tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Thursday, June 8th, 2017 08:46 am
I really need to get my sign-ups for the next three months sorted out.

rare pairs for [community profile] rarepairfest

There was one...not worldbuildingex, but, um...not crossovering...

Oh [community profile] dceu_exchange!

And found it: [community profile] auexchange.

Anything else you feel I should know? Or maybe I should finish what I already have on my plate first...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 09:15 am
I doubt I know any young UKs around here, but just in case:


I wasn't much of a voter in my 20s or my 30s, but I did because I had to. Maybe it's a function of age, maybe it's a function of the age we're in, but these days I'd fight anyone who tried to stop me voting.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 08:55 am
In spite of the last post venting my spleen, things personally are actually quite good.

1. Little finger is still swollen but not hurting as much. Doctor hasn't called back about the x-rays, so I'm guessing I broke a blood vessel in the finger, or bruised the bone, but didn't break it. The x-rays didn't look broken to me, but I'm not a doctor; however, the silence probably means there's not much to worry about.

eta: just called the doc's office - good news! little finger not broken. Bad news: finger I broke 3 years ago hasn't joined back together - it's still technically broken...

2. I watched a bunch of vids last night on how to apply makeup when you have asymmetrical eyelids (one monolid, one hooded), and today I am wearing my new Eye Of Horus makeup. It's very subtle, because I'm not one for fancy and dramatic. I can't get a photo that I find satisfactory, though!

3. I have an idea for the first MCU AUfest fic (I picked up a PH, too).

4. Things are kind of quiet in the office right now, so I have time for writing!

5. We got a new vegie box delivered from a growers co-op kind of thing this week: it was sitting on my back step when I walked out to catch the bus this morning. Looking forward to seeing what's in it...
tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 08:48 am
I must have missed that news update where 'the good guy with the gun' on the Portland train leapt into the fray with his registered weapon and his responsible gun ownership card and his precise and accurate shooting in a crowded train, and got the knife-wielding perpetrator before he killed two men and injured a third.

Three men in London killed nine people in eight minutes. One man in Orlando killed forty-nine in about the same space of time.

No, the UK is not having a discussion about gun control. They don't need to.

No, America is not having a discussion about gun control. But anyone with a lick of sense knows they should be - and not the way Republican 45 thinks they should.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 09:55 am

tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 07:26 am
Parsing sensation in the little finger today. It hurts less than yesterday?

I pretty much soaked it in a comfrey poultice - blended comfrey and water. Forgot to add flour so it's a paste rather than a liquid, so crazy messy. And my finger is stained green, which makes it hard to ID the bruising. But it seems less painful, so I'll take the staining.

I have comfrey poultices I'm taking to work today, and my own desk at which to make mess in the cause of my (occasionally) throbbing finger.
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, June 2nd, 2017 04:04 pm
I pulled the sedoretu fic out of the WIP Big Bang. They were having trouble finding anyone to make art for me, and it's not going to get any better. Plus, the story isn't exactly speeding along. If I get it done by the end of the year, I think I'll be pretty impressed with myself.

The Wonder Woman movie produced a few plotbunnies, but they're neither particularly long ideas nor terribly brilliant. I'd kind of like to get back into writing Batman/Wonder Woman again, though, and that might become possible as the JL movie looms loomingly.

I don't think I can commit to anything in the next two weeks, though. I have a quilt that needs to be completed and handed in by the 14th, and I haven't even finished all the blocks. Plus, my life has gotten a wee smidge out of control lately with work and socialising and everything.
tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Friday, June 2nd, 2017 08:13 am
Awful as the #LondonBridge attack is, the English spirit is feisty - all colours, all races, all backgrounds. As a friend commented on Twitter this morning, the takedowns are strong with this one!

I don't have any friends presently in London, although I have had in the past.


Some sections of Australian Christianity (and for at least some of these people, I'm using the term very lightly) are calling for the same kind of Muslim Ban that Republican 45 has instigated.

I think for me, the irony is that such a ban from Christians assumes that the greatest good for a Christian is to be safe, secure, and prosperous in an unthreatening society. Which I think is completely the wrong focus, and is quite probably where western Christianity has gone way off the rails - and why we're stagnating while the 3rd world faith is growing.


There's now a sedoretu promptfest on AO3, along with a collection to add stories to. I've picked up a Twelfth Night prompt (and picked up, then released a Narnia-Archenland one), and the story only has to be 1000 words...

The collection (Morning, Evening, Day, Night) will take any sedoretu stories. I started adding Sharp Evening Stars And Bright Morning Flame stories to it, before I decided against it and took them off. I'm feeling sensitive lately, in a "nobody likes me, they're just not going to say anything and will laugh behind my back" kind of way. I'll add at least the last story - the one where they get together - eventually. When I'm feeling less tender about my character and writing choices.


And, to add on top of everything, I (probably) broke my finger at hockey yesterday. Again. Although not the same finger. Typing is an achey proposition right now, and I am two weeks into new work where I think they're realising they don't need me as much (or as urgently) as they thought they would.

I'm guessing that I won't be getting that second quilt finished for the show after all.

And to top it all off, I'm getting a crown capping done this evening on The Tooth. Yes, that one. (Which is still giving me trouble, but the dentist is worried about it falling apart before they can get the crown on it.)
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - leap)
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 11:35 pm
quick ramble 'cos it's 11:30pm and I have to get up at 6am to pick up the parentals from the airport tomorrow: SPOILERS )

There's a lot more in here, but I'm tired and I really need to go to bed. UGH. Sleep is clearly something that I am never going to get again around here..
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 09:23 pm
Wonder Woman movie was many shades of excellent. A++ would go again.


eta: I won't be spoiling in the comments, and I'll ask other people not to spoil the movie either, pls.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 11:58 am
The original link is here: Basic Income Could Transform Society.

There's a discussion about it on FFA. The conversation threads go in all directions, although the ones that I enjoy reading about are the ones that examine not the economic success/failure of the concept, but the reactions to the concept - their own, the other anons', political groups/societies - and what it says about their own preconceptions, presumptions, and prejudices.

For me, I think, one of the key points is not "does it work?" but "why do so many people want it to fail/rejoice in the idea that it might fail/refuse to even contemplate tests to see if it works?"
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 09:10 am
"This field is wrong."

"This data is incorrect."

"This program doesn't do what it's supposed to do."

When you bring something to a programmer, you gotta get specific. "Wrong" or "incorrect" can mean a lot of things, from 'it's not the output I expected' to 'it's not the output that is appropriate to this field/document/project' to 'this data and field should not even exist it is a blight upon all things organised'.


Also in the category of Wrongness Upon Wrongness:

"Too many email? Get notifications on your phone!"

So you can notify me all the time, day and night, wherever I am with my phone (which is rather more places than I go with my computer)? Uh. NO, THANK YOU.


These aren't gripes about the place I'm working, per se. They're just the general frustrations of being a coder in a world full of system analysts...
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 03:28 pm
Had lunch. Am now in the food coma zone. Coffee will probably have to follow shortly, although I usually try to avoid two cups in a day.

(Does anyone else get kind of high on a second cup of coffee? Like your brain goes a little floaty.)


The 1-6 tooth (with the root canal) is feeling vaguely 'fizzy' again. I'm not sure it's ever going to feel 'normal' again. I'm also getting mild aches in the head again, and the right foot is again feeling very sensitive.

I'm chalking all this up to playing hockey - increased sensitivity in one part buzzing all the pain and sensitivity channels in the rest of my body. It's still a little disturbing, and kind of exhausting.


Parentals are home on Friday, B1 will probably move back in that night. It will be nice to have someone else in the house again.

And then I offered to cook dinner on Saturday...


Australian Populism: What If Australia already had its Trump moment...and it was Tony Abbott?

Perhaps not all is lost?

Mind you, Australia is very different to the rest of 'the West' - ocean borders, a much younger nationalistic identity and therefore not as entrenched, a western country in a very non-white region, and one of the most urban populations in the world with corresponding intermingling of culture and influx of immigrants. As a result, the reasons that populism has perhaps passed are not necessarily going to be replicated in Europe and the North Americas.


Sydney Writer's Festival: Six Things We Learned

1. "On Such Small Things Do Fate And The Future Depend": Hitler, Drugs, the Third Reich, And The Movement Of Mussolini.
2. "Not What You Can Write, But How Do You Write It?": A white man writes a story about a black man raping a white woman and hands it in to his black Lit teacher. It's gonna be a long discussion class tomorrow...
3. "The Immigrant And The Xenophobe Are Close Cousins When It Comes To The Concept Of Refuge": is refuge what we seek or what we defend? Is refuge a refuge if it isn't exclusionary by nature and therefore sought?
4. "The White Gaze And Review Culture": White people can review anything, but Indigenous reviewers are only relevant when it's Indigenous culture.
5. "As Many Brits Living Outside Of Britain as Syrians Living Outside Of Syria": facts and the distortion of them for false inference.
6. "There's Always Someone In The Audience Who Wants To Get Their Id Out In Public": #NotAllAudienceQuestions


Racism: Poisonous Racism At The Root Of Western Societies

“This is my history too,” Tempest continued, her voice shaky. “I’m living it, it’s happening. We are at the end of colonial history, British history. I want to say something to you, I want to be able to talk about it. Guilt is not good enough any more. Guilt is narcissism. Your guilt is about you. My guilt is about me. It’s not good enough.

“Empathy. Empathy, humility, reparation and change,” she urged.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, May 30th, 2017 08:42 am
[community profile] slowburnbigbang sounded good at first click for 'a practical acquaintance with bees' but then I discovered the 'slow burn' part isn't how long it takes you to write it, but the relationship's development.

It might work for the fake marriage story I'm writing?


I advance bought a novel by one of my favourite authors - Anne Calhoun, and the notification arrived in my inbox at 12:01am. I had it read by 2:30am. And then I got up at 6:30am to come to work.

Speaking of which, I actually have work to today. Guess I'd better get on that...
tielan: (JL - trinity)
Monday, May 29th, 2017 03:53 pm
Should I watch MoS and/or BvS before watching WW? (In my copious spare time.)
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Monday, May 29th, 2017 02:46 pm
1. Linked In - update
2. Concert Ticket - purse
3. Salmon for dinner - lime, ginger, and shallot (check if still suitable for sashimi)
4. cut the pieces for the next hourglass blocks (slightly wonky, so will need to be larger size 5.5" or 6"
5. write 500 more words to sedoretu
6. read email about health program
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Monday, May 29th, 2017 08:56 am
I had:
  • breakfast with a friend
  • osteopath appointment
  • planting out and cleaning up the garden
  • binding the Duct Tape Galaxy
  • quilting group sew-in
  • watch Team 1 hockey
  • play Team 3 hockey
  • go to church
  • buy hamburger for Sunday night dinner and wonder where the weekend went so damn fast!
So, yeah, the weekend was a thing that happened in a really short period of time.

First full week at work, and obviously they don't have me so super busy I don't have time to write an entry about my weekend.

I'm going to see Wonder Woman this Thurday when it comes out in Australia - the 6:30pm session with a bunch of friends. I'm very excited (and, y'know, pretty uncritical b/c WONDER WOMAN MOVIE WOOHOO) and if I like it enough, I may drag another friend (or two) along at some point on the rest of opening weekend. (And movie tickets around here are NOT CHEAP, LET ME TELL YOU.)


(And I need icons.)

But I have to get from here to there first. Which means looking at that problem that has just popped up on my work dash.

Also: leaving you a link from the Sydney Writer's Festival: “It’s been comforting to come here and talk to so many people who understand why we’re panicked and share that panic, to feel like we’re not just alone in our freaking out.”

You are not alone in your freaking out.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, May 26th, 2017 08:52 am
At this point, I don't even know what Friday should feel like.

My week has been crazy busy - or feels that way. And then a group of women from church are apparently doing something tonight and I've been invited.

Tomorrow night, I am ABSOLUTELY STAYING HOME. There will be no stirring. Not the slightest step off the property once I get home from the osteo.

tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 12:06 pm
Apparently they couldn't find their niche.

imzy and me )

I'm sorry for the people whose style of social interaction/internet presentation Imzy suited, but it wasn't for me.
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 09:27 am
The [community profile] wipbigbang is still looking for artists. There's a whole range of stories that are looking for artists, whether graphics designers or fanmixers or illustrators.

(Yes, I'm in there; I don't know if I'm still waiting for an artist, I haven't checked. I'm a little iffy about whether or not I'll be finished in time, but I'm damn well going to try.)


And then [community profile] seasonofkink is starting up again from 1st June.

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