[personal profile] rax
Life is pretty good! Here are some updates that were too large to send to Twitter! It’s an exclam day! I'm vaguely sick but I took cold medicine so I'm still enthusiastic and excitable and a bit loopy!
  • Magic: I’m playing Magic! I meant not to get into it super seriously, but I got recruited into a team, cardagain.com, and now I’m editing for their website and sponsored to play in major events. Oops! It’s super fun, and while if you don’t play Magic you don’t care, we recently got Travis Woo as a writer, and you can see a cool new article of his here! If you like it and want to share it around that would be awesome too I guess? I dunno, I'm terrible at social media. cardagain wants to be, like, magiccards.info plus tcgplayer when we grow up, and some of the features (visual decklists sorted by CMC) are already very cool.
  • Computers: The Homestuck Shipping World Cup kind of took up a hobby slot this summer. I don’t really care about the event at this point, and didn’t really participate as a fan, but I’m on the mod team, and did almost all of the coding. I feel like a way more proficient programmer than six months ago. Not _good_, but proficient, which feels nice. I can take python and sqlite and make them do things that someone might want software to do. It’s been very confidence boosty, and I _finally_ learned git. I’ve also gotten to play sysadmin, since it’s all hosted off of my server. I originally planned this as a way to have a record of me being able to do things with computers if I lost my job, but…
  • Work: I was worried I might lose my job because the work I had been doing was kind of drying up, but instead, I got promoted into new responsibilities! I’m doing new and different stuff, which is really refreshing! I’m not good at it and that’s mostly great because I get to learn things but it’s occasionally terrifying!
  • Therapy: I’ve been doing the therapy thing again after all the horrible bullshit from a year or two back. In the past I used to do mean things to future rax, and in the more recent past, I started doing nice things for future rax, and that’s treated me very well for the last few years. Right now I’m trying to figure out doing nice things for past rax. It’s super cool. It’s definitely hard and going to stay hard and… intersects with some kind of spirituality in weird ways I haven’t figured out yet? I dunno. I’ll talk more about that if I figure it out, maybe.
  • Travel: Has been awesome!!! So many wonderful people and I get to see them in so many wonderful places, between Boston and SF and Seattle and random road trips from those places and so on and so forth. (Also, I edited /home/rax/random-text/people-history/people-i-have-kissed for the first time in a long time, and it was great. <3)
  • Music: Has taken a bit of a back seat! But I’m getting back in the groove and have two DJ sets in September and one or two in November and I’ve already started working on them because it remains _super fun_.

That’s about it. Hope y’all are doing wel!

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Date: 2014-07-29 07:35 am (UTC)
sovay: (Cho Hakkai: intelligence)
From: [personal profile] sovay
Life is pretty good!


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Date: 2014-07-30 07:03 am (UTC)
lhexa: (literate)
From: [personal profile] lhexa
Many congratulations on the promotion!

I have a vague notion what you're getting at in talking about treating your past self differently. Say what you want about causality, one thing you can definitely change about the past is its meaning. So the question of whether a grievous failure, say, was an expression of personal flaws and a deeper inadequacy showing through, or whether it was a transitory and ultimately edifying experience, can be decided retroactively. I might be following a different line of thought, though.

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Date: 2014-08-05 04:39 pm (UTC)
pyrrhocorax: a furret has a pink flower behind her ear (Default)
From: [personal profile] pyrrhocorax
I am excited for your sets! I am also curious about being nicer to past Rax because in the alternate reality I live in that's me and I think xe needs it.

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Date: 2014-09-02 11:13 pm (UTC)
pyrrhocorax: a furret has a pink flower behind her ear (Default)
From: [personal profile] pyrrhocorax
take all the time you need!

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Date: 2014-07-30 03:26 am (UTC)
kelkyag: A cluster of red-blushed yellow apples on a tree (apples)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
As long as the Magic folks recruited you to play and not just to edit the website ... :)

I more or less grok doing-nice-things-for-future-self. How does doing-nice-things-for-past-self work?

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Date: 2014-07-31 07:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rax.livejournal.com
A decent percentage is changing my attitude toward past sel[f|ves], but I'm also trying to acknowledge and honor the desires and aspirations of past-rax where those things don't conflict with my current values?

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Date: 2014-08-02 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] encephalogistic.livejournal.com
Reminds me of a recent financial discovery I made. In elementary school, they had a program designed to Promote Sound Financial Planning; the gist of this is that a nearby bank had created a special high-interest category of savings accounts for the local elementary school, and the kids would dutifully put a buck or two in the account every week. Then at the end of the year, it would be revealed how much money had accumulated, and the small children would presumably be impressed.

For whatever reason, right year old me never actually withdrew money from the account, and it sat in an unclaimed funds pile for about twenty years. I was recently made aware of this, and decided to spend it on something that eight-year-old me really, really wanted (Hero Quest). A surprisingly fun and rewarding exercise.

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Date: 2014-08-04 04:51 am (UTC)
kelkyag: baking sheet of home-made white and dark chocolate chip cookies with ginger (cookies)
From: [personal profile] kelkyag
<warm fuzzies>

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