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October 24th, 2009

Domain assistance

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So I'm breaking my long silence with a question to put out to all who know me. For eight or more years, I've had a Geocities account where I stuffed all the random stuff I wanted to put online. It wasn't much, but I liked having the webspace. But Geocities is shutting down on Monday. So I need to move my random web-creating to another site. I've found a free hosting site that looks good (freehostia), and saved what I want to save. But now comes the big question.

What in the world do I call my new website?!?

I can't figure out a good domain name, and would really like suggestions. My initial thought was sharayah.com, or .net, or the like, but all the appealing suffixes are claimed. (*grumblegrumble* sharayah.com's claimed by a web squatter *grumblegrumble*) And I can't figure out another one that isn't too long or doesn't sound silly or the like.

So a bit of what I'm thinking of. I'm largely planning to make it into my portfolio site, something to shove at employers and say "look how pretty my art is! hire me!", but I also want some pages that are more for fun, so I want something that's a balance between professional and personal. Names like sharayahdesign.com or happyyurt.com wouldn't really work. Potential elements are stuff like art, beading, geographical terms, book terms, geeky/new-agey terms or the like. Oh, and I've been switching away from the Xelona pseudonym as well, and want to establish myself more as Sharayah. So while xelona.com's available, I'm not too fond of the idea of using it. Xelona's a bit too fangirly for me these days. Besides, Sharayah's weird enough to practically be an internet pseudonym. :3

So anyway, any advice/suggestions would be appreciated.

February 13th, 2009

My computer died.

I am sad.

Now I have to spend money to get a new one.

Maybe I'll build it myself this time.

That could be fun.

I am still sad, but hopeful.

And about to become poorer.

Back to sad.

January 28th, 2009

Just to cheer me up from my last post, here are two literary memes.

Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Turn to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

"Barney picked up Murp and asked Jamie, 'Do you think she was really our babysitter?'"

That's from Minerva Wakes, by Holly Lisle, probably my favorite book by that author. And closest is tough to judge when you've got five or ten books within arm's reach, all kinda equidistant. This was actually the third book I picked up, since the first was way too boring for that sentence on P.56 ("Please."), and the second was in a section where context really mattered... ("What do you tell your daughter?") :P

Next meme!

The Big Read thinks the average adult has only read six of the top 100 books they've printed below.

1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them.

I think I'll put this under a cut for your friends page's sanityCollapse )
*Peeks head out of cave*
*Sees that there's people out there*
*Head shoots back into cave*

So I'm not very talkative at all... As in it's been months since I last posted, and it's not like things haven't happened, I just haven't wanted to write about them. Not that much has happened, really. I'm currently still living with my parents, very slowly looking for a job and playing lots of video games in the mean time... I did get one temporary job that was pretty cool, though. I was paid to learn Spanish. The Rosetta Stone company, which sells language learning software, needed people to test new software, and I got in on that. Shows that reading the newspaper can pay off, since I found that job as an ad in a local paper. It was fun. I got to commute on the train systems, too, since the best way to get there was by train. I love taking the train. It's quite enjoyable, sitting there and watching the scenery go by. Maybe I should try to find a job with Amtrak or the like...

Part of my problem is that I'm under-qualified for all of the jobs I really want... I probably need to go back to school, and get my Master's. But that needs money. So I'm going to work for a few years to earn enough to afford it (I don't want massive tons of debt), but between my seemingly deficient skills (I'm too generalized in my skills is the main problem. I've got lots of them...) and the current economy, it seems like no one's hiring artists these days. It doesn't help that there's the old catch-22 of needing work experience to get work experience. That one always frustrates me. I think it's probably time I go for retail jobs. Those, at least, will get me money... But applying for jobs is scary, given my social phobia (sending cold-call letters to people I never met in positions of authority asking for something from them, all those aspects trigger my phobia. Not fun.) so who knows when I'll be able to force myself to do it....

Can you tell I've been somewhat depressed lately?

October 5th, 2008

Contact Info Change

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Just to let people know, I bought a new phone and have a new phone number as a result. My old number will no longer reach me. Largely because my old phone died, and the old number was utterly unmemorable, while my new one is quite nice. Anyway, I've screened comments, so just leave a comment if you want my new phone number.

Also, I've stopped using my Valpo email, thanks to the slowness of it all. Comment if you want other email addresses to reach me by. I've got a gmail account in the same pattern as my Valpo email, if you know that and don't want to wait for the commentage to work. Also, I stopped using Facebook, what, a year ago? I'm just not social enough for a social networking site. Don't expect me to respond to anything you do there, especially since it routes to my Valpo email, and that's no longer in use...

Oh, yet another thing to comment on. I'd stored all my phone numbers in my old phone, and the phone died in such a way that I can't access them. I'm not likely to actually CALL anyone, but I'd still like to rebuild my address book. So if you want your number to actually appear as you if you call, comment with that as well. As I said, I'm screening comments, so it won't show public.

August 13th, 2008


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Just for the "fun" of it, I'm going to list all the things that are or were recently broken in this house of ours... It's getting to be a bit ridiculous...
Cut for length. Read at your own amusement.Collapse )

July 25th, 2008


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I declare that The World Ends With You is the best game I have played in quite a while. It's also one of the best stories I've seen in any game and even most other media. And it has great music and art too. *Goes back to playing*

June 13th, 2008

*Melts in Heat*

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Ok, this month has been packed and too hot to write, so I'll just mention things in bullets. Comment for more info.

-I graduated from college, though I skipped the ceremony.

-Balticon was quite fun, especially the masquerade (Video here, Fiona's and Megan's is the last one in it, starting around 5:55 minutes). I also attended a panel on making Manx Dragons, and spent a lot of the con drawing one of my own (Posted here).

-I got my computer back, and started to reinstall the games and the like that had been uninstalled to to my OS upgrade (I'm now using XP). Only to have my video card die a few days later, so I couldn't PLAY said games. I've only just got a new one in, and am delighting in gaming once more.

-Mom, Dad, and I spent last weekend up in upstate NY, visiting Cync, John, and Megan for John's 50th birthday party. The party was good, though the irish singer was a tad loud for my taste, and it was at a pub (Sharayahs and alchohol do not mix), so Mom, Megan, and I all left early. I also got to try out a WiiFit, which was really fun and, I think, the first time I've actually ENJOYED exercising. (Even DDR is barely on the other edge of fun vs. pain). My practical and gamer sides are trying to convince my miser side that I should get a Wii and WiiFit. The miser side is winning, for now...

-Mom, Fiona, and Ben went on a multi-day hike along the Potomac River starting on Tuesday, camping along the trail. It was supposed to be a 5-day hike ending in Harper's Ferry, one which I knew I couldn't handle with the way my knees react these days. Two nights ago I recieved a call from a hysterical Fiona, telling me to pick them up in the morning. They'd hit the swampy section, where the mosquitos were as thick as honey, and were holed up in the tent hiding from the bugs. So I picked them up early.

-Starting next Monday, Mom, Fiona, and I are flying out to Seattle to visit grad schools for Fiona, visit the cool stuff in the area, and see people in the region (mainly friends made via this lj roleplaying game). Our plans are still quite vague, so if anyone has any suggestions, please tell me!

Ok, I think that's it. I go back to the lengthy process of reinstalling The Sims 2 and all 7 of it's expansions...

May 25th, 2008


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Megan and Fiona's (and other's) entry into the Balticon masquerade contest won Best in Show AND Best Workmanship in Show! And it was one of the best masquerades I've seen, even! SQUEEEEEEEE!

April 24th, 2008

I'm about ready to quit this bloody program. I'm practically failing anyway, what with this backlog of projects and my complete lack of motivation to DO any of them. Even the few projects I warped and twisted into forms I'm still actually interested in doing, I just don't want to do. I sit down to do them, and then, five hours later, have added maybe one sentence to them. This program is draining the life and creativity right out of me. I'm on the verge of just packing up my stuff and leaving. I don't care that there's just a few weeks left. I don't care that failing this means my GPA goes way down. I don't even bloody care that leaving means I won't graduate this spring. I just want to get the bloody hell out of here.

Thanks to this program, I'm coming to HATE Chicago. It's too noisy, it's too bright, there's way too many people, and the culture SUCKS. I don't ever want to live in a city again. Sure, there's some cool things, like the train system and the museums, but the rest could just fall into the earth for all I care. And I am also coming to HATE social justice. I hadn't caught the social justice angle to this program before I came here. It's really downplayed in the presentations and information and all the stuff I heard and researched about this program before I applied. Sure, I expected some social justice work, it is a valuable part of city life, but NOT EVERY BLOODY CLASS! There's a whole lot else that could be covered in an Urban Studies class; history, culture, geography, even just why people choose to live in a city. This program seems like "Let's study these poor oppressed people. Here's some people helping these poor oppressed people. You should really help these poor opressed people." We seem to be looking at only the BAD side of Chicago, all the segregation and class disputes and the like. Why not look at the rest of it for a change? Why not even just look at some NON-OPPRESSED people, just for the comparison?!

I barely even feel like I've learned anything this semester, and what little I've learned certainly hasn't been in my classes. Sure, there's been a few, a VERY few, class sessions I enjoyed and learned from, namely the initial "scavenger lunch", the trip to the Chicago History Museum, the Toxic Tour day, and maybe one or two others. Precept was usually pretty fun, even if I don't feel like I really learned anything in it. And my internship is about the only really good thing about this program, and the only thing keeping me sane and keeping a nervous breakdown away. And it's ending in a week. EVERY OTHER BLOODY CLASS I could have just skipped and not noticed the difference in the LEAST! I am REALLY disappointed in this program. I knew it wasn't a perfect match from the get-go, but I had a minor interest in social systems, a major interest in geography, and a strong curiousity about city life. Now that minor interest is gone, my major interest is bleeding, and my curiousity has been rewarded with pain and stress. This program is ONLY good at preaching to the choir, teaching social justice to those who ALREADY REALLY CARE ABOUT IT! People like me, who are somewhat interested, but don't know enough to go either way, are just burned by it. I've gone from entering with academic burnout to full-out academic blowout. I'm not sure if I'll ever get my academic writing skills back, and I'm not sure if I even care.

It doesn't help that this program is WAY too extroverted for me. Admittedly, I'm one of the most introverted people out there. But with this program, EVERY SINGLE BLOODY PROJECT has a mandatory interview or presentation or discussion or some other bloody social requirement that just makes me want to curl up in a corner and never come out. This nervous breakdown I'm on the verge of (I'm crying from stress as I write) is halfway due to all these extroverted activities I've been trying to force my poor social phobic self into doing. The only way I've kept said breakdown away is ignoring all the other sources of stress (largely, all these projects I've been assigned) and just focus on attending classes. I'm so bloody TIRED now, physically, mentally, and spiritually. I just bloody want to be out of here. I'll stick through to the end of my internship, but after that, there's nothing left to keep me here. I don't care that there's only a few weeks left. Just give me a reason to bloody care about finishing, because otherwise, I quit.
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