Welcoming another Doctor to the field

This morning I attended my friend Rebecca's dissertation defense. She did well, even when asked (what seemed to me) hard questions. Of course, I won't pretend I understood any more than three words, but I managed to follow along just fine. (Seriously, there's nothing like attending a doctoral defense in a field you have NO training in whatsoever to make one feel the ignorance.....)

Needless to say (or rather, I think I already have), she passed! (Not that any of us had any doubt that she would)

Congrats Rebecca!

That said, I should probably get back to working on my own....

And it just keeps getting better. . . . .

And to make my life better this week. In the past 24 hours I have:

1) Managed to break my clock in an attempt to replace the mechanism
2) Confirmed that I need to replace the LCD on my computer.... surmount the week of Technology Hates Me:

3) My credit card account has been hacked/my credit card number has been stolen. At least my bank account looks normal, and I actually have cash on hand to pay for things in the immidiate future.

I keep hoping things will get better soon....but at least I get to spend the day with The Boy tomorrow. That should be good.
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The Universe conspires against my getting work done

Over the past two weeks, I don't know how many times I have been interrupted from attempts to get my proposal together by various BS things. Seriously, first it was a web-video conference/presentation that I had to run from Howard. As ususal with Howard Magic the one-hour setup and technical run took seven. That was...November 4, I think.

This was just the beginning. Over and over I have had to deal with Howard BS in both the academic and (worse) medical realms. Last week I went to campus 3 days in a row. Urgh.

I thought I might get some work done this Friday before Group Meeting, but we had 2 (yep, 2) tour groups come through I didn't know were going to be here, inclduing a high school group with a sonde launch. Of course, our sonde system crashed in the middle of prep for that. So I had to fake it by setting up a simulation run of the setup process with a broken sonde counterbalanced with rocks instead of a battery pack, all the while convincing the High Schoolers were getting The Real Thing.

Having sucessfully pulled off my Bluff Check, I then tried to fix the program as we had a REAL sonde launch scheduled for the evening (which, again, I was not supposed to be running but through various craziness landed on me anyway). I brought in a space heater (as we realized we had the same problem last year - when the temperatures dropped near freezing), and proceeded to fail to troubleshoot the program. I did manage to mess up the IP, crash the software twice, and reboot the computer twice...which somehow fixed the problem. >_<.

Saturday was wonderful, filled with time spent with The Boy, and at the War Mice Friendsgiving. Unforuntately, I got no work done (despite trying to do so in the 2 hours of free time I had between my date and the party), so I cancelled my plans for Sunday and resolved to get work then.

I booted up my computer on Sunday and checked my email, with breakfast at hand and ready to start work, when my computer picked up a virus. Not just any virus (actually it was probably malware), but one which blocked Cntl-Alt-Del and prevented me from booting into safe mode. Actually, after the safemode boot attempt, it courrupted my boot dlls, so I crashed windows every time I tried....

Two windows repair attempts later, I managed to get as far as to get my data backed up....while the virus kept brining up false reboot windows and repeatedly blocking my screen with annoying pop-ups as to how I was infected and I needed antivirus software.

The irony, it kills me.

Having dealt with such viruses before, I knew there was only one long-term solution: Format. So I spent the rest of the day reformatting and reinstalling windows and all my programs. (I'm still working on the latter). I did, however, manage to get some small amount of work done while the format was taking place.

....and now here I am. With a clean computer, at work, with no one bothering me. My downloads for Adobe have completed, so maybe, just maybe I can now get some work done. *sigh*.

Wish me luck.
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Character Backstory: Sabina

Currently stuck on my big story, so I'm taking a little break from it.

This is the first part of a series of shorts about the backstory to my current DnD character. No knowledge necessary about the game to read. ^_^.

This is a first draft, so please ignore any typos. Comments are always welcome.

EDIT: I am posting all 3 in a post on Feb 6, 2012

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3 Musketeers (New Movie)

I went to see the new Three Musketeers movie last night with a bunch of my friends....who are all currently involved in an RPG where we are spies working for Cardinal Richelieu in the 1630's. (One of our company is, in fact, a Musketeer....but not one of the famous ones.) Of course, there was a somewhat hilarious casting similarity. In our game, there is an NPC who strongly resembles Porthos. He is named Pullo, after the character in the Rome TV series. It turns out, the actor playing Porthos in the movie is the same actor who plays Pullo in Rome. (Which we discovered after having seen the movie).

Anyways, my impressions : the completely spoiler-free version:

I liked it well to feel it was worth the 9.00 I spent to see it with friends. However, I probably won't go see it again for that price, unless under very specific circumstances.

The plot-spoiler free but possibly impression-giving short review:

Bascially, it was the three-musketeers merged with Mission Impossible. Or maybe Pirates of the Caribbean?
It was pretty-over the top, but fun.
The main plot points of the book were mostly there, but with some decidedly different character motivations, etc.

Also, kudos to the Princess Bride references.

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*As dubbed by my friend, WT.
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Why my housemate is awesome

I have an awesome housemate. Why is she awesome? Because we are able to have conversations like these, without her thinking me certifiably insane*:

After housemate C is recovering from cold/migranes etc:

Me: How are you doing?
C: Alive....I think. I'll know when I go outside.
Me: Does that mean I may have to stake you?
C: If I'm going outside I don't think that will be necessary.
Me: I might sparkle.
C: If I sparkle, PLEASE STAKE ME!

Yesterday morning (after I have been watching too much Invader Zim):

[C comes downstairs to the kitchen, where I am making breakfast]
Me (channeling inner Zim): You will OBEY the toast
C: Cassie, is your breakfast talking to you again?
Me (makes sad/scared face): This is the first time....
C: And what is the toast saying to you?
Me: [Makes "overlord fist" gesture]: eaaat meeee!

*or at least, she's polite enough to keep such thoughts to herself.
grr, me

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

I can go off on a long list, but there are two things which I believe desperately need attention.

1) Topeka Kansas has stopped prosecuting domestic abuse. They say it is because they don't have enough money. Oh, and don't even get me started that it was a misdemeanor-class crime to begin with.

2) Mississippi wants to ban ALL abortions (including life-saving ones) by classifying the act as MURDER. The state legislature plans to do this by passing a bill which defines life as starting at fertilization, which means an undeveloped fetus has the same rights as the adult woman carry it.


This is an incredibly dangerous type of bill, and only made more so because no one seems to know about it until just before the vote.

Please, please, please at least look at this stuff. I cannot put into words properly how angry such things make me.

Anyway, I am reposting a post with good sources of information below:

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Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

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Seattle is looking better all the time

You know, as much as I want to be closer to home, Seattle is looking more and more attractive for when I actually graduate. (Which is another can of worms entirely....)

In addition to other wonderful things (such as being the home of Dead Gentlemen Productions) next weekend, Seattle will be hosting Geek Girl Con, a Con in the same vein as Smith College's (my/our) very own ConBust .

Of course, the only conventions I've attended since coming to Grad School have been professional ones....
writing, leaty

Word count

I just finished pg 50 of my Dark Knights reboot. Word count: 28,190.
I'm guessing I'm maybe 1/4 of the way through. Maybe.