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Anastasia Mitrevski
20 November 2011 @ 04:34 pm
The irony of the fact that my last post her was almost precisely one year ago (one year tomorrow), and it was for Yuletide last year, is not lost on me. So I suppose I'll forgo my usual "maybe one day I'll get back to posting here" spiel. Though it's still at least theoretically possible.

Anyway, here's a Yuletide letter...Collapse )

Yay Yuletide!
Anastasia Mitrevski
21 November 2010 @ 10:55 pm
It's been forever since I updated this thing, but since I just got my Yuletide assignment, and find these sorts of posts incredibly helpful for my own writing, I figured it was worth throwing one up.

LJ cuts are your friend!Collapse )

Yay writing,
Anastasia Mitrevski
15 September 2010 @ 09:20 pm
Google Chrome has continued to move along, adding new features, and finally LJ Juggler has caught up. With a few of the new Chrome APIs, I've been able to massively overhaul the extension. It now uses the same authentication methods that ljlogin for Firefox does. (Again, huge thanks to the people behind that for being open-source. Bouncing through their code helped me solve a number of issues related to lack of documentation for LiveJournal APIs. THANKS!)

There have been some other changes, but the security is the big one. As a side-effect, it's now fast. Like, blisteringly so. I've been using it for a couple of days and I'm loving it. (It also does all the login stuff in a background page so you can do other stuff with the browser while it's working.)

But for some reason I can't figure out, auto-update doesn't seem to be working. Which is VERY ANNOYING. Anyway, if you want to update to the newest version, you can just click right here.

Hopefully I'll get the auto-update thing working so that you don't have to do this next time, but whatevs.

Coding can be a headache,
Anastasia Mitrevski
Six weeks to D*C. Figured I'd do another round of check-ins with people. Here's my current list. Please chime in if you see something wrong. Or if you're on the "maybe" section and have an update.

As before, there is no rush with this, the rush comes around August 15 as I try to finalize everything.

Lists behind the cut.Collapse )

That's nine hard-confirmed. I'm assuming that at least three of the pendings will confirm which will give us two rooms of six each. Assuming that we do the Marriott Marquis, four nights will come out to (roughly) $250/person that way.

Is there anyone I missed? I'm always glad to add more, after all!

Also, wickedtrue I don't think I ever heard back from you about the Hilton stuff? Did my email come through? It's always possible it didn't.

Anyway, back to geekery with the_croupier,
Anastasia Mitrevski
14 July 2010 @ 03:33 pm
For those of you who jumped in to test out LJ Juggler when I uploaded it at stupid o'clock this morning, thank you. Also, because I'm a terrible person, you'll need to uninstall it and reinstall the new version.

There are only two major updates here, but they're kind of important.

1. Auto-updating is enabled, so hopefully you won't have to do this again.

2. Logging in is now handled through secure-HTTP so that your passwords don't just float around the internet in plaintext form.

Because no one can release code without immediately changing it,
Anastasia Mitrevski
14 July 2010 @ 03:22 am
I'm way too tired to be up right now, but sometimes you just get caught up in a project.

like most of my coding projects, this one's personal. I like Chrome as a browser. A lot. But I NEED ljlogin to function due to the amount of RP I engage in. So I wrote one for Chrome.

It's crappy, and a total hack job, but it works. And I figured I might as well share the joy.

So. You want to try it out? Go for it: LJ Juggler.

Anastasia Mitrevski
As is my wont, I plan lots of things quite a ways in advance. I have rooms reserved. Many, many rooms. So many that I plan to cancel reservations. The point being, that if you still don't have rooming plans, let me know. Of course talking about Dragon*Con now seems like it may be coming late, but there are heads to count and decisions to be made. Let's do them in order.

Head counting!Collapse )

There's also a little matter of deciding which hotel we want to use, or if we want to use multiple different hotels. You know, whatever. Let's throw this discussion behind a cut, too!

Hotel decisions, and cuts being fun!Collapse )

Aaaand that's it for now.

Organized and stuff,
Anastasia Mitrevski
14 June 2010 @ 02:11 pm
There's plenty of stuff I want/need to talk about, but I'm going to try to space it out over the course of a few days/posts to avoid being ridiculously overwhelming. You know, more than usual.

Thing the first: I have graduated from NYU. I am now a Master. This is weird, since I don't feel any different, but that's probably how such things usually go. I'm pretty happy with my thesis project, at least as a 'still-a-work-in-progress' piece. The eight months of my life that it absolutely consumed were clearly not enough for me to even begin to get a handle on some of the deeper issues involved, but I'm pleased nonetheless.

If any of you find yourselves with twenty minutes to spare and a hankering to hear me talk about social network fragmentation and its negative impact on our ability to maintain social ties with the people we care about, well, here's the presentation in its entirety, including the Q&A at the end...

Embedded video behind the cutCollapse )

And with thesis (and school) done, I've found that I have time to work on personal projects. And two leap forward as things I really want to work on. The first is WatchWithMe. Because I love watching things, and I love watching them in groups even more. I've still got somewhat working beta code, so if people want to help me test stuff, let me know. There's a lot of work to do, but I'm excited nonetheless.

The second project is one I've been kicking around since I moved to NYC. Bookshelves. One of the things I hate most about moving is moving my books. Now, I have these very convenient folding bookshelves, so they're easy to move around and pack and stuff, but pulling all the books from my shelves, then moving, then putting all the books back is a huge pain. And it's a pain that scales upward rapidly with the size of your library. And that means, for me, bad things. So I'm working on designing a set of bookshelves in which each shelf is an individual unit that stacks on the others, and in which each shelf doubles as a storage box for the books in question. So next time I move I can just take my bookshelves apart and magically have boxes filled with books in exactly the order I had them in when they were shelves. And when I get to the new place I can just stack them back together into shelves.

Turns out that designing weird furniture is harder than one might assume on first glance. So if anyone's got tips/pointers for this... I'm totally listening.

And now to find a job,
Anastasia Mitrevski
02 May 2010 @ 02:05 pm
As many of you know I've been deeply buried in school for over a year now, and especially buried in school over the last few months as I work to wrap up my thesis.

Well, tomorrow at 1pm (Eastern) that's all over. I present my thesis, hand in my paper, and am done with school. It's a weird feeling thinking about having time to do stuff again, but I'm looking forward to it. I don't know who's interested or has time during that slot, but I figured I'd toss out the link that'll be live-streaming all the presentations (http://itp.nyu.edu/thesis/audience.html).

That link will be live all week, and with a hundred graduating students there are going to be a lot of presentations (noon to nine, Monday through Friday). If you get a free moment and find yourself curious about what I've been doing for the past two years, I recommend tuning in. It's basically a grab-bag of people doing everything from designing musical instruments to building art installations to studying internet behavior to trying to visualize the links between ideas people care about and new stories.

Anyway, just wanted to toss that out there. Now I'm off to put the finishing touches on my presentation and paper.

See you on the flip side,
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Anastasia Mitrevski
24 February 2010 @ 01:32 pm
I know I'm not around on LJ that much these days, but I figure I keep in touch with enough of you via email and IM and such that it's worth mentioning here:

My parents were both diagnosed with dengue fever over the weekend. They're fine, in good health and good spirits, and not really worried. Dengue has a very low fatality rate in healthy adults (on the order of 0.01%, I believe), especially once properly diagnosed, so there's not a lot of risk.

And since they're on their way to Singapore (and some very good medical infrastructure) to do some visa paperwork, I'm even more reassured.

Still, it's in the back of my mind, so if I seem a bit off or distracted, chances are that it's that. And, of course, prayers and good thoughts and other similar things are appreciated.

Now to dive back into my thesis...