I give up. I don't think crossposting is worth it any more, especially with LJ's shenanigans. (Details here and here -- suffice to say, I don't approve of this nonsense.)

If you're on Dreamwidth and I'm not subscribed to you, let me know? I'm [personal profile] yati over there. Also if you need DW invites, I still have some. :)


hexagons, hexagons

In somewhat more productive sounding news, I have decided to go back to sewing things by hand. So. Have some hexagons. Lots and lots of hexagons.

hexagons, hexagons

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behold my triumphant return!

Hello! I, ah, haven't been here much, have I.

A summary of what happened the last month and a half: I was really, really busy with work, and then I took a break and came back to work feeling even more frustrated because it seemed like I had more work than I had before I went off on my break and things weren't really going my way even though the big project I was working on was already completed. And I was feeling vaguely miserable the whole time -- nothing I can pinpoint, just a general melancholy about everything.

I dropped the ball several places -- mostly things related to wrangling and fandom, which made me feel even worse, because I felt like I had volunteered to help and then didn't deliver. And I still have a DW bug to my name. I probably should unassign myself from that one; I don't think I can focus enough on it to get it done. Hmm.

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It has been an absurdly warm weekend.

Gong xi fa cai! (I am late, as usual.)


So. It has been a long weekend here since we got Monday and Tuesday off for Chinese New Year. It's been an ok long weekend, I guess! No beaches, but maybe next time. I miss beaches. But! No worries! I have seven days off that I have to take because I haven't taken a single day this year and I have seven days carried forward from last year and I have to use them up by end of March (sounds like bad planning, doesn't it, or perhaps bad policy-making, but nothing much I can do about the latter) but the thing is I'm pretty much busy until the first week of March and there is no way out of it and I am feeling mostly resigned about the whole thing because I could have said no but I didn't and decided to take this on anyway so now I'm stuck with this mess. Sucks to be me, eh.

Read some books this weekend. Short ones, mostly. I seem to be having a lot of trouble finishing books lately. My attention simply wanders, and I can't focus enough to get through the pages. It's not just books I'm having trouble with, I guess -- I can't concentrate on code either, and I find myself spacing off while watching TV (or completely forgetting that I wanted to watch something on TV, like the episode of Supernatural that was on yesterday, oops).

Somehow, perhaps to make up for the books I haven't been reading, I ended up reading Star Wars AU fic. I . . . am not even sure how I got there; I've never been particularly interested in the fandom before. It's probably Kathy Tyers's The Truce at Bakura's fault. I read the book and found myself thinking, Oh come on. There must be better fic than this around! and ended up reading fic. Very long fic. Fic better than books fic. And I love AUs. Especially vast, detailed ones. Though not high school ones, even if they were detailed. You know, a long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, there used to be a difference between an alternate reality and an alternate universe -- one is where something changes in the original canon universe and causes different outcomes and another is where you'll inexplicably find everyone in a high school setting, but maybe I'm just a fandom dinosaur. (I can't remember which one is which any more anyway.)

Anyway! Star Wars AU! I'm mostly fascinated by the variations of:

  1. Luke and Vader go on a camping trip end up working together. Sometimes, they save the galaxy. The permutations seem infinite: Vader finds Luke as a child; or Luke still ends up in Vader's clutches even after jumping down the gantry, poor boy (this seems a popular one); or Anakin Skywalker doesn't go evil; or Luke somehow joins Vader even before getting his hand cut off; or old Ben makes a disastrous decision and tells Luke the truth about his father; or a thousand other things
  2. Luke turns to the dark side (and somehow or other ends up saving the galaxy anyway).

Here's one in the vein of (i): Between Flight and Longing by Sheila Snow, where Han, Luke and Darth Vader end up working together on a backwater planet finding a cure for a mysterious illness, and it's seriously epic. The writing is wonderful and Luke is Luke, and Vader is almost human while still being an evil Sith lord and Han is absolutely awesome.

Hm. Maybe I should come up with a list of fics later. I have a few bookmarked.

Also, skimming through fic summaries I accidentally found out what happens to some of the characters in the books and ended up having my heart broken, despite having only ever read one book from the New Jedi Order. Sad.

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It's a bit jarring when you're reading a very well written fic and find yourself stumbling across typos involving homophones. "Taught" instead of "taut" certainly made me blink, but I can brush off things like that, especially when the writing is good and the writer is not consistently misspelling the word -- you just miss some of those, sometimes. Which is why it is nice to have a beta reader, but that's another story altogether.

However, "ryely" almost made hit the back button, despite the fic being almost impeccable otherwise. Most likely because I didn't even recognise it as a word -- I'm pretty sure spellcheck would have caught that. It didn't help that it appeared a few times in the fic. Also, it gives me weird images. The only way, presumably, you can smile ryely is if you have a lot of that particular grain in your mouth.

I wonder about my standards, sometimes.


I need to go spend some quality time with the Wrangulator, but I keep getting distracted by fic!

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with equations, they fight crime!

I'm watching season 1 of Numb3rs and enjoying it very much. It's a show I've been watching on and off throughout the six seasons; I like it, but I could never manage to consistently catch it on TV. I know it airs (aired?) on Tuesdays here, but I'm horrible at tracking days and dates -- I always end up remembering much, much later (say, at almost midnight) and go, "Oh, it's Tuesday. I missed the show again." My memory is horrible like that.

I can't remember ever watching the pilot, though. Right now I'm just going "Ha!" at Charlie explaining that the chances of winning the lottery is once in every forty thousand years and saying it's basic probability theory. It's a bit startling to realise how oblivious he could be about some things; I remember more of the recent episodes than the earlier ones, so seeing him so vulnerable at times and cocky at others just makes me shake my head in wonder. Him rushing around in the FBI briefing room made me grin.

(Ahahaha, these guys are consistent. I just noticed that Charlie misspells "anomaly" in the pilot. I think someone points it out to him later in the series, when he spells it wrongly again and gets challenged to a game of Scrabble.)

Some of my friends accuse me of liking the show because of my engineering background. (Most of them just don't understand why I rate it higher than CSI.) That's . . . part of it, I guess. Mathematics fascinate me, though it has never been one of my stronger points. I know very little about the things Charlie talks on the show -- basic game theory, probability and statistics, some parts of the Fourier analysis, yeah, sure, I get some of that. The other things, not at all. Most of the time I just sort of gape at his analogies: he makes it sound so simple.

If only our lecturers made it that fun. And it would've helped if they were cute, heh.

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in which weekends need to be longer

It hasn't been a very good weekend.

I planned to catch up on a number of things but I just . . . didn't. Mostly because I spent most of the time napping. I read some stuff, and then I fall asleep. Perhaps it was because I wasn't feeling very well on Friday -- you know it's going to be a bad afternoon when a headache appears out of nowhere and you get into the lift and it moves and your first thought is oh shit, I'm either going to faint or throw up while another three girls are looking at you worriedly, but luckily I didn't do either, or I would've been mortified for the rest of my life.

I can't figure out what triggered that episode. Probably a weird combination of cigarette smoke and someone's perfume (though usually both of those things are more likely to send me into a sneezing fit instead of causing a migraine), or heck, maybe it was the weather.

Well. In any case. Most things I wanted to do this weekend didn't go as planned. I'm already behind the January start for [community profile] intro_to_cs; I didn't do anything last weekend either (not even Python installed, whoops!) so now it's two weeks I need to catch up with. I'll have to find time during the week for this.

Also I need to reply to emails and comments and write up some stuff but I'm already yawning. (Which really seems unfair considering the amount of time I spent sleeping.) Tomorrow, maybe?

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Wow. I wrote one (1) piece of fanfic the entire year. I didn't think of this earlier, but with all the 2009 recap posts I've been seeing, I began wondering what did I do the whole of last year, fanworks-related, and . . . there you go.

It's this one: On the Precipiece of the World; Final Fantasy X, about 6,400 words. And it was for Final Fantasy Exchange. If I hadn't participated in that, I would've written nothing.

I am boggled by this! Boggled!

A few minutes have passed . . . and I am still boggled.

. . .

Anyway. In other things: I got involved with Dreamwidth somewhat, and submitted two patches, both style-related. I still have one assigned bug to my name: #1813. Whoops. I keep saying I'd get that done, but I still haven't. I feel bad about it. I also have a style I keep "improving" on; I should really get it done with and submit it. And I should try something other than styles, really. One thing I wanted to do was learn Perl, and I guess this year would be a good time for that.

I also got dragged into tag wrangling for AO3, which is surprising addictive. Probably even more addictive than code, imagine that! Though it has managed to get me curious about what happens behind the scenes -- I'm tempted to go over and volunteer myself as a coder. But! I am torn! Because I can't learn too many things at one go, and they use Ruby and I already promised myself I'd do more for Dreamwidth. Hmmmmm.

I went around and subscribed to a number of people that I've been seeing around and I think are awesome! If you came by to see who is this [personal profile] yati who has this sudden interest in you -- that would be me. Hello!

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Ten Yuletide recs, with tl;dr fangirly useful canon information for each because you need to read these books:

recs for The Dalemark Quartet (Diana Wynne Jones), The Gentleman Bastard Sequence (Scott Lynch), The Handmaid"s Tale (Margaret Atwood), I Capture the Castle (Dodie Smith), Malay literature, Matilda (Roald Dahl), To Say Nothing of the Dog (Connie Willis), Sunshine (2007 movie)Collapse )

I have a few more fics and fandoms, but I'll leave that for some other time. Oh. And AO3's bookmark feature is awesome; bookmark or rec at one go -- you don't even need posts like these, but of course we like long, rambly, off-tangent posts. This has been a "books you should read!" post almost as much as a fic rec post, but hey, sharing things you love is a good thing, right?

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I bet no one is really interested in a list of books I read this year. So, instead, we'll have a post with pictures and toppling towers of books.

[personal profile] renay was talking over here about her resolution to read her height in books in 2010. I was impressed by this commitment (and also by how tall Renay is)! I totally want to do something like that but I had no idea how much I needed to read to reach my height. Out of curiosity, I stacked the books I read this year to see how tall the pile is. XD

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