December days: Game

Dec. 18th, 2014 12:29
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[ profile] ghoti wanted to hear about a game you like.

babble, but I do answer the question eventually )

[December Days masterpost]

Rain, with a side of DISCO!

Dec. 18th, 2014 01:48
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I remain un-Wham!ed.

I had grand ideas about how early I would get up. Then they met with my sleep schedule. I did arrive at work for the emergency lunch, which was enjoyable. One of the dudes there thought he recognized me from FOGcon. I mentioned a few people I knew via my professional life who were involved with organization. "And X, who is doing such notable work on [the helldesk software]!" I said.

The Emergency Class Clown (the clown from the emergency class, not the class clown who gets called in case of clown emergency) noticed that I said "helldesk software" in the same tone of voice which I'd said "Kipper/Llama", and remarked that "notable" is not the same as "good". Well-spotted.

Something in perhaps the ventilation system is squeaking. I filed a ticket.

Twitter introduced me to which I inflicted on various places, including #adventuresofstnono and #VirtualH, as well as passing it along on Twitter. Autoplay audio, which may be disturbing to some, although it matches up better than random snippets from 37 Christmas carols rightfully ought to.

Aside from that, it was a quiet day. It had started to rain harder when Purple came over, so we said a very brief and rained-upon goodnight. My car took him by surprise; he wasn't quite sure why I was stopping. Heh.

I got up with the early alarm, with no real idea of why I was getting up, just that it seemed like a good idea. I remembered while getting dressed: oh, today was the breakfast! I arrived to find that the food trucks were still there, and had been asked to stay another half-hour for the stragglers.

Rosemary potatoes in hand, I commenced on my inbox. The font vendor thing was going okay, and I sent various updates on that. The Stage Manager emerged from "our" conference room with a chairful of cruft: namely, a large box of mixed DIMM boxes and other rubbish. Most of it looked recyclable, albeit different kinds of recyclable. He declared that local-helpdesk had used the conference room as a war room some time ago, and that they hadn't cleared up their junk, so it was time to do that, and all this stuff was now my problem. So I shelled the manuals out of the DIMM boxes and put things in places. In between that, I had a delightful chat with a colleague also from Alaska who had worked in the shadow of the big blue dish antenna, and had almost certainly seen me, due to my association with the Duct-Tape Sword Guys. ("I was the girl.")

The bagel guillotine in the new building is also a "Smushy", and I should file a ticket.

The helldesk dev team has been inquiring on a number of tickets which have to do with the terrible "Portal" green and black UI, whether the proposed "Self-Service" view in the horrible blue and white UI will suffice. Some, yes. Some, on the other hand ... the phrase "Unless the Portal view is expected to be retired, this should remain a planned enhancement to it" was deployed. I shared the conversation with my manager, who had a many few things to say, and many of them less tactful than mine.

On one of them, however, the specific one which had nearly sent me sobbing under somebody's desk with vodka, my response was the politest possible under the circumstances:


Anything more elaborate than that would have run the chance of the out-loud swearing making its way into the text.

Later in the afternoon, I inquired as to the best place to hang the disco ball. There were a variety of responses. The best one involved the long bar of fluorescents above my head. (There's a diffuser; it's not just naked tubes.) Some shenanigans later, the unit was assembled and hung. The Stage Manager, whose superpowers include being tall, helped route the little power cord. I captured the switch in a fixed location and put up a little sign, reading "DISCO!" My variously amazed and amused co-workers gathered around. The Stage Manager threw a lightswitch rave. My manager looked at it in (slightly wobbly) giggly delight.

I went and fetched dinner. When I came back, I read my email. Separate entry to follow. Locked.

Daily Happiness

Dec. 17th, 2014 23:44
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1. We got the tapeworm pills in the mail today. When she had worms before, we took her to the vet and they gave her the pill, and also gave us a second pill to give her a month later. I crushed that one up and put it in her food, but it must have tasted bad because she refused to eat it, even when I mixed a second can of food in. So this time I didn't want to even bother trying it in her food, but was also nervous about trying to give her a pill. It went just fine, though! She didn't seem upset during or after, so that's good.

2. There's this iOS game called Oceanhorn that I've been interested in ever since I saw a preview ages ago and it finally went on sale for $4.99 (I think regular price was like $9.99, so not too expensive even then) so now it is mine! And it's just as cool as it looked. It's a Zelda-type game, which is probably my favorite genre, and while I'm not super fond of touch screen controls, it is pretty easy to play.

3. It rained all through the night, but wasn't raining this morning when I had to go to work. I don't mind riding my bike in light rain, but don't want to get to work soaked, so if it's raining hard, I usually take the bus, but today I had to be in by 6.30 and the buses aren't really running very frequently at that hour. But thankfully I was just able to ride to work as usual.

4. Tomorrow is supposed to be my day off but my manager has to do something so I have to go in. But it will be overtime, and I don't have to stay the full day, so that's good! I might also take an hour or two off Friday if I get everything done that needs to be done.

5. Two cashiers called out again today, but at least it was one in the morning and one in the evening, rather than both during the same shift. I still had to be up at the register a lot, but not as bad as yesterday. (And since I got there 2.5 hours before the store opened, I was able to get a lot done then at least.)
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The entirety of the following is someone else's words.

Here is her situation, in her own words:

"My husband has Alzheimer's. He needs help with getting up in the morning, with eating his breakfast and keeping clean. He needs help in remembering where he is and who the people around him are. Most of all, he needs help with filling the hours of his day. For a long time I managed to give him all this help and keep writing ­­ not as much as I wanted to write, but something everyday. I also had time for keeping in touch with friends and readers on the Internet, an activity that is keeping me sane. This despite the constant interruptions and questions. He has delusions, too, hears imaginary voices and wonders if there are other people living in our house.

Then Howard cut himself somehow, just a scrape more than a deep cut. He didn't tell me. It went septic. Fortunately we do have good health care. They kept him in hospital for several days and cured the blood poisoning. But he came home terribly weak and more confused than ever.

Without help in the house I can't write. Just getting online is difficult. I have a new Deverry book started ­­ a whole 70 pages. Two months ago I had 50 pages. This pace is not me, but concentrating on fiction when someone needs your constant attention is pretty much impossible. In a way, I have a small child who remembers being a grown- up. It breaks my heart daily."

Right now Kit (who has chronic asthma and a heart condition) is the sole caregiver for Howard.

We have set up this fundraiser specifically to pay for care for Howard to allow her to write, either a health aide to come to the house or an adult day­care specifically designed for Alzheimer’s patients. She cannot afford this unless we help. We have set a basic goal of $12,000, which should give Kit 20 weeks of coverage. Any money raised over that amount will go for more of the same.
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My big work project goes into 'shut down the old system to any data entry' on Jan 5 and the new system should be up by Jan 8. Definitely in bear country since the company mostly shuts down on Dec 24 and re-opens Jan 5. So really, I have 5 work days left with some version of the full staff team. The contractors don't shut down except for the days immediately adjacent to Dec 25 and Jan 1 which means I'll be working but there is a limited amount of what I can do without input from the staff.

Here is to hoping it goes as smoothly as all my prep has led me to believe it will.

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Dec. 17th, 2014 23:41
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Don't take Lamictal. Your digestive system will attempt climb out and hit you.

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Dec. 17th, 2014 22:41
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ThePirateBay is down! I noticed this because I download the updates to the Dwarf Fortress Starter Pack from there, because the server the guy hosts it on is cruddy. I've been doing ThePirateBay wrong.
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I picked up a book by someone I like and respect, and it just wasn't my cup of tea. Not badly written; just not the sort of thing I go in for. I gave it around thirty pages and moved on.

Next, I'm on to Chang-Rae Lee's On Such A Full Sea. Not very far into it so far. Seems futuristic, but can't tell; that's not a bad thing, as I'm only perhaps ten pages in. Writing is so far is lovely, as expected; he wrote one of my favorite pieces of creative non-fiction. Will report back soon.

Edit: I'm also reading Connie Willis's Doomsday Book. Liking it a lot so far.


Got Wynnona and Indigo Girls and Linda Ronstadt (What's new? How is the world treating you?) on in the car. Also have an old Karen Carpenter that mom picked up for me at the yard sales, but I disliked the first song, so I skipped it. May give it another shot later. When I'm alone in the car, I play my game where I stop on the first thing that's actual music and not a commercial, so I'm hearing lots of new stuff: mariachi and rap and classical and pop and so on. I enjoy most of it, and dislike very little of it. I continue to have mixed feelings about "All About That Bass," which continues to be my most persistent earworm.

Also, I don't think to mention this, usually, but we listen to Wait Wait Don't Tell Me every week.


I didn't care for Plants vs. Zombies 2. Not only because it requires a camera (anyone know why?) to download, but because there's just too much going on. If a game gets too frantic and fast, I start mashing the keys and lose interest.

Still playing PvZ1, Dots, Two Dots, and Royal Envoy 2, along with a thing called Dropwords that makes me long for Bookworm, so I may go see if they have an Android version. Are you playing anything fun right now?


Checked out a couple of discs of The Saint from the library. Really sexist -- he slaps women All. The. Time! Definitely not going to get more of them, but to be honest, it's the kind of show James and I tend to watch: intrigue/mystery that's not challenging to the thinky bits.

Netflix has some more seasons of Suchet's Poirot,  I still really like it, and it's been long enough since I've read any of the stories that the only one I knew the ending to was the Orient Express.

Disney re-released Sleeping Beauty, a childhood fave of mine, after years of not making it available, as part of the whole Maleficent thing, so we bought Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent both.

I will not give you the feminist commentary on Sleeping Beauty today. You can probably find it online [Jezebel | Tor] | Feminist Fiction | etc]. But I loved that movie as a child, and I was especially enchanted with Maleficent, who intrigued me and sent a frisson of dread/exhilaration through me. I thought she was beautiful and fascinating and interesting.

So why did I fall asleep watching the Jolie piece? Dunno. Will try again, because there certainly is a lot of interesting alternative story going on, and it's right up my alley, but the pace was slow and Jolie's accent was driving me buggy, and I fell asleep about halfway through.


Dec. 17th, 2014 20:58
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The joke in those tags was that characters in Valdemar books really do die and become horses. Mercedes Lackey genuinely thought that this idea was really cool and that it belonged in her books.


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Dec. 17th, 2014 20:56
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Characters in Bleach die and go to Yami no Matsuei, and characters in Yami no Matsuei die and go to Bleach.

Characters who die in both consecutively go to Dragon Ball - aka, hell - a realm where there is no true death, and therefore, no hope of escape.

#'but where do characters who die in homestuck go preacher' #'they become horses in mercedes lackey books'
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Mom has forbidden him from bringing home any more animals, so he's trying to get me to adopt some for him to play with. Earlier today, I for probably the dozenth time explained to him that I think Dubiety the Cat needs to be a lone cat, given that he is terrified of Tragedy the Cat - who is seventeen years old, half his weight, badly arthritic, deaf, and going blind.

So he comes over to the house this evening, sits there playing with Dubiety for a while, and then asks me hopefully, "do you think he'd like a friend?"

I gave him the cookies I fucked up. I don't think he noticed they tasted funny.

bears. possibly platypus bears.

Dec. 17th, 2014 17:00
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2. So I have now read Avengers: The Children's Crusade (which was very very omg good, all my YA feels are now reignited after being slightly meh about the Secret Invasion and Dark Reign trades).

Also I really need all the fic about Billy and Teddy and their grandfather and all the different things that family means. (There are only a couple - Trust Me by dangerouscommiesubversive is really really good - but there need to be more.)

(btw I wrote up an outline of the first issue of the YA-set-in-billy-and-teddy's-apartment series. *innocent whistle*)

3. I keep meaning to catch up on replies to everyone else's posts but at this point I am SO FAR BEHIND. I am reading and enjoying them all though!

4. [personal profile] umadoshi asked: Is there a book/show/movie you've been fully intending to get to this year but find yourself putting off for some reason? (Fear of disappointment, not wanting it to be over--whatever!)

Oh gosh, there are SO MANY of these. I am totally the person who will listen to your recommendations and nod along sagely, but even if it's something that sounds perfect for me, I can never start reading/watching/listening until the time is right. Sometimes that time is ten years later.

Today I am going to talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender )

Anyway just this week I bought a couple of the missing S3 discs at a flea market so maybe I will get back to watching it soon. I could do it over the holiday when I have the TV to myself again except I was planning to spend the holiday watching both series of Cosmos back-to-back (something else I keep trying and failing to watch through.) So I guess we shall see.


And then I can start putting off watching Korra.

5. Bears.

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Dec. 17th, 2014 17:00
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Why does this cat need to be right next to me 100% of the time. Does he think bad guys are going to get him if he goes into the other room. Does he think bad guys are going to get me. What is either of us even going to do about bad guys, whine at them.

Superior Virtue

Dec. 17th, 2014 15:35
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In 1937 Bertrand Russell wrote an essay entitled "The Superior Virtue of the Oppressed," in which he attacked the sentimental assumption of the title, pointing out that while the oppressed are no worse than we are, they are also no better, and given the opportunity, would act as badly we have. Since then, Robert Heinlein has dramatized the idea (the three-monkey parable in Stranger in a Strange Land), and the State of Israel has given us an object lesson. At a more trivial level, the whole Fake Geek Girl thing strikes me as a marvelous horrible example of learning the wrong lesson from oppression.

December days: Art

Dec. 17th, 2014 17:44
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[personal profile] angelofthenorth asked me about Art – what do you respond to?

talking about personal history seems to work well in these posts )

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