Hurry up, June!

May. 28th, 2015 01:03 pm
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Hurry up, June! I want Nerdopolis to start!

I'm very excited about being captain. I plan to do Weekly Summary posts on Mondays, WIP Wednesdays, and Game of the Week on Fridays. That should keep the thread moving.

Team rosters were announced today, and we have 7 players on Team Co-op, which puts us in the small team category. It's too late to sign up for a team, but you can still play as a Rogue (and independent player). I've gone ahead and locked our old thread and started a new thread for the new tournament. I've been writing the intro post in my head for days now, LOL.

I've been planning on what I'm going to make for Nerdopolis. I'm going to finish my Tunisian shawl for Area 51. I'm also going to do another 198 Yards of Heaven in white and pink. There's the needle holder I'm making for the Red Heart Lovers group. That's three projects. I'm also thinking of doing a Fishy Tawashi, which makes four. Finally, I'll probably do some more baby blankets for the ministry, which makes five projects. Hopefully I can fit these projects to the themes.

I dug through the yarn [personal profile] goody_scrivener gave me and pulled out the skeins I'm going to use for the needle holder and shawl, so I'm good to go. I just need it to be June already!
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Fri 6/5 Netflix Sense8 - Netflix will bring Georgeville Television's Sense8, a gripping global tale of minds linked and souls hunted, exclusively to its members to watch instantly in late 2014. The 10 episode season one of Sense8 marks the first foray into television by the Wachowskis, the creative geniuses behind Bound, The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, V for Vendetta, Speed Racer and Cloud Atlas, and is the latest project from veteran show runner J. Michael Straczynski , creator of the Hugo Award-winning Babylon 5 TV series and whose film credits include Changeling, Thor and Underworld Awakening.

Fri 6/12 Netflix Orange Is The New Black (okay not scifi but still!) - Piper, Red, Suzanne, Taystee, Poussey, Sophia, Nicky, Daya, Gloria, Big Boo, Pennsatucky and all of Litchfield's ladies are back for more drama and laughter...as Alex makes her return and a new inmate, Stella (Ruby Rose) joins the gang. And there will be more! Netflix today announced that there will be a season four of the series, coming exclusively to Netflix in 2016. Orange is the New Black has garnered more than 20 awards including three Emmy Awards, two SAG Awards, two AFI honors, three Critic's Choice Television Awards, one NAACP Image Award, one PGA Award, two GLAAD Media Awards, and is a recipient of a Peabody Award and a Television Critics' Association (TCA) Award.

Fri 6/12 SyFy Defiance (i'm going to try it again) - Defiance is the story of a ravaged planet Earth thirty-five years in the future, the lives of its citizens permanently altered following the sudden arrival of seven alien races. In this unknown and unpredictable landscape, the diverse, newly-formed civilization of humans and aliens must learn to co-exist peacefully. Following the events of last season's cliffhanger finale, the series' two-hour Season 3 premiere opens on the eve of an impending military siege - and the surprise arrival of the mysterious and nearly extinct Omec, an alien race of warriors. The new season features cast additions Lee Tergesen (The Americans) as military leader General Rahm Tak, Nichole Galicia (Django Unchained) as Kindzi and Conrad Coates (The Strain) as her father, T'evgin.

Fri 6/12 SyFy Dark Matter (hopefully Mallozzi and Mullie can keep their shit together for this series) - In the new original series Dark Matter, the crew of a derelict spaceship awakens with no memories of who they are or how they got there. Facing threats at every turn, they have to work together to survive a voyage fueled by vengeance, betrayal and hidden secrets. Created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, executive producers and writers of the Stargate franchise, and developed with Prodigy Pictures (Lost Girl), the series features Melissa O'Neil (Broadway's Les Miserables), Marc Bendavid (Bitten), Anthony Lemke (White House Down), Alex Mallari Jr. (Robocop) and Jodelle Ferland (Twilight), with Roger Cross (The Strain) and Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl). The 13 one-hour episodes are based on the graphic novel Dark Matter, also by Mallozzi and Mullie, published by Dark Horse Comics.

Fri 6/19 SyFy Killjoys (with the Ashmore twin) - Killjoys follows a fun-loving, hard living trio of interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to remain impartial as they chase deadly warrants throughout the Quad, a distant system on the brink of a bloody, multi-planetary class war. From Temple Street Productions, the producers of Orphan Black, and writer and showrunner Michelle Lovretta, creator of Lost Girl, the original, 10-episode Syfy series stars Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers & Sisters) and Aaron Ashmore (Warehouse 13).

so...yay June!

Things fall apart

May. 27th, 2015 08:41 pm
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Including my kitchen sink this morning.

More accurately: the drain pipe magically unscrewed itself from the sink's outlet so that the water I was using to wash dishes ended up on the floor. I noticed this fairly quickly, came to the conclusion that it wasn't fixable before I had to leave for work, and called N to let him know. He finished disassembling the relevant bits, took them up to the hardware store for replacement bits, also ran out of pre-work time, and handed the project back to me.

After poking things a bit, I have come to the tentative conclusion that the threads on the original metal bits may be gunked up rather than corroded and have decided to see if I can clean them with a soak in Draino rather than swapping them out for thinner, plastic bits that will have to be cut down with a hack saw. We shall see.

ETA: The metal nut was actually cracked and couldn't be reused. The metal connecting pipe was salvageable. The drain portion of my sink is back together and appears watertight. The sprayer faucet seems to have some sort of leak, though.
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Written and read by Helen Macdonald.

Helen has lovely voice and reads beautifully, but I think this would have been better titled "G is for Grief" as it seems to be mostly about Helen training a goshawk because she can't deal with her father's death, and also largely a sort of biography of T.H. White's unhappy life and how that sabotaged his goshawk training (as outlined in his book The Goshawk, which apparently had a great influence on Helen Macdonald as a youngster).

I think this is because it turns out that a modern falconer training a goshawk with humane, positive-reinforcement-based methods results in a pretty good relationship between hawk and austringer and not the sort of drama that would fill up a book on its own? Which is a shame, because I really liked the bits about that part. (There's also a lesson in there about observational bias and getting what you expect out of the animal with which you are working, which is maybe a bit self-evident and maybe not so much.)

This was a library book, and I had something of a slog to get through it before it expired (and I'd have had to wait weeks and weeks for it to be available again if I wanted to finish) because I wasn't sure I was interested enough in T.H. White to get to the end, but the final third of the book talks more about Helen's own experiences with her goshawk Mabel and there is some lovely nature writing shot throughout.

Ultimately, though, Helen's father's death was not very much like my father's death, and her grief was not very much like my grief, nor did it seem to offer me any insight into grief in general. It just made me unhappy for her in her loss and self-isolation and unhappy about T.H. White's horrible parents, miserable childhood, and lonely life.

For what it's worth, practically the whole world knew this was a memoir about grief going into it and even gave it awards as such, so I really don't have much of an excuse for expecting a book primarily about goshawk training. In short, this was not the book I was looking for, I was not the target audience for it, and we failed to connect.

Gym is a verb, occasionally

May. 27th, 2015 01:09 am
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I've been going to the gym lately. I've had a membership to a YMCA nearby but have had poor luck going consistently in the past. At least the Y is charity-like, so all those months I paid for nothing I can tell myself it was a donation.

I try to go every day -- wake up, roll out of bed and into clothes and off to the gym before everything but xanax. It was much harder trying to go on a schedule; it made every day require too much thought, decisions, anxiety. Now, I don't make it every day, but I try to.

I have no gym goals. I tend to see far off into the future, goal-wise. Occasionally that long view is motivating. The rest of the time the distance feels impossible, the small actions today an insignificant amount of progress, and the whole thing becomes a depressing failure.

A scorecard for my gym excursions would look something like this:
  • wake up at reasonable / earlyish hour
  • leave apartment w/ gym bag
  • arrive at gym
  • change into gym clothes in locker room
    • increased difficulty rating for someone else in same isle, or group of people talking nearby
  • rowing machine
    • increased difficulty for someone using the other machine (there's only two in the whole gym)
    • double increased difficulty if both machines are being used, because wtf am I supposed to do with myself while basically loitering
  • free weights (in the less intimidating of the two weight rooms; eventually I'll probably need to 'upgrade' to the other one)
    • increased difficulty if there's anyone else in that part of the room
    • increased difficulty for trying anything new
    • super increased difficulty if anyone is doing things close to what I'm planning on doing (currently this has always resulted in me NOPE'ing right out of there)
  • shower & change into street clothes in locker room
  • leave gym (basically a freebie for getting this far)

I'm prolific!

May. 26th, 2015 02:05 pm
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I reached 200 projects on Ravelry. WOW! Here are some stats:

* 60 BAMCAL squares
* 9 Ministry projects
* 13 doilies
* 41 dishcloths (wow, that many?)
* 2 garments
* 60 knitting projects
* 139 crochet projects

...which means that somewhere I have a project that's marked neither crochet or knitting. Hmm.

I finished the first set of ministry baby blankets. That used up 5 of the 39 skeins of yarn I got from [personal profile] goody_scrivener. I have a plan to use two skeins of One Pound yarn to make another gigantic 198 yards of heaven. Another skein is in use for a MCAL in the Mystery 220 group. And I'll be joining [personal profile] goody_scrivener for a KAL/CAL in the Red Heart Lovers group.

Could this actually be...meta?

May. 25th, 2015 05:58 pm
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1) Part meta/part review of the recent iZombie episodes (through 1.10) Read more... )

2) Ripper Street Read more... )

3) Turn Read more... )

More endings plus deja vu

May. 23rd, 2015 04:48 pm
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1) Everything old is new again. Reading about how companies are increasingly creating their own press outlets for information makes me think about the early days of TV and radio when single companies sponsored shows. Not entirely the same as a company starting its own magazine or podcast, but certainly all about moving into content. Read more... )

2) Speaking of advertising, this UK campaign to adopt pets has them following people around a shopping center on billboards.

3) The Flash finale Read more... )

4) Call the Midwife Read more... )

5) Mr. Selfridge Read more... )

Saturday Mornings

May. 23rd, 2015 11:40 am
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I made a very firm rule yesterday that I am not allowed to spend all of today -- all of the holiday weekend -- waffling on Tumblr and playing games and watching TV and generally wasting time. By the end of the month I'm (probably) going to be unemployed, and I have writing commitments that I'd just as soon rather not put off to the last possible moment (like I normally do). And I want to write, I swear I do!

...It's just so hard to get started doing anything. Especially when I don't even want to put on pants.
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Y'all know how I always want all the Windows latest and greatest, right? So like a fool I installed Windows 10 Build 10074 on my laptop about a month ago. I have to say I loved me some 10074. The Start Screen was priceless and everything seemed really good. So when the new build came out (10122) of course I jumped on that, too, thinking "10074 good, 10122 better!". But it is not. The 10074 Start screen I once adored is gone. Instead of a long strip of a menu along the left and a perfectly centered set of Metro-style tiles I now have an off-center set of strangely even larger-looking Metro-style tiles, and no long strip of a Start menu at all.

So how does this confooblery come about? Well, I can't explain why MS messed with something perfect, making it decidedly less so, but I can explain that there is now a hamburger icon in place of the long, lean, left menu. Click it and poof! the left menu drops down out of nowhere. But won't stay...it can't, it's got a hot date. So as soon as you leave the Start screen for a desktop or applet or whatever, you have to click the hamburger icon again to re-access the (very busy) missing menu. This is what I call "hell", and I feel similarly about MS devs right now as I did when I wrote this and this about the devs over at Mozilla.

That was just the beginning of my problems with Windows 10, though. Unfortunately, I also put it on my phone, which was running the 8.1 Denim update before I shifted it over. Denim ran like a monkey with its tail wrapped around its neck...much slower than 8.1 Cyan, with no redeeming features to make the so-called upgrade worth the resulting slowdown (and that was without getting to try the "Hey, Cortana" feature I've been pining away for). So as I'd become a Windows Insider on my phone, anyway, just to get Denim, I figured what the hell...rather than roll back to Cyan, I'll try out the latest Win 10 phone build.

Before I start bitching about it, let me deliver a stern lecture to Win 10 phone devs - you had better unbarf-up all the things wrong with it because I really love this OS. I can't help that it self-destructs within a few hours, forcing me back to using Win 8.1. But you guys can make it stop self-destructing by its hopefully mid-summer release so I can try it out again. Because the way it looks, feels, operates and what it offers is all absolute genius compared to 8.1-anything but it's so damn buggy right now you basically can't use it at all.

Onto everything wrong with it...

  • A lot of settings are hidden (go to Settings, search, type the letter "A", hit the back button, scroll down for an alphabetical list...it's the only way to find everything)
  • The Start screen has once again been tampered with, making the tiles slightly bigger and much more ugly in some subtle way I can't quite explain
  • Your first inkling the Win 10 phone OS will completely self-destruct is the bluish-black "Loading..." screen when you try to open any app. If you see this baby just once then get a Recovery Tool and start rolling back. I could've saved myself hours of confusion and mind-numbing grief if I'd only known. But no, of course I had to learn the hard way.
  • Your other inkling of imminent OS self-destruction? App crash. As in...all of them. It started, as most things in the world of Windows do, with IE crashing. Oh, a mere IE crash...how routine. An IE crash cannot make me blink. 29 consecutive IE crashes might make my lids pop a little, but hey, I was raised in the old school of "Did you try restarting it?™" a registered Microsoft trademark. Us trained restarters know everything will go wrong with Windows but restarting will fix damn near all of it. (If not, then it's a virus.)
  • But after six restarts all the apps crash and shit ain't funny anymore. Like my phone app is crashing now. Can't make calls. Settings are crashing. Can't change settings. After an hour or two I got freakin' scared, y'all...I need a fucking phone that actually dials numbers.
  • So *sigh* like a fool I tried the "reset" button buried deep I don't even know where anymore within Settings (yes, after restarting my phone endless times just to get Settings to no longer crash). When the phone finished resetting an hour or so later it no longer had a phone app. Or a Messaging app. Or a Settings app. Or any of the stock AT&T apps. Or any of the Lumia apps. There was only one tile left on the Start screen (IE, wouldn't you know it?) and maybe six apps in the App folder, none of them related to making a phone call or sending a text message or using email in any way, shape or form. And Cortana, who never worked before I reset the phone, had also left for greener pastures.
  • Now I was terrified, so I got online, got the Lumia Recovery tool, and I seem to have 8.1 back in working order. But if Win 10 for phones would just work (and not be the fastest and most vividly spectacular example of "vaporware" I've ever witnessed) I would cling to it forever.

So yeah, I'm distressed right now. I swore I wasn't going to perform any of the above hijinks in a previous discussion but, as usual, the "Don't touch the wet paint" signs have got the best of me.

*p

May. 21st, 2015 12:10 am
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unexpected: i figured i was skipping my period from graduation stress, but no, here it is?

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