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Posted by Cyn | Posted in College, Education, Geekery, Writing | Posted on 18-05-2008

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I final­ly got the grades from the first tech­ni­cal writ­ing assign­ment I turned in last week, and the peer reviews I did on two of my class­mates’ rough drafts. I got full points for all of them!

I was wor­ried about one of the peer reviews, because the per­son chose to do a set of instruc­tions for start­ing to cross-stitch. I know too much about that top­ic to eval­u­ate it well from a beginner’s point of view, and that was the intend­ed audi­ence. I actu­al­ly approached the pro­fes­sor with some ques­tions, and won­dered if I should swap reviews with some­one new to stitch­ing. Hap­pi­ly, the pro­fes­sor said I pro­vid­ed a bal­anced review that reflect­ed my expe­ri­ences as a for­mer begin­ner and cur­rent­ly expe­ri­enced stitch­er, and that I was respect­ful through­out. I was try­ing very, very hard to avoid any hint of con­de­scen­sion, and it appears that it worked!

My top­ic was “Cre­at­ing Your First Pod­cast,” and that received full points, too. It had to be done with a Flesch–Kincaid Grade Lev­el less than 8th grade, which was not easy. I got it down to 7th grade, and couldn’t go any low­er. The pro­fes­sor said that was due to the tech­ni­cal terms I had to use, and was per­fect­ly accept­able.

Semester Is Past the Half-way Point!

Posted by Cyn | Posted in College, Writing | Posted on 10-02-2008

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And so far, I’ve only lost one point in my Project Man­age­ment class, none in the oth­er class. That was due to a stu­pid mou­s­ing error — bad hands! Oh well, if that’s all my hands cost me this semes­ter, I’ll be hap­py.

The career course required us to do “long-term career plan­ning” this week. I don’t know how use­ful their idea of career plan­ning is, to be hon­est, in today’s econ­o­my. There aren’t many peo­ple who can count on mov­ing up steadi­ly in one path, due to the fact that the econ­o­my changes so much more quick­ly than it did 30 to 50 years ago. Do I feel san­guine about mak­ing pre­dic­tions as to where I’ll be, pro­fes­sion­al­ly, in 30 years? Um, no. For one thing, I’ll be 71 years old then! For anoth­er, I’ll be hap­py just to get back to work, peri­od!

Today’s Thing-a-Day time was spent col­or­ing. It was nice.

I have a hap­py Sam­bear danc­ing in front of me, because he just post­ed Chap­ter 17 of Heart of the Hunter. He already hit his word tar­get for the nov­el, but hap­pi­ly, he isn’t stop­ping ’til the plot is wrapped up.

Still Thinging; Date Night

Posted by Cyn | Posted in College, Critters, Family, Fun, Geekery, Health, Home, Needlework, Podcast, Writing | Posted on 09-02-2008

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I am, in fact, still keep­ing up with Thing-a-Day! I need to go post over there, though. I do wish I could auto­mat­i­cal­ly cross-post, but if wish­es were fish­es and all that.

I stitched tonight while Sam and I gamed. I also wrote for a while, ear­li­er. Sam and I have recent­ly begun par­tic­i­pat­ing in a forum that does a great job of encour­ag­ing intro­spec­tion, and being a safe place in which to express one­self. It’s a pow­er­ful thing, and I’m in awe of the peo­ple who cre­at­ed and run it.

Sunday, T-a-Day3

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, College, Geekery, Reading | Posted on 03-02-2008

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I did more web­i­fy­ing today, and got all hap­py because I resolved a tem­plate prob­lem. I don’t “know” php, as in I don’t write my own scripts. I’m learn­ing more and more about it work­ing with oth­er people’s tem­plates, and have got­ten to where I can mix and match from dif­fer­ent tem­plates to get the effects I want. I also spent some time in mysql, try­ing to clean up some of this site’s tables to make it load faster.

I also read a lit­tle, and I’m real­ly, real­ly try­ing to fin­ish the book I’m on before div­ing into the deli­cious stack of books my sweet­ie brought home from the library for me. I wrapped up the week’s class assign­ments, too. I want­ed to stitch, but I was attacked by a rogue nap.

My project man­age­ment teacher released the study guide for the final, which is 3 – 4 weeks away (you can do it any time dur­ing week 8, and we just fin­ished week 4). Um, does any­body real­ly study that far in advance? I’ve nev­er been very dis­ci­plined about study­ing.

Sam is edit­ing a chap­ter of Fledg­ling, which he re-record­ed because he was dis­pleased with the sound qual­i­ty. He edit­ed Square One ear­li­er. Sor­ry, Hope, but I don’t think he got to record the lat­est chap­ter of Heart of the Hunter 🙁

It’s still Feb­ru­ary, right? The tem­per­a­ture was way up in the 70s today! It’s back down to 50 now — out­side. Inside, the temp is still too hot for sleep­ing com­fort­ably. Pout.

Are there any Word­Press geeks read­ing this? I could have sworn that I saw a plug-in that allowed com­menters to send a pri­vate mes­sage to a blog’s own­er, sort of like hav­ing com­ments screened in LJ except that the own­er doesn’t ever (couldn’t, as I under­stand it) make the “whis­per” pub­lic. I can’t find such a thing in the offi­cial plu­g­in repos­i­to­ry at Word​Press​.org, though. Any­body know of such a thing? I don’t want to use a com­ment form, because of secu­ri­ty con­cerns.1


1 All the com­ment plu­g­ins and forms I’ve seen use the web host to send the mes­sage, instead of the sender’s out­go­ing mail serv­er, mak­ing it hard­er to get any­thing done about inap­pro­pri­ate mes­sages.

MomoCon?

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Fun, Geekery, RPGs | Posted on 28-01-2008

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Any­body going to Momo­Con here in Atlanta? I’d nev­er heard of it before today. It’s free, and may be in its sec­ond year (I’m not sure). It seems quite small, which could be nice. It’s local, which is a big plus for us. I’m unclear as to whether there’s any gam­ing hap­pen­ing or not, and there’s no men­tion of filk­ing that I can see.

NaNoWriMo, NaPodPoMo, NaBloPoMo

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Blogging, Geekery, Memes, Podcast, Writing | Posted on 02-11-2007

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Utter insan­i­ty. All of it. My fall class­es just start­ed. I’m in a flare (when am I not? but seri­ous­ly, I am).

But hey! I hate my birth­day, and three insane new things for the month should, at least, be dis­tract­ing!

So, yes, this would be my sec­ond NaBloPo­Mo post. I’m hav­ing a lit­tle tech­ni­cal trou­ble actu­al­ly post­ing the NaPod­Po­Mo part, but I’m doing them. And fine, might as well top it off with NaNoW­riMo.

It’s Hope’s fault. And Sam’s. And, um, right. Kioshi’s. All of you. Dread­ful.

Don’t mind me. By the end of Novem­ber, at least, I won’t have any hair left, so I won’t be spend­ing any more time wor­ry­ing over whether or not to get it cut, or col­or it, or what­ev­er!

Empowered by a microphone

Posted by Cyn | Posted in Geekery, Podcast | Posted on 03-09-2006

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I gave myself a gift today: a head­set with my very own micro­phone for the pod­cast.

It isn’t as fan­cy as the one that I was using, which is my partner’s Very Nice (read: intim­i­dat­ing) micro­phone. That one, though, sits on the desk­top on its own stand. I know this sounds piti­ful, but I have trou­ble stay­ing with­in prop­er range of it, because my voice is soft. I have to lean over and up from the chair I’m in, and even then I end up feel­ing as if I’ve had to near­ly shout to record a pod­cast, which takes far more ener­gy than sim­ply speak­ing nor­mal­ly and is very stress­ful, to boot!

That removes one of the main bar­ri­ers to get­ting pod­casts out on a reg­u­lar basis. The next is that Sam pro­duces the show for me, but he has a full-time job and is much busier than I am out­side the home. Do I dare release the show unedit­ed, brain fog effects and all? What do y’all think?