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The show at Mersey House was a success musically. We had a moderately full room of people who were really attentive, participated (thank you, volunteer last-minute Soundman Stu) and generally warm. The two openers, Kristen Murray and Krystele Leveque Liverpool is really pretty, as was the drive up: it looked like autumn, and once we were out of Halifax, it was dead simple (actually, Halifax wasn't too bad either, although Saint Margaret's Bay Road is a bit twisty).

Next stop: Truro and the Fair Trade Café (I think it has more adjectives in there, but how many fair trade cafés with Friday night music can there be in a small town?).
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This is for posterity and future reference.

In other, way happier, news: look at page W14, or the 34th page if you can jump-to-page in the PDF (I imagine it will only be up today, alas)Edit: they put up Friday's paper, in that link, so it's gone unless they have archives somewhere. Way to go free publicity! Come see Elizabeth (and others) perform at UnPop, her show is Friday the 14th, 8 PM, at Lola Lounge on Bleury. It's free and she'll have CDs for sale, cheaper than stores!

I start work on Monday, 9 AM. I'm all kinds of nervous and excited and looking forward to a steady income.
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Programming a little distractedly for some contract work, trying to get a big PHP form done before drifting off to sleep. I don't think I'll go much past two AM, and progress, as always, will be in spurts. It's coming together, though.

The week's involved programming and planning this thing, some math, more thinking and talking, the last official class of TA-ing (although there'll be a make-up test this week, right before [ profile] rottenfruit sings in the opera recital at Oscar Peterson (that's Wednesday night, 8 PM, $5 or free for students, by the way). Last Sunday was my third birthday celebration of the weekend: this time for [ profile] obskura. I was pretty zonked, and mildly hypnotized by the movie, but enjoyed the people and the yummy bruschetta.

Next week, I'm presenting some stuff on the individual ergodic theorem, working on take-homes and preparing to set new directions for the summer's research. One of our high-powered programmers is leaving for work in Kitchener-Waterloo, so we've got to sort out baton-passing and wrap-up.
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Managed to wonk my shoulder again (first time in five months or so) in the supermarket. It wasn't too painful, but it still sucks. I did it in front of a guy who also had recurring shoulder dislocations. He stood there and talked to me, and winced when I popped it back in. My forearm aches now.

I just realized that if Noisette has a full cat lifetime, she'll be with me into my thirties or even early forties. How's that for life-changing decisons? And feeling old?

I think, all things going more or less as I predict, I'll be financially stable on paper (as well as in reality) in a couple of weeks, delinquent roommate contributions or no. That could be very good.
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Feeling a bit whomped with work and school of late. I'll get what I can get done done, and try to do enough sanity maintenance in there too. Going to Ottawa Friday night can't come soon enough. Travel Scrabble, talk and "reasonably priced snacks" on the train are calling to me.

I've been putting in some time helping out with a paper on shape grammars as design tools, marking, and not doing quite enough problem sets. Tonight, babysitting a roast in the oven (some people I know do turkeys, I have beef from home to keep me up all night), and alternating procrastinating with stuff I need to be doing.

The weekend involved a bunch of communal time with [ profile] rottenfruit: Saturday Dim Sum with her and my folks, gaming with her and the usual suspects, and on Sunday we went to monthly Scrabble as thrown by [ profile] feygele (in nifty rainbow kippah) and [ profile] vierge_en_trop (who made said nifty rainbow kippah). Saw the kippah in question through a basement window today at Concordia, debated pressing my nose up against the glass and gesturing "hi", but I was late and the head under it looked to be concentrating on something deep. I had fun, and got some stuff done — not as much as I should have, but there was progress. Today was long, and isn't over.

I think I'm slowly growing up.
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1) ASA for sore shoulder
2) belt
3) multi-tool (on belt)
4) ???

We'll find out.

Hopefully my shoulder stays OK, my pants stay on and I don't need to cut or wrench anything.
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This is going to be a crazy day.
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I'm doing a project in Processing and I think it'll push me over the edge into learning Java for real.

I miss associative arrays, things-you-can-stuff-Objects-into... goodies from Flash and PHP. It's nice to work in a language that seems to be the standard at school. I'm sure I can get those goodies from java.util or someplace.

Maybe this holiday season I'll get a book and a pressing project and cram my brain.

Meanwhile, Processing isn't really bad, but it does feel a little awkward for what I'm trying to get it to do.

It'll be over soon enough!
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Like much of LJLand, my comment notification e-mails are hit-and-miss, but I'm watching my recent posts' comment counts. Nonetheless, my direct e-mail is more reliable if you want to get my attention fast.</maintenance>

I'm kind of floating above the bits and pieces I have left to do this term... I guess if I put in a few hours each day, they'll be in good shape for the due dates, or at least the last crunch will be less crunchy. I'm a little stressed, but perhaps a bit too happy to care.

Packed books for a really interesting professor this morning, who dresses as casually as my dad (which is pretty casually), eats vegetarian at the Potato and bikes 8km to work most days. Fortunately he's just moving to the new, unified math offices downtown, although I'm sure he could retire if he wanted to. I should poke my head by his (new) office again.

I actually dreamed about packing books last night before getting up and going to pack books.

I don't know if this is going to be a brilliant semester, and I should be worrying about money and grades and stuff, but I'm surrounded by good people, learning interesting stuff and eating pretty well. All good things. This weekend should be nice, with geekery, music and food. And some measure theory and programming, if I know what's good for me.
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Alive, well, and with a clear path to the end of term.

Four things to do before mid-December, two of them should be down before long (or else).

I've been out biking in the snow, discovered the Arch Café with [ profile] rottenfruit, beaten my head unsuccessfully against a Hardy inequality, eaten reasonably well and had a few good sleeps. I should be able to do this.

I've been offered some work that should help me pay for that study habit next term. More news when I get the confirmation.
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Look, it's a squirrel!

Yesterday was work, computer-configuring, tutorial, birthday dinner, more computer-configuring, sleep.

Spent the morning hunting papers for geometry, then went down to [ profile] loupdebois' place with [ profile] rottenfruit, for his birthday open house. Helped him enjoy his birthday gift from my sister and me (Soul Calibur III), drank some coffee, kicked around, read a Terry Pratchett picture book, saw some Kids in the Hall, and came home.

Then [ profile] moonlightjoy called, asking whether I had a plunger. Fortunately, I did. Went by with it (she did the work, not wanting outside eyes to see her toilet in that condition), and stuck around for popcorn and beer. Now, I'm back here, sorting out stuff for a run at programming, or studying, or problem sets, or something.
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Things lost recently: debit card (cancelled and replaced); divider in my recycling box (recycled?)

Little irritants: old apartment landlord still unhappy -- some stuff yet to resolve, and I just ended our telephone tag -- one last old bill (yarg); leaky boots situation -- about to be fixed (thanks Mom!); Peers tabling cancellation was a bit of a surprise to me; work keeps asking me to do extra maintenance stuff while expecting me to keep up on the theoretical stuff (for the same pay); schedules in general

Happier news: trip back to the country with [ profile] rottenfruit on Sunday was good, my sister's new boyfriend is a very good cook (and fast at calling cooking duties); feeling pretty good about measure theory and geometry; see boots above; eating well; liking yoga; feeling good about the future.
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This may be my last entry from my current computer — my supervisor's acquired a new laptop and has decided to pass his on to me, and mine is tripping on down to [ profile] loupdebois sometime in the near future... the "new" machine is actually the same vintage as my current one, but whereas I got the basic model, my supervisor's is the tricked-out one with a somewhat faster chip and much more space.

Went out to the country with [ profile] rottenfruit Saturday night, arrived very tired to supper with my folks, my sister and her boyfriend (who we hadn't met before). I think we both pretty much approve... almost as soon as my mom was alone with us she had a mini-debriefing session to get our opinions. It's not much of a stretch to presume that way back in March there was a similar debriefing right after Elizabeth and I were on the bus. It was a nice wander out, and a good change of pace. Lots of talking, plenty of rest, some dreamlike moments and even some required reading.

I think that cold that I've been dodging since the beginning of the semester just thwacked me. Buy your tissue futures now. This week'll be a little lighter, but still with a couple of freelance appointments -- and that's only what's arranged ahead. Still, if I'm smart I'll be careful to sleep and eat well.

due to loupdebois [and thanks to dzuunmod for chopping #8], stuff will happen if you comment )


Aug. 24th, 2005 11:09 pm
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Lots of meetings down and more tomorrow. Down: research #1, TA torch-passing, tutoring, Frontier reading tents wrap-up. To go: research #2, and [ profile] rottenfruit, me and a bunch of Hema-Quebec collection crew. Friday will be a day to collect it all and make some sense of the pile of minutes and plans and handouts.

I'm really looking forward to the coming fall semester. A little worried, too, but we'll see how it goes. It'll be lots of pressure and work and, hopefully, fun and good results.

Here's a meme, for your enjoyment.

The Random Question Meme! )
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(and on [ profile] chickcurious's open invitation, found through [ profile] dzuunmod)

Five ways I de-stress:

1. Bicycle or walk. Anywhere. Best done in bad weather (either sweltering or overcast/damp).
2. Read something unrelated to whatever's stressing me (ever wonder where a bunch of my extensive store of useless knowledge comes from?).
3. Ramble to someone. Preferably over a hot beverage and/or stretched out somewhere comfortable.
4. Cook something. Without a recipe.
5. Take a hot shower. Emerge pink, tingly and clean.

I'll join in the not-tagging revolution here, but if this inspires you, go ahead.
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I've been programming a lot lately... some Flash/SQL bridging over PHP for The Lies Project, some user-interface widget stuff for the research, some Lisp to get back in the groove for thinking about the Church-Rosser Theorem. Now I'm on to doing grammars on paper for a bit... I've got the dependencies down, this contextual grammar might go down OK after all. Describing how to reproduce the process might be a little hard, though: "scratch this out, stare at stuff, make it right, dammit!"

My apartment situation is a little iffier, apparently the concierge for the place I thought I was moving into has shown the place to another person while I was getting organized... and I thought it was a lease assignment. Boo. Still, anyone who is interested in the place I'm at now: I'd love to hear from you. July occupancy preferred, but flexible. Renewable by arrangement with the landlord.

Work, social life and everything is jam-packed but fun. Grumpy's tonight, after a few hours of work catch-up. Moving and cataloguing equipment at the office tomorrow during the day. Yoga will be very welcome come 5 PM. Frontier meeting with the new Concordia coordinator (well, with two people, one of whom will be named the campus person) and the student organizers for next year on Thursday, delayed housewarming on Friday for a high school friend and his girlfriend. Saturday: Pho Mitzvah block party out East.

Rinse, rearrange, repeat! Victoria Day will be very welcome too. Victoria Day with yoga not cancelled would be even nicer I think.

It's been six months less a day since a long chat in the park turned my world a little bit upside down in a good way.


Apr. 19th, 2005 09:42 am
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Not too much longer before the exam-o-thon. I think I'm ready, still brushing up on some last bits and pieces, I plan on spending the last few hours over late greasy breakfast, then in the Hall building doing some last minute hacking.


Apr. 17th, 2005 11:05 pm
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Feeling pretty good about being able to do measure and differential geometry — one more chapter representing three lectures and some clean-up to do in measure, and a few bits and pieces of differential to do. Working down from a big picture and having animated discussions with my classmates works wonders for confidence... and I guess the understanding was there all along.

Tomorrow looks more like polish than desperation... probably another eight hours or so of plowing through exercises, but no panic.

It'll be worth it when I emerge, ready for summer.
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Finished grading the 256ers' tests... a pretty solid bunch, them. I think this is the last time I'll TA the course, though... it's pretty heavy for the pay, and I think I've accumulated lots of experience over the past sittings of it and 490.

Spent some downtime with [ profile] rottenfruit, she thought it might be best if I studied instead of helping out with singing her mass today. I feel a little bad, but I know she's right. She's got enough singers who know what they're doing to pull it off. Still, I feel so cared for that she set me free on that. Part of me really wanted to help and participate, but there'll be other, less potentially damaging times to sing and help out.

Studying is coming along — did the sample final for differential geometry, I think I can manage it but there are still a couple of rough spots to push through, mostly a nasty pair of proofs on moving frames around a sphere.

Measure theory is still terrifying. But hopefully I'll have a better grasp on the really weird stuff we have to know by the end of today.

Got a long, intense e-mail from F. yestarday and foolishly read it. I think she has good intentions, but that was hard. Called her to tell her I couldn't deal with the e-mails. She sounded kind of understanding. I don't have time to sort out the ethics of this one, just to know that the intensity is toxic. I need to lie down after e-mail like that.

One down

Apr. 14th, 2005 01:34 pm
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Did my Abstract this morning... yes, this morning. I thought it was at two, and was ready to breeze into the Hall building at 1:30 or so, get settled and write about rings and ideals for three hours. But this morning at ten, Sylvain asked me why I wasn't writing my exam — we have some mutual friends in there — and it didn't take me too long to realize that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and bike like hell to the exam room. They let me in to write, so I wrote I think about 85% of the exam in 50% of the time. Not bad, but something of a waste at the same time.

What's done is done, I guess. Two more to go.


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