Archive forFebruary, 2013

Productive to Mehhh… in 60 seconds.

So… around last friday I started to feel a bit sickish.  Last sunday I felt sick enough I ended up sleeping 12~13 hours.  This past week I’ve just been completely out of sorts as the flu does a number on me.  I’ve started feeling better, but my stamina is low and I’ve lost a little over a week.

One of the strangest things about being sick is how you pass the time: Sleep and anything to distract you that you can find.  You devote an amazing amount of time to these things to take your mind off how miserable you feel.

These are never productive things, which is why I’m updating on a tuesday instead of the usual sunday night/predawn monday.

They are sometimes, however, enlightening things.  For example, I never knew Compressed Earth Bricks existed, let alone were actually durable enough to be a viable building material.  I didn’t know how Lead Acid Batteries worked, nor did I know their history.   This knowledge may eventually be useful some day but for the moment it remains something I could have looked up when actually relevant.

At this point, I’m somewhere between healthy and sick.  If I don’t overexert myself, I don’t feel sick at all, and am struggling to make up for lost time without hitting my limit.

Catching up will be interesting.

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Unexpected Visits and upgrades

Well, as expected, something is always going to go strange whenever I need to manage my time.  This time, instead of my foe being the traditional suspect “work” or the now more prevalent foe “myself”,  it was cleaning.

The occasion?  My grandmother decided to pay a two day visit on short notice and my room was a filthy disaster of a mancave, so several days were devoted into making it so it wouldn’t be an embarrassment on her arrival.   How did it get so bad?  Well, we won’t go into the mess side of things… but the dust was pretty bad.  So bad that if enough people forget the dustbunnies that were in my room, they will probably end up as danmaku casting loli in Gensoukyo.

I had the room clean in time, but it pretty much killed my allergies.  Last few days have seen me kill half a box of tissues.

I decided to reward myself for managing to make this disaster presentable by scarfing a bench video card and hooking up a third monitor.  This has already made coding easier, although I ended up taking the weekend off.  Before I cut for the weekend I tried a few code experiments, learned a bit, and developed a plan of attack for next code session.

I guess since I don’t really have much written I’ll ramble a bit:

This week I enjoyed two new (to me) manga series: Tonari no Seki-kun and Tonari no Kashiwagi-san.  I’m not sure why I keyed in on Tonari (My deskmate-) stuff, but they caught my eye and I ended up enjoying both.  Tonari no Seki-kun is amusing and you can’t help but think the lead male is a brilliant troll as he finds new and creative ways to goof off in class.   In comparison,  Tonari no Kashiwagi-san is an adorable slowpaced romance and gets a surprising amount of depth out of just a relatively small cast.   (I’ve added Tonari no Kashiwagi-san to my regular reading list.)

Another manga I’ve been enjoying, Denkigai no Honya-san updated recently.  If you haven’t read it, you should.  It’s a story about the people who work in a manga store in Akihabara (that is in fact a parody of a famous store) and the misadventures they have.  The cast is fairly memorable and most of them are referred to by nicknames that describe them, with the main character being the new guy who doesn’t have a nickname yet.   The character developments between the main character and the doujinshi artist girl have been great.

I also introduced a friend to ToraDora! today (well… yesterday.) and so I started rewatching that series.  I had forgotten how fast paced that series was.  I somehow remembered it being slower paced.  There’s also a scene in episode 6 that triggered a bit of a fridge logic moment:

(for reference, Ami had complained earlier about having to imitate Akechi Mitsuhide)

Taiga: “I had her do 150 imitations of different people!”

Ryuuji: “So that’s what it was about.  I don’t even begin to know how you’d do an Akechi Mitsuhide imitation.”

When I originally watched ToraDora! I knew nothing about the warring states period other than just knowing Koei had a thing for remaking Oda Nobunaga’s Ambition every so many years.  Having actually learned a little more about Japanese history and some of the media created off of it… my mind did this mental juxtaposition which I share with you now: First Toradora’s Ami, then Oda nobuna no Yabou’s genderbend of Mitsuhide.

So… for those of you who didn’t watch enough of both of these anime to know or have just forgotten: both pictured characters have the same basic self-centered personality with the goal of stealing the lead male from the lead female.  It makes for an interesting coincidence.

I think I’ll cut it off here and crash.  I think I might actually have to do some computer repair work later in the afternoon.

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