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3/31 Tuesday
Got to work about 5 minutes before Purple, by the login times. He parked, as it would turn out, one over from me.
Lunch was good, peaceful.
I feel like I'm playing catch-up a lot.
I didn't have plans for tomorrow, but then I developed some. Heh.
StPatience is having a bad week :(

An insect incident )

That led to other discussions of texting-while-doing; I once fell down some (short) stairs due to reading while walking.

I wound up explaining the one-year gap in wearing my star. "A dude was involved" is a way I have come to sometimes explain some of my more random-seeming decisions to Purple. (I much less often do dumb-ass shit which involves ladies or honorable other-gendered sentients.) It has been quite some time since I actually laid out the reasons why I reacted differently to That Valentine's Day (wherein I was the third wheel in the next room from where the dude I liked banged someone else) and That Rather Bad Evening With Shawn (where the dude I liked banged someone else on the bed that I was trying to sleep on).

I called Kat on the way home. It was good to talk with her. Our brains work better when they are connected.

Now I am trying to get to bed early so I can go in to work and set up the thing.

Musing the Muses

Mar. 31st, 2015 03:07 pm
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I think I am going ot let Jessica go this app round in order to bring in Rollo from Vikings. I love Jess, I love that she seems to be getting the book she deserves but I haven't had the urge to EP her, despite having easy answers to DE topics for her.

Rollo intrigues me both in his non dualistic Christian default morality and his quest for renown, which of course leads him to dark places but his love of his brother and Siggy's care (on the fence if I'd say she loved him when she helped him), lead him back to the light. He also, at least for a while, turns out to have gained some wisdom in his fall if his interacts with Bjorn are anything to go by. Plus, there are lots of Vikings pups coming to bar. =)

I had thought Ethan was going to be deleted in April as well (since he's been so quiet) but seeing promos for the next season of Penny Dreadful have reminded me of how interesting he is. I'm going to hold onto him until I can rewatch the first season and maybe the first few episodes of the second. John Young can wait or hang out in the sandboxes until then.

In closing, the soundtrack for Sword and Sorcery EP is really good.

Note to self

Mar. 31st, 2015 01:55 pm
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 You need to watch The Red Road, either on Hulu or Netflix. Which ever has it.

You need to download and play Sword and Sorcery EP from either the Android store or iTunes.

You need to buy The Voyage of the Basilisk, the latest Lady Trent novel.

Belated entry: FOGcon, Saturday

Mar. 30th, 2015 11:00 pm
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So the last actual update from me was pre-FOGcon; I'd run afoul of beer bash and decided that I was going to be miserable at home in my own bed. I woke up cheerful and perky and drove in. This time the valets were much better briefed on the event; I was asked if I was here for the thing. I was. Yay!

There was exactly one person at the convention this year who I was hoping to avoid. It was the person who used to play some role in gathering up issues for That Damn Helldesk Program and had some organizational role in the releases. I had met her in person exactly once: she was sitting at the other pole of the horseshoe table across from me, looking quiet, serious, pale, and vaguely miserable.

Naturally, she was working registration desk when I arrived. I wasn't sure which name they would have filed me under (for credit card purposes I gave them my wallet name as well) but it was under the correct name, albeit with my wallet name on the back. I declined the offer to reprint, and scribbled out my wallet name with some vigor. She didn't mention work and neither did I; I don't know whether she recognized me.

As I was looking at the description of the panel in the nearest room, and debating which panel I wanted to go for, someone called me by name. The correct name. It was [personal profile] emceeaich, who I hadn't seen since the rollout of ALL THE NEW THINGS. And where [personal profile] emceeaich is, [personal profile] cynthia1960 is often nearby, in this case being fitted with a very nice corset.

We decided that since it was noonish, lunch was probably an excellent life choice, and so we headed up to the lobby. The lobby combines restaurant, bar, and general lobby lounge area, with a dedicated restaurant section behind the large freestanding wall that composes the bar, and then lounge in front of it. However, restaurant service isn't limited to the restaurant area, which makes for a pleasant, but sometimes chaotic, experience.

Someone stopped by to chat with Emma and Cyn; something about her demeanor suggested she recognized me, but hers was a very common name; it turned out she was [personal profile] metaphortunate! Hooray!

After lunch I went to the downstairs lobby to figure out what panel(s) I wanted to see. There were plenty of people about. I chatted with a few of them. I pulled out my traveling laptop George to check my mail.

Before I made any sort of decision about panels, it was check-in time at the hotel, so I did that so I'd have a place to leave some of my gear. I relaxed in the quiet for a bit, then figured I'd wander panel-wards by way of the con suite, which was on my floor.

I walked in to a con suite full of awesome women talking about weightlifting. I was enthralled. These are the sorts of conversations that don't tend to happen when bros are bro-ing about being bro-ful and loud, and I could have enjoyed an entire convention just like this. And that was how I met [personal profile] kshandra, and I recognized [personal profile] forestofglory's name but couldn't place the exact acquaintance. (Someone whose badge name was Melissa was saying a lot of the awesome things, and Michele from the concom was there being awesome too.)

When I was packing for the convention, I had tossed a number of things into a large transparent plastic box, just the right size to fit in a large tote bag with some room left over. It is in fact large enough to hold George, some jellybeans, several menstrual pads, makeup, hair pins, glitter, a notepad, a package of highlighters, and some other random things. I had found a few packages of pop rocks under some boxes on my bookshelf while shuffling things around in preparation for moving (whenever that's going to happen). Long story short, [personal profile] norabombay was totally overreacting and I did not die from eating shelf pop rocks. And I tossed one in the box, because why not.

The discussion turned from weightlifting to obscure dietary restrictions, and someone mentioned that one of the weird ones was lactose in pop rocks. People were sort of baffled, because why do POP ROCKS need MILK. I remembered that I had tossed it in the box. I whipped out the package of pop rocks. Yep, lactose.

Cliff wandered through. It turned out that describing the helldesk software to someone who used to work on is an actively painful experience for that person. It is a solved problem, and Virtual Hammer has attempted to re-invent the weasel by glueing several gerbils together (which, I might add, would be doubly illegal in California).

Saw some people who are identified in my notes as Wendy and K. [personal profile] ethicalslut identifed my Dreamwidth d button, and we got a picture together.

The banquet was next, and ethicalslut was looking to pull together a table of interesting people. I was amenable to joining this table. I identified someone in line who I thought might be [personal profile] firecat, and I was correct. Also at the table were Aahz, and several other people.

The banquet was great fun. After that, there had been a lot of people, so I went up to my room for a bit.

I decided to go for some lobbycon time. I ran into forestofglory, and this time had managed to identify people we know in common ([personal profile] kaberett, among others). Shweta Narayan was passing through, and they and their husband sat down in the group, and I met the Designated Extravert of the group, the adorable, cheerful Mippo (a tiny stuffed animal which looks like the delightful intersection of Moomin and Hippopotamus). Emma and Cyn joined the group as well.

There was an unfortunate incident with Shweta and some too-hot water, and ice became necessary. It was lovely to meet them though!

I got a large amount of loonembellishment done.

Eventually I was dizzytired and went off to bed.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 04:01 pm
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Singer is teasing with more concept art of Age of Apocalypse and I have to say, this one is reminding me of when the Morlocks clipped Angels' wings

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Mar. 30th, 2015 06:20 am
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 Saw this interesting article on Amusing Planet titled, Gravity Train as Energy Storage and immediately starting thinking of a Fallout-verse version with a massive train running along very Mad Max style.

awake, because tea

Mar. 30th, 2015 12:46 am
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At eight it seemed like a good idea to have a cup of the tea that Ed gave us for xmas. (It's a flavored tea whose name escapes me but is on the tin, and is rather tasty; so saith the person who normally dislikes flavored teas, so.) At half past midnight it's seeming like a less good idea.

E & I watched Ronin again this evening. I remember going to see it in the Lyric when it came out, probably on a 75cent Tuesday, with Mandy and Vond and whoever else, and thinking, "They made a movie of a Cyberpunk game session." It's also namechecked in Night's Black Agents (the role-playing game of spies versus vampires) as a direct inspiration for the kind of gameplay Ken Hite was going for. It holds up very very well: great car chases, fun but not overdone dialogue, Sean Bean getting ambushed by a cup of coffee. Recommended. (Do not ever watch the "alternate ending" on the DVD. It is terrible and will make you think less of the movie by its very existence.)

My foot seems to be healing up from last weekend; it's just tight and a little sore across the front of the ankle. And my viola has come in at last, and I'll go and get it tomorrow. That will be good.

bracing myself for morning

Mar. 29th, 2015 11:23 pm
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If the thought of chocolate-covered strawberries does not at least faintly please, then go back to bed if you can.

Your jacket is in the car, we're pretty sure. Saturday was a bad knee day.

Clothes are laid out.

You can probably stuff the strawberries in a bag with paper towels or something? idk. Or take the big plate, it's okay if it accidentally gets broken.

If you get in early enough, sneak in to Purple's office and leave strawberries.

Do your hours as soon as you get in, if you're not rushing off to a meeting first.

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Mar. 28th, 2015 01:55 pm
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Worked the garden for a few hours today, which was good as it burned off a persistent headache. Funny how with the drought and our family's use of drip irrigation, seeing how other people just run the hose for long periods of time seriously bugged me.

Also got to layout a bunch of compost. I love the smell of good compost and it's neat when I dig deep enough into the pile to find bits that are still smoldering from the chemical process.

Now I am back home but the head ache has returned. I think I'll try some more ibuprofen and see if I can't get rid of it.

Things that crack me up

Mar. 27th, 2015 09:04 pm
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 For some reason, the theme to the old Daniel Boone TV series has been playing in my head but as:

~/o Rollo Lothbrok was a man, yes a big man". o/~

I may have to play with the lyrics.

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Mar. 27th, 2015 02:09 pm
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 I seem to have lost my mojo. I have all the time in the world since i am home with the sick child (who is mostly hiding in her room), I've got laundry done, and yet I find I have no fire for threads. Boo.

Weird fic idea

Mar. 27th, 2015 11:26 am
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 Sam as a Valkyrie. Yes, I know they are traditionally female but think outside the box.

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Mar. 25th, 2015 07:55 pm
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 Longest commute ride home ever. The Wife is sick with some form of flu and so has been having trouble keeping anything down. She wanted some good chick stock to try and so I went on a quest to several Whole Foods in search of said mysterious item. I say mysterious as no one seems to make it here. Best I found was a vegetarian Pho broth. And just to make sure, I was fine doing this for the Wife and am not being grumpy. Grumpy with the item not being available but not with the quest.

In other news, I've started watching Broad City and love it. I needed some comedy in my life an it was perfect. I may try Brooklyn 99 again but the humor didn't work for me the times I've tried it.

Also, loving Gotham Academy and Cat Woman. Great stories.

Buffy revisit, S1 E1-4

Mar. 25th, 2015 07:13 pm
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So I have decided to use the remainder of my maternity leave usefully: by rewatching BtVS. I've watched the series from start to end once maybe twice, and have seen some episodes lots and lots and lots. But it's been a while and it's free to watch on Amazon Prime, so I figured why the hell not. And I thought that it'd be something to blog about. Not going to review episodes or anything, just write up my thoughts from the rewatch.

Cut in case there's anyone on the planet who still hasn't seen it )

adventures in ow

Mar. 24th, 2015 10:27 pm
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On Saturday night I discovered that I tend to walk slightly on the blades of my feet. This is almost certainly doing terrible things for my posture.

cut for description of trauma, neither graphic nor permanent )

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Mar. 21st, 2015 05:47 pm
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 Good day in the garden, setting up and planting. I am beat now, though. Once I recover, laundry and hopefully some RPG.

On comics

Mar. 21st, 2015 10:23 am
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 Recently rejoined scans_daily and while I am mostly amused, I am reminded why I quite in the first place. I am self aware enough now though to know to avoid certain posts.

Some comics I just have to wonder why anyone would make them, let alone read them. I'm looking at you Crossed.

Marvel's upcoming reorg really seems like the House of Ideas asked themselves, "How can we mash up all the cross-overs ever?" and Secret Wars/Battleworld is what we're getting. I like some of the What If? type worlds we're getting, i.e. the new content, but I'm not so thrilled about the revisiting of old stories. As much as House of M and Civil War were good (and problematic), I don't have any need or desire to reread them or see where the story might have gone. I've seen many authors talk about how rewriting books that they had written years ago is a bad idea and I can't help thinking this will prove a fine example, not matter how much comics tend to go in cycles.

Mostly enjoying my Gotham influenced DC comics though I am frowning hard at the writer of Batwoman. Just own that it was abusive and don't victim blame. She was a villain after all. 

I really don't watch much TV

Mar. 20th, 2015 10:26 pm
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Apart from the recently mentioned House of Cards 3 and some classic Who, this is more or less it for drama and comedy.

I saw a repeat of the first Plebs by accident and liked it so much that I saw the rest. It's a 'poor people in ancient Rome' sitcom, with the two poor Romans (and their slave) trying to have sex with the poor Briton (and her slave) in the same tenement block and almost anything else that moves. The production values are particularly good: it was made at a permanent Rome set in an Bulgarian studio complex. If only I, Claudius had had that...

The second series of Bluestone 42 ended with a huge cliff-hanger, resolved that in the first episode of series three and has then taken a huge risk with the second... I wonder how it will work out, because they have a very high standard to match.

Speaking of third series, that of The Americans is managing to be even better than the first two. It's a disgrace that ITV decided not to buy it.

Better Call Saul is also very very good. In both cases, we know the final result - the KGB do not win the Cold War and we know at least three characters from the latter are going to survive to make it into Breaking Bad - but the journeys are done with real respect for the viewers' intelligence and attention span.

Not yet done, but I will: Wolf Hall.

Was the second series of Broadchurch any good?

Anything else? I've seen the first episode of Powers despite it being a superhero show. I'm wondering if it will be worth watching. I'm looking forward to a second series of Fargo, the ninth (and last, sniff) series of Peep Show and it'd be good if there was another Episodes.