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The Blogger's Prayer

Lo, there do I see my posts.
Lo, there do I see my tweets.
Lo, there do I see my gifsets and my picspams.
Lo, there do I see the line of my blog, back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them on the Internets,
Where the geek may live forever.

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Mar. 18th, 2015 03:47 pm
astro_noms: (i am jack's lack of enthusiasm)
Darlings on DW, a question - can anyone recommend a good source for layouts? I'm out of the CSS/layout making game these days, so I'd prefer something ready-made, but the places I used to look are kinda deserted these days, and I don't know where people go for them now.
astro_noms: (coffee coffee coffee)
My Mac laptop is on the fritz - the monitor has the well-known dark streaks on the bottom, but this time it's not just a matter of putting the display to sleep and waking it up again, and since the laptop is over 6 years old, there's no point in fixing it. I may look at buying a monitor so I can just hook it up that way and have a desktop for now while I squirrel away the money to build a proper PC. I've been using my grandparents' PC laptop for now, mostly because I'm afraid to take it anywhere for fear the display with the cracked bezel and wonky lid will just crap out on me completely. This of course is not without its problems, such as finding a desktop mail client that doesn't make me want to vomit when I look at it, Windows keyboard shortcuts (although that's the least of the problems), and just generally getting used to everything looking different. Six years of a totally different look/function combo is hard to shake.

My mom's coming to Poland next week, spending a week in Warsaw on a research trip with a friend of hers, and then spending a week with my grandparents. She's (most likely) bringing me her iPhone 5 - they just upgraded to the 6, I think - which is good timing, because my iPhone 4 is starting to get wonky, too. The curse of me using electronics, I guess. I might also be getting an iPad mini, I guess as a Christmas present? IDK. It'll be nice to have a tablet again, if only so I have something to fuck around online during boring classes. >_>

A little while ago I bought an external power pack from Anker, which gives me a lot of extra juice to go on. I've been playing quite a bit of Ingress lately, which eats up battery power like whoa, so the powerbank lets me play without worrying about my phone (or mobile wi-fi router, since it can charge two devices at the same time) dying before I'm done. Even if you don't do anything as battery-intensive as Ingress, I highly recommend the Anker, if only for the peace of mind of having a backup power source. I've charged the phone 5-6 times almost to full before the power bank needed recharging, so there's that.

Here, have a cat picture:

astro_noms: (winter lights)


I'm not scared of flying, nor really of turbulence, but a bumpy ride wasn't really something I expected to experience on a plane. Most of the flight was peaceful, and once we got above the clouds, it was actually kind of sunny and warm, but when we got above North America, things got a bit more bumpy. I seriously have no idea how pilots fly in weather like that, when the clouds are so thick that you can barely see the tips of the wings, and everything around you in pure white. It's kinda creepy, looking out at that which is probably why most people on the flight kept their windows covered.

I don't know why, but I've always had this image of New York as a city that can handle anything, including snow storms. In the meantime, once I landed, I found out that there were no buses running, the trains were delayed, and pretty much everything had ground to a standstill. Maybe it's all the years I lived in Canada, when we didn't have a snow day once, and that included the days when the temperatures dropped down to the low -20s and -30s. (That's Celsius, and around -20F). Actually, the only time I've ever had a snow day was when I went to Wales and we had a minor snowpocalypse. That I can understand, but this is New York! It's handled apocalypses and zombies and aliens, and I turn on the TV to see people freaking out because the mayor decided to keep the schools open. I guess we shouldn't always believe what we see in the movies... At least the city is mostly cleared, and the temperatures are pretty high (although that means that there are lovely ankle-deep puddles pretty much on every corner today).
astro_noms: (goodnight everybody)
snooze button


Last week, with all the work I had to do, I got into the habit of getting up early and going to bed at a late-but-still-reasonable time. Now that I'm done with all the finals and all the work, there's nothing motivating me to not hit the snooze button or turn the alarm off completely, which then leads to sleeping late and staying up late, which leads to sleeping late and... I have to say that while waking up early even without an alarm clock—including days I didn't have to get up early—wasn't something I quite enjoyed, it was still nice to have a regular wake-up time going.

Here's hoping I don't screw up my sleep cycle completely in the next couple of weeks. I'm guessing the trip to New York I'm taking next week won't help much, what with the time change and especially since I'm getting back just before the spring semester starts and I probably won't have much time to get back into a routine...
astro_noms: (coffee coffee coffee)

(This post was originally written by Zwierz Popkulturalny, a Polish blogger, who posted it on Tumblr. I got her permission to translate it to English and repost it with a link to the original.)

Making decisions in the dark middle of winter is hard. And yet every year, people try to change their lives in many ways, just because they've changed the calendar (not that they've used it to note anything down for years, but they've gotten used to the pretty pictures changing every month). We make decisions we can't completely fulfill; we promise to get more sleep, eat less, and run every day. And then in February, when we're pushing away the empty plate in a restaurant and yawning because we were up sitting in front of the computer until three am, we feel only distaste and disgust towards ourselves. Being weak-willed hurts the most when we're aware of the weakness.

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astro_noms: (dinosaurs can love too)

Haaa, yes. Four days all at once, because of course I left my camera at home when I went to visit my grandparents. Also, this whole thing is totally an excuse for me to play with the various filters in Snapseed. >_>

November photo-a-day challenge: day 9 - a good/bad habit

Day 9 Prompt: A good/bad habit.

November photo-a-day challenge: day 9 - a good/bad habit

Day 10 Prompt: Bridge. Piasek Footbridge, Malt Island (Wyspa Słodowa), Wrocław.

November photo-a-day challenge: day 11 - my name starts with...

Day 11 Prompt: My name starts with... (P is for pen.)

November photo-a-day challenge: day 12 - outside my window

Day 12 Prompt: Outside my window.

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astro_noms: (HAMMER GUY!)
Whoops. Between trying to get some work done and trying to fight off the lingering illness that doesn't seem to be getting much better, I spaced out yesterday and didn't post this on time.

Day 27: Post your favorite recipe.

It's not my favorite favorite recipe, because I honestly don't know if I have one of those, but here's my recent favorite dinner recipe and an old favorite cookie recipe. Both as just links, because there's no point reposting them.

Baked Orzo with Eggplant and Mozzarella from Smitten Kitchen and Itsy Bitsy Chocolate Chip Cookies from 101 Cookbooks

Day 28: What are you looking forward to?

Currently, I'm looking forward to not being sick anymore. And having the book translation done. And having the other translation done. And having enough time and energy to properly get started on my MA thesis background reading.

Yes, it's lame. It's the simple things that make life worth living. ;)

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astro_noms: (HAMMER GUY!)
The meaning behind your blog name.

The blog's name is "tangents and digressions," because while I originally started it as a knitting blog, and then split it into a separate writing blog, and then joined them back together again, I'm not really the kind of person to stick to one subject, and I'm prone to going off on the eponymous tangents and digressions no matter what I start out with, so I figured I might as well just go with it.

The subtitle of the blog, "why is the tea always gone?" is a frequent lament of mine, along with how much I need a minion (primarily to fetch me more tea when it is, inevitably, gone again).

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astro_noms: (fly away)
Haaa, almost missed the deadline (maybe I did jinx myself yesterday), but nyah, there's 20 minutes left in the day, so there.

What is your proudest moment?

I... can't really think of one moment of personal pride I'd put above all the rest? Most recently would be getting my BA, I guess. I've recently finally picked up my diploma (because they don't issue them right away), so I've *officially graduated and everything. :D?

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For some reason, they printed the diplomas without our middle names on them (I don't know if it was across the board, or just a few people, but I know I'm not the only one). Technically, that's not a problem, but since my official government ID has my middle name on it, I could run into someone somewhere who decides to give me trouble because they don't match. I don't use my middle name, like, ever, so it really doesn't matter to me, but I need to decide if I want to get it reissued with the proper names listed just to avoid having possible bureaucratic problems later on.

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astro_noms: (the dire ravenstag)

Woo hoo, halfway through, and only one slip-up so far. I may make it through this month yet. (Of course, I probably just jinxed myself.)


What's at the top of your bucket list?


I don't actually have one. This week's Bones had a dead guy who'd been working through this list before getting murdered, and then everyone was making them, and I kept sitting there thinking "I have no idea what I'd put on mine." I mean, if I had to absolutely put something at the top of the list, it'd probably be meeting up with Margaret and Olivia at SDCC some day? That's really the only thing that keeps coming up in conversations of "things we NEED to do someday." I don't know. *hands*


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astro_noms: (the dire ravenstag)
If I won the lottery...

That would all depend on how big the prize was, I guess? But let's say I actually started playing and hit it big...
  • buy a nice apartment (not necessarily in Wrocław, or even in Poland, I don't know where)
  • fix up my grandparents' house
  • invest
  • buy a nice computer and some other gadgets and toys
  • fix my teeth
  • get laser eye surgery
  • travel
  • buy a nice car
  • give some money to charity

Yeah, it's a lame list. I'm not feeling very creative today. :\ I blame the maybe-it's-a-cold-hopefully-not-the-flu sniffles I've come down with.

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astro_noms: (av needs no pants)

List 15 of your favorite things.


As with the other lists, this is no particular order.



  • Music: sometimes I put on my headphones and pretend I'm conducting an orchestra, sometimes I dance around in my underwear singing into a hairbrush. It's always been a part of my life, and I can't imagine living without it.

  • Reading: there's no better escape than getting lost in a book. Sometimes it's tedious (hello, school reading), but it's amazing nevertheless. I just can't wrap my head around it when people say they don't read. WHY WOULD YOU EVEN SAY THAT.

  • Writing: because the stories in my head just keep coming, and I love seeing what I can come up with, and how they all come together. I know, I know, everyone's got a novel on the back burner, but it's not about getting published for me—I'm perfectly happy to write just for the hell of writing, to see the worlds come together and to be able to tell the stories.

  • Learning new things: I love being in school, even with the eleventy zillion frustrating things I complain about.

  • Winter: I miss Canadian winters like crazy—proper winters with lots of snow and real cold, none of this wimpy "oh no, it's -5C, it's so cold!" stuff. Although in the last three years, I have learned that there is a lot of truth to the "it's not the cold/heat, it's the humidity" saying. -5C feels a lot different here in Wrocław than it did in Banff.

  • Photography: even if I don't do it often enough.

  • Fandom: I'm not really a social animal, but the unique nature of fandom lets me be part of something without having to force myself to get "out there."

  • Friends: I've met some incredible people in my life, both in person and online, and I'm grateful as hell for each and every one of them. And yes, you can make real, honest, genuine friends online, and don't believe anyone who tells you otherwise.

  • Cats: some day, I will have a cat—or three—of my own... SOME DAY.

  • Movies: the good, the bad, and the so-bad-they're-good. I tend to skew genre-heavy, and skip over the serious films for serious filmgoers oeuvre, but I love the idea of movies in general.

  • Tea: I love it all. Black, green, fruity, plain, fancy, whatever. GIVE IT TO ME. I just need a minion to make sure I'm always well supplied. Either that or a permanently attached IV.

  • Food: cooking and baking—when done right, and by that I mean my way, are an amazingly relaxing thing for me. I've been known to engage in a little stress-baking now and then. I love trying out new recipes—because let's face it, while recipes you know very well may be easy and convenient to make, the same thing over and over again can get boring.

  • Travel: not necessarily the traveling itself, and being around crowds of people, but getting to see new places is AWESOME. I prefer the not so touristy places, or at least when there are fewer tourists around, though.

  • The Internet: information, entertainment, and friends all in one place, what's not to like? Yes, it has its dangers and downsides, but what doesn't?

  • Knitting: for me, it's peaceful and soothing, and a way to keep my hands busy while I'm doing other things, like listening to music or watching TV or movies. I love seeing it all come together.


Mirrored from Tangents and Digressions.

astro_noms: (cute owl)

Day 10: what's your best physical feature?

I'm gonna go with my hair. It's not a particularly pretty color (I call it field mouse brown, which is pretty much the same color as about three quarters of the women I see every day), which is why I color it, but it's really healthy and really thick. It's actually so thick that on hot summer days, it can feel like I'm wearing a hat even if I'm not. I'm wearing it short right now, and attempting to grow it out a bit, but I don't think I'll ever go back to the waist-length I used to wear it at. It's just too thick and heavy to be manageable at that length. It's got its cowlicks and has a tendency to fall flat after five minutes outside even when I've just spent an hour styling it, but it's the envy of practically everyone in my family and I wouldn't give it up for anything. <3

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astro_noms: (a light to guide you)

Heh, falling down on the job already. But in fairness, it was a pretty busy day, and I didn't have internet yet, so finding a place to sit down and write where I could be online was kinda hard.

Anyway.

Day 7: what are your pet peeves?

Man, that is a loaded question. There are a lot of things that annoy me, but the ones that verge on pure loathing and hatred are people who walk around reeking like a stale ashtray. I get that I can't expect people to stop smoking, but when you're going to be taking public transit, maybe make sure that your personal smell isn't so vile that it makes people want to throw up (and contemplate aiming for your shoes)? You know, just a bit of consideration for other people.

Other things: clueless people who refuse to develop some kind of situational awareness. Bureaucracy (although that's probably more of a kill it with fire kind of reaction). Big dogs that run up to you and slobber all over you. Pigeons that sit outside your window, cooing at 6am. When the tea is all gone. When it's way too hot to function outside.

I could go on, but I have two more days to catch up on, so let's leave it at that, shall we?

Day 8: what's in your handbag?

I guess this is one of those questions where I take a photo. But it's way too early to be doing that, so I'll just make a vague list that fluctuates from day to day and purse to purse, but is more or less current these days. Also, I've lost my pencil case with my nice fountain pen and other stuff, so the picture would feel incomplete. :(

  • phone
  • earphones
  • tablet (sometimes with keyboard dock)
  • tissues
  • lipstick
  • keys
  • USB drive
  • SD card adapter & reader
  • small Moleskine notebook
  • a variety of pens/pencils
  • lens cleaning cloth
  • sunglasses
  • wallet
  • gum
  • tiny nail file
  • emergency migraine medication
  • cough drops
  • hand cream

Day 9: what are your worst habits?

The two that are worst by far are my temper and my tendency to procrastinate. I hold grudges and get emotionally involved in far too many things, which leads to getting pissed off and holding grudges and sadness. So I'm trying to work on that, but it's kind of an uphill battle. As for the procrastination, it's mostly evident in how I do my assignments for school. I can't recall an essay that I've written in the last three years that wasn't at least finished (if not started) the night before it was due. But it seems that I work well under pressure, so maybe it's not all bad.

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astro_noms: (fly away)

Your 5 senses right now.

Sight: my half-packed suitcase for today's return to Wrocław

Smell: my hands smell like wild mushrooms that I picked in the woods this morning

Sound: Welcome to Night Vale episode 32

Touch: Blackberry thorns stuck in my arm from tromping through the woods

Taste: tap water I washed down some painkillers with

#rivetingposts #scroll

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astro_noms: (clever girl)

What are you afraid of?


SPIDERS.


No, seriously. I hate them. Like, with a fiery passion. Most of the time I'll squish them dead, despite all the little old wives' tales people tell about why you shouldn't kill them, because EW.


arsonistheonlyoption
I never said it was a rational fear.

I'm also afraid of bridges. Sort of? I hate walking over them, especially when you can see the water down below. I never did make it across the Brooklyn Bridge, I got about 1/4 of the way in, looked down, saw the river, and NOPEd out of there. It's not really heights or water I'm afraid of, just the freaky combination of the two.


There are other things, too, but I'm not going to talk about them, because I am having an abso-frakking-lutely AWESOME and AMAZING day and I'd like it to stay that way. :D :D :D


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astro_noms: (external brain cells)

Today's theme is "20 facts about you." I'm going to be lazy and link you to the "about" page of this blog, mostly because I'm still running around like a headless chicken, trying to get everything organized because my grad school experience isn't off to a very good start (in fact, I would call it a no good, terrible, very bad start) and I have no idea if I'm actually going to be able to do what I want to do as far as my MA thesis is concerned. >:(


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astro_noms: (not the life for me)

So I was going to do this in August, but then Life happened and I didn't get around to it. And then I was going to do it in September, but then Work happened and I didn't get around to it. And then I decided I was going to do it in October, come hell or high water, so here it is. The themes in the image and the first day's answers under the jump.

challenge

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astro_noms: (secrets about secrets)
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for the "Friday" square of my [community profile] snapshot_bingo card


Yes, it's the wrong white balance, but it looks much prettier this way.

When I woke up this morning, I couldn't see anything out the window. I thought maybe it had steamed up in the night, but nope, just thick fog outside. The sun burned it off so it's gone now, but it sure was pretty for a few moments.


And now, back to work. I've got more words to translate and then courses to register for later today, so that's exciting. *twirls finger* I'm totally excited.  :| :| :|


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astro_noms: (a light to guide you)

I don't think "thrilling Thursday" will become a post theme, mostly because I don't have that many thrilling things to share. Unless I end up using "thrilling" in an ironic way, much like the #thrillingtweets hashtag over on Twitter...


I've been working on the translation, and I'm about 40% done! The English version is turning out to be longer than the Polish one, and I'm not yet sure how much of that is the fact that English just requires more words, and how much is my own tendency towards wordiness. I'm sure a lot of it will come out in editing, which reminds me, I should start looking for an editor for this thing. Oy.


The padding in my chair has become a bit flat lately, so I took it apart this past weekend to see what could be done. I ended up sticking a small pillow in there and putting the seat back together, but now it's all lopsided and crooked, and I'm going to have to take it apart again. I think I'm going to end up having to buy some thick fabric and polyfill batting or something, and basically reupholstering the thing again. The current upholstery is still fine (if in need of cleaning), but it's a pretty small piece of fabric, and if I want to put in more padding, it might not be enough. Besides, it might be nice to have a different color chair for a bit. :) I think having a bit more padding will make the chair a bit more comfortable, and maybe will convince me to sit normally, rather than cross-legged, which I don't suppose is too good for my posture...


 


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