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Oct. 20th, 2017 02:28 pm
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Oh, wow, it's been a while since my last public post.

The main thing going on right now is that I'm making a cautious attempt at work. Very, very cautious, because after the last few years there's no knowing what I am or aren't capable of, and while the only way to know is to try, Significant Failure is not-an-option for safety reasons. So far it hasn't gone as badly as I was concerned about, and that's about the most positive thing I'm willing to commit to for now.

In fic-news, my fandom-beta for Shadowhunters had to bow out - I don't remember if I did or didn't post about it. But she had and that's a problem for me, because I pretty much need somone to talk to in order to write anything more complex than a short story, and the fandom being what it is I'm... Not Thrilled about having to potentially fish for a beta. At some point I'll have to, and that point is probably pretty close, given the sp&g beta nearly caught up with where the story's at now.

I seem to recall that one or two of the new people around here are into Shadowhunters, so if you think you can deal with a talkative author, that'd be super; if not, I'll... sit on it until I decide whether to properly advertise or abandon the fic. (Or - unlikely as it seems - I'll manage to work through whatever's not working on my own. Which would be awesome if it happened, but *shrug* usually I need a team.)

The Blood is the Life for 20-10-2017

Oct. 20th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Oct. 20th, 2017 10:49 am
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I have a lot of reading to do, having somehow kept busy but gotten nowhere so far this week. And I'm away this weekend (with good intentions of reading on the train, but also...I've met me. So I'm trying to catch up now.

Some of it's hard going, but luckily some of it's also written by Geoff Pullum (a name anyone who reads Language Log might recognize and someone I learned I liked from there).
"A silly, infuriatingly unscholarly piece, designed to mislead" is what one irate but anonymous senior scholar called this chapter when it was first published in NLLT. But this is not correct; rather, what I have written here is a silly, misleadingly nscholarly piece, designed to infuriate. There is a huge difference.
May more of my reading be silly and misleadingly unscholarly!

postcards from the edge (of the year)

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:31 pm
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Leave your name and mailing address, as well as an indication if you want a Christmas or seasonal card or just an ordinary postcard.

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Oct. 20th, 2017 12:59 am
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We are queer, ethnically Jewish (even if that side of the family converted to Christianity years ago), and disabled, and fuckwits on Tumblr still think they can compare us to literal fucking Nazis because there's a Rassilon in our system. 

As Problematic Fictive Discourse goes, that's a pretty far reach. 


P. S. Since when has our Dreamwidth become "Cass rants about Tumblr politics"?
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2. do you like the feeling of cold air on your cheeks on a wintry day?

um, we don't really have a winter in the sense of snowball fights and white christmases? but it does get cold in december, and it hails about once or twice during winter. and i like the... i wouldn't say cold, but cool? it makes me happy. like rain makes me happy. (omg running around in the rain always makes me SO FKN HAPPY. like AUTOMATIC happy. monsoon is the fkn BEST.)

You Are In Love is one of those TSwift songs that is considered "not her best". But even at "not her best", she soothes my soul so much? like, it's a very lovely world to step into. she's describing a very soft love and addressing it to you, which is the sweetest thing? like she wants you to have this? i'm melting.

Today's ambiguity

Oct. 19th, 2017 10:47 pm
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"Resent" is both how one might feel about being told an email never arrived and also what one might do in response.


Oct. 19th, 2017 10:47 pm
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The month was only half over last weekend. How can it be almost three quarters over only a week later?

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Oct. 19th, 2017 09:48 pm
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I went downtown yesterday early enough to have time to return things to the library and to pick up my holds. I had a little more than forty minutes before the bus I needed to take to get to Skyline. I got out to the school about fifteen minutes before the final bell. Cordelia was a little worried about where to meet because I wanted to give her geometry teacher some Puffs as a donation (the district no longer provides tissues for teachers to put out for the kids who have colds/allergies).

The fundraiser stuff was in two smallish boxes, one of which only contained a beef sausage thingy and so didn't weigh very much. I told the cab dispatcher where we'd be waiting, but he neglected to tell the cabbie. Fortunately, he guessed the front entrance, and we'd positioned ourselves where we could see cars on both loops approaching that (there's one for buses and one for parents dropping off/picking up, but when there aren't buses there, cars can use either).

We had friends over to play games last night. We played a cooperative game called Star Trek Five Year Mission that Scott's planning to run at UCon. We missed a lot of details the first time through. I didn't play the second game because they wanted to do the timed version. I didn't want to deal with that. Instead, I took a short walk and recaptured the Ingress portal down the street. I managed to get a silver (second level out of five) badge for making fields.

I had intended to go out this morning, but Scott's sister texted me with an invitation for Cordelia to go out to a concert this evening, and I spent quite a long time trying to coordinate that (including reaching Cordelia to make sure she even wanted to go). I can only assume that my niece intended to take a friend and had that friend cancel at the last minute. I didn't ask.

I've written 1200 words today, just not on any of my established WIP. Because I needed a new, half completed story. Really, I did.

Supernatural rewatch

Oct. 19th, 2017 07:07 pm
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I love how even from the Pilot on, the boys were ON! And they still are.

Not only that, but their characters were "on" from the start as well. They were both so selfless, willing to put their lives on the line to protect total strangers, especially women and children. It wasn't something they thought about. That's just who they are. (Which is why the title of last seasons ep, Who We Are was so perfect!)

They never had lives of their own. Neither one of them. Even when Sam tried to get away... he couldn't. For a long time, it was because Dean dragged him into it. He resented him. I think he was justified in doing so. But at some point, the fight became his as well. 

And so, both these boys - strike that, men - knew they had a calling on their lives. Like it or not, they had to defend people, protect them. Save them. They couldn't not do it Both of them tried to get away at some point or another. But they couldn't live with the guilt. They couldn't live with themselves.

That's why I love them both so very, very much.

I didn't think I could ever love and be emotionally attached to any other show as much as The X-Files, or even M*A*S*H. But this show has really become that for me.

Last Will And Autocorrect

Oct. 20th, 2017 09:16 am
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Somebody elsenet suggested that life might be a lot easier if one were to let Google Autocorrect do some of the more mundane tasks on one's behalf, and offered as a worked example his new will. "Sounds legit!" thought I, and so here is the result of a similar endeavour written by mine own fair hand (with some help from Google Autocorrect, which I've marked in bold):

Last Will and Testament

I know the pilot, of sound crossword clue, do hereby declare this pizza to be awesome. I further declare that this Last Will & Grace reflects my personal travel planner without any undue influence whatever.

At the time of this Last Will & Testament, I am married to England and I love her chords.

I have money in Spanish but I don’t own a cat. Most of my money is missing.

After payment of allahabad Unversity, expenses and life goes on, I request you to kindly do the needful and that my money goes up in smoke.

I give up to kill a mockingbird, my house linen can go the distance. I would like my pizza boneless to have my absolution for a shilling. The majority of carbon dioxide is transported to the moon and back. I leave my debts behind.

Upon my dear and loving husband I direct that my body is ready and put to rest in the night garden.

Splendid, isn't it? Ok, who's next?
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My iPad is always within reach, but it doesn't have cellular service. Could I get a mobile hotspot and use it as a phone?
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... and while not everybody on these two playlists fits the definition of feminist or metal (especially not metal, TBH) I would say that these two spotify playlists are the place to start:

Emma Jay Olsen's Angry Feminist Playlist
and my very own Ladies Who Rock

But in terms of feminist metal bands, you can't go far wrong with:

Hysterica (esp Heels)
McQueen (esp Not For Sale)
Wicked Wisdom (esp You Can't Handle)
Halestorm (esp Rock Show - principally because I've never heard anything capture that feeling better)
In This Moment (esp Comanche - we've took all we can and we won't take any more)
and of course
Skunk Anansie (esp Rise Up)
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I'm not sure why I have been so tired lately. I wonder if I haven't gotten 100 percent over being sick? I think the stress is still affecting me, even when I am not consciously aware of it.

Anyway, it was a BEAUTIFUL day today - not just weather-wise, but because something happened today that hasn't happened in probably a decade. Literally 10 years or more. I got a compliment. From a GUY!

I was walking in the park with one my babies. So. Much. Walking.


There's a guy I've seen walking around there quite often, I guess 50-ish in age. I wonder if he works for the Park District. He always says hello to us and to my little guy. This was the exchange, just about word for word. (Hey, I don't hear this stuff very often. You bet I'm going to memorize it!)

GUY: Can I ask you a question?
ME: Okay.
GUY: Did you ever think you'd be wearing shorts in October?
ME: (laughing) I love it!
GUY: You should wear them. You have nice legs!
ME: O.o Thanks!

I guess feminism tells me that I should be insulted? Can someone explain to me why? It was just a compliment. He wasn't being sleazy with me or anything. He just said it and we both laughed and went on our way.

Dear Author: Holly Poly

Oct. 20th, 2017 07:53 am
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Dear author,

Welcome to my Dear Author letter for [community profile] holly_poly, wherein I try to give you a snapshot of the kind of stuff I like, and which you are welcome to take as gospel (although I don’t recommend it), consider as guidelines (rather than rules), or simply read as an exercise in curiosity (entirely acceptable).


holly_poly: still working things out )

Leaving Day

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:38 pm
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Tomorrow is my very last day at work in Cambridge. I started in August 2013, which makes this the longest I've ever been at the same job.

It's very strange.

I won't miss most of what I do, because - meh, it's just not very interesting, even though I do it well?

I will miss the people, though. Even though I'm not super close to anyone, there's so many people there I like.

And it will be extremely odd to not be doing this job anymore. To look ahead and realize it won't be until January 2022 I will have been at my Swedish library job as long as I was at my random UK admin job.

Time is weird. Change is hard. Stress is happening, but also anticipation - and to be fair, immense relief to be rid of a lot of aspects of the role that had been grating on me.

Makes it hard to know what I'm feeling, exactly.

So I watch Yuri on Ice with [personal profile] doctorskuld and tear up at all of Yuri's Free Skates and also when sweet things are said and done and it feels so close to my heart and also like I first watched it an eternity ago...

UI improvements

Oct. 19th, 2017 12:02 pm
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What do you know, they actually listened.

I had a brief meeting yesterday where reps from the database software company told us about upcoming changes. Most importantly, there will be an option to filter by state instead of everything going into a giant slush pile and getting served up to me. No longer will I need to use Excel sheets to keep track of all the states with problematic records. That alone will save me something like 6-8 clicks per record, or thousands of clicks per day. They're also going to add persistent UI settings so that I don't have to change a couple settings for every single record I look at, saving me another few hundred clicks. You'd think that saving UI preferences would be standard, but I'm familiar with large enterprise projects. I'm amazed they're including it at all when it wasn't in the initial build.

Maybe I'll eventually even come to like the new system. Emoji kawaii flower
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Not much to report back, really. It was the debrief meeting. It was mostly us examining the things you lot had reported back to us.

I fed back all the things that you folks asked me to feed back in this and this post; pretty much all of them were received loud and clear. Especially popular was [personal profile] hollymath's suggestion that we put "would you benefit from step-free access" rather than "are you a wheelchair user" on Speaker's cards; this is definitely going to be done, hopefully for spring, but if not then for next autumn.

I've been given more work to do, which is mostly my own fault for volunteering to sort shit out. Nick Da Costa and I have to redesign the end of conference survey, so if you have any specific ideas about that do let me know. Is it too long, too short, too fiddly, etc? What questions do you think should be asked, and which ones do you think should be retired? As usual, I can;t promise to act on every suggestion, but I promise to at least read and respond to every suggestion.

Specifically regarding the app, which I know a few of you talked about: there was a feeling that we've sunk a lot of time and effort into the bespoke app, and it gets better every time - which it definitely does - and the developer is very responsive to requests for changes, so Grenadine is not going to fly. The specific comments about line numbers and clock hiding and too much nesting are definitely going to be fed back to the developer, so if those aren't sorted out for Spring you can take me to one side, spank me, and call me Gerald.

I'm going to go get a well deserved drink now.

NaNoWriMo 2017

Oct. 19th, 2017 01:13 pm
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After much internal debate and a serious look at my schedule for November, I've decided to participate in this year's NaNoWriMo to (hopefully) give me a kick in the pants to work on a novel idea I've been kicking around for a while. I'm locutus over there (as a brand new account because I've somehow forgotten the username/email I've used in the past), so feel free to shame me if (when) I don't reach 50k by the end of November.


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