Monthly Archives: September 2008

I declared this week/period of time to be unofficial “IM old friends who you haven’t talked to in awhile” week/period of time!

of course it could have been “call up old friends who you haven’t talked to in awhile” but unfortunately that one has a more dismal success rate. =(

crap, insomnia when i don’t need it =(.  I have a really busy day tomorrow.  I had shut off the computer and went to bed, but sleep ain’t coming right now so i’m just gonna do some random stuff for a little bit.

I’ve installed Workrave on my computer here because my RSI is starting to surface again and i want to crack down on it pretty hard.

for some reason Trillian doesn’t autostart when i turn on my computer even though i told it to, which is kind of dismaying.  I’m not using it as my IM client but I do use it for IRC, and most of the time i end up being too lazy to start it, join the channel, etc.  iono what the solution to that is.

Thought a bit about the scrapbook idea tonight.  I have a somewhat more solid idea of what I want to do with it now.  Basically going to probably be a collection of stories/memories…

“I like techno!  It’s danceable!”

overheard in my room, from someone outside in the hallway.

of course whoever it was probably has a really distorted and “ignorant” (more like unknowledgeable or uneducated and not really ignorant) view of what “techno” is, but at least they said something that’s generally true…kind of…in a way…=P


in other news, sorry guys, but Beatmania IIDX totally blows the pants off of Rock Band…

BT‘s music is very…pensive, if that’s the right word for it.  Definitely “listening” type music.  You could definitely use it as background music for like, doing homework or something, but it’s not really your “put on the radio/music” kind of music.  Would be really nice for a nighttime stroll (esp if the stars are out), or maybe if you’re going to bed.  The whole album is like an hour long though, so that’s a little bit prohibitive in terms of what contexts you listen to it–if you’re giving it a deep listen and not just listening idly.

grah, so much cool stuff out there I need to check out.

Tonight I’m gonna look at some more liquid dance tutorials at  Working on liquid is something that would fit into my current style of movement, I think.  It’s a form of dance that appeals to me more than a lot of other stuff.

I’m really digging BT‘s song that they have playing on the main page there, so I definitely need to check out BT’s music.  I like a lot of SGX‘s stuff and SGX is largely influenced by/inspired by/similar to BT, so I’m definitely going to have to check it out.

When there’s so much stuff out there to check out, you have to ration your time accordingly.  Or more like, prioritizing.  There will probably (not necessarily, but probably) be some times where you go off on random internetz expiditions and watch random youtube videos or flash animations that probably aren’t really worth your time.  That’s okay, it happens to all of us, and it’s called wasting time.  But when you’re feeling motivated/”productive” at all you should try to really focus on the things that you “should” check out or really want to learn about, or feel “obligated” to do, as opposed to just squandering that time/energy/motivation..

Of course, it’s all a balancing act (as many things are).  I don’t like to thing of being “productive” as something that I should constantly worry about, but if I can make a conscious effort to get more things out of the way (not just in terms of work/studying/errands but also achieving things for fun) then usually it works out well in the end.

as a small addendum–working late at night (as I so often do) is a bit of a skill that needs to be acquired.  For some various resaons, it tends to be easier to waste away time in the wee hours of the night.  Well, it’s not that hard to motivate yourself when you’re up late doing a problem set or something, but I’m just saying when you’re staying up late “because you can” (e.g. you had a lot of sleep earlier in the day), it’s easy to take that time for granted and not really do too much with it.

another note–“handflow” and “digits” are kind of cool because it’s something that you can practice even in a classroom setting, since a lot of it is just basically your fingers/hands/wrists/arms.