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Monday, July 21st, 2014
10:48 am
11 weeks to the marathon, Eleanor's a mercurial emotional hyperlexic weird awesome kid, Elly's pilot is about to have the finishing touches put on it, work is work, and I'm playing a bunch of Diablo 3 with Martin and Ayumi and it's a total flashback to ... 2001? 2002? Probably early 2002, with D2 with Martin and Kate and Craig.

Thems were the days, and a decade from now, I'll look back at these days and say thems were the days.

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Thursday, May 1st, 2014
7:52 am - hey, LJ.
http://xkcd.com/1362/

This is a nice place to go for some peace and quiet.

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014
7:58 pm
Still here, still reading infrequently, still fighting the power and still sticking it to the man.

Eleanor had another EEG on Monday, sleep deprived, which meant we kept her up all night on Sunday which meant we were up all night with her. She crashed hard at the EEG, before they even got the baseline tests (and the neurologist and sleep doc both cracked up reviewing the footage of me trying to keep her awake with 'stop hitting yourself! stop hitting yourself!' among other attempts). Then when she awoke she was Not Happy with having to spend another hour with sticky robot hair and she just wanted to go home and she does not like sticky robot hair and she just wants to go home now I just want to go home.

Poor kid.

So today we met the neurologist who said that ... nothing conclusive. There weren't overt epileptiform discharges, but it wasn't totally normal as they'd expect, but it wasn't anything else that they've seen, and the senior neurologists at the hospital throw up their hands and say "you got me". So she's still weird, the diagnoses are still best-guesses at best, but the meds are still helping and she's still being awesome in her own way and weird in her own way.

As for work, I've topped two years at RBC, and I'm starting to think about what the next step in my career will be. I like it here, but I also don't want to blink and find that five years have passed and I'm still in the same role. I'm also loathe to look elsewhere, because the flexibility afforded by RBC is substantial and I would be unlikely to find that at another employer. (Having to come into the office every day? And work all day? Like a sucker?)

Not coincidentally I spoke with the director of the department about career options, and tomorrow I have my development plan review with my boss, and the topic will come up there, too. It's possible I'll continue in QA. It's possible I'll take some different role at some point. But a year from now, I hope it's not the exact same thing.

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Monday, February 17th, 2014
10:32 pm
Sup, internet. If you're reading this on an RSS feed you should probably login and see all the locked entries. Yeah, I'm talking to you. You know what I mean.

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
10:26 am
I did well in the Canada's Arctic 1-day, coming in 24th of 169. I whiffed on two questions: "Who was the British rear-admiral and former governor of Tasmania whose expedition was lost in Arctic Canada in 1845?" was Sir John Franklin, I went with Frobisher, several centuries off, and "This biennial multi-sport event started in 1970 with teams from Alaska, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories, and now welcomes athletes from all over northern Canada, Alaska, Greenland, Lapland, and parts of Siberia. What is this event called?" was Arctic Winter Games, and I went with Super Cold Olympics.

Passed on the 1-days for Pearl Jam and Connecticut, and glad I did, as I might have gotten 0 and 1 out of 12 correct, respectively. Upcoming we have Basic Cable and Detroit. I'll try them both, but have a feeling I'll be somewhere in the 5-6 correct on either.

We're in the middle of the 90s Action Movies minileague, and hoo boy, is that ever tailored for me. Perhaps I should have spent more time in the 90s actually educating myself, but I am crushing these action movie questions. I whiffed on the surrealist who was referenced in The Thomas Crown Affair, missed a question on wave propagation methods in Independence Day (as did 97% of participants, so I feel a little justified in arguing the question was poorly phrased), missed on an asteroid in Armageddon shaped like one of the production companies (although this question was ambiguous as well, but I wouldn't have gotten it anyway), failed to remember where Johnny Utah went to college in Point Break though if I knew my Rose Bowl history I could have deduced it, had never ever seen Surf Ninjas and always thought that was a comedy and not action but hey, can't get them all, and did not know John Woo's last film before he left for Hollywood.

Apparently it is NOT "To John Woo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar".

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Friday, January 17th, 2014
12:45 pm - Brief moment of abject terror
A little over a year ago I ended up in a desk-sharing arrangement at work due to too many worker bees and not enough hives. (Just go with it.) As a result I worked from home 50% of the time, Tues/Thurs/alternate Fridays, sharing a desk with Stephan. In late August I switched projects and was requested to be in the office 100% of the time, so WFH became a thing of the past until November, when I started back on WFH Tuesday and Thursday.

In December, Stephan left the company, but I kept WFH and didn't question it because no reason to rock the boat.

Today I found out that I'm being moved down to the 8th floor to sit with the new project team in a dedicated space, but fortunately I was explicitly told that I could continue with the WFH arrangement. Good thing, too; actually going into an office five days a week? And working? I'm not a peasant.

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Monday, January 6th, 2014
3:07 pm - And in other news
2014 has a lot of games coming out.

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/01/02/the-spectacular-2014-preview-spectacular-part-1/
http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2014/01/06/the-spectacular-2014-preview-spectacular-part-two/

If I had enough time in the world this year (protip: I don't, especially if I'm going to actually train like a real runner, see previous entry) I'd die for The Long Dark, The Witcher 3, Alien: Isolation, Star Citizen, Thief 4, SC2: Legacy of the Void, Darkwood, Galactic Civilizations 3, and Wolfenstein: The New Order. But I'm nowhere near done with the games I have with the limited time to play AAAH I NEED TO WIN THE LOTTERY AND RETIRE TO A LIFE OF LEISURE.

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Friday, January 3rd, 2014
10:49 pm
LearnedLeague is starting up again on Tuesday with a minileague on Classical Music. I am going to get shellacked but I am going to learn something. And on the following Tuesday, a minileague on 90s Action Movies. I am going to place in the top half in that, but get crushed by someone who can yippie kie yay with the best of them, although the original Die Hard came out in 1988, not in the 90s. On the 17th there is a one-day on Plumbing, which I will gamely attempt and then share the questions with an engineer buddy of mine who is working on a water desalination plant in Abu Dhabi (or was it the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia? he's talked about both).

But more importantly than all of that, on Jan 18 there's a one-day on "Canada's Arctic", and while it is forbidden to look up answers and sportsmanship demands that we forfeit a question if we happen across an answer after seeing the question, nothing will stop me from educating myself in advance.

This has sent me down the branching rabbit hole of...Collapse )

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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014
6:18 pm - 2014, I am in you!
2013 was a bad year for a lot of people, judging from comments on Facebook. It was pretty darn okay for me. If it wasn't, and something extremely terrible happened to me or my immediate family, I've blocked out the tragedy and I'd thank you not to remind me.

2014, let's see. Some assorted goals:
1) I'm sick and tired of dragging my fat ass across the marathon finish line just under the wire. It's great that I can do it - better than not being able to do so - but with each year of advancing age I won't be able to manage without dropping a lot of this excess weight. So, that's one.
2) My osteoarthritis is cropping up, and has reduced the range of motion in my left shoulder. I tell myself that building some more muscle around that would help support the joint, and so I'm again vowing to do the 100 pushup program. That's multiple months, but when I last did it (and stopped halfway through, with sets of 28-24-20-20-26 with 60 second waits in between, or so) I was amazed at how easy they got, and also at how rapidly the ability evaporated when I stopped training. So, number two, pushups and selling tickets to the gun show.
3) We've been in this house for seven and a half years now, and there are some areas of the basement that haven't been touched since we've moved into the house, despite grandiose plans of clearing out the storage areas in the basement / redoing the bathroom / replacing the porch windows / etc. So that's on this year, too, just general home improvement. I probably should focus on something like one per season, and identify specific steps and goals, much like any project that has fallen prey to procrastination. And then be awesome!
4) Work. I did extremely well in the office this past year, and got substantial recognition and rewards for it. I can already identify the temptation to coast on that and put in the minimum amount of effort. Better to focus on continuing to surpass my peers and keep positioning myself for bigger and better things.
5) LearnedLeague. That's why I haven't been on LJ as much the past two months or so, I admit. Nancy got me hooked on the trivia, and when I was able to join LL59 I went straight there every morning and not to LJ to see questions, and as a result I, uhm, stopped reading here a bit. The goal here is more self-improvement. When I get a question wrong, I'll usually go look at the wiki page for the composer/politician/event/artist/etc, but never go any deeper than that. Want to turn that around this year and learn some more about this wild world around us. Better that than replaying another endless level of Plants vs Zombies 2 in bed. (although I tell myself that doing a crossword nightly is still good.)
6) Llamas. Elly is still doing fantastic work, and has a pilot project in the works. I am hoping my pants off that this gets a pickup, because it's hilarious, it's awesome, and she's worked so hard on everything that I so desperately want to see this one hit big. Eleanor is still our crazy little llama, and is continually making strides (and trying our patience). I look at where she was a year ago vs where she was today (and try to avoid looking at where she is today vs where her peers are today, as we lost a couple years of some areas of development there) and my heart grows three sizes. Poor sweet darling crazy llama.

And that's pretty much it. Fight the power, stick it to the man.

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Tuesday, September 24th, 2013
2:55 pm
Happy birthday, kobashi, we're all still out here.

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Monday, March 11th, 2013
12:14 pm

An estimate from Ganesh = ganeshtimate.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

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Friday, November 16th, 2012
7:04 pm
Packing up to take Spanky to the ER vet, and probably won't be coming back with him. It's been a good 11 years.

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2012
10:11 pm
The first page of my friendslist has updates going back over a week. A WEEK, YOU PEOPLE. I demand more content. I demand that the passage of time be reversed! I demand the epic threads and epic drama of a decade ago!

I'll join in, as soon as I get my metamucil.

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Monday, August 29th, 2011
2:29 pm - Still alive.
More details as events warrant.

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Monday, April 11th, 2011
10:19 am
About 25 years ago, I got a copy of the WW2 submarine simulator GATO from some place. I was nine or ten years old, and the few families in the neighborhood with PCs would all swap software willy-nilly, so I don't really remember where I got it ... but there was the 5.25" floppy with the hand-written label "GATO 1.1" on it.

It's not exactly a graphical tour de force (written in 1983 - CGA graphics, black, cyan, magenta, and white) but what always stood out was how each mission started. You controlled a diesel/electric submarine in the Pacific, and received your orders via radio transmission. At the easy difficulty level, the game displayed it in plain text. At the medium difficulty level, you got the orders as text, one letter at a time, associated with Morse code. At the highest difficulty level, you only got the Morse code.

Of course, as elementary school children, we never really played it at the highest difficulty.

Related to this- today I ran across http://lcwo.net/, a website that help you learn Morse code online. Suddenly I want to learn this archaic skill, if only so I can play an archaic game at its most difficult and find out if I'm supposed to intercept a convoy or escort a sub tender across the map.

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Thursday, April 7th, 2011
7:06 pm
Sometimes religion inspires beautiful works of music.



Sometimes religion inspires ... less beautiful works of music.

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Tuesday, March 29th, 2011
10:18 pm
I suppose I owe an entry for 2011. So, hey, 2011.

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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010
10:24 pm
Yeah, you. EAT IT.

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Thursday, November 4th, 2010
9:52 am
...and lots of wavy hair like Lib-er-ace!

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Friday, October 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm
You put your right foot in:

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