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Nov. 24th, 2015 02:15 pm
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 That special time when you forget your Trillian password and have to reset, which wipes your IM contact list. : /


Nov. 24th, 2015 05:09 pm
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The Fanlore page now has some links to most of what's been happening and some good summaries, for anyone who's not already aware.

I am still trying to figure out what to say publicly, but I am also desperate to talk about it, in between being really nervous of hearing stuff dragged back up that will really upset me. I'm mostly healed from the previous incidents, but not entirely.

I'm tentatively hopeful but still slightly cynical at the moment. Matty and LO (Atiya) are great people and I look forward to seeing what they'll do. They're not perfect people, and fandom's idealisation-devaluation cycle is vicious. A clean slate is easier in some ways than changing a culture when you're a minority, but there are bits of problematic culture that have been spread across the org for so many years that I really doubt they're all gone, so I don't think the Board is the only problem culturally or ethically, let alone in any other way.

I haven't linked it from the Fanlore page as I know she doesn't want the whole of Metafandom descending on her, but [personal profile] recessional's commentary is interesting, for any mutual friends/network who hadn't spotted it yet.

I have been sick for the past five days, I'm exhausted and everything sucks, I still have dayjob to do, chores to do, and a pile of fun stuff including Dreamwidth coding that I'd like to get to at some point. But I've gone and volunteered to share my knowledge on the finance side, because institutional history can help, provided you can prevent it perpetuating bad culture.


Nov. 24th, 2015 12:29 am
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Purple got snagged by lb and Mr. Netflix for lunch today, since lb and Mr. Netflix were the only representatives of the department actually in the department for lunch. Thus it was that I did not see Purple in person until it was time to go home.

I managed to wait until we were outside to apologetically point out that I would be having a worse time than expected for the next couple weeks because I'd trained pretty hard on Bearded Purple, so Beardless Purple was essentially a stranger (with, for bonus points, a smile a hell of a lot like Figment's).

It's going to be a super weird couple weeks. I'm going to be double-taking a lot.

lb had immediately given him shit upon seeing it. Purple did mention his reason for doing it, and it's a reason I fully endorse beyond the "dude, it's ... your beard? and you're the boss of your beard?" position ... but dang, I still have a hard time recognizing him without it. Despite having known him for quite some time without it, I still learned his face with it due to his directory picture.

<lb> I think we should give him some beard products
<lb> beard products are a hint to beard harder

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Nov. 23rd, 2015 02:33 pm
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 Whelp, don't think I'm going to get to that SW essay, nor to any threading today. Too many work projects today.

I have been writing up a storm for Hank McCoy though and think I only have one more OOM to write to clear him of the first movie. Skipping a lot but highlighting the bits of canon that I think are major character points. Once they're written I mean to sit on them for a few days and then review. Once that's done, I'll bring him in for about a week when he's first changed to give him some time to learn his new body. Major body transformations and then running off to battle or fly super sonic aircraft doesn't seem like a wise thing.

stupid toronto. well, stupid YYZ.

Nov. 23rd, 2015 08:47 am
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Since 2005, when I started flying semiregularly, every time I've checked a bag on a multi-leg flight home it's gotten lost. Every. Single. Time. I used to joke that my luggage went to Chicago unless I was going to Chicago, in which case it went to Denver. These days I no longer check bags unless forced to.

Because I was bringing home too much stuff I checked my suitcase in Dallas. Got to Toronto, waded through customs, came out at the baggage claim area, where apparently you're supposed to pick up your bag and check it to your next flight.

I bet you can guess where this is going.

I asked the Air Canada baggage desk if that was actually the procedure. They said no, and pointed to a list of origin cities from which baggage processing is expedited. Dallas was on that list. With some foreboding I went on through.

In a shock to no one, when I got off the plane in Vancouver my luggage wasn't waiting for me.

Based on conversations with several other people on a couple of different flights, it sounds like *no* bags from Toronto got transferred to anywhere. Idiots. I filed a report and got a claim number, and my bag is currently listed as "en route to destination airport."

I wisely pulled my laptop out of the suitcase during packing. I neglected to grab my razor, and I completely forgot about my house keys, so I'm housebound today.

Stupid Toronto.

Full con report coming probably later today, because I've not done one of those in awhile.

Morning thoughts

Nov. 23rd, 2015 08:37 am
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As multiple internet sources say, fuck motivation. I keep waiting for it and not finding it. Or it teases me and then runs away or gets frightened off when I sit down to the keyboard. I'm tired of waiting for it. It can come to me while I'm sitting and making myself write crap for 15 minutes (if I have to), gets words out is what I need more than motivation.

Also, I had another realization with RPG writing and canon OOMs. When I do this, I tend to keep the original story in mind and write to tell that story. Which doesn't always work for me as I tend to be attracted to side characters, who would have their own story within the main story. So simply writing the canon as the story presented, with a shift in perspective or added details, is likely doomed at the beginning. At least for me, I need to find my own story within the canon and not confine myself to the narrow path of the source canon as if I were merely a train trapped on the rails. Yes, staying within the same world and being involved with the main story is important, but Sam's story would be a very different thing than the story we know of Winter Soldier.

To come later, some thoughts on the world of Star Wars; thoughts on fandoms interpretations of age and the Force's awareness.

So. That just happened.

Nov. 23rd, 2015 10:40 am
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Important announcement from the OTW Board of Directors


The OTW Board of Directors voted at its regularly scheduled meeting on 22 November to appoint Andrea Horbinski to serve the remainder of the term vacated in 2014 by Anna Genoese, ending 31 December 2016. Filling board vacancies by appointment is a normal part of board work provided for in Article V §4 of the OTW Bylaws, and the Board has done so at multiple points in the past.

After discussion with the rest of the Board, Andrea Horbinski has decided to decline the appointment to the OTW Board for 2016. She has tendered her resignation from the Board effective 15 December 2015. Soledad Griffin, Jessica Steiner, Eylul Dogruel, Cat Meier, and M.J. MacRae are also resigning from the Board effective on that date. Those who currently serve as members of OTW committees will remain with the organization in their staff roles but not their Board roles.

The 2015 Board wishes the 2016 Board and the volunteers, staff, and membership of the OTW all the best for the organization’s continued success.

For those who want to know how I feel about this, see below cut.
Read more... )

crafting update

Nov. 21st, 2015 01:38 pm
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I finished my first knitted garment for myself - my Harvest Cardigan! I am wearing it right now. It is very cozy. The arms came out too long, but I simply turned back the cuffs, and that is working nicely. So I don't think I will rip out some of the sleeve, as I first thought.

I finished two more shawls. My Wavedeck is going to be for myself, as it came out better than the first one I knitted. That one will go to the ministry. I also finished a Boneyard Shawl. It looks much better in person than it does in the pictures. I liked the colorway enough that I knitted a swatch with the scrap yarn to keep for myself, to remember it by.

I'm working on two mysteries. The first is a knitted mystery that I think will end up being a cowl. I love the pattern so far. That was the yarn I was untangling, by the way -- I did end up cutting the yarn in one place once I got to the knot, as there was no other way to untangle it. The other mystery is a crochet one that I think might be a container for plastic bags. I can't imagine what else it could be that is that skinny.

In December I plan on crocheting a Mini Moods of Change doily, and knitting a Celtic Myths shawl. I've also started on another Boneyard shawl with some more variegated yarn. I don't have enough of the variegated by itself, so I will alternate sections with Red Heart Super Saver in Aran.

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Nov. 20th, 2015 09:40 pm
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 Damn...Jessica Jones is good, at least as good as Dare Devil, and David Tenant does creepy mind controlling sociopath well. Very impressed with the first episode.

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Nov. 20th, 2015 03:14 pm
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 Well, blarg. Got work done and would love to EP Sabine, I've got to leave work in half an hour and I don't want to leave folks hanging.

I'll see about EPing when I am at home.

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Nov. 20th, 2015 01:17 pm
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So since my plotting brain kept me awake last night and I'd hate to lose all it came up with, I'm going to try and get some things down. Warning for spoilers for X-Men First Class, Knights of Sidonia, and my head canon for Sabine Wren (which is based on vague references to her past from canon).

Did I mention spoilers?

Hank McCoy )

Izana )

Sabine )

Game of the Week: Last Night on Earth

Nov. 20th, 2015 01:45 pm
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Last Night on Earth on Board Game Geek: https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/29368/last-night-earth-zombie-game

It's the zombie apocalypse! Will the humans successfully escape the zombies, or will the zombies block their escape? Last Night on Earth is a board game for 2-6 players. Players are divided into two teams: zombies and heroes. The game has several different scenarios you can play, for example one scenario is Escape in the Truck. In this scenario, you have to find the truck keys and gas up the truck to escape in order for the heroes to win. For the zombies to win, they have to block the escape before the sun comes up.

Every turn, the sun tracker is moved one tick towards sunrise, then the zombies go first. They draw cards from the zombie deck, and then move, attack, and add more zombies to the board. On the heroes' turn, they draw a card from the hero deck, then either run away from the zombies, run towards a friend who needs help, or search an area for a useful item. The heroes must take time to heal themselves, too, because if they are wounded too many times, they die.

If a zombie and hero occupy the same space on the board, they must fight. The hero rolls two dice, and the zombie rolls one die. If the zombie wins, the hero takes a wound. If the hero wins, the hero fends off the zombie but the zombie remains on the board. If the hero rolls a double, the zombie is killed and removed from the board.

Last Night on Earth was featured on Tabletop. You can watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhLU2-BuhMI

A cannoli kind of day

Nov. 18th, 2015 12:25 am
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[personal profile] azurelunatic
Stopped by the bakery on my way in to work & picked up some cannoli. Left one on Purple's desk. I spied my manager and flagged her down for one. The third was mine.

Lunch was weird: the French dip sandwich was made with smoked meat & was therefore more of a bbq dip. Purple was dissatisfied with his chicken.

It has been chilly, so as threatened, Purple wore his winter jacket. He is easily spotted, as it is teal with purple trim and red accents. (It is clearly from the late 90s in Ohio. He wears it two weeks a year here. He will never replace it.)

Life goals: if I had wanted to be part of a conversation which clarified "what kind of tapioca pudding?" with a wanking gesture, followed by some ostentatious pianist/typist hand stretches, then that life goal would be complete. Context started at the premise that if the restaurant needs the locale of origin of the food in its name, the food is unlikely to convince you of the origin. It got weirder from there.

Afternoon was a super long meeting. It was an all-hands that my team felt the pressing need to attend in person. The exec went half an hour over his allotted time with finance nerdery that he was clearly super enthusiastic about explaining.

Purple was antisocial and bailed before I was out of the queue for food, but I got to chat with phone's Overlord.

Purple is unaccountably pleased by my purplish hair.

I ended yesterday evening crying in rage over an imaginary entity I call Hypothetical Woman. Hypothetical Woman is the embodiment of your irrational or rational fears of rejection. When she sees your entirely harmless but socially unacceptable (or symbolically socially unacceptable) aspects, she ridicules and shuns you. You give up hobbies to please her. I loathe her and am powerless to banish her from the sphere of attention of my dear friends. How I wish I could.

Today, I have a plan to counteract her damage in some small way.

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Nov. 17th, 2015 09:58 pm
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 I think I need to rethink how Izana defines their gender. I had been thinking they were agender but I don't think that is right. They only define themselves as not being a boy or a girl. That doesn't mean they don't see themselves as neither.

The things we research for our pups.

In other news, I am sick and will be staying home tomorrow. Also one of my sources for anime screencaps has started doing Knights of Sidonia, which means I am in very real danger of having too many Izana icons soon.

last-minute links

Nov. 17th, 2015 06:47 pm
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Going out of town tonight: Jeff K-- had a spare ticket for BGG.con, and I had four days of vacation that I have to take before the end of the year or else they vanish into the ether. (There are things about my job that I am not fond of, and its vacation policies are high on the list.)

So, have some links.

Pinboard on the Next Economy Conference: Maciej Cegłowski, who I hadn't realised until yesterday is also the author of The Alameda-Weehawken Burrito Tunnel, livetweets the O'Reilly Next Economy Conference. "We’re moving from a world of widespread unemployment to one where people have three, four or even five jobs. #prosperity"

Ernest Shackelton Loves Me, "a musical about the inspirational romantic connection between a down-on-her-luck electric violinist and the legendary turn-of-the-century polar explorer."

David Mitchell on Earthsea: "Ged's story is told with the calm authority of an age-old Icelandic saga, yet stitched here and there with passages of pure beauty for its own sake." This article is everything I love about A Wizard of Earthsea, and also why that love is fundamentally different from how I feel about books by, say, Tolkien, or Mike Ford, or most recently Ann Leckie's Ancillary books.

Mitchell has (also?) written an introduction to, o my, a beautiful new edition of A Wizard of Earthsea. Based on the samples, the illustrations by David Lupton are exactly perfect.

Pass the brain bleach please

Nov. 17th, 2015 12:50 pm
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 Just saw a Grant Ward/Jessica Drew romantic fic on Tumblr. *shudder*

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Nov. 17th, 2015 09:40 am
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So I watched Once Upon A Time again last night as it was the return of Mulan. Mostly liked it, though I had a few quibbles. Like did you forget how you had Mulan joining up with Robinhood when we last saw her? I get that she could have left but I don't see where they showed her head space being in the "modern timeline" very when we last saw her. Also, I forgot how annoying the timelines were to keep pace with. And costuming for Merida's clans were awful.

I'm really on board for Red and Mulan adventures though!

Today, the kiwi is mine.

Nov. 16th, 2015 11:49 pm
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Went to bed early; woke up early. Went to work in a timely fashion. Was early enough to get a kiwi (not wiki, fingers!). Purple told me that I would not have wanted his kiwi, as it had been rock hard. My kiwi was similarly hard. We walked abruptly away from this line of conversation, as there was nowhere it could go that wouldn't become worse.

The conversations between my team and the database vendors had me at one point stomping into Haystack's office with a very "CAN YOU FUCKING BELIEVE THIS?!?!" gait. His officemate was somewhat surprised. This was, I believe, when the sales guy suggested that the actual fucking bug that Haystack and I had managed to replicate (on two different installs) was user error.

Fishie and I are working out logistics for her visit.

Got "key member" orientated at my hackerspace this weekend. (I didn't bother at the old location because there would have been no point -- my knees couldn't do that many stairs casually, and the person who needs the elevator could never have been the first one in or last one out.) I have plans that may all turn out to nothing but something may come of them.

Re-did my blue dye this weekend, and just in time, too: Purple declared that he'd have had to start calling me the Bronze Lunatic instead. :-P

I brought a box of buttons cookies to work. ;)

In dim indoor light, you can almost mistake my hair for a natural color. In bright light, it is very very much bright. Right now my hair is a fantastic gradient from purple to teal. I am delight ^_^ One of the people in the cafeteria complimented me on my purple hair, right in front of Purple. He seemed pleased.

Dear gender-norm-enforcing fuckheads of the world: you drain the joy from everything you touch and the rest of us would be justified in leaving you to the hollow shell of a world that you're assiduously trying to create. Also, I am probably larger and scarier than you, and you wouldn't like me when I am specifically angry at you for hurting one of my own.

Dear dudes who like nifty old buttons: this is a hobby I can totally get behind.

I wind up talking through basically everything with Purple these days, and Friday night's assorted woe was no exception. It was kind of a terrible night for everybody, and it did me good to hear his side of things. After examining my reactions for a while, I've determined that my phobia gives me various amounts of space based on how much I am/am called upon to be the grown-ass adult in the situation. A short list. )

I picked up dinner. Before I placed my order, though, I got out of the way so two people going out could pass me, and the younger enthusiastically asked me what hairdye was that because she had been longing for purple hair and my hair was exactly the color. So I wrote it down for her on her phone, and included the bleach too, because her hair is darker than mine.

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Nov. 16th, 2015 01:43 pm
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 And of course the day I decide to get back to threading I am busy at work. 
qem_chibati: Coloured picture of Killua from hunter x hunter, with the symbol of Qem in the corner. (A cat made from Q, E, M) (Default)
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\o/ despite a last minute hiccup, the Makoto's 2015 Birthday Exchange went pretty well and there's a lot of lovely fan works 46! Made for Makoto's birthday. I did two treats and one story, and I really liked my gift.

Sibling Dynamics (1084 words) by wechoosewhatwearesammy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Free!
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Matsuoka Gou & Tachibana Makoto, Nanase Haruka & Tachibana Makoto, Matsuoka Rin & Tachibana Makoto
Characters: Tachibana Makoto, Matsuoka Gou, Nanase Haruka
Additional Tags: mentions of Rin - Freeform, mentioned/implied reigisa

Makoto and Gou bond over a discussion of their respective siblings.