tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Friday, July 28th, 2017 07:53 am
I have decided no more Ms. Nice Lady. I am an Australian born Australian, and if someone wants to know “where did you really come from?” I am going to ask them if they’re prepared to unload their history as an Australian-born child of immigrants, or else tell me about their Indigenous Australian ancestry.

I am done with microaggressions, even the unintentional ones.

No, you don’t get to ask me what’s my background and then say that yours is “Australian”. Mine is Australian. My mother is an Australian immigrant. My father is an Australian born. I am an Australian born.

I am an Australian-born Australian.

I am no more an immigrant than any white person in this damn country and I am going to FIGHT this definition all the way, calling people racist outright if necessary.
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)
Wednesday, May 10th, 2017 08:41 am
There are an alarming number of men who seem to panic the instant anyone says something about children being taught 'to respect others' or 'how not to bully'. The complaints of 'feminists' and 'feminazis' crawl out of the woodwork like drunks at a sporting grand final, and with about as much dignity as the losing team as they bleat about how boys will be taught to hate themselves by women who hate all men...

And not one of them seems aware of the irony that all they're saying is that their version of masculinity involves bullying and disrespecting others.

I know that there are people who feel that anyone gaining equal rights to their own must mean their own standing is diminished - that having anything is a zero sum game. If someone else has more, I must have less and this CANNOT BE ALLOWED.

I call it "Fragile Masculine Ego" Syndrome. It also commonly comes in the flavours of Fragile White Ego and Fragile American Ego, and they can be mixed to great effectiveness.

Also, the patronising accusation that "feminists need to live in the real world" is kind of amusing, considering not one of these men would survive being a woman day in, day out without losing his SHIT at being dismissed, catcalled, reduced to T&A or whether s/he was fuckable, or told that s/he needed a dose of reality.

tl;dr: apparently they're trialling a "respect for women" program in some Australian schools - cue men losing their heads over how little boys will be taught to hate themselves.

Also? This was posted on an FB page that is about safe houses for survivors of domestic violence. So the men making these comments are pretty much predators, since they're here to make the space unsafe.
tielan: Yoda, deal with it (SW - Yoda deal)
Sunday, January 1st, 2017 09:04 pm
I made a post on Tumblr about this, I'll be briefer here.

Authors of tie-in novels and novelisations of movies have less ability to define and determine the sexuality of canon characters than fans think they do. Kindly don't bitch them out for being 'wishy washy' on character sexuality.

When an organisation (like MGM or LucasArts) hires an author to write a novel based on characters they own, they may be extremely picky about how those characters are depicted. And if the author steps out of the company line on this front, then the company will shear off the author's toes to keep their right to define the characters as they please.

Major characters - particularly those from movies and TV shows - are prone to heternormalisation, even if dynamics suggest otherwise to fans.

Yes, it would really great to have confirmed representation of the things we see in canon that aren't heteronormative; but in tie-ins and novelisations in particular, that decision is very frequently not up to the individual author.
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 07:40 am
MCU Civil War: 60 hours.

Still trying to be upbeat, expecting entertainment and plotbunnies.

Still angry.

shipping and female characters )

And yes, I'm still bitter.
tielan: (C&H: &*@#!)
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015 08:54 am
I am a solutions kind of person. Yes, I like my whine (with cheese) but that's an outlet for frustration with a world that doesn't work as smoothly as I think it should. (Frigging entropy.)

Government fiefdoms ANNOY THE HELL OUT OF ME.

Little people protecting their little patches of dominion, with their egos at stake, puffing up their authority to seem bigger.

Oh, please.

Right now, we have a resourcing situation.

Resource 1: knows the work, developed the application, is in another state.
Resource 2: is busy with other work, doesn't know this patch of the work, is on site.

Both resources worked with the project for several months, have logins, all that jazz. Resource 1 is perfectly capable of doing the work remotely.

Guess which one Little Man With His Little Fiefdom went with, because he doesn't want offsite resources.

And guess who's Resource 2.


It would take me a couple of days to get through what Resource 1 can do in a couple of hours. But I'm on site! (And on LJ, waiting for access things to happen - the other thing about government fiefdoms: you have access for precisely the amount of time that's needed, not one iota more. Which means when one comes back to do more work, it's necessary to get all your accesses re-validated again.

tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 09:35 am
Why is it that so many people seem to believe that keeping a tech person in the dark is the best way to get a problem fixed?

Maybe it's just that I'm a sharing kind of person (in some cases, possibly over-sharing). But dammit, when a customer wants their problem fixed, they never seem to give me more than one-line describing the problem. No example of how they got the problem, the data they used, the example that takes place.

Seriously, an extra five minutes on their part saves me an hour on mine and they get their problem solved sooner.

I am not a mind-reader, and I really dislike being expected to read minds.

Insert your own horror stories of people who said "this isn't working" and then failed to specify exactly what wasn't "working".
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 04:18 pm
Buddy, you wrote the damn thing, you know perfectly well how it works. If you'd spared 15 minutes this morning to explain what was going on, then I could have saved a large portion of this day.

I have never worked on this system before, I didn't even know how to connect to it, and it took me a couple of hours to work out what was going on.

Yes, you're on another job, but even some information yesterday at the end of your day (when I first asked about this issue) would have been helpful.

And now it's nearly 4:30pm and I'm only on this testing work for the day and it looks like half the things we're supposed to be testing are only half-done, and half-assed half-done at that. But rather than put me in a position to fix it, you're hanging me out to dry - without even a "check this out here" to help.

tl;dr: I hate it when people get territorial about their work.

eta: "It should really be very simple." If it was simple, then I wouldn't be asking your help. Stop fucking patronising me and start being helpful.
tielan: (PacRim - Mako2)
Friday, July 4th, 2014 08:50 am
Well, that was fun.

Five minutes talking Star Wars characterisation in the originals vs the prequels, with two guys, one of whom looked at the other guy for the entirety of my argument that the prequels had bad characterisation and that it wasn't entirely due to the 'protocols and structures and formality of the Old Republic'.

And then at the end I get dismissed as a "Star Wars freak" because I know the names of the Imperial officers in the original movies and was using them as an argument to say that the issue with the lack of character in the prequels is not the fact that they're in a formal structure - the Old Republic, the Senate, the Jedi Council.

Protocols, structures, and formality doesn't mean you erase all personality from characters. People still react with their personality when there are limits laid upon them. We can't help it. We're frigging human. (Yes, even the aliens depicted on our screens. Unless they're the bad guys, in which case they're depicted as incomprehensibly alien.)

I can see my future, and there is much headdesking that will be done in the next week. There's almost certainly going to be A Disussion Of Feminism on Wednesday at the Sydney Quilt Show (where the gay guy representing 'the future of modern quilting' is a major advertising point) probably with a bunch of women who simply won't get it. Or don't want to.
tielan: (don't mess with)
Monday, March 25th, 2013 11:14 am
I'm not sure how I'm supposed to verify that this program works as it's supposed to when the consultant doesn't work on Mondays.

Of course, if I can't fix all the problems by COB today, it'll be my fault for not getting it done. And also my fault for not asking enough questions to get the info I need. And my fault for interrupting her restday.

But, hey, no pressure!

eta: They're not at their desk. Please stop calling their phone with the really annoying ringtone.
tielan: (books - shiny)
Thursday, January 24th, 2013 10:02 am
For heavens' sake. This work wouldn't be so long and drawn out if you'd give me the information I need - or, at least, tell me that the information isn't available and I'll have to work it out myself (painful and annoying as this is, at least I'd know I'm not going to get shot down halfway for going in the wrong direction).

eta: while writing this post they got back to me - other priorities. Which is fine. I'd just rather be told.

This is kind of the story of my life: I can take 'no, I'm busy right now', 'no, I'm not interested', 'no, your fanworks suck', and 'no, I don't want to be friends with you'. Yes, it hurts. Yes, I may go away and quietly cry. But I'd rather people were upfront about it rather than passive-aggressive, and be left with the lingering feeling that I've somehow transgressed without ever knowing why and having it eat away at my self-confidence forever because I'm not sure if you were slighting me or if this is one of those socially political power-plays that I failed at school and consequently at the rest of life.

If I've failed and someone lets me know, I can get better. If I've failed and everyone is so busy belonging to the Cult Of Niceness, then I'll just keep on repeating what I'm doing because I won't know otherwise.

There's a reason I work with computers: they may do obstructive, frustrating, and brutally logical, but they don't do passive-aggressive. It's not that they're not working with you because they don't like you, it's that they're not working with you because they don't like humans in general.


But back to the topic on hand. Melbourne was pretty nice and the training course was...educational, although rather intense. I'm not sure I actually understand the new software, and I suspect I'd prefer to keep going with the old, but maybe practise and experience and a broadening of knowledge will be a little more helpful?

The hotel in Melbourne was distinctly ordinary - I think they stuck me up in one of the towers that is mentally termed 'less desirable', although that was probably based on the price of the room. Their bar food was very good, though. And I still love the Melbourne tram system, now that I've worked out how it all goes. Also, now that they have the Myki card, which is kind of like an Octopus (HK) or Oyster card (London) only for Melbourne. (Possibly just for Melbourne trams, which might be a pity.

Also, MoVida restaurant in Hosier Lane has the bestest food ever. I want to go sometime with more people than just myself, so I can order some of the larger dishes. But the individual tapas are great.

Oh, and order the 'Flan' - creme caramel with some deep fried Spanish 'donuts' on the side (like really short churros) - for dessert. Then share it, because that baby is rich.


Incidentally, Pornbattle 14 is up. I currently have four Steve/Maria scenarios and...complete blanks on all the others.

Whether they get written is another matter.
tielan: (C&H: &*@#!)
Friday, October 5th, 2012 02:47 pm
Y'all know about FTP, right?

Put in a server and a port, a username and a password, and list a directory and the name of the file you want to 'put' down, yeah?

Well, meet SFTP, FTP's secure cousin.

Which the network security guys insisted we had to use for a transfer from an internal system to another internal system. Okay, fine, whatever. Except that I tried the values they gave me, SFTP didn't work.

Check the server values? No, the network security guys insist the server values are correct!

Check the authorisations? No, the network security guys insist the authorisations are correct!

Check the adapter? No, the network security guys insiste the adapter works!

And still it doesn't work.

We checked the server and file and directory authorisations, we checked the connections, we tried backslashes and forwardslashes and tildas for the directories, and everything under the sun.

And then finally - FINALLY - after eight weeks of wrangling - nearly two months - we manage to persuade them to actually check the adapter instead of insisting it must work because another program is using it. (It's not using it, incidentally. There is ZERO PROOF that SFTP has EVER worked in this network.)

And, hey, guess what? The adapter doesn't actually work.

Two. Freaking. Months.

Funnily enough the network security guys are all "this must be your problem, you have to solve it" right up until the point where it turns out it's not our problem. Then they're all "well, it's not about blaming anyone..."

They're right: it's not about blaming anyone. But it is about having a mind open enough to say that maybe - just maybe - it might be an idea to check your own area and not just dig your heels into the ground and insist it's not your problem.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012 10:31 am
When the error message says "there's a problem with the server", it may just be there there is a problem with the server.

You don't need to go through my code looking for the problem. The system would tell me in no uncertain terms if there was a problem with my code.

And if there is a problem with my code, perhaps it would make sense to first CHECK THAT THERE ARE NO PROBLEMS WITH THE SERVER before looking for an alternative?
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 07:56 am
I need to remind myself to take a deep breath and not to snap at people.

Having a crappy work week: and it's only 8am Wednesday.
tielan: (Bourne)
Thursday, July 26th, 2012 10:32 am
So frustrated.

Network guy thinks entirely too literal.

network guy rant )

And this is why I would never want to be a manager (as discussed in a conversation with some co-workers yesterday). The truth is that I have enough trouble dealing with 'stupid people' as a programmer. I should hate to have to deal with stupid people ALL THE TIME as a project manager or team leader.

Hell to the no.

(ps. this is going to be the shape of things for the day, I suspect. I'm going to rant on here because there's not really anywhere else to rant.)
tielan: (don't mess with)
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011 09:49 am
The employers always want the sun, the moon, and the stars.

The job agents rarely have any idea of what the client is looking for and insist that they know best. (When the client has specified something where it doesn't matter which version, they'll insist that you don't have the specific version experience - like complaining someone doesn't have Word 2003 experience, where they have other version Word experience. Where the client has specified something that is clearly a hardline must-have, they'll insist that it's quite okay, I'm sure they don't really mean they want it.)

They always ask if I'm an Australian citizen. (Yes. It's on my freaking resume if you bothered to read it.)

They're all in places-that-are-not-Sydney right now. (I just got settled here after years of wandering all over the map. I was liking making friends here and putting down roots, instead of being stuck talking to friends overseas that I don't even get to talk to that much because they're online at their nights during the middle of my day, when I'm working.)
tielan: (travel)
Sunday, May 29th, 2011 10:53 pm
It's amazing how many people seem to believe that the problem with the human race is religion and that if we did away with religion, the world would be somehow full of sunshine and roses and puppies playing with each other instead of war and hatred and anger and selfishness.

I hate to break it to them, but the problem with the human race is the human race. Religion (or a political mentality or a social philosopy) is simply the excuse that people have used through time immemorial to be nastier versions of the people they already were in the first place.


No, I don't want a husband. Or a boyfriend. Or kids. I don't think that someday someone will come and I'll suddenly want to be a housewife, mother of his progeny, and sex toy for his pleasure - especially considering all evidence in my history points to exactly the opposite, and the numerical odds of me finding someone of suitable age and inclination to marry me - let alone who wants to marry me - are slim enough without adding the decreasing likelihood of healthy children given that I'm turning 35 this year.

And I'm not worried about it, and neither is my mum.

Thank. God.


Yes, Praha (Prague) has a lot of bridges. There's a freaking river running through the city.

I just said that we were going up to the castle for dinner.

If I'm not talking, that's because I'm trying to retreat into my cave where I don't have to make human contact, so I can come out tomorrow and be something resembling a human being capable of speaking with other human beings.

No, I will not wake you up when you snore because there's no point. You'll just turn over and keep snoring.


I want to go home. Only, when I get home, I have to bury the cat and start the hunt for a job.

It's not exactly something to look forward to.

I have a feeling it's going to be a long, cold winter for me.
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011 07:23 am
Paris is going fine, but for some sad news from home on Monday; my cat died, and now I have a tendency to leakage at unexpected times.

There'll be a travel update on my personal LJ sometime in the next few days.

Some fannish things in the meantime:

[livejournal.com profile] helpthesouth: Bid to appear as a walk-on character in the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series!

Sanctuary fans - go forth to the [livejournal.com profile] sfa_ficawards! Voting is now!

[livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang: sign-ups until 1st June.

Merlin folks may be interested in the [livejournal.com profile] summerpornathon! Time for some Arthur/Gwen porn! (Merlin/Gwaine? Merlin/Lancelot? Morgana/Morgause?)


Didn't get my [livejournal.com profile] sga_genficathon entry in on time for art. Will have to either create my own or go without.

Am not sure I'll make the [profile] trekreversebang due date due to the trip and the cat.

small rant on ebooks )
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011 09:02 am
A show that isn't utilising all its existing female characters is not going to utilise new female characters any better than it does the existing ones.

The problem is very rarely the lack of existing strong female characters but the lack of knowledge of what to do with them - or, specifically, with more than one of them.

And because the problem is that the (white, male) writers don't know what to do with more than one woman (especially when the second female character isn't white), this problem is never, ever solved by throwing more female characters into the mix.

eta: Yes, shows need more female characters, without a doubt! However. I've never yet seen a show that could do better with more female characters when it was doing not-so-well with less.

And yes, Sanctuary does fine with one female character. Most modern shows do right by at least one of their female characters. It's when you have more than one that problems crop up. The second female's skills tend to be ignored or dismissed, her characterisation is underdeveloped or tossed every which way according to convenience, and/or she's turned into a stereotype and never rounded out.
tielan: (race)
Saturday, September 18th, 2010 09:04 am
on the politics of possession by [livejournal.com profile] glass_icarus: A crystal-sharp piece about Americanness, and how she, an American citizen of Chinese appearance and descent, will never be allowed to own the term 'American' - not unchallenged.

If my experience isn't anywhere near as painful as hers, it still has barbs.

I was born here. This *is* my country. )