crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (tim gunn catchphrase)
Adventures were had in the education library. I could probably go the rest of my life without having looked at another textbook, but alas, I have to go through the copies we made tomorrow. The Intern got to be my notes bitch (I'm sorry, I just... it's the years and years of being "the girl" in a science group and thus being "the secretary" that makes me SO FUCKING GLEEFUL when I get to turn it around) while I pulled out the content related to what we'd done/are going to do. I felt very smug knowing that the stuff I was working with based off of things I learned in school wasn't far off of the physics content required for kids in my state. Especially considering what I did for the redesign of the "lost astronaut" problem, which was the one that got the most positive feedback from kids.

Not that my bosses didn't know this, they just wanted stuff to back it up, because the Dept. of Ed. is all about the clicky boxes of standards. Considering how much darn time I spent looking up stuff for it last summer, I'm happy to see that we're more than on course. I GET YOU CURRICULUM. I'm kind of amazed I'd absorbed as much as I did, educationally.

The Intern is thoroughly entertaining as he's just graduated from high school and going to some Special College, which resulted in me snickering and possibly embarrassing him (I can't help it!). He also hasn't played many video games, and I tortured him with my crazy mixed CD in my car as we had our adventure. He has now been given a chair, so he doesn't have to sit on the floor. He has a teenie tiny laptop amongst a room full of Desktop Replacement varieties and we kind of rib him a little. In a good way. It's not a day in the Fun Room if someone hasn't made a size or ninja joke. It just isn't.

I have also learned that half of the office are major Dragonforce fans as they hijacked our media center to play a concert from them. Minion J is particularly fond of Metal, so there is much hilarity watching his eyes light up when dudes playing guitar with fire in the background are on our big screen. I have also been informed being slightly interested in fashion theory is not terms for my nerd license being revoked as there was a three person argument amongst us about what qualified as personal iconography. For serious.

Also, shit like this is awesome. BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT I DO AT WORK!!! Almost. These are our GOALS.

I love workdays like this. Tomorrow we debate the feasibility of mutant plants and how to turn a rocket launcher into a cargo craft.

~Cendri
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (austin happy)
Wow, so yesterday was massive writing day due to having a very slow day (I ended up with a sad rated R Veld story, a semi-philosophical FFX femmeslash, and a silly Vin/Veld based on getting locked out of my house). After writing that sad story yesterday (man, I'd forgotten how emotionally draining in a good way just sitting down and writing until something feels done is) I feel the need to do something cute or graphical. Or both. But today's been busy, so needle therapy will likely be the only thing I have time for. XD Icons should be up sometime, a strange mix. Because I'm weird.

OH AND THE FABULOUS MRS. G HAD LUNCH WITH ME TODAY.

We went to some little bitty house-turned-restaurant that was strangely good, and really cute. We sat out on the porch and chatted for a bit. I ended up talking about costuming and writing, because after the "well, this is what's going on at work" talk, I don't have much of a personal life. XD It's true, but it's not something I regret much, I mean, shit's transitional right now. In this day and age it shouldn't be that shocking to admit that most of my friends I can only keep in contact with by being online. Especially since I'm not in school and one of the youngest people at my company. But it was nice to tell her about costuming, how I'm going to a con, and then this somehow got related to fandom and I told her about [profile] phoenixmonthly. She's one of those seriously awesome people that she was kind of fascinated a bit as I told her about some fandom things. I have a tendency to ramble if I'm not careful, but then again, so does she. Which is good, because I still want to be her when I grow up. She's been traveling and basically being fabulous. I cannot describe how much this woman just exudes fabulousity. I felt smart because she hadn't heard of creative commons and as some of ya'll know, I'm kind of an open source crusader, so um. Yeah.

Mrs. G is fabulous because she's passionate about life, and makes me feel passionate about things. I nearly cried when I got back from lunch because I nearly lost that vivaciousness but I realize now it's back. And I'm so thankful to be able to feel again, to really be into something. I mean, that's why I sound so, I don't know, obsessive sometimes. I can't help it. I just... there is always a part of me in what I do, no matter what. I can't distance myself from it, and you know what, it's better that I don't. And I think I can still be like Mrs. G when I grow up. XD

I also have an intern. We have no place to put him so he sits on the floor, but that's ok. While the Minions get paid and have projects of their own and more experience than me, the Intern is in high school, doesn't get paid, and pretty much only answers to me and the bosses. I am so stoked. He's going to help me get a kick start in the higher level game stuff, and I get to do some teaching-ish stuff. I love explaining things! I get to gesture wildly and send him off to copy textbooks for me. SCORE.

Have decided to definitely write more in the vein of On The Maintenance Of Friendships because I like being cheeky. And Mrs. G approves of this type of writing (yeah, she read it. seriously, this woman is awesome). Besides, I haven't gotten to them meeting Barry and Tain, and the deal with kids powering country machines and Percival's wings. It's also practice in the type of worldbuilding I like--subtle, not very full of exposition. Why are connected short stories so much more fun than writing chapters? I'll never know.

~Cendri

P.S. My sidekick and my girlfriend are basically awesome.

P.P.S. Do I lose my nerd license admitting I love articles like this?
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (creativity yay!)
Oh I love Mondays like this. Woke up before my alarm, but not RIDICULOUSLY before it, so I had time to take a not frantic shower, have a little breakfast, and get to work at a leisurely pace. Not only that, but my part of the proposal was done last week and other than some poking at bits of the game, I've pretty much nothing to do. This meant the minions and I got to talk about ninjas in the morning and I remembered to eat lunch on time. Might pull out the other sewing machine later and see how it works. Even if I love the one that I pulled out first. XD

Have officially fixed the shoulders on my dress, hopefully the stitches will hold. I've doubled up with my stronger thinner thread that I've used on other parts on the patching that was obviously done by someone else that inherited that dress. I just have this weird tear that appeared on one of the sleeves and a hole from my sharp elbow to patch.

Also, the fun that it making my waist cincher. There may be weird IMs late at night, be forewarned people that sew. I have to write up the materials I need for that, yet. I know I can at least take in the sides and make it more feminine with the materials I have currently.

Oh and I burned through two WIPs today. One which was fairly new and the other that's been sitting int that folder since FOREVER. Both are on [community profile] viniel and my IJ, I'm too lazy to link them individually. One's FF7:BC, the other FFX. It's a little known fact I kind of really love FFX, but the canon and plot was so tidy I don't feel like writing much fic for it. But occasionally I meta, as that little story I wrote indicates.

Hrm, maybe I'll get something else done. Peer pressure has given me another plotbunny (though I admit, mentioning it was my fault). I just need to look through my timeline and see where it fits. XD I do have some form of consistency in my stories. Might post the icons I've done, they're kind of nifty. Some BSG and a few Lucrecia ones that are science!Lu as opposed to weenie-victim-WTF-Squeenix. Or something. But first to start this story. Because I might as well go with this mood.

~Cendri

P.S. So Minion J linked me to this anime/steampunk MMO. Part of me thinks it's cool, and another part wonders if it's a bad mix? Depends on how it plays, I suppose. As not much of an MMO person, I can't really say. But it looks neat.
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (austin happy)
So, the Minions and I had a discussion at lunch about literary criticism and some other awesome crazy deep shit. And then Minion J linked me to the interview with Battlestar's Ron Moore on Wired and there was something said about the world of criticism that really got me thinking. Also io9's take on the latest BSG episode makes me not want to read their recaps anymore, as it was wanky today (and I for one, think the episode was just how it should have been, and rather enjoy seeing male character "do something for love" as it's traditionally the girl that does that).

where I talk about my distrust of most critics )

Now that that's out of the way, some opinions on things!

On Indiana Jones, general enough to not be spoilerrific )

on Prince Caspian, or why I might like the movies more than the books )

on Kino's Journey, or the ANIME EVERYONE SHOULD GO WATCH NOW )

~Cendri

P.S. FREE E-BOOKS. YAY!

P.P.S. Alright, a wicked part of me wants to read this, because I figure this will be humorous to me.

P.P.P.S. Summoner FST up here and on [livejournal.com profile] viniel
crankyoldman: "Hermann, you don't have to salute, man." [Pacific Rim] (sommerset world)
Ah, the synergy, it is intense. Minions are cool, we've taken over the game room for our plottings and awesome. Soon we will have real desks, and in a few months when we've purchased the room across the hall and the programmers have been shuffled over there (they likes their quiet, precious) we will get the awesome large desks again. I'm also getting a new minion on Monday, and a couple of high school kids are going to be sub-minions for us all. New minion is an instructional designer type, we'll see how that goes. Hopefully it'll turn out synergistically like with the current minions (I am the bridge between all modes, it's an awesome position to be in). Am a little hung up on writing teacher guides (why is it harder to write for teachers than for students?) but overall it's been a good day. Already have new problem ideas just from whiteboarding, may be doing some scribbling on my own. Tomorrow is the staff meeting so hopefully I'll be able to learn the names of the people I don't recognize around here (mostly programming minions, from what I see).

When the parents are back in town I intend on taking pictures of our game room takeover. And my crazy book stacking that will likely freak my parents out. Mwhahahaha. They should know better than to leave me alone, I get the urge to declutter. I also owe Sev some fashionista pics.

Speaking of declutter, I finally got the majority of my library on LibraryThing (as I use GoodReads for books I am currently reading/want to read/review). Most of it is derived from this ancient excel file of ancient that I started back in junior high to keep my sister from stealing my books and not giving them back (because I'd cataloged them). I'm doing some serious soul-searching and deciding which ones I really want to keep and if some are just kept because some relative got it for me and I barely skimmed it. Some books are also packed away (I have a couple of shelves in my basement room, atm, but they don't fit all my books) and a whole stack hasn't even been entered (mainly gorgeous illustrated fairytales and folklore... yes I totally have more) and a few that I've taken to work (MY GOD MY SPACE BOOKS ARE AWESOME).

Um, yeah I've collected a few books over the years. Prolly got about 50+ that haven't been looked through yet. My sister's got about the same, though with a less nonfiction and folklore and sciencey bent and more towards Literature with a capital L (she has given me permission to borrow some as long as I put them back in their alphabetically labeled box... for serious). Our parents used books as a means to bribe us a lot, and there are some fabulous little indie bookstores around. XD

I'm thinking in particular I may lose some of my pocket-sized books and see if I can find similar ebooks for those subjects instead. It'll still fit in my pocket, as I have a Palm Pilot. XD I have a real thing for anthologies, and I'm definitely keeping those. Who knows. Crazy crazy upheaval time.

~Cendri

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