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Oct. 31st, 2014 08:14 pm
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Hee!

This adorable little girl (probably somewhere in the 8-10 range) just came by my door with a group of five other kids. They were all wearing Marvel-inspired costumes, and all of them but her were obviously superheroes (Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Lady!Captain America, and Iron Man "because girls can call themselves Iron Man if they want and Iron Woman sounds stupid" - the kid's words, not mine).

The girl (who was Asian) was dressed all in black, with the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem sewed onto her sleeve. I told her that I knew she was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent but asked if she was anyone in particular.

Her reply? "I'm Melinda May, but you can call me The Calvary."

... there's a chance that both she and Iron Man might have gotten some extra candy based on pure awesomeness.

Yuletide RPF opt in post

Oct. 31st, 2014 11:53 pm
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Posted by hhertzof

For #yuletide rpf we did not accept nominations of named people directly in the tag set. Instead, if you are willing to be featured in Yuletide RPF fic, we would like you to comment to this post with your Ao3 name/#yuletide chat name or other fandom handle and the range of ratings you are comfortable with.

This post will be closed on 16th November and the complete list will be alphabetized and edited into this post.

Hiding

Oct. 31st, 2014 06:34 pm
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We have now squirreled ourselves away in the back of the house with a TV to avoid the hordes of trick-or-treaters prowling the neighborhood. Given that Toby's still recovering and I'm still infectious, we decided parents would be much happier if we didn't pass out germy candy today.



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Halloween

Oct. 31st, 2014 07:15 pm
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I got trick-or-treaters! Lots of them!

No, see, this is a big deal for me. Back in Tennessee, we never got trick-or-treaters at our house. Trick-or-treating out in the country where our farm was involved getting into a car and drive from house to house, so people mainly stuck to the "main" road; they never went onto the side roads like the one my parents' house is on.

Then, at my old apartment, it really wasn't a thing either. We might occasionally get a kid or two, but they just... didn't do much trick-or-treating at the apartment complex. Or maybe it was just our side of the complex where they didn't? I think most of the families with kids tended to live on the opposite side, so maybe that explained it?

But at my new place? So. Many. Kids. Some of the parents apparently organized and had the kids meet in groups of 20 or so all over the apartment complex, and then the giant groups all went around together. (It's a fairly huge complex, at least five times larger than the one I was living in previously and probably more than that.)

Oh, and the cats absolutely terrified one of the groups. It's chilly out, but they were in a mood, so I left the balcony door cracked just enough for them to slip in and out. I have some decorations outside, a couple of battery-operated plastic jack-o-lanterns and a fake skull sitting on my table (which is covered in some tattered, cobweb-like cloth), and I guess the kids must have assumed the two black cats were part of the decorations. So when they started moving around? One of the kids screamed, which led to all of the kids screaming, which led to two very startled kitties.

But still, trick-or-treaters! ♥

Contest Winner, at last!

Oct. 31st, 2014 03:10 pm
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I am finally getting over my pneumonia, and I am now ready to award the $25 Amazon gift card to the winner of my “name that genre” contest.

Lynne W., could you please contact me so that I can award your prize to you?

Mirrored from Repeating History.

Happy Birthday!

Oct. 31st, 2014 06:58 pm
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Happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] mithrigil, [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija, [livejournal.com profile] ralob, [livejournal.com profile] vagabondage, and [personal profile] watersword!

And happy birthday, [personal profile] misbegotten!

[ SECRET POST #2859 ]

Oct. 31st, 2014 06:55 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #2859 ⌋

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

01.

More! )


Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 00 pages, 000 secrets from Secret Submission Post #408.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 1 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

Reading Frenzy Reboot - Part 11

Oct. 31st, 2014 06:39 pm
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I still wasn't able to do much reading this month thanks to working ridiculous hours. Read two full novels and some longer fanfics. Here's what I finished:

The Countess Conspiracy by Courtney Milan: this is the third full-length novel in the Brothers Sinister series. I really liked this one. As with all her other novels that I've read it's very well-written and thoroughly researched, and although the characters are fictional it is very much historical fiction. Great characters in this one, nice witty dialogue. The ending is upbeat, and though for the time period in which this is set it's a far more upbeat outcome than would've been the reality for women, it's done very well - and in fact part of what I enjoy about this series actually is that it is ultimately light, even when it deals with deeper and more serious issues (and this one absolutely does deal with some serious issues). And that's what I need right now - life for the last few months has been a real downer. Plus I've already read a bunch of heavy books lately.

More Below the Cut )

My Only Ghost Story

Oct. 31st, 2014 03:04 pm
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Happy Halloween, to all those who celebrate it!

I've been reading some AWESOME scary stories lately (one over at Jezebel bothers me very, very deeply, and I'm really, really glad I didn't read it alone at night!) and in the interests of adding to the general level of scare, I thought I'd share my only experience with a ghost. It's not particularly scary, but it was a pretty unnerving experience in both halves.

When we lived in Vancouver, we rented a basement apartment. I was initially against this, since I thought it would be dark and dreary. Instead, it turned out to be a wonderful space, painted white, with gorgeous hard wood floors. Yebisu and I loved it, and it was relatively close to UBC on the bus line. All of the public transport options were easily accessible from our apartment, including the trolley that ran on old-fashioned train tracks a few blocks over. Our neighborhood was laid out in a fairly straight grid pattern, so I never had a problem getting lost as I got to know it, and to top it off, it was a pretty quiet location (except for Chinese New Year and Halloween, when all of neighbors would set noisy fireworks off.)

One night in late September, I awoke around 2:00 AM to see a man standing at the foot of our bed. He was tall and pale and wore lumberjack style overalls and a plaid shirt. He was staring down at his hands. Fear gripped me and I started to shake Y. awake. For those who don't know, Y. is a terribly hard sleeper (years of being in the army reserves have given him the ability to fall deeply asleep almost instantaneously, no matter where he's sleeping) and he was slow to wake. As I shook him, I looked to the foot of the bed again. The man was starting to move, but incredibly slowly, like a slow-motion movie that was one frame too short. He was beginning to look up. I shook Y. harder, and eventually, he woke up as I turned on the light. The man was gone. Y. searched the entire apartment and found no one--the window next to us was locked tight, our doors, too. Y. assumed I'd had a bad dream, but I've never had the sleep paralysis that leads some people to ghost-story-like waking nightmares. As I thought over what had happened, I realized that I didn't feel that scared. It was out of the ordinary, of course, and it surprised me, but there was no lingering terror, no sense of malevolence from the thing at the foot of our bed.

I held onto the story for a few months, until our friend M. came to visit. M. had some amateur ghost-hunting experience and listened to my story. Then she asked if she could use some equipment to look at our room. Under a UV light, she found a long scratch on our bedroom wall that didn't appear when the regular lights were on. It was about the height the ghost-man's hands had been as he stood at the foot of our bed. M. walked around the neighborhood with me, and when we came to the train tracks, she speculated that the spirit/ghost had been looking for them. After much consideration, I came to the same conclusion, and I think now that the thing at the foot of the bed was lost and the scratch on the wall was a marker that he'd been there, a breadcrumb on the forest path. We never saw him or anything else again, and whatever he was, I hope he able to find where he was going.

scarily bad puns

Oct. 31st, 2014 06:08 pm
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The Professora & I went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens yesterday. They had an exhibit of scarecrows, some with scarily bad punny names. I'm not sure what flickr did with/to the order, but the names should be at or near the pictures. I hope y'all enjoy them. In between, of course, being very, very afraid.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24609723@N08/sets/72157649000535776/

;)

Opinion

Oct. 31st, 2014 12:58 pm
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My thoughts on assisted suicide prompted by this article:

Assisted Suicide is More Dangerous...

I've been struggling with this issue for a long time now. I'm a person with a disability and I really do believe that terminally ill people should be able to decide when they want to end their lives. However, with all the talk about reducing medical costs and how much more expensive treatment is towards the end of life, there are huge financial incentives to "allow us to die with dignity". It wasn't that long ago that babies with Down's Syndrome were pushed to the back of hospital nurseries and "allowed" to die from neglect. "For their own good."

For a couple of years in college I worked as a crisis intervention counselor and I know from personal experience that many people who feel driven to suicide just need some time and perspective. This is not to diminish their pain and suffering, but I've talked to people who say they wish to kill themselves. I know, that if I could keep them on the phone long enough, they changed their minds. Sometimes suicide is not a desire to end their lives, but a desire to end their suffering with the only option they believe they have.

Too many people already think my life is a burden to me even though I love my life and the people in it. Too many people have said to me, "if I were you I would just check out." Personally I would be much more comfortable with the whole issue if I was sure that people with disabilities got the services and treatment they needed to live as full a life as possible. If that happened, then I would be more interested in talking about my "right to die."

D.O.P.-T.

Oct. 31st, 2014 12:24 pm
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And now, of course, the Hallowe'en photo post. inside )

D.O.P.-T. (yesterday)

Oct. 31st, 2014 12:01 pm
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Returned to my doctor alone and got a diagnosis: I have shingles!!!! A mild case, on my left side just above waist level. So I now get to take a powerful antiviral drug known for causing drowsiness.

Since I was on foot, I documented the blatant waste of water at the Sunnyvale Community Center across the street:



I hope that's dyed toilet-tank blue to indicate it's recycled wastewater. I don't know whether you can see, but in addition to the sky-high jet to the right of center, there are a group of small ones further to the right, and another small one way on the left.

Also, on the way home, some sort of drive-in building had been demolished and replaced with a heap of sandy earth. As I took a shortcut through the lot, I noticed a whole flock of these sandpipers (?) on top of the heap. Good for them.

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Virgin Galactic's suborbital space plane SpaceShipTwo suffered a serious malfunction during a rocket-powered test flight over Mojave, California, today (Oct. 31) resulting in the loss of the spacecraft. The fate of the vehicle's pilot crew is unknown.

D.O.P.-T. (day before yesterday)

Oct. 31st, 2014 12:00 pm
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Back to flannel nighties. Not closing my bedroom windows yet, though.

D.O.P.-T. (Tuesday)

Oct. 31st, 2014 11:39 am
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A week ago, I took the bus to San Jose and went to the library. I took my camera, but didn't take a long walk this time.

All too much of downtown San Jose looks like this:



(The entrances go to courtyards that look even more prison-like than the exterior.) But there is still a little bit of quirky stuff left. So, a few photos. )
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Another seasonal treat from Mike Maihack, whose Batgirl and Supergirl series is always fun...

Boo! )

Things we deliberately do not do

NSFW Oct. 31st, 2014 01:38 pm
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For my patrons, a short Halloween story. It seems a very sad story, to me. But then, I was there. Dream Fiction: The Quipu of the Hereafter.

Boys in Chains/AO3 Consensual Kink

Oct. 31st, 2014 10:07 am
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logo with the words 'Boys in Chains' and 'the slave!fic archive'

Open Doors will be importing the Boys in Chains archive to #AO3-if you contributed fanworks to it, here's info you'll need.

Friday linkspam

Oct. 31st, 2014 10:55 am
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English links:

This post about code-switching and being a multicultural individual (which is not the same thing as living in a multicultural society, though they often go hand-in-hand) makes my heart sing. ([personal profile] mijra, heads-up.)

It's been years since I've had a crush on anyone, but this short, almost philosophical piece on crushes charmed me. The crush reveals how willing we are to allow details to suggest a whole. We allow the arch of someone’s eyebrow to suggest a personality. We take the way a person puts more weight on their right leg as they stand listening to a colleague as an indication of a witty independence of mind. Or their way of lowering their head seems proof of a complex shyness and sensitivity. From a few cues only, you anticipate years of happiness, buoyed by profound mutual sympathy.

Canada's Jian Ghomeshi scandal has now made international news, so I have no reason to link to the basics (if you are curious and don't already know, plug "jian ghomeshi" into google's "news" feature for the latest). But reading post-firing between the lines of this old profile-but-not-quite-a-puff-piece is really fascinating, and this Do You Know About Jian blogpost is excellent.

This is a great piece about the limits of Dutch-style tolerance when it comes to discrimination issues (and a well-known linguist colleague gets a hat-tip!).

Speaking of Dutchies, the Dutch seem to have invented a potato that can be fed by sea water! I wonder how it tastes?

The Change Blog on "the embarrassing way I got into the best shape of my life." This is EXACTLY how it worked for me, though I put it differently: I exercise every day, but I never do anything for my regular-exercise-time that's at all hard. (Ever. No exceptions. Even when I'm feeling all motivated and eager to do something extra.)

Speaking of exercise by doing only things that are easy for me, I really really want a treadmill desk at work. Thinking seriously about it now!

Also health-related, but on the level of food, This. Is. Fascinating: Apparently, letting freshly cooked pasta cool and then reheating it before eating it makes your body absorb it differently, which is a good trick for calorie-counters, but also for people who would prefer eating tonnes of fibre to tonnes of the kind of carbohydrates that make you feel hungry again right away.

I am about the furthest thing possible from a gamer, but this #gamergate piece (written by a former American football player) is just delightful.

So many linguists are writing smart things about language variation (and against prescriptivism) for popular audiences lately! This one is really good, but this one is even better.

Vox's Todd VanDerWerff thinks you should binge-watch Manhattan now that its great first season is over, and SO DO I. It's my favourite new show of the year.
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Posted by Ask a Manager

A reader writes:

I was hired four months ago at a large nonprofit to be a trainer and writer. I got to ask a lot of questions about the role, which fit what I wanted to do perfectly. My would-be boss pushed hard to bring me on and insisted to the team that this role was necessary, despite budget issues.

Fast forward four months later, and my immediate boss loves me. The problem? I’ve hardly done any of the work I was brought on to do. She has piled work on my plate that was previously hers and fills my schedule with very long work meetings where I provide damage control to different teams about shoddy work she completed before I was hired because I’m better with people.

Although I’m using my project management skills and getting a lot of things done, no one is noticing except her, and the work I’ve been doing was not part of the job description when I was hired. I am a total team player and am happy to lend a hand, but part of the role I was hired to do involved working within certain timelines, which I’m now not meeting.

She doesn’t seem concerned about this, and there doesn’t look to be any end to this on the horizon. Our weekly one-on-ones where I bring up the need for time to develop my programs always fall on deaf ears in favor of immediate priorities.

A coworker who also works under her had the same thing happen to him – for two years! He’s complained to our boss’ manager and asked for a reorg several times and is encouraging me to do the same. I’m wary of this since I’m just settling in and I don’t want to cause problems, although I’m starting to get resentful. My boss also tends to be sneaky and hold grudges, so I can see her getting really upset if she hears I did this.

I’m concerned because my role is to work with most of the people in the organization, so not doing the job I was hired to do is starting to become very obvious. A lot of people are currently waiting for training, and I keep promising that it’ll happen soon. Should I just accept the the role has changed? Is this going to be detrimental to me in the long run, or should I just continue since she loves me?

You need to have a serious heart-to-heart with her.

You note that you’ve pointed out in your one-on-ones that you need time to work on your programs and it’s falling on deaf ears — but that’s probably because she’s perfectly happy with the way your time is currently being used and doesn’t see a real need to change that. So you need to explain that you see a problem with it — that you signed on to do X, that X is what you want to be doing, and that you’re concerned that the job has turned out to be Y.

This is a reasonable conversation to have. You were promised a particular role and you accepted the job under those terms. She’s now changed the terms, and it’s entirely reasonable to point that out, explain that you’d like to do what you were hired for, and discuss whether that’s still possible (and, if she says it’s possible, what the timeline is for making that happen and what specific steps need to be taken to make it happen).

Say something like this: “I want to talk to you about my role. My understanding when I was hired was that I’d be doing primarily training and writing, and I was excited to come on board because those are the areas I want to work in. I’ve been glad to help out in other areas since there was a need, but at this point I’m becoming concerned about the fact that I’m not doing much of what I was brought on for. Training and writing are really what I want to spend my time on professionally, so I’d like to get a sense from you of whether the role is likely to go back to what we originally talked about.”

That said, if she has a pattern of doing this to others, it’s possible that this conversation won’t change things. But if nothing else, it will bring the issue to the surface and you’ll get much better information about whether you’re likely to see the change you want. If it’s not going to happen, it’s better for you to know that so that you can figure out if you want the job under these new terms.

I’m not doing any of the work I was hired to do — and my boss doesn’t care was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

If Jews Observed Hallowe'en

Oct. 31st, 2014 12:09 pm
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http://jewbellish.com/hilchos-halloween/

The comments are worth it.

In particular this thread:

One shall not wear a costume of a creature that has an exposed skeleton. Whatever costume of a creature does not have an exposed skeleton, you may proudly wear about town. You are not to trick-or-treat as a skeleton, for it is an exposed skeleton. You are not to trick or treat as a zombie, for zombies have exposed bones and cartilage. Likewise, you may not trick or treat as a shrimp, lobster, crayfish, or other shelled animals, for they wear their skeleton on the outside. One may be a vampire, for it does not have an exposed skeleton. Likewise, one may be an armadillo, for though it has an armored shell, its skeleton is on the inside.

However, while costumed as a vampire, one is not permitted to drink the blood of said 'trick' as it is forbidden to do so.

And one may not drink red wine or faux blood, as it is the "appearance of sin."
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Posted by Ask a Manager

Lucy and pumpkinsIt’s the Friday open thread!

The comment section on this post is open for discussion with other readers on anything work-related that you want to talk about. If you want an answer from me, emailing me is still your best bet*, but this is a chance to talk to other readers.

* If you submitted a question to me recently, please don’t repost it here, as it may be in the to-be-answered queue :)

Halloween open thread – October 31, 2014 was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

November's Theme

Oct. 31st, 2014 11:31 am
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All sponsored reviews and no two week digressions! The list of to-dos isn't super-long but long enough. I mean, anyone wants to commission more reviews, go ahead but

Phoenix Guard (own)
500 Years After (own)
Fire Logic (own)
Ancillary Sword (own)
Rivers of London (sigh)
Something Norton (part of the 50Ni50W, if that is OK, so beginning the week after Podkayne)
"The Reunion At The Mile-High" (atomigeddon coda) (own)

Did I miss any?

Also, to give my editor reasonable lead time, no review tomorrow so that I can reset to a one-day lead.

(no subject)

Oct. 31st, 2014 11:12 am
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Beautiful brought me a mole this morning. Formally laid out, ceremonially presented, right next to the steps. And very decidedly dead.

::sniff:: baby's first mole No, I will not show you the photo. :)

So ... musing about spooky movies

Oct. 31st, 2014 08:03 am
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I have a lot of horror genre movies that I enjoy - like 'Evil Dead 2', 'Army of Darkness', 'Shaun of the Dead', 'Lifeforce', 'The Thing', 'Reanimator' and so forth ... but I was thinking about movies that are spooky.

The only movie that outright scared me [as a kid] was ‘The Blob’, with a mild fright from the original ‘Night of the Living Dead’. Any other monster or scary movie nemesis had some sort of angle that I could identify with, even sympathize with. Those two? Nothing.

For when I was older? ‘Alien’ made me jump and it was a wonderful atmospheric film. ’28 Day Later’ did a good job of coming up with reasonably topical [viral] zombies and the beginning was wonderfully spooky.

PS = and happy birthday to me ^_^
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

Joel Best, the sociologist famous for debunking the myth that your children might receive Halloween candy impregnated with poison and razor blades, wishes you a “Happy Halloween” and nothing but the Best candy:

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Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

(View original at http://thesocietypages.org/socimages)

Another Type Quiz

Oct. 31st, 2014 06:39 am
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http://www.celebritytypes.com/test.php
So this is an interesting style of MyersBrigs test and it typed me ENFJ

http://www.celebritytypes.com/enfj-description.php
Which *shrugs/nods* yeah, alright.
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I’ve been traveling since Thursday morning, and didn’t get the chance to round up some links for today. But that’s okay! Because with today being Halloween, I figured this was a good chance for folks to share their favorite Halloween-themed pictures and link. Awesome costumes, your favorite jack o’lantern, whatever makes you smile. Post a link in the comments and pass the smiles along.

(If you’re on LiveJournal, comments are sometimes flagged as spam if they contain links. Sorry about that, and I’ll try to despam as I can.)

See you next week!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Oct. 31st, 2014 08:39 am
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I've found the canon for my Yuletide fic. I wasn't sure exactly where I'd put it, but it turned up pretty much immediately. I haven't started the review yet. I wanted to finish watching a library DVD that's due Sunday and can't be renewed. I only have one episode of that left. I've also got a four CD set due on Sunday that I'd rather not renew (I've renewed it once already). I don't know if I'm going to get to that.

I'm tempted by the prospect of a nap, but that would mean delaying the canon review, and I also want to get started writing as soon as possible. I don't have any good starting points yet. My recipient didn't offer much guidance as to what they'd like, so that doesn't help. Oh, well. I'll review canon and see what I come up with.

Scott's at the car dealership, waiting for them to finish working on the car. He took a couple of books and some ones for the vending machine. They said it would take four hours, so I'm hoping he'll be back by lunch time (he had to be there at 7:00). I don't know that we'll go out. It would be nice if we did, but right after spending $600, we may not want to spend more. And apparently the dealership has wifi-- Scott's on AIM right now. Maybe I'll chat with him.

Cordelia has a short field trip today. I expect it to be miserable because it's raining and cold and the whole thing will be out of doors. They'll be hiking around Leslie Science and Nature Center to look at nature for art (Though Cordelia says they had their last art class yesterday, so I'm not sure why today). I'm glad that they're still doing field trips in sixth grade. I know they wouldn't if Cordelia were at the big middle school, so this is another advantage to staying at her current school.

(no subject)

Oct. 31st, 2014 07:43 am
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Suppose you're ordinary people, not cops, not criminologists, and you want to stop rape from happening. You want to interrupt the process. This is a good article on how to cockblock rapists as a moral obligation. Pass it along.

HELLO FROM PAX

Oct. 31st, 2014 10:00 pm
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Trip: Went as well as could be expected and still HORRIBLY EXHASUSTING
Hotel (Oak on Collins): Pretty nice except for the FIVE STEPS that mean I have to use a slow, out of the way wheelchair lift that is accessed through the bar and behind a curtain and refuses to work at all if the gate at the top isn't closed properly, which is super convenient when you're at the bottom.

Went to visit a friend and her ADORABLE BABY yesterday, made self even more tired and sore and it was worth every minute. Babbbiieesss :D :D (And he is a particualrly cute one)

Today: Realised as I neared the concention centre that I had forgotten my recharger, barely made it back and spent the rest of the day lurching from power point to power point. Note to self: find somewhere better than Rehab Rentals next time.

Cam told me about a Dragon Age playtesting thing and I thought "nah", then as I toodled around the exhibition floor I found myself thinking more and more "YES".
No spoilers just some panel notes and the rest of my day )
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MU1_new_cover_100x150It’s Halloween time, and Day of the Dead, and the time when magic is strongest, at least that’s what I wrote in the Magic University books! In honor of the brand new edition of The Siren and the Sword (book one) coming out, I thought I would treat you all to a sweet excerpt!

Kyle has arrived at Harvard to discover he’s magical and belongs in the hidden magical university on the campus. Thrust suddenly into a curriculum he’s never studied before, Kyle finds some subjects more challenging than others. But here’s his girlfriend Jess to help him study…

(Scene after the cut! I did say NSFW, right?)

Read the rest of this entry »

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Happy Halloween!

Oct. 31st, 2014 07:26 am
beren_writes: Loki in cell - says I dare you! (AV - I dare you)
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I hope everyone has a wonderfully spooky, fun Halloween this year.

Halloween Blog Hops


Over at my personal blog and the Wittegen Press blog we are celebrating Halloween this year in a big way.

We have:
  • A free eBook of 2 horror stories for All Hallows Read called Cursed - A Horror Collection
  • Free flash fiction
    • on my personal blog it's one longer fic
    • on WP we have written drabbles for every book with horror or paranormal content

  • A Halloween Book sale with all horror or paranormal books 99c or less


So pop on over to Tasha's Thinkings and Wittegen Press to check out the monstrous delights :)

Trick or Treat!
*Disappears with manic cackle...*

Happy Halloween

Oct. 31st, 2014 08:24 am
novembermond: (sufferer2)
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I'm sure you already know the new eggs are dropping in the cave.

"Being near this egg makes it hard to think clearly."

I also did some zombie attempts. when it says "database error" it means you got one. simply refresh the page. :D

When it comes to zombies, the numbers really do the trick. The last two years I wasn't trying seriously and got none out of five kills. This year I got three zombies so far and I haven't even killed anything yet.
edit: now after my five kills I ended up with two adults and five hatchies or so... tbh I stopped counting. XD
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Posted by Ask a Manager

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

1. Wearing a Halloween costume to an interview

I have an interview on Halloween. Would it be ok to wear a costume to show my fun spirit?

Nooooo. Unless you’re interviewing someone where “fun spirit” is a major and key job requirement, this would be a very bad idea (and even then, I wouldn’t do it).

While I’m sure there’s some interviewer out there who would appreciate it and think it’s awesome, there are far more who will find it off-key and inappropriate for a professional situation. Plus, you want the focus on your qualifications, not what you’re wearing.

2. How to address performance problems with an employee who makes excuses

I have a new director’s role at a large-ish nonprofit and will soon “inherit” some staff. One of these employees has a pattern of executing tasks we hadn’t agreed on, misinterpreting things, and in one notable, recent case, not remembering something he’d emailed me the day before. When I ask for clarification or otherwise address these, he often claims to be “not thinking clearly.”

Over a month ago, I was also contacted by a former manager and a former colleague of this employee. They both reached out to warn me this staff person is not up to the job and not to be trusted.

I have been trying to be as fair as possible but I must confess, the “not thinking clearly” excuse distracts me. I need to set forth some performance expectations but “clear thinking” can’t be one of them. I’d love to hear any advice on how to handle this.

If he has a pattern of performance problems, the fact that he attributes it to “not thinking clearly” isn’t an excuse. You need him meeting the requirements of his job, regardless of whether he’s thinking clearly or not. And that’s the way to approach this: by sitting down with him and laying out what you need him to do differently, period.

I agree with you that “clear thinking” isn’t an especially measurable performance metric, but it’s certainly an issue that you can raise, because you need him thinking clearly and you can say that. It’s perfectly reasonable to say something like, “I’m concerned by the pattern I’m seeing of incidences like X, Y, and Z. I need you to do ___ differently. When we’ve discussed that in that past, you’ve mentioned that you weren’t thinking clearly. I know we all have moments like that, but going forward, I do need clear thinking in this role.” Also, be explicit that your concerns are serious and that the problems will jeopardize his job if not resolved.

Ultimately, the thing to keep in mind is that you want to describe what great performance looks like in the role, and how he’s currently falling short of that. It’s absolutely reasonable to hold him to that bar; don’t get distracted by the “not thinking clearly” response.

3. Am I obligated to give a witness statement about an incident with a coworker?

At my place of employment, there was a situation between two coworkers. Two other women and I were around at the time. So when one employee went to the manager to complain, she named me as a witness to the situation. I was pulled into the office 8 days later and, to be honest, do not remember word for word what happened because I was carrying out my own business. I can’t even remember what I did 8 hours ago, let alone what someone else said 8 days ago! But I was asked to write a statement of the event to help determine proper disciplinary action! Am I obligated to write this statement being as though I am uncomfortable with the fact that I may be causing someone to lose their job over something I do not fully recall?

Yes, you’re obligated to share what you know; that’s a perfectly reasonable thing of your employer to require of you when trying to sort out an incident that happened in the office. However, you’re not obligated to claim certainty that you don’t have; you’re only obligated to tell the truth. It would be perfectly reasonable to say, “I wasn’t paying a lot of attention when it happened and my memory is hazy. What I recall for sure is ___.”

4. Including quotes from performance reviews on LinkedIn

What do you think about quoting performance reviews in the experience section of LinkedIn? Yay or nay?

Meh. In general, I don’t even typically advise it for resumes — although if the quote is truly phenomenal (and contains real substance and concrete specifics), it can be effective. The problem is that more often than not, when people do it, the quotes just aren’t that superlative and they end up sounding like they don’t really know what top performance looks like. I’m even wary of telling people that it’s okay to use one if it’s truly superlative, because some people have a much lower bar for “superlative” than they should and if the quote is anything less than unusually fantastic, it can really leave the wrong note.

But back to LinkedIn: As with your resume, it’s going to be all in the execution. I can imagine it done well, but I can also imagine it done pretty poorly.

5. Bullet points in cover letters

You’ve got a lot written about good cover letters, but I haven’t seen any addressing bullet points. Is it okay to use bullet points in a cover letter? Someone is suggesting that instead of wordy paragraphs, I highlight my skills and accomplishments with a few bullet points. He used them successfully, so I think I’ll try it out, but I’m curious what you think.

Skills and accomplishments belong in your resume. Your cover letter shouldn’t repeat what’s on your resume (since that would be squandering the opportunity to say something additional).

If you can use bullet points as part of a compelling narrative that isn’t just regurgitating what’s on your resume, then sure, go for it — but the most important thing is your content, not its format. (That said, in general, I think it’s a little harder to write a great cover letter that’s heavily focused around bullet points, although not impossible.)

wearing a Halloween costume to an interview, talking to an employee with fuzzy thinking, and more was originally published by Alison Green on Ask a Manager.

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