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Oct. 8th, 2015 12:44 pm
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Brent and I are sitting at Hattiesburg Clinic, he in a surprisingly comfy looking recliner napping and I in the institutional chair watching. We're here for a ct scan, mostly to make sure his kidney stone(s) aren't blocking his urethra or anything else important. The doctor mentioned urine backing up into his kidneys. That's something we can do without. Hopefully there's just several small stones, no blockage and we can go get his pain pills and go home.

At least I got the important stuff done at work before I got called to come get Brent from the clinic, where they gave him a nice shot for nausea and pain. (On the plus side, I have some of those really good sick-up bags now.).
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via http://ift.tt/1OkW202 at October 07, 2015 at 01:45AM:


Prefall 2015 | Valentino

I really would wear these so fast.
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argh, why is mondays

Oct. 5th, 2015 07:49 am
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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!)

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Oct. 5th, 2015 07:08 am
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Well, baseball is over for another year. (For us at least -- my emotional involvement in the playoffs is now limited to rooting against the Yankees just to annoy my dad. Heh. Well, okay, and I will also be rooting for the Cubs, who haven't won a World Series in 106 years and who clinched one of the NL wild card slots, to break the Curse of the Billy Goat.)

We didn't go to as many games this year as usual -- we had a 13-game season ticket plan, but kept having to exchange tickets because of other obligations or just wound up skipping games because of other shit going down -- but we did attend the last three games of the season. Around the beginning of July or so, I asked Dad if he wanted us to get tickets for that homestand, since it was against the Yankees, and at the time it looked like there was a chance the Os might be in contention this year. Sadly, it became clear by mid-August or so, if not before, that we would not be in contention after all, but Dad and Mom came down for the weekend anyway, since we had a bunch of unused credit on our account that we needed to put towards tickets. (The season ticket deposit we paid so we could get tickets for last year's playoffs was $500; the season ticket plan we wound up with was like $130/person.)

Despite getting rained out on Friday (thus necessitating a double header on Saturday) and despite Saturday being cold and wet (much to my mother's displeasure), the games themselves were really enjoyable. We won all three, which gave us an actual winning season. (Exactly so, in fact; our final record was 81 wins, 81 losses, for a record of precisely .500.) Hey, we're Os fans, any winning season is a good season.

"I tried to get you girls interested in baseball the whole time you were growing up and you never cared, and now look at you," Dad said to me after the ALCS game we went to together last year. And that's true; baseball never interested me until I moved here and Sarah and I moved into an apartment that was two blocks from the stadium. Sarah said, well, if we're living this close, why not go to a game? At which point I discovered that live, in-person baseball is an entirely different animal than televised baseball: when you're watching it in the actual stadium, the strategy inherent in the game gets a lot clearer and what is stultifyingly boring on TV turns into an exceptionally pleasant way to spend an evening in the stands. (It doesn't hurt that Oriole Park at Camden Yards is widely held, justifiably so, to be the most beautiful stadium in all of baseball; there isn't a bad seat in the house.)

I never expected to wind up a baseball fan, but I was pretty sad when we moved out of the apartment and getting to games became so much less convenient!

Also of note this weekend: in between the day game and the night game of Saturday's double header, we had a few hours to kill, and because my mom was freezing to death, we wanted to spend them indoors. We wound up going to Geppi's Entertainment Museum, which is in the former train station building. (The stadium is on the former site of the B&O Railroad; the warehouse is currently Orioles offices, and the station is the Sports Legends Museum down and the Entertainment Museum up.) We'd never been, though we'd been wanting to for a while. It's a great museum, well curated and well presented, but let me tell you, walking into the first room and being confronted with their actual copy of Action Comics #1 -- the introduction of Superman, and the most valuable comic that exists -- in a case with seven or so other first appearances of various iconic characters is a hell of a moment. Even if it is a little disconcerting to later discover your adolescence on display.
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poised in the in-betweens

Oct. 4th, 2015 12:46 pm
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+ So far, I am loving this working-less thing. Now, granted, I am still working more than I should, but I feel so much more relaxed and happy and healthy about things. It is kind of amazing what alleviating some stress will do for a person. Like, holy shit, this is amazing. It's only been a month, so I can't say what will happen in the long term. However, for the moment, this totally ranks as one of my better decisions ever.

+ Household changes continue. All in the pursuit of good things, but, man, I don't like some of these changes. /pout

+ This morning I had a breakfast of coffee and pastries and sunshine and curling up in the window with wool and warmth. It was awesome. I am currently procrastinating before I get to work on finishing my grading. And generally getting ready for tomorrow.

+ Some truths rise slowly, / that we are what we wait for, / and what waits for us. -Tyler Knott Gregson

+ Yesterday I had oyster mushrooms and spinach and eggs, with fresh tomatoes and chevre and salt and pepper, for lunch. I highly recommend it. Picking tomatoes fresh from the garden, still holding a bit of the sun's warmth as they sit on my plate, that's a good addition to lunch.

+ My brain has emptied of the franticness from earlier today. I fiddled with my bpal rejects list (it is getting so long! I need to do something about rehoming those guys.). This is my tiny hey-I'm-still-here check-in. It is time to get on with the work of the day, the mundanities of laundry and grading and cleaning and eating and time with people I love. And a wee bit of perusing the cats on the local shelter's website. With the upcoming final changes in the house, a furry companion is definitely in order again.
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[livejournal.com profile] daniel_saunders commented on my review of The Crusade, that he'd not managed to get hold of a copy of the novelisation. I'm not actually sure that any of the illustrations in the novelisation are from telesnaps, though some are closer to the televised episode than others. Under the cut are three from scenes that definitely didn't take place in the actual show.

Images not appearing in The Crusade )
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The Randomiser: The Crusade

Oct. 2nd, 2015 09:02 pm
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As someone who basically grew up with the Target novelisations of Doctor Who, The Crusade is a very weird experience*. The Crusade is one of early Who's high-concept historicals, before the concept of a purely historical Doctor Who story was, essentially, cast aside. In The Crusade the Doctor and his companions must master the complex politics of the third Cruade in which Richard I faced off against Saladin. What is strange about it is that this is also one of the very early Doctor Who novelisations and I hadn't realised quite how much freedom David Whitaker had taken with the plot.

More under the cut )

I'm glad I saw this. It is a piece of Doctor Who that is attempting to do something that has not been attempted since the show abandoned its interest to educating about history. That said it is, in a way, more educational about the limits of studio-bound Doctor Who in the 1960s, and 1960s attitudes to race and class, than it is about the third Crusade itself. For a reader of the novelisations it is also weirdly different to expectations. Like at lot of Hartnell's shows, it is more interesting as a view upon avenues that have subsequently closed, than it is in and of itself.

*also I'm quite drunk, please attribute spelling errors accordingly.
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Again in an attempt to bring my outstanding leave down to a somewhat manageable level took two days off work this week leading into an additional day with the Grand Final public holiday. A buyer visited to pick up some items from the Quicksales RPG store, specifically a small moutain of Spacemaster material and added some Rolemaster to his haul. I was pleasantly surprised to discover they still have an active game of the former running. I had a blast with it in the 80s and early 90s, but doesn't seem to get much coverage these days. In more actual play, Thursday night was our regular Laundry Files game, which involved an investigation into a chicken farm fire. Hardly the stuff of agenst to prevent Elder horrors? Well, it turned out that one of the chickens fired electrolasers from its eyes. Yep, a cockatrice, albeit developed in the Laundry Files style. The agency is very concerned about the fire, it is threatening Service Level Agreements. Overall, a great session combining the best elements of off-beat science fiction with a lurking fear of an insane bureaucracy in the background.

Today hosted an Oktoberfest and CheeseQuest today with [livejournal.com profile] caseopaya, [livejournal.com profile] ser_pounce, and [livejournal.com profile] hathhalla in attendance. There was a variety of Munich imported beers to drink, and the delights of German cuisine (rotkohl, kohlroulden, spargel, rollmops etc). I made a kartoffelpuffer and kirschenmichel, and we made our way through a selection of Germanic cheese (jarlsberg, Danish blue, smoked handkase (substitute for smoked Austrian) that were included in the famous sketch. Also took the opportunity to play some first edition Tailisman (which, incidentally, I also have as a German edition).

I've been tinkering around with a few computer systems around the house as well. A recommended upgrade path for my aged Debian Mint laptop did not go well, so I've decided to give CentOS a go on that particular machine. In my continuing exploration of retrospective computer games in my closet have also been playing a little bit of American McGee's Alice - another classic from the past. All of this was interspersed with hanging out with the pets whilst given the house a bit of well-needed scrub.

These have been a very pleasant past few days. The weather has been fine and I've taken several ventures outdoors for pretty much any excuse possible. The social activities have come with fine and imaginative conversation. I have been able to delve into some technical activities both familiar and relatively new (at least in part). The house is somewhat cleaner and somewhat which the fastidious part of me derives some pleasure from. Life here is good but my thoughts turn to horrors in Syria and my thoughts darken; There but for the grace of God go I.

MacGyver - The Countdown #98

Oct. 2nd, 2015 01:39 am
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In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the premiere airing of MacGyver (which was 30 Sept, I'm a little behind), I bring you the next installment in the countdown! [link goes to a note from Lee David Zlotoff, creator of MacGyver]

#98 - Log Jam

Season: 5

Plot: Mac goes undercover as a logger...

[Frequently used Tropes are listed in the first post.]


http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RememberTheNewGuy - Mac's friend Amy
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/YouLookFamiliar - John Considine
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ExpansionPackPast - logging experience


Lots of footage - stock or otherwise - of really great landscapes. Then stock footage of tree felling.

Mac's in Oregon to find out why a timber summit was cancelled. He has an 'old friend' who was supposed to run the summit, but she pulled out. Mac's friend - Amy - tells him there is a cover up of something and that's why she pulled out of the summit.

Amy's convinced that the logging company killed a man who had found out some shady stuff about the company. Mac isn't jumping on that train just yet - he likes proof and evidence - kinda like lawyers.

Sidebar about Amy's house - it is made of wood (like one of the loggers mentioned during their face-off earlier in the episode), and covered in wood panelling, but she's also drying herbs or flowers or something over her kitchen window. So, I'm gonna guess that her house was probably put together with sustainable methods, b/c if she cares that much about the forests, she'd make sure her house wasn't part of the problem.

Amy's estranged husband comes to her house with flowers - not sure what he's going for, but he sees Amy talking to Mac through the window and draws the conclusion that she's got a boyfriend or something? Which, I suppose is possible, but if they're not divorced yet, would be a bad idea.

Then we're introduced to one of Mac's many talents - he knows about logging and shows up at the logging site to be the new choker-man. Unfortunately, Jack (the estranged husband) is the foreman and he has no qualms subtly threatening Mac. It doesn't seem like a threat from Mac's perspective, b/c Mac doesn't know what Jack saw.

Next up is a member of the Yakuza threatening the owner of the company b/c he wants his logs that's he's not really supposed to have. Under-the-table log dealing. How nice.

On top of that, one of the drivers for the logging company recognizes Mac and lets owner-guy know that Mac was with Amy. He also admits that they killed Lopez (the guy Amy was telling Mac about earlier) - purely as exposition, as it has little bearing on the story, because Mac will figure it out later. Really - I don't know why the audience needs to be TOLD right now that red hat guy (the driver) and owner-guy killed Lopez. Aside from the fact that MacGyver isn't a 'mystery' show.

There really should be a trope for 'I'll take care of MacGyver' - it's said often enough. *goes to look for something like that* There is the Leave Him To Me trope, which sort of fits. Owner-guy doesn't make a grand declaration, but he tells red hat "I'll take care of MacGyver", so, close enough. *adds to list*

Oh Amy, smart move. She says she'll get them to stop clear-cutting "even if I have to sabotage your equipment to do it". So now when their equipment gets all fucked up, she'll be the prime suspect, b/c there is a whole bowling alley full of witnesses.

I'll also mention that the hockey-hair is in full swing in this ep.

And more stock footage, though, filming random logging stuff would probably be super expensive for just a few scenes, so the stock footage makes sense.

Now Mac has to spend time explaining to Jack that Mac and Amy (Jack's estranged wife) are *just* old friends and Mac has no plans to move in on Amy. So Mac's now playing marriage counselor. All of this shortly before a log nearly crushes the two of them and Mac has to save Jack from getting smooshed by the falling log. And the wires on the rig were cut, so guess who the prime suspect is? Amy, who made her sabotage threat in front of all the loggers.

The cops find giant wire cutters and tree spikes in Amy's shed. Owner guy (Foxworth), set her up - which he openly admits to the Yakuza who's getting the under-the-table logs. The Yakuza guy doesn't think he's done a good enough job and tells Foxworth the story of how he had to cut off his own finger - b/c this is one of those things that always comes up with Yakuza in pop culture. (Though possibly this guy cut off the wrong one? Since it's apparently supposed to be the left hand, and this guy lost the finger on his right.)

Jack makes a bit of a Heel-Face Turn while he and Mac are talking to the cop and he gets fired for his effort. Though, I'm not sure why the cop is telling Mac, Jack and Foxworth about the evidence they have against Amy or why all of said evidence is laying out on a table *not* in the evidence bags. He's touching everything and contaminating the evidence. Also, this is where smarty-pants MacGyver should've jumped in asking about fingerprints and other legitimate evidence, rather than the circumstantial crap they've got. Sorry 'we found these things in your shed' is not enough evidence for a full conviction. Lawyers and judges like good solid stuff they can sink their teeth into. C'mon Mac, step up your game!

Then Mac and Jack are discussing how Yakuza guy could be getting whole logs, especially when it's illegal to export whole logs from public land and stuff. So Mac thinks the paid-off driver is just by-passing checkpoints after things are inspected and such.

Jack goes to the police about Foxworth, and suddenly the cops need real evidence and more than just some 'words' to find something about about Foxworth. I can't tell if this means the cops are in Foxworth's pocket or if it's a plot convenience. It's plot convenience, b/c a little bit later, the sheriff comes back out with info that none of Foxworth's logs have gone to a scaling station in the last several months.

Mac rolls out w/ red had to see what's up and finds out that the logs get diverted and they saw off the marker paint and reuse the tags for the load. All very illegal stuff.

Of course, once Amy finds out about the lack of scaling station visits, she won't wait like the sheriff told her to. She has to go run off to the other mill to do - something. I have no idea what she's trying to do, other than be a plot point that Mac has to rescue on top of everything else he has to do.

Does Mac ever manage to get through a fight where he doesn't land on his ass?

Okay, if Mac had time to jump off that thing, why didn't the Yakuza guy? I mean, other than 'plot reasons'? B/c Mac jumped off and the other guy rode the log elevator belt for a good 15-20 more seconds, which doesn't seem like a long time, but it's enough for reacting and moving. Esp'ly if this guy really is a practiced Yakuza guy.

Then there's a reconciled marriage and a reconciled timber summit and we end with a Mac smile.

I don't know what it is about this episode that keeps it so far down my list. Maybe it's all of Amy's angry yelling at the beginning or the fact that it's not a very fast moving plot. It sort of plods along and there were a couple times I caught myself thinking 'omg, this ep is taking forever'. It's not a bad episode, it just isn't one that evokes an 'oh yes! i really need to watch this one!' from me.

In related news, Richard Dean Anderson - along with a whole slew of other Stargate SG-1 related guests - will be at Gatecon in Sept 2016! (more info over here: http://gatecon.com) I am *so* going!
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Oct. 1st, 2015 08:07 pm
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Apparently I read no books in September. I attribute this to a) work being stressful and b) knitting a ton, and I do read while I knit but it's almost universally fanfic as it's on my computer and I can flip to a file with the pattern and back easily, blah blah blah. So this list is pretty short.

books what i read july august sept )


Oct. 1st, 2015 06:24 pm
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The forums over at track-chinapost.com offer some fascinating sociological observations.

(~500 words) )

a new month, a new leaf

Oct. 1st, 2015 01:57 pm
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I didn't get very much dev work done in the month of September. Apologies to anyone who missed my virtual presence - my mom, dad, and best friend are all dealing with various ailments and one of my kids unexpectedly decided to join the Cub Scouts. I think I spent more time in my car than at home. In fact I am actually in a hospital waiting room as I write this entry. Tethering FTW!

I will try to get all the recent pull requests reviewed in the next few days. It's about time for me to do a new Current Contributors list as well. However, I don't anticipate doing another code push until the end of the month at the earliest - most likely I will wait until after [personal profile] kaberett's London contributor event, which is scheduled for November 7th.
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We Could Be Heroes

Sep. 30th, 2015 01:53 pm
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Visited the David Bowie exhibition with Liz B., Karl B., and [livejournal.com profile] caseopaya on Sunday on a special event organised by the Australian Sex Party. Spent a fair bit of time chatting with Fiona Patten, the party's leader and member in the Victorian parliament. They've done very well over the past six years as a minor party and have managed to succeed well beyond their representation. The exhibition itself was quite a delight, with quite a collection of ephemera, clothing, music, and videos. As an example of the imperfections of memory, was reminded how abundantly political and very Australian the "Let's Dance" video clip was (for someone who has three copies of the album on vinyl, the lapse is quite impressive). Entry also included a free album, albeit tied to Google services.

Other heroes, which I have already mentioned in passing on FB, are the hero rats of APOPO who, in Mozambique, have finished their contribution of making that country land-mine free. For the civil union [livejournal.com profile] caseopaya and I had that as our charity of choice, so it is very pleasing to see their remarkable success. There is of course plenty more work for these small but mighty noses to do in the detection of land mines in other countries and early detection of tuberculosis. Journeyman Pictures has a great short documentary on their mine-clearing activities.

Spent last night with a small group having dinner with futurist Jamais Cascio, and quizzed him on a few matters of the matters of dangerous climatic changes, the possibility of geoengineering to resolve these problems, and the political impediments to such action. Also as an item of discussion that night was the heroic research success of NASA's media announcement of having found liquid water on mars. Yes, 'heroic research' - courageous, audacious, doughty. We need to see some more of that in this world.


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