ironymaiden: (bitch)
I have a comically common name. My dentist's office has two of us. Between that and a retirement and remodel, our records are muddled.

Twice now I've gotten up early for a cleaning appointment, to be turned away. (I should feel glad, I guess. My doppelganger needs implants.) I really don't want to find a new dentist office, but they have one strike left.
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The new lj app for iOS is shitty. The stupid thing defaults to posts from strangers AND it truncates posts without any indication that there is more to read. And no journals-only filter. I see that I can probably customize it, but the defaults are useless to me.


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ironymaiden: (red)
in the wake of recent revelations about the Disney adaptation of Into the Woods, i sat down to rewatch the 1990 recording with [livejournal.com profile] mimerki. conclusion: someone at Disney must have optioned the rights in order to keep it from ever being made into a film, then years later someone who didn't know the show said, "hey! a fairytale musical? why haven't we made this yet?"

meanwhile, they drove a dumptruck of money up to Stephen Sondheim's house. what could he do?

i think it's a really interesting show to watch with kids. but you have to be ready to talk about the issues raised. well, we don't dare screw with our ability to pop something in the DVD player and leave.

it could turn out to have many fine qualities while being a terrible adaptation (ask me sometime about my love of Hans Christian Andersen stories). i won't be giving them any money for this one.

sidenote: i thought i would introduce M to Meryl Streep's "singing", only to discover that Mamma Mia is not available for streaming or rental.
ironymaiden: (siff 2k7)
i went with low expectations, and therefore enjoyed it.

my only real annoyance was that ENCOM (complete with that big door) and Flynn's arcade were shipped from LA to Canada. (also, Flynn seemed surprised that there was "an ENCOM tower now" and i had to wonder what he called the huge building with the ENCOM sign and the helipad back in the day...maybe they had to downsize when they relocated? ugh.)
ironymaiden: (daleks)
i've done a bunch of freecycling as part of the move. we got a raft of boxes, we gave several things. while the website warned of flakes, i had great luck with getting pleasant and punctual people to happily take our things.

until we got to the grill.

when i called my first choice he asked me to choose someone else on the list because he wasn't going to have time to pick up in a timely fashion. okay, nice enough.

my next choice can get it right away, well not tonight but tomorrow, then no showed, then made excuses and asked to reschedule for tonight. just got an email that she went to get it but the grill isn't the exact size she wanted, so she won't be taking it. mine is the second-largest, and she wants the largest, you see. but she sure would like that charcoal...

i don't think you want me to give it to you, honey. the briquettes might not be too uncomfortable, but the other bag is uncompressed and that stuff is pointy.



candidate three says he will get it after work tonight. *sigh*
ironymaiden: (Default)
i've done a bunch of freecycling as part of the move. we got a raft of boxes, we gave several things. while the website warned of flakes, i had great luck with getting pleasant and punctual people to happily take our things.

until we got to the grill.

when i called my first choice he asked me to choose someone else on the list because he wasn't going to have time to pick up in a timely fashion. okay, nice enough.

my next choice can get it right away, well not tonight but tomorrow, then no showed, then made excuses and asked to reschedule for tonight. just got an email that she went to get it but the grill isn't the exact size she wanted, so she won't be taking it. mine is the second-largest, and she wants the largest, you see. but she sure would like that charcoal...

i don't think you want me to give it to you, honey. the briquettes might not be too uncomfortable, but the other bag is uncompressed and that stuff is pointy.



candidate three says he will get it after work tonight. *sigh*
ironymaiden: (siff 2k7)
i think Katheryn Bigelow rocks and i'm so happy that i got to see her do Q&A for The Hurt Locker at SIFF. when Streisand read her name i burst into tears. (still so happy that barrier wasn't broken by Sofia Coppola. ) i liked The Hurt Locker, and i'm glad it got recognition, but in ten years that film will be a footnote.

Avatar wasn't going to win, not because the film was less worthy, but because James Cameron has a shelf full of statues for Titanic. the academy has already recognized him, and for a film that is more palatable to voters. they do that "due" or "deserved" thing constantly. (i see the whine about bad writing in Avatar and i want those people to rewatch Titanic and then reflect for a few minutes.)

i spend a lot of time and money on movies, and i enjoy thoughtful discussion of same. Oscar season is usually a time when film discussion comes to the fore. it's a pleasure. i haven't enjoyed it quite so much this year because the venom spewed about Avatar seems to always come in the same breath as "$$$" and "not that i've seen it". i'm seeing comments about how lousy it was that the dude from Hurt Locker who broke campaigning rules got caught.* i didn't see thoughtful discussion of the other nominees at all :/



*my kneejerk reaction to this is that they probably also want to free Roman Polanski. who is a completely free millionaire child rapist as long as he stays out of the US. boo hoo. rules are for everyone, rich and poor, famous and not-famous, and that applies to an indie film producer as well as to a brilliant auteur with a sad personal life.
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i think Katheryn Bigelow rocks and i'm so happy that i got to see her do Q&A for The Hurt Locker at SIFF. when Streisand read her name i burst into tears. (still so happy that barrier wasn't broken by Sofia Coppola. ) i liked The Hurt Locker, and i'm glad it got recognition, but in ten years that film will be a footnote.

Avatar wasn't going to win, not because the film was less worthy, but because James Cameron has a shelf full of statues for Titanic. the academy has already recognized him, and for a film that is more palatable to voters. they do that "due" or "deserved" thing constantly. (i see the whine about bad writing in Avatar and i want those people to rewatch Titanic and then reflect for a few minutes.)

i spend a lot of time and money on movies, and i enjoy thoughtful discussion of same. Oscar season is usually a time when film discussion comes to the fore. it's a pleasure. i haven't enjoyed it quite so much this year because the venom spewed about Avatar seems to always come in the same breath as "$$$" and "not that i've seen it". i'm seeing comments about how lousy it was that the dude from Hurt Locker who broke campaigning rules got caught.* i didn't see thoughtful discussion of the other nominees at all :/



*my kneejerk reaction to this is that they probably also want to free Roman Polanski. who is a completely free millionaire child rapist as long as he stays out of the US. boo hoo. rules are for everyone, rich and poor, famous and not-famous, and that applies to an indie film producer as well as to a brilliant auteur with a sad personal life.
ironymaiden: (rain)
i've had a lot more headaches lately. nothing out of standard pattern for me, tension that rolls from my right shoulder, up my neck, and feels like a c-clamp with contacts behind my eye and at the back of my skull. i know the warning signs and how to effectively treat them. but they had been a monthly or less occurrence, and now they are weekly or more.

this doesn't really fit with the general sense of peace in my household, the books i've been devouring*, a new quilt underway, a good last session of D&D before the holidays, and lovely visits with friends (just passed and planned in the near future).

this does fit with 2009, though. i'm coiled and waiting for the next blow.** i was going to post this quote from [livejournal.com profile] warren_ellis earlier today, but i thought that i was just asking for trouble. with more lousy news coming from all quarters it seems more appropriate than ever:

"I’m starting to get the sense that 2009 wants to finish me off before it dies of old age. A calendrical unit yelling "I’m taking you with me, you bastard!" from its vanishing final paper bunker marked December, every spent day a room deleted from the structure until 2009 is finally huddled in one small box marked 31 and screaming obscenities in stark terror."



*i'm on a big Bujold kick. somehow i avoided reading any of her books previously, and now i have a steady flow coming in on library holds. they seem to be the grilled cheese and tomato soup of speculative fiction - i don't know that they're terribly good, but they are fatty and salty and filling and exude comfort. the only minus is that Baen has the worst art direction possible. i find myself wanting to hide the covers when i read on the bus because they are so embarrassingly ugly. i have an idea for an epic linkpost of bitching about this, but may never get around to it.

**and i'm pretty sure i'm grinding my teeth in my sleep. i should see a dentist about that. did i mention that my dentist seems to have retired with zero fanfare? i have several hearty recommendations to sort through. staying at the practice he joined before disappearing is not acceptable.
ironymaiden: (Default)
i've had a lot more headaches lately. nothing out of standard pattern for me, tension that rolls from my right shoulder, up my neck, and feels like a c-clamp with contacts behind my eye and at the back of my skull. i know the warning signs and how to effectively treat them. but they had been a monthly or less occurrence, and now they are weekly or more.

this doesn't really fit with the general sense of peace in my household, the books i've been devouring*, a new quilt underway, a good last session of D&D before the holidays, and lovely visits with friends (just passed and planned in the near future).

this does fit with 2009, though. i'm coiled and waiting for the next blow.** i was going to post this quote from [livejournal.com profile] warren_ellis earlier today, but i thought that i was just asking for trouble. with more lousy news coming from all quarters it seems more appropriate than ever:

"I’m starting to get the sense that 2009 wants to finish me off before it dies of old age. A calendrical unit yelling "I’m taking you with me, you bastard!" from its vanishing final paper bunker marked December, every spent day a room deleted from the structure until 2009 is finally huddled in one small box marked 31 and screaming obscenities in stark terror."



*i'm on a big Bujold kick. somehow i avoided reading any of her books previously, and now i have a steady flow coming in on library holds. they seem to be the grilled cheese and tomato soup of speculative fiction - i don't know that they're terribly good, but they are fatty and salty and filling and exude comfort. the only minus is that Baen has the worst art direction possible. i find myself wanting to hide the covers when i read on the bus because they are so embarrassingly ugly. i have an idea for an epic linkpost of bitching about this, but may never get around to it.

**and i'm pretty sure i'm grinding my teeth in my sleep. i should see a dentist about that. did i mention that my dentist seems to have retired with zero fanfare? i have several hearty recommendations to sort through. staying at the practice he joined before disappearing is not acceptable.
ironymaiden: (fuck it)
today, UPS left the standard passive-aggressive sticky note and no package.

but hey, if you contact them by seven, you can drive yourself to their warehouse in SODO between the railroad tracks, and then stand around and wait through most of the one-hour window they give you until the package is produced.

and lo, M$ gave us a new 360 with a warranty instead of repairing our busted old one, and a month of Live for our troubles.

they did not, however, send along a power block or a/v cord.




*headdesk*




if you call the service number on the website, you go through a series of recordings that never lead you to a human. if you exhaust the automated menu, it actually says "then i can't help you".

i used their email form. they make you choose a problem from a drop-down menu. "Console will not power on" it is.
ironymaiden: (Default)
today, UPS left the standard passive-aggressive sticky note and no package.

but hey, if you contact them by seven, you can drive yourself to their warehouse in SODO between the railroad tracks, and then stand around and wait through most of the one-hour window they give you until the package is produced.

and lo, M$ gave us a new 360 with a warranty instead of repairing our busted old one, and a month of Live for our troubles.

they did not, however, send along a power block or a/v cord.




*headdesk*




if you call the service number on the website, you go through a series of recordings that never lead you to a human. if you exhaust the automated menu, it actually says "then i can't help you".

i used their email form. they make you choose a problem from a drop-down menu. "Console will not power on" it is.
ironymaiden: (hate-lust)
i think it was [livejournal.com profile] mrdorbin i told that i hadn't had much trouble with Vista and it seemed like the complaints were overwrought.

i was dead wrong.

blah blah blah ginger )

between that and the hours of Windows update running since, i've spent the entire day dicking with this thing. i knew that i was going to break stuff, but that was the sorriest reinstall i've ever experienced.

one more firewall tweak, and then i'm logging out. and i'm not touching Vista again unless i need it for work.
ironymaiden: (Default)
i think it was [livejournal.com profile] mrdorbin i told that i hadn't had much trouble with Vista and it seemed like the complaints were overwrought.

i was dead wrong.

blah blah blah ginger )

between that and the hours of Windows update running since, i've spent the entire day dicking with this thing. i knew that i was going to break stuff, but that was the sorriest reinstall i've ever experienced.

one more firewall tweak, and then i'm logging out. and i'm not touching Vista again unless i need it for work.
ironymaiden: (reading)
i am inevitably disappointed when i read a work that has been classed as literary fiction, yet has science fiction themes. still i continue reading them, hoping for another Iron Bridge.*

so, um, Children of Men (the book). all men in the world are suddenly infertile, and we are carefully told that the world supply of stored sperm has also gone bad somehow, yet we can't have one lousy sentence that mentions an effort at cloning. don't worry, the inevitable miracle baby is a McGuffin, and you will finish the book no wiser as to how it was born after 25 years of barrenness. this is totally another novel about a middle-aged guy who is well-off but miserable anyway and doesn't know how to love (down to the dead child causing a broken marriage in his past, yawn) tarted up with setting and politics.

i just grabbed The Time Traveler's Wife off the shelf to read next...






*oh wow, David Morse has stopped writing and dedicated his life to Darfur. whoa.
ironymaiden: (Default)
i am inevitably disappointed when i read a work that has been classed as literary fiction, yet has science fiction themes. still i continue reading them, hoping for another Iron Bridge.*

so, um, Children of Men (the book). all men in the world are suddenly infertile, and we are carefully told that the world supply of stored sperm has also gone bad somehow, yet we can't have one lousy sentence that mentions an effort at cloning. don't worry, the inevitable miracle baby is a McGuffin, and you will finish the book no wiser as to how it was born after 25 years of barrenness. this is totally another novel about a middle-aged guy who is well-off but miserable anyway and doesn't know how to love (down to the dead child causing a broken marriage in his past, yawn) tarted up with setting and politics.

i just grabbed The Time Traveler's Wife off the shelf to read next...






*oh wow, David Morse has stopped writing and dedicated his life to Darfur. whoa.
ironymaiden: (bitch)
a pretty good Major League Soccer player (under the salary cap) has about the same salary as a Senior Technical Writer. MLS has had a lot of financial trouble over the years and does not have the kind of deep pockets as an organization that the NBA, NFL, or even NHL has.
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a pretty good Major League Soccer player (under the salary cap) has about the same salary as a Senior Technical Writer. MLS has had a lot of financial trouble over the years and does not have the kind of deep pockets as an organization that the NBA, NFL, or even NHL has.
ironymaiden: (neutron star)
i keep returning to the comment thread on Scalzi's post about "pissy fans".

(short form: author writes giant multivolume novel, does not meet deadlines for next volume. he does, however, talk about all of his other projects and traveling. author gets upset about cranky fans who want him to stop doing other stuff and finish the book. other author/blogger defends first author.)

i'd say the comments are about 50/50 right now on whether or not fans have the "right" to be upset.

as others have said, George RR Martin has a serious PR problem. i have this hardcover book on my shelf that includes a bit from the author explaining that the book contains a polished half of a completed manuscript. so everyone who has read that book is thinking that GRRM has been editing part two of a completed manuscript since before 2005. if he hadn't set expectations, people would still be hopeful/frustrated rather than frustrated/angry. take a lesson from smarter software purveyors: make your new releases a happy surprise.

yes, people yelling at GRRM for watching football and going on vacation and saying "don't pull a Robert Jordan" are terribly rude and foolish. (i think the ones on about why he's spending time on other projects are still rude, but perhaps not so foolish.) i'm the first to lament crap product that gets pumped out in a rush to satisfy a clamoring public. a late product is late once (or over and over again as poor GRRM kept tossing new dates out there), a crap product is crap forever.

i think the core of the debate is who is doing who a favor here, and is a story a product? Scalzi and the names i recognize as authors in the comment thread seem to think they are doing a favor to readers by writing books. many of the readers seem to think that their book purchase is a favor to the author. is the author an artist, or a producer of a product? the reader is always a consumer. does the consumer have rights in regard to art? does the consumer have rights in regard to product?

the relationship between the reader and the author is certainly symbiotic; but is it mutualistic? still thinking.

and i want to know what happens next, GRRM.

ETA: Charlie Stross on same...comment thread developing.
ironymaiden: (neutron star)
i keep returning to the comment thread on Scalzi's post about "pissy fans".

(short form: author writes giant multivolume novel, does not meet deadlines for next volume. he does, however, talk about all of his other projects and traveling. author gets upset about cranky fans who want him to stop doing other stuff and finish the book. other author/blogger defends first author.)

i'd say the comments are about 50/50 right now on whether or not fans have the "right" to be upset.

as others have said, George RR Martin has a serious PR problem. i have this hardcover book on my shelf that includes a bit from the author explaining that the book contains a polished half of a completed manuscript. so everyone who has read that book is thinking that GRRM has been editing part two of a completed manuscript since before 2005. if he hadn't set expectations, people would still be hopeful/frustrated rather than frustrated/angry. take a lesson from smarter software purveyors: make your new releases a happy surprise.

yes, people yelling at GRRM for watching football and going on vacation and saying "don't pull a Robert Jordan" are terribly rude and foolish. (i think the ones on about why he's spending time on other projects are still rude, but perhaps not so foolish.) i'm the first to lament crap product that gets pumped out in a rush to satisfy a clamoring public. a late product is late once (or over and over again as poor GRRM kept tossing new dates out there), a crap product is crap forever.

i think the core of the debate is who is doing who a favor here, and is a story a product? Scalzi and the names i recognize as authors in the comment thread seem to think they are doing a favor to readers by writing books. many of the readers seem to think that their book purchase is a favor to the author. is the author an artist, or a producer of a product? the reader is always a consumer. does the consumer have rights in regard to art? does the consumer have rights in regard to product?

the relationship between the reader and the author is certainly symbiotic; but is it mutualistic? still thinking.

and i want to know what happens next, GRRM.

ETA: Charlie Stross on same...comment thread developing.

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