I'm still here, I swear

Jun. 30th, 2016 06:37 pm
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 The court case is very interesting, mostly because this is the first time I've seen one in reality. There is a post about it to come, once the case is settled.

I've been reading Star Wars: Aftermath and enjoying it. It does tend to take this side trips down alleys that make me think I need to pay attention to characters only for it to turn out it's just a glimpse at how things are in the galaxy. One of these side trips featured Han Solo and Chewbacca and I want that whole story! I do feel like the author is getting very close to having too many characters. I am not one for Game of Thrones or Wheel of Time level of main characters, though I enjoyed those books. I just kept forgetting who people were.

Also finished Dream Thieves. I love Maggie Stiefvater lyrical prose and she writes such deep characters. I just wish I could give a shit about them for more than the last few chapters. I don't know what it is.

I've been thinking about threads and my play, why I keep dropping out of things, and I think it's because part of me is used to Table top and that RP has to go somewhere. I'm going to try and shift my focus more to "am I enjoying this thread?" rather than, "this thread isn't going anywhere". I'm hoping it will allow for better play on my part.

That said, I seem to be at a point where I haven't had spoons for playing. I've been using the jury duty as an excuse to skip playing, so I think I'm just going to take those days off. Tonight I mean to get to bed at a decent time and then I'm in work tomorrow,  so I'll try and tag up then.

Take care folks.

Unconference Friday

Jun. 27th, 2016 10:15 pm
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I again woke up early enough to get to nearly the beginning of the day, the planning session for the unconference. It was quiet enough to check email and such in the corner of the hacker lounge. Later, I went over to the buttons table and put together a few buttons with [personal profile] shadowspar and [personal profile] silveradept. [personal profile] shadowspar shared half a lemon creme doughnut with me, which (predictably) got yellowish-white delicious lemon-flavored goo all over my hands and probably face as well. Commentary was made.

It turns out that it's really hard to do tiny buttons with multiple colors of glitter-paper, so my first attempt at a bi pride glitterbutton went very badly. The second attempt was better.

There was an afternoon trip to Knit/Purl, a Local Yarn Shop. [staff profile] denise and [personal profile] kareila wound up early, I came next (followed by [personal profile] silveradept, on a mission of What Craft Supplies Have They Got, Anyway), and F and [personal profile] shadowspar joined shortly thereafter.

I escaped relatively lightly, with only one skein of yarn, which matches my hair. There was a collective attempt by all five fiber artists to get [personal profile] silveradept to join the cult club, but they resisted valiantly. I did, however, successfully coach them through Intro To Chain Stitch, and by the time the yarn group was leaving the yarn shop, they had progressed to making firm if not super even stitches at a pretty good clip.

Conference wrap-up ensued, with what-went-well and what-could-be-improved, followed by a group effort at cleaning up. There's only a one-hour window to get the truck loaded, so it has to go quickly. Fortunately, we are nothing if not helpful, and there was a lot of furniture-slinging.

Eventually the hacker lounge was at a furniture-to-workers ratio where my presence would have been more hindrance than help, so I wandered out into the lobby. Farewells were said. I threatened to get perhaps over-emotional, and fled to the sidewalk where I could have a little more space.

Then it was over! Silver walked me to the correct streetcar stop, and I headed back to my dorm and started packing up and planning for next year. F had an early-ish flight out, but I slept overnight before checking out Saturday morning and making the long drive home.

Thursday at the conference:

Jun. 27th, 2016 05:47 pm
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Woke up early enough to hit the morning keynote, which surprised me! I was waking up earlier and earlier each morning there.

Attended the long-form morning "Exit Condition" talk, which was very good and also I definitely had to due to helping bounce the name around! There are so many good and interrelated talks at this conference. "Exit Condition" was about the three options when things aren't going well: GTFO, yell, or duck and cover. My talk was on applied yelling. Last year, Heidi Waterhouse did a talk on whistleblowing, which is a specific kind of applied yelling. I recommend all three as a set.

Parts of the greater #Dreamwidth crew went down to the diner from Tuesday night and had a nice quiet introvert lunch, during which time the following interlude occured:

Azz: *reading email* *sudden double facepalm* *helpless giggles*
Rah: "Silver, did you break Azz?"
Silver: (unaware of where I was in my inbox) "No?"
Azz: "YES."

Much hilarity at my expense ensued, including F coming over, reading my phone screen, and then wordlessly slapping me on the back in such a 100% bro-tastic way that I sat up straight and (mock)protested "HOW DID YOU JUST MISGENDER ME WITH A BACKSLAP?!?!?!" because seriously, HOW EVEN do you do that???

The afternoon was excellent as well. I vaguely recall sitting out for a session? But I was nowhere near as exhausted as I was last year, even on insufficient sleep.

But then it was party time. I found a quiet corner, and some of the usual suspects joined. I took a moment to leave a birthday voicemail for a certain vividly colored geekfriend, then rejoined and spent much of the evening comparing notes and cracking up with the crew.

Despite the lack of intoxicants at the party, I was in a bit of a pleasantly mentally addled state when it came time to walk back to the dorm, enough so that F found it prudent to get some rooibos tea into me before packing me off to bed.

On other news...

Jun. 27th, 2016 09:50 am
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First day back to work in 5 days and I'm running off 6.5 hours of sleep. How quickly I fall into old habits.

For easy finding

Jun. 27th, 2016 09:01 am
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A preliminary Asajj Ventress focused viewing order for The Clone Wars, based on the footnotes from her Wookiepedia article and SW.com's chronological viewing order for CW.

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Jun. 26th, 2016 12:22 pm
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 Sorry for being radio silent*, I've been spending time with the fam and just kind of in my own head at other times. Been reading and enjoying new things. Starting reading Star Wars: Aftermath, with is great but it made me want to reread Dark Disciple, so I took a break and am reading DD. DD is good but it really is Quinlan Vos' book when I had wanted an Asajj book.

I'm also watched the first Dr. Who episode with Maisie Williams. I mean to watch all four episodes of her character's journey. Very curious about her. ETA: Onto the last episode now and while I am glad I watched these, I wish the character had more going on than the immortality and sort of blank slate each time the doctor meets her. The idea of infinite life but finite memory doesn't work for me, especially since she's keeping journals to help her remember. The losing her humanity is sketchy also. Like I can see it working once, but it's repeated too quickly.

In reading DD, my Asajj head voice is squirming and such. I think I need to try and get her into a sandbox. (I fear she may replace Ahsoka, not because I don't love Ahsoka but because Ahsoka has been so quiet.)

I do need to get back to threads but just haven't had the energy.

Also started watching Mr. Robot and am very curious about the story. It's very mind-warpy and Philip K Dick, my favorite style of sci fi, though this show seems more current time or maybe near future. Not sure as I've only watched the first episode.

Tomorrow I go into work as Court is out of session until Tuesday. I hope this means I will get tagging in and move some threads forward. I particularly want to pursue the Hank w/ X and Santo as well as Touji w/ Quentin and Yamato.

Finished the first three TPB of Gail Simon's Red Sonja. So nice to see one of my favorite characters being done right.

And lastly, I was in a car accident last night. Nothing major. I was waiting at a red light. When the light turned green, I stayed put as the cars ahead of me hadn't moved yet but the guy behind me decided green meant go and rear ended me. Not major damage, I suspect he was stopped and had just tapped the accelerator, and no injures (though a friend is worried about her neck and I am a little stiff today (this could be from sleeping 10 hours though)). Fun times.

*What is the new version of this phrase? Offline? Blackout? Text-less?

last of the red-hot linkspams

Jun. 25th, 2016 09:25 am
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I miss The Toast already.

(Me? I'm better than last week, but still not good.)

When You Smile: On Humor and the Heart: "If I can make you laugh, maybe you won't laugh at me."

What makes a city great? New data backs up long-held beliefs: "In a new (yet to be peer-reviewed) study on arXiv.org, researchers report that the completely plausible tenets of good city living laid out in the famous 1961 tome of urban planning, The Death and Life of the Great American City [ed: Of Great American Cities] by Jane Jacobs, do have some credibility in today's data-hungry world." EAT IT, ROBERT FUCKING MOSES.

Speaking of whom, The Dutch Prime Minister Is a Big Fan of Robert Caro: "We were bound for Randalls Island, where Moses based the Triborough Bridge Authority and built an office for himself... because people had to work hard to reach him, and because they had to pay a toll to his agency."

The Devil Signed Onto Twitter.

The Pitch Meeting for Animaniacs: "Animaniacs isn't 'for' kids, you see. It is the anarchic soul of the child. Sensory overload, constant change, sibling rivalry, new adventure. Life happens in a disjointed series of images, until they're locked away at night by an authority whose motives remain opaque."

This is why I'm learning to play viola.

Blockchain Company's Smart Contracts Were Dumb: "Any vulnerabilities in the DAO's code were not flaws in the code; they were flaws in the descriptions -- which were purely for entertainment purposes. The DAO's websites failed to explain to investors that the code allowed a hacker to take $60 million by using a 'recursive splitting function.' But the recursive splitting function itself is part of the DAO's code, and therefore part of the DAO." Fascinating stuff.

Soil Conservation: A Southern History: "Above is Providence Canyon, Georgia. This is one of Georgia's Seven Natural Wonders. It is also completely created by erosion from cotton growing."

A guy just transcribed 30 years of for-rent ads. Here’s what it taught us about housing prices: "6.6 percent. That’s the amount the rent has gone up every year, on average, since 1956. ... 6.6 percent is 2.5 percentage points faster than inflation, which doesn’t seem like a lot but when you do it for 60 years in a row it means housing prices quadruple compared to everything else you have to buy."

Zombies Run

Jun. 24th, 2016 02:22 pm
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My current physio regime includes a certain amount of walking each day, which is slower than usual and therefore less interesting, but also hard work. So I've dug out Zombies Run again to keep me company. I'm only half-way through Season 1, but it's fun. Jack and Eugene provide occasional unintentional hilarity in radio mode, though. For example:

Shuffle: Plays Adam Lambert's Master Plan
Jack and Eugene: Talk about how they're getting misty-eyed at that last song and teared up a bit.

Jack and Eugene: This next one's a happening tune.
Shuffle: Plays S Club 7.
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.. I think.

"5. Only those Party Members and Scottish Party Members who were members of the Party from the time of the call for nominations by the Chairman of the 1922 Committee for the election of the Leader and have been members for at least three months immediately prior to the close of the ballot for the election of the Leader shall be entitled to vote."

The 1922 Committee has not yet called for nominations, and the close of ballot will be over three months away.

Wednesday conference fun!

Jun. 23rd, 2016 01:49 am
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I woke up before 9, even, but spent a leisurely morning getting ready for the day. I got in for the last session of the morning, and after that the little group I was in went for lunch at the food trucks. We wound up in the park to eat, and a good time was had by all!

More sessions in the afternoon. I livetweeted Rah's. Then there was Storytime With Rah down in the hacker lounge. This was followed by dinner -- we went to the pizza place that the lunch train was headed to, but opted to have dinner in the park, where there was More Storytime. Also kitten pictures. I talked about my experiences being too well equipped with coping mechanisms to have any hyperactivity manifest itself, and there was discussion of how people self-medicate for AD(H)D with stimulants, and how some people really seriously avoid cocaine even when trying other drugs, because they suspect it may be *too effective* (and it's illegal).

I headed for the tram line that would take me back, and on my way called Darkside and wished him a happy birthday. Also I came out to him as agender. He wasn't quite sure what to do with that information; I let him know that there really wasn't any substantial difference, just I was tired of being put in gendered boxes that I had approximately no attachment to. Also he wants to hear my talk. ;)

Clippy has turned out useful in "remembering" what the whiteboard setup was like in conference rooms. I am so pleased that Simon Illyan was one of my role models, and that I have had so much early training in the sort of self-reflection that involves looking back at past selves and trying to not judge them too harshly. Self-acceptance, and self-forgiveness aimed at not being *that* kind of asshole again, is an amazing thing.

Also my tactic of writing down my daily annoyances in the course of my Talk About My Day is helpful in the going back to figure out When That Fucking Thing Became A Thing Anyway.

I am trying to set up for tomorrow morning, since I seem to be getting more and more functional at the conference, rather than less.

(And then there was BPAL testing and card reading with F, which took a substantial two hours together, and was definitely informative. My skin makes light florals much better behaved.)

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Jun. 22nd, 2016 09:54 am
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As lovers, the difference between men and women is that women can love all day long, but men only at times.-W. Somerset Maugham

So I usually, steadfastly write female protagonists. I know women right? I want to explore the lives of women after all.

But what happens when the character you're most interested in is the male? Existential crisis? Writer's block?

Nah. Maybe if this was a few months ago, then I'd be like that. But nah. I'm actually excited. I'm loving this character.

He reminds me of myself. Raised by a single mom. He longs for his absentee dad. He's the life of the party, but inside he's got all of THESE INTENSE FEELINGS AND PASSIONS.

Is he a Byronic hero? Idek. He very well could be. I never thought of that. He doesn't brood as of yet though ha.

OSB ho!

Jun. 21st, 2016 11:18 pm
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Arrived in Portland safe and sound with traveling companion! Trip was lovely and included Hamilton sing-alongs, a bag of cherries shaped like butts, chat about our respective talks, and good old-fashioned gossip. I'd taken the last leg of the journey, so my executive function was diminished (12:30, not as much sleep as I'd have wanted) and so F went to confer with the lodging gods.

We are staying in Portland State University's summer dorm-filler project, which is unfancy but adequate -- when things are going right.

This evening did not feature many things going right. Chief among them was my executive function having gone sleepybyebye, so (apparently after them failing to find our info, and not having room in the dorm they said we'd be assigned to) F found parking, and I had a smol meltdown over having no idea what things I needed to take up to the room (under the assumption that we'd have to be moving the next day). Also we had one key-and-keycard between the two of us, and one car key.

We managed to fox-goose-and-grain ourselves into the building with no actual tears shed, though I did swear at whatever snotassed weaselfucks were responsible for the accessibility.

By the time I got horizontal it was 2:30. Then I woke up at 6.

Oh, and I had to speak today.

I went down and fed the meter, then once the hours for the housing office arrived, I went over for that and had a chat. (They had actually opened at 7, not 9; it was the *student* housing department that opened at 9. I feel that any collective misreading was entirely justified based on the hour.) I got the parking pass, a second key-and-keycard lanyard, and bagged myself a parking space near the elevator in the nearby parking garage.

Then I faceplanted on my bed and didn't re-attain consciousness until around noon.

I headed off to the conference upon waking up, picking up some lunch on the way. I there cranked away diligently upon my slides, and listened to someone I was sharing a time slot with rehearse. I also learned that there had been a sudden unavailability of the people who had been going to do video of the sessions, which filled me with woe because a) there are a lot of people who are looking forward to my talk, and b) I was up against some really interesting looking things.

I saw [personal profile] silveradept and the ritual hug of greeting was exchanged. \o/

Then it was time to give my talk. [staff profile] denise, [personal profile] kareila, and [personal profile] shadowspar were all there!

The room seemed interested, and I think I mostly remembered to use the microphone (good for recording purposes; the a/v guy said they were doing audio at least) and [personal profile] kareila got some room audio to boot! So I may be able to get a rough transcription up at some point.

The next talk that a number of us gravitated to was on the history of emoji! Great fun.

I then presented [staff profile] denise with the crocheting project that I had been somewhat successfully keeping under my hat for Quite Some Time, ever since I finished [personal profile] fu's dreamsheep (Dreamsheep Beta).

This is Dreamsheep Gamma, and it comes with some surprises. (Why is this dreamsheep different from all other dreamsheep?) D says there may be a photoshoot.

This is, like, *layers* of fanworks.

Dreamwidth started as a fanwork determined to make it pro (and successfully so). The dreamsheep icon (by [personal profile] helens78) was fanart conceptually inspired by the concept of Dreamwidth. The crocheted dreamsheep were a transformation of medium, somewhat analogous to making podfic of a fic. Dreamsheep Gamma is, additionally, a crossover.

After that a few of us decided that dinner was in order, and shortly there was a little diner graced by the sorts of giggling, friendly chatter, and toasts that five DW-affiliated people tend to get up to.

Our party started splitting after that, and I got in and fairly immediately peeled off my clothing. I was correct to not try to additionally wear shorts under The Pink Skirt. (Outfit: Pink Skirt, turquoise toeless tights, black sequined sleeveless shirt, tiara, and Jacket of Holding.) One shower later, I felt human again...

F popped in with a friend, but has popped out again; at some point I'll be attaining horizontality. I have marked my schedule-badge with little green dots on things I want to see, and bold green squares next to the can't-miss things, and green blocking off that slot.

The captive portal thing here is Not Done Badly from a UX perspective. I'm impressed that it's not horrible.

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Jun. 21st, 2016 11:04 am
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And my jury duty summons has been pushed to 5pm again.

Also, dear self, you don't have the time to make a bunch of new icons for Hank. Accept the ones you have and move on. He's not going to look like this forever. I also have an idea for a Sandbox post, post-Apocalypse.

Now, get some food so your head stops swimming.

Notes for Sam

Jun. 20th, 2016 02:52 pm
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Looks like I was right in thinking he doesn't need any sort of psychology degree for his work. = ]

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Jun. 20th, 2016 07:52 am
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 Well, fudge. I am to report for jury duty this week, but I spaced and drove into work. I don't have my jury group number and it would take me an hour to return home, with the earliest jury group meeting in 40 minutes now.

ACK!

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Jun. 19th, 2016 08:59 pm
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 Having a little too much fun reading the first few trade paperbacks of Gail Simon's Red Sonja and imagining her meeting folks in Milliways. Loving the absence of the virgin warrior to the mythos and loving the artists who don't feel the need to put her in the scalemail bikini; though you wouldn't know this was happening by the covers.

#DWgoestoOSB 2k16

Jun. 19th, 2016 02:40 am
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#DWgoestoOSB 2k16

Procrastination:
* Reading the back entries from Check Please! with commentary this time
* Why do I not have a Tub Juice icon?? (Sophomore Year #8 - Parse - Part II has the best image of tub juice I've seen yet.)
* Having feelings about multiple people in deeply confusing ways
* Thinking about gender. (I think I'm officially agender, in the "you have to really focus to see where even on the spectrum the swatch is" level of low intensity, and I'm firm enough on that to start the slow process of asking the people in my life who aren't known-hostile to non-binary genders to stop using gendered pronouns about me when it wouldn't endanger *them*.)
* Thinking about gender. (I still caucus with organized groups who support not-men in tech, reproductive and sexual health rights for uterus owners, and a number of other things where women get the short end of the stick.)
* Thinking about gender. (One of the things that had been confusing as hell to me was that Purple genders me every now and then and I like it. However, my brain has found a context which reconciles this with agender-in-public-life, although it ... is probably not a thing I could explain in the workplace outside of a milkshake walk.) More on that later, possibly; it's the sort of thing I will probably have to chatter about filtered first to shake my ideas into place.

to-do/ta-da and other OSB logistics )