Weekly Reading

Oct. 8th, 2015 02:33 pm
torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Still reading the first Artemis Fowl. Kinda slow going because I'm still not very into it, plus I've been reading manga more at bedtime and haven't really been reading at all on my lunch break. I would like to finish it and read at least another book or two before the end of the year, though, so I'm going to try and devote more time to it. It's a fast read if I actually open it up and read it.

Manga-wise, I'm nearly done with volume 10 of Kinou Nani Tabeta? I think it works better in smaller doses, though, as I have started skimming the cooking parts after reading three volumes in a row.

What did you recently finish reading?
Volumes 8 and 9 of Kinou Nani Tabeta?, and before that volumes 8 and 9 of Ore Monogatari!!, which I continue to love. Volume 10 is out this month (as well as vol. 30 of 7 Seeds), so I'm going to be on the lookout for that.

What do you think you'll read next?
Not sure at all. Obviously on the book front I'm a ways away from starting anything new, and manga-wise there's just so much to choose from I have no idea.
china_shop: Peter working hard (WC Peter - Hard at work)
[personal profile] china_shop
tahi. If you're feeling a bit nervous for some reason, being earwormed by the Barenaked Ladies' "Odds Are" is the best. I'm finding it extremely soothing. Plus the OMV is hilarious.

rua. By the boy:

"The waiter will bring your T presently."

(In case you're wondering, the crossword word we couldn't get was SATIETY. I'm so glad we looked at the answers online.)

toru. I've started a flashfic for [community profile] fan_flashworks's Date challenge. What are the chances of my getting it done in the next 48 hours?

wha. Lewis is back! But what is with these half-episodes? So weird. And also HATHAWAAAAAAY!!! Not really a spoiler, but just in case. )

write thinkpieces in sport

Oct. 2nd, 2015 08:09 am
metaphortunate: (at one with the universe)
[personal profile] metaphortunate

I read this stuff and feel like a cow listening to someone complain that beef is so bad for your cholesterol.

Like, in a way, we're on the same side. We both have the same goal, to get people to eat less beef.

And yet, and yet I have to react with I DON'T FUCKING CARE, YOU MURDEROUS SHITWEASEL. Maybe there's a way in which it would be more effective to respond with "That's true! Eating me is awfully bad for you! As it happens, I have this lovely tofu recipe..."

But at the point at which I can respond to a conversation about how unhealthy it is to kill me with genuine concern about the effects on my killer's health... he might as well kill me. He's already stolen my life, whether or not I'm still breathing. I've lost it.

But luckily, y'all stopped reading like 2 paragraphs ago.

Further Adderall observations

Oct. 8th, 2015 08:57 am
wired: Picture of me smiling (Default)
[personal profile] wired
Have you ever noticed how family jokes sometimes have uncomfortable truths embedded in them?

One of the jokes in my first family is about how hard it is not to talk over/through all meetings. My mom and I both have this problem, and we used to laugh about out adaptations so we were not constantly interrupting SLOW people at session/presbytery/school work circles/classes.

And then I went to exactly that kind of environment, but this time on Adderall. It TURNS OUT that I can keep from dominating a conversation with a reasonable amount of effort, not something that I would describe as superhuman. I was still active and contributed slightly more than the average person, but not so much more that someone felt a need to come remind me to let other kids have their turn talking. Nor did I have to dig my nails into my hands to keep from interjecting, or count the number of other people who had spoken before I could go again. It was unsurprisingly a richer learning experience for me.

When they had me fill out a survey, they asked me if I had trouble with finishing sentences (yes) or verbal outbursts (no), but it hadn't occurred to me that Overcontribution was a symptom.

At my current dose, it doesn't seem to be affecting my appetite or sleep. It's subtle enough that I can't always tell when it wears off. I mean, who doesn't want to take a nap at the end of the workday?

I also feel like, in this time of crisis and conflicting priorities, being medicated has also helped me triage and prioritize. By 7, I don't have that ability as much, but I only worked a half day yesterday, and the medicated but not working half of the day was pretty awesomely productive. I even managed to find myself a counselor.


Oct. 8th, 2015 01:56 pm
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
When we came to cast the film it was very difficult because we kept getting calls from agents saying the parts weren’t big enough for the men.
-- Suffragette screenwriter Abi Morgan
musesfool: Oliver, Diggle, & Felicity from Arrow (proved things i never believed)
[personal profile] musesfool
Last night, when I got home, my internet was once again super spotty - it told me I was connected but it couldn't actually load any websites, so I called TWC and the stupid recording was like, "We will reauthorize your modem! You must unplug your router and then plug it in again after 15 seconds!" So I did that and...my router never came back on. Also, my modem never rebooted (but I had already done that! Numerous times! For once, it is not the modem!). Luckily, I was still mostly dressed, so I pulled my shoes back on and went to Best Buy at 7:30 last night to buy a new router. The last time I had to buy a new router was September 2013, so 2 years ago. I guess that's their lifespan? Or maybe it's me. Technology hates me.

I set it up and it seems to be working, though for a while it was still so goddamn slow. And NBC Sports was pixelating, and so was DisneyHD and ugh, SO ANNOYING. So I was getting irritated as I checked on all the connections and I maybe yanked on the cable a little hard, and all of a sudden things started working properly again. I don't even know. *hands* So I got to watch the last period of the Rangers game without technical aggravation, and they won! I was especially glad they won last night, though their (lack of) defense was giving me agita.

Instead of hockey, I watched the season premiere of Arrow, which was titled "Green Arrow." FUCKING FINALLY.
spoilers )

This was a good start after the somewhat messy season 3, and I am hopeful they'll be able to pull it off. Also, there was a Supergirl commercial during the episode, which ...airs on a different network. I know they're in the same universe, and CBS is a partner in the CW, but that doesn't usually happen. I hope Supergirl is great and I hope there's a crossover at some point! (though the fact that Clark exists and Bruce doesn't still rankles. IJS.)

Also also, HOW CUTE ARE DAVID RAMSEY AND CANDICE PATTON? OH MY GOSH, THAT GUITAR HERO COMMERCIAL. I'll say this for Berlanti et al. - they sure know how to leverage their very pretty assets.


Thursday Books and Stuff

Oct. 8th, 2015 08:14 am
marthawells: (Miko)
[personal profile] marthawells
I'm finished with the revision for The Edge of Worlds, yay! I'm glad I took extra time on it, because I feel like I've improved it in major ways from the second draft. The Night Shade editor Jeremy Lassen gave me some really good suggestions and comments, and N.K. Jemisin gave me some great comments, and it all helped a lot. Today I'm just going to read over some of the newer bits and spot read others, and then get it sent in.

Speaking of which, here's awesome fan art by Pentapoda: Malachite from the Raksura Books


* It's a Wonderful Death by Sarah J. Schmitt
Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll.

* A Daughter of No Nation by A.M. Dellamonica
As soon as Sophie Hansa returned to our world, she is anxious to once again go back to Stormwrack. Unable to discuss the wondrous sights she has seen, and unable to tell anyone what happened to her in her time away, Sophie is in a holding pattern, focused entirely on her eventual chance to return.

* Mythmaker by Marianne de Pierres
Virgin’s in a tight spot. A murder rap hangs over her head and isn’t likely to go away unless she agrees to work for an organisation called GJIC (the Global Joint Intelligence Commission).

These are old but I'm not sure I realized they were out in ebook:

* Mapping the World of the Sorcerer's Apprentice: An Unauthorized Exploration of the Harry Potter Series It's a collection of essays on the Harry Potter series up to 2005. Mine is "Neville Longbottom: the Hero With a Thousand Faces."

* Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs And Killer Muppets an essay collection on Farscape. Mine is "Don't Make Me Tongue You: John Crichton and D'Argo and the Dysfunctional Buddy Relationship."

Highlander Secret Santa is a go!

Oct. 8th, 2015 04:10 am
killabeez: (Methos Joe/Mulder & Scully)
[personal profile] killabeez
I posted my dear Santa letter over in my LJ, but since most of the rewatch discussion has been happening here, I'll pimp it here. [livejournal.com profile] hlh_shortcuts, the long-running and utterly delightful Highlander holiday exchange, is a go! This fest is traditionally my happy place at this time of year, and I hope we see some new faces this year. The minimum word count is only 500 words, so what have you got to lose?

This way to the signup post...
marina: (Default)
[personal profile] marina
If you have no intention of reading this entry, I'd like to still bring your attention that it took approximately 5 seconds from the moment I typed the words "I will never watch this show" to the moment I started watching the show. Yes, I skimmed large parts of it, but. This is not a coincidence - it is precisely the level on which my brain is viciously contrary, and why I am usually so careful to put in disclaimers and not make absolute statements about myself. CURSE YOU, BRAIN!

Anyway, I've been sick and braindead and miserable (and at WORK, fml) and so I've skimmed all 3 seasons of Hannibal. Brief notes under the cut.

spoilers )


Oct. 8th, 2015 06:19 pm
[personal profile] emma_in_dream
So I got Netflix to work and watched *Dare Devil*. However, there's nothing else in there that tempts me so I have turned off my membership until there's something else I want to watch.

Progress goes boink?

Oct. 7th, 2015 11:21 pm
wired: Picture of me smiling (Default)
[personal profile] wired
I left work at lunch so I could go visit M. They are looking much better. There is a moderately good chance they'll get sprung before the weekend, which is good. Weekends on the mental ward are super boring, and they were planning to go sit panels at Jofcon. We agreed that Matrix II is much better if you can't hear any of the dialog. I smuggled him kisses from the kids in the form of Tiny!Stitch. Then I left so they could go lie back down, because all the lounge chairs are super painful for them. I believe this afternoon was PT and social worker to set up ongoing care. I really appreciate this model where you have a mental health crisis and get a hold long enough to get a team of people to attack many facets of why you are in trouble. It's not so much "getting locked up in a padded room" as "socio-medical intervention and assistance that also happens to not involve shoestrings". I figure it's good to say that since not many people I know of talk about how productive a stay on a mental health ward can be.

Anyway. Then I got lost getting out of south Minneapolis. Stupid concrete rivers of cars in my way.

I went and bought sewing magazines and got my nails done. I only had an hour and having a nice set of gel polish always makes me feel more prepared to speak. I don't know what it is, but there you have it. It almost matches the color of my hair and has sparkles in it.

Then I went and collected Baz from school and we went to Coon Rapids, and I went and bought the base model sleep number mattress, and only succumbed to one upgrade AND got free delivery (and mattress removal, more importantly). It won't be delivered for three weeks, which is kind of a bummer, as I was hoping that I'd be able to have it set up when M came home. But at least it's in train for them to have before Halloween. (oh god, need to get going on costumes and Kay's birthday present). Baz and I went to OT. He worked on handwriting, and then they have a fully functional and stocked kitchen, and he and the OT made a smoothie together, because he complained about how loud the Blendtec is. So they worked on strategies and he got a smoothie out of the deal. That was just SMART. And then they threw tennis balls in various ways.

Off to Costco where I didn't buy jeans, because my next couple months are business-y, but I did buy long-sleeve pure merino t-shirts for under $20, and also the garments affectionately known as the teddy-bear hoodies, and ALSO, my beloved Nautica brushed fleece pajama pants, which are officially menswear, but there was no gender test. Warm, fuzzy, and THREE pockets. Also some food. Machine washable merino t-shirts. I may need to go back.

I got home and my brother was there, and we got pizza and watched My Neighbor Totoro, of which Baz said, "I'm sad it's over because I wanted it to just keep going." And then my brother extracted a project list of things I wish I had time to get to from me, and is talking about taking the kids to a movie and maybe on a road trip, and to church, and I couldn't expect things to be that nice for them with most babysitters. And he wants to know if it's ok to do my scrubbing.

Um. Yes.

So on the whole, I'm feeling optimistic. Now if only my entire life would stop conspiring to make it hard for me to finish writing my talk.

Tomorrow, drop-in teacher conferences for both kids. Well, and work of course. And Kay needs picture-day clothes and an 8 am drop-off. Which makes it hard for me to go visit M. Friday, 10:30 flight to SEA, shopping with my mom, eventual deposition in Portland. Saturday, give a talk. Sunday, give a talk. Go home.

Monday, work.


Wednesday reading

Oct. 7th, 2015 09:13 pm
cofax7: Outlive the bastards (Bujold - Aral maxim)
[personal profile] cofax7
Just finished: erm. I can't remem--oh, wait. The last thing I actually finished was Fran Wilde's Updraft. Unfortunately, it was in the midst of the epic walking tour of northern England (about which more anon), and I read it in bits and pieces before falling asleep far too early, and as a result I didn't get to appreciate it fully. That said, it had interesting characters and some truly brilliant worldbuilding: I really really want to know what the hell that's all about. Cities built into living bone towers ever-climbing into the sky above the clouds, and everyone gets around on hang-gliders made of spider-silk and sinew. I do recommend it if you want a coming-of-age novel with a fierce and pragmatic heroine in a weirdly intriguing fantasy setting.

Currently reading: Well, I'm reading Alternity, this ridiculously epic Harry Potter AU/RPG, which hits my sweet spot in several ways. Outsider POV! Dark!AU! Epistolary narrative! On the down side, it's ENORMOUS and is taking forever to read. It's kept me up past my bedtime multiple nights in the last week. It's also formatted as dozens of separate huge PDF files, so the only way I can read it is on my laptop, and that's annoying. Still, it's fascinating, even if I do skim past most of the stuff involving Lucius and Narcissa Malfoy. (But who knew you could make me care about Pansy Parkinson so much?)

Up next: Evelina by Fanny Burney, on [personal profile] heresluck's recommendation. For book club.


The new (old) job continues apace. My Nemesis managed to throw her boss under the bus this morning; I rather hope that will come back to bite her, but given how long she's managed to avoid accountability for her myriad crimes, I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, I'm being moved twice in the next four months, to make room for some contract staff. The end result, however, will be that I get my old cubicle back, with the floor-to-ceiling windows looking west over the bay. (YAY.)

I get to travel to rainier climes next week! [personal profile] sara, I may let you know how my schedule looks as things firm up, in case I'm in your neck of the woods. I may need to talk anyway, given one of the issues to be discussed with the people I am going to meet...

Daily Happiness

Oct. 7th, 2015 09:16 pm
torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Chloe woke me up half an hour before my alarm this morning with her tickly whiskers, which ended up giving me time to eat breakfast and make a sandwich for lunch. (My alarm is usually set for 30 minutes before I need to be at work, which gives me only time enough to get dressed, brush teeth, etc., and feed the cats before leaving.)

2. I was super busy at work today, as we finally got our Halloween stuff in and even though I'm not the snack section buyer anymore, he is taking tomorrow and Friday off and so was super busy trying to get last minute stuff done before he left, so I got stuck making the display (on top of all the other stuff I had to do today). So I ended up working until five to finish it (after having gone in at six thirty this morning), but that means I got two hours of overtime, so I'm happy about that (and also happy about getting the display done).

3. Because I stayed late I didn't end up going to pick up my bike today, but Carla called and it is ready, so since I have tomorrow off, we're going to walk up and get it tomorrow.

4. I have tomorrow off!

5. I'm super tired, so even though it's only nine thirty, I think I'm going to go to bed. Maybe this will help get me back on an earlier schedule?

another runner in the night

Oct. 7th, 2015 01:44 pm
musesfool: Barry Allen is the fastest man alive (what if you had wings and flew)
[personal profile] musesfool
Yesterday, my internet suddenly got so slow I couldn't even watch Netflix, and there was construction going on two doors down from my building, so napping didn't happen either. What an annoying way to spend a sick day. And ESPN was so glitchy that I rebooted my cable box twice but that didn't help. Luckily, it appeared to be the only glitchy channel, so the TV shows I'm actually interested in watching were fine.

The Flash: The Man Who Saved the City
spoilers )

As an aside, I know he's too old, but Grant Gustin is still my mental Gansey (and even though he is also too old, Zach Gilford is my mental Adam; I'm not really attached to anyone else as any of the other TRC characters).

iZombie: Grumpy Old Liv
spoilers )

So that was a good night of teevee. Arrow tonight! Let's hope the show rebounds from last season's...messiness. Also, I am terrified for Felicity. I know it'll never happen, but I keep hoping they'll just let her and Oliver be a couple without a ton of terrible relationship drama. It worked for Hart to Hart! IJS. I'm also excited to see Thea suiting up as Speedy/Red Arrow.

Also also, even though I already watched it back in June, the Star Wars Rebels s2 premiere is tonight. ♥AHSOKA♥ Please don't die!

And now, books:

What I've just finished
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Genetics professor with Asperger's decides it's time to get married, so he puts together a questionnaire in an attempt to find the perfect wife. His douchey BFF sends Rosie to him for ~reasons and they end up falling in love even though she doesn't match his qualifications. Cute romance, have no interest in reading the sequel.

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine. Jazz Age retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, with no real magic, though you do have to buy that 12 daughters would be that quiet and able to stay hidden for so long. I enjoyed it immensely once I accepted that premise.

In addition to reading all 52 issues of Batman Eternal (I talked about it yesterday), I read Grayson Annual #1, which had some cute bits in it (oh my god, Dick, never change) but was overall too much stereotypical "Irish" nonsense to work for me. I rolled my eyes a lot.

I also read the first four issues of Robin: Son of Batman, and I have no idea what's going on, but I like that Damian is teaming up with the daughter of one of his dead enemies, and also a man-bat-thing(?), in order to atone for crimes he committed as a 9 yo(!!!) at his mother's behest. Also, apparently Talia was dead but she isn't anymore and there's a lot of al Ghul mystic nonsense coming into play. *hands* I probably won't continue with it until it's complete.

I'm not sure what propelled this sudden urgent need to get back to reading Batfamily titles, but I'm enjoying it despite some occasional weird reboot characterization. And Cass appears in Batman and Robin: Eternal today. ♥CASS♥ I'll only have to wait six months to read the whole thing.

What I'm reading now
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Finally. It came from the library on Monday. I have nothing to say about it yet, mostly because I'm not very far into it and I don't know yet which of my theories - if any - is going to play out.

What I'm reading next
Of course The Girl on the Train finally dropped onto my iPad (the wait list was long) the day before Ancillary Mercy and the first book of the new Rick Riordan Norse mythology series came out (I'm assuming Magnus Chase is somehow related to Annabeth, and that there will be crossovers at some point - including the Kane kids, too, I hope), so those will be next. Also the third Russell's Attic book, too.

I'm back at work today, classing up the joint with my incredible cough and trying to catch up on the backlog of email. Sigh. Is it time to go home yet?


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Oct. 7th, 2015 09:49 pm
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[personal profile] wyomingnot

Finally got a proper chair to sit in at my computer desk. It's not a desk chair, so it's a smidge low, but I like to have my keyboard in my lap a lot of the time anyway. (randomly, 'smidge' wasn't in my dictionary. wtf? fixed that problem.)

Productive day today! If by productive I include watching movies I've had on my harddrive for ages. The Bourne Identity! Finally watched. Watched a bit of the first sequel, but meh. I do have it if I change my mind later. But I really am not a Matt Damon fan, and then they killed the girlfriend for manpain motivation. So, ugh.

Sunshine (from 2007). Which I have had since December 2013, but don't actually remember acquiring. I could have sworn the first time I heard of it was not all that long ago because of a Chris Evans appreciation post on tumblr. *shrug* Whatever. Watched it. Liked most of it. Have a vague desire to vid it. Wonder if that's because of Cillian Murphy's amazing unearthly eyes.

Earlier this week, there was more movie backlog. Now You See Me and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Very different movies, both of which I enjoyed. :)

Today I also watched movies I have seen before. The Fifth Element. The Star Trek reboot (has it really been over six years?). And of course, more tv eps I've seen a million times.

Waaaaay too much tv time this week. Don't really care. This is the last break until Winter Break. Which won't be quite as dull this year because I have branch classes (which will continue after school has let out).

Also, I've been working on my sock yarn blanket. Can't remember if I've mentioned it before. I started working on it shortly before heading to Mongolia three years ago. It's been sitting for nearly two years. Finally dragged it out of hibernation and have been working on it fairly diligently this past week.

Randomly, I ordered some roller skates online yesterday. We'll see how that goes.

Today is better

Oct. 7th, 2015 08:50 am
wired: Picture of me smiling (Default)
[personal profile] wired
My brother is on a plane to come help as we speak.

I talked to M yesterday, and they say they feel better, and the docs have changed their anti-depressant and anti-anxiety and also they got them a pain management doctor who has given them FOUR different pain medications, including a topical anti-inflammatory and a lidocaine patch. The theory is that if they hurt less, maybe they would sleep better and have more resources for dealing with the TBI/depression.

In related news, I'm buying a mattress today. I also bought our plane tickets to Orlando. It seems like a frivolous thing to spend money on, but the docs say that having a plan to look forward to in the medium-length future helps people resist the impulsivity of suicide. I mean, we've been planning to go since I got accepted to Fossetcon, but now the family has tickets.

I adulted super well late into the night, so I'm tired today, but I wrote a hand-off document and did almost all my invoicing and checked on bills. So yay for that.
jenna_thorn: a carved grinning pumpkin with a worried smaller pumpkin in his mouth (pumpkin)
[personal profile] jenna_thorn
I put up our Hallowe'en decorations at home last night, so I figure it's a time to indulge here as well:

Give me a pairing and I'll tell you who:
- Chooses the pumpkin
- Carves the pumpkin
- Gets scared and clings to the other in a haunted house
- Matching costume ideas
- Makes a cozy blanket fort to cuddle in
- Steals the others candy
- Accidentally gets lost in a corn maze
- Tells spooky stories to scare the other
- Collects cool looking leaves

From [personal profile] topaz119

Oh, and there was another meme wandering about recently. If anyone reading this ever wants a director's commentary style run through of any of my fic, I'm always open to requests. Or timestamps, or any of the other "let's talk about this story you wrote" memes. I don't always suggest it separately when the ripples cross the pond because I don't get takers, not because I'm not willing to do them.

Anyone want to play?

Happy Birthday!!

Oct. 7th, 2015 09:43 am
reginagiraffe: Twin anime characters. "Regina. Shayheyred. One of us is evil... And so is the other. Fear us." (Twins - Fear Us)
[personal profile] reginagiraffe
...to my beloved twin, [personal profile] shayheyred!

Hope you have a great day, sweets! *hugs*

various items

Oct. 7th, 2015 01:17 am
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
Monday's bid to refuel worked out well.
Monday's bid to deposit some checks did not work so well.
Tuesday's bid to deposit some checks went much better, despite the location of the bank being a little dodgy between the website, my memory, and where it actually was. (Turns out that was the location I went to Some Time Ago, via a much more shenanigan-laden route.)

I got to work by lunchtime, but despite the clear presence of Purple (car, stack of BSG DVDs on my desk), there was no sign of him on IM, nor lunch ping. I decided that I was headed to lunch eventually (having finished some poking at things) and swung by his desk (with salted chocolate pumpkin-spiced caramel in a napkin) intent on either dropping off the choccy or retrieving him in search of lunch had he got into some sort of conversation. He wasn't about, so I left the thing on his desk and sent a lunch ping via email on my way in to the cafeteria.

I saw Mr. Tux in line, and we wound up having an amiable lunch together. His officemate seems to be out or something?

My 1:1 with my manager happened; I have some specific fun things to do with the participant tool. She's pushing a certain agenda also; we'll see where that goes. It's also time to start conference prep again. There's someone in the management stack who is apparently well-described by the term 'bureaucrat', but who takes offense to the term; I suggested 'a rules and processes guy', which she seized on with enthusiasm.

I was face-down in various work when there was a presence at the door to my cube. It was Purple, somewhat sheepish about having disappeared on me without notice. I'd figured he'd gotten caught up in some meeting or other. In fact, it had been a goodbye lunch for his manager, who is moving teams internally. We exchanged appropriate sentiments. He gave me the heads-up that he was leaving early too (headed out of the office before our usual time, and not likely to have the time to swing by my desk to say goodnight).

Fishie's computer has entered a decline. At this point it is a 6+ year old laptop, being kept cool enough to function with a cooling pad, pleasant weather, and an external desk fan. I made a few fishmumly suggestions. Fishie had been saying that she didn't have a *real* reason to get a new computer, she just kind of *wanted* one, yesterday. Then it died twice in a row on her, and I got the sense that this was not an infrequent occurrence. (In fact, I could probably count how common it is from her off-pattern IRC disconnects.) I advised her that wanting a computer that does not regularly crap out is in fact a fully sufficient reason to get a new computer. I gave an overview of some of the relevant computer-woe principles, and suggested canned air. (She doesn't quite seem ready to dive into cracking the case. Though she may at some point unwrap a technician toolkit...) She will be making a spreadsheet. I am so proud of her and her spreadsheets. They provide an excellent framework for her to organize a bunch of things without having excessive anxious feelings about missing things when trying to hold it all in her head at once, and thereby come to a sensible decision that she's happy with.

I left at a sensible hour, and this time I remembered my coffee.

I ran into the Smoking Expat (friend of Purple's, just recently moved to the area, works in iirc my 2nd-cousin department upstairs) at Costco; he seemed surprised and pleased to see me there. I was a little disoriented because he was out of context and using my wallet name, plus I was listening to a podcast. I said "music" because that's one of the generics of non-interactive audio. We crossed paths in the aisles a few more times, and at one point I saw someone else from the same 2nd cousin department talking to him.

phone is celebrating the 4-year anniversary of meeting his partner. I'm very happy for them. Various circumstantial things led me to realize that by this point I have spent about 42% of my life unrequitedly in love with some dude or other named the same thing. I mean. It's clear that I am very good at unrequited love. I am a pro. But. THE SAME FUCKING NAME YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME. (At this point, my mental model of Purple pipes up with some commentary about name frequency, and I lose 10 minutes to research...) Though it does turn out that the name is within the top 40 in US popularity during absolutely every year in my personal dating range, peaking around about the time two of these particular fellows were born. (The name Purple's had about the same amount of trouble with is similarly prominent in his dating range, though skewing a little younger, relatively.)

The poodle did not drink a bee. Somehow, the conversation about this on Monday night wandered into Harry Potter, then back out to where I did not remember that it was LBJ who ordered trousers: http://americanradioworks.publicradio.org/features/prestapes/lbj_haggar.html and then somehow back around to bees again, via more information than I strictly needed to know about mosquitoes.

Tomorrow is another day.

Daily Happiness

Oct. 6th, 2015 11:30 pm
torachan: karkat from homestuck looking bored (karkat bored)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I finished Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box and started the Lost Future (which I for some reason have a UK version of (the US one is called Unwound Future?) due to an Amazon seller not mentioning they were shipping from the UK (thankfully it was free shipping and there's not region locking on it, but still)).

2. I should finally get my bike back tomorrow! I've been riding my old bike for a couple weeks because the good bike's back tire was fucked, but every time I thought about taking it to the shop on my day off something came up. Finally last Friday Carla offered to take it in for me (I don't know why neither of us thought of that sooner), but then they weren't able to repair it that day and said it should be ready for pickup Wednesday, which is tomorrow, so crossing my fingers! In addition to repairing the back tire, I'm getting new pedals (it came with plastic pedals which both snapped so I've been riding with only peg pedals which is annoying) and also a general tune-up. I'm glad to have my old bike as backup, but will be so glad to get the good one back. (Working brakes!)

3. Really busy at work today. I felt like I got a lot done! (Also the day went by fast.)

4. Carla made spaghetti and meat balls for dinner. So tasty!

5. We started watching this househunters show on Netflix that seems really fun. They also do repairs on the house, so it's not just the realty part. But the best part is all their houses seem to be in the LA area, which is great.

6. I paid off three credit cards! Admittedly the smallest ones, but it was over $1700 total, so still a good amount. Now there will be more money from each paycheck to pay bigger chunks on the larger ones. (And there is one more smaller one that I should be able to pay off by the end of this month.)

weird headspace

Oct. 7th, 2015 04:26 pm
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[personal profile] china_shop
Two months of working on and switching between the same two stories: now one is posted and the other is at beta (again), leaving me all loose-endish. What to do, what to do. Adulting stuff is threatening to rear up and bite me on the nose (carpet repairs, heating maintenance, rooster complaints (yes, still), health insurance ugh...

...oh, hey, writing that list catapulted me into making some calls and booking some repair people; wow, go me. (Still need to do health insurance, though, ugh.))

La la la...

I should start another fic...

In the meantime, here's another messed up, angsty, woman-loving-woman song (to add to my list, although this one isn't Antipodean): Whispering Your Name by Alison Moyet (with an adorably silly official video featuring Dawn French).

I like stuff

Oct. 6th, 2015 10:31 pm
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[personal profile] mollyamory
Have you ever written a story that just... haunts you?

I was thinking about this today at work. A while back, I wrote this story. And now, every time I go to the caf at work to get coffee, I think about this story and feel like crying my eyes out. Because there is no amazing, gorgeous Jared to make my coffee perfect and special for me... and also because it's fucking Flavia.

However, tomorrow there WILL be gorgeous Jared, and also gorgeous Jensen! And they are airing on Wednesdays this season, which is awesome because I work from home on Wednesdays, which means I will have time to chatter about them before and after the episode on twitter, or wherever. YAY!

[personal profile] laurificus has been texting me about the Many Adventures of Jared and Jensen in BroTown, which has been a blast, especially since their idea of BroTown means hanging off each other like fuzzy sweaters whenever cameras are about. So my excitement about this season and staring at their ridiculous faces is totally stoked.

In other exciting news, I will be going to see The Martian on Sunday (don't spoil me about the movie please! I've read the book but I don't want to know things about how the movie is different or the same until I actually am present in the theatre.) I'm HIGHLY EXCITED because MARK and also MATT DAMON. All good.

While I'm basically just listing stuff I love here, I should include the entire series of novels that comprise The Expanse by James S. A. Corey. They make me really happy. I really hope the TV series SyFy is making out of them doesn't SUCK. I'm trying to keep an open mind. But if you like kind of old-skool space opera stuff with great characters and TEAMINESS and whatnot, these are books that were made for you like they were made for me.

I'm also catching up with Zoo on Netflix, which is basically When Animals Attack with a plot. And with some verrrrrrry scary kitties, man. I'm looking at my own little beasties in a totally new and highly disturbing light. It's basically popcorn, but it's fun popcorn with some interesting characters and you're TOTALLY allowed to root for the fuzzy team.

Finally, it has come to my attention that Martha Wells is publishing a new Raksura novel called Edge of Worlds. If you aren't thrilled about this, I can only assume you haven't yet read the FIRST three Raksura novels, so... I'm sorry for your loss. You're in luck, though! You can fix that by starting with The Cloud Roads -- when you get to the end of it, grab the second book and keep going!

And last but not least, I'm still obsessing over Dragon Age. I finished the Trespasser DLC, which was huge fun -- long, interesting, and a very highly satisfying conclusion to Inquisition. Now I'm back to Dragon Age 2, which always calls to me because VARRIC and HAWKE and zomg, Kirkwall, which may just be my favorite fictional city ever. This time through I'm rivalmancing Fenris (WHAT COULD GO WRONG, I told [personal profile] astolat) and have already pissed Carver off so many times without half trying that I guess I'm on the rival path with him, too. Whatever, MAGE FREEDOM FOREVER!
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There are only two chapters I'm dreading, because they started as the first 12k or so of the story when I thought things would be shorter, but I'm dreading them a lot. I just went into one to check something, and I'm dreading it so much. So, so much. I may have to do the thing where I print them off (esp. the first one) and then manually retype them. Ugh.

Later. I can do that later.

oh, Agents of SHIELD

Oct. 6th, 2015 08:22 pm
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that hebrew word? didn't look right to me, so i checked, and um, yup, they spelled it wrong. argh.

spnfic: the game of god, 7/16

Oct. 6th, 2015 09:19 pm
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Title: The Game of God, 7/16
Author: Seperis
Series: Down to Agincourt, Book 4
Codes: Dean/Castiel
Rating: NC-17/Explicit
Summary: You can't win a war for humanity by sacrificing all of your own.
Author Notes: Thanks to nrrrdygrrrl and scynneh for beta services, with advice from Tkodami and MollyC.
Story summary from a comment by Infie.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bratfarrar for the series name and summary from her sonnet Harry Takes the Field.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

AO3 Links for Down to Agincourt:
Series: Down to Agincourt
Book 1: Map of the World
Book 2: It's the Stars That Lie
Book 3: A Thousand Lights in Space

AO3 Links for The Game of God:
Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7


Oct. 6th, 2015 11:09 pm
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[personal profile] perevision
I am teaching myself digital art, and it's frustrating.

Here's something they didn't have at my art school: tablets or a course on how to draw using tablets. In fact, I can count the number of classes focused on fundamentals of drawing on one hand. And I was taking Illustration.

I can use traditional materials well. They're comfortable to me. Not so the Wacom Bamboo and bewildering number of art brushes out there.

Read more... )
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A new day, a new diagnosis - but I like this one better! I went back for the 24-hour blood pressure monitoring results, and it turns out that I totally have white-coat syndrome and if I'm not at the doctors my blood pressure goes way down. My 24-hour average was 15-30 points lower than what I usually get, and only fractionally over the level where they want to do something about it - and if it weren't for the diabetes it would have qualified as fine. My doctor is pretty laid-back about it, and I'm fairly sure would have let me ignore it entirely; as it is, I decided to go back in about six months and do the 24-hour test again. I'm already changing what I eat quite a bit (mostly dropping my crisp-eating by about 80%, alas alas) and my salt consumption will probably have gone down enough (if I can maintain it...) to improve things anyway, so I didn't want to go straight into yet more medication.

It's good that I don't actually have super-high BP though because work is being incredibly frustrating. We're having some technical issues with booking appointments on the new system, which is exacerbated by the inability of most of my colleagues to follow simple instructions like "tell us the name and ID number of the student you want to see in this slot" or "don't put the same appointment in three times on different days when you only want to see the student once" or "make sure that there is a gap in your calendar at the time you want the appointment instead of blocking it out so that the system can't book against you" or "put the booking into the spreadsheet at the time you want to see the student" or indeed "don't complain to your manager about us if we book the appointment at the time you told us to only actually you meant something different".

Technical failures I can deal with, because it's not the computer's fault. People being lazy, inefficient, and sloppy: I am Annoyed.

Hopefully the technical fix should be in place tomorrow. After that they have to book their own appointments in, and their dreadful, dreadful record-keeping will be their problem. Mostly. Or at least I won't be dealing with it seven hours a day like I am this week.

Ancillary Mercy reaction post

Oct. 7th, 2015 05:41 am
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[personal profile] vass
Contains all the spoilers.

Copied-and-pasted from my Tumblr without bothering to fix the formatting, sorry, I'll get around to that after I've slept. (Updated 9pm on 07/10/2015: fixed it.) I got the book at 3:18pm, took a brief dinner break at 10:52, then went back to reading and finished at 2:22am. It might have been a shorter read if I hadn't a) reread the three chapters I'd already read, and b) had to keep stopping and rereading parts of it.

Spoiler cut follows.

cut )


Oct. 6th, 2015 01:40 pm
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[personal profile] wired
I have the best village.

My brother is dropping everything and flying out to help me for a week so I don't have to leave the kids with a babysitter for a long weekend.

My girlfriend is at my moment's call, and taking me to the airport on Thursday.

I am getting so much emotional support from so many of you. Thank you.
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[personal profile] runpunkrun
The Boyfriend List, The Royal We, Get in Trouble, The Suffragette Scandal, Landline )

So that Rowell book was a bust for me, but I will tell you what I am looking forward to: Carry On, which is the story of the Harry/Draco analogue from her novel Fangirl. It comes out today. I hope it's wonderful.


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