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17th-Dec-2014 11:09 am - 2015's pulp
I peeked ahead at my office's 2015 pulp calendar and it has some awesome stuff. Especially the guy flying across the sky with his arms held like a plane's wings, with a scantily-clad lady sitting on his butt.
17th-Dec-2014 07:03 am - "Winter Long"
"Alas, the matter is out of my hands. I will deliver you to the Queen, or we will both face her wrath."
I crossed my arms and scowled at him. "Arden is not all that wrath-y. She used to be a bookstore clerk."

I am reading "Winter Long", Seanan McGuire's most recent novel about October Daye.
16th-Dec-2014 10:54 am - "The Road to the Rim"
Serge 2012
Reading A Bertram Chandler's novel "The Road to the Rim"... Something is off about the story. I have a similar reaction to Kim Stanley Robinson's tales so that tells more about me than about Chandler. Also, the sexual politics are quite a reflection of when the story was written.
13th-Dec-2014 03:30 pm - warm, cold, and no light
Jefferies Tube
After a refrigerator that wouldn't get cold, after a dryer that wouldn't get warm, I just had to deal with a Christmas Tree the light strands of which all went out. I approached this scientifically: i removed the bottommost strand, plugged the end of the next-one-up into the electric cord, and the Tree came back to life.

In other news, a road runner came down from the top of the hill to our backyard lawn. This caused great frustration for the beasty boys trapped indoors.
12th-Dec-2014 01:18 pm - no shoe phone
Serge 2012
I did it last year. I also did it this year. Or was it twice this year? This is the second time I've entered the wrong password once too many on my blackberry, and that caused it to wipe itself out. It rebuilt my phone list though so I mostly lost time. And the few photos I was still keeping on it. So it goes.
10th-Dec-2014 03:58 pm - letting the Devil in
"That's who we'll have fightin' on our side, the devil!"

"Still Valley", a seldom seen episode of the Twilight Zone, is about Johnny Reb being offered a sure way of winning the War, but in the end he turns down the Devil's offer, for the sake of his eternal soul. Why am I bringing this up? The recently released report on torture committed by our side makes me feel that this time some people have made that Deal, no matter what happens to our country's soul.
8th-Dec-2014 05:49 am - "the librarians"
Serge 2012
The first episode of "The Librarians" was a bit clunky, but it was the first episode. I think Noah Wyle was channeling Matt Smith, which is not surprising, since scriptwriter John Rogers was never above making "Doctor Who" jokes when he did "Leverage". Oh, and the Library has moved to Portland, Oregon.
5th-Dec-2014 10:45 am - like it's 1999
I just asked a teammate how the department's Christmas party in the Bay Area went last night. Part of his response was that they no longer call it a party. It is now a "team recognition event".

Let's have a team recognition event like it's 1999!!!
3rd-Dec-2014 06:34 am - another noir(e) line
"Two wrongs don't make one right. Eventually, turn left when you should have turned right, or right when you should have turned left, and, if you do this often enough, you'll wind up going in the right direction. That's why people came to me for help. The client in my mirror needed a lot of help."

The opening line of yet another noir story I'd write if I could write a story.
2nd-Dec-2014 06:53 am - one-on-one then some caffeine
Serge 2012
I just had the once-a-month one-on-one with my boss. I was told I shouldn't take it personally that my teammates aren't responding to my requests for the information I need to get their work approved for deployment. People are soooo busy, you see. Oh well. I'll go to Starbuck's for my morning brew.
27th-Nov-2014 09:45 pm - "Cibola burns"
Serge 2012
I just finished reading "Cibola Burns", James SA Corey's 4th novel of the "Expanse" space opera. You bet it's going to be one of my Hugo nominees next year.
26th-Nov-2014 09:02 am - knowing they don't know
Serge 2012
Yesterday the boss sent an email to the team congratulating one of us for his excellent work on a project. I was a bit perplexed because he had not worked on that project. I wrote to the person who *had* and it turns out that, when his coordinator nominated him for an excellence award, the wrong person's name was given. This makes me feel better about the boss not knowing what it is that I do for this team.
26th-Nov-2014 07:28 am - having a heart that bleeds
Serge 2012
There's this FB group that I'd joined more than one year ago, and enjoyed it, Yesterday though, they put up a post asking members not to riot or burn anything once it reaches 2500 members. I asked if this was an appropriate source of levity. The following comments just went on for more of the same 'humor' so I guessed that answered my question. I wrote to the person running the group, explained why I was leaving, then I left. I guess that makes me a bleeding-heart liberal.
25th-Nov-2014 05:51 am - Lisa Goldstein's "Weighing Shadows"
Time Tunnel
Lisa Goldstein has sold a new novel!

"Great news -- I've sold a novel to Skyhorse/Night Shade Books, called Weighing Shadows. It's a time-travel novel, something I've always wanted to write (...) This is also possibly my first explicitly feminist novel. Feminism, these days, seems to be a dirty word, attacked from all sides (see the comment section for just about any post that even vaguely suggests women are equal to men..."

Go here for further details:
21st-Nov-2014 05:34 am - friendship's loss
This week, I realized that someone who once said how highly my friendship was valued didn't feel that way anymore, for reasons unknown. Friendships - whether they be long-distance or not - are precious things. That's why, although I stopped frequenting the same haunts, I have left my door open for when that person realizes her loss.
20th-Nov-2014 09:33 am - before lunch
Serge 2012
One of our former users, who is now a higherup elsewhere in the corporation, but who sometimes collaborates with our team, was happy to hear that, when our old system is retired, I'll still be around for our new system. That's my second instance of professional appreciation in one day, and lunch hasn't even happened yet.
20th-Nov-2014 09:08 am - noticed
Serge 2012
Based on a comment made by one of my higherup's higher-ups during a meeting this morning, my successful handling of our system's switch-to-the-backup exercise one month ago has been noticed favorably.
19th-Nov-2014 07:11 am - like a game of...
The layers of system-change freezes are now so numerous that finding a date when I could deploy a change felt like a game of fizzbin.
13th-Nov-2014 09:24 am - "forever"
Serge 2012
The plots of "Forever" tend to be unimaginative, and I do wish someone would mark dead-and-buried on stories that rely on comic-book fans as unstable, but I keep watching because of Ioan Gruffud and Judd Hirsch, and it was nice to see Rosalind Chao show up in one episode as an antique-weapon dealer who's rather sweet on Hirsch's character.
13th-Nov-2014 09:23 am - that's all it is
Serge 2012
From my getting-better-at-this dept... Once again my coordinator overrode my design in an area where I am a greater expert than she is, but I barely twitched inside, nor did I raise any objection outside. It *is* just a job after all.
9th-Nov-2014 02:31 pm - "Ghost Talkers"
"Have you a message for home?"
"Yes, please. Tell my Da that I died doing my duty and that I didn't mind it. I just didn't mean to die so young."

From Mary Robinette Kowal's novel-in-progress "Ghost Talkers", in which mediums are used to help fight the Great War.
4th-Nov-2014 08:12 am - voting
Uncle Sam
Voting was at the high school near home. While waiting for things to start, I chatted with one of the volunteers, one of the school's students, and I found she was born in my home town of Quebec City.
4th-Nov-2014 07:45 am - plan? what plan?
Last Tuesday night, one of our team's projects ran into some trouble so I was dragged in because it involved my area of expertise, a situation that would have been averted if my coordinator had consulted me before starting the project. I pointed this out to our boss, who replied with words to the effect that projects are happening so fast that we don't always have time to plan.
29th-Oct-2014 07:16 am - expert with some expertise
Serge 2012
"Yes, it *is* easy for me to say what can and can’t be done with this. It’s been my area of expertise for years and thru three versions of it."

So I wrote to my coordinator last night.
19th-Oct-2014 09:40 am - time compressed
Time Tunnel
After spending two workdays within one official workday on that work project, and two workdays within one official dayoff, I went to bed late last night, woke up early, had a light breakfast then a much needed shower, napped on the couch, woke up, went out to get coffee for Sue, and napped again on the couch. I think I'll now watch last night's episode of "Doctor Who".
16th-Oct-2014 02:50 pm - the hand... held
Serge 2012
I did some metaphorical handholding at work today.
16th-Oct-2014 06:57 am - from over-the-top
Serge 2012
A few days ago, I watched the ad for "The Blues Brothers". It included a scene that happens near the end, when the Brothers rush into a building to pay the orphanage's taxes to city clerk Steven Spielberg. The plaza shows dozens of police cars, tanks, people in battle armor, snipers on the roof. It occurred to me that what was meant to be over-the-top in 1980 now comes across as only slightly exaggerated.
15th-Oct-2014 08:36 am - zero-sum games of thrones
Serge 2011
Is the work place like the royal courts of olden days? They both are zero-sum games after all.
14th-Oct-2014 06:58 am - breathing and the imperfect sword
Jack Campbell's space opera "Imperfect Sword" marks the 2nd *and* the 3rd time I've been tuckerized in an SF novel. This time though, I didn't wind up with a bullet in my head. My character is still breathing. So far.
13th-Oct-2014 06:19 pm - noir words
"One nice thing about stories is that their words will chase your own thoughts out of your head and help you sleep. Also, you wake up in the morning without booze's headache."

- first line of yet another noir story I'd write if I could write
11th-Oct-2014 12:57 pm - "wish I may"
"It was only a month later he died... And it was so like him... He'd pulled some gunrunners off a boat. Gotten them to safety. Gunrunners... He wouldn't risk anyone's life. Even theirs. But he knew they'd been smuggling something else, for a local Pyramid cell... He must've tried to deactivate it."

- a supervillain about the death of his archnemesis in issue #16 of Kurt Busiek's "Astro City"
11th-Oct-2014 12:55 pm - a tolerable lady
I thought the email was addressed to me since its title was 'hi gentleman', but the actual letter began with 'Aloha dear Kameron'. As for the letter itself...

"I am sensitive and feminine and strong and purposeful at the same time.
I am tolerable and punctual. I believe we must treat people the way we
would like to be treated... I love to read and to decorate my
place with my hands. More to come. Juliana"

So Juliana is a tolerable person who comes on time, and who can regenerate her limbs. I'll pass.
8th-Oct-2014 09:53 am - "Alien Legion: Uncivil War"
Serge 2012
I read 4-issue comic book "Alien Legion: Uncivil War" and I must say I'm disappointed. The first three issues are non-stop bangbang action made confusing by cluttered art, and the fourth issue is more of the same, plus some events that should have been the focus of the whole affair.
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