Wrapping up the summer...

Sep. 25th, 2017 02:10 am
aris_tgd: Whitestar crashing, "And when you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame" (Whitestar Lucifer Fall)
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I can't believe classes start tomorrow. (Today, really.) I'm in denial, that's why I'm up so late. And I don't actually have any classes, but I do need to finish getting my committee together. (I didn't join a group until the end of the summer so I'm not quite in trouble, but I should really get on that.)

I'm actually doing something tomorrow, but not until late in the day--I'm presenting on our paper in journal club with my labmate. It's gonna go well, we chatted about it today, but still. Talk about wanting to make a good impression! I'm bringing cookies, I'm going to try to remember to write down the ingredient list so that everyone can decide their own allergy risk. I made the Serious Eats Food Lab Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, except I swapped out 4 ounces of chocolate for mini M&Ms. What can I say, they were on sale! (Also delicious.)

I've been playing a lot of Stellaris. A lot a lot. Zib got me the new Synthetic Dawn DLC and I've been tooling around as a swarm of rather well behaved killerbots. I mean, my neighbors got the jump on me in taking up space and building fleets, so I've been biding my time, building up tech and ships, and trying to increase my fleet capacity so I can swoop in and ex-ter-min-ate like my ancestors programmed me to. So far that's been going slowly, unfortunately. But at least I'm not being attacked from three sides like the last game I played! That was when I tried playing the nice robots. It was unfortunate.


Sep. 24th, 2017 12:47 am
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So I watched the movie Kung Fu Killer (AKA Kung Fu Jungle--it's the one with Donnie Yen) the other weekend and it was fabulous. It's really less a kung fu movie and more a serial killer movie--only, with really good kung fu! The climactic battle is freaking amazing, one of the best I've seen. Edge of my seat.

And just last night I saw Rise of the Legend, which let me tell you is my new Wong Fei Hung headcanon right there. And someone better write me an Everyone Lives OT4, let me tell you what.

In less successful media news, I got the new Fresh Romance anthology off kickstarter and... I dunno, there are only four stories in it, a couple of them are cute, but I really enjoyed the first volume and this one I enjoyed not really as much. I mean, I guess that's what happens sometimes, but I was really hoping to see some of the stories from volume one continued, and that just didn't happen? I'm not sure what went on behind the scenes but I'm kind of disappointed.

(My) Immortal: The Web Series got rejected, unfortunately. (I can't remember if it was ever allowed in previous years--it's definitely been in Festivids, since I got a vid out of it! But I don't think it was allowed in Yuletide.) I am understanding but I reserve the right to be sad about it!

A couple things

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:05 am
aris_tgd: Whitestar crashing, "And when you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame" (Whitestar Lucifer Fall)
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1) Yuletiiiide. Two of my noms have been approved! I'm still waiting on (My) Immortal. The mods are doing so much work, I am trying to be patient.

2) I took Tuesday as a mental health day after getting all my grading done at the last minute nearly killed me, and then I woke up with a sore throat on Wednesday and with a nasty back spasm today. Ugh. I wound up sleeping until nearly 5pm, but I felt better after that. My shoulder/back still hurts like damn, though.

3) I've been playing through Stellaris but the patch drop screwed up my civ's economics pretty badly, so I may just start a new game. It's fun and addictive and I'm really glad I finally started playing, but man. I'm also not all that good at it yet, which is occasionally frustrating! But I like the sound of the stuff in the new update. I may purchase it for cashmoney when my paycheck comes in.

Of course, I also really want to buy Heat Signature, we'll see how that goes. I really want to dual-boot my system with a Windows disk, so we'll see if I can get that up and running, since HS doesn't have a Linux port yet.

Nom nom nom

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:29 pm
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I wound up nomming things for Yuletide: I nominated Bloodsport, Ninja Assassin, and (My) Immortal: The Web Series. I posted on the evidence post about that last one, but I wouldn't be surprised if the mods decide it's too much work to disambiguate and nix it. I hope, I'd really like some Enoby/Hermione or Enoby&Hermione fic, but we'll have to see!

In any case, it's a good excuse to rewatch the episodes, which is always fun! I still have trouble following what happens in Season 2, but it's still SUPER ADORABLE, OMG, all these dorks I love them all. Even Tom.

Ugh, week is almost over. I have a metric ton of grading to do, but once that's done it's just RESEARCH. I can focus on quantum mechanics all the time! It's all I want from life, really.

Things (and Yuletide)

Sep. 13th, 2017 05:16 pm
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Mini talk in 45 minutes, I haven't rehearsed anything, I wanted to leave the house an hour ago, and I'm sitting here watching graphics render on my machine. Or rather, not render.


Should I nominate something for Yuletide this year? (I should probably check out the nominations first.) I mean, on the one hand, I haven't written anything since last Yuletide. On the other hand, I wound up writing something for Yuletide anyway, since I picked up a PH, and I should have more time this year since I won't be TAing and I'll just have research to focus on.

I'm also not currently signed up to the Pinch Hit list because it's on Google Groups now, and I haven't figured out how to make Google Groups play nice with a non-google address while you're signed in to a google account. I don't want fandom things going to my realname address, seriously. (It's more of a utility thing than a compartmentalization thing, the nice thing about not being in a public-facing job is not worrying so much about random people finding your pornography. Then again, if I wind up being a teacher, I'll have to worry all over again about people finding my pornography. UGH, more reasons to not want to teach ever. I would hate it as a career.)

The way I tend to handle Yuletide nominations is to go back through my Dear Author letters and look for prompts I'm excited about that didn't get written. We shall see if that winds up happening. I can always ask for or write more Middleman stuff...

Almost there...

Sep. 12th, 2017 08:58 pm
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I gave a lecture to the gen chem lab class on Monday, which was fun and went well, and then I TA'ed lab today, which was fun and went well... and now I'm sitting frustrated at my computer watching Mathematica attempt to multiply a bunch of matrices together and plot the results. Rrrrrgh. I am seriously considering cutting my losses and heading home, where I know I won't get anything else done but I could give it a shot on my home desktop machine, which I'm pretty sure has more oomph than this one. At the very least it has a more impressive GPU, which I really want to use to play Stellaris instead of multiply matrices.

Mmmm, Stellaris.

This week is the end of the summer quarter, which means lab practical and grading for TAing, and presenting my work to the rest of the group for summer research. I don't feel as though I have a lot I've accomplished, though the newly-minted PhD in our group indicated that I've actually made some progress. What I've been working on seems to be mostly for my own benefit rather than the advancement of Science, but then again the work of the lab is fairly intense theory and I've only had one year of grad school level quantum mechanics so far, so it's going to take me a while to catch up. Also... while I feel like I should already know how to do what I'm doing, the fact is I'm really doing it for the first time, so even going through the motions is teaching me things. I didn't know how to work in a tensor basis! (Still... don't, really!) I didn't know how to construct a wavepacket in two dimensions! (That one I figured out, mostly.) I didn't know how to diagonalize the Hamiltonian of a system where the variables couldn't be separated! (I still don't, I had Mathematica do it for me.) And so on.

Oh well, hopefully I can have Mathematica give me some pretty pictures before showing off for group tomorrow, and if not... maybe I can chalk talk it. I'm sure it'll be fine!

It will be fine, everyone in my group is super nice. It's one reason I'm glad I joined.

Then I need a thesis committee. Ha ha ha...


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