The Vengeful Polyglot

Archive for May 2011

As the quarter draws to a close and graduation (and two summer session classes) draws near, I have fallen victim to what I’m calling “anxious lethargy.” I’m burnt out, but while I’d rather mess with Tasker scripts on my phone or blog or play WoW, I am entirely anxious about actually blowing work off. Basically, it’s all the downside of senioritis without any of the fun of relaxing (no grad acceptance or job yet, so my grades can’t “safely” tank) or not caring (my anxiety is legendary).

This came to a head with my Networks exam. Most of my classes, with the exception of Linguistic Anthropology, are not exam courses (and, really, how much do I have to study for a lower div ling class after progressing through several upper divs? While also fun and interesting, Ling functions as GPA padding for me). Project in AI is, well, project-based. My Studio Art Game Design class is making a game in a specific Flash SDK and not much else. Networks, though, has one big exam, called a midterm but in actuality a final, since afterward we split up to work on group projects. For some reason, I got a total block on actually preparing for this exam.

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I’m here to talk about High School Alternate-Universe (AU) fics, and how to and how to deal with some of the common issues encountered while writing them. The High School AU is a very common AU – possibly even the most common. Most fans I’ve known have written one, and most of those have admitted to writing them really, exceedingly poorly. I’ve written them really, exceedingly poorly, for that matter, though no one alive will get their current location from me. I’m actually one of those fangirls who has the capability to truly enjoy a HS AU, assuming it’s well written.

That’s where we tend to run into problems, though, these fics and I. AUs are notoriously sophisticated and tricksy beasts; not only does the author have to think about all of the normal problems which crop up while writing fanfiction – such a characterization, diction, interpersonal relationships, plot – but they also have to deal with plopping the characters in a new locale, or possibly remaking the whole story in a new world entirely. This is a particularly daunting task.

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Sometimes, while peacefully reading, I’ll get the feeling that I’m being watched.

 

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Since my HTC Droid Incredible has recently taken to locking itself over and over again during certain times, preventing me from ending, say, embarrassingly business-related calls, I will be replacing it with a refurb provided by my one-year manufacturer’s warranty. (6 days before expiration, yessss!) Unfortunately, backing up app data on Android phones is seeming pretty tricky. I’ll probably be trying it using ASTRO, the file managing app I hope everyone has on their Android. I’ll see how Google’s app-backup from the cloud goes before trying to deal with it on my own, though.

One of the consequences of this is that I’m most likely going to lose my beloved Android UI, which I have labored over for more hours than I’d really care to admit.  I’m really not exaggerating when I say I’ve probably spent more time tweaking apps on my phone than actually calling people with it. In the hopes of maybe recreating it, here is a dissection of the best UI/homescreen setup I’ve arrived at so far.

 

Main Homescreen

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My Life

Posted on: May 4, 2011

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I think everyone has a few key issues in their life on which their opinions will never change. Maybe it’s the existence of God, or your political affiliation (though having gone to college, I’ve seen a lot of people change such “immutable” opinions every other week). Maybe you love Carl Sagan, and really think that if you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you first have to invent the universe. For me, it’s that books will always be better than their film adaptations. Any book. Any film. I’m more than happy to debate heavy issues, like politics or religion (well… maybe not “more than happy”), and I’m fairly competitive so I tend to get really invested in arguments like that. But you’ll never see me more snotty than when someone mentions a new movie coming out and I turn up my nose and say, “Well, but it won’t be better than the book.”

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Having finished Bossypants in just over a day, I’m finally ready to select Tiny Fey as my official celebrity idol. I don’t think she intentionally set out to be the role model for disenfranchised twenty-something girl gamer nerds, but neither do I think she would reject it, so there you go.

My personal fascination probably started with 30 Rock. I was originally in the unfortunate situation of never having fully understood that 30 Rock and 3rd Rock from the Sun were different shows. My mom would invite me to watch with her, and I would give her this vaguely puzzled look like “Why are you watching that, of all things?” I wasn’t too familiar with Tina Fey from Saturday Night Live, so I had no context to make me think that, yeah, the shows were probably different, but eventually she got me to sit down and try it out. It was at that point I found my other half. I finally realized what I wanted to be when I grew up. The answer was so simple. I wanted to be Liz Lemon.

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