Mar. 31st, 2015 05:57 pm
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[personal profile] commodorified
I will not be attending WisCon 2015.

As many of you already know, my allergies have been getting worse over the past few years, especially in spring, especially in Madison, especially especially in Madison in spring.

WisCon takes place ... in Madison, in spring.

Of my last four WisCons ... 2011 I coughed so much I sprained a rib. Admittedly, I stayed an extra week to visit friends, but ... a RIB.

2012 was a dry year, and I was basically fine (by which I mean I remember me and Mel recruiting people to go to CVS with us so we could buy extra pseudoephinedrine, but that's normal for me in spring.)

2013 I left the con and spent one night in a private home and ended up in Urgent Care and Cat had to change her plans and mine and half-carry me home, where I spent a week in bed.

2014, despite basically not leaving the hotel and its AC at all I missed most of the con due to allergy attacks, and in particular had to run out of Hiromi Goto's awesome GOH speech and missed NK Jemisin's ENTIRELY, because I was coughing fit to wreck everybody's enjoyment.

So, until I've got a few more rounds of allergy serum under my skin, WisCon and I are taking a break from one another, because even for the completely awesome WisCon Access folks, "May I please have a spacesuit with a self-contained breathing apparatus for the weekend?" is perhaps going just a bit far ... also they're very hard to sleep in I suspect.

I am going to miss it horribly, and I am going to miss all of you terribly.

I was especially looking forward to this year's con because I am very interested to see where the new ConCom is going to take things and I really wanted to be there volunteering, panelling and generally supporting that. I will be hanging out on twitter, wishing you all well and being as supportive as possible from there.

Offers to FaceTime me from the front rows of the Inevitable Late Night Drunken Slash panel gratefully received.


Mar. 31st, 2015 10:10 pm
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So like I am super fond of Strong Female Protagonist, a webcomic about a retired 20ish superhero and her ADVENTURES in LIFE. Today's strip has the alt text Go back even farther, teach trilobites how to dance!



is just the most perfect thing ever


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Mar. 31st, 2015 03:28 pm
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Died on this day in 1621 aged 42 King Philip III of Spain (my toy,wikipedia). Son of Philip II (who had been married to Queen Mary I) by Anne of Austria. He expelled the Moriscos from Spain (these people being the descendants of Muslims who had converted to Catholicism), and was involved in lots of wars.

Born on this day in 1900 to King George V of the UK and Mary of Teck, Prince Henry (my toy,wikipedia). Henry was mostly an army man, he would have been regent for Queen Elizabeth II had she become Queen before becoming an adult (which she didn't).

Happy Trans Day of Visibility!

Mar. 31st, 2015 12:13 am
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Emma, wearing a coral pink jacket, smiles up at the camera. The image is framed by the Liverpool (UK) Trans organization's livery for Trans Day of Visibility

❤️ I’m trans, queer and proud! ❤️

Belated entry: FOGcon, Saturday

Mar. 30th, 2015 11:00 pm
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[personal profile] azurelunatic
So the last actual update from me was pre-FOGcon; I'd run afoul of beer bash and decided that I was going to be miserable at home in my own bed. I woke up cheerful and perky and drove in. This time the valets were much better briefed on the event; I was asked if I was here for the thing. I was. Yay!

There was exactly one person at the convention this year who I was hoping to avoid. It was the person who used to play some role in gathering up issues for That Damn Helldesk Program and had some organizational role in the releases. I had met her in person exactly once: she was sitting at the other pole of the horseshoe table across from me, looking quiet, serious, pale, and vaguely miserable.

Naturally, she was working registration desk when I arrived. I wasn't sure which name they would have filed me under (for credit card purposes I gave them my wallet name as well) but it was under the correct name, albeit with my wallet name on the back. I declined the offer to reprint, and scribbled out my wallet name with some vigor. She didn't mention work and neither did I; I don't know whether she recognized me.

As I was looking at the description of the panel in the nearest room, and debating which panel I wanted to go for, someone called me by name. The correct name. It was [personal profile] emceeaich, who I hadn't seen since the rollout of ALL THE NEW THINGS. And where [personal profile] emceeaich is, [personal profile] cynthia1960 is often nearby, in this case being fitted with a very nice corset.

We decided that since it was noonish, lunch was probably an excellent life choice, and so we headed up to the lobby. The lobby combines restaurant, bar, and general lobby lounge area, with a dedicated restaurant section behind the large freestanding wall that composes the bar, and then lounge in front of it. However, restaurant service isn't limited to the restaurant area, which makes for a pleasant, but sometimes chaotic, experience.

Someone stopped by to chat with Emma and Cyn; something about her demeanor suggested she recognized me, but hers was a very common name; it turned out she was [personal profile] metaphortunate! Hooray!

After lunch I went to the downstairs lobby to figure out what panel(s) I wanted to see. There were plenty of people about. I chatted with a few of them. I pulled out my traveling laptop George to check my mail.

Before I made any sort of decision about panels, it was check-in time at the hotel, so I did that so I'd have a place to leave some of my gear. I relaxed in the quiet for a bit, then figured I'd wander panel-wards by way of the con suite, which was on my floor.

I walked in to a con suite full of awesome women talking about weightlifting. I was enthralled. These are the sorts of conversations that don't tend to happen when bros are bro-ing about being bro-ful and loud, and I could have enjoyed an entire convention just like this. And that was how I met [personal profile] kshandra, and I recognized [personal profile] forestofglory's name but couldn't place the exact acquaintance. (Someone whose badge name was Melissa was saying a lot of the awesome things, and Michele from the concom was there being awesome too.)

When I was packing for the convention, I had tossed a number of things into a large transparent plastic box, just the right size to fit in a large tote bag with some room left over. It is in fact large enough to hold George, some jellybeans, several menstrual pads, makeup, hair pins, glitter, a notepad, a package of highlighters, and some other random things. I had found a few packages of pop rocks under some boxes on my bookshelf while shuffling things around in preparation for moving (whenever that's going to happen). Long story short, [personal profile] norabombay was totally overreacting and I did not die from eating shelf pop rocks. And I tossed one in the box, because why not.

The discussion turned from weightlifting to obscure dietary restrictions, and someone mentioned that one of the weird ones was lactose in pop rocks. People were sort of baffled, because why do POP ROCKS need MILK. I remembered that I had tossed it in the box. I whipped out the package of pop rocks. Yep, lactose.

Cliff wandered through. It turned out that describing the helldesk software to someone who used to work on http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMC_Remedy_Action_Request_System is an actively painful experience for that person. It is a solved problem, and Virtual Hammer has attempted to re-invent the weasel by glueing several gerbils together (which, I might add, would be doubly illegal in California).

Saw some people who are identified in my notes as Wendy and K. [personal profile] ethicalslut identifed my Dreamwidth d button, and we got a picture together.

The banquet was next, and ethicalslut was looking to pull together a table of interesting people. I was amenable to joining this table. I identified someone in line who I thought might be [personal profile] firecat, and I was correct. Also at the table were Aahz, and several other people.

The banquet was great fun. After that, there had been a lot of people, so I went up to my room for a bit.

I decided to go for some lobbycon time. I ran into forestofglory, and this time had managed to identify people we know in common ([personal profile] kaberett, among others). Shweta Narayan was passing through, and they and their husband sat down in the group, and I met the Designated Extravert of the group, the adorable, cheerful Mippo (a tiny stuffed animal which looks like the delightful intersection of Moomin and Hippopotamus). Emma and Cyn joined the group as well.

There was an unfortunate incident with Shweta and some too-hot water, and ice became necessary. It was lovely to meet them though!

I got a large amount of loonembellishment done.

Eventually I was dizzytired and went off to bed.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 11:37 pm
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[personal profile] staranise
Okay nope, I have to go to bed without addressing the vast majority of my inbox. Sorry, anyone I owe a reply to.

Reasoning about types is fun!

Mar. 30th, 2015 09:15 pm
[personal profile] horrorcheck
Today, I worked with Steve McCarthy on my Haskell game. We decided to implement a really simple feature: listing all the game files (files ending in "exp") in the current directory. I want to share how we tackled this problem because it shows a lot of the steps in learning how to reason about Haskell when you're a beginner.

Lots of fun TDD and types behind the cut! )
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Can you think of examples of revenge porn that are pre-1996 or so? Pre-web? I feel like there must have been stuff like this on usenet or bbses. I can't think what it would have even been *called*, since revenge porn was a term I never heard till later. Simply "blackmail".... Or seen as an internet prank, with a frat-like tolerance of "uploading nudie pics of your ex girlfriend".

cats, PT, etc.

Mar. 30th, 2015 05:10 pm
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[personal profile] redbird
The cats are settling in nicely, for values of that which include getting between me and the keyboard at inconvenient moments. In this case, inconvenient because I was babysitting an FTP job (using the command line, after drag and drop seemed to have worked but didn't). We have taken some photos, but not yet gotten them off the camera.

My physical therapy went well. The intern I'd been working with is now at another internship, so I worked with the physical therapist whose practice it is. He took some time to check range of motion and strength, and concluded that I am doing quite well, so did mostly strengthening exercises today. The stretches have now all been moved to homework. (In addition to having me do strengthening exercises, he did traction and ultrasound, and I got ice massage. Both that and the ultrasound were applied to a slightly different area of the right shoulder than in previous sessions.)

Once I have an acknowledgement on the ftp, I can invoice for editing this chapter, Update at about 10:15 p.m.: I just got an acknowledgement that the ftp went through, and have sent my invoice. Now, hoping for another chapter soon.

Dear Fantasy Authors

Mar. 30th, 2015 06:00 pm
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[personal profile] commodorified
Who are not [personal profile] graydon:

Have you considered including pangolins in your next book?

If not, why not?

Capybaras are also acceptable.

If these recommendations prove impossible to implement, please consider the advantages of the platypus as an animal which already looks as if it was built by a committee of amateur sorcerers. Surely your fiction can embrace this possibility handily.
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[personal profile] commodorified
Part of a healthy "dealing with pain and queasiness the best you can" diet.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 02:42 pm
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[personal profile] staranise
Today I will definitely deal with a week's backlog of email.



(Sorry, everyone.)

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Mar. 30th, 2015 04:18 pm
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Died on this day in 2002 aged 101 Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (my toy,wikipedia). The mother of our current Queen. In "intersects with my life" I was dragged to London to attend the lying in state; which was a lot of queuing for little gain (can you tell I'm not a Monarchist?). Unusually for wives of Princes Elizabeth was not a foreign princess but the daughter of an English peer (not uniquely though).

Born on this day in 1963 to John Darlrymple and Davina Bowes-Lyon, David Darlrymple (my toy,wikipedia) . The Queen Mother's brother's grandson.

i adulted ALL THE THINGS

Mar. 30th, 2015 12:30 pm
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[personal profile] synecdochic
Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Easter Sichuan food, please join us

Mar. 30th, 2015 11:30 am
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[personal profile] doseybat
Please join [personal profile] nou, [personal profile] pplfichi, and myself for an exploratory mission to a Sichuan restaurant:

Fri 3 April

Ma Po
176-178 Lower Road, Surrey Quays, London SE16 2UN

RSVP for booking purposes by Thursday lunchtime please

bracing myself for morning

Mar. 29th, 2015 11:23 pm
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[personal profile] azurelunatic
If the thought of chocolate-covered strawberries does not at least faintly please, then go back to bed if you can.

Your jacket is in the car, we're pretty sure. Saturday was a bad knee day.

Clothes are laid out.

You can probably stuff the strawberries in a bag with paper towels or something? idk. Or take the big plate, it's okay if it accidentally gets broken.

If you get in early enough, sneak in to Purple's office and leave strawberries.

Do your hours as soon as you get in, if you're not rushing off to a meeting first.

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Mar. 30th, 2015 12:02 am
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[personal profile] staranise
I did get dumplings, thanks to walking to the grocery store early in the morning and buying gyoza. They were good, but not super filling.

I have felt extraordinarily crappy today. I think it lines up with missing my med dose yesterday and getting discontinuation symptoms, since I've been shaky, shocky, in pain, and nauseated.


After dinner at my parents' I persuaded my dad to put Gallagher in his travel case and bring him over to the house. The cat-introduction routine begins with feeding them on opposite sides of a door, so they can associate each other's smell with good things. Both Emily and Gallagher were a little freaked by the change in routine, so when they did eat Emily was six feet from the door, hidden by the couch, and Gallagher was twenty feet down the basement steps in the territory he's used to. We'll build up from there, moving them closer and closer until the door can open (with the occasional instance where Emily gets locked in the bedroom as Gallagher roams the kitchen and living room).

*fingers crossed*

One of my SCA sisters has two-week-old kittens living in her back shed thanks to a feral mama-cat, and I... kind of want to see how Emily will react to a kitten. I would love to have a kitten. KITTEN.

Watched The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness today, which is a documentary about Studio Ghibli. Super thought-provoking for me, about art and what kind of art I want to make and who I want to make it with.

I have more to talk about since this week I've been thinking a lot about religion, but I feel like late at night when I'm tired is not the best time to type that up.

On the upside, my Employment Insurance payments FINALLY came through. FUCKING FINALLY.

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Mar. 29th, 2015 08:22 pm
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[personal profile] serene
In the past, some of you have helped me subsidize my good friend [livejournal.com profile] glitterophelia's electric bill, and I thank you. Now, her family's home has been sold, and she's been given 18 days to move out. If you can help in any way, please do. Because I just moved myself, and was out of work for four months, my own ability to help this time is very limited. http://www.gofundme.com/qabgbbc


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