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Oct. 30th, 2014 10:48 am
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 And this morning I am having a photo shoot with all those packaging mockups I made yesterday! Which is fun and all but I want to write OOMs and tag, which I can't do when the person I am working with can show up at my desk at any moment. I guess I could outline the OOMs in a text file.


Oct. 30th, 2014 08:31 am
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Cripes, this has been sitting in Notepad half-finished for days now. *thumps self in head* Get it together, you.

Satyrday turned out well: we had a few people over to mutilate pumpkins. I made one that looks more or less like this Totoro face, although I didn't use toothpicks and could stand to have made the whiskers bigger. [personal profile] uilos carved a couple of crows on a tree. Other art included a mockingjay, Trogdor, Night Vale, and a ferret. Good times.

Afterwards there was going to be boardgames, but we had an unexpected allergic reaction instead, so we panicked for a bit and then watched The Court Jester. I had forgotten how slow the first twenty minutes of that movie are: opening-credits song, opening exposition, "You'll Never Outfox the Fox," more exposition and setup, Danny Kaye singing a lullaby. Thankfully it picks up quickly once the real Giacomo shows up. Also I should stop describing her as "Young Evil Angela Lansbury," she's spoiled and selfish, but she's also been dealt a terrible hand.

On Sunday a couple of guys came over and we played a short scenario of 18OE. This is a complex train game that encompasses the whole of European railway development. Because we played one of the 'short' scenarios (France/Spain) we were done in around seven hours (including setup and takedown). Good game. Looking forward to playing again at some point, and hopefully knocking a couple of hours off the playtime with familiarity.

Since then I've had a second viola lesson, and determined that my left arm hurts partly due to new muscle usage and partly because I was holding the viola wrong. This is good news: means I won't have to quit because my stupid muscles/tendons are too screwed up to bend properly. At least not yet: a couple of years ago I strained my wrist (lifting luggage) and it's been acting up lately. Not sure what if anything I can do for it. Will continue & see.

Dear Pup

Oct. 30th, 2014 08:20 am
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 Andrea, I'm sorry I dropped the ball in the middle of a canon writeup. I will get back to it I promise. 

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Oct. 30th, 2014 10:16 am
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Going to be trying the new sleep med starting early next week. I'll be using my journal to keep a sleep log. I presume none of you is interested in following the day-to-day log of how I slept and how I'm feeling? (A more general post about how it's actually working will be separate.) I'll make it private so as not to spam your feeds, but I can make a filter if any of you is actually interested.

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Oct. 29th, 2014 03:49 pm
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 Tonights fun surprise errand, Ikea! I'm mostly okay with it. Not looking forward to the longer commute but we need a rug for Her Ladyship's first movie night with friends. WE have tile floors in our apartment and you know the kids will gravitate to the floor eventually.

I also have spray adhesive in my heart and nose thanks to making packaging mockups for a photo shoot.

I bet you wish you had my life. ;P

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Oct. 29th, 2014 07:48 am
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A habit I need to break: Watching the keyboard instead of the monitor when I type. I am so used to hunting and peaking, that I've trained myself to watch the keyboard. Then, when I think to reread what I've written, 9 times out of 10, I see what I think I have written rather then what I actually typed.

Now that I am pretty familiar with the layout, despite what I tell myself, I need to watch what I am writing more. This should cut down my typos if I can make the shift.

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Oct. 28th, 2014 03:24 pm
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 Well, between work and Marvel announcing a Captain marvel movie, I have gotten no tagging in today. I'll have to try and see if I can't manage at least tagbacks tonight before bed, after working out.

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Oct. 27th, 2014 08:54 am
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 In a fantasy world where I had lots of time and RPG inclination, I would play Johanna Constantine and Chance Falconer.

And with this, I will stop spamming my friends' feed with one liners.

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Oct. 27th, 2014 08:46 am
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 Wow. I just had a nice health assessment. They didn't look at my weight and start bringing all the health concerns or play the blame game. They did look at my blood chemistry and centered the entire talk on those numbers which was awesome.

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Oct. 27th, 2014 07:32 am
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 I am so glad I gave The Raven Boys another chance. Maggie Stiefvater is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine.

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Oct. 25th, 2014 09:33 pm
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 I have to share the cutest thing. So Her Ladyship has a boyfriend and he is really anxious/introverted. Like the don't even talk much but they do text each other a lot. So tonight her and a bunch of friends all went over to his house for the afternoon and evening, watching movies or some shit. They're sitting on the couch near each other but not touching. Rather than saying, "Hey, wanna stretch out your legs across my lap?" they texted back and forth.

So fuck all you old people who say people are more into their phones than the people they are with.

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Oct. 25th, 2014 09:36 am
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 Things I will never understand with shipping; how often characters who are vicious, bullying, or mean to each other are shipped together. I mean character A tries to kill character B and now a lot of people are shipping them? Just, no. Not for me.

Redesigning the space sick bag

Oct. 25th, 2014 05:10 am
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I was at a talk by Col. Chris Hadfield when he mentioned a problem with space sick bags. He said that when you use a space sick bag, without the force of gravity to hold what's come up down, it has a tendency to bounce off the bottom of the bag and float back to the top. Not ideal.

I was thinking about that while trying to get back to sleep last night, and I realized that the solution might be to redesign the shape of the bag. If you were to indent the bottom of the bag (with, say, a v-shape), anything bouncing off it would be reflected not directly back at you but off to the side.

Of course, it could still ricochet off the side of the bag and come back to you. To discourage that, you'd want to taper the sides in. Make the bag more triangular.

Doing that, however, still has its disadvantages. Without gravity, up and down are arbitrary. A bag which tapers out from the top, considered upside-down, is a funnel. To prevent that, you'd want a shoulder at the top. Or, better yet, a tube going partway in. (You need a valve to close it off anyway, right? If you make that tube a little longer, you're fine.)

But then... a triangle with a notch cut out of the bottom seems familiar. And, come to think, having that notch be asymmetrical could have some advantages. And, really, why not have fun with it if you can?

I present to you what, to the best of my late-night figurings, is honestly the ideal shape for a space sick bag:

The Starfleet logo.

It'd cost a little more to manufacture, but it just might be worth it.

(I sent a copy of this, without the crude diagrams, to NASA. It'll be a couple of weeks before they can reply, but I'm interested to hear what they make of it.)

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Oct. 24th, 2014 10:08 pm
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 Finally caught up on Legend of Korra and I love the angle they are taking with Korra's need for balance. Also loving how the color scheme for Kuvira and her minions is basically Dr. Doom. Even her brand of dictatorship is similar. I am secretly hoping we get a "KOoooooorrrraaaaaaa" or "Aaavvvaaatarrrrrrr" at least at some point.

Dear Yuletide

Oct. 25th, 2014 02:30 pm
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Heyo Fellow Yuletider!

This year I am travelling throughout much of the Yuletide period, so this letter is a little more lopsided than a normal one of mine. This isn't because I prefer one fandom over another, but I tend to recycle a lot of my prompts (as they are still things I'd like to read!), and some things were easier to find than others.

The key things to avoid are - no underage sex; and no character bashing.

Otherwise, I hope you enjoy the writing process and would rather you have fun when writing rather than feel like you need to struggle to fit all my prompts or likes - I love these fandoms a lot, so I'm pretty confident I'll love your results. <3

But for those who prefer having something to reference:
I have a big list of likes and dislikes here: http://qem-chibati.dreamwidth.org/10861.html

[archiveofourown.org profile] Qem

Genshiken - any nominated character
恋だの愛だの | Koi Dano Ai Dano - any nominated character (optional prompts for all)
Hataraku Maou-Sama! | The Devil Is a Part-Timer! - any nominated character (optional prompts for all)
15 明刹工業高校ラグビー部 | 15 - Meisetsu Kougyou Koukou Rugby Bu - Ebina Yui, Ujikawa Akira
Koi Cha no Osahou | Tea for Two - Hasune Kotoko, Tokumaru Nagomi
Natsume Yuujinchou | Natsume's Book of Friends - Natsume Reiko, and/or Madara "Nyanko-sensei", and/or, Taki Tooru

Read more... )

Halloween at work

Oct. 24th, 2014 07:21 pm
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Not allowed to peck Purple with my long, dagger-like loon beak.

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Oct. 24th, 2014 01:48 pm
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For all you knitters out there...

Fabulous Hooker shirt/hoodie. It only gets made if they get 50 orders within the next 5 days. I've chatted with at least one friend who would really enjoy it, and I think maybe some of you would, too?

(Image description: Hoodie printed with the phrase "I am a fabulous hooker" with a picture of a knitting hook stuck through a ball of yarn.)

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Oct. 24th, 2014 03:47 am
hatman: HatMan, my alter ego and face on the 'net (Default)
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Got my new sleep medication in the mail on Wed. Only took, what, 5 months?

It came just as I was about to go to sleep for the day. (I was in bed, but alone in the house. The dog heard someone at the door and barked. So I went down, got it, and put it away.) Opened the box the next day. The box was big enough to fit a couple dozen paperbacks. Inside were some instructions and paperwork. And a brochure with no text. Open it up, and a friendly man and woman take turns reading you the information. (Remember, almost all the patients who take this stuff are totally blind.) Oh, and one little pill bottle. Filling up the rest of the relatively cavernous box was a big sheet of oversized bubble wrap.

I read the printed instructions from the pharmacy. (They'd asked before mailing if I needed them in any special format - audio or braille or whatever.) On the sheet and again on the bottle, it said the medication must be stored at 77 F (25 C), but that it can be stored "briefly" at temperatures from 59 - 86 F (15 - 30 C). Also, it must be kept away from moisture. And light. Wow, this stuff is sensitive! Good thing I brought it in from the front stoop; it's been pretty rainy. But, oh no! It was overnight downstairs, where the temperature was well below 77! (Was I going to need to buy an incubator for the one little pill bottle?)

I called the manufacturer's hotline. "Oh, that. That just means you need to keep it at room temperature. Don't put it in the fridge or near any heat sources, and you should be fine."


But also... huh? If that's what you mean, then put that on the label. What's with the scary specificity?

Then again, among the safe places to store it that she listed was "medicine cabinet." The instructions also clearly say not to keep it in the bathroom. (Most likely because of moisture.) I think I'll call back today, see if I can check with someone else...

Anyway, I've got an appointment with the sleep doctor next week to let her know I have the stuff and go over instructions. By then, my sleep schedule should be coming around towards normal. I'm going to have to hold my sleep schedule steady for weeks or more to give this stuff a fair try. (The friendly people in the brochure told me that it can, for some people, take weeks or even months before the stuff has any noticeable effect.) We'll see how it goes. But this could get rough. And exhausting.