loopin' louie is at it again

  • Jul. 22nd, 2017 at 12:22 AM
Mostly on a whim, I decided to go down to the board game social that some larp peeps threw together, so I could have a chance to hang out with them out of game. It was fun! Now I am tied, and tomorrow is also going to be really loooong. Well, good long but still long.

I am trying to come up with ideas of things I can write for the work blog It hasn't been updated in ages, and was never updated regularly. I'm not entiiiiirely sure it is worth it, but it would give me something to do. But the problem is that there isn't much going on, or not much I can post about, anyway :/ Monday I'm taking a road trip to the other facility, which should be interesting! Partly because it means road tripping with N @_@ I'm not completely sure what all we will be discussing, but it will be cool to see their facility anyway. They do more Hard Science archeology, like isotopes and thin sectioning and such. Anyway. It should be an interesting week.

Let the more confused one be me

  • Jul. 21st, 2017 at 5:49 PM
Shadow work: the reason why you're so exhausted. Essentially, in addition to whatever work one actually does, one is expected to be a cashier, gas station attendant, etc. in this era of tossing customer service responsibilities on the customer.

Stuff that's happened since last update: I have come out to my parents via e-mail. They were ... well, imagine a pair of clueless cishets trying to be supportive.

gender = confusing )

I finished my listen of Battle Beast's discography. Bringer of Pain has a new songwriting team, but the end result is similar (upbeat-ish power metal) and also good. I liked Straight to the Heart, King for a Day, Familiar Hell, and Dancing with the Beast. I have a slightly sore throat, and singing along to all of these probably hasn't helped. :P

Do people enjoy me reccing music to them? Who cares, I've got a Music Monday Meme tag, and everything there is a rec! Also collecting stuffs for next year's Jukebox, bit by bit.

Also, the original torus Earth.

Jul. 21st, 2017

  • 12:31 PM
Scott's response on giving away the crock pot was "Hallelujah!!" We just have to figure out an easy way to transport it. Our cleaning lady is thinking that she'll bring a sturdy bag and take one piece a week. I think the base the lid are light enough to go together, but the stoneware inserts are really, really heavy.

I ended up not writing yesterday. The afternoon and early evening got devoured by insurance related stuff. There's a receipt I can't find that I'm about 60% sure I submitted for a claim, but I can't find any indication on the Aetna statements that they ever got it. I also haven't managed to find it in any of the places I keep those receipts.

Then, while we were eating dinner, our power went out for about an hour and a half. Scott and I decided to go out in search of some sort of dessert, but the first place we tried had too long a wait for seating. The second had already closed for the evening. We went to Plum Market for the half price baked goods and then ended up at Wendy's for frosties. After we had paid, they handed them to us with straws, telling us that they were out of spoons and that, if we really wanted, they could give us forks instead of straws.

Cordelia's pediatrician told me that I will have to talk to the sports medicine people about guidelines for what she can safely do in gym class. I really hope they don't need to see her in order to do that because there's pretty much zero chance that they could see her for that before October, not the way non-emergency appointments go at the U.

Jul. 21st, 2017

  • 12:30 PM
I'm looking for suggestions for story idea generators that might appeal to Cordelia. She says she wants to write but has no ideas. Anything I suggest is, naturally, too parentally tainted to be interesting, so I thought maybe some of those generators that slap ridiculous ideas together might help.

I don't play with them much, so I have no idea what's out there or how to find them.

40-anime meme: Day 09

  • Jul. 21st, 2017 at 9:37 AM
09 -- name an anime character you absolutely hate.

Oh, this one is easy.

Relena Peacecraft.

Why? Because she hits the ground running as a selfish, self-absorbed little brat -- and at no point does this actually change -- whose best moment was mercifully fucking off from the plot for a while so things other than her screaming at Heero to kill Zechs for the "honour" of a fucking family she never knew existed, let alone that she was a part of, scant days earlier, could actually goddamn happen.

That last point is made all the more galling by the fact that Relena does indeed disappear out of fight for entire central multiple sub-arcs of Wing after that last event, during which actual *le gasp!* reasonably believable plot unfolds (the foxing of the colonies into "peace" as controlled by OZ, etc etc) ... and then. And then.

And then the aggravating little piker resurfaces, suddenly and miraculously the head of a resurrected pocket-kingdom, and is a figure revered across~ the globe~ and beyond~

We never see this restoration.

We never see a single god damn reason why Relena is immediately and unconditionally held in such esteem.

We never see one god damn iota of justification for any of this bullshit. We simply have to accept it, because ~*it's Relena Peacecraft*~.

Who then proceeds to derail what was very nearly an excellent political war story, despite its shaky start, because the entire narrative and cast of characters deforms to revolve around her. For no reason. Oh, and she's happy to let men die literally on her border, and she never seems to protect her own populace, etc etc ... but she's somehow perfect and her ideals unchallengeable.

(while I'm at it: since when were these her ideals? we never see anything of the sort come out of her mouth before this! she was too busy stalking Une to revenge-kill the woman, and wanting Zechs dead! I can only conclude Noin brainwashed her off-screen.)

Fuck. That.

Freely Given

  • Jul. 21st, 2017 at 1:06 PM
Title: Freely Given
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: Explicit
Genre: PWP, missing scene
Word Count: 1017 (Oneshot)
Characters/pairing: Fabien Marchal/Sophie de Clermont.
Warnings: BDSM, spanking
Summary:I liked everything you did to me. Everything. Even when you hurt me.
AN: This fic takes place immediately after A Bewildered Heart. It is, in fact, a direct continuation of the last scene in it. At the time I wasn’t in the mood to write smut, so I decided to finish the fic, and make this into a missing scene-fic instead. It seems what I needed to prompt me to get into the smut, was to pause from writing angst…

If you haven’t read the previous fic, this works very well to read as a PWP. The first bit is lifted directly from the end of A Bewildered Heart.

Read more... )

a quick update

  • Jul. 20th, 2017 at 11:23 PM
Work was predictably dull.

Knitting was great! I'm getting well into chart 10 (of 13) for Puled by the Sunset. It's very pretty

We walked home, which my hip tolerated, and I have been ding a few basic stretches before bed, which will hopefully help? It feels nice, anyway, though it actually has been making sleeping weird :p I feel like I should go to the doctor but also like going to the doctor is just going to be a giant PITA and maybe not worthwhile. I cant guarantee that any of the individual things bothering me will eb acting up, I'm terrible at describing symptoms, and I don't think there is anything they can do for me anyway :| Diagnosis: I'm old and have not been sufficiently gentle on my body. Probably they will also say I'm overweight and that will help :p pleh

Nope I'm totally overwhelmed

  • Jul. 21st, 2017 at 7:49 AM
Okay we have 8 days left in Japan and I'm still trying to scan pictures so I can bring memories digitally instead of big stacks of albums and sell stuff. We aren't even started packing our suitcases. And we have so many bucket list people to see one last time and things to do and eat one last time. And now my kids are done school and expect entertainment. This is like The Perfect Storm. I'm sorely tempted to just get on the plane and LEAVE. ALL. THE. CRAP. BEHIND. So what if we lose a couple years of photos, right? siiigghhh 

In fandom news:
Game of Thrones is back and I'm suddenly shipping Missandei/Grey Worm like whoa. Those little glimpses in the trailers have got me so excited! They've had just the sweetest ~longing looks~ relationship where they've both vocalized how much they desire the other and yet have dutifully refused to act on their feelings. JUST DO IT ALREADY DON'T YOU KNOW WHAT SHOW YOU ARE ON. Like, other characters keep going on and on about how he has no equipment, and I'm like... that's not technically true? The way he shut down Daario on that with just a withering look last season was just A+++ XDDD Seriously they can have all the joys of a loving relationship with none of the childbirth/rearing stress! I'm feeling this is a fantastic life choice decision especially now. XD I love how much he *hearteyes* over her, how she's always the one making all the moves because he won't
Awesome premiere ep though. It was very much like setting up pieces on a chess board- you can probably see how it's all going down...but you're likely to be completely crushed by your expectations when things go absolutely sideways instead! "The Great Game is terrifying" and absolutely riveting teeveeeeee! :DDD

Here is my fandom giftbox if any of you are interested! I don't know if anybody else has one, but reply with a link yours if you do! I love stuffing, but I will obviously be doing it post-move!

Shadowhunters continues to delight more and more! I think it's Sebastian|Jonathan, but I'm waaay more interested in 2B than 2A or S1? I just wish there was more Izzy and less Clary, but fine, fine plot. (Why do I always glom onto non-main characters to stan in TV shows? There's got to be a psychological reason for this.) 



Jul. 20th, 2017

  • 3:39 PM
I'm feeling so very, very overheated right now. I know that part of the problem is that the only way I can get caffeine right this moment is by making and drinking hot tea (cold brewed will take about twenty hours, so it's not an immediate option). Well, I could spend a couple of hours going to the store to buy something. Decidedly not worth it to.

I'm at home alone right this moment. Cordelia had a volunteer shift at the downtown library this morning and plans to meet up with friends at the Traverwood library in the afternoon. She'll go home with them, and we'll pick her up at 9:30, after movie night with her friends. Their current plan is to watch Grease.

A couple of nights ago, I cooked the remaining ground turkey in the instant pot with some great northern beans and turkey bacon. I added chicken broth and some herbs/spices. I think I misjudged that because it almost gives me reflux. It doesn't actually; I can just tell that I'm near the tipping point.

I've managed the two most urgent phone calls, but neither matter is resolved yet. The second call is almost certainly going to end up with me having to call a different doctor's office about parameters/limitations for Cordelia's knee in high school gym. I was hoping not to have to because that's the doctor that wanted us to do surgery. The first call went to voicemail, so nothing's resolved until I actually manage to talk to the person.

The other call I should make is to Shar Instruments to ask about buying a viola and whether or not we can do it on installments. Of course, buying a viola kind of requires us to be fairly sure Cordelia's done growing. She's only grown half an inch in the last year and a half, and she's in the height range where all the women in my family tend to fall (5'1 to 5'3"). It's just that everyone in Scott's family is tall, so Cordelia's still hoping she'll get taller.

I'm trying to decide whether filling out insurance forms is more important than starting to write right this moment. My procrastination levels are set to 11 at the moment. The forms are important, very much so, but would there be any harm in having Scott fill the dratted things out this evening?

I have given our old crock pot to our cleaning lady. She'll actually use it, and we haven't touched it in years. The stoneware inserts are really too heavy for me at this point. I don't think this is the sort of thing that's worth holding onto for the years until Cordelia moves out and might want it. Plus, I'm pretty sure she'd rather have an Instant Pot instead.

40-anime meme: Day 08

  • Jul. 20th, 2017 at 8:48 AM
08 -- who is your favorite anime character?

... There sure is a hell of a lot of annoying absolutism in this damn meme.

I don't have one. I'm never going to have one. Hell I can't even choose one favorite character from most series let alone some horse manure like "favorite anime character".

*thinks*

Fafner: Kouyou.

There. There's a favorite character where the screaming hells are my Kouyou icons

peak bachelorhood

  • Jul. 20th, 2017 at 8:42 AM
[personal profile] taichara: *flops* I have achieved peak bachelorhood
[personal profile] kalloway: Eating cold pizza in a bathrobe and boxershorts?
[personal profile] kalloway: You, I mean, not the pizza.
[personal profile] taichara: nah
[personal profile] taichara: washing my work shirt in the shower with me
[personal profile] kalloway: I've washed car parts in the shower with me. I can never, ever say anything.
[personal profile] taichara: :D

The Caligula Effect - I Gave Up.

  • Jul. 20th, 2017 at 7:02 PM
I finally gave up on The Caligula Effect.

The Caligula Effect: 2017's first DNF! )

Right now I am playing Final Fantasy XII, Higurashi Chapter 3 and will move onto The Longest Journey once one of those is done. Then that will be it for July! No idea what August will bring...

Sad Half Elf Gets Better At Job He Hates

  • Jul. 19th, 2017 at 10:51 PM
I finished The Goblin Emperor tonight. The title is my summary. It was good but not stunning - the story was slow, the intrigues not always very intriguing. The worldbuilding was basically a generic fantasy court with fancy window dressing - very detailed in some cases, but inconsistently so. The main character was nice, but sometimes just really painfully naive and I wanted to smack him. At times he was just oppressively glum. I'm not really sure that he changed as a person, he just got more used to things and more familiar with what was expected of him, so even as a character piece I didn't find it deeply satisfying. He wasn't really interested in things that were going on, so it led to a lot of exposition. There were some good and surprising scenes with various characters, where Maia learns that they are, in fact, fully realized persons in their own right, which are nice. But the conflicts seemed mostly too easily resolved. I liked the pseudo communists? It was enjoyable enough and I'm glad I finally read it, but I'm not sure on what basis it was nominated for so many awards.

Other than that - the strategic planning session thing at work was good, except it went too long in the beginning and we didn't get time to do enough of the actual *planning* work. I still think it was useful - everyone is basically agreed that we need to hire an interpretive planner. there is something regarding the beginning of a plan to make a plan to seriously figure out what merging SA is going to be, though there are still some elephants in the room that haven't been addressed. I had/got to point out that the inventory system for SA is completely inappropriate for a museum because it doesn't have object tracking capabilities - you can only know where objects are if they are in a box. Not good enough. I got to hear N talk crap out of his ass and *also* talk high level archaeological theory and spot the difference ;p When he does the former I want to smack him - when he does the latter I often find myself agreeing with him, which is refreshing. Anyway - I think I'm probably a weirdo because I actually enjoy those sorts of things, except for the part where it is supposed to also be a networking thing and you should probably talk to absolutely anyone outside of the session about the things discussed, and not just run and hide in your office because you can. After a crazy start of the week, though, it's back to normal - not having a whole lot to do. :/

Reading Wednesday

  • Jul. 19th, 2017 at 8:37 PM

I finished my last-minute reading of Hugo short fiction items and did my voting on Saturday morning. I think that there were a LOT of very good "shorts" this year.

I am re-reading The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart, which is the second of the Master Li and Number Ten Ox books. I also tried (really, I did) to read two Very Serious books, which turned out to be nearly unreadable and almost useless for their intended purpose. *looks shifty*

Coppermine Gallery?

  • Jul. 19th, 2017 at 1:21 PM
Does anyone use Coppermine to keep their photos in a gallery? I purchased webspace as a Photobucket replacement, and I'm not looking for some type of gallery software/interface to upload and display the pics so they'll have linkable access. Will animated gifs work with Coppermine?

I'm looking for something that's easily accessible, free and very easy for a non-programmer like myself to use.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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