credit freezes

Sep. 19th, 2017 08:47 pm
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Anyone who thinks they were affected by the Equifax security breach (or even if you weren't), feel free to check out the post I created with tons of resources for pulling and freezing your credit: https://xoxomarina.dreamwidth.org/239500.html

Big day today

Sep. 19th, 2017 04:06 pm
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Today has been a very exciting day!

First, I had an appointment at the car workshop in the morning. They needed me to be there while they made some adjustments, so I've seen the new car again, too. This time with the lift and special floor installed, so this time I was even allowed to sit in it. Let's just say it's still an absolute dream. I just wish that my driving skills matched the feeling of being in the car... actually driving still scares me, though. But okay, old news and all that, and this is supposed to be an excitement post, so...

... they also said that the car might be ready in 3-4 weeks' time, depending on when the traffic authorities decide to approve the adjustments. Yes, there is apparently a separate procedure of approval for this.

On a different note, we also did something nice after finishing the car stuff: We bought a new TV. We've had a lot of issues with our old one, so this is something we've been discussing and thinking of doing for a long time already. At the same time, we're also going to change our TV and net provider (back to the company we used to be with before), so I'm excited about that... and a little nervous, because it will mean a bit of stress with having people over, and probably also a bit of stress before everything is set up to work the way it should.

Should work better than our current setup, anyway. Slow net and flawed TV picture (with a lot of short sound/picture failures if you try to watch anything) has been the order of the day for way too long, now.

Finally... this also means one more thing: We will not have a landline phone anymore after this switch.

I'll be honest and admit that it has been hard for me to accept that this is a sensible decision. Of course it's true that I hardly ever use the landline phone, and I haven't been using it for a good few years. The only people who call on it are telemarketers and - until recently - mom's friend who kept living with the misconception that calling someone on their mobile phone is ridiculously expensive, so better use the landline if you can. Even that friend has now cancelled her landline phone subscription, though...

... so why has it been hard for me to get rid of it? Simply because the landline phone number we have has been the same for practically all of my life. That phone number is us, in some way. It's ours, and getting rid of it feels a bit like getting rid of some part of myself; some part of my own history. Does that even make sense?

Now I just need to hear from the TV/net installation folks, so that I know when they're coming by to set things up.

Soon, preferably. Because this should be exciting!

why, what and how

Sep. 18th, 2017 02:00 pm
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Why: Apparently I can never be happy without doing my own thing, whatever it might be. Lifetime of consumption is unfulfilling, even if it involves consuming the best products civilization has to offer: books, games and movies, sightseeing and entertainment, physical comforts, even knowledge. And neither is life of servitude, attending to other people's needs, following orders, aiming to please, being a good little cog in the machinery. Self-improvement sounds more like it, and it's a never-ending journey, but it should be considered as a means to an end, not a goal in itself - otherwise it's akin to masturbation.

(A couple of words about hate: it can be inspiring all right, but I'm sick and tired of it. I want to move on to something constructive.)

What: Game development always comes up during questionnaires and exercises for discovering your goals, passions, ideal career etc. The weird thing is, if I loved it so much, wouldn't I have been doing it since a long time ago? Even assuming that it's never too late to start anew - this is not how a passion is supposed to feel. But the whole point of doing the questionnaires and fretting over my inability to set goals is that I'm not that enthusiastic about *anything* right now (and haven't been for a while). But like it's said, idle hands are the Devil's workshop.

Well, waiting for a hurricane of passion already cost me years of life; it's time to settle up for something reasonably appealing. Anyway, goals are not set in stone... if something better turns up, I promise I'll jump ship! But at the moment, I just don't see anything else worthy to focus upon. I don't consider applying myself to depressing mundane goals like earning more money and improving quality of life, because it's much less motivating, and in any case, it's just procrastination; another excuse to put your dreams on hold, waiting for perfect conditions.

How: Adventure games - my favourite kind - are a blend of creative writing and programming, but for me it was always, first and foremost, about programming.

(To be continued... There's going to be a lot of technobabble, so it will be better to make a separate post.)

Tulips

Sep. 15th, 2017 01:51 pm
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I planted tulips and crocuses today, so let's see if they come up in a few months' time.

We used to always have tulips in our garden when I was little. Nowadays we don't have a garden anymore, and I don't know much about plants and flowers anyway, so it's not like I miss it. We have a couple of flower boxes and big flower pots, though, and that's nice. For example, earlier in the summer random people who just passed by our house would sometimes stop to admire the content of the flower boxes. The pots I've planted in today are in a less visible place, but I can see them from my window when I'm sitting by the computer - so if any of the stuff I planted decides to come up, I will have nice things to look at come springtime.

Duh, I sound like such an adult, suddenly. I'm not; I promise. ;)

Sigh

Sep. 14th, 2017 05:39 pm
zimena: A cup with a hot drink inside. A heart drawn into the liquid, and the text "Coffee, love?" diagonally across the pic. (Misc - Coffee)
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My life is a mess at the moment. Or maybe it's me (and my mind) who's a mess, take your pick.

I'm in that mood where everything - even otherwise enjoyable things - feels like a chore. I don't want to do anything, yet I'm also annoyed when I don't get anything done. I don't want to talk to people, yet I feel bad for not talking enough/not giving others enough attention. Generally speaking, I feel bad at this Being A Human Being thing.

It's a miracle that I even manage to make coffee for myself. Even that feels like a big chore, and it's - what? - a task that takes a few minutes, maximum.

It'll pass. I know that, because it always does.

I'm just not very happy with myself and my way of dealing with reality at the moment.
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I know I've promised to do this for a while, so it's time for a little picspam with my second favourite cross-country skier. Some of you are already familiar with him, but if not - say hello to Didrik Tønseth.



For me he looks very handsome in this photo.

More photos and info under the cut )

Health update

Sep. 9th, 2017 05:40 pm
zimena: (Misc - Doll-like woman)
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I'm slowly regaining movement of my hand. Today I can do most normal things as long as they don't require supporting any weight on that hand. Yesterday was quite horrible, though. I feel like I was practically sitting in one position all day, doing nothing useful whatsoever, because my wrist hurt so much.

I mean it - I even had to eat with the left hand, because I couldn't hold a fork/spoon/piece of bread. I think that explains it quite well. Also, getting dressed in the morning was a challenge, and I had to pick out clothes that I could get "easily" on or off.

I wasn't even aware that CTS could be this painful. I had heard of the condition, of course, but never experienced it until now. Let's just say I hope it will be the first and last time.

By now the only constant pain left is a slight burning feeling, and a slight swelling. I guess it will fade on its own, too... hopefully soon.

Oh, and no more trackpad for me. Not even as an emergency solution.

Breaking Bad (seasons 1 & 2)

Sep. 9th, 2017 06:29 pm
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A high-school chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer starts to cook meth in order to raise money for treatment and to provide for his family after he's gone. An unlikely choice of a show for me - a contemporary drama, no sci-fi/fantasy, horror or mystery, hardly even a comedy. But I decided to give it a try, seeing its high ratings, and ended up enjoying it so far (the first 2 seasons). I give it 4/5.

I can definitely relate to the main character, Walter White, initially a quiet, timid, introverted middle-aged loser, but apparently he has a dark side, which starts to emerge and develop: a brilliant, tough, self-confident and cruel drug dealer. I cheer for Walt's self-improvement, and approve all the way ;)

Other notable characters: Walt's partner Jesse, his ex-student and a street-smart petty criminal, also in the process of self-improvement (in a more conventional sense); Walt's brother-in-law Hank, a loudmouthed DEA cop (that's where Walt got the idea of drugs being a lucrative business :) ; and a charismatic but thoroughly corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman. These guys are always fun to watch.

The character I grew to hate is Walt's wife Skyler: what a boring, plain, prim&proper, mundane, meddling bitch! Spying on her husband by checking his cellphone - so disgusting. Plus, the whole pregnancy and baby subplot, ewwww.

Funny, Walt claims that he does what he does purely for his family's sake, but it's more like he's doing it for himself, as he really seems to enjoy embracing his dark side. And who wouldn't? ;) But it's a pity to be stuck with such a mundane family, which is constantly dragging him down. (His son, a moody teenager, is also quite annoying.)

a couple of thoughts/spoilers for season 2 finale )

And chemistry is amazing. It's great to be able to use your professional knowledge in a creative, unorthodox way. I wonder what could I do in a similar situation... Hacking banks? Not enough skills, LOL.

Ouch

Sep. 7th, 2017 02:22 pm
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So, my computer mouse has been acting up for a while. Some time ago, it started registering single clicks as double clicks. Annoying, but not often enough that I couldn't live with it. Well... that problem has been getting gradually worse. Then, recently, another problem started to occur: You can no longer drag and drop anything with this mouse, because it will simply let go of it mid-way through the motion. Any drag-and-hold motion like autofilling columns in an spreadsheet, is of course also affected by the same problem.

While I can deal with the occasional single/double click failure, I can't deal with these new problems. However, I also didn't feel like buying a new mouse, so I simply put the faulty one away and replaced it with a trackpad I had in one of my drawers. Now, I'm not a big fan of trackpads, but I figured I could use it for a while.

Well... wrong. I've been using it for about a week now, and my wrist is not liking it. At first I thought that I just wasn't used to the new pattern of movement, and it's not like it hurt that much during the first couple of days, either. By now it hurts much more, though. Hello, carpal tunnel infection.

I mean it: It hurts as f#&%.

I probably don't need to point out that I made a nice little trip to the electronics store today? Bought a replacement for my beloved trackball mouse, came home, and threw the trackpad safely back in its drawer. For now, at least. But honestly, I don't know if it even deserves to stay there, because it's not even usable as an emergency solution if the emergency lasts for more than a few days.

I've learnt that much by now.

Oh, and I'm now wearing support on my wrist, so my hand movement isn't perfect at the moment. However, neither typing nor using the trackball on the new mouse causes a lot of thumb movement, so I think this should be okay. I hope the pain decides to fade soon, though...

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