nikavia: (Secret Six: Deadshot)
Needless to say, today went much much better than yesterday.

To begin with, I made it through the entire day with my wallet intact and on my person. That is pretty good right there.

I had a lot of nothing today. I read all of Batman:RIP. It…. Really doesn’t make that much sense. I am kind of wondering if I am doing it wrong. Might need to find the back story for it because I am seriously confused about some parts. Though I know others, like Miss Jet.

I also finally managed to wander behind Pete without getting caught in 3whateverhalfdays.

I also got manhandled. I almost screamed when it happened because I am not used to being bodily moved by a guy who is twice my size, literally, especially when that extra me is 100% rugby muscle.

Other than that, I spent some time pining for the fact that I only have 15 userpics. I guess I need to steadily update before I can even talk myself into a paid account on lj. I mean really.

Uhm… I guess really all I want to do for the rest of the evening is read my comics I got yesterday and try not to read any spoilers. We’ll see how that works out.

+Nyssa

Comic spending: $28 since 8/25
nikavia: (Guy Gardner: Warrior)
Okay so today is pretty much the worst day ever, and the best day ever, But mostly the worst.

I lost my wallet today on my way to thermo. Lost it. And this meant I spent all of thermo hyperventilating and about to cry. I got home and it wasn’t there and so everything got cancelled, credit cards and everything. I paid 44.70 for a new drivers license and just… yeah it was bad. But then I got a message on facebook from someone who had found my wallet :D

I got to campus and everything was still there except for 2 bucks and I was okay with that loss. But that was 44 bucks gone and never to return. Oh well.

Today is my parents anniversary. Yay, though apparently their anniversary is totally cursed. I probably didn’t help this year.

I also do not have class on Friday except for seminar. YAY.

Went to astrozombies today after picking up my beloved wallet.

Action Comics #892

Batman #702

Detective Comics #868

Gotham City Sirens #15

Green Arrow #3

Justice League of America #48

Justice League: Generation Lost #8

Legion of Super-Heroes #4

Superman/Batman #75


+Nyssa

Money Spent on Comic Books = $28

(for now, this creepy counter will do...)
nikavia: (Guy Gardner: Welcome to Corpse)
Okay so now I have started GRADUATE SCHOOL in a class with more than one student (me).

ME520: Advanced Thermodynamics-

I think I am going to like this class. I know a lot of the people in it, and yes, the 22 guys to 2 girls ratio sucks but at the same time, I know the other girl, Carrie, so that makes me incredibly happy. And Joe and Ross are both in that class. The professor seems cool so really, I just have to survive.

I met up with Hunter and DK today for lunch, which was pretty awesome. I didn’t eat because I feel like crap but it was nice to see them and talk to them. I talked to hunter for like two hours and that made me smile.

I also hung around campus for an extra 40 minutes to say hi to Dusty. Not doing that again since pretty much it was a very boring 40 minutes for like 2 minutes of “hello and hello everyone else” so yeah.

Went to pub quiz. It was incredibly hard. Like incredibly. Still don’t feel so hot so I am glad that class doesn’t start until like 1 tomorrow. Still, blegh. Also music is isolating. I know that is a random comment, but seriously. It discourages interaction massively and it mostly annoying when you are in company. It’s pretty lame.

Anyway tomorrow is my other two classes… yay?

... Okay I confess. I bought like all of recent X-Factor. And some Blackest Night. I couldn't help myself.

+Nyssa
nikavia: (Secret Six: Deadshot)
Got summoned to take Lindsay shopping today. I believe I have performed adequately.

Went to target and mostly just stood around while she took care of things. It was fun, but tiring and I just… smiled at nothing. I am kind of sick of target to be honest.

I then showed them around campus so they wouldn’t get lost and die first day of school. Hopefully some of it stuck.

It rained all afternoon, which was rather entertaining as that means class crawl was very wet. Betting a lot of missing/lost freshman tomorrow.

School starts tomorrow. First and only class at 11am. And no word from Professor. Guess no meetings this week either.

+Nyssa
nikavia: (Guy Gardner: Welcome to Corpse)
WEDNESDAY!

Today I helped Lindsay move into the dorms. It was quite exciting. She and Ann are sharing a room in Santa Ana. So far, no one has died though it is IMPOSSIBLE to open their door. I was kind of irked with this development. I managed to open it twice and we filled out a work order because the door is impossible.

I introduced the kiddies to Brickyard while we were there, which was pretty neat of me if I do say so myself.

AND THEN I got to buy comic books :

Action Comics #891

Batman Beyond #3

Batman: Streets of Gotham #15

Brightest Day #8

Green Lantern Corps #51

Justice Society of America #42

Supergirl #55


My days are seriously kind of boring. But I like them.

+Nyssa
nikavia: (Guy Gardner: Warrior)
Wednesday again!

So I went with the kiddies to buy text books. Linds ended up with $700+ in textbooks.

I paid for my text books. Luckily I only had to get two, for about $230… ah engineering how I will not miss this particular part about you.

I got a text mid astrozombies. Fernando is having a party this weekend for the leaving. I am prepared to cry. A lot… It could get ugly.

And since it is Wednesday: The haul!

Action Comics #890

Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #1

Justice League: Generation Lost #7

Superman #702

Birds of Prey TB: Dead of Winter


I am pretty excited. I also have fallen in sort of love with The Authority. I think I should probably discuss that though when I have a boring day of boringness. Because my life is actually kind of boring.

+Nyssa
nikavia: (Default)
Met with Prof today to work on research. We didn’t meet for that long, which was nice, but I have even more books to read.

I don’t remember if I talked about what I am doing for my research so… here goes.

Basically, UNM has a shock tube in the ME building, and this shock tube is kind of one of a kind because it can be tilted and fired at several different angles (most shock tubes only go in x or y).

My research? I am going to be modeling how particles behave immediately after being hit by a shock, when they are being bombarded by random chaotic turbulent flow. And have I mentioned that this has never been attempted before? Yeah, this is going to suck. And be way way awesome. But mostly suck.

Anyway so I am spending the next few weeks reading articles about various other experiments and models based on resuspension of particles (basically, particles being pulled off of surfaces and joining some sort of fluid flow again). I get to take notes on them too. Essentially, I am reading the articles so the Prof doesn’t have to…

I am however getting 10 credit hours of schooling paid for, and a very nice stipend, though I have to wait for my back pay for the last two months. But yay for a paycheck!

In any case… that is my research in a nutshell… from what I understand… Joys :D

Tomorrow is Wednesday which means COMIC BOOKS :D

+Nyssa
nikavia: (Secret Six: Deadshot)
It’s been since February since I last updated.
The basics of the last 6ish months:
I Graduated from College Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering.
I am attending Grad School at UNM, working with my Fluids Professor on Shock Tubes.
We built a freaking awesome Wheelchair for Design V.
I became obsessed with DC Comics.
Angel Died.

The specifics in detail under the cuts, like last time I did a recap of my life.

The Months... )

The Classes... )

The People... )

The VICES, Saving Graces, and Other Simple Pleasures... )

So yeah, now I'm all caught up. See if we can do a better job huh?

+Nyssa
Will Figure out to do with this spot later....

Notebooks

Feb. 1st, 2010 11:35 pm
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So I am not taking good care of my notes.

This wouldn’t be an issue except that it bugs me now of all times. I think a part of me is just searching for a project or a task or something to play with instead of doing my homework. Mike has cool little notebooks that he uses to take notes this semester. I may have to emulate him and copy my old notes into these notebooks because I don’t think I will be needing all of my notes for forever. Also spiral notebooks are hard to stack and keep all nice and pretty.

We’ll have to see. I will have to go to like Borders and look at their nice little journal notebooks and pick ones with enough space for me to copy all of my notes, without excessive amounts of space that will leave me trying to fill up the pages. But it will depend on how much I write, what I write, etc. Seems like a project huh? Maybe will start doing that when midsemester rolls around. I’ll need something new and shiny to focus on then.

Spent some time today scribbling down plot ideas. We’ll have to see if any of them come to fruition. I really need to consider a fandom lj though, because while I like being me and stuff, I don’t want people reading about me bitch about my thirteenth group meeting of the week unless they really feel like they need to get into the fucked up mind of a mechanical engineering student less than four months away from her graduation. I don’t know, if it suits them by all means join in.

+Nyssa

Reading: Dead Until Dark
Book count: 2 == 2%
Wordcount = 0/10000 == 0.00%
Quote of the day: "Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses." ~ Leonardo da Vinci
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Watched the Maiden Heist with Dad today. It was alright but yesterday’s con movie was better. It was about art thieves though, but not like real ones. This was the story of a group of security guards at an art museum that find out that their favorite pieces are going to be moved to like Denmark or something and they decided to make fakes and steal the originals forever.

I am not all that excited about this semester. Even for all the fact that I am graduating in less than four months. But there is pretty much homework, tests and group meetings. And the group meetings are making me so tired. You have no idea. Just thinking about the group meetings makes my eyes twitch and my fingers curl in on themselves.

I made it to 10000 words. Those last 100 are pretty crappy and are mostly me going “oh lord so close just… aghereasedre” kind of things but hey 10000 words!

I am watching Criminal Minds. Again. I missed this show, even though I am not super into it (like oh say, those other shows where I watched them online). It’s good and interesting and creative. However I am not sure how realistic it is.

I am tired thinking about groups already... But I have to go to bed and then pretend to be happy about school tomorrow…

+Nyssa

Reading: Dead Until Dark
Book count: 2 == 2%
Wordcount = 10000/10000 == 100.00%
Quote of the day: "A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession." ~Albert Camus

Day 1

Jan. 19th, 2010 11:33 pm
nikavia: (Default)
First day of classes, done, and I already have to go play in DSH tomorrow. Not for Class. LAME

Design V
This class is looking to be so boring, I think I will probably need something to keep me entertained during lectures. The design part should be fun but we will see when that happens if it is at all enjoyable by the end of the experience. 10 hrs a week per person in a project for like 14 weeks? Sounds a bit unpleasant. But here we are, the final stretch.

Design for Manufacturability
I am actually really looking forward to this class now. The professor was really energetic and kept poking fun at things all over the place. We also have people calling in from other sites, and they are on video camera. We are trying to figure out if they know that we can see them leaning all over the place. But there is group homework and a group project. As an undergrad I also do not have to write a paper that the grad students have to. For a graduate class, it looks survivable.

Eating Asian food already. Hums I am not sure if this is a way yay.

I have also already fallen into watching VH1 and marathons… this is a bad thing.

+Nyssa

Reading: Good Omens
Book count: 1 == 1%
Wordcount = 1491/10000 == 14.91%
Quote of the day: “In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons.”~Herodotus
nikavia: (Default)
I am back in my Dorm Room.

All the posters fell off my wall, except for the poster that seemed to enjoy falling off the wall all semester, Star Trek. I have no idea. I wonder if I will remember to bring my Alice poster. Probably not. I forgot my teddybear. I am getting ready to curl around my pillow and cling to it while I attempt to fall asleep. I also forgot my ihome thingy. But my touch and I will be best friends forever. I am listening to Storm in Someone Else’s Teacup. And I love it. And it makes me sad. I watched Merlin season two (eps one and two) with mom this weekend, so… yay for more this weekend.

This is my schedule:

MWF:
[900-950] ME481 Digital Controls
[1100-1150] STAT345 Statistics
[1300-1350] ME416 Applied Dynamics

TR
[800-1045] ME460 Design V
[1100-1215] ME486 Design for Manufacturability

Ew for tomorrow.

+Nyssa

Reading: Good Omens
Book count: 1 == 1%
Wordcount = 1491/10000 == 14.91%
Quote of the day: “A visitor from Mars could easily pick out the civilized nations. They have the best implements of war.” ~Herbert V. Prochnow
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Today is my mother’s birthday. Lindsay has the plague, so we didn’t go all out, and she didn’t get to go eat cake at Grandma and Grandpa’s.

We went to Rex’s and it was pretty yummy. I ate way more than I should have, and I feel kinda tired.
My dad made an Avatar Cake. It made me smile. It’s so topping Titanic, as an aside because James Cameron wouldn’t make it unless he could own himself. And create another unbreakable record, until he comes out with Battle Angel.

Angel is also now 14 years old.

We decided to celebrate by watching Supernatural. It was Jump the Shark, which I have been WAITING FOR for forever and a half so I was way way way excited.

Last weekend before school starts. Lame. I just realized that I forgot to mention I got my books earlier this week. I have them now. Not that bad this year as two of my classes do not require textbooks. Though they are both 400 levels.

+Nyssa

Reading: Good Omens
Book count: 1 == 1%
Wordcount = 1491/10000 == 14.91%
Quote of the day: "Strippers, Sammy, Strippers. We're on an actual case involving strippers. Finally." ~ Dean
nikavia: (Default)
So…

Today was EPIC WIN!

I got up and went to my GRE, doing well on the last test I took just as kind of a wake me up thing. I was a bit upset to learn that I would have to give them my watch but, I endured.

But… after a three hour test… a 770 on the MATH! FUCK YEAH! And a 580 or something on the vocab, but we aren’t going to worry about that because a 770! I’m so excited!

After the GRE I decided to be exciting and climbed on The Treadmill. AND I RAN A WHOLE MILE! And Dusty and Cait have awesome timing because they managed to arrive at my house the exact moment I hit the mile mark. Like I am at .99 miles when they rang the doorbell.

So we went out to get ice cream to celebrate and I just feel… glowy. And apparently I did very very well according to the Facebook madness.

I also got to watch Supernatural. Which makes me soooo happy you have no idea.

+Nyssa

Reading: Good Omens
Book count: 1 == 1%
Wordcount = 1491/10000 == 14.91%
Quote of the day: "Today, you will have the honor of playing one of the greatest games ever invented. A game of skill, agility, cunning. A game with one simple rule. Dodge." ~ Dean, 4x13 After School Special
nikavia: (Default)
So, tomorrow I take the GREs. And I am still up, terrified to sleep and talking to my laptop obsessively. Yes, to my laptop, not to myself.

So today was pretty awesome. I went out to lunch with Fernando and Krista and Dusty. Dusty was an unexpected surprise, as she originally said that she would come be social, and it would be after our original meeting time, but she got there before me even! I was very glad to see everyone before the test tomorrow though. Gives me hope that the world will not end in 24hrs.

Fernando and I also used this occasion to exchange our very late Christmas gifts. I now have my own Kingdom Hearts Shirt. He knew just what to get me. We talked school and GRE trials and all kinds of things.

I also watched Supernatural, even though I really should have read or something productive, though at this point, I don’t think it would do me much good. The Supernatural eps were some of the ones I had been waiting for though, so I am way stoked. Sadly, this means the supernatural wiki is open in firefox again.

I have also started to notice that I am using two different browsers for apparently no reason. I think I am using chrome because when I use chrome for facebook, my computer doesn’t start whirrrrrrring at me. And I use it for LJ posting too. I think I just like how much bigger the window is so I can… get the aesthetics or something. Only complaint is that the Rich Text won't let me copy/paste from other sources.

Okay, I got to bed (or listen to podfic and breath deeply). Here’s to the GREs. Be kind to me. (Quote of the day may not be the best one for today/tomorrow)

+Nyssa

Reading: Good Omens
Book count: 1 == 1%
Wordcount = 1491/10000 == 14.91%
Quote of the day: "There's no higher power, there's no God. There's just chaos and violence, random unpredictable evil, that comes outta nowhere, rips you to shreds." ~ Dean, 2x13 Houses of the Holy, Supernatural
nikavia: (HRH Prince Arthur)

 So, I am studying for the GRE exam. This is what I learned today, having taken the diagnostic exam that tells you, essentially, what your weak points are. It's a real GRE exam though, but it has heavily explained answers and things like that. In any case, I took the diagnostic exam. I got a 690 on the verbal and a 700 on the math part. To put this in perspective, the UT Austin ME Grad department has an average verbal score of 550ish, and an average math portion score of 770. So, yay for being well balanced, but I need to get my math up higher. And I made two stupid mistakes too (there are 30 (v) questions in 30 minutes and 28 (q) questions in 38 minutes). So I missed 5 and 4 questions respectively. So, I now know that Bar Graphs eff me up, and I need to learn how to read them. But other than that, I didn't have too hard a time with the math. No calculators, so everything has to be done by hand and it's mostly simple algebra, which i can pathetically do off the top of my head since it's all that I seem to do after all the crappy stuff like integration and table lookup happens. I also knew most of the words in the verbal section, except for a few, and learned a nice technique. My brain tends to wire words together, in groupings as it were, based on some sort of similarity, similar to antonym/synonym. So even if two words are not technically synonyms, I will group them together in my head, which should make analogies and antonyms easier, even if I do not know the words involved.

I also returned to Assassin's Creed II today. Ezio and I are trying to finish up my last game (I have like 15 more missions for an almost entirely complete DNA string {I can't get all the secret locations, unless I wish to pay for them}). But I think I shall restart it tomorrow, from the beginning. I also am now going to compare our two heroes.

AltairEzio
ArrogantIdiot
Master AssassinBaby Assassin
AntisocialSocial
Doesn't work well in teamsLOVES TEAMS SO MUCH
Women?WOMEN!
White RobesFashionista
One Liner KingIs just win
ScarredScarred
BROTHERHOOD!Brotherhood?

Though really, I love them both, for different reasons. Ezio is just so expressive, and in the first sequence of the game, he is hoodless, and so you see everything, every face and eye twitch and silly facial expression. His accent (or the voice actor's version) is also one of the first Italian accents that I do not despise instantly. He's Ezio! He get's bossed around by his mother, protective of little brother and avenges his sister's social wounding. He's different from Altair, but no less fun. Though, Altair will always be my master assassin. 

I like fresh faced Ezio at the beginning who is like "Brotherhood of assassins?... what are assassins?" He and Altair go on similar journeys, though interestingly, Ezio is following Altair's path. You get Altair's armor (which was the best part of the game for me) and find out what happens to Altair after the game through his diaries. Altair goes on a journey of self discovery, as well as the dissolution of everything he has held dear for the entirety of his life. Ezio has his whole life destroyed, and then goes on his own journey of self discovery. Altair remembers how to be an assassin, and Ezio learns how to be and assassin.

No more meta tonight I think... I wrote! One more reason to go off and make a creative journal. I am trying to decide if I want it to be a comm or a journal, because one of them involves signing on and off (yes, I am that lazy). We'll see.

+Nyssa

Reading: Good Omens
Book count: 0 == 0%
Wordcount = 1161/10000 == 11.61%
Quote of the day: "Speak to me or speak to God" ~Altair, Assassin's Creed

Cousins

Jan. 3rd, 2010 11:03 pm
nikavia: (HRH Prince Arthur)
So I have a cousin, who isn't technically a cousin, as we are not blood related in the slightest. But we are very close, even if she is off at some far away school in Mass. It's a strange thing because I never count her amongst my cousins, when I say I have four female cousins and one male cousin, or that I have five cousins, but every time I mention her in conversation, she get's "cousin" attached to her name. Then I always correct myself saying "but not really my cousin in a blood sense" and continue on with whatever we were talking about prior.

According to others, this is not that uncommon, but it is strange to be caught up when people remind me that she is not technically my cousin. Apparently she has had similar experiences in far off and distant lands of college and things. Anyway, she came over today, for the afternoon and watched Season 2 of Merlin with me, fangirled and commentated. Holly behaved and it was all good times.

Tomorrow I plan on working on my GRE prep some more. I also want to work more on my organizing and maybe get some writing done, as all i have done today is add more bookmarks than I have sorted (5/190) and so maybe, that will be a nice running counter at the bottom of livejournal entries as well. We shall see.

I am considering creating a journal/community for creative works of a not related to downfall and spectrum manner. We'll have to see if I like anything enough to do so. I want to go back to my 2008 Nanowrimo and work on it some more, maybe complete it. Or some other project. I am so scattered, focusing actually hurts sometimes when it comes to creativity. I currently have two different word documents open, trying to type without getting distracted by the internet. So far, I am failing, and I expect I shall continue to do so until the internet lacks previous luster.

+Nyssa

Reading: Good Omens
Book count: 0 == 0%
Wordcount = 50/10000 == 0.5%
Quote of the day: "Give me names and I will give you blood" ~Altair, Assassin's Creed
nikavia: (HRH Prince Arthur)
So, I wasn’t that good about the Journal this year. I’ll look back when I am old (or like, next year) and be like OMG WHAT DID I DO IN 2009? So… Here is my year in review.

The Months... )

The Classes... )

The People... )

The VICES, Saving Graces, and Other Simple Pleasures... )


I also redid my whole journal. New layout, new profile, new moodtheme, new userpic. Yeah kinda went overboard but... It's time.

I'll deal with those resolutions tomorrow I think.

Also, HAPPY 24th BIRTHDAY COLIN MORGAN!

+Nyssa

Reading:Good Omens
Quote of the day: "I'm happy to be your servant, till the day I die"
nikavia: (Default)
What did i spend my last day doing? Nothing... nothing at all. And it was wonderful.
Okay that is kind of a lie.
I watched Kyle XY. Kyle is sweet, stupid, but Sweet.
I also wandered around Wikipedia and re-discovered the creepy incestious or perhaps inbred world of Voice acting in Japan. "What? He's in Gay Porn?.... With him?" see things go south remarkably fast. Cloud Strife's voice actor? Made of WIN. As is pretty much every other famous voice. As a funny note, Light from Death Note? Riku. Yes.... Riku. Think about the laugh in COM! it is like OMG! but it was pretty funny. Linds and I just played around for hours with that.
Other than that, My Roommate Moved out. Meaning i have a huge room all to myself now. Which is awesome. Have to think of something to do with the other bed though...
I also have not watched like VH1 in like... a month so i have to catch up on my trashy tv. Which is kinda bad because OMG so much trash....
The good news is i don't have class until 11 tomorrow. I thought i had class at 9:30 but... nopes.
Tomorrow is ME 370, ME 357 and ME 360L, and i go till 3:15. Unless we don't have lab, which would be awesome...
Anyway, i should probably pretend to get some sleep. Even though i doubt i will. This week is semi fashionable. Lets see how that goes huh?
Laters
Nyssa

Currently Reading: STORM: Infinity Code
Books: 7== 7%
Words: 10000/10000=100%
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I had to pry myself away from WEWY today in order to go be social.
Windu had a birthday party. Yes, Windu is a dog. poor thing was confined to a small pillow. But i think he had a good time. I am unsure. There was good food and good company. Chatted about Video games and other such things with the boys. But i had a good time. Have added Force unleashed to my wish list but it is so far down the list it will probably be summer, which is okay as by then i shall have money and time. Maybe spring break at the earliest for fun games i can attach myself to.
During the party (which was interrupted by a call from Jason which made me pleased because i miss my crazy track runner) we watched Braveheart. Nothing, and i do mean nothing, is more annoying that having to stop a movie to argue/look up historical facts. Multitask people! Multitask. So Hunter and I mocked it and Jared called me gay. Was i hypersensitive and maybe he didn't say anything like that? Fuck no he practically spelled that out. Almost corrected him and said i was a misanthrope. Didn't and chose to simply remind myself that he isn't my best male buddy and thus, cannot call me that and have me laugh and joke. I reserve that for buddies of the engineering variety that are comfortable enough to make the joke and continue playing with me.
Anyways, i have a bunch of cupcakes now, because Dusty made them and they can't have them. So i have them and i have one last night in this house before i get shipped back to school. I really don't want to go back to school.

Laters
Nyssa

Currently Reading: Nothing...
Books: 7== 7%
Words: 10000/10000=100%

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