Aug. 17th, 2017 07:49 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)

and apparently i had to reach age 31 to successfully raise some brine shrimp (aka sea monkeys) to maturity. i used to get them as a gift with kids' magazines occasionally and they always died a few days after they hatched. who would've thought that the little bastards were actually this picky when it came to water quality? (well, relatively. they don't like hard water, they prefer a slightly alkaline pH, the salt you use can't contain iodine, flouride or anti-caking agents, but on the other hand they apparently don't care that their water is yellow...) and on the other hand they're far less picky when it comes to food than i was led to believe, they'll eat the powdered spirulina that's usually provided as their food, but also anything else that is small enough and remains suspended for a while, like dry yeast or wheat flour.

as i was saying, i'm completing a lot of old projects.

and now i'm considering the fact that i have an empty 10 litre tank i rescued from the trash (no leaks or anything, already checked that) and wondering what i could do with it. the possibilities are either triops or a small group of atlantic ditch shrimp (the species that's usually sold as live fish food). there isn't really anything else that'd be alright with a tank that small. i'd definitely need a filter in either case, though.

Aug. 17th, 2017 04:23 am
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)

please enjoy this picture of a mouse eating noodles

Aug. 17th, 2017 03:04 am
elsewhence: (invent the universe)

man the way i draft patterns is kind of a mess. this will eventually become a hood, if you can believe it. i promise there's a logical thought process behind it too, i didn't just randomly stick bits of paper together. there's a careful process of making sure that this will fit into the neckline of the garment it belongs to but also provide enough width in the right places to go around the fullest part of my head. none of the hood drafts in any of my books made sense to me because none of them explained why a hood needs to look the way it does! (which is true of pretty much everything in these damn books, i don't know why i own so many and still collect more anyway!) so i'm DIYing it now.

here, i'll just show you something that's already finished too.

a convertible collar. which is the draft i was trying to remember. maybe that shows why i wanted to remember it, a hood is really just a collar that doesn't know when to stop. (i ended up finding a completely new way to draft this too, btw. i like this one better.)

Aug. 17th, 2017 01:02 am
elsewhence: (invent the universe)
i'm looking for something sweet and unhealthy because my calories for the day are just too low so far and i can't find anything. i've changed my habits too effectively :( unless i wanted an energy drink or a bottle of malt beer, i guess. or there might be a can of vanilla coke too...

meanwhile my weight's stubbornly refusing to drop any further, but it's physically impossible for me to gaining fat at this calorie intake, so it has to go sooner or later. it's probably just one of the many downsides of the female reproductive system again. seriously, fuck that thing.

Aug. 16th, 2017 04:44 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
guess what, i already have contributed to changing the way women are viewed in electronics manufacturing in particular, simply by actually being there. during the second-to-last project i participated in, two out of five people would've had no functional programs without my help. during the last one, i successfully troubleshot a circuit that one of the others had been fighting with for half a day simply by going through it in a methodical way and with the help of the circuit diagram (what do you hope to accomplish with that oscilloscope if you have no idea what measurements you should actually expect at any given point and why??). the guys i learned and worked with are sure as hell going to remember these things on some level when they encounter other women in the field, and they're going to spread that attitude. i have therefore made more of a real difference than most everyone who just sits there and complains about the lack of gender equality in STEM. fact is that it's far easier to ignore someone who's talking than someone who's actually getting things done

Aug. 14th, 2017 08:38 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
i wish past me would keep better notes... i just spent an hour wondering whether i had thrown a particular bit of patternmaking information from my apprenticeship away, and if so why, and only then remembered that oh yeah, i'd realised that the kind of collar it pertained to was actually identical to the kind used with a notched lapel

Aug. 14th, 2017 07:57 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
why would you publish a book without an index? what kind of monster are you??

Aug. 14th, 2017 01:32 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
i just tried on a borrowed size 44 jeans (german women's sizes) and it fit. the waistband was even a little too loose. the last time i tried on any kind of jeans it was a size 48 and i probably couldn't even have gotten into it if fat wasn't squishy! how is this my body?? i take back everything that i said about weight loss that you're aware of being less shocking! though most likely, part of it is that i've been trying to put off buying new clothes for as long as possible because anything i buy now will also end up being too large in the long run. it works well enough for shirts, but i don't think there's any way around at least one jeans...

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:04 pm
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
everything i do, i do to spite the sort of people who think that i don't deserve nice things because i have the wrong opinions. i'm losing weight, my skin is clearing up, i'm successfully completing projects that i've been working on for years, suck it up bitches! and even the way i do these things seems to be designed to spite people (losing weight despite not eating healthy or exercising or going keto or whatever other bullshit people will insist is absolutely vital, skin is clearing up and acne marks are fading despite my conclusion that the cost of daily sunscreen use is totally out of proportion with the potential benefits, and despite the fact that i still use chemical exfolients with no sun protection...). i've discovered my true cause in life!

Aug. 13th, 2017 07:20 am
elsewhence: (alligator)
come to think of it, part of the reason i liked missy was because when her identity was first confirmed, it felt like we'd gotten a female master instead of a female doctor, to spite the demands and not to further support them. well. probably just as well that we might not see her again, i doubt i'd still enjoy it.

Aug. 13th, 2017 12:51 am
elsewhence: (jawa harmless)
okay, something has changed... i can still hear the neighbour kids just about every night, but just barely. they're talking, not shouting like idiots. if this actually sticks, i'm fine with it...

Aug. 10th, 2017 09:08 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
fe user: "fe is so much better than fi because ~*selflessness*~"
fi user: "there's no such thing as a selfless decision though, you actually made it because it makes you feel good about yourself"

seriously though... do you really think that te isn't just as capable of making decisions that cater to other people simply because it sees objectively positive outcomes to doing so (like, say, not starting a private civil war that renders everyone involved totally incapable of just fucking getting things done)? if your motivations for a decision don't actually involve "not considering peoples' feelings is inherently bad even if it has no measurable effect", how is that meaningfully a feeling thing? i don't care how a decision makes people feel as long as it means that shit gets done! your feelings don't matter, my feelings don't even matter, solid reasoning and results matter, wanting ~*representation*~ for the sheer sake of it makes no sense because the cold hard reality is that the only way in which it really matters is the way in which it impacts the odds that a franchise will continue to exist, it can't make any kind of difference to anyone if it's fucking dead...

Aug. 10th, 2017 07:29 am
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)
unfortunately the PCMCIA LAN card i had on hand doesn't work anymore, its internal memory seems to be damaged. i'll see if i can get one for 10€ or less, otherwise i'll let it go. making this ancient notebook internet-capable would be a fun novelty, but it's not vitally important. otherwise, all i have left to do is throw out non-vital "system components" (98lite is already installed and has already replaced internet explorer with the windows 95 shell) and see what i can get in the way of DOS drivers... i'm curious whether the touchpad will work under DOS, since as far as windows is concerned, it's just a PS/2 mouse. if it doesn't, i'll just need an external PS/2 mouse.

but honestly, even installing windows 98 wasn't hard, even though it's easy to remember it as being far more difficult than modern windows version. didn't even need bootable floppy, this thing can boot from CD! (good thing too, i have a modular floppy drive, but it doesn't work anymore.) from my point of view, the only thing it took that probably isn't common knowledge with today's computer users is the knowledge of what primary and extended partitions and logical drives are...

next project: take the toshiba notebook, which was only taken out of service because there were no more updates for windows XP and putting a newer windows on there wasn't viable, stick one of the spare hard drives into it (probably the SSD hybrid) and linuxify it

Aug. 9th, 2017 08:56 pm
elsewhence: (arkanoid and vaus)

we're in the year 1999 now.

first step to getting a 1999 notebook running: realise that no, you can't use disk director 11, it requires far too much memory. you have 300 mhz and 128 MB! show some gratitude!

Aug. 9th, 2017 05:14 pm
elsewhence: (LEGO stormtrooper kittens)
you say you need feminism? here, you can have mine, i never wanted it anyway

Aug. 9th, 2017 01:10 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)
this weekend was completely quiet though, just barely perceptible conversations. i wonder whether arsehole neighbour kids have finally gotten the hint? the hint of "it's not just a matter of what your parents let you get away with, you will never be able to do this kind of thing for the entire rest of your life unless you end up wealthy enough to own a detached single-family home"?

Aug. 7th, 2017 02:21 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 surprised)

new old notebook; hp elitebook 2760p, apparently originally released in 2013. originally a business-class model, just like the dell. it still has a pressure-sensitive touchscreen; this one has a wacom digitizer, but painter doesn't support the pressure sensitivity unless i say that it's an RTS device, so i'm not sure what the point is. it also doesn't recognise the stylus from my graphire 4, which is mildly disappointing. also the screen still swivels around and flips over, but it only swivels in one direction, and that upsets me

it's also tiny, which i enjoy, given that i'm one of the people who appreciated netbooks and was mad when they got supplanted by tablets. i don't want a bloody tablet, i want a tiny notebook! if i can have one that also functions as a graphics tablet, that's a bonus.

also it has an SSD instead of a HDD. that did force me to clean out some old files i wasn't even using anymore. and i crammed the RAM from the dell in, so i've got a total of 8 GB. which probably amounts to the most expensive RAM expansion ever, ugh. it's like we're back in 1994 and my parents just paid 800 DM to upgrade to 16 MB of RAM so wing commander III wouldn't have such bloody long loading times.

i'm now going to use it to play commander keen 5, because

Aug. 6th, 2017 06:04 pm
elsewhence: (guide text adventure)
honestly... if you think that not considering the existance of female characters a priority makes a person sexist... do you think that people who don't want to consume fiction at all hate everyone in existance?

we seriously need to talk about this whole fiction != reality thing.

(needless to say, i'm currently less likely to ever consider myself a feminist than i've ever been. that movement is another thing that needs to self-destruct and die. it hasn't accomplished anything worth mentioning for decades.)

Aug. 5th, 2017 09:16 am
elsewhence: (warning it's raining men)
okay, but i might just still hate rose even more.

apparent correlation: i hate everything fans hype up as the best irreplacable thing ever. rose, river song, the tenth doctor, pointless genderbending...

and also danny pink. but i'm not sure there's anyone who did like him. what a waste of screentime.

Aug. 5th, 2017 08:23 am
elsewhence: (r2-d2 fail)
but honestly, the problem is that the basic concept of treating other people decently has become split up into so many tiny representations of itself that people are now far too busy showing off those symbols to have any energy left for the part that actually matters