101 Update

Aug. 24th, 2017 12:03 am
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Progress This Week

Teach 5 classes - I taught my first class this weekend. It went pretty well, but I only used up 20 minutes of my hour time slot. I need ideas for what to add to this class. This was Historical Research Methods.

Post 100 situations prompts to AO3 - I've posted another story.

Listen to 90 other podcasts - I listened to a freakonomics podcast about when helping is actually hurting. It had to do with mentoring kids one on one and how those kids went on to have universally worse outcomes than the kids who were not mentored.

Read the entire Bible - I'm in 1 Kings.

Go on a 30 minute poke walk 140 times - Went on another walk today. It was about 30 minutes, around Thrasher Park.

Go to the PSWC 140 times - I went to the HVN meeting today.

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Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:04 pm
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Joe helped me figure out what was going wrong in my "Ninefox March" Cockos Reaper project since the lag was driving me nuts.

Ctrl + Alt + P will give me a performance meter but sadly only tracks CPU usage per track--if it also tracked RAM usage per track (if that's even a thing, hell if I know how computers/DAWs work) my problem would be solved.

It's not that I don't have enough RAM. It's that something in the project is causing a memory leak. I'm guessing one of the virtual instruments. The problem is that there are NO good options. Like, if Orchestral Tools Berlin Strings or Metropolis Ark 1 is the source of the memory leak, I am going to...I don't even know. Write tech support, I guess, and hope they have a solution.

Right now the best bet is to track memory usage in a completely new project in which I introduce a single instrument at a time and see where the leak starts/begins. Time-consuming and annoying, but doable. Not happening tonight--probably after I turn in this novel.

DW comm question

Aug. 23rd, 2017 08:58 pm
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Does anyone know offhand if random people can donate DW points (to buy paid time for comment-searches) to a community? I know you can do it for an account but can't figure out from the FAQ if this works for comms as well.

icon request?

Aug. 23rd, 2017 01:56 pm
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I am finding that I would really like to have a sea/ocean icon. I like blues/teals and I am also fond of seahorses and sand dollars. Would anyone be willing to make me an icon from some public domain image in exchange for a flash fiction or simple cartoon/sketch or something?

ETA: While I'm at it, what's the difference besides animation style between Star Wars: Clone Wars (older, 2D animation) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars (newer, 3D animation)? I am strongly biased aesthetically toward 2D animation but will watch the latter if the story/characters are good...


Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:49 pm
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In which our heroine tries to get stories written on the road.

Additional for DW: hanging in a pub in Surrey while G attends an interview.

Sewing and Music

Aug. 23rd, 2017 06:02 am
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Looks like Tuesday nights are going to be busy. Aileth from the Barony hosts a sewing night on Tuesdays starting at 5:30 pm, and now I've started going to Margaurite's Music Night as well, which starts at 8:30 pm.

I've been going to Aileth's occasionally--it's been nice because she's much better at sewing than I am, and often there are other Barony people who come over as well, including some costuming laurels, so if I run into something that is beyond me, someone can usually figure out what I'm supposed to be doing.

At the last meeting, new guy Roderick sweet-talked me into coming to music night at Marguarite's house. She lives about a mile from Aileth, so it's an easy drive. Margaurite is a key member of the Shire and was one of the founding members. (At least half of the Shire's active members actually live in the Barony--either they used to live here and then moved, or they prefer the less-competitive atmosphere. Seriously, this is the most laid-back SCA group I've lived in.)

I was a bit nervous since I haven't played my recorder much in the past, oh, 20 years, but I dug it out, got it cleaned up, and showed up. I don't think Marguarite was expecting much from me, but she wants more players, and I guess they've trained up other people from time to time. She's a very good player, as is Roderick (who did his Master's degree in music). Giraude is pretty good but not confident. We joked about me now being the weakest link.

However, I surprised them. I'm out of practice, but I do read music. I took piano lessons for several years, was in band all through junior and senior high school, sang in a madrigal group back in Dallas, and in the St. Raphael's Cathedral Choir in Dubuque. I love medieval and renaissance music, so am passingly familiar with the genre. I do need to practice up on the fingering (I never was good at the upper notes on recorder to start with), but considering how long it has been, I kept up with the group fairly well. Margaurite did try to pick out simpler music for us, to be sure, but I did okay.

Giraude has lent me her plastic tenor recorder (she has upgraded to a wooden one), and I'm to practice on both the soprano and tenor. They have the same fingering. The plan is to have me play the tenor line, which tends to be easier.

So, despite my nerves, I had a lot of fun playing music again and the time flew. Roderick gave me the Von Trapp beginner's book so I could review the fingering charts, plus I think I have my old recorder book somewhere around here that I can also use for practice.

Anyway, it looks like this will work out. It's a local SCA activity and (mostly) free. The group plays some at local events, usually at feasts. We talked some about singing, but Roderick does not sing. I think Giraude can sing (low alto/tenor, from when I've heard her). Margaurite is alto and I'm a soprano. We'd have to find a bass, but isn't that always the challenge? For now, the focus will stay on instrumental, but voice hasn't been ruled out for the future.


Aug. 23rd, 2017 02:23 am
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I'm... Pretty excited about this. I was wondering about getting credentialed for nursing internationally, and this isn't that per se. But it's international opportunities.


Aug. 23rd, 2017 02:00 am
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I just low-key let on that I don't buy any of Jordan's bullshit even if I'm not actively calling him out on it.

"Yeah I heard about [x thing I had told him by text message that he's pretending he never received.]"

Me, "Yeah I sort of figured since I texted you about it. Plus I imagine Tyler had a lot of fun with that."


It's not about getting angry or picking fights. I'm just sick and tired of people treating me like I'm completely stupid and I need them to know to cut the crap. I'm not going to make a big deal about past crap. Just stop pretending it's the truth.

I'm not mad we're not friends. Just sad. It'll heal with time. Less time... If you cut the bullshit.


Aug. 22nd, 2017 04:15 pm
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*Okay, that's exaggerating. So, we had a lot of miscommunication to start out with. He texted he wanted to met at 12:30UTC so I arrived at said location based on UTC. Realized that not him being funny, and that I was really, really late.

So then we clarified, went to the restaurant. We still didn't see each other. The restaurant is a chain. Me, "So, what one are you at?"

Turned out, UTC was a short-hand for the location, not him trying to use UTC time. I was at the wrong restaurant.

So I drove to the correct restaurant. After that though, everything was A+.

The bright side to this is that this was the worst I'd ever look or behave on a date. I literally woke up late, threw some clothes on and brushed my teeth and drove over, then established said miscommunication, then drove over. But we had such a good conversation it seems we're both really eager to meet again. So I'll probably have a chance to recover from my first impression.**

**He knew I had a night job so. I feel like being aware that my sleep schedule's constantly on the fritz also gets me some leeway in the being stupid department.

I've also decided based on this interaction that I want to do two things:

1. Get my room/apt set up for guests again. (That includes care.com housekeeping, 'cause my brother keeps everything a mess.)

2. Work on getting the new car, for hiking.

3. Try to push the Starbucks management more so I can control my own schedule more.

Under Gemini

Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:37 pm
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Under GeminiUnder Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pilcher does two things very well: setting and character. The descriptions of the Scottish coast and Scottish manor homes and a posh London hotel and Cornwall by the sea--all are evocative and lush and beautiful to read. The characters in the novel are complex, interesting, and nuanced, and most of them are warm and kind people I'd love to spend a weekend with drinking tea and walking on the beach.

This is an Old School Romance and a product of its time, so there are some elements I could do without (like the male love interest slapping the female protagonist in the face or the implicit assumptions about what women will do with their lives in terms of occupation, matrimony, and motherhood), but Pilcher is definitely a good storyteller.

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[story] The Statue Beneath the Sea

Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:23 pm
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For [personal profile] storme.
Prompt: dépaysement.

The Statue Beneath the Sea

Once upon an ocean, a statue dwelled beneath the waves. In days past the statue had been brightly painted and crowned with gilt, with jewels for eyes and jewels set in its magnificent wings. It remembered dancers crowding its plaza and lovers exchanging promise-poems beneath its benevolent gaze, parades of helmeted youths and prophetesses giving speeches in the sinuous language of time unwound.

It had never met the general whose victories it was meant to commemorate, although it knew that some statues had that privilege. But it had their smooth face and their smile, and even though the jewels of its eyes had long ago been stolen by treasure-scavengers, it had something of the general's vision. It knew the stories of the general and their honored lover the lady scholar, and how they had built the old city to a precipice of grandeur.

Those days had passed long ago, however, and the wars of weather-mages had sunk the city below the sea. No one now living remembered the city's name the way it had been spoken by its inhabitants, although it lingered in distorted whispers and siren-songs that wound through the tides. The statue remembered its people and yearned for whatever scraps of myth it could gather from the gossip of gulls and sailors.

The fish and the anemones, mindful of the statue's melancholy, spoke with it little. In truth it would have welcomed their chatter. But when it asked them for stories of war (in honor of its general), they could only share tales of cannonades and blood staining the foam, so different from the swift chariots and dust-clouds it knew of, and its melancholy only deepened.

At last an entourage of dragons, distant cousins of the Dragon King Under the Sea, visited the sunken city. One of the dragons, hardly more than an eggling as dragons reckon time, especially liked to explore vanished civilizations. She was particularly taken by the statue's eroded marble surfaces, seeing in them the litany of years gone and years to come.

The statue told the dragon of its vanished city, and its general's victories--more fable than truth by this point, not that there was anyone to correct it--and the dragon listened eagerly. She began telling the statue's stories to the sharks and the seahorses, the terns and the turtles. Soon the creatures of the sea came to listen to the statue as well, and to honor it with their tribute.

It wasn't long before the statue's old plaza was surrounded by nets woven of pirates' beards, and strands of coins marked around the rim with praises to octopus gods, and bits and pieces of filigree armor snatched from soldiers fallen overboard. The creatures of the sea, not to mention the dragons, began frequenting the statue's plaza, and carrying out their own ceremonies there.

While the statue knew that the people it had once known would never return, and that the old city was dead in truth, it found some comfort in seeing a new one arise where the old had been.

Reviews and Rec on MM Book Reading

Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:34 pm
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Wrote a small review on Illegal Contact and rec'd Permanent Ink.

If you haven't joined [community profile] mm_library yet, please do! I'd really like to make it a more active community. :)

Also, I'm looking for more male MM writers. Let me know if you know a few you'd like to rec to me! <3

Linkspam: fannish/geeky/SFF, misc.

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:31 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things/SFF

"Tatiana Maslany Says Goodbye to 'Orphan Black'". [series finale spoilers]

Sarah Rees Brennan wrote "Our Winged Brains: The Appeal of Winged Creatures in Genre Fiction" for Tor.com.

[twitter.com profile] seananmcguire wrote a fantastic Twitter thread about the awesomeness of In Other Lands.

"'Atomic Blonde' Doesn’t Pretend Women Fight Like Men, And The Result Is Awesome".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] recessional, a Tumblr post about Atomic Blonde...which is really hard to describe without spoilers. It has to do with a plot point that many people have warned others about in advance of their seeing the film (a warning for which a lot of people have been grateful, whether or not it dissuaded them from seeing the film themselves), and offers a take on why the "this horrible thing happens [so the movie failed us/is bad/perpetuates the same bad things that always happen]!" warning is misleading and the event is in fact genre appropriate.

"Doorways to Fantasy: Rovina Cai Illustrates Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children". [Tor.com]

"You're screwing this up: An open letter to Hollywood from your mortal enemy (the female comic fan)".

"N. K. Jemisin’s New Contemporary Fantasy Trilogy Will “Mess with the Lovecraft Legacy”". [Tor.com]

"Library of America Recognizes Ursula K. Le Guin (and Science Fiction)". [Book Riot]

"Robin McKinley: A Pioneer in YA Fiction". [Book Riot]


"The masseuse who pulled my arm out". [BBC] "Life with a disability can sometimes give rise to unspoken questions and sensitivities, but amid the awkwardness there can be humour. The following is an edited version of a sketch by Angela Clarke who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, delivered for the BBC at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival."

"Confessions of a Costume Curator: As a fashion historian, my job is to learn from other people’s clothes—a task that is challenging, messy, and often spooky".

I think I may've linked this before--it's from last year--but I came across it again and still really like it: "24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear".

"Swan, Late: The unexpected joys of adult beginner ballet". [Note: the writer frequently uses the term "oriental dance" when talking about bellydance; I'm not sure if that's a standard term in those circles? It pings me uncomfortably, so I figured I'd note it.]

"‘Kids are gross’: on feminists and agency". "What I’ve come to suspect is that many feminists’ failure to recognise the autonomy of children is, at least in part, symptomatic of the way children have for many feminists become symbols of oppression. But when we are unable to separate the systematic discrimination that makes mothering a ridiculously difficult and often oppressive role from the fact that children are sentient, autonomous human beings who deserve dignity and respect, we are in danger of allowing glaring hypocrisies to creep into the way we construct and use feminist principles and ideas."

"INFOGRAPHIC: A world of languages - and how many speak them".

"N.K. Jemisin’s #AntiFascistSFF and Gail Simone’s #ComicsHateNazis Are the Inspiration You Need on This Monstrous Day". [The Mary Sue] (From earlier this month.)

"Eisner Nominee Renae De Liz Shares Short Guide for Artists on How to De-Objectify Female Characters". [2016]

"A Sweet Valley High Movie is Coming (from the Writer of Legally Blonde!)" [Book Riot]

"How to Keep a Roomba Vacuum Cleaner From Collecting Data About Your Home".

"A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story" and "The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women". [NPR] (Tori's Little Earthquakes is #27.)

A Theory of Fun for Game Design

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:02 am
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Raph Koster's A Theory of Fun for Game Design (2nd ed.) has been on my wishlist for something like the past five years. I picked it up recently by ordering it through my local game store (which is technically also a bookstore and is in the process of signing on with distributors or however that goes). It is an absolute delight.

I'm glad I sprung for the hardcopy of this for two reasons: one, I like to mark up my nonfiction, and two, its formatting! The left-hand page in every two-page spread is text; the right-hand page has an illustration related to the material on the left-hand page. While the illustrations are not technically the most accomplished, they are generally extremely effective communicative cartoons or diagrams.

This book comes with a ton of blurbs, and Cory Doctorow's--"Does for games what Understanding Comics [by Scott McCloud] did for sequential art"--pretty much sums up how I feel. I've read other game design books that were insightful, or thorough, but the Koster is accessible and very interesting in its approach to what makes games games, and how to make them fun (in the instances where that's a thing--cf. Brenda Romero's Train).

One of Koster's arguments is that "with games, learning is the drug" (40)--a game that interests us is one that strikes the necessary balance of not too easy (Tic-Tac-Toe, for most adults) and not too hard (multiple failure modes possible, depending on the individual--witness me and chess or go [1]). He suggests that games (and play, which is common in a lot of young animals!) are an artifact of how we try to learn survival skills, and moves forward into making suggestions as to how to move the form forward into values/skills more suitable for the modern era than "kill things" or "jump over things" or "search for all the things."

[1] Joe gave up on teaching me go when I told him I have severe difficulty with visual patterns. In fact, I am starting to wonder if aphantasia just screws me over for this kind of game in general. :p

There's also a particularly interesting chapter on ethics and entertainment where he discusses the difference between the game system and the flavor/dressing:

The bare mechanics of a game may indeed carry semantic freighting, but odds are that it will be fairly abstract. A game about aiming is a game about aiming, and there's no getting around that. It's hard to conceive of a game about aiming that isn't about shooting, but it has been done--there are several gmaes where instead of shooting bullets with a gun, you are instead shooting pictures with a camera. (170)

The bare mechanics of the game do not determine its meaning. Let's try a thought experiment. Let's picture a mass murder game wherein there is a gas chamber shaped like a well. You the player are dropping innocent victims down into the gas chamber, and they come in all shapes and sizes. There are old ones and young ones, fat ones and tall ones. As they fall to the bottom, they grab onto each other and try to form human pyramids to get to the top of the well. Should they manage to get out, the game is over and you die. But if you pack them in tightly enough, the ones on the bottom succumb to the gas and die.

I do not want to play this game. Do you? Yet it is Tetris. (172)

In general, Koster has a background in game design AND writing AND music, and he draws on all three in his analysis of games, as well as other disciplines (e.g. psychology). It makes the book a scintillating read. I can't believe I waited so long to read this--but it was exactly what I wanted to read last week, so hey. Highly recommended.

One Down

Aug. 22nd, 2017 03:48 am
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David was suspect as soon as he started talking about his goal to get laid eclipse weekend, but now he's texting for pics (there are pictures of me on the dating site, so...?) and 'they don't have to be dirty but they can be.'

No, dude, just no.

I guess that opens my Saturday plans back up. I can't meet with a dude who has a pretense of looking for a relationship but is really just looking for hookups.


Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:02 am
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There is a pick up/drop off laundry service after all.

I could weep right now. That means my laundry can get done each week, no excuses. No more avoiding laundry. If I'm working 90 hour weeks, just send the damn shit out.

If I can find a place that only mandates an hour for cleaning services, I'll do that as well. Then living with my brother will be less than a nightmare. I would totally pay someone an hour of my wages each day to not be trying to upkeep on my brother. Especially if I stop eating out.

Play the Game, Play the Game

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:15 am
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There was an article about a well-known social phenomenon (of which I'm aware) in which people who take more care after their grooming and appearances tend to attract more positive attention. It's part of knowing how to schmooze, I guess.

This is one reason why I'm getting the car even though I'd like to live in the U.K. for a while. My car looks like a clunker at this point. Yes, it would also be beneficial to be able to hike on my days off (or with a lighter work-load and help get me physically fitter. So it'll look better at work/while dating to have a car.)

And part of the learning to play the game is going to be things like styling my hair more. Applying make-up. Dressing up more. Wearing nicer shoes. So I'm thinking tomorrow I might get a mani/pedi. I've never done it before. I've never been particularly curious about it. But if I'm trying to get groomed for management, I will have to be... Well... Groomed. That means also looking more after my appearance and relegating flip-flops to... Well... The pool and the beach.

It's also another reason I should really get back into my physical fitness regiment. I just wish I had one workout buddy that was really regular, like 2-3 times per week. I really want to get in shape. It's just by the time I've worked the night shift and the day shift, I have no intrinsic motivation left. I really need at least one someone else to be my rock in that department.

But I don't have any rocks.

I have couch potatoes.

Eating McDonald's.

Drinkin' milkshakes.

I was going to see how much a house cleaning service would cost, and if I could find one that does your laundry for you. Someone to come in 1-2x per week. But it would basically be $300 to do that.

So instead I need to get my room under control (I can't worry about the rest of the apartment) and from there try to make a system for maintaining it.

When we were in Peru there were services that did your laundry for you. I really wish they had that here. I feel like they must. But I can't seem to find such a thing. It would make a huge difference in my week to be able to drop laundry off and get it done.
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