juldea: (Default)
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] djinni, I now have a default icon.

He apparently does this icon day thing every now and then. I found out about it through [livejournal.com profile] beetiger. It's awesome.
juldea: (bicycle)
My "problem report" to Google Maps, which suggested bikers go up Walnut Street in Somerville -- one of the largest hills in the city -- has finally resulted in a direction change. Requesting biking directions from Harvard to Winter Hill no longer goes up Walnut. Hooray!

Of course, this doesn't avoid the fact that it's hard, perhaps impossible, to avoid going uphill at all in that route. Still, I think Walnut is demonstrably wrong.
juldea: (bicycle)
My "problem report" to Google Maps, which suggested bikers go up Walnut Street in Somerville -- one of the largest hills in the city -- has finally resulted in a direction change. Requesting biking directions from Harvard to Winter Hill no longer goes up Walnut. Hooray!

Of course, this doesn't avoid the fact that it's hard, perhaps impossible, to avoid going uphill at all in that route. Still, I think Walnut is demonstrably wrong.
juldea: (geek girl)
Remember that poll I did on the video game Braid? It was here: http://juldea.livejournal.com/1248166.html. I compiled my results.

I did that poll because I noticed a trend when talking to friends that females* almost entirely told me that they watched someone else play Braid rather than play it themselves because they'd never be able to play a game like that/solve its puzzles, whereas males almost entirely said that the game was worth playing and knocking your head against to solve it rather than use guides.

Poll results:

9 women responded. Almost entirely split: 3 (33%) didn't finish due to time or attention, 2 (22%) didn't finish because it was too hard/they didn't like it, 2 (22%) finished and used guides, and 2 (22%) finished and didn't use guides.

22 men responded. The numbers are drastically different here. 3 (14%) didn't finish due to time or attention, 1 (5%) didn't finish because it was too hard/they didn't like it, 5 (34%) finished and used guides, and 13 (60%) finished and didn't use guides.

Visualized data below the cut. )

Does this mean anything? I have no clue. It satisfies my curiosity, though.

* My definitions here are based on what pronouns they use. If I've got those wrong, let me know. For this purpose, there was one responder who I didn't count because I couldn't tell from their journal how they identified - [livejournal.com profile] anidanny.
juldea: (geek girl)
Remember that poll I did on the video game Braid? It was here: http://juldea.livejournal.com/1248166.html. I compiled my results.

I did that poll because I noticed a trend when talking to friends that females* almost entirely told me that they watched someone else play Braid rather than play it themselves because they'd never be able to play a game like that/solve its puzzles, whereas males almost entirely said that the game was worth playing and knocking your head against to solve it rather than use guides.

Poll results:

9 women responded. Almost entirely split: 3 (33%) didn't finish due to time or attention, 2 (22%) didn't finish because it was too hard/they didn't like it, 2 (22%) finished and used guides, and 2 (22%) finished and didn't use guides.

22 men responded. The numbers are drastically different here. 3 (14%) didn't finish due to time or attention, 1 (5%) didn't finish because it was too hard/they didn't like it, 5 (34%) finished and used guides, and 13 (60%) finished and didn't use guides.

Visualized data below the cut. )

Does this mean anything? I have no clue. It satisfies my curiosity, though.

* My definitions here are based on what pronouns they use. If I've got those wrong, let me know. For this purpose, there was one responder who I didn't count because I couldn't tell from their journal how they identified - [livejournal.com profile] anidanny.
juldea: (geek girl)
Reposting from [livejournal.com profile] alexx_kay:

Sleep No More is playing in NYC soon, and they have put together an ARG to promote it. If you're in the Boston area, I recommend jumping in before the weekend is over. If I'm right, there will be something Cool happening near here early next week...

http://sleepnomorenyc.com/gallowgreen/
juldea: (geek girl)
Reposting from [livejournal.com profile] alexx_kay:

Sleep No More is playing in NYC soon, and they have put together an ARG to promote it. If you're in the Boston area, I recommend jumping in before the weekend is over. If I'm right, there will be something Cool happening near here early next week...

http://sleepnomorenyc.com/gallowgreen/
juldea: (hold me!)
Somewhat tangentially to what I think of as my social circle are the people who actively participate in the "LJ Confessional," which is just a post made about once a year, open to anonymous comments, for people to let loose whatever's on their mind. [livejournal.com profile] swashbucklr is I think the closest of my friends to that group, and his post announcing the opening of Confessional 2011 is what led me to it. It's here: http://aroraborealis.livejournal.com/958520.html

I had the slimmest of expectations to be mentioned unprompted -- just enough to look -- and then prompted comment with a thread of my own. So far, the responses have been highly varied - people saying I'm hot, new people saying I seem interesting and they want to get to know me, and people who do know me giving me feedback on personality flaws. It's awesome because the latter is still being polite and not bashing. I hope I'm responding in the proper way to continue that trend.

Thanks to those who have commented, or who will comment after reading this. I like feedback.
juldea: (hold me!)
Somewhat tangentially to what I think of as my social circle are the people who actively participate in the "LJ Confessional," which is just a post made about once a year, open to anonymous comments, for people to let loose whatever's on their mind. [livejournal.com profile] swashbucklr is I think the closest of my friends to that group, and his post announcing the opening of Confessional 2011 is what led me to it. It's here: http://aroraborealis.livejournal.com/958520.html

I had the slimmest of expectations to be mentioned unprompted -- just enough to look -- and then prompted comment with a thread of my own. So far, the responses have been highly varied - people saying I'm hot, new people saying I seem interesting and they want to get to know me, and people who do know me giving me feedback on personality flaws. It's awesome because the latter is still being polite and not bashing. I hope I'm responding in the proper way to continue that trend.

Thanks to those who have commented, or who will comment after reading this. I like feedback.
juldea: (roar!!!)
http://www.capeannfreshcatch.org/

Dan and I are looking for someone else who loves tasty super-fresh fish caught by local fisherman and delivered later the same day to join the Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery with us. Their Cambridge dropoff site is near Dan's work, so he can pick up. Deliveries are Mondays.

Up until approximately a year ago, I would not eat fish (sushi and canned tuna excepted.) The texture and the smell both turned me off. Dan's assured me that I needed to try fresh fish. My very first meal made from the Cape Ann delivery changed my entire opinion of fish. For the entirety of last summer I actively looked forward to those Monday night fish dinners.

Respond if you're interested, please, and I'll answer questions or refer them to Dan. :)
juldea: (roar!!!)
http://www.capeannfreshcatch.org/

Dan and I are looking for someone else who loves tasty super-fresh fish caught by local fisherman and delivered later the same day to join the Cape Ann Fresh Catch Community Supported Fishery with us. Their Cambridge dropoff site is near Dan's work, so he can pick up. Deliveries are Mondays.

Up until approximately a year ago, I would not eat fish (sushi and canned tuna excepted.) The texture and the smell both turned me off. Dan's assured me that I needed to try fresh fish. My very first meal made from the Cape Ann delivery changed my entire opinion of fish. For the entirety of last summer I actively looked forward to those Monday night fish dinners.

Respond if you're interested, please, and I'll answer questions or refer them to Dan. :)
juldea: (geek girl)
I'm doing a bit of data-gathering on the video game Braid. The poll below is ONLY for people who have played at least some of the game; sorry, folks who've never touched it, but no clicky-buttons for you.

If you know what kind of data I'm mining here, please don't release it. :)

[Poll #1677107]
juldea: (geek girl)
I'm doing a bit of data-gathering on the video game Braid. The poll below is ONLY for people who have played at least some of the game; sorry, folks who've never touched it, but no clicky-buttons for you.

If you know what kind of data I'm mining here, please don't release it. :)

[Poll #1677107]
juldea: (mishakal)
Last night I saw the Quebecois circus group 7 Doigts de la Main perform their show Psy. The show uses circus acts in a theatrical style to depict various psychological (and slightly outside of psychological, I think - narcolepsy) disorders: hypochondria, OCD, addiction, phobia, etc. This is the same group that did the amazingly awesome hand-gymnastics dance routine depicting an abusive relationship that I first mentioned here a few years ago -- if you haven't seen it, watch here.

I loved last night's show. I definitely recommend it to anyone with interest in circus arts or psychology - especially both. :) My second favorite part was the addiction solo, and my favorite part was the third performer, the juggler, especially the second half of his set. I describe him as "the juggler" because apparently my interpretation of his disorder disagreed with what the program said. I had a VERY strong emotional response to that performance (crying on Wumpus) based on interpreting the displayed disorder differently than what I later found listed in the program. I'm sticking with my interpretation and curious if others reach it, too, so I'm avoiding saying either what I thought or what the program said. I would like anyone who goes to see it to not look at the program immediately but make your own interpretation, then report back to me. Thanks!

Psy is only running until the end of this weekend. Tickets are available here; click on the date in the calendar. Prices $15-69.

Also, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] siderea both for originally introducing me to the group and for alerting me last fall to this performance.
juldea: (mishakal)
Last night I saw the Quebecois circus group 7 Doigts de la Main perform their show Psy. The show uses circus acts in a theatrical style to depict various psychological (and slightly outside of psychological, I think - narcolepsy) disorders: hypochondria, OCD, addiction, phobia, etc. This is the same group that did the amazingly awesome hand-gymnastics dance routine depicting an abusive relationship that I first mentioned here a few years ago -- if you haven't seen it, watch here.

I loved last night's show. I definitely recommend it to anyone with interest in circus arts or psychology - especially both. :) My second favorite part was the addiction solo, and my favorite part was the third performer, the juggler, especially the second half of his set. I describe him as "the juggler" because apparently my interpretation of his disorder disagreed with what the program said. I had a VERY strong emotional response to that performance (crying on Wumpus) based on interpreting the displayed disorder differently than what I later found listed in the program. I'm sticking with my interpretation and curious if others reach it, too, so I'm avoiding saying either what I thought or what the program said. I would like anyone who goes to see it to not look at the program immediately but make your own interpretation, then report back to me. Thanks!

Psy is only running until the end of this weekend. Tickets are available here; click on the date in the calendar. Prices $15-69.

Also, thank you to [livejournal.com profile] siderea both for originally introducing me to the group and for alerting me last fall to this performance.
juldea: (sleepy catball)
Arisia was awesome. I am very sick.
juldea: (sleepy catball)
Arisia was awesome. I am very sick.
juldea: (brights)
I found this to be the most inspirational and moving piece on the recent shootings that I've seen.



If the embed doesn't work, look here: http://thedailywh.at/post/2698034618/in-case-you-missed-it-of-the-day-jon-stewart
juldea: (brights)
I found this to be the most inspirational and moving piece on the recent shootings that I've seen.



If the embed doesn't work, look here: http://thedailywh.at/post/2698034618/in-case-you-missed-it-of-the-day-jon-stewart
juldea: (geek girl)
First, THANK YOU to all of those who have been placing even just a part of your countdown meme under an LJ-cut. That little step means so much.

I have one - just one - request, though. Please go slightly further and LJ-cut the entire thing? Or if you want to keep the "Day #: task" part outside of the cut, please only leave the text of the day which you are doing? The entire list isn't necessary.

Thank you so much.

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