It is a governor's club room with king size bed, shower, access to the 12th floor lounge with free drinks and food.
email me if you want it! if no one emails in the next couple of hours I will cancel the extra reservation. email@example.com.
Completely forgot that I booked this room *at last year's wiscon* and then i took over tempest's extra room. AHahahahahah.... fail.
2. In the fanfic I'm reading right now, Character A surprised his husband, Character B, by buying a new apartment, because the one they're living in now is too small for them. (Money is not an issue for these characters.) This is supposed to be a romantic surprise, inspired by B's admission that he now considers their city his hometown.
It would not be romantic for me. My response would be something to the tune of WHAT THE FUCK? I WANT A SAY IN WHERE WE LIVE TOO, ASSHOLE. YOU DO NOT GET TO MAKE UNILATERAL DECISIONS ON WHERE AND HOW WE LIVE AND CALL THAT ROMANTIC.
This is also how I feel about pets as gifts.
3. On the Naming of Politicians (it isn't just one of your holiday games.)
I've been thinking about Australian prime ministers, and how the general public tends to refer to them - given name, surname, nickname, etc - and how that correlates to party and popularity. I haven't managed to draw any conclusions.
Any other Australians want to jump in on this one?
Note: This story is a sequel to Predator < Prey, but you don't have to read it first if you don't want to.
I started writing it in our head without realizing it, after finishing that last essay, and had to get it out in words quickly. citrakayah's story will come next, since cereus is not responding, and the first part should be done this week although it may not be shown here until it is finished.
Content note: Graphic violence and death, predation, ablism, speciesism, poverty, child abuse, self-injury, suicide attempt, suicidal ideation, depression, mental health industry, mild language.
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Novelty motivates because it's proven to be a drug! So there's a direct contradiction between craving novelty and always falling back to the same old habits. ???
Anyway, looking back at my writing spreadsheet, the Tarot + fairy tales approach was quite fruitful, maybe because it provides enough structure to get the story off the ground and to finish before I get bored or drowned in contradictions. So this is my first long-term project after a break :) I have about 72 cards left, but it's still a lot more feasible than a novel even 1/4 long as that. But I loathe to set up any timetables before estimating how it goes.
And another big idea is making a (sort of complex) site in Ruby on Rails (+ jQuery when appropriate). Actually I had tried a few years ago and hated it, mostly because RoR imposes very specific restrictions on the program (e.g. files organization, database structure, naming conventions). But I've written a ton of awful, messy and unmaintainable code since then, and now I'm ready to try again and appreciate some order, even if it means naming all your variables in accordance with English grammar ;)
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Content note: Poverty, religious extremism, survivalism, guilt, and suicidal depression.
This essay by John Scalzi on what being poor is like was extremely painful to read, as was Barbara Ehrenreich's Nickel and Dimed.
I think it's partly that my family of origin was usually lower-middle-class, and partly that I sold almost everything nice I owned in a very short period of time because I had been guilted so much about not having a job and I honestly believed that I needed to make money somehow and it was my fault if I couldn't.
I think that was around when I almost killed myself.
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Topped off the day by calling my BFF. ♥
You know, I'm actually not sure how I feel about this in specific.
Tis the End Times by morgandawn
Another corporate attempt to corral and profit from fanfic? by ithiliana
I'm warily working my way through the links so far, and I would probably be doing a lot better at the pros/cons bit if I hadn't had really intense meeting today about the new build at work.
Kindle Worlds by flourish - I like her breakdown a lot.
Seriously, Is This Happening?
Weirdly enough, approaching this from a reader standpoint, I seriously love beyond words this. I can pay my favorite authors for my favorite fic. This is like a dream come true. I mean, the ones without offensive porn, incest, or violence (per observation by coffeeandink) which are usually my favorites. I'm assuming A/B/O Sam/Dean SPN fic isn't going to be widely available there, is what I'm saying.
As a writer--I don't think I've written anything without two of the three above (three of three on a good day). And--okay, I'm not sure how I feel about pay-only access, either, if it can't be archived (which this going to Amazon's copyright ownership terms, that would be a no).
This would happen a week before a major deployment at work. Jesus, the timing.
I've also seen up to episode five of the first season.
Brent and I have been doing our best to Skype, but his connection is terrible out there. For his sake, I turned on Facebook chat. Ew.
He's got the Orange Bunny out there with him, so that makes me feel a bit better about him being without me.
I didn't sleep very well last night at all, I kept waking up thinking I'd heard someone walking in the apartment. I finally got some sleep when it got light out but then I was a little late to work. I overslept enough that I drove to work instead of biking or walking, even with the rain today. The back of my truck doesn't seem to want to stay properly shut. I may have to wire it shut. That reminds me, Elise needs to bring back my orange rope. She introduced me to the Game of Thrones series one not last night but Monday. We also made Chex Mix without a microwave, thank you very much, General Mills, not everyone owns a microwave, so neener.
I'm going to turn into a sleep dep zombie at this rate.
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The Household: Affectionately dubbed the People’s Republic of Fandom. We’re a bunch of queer nerds. We possess All The Books, All The Comfy Couches, All The Tea, a flatscreen TV hooked up to a Netflix account, and enough miscellaneous vintage electronics in the basement to film a credible ’70s sci-fi movie. We are very used to juggling odd schedules and mismatched dietary restrictions. Anything you may have heard about us being able to procure contraband jelly babies and/or uranium is a complete and utter lie.
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"You’ve got to do something unusual to get favorable attention. And one of the simplest ways for anyone to gain recognition and advancement in any job is to develop a reputation for being a person who has ‘good ideas.’"
Some people, when faced with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use binary." Now they have 10 problems.
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use threads," and then two they hav erpoblesms.
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use multithreading". Nothhw tpe yawrve o oblems.
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use mutexes." Now they have
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think: "I know, I'll use caching." Now they have one problems.
Some people see a problem and think "I know, I'll use Java!" Now they have a ProblemFactory.
Some programmers, when confronted with a problem, think "I know, I'll use floating point arithmetic." Now they have 1.999999999997 problems.
Some people, wanting an escape from their full-time job, think "I know, I'll contribute to open source." Now they have two full-time jobs.
Some people when confronted with a desire to use pithy quotes in their presentations think "I know, I'll use something from Star Wars". Now two problems they have.
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use UTF8." Now they à??????µ?ç°§ùÔ_¦Ñ?.
Some people, when faced with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use PHP!" Now they have ("1 apple" + "1 orange") problems.
Some people, when faced with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use Perl!" Now they have more than one way to have more than one problem.
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use Shareware." Now they have two trials.
Some people, when confronted with a problem, think, "I know, I'll use delegations." Now their problem is a problem of their problem.
Some people when confronted with a problem think "I know, I'll quote jwz". Now everyone has a problem.
Collected from http://nedbatchelder.com/blog/201204/tw