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So, that was a long time.

There was work for a while, and then just my own general apathy about talking about myself. Yay.

Work was … well, I survived, and it went on four months longer than expected, so four more months of being paid, and towards the end I got a wee little writing gig and that was nice and there was more being paid. And then I wrapped and mostly just wanted to read and whatnot. And do math.

When I was in high school I had the worst math teacher ever. He was the Severus Snape of math teachers ("I've done a problem on the board, turn to page 47 and do the problems there"/teaching). He convinced me I was too stupid to do math. God forbid I ask a question -- waves of impatience and loathing would roll off of him. I mean, in his very, very thin defense, I did let him convince me, but on the other hand, I was fifteen, so to hell with him. Mom engaged him in a battle royale that quickly turned into a grudge match (she won), and I ended up with a tutor and a passing grade, but the math insecurity had set in and I spent much of the next nearly twenty years convinced I just simply didn't have the maths, as it were.

Oh, I did math, of course. I worked in graphic design for a good long while, and that requires certain amount of math, but then I started working in digital post-production, which requires more math, and I somehow became the go-to math person. Now, I might be un-tidy about a great many things, but there's just no excuse for sloppy file systems, slapdash naming conventions, and willy-nilly piles of data. My Germanic need to impose order asserted itself, and I was the person that the producers and whomever came to for numbers. Which was good, because I'm actually very good at that, and it's always nice to discover you're actually good at something. And, so, after I wrapped this last project, I had a moment where I thought "what the hell? I can actually do math. Screw you, Mr. Whateveryournamewas," and I decided to learn math. So, I've been 'attending' the Khan Academy, and discovered I actually like math. I even find it sort of soothing, when I'm stressed. Now I'm just irritated that I spent the last 20 years thinking I was just too stupid. A great teacher can make a tremendous difference in a person's life, but, sadly, so can a truly awful teacher.

In other news:

• In general, I really, really don't like sitcoms, but I decided to give "Community" a try a few months ago, and fell stupidly in love. I had "donde esta la biblioteca" stuck in my head FOREVER. I'm now actually afraid that if I'm ever in a spanish speaking country and need to inquire as to the location of the library, it will come out as a rap. Also, that I might refer to myself as a disco spider. I might have since acquired a 'theoretical phys ed' shirt, and maybe an 'inspector spacetime' shirt. I'm just saying.

• My mother moved to Fairbanks in the spring, but now she's back in Denver. They're all back in Denver and living in the same house -- my brother, his ex-girlfriend, their two kids, my mother, my ex-step-father, my sister and her daughter, and my brother-in-law and my nephew are on their way down. In the same house. With two dogs, a cat, and two more dogs on the way. From a thousand miles away that's comedy gold, folks. Less comic when you're actually there, though, but I told mom to just pretend she's in a sitcom and then it's wacky not stressful. She says, surprisingly that's actually helped, and she's decided to cast herself as the crazy ex-wife with the crazy cat who lives in the front bedroom.

• Saw the Avengers. Loved the Avengers. May have developed weird fascination for Bruce/Natasha. I don't even know. May be contemplating writing fic (not Bruce/Natasha, though).

• I received a surprise package in the mail the other day. A large squishy package from Hawaii? Hmm… You guys, pualaridesagain made me a 4th Doctor scarf! It is so beautiful. So amazing! You are the awesomest person ever, C. Love you.

She says if I wear it to Comic Con, I'll be 75% cooler than Wil Wheaton. A worthy goal, I think.

• And so it is Comic Con time. It snuck up this year, being a week earlier than usual. There are not a huge number of things I'd like to see. I only really want to get in to the "Community" and "Doctor Who" panels, so cross your fingers for me. I'll be posting stuff on twitter as usual (@themonkeycabal), if anybody is interested. I have an ipad this year, instead of a dumb phone (oh my god I hate my phone), so pictures and such.

• Also, my year after year whining has finally won me a victory. We're going to the Maritime Museum! Yay! Star of India, here I come.

Born in landlocked Colorado, I somehow developed a fascination for ships. Oh, I love ships. Ships! I'm coming, Ships! I'm coming! ILU!

So … anyway. How you doin'?


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Jul. 9th, 2012 10:43 pm (UTC)
*tackles you*

Now stay around a while, will you?!

Also, fic would be amazing. I ship everything that isn't Loki centric in Avengers land and I love what little Gen there is so anything in that 'verse makes me ridiculously happy.

And Community is the best sitcom to ever sitcom. It's amazing and hilarious and poignant and they made a Farscape reference. In mainstream teevee! Who does that?! Also Firefly references and Lavar Burton freak outs and the first black guy to make it to the end of the film and just...so much love.

That's a lot of ex's living under one roof, yo.
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:02 am (UTC)
I'll try to stick around.

I'd like to write fic. I've been thinking about it, and since I've got a subscription to Marvel's digital archive, I'm thinking that'll be the awesome-est research I'll ever do for a story. I wish there was more Gen -- nobody ever thinks of the Gen fans.

Oh Community. It's been a long time since something made me laugh that hard. I even bought the DVDs and such. Lavar Burton freak outs -- oh man, Troy in the bathroom, huddled on the floor, singing the Reading Rainbow song ... so amazing.

That's a lot of ex's living under one roof, yo.
Oh yeah. A thousand miles away, hooray.
Jul. 9th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yay for money coming in!

OMG, that math teacher sounds horrible! We had a good one, but then he left for a job that actually paid him real money. They we got someone who should be teaching kindergarden. :(

That house sounds very scary. Especially with all the exes living together. eek!

I haven't even looked at the con panels yet. It was so frustrating last year that I'm really just looking forward to looking at everything on the floor.
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:06 am (UTC)
He was really awful and I suspect a misogynist asswipe.

That house sounds very scary. Especially with all the exes living together. eek!
So, so, so scary. I mean, in general everybody gets along-ish, but all under one roof for what may be a couple of months? Holy cow.

It was so frustrating last year that I'm really just looking forward to looking at everything on the floor.
That's pretty much what I did last year, just wandered around. It was actually relaxing and fun.
Jul. 10th, 2012 01:24 am (UTC)
I'm glad you only have to view the house from afar.

Relaxed and fun is what I'm going for this time. So yay! Well, that and more Doctor Who figures, but that goes unsaid. lol
Jul. 9th, 2012 11:11 pm (UTC)
I had a very similar teacher for 8th grade History. "Read the chapter, answer the review questions at the end" was the sum total of teaching, as he walked around the room and insulted people. When confronted by my mother, he insisted that kids our age were simply not teachable.
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
I wonder if they're related. My 'teacher' made the mistake of saying the problem with education was parent's involvement. I may have been a little bit gleeful when I told my PTA President mother that. She stormed his office. He deserved it, jerk.
Jul. 9th, 2012 11:33 pm (UTC)
OMG Hello! You know I will never resist clicking on a cut tag that says "math!" Kudos to you and your mad math skills! I had to abandon my first dissertation topic (for several reasons but one was) because I was not clued in enough to keep organized file systems and detailed records for writing and analysis. I have since learned that these are also Very Important Skills! :D

Community is a lot of fun. I got introduced to it via fandom March Madness. watching slowly through Netflix DVDs. I love the Halloween episode to pieces. Costumes! And a sexy Statistics Teacher! It is like, my tailor made episode.

Edited at 2012-07-09 11:34 pm (UTC)
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
You know I will never resist clicking on a cut tag that says "math!"
Heh. I actually thought about you when I did that.

My skills are not super yet, but my confidence has improved greatly, which is such an amazing relief.

Costumes! And a sexy Statistics Teacher! It is like, my tailor made episode.
Ha! So great.
Jul. 10th, 2012 01:26 am (UTC)
I just spent some time perusing Khan Academy. I reviewed linear combinations and span, and then learned a bit about naming of organic compounds, and Keto enol Tauification. Um, that last word might not be right. My sole chemistry class in undergrad was something of a travesty, and I never got to O-chem. It might be fun to learn more.

(Or I could go write some more fic. you know, there's only so much time in the day.)
Jul. 10th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)

I've been getting into Community too - we just started the second season. And I am fannish about The Avengers in a way I haven't been about anything for a long, long time.

Hooray for maritime museums! Last week we were supposed to visit the Constitution for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, and there were easily a dozen other tall ships docked in Boston...and Matt decided we would play mini golf with his brothers instead. I was Not Pleased.
Jul. 11th, 2012 08:42 pm (UTC)
But, but ... you can always play mini golf. It's not like the windmill is going anywhere. That's rubbish.

My mother is moving to Maine (or so we think), and I'm hoping for a trip to New England sometime soon with a chance of seeing More Ships!
Jul. 12th, 2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
Very neat! Where in Maine? I have a ton of family up there.
Jul. 23rd, 2012 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oops, sorry, totally forgot to reply.

They're headed to Waterville.
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