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I really didn't think I was that into BSG. But it got me writing again, amazingly enough, after ~5 years in grad school just writing science. (Plus, now I'm writing just canon characters and in present tense--two things without precedent.) I suppose I should acknowledge this. My fics have been posted elsewhere, so here's the handy pointer for Those What Are Interested:3 comments | post a comment
Because you all should get to share in the joy, too:
Final postlabs plus the final exam left, but that's cake, baybee!
Also, pubquiz and cider tonight. \o/3 comments | post a comment
(today's quota: 20 lab project reports. And I had to add 2 that I didn't finish from yesterday's quota.)
(I did a new set of assignments this term geared toward giving them practice at parts of the report. I don't feel like it was all that helpful.)
(Good God, I have to do another 20 tomorrow. *whmper*)7 comments | post a comment
Last Friday a local TV person came to the planetarium and shot some stuff for morning local news. It aired yesterday!
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Sitting at Study Day not expecting many students to come ask questions (the one who does has already been through), so I could maybe post something, eh?
Hopefully will have an update soon about, if nothing else, the conference from which I just returned, but first I have to catch up from being gone for said conference. I do, however, need to bring to your attention that it is once again That Time:
I spent part of my tax return on an iPad Air! Whoa this thing has a friggin beautiful screen! And is really amazingly light...especially when you're coming from a 1st gen like I was! Poor Datapad, it still worked fine, but was becoming occasionally crashy. It was still a little emotional wiping it and trading it in.
Wow, has it been that long since I posted to my LJ? Well, OK, it's not like any of us are surprised by thiis. I will admit that I've switched to Twitter quite a bit, because it's short and you can read just a few things at a time if you've just got a few minutes and also BOBAK FERDOWSI REPLIED TO ONE OF MY TWEETS OMG but I definitely don't get the same stuff out of it. Twitter is a good way to
I am Not Okay with this, universe. The world is a poorer place without his wit and kindness. I am thankful for the extraordinary grace of all the lives he touched, and the wonderful stories he left for us to keep.
*pulling up bootstraps*
And now what I really came here to write about: OMG Y'ALL VERONICA MARS MOVIE!!!1!
I am proud to have jumped on the historic KickStarter in the first day, before they hit their $2mill goal (IN ELEVEN HOURS). So I've been following this for a year. And things even worked out, without me planning them this way, for me to have only a few students finishing up their lab projects on Thursday, so that I could drive up to Spokane / Newman Lake to see the movie on Opening Day (since it wasn't showing in Tri-Cities)!
They sure showed a lot of trailers that I was not interested in at all. But the one interesting one was for The Fault in Our Stars, so that was a squee moment! (I have, BTW, also become a Nerdfighter recently (after watching all of Brotherhood 2.0).)
But, you ask, how was the Big Movie? (I can't call it the BigDamnMovie...that title is always and forever reserved for another.) It was GREAT!!!! It had basically everything that makes VMars VMars. But bigger and better and YAY!
I enjoyed giving "Kickstarter High Five!!"s to people who were wearing backer T-shirts outside the theatre yesterday. :-)
I do wonder how the movie works for those who aren't fans of the show.I have a feeling that they'll enjoy it if they can get past the very exposition-y beginning. I hope that's not a detriment to the success of the movie. It IS pretty exciting that it was also released on digital download / on-demand yesterday. I also hope that goes well, since it's a new risky thing for a studio to do! (it was #3 on iTunes earlier today...couldn't find its Amazon rank.)
As a backer, I got a free download...but I still want it to do well in theatres! (Get it on screens other than at AMC theatres so I can take some friends!) Plus, Mom and I took my nephew to Spokane's little children's science museum yesterday morning. He is still SO DAMN CUTE!!! So, totally worth the trip.8 comments | post a comment
When my students submit an assignment online (which is becoming more common with our switch to Canvas and its easy submission process), I always send them a note back so that they know I received it (there seem to be homework-eating gremlins in the Internets!). Usually it's "thanks". But I'm tired of that! Yesterday and today I've been replying "got it!" but I don't really like that as much as I did when I started using it.
Aww, man, in all my being lazy and enjoying being out of school, I missed the 10th anniversary of my trip to the bottom of the ocean!! Man, I am OLD. I can't believe it's been ten years since that!!
...I suppose it's fitting that this year, I got back the bottom-of-the-ocean Nativity that I made for my grandma's collection. Sad that we had to move her out of her house so that I even had the opportunity, but...timely, I guess. And no way in hell was that going in the estate auction!!
I ALSO missed Quote Leo McGarry Day! It's going to take me a while to find FIVE that I haven't used before. So I'll stick this one here, and come back to it. (well, maybe. We all know how I've been with LJ this year.)
"First one to find the next Supreme Court Justice gets a free corned beef sandwich!" ["The Supremes" 5.17]
one of my very favourite episodes, AND bonus Foodie Leo!
For the record, the term ended pretty well. My students did AMAZINGLY on their last two exams. I don't feel like I made them easy! I think two things were happening: both lucking into a fairly good crop of students this term, and also having taught this class enough times that I'm starting to get good at it.
I'm now (in between sleeping in, WHEE! and spending time on the couch with the kitty) trying to put together some stuff for getting donations to the planetarium. We've got some fulldome movies on one-year licenses that need to be renewed by February, and a few new movies we want to buy. Plus our warranty is about over, so any day now I expect to get info about long-term System Protection Plans, and I imagine that won't be cheap, especially considering we've got the top-of-the-line projection system!
Next Tuesday I'll head up to Newman Lake for a few days with the fam, and then back by the weekend so I can start getting ready for the next round of classes. Oof. At least I am done shopping and making goodies, and I shall start on cards as soon as I'm done writing this!
Finally, what I really wanted to post about: becoming a "layaway angel" at Toys R Us this Sunday. (for the record, "angel" was the store manager's word, not mine.)
Inspired by Anne Wheaton (yes, Wil's wife--who is almost more awesome than he is!), I stole her idea wholesale and dropped in to TRU while doing other gift shopping. I explained what I wanted to do to the girl working the service counter: I was there to pay off layaway for some random people. She was confused, but the lady standing next to me in line backed me up and told the girl to call the manager. He knew exactly what my goal was, asked about my budget, and after much arguing with computers back in his office while I waited, he brought me a list of a few accounts to choose from. He didn't give me names, or lists of items, just the account numbers and remaining balances. I wasn't sure how to choose, so I asked him what he remembered about the accounts. He chose just the ones I would have wanted: those who had started the layaway in October, so they'd have plenty of time to pay them off; accounts without video games; and accounts that had at least one payment made already, to weed out those who may just have been holding items. Perfect! (He said he'd used the criteria he would have used if it had been him in my position; it's good that they're similar to the criteria that Anne used. I don't know much about layaway, or the sorts of things that would be good to look for in this situation, so Anne's writeup, and the fact that the store manager's judgement overlapped, was helpful!)
Not only did doing something to make the holidays a little brighter for three other families feel awesome for me, but it was fun to make the manager's day, too. He told me they have a few people who do this, and calling the account holders to tell them is one of his favourite things about his job. :-D
I don't write this to toot my own horn, but since I got the idea from someone else, maybe one of you will be similarly inspired in the future. Seriously, though, more people should do this "kindness to strangers" thing!!12 comments | post a comment
Yeah, now ISON is just jerking us around. It's looking like there's just a bit of fluff left:
The STEREO spacecraft also got some great shots: go here to see them animated, and see how many unanswered questions there still are. The verdict is still out...4 comments | post a comment
I'd been doing expectation management in the planetarium for the past few weeks, because this comet was going really freaking close to the Sun. We didn't know whether it was going to survive--and thus be a lovely comet with plenty to show off (They think this is ISON's first trip into the inner solar system)--or if it was going to break up before or after perihelion--or maybe it was going to just get eaten by the Sun. Whatever happened, we were going to learn a lot of new things about comets. And scientists love learning new things!
I had my doubts about it surviving, and those seemed to be realized yesterday morning....but this crazy guy just keep hanging in there! Yay! Who knows what will come in the next week or so, but it will be interesting. (The SOHO website is still pretty socked!)
(Holy crap, ten years ago!)
[EDIT] HEEEE, appropriate XKCD is appropriate!
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Got all my chores done, so, Catching Fire! Um, I don't really think any of this is spoilery.
I'm sort of glad I saw Thor 2 this Sunday, because tie-in with this week's SHIELD. (Although, according to Buffistas who haven't seen it yet, it wasn't too confusing/spoilery.)
[Thor 2 Spoilers]I did wonder where the hell SHIELD was, for, I don't know, THE WHOLE MOVIE. Let's ignore the wierd dimensional anomalies (which they probably should have detected) for the moment and wonder why in hell they let the *RAF* (try to) deal with the giant alien space ship above Greenwich?? So, nice shout-out, I guess, to SHIELD having to clean things up.
NON-SPOILERY: ZACHARY LEVI!!1! I wasn't sure I was going to be okay with him being blonde, but: blonde, being badass with a sword, and then surrounded by ladies? ummmyesplz. (Fandral, stop making "come hither" eyes in my head. YOU'RE DISTRACTING ME. All the fic I saw on AO3 was Fandral/Loki, which: only slightly less "ewwwww" than Thor/Loki.)
...Um, did the Bifrost get re-built?
Also? Overall fun movie!
Other SHIELD thoughts: That episode was called "The Well"? Um...huh?
I still love the Science Twins soooooo much. They're just so damned CUTE. The past two episodes ("F.Z.Z.T." and "The Hub") have probably been my favourite.
Still so much not caring about Skye or Ward. MEH.
Coulson: still a badass puddle of love, and OMG DOLLHOUSE SHOUTOUT OF CREEPY. I don't think he's a Doll--I think that was just a wink to Mutant Enemy fans--but I do hope the payoff is good when we finally find out how he came back.
Finally, the Buffistas compare bared Avengers arms. FOR SCIENCE.5 comments | post a comment
It's 9:10 on 11/12/13!!
ZOMG LEGO ALVIN!!1!
If you love me, you'll go vote for this right now.2 comments | post a comment
Evidence that being a planetarium director for half a year has broken my brain:
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