Friday, April 28, 2006

ah, summer time at last.

You Are Sunrise

You enjoy living a slow, fulfilling life. You enjoy living every moment, no matter how ordinary.

You are a person of reflection and meditation. You start and end every day by looking inward.

Caring and giving, you enjoy making people happy. You're often cooking for friends or buying them gifts.

All in all, you know how to love life for what it is - not for how it should be.

Your Inner European is Italian!

Passionate and colorful.

You show the world what culture really is.

oh dear, the freeks came out again.

This seems to be the month for spam. Not the reasonable stuff that come in a can, and though I would never eat it personally, I'm sure it's quite yummy to some. I'm talking about bad spam! I hate it, I hate it! Some spammer is sending me up to 20 junk emails with dodgy attachments and no message in hopes that I will foolishly override my anti-virus protocol and open a dodgy file. Not gonna happen buddy.

Now, due to the recent blog spam, I have initiated the word verification (which I hate by the way - It's really hard to read some of those words, and I don't think it will stop any halfway serious nut job with a computer) and I have started the moderation of comments feature. I don't know if that will work or not, but well see. I'll probably just get frustrated with it and turn it off after a while.

It's back to work again today, but first, I'm gonna make cookies. yummy!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Would *your* grandmother do that?

My co-workers, all of which are several years older than myself, tell me that I am such an ‘old lady’. Many of my friends have taken to calling me an ‘old grandmother’. I think that I will take it as a compliment. Besides, when you look at what I do with my free time on a lovely sunny Sunday, I think you might agree with these people of mine.

This morning, I woke up with the sun, cleaned my kitchen from tip to stern, made bread (by hand with old fashion style fresh yeast that I had to persuade a local bakery to sell me), made cheese bisques using the family recipe that is at least 4 generations old, and some tea to eat the yummies with for my lunch.

Now, with only two hours left of bread prep (that’s total time, really, it’s only about 5 min of work, but lots of waiting) left, I am sitting with my cat in the sunshine embroidering. Oh yes, and listening to classical music.

It’s the first time I have been able to do this in five months and boy does it feel good. I think, provided the weather stays lovely, I’ll cycle up to one of the smaller ‘villages’ (if you can call them that...this city is odd) just because I can. Now, tell me, would *your* grandmother do that?

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Blogging woes

I have discovered that I need to learn how to create my own blog template. That means that I probably have to re-learn HTML again. I think it would be worth it though. How the template for the page is set up now, I cannot put the frapper map anywhere else without destroying the entire set up. But I am glad someone likes it. As it is now, every little change tends to make a big change to the lay out of my page that I just don't understand.

I don't think this blog of mine is going away. I started blogging as a time filler to distract me from writing essays and vent my frustrations. Now, I think it is becoming something more than that. I have met some wonderful people and learnt a lot. So here are some goals for the summer vacation.

  • get some pictures of geese and find a way to design the page to my liking.
  • put a little more thought into the entries. Including more pictures. (that involves purchasing my own digi-cam so that I am not always having to borrow some one else's)
  • Redesign the UFO page to my liking.
  • advertise both pages by learning to make buttons &c.

That's about it for now. I have a lot of other things to get done this summer. All but the picture taking will require rainy days. But this is the Great North West, we should have lots of those.

An important side note: April has a new podcast. It is about knitting and about other things.


To Jenshine, I can't wait to see you again. I hope things turn out, but I know what you mean about the British - just remember, they really are trying to make things easier, it's just they do that by making everything difficult.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

should the frapper map kick the what'cha?

So, I'm thinking that no one uses this frappermap thing at the bottom of the page. Any thoughts? Should I scrap it? It is rather silly. Yet, if I put it at the side of the page it F's up my code.

One of my goals this summer is to get some pictures of geese and design my blog for myself. It can't be that hard, can it?

To someone far away

What you purpose, does not make you a terrible person. You are doing what is best for you, and you are hurting no one in the process. It feels like you are doing the right thing here and I do what I can to support you. I look forward to talking to you soon. Be safe.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Oh how I do love the sun shine.

The good news is that the term is almost over. I polished off my final essay this morning, and all that is left is one exam. It should go well seeing that it is only on the Rationalists - Descartes, Malebranch, Spinoza and Liebnetz. How hard can it be?

I have yet to find some buttons for my cardigan, but it is no use looking yet seeing as I have no money and I think my poor cat must go to the vet soon. I suppose I could put the bill on my credit card, but then, I wouldn't have enough money to pay the min balance over the next few months. That would be a bad thing. It is not only that, it's just that she doesn't have any definite symptoms. she is lethargic, but then again she is a cat. She is neurotic, but again, that can be explained by her species. I'll just try a change of food for now, see if I can make her better through diet while I save up to send her to the vet.

I do enjoy much about University, but I am frustrated by the system as well. My department is very good for what it is good at, but shite for what I want to study. I am looking forward to spending time this summer on what I want to study.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Oh, Kierkegaard.

If the natural sciences had been developed in Socrates' day as they are now, all the sophists would have been scientists. One woul have hung a microscope outside his shop in order to attract custom, and then would have had a sign painted saying: "Learn and see through a giant microscope how a man thinks" (and on reading the advertisement Socrates would have said: "that is how men who do not think behave").

From: The Living Toughts of Kierkegaard, by W. H. Auden ed.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Orisinal : Morning Sunshine

Orisinal : Morning Sunshine

This is where I've been wasting my time lately. Jenshine, if you see this, don't go there. it will totally stress you out. It's a bunch of rather hard games.

I watch the birds fly south across the autumn sky, and one by one they disappear.

Today is a day for writing essays. It’s a pity I’m ill. Last night, I didn’t get to sleep until 5:40 in the morning, and I woke up at 6:20. I’m certain I can function on that much sleep, right? Write a good essay that will get me the grades I need to get to grade school.

The education system here is F’ed! I’m worried that it is messed up everywhere around the world. The exam yesterday was held in a gym --- chairs that were too tall (even for birdie-long-legs that I am) and designed to shut off the blood flow to the lower leg as quickly as possible, the desks were too short, and the gym was too crowded. They packed almost two thousand people into that space. Did you hear me? I said 2,000 people. That is in a big room, with lots of noise &c.. I think, given a different setting, I might actually have done better on the exam than I did. As it stands, I was ploughed.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

what it is like to read Nagel's What it is Like to be a Bat!

I wish that I had my own digi-cam. A small, light weight one would be just about right. Then I could take pictures for my blog more often. Like for example, my knitting. I am certain that you all love to see pictures of knitting (wink, wink) or of my garden which is just as exciting.

The cotton summer sweater set I’ve decided to ‘design’ is coming along faster than I anticipated. It is essay and exam season for us university students after all, and that leaves surprisingly little time to knit. I am really quite pleased with it. I have finished the back and started the front of the cardi. I decided to knit both front panels at the same time to ensure that they will be the same length and I also decided to put the edging band on later by picking up the sts along the front edge and neck line. I have yet to decide what buttons I would like, I think that once I have a little bit of money again, that is one of the first things I will buy for myself. There is something about this particular yarn that makes each st look distinct and even though it is simple stst with a gtst border - it gives off the impression of being something more.

The essays are coming along slowly but surely. Every time I sit down to write one essay, my mind revolts and starts to get ideas for the other one. So they are both crawling along at a snails pace much like the front panels of my cardigan.

Has anyone out there read Nagel’s What it is Like to be a Bat? if so, what do you think of the idea that his ‘what it is like’ criteria would qualify as qualia in some shape or form?

I don't have many pictures of Jenshine on this blog, so here is one for you. I miss her, but she lives in Scotland for G-knows-how-much-longer! I hope you are having a blast Jenshine, and don't tell anyone, but I already know what I am going to knit you for christmas. Can you guess? I bet you cant! I'm so excited!
Have a wicked-awsome day!

Monday, April 03, 2006

The birds are singing

The song birds have returned from their winter commute. They like to nest in the bushes outside my window and they start to sing about an hour before sun rise. That isn't so bad this time of year when I need to be up anyway, but come summer, they begin their marry melody about 3 in the morning.

This last weekend was suppose to be about my essay, but it ended up being about doing things for other people and when I did have a chance to do things for myself, I had to solve problems. So, in the end, I only managed two hours on my essay for Phil of Mind, and even then, I was so frustrated I didn't get anything worth while done. I'm just so tired of this.