loopin' louie is at it again

Jul. 22nd, 2017 12:22 am[personal profile] elanya
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Mostly on a whim, I decided to go down to the board game social that some larp peeps threw together, so I could have a chance to hang out with them out of game. It was fun! Now I am tied, and tomorrow is also going to be really loooong. Well, good long but still long.

I am trying to come up with ideas of things I can write for the work blog It hasn't been updated in ages, and was never updated regularly. I'm not entiiiiirely sure it is worth it, but it would give me something to do. But the problem is that there isn't much going on, or not much I can post about, anyway :/ Monday I'm taking a road trip to the other facility, which should be interesting! Partly because it means road tripping with N @_@ I'm not completely sure what all we will be discussing, but it will be cool to see their facility anyway. They do more Hard Science archeology, like isotopes and thin sectioning and such. Anyway. It should be an interesting week.

a quick update

Jul. 20th, 2017 11:23 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Work was predictably dull.

Knitting was great! I'm getting well into chart 10 (of 13) for Puled by the Sunset. It's very pretty

We walked home, which my hip tolerated, and I have been ding a few basic stretches before bed, which will hopefully help? It feels nice, anyway, though it actually has been making sleeping weird :p I feel like I should go to the doctor but also like going to the doctor is just going to be a giant PITA and maybe not worthwhile. I cant guarantee that any of the individual things bothering me will eb acting up, I'm terrible at describing symptoms, and I don't think there is anything they can do for me anyway :| Diagnosis: I'm old and have not been sufficiently gentle on my body. Probably they will also say I'm overweight and that will help :p pleh
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I finished The Goblin Emperor tonight. The title is my summary. It was good but not stunning - the story was slow, the intrigues not always very intriguing. The worldbuilding was basically a generic fantasy court with fancy window dressing - very detailed in some cases, but inconsistently so. The main character was nice, but sometimes just really painfully naive and I wanted to smack him. At times he was just oppressively glum. I'm not really sure that he changed as a person, he just got more used to things and more familiar with what was expected of him, so even as a character piece I didn't find it deeply satisfying. He wasn't really interested in things that were going on, so it led to a lot of exposition. There were some good and surprising scenes with various characters, where Maia learns that they are, in fact, fully realized persons in their own right, which are nice. But the conflicts seemed mostly too easily resolved. I liked the pseudo communists? It was enjoyable enough and I'm glad I finally read it, but I'm not sure on what basis it was nominated for so many awards.

Other than that - the strategic planning session thing at work was good, except it went too long in the beginning and we didn't get time to do enough of the actual *planning* work. I still think it was useful - everyone is basically agreed that we need to hire an interpretive planner. there is something regarding the beginning of a plan to make a plan to seriously figure out what merging SA is going to be, though there are still some elephants in the room that haven't been addressed. I had/got to point out that the inventory system for SA is completely inappropriate for a museum because it doesn't have object tracking capabilities - you can only know where objects are if they are in a box. Not good enough. I got to hear N talk crap out of his ass and *also* talk high level archaeological theory and spot the difference ;p When he does the former I want to smack him - when he does the latter I often find myself agreeing with him, which is refreshing. Anyway - I think I'm probably a weirdo because I actually enjoy those sorts of things, except for the part where it is supposed to also be a networking thing and you should probably talk to absolutely anyone outside of the session about the things discussed, and not just run and hide in your office because you can. After a crazy start of the week, though, it's back to normal - not having a whole lot to do. :/


Jul. 19th, 2017 07:29 pm[personal profile] rich_jacko
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I am still cross with the last episode of Doctor Who. For so many reasons, chief among them that it squandered all the ingenious concepts and twists of World Enough and Time in favour of a tired "The Doctor defends a village from the monsters" non-story; the lazy conlectus ex machina ending; and the Doctor's inexplicable refusal to regenerate.

That last one is a real shame. How fantastic would it have been to learn the identity of the 13th Doctor by actually watching her regenerate during the show, rather than through a pointless media circus and dialogue-free trailers?

Ah well, we are where we are.

So, Jodie Whittaker. As I said over on that Facebook, it's nice that we finally have a Doctor who's from Yorkshire. ;o)

My immediate reaction to the casting was the same as it has been for most of the recent Doctors (Peter Capaldi excepted) - "That's interesting. Who's she?" I neither think this is the best thing ever to happen to the show, nor the worst thing. As always, I reserve judgement until I see what she's like in the role.

The reactions to the change in gender have been entirely predictable. But you'd have to have been seriously not paying attention if you hadn't noticed any of the many ways this moment has been prepared for.* Frankly, it would have been a surprise if they hadn't cast a female Doctor this time. But complaining about the choice of new Doctor is nothing new. I'm not sure the sexism about the 13th being female is fundamentally any different from the ageism about the 12th being too old or the 11th being too young. People will always find something to whinge about, especially online.

* No, it's not the end, any more than it was in 1981. ;o)

I am absolutely certain that in four years' time or whenever it's announced, the choice of 14th Doctor will be met with either:

"How could they cast another woman? Does this mean we'll never have another male Doctor again? It's an outrage!"


"How could they go back to casting another man? Does this mean we'll never have another female Doctor again? It's an outrage!"

Heh. This is what I said in 2013 in response to complaints that the 12th Doctor wasn't cast as a woman:

  • "The Doctor is firmly established as a male character. There have been one or two throwaway lines, but I don't think there's ever been a serious suggestion that Time Lords can change sex when they regenerate. None of those we've seen in multiple regenerations (the Doctor, the Master, Romana, River (part Time Lord!), Borusa, etc.) appear to have ever done so."

Funny in hindsight. I have (and indeed had) no objection to there being a female Doctor; the important thing is that they cast someone who's right for the role. But I didn't buy into the view that casting another man was some sort of snub, when it had never been firmly established that, in-whoniverse, changing gender during regeneration was actually a thing which could happen. (Those who wanted it to be clung strongly to the Corsair, but one throwaway line by a guest writer is not a lot to go on, especially given Rule 1...).

The show has, of course, moved on a long way since then. Re-gender-ation is now a firmly established part of the mythos. The fact that we hadn't come across it previously is explained in that remaining the same gender still seems to be the most common outcome. However, changing gender happens frequently enough to be cause for no more than mild surprise (see the General's regeneration in Hell Bent as evidence for both these points). That's more than fine with me. And it did build the case that there should be a female Doctor sooner or later.

Am I nervous about the next series? Of course I am. There's a new Doctor and a new head writer at the helm, and that's always cause for uncertainty. I am sorry to see Peter Capaldi go, as he has been an excellent Doctor. And while Steve Moffat seems to have been running out of ideas for a while now, Chris Chibnal's record as a Whoniverse writer is rather mixed, to say the least - 42? Superb episode. The Hungry Earth / Cold Blood? Hmmm, not bad. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship / The Power of Three / Pond Life? A bit too soapy for my tastes. Torchwood series 1 and 2? Probably best forgotten...

I also worry slightly about how the change in gender is going to be handled. I really hope they don't make some dreadful attempt to "feminise" the character. So long as Whittaker's Doctor continues to be eccentric, reckless, brilliant, alien, the smartest person in the room, filled with a powerful sense of justice, ruthless to those who deserve it, compassionate to everyone else, full of wonder at the universe, young and old all at once, and a mad woman with a box, she'll do alright. :o)

My other worry is that we get a whole series of "girls are better than boys" gibes. One is fine, as a humorous way of acknowledging the change in gender, before moving on (see Missy, and the General again). But I fear they may decide to make it a running gag, which would just end up offending everyone. Let's hope not.

As I said earlier, we shouldn't pre-judge. Change has been an essential part of the show throughout its 54 years. The dawn of a new chapter in its history is always cause for excitement as well as trepidation. This one is no different in that respect. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Day Two

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:21 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Today is a day of intense tiredness. I'd almost blame PM's but the timing is all wrong. Ugh, bodies. Ovulation, maybe? Because I need everything to get more intense, that's just peachy.

Work was fine, tomorrow is our Strategic Retreat, which is a little ominously named, especially since it has the potential to determine my future job prospects... And also the last day of filming.

We had a family meeting to talk about how we need to do better at keeping house... I guess we'll see if that has any impact.

Early bed for me I think. I'm wiped despite a mini-nap earlier.

Day One

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:02 am[personal profile] elanya
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Today was a day of intense grumpyness.

Tomorrow may just be annoyingly chaotic.

I am hovering at the edge of things at work, and there's nothing to do in the margins. I feel like, on the whole, I ought to be better at finding ways in if that's what I want, or finding other things to do if it isn't, but no, I'm not doing anything. I feel frustratingly useless. I'm sure there must be something I could be doing that would be helpful but when I do try things I just get hung up when I need outside input. It is not a very satisfying life, and it is leading me to be easily frustrated with other things. Or maybe that's something else? I really can't tell anymore if something is a legitimate concern or just my levels of frustration being generally out of control and seeking any possible outlet. Ugh.

How long to make a habit?

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:22 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Not long to break it, anyway.

I didn't post the last few days because I was busy devouring Martha Wells' new book, and the last of the Books of the Raksura, The Harbors of the Sun.

It was great! The story resolve, finally, quite satisfactorily, and the character stuff was also excellent. I kind of want to re-read the first one, The Cloud Roads, so I can fully appreciate how far things have come. There was stuff that I was hoping for based on the last book that was realized, and in some cases I got even more that I was hoping for! I'm satisfied and happy but also sad both that the book is over and that I know she isn't planning on publishing more about the characters. However She said she will do some more stuff o the Patreon, so I have that to look forward to at least!

I think my mulberry dying saga is over....for now. My yarn is dry, and I just need to take pictures. I'm debating doing a test for colourfastness but I'm kind of afraid of what will happen after all that work :p I still need to work out what the yardage if yarn I have is and what I can even make with it. I've done the counting, I just need to find out what the length is of one loop and do the math. I'm hoping I have enough to make a tanktop but I'm not super hopeful because I'm not super small and I like the to come down over my hips. Depending on close I am I am contemplating getting a skein of plain cotton worsted and dyeing it, also with mulberries but making sure it does *not* get any iron, and using is as the final gradient... we'll see, I guess! I kind of like the idea of one garment with three colours from the same plant, but I'm learning that cotton is kind of a pain.

Hmmmm, what else do I have to report? I don't have any stories on the go atm, thiough I *did* enter a tumblr exchange and so I have a Voltron story to write once I figure out the best way to approach it. The exchange is supposed to be 'pg-13' rated which means I need to think through my ideas and make sure they don't go too dark on me. Probably some recip stalking is in order?

Not 100% sure what I am doing with the rest of my day - no Thirteen, but maybe some other kind of game?

Films round-up

Jul. 16th, 2017 03:21 pm[personal profile] rich_jacko
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The Mummy - Tom Cruise stars in this reboot, which attempts to be a darker, more serious horror film than the previous Brendan Fraser franchise. And therefore completely misses the point. All the tongue-in-cheek nonsense was what made it so enjoyable! Fortunately, it doesn't manage to be completely serious. Russell Crowe's brief role as a certain Dr Henry Jekyll being a case in point. ;o) There's occasionally an inventive idea, such as Ahmanet (Sophia Boutella)'s ability to command a sandstorm - and that also works with sand which has become glass... It's okay, as these things go, but not one I'd recommend.

Gifted - I liked this. An obscure little film about a 7-year-old maths prodigy (Mckenna Grace) being raised by Captain America Chris Evans. Mary's precociousness ("3+3? Really?") and somewhat wilful sense of ethics make it hard for her to blend in at a normal school. (I did wonder if this was going to be "Goblin Child: The Movie" ;o) ). Then her grandmother (Lindsay Duncan) turns up with grand plans for Mary's future, and a bitter custody battle begins. Jenny Slate and Hidden Figures' Octavia Spencer also star. It's a sweet film, with performances which ring true, highs, lows, and some great laugh-out-loud moments. "Good morning, Miss Stephenson!" ;o)

Baby Driver - A new Edgar Wright film usually means, "Shut up and take my money now!" This is no exception, and easily one of my top five films this year. Baby (Ansel Elgort) is a whizz behind the wheel, and works as a getaway driver for a mob boss (Kevin Spacey). Permanently tuned into the music through his headphones, he's alienated and mistrusted by his fellow crooks, chief among them Bats (Jamie Foxx). Baby dreams getting away with his would-be-girlfriend Deborah (Lily James). The film starts off fairly light-hearted, but inevitability things take a turn for the worse. It feels very much like a '90s Tarantino film, and Quentin has given it his seal of approval. Plus it has an epically brilliant soundtrack thoughout. Go see it.

Despicable Me 3 - Gru (Steve Carell) was sorely missing from The Minions Movie. It's great to have him back, teaming up with twin brother Dru (also Carell) against new baddie, Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker). The problem is the writers don't seem to know what to do with the rest of the cast. Lucy (Kristen Wiig) has a lame sub-plot, fretting about being a good mom; the girls have so little to do, they mainly just play on their tablets (which may be realistic, but isn't what I go to the cinema to see); and Dr Nefario has been written out entirely (admittedly by a brilliant gag). The minions have their own mini-adventure, completely disconnected from the main plot (although them singing Gilbert & Sullivan is genius). Bratt is a decent enough bad guy, and I enjoyed the '80s gags, but he's rather too similar to Vector from the first movie. Sadly, this franchise appears to have run out of ideas.

Wonder Woman - I'd heard good things about this, so I made it the first entry in the DC Cinematic Universe (TM) I actually went to see. Indeed it is pretty decent. Diana (Gal Godot) herself and military sidekick Steve (Chris Pine) make an effective lead duo. The film handles the concept of a hidden island populated entirely by warrior women pretty well, and World War I gives it an interesting backdrop. But, even after 20 years, DC still seem to be struggling with the spectre of Batman & Robin. The comic book elements are subdued and it tries too hard to be earnest and worthy, as if it's ashamed of its pulp fiction origins. It's also at least half an hour too long. Only in a few fight scenes does it properly cut loose.

Spider-Man: Homecoming - Being overly serious is not something you can accuse Marvel of. This latest chapter spins out of Captain America: Civil War. At first it feels like a high school movie, and I thought, "Marvel, what are you doing?" But then it kicks into high gear and becomes a joy to watch as Spidey (Tom Holland) tries to prove himself to his mentor, a disapproving Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr, clearly having a ball and almost stealing the film). Throw in Michael Keaton as an excellent and surprisingly low-key baddie, a great twist, and some fantastically nerdy t-shirts, and we've got another winner. And Stark Industries definitely makes the best toys. Stay tuned for the credit cookie, which made half the audience collapse in hysterics. :o)

Game Night!

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:58 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Tonight was our pathfinder game which we have affectionately termed 'The Fuck Squad'. We continue to horrify/terrify.befuddle our newbie GM, but she keeps inviting us back! Probably because we have the best snacks. Tonight we had: nanaimo bars, earl grey tea short bread, oat meal cookies, chips, local cherries and raspberries, and chocolate dip for the fruit. And cider. And I think I might be forgetting something? Also oreos I guess

I apparently touched something I shouldn't have with my left middle finger, because the skin blistered and is peeling (doesn't hurt, but it looks like it's wrinkled form being in water too long). I have no idea what I could have touched with just that one finger that wuld have that effect o_O

Also I did an Ask meme on Tumblr, to whit:
Fic writing questions!
  • So reblog this if I can pop into your box and ask you questions about writing (You can probably make a version for art, too). And you can ask them to me if you really want to.
  • Specify fandom if you want for any of the questions.
  • 1. Which is your favorite of the fics you've written for X fandom?
  • 2. Favorite piece overall?
  • 3. Which was the hardest to write, in terms of plot?
  • 4. Which has the most "you" in it, however you'd define that?
  • 5. What is an image/set of images that you're particularly proud of?
  • 6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?
  • 7. Least favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
  • 8. Favorite plot point/chapter/moment?
  • 9. Favorite character to write?
  • 10. Favorite line or lines of dialogue that you've written
  • 11. If I'm showing off just one of your pieces to someone, which one should it be?
  • 12. What WIPs do you have going now? Are you excited about them?
  • 13. Are there any things that might have happened in any of your stories, but you changed them at the last minute? (So-and-so dies, they don't actually kiss, main character has long extended ballet-based dream sequence, etc.)
  • 14. Would you want to write canon for any of your fandoms (like be hired by showrunner to do an episode)? Which one?
  • 15. Does font matter to you when you're writing a draft?
  • 16. 3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.
  • 17. Any mean comments? How'd you deal with it? Who laid the smackdown?
  • 18. If you could go back and revise one of your older stories, which would it be?
  • 19. Do you make up scenes at work/on the bus/at the gym? Who are the characters that pop up the most? Do you write them down?
  • 20. Go nuts, and talk about writing. Or write me a little ficlet-whatsit using a character/image/line I shall now specify:
  • Go on, my chickens, and ask each other questions

... and Nary asked me three, which I answered:

6. Idea that you always wanted to write but could never make work?

- I have so many!  Mostly I run out of energy for writing them, so they remain WiPs.  I have some probably-novel-length story ideas that I know I will never get down, just because they’re too big for me to manage.  One is based on a superhero character I came up with and never really played, but I’ve fleshed out significantly in my mind…about a girl who finds out that her father was basically an alien prince who fled here after a coup… I think the story is too big, and I also don’t think I have the cultural knowledge I’d need to write it well and do the characters justice without a whoooole lot of research and some good sensitivity readers.

9.  Favorite character to write? 

-I’m not sure I have one, honestly.  It varies with my mood and interests of the moment.  The better I understand them the easier they are to write though, so that means a lot of RPG characters and OCs, but that doesn’t necessarily make them my favourites (except maybe in that moment).

16.  3 favorite comments ever received on fanfic.

Ummm, hmmm.  *ages later after reading through a million comments*

Well, other than the ones that went ‘I love this story and wold like to accept it for publication in X’… Mostly they are Exchange Squee - one where an author I really like called the fic I wrote for them ‘absolutely brilliant’, one where the comment was just really long and loving and super detailed pulling out a lot of quotes and talking about the themes and such, and one non-recip comment on a drabble written for an exchange that was basically “I really couldn’t believe that was only 100 words, how did you do that to my emotions.”

.... but if anyone wants to ask me more questions here, have at!

Another one joins the club

Jul. 12th, 2017 11:06 pm[personal profile] elanya
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One of my local friends had her PhD defense today! I went out after work to join her and some other peeps for food and drinks to celebrate.

I also got my yarn dyed! Mistakes were made. for one, I left the skein in the modified dye for waaaaaaaay too long. Apparently it can damage the fiber if it is in too long.... hopefully that doesn't happen. Also I may have used way more than I needed... The package said 2% of weight of fiber, but the internet said even less, and I think it was right. This became evident when I went to rinse out the non iron modified skein in the same bucket (which I thought I had at least rinsed out pretty well), and it modified that skein too. Whoops! It isn't as dark, but it definitely lost some of its brightness. I'll get pics once they're dry.

I am not entirely sure what I am going to do with them though.... they're not really my colour, and I don't have enough to make what I had been hoping to, which is a little tank top :/ Maybe I can get some more of something similar and do it up.... I am sure I could get more mulberries... Hmm.

In the pots!

Jul. 11th, 2017 11:04 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Work was hectic and a little dumb today, but tonight I got my yarn in the mulberries! I'll take it out tomorrow night. I put some iron modifier in one of the pots, but it didn't seem to do much - I think it has more of an effect on animal fibers? It looks nice and dark purple anyway, so I hope that sticks!

The nature of the beast meant my evening was pretty broken up, so I didn't get much else done tonight. Also I think I'm coming down with the cough that the boys have. Ugh! Summer colds are balls. But I'm coughing and m throat is sore :(

Gonna take a shower and try to head to bed. Hopefully sleep will help.

IN other news I still haven't gotten my hardcover of Harbors of the Sun! I know it was released, and other places have it in stock.... But despite preordering (just a few days pre, but still!) the site is still saying they don't know when it will be released. IT IS ALREADY OUT, GIMME MY BOOOK GD IT.

Meanwhile, I started reading The Goblin Emperor on my commute. I'm leaving on an earlier bus, which gives me 10 minutes more to kill in the am, and I don't have a portable knitting project atm, so.... Book!

And oh, SPEAKING of books, I got the draft copy of Ride the Star Wind, so I got to see the art for my story :D Its pretty great, and is exactly what I figured someone might draw from that story :3 I also got an acknowledgment of my other story submissions today, so maybe that's a good sign?

Technically a post

Jul. 11th, 2017 12:14 am[personal profile] elanya
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Busy day at work, but there were cupcakes when I got home! Mind you we already have actual cake, and nanaimo bars.... but still! They were really good

Tomorrow is also going to be odd at work, but we'll see how it goes.

back to normal

Jul. 9th, 2017 11:40 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Well it isn't *midnight* yet so I guess that's not a total backslide :P

Nug party was today. Other than than, Diablotin! Which was a good session even if it was a bit temporally scattered since not everyone (including me) could make the regular time. Party was good - Nugsy had a great time and really that's the most important. The weather was pretty much perfect! And we have So Much Cake left over @_@

I watched all the Star Wars Whatsists of Destiny shorts tonight with Nary, but really it just made me want mooooooar! I'm sad that this will be the last season of Rebels :( But at least new movies will be out soon?

I think that's all I've got. I need to go shower (for really really real this time) and go to bed. At least I eventually remembered to take care of the kitty (food + box cleaning)...
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Today I got 970g more mulberries, which I am recording here because I can't find my dyeing notebook. I certainly have enough now, anyway! I just need the time to make the dye and do the dyeing :3 I didn't actually have to pick the berries, as I ran into some fellow foragers who'd cleaned the tree using a tarp and a rake - they really do just fall off the tree, so this is a pretty efficient way of harvesting them!

Today I didn't have anything specific to do and no deadlines for anything, which is kind of nice. I did a bunch of house cleaning (mostly vaccuming) and tidied my room a bit, and started a Diablotin ficlet (which I may yet finish!). I also spent a lot of time on tumblr.

Tomorrow is the casual birthday party for my youngest nephew, who turned 5 on the 5th. Pizza and some games at the park! It is supposed t be really nice out, at least. I think it will be a small attendance. Weterogue has been working on a Stampycat cake... Longpig had got all the stuff for a cool minecraft cake and then Nugsy changed his mind at literally the last minute. But what he wanted is actually simpler and we still have all the things we need, so I guess why not :/ This came about because they got a stampycat book (from a charityshop) that has a cake in it, so the minecraft project was probably doomed.... although it was going to be super cool.

Posting before the day is out for once so.... hopefully I will get more things done tonight :)

I forgot to mention the other day but I submitted two stories - a new pirate one, and also Cursed Wreck (a lovecraftian shipwreck story I've been shopping around for a while) to an anthology on pirates and ghosts. So wait and see how that goes I guess :3
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