Monday, July 30, 2007

The Home Stretch.

Nine days. I will completely finished with the worst. summer. ever. in nine days.

And really - what's a dozen screen dumps and a paper in that amount of time? HA! Nothing compared to the last nine weeks. Especially since we've stopped work on two projects in the office. Our new policy is no money? No work.


In other completely unrelated news? This development could be the most irresponsible resort ever developed for Las Vegas. Hi! We're going to generate our own electricity! GREAT! Now how about all of that water? The water level in Las Vegas is down 30 housing construction cannot include a pool or grass. Yeah. Of course, it was also supposed to break ground in early 2007 - I'm not sure they even have land yet, and it's rumored to be on the southernmost end of the Strip.

GAH. I, of course, know several of the people involved in this - but I just cannot imagine that this is going to get built. I'm all for development, and I'm certainly no kind of tree-hugger by any means, but really - no water = no Vegas. I can't see how this could be considered feasible by any economic consultant.

Okay, I'm done now. I have to get back to doing something constructive.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

But Sometimes?

It all comes together.

This does not mean I'm over the hump. More like smack dab underneath it. I'm slowly chipping away at the pile of work in front of me and maybe, just maybe? I see the end of it.

At least the end of Second Life. Interface Design may not go so well. And perhaps I don't really care anymore.

And hey! The group project client is ever so happy with how his space turned out. So that's something - especially since he seemed skeptical last week. One hurdle cleared.

Also? I've become the defacto document controller at work. So yeah - this means I have to create a system since nothing exists. Hello, pay raise?

That's all - I have to get back to my task models and make my arrows line up. That's two more points on my grade right there.

Chipping away.

Monday, July 23, 2007

My Own Personal Death March

Before we begin discussing my slow descent into the Fifth Circle of hell, I'd like to say that I might have gotten the best pedicure EVER the other day. And my roots are covered.

And now, my manifesto about the last two weeks of summer session.

In the next two weeks I have to finish three Second Life projects, visit another virtual world, complete a 360-degree review of the group project I participated in and develop a complete interface prototype.

Second Life just takes time - nothing is totally heinous about it, and the worst of the projects (only because of the f'in client who is a total n00b and incredibly annoying) is over on Wednesday.

But that prototype? Is going to kill me. There's no way I can get an A in the class - thanks, instructor, for the complete lack of instruction and any kind of meaningful guidance.

This? Would be nowhere near as horrible if I weren't working. I'd have another nine hours a day to stare at my screen blankly praying for my work to magically complete itself without any intervention.

Also? My mother-in-law arrives tomorrow for a two-week visit. She could not be arriving at a worse time. I love her to death, but I am wholly incapable of even entertaining the man I'm married to, much less anyone else.

And my T-1 tech just told me that something is broken and he can't complete the pre-install today.

Yeah. Color me happy.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007



Hyperventilating because my Interface Design final is worth half of my grade?

You betcha.

Ready to can Second Life once and for all?

In about a minute.

Getting back to it?

Right now.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Yes, I DO Have a Blog

These days I'm usually blogging on my course site, which has nowhere NEAR enough swear words for me. Okay, I'm only blogging there once a week - what I'm REALLY spending my time on is assembling task descriptions, building furniture and trying to figure out what the HELL a state transition diagram is.

I also like capital letters.

But for real - how do you assemble a state transition diagram? Because I'm totally perplexed and I have to have one by Monday.

I'd rather build furniture in SL. Which, most days, is rather soothing. No one else is around where we're building and I just sit there and fight with shapes that won't bend to my will no matter what I do to them. The jury is still out as to whether it's a worthwhile undertaking - give me another five weeks and I'll give you a final verdict. Am I doing interesting things with it? Yes. Does it serve any kind of purpose? Good question.

In real life, my other half has a new job! And weekends off! I have no idea what to do with this information.

But now I have to get back to that diagram.

Monday, July 02, 2007


So far behind. And I'm so sleepy today I can barely concentrate on what I'm doing. But I have another week - so I will charge through and pound this assignment out and hopefully get a piece of furniture built, too.

Vegas was very hot. I always forget how extreme the weather is there, and this weekend was no exception - 110 every day, cooling to a frigid 90 at night. This? Is why I could not live there.

But I actually did some work! Which I subsequently left on the coffee table. Good thing my courier is coming back out tomorrow.

I just want to lie my little head down and rest.