pikestaff: (Twilight Sparkle - Starcraft Ghost)
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I believe that technology and improvement are inherently good.
pikestaff: (Rainbow Dash - Not Impressed)
So over the last week or so, my right hand (my thumb in particular, but some of my wrist as well) has decided to give me numbness and/or pain at sporadic intervals. I'm assuming it's either repetitive strain injury, or carpal tunnel (which runs in my family). Either way I'm now wearing a wrist brace at least 18 hours a day, to hopefully nip it in the bud.

Also I'm sick with a sore throat! I'm not amused. It's not as bad as it could be (I haven't lost my voice, for example, like I did last year,) but I still feel rather icky.

I'm drinking shots of orange juice left and right and I figure I'll turn in early tonight. I work tomorrow but I promised Hux that I would call in sick if it got any worse. Hopefully it doesn't, though.
pikestaff: (My Little Pike Pony)
Firefox is being a memory hog again so I'm forcing myself to use Chrome until I either a.) embrace it as my new browser or b.) find some feature exclusive to Firefox that I just can't live without and go crawling back.

I've done this before about three or four times since Chrome's unveiling and every single time I end up switching back to Firefox after a day or two because I end up missing some sort of critical addon or something. But Chrome is getting more and more addons as the months go by, so who knows, maybe this time I'll actually stick around. So far so good, anyway. It's really too bad; I've been using Firefox since its beta back in early '04 and I love it; the latest versions have been my favorite yet, but I'm not going to sit here and let it eat up my CPU just because it's been open for more than ten minutes.

Anyways, now that I've finished reading Huxley's book and given him some quality feedback on it, it's time to get working on my own again! (Well. One of mine, anyway.) My goal is to have it e-published by the end of July. I am 99% sure that this whole e-publishing plan is a good idea now. Also, I can't wait until we can upload books directly into our brain.

MEANWHILE I'm playing video games with my boyfriend, living the dream to be honest with you all~
pikestaff: (Pinkie Pie - GREAT SCOTT!)
Also I blew up half of a continent

Also global warming is flooding the world

Also I have to hurry and ascend to godhood with Planet before the water wipes out all my bases

And I have to beat Miriam to it; we're basically neck and neck

And we're locked in this brutal war without respite

AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW MY VISAGE CANNOT HANDLE IT

Okay!

May. 31st, 2011 11:29 pm
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
I've been on a sci-fi kick lately, due to reading sci-fi related books and playing sci-fi related games and thinking sci-fi related thoughts. "But Pike, you're always on a sci-fi kick!" Well. Yes. But. THE POINT STANDS.

So yeah I redid my whole LJ like I said I was going to. Now with 100% more spaceships and geeky references to games I play. Also, RAICHU MOOD THEME. Which is completely unrelated to everything else, but is adorable, and is sort of related to that Pikachu theme I had for years and years.

Now I'm off to bed. My goal for tomorrow is to finish up that big art commission project that I've chipping away at on and off for a few weeks now. I'm pretty close to done and it'll be nice to finally finish it!

Edit: Happy June, erryone!
pikestaff: (Pinkie Pie - GREAT SCOTT!)
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The correct answer is http://memory-alpha.org/wiki/Lal

If Data was my dad things would be different around here

Also, on a semi-related note, THIS. I saw the words "social networking" at the top and was skeptical, but they want to make an interface that lets you talk to your car. THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER.


When the owner plugged in his car to recharge it, the car replied, “The charge will be completed by 2:15 a.m. Is that OK? See you tomorrow.”

...

Toyota President Akio Toyoda, a racing fan, said he always “talks” with his car when he is zipping around on the circuit.

With the popularity of social networking, cars and their makers should become part of that online interaction, he said.

“I hope cars can become friends with their users, and customers will see Toyota as a friend,” he said.


I want a Carbro who says "See you tomorrow ^_^" like in the article. D: This had better work on older Toyotas.

lol

May. 18th, 2011 05:47 pm
pikestaff: (Clockwork Pike)
"Windshifter" moral: The future may look kind of scary, but we should be optimistic about it because it's actually going to be awesome. Also, technology is pretty great because it was made by humans anthropomorphic animals, who are pretty great.

New Book Idea moral: The future happened and was scary, but we should be optimistic about it because it'll just get better, and be awesome. Also, technology is pretty great because it was made by humans, who are pretty great.

IT'S LIKE PIKE IS REALLY WRITING A BOOK
pikestaff: (Photo Finish)
Huxley: "Okay everyone, let's introduce ourselves. Tell us your name, something about yourself, and what you want to be when you grow up!"
Huxley: "I'm Jimmy, I like soccer, and I want to be a firefigher!"
Huxley: "I'm Claire, I can roll my tongue, and I want to be a doctor!"
Huxley: "My name is Arkady Alexandrovich Hobbes. I am one thousand, eight hundred, and sixty-seven days old. My eyes are replaced by cutting-edge cyberntics fitting with 20x zoom, photography and recording, vision outside the unaugmented human range deep into the UV and IR fields, X-Ray. and fitted with an on-board GUI which allows me to communicate with anyone else online at any time, to analyze anything
Huxley: I see against Wikipedia, and when I grow up I will be God."
Pike: "Also, Twilight Sparkle is my favorite Pony, and Montezuma is a cheating fiend in Civilization IV. That is all. Thank you for your time."
pikestaff: (Spike - Writing!)
Well! It's now officially closer to NaNo 2011 than NaNo 2010, so it's time to gather up some ideas for what I'll be writing about this year! ...of course, what will probably happen is that I'll come up with OMG THE BEST IDEA EVER on October 30 or 31 and scrap all of this, but I can at least pretend to be prepared, right?

THE IDEA LIST 2011

  • Windshifter Sequel: Exactly what it says on the tin.  My main concern is that I have no story idea for this, and I don't want to revisit a world that I love without having a solid plot idea.
  • Re-telling of the "Pygmalion" myth, but with robots:  And a girl who builds a robot.  The girl dies tragically at the end and is reborn as a robot.  THIS IS HOW IT MUST GO.
  • Re-telling of Adam and Eve, but with robots: Also, Eve is portrayed as the good guy, which is the twist.  I was going to do this last year, but got sidetracked by Cricket Song.
  • A "place" as a "character".  Recently I've had this really strong urge to write a story where the setting is just as much of a character as the characters themselves.  A story where the city/town/location is alive with character and flavor.  I sort of played around with this a little with Faradan City in Windshifter, and to a lesser extent with unofficially dedicating Cricket Song to northwestern Washington, but I think I could do a whole lot more.
  • Anthropomorphic Timepieces.  It's the distant future, all humans are (supposedly) dead, robots are building robots, and one lone clockwork-powered creature who used to be a watch wants to find his original creator.  But when/if this happens, will this really provide the solid answer he was looking for, or will it only open up even MORE questions?  The very astute reader will spot the pretentious analogy I'm making here; everyone else will just smile and nod at yet another genre-defying, unmarketable offering by Pike.  IT'S LIKE I'M REALLY WRITING NOVELS.
So yup.  That's the list so far.  I'm sure it will continue to expand as we sneak closer to November...
pikestaff: (Pinkie Pie - GREAT SCOTT!)
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Wait, there are actually people who would decline this offer? *blinks*

I mean, I guess I could see where people are coming from if there wasn't gonna be a trip back... wait, no, I really can't. Still going.
pikestaff: (My Little Pike Pony)
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That depends on where I am going!

Probably Gargamel - Towards Compression though.
pikestaff: (Profferlink - Thinking)
Every day, e-publishing (through Amazon or what-have-you) is looking more and more appealing to me. There are a couple reasons for this.

One is money-- I'm not even gonna beat around the bush with that one. Work is cutting my hours more and more each week (21 hours? Really?) and being sick also struck a blow to my latest paycheck. Meanwhile I'm trying to keep up with my bills and help my family pay for Internet and the like. At this point, any extra cash infusion is welcome, even if it's just a couple hundred bucks (I'm not expecting any sort of overnight riches from an e-book, particularly from an untested author).

Another reason is (presumably) greater control of my intellectual property and what I do with it.

The biggest reason, though, is simply that the more time goes on, the more I think that we're standing on the cusp of a major change in the publishing world. I'm nearly convinced that e-books are about to catch on in a major way. Not that I think they're going to kill traditional books-- much like blogs didn't kill traditional news sites-- but owning my ebook reader has made me appreciate how genuinely convenient such a device is and I really think that this is the future; that this is going to catch on.

I'd be a big derpface not to catch the wave early, right?

My only fear is that I might be completely wrong and then I'll end up blowing everything. I'm such a wuss.
pikestaff: (Giddy Snaps)
OKAY, I was bored so I did this super long meme. I guess it was apparently supposed to be done last year, but I'm a bit slow on the uptake. Feel free to skip if it's tl;dr/Cool Story Bro/etc.

Thanks [livejournal.com profile] rewire for doing it and giving me the idea!

---

2000-2010:
A decade in review meme

It's hard to believe it's been ten years! These meme exists to highlight everything that made us who we are over the last ten years. Feel free to fill this out and send it around!

Original + copypaste code can be found here: [livejournal.com profile] awakenedpoet

2000-2010 meme )

Hay guys

Aug. 15th, 2010 11:21 am
pikestaff: (Devious Snaps)
So in response my last post, wherein I mused about going to a watchmaking school or something, except it would be expensive? Yeah, well, I've been doing research and there's totally a certified school that you can go to FOR FREE. Because it's sponsored by Rolex or something. Seriously, you just pay for the tools, and you go to school and they give you a diploma.

Of course, it's somewhere on the East Coast, so the relocation thing would still be expensive. Oh, and did I mention that they get like 100 applicants a year and they only take 12 students? I so would not get in. orz

Still, I am throwing that into the pile of possibilities if I'm still wandering around wondering what I should do with my life by the time April/May rolls around next year. I kind of have this little goal to have my financial situation considerably cleaned up by then so I can really get serious about "doing something with my life"... I don't know how practical that is, as a goal, but it's one that I hold nonetheless.

I guess it's kind of exciting overall, having no idea what I'm going to be doing in ten years. I could be doing a variety of things, but I think whatever it is I'll be happy. That's what I like to think, anyway.
pikestaff: (Giddy Snaps)
Yesterday I had to solve the Mysterious Case of the Mysteriously Full Hard Drive.

And then a freak power outage at work knocked the entire fish system out of whack and a few coworkers and I got to spend a few hours fixing it.

I would just like to thank the powers-on-high for making things break on me because my life would be obscenely dull otherwise.

(I mean this with all sincerity.)

In other news, it has occurred to me that because I have a metal wire glued to my bottom teeth as a retainer, I am officially a cyborg. <3
pikestaff: (River)
Sooo today my mom, who has always had health issues, dropped a bombshell on me that she is getting tested for Celiac Disease, which I've never heard of before but is an auto-immune disease which means your body can't handle gluten, aka about 90% of stuff that normal people eat. She doesn't get the results back for a couple of days but apparently she fits pretty much all of the symptoms and doing her own personal gluten-free trial was very promising.

Now the scary part is that if she has it, there's a very good chance that I have it, cause it's a genetic disorder. Not to mention I fit a bunch of the symptoms now that I look at them (chronic diarrhea, gastrointestinal problems, weird mysterious skin rashes, irregular periods, etc.)

If she is tested positive, she is going to pay for me to be tested as well, and if I test positive, then I have this horrible feeling it's going to be Goodbye Ice Cream, Pizza, and All of Pike's Favorite Foods.

Why do you hate me, body T_T


Edit: My mom says she thinks most ice cream is okay, so that's half the battle at least. *clings to pizza*


(In the future when I am a robot, I won't have to worry about this.)

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