Rain delay

Mar. 17th, 2009 07:31 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cheesed)
Yes, it's raining this dark morning, and I commend your decision to drive several miles under the speed limit. Your caution and knowledge of your limitations as a driver are an example more people could stand to follow.

Now get out of the bloody passing lane!
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
  • 10:14 Ok, fandom: if you say, "Oh, I want to be *just like* Rorschach", or indeed any Watchmen char, I suspect you've utterly missed the point. #
  • 10:33 Huh. The WoW Armory seems to be busted, I can't look anyone up. #
  • 11:08 @UrsulaV Fools on the Internet are like the legendary Hydra - cut one down, and two more spring forth to replace it. #
  • 13:21 Meiran's going to want to see this: tinyurl.com/aum42e 1978 "Lost Ark" story conference, Lucas and Spielberg (125pg. PDF) #
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  • 08:26 @tangowildheart Vilya was the elven Ring of Air, on the hand of Elrond in LotR. #
  • 11:20 I can't remember the zip code of the last place I worked, but I can give you the names of the three elven rings in no time. *eyeroll* #
  • 12:40 @meiran Be strong. We may knock one down, but the Internet has a nigh-infinite-supply of idiots. #
  • 18:13 Rumor going around that Daft Punk will score the "Tron 2" movie. tinyurl.com/b7ru6h Probably BS, but my nerd heart is soaring. #
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  • 07:49 @starstryder That's right! you need Katamari Damacy instead: tinyurl.com/iPrince #
  • 07:51 Wow. Absolutely exhausted yesterday, nearly wrecked on the way home. Think I'm feeling better this morning. #
  • 13:33 @queenofpith If a Richmond Dave & Busters installs the VWE MechWarrior simulation pods, I am so there! #
  • 14:56 Job perk: had lengthy hallway discussion with boss this morning about Dollhouse, Dr. Who, and BSG. Local PBS may be showing 4th Doctor eps! #
  • 17:30 Just watched Blizzard's Uldar preview video. Holy smoke! For the first time ever, I'm really sorry that I've never done endgame raiding. #
  • 18:42 OMG, this History Channel program on the secrets of the art on the dollar bill is complete bunk. #
  • 19:42 Microsoft will ban you for XBox Live for being out as gay. Not that my money matters, but they won't get a gaming dime from me now. #
  • 20:55 This History Channel program on Atlantis is also bunk, but at least I expected that going in. #
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  • 07:20 I wish *I* drove an SUV so *I* could drive 85 in a 55 MPH zone without fear of repercussion. #
  • 08:20 @tangowildheart Fun superpower: summon waiting police cruiser exactly one mile ahead of the car that just blew by. #
  • 11:12 @snidegrrl I knew I'd never see ELO perform, but that's further emphasis of the situation. Sad thing. #
  • 11:36 @Aeire In "I <3 MY DP" license plates, DP stands for Digital Poodle. #
  • 14:42 I am seriously considering teaching myself the basics of working a sewing machine this weekend. #
  • 19:34 The sewing machine I'll have access to this weekend is a four-figure price professional model. Uh... *gulp* #
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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (passing)
Thinking about something [livejournal.com profile] twistdfateangel posted:

There are a lot of people out there who can't have a good time unless someone else is having a bad one. In online gaming, we call them "griefers".

Unfortunately, the costuming field in fandom has a fair proportion of them. They used to make me angry... now I just pity them. (And mock them a bit.) I'll wear what I damn well want to wear to the con, and if it's not quite period, or if the fabric color's a little off, or if I've taken parts of the outfit from entirely different fictions: screw it. I'm having fun. Too bad, so sad that they're not.
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  • 10:30 Amused that Facebook thinks I may know random people that also work for NASA, somewhere. #
  • 10:57 Lots of Wachovia phishing spam in the last 48 hours. No click from me, impaired-grammar scammer. #
  • 11:44 I *heart* dailycostume.com for all the masquerades I don't get to attend! #
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mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (passing)
In general, I like living in Hampton Roads, I honestly do. Last night did not provide a good example...

There are three bridges in my Metro area that can take me from work to home. Assuming no heavy traffic, the Monitor-Merrimac bridge-tunnel does so in about 40-45 minutes; the James River bridge adds about 20-25 minutes to that; and the Hampton Roads bridge-tunnel adds about 20 minutes to the MMBT. (I have a bad tendency to refer to them as the Mimbit, the Jerb, and the Herbit.)

Unless it's 1am, though, there's probably going to be an additional 10-30 minutes of heavy traffic on the Herbit, and the Mimbit is a crapshoot: sometimes I fly straight through, and sometimes I sit waiting an extra 15-20 minutes. We have handy electronic signs alerting us to congestion on the Mimbit and Herbit, but because of geography, by the time I see one, the Jerb is already out of the question.

Yesterday, the signs warned me that the Mimbit was blocked by an accident - based on reports I've heard, an idiot trying to cut off a fellow driver. I had a quick decision to make - wait in blocked traffic there, and hope the accident is cleared within an hour (it usually is) or join all the additional traffic to the Herbit, probably incurring a 90-minute delay. I joined the queue of blocked traffic.

I took 2 hours to reach the tunnel entrance for the Mimbit, only to find that the tunnel remained blocked and that traffic was being forcibly rerouted back to the other two bridges. I don't know the Jerb route well enough to ensure I wouldn't get lost, so I joined the crowded line for the Herbit. 90 minutes later, I was finally home. 3.5 hours to make a 45-minute commute. (Turns out that the Jerb was just as bad.)

Starr, aware of the situation thanks to cell phones, had pizza and chocolate waiting. I love this woman.

Becalmed

Sep. 30th, 2008 08:43 am
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (flying_gif)
In a perfect world, I would have an e-book or three loaded on the Newton right now, or have an iPhone with web access. Instead, I am sitting on Rt. 664, as I have for the last hour, waiting for them to clear a major accident from the Monitor-Merrimac tunnel. The good news is that I've got a nice calming trance podcast on the iPod.

I tried first to write some notes for fiction projects, but while a thought or two leaked through, I'm generally blocked; so I am journaling on this Apple notepad instead. I need to scrawl less sloppily; the handwriting recognition on the final OS rev was pretty good, but there's only so much of my bad penmanship it can take. Lowercase 'f's keep coming out capital, for some reason. I'm adding more curve to the tops.

Car behind me just stalled out, guy asked for a jump start. No problem. Asked three times which terminals he had the jumper clamps on... after impressive display of sparks from my battery terminal, went and checked myself. Reversed them. Thank goodness that didn't kill the Hyundai.

Just remembered I could send email from my work Blackberry; updated everyone there on my status. It seems I'm not the only NASA employee trapped here. I wonder if the accident was mechanical failure, or one or more people being idiots? I've been cut off twice in the last 24 hours by rude drivers trying for a single-car position advantage; Hampton Roads drivers can be brutal. On the other hand, I certainly hope no one was seriously hurt... as the cliche goes, "been there, done that".

Whoops. We're moving. Will post this from work.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cheesed)
Insurance companies: if you don't stop showing me commercials where a car accident is re-enacted in first-person perspective, I may just go all PTSD on you, and none of us want that.

Perhaps I'm whining and should just suck it up, but every time someone does that on TV or in a movie, I have to restrain the urge to freak out. Been there. Did that. Did NOT enjoy it.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
If you see this on your friends list, add a Shakespeare quote to your own journal.

"To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow; a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."

--From Macbeth (V, v, 19)
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (magical)
From the wonderful [livejournal.com profile] mollyringwraith, who brought us the condensed versions of the Lord of the Rings movies, comes Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (condensed) Parts One and Two. If you are a Potter fan, read these. You may even wish to if you aren't a fan :)

This weekend while playing WoW, I got into my first 4-person party, and I admit that this was probably the most fun I've yet had with the game. But the Schwartz has an up side and a down side. )

I decided to give Peter F. Hamilton's The Reality Dysfunction, Part 1 a try. I'm 250 pages in, and we're still setting up 6-8 groups of characters, and nothing's really happened yet. I like maybe two characters of the horde, the rest are a) boring, b) stupid, or c) assholes. However, there's teeny bits of potential scattered here and there, so I'll stick with it a little longer before I return to Eragon. Eric Burns of Websnark has said that he misses pulp fiction a lot, and I think I agree with him; the nice thing about the pulps is that stuff happened. Lots and lots of stuff happened. Either the author squeezes in characterization and background where possible, or ignores it in favor of even more gleeful, over-the-top action. A steady diet of pulp wouldn't be a good thing, but it sure is more palatable than this long-winded drone.

Other's tastes differ, but I stand by my viewpoint; don't write depressing, gritty, "realistic" fiction, TV, or movies if you want my attention. Why do I need an author to tell me how much life can suck? I've got cable news channels for that. That may be why I'm finding the new Battlestar Galactica a hard slog. BSG isn't giving me anything I can't get off of CNN. (And don't tell me anything about spaceships and aliens - the spaceships and aliens don't matter to the story in the current BSG. They are only a backdrop. Heck, the Cylons aren't even as alien as Klingons or Vulcans.)

Come to think of it, there are no Cylon characters in BSG. Sure, Galactica-Boomer is supposedly a Cylon, but most of the time she thinks she's human. Caprica-Boomer is a Cylon, but spends so much time pretending to be human that she might as well be. Baltar-Six, assuming she exists, is nothing more interesting than a very manipulative human with a glowy spine. (Of course, I still say Baltar died in the nuclear attack on Caprica and this whole series is Baltar-Hell. But I don't expect people to come along with me on that.)

Okay, enough rambling for now.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cheesed)
I glanced through a magazine article this morning that discussed the poor box-office performance of Catwoman and Elektra. "Looks like audiences aren't ready for female superheroes," commented a studio exec.

Right. We're not ready. Or, maybe, they were weak movies to begin with? Idiot.

I bet the guy who did Batman: Dead End and World's Finest could make a kick-ass Catwoman or Wonder Woman flick. Maybe someone should suggest it to him.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cheesed)
NYC Ferry guard tries to confiscate role-playing book as "inappropriate".

I'm not even going to be sarcastic about this. This just makes me angry, and sad. Are we really going to have to give up all our freedoms one at a time in the interest of "public safety"?

Edit: According to Greg Costikyan's weblog, the New York Waterway folks are very red-faced about this and are attempting to get more details in order to take corrective action. Urge to kill falling... falling...
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (passing)
Many friends have asked for a copy of Bob's Quick Guide to the Apostrophe:

Bob's Quick Guide thumbnail

I know, too small to read, but I don't want to pollute people's friends pages with the full-size version.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cheesed)
"You guys charge by the word, right?"

"Yes sir."

"Okay, the ad reads: 1998 Framistan 300, 2001 Geezberg 197, 1972 Hoopyloc 180, and 1986 Felgercarb 200. $1000 for all. 540-555-1234."

"Okay, sir, that's 17 words."

"No, it's only seven words. The rest are numbers, so I get them for free."

"... what?"
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (cheesed)
After seeing the first few episodes of the season, I began to feel quite good about where the third season was going...

Spoiler and ranting protection activated )
mikailborg: Chris drew this picture of my first Starfleet character for a newsletter cover, years ago. (kriet)
Two of my co-workers were excitedly passing around an e-mail reprinting a quote from Chapter 9, Verse 11 of the Koran predicting that an enraged Eagle would cleanse the lands of Allah. Needless to say, the e-mail's a hoax (as a quick online check confirmed), but they were pretty disappointed to discover so. I then had to inform them that no, neither Mister Rogers nor Captain Kangaroo were Navy Seals or Marine sharpshooters.

Hmmm... I think I need to make something good up for them and send it to them through an anonymous remailer. Any suggestions?

My anniversary was quite good... nice and quiet; raininva and I lead busy, interesting enough lives that a low-key evening counts as a welcome vacation these days. Invisifest was a lot of fun, too, though I discovered that it's unwise to try to learn Amplitude while DDRMax is pounding away behind you. The XBox game with the full 'Mech control panel was cool-looking, but I'd rather play it sometime when I can sit and actually learn what's going on.

I'm almost finished (finally) Red Faction on the PS2; when I do, I can start the first episode of dot/Hack. Rain bought me all three for our anniversary!

I'm still not sure what my costumes will be this year for Halloween and Rising Star Emcee, though Jerry's suggestion of a rather desperate Tokyo Civil Defense worker as my costume for the latter was pretty good. Less than six weeks to get them together...
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
Today, I am Gedde Watanabe in "UHF".

"Your paper says FREE, doesn't that mean the ads are free?" "You so STUUUUPIIIIIDDDDD!!!!!"

"I've deleted all the spaces from my ad, so you only have to charge me for one word." "STUUUUPIIIIIDDDDD!!!!!"

etc.
mikailborg: I can't even remember what event I was attending, but I must have been taking it seriously. (Default)
Today's Dumb Thing To Say:
Radio Announcer 1: The crows are huge around here!
Radio Announcer 2: They're like chickens!
Radio Announcer 1: Yeah, well I'd like to see a crow lay an egg!

Today's Dumb Thing To Do:
After tracing a cryptic 911 call, police found a woman naked, bound, and gagged in the back of a car. When untied, the woman asked, "What are you guys doing here?" Apparently this was a bit of kinky role-playing, and the boyfriend thought it would add spice to actually call the police. The VHF amplifier had no comment. (No, sorry, I made that last sentence up.)

This Morning's Good Thing:
Despite attempts by a Blacksburg landlord to claim that the hosting computer for elfie.org is actually an international terrorist, elfie is back on-line, and I am once again in e-mail contact with the world. Also, LiveJournal seems to be working again, and I will be very careful with my posting client until I can verify that it's not the one flooding the network.

Last Night's Bad Thing:
I spent late last evening and most of overnight blackly depressed. I've come out the other side now, but memo to myself: Don't watch ER when you are feeling that way.

Tonight's Possibly Good, Possibly Bad Thing:
SheVaCon starts tonight.

Tomorrow Night's Good Thing:
[livejournal.com profile] raininva's 3000 point, house rules, massive MechWarrior:DA slugfest.

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