.
July 17th, 2017
aris_tgd: Sarah Chambers, Cleric (Sarah Chambers cleric)
posted by [personal profile] aris_tgd at 11:56pm on 17/07/2017
New Game of Thrones! It's epic and it checks in with all our favorites and that's just what I wanted! Specifics under here )

I've been continuing to watch Critical Role, I'm on Episode 62 (the second live one), and I'm about ready for them to get out of the Feywild. I mean, I think my least favorite thing for the gang to do is bluff social scenes as a group, and there's been a lot of that. They're not very good at it and especially Percy/Talesin is much less good at it than he thinks he is. (I don't know if that's an IC thing or a player thing. I feel like it's a player thing.) There's just a lot of embarrassment squick going on there.

So I was working on grading today and then I couldn't find several of my students' papers, which was bad. Now I have them, which is good. But grading isn't done, which is really bad, since all the grading for the course is due at the end of the week, and ugh ugh ugh. I'm too tired for this.
July 16th, 2017
aris_tgd: A black and white spiral on a Go board (Pi spiral)
posted by [personal profile] aris_tgd at 08:50pm on 16/07/2017 under ,
What Football Will Look Like in the Future (17776 Football) is complete, now, and y'all should read it if you like stories about robots, combating loneliness, knowing your terrain, things ending, ambivalence about change, and games.
aris_tgd: Whitestar crashing, "And when you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame" (Whitestar Lucifer Fall)
posted by [personal profile] aris_tgd at 06:49pm on 16/07/2017
So I had a cooking moderate success yesterday, in that I managed to pan-fry a steak to edibleness and roast asparagus (which tasted divine), but I also managed to set off the smoke alarm and today I left my cookies in the oven for too long, meaning they're over-crispy (but still chewy on the inside, thankfully.)

I've also been brain-staticky the last few days, and feeling like I'm finally coming out of it? I'm still behind on things, but at least I feel like I might be able to cope.
July 14th, 2017
aris_tgd: Daenerys "Come not between the dragon and her wrath" (Daenerys dragon)
posted by [personal profile] aris_tgd at 03:05pm on 14/07/2017 under
Not books. And not articles that I ought to have been reading, nah.

I have been suffering from acute burnout brought on by having to interact with way too many people with not enough downtime for the last couple weeks. I thought I was doing okay, since TAing doesn't actually take up too much time--but I have to be ON, 100% when I'm around students, there's no half-assing it. And a bunch of students were super upset at their first assignment grades and started freaking out at me about it. I really need to get their next assignment graded (if not both of the ones they've handed in this week) so we can start talking about trends rather than having them endlessly angst over their performance.

I mean, that's what happens when you take a class in a condensed summer session, guys! Instead of ten weeks it's four!

I have had literally no brains available for my own research, though at least my PI is the nicest guy in the world and we chatted about giving my work this summer a focus, which is nice since otherwise it's like, "Read papers and think about things!" which is, er... broad.

Instead, I delved into NPR's list of 100 reader favorite comics and graphic novels and decided to pick up some webcomics. Like you do.

(Though: everyone's going to have their list of things that didn't make the list that are their particular favorites, and I'd like to throw out Super Indian by Arigon Starr, Digger by Ursula Vernon, and Phoebe and Her Unicorn by Dana Simpson (who also did the amazing and seminal Ozy and Millie.) End aside.)

I finally got around to reading Gunnerkrigg Court, which is just as wonderful as you have probably already heard. It's doing some interesting things with the MAGIC!/SCIENCE! divide, the characters are charming and the main character, Antimony, has been wrestling with real flaws throughout the comic and has gone through significant change. And her dramatic shift in the most recent arc was really well foreshadowed. Also, the creepy robot religious cult(s) is interesting and weird and I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops.

I also devoured Stand Still, Stay Silent which is GUH-AMAZING. The art is beautiful, the plot has been fun when it hasn't been rollercoaster-terrifying, and the characters are charming, adorable, and delightful. It's very much post-apocalyptic adventure-horror but at the same time the author describes it as "fluffy", which is kind of is! The last arc got sad.

So now I have what, a billion webcomics I'm following? Something like that.

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