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20th December, 2014. 7:48 pm.

Introducing John Henry Mk II, because my new laptop isn't Skynet any more than the old one was. And my bookmarks from the old computer synced in iCloud! I'm still working out a few kinks but by and large it's working well.

A few weeks ago, [personal profile] next_to_normal posted a wonderful interview with Kings creator Michael Green. Oddly enough, from the Playboy website, so while there's nothing NSFW at that particular link, you probably don't want to click the link from a work computer. I find it very strange that someone who works for flipping *Playboy* is geeking out over Kings, but I'll take great interviews where I can find them.

For those who haven't heard of Kings, it was a sadly short-lived show that aired on NBC in summer 2009, a modern dress adaptation of the Book of David, starring Ian McShane, Sebastian Stan, Susanna Thompson (from Arrow) and a block of wood called Christopher Egan (I'm being unkind. Egan may be a very good actor in other roles, but in my not so humble opinion he was horrendously miscast). Green has all the dirt, like how while they were in production, all the NBC executives who'd nurtured the show got fired, and their replacements either had no idea how to market the show to the public or no interest in marketing it. Now, I'm not saying that it would necessarily have been a hit if it hadn't been burned off with very little publicity, but marketed properly. TV is tricky. But Once Upon a Time and Sleepy Hollow both found audiences, and they had premises just as strange as Kings did. Anyway, it's worth checking out the interview.

Very few spoilers at the above link. I suspect both Green and the journalist were hoping to draw in a few new viewers on DVD with the interview, so while there's lots of dirt, there aren't many spoilers.

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18th December, 2014. 12:33 pm.

So I'm in the market for a new laptop. I had the MacBook Pro the past few years and liked it very much. But there seem to be four different models out there, all at different price points. My ex laptop was the bottom of the line MacBook Pro, and it worked for my needs. Crowd sourcing info here.

I may not reply immediately. As I don't currently have a working laptop I'm doing everything ony phone. It's fiddly for answering comments. Thanks.

P.S. If anybody has any thoughts on the MacBook Air, I'm also all ears about that.

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17th December, 2014. 6:09 am.

So, I've read "Shards of Honor" (note American spelling, even though it pains me to leave out the "u") and "Barrayar". What would be a good Lois McMaster Bujold book for me to read next? I went online to try and find a suggested reading order, but found several different ones. I am confuzzled now. *sadface*

ALL my Christmas presents are bought and have arrived. All of them. *happy dance* I did most of my shopping online this year, which made a huge difference to my stress levels. Now I just have to wrap Oldest Friend's parcel up (no sugar added mini hedgehogs for the diabetic husband, overpriced but yummy artisan tea for Oldest Friend, chocolate letters for each of their 3 kids) and brave the line at the post office, which should be formidable. I started doing a family parcel rather than just an individual gift for OF back when they had *one* kid. It's sort of mushroomed since then, owing to OF and her husband being believers in big families.

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13th December, 2014. 7:47 pm.

Today has been a day of one-liners. This morning Young Miss Weaver had to go back to the vet for a check-up on her renal function (she had some abnormal test results in August). And this evening I took Brother out to dinner and then he put together my new microwave cart.

The vet tech had to take her blood pressure, but the machine wasn't working properly. After failing to register a pulse on the electronic gadget, she said, "Well, I can't get any blood pressure, but in my professional opinion, your cat's alive."

And as we were taking the old, broken microwave cart out to the dumpster, I said to Brother, "I should've brought my phone. It has a flashlight app. Or I could've just brought an actual flashlight, I guess."

Brother shot back, "That just sums up the entire 21st century right there."

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12th December, 2014. 3:30 pm.

I downloaded the Complete Flanders and Swann from iTunes, which may have been a huge mistake. I was listening to them on my commute this morning and cackling like a fiend. People were edging away from me in the train car. So eventually I switched to listening to something else instead, that didn’t make me giggle.

Dad wants The Hollow Crown on DVD for Christmas, which is fabulous because it means eventually I can borrow it. Well, specifically he asked for “the Claire Danes Romeo and Juliet and any other Shakespeare plays on DVD that aren’t Richard III or Othello.” So I went to check out the price on Romeo and Juliet, and Amazon’s search algorithms threw up The Hollow Crown as something I might be interested in as well. The recommendations are often really, really random, so I was pleased that they worked out well for once.

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6th December, 2014. 2:00 am. Today in 1989...

It's December 6th (by a few hours), which means it's time to remember the victims of the Ecole Polytechnique massacre, murdered 25 years ago today for the high crime of studying engineering while female. My thanks to [personal profile] ide_cyan, for posting about it earlier and reminding me. It sounds trite to say, "Oh, they were so young," but damn, they WERE young. All of them much younger in 1989 than I am now, with their whole lives ahead of them.

Geneviève Bergeron (born 1968), civil engineering student

Hélène Colgan (born 1966), mechanical engineering student

Nathalie Croteau (born 1966), mechanical engineering student

Barbara Daigneault (born 1967), mechanical engineering student

Anne-Marie Edward (born 1968), chemical engineering student

Maud Haviernick (born 1960), materials engineering student

Maryse Laganière (born 1964), budget clerk in the École Polytechnique's finance department

Maryse Leclair (born 1966), materials engineering student

Anne-Marie Lemay (born 1967), mechanical engineering student

Sonia Pelletier (born 1961), mechanical engineering student

Michèle Richard (born 1968), materials engineering student

Annie St-Arneault (born 1966), mechanical engineering student

Annie Turcotte (born 1969), materials engineering student

Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz (born 1958), nursing student


They will not be forgotten.

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3rd December, 2014. 5:15 pm.

So, I haven't posted much about Sleepy Hollow this season. Mostly because it hasn't been nearly as much fun this season as last season. Which brings me to the most recent episode (major spoilers under cut):

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In much better news, Uncle #1 has sent me a copy of Ben Aaronovitch's Foxglove Summer, so I don't have to wait until January 6, 2015, which is when it's being released here. Off to curl up under the electric blanket with a new book. Technically it's a Christmas present, so I guess i should wait until December 25 to read it.

*thinks about it*

Nah!

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2nd December, 2014. 4:58 pm. Signal boost! Who needs a kitten in the Southeast US of A?

[personal profile] meret has found a very sweet and friendly grey kitten (pictured), approximately 10 - 12 weeks old, definitely not feral, and no owner has come forth. Unfortunately Meret's own cat is homicidally inclined towards other cats, particularly those much smaller and defenceless than him, so she can't keep the little guy indefinitely. A no-kill shelter is not an option, unfortunately. Meret is in North Georgia and is willing to drive a fair distance to rehome him, provided she can make the trip out and back in one day.

Edited to add: I should have been more clear. A no kill shelter is not an option locally, as I understand it. Please feel free to spread the word if someone is looking for a kitten. Or if you know of a no kill shelter within reasonable driving distance of North Georgia, I'm sure she'd be happy for the info.

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30th November, 2014. 9:20 am.

happy birthday [personal profile] legionseagle!!!

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25th November, 2014. 8:42 pm.

What *exactly* does a police officer have to do to face *any* charges whatsoever when they kill an unarmed black teenager?

Call me naive, I thought they'd indict Darren Wilson for SOMETHING. Reckless discharge of a weapon, at the very least. But then I thought the Trayvon Martin case would end up with a manslaughter conviction, so maybe I'm just plain stupid.

Going to bed now, so if anybody comments, I'm not ignoring you, I'm just sleeping the sleep of the disillusioned and depressed.

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