Work was *very* busy: people stocking up on their baking stuff and buying soup and bread and milk, expecting a storm over the weekend. No word on when it's supposed to hit, though I had heard it might start Saturday afternoon (and yep, people were whinging about the storm that has not even arrived).
Came home feeling very tired, but I found that I had another package waiting for me, delivered via UPS (and according to my mum, it had arrived about a half hour after I had left for work!). Opened it up to find my order from Think Geek dot-com: I had been looking around for some Whovian Christmas tree ornaments, but not had much luck, till I was browsing Think Geek and found some very nice old fashioned style blown glass ornaments of the TARDIS and a red Dalek (I loved the colored Daleks that turned up recently on the revival series). Almost ordered some TARDIS Christmas lights, but decided that would be too much for one tree. I had two email coupons, so that knocked the price down, plus there was free shipping.
I'm tempted to rig up a Weeping Angel tree topper, after I saw a clever and easy DIY one online: a guy took a dollar store Barbie-type doll, spray painted it greyish white, wrapped some grey material about it like a Weeping Angel's robe, sculpted hair for it out of grey Sculpey and then stuck the doll's torso into a plastic 20 oz. Coke bottle to make it easier to perch it on the tree top and posed the arms so the hands covered the face. Bit too weird for a tree topper, plus my mother would be asking me, "Why is your treetop angel covering her eyes??"
Also managed to track down some of the Who-niverse animated series, specifically the Tenth Doctor-era offerings (one featuring the future Mrs. David Tennant as one of the voice actors), and "Scream of the Shalka", which has some questionable canonicity (though I have to admit to share Stephen Moffat's sentiment about "arguing about what's canon in a universe where the characters can go back in time and change history). Still, I'm liking Richard E. Grant's performance as a non-numbered Doctor (who looks like the Eighth Doctor with the Ninth Doctor's sass) and Sir Derek Jacobi's first performance as the Master (who looks rather like the Robert Delgado incarnation thereof)
Not feeling the best physically: the cold air usually does not bother me, but tonight it has me shivering and curling up in more blankets than usual. Also, feeling vaguely uninspired about the writing and that's making RP tagging and < lj user ="adventchallenge"> fics tricky to poke at, though I have managed to doodle a couple of ideas that I might be able to start fleshing out. The TARDIS ornament put me in mind of a bit where Ten said he had been present at the first Christmas, which has me smiling a bit and thinking of what he was doing there and why (I have the mental image of him helping out during the flight into Egypt, maybe he was the angel who warned St. Joseph. A lot of Christian Whovians like to compare the Doctor to Christ, but I think of him as bing like an angel. Really!).
O'Hara was 50 years ahead of his time. His "Lunch Poems" are the ancestor of tweets like "Ham sandwich with hella mustard plus keen observation".
- Tue, 14:17: Time for your Tuesday Trivia folks, lets see who's got their brain sharpened up and ready for today? - Marc... http://t.co/ZBGrijYivI
- Tue, 16:06: Wrapping gifts. Love shiny paper and bows.
- Tue, 16:07: So glad you love the books! :) RT @omruned: I❤️this series! @YasmineGalenorn http://t.co/20awZRn25H
- Tue, 16:51: Sorted through the old kitty toys to toss the dead ones. (Filled their stockings w/new ones). Now Brighid is sitting guard over an old toy.
- Tue, 16:52: There was much consternation when the toys went in the garbage...Caly and Brighid were watching with dread.
- Tue, 17:14: RT @earthskyscience: Michael Odis caught this early Geminid last night. Peak of shower coming up: http://t.co/Y1k4h2ZxjG http://t.co/oIKZ…
- Tue, 17:16: Ya know, pre-ordering Crimson Veil would be both a gift for yourself and for me. *grins* Yeah, I'm schilling my work. http://t.co/swHgXOYNKN
- Tue, 17:17: RT @wsdot_traffic: **NOT GOOD** Only the far left lane is open SB I-5 on the Ship Canal Bridge due to crash. http://t.co/rpVnA0q31e
- Wed, 00:09: RT @FoodAllergy: New section on our website for adults with #foodallergies on navigating the workplace: http://t.co/qf8GsUDnXe
- Wed, 08:40: RT @IreneGallo: Hey Folks, Tor Books (not http://t.co/W1LO6d6bLo) is looking for a digital marketing assistant: https://t.co/fa5FaWF6dW
There’s a trending topic on Twitter right now, #FiveWordTechHorrors, which even I, a lowly PHP developer, find mighty funny. I contributed a few Tweets to the trend myself, each one based on something that really happened to me.
— Richard S. Crawford (@underpope) December 11, 2013
This happened to me in my early days at my current job. I was originally hired as a temporary employee to take over for someone who was out on extended leave. While I was being shown around the facilities by one of the two IT guys, I was shown our two in-house web servers which were, at the time, running Solaris something-or-other. I asked, “So who’s the Unix guy who keeps these servers up and running?” The IT guy replied, “You are.” This frightened me at the time because my experience of Unix was running a desktop installation of Red Hat, back when Red Hat was free for non-commercial users (now people use Fedora, I think), which was very different from Solaris. Over the years I’ve gotten quite comfortable running a Unix server, but back then the notion that I, a new employee whose experience with servers was pretty much nil, was now in charge of two of them was somewhat horrifying.
We fired the QA team. #FiveWordTechHorrors
— Richard S. Crawford (@underpope) December 11, 2013
My first (and only) private-sector web development job was for a tiny company called [REDACTED] (this company no longer exists). It was a risk, taking up the employment offer, but I figured what the heck. We started out pretty strong, but as the months wore on, things got a little tight. Then the layoffs began. The first department to get laid off was the Business Development department, which baffled me personally; I mean, if your problem is that you’re not getting a lot of new business, why lay off the department which is responsible for getting that new business? But whatever.
The true death knell, though, was when the entire QA department was laid off. Not outsourced. The duties were not reassigned to the development team. No, QA was just dissolved as a practice. This, again, baffled me. But, whatever. At that point, I figured it was just a matter of time until I was laid off myself and the company went away entirely.
Cute story: I was at one point in my employment for [REDACTED] responsible for installing a product called Phorum, a web-based forum tool built in PHP. Because of database issues, every single SQL call in the product had to be rewritten. Shortly before I was laid off, the tech lead ended up reassigning the task to our local Perl developer, saying, “We need you to fix the mess that Richard made.”
Hah. I guess I showed him.
We are a Microsoft shop. #FiveWordTechHorrors
— Richard S. Crawford (@underpope) December 11, 2013
I actually don’t really have anything against Microsoft. I haven’t used Windows in years (aside from running it in a virtual machine on my desktop once every three months or so). I find the Windows operating system inflexible, buggy, and insecure, not to mention expensive, but this is not a moral judgment. I use Linux now, and have never looked back; and while Linux as a desktop OS certainly has its share of issues, it’s still free and I still find it much more flexible than Windows.
At one point in my current job, I decided I was going to lobby for a Linx-based desktop computer. It made sense to me, because I was responsible for maintaining the Unix servers we had (see above), and I knew, because I had a Linux desktop at home, that it was much easier to maintain a Unix server from another Unix computer. It had gotten to the point where I was bringing in my own Linux-based laptop to the office to do my work on. While I was working with IT to get a Linux desktop, I was told, “We are a Microsoft shop”, which, to me, usually indicates that the entire computing infrastructure, from desktops to servers, were Windows computers. This was, of course, not the case in this job. My boss was behind me on this issue, but IT certainly was not.
I did finally get my Linux desktop, though.
I’ve contributed a couple of other tweets to this topic, but I told myself I was going to limit myself to three in this blog entry, and so I have.
‘Tis the season for (horrifying!) Holidailies.
- Tue, 15:02: Thank you @libdoge, @respect65, @civilnewyork, @JuneArbogast, @Magdalena0113, and @HalloweenBlogs for following!
- Tue, 15:04: @edshow's reminding us that BUSH actually started the car company bailouts. #edshow #UniteBlue
- Tue, 15:14: "I never heard these guys [Repubs] crying and complaining when we bailed out Wall Street." Leo Gerard, hitting the nail on the head. #edshow
- Tue, 15:17: RT @marcylauren: I have a Chevy Cruze and proud of it #GM
- Tue, 15:33: "What do you want the Prez to do? Walk up to Raul Castro and punch him in the mouth?" @edshow, on the Castro handshake idiocy. #edshow
- Tue, 18:14: RT @nschim: New CBS poll Obama approval rating going back up. 42%.
- Tue, 18:24: @howardfineman: "Outrageous statements turn Tea Partiers on." I could make a joke about that, but...ugh. #inners #UniteBlue
- Tue, 18:25: RT @goodsababu: So that's the definition of a Texas Tea Partier? A troglodyte on steroids? #inners
- Tue, 18:35: "Self-Ghazi" and "FLOTUS-Ghazi"--more bullshit Republican and Fox News scandals. Unbelievable. #inners #UniteBlue
- Tue, 18:41: What the HELL was that with the ostrich? *rubs eyes* @allinwithchris #inners #UniteBlue
Random quote of the day:
“Between the psychology of the man of genius and the pathology of the insane, there are many points of coincidence; there is even continuity.”
—Cesare Lombroso, The Man of Genius, 1895
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this random quote of the day do not necessarily reflect the views of the poster, her immediate family, Siegfried and Roy, Leonard Maltin, or the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. They do, however, sometimes reflect the views of the Cottingley Fairies.
Mirrored from Better Than Dead.
What I want is to do with this post is speak my Truth. Speaking it, allows me to Live it. And in order for me to speak it anywhere else, I need to speak it to you. And before I can do that, I have to offer you a chance to do the same to me. That way, we'll have a feel where we are in our relations to each other as friends. Comments screened of course. You go first, and tell me anything you feel you need to about me. Tell me we were goatherds in a past life together, tell me I post too much, tell me I need to do something, hear something, whatever. One caveat: it must be your truth. Even just tell me it's OK for me to say my truth to you.
In return, you give me permission to be Truthful with you. No one else will see my response or ever know what we said. I promise one thing. I will speak Truth and it won't be in anger. Even if I feel hurt at what you say, at that point, I won't fire back. You'll just get a blessing. Time to clear the decks for action as we say, and free up my Voice so I can get to making the changes I need to make, and voice the Words I need to voice.
I appreciate your help with this. Talk to me, if you will.
- Tue, 12:24: Today's slice of bloggy goodness is from me. Yes, me! I know, it's been almost a month. But it took me that long... http://t.co/7JLxk46ga9
- Tue, 12:26: What, you want to ignore my blather and go straight to the ATHENA'S DAUGHTERS Kickstarter? *sniffles* All right, if you insist.
- Tue, 12:28: What, you want to ignore my blather and go straight to the ATHENA'S DAUGHTERS Kickstarter? *sniffles* All right.... http://t.co/HT0t1Vlsyg
- Tue, 14:40: @Dconsflit Thanks for the RT! ATHENA'S DAUGHTERS is a great anthology--and we've got an astronaut!
- Wed, 11:25: Wow, wow, wow! The Athena's Daughters Kickstarter has almost reached $8000. Thank you, everyone! http://t.co/yUgk8XIkBC
- Wed, 11:32: Like ghost stories? Conley Lyons has one for you, set in Appalachia, about a girl and a haunted well. Consider it... http://t.co/R8qrcWrGE2