this week is fucking fired

Sep. 30th, 2014 14:35
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Today I:

* had to stay awake for 24 hours or so to be awake for the plumber;

* discovered, when sitting down on the guest room bed to chat with the plumber while he worked, that somebody (Gabe) had peed on the bed;

* stripped the bed linens and chucked them in the wash to soak, sprayed the mattress down with Nature's Miracle (it had a waterproof pad on it but that doesn't do much about the smell) and propped it up to dry;

* finally got to bed after the plumber was finished;

* heard, just as I was dozing off, the Leakfrog sounding its HELP HELP I AM IN WATER alert;

* went downstairs to discover the laundry drain sink had ONCE AGAIN backed up and flooded because SOMEBODY forgot to check the drain for lint, naming no names ALL RIGHT IT WAS ME, and had to spend an hour cleaning up the flood.

This week is fucking fired.

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Sep. 30th, 2014 14:31
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This stinkbug is egregious. Read more... )

Face-palm

Sep. 30th, 2014 11:08
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Have I really never used the title the Women Gardner Dozois Doesn't See?

BSF32

Unbound

Sep. 30th, 2014 05:59
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Ray Bradbury was like Elvis: He gave up what he was good at to make movies.

Thanx to File 770
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So my pull request re posting notifications of new Dreamwidth entries to Twitter got reviewed, and has comments that need to be addressed. However, I don't have time or headspace to devote to DW dev work at the moment, so if this is going to make it in before it bitrots completely, it would probably be best if somebody else took it on. This leads to two questions,
  1. Anybody want to take this on? I think it's mostly there, but needs tweaking as per comments. And probably some fairly thorough re-testing, since things may have changed with Twitter and Net::Twitter since I wrote it 18 months ago.
  2. More generally, what should I do in this scenario? Is there some way in which I can unassign myself from the PR? (I'm not sure that there even is an Issue to unassign myself from; I did this work while we were in bugzilla)
Thanks.
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Out of bed. Have had tea and a muffin. Have read the paper (meaning "skimmed Twitter, DW, LJ...").

Twenty minutes until my bus, in which time I must get dressed (for dreary weather) and fill the travel mug with tea and get out the door.

Go.

...

...it's dark outside.

But for real this time, self. Onward!

Learning Resources: Coursera.org

Sep. 30th, 2014 09:46
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I have only just discovered these, and I have yet to start my first course there, but so far, it is looking interesting.

https://www.coursera.org/

Coursera offers content from a number of international universities; the courses themselves are free, certificates aren't. (I think this is an extremely good deal. If you're at a stage in life where certificates are important to you - or working in a field where they are - then the extra $50 (?) per course will make a difference and won't completely break the bank.

If you just want to learn, you can learn for free.


Speaking of learning, I have signed up for two:

https://www.coursera.org/course/learning

which deals with a topic close to my heart: being an efficient learner. I've watched a couple of the lectures - they're extremely short (ca 5 mins) and focus on two learning modes: focusses thinking (where you review previously-made connections) and diffuse thinking (where you form new ones). I'm interested to see how the second mode is related to 'the zone' and I have my theories about it. The course does not seem to focus on learning modes in connection with input - visual, auditory, kinaesthetic; or the sequential vs. Gestalt learning, so it will be interesting to see how this insight eventually fits in with the things I already know about learning.

This, for me, is a hobby course, and I don't expect to be working much at it; I picked it up because I stumbled across it.

The course that I am really interested in, and excited about, because hey - access to university level material which right now I otherwise could not afford at all - is

https://www.coursera.org/course/sna

which I expect to be much more challenging, but it fits in well with things that I have been trying to learn about on my own; having a more structured environment will be exceedingly useful. It's just a little bit daunting, but that's graduate level studies for you.

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Sep. 30th, 2014 00:06
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Purple's lunch call has gone out of sync with his old group's lunch schedule. This occasioned a bit of hilarity when Lennon Glasses Guy said an apparently-sincere thank-you to Purple for making the lunch call -- except that the old group was just finishing up as he and I were just sitting down.

We both got the grill special, which was a very sauce-covered sandwich. I had mine wrapped in a napkin. His dripped sauce all over his plate. Hilarity ensued.

The replacement headset arrived. This was good.

My Overlady made delicious cookies. They were shortbread and preserves and very good. I gave one of mine to Purple, who went into raptures. Apparently jam is good and baked jam is better.

I forgot caffeine, and was exhausted until I remembered it.

I forgot my headset at my desk. I realized in the parking lot. We turned around so I could get it. Purple teased me about it. Purple and I talked cats. Gabrielle became Hellion; Shammash became Mosh.

Tomorrow:

* There's some stuff in the fridge.
* Flu shot early.

Daily Happiness

Sep. 29th, 2014 21:16
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I got Irene hooked on Brooklyn Nine-Nine! :D :D :D

2. Busy day today doing non-work stuff, but it was still nice to have a day off.

3. Got two of the three scanlations I need to post by the end of the month posted and should be able to post the third tomorrow no problem.

4. The kitten has been seeming like she doesn't feel too well for the past couple days, and then this morning I found tapeworms coming out of her butt. >:( So we took her in to the vet this afternoon and got her some worm pills and flea stuff (the fleas are what got her the worms yay). Hopefully she will be feeling better soon.

Gratitude Sept 29

Sep. 29th, 2014 21:56
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[personal profile] jamie
1. Yes, my car still runs, I have food in the pantry and money in the bank. I feel so very fortunate about that today.
2. My meeting tonight went well.
3. The park ranger was prompt to the meeting this morning.
4. My boss was understanding of my need to take most of the day off.
5. My health is good.

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 26

Sep. 29th, 2014 21:12
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[personal profile] torachan


Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Krim + Kurokishi Scans
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Realizing that Mikako's shadow is always over her and Kaito when they're together, Yoshiki feels more alone than ever.



Chapter 26: Shadow
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[personal profile] sarah
As I brushed my teeth this morning, I leaned on the windowsill to watch dawn ghosting in over the trees. There was still one starry object in the east, but the sky was pale enough that I figured it had to be a planet.

Thirty seconds of consultation with the computer in my pocket revealed it to be Jupiter.

There are many true and just reasons to sneer at our attachment to our electronic gadgets, but I'm old enough to remember when a trip to the reference section was your only recourse for answering an idle question. As my mother was a librarian, I had quite a lot of almanacs, encyclopedia, and atlases in my own home, but there is no comparison between how often I bothered to crack open a reference tome and how often I ask the internets a question.

I couldn't help but coo over my new phone at work today. A co-worker who has owned every revision of iphone since the first wondered why I poke at it so often when I don't use Facebook, or Twitter, or any of the usual social sites. I just shrugged it off, because it seemed too unbearably difficult to explain how little questions flit through my head all day, like stubborn fireflies, and I can't help but look them up.

My father, who's in his late sixties, plays pool every Wednesday with my grandfather, who's 95. My grandfather hinted he was growing bored with the same couple games, so my dad pulled out his phone to look up some variants.

"I don't understand these computers, but that's sure a handy thing to have," my grandfather said.

Scanlation: Yasha ch. 23

Sep. 29th, 2014 19:32
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[personal profile] torachan


Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: While Rin continues to work on his deadly virus, Sei undergoes various tests in the Amamiyas' secret lab.


Chapter 23

On what, now?

Sep. 29th, 2014 19:56
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I've been seeing a lot of Spam lately of the form "Huge Discounts on X!" Fractional private jet ownership. Trips to Costa Rica. Etc.

But today's headline is a little...no one proofread this, is what I'm saying.

"Print Coupons For Savings On Toilet Paper!"

I would be impressed to see a device that could print anything on toilet paper, to be honest.

Rereading books

Sep. 29th, 2014 17:17
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I like rereading books. At least, I like rereading books I like. If I'm drawn into the story and I like the characters, I will have all the emotions of making friends. Rereading the books reunites me with my old friends.

I noticed that some of the friendships have worn a bit thin with the passing years. While I have grown older and my view of the world has changed dramatically, my old friends remain the same. And sometimes they are too young and simple to hold my interest. I'm sad when this happens.

The last time I read Heinlein books, was, likely, the last time I'll read them. His characters are too flat. I like the Howard Family stories, but the characters are one-dimensional caricatures with questionable philosophies. The last one of his that I read was Friday. I like that character because she is a strong female. Now, though, she seems a strong paper doll. It's sad.

I just reread Jo Walton's King's Peace and In the Name of the King. I like Sulien ap Gwien. But I'm tired of the endless war. I might reread the first again someday. I'm about half way through Among Others. I like the main character in this book, too. But, I think this one will be a read-once book.

I have just purchases all the Hornblower books, this time as ebooks. I haven't read them in a long time. And I know that Horatio will seems like a friend I haven't seen in a long time. Only now, I'll see him as Ioan Gruffudd who played the part for an A&E miniseries. I'm looking forward to that set.

Oh, the indignity

Sep. 30th, 2014 08:48
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I knit my cat a Kitty-Cozy. This morning I thought I'd try to put it on her. This was as far as I got:

Kitty Cozy

Unfortunately, the limp bonelessness and the look of utter betrayal that she gave me as I wrestled her into the garment convinced me that trying to put her other front leg into the second sleeve might irretrievably break her. So I wimped out and took a photo instead. Poor creature. It's such a sad thing to be treated with such indignity.

The UWaterloo paper reviewed us!

Sep. 29th, 2014 18:41
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Lovers of sci-fi and fantasy at UW don’t need to go beyond their own backyards to find skilled authors in both genres, as the KW Science Fiction and Fantasy convention held last Saturday in Kitchener proved. In fact, James Nicoll, the MC of the event, stated that KW is home for quite a number of them.

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Sep. 29th, 2014 16:53
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I wore her out playing fetch with her rattly mouse. Read more... )

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