I’m in a happy place!

So I’m in a really good mood. This week is my birthday, I’m well-rested, work’s going really well, and it’s a beautiful day outside!

Well, actually it’s cloudy and raining on and off. But I’m still happy!

Weekend was fun – hung out with onefishclappin and krikwennavd on Friday night, played some games, watched some Veggietales. Good stuff. Hung out with wildrice13 on Saturday, played some Frisbee and later FFX-2 (although I was programming during most of that time, and I mostly finished the project I was working on, which tends to pump me up). Visited Sarah and then watched Shaolin Soccer with djedi and destroyerj (I’m really into these <lj user> tags today…).

I have some thoughts about my birthday that I’ll be posting later. Now, back to work!

Tax day! with poll

Work isn’t going well, so a quick update.

Yes, I like Hilary Duff. I can take the abuse!

So Wednesday was my last day volunteering at the tax center (djedi‘s going in today, brave soul…) It was pretty busy, but we weren’t swamped. I’m glad we did it – I learned a lot and it was nice to be able to help people. Although I will be glad to have my Wednesday evenings back.

More frustrating work ahead…

gays in sports

So I stumbled across this interesting survey about people’s opinion of gays in sports. The results are about what I would expect – people are mostly OK with it unless you ask too much about it. Which means that if a major athlete in a team sport were to come out, he/she would probably not be welcomed by the public. Someday…

I’m trying out a new color scheme, all those who didn’t like my last one and who thought the default one was “boring”. At least this one isn’t boring!

I guess I don’t have much to say!

I am moody, hear me roar!

Hopefully I’ll get some work done today. But that’s not what this entry is about!

Last night we visited Sarah in the hospital (after her surgery) – she’s doing quite well, we had a nice conversation, and she’ll likely go home tomorrow. But that’s not what this entry is about either!

I can be a very moody person. Yesterday, for example, I was in about 5 distinct moods (giddy in the morning (almost a heightened sense of awareness type thing, like I had had a Coke for the first time in a long time), a bit more mellow in the afternoon, excited when I got home, depressed on the drive up to Round Rock, happy talking to Sarah, really tired all of a sudden at wildrice13‘s). And I’ve definitely had worse days. It’s like being on a roller coaster, but in a bad way.

I think the giddiness in the morning was a sort of manic state – from the little I’ve read about bipolarism (ism?), it seems to have a lot in common with that. I feel like I could do anything I could put my mind to, everything is wonderful, and I feel super-productive (and I usually do get more done, although sometimes it involves starting very ambitious projects that I don’t finish). The good thing is that I can recognize when I feel this way, so I can let it not get too far out of control. Also I usually don’t have the urge to spend money, which is a good thing. I’ve read that for bipolar ppl, the manic part isn’t really the problem, and they don’t want that to change (it’s the depression that follows that is the problem), and I feel the same way. So maybe I am a little bipolar? The depression on the way up to see Sarah came on suddenly and it was kinda harsh, sort of a feeling that I wasn’t making a difference in the world, etc. *shrug*

Anyway, what was the point? Um, I dunno. I’m moody and stuff (which certainly isn’t news to djedi…).

a buncha random thoughts

Too bad I like my Prius so much!

This video made by Hitachi is, bar none, the oddest Flash animation I’ve seen about hard drive technology.

When I was in college, I loved tinkering my computer, having things (in
software!) break and then fixing them. Now I’m distinctly of two minds:

– I still for the most part like getting neat stuff to work – for
example, I’m currently working on burning DVDs from TV shows downloaded
from the TiVo. This is cool stuff.

– I don’t like making stuff that worked before already work. I don’t
upgrade my Debian packages regularly because of this – invariably
something breaks, and I have to spend time to get stuff working the way
it was before. I don’t have a lot of patience for this these days…

I took the Religion test earlier, but I took it again, and here are my results (which changed a little!)

1. Orthodox Quaker (100%)
2. Mainline – Conservative Christian Protestant (97%)
3. Eastern Orthodox (96%)
4. Roman Catholic (96%)
5. Mainline – Liberal Christian Protestants (91%)
6. Seventh Day Adventist (90%)
7. Liberal Quakers (67%)
8. Unitarian Universalism (64%)
9. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (61%)
10. Orthodox Judaism (54%)
11. Reform Judaism (54%)
12. Sikhism (51%)
13. Islam (46%)
14. Hinduism (45%)
15. Neo-Pagan (43%)
16. Bahá’í Faith (39%)
17. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (39%)
18. Jehovah’s Witness (39%)
19. Secular Humanism (39%)
20. New Age (33%)
21. New Thought (32%)
22. Taoism (32%)
23. Theravada Buddhism (30%)
24. Scientology (29%)
25. Mahayana Buddhism (27%)
26. Non-theist (25%)
27. Jainism (19%)

These results seem a little fishy to me. I’m more Orthodox Quaker than Liberal Quaker? I think I might have been picking the Catholic answers on purpose. Oh well…

weekend, pictures, etc.

Ah…some good Dave Matthews Band in the morning really mellows me out. Good stuff!

Had a good weekend – got stuff done that I had been putting off for the past two weeks (while working on Robolab), caught up on sleep some, played some games, went out to dinner and watched a movie. The latter two were with wildrice13, amorphousplasma, and skip_conrad – we went out to Zorba’s and watched Amelie, which I hadn’t seen. Very cute movie, although I had some difficulties because I first couldn’t get comfortable, and then when I did get comfortable, I was afraid I was gonna fall asleep 🙂 But it was good, we played some smash and then I went home exhausted. Felt much better on Sunday – slept in a bit (went to late mass), and we put new sheets on the bed which are softer, which makes it a lot more comfortable. Neat!

One of the things I did was put up pictures from Beer Bike. For reference, I used this tutorial to remove red-eye from a few pictures.

I have a new idea at work that I’m fairly positive about…hopefully I can figure out today whether it’s worth pursuing or not.

Have a nice day, all! Peace out.