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Jul. 31st, 2014 03:20 am
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I am the Fishmum. Nyn laughed at me a lot because of some French translation which rendered me the mother of the swimming pool. (It is good to see fish in chat.)

Didn't get as much transcription done as I'd hoped. This was mostly because I was still dealing with more helpdesk software shenanigans.

Did get to attend the training on some of the new various software coming down the pitch. This stuff does not fill me with the same apprehension and mild horror that the helpdesk software did.

I have three recommendations for the helpdesk software:

1) Do whatever is necessary to create a user notification for when a ticket is initially filed, even though ticket numbers are not assigned until the ticket is triaged into Issue or Request. Having the ticket number in the thingy is a bonus, not a strict user requirement, and having a receipt that it's been filed (and a copy of the text that's been filed) is still very useful.

2) Do whatever is necessary to allow the user to optionally mark a ticket as public and searchable. Because some things, like "printer is broken", "dishwasher is broken", "my user account is broken in the following hilarious ways", and "the spiders from building B seem to have followed me back to building D, and I'm not sure I like this" -- these are not things that necessarily need to remain private from your co-workers. "That tech support guy from last week was an utter shitlord and upon reflection I find I still don't want to talk to him ever again" is an example of a ticket which should remain private, and that general helpdesk staff shouldn't even be triaging.

3) The company-branded front end which y'all slapped all over this bad mofo? THAT NEEDS TO GO. The vendor's original interface has more useful information, and breaks less badly on weird screen sizes. Due to the usability issues, I see the interface through a red veil of hatred. Our company's brand images are all over that mofo. I'm viewing our company's brand images with seething resentment. I don't think you wanted me to do that.

If they changed those things, I think it would be not bad.

Purple was back in the office, more chipper than the last week or so. This is good. I don't like to see him all owwy and cranky. He finished up his stuff early-ish tonight, and popped by my cube to say goodnight (and see if I was done). The hilarity that ensued (after we reached the parking lot, where we were not run over by the white panel van) included my explanation that in fact sometimes my cleavage icon came out to play for general technical ranting. Also, Purple does not wax his chest, and the rant about a corner case bug in $PRODUCT is sort of hilarious when given while wearing an "I <3 my $PRODUCT" shirt. Which does not display cleavage.

I hope all is well with Grandmanager's dog, as he was spotted leaving work at high speed while on the phone using phrases that are often associated with dog problems.

Nora has opinions about the job market. If you're in the DC area and need a trained professional who knows how to wrangle volunteers via the internet and any other communications method you can get your hands on, and would like to overthrow capitalism in favor of worker-supported, worker-supporting sorts of work, let her know. She is awesome, and, uh, viva something.

Minions' lunch is tomorrow, and then Friday is the goodbye lunch for a teammate. I'm going to try to be awake for those things. Wish me luck.

No, really, it was all go....

Jul. 31st, 2014 10:19 am
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Yesterday. I had to fit in a sauna, a flex 'n stretch class, a gym session, the usual walk on the common (particularly great), a facial, and a 'Chi Harmony' treatment.

Totally rush, rush, rush, eh?

There was another bout of WiFi connectivity problems whereby I was eventually catching up with the virtual world after dinner, in the public lounge.

I know, but somebody has to do it, right?

Essays, rants, interviews, news

Jul. 31st, 2014 02:00 am
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Posted by Nicola Griffith

As Hild came out in the UK last week I've been busy writing stuff for other people's blogs. Here's a selection:
There's more goodness scheduled. I'll keep you updated. 

Meanwhile, Hild's made the Guardian's Not the Booker Prize longlist. (Operative word: loooong...) Go take a look.

Poem: "The Making of a Man"

Jul. 31st, 2014 02:17 am
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This poem came out of the May 2014 Creative Jam. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "tickling" square in my 10-6-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso thread in the Polychrome Heroics series.

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Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card 7-31-14

Jul. 31st, 2014 01:59 am
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Below is my second card for the 2014 [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This fest encourages the creation of boundary-pushing material that explores what happens when things go horribly wrong and people actually care about each other. Remember, things always go wrong; what matters is how you deal with that. Some of the content may be NSFW. Read the FAQ and rules first. The signup post is here. (See all my 2014 bingo cards.)

I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my more danger-prone series.

If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.

Underlined prompts have been filled.


HURT/COMFORT BINGO CARD

Stockholm syndrome self-harm unrequited pining coma stalkers
fever / delirium confession in desperate situation forced to participate in illegal / hurtful activity dungeons septicemia / infected wounds
accidental mating for life torture WILD CARD insomnia cursed
prostitution eating disorders humiliation comfort food or item first transformation
counseling difficult / unexpected pregnancy grief loss of limb / limb function undeserved reputation

BINGO: column

Jul. 31st, 2014 01:53 am
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I have made bingo down the O column of my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest.

New Avengers #20: "Blu'Dakkor"

Jul. 30th, 2014 11:11 pm
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"It's probably Grant Morrison or Warren [Ellis]. I just love most stuff that they do. And I kinda think if I exist anywhere on the spectrum stylistically with the stuff I do, it's somewhere in between those two guys, with a healthy dash of books I read when I was a kid that I loved, like Keith Giffen's Legion of Super-Heroes stuff." - Jonathan Hickman

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I have owned this ever since that day long ago when I didn't remember to send back in the little SFBC card, which was one of my standard ways to diversify my library. Perhaps the success of that method explains why I am so comfortable letting other people choose my reading material now?

My copy is missing its dust jacket but the art is on isfdb and I wonder if the lackluster cover is why I passed this over for 30+ years?

RDDLFSTRSA41979

I prefer the art on this this later edition but it's still not quite right.

THRDDLMSTR2001

I am not sure I actually ever read Riddle of Stars (I have a number of late-1970s SFBC books set aside for a rainy day). In fact a detail at the end of the first novel suggests strongly that I did not read it because it's the sort of detail that is quite memorable and I did not remember it.
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Jul. 30th, 2014 11:26 pm
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I note that there have been two short, to the point updates of current status from Wiscon in the last week. I hope this points to a new philosophy of communication from the concom. It is much appreciated.

Not a honeybee

Jul. 31st, 2014 12:10 am
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Posted by Graydon

I believe it to be some sort of bee

Some sort of halictid, sweat-bee, since green and metallic and quite small would fit with that clade.  There was this one, and maybe another, and a bumble bee, on a stretch of flowers four meters long.

Happiness is --

Jul. 30th, 2014 11:25 pm
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-- realizing that your back is hurting horribly from having spent too much time in your desk chair this week, so picking up your laptop and moving to the hammock on your front porch.

(It's a balmy 72 degrees outside right now.)
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The WisCon concom has begun the voting process in its appeal of the subcommittee's decision on Jim Frenkel. In addition to reviewing the subcommittee's decision, the concom is also considering information that has been brought to its attention in the weeks since the July 18th announcement from the subcommittee.

Voting will close over the weekend. The concom's decision will be announced Monday afternoon (Seattle time).
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Posted by JenniferP

Willow and Evil Willow from Buffy Season 2

Willow, talking about Evil Willow: “That’s me as a vampire? I’m so evil, and skanky…and I think I’m kinda gay.” 1) How has this image never come up at the blog before? 2) Don’t marry off just one of the sides of yourself and kill off the other. They’re both you.

Hi Captain:

I have been in a relationship with  my boyfriend now for 5 years. I met Leigh when I was 19, fell in love, grew up together, and last year bought a house together; we even had an engagement ceremony so our family would feel more at ease with us living together. Even though it was just a front, Leigh already sees me as his fiancé. I think you know where this is going. 

Last year shortly after we purchased our first home, I met a guy through an online game. Jack fell in love with me even though we have never met each other in person. We texted each other day and night for months and eventually things got progressively worse. We started “sexting” and it was then that I started living in guilt, every living moment. I sleep talk when I go to bed at night, and it didn’t take long until Leigh found out that I was cheating on him emotionally. I knew what a horrible person I have been and hated myself for enjoying having intimate conversations with Jack. Most of the time, I felt downright disgusted about myself. I stopped talking to Jack, and he continued reaching out to me telling me he needed me and can’t live without me. Jack texts me every 2 weeks to tell me that he trusts me and will always be there for me but I’ve ignored them all, as I believed he was a temptation I have to stay away from. In order for me to salvage my relationship with Leigh I need to fully devote myself him and one day we will get married and have kids and live our lives like all the loving couple in the world. Leigh being the perfect man that loves me more than anyone in the world, he forgave me and decided to trust me again. 

I travelled solo as a backpacker just last week and made out with a girl and a guy that I met at  a bar. I almost had sex with a guy I met at the hostel but I didn’t for I know I am in a relationship. I despise myself for even having the horrible thought and genuinely enjoyed being hit on by them, having them telling me how beautiful and sexy I am. I had the time of my life when I was there, for once feeling as though I am single.  I thought I could just forget all about it once I get home, and concentrate on being the perfect girl friend again and wait for the feeling of wanting to be single to go away. Sleep talking didn’t help, as Leigh found out in my sleep that I have been apologising “for being a whore” and that “I’m sorry, I’m wrong”. He also managed to find a conversation of me and a friend regarding this situation. The guilt is eating me alive but I didn’t know what else to do. Leigh left me this morning, to travel by himself and to give me time to figure out what is it that I really wanted. He is willing to put a hold on this relationship and let me leave and “find myself” and “do whatever I want” as long as I don’t tell him any of that when I come home. I am with a man that loves me so much, enough to forgive me from cheating on him and would sacrifice everything in his power to make me happy. What more do I want? Am I really willing to let a man like this go just to fuel my desire of being single?

Lost

Dear Lost:

I realize this is probably terrifying, but what if you were single for a while? Deliciously, purely, awesomely single? Free to make out with anyone on the entire planet without it being at the expense of someone else? Without the guilt?

Either you are not wired for monogamy, or this role of Perfect Girlfriend to a Perfect Man with a Perfect Happy Life thing isn’t so perfect, at least for you right now. What you have is what you think you should want, and maybe it’s what you ultimately want five years from now or ten or twenty, but right now isn’t suiting you deep down in your bones. There is a part of you, a big part, that wants to be a solo backpacker and make out with the world.

If Leigh wants a monogamous relationship, and you don’t, then it’s maybe time to fess up to that and see where it leads you. Maybe it leads you to having to do a lot of paperwork as you disentangle yourself from home ownership, but maybe it also leads you to the love(s) of your life, out there in the world. Just because something is perfect on paper, or you can’t think of a good reason to leave it behind, or it really wants to forgive you and execute the plan you had for your lives doesn’t mean it’s right for you. It’s time to be really, really honest with yourself about what you want, and one of those things you might want to be honest about is whether Leigh does it for you in the pants/sexy/romantic/hot connection department.

I’m going to tell you a story. It’s about an attempt to have kind of “don’t ask, don’t tell” experiment with non-monogamy you and Leigh are flirting with. After a few years together, an ex-boyfriend and I had such an arrangement, his idea, and I went along with it because I wanted to be cool, I didn’t want to lose him, and why the hell not? We were so in love and so emotionally evolved and cool that we could handle a “monogamish” sort of thing!, was his/our reasoning. (Note: I realize now that this was an example of extreme wishful thinking, thanks!) He actively pursued other partners, I did not. One night, however, I invited my boyfriend over to hang out  – maybe watch movies, definitely do it – and he said he’d rather fly solo that night, so I decided to finally jump into finding another partner. (Acting out of spite is totally healthy, right? So evolved. So loving. So cool.) Anyway, I placed an ad online looking for a make-out friend and got the usual inundation of dick pics and misspellings, but also a smattering of replies from cool witty geeky dudes who wanted to hang out in my blanket fort. Including one from, you guessed it, my boyfriend.

 

I was…I need a fake or real German word for a cross between amused and furious…because that’s what I was. I wrote back, hahahaha, you’re busted (and sent a link to the above song) and then he was like “Ok, want to get together after all?” and I said “no, and also, eff you, you had your chance” and went and had a fun adventure with a visiting jazz musician and it was amazeballs. Just the perfect mix of sexy and hilarious and safe and kind.

That night should have been the end. The end of “the experiment.” The end of the relationship. I didn’t seek outside partners often, but every time I did I would get a little glimmer of, wait, THIS is what I’ve needed. THIS is what it’s like when someone is excited to be with me. I’m sure he had the same sort of glimmers. I loved my ex-boyfriend, he was hilarious and kind and a great friend and we got on well together, but That Thing was never, ever present for us, no matter how much we tried. We limped along for another year or so, but the only way things worked is if we got our sexy excitement needs met outside the relationship. I wish I’d had the courage after that night to say, you know what? I love you and it’s been a great run but let’s stop doing this to each other and just find someone who fascinates us and get on with being friends. It turns out in the end, I’m not poly-, or whatever. I’m not cut out for it. When my heart-needs and my pants-needs are congruent, I’m happy as a clam. I just hadn’t met the right person yet, and I didn’t trust the universe or myself enough to believe that I could. When I did, I felt it right down to the marrow of my bones. This is IT. I am HOME. This person is here with me. I don’t need an escape route, or a distraction, or a security blanket of casual attention to remind me of my worth. And I met that person in the middle of a period of being gloriously, happily single. My own place. My own bed. My own food in the fridge. My own time, my own priorities, my own music, my own dance parties. My own sadness, sometimes. My own living on crackers and things that spread on crackers. I was my own safety net, and my friends were there to remind me what love was. Single is great.

I tell you this because, you might just be someone who wants a lot of variety in sexual partners and who thrives on flirting and hooking up for a while. Or you might be someone who can love and be loved by more than one person. Or you might be a monogamous person who hasn’t found the right person to settle down with yet (and you still have miles hooking up to do before you sleep). Not wanting to be in an exclusive relationship with Leigh might be the start of you coming to terms with a different sexual identity than you thought you had, or it might just be a “Good Person, Wrong Time, Wrong For You” sort of thing. Do some reading and some thinking about that while Leigh is out of town, and think hard about the kind of life and the kind of love that you want, and then be honest with Leigh about what you want and see if it matches what he wants. It has to match what he wants, not what he is willing to put up with for the sake of a mortgage or a fairytale wedding or a terminal case of The Shoulds. That thing, where he can “forgive” you, as long as he doesn’t know about any of it? That self-sacrifice? That’s a trap, for both of you. You talk in your sleep. He will always find out about it. You will always be hiding a part of yourself, a vital, alive (& bisexual!!!!????) part of yourself. You will always be apologizing, on the verge of apologizing. He will always feel owed an apology. You will become “the bad one” and he will be “the good one” and every time you have an argument he’ll be there on some moral high ground looking down at you, and you’ll feel like you have to give him his way because after all he forgave you for sleeping with people. If this is how things are when you first move in together, before you get married, what will it be like 5, 10, 20 years in the future? I know it’s hard to imagine breaking up, but isn’t it easier to contemplate the idea that he’s just not the guy for you?

People survive divorces and breakups of serious relationships, the selling/reapportioning of the house, the dismantling of the books and the separation of the record collection. It’s expensive, but you figure it out. It’s logistics, and you can handle logistics. You break the lease or sell the house. You buy new kitchen towels. You find thrift store plates in every shade of blue. Someone gives you a replacement microwave. Your family, who could sorta kinda stomach the idea of you living together “in sin” if it meant you were going to get married someday? I have that sort of family, too. They just deal. Even my very conservative mom was like “Well, don’t marry the wrong person just to make me happy!” You will survive, Leigh will survive, if that’s what you decide to do. What’s harder to survive is feeling trapped, and guilty, and bored (you) or feeling unwanted, lied to, and unappreciated (Leigh). That kind of thing can eat years of your life away, so please don’t hide from it and hope that things will magically get better.

I wish you luck whatever you decide.

Jennifer


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Posted by JenniferP

Here’s the news from Kate T. from London:

August London meetup is upon us!

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX near Waterloo station, 2nd August, 11am onwards.

This time it’s puzzles! Please bring a jigsaw or a crossword or a puzzle toy or anything along those lines, preferably something which can be done by more than one person together. Or bring your best brainage to solve other people’s puzzles.

This venue is working out really well.

They sell food in a cafe (standard sandwiches etc.), but they also don’t mind people bringing food in from outside. There are several other local places where you can buy stuff as well. The excellent food market outside has loads of different food options, which can fit most food requirements, or you can also bring a packed lunch.

Meet on the fourth floor, outside the Blue Bar (go up in the JCB lift, lift 7, which is bright yellow and quite musical).  If you have been to a meetup previously on the second floor, we are now in the equivalent place horizontally, but two floors up vertically, if that makes sense?

Here is the internal map of the Royal Festival Hall: http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/sites/default/files/documents/RFH_map.pdf

I will have my Cthulhu with me, which looks like this: http://forbiddenplanet.com/3950-cthulhu-baby-plush/ I have long brown hair and glasses.

The venue is accessible via a lift, and has accessible toilets.

The London Awkward group has a Facebook page, which is here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/549571375087294/.  There is also a thread in the new forums for saying hello.

My email is Kate DOT Towner AT Gmail DOT com

(September meetup will be on the 13th.)

Cheers,

Kate

And here is Kate G. from Bristol:

Hi Captain!  We’re meeting up.  A shout-out would be very much appreciated, as is your continuing general awesomeness.  Thanks!

It’s meetup time again in Bristol UK! At the August meet, we shall be playing board games, as well as our usual feast of talking about all things Awkward.

If that sounds like fun to you, please do come on down to The Canteen on Stokes Croft from 11am on Saturday 16th August, where I will be on hand with a Superman snakes-and-ladders/ludo set, as well as a bit of leftover colouring-in from a previous meetup.

Here’s the full address:

Hamilton House 80 Stokes Croft Bristol BS1 3QY  http://www.canteenbristol.co.uk/

There is a car park at the back of the building that does one hour for free or all day for £5. For more ‘how to find it’ info you can click here: http://www.hamiltonhouse.org/getting-here/

The Canteen is on the ground floor and accessible by ramp, and has a disabled access bathroom. It also has a take-a-book-leave-a-book library corner and serves reasonably priced organic meals (think pub-grub prices), as well as cheese boards, bread-and-olives, and a selection of cakes. The bar serves hot and cold drinks including alcoholic beverages.

I will be sitting at a table from 11 ó clock wearing a green t-shirt with ‘#Anniesmove’ printed across the front. I have short dark hair and glasses. Hope to see you there!

Thank you, Kates!

Poem: "Snappy Action"

Jul. 30th, 2014 05:02 pm
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This poem is spillover from the June 3, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rosieknight. It also fills the "first person narration" square in my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Polychrome Heroics series.

By the way, this was my mother's favorite poem of the last batch I sent them; she said it made her laugh. We have some family stories about snapping turtles. My grandmother got chased by one. Honestly, I probably would have skedaddled too.

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