Friday Five

Oct. 20th, 2017 05:49 pm
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From [community profile] thefridayfive:

1. What book frightened you as a young person?
I don't know. I can think of TV things that did, and books I didn't like, or that left an unpleasant taste behind, one way or another, but I don't remember being terrified of anything in a book. I was always on the wimpish side in my reading, just in case something would scare me.

ETA: If it counts, when I was 11, our class tutor read us a Sweeney Todd story, and that definitely scared me!


2. If you had to become a ‘living book (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request – reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
I would prefer not to become a living book, as that sounds very uncomfortable for me and everyone else around me, so I'll go for Love That Dog because it's about the shortest book I know. (It's also good, though, and contains bonus poetry.)


3. What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The BBC Miss Marple (Nemesis in particular), and I do mean Joan Hickson. She sprayed somebody in the face with insecticide. Also some random thing where a cake was poisoned that I saw when I was four, that I think was some old b&w film comedy and was the worst/scariest thing ever. Also when I was about four, I was scared of the theme music to Doctor Who and when it came on would stick my head under a cushion and yell for someone to turn it off. So, ironically, I put an end to DW-watching in my house for about six or seven years, until I got into it myself. (It only ever scared me in the good way after that.) Also probably, as it turns out, Assignment Six of S&S, and that episode of Bergerac where Alfred Burke was so good he had to murder people. And Fraggles! Fraggle Rock was pure nightmare fuel. I still shudder if I see or hear of a Fraggle. The weasels in the (stop-motion) Wind in the Willows! TV was full of terrifying things when I was small.


4. What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
I am very wimpish about horror! It would be quicker to give a list of things I would watch, although that would still be far too long for a meme. But nothing that's primarily a gore-fest, anyway, unless I had to for some reason. I've been learning lately to be a little less wimpish in my watching, although only a little so far, and it's paid off.


5. Do you have any phobias?
Nothing at the level of a phobia, but I am scared of the future, fish, and over-eating (and poisoned cake, see above). And shop-window dummies.

Challenge #674: wheel

Oct. 20th, 2017 09:32 am
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Welcome to [community profile] dw100. Challenges are posted approximately once a week.

Challenge #674 is wheel.

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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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Oct. 20th, 2017 06:10 am
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I can't actually fall asleep with a cat in my bed -- some part of me is too worried I'll flop the wrong way and squish him -- but I let him sleep here anyway tonight, because he usually sleeps with my aunt, who has been gone all week on vacation, and he was lonely. Now I have a massive headache, and I don't know if it's because sinuses (I am mildly allergic to animal dander) or because of a crick in my neck, or because lack of sleep, or because of something unrelated to cat, such as too much computer / TV / screen time.

(Yuletide is kicking my ass. I didn't even sign up, but a story idea from one of the letters has seized my brain, and I'm seriously considering making it a Nano and cutting it down to size afterwards. It's a large plotty idea that keeps growing more arms, completely unlike my usual one-scene neutronium pieces. I still need at least three more character names...)

Sometime today, I have to telephone the Social Security disability office and give them contact info for my physical therapist and my gynecologist, and possibly someone else I'm forgetting. Also, the toilet is stopped up. :P
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Okay I am caught up on Discovery, pls link me to your posts that I have previously skipped to avoid Teh Spoilarz.

the quorn show )

b&w updates

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:14 pm
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Since I was complaining a few posts ago about the lack of James Maxwell in Subway in the Sky, I should say:

a) That paid off - [personal profile] swordznsorcery pointed me to this Design for Loving campaign sheet from eBay, which has a large pic of Mr Maxwell, plus a synopsis and cast list, and then [personal profile] liadtbunny pointed out that it is up on the BFIplayer here (although only for rental, and I'd have to watch it online and not keep it and rip it and cap it, but still; if lack of JM overcomes me anytime, I could do that). Plus, bonus pic!* (It was 1962, though. I can't remember why I had 1958 in my head. I should know by now there is no 1950s JM, however much I want to make that not be true.)

And b) my other film, The Third Secret, which I will have to talk about properly sometime (it was very pretty and complicated) coughed up a satisfactory cameo. Cut for pictorial proof )


* I don't know why James Maxwell looks like he's in a threesome there, though. Don't these people know that he only ever makes worshipful love to people's hands and would be tragically in the way?
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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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Oct. 19th, 2017 07:45 pm
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And in this week's episode of [personal profile] lurkingcat visits Starbucks too often...

I was going to take a walk in the park and visit St Nick's market this lunch time. But it was pouring with rain. So I popped into Starbucks instead. There was an enormous queue of people taking shelter from the rain and dithering over drinks choices, insisting that each item was rung through individually on their reward card, stopping to discuss other things with friends while in the middle of ordering and so on. The staff were unfailingly polite and friendly to all of them but somehow found the time to do this to my order as well:

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Apparently I've graduated to art on food bags as well as on my coffee cup :)

It's a birthday!

Oct. 19th, 2017 08:11 am
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Happy Birthday, [personal profile] elwendell! May your special day be peaceful, fun, and full of sunshine -- inside and out. ♥

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Halloween costume ideas

Oct. 19th, 2017 02:32 am
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it might be a bit late for this but take back halloween has some interesting ideas. but i suspect you'd be getting the question "what are you suspended to be?" a lot.

from the site's about page;
Take Back Halloween is on a mission: a mission to make the world safe for creative and empowering costumes.

You won’t find costumes for Eleanor of Aquitaine or Hatshepsut in the stores. You won’t find costumes for powerful goddesses like Ishtar or the Morrigan. But you will find them at Take Back Halloween, the only website in the world devoted to showing women how to dress up as famous heroines, geniuses, queens, and goddesses. Without sewing!

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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?

What I've Been Reading Wednesday

Oct. 18th, 2017 09:52 am
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What I've Finished Reading

I finished up The Castle of Otranto and it continued to be delightfully OTT and ridiculous right to the very last line. I laughed a lot. Especially at the last line. The charm of it is, I think (other than gloomy castles and giant suits of armour and what have you), that it's very hard to tell if the whole thing is some kind of joke, or just bits of it. This seems to have been the question for 250 years, and, indeed, the next book I read, The Old English Baron by Clara Reeve is quite openly The Castle of Otranto, the more rational (and therefore possibly not-truly-Gothic) remix.

As Clara Reeve says in the introduction, certain elements of Otranto, "destroy the work of imagination, and, instead of attention, excite laughter." (Walpole apparently responded that hers was, "So probable, that any trial for murder at the Old Bailey would make a more interesting story." Hmm, wait, a novel featuring a real life murder...? Shame he didn't try it, heh.)

It does indeed tail off into a long, plodding fixit of everything, though. It's rather like a tumblr-recommended fixit version of Otranto where everything is relentlessly put right and all the bad people are punished or grovel and apologise to the good people. I liked the beginning with the locked up haunted wing with the murdered body in it very much, though, mixed with a more recognisable setting. Also its hero Edmund has an amusing tendency to weep over people. (The best bit was at the end where he flung his arms round both his mentors legs at once and they had to stop him and then he still had to hug them and weep over them.)

But, given that it's still only about 130 odd pages and has a haunted East wing, it was readable and fascinating to compare to Otranto. I'm glad the collection had them both.

I also read another Daisy Dalrymple (Dead in the Water), which you could probably tell because fic happened. My friend is coming to see me again this week - I have hopes she might be able to lend me some more, because the only others I've found are quite a few books on from that. (Obviously, I'm looking forward to seeing her with or without books, but with books is always better.)


What I'm Reading Now
Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho, which, as promised by [personal profile] aralias, is very light and enjoyable and just my sort of thing. I seem to be okay with it, too. \o/ (The only downside is the inevitable comparison to Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, which can do it no favours. It's a shame she didn't set it, say, 20 years later or earlier to mitigate that. Although, of course, I'm only 100 pages in; there are no doubt very good Plot Reasons.)

(I'm still note-taking from A Mad Bad and Dangerous People? and technically sort of reading Desolation Island, but have not progressed far with either since last time.)


What I'm Reading Next
Well, if my friend does bring me some more Daisy, there'll be that. And once I've finished Sorcerer to the Crown, I might try the next Gothic novel in the collection, which is Mistrust by Matthew Gregory Lewis (author of The Monk).

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