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I'm weak!

August 29th, 2007 (02:14 pm)

I finally broke down and bought a Nintendo DS Lite. I've been wanting one for a while, but was wanting to wait until I finished the thesis. When a coworker came in with one (at the wind tunnel), I broke. I had to have one. I did compromise with myself, and I have to work on the thesis before I get to play on it. So I did some work while it's sitting on the charger. I got Brain Age2 and Super Mario Bros. I saw that they have a game that is like the puzzles I'm so addicted to (see www.griddlers.com), and I'll probably pick that one up before I leave. The DS I got is Crimson and black, and came in a pack with the Brain Age game and a carrying case.

I'm looking forward to going home on Friday, and seeing my kittens, and, of course, Larry. He promises me lots of fun when I get home. He said he got me something - I'm pretty sure it's either Guitar Hero or a Wii. He said it will be kept at his place, which is better, since he's closer to getting his thesis signed than I am.

It is thundering outside here in Dallas. I hope we don't lose power to the tunnel again. Other than that, things are ok here. I'm trying to catch some sleep when I can - I was doing very well there for a while, but now, I can only catch sleep in spurts. I also hope that my kittens aren't too pissed at me when I get home, so I can get some quality cuddle time in.

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Hello from Texas!

August 15th, 2007 (04:53 pm)

I am slowly getting used to working the night shift at the wind tunnel here. It's been an adjustment. I'm enjoying it, though. It is far less stressful than work is. For me at least. I just check the model after each run, check the data, and maybe write a couple of scripts to compare it to other wind tunnel tests we've run. For H., it's not as much fun. She has to worry about how much it costs, the time we are using, etc. Last night was interesting, we were there about 9:30, but the tunnel was having some problems with a broken gasket. We finally got our first run of the night in at 3am. We did get 3 or 4 blows done, though. If we do a full night, we've been averaging about 11 per night.

During the day I'm not doing much more than sleeping. I get a bit of knitting in, and I've been reading Juliet Marillier's Daughter of the Forest, which is pretty good so far. I think this weekend H. and I are going to go to see the Bourne Supremacy with the woman who works at the tunnel. It's oging to be interesting. The place where we're going to see it is a restaurant/movie theater combo. It'll be a new experience for me.

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I'm so awful about blogging......

August 8th, 2007 (05:08 pm)

...but here's an update. I found a solution to my ugly clown shawl problem - I'm outsourcing it. I met a very nice woman who I hired to knit it for me. mother doesn't need to know. I am going out of time for a wind tunnel test in the Dallas area. On the knitting front, I'm on clue 4 of Mystery Stole 3. I've also decided to do an alphabet blanket for my cousin K who's pregnant and due in March, so I have a bit of time. Other than that, not much going on here.

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Yes, I'm still here.

May 30th, 2007 (06:34 pm)

I know it's been a loooooong time since I've posted. Phoenix is alright. I don't get out a whole lot. I have been having some serious knitting ADD lately. Let's see the projects I have on some sort of needles....

the Dr. Who Scarf
a lace tank
the Mad to Dance socks
the Celtic cable sweater
A blanket for a friend
a blanket for myself

And the ones that'll be started soon
This UGLY shawl for my mother - she bought the yarn, so I'll make it for her. It's in clown colors. Ugly, bright clown colors.
A new cat bed from the 2nd Treasury of Magical Knitting

I also have yarn in the mail, or on the sidelines for more socks and cotton dishcloths. These are the yarns that are calling to me to be knitted. This is not including my stash. I don't want to work on any of my current projects, and am not in the mood to start a new one. Eh, maybe I'll start the ugly clown shawl. The sooner I start it, the sooner I can get it done. And it's a Christmas present I don't have to pay money for. I have to pay time working with ugly clown yarn, but no money.

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Everything Quiz

March 9th, 2007 (06:26 pm)

The Everything Test

There are many different types of tests on the internet today. Personality tests, purity tests, stereotype tests, political tests. But now, there is one test to rule them all.

Traditionally, online tests would ask certain questions about your musical tastes or clothing for a stereotype, your experiences for a purity test, or deep questions for a personality test.We're turning that upside down - all the questions affect all the results, and we've got some innovative results too! Enjoy :-)

You are more emotional than logical, more concerned about self than concerned about others, more atheist than religious, more loner than dependent, more lazy than workaholic, more traditional than rebel, more engineering mind than artistic mind, more cynical than idealist, more leader than follower, and more extroverted than introverted.

As for specific personality traits, you are adventurious (100%), romantic (71%), greedy (68%), intellectual (60%).

Punk Rock60%
Old Geezer50%
Life Experience

Your political views would best be described as Libertarian, whom you agree with around 63% of the time.
Your attitude toward life best associates you with Upper Class. You make more than 0% of those who have taken this test, and 35% more than the U.S. average.

If your life was a movie, it would be rated PG-13.
By the way, your hottness rank is 60%, hotter than 85% of other test takers.

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Greetings from Phoenix

February 27th, 2007 (06:27 pm)

Well, I've been in Phoenix for a little over a month now.  Things are going well.  The people at work are very nice.  I haven't shown off my kittens for a while, so here's a good pic of them on my new sofa. 

I took a fair isle class.  I just have to do some finishing on the bag. 

Ok, I guess I can't put any more pics on this post.  This bag is a drawstring backpack.  I also got my yarn for Sock Madness 2007.  I'm looking forward to it. 

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what kind of mutant am I?

November 1st, 2006 (03:59 pm)


Your parasite, also known as a duplicata incompleta, is what would have been a conjoined twin attached to you at the head, but its development was stunted in the womb.

You often have the feeling that you are not alone, though nobody accosts you, or blocks your path. More, it seems you possess a sort of guardian or alter ego, someone who watches over you, but who sees things you do not see, or sees the same things, but from an inverse perspective. You are occasionally stirred by sensations that have no identifiable source within conscious experience. You occasionally perform actions you did not intend, e.g. putting away the milk in the freezer, that seem to reflect some sort of logic, but a logic that is back to front, or topsy-turvy. Sometimes it is a burden to know that for everything you think you understand, there is another interpretation you cannot access—probably one that, if revealed, would turn everything you believe on its head. Usually, though, this is a source of secret satisfaction, as it may be the case that what seems to you your worse mistake may be in fact your salvation. You are particularly drawn to the optical trickery of the Changing Head. Your literary form is the ghost story.

You are related to...
The Two-Headed Boy of Bengal, born in 1783 in Mundul Gait, Bengal

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Great news!

October 30th, 2006 (07:17 pm)

current location: School
current mood: excited
current song: Flogging Molly

I have had a very nice couple of days. Since last Friday, I've had 2 phone interviews. One was with SpaceX, a company I'd love to work for, but in an area that is less than ideal. Actually, it's in middle-of-nowhere Texas. My CV has to go through HR in CA, but the manager in TX is sending it to them, with his recommendation. I'll be working on propulsion testing there. The second is with Orbital in Chandler, AZ. I'd be doing aerodynamic work, with a lot of CFD. The area is better, but I'll have to work on defense stuff, which is not really what I want to do. Either way, I suppose I can quit working on my mittens that match my DNA scarf. I doubt I'll need them in either Phoenix or TX.

Either way, I'm very excited. I've been stressing out a lot with the fear that I wouldn't be able to find a job before January when my funding runs out here. This takes a big load off my mind.

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October 2nd, 2006 (03:10 pm)

current mood: stressed

My advisor has confirmed what he hinted at a couple of weeks ago: my funding will not be renewed after December.  Needless to say, my stress level has increased significantly.  In the coming months, I will need support from my friends.  Here are some things that are NOT supportive of me, and actually put more stress on me.  In other words, you say these things, and I may attack you either verbally or physically.

  • You should get to work on it then
  • Perhaps you should send more time at school
  • This will give you a reason to stop procrastinating.
These things are obvious - no need to reiterate.

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September 21st, 2006 (09:35 am)
current location: School
current mood: exasperated
current song: random - currently Monkees

Well, the gnomes have been working overtime the past couple of days.  They sensed I was having a bad day yesterday.  I installed Mach2 3 times on my laptop, trying to put the new files I've modified in from my old computer.  I was getting really frustrated, and needed some comfort food.  Then I remembered the Godiva chocolate bar with carmel in the  middle I bought the day before and had put in the office fridge.  Unfortunately, the gnomes got to it first, and it is no where to be found.  Later that day, my phone starts  beeping at me, telling me its batteries are low.  I go home, and look for the charger.  No where to be found.  The gnomes got it too.  I looked in the 2 places it should have been: on my computer desk or on my night stand, at least 3 times.  So my phone turns itself off, since it's completely out of juice.  I take it out to my car to put on my phone charger.  I check on the damn thing after a couple of hours, and it's not charged yet.  Growl.  Fast forward to bedtime.  I'm going to go to bed early, so I can get up early and get some work done.  My kittens have other ideas.  About 3 or 4am, it was time for this noisy stuff to be on the floor.  Oh, and lets go wrestle on mommy.  Ok, time to sleep for a little bit.  6am, more playtime.  Hurray.  And lets knock off half the stuff on the night stand.  When I do get up this morning, and am getting ready.  I glance on my night stand - there's my phone charger.  I looked there 3 times already yesterday!  The gnomes had returned it at some point during the night.  Maybe that's why the kitties were so active - trying to catch them. 

I am excited, however, about the sock wars that starts tomorrow!  Of course, with my luck, it will be a toe-up sock (which I haven't tried yet) and I'll have to take time to learn the proper cast ons and stuff.  Oh, and I can't find my stitch markers either - Hobby Lobby run tonight. 

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