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KaiYvesin April 2nd, 2014 @ 07:30
Maybe generic space stuff, so it goes with everything?
ibcfin April 1st, 2014 @ 22:57
Yay! I made it on this time.
Bet you can’t guess what my name was.
Piggyin April 2nd, 2014 @ 00:05
Squidvines. Now there’s a moneymaking opportunity. Perfect for decorating a garden trellis.
KaiYvesin April 2nd, 2014 @ 07:32
I heard it through the squid-vine
Bunnies dance in 3/4 time…
Rosebud2in April 2nd, 2014 @ 10:09
do it for the squidvine
POSOCin April 2nd, 2014 @ 01:14
I can’t believe I missed it. I knew there was something I had forgotten…
Cat's Meowin April 3rd, 2014 @ 11:20
I hunted around for a while, but since I was determined not to look up where any of them were, I think I got only about 30.
KaiYvesin April 2nd, 2014 @ 07:34
I wrote “April Fools” in mirror-writing (it said “April Fools” when read in a mirror, but looked like gibberish normally) on a sheet of paper and taped it up opposite a mirror in our floor’s bathroom. Not really a prank, but it was funny to see how other people reacted.
Jadestonein April 2nd, 2014 @ 15:48
briefly ignoring life and more serious issues to crowdsource a decision
SO next weekend is my petrology class field trip and also a lot of other things. I can’t do the field trip as well as the other things. So the options are:
– Field trip: 4-day (thurs-sun) trip to westernmost North Carolina, we’d drive ~8 hours thursday and spend the next 2.5 days camping and hiking around and looking at rocks. It’d be a break from school and get me off campus, which are always good things, and lots of hiking in beautiful mountains. Also all the geo people are lovely and I have a blast on all the geo trips, even the last one when I had a super bad cold & was downing frightening amounts of cough syrup.
Downsides: I would probably not get much work done while away, and I generally have a lot I have to do every week, plus missing all of the below.
– OR I could stay on campus. Friday my boss is bringing a guest speaker who’s going to talk about cool plant stuff/the lab is going out to dinner with her. She also is one of the people who runs the Chicago Botanical Garden’s program 4-6 month internships, which are available to graduated seniors. I have the first 8 weeks of summer sorted but nothing after that, and it’d be REALLY good to get one of those. They’re a lot of fieldwork and land management type things, long-term, be good for my year of I-don’t-know-what-I’m-doing, look good on a resume, etc.
That weekend is also one of my housemate’s dance performances, and the spring show for my college’s circus group, which my OTHER two housemates are in. It is ALSO Dandelion Romp, which is the annual contra dance here, which Glassboro will also be attending. So, networking with someone who is in the program I would love to get into sometime + supporting friends/seeing friends + probably my last chance to ever go to Dandelion Romp/any large contra thing again.
I was definitely going to do the field trip until it turned out the guest speaker is coming the same weekend. I don’t even know if it’d help me get something in the future though, but I’m really panicked all the time about what I’m going to do after I graduate. For the first 2 months of summer I’m going to work in the lab of one of my boss’s collaborators in Cambridge, but then I have absolutely nothing figured out after that, except decide if I want to go to grad school or not.
anyway yeah, any advice/thoughts are welcomed.
It’s very odd to be not-logged-in now as well, I’m so used to seeing even unposted things. Hm!
KaiYvesin April 3rd, 2014 @ 11:45
“Don’t wanna leave you really
We’ve invested too much time
To give this up that easy
To the doubts that complicate their minds.
We belong to the light,
We belong to the thunder…”
KaiYvesin April 3rd, 2014 @ 15:53
I was wondering if someone could check my calculations here, there’s some navigational/geographical calculations relevant to a story I’m writing that are giving me more trouble that I expected– the basic formula for converting time difference to longitude is simple, but the International Date Line makes everything so dang confusing…
Our Heroes find themselves on an uncharted island at 6 North, 140 West (+6, -140). Their previous location was 6.73 South, 147 East (-6.73, +140). Through sextant readings, they are able to determine the latitude difference easily, so they attempt to find their longitude by comparing local noon to the time given by their wristwatches, which are still set to the time in their previous location.
The normal way to turn longitude differences into time to add the longitude values for the locations and then divide by 15 to find the time difference, but when crossing the International Date Line, you instead subtract each value from 180 and then add both values together. Which makes sense, as I know the two places are much more than 7 degrees apart.
There are 33 degrees of longitude between the previous location and the International Date Line, and 40 degrees between the Date Line and the island, making them 73 degrees apart in total.
180 – 147 = 33
180 – 140 = 40
33 + 40 = 73
15 degrees is equivalent to one hour, so 73/15 = 4.867
About five hours. Because of the Date Line, it should be five hours ahead of the time at the previous location, but on the day before. (So technically 19 hours difference, but observably five.)
So, Our Heroes should find that local noon on the island corresponds to a little after 7 AM on their watches, correct? (And then they can work backwards from there to find their longitude.) Or have I misunderstood something somewhere along the line?
KaiYvesin April 3rd, 2014 @ 22:10
Awesome! We have several 3-D printers in the Engineering Building at BU, but you need to be an Engineering student to get into the lab.
Catwingsin April 4th, 2014 @ 16:28
Consequence (AKA, “Sequin”), the adorable – and loud – fuzz is sitting in her box next to me right now!
Nothing makes a day like a kitten! ~♥♥♥♥♥♥♥!!!
Lizziein April 4th, 2014 @ 16:29
Is logging in not working for anyone else or is it just me?
KaiYvesin April 4th, 2014 @ 21:53
So I went to Carl Hoffman’s book talk at Harvard and he was super-nice and signed my copy of “Savage Harvest”!
Rainbow*Stormin April 5th, 2014 @ 03:32
Reading my posts from a few years ago, when I was in different fandoms and stuff, is so embarrassing. And I worry that reading my current posts will be the same in a few years. I hope I can eventually tone down my obsessions with things and be able to carry on normal conversations.
KaiYvesin April 5th, 2014 @ 09:53
I hope you aren’t embarrassed by your enthusiasm for space exploration.
Rainbow*Stormin April 5th, 2014 @ 13:03
Never! Space will always be very very important to me. I can’t imagine not thinking an endless void full of anomalies science has yet to explain is cool.
KaiYvesin April 5th, 2014 @ 21:20
Glad to hear it!
KaiYvesin April 5th, 2014 @ 21:16
Have fun, travel safe, clear skies and a good view out the window!
Potato Chipin April 10th, 2014 @ 18:23
Sorry I’m so late on this, but I go to WUSTL! Let me know if you have any questions.
Selenium the Quafflebirdin April 6th, 2014 @ 05:16
That’s great! Where in China are you visiting?
KaiYvesin April 6th, 2014 @ 19:38
Oh man, have fun! Do you think you’ll stay near those cities or travel farther afield?
KaiYvesin April 7th, 2014 @ 13:09
Sounds like a great trip!
Cerulean Pyrosin April 6th, 2014 @ 09:44
Ooh, neat, I’ll try to tune in!
Cerulean Pyrosin April 6th, 2014 @ 18:56
Your strings in particular were splendid, Fern!
Midnight Fiddlerin April 6th, 2014 @ 21:07
Cerulean Pyrosin April 6th, 2014 @ 18:57
Seconded! I really enjoyed it.
Midnight Fiddlerin April 6th, 2014 @ 21:07
Thanks for listening! I’m glad you liked it.
KaiYvesin April 6th, 2014 @ 09:47
Okay, so I certainly THOUGHT about Peter Matthiessen a bit, because he was one of Hoffman’s sources for (that book I talk about too much anyway) but I never said his name out loud, so I didn’t jinx him. RIP, sir.
Catwingsin April 6th, 2014 @ 17:45
Associating songs with people, characters and story plots is one of the most fun things ever!
KaiYvesin April 6th, 2014 @ 19:36
Midnight Fiddlerin April 6th, 2014 @ 21:30
Is anyone else having trouble logging in? When I click on the login link it says “Service Temporarily Unavailable”
Choklit Orangein April 6th, 2014 @ 22:24
KaiYvesin April 6th, 2014 @ 21:35
So the weather was nice today, and I went for a long walk in the morning and found myself by the local comic store, where I hadn’t been for a year. I bought some Scooby-Doo comics, and was overjoyed that THEY HAVE TINTIN ALBUMS! They even have “The Castafiore Emerald”, which I’ve never read…
Catwingsin April 7th, 2014 @ 10:43
Um… I’ve almost finished another fan fiction. This one’s for Minecraft. I was only wondering if any of you would like to see it on the Writing Thread….
KaiYvesin April 7th, 2014 @ 16:35
I don’t know much about Minecraft, but I’d like to read it anyway.
KaiYvesin April 8th, 2014 @ 09:54
KaiYvesin April 7th, 2014 @ 13:12
Maybe this is a bit before the GAPAs’ time, but when “The Twilight Zone” first aired, was it considered classy to watch it or were people like “ew weird science-fiction”?
KaiYvesin April 7th, 2014 @ 16:34
Thank you, it’s hard to judge these things sometimes. It’s one thing to look up whether a piece of media had been released if you want a character from a certain time period to reference it, but with SF and fantasy, you also have to figure out if it’s something an adult would be willing to admit to strangers that they read/watched. (I know when I was looking through the Martin Luther King archives at the Gottlieb Center the winter before last, there was a published conversation between Margaret Truman and Margaret Mead from the late 50s where one of them, Truman I think, said she wouldn’t let her kids leave comic books around the house because “the drawings are ugly and the colors give me headaches”.)
KaiYvesin April 7th, 2014 @ 22:03
Right, so a character saying that something reminds them of the show wouldn’t reflect poorly on them or their taste.
Randomosity101in April 8th, 2014 @ 19:13
One of my middle school teachers taught the class about social commentary by having us watch episodes of The Twilight Zone. It was awesome.
Randomosity101in April 9th, 2014 @ 19:37
No, it was Social Studies. She taught the class, meaning the people in the class. Sorry for the confusion.
Bibliophilein April 10th, 2014 @ 00:39
Oh, okay. That makes sense.
KaiYvesin April 9th, 2014 @ 07:41
Oh yes, we watched episodes in English classes at my Intermediate School to learn about plot and storytelling. It’s certainly seen as a masterpiece now, I was curious about if that was also the case when it first aired.
Rainbow*Stormin April 7th, 2014 @ 19:51
Awesome! I’ve never been to a convention but I’m going to try to get into one in July, cosplaying a human Nightmare Stag from NBC Hannibal.
KaiYvesin April 7th, 2014 @ 20:11
Have fun, both of you! I’d love to cosplay, but I don ‘to have much opportunity, now that it looks like Boston Comic Con will be in August instead of April from now on.
Randomosity101in April 9th, 2014 @ 19:37
I really wish I could see that.
Midnight Fiddlerin April 7th, 2014 @ 20:58
So much good music today. Not only did I go to the weekly lunchtime jam and have band practice, but a band from a nearby college came and we all played for a bit and then they did an excellent concert.
That, with the midday coffee I drank has got me bouncing off the walls. Since it’s 10pm on a Monday, I’m not particularly thrilled about it.
KaiYvesin April 9th, 2014 @ 23:15
Great night at the Observatory, so many interested visitors including a very nice couple who wanted to talk all about the possibility of oceans on Enceladus and Europa and hydrothermal vents and exobiology and general.
KaiYvesin April 9th, 2014 @ 23:16
*in general. I really need to sleep.
KaiYvesin April 10th, 2014 @ 14:40
Well, if there are squid, there must be oceans, since we’ve established that squid can’t swim in ice.
Rainbow*Stormin April 10th, 2014 @ 13:21
If extraterrestrial life was ever discovered and exobiology became an actual field, I would jump ship from my previous job fast enough to break the sound barrier.
KaiYvesin April 10th, 2014 @ 15:09
And knowing you, high enough to break it again on the way back down.
Cat's Meowin April 11th, 2014 @ 17:28
Same here! I think that would be the coolest thing ever.
Rainbow*Stormin April 10th, 2014 @ 13:22
If it continues being this hot in California I will reject the evil ways of daylight-dwellers and live underground.
KaiYvesin April 10th, 2014 @ 15:05
What about underwater?
Randomosity101in April 10th, 2014 @ 19:16
Join me in Nebraska. I’m wearing a long-sleeved shirt right now. Long-sleeved! In North Carolina, I wore a t-shirt and shorts in the dead of winter!
Randomosity101in April 16th, 2014 @ 00:10
Wait, you’re in Nebraska?!
Randomosity101in April 16th, 2014 @ 12:40
I honestly had no idea…
KaiYvesin April 16th, 2014 @ 13:52
Even when you were in Italy earlier this month?
Randomosity101in April 16th, 2014 @ 16:54
Why would you want to be in Nebraska in spirit when you could be in Italy completely?
KaiYvesin April 16th, 2014 @ 19:00
It’s the safest possible way to chase tornadoes, for one thing…
KaiYvesin April 17th, 2014 @ 12:03
Oh man, those tomatoes, you’ve got to be careful around them…
KaiYvesin April 18th, 2014 @ 11:17
Murder and cabbage and killer tomatoes.
Catwingsin April 10th, 2014 @ 16:22
Urgh… sun-blinded and sweaty.
Walked about five miles in total just now. Just returned.
I think there’s one part on my jaw that isn’t sore. Other than that, nowhere.
Midnight Fiddlerin April 11th, 2014 @ 13:33
7:30-9 tonight you can watch me and my band play if you’re so inclined:
http:// new. livestream. com/ feedandseedlive /events/ 2910499
KaiYvesin April 11th, 2014 @ 20:41
I wish I wasn’t drowning in work and I could just totally relax and enjoy Yuri’s Night tomorrow…
Catwingsin April 12th, 2014 @ 13:34
Does anyone really know the aftermath of eating pickles with milk? I mean, I know why it would happen, but I don’t know how it feels or anything.
Catwingsin April 13th, 2014 @ 11:59
Hm. Were the pickles soaked in vinegar?
Catwingsin April 13th, 2014 @ 14:23
Okay. Then allow me to rephrase my question.
Does anyone really know the aftermath of eating pickled herring with milk? I mean, I know why it would happen, but I don’t know how it feels or anything.
Catwingsin April 13th, 2014 @ 17:36
So do I….
Everytime I eat pickles, or pickled herring, Dad warns me that I shouldn’t have milk for about a half hour afterwards.
Maybe milk and vinegar only curdles in the stomach of some people?
Cerulean Pyrosin April 13th, 2014 @ 14:33
Does the effect you’re talking about have to do with acid curdling milk?
Catwingsin April 13th, 2014 @ 14:53
Yeah. I think.
KaiYvesin April 12th, 2014 @ 21:23
You can come see ours next Monday if it makes you feel better.
Catwingsin April 12th, 2014 @ 20:00
Happy Birthday to your mother.
KaiYvesin April 12th, 2014 @ 19:12
Happy Yuri’s Night, everybody!
Midnight Fiddlerin April 12th, 2014 @ 20:28
I just got back from a concert/swing dance. It was so much fun, and I actually didn’t do too horribly! I’m excited. I also got to dance with my boss, which was really funny, bur also fun because he’s a really good dancer.
Also, I still can’t log in to museblog.
Selenium the Quafflebirdin April 13th, 2014 @ 10:25
I don’t know about others, but I’ve been getting a 503 Service Temporarily Unavailable message as soon as I click the Log In button. “The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.”
Midnight Fiddlerin April 13th, 2014 @ 15:22
That’s what it’s been doing to me too. I don’t know what the proper login URL should be though, so I’m not able to change it.
Catwingsin April 12th, 2014 @ 20:33
What I learned tonight:
Kirk does not make a very good Vulcan.
KaiYvesin April 13th, 2014 @ 14:57
I really need to stop this whole “needing to eat” thing, it gets in the way of research like you wouldn’t believe… (Why isn’t the BPL’s cafe open on Sundays?!?)
Catwingsin April 13th, 2014 @ 20:46
My cheek bones are skinnier than other people’s….
Catwingsin April 13th, 2014 @ 21:11
Does Portal (1 and 2) cost any money to download and play?
Cat's Meowin April 14th, 2014 @ 19:03
Keep your eye out for really cheap Steam sales and you can get a great price, though!
Catwingsin April 14th, 2014 @ 14:52
Cat's Meowin April 14th, 2014 @ 19:04
I voted for the first time today! I’m proud to support my public libraries.
Erratain April 14th, 2014 @ 23:33
Whee! Had great fun tonight! Good change from feeling depressed and incompetent.
I went to my choir’s end-of-year banquet/dance, which wasn’t much fun last time, but this time I knew a lot more people and so I could talk to the people at my table and then people actually got through the awkwardness of asking people to dance, so I ended up dancing with a lot of people. I also joined in a group doing the Drunken Giraffe enthusiastically enough that I got high-fived for it. And a guy I don’t even know that well complimented me on my hair.
Lots of good food and good people and waltzing and swing-dancing and everything else. I have blisters on my feet now, but it was totally worth it.
This all feels slightly silly and frivolous, but I don’t much care. It was fun. I have friends, and I fit in, and I didn’t feel awkward or out-of-place, and that’s worth a little frivolity.
Rós þyrnirin April 15th, 2014 @ 18:27
Oops, didn’t mean to pie that. No schadenfreude intended!
Catwingsin April 15th, 2014 @ 14:04
I’ve been busy lately. I’ve discovered a dress-up game entitled “Mega Geek Girl Creator,” and I’ve been spending waay too much time making myself in a fangirl’s paradise.
*Cskiain April 15th, 2014 @ 16:30
Finally decided: I’m going to WUSTL!
Cat's Meowin April 15th, 2014 @ 18:20
Ooh, congratulations, Cskia!
Selenium the Quafflebirdin April 16th, 2014 @ 07:35
Congratulations on deciding! I hear it’s a fantastic school.
KaiYvesin April 15th, 2014 @ 20:00
Really, what is the logic behind which words are in the spellcheck dictionary and which are not? “Teleported” but not “teleporter”, “Ashkenazim” but not “Ashkenazic”…
Kittymine, OSWin April 29th, 2014 @ 18:08
Not much logic at all, I’ve found. Of course, many of my papers are just full of words with red squiggles under them because I’ve got transliterated words or words with British spelling (which Microsoft rejects), etc.
KaiYvesin April 29th, 2014 @ 20:30
And don’t get me started on writing about Japanese history…
Cello-Playing Mathematician (AKA Kyra)in April 16th, 2014 @ 02:12
Oh my god. What. I just signed up but it’s 2:00 in the morning and I need to sleep.
Bibliophilein April 17th, 2014 @ 21:17
If so, it isn’t connected.
KaiYvesin April 17th, 2014 @ 21:47
There are mail-order Starfleet Academy classes, I think. The people at the Star Trek booth at Boston Comic-Con two years ago had an ad for something like that…
Randomosity101in April 16th, 2014 @ 00:06
Is anyone else getting an error message when they click the login button?
KaiYvesin April 17th, 2014 @ 12:07
I got to talk about Jurassic Park, the Antarctic Treaty, the Alton Towers theme park, the National Air and Space Museum, how the US might be divided into separate states, and Night at the Museum all in Archaeological Method and Theory today, AND managed to end an argument with “We really need to invent force fields!”, to which the whole class agreed emphatically.
KaiYvesin April 17th, 2014 @ 17:13
Really? Do tell.
KaiYvesin April 17th, 2014 @ 21:50
Wow, sweet! Where did the giver find it?
Cat's Meowin April 17th, 2014 @ 17:16
We had a really interesting conversation in my linear algebra class today. The main part of the curriculum is several weeks shorter than the semester, so since our final midterm last Tuesday we’ve been talking about various applications of linear algebra rather than learning much new. Income inequality and Google PageRank and all. The professor has also gone off on even more tangents than usual, since we have the time to, and since he’s a goofy, engaging professor in general.
Well, we got those midterms back today, and as soon as my professor pulled them out from his bag, everybody groaned. You could tell this disturbed my professor. He told us at the very start of the semester that he doesn’t put much stock in grades and wants them to be a way for him to communicate what he thinks is important about linear algebra and for us to communicate back what we know. Last week, he told us a story about a friend who spend a summer taking a class to become a yoga teacher. There will several tests along the way which were non-graded, didn’t affect their certifications, and were meant purely for the teacher to understand what the students knew. Yet the mostly middle-aged students freaked out and stressed every time a test came up. In a yoga class.
Today he returned to that theme, since we got really quiet after the tests came out and never recovered. He thinks it’s one of the greatest wastes of talent and attention in our generation that since early education we’ve been trained to stress and worry and freak out about exams and grades. We’ve furthermore been trained, as he said, to apologize when someone points out an error we’ve made rather than taking a bow, owning the mistake, and being glad we can learn from it. Like the yoga instruction students, lots of us will be 50 years old and still worrying about whether we can measure up to perfection.
This whole conversation made me realize that, as much as everybody worries about teaching to the test, just as big a problem is how many of us are learning to the test. One of the most important skills we learn as soon as we hit harder classes in middle and high school is note-taking – identifying which things the teacher are saying are most likely to be important, i.e., most likely to be on the test. We learn to trawl a textbook for key points instead of immersing ourselves in all the detail, because there isn’t time to learn all of that now.
And yes, honestly, these are really important skills and students should learn how to tell what’s important, but what I’m suddenly worried about is that the standards of “importance” we’re reared on have to do with a test rather than beauty, elegance, truth, or enjoyment. My linear algebra professor walked us through mathematical circus tricks today with Fibonacci numbers, the golden ratio, and how they intertwine with eigentheory, Taylor series, and explicit formulas. It was really cool! Yet people were far less engaged than during “real” lectures, on which homework problems and tests and grades will be based. Even me to some extent. The mathematical elegance and surprise wasn’t as interesting to us somehow because it was a scenic detour, recognized subconsciously as not really on the road from counting to calculus to graduation. As soon as class ended, people became chattery again – talking about the test.
It’s the same kind of thing with picking classes for next fall. I keep asking myself, “Will this be relevant to me later on?” But that’s kind of the same as asking, “Will this be on the test of life?, isn’t it? As I rush from assignment to assignment to get it all done and get to bed before 1, I’m sure that I’m prioritizing based on what will show up in my grade. I haven’t done the reading for my U.S. Foreign Policy class in almost a month because I can get by without it. I feel like I’m going through the motions somewhat.
Ah, it must be almost time for summer. Late-second-semester cynicism is kicking in today.
Piggyin April 18th, 2014 @ 08:37
Not grinding, grinding. Life is just a complicated RPG. If you want to level up you’ll have to sit in a cave for a while and hit rats with a wooden sword. That’s just how it goes.
bookgirl_mein April 18th, 2014 @ 05:38
Or the classes could be tightly tracked like in my major/college, and a semester after skipping something because it seemed boring/superfluous it comes back to haunt you, until you develop a lingering paranoia that the footnote you skip will contain a reference to a hint that you’ll need to pass some other exams in a (few) semester(s).
But aside from that, I think it’s rather the opposite that motivates me- I sincerely doubt I’ve ever have a career that revolves around differentiable manifolds or Stirling numbers, so whatever I don’t learn about them (among other things) in these three years (+Masters?) I’ll never know.
KaiYvesin April 18th, 2014 @ 11:19
I’m not sure why this Starbucks is playing Bob Marley, but I don’t mind.
KaiYvesin April 18th, 2014 @ 21:09
“The Science of Superheroes” is a pretty good introduction to a lot of popular science fiction concepts in simple language.
Cerulean Pyrosin April 19th, 2014 @ 09:40
I’m adjusting to new eyeglass frames, and it’s harder than I was expecting. The weight is very much the same as my now-old pair, but the shape is different. I can see the edges of them just slightly in my lower center periphery, which is new and odd. I can see better, though, since their prescription is more up-to-date, and I think they’re really pretty: they’re cerulean blue!
This has been a post.
KaiYvesin April 19th, 2014 @ 17:20
They sound pretty, cerulean is one of my favorite colors.
Piggyin April 20th, 2014 @ 09:11
Happy Easter, everyone! Try not to overdose on jelly beans and Cadbury eggs!
KaiYvesin April 20th, 2014 @ 21:14
Same to you, Piggy!
KaiYvesin April 20th, 2014 @ 21:30
To everyone who’s ever told me the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology is creepy, I now understand where you were coming from. Even the lady working behind the introduction desk said it’s creepy to be in the halls when no one else is there– “You hear every little noise and you expect to see things moving”, and because it was Easter Sunday, that’s basically how it was, there were only about five other guests there at the same time I was and all of them were in groups. I was all alone on the 4th floor in the Pacific Islands gallery, where the floors creak under your feet and you can *just* hear people on the floor below, and the lights on the cases only turn on when you walk by and the windows are covered in brown cloth shade things and everything is just really dim and it’s just you and these cases of masks and clubs and spears with very little signage…
I walked around once and then was like “Nope!” and scurried back down the stairs to the nice Maya stelae and other visitors.
Cerulean Pyrosin April 21st, 2014 @ 09:11
I’m so happy for you that you’ve gotten clarity about your identity and comfort! I think this calls for celebratory pie–what kind would you like?
KaiYvesin April 21st, 2014 @ 09:33
Understood, thank you for letting us know. We’ll try to remember to say “en” when talking about you in the future. How do you feel about singular “they/their”?
Cerulean Pyrosin April 22nd, 2014 @ 08:51
I know you were joking, but I thought I’d give you heads-up that many people do use “it” as an insulting pronoun for non-binary people, and it may not always be clear whether you’re trying to be hurtful by referring to people as such!
KaiYvesin April 22nd, 2014 @ 14:16
Some people just refer to other people as “it”s as an insult in general.
Groundhogin April 21st, 2014 @ 14:48
I have come to the conclusion that being employed freaks me out. I really hope that I can overcome this fear soon.
Cat's Eyein April 21st, 2014 @ 22:11
Wow, when was the last time I checked in at MuseBlog.
Hi, y’all! Hope you had a good Passover/Easter/week in April. I’ve switched to a new email address for my Gravatar, since I had to change my old one to my real face, on account of getting an Actual Real-Life Blog attached to my face. Not that I’m worried about y’all actually seeing my face, but the thought of it is a little weird.
When was the last time I checked in? Jeesh, since the beginning of this semester alone: got a Cute Boy, it was great, lost a Cute Boy, it was sad, interviewed a lot for various internships; hoping to stay in New York for the summer, if at all possible!
I fractured my ankle in late January, and had to go around on crutches for around two months; I just got out of my walking boot today! My ankle’s pretty sore– okay, really sore; I’m definitely going to have to get used to actual walking.
Probably switching majors! I’m definitely adding a Journalism major; I might also be switching from an English to a Politics major, so it’ll either be Journalism-Politics double major or Journalism-English double major, either of which I’m excited about. The internships I’ve been applying for are all in the publishing industry– I got one interview at a literary agency, one at Bloomsbury, and one at a Penguin Random House affiliate later this week, and I’m hopeful! My friend also recced me a journalism internship.
Also, my great-aunt is getting married! She’s about 78 years old, and we’re all really, really delighted for her.
That’s a lot of news on my end– how are you all? How’s the blog? I see I missed April Fool’s Day again, but it looks delightful.
Cerulean Pyrosin April 22nd, 2014 @ 08:54
Hiii, Cat’s Eye!
KaiYvesin April 22nd, 2014 @ 09:30
Hi, Cat’s Eye! Sorry about your ankle, but glad to hear it’s getting better. Good luck with your internships!
KaiYvesin April 22nd, 2014 @ 19:07
Sometimes I have the urge to select “Burkina Faso” or “South Georgia and the South Shetlands” or “Papua New Guinea” on those online petition things, just for the heck of it, kind of like that Calvin and Hobbes strip where he answers the chewing gum magazine survey with all of the most unlikely options.
Hummingbirdin April 22nd, 2014 @ 21:35
Hello again. I’m sorry for my weird posts and disappearance. In my first post, I had literally just come home from school and was tired and angry, more than ready to rant. Since my classmates are frequently something I rant about, they were my target. I still stand by what I said, though; I don’t want anyone less than worthy of this magazine discovering it and discovering the blog.
As for my other posts, I just wasn’t thinking. Except for the ukulele one: since I’m from Hawaii and it’s a Hawaiian instrument, I thought “oo-koo-leh-leh” was the only correct way to pronounce it. I’m sorry.
Sorry for being an idiot. I’ll be going now, seeing as I probably shouldn’t be trusted with being able to post my thoughts.
P.S. According to the top of this page, today is Piggy’s birthday. Happy birthday.
Piggyin April 22nd, 2014 @ 23:36
Welcome back! Thanks for the birthday wishes. I celebrated by getting Vietnamese food for dinner. Vermicelli is so tasty….
KaiYvesin April 23rd, 2014 @ 08:52
Happy Birthday, Piggy!
KaiYvesin April 23rd, 2014 @ 17:11
Not to sound dumb, but what is the correct pronunciation?
Hummingbirdin April 23rd, 2014 @ 20:11
I don’t think there’s really someone determining who is and who isn’t, but I mean interest-wise. Like I see a kind of line between Muserish people and the people at my school. It’s difficult to explain, but there’s no way I can imagine somebody from there going and posting stuff here.
I think the best example or allusion-type thing I can make is popular girls and quiet nerdy girls. You can see a line dividing them, right? I know it’s a lot more complex than that, but that’s the only way I can explain it.
And I feel so strongly about this because I’m the quiet girl in the example, constantly being put down by her peers. I don’t want that happening here.
Piggyin April 23rd, 2014 @ 23:34
The older I get, the more I realize that everyone is similar much more than they’re different. We’re all just humans doing human things on this pretty little blue marble of ours.
Piggyin April 24th, 2014 @ 08:22
In some ways, yes. But in other ways you’re exposed to a larger group of people as you get older–for instance, my boss is a 60 year old Chinese man from Cambodia and my former coworkers include a 20-something Jamaican man, a woman from western Africa (Nigeria, I believe), and a woman from Taiwan who lived in Japan for a while. Many of my customers don’t speak English. One of the priests at my church was born and raised in Italy, and I also know seminarians and priests from England, France, Germany, and Hong Kong. One of the other organ students here is from Russia and several are from China. I’m friends with several guys from Brazil. For me, this is much different from high school, where the most international contact I had was–well, probably MuseBlog.
Hummingbirdin April 24th, 2014 @ 02:25
*glomps you back*
The “popular” part wasn’t exactly what I meant, but I just don’t know how to explain what I mean. Basically 90 percent of the “popular” people I’ve ever been around have been nothing but judgmental (I know people judge and that’s a normal thing to do, but they do it way more) and rude to me when I did nothing wrong, and that’s been happening pretty much my whole life. But you get why I’d be saying stuff like this and feeling this way towards them, right?
It sounds like I’m exaggerating. I’m not, but if I am, it’s probably just personal experience making me biased.
Hummingbirdin April 24th, 2014 @ 11:59
I’m not saying we have to go and create lines, and build up walls between us and everyone else. We SHOULD have diversity.
And I agree with the bullying and rudeness part. But I guess I’m just hung up on the fact that so many people around me are both rude and have different interests, so we wouldn’t have much in common anyway.
I don’t want to stereotype or generalize, but when that’s a lot of what you’re surrounded by, it’s difficult not to.
Cat's Meowin April 25th, 2014 @ 19:32
Hopefully MuseBlog can be a safe space where you never feel stereotyped or generalized. We’re good at treating people like human beings worthy of lots of respect, which it sounds like is really important to you.
So what are your interests? What things make you excited about the world?
Hummingbirdin April 25th, 2014 @ 20:26
Same. In the year before I first posted, I read a lot of old threads (well that sure makes me sound creepy) and it seems like MB was really part of you guys as you all grew up. I want it to be like that for me too; I probably need it.
Art, fiction writing (though not as much as art), reading, aviation, music (mainly rock and instrumental) and foreign languages. I feel like that isn’t enough, though.
KaiYvesin April 25th, 2014 @ 09:35
Yes, I’ve had that dizzy feeling before.
Kittymine, OSWin April 29th, 2014 @ 18:19
Yup, I’ve often gotten that dizzy feeling after sitting in one place or standing in one place for ages. Especially after movies.
explode7in April 25th, 2014 @ 13:45
this is muse… right?
KaiYvesin April 25th, 2014 @ 18:52
It is indeed! Welcome, explode7!
explode7in April 25th, 2014 @ 13:46
also how do u make a pie emoticon?
ibcfin April 25th, 2014 @ 15:16
Welcome to the blog!
How’d you find this place?
Hummingbirdin April 25th, 2014 @ 16:32
Hello! Welcome! *throws pie at you but has to write it like this because she can’t make a pie emoticon either*
Hummingbirdin April 25th, 2014 @ 18:59
Thanks! I’m quite fond of using emoticons, so at some point I hope to have them all memorized.
Cat's Meowin April 25th, 2014 @ 19:36
There’s a list of them in the “Smileys and Code Tricks” post, under H*G*2*M*B in the top bar. A handy reference as you learn them all!
Hummingbirdin April 25th, 2014 @ 20:28
Hummingbirdin April 26th, 2014 @ 01:38
Vendaval- I would reply to this the normal way, but there doesn’t seem to be a reply button.
Traditional, and I almost always do the lineart in pencil and color it with colored pencils. I can’t paint well at all. What I draw usually consists of “realistic anime” (that’s how I describe my art style) people.
KaiYvesin April 27th, 2014 @ 10:29
Awesome, that sounds like an amazing concert!
Piggyin April 27th, 2014 @ 14:30
Waiting for important phone calls is the worst. I’m 3.5 hours into the 5-hour window I said I was available, and still no call. My phone just sits there like a statue with a knowing look in its eyes.
Also, I have about a week and a half left of college. That’s scary.
KaiYvesin April 27th, 2014 @ 20:33
I wish it didn’t cost money to travel.
Hummingbirdin April 28th, 2014 @ 17:32
In the class I was just in, this guy (whom I’ve had problems with before) sat in front of me and was taking pictures of my friend and I. It was extremely irritating and what’s worse is he and his friend were sending the pictures to each other.
I know it isn’t that serious but was that really necessary? It’s the fact that doing that kind of stuff is normal for them that makes me angry and bitter toward my classmates.
….this is going to lead to another discussion, isn’t it? Just ignore my rant.
Hummingbirdin April 28th, 2014 @ 20:08
One or two months ago, I did. I asked what would happen if I reported both the guy and his friend for harassment. I explained the stuff they’d done (back then, it was mainly both of them referring to me as their girlfriend) and my teacher asked if I felt it was being directed mostly at me. I said that it was, but they’re annoying to the rest of the class as well. Eventually things calmed down a little because the teacher moved them away from me, but the littler things they do still happen. And it isn’t only in that class; one of them targets my friend and I in another.
I wouldn’t call it bullying. I just don’t think I should have to be dealing with this so often.
Hummingbirdin April 28th, 2014 @ 21:03
I’m in ninth grade. And yes, since we’re in high school, I would expect a little more maturity out of most people. But I’ve been proven time and time again that that’s too much to ask, at least from the people around me IRL. *sighs and falls off chair in sheer exasperation*
I would, but it isn’t just them. Copies of them with different names and faces exist everywhere, all over the school. Maybe not in the AP classes and whatnot, but you know what I mean. How can I deal with so many people?
I’m not trying to reject your advice or anything, because I am grateful for it, but by now I’m too emotionally tired and fed up to do much other than rant. I’d rather just get through high school and know that as time goes on, I’ll be more separated from those people. That doesn’t make me lazy, right? I hope not.
Kittymine, OSWin April 29th, 2014 @ 18:23
You know you’re a Whovian when you step out of your NYC dorm every morning, see a police car, and immediately think “NNYPD”.
Rainbow*Stormin April 30th, 2014 @ 11:52
I’m sorry, luv. Having beloved shows cancelled is awful. If it’s any consolation, the one season will probably be treasured by the fandom since the show didn’t have time to go downhill. Star Trek and Firefly both got movies after their cancellation, so maybe there’s still hope!