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29th-Jul-2014 08:38 am - a good day-off
Serge 2012
Yesterday was my first day-off in more than two months and at no point did work intrude. I read a Modesty Blaise novel. I watched episodes of “Game of Thrones”, and the next-to-last episode of “Halt and Catch Fire”. I watered flowers. I drank coffee. I ate cheese – in moderation. I took our new vehicle to Garcia Honda because it had reached the 5000-mile mark, but they said that it doesn’t need to be done yet, which didn’t stop them from doing a quick checkup of everything, and free of charge too. I was quite impressed by the service.
27th-Jul-2014 05:16 pm - "A Taste for Death"
Serge 2012
"Hallo, Steve."
She offered her cheek. He kissed it lightly, then said "Your face is all sweaty. Ladies are only supposed to glow."
"You try jumping around wearing a plastron and a fencing jacket with a couple of breast protectors in it."
"Breast protectors?" He prodded her experimentally. "So there are. I won't try it on though. Misunderstandings could arise..."

From Modesty Blaise novel "A Taste for Death" and the more I think about it, the more I see Modesty played by Eva Green. Then again, I'll be happy to see anything with Eva Green in it. Except for "Camelot".
27th-Jul-2014 01:40 pm - memories from before she existed
Beast at the Gate
After Page One called to say that my order of Armistead Maupin's remaining Tales of the City had arrived, the young lady who took care of things when I got there said that she too enjoyed the stories, especially after recently moving here from San Francisco. It's funny how someone who was probably nearly two decades from being born when the original Tales were written can be nostalgic for a place that doesn't exist anymore. Come to think of it, I can very well understand how one can be nostalgic for the Bay Area.
26th-Jul-2014 05:29 pm - 6 for 8
Serge 2012
I just worked six hours today so that I could take eight hours off on Monday. A bit absurd, yes, but I *am* taking a day off. Go me!
25th-Jul-2014 08:40 am - "Coyote destiny"
Serge 2012
"He found himself smiling. He, too, had come home."

Allen Steele's novel "Coyote Destiny" was not my favorite in the series, but it ended the whole affair in a bittersweet and yet satisfying way.
25th-Jul-2014 06:04 am - 19 years
Time Tunnel
Today is the 19th anniversary of my being with the same employer. I am the last surviving member of our team as it stood when I started. Goodness, the technological changes I've gone thru in all that time...
24th-Jul-2014 11:36 am - off the list
Serge 2012
It'd appear that Alexei Panshin has taken me off his Facebook list. Not sure why. So it goes.
Uncle Sam
Yesterday I came across a quote from the late James Garner where he proudly declared himself to be a bleeding-heart liberal card-carrying Democrat. Some respnded to this by saying they thought he'd been a Reagan Republican. I guess some on the Left had let themselves believe the Right's propaganda. There is the 'man' who thinks that a man must impose his bad-monkey will upon the others. There is also the man who knows he is strong, but who uses his strength to protect the Tribe.
18th-Jul-2014 02:44 pm - not just an accomplishment
Serge 2012
I accomplished an accomplishment at work today.
Not just any accomplishment.
A *great* accomplishment.

That's exactly what I needed to prove to myself that this morning's doubts are silly. (My thanks to those of you who commented in this morning's earlier post.)
18th-Jul-2014 03:40 am - which is worse
Serge 2012
I don't know which is worse, that office treats me like I am mediocre, or the encroaching feeling that maybe they are right and I *am* mediocre.
15th-Jul-2014 02:28 pm - accomplishment galore
Serge 2012
I accomplished an accomplishment at work today. Go me.
15th-Jul-2014 08:22 am - very much all of that?
Serge 2012
Here are some of the things that anyonymous co-workers wrote about me during a society game played when I was last in the Bay Area;

- very knowledgeable and helpful
- very open and available
- very helpful and resourceful
- very hardworking
- very kind and hardworking

I sure have them fooled.
14th-Jul-2014 05:50 am - battlestorm
"It's Hell out there!"

And that's exactly who's on the other side of a door, in "Battlestorm", the third and final part of Sue's tale of Ragnarok in San Francisco, which she turned in to Tor this morning.
12th-Jul-2014 12:46 pm - trying again
I still read and enjoy comic-books, but not DC/Marvel much anymore. Sometimes I'll take a look at one of my once-faves, buy a few issues, then decide I'm not interested anymore. That recently happened with the "Fantastic Four". Yesterday, I decided to try "Supeman" because its art is now by John Romita Jr. The story seems ok, but it's still too early to tell. Mind you, if DC decided to bring Busiek back as the writer, there'd be no uncertainty.
11th-Jul-2014 09:12 pm - when not tongue-tied
Serge 2012
I just came back from the local SF club's monthly meeting. I felt tongue-tied tonight for some reason, and, when someone would talk to me, it seemed to me that what I said was dumb or dull and so I'd let the conversations peter out.
11th-Jul-2014 01:33 pm - one and a half
I accomplished 1.5 accomplishment at work today.
11th-Jul-2014 05:48 am - brain train
Serge 2012
I'm all set for that tech training in Redwood City the week o August 4. Class registration is complete. Plane tickets have been acquired, and i'll be flying in and out of Oakland. Yes, that's on the other side of the Bay Area from Redwood City, but I'm willing to endure a longer train ride because SFO's own security theater looks much more lengthy. I'll be staying at what appears to be a nice hotel less than 3 miles from the training site.
9th-Jul-2014 08:42 pm - nuts
Sue just wrote a scene in her fantasy novel where Mist the Valkyrie kicked the god Loki in the nuts.
6th-Jul-2014 02:01 pm - like a man
"...Howard Hawks thought Leigh Brackett was a good writer because according to him she wrote 'like a man'..."

I wonder if he knew she wasn't one when he first hired her. That being said, I was glad to see her mentioned in Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction".
5th-Jul-2014 10:50 am - experience
Serge 2012
Instinct really is experience internalized to the point where I don't think about the process's individual steps, and where I unconsciously know which of those steps will be a mistake, but that means it can be difficult to explain my conclusion to someone who's smarter but less experienced. In the end I wound up doing the thing the way the other person told me to. One week later, I did not gloat when that person realized my approach would indeed have been the best approach. I threw away the work and started again, but MY way.
5th-Jul-2014 10:46 am - badge of honor?
Serge 2012
Well, that was interesting. Yesterday somebody pretended to be me on Slacktivist. Rather, that person used my name to spew out rather vile things that were so unlike what I'd say that others immediately recognized him as not-me. Also, it's also my understanding that this 'gent' frequently does this, usurping a name, but never changing his 'voice' to match the name. He seems to be quite the loser.
4th-Jul-2014 12:39 pm - hot dogs
"They'll run their quill pens through it, I'm obnoxious and disliked, you know that, Sir."
"Yes, I know."

Sue is working like crazy on her third fantasy novel so I thought I'd commiserate by doing office stuff. This all means that we're not having one of our traditional Fourth of July activities - the watching of "1776". But there was no wa we would miss the musical number where John Adams is trying to convince his buddies that *they* should write the Declaration of Independence. That is now done. Next will be our dinner of hot dogs, overboiled by yours truly.
3rd-Jul-2014 08:25 am - almost
Serge 2012
A former co-worker who still works with the same corporation as yours truly contacted me about an opening in her team.Unfortunately its requirements are for programming tools for which I have no experience so we both had to pass. Drat. But she's got my resume, just in case. It is nice to realize that people *are* keeping me in mind when an opening come up.
1st-Jul-2014 12:57 pm - accomplished
I have accomplished an accomplishment at work today.
29th-Jun-2014 01:47 pm - friendship
Once in a while, I get a reminder that the word 'friendship' means different things for different people. Sigh...
28th-Jun-2014 09:19 am - more room out of less room
I have finally completed to cleanup of my home office, which shares a room with Sue’s research books as you can see on the left side of the photo's third image. Turning the location from the first image into the second one involved quite a bit of moving things around, but I managed to make more space out of less space, albeit the passage to my actual desk is now quite cozy. I had to do quite a bit of book-pruning. My criterias were based essentially on how I now feel about the author, or on the memories I associate with the book and/or what my life was like when I bought it. That shelf full of nothing but books by Clifford Simak emerged unscathed of course. I’ll probably never reread any of the books you see, but they’re there, neatly arranged, and a great first sight when I come into the room.

(My apologies for the picture's excessive width.)

25th-Jun-2014 01:20 pm - officially not an accomplishment
Serge 2012
"It's amazing how fast and enthusiastic I am when given work that feeds my soul."

So said yours truly to the other half of the Dynamic Duo today. Mind you, I'm not exactly slow as a rule, but when something like this assignment comes along, I am even faster. Officially, I can't say that I accomplished an accomplishment because this is only the first draft, but I'm happy with what I did do.
24th-Jun-2014 08:30 am - bad habit
Serge 2012
I have this unfortunate tendency to be ahead of schedule with the projects assigned to me. Today a team we're cooperating with on a project finally responded to my frequent emails by saying that this is low-priority and that they're busy with other stuff. I've basically been told to buzz off. Strangely enough, I'm almost proud of having provoked such a response.
23rd-Jun-2014 05:56 am - 20 years ago today
Uncle Sam
"I love you like the Pilgrim loves the Holy Land, like the wayfarer loves his wayward ways, like the immigrant that I am loves America, and the blind man the memory of his sighted days."
- 1981's 'Four Friends'

Twenty years ago today, I became one of America's citizens.
20th-Jun-2014 10:21 am - that time of the year
I have sent my manager the rather awesome list of my achievements for the first half of 2014. I was tempted to add comments 'completed ahead of schedule' and/or 'worked perfectly from the get-go' where appropriate, but it was appropriate in so many cases that the repetitive word strings might have worked against me.
19th-Jun-2014 11:37 am - accomplishment
I have accomplished an accomplishment at work today.
19th-Jun-2014 11:10 am - just call me Lawrence
Serge 2012
It'd appear that, in the team's diagram, my being the only person without a role's caption means that more opportunities are thus open to me because I don't have a role restricting me. Or something like that. Reminds me of the scene in "Lawrence of Arabia" when Sheik Ali finds that Lawrence is a Lord's bastard son and responds "It seems to me that you are free to choose your own name, then." Maybe I should begin practicing the extinguishing of matches with my bare fingertips.
18th-Jun-2014 05:24 am - black ice in August
Coming out from Tor Books in August, my wife's fantasy novel "Black Ice"...

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