thedeadparrot: (sniping the unsuspecting)
(posted by on Nov. 3rd, 2010 09:37 pm)
-I am addicted to Echo Bazaar, and it is sad, because I have no twitter friends who are playing, which clearly means that I have no friends. *sadface* It's kind of hard to describe as a game, but I would suggest giving it a shot. And then friending me on twitter. The Border House blog has written a review, and I am impressed by how open the world is.

- Not touching the Fiction Alley thing with a ten foot pole.

- Feeling kind of blah about writing. Work is stressful. I have a draft that I need to tear apart and put back together again. Sherlock fandom is doing its level best to make me not want to be anywhere near it. Etc.

- Elections are always a clusterfuck, but at least I got to vote in my uncontested congressional district.

- I am not going to sign up for any holiday gift exchanges besides yuletide. This is a promise that I must make to myself so that I will end up writing a bazillion yuletide treats in tiny fandoms that I love.

- Burritos are delicious.
thedeadparrot: (crouching tiger)
(posted by on Jan. 9th, 2008 09:42 pm)
1. I used to read Sweet Valley books. Not just the High ones, either. The University ones, too.
2. I am sad that no one has, as of yet, tried to find one of my fics on [ profile] sgastoryfinders.
3. I am also sad that no one has talked to me about the worst case runtime of quicksort in the comments of Penis Envy....
4. I judge the people who post secrets to [ profile] fandomsecrets.
5. Sometimes, I have the urge to read trashy, over-the-top fanfic. SGA has been horrible to be by providing me with lots and lots of it.
6. I have not actually completed my [ profile] yuletide reading.
7. I still want to write a Mensa-verse band AU, because I love the idea of Rod being a scruffy, laid-back drummer who's an asshole on the inside.
8. For some reason, I can't actually learn Ruby through some inability to actually read through reference materials. It's a little weird.
9. I have an incredibly boring life, and I like it that way.
thedeadparrot: (zarek as zarek)
(posted by on Sep. 11th, 2007 10:02 am)
Okay, so I'm feeling a little crazy from school and TAing and not being able to write anything, and maybe I need to get out of summer mode, where I didn't see anyone ever and I had shitloads of free time.

I'm feeling a little more zen this morning, though. The weather is one I actually really like, cloudy and drizzly, and having a mostly-empty computer lab to yourself is calming.

Okay, that's enough emo for this morning.

I also want to say that I am in my early-semester computer science love-fest, because computers are SO COOL, and so is everything that goes into making them AWESOME, even the math theory.The shiny-happy feeling will probably fade as the semester drags on, but for right now, I'm all, finite state machines! interpreters! Turing completeness! schedulers! parsing!
thedeadparrot: (beauty breakdown)
(posted by on Apr. 13th, 2007 10:31 am)
Go join up at [ profile] foreman_fest! Because Foreman doesn't get enough love.

I like making lists. [ profile] savemoony likes making lists too. Except hers are funnier.

In far more depressing news, Kurt Vonnegut died fairly recently. :( He was very awesome. I am sad. Rest in peace, man. You deserve it.
thedeadparrot: (tux the linux penguin)
(posted by on Apr. 9th, 2007 01:26 pm)
[Poll #963110]

And if you're asking, why penguins? It's because penguins are fucking awesome.

In other news, this week is going to suck if I don't get my act together and at least get sockets started. Clearly my brain wants me to flunk out of school. Or just CS036.

Still need to get concentration paperwork done. And talk to my adviser so that I can get my concentration paperwork done.

I have a summer job, though. So that's awesome.

So, I'm kind of torn about Across the Universe. It could be really shitty and make me want to cry, or it could be really awesome and make me want to cry. It could go either way. I mean, it's the Beatles, and yeah, it's The Beatles, and its hard to imagine it being cohesive instead of just crap, so I'm nervous. But if it is cohesive and not crap, then it could be glorious. Like I said, torn.
thedeadparrot: (geeky)
(posted by on Mar. 27th, 2007 06:38 pm)
A selection of spam poetry. It's totally deep and metaphorical and stuff.

(should be accompanied with bongos or a pickle tub, but, alas, I have none.)

Once really
by TOP

Once really )

Seriously, I know it's like random cutting and pasting and random word generators, but it's still hilariously similar to actual poetry.

Other stuff! I still need to see the last couple of episodes of BSG, which I hear are hard core and stuff. I've been avoiding spoilers, even though I almost never avoid spoilers. What the hell?

Almost done with [ profile] remixredux fic. Just need to hammer out the details and mull a bit, I'm a little worried that it's too obviously me, but whatever. I like it too much as it is.

I still need to like start work on my CS36 project. *shakes fist at Minesweeper* At the very least put together the design.

ETA: Giant pillow fight. Is that not awesome?
thedeadparrot: (eowyn jude)
(posted by on Jan. 29th, 2007 07:58 pm)
Amazon books finally came. They're for this dystopian literature class that I'm taking this semester, so I actually have to read one of them and write up discussion questions about it tonight. In the process of doing this, I also managed to accidentally buy the movie version of Logan's Run and not the actual book. I realize that this makes me a complete and utter moron.

It amuses me that Neil Gaiman wrote an essay for Sim City 2000, because it only confirms that he's a complete and utter writing whore, and is really not ashamed of this at all. You can find it here, and I completely love it, because I love cities and he manages to capture some of the reasons why.

I am also interviewing for an internship at Adobe tomorrow. I have a vague idea of what to expect. Mostly me getting a nice rejection letter.

[ profile] remixredux is starting up. I need to figure out what fandoms I'm going to offer to write in before I sign up, but I am quite excited about it. This and [ profile] yuletide are my two big ficathons for the year. I barely squeak by with adding Harry Potter as one of the fandoms that I have written. Same with House, oddly enough, because out of the nine House stories I've written, four of them are crossovers.

Have also been messing around with Tomboy. Seems pretty neat, especially because I'm really unorganized. Perhaps this will help.
thedeadparrot: (marshall is my geek god)
(posted by on Jan. 15th, 2007 06:48 pm)
I miss having a Mary Sue. She made everything better. Like if there was some annoying thing about canon that needed to be fixed, she could go in and fix it, and everyone would like her and the world would just be a better place if she were there. Seriously. I really do miss her a lot these days.

I have been pimping out Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald to all my friends, so I feel like it's necessary to pimp it out to all of you. It's a Sherlock Holmes/H.P. Lovecraft crossover and it's brilliant. Just go read it. Bask in its brilliance. It's in PDF form, but don't let that stop you. The fake advertisements are awesome.

AIGLX kind of hates me and everything I do. *sniff* Maybe I'll try to set up XGL, see if that actually works, but I'm feeling too lazy.

Also, I head back to school and TA Camp tomorrow. Must do lots of packing. Holy crap, I'm halfway through the school year. When did that happen?
thedeadparrot: (obvious place)
(posted by on Dec. 4th, 2006 05:41 pm)
1. Conclusions are the hardest part of papers. I can never get them right. They suck a lot. Kind of like your mom.

2. House is a really big asshole. An asshole with something resembling a moral compass, but that doesn't really make him not an asshole. Even then, I still think he's incredibly interesting as a character, though that just might be the fact that Hugh Laurie is charismatic as all get out.

3. Myths are really cool. I'm incredibly drawn to myths and the themes that keep repeating through them. That's probably why I love superheroes and Carnivale and religion in BSG and Neil Gaiman. Myths are just really fucking cool.

4. People shouldn't be afraid to call themselves feminists. Feminism is not a dirty word, and the more people think the fight is over, the more we all lose.

5. Clive Owen is hot. Just sayin'.

6. Computer Science is the most awesome thing ever. Seriously. Programming is just ridiculously cool. If I weren't completely lazy, I'd probably do it in my spare time, too. Also, computers are just plain cool.

7. Marilyn Monroe is overhyped. I watched Some Like It Hot last night, and while it was good and funny and she was hardly bad in it, but still, overhyped.

8. Linux is the shizznit. I just love it so much, I kind of scare myself a bit. I can't really stand using Windows anymore.

9. Ship wars are not seriuz bizness. I, personally, am not all that invested in ships, and I don't really care when other people are, up until the point it becomes incredibly negative toward other fans, just because they happen to like a different ship. At that point, I usually slap the "crazy" label on. (Harmonians, I'm looking at you.)

10. I should probably eat something. I'm pretty hungry.

11. That I totally would have finished that Five Things meme from like three months ago, except for the fact that everything I wrote sucked, and I couldn't make it not suck. Sorry.
thedeadparrot: (life's ok)
(posted by on Nov. 24th, 2006 09:47 pm)
1. I will admit with some small of shame that I went to the mall today and contributed to the rapidly decline of human society as we know it. I will also admit with some of pride that I do have a shiny new 120 GB portable hard drive.

2. I also bought a copy of Swing Kids, because it was only $6.99, and I am easy.

3. My ray tracer is failing like a failing thing. Wah. I need to get reflections and texture mapping working at all, and everything else working correctly.

4. My [ profile] yuletide fic is still in the beginning stages, which makes me sad, because finals are coming up, and I suck. A lot.

5. I wrote some House gen in reaction to last week's episode. I will freely admit that my only reason for writing this was to make House suffer in the most heinous way possible: his own fucked-up guilt.

6. Because all the cool kids are doing it, my fandom wish-list thing:
Cut, because I can, dammit. )

7. Zelda: Ocarina of Time is still very much with the awesome. I do love it so.

8. Sometimes, I really wish I knew how to answer feedback in a decent manner. I'm pretty sure that I always sound like an idiot when I do.
thedeadparrot: (clive closer)
(posted by on Nov. 19th, 2006 02:42 pm)
This is one of the coolest, trippiest videos ever. And it has awesome music.

So, yeah, I'm running XGL with Beryl right now, and it's quite awesome. It means that I can run a movie or something in fullscreen mode, and then lower the transparency of say, gVim in front of it, so that I can code in MIPS Assembly and watch, say BSG, at the exact same time.

Also, in reinstalling Ubuntu, I fubared my Windows boot partition or something. Of course, the fact that it took me like two weeks to find this out probably shows how much I use Windows these days.

Sometimes it makes me sad to think that all the humanities majors I know aren't learning about ray tracers or pipelining, because THEY ARE AWESOME. But then I remember that they're humanities majors for a reason.

Also liked this week's BSG muchly. I shall elaborate later. (Still needs more Zarek, though.)
thedeadparrot: (crouching tiger)
(posted by on Nov. 8th, 2006 05:58 pm)
Re: Election.


(Do I really need to say more? Yeah, probably, but still. Yay.)

Re: This week's House


(I think he needs to be 1. beaten over the head with a large stick 2. hugged)

Re: Midterm


(I don't want to talk about it.)
thedeadparrot: (constantine)
(posted by on Nov. 1st, 2006 11:57 pm)
It took me like two hours to sign up for [ profile] yuletide today. It was kind of pathetic. And nervewracking. And pathetic.

One of my professors today dressed up as a Grim Reaper and stayed in character for the entire lecture as he was teaching us about garbage collection. It was pretty awesome. He has an accent, which just added to the awesome. "Zis pointer is red, like blood! And zis pointer is blue, alzo like blood!"

I should probably get my work done ahead of time, instead of waiting until the last minute to see if I can squeak by. That would probably be a good idea. Maybe.
thedeadparrot: (porcelain)
(posted by on Oct. 28th, 2006 04:22 pm)
Have now upgraded to Edgy Eft with a clean install. It's not substantially different from anything else, as far as I can tell, but Firefox 2 breaks my favorite theme. Which makes me very sad. I also had to spend a lot of time switching the tab behavior back to something that doesn't suck.

Dear [ profile] house_wilson,

Stop worrying about the fucking poll and write me some porn, dammit.


Dear Youtube,

Why the fuck did you just break your videos under Linux Flash 9 beta? Are you high or something?

No love,

BSG this week!
Spoilers )

Tonight's Tech House's big party of the the year, Javaspook. There are tons of baked goods being made in the kitchen right now. Should be a lot of fun.
thedeadparrot: (Default)
(posted by on Sep. 23rd, 2006 06:31 pm)
Still alive. Barely. I really like Intro to Graphics, but it's also pretty intense so I haven't really been around.

Still working on the Five things. I swear.

Sandman is so freaking good. I just got Endless Nights, and I would totally lick it if that weren't gross.

I also got the third season of Arrested Development. Yay Bluths. I wonder if Michael's name is a very, very vague, subtle reference to The Godfather. That would amuse me greatly.

I'm also taking a Pop Culture class this semester. I'll keep you posted if there's actually anything interesting that happens.

Milk + cereal = awesome, though Milk in cereal = gross. I like my cereal crunchy.
thedeadparrot: (self-portrait me)
(posted by on Aug. 24th, 2006 09:58 pm)
Tomorrow's my last day of work. Everything's kind of weird. I kind of like my routines. A lot.

Also, Stephen Colbert's wrong about the Hungarian things that you can use to identify geeks. No self respecting geek programs in BASIC.

I'm totally going to build my own computer at some point. Hopefully over winter break. I have a general idea of what I want, too. That's exciting.

Also, Ninjas are awesome. THEY FLIP OUT AND KILL PEOPLE ALL THE TIME. Seriously.
thedeadparrot: (stranger in a strange land)
(posted by on Aug. 21st, 2006 10:10 pm)
Okay, yeah, I've been off playing video games. I don't really like Splinter Cell that much, mostly because I suck at being stealthy. Also, because the storyline doesn't really interest me that much.

I go back to school in about a week. How scary is that?

Still need to see Snakes on a Plane. Yes, I do know that I fail at life.

Totally watched The New World with [ profile] complex_numbers, and while I liked it a lot, we totally spent the entire movie making fun of it. Because that was amusing.

Also, Christian Bale with a beard is hot.

P.S. [ profile] mjules? I will totally send you that stuff at some point. After, you know, I actually find it. Sorry about the wait.
thedeadparrot: (self-portrait me)
(posted by on Aug. 1st, 2006 06:57 pm)
1. Okay, anyone want into Writely? I can invite anyone these days.

2. This article about the gender gap between men and women and the internet is very interesting, because this sort of thing that keeps women from going into CS. Women really don't think they're as good at computers as men. I mean, I suffer from it, too. Like, I still think I suck more at computer science than the other guys in my CS classes.

3. I like the name The Dark Knight for the Batman Begins sequel. It's nicely vague and stuff. The Heath Ledger thing is growing on me the more I think about it. Still not 100%, but still more than when I originally heard it.

4. I am also having a resurgance of my U2 love. It's been waning for a while, but listening to "Beautiful Day" still makes me want to hug the world. I like that feeling.

5. Re: Lebanon and Israel. I don't want to take sides. I just want to scream "WILL YOU PLEASE JUST STOP KILLING EACH OTHER," curl up into a ball, and cry.
thedeadparrot: (sofie colors)
(posted by on Jul. 26th, 2006 10:46 pm)
I finally got Quicktime trailers working in Linux! Even the Hi-Def versions! w00t. One less thing I'll feel obligated to boot into Windows for. This is very exciting for me.

Carnivale season 2 is out on DVD. I'm all excited and stuff. This makes me ridiculously happy like you wouldn't believe. I haven't watched it yet, but that's mostly due to lack of time.

There seems to be an influx of 'omg slash!' of late (at least on f_w). To which I roll my eyes, shake my head, and mutter, "newbies".
thedeadparrot: (rain damnit!)
(posted by on Jul. 18th, 2006 09:38 pm)
It needs to rain. A lot. For reals. I'm really over this heatwave crap.

I am attempting to make more headway into my [ profile] 30_gens fic. Right now, I think I have about 14 posted, 5 waiting to be edited and posted and 11 in various states of completion. I am going to finish these bastards. Just you wait and see.

Tux the Linux penguin is the cutest thing evar. I kind of want to make a stuffed one, but I suck at sewing, so no good would ever come of it.

The Xgl switcher hates me, I think. I'm not sure why it's slowed down so drastically, but it's not good for my blood pressure, as Xgl has a tendency to crash my system while using the switcher as well.

Anyone who says that proprietary software is somehow better documented than open source software has never tried to use IBM proprietary software.


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