crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (joan.peggy misery)
Am alive, and as some of you that have tried to message me lately have seen, not around much. In between job whoring and getting a little behind on my homework due to ah, well, accidentally exhausting myself and missing morning classes on Wednesday, I've kind of hidden from the internets, as they distract me easily. I think this will be typical--Wednesday and Thursday will be pretty silent days.

I have a couple of not really rants, but pontifications stored up. We'll see how tomorrow goes. XD

~Cendri

P.S. Thank you internets for providing me a means to watch my Mad Men. This season is ridiculously interesting.

P.P.S. There exists a thermodynamics blog. Is nothing sacred on the internet?

And yes, I have homework like that, only with about 5x more problems, every week. Welcome to hell, we're pretty sure it's exothermic.
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (engineers bring it)
Oh my god, my schedule next year is going to suck no matter what I do. I'm down to two lingering stupid required classes (Diff Eq II, and Thermo-fucking-dynamics), one lab (controls! :<), a propulsion requirement (also :<), and of course my senior design. The rest are "electives" which means whatever Structures or Dynamics classes I want to take that will hopefully not kill me. I may take some rocket classes just cause rocket/space dynamics is simpler than air vehicle dynamics (do you want to deal with wings or not, basically). I managed to find a Structures elective that will prolly not suck, as I've taken a class with this guy before and managed a B (which is fucking amazing in engineering for me) because he's probably the oldest guy in the department. Also that course said nothing about math. Which is good. The other elective I'm trying to take is Principles of Dynamics which translates as "wobbly things with some math!" but since I rather like that professor (he was my first Dynamics prof and I generally understood what he was about) I'm willing to give it a shot.

This is all dependent on my adviser looking at my proposed Plan of Study and telling me if I'm psycho or not. I'm trying to overload this first semester slightly to account for a possible failing of my math class (considering my track record with that, this is necessary). Since I've got so few credits left (28!!! OMG ONLY 28!!!) the worst that can happen is I go on probation again. You have to be on probation for a couple semesters before the dropping happens, so ha. Even if I got an extra semester, that ain't happening. So really, my goal is simply to pass my damn classes and see how it goes. Having a job already makes me less stressed out about this, as they honestly don't care what my graduating GPA is, merely that I do graduate. My dad recommends I do interviews at other places, as it's easier to turn down a job after an interview than for your company to suddenly go belly up and you go begging for a job. Since engineering companies are slightly bastards about GPAs these days (I'll spare you the rant about how ridiculous that is) I'm probably not likely to get many offers. But then again, I have more experience than about 85% of the department (our school is really bad at setting up co-ops and jobs). I can always tell them that I have minions at this job and they want to make an action figure of me.

Future talk is crazy, basically. I'll admit to eying certain apartment complexes near my work building, because I'm about 98% likely to keep working here, full-time, and make salary after working for about 6 months to a year. Since I don't plan on having a car (hence the eying of the apartment complexes NEARBY) or cable, or anything really besides the basic utilities and of course, internet, I might not need too much of a raise. I figure since they do seem rather enthusiastic about keeping me working here, possibly on more projects and liasonning between companies at some point that I can negotiate a good wage. I don't want to be greedy, just be able to feed myself more than ramen. XD We'll see when it comes, I guess. Main goal is to graduate school already. SIX YEARS IS ENOUGH DAMN TIME.

And this is totally why I took the summer off. Working is awesome, school, not so much. I hope I haven't gotten dumber and suddenly won't understand this stuff. There might be bugging of the few grad students I know that are crazy and hanging around the department. Also, TAs.

Oh god, I'm dreading going back already. Why am I not one of those genius kids?

~Cendri

P.S. So I stumbled upon a college forum when I was looking around for class descriptions (because course numbers change sometimes) and I came across this entry:

Fortunately, I've been accepted to [name of my school]'s First Year Engineering Program. How is it (are there lots of weeding-out classes)? IF I do plan to attend [school] this year, do you think majoring in aerospace engineering ([my school's rank]) is worth my time and money? How's majoring in aerospace engineering, in future prospect? I've heard that not many students major in aerospace during their undergraduate degree; why is this? I also have a strong desire to study business/economics but I'm not sure whether I should or not. Do you think it's wise to major in aerospace engineering for undergraduate and go to MBA after few years of experience?

Many questions but I hope you can help me out. Thanks.


And maybe this is indicative of how long I've been in school, but I laughed uncontrollably. Especially at the "there's not many in there". No, there's not many in my major because you have to be a little out of your mind. XD

P.P.S. BEHOLD A POLL! Because all the cool kids are doing it and I'm slightly bored.
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (chia.yee lost lust)
I fiddled with my layout a little, going to make my topbar a two column thing of awesome when I get the chance. I couldn't stand the orange and pale blue, so I switched it out with other colors. I sort of took yesterday evening off from doing, well, anything. Which was nice. This weekend is going to be crazy, as I've got something to mail off to the Philippines (who'd have thought I could bookmooch my really annoying environmental book that History Gast made us read for class?), and some boxes and other books to take care of. Vacation last weekend put me behind schedule on my projects, which sucks. When my dad gets back from travel I need to ask him about getting my plane tickets for Otakon. Considering he's willing to pay quite a bit for them I'm not in as much of a panicky hurry. Yay Dad.

Today's lunch was awesome in that my Korean noodle bowl was spicy as usual, but it actually contained FOUR little fishcakes! Usually I get one. Or none. Funny how I hate fish as a food by itself but weird Asian fish-flavored things are kind of tasty. Then again, my main reason for hating fish is the texture--I have a problem with certain food textures. But someone took my Dr. Pepper. :<

I think I may be completely done with the layout for [profile] phoenixmonthly and I'll let ya'll know when we're actually in business. I really missed working on a lit mag (which is way less stressful than a newspaper and contains more hilarity), so hopefully this will satisfy that craving and not make me fail school. XD

I'm glad it's Friday. While work is fun, I really have a bunch of other things I'd like to do (like finish up The Difference Engine). Maybe I'll leave early; while I did take a couple days off I also worked an extra hour and a half between yesterday and Wednesday... might as well make it an even set of hours. Plus I'll be able to mail off my package today. Yeah, totally leaving early.

Linkage:

+ Download NIN's "The Slip" No, really. I've been listening to it a lot lately and hell, if they're giving it away might as well, right? NIN's really grown on me. <3 "Echoplex" is my favorite song on this album. Hell my mom likes that song.

+ For those of you that have problem finding clothes, this is an interesting concept. Admittedly, being small has its advantages, until I want something to form fit. XD But that site looks like a step in the right direction. If you're uncomfortable leaving an address (as I am) it doesn't check to see if the address exists (like some sites). I just made up an address. XD

+ Oh God, Stephanie Meyer is still writing. I like the concept, a bit, but from the eyebleeding experiences with Meyer's other writing, I think that the reviewer was being kind, or possibly getting cash under the table. BAD CHARLIE JANE ANDERS. Also, love triangles are not THAT interesting, particularly if your characters are annoying. Dodecagons, however, are fun. XD

+ Hrm. For some reason my feelings are mixed.

~Cendri

Details.

Apr. 7th, 2008 07:19 pm
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (vineld porn)
Today was gorgeous, decided to put on a dress because it's never warm enough to wear a dress when I want to. XD So glad I sewed the missing buttons back on only a week ago.

So I promised a recap of the highlights from this weekend. Here goes. I'm breaking it up by section as this will be long.

on ASN, socialization with boys, and doom )

on antiquing, the historic downtown area, river smelling, and the best weather ever )

on movies, or the international buffet of viewing pleasure )

tl;dr version: Drank with Aeros, have hat, watched movies. Weather is good.

Also, cool links:

- Documentary fetishism in Battlestar Galactica
- Surf Jams Joker
- Cheap goggles for steampunking

~Cendri
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (teeheeBowie)
More than halfway done with my exam. REALLY. I AM SHOCKED TOO.

And the Project Rungay boys just put up the most hilarious clip evar. Seriously, MY DAY HAS BEEN MADE SO MUCH BETTER FOR THAT.

Omg, Tim Gunn is just so proper. <3!

Ahem, back to work.

~Cendri
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (hannibal)
I forgot how awesome my Wednesdays were, minus the 7:30 am lab. Actually, the very fact that I have one discourages me from my desire to sleep later as the week goes on. I always cave on Friday, though, because I don't have class until 10:30 and sleeping til 9 won't kill me. Breakfast ends at 9:30, it works.

Need to send an email to work to let them know when spring break is (which is soon) because I'm one of those losers that will actually probably be working through it. XD Not just "work" work either, but probably get a good chunk of my project actually written. This is the plan.

Anyway, I finished Watchmen last night, and now that I've fully had time to grok it all, I've got a slight ramble.

Rorschach, Dexter, and an interesting trend )

~ Cendri

P.S. I recall in some comment thread on some io9 article where someone was like "why am I always more drawn to the villains?" and someone replying, "They're less hypocritical and annoying about the things they do than the 'good guys'?"

Am I the only person that finds a statement like that unfair? Considering that your typical villain only has to answer to the voices in their head, while your typical good guy has to answer to a deity, their gov't, or any number of things?

Maybe that's just me. Then again, I'm pretty even as far as my liking of good and bad, so. XD
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (sommerset world)
I'm trying to get myself moving so that I can go to Borders and use my gift card and purchase SOMETHING. Which is likely to be a movie because I've gotten a lot of books lately. Or a movie and a book. I wonder if they have But I'm a Cheerleader. Don't laugh, I really like that movie. It's cute, funny, over the top, and handles things quite well. Besides, the cinematography is clever.

Maybe they'll have the next volume of Fables that I want. I'll admit that I rather like Snow White in this, but then, I can understand her attitude a bit better than some. XD

Well, at least for now I was linked to this awesome comic. I always thought Gordon was ten flavors of awesome, and that's going off of the cheesy Batman TV show (which I watched, actually. I also thought Catwoman was pretty cool there). I fell away from the franchise after seeing Batman Returns because I was eight and it scared the living daylights out of me. The Penguin is still the hardest villain for me to watch/read about. He just freaked me out so much when I was a kid. I know, I should have read the comics, but I wasn't allowed them. So cheesy shows it was.

Anyway, time to have some coffee and wander the stacks.

~Cendri

P.S. My grandpa (my last remaining grandparent) has a girlfriend. My dad is slightly weirded out by this (as that's his dad). Apparently she's as talkative and charismatic as he is. I'm amused and will tease him mercilessly the next time I talk to him.
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (cary grant)
Another sort of braindump, since I need this out of my head before I scan my notes again for my test.

So I went to the library yesterday for part of my study time and to return some slightly overdue books (which luckily only cost me $0.90, since I totally was only two days late). I was looking for the next book on Flow (which relates it to creativity specifically, which is actually what I've really decided to focus on, due to the freaky voodoo of two of my classes lining up like that) but it wasn't there, so I picked up another book recc from History Gast (Blink by Malcolm Gladwell), some Jung book that caught my eye, and then I made a bee-line for the graphic novels.

in which I meander around graphic novels, ADD, video games, education, and doom )

~Cendri
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (yuna wakeup)
Fucking hell. So I decided not to go with my impulse of crashing between and right after classes today and am forcing myself to sleep at like, 10. or 11. To kickstart me back on sleep. Because apparently I've forgotten how to?

So today was interesting trying to stay awake and remember where the fuck I was half the time. Weird thing is, I really want a damn cigarette now. I think once my body has gone into one unhealthy state, it wants to turn to all my vices. Well, nearly all. Heh.

Alright, what sort in interestingness is there.

- Wrote essay, old news. Suffice to say, I like rambling, as usual.

- I have a crapload of RSS feeds. And I'm so quick at deciding what's crap I tend to get it done in fifteen minutes tops, once a day, or like, half that twice a day. Ya'll should go over to [profile] first_seventhe and totally pester her.

- I would like to get something done today. Gra. Tomorrow had better be fucking awesome.

If I continue this longer, I'm likely to start typing in tongues. Peace.

~Cendri

P.S. Hahahaha, ironic icon usage.
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (nina kill)
Did not sleep last night, slept this afternoon after class instead. I need to kick my sleeping schedule back to normal, because I haven't worked out in a couple days due to when I crash. I would like to be with the working out again! Gra. Stupid insomnia.

Results of insomnia:

- Wrote a Veld/Tifa in which Tifa meets his daughter and I play around with taboo a little.

- ICONS. Oh god, I forgot how much I loved photoshop. Some FF4, and some random silly Project Runway ones because I realized I needed some.

- Made a [profile] spoony_bards mirror on IJ, here, because I know some of you don't write on LJ anymore. I will be even lazier than Sev with it. As part of the deal, I now have a Lucrecia claim set to David Bowie's "Reality" album. XD I should know that enabling people always backfires.

- Watched half of His Girl Friday, had to stop because I went to class and then crashed.

Things still to do:

- Prelab for VB class.

- ESSAY for Dynamics class. Words cannot describe my GLEE than for an engineering class we have an ESSAY. I LOVE ESSAYS. EEEE. I'm probably typing mine, because I will likely ramble a bit, so I might share when it's done.

Alright, time to buckle down.

~Cendri

P.S. Sometime it feels as if my RSS reader is talking to me.

P.P.S. X-MEN FANS! The rumors are true.
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (creativity yay!)
That's it, I GET IT UNIVERSE. I HAVE UNOFFICIALLY DECIDED TO MAKE ONE OF MY GRAD SCHOOL STUDIES BE EDUCATION. UNOFFICIALLY ONLY BECAUSE I NEED TO FINISH THE UNDERGRAD WITHOUT DYING. BUT I AM NOT BECOMING A STUFFY PROFESSOR, OH NO, I AM GOING TO DEVOTE MY LIFE TO CREATIVITY.

Reasons?

- History Professors That Keep Pointing Me In That Direction With That Knowing Sort of Prodding
- My Job Of Awesome Which I Miss Like Fyre
- My Inability to Learn Anything Without BABBLING About It
- My New Favorite Aero Professor

More on that professor. So today, we get to class and he's setting up the computer projector for something. I'm thinking "oh neat, he's going to tangent on some Skunkworks stuff and basically make my life" because really? Tangents aren't just so that shit doesn't end up on the test. Tangents are where I actually learn as opposed to endless notes on the board ([profile] first_seventhe totally knows what I'm talking about).

So what he put up was this AMAZING video where an old dude was talking to a bunch of educators and basically said everything that I'd suspected since entering college and nearly losing my soul and getting it back. Basically, this guy said, "the older you get, the less creative you are encouraged to be".

!!

and more on that, because I'm apt to ramble )

tl;dr version for those watching at home:

Yay creativity!
Boo soul-sucking equations!
OMGWTF can I has graduation now?

~Cendri

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