de mortui nil nisi bonum

Feb. 13th, 2016 11:13 pm
jazzfish: Jazz Fish: beret, sunglasses, saxophone (Default)
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"... but behind me, my cats are doing a conga line."

I've had a new chair at work for about two weeks now. The desks at work supposedly go up and down so they can double as standing desks, only mine doesn't go up high enough to be a comfortable height for standing. I could get risers for it, but then it won't go down low enough to trade off sitting & standing. Anyway, a couple of weeks ago I finally got a tall chair and a set of risers for the desk, so I've been a stand-up guy off and on. It's good: standing up means I move around more often and don't get quite so stiff.

I've had this chair for less than two weeks, *at work*, and it's already got cat hair on it.

Posts what I have not written and would like to:
  • Musicking
  • Why Transistor (the video game) Doesn't Work, Narratively Speaking
  • On the Impossibility of Finding an Apartment in This Town
  • Harrison Hot Springs, Again
  • Ask Me Where My Money Goes
  • Burnout Or Just Tired?

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Feb. 10th, 2016 06:44 pm
bjornwilde: (01-Sam: Cap Falcon)
[personal profile] bjornwilde
 Now come on. I really don't need another pup wanting to do Mardi Gras, though Sam is looking damn good here (Tumblr post).

Weird ass dream

Feb. 9th, 2016 05:35 am
bjornwilde: (Default)
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Sorry this wasn't behind a cut earlier. I was on my phone and wanted to get the dream out before it faded.

Behind a cut for allusion to a family death... )

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Feb. 6th, 2016 04:50 pm
bjornwilde: (yang xiao long)
[personal profile] bjornwilde
 OK, have to admit I'm a little nervous about what's up for Yang next week. This week was horrible enough. =(

You're reaching your goals

Feb. 5th, 2016 06:20 pm
bjornwilde: (01-Hank: Beast)
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 World's longest commute tonight...or at least it felt like it. 2 hours in the car on the freeway. Thanks Super Bowl!

And if that weren't enough, I got blindsided with Hank feels when Apoptygma Berzerk's Nearer came up on the music. Here's the lyrics (metro lyrics) and here's the song  (youtube) if you are unfamiliar. The whole thing just screams of Hank mental state after Raven leaves and him seeing how free she seems to be, and just how destitute he feels.

I am also fairly inspired by the second fic I wrote for Sabine in today's DE, both as an expanded fic and as an art piece. I think I need to at least outline the ideas and the art piece.

And lastly, having too much fun with Eliot in last weekend's DE. Also I think Tybalt may be back. Might need to see whom I can shift around to bring these boys to Milliways. (Kind of thinking Luidaeg and Quinlan, but nothing is firm.)

January Crafting

Feb. 5th, 2016 12:30 pm
xnera: Photo of my cat sniffing a vase of roses  (Default)
[personal profile] xnera
I didn't get a lot of crafting done in January as I was busy playing with my Kindle. I became rather a boring person, just refreshing Twitter, Facebook, and Ravelry over and over. I think I'd feel less bad about this if I was more engaged in creating content, by posting more to the sites. Instead, I was rather passive. Meh.

I did manage to complete some items, though! I finished another prayer shawl. It came out much bigger than I expected! But this is good; as someone in the ministry said, people come in all sorts of sizes.

I finished a cowl for the Red Heart Lovers group. I keep hoping to win their raffle, but it was not to be, again. Drat. I'm sitting this month out because they are making slippers and I've just made a pair, plus I am running out of Red Heart yarn.

I also made a pair of wrist warmers using up some leftover yarn I had. I've worn them while using my Kindle. They are cozy.

Finally, I made three dishcloths for the Dishcloth Weekly group: basketweave, Nancy's Square Cloth, and rib and welt.

Nerdopolis has started again, which always inspires me to craft. I started four new projects on the 1st, and have worked on each of them each day so far. February should be a productive month!


Feb. 4th, 2016 11:30 pm
azurelunatic: Thalia, Muse of Comedy, in a plaster relief sculpture. She is adorned with an ivy wreath, holds crook & mask (Thalia)
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Swung by Purple's desk on my way in to tell him to find a hat (so he could lift it to me, for technical victories); he'd apparently just headed off for what turned out to be lunch.

I had lunch with the guy who used to be on the A-Team but who was in HR now. From his perspective, I've "come out of [my] shell" quite a bit, what with asking awkward questions in front of all-hands meetings and such, compared to going "aaaaa wtf icebreaker woe :(" -- from mine, I've certainly gained confidence about what exactly will go over well here, but I haven't exaaaaaactly been terrified of public speaking for 20 years, and I'm still an introvert. It costs to be socially On, except with a very narrow range of people. (It may, come to think of it, help that I've been spending several hours a week with one of those people fairly regularly for the past two years.)

Madam Standards dropped by to thank me for putting a reminder about dietary information on the potluck sign-ups.

Purple returned from lunch to tell me that one of his friends had told him: "Wow, your friend [Azure] has some big, um ... balls?" re: last week's pointed question. Heh.

My whole team has been hit by the plague. The Stage Manager sounds about like I feel, and was also from-home on Monday and Tuesday. I'm feeling much better! (I'm still coughing, and still have a damaged throat.) Purple was out with it last week, I think, but for him it was just a head cold.

I have not yet got the information for User Acceptance Testing for the new helldesk software iteration. There are some things that ARE APPARENTLY NOT WORKING AS THEY OUGHT, THE BASTARDS, and I am threatening to assemble a crew of engineers in someone's office. Pitchforks optional.

There was an emergency team ping from the other end of campus. I didn't take it. There was a second ping, still calling for people. I eyed it. The third ping was much more emphatic. I grabbed my gloves and bag and hustled (mindful of my delicate lungs). By the time I arrived, of course, the area was saturated with security, and what they'd needed the emergency team for was crowd control. (In the event of a medical situation, the last thing you need is onlookers going all popcorn.gif.) So I headed back down.

I have been slowly making my way through an album that Purple had mentioned that he was digging (it's good; not the sort of thing that I would have picked up myself, but good) and therefore was lost in a combination of chill noise and inbox when the Commandant poked me in the arm. "Augh! Don't *do* that!!" I said. No, the Lunatic will not notice your approach! This is why there is the doorbell! They have apparently filed a ticket to get the room they're planning to use for the potluck next week, but it is (likely) caught in some godforsaken corner of the helldesk, since the Dean hasn't seen it. I gave sage advice. The fact that I am helping plan my own goodbye party is not lost on anyone.

Eventually the building got cold and lonely enough that I needed to not be alone in there. So I pinged Purple, gathered up my gear, stuffed some stuff in the outgoing mail, dropped the portable hard drive back on R's desk, and wandered down to Purple's office. He was chatting with someone at their cube when I wandered by. I waved, drifted into his office, dropped my bag, drifted out, made myself a cup of tea, and settled in with the iPad quite cozily. His office is warm.

He came back in. We talked for a while. If ever I find myself near Palo Alto at the time of a beer bash, I should consider myself his guest. Was that lemongrass? No, it was "sweet orange" tea; I'd been looking for mint but didn't see any. Had I looked in the other, unlabeled drawer? No? Oh, that's where it might have been. I suggested a "MAYBE TEA?" label to go with the "TEA" label -- sometimes there is tea in that drawer, and sometimes there is not. Purple evidenced amusement at the thought of opening the "maybe" drawer and wondering wtf is in these bags, if there's doubt as to the tea status. I declared that the herbal ones would go in that drawer... This idea met with his approval.

Eventually, we braved the cold and the lingering smell of natural gas that nobody has ever got pinned down and the uncertain traffic in the parking lot. A little bird pecked about, nearly camouflaging itself against the white line, before flittering out of sight. There has been a wire coat hanger stuffed behind one of the pedestrian crossing signs, apparently for days, though this is the first time I noticed it. I held out my arm, and Purple obligingly shuffled closer so I could loop my arm through his as we stood there, chatting about things you find on Goodreads, and old movies, and all manner of wackiness.

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Feb. 4th, 2016 03:11 pm
bjornwilde: (i don't know what i expected)
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 I have an idea for tomorrow's DE, inspired by Maru's AU topics from earlier in the week, but I am not sure if it is something that would be appropriate. Basic idea is race bent variations of your pups, whether ethnically (different skin tones) or species (aliens, elves, etc). But with the quagmire of racial feelings, I don't know that it would be a safe topic.

Thoughts? I'm not dead set on the idea, I just think it has potential.

with apologies to a a milne

Feb. 4th, 2016 12:20 pm
jazzfish: a whole bunch of the aliens from Toy Story (Aliens)
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A cat, however hard he tries,
Grows creaky without exercise.
Our Chaos-cat is stiff and fat,
Which is not to be wondered at.
He gets what exercise he can
By falling off the ottoman,
But generally seems to lack
The dignity to clamber back.
The falling-off-the-ottoman thing is, as they say Drawn From Life. He's not really fat anymore, though, hasn't been for years. His hips are still distressingly bony from this past summer's bout with diabetes and the years of general arthritis.

He has also begun turning his nose up at his twice-daily joint supplement treats, which were the BEST THING EVAR about five months ago. O, cat. At least he'll still eat his thyroid pills.

*cough* *wheeze*

Feb. 4th, 2016 01:01 am
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
So Sunday I was feeling somewhat poorly... Sunday night I had a hard time getting to sleep for the coughing ... Monday there was no question of stepping out ... Tuesday I was still weak and sore, but much more coherent. Today, finally, I felt somewhat human again.

Therefore I wound up at work. phone is back from Australia. I had lunch with Purple and the guys. Purple was teasing me that oxygen isn't really necessary, because without oxygen, people don't complain at the lack ... therefore it isn't necessary ... right? I told him that he was one of the nicest assholes I knew. (That's the sort of compliment he likes.)

lb came by, and we strolled up in search of pastry. It was a slow stroll as my lungs were not all the way up to the hill yet. On our way back, I decided to try going through a nearby building to see if one of the people I knew from IRC was in. He was. I said goodbye, quite regretful that our first in-person meeting was both hello and goodbye.

One of the new hires had arrived while I was WFH-sick. I helped him navigate the helldesk in order to place the order for his new-hire software. As I popped back out of his office, one of the fellows from down the hall (towards the salesy side of engineering) stopped to tell me that I'd been very courageous on Thursday what with the asking inconvenient questions in public and all. (I hadn't felt *very* courageous, just a little bit. It gets easier after the first time, and it wasn't my dangerous question.)

I am still surprised to work in a place where people go out of their way to tell me that they like me and will miss me. I am still expecting the elementary school paradigm where I'm too weird, and then too oblivious to notice that everyone wants me to shut up and stop being weird at them.

The evening was a bit of an exercise in aslkjdfasdklfjalskdfj, as R had a sudden conference deadline, and therefore there was a bit of a scramble! Factors included: me being out sick, the high-quality photos being on the portable drive, the portable drive being Mac formatted, the general difficulty of getting things off a Mac-formatted drive when what you've got is Windows ...

... and the true helpful glory of a company full of very creative engineers who specialize in certain things, and have certain recommendations and pro tips. For example, they can tell me that certain paths are a fool's errand, and that possibly the simplest route is to plug the drive into an actual Mac. And some other things which might actually work. I decided I would try one of the other things first.

Purple said that he would have to take his hat off to me if I got stuff loaded without resorting to an actual Mac. (He doesn't wear a hat, so this will be hard.)

*gazes serenely at the progress bar*

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Feb. 3rd, 2016 12:16 pm
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 I'm beginning to think I need to take a break from OOMs. I've got a few that keep glaring at me, intimidating me, and it's making me not want to play. I think I'm just going to EP the pups, briefly mention or allude to things that have happened, and move on.

My time is precious and I don't need to spend it wishing to play and feeling guilty that I'm not writing canon bits when I clearly don't wish to.


Feb. 3rd, 2016 09:23 pm
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)
[personal profile] qem_chibati
This comic makes me feel so vindicated, as I've had a 5 minute argument with a client over whether this was a backslash or a forward slash. It's why I try to say "backslash - the one under the delete/backslash key".

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Feb. 2nd, 2016 02:11 pm
bjornwilde: (02-Elliot Waugh: Magicians)
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 Thoughts that keep bugging me about my new problematic favorite, The Magicians.

Sort of spoilers... )

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Feb. 2nd, 2016 07:49 am
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[personal profile] leia_solo
Latest blog post is up in which I talk about writing black heroines in historical romance.

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Feb. 1st, 2016 01:01 pm
bjornwilde: (01-Selina w/cat)
[personal profile] bjornwilde
 How the hell did I miss the fact that the actress who plays Fish Mooney is married to Will Smith?