Nanowrimo 2005, coming soon!

I've spent the past few days thinking way, way too much about Nanowrimo this year; I'm still mad that I didn't end up finishing last year after successfully writing a 50,000 word novel in November of 2003. This year, I plan on using something called 'imagination'; with this tool, I should be able to at least cross the finish line with something interesting. I'm beginning to really think about characterization; I do not want to have my main character's group of friends to be the cliched, stereotypical bunch I see in other novels. I won't have 'the loud one', 'the stylish one', 'the loner', etc; I want to make my characters a little bit off the wall.

I'm happy I've begun thinking of Nanowrimo already, and I'm happy that I've decided to once again try my hand at writing a novel in a month.

Yes, another Linux post.

This will be my last post about Linux today, I swear!

I've installed and uninstalled Ubuntu all day today, and finally, finally, sound's working and things look good. I have no idea how I've learned this much; thankfully there are lots of guides out there to help with configuration and such with both my network card and my sound. I've barely been in Windows the past few days and I'm very happy about that. If this keeps up I may end up moving my files from there to here and sticking with it, but who knows? I at least know how to set things up now in case I run into any issues anywhere. I'm proud of myself.

I blew up my Linux!

I blew up my Linux install today.

I wanted to test out a Livejournal client; I figured "Hey, what damage can I do? It's only a Livejournal client!"

Yeah. After attempting to install GTK to get this sucker up and running, I managed to mess up the displays so that it doesn't even boot up anymore with the graphical interface. Looks like I'll have to reinstall again sometime, though that means I'll have to go through getting the wireless working again...

At least I am learning more about Linux, and I'm hoping next time I can get even further before messing up my system.

Linux happiness!

I GOT IT TO WORK. I'm posting this right now from Ubuntu via wireless internet. I cannot believe I got this up and running.

Linux frustrations

So, a few days ago Scott decided to try out Ubuntu linux on his laptop; he downloaded the files, burned it to a CD, installed, and voila. Works great.

I decide to make my machine a dual boot. I stick in the CD, install, and...

Of course, my wireless card isn't detected. *Insert Aubrey banging her head on her computer desk repeatedly.*

Every single time I try out Linux, I'm stuck because I can't get my computer on the internet. I've tried everything under the sun; I'm using something called NDisWrapper to install the Windows XP drivers of my wireless card onto the Linux side of things; Linux actually says that the card is installed and active, but no lights are on on the wireless card.

We're about ready to make our apartment very ugly and string a long ethernet cable from downstairs to upstairs so we can be wired again. The only reason why we aren't wired now is the simple fact that we don't have any coax cable jacks up here in the loft. If we had, we wouldn't have gone the wireless route at all and I'd probably be happily surfing the net from the Linux side.

Then again, with my Linux luck, I'll probably never get online. Sigh...

Fun with sewing

Scott and I spent the weekend at his parents' house; I brought my sewing machine over per his mother's request and learned how to sew a few things.

I've needed a new purse for a long time; I wanted to craft my own instead of buying one to add my own personal touches to it. Scott's mother's always making herself a new bag and I liked the look of them, so I asked if she'd teach me how to make my own. A few hours and scraps of fabric later, I completed my new purse.

It holds much more than my old one but is not bulky or too big, and I can use it either as an everyday bag or as one to bring out for a night on the town. I'm very pleased.

My newly sewn purse!
Who doesn't love black glitteriness?
Trim close-up
A closeup of the fancy trim.
Purse interior
I love the pink interior fabric we picked.

I'm loving this thing so far, and I love knowing that I'll be able to fully make my own the next time I need a new purse!

Yahoo 360

Being the nerd that I am, I signed up for a Yahoo 360 account back in March, but never got around to playing with it until tonight. It looks pretty nifty so far; you can write your own reviews, post lists, link to RSS feeds, show latest photos from your Flickr account, and many other things I'm leaving out because, well, I hate listing stuff that's already discussed on the main website. If you're bored and feel like poking around a new site, go sign up. Here's my Yahoo 360 page. Enjoy!

Ribbon Xback

Ribbon X-back tank top.
I look good enough to wear - oh wait, that's the point.

I've begun work on the Ribbon Xback tank. I bought a few skeins of Lion Brand Incredible in 'Blue Shades' and so far, knitting with a ribbon yarn has been an experience. I love the color of the yarn; the graduated blue and purple colors will go great with my hair color when I complete it. The top's done completely in seed stitch; I thought alternating my knitting and purling would be a chore but so far it's been moving along pretty quickly. I'm hoping to get this done sometime soon, but I don't allocate enough time to knit.

Either way, I'm pleased with this. I need to watch more TV so I can knit more often!

Fun in #wordpress

Part of a conversation in #wordpress today:

her_Aubreyness: there's not many things dorkier than meeting in a linear algebra class, that's for sure!
DrBacchus: Calculus, perhaps?
Pplproof: I can think of one thing.
indranil: Our eyes met in straight lines, with the center of gravity smack on the middle! :p
Pplproof: Non-Euclidian Geometry. DrBacchus: Yeah, I guess linear algebra is more dorky.
DrBacchus: Or perhaps differential equations.
Pplproof: Friends don't let friends drink and derive. indranil: We differentiated our eyes to constant!!
indranil: You look like dx/dt tonite. Let me integrate you darling!

Where else would you find people making math jokes?

New Knitty

The new Knitty has arrived, and at a first glance, the patterns seem to be mostly attractive.

Note the 'mostly', then take a look at the very first pattern featured in the new issue. You'll know what I'm talking about.

I really want to knit something quickly and easily, so I think I'm going to buy ribbon yarn for the Ribbon Xback after I get off work today. (This is exactly why I love working at Michaels! I love the employee discount!) We're heading over to St Louis to visit Scott's parents this weekend; I'll be meeting their new puppy and going to a baseball game! I'm very excited.