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eternal fish
18 October 2006 @ 08:57 am
It's been a hectic couple of weeks since the TOC. I don't really even know where to begin, since it's all happening to fast and frenetically (heh, I like alliterations) that it's all beginning to blur in my head. Let's see.

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Hope everything's going well for all you folks out there. Disabrogate, I really do mean to call you! It's just been so hectic. If I get a chance I'll try to call you tonight. Well, I run off for class now. Later!
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eternal fish
20 September 2006 @ 12:14 pm
I went to the TOC yesterday. Hmmm, perhaps I should elaborate...

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Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
eternal fish
16 September 2006 @ 12:53 am
Well, this concludes the third week of class. Third week already? It feels like it's been so fast, yet so long. Aside from the rather heavy coursework, things appear to be going fairly well. Now, if only I could get used to both of my philosophy courses assigning 50ish pages for reading homework each class.

Nothing really else to say for now other than tiredness and all that college stuff. Hope everybody else is doing well and perhaps spiffy even. G'night all.
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Current Music: The Trick is to Keep Breathing // Garbage Version 2.0 by Garbage
eternal fish
27 August 2006 @ 10:53 am
So, classes start on Monday. Begin Mission Finish College!
Needless to say, I'm a nervous wreck. There's something so...stressful about knowing how important it is I do well this next semester. No slacking, no goofing off, unless I really want to spend another semester here. NoooOOooOoo!!!

Five classes again this time through. Two philosophy, one math, one circuit design class, and a japanese class. The japanese class was tacked on after I got this little email from my advisor advising me that I was 6 units short on free electives to qualify for my BS. For those of you who aren't accustomed to CMU's unit system, 6 units is half a class. HALF class. And not something like a math class or anything; FREE elective. GRAH! So, Japanese. Let's hope I make it into the class and off the waitlist...*crosses fingers*Worse comes to worse, I could just hire some assassins to take care of some of the people already on the roster. MWahahahaha...*cough* Ok, nm. No stress, no pressure. Definitely not cracking.

On a cuter note, there's few things cuter in my life right now than feeding my fishies frozen brine shrimp. Unlike processed foods, these tend to sink. It's adorable watching them look speculatively at the gravel and comb each inch of the substrate looking for shrimp they might have missed. Being surface feeders, they're not really designed to pore over the substrate, so they end up looking quite cute with their little heads pointing down and their eyes looking this way and that for a tasty morsel of shrimp. Mainly, I think its their avidity and dedication to the task that I find so endearing. Even after every scrap has been eaten, they'll still be at it hours later.

Oh well, I think that's enough posting for now. Falsedrow and I are going for bagels at Brueggers. Mmmm, fresh bagels. Catch you guys later.
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Current Music: the hallway fan
eternal fish
07 July 2006 @ 12:05 pm
I'm sad.
Sad sad sad. Or perhaps I'm mad. Whatever it is, it isn't happy.
For those of you who do not know, I'm allergic to poison ivy. Not as in, I'm just sensitive to it, like most people. I'm *allergic* to it. Benefits include being allergic to anything that even chemically resembles poison ivy like tasty tasty mangoes, cashews, and I've heard pistachios also have the poison ivy type oil in it too. Sucks to be me.

But what sucks even more is how sloppy some places can be about keeping things separated or whatever. I really feel for you peanut people. Somehow on Wednesday I ate something that had a poison ivy like chemical in it. Maybe it was traces of mango juice in those sliced peaches I bought at Entropy for a snack. Perhaps the people at the Shadyside Market weren't careful when they were packing their fruit and didn't wash their hands after working with the mangoes? Maybe it was that Chinese sesame candy that I ate, perhaps a few ground cashews got in with the sesame. Or maybe I've developed new sensitivity to other foods that have the oil in it that I don't even know about. Like blueberries. Hard to believe that, though.

Anyway, something didn't agree with my skin, and I have poison ivy on my mouth now. Thank goodness whatever it was I ate was pretty dilute so I didn't get poison ivy too bad inside my mouth. But as you can probably tell, I'm feeling pretty cranky and out of sorts. What's most infuriating about this is it's a 24-hour reaction. Meaning I don't even find out I've been contaminated or came in contact with it until the NEXT DAY! Makes it frustratingly difficult to pin down exactly what caused the reaction so I can avoid it in the future.

I hate allergies.
Current Mood: crankycranky
eternal fish
05 July 2006 @ 11:56 am
I there! Face here! And you're watching...Niiick Jr.!
Okay, maybe not. But for some reason that line was stuck in my head, so I had to write it. Yes, this is me blaming the voices in my head. Cope.

Anyway, I figured an update to my lj was in order, seeing as how it's been ages and ages since I posted last. Things are spiffy. I just got back from Texas a week or so ago, and all in all the visit was surprisingly pleasant. Hectic, but pleasant. Everytime I get back from home and WW3 hasn't started, I'm always mildly surprised. Fourth of July was fun, it was nice to see everybody that I haven't seen in a long time (and some new people!) and I generally had a very good time. The awesome backrub Poeticruse gave me might've played a large part on that. =D

Also, since some people asked and most others didn't...
I have one, get this, ONE! more semester of college. Providing of course I don't goof up or slack off or any of those other things that generally make my semesters suck. So yeah, wish me luck!

Only other news to report is my new pair of feesh. Yeah, I'm a happy owner of two betta feesh that now live happily on my desk in a small aquarium. Why do I have feesh? It's a fairly long story, but it involved a mercy rescue of a very sad (and very ugly) feesh from PetSmart while I was in Austin.

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Anyway, that's all I really have to say for now. Talk to you guys later!
Current Mood: hungryhungry
Current Music: none
eternal fish
03 February 2006 @ 02:40 pm
So, there's this policy on campus that it's generally frowned upon to bring sharp dangerous or explody things like swords and guns onto campus. And, while annoying, it might actually have some merit 'cause I think if I'd been packing I might've shot this guy in our lab group to death.

Maybe that's coming across a bit strong. I had the intense urge to join Saje in a ritual of ripping out his spleen and smashing it to bits.


So. Our lab, clearly labelled as a group project, was split up into parts, fairly *easy* but tedious parts I might add, to be completed individually by members in our group and turned in by 11:59 PM on Thursday.


Two of our group members started like good people on TUESDAY. We finished on time, got our parts reviewed, and submitted them.


Two of our other group members started Thursday evening like NOT good people. Now, granted, this is totally fine/legal/legit...so long as they TURN IT IN ON TIME. But that would be expecting too much, I guess. One of them did turn in the project in time, reviewed completed, etc. But the other one?


6 minutes late.
that's...lemme check...
19 points off.
also, since it was late, we had no chance to review it.
so it's probably all wrong.
that's, let's see...another 25 percent off, since he had 1/4 of the work.
So, for the first "group effort" project of this course we're looking at around...hmmm...a 50.
Needless to say, some of us are...a bit disappointed with this fourth party member, displeased you might say.
Trouble is, he doesn't speak the language. so he can't even tell that we're displeased.
So, saying that I'm having a bad week is putting it mildly. I hope next week will be better.
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
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eternal fish
24 January 2006 @ 10:04 am
I got to watch Advent Children.
I think most of the movie went whizzing over my head.
But it was really pretty and even though I think I missed out on most of the obvious "you should be emotionally impacted by this scene" stuffs, I still enjoyed it.

Perhaps I will go play ff7 or watch someone else play it and then watch Advent Children again. Preferably once I get a beautiful wide-screen high-res lcd tv. =D
Current Mood: groggygroggy
Current Music: trillian beeping
eternal fish
18 January 2006 @ 03:50 pm
It seems it has been a while since I've updated. I was browsing through friends' ljs and stuff and decided it was time to pull out my livejournal, blow some dust off it, and let people know how I was doin. ^^

School's started again, and here I am with my backpack, trudging through windy snowy weather to my classes. Second semester back, and it looks pretty good so far. I returned to school last semester with a fairly light load of work (didn't wanna have an emotional meltdown again) and I did pretty well. Heck, even my academic advisor said I did pretty well, so I'm happy about that. But this semester, the kid gloves come off and we'll see how well I cope with 51 units of classwork. For those of you not used to this brain-damaging method of classification, 51 units means that I should (emphasis on should) be spending close to 51 hours a week doing class stuff be it slaving in lab, sleeping in class, doing homework, cramming for tests, etc.
We'll see how that goes.

Classes! I'll be taking Differential Equations, Distributed Embedded Systems, Logic and Proofs, Philosophy and Law, and a cute little class called Logic Design Using Simulation, Synthesis, and Verification Techniques. *gasps for air* I think I'll just call that one Logic Design. Really, there ought to be laws against giving a class a name more than 4 words long.

But that's all that's really going on for now. Recreationally, I'm still plugging slowly away at FFXI, and I will be picking up Don's Exalted game again on Thursdays. Mantha, feel better soon!

This is me, signing out.
Current Mood: accomplishedCaffeinated
eternal fish
10 July 2005 @ 12:26 am
One small rant for tonight, then I'm done and going back to hibernating.
Watched Fantastic Four today. Went in with very few expectations and as a result I left fairly happy. Yay for low expectations! I got to do some shopping too, ended up with yet another skimpy top, debated buying some candles, and got to have dinner with Dan at Bravo! which is this italian joint down in the Waterfront right next to the theater. All in all, today would have been a wonderful day, if it weren't for that pesky little headache I had.
I don't know where this headache has come from, but it's been with me for several days now, varying in intensity, of course. I had it this morning, as per usual, though I suppose staying in bed finishing The Treasured One only encouraged the little pest. Then, after loud noises and bright lights (movie) followed by unidentifiable stinks (the candle shop) and irritating smells on my skin (trying on clothes in clothing stores) combined with the Daystar and general afternoon heat caused it to creep closer to a more full-fledged headache instead of just a niggling behind one eye. I was SO hoping that food and caffeine during dinner would help it ease a bit, but I forgot that cheese + migraines = mass pain and my headache graduated to stomach-roiling migraine just as the salad course was cleared and my dinner came. There's nothing more depressing than seeing something enticingly tasty in front of you and feeling nothing but pain and nausea. The over-concerned waiter didn't help my flagging emotions at all. I suppose he thought I thought the food was terrible. Argh!
Anyway, I finished Across the Nightingale Floor tonight and was extremely pleased with it. I've been wisting over that book for months now, and I finally broke down and got it and am glad I did. It was an extremely short read for me, all in all, about four hours I'd say, but that's fine by me. I should keep an eye out for the Otori sequels.
Well, headache is still here, so I am going to go to sleep and hope that it doesn't wake up with me in the morning. Good night, all.
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