Three sentences about 2017-05-27

May. 27th, 2017 10:26 pm
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A long and fun-filled somewhat Quentin-centric day! Amy took the kids to breakfast while I caught up on some mail and stuff, and took a shower; we then headed up to Sci Ctr to meet up with folks. The kids ran off to play with their friends while I headed off to frisbee golf, which was lightly attended but fun. Back to Sci Ctr after that, where I played with Q for a while before lunch, a bunch of Last Airbender stuff mostly. We then headed down to Sharples for lunch, and stopped on the way to play with a giant beach ball (eight or ten feet across maybe?), which was fun for a while, but then when some bigger kids were pushing it down Magill Walk at great speed, Q and one of the other smaller kids got knocked down, Q going lip first into the flagstones and the other little guy onto his back and smacking his head on the stones, owie owie owie. No obvious serious damage, though, so some hugs and snuggles later, we were back on the lunch track. After that, we headed over to the carnival on Mertz Lawn, which seemed smaller this year than usual, but featured cotton candy, a couple of games, a bounce house, and an inflatable bouncy giant slide, all of which the kids enjoyed. Q and I played some more there too, Bionicles this time I believe. Some folks were throwing a frisbee around, and I joined them for a while; there was then an ultimate game organized by the Class of 1997, but I was feeling tired by that point, and it was mostly younger energetic people, so I didn't join in. Q (and some other kids) found Slide Rock, and had a good time climbing up and around on it for a while. Q and I threw a frisbee back and forth ourselves a bit -- he can throw pretty well for a five year old, but his accuracy isn't good, and he sometimes likes to spin around all wildly when he trows, although it often seems to somehow go in the right direction much of the time even when he does that. I can probably catch about half his throws, I'd say. :^) He can probably only catch one in ten of mine, we're working on "head up, hands up" rather than ducking and dodging when the disc gets near him. :^) But he's getting better! And who knows, in a couple of years maybe he'll want to join a U8 team. Anyway, we played catch most of the way back to Sci Ctr, where I played spades with MyS and Jeff and Laura until dinnertime. Over to the cookout from there, where there was lots of tasty hamburgers and hot dogs and way too many s'mores. :^) I then took the kids back to the dorm for bedtime, while Amy headed over to Sci Ctr for more fun; the kids took showers (they are so big!), brushed teeth, and we read a bit of Wee Free Men, but it was late and it was a scary part, so we stopped at the end of a chapter, and read the first Blue Moose story as a nice happier antidote to Faerie and dreams and the Quin. They're now asleep, and soon me too.

Three sentences about 2017-05-26

May. 27th, 2017 08:15 am
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Off to Alumni Weekend! We got off to a slightly later start than intended, but traffic out of Boston wasn't bad at all, I think commuter traffic is generally lighter around here on Fridays. I somehow forgot that Sturbridge was secretly called Charlton when you're headed outbound, and that it's on the Pike and not 84, so I flew right past it and we ended up making our first stop at the CT welcome center rest stop instead. That worked fine except there's no gas there, so we also stopped at the Rein's exit for gas, since we knew there *was* gas there, and close to the highway, which isn't a given in CT. It was early and no one was hungry and Amy had a bunch of car snacks, so we didn't actually stop to eat at Rein's. :^) The car snacks were sufficiently interesting that I had a few -- this whole weekend, I don't plan to stress to much about staying on my eating plan, if it's convenient or otherwise appealing not to. On to Montvale, where we stopped for lunch, where I tried some weird interesting thing Amy got at Burger King, some kind of cheeto-looking mac & cheese in a mozzarella stick object? I've forgotten it's name; it was ok. :^) Then the rest of the way to Swarthmore, where we got stuck in pretty bad traffic on the Garden State and the Blue Route, but made it in time to put in the big pizza order and have it arrive by 18:15, so that was good. The kids had a good time playing with their Swat friends; I then stuck around and played a couple of games while Amy took them to bed. I played Name Game with a bunch of folks, in which I put in a bunch of the "Marv" names I'd been saving up, the best of which was clearly "Marv, Marv, Quite Contrarv". I also found that Marv Queen Of Scots was apparently not original to me -- I might have known that, but I also really thought I'd done it by accident last summer! But others assure me that this is not the case, so who knows. MyS and Jeff and Laura and I then played Nicht Die Bohne and the simple cooperative Knot Dice game, the former of which was silly and fun, and in the latter we had a good time and scored a perfect 30, so that was cool. Then another round of name game, in which I put in a chain of names: Sergei Federov, Fedor Emilianenko, Emilio Estevez, and so on. :^) I had too much pizza and really way way too many cookies, but mmm cookies, I will indulge this weekend and then go back to the no-sweets plan on Sunday. :^)

(Talking about the weight thing is interesting. Some people want to talk about it, and I don't mind talking about it, but it's awkward when people compliment me about how I look good, because on the one hand it's not about looks for me, but on the other hand I am vain, but on the other other hand I don't really *want* to be vain, so. And furthermore, a lot of people are overweight and either unhappy about it or trying *not* to be unhappy about it (a difficult thing given how hard our culture stigmatizes it), and *I* certainly don't want to shame or stigmatize or otherwise annoy anyone about it, so I feel awkward talking about it in a group of people which surely includes a couple of folks who really don't want to hear about it. So for anyone reading this who's here this weekend, do feel free to ask me about it, but I may not want to talk about it much in a big group of random folks who it might make uncomfortable.)

I was then up much too late, and didn't post this until morning, but here it is now.

Three sentences about 2017-05-25

May. 25th, 2017 10:56 pm
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Mmm, sleep! Got slightly more than eight hours last night, yay. Spent the day on a gigantic pile of yak related to the various short-term microservices project, and one other project I'm only sort of paying attention to, but shaved it all by the end of the day, and facilitated a bunch of progress on all of those various things as a result, so, yay for that. Home, made various leftovers for dinner, tried a vegetarian thing for my main course, a can of black beans and a can of corn and the juice of half a lime. It was nice! It'd probably work with lime-juice-in-a-jar, I might try that. Or maybe actual limes -- how long do actual limes keep for? Anyway, then baths and bedtimes for kids, packing for Alumni Weekend, more work on one of the microservices projects, and now it's time for bed so we can get out of here at a decently early hour tomorrow!

Two (Or Three) Things And A Meme

May. 25th, 2017 02:09 pm
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For those that might have used it, Imzy is shutting down. I never made a single post or comment, but I had registered at some point. I just never went back after that.

Rosario Dawson is reportedly in talks to play Cecilia Reyes in the New Mutants film; also, that film will apparently go full on horror. I'm not sure what to think about that.

Edit: Correction, it's three things of note. It turns out the Icelandic version of Dracula--Powers of Darkness--is really Swedish.

From the article: "First he assumed that Makt myrkranna would be a straight translation of the Swedish publication, but then he found out that the Swedish text is more complete and contains scenes neither described in Dracula nor in Makt myrkranna. And the madman Renfield is still in the story, among others."

So there's that! And on World Dracula Day, no less.

And here’s a meme that I thought it might be fun to try.

meme: If you were to remix one of my stories, 1.) what would it be and 2.) what would you do. TELL ME.

For all of my stories, it’s sort of spread out across Ao3 and the ‘fanfic I’ve written tag’.

Three sentences about 2017-05-24

May. 24th, 2017 09:00 pm
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Oh, so tired. :^p Up, kids, walked Junie to school, drove to work. Some continuing sloggy progress on the short-term microservices project, no progress on the long-term containers project. Lunch with a vendor, which was tasty and enjoyable, but I'm not used to eating a big meal in the middle of the day any more, and shit goddamn was I zonked after that. Slogged through the rest of the day, shopped at TJ's on the way home, made Curry MacCheese for the kids for dinner, played some Go Fish with the kids after dinner, bedtimes. Very tired now. SLEEP.

Three sentences about 2017-05-23

May. 24th, 2017 10:07 am
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Long day today, oof. We were all running late in the morning, so I dropped Junie off by car on my way to work. Spent way too much of the day banging on stupid things that we don't really need, but which I really wanted to finish, but eventually had to admit were too complicated and gave up on. Made some progress on a couple of other fronts in the afternoon, Amy made delicious butternut squash flatbread pizza for dinner, did baths and bedtime with the kids, and then was up until like 23:30 doing more work stuff, as a couple of people who I'd needed to talk to during the day were suddenly all around and feeling chatty. Some good progress there, but pretty bad from a sleep perspective, which is already in pretty bad shape. :^(

The Last Line Meme

May. 23rd, 2017 12:29 pm
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Because I think we all need some mindless stuff at the moment, have a meme that I took from [personal profile] musesfool.

Cite the final line of five of your fics – your favorites, or the most recent ones.

1. There was still happiness yet to come...for both the living, as well as for the undead. Wrap The Cloak Of Night Around His Shoulders. Dracula (1968), following the wedding between Seward and Mina.

2. With this bittersweet chapter concluded, they would see to the rest of their lives. Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud. Crimson Peak (2015). That’s basically Alan and Edith limping off to see to their wounds, mourn Thomas, and just live, in the aftermath of a massive exorcism of a ghost from reality itself.

3. There was solace in the shadows, for both young and old vampires alike. Give Your Soul To The Night. Fright Night (1985). Jerry is revelling in winning as quietly as he can, while settling down for a nap, surrounded by turned teenagers, in his coffin in the basement.

4. Only the dead remained. Blood Begets A Curse Anew. Legend (1985). It probably is as grim as it sounds, as Darkness basically teleported a changed Lili (help me; I keep writing Lucy) out of the dining hall, after teleporting the goblins away to somewhere presumably unpleasant. Oh, and should anyone be curious about this story, do beware of a bit of animal sacrifice at the beginning, and references to torture in the middle.

5. And we gladly feast on those that would subdue us. Because We’re Addamses. Wednesday Addams is thinking, and thereby reiterating a statement made in the first Addams Family film.
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This is not in order of importance, but in order of how recently I heard of it.

1. Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89, following a “short but brave battle with cancer.” He will be best known for his role as James Bond, over the course of seven films. Sherlock Holmes fans may also remember that he was Holmes in the film Sherlock Holmes In New York (1976).

2. My condolences must also go out to Zack Snyder, his wife, and the rest of his family in the wake of a family tragedy. Snyder will be stepping down as the director of Justice League as he mourns the loss of his daughter, and requested that Joss Whedon direct additional material for him.

3. And lastly, but certainly not least: as the numbers confirmed to be both dead and injured continue to rise, my thoughts are with the families affected by the suicide bombing at Manchester yesterday. It just didn’t feel right to post condolences and not mention this one as well. Here’s James Corden’s message to Manchester.

Three sentences about 2017-05-22

May. 22nd, 2017 10:14 pm
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Back to work, no longer on call, yay. First, actually, I had a routine annual checkup type doctor's appointment, which was pleasantly routine and uninteresting. Then to the office, progress on various fronts, too much to do, still too tired. Amy made a tasty butternut squash lasagna type thing for dinner, and we had time to do a bunch of fun stuff with the kids afterwards, including a particularly gripping bit of Wee Free Men. We're still talking about it afterwards for a few minutes each time we read it, and Q still does seem to be following it at least somewhat, if perhaps not quite as thoroughly as Junie. After they were in bed, I took apart my phone, and swapped in the battery from my old phone, which was working fine, replacing the one that was performing very terribly. (Have I not posted about this? At first it was dying when it claimed to have 30% of its power left, then 50%, then when I did anything that seemed to "use a lot of power", like taking a couple of pictures, installing app updates, something else I've forgotten what now. The swapped-in one's been playing the ten-hour loop of Tosche Station for the past 45 mins, and still says it has 80% left, so I'm optimistic. Taking the phone(s) apart and putting them back together again was slightly harrowing, but it worked, so hey. Now my own battery is running now, time for some sleeping.

Approximately weekly diet report )

Three sentences about 2017-05-21

May. 21st, 2017 11:09 pm
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A much lower key day today. Junie had a playdate with a friend in the morning; around lunchtime, in the converse of what we'd done two weeks ago, Kyla & Joshua dropped off five-year-old Z this time, and took eight-month-old A with them to a thing they were doing that was fine for a baby in a carrier but not so god for a kindergartener. Junie took the three of them to a playground after lunch while I napped, which was delightful, and then made dinner too, which was tasty, and I then did some baths and a bedtime, caught up on various logistical things, and am now headed to bed.

Oh, one other thing, hammock! I found that I could hang it from the support posts on the deck, which would be perfect if I had anything *else* in the yard to hang the other end from, but was actually sort of ok just between two posts on the deck. It's a little low, but usable, and I actually started my nap there before it got a bit too hot in the direct sun. So it's not perfect, but I think it's good enough that I don't need to buy a hammock stand, and can do some further experimenting in the coming weeks.

Three sentences about 2017-05-20

May. 21st, 2017 10:56 pm
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(posted a bit late)

A long and full day today. Took Q to shotokan in the morning, but not Junie, because she was headed to a friend's birthday party at noon, right in the middle of her class. Amy took her to that; Q meanwhile had a birthday part for two of his friends (twins) at 12:30, so he and I headed over to that. After all the parties, we met up with Chaos back at our place, and headed out to REI to take advantage of their big anniversary sale, although only after I got paged and had to spend a bit of time dealing with work. Trip successful, though! I returned the smaller of the two hammocks I'd tried, and we bought four sleeping pads, three sleeping bags, two turtledoves, and a tent! They didn't have the sleeping bag Amy wanted, so that's still on the list, and we'll need some other gear before we actually go on a weekend (or longer) camping trip, but we now have pretty much everything we'd need for the kids (and possibly me, but maybe just them) to spend the night in the tent in the backyard, which is probably the next prep step. We then went to Friendly's for dinner afterwards, and then home for baths and bed.

After the kids were in bed, Amy and Chaos and I watched Deadpool, because it was nominated for a Hugo, and didn't think much of it. I can't speak in detail for them, but from my point of view, most of its small problems were that most of its humor was the kind of smartass stuff that smartass white-boy teenagers think is hilarious, while making fun of various non-white-boy-teenager demographics, like women, black people, blind people, old people, fat people, etc. The wisecracks sometimes made me smirk, but a vast lot of it made me roll my eyes. I'm sure 14 year old me would've thought it was all the bestest and funniest fuckin' thing. Even aside from that, though, its big problem for me was the premise on which the whole plot was based: That Wilson was so horribly disfigured that he abandoned the love of his life, his absolute soulmate, because he didn't think she could possibly love someone as ugly as him. Which, you know, is maybe an interesting story -- except that at least in this movie, the character looked more like "ruggedly scarred" than like "sanity-meltingly hideous". I guess that real people with severe facial burns, or victims of acid attacks, or any number of other vastly more disfiguring conditions than ol' Wade here, are just fundamentally unlovable, eh? If you want to tell a Beauty And The Beast story, in which the only thing greater than the Beast's impossible hideousness is the couple's impossible love for each other, ya gotta at least make sure your Beast is unquestionably, appallingly, disgustingly hideous.

Three sentences about 2017-05-19

May. 20th, 2017 12:15 am
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Still tired, and a fairly weird but enjoyable day today. I walked Junie to school, then worked from home for an hour or so before heading out to REI, where I wanted to pick up an on-sale hammock from their big anniversary sale, and see if I liked it enough to want to invest in an expensive hammock stand, or a couple posts in the backyard to hang it from, or something. (We don't have any suitable trees in the backyard, alas.) I wasn't sure what size I wanted, so I picked up an ENO SingleNest and a DoubleNest, and a set of Atlas XL straps, and figured I'd try them out and return either all of them if I didn't like them, or one of them once I tried them and figured out which one I liked better. I then headed to work, for a day mostly filled with meetings, and then left a little early, stopping by Prospect Hill Park on the way home for some testing. They were super easy to hang from a pair of trees, and I liked them both; I think the extra room in the DoubleNest is worth the extra $10, so I'll probably keep that one, if I can figure out a way to hang it. (I'm not totally convinced that two people could sleep comfortably in there, but I suppose it's not a whole lot smaller than a small two-person tent, and with a head at each end it'd probably be doable. I am convinced that two people could lie around in it in the backyard, such as me and a kid, or possibly even me and two kids, although they're probably squirmy enough that hilarity (of the falling out kind) would ensue.) So now I need to think a little more about the pros and cons of a hammock stand vs planting some posts somewhere in the yard; will probably think out loud more about that in the near future

Anyway, I headed home, shopping at TJ's on the way, and got a bit more work done before Amy came home with the kids from a shopping trip to Target. Junie got new sneakers, as her old ones were falling apart, and got the exact same kind but bigger, which made her happy -- she really likes her current pair, and was super sad about losing them. I then headed out to frisbee, a double-header for our team and the last week of the season. It was fun, although very windy; one of the players is very skilled, and handles the disc a lot, but has certain people he likes to throw to, and doesn't seem to really see people who aren't on his list, and I am sadly not on his list. He was also giving other folks some grief about their poor throws (their poor decisions to make difficult throws into the high wind, really), which was to some extent warranted, but he also kept trying difficult throws, and sometimes missing them and it was especially frustrating when someone (e.g. me) was open for an easier throw, but apparently invisible to him. On the plus side, I've gotten better at figuring out where to be and how to get open, and when someone *else* had the disc, I got a couple of got passes, a couple of which I managed to make a good throw after receiving too, so that's all right. Came home and got a bit more work done, but now it's quite late, and time for bed.

The First Five Lines Meme

May. 19th, 2017 12:28 pm
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List the first five (or so) lines of your last 20 stories (or however many you have altogether. WIPs count). See if there are any patterns.

Beneath the cut, have the openings for five posted stories and two WIP’s. )


May. 19th, 2017 01:04 pm
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I am so happy.

I can't write a review, because Megan Whalen Turner book. (The MATCHLESS SATISFACTION omg you guys.)

I did a complete reread of the series before reading it and am glad I did. I imagine some people might read this one and then go back and reread others and enjoy them in that direction too.


Three sentences about 2017-05-18

May. 18th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Still tired, still blurry. Up early for our weekly site release, which went fine; dropped Junie off on the way to work (it's been walking weather lately, but we were running late). Had an ok day at work, some clarity about some May Project plans, some progress on reanimated April Project stuff come back from the dead. Home, made Curry MacCheese for dinner, baths, installed a window AC upstairs 'cause it's freakin' hot, another hour or so of work. Done with that now, time for bed!

Three sentences about 2017-05-17

May. 18th, 2017 09:03 am
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Tired, blurry, hmm. Early-morning work went fine, had time to go back to bed for another hour or two afterwards but had a hard time falling back asleep, dozed a bit but not much. Shopped at Costco on the way home for more blueberries and more spinach, came home and made orange chicken and broccoli and carrots, did some kid baths and bedtime, quarreled with Junie a bit but made up before bedtime, and got to bed myself ASAP as it's another early day tomorrow.

Three sentences about 2017-05-16

May. 16th, 2017 08:31 pm
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An ok day today, work was surprisingly un-interrupty and I managed to make some good progress on a thing that is not the May Project, but is fun and pretty useful if it actually works, which it looks like it's going to. (Using a proposed (but not yet merged) new Ansible module for managing AWS ALBs.) Enjoyed a bit more work, out on the deck, in the gorgeous weather (77F and breezy), Amy made a delicious dinner of corn on the cob, and portobello mushrooms stuffed with hardboiled egg, feta, and cottage cheese, mmm. Baths, Wee Free Men, and bedtime with kids, an on call thing at work that is mostly in other people's court now, and now bedtime for me, as I'm up at 03:30 for Wednesday on call work, whee.

Three sentences about 2017-05-15

May. 15th, 2017 10:56 pm
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Monday, oof. Failed to GTFTS last night, vaguely sluggish all day, but I'm on call so it doesn't matter too much, but it does affect my ability to get other stuff done while dealing with the interrupts. (On my team, the main thing the on call person does is deal with interrupts, which has the nice effect of freeing up everyone else to focus on project work. We also sometimes get paged in the middle of the night, and these days generally have to do two bits of early-morning work, but all in all it's not too bad.) Shopped at TJ's on the way home, picking up some fancy balsamic vinegar ("red label", i.e. fancier "regular" but not as fancy as "gold label"), which I tried on a spinach salad; it was fine, I dipped my finger in a bit of it and the regular type and didn't find them all that different, who knows.

(Did I mention the spinach salad thing? A couple of times in the past week, I've had a big bowl of baby spinach, about half of an eight or ten ounce bag, with balsamic vinegar as dressing. One time, I tossed the dregs of a bag of TJ's coconut cashews on top, which was nice but added sugar I don't need; tonight, I tried a handful of TJ's plain old low-salt cashews, which were nice, especially as they and the balsamic vinegar sank to the bottom of the bowl and the former absorbed the latter. :^) Anyway, I probably won't do it every night, but I'd like to do it a couple times a week.)

Anyway, Amy made tasty pasta for dinner, and I played some memory matching game with the kids between dinner and bed. Poor Q was *very* sad about not winning any of the three games; he's really hard on himself, and just generally full of energy and anger and enthusiasm and frustration in approximately equal measure these days. It's hard to be five, but we're workin 'on it. I then did a bit of work and a bit of Button Men, stayed up too late again, and am now for real off to bed.

Approximately weekly diet report )

Rest In Peace, Powers Boothe

May. 15th, 2017 12:14 pm
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Powers Boothe has passed away at the age of 68; he died in his sleep from natural causes. May he rest in peace. I caught him in a couple episodes of Agents of SHIELD as Gideon Malick when I was still watching it from time to time. I think I primarily remember him as the voice of Gorilla Grodd in Justice League Unlimited.


May. 15th, 2017 08:52 am
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I'll be at WisCon next weekend!

I'm arriving sometime Thursday night and will be leaving sometime Monday afternoonish (I think). I intend for it to be a chill WisCon, in which I attend panels & livetweet (from my writer account, though), but I will be one of the models at the live drawing workshop. If you have modeling tips (clothes are staying on), I'd appreciate them as I'm still putting together my 15 poses. As of right now, I


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