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March 10 2014
Weekend With Unexpected Suck
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Other than that, it was quiet and there was walking around, and house cleaning, and being too headachey and tired to write Friday so writing Saturday, and getting a couple of other annoying things out of the way, and it was generally just the sort of relaxing I needed. And while I dislike getting up an hour earlier, it does have positive impact on the range of times I can plausibly chat with people on the other side of the Atlantic for the next couple of weeks. Winter's still not quite letting go, though.
March 7 2014
"You'd think part of omniscience would be knowing when to stop."
Went out for all-you-can-eat sushi last night; the place by Snowdon has become bring-your-own-alcohol, which is a mite annoying.
The Halloween skeleton and vampire and suchlike in the tunnel under the railway line, which I walk through every day on the way to work and back, were not particularly to my taste in October, but painting them seemed to give some small kids some fun. Them still being there in March really does seem a bit much. (Also when you've recently reread the Tales of the Continuing Time, the graffito that just says "Ring" is far more ominous than any of the others. As I observed to rushthatspeaks
, we have graffitists from all over the hemospectrum. That one's in black.)
Work continues Sisyphean, though $bio_boss appeared cheerful about it this morning for a change. And $colleague will be away from 2 and for all of next week, so this particular bit involving her should be over with soon. $programmer is getting married on May 24 and I am invited.
March 3 2014
"If you were happy all the time you wouldn't be human. You'd be a game show host."
was very helpful in earthing my foul mood Friday evening, but after that and then going out again to get beer because my brain was not in gear enough to remember to do so on the way home from work, I did not start writing until after 8 and got less done than I wanted. Saturday I listened to the new Welcome to Night Vale
, Z and A came over for St. David's Day dinner, which was very pleasant, and I spent most of the rest of the day playing Civ, and also finally got it together to clean up all the documents from when I went through the place like a whirlwind back in autumn looking for a specific piece of official paperwork, shove them into folders and stow them out of the way. And yesterday was cleaning and a hot bath and unexpectedly watching L'auberge espagnole
again with E on the grounds that it's one of the best depictions of university being realistically awesome I have seen and probably therefore a positive motivation for someone in high school. (I was very amused that the rating at the beginning of the film mentioned that the film contained language; it does indeed. French, English, Catalan and Castilian, a bit of Danish, it has more language in it than any other film I can recall seeing.)
It's been an irritating-ish work day of being on standby for $colleague needing occasional bits of urgent help with her part of getting the data release ready for $bio_boss while trying to focus on datamine stuff and not getting any progress made there either, and fearing that every little creak and click presages imminent collapse of my ceiling in a deluge of smelly water again
. And now I get to go home, which is very nice, though the -23 windchill on the way may be less so.
February 28 2014
dealing with a foul mood
Good friends help. Food helps. Mash-ups also help
. (I am only endorsing the music here, not the videos.)
It is amazing how much any half-dozen random things on my readpile can reinforce the urge to write something with a first-person protagonist who a) has a sensible, stable, generally positive and low-drama love life and b) regards it as generally none of the reader's damned business
February 24 2014
progress is a thing after all
time the severe unpleasant-smelling flood owing to things going wrong on an upstairs level of the building is in the corridor outside our basement bullpen instead of in my office, and is being handled in ways that make it seem like to have no more effect on me than the distant odour of something fungal.
give me something to believe in
Still busy with data release, but I think it is under control.
There was freezing rain and I did not go out Friday, but got nice walks in yesterday and Saturday. Also wrote two nights, played RoboRally Friday night with papersky
and A and E, sorted out timing for summer with kaberett
and ensuingly mailed the plan for that to my family (and my father's first response, at least, has thankfully been simply positive, rather than suggesting adjustments to make it "better"). And spent much of yesterday evening watching the first four episodes of season 1 of Slings and Arrows
, and am blown away by how clever and layered and solidly characterised and hilarious it is, and how well it understands what it is doing.
Also, I think I have a new favourite misheard lyric: "awkward Gangnam Style".
February 19 2014
It has, as of this morning, apparently become really urgent to get another chunk of data into the public domain asap, but $bio_boss also wants a handful of non-trivial mods to how this is done, so. I may be slow to reply to things for a bit.
February 18 2014
Cassoulet on a chilly winter day is definitely among the top five reasons I am not a vegetarian.
February 17 2014
don't want to miss a thing
Thursday night, saw the Lego Movie, which is good at all the levels the trailer prompted me to hope and also smart and good on other levels which it would be a shame to spoil; I recommend it highly.
Friday there was heavy snow, despite which I successfully retrieved papersky
's package from the post office; slogging home through uncleared snow was however not a plus. Friday and Saturday could not quite settle, alas; I kept waking up ridiculously early, and felt better Sunday only by dint of an afternoon nap, which is really not something I often do. Also had constructive and fun communication over the weekend variously with daharyn
, my uncle J and my Evil Siamese Twin, cleaned up kitchen and did a hot wash, and spent quite a number of hours obsessively finishing the current pass through Homestuck
. Got no writing done though, damn it.
February 13 2014
"It's my heart. It's like an alligator."
Good news from this morning's meeting; $IT_boss is looking for cheaper-than-official-conference-venue accommodation for the conference I am going to in April, so the bit where I had not been getting around to sorting out accommodation for the past week is not a net minus after all. Also, Friday of next week is the "parent institution is shut for high-level administrative stuff" unique-to-us holiday, which I always lose track of.
$colleague cancelled today's lunch out after I had got into work, so I went to the Korean place on my own anyway because of lack of sandwiches. Tonight I am going to see the Lego Movie with UD but unfortunately not hatam_soferet
who is apparently under the weather.
Monday evening May 11 dinner appears to be a go.
Also, I only yesterday discovered that there is a third film
in the series starting with L'Auberge Espagnole
, due out here around the end of April. I am really looking forward to this.
February 10 2014
Have to be at my desk half an hour earlier than usual because of Highly Important Visiting Dignitary tomorrow. Not a good match with waking up hours early for no discernible reason today.
raise my flags, don my clothes, it's a revolution I suppose
With regard to the previously posted summer in Britain plan, it now looks like I will be swapping some of it around and seeing hobbitblue
before Worldcon and livredor
after. Strike that and reverse it, as Willy Wonka used to say.
With regard to travel in May, it is now confirmed that I will be going to New York weekend of the 11th and seeing VNV Nation with daharyn
there. Also my uncle J plans on being in New York before he comes to Montreal so we may well take the train back here together on Tuesday 13; am also considering all having dinner on the Monday evening, hopefully with crotalus_atrox
and partner also.
Thursday night of this week I am going to see the Lego Movie with hatam_soferet
and UD. I am contemplating writing after dinner Wednesday.
The weekend had housecleaning and shopping-type walks and also a long phonecall to my mother, with whom all seems pretty much well and as expected, and confirming with her about my summer's travel plans. Also waking up at ridiculous hours in the middle of the night and rereading Homestuck until I could find sleep or until it was time to go to work.
February 7 2014
Everything is not actually happening at once, it just seems that way.
I discovered on my way out of work yesterday evening that the conference I am going to from April 6-9 in Toronto wanted both membership sorting by today (done yesterday evening) and an abstract for any poster or talk presented by Monday (draft been bounced around all morning and is now going by $project_manager). I do not like deadlines at such short notice, but it is better than missing them entirely I suppose.
Also, summer travel is condensing somewhat, and looks roughly like this.
Weekend of August 2; fly to Ireland.
Following week; stay with family in Ireland. If possible, get some time in Dublin to see hawkwing_lb
and my Adoptive Big Sister, but that's a harder thing to see how to fit in with a weekend-to-weekend week than with a week centred on a weekend as I have tended to do previously as ABS has weekend commitments.
Sunday August 10 (most likely); fly back to London in the morning. Go to Oxford for lunch and afternoon with cenwolfgirl
and then to visit livredor
Following week; stay with livredor
, travel up to London for Worldcon, go to Worldcon, fit in some hanging out with kaberett
After Worldcon; to Liverpool for a couple of days with hobbitblue
. May fit lunch with cenwolfgirl
in here on the way up instead.
Friday August 22 and Saturday August 23: see Henry IV
in Stratford with papersky
and Thrud and maybe weirdquark
Sunday August 24; fly back to Montreal.
Apart from sorting all that and OKing time off for it (and Vericon) with work, my last couple of days have been spent stabilising myself with rereading The Wise Man's Fear
and also getting as far as the second intermission in the current reread of Homestuck.
Also, in about five hours I will be writing new fiction.
February 4 2014
"My mind has always been my Achilles heel."
This weekend was fairly quiet. Lots of Homestuck, which wasn't exactly planned; P and I had dim sum Sunday with embryomystic
and his new sweetie and some work people and some people P knows from the book club in the West Island, which was fun and filled me up for the day, and bought frames for posters with P on the way home.
May is semi-sorted out now that we have VNV Nation tour dates, in that I am either seeing them with daharyn
here on May 3, or in NY May 11, depending on which weekend daharyn
has a work commitment. My uncle J is going to be in NorAm for ten days or so mid-May, and will likely stay with us in Montreal just before papersky
heads off for Balticon and subsequent signing tour. Also, VNV dates mean that we are clear for redbird
to come here Easter weekend, work permitting.
In work, I am tracking down an oddity that I am almost sure is due to me getting mislabelled data. This is not inordinately exciting.
February 3 2014
impressive Judge Dredd fan film
Officially sanctioned adaptation
of a classic story, for the first seven minutes or so, followed by a satisfactory expansion that's consistent with the world and character on every level. Gets the spirit of the original down as well as last year's Dredd
and has a look much closer to the original.
January 28 2014
lie back down and close your eyes
That was a nice quiet weekend, chatting with people and unexpectedly rereading Act 4 of Homestuck (it appears there's negligible chance of the rest of it arriving on April 13, alas) and cleaning up my study and, in cleaning out an old bag to move my stuff to (because the shoulder strap on my current bag gave way a bit ago) found the blasted document that I nearly drove myself crazy not being able to find for the PR card renewal. Also, I appear to have messed up on getting tickets for the NT live Coriolanus
this coming Thursday in time, and I woke up with a horrible headache which is somewhat but not entirely gone. Also the fun connectivity unreliabilities at home are now joined by fun connectivity unreliabilities at work.
January 25 2014
I seem to be having glitches with gmail above and beyond general connectivity glitches. If you seem to see me online or are talking to me and I disappear abruptly, it's not deliberate.
January 21 2014
One thing about it being -23 out with windchill to -33 is that a lunch taken out of the freezer is a long way from thawing out when one gets into work.
It would seem that my annoying datamine has actually run a complete build with all this pile of data, though, so that's that bit of that project done. Still no word on when the collaborators will want to meet with us next, though.
January 20 2014
That actually felt organised.
Saturday; up earlier than I expected; Act 2 of Homestuck
(on rereading, there's a much higher setup-to-actual-stuff ratio in that act than I had been remembering, but some of the actual stuff is lovely); went out for a walk and useful shopping; cleaned kitchen and dining room; moved new bookshelf into long room, books into a new bookshelf, and reorganised my hardbacks and outsized paperbacks such that my study has much more clear floor space; after dinner, watched two episodes of I, Claudius
and had a bath.
Yesterday: slept in quite a bit late and benefited from it; went out card-shopping for Valentines to great general success; brushed floors; read my book; watched one more episode of I, Claudius
(only one left); chatted with daharyn
Also this morning I listened to the latest Welcome to Night Vale
before coming in to work. That too helps with the feeling organised. As does having a Worldcon membership.
Oh, and notes on dinner out last Thursday; sfaict the restaurant we were planning to go to no longer exists, as the one at that address now (Sel Gras) had been there for just a week. Starters were squid stuffed with minced scallops on a bed of lentils for me, unfortunately one of the other ingredients was red pepper which ruled out sharing it, and a delicious stuffed quail/truffle thing for P of which I had a small bite; main courses were excellent roast duck confit for P and some wonderful swordfish with pureed beetroot and turnips and things for me, which I liked a lot. Service was excellent, and on the whole very good; I suspect we are unlikely to go there much, as there are restaurants as good or one notch better in that general direction quite a bit closer to home, and it's only a couple of doors down from Azuma. But it was fun.
January 15 2014
never give a sucker an even break
..it would appear that stopping to post about aforementioned work problem was followed very closely thereafter by solving it, in a way which lets me close and move on from something that's been on my desk for several months. I am not sure I quite believe in this yet.
Also as I was typing this entry my almost entirely unused and mostly talismanic copy of JAVA in a Nutshell
fell off my desk.
balance is served
Yesterday I spent quite a bit of the day mildly frustrated in my attempts to solve problem X by sysadminny things going on with the VMs on which I was trying to solve said problems. Today, by contrast, my endeavours around problem X have mostly resulted in identifying and solving problems downstream of problem X. On average I have already fixed this problem.
Also, critical success on constructively and civilly managing a user interaction of the form "Your complaint is basically that you've been using a lightbulb to knock nails into a piece of wood and sometimes it shatters. Have you noticed this thing beside the lightbulb in the toolkit ? Where I come from we call this a hammer
." (The reason why they hadn't is, predictably, $colleague's seriously idiosyncratic notions of what makes an interface intuitive, and possibly $bio_boss listening to $colleague and teaching new people accordingly.)
I plan to write tonight and Friday and go out to a new restaurant with papersky
tomorrow night, which will doubtless help moodwise.
January 13 2014
It turns out that while Netflix claim to have Slings and Arrows
available for streaming until June, it would not stream Saturday morning, so P and I have been watching I, Claudius
on DVD instead. Tried to assemble the bookshelf from Canadian Tire from last week, but it turns out to be a different and far inferior design, so that was only semi-successful. And we went out to Shaika to hang out with embryomystic
and E for a bit yesterday afternoon.
Also, I am now caught up with Welcome to Night Vale
. It's going to be odd adjusting to that as an ongoing thing.
January 10 2014
the white queen walks and the night grows pale
The friendly postdoc who has been working on Real Science project with me has come back from holiday with her right arm in a sling; and in possibly not entirely unconnected news, is sorting out working from home more of the time with $project_manager.
Much though I favour online communication in almost all contexts, there isn't really a good online version of "pacing up and down bouncing ideas off a bunch of people rapidly while scrawling all over a whiteboard" that gets the interaction speed right, that I have found.