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1st-Oct-2014 08:45 am - apparently the only one
Serge 2012
According to one of our newbies, I'm the only person in the team who's always available to answer questions.
30th-Sep-2014 07:07 pm - "Portraits Hung in Empy Halls"
Vincent smiled. He was being playful once again. “Your name. In Greek it means God’s gift. I know that is so because my brother’s name is Theo. So farewell for now, kind Gift of God.”

- from Kc Ball's story "Portraits Hung in Empty Halls", about a Seattle sidewalk artist named Vincent
29th-Sep-2014 06:37 am - "For the Man Who Has Everything"
Over on Facebook, Lee Moyer asked us what our favorite Alan Moore story was. Two of us came up with "For the Man Who Has Everything", where Superman is shown what his life would have been if Jor El had been wrong about Krypton's fate. His dream turns out to be a nightmare.
28th-Sep-2014 02:05 pm - Yay! And I wasn't even trying...
I wish I could say it was the result of a cunning plan.

Sue and I both went to the gym this morning. I usually end my workout before she does hers, so I bring something to read. This morning, right after the gym, I needed to get a few things at the grocery store and when I came back to our car, Sue was reading my copy of "Good Omens", which I had dropped between our seats.
28th-Sep-2014 06:31 am - 29th anniversary
Today is the 29th anniversary of Sue and I moving in together.
27th-Sep-2014 09:29 pm - if someone who called you a Friend...
Serge 2012
If someone who called you a Friend does not respond to your emails of the last few months, and you know that that person is alive, you must conclude that, for reasons unknown, you are not considered a Friend or even a friend anymore. That's disappointing. But, in the end, it's that person's loss.
26th-Sep-2014 05:16 pm - better with that cure
Serge 2012
My cure to today's mood involved going to a bookstore to buy a book, to be followed later tonight by the resumption of my reading "Good Omens".
26th-Sep-2014 01:36 pm - another Noir line
"If you know where and when you lost that piece of your soul, is it truly lost?"

-First line of another Noir story I'd write if I could write stories.
26th-Sep-2014 10:58 am - alcohol poisoning
"If I drank every time I lose a piece of my soul, my liver would be suffering from alcohol poisoning."

Me to a former co-worker about my current job
26th-Sep-2014 06:24 am - like a hospital
Jefferies Tube
"Hell of a way to run a hospital!"

Our new system's servers needed some patches installed last night, which were handled by our night-shift folks. I woke up in the middle of the night and saw that some of our scheduled tasks later failed. It turns out that the patching had shut down the process that allows the transmission of files from our server to another system's. That got fixed quickly, but it reminded me of the scene in "The Andromeda Strain" when hell is literally breaking loose and the old sterno drunk who survived the strain expresses his disgust at the situation. It's fixed now, but, like Mister Scott said, the more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain.
25th-Sep-2014 07:33 am - happy happy joy joy!
I received a very nice email from a friend this morning.
22nd-Sep-2014 11:36 am - a day off
Serge 2012
I'm taking today off.
You have to use your vacation days off or lose them.
21st-Sep-2014 02:56 pm - the day so far
Serge 2012
Floor has been vacuumed and washed. Grocery has been acquired. Lunch has been had. The letter back to a very dear friend has been sent. I guess I'll read now.
19th-Sep-2014 07:48 pm - the final frontier
"I've always known I'll die alone."

I just watched "Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier" and yes it was a very flawed movie. But it had moments that shone.
19th-Sep-2014 03:47 am - "bad girls"
Sue pointed out last night that 1994's "Bad Girls" really is a feminist western. Yes, the plot is scattered, yes, the action scenes use slo-mo too much, but there is the overall story. And having Madeleine Stowe as its main character doesn't hurt either. Yes, we both heart Madeleine Stowe.
18th-Sep-2014 02:44 pm - being like Cary Grant
Serge 2012
It's no fun being a miracle worker... Our higherups announce the urgent/asap setup of a new testing environment and they didn't involve me until the announcement was made. They obviously have no idea of the complexity of my usual contribution to such setups because, when I rattled off a partial list of ll the details I need to know, they couldn't tell me. I'm like Cary Grant. I make what I do look easy.
Serge 2012
"You're the best, and a very good person."

So wrote one of our newbies to me today, and this simply because I told her not to hesitate if she has a question about our system, and that I am available at any time if something goes wrong while she's oncall.
I've made our room reservation for Sasquan, the 2015 worldcon in Spokane. We'll be staying at the Davenport. It's the official party hotel, but I requested something on the *quiet* floor.

Now that this is taken care of, I'll go wash some dishes.
15th-Sep-2014 08:57 pm - starved soul
Today my soul was starved a little more at work - ironically by someone who used to complain to me about others doing that very same thing to her.
15th-Sep-2014 04:09 am - the other Jack Kirby hand
We watched "Guardians of the Galaxy" for the third time last night. I wish that, as he exclaimed "Behold!" before preparing to zap Xandar into oblivion, Ronan had also done the Jack Kirby thing, with one hand's fingers splayed out, but, yes, we enjoyed it. As the movie began and Marvel's logo went thru its rapid montage, it gave me a certain satisfaction to remind myself I was reading this stuff long before it was cool.
13th-Sep-2014 05:13 pm - a signing and a talk
I just came back from the talk and signing held at Page One by writers Daniel Abraham and S.M.Stirling. I chatted with Kat Andmouse, Daniel's wife, and with their precocious daughter, Princess Sparklepants, who was elsewhere in the bookstore with a stack of ten books. Yes, I had a very good time.
13th-Sep-2014 05:43 am - the club last night
Serge 2012
Last night wad the local SF club's monthly meeting. I rarely get to socialize so the evening was nice, but I tend to feel a bit melancholy afterward.

But I did win a pass to the local rep cinema's showing of Terry Gilliam's "The Zero Theorem" for next weekend.
11th-Sep-2014 07:06 am - dangerous books
Warning! Bud Webster’s book “Anthopology 101” is to be approached with great caution. When I originally read some of his columns about pre-1975 anthologies in the Bulletin of the SFWA, I found myself acquiring a few of those anthologies. Reading the book of all his columns almost made me do it again. I… must… resist… By the way, his 2-part column about how Pamela Sargent’s “Women of Wonder” anthologies were originally received reminds me of the adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Time Tunnel
I celebrated my birthday thus yesterday... Once work was over, I went out and bought "Winter Soldier". I then had shrimp fried rice. I later drank a big can of Australian beer while "The People That Time Forgot" was on tv, followed later by "Flash Gordon".
9th-Sep-2014 02:35 am - the King
September 9, 1955... Elvis Presley's first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show...
5th-Sep-2014 05:09 pm - ping pong
I just spent the last hour being bounced between one coordinator who said I was supposed to have done a certain task today and another coordinator who said it's not due until next week. I need a drink.
3rd-Sep-2014 07:03 pm - a medicine for melancholy
I've been feeling a bit melancholy today and my choice of medicine was to either sip some Green Fairy, or go buy a book. I chose the latter and came back with not one but *two* books. One is Seanan McGuire's "Winter Long", an October Daye novel released this week. The other is the first volume in David Mack's "Star Trek: Seekers" series. It's been decades since I bought an ST novel, but I liked what Mack said when a fan criticized him for having homosexual characters in another ST novel. Also this novel's cover design was a clear homage to James Blish's novelizations of the original episodes, and this lifted my spirits without my imbibing any spirit.
3rd-Sep-2014 12:28 pm - what I am not
Serge 2012
"I am more than just a code cruncher."

So said I this morning to my formerly-fellow-coordinator-and-now-my-coordinator. We may have once described ourselves as the Dynamic Duo, but we don't get along anymore now that the balance of power has changed. Today's latest was caused by her tossing a task to me after she discussed it with a third party instead of involving me from the word go in what is an area of our system of which I am THE expert.
2nd-Sep-2014 07:54 am - proud of myself
Serge 2012
This morning was my once-a-month one-on-one with my boss. She brought up a question I had asked her a few months back, about what my position and function in the new system's team would be, a question that she herself had been able to answer, and asked me if I had figured it out. I casually listed things I have been doing and will be doing, in other words doing what needs to be done, and ended with "Basically a handyman". I'm proud to say that the way I said it made her laugh.
2nd-Sep-2014 07:44 am - warrior maids
According to my office calendar, warrior-maids of Mars go around wearing high heels, and their armour consists of a tight-fitting black dress with a diaphanous looser dress on top of that.
2nd-Sep-2014 07:37 am - "Forever"
Serge 2012
We enjoyed the first episode of "Forever" last night. How could we not, when its cast includes Judd Hirsch, and Ioan Gruffud, who plays a New York City morgue examiner who's been around for 200 years and is trying to find a cure to his own immortality?
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