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Friday, January 9th, 2015
1:38 pm
Facebook knows too much
I'm infuriated to see an ad for some thyroid clinic in my Facebook feed. I don't remember writing about my hypothyroidism there, but maybe I did it years ago before really becoming aware of how little privacy there is, friends-locked or not. Or maybe one of my relatives/friends mentioned it there? Anyway, argh.
Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
8:49 pm
first world problem: TV
We downgraded from most-channels-except-premium service to super-basic cable months ago, but although they trimmed our bill immediately, it took until yesterday for their operational bureaucracy to get around to cutting our feed down. Now we're left with broadcast networks, shopping channels, public access, Turner Classic Movies, TVLand, SyFy, and Fox News. I've been watching too much TV anyway, so this will be good for me, but I may have to stay late at the office Sunday just to catch the finale of Breaking Bad!
Saturday, June 8th, 2013
2:41 am
Military follies
How two camo patterns turned into 10, with lots of money spent on mostly duplicated efforts, some of which were just bad ideas:

The Navy spent more than $435,000 on three new designs. One was a blue-and-gray pattern, to be worn aboard ships. Pattern No. 8.
Sailors worried that it would hide them at the one time they would want to be found.
“You fall in the damn water and you’re wearing water-colored camouflage. What the hell is that?” said one active-duty petty officer.

The Pentagon’s long and expensive search for new camouflage uniforms had previously defied logic. Now it would defy camouflage itself.
It ended with U.S. service members wearing green in the desert.
Tuesday, May 14th, 2013
1:24 pm
Ergonomics and vampires
I spent part of Sunday night at the office (while I was waiting for stuff to get implemented so I could do more work) reading aloud some items from the new Ergonomics policy handout. Much hilarity ensued in my small group as we speculated on the improbability of certain recommendations actually being implemented. Regular stretching breaks? Will my boss lead us out into the parking lot so he can smoke another cigarette while we do calisthenics?

But one useful thing emerged from the reading: Next time my co-worker John arrives and insists on turning on all the overhead lights, instead of merely doing my usual vampire cringe, I can tell him that the ergonomics policy specifically recommends keeping some lights turned off to "reduce glare from VDTs."
Saturday, August 4th, 2012
3:42 pm
Apples not ALWAYS fun
I met a lot of nice people during my temp job this week. During some of the down times, we played card games. FWIW, Apples to Apples, usually one of my favorites, is NOT a good game when the group includes a college girl who doesn't recognize the names of Vincent Van Gogh, Captain Kirk, or Quentin Tarantino, and several other players who favor choosing the "most random" red card as the winner, not the one that most closely matches, or even the one that best opposes, the green card. They liked Uno okay, so I tried teaching them Fluxx, but it went on too long without a victory, so we quit it. On the other hand, I did enjoy some really mindless card games, during which I could just relax into the silliness.
Wednesday, May 30th, 2012
7:47 am
premature anti-fascist
Following links from a Seavey/MGK post about Steve Rogers and Tony Stark, I ran across this autobiographical essay by a scholar and Spanish Civil War volunteer, "Premature Anti-Fascist." Very interesting.
Monday, March 19th, 2012
9:00 pm
'Am I crazy? Am I crazy?'
Interesting column about gaslighting women, i.e. manipulating them to believe that their valid complaints are irrational, emotional overreactions: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/yashar-hedayat/a-message-to-women-from-a_1_b_958859.html?
Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
10:07 pm
freelance advice?
I'm considering registering myself as a freelance editor with www.oDesk.com or www.Elance.com or www.vWorker.com or www.FlexJobs.com while I look for longer-term employment. Does anyone have recommendations or criticism about any of those, or suggestions for similar services?
Thursday, January 5th, 2012
10:25 pm
steampunk fun
This article is fun, but I really want to hear more about the steampunk-based reality show!
Thursday, December 8th, 2011
11:43 pm
Worst holiday party ever?
After choir practice, one of the sopranos was telling me about her horrible day. Her company had a mandatory regional branch party, but it wasn't enough that she had to drive two hours to get there; no, to save money on gas mileage, the company ordered people to drive to carpooling sites, and she actually spent three hours on the road one-way. She had to leave home at 6 a.m. to get to the party on time, and it lasted five hours. The party kicked off with a health fair, and everybody got their fingers stuck and their blood pressure taken, and several people including her were told they needed to lose weight. At the party. Then they all spent an hour or so putting together gift bags for needy children. Then they all had lunch, which she conceded tasted pretty good. Someone asked, is this when we get our bonuses? Dead silence, and then gift cards were distributed. Then they all got to drive home.
I told her that was the worst holiday party I'd ever heard of. Can any of you top it?
Monday, November 28th, 2011
11:27 pm
My head and stomach hurt
I don't think it's the anger itself that's giving me a headache and nausea. It's the effort of trying to suppress, or at least redirect, the anger while I try to compose a diplomatic response to someone who deserves an enraged scream-and-leap.
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
10:30 pm
Hell on Wheels
Anyone pop-savvy or genre-savvy knows that when someone asks you "Are you a god?" then the answer is always yes.
Even those who didn't see the opening scene on AMC's "Hell on Wheels" tonight would presumably know that when a stranger ambushes you, sticks a gun under your nose and asks, "Are you Harper?" then the answer is always no, whatever your name is.
I'd like to know, though, if anyone reading this who was seeking a lowdown murdering scum named Harper, then came upon a guy at the place where someone else said he would be, asked him "Are you Harper?" and he said that no, Harper left a few hours ago, riding farther into the wilderness -- would any of you just stare into the guy's eyes for about a second, nod, holster your gun, turn your back on the guy, and gallop off? Anyone?
Just checking.
Saturday, August 13th, 2011
12:29 pm
Sharing for my e-book reading friends from a bujold_fic post.
I don't know anything about Sourcebooks, but FYI:
From Sourcebooks: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MS. HEYER! All Available Heyer eBooks $1.99 8/15-8/21/11Collapse )
Saturday, April 30th, 2011
9:36 pm
Cold dinner suggestions?
I'll be giving a dinner party for eight next Saturday evening (nine if beachrat can come). The temperature is likely to be in the 70s or 80s, and we won't have air conditioning. One of my siblings suggested a cold dinner, which I think is a grand suggestion -- I don't mind cooking something on the stovetop or in a crockpot, but I definitely don't want to be using the oven that day.
However, one guest is vegetarian (eggs and cheese are okay, though) and another has a gluten allergy. I don't object to cooking two entrees, especially if I'm doing some of it in advance, but I don't want to cook three. Does anyone here want to suggest any cold entrees or side dishes, or should I just go to the farmers' market that morning and wing it?
Monday, January 3rd, 2011
11:11 pm
Oooh! ... nahhh.
My attention was caught by a promo on TNT tonight for a series or miniseries planned for this summer, something called "Falling Skies." It looked like a decently fun alien invasion/guerilla resistance show.
Then I saw that the lead is Noah Wyle, who annoyed me so much as whiny, self-involved Carter on ER. It would probably be wrong to watch the show just to root for the alien invaders to crush him.

Speaking of alien invaders, a new episode of the re-imagined "V" airs tomorrow. I was quite unimpressed with the fall show, which didn't at all live up to my fond memories of the original. Will they have managed to retool it and make it interesting? One might hope that cutting season 2 to 10 episodes from 13 was to force faster pacing, but it's probably just indicative of a lack of faith from ABC. At least Jane Badler, who played Diana in the original, will be joining the show.
Saturday, November 20th, 2010
10:56 pm
The Awakened Heart: My Hero Bares His Nerves
I heard quite an interesting piece on my public radio station today as I was doing housework. I turned the radio on partway through a piece, and enjoyed its driving edginess, with soaring moments. I was thinking what perfect background music it would be for some kind of steampunk epic.
Then I heard that it was part of a triptych, "The Awakened Heart," by Richard Danielpour. The part I heard was called "My Hero Bares His Nerves." The titles seem appropriate to steampunk too!
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
10:43 pm
site pix from A Game of Thrones
Site pix from HBO's shoot in Ireland of A Game of Thrones.


Casting note: Most of the characters look good. However, although I really liked Lena Headey as Sarah Connor, she's not the kind of beauty I expected to portray Queen Cersei. Her in-character brother Jamie, played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (New Amsterdam) is much prettier, IMHO.
Sunday, November 14th, 2010
5:03 pm
The Museum of the Theoretical
I enjoyed looking at the latest Subnormality webcomic, where someone discovered The Museum of the Theoretical, and then I read the following comment:
"... there’s a museum in Los Angeles which is as close to the museum described in this comic as can exist in reality. It’s called The Museum of Jurassic Technology, and if you’re ever in the LA area you really need to visit it."
Has anyone been there?
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
9:12 pm
Hobbit cast announced
I haven't seen any other LJ friends mention this: Cast members for The Hobbit have been announced.
I still haven't really forgiven Peter Jackson for "The Return of the King," but casting Martin Freeman as Bilbo does increase my odds of going to this one. I loved him as Dr. John Watson in the BBC's 21st-century Sherlock mysteries, recently rebroadcast by PBS on Masterpiece Mysteries. He had a great progression from initial reluctance to admitting he was hooked on the adrenaline -- very appropriate for Bilbo! -- and the bromance-dance was wickedly funny.
Monday, October 4th, 2010
12:26 am
Ig Nobels
Oops, I missed the Ig Nobel prizes last week! One of my favorites: The Peace Prize, for a study that demonstrated that swearing does relieve pain. Link NSFW. http://improbable.com/ig/winners/#ig2010
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