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Jun. 21st, 2017 10:55 am
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
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I cannot for the life of me seem able to catch up on my sleep. I know I should go to bed earlier, but L's bedtime is 7:30 now and if I go to bed at 9 like I need to (lights off at 9:30 in a bid for something approaching 8 hours' sleep), that leaves me with 1.5 total hours of Adulting, i.e. doing the dishes and reading meme. And I haven't been doing the dishes.

Today I am dragging hard because last night I took half a night Tylenol, so that I could sleep despite anxiety over today's meeting. Coffee doesn't seem to touch that. Better living through modern chemistry.

So I should be writing but see: anxiety re: meetings, so I will do picky work instead. Trying to get a good clean draft of the creative work so that after the meeting I can work on a master draft as I make edits.

I forget what my point was. Okay, onwards to non-brain picky work. Hope to have it done today.

Today I vow to write words

Jun. 20th, 2017 09:10 am
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
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I have set the timer and when it beeps, there will be actual words.

NO MORE RESEARCH. It's a trap!

Vow is written here, cannot be rescinded.

Yay shorts

Jun. 18th, 2017 08:20 pm
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
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Today I got two pairs of shorts and a pair of capris for about $15, and for maybe $20 more got L six pairs of shorts and two new jammies. The wonders of a second-hand store. I can't imagine shopping anywhere else as long as we have a child who outgrows things within months. Plus, I am much pleased that since he is two and shows no preference yet, I can shop for him indiscriminately in the boys' and girls' sections, so tonight he went to bed in yellow jammies that say "Cutie!" across the front, which he chose himself out of the three I offered him. Also, I bought him pink Santa jammies in June, because we roll like that.

I really wish I could wear men's shorts, because they're bigger in the legs and also have those mystical things called pockets, but I'm pretty happy with the pairs I did get. Nice to go for a walk in the evening while not feeling stifled and without my waistband digging in. Plus it's gorgeous out and we recently shifted L's bedtime another fifteen minutes later, so once he finishes his watching time after dinner, we head out around the block, him on his pushbike and me or me&[personal profile] bell strolling along behind. A+ excellent weather, June, plz to continue.

Biking + Mastodon

Jun. 16th, 2017 09:27 pm
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I have a bike now. I've been resisting for a while, because biking is scary and I felt like I needed a leg up into being willing to do it. I do have a ton of friends who do bike, though, and they all seem to be really into it, so I let one of them talk me into going on a bike ride with her and really enjoyed it. And that led to the slippery slope of actually buying a bike and then riding it to work. And then riding it back home in the pouring rain. It does cut down my commute to about 1/3 to 1/4 of how long it used to take, so it's definitely going to be useful going forward, especially if I need to get someplace that's obnoxious to get to otherwise. I don't think I'm going to give up on walking everywhere, though. I like the slowed down pace and not having to worry about locking up my bike.

One of the awesome things about getting the bike is that I got it, plus accessories, from a local non-profit called Bikes Not Bombs, and the money I gave them will also hopefully support the cool work that they do both locally and abroad.



Other thing I have been fascinated by lately is Mastodon. It kind of is a roll-your-own Twitter clone, but it also is built to be less awful than Twitter? 500 word character limits, cut-tags (called content warnings) for hiding content if necessary, per-toot(tweet) privacy settings. Open source, free of advertising, strong moderation rules. And a way of viewing the local community through the 'local timeline', where you can see the stream of the entire site in one place.

You might be wondering how this idea scales, because a local timeline on Twitter would be a shitshow, and you're right. It would be. But the idea of Mastodon is to be decentralized, which is kinda difficult to grasp these days when all of our social media is so very centralized. What does that mean in this case? It means that there are a bunch of different webistes that run the Mastodon code, but all of these websites can integrate and talk to one another. The easiest comparable example is e-mail. You may be on yahoo.com and I may be on gmail.com, but we can still send e-mail to one another without issue. The way the local timeline is supposed to work is that you get to see the chatter that's happening in your particular instance, and hopefully you've built a cool little community there. But you can also follow people on other Mastodon servers and see their content and interact with them.

Anyway, I started investigating the idea of setting up a fannish Mastodon site ("instance" in the local parlance), where we can gather and talk about fannish things and have fandom-oriented content policies and code of conducts, but still be connected to the larger Mastodon universe if people want to be. It seems like I'm a bit late to the party, as someone else has started a similar project, but I've been invited to help out as well, so that could be fun. Hooray.

There's also a great set of newbie documentation that's been compiled if you're interested in exploring it further.

I'm not going to lie. It's kind of funky. The UI is generally pretty good, but it can be kind of weird at times. The Tweetdeck-but-not can feel kind of limiting. There's tons of Twitter features that haven't been implemented, whether by lack of time or by design. There's still some weirdness with the distributed nature that makes the integration less than seamless. But I still find it interesting and fun, and I'm a sucker for new things.

If you want to find me (at least for now), I'm @thedeadparrot@mastodon.social. My instance is closed down for new signups right now, but if you're interested, I can also dig up other reputable instances if need-be.

how I know [personal profile] bell loves me

Jun. 16th, 2017 08:56 pm
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
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She will watch season one of ST:TNG with me. I'm trying to hit the high points while grabbing anything crucial for continuity so that we can watch DS9 together. Today we sampled a snifter of Hide & Q. Seriously, Riker, everyone knows you want to bang Q. Don't let the audience here at home stop you.

New Brunswick is absolutely gorgeous

Jun. 10th, 2017 07:08 pm
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
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I would move here in a flat second. Of course it's beautiful today; they say it gets much hotter sometimes, and much snowier other times. But I love the little houses, the pathways, the river. I think even [personal profile] bell would agree that the trees are the right height: it's quite like Boston in its greenery. The only downside is that there isn't much to do. But for introverts: probably not a problem! Maybe I'll go for a walk by the river and then see what sort of pubs are open for dinner, finish up Dracula while I eat.

Oh yeah PS, my panel went really super well. I've also been putting in a concerted effort to network and not huddle with grad students I already know. It's VERY HARD. But I plan to send some follow-up emails when I get home, 'hey I met you, thanks for the chat', that kind of thing. Ugh. But yay. But ugh.

PPS, I'm kinda lonely but also kinda hungry but also I kinda don't want to leave my room? And there is a "Student Literary Cabaret" later but ugh, that probably means drinking and also talking to people? I could stop in I guess. And see. And then slink out and mope on my way back to my room? This seems like the best plan.
zulu: Karen Gillam from Dr. Who, wearing a saucy top hat (Default)
[personal profile] zulu
I didn't think that was possible. Hence why I wandered around for half an hour before asking for directions.

Anyway, back my luxurious hotel room industrially-tiled student dorm, in no way ready to go to sleep but I really should because morning comes early in these parts. Stupid East Coast.

Conference paper is ready, so is conference powerpoint. Should probably check where conference actually IS before sleep.

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