Apr. 19th, 2014 10:16 am
jazzfish: five different colors of Icehouse pyramids (iCehouse)
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I am currently ensconced in a hotel room on the morning of my last full day at Alan Moon's Gathering of Friends, a smallish (400 people total, spread over a week and a half) boardgaming convention in Niagara Falls.

Let me first say that I am a big fan of having conventions right on the Canada border. Means I get cell service and data without having to prepay an arm and a leg.

[personal profile] uilos and I went out to see the falls, which are as impressive as advertised, and met up with [personal profile] culfinriel for lunch, which was neat. Other than that it's been all Gathering all the time.

The Gathering... I feel more consistently like myself here than I have in ages, since Farthing Party I think. I've played an awful lot of games with an awful lot of people, and nearly all of them have been good experiences. Even teaching games have for the most part gone smoothly.

I think I've played more games, and more good games, in the last week than in the previous six months combined (excluding Netrunner). I've missed this, and I don't know how to get it at home. Slowly, I guess. Building up a group one gamer at a time.

The last two mornings I've gotten up early to play an 18xx game. These are long (short ones are three hours) games of railroad building and stock market shenanigans. I came in unsure whether I actually like the games or just respect them. After these two I am pretty sure I like them, at least when they're focused on the building-good-railroads aspects. Now to find players at home. *sigh*

Tomorrow back home, to fighting with work and other fun things.
azurelunatic: Monkey King swings his cudgel  (monkey king)
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The call to lunch is not quite like the call to adventure, as it usually doesn't bring with it risks of gangrene and decapitation. I have also not yet refused the call to lunch.

At some point I will work out a better custody arrangement for my lunchtimes, as it were. Perhaps even something with a schedule. While I am not by any means required to eat lunch with my team, it is good for bonding and morale to do so on occasion.

The move is forcing some organization, so while I keep feeling like I did nothing, in fact there was a lot, and paper getting recycled, and there's my spare set of highlighters and that notebook, and I'm building procedures and things are making sense again. My Overlady has plots for improving things, and I am happy to get behind that, or in front of it, or in whatever direction I would be most useful.

It was an off week for the company togetherness, so there was unofficial togetherness. Read more... )

100 Poems: Poem 21

Apr. 19th, 2014 12:16 am
leia_solo: Padme in TPM shooting at her enemies (Default)
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{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

I was looking up adaptations and stuff based on Jane Eyre. I saw Aurora Leigh by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. I kept thinking about over the past day and I decided to look up some of her poems. I really like A Man's Requirements. It kinda reminds me of Captain Wentworth's letter.

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Apr. 18th, 2014 10:02 pm
leia_solo: Padme in TPM shooting at her enemies (Default)
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I wanted to post this. I had listened to his Why I Hate School but love education. I was looking for spoken word poems but I feel like this video is really important. I need to remember this and I think a lot of people need to watch it.

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Apr. 18th, 2014 10:37 am
bjornwilde: (Cookie Monster Office)
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 But I don't wanna take the Quality System Refresher. Whine.

Never stop learning kids, or they'll make you repeat the same stuff every year.

Shenanigans, and also blood.

Apr. 18th, 2014 12:51 am
azurelunatic: California poppies. (California girl)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
I have handed off Indexing to Purple, as I think this will be a great introduction to Seanan for him. He's already been introduced to Mira's writing.

For some reason, Purple said "Hello Mudder hello Fadder" at lunch, followed by "I love that song." I brightened, and informed him that one of my very favorite literary formats was the non-reassuring letter home. He was briefly baffled, so I started composing: "Dear Mama: Don't worry, we're all mostly safe now, and the doctor says that the worst of the injuries will be healed up in a couple weeks." He brightened in his turn, and we spent a while trying to yes-and each other's allusions to horrible events past and arguably ongoing. "I like the way your brain works." "Likewise." We beamed at each other.

Did I say that my team now knows where we're going? We know where we're going. (Mostly.) Shenanigans. Also, blood. )

100 Poems: Day 20

Apr. 17th, 2014 08:44 pm
leia_solo: Padme in TPM shooting at her enemies (Default)
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{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

Another poem from Sylvia Plath. Obsessed Much? A Better Resurrection

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Apr. 17th, 2014 09:44 am

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Apr. 17th, 2014 09:14 am
bjornwilde: (01-Brimstone)
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And I've started the Dreams of Gods and Monsters, the last book in Brimstone's canon. Given events in teh first two books, it is unlikely Brimstone while be in attendance but I can only hope. Still love the series. = ]


Apr. 17th, 2014 08:01 pm
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-Must always post rules
-Answer the 11 questions given to you
-Create new 11 new questions
-Tag 11 people
-Let them know that they have been tagged

(I always feel very socially awkward to tag people so please feel free to fill in if you want?)

I got tagged by [personal profile] mmmdraco and [personal profile] verloren1983. [profile] aiwritingfic didn't tag me but why not.

Read more... )

1. If you had free rein to set up a garden the way you wanted what would you plant and why?
2. What kind of colours do you enjoy wearing?
3. How was your day? :)
4. Are there any genres of fanfic that you are craving at the moment?
5. Have you ever thought about playing Go?
6. Do you celebrate Easter?
7. If you could live in an anime series, which one would it be?
8. Do you consider yourself a serious person?
9. What's a question that you wish you get asked on these things?
10. What are some places in the world you'd like to visit?
11. Telekinetic or telepathy powers - which would you pick?

best vid ever*

Apr. 16th, 2014 11:22 pm
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[personal profile] lettered
Hey so did you guys ever notice that in the Captain America vid The War Was In Color, on the line, "let's start at the end", on the word "start" it shows them stamping 4F on Steve's form and then on the word "end" it shows 1A

and the 1A is the A on Stark Tower?

Yeah I never noticed that either.

*okay after the Doctor Who No Handlebars but srsly guys. This vid.
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
Purple's commandments for spiders:

Thou shalt not move way too fast.
Thou shalt not be on Purple.
Thou shalt not be on Purple's delicate electronics.
Thou shalt not be way too hairy.
Thou shalt not jump!

This spider was way too in his office, but otherwise inoffensive. We'll be
releasing it outside later.

Spider-watching is fairly lousy entertainment, but decent survival skills.

spider pic (contained) )

Bitter seeds

Apr. 16th, 2014 08:41 pm
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 So I finished Bitter Seeds and I think I will be getting the second book as I am very curious as to where the story is going.

Read more...if you don't mind spoilers just a pace past the dust jacket. )
ETA: Hoping it's not too late but I realized I had included a couple sentences which really spoiled the ended. They have been removed.

In which I prove I have no willpower

Apr. 16th, 2014 07:04 pm
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 And introduce one Lady Isabella Trent (dragon_naturalist), budding naturalist from Scirland, a fantasy nation that is much like Victorian England. She is cute in this dear_mun thread (even if it's only two tags in) and I fear I shall be throwing her into a sandbox tomorrow if I keep my nerve up. Being post shy again sucks.

I think I am in trouble

Apr. 16th, 2014 10:09 am
bjornwilde: (Mucha-Lorenzaccio)
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 New book I am reading, A Natural History of Dragons, has sucked me in and I am finding the protagonist, one Lady Trent, intriguing. Here's a mock interview with her, which is mostly spoiler free. This book has dragons, a willful lady, and scientific investigations of said dragons, how could I not fall in love with it?

I'm also enjoying Bitter Seeds now that I have gotten used to the writer's style. Nearing the end of the book and so am curious about how it will end but truthfully, I am on the fence as to whether I will move on in the series. WW2 stories as a rule don't appeal to me.

I also have free time today but can't seem to find my words. Bother. Maybe I'll make a journal for Lady Trent and through up somewhere to see if it shakes loose the words.
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
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Posted in full at: at April 16, 2014 at 04:30AM
nolikereally: kickingshoes: against-stars: JUST LEAVE ME TO...




mixing dwarvish and elvish styles for tauriel’s outfit was a lot of fun! i’ll probably try to do an elvish wedding version at some point…


azurelunatic: The four quadrants of troll romance, represented by heart, diamond, spade, and club. (quadrants)
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It was a Tuesday.

I arrived at a vaguely reasonable hour, and then did vaguely reasonable things. There was the 1:1 with my manager, where the room got sort of awkwardly pre-empted by people somewhat higher up who were apparently hoping to just have a quiet cup of coffee together. (We were the ones who wound up outside because while I'm sufficiently faceblind and unfamiliar with the galaxy of changing people up top, my manager is neither.)

Crunch mode on that thing is done for the month, and other stuff has been juggled. Next I get to have fun with juggling schedules! Yay! We still haven't gotten final word on our destination in the new building. I have got boxes, though, so at least I can start with that.

Yet another of my teammates is getting married in the upcoming weeks, and according to her wishes, there will be no trips down to the duck (in every sense of the word) pond.

[personal profile] jd's Eurovision party has been scheduled! Yay!

In the lull between things, I am working on getting somewhat organized again. And thus I proceeded until my brain and body were both asking me why the fuck I was on about this again.

Given that it's been crunch mode and I've been tired, I've let my step count slip. I also let my laundry schedule slip some, resulting in today's arguably gaudy pairing of the bright magenta shirt and the undersea blue-green skirt. It goes! But it's not my raven-sober usual look. (The conversation that goes "Yeah, I've been letting all kinds of stuff slip. Just look at me!" "Huh?" "No, seriously, look at me." "Laundry?" "Yep." depends on a working knowledge of my usual style.)

"Color blocking" as a fashion, even when it doesn't make you look like a Frank Lloyd Wright (or Vasa) stained glass (in the bad way), introduces so many opportunities for someone to make an utter hash of their wardrobe. I'm talking Cecil Gershwin Palmer fanon bizarre. Purple and I got to talking about the possibilities inherent in cultivating a look which was deliberately that awful, so that someone looking at their wardrobe might go "YOU HAVE ALL KINDS OF THINGS WHICH GO TOGETHER WHY DON'T YOU EVER WEAR THEM AT THE SAME TIME!!" because that sort of thing amuses us. (This apropos of my wardrobe, in which you could find things which go together poorly, but you'd have to try on purpose.) (Though the off-light-blue cotton workplace fitness challenge shirt with the neck cut out which fits too tight in the tits over the really elegant black and silver lace skirt would probably do it, especially if I threw in a bright pink boa and the purple glitter clogs.)

There's a certain amount of geek-culture cred to being able to correctly name which series of Star Trek the only color block shirt I own (unintentionally) goes with. Somebody had to google it. *smug look*

The Stage Manager has been telling me I'm evil. This may have to do with the doughnuts (no one wanted the last half, it seems like), the peeps, or the jellybeans. I'm not sure which. He snagged the last of the blue peeps, so I opened the purple peeps. (The pink peeps are next.)

I had occasion to mention to someone that the other uncle-manager was kind of an intense guy, and had more than once made me feel really stupid from the questions he was asking me which I ought to have been able to answer, and my complete inability to say anything while so very suddenly on the spot that made any sense. One either gets used to that (or pushes back, which is probably a better strategy), or one does not. But this is a thing to be aware of when having dealings with him.

It was still light out when I started meeping and wobbling. I'm not used to that happening except on 2nd Thursdays.

It occurred to me in the shower that my current love/romance/partner/Very Important People type situation could be summed up with a simple diagram. Read more... )
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The Spyder Who Loved Me [Listen here at 8tracks]
A View To A Kill / Duran Duran
02 Girls Girls Girls (Mashup) / Lana Del Rey - ft. M.I.A. & Beyoncé
03 Shame / Battery
04 Sweet Dreams / Bat For Lashes
05 Dog Days Are Over / Florence and The Machine
06 Bubblegum Bitch / Marina and The Diamonds
07 International Dateline / Ladytron
08 Gold Guns Girls / Metric
09 I Am the Best (내가 제일 잘 나가) / 2NE1
10 Titanium (Feat. Sia) / David Guetta
11 F**kin' Perfect / P!nk