Listening to: Chiptunes,Industrial, and DANCE
Watching: American Horror Story
Playing: CRYPT OF THE NECRODANCER
Been a while, so have an update on kArA:
Research is okay. I'm working on revisions round two, and these, while still major, and nothing like last time where I have to learn and implement an entirely new paradigm of statistics and redo literally everything in a month and a week. This time, it's largely just a lot of rewriting, which is fair because we were super time crunched last time. Reviewers are still kinda being jerks, but I think I'm figuring out what the essence of their complaints are. We knocked several of them off the table last time, so they're gone, but they've invented a few new ones, because lol never satisfied. Like I've been saying on the pieces I've been posted, I was super stressed the last couple of weeks, since my PI N is out of town until after the deadline, but I've gotten a lot of the rewrite done and I have all the new data and I still have until the 22, so I've mellowed at lot. The big thing now is reworking the discussion to address reviewer 2 without patronizing him. It's hard because he (we're pretty sure it's he based on who we think it is) says that one of our results is simply impossible and we shouldn't have even tested what we did, because he says so. We're pretty sure we know who the reviewers are, since one keeps citing the same research group for everything and the other has vehemently a position taken by an certain investigator in love with titling articles "X: a skeptical view" and who LOVES fighting with people about their publications in the journals. Haha academia is so toxic. :')
Otherwise, I'm just kinda behind on everything. It was hard to come back form vacation and them have to do the revisions almost immediately. Even sent in my second quarter estimate taxes a bit late (Vanderbilt refuses to do tax withholding in my paychecks, because they don't want to : ) ). Oops.
I did finish the book I was reading. It did unfortunately keep getting worse. Still better than the last time, but there's supposed to be another one coming out in October and for the first time I am questioning whether I really want it. As Leon said when I was describing some of the madness, "Anne Rice has started writing fan fiction of her own stories," 'cause a lot of the things that happened were on that level. We'll see. I'm still kinda of a sucker for Lestat, though he got way toned down in this book, and I actually prefer him over the top. It's half the fun, and it makes him more of a person, because he's more likely to say nasty things and piss people off and make mistakes then when he's just sitting there "like a cowboy" and listening all the time and being more or less a pacifist. I miss "If I must be evil then I'm going to be good at it, because I refuse to do something badly" Lestat.
Otherwise, started American horror story. First season was a god awful soap opera where no one could remember what they had said and they did inexplicable things based on nonsense motivations with a lot of black-white judgments. I was complaining to P about it, and C overheard and said that the best season was three, but she also really liked two. Since each season is independent, I decided to give two a shot. It's a lot better. Honestly though, you could write out or around the super natural elements entirely. The good parts were the interplay with Kit, Lana, and Threadson for the bloody face plot and Monsignor Timothy's desire to rise to power and how this ambition affected those around him and how they themselves acted, the general depiction of the state of mental health treatment in America back in the day, as well as the attitude towards LGBT individuals with a depiction of conversion therapy that, if it doesn't horrify you, then you are soulless. Notice how nothing was mentioned about the aliens, mutant people (why were they even there?) and the possession (which could be written around to just be that the Sister was going crazy and nothing about the story would change). Like, I'm not going to say this is 5 star entertainment, but it was a decent drama that I could watch without being too bothered by it. Hopefully the third season with exceed my expectations, because C's opinion that two was much better than one was correct, and I always enjoy proving people right.
As for art, prolly going to work on updating some of the older Bios again. Finally realized that the reason I was struggling so much with Terry's was that I have made the canvas overly large, so it was taking way longer than it should have and long straight lines were harder to achieve. Resized and started over and I'm pretty close to done now. The next few ones I wanted to redo are okay-ish for anatomy and just need their sameface fixed, so I think they're also be low key. Low key is the general theme for me atm lol.