Planning for the future.

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:35 am
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I've now purchased a new computer! It'll be here in two weeks or so. While there's nothing wrong with my current one, it's starting to get up there in computer years, and it's about time it retired and took up topiary as a hobby. Or the computer equivalent.

The last time I got a new computer was just about seven and a half years ago. Then, it was because there were genuine hardware difficulties - something had gone wrong with the interface and if I used the mouse, the keyboard went unresponsive for a few minutes, and even the trackpad wasn't working propery. I got used to a lot of keyboard shortcuts before I went in for the one I've got now. Which is still working fine, if slowly, and I don't want to disrupt the balance of anything right now. So, buying one before there's any pressing need.

Also, thank goodness my building has a doorman to sign for the package.

I figure that when the new one comes, and I have everything set up and working and reasonably sorted out, I can take all my stuff off this one and have it as a standby backup. Just put it in the closet with its peripherals unless circumstances arise it's needed.

The part I'm most dreading about all this is having to remember my passwords to everything. Maybe it's time I started writing them down.

Hero of the hour.

Aug. 15th, 2017 10:18 pm
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It only hits me now I might have run out of time to make eclipse plans. Glasses seem to be sold out everywhere online. There's the Museum of Natural History's big viewing event, which I may well leave work early to attend. Though if it's as cloudy then as it was today, I might just walk to the nearest park and stand outside at the appropriate time rather than try anything else.

On some level, clouds in August - or all of summer, really - is just wrong to me. It makes me think it's late September, and turns every day of the week into Thursday.

So I did my best to stay active, and cleaned out and got rid of a bunch of stuff hanging around my apartment. Mostly papers, with a little garbage and no small amount of dust. Spreading it out onto my bed and forcing myself to look at everything was a big help in terms of making practical assessments. Most of it was done to Hawaii 5-0, which somehow makes for ideal apartment-cleaning TV.

Just for pun.

Aug. 14th, 2017 10:11 pm
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At work today, someone said he'd done medical coding himself, a long time ago.

"Like COBOL?" I asked. No, he said, nothing like that, mostly data entry.

"So not a very BASIC job," I said. And boy, once he got it, did he mean it when he laughed.

I think I succeeded.

Aug. 10th, 2017 10:15 pm
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I took a boat ride out to eat pie today, which is as it should be. To be precise, I rode a ferry out to Brooklyn, because New York City is an archipelago and a ferry was faster than the subway, and then walked to where I could eat key lime pie. Real key lime pie, made with just five ingredients, out in Red Hook right by the water. My brother was with me, and we ate on the grass by a miniature beach, having walked through a part of New York City I'd never been to that more than anything reminded me of San Francisco. Not exactly for the food, and not exactly for the water. More in that it was a bright, sunny day with few clouds and little wind, that where I was walking happened to have the lazy, low-horizon line architecture of the California Bay Area, small houses clustered together with the incidental empty lot left to grass and flowers and birds, funky little shops scattered up and down a main drag, a town hidden away out at the edge of a city.

Sometime after I got back to Manhattan, I realized there was a bit of sadness to the day too: I had to retire one of my rings. One of my favorites, to be honest. The little lizard pinkie ring I bought almost thirteen years ago to the day, back in August of 2004 in the Yerba Buena Gardens during a Philippine arts and culture festival just after I moved to San Francisco for college, worn until August of 2017 when the ring finally began to wear thin enough I'm worried it'll snap in two. So I took it off, kissed it, and put it away. I'm adjusting to a different one now. It's got leaves, but no little lizard face.

I can replace it easily enough - it's a common enough design that just looking up "lizard toe ring" on Google gets me the same thing right away, like right here. But it won't be the one I used to wear, and I'm hesitant to look into repair shops because it'd be so easy to replace it might not get taken seriously.

And though I wish I still had a smiling little lizard on my hand, it's not yet broken. I can take comfort in knowing it's not broken, or lost. In threat of those, but I didn't let that happen. I took it off and now it's put someplace for safekeeping. It saw me through a lot of adventures, like the one I had today, running to catch the ferry back, riding up front and feeling a bit of spray on my face and stepping away from my life to enjoy the world for a while.

So I guess, with this new ring, I start over again tomorrow.

VVC 2017 vid post

Aug. 7th, 2017 04:38 pm
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I made two vids for VVC this year!

For the Premiers show:
Fandom Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu & Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futabi-hen
Music Haunting by Halsey
Link download or streaming here

RevolutionaryJo got me into this fandom this fall, and while Yuri on Ice has mostly consumed all of my fannish feelings I found this story incredibly compelling and beautifully told. The historical nature of the show and wide time span covered compounded by the focus on storytelling and use of an unreliable narrator were really neat. Not to mention as an occasional angst fan this show was well crafted to give me a lot of feelings. So when I heard this song I had to make a vid about Kikuhiko being unable to let go of anything and how that love, desire, and guilt shape his entire life.

For Club Vivid:
Fandom: Multifandom - Awesome Ladies
Music Worth It by 5th Harmony
Link download or streaming here


Actresses Angela Bassett, Carry Fisher, Emma Thompson, Helen Mirren, Imelda Staunton, Judi Dench, Julianne Moore, Julie Walters, Lorretta Devine, Maggie Smith, Meryl Streep, Michelle Yeoh, Olympia Dukakis, Oprah Winfrey, Phylicia Rashad, Rita Moreno, and Whoopi Goldberg.

In 53 movies: A Walk in the Woods, A Little Game, August Osage County, Alone in Berlin, Black Nativity, Beautiful Creatures, Big Stone Gap, Brooklyn, The Butler, Casino Royale, Chi-Raq, Cloudburst, Creed, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, Devil Wears Prada, Downton Abbey, Effie Gray, Emily & Tim, Eye in the Sky, Final Recipe, Florence Foster Jenkins, Freeheld, Grandma's House, The Giver, Gypsy, Harry Potter Movies, Harry Hill the Movie, The Hundred Foot Journey, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Into the Woods, Iron Lady, The Last Keepers, London Has Fallen, The Love Punch, Maggie's Plan, Maps to the Stars, Morgan, Olympus has Fallen, One Chance, Philomena, Pride, Quartet, Red, Red 2, Remember Me, Ricki and the Flash, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Selma, Skyfall, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Still Alice, The Tempest, The Woman in Gold.

I had this idea on the plane ride home from VVC last year, thinking about mulitfandom Awesome Ladies vids. I realized that in Wings I hadn't included many older characters and that was ridiculous. So as soon as I got back from the Con I immediately started working on this vid for actresses over 50. RevolutionaryJo was a massive beta help and this vid would not be nearly as awesome or successful as it is now without her aid.