Exceedingly Minor Pleasure of the Day

Oct. 19th, 2017 12:06 pm
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Discovering that – thanks to a doubled entry in my bookkeeping software – I have $20 more than I thought I did.

(I love Quicken like I love my dishwasher. They’re indisposable barriers between me and utter domestic chaos.)

South East coast

Oct. 19th, 2017 02:13 pm
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The trip along the South East coast revealed a country's edge that was giving up and falling over. Brighton's a faded old happiness smelling of the sweet sugargrease of many donut stalls. But nobody is swimming in the sea - even with the sun beating down - and the pebble beach shelves hard into a pressing mass of empty molten-glassy water. Swelling under the glittery heat. Pushing back against the swell of people.

Travelling east from this jewel of the coast, civilisation expires gently into the water, rolling down to the dirty kerbstone of the not-cliffs into an oily sea. Scattered low-pressed dismal towns of unpainted fences and burgeoning drug use, elderly and young alike. Even the duolingo of Newhaven's centre ville is the last gasp before the rolling downs and dropping lands of the Seven Sisters - beautiful, yet corralled as tourist land and sanctioned extraLondon countryside.

The grim psychogeography of Beachy Head belying the bright snake rivers and snowy cliffs.

And into Kent - Cinque ports, high weald knifefolded wooded wilds. And the press of the ocean against its sea walls and grimey forts.

Photos - mostly Dungeness

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Oct. 16th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Every year, a bunch of ChrisC's university friends rent a big house and go away for the weekend.

Which caused a little consternation for us )

So there was some panicking, and ChrisC and I churned out a 50-question "nostalgia" quiz. Note: the target demographic for this is quiz is emphatically people who were born in the mid 70's, and grew up in the UK. Anyone else is very possibly going to struggle.

Hell yeah, I'd like a 90s nostalgia quiz... )

I Was Wrong

Oct. 14th, 2017 04:52 pm
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I thought USAA had the most annoying “please hold” music around.

Then I heard Earthlink’s.

But that doesn’t matter, because I have successfully bitten the bullet and switched my Earthlink account over to email-only for about a third of the price. This is really something I should have done long ago, because we haven’t used Earthlink for anything but receiving email since we went off dial-up back in, oh, 2005 or so. I only heard about the option a year or so back (Earthlink, understandably, doesn’t exactly trumpet it from the rooftops), but still. Should have done it sooner.

In my defense, the switch has to be made over the phone with a customer service representative – you can’t just flip a switch online – and I hate talking to strangers over the telephone.

But yeah. Now that’s done.

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I have an Android phone and tablet. The sound quality is eminently usable, and I have Skype to call people on!

How the arsing fuck do I record it?

There appears to be no standard option. Skype itself has no facility for recording calls. There are assorted extremely dodgy apps that claim to do the job, none of which I want to go near. I can Google for dodgy apps as well as you can — I’m not asking you to do a quick Google for me. What I want to know is — has anyone reading this done this personally, recording a Skype call? How do you do it? What do you use?

(Last time I did it on a Linux desktop — I had to run Audacity capturing the microphone and Audio Recorder capturing the speaker, then put the two recordings together. Hideous and stupid and I don't want to do that again.)

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Random Musings

Oct. 10th, 2017 02:09 pm
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I was thinking the other day, as one does, and I fell to pondering on the popularity of M/M royalty AUs.  And I think I’ve figured out at least one part of the reason for their existence:

Whereas the traditional fairy-tale “prince in disguise meets virtuous/beautiful/otherwise worthy shepherdess/barmaid/daughter of impoverished minor nobility” love story is a fantasy of upward social mobility, the M/M royalty AU is a fantasy of consent.  The M/M factor takes away the issue of unbalanced power because of gender, and the royalty thing takes away the issue of power imbalance because of social or professional status.

(There are other factors at play, of course, not least the American fascination with royalty in general.  But I think that the matter of consent is definitely a part of things.)

And on another topic altogether:

I used to wonder what had become of the “household hints” columns that used to appear in the Women’s section of the daily newspaper, back when there were Women’s sections in the daily newspapers, and I eventually concluded that household hints had gone the way of the dodo.

But I’ve come to realize that they hadn’t gone extinct after all.  They’ve just gone gender-free and rebranded themselves, and now show up online as “life hacks.”

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Assume for a moment that you are a being with the power to create universes. However, once you have created them you can't tamper with them, you can only set up the initial conditions and then watch them play out.

You've created many universes, but none have ever developed life.

And then you come across (in the celestial equivalent of a library) the initial seed conditions to create a universe which will contain life. Along with a detailed record of one tiny fragment of it - the planet Earth, as it is up until the year that (many of) the inhabitants call "2017".

Considering what you know of life, the universe and everything...

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 43

Would you create our universe?

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31 (72.1%)

9 (20.9%)

Something else which I will explain in comments
3 (7.0%)

Grey Day

Oct. 9th, 2017 04:25 pm
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If anybody from down below was hoping to come up to the north country and take in the bright blue autumn skies and the blazing fall colors . . . well, not today they’re not. Today has been not just grey and rainy, but the kind of grey and rainy where the ambient light level doesn’t change much from about 7AM until dusk.

I’m still stiff and achy and sans editorial work, and if I get anything on my to-do list accomplished besides “Run Dishwasher” I will be very surprised.
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This summer, ChrisC went off to the Fringe in Edinburgh while I went to Whitby. Despite properly packing in the shows for five days, he still managed to miss a few things he wanted to see and we are slowly hoovering them up as they come to London.

At least, that was the plan. And it worked for me. ChrisC decided instead to be ill, and for two out of three I had to draft in an emergency replacement. (Thanks to Ebee, who heroically threw herself into the breach despite me being completely unable to tell her anything about the shows whatsoever.)

Ahir Shah @ Soho Theatre (Downstairs) )

Mae Martin @ Soho Theatre (Downstairs) )

Dolly Would @ Camden People's Theatre )


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