could you not?

Jul. 20th, 2017 03:05 pm
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The issue was handed to me to address. I did my due diligence and made sure of all my options and facts before providing a solution to the client. I don't appreciate you attempting to cut out my solution before I even joined the call and I really don't appreciate your constant balking after the call.
Everything the client wanted is met by my solution. Why are you tantruming about this? Holy shit, calm your ego dude. I got this. I already scoped the requirements for coding and maintenance by the client. They like my solution. Your constant push back without true justification is looking like sour grapes and is giving me a headache.

Could someone trust that I might know something? Please? I'm so over all of this right now.

Gender in Comics

Jul. 20th, 2017 12:23 am
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I found this analysis of gender in comics to be fascinating.  In many categories, I've written against the mainstream pattern, such as having females with super-strength and males with psychic powers.  In a few areas I may have replicated the pattern; with pheromone control and prehensile hair, I could only think of female characters, although I'm sure there are males with pheromones.

Hard Things

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:32 am
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Life is full of things which are hard or tedious or otherwise unpleasant that need doing anyhow. They help make the world go 'round, they improve skills, and they boost your sense of self-respect. But doing them still kinda sucks. It's all the more difficult to do those things when nobody appreciates it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our accomplishments and pat each other on the back.

What are some of the hard things you've done recently? What are some hard things you haven't gotten to yet, but need to do?

Birthdays

NSFW Jul. 19th, 2017 11:09 am

July 2017 Poetry Fishbowl, Session 2

Jul. 18th, 2017 12:43 pm
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The July 2017 Poetry Fishbowl is once again open.  We're reusing the original post with its donation button and ticker. However, please place new prompts below THIS post, because the other one is already so full that comments are collapsing, which makes them harder to read or search.  You may prompt in this session IF 1) you did not prompt in the July 4 session OR 2) you donated to the July 4 session.

I will do the best I can to fill new prompts and pick up some from the previous session.  I have no idea how long it'll take.  My body is being kind of cranky after last week's adventures, and the internet is a bit iffy although nowhere near as bad as it was earlier this month.  Witch me luck, eh?

Recent Trip

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:41 pm
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In case you're wondering what I did last week, my partner Doug went to the IBM/SAM magic convention in Louisville, Kentucky. We met up with friends, and I spent several days exploring the tourist attractions ...

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] kengr, [personal profile] antisocialite_forum, [personal profile] curiosity, [personal profile] redsixwing, [personal profile] alatefeline, [personal profile] sweet_sparrow, [personal profile] technoshaman, [personal profile] mdlbear, [personal profile] chanter_greenie, and [personal profile] callibr8. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth, [personal profile] across_space_and_time, [personal profile] technoshaman, and [personal profile] alatefeline. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics. It directly follows "We Are All Related," so read that first or this will make no sense.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense and controversial topics. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. You-all wanted to see the gaybashers who attacked Kenzie curbstomped by the Iron Horses, so here it is. Watch out for conspiracy to commit assault, religious issues, conflicting obligations, bloody souvenirs, desire for vengeance, magical/spiritual stalking of culpable parties, Thunderbird is fucking scary and so is his follower, rude language, using superpowers against ordinary opponents, gaybashers stalking around a gay bar, oblique references to pony play, references to poaching and hazardous equipment, graphic violence, vigilante justice, use of barbed wire as a rumble weapon, probable permanent injury, brutal application of inconvenient truth, temporary hearing impairment, explanation of internalized oppression and repression of identity, complicated transgender issues, and other mayhem. This is a major plot development, so skipping it would leave a big gap, but the main thing you need to know is simply that the Iron Horses hunt down the gaybashers and beat the shit out of them. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Monday Yardening

Jul. 17th, 2017 12:11 pm
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Today I walked around the yard.  It's getting warm and moist.

There are bees everywhere.  In the wildflower garden, I saw a big bumblebee visiting every flower on this plant.  I saw a small black bee and a tiny metallic green one on the echinacea.  These are probably native species, some of which are rarely seen. All had large panniers of yellow pollen collected from the flowers.  :D  Beeeeeees!

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 2, I picked a few blackberries.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 3, I planted some morning glories and watered plants.

EDIT 7/17/17: Round 4, I weeded about half of the septic garden.

Monday Update 7-17-17

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:13 am
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Garden Photos 7-16-17 (pots)
Garden Photos 7-16-17 (prairie garden)
Rainbow!
Sunday Yardening
Badger Engineering


I'm back at the keyboard now after a busy week.

The second session of the July Poetry Fishbowl will open on Tuesday, July 18.


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  

Weather has been steamy here.  It rained a little yesterday.  Currently blooming: dandelions, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, and some yellow thing in the wildflower garden.  Corn is tasseling.  I need to pick more blackberries.  I think there are two jalapeno plants with tiny peppers on them, and more cayenne too.  \o/  Evidently peppers grow better in pots than my efforts with tomatoes.

ObWeekly Post v.3.1: Rant Edition

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:45 am
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So I went on a bit of a rant to online friends and my poor patient roommate Angie about tracing as it applies to SCA scroll production. Like, the person in question claims they can't draw, yet they want to pursue an activity that almost requires that one draw. It would make sense they would want to learn to draw, right? No, they are practically married to their light pad. Tracing to me is a cheat -- it's great as a learning tool, but to consistently and regularly trace even the simplest clipart and get praised for it when other people are working hard to learn and reproduce the medieval art form... That's just wrong to me. Vented to my Laurel, who agrees, and who also advised me to just "do me" and not let it bother me. Good advice from the boss. ^__^

Other than that, it was a quiet week. Sketched out a practice piece for trying a new-to-me scribal painting style, did some Moonshop sketchery too (I'm thinking of trying out to be a shop artist XD), watched Wimbledon and footie and Formula 1 racing, gamed with friends online for the first time in forever (Mouse Guard is a lot of fun!). Pretty good week!

WeatherDork:
Currently at Bethlehem, PA at 10.40: Clear
Temp: 82F (feels like 84F)
Humidity: 60% (dewpoint 67F)
Pressure: 30.04"
Winds: SE 5mph
Forecast: Partly sunny, chance of thunderstorms this afternoon, high 85F, low 67F

Geez was it hot last week. Hot and humid and gross. The thunderstorms only helped a little, and temporarily. This week promises more of the same. Ugh.

On My Plate:
Tags and Other Writins:
  • A Smile and a Song (Three Wishes)
  • Where The Gods Live (Three Wishes)
  • From One Trickster to Another (ItNotM)
  • Some Light Research (ItNotM)
  • Welcome Home (ItNotM)
  • Putting The Band Together (ItNotM)
  • All On A Summer's Day (ItNotM)
  • Options (ItNotM)
  • ORP -- PUFFS v. STUFFS (ItNotM) x5
Art:
  • continue with scribalry practice
Etc:
  • list stuff on Ebay
  • reading: A New History of the Picts (still -- I haven't picked it up in awhile XD)
  • reading: Parsival, or A Knight's Tale
Weekly Things Checklist:
  • Thing Arted: various sketchery
  • Thing Writed: OMG TAGS
  • Thing Cleaned: dishes and catbox and watered plants and scrubbed bog
More wording and arting this week, and staying inside from the heat!

Garden Photos

Jul. 16th, 2017 11:49 pm
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I posted two batches of garden photos today, pots and prairie garden

Rainbow!

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:03 pm
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We got a little rain.  We might get more.  Meanwhile, we have a rainbow to the west of us.  I think it's the flattest one I have seen, arcing low along the horizon.  :D

Sunday Yardening

Jul. 16th, 2017 04:25 pm
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Today I took pictures.  I have several batches that I haven't even had time to post.

Just now, I went out and watered plants.  It is starting to spit rain, so hopefully we'll get some more. 

Jalapeno peppers are getting bigger, some about thumb-size now.  Blackberries are ripening.

Back in Action

Jul. 16th, 2017 01:55 pm
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 ... more or less.  Family obligations are complete.  Internet is spitty but somewhat functional.

Smidgen's Death

Jul. 15th, 2017 02:23 pm
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 It has been a few days since Smidgen passed, and I have yet to cry.  After spending several days nursing Smidgen, who took a severe and swift turn for the worse, I made the decision to take her back to Dr. Patch to have her euthanised.  She had stopped eating and using the litter pan.  All she did was sleep on me and get up maybe once or twice a day, go paddle in the water a little - but not drink any - and cry.  Her back parts barely supported her.  

 

She passed peacefully.  Her eyes turned black afterward, but she still had that angel face.  After days, she finally voided her bladder in death.  It was a huge amount of urine.

 

I gave everything that belonged to Smidgen, to Cameron and Cindy.  I’m going to scatter Smidgen’s ashes on the hill where she was born, and I’ve save one of her claw sheaths to keep in my Pentagram locket.

 

I’m numb.  Really, the only thing that has been on my mind for days is how I wish Toby would pass now, so I could just go away, too.  Death doesn’t suck.  Living afterwards is what is so horrific.

information is helpful

Jul. 12th, 2017 02:58 pm
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Is there a reason why the only people who get information about any project are your former colleagues that we are now saddled with? Seriously, do you understand how frustrating it is to be completely unaware of a deadline until the day before because you weren't looped in?
Also, is your brain broken? We had a written chat where I told you the scripts would modify the data which is why the application should be taken down. Not 2 hours later you get on a call and say that I said it wouldn't modify the data. This isn't the first time you have completely flipped something I said which makes me unduly paranoid when you have calls that I'm not part of. Who knows what completely random thing you have decided I said and that I may be called on the carpet for later.

And you, mister mister of whom I asked for information you were previously asked for (and ignored). I don't need you to skype with me to provide technical assistance. I need you to give me the information I've requested. I'm capable of figuring things out on my end. Truly. I get that me having a vagina is probably slightly confusing to you but you don't know me so don't assume I'm of the same caliber of intelligence as your former associates with which we are so blessedly saddled.

Finally, oh hey we have training and it looks cool and why the hell was this not opened up for all members of the team but instead just for one? And a frankly useless waste of space one at that. I'm honestly annoyed about this. I've asked for training on this topic more than once and suddenly he gets it... just bloody hell. I'm not even allowed to sit in on it. Trying to not take it personally but it is getting hard not to.

Finally finally... when hiring from our competitors could we please choose quality candidates and not their castoffs. This group of hires from our competitor, lets just say I get why they don't work for our competitor anymore. It's making me question why I work for us right now actually.
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Amazon's got its annual Prime Day going on now (with deals only for Prime members, although I suspect most folks using Amazon regularly fit the bill), and for the most part, it's better than in previous years, but not the national holiday they want it to be. That said, a lot of the hot deals went right away, and there's a ton of stuff to sort through and some hella bad site design, and I can't pretend to be as excited about most of the options as I'd like (but do look in any category that might appeal to you, as there really is stuff site-wide).

A few key pieces of wheat amongst the chaff:

The big one is getting $5 off $15 worth of books using the PRIMEBOOKS17 code. Since that stacks with any Prime Day book deals already, it's really solid. Good deals at the second link include a bunch of Scalzi, lots of YA and cooking options, and a bunch of the Dummies series.

The Echo Dot is down to $34.99 ($15 off).

The 8-quart Instant Pot is down to $89.99, making it $10 cheaper than the 6-quart model that I have, and the Crock-Pot 6-Quart Programmable Cook & Carry Slow Cooker is $31.99 (47% off and about $30 below other deals).

I've never gotten the appeal of Dash Buttons, but at $.99 a pop (with a $4.99 credit after you place your first order), that's a solid deal.

And finally, if you buy a $25 Amazon Gift Card (even one for yourself), you can snag a $5 Promotional Credit. That's basically free money if you're going to keep buying stuff on Amazon. Note that the promo credit (unlike the gift card) expires at the end of August.

Busy Week

Jul. 11th, 2017 08:28 am
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I have family obligations that will keep me busy most of this week.  I should be available again sometime late Sunday. 

Badger Engineering

Jul. 11th, 2017 01:41 am
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 For the first time, a badger has been filmed burying an animal larger than itself.  A cow.  \o/

Magpie Monday

Jul. 10th, 2017 10:16 pm
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer is hosting Magpie Monday with a theme of "moments of courage."  Leave prompts, get ficlets!

Goodbye Smidgen

Jul. 10th, 2017 05:48 pm
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Smidgen is dead. She was 13 years old.
Her kidneys and liver took her.
Now, it's just Toby and me.

Monday Update 7-10-17

Jul. 10th, 2017 03:57 pm
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These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Poem: "Missing"
Poem: "The Women Who Live in Themselves"
Sunday Yardening
Poetry Fishbowl Update 7-9-17
Poll: Poetry Fishbowl Links
Poetry Fishbowl Update 7-7-17
Poem: "Clutching at Pearls"
Integrated Visual Assistance
Poem: "Dejection"
Poem: "The Lamentation of the Women"
Hard Things


Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Mrs. Ozenne talk more about Saraphina as she interacts with another toddler.  "Essential for Human Survival" is now complete.  Cassandra and Groundhog enjoy crafts and cuddles.  "The Inner Transition" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Berettaflies.  Valor's Widow finds out what Stylet has in his backpack.  

Weather has been warm and we got a little rain.  Currently blooming: dandelions, carnations, marigolds, petunias, lantana, million bells, snapdragons, zinnias, firecracker plant, white and red clover, rose campion, morning glories, spiderwort, echinacea, blackberry lilies, yellow coneflowers, Queen Anne's lace, frost asters, and some yellow thing in the wildflower garden.  Corn is tasseling.  I picked the first cayenne peppers and the first blackberries.  One jalapeno plant has survived and is now putting out tiny peppers.

ObWeekly Post v.3.1: Blah Edition

Jul. 10th, 2017 10:18 am
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So yeah, decompression happened, as did a whole lot of napping, as did the Fourth of July holiday. We went over to Angie's parents' house on the Fourth for grilling, which was yummy, then came home and Angie's boy Micah grilled for us on the shiny new grill he acquired for Angie. ^___^ Mmmm so much grilled meat. XD

Otherwise, apart from fireworks shenanigans by the neighbors, it was a quiet week. Didn't get much accomplished, per my agenda last week, but I think that's okay. ^__^

WeatherDork:
Currently at Bethlehem, PA at 10.16am: Mostly cloudy
Temp: 71F (feels like 71F)
Humidity: 68% (dewpoint 60F)
Pressure: 30.08"
Winds: NNW 5mph
Forecast: Partly sunny, slight chance of PM showers, high 85F, low 68F

It was warm and muggy last week, kinda gross actually. At least it wasn't as hot as it has been in the past, and it rained some which sort of helped. Sunday was downright glorious even. This week promises to be more of the same, with highs in the mid to upper 80s and potential for thunderstorms until a cooling trend hits toward the end of the week. WHEE SUMMER.

On My Plate:
Tags and Other Writins:
  • A Smile and a Song (Three Wishes)
  • Where The Gods Live (Three Wishes)
  • From One Trickster to Another (ItNotM) x1
  • Some Light Research (ItNotM)
  • Welcome Home (ItNotM)
  • Putting The Band Together (ItNotM)
  • All On A Summer's Day (ItNotM) x1
  • Options (ItNotM)
  • started
  • ORP -- PUFFS v. STUFFS (ItNotM) x3
Art:
  • continue with scribalry practice
Etc:
  • reading: A New History of the Picts (still -- I haven't picked it up in awhile XD)
  • reading: Parsival, or A Knight's Tale
Weekly Things Checklist:
  • Thing Arted: nothing
  • Thing Writed: OMG TAGS
  • Thing Cleaned: dishes and catbox
So much for getting any scribal stuff done last week. Gonna make up for it this week! CANNOT LOSE MOMENTUM.
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Thanks to a donation from Anthony & Shirley Barrette, you can now read the rest of "Essential for Human Survival."  Cassandra and Groundhog enjoy some crafts and cuddles.

Poem: "Missing"

Jul. 9th, 2017 11:36 pm
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This poem came out of the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by Shirley Barrette. It also fills the "asexual" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Schrodinger's Heroes project.


"Missing"


There are a few things
missing from Schrodinger's life:

two fuzzy lumps under his tail,

the special deliciousness
in the scent of a queen in heat,

yowling romance in the moonlight
and getting his black ears bitten
to shreds by his rivals,

litter after litter of kittens
that he brought into being.


There are a few things
missing from Schrodinger's life,
but his identity is not one of them.

It is something he found,
instead of something he lost,
as when a sculptor removes
everything that is not the statue.

He is asexual but still affectionate;
his humans are the center of his world,
and even without a common language
they know this as well as he does,
because they call themselves

Schrodinger's Heroes.


There are a few things
missing from Schrodinger's life,

but he doesn't miss them a bit.

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This poem is spillover from the July 4, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired and sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "nonphysical passions" square in my 5-29-17 card for the Pride Bingo fest.

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Sunday Yardening

Jul. 9th, 2017 06:18 pm
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Early today I took some pictures.  My pink ice plant is finally blooming.  :D

I watered plants, sowed a few morning glories, then collected seeds from the white allium and planted them in the purple-and-white garden.

Round 2, we hauled a small pile of grass and gathered a few sticks.  I also picked the first two peppers from the pot.  :D  It looks like one jalapeno plant also survived and has tiny peppers on it.

Round 3, I picked the first few blackberries.  

Tonight is warm and muggy.  Fireflies are out in force.  :D  Cicadas have been singing the last few nights and are out also.

Poetry Fishbowl Update

Jul. 9th, 2017 02:14 pm
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I have completed the first batch of poems for this fishbowl. \o/  I am still working through other prompts I want to cover.

Today is the last day to put in donations that count on this ticker and will get you prompting rights for the mid-month session. If you send money, or pledge a specific amount, it counts; if it's just an expression of interest, it doesn't.  For all the folks who contributed prompts toward Kenzie's storyline, [personal profile] ng_moonmoth is running a pool to fund "And Thunder Calls in the Distance" with further options for "The Order of Their Stars" and "Mosaic Identities." 

Poems sent to my parents: "Missing," "Beneath the Willow Tree," and the remainder of "Essential for Human Survival."  But I'm not going to bust my hump trying to get those all posted ahead of the busyweek.  I just want folks to know what sold.

Government Entertainment

Jul. 9th, 2017 01:16 pm
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While fringe media sites are iffy on details, this article would explain the ~2 hours of domestic violence that is Civil War and how one of the greatest anti-war novels of all time got turned into a pro-war trilogy with rabbits pulling a sled. 

Fortunately we have the internet to provide alternative entertainment with inconvenient truths about what happens to soldiers and the results of systemic corruption.  Tell ALL the stories.

Sex Ed for Pirates

Jul. 9th, 2017 12:55 pm
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(Obviously NSFW.)

Been there, had that conversation. LOL It's amusing to think, oh yeah, the artist must have been there too. Because this is totally what happens when you try to explain to pirates how not to knock up their favorite whore and where is the little man in the boat.

Meanwhile in Terramagne, Grainne Nuala is probably still throwing occasional treasure at sex ed programs. Imagine some Planned Parenthood office manager opening the dropbox and then ...

"Well, nuts! Some darn fundie must crammed this thing with brass pirate tokens."

"Uh, boss? These are heavier than brass and some of them are bent."

"Holy Mary Mother of God this is all REAL?! Who would do that?"

"Maybe a pirate who loves sex ed."

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