Three sentences about 2017-02-23

Feb. 24th, 2017 01:43 am
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I got to bed so nice and early last night that I woke up a bit early this morning, and thus went back to sleep after playing with the kids for a bit; dozed a little, maybe even slept, but it was nice and relaxing anyway. We then headed up to Claremont to visit my dad and family, stopping at Patty's on the way to pick up burritos for lunch tomorrow (including some comical misunderstanding about whether I was getting burritos just for me, or for Amy as well). Had a nice time hanging out, the various kids played together, I caught up with my dad a bit, and we ordered a couple of Round Table pizzas for dinner, which were good although not as spectacular as I remembered. An easy drive back to San Diego, and now it's late and time for bed.

Three sentences about 2017-02-22

Feb. 22nd, 2017 11:24 pm
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A low-key day today, we hung around the house all morning, and then headed out in the afternoon, stopping by a beach where seals and their pups were hanging out, which the kids liked a lot. I did a bit of kite-flying while we were there, although there wasn't really enough space for the Snapshot 1.2, and trying to keep the lines away from passersby and the kite out of the trees led to a crash and then tangled lines when I foolishly tried to launch it from a bad position, and flying time wasted on line detangling. Fun while it lasted though. :^) We then went over to a playground for the kids to run around a bit, and then back to the house, where the kids stayed for dinner with the grandparents while Amy and I headed out to local favorite mole place El Agave, which was super yummy as always. Home again after that, for home-made chocolate ice cream with caramel sauce, baths, and bed.

Three sentences about 2017-02-21

Feb. 22nd, 2017 01:46 pm
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Today, Legoland! Highlights included going on the Dragon coaster with Q, for whom it was a little too scary (the smaller Coastersaurus (Junie's first roller coaster, around four years ago) was down for maintenance, alas); the Technic coaster with Junie, which she was nervous about but ended up really enjoying; and generally watching the kids have fun, as there's definitely more kid-oriented stuff there than grownup. We went to PF Chang's for dinner afterwards, where I'd only been once before, and it was fine, not bad but not fantastic. I was super zonked by the time we got home, and thus did not post this until now. :^)

Smut Swap Letter

Feb. 20th, 2017 11:39 pm
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For all of these fandoms, but especially Rivers of London, my initial list of kinks was in the hundreds. I've pared that down to 30 or 40 that best represent what I like about a fandom, but don't be shy about adding in other kinks I haven't mentioned.

I attempted to put kinks in orders that would spark plotbunnies rather than alphabetical order or some hierarchy of interest. (Which is also why the number of tags in the first field varies and isn't always 20.) I like everything on the lists and would be happy with a fic using any of them.

General notes )

My Requests

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch )

Always Crashing in the Same Car (2007) )

Wynonna Earp (TV) )

Tintin - All Media Types )

Fandom:Whyborne and Griffin - Jordan L. Hawk )

Ex Machina (2015) )

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (TV) )

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (2015) )

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.

Three sentences about 2017-02-20

Feb. 20th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Today, a busy day at The World Famous San Diego Zoo! We saw bears, pandas, elephants, polar bears, big cats, gibbons, koalas, tasmanian devils, tapis and other snout guys, various birds, and probably other things I'm forgetting. :^) We didn't make it to see the hippos, but I've seen 'em before, so hey. Dinner afterwards at Casa Guadalajara was yummy, and now we're home for baths and bedtimes.

Three sentences about 2017-02-19

Feb. 20th, 2017 01:21 am
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A low-key day in San Diego, we were all up a little early what with the time zone change, and then headed out to see The Batman Lego Movie, which was a lot of fun, and the kids liked it a lot too. I got slightly misty at the BAM and POW seen. :^) We stopped by Krispy Kreme on the way home, and then had lunch and donuts, after which I took a nice long nap. Amy's dad grilled a couple pieces of steelhead for dinner, which was great. Baths for the kids, then a couple games of BRAWL and Gold Digger, bedtime for the kids, and then a nice game of TTR with Amy and her sister, which ended hilariously when Amy's tablet disagreed with ours about what her sixth ticket was, and thus whether she had completed it, and thus who won the game. :^) Tomorrow, the zoo; so now, to bed!

Three sentences about 2017-02-18

Feb. 19th, 2017 02:01 am
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Another long day, and a complicated one, but all went well, so yay. :^) Took the kids to Q's futsal and Junie's shotokan in the morning, then home for lunch, and final packing, before taking a cab to the airport! We got some fast food for dinner, got to our gate in plenty of time, and had a pretty smooth flight -- we haven't flown with the kids in nearly two years, and it was a pretty different (much easier) experience. They slept some, Amy a bit I think, and I didn't much, although I did doze off while listening to some podcasts, and woke up in the middle of a different one than I had been listening to, and I'm not sure how many I missed. :^p Amy's folks picked us up from the airport, and we have now made it home, and are headin' to bed.

Three sentences about 2017-02-17

Feb. 17th, 2017 11:56 pm
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Long day, tired day. Good progress on Feb Proj in the morning. Headed home at 13:00 to meet stove repair people in case they showed up while Amy was picking up the kids. They did, and they fixed the stove, ya stove. Amy made fish sticks and cauliflower tots and crescent rolls and kale chips for dinner, yum. Kid baths, interspersed with working, and some logistical coordination with sister. Tired. Bedtimes, more work, more Feb Proj milestones accomplished, woot. Long day. Tired day. GTFTS.

Three sentences about 2017-02-16

Feb. 16th, 2017 10:46 pm
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Tired, oof. Gotta work on getting to bed earlier. My streak tracking is going great, except my "call the government" and "gtfts" ones, which are basically non-existent. :^p Will keep trying. Anyway, made great progress on the February Project today, despite a lot of interruptions and distractions. Chaos came over for dinner, Amy tried a new thing in the slow cooker which wasn't bad but wasn't great, but it's always cool to try new things, it's very easy to fall into the pattern of making the same seven things the kids like every week. :^) We played Blokus after the kids were in bed; I lost, but thought I did pretty well, given that I've played like twice ever and not in ages. Our Internet connection was down all day, but finally came back up, yay. We managed ok by going through our phones as wireless hotspots, which is a useful thing to know we can do. A bit more Feb Proj work, and now it's bedtime. GTFTS!

Three sentences about 2017-02-15

Feb. 15th, 2017 10:39 pm
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A bit more banging on stupid API things at work today, but then some other good productive stuff after that. Yale Appliance called, the part for our stove is in and they'll come install it on Friday; so, I made toaster oven fish nuggets for the kids, and microwave nachos for the grownups, for dinner tonight, yum. :^) Quentin has learned to play BRAWL, in turn-taking mode; he doesn't play as strategically as Junie, but he's got the rules down fine, and is well on his way to turning into an excellent little gamer. We battled to a draw tonight, and he's sure to get a win at some point...

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
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

DW News, 15 Feb 2017 )


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Three sentences about 2017-02-14

Feb. 14th, 2017 09:58 pm
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Blah, tired and frustrating day today, whanging basically all day long on the poorly-documented API of one of our service providers. Which is worse, badly written example code, or docs with factual errors in them? I managed to get something pretty well working by the end of the day anyway, so all ways not a total loss. I fell asleep on the couch while the kids were playing after dinner, though, so it's bedtime now.

Three sentences about 2017-02-13

Feb. 13th, 2017 08:52 pm
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MORE SNOW jeez. The kids' schools were closed, as was my office, so I worked from home, and got some done but not as much as sometimes. The snow this time was heavy and wet, and the plows had done something different than usual, possibly plowed all the way to the curb rather than only a foot or two out, the net effect of which was that there was a ton of heavy full-of-big-rocks-of-ice snow all over the *sidewalk* for us to shovel. :^p But we did, and it was good exercise I suppose. Amy entertained the kids while I worked, and we watched Star Wars II in the middle there somewhere, which was fun and actiony when it wasn't horribly teen-romance-angsty. The lightsaber fight with Yoda is perhaps my favorite thing in the seven numbered Star Wars movies. :^) The stove repair guy came somewhere in here too, and quickly identified our problem as a part whose name I've forgotten, but which was visibly melted, so he's ordered us another one, which perhaps we will have on Wednesday, to the tune of around $250 total; more than we were hoping to spend on the stove this month, but cheaper than a new stove, and it's in good shape otherwise, so.

The less good news of the day is that Erich Schneider, a friend and former co-worker from Caltech (we shared an office for several months after we both started work at ITS at around the same time), had been missing for two days; today, his wife went to the police, and they found video of him jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. :^( I don't think anyone knows why, at least not yet. I hadn't seen him in years, but he was a really good guy, and I can't possibly do his memory any justice whatsoever, but some of my main memories of him are of his awesome and strange projects: Learning enough Greek to read Homer in the original, reading the twelve-volume Complete History Of Middle Earth (at a volume a month, over the course of a year, I think?), his recumbent bike, the homemade paneer he made with a cheesecloth hanging from his kitchen sink, and a lot of excellent gaming and hanging out from 1999 - 2005. He wasn't a frequent presence in my life these days, but he was a big part of my time at Caltech, and I'm sad that when I next reminisce about those times with those people, he'll be one of the memories rather than one of the participants. RIP Erich.

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.

Three sentences about 2017-02-12

Feb. 12th, 2017 10:29 pm
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More snow! I'd thought we were supposed to get a little, and then maybe some rain, but instead it's been snowing all day, heavy and wet. It doesn't seem to be accumulating all that much, oddly, but that could just be becuase it's barely freezing, so maybe it's all just melting, preparing to freeze into sheets of solid ice overnight. :^p Schools are closed tomorrow, anyway, and it remains to be seen whether conditions will indicate that I should work from home or head in or what. Also unclear whether our stove repair person will be showing up or not; we continue to be only mildly inconvenienced by its absence, but it sure would be nice to be able to cook again.

Anyway, despite the weather we had a pretty busy day, heading out to Robbins Farm Park to go sledding in the morning, where we met a friend of Q's from preschool, and had a generally good time. Home, some playing, and some lunch, and then we were off to the birthday party of a preschool friend of Junie's, at Together In Motion, where we ran and tumbled and threw things, played a board game called Outfoxed which was reasonably fun, had cake, and ran around some more. :^) Home again, from where we ordered Indian, with a big tip for delivering in the crappy weather. Caught up on some phone replacement tasks (resetting MFA tokens), and now it's bedtime.

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.

Three sentences about 2017-02-11

Feb. 11th, 2017 10:44 pm
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Snow! Mostly overnight, tapering off in the morning; I shoveled, and we headed off for the first session of Q's futsal class ("class"? "skills clinic"? a bunch of 4 - 6 year olds running around in a gym kicking soccer balls :^). We got somewhat lost, because I'd never actually been inside Ottoson before, but a helpful snowploy guy detected that we were in the wrong parking lot, and directed us to the correct one, and we got there just a little late. Q had a great time, was a little too aggressive but will get the hang of things as he learns more I imagine. We then headed over to Junie's shotokan, which turns out to be two blocks from Ottoson, but we didn't realize that, so we spent ten minutes getting in and out of the car and driving rather than five minutes walking. :^) Home for lunch after that, and then a nap; a couple games of Brawl with Q before dinner (leftovers, thanks stupid broken stove), baths, and bed. Amy and I played a round of TTR Asia, which was fun, the most-connected-cities bonus is a nice change of pace. Now it's late and time for bed.

Three sentences about 2017-02-10

Feb. 10th, 2017 10:57 pm
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Junie's school was open, but with delayed (by two hours) arrival; Q's preschool opened on time, so I dropped him off on my way to work. I called Yale Appliance and they're sending someone over to look at the stove on Monday morning. Another whole bunch of progress on the February Project at work, yay. Home, Theo's for dinner, and then to the Hardy Talent Show, which was cute and fun and has Junie thinking that she'd like to participate next year, perhaps a shotokan demo of some kind. :^) Home again, some catching up on mail and other reading, and now it's bedtime for me.
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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!