Wed, Jul. 30th, 2014 11:34 am
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[personal profile] kaberett
My supervisor's spending the next two months on a boat; she's sailing as a petrologist, not a geochemist, so it won't exactly be like our normal work, but if you're interested her blog Crustal Death and Rebirth in the Ring of Fire is now syndicated on DW as [syndicated profile] crustaldeath_feed :-)

Well then....

Wed, Jul. 30th, 2014 02:24 am
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[personal profile] telesilla
You know that thing where you re-read something you wrote and see a contradiction?

*sighs* It's a small one but annoying.


Wed, Jul. 30th, 2014 01:23 am
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
* Made a dick joke.
* Taught R that "bellend" is a dick reference.
* Refrained from pointing my Overlady in the direction of the non-portable fire. (She knows very well where it is.)
* Helped Lt. Michigander on the road to sorting his Adobe issue.
* Impressed Lt. Michigander and Researcher Carmageddon with my utter fury by calling last Wednesday's tech support guy a shitlord. (My language around my team is a lot cleaner than it is around nearly anyone but customers, friends' parents, and my mother.)
* Sorted out that issue with the helpdesk software: user error (and it wasn't mine).
* Communicated to the Escalation Manager what a fantastically bad idea tech N's idea that I ask every tech to add me to the worknotes was.
* Caused the Escalation Manager to send all the helpdesk techs an admonition to not put stuff meant for the user into worknotes like Shitlord Tech did that time.
* Got reassurances that Shitlord Tech has been Talked To, formally.
* Got the Escalation Manager's email address.

Thank you

Wed, Jul. 30th, 2014 01:05 am
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
Today is a much better day.

Read "Training Exercise" by Dialecticdreamer

Wed, Jul. 30th, 2014 02:37 am
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the short story "Training Exercise" for Schrodinger's Heroes.  A friend of Pat's alerts him to the Army approaching the Teferact compound, but this time it's a little different.

Poem: "Enter the Dark Horse"

Wed, Jul. 30th, 2014 01:29 am
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem was written outside the prompt calls, inspired by audience discussions and the "experiments by evil scientists" square in my 6-10-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. It has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Dr. Infanta thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains intense topics that may not be to everyone's taste. Some of the warnings are spoilers; highlight to read. There is mad science, graphic violence, character death, animal death, grief, traumatic manifestation of superpowers, vengeance, and other mayhem. It ends on a sweeter note, though. Please consider your preferences and headspace before deciding whether to read onward.

Read more... )
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk," and "kintsukuroi."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Nick Fury
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Minor character death. Bullying. Fighting. Suicide attempt (minor character).
Summary: This is the story of how a little boy named Flip grows up to save the world a lot.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Accidents. Emotional whump. Disability. Sibling relationship. Nonsexual love. Parentification. Manipulation. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Protection. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Comic books. Fixing things. Martial arts. Gentleness. Trust. Role models. Military. BAMF Phil Coulson.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25.

Read more... )

Homework help, sort-of

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 10:58 pm
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[personal profile] dreamwriteremmy
Anyone want to help me with my coursera homework for CIC 2.0? It's the Life Ring assignment. (While technically we're supposed to have only 1 partner; I figure with my tendency to compartmentalize it might be a good idea to have more than one partner; and hey i know me best and good creativity sometimes involves bending the rules a bit. :P) I'll post another status update and/or journal post with the particulars.

x-posted a couple places (facebook, Dreamwidth, LJ, LinkedIn [though I doubt i'll get responses there])

Thought Bubbles

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 07:03 pm
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[personal profile] aximili
Instead of trying to jump into a master's program, I'm taking extended education graduate level courses to see if I can handle it and if I'm really that committed to a subject anyway.

Fortunately UCLA and a lot of state schools actually offer extended education targeting people looking into graduate level education. While I'm at it I should probably study GRE and GMAT books, because if I show I can do graduate-level coursework I probably won't have to worry quite so much about my undergraduate career... But they'll still want my GRE and GMAT scores, as I do not have a graduate degree.

I have like seven different story ideas so if I rework them this semester through community college, I may have good material for the advanced extended education classes at UCLA (i.e. classes before applying for candidacy), as some of them require you have a complete first draft manuscript prior to class entry.

mood to burn bridges

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 07:50 pm
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
This has been one of the more stressful few weeks of my life.

I am pretty sick. All-over achy and tired. I took two days off of work (yesterday and today) but not sure how much it helped. I'm afraid that I am under-performing at work at that shit is gonna hit the fan. Well, it won't be the first time that has happened I suppose. Being chronically ill and trying to work and survive on your own is something that there is not a lot of room or support for in society. Right now I am really longing for a different way to live.

This week on the WisCon ConCom list I got really angry, fought with people I respect, and well, made myself sick I guess.

Possibly I am not eating enough protein.

Thank you to everyone who has been supporting me in various ways. Thanks also to everyone who writes about things like:
Tone argument
Gas lighting
Concern Trolling
White woman's tears
Victim blaming
because I've been listening and learning.

Genderqueer Clothing

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 06:51 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 Here's an interview about genderqueer clothing.

Natasha fic beta request

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 06:33 pm
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[personal profile] sage
Hi, I need a beta for an accidentally epic Natasha fic! Can anyone help? I'd like to get it back by this weekend or sooner, if possible, but I can wait longer if necessary.

Story is 15,358 words long & includes Natasha/James/Steve, past Natasha/Winter Soldier, past Bucky/Steve, Natasha/OMC, Natasha & Fury, Natasha & Phil, and background Clint/Coulson.

Other tags )

New Yorkers, I have a subway question about what happens if you get on a train at Astor Place and get off in 20 or 30 minutes. Where are you? (Yes, I realize there are multiple lines. I'm good with multiple options?) I have never lived anywhere with commuter trains and I don't even know what to google to find out where you could end up. Help please?? <3

Please let me know if you can beta? I can send the file or do a Gdoc.

Many thanks!

Long weekend in Montreal

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 04:13 pm
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[personal profile] redbird
I'm just back from spending a few days in Montreal with [ profile] rysmiel. We had a good time, mostly in a quiet sort of way: rysmiel was feeling low-energy if not actually unwell, but I think we worked with that reasonably well. (It helped that the only specific plan we had was lunch with [personal profile] anne/[ profile] txanne. The three of us had crepes, after which rysmiel and I walked Anne to a comic shop (because she wanted some specific French-language comics), and then went to Juliet et Chocolat because I concluded that yes, I did have room for dessert. We got there, glanced at the menu, and I was reminded of how much I'd liked the brownie with a balsamic reduction. So I got that again, and it was very good.

Also, one night we sent out for a pizza; rysmiel asked not-very-hopefully how I felt about fresh tuna on pizza, and my reaction was "I've never tried that, let's get it." I liked it, and it goes well with mushrooms, but I'm not convinced the meatballs added anything in terms of flavor. (This is one of the standard toppings at Pizza Pizza, if you're interested.) A less cheerful food note is that the patisserie nearest rysmiel's home has closed, so I didn't get croissants or other pastries this trip. (Next visit, if it's not deep winter, I will make more of an effort; this time, I decided to spare my knee the extra walking and stairs involved in buying some at Marche Atwater on my way to the airport yesterday.

Also, while it's a long trip to Montreal from here, Air Canada inadvertently put that in perspective with an announcement as my flight was landing in Vancouver "for those of you who are continuing on to Sydney…" and then my cab driver mentioned that when he goes home to visit his family, that's 22 hours' flight, because he's from India. (I had a short hop from Vancouver to Sea-tac: window seat in a Dash-8 on a gorgeous evening for flying.)

Gender in Marketing

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 04:37 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I was encouraged by this article about Land's End being receptive to customer feedback on gendered clothing

This gave me an idea for a different marketing scheme.  Organize clothes by theme: Science T-Shirts, Fairy Tale T-shirts, Play Clothes, Work Clothes, Nurturing Slogans, Adventurous Slogans, Heroic Figures, Everything Pink, Everything Blue, etc.  Then in each section, the dropdown menu would have options for masculine, feminine, and gender-neutral cuts.

News from Cahokia Mounds

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 03:29 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 A dig at Cahokia Mounds has turned up what looks like a prayer bundle.  I'm kind of surprised that this is the first they've found there.  Prayer bundles are pretty typical of magical/spiritual practice across many tribes.

The perils of Photoshop!

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 02:45 pm
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[personal profile] telophase
When you take the Dodge tool a bit too far!

I can understand needing to lighten faces up when the models are backlit, but the solution is to use the dodge tool with a LIGHT hand! (The best solution is to have an assistant holding a big white piece or fabric or cardboard to bounce light back into their faces when you take the picture, but sometimes you just don't have the option.)

House todo

Tue, Jul. 29th, 2014 08:28 pm
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[personal profile] kaberett
todo )

tada )

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