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Shore Leaving

I'm suddenly driving to Shore Leave on Friday.

Anybody know anybody who's going down there from the New York area? I'd love to save money and sanity by carpooling.
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this seems to have turned into a review

So there's a new Voltron show. It sort of fits in well with the current crop of '80s throwbacks. G.I. Joe Renegades ended up being very cool; Transformers: Prime is pretty much the same quality as the last ten years of Transformers shows, but at least they were cool enough to bring back Peter Cullen and Frank Welker, the original voice actors for Optimus Prime and Megatron; and there's a Thundercats on the way, which we're hopeful about.

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Yeah, it has a few little problems, but overall the show has its heart in the right place, and it's telling a competent story. This has the potential to develop into quite a good show.
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I suspect that 2011 will, when it's all over, be remembered by me as the Year Of Continuous Stressful Situations And Not Nearly Enough Sex To Balance It Out.

I got a 92 on the midterm in class, even though I was sure I'd get something like a 70. It wracked me for two weeks, as the teachers in this school are slow to grade. Luckily, I'm in a strong position here. Very luckily. You see, the final is in a week and a day. The last class was on the 27th, two weeks ago, because the teacher had scheduling problems. This is pretty terrible, as it means that there was no review session and no coaching with respect to exactly what we have to study for. The material taught in the last class was particularly vexing and felt like it just cut off without really being completed, even though class ended -- as it always does -- early that night.

There's also a group project. It's due on Friday, just five days before the final. It's a lot of work, and we have to make it a presentation in front of the other students. On the downside, it takes away necessary study time. On the upside, completing it is giving me a much better understanding of the class's content.

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So now it's Tuesday. The presentation has to be ready in three days, and we have not even had our first full meeting. All I really need is to meet the mystery fourth member, because I suspect he's the only person who matters in terms of capability and work.

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tl;dr: I did 1b, 1c, half of 1d (the other half is just busy-work), 2a, half of 2c, all of 3, all of 4, and a little bit of 5. What's left is 1a, half of 1d, 2b, and 5. They did probably bupkis.

Edit: Done with 1d. Now there's just 1a, 2b, 5 (hey, it's almost a self-destruct code!).

Edit 2: Done with 1a. Now 2b and 5 remain. There are the two parts that I probably need the help of others on. It looks like we'll actually have a meeting tonight, though.
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The Repo after party went really well, mostly. Everybody behaved, and while they were quite loud the closed doors and windows kept the noise in rather well.

The only real problem is that I fell asleep at 5am, and it turned out that there was not enough toilet paper for the guests. I since fixed that problem by putting TP all over the place. People will have trouble breathing in the bathroom without accidentally knocking over a roll. :P

So I now have tons of leftovers. See, I spent about seven hours cooking, and that was with three lieutenant chefs. The food went well despite a few minor issues: The pesto came out strangely out of necessity but was still vacuumed; The marinara used an order of magnitude higher quantity of garlic than the recipe suggested (I didn't know the difference between a "clove" and a "head"), but it somehow turned out really good anyway; the garlic bread was put in the oven too long, and we forgot to boil the pierogis that we'd spent so much time making and cutting the dough for -- those last two items are all slowly going in my belly. The massive amount of pasta yielded leftovers, as well, and there's still a little bit of fried chicken left.

I've started running. I go about three miles every other day. It's pretty fun so far. I'm taking it slowly and carefully. Thankfully, I report that running shoes are amazingly comfortable.


Anyway, my Saturdays upcoming are insanely packed. I'm having difficulty scheduling for my Housewarming party. May's totally taken, and the first day that I can seemingly spare is the 11th of June, so I'm tentatively planning for then.
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Recently Done Fun

Huh. Looks like March was the Month of Bitching for me. It actually was a good month, really.

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Lunacon was one weekend later. It was ... tiny. There were few costumes. Even the Bronx Science (sorry ... "Science High School Alumni") party, while fun, was very samey and lacking in the interesting excess that I was expecting from previous years. The pool party that the SHSA put on was fun, though. Panels were overall interesting, con suite was possibly the best it's ever been at a Lunacon. It's notable that the Programming head was given the job less than two months before the convention started (while juggling work at other conventions, on less!), so even though there were problems with the schedule, I frankly think she did a marvelous job turning the utter disarray into some form of order. Lunacon is the first convention I went to other than I-Con, which I had before then gone to for about twelve straight years without testing the events on the mainland. I feel badly that it was under-staffed and under-attended, and I'm going to do a couple things to combat con-rust next year. I'm already planning a party, though the success of doing so will require at least three other people willing to help out (I have one on board).

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April started off pretty well. This past Saturday was the annual Pillow fight NYC, which I've been to a bunch of times. This time around, I'm nursing a torn rotator cuff (which has healed very well so far!), so I opted out of fighting. Actually, I had a tear last year, too, and I was fighting with only my good arm, but I guess I'm just more responsible this time around. Actually, every year gets more and more violent. People ignore the very nicely requested rules pretty much entirely, and you get a lot of frattish types using extra long pillows and pushing all the material to one end and swinging it about like a mace, so you get a potentially dangerous weapon out of something which starts off as a harmless object. I really dislike this sort of thing, as it violates the whole spirit of the fight, which is rather explicitly about not hurting others. The same kinds of people also ignore the requests to avoid feathery pillow which leave terrible messes, opting instead to occasionally intentionally tear apart their pillows and throw the feathers around.
Anyway, I mainly went there to take pictures and to do cleanup. One thing that was different this year? The police were there in abundance. After about half an hour into the event, they started refusing to allow people in if they didn't have a pillow. At about 5:20, they kicked all the fighters out and moved in the sanitation workers, an action which discourages people from helping the cleanup effort. I helped anyway, as did a group composed mainly of the volunteer workers collecting the pillows for no-kill animal shelters. Annoyingly, the truck that they had was too small for the pillows donated, so they had to throw out a pretty huge number of pillows.

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In case any of you were wondering: Not including car and subway costs, the cost of fun in this post was $80 for Lunacon and $24 for the rest, including acquisition of food and drink during events (but not counting cost of food and drink that I had already bought and happened to bring with me). That's me allaying any fears that I'm pricing myself into the poor house and assuring others that enjoying oneself on a budget is always a possibility. :)
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Well then

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Still, even though this is relatively minor, it is adding to unusual amounts of stresses this week for me. I have work, house and school to normally contend with, the one person at work whom I'm not fond of is basically monopolizing my time because he nuked the server he uses, and I have to deal with an unusually difficult to reinstall system, I have to deal with the conflict between not using my right arm, which really needs to heal from its torn rotator cuff, and being required to use it for heavy labour when my father comes over for work on the house. I'm mostly done with taxes, which is good, but I have a self-appointed deadline of Lunacon to finish it. I also have a lot of tiny costuming touch ups crammed into this week that I need to finish by Lunacon.

Basically, I'm just a little overdone by an excess of things to do in a small amount of time. Every little additional thing just adds to the annoyance, and I am in need of a decent stress outlet. Lunacon should help quite a bit, both in that I'll be away for the weekend with only fun stuff in my mind, and in that I'll suddenly have less work in my todo box and more free time to do it in.

So I'm mostly just venting. Also, I should have a pizza party at my house or something.
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Just because something is made for advanced users does not mean that it should be difficult to use.

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CentOS is the antithesis of all this wonderful ease of use.

They have a LiveCD, but it doesn't seem to have an installation program, so it's useless for installing.

They have install CDs, but you have to burn eight of them to install your OS. Actually, I tried just doing a minimal install without selecting even a basic desktop environment, and it told me I'd need to have CDs 1 through 6 for that!

So I tried burning a "net install" disc. The idea behind those is that it's only a few megabytes in size, and it downloads the actual installer from the web and runs it as if it were on the disc. This is a great idea, except it's a little slow, which is okay. Of course, instead of having a bunch of mirrors already known on the disc, you have to look the location up on the web (using another computer) and type it in. Kind of annoying, but survivable. But then the install met with an "unhandled exception" bug/error which stopped the install in its tracks.

So I'm burning the install DVD. This is an option, but the only way to download it is via a torrent, which I initially assumed my company's firewall would block. Thankfully, it didn't. There are two DVDs, but I just burned the first in the hope that the second isn't needed. Fortunately, it did not require me to burn that, as well.

The installation seemed to go okay, but when I rebooted, there was no network access. Turns out there was a ton of errors in the startup log with scary phrases like "Unknown symbol in module". This probably means that, somehow, the drivers for the computer's built-in network adaptor were compiled for a different version of the OS than the OS it comes with. This is stupid and a sign of very poor quality control.

I am in the process of trying to get a slightly older, more thoroughly tested version of CentOS. It seems that they nuke everything older than bleeding edge, though, as 5.4 wasn't available on any of their usual mirrors. I did eventually find one, and it's downloading.



Also, I told the Genetics Department I'd inform him when the status changes, so I wish he didn't come in every fucking hour for a status update, especially since he's the one who nuked the server.
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Subculture is the Philcon of dance clubs. It's all cliques whose members are just getting older with little new blood comung in to refresh the group.

My libido is very angry at me, because I promised it that the house was being bought to bring girls to from said club. My libido does not like being lied to. It also doesn't like that I still haven't ordered Internet service yet. All the porn I give it is old.

Also, my right arm has had a torn rotator cuff for the last few months. I'll... let you connect the dots on why this is relevant.

On the plus side, I have more hanGer space than I have clothes to hang for the first time in my life.

And my first set on the ab machine last night was one thousand, five hundred reps at 117.5 lbs. Lack of nookie makes me positively full of energy. :P
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My recap of Wicked Faire, Part One

I think two or three girls might have slightly flirted with me. Had I noticed this, I would have been more appreciative of the weekend.

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Other great things: Hugh Casey's backdrop, the Never-Ending Tea Party, that guy with the Arduino-powered robot thing, the MMA mat with fighting demos. The new Gaming areas for the RPG folk (also the location for poi practice and the aforementioned Munchausen thing). The Balloon Guy, who was more epic than ever! That guy with the mustache going four inches horizontally in either direction -- now *that's* a handlebar! The Captain Hook lady in the vending room. "Spaceship Fire Code" warning next to the elevators. The partly eaten gingerbread man. The free cookies that you get with your room keys.

Some final negatives: That one photographer at the fashion show who had to shove himself three feet from the models so it became a bitch to take pictures without him being in the frame. The girl on the second floor who stopped us from hooping in the only area open enough to hoop in without being almost totally hidden from the public (she was nice about it, though, and it was her job -- it's just that the dude who was there a few hours ago was practically shoving us in front to be a spectacle, so the difference felt exaggerated.)


Overall, it was a good time. I even got to help out a little and be the center of attention quite a bit. I'll murmur about that later, though. Just in case you're concerned about any negatives I gave: Wicked Faire is in my top tier of yearly events, and this year did not change this.



* there was no such event and no such room, but there should have been
** this is not to imply that Psyche has poor lyrics or that H,TF bleeds the ears -- they're both quite good in all respects.
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Okay, the phpbb thing was partially my fault. The web server we're using is designed so you can choose which version of php you want to use for any given page on your website. When I upgraded to phpbb3, I neglected to specify that it should use php5. While it is not expressly necessary for phpbb3 to work (apparently), it does break mods quite often. Fixing this made the mods work, so phpbb3 isn't the hellfire of crappy coding I thought it was.

Of course, the AutoMod installer/deinstaller doesn't really work too well. I added the "easy user delete" (something like that) mod, then removed it for troubleshooting, then installed it again. It's now double-installed, with every user entry having two "delete" icons next to their usernames. This doesn't break anything, but it is amusing. And this part isn't my fault.

Checking new registrations and deleting the bad ones now takes about a twentieth of the time it took before. I'm incredibly happy about this.


They're building a statue of Robocop in Detroit. Half of the funds are being fronted by Omni Consumer Products. Dick Jones was not available for comment.