It’s random bullshit time! In other words, not much philosophy, more general cheering and bitching and random life events and wait is this thing on?
If you live in the US, it’s tax time! This year is probably the easiest I’ll have it from here on out, as I didn’t have anything really to give me any extra tax breaks, so I just had to enter the W2 info and answer no to a lot of things. However, because of that I apparently ended up even-steven with the state, and owing the Feds $1, which is already taken care of. No refunds, but on the other hand I didn’t really owe anything either. $1, big whoop.
Second bit of news is that apparently there’s a true spiritual successor to Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri coming out! They can’t use the name since it’s owned by EA, but it’s due out in the fall, but teh screenshots look promising. Then again, I haven’t touched a Civ game since Civ2 and Alpha Cen, so there’ll prolly be all sorts of new things too. And even better, it’ll be supported officially on Linux from the start!
Speaking of Linux, this Thursday the 17th is the release date of the next (x)ubuntu LTS, 14.04. I’ve made it a habit to stick with the LTS until the next one or until something major needs some library that hasn’t or won’t be backported. I’ve managed to make 12.04 work fine on my desktop until this week, when I found out that apparently my media players fail at Wavpack in MKV, at least however Over-Time does it. Just means I’ll have to drop a resolution to watch it, and presumably it won’t be an issue after this week.
One nice thing is that I can upgrade straight from 12.04 to 14.04, as long as my install is up to date, which I’m actually doing right now as I write this. When I went from 10.04 to 12.04 I had to go through the intermediate distros I think… didn’t matter in the end, since I did a fresh install when I got my SSD drive anyways. My laptop is actually still on 10.04, but I’m planning on backing that up and giving it a clean install coming up here. Really tempted to do that before I upgrade my desktop, but we’ll see.
In other news, work’s looking to get crazy real soon too… one of the people on my team left end of last week, and we have a bunch of upcoming projects which were gonna tie us up some even without that. For once, our sales team was just too good!
Getting away from that a bit, since I’m not really looking forward to tomorrow, art is pretty much still in a holding pattern. No word yet on the pic from Syrinoth, but considering they just moved a little over 3 weeks ago, they could still be busy settling in, or just getting all the commissions done at once for one huge art dump! Just wish I knew how far down the list I am, and like I mentioned, that pic is one that won’t be reposted here due to content.
The only other piece I have out being worked on is the conbadge, and that artist is still clearing out her queue, so no doubt it’ll be a while longer before she gets far enough down it to get to mine. There’s people that have been waiting far longer for their stuff after all!
I’m also still keeping an eye on Natoli’s progress through her commissions… I’ve got a specific pic in mind still that I’d like to get, once she finishes. Form the looks of the progress, it should hopefully be within the next month. Barring that, if they get around to doing another weekend stream sketch session, I’ll probably snag a slot. Not for myself, but as a gift for a certain dragoness who apparently hasn’t gotten any arts done before.
Speaking of which, last week I took a long, hard look at how I felt, and
manned dragoned up and let her know I was possibly interested in something more than friends. She didn’t say yes, but she didn’t say no either, and the feeling I got from her replies is that she felt at least somewhat similarly, but she hadn’t fully looked at it before then. Basically the comments that got me to say something was something she’d come up with in a moment of kinda-sorta-not-really panic when a mutual friend almost threw a wrench in the works without realizing that’s what he was doing.
So basically to sum it up we’re still keepin on keepin on, so to speak, and seeing where things lead on its own. And honestly? I’m fine with that. If things work out for us, great, and if they don’t, I’ll still have a great friend, so it’s win-win! My worst fear was that I’d been totally misreading things and that I’d scare her off, but thankfully that wasn’t the case, and that was a huge relief. The entire day before, even though it was such a simple thing, I was nervous as all hell, and kept reminding myself in the words of a favorite song of one of my friends, to “get up and try, try, try” because in the end it’s worth it.
I could probably write a bit more, but it’s late, I got work in the morning, and I don’t want to be drowsing out at my desk in the middle of the day. Been thinking of taking vitamins or something, since Gatorade of all things seems to help, and I don’t drink coffee(or any caffinated beverage, really), but again, something for another time. So, I’ll leave you with this reminder, which helped me get through things, and that a certain pair of hatchies I know would like everyone to remember:
Where there is desire there is gonna be a flame
Where there’s a flame someone’s bound to get burned
Just because it burns doesn’t mean you’re gonna die
You gotta get up, and try, and try, and try…