{April 25, 2007}   leaving on a jet plane

it still hasn’t quite sunk in. just a few hours left before I’m on a plane, on my way to china. wow.

I might not have much net access for the next few weeks. I’ll pop onto irc when I get the chance… maybe I’ll put together a makeshift blog on if I can’t access wordpress or lj. once I get my own account in my dorm I should be properly online – but then I’ll have classes again.

{April 19, 2007}   [no title]

wordpress and konq do not get along lately. grar. I reported the problem a while ago. oh well.

the last two weeks have been exam time. except that the chinese course kept going through the beginning of exams. during the easter weekend, when I wasn’t fiddling with voip I was studying for math. ended up doing fairly well on the exam, although I wish I could’ve got the bonus question :)
I’ve not been paying so much attention to chinese though. burnt out. a bit more concerned with doing the things needed to actually *get* to china, too. I have plane tickets, I have vaccinations – pretty much everything except insurance at this point. and still I seem to have a zillion things to do. my chinese final was on monday, and I was kinda hoping to get to relax after that… but I underestimated the number of things that need to be done when leaving the country for two years. I’ve got less than a week left, now… have to pack up, move out, sell things, see friends, etc, etc…

had a bit of an adventure the night before the final, though. :) I decided that I wasn’t going to accomplish much by trying to study, and I’d rather take a chance to see friends before leaving. so I went out to a fun bbq, and lost track of time. a bit after midnight I realised how late it was, and sunday the skytrain stops early… I checked the schedules, and was just too late to get back the way I came. it looked like I could catch the last skytrain from commercial drive, though, if I went really fast. so I hopped on my bike and rushed down there… and arrived at 12:34. the skytrain left at 12:30.
so then it was either wait 2 hours for the nightbus to start, or bike all the way home. I had lots of energy, so I decided to try biking :) I followed the bus route in case I got too tired – it also happened to be a nice straight line. discovered that my bike light is only for letting people see me, not for lighting up a dark road. :/ that was spooky. luckily I didn’t hit anything sharp. I did have to deal with a damaged pedal, though. my bike has straps on the pedals, and part of the plastic broke on one so that it didn’t hold my foot properly. I need to stick a roll of electrical tape or something in my backpack.
I got home right at 2:30, exhausted but happy :) it was fun, and a nice feeling to not be so dependent on the buses. as for the exam on monday, well, I survived. with lots of caffeine.

{April 19, 2007}   forgotten posts

seems I entered some stuff in my kontact journal and forgot to ever post it here. I think I’ll break this up into more than one post… err… if I can remember what else I was going to post about.

over the long weekend, I was messing with voip. I can’t remember what happened when any more, but initially I was expecting to be disappointed. lots of cheap sound cards have this nasty ‘feature’ of recording whatever they’re currently playing – so if you’re trying to have a conversation with someone, their voice gets picked up and echoed back to them. even if you’re wearing headphones. this makes voip unbearable. you really don’t understand how much it breaks your mind until you’ve experienced it.
so, I was happily amazed when I found out my laptop does not have this problem. the sound… just… works. and the mic volume is great, even the builtin mic is usable. I installed skype, and once I got past the segfaults from it hating scim, and restarted it once because it only showed two of my contacts at first, the actually calling part worked fine. :)

so then I figured I’d push my luck by trying to get something non-skype working. I already had a SIP account with wengo from my failed attempts to make SIP work on the home comp, so I installed a handful of SIP proggies and got to testing. it didn’t take too many tries to get the right settings for logging in, and so long as I made sure to suspend artsd the sound worked, but I couldn’t make calls. when I tried the official client, sound wasn’t working at all. eventually I did get sound to work, but there was a lot of crashing, and it was way too late at night for me to be thinking straight. the end result was that the wengo client works fine when it’s not in the mood for constant crashes, while twinkle and kphone are nice and stable but can only call the echo service.
the people at wengo seem to have given up after I gave them logs of all three clients attempting calls. *sigh* guess it’ll be a long time before I can just click a button in kontact to call someone. but hey, at least my lovely little laptop is more than capable.

oh, and zander: I wanted to comment on your post about searching for a laptop, but insists my password is wrong and won’t email me a new one or let me re-register.

{April 6, 2007}   oh yeah, I have a blog

[if this shows up on planetkde, it’s not my fault! I asked for my blog settings to be changed but the guy in control seems to be away at the moment or something.]

I haven’t been as insanely busy as usual lately… just haven’t felt like blogging much. :)
stuff has happened – I got a bike, for one thing. have to relearn how to ride safely before going to china. sounds like the traffic there will be madness – and the relatively calm, sane traffic here scares me quite enough :P I only rode on sidewalks n’stuff as a kid, so I know almost nothing about riding on the road, but I’ve been learning. I’m even in a few seconds of the march 07 critical mass vid on youtube. :)

I’m quite possibly the second most disorganised pizza ambassador ever, though. with my evil schedule I haven’t seen much of the students outside my class, and haven’t been able to attend any CSSS meetings. makes it kinda hard to buy pizza (or any food) for people. I tried to organise something with my classmates, but they were always too busy for free food, so I gave up on that. for the last csss meeting of the semester I delegated my pizza job to the president – yay jenn! so they got pizza, and the meeting took so long I was able to pop in after class and grab a slice for myself. :)
then on thursday, the last day of classes for everyone except my crazy chinese class, I found myself exhausted and starving and sitting around in hte common room too tired to bother going home. then realised that there were people there, and I should spend some of the pizza money while I had the chance… well, I was halfway through dialing the number of our usual pizza place when my phone died completely. then someone told me that it wasn’t even open yet (although I’m not so sure that’s true). so I gave up on that and wandered over to cornerstone to see where I could get large amounts of food on short notice. ended up with two big plates of sushi :) yum. I just hope the guy taking photos remembers to send them to me before I forget who he was…

I think I still have some google money left, too. maybe I’ll buy some easter candy next and give it to whichever comp sci students are on campus during exam time.

I’m sure there’s more stuff that happened, but my memory just gets worse and worse.
19 days left until I leave the country, now. gosh. time’s going by so fast :) so much to do before I leave!

et cetera