ree: (indescribable)
2016-10-17 02:34 pm

still alive

I'm alive, promise. I'm just snowed under because of health (both mine and not-mine).

Most of my gaming is done on vintage consoles, so my sole platinum trophy on PSN is a very recent achievement. Naturally, the game I 100%'d was a remake: Day of the Tentacle Remastered. DotT always comes with bonus Maniac Mansion for the finding and playing. I have yet to win MM but hey, new goal. At least now I've gotten further than the infamous microwave incident. I even managed to explode the house a couple of times! Yay!

My kitchen cabinet has tasted my blood. #fml At least the finger joint it skinned open has gotten less sensitive with time.

How is it three. It was just one, a few minutes ago. Can't be three already. Not allowed.

Better get off computer before the entire afternoon fritters away, wasted.
ree: rear view of woman viewing urban ruins (JJ faceless)
2016-09-19 01:40 pm

throat and forumware

Hi. My throat has a red stripe at the back of my mouth! It's scratchy and my head is heavy, but it doesn't hurt to swallow so I figure it could be worse.

I don't understand how forum software can exist in 2016 that doesn't generate RSS or any other feed format and doesn't even provide email subscriptions. I suppose they expect every user to bookmark the site and dutifully check in regularly to see what's new, and that is so ridiculously far from my own experience that I cannot fathom how anyone could imagine that being a good plan. I do know that email can be a twisty thing to wrangle, but I don't see how RSS and Atom are too hard for a software developer who knows what they're doing and gives at least one actual fuck.

There are a few things I should get to doing now, one of which is rest so I get over this throat thing. I think I will read another chapter of Ava's Demon before I decide which to try.
ree: (ooooh I'm smitten with delight)
2016-07-14 05:49 pm

ups and downs of socializing

I had a lot of socializing over the Independence Day period, more than I am quite comfortable with, and by the end of it I was firmly lodged into a corner, constantly refreshing my phone in desperate search of something more familiar for me to do. (This was not helped by the person present who did two things upon my entrance: one, told a joke where the punchline was that women are not supposed to enjoy the hobbies that I enjoy, and two, asked me about my relationship to someone I don't speak to anymore because Reasons, then doubled down when I tried to be politely refuse to answer.)

I'm still perturbed by that sequence.

I'm back to my old self after a few days of normal routine, though.

There are posts at Pro! We had a Snoggy in the chat! Turns out Snog and I watch a bunch of the same TV shows! I.... got nothing else done all afternoon because chat had priority and I regret nothing! (Although I do need to get a few things accomplished before supper.)

What a good day it's been.

Take care of yourselves out there!
ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (baby Metroid <3)
2016-06-25 01:16 pm

ohai thar!

I still ain't dead, thank you. I've been sleeping rather poorly. At the moment, I feel more alert than I have in days, so I wanted to eke out an update while the eking was good. Or something. (I said I'm more alert, not that I'm totally on the ball. This is as good as my attention gets right now. I don't like it any better than you do.)

I got a bee in my bonnet about wanting to play my vintage games on the living room flatscreen. This nothing new. But this time, I griped enough that my brother wanted to see my much-lamented lag for himself. He came over with a Nintendo 64, all the cords, and a cart of The World Is Not Enough, and went to town.

"I'm not seeing it," he said.

So I tried for myself. All I proved was that I am still pretty bad at TWINE, but nothing about alleged lag.

Super Nintendo. Fired up a save file still on the first island, took the Star Road shortcut to Bowser, and I beat him.

Prior to that day, I would have sworn on a stack of Bibles that the TV in the living room lagged so much that basically everything was unplayable. I was 100% certain.

I don't know if my memory is that malleable (which is terrifying to consider), or the one or more of the TV's relatively few settings got changed by accident, rendering a delightful change (which would be upsetting if it ever got accidentally reverted, with no knowledge of how to restore the desirable state) or if I am currently hallucinating or what. Maybe the internet isn't real. Maybe you're all inside my dream! (That's enough Link's Awakening, Ree, back to Earth now.)

What I do know is this: I can beat Super Mario World on the living room TV. I can very likely beat any of my SNES games on it (except the sims; I don't think SimCity has a win state, and my Civilization best is merely surviving under Stalin's bootheel).

I've been enjoying the GameCube and Game Boy Player lately (finished a run through Dragon Warrior GBC and am well pleased with myself). I am tantalized by the possibility of throwing my entire weekend into a replay of Eternal Darkness. I won't actually let myself do that, but I could if I truly wanted to, and that alone is pleasing.

I currently possess a computer that is neither a slow-ass pile of slag nor a self-freezing failbot. I have gotten a proper IRC client installed. The good folks of the chat helped me figure out how to temporarily disable the touchpad, which allows me to type without wanting to defenestrate the contraption.

My interactions with electronics are really good lately! I hadn't realized just how good until typing it out like this. Yay!

I'm less satisfied with my creativity, which has quite stagnated. Earlier in the week, I had an idea for a tiny scifi story and set myself to getting it written post-haste. It was like trying to weave wet cotton candy. Every strand I grabbed or even reached for just dissolved before I could get put anything together. I have the dregs saved, but it's looking like this was a burst of inspiration that just won't hold up in story format. I might write the basic gist as a sort of Tumblr outline fiction ("so there's this person who discovered this thing, and they use the thing to do this idea....") and see what others think of it. Maybe somebody can write a formal story of it it, even if that somebody isn't me, and may not be anyone I know directly. That's pretty cool too.

My alertness is fading and I need to finish the laundry. Bah. After the laundry's done, if I remember to do it, I think I'll reward myself with some Crazy Taxi; there's a timed mode so I can't completely lose track of time, and sooner or later I'll need a break from the music. I like it okay, just not hours of it at a stretch or it starts to eat my brain.

ree: photo of a woman with long blonde hair and glasses (okay)
2015-11-14 03:53 pm

bummers and doing better

I've started about three different entries this week; I think it's about time that I finished one, so long as I keep the whining to a minimum.

I'm still getting over a cold, which moved in mid-Tuesday. Coincidentally, I was supposed to be out of town Wednesday to scour a going-out-of-business sale. Instead, I stayed bundled up at home. Also, while under the effects of sickbrain, I mistakenly updated my 3DS firmware, so now I can't play EarthBound on it anymore.

So that was all unhappy and I spent an amount of time whining to an empty house about the unfairness of the world blah blah blah.

After I finished unleashing my inner teenager, I grabbed my PSP (which already had a SNES emulator on it), transferred my EarthBound save to it, and spent about an hour fiddling with and testing some advanced settings until I could play EarthBound at a reasonable speed and still see my pre-battle swirl. (While not hugely important, I like the swirl; its shape is different for boss fights, and its color is different depending on if you have the advantage, the enemy does, or neither of you does. A green swirl usually means you don't even actually fight. The game just recognizes that you're going to win and hands over the victory banner and some experience. Yay!) It is not quite as nice, because it means carrying 2 handhelds instead of just my favorite one, but it's the next best thing.

All I really want out of video games is a continued opportunity to escape to someplace familiar where I can use my recognition of the rules to gain advantages and make a difference. New games don't usually give me that. My old favorites do. And now I can play EarthBound on my living room sofa again. That sounds like something I want to be doing right now, come to think....
ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (happy)
2015-11-03 03:52 pm

o hai

Man, I keep forgetting to write here.

After a string of days ranging from downright unhappy to so-so, today has been distinctly good. Lots of little things: an inexplicable stain that washed out perfectly, one load of dishes less than usual, a sizable cache of discounted Hallowe'en candy, the discovery that is basically my iTunes library but more.

I fell into the usual Circle Ent. trap again. That is, Circle had a game on the 3DS eShop sale, and it had a demo, so I played the demo; the demo cut off just when I was getting really into it, so I bought the full version so I could continue playing. This time it's Fairune; last time it was Witch & Hero. Someday I'll stop being surprised.

Anyway, Fairune is fun. Very short, but fun. The iOS and Android versions are free; the 3DS version (which has a few puzzles the free versions don't) is normally $3, currently marked down to $2. And I get to play as a girl! I get to start in a pretty dress (the game even says so) and then I get to gear up and fight evil. Yay!

I made a shortsighted New Year's resolution that I would spend as much or more time playing as a female protagonist as a male. Since my main gaming loves are turn-based RPGs, Zelda, and some Mario, I am dearly looking forward to the end of the year and the return of my old favorites. (At some point I stopped keep track and just didn't bother to play anything unless I could play as a girl, having gotten thoroughly pissed off at my meager options. I've since caved to a playthrough of EarthBound, which currently sits around two-thirds in, but I'm sticking to my guns. Or, you know, to my Sword of Hope or Cracked Bat or whatever.)

The thought occurs that I abuse commas. Whoops. I'm out of practice at this writing thing.
ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (baby Metroid <3)
2015-08-24 04:19 pm
Entry tags:

one-minute post*

Today was going to be all about recouping energy after The Weekend Of All The Stuff. (Not bad stuff, to be clear, just Stuff-that-requires-energy. It was actually a surprisingly laid-back, comfortable weekend; just a busier one than I'm used to.) But, in a surprise turn of events, I need to rearrange some furniture to make room to get an old, battered sofa out my door, and a new(er) one in! This is a grand thing. It is also a thing that requires energy from me at a time when my reserves are already a little low.

So hopefully I will have time to catch up on online things on Tuesday or Wednesday (US time).

*Time to post unknown; estimated at one minute.
ree: a barcode based on my Dw ID number, with username above and number below (barcode)
2015-08-03 03:16 pm

wordy words words

I'mma wring a few words out of myself today.

I'm so tired. Night before the last, I couldn't sleep until after two; I haven't recouped entirely.

I would like to hop onto IRC and chat a bit, but I think I had better not. Chat is very good at distracting me from household tasks, and I've already let myself slip over the weekend. Best to stay on task today, sans distraction, and leave the socializing for tomorrow. Hopefully I'll be more alert then.

My latest little online project is driving me bananas. I thought I could replace one thing with another, so I did, and only then discovered that the replacement code doesn't work the way I thought it would, so nothing works as expected. Ugh. On the other hand, I seem to have worked the last kinks out of the skin I'm using for it, so all the text in all areas is readable now, unless I missed something. I should remember to check it against some web accessibility tool, in case the color contrast is too low; I'm having no difficulty, but I am not always a good barometer of such things.

....guess who spent the last two hours looking up and trying out different contrast tools? Oh, you bet your life it was me. I never cease being amazed at my own laziness. It's not all bad - assuming everything I'm about to pull out of the dryer is actually dry, that's two loads of laundry done in between internet fiddlings. Progress!

It's easier to get distracted when I'm sleepy, and the internet is a very effective distraction. I think I'll post this, then exit the browser so that I can apply my meager focus to more important things. I am confident that the internet will still be there when my to-dos have dwindled.
ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (baby Metroid <3)
2015-07-16 01:02 pm

3DS troll

I think my 3DS is trolling me.

First, it tried to pop out of its protective case. I didn't think much about it until it kept happening. Eventually I realized that my 3DS internal battery was bulging, preventing the case from fitting correctly. This also explained its incredible shrinking battery life. Simple enough to fix: sent away to Nintendo, got a new battery, and voila! Good as new.

Well, except for the shoulder buttons. The right trigger had been intermittently non-compliant for some time; its companion on the left worked almost all of the time.

And then it didn't, and nothing would get the left trigger to fire. This made certain games nigh-unplayable. I was mournful. If I was going to replace my 3DS, I would have preferred to have done so before sinking more money into it. Besides, my 3DS is a limited edition (the Ocarina of Time one), so I would rather not replace it with a blander model; I want my pretty to work.

Earlier this week, I fumbled my 3DS in such a way that it bumped the left shoulder button, This inexplicably produced changes on screen!

I don't understand it. The button still wobbles, a detail which helped convince me that it was broken permanently. The right trigger is still a bit fritzy (it will generally fire, but if I try to hold the button down, it acts as though I were rapidly tapping it instead).

My 3DS is weird, and working (mostly), and I am keeping it. :)
ree: photo of a woman with long blonde hair and glasses (Default)
2015-05-07 10:52 am

under the weather

Still fighting off a cold that caught up with me last week, a nasty sore throat/stuffed sinuses combo. I can't tell if the pressure on my eardrums has to do with the drippy skies or my drippy nose. Yech.

And that's about all the words I can today.
ree: photo of a woman with long blonde hair and glasses (Default)
2015-04-03 09:17 pm

amiibos, PmWiki, and dwarves

I spent a frankly embarrassing period of time in doing it, but I got my preorder in for a Ness amiibo. I'm ridiculously happy with myself!

Having some trouble with roleplaying. I'm not sure exactly what the problem is. Possibly it's the open choice? Maybe I'm too used to playing linear video games and the like, where there are several ways to advance, but they all lead in the same general direction.

Finally bit the bullet and decided to install a wiki for my private roleplaying data. PmWiki turns out to be like 0.25 megs or something! Even my little web hosting account can handle that! So that's done and I've spent a completely stupid amount of time customizing my install. (Some of it was useful, like tweaking the search results so that passers-by don't get stuff from the wiki help pages unless they're specifically looking for it. Most of it is me having fun with conditional markup and coding. That part is time wasted.)

Bah, I'm not good at postprandial journaling. I'm sleepy and happy and possibly a few more of the seven dwarves.

Have a good one!
ree: photo of a woman with long blonde hair and glasses (Default)
2015-01-26 04:57 pm


I'm happy lately. Friday, I got some good roleplaying done, after [personal profile] anke helped me get past a particular sticking point. Another person in the chatroom commented that our story sounded neat, which was a pleasant surprise to me!

That night, I dreamed I was back in school, fully clothed (in nylons even!), getting complimented. It seems my subconscious is still trying to wrap itself around the notion that I don't suck. Aww. We'll get there, brain!

Sunday saw me quite unexpectedly playing a game of Traveller for the first time in my life, with a group I didn't know (except for the GM, who was once my housemate). We did really well! I got to be the muscle but not an idiot. I felt a little uneasy about playing that type of character (a marked departure from my usual), but it turned out splendidly.

Today I tried to catch up on stuff I'd let sit over my delightfully lazy weekend. I even scrubbed in the bathroom, which killed my nails. Oh well.

It's time for me to leave the computer. I feel like I didn't get anything of substance done today, but I guess that's to be expected after I let so much pile up. I'll just keep plugging away until I get there!
ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (baby Metroid <3)
2014-12-22 01:43 pm

happy holidays!

I'm not sure if I will get back to the update page this week, and I'm already overdue for Solstice greetings, so let's do this now:

Happy holidays! It's my sincere hope that whatever holidays you may have already celebrated this season were joyous, that whatever holidays you may celebrate soon will be wonderful, and that all your days will be as happy as you can make them.

As for me, I have lights on the tree and no major travel until the weekend, so I have a few days snug at home. Sounds pretty good!
ree: (working)
2014-12-06 07:00 pm

project progress

I feel a bit embarrassed. I spent all afternoon working on my pet project (even forgot to wash lunch dishes until my husband came home for supper! Oh dear!) and here I am, trying not to talk myself out of writing about it. (....I've scanned that last bit and, while I'm not sure if it has anything close to grammar, it does indeed reflect the indecision I'm experiencing. Yay?)

I got the FOAF bit working by relentlessly preg_replace-ing all the namespaces away. It's shamefully hacky, but having the namespaces present in the header makes the entire object blank, and I don't have any idea why, so I'm just trying to route around the damage. I'd been trying to decide whether or not to post all my source publicly; resorting to this hackery means that I think I won't. I'm unprepared to support my code on outside servers anyway. Maybe in the future, sometime, but not this year. I just hope it doesn't break in the meantime, because my fix is an all-or-nothing deal and if it doesn't work, then my project is missing certain bits of data.

A week ago, I don't think I have ever tried parsing OPML beyond a Yahoo! Pipes experiment. I know I hadn't learned how to encode and decode JSON in PHP, or save a string to a new file. These are things I've had to learn as I went. It took me forever, because I had to learn each bit from scratch instead of just implementing previous learning, but it's coming along and I know more stuff now and that feels pretty awesome.

I don't think I ever stated exactly what my project is. That's because I don't know what to call it. I wanted to see just how much data the Dreamwidth API produces for a single account. Turns out, quite a bit! lists them. After discovering this, I tried mashing these up to make a sort of homepage for a specific Dreamwidth community, one made almost entirely from Dreamwidth's data. The idea was that changes to the community would automatically appear on the webpage as well - things like a list of current mods, numbers of posts, any deadlines listed in the profile "bio", even the comm's default icon - so that the webpage wouldn't be out of date and the mods wouldn't need to update the page separately, so long as the comm was up to date.

This turned out to be far more fun, and far more frustrating, than I had imagined. The fun wins, though.

(Did I really, just today, figure out how to make arrays from two different data files in different formats, compare them, sort the results, and save it all to a flat file? I'm pretty sure that I did. I've even edited the flat file to compare it against the live data. Apparently that is a thing I can do now!)
ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (baby Metroid <3)
2014-12-03 08:20 am

tempting fate

Well. I accidentally killed the tumble dryer. Insert non-humorous laugh here.

I'm not ecstatic to be hanging clothes to dry, obviously, but I must admit that I'd much rather machine-wash clothes and air dry them than attempt to wash clothes in a tub but have them warm and fluffily dried.

I was in a Mood over the weekend, but despite the machinations of literal machinery, I am hanging in there and feeling more grounded, stable, and pleasant. Yay!

It turns out that trying to parse a FOAF file in SimpleXML is a real downer. Techspeak: )

Once I get that FOAF-related project fully working and put a bit of polish on it, I intend to show it off. At the moment, it's pretty ugly; it's basically a programmatic skeleton with no flesh on it yet. FOAF aside, it's been fun to play with. I'm still torn between making a sort of template that anybody could use for their own project, or just tweaking it to suit my exact wants. I'll work something out.

I don't hear the washer anymore, so I probably need to hang the laundry and then get to my morning workout. Ugh. It takes so long to warm up in this cold weather! Being warmed does beat feeling the cold, though.
ree: (ooooh I'm smitten with delight)
2014-10-21 02:58 pm

better days

After a rough patch earlier in the month, I feel like I'm getting a handle on my moods.

I've completely changed my workout goals: instead of trying slim down, I'm trying to manage my anxiety. Now, I don't know if what I'm doing is a 100% Good Idea, so don't try this at home, but what I do is warm up, then try to get my heart pumping like a hummingbird's. Some mornings it feels a little like I might throw up, but the gross feeling isn't in my stomach - it's between my lungs. I don't like this sensation. At all. While I'm in this state, I repeatedly remind myself that this is under my control, everything is okay, nothing is wrong, just keep going and I'll see. Then I do a cool down and hit the shower.

What I'm trying to do here is give my stress-laden body something to do with all that stress: instead of storing it up, throw it all into the workout, realize that stressing about stress doesn't help anything, and then the rest of the day goes so much better. I don't feel super-happy or anything, but I can actually manage my emotions. I can remind myself not to dwell on misfortune, instead of getting knocked on my ass by a whirlwind of sobs and tears. (As a nice side effect, my machine-tracked estimated calories burned per day is actually going up, so my new goal isn't getting in the way of the old one; it's more of a perception shift than anything.)

It's strange, looking back on the emotionally distraught person that I can sometimes be. When I'm like that, I don't think very clearly. I get distracted easily. I forget things. I make poor decisions. When I'm that person, I don't even realize how bad my situation is, because I'm dwelling on other problems.

I'm not at my personal peak today, but I'm in the higher reaches. I feel pretty good. I got my main chores done and I get to play with my little nephews tonight. The big one asked what my favorite Legend of Zelda game is and if he can play it, so I'm trying him out on Link's Awakening; the little one likes to blow bubbles and run around frenetically, trying to catch them all. Good times!
ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (happy)
2014-09-08 04:16 pm


My morning workout had plateaued a bit, but over the last week or two I've managed to kick it up a notch. Yay, endorphins!

I have a plush frog the size of a schoolchild and it lives next to my dinner table, posed like a cat waiting to pounce. A frog would not pounce that way. I do not care. My frog is soft and huggable.

I asked my husband what he liked or didn't like for meals. Turns our he would like more pasta. I love pasta, more than the average person, so I'd been holding back on fixing it too often. All pasta, all the time I feel freed to indulge a little more often from now on.

There's this old Apple II game (Transylvania) I used to play on school computers in free moments. I never got very far because Reasons. Turns out, there was a DOS port and the programmer has it freely available on his website and I beat it! Well. I got past the main sticking point I'd had so, so many times before, and then I realized that I had absolutely no idea what I should do next, so I used a walkthrough. (Bite me.) I've been gleefully booting it up and doing All The Things in a single playthrough, just because I can now. Bwahahahaha. There are sequels....

Life is good.
ree: (sad)
2014-08-26 04:11 pm

(no subject)

I'm trying to figure out how to get over this funk I've been in. I've managed to identify some causes, but they are things that aren't really within my abilities to change, so maybe all I've done is kill a little time.

There just aren't enough hours in the day to play all the video games that would help me unwind.
ree: baby Metroid with pink hearts in its speech bubble (baby Metroid <3)
2014-07-20 08:22 am

interwoven snippets

I got new shoes two weeks ago. They're comfy and sturdy, with plenty of traction. No more slipping on the floor due to worn-out shoes!

Except I lost them within the first week of having them. I took them off at my mother's house, carefully set them out of the way in the first place I'd look for them, and later they weren't there. Nor were they anywhere else I could think to look.


Today my aunt texted me, saying she and her granddaughter were in town and needed something to do for a bit; could they come over? Well, yeah, of course they could!

I'd gotten the idea to get rid of my PS1. I never used it (my husband and I have two PS2s between us, both of which can play PS1 games, so the PS1 is utterly redundant). I should get rid of it.

I also had a PS1 Dance Dance Revolution game (Konamix) that I couldn't play on our TV, due to display lag, but it still works fine with any CRT TV. I even had an extra DDR controller to go with the set. I thought maybe I'd see if my aunt was interested in having her own DDR game, since she'd tried it at my place before and seemed intrigued by it. It was worth a shot, anyway.

My aunt and her granddaughter barely got in my door before they asked if I had movies, or video games, or did I happen to still have a DDR game? Could they play that?

My usual DDR game (SuperNova) has a setting that lets it get along with the flatscreen TV (Konamix doesn't have this setting). I got everything set up with Supernova and chatted with my aunt while my cousin quickly picked up the gameplay.

My aunt started off the conversation by asking what all she would need to play DDR at her home: an Xbox, she asked, was what I had? And a dance mat, clearly, but how would she know which one would work for which game, or which system, or how did that work?

Thus assured of her interest, I politely stopped her and asked if she would like my old DDR setup: console, cables, DDR controller, and game, everything required, none of which I had any use for.

That was awesome and made us all very happy! Whereupon we grinned a lot.

I'd kept my PS1 in storage at my mother's, so we went over there. I got into the room, slid off my shoes so I could stand furniture to reach it, and found a second pair of shoes waiting there: my mislaid new pair, right where I'd forgotten them the last time I looked at my PS1.

Aha. Okay!

So I don't have a PS1 anymore, but it's going to a good home. And I got my good shoes back. I have tread again.

Life is good.
ree: (awake)
2014-05-22 02:13 pm

home is best

Last week my husband baked me a cake. In reference to a joke we shared, it was yellow cake and he decorated it as the periodic table square for uranium.

(My husband is the best.)

We had some local family members over to our new place - the first time most of them had seen it since helping us move in - and it went really well. We had enough chairs and I figured out how to stretch supper for our early arrivals. The dishes all got done either that night or the next morning, I don't recall which, but they didn't linger to bother me. That's a new-ish development and I like it very much.

Our home looked pretty good that night. I'm proud. It still looks nice, even with Roman Holiday running unheeded on the TV (I needed something non-action to keep me from getting bored while I did some sorely needed mending, and then I left it running while I worked on other things) and the stuff that is normally on top of the dryer is on the sofa (brb, fixing that. Fixed!).

The weather has gotten warm, even hot. The temperature is lovely but the humidity is more than I'd like, even if it's far from the worst South Dakota has to offer.

My elbows are sore and I know why. Last night, I couldn't sleep, so I finally crawled all surly out of bed and curled up with Kirby Mass Attack. I tried to achieve perfection in every stage, one stage at a time; I only made it to the second world, and it took me so long that today I am running on fumes. It's a Kirby game, a series known for its low difficulty, and I was cursing as early as 1-2. Lovely. I am forbidding myself to even look at Kirby today, or nothing else would get done. As for the sleep deprivation, well, God bless Mountain Dew.