Household Victories

Feb. 20th, 2017 09:47 pm
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I spent most of this weekend at Gallifrey One, but today was a day to catchup on housework, and it provided some new victories. We were supposed to get the washer and dryer installed today, but they delivery people couldn't do everything for us. The previous owner's washer and dryer had left some depressions in the floor that they didn't want to put the new appliances into, and the dryer vent wasn't properly attached. So much of today was spent going to Home Depot, getting a properly sized piece of plywood for the washer and dryer to set on, installing a new dryer vent and connecting the dryer to it.

Every time we take on a new task, it takes longer than we expect because I freak out and overresearch trying to be certain I understand all the parts. But so far I've been pretty successful. An earlier victory was in understanding what sort of wall anchors we need because our walls are plaster, not drywall. But with that knowledge, I installed a new shower rod and a few towel racks today in short order.

Over and over, I thank my theatre education. Set construction provides some great life skills. Hopefully I'll get some time to resurrect my costume-construction skills too.

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Feb. 19th, 2017 11:58 pm
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Life feels very busy at the moment and I think actually talking to people has slightly dropped out of my abilities- thank goodness for DW/LJ, twitter & whatsapp or I'd probably vanish altogether :-P

(but seriously, last minute trip to Antwerp at the end of next week couldn't come at a better time because I just need to be AWAY for a bit where I can actually take a break and not have to answer three phone calls before 10 on a Saturday trying to explain Girlguiding's database not that that happened)

On the otherhand I DID finally get to some more theatre this week which was very nice. Well. Horrible because Webster is not messing around in The White Devil but I have not seen enough plays this year.

The White Devil @ Sam Wanamaker Playhouse )

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Feb. 19th, 2017 04:23 pm
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dear Dreamwidth, I owe you a massive entry catching up with all my shit over the past goddamn too long forever, including our awesome photos of our awesome vacation and pics of the new cat we SOMEHOW WOUND UP WITH (don't ask, the internet was involved), but that will have to wait for when I have more time. Instead, I am making this entry to say that I started Concerta for my shiny new official ADHD (combined type) diagnosis yesterday, and HOLY SHIT IS THIS HOW EVERYONE ELSE'S BRAINS WORK? Like, thinking of one thing at a time?

(Weirdly, it has slowed down my reading speed. Apparently "taking in an entire paragraph at a time" is an ADHD symptom.)

I've had the symptoms my whole life (allllll the way back to elementary school) but was one of the generation of undiagnosed girls because the diagnosis was based on presentation in boys, and my various coping mechanisms have gone to shit in the last few years as my neuroplasticity wanes. It always seemed like way too much effort to pursue the actual diagnosis until now, but holy shit the difference with the goddamn meds.



Feb. 17th, 2017 05:06 pm
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Bad brain day today, which is all the more frustrating in light of how successful yesterday was. Lately the brainworms manifest as an all-encompassing cognitive dissonance that goes: 'I am not interested in anything and the things I could summon some interest for are inherently flawed anyway so there's no point being interested in anything'.
Since my good humour, hobbies, work, everyday activities and life goals all require me being interested in one thing or another, I feel pretty naff rn.

I had a bad paralysis nightmare, too, although at least that has an easy fix. It was because I hugged my old pillow in my sleep and jammed it against my windpipe. Whoops!

Despite the blargh, I did a house chore that's been pending for some time, and I'm cooking fried rice for dinner tonight and bolognaise sauce to freeze.

I have a work thing to do, and after that I may draw a little. I haven't had much success with it lately, but thinking about it won't fix that and I had better fix it if I'm going to attempt a fine arts degree this year. The last time I drew something, I was going for 'alien' and wound up 'phallic'. Seriously, it wouldn't look out of place in a Shin Megami Tensei game.

Speaking of which, tmi/lewd? )

Mieville Moments

Feb. 16th, 2017 09:05 pm
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The category for February in the Wordy Birds reading challenge was a book with animals in it. Three Moments of an Explosion is a short story collection by China Mieville, and several of the stories feature animals, so I hope that counts!

Some of the stories I loved, some I hated, and some I didn’t understand at all, which is about par for the course with my response to Mieville’s writing. Several of his books are among my all-time favourites, whereas there are others I didn’t get on with at all, so I suppose a short story collection was likely to be quite literally a mixed bag.

Interestingly, the stories that featured animals were the ones I liked least.

‘Sacken’ tells of a couple who go on holiday and accidentally disturb the restless spirit of a woman who was drowned in a sack with various animals. I think it was a cat, a dog and a snake, though I didn’t want to revisit the story to check. It’s horribly creepy, and has really stayed with me, and not in a good way.

‘After The Festival’ is about three people who are possessed by the heads of animals that they wear as part of a weird street festival. Enough said.

‘Estate’ depicts the hunting of flaming stags, their antlers set alight before they are released into the streets of cities around the world to be tracked down by young malcontents. It’s pretty graphic in places, and very unpleasant.

My favourite of the stories was ‘Dreaded Outcome’, which doesn’t have any animals in it at all, but tells the tale of a therapist who identifies people she feels are obstacles to her patients’ recovery - and assassinates them.

Many of the stories were quite nebulous - an intriguing premise explored up to a point, but not really explained or resolved. This generally doesn’t bother me in fiction as, done well, it can create quite a powerful impact and leave you both satisfied and unsatisfied in a way that kind of works. Overall, the collection felt like a series of brief windows into China Mieville’s mind, which is a weird and quite disturbing, but also fascinating, place.


Feb. 16th, 2017 07:20 pm
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I have a newfound respect for people who release video games on consoles. SO MUCH DOCUMENTATION... my brain is cramping.

Anyway, bad news: Can't start university until mid-year.
Good news: They'll let me go to university! I am shock!

Shock, but happy. I just have to find ways to occupy myself for the next few months, preferably occupations that will get me some money.
Speaking of occupations that won't make any money (for a while anyway): I have to work through Unity tutorials before I try any more game prototypes. My usual method of 'just read up how to do a thing when I need to' does not work with game programming. At all. And this post is becoming oddly cyclical so I better skip out.


Feb. 15th, 2017 10:27 pm
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* I am stuck on Yowapeda around the beginning of season 2 but I looked at the latest episode and I'm glad Midosuji still needs a 'body horror' warning tag every time he shows up. Wouldn't be the same otherwise.

* Things are little by little becoming less terrible... I have an appointment to go to so can't slack about here.

* Image hostiiiing

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:35 am
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Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
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Feb. 13th, 2017 07:29 pm
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My brain got scrambling trying to remember the title of Deadly Preminition, and gave me Deadly Ronpa instead

There's a free fic idea for ya

Code push imminent!

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:07 pm
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We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.

Code Tour: 02/02/17 - 02/12/17

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:53 pm
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11 items on this second half of the code tour, all by [staff profile] karzilla, Wielder of the Code Machete.

Read more... )
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[personal profile] momijizukamori and I split this chunk of code tour, so here we go with the first half. This tour is for code being pushed tonight (assuming that between The Crud for one of the folks, and a power outage for another, everything's going to be good to go) so that everyone needs to hang on tighter (in order to keep from being thrown to the wolves).

17 items in this half of the code tour, brought to you by: long-time volunteer [ profile] LivredOr returning, relatively new and delightful [ profile] srukle, very busy DevCom [ profile] kareila (aka [staff profile] karzilla), our own [ profile] zorkian ([staff profile] mark), and the amazing [ profile] rshatch DID I MENTION THE FACELIFT OF THE IMAGE HOSTING OMG WE HAVE IMAGE HOSTING.

On to the tour!

Read more... )

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Feb. 12th, 2017 06:49 pm
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I'm still trying to post more and still stumbling over what to actually say. It's weird because I looked back at old posts and of course I just rambled a whole lot and didn't worry about it :-P

Anyway I have a structure for this post (sort of): media I have consumed this week *g*

Starting with YouTube (no, don't run away!)

One Another
Two former strangers recount a life changing event of six year prior. A Sammy Paul film

I watch a lot of YouTube stuff from cooking videos to vlogs to book reviews but I also love some of the short films that people are putting out and this one has really stuck with me. It's 25 minutes long so it really is a short film not a 5 minute thing but it repays the time (IMHO) and also repays rewatching.

Also I just want people to come and talk to me about it.

Then books... I'm slowly making my way through a book of Wisława Szymborska's poetry which keeps catching me in different ways. Some of it's pretty dark but a lot of it is very funny and there's also been some wonderful poetry about poetry which I always love.

I have also just finished reading The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman because once I'd started reading graphic novels it seemed to be one that I had to get to eventually. Reading about the Holocaust with the current news as a background is an interesting experience but I hadn't realised how much of Maus is really about Spiegelman's relationship with his parents and the "present" day. I think I'm going to need a reread at some point.

What else? I'm slowly catching up with No Offense on TV (we're about 3 episodes behind) and I still love the mix of humour and darkness and seriousness. Oh and I finally watched the last part of Sound of Musicals with Neil Brand which was just really joyful and full of things I love. I mean there are hundreds of shows I'd have mentioned that he didn't but that's because 3 episodes just wasn't enough. It's all still on iPlayer for Brits (though episode one only has a couple of days left).

And then finally theatre because I've barely been this year and then I got a desparate plea from a fellow Rainbow leader for an extra helper to take her girls to the Gang Show yesterday.

St Albans Scout & Guide Gang Show 2017 )
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Many thanks to Corone for providing tickets to the current double bill of Shakespeare comedies at the Haymarket. A friend and I had two lovely consecutive Friday nights out at the theatre as a result.

First up was Love's Labours Lost, a play I'm not very familiar with, having only come across it from the 2000 Alicia Silverstone/Nathan Lane film version (there are lots of other famous people in it, but weirdly those are the only two I remembered before looking it up).

Anyway, the Haymarket production was great fun, and it was a very enjoyable experience. The set was amazing, featuring the frontage of a castle, complete with two turrets, and a moving platform that provided several different interiors. There were lots of lovely comedic touches in the interpretation, with various aspects of the staging and movement of the cast adding a great deal to the overall tone. As one would expect from Shakespeare, there was some great linguistic humour as well, though I thought the Nine Worthies show went on a bit too long. I loved the 1910s period setting and costumes, and I thought the cast was generally very good. But the teddy bear absolutely stole the show! He was used to great effect in one particular scene, and I exclaimed just as loudly as his owner when one of the other characters threatened to drop him off the castle roof. The ending of the play was a bit downbeat for a comedy, but it did allow for a very nice lead-in to the next week's production, which featured the same cast in a very similar setting.

That production was Much Ado About Nothing, one of my favourite Shakespeare plays, and definitely the one I know best, having seen many differed stage versions (and having watched the Kenneth Branagh film version too many times to count). That was perhaps a slight disadvantage in this case, since I was always comparing this version to others I've seen, but it was generally very well done. I had two issues with it, though. One was that the teddy bear didn't make an appearance, since he was my favourite character from the previous show. The other was the interpretation of Dogberry. He's one of the few of Shakespeare's clowns that I actually find funny, and I usually have no problem laughing at him, as he is generally presented as pompous and self-important, and is rendered comical by his misplaced desire to impress his compatriots and betters via his speech. However, in this production, he was presented as palsied and cognitively impaired, which made him rather a pitiable figure, and rendered the audience's mirth at his expense quite uncomfortable. Still, overall, I enjoyed the production, and thought the cast did a very good job.

This week, I also finished listening to A Natural History of Dragons, the first in the Lady Trent Memoirs series by Marie Brennan. It's narrated by a lady from an alternate-Victorian history, who has made a career of studying dragons, and relates her adventures from the vantage-point of several decades in the future. This book charts her childhood, adolescence, marriage and first overseas voyage, and is tremendous fun. In fact, not even the inclusion of my most hated pet peeve in fiction, right at the end, could significantly dent my enjoyment of the book as a whole, and I will most definitely be carrying on with the rest of the series. The narrator was also extremely good, which always helps, and I very much look forward to having her relate more of Lady Trent's adventures to me in the near future.

Garage o' Books

Feb. 12th, 2017 01:20 am
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Today, I got help from my sister's family to empty out our storage space. My tiny nieces didn't carry much, but they helped with morale. Everything's moved into our garage, now, and in the process, I was reunited with boxes and boxes of books that I've been away from. We still need to find shelves for many of those books to go on, but it's good to have them close. Every time I checked a box, I found books I was glad I still had: a book of Pirandello plays, fanfic written by Nichelle Nichols, the MW Dictionary of Usage. Everything fit in so nicely, and it's wonderful seeing the garage look so homely.

So everything is moved in, in the sense that all of our things are here, but we're still fixing things up. We're still getting the cabinets spruced up, so we can finish getting the kitchen together, and we need to deal with some doors that aren't closing right. But something about owning a house is resurfacing my set-construction carpentry skills, and I'm getting excited about fixing things. There are some jobs that seem a bit too big/time-consuming to tackle, so we'll still have someone over to help with getting some new rain gutters, but we'll be putting in a medicine cabinet on our own, and shelving to come.
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Hello! Your friendly neighbourhood Dreamhack admin here.

I've updated the version of Locale::Country that the Dreamhack machine uses - we were on 3.25, and we're now on 3.42.

I also installed the Log::Log4perl module, as it's now being used by the codebase. This should make work again!

If there are any issues (related to these or otherwise), please comment and let me know!
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We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 9pm PST / 12am EST / 5am UTC on either Sunday, Feb 12 or Monday, Feb 13, depending on whether you live east or west of midnight. (Time is an illusion anyway, right?)

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push, apart from the usual minor tweaks and bugfixes:

  • HTTPS Everywhere beta! Users can opt-in to have all Dreamwidth content automatically served over HTTPS. We'll post the instructions for this after the feature goes live.

  • New and improved design for the file management pages, which we were hiding from you because we were so embarrassed about them before. Thanks to [personal profile] momijizukamori for making them prettier and more functional!

  • Backend fixes to resolve problems using the aforementioned file management pages. (Did I already mention the embarrassment?)

  • At long last, international character support for journal search! Our systems guru [personal profile] alierak finally cracked this long-standing bug.

  • Support index page converted to Foundation styling, for your mobile viewing pleasure.

  • For users of the Practicality style: color properties now sort properly in the customization wizard.

  • For users of the Drifting style: the QuickReply box will now appear in the appropriate location, instead of wandering off somewhere unexpected.

  • Improved handling of word break (<wbr>) elements in user entries.

  • Allow embeds from: Facebook, CNN,,,,,

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

Kew Gardens Orchids Late

Feb. 10th, 2017 09:04 pm
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My beautiful empty weekend has been filled... well, no, technically only Saturday has been filled which is lucky because tonight I am doing a very good impression of a limp dishrag and wouldn't have been capable of much other than lying around watching TV/reading/messing around online.

Last night Mum & I went to Kew Gardens Orchids Late. It was part of her Christmas present from me (I'm very good at presents I also enjoy :-P) and we had a great time (I'd definitely recommend Kew Lates).

We looked at some spectacular orchids, had a very nice cocktail with ginger & cardamom, talked to experts about orchids and conservation and spices used in Indian cooking and henna and THEN we did some colouring in whilst listening to live music. We even had some very delicious salmon couscous whilst looking at cacti and tried some Kew chocolate (fine but not memorable) and Kew gin (lovely).

There are some more photographs here

Now I am off to my sickbed (probably to mess around online some more) and then to sleep FOREVER or at least until late tomorrow morning :-P