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It was just this hazy bit, but I had to post, just for Cereta:
The Bat-crew as the Leverage team:

Honest (Wo)man: Barbara Gordon
Hitter: Dick Grayson
Hacker: Tim Drake
Grifter: Dinah Lance
Thief: Selina Kyle

(now, initially, I had Bruce in there, and Babs is a shoe-in for the Hacker, but then I couldn't fit Tim in, and with Dick as the thief, I didn't have a hitter! I mean, Cass, sure, but that's actually sort of meh. Plus, I really like Selina. And Babs makes for an awesome mastermind.)
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[personal profile] rhi gave me: Knitting, libraries, otters, tech support, Austin (TX, of course)

1) Knitting: I like to say I've learned to knit three times. Once, as a child, which I then promptly forgot, though that was the Kaffe Fassett phase for my mother. Then in college, mom taught me, and somewhere along the line I realized I was knitting backwards (English style that is) and Mom was left-handed, so I was all turned around. Then I finally sorted it out myself, and got plugged into the amazing and vibrant online knitting community. Now I'm even teaching!

Knitting satisfies a very creative, tactile side of me. I love the colors and feel of yarn, and the sense of making something useful at the end of the day. (Well, mostly useful. The Flying Spaghetti Monster Hat... well... yeah.)

2) Libraries: I have had a long and varied series of affairs with libraries. From coming to the end of a book on the floor of my grade school library and realizing I was a good 1/2 hour late to my next class, to the basement of Tutt Library and orgies of reading Austen over and over, to my genuine awe at the beauty of Suzallo's Reading Room. Library school broke me out of Kansas and brought me to Seattle, and then the computers in libraries initiative at the Gates Foundation kept me out of it. (Though it did give me a good sense of where else a library degree could take me that wasn't a library.) Every 6 months I plan out vacation days just to schlep books and sell them (ok, and build up my own collection) for the Friends of the Library.

3) Otters: Hands down my favorite animal. They're graceful and playful and social and made of pure awesome.

4) Tech Support: I make computers go. They pay me for this. It's not so much vast technical skills, so much as a good base of tech, the ability to look things up ('I'm not sure, give me 5 minutes and the internet and I'll let you know') and the ability to translate geek/tech for normal people.

5) Austin, Texas: Ok, what? Hee! I tried to get a job there, lo these many (2? 3?) years ago, and um, didn't. I've never actually stepped foot in Austin, but I hear it's 'weird' and it sounds a lot like a place I'd like to live. (They have sun. In the winter. What's up with that?)
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15 books meme: "This can be a quick one. Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes."

1) Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2) 1632 - Eric Flint
3) Mother of Demons - Eric Flint
4) Jitterbug Perfume - Tom Robbins
5) Dragon Song - Anne McCaffrey
6) Dune - Frank Herbert
7) Wyrd Sisters - Terry Pratchett
8) American Gods - Neil Gaiman
9) The Knit Stitch
10) Earthsea Trilogy - Ursula LeGuin
11) "That one where Honor escapes the prison planet" - David Weber (It's my favorite of the whole damn series, and I can NEVER remember the title)
12) Ms Mouse Builds a House
13) Where the Red Fern Grows
14) Big Red - Jim Kjelgaard
15) Misty of Chincoteague
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Coworker J: Coming in late doesn't compensate for having to leave late. I really want to go home now.
Me: Well, why don't you?
J: I kind of have to do [workthing].
Me: Don't you have an evil twin you can enslave to do your dirty work?
J: What are you doing right now?
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Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

This first popped up on my radar from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books, where the authorial outrage of delisting triumphed, and only after did my flist explode with the GLBTQ outrage.

So this is about American's uneasiness with GLBTQ issues, but it's also about that same uneasiness with sex in general, and corporate shortsightedness by making that squeamishness policy.

At this point I haven't made a decision about boycotting Amazon. For one, they're local, and for another, they really haven't had a chance to pony up the excuses yet. (I bet they're a fun workplace to be this fine Seattle morning.) The East Coast must be frothing by now, but we've barely woken up yet.

She lives!

Apr. 6th, 2009 12:15 pm
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So. I haven't really been updating my journal. Not because everything or nothing has been happening, but I'm trying to figure out where the lines are drawn.

My real name has been emerging on the web: Facebook and LinkedIn and I've joined a couple of professional groups, which is all well and good, BUT:

I really would rather keep my fannish identity separate. I'm not worried about my current employment so much, but the future is unknowable, and really it's just professional to keep the pr0n and the squee at home and not in the workplace.

However, the lines are a little blurred right now. I'm Misha Day in fandom. Mostly. I keep meaning to rename this journal, as I'll be keeping it (cause hey, permanent account) when/if I move to Dreamwidth. Misha Hall wrote with the Lois and Clark roundrobin team, but that was well before I made an effort to keep my last name out of it. But Misha also games in World of Warcraft and on the SOK boards. And Misha Day has a Ravelry account.

It's the Ravelry thing that gets me, since I'm as fannish about knitting as media fandom, certainly for levels of squee and nifty, and yet, knitting? Not exactly something people are going to get squeamish over real names. It hit me even before this, when I signed up on one of the Austen boards, and the mods insisted on a real name behind the board account. I skimmed by because I'll answer to Misha if you call me in the hallways, but not every section of the internet welcomes anonymity.

The real question is where do I draw the line: what gets lumped in with the professional identity? What becomes fannish and personal? And where do I draw the personal/family line? Is it simply relevance?

Eh. I've been thinkerating over all this in between knitting and WoWing and reading, so honestly, not much time spent. But it's lurking in the back of my mind.
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Things what are silly:
Installing a DOS emulator
on a Linux virtual machine
running on an iMac.
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Yes, I have succumbed (just before my birthday) and purchased an iPhone. I was already an AT&T customer, and the lure of the shiny was irresistible. The advent of exchange support was the kicker, really.

So now I have a shiny, shiny new toy, that makes calls, plays music and gets my email from all three of my active accounts.

And then there's the applications. My first two were AIM and Pandora. I've played with AIM, but I don't know how much I'll use it, though I'm getting back in the habit of showing up on-chat recently. Pandora doesn't let you play music and do other things on the phone itself, but it's marvelous for exploring new music, something I don't do as much as I'd like.

When I first got the iPhone, I was gratified to see a whole Book category in the App store, but then disappointed when I realized it was all copyright-expired works, which I would then have to pay for! Bah!

This week, however, I got a message from both Baen and Fictionwise, both of which pointed me to the eReader app. Baen's deal is a little funny - there are two eReaders, the free and the paid version, and Baen requires the paid version to work. But then it will allow me to read all of my Baen-purchased content (which by this point is a significant stack of ebooks, and upload ebooks straight to my iPhone from my Mac. But, I'm cheap, and still muddling around in the interface, so I've only installed free apps so far.

The free eReader is brilliant. I have access to all my un-DRMed ebooks on Fictionwise, and the reading interface is great. There's only basic sorting and no descriptions, an issue when you have as many ebooks as I, but the reader is snappy enough that I can bounce back and forth, skimming a few pages to see if a give book is the one I thought it might be. It's a battery hog, but most active apps are, I imagine, and I can get through a book while listening to music before needing to recharge.

The one sour note in the whole deal is that I'd made the choice to buy the MobiPocket version of DRMed books, years ago now, and Mobi has proven themselves to be sticks in the mud. They've dragged their heels for years, refusing to make a Mac reader-app (they have a windows version, of course, in addition to the Palm reader I've used so long) and now they're hemming and hawing over the iPhone. Ignoring, of course, the explosive popularity of the iPhone, and the publicity they could get just by having an App on the store. My opinion of them is not high.

I've emailed Fictionwise, to see if I could get all my Mobi-books changed to eReader books. I'd probably switch over to buying eReader DRM books if I can get my back catalog switched, but I'm reluctant to buy into another DRM schema if in another few years, I lose another large set of ebooks. I'm fairly sanguine about open format books, but with the demise of a couple of music services lately, my faith in any DRM-bound electronic format is, quite frankly, in the shitpile of an outhouse. Baen, to me, is the epitome of what a publisher should be - offering a handful of unlocked, open formats, enabling their readers instead of hobbling and crippling them.
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So, the HR gal responded to me early this morning. They're still reviewing resumes, but I'm a top candidate. Go me!

On the downside, Kodo didn't get his job, so I'm bummed for him, and I kinda don't want to crow my good fortune over in guild-space. At least, not until it's a certainty. Which may come next week. Eeps!

I had a marvelous time at the Olympus Spa yesterday. It was so calm and peaceful, quiet heated (and cooled) rooms and hot tubs (and one rather bracing cold tub) I got myself scrubbed down and now even the backs of my upper arms are baby smooth. I'm looking forward to going back again, especially in the winter. (I'm almost salivating over the thought of spending a cold winter day moving between hot tubs and saunas!)
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Haaaaappy Birthday toooooo Meeeeeee!

Or something.

So. Fun times. May since I last updated, huh?

Well, work has been busy. We had this huge migration project, most of which was finished by June. I volunteered to teach Entourage 2008 classes (and got a nice temporary pay raise, on top of the authorized overtime) which I had to develop myself (hence, the overtime)

The SOK camping trip fell right in the middle of that in early June, but since I'd put in for the time off last year, I felt that work could just deal. Which it did. And the camping trip, was per usual, spectacular.

But when I got back, I sort of fucked up in triplicate - didn't finish about 7 things over the course of a week, and a coworker had to clean up after me. I was just tired, even after the camping trip, and it sort of showed. So I was told to get my act together (which I did) before I took over HMC duties for the coworker heading for a cruise in Scotland.

Which sucked. Three weeks of trying to do two jobs really wasn't fun. My ticket count climbed to 47 before K got back, and only yesterday did it slide under 30.

And then on top of all that, the Dept apparently screwed the pooch and got themselves $3 million in the hole. And decided to layoff our webmaster and one of our IT peoples (and a couple others, but they had no immediate effect on me). T, the webgal, immediately got a new position (one with outside funding) and a raise, but part of that raise is because she's still doing most of her old job, since they didn't seem to realize that hey, she does actual work. And C, who does almost all of our ordering (including ordering the student workers around) is still out of luck. He finally got an interview (he's taking a 'sick' day today to do that), but he's not a happy camper. They've given him until September, but still.

And in the middle of all that, not 3 hours before we were informed of the layoffs, I was poking around Wizards of the Coast's site looking for 4th Ed information and decided to apply for a job instead. It's one of those things that seemed perfect for me, and... well, we'll see.

The first phone interview was with HR, and they didn't seem to want to pay me even what I'm making now. So I sort of shelved the idea. But then the hiring manager wanted to talk to me, and we had a nice hour-long phone conversation, and he seemed really enthusiastic. 'Salary is negotiable.' And it amused me how much they were pushing the other benefits. So I had an in-person technical interview last Tuesday, and it was the roughest one I've ever done.

I arrived very early, more than content to fill out paperwork and then sit and knit, so I was fairly calm going in. 5 guys around a table (and yes, all guys) - verbal potshots as they came in, nothing I'm not used to. I was rather pleased that it was the entire group there, too, not just the manager making a decision; seems like more of a team environment. So one PC guy had 10 pages of questions he'd fire at me, in between the ones coming from the hiring manager flipping from sticky note to sticky note in his stack of Mac books. The other three mostly watched and listened, with a few questions here and there.

I think I did well - I could answer almost all of what they asked, save for not explaining the theory of DHCP, though yes, I'd used it, and could mention a third type. And I kind of looked at one guy funny when he asked me how to set up a dial up connection on a Mac. "Um, I don't? Because they don't even make them with modems anymore!"

But I haven't heard from them yet. I'll send a prodding email today, see what sort of timeline they might give me on making a decision.

I've been quieter than normal about this in guild because Kodoir's applying for a different job there, and I don't want to steal his thunder. I'd love for him to move out to WA, and his mentioning his application to Wizards is what got me poking around the Jobs section in the first place.

Today I'm having lunch with a friend, and checking out the Olympus Spa up in Lynnwood (apparently they have free admission for your birthday) I feel like I need more time off though - work is uncomfortable lately and I think Wizards or no, I need to find something new. I'm not looking forward to September when my workload will increase.
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So I managed to pull out of the normal Friday Gruul raid when the Rabidpug SOK group decided to hit up Iron Man tonight. On my way to the bus stop to head home I called Dru and he picked me up to head straight to Lynnwood.

Only... it's opening weekend. On a Friday night. And while I'd opened the Fandango window earlier, I hadn't had my CC info on me at the time (bonehead move #1: closing the window and not going back), and I hadn't even thought of inviting Dru until the last minute (bonehead move #2: not thinking to schedule this with him ahead of time) Of course the movie was sold out. And the next screening right after.

So I waved to Lori as she and her chicas walked in, and told them to say hi to everyone else, and Dru and I caught The Forbidden Kingdom instead.

That was pretty sweet (a bit sappy at points) but excellent martial arts flick with a nice dash of heavy mythology.

Then we snuck into Iron Man. For being sold out, there were a couple dozen seats up front in the neck-cricker section. It was just at the point where (so I assume) most of the action-y bits started, so we saw a decent chunk of it - all the explosions that Forbidden Kingdom didn't have. And we sat through the end credits for that lovely little teaser. Heh.

I don't regret flubbing the Fandango bit - I wouldn't have seen Forbidden Kingdom on my own; and I got a chance to see Dru for the first time in a couple weeks: his schedule's been too crazy to really hook up for lunch the way we have other quarters. I have two plant sales to hit this weekend, but no other big commitments, so I'll snag a matinee somewhere in there and see the first bits I missed this time around.
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An email conversation between me and my boss:

Dr. X is having problems with Centricity. I went to check it out, and is there any reason he should have IE 7 installed?

There is no reason he should have IE7 installed.

So, standard exorcism, or should I just burn the computer and salt its ashes?

The standard. Overuse of magicks would be akin to, say, this:

By the hoary hosts of Haggoth
Beside the crimson sea;
I beseech the powers of Eriador
To produce a cup of tea!

Ah, refreshment. But a little flashy, no?
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Just now getting around to writing about the weekend and other bits.

When she was here, Mom got me a pair of lovely new pots for indoor citrus trees - trees that I'd been day dreaming about for... oh, at least a year. We passed up some in City People's; I was entranced by the blooms, but Meg and I had talked about going down to Raintree Nursery after a couple of their people had done a seminar on pruning and repotting.

So earlyearly Saturday morning I tumbled out of bed and headed down to pick Meg up. Her mom-in-law had to work, so we took my car for just the two of us, and headed south. They're past halfway to Portland, and nestled up in the mountains. We headed off the back routes after Tacoma, and it was one of those lovely drives through winding two-lane roads, plenty of farms and livestock to sigh and giggle over (emus! llamas! baby goats!) and the weather was compliant enough - not so sunny it hurt the eyes, but not rainy enough to completely obscure the scenery.

It sucks that gas is so high, but I love drives like that, and Raintree was a perfect excuse.

They didn't have the citrus actually in-stock when we got there - I'd neglected to read the fine print about it all being in cold storage until June, but I succumbed to a low-growing huckleberry (I have fond childhood memories of wild huckleberries in the N California woods near my great-uncle's cabin), a compact blueberry and a yellow strawberry plant to top off the strawberry tower. Meg got a pair of pretty akebias, raspberries, and when we discovered a 5-variety apple sapling in the discount row, I twisted her arm. I'm all jealous of her yard, but she lets me vicariously garden through her :)

Speaking of which, I should talk to Lori about her little berry patch in the back. It probably needs some maintenance some weekend or another.

Class has started, and it's proving to be very interesting. There's a lot of discussion, and the professor has quite a bit of standing in the IT security community. He's interesting to listen to and it's obvious he speaks with some authority.

Work is insanely busy with the migration, and I'm already starting to put in the hours for working up a class for the Mac people. I'm trying to get a PC running VNC to connect to my work mac, and there's hassles there. I've got a couple of books on order, but overall my impression is that for Office 2008 books there's Jack and Shit so far, and Jack hasn't been published yet. Not nearly what's available for Office 2007 at all.

This weekend is the Book Sale - I'm working Saturday and Sunday (what was I THINKING?!) but I'm also hoping to get out and find a good place for citrus (Bears Lime and Improved Meyer Lemon - when I have room I'll get fancy with Buddha's Hand and Blood Oranges and whatnot)

I'm sort of hiatused on WoW - I'm logging on in the mornings for a quick transmute and a daily or three. I'm thinking of parking one toon out for a fishing loop - up and down the shores of Azshara or something for some nice, soothing fishing.
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Oh dear. I just volunteered, didn't I?

I'll be teaching all of our Mac users Office 2008 - we haven't found a trainer or a curriculum, even though we got a classroom, and video training just didn't seem to be the thing, so my boss asked, and I said yes. Urg, I even have to develop the curriculum...

To be fair, this isn't entirely selfless - it's a great project to put on my resume.


Mar. 31st, 2008 08:54 pm
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So, Doomsday. Saw it Friday with the usual crowd, and from the poster (not having heard a word about it) I wasn't too sure. But Lori assured me it wasn't horror, and so...

As a post-apocalyptic movie? It sucked balls. Every single logical premise? Wasn't. I mean, seriously, I love the genre. I have all of Robert Adams Horseclans novels, I recently got out SM Stirling's Nantucket series, and his Dies the Fire series is next up on my reading list. This? A faint glimmer of an idea... the sort of idea that generated Water World.

However, as an action movie, it rocked. EXPLOSIONS! Explosions make everything better (well, maybe not everything...) The lead chick was pretty hot, the eye trick was super nifty with a side of keen and the chase and fight scenes were fun. So after I stopped choking on the scenario and turned off my brain, I had fun.

We went to dinner afterwards, and I'm thinking I need to start bringing earplugs to movies. Especially for all the ones coming up. It doesn't always happen to me, but more often than not I come out of movies (particularly ones with explosions) with a headache. Low-grade, as they go, but bad enough. Especially if we're headed to dinner for post-movie dissection.
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I'm in the middle of banging my head against the brick wall of Palm and Entourage 2008 completely ignoring each other, but my day has been brightened by the arrival of chocolates. I fixed a Parallels issue for a user last week, and since it was a personal machine (we limit ourselves to 15 minutes as a courtesy, if it's broke after that, it goes to the manufacturer) he was extra grateful. So, one box of Boehms (local Swiss-knockoff later) and the jokes begin. Because if you demand chocolate for services, the admin assistants will go down the hall to the vending machines for a candy bar, but the docs, they pony up for the good stuff. We're (IT) still deciding if we want to institute the email-for-chocolate system, or just use ninjas to go after annoying users. There are benefits to both systems, really.


Mar. 28th, 2008 11:15 am
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We had a 2 hour meeting this morning to cover some oh-dear-god, we're starting the Big Migration next week! issues. Meeps! I've got lots of notes to go over with my boss, but pinning him down may prove difficult, and in the meantime there's all these needy users who keep expecting me to do my job or something. Like, shyeah. Whatevah! /sarcasm

There be snow in Seattle. It's a sneaky thing, edging in and disappearing in the rain, but I am most seriously displeased with it. Vexed, even! It's spring, dammit, act like it!

Brain Burn

Mar. 27th, 2008 04:26 pm
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So, for the last two days, I've been in a training class. Not just any old Office 2007 class, a 'Super User' class. Because we will be expected to strap on the capes after this. The IT folks and the advanced folks in different divisions who will be helping us play support monkeys while we move people from Outlook Express email and Outlook XP calendar to Office 2007 with full Exchange. Oi. Blazingly fast pace, with a lot of comments (good ones, though I can't decipher my notes right now) about things we'll need to address.

I've got 1/2 an hour to fake working, then I'm going to swing by the library and go home and kill virtual things. I've got 2 70s to do dailies with and a druid who's 45% through 69 - she'll be joining the crazed masses at the Sunwell soon enough.
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You know those essays I didn't want to turn in? Still have to do them. Shame. I was so looking forward to breaking my perfect record. Stupid NIST 800-30 document reads like brick to the face. I keep pulling up fanfic to distract myself from wanting to slash my wrists every section.

The final project went over well Wednesday - we went first, so I was able to relax and knit socks for the rest of everyone else's. My flat's still a bit of a mess, and Mom's due in town... any minute now, really. She called from Bellevue not long ago. But she loves me, mess and all, and she's willing to fortify me with dinner before braving the mess over the weekend.

This morning's meeting went well. Bossman had taken a trip to Archie McPhee's, and was passing out the Super Genius Bubble Gum. It's a token, but it's nice to be appreciated for all my mucking about with migrating Now-Up-To-Date calendars into Exchange for our big project coming up. I also got a Starbucks card for my extra hard work *cough*heh*cough* Good thing they serve tea!

I'm eyeing new boots, as a pair of my good black work shoes are dying. Can't decide between Clark's Galway and Toni... maybe both if Mom's feeling generous? :)
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Apple's just announced beta for an enterprise iPhone.
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