Good things

Sep. 25th, 2017 11:26 pm
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- My back feels better
- My throat feels better
- I got a slow start, but I did a decent amount of work today
- Sparkly is very busy but doing ok

I have to / get to go to the library tomorrow, because my books are due and the website seems to be down, so I can't renew them. 

Lots of stuff is is happening with the Graham-Cassidy bill, and I'm sort of trying to stay informed without spending too much time worrying about it. So far that's been leaning towards "not informed." 

Sparkly comes home in 15 days, which simultaneously seems like not very long and a really long time. We text all the time, and in some ways it's not unfamiliar, because we were long-distance for a long time, but I really miss em.

Mondayish

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:33 pm
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Building reception called me at lunch time yesterday to say that the power was back on. So I got a nice sunshiney stroll into town, picked up some coffee on the way, had a chat with the guy on reception duty and then got on with the business of plugging everything back in and powering it up.

Which went just fine to start with. Everything powered on first time. Network lights started pinging on. I went and checked classroom internet. It worked. So I double-checked that the local DC had powered up and had a network light on and then called the Corp team. At which point it became apparent that all was not well after all. Several checks and a call to our main ISP later it became apparent that the classroom internet had neatly failed over to the backup ISP but both the Corp primary and backup lines were out and the ISP couldn't see the NTU from their end.

An engineer was duly booked out to arrive first thing this morning and I went home again because there was nothing else I could do and we had classroom internet which meant that courses could start just fine, it was only the office that was going to have problems.

The engineer was about an hour late in arriving and by that time most of the sales team had gone home to work. He spent about 15 minutes scratching his head and being puzzled because all his test readings were okay but the unit didn't have a MAC address. It wasn't until he pulled out the fibre connectors a third time to check his readings and plugged them back in that everything suddenly sprang into life.

It wasn't a box that had any power for me to unplug but it's a reasonable bet that I knocked it at some point while I was climbing up and down trying to power everything down and then back up again. That said, it wasn't until the third time he pulled the connector out and put it back that everything started working again so it may be a bit dodgy anyway.

We'll see. I do have permission to reseat the connectors myself if it happens again, as long as I then report it to the ISP.

On the plus side I did get my afternoon off in lieu of working part of Sunday and [personal profile] battlehamster took me to lunch at Atomic Burger since he had the day off to recover from his weekend of being someone else :)

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Sep. 24th, 2017 11:29 pm
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I had a quiet day today, which was good. I did some cleaning in the bathroom, washed a lot of dishes, and cooked a nice dinner. Cube Guy liked my soup! I made it with chicken this time. 

Also I just watched John Cena cry a little bit on live not-actually-tv and I'm having an unexpected amount of Feelings.
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 My Friday and Saturday:

- sore throat
- hurt my back
- internet & tv out
- library closed
- cafe intolerably loud
- stressful conversations with landlord about internet
- minor argument with Sparkly

The internet is working, the landlord is placated (and will be out of town next week, which is an extra relief), I had a good conversation with Sparkly, and my back is feeling better. I got almost no work done both Friday and today, but I did do some cleaning and laundry, at least. I'm relieved but tired. 

Missy! all the Missy :D

Sep. 23rd, 2017 02:57 pm
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Missy This Fic over at [community profile] missy_fest was the smallest fest I ever modded or participated in - only four sign-ups! But it turned out to be totally worth it, and I'm sorely tempted to do it again next year because everything that came out of it was so fantastic.

This was the idea: remix a story by making it about Missy! Either by shifting the focus to her, or by just plain adding her to a story she didn't previously appear in. And every one of the resulting remixes took a very different approach.

I haven't had a chance to catch up on commenting (I hope to do so this weekend), but I'm utterly in love with the story that remixes one of mine, the amazing Further on up the road. ♥ ♥ ♥

Here's all of the fic, including my own (which, btw, is eminently guessable) - go check it out:

Dazzle and Mysteries (Jack Harkness/Jenny, Missy/Jenny (The Doctor's Daughter)) [Teen And Up]
Original story: Not Just Another Mystery by [personal profile] navaan
Summary: This planet presents more mysteries than Jenny expected, but not more than she can handle. And, of course, there is running.

Further on up the road (Owen Harper, Jack Harkness, Missy) [Teen And Up]
Original story: Centuries From Now by [personal profile] trobadora
Summary: When a Time Lord emerges from the Rift, it's the wrong one for Jack Harkness. But could Owen Harper be the right Doctor?

The Master's Faithful Companion (Forever or Just a Day Remix) (Missy/Lucy Saxon, The Master/Lucy Saxon) [Teen And Up]
Original story: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by [personal profile] selenak
Summary: Missy didn't plan to come to this moment in time, but she's reminded that she'd had her own puppy once.

Title: Repair Jobs (Here and Now Remix) (Missy & the Doctor's TARDIS; Ninth Doctor/Jack Harkness) [Teen And Up]
Original story: Repair Jobs by [personal profile] auroracloud
Summary: The TARDIS always goes where she needs to be. - Set during Empress of Mars. (TARDIS POV)

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Sep. 22nd, 2017 09:28 pm
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I'm exhausted which may explain why I've been sitting staring at the latest XKCD in disbelief and delight for a good ten minutes.

[personal profile] battlehamster has gone to a Larp this weekend, leaving Kheldar in charge of the house. It's probably good timing because I had to work late today and I'll have to go back into work on Sunday. As long as the building security guys remember to call me that is. If they don't then I'll have go in at Far Too Early O'Clock on Monday instead. There's some power work being done on the building so everything had to be switched off and unplugged before I left the office this evening - coffee machines, classroom kit, the entire server rack, eeeeverything.

I'm going to spend the rest of the weekend fretting until they call me and tell that the sparkies have finished and I can go and power everything back up again. We have a course starting on Monday that can't run without internet access so I'm really hoping that all the ISP and Corp team kit boots back up okay. On the plus side most of what's in the rack is less than a year old so shouldn't have died from shock just because it's been shut down.

Everyday stuff

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:36 pm
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 Sparkly's team got to their new location safely. Cube Guy is going to be out of town this weekend. He took today and tomorrow off work for something that got cancelled, but he's decided at the last minute to plan a new trip. This weekend I need to remember to go to the library and return A Fisherman of the Inland Sea before it's overdue. I also need to get back to looking at apartments. 

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Sep. 20th, 2017 10:23 pm
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 My throat hurts and I'm Tired, but I had a good day. Work was boring, cats are good. Tomorrow Sparkly's team is relocating from just-south-of-Jacksonville to actually-in-Jacksonville. Ey seems to be getting along well with eir boss, which is wonderful. 

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Sep. 20th, 2017 08:57 am
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Listening to the West Wing Weekly podcast, I'm up to 2x3 The Midterm Elections and one of my least favorite scenes in the West Wing, when President Bartlet 'dismantles' Dr. Jane Jacobs's homophobia.

BARTLET
Good. I like your show. I like how you call homosexuality an abomination.

JENNA JACOBS
I don't say homosexuality is an abomination, Mr. President. The Bible does.

BARTLET
Yes, it does. Leviticus.

JENNA JACOBS
18:22

BARTLET
Chapter and verse. I wanted to ask you a couple of questions while I had you here.
I'm interested in selling my youngest daughter into slavery as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7.
(small chuckles from the guests) She's a Georgetown sophomore, speaks fluent Italian, and
always clears the table when it was her turn. What would a good price for her be? While
thinking about that, can I ask another? My Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry, insists on working
on the Sabbath, Exodus 35:2, clearly says he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated
to kill him myself or is it okay to call the police? Here's one that's really important,
'cause we've got a lot of sports fans in this town. Touching the skin of a dead pig makes
us unclean, Leviticus 11:7. If they promise to wear gloves, can the Washington Redskins
still play football? Can Notre Dame? Can West Point? Does the whole town really have to be
together to stone my brother, John, for planting different crops side by side? Can I burn
my mother in a small family gathering for wearing garments made from two different threads?


I know I've complained about similar rhetoric before. The argument is this: There are things in the Bible that a modern religious person doesn't observe. This abrogation means that any parts they do still observe are inherently hypocritical, because if they claimed to follow the Bible they would follow the whole Bible.

This is a really stupid argument. Christianity explicitly rejects some of the Hebrew Bible's obligations. It's not hypocritical for them to not observe these things, it's inherently doctrinal, and it could even be argued (as I've sometimes been forced to, because sometimes Christians do weird and offensive things with Jewish ritual) that it's hypocritical if they DO observe those things. The Christian Bible says that Christians do not need to keep kosher. It's right there in the text!

And even things Christians do still observe that are mentioned in the rant are not necessarily observed in the Biblical way, on purpose! Jesus doesn't condemn the idea of the Sabbath, and Christians do observe a Sabbath, but Jesus condemns the idea of putting people to death for breaching the Sabbath. So Christians have a much more relaxed approach to the Sabbath than Jews do. Again, this does not make them hypocrites. It means they ARE observing their religion.

This infuriates me particularly even though I usually don't care all that much if Christians are revealed as hypocrites, because this argument is the classic anti-Judeo-Christian argument: Ostensibly directed at Christians by people who don't bother to distinguish between Jews and Christians. Jews have our own approaches to difficult passages in Tanakh, but generally we don't believe that the ritual law has been abrogated. We think we still are obligated in most if not all of the things Bartlet mentions as absurd rituals. Orthodox Jewish farmers in Israel, to this day, don't plant two crops side by side in a field. And though we don't have the executive ability to carry them out, most of the stoning laws Bartlet mentions are still technically on the books.

And Orthodox Jews generally still believe we are obligated in the prohibition of et zachar lo tishkav, no matter how difficult that may be to reconcile with modern ideas about love and sex. But it's not like the fact that I don't eat shellfish is what allows me to hate gays without hypocrisy! That's the frustrating part of this argument for me. If you accept it, you seem to be accepting the idea that IF Christians hadn't abrogated parts of the Torah's ritual law, they'd be free to consider homosexuality an abomination. But the people who are making this argument clearly don't believe that. They believe that considering homosexuality abominable is evil and homophobic regardless of whether you eat shellfish. So people making Bartlet's argument are making an argument they don't actually believe to try to trap religious people with sophistry.

So when you're criticizing Christian homophobia, or Jewish homophobia, try to do it with an argument that you actually believe, and which actually engages with Christian or Jewish doctrine rather than with your imagined fake version of that doctrine. Ask a Jew how they reconcile Veahavta lereacha kamocha with the idea of telling your neighbor they can't marry the person they love. Ask a Christian how they can send their churchmates to abusive conversion therapies when Jesus preached kindness and humility and not judging the sins of others.

But don't ask them these things because they're traps you're seeking to catch them in. Ask them because religious people have thought about these questions and we have answers to them, answers our critics often refuse to listen to, and because the conversations about these questions are worth having and worth struggling with. These are hard questions that challenge our faith, and serious theists ask them. Serious atheists ought to, also.

And what frustrates me most about this scene, why it's one of my least favorite West Wing moments, is that President Bartlet, deeply Catholic, who once considered the priesthood, must have some answer to these questions that isn't dependent on taking Catholics to task for eating shellfish. This scene is profoundly out of character on a theological level for the man delivering it. And I don't like when President Bartlet lets me down.


Edit: Thanks for comments- I will not be able to respond until after Rosh Hashanah at earliest

Everyday stuff

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:22 pm
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 I did a lot of work today and my brain is very tired. Oh, I should mention, though- Sparkly got a confirmed ~demobilization date~ for when ey's coming home: October 10th. 

Early Morning Surprise

Sep. 19th, 2017 10:33 pm
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The changing light patterns outside are waking me up before my alarm goes off at the moment. Which isn't great for my sleep patterns. It's totally brilliant if you're Kheldar though because he usually manages to sneak into the bedroom when I get up and go to the bathroom.

Today it was not so great for Kheldar. I woke up about 45 minutes early and he got to hop into the space between me and the edge of the bed and have a good wash and go to sleep and then... then my alarm went off.

I got out of bed, trying not to tip him off the duvet on the way, and turned the alarm off. Meanwhile Kheldar's Loud Noise Threat Assessment System attempted to wake the rest of the cat up. What mostly happened was a thud as he hit the floor and then nothing. I looked down. Kheldar's head tipped up so that his eyes could look at me. His eyes were open but I don't think he was really seeing anything. He'd frozen in place with one hind leg off the floor and one front leg off the floor because loud noise had now stopped and his body didn't know what it was supposed to be doing any more and most of him was still asleep anyway.

So I picked him up and put him back on the duvet and he kind of fell over sideways into a cat cushion and went straight back to sleep. He'd clearly had a busy night and I thought at least one of us should get the opportunity of some more sleep.

He's still mildly disgruntled about the whole business this evening.

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Performance

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:09 pm
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Today I captioned an interview with a woman who runs an after-school theater program and had a lot of feelings about "shyness" and public speaking. Theater is great. Music is great. Being in the pit orchestra for the school musical was hands down the best thing I did in high school. But the way some people talk about kids "coming out of their shells" rubs me the wrong way.

Read more... )

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Sep. 16th, 2017 10:40 pm
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 All is well and I'm very tired even though I didn't really do anything today. I went grocery shopping and played computer games, that's it. Maybe I'll kick the cats out of the bedroom and actually sleep in tomorrow morning.

time to break out this icon

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:36 pm
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I don't know where the year went, but suddenly we're here, gearing up for all the Christmas exchanges.

Yuletide just closed nominations over at [community profile] yuletide_admin. (I'll be requesting my perennials again - my once-a-year chance! There's nothing else I want as much, or at least not with as little a chance of getting written elsewhere.)

[community profile] holmestice - which this week announced dates for this year's winter round - is my chance for two other tiny fandoms, plus of course the ones that don't qualify for Yuletide. (I'm planning to add A Study in Emerald and Exit Sherlock Holmes to my ACD and Sherlock requests this time. Exit Sherlock Holmes is a new discovery for me; I stumbled across it earlier this year. Anyone else read it?)

And last but hopefully not least, [community profile] public_call just announced this year's schedule and rules. My nominations this year promise to be Missy-heavy, in addition to the usual things. :D

Oh, and even [community profile] holly_poly, which has a January deadline, has already posted a tentative schedule! And here, too, there will definitely be more Missy nominations for me in addition to my Twelve/Missy/Jack OT3.

(Btw, speaking of Missy, over at [community profile] missy_fest we've revealed the first of the Missy This Fic remixes, and the rest will be revealed every other day. It's a tiny fest with only four participants total! But it was totally worth it, and there's some amazing Missy fic to read. ♥)

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Sep. 15th, 2017 10:04 pm
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 I have a purring cat in my lap and a lot of good fiction in my life. I finished A Fisherman of the Inland Sea and really enjoyed it. It's cool to learn a little more about the "Hainish" setting. The titular story was amazing, and so was "Dancing to Ganam". 

Also Sparkly is sending me fic recommendations, and this updated so of course I'm having all the feelings in the world. Sparkly is still in Jacksonville and still doing well.

So...

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:31 pm
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... this new laptop business is working out well. I mean, I have done other things today but there's certainly been a lot of marvelling at the wonders of a top-notch piece of new technology compared to the old faithful beast that I've been bumbling along with.

There's also been a certain amount of amusement in the discovery that I hadn't been hearing some of the newer albums in the household properly due to the sound of the fans. I'd gotten so used to the noise that machine made that my brain was mostly ignoring it. Today's been a bit of a revelation.

In other news Special Agent Kheldar would like to register a complaint about the repeated incidents in which water fell from the sky and interrupted his patrols.

Everyday stuff

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:05 pm
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 Sparkly is busy but doing well. The only news I got from em today is that part of eir group got split off and sent to Miami instead. 

I've started looking at apartments again. There are plenty of good prospects, but I need to talk to Sparkly in detail about exactly how much we can afford, because I don't know exactly what some of eir expenses are.

Tomorrow's to-dos include taking out the trash and actually getting more toilet paper.

Tidying Up

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:46 pm
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I spent part of yesterday tidying up my old laptop and transferring files onto a USB disk. Including the stuff that I transferred across to that laptop eight years ago, meant to do something about and never did. I'll get to that folder one of these days, really I will.

Today I got to spend time with [personal profile] teebee again and... the new laptop arrived a day earlier than originally anticipated. I am going to bed any minute, really I am. I just need to install... er... actually quite a bit. It's amazing how much two factor authentication I've got switched on these days. My poor phone isn't used to receiving so many texts.

And I'm leaving this link here mostly to remind myself to read it later because I had a game tonight and it's looong. Jenny Trout's review of Handbook for Mortals, the first few paragraphs of which made me giggle. And which also contain a useful link to a write up of the whole NYT bestsellers list scam.
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