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May 23rd, 2010

marcmagus: Ten the hard way (ten the hard way)
Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 01:39 pm

I have a bunch of stuff sitting around here that looks like it's not worth bringing to Florida, not worth trying to get to storage, not something I want to abandon and stick my housemates with, and shouldn't just be thrown out. I'm not sure I have time to list anything on craigslist and have it move before I need to be out of here. I'll probably bring some things over to Goodwill, but I'd like to give my friends a shot at them first.

Everything is free if you'll come get it or I don't have to go far to get it to you. If you want to give me money I'll take it, but this is pretty much an I'd rather people I know get things that might still have life in them than have them end up in a dump situation. I may add to this list as I continue to pack.

  • 5 piece sectional sofa, each piece is 30"x30" with a 28" high back, very cubey, 70s tan textured checked upholstery. Pieces have incurred varying degrees of cat damage to the upholstery, two are severe. Certainly functional as a 3-piece for a first apartment or a furnished basement.
  • Maytag in-window A/C unit. 6000 BTU/200 sq. ft.
  • Lakewood oil-filled electric radiator
  • A 17" CRT monitor
  • 20" CRT television
  • in-window double fan
  • a standing fan (we have ceiling fans!)
  • Honeywell humidifier (really don't need that in FL)

[For reference, house is in the Porter Square area of Somerville, MA. Address will be given privately. Feel free to pass this on to friends.]

Edit: comments now disabled at LJ to make my life saner.

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marcmagus: Ten the hard way (ten the hard way)
Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 03:54 pm

Due to my poor planning, a lot of this is coming together more last-minute than I'd like, which also is making planning things more difficult. Fortunately, I don't have that much stuff.

It looks highly likely that my move out from here is going to be Tuesday afternoon. If people are free and willing to come help carry boxes into a U-Haul vehicle, I'd really appreciate it.

I recognize that asking for help on short notice and not being able to give details is annoying. I'll post again once I have a reservation and know exactly what's going on.

Fortunately, I don't have all that much stuff, and it's mostly of the wine box of books variety, so it should be pretty straightforward and not require too many people.

marcmagus: Me playing cribbage in regency attire (Default)
Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 06:13 pm

One of the exciting things about the great apartment hunt is that [livejournal.com profile] shield_toad111 wasn't able to take time off school for it. I went down alone with her camera, and attempted to take copious photographs, which, due to my unfamiliarity with the camera's configuration menu, ended up being way higher resolution than they had any right to be.

On each of Wednesday and Thursday, I went out looking at apartments with an agent, snapping photos of everything I thought might possibly be of interest or answer a question she might have, with hilariously varying degrees of success. I also tried, again with varying degrees of success, to take notes on what was what.

If you're ever shopping around for apartments or houses, even if just for yourself, I highly recommend if at all possible that you take someone with you to view things. They'll think of really important questions that escape your mind, especially as you fill it with more and more data on all the options.

Each evening I settled into a chair at the SBC at Borders [they offer free wifi] and sent all the photos over. This turned out to be a big pain because Borders limits upload bandwidth, gmail limits outgoing email size, and as previously mentioned the photos were ludicrously large. But it worked, and then we spent a bunch of time discussing the options.

It occurred to me this afternoon that, now that I'm home, I no longer have the technical limitations which prevented me from getting it all to her by putting it up on flickr. So I uploaded the photos of the apartment we decided on to allow my parents to see. If anybody else is curious, here's the link.

Then I realized it showed our soon-to-be address, and played with flickr's photo editing software to black it out. It's kind of terrible, and it would have been quicker and easier to just do it in the GIMP. Now I know.

We're still waiting on approval from the condo association before we're good to go. Hopefully we'll get that tomorrow.

We should remember to take more photos to accurately record the state of everything when we move in, especially if anything is less than completely perfect.

Back to packing...

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marcmagus: (regexp)
Sunday, May 23rd, 2010 11:37 pm

What do you call a machine similar to a Turing machine, but with two heads implementing a queue: a read head at the front that can only consume and a write head at the back?

I call it a game I really shouldn't have been spending time on tonight. The programmers call it Manufactoria

Ophanim has broken my brain for tonight, I should get back to packing.

But I really do want to know if anybody can think of the name for the machine this models.