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Jul. 31st, 2014 01:17 pm
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(I still don't have Internet, so I am rocking it old school by going to the library! Replies may be slow for a while yet.)

In early July I went to London with my mom and my cousin! I started doing a write-up, but I never finished it because I came home and basically had to start packing and moving immediately. Here is a new revised version, only touching on a couple of highlights.

Travel Itinerary )

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK at the British Library )

Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at The Globe )

Afternoon Tea at Kensington Palace Orangerie )

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Jul. 31st, 2014 06:04 am
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Happy Birthday [ profile] kinzel & [ profile] mmagidow

Day bits!

Jul. 31st, 2014 03:20 am
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I am the Fishmum. Nyn laughed at me a lot because of some French translation which rendered me the mother of the swimming pool. (It is good to see fish in chat.)

Didn't get as much transcription done as I'd hoped. This was mostly because I was still dealing with more helpdesk software shenanigans.

Did get to attend the training on some of the new various software coming down the pitch. This stuff does not fill me with the same apprehension and mild horror that the helpdesk software did.

I have three recommendations for the helpdesk software:

1) Do whatever is necessary to create a user notification for when a ticket is initially filed, even though ticket numbers are not assigned until the ticket is triaged into Issue or Request. Having the ticket number in the thingy is a bonus, not a strict user requirement, and having a receipt that it's been filed (and a copy of the text that's been filed) is still very useful.

2) Do whatever is necessary to allow the user to optionally mark a ticket as public and searchable. Because some things, like "printer is broken", "dishwasher is broken", "my user account is broken in the following hilarious ways", and "the spiders from building B seem to have followed me back to building D, and I'm not sure I like this" -- these are not things that necessarily need to remain private from your co-workers. "That tech support guy from last week was an utter shitlord and upon reflection I find I still don't want to talk to him ever again" is an example of a ticket which should remain private, and that general helpdesk staff shouldn't even be triaging.

3) The company-branded front end which y'all slapped all over this bad mofo? THAT NEEDS TO GO. The vendor's original interface has more useful information, and breaks less badly on weird screen sizes. Due to the usability issues, I see the interface through a red veil of hatred. Our company's brand images are all over that mofo. I'm viewing our company's brand images with seething resentment. I don't think you wanted me to do that.

If they changed those things, I think it would be not bad.

Purple was back in the office, more chipper than the last week or so. This is good. I don't like to see him all owwy and cranky. He finished up his stuff early-ish tonight, and popped by my cube to say goodnight (and see if I was done). The hilarity that ensued (after we reached the parking lot, where we were not run over by the white panel van) included my explanation that in fact sometimes my cleavage icon came out to play for general technical ranting. Also, Purple does not wax his chest, and the rant about a corner case bug in $PRODUCT is sort of hilarious when given while wearing an "I <3 my $PRODUCT" shirt. Which does not display cleavage.

I hope all is well with Grandmanager's dog, as he was spotted leaving work at high speed while on the phone using phrases that are often associated with dog problems.

Nora has opinions about the job market. If you're in the DC area and need a trained professional who knows how to wrangle volunteers via the internet and any other communications method you can get your hands on, and would like to overthrow capitalism in favor of worker-supported, worker-supporting sorts of work, let her know. She is awesome, and, uh, viva something.

Minions' lunch is tomorrow, and then Friday is the goodbye lunch for a teammate. I'm going to try to be awake for those things. Wish me luck.
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Spoilers for the first episode of season 2!

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Review: Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Jul. 31st, 2014 07:29 pm
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I'm a big fan of the TV show Castle which is about a mystery writer who tags along with a New York police detective in order to gather research and inspiration for his book. This is that book.

It's more of a gimmick than anything else. The dust jacket features a fake bio, an "author photo" featuring actor Nathan Fillion and cover comments from real mystery writers James Patterson and Stephen Cannell--both of whom made guest appearances in the show.

The plot echoes the show, being about investigative journalist who tags along with a New York police detective in order to gather research and inspiration for a magazine article. All the TV characters have an equivalent character in this book and there are plenty of in-jokes.

It is, perhaps unsurprisingly, not the most brilliant of books. I found the writing occasionally less cheesy than clumsy and I spotted whodunit a mile off, despite not being a big mystery reader. It would have been nice to see something a little more polished and original from an author who was supposedly as prolific and consistently best-selling as Castle is supposed to be.

However, if you are a fan of the show and are looking for some brain fluff to entertain you while you are down with a cold, you could do worse.
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The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection is free over at Electronic Arts this morning (only). According to PCWorld, the Ultimate Collection is the basic Sims 2 game, plus eight expansion packs: University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, FreeTime, and Apartment Life. EpicBundle says there are also 10 Stuff packs included (Christmas Party Stuff Pack, Family Fun Stuff, Glamour Life Stuff, Happy Holiday Stuff, Celebration Stuff, H&M Fashion Stuff, Teen Style Stuff, Kitchen & Bath Interior Design Stuff, IKEA Home Stuff and Mansion & Garden Stuff) and has some tips on changing your screen resolution for the game. I’m still trying to download it here, so can’t confirm the contents.

To add the game, just follow these steps:

Note, if you already have another version of The Sims 2 installed, make sure you backup your The Sims 2 saves and uninstall your version of The Sims 2, either automatically or manually, before following these directions.

  1. Start by downloading and installing Origin. If you already have Origin you can skip to step 3.
  2. Not an Origin member? Create a free Origin Account.
  3. Launch Origin and log into your Origin Account.
  4. From the ‘Games’ tab in the Origin menu, select ‘Redeem Product Code’ and enter the code I-LOVE-THE-SIMS

If you’re already an Origin member, you can also redeem your code online. Just visit the Origin code redemption page and log in to your Origin Account. Then enter I-LOVE-THE-SIMS in the ‘Product Code’ field.

Log into Origin and download and play the game any time you want .

This code will available for redemption until July 31st, 2014 at 10AM PDT.

Note: The game apparently does use SECUREROM DRM; if you want to remove it from your system, you’ll want to check out this post at Reclaim Your Game.

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The Chimera Vector, the first novel in The Fifth Column series by Nathan M Farrugia, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble, Google, iTunes and Kobo, courtesy of publisher Momentum ]Pan Macmillan].

Book Description
The Fifth Column: the world’s most powerful and secretive organization. They run our militaries. They run our governments. They run our terrorist cells.

Recruited as a child, Sophia is a deniable operative for the Fifth Column. Like all operatives, Sophia’s DNA has been altered to augment her senses and her mind is splintered into programmed subsets.

On a routine mission in Iran something goes catastrophically wrong. Bugs are beginning to appear in Sophia’s programming and the mission spins out of control.

High-speed chases, gun fights, helicopter battles, immortal psychopaths, super soldiers and mutant abilities are all in the mix in this edge-of-your-seat action-packed techno-thriller.

Perfect for fans of Matthew Reilly, THE CHIMERA VECTOR melds sci-fi with sizzling espionage action.

Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
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Free on Kindle; links on Today’s Free Kindle Books.

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Is there a way to move credit from a visa to paypal so I can use my paypal debit card to get the cash back, or convert to visa credit to cash another way?

I already made a partial downpayment by check and she says the day before I'm supposed to go get the dog (tonight) that she wants the rest in cash/cashiers check.

I can write myself a check for most of it, but I'll be short by $60 as I just, by habit/autopayment transferred most of my cash to the card since I pay practically everything that way from utilities to etsy sellers. I haven't dealt with anyone who hasn't used paypal for... uh... a decade? Argh >:( I thought you could get $50 over with a purchase at Jewel Grocery Store but they said only Checks or Discover cards no Visa Cards :-( I tried selecting a "backup payment" for the paypal debit card, but it only give sme a checking account, or a PayPal mastercard I would have to apply for which I do not want (and it wouldn't be in time even if did); Paypal won't let me add my visa as a back-up payment source for my PayPal Debit Card, even though I can make purchases online via paypal and have the $ taken from my visa card if I have no paypal balance, WTF??? WHY MUST EVERYTHING BE SO CONFUSING AND DIFFICULT!!???  Right now, being unable to use the $$$ on my credit card, the best I can do is partial in cash and then a check that is postdated for after the 3rd, and if she refuses that I am going to be so depressed / full of rage / i dunno what... And x100 if she tries keeping the deposit anyway 

I can't wait to meet this person, #$% If I didn't know the breeder of her bitch, and the owner of the stud dog, I wouldn't have gone beyond the first email exchange with her.  >:(

Anyone want to, and able to, send me $60+paypal-fees (I dunno what they would be fore $60... $3? $5?) so I can get the cash out at the ATM then make a payment back to you with my visa thru paypal? Its the only thing I can think of at 2:22 am. :-( 

On the odd chance one of you would want to help me out in the only way I can think of, I will likely be asleep until late, so my email to send paypal to (which you likely know anyway) is agangi (((AT)))

The more you know

Jul. 31st, 2014 12:01 am
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OMG, has Amazon always done the wedding registry thing? I feel like this is the sort of registry [personal profile] darthneko and I should have, except instead of practical things it would be full of "Cookbooks! Yes, we need 27 more cookbooks! Oh, hey, Amazon sells yarn, we totally need yarn...Rhinox! Every household needs a Rhinox*..."

And so on. But probably it's awesome for normal engaged couples who are not twelve.



.......Damn it, now I'm sitting here wondering, "Wait, I did tell y'all I was engaged, right?" >_> RIGHT? Because if I didn't, I'm announcing my engagement in a post that involves Waspinator getting a stasis pod up the kazooie. That's probably really undignified. TYPICAL. But undignified.

*whispers* I don't know what [personal profile] darthneko sees in me, either, to be honest.

*Or a Waspinator Though, really, what's a Waspinator who doesn't have a button that makes his head pop off, like the original? How ELSE are you supposed to re-enact the time he got whole stasis pod up the kazooie?

Oof what

Jul. 30th, 2014 11:46 pm
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I just got re-smacked with a very old plot bunny, or at least part of one.

My DS9 rewatch got me to Crossover, the S2 mirrorverse ep. Which reminded me in a vague way of the AOS mirrorverse stuff I was toying with, but then at the very end when they got back to their normal universe (because Trek reset button) I got sort of smacked between the eyes with an old and very involved plot bunny. From, of all things, Stargate.

The story idea is basically "a Daniel Jackson from an alternate universe switches places with the normal Daniel Jackson and wacky hijinks ensue" story. Parallel universes, and travel between same, are canon in Stargate. I had initially thought that the interesting thing would be the alternate Daniel in our universe, especially once I posited that a) he and alternate Jack had been in a relationship, and b) alternate Jack was in fact a Goa'uld, which led to alt-Daniel reacting in odd and unexpected ways to the sight of regular Jack. Except it turns out I had way more fun with the other universe. With working out how things had happened there -- because there was not one but two pivot points causing divergences from the canon timeline, but there was a sort of feel of "the more things change the more they stay the same" about how the alternate timeline unfolded, and i was having far too much fun smoothing out the wrinkles -- and also, to a lesser extent, figuring out what our Daniel would do in the alternate timeline, once the swap happened.

And one of the things I remember from my fic planning is a stretch where Daniel is obsessively searching through the quantum mirror, like tuning a radio station, trying to find home again. Because unlike the Trek mirrorverse there is no undo button; it's not just a matter of finding a way to hop universes, it's a matter of finding the appropriate universe to hop to.

...undone tunas, which is my iPad's autocorrect garbling of unfortunately, I haven't written anything in forever, so the likelihood of this fic reviving any time soon is low. Plus I haven't watched Stargate in longer than forever, and even if I don't need to rewatch the whole thing (I think I decided the fic was set somewhere around Shades of Gray) I'd need to go for the first few seasons if I wanted to write Stargate. Also, haven't written in forever,

But man do I want to...

BINGO: column

Jul. 31st, 2014 01:56 am
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I have made bingo down the O column of my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. 

"Intermittent failure"

Jul. 31st, 2014 12:51 am
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From back when I started the Zoloft:

Taking Zoloft with lunch means it wears off enough by bedtime that I have a bit of trouble falling asleep (my old anxiety-induced awakeness) but stay asleep all night. Taking it with dinner means I fall asleep easily and then wake up every few hours. I'll stick with lunchtime for now.

(I cannot overstate the value of having this journal to track medication use and effects. It's a personal PDR. So essential.)

I'm still taking it at lunchtime, but reducing the dose has me waking up every few hours again. Last night I kicked the cats out so I could get a solid night's sleep, and then I woke up two hours later thinking I'd heard the doorbell. I hate it when that happens, because I don't even check the time and realize that it's 6 a.m. and I'm imagining things; I just leap out of bed to go answer the door.

Presumably this effect will fade either once I get used to the new dose or once I go off the meds altogether. Hopefully the former, since I've got three and a half weeks to go.

Yesterday I actually felt a little flirty, which was very nice.

Tonight I made a joke that fell very flat and J (who is also underslept) got upset and I got upset and we got into one of those stupid conversational spirals where we knew nothing useful was happening but we couldn't stop, and finally I had to text X and ask them to come in and intervene. That broke the spiral but left us all pretty thoroughly done in for the evening. We all forced ourselves to eat and then went our separate ways. I did the dishes and found my brain filling with angry upset self-loathing thoughts, so after I was done I pinged X and they let me cry on them. I am so, so, so tired of crying. On the bright side, I did resist the urge to smash all the dishes, and I no longer feel so awful at/about myself.

I don't think any of that is about the reduced dose, though who knows? But mostly it just felt like being underslept.

I took taurine and put on "Thursday Afternoon" (eternally grateful to [ profile] meetar for introducing me to it) and now I'm feeling calmer, though I made the mistake of playing a rather intense game on my phone and now my heart is pounding a bit. Might take more taurine. No more intense games tonight, for sure. Just Wanikani kanji practice (I totally blame [personal profile] yhlee for getting me into this) and a bit of Swords & Potions 2.

I really hope I can sleep tonight.

New Avengers #20: "Blu'Dakkor"

Jul. 30th, 2014 11:11 pm
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"It's probably Grant Morrison or Warren [Ellis]. I just love most stuff that they do. And I kinda think if I exist anywhere on the spectrum stylistically with the stuff I do, it's somewhere in between those two guys, with a healthy dash of books I read when I was a kid that I loved, like Keith Giffen's Legion of Super-Heroes stuff." - Jonathan Hickman

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It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…

1. My coworker is making hateful comments about a foreign country

An employee where I work has become very radical in his views concerning a foreign country which is going through a crisis. He has family in that region. His social media is littered with hateful thoughts concerning what he feels is their enemy — and how evil the enemy is, how non-human, etc. Often the comments are aimed at people of a specific religion, and he makes similar comments to coworkers.

I have mentioned to my boss that I am concerned, especially in today’s world in which people sometimes just “snap.” She shrugged it off. Should I put this in writing? If something should happen in the workplace, I think I would want evidence that a report had been made. Or is that jumping the gun (no pun intended) since there have not been threats made to his coworkers?

Your boss should at a minimum be concerned that your coworker might be creating a hostile workplace — in the legal sense — for people with roots in the region your coworker is ranting about. Just like federal law requires employers to maintain workplaces free of sexual harassment, they also require them to act on hostile statements that are grounded in ethnicity, race, national origin, religion, and other protected classes.

And aside from the law, your boss should also be concerned that your coworker is spewing this kind of vitriol into your work environment. Apparently she’s not, which is messed up, but I’d bet your HR department would be. I’m not a fan of going to HR for 85% of the things it’s suggested for, but this one is right up their alley (and they’re trained — or at least should be — to realize the legal issues this poses, which your boss apparently missed). Go pay them a visit.

2. Am I misrepresenting my commitment to a job?

I’m currently interviewing for jobs, and while I’m a hard worker and I strive for excellence in my work, I also prize my time out of the office. I don’t just want work-life balance, I need it. In my current job, that can mean that I will elect to leave work on time rather than staying late, or not check email at night unless it’s an emergency.

I’m currently interviewing for a new job I want very much. I plan to tell them that I will be an excellent, committed worker in their company, always striving for excellence. My concern is: is this false advertising? I want to sell myself, but if don’t want them to get the impression that I will be working late into the night, or that I’ll drop what I’m doing on a weekend to answer emails. This company is a nonprofit, so many employees stay late because of their commitment to the cause.

When I’m in the office, I have a strong and committed work ethic, but I can’t be that way 24/7. Will I be selling myself incorrectly on an interview if I don’t indicate that?

“Excellent and committed” doesn’t mean “committed 24-7 with no outside commitments” — at least not in reasonably functional workplaces. It does, however, often mean “willing to tolerate small amounts of inconvenience when the work requires it,” like staying late on occasion, working through lunch when you have a packed schedule, or checking email outside of work when something important is going on. It becomes unreasonable if it means working late into the night on a regular basis (although in some fields, like law, that is considered reasonable), but in most professional positions, you’re expected to work late on occasion if the work demands it. So you don’t want to draw a hard line — or rather, if you do want to draw a hard line, you’ll need to make sure you’re focusing on fields where that will be okay. (Nonprofit work could go either way, depending on the culture of the organization and the type of role you’re in.)

In any case, it’s in your best interest to find out what their expectations are of you. You don’t want to talk your way into a job and then find out that you’re required to work hours you’re not interested in. So you should ask your own questions too — about what hours people typically work, how often people work on weekends, and so forth.

3. Company says they don’t have to pay out my vacation days, but they do

I’m about to leave my current job, and after giving my notice, I talked to HR (which is really just one uninterested woman) about my unused vacation days. She informed me that they don’t pay out for unused vacation days, which was news to me. I checked Maryland state law and it says that the only way a company can not pay out unused vacation time is if they put it in writing and inform the employee at the time they start the position. I brought this up and she said the law doesn’t apply to them because that’s not their company policy — which isn’t written anywhere, not even in the employment agreement that I signed. Their compromise was to allow me to take off 3 of the 7 days I am owed during my last 2 weeks. Is this legal at all, or so I just have to let it go?

Maryland’s law does indeed state that if an employer doesn’t have a written policy to the contrary that was communicated to you at the time of your hiring, then they must pay out your unused vacation days upon your exit. It’s all well and good for your HR person to say that they do have such a written policy, but if she’s wrong about that, then they owe you the money. I’d go back to her and say, “I’ve looked everywhere for some record of this policy and can’t find it. The law says that the policy would need to be in writing and communicated at the time of hire. Is there something I’m overlooking? If not, we really need to follow the law on this.”

4. Coworker is calling an older coworker “daddy”

Am I wrong to think it’s creepy for a young woman in our office to be calling an older coworker “daddy”? To me, it sounds sexual and just creepy. The man on the receiving end of this is a nice guy and he just laughs. I don’t think my female coworker understands how it sounds because she is from Vietnam and not a native English speaker. I tried to explain it to her, but I only hurt her feelings, which i apologized for — but it just sounds sexual and inappropriate.

Whoa. Yes, inappropriate indeed. I’m sure it is a language issue, but someone should help her realize that she should stop. Ideally, that someone would be the guy on the receiving end of it — he should stop laughing and tell her that he’d like her to call him Percival or whatever his name is.

5. My company wants me to buy new clothes for work

I have been working for my current employer for about four months. I have fallen into the role of manager/cleaner/chef/bartender at a country pub/restaurant bed and breakfast. Yesterday they decided I have to buy black and white clothes to wear to work. I feel this is unfair as I have been buying work-specific clothes since I started work there. I also feel that as they didn’t mention this when I started, it is unreasonable for them to change their minds four months later. My job is poorly paid and I have no desire to spend what little money I have on clothes that someone else has decided I must wear. Do I have any rights? I have no contract and nothing in writing.

They can legally require this. But before resigning yourself to it, try talking to them. Explain your situation and see if anything can be done. For instance: “I want to be respectful of this change, but it’s going to create a hardship for me. I don’t have many black and white clothes so would need to buy new ones, and I’ve already been putting money into buying ___ under the old dress code. Are there any alternatives that would work?”

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Edit to add: The link that I followed was at the top of a page that then goes on to make much better commentary, and links to others with much more considered, nuanced, and thoughtful response. Mine still stands as a first response, gut level reaction though. 

 Just followed a link from another link from something I was reading for a good reason...

And ended up watching the video clip for Weird Al' Jankovic's 'Word Crimes'.

  1. abelist slurs
  2. Statements that communication should only occur in the "correct"* way
  3. implications that people with limited schooling don't have the right to communicate
  4. that a person's own space ('I read your blog post') is something other people can acceptably police for trivialities**
Also, I would consider some of the word usages that were flagged as 'wrong' to be indicative of cultural groupings. I'm not cluey enough about them to be sure of which cultural groupings, but there is a reasonable expectation in my head that there are probably racist undertones to at least one of the usages flagged. 

urgh. If this had been obviously targetted at professional writing, then number 2 would have some validity. The rest is pretty horrible.

* look, here I'm doing something objected to - I'm using quote marks for something other than a direct quote!
** Things that I would care about in a professionally written text are completely irrelevant in a blog post. 

[post is untagged, because I can't work out what to add. 'language' and 'grammar' are the "obvious" top level options, but that is just so far from what I'm trying to say, and I've gone into flailing and completely failing to say what I want to]
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I have owned this ever since that day long ago when I didn't remember to send back in the little SFBC card, which was one of my standard ways to diversify my library. Perhaps the success of that method explains why I am so comfortable letting other people choose my reading material now?

My copy is missing its dust jacket but the art is on isfdb and I wonder if the lackluster cover is why I passed this over for 30+ years?


I prefer the art on this this later edition but it's still not quite right.


I am not sure I actually ever read Riddle of Stars (I have a number of late-1970s SFBC books set aside for a rainy day). In fact a detail at the end of the first novel suggests strongly that I did not read it because it's the sort of detail that is quite memorable and I did not remember it.
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Jul. 30th, 2014 11:26 pm
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I note that there have been two short, to the point updates of current status from Wiscon in the last week. I hope this points to a new philosophy of communication from the concom. It is much appreciated.


Jul. 31st, 2014 12:13 pm
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Have now managed to order 5 books, for a total of ...$363, including postage. *faints*

Yup, 5 books. No, I didn't get a decimal point in the wrong place. One of those is the textbook for the unit I'm studying ($187), one is a copy of the book I keep wanting to borrow off ariaflame again ($60) for work, and one is directly related to something I'm trying to get done at work ($100). Which means that most of that money goes into my work/study related expenses, so I'll get a bit of it back in tax. The other two are To Kill a Mockingbird (for eldest, for school, a mere $10), and something out of the bargain bin that I went 'ooh, I want to read that, and for $6 I'm willing to just add it to the order, given that it is a trivial amount after the rest). 

In the process, I had to generate a password. I found which allowed me to generate long psuedo-plain passwords (and with lots of messy adding in of special characters and numbers). 

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Jul. 30th, 2014 08:39 pm
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I have lost most of this afternoon / evening to a (NSFW) series of blog posts mocking Cosmo.

I am not sorry.

At all.

Happiness is --

Jul. 30th, 2014 11:25 pm
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[personal profile] synecdochic
-- realizing that your back is hurting horribly from having spent too much time in your desk chair this week, so picking up your laptop and moving to the hammock on your front porch.

(It's a balmy 72 degrees outside right now.)

it's the small things

Jul. 31st, 2014 10:56 am
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[personal profile] fred_mouse
 Thursdays are 'don't go in to work' days, with a main course of 'should be studying' and a side order of 'get some of the small stuff done.' So far, in addition to the usual 'shift kids from here to there and back again', I have
  • failed to do a small amount of shopping, as I had left all payment devices sitting on the kitchen table
  • not gone back to that shopping centre
  • gone to the dr's surgery, and not had my desense shots - these have been rescheduled to next week, so that I don't end up going backwards because I miss one while I'm away
  • put some more passwords from the old ipad password program into the phone password program
  • [not yet backed up the phone]
  • thrown the cat out once for scratching at things
  • changed my ebay password.
Now, I'm off to order a Thing from ebay that I've been putting off, and to order a text book for me, and a book for work, and possibly a book for eldest for school (given that we already have a copy [AWOL], and a friend has lent zer a copy, I'm not sure zie needs zer own copy. But if it comes in at say <$15 including postage, I'll probably buy one anyway, because then if zie is inclined to annotate, no-one will care). 

And then I'm going to look at the to do list, and think about What Next. Ideally, I'll get the flash issue sorted, so that I can watch the bits for uni, and maybe I'll try and catch up on downloading the vids for the French Revolution course. At this point, the chance of me actually doing more than the downloading before I go away is low, but I would have most of it to watch then, and I could also have copies of the necessary books, and maybe by the end of the holiday I'll have done enough research that I'll actually write the story that I'm thinking of. Hah. 

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This is set in Cynara's Doomsday Academy, several years after its founding. Kheper is a Year Nine Student.

Professor Kheper Agislaw strode into his Year Five Law class and posed.

He didn't exactly think of it as posing, but he stood just inside the doorway, looking over the seven students who were fresh to the grown-up classes and, thus, fresh and new to him.

Four girls, three boys. The boys looked younger, impatient; the girls - most of them - looked solid and serious. At this age - they would be fourteen, plus or minus a few months - most of his students fit that pattern.

And they were all looking at him, even the most impatient boy. Kheper knew he was striking. He'd been striking since he hit puberty, and he'd had decades to polish the look.

Vain, Cya teased him, and he was fine with that.

This wasn't Cya's time, and this wasn't time for vanity. He finished his walk into the classroom, his best smile touching his lips.
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Audible Summertime BOGO Sale

Jul. 31st, 2014 12:13 am
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Ending tonight, Audible is having a near repeat of their earlier Summertime Buy One Get One Free sale for those buying audiobooks using credits (subscription members*) only. There are over 200 books to choose from, in these categories:

  • Beat the Heat: Chilling Thrillers
  • Summer School
  • Summer Lovin’

Just add two at a time to the special cart and checkout, which will use a single credit.

*Not an Audible member? You can now save 50% off your first 3 months of membership, for only $7.49/month. Audible members receive 1 free audiobook per month, 30% off additional audiobook purchases, and access to special deals and sales like the one running right now! Sign up for your Audible membership today.

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Introduction here

Reynard swallowed hard. "Ah...?"

The woman ignored his question, as was her right. "What's your name?" She was pulling a pair of leather gloves from her back pocket and sliding them on. He found her fingers facinating. Of course, she currently held his life in them. That was understandably interesting.

Reynard knew this answer. "Whatever you wish it to be, mistress."

She made a noise like a laugh, and he found himself looking to her face. It wasn't beautiful, he thought, but she still took his breath away. Pointed chin, high cheekbones, and a mass of dark hair, all of it framing the most sardonic smile Reynard had ever seen. "Somebody taught you your lines. Was it recently, before they put you in the box? Or was it back before?"

Box? He tried to look around, and found that, while moving his head was surprisingly painful, it was, in actuality, possible.

He saw a room, bare of almost everything except a big chalkboard and three big windows - the view was of a wheatfield, and behind that a stone wall. He saw the woman, and a small table, full of tools that made his heart drop out of his chest. And he saw the remains of a crate, if his guess was any good, most of it to the left of him.

Box? He looked up at the woman, whose expression suggested that, while she was waiting patiently, she wasn't going to be patient about things much longer.

She wanted his name. And she wanted to know who had trained him.

"I pay attention, mistress." With luck, that would be enough. "And, ah, they called me Reynard, when I was free."

"Reynard." She took one of his ears - fox ears, of course, or his name would have simply been ridiculous, and his Name as well. "I remember you. They called you Fox in the Henhouse."

Free Book – Robin #1 (K/N/E)

Jul. 30th, 2014 10:48 pm
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Robin #1, a comicbook by Chuck Dixon and Tom Grummett (Illustrator), is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble and Google, courtesy of publisher DC Comics.

Book Description
Out of the Batcave and off on his own, the Boy Wonder Tim Drake attempts to get on with a normal life, even so far as going on a date with a lovely lady. But when carjacking gang the Speedboyz show up, it looks like it’s no rest for Robin just yet.

Get the free ebook from Barnes & Noble.
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Free on Kindle; links on Today’s Free Kindle Books.

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Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë, is free in the Kindle store and from Barnes & Noble, Google and Kobo, courtesy of publisher Open Road.

Book Description
The immortal story of love and obsession in the North of England

Atop the stormy Yorkshire moors sits Wuthering Heights, a manor inhabited by Mr. and Mrs. Earnshaw and their two children, Catherine and Hindley. The fate of the manor, and the family that lives in it, is forever changed when the Earnshaws adopt a dark-skinned orphan boy named Heathcliff. As the years pass, Heathcliff and Catherine fall deeply in love, but even their great passion cannot survive the pressures of society and the black force of jealousy. Driven away by a broken heart, Heathcliff leaves Wuthering Heights only to return years later, bent on the cruelest kind of revenge.

Published just one year before Emily Brontë’s untimely death, her only novel shocked Victorian reviewers with its vivid depictions of passion and brutality. It is now considered a masterpiece of English literature and one of the most enduring romances of all time.

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Featured content: links round-up

Jul. 31st, 2014 12:45 am
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This week's links round-up includes misogyny and redirecting defensive energy; states increasing access to postpartum contraception; and dating while mentally ill.

Farm share, week 8

Jul. 30th, 2014 07:12 pm
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  • six ears of corn
  • three pounds of tomatoes
  • three large eggplants
  • two pounds of potatoes (I mixed yellow-fleshed ones, red-skinned ones, and purple ones)
  • a head of celery
  • a bunch of purple kale
  • six summer squash or cucumbers (I chose the former)
  • five carrots
  • a head of lettuce
  • two bunches of herbs (I got rosemary and thyme)
  • two yellow-white bell peppers
  • half a pound of basil
  • a small bunch of scallions
  • four red onions
  • one Ailsa Craig onion

I eat All The Vegetables!

Plan: corn and tomato salad. eggplant sauteed with alliums and herbs. potato salad with purslane. possibly some kind of relish with the summer squash and some celery (anyone have favorite relish recipes?).

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Jul. 30th, 2014 06:46 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2766 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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Staying late at work again. Sorry. :(

Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 021 secrets from Secret Submission Post #394.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 1 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
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My theme for 2014 seems to be a year-long scramble to keep up on everything. As evidenced by the fact that I HAVE A BOOK COMING OUT IN SIX DAYS!

Codex Born CoverOkay, it’s not a brand new book, but it is the mass market release of Codex Born, coming on August 5. And with that release, the ebook price should also be dropping very soon.

If you’ve been waiting for this, here’s a convenient set of links:

Amazon | B&N | BAMM | Mysterious Galaxy | Schuler Books | Indiebound

The paperback also includes the first few pages of Unbound, which comes out in January of next year.


Other stuff I’ve been meaning to talk about, or at least link to:

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

The driveway saga continues

Jul. 30th, 2014 04:21 pm
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its getting over stupid

our looks ok
the driveway

mom told me
she bought gravel for sister's drive
because she buys things at a discount for them.

I told her, its your property
being the land lords it you job
to pay for fixing up her driveway.
and it needed fixing.

i didn't know where the gravel went
all i knew it the guy didn't tell us
why he had none for us.
and i didn't think our drive was bad, like M.

so yesterday the riding lawn mower we've been nursing
fell part its rusted apart and really not fixable.
so he bought a Husquevarna from the neighbor
with the money we would have spent.
its used & it runs fine. its better than dad's
Husky came with peppers
It came with peppers ! mike likes pickled peppers .
i think i can drive it it has race like a bunny
or stroll like a turtle for speed controls.

my treat today was these bloomed
new lily
the deer ate them last time before they bloomed.

And so...

Jul. 30th, 2014 02:02 pm
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yWriter joins the collection of unused writing software on my computer.

Tor's publicists are swift indeed

Jul. 30th, 2014 04:54 pm
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Three Max Gladstone novels in hand, mere days after my request. Even better, via a shipper whose office is a few minutes away by iExpress, not lost out in the wilderness so even if I not happened to be next to door and able to hear the tap, I could have just nipped over to snag it.

I do not have a pet squirrel

Jul. 30th, 2014 04:31 pm
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But I think the opportunity offered itself this afternoon.

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