edg: (Bad math)
Among the things I get to figure out in the next few days is this particular problem:

Is it more expensive to drive to Maryland, get the books I left behind, and return to Indiana, or to buy new copies of the books?

Moreover, the problem has a corollary:

If it's more expensive to buy new copies of the books, is the cost difference worth the time it would take and the difficulty of digging through all of my books to find the ones I need?

I really should have thought of this when I was there three weeks ago. In my defense, I not only thought I already had these books in Indiana from when I moved out in August, but also didn't know that I was going to be needing them.
edg: (Broken)
My social interaction parser is broken, perhaps fatally so. I know that there are non-standard social interaction patterns out there - and by "non-standard" I mean "anything other than generic friendly behavior"; the problem is that I don't see half of them, and when I do notice one, I throw an error, stop interacting, and don't start interacting again until the error is resolved, either because I've figured out what went wrong or because the pattern stopped.

For perceived negative non-standard interactions, I assume a write error: I have done something wrong. I won't start interacting again until either the pattern stops or I've figured out what I've done wrong.

For perceived positive non-standard interactions, I assume a read error: I am misinterpreting this. I won't start interacting again until either the pattern stops or I've figured out what the pattern really is.

In neither circumstance am I necessarily right.

There are two major consequences of this. The first is that I tend to stay away from social situations unless I am explicitly invited into them (this extends, in extreme circumstances, to leaving groups that have formed around me), and to leave a situation I've entered if I happen to notice a perceived negative non-standard interaction - and remember, "standard" for me is "generic friendly", so even basic neutrality often comes across as negative!

The second consequence is that I very often simply don't notice or understand what you might consider basic social cues, which means that, quite frankly, you can't rely on them to convey information. If you want me to know something, you must tell me, or you run the risk of not getting your message across.

I'm sorry about this. I really, really wish I were different. I really wish I could figure out how to be different, but I can't.
edg: (You are here)
...to start a semester not feeling like I'm unwelcome and being an imposition everywhere I go.
edg: (Writing II)
Any essay in which I get to reference Greek myth, Star Wars, and Dracula in the course of discussing free-verse poetry is a good essay.

...oops.

Dec. 8th, 2005 04:07 am
edg: (Thoughtful)
I just finished formatting and bibliographing my American Political Thought paper. (11 pages plus bibliography; 2,130 words including bibliography.) I'm not entirely sure that it's not total crap, but hey, at least I'm turning something in that demonstrates that I've read the text.

The problem is that it's now ten past 4 AM and I'm not whatsoever tired. Maybe I'll work on my Latin paper. Or Poetry; that could be fun, too. (Archy the cockroach as Sophoclean hero.)
edg: (I can't stop talking!)
It is imperative to remember that until you start being properly socialized again, being around other people while you or they are trying to do work is a really bad idea, since you prevent both yourself and the other people from getting work done. (It's not an active desire to prevent, or even an active attempt to do so. It's just that being around people is so novel that "quiet time" doesn't really happen.)

Now I have a ten-page paper to write. If you'll excuse me...

EDIT: How do you write to the editors of the AP Stylebook and tell them they've used a word wrong?

initials Use periods and no space when an individual uses initials instead of a first name: H.L. Mencken.

This format has been adopted to assure that in typesetting the initials are set on the same line.


Bold in the second paragraph is mine, and highlights the incorrect word. Perhaps they should add "assure" to their "ensure/insure" entry.

Also, dear everybody: the singular of "series" is "series", not "serie". Just so you know.
edg: (Writing II)
(..."Earlhamim"?)

I'm going to be in the campus coffeeshop all day, working on a paper on the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union leading up to and during the Cold War. Anyone who wants to join me is welcome.

As an aside, am I the only person who prefers "Soviet Union" to "Russia"? The words, I mean, not the concepts; I know the USSR doesn't exist anymore, and that "Russia" is the name of a country that was formerly the political center of the USSR. I just like the sound of "Soviet" more, I guess. Maybe it's because of the timing of the end of the Cold War; just when I was figuring out what the Cold War was all about, it ended! So Russia always sort of seemed like a usurper, so to speak; the dissolution happened just when I'd gotten "Soviet Union" fixed in my head.

Anyway. Coffeeshop, paper, all day, you are invited.

Things

Dec. 5th, 2005 09:23 am
edg: (Writing II)
Words & Works paper turned in. 7 pages of text, 8 pages of images and explanation. Well within the guidelines.

Intro to American History paper ready to turn in at 1.

Work to do. Latin to translate, outline to write. Starting to feel the effects of having stayed up all night.




RESOLVED:
  • That I will not leave work until the last minute again.

  • That I will go to visit people without needing them to invite me first, and trust them to tell me if they'd rather I not be there.

  • That I will not spend money on things I don't need.

  • That I will not allow myself to do nothing, or to do non-productive repetitive attempted information gathering, at the expense of personal betterment.

  • That I will get out of the house more often.

  • That I will become someone worth the positive feelings many people have toward me.


That is all.

****.

Dec. 5th, 2005 12:46 am
edg: (I'm With Stupid)
I just found a great resource for students of art-based classes. It is called ARTstor. It is like JSTOR, only for art instead of journal articles.

This is a great resource. (If only it didn't use Java to do its work!) I could have used this when writing my Words & Works paper.

I also just found out that I have to be connected through an Earlham connection to use it. No matter that I have a login and password generated while I was on an Earlham connection. No matter that I am an Earlham student. I need to have an Earlham IP address to use the site.

****.

I'll see you all tomorrow, when I don't have a five- to ten-page paper due in seven and a half hours.
edg: (Withdrawn)
Yesterday my cold had not gotten better, and I was fighting fatigue all day (although, to be honest, I also forgot to make coffee yesterday morning, so that was at least part of it). While I'm inclined to discount it, since it's never been a problem before, I feel obliged to mention that I also walked about a mile outside yesterday without anything more protective on than my clothes - no coat, gloves, etc.

For that matter, last night was not a night for good dreams. From a dream that my bed had been invaded by rats to one about a spider-infested zeppelin from which I had to jump, I was tossing and turning all night.

Well, not all night. At about 3:30 I woke up because my stomach was fomenting rebellion. I've been up, off and on, since then. Maybe this is a result of (or indicated by) yesterday's problems; maybe I ate something that'd turned (by which I wouldn't be surprised, since - with the aforementioned cold - I can barely smell anything); maybe this is a new development. I don't know.

The upshot is that I won't be in class today, and I may not be in class tomorrow.

le sigh.

EDIT: Also, rabbit rabbit. (Special thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kira_amaya, who reminded me that it was that time of month again.)

Writing

Nov. 30th, 2005 06:52 pm
edg: (Writing)
I can't focus on the paper that's due Friday. I know I have to; but I can't. I am helped, though, by knowing that it's 5-10 pages plus illustrations, not 10-12 pages plus.

In the meantime, I'm going to post one of the poems I wrote for my Poetry class (handed in this morning).

Read more... )
edg: (Dark angel)
There's an amazing discussion going on over at Websnark right now. I probably shouldn't say anything, so as not to jinx it, but it really is sort of an Ur-thread. There's no acrimony, no negativity - just an awful lot of people being a community.




My parents bought me Das Keyboard for my birthday, back in August, after I saw it for the first time a few months prior and said, half-joking, "now I know what I want for my birthday". I've been using it with my desktop computer pretty much since I got it, although I still use the built-in keyboard on my laptop. I've noticed two interesting things in the last week:

  • I'm used to Das Keyboard enough that I have trouble typing on separate keyboards that actually have letters printed on the keys; I keep getting distracted. (The on-board keyboard of my laptop doesn't cause this, for some reason.)

  • I actually type faster on Das Keyboard than on a "normal" PC keyboard.


([livejournal.com profile] ekilon, I actually started using Das Keyboard not just because it was a gift but because it has a vastly better feel than the other keyboard I was using, which felt sluggish and had strange problems with key speeds. I've never had that many problems with transposed letters on any other keyboard - even other keyboards of the same model.)




I saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on Friday night. In my opinion, it was a better movie than the previous two, although it still left some things to be desired (like "er, Michael, did you just forget Rita halfway through?"); it was definitely better-directed than either CoS or PoA. (Dear Alfonso: read the books next time.) I'd need to watch tSS (or tPS, if you're not in the US) again to compare.

That said, GoF also felt like the director was getting his Potter legs, if that makes any sense; hopefully, if he directs OotP (which he won't be, unless David Yates bows out), he'll benefit from having experience in the series.

I certainly wouldn't mind seeing it again, and I owe dinner and a movie to at least one person reading this...




On that note (which is to say "spending money"), I'm trying my damnedest to save up to go to Greece next year. It's proving ridiculously difficult, especially when my employers don't pay me and I have to chew into savings in order to buy food.

But I'm doing my best to cut back. This weekend is my last big period of Spending Money for a while (and even then, I've only bought groceries and a plunger); from now on it's pretty much SAGA and ramen for me. I've also cut off my subscriptions to Modern Tales and Graphic Smash, as well as putting my Netflix subscription on hold until the end of February; World of Warcraft is next on the chopping block, if I still find myself unable to save.

I could really use a windfall, but I doubt that $4,000 is just going to fall into my lap.
edg: (Jackassery)
I have spent a solid hour trying to work out one sentence, because one word didn't make sense in context and I couldn't make the sentence work without it.

...[dicens] omnium eundem esse exitum et idem domicilium, et cetera quibus exulceratae mentes ad sanitatem revocantur.

It was quibus that I couldn't fit. (Dicens is in brackets because it's implied.) And I bashed my head against it, and I tried rearranging the sentence to make revocantur the verb for the whole thing, and I squished it and squashed it every way I could think of (thanks, [livejournal.com profile] melpomenes_mask!), and then it dawned on me, like I was hit over the head with an iron bar:

Only the first half of that sentence is indirect statement.

And now it makes sense.

...[saying] "the death of all is the same, and the dwelling the same", and the rest by which sore minds are called back to health.

Attendance

Oct. 25th, 2005 10:10 am
edg: (Disappointed)
Is it bad that I'm thinking about blowing off a class today while I'm sitting in the classroom, typing this out? (The class hasn't started yet; I get half an hour between Poetry and American Political Thought, and I just don't want to deal with Civil War politics today.)

EDIT: It's worth noting that I didn't blow the class off. (And have been using Writely to take notes! It's very, very easy, even if my battery apparently has an absurdly short lifespan. Next I get to see if I can use Writely to take notes in Words & Works. I may not be able to, either by professor fiat or the constraints of the battery. We'll see.)
edg: (Jackassery)
Obviously that's not entirely true, otherwise I wouldn't be posting. And it's not true that I can't be productive - I spent five hours yesterday figuring out how to make a web client for LiveJournal. (I should use that to post this! But, no mood or music or anything.) And I built a bookshelf and cleaned up the apartment today, and I'm about to make dinner...

...but I have work to do, real work that's going to affect my ability to make money or get good grades. And I can't do it. It's not that I don't have the capacity, it's that I don't have the focus. I set a timer for when I was going to start doing work, and when it went off, I started working, and then... drifted away.

I have to figure out how to focus. I can't just go through life getting distracted by things I want to do. This is not the way to success. I have to figure this out.

Disconnect

Oct. 22nd, 2005 09:40 am
edg: (They call me the working man)
Today feels like a lazy day.

But I really need to get work done.

Time to make a to-do list and stick to it.

On the day

Oct. 20th, 2005 05:38 pm
edg: (Bunny ears)
Just cancelled my game because I can't concentrate enough to run it. Damn it.

Lent my copy of In Nomine to Nora and Sydney; I hope they enjoy it. (I really should give them a link to this journal at some point. I mostly haven't because I'm afraid of their reactions.)

Was really, really tempted to stop the discussion in Poetry and say you all look really depressed; how can we get you to smile?.

Suspect that I blew my American Political Thought essay. I'm confident about the Locke portion; not so confident about Adams, Hamilton, and Marshall.

Part of me wants to see if I can take horseback riding for credit next semester.
edg: (You are here)
[livejournal.com profile] phosphodae was right. Poetry was kind of dead today. We did get most of the usual suspects talking, but there just wasn't any spark to it. I wonder if we were just in a dead zone, so to speak: the previous class was cancelled, and the next class has been wiped out by the break, so instead of a lively discussion we were stuck in limbo.

American Political Thought was interesting, and I was complimented on my handwriting at the end (I have no idea why, since I write in a kind of crabby semi-cursive, but hey), but nothing to write home about.

Words & Works was cancelled.

And now World of Warcraft's maintenance window is going longer than they expected, and TypePad is being stroppy so I can't update Aleae... blah.

I should find out who's going to be on campus this week, and actually do some degaussing around actual people. I'm starting to get lonely and hermit-y again.

([livejournal.com profile] phosphodae, do you happen to remember what you were listening to before Poetry this morning? It sounded familiar, but I couldn't place it.)

Nice Things

Oct. 6th, 2005 06:58 pm
edg: (Space Pirate!)
  • Poetry was cancelled, so I got to sit with Jessica and Carolyn and Geno, I guess, I've never met him before but he seems nice enough. ([livejournal.com profile] phosphodae, you are welcome to give this address to anyone you like.)

  • Also I got a solid A on the paper. So two reasons to be happy this morning.

  • In my American Political Thought class, we are about 40 years ahead of my American History class, which is kind of neat.

  • Also kind of neat is actually having done the reading. Yay reading! (*cough*)

  • I spoke to the American History professor briefly about next semester's class, which may take a turn for the vastly-more-interesting if I play my cards right.

  • We got to debate the Constitution (Federalism vs. Antifederalism) in American History, which was fun.

  • I was really, really on top of things in Reading Latin.

  • Also, Steve was enchanted by my using sticky flags to mark important passages.

  • Also, I got to sit between two beautiful young women. I'm just sayin'.

  • Also, I have discovered that I may just be completely misapprehending someone's behavior. (Hint: it is one of these beautiful young women.) Which is good, I think.

  • I got honey at the store, so my tea isn't quite so bitter. Also I got a little tupperware to make popcorn in.

  • My players seem to be enjoying the game recently, which is nice.
edg: (Writing)
So I'm trying an experiment. Here is my current draft of the paper that I'm working on, courtesy Writely. Here's the prompt I'm working from:

Hurwit defines the 8th century, the period when the Iliad was presumably first written down, as a time when the Greeks were attempting to define themselves, both in terms of their own cultural past and in terms of the advanced civilizations with which they were coming in contact. Discuss one way in which the Iliad reflects this movement towards self-definition for the Greeks. The Iliad is a long poem and this is a short paper. Be sure to restrict your discussion to a single, well-supported argument.


Leave comments here, if you have any; I'm going to be republishing this document regularly, so if you do want to track what I'm doing with the paper, keep an eye on that page. (It will not refresh when I re-publish the document, but the URL will stay the same.) Any outline listing marked [???] is a point where I know I want something, but I'm not sure what yet. (Point IV may disappear entirely, depending on how well I support the other two major points. It's interesting, but I know less about it, and it's not necessary to the thesis.)

EDIT: I can't express how happy it makes me to call Agamemnon a hyperbasileus. I'm just sayin'.

EDIT MORE: I know I have some linguists in the crowd. Anyone happen to know what the proto-Indo-European root meaning "over" is? I'm betting it's up or ub. (Consider Latin super, Greek (h)uper, and German über.)

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