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Yesterday (Friday) I was pretty groggy and out of it all day, so even though I had an accidental nap in the evening (admittedly, I was then up until 2 AM or so, but that's normal), I opted not to set an alarm for this morning.


I woke up briefly around 7 or 8 or so with a headache and got up long enough to take something for it...and the next thing I knew, it was almost 1 PM. By the time I had my tea made, [ profile] scruloose was home from the market. So I had my tea and breakfast while I quickly read through DW etc., as I usually do at a somewhat more reasonable hour, and then went back downstairs to talk to [ profile] scruloose a bit before starting work.

When I regained consciousness from today's accidental nap, it was nearly 4 PM. *facepalm* At least I managed not to fall asleep again while [ profile] scruloose was out this evening; instead, I read Patrick Ness' The Rest of Us Just Live Here, which is the first book I'd picked up in two weeks. It's also really good. *^^*

This degree of tiredness isn't unusual when Casual Job is happening, but I generally think of it as taking longer to hit. We've only had two full weeks (with Mondays off), and other than the Wednesdays running their usual eleven-or-so hours, the days haven't been all that long. Given that, the sleepiness (and failure to get much of anything done) is pretty annoying. :/

And speaking of Casual Job, this bout is really not looking like it's gonna be a long one. We may even be finished by the end of this coming week. O_o

My wallet is deeply unimpressed by this prospect, since Casual Job is a high percentage of my overall yearly income, and among more usual expenses, we're planning some work on the main bathroom. more details under the cut )

Star Trek: Renegades!

Nov. 28th, 2015 11:03 pm
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The Kickstarter for Star Trek: Renegades episodes 2 & 3 is in its final days and still needs about $46,000 to meet its goal.

The first episode is available to watch in its entirety for free on YouTube. The series, which is independent and fan-funded, takes place in the original universe approximately ten years after the events of Nemesis.

You can back the Kickstarter at a variety of levels and help make the next phase of Star Trek happen!
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Fandom/Geeky Things

At, "(Almost) Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!"

"20+ Gifts For Miyazaki Lovers That Will Spirit You Away".

A Kickstarter: "Hatoful Boyfriend Official Plush Project".

A couple weeks old, but io9 posted "Behold The Awesome Origins Of Spider-Gwen's New Female Captain America".

A first round of Jessica Jones links:

Spoiler-free, timestamped list of possible triggers related to rape/sexual assault in Jessica Jones; includes a link to a similar post re: scenes of domestic/familial abuse.

"Jessica Jones Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg on Season 2 and Women in Hollywood". [The Mary Sue]

An interesting read on the history of Patsy Walker in comics, with some minor spoilers for the first few episodes of Jessica Jones. [Polygon]

"Why Krysten Ritter Hated the Idea of Jessica Jones". [Slate interview]

"'Jessica Jones' showrunner Melissa Rosenberg talks rape, adaptation, and female sexuality". [LA Times]


"What Goth Culture Looks Like Around The World". [slideshow, annoyingly]

"An Ancient Chinese Ginkgo Tree Drops an Ocean of Golden Leaves".

"After 6 Years And 720,000 Attempts, Photographer Finally Takes Perfect Shot Of Kingfisher".

"20+ Reasons Why Being A Nature Photographer Is The Best Job In The World".

Unsorted (all via Facebook)

"How Contemporary Hairstyles Affect Historical Costume Movies: The 1920s".

"Ever Wondered Why Americans of the 1930s and 40s Spoke with an Accent?" [links to a short Brainstuff video]

"Why living with friends doesn’t make you a bad adult". [The National Post]

"Why I Never Tell Anyone My Age".

"22 Times The Dedication Page Was The Best Part Of The Book". (Amusing read, but the headline is definitely inaccurate in terms of Hyperbole and a Half, and doubtless so in the case of many of the other books. Dear headline writer: yes, it's a clever, but not clever enough to keep me from rolling my eyes.)

"Cats Experience Less Stress When They Have Access To Boxes: Study".

[media] Wednesday Reading

Nov. 25th, 2015 08:39 pm
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What I've Read

A TRIFLE DEAD, BLACKMAIL BLEND, and DROWNED VANILLA by Livia Day (Cafe La Femme #1, 1.5, and 2): Adorable culinary crime novel set in Australia. It's sweet, and funny, and the characters are absolutely delightful. I'm not a huge fan of the love triangle, but the flirting and teasing and sleuthing is wonderful, and the world is a place I hope to visit again and again.

FOLLOWERS by Anna Davies: One of the new Point Horrors. It had a decent premise, and the characters were interesting, but the pacing was off, particularly the ending, which was terribly rushed.

What I'm Currently Reading

CHIMERA by Mira Grant (Parasitology #3): The final book in the Parasitology trilogy, I'm really intrigued to see how Grant finishes this story, but I'm having a hard time staying connecting with the main character. I hope that once I have some time to just sit and read, I'll get back into it.

LISEY'S STORY by Stephen King: I'm pretty sure I read this when I first bought it, but can't remember the ending at all, so I've decided to do a reread. Possibly a first read, if I'm confused on whether I've read it before.

What I'll Read Next

No idea. I need to sort through more boxes of books, get rid of books I won't reread, and make space on shelves for books that are still in boxes. We'll see what I uncover. I've been craving a reread of the Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce (Kel is my favorite of her heroes), but I think most of them are still packed.

Any recommendations?


Nov. 24th, 2015 09:30 pm
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It wasn't entirely my own lack of foresight that got me chilled right through on the way home from work. I knew the temperature was going to be consistently around freezing before I left for the office, but I didn't do much layering, and then wore my raincoat instead of something heavier. (I'm hoping I can swing replacing all of my coats soonish--meaning jacket, raincoat, and winter coat--because the fit isn't great in some cases and the zippers on TWO current coats are a pain. The raincoat fits most comfortably in the shoulders, so I wore that.) I made this decision because I just had to walk across the street to the bus and then walk maybe two minutes to get to work, and coming home there would be a cab from the office.

Except then Those Who Speak didn't have a whole lot to say today, and I finished work at 6 PM (after a mere five hours of work), which is too early for us to get taxi chits. And my bus route is notoriously unpredictable; it's rare for it to be extremely late or early, but it's usually one or the other, which makes it a pain in bad weather or weather one isn't properly dressed for.

It wasn't so bad, really? Only ten or fifteen minutes of waiting, and then the bus was warm. But somehow I got chilled right through, and I'm still feeling it a bit in my hands even though I came home, put on fleece, had a hot supper, and snuggled under a blanket with Jinksy. I'm a bit boggled over still being cold, TBH.

Tomorrow will be a much longer workday (Wednesdays have the most predictable schedule). And I'll dress more warmly. Yes.

Backtracking a bit, originally Ginny and I planned to go (mainly clothes) shopping yesterday, but we chickened out due to weather. (Maybe we'll go next week.) Yesterday was much warmer than today, but it was rainy and sticky-humid, and getting soggy while relying on transit would be one thing, but that's not a condition in which I want to be trying on clothes.

So instead, yesterday I went to a GP appointment (the one thing about the day's plan that was set in stone), and did some rewriting, and watched the last three episodes of Jessica Jones, which I loved dearly. JESSICA. *starry eyes* TRISH. LUKE. *flails* So wonderful! I'm so glad I managed to get the whole season watched before going back to work today!

On a very different sort of geeky note, this is the first time in a few years that I haven't been excited for a Seanan-book release date--which is because I read Chimera in ARC, so while I'm looking forward to having the finished book on my shelf, it's not a BOOK RELEASE DAY in my head.

Bite-sized Anti-procrastination

Nov. 24th, 2015 09:29 am
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Things are hectic here - I meant to make a weekend cheering post but where did the weekend go? So sorry about that!

Back to this week in that case and putting paid to our attempts to procrastinate. What is it that we're going to tackle? Who's ready to make a little forward progress? Let us know what you're up to and we'll cheer you along.

Good luck to all *\0/**\0/*

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Nov. 23rd, 2015 07:58 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Before we begin, [personal profile] amadi wanted to let everyone know that [ profile] homelesslive raised enough money to purchase a new and safe vehicle, so thanks everyone who contributed!

Ways to Give:

Jennifer's son has been nominated to attend the Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, DC, a huge honor for a good kid. They're raising money to get him to the conference and they're very close. You can read more, help, and see an adorable picture of Alex in a Captain America shirt here.

[ profile] amara1783 linked to [ profile] lady-feral, a trans woman who is raising funds for a cross-country move in an attempt to find a job and start saving for surgery. You can read more here and give to Alana's fundraiser here.

Anon linked to [ profile] phantisma, who is raising funds after a creditor deducted $3300 from her checking account instead of $330, and is refusing to return the money. The funds will go to rent and bills; you can read more and donate here or shop her ebay and purchase to support the fundraiser here.

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

[ profile] editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is facing a lot of bills, a lien on her house, and overdue rent on her independent bookstore. She's currently raising funds to pay back rent to keep from being evicted; you can read more here and help out here; you can also do your Christmas book shopping online at Starcat Books. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy.

[ profile] thexturtle linked to a fundraiser for a friend, whose dog Mjolnir has had a lot of gastric issues and is still recovering. They're raising money to cover his current vet bills and some future ones he may need; you can read more and support the fundraiser here.


[ profile] tinyplasticmeat has a friend from Philly looking for a place to stay near Culver City, CA from 12/10 to 12/21 while she participates in the beginning of her MFA program. You can contact at for more information if you have somewhere she can stay.

[ profile] nepenthegold is looking for a geeky female roommate in Mesa, AZ. She has found an apartment for rent, 1br/1ba, covered parking, shared laundry and kitchen; $475/mo and 1/3 of the electric, $20 for internet. You can reach her at her tumblr to view photos and chat.

[personal profile] tealin and her two housemates are looking for a fourth, to rent a single room in a shared house in central Cambridge (England). GBP462/month all inclusive, plus deposit, for a 6 month minimum stay; they prefer female grad students or professionals. You can contact twirlynoodle at for more info.

[ profile] tzikeh is looking for a housemate to move into a condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood; it's a large bedroom and private bathroom for $805/mo plus utilities (which for Uptown, and to judge by the photos, is a hell of a deal). You can read more and get in touch here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).

code push done!

Nov. 22nd, 2015 07:32 pm
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We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 21:45: All done!

Code push!

Nov. 22nd, 2015 01:03 pm
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We are planning to do a code push in about six hours, around 5pm Pacific time.

Most of the changes with this push are cleanup and small backend fixes, but we also have a new journal style called "Pattern" with 24 themes for you to choose from, and most excitingly, QuickReply has now been enabled for journal, day, and network views.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

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Nov. 22nd, 2015 07:56 am
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It's been a hell of a week. I keep trying to post here more, but either my day isn't interesting enough or it's WAY TOO INTERESTING, in the "may you live in interesting times" sense.

I've been having back pain that feels internal rather than muscular so I had a CT scan this week, which was uh, "fun". I've realized that doctors tend to think I'm way more nervous about new procedures than I am, but I think it's that most people are nervous and I'm just looking forward to a new body experience. I don't mind a bit of pain but I like the unique new sensations a lot of medical procedures cause. Grist for my mill, I suppose.

The FIRST SNOW OF THE YEAR happened on Friday night. Mum flipped out, per usual, so I promised her I wouldn't go out on Saturday in the two inches of snow that accumulated. Which wasn't difficult as I wasn't planning on going out anyway. :D She's been in Texas long enough that she has a Texan's reaction to snow, which is "Crazy people don't know how to drive in it and will murder you by driving recklessly". Fair enough. I have a Chicagoan's reaction to heat, which is OH GOD SHIELD ME FROM THE DAY STAR.

I've been rewatching old CSI episodes, in series order, intrigued by which ones I missed when live television was the only option to see them. I missed like 90% of Warrick's gambling-addiction arc and wow, did these writers not know how to write about mature adult relationships. I can't understand at least half of Sara Sidle's reactions to Gil Grissom's behavior and that's...not Sara's fault.

I'm off to Texas this week, flying out on Thursday. Mum is unusually thrilled about me coming home and keep trying to plan things for us to do, then remembering that she can barely walk right now. I'm planning to bring home a jigsaw puzzle, which at least has a chance of keeping her busy. :D
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