Monday, December 15, 2014


Today at the corner of California and Arroyo, a couple of idiots wearing pre-tied bow ties and rented tuxes almost ran me down at the crosswalk.

Now, I don't know if that means anything. I know that I decided to cross. I know that the car decided to accelerate towards me. I know that I had a second to decide whether I would trust they would slow down and I could continue walking, or if I didn't trust people who didn't know how to tie their own bow ties to be able to avoid hitting me.

I jumped back. They slowed, but didn't stop. Someone from inside the car called out, "Sorry!"

They were smiling.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Problem with Bamboo

I've been having a problem with my Wacom Bamboo Pad Wireless. I downloaded the app for Windows 8, Bamboo Page. It's a very basic program - only 7 colors, 1 pen, 1 highlighter, 1 eraser, no options for size. The app is free and it's been an easy way for me to get acquainted with my new tablet. The problem is sometimes I start a sketch and then half of what I have sketched will disappear. I get one more heartbeat before the entire program closes and forgets it ever opened. When I bring the program back up it opens to the last saved sketch.

I've been searching online for explanations and I've tried to recreate it, but it only seems to happen when I really don't want it to.

Current hypotheses:

  • I'm clicking the button on the stylus and that does something somehow
  • I'm clicking the button on the bottom of the Bamboo Pad and that does a thing
  • Bamboo Page was programmed to be sadistic

A Couple of Monrovia's Figurines

Monday, November 24, 2014

I Bought Myself A Toy

Sometimes to motivate myself, I promise myself a toy.

Usually I don't keep the promise. After I've accomplished whatever needed accomplishing, yes, I have permission to purchase what I want, but do I really want it? No.

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Last Exam

Tomorrow, and not for the first time, I take an exam that, if I fail, may mean I won't finish the PhD.

On the other hand, if I pass, it may be the last exam I ever have to take.