Sunday, September 30, 2007

radiohead! woohoo!

Ok, so this post was going to be titled something vaguely witty about my laptop case or Sherlock Holmes or possibly the intersection of the two. However, Radiohead's new album comes out (at least the downloaded version) on 10 October and you can pre-order on their website now! And, apparently, you can name your own price for the download. Fascinating what can be done without record labels.

I went to a tiny town called Mayville yesterday and picked up a complete set Sherlock Holmes stories (about 1300 pages). I've apparently missed both the first two serialized novels and everything after the Hound of the Baskervilles. But that will soon be remedied.


And, drum roll please, I finally finished the laptop case I've been working on forever and ever. This thing took so long because I not only hand sewed the the handle bits but I also had to do all the trim by hand and made an extra small bag for my external hard drive and power supply. All told, I spent about $19 on it and I think it turned out pretty well. The photo album is here.

Monday, September 24, 2007

merrily, merrily, merrily

I finally went canoing yesterday! After months of it raining and things like grocery shopping coming up my mother and I made it to Presque Isle and rented a canoe. It's a good thing we didn't go any earlier in the year. We were only out for two hours and my incredibly white skin turned pink, ruining my nearly eight years of continuous chalky paleness.

We went in search of eagles we never found, but we did take a bunch of pictures of a blue heron. You can see them and pics of various flowers and weeds here.

I took some videos too. Some of them were even artsy. Here are the best.


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Monday, September 17, 2007

Paranoia

I've become obsessed with a scary combination of Google Analytics, my e-mail, and the hit count on my instructable. Sadly, only the last one is in anything like good shape. I finally understand all the people I know who are obsessed with checking facebook. I now *have* to check to see how many hits my website gets at least three times a day. And if the hit happens to be from NY or the UK I get all worried over time on site. This is not healthy. I managed somehow to get myself off meaningful quantities of food, I ought to be able to get myself off of this. Oh firms, please just e-mail me rejections and put me out of my misery! I've only gotten responses (sadly negatives) from two out of thirteen (well, fourteen if you count the Apple one that still isn't done). This is what I get for applying to so many.

For extra fun, and to distract myself from my job search, I put a tracker on this page so that means, yes, I know you are reading. I may not know who you are but I know where you live!

In moderately healthier behavior today, I started this instructable. I adapted it a bit and ended up adding a bunch of sewing. I stopped when I got to the hand sewing the handle seams together. Hopefully I'll finish tomorrow. How do I manage to make even my fun activities tedious and time-consuming? I could've written more cover letters.

Wow, this post is super depressing. I should leave you with something happy. Hmmmmm. I guess I'm updating my blog regularly. Aren't you proud?

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Instructable!

I did it! Woo hoo. Check out my brand-spanking-new instructable. I totally rock for doing what I said I was going to. I've also decided, in addition to my million and one computer-y architecture firms, I'm also going to apply to Apple. I even found three whole jobs I at least sort of qualify for. So perhaps my enduring love for my macbook pro will turn into something more. Now if only I could find that hypercard presentation I made in 4th grade....

I also cleaned my room. Like, picked up all the garbage in it and everything. Aren't you amazed? I also made my bed. Although, admittedly, it was mostly for this picture. I really don't get why we, as humans, make beds. We're just going to sleep in them again in 18hrs. I think it's really a lot of wasted effort. If no one made his/her bed maybe we could use all that extra energy to cure AIDS or light a lightbulb for a year or something.


I need to find out how to make an accelerometer for my sister's science project. Oh the days of PJAS. When the world was simple and all I wanted was to get spiders high on herbal supplements.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

trying yet again

Sooooo.......the whole iWeb blog thing didn't so much work out as fail miserably. It's not entirely the fault of my laziness either. The iWeb publish-to-folder export stopped working for my blog so I had to keep it up by hand and lost my rss feed, leaving me annoyed and cranky. Hence the lack of posts for, um, a month.

Stuff has happened to me in the past month. Perhaps not a great deal of stuff but, still, some happenings did occur. I went, for example, to Panama Rocks and climbed about on a bunch of glacial rock formations like I did when I was a kid. I took loads of pictures, discovered the panorama feature on my digital camera, and made a webalbum of them all.

I also, at long last, finished, printed, and actually *gasp* sent out my portfolio. This happened just this weekend so hopefully I'll start hearing from places soon. Pretty please.

My little sister got her license on Saturday and she's now driving all her friends around town and even planning on getting a job to be able to afford the insurance and gas for my mother's van when she gets a new vehicle next year.

As always, I've been scouring the internet in search of cool/time wasting websites. You can check out my latest finds on my links page. In super exciting internet news, Rhino is finally being developed for OSX!!!! If you're as obsessed with it as I am (and a mac user) you can apply to be a beta tester. They let me in, so obviously their standards aren't that high ;)

I'm sure I've done other things in the past month but I can't seem to think of them right now. For now I'm off to fulfill my next goal, making an instructable.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

trying yet again

Sooooo.......the whole iWeb blog thing didn't so much work out as fail miserably. It's not entirely the fault of my laziness either. The iWeb publish-to-folder export stopped working for my blog so I had to keep it up by hand and lost my rss feed, leaving me annoyed and cranky. Hence the lack of posts for, um, a month.

Stuff has happened to me in the past month. Perhaps not a great deal of stuff but, still, some happenings did occur. I went, for example, to Panama Rocks and climbed about on a bunch of glacial rock formations like I did when I was a kid. I took loads of pictures, discovered the panorama feature on my digital camera, and made a webalbum of them all.

I also, at long last, finished, printed, and actually *gasp* sent out my portfolio. This happened just this weekend so hopefully I'll start hearing from places soon. Pretty please.

My little sister got her license on Saturday and she's now driving all her friends around town and even planning on getting a job to be able to afford the insurance and gas for my mother's van when she gets a new vehicle next year.

As always, I've been scouring the internet in search of cool/time wasting websites. You can check out my latest finds on my links page. In super exciting internet news, Rhino is finally being developed for OSX!!!! If you're as obsessed with it as I am (and a mac user) you can apply to be a beta tester. They let me in, so obviously their standards aren't that high ;)

I'm sure I've done other things in the past month but I can't seem to think of them right now. For now I'm off to fulfill my next goal, making an instructable.