2014-10-31

[Microblog] Transient Transience

There is a distinct pleasure found in walking slowly home in the light rain after midnight after a marathon work day

2014-10-27

[Microblog] Transient Craft

This past weekend, I made my own gi top for iaido.

2014-10-16

[Microblog] Transient Viewing

The Devil is a Part-Timer is actually a very funny anime with a good script/subbing.

2014-10-10

[General] Toronto

A vest, late bus, friend waiting, hat shop, no ice cream, but a huge spicy vegan pizza, raining construction, corner store Silk, the mocking jay, sparsity, a view, a chat, a sleep, waking to a full moon, to the roof, a city around, long walk to a subway, hot tea in the lap, home to work.

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2014-10-09

[General] Good Samaritan x2

Two days ago while walking home in the rain I hap'd upon an iPhone in the rain in a lovely purple case.  It was locked and didn't identify its owner (my phone advertises my e-mail address), but eventually I was able to read enough sender names from notifications to message someone on Facebook and track down the owner, who was delighted.

Today I found a purse.  I returned that too, in case you needed to know.

2014-10-05

[Budo] Shindo Munen

Shindo Munen, Keshi Ryu, Kage Ryu, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu.  It's all the same when viewed through the same lens.


[Vegan] 3rd Veganniversary

October 1st was my 3rd veganniversary, and incidentally it was World Vegetarian Day.

My most recent dilemma?  Considering word choice and how it affects others.

[Technology] Contributions

I've been on a hiatus from Open Source development for almost a year now, but discovered this today:

https://wiki.gnome.org/ThreePointThirteen/Features/PicasaWebPhotos

GNOME Photos will support PicasaWeb/Google+ photos, using code I wrote in 2009.

[Technology] Generic selection in C11? Pretty neat

http://www.robertgamble.net/2012/01/c11-generic-selections.html

#define acos(X) _Generic((X), \
    long double complex: cacosl, \
    double complex: cacos, \
    float complex: cacosf, \
    long double: acosl, \
    float: acosf, \
    default: acos \
    )(X)

Also, need to remember that character constants are ints, and not char.

Also, __auto_type is pretty cool:

     #define max(a,b) \
       ({ __auto_type _a = (a); \
           __auto_type _b = (b); \
         _a > _b ? _a : _b; })

2014-10-03

[General] Lessons I've learned


My toaster can is beautiful.

[General] my pants

 
I made this.  I took a large roll of fabric and with guidance I marked, cut, sewed, and laboured long until it was perfect. 

[General] My blade

This is a thing I made.  I made.  From a stick of iron, I softened it in fire and hammered it into a shape.  I ground it and sanded it and tempered it.  I forged this blade to cut me an avocado.

(made at Thak Ironworks)

[Microblog] a date

She thought I was weird, so there won't be another.  I'm not actually that weird.  Perhaps I present more as weird early on, to drive away the dullards.  A successful date.

[Technology] beware pocket lint

For months, a year?, I've struggled with my phone.  My phone's charging port thingy hasn't held a USB cable well for a while.  They slide right now.  I have had to weight it down with my wallet, a measuring tape, and responsibility.  A charge has been hard to keep.

Then one night in a laundromat, a Swiss army knife and a sewing needle later, my phone's charging port is fixed.  Beware pocket lint.

[Microblog] Old problems return

Four years ago, I had trouble keeping everything on a 40GB hard drive.  Eventually I justified spending money on a new (to me) computer, which had a much larger one, 250GB.  Now I'm having trouble keeping everything on a 400GB hard drive.  I blame photography and nice cameras.

[General] No time to ramble

I was in the laundromat again.  The fifth address I've had in Guelph, in my Masters alone, and I'm back near where I started, a three minute walk from the farmers market, back to lugging a suitcase of laundry to the laundromat. 

I wish I could have appreciate that more from the very start, rather than getting upset over spilled rice vinegar.  Ugh, me.  The clerk doesn't remember me, which may as well be for the best.  I don't remember how many coins to put in.  I forgot my detergent and bought some; it was powder, and I won't forget it; the lingering dirt and white powder stains won't let me.

I like sitting there.  I like sitting here.  I like sitting and being where I am.  My laundry was so dry, but I'll never have time to fold it.  The shirts are different this time though; same molecules, but back then they weren't so holy.

[Photos] Economy of light

Dollarama, $8 light bulb - $5 discount = $3 LED lightbulb
So I often have qualms about shopping at dollar stores.  Are they particularly horrible at exploiting overseas labour?  Do they treat local labour poorly?  Are they any worse than FutureShop and Staples?  Hmm.

2014-10-01

[General] Life

Life is busy.  Life is saturated.  Life is weird.  Life is fine.  Life is good.

The fall semester started.  While I'm still enrolled in my program, I'm not registered to study this semester.  It's the third semester of my year-long Leave of Absence that I embarked on in January.  This has honestly been one of the best decisions in my entire life.  I'm in a better mental space, I'm better off financially, and life all around is more manageable.

With the fall semester return many of my university friends.   Not all of them, though.  And I dearly miss those who have moved on.  I will move on in May, though.  It's weird.  I don't tend to stay in one place for very long; even within Guelph, I've moved an average of every 8 months.  I look forward to other continents.  Other streets to walk on cool nights.

With more people around, there is more activity, more busy-ness.  Clubs I've been a part of are roused, and so meetings and events are filling up my weeks.  More sword swinging, more seminars, more festivals, more vegans and more hangouts.  It's a bit of a mess.  I can tell, because it has taken me three weeks to do laundry.  (How have I managed to stay in one place long enough to acquire three weeks worth of clothing?)

I was doing better managing my time in April and early summer than now.  Now I am back to letting people pull me here and there.  But then I've missed it a bit.  I am wary of getting stressed out and burnt out again, at least.  I like people.  But still, you see, my blog posts have fallen behind.

I'm taking some time this evening to add some new posts about what's been up.  Maybe there'll even be a photo or two.

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