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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 17:27
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Work
Is lagging. I didn't get enough sleep. Apparently, I missed a few steps on some processes either which annoys the hell out of me since it means I've been slacking hard.

Podcasts
Once and Future Nerd; two episodes behind! Lagging behind something never felt so good. "A Cruel and Sullied World" was mostly about resolving some revelations, and "What Used to Be Enough" is a chapter that continues off trying to progress what goes on. No spoilers, but I got to say they are delivering as an audio drama while doing what good fantasy does by pushing the analogies and expectations of demihumans and how it applies to our world (and the irony of it that people from our world are in a land where demihumans exist to begin with). It's not "The Witcher" by any means in depth, but the acting and production are good enough.

I'm trying to get into Science Jerks, which is a comedy podcast from two comedians who are into reading science. Not as good as you'd hope, it has that relaxed pace you'd expect out of Doughboys so it comes off like listening to an unfiltered feed to the writer's room for The Daily Show.

The Subway Derailment
A few posts back, I remarked on NYC's subway issues and it looks like it's peaking as a train was derailed. My brother told me he takes that route on the way to work and some of his coworkers were only a train or two away from that incident. I checked Twitter and people are remarking on it to Cuomo... as he remarks on healthcare instead. Sigh.

How I got little to nothing done
After work, Michelle had a haircut appointment so we left early and made it! We made it in time for her hair stylist to not be in. She came in late and mentioned how she was running late already, so we had the offer to wait. Daaah, okay, we can wait.

Waiting
Simpsons Tapped Out is acting up... aaaaand now it's telling me I need to contact tech support. Welp, it was nice playing the game while I had it.

Waiting
Fallout Shelter and... done.

Waiting...!
Oh, she's ready for Michelle! Better check if I can order Capture One on the phone. All right, made an account aaaaand- no. No, the interface doesn't work. God damn i-

Waiting...
Fallout Shelter again and... done.

...waiting
Man, it's so empty in here.

Done!
They cut her hair super short. Like to a bob. It's a bit off-putting since I keep wanting to tell her it reminds me of Velma from Scooby Doo. She didn't think they were going to take off this much too. Worse, they changed the pricing structure, so the rates are all weird. I'm tempted to switch to a different salon since their work on my hair wasn't so good either (it's poofing out poorly right now because Asian hair does that). All that and we had to pay for parking because of the delay (normally two hours are waived). But at least now it's time for dinn-

Gas
Yeah, who am I kidding. We needed gas. Dinner options were considered and finally we came to one conclusion: this little diner where the prices are reasonable and they sell all these local goods there (it also has this moody lighting and wooden paneling that makes me think we're bit players to a Fox series drama). So we can make it there almost thirty minutes before closing, so we're on it!

...and we end up fifteen before instead. So Michelle missed the quick turn to get there. Then the detour ended up taking us through road work. Three paths of road work. Ever have those incidents where you are stuck in two lane roads while a man in an orange vest and a bored expression emphasizes his two-sided SLOW/STOP sign? Imagine driving past three of those in a row. Three bored construction workers for each side. Don't know what they were working on, but it's definitely extensive.

So we end up being the last ones there, gorge ourselves into blessed fatness, and then head home. I was going to do something about the spline, but that'll have to wait. The seal is still good for the bug screen, but I'm still hoping to get a new latch set up.

Computer
-has Capture One installed. It's so neat, but I have very little knowledge on it so this is a learning experience.

Plus it crashed my computer. I think I might need to upgrade more than the boot drive. Sigh.

Anyway, going to see about getting those things done, so we're leaving a little earlier. Going to see about hopefully getting some sleep and maybe some ranch pasta salad made.

Tuesday Yardening

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 16:12
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Today is beautiful, cool, and sunny.  I trimmed brush around the purple-and-white garden, finishing that round.  \o/   

Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, July 4

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 13:29
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "gender, orientation, and identity." I'll be soliciting ideas for QUILTBAG folks, queer allies, homophobes and other identity bigots, boomerang bigots, gender scholars, the oppressed, the misunderstood, ordinary people, outcasts, abuse survivors, the women that men don't see, questioning, debating labels, losing everything, looking in the window, taking people for granted, surviving oppression, hiding in the closet, coming out, upstanding, speaking truth to power, punching up, protesting, telling your own story, bedrooms, classrooms, counseling offices, churches, government buildings, libraries, cities, alleys, bars, parades, liminal zones, self-discovery, self-awareness, QUILTBAG pride, pride flags, other symbols of identity, birth control, reproductive freedom, sex toys, assumed male gaze, same-sex marriage, alien sex/gender dynamics, unpaid labor, self-sacrifice, emotional labor, disruptions, subversive education, humility, humiliation, social evolution, appreciation, identity literature, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "The Emulsification of Humankind" (14 verses, Torn World). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl?  Read all about it! )

Water-Powered Robots

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 05:14
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These robots crawl or grasp based on humidity rather than a conventional power source. 

Quiet day and then shopping

Monday, 26 June 2017 23:25
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Work was very quiet, no school which is silly cause the last day of school isn't until the 28th, so why have a day off on the 26th? But that's what they did. So we were very quiet indeed.

After work the FWiB called, and while we talked I made my way to 20th Ave, where I met up with [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother. We went to the Broadway Mall, somewhere on Long Island, first eating dinner at Blazes, a pizza place, and then shopping in the mall. I got two pairs of shoes, one for the wedding and one just because. I'll probably use them for that trip too. I also got an Old Navy flag tee shirt.

Then came home and found that Bjorn has managed to get his collar off somewhere in the apartment and I don't know where. Grr.

Gratitude List:

1. The FWiB.

2. Friends, including on-line friends, because it's Herschel's birthday.

3. Pizza.

4. Shoes gotten.

5. No school.

6. Wildflowers on the way to work.

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Monday, 26 June 2017 19:29
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Okay...
Docked the old SSD (thank god for the full tower coming with it built in) and didn't even need to install the files to the drive. Windows 10 will take some getting used to, and that's saying it lightly. It implements a lot of features that I have honestly taken a less ergonomic step towards handling, so I'll see if this helps. Windows 10 license will come in tomorrow, so it can wait in the meantime.

Before I called it a night, I ended up getting the drivers from the old boot drive to activate my wifi router properly. Then installed GE Experience so I can see about getting my drivers installed. I'll put money down for Capture One later today. This will be a whole new world of things to learn! I'm so used to Photoshop that even Lightroom seemed a bit tricky for me, but I'd rather use something that emphasizes maximizing images and Capture One's noise software is supposed to be among the best out there. Not entirely looking forward to all the work that's going to be involved but at least for now my boot disk is 1TB of memory. I'll still want to switch it out with a true SSD later on and memory's always getting cheaper, so I'll have to add that to my "investment goals" later this year.

I'm tempted to get a pirated version of CS6 just to do manual work regardless though. For comfort sake, you know? I should feel bad about even considering it, but Adobe's tech support is terrible anyway and I'm just too used to understanding its functions, so I want to think of it as a crutch of sorts.

So yeah, that was last night. That, and a few episodes of Clarence (because it's a really fun and surprisingly progressive show, that's why).

Television
Nearly a year and Mr. Robot is still so god damned relevant despite its roots in a field that is constantly being developed in terms of knowledge and politics. The references to Comey every other episode is so oddly now, as are the concepts of a two-faced Chinese government/hacker collective, and all-black anarchists assaulting officials. What things that didn't hold the same grip was because of their relevance with an Obama administration and I can't help but see that next season is going to go apeshit over Anjit Prat and the Net Neutrality debate and Trump because Trump.

What is most amazing is all I'm doing is talking about the background noise. The meat and bones of Season 2 is not so much of a high-stakes thriller as much as a character study of a man questioning his madness and it's still amazing. I'm glad we waited on watching this for when we had time to really digest what we were watching, and I can't believe we managed to hold off for so long, but getting to watch the show so long after its release lets me appreciate how much they thought ahead of some of these things. God help me, I hope season 3 will keep this up. I'm already curious to see their Alex Jones proxy becoming either part of the administration or as some backhanded remark on Jones' decisions.

Saturday!
We were told the weather was going to be terrible on Sunday, so we decided to make a trip out of Saturday with some hiking while the weather was good; it was pristine, by the way; mid-70's from the relentless storms.

Along the way, we stopped at one of those gardening/hardware/farm stores to find hay. Yes, believe it or not, hay is not a common thing to find here for sale. I mean, short of going to a farm and asking personally. We ended up getting a twenty pound bag of chopped hay and I found some bamboo poles for those bean poles. They had these adorable chicks they popped their heads out to peep out and eat some feed out of their cages. I wanted to pat one on the head, even at the threat of salmonella.

Further East, we took a trip to Groton state park, which we did come by during off season. The roads are paved, and RVs reside the park. Our mission: to take a 3 mile loop around a pond. As we left the car and were greeted with gnats, I took a photo of a black and white butterfly that sunbathed on the pavement, not far away baked a dragonfly with a similar agenda.

Our trail cut short after a view of the boat loading area and then it was off to a trail! that was soaked in like a moat. After her new shoes were soaked in twice from too many parts of the trail that lacked dry spots and stepping stones, we decided to head back to the entrance. What few fellow hikers we saw either wore sandals or bore the squeaks of soggy footwear wringing out with each step.

So we instead went to an easier trail called Owl's head. Short trip up, overlook at the top. Sure enough... it was wet. The paths bore the saturation of several days of storms, now "dry" of running water but saturated. As we wended through the dry plots, I took photos of moss dripping still, and fought cowflies and mosquitoes hiding among the gnats that lapped up our sweat. Not long after though, we see the light in the canopy of trees and are treated to an observation tower and a glorious view.

A constant breeze wicked our faces, and flies fought the wind; life was rampant. A couple and their baby and a dog also met us around the same time and Michelle took their photo for them. But like all trips ending, we went back down... and soon found ourselves back to the parking lot. It was remarkably short, but we already felt it in our legs. Just more proof: we need to get out more.

I didn't think we got enough movement, so we drove from there, explored. We found this infamous 24 hour diner that's built into a truck stop; like one of the old school truck stops that offers showers for truckers and everything. You don't normally find that around my overdeveloped parts of the New England area. This station is more or less an oasis in a very rural area.

We finished with a trip to a minimall. I did not do the flea market dance, sadly. Wandered through a supermarket where I realized how much I missed this one roast beef sandwich we get in New York and I want to remake my own version of it. Then we walked into TJ Maxx where we compared bedsheets (is this what being old is about?), and then to PetSmart, where I realized that reef fish are getting better in selection these days and that the designer betta breeds I'd have to order overseas from Thailand are coming over. I told Michelle that I would like to get back into aquaria, but I know that we can't do that yet; plus, if we did, then I'd want to go all out on it so would want a nice fifty gallon minimum to build a landscape of planted bliss in that case.

Also, we saw ferrets; they were the only rodent (okay, fine, non-cat nor dog) I ever saw Michelle react positively to as they immediately lit up when we acknowledged them and they started to approach us as though they wanted to climb all over us like the little cuteys they were.

Then she saw the pile of poo they made in a corner. I told her that that means they can be litter trained, but I think it ruined the moment for her. Regardless, the walking helped round out the rest of the day for us. Got home, made measurements of the base frame again for the screen door, before we finished out Mr. Robot and called it a night.

Sunday
Woke up late. Weather is still pristine. Later on, we would realize that the rain we were scheduled to be hit by passed us completely. Good; gardening!

Garden
Michelle came out and helped me out this time. I used three of the six poles and tied the lines to the new crops. Then weeding. Michelle opened the hay packet and spread it around. One of the bean sprouts wilted and I found a tiny caterpillar-like thing that I am not sure if it's a worm of some kind of other crawling insect. One of the stems I found them on does include a wilting bean plant whose stem is lopsided, so I'm tempted to think it's a cutworm of some type. Aside from that, the plants seem to be holding up decently enough.

I transplanted three tomato plants as well. The ones inside seemed to have grown much better than the current batch there. I feel like plants grown inside are not adapting well to the outside, much to my annoyance.

DIY
Trip to the hardware store, got spline, and then we debated over finding a proper item to lock the bug screen into the door. I couldn't help but feel frustrated at how haphazard some of these installations are and asked Michelle:

"Do you ever feel like everything the people here have worked on is..." I want to say a certain blue term, but as though she read my mind, Michelle finishes my sentence.

"-half assed! Everything here feels so half-assed."

I blink, surprised and relieved she said it for me. How the hell did I manage to find someone like her?

But it's true, this apartment is stocked with relatively decent things, but installed incorrectly. The fridge has a rail that is cracking. The patio door has damage that prevents it from closing correctly. The toilet only had half its gaskets installed. Some things I feel like were added as an afterthought, like the sink that has rubber pipes clamped in to make it easier to extract things that fall in there, but it's ridiculous sometimes. I told Michelle the same thing that I told [personal profile] rocket_to_neptune--that I'm willing to do these repairs short of replacing the water heater--and she agrees and admits that if it ever does reach that point, then she's going to talk to the Board here about it.

Anyway, Home Depot got us a more robust spline and I'll work on that once we get the chance, but for now, I managed to pry out the bad frame with a screwdriver and then a butter knife. A lot of it was jabbing and twisting to pull it out, which made me wonder who originally installed this frame. Then I got the dremel out and a cutting wheel and sized it out, marked with a pencil and grind baby grind!

Then I installed this generic Home Depot replacement with Gorilla Glue. I'm inclined to use wood screws too to reinforce but we don't have any. Press it in, slide the screen door into it, and smile with satisfaction as the door snaps into place. That provided enough pressure to make sure the chemical glue reacts properly, and actually offers a better seal than the original frame since I could overlap this into some gaps that old frame could not. As a result, there's an inch of space that is not accommodated for on the bottom, but Michelle said I could add a bottom inch and people won't notice anyway.

This helped me to realize as well that the screen door has a gap between the patio door that is large enough to make me understand that a spider really could sneak in despite the fact. Next time we go to the hardware store, we'll see about getting a sweep or something we can DIY. It's a quarter inch gap at most, so it'll keep larger bugs and mosquitoes out regardless, guaranteed. In the meantime, while we find a sweep we should also find a new handle: the current one doesn't work well for this more pressure-intensive seal.

Fried rice for dinner. It made me realize how much I missed a good chahan. Borrowed some techniques from the pad thai, but most of the flavor came from that chinese roast peanut pepper oil. If it's 80 percent MSG, I would not be surprised because it's such an awesome umami bomb.

Work
Just realized how messy asking for time off on a popular four day weekend was going to be, especially when I made it five to accommodate travel. I just spent most of my work day trying to figure out finding someone to watch my account while I'm out. There's a chance Michelle might need to drive me to work after we drop off all our bags.

Four days until vacation.

Reminder as well: we need to figure out our gear specs tonight between dinner. Seeing ranch pasta salad mixes gave me some ideas for tonight, but also still need to buy Capture One and get all my programs properly installed. No rest for the... Whatever the hell I'm supposed to be.

Four days...

Monday Yardening

Monday, 26 June 2017 17:31
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Today is beautiful, mostly cloudy, breezy and cool.  :D  

Round 1, I took pictures and planted morning glory seeds.

Round 2, I transplanted some wild morning glories and started clearing weeds and brush around the purple-and-white garden. 

Round 3, I sowed more grass seed in the bare patch.  There is a chance of rain tonight.   I also cut more brush around the purple-and-white garden.  It's about half done now, I think.

Round 4, I cut more brush around the purple-and-white garden.  It's about 3/4 done, although I'll probably need to go back and touch up parts later.  It already looks a lot better though.

Monday Update 6-26-17

Monday, 26 June 2017 14:49
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Uncertain Miracles"
Sunday Yardening
Litha
Saturday Yardening
Super-Queers
Garden Photos 6-22-17 Flowers
Garden Photos 6-22-17 Nests
Thursday Yardening
Poem: "One Familiar with Self-Defense"
Hard Things
Garden Photos 6-19-17 Flowers
Garden Photos 6-19-17 Birds


This week's half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics had only modest participation, despite having the quarter-price option. However, I do have one donor who's still picking out poetry for funds already sent, so there will be something more.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics and has 15 new verses.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "Essential for Human Survival" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Cassandra and has 11 new verses.  Groundhog and Cassandra encounter one of the monks. "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  

Weather has been cooler and pleasant here.  The nest of baby robins fledged!  :D  The cardinal nest lost its egg.  :(  Currently blooming: dandelions, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, torenia, yarrow, white and red clover, penstemon, daylilies, rose campion, coreopsis, morning glories, aster, spiderwort, echinacea, golden rain tree.  Mulberries and black raspberries are winding down.

Check in - writing and Twin Peaks

Monday, 26 June 2017 12:59
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Work is trying to suck my soul from me!! Which is why you still haven't seen me on your journals. 

I'm going to try and finish my Missy-centric fic for  who contest today, since it's all gonna end Saturday  :sobs:

First, I had to get last night's Multimedia Experience from David Lynch out of my system. I posted a 'concert' in it's honor here on Terror.  

Hugs and Love everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend :-) 

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Monday, 26 June 2017 00:09
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Installed the hybrid SSD and so far so good. Can't even get an internet connection and am moving the contents of the old boot drive to the new system drive. I will probably regale to you stories of this busy weekend and some images along the way*, but for now I only wish this weekend was longer.

6 days until our vacation.

*I'm going to need to get a subscription to Capture One as well.

Poem: "Uncertain Miracles"

Sunday, 25 June 2017 16:59
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This poem is spillover from the January 5, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] daisiesrockalot and [personal profile] dialecticdreamer. It also fills the "transformation" square in my 1-1-17 card for the Dark Fantasy Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics, directly following "Insha'Allah" so read that one first or this will make no sense.

WARNING: This poem contains topics that many readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. Patches and Rampart help Buraq find Haboob to use miracles to make him stop being a supervillain. This includes a manhunt, terrorist activity, Buraq getting shot, messy medical details of a serious bullet wound, flashback to prior injury, the bad guys fragging their own sniper for violating medical neutrality, taking items from a corpse as a point of positive etiquette, teleporting while injured is no fun for anyone, kidnapping Haboob and fixing him by force, when you apply miracles to a terrorist it kind of sounds like you're torturing him, and not everyone is comfortable with this, dubious consent once Haboob starts to regain some sanity, distressing inability to pray in the customary manner, but Buraq is creative with solutions and it works fine in the end, another overwhelming prayer experience ending in a faint that scares the team healer, traumatic guilt, renaming, radical forgiveness of a divinely repaired terrorist, miracles have a blest radius of extra healing, loss of homeland, austere living conditions, feeling unclean, but fortunately Buraq knows how to fix that, uncertainty, and other challenges. On the whole, however, everyone is better off in the end. Because this poem contains a major plot development in world politics, skipping it would leave a gap, even though it doesn't fall into main storylines. Please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether this is something you wish to read.

Read more... )

Pride day!

Sunday, 25 June 2017 22:07
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So last night [personal profile] mashfanficchick and her mother picked me up around 12:30 and we went out for a snack to Omonia. I had a wonderful gelato thing with Kahlua. Then we went back to [personal profile] mashfanficchick's place, she opened the couch for me and we went to bed.

Next morning after I had my coffee we went and got breakfast at a deli and then went into the city. We had decided to skip the parade and just go to the festival after. Had trouble finding it, but eventually we did, and we went through the whole thing except the area that was cordoned off because there was a fire in one of the buildings along the street. But that was a minor part of the whole. Had a great time, and I am now covered in purple glitter that I'll have to shower off before I go to bed.

Then we came back to Queens, went to Starbucks to rehydrate, and met up with her mother to go out on the island to Ruby Tuesday's for dinner. Which was delicious. The FWiB called but obviously I couldn't talk long, but he is well.

They brought me home and all is well here. Went and picked up my laundry so I have something to wear tomorrow! And that's all.

Gratitude List:

1. Friends.

2. Pride.

3. The FWiB.

4. Clean laundry.

5. Saw a firefly outside my building tonight!

6. All well while I was gone.

Homo floresiensis

Sunday, 25 June 2017 16:58
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 ... has older roots than expected.  They were human, or at least hominids, but not Homo sapiens.

Sunday Yardening

Sunday, 25 June 2017 16:06
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Today is beautiful, cool, and breezy.

We checked the firepit after yesterday's Litha bonfire.  It had burned down almost completely, just a double handful of stubs to pick out.  Then we shoveled up the loose ash and wheeled to dump in the prairie garden. 

Round 2, I watered plants.  Then I picked up sticks in the savanna.

Round 3, I sprayed weeds.

It's getting dark now, and the fireflies are coming out, so I'm done for the night.

Half-Price Sale in Polychrome Heroics

Sunday, 25 June 2017 12:51
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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Polychrome Heroics.  I've had a little activity, but so far it has centered on things not listed on the sale page.  

However, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth has a pool going with primary interest in "The Place Where the Journey Begins" and "We Are All Related," and secondary interest in "Uncertain Miracles."  If you plan to sponsor anything today, I recommend checking there first to avoid duplication.

All previously sponsored poems have been posted.

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