October 5th, 2003


cereal eaters unite!

Okay, here's what I need. I need a cereal eater, preferably in a high altitude and/or humid climate who is willing to talk to me voice.

Y'don't have to pay for the call, i can call anywhere in the US and Canada for free.

if you're interested, comment here with an email, and i'll email you.

  • Current Music
    Guster - Two Points for Honesty
dream, thoughtful, quiet

parlez-vous francais?

So here I am staring at the Canadian Desirability Scale again. If I can find a job, I'm one point shy of being desireable. So, I've decided that my nonexistent French skills need to be moved up to basic level. So what's basic level? Well, there's four pieces of language that they want: Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing.

So here's the questions. How hard would it be to get my skills to that point? How should I go about learning this? and How long does anybody think this will take?

(And while there's a lot of talk about common-law partners in the scale, I wonder how they'd crunch the numbers if I pointed out my boyfriend is a Canadian, and the only reason (besides distance) that we're not engaged or otherwise about to enter into holy matrimony is because I wanted him to finish his bachelors' degree, if that would help any in making me more eligible.)

And I know I'm asking a lot of questions, and not having much in the way of answers and explanations and stuff, but...I'm working my way out.
  • Current Music
    Bruce Springsteen - Let's Be Friends (Skin To Skin
dream, thoughtful, quiet

musing on 'canes and metaphor.

Had a really interesting discussion with ankhenet about hurricanes and their formation the other night, in an attempt to understand exactly what zibblsnrt and the rest of the Halifax gang went through as Juan paid them a visit. And it was a rather interesting discussion, and the point was brought home that once they get going, there is nothing that is going to stop a 'cane. It will proceed to roll over everything in its path until it gets cut off from its supply of warm water. And there are certain conditions that must be met in order for a hurricane to form. I don't remember all five, but of them all, I remember one: "There must be a pre-existing instabilty."

And it dawns on me that hurricanes aren't just found in the real world, but that they make a pretty good metaphor for emotional stuff too. I've been grateful to zibblsnrt for weathering my mood swings. You catch the way that's said? Yep, 'canes make good metaphors. And emotional 'canes form much the same way that 'canes in real life do. They need that pre-existing instability to wrap themselves around, and it can be some minor irritant like somebody being a jerk on IRC or other random crappy things that happen. But you need that little irritation, a pre-existing instabilty, but it could be something minor.

Then you need warm water, or something to feed the irritant. Past issues work well, or other minor tweakings of the mood state, or anything that will happily feed the storm of anger and pain that is building around the instabilty. You need no vertical wind shear, because that can cut through a storm like nothing else (a small rational voice or the chance to vent before things get too bottled up will kill an emotional 'cane before it forms.) I'm not sure what the emotional metaphor of must be above 3 degrees (on the globe) to fit it. Maybe timing. Timing plays a role in emotional 'canes. And the last key factor to 'cane formation is ... well, powerpoint is being very slow, and I don't log channels anymore. So I'll figure out what that last one is and trying to work it in, here..ahh, the last one is divergence aloft, which is, well, the way air gets pulled out of the low pressure center in the hurricane, and I'm not sure how to equate it to emotional 'canes yet. I'll need to think on this, and get a better handle on it before I can speculate...

Anyway, the point is, if all the conditions are right, a hurricane of the soul can form, and it's not plesant to suffer from one of those. Especially if you're trying your damned hardest to ride it out. They're not pleasant for somebody else to see and ride out either. Just ask poor zibblsnrt who had to ride through a nasty emotional 'cane and a real one in the same week. Luckily for me, he doesn't mind.

In other news related to this, I discovered, much to my non-amusement, that if the 2005 hurricane season is as bad as this one (we're on L and the season's not quite over yet), then we'll all see at least Tropical Storm Katrina, and possibly Hurricane Katrina. I am groaning, because this seems to be a horrible joke to explain why my room is in the state it's in. ("Looks like Hurricane Katrina passed through again"). And knowing my luck, it'll prolly be a hurricane and veer directly for Halifax. *groan*

(For those of you not in the know, Katrina is my given name. And unfortunately, there is neither a Patrick nor a Jill on the hurricane list for the Atlantic, so I can't torment either my boyfriend or my sister about them having one too.)
  • Current Music
    Simon, Paul - Think Too Much (a)
upset, sad

so, the universe hates me...

So...in the aftermath of Juan, _ers_ and her folks lost their phone service. (_ers_ is zibblsnrt's next door neighbor.) Anyway, today MTT (the Haligonian phone company) was out to fix the line, and in the process managed to cross some wires and now zibblsnrt has _ers_'s phone number, and vice versa. And because DSL is hooked to a phone line, this means Zibb's internet is out as well. MTT says they'll send somebody out on the 15th to fix it.

Great, so I'm without Zibb for a week and a half. Yeah, I can call him, and will, but I nearly went crazy in dealing with the three days the lights were out right after Juan. And I really shouldn't (and can't) call every night for the next week and a half.

So yeah. Whatever climbing out of the depression I've managed to do is gone, since the light at the end of the tunnel turned out to be an oncoming train. And I don't know how I'm going to make it through the next week and a half, since my hard ground in a storm has gone missing through no fault of his own...but I'm convinced it's further proof the universe hates me and doesn't want me to be happy.

It figures.

UPDATE (10/05/03 7:30 PM): Clout is and will be applied, and there will be line crews in trouble, and Zibb should hopefully be back by Tuesday, which makes me feel a lot better. And that's about it.
  • Current Music
    Howard Shore - The Breaking Of The Fellowship
oski, calbear, berkeley

The football special

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Yep, Cal won a huge game, defeating #3 USC 34-31 in a matchup that took three overtimes to decide. The Bears weren't given much chance going into this one, but this was a game where they were *never* behind, which made for a nice change from the way games were played.

Unfortunately for Cal, their next opponent, Oregon State, had an unstoppable running back, and it was impossible to keep them out of the endzone, so Cal suffers a bad loss, losing to the Beavers 35-21.

Next week, Cal plays the mighty BYE, and the week after that we take on UCLA, who just trounced the Huskies. And I'm not feeling so awful about the loss to Utah, seeing as how they took out Oregon too.

  • Current Music
    Paul Simon - Hurricane Eye

Microwaved water...

I'm about to pour a cup of microwaved water into a ramen cup. We'll see if I've learned my lesson.

And I managed to pour the water out of the coffee cup and into the ramen cup and only spill it all over the counter, but not on any body parts. Yay!

Just figured I'd mention that.

On the agenda tonight:
Call jrenken and interview him for my new product development class.
Clean up my living room, because I've been neglecting it and it badly needs it.
Maybe call tanesmuti and ankhenet, if I can get either one's attention.
Get to bed before midnight, because I have to be up at 6:30-7 AM.
Take the trash out.
Finish LJ meme.
  • Current Music
    Jars of Clay -- Crazy Times