Three sentences about 2017-02-22

Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:24 pm
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A low-key day today, we hung around the house all morning, and then headed out in the afternoon, stopping by a beach where seals and their pups were hanging out, which the kids liked a lot. I did a bit of kite-flying while we were there, although there wasn't really enough space for the Snapshot 1.2, and trying to keep the lines away from passersby and the kite out of the trees led to a crash and then tangled lines when I foolishly tried to launch it from a bad position, and flying time wasted on line detangling. Fun while it lasted though. :^) We then went over to a playground for the kids to run around a bit, and then back to the house, where the kids stayed for dinner with the grandparents while Amy and I headed out to local favorite mole place El Agave, which was super yummy as always. Home again after that, for home-made chocolate ice cream with caramel sauce, baths, and bed.

Three sentences about 2017-02-21

Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:46 pm
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Today, Legoland! Highlights included going on the Dragon coaster with Q, for whom it was a little too scary (the smaller Coastersaurus (Junie's first roller coaster, around four years ago) was down for maintenance, alas); the Technic coaster with Junie, which she was nervous about but ended up really enjoying; and generally watching the kids have fun, as there's definitely more kid-oriented stuff there than grownup. We went to PF Chang's for dinner afterwards, where I'd only been once before, and it was fine, not bad but not fantastic. I was super zonked by the time we got home, and thus did not post this until now. :^)

Three sentences about 2017-02-20

Feb. 20th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Today, a busy day at The World Famous San Diego Zoo! We saw bears, pandas, elephants, polar bears, big cats, gibbons, koalas, tasmanian devils, tapis and other snout guys, various birds, and probably other things I'm forgetting. :^) We didn't make it to see the hippos, but I've seen 'em before, so hey. Dinner afterwards at Casa Guadalajara was yummy, and now we're home for baths and bedtimes.
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So as promised, I read Powers of Darkness, by Valdimar Ásmundsson, and translated by Hans De Roos (which he accomplished with the help of many, many others, based on the credited people in the end of the book) and basically catalogued all the differences I could catch between what was formerly known as Makt Myrkranna, and the Stoker version.

Beneath the cut, you will find the long list of differences, and little things I noticed. )

Three sentences about 2017-02-19

Feb. 20th, 2017 01:21 am
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A low-key day in San Diego, we were all up a little early what with the time zone change, and then headed out to see The Batman Lego Movie, which was a lot of fun, and the kids liked it a lot too. I got slightly misty at the BAM and POW seen. :^) We stopped by Krispy Kreme on the way home, and then had lunch and donuts, after which I took a nice long nap. Amy's dad grilled a couple pieces of steelhead for dinner, which was great. Baths for the kids, then a couple games of BRAWL and Gold Digger, bedtime for the kids, and then a nice game of TTR with Amy and her sister, which ended hilariously when Amy's tablet disagreed with ours about what her sixth ticket was, and thus whether she had completed it, and thus who won the game. :^) Tomorrow, the zoo; so now, to bed!

Inactive Account Purge

Feb. 19th, 2017 11:26 am
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It appears that Insanejournal is purging journals that have been inactive for 2 years or more. Some of these I haven't even looked at in so long. A couple were made for a game that started on Greatestjournal--or at least, I think so--which never made it over to Insanejournal after all. Just going by the fact there's a now long dead link to an RPG application, which was somewhere on Greatestjournal and is now lost in the void.

The last time I made a post under my own username over there looks to have been in August of 2010. Since I basically remain logged in with that one via Firefox and take a peek around every few months, it comes through without an inactivity notice.

In another one, I spotted that I had uploaded some user icons others had made from the first issue of the original team of Excalibur. So prior to the permanent deletion of that journal, I saved the icons, and uploaded them Dreamwidth. Nothing was there to be saved in the rest, and it's fine for them to join the list of the deleted.

If you're on the Dreamwidth side of the fence, you can see one of the icons I spared is being used for this post.

Three sentences about 2017-02-18

Feb. 19th, 2017 02:01 am
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Another long day, and a complicated one, but all went well, so yay. :^) Took the kids to Q's futsal and Junie's shotokan in the morning, then home for lunch, and final packing, before taking a cab to the airport! We got some fast food for dinner, got to our gate in plenty of time, and had a pretty smooth flight -- we haven't flown with the kids in nearly two years, and it was a pretty different (much easier) experience. They slept some, Amy a bit I think, and I didn't much, although I did doze off while listening to some podcasts, and woke up in the middle of a different one than I had been listening to, and I'm not sure how many I missed. :^p Amy's folks picked us up from the airport, and we have now made it home, and are headin' to bed.

Three sentences about 2017-02-17

Feb. 17th, 2017 11:56 pm
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Long day, tired day. Good progress on Feb Proj in the morning. Headed home at 13:00 to meet stove repair people in case they showed up while Amy was picking up the kids. They did, and they fixed the stove, ya stove. Amy made fish sticks and cauliflower tots and crescent rolls and kale chips for dinner, yum. Kid baths, interspersed with working, and some logistical coordination with sister. Tired. Bedtimes, more work, more Feb Proj milestones accomplished, woot. Long day. Tired day. GTFTS.

A reminder

Feb. 17th, 2017 08:28 am
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With the launch of Generation 2 in Pokemon Go, I just wanted to remind people of [community profile] pokestop. The hype has certainly died down since last summer, but the community is still around and kicking (and posting information that might be useful!)

Three sentences about 2017-02-16

Feb. 16th, 2017 10:46 pm
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Tired, oof. Gotta work on getting to bed earlier. My streak tracking is going great, except my "call the government" and "gtfts" ones, which are basically non-existent. :^p Will keep trying. Anyway, made great progress on the February Project today, despite a lot of interruptions and distractions. Chaos came over for dinner, Amy tried a new thing in the slow cooker which wasn't bad but wasn't great, but it's always cool to try new things, it's very easy to fall into the pattern of making the same seven things the kids like every week. :^) We played Blokus after the kids were in bed; I lost, but thought I did pretty well, given that I've played like twice ever and not in ages. Our Internet connection was down all day, but finally came back up, yay. We managed ok by going through our phones as wireless hotspots, which is a useful thing to know we can do. A bit more Feb Proj work, and now it's bedtime. GTFTS!
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The book arrived from Amazon a day early--yesterday afternoon, and I’m in the process of reading it. For those that may be interested, I’m making a list of differences between the Stoker novel and this. The introduction listed several of them, which helped. The large quantity of footnotes point out the smaller bits that I’ve already spotted anyway.

Like how Jonathan stays at a hotel called The Golden Krone on the way to the castle, whereas Thomas stays at The Golden Crown. And the three vampire ladies are just one named The Countess.

(They even have a floor plan for the castle, in the midst of all the extra things they discuss.)

Three sentences about 2017-02-15

Feb. 15th, 2017 10:39 pm
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A bit more banging on stupid API things at work today, but then some other good productive stuff after that. Yale Appliance called, the part for our stove is in and they'll come install it on Friday; so, I made toaster oven fish nuggets for the kids, and microwave nachos for the grownups, for dinner tonight, yum. :^) Quentin has learned to play BRAWL, in turn-taking mode; he doesn't play as strategically as Junie, but he's got the rules down fine, and is well on his way to turning into an excellent little gamer. We battled to a draw tonight, and he's sure to get a win at some point...


Feb. 15th, 2017 10:12 am
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Taken from [ profile] lost_spook:

Comment to this post with a fic title (a word, phrase or quotation), a fandom and, if desired, a character or pairing. I'll reply with a summary of the fic I won't write for that title, in this way generating plot-bunnies, gaiety of nations and perhaps even actual fic by other people.

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:35 am
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Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
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* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

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Three sentences about 2017-02-14

Feb. 14th, 2017 09:58 pm
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Blah, tired and frustrating day today, whanging basically all day long on the poorly-documented API of one of our service providers. Which is worse, badly written example code, or docs with factual errors in them? I managed to get something pretty well working by the end of the day anyway, so all ways not a total loss. I fell asleep on the couch while the kids were playing after dinner, though, so it's bedtime now.

Three sentences about 2017-02-13

Feb. 13th, 2017 08:52 pm
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MORE SNOW jeez. The kids' schools were closed, as was my office, so I worked from home, and got some done but not as much as sometimes. The snow this time was heavy and wet, and the plows had done something different than usual, possibly plowed all the way to the curb rather than only a foot or two out, the net effect of which was that there was a ton of heavy full-of-big-rocks-of-ice snow all over the *sidewalk* for us to shovel. :^p But we did, and it was good exercise I suppose. Amy entertained the kids while I worked, and we watched Star Wars II in the middle there somewhere, which was fun and actiony when it wasn't horribly teen-romance-angsty. The lightsaber fight with Yoda is perhaps my favorite thing in the seven numbered Star Wars movies. :^) The stove repair guy came somewhere in here too, and quickly identified our problem as a part whose name I've forgotten, but which was visibly melted, so he's ordered us another one, which perhaps we will have on Wednesday, to the tune of around $250 total; more than we were hoping to spend on the stove this month, but cheaper than a new stove, and it's in good shape otherwise, so.

The less good news of the day is that Erich Schneider, a friend and former co-worker from Caltech (we shared an office for several months after we both started work at ITS at around the same time), had been missing for two days; today, his wife went to the police, and they found video of him jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. :^( I don't think anyone knows why, at least not yet. I hadn't seen him in years, but he was a really good guy, and I can't possibly do his memory any justice whatsoever, but some of my main memories of him are of his awesome and strange projects: Learning enough Greek to read Homer in the original, reading the twelve-volume Complete History Of Middle Earth (at a volume a month, over the course of a year, I think?), his recumbent bike, the homemade paneer he made with a cheesecloth hanging from his kitchen sink, and a lot of excellent gaming and hanging out from 1999 - 2005. He wasn't a frequent presence in my life these days, but he was a big part of my time at Caltech, and I'm sad that when I next reminisce about those times with those people, he'll be one of the memories rather than one of the participants. RIP Erich.

Code push imminent!

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:07 pm
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We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.

Three sentences about 2017-02-12

Feb. 12th, 2017 10:29 pm
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More snow! I'd thought we were supposed to get a little, and then maybe some rain, but instead it's been snowing all day, heavy and wet. It doesn't seem to be accumulating all that much, oddly, but that could just be becuase it's barely freezing, so maybe it's all just melting, preparing to freeze into sheets of solid ice overnight. :^p Schools are closed tomorrow, anyway, and it remains to be seen whether conditions will indicate that I should work from home or head in or what. Also unclear whether our stove repair person will be showing up or not; we continue to be only mildly inconvenienced by its absence, but it sure would be nice to be able to cook again.

Anyway, despite the weather we had a pretty busy day, heading out to Robbins Farm Park to go sledding in the morning, where we met a friend of Q's from preschool, and had a generally good time. Home, some playing, and some lunch, and then we were off to the birthday party of a preschool friend of Junie's, at Together In Motion, where we ran and tumbled and threw things, played a board game called Outfoxed which was reasonably fun, had cake, and ran around some more. :^) Home again, from where we ordered Indian, with a big tip for delivering in the crappy weather. Caught up on some phone replacement tasks (resetting MFA tokens), and now it's bedtime.

Meant To Recommend This Earlier

Feb. 12th, 2017 12:46 pm
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I thought I had linked to this already, but apparently I hadn’t. For Yuletide Madness, [ profile] lost_spook wrote the fantastic Night Falls for me, for Dracula (1968). I recommend reading it.

Night Falls (8535 words) by lost_spook
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dracula (TV 1968)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Count Dracula/Jonathan Harker, John Seward/Lucy Weston
Characters: Jonathan Harker, Dracula, John Seward, Mrs Hoskins (Dracula TV 1968), Mrs Weston, Lucy Weston, Mina Harker, Abraham Van Helsing
Additional Tags: Mental Institutions, Mental Disintegration, Victorian, Victorian Attitudes, Pre-Canon, Period Typical Attitudes to Mental Illness, Mind Control, Vampires

Something unknown and sinister is coming for them all…

In other Dracula related news, I just now ordered Powers of Darkness: The Lost Version of Dracula. It’s the Icelandic version, which was originally published/translated into that in 1900, and now finally translated into English--with extra characters and a few other differences in the plot from the original novel, from all I’ve heard. I’ll finally get to see how different it is.

Three sentences about 2017-02-11

Feb. 11th, 2017 10:44 pm
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Snow! Mostly overnight, tapering off in the morning; I shoveled, and we headed off for the first session of Q's futsal class ("class"? "skills clinic"? a bunch of 4 - 6 year olds running around in a gym kicking soccer balls :^). We got somewhat lost, because I'd never actually been inside Ottoson before, but a helpful snowploy guy detected that we were in the wrong parking lot, and directed us to the correct one, and we got there just a little late. Q had a great time, was a little too aggressive but will get the hang of things as he learns more I imagine. We then headed over to Junie's shotokan, which turns out to be two blocks from Ottoson, but we didn't realize that, so we spent ten minutes getting in and out of the car and driving rather than five minutes walking. :^) Home for lunch after that, and then a nap; a couple games of Brawl with Q before dinner (leftovers, thanks stupid broken stove), baths, and bed. Amy and I played a round of TTR Asia, which was fun, the most-connected-cities bonus is a nice change of pace. Now it's late and time for bed.


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