Tag Archives: 2012


So I linked to a super awesome discussion of Leibniz’ Monadology the other day, right?

Well, if you’ve listened to that (if you haven’t go do it now, fools!), I highly recommend The Partially Examined Life to get more amazing discussions of a wide variety of philosophical works by some of the major dudes in philosophy. Click on the “Podcasts” tab up at the top to see the whole list of discussions.

Seriously, these are awesome. Next up for me is HUUUUUUME! Freakin’ love Hume, man. That’s why I have this shirt.

Also, UI drama is happening because of my tuition waiver thingy. I had  whole rant typed out but I deleted it because I’m trying to deal with frustration in a more constructive manner this year. That will probably end with me repressing everything because that’s just how I am, but what’re you going to do?

OH, and if any of you haven’t seen/heard this yet (or seen anything by DJ Earworm):

Yes, this post was heavy in the “stuff on the internet that’s not mine” material. I’m stressing about the upcoming semester, deal with it.


It’s time for the annual “did I do what I said I’d do at the beginning of the year?” rundown. Get ready for failure!

Last year’s:

SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Fix the “issues.” They’re “fixed” insofar as they’re not disrupting my life as much as they were last year. They’re still there, but being busy really, really helps with keeping them at bay.

ACCOMPLISHED: Get a job. Not only did I get a job, I got the best damn job possible for my situation right now. I now know that teaching stats is pretty much what I want to do.

ACCOMPLISHED: Return to acquiring knowledge in a formal setting. Not only did I return to school, but I’m able to take classes while working my awesome job! I really couldn’t ask for more here.

FAILED: Start and maintain a stats blog. I started and maintained a stats class, can I substitute that?

ACCOMPLISHED: Improve with R. All my stupid data analyses have paid off! I’ve also gotten substantially better with SAS thanks to the class I took.

FAILED: Go without dairy for a week. I don’t know why I keep this on as a New Year’s resolution. I love cheese.

FAILED: Go without electricity for a week. See above, but replace “cheese” with “internet.”

MOST LIKELY FAILED: Walk 2,500 miles. I have no damn idea how far I walked this year. Job + school + other job really got in the way of things, but I still booked it around Moscow quite a bit.

ACCOMPLISHED: Continue my 365 Days of Music project. Woo! Three years down!

ACCOMPLISHED: Blog daily. You knew this one’d keep, admit it.

ACCOMPLISHED: Win NaNoWriMo 2012. Not the best story in the world, but not nearly as bad as last year’s.

ACCOMPLISHED: Complete the 5,000 question survey. Finally! Bet you’re all glad to see that one gone, eh?


And this year’s:

  • Blog daily.
  • Win NaNoWriMo 2013
  • Continue my 365 Days of Music project
  • Draw at least two new thingies a month.
  • Do something with my writing (I’m extending this past Prime because there are a few non-fic doohickeys I’ve got)
  • Study for the GRE this time before I take the damn thing (old scores are defunct now)
  • Get applyin’ for grad schools again (while simultaneously trying not to have a panic attack)
  • Learn as much as possible.
  • Revamp and start over with my book list.
  • Uh…try not to die? Haha. I don’t have many 2013 resolutions.

Start Again

We’re nearing that time. You know the drill.

1: What did you do in 2012 that you’d never done before?

2: Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Um, probably a little more than half of them. That’s another thing I’ve got to blog about before 2012 closes.

3: Did anyone close to you give birth?
No, but like 20 of my friends got pregnant/had a significant other who got pregnant.

4: Did anyone close to you die?
No, not this year I don’t think.

5: What countries did you visit?
NONE! Screw travel, man, I’m sick of it.

6: What would you like to have in 2013 that you lacked in 2012?
More personal success in a couple different areas.

7: What dates from 2012 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I don’t think there were any significant specific dates.

8: What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Getting the best job EVER while still being able to go back to school.

9: What was your biggest failure?
The fact that I’m still me.

10: Did you suffer illness or injury?
I’m pretty mental, but I’ve been like that for years now.

11: What was the best thing you bought?
VAIO III! Though I guess my dad bought that for me, haha. Then my shiny new iPod Touch.

12: Whose behavior merited celebration?
I have no idea. Honestly, I’ve been so reclusive this year that I don’t really have a set base of people I could even choose from for this question.

13: Whose behavior made you appalled?
See above.

14: Where did most of your money go?
Tuition! And stuff that shall not be spoken of.

15: What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going back to school. SO. WONDERFUL.

16: What song will always remind you of 2012?
Some Nights by Fun.

18: What do you wish you’d done more of?
Saved money.

19: What do you wish you’d done less of?
Spent frivolously.

20: How did you spend Christmas?
Skyping my mom and opening our presents “together.”

21: Did you fall in love in 2012?
Just with my job.

22: What was your favorite TV program?
I still love Metalocalypse, yo.

23: Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I don’t hate anyone.

24: What was the best book you read?
The Calculus Wars. Obscenely fascinating stuff.

25: What was your greatest musical discovery?
I didn’t really discover any new artists, but I discovered a BUNCH of  new songs. You shall read about them on the 31st.

26: What did you want and get?
Badass schooling. Badass job.

27: What did you want and not get?
A car?

28: What was your favorite film of this year?
ZOMG, SUNSHINE. Even though that came out in 2007. I don’t care.

29: What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

30: How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2012?
What is this “fashion”?

31: What kept you sane?
Ha. “Sane.”

32: Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Leibniz! Yes, he counts.

33: What political issue stirred you the most?
The Presidential election! Romney was…ew.

34: Who did you miss?
My mom. She needs to get back to Moscow!

35: Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2012.
Sometimes things just work out. Just be patient.

2012, stop trying to be 2011.

Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But this year’s still kind of sucky.

This week in particular has been one long string of bad news. I know you’re all probably sick of me complaining here, but I need someplace to vent before I start stabbing peoples. You all know how I like plans, right? Well so far this year it’s been very, very tricky to make any sort of concrete plans. That’s very difficult for me.

On a positive note, I (accidentally) sliced the hell out of my ankle with my razor while I was shaving my legs and didn’t even really bleed. Vitamin K, people. It makes you a god.

That is all.

TWSB: Five Minutes to Midnight

I suppose this really isn’t technically a “science” news story, but I think the reason behind today’s topic is scientific enough.

The big news? The Doomsday Clock was pushed another minute forward, putting us at 11:55 PM, five minutes from certain annihilation.


While the clock had been pushed back a minute to 11:54 in 2010 due to worldwide cooperation to reduce the effects of climate change and to chill out about the possibility of nuclear war, The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (those in charge of the Clock) took another look at our current situation, saw that we’re really sucking at the whole “halt human-based climate change” and “hey, we probably shouldn’t be tossing nukes around” goals and have moved the clock back to 11:55.

Bummer, yo.

Read more of The Bulletin’s concerns and recommendations here.

2012: Year of the Restart

2011 decided to give me one final blow and reared its ugly, bad-luck-and-crappy-experience-ridden head today, so I’ve decided that because we’re already one day long for the year (February 29th will be making it’s quadrennial appearance), New Year’s Day will actually occur tomorrow.


We’re back to the year of the Dragon, which is my Chinese zodiac sign, so that’s at least something good. Right?

Also this:

High Resolution

So I suppose it’s that time of the year for reviewing old New Year’s Resolutions and defining new ones.

So let’s get to it!


  • FAILED: Contribute substantially to a Wikipedia article. I actually have quite a bit I can say to add to Wiki’s already existing page on the CFI, but I’ve never actually added anything to a Wiki page (just corrected typos/grammatical errors), so the prospect of doing anything more makes me nervous.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Blog daily. Haha, we all knew this one’d keep.
  • FAILED: Come up with a new recipe weekly. Haha. Yeah.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Go skydiving. This was AWEOSME and I totally want to do it again.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Get my MA degree. YAY.
  • FAILED: Learn conversational German. Haha, yeah right.
  • SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Complete the 5,000 question survey. I’m getting there. It’s not like I haven’t been inundating you all with the 100-question segments all year.
  • FAILED: Answer the “50 questions that will free your mind” survey question thingy. Totally forgot to do this.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Malls are both fascinating and scary; therefore I shall see Vancouver via walking by walking to a new mall every weekend. Search “Canadian Mall” and ye shall find what I’ve reviewed.
  • FAILED: Go a week without electricity. Couldn’t do it in Van ‘cause it was thesis crunch time, didn’t do it in London ‘cause I was busy spazzing, and by the time I got back to Moscow it was getting dark too early in the day and Claudia + candles = imminent disaster.
  • FAILED: Go a week without consuming any dairy products. I kept wanting to do this, but then kept automatically adding feta to my pasta/dairy product-containing dressing to my salad.
  • SORT OF ACCOMPLISHED: Do something with Prime. In progress.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Go back to St. Mary’s once. Saw the new band room. It kicks ass.
  • FAILED: Read Newton’s Principia (and hope Leibniz’ ghost doesn’t kill me in my sleep). I suck.
  • FAILED: Actually pay attention to how much money I spend. HAHA.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Win NaNoWriMo 2011. Though I’m not proud of this year’s story.
  • ACCOMPLISHED: Get better with R. You don’t have 100+ plots in your thesis and NOT get better with R.

Conclusion: I suck.


  • Fix the “issues.”
  • Get a job.
  • Return to acquiring knowledge in a formal setting.
  • Start and maintain a stats blog.
  • Improve with R.
  • Go without dairy for a week.
  • Go without electricity for a week.
  • Walk 1,200 miles Pfft, screw that mediocrity. Walk 2,500 miles.
  • Continue my 365 Days of Music project.
  • Blog daily.
  • Win NaNoWriMo 2012.
  • Continue “doing something” with Prime.
  • Complete the 5,000 question survey.
  • Probably other stuff I’m forgetting at the moment.