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We had another meeting with our Design V professor today. As per usual felt rather inadequate when we left, but I am starting to get used to feelings of failure. I don’t think that is a very good sign. It may indicate a lack of motivation or something. Others will say it means I lack personal pride but MEH, I am prideful enough. Too much pride is a sin and people are real bitches if they think you are being proud of anything, regardless of any struggle you had to overcome to get there.

So I just realized that one year ago I was so upset I could barely function. Thank god for JAMP and his amazing pie and all the support I got from people. Yay for real friends. It’s kind of interesting just looking back. I still get mad and angry and act a bit childish, but I would like to hope that if the situation were to repeat itself, I would behave differently, not get stomped on and yelled at and threatened and that I would have just smiled, thanked people for the food and left, graciously, because what would be the point in staying there? Kind of makes me wish I could go back in time a year and repeat that one night, just to either clarify my own recollection and see if my anger is justified or to just… handle the situation in a different way. I am fairly certain given the mental maturity involved in this incident that I would just have been called a whiny bitch or something equally… infuriating if I had walked away but I think it would have placed some things in perspective for me.

I got the Sweeny Todd game off of Bigfishgames. I played it already. I am a bit depressed about that since that means that the game was not all that technically difficult and things. There were a few moments where I fumbled however as some things just didn’t logically track for me. But I finished it. And sometimes it sang to me.

Weird.

+Nyssa

Reading: Dead Until Dark
Book count: 2 == 2%
Wordcount = 0/10000 == 0.00%
Quote of the day: "Snowboarding is an activity that is very popular with people who do not feel that regular skiing is lethal enough." ~Dave Barry
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Today’s group meeting was more interesting than usual.

We went to a custom wheelchair store during our usual class time this morning. It was really neat and I got to roll around in a few wheelchairs and learn about the general unfairness of the American insurance system. Insurance companies will pay for a titanium frame on a bike but will not pay for something like MagicWheels or a Wijit to make things easier for people in wheelchairs to function. The insurance companies would rather pay either for surgery or for an electric wheelchair instead of something that would prevent the need for surgery and an electric wheelchair.

But the wheelchairs were NICE. If, due to some horrific accident, I end up in a wheelchair, I think I may insist on something like one of those, with the nice cushion and the light weight and the wheels that spin so smoothly as opposed to some of the others that are not quite as smooth.

Design for manufacturability is still interesting. I am kind of surprised. Not interesting enough to stop me from doing some plotting in the margins of my notes, but interesting. Homework due next week. Joy of joys. And we still haven’t picked something to work with yet.

I think it’s interesting that the entries bounce back and forth between school and total nonsense…

+Nyssa

Reading: Dead Until Dark
Book count: 2 == 2%
Wordcount = 0/10000 == 0.00%
Quote of the day: "There are three classes of people: those who see, those who see when they are shown, those who do not see." ~Leonardo da Vinci
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I am once again back into school. I know this because my homework is making me so frustrated, I want to throw it across the room.

We met with our professor for design. The ideas he liked were: automatic belay device, moped bike, steady cam. Other than that, don’t really care anymore. Moving on.

Design for manufacturability homework was turned in today. I spent all of class outlining my apparently 26 chapter fanfiction of possibly +100000 words. Fernando leans over mid class and whispers “whatcha doing?” After a moment of flailing, I write:

story idea

But left the whole writing fanfiction part out of it. As it is a Merlin Fanfiction, the fact that Fernando immediately replies with

you should have robot dragons that transform

Really really funny. After a moment of smothered laughter, I reply with:

there are dragons

Which gets me a revised statement of

you should have robot dragons that transform

I just smiled indulgently at him and wrote

I’ll try.

Controls is not going well. Fernando and I managed the first two and the last one very well, but failed at the third in a pretty epic manner. We did the dynamics homework and called it a night (I also cleaned up my dorm room and used my ihome while I did it. And I listened to some fanmixes. Bound still has the most awesome cover).

Dusty apparently has had a very exciting night that leaves me nervous and a bit upset (I am not sure how much of that is exacerbated by the Controls Fail). Hug Time Tomorrow I think.

Fernando tells me I should coat my room in paper and do art all over it. I am half way tempted. Also I need to remember to bring my Alice poster next week.

+Nyssa

Reading: Dead Until Dark
Book count: 2 == 2%
Wordcount = 6500/10000 == 65.00%
Quote of the day: “He hoped and prayed that there wasn't an afterlife. Then he realized there was a contradiction involved here and merely hoped that there wasn't an afterlife.”~Douglas Adams
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I think the best way to describe today would be Awkward Smile and Head Desk Now.

I got BORED in Design V. We aren’t talking like sort of bored and I was content with the Sudoku. We are talking full on would have been vacantly staring if I wasn’t doing something the entire time. So what did I decide to do? I decided to write.

Basic premise: Arthur Pendragon was born of magic.

Yes, that’s right, I spent both my classes today writing FANFICTION. I would feel ashamed if I didn’t like what I wrote so much. And I really do. Which is rare because I usually have to work up to liking something I write on my own, especially fanfiction because I don’t feel like I have the nuances right, even for the characters of my own creation. This time? I don’t especially care if the nuances are perfect, because that is what rewrites and beta’s and kid sisters are for.

So I wrote. I wrote a lot. I wrote during all of Design V (the front of a piece of engineering paper and half way down the back). Then I wrote another two pages before the end of Design for Manufacturability.
Naturally, when I got back to my dorm, I started to type. And adding, and embellishing. And next thing I knew it was time for another Design V meeting, which I was even less enthused about going to because it disrupted my obsessive rewatching to get the facial expressions and dialogue RIGHT ENOUGH (not even JUST RIGHT).

I returned to my dorm eventually (after a totally awesome conversation with Carrie about how we apparently like the same books/movies/Disney songs). And sat down to type again instead of doing any homework (though I did do some design for manufacturability).

So now… 5000 words. I think I haven’t managed that for a LONG time. Like… I mean it happens during NaNoWriMo, but that is about it.

But I kind of love it. And it’s awesome except for I realize now that this may not have been the best of plans, as setting a 5000 word precedent for over 26 chapters is not a good idea.

I’m not even done… we’re looking at like 6000 words per chapter.

I am kind of in love.

+Nyssa

Reading: Searching for Dragons
Book count: 1 == 1%
Wordcount = 6497/10000 == 64.97%
Quote of the day: “At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.” ~Lao Tzu
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So… my dorm is already a total disaster, but I have food now and my car has gas.

We had our first group meeting today. I really need to sort out my project notebook.

We have ideas though:

Rechargeable bike lights (as currently, the ones powered by pedaling die when you are no longer pedaling and are thus useless when one is either coasting or stopped)
Moped Bike that uses the tire rotation to charge up.
Rotating chalkboards
Steady Cam for small cameras
Solar powered water filter that can filter large amounts of water

Other than that, we have a bunch of random ideas. We are meeting again on Tuesday.

I am wondering if I need to start up the To Do list/calendar thing again… maybe I shall put it at the end of the entries though, instead of awkwardly in the middle.

+Nyssa

Reading: Searching for Dragons
Book count: 1 == 1%
Wordcount = 1491/10000 == 14.91%
Quote of the day: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” ~Lao Tzu
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So now I have a group for design v.

Carrie, Asha, Dita, Taylor, Jim and Geno. And I like them, so yay! Now we just have to come up with ideas. First group meeting Sunday at 3. Better not forget or anything because that would just be sad. 10 hrs a week… groan.

There was no design for manufacturability today, so I went to go see if my notes for Starr were done printing, but they weren’t, and neither were Carrie’s so we ate lunch, wandered the book store and then finally picked up out notes. I bought two things of graph paper at the bookstore, but they are awesome, you have no idea.
Dusty wants to go shopping again tomorrow, this time to feed her addiction to Adam Lambert. I say ‘…okay…?’ I am slightly curious if this is what everyone else feels like when I fall off a cliff into obsession. It’s kind of awesome not to be the one falling off of a cliff for once. I think it is because my fandom keeps me happy, with my 40 tabs open and things. But I do wonder if I am crazier at times. I know that it’s only been Merlin that I have really shared with her since well… for a long time now that I think about it.

Anyway we are on a quest for Adam Lambert posters. I have seen the Rolling Stone cover one and I just skipped past it because its Adam Lambert and while I like his music in a OH GOD NO NOT ON REPEAT kind of way, I do know what he looks like. I watch E!News afterall. I listened to the radio the morning after he won. I was just never… wowed by American Idol. Though he keeps showing up on the journals of the people I stalk on the internets. So I do know who he is, know about his epic bromance (though no where near as epic as Bradley James and Colin Morgan’s) and all that jazz. I just… I feel like I missed it. I don’t know.

+Nyssa

Reading: Good Omens
Book count: 1 == 1%
Wordcount = 1491/10000 == 14.91%
Quote of the day: “Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need be feared.”~ Sun Tzu

Day 1

Jan. 19th, 2010 11:33 pm
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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

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