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My BPAL List

  • Jul. 10th, 2012 at 7:28 PM

Here's the list of the BPAL I have as of July 2009.  I'll try to update this when I get new stuff, but I really can't promise anything.  I didn't really put the accurate levels of oil in the imps and decants because it'd take forever, but I can easily let anyone know.  And I'll try to do something about the order soon.

Imps and Imp-Sized DecantsCollapse )

5ml Bottles and PartialsCollapse )

MTS

  • Feb. 2nd, 2010 at 6:47 PM

 I can't believe it took me this long but I finally left <lj comm="mock_the_stupid">.  Years ago I used to love reading it, well before discovering stuff like <lj comm="stupid_free">.  Out of boredom I tried to actually read a few recent posts in MTS, and the place has definitely become "let's mock other cultures for not having the same education and knowledge we do, HURR!!".  Among other things.  I was so damn tempted to post that one entry from an English teacher in Japan to <lj comm="stupid_free> or <lj comm="sf_drama">.  It just fucking boggles me sometimes how much North Americans take for granted their education.  Geographical ignorance/lack of understanding is common all over the place, especially among certain pre-internet age groups and different regions.  It doesn't make someone unworthy of respect, especially if they were brave enough to ASK your spoiled American ass some polite questions.  

Sigh.  Besides the fail posts, I can't believe <lj user="opalcat"> still has a vice grip on moderation over there.  I wonder if she'll ever give it up.

The summer that wasn't.

  • Aug. 3rd, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Man, it feels like summer never happened here in New York. This is the first summer that I can remember where it hasn't even broken 90 degrees. Hell in most of July, it barely broke 80! Not that I love excessive heat, being prone to dehydration and sun sickness, but come on. Most of this summer has been rain, rain, and more rain. I haven't gone swimming once or even down to the beach. It looks like the Pacific Northwest stole our traditional summer heatwave this time.

In other news, I caved and bought more BPAL. And then promptly had some stuff come up and now I can't afford my medication until Thursday. Whoops! Gah I feel like an idiot. So far my decants from dark delicacies has arrived, as well as my Fenris Wolf v2 prototype. Is it just me or is pretty much everything BPAL makes for darkdel of really, really good quality? Not that they make bad-quality stuff, but I've met very few darkdel blends that didn't blow me away. Except Gore-Shock. It smells...disturbingly exactly like the description. I'd rather not smell like charred pork and metal, but it's a nice novelty scent at least.

Sigh. Less than a month until going back to the grind. I'm not sure how to feel. This'll be my first and hopefully last semester as a "super-senior". I just wanna get it over with.

Kittehs

  • Jul. 21st, 2009 at 10:30 PM

Okay.  I'm beggining to think the female kitten, Jill, is a vampire or something.  They sleep in my room, and EVERY night I inevitably wake up to find herself burying her little butt in my blankets and making her way to my neck.  First I'll hear the jackhammer-loud PURRRR right next to my ear, feel that little sandpaper tongue on my neck...and then CHOMP.

I think she regresses to an earlier age at night and thinks she's nursing or something, because she'll kinda do this half lick/suckle thing for awhile (whle kneeding my face usually) before she starts nibbling.  I thought it was kinda cute, but those pointy little kitten teeth hurt a bit after awhile.  I've started to sleep with a scarf or blanket around my neck, heh.  I've had toe-biting kittens before, but never wannabe-vampires.

Oh, and because I keep forgetting, here's pics of them - Read more...Collapse )

Toshiba Netbook

  • Jul. 15th, 2009 at 11:33 PM

My new netbook arrived on Monday and I'm typing on it right now. I love it!! I'm so glad I waited awhile from when I initially started considering getting one. Toshiba's netbook only just came onto the market in North America last month. Though the internal hardware is relatively standard fare for Netbooks of the same price range, the design is very nice and was totally worth the wait.

I love that the exterior is textured with a matte finish, unlike the majority of others that have a glossy finish. No more fingerprints! The coloring is great too. I caved and got mine in pink. There is actually a little bit of sparkle in the finish, which I coudn't see from the online pictures of it A pink chrome hinge and pink power button are nice touches. I'm sure the other colors look great too.

My favorite features are the keyboard and touch pads. I have very long fingers for a girl and a lot of keyboards on existing netbooks were far too small for comfort, or had awkward placing of the shift key. This one has keys that are (or close to) full size and in the "chiclet" style like a macbook. The typing experience is great - I think I could type term papers on this with ease. Also the touch pad is full laptop size. It's actually wider than the one on my 17" Toshiba laptop. I've had absolutely no hand cramping issues so far.

So yeah, if anyone out there is in the market for an ultraportable computing experience, I'd reccomend the Toshiba NB205. Especially if you're a large-handed person like me, who plans to type on it a lot :)

Update on things.

  • Jul. 12th, 2009 at 7:25 PM

The kittens saw the vet for the first time on Friday morning.  This was a new vet for me too; I like my regular vet but this lady specializes in cats, especially ferals and rescues.  Overall I was pleased with the experience.  Jack and Jill were pretty behaved (besides crying in the car) and she was gentle with them.  They got their first round of shots and tested for FIV and FeLV, which they are very happily negative for.  They also got a dose of dewormer.  In three weeks they're due for their boosters and their spay/neuter surgery.  I'm kind of nervous for that.  In all the cats I've owned, all of them have come to me fixed already.  The kittens seem so little to me still, but she said that sometimes cats around 4-ish months of age will start to get hormonal early, and it's better not to take the risk.  They'll be about that old by the time they'll have their operations.  Since I have a male/female pair, I DEFINITELY don't want to take risks.  I trust that they'll be in good hands.

Besides kitten caring I haven't been up to too much.  In fact I've been feeling rather low.  I don't really like it, but whenever I start to slide back into depression I start to crave retail therapy something fierce.  After a several month long BPAL hiatus, I really really want to try some of the new stuff I've missed.  I'd also love to upgrade some computer parts.  I really need to be careful not to spend too much though, as I still need to buy textbooks in the fall and pay for Jack and Jill's spay/neuter.

One thing that's usually free for me, by virtue of working in a library, is reading.  Whatever we don't have I can almost certainly interloan.  This summer has been the "summer of vampires" for me.  I dunno how I started it - I think it may have been from picking up "Vampire Academy" after having seen it circulate a lot in YA.  I read and loved that series, and have gone through several more YA series and a few more adult-oriented books.  I've been sticking to the relatively modern and haven't hit the more 'classic' Vampire fic (though I have, of course, read Dracula).  I must say it's been a fun ride.  YA fantsy fiction is such a guilty pleasure of mine and I love it when new ones come in. 

Anyone got any further reccomendations?

Jumping on the netbook bandwagon

  • Jul. 7th, 2009 at 9:14 AM

The little rescue kittens I spoke of before are doing really well.  For awhile I was a bit worried about the male one because he was so much smaller and skinnier than his sister, but he seems to be putting on some weight now.  They're both seeing the vet on Friday for their first shots and to decide when they should be spayed and neutered.  I still don't know what I'm doing with them for the long run, but for now I'm just focused on making sure they stay healthy and get the medical care they need.  I found a low cost vet that was willing to help provide affordable vaccines and spay/neuter, which I'm really grateful for since this is coming out of my meager earnings.

Speaking of meager earnings, I decided a Macbook is way too much to afford right now even if I manage to put it on credit.  I'd love one, but the one I want is fairly expensive for a laptop.  My current computer is fine and I don't need a powerhouse to take notes with in class.  I have a 17" laptop (my main computer) that I was using for that, but it simply became WAY too much to lug around and was killing my already-weakened shoulder.  Soo, after a long time thinking about it, I ordered one of these

10", very light and portable, and a very impressive battery life.  Also probably the girliest looking thing I've ever bought, but hey, sometimes pink is endearing.  It came to about $400 and should be here sometime this week.  I'm excited!  No more breaking my back just to type my notes and schoolwork on the go. 

On the downside, this all is killing my money supply.  Bleh.  At least I'm getting a bit of a raise this month. 

I am crazy.

  • Jun. 21st, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Sigh.  I swear my heart is bigger than my brain sometimes.

I learned via my sister that a group of her friends saw a woman attempting to sell some kittens.  When they came back out, the kittens were in a trash can and the woman was gone.  None of them were allowed to take them home and they were super reluctant to abandon them to their fates at the municipal shelter. 

Like the soft-hearted idiot I am, I agreed to take them as foster kittens for now.  They are sooo tiny!  I dunno if the exact story of their origin is true, but when the kids dropped them off I could definitely tell they cared. 

They were dubbed Blackjack and Jillybean (Jack and Jill) and look to me to be about 8-9 weeks old.  Definitely old enough to eat solid food (and boy did they jump for it!).  SUPER SUPER active and playful, and overall healthy seeming.  Though I'm definitely going to call the vet on Monday.  They're way too young/small to be fixed but probably old enough for vaccinations and worming if they need it.  I have some Capstar here at home for fleas but I'm not certain yet if they're old enough to take it.

My father is going to murder me when he gets back in town.  Gahh.

And the boredom commences.

  • Jun. 14th, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Ugh.  I thought I'd be doing myself a favor by not loading myself with summer courses after the hell that was last semester, but I'm already bored out of my mind.  Nothing too exciting has been happening at work except an ongoing ebb and flow of illnesses and vacations.  Home hasn't exactly been pleasant, since my parents started their bullshit fighting again.  The Sims 3 has just about run its course of amusement.  You don't want to know how many books I've burned through this month alone. 

I did start running Linux on a desktop computer with some lovingly used hardware.  That was entertaining for awhile too, but I don't really know where to go with that either.  At least it lets me pointlessly multitask better.

I just feel restless.  I want to finish this degree already so I can move on to something different.  My life has been stagnant for far too long and I'm really sick of it.

Memorial day weekend, whee

  • May. 24th, 2009 at 6:56 PM

So.  The semester from hell finally ended.  Yeah I'm kinda shocked about that too.  I thought for sure I was gonna suffer a meltdown somewhere along the line, but I held it together.  Took my finals, hauled my crap out of my room, and headed home without too many hitches.  There have definitely been annoyances being back home, but I'll deal with it as it comes I guess.  In the meantime I'll attempt to be productive and get some cleaning and clearing-out-of-crap done here.

I can definitely say thay it's a bit sad for me to see a whole bunch of my HS peers graduating this semester.  I feel like if I'd played my cards better I would've been joining them.  It's a silly thing to beat myself up over since I couldn't have forseen the hospitalization/medical issues that arose in late 2007, but still.  I guess the 'bright side' of it is that I won't be immediately thrust onto a bleak job market, and I have more time to plan what I want to do for graduate studies.

I still have a job, albeit part time, and my parents are still putting up with me.  I've been getting pretty good grades.  I guess that's something to be grateful for at least, no?