Saturday, September 26, 2009

Caturday and Name Obsessions

CaturdayCaturday is upon us again. Appropriately, I spent a couple hours at Animal Friends today at the volunteer orientation and fell in love with a cat there named Molly Jean. She's a "cabbie" (calico tabby mix) and six years old but you'd never know it. She has these big bright eyes and she really commanded everyone's attention. I was in the back of a groupCaturdayMollyJean of four people who were playing with a laser pointer and I'm pretty sure Molly Jean was acting like an eight month old kitten. It was ridiculously cute. Then afterwards I went over to the shelter's little bake sale for the older animals. Molly Jean was one of them and I only had $4 in cash on me so I just donated all of it to her. Then they gave me a gigantic cupcake with her picture on a popsicle stick. I know I say this every week, but I really wish I could take her home. My Baby is six years old and is nowhere close to being elderly. I think that's why I liked Molly Jean so much. They seemed to be putting her into this "old, tired cats" category but she was like eff that, look at me, I'm a damn kitten! I like that spirit. Anyway, you can see Molly Jean at Animal Friends on Camp Horne Rd in Pittsburgh, or call and ask about her at (412) 847-7000. Her ID number is A007163.

In other news, I'm thinking of making a new page. On my previous domain I had a page about books I was currently reading, but I might make a page about names. I have what I can only imagine is name obsession. Every character in everything I've ever written has to have some sort of relevant name. Some names I use over and over in certain types of stories, and those are my babies. Those names have achieved some sort of legendary status to me. Sort of like Gandalf and Dumbledore are legendary on a global level in the literary world.* I have names I mean to use written just about everywhere. Most of them will never be used, I just like how they sound or what they mean. Why not share?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Desires of an Incurably Geeky Woman

10,000 needles of instant deathI want Final Fantasy stuff. I've wanted this stuff for ages now. Someday I want an office, an office filled with geeky figurines from videogames, anime, and art prints. I'm sorry, Stephen, but that's just how it's going to happen. I don't think he'll mind, really. He (thankfully) embraces my oddities. Anywho, my current obsession? Yoshitaka Amano prints. I just adore the history behind them. What sprung out of them. There's also the plush Cactuar (I remember squealing with glee when this appeared in FFX), Tifa figure (for she is my ultimate badass counterpart), and Odin figure. SQUEE.

Well I started this post about an hour ago, and I got interrupted in the middle by a curious eBay auction for six discs of Final Fantasy X soundtrack heaven. Not only the four disc OST, but also the piano and vocal collections. I did have a tab open for some piece of clothing I was going to charge, but no, not after I've found this. I've been meaning to buy this for years and years. I'm actually very proud of my self control when it comes to buying things, or not buying things, as I could probably write a list right now of things that I desperately want but simply should not buy right now.*

Anyway, I'm blogging in the middle of the day on a Tuesday because my professor has the flu. Is it the swine flu? Who knows, but I hope she's ok and I'm ridiculously glad to be home. And Thursday's classes were cancelled too because of more swine flu things and the G-20 summit. President Obama will be at Phipps Conservatory that night. So cool. Basically, I have one class tomorrow at 3 pm this week and...that's it. Yeah, this is about the only time in my life that you will ever hear me say "college rocks."

*See:

  1. Pan Am bags

  2. Graphics tablet

  3. All those aforementioned Final Fantasy goods

  4. WoW play time (Oh whoops, I seem to have just bought this. Damn.)

  5. Sushi

  6. A Honda CR-V

  7. Pittsburgh Penguins season tickets

  8. A kitten

  9. A vial of felix felicis

  10. Sanity

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Caturday, Kanye-ing the Site, and the Crying BMW

Caturday

Winstin at Animal Friends
For some reason I have a ton to talk about today. And tons of pictures, so you'll have to bare with me.

Earlier I decided I wanted instead to volunteer at Animal Friends, which I will be starting next week. It's just a little more sensible given my current living arrangements. Therefore, today's kitty comes from Animal Friends, and he's so handsome! Winstin's about three years old and has been at the shelter since May 2009. It bothers me a little how Winstin came to be there. He shared his home with two other cats but when he got a little sick, his owner didn't think she could afford to have him treated. So she just abandoned him. But he's fine now, and probably really hoping for an owner who will love him no matter what. They say he's really affectionate too, which you don't always find. You can head over to Animal Friends to meet him if you're in the Pittsburgh area, or you can always call first to inquire about him. The number is (412) 847-7000 and his ID number is A007368.

I also ran across this link today, and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was, but it totally Kanye-d any site you wanted it to. Since I know at least one person will be like “Kanye what?” if I don’t give a brief TWG has been Kanye-d!explanation and I’ll be severely annoyed…it’s a reference to Kanye interrupting Taylor Swift’s shining moment at the VMAs, saying something like yeah, you can talk again in a second, but Beyonce had the bestvideo. And so I Kanye-d my site. Shortly after I Kanye-d my site I realized that Stephen had talked me into thinking that buying WoW play time is an OK idea. Before he went to work he was like “Do it. Charge it. I’ll give you the money.” And while I’m not going to let him give me the money, I still charged a month of game time and spent several hours romping gleefully about Azeroth. Remember the Sunwell!

Now, lastly, check THIS out. This crazy-ass BMW. It’s called the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept. Yes, apparently Efficientdynamics is a real word that they created. They fused the words and now they are the masters. It’s also probably the least sexy name for a car I’ve ever heard in my life. Vision? Vision reminds me of a car from 80’s for some reason, the kind that is shaped like some boxes mashed together and it announces its arrival by that wonderful spluttering sound. Anyway…tell me this car doesn’t deserve aBMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept much sexier name? You know, except for the fact that it seems to be crying fat black tears of death. It’s pretty mean-looking though, otherwise. I’m not sure about the special glowy blue LED grill though. I can imagine driving and having a rock bust those things apart like a game at the theme park. I also think it kind of looks like one of those roundish robot vacuum cleaners that skid along the floor and serve as expensive cat toys, if it were shrunken down to that size. Ah well. Expensive cat toy or not, I’d still drive the hell out of it.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Disappearing (in Firefox and IE) Header Image

Alright, so something has come to my attention with my new layout. I actually discovered it the night after I spent like two days on it but have been trying so hard to figure out what's wrong so I wouldn't have to address it. But alas, here I am, fully addressing it. Whenever I am on my Mac, using the Safari browser, I can see the header. It's a dark wood pattern with "The Wandering Geek" in green on the right. When I'm on my laptop, or at school, or anywhere else on Firefox or IE, the header image is absent. And not only that, but when I right click on the space that is supposed to contain the header and hit "View Background Image," it takes me to this interesting error message. And it says head3.png etc can't be displayed because it contains errors. What in the flipping hell? Can anyone shed some light on this, or view my source and see what the eff is wrong with my code? I would bake you cookies and give them to you for free, provided you live within driving distance.

Anyway, I'm sitting in the Cathedral computer lab and it's not even 4 pm and I've been wasting my life away for four hours already during my break. Oh yeah, and I still have another two hours to waste before my night class. What crossed my mind last spring when I decided this was an ok idea is really beyond me.

In happier news, Stephen was convinced at last by some Gamestop folks that getting a PS3 is a much better idea than getting an Xbox*. That means Final Fantasy XIII and such. He also bought me Scribblenauts for the DS yesterday**, because I am an insufferable geek who enjoys playing pointless, cute little games that don't stress me out. I feel a little tempted to vent about my issues with school earlier today, but it would probably be way too lengthy and boring. So if you have any vague idea about why my header won't appear except in Safari (as far as I know), please contact me!

* - after I had been saying this for months

** - because I am a loser, I played that game the whole night and did not study at all for my abnormal psych quiz today

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Final Touches and that Pan Am Bag I Want

Check it out! I spent the whole morning tweaking the layout. I made the social networking icons up top first, and that's what took longest. I also made myself a personalized header with the same font as the new Caturday header, for consistency's sake. I moved the page links to the leftmost sidebar and simplified the look of the blogroll links. If anything is possibly the final version of the layout, this is it. However, I still need to figure out how to get rid of that pesky comma before the first tag in the "Filed in:" part of the post. I mean, when it was categories, there wasn't a comma before the first one, so I have no idea what the difference is that makes that comma appear. Ideas, anyone?

Now, the most unfortunate part of being a jobless college student is not the inability to buy lunch, to pay your climbing credit card bills, or to pay your Blackberry bill. Those are all things that I should probably do. No, the most unfortunate part of being a jobless college student is the inability to buy things I don't need but really want. In the past I used to put a hundred bucks or so on my Vicky's or Amex cards just for a new pair of boots or a coat. But now the little money that I get, most of which was from my birthday a week ago, goes towards those credit cards and other such things. So I could put $100 on one of them for something I really want but don't need, but that would be like I never got that precious money in the first place. Fortunately, I guess, I'm not the kind of person who can throw thousands of dollars on my credit cards, especially when I don't have a job and kind of need to...eat. And pay my car insurance. Then again maybe it has nothing to do with the kind of person I am. Maybe I'm just not a freaking idiot.

Pan Am Defiance BagAnyway, I realized last night that I need to go thrifting. I absolutely love it, and luckily for me, it can be extremely cheap. Sadly I'm hunting for something special now: vintage airline bags. I'm watching about four vintage Pan Am bags on eBay right now, though I'm doing it with the knowledge that with shipping, they're all going to end up being over $30 and I don't have that at all. It's just kind of fun pretending like I can buy things. Sort of like yesterday I was building a Honda CR-V (because I suddenly really want one) on their website and talking to Stephen about it as though I'm really in a position to buy one:
Me: It's 25 grand. But I would only get 6 grand or less for my car now, which sucks. I have those freaking dents in my trunk from backing into the garage door. My payments would be huge.

Stephen: Baby...I think you should probably wait until you get a job.

Me: Oh, absolutely. I can't do this now at all. I'm well aware.

+pause+

Me: ...So there's three things I need in my CR-V. It must be black, not have ugly stock rims, and have an iPod jack thingy inside.

Stephen: +shakes head+

Nevertheless, I want that Pan Am bag so badly. But what's that? They're $71? What the hell, man? Gah. I just love that Pan Am is an old cultural icon, not to mention it's obviously associated with travel. I would use the hell out of that thing. Ooh, and the travel bag, Orion. I've needed a weekender sort of bag for some time now. They just seem to call to me as a travel obsessive. I feel like it's just something I should have. You can see the whole product line here. Now excuse me while I go salivate over luggage and SUVs.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

New Look at Last and Caturday

CaturdayHere we are, folks. A new layout, a new Caturday header, and some other new junk you'll just have to discover for yourself. I love the cat in the new header. I found it on Google images and it was one of the few that wasn't a stock photo. Those cost money. I also found this insanely cute kitten picture that I obviously didn't use...but you'll see it soon. I call it "Wait, come back!" It's cute as hell. Anyway, I'm still not sure if this is going to be the final version as you see it. I'm thinking of tweaking some other things like perhaps the header. I already changed the background so that's over with. I guess we'll see as the days pass and I get to look at it more.

BlairBut enough about web design, on to Caturday! This adorable snuggle-ball is Blair, an affectionate kitty of about four years. She was found stray in Highland Park, Pittsburgh, but it definitely seems as though she had a home at one point because of that well-fed tummy. She's been at the shelter since March of this year, which is definitely way too long if you ask me. Blair can also be found at the ARL, but she is actually hanging out at their Rosedale Campus in Verona, PA. She's at their Wildlife Center because the main ARL building has so many kitties they couldn't keep up! Call 412-793-1135 to find out when you can visit her and take her home with you!

So...I'm about to plug in my external HD and watch an episode or two from the "Sailor Stars" season of Sailor Moon, which never aired in the US. But I have that shit, because I'm just that sort of loser. Venus Crystal Powerrrr...Maaake...UP! +geeks out completely+

Friday, September 11, 2009

Finally revamping

Ok so it's almost like 1:30 AM and I've FINALLY settled on a new look for the site. I plan on customizing almost everything, but as you can see, I'm nowhere close to done and it doesn't look exactly right yet. And I should probably go to sleep. This theme is by Teresa from ScribbleScratch.com though, and I had the hardest time picking which of her themes I wanted. They're all amazing.

Anyway, excuse the funkiness of everything right now. Lots of work to be done tomorrow. But be prepared...I'm pretty excited that it's going to look great :)

Monday, September 7, 2009

The Soothing Influence of Animal Crossing

Holy extinct, Batman!So as I said on Saturday, my first week of classes is over. Today is Labor Day so I get to go back tomorrow, have three days of classes, and have another three day weekend. Yes, I know, I'm lucky as hell. I could've been spending these last four days reading my psychology textbook (which I discovered is loose-leaf and thus, unable to be sold back) or starting my first short story for my fiction class...but no, I spent countless hours playing Animal Crossing: City Folk. I really can't get over how addictive it is. All I do is make a big circle around my town, fishing in the ponds, rivers, and the ocean, then selling my findings at Tom Nook's or donating to the museum. But there's always that chance that something better will be found on the next round. And I have a mortgage to pay off. I haven't caught the elusive coelacanth yet, but then again I have yet to play during the rain, and that's the only way it'll appear. I have, however, caught a shark, and while I ran upstairs, Stephen even took up the fishing rod and caught a hammerhead. I don't really care that I've played this simplistic, childish game for days. It's just so CALMING. You forget about pretty much everything. You're just like, maybe another shark will be down there, maybe I can just pay my mortgage off in one day, maybe I can go to the city and buy a witch hat and shirt and top it all off with some gold star shades. Yeah, that was my weekend.

And then there was that scorpion. The first time I encountered the scorpion, it was chilling on the beach and I was headed towards another likely sea bass in the ocean. I slowly crept up to it with my bug net poised to strike. I was just about to capture it when it spun around, made a little squee noise, and attacked me. Next thing I knew I was exiting my house and feeling extremely traumatized. I didn't see another one until earlier today, chilling between some orange trees. I crept up on it again, but it saw me first, and went absolutely berserk. Stephen was minding his own business on the couch behind me when I unleashed a scream that made my deaf cat jolt out of her slumber upstairs. I also shrieked the exact same way when, as I was playing, a spider decided to slowly lower itself from the ceiling directly in front of my face. Then I did that classic cross-eyed thing when I had to shift focus from the tv to the creepy thing two inches from my nose.

Anyway, don't judge me. I enjoy that addictive quality of games, and usually those games are pretty simple. I would like to be able to take screencaps from my TV of what I'm playing though when I talk about it...I just haven't figured out how to do that yet. It irks me that I lack that knowledge. I feel a little less geeky. Anyone know how to do that? I would be so glad to find out.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Birthday Tattoos, Volunteering Plans, and Caturday

CaturdayWell I apologize for not writing all week, but it was in fact my first week of my senior year at Pitt. It actually went rather quickly because Stephen hung out with me most of the time. He even rode down with me on the bus a couple times, which made having to go down to Oakland about 500% less painful. There was also that little thing going on this week, that thing where I turned 22. That was yesterday. Tuesday was Stephen's birthday and the day that we both got new tattoos. Mine is on my wrist because that's where I wanted it, and I really didn't want to get it some other place just because it may be looked down upon by some future employer. I don't plan to work anywhere stuffy anyway. It's just not my kind of environment. Stephen got a tree of life on his chest that has "Aon Gra" carved into it. I'll let you figure out what it means.



So! Imagine this. I decided last week that I want to volunteer at an animal shelter while I'm in school and unemployed. Last week I also featured Alice from the ARL of Western PA. This morning I went to a volunteer orientation at the ARL, and which kitty just happened to be running free in the orientation room? Alice. She was so sweet and adorably wacky. But apparently she's been there for awhile. Now go adopt her! I'll probably be featuring kitties from the ARL from now Nicholas at the ARL of Western PAon since, well, that's where I'm going to be during my school breaks and all. It's in East Liberty for those who don't know, and I strongly suggest you come visit me and pick up one (or more?) of the adorable fluffers (or woofers) while you're there.

So here's Nicholas! I love his name because it reminds me of Czar Nicholas of Russia for some reason, and he really does look like a royal cat. I saw Nicholas on Thursday when I went to check out the shelter during my break. How handsome and beautiful is he? I could brush that coat of his for hours. Nicholas's owner died, leaving nobody who could love him and keep him in their home. He's about a year old and is a little nervous in his new environment. He reminds me a little of one of my own cats, just in the those sweet eyes and soft fur. I wish I could take him with me, but I really hope somebody else can take him much sooner. Here is the ARL's site, where they can answer any other questions you may have. Go check her out!