Julian Clare May (1931 - 2017)

Oct. 20th, 2017 10:03
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Angry Robot Books reports the death of Julian May.
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So, it used to be that we hadn’t upgraded to Windows 10 because our IT department hadn’t cleared it as “secure” enough (it’s not that it wasn’t secure, it just hadn’t gone through the security affirmation process). Now apparently it is, since they upgraded me to 10. I’ve never really had 10; I decided not to upgrade my personal laptop, though for a while the laptop I used for travel had it. 

I know this is just me getting older, but I am weirdly suspicious not of Windows 10 as a system but of the Windows 10 aesthetic. Everything is too smooth and square. Things that should be rounded are pointy and things that should be pointy are rounded. Everything is well-animated and in soothing pastel greys. 

I come from an era where computers weren’t even MEANT to be soothing, where it was just accepted that they would challenge you visually as well as implicitly. And I’m not saying we should go back to a Windows 3.0 aesthetic or anything, I don’t want computers to be difficult, I’m just saying. It’s…

It’s quiet. Too quiet. 

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Today's ambiguity

Oct. 19th, 2017 22:47
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"Resent" is both how one might feel about being told an email never arrived and also what one might do in response.

Wait

Oct. 19th, 2017 22:47
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The month was only half over last weekend. How can it be almost three quarters over only a week later?

Leaving Day

Oct. 19th, 2017 21:38
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Tomorrow is my very last day at work in Cambridge. I started in August 2013, which makes this the longest I've ever been at the same job.

It's very strange.

I won't miss most of what I do, because - meh, it's just not very interesting, even though I do it well?

I will miss the people, though. Even though I'm not super close to anyone, there's so many people there I like.

And it will be extremely odd to not be doing this job anymore. To look ahead and realize it won't be until January 2022 I will have been at my Swedish library job as long as I was at my random UK admin job.

Time is weird. Change is hard. Stress is happening, but also anticipation - and to be fair, immense relief to be rid of a lot of aspects of the role that had been grating on me.

Makes it hard to know what I'm feeling, exactly.

So I watch Yuri on Ice with [personal profile] doctorskuld and tear up at all of Yuri's Free Skates and also when sweet things are said and done and it feels so close to my heart and also like I first watched it an eternity ago...
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And I suspect that it is Very Much Not Done to yell 'Speak up' or 'Use the Mike' when someone is giving an important formal lecture signifying professional advancement.

Maybe my hearing is getting even worse than I thought? Or maybe that lecture theatre has really crap acoustics.

(Speaker is a lovely person who does lovely work, and I bought the book that was also being launched and had it signed, but I was really rather frustrated by the actual lecture.)

But at least there were some really lovely visuals which were entirely relevant to the topic on hand.

Also put in a bit of a strop by the young person who checked my name off the list, and said 'join the queue', waving in the opposite direction to where it turned out the relevant queue was forming.

But I did see two people I knew (besides speaker) and did a little bit of catch-up with them, so I have socialed more than I recently have.

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So, I think someone high up in management at my institution got hacked last year or something, since in the past year we have developed some serious paranoia regarding data security. Not to say that data security isn’t important or that I dislike the changes, I think they are for the most part sensible, but we went from like, zero to Steranko-System-in-Leverage in the course of a month or two. 

The latest development is a mysterious edict that we all have to leave our computers at work but logged out tonight so that they can “encrypt” our computers somehow – I assume it’s some kind of software they’re going to install, but there’s been a dearth of information over what exactly this Encryption Of Computers entails. Furthermore, I was told that my computer is incompatible with encryption (loose lips sink ships, laptop!) so it will have to be wiped completely and upgraded. Which I’m fine with, all my work is on a network drive anyway and I just had to remember to move a few files. 

But my laptop apparently heard them and knows it’s being wiped. Yesterday the flash stopped working and today my Outlook has decided to neither send nor receive any email. Additionally, a retail clothing website just broke Firefox so hard it no longer allows me to log into anything. 

What I’m saying is that this laptop is going down swinging, and I kind of admire its fighting spirit, but goddamn, could it not have waited until the end of the workday so I wouldn’t have to use Microsoft Webmail to do the last two hours of business today. 

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Fic: Memory Lane

Oct. 19th, 2017 15:07
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Title: Memory Lane
Author: [personal profile] titti
Pairing: James Sirius Potter/Draco Malfoy.
Challenge: Written for hp_nextgen100 prompt 109: Something Old
Rating: R
Length: 100 x 4
Warnings: None.
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.

Memory )
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Who doesn’t like Squirrel Girl? Doreen’s great, because she’s the furthest thing from a “random,” “zany” character there is; at the core of her, there’s this incredible, intense well of compassion and empathy that you don’t really see in a lot of other super-people. -- Al Ewing

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Trying stuff out

Oct. 19th, 2017 10:54
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1) A quick rundown on new shows that I tried out: Great News and The Gifted: Read more... )

2) During my trip I read the first of Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen. I liked it well enough but am curious if anyone reading this has read more books in the series and whether they recommend them? Read more... )

3) We recently had another visit from the heron. It was strolling around our end of the lake.

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4) A few more necklaces as well, Halloween and not Read more... )

5) Speaking of photos, it's interesting to see all the communities on LJ which clearly have absent moderators/owners because of all the dead Photobucket links in banners, backgrounds, etc. I wanted to ask if anyone knows of active Buffy communities here on DW that I might be able to post a promo to about Top 5's Classic Recs?

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'The team is far, far more aware of their role in the Marvel Universe not just as mentors, but as students. The Champions aren't the "farm team" anymore - their peers are the Avengers.' - Mark Waid

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Thank You!

Oct. 18th, 2017 17:43
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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, October 12-18, 2017

However you took part in #otwdonate, thank you for getting us started on our next 10 years! We've got some numbers for you about how this membership drive turned out: https://goo.gl/SMZamk

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 I haven't posted to this community in forever, and since forever I've been working on my own comics and such, which I wanna share here.


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It's been a while since I've written out my happy things - nuggets of delight that fill me with glee, as Deb Stanish from Verity! podcast says. So, it's time to think of and express those ideas and objects that make me grin.

1. Fox's The Gifted: Oh my god, this, THIS is the show I have wanted for years. I know I've mentioned it before, but I've just today caught up on the last two weeks' worth of episodes, and the series does not disappoint. Freaking Rory Campbell is in this show! One of my favorite human characters from Excalibur's middle years, when the team was based on Muir Isle with Moira. And Rory's expressing the darker side of his nature here. So amazing! I'm also really enjoying Lorna's side story, and cannot wait for her to return to the main group - she'd better return to the main group. But the acting, the effects, the stories being told.... It's just perfect. It's the X-Men show I wanted and didn't realize how badly I wanted until it was on the air in front of me.

2. Nanowrimo prep!: I think I've settled on a premise for this year's nanovel! This excites me to no end. I have more prep to do - characters to flesh out, more actual story beats, plotting
the resolution super heavily, since that's the part where I always fall apart, no matter what - but I'm excited about the idea enough that I'm wishing November was sooner.

3. Family!: I talked with both my brother and my sister over the weekend. I talk to my sister every other week or so, but I hadn't talked to my brother since he'd been up to see me the week after my surgery two months ago. He got a new phone and sent out a mass text with his new number, so I got to update his contact info and send him a text to call me when it was convenient. Got the call an hour later.

4. My Bullet Journal: This thing (these things, since I have my school one as well) is a lifesaver. I'm feeling more productive, even if I move tasks to another day. I can see my habits and how I approach various chores or "to-dos" and make notes about all the cool and not-so-cool stuff that happens. I'm doing my nano prep in my BuJo, as well as keeping track of all the Power Rangers episodes I've watched. There are over 800 episodes, so seeing the progress as I go through in order is pretty cool. And I'm a lot more aware of spending money, now that I've added a personal spending tracker to the month. I've kind of shunned buying a lot of stuff, because I don't want to fill the page (lol). But, considering one of my goals this month was to watch what I spend, I think that's a good thing.

5. New Expounded Universe episode with dinner tonight!: My wife and I have been listening to one of the System Mastery splinter podcasts, which is Jeff and John riffing on old Star Wars: Expanded Universe novels every other week. They're still in their first book, which is the famous (infamous?) Shadow's of the Empire from the late 90s, just before the prequels dropped. And it is hilarious listening them recap, explain, and go WTF at this book. It has become a shared activity for us as a couple, and episode 10 JUST dropped about 45 minutes ago as I type. So, we're listening over dinner tonight. If you're a super hardcore EU fan, I'd stay away, but if you like people who like the same things you do and make fun of them and call them out where deserved, then give it a listen. I will say, between this and watching The Clone Wars on Netflix, I've gotten a lot more into Star Wars in recent weeks.

6. Movie Trailers: Okay, it's just two movies' trailers, but still. First, The Last Jedi. The edits make it look like I'm going to be very sad and angry at Kylo Ren in December. And I'm going to be frustrated with Luke. But OMG that trailer is brilliant. It looks gorgeous, it hits the right emotional notes (Carrie Fisher's expressions make me tear up, no lie). And then, and then! The trailer for The New Mutants has me SO EXCITED I CAN'T EVEN!!! It looks scary as shit, features Dani really heavily, and is inspired by the Demon Bear Saga?! Heck yeah! I can't wait to see how they do Warlock. I'm already loving the looks for the other kids. And there are rumors that the idea was pitched as a mutant-horror trilogy! Please, please, please! I know Fox has its own Legion series, but doing some of the Legion stories with the New Mutants would work really well in that vein.

Bonus X-Men movie news: Apparently Dark Phoenix just wrapped principal filming. Squee!!! This next year is the year of Mutants, and it makes me so delighted.

What is making you happy this week?

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