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Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:59 pm
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Reading through a compilation of 1950s Pogo. Depressing, how much of it is still topical . . .

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Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:27 pm
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Rejecting allies because they don't fit a narrow template . . .
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Mowed the buttercups again, before the heat gets any worse. 76 F now, little wind, July sun.

Quickie dailypost

Jul. 22nd, 2017 01:25 am
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Did STO. It is late. Trying to set up a new ship. UGH. I wish that they'd make it easier to put in all the default buttons like "Evasive Maneuvers" and stuff that doesn't depend on the ship.

Finished Raven Stratagem. There was actually, I think, more hand-holding on the terminology early on. Plus I think the editors got down on their knees and begged for a slightly less high body-count. So if one were cautious, one might dare to get attached to a few characters. Very, very carefully.

Did the new STO mission and that ACCURSED DREADNAUGHT IS TOO BLOODY POWERFUL. I think it's designed to require the blighted extended-engagement weapons from last lightning-fast event thing, but darnit, I do plasma on that ship! So tedious.

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Some excitement at the Gleason Public Library (in the center of my old hometown of Carlisle) yesterday:

Library Director Abby Noland started her new job with a “bang" when she discovered live artillery shells in a box stored in a closet. She came into the library early on July 20, just her fourth day, to clean out the closet in her new office. When she looked inside the box, there were three shells from the civil war era and a note that said the contents had been examined by an expert in historical artillery ammunition and the contents could be live. The note advised to handle with care.
Noland immediately called Town Administrator Tim Goddard who advised her to call the police. She did, and the police evacuated the library and brought in the Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad. The artillery shells were determined to be live and were taken to the transfer station where, according to a statement released by the Carlisle Police, they were “rendered safe.”

(http://www.carlislemosquito.org/index.php/news/31954)
I wonder where those shells were back when I was a kid walking to the library every day after school...

Sic transit etc.

Jul. 21st, 2017 02:41 pm
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Cellar hole down the street has acquired backfill and loam, with hay mulch to control erosion and keep the pigeons out of the birdseed.

Friday not-roadkill report

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:00 am
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Great blue heron preening on the grass near the cemetery pond. I deduce it had already speared breakfast. Same bird (?) in the water weeds hunting when I came back, plus a possible second in the far part of the pond.

One squashed and leaky raccoon about four miles into my ride, looked like a second-year critter. That's near a cafe, and I suspect the lure of a ripe dumpster was involved.

Not totally lethal out there, yet (82 F now), so I got out on the bike. Did not die.

15.25 miles, 1:13:12

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Jul. 21st, 2017 08:10 am
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People running around the internet, blithering about names I've never heard before . . .

Icky sticky (one in a series)

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:59 am
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Air temperature 72 F, west wind about 7 mph, clear/hazy. Need to get out on the bike before it gets worse.

Made the appointment. Read a book.

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:55 pm
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Finished Ninefox Gambit today and bought-and-started Raven Stratagem.

Ninefox Gambit seriously harkens to older, "classic" kinds of SF (okay, probably 70s and 80s, when I was reading it...) in that it is perfectly happy to throw you into the deep end of New Terminology and expect you to keep up. You're reading SF to stretch your mind, not get spoonfed! (Honestly, Raven Stratagem is more infodumpy, it feels like. I think the editor was crying at the author.) And it has more modern concepts of worldbuilding complexity, so it's not, y'know, pulp. Even if it is high epic science fantasy universe.

I like it.

I like it despite the fact that the body-count would make the Borg mildly taken aback, or perhaps even be put to shame. Basically, do not get attached. To anyone. I mean, yes, there's a sequel so if you want to take a cautious risk or two, okay, on your head be it. (There is also the occasional bit of body-horror, because the "exotics" class of weapons are, um... ew. At times.)

Anyhoo, it's a well-written book with some seriously weird stuff going on, say I.

In other news, I have apparently gotten the kid's continuing stomach bug or something, except it is manifesting as pain more than nausea. On the other hand, it's the time of Hormones Do Stupid Things That Affect Smooth Muscle, so who knows how that might be confounding issues. O:p

BUT I DID MAKE A DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT! For Monday.

Tomorrow, I intend to log in early and DO THE DADGUM STO MISSION. *sulk*
(Also on the to-do list: more ST: Renegades and ST Continues.)

Reminder: I have 3 free short stories at Smashwords, which are pushed to Kobo, iBooks, and B&N among a few others. Plz feel free to check them out. Reviews or stars appreciated. >_>

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Jul. 20th, 2017 04:13 pm
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The internet is full of assholes.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 09:48 am
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Wretched hive of scum and villainy . . . .
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Air temperature 65 F and dew point 64, calm, scattered clouds and patchy fog. Newspaper walk achieved.

ARGH!

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:08 pm
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Okay, I have set an alarm to call the doctor's tomorrow. *sigh* Let's hope I manage, since there's yet another thing I will have to be driving for.

I did walk for an hour and a half, watching Star Trek: Renegades. (The pre-scrubbing version.)

1: It has a Liberated Borg in it, who got some Very Cool Bits although not as many as I would have liked. He also had one infodump that they should've directed at The New Guy, but they also had nanite SFX so I will forgive this. (...did I mention I am Borg Trash? Ten wants to adopt him.)

2: It has a snarky female captain. I can work with this. They aren't quite writing her as smart as she's supposed to be, but hey, she looks pretty good doing it.

3: After they got the main cast set up, they apparently decided that if they were going to have a secondary character, they might as well make it a female one. I LIKE THIS. Also, that is one buxom Andorian.

4: I'm pretty sure that's a Romulan there. I am on board with this. Chekov, where are you meeting Romulan assassins? ...nevermind. Woman gets very few lines but she is Alertly Present and Kills People Without Hesitation. I believe she's competent and specialized.

5: I will admit, the fight scenes are frequently dubiously-choreographed and a bit muddy. I think the script-writers went "Insert Fight Scene; Heroes [Win/Lose]" for most or all of them. Whatevs. I will watch Borg-boy shoot people with his reconfigurable arm even if the plot is bad.

6: Some of the leaps in logic require a bit of audience-effort, and one of them really needed a clarification in the script, as I was going, "Um, WAIT WHAT HOW ARE YOU BEAMING DOWN THERE?"

7: The SFX are at least TOS level on the ground, and extremely good with the ships. There's one scene with a Starfleet ship [spoiler spoiler] that just looks sweet. Where the SFX get a little clunky is mostly where they're trying to be ambitious, and honestly, there was some pretty clunky SFX in the first Star Trek Movie where the giant space storm was destroying Klingon ships and whatnot, and we will NOT discuss the Weird Bad LSD Trip Warp scene, come to think of it.

8: I think some of the redshirted characters had a lot more that coulda been done with them, but yeah, they had too many characters to drag around everywhere, and needed to chop some down. kinda-spoiler )

9: Apparently the fact that I really warmed up to Soval, in ST:ENT, means that I have a positive reaction to his actor, even when he's playing a human. Took me enough double-takes to decide it really was him!

10: I have seen the serial-number-filing-off stuff on Requiem and am facepalming, with sad snickers. (I really, really think that CBS should figure out a better method of controlling fan-films. Possibly involving licensing-as-AU, some amount of work-for-hire disclaimers, and a buyout option. These things feed a hunger, and I suspect that the hunger grows to encompass available material; I would want to watch official stuff more. Though they really would need to require a ginormous disclaimer like, "There are many timelines. This FAN-MADE PRODUCTION is but one of them. Who knows how the main timeline will go? CBS and Paramount, not us." In a Star-Wars type crawl, even. >_>)

Anyway. It was also a long-drive day (which is why I'm really annoyed that I forgot about calling the doctor, what with nipping out the door fast to get to a breakfast restaurant before it closes), but ze spouse took ze kid to that, and I stayed here. And mostly walked and watched Renegades 1. (Which is better than its promo trailer, actually!)

Please well-wishes for mmegaera, who is getting a lot of biopsies done soon, early.

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Jul. 19th, 2017 12:17 pm
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Once again, the car's A/C is all crapped out. Just in time for a new heat wave ...

Wednesday floral report

Jul. 19th, 2017 11:34 am
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First Canada thistle blooms (which tells you something about how New England views Canada), cotoneaster and evening primrose flowering in town, milkweed starting to form pods.

No roadkill, not even a flattened squirrel.

Roads got sorta-dry, still cloudy, got out on the bike. Thick air. Did not die.

15.29 miles, 1:15:05

Incremental change

Jul. 19th, 2017 08:12 am
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Crunching the house down the street leaves two in the same area with orange "unfit for occupancy" placards from the city . . . .

Misty musty morning

Jul. 19th, 2017 08:09 am
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Air temperature 66 F, dew point the same, wind SSW about 5 mph. Pavement wet -- bike ride once dry spots show.

Did not call the doctor's yet.

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:50 pm
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Mostly because I woke up around 2 in the afternoon (having gotten to bed around 4 in the morning) and the kid was probably awake till 5 or 5:30. Then we went... ah, right, Mexican place. Which was okay, except then they TURNED ON LOUD MUSIC and the baby at the other booth yelled baby disapproval and kid had meltdown and we fled. But I did get the headphones cord! I'd wondered if it'd gotten set down ON THE MENU and then folded into the menu and apparently YES! WE FOUND IT! So that was good. So we ran off to Local Americana Food Place where we have our own special booth, practically, and the dining room is frequently all but deserted (or entirely deserted) when we go -- clientele are often up in the upstairs, separated-at-the-atrium bar -- ...where was I?

Oh, right, we went there because there is almost always nice and low-sensory-impact, and it was nearly 5pm by the time we got out.

And then we had dinner just now at 10, and also it is trash night, and anyway I need to call the doctor tomorrow about the bruise to see if I have a vitamin problem or if it's something actually scary. O:p

Still puttering on the almost-no-imagination-required bits that I'm doing for that GURPS thing. Making myself a cheat-sheet for stuff even if it doesn't stay. Hah.

Edit: Please well-wishes for mmegaera, who is getting a lot of biopsies done tomorrow early.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 09:48 pm
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"Don't take life so serious, son -- it ain't nohow permanent."

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