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October 7 2013
paint it red to fit right in
Mostly a calming sort of weekend. Friday evening came with too much headache to write, so I curled up and reread The Hot Rock
; Saturday I mostly spent rereading Homestuck, except for going out to get icing sugar for zorinth
's birthday cake and later going out to Reuben's for birthday dinner with Z and A, who seem to be in great form; while their seared tuna was perfectly OK (if you fancy a pile of spinach leaves and related greens as big as your head) I think I will stick closer to their core competencies in future. Still didn't go to Chapters. Then Sunday I chatted a bit online in the morning and then wrote, with a break for dinner, and that was basically it. I woke up unduly early this morning and had time to watch another West Wing
before work, and I am now wrangling with potential statistical tools to apply to the Real Science project.
October 4 2013
Farthing and related sociability
Thursday night; dinner at home with a few early arrivals including mrissa
Friday; Breakfast in Le Bulle au Carre which took a while and had a limited menu, about 40 people, lots of fun chatting. Then off to the Chihuly exhibition at the Musee de Beaux Arts with fivemack
and some people whose LJs I either do not know or have forgotten, and also Inuit art and the rearranged European art collection. Then we met up at Juliette et Chocolat for immensely indulgent chocolatey things and conversation and handing out badges as people arrived, and subsequently wandered slowly down to Chinatown and ate in Kam Fung, at which point there were about 60 of us, chatting lots with old friends and new-met (hi torrain
Saturday: Lots of good panels, notably a discussion of Black Wine
that managed to engage with really rather a lot of the things that make it excellent in a very non-spoilery way, and a mad science panel that was an immense amount of fun thanks to my awesome co-panelists alixsin
, ranging across a wide range of depictions and motivations of fictional mad scientists and granting agencies fictional and otherwise. Lunch in the food court in the basement of the mall where the hotel was because it was simpler than wandering off anywhere and there was much good company around, and dinner in a perfectly satisfactory Indian restaurant on St. Denis, during which I talked about my Real Science with jonsinger
yay, and then there was lots of hanging around in the hotel space, most of which I spent talking comics and encouraging people to read Homestuck
, and enjoying people I know from different social contexts cross-connecting and getting on. And papersky
was presented with an awesome necklace.
Sunday: More good panels; Mad Art was more about real-world mad art. Great set of things read for Joy of reading, I am now convinced I need to read the Superman tie-in novel Miracle Monday
. The Cordwainer Smith panel convinced me I need to reread much of his work; the Rothfuss would have had I not already decided that I was going to soonish anyway. Lunch in Tutti Frutti Dejeuner, not bad for all that the "lots of eggs and fruit" style of North American breakfast is not really my thing; very endearing moment of being in concord with gaudior
. Home and browsed and circulated the party keeping an eye on things and making sure everyone was OK, memorable conversations with lots and lots of people. I am persuaded that I should at some point watch Breaking Bad
and am ensuingly avoiding spoilers.
Monday: slept in the morning while other people went to dim sum. Went out to Sushi 999 in the evening, which was a great success and restores my faith in them, and then to Suite 88 for gelato. (There really should be somewhere with a 7 in its name to finish up a night like that.) Stayed up late-ish showing interesting bits of internet stuff to jonsinger
, most of which I have posted here before.
Tuesday; back to work, then met mrissa
for Peruvian dinner with jonsinger
, had gelato again and then retired to the hotel for a little quiet hanging out.
And by the time I got out of work on Wednesday everyone was en route home.
October 3 2013
Things To Do soonish when brain and time and energy coincide
- sleep. Lots of sleep.
- catch up with Welcome to Night Vale
, as lots of people have been indicating that it's been doing really awesome stuff recently, I have managed to avoid spoilers thus far, and I am only as far as "The Man in the Tan Jacket."
- lots of mail including specific things to livredor
- post about Farthing Party.
- thorough furniture-moving dust and clean-up of master bedroom while papersky
- read kaberett
's recent set of conference write-up posts.
- watch the five or so episodes left in West Wing
season 5 before the last two, which I will be watching with daharyn
when she is next here in two weeks.
- cinema: Machete Kills
- play some more Civ.
- my brain has decided I want to reread all
the Dortmunder novels. At least they are short.
- also reread The Unwritten
- not lose momentum on book review post catch-up.
- also also, I appear to be rereading Homestuck
again. And am wondering whether I could fit all of Act 5 Act 2 into one day for Canadian Thanksgiving.
September 26 2013
there was a time but it's long gone
I expect to be pretty much entirely offline between now and Tuesday because of Farthing Party; as ever, mail me anything I need to know.
Farthing Party prep seems to be under control. There are supposedly senior funding-body people around during the day; I have not seen any yet, but they could drift by at any time so Must Look Busy. Early naive interpretation of the results from Real Science idea is somewhat disappointing; was supposed to have a meeting with the other people involved to talk about applying Statistics this afternoon, but that's now been rescheduled to Tuesday.
As several people on my flist have noted, today is the 30th anniversary of Stanislav Petrov saving the world
, a date worth honouring.
Current Music: Harleboss (earworm)
September 23 2013
things fall together
Weekend was composed largely of housecleaning, helping with printing stuff for Farthing, and other bits of logistical management. I have a nice heavy new duvet. Also there was brunch at Bulle au Carre while organising Friday breakfast there, and there was a fair bit of chatting with people online in supportive ways, and more Season 5 of West Wing
and more Welcome to Night Vale
. Today at work I fixed yet another error in the Real Science stuff, and helped locate an error in $programmer's output and then reprocessed that when fixed. Writing brain would
decide to start working constructively on Shroud
again just as we are about to head in to lots of fun visitors and socialising, but such is par for the course.
September 18 2013
brain: still fluey
When checking a set of entities among themselves to confirm that none of them overlap, and only extract non-overlapping examples, it really helps not to check everything against itself
, as that will rule out every entity in the set.
It should not have taken me that long to see that was what I was doing.
September 17 2013
weekend in brief
No writing worth the name. Some housecleaning, some West Wing
, long somewhat stressy phone conversation with my mother, a touch of what I suspect is viral mildly ill brought on by the usual term-starting rush of new disease vectors, quite a lot of sleep at suboptimal points in the day, a fair bit of reading.
And today I came in to work, still not 100% but ready to clear decks and finish up on my part of the opening dataset for my Real Science idea and pass it on to $former_grad_student, and found, via one of my colleagues, another pile of Most Urgent stuff from $bio_boss to priority interrupt, of which I have got two-thirds done.
September 13 2013
hooked to the mainstream, tuned into the world
Sleep; reasonably OK.
Work; the new priority of $bio_boss' from last week took a lot longer to process than it should have. His data broke a program (not mine), so that program needed replacing, and unfortunately that meant having to rewrite and test three other downstream programs to work with data in a different format. Have been getting to do Real Science again some late yesterday and more constructively this morning, but $bio_boss has just come into my office with another priority interrupt. Which I am going to look at so soon as makes sense, which is not right now.
Also, $project_manager wants us all to be at our desks and looking productive specifically for highly-placed funding body bods afternoon of the Thursday before Farthing, which is a bit of a feh as I had hoped to have flexibility to leave slightly early.
We had alixsin
over for dinner on Tuesday, lots of fun conversation and Farthing program planning and I loaned her Metropolitan
and City on Fire
. Wednesday evening I went out to see Riddick
, which uses a very brief bit of Karl Urban to transition out of the overblown epic of The Chronicles of Riddick
and back into the Riddick-stuck-on-desolate-planet-with-sm
us-indigenous-predators, and significantly lower budget, mode of Pitch Black
; side trip from the intended overall story arc it may be, but it benefits a lot from the choice. For the most part it is a well-done exercise in what it is, with the exception of brief but intense gratuitous and well-out-of-established-character problematic sexualisation. Yesterday was horrendously humid and papersky
and I went out for sushi, and today the plan is that I go to the Australian pie shop on the way home, as it has cooled down enough that me heating up my pies should not be a problem.
I have what I think is an insect bite of some sort on the side of my left middle finger, just by the tip. It is just swollen enough that unless I am very specifically mindful not to, it catches the key to the left of the one I am trying to strike while typing, leading to both typos and recurrent jabs of minor but irritating pain.
September 9 2013
in a haze around you
This weekend I mostly caught up on sleep. It helped a lot.papersky
is home safe and sound. We have a new little halal butcher that has opened just at the corner of our street a week ago which is very convenient indeed for the picking up of food on the way home from the train.
Other than that, some housecleaning, some West Wing
, some reading things I want to get read before Farthing, and dinner out in Maison VIP with Z and A Saturday. Not so exciting as some weekends but very usefully restorative.
September 6 2013
...last weekend I was ranting a bit about programming languages and programming projects and used the expression "should be staked through the heart", and hatam_soferet
presented me with this C++ doodle (contrast bumped up a bit in GIMP because the original was not very clear reduced to userpic size.)
is there a gravid brontosaurus sitting on lj again, or is it just me ?
The downside to doing Real Science is when one has not got as far as the initial assessment to see whether it's worth a formal proposal to $bio_boss, $bio_boss does not bear that in mind when presenting one with a new SuperUltraMegaTopPriorityRightNow. And the new data are breaking the previously-used program for that priority so I need to take at least half a day and counting to find another one that will do essentially the same thing only make it work.
Also, ye gods am I tired. papersky
is back tonight so this will be the last week of "need to be wake up at 0815, set alarms for 0815, reliably wake up around 0630 fretting about missing alarms" for a while, but I suspect it is going to be a very crashy weekend. I should probably not plan to be up for writing this weekend either.
(That was a trick question. I know the genus Brontosaurus
has been deprecated.)
September 3 2013
The project mentioned in the previous post is a go, at least for two weeks to see if there's any substance there, which could be really helpful on the no-professional-publications-for-several-y
ears front. Unfortunately I have not managed to get the millstone of a thing I inherited in May shuffled off onto anyone else yet. This is going to be non-trivial amounts of extra work and may mean I am around less, and/or less up for chattiness, for a while. (With luck if it takes off and we can sell $bio_boss on it I will be able to carve out a bit more space and time to dedicate to it.)
September 2 2013
lots and lots of stuff in summary
AGM: not so gruelling as I had feared. Techie-level meeting with potential new collaborator went very positively; now we have to wait to see about signatures at money level. it seems they would like us to visit them next so I do hope my permanent residence card arrives soon. Bumped into Z's A on the way home after the gruelling dinner Thursday, and she and $programmer had a Useful Conversation about water heaters.
Also, in talking to one of our recently graduated students, and mulling over things, and explaining a thought I have had for a while about an interesting potential project, I have come to the realisation that our dataset at work now might be suitable for addressing a question I have wanted to engage with for almost twenty years. I think the order of proceeding here is a) check with $project_manager how long we have $recently_graduated_student for, as I had been under the impression she was leaving in June, and run the idea by him generally, b) see whether $recently_graduated_student is interested in working with me on this and when (I could do it all by myself, but I both feel it fair to offer her the option, and would benefit a lot from her doing a subset of it) and then c) sell the whole deal to $bio_boss. With probably also in there figuring out what statistics are the right tools for the job.
Friday afternoon/evening; hung out quietly with livredor
for a bit, including getting to enjoy a medium-small storm from the balcony yay (one of the few things we thought would be cool that's not amenable to planning ahead) met cartesiandaemon
in Kashima, ate fish. Came home and went flop.
Saturday; went out for brunch in Reuben's, walked from Berri over to St-Laurent and then down to Chinatown looking at things and in papeteries and having icecream in Maple Delight. (Their new dark chocolate and honey is spectacular). Also visited the games shop on St. Laurent just up from Bieres et Compagnies which was closed the last time I passed it, for about half an hour, and which filled me with a great and pointless wave of desire to rerun the campaign I came up with in secondary school only modifying it a great deal to make it make sense and be good, and got cartesiandaemon
some Icehouse pieces. Then over to hatam_soferet
's for hanging out, dinner in Toi Moi et Cafe, and lots of good conversation.
Sunday; another nice slow morning, lunch at Villa Wellington, tea in Cha Noir, grump that Volumes appears to be gone, much more good conversation(After a discussion of the particular logical fallacy of combining "I don't understand A" and "I don't understand B" to get "A connects on to B", I now want a "My Little Penrose: Quantum is Magic" userpic. Not sure I am up to a recognisable Roger Penrose cartoon pony, though) and giving a few books from our free-to-a-good-home piles to livredor
before walking them to the metro for departure. Spent most of the rest of the evening chatting with daharyn
and having a hot bath, also some reading. Also there was laundry.
Today, being a holiday weekend, I had hoped to sleep in. A more severe thunderstorm at 0630 kind of prevented that. So instead I spent a goodly while this morning obsessively poking about on non-useful bits of internet, went out and saw The World's End
(not quite so good as Hot Fuzz
, still bloody good, next to impossible to talk about why without massive spoilers), and have come home and had a brief chat with livredor
who is confirmed home safe and sound, and with C WINOLJ.
August 28 2013
dancing as fast as I can
Chase on Monday was even better than the high level expected; their bit-of-everything big vegetarian plate which cartesiandaemon
had included a moussaka which had no aubergine skin and no visible tomato, and which I am very tempted to try for myself next time. Then we had ice-cream in the Benanjerry and went home and basically crashed out early, though not before successfully moving the new guest bed around to the intended location.
Yesterday morning, then, my visitors left at the crack of dawn to catch the Toronto train. Yesterday was very crashy, to the edge of ill, and I was not up to much of anything beyond playing Civ; am feeling much better today.
AGM is tomorrow, and to lunchtime Friday. livredor
will be back sometime tomorrow evening - not sure when, nor when I will be in myself as there is a working dinner planned for after the AGM and it's over by Jean-Talon - until Sunday afternoon. Expect me to be very scarce online between now and then.
August 26 2013
welcome to the new age
Friday; pleasant quiet time with livredor
, brunch at Soba and Sushi, went over to hatam_soferet
and UD's for Shabbos dinner, came home via Georges-Vanier which stop I do not think I have used since the first couple of months of living in Montreal.
Saturday; met up early to go around the Biodome before the rush. Otter was asleep, beavers were asleep, could not find sloths, but the penguins and the pretty fish were reliably themselves, the diving ducks were doing a lot of diving, I finally saw the green iguana I've been spending the last decade never seeing and had started to doubt existed, and they have a baby lynx which is superlatively adorable. Went to Reuben's for lunch, successfully executed plan of sharing mushroom skillet and hot spinach/cheese/artichoke dip and that plus a chop-chop poutine was a good combination for me. hatam_soferet
and UD passed on any further exploring, but cartesiandaemon
and I then found Cheap Thrills, went to Ming Dao Xuan for tea and to get hatam_soferet
a teapot, and had ice-cream at Suite 88 - regrettably not the fleur de sel or chocolate orange but still very good - went over to hatam_soferet
's for more hanging out and chatting and bits of supper and then brought livredor
home later than I had realised.
Sunday: a slower morning, which was nice. Went down to the time-travel bookshop about fifteen minutes before it opened so sat on the bench just outside talking about protein folding and bioinformatics analysis. Bookshopped for a bit (found a Dinosaur Heresies
yay) and then went to le Bulle Au Carre for crepes and Juliette et Chocolat for dessert. Had a very pleasant wander around the Redpath looking at pretty stones, shells and palaeontology, and then we went over to Bieres et Compagnies, who did not have Mort Subite (our waitperson was sufficiently not Anglophone that I am not clear whether that was not at the moment or not ever again.) Hoegaarden Rose is by no means a substitute. *pout* Then there was dinner in Strega, combinatorial pasta for the win, and we walked back as far as Berri before going home for a quiet floppy ready evening.
This morning I did the usual thing of waking up nervously earlier than usual because of worrying about being late for work when papersky
is not home, and sat up with livredor
for a bit being not very awake, before walking into work and showing my visitors the cool things along that bit of walk. The plan for tonight is to meet up for dinner at Chase. $bio_boss has been coming up with more things he would like me to do, such that I am very pleased to have my poster done - hardcopy is sitting in my office right now - and it would appear that late on Friday there was another flood upstairs which they were worried would get into my office, though it has not. And livredor
are off to Toronto crack of dawn tomorrow, so tonight will be an early night.
August 22 2013
concentric circles ever greater
The new bed arrived on Monday and has been assembled. I think we have figured out where to put it, too, though moving it is a multi-person job.
Dinner with livredor
and UD on Tuesday was very fun, great conversation and extremely good food; we went two rounds on the pike, and it was the first time I've ever heard the phrase "the whole megillah" used in a non-metaphorical context. (The context being what could be scribed on a whole giraffe's worth of parchment.)
Birthday dinner out with A and E yesterday was also great fun, though it was a bit annoying that Z did not attend. Chase do a bigger falafel starter than I expected. Also, I have had a couple more votes for watching Gurren Lagann
and Attack on Titan
has headed off on this morning's train. $programmer is looking over my poster just to confirm I haven't mis-spelled somebody's name or absentmindedly cut and pasted a chunk of bestiary into the middle of it; it should go to $relevant_sysadmin for printing on the huge poster printer by the end of the day. Tonight I make beds in the more usual sense of the verb and brush floors and eat yellow watermelon and natas, and probably also finish Angel of the Opera
, and grump a little because we are due thunderstorms this afternoon and clear sunny days over the weekend, and watching a pretty thunderstorm from our balcony with livredor
was a thing that would have been nice had the timing worked out.
Also, $boss1 from my former place of employ wants an admin password for a server I have not used in five years. I hope I have remembered the right one.