[Veltzeh]'s diary

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Written about Friday 2010-05-21
Written: (3727 days ago)
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And then I finished the seventh Harry Potter book too. Yay!

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Written about Thursday 2010-05-20
Written: (3729 days ago)

I finished the sixth book too. I just saw the movie when it came out and damn, nothing of it caught on me and the book was largely a surprise. It was also better than the fifth one, so at least this far the quality has been increasing with the number. Let's hope that holds true for the last one too.

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Written about Monday 2010-05-17
Written: (3732 days ago)

Damn it's late. Anyway, inspired by the Harry Potter fanfic I told about earlier, I started reading the latter books which I haven't read, just so that I won't be terribly spoilered by the fanfic. Then again, now that I read the fourth book and half of the fifth, I started wondering whether it WOULD be better to read the fanfic first anyway...

I finished the fifth book too. I think it was better than the fourth, and things sort of make sense now.

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Written about Thursday 2010-05-13
Written: (3736 days ago)

I moved my computer out of my room for the summer since it generates way too much heat. I instantly noticed how much quieter my room is without it! That video card fan sure makes a lot of noise...

I went and got myself a last.fm account. I guess you could blame peer pressure but it was more like "why not". Anyway: http://www.last.fm/user/Veltzeh

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Written about Sunday 2010-05-09
Written: (3740 days ago)

As amazing as it is, I've been reading a Harry Potter fanfic. I'm not a particular fan of HP – the books are well-written, certainly, but I don't really like the characters nor the holey plot (though I'm pretty good at ignoring that especially when it comes to human flaws). The books are good enough that I want to read them, and I think I'll finally read the four last ones this summer.
Anyway, the fanfic. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality is quite excellent in its attempt to bring some sense into the HP universe! It's also well-written and even I can ignore the few missing commas. And the humor is great.

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Written about Friday 2010-05-07
Written: (3742 days ago)

I went to see Iron Man 2 today. Nice crashing around, though it wasn't exactly exceptional. The social/talking scenes were strange but realistic in a way. Stark nearly always talked over somebody and it amazes me how they keep the massive company from crashing when it sounded like they have nothing but problems...

Also, making video game characters older: http://www.examiner.com/x-7953-Console-Game-Examiner~y2010m5d4-Making-game-characters-more-mature-with-beards

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Written about Monday 2010-04-26
Written: (3753 days ago)

http://www.thescavenger.net/glbsgdq/1st-sex-and-or-gender-diversity-day-26-april-72456.html I think that's more cheerful than the "remembering our dead" thing on the 20th of November. I suppose I'll have an online picnic. Have some cookies!

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Written about Friday 2010-04-23
Written: (3756 days ago)

I started reading the Keychain of Creation webcomic. I tried a couple of times a few years back, but back then I had no clue about the Exalted game system, which was what I needed to become interested in the comic. Anyway, lol! http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0201.html

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Written about Thursday 2010-04-15
Written: (3764 days ago)

My brain feels sort of warm and fuzzy. I just finished reading this unfinished Harry Potter fan fiction: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/Harry_Potter_and_the_Methods_of_Rationality
It is rather awesome and intellectually stimulating, though I don't think I actually read anything (scientific) in there that would have been new for me.

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Written about Monday 2010-04-05
Written: (3774 days ago)

I went to see H. R. Giger's Alien exhibit in Tampere art museum some days ago. It was pretty interesting and all the art was pretty cool. And apparently I don't have anything more intelligent to say at the moment... cough.

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Written about Friday 2010-03-05
Written: (3804 days ago)

Regarding the wound I typed about in <blog:1105208>; it left quite a nice scar. It's red and all, and might eventually fade away. By now I also have plenty of similar-looking but much more superficial scratches from cat claws. Those damn buggers lull me into a sense of false security with their cuteness and then strike...

I finished watching Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis in February. Good series!

I've been updating Veltzeh's reading list.

Yet another awesome song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3q7lwl5nSQ (Intergalactic Space Crusaders)!

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Written about Monday 2010-03-01
Written: (3809 days ago)

I think this link came from a nanowrimo channel. I thought it was awesome. http://www.salmiyuck.com/ (following http://thedailywtf.com/Articles/Souvenir-Potpourri-Salmiak-Attack.aspx)
This was also awesome: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FpMo9JGlxo (The Eye of Ra).
Hmm, it seems like it's my birthday tomorrow.

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Written about Monday 2010-02-22
Written: (3816 days ago)

Here's an interesting post: http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2006/07/separating-programming-sheep-from-non-programming-goats.html
I'm one of those who can program and I find it pretty easy. I never really thought much about it until I took a course called utilization of data structures (and I'm sure I've mentioned that before too). On the course, we were supposed to find algorithms most efficient at searching or sorting. They said that the first, intuitive guess at the algorithm would never be the best, but I always got it "right" on my first guess for some reason. Then again, it could've been because I actually thought about it and didn't just go "oh, linear sort is always the best way to go".
Programming is like grammar and laws. I'm good at following their rules, be they "meaningless" or not. :D

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Written about Wednesday 2010-01-27
Written: (3842 days ago)

I didn't turn on my computer at all yesterday, even though I had the chance. I thought that was odd enough to make a journal post about it. I didn't do it in the morning because I'd only have been on the computer for about fifteen minutes before leaving, and since I would be at the university for at least six hours, I didn't think I should leave the computer on, so I just didn't turn it on at all. Saving energy and all that. It would've warmed up my room though. When I returned from the university, I didn't have time to go to the computer before I started watching Stargate. By the time we were finished with Stargate, it was time to go to sleep, so there. No computer for a day.
I did use my laptop a few minutes during a lecture though.

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Written about Thursday 2010-01-07
Written: (3861 days ago)

It's been quite cold for over a week now and approximately below zero for almost a month. Specifically, it's been about below -10 during the day and around -20 during the night. Winter is awesome! There's also a quite nice amount of snow.

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Written about Friday 2010-01-01
Written: (3868 days ago)

I went to watch the fireworks of Joensuu at midnight. It was quite spectacular-looking. Also, I got up at about 7:20 today! :D

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Written about Friday 2009-12-25
Written: (3874 days ago)

A video was linked in the Order of the Stick forums. I usually don't watch videos, but in this case, I'm really glad I did. (The scene specifically worth seeing starts at about 2:55, but it's good to watch and listen the stuff before that, too.) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_69urn7asVA
Damn I laughed. XD

In other news, I cut a pretty big wound on my finger with the bread knife because of an obnoxiously hardened loaf of rye bread. That hasn't happened for quite a while, so I guess it was overdue. I wonder what kind of scar it'll leave.

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Written about Sunday 2009-12-20
Written: (3879 days ago)

I went to watch Avatar today. It was a movie about how humans come to exploit blue humanoids called navi on their home planet Pandora. I liked it, and while I admit it could've been done a little better, it was quite fine as it was. For once I thought 3 h 45 min wasn't enough to tell the story (though, granted, I mostly wanted more technobabble about how things work).
An issue of more discussion would be another review I read – after seeing the movie. It was in Aamulehti (Finnish morning newspaper) and said how "digitally produced images that are estranged from realism feel just as natural to the young people who've spent their youths at the computer as real, comforting people's faces in films feel to the older people". That statement felt wrong to me, but I don't think I can say much more about it without some actual research. I like both real faces and the digital ones, though of course the situation depends. If something is supposed to be very alien and non-humanoid but still has to be played by a human, it just doesn't work. And humans don't have to be digitally rendered. Anyway, I'm probably just missing something from that review statement.
I got stuck on the mention about realism, though. Whatever I've read and heard, everybody always says how we young ones should realize that movies and such are FICTION. They are NOT REAL (and you can't just shoot people like that). Well, to me, that's been pretty obvious. Then suddenly, in comes how movies, and especially sci-fi ones, are supposedly allegories of the present day. That was really emphasized in the Avatar review in Aamulehti. So who's saying what's real now? That all fictional but still allegory probably makes sense, but mostly it just feels like cheating to me at this point.
I'm not really getting why all/most/best sci-fi should be allegories of present day anyway. I do understand it's a way of telling the story in another way than it happened in real life, but... I'm just not really seeing the point in emphasizing sci-fi's allegoriness. It could be done in a regular, non-sci-fi film just as well, even if differently, I bet.
Yet another thing was how close game-making and movie-making have become. The reasoning was that they're both just coding on the computer. WTF? I don't even know that much about 3D stuff, but I'm pretty sure they still need humans for body movements, though they can just record that and then use it endlessly. The story, plot, dialogue and such need to be discussed among people; I don't think those plot generators work quite that well yet. An artist has to draw stuff for the coders, because even though I'm a coder and an artist, that doesn't mean every other coder is. And I don't even do computer generated stuff like that.
Okay, rant done. It was still a quite good movie. Maybe less Hollywood would've been nice. I'm just not sure.

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Written about Monday 2009-12-07
Written: (3892 days ago)

Wow, yet another diary entry in such a short time! This can only mean that it's exam week time! ...Well, not exactly, but this time it does explain it.
I just spent an hour or two making up stats for femehans. You know, the kind one could use in role-playing and stuff. They're not D&D stats, though. And having written that, I feel like I should actually include them in that page I linked. Excuse me while I procrastinate some more.

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Written about Sunday 2009-12-06
Written: (3894 days ago)
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Now it's high time to talk about language. It's Finland's independence day today and I've seen the usual wishes of "hyvää itsenäisyyspäivää" (have a good independence day) on some IRC channels. There's also a pun-like twist on it: "hyvää itsepäisyyspäivää", which means "have a good stubbornness day". It's mind-tickling how similar independence and stubbornness are as concepts, too. Heh.

Also, last night I battled with a word for a personality trait. I can describe the trait as knowing oneself; knowing one's wants, needs, fears, limitations, abilities, etc. The Finnish word "itsetietoinen" does describe this, though it's probably more used to mean "self-aware". However, I've seen "itsetietoinen" being used in a way that it meant to know oneself. Of course, I could be mistaken on that too. I've previously used "self-conscious" for this trait, but now I started really thinking about it and came to the conclusion that it means either "self-aware" or something along having low self-esteem.
After a conversation on IRC, I came to the conclusion that "introspectively self-content" describes the trait best, but it's quite cumbersome. I think it needs a simpler word. Suggestions, anyone?

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Written about Sunday 2009-12-06
Written: (3894 days ago)

I went to watch 2012 on Friday. The catastrophe idea was pretty cool, though I'd have wanted more technobabble on how exactly neutrinos heat up the Earth's mantle. The running away from imminent destruction reached ridiculous levels, but I suspect that was mostly just artistic. It did look cool, after all. The movie was quite good altogether.

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