Release: Voyagerfan5761 v1.9

It’s a few days late, but here’s the official announcement of Voyagerfan5761 version 1.9. There have been some minor updates made to this version, but not a lot of major changes. The most significant updates are in /experience/work/, where have been to reflect the program’s continued evolution. More files will be committed to the repository soon, for inclusion in the next release. Obviously the /personality/punctuality.php module needs some additional attention in this year’s development cycle, as well as the /skills/theatre/tech.php library. We will continue to iterate on these and other components (such as /skills/theatre/dance.php, /personality/gregarious.php, and /assets/income.php) for the next…

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A Summery Summary: Cherubs

I started writing this on August 22, 2008. I should have started about twenty days earlier and finished at least by the end of the year, but I’m really not good with publishing on time, am I? Oh well. unfortunately. This one’s for you, Margaret. 🙂 I’ve preserved as much of what I initially wrote as possible. Inevitably, there are gaps; I can’t do much about that, but hopefully the incompleteness will motivate me to be better at getting these things done in the future. A lot can happen in five weeks… And I mean a lot! Let’s see, what…

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Fraud Much?

So. Last Friday afternoon I got frantic calls from both my Falcon office and my bank. Some jerk stole my credit card information and tried to buy $1,300 worth of jewelry with it on Wednesday. Nice try. It set off the fraud alert. It helped that on Thursday, I tried to renew air time without actually getting the card out of my pocket and mis-remembered my CVV the first time. Then the crook made a $1 pre-authorization at Apple on Friday, which was enough suspicious activity for the card company to call me. After I confirmed that yes, I bought…

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Credit to St. Kate’s Computing Services

A while back, I about an annoyance in update scheduling on the computers at St. Catherine University. While my experience was disrupted for that one night, I don’t think I made it clear enough that overall, the St. Kate’s IT department runs things very well. Because of when that incident occurred—during —I wasn’t in the best of moods, and I think my writing the following day reflected that. Compared to other institutions at which I’ve had the privilege of computing, St. Kate’s actually leads the pack in most areas. Augsburg College provides an especially good contrast to St. Kate’s: Operating…

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tr.im: An Exercise in How Not to Run a Service

It recently came to my attention that tr.im has decided to stop accepting new URLs shortened through the website and asked developers to remove tr.im functionality from their applications, and plans to shut down the redirection service in a year or two. I went there to shorten an address on Tuesday but came upon this page instead: Ever since discovering the service about two years ago, I have shortened almost every URL I post to Twitter, Facebook, and several other such sites through tr.im. That will have to stop, apparently, because those addresses will no longer work in the not-too-distant…

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The Sorcerer & Jack and Rochelle Wrap-up

So, my month-long commitment to two shows is over. Both The Sorcerer and Jack and Rochelle closed Sunday afternoon, March 28. Obviously I wasn’t at both shows that day; I did my last run of J&R the night before, and played pit for The Sorcerer on Sunday while my replacement did projection at the JCC. I hate to say it, but there’s no way I’ll miss running J&R as much as I’ll miss playing pit for The Sorcerer. Normally I really hate to close a show, but Jack and Rochelle is quite honestly rather depressing, despite its overtones of romance…

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On Morning Matinées

Image by Micah Taylor via Flickr This morning, I had the dubious pleasure of waking myself at 08:00 to work a morning matinee of Jack and Rochelle. Not falling asleep until around 04:00 didn’t help things, but even getting just four hours of sleep would have been worth it if everything had gone as planned. But as it happened, this morning’s show was canceled for insufficient audience. OK, so Friday morning at 10:00 is kind of a strange time to have a show. The target audience is school groups, since most people are at either work or school; the only…

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Summer 2009: Theatre, Theatre, Theatre

This post took a long time because 1) I was moving the site, 2) I was doing lots of college applications all at the same time, and 3) I spent too long waiting for media from other people that never came. Once I bought my domain and started setting up WordPress in late October, I didn’t really want to publish any new posts at the old site. I didn’t want to publish anything at the new site either until everything was set up properly, and I only in mid-February because I wasn’t through with college apps until mid-January. So sue…

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The Jewish Humor Festival Ends

The Jewish Humor Festival is over, and what an event it was! Comedians from all over the Twin Cities and beyond came to perform, and I was in the booth for most of their shows, running the lights or sound. My senses of accomplishment and satisfaction right now are, I think, greater than they’ve ever been before. I mean, really. (Except for the closing cabaret. I mean really, that was the least technically interesting event of the whole week. But I got a lot of laughs out of it.) I’ve been working the festival for 12 days—though I shouldn’t include…

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“No Evil”: My NET10 Wireless Experiences

Update (2012-02-26): Apparently NET10 now sells SIMs for use with AT&T, T-Mobile, and unlocked GSM phones, if you’re willing to pay for the $50/month Unlimited Talk/Text/Data plan. Thanks to Anna for her comment. Last summer I began using a prepaid cell phone (an LG 300G, the cheapest, most basic model available at my purchase location) from NET10 Wireless, supposedly the “high-usage division” of TracFone. NET10’s rates are flat: 10¢ per minute (even if it’s actually one second, like any other per-minute charge) and 5¢ per text message in or out. The phone’s been very handy for some important calls and…

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