Sunday, August 20th, 2017 09:33 am
:: I understand other people have social Saturdays, bing-watch The Defenders*, or combine the two; go, y'all! Me, I write a brief article for work. When I say "brief" I mean it's supposed to be two pages. I didn't write it briefly -- more like five hours for the baseline -- nor is it brief at the moment (though there's always changing the font back to Times New Roman. Which is, let me put it like that, better than Courier New).

* I ask whether to watch The Defenders on Twitter; two threads (the more Yay) here and (the more Nay) here.

:: Well, at least I can claim I had a social Friday -- my naturalized friend in Cole Valley took me in after the Worst Day Ever, got us and his two other flatmates a close-to-perfect gluten-free dinner, and I found out first-hand that Archer really is only funny to some people. I didn't want to aggravate my friend, who is extremely loving to me, always (without, I stress, wanting to sleep with me -- he has a relatively quick succession of girlfriends at all times). But Men Behaving Badly is basically my bullet-proof squick.

Too bad that...well, let's not get into that here.

:: The good thing that I consumed lately was the latest installment of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series -- "Magic for Nothing". Finally, finally I really connected with a character of hers; Antimony Price is the first of the Price siblings I genuinely like. At first I was wondering whether the voice actress put me off (audiobook listener because of the lack of sit-down free time). But no; the same voice actress voices Magic For Nothing, and I wanted to hug Annie all the time. Or maybe shoulder-bump. She's not a physically affectionate character. Perhaps not incidentally, this was also the first book of the six where I spoilered )

:: What I have just started AND almost finished is one of those cheap offers on Audible**, namely a book called Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon. I enjoy it a lot -- much more than I expected. It's grouped as "cozy mystery", which I personally take to read, "Did you like Miss Marple and her village? Try this!" There is very little cozy about characters or plot, which is really for the better. As you know, I like dragons and spaceships and ladies who kick ass...not all at the same time, necessarily. But this book made me grin, a lot. For one, it's funny. Second, in the Atomic Blonde age, I cannot but picture Charlize Theron in the main role of a basically-benched CIA field agent ending up in a Louisiana bayou. It's an enormously Bechdel-passing book, and while I can already tell the solution to one of the B plots (and you will too), I haven't solved the A Plot yet; I think the straight-up murder has to be misdirection. Weakness: Where the fuck are all the Black people? This is LA; we're talking 33% of the population. I can see small towns self-selecting, especially Sinful, LA, but not to that degree.

** I do give too much money to Jeff Bezos.
Sunday, August 20th, 2017 09:15 am
Today's prompt is "a day of roses".
Thursday, August 17th, 2017 08:44 am
So I'm an Amazon Prime member and have been for years; partially it's my physical limitation of carrying heavy things (crates of veggie juice, three-packs of old-fashioned apple cider vinegar in glasses), partially it's my working hours -- even worse now -- and partially, let's be real, it's my innate laziness. I understand I am contributing to the death of live, human retail, which is why I buy all light things I can carry locally with extreme prejudice.

Amazon Prime comes with perks. They're not great perks, but show me a company that doesn't profit from supposed swag, and I'll sell you a bridge in Brooklyn. The one I use most often is Amazon Prime Music. Is the selection dubious? Sure. But it's "free".

This morning when picking "Happy Indie Pop" I saw this:

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 08:53 am
And lo and behold, [personal profile] cofax7 offered to go out for a drink and food last night, and that was the bright spot of my day. (I love Bask up on Columbus, where they also never gluten'ed me).

The rest of the day...don't ask. When you schlepp home five pounds of reading at 11pm in order to prepare, and find out after dutifully going through it that none of it was relevant? Suboptimal. Should have known this day, minus the A+ dinner with C, would suck dead rats through a garden hose (Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2).
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 07:32 pm
My phone is dead.

Not merely dead, where it won't wake up, or the screen is smashed, or the battery is gone. No, my phone is dead, so thoroughly fried that even God is backing away, hands held up, saying, "Dude, no one's that omnipotent."

As near as the dude at the repair store can figure, my charger died spectacular sometime Sunday night, and fried every electrical component in my phone along with it. Given that I just checked that charger and it was a LOT of years old, I find this explanation highly plausible. Folks, check your chargers. Trade them for new ones.

My photos were on the sd card, which survived, and they were the only irreplaceable things (three+ years of photos of animals I've taken care of the at the shelter, utterly irreplaceable). But I did not have my movie database or my CD database backed up (because I'm stupid), so I have three-some years of acquisitions to rebuild, unless Google was backing them up for me, which I doubt. But the new phone is on the way (Moto G4 Plus from B&H, unlocked, GSM/CDMA, 64gb of onboard memory, 1.4Ghz octocore processor.... it's a nice phone, and only out at the edge of my budget, and yes, I am very grateful I'm in a position where I can replace my phone, thank god/dess), so I suppose I'll exhaust that last hope soon.

(Also changing providers; Virgin Mobile is making it quite clear that they no longer give a crap about Android users; combined with their nasty habit of making you start a new plan with a new phone and not refunding any of the old plan, the time is ripe for a change. MetroPCS seems to win most of the review polls, and it means I can use a GSM phone, and there's a store literally around the corner from my condo, so...)

I would have gotten my phone diagnosed this morning, but there was a dead body on the tracks at Fullerton (a hub for all three northside El lines) and the entire north side ground to a halt for about three hours. I had left early to go to the phone repair place, and was lucky enough to get a seat on the 151 bus; it is literally the slowest bus you can take to the Loop, but it got me there. There were people walking to the Loop because the buses were too full or running too far behind and Uber, of course, switched to surge rates. I briefly berated myself for not trying to switch to one of the expresses, but by the time I realized how bad it was, all of the expresses would have been full, so...
Tuesday, August 15th, 2017 11:18 pm
Today's prompt is 'seeing it all'.
Monday, August 14th, 2017 11:16 pm
Today's prompt is "we do what we can".
Monday, August 14th, 2017 04:57 pm

Posting for round 10 has begun today, August 14th and runs through October 4th, 2017 (until midnight your timezone).

You may post your fanwork anytime during the open posting period.

You can find posting instructions in this post on DW and this post on LJ.

NOTE that claiming continues until September 1st, 2017.