Three sentences aout 2017-04-25

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:46 pm
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Tired day today, got a couple more loose ends finished, but now I have seriously nothing left to do but ECS, I just didn't have the braincells to do anything with it today. Luckily, I had a couple of meetings in there, which require fewer braincells than learning new things. :^) Also, there is some question now about which new things we're actually going to go learn first: ECS? Terraform? An internal tool? There's a lot of overlapping technology here, much of which plays well with various other parts of it, but building a coherent picture out of it is hard. We might hire a consultant/contractor person to help us design it, but that's a slow process, so I should be doing something along these lines meanwhile. If I go to sleep now, perhaps I'll be awake enough tomorrow to figure out what. :^)

Anyway, shopped at TJ's after work, ordered delicious pizza, came home, ate delicious pizza, read a scene from Wee Free Men, played BRAWL with Q and Gold Digger with Junie, did some bedtimes. Found new Kickstarters for the first One Deck Dungeon expansion and the new reboot of Button Men, both of which look pretty interesting. Now time for bed.

Seven Surrenders

Apr. 25th, 2017 01:24 pm
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Ada Palmer's sequel to Too Like the Lightning (reviewed here), book two of four. Major spoilers under the cut.

Read more... )

Memory and dream

Apr. 25th, 2017 04:23 am
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Dream )

Memory )

Privacy )

I remember when LJ's handling of cuts and newlines was complicated, and I spent time trying to make sure a post looked good both on a list-of-entries page and an individual-post page. DW seems to have improved that situation, it all seems to Just Work TM now.

Three sentences about 2017-04-24

Apr. 24th, 2017 10:51 pm
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Monday, somewhat spacey today. Double kid dropoff, caught up on a bunch of random loose ends at work in the morning, finally got down to banging on ECS (the Late April Project? something like that), made some progress, still slogging. Came home, worked for another hour or so on the deck, which was lovely, made some more slogging progress. Amy made delicious empanadas for dinner, I did baths and bedtimes with kids, made more slogging progress on ECS, plus a few other work things, staying up too late in the process, blah. I may need to do another round of NOTHING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SLEEP at some point, but it's hard.

Approximately weekly diet stats )


Apr. 24th, 2017 10:23 am
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Have a meme, taken from [personal profile] moetushie, and edited just a tad:

Repost if it’s okay for your followers/circle to leave you a comment telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink or trope they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?

Three sentences about 2017-04-23

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:23 pm
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Playdatetastic! A preschool friend of Junie's came over to play this morning, while Q and I took apart his various hybrid Bionicles with the goal of rustling up all the pieces to make one of them by the book -- he both enjoys following the instructions to make the guys from the kits, and also doing his own thing to make various wacky creations. :^) The kids had lunch, outside on the deck because the weather was gorgeous, and I sat down on the deck to chat with them at some point, and then lay down on the deck, and then took a brief nap there, basking in the sun, it was great. I'm somewhat interested in getting a hammock, but don't know much about them: It's always tempted to get things from REI, and a hammock like this ENO SingleNest ( isn't hugely expensive, but we don't have well-placed trees to tie it to in the backyard, so I'd need to get a stand, and *those* seem to be hugely expensive, like this ENO SoloPod stand ( There are cheaper ones other places, but I wonder whether they'd fall apart, rust, or have other problems. And how much would I really use it? Probably some; but not daily, and maybe not even weekly, and that's a lot of money to spend on something I'd use once or twice a month.

Anyway, we digress! After lunch, we headed over to Thompson School to meet another preschool friend of Junie's, plus younger sibling; younger sibling is a year older than Q, and when we get together the three older kids tend to play together, so I ran around with Q a bunch, which was fun too. We then headed back home, picked up Amy, and headed over to the Wilks' for yet more playing, followed by dinner (Thai) and gaming (Genial; the kids did ok, J better than Q, I won but it was close). I felt a little awkward that the four of us ended up playing a game together while everyone else played other things; it might have been nice to mingle a bit more, but we didn't plan it out well, I had brought BRAWL but left it in the car because we weren't sure if we were going to stay for a game, and it wasn't clear that anyone else there was even remotely interested in playing a game with our kids (possibly in part because the parents and parental figures were putting the Wilk kids to bed -- they might be more likely suspects for this sort of thing in general). On further reflection, a nice way to do it might be to try to get one game with Junie and a grownup and another with Q and a grownup; Q can play simple games that grownups still enjoy, like Fluxx or Aquarius or Incan Gold, while Junie can do those or slightly more complicated things, so it seems possible. I also don't mind playing games with just the four of us, but we can do that at our own house, and not have a twenty minute drive home afterwards. :^) But it was nice to see folks for dinner, and the kids did get to learn a new game that we don't personally own, so it wasn't like a *bad* experience. Just thinking about ways to improve it for next time.
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Yvonne Monlaur passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 78. May she rest in peace. I remember her primarily as Marianne Danielle in The Brides of Dracula (1960). I’ll watch it again later today in her honor. I saw her death mentioned on Svengoolie’s blog yesterday, but couldn’t find any other articles about it until today; they’ll probably show up at Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting after the weekend.

Erin Moran has passed away at the age of 56. May she rest in peace. She is best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi.

Three sentences about 2017-04-22

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:42 pm
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Happy Earth Day! Science Day! Earth Science Day! Whatever. :^) I played with the kids in the morning, including a three-player game of Forbidden Island on Normal level, with Pilot, Engineer, and Explorer, which we won surprisingly easily -- I think in large part because we got very lucky with treasure cards, not turning up a single Air in the first couple of turns, so we quickly had four each of Earth, Fire, and Water. We scored those, defended the crucial tiles, picked the Air we needed, and took a pretty easy victory. After that, we headed down to Boston Common for the Science March, but only stayed for a bit because we had tickets to Wild Kratts Live at 14:00. This was a stage show based on the popular kids cartoon, which the kids liked but was immensely stupid. :^) The special effects were unimpressive, in the sense of "basically non-existent"; it wasn't like a live episode with a story, it was more like a presentation to the audience (there was no fourth wall), etc. The kids thought it was great, which was the main thing. :^) We were planning to have dinner at the nearby Boston location of Fire+Ice, since the Cambridge location closed, but it turns that even at at 16:30 on a Saturday, there was a 2.5 hour wait if you didn't have a reservation, which we didn't. :^p So we took the T back to Alewife, placed an online order to Genki-Ya while we rode, took the car from the garage and drove over to pick it up, and enjoyed delicious take-out sushi. Baths and to bed, and I am ka-thunk as well.

It'd be safest if you ran...

Apr. 22nd, 2017 08:23 pm
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After a blah week, I seem to have recovered my motivation and energy levels. Which is good because I'm feeling inspired! Why, you ask?

Because Kohske's health has recovered enough that she can resume work on Gangsta again. It resumes serialization next month! Pretty excited. The Cursed spin-off is tiding me over and it's a perfectly fine prequel, but you can tell it's not Kohske. Kohske just has this amazing ability to pack subtext and nuance in her illustrations without having to rely on text or even flashy, obvious action (which Cursed is full of). Some of her most powerful panels don't have a single word in them at all -- the scene where Nicolas listens to Alex sing by pressing his ear against the speaker...and then you later see him jumping off the roof humming to himself, the scene where Alex holds Nicolas's hands even though you can see the bruises he accidentally left behind when he grabbed her in the throes of a seizure. So I am excited even though I am terrified to see what happens next, Worick, god, what did you do.

Since the manga's hiatus is ending, I've resentfully returned to Tumblr because that's where the fandom is. I have a couple ideas for fic & if I want any audience whatsoever, I need to promote them there. In terms of platform, there is a Gangsta DW community -- [community profile] gangsta_manga -- but it's a ghost town and I'm not sure if the mod is even around anymore. Maybe I'll start posting to the community? Sharing the latest news seems to be a good way to start. It's just a little depressing to post to a community of 2 though. I reach more people posting here! Which doesn't solve the problem. Hmm.

In other, somewhat more embarrassing, news, I seem to have fallen into Overwatch fandom. I don't even play videogames, let alone this one! But so many people I know are into it, so I decided to check it out. It doesn't take a lot of time because there's not much canon lore to pick up, it turns out. The cutscenes from Devil May Cry are a billion times longer!

Anyway, a lot of these usernames I'm seeing now make sense! And in even more embarrassing news, the fanart I've been seeing of what I thought to be an AU Korra? Not Korra at all. Explains why this AU Korra was remarkably consistent among different artists! Oh God. Not one of my most stellar moments, let me tell you. My shame is your entertainment for the evening.

Three sentences about 2017-04-21

Apr. 22nd, 2017 12:34 am
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Hoy, another frustrating day of wrestling with the Ansible 2.3 upgrade, but I really have finally actually wrestled it into submission this time, finding enough tract to defeat the intractable bug. Amy made soup for dinner, which was tasty, and I then did baths and one scene of Wee Free Men with the kids before heading out to frisbee. It was cold and rainy, but fun! I was not tremendously involved in very many plays, as usual, but I was open for two breakaway chances that the thrower botched, made another good breakaway chance that we converted into a point, and caught a point after some solid (and tough) goal line offense. The rest of the time, I was mostly playing deep, and mostly serving to pull the other team's best defensive players out of where he could do anything else useful. :^) So even when I didn't touch the disc for several points in a row, neither did the other team's best defensive player make any defensive plays, and he had some really good ones when I was *not* on the field. And I'm getting a better sense of what to do as a deep receiver against a zone defense, so that's nice. Home, some catching up on various computery things, and now it's late and time to go clonk.

Three sentences about 2017-04-20

Apr. 20th, 2017 11:01 pm
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I stayed up a little too late last night, but then slept in again, it is super nice. :^) Ok day at work, I did not in fact finish the yak that is Ansible, due to a combination of getting pulled into other things, and running into a bug that I couldn't easily solve. Need to figure out tomorrow what to do about the intractable bug, 'cause progress needs to happen one way or another. Shopped on the way home, and made Curry MacCheese for dinner; Amy and I had leftover carnitas meat in ours which she thought was ok and I thought was fantastic. :^) Played a couple of games of Fluxx with the kids after dinner, ran out of time to read Wee Free Men (to their mild dismay), and then did a bit of work on work and a bit of work on solar. Fired off another round of questions to the solar people we're likely to end up going with, and now it's a bit past time for bed.


Apr. 20th, 2017 07:48 pm
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Logan was good, although I wonder if they thought while making it that an oppressive, corporate-controlled US that people are trying to escape from over the border to Canada was more like a what-if dystopia than an accurate depiction of the present day.

Moonlight was also good, very good, I don't seem to have ever mentioned that, mostly putting it here so that when I go back looking for what movies I saw it's on the list.

The AO3 Stat Meme

Apr. 20th, 2017 06:37 pm
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Before I do this meme? Keep in mind that I haven’t gathered everything I’ve ever written on Ao3. Someday, I might import (if anyone is interested in me doing that) the Doctor Who fanfic I’ve got hosted over on Teaspoon And An Open Mind from years ago, and the fanfic still on Livejournal/Dreamwidth, like one Firefly story and who knows how many ancient drabbles.

In the meantime, what’s currently there is a total of 11 works, and that’s primarily Yuletide.

Top 5 Stories By Hits:
-Give Your Soul To The Night (Fright Night (1985); Yuletide 2014)
-Paranormal Pressures (Being Human—the original UK one; Yuletide 2009)
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew (Legend (1985); Yuletide 2013, when my stories randomly went darker and longer)
-Santacide Is Coming To Town (Pushing Daisies; Yuletide 2012)
-If You Could Read My Mind (Back To The Future; Yuletide 2010)

Top 5 Stories By Kudos:
-Give Your Soul To The Night: 47
-Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud (Crimson Peak; Yuletide 2015): 18
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew: 16
-Because We’re Addamses (Yuletide 2008): 14
-The Nosferatu Effect (My Best Friend Is A Vampire (1987); Yuletide 2011): 13

Top 5 Stories By Bookmarks:
-Give Your Soul To The Night: 20
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew and Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud: 6
-Paranormal Pressures and The Nosferatu Effect: 4

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

Three sentences about 2017-04-19

Apr. 19th, 2017 10:06 pm
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Wow, I got so much sleep last night. :^) Actually asleep by like 22:00, woke up at like 06:00, decided to go back to sleep, and slept until 07:30, woo. Another day or two of this, and woot. Day was pretty good, I spent most of it on the yak that I had been shaving (ugprading to Ansible 2.3) before I started shaving the one that I finished yesterday (moving our local Ansible repo to our new Bitbucket git server), but now that's nearly done, and I can soon get back to what I'm *actually* supposed to be doing (experimenting with AWS ECS). Made it home in time to catch today's episode of Last Airbender with the kids, did a bit more work before dinner while the kids took baths and Amy made delicious carnitas, Chaos came over for dinner and hanging out, we played a five-player game of Forbidden Island. (Still Novice level, and we crushed it, so maybe it's time to move up to Normal level, or maybe five-player is too easy? Hard to tell, the box says "2 - 4 players", but we didn't see any obvious reason it wouldn't work with five, and it seemed fun. We didn't have the Diver, who seemes like the weakest role IMHO, so that might also be why we did so well, who knows. :^) Kids to bed, a bit more hanging out, and now bedtime for me.
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Created on 2009-05-02 20:32:12 (#222683), last updated 2017-04-17 (1 day ago)
9,902 comments received, 1,622 comments posted
6,750 Journal Entries, 646 Tags, 344 Memories, 261 Icons

So it would be a bit less than 2 weeks before my own Dreamwidth anniversary. I didn’t miss it, since I apparently created my account almost a month after almost everyone else I’ve seen doing this meme.

DW Anniversary

Apr. 19th, 2017 08:04 am
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There seems to be a flurry of DW anniversary posts going around. Looking at my profile page, I realized my journal's was earlier this month:
Created on 2009-04-01 14:12:36 (#9039), last updated 2017-04-16 (2 days ago)
14,650 comments received, 12,322 comments posted
1,231 Journal Entries, 195 Tags, 0 Memories, 107 Icons

I've been here on and off over the years, but I keep coming back. (As you can see.) I don't regret coming here. I don't regret getting a seed account in that first wave.

Let's see what the future brings!

Three sentneces about 2017-04-18

Apr. 18th, 2017 09:12 pm
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Vacation week is weird: Since I don't need to get the kids out the door to school, I could in theory head to work earlier than usual, which would generally suit my purposes as a morning person and avoiding traffic and so on, but so far this week I've ended up lingering around the house much longer than usual, for whatever reason. Getting work done both times, but I'm not entirely sure why I don't just get up off my butt and go already. :^) Anyway, work today involved a fair bit of yak, but it is now pretty well shaved, and is a thing we really did want to do, so having it pretty well done is a fine and good thing. Home, Aquarius with the kids (extra fun now that they're watching Last Airbender), dinner, baths, Wee Free Men, and now bedtime for me too.

Three sentences about 2017-04-17

Apr. 17th, 2017 09:31 pm
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A pretty good day at work today, despite being tired, wrapping up some loose threads and making progress towards Thursday's milestone of the April Project. Came home and cooked orange chicken, played Forbidden Island again -- huh, which I seem to have failed to mention that we played last night, for the first time with the kids? Well, we did, and it was fun, and we were victorious at the Novice level with Engineer Quentin, Pilot Junie, Messenger Amy, and Diver Josh. The kids and I played three-player tonight, Novice again, and were again victorious, this time with Explorer Quentin, Pilot Junie, and Navigator Josh. The first game featured a fair bit of whining when Q really really really wanted to be the one to get the Fire object, despite this making no sense at all given the situation in the game; tonight, he was a little more cool with the idea that it didn't matter if he got one thing or all four things or no things, the important thing was that we as a team got all four things. The ending was dramatic, as we were down to seven tiles, five of which were flooded, as I just made it to Fool's Landing in time for us to make our escape.

Out of curiosity, how does Forbidden Desert compare?


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