Tuesday, August 14, 2007

No Post for You!

(5:08:08 PM) Forrest: how come you haven't posted a blog post in a while?

(5:08:12 PM) Forrest: you were on a roll there for a bit

(5:08:14 PM) Arthaey: 'cause I'm a lamer :P

So there it was.


Sunday, August 5, 2007

Where's Forrest?

Because Forrest is still finishing up his degree in SLO, we're currently doing the long-distance relationship thing. Not ideal, but it's for a finite amount of time, and we're coping.

One of the ways in which we cope is to chat on the phone, generally at least twice a day. We may or may not both have free time during the middle of day during the work week to chat, but whoever goes to bed first always calls the other one to chat and say goodnight.

That's my routine. My routine is unsettled right now because I want to go to bed, but Forrest isn't answering his new cell phone. That's okay, though; his new cell phone has horrible battery life, so maybe it's dead. But he's not answering his old cell phone, either. That's okay, too; maybe he doesn't carry both on him at the same time. But he's not answering the apartment landline either. That's starting to worry me, since most of our friends have graduated and moved away, so he's not out late much anymore.

So where is he? I don't expect the blogosphere to answer me before I find out. I'm just worrying (now I understand why my mom hates getting late-night calls, since that "must" mean bad news) and I need somewhere to talk to, since there's no someone to talk to right now. :(

Update, 4:30 AM: I finally got a call back from Forrest! Here's the start of our conversation... Me: "I've been trying to call you since midnight." Forrest: "I've been asleep since midnight." Me: "Oh."

Heh. Forrest apparently went to bed just before I got home from watching Moulin Rouge, which explains why he wasn't answering any of the phones. I'm shocked he managed to sleep through 4 hours of phone-ringing, but he's got amazing Powers of Sleep. So I explained sheepishly that I was starting to worry, I apologized for waking him up, and I let him go back to sleep. Oops! But at least everything's okay.


Outdoor Movies are Cool

Last night I went to see The Princess Bride at the Mural Amphitheater (at the Seattle Center). It was a fun crowd to watch that movie with — lots of cheering and booing. I had too much cotton candy and felt a little sick to my stomach afterwards, but otherwise good times. :)

Tonight I went to the Fremont Outdoor Cinema to watch Moulin Rouge. Moulin Rouge is my favorite movie, so I was really happy to be seeing it in such an unusual setting. I invited Josh to come along, and his roommate (Phil), roommate's girlfriend (Mary), roommate's other friend (Ginger), roommate's sister (Ivona), and roommate's mother (?) all came along, too. (Wow, I think I actually remembered all the names I was told tonight!) It was nice meeting some more people, and again the crowd was great.

Pre-movie, the Jet City Improv group (who hosted the event) lead some Moulin Rouge trivia, a paper airplane contest (which Phil failed miserably at, apparently just like the last time he entered such a competition), a dance competition, a complete-the-lyrics competition, and a feather boa caterpillar raffle (which, sadly, I did not win). I'd definitely like to attend these sorts of events in the future.

Before the movie tonight, I was killing time in Fremont, reading The Best American Science Writing, 2006 that I bought from Fremont Place Books. Interesting, educational, and enjoyable writing — good stuff. If you're looking for a random book to read, here ya go. :)


Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Blog Update Progress, Part 2

Per some design discussions with Forrest, I have an updated to-do list for finishing up my blog layout update:

  1. make comments appear above post footer
  2. remove dashed borders around posts
  3. re-color comment and profile icons
  4. do something about the Friends sidebar having so much empty space
  5. do something with footer
  6. update all labels :( . Useful links: [1], [2], [3]
  7. re-do peek-a-boo comments, like how they were pre-redesign
  8. hide permalink-link on post page

Update, 10:15 PM:

  1. look into the anchor scrolling issue
  2. re-do highlighting of my own comments, like how they were pre-redesign
  3. add « and » to the "Newer posts" and "Older posts" links
  4. pull user icons onto peek-a-boo comments, like how they are on the "post a comment" page

Update, August 2, 11:14 AM:

  1. replace? add? calendar view of archive [4]
  2. make a hierarchical label display [5]

The above items will be strike-through'd (struck-through?) as they are completed.