Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 02:09 am
1. We had strawberries with whipped cream after dinner tonight and they were so good! The first really tasty berries of the season, I think.

2. I got another chapter of manga finished up tonight. I have several chapters out for typesetting, so hopefully one of those will be ready to post soon.

3. Last night and tonight I got in a lot of cuddling with Molly. She often comes up on my desk for pettings, but sometimes finds it hard to calm down and just get petted, but both nights she lay down on my desk and I was able to cuddle her as I petted and gave her lots of tummy scritchings too.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017 07:03 am
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Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 01:22 pm
1. These days, I have bad days, and I have worse days. (I also have some good days. Somewhat less for now. This is not my norm, but there you go.) No, I don't really want to talk about it. Right now, anyway. I'm sure I will eventually. Personal problems abound, and I love all of you for being here for me in spite of those.

1A. Thanks to all of you who are patient with my off days when I get a little snappish. Those are less under my control than I would like. Serenity is hard to come by. (Please make all the Firefly tv series jokes you can. :)

2. I have a Tumblr. I have auto-crossposting of public posts set up for the people who have taken off to Tumblr and don't check Dreamwidth anymore, but who want to keep up on my life. I do not log onto Tumblr. Ever. This is not going to change. I don't have the time to be on multiple sites, the mental energy to deal with Tumblr, or the emotional energy to put up with Tumblr's toxic folks.

2A. Yes, I am aware you can curate your Tumblr experience with xkit or Tumblr Savior or whatever the latest trendy scripting extension is, but I don't have time.

3. I do the same with auto-crossposting public posts to Facebook, but I do log onto Facebook occasionally because my LARP runs on Facebook.

4. If you're reading on another site and you want the access-locked posts, you will have to make a Dreamwidth account. That's more personal content and less fandom and nerd content. Well. A little more nerd venting too, I guess.

5. I have many other social networking logins, but mostly don't participate, because I am a lazy social networking slacker.

6. Work is busy and only getting busier. Same with offline obligations. I do my best to reply to comments, but you can also get in touch with me via email to havocthecat@gmail or a Dreamwidth private message.
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 01:31 am
1. I got my hair cut today! Haven't got it cut since early February, so it was getting really shaggy and annoying, but as usual I was dragging my feet about actually doing it. I'm so glad to finally get it done, though!

2. I had a pretty relaxing day off. Did some housework and translation and just chilled out.

3. I also played a little bit of Zelda, though not much. I decided I want to concentrate on farming stuff to upgrade my armor, so I wasn't doing anything super exciting. I haven't really been using the camera function much, but I figured it would be helpful to set a tracker for whatever I'm trying to farm at the moment, so I did get it out and take pictures of a few things. I needed like forty electric Lizalfos tails, lol. Thankfully those guys are all over the place in the desert so I'm down to just needing like ten more. I also got one more shrine quest done in the desert while I was there, and accidentally stumbled across another shrine, too. Just twelve shrines left to go!

4. Carla took a picture of me with Jasper. :)

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 11:48 am
Have got back one of the assignments, with marks. (this is one of the older ones).

This is one where at the top of one of the questions I basically put a 'have half arsed this' note which read something along the lines of 'due to unexpected commitments, have been unable to do this justice, thus there are no references', as my sop to pointing out that I know that some of the things that I'm saying aren't new, but I haven't bothered to look for real references, because all that I know has come out of the textbook and out of the unit notes (oh, and some bits where I've no idea where I know that from). And it has come back with 'no penalty for no references'. And I'm all "no, that isn't right! What are you thinking letting me get away with that. Now I'll know to just half arse the next one!"

And I really don't know what to feel about this. On the one hand, I was writing a response to a situation, and so just presenting the relevant information in a logical manner probably makes sense. But on the other hand *no references or attributions*. Who does that?*

* in this case, mathematicians. But still!!

(also: dammit, what is it that I keep mistyping that causes autocarrot to remove the 'un' from so many words. It really messes up the sentence structure and meaning.)
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 11:42 am
I don't post much about our backyard chickens - mostly because I don't remember their existence as much as I used to when I was out there every day caring for them ('tis now Eldest's job). But today, I'm sitting in bed, listening to one of the chickens peck at the en suite door frame. I'm guessing it is the same one that usually does it, although I can't see from here. And it is making me realise that I should at least keep *some* notes on the state of the flock.

Right now, we have 7 chickens. This is down from the peak of 10, not all that long ago (a year?). There are none of the original set that were bought from a factory farm, but we still have the pair of Arucanas and one of the Barnevelders remaining. Of the semi-hand reared chooks that we got at the point of having about half their feathers, we have three of the original seven -- three were identified as probably roosters and then returned from whence they came, and one of them has mysteriously vanished (we suspect it went over a fence. However, because that age of chook has a habit of going missing and then strutting out from somewhere they can't possibly have been hiding after a few weeks, we didn't worry for a while). And of the old three that I acquired from someone who was moving and wasn't able to keep them, we have one (the pale brown/cream) remaining.

Of these, six of them happily return to the pen at night. The last one insists on sleeping in the mulberry tree, which is fine, but not as sheltered as I might like, and there aren't any good perching spots out of the rain elsewhere in the garden either. Between them, they are keeping the back garden free of weeds, which is great, but also free of several other things I've tried planting (even though I do put old wire baskets over the plants in hope that that will protect them). I've mostly not been paying attention to this in recent years, with all the energy I have going elsewhere, but I have Plans! to be going on with once my next two uni deadlines have been hit, seeing as the rains seem to have well and truly come for the year. Which means I'm going to have to work out some chook proofing that actually works (the original chook proofing was completely fine with the original chooks, who were completely unwilling to consider flight at all). Plus, given the fact that the cubby seems to get no love, and should probably go on to a family who can make use of it, I probably need to discuss with family what we want to do in terms of chook enclosures, and how we want to handle them. But that is a thought for another day.

Oh, and the last detail - eggs. Egg production has slowed down. There was a recent(ish) discovery of a stash, but I'm guessing either that a new stash location has been found, or they are laying where the ravens can get the eggs (this is another thing that is prompting planning for the new enclosure. If I set things up with a bit more space, and a bit better food provision arrangement, and nicer nesting boxes, we might only let the chooks out after a set number of eggs are seen, and then maybe the ravens will get fewer).
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 08:56 pm
• I've ordered, from Japan, a tenugui towel with an udon noodle design. It seemed like a good idea at the time, and to be fair the shipping was only £1.50. All the designs are amazing, but I was particularly struck by this. (Tell me that Yuuri Katsuki doesn't take one to the rink with him.)

• I also seem to be buying excessive quantities of culottes. (Well, two pairs, but you know.) For once I'm on trend. I know I have to buy now, before they disappear for another twenty years. I hate the fashion cycle.

Victor isn't the only one who has a phone case of himself

• This weekend I'm going to Belgium, and it's now clear that it's going to be boiling hot, like 28C/83F on Sunday. Currently reconsidering my packing list, plans, life choices, etc. (Don't laugh, people from elsewhere.) I still plan on climbing the Wall of Geraardsbergen but I'll have to do it early in the morning. And, you know, on foot. Needless to say.
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 06:23 pm
I am making another attempt to return to DW. I have been checking out DW more during the last months but when I opened the post window my mind went blank.

So, what has happened since my last entry in, wait, October? Wow. It did not seem like so much time had passed since my last attempt. Anyway, I am on holiday at the moment and waiting for [personal profile] mystisblom to arrive on Thurday. We are going to Lisbon for a week. Anyone been there and has tips? I have a list but there is always space for more.

My littlest niece is going to the US as an exchange student this summer, to the most hilariously fake-Austrian village in Michigan. I am trying my hardest to be supportive and not roll my eyes too hard.

In fandom news, I am still very much in love with Derek & Stiles even though I cannot make myself care about Teen Wolf in any shape or form anymore. I live only in fanfic land.

I finally watched Rogue One a few weeks ago. I tried when it came out but it bored me so I never watched more than 20 minutes or so. This time around I cried hopeless, bitter tears about Jyn and Cassian. Why so cruel, world, why? So I have been reading fix-it fic a lot, obviously.

There hasn't been anything else that captured my attention. I have been looking forward to the new Prison Break so, so much, but I just couldn't get into it. I still haven't watched more than the first two episodes. I think I will wait until the season is over and then binge watch.

I think this is enough for the moment. Hello. *waves*
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 03:33 pm
So, that was Sense8.

I meant to live blog it, but instead I binge watched the entirety of season 2 instead. I now, of course, review, with loads and loads of spoilers. If you’ve not seen it, you should look away.

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Thursday, March 16th, 2017 09:32 pm

Ghost TalkersGhost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An interesting idea that felt somewhat averagely implemented, although I can’t say why. I finished it, but never felt gripped by it.

I think perhaps part of it was the anticipation, Kowal had quite a bit of buzz going with code breaking and other puzzles last year, and I think I just expected … more?

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Mirrored from P.R. Kaye's Presence.

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 05:58 pm
I am charmed by Lucie Cobbe Heaton Armstrong’s social column, originally appearing in the issue of * Women’s Suffrage Journal* for 1 May 1884.

It begins “Mrs. Frank Morrison gave a highly-successful ‘At Home’ the other day, at the South Kensington Hotel, for the principal supporters of women’s suffrage. There was quite a brilliant company assembled. I noticed Lady Harberton and Lady Wilde amongst the guests. The meeting was held in a charming room, with cream-coloured panels picked out with a narrow line of pale pink and pale blue,”

I for one applaud the combination of feminism and fashion, bread and roses too.
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 05:55 pm
Despite my utmost foreboding, Pearl’s party was great. There was a break in the weather and the kids could play outside. They were captivated by some very simple party games, with the most popular probably being a Harry Potter Time Turner variant of charades.
Monday, May 22nd, 2017 02:24 am
1. Super hectic weekend at work, following a super hectic week, so I'm reeeeeeeally glad for my day off tomorrow!

2. I was worn out after work but still managed to get a chapter of manga translated tonight.

3. I love the way Chloe likes to chill with her arms stretched out like this.

Sunday, May 21st, 2017 03:54 pm
So I died twice in the game yesterday. Actually, the first party all died during the first lion hunt. It was, indeed, brutal. While hunting down the lion, we were pelted with acid rain that hurt us all severely even before we encountered the monster. Add to that a nasty card from the lion's deck called Clever Ploy that negates your hits, gets you attacked, and then gets shuffled back into the deck. We were pretty much doomed when the card came up the second time, and the third? I think that's when someone's head exploded. Two of us already had cerebral hemorrhages by that time.

We had decapitations, another head explosion, and the party was dead as doornails. Back to the village, were there was more population to make characters of. Two died by committing suicide together. The weight of this crazy, uncaring world was just too much for their delicate sensibilities.

The different phases take a while, partly because it's hard to learn so many new things at once. We finally figured out that if one person read from the book and another manipulated the many decks of cards, things went a lot smoother.

Combat can be really discouraging. You roll to hit, but then you roll to see IF you do damage. A hit doesn't automatically do damage, unless you throw some weapons, which then is an automatic critical. Take my advice, if you get to ambush the monster, make sure there's a critical in that first attack. It will make a huge difference.

I do like that the cards used by the monsters in combat will vary from hunt to hunt. I don't want to play a game where I know all the things that are going to happen.

The only thing that made me twitch was when one character was assigned the impairment of Binge Eating Disorder. That hit a hot button for me, as I have that, and I felt the concept was perverted in the game.

Other than that, I'm having a fabulous time at it. There were a lot of laughs, nobody got really upset when they died. We all went insane.  I don't know that I'd spend the money on the full game, but I'll enjoy playing, especially if we manage to survive with a village of six.

I can keep up with these updates if people are interested. I'd really love to see this group active again. If not, no worries.
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 09:59 am
I read from this link

Which has no graphics at all, and when you click through you're automatically in style=light

(And if a post doesn't have a title, then this displays the initial words of the body.)
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 06:23 pm
1.19 The Honey Offering

First Aired 23 April 2001

Dylan tries to bring peace to two warring Nietzschean prides by escorting a princess of one to an arranged marriage with the other, but when Dylan and the princess are forced to escape in the Eureka Maru while Andromeda lures away a fleet, he realizes that things aren't as they seem.

I love all the characters in this. Dylan is competent. Beka gets to be sassy. Tyr is super Nietzchean, trying to barter essentially nothing for something better and then running off away from the superior enemy.
Sunday, May 21st, 2017 01:37 am
1. It was really hot today, but it looks like it's supposed to drop down a lot tomorrow and even more as the week goes on. (And at least I was at work in the air conditioning while it was hot!)

2. We've been trying to get back into the habit of taking a walk every night and have taken one every day for over a week. I'm really hoping we can keep this up.

3. Look at these two cutie snugglers!

Saturday, February 18th, 2017 06:08 pm

The Winter Long (October Daye, #8)The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every time I think McGuire has reached a comfortable plateau, she shakes things up again, this time with a 9 on the Richter Scale. It may sound passe, but this really is the book where everything changes. Don’t start reading unless you’ve got the time to keep reading, ’cause they’re ain’t no putting this down once you’ve started!

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Sunday, May 21st, 2017 01:47 pm
[ profile] hoidn has been posting lots of cute Niles/Daphne gif sets on tumblr and it reminded me how much I enjoyed Frasier but found it frustrating that I was stuck with whatever episodes I happened to catch on tv. So I decided to watch it in order! Not all 220 episodes or whatever just the ones that sound good/shippy. And then Cam was inspired to maybe do the same, so I'm going to write up the episodes as I watch them to help him decide what to watch himself (unless he just watches them all, he is more of a completionist than me)

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Saturday, May 20th, 2017 09:22 pm
California has been lovely so far, the weather has been really nice and the seminars very entertaining. I am irked that the five seminars I wanted to see were all booked at the same time, but that's life. Endless suffering.

Why did I buy three more books. I ask you.