So a while back, I made a vow

May. 28th, 2017 04:45 am
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I would refuse to see Batman vs. Superman until I had tickets to see a Wonder Woman movie in my hot little hands.

And - guess what? I have those tickets.

So I hunkered down and watched Batman vs. Superman. It was exactly as joyless, miserable, boring, and generally intolerable as I expected - with, of course, the exception of the Wonder Woman bits.

But I did it - and now my appetite is whet for more Wonder Woman!!

Classic Vids - YouTube

May. 26th, 2017 06:02 pm
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Will Your Job Be Done By A Machine?

May. 26th, 2017 05:47 pm
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Topher Spiro on Twitter

May. 25th, 2017 11:25 pm
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Posted in full at: on May 25, 2017 at 04:22PM

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Online Surveys and the Like

May. 25th, 2017 07:24 pm
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I've mentioned before that I do online surveys and such very regularly, that I can then trade in for things like airline miles (enough for a free flight almost every year), Amazon gift cards, cash, and the like. Several people have asked me about them, so I thought that I'd type up a post for anyone who might be interested.

First is the National Consumer Panel, which is run by Nielsen. The way it works is that whenever you go grocery shopping, once you're done you scan the barcodes on your groceries using an app on your phone. (There are also some surveys you can do from time to time as well.) It's fairly quick and easy, and once you get used to it then it adds maybe an extra minute or two to unpacking groceries and putting them away.

They have a variety of rewards you can trade in points for, including Amazon gift cards (which is a big one for me). They also have random drawings throughout the year for prepaid Visa cards of varying amounts. I've won those several times without doing anything special.

Another that I really like is e-Rewards, which is solely taking online surveys, but unfortunately it's rather difficult to sign up with them as they're invite only. You have to get an invitation from one of their partners in order to join. That's the site that I get my airline miles from, so it's very much worth it if you can get in with them. If it helps any, I got my original invite to join their site by signing up for e-mails from Pizza Hut.

InBoxDollars is another site that I use. It's not as profitable as the others, but they pay cash. I usually earn $50 or so a year from them, but I also only visit their site sporadically each week. I'm sure if I were to spend more time there, it would be more profitable. And I can verify that they do actually pay you, as I've gotten several checks from them.

Last but not least is Swagbucks. It's another one that you can trade in for all sorts of things, including Amazon gift cards or even cash. In my opinion it's more time-consuming than the others, but it's definitely possible to make decent money on their site if you're willing to spend time attempting every survey and such that they offer.

They also have the option to get money back from online shopping, so it can help if you get in the habit of going through their referral link when ordering things online. For example, I used their site the last time I ordered a computer from Dell, and I ended up getting something like 15% back - which is a fairly decent amount of money on large purchases like that.

I've used others in the past, but those four are the ones that I've found to be most profitable and therefore the ones that I've stuck with. If you have questions about any of them, let me know.

Another update of the RL variety...

May. 24th, 2017 06:14 pm
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I finally sold my car! \o/

The guy who bought it gave me $200 cash for it (which is about what I was expecting) and towed it off as soon as I handed over the title. He's taking it back to his place to break down what he can for parts, and then he's donating it to the local fire department to use for training. So, you know, that works. I got some money for it, plus it's going to be put to a good purpose.

Unnamed Nonprofit is closing at lunchtime on Friday, so I'm heading to the MVA afterwards to turn in my plates and tags. Luckily, it's literally next door to my apartment complex, which is very convenient when it comes to walking home afterwards. Then I can cancel my car insurance, find out what my renters' insurance will be going up to (since I was getting a multi-line discount), and not have to worry about any of that anymore.

Now that I've actually managed to sell my car, I'm feeling much more positive about making it to VividCon. I've got cash in hand for the car itself, plus by the time you add in the small refunds I'll be getting for my car tags/car insurance as well as the fact that my car insurance won't be renewing three days before VVC? That should be enough to cover the costs of the con, especially since I don't have to worry about airfare.

(That said, I'm waiting until June to register. Just to make certain nothing else unexpected happens. Because 2017 has been hell, and I don't trust it.)

Speaking of cons, I'm seriously considering going to Philly in November for PAX Unplugged. The cost of the con itself is very reasonable, and since it's in Philadelphia it's much more plausible for me to pay $20(ish) to just spend a few hours on a bus to get there. The big cost would be a hotel, but I'm hoping that either roommates and/or staying somewhere other than downtown would help.

I'm finally playing Mass Effect: Andromeda thanks to my mom buying it for me out of the blue. I haven't had a lot of time to play yet, but I'm hoping to spend a fair bit of the holiday weekend digging into it.

On the cat front, Garrus has been doing... okay(ish). He's definitely extremely clingy when I first get home from work in the afternoons, and he's being more vocal than I've heard him in the entire 3+ years that he's been here. I'm looking into adopting another cat so that he'll have someone to keep him company during the day, as it's very obvious that a lot of the problem is that he's home alone for 8+ hours on weekdays. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure at least some of it is that he misses Tali specifically, but I'm getting the impression that's not all of it.

I'm supposed to get Tali's ashes back in the next day or two (although I won't be surprised at all if it's pushed back until sometime next week thanks to the holiday weekend). While I'm slowly getting used to not looking for her, I think that's definitely going to hurt. I already know where she's going to be staying, though, so the fact that I've prepared that much will hopefully help a little.

I got a headful of drought

May. 24th, 2017 01:37 pm
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I keep falling down on my promise to post more. Everything happens so much.

The BPPV/head situation is continuing, long after most of the attacks have usually gone away. I'd been doing the exercises but they made only surface improvements this time: I can walk upright and drive pretty easily, but looking up or down, or turning my head at an angle in any kind of recline/looking up will make me wobbly for quite a while. It's made daily chores such…chores--the house was so gross so I finally had to vacuum and that was a study in Tilt-a-Whirl terror, and cleaning stuff like the sink or tub is a challenge I don't want to accept. I was in the store the other day and had to bend down to get something off a low shelf and then got treated to someone who thought I was drunk in public. I liked the idea a friend has: wearing a sign that says "not drunk, just wobbly." Anyway, much as I don't want to go in, I might have to get pro help this time.

I've been working away on my Cap Reverse Big Bang fic, it's up to 22,000 words now. No one said they're good words, but there's a lot of them. The artist is squeeful about Bucky's kitten rescue in it, so she might draw a second piece about that. Since the art is basically Steve and Bucky fucking, the sex scene was obligatory, and I don't know why but that made writing it about 10,000 times harder. I've made two editing passes--honestly, the first one wasn't even so much of an editing pass as a complete rewrite, almost nothing stayed untouched--and I hope I can make another, because it's such crap that it really needs more work. It's very plotty (I think the artist was unhappy at first because I was getting plot all over her "I just want a fluffy reunion sex scene") and I'm trying to make sense of Civil War as a canon-divergence AU, so it's very complicated and I keep finding plot holes and logic flaws that I have to correct--wait, no, if they do that, then they can't do this.

This is complicated by the fact that I have a book edit that came in late but they're not changing the deadline (yes, this is typical), and the fact that I'm my usual mentally ill self and am pre-emptively depressed about posting the fic. I'm kind of right in the middle of the posting schedule, and I'm seeing all these stories with hundreds of notes but a couple with only a few, and I know damn well that'll be mine, too, and it makes me feel…really bleh. There will probably be a lot of fic fatigue by then, and my SBB fic last year pretty much bombed, so it kind of feels like that, even with the well-run tumblr reblogging postings and giving the visibility we didn't have in the SBB. I try to get the brain weasels that eat me up about this off the hamster wheel that says "nobody cares" but they steadfastly refuse to move.

But I have to post, so I will. And just try to make it the best it can be, even if only my pals will read it. And I need to really get back to working on Celluloid Hero, which I had to put on hold, because I know there is a handful of people who are reading that one. Plus there's the Vividcon premieres vid. I've never vidded Star Wars before so this will be really interesting. I'm really looking forward to reading some of the CapRBB stories, though, once I finish with mine, though one of the ones I'm most looking forward to is coming at the end, [personal profile] sineala's 616 Bucky Barnes and Marvel Noir Tony Stark together. ::waves tentacle pom-poms in your general direction::

Anyway, that's what's new with me--weirdness and just being a dithering idiot and emotional basket case. How's by you?

Box o books cont'd

May. 22nd, 2017 10:50 pm
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Last call for cheap books, kind of an eclectic lot, Shakespeare and Beatles and random SFF anthologies. Most of these are pretty well used, cover wear, etc. Let me know your zip code and I'll calculate media rate shipping from that and book weight.

Let me know before Friday night if you want any of these, because on Saturday they're going to Good Will.

For the Shakespeare, I am including publisher/edition for those who care; most of them are perfectly readable modern editions but I feel I should note that the "new hudson" editions were printed circa 1910 and while they have the same kinds of notes I tend to expect, they are visibly old. Merrills is 1910 as well, and Arden is good gracious, 1898.

Hardcover - $2
Skywalking: the life and films of George Lucas by Dale Pollock (1983, so no current or prequels)
Aliens from Analog (anthology, contents)
Reel Future (anthology, contents)
Pendragon Chronicles (anthology, contents)
Hal Leonard Guitar Method, books 1-3 (this is actually comb bound not hardcover, but it also includes CDs, so I'm tossing it in this list for pricing.)
America, the book, from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart
I Me Mine by George Harrison
Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now by Barry Miles
Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney by Geoffrey Giuliano
McCartney: The Definitive Biography by Chris Salewicz
The Baby Train and Other Lusty Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand

Trade Paperback (or larger) - $1.50
Save the cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting you'll ever need by Blake Snyder
How to Write for Television by Madeline DiMaggio
Writing Scripts Hollywood Will Love by Katherine Atwell Herbert
Science Fiction: a historical anthology (contents)
Henry the Fourth, Part I, Shakespeare, Norton
King Lear, Shakespeare, Kittredge
Hamlet, Shakespeare, St Martin's Case Studies in Contemporary Criticism
Classical Mythology by Mark Morford and Robert Lenardon
Completely MAD: A History of the Comic Book and Magazine
MAD about the Eighties: the best of the decade
MAD about the Seventies: the best of the decade
MAD about the Sixties: the best of the decade
MAD about the Movies
The Birth of the Beatles by Sam Leach
Brothel: Mustang Ranch and its Women by Alexa Albert
Dante, the Divine Comedy, Inferno, Italian, English translation by John Sinclair
Star Trek: Q's Guide to the Continuum
Cowboy Slang by Edgar R. "Frosty" Potter
All I really need to know I learned from watching Star Trek by Dave marinaccio
Quotable Star Trek by Jill Sherwin

Paperbacks - $1
Teach Yourself Film Studies by Warren Buckland
Twelfth Night, Shakespeare, signet
Othello, Shakespeare, folger
Tempest, Shakespeare, new hudson
Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare, folger
Anthony and Cleopatra, Shakespeare, Kittredge
As You Like It, Shakespeare, new hudson
Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare, Arden
Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Merrill's
Macbeth, Shakespeare, folger
Midsummer night's dream, Shakespeare, folger
Much Ado About Nothing, Shakespeare, folger
Taming of the Shrew, Shakespeare, bantam
Titus Andronicus, Shakespeare, signet
Second Shepherd's play
The Fantastic Adventures of Robin Hood (anthology, contents)
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Curses (anthology, contents)
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Ghosts (anthology, contents)
50 Short Science Fiction Tales (anthology, and with nothing so tidy as a table of contents, here's the list of reprint permissions)
UFOs: A Manual for the Millennium by Phil Cousineau
Anne Frank's Tales From the Secret Annex
Dutchman and the Slave: Two Plays by LeRoi Jones
House of Desires in a new translation by Catherine Boyle
The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder
Our Town by Thornton Wilder
Everyman and Medieval Miracle Plays
Life is a Dream, Calderon
Beowulf, trans Burton Raffel
I Owe Russian $1200 by Bob Hope (resisting urge to make political joke here)
Strange and Amazing Facts About Star Trek by Daniel Cohen
Separated at Birth? (Meme of a bygone era, this is a collection of photographs of celebrities that look like other celebrities)
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Posted in full at: on May 22, 2017 at 09:42AM

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Posted in full at: on May 20, 2017 at 11:20PM

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Posted in full at: on May 20, 2017 at 03:55PM

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May. 20th, 2017 10:46 am
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So, yes, I've been mentioning this in other posts for some time now, so it's about time that I typed one up on the subject. As I've said before, I'm currently trying to sell my (nonworking due to a starter issue) car and my (in almost new condition) bicycle on craigslist. And, wow, I've had some responses that deserve being shared.

Some of my favorites:

* The person who sent me a lot of questions about my car before asking what I wanted for it. (Which, by the way, is listed in the post itself.) Their response when I said "[insert dollar amount here] or best offer" was an almost immediate "... oh, you want money?"

* The person who I went back-and-forth with via e-mail for several days, to the point where we where we were talking about arranging for him to come see the car. He then asked where we should meet. I replied back pointing out that, since the car won't start until it has some work done (which not only is in the subject line and body of the craigslist post, but was also the subject line of every. single. email. that we'd been sending to each other), we'd need to meet at my apartment complex since that's where it was parked. Somehow, despite all of that, he'd managed to miss the fact that the car has starter issues and wouldn't turn on.

* The person who offered me $50 for the car but only if I'd pay for it to be towed to him (which definitely costs more than $50 in this area). And who then kept sending me e-mails for days after I told him "no" and stopped replying to his messages.

* The thirteen different people (so far!) who've sent me e-mails asking about which motor the car has in it, how many miles it has, etc. despite all of that information being listed very clearly in the craigslist post.

* The guy who, for something like two weeks straight, kept making plans to come see my bicycle only to never send me a message on the day we'd arranged asking the address to meet (as I told him I'd send him more information once he was sure he could make it). I'd get an e-mail something like 12 hours later saying that "something had come up" and making plans to meet on a different day.

* The guy who sent me several e-mails asking about my bike before asking for more information about where I'm located. (Not the address, just general info.) Which was already in the craigslist post. He then disappeared for several days, making me assume he'd realized how far MoCo is from NoVA (where he just moved), before sending an e-mail asking to come see my bicycle the next day. I said "sure" - and didn't hear anything from him for three days. Then he sent an e-mail asking to meet last night. I said "sure" - and, yet again, didn't hear anything back from him until 2am this morning (after I'd already gone to bed) asking if he could meet me first thing this morning to take a look at the bike. I sent him an e-mail and a text when I woke up this morning at 9am, but I haven't heard any reply.

* The guy who called me several inappropriate terms, over the course of five e-mails, because I wouldn't sell the bicycle to him for $25. I was going to make him look like a bad guy to his girlfriend, because he'd already promised to buy the bike for her! How dare I not accept his offer!?

* The woman who very clearly knew absolutely nothing about bicycles but was trying to buy one for her still-a-fairly-young-child grandson. (I explained to her just why my bike wasn't a good option for a kid and pointed her towards some places to get more information about what would be appropriate.)

And that's not counting the dozen or so people not mentioned who've sent me some e-mails asking about my bike and/or car, some of which have gone so far as to ask when would be a good time for them to come see them, only to disappear into the ether without another word.

Another one of those RL updates...

May. 20th, 2017 10:06 am
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It's been a tough week, for obvious reasons, but things are slowly going back to as normal as they can be. Garrus seems to be settling in to the new status quo, although he's definitely sleeping more than usual. I'm not entirely certain if it's because he's depressed and missing Tali, though, or if it's more due to her not being here to wake him up. Their sleep schedules were always a bit off, and she would wake up from her naps sooner than him and immediately make certain that he joined her in being awake.

He's definitely been a bit clingier the past few days, although it does seem to be tapering off the last 24 hours or so. His naps tend to be within sight of me rather than in other rooms, as they have been in the past, and he's been spending all night in bed with me rather than only part of it. (Although, once again, that might just be because there's no Tali to wake him up and not let him sleep.)

I've been fighting a headache (that turned into a migraine for a bit before fading back into just a headache) since Tuesday, but it finally seems to be fading. I made it to work for about half of Wednesday, stayed home on Thursday, and then went in again for a little over half the day on Friday. Luckily I have plenty of PTO, so I had it to spare. Still, it wasn't exactly the best week for it considering several people are out of the office at the moment. That's life, though.

There's still some craigslist-related drama going on in regards to trying to sell my bicycle and car that I totally need to type up a post about at some point. I'm getting closer and closer to saying "fuck it" and just donating the car to charity, at this point. Yes, I'd like some cash up front now, but that way I could at least get a tax credit next year. Besides, the sooner I get it taken care of, the sooner I can get my car insurance cancelled and try to get a partial refund for my tags.

D&D continues to take up quite a bit of my brain space, which is good for distraction-related purposes at least. In our Friday night game, it looks like we're getting ready to start a fairly serious dungeon crawl that's probably going to last quite a while based on the map we were given. I think we're all excited and a bit terrified for it.

Back on the cat front, I'm definitely thinking that I need to find a new companion for Garrus sooner rather than later. I haven't been away for a full eight hours at work yet since Tali died, but just being away for 4-5 hours on the two days that I made it in to the office seemed to be pretty hard on him. He's definitely not used to being completely on his own for extended periods of time. I'm not quite certain how ready I am for a new cat right now, but I do think that he needs someone to keep him company.

If anyone in the DC area knows of someone who's trying to rehome a cat, one who gets along well with others, let me know? I'm mostly keeping an eye on craigslist right now. Local animal shelters are technically an option, but a lot of them tend to require written confirmation from my landlord that pets are allowed and a vet recommendation (and some of them even require things like paycheck stubs as proof of income). All of which, you know, are technically possible for me to get but will take some time and effort due to my work schedule/lack of a car. So I'm looking into one-on-one arrangements first.

Still, I'll just have to see how it goes.

My outgoing post today.

May. 20th, 2017 02:07 am
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Posted in full at: on May 19, 2017 at 06:06PM

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Catching up on The Magicians

May. 18th, 2017 08:44 pm
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(doesn't even bother to cut since no one cares about spoilers for this show)

...then thinks better of it, just in case. )

Do I dare watch the SPN two-parter? I'm not sure. But I've reached a level of general life stress where I'm literally incapable of doing anything but watch escapist television, so, maybe.

Box o books

May. 17th, 2017 01:56 pm
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Continuing to cull my library as I pack and also running in circles screaming because everything, moving stress, and my ongoing lack of job

Anyway, if you want any of these, prices listed + media rate shipping (let me know your zip code and I'll weigh books and tell you how much).

Trade paperbacks and hard backs, $3 ea
Dracula by Bram Stoker + 70 pages of appendices
High Wizardry by Diane Duane

Regular size paperbacks, $2 ea
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
The Magic Christian by Terry Southern
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
So You Want To Be A Wizard by Diane Duane
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis, box set of paperbacks: $10
(hey, tell you what, if anyone wants all three of the Duane young wizards books, $5 for the set)

Also, stuff still available on my last fannish yard sale entry with lower prices


May. 17th, 2017 04:35 pm
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I'm honestly not sure it's sunk in yet that Tali is really gone. She was going to turn four in July, so she was still very much a young cat. She was healthy. When I left for work yesterday morning, it was just another day. She was curled up in her usual spot on the back of the sofa, awake but very much not willing to move yet. I kissed her and Garrus goodbye, told them to be good and not destroy the apartment while I was gone... and that was the last time I saw her.

It seems so quiet in the apartment without her, which is odd because she's always been the quieter of the two of them. But she was always the one sitting in the window watching and waiting for me to get home, and whenever I'd walk in the door she'd come running up, climb halfway up the back of my sofa, and then dangle there waiting to be petted. It's why I always called her my monkey cat.

She'd curl up on the back of the sofa or the top of the fridge or a random chair, and then she would stretch so far that she'd often roll right off. And then immediately flip over, all nonchalant, like she'd totally meant to fall off of where she'd just been. She could open almost every drawer and door in the apartment, and the handful of ones that she couldn't open due to her size she'd trained Garrus to open for her. Whenever I took a shower, the odds were high that at some point during it there would be a small black head poking in at the back of the bathtub to get misted with water.

She loved people food. Whenever I opened the refrigerator, she would come running. I had to eat standing up more often than not, because if I tried to sit at the table or my computer desk, she'd come after my food. Just Monday night, I ordered pizza for dinner and made the mistake of trying to eat at my computer, and she made an adorable nuisance of herself the entire time. And she absolutely adored boxes and bags. Whenever anything arrived in the mail, I'd end up leaving the empty cardboard box sitting in my floor somewhere for at least a few days until she got bored with it, because I didn't have the heart to take it away from her.

If she was startled, she would look twice as large as she actually was. Her fur would stand straight on end, and she'd arch her back like the stereotypical black cat from Halloween decorations. The rest of the time, the size difference between her and Garrus was hilarious. They were from the same litter, but he was literally over twice as large as her. And their eyes! His are light green, but hers were so yellow they were almost orange. When you saw the two of them beside each other, it was always so noticeable.

Tali was my demon and my angel. I have a ridiculous number of scars on my arms and elsewhere on my body from her claws, and I still have scratches on my stomach from Sunday night when I got back from my trip to Tennessee and she made her displeasure known for my leaving them for 36 hours. She shedded like there was no tomorrow, and there's a good chance that I'll still be vacuuming up some of her fur for months to come - if not longer.

I'm going to miss her so much.

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