ironymaiden: (yoga)
This week i missed my bi-weekly D&D game and my thursday knitting group. i am back in the intro series at the local yoga studio, for the second week. my return is long overdue.

it's been interesting to go back to the beginning, when I feel out of shape but seem to have certain reserves and balance that I didn't have years ago. i also have less fear, as proven by my bloody nose and fat lip.

we were working on crow pose, which i never have mastered. tonight i was able to take the full pose for a moment. surprised, i immediately collapsed and fell on my face. then I laughed. i laughed and got right back up. the assistant had to get me to stop to clean up- i didn't realize that my nose was dripping.

i never got hit like that doing martial arts; it wasn't something practiced or conscious to keep going. i'm a little surprised in retrospect that it didn't scare or embarass me. (Hella endorphins. Barely felt it.)

anyway, yoga feels good.
ironymaiden: (knitting)
my inner teenager is always just under the surface.

i had two separate people warn me about fatigue and pain from knitting with tiny circular needles; you stay in the same position for a long time and it's easy to overdo. well, that wouldn't happen to me because i am a special snowflake.

of course i charged ahead and completely wrecked my hands. as in it hurt to pet the dog.

yes, i have sought treatment. basically i need to rest and listen to my body. if i'm still in pain at the two-week mark i have real trouble.

i've been not-knitting for a week, and it is driving me bonkers because it turns out everything i like to do (and my job) requires my hands.

these are the offending socks.
honey badger


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i'm quite proud of them since i learned multiple new techniques in the process: sock blank dying, magic loop, toe-up construction, and two-at-a-time knitting. and to put my work down more often.
ironymaiden: (penguin)
In particular, the dpkg package manager is known to run significantly slower on ext4, causing installations using the server or alternate install CD to take on the order of twice as long as before. ext4 does not guarantee atomic renames of new files over existing files in the event of a power failure shortly after the rename, and so dpkg needs to force the contents of the new file out to disk before renaming it in order to avoid leaving corrupt zero-length files after power failures. This operation involves waiting for the disk significantly more than it strictly needs to, and so degrades performance.

that would have been good to know a few hours ago.
ironymaiden: (Default)
In particular, the dpkg package manager is known to run significantly slower on ext4, causing installations using the server or alternate install CD to take on the order of twice as long as before. ext4 does not guarantee atomic renames of new files over existing files in the event of a power failure shortly after the rename, and so dpkg needs to force the contents of the new file out to disk before renaming it in order to avoid leaving corrupt zero-length files after power failures. This operation involves waiting for the disk significantly more than it strictly needs to, and so degrades performance.

that would have been good to know a few hours ago.
ironymaiden: (rain)
the meanest town in America story is preying on me. knowing she has a ticket out of that place doesn't make it better.
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the meanest town in America story is preying on me. knowing she has a ticket out of that place doesn't make it better.
ironymaiden: (bumbler)
i returned an unfinished book to the library today.

we have a wonderfully large library and a great holds system here, so with a bit of planning i can have a nearly unbroken stream of reading material that takes no money from my budget or space on my bookshelves. the nature of the holds system means that the books must flow - many of the things i read aren't eligible for renewal because there is a line behind me.

so sometimes i have to give up. when i purchase a book and it doesn't grab me on the first try, it goes to slumber on the shelf, to be revisited at a better time. often the right moment is all i need. sometimes the better time never comes, and it heads out to a used bookstore to find a happier home. unfinished library books fill me with guilt, because i know that the book and the right moment are unlikely to have a chance to meet after that initial pass.

i feel like i am letting that book down. in January, it was Treason's Shore. it's book four (i think the last) of a fat fantasy series that is very good. (martial arts! egalitarian society! pirates! complex well-defined characters! really.) if you start to read Inda and are enjoying it, just get the rest of them because they read as one very long continuous book. which i normally applaud, because i hate recaps. but put a year between the reading of book three and book four, and all of the complexity that was so pleasurable in the first three volumes makes picking up the fourth without a reread of the prior three nearly impossible. i carried a 700 page hardcover around for three weeks, knowing how much i enjoyed the beginning of the story, seeing the potential, barely able to pick at it - knowing that if i let it go i may not ever read it.

today i admitted that Finch wasn't doing it for me. i don't know why, when i find a description of Finch so enticing, that the book itself does not beg to be read. it's not about being depressing - i tore through The Windup Girl and immediately ordered up and read Bacigalupi's short story collection, which are all post-apocalyptic and hopeless.

it's so much easier when i definitely don't like the book, it doesn't feel like my failure. when my failures belong to the library i'm not filling my shelves with their spines, spines that reproach me for failing to unleash their potential - i can just turn my head as the door on the return bin slams shut.
ironymaiden: (Default)
i returned an unfinished book to the library today.

we have a wonderfully large library and a great holds system here, so with a bit of planning i can have a nearly unbroken stream of reading material that takes no money from my budget or space on my bookshelves. the nature of the holds system means that the books must flow - many of the things i read aren't eligible for renewal because there is a line behind me.

so sometimes i have to give up. when i purchase a book and it doesn't grab me on the first try, it goes to slumber on the shelf, to be revisited at a better time. often the right moment is all i need. sometimes the better time never comes, and it heads out to a used bookstore to find a happier home. unfinished library books fill me with guilt, because i know that the book and the right moment are unlikely to have a chance to meet after that initial pass.

i feel like i am letting that book down. in January, it was Treason's Shore. it's book four (i think the last) of a fat fantasy series that is very good. (martial arts! egalitarian society! pirates! complex well-defined characters! really.) if you start to read Inda and are enjoying it, just get the rest of them because they read as one very long continuous book. which i normally applaud, because i hate recaps. but put a year between the reading of book three and book four, and all of the complexity that was so pleasurable in the first three volumes makes picking up the fourth without a reread of the prior three nearly impossible. i carried a 700 page hardcover around for three weeks, knowing how much i enjoyed the beginning of the story, seeing the potential, barely able to pick at it - knowing that if i let it go i may not ever read it.

today i admitted that Finch wasn't doing it for me. i don't know why, when i find a description of Finch so enticing, that the book itself does not beg to be read. it's not about being depressing - i tore through The Windup Girl and immediately ordered up and read Bacigalupi's short story collection, which are all post-apocalyptic and hopeless.

it's so much easier when i definitely don't like the book, it doesn't feel like my failure. when my failures belong to the library i'm not filling my shelves with their spines, spines that reproach me for failing to unleash their potential - i can just turn my head as the door on the return bin slams shut.
ironymaiden: (popcorn)
think about it.
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think about it.
ironymaiden: (gromit hides)
the unfortunate side effect of getting the 360 back is C watching bad (but not so-bad-they're-good) fantasy movies.

i would like to un-experience every glimpse i have had of The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior.
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the unfortunate side effect of getting the 360 back is C watching bad (but not so-bad-they're-good) fantasy movies.

i would like to un-experience every glimpse i have had of The Scorpion King: Rise of a Warrior.
ironymaiden: (fuck it)
today, UPS left the standard passive-aggressive sticky note and no package.

but hey, if you contact them by seven, you can drive yourself to their warehouse in SODO between the railroad tracks, and then stand around and wait through most of the one-hour window they give you until the package is produced.

and lo, M$ gave us a new 360 with a warranty instead of repairing our busted old one, and a month of Live for our troubles.

they did not, however, send along a power block or a/v cord.




*headdesk*




if you call the service number on the website, you go through a series of recordings that never lead you to a human. if you exhaust the automated menu, it actually says "then i can't help you".

i used their email form. they make you choose a problem from a drop-down menu. "Console will not power on" it is.
ironymaiden: (Default)
today, UPS left the standard passive-aggressive sticky note and no package.

but hey, if you contact them by seven, you can drive yourself to their warehouse in SODO between the railroad tracks, and then stand around and wait through most of the one-hour window they give you until the package is produced.

and lo, M$ gave us a new 360 with a warranty instead of repairing our busted old one, and a month of Live for our troubles.

they did not, however, send along a power block or a/v cord.




*headdesk*




if you call the service number on the website, you go through a series of recordings that never lead you to a human. if you exhaust the automated menu, it actually says "then i can't help you".

i used their email form. they make you choose a problem from a drop-down menu. "Console will not power on" it is.
ironymaiden: (gromit hides)
i thought i would look into renting a 360 for a day or two while we wait for repairs.

Blockbuster doesn't do it anymore.

Rent-A-Center is just creepy. first, there are no prices or terms anywhere on their website. second, the store finder is like a map of low-income neighborhoods and military bases in the region. (not-that-there's-anything-wrong-with-that, but predatory much?)
ironymaiden: (Default)
i thought i would look into renting a 360 for a day or two while we wait for repairs.

Blockbuster doesn't do it anymore.

Rent-A-Center is just creepy. first, there are no prices or terms anywhere on their website. second, the store finder is like a map of low-income neighborhoods and military bases in the region. (not-that-there's-anything-wrong-with-that, but predatory much?)
ironymaiden: (reading)
is a mess. i finished it last night, and the details are evaporating from my memory, leaving nothing but a sense of dissatisfaction.
the only thing to recommend it is that it is set in the same world as the delightful Shadow of the Wind. (and i have just stolen from you the moment of joy that comes from recognition. if i thought it outweighed the mediocrity of the rest of the experience i would be more careful.)
ironymaiden: (Default)
is a mess. i finished it last night, and the details are evaporating from my memory, leaving nothing but a sense of dissatisfaction.
the only thing to recommend it is that it is set in the same world as the delightful Shadow of the Wind. (and i have just stolen from you the moment of joy that comes from recognition. if i thought it outweighed the mediocrity of the rest of the experience i would be more careful.)

do not want

Oct. 4th, 2009 10:38 am
ironymaiden: (do not want)
weekend is not going entirely as planned.

the 360 has the red ring of death. considering that ours was made in 2005, it's had a remarkable run. repairs are still cheaper than replacement, so i need to drop it at the UPS store and deal with the withdrawal. i knew we played a lot of rockband, but i didn't realize just how much we used it to stream netflix. regular television is even worse than i remembered.

and i need to get off the computer because my right eyelid is grotesquely swollen since i woke up and it's kind of hard to read right now. i suspect it's a bugbite but i'm not sure, took some benadryl and we'll see. i'm supposed to be social this afternoon. hoping to avoid the ER :/

do not want

Oct. 4th, 2009 10:38 am
ironymaiden: (Default)
weekend is not going entirely as planned.

the 360 has the red ring of death. considering that ours was made in 2005, it's had a remarkable run. repairs are still cheaper than replacement, so i need to drop it at the UPS store and deal with the withdrawal. i knew we played a lot of rockband, but i didn't realize just how much we used it to stream netflix. regular television is even worse than i remembered.

and i need to get off the computer because my right eyelid is grotesquely swollen since i woke up and it's kind of hard to read right now. i suspect it's a bugbite but i'm not sure, took some benadryl and we'll see. i'm supposed to be social this afternoon. hoping to avoid the ER :/

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