All settled in

Friday, February 20th, 2015 01:15 pm
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I have now fully unpacked and put all my things into their proper places (including the things I'd mentally tagged miscellaneous that I'd tucked into my carryon) (including the yarn I'd somehow picked up on my travels).

doubly false eyelashes

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 11:55 pm
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A friend of mine shared a tip she uses as a cosplayer: instead of applying the false eyelashes right on your lashline, make a thick thick thick line of eyeliner, and put the false eyelashes on top of that line.

I find false eyelashes too finicky for everyday wear, but applying it this way is easier than usual because you don't have to worry about putting it right against your eye, you're just placing it on a random spot on your eyelids. There's less fussiness about getting everything placed just right.

It's easily the most ridiculous thing I've ever done to my eyes -- but I love it. It's great! My eyes looked huge~

There are two distinct layers of eyelashes (the false ones, and my real ones), but since I have black natural eyelashes and used black eyeliner/black false eyelashes, it's not obvious unless you have your face right up against mine.

Pros: Less worrying about trying to manipulate something fine near your eyes, end of the false eyelashes can't poke against the the edge of your eyelids (especially as the day wears on), skin further away from the eye is less delicate than skin near the eye, no problems removing the false eyelashes (less risk of makeup remover in eyes), potentially better hygiene since you're not going right up against your eye.

Cons: I don't know if it will work if your eyelashes aren't black / the same shade as your eyeliner or false eyelashes. Ridiculously makes me want to try false eyelashes more??

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I've been sucked into coursera, and I've started a couple math-based classes.

The last time I tried this, I stopped a few weeks in because I tried too many hard classes at the same time, and couldn't work them into my schedule. This time I'm ramping up more slowly: intermediate algebra (to brush up my skills), pre-calculus (same, but at a more accelerated pace), and data analysis.

I find statistics a challenge. I get the basic underlying concepts in an abstract manner, but find it really difficult when it comes to actually applying them. Which points to my not really understanding the basic underlying concepts, heh.

Just had my first eureka moment: I can happily parrot back that SD = square root of variance, but I never got why it mattered which one you used. And just two sentences cleared up years' worth of confusion:

"Variance is expressed in (units of x) squared. Standard deviation is often preferred because it is expressed in units of x"


Happiness is...

Monday, March 12th, 2012 10:48 pm
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Finishing a project with just 3 grams of yarn left.

(I'd been wondering whether to do another repeat of the main pattern before heading into decreases. I'm glad I didn't. VINDICATION)
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- Wondering what it would take to make a simple iPhone client to catch up to my reading list with ReadItLater integration ([personal profile] exor674 has the Android client well in hand so I'm not going there!)

It took me a week and a half to download 4.33 GB... and then the download failed and now it says it'll take me another 15 days to start from scratch D:

+ update page, chugga chugga chugga

+ a surprise, but I don't want to say anything about it until it's ready (more chugga chugga chugga)

+ getting the dog groomed, so he no longer looks like a rat with a mop on its head :-)

- dog's vet called reminding us that their vaccinations need to be renewed, but I don't feel comfortable with this guy because he doesn't seem to know how to handle the dogs properly...

+ dropped by Zentea again, tried out their almond milk tea (mmm). The naicha is still better, but this is good 'nuff

+ lots of mangoes and singkamas. SUMMER IS HERE

- perhaps too many mangoes; mom bought two kaing (big baskets) worth, at 60-80 pieces in each... :D

+ but this means that we can have mango float / refrigerator cake (layers of mango slices + cream + graham crackers, leave in the refrigerator for a couple hours so that the cream soaks into the graham, serve cold)

+ getting to sit down and talk with someone local who loves knitting, who is close to my age!

- only because she's moving to another country for a couple years and needs to sell off her current yarn stash

+ (from the perspective of my stash) buying said yarn stash off her hands
- (from the perspective of my wallet) buying said yarn stash off her hands

+ she's lending me all her knitting books while she's away! (needs someone to keep them who'll take care of them since they're too heavy for her to lug everything across an ocean)

+ she also recced the Fully Booked in Fort which has a full shelf worth of knitting / crochet / sewing books *_*

- having to leave behind some of said books because of budget

- having to drive at night on EDSA

+ overcoming my fear of driving at night

+ overcoming my fear of driving on EDSA (main thoroughfare)

+ remembering to gas up the car yesterday so I don't have to deal with it today

+ making plans to meet up with friends for merienda or lunch (some time in the future)

+ family stuff

- other family stuff

I believe that all leaves me ahead by a couple thousand ;-)

More TV

Monday, January 24th, 2011 12:08 am
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[personal profile] ct posted an entry highlighting a performance of one of Mika's songs on the Sing Off, and that turned me onto the show enough that I decided to grab a copy.

In the middle of the second episode now, and wow do I love this show ♥ I love that they all seem to be having fun, and they're all genuinely good, and they're not trying to upstage one another. The big group performances at the beginning of the show are actually fantastic! (In fairness, they are all used to singing in a group, so they would have an idea of how to pull it off, yes?) And I enjoy how the judging is respectful, treating the singers like artists who have a clue of what they're doing, rather than like idiots who need to be ripped a new one.

There is something about people singing and enjoying their singing that makes me want to sing as well :D So I have been randomly breaking out into song. MOSTLY LOVE SONGS FOR SOME REASON. And mostly old songs that weren't featured on the show, so it's not quite an earworm. It's more of being infected by the spirit of their enthusiasm.

I do hope the rest of the season is as good as the beginning :D

ETA: Ow! Sister spoiled my happy moment by coming in and saying "ginagaya nila ang Glee" (they're imitating Glee). Which, I mean. Bleh.

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Friday, October 1st, 2010 03:01 pm
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Stumbled across some chocolate-covered orange peels in our refrigerator. So good; I feel like I'm about to burst with happiness.
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[community profile] 3_good_things_a_day makes me so happy :) The basic idea: a mod posts three good things that happened to them that day. You comment with your own list of three, and then feel free to reply to anyone else's comment.

It doesn't need to be something you've done (though you can mention those too). It doesn't even need to be big: my last comment included "the sound of rain". It just has to be something that is good *g*

It's also pretty low pressure; I've refrained from commenting when my day was particularly blah. I've also did leave a comment once on a really blah day when the effort of thinking of those three things helped.

S'all good.

[community profile] sauce is another community which makes me happy. You share something with the community that's awesomesauce, and well, that's basically it. I haven't posted yet, but a lot of the things in there have had me grinning for days (or else ended up stuck in my head ._. also for days ._.)
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I haven't been talking about OSCON/US plans much, because I've been worried that I wouldn't be able to get a passport in time, but we managed to wrangle a special appointment (which was today), and I got up in time (which meant up at 6:30, and you know me that's more likely the time I go to bed to go to bed than the time I wake up :D), and the appointment wasn't cancelled (which... we'd been warned it might be).

SO now one crappy id picture (I have only once ever taken a good id picture, and that was on an id that I managed to lose shortly thereafter D:), and a bit over a thousand pesos later, my passport is renewed! I just need to wait like ten days, which is plenty of time.

So, um, I will see you folks?

♥ ♥ ♥

My heart is singing

Saturday, April 10th, 2010 05:34 am
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GSoC deadline is finally over, so we can start rating apps (and things look good). The update page revamp is shaping up. I spent last night at karaoke with friends. I am cheerful and happy and sleepy, and the sun is rising!

So good night everyone. More of this tomorrow please.
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Spent Saturday doing stuff, and Sunday alternating between hanging out with family and coding up rename tokens.

Rename tokens are so close, I can almost taste them (they taste vaguely nutty but kinda nice. DON'T TASTE THEM THOUGH I'm not sure they like that). I had this crazy idea to try to get them ready by the time [staff profile] mark finishes what he's working on now, but I don't think I'll make it.

The relevant patches combined are well over 2000 lines now ahahahahaha. Though a lot of that is splitting up the DW::Shop::Item::Account into a base class for all items and account-specific logic. And also a lot of that is documentation and white space (POD *__*). I think that what I've done so far is going to make it much easier to add gift certificates and similar to the system -- that is, tokens that a user will need to use, rather than be delivered at a set time (unlike paid time and vgifts).

I've had a lot of fun playing with Template Toolkit (♥ [personal profile] exor674), now I just need to finish implementing options for when someone renames, and go over things one more time make sure that I don't allow people to use tokens they shouldn't be able to, and go over things a couple more times to make sure I did implement everything that's necessary...

I really should reverse my weekend, and make Saturday my coding day and reserve Sunday for family. Though that removes Saturday as my errand day. Hmm, anyway.
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Working from home today. Sister is getting a new car for her birthday; we're springing the surprise at lunch, and I want to be here to see her face when we do :-)

*work work work work*

Natural highs

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 11:20 am
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On a natural high. I wish I could bottle up this feeling and keep it with me forever.
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My earlier frustration with the acrylic yarn is pretty much gone, now that I'm a couple of rows deep, or in, or something. It's... springy now, and kinda soft (though I can't tell if it's me getting used to the yarn, or if it's because of the way the yarn is knit.)

Glee :)
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(Triggered, tangentially, by IRC conversation)

When I was seven or eight, during my first trip to the US, which was also the first trip overseas that I can remember, I took a cold can of rootbeer from the back of the van. It was spring. The rootbeer had been warm when we put it in, but was cold now, and I remember standing there, stunned, and thinking, "wow, the air is cold enough to chill drinks".

See, here temperatures usually hover around 25-32 degrees Celsius, which is enough to make hot things lukewarm, and make cold things lukewarm, but not enough to make hot things cold or cold things hot. So the fact that the temperature could affect things physically was new and very exciting.

Whenever I go back to that memory, I still feel that rush of discovery: "The x is y enough to do z". The x can do y to z, I didn't realize that was possible. And then I have to grin a bit at my naivete.

But you know, even now when I stumble across some new idea, I still feel that rush.



Friday, August 14th, 2009 12:41 am
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I'm allowing myself one big purchase a month. July's was treating my family to dinner (which is actually this Sunday, but I'd set aside the money for it last month). Family here is defined as: immediate family, grandpa on my dad's side, one family of cousins+aunt.

August's is a new pair of shoes!

Shoe on foot on chair:
brown sneaker on my foot, propped up against a stack of chairs

Shoe on foot on magazine on counter:
brown sneaker on my foot, propped up on the kitchen counter

Shoes on basin:
brown sneakers propped up against a basin

Brown sneakers; wibbled between the brown and the red, but the brown looks all-around nicer, and matches up with almost anything, which is good because I'm going to be wearing it every day/with everything. It's slightly less casual than my rubber shoes, which I've had to use because I haven't had anything to replace them with (until now ^_^), and which I can now reserve purely for gym/running.

Yayyy I have new shoes!

(Next month I want RAM, and the month after that maybe I can buy feminine sandals :p)

I love:

Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 02:24 pm
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how quick the response time is here.

Here's to hoping for an uneventful rest of the evening :)
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Hello, I am posting from the quick update widget -- because I can! And want to :-)
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On the subject of floods of a more pleasant kind, the past two weeks I've been flooded with human interaction.

To wit:

* cousin got married; spent one entire Sunday with extended family at the wedding and reception

* auntie and auntie's friend came home from the US, for the first time in decades(!), to attend the wedding. They stayed with me in my room. They're both very funny and adorable (except when auntie is trying to matchmake me with some random guy, agh!); tremendous fun to have as roommates. On the minus side, two roommates! Tired!!

* for Dreamwidth, been contacting people left, right, and center, and talking styles. So many great people, and so many pretty styles OMG. I was nervous at first because some of my shyness still clings to me and I've never been very good at approaching people I don't know, but the responses have been fantastic.

(I mean as long as I need to talk to people anyway, I am incredibly lucky that the people I get to talk to are smart, passionate, creative folks.)

* for work, been doing less code and more coordinating with people about our contributing code, etc, etc, etc, and talking to teammates instead of working alone

It's been a whirlwind two weeks: lots of socializing, lots of getting in touch with people. Very rewarding, but at the same time, I think I'm somewhat peopled out and likely won't be going out to watch movies or eat dinner with friends or family (other than Sundays, which are family days) for a few weeks, at least.

(I want to spend an evening doing just code! Lock myself in my room, forget the world exists, come out with something great. Alas, so much to do elsewhere, there's no time to be selfish. But one of these days...!)