Saturday, July 24, 2010

Still Friday - haven't been to bed yet.


I turned seventeen this week.  Yeah.  Do I feel older?  Well, not older, as such, but I do feel... seventeen.  What I mean is, it is like I am being eased into adulthood - gently and slowly.  Like, more is expected of me, but I don't yet have the keys to the car of my life.
This is one of those social things, not like anything too literal in my own family or anything.  Like, we are out, and someone asks my age, and I say (or Dad says) 'seventeen' and there is this look that everyone gets.  Like they are changing the Glasses-of-Scrutiny that they use to scrutinize me with.  I am past the age of consent, (last year, actually,) but what can I do about it?  Well, not me... I know where I am on that.  I mean, if a highschooler gets pregnant, it is like.... "shuuuuuuunnnnnn." Right?
"Oh, well, as long as you use protection..."
Well, that's not the thing, right?  Okay, girl gets knocked up.  It happens.  But what do people think?  Not, "Oh, look... a baby," but way to often, "Hey, that little girl should have kept her legs together."
Meanwhile, on the other side of the standard, you get "grownups" having kids without being married first, but because they can (in theory) have jobs, support themselves, be responsible for themselves - because of that, it is okay.  Their own business.
Hey they can drink and vote.  Yippy.
What can 16/17 year olds do?  We can work, but with limits.  We can't rent a place of our own.  We can't be legally responsible for ourselves.  In short, we are legally aloud to have sex, but we are supposed to keep it a secret.

Now, I understand. The law there is to protect people, to define some boundaries, so adults can have sex with teenagers legally.  That was harsh.  I know it is more than that, but lets face it: People are not always capable of making good decisions and laws are there to help handle the repercussion of the not-so-good decisions.

Why this big rant?

I got this little short story thing going on Deviant Art.  Normally, or at least, so far, I have been avoiding sex in my fiction.  It does not interest me.  There is one exception to that, but I explain it in the "author's comments."  But now, with these, I am going to be dealing with teens, and their relationships, and I have to remind myself, that it is "normal" for teens to feel certain urges.  Just like the Thomas Dolby song.

So, there are five bits of the story out there.  Four of the five fall outside of what I just described because it starts out with the twins just starting school, but one of the five has jumped forward and hints at relationships and at exploration.
J+J Series, No. 001: First Day
J+J Series, No. 002: A Blind Date
J+J Series, No. 003: Early Years 01:Meet the Class
J+J Series, No. 004: Early Years 02: Delivered Late
J+J Series, No. 005: Early Years 03: Dinner Interrupted

Next up, we are returning to the teen years.  The trip back has just been to define the characters.  But I am having a hard time with the physical part of the relationships - I suppose because I don't really understand.  But I am working on it.  Fear not.

Happy Friday and take care!  (well have a good weekend.  Friday is over.)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Friday Followup

Well, it was a fun weekend, but that is a lot like work.  
Linux Mint 9 LXDE was released.  Great fun.  But (next) I am looking forward to Linux Mint 9 KDE 64 bit.  That will be cool  (Yeah, I will still install the LXDE ... DE but this LXDE edition is not 64bit.)
Ebooks are cool and my netbook's battery made it through the whole weekend with plenty of juice to spare.  Not that I used it much, but I was happy.  My Dearly Departed would not have made it by far.

No internet connection, but I had downloaded them before leaving home. #PlanningAhead

Nightmares were pretty ugly, but I blame them largely on the lack of shower facilities.  Dad was there to stifle my waking screams, but I was among people who know me, mostly, in that regard.

Then I made a cake yesterday.  Want some?

Take Care

Friday, July 16, 2010

Going.... Camping

Yes, it is Friday again, and again I have nothing meaningful to contribute to the interwebz.


I was not feeling so hot most of this week, but I am getting into the swing of things again.  We are doing the camping thing this weekend.  It is fun to get out in the wildlife.  There are plenty of people that would think this was rather ... out of character for me be it has been something that Dad and I have done together for so long that it would feel weird to not get out there from time to time.

And this means that I get to ride in a helicopter with is heck-a-fun/scary-cool.

AND, starting Monday I will have access to the Deviant Art content that I have been block from for so long now.  =^_^=  Even my own short story, I have to click the warning button on for it to show me.

So, there it is.  Another week.

I took a closer look at PERL because, wile I knew it was out there, I did not really understand what it is all about.  I mean, I love PHP.  I have a good handle on ksh... so, PERL still has a place in the world in between the two.  WAY fast, flexible and awesome with RE.

I had started a while back to look into RUBY.  I never really got sold on it, but I think I never gave it a fair enough shake.  I may focus on RUBY next week.

Take Care,

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Saturday is almost Friday

Last weekend was okay.

Now I know where "The cake is a lie" comes from.  How come no one ever told me about this before? Maybe because I am not a "gamer" but is that really an excuse?  I mean, it is a puzzle game.  And it is so funny.  I was caught smiling at one point.  What they don't know is that I almost laughed.

But I never thought I'd ever have to really explain my youtube phobia.  

So, the guys were playing Portal and when it got to the song at the end, I was like oh, hey, I really like this song.
They were like, "Yeah? You want it?"  And I was like, "sure, where can I get it?"  And they were all, "Here" and hit google, and the next thing I knew, it was playing on youtube.  I left the room.  It was that or freak out, you know?  So there was a lot of confusion. They stopped it and got it off the screen.  I came back into the room all trembling and stuff.

It really messes me up, you know?  I have to be so careful about what links I click on and stuff.  

Yes, I really am really lame.

Still Alive Lyrics
This was a triumph.
I'm making a note here: HUGE SUCCESS.
It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.
Aperture Science
We do what we must
because we can.
For the good of all of us.
Except the ones who are dead.
But there's no sense crying over every mistake.
You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.
And the Science gets done.
And you make a neat gun.
For the people who are still alive.
I'm not even angry.
I'm being so sincere right now.
Even though you broke my heart.
And killed me.
And tore me to pieces.
And threw every piece into a fire.
As they burned it hurt because I was so happy for you!
Now these points of data make a beautiful line.
And we're out of beta.
We're releasing on time.
So I'm GLaD. I got burned.
Think of all the things we learned
for the people who are still alive.
Go ahead and leave me.
I think I prefer to stay inside.
Maybe you'll find someone else to help you.
Maybe Black Mesa
Anyway, this cake is great.
It's so delicious and moist.
Look at me still talking
when there's Science to do.
When I look out there, it makes me GLaD I'm not you.
I've experiments to run.
There is research to be done.
On the people who are still alive.
And believe me I am still alive.
I'm doing Science and I'm still alive.
I feel FANTASTIC and I'm still alive.
While you're dying I'll be still alive.
And when you're dead I will be still alive.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Oh, hey! It it Friday!

I have not been so excited about something that I read about on the interwebs since... I don't know when.  Days maybe.  No, weeks, surely.

Check it out: Linux Mint re-evaluating a Debian dist!
Yeah, I am typing "happy-happy" with a straight face.

YES! I will absolutely be testing that out.

(Okay, so, maybe I would be even happier with a Slackware based dist, but hey - I am not the one doing the work.)