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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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kistaro
Hey all,

I joined the LJ exodus train before it was cool</hipster>, but with recent developments in LiveJournal server location (http://frameacloud.dreamwidth.org/469754.html), I'm finalizing it more - I am not likely to use Dreamwidth's crosspost feature in the future.

Please follow me over to Dreamwidth? I'm trying to keep up the habit again. (And prod me if I don't.)

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kistaro
I want to assemble things that nobody else could ever assemble, and when they are done, I want to have done it in ways that nobody of average skill could reasonably fail to understand.

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Failing, etc.
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kistaro
That feeling of being 99% sure a social space would have been better for everyone without you in it, but you can't apologize or talk about it or acknowledge it because then people will try to tell you it wasn't so bad, and that message contains no information because it is pro forma and it is inappropriate and manipulative to elicit it.

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Maybe it's seasonal
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kistaro
I'm having another wave of this urge to apologize to my parents for not having children and, thus, never letting them be grandparents. It's... not really something I should feel like I should cede them control over, but that applies to a lot of things. A lot of my issues can be summarized by "I am still not 'over' all the things I know my parents would not approve of", I guess.

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Thought debris
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kistaro
business idea: 24-hour emergency lab supply store. High prices, but when you *really* need glassware and a bunsen burner *now*, there you go

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In which I am overenthusiastic about appliances
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kistaro
On my parents' recommendation, when I showed them my home thermometer as part of a video call, I bought a few humidifiers. They're helping, but there's a lot of work to do! I'm going through distilled water at a stupid rate, but it's cheap and it's easier than having to descale the thing four times as often. (I know I'll still need to do it, but less is less.)

I get irrationally excited every time the indoor thermometer/humidity-sensor informs me the indoor relative humidity is up another percentage point. It's all the way up to 28%, when it was 18% yesterday! I'm aiming for 35% or so.

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Seasonal haiku
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kistaro
A few small snowflakes
drifting in the wind, like they're
God's dandruff problem

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I feel like I have a moral duty to prefer to be alone and stay out of peoples' ways, and that it's inappropriate for me to want anything else.

A lot of my social anxiety is really ambivalence because I feel like it's a moral failing that I want to interact with people.

It turns out that I never really got over being told constantly to shut up and stay out of the way while actual people (adults) were doing important things, which was always. I don't know that I'm really as introverted or fearful as I act, I just don't have any other habits and I'm only recently coming to understand that it feels more like an imperative than anxiety.

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It's been a few years. I should update my userpics after work today.

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I need to rebuild this habit
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Twitter is a social parasite that uses stress and obligation to keep me glued to a feed that moves too quickly for real conversation while conditioning me to give it my time to the exclusion of anything else.

I want to show up here more. I can choose to rebuild the habit of using Dreamwidth instead and it's worth doing. I just hope I can drag people back with me.

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Tactical voting
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kistaro
The electoral college system does have one tiny, redeeming feature: it's kinda freeing in a few cases.

Washington is not a remotely contested state for the Presidential election, so I spent my vote on Johnson. My vote is worth 0 if it goes to a major party candidate. To a third party candidate, it still counts as part of the 5% popular vote threshold for Federal funding; a vote going to a candidate who can actually win is simply wasted.

The electoral college voting system is terrible and idiotic, but I might as well exploit it while we've got it.

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16, The Tower
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kistaro
How you respond to the Tower's change makes all the difference in how uncomfortable the experience will be. Recognize that the disruption occurred because it was needed. Perhaps embracing the change is too much to ask, but try to find the positive in it. In fact, you may feel tremendous release that you have finally been forced in a new direction. You may have a burst of insight about your situation and reach a new level of understanding about it. --www.learntarot.com, "The Tower"

So, I tried swapping out computer monitors on my gaming desktop and wound up reorganizing a closet. It needed it.

Admittedly I might have preferred to do this voluntarily, but I should just take things as they are. What actually happened is that the plastic shelving in the closet in my computer room collapsed on me (somewhat literally). In retrospect, winding the right surround speaker cable through the bottom of cheap clip-together storage cubes was not a good idea once I had to redo the sound system. (I swapped a two-monitor system supported by a desk clamp for one huge monitor using a normal stand, since the clamp wouldn't work with this size of monitor and my desk geometry. But that was incompatible with the center speaker, so I had to switch to a (good) 2.1 sound system.) The clips holding the storage cubes together were never super secure, and a couple of them were missing, and trying to wiggle a cable out from under it was too much.

So it collapsed on my head. Neither I nor anything expensive was hurt. I just wound up spending yesterday evening sorting through all the crap that had accumulated on those shelves, and the closet is in much better shape for it. The huge supply of specialized notebooks I probably won't use has been moved to a shelf in the garage, so if I ever get the urge to try to use a Livescribe 3 pen again, I have all the supplies I could ever need, but they aren't taking up high-value closet space (just lower-value garage space) for now. More importantly, two garbage bags of actual clutter are gone.

The plastic shelves have been replaced with metal ones. So this issue shouldn't recur, and the closet is better off for it.

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I found a backup CD from when I was in college.

It has the OneNote notebooks I thought I lost years ago...

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Mario Makin'
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kistaro
I've been playing Mario Maker for a while.

In a way, I've been playing it for longer than it's been released; I was an avid (if not skilled) level designer on the high-quality rip-off of Mario that was written for the TI-86, back in high school. So Mario Maker was fantastic: it's the Nintendo-sanctioned version of something I've been fascinated by for over fifteen years. (I've always loved level editors.)

Nintendo has finally implemented a decent web service, too, so now I can share my levels! https://supermariomakerbookmark.nintendo.net/profile/Kistaro is the spot to look. I consider myself a reasonably skilled "conventional level" designer - most of my levels are similar to things Nintendo might actually make. I read a really awesome series deconstructing the design of Super Mario World and incorporated a lot of it into my level designs. (Sometimes I deviate from it, but frankly, those are the weaker levels.)

The best emotional experience I can have playing Mario Maker, though, is something I haven't captured well in my own levels - but I should try to design around it. Here's the experience I really enjoy:

"Mario. Mario. Hah, Mario Maker. Mario. Ha, clever, very Mario Maker! Mario. WHAT THE FUCK MARIO MAKER"

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kistaro
The title of a residential property has now been officially recorded in my name.

The key to the front door was just delivered.

I'm not going to be paying rent for very much longer.

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