gullwhacker: (Ascension)
Why the heck is it the end of November already?!

So. Shortly after my last update, I swapped courses with someone. Now have a Thursday 12:30 tutorial to run in Calculus (which I like much better than Linear Algebra, I might add). Didn't get last week's marking done on time, so I had two weeks to go through this week last night.

Um. Yeah. I've discovered that my work ethic, on a scale of one to ten, requires i to evaluate properly. Not so good.

On the bright side - final tutorial for the semester. Hoping that the students enjoyed the past few weeks (except that one week where no one bothered to show up, curse them). And hey, they're not all that bad. No round bookshelves. And there will be no more round bookshelves unless I find myself handling BBA students again, in which case I plan to just bludgeon myself into unconsciousness. It's easier that way.

Well, fifteen minutes to tutorial, about eighty assignments to hand back, and a few to work on for myself. Should be an interesting day. Glasses, glasses, where are my glasses~

...I'm using far too many tildes these days, I might add.
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And twenty minutes later, I actually begin typing here.

So! At present, I'm running a 9:30 Monday math tutorial for first year students. Elisha, please comment. I need to know how doomed I am.

The instructor for the course has told me nothing. Not what the course is about, no outline, nada.

In other words, I just told 40-50 students about a test tomorrow - the only information I /have/ been given - and made them go away. Two-hour tutorial session over in twenty minutes, but in my defense I had nothing to tutor them about.

Ah, TAing. More information to follow.

Now to look over where I need to...E2? Why can't they use names for buildings? Aaaaaugh....
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Drat, no appropriate Barenaked Ladies song for that interval.

Well, when all else fails - memes!
LogoThere are
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Spamalot might fit there. I'm all alone~ All by myself~ (Mind, it doesn't count Canada in there, but still!)

Also, a bit of news - am done with summer research job. Final presentation yesterday afternoon, I think it went pretty well. Maybe a bit spartan, but there were graphics and I managed to actually speak up unlike certain undergrads. Ahem. (Sorry, guys, but it was a bit difficult to keep paying attention after a while...)

Further news and memes to follow. Also, perhaps I will take up NetHack again while waiting for a Mac release of...
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For anyone having a bad day/week/month, due to overwork or romantic trouble or life generally sucking, try this.

It should help.
gullwhacker: (Ascension)
Happy birthday, Abe! If this really is your birthday. Hmm.
gullwhacker: (Ascension)
So! Five players. Who among you need help with your character sheets? When can we hold sessions? (Will be busy this Friday, to give you all a bit of fair warning.) Finally, who'd like a solo 'intro' session?

Oh yeah. Where should we hold sessions? IRC, MUSH, some bizarre chat program we can yell at each other with...
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So. I have just been idly thinking about anime and so forth for a while, and thought I'd offer up some of my recommendations. Note that that which I recommend here will probably miss out on a few things; I'm mainly focusing on things that have recently received my interest - i.e. since the founding of the renegade anime club.

Actually, I'll make this the list of things that I'm rabidly advocating. Saiunkoku Monogatari is on my personal to-watch list, but there are others more enthusiastic about its advertisement than I.

First, the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series. May not be for everyone, but it's kind of fun. Magical girl series in a sense...except that instead of rods and cards, the girls are wielding beam scythes and particle beam cannons. Three seasons - the first one is thirteen episodes, with two main characters. The second one introduces the Wolkenritter and the Book of Darkness, another thirteen episodes which enlarges the cast. The third season, StrikerS, is to have 26 episodes in all - I've seen 14 - and has less action, more development of the 'next generation' type characters. Still enjoyable. The 'penultimate battles' are usually the best in the first two seasons. Particularly season one's. I blather on; look into it, however briefly.

Second - I know that I'm a couple of years late in suggesting this one. I don't care. The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya - or Suzumiya Haruhi for those preferring Japanese name order - is in my opinion awesome. I suppose there might be some who dislike it, but for me both anime and novels are great. Eagerly anticipating the next novel (with fan-translation, eheh) and next season of the anime (it will have Bamboo Leaf Rhapsody. I just know it.). The anime had an odd airing order originally - intentionally so, splitting the main plot arc across the season and interspersing with filler that came later chronologically. Strangely enough, it works better for pacing. Although episode 9 was a bit of an ordeal. What strikes me about the novels and even more so the anime is this: it's a series where a normal guy has to deal with time-travellers, espers, aliens, and gods. Normally, you'd expect either wacky comedy or boatloads of angst on all sides (I'm looking at you, Shuffle). Or both.

But in Haruhi, it's neither. The characters are very real. There's humor, as we see the series from the normal guy's perspective and he has very snarky inner commentary. And outer commentary, at times. There's angst, most notably in Haruhi's melancholy - but it's not omnipresent, and is actually very rational. Long story short, I recommend Haruhi. Hands down. And will be tapping my foot and twitching until novel 10 is finished.

That's all that comes to mind. It's a bit warm. Frankly, though, those are the series over which I have been semi-obsessing as of late. For games...well, that comes later.
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Okay, just for the record - who do I have playing in these campaigns? Comment with which campaign you're in, and character name if you have one so far. I have a list already, but this is just a 'for the record' post. Also, making sure that the Steampunk players know where my journal is.
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Not as much here as for the steampunk bit; my notes are mostly at home.

Omen of doom... )

Any questions from the audience?
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All right. I'm going to post here some of what is planned for that game. My apologies to anyone who has me friended and isn't playing; you can skip, or make idle commentary about chemists gone horribly wrong...

Wait, that's for Omen.

Cut because I write paragraphs at a time. )
And that's what I can think up at the moment. Any questions?
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Oddly enough, this post is not about video games. Good old pen and paper type RPGs. Well. More like computer screen and keyboard, but I digress. At the moment, I'm a player and two GMs-to-be. I suppose I might as well note here what I'm in and planning. Without further ado:

1. Unnamed Campaign. RL, a friend running a D&D 3.5 game for my brothers and I. Yes, Returners, I'm actually playing D&D. Had fun planning out the character, though; I do not qualify as hero material. Out to save his own skin, Searos will distract and sneak his way to victory. In game terms, a Rogue. Planning on multiclassing into Wizard, then Arcane Trickster. And by then, the Explosive Runes fun will begin...

At present, we're still trying to find a good time slot to play in. Schedules of work are wonky. Party's been offered a job - retrieving a big rock with writing on it from the depths of a jungle. From a crypt. And we have no Cleric. Yeah, this'll end well...

2. Steampunk Game. Planning to run this over LiveJournal, but mainly involving friends from Real Life. Gasp, shock, et cetera. Freeform system, play-by-post-ish-thing. I still need to figure out an appropriate name for the main city of the campaign, so I can start referring to it as such. I'll put some of my nots here, though.

Takes place in a city in a valley. Deep valley, fairly steep, so you kind of have a tiered setup - in more ways than one. It's a steampunk-type setting, so class system is alive and well. Technology? Less modern stuff, more steam-powered mecha. And zeppelins. We have to have the zeppelins. Party, whoever they are, will wind up being independent detective-types. Go, find out who's behind a dastardly plot, haul them in. Drawing heavily on Steam Detectives and Girl Genius for this. I may have to work in the Jagers somewhere.

3. Omen. FFRPG game. Running it for a few insane friends - you know who you are - and characters have been at least outlined already. Probably starting at a higher level so cool stuff can be done, and I'll just use a slower EXP rate. Love those rules. Takes place on a floating, dimension-travelling island. There are mysteries to be discovered within. Plus soldiers of various factions, refugees from a dying world, adventurers seeking fame and fortune, and obsessed madmen bent on revenge. And that's without even considering the final boss. Drawing from Cave Story here. Heavily. I REGRET NOTHING.

So. A GM twice over and a player. I ask you, oh friends on Livejournal: How doomed am I?
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Just a brief post, as I'm still alive and all.

I'm working in the Math department over the summer. Statistics research project. Involves programming. Quite fun.

More importantly: I am now a university graduate. Two Bachelor's degrees done and framed. Next up is Master's/PhD work - I'll be heading off to Waterloo come September. Which puts me six hours out of sync with Europe, not five.

Or more. I should double-check to make sure Kitchener-Waterloo falls in EST time...

Anyone have any other questions? Ask away, and I'll probably answer.
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Hmm. I need better icons, I think. Well, Roku still works.

So, I'm borrowing a meme from [ profile] earthstar_chan.

Comment in this entry. I will then.

1) Tell you why I friended you.
2) Associate you with a song/film.
3) Tell a random fact about you.
4) Tell a first memory about you.
5) Associate you with a character/pairing.
6) Ask something I've always wanted to know about you.
7) Show you my favourite user pic of yours.
8) In retort, you can repost this in your LJ.


Mar. 22nd, 2007 05:16 pm
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My final semester draws to a close. Three weeks remain.

More importantly... CS 4983: Senior Technical Report...Complete. Progress Reports, the massive Report-of-doom, and a brief seminar have all been completed as of today.

Six courses left. Bwahaha.
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It's been far too long since I've made a post of any substance. Far be it from me to break that tradition now.

Short life update: School started again, my final semester looks neat - as opposed to last semester wherein I actually hated a couple of my courses - and life is generally good. I can cook curry.

So, to conclude the post of no substance, I offer you a meme.

Comment here and I'll tell you one thing I like about you. And then post it in your own LJ and return the favor.
gullwhacker: (Roku)
Not a long post, mind, but a post nonetheless.

So. School's started again, dog's still old, [ profile] earthstar_chan is a wonderful person, and life is generally good.

Except my high-speed modem. It's declared a blood vendetta against me or something. As a result, I probably won't be visible online until things are fixed.

Proper update to follow. Someday.
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It's meme time! Let's see how many people reply to this. And three friends picked it up, but [ profile] arcomage gets the credit for answering me first.

1. Reply with your name and I'll respond with something random about you.
2. I'll tell you what song/movie reminds me of you.
3. I'll pick a flavor of jello to wrestle with you in.
4. I'll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
5. I'll tell you my first memory of you.
6. I'll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I'll ask you something that I've always wondered about you.
8. If I do this for you, you must post this on your journal. You MUST. It is written.

So. Who dares learn what I think of them? *evil grin* Actual post when I bother to write one up. Though I am going away for half a week soon.
gullwhacker: (headbang)
Whee, I like math. Maybe I should make a career out of it...hmm. (Anyone in ST who says anything about 'saw THAT coming a mile away' is now obligated to comment. Because I say so.

There, that's the 'normal' content for today. Oh yeah - [ profile] socksofjello is to be blamed for this song. There will be vengeance. Even beyond my retaliation with the Captain Planet theme. (See, it did come in handy! Bwahaha.)

The same quiz that's appeared a lot recently )

Hmm. Note to self, cook actual food more, this has been a random post. ^_^
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Not sure who to credit - this has been bouncing around quite a bit. o.o Anyway, modified a bit to keep from weirding people out with verb choice. Ahem.

Reply with your name or username and I'll tell you something I adore, admire, or like about you.

Afterwards, copy and paste this into your own journal.

Two final things left - one exam, and one examversusessaychoice. Yaaaay...
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[ profile] streetwind inspired me to do this, so for anyone who's interested - my university schedule for next fall.

Timetable stuff. )
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