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Yesterday was a reminder of what a naive young man I remain.
Let me amend.
I remain a naive man.

I mean... if you send another team an email to the effect that your upcoming project might affect them, and if you flag that email as important, and if two weeks pass without any response, it is reasonable to conclude that your project will NOT affect them, right?

Then yesterday, less than two weeks from your project's target date, you write to them again. Just in case. Guess what happens?
sergebroom: (Captain America)
I recently figured out why I liked "Winter Soldier", but didn't love it. I kept wondering why, and came up with some explanations, but I finally realized that the main reason is that I felt *cheated*. The ads told us that it'd be about America struggling with its soul's dark shadows, but it took that struggle away and gave my country a free pass. It said "It's not that America has a dark soul, it's that it was seduced by foul deceivers."
sergebroom: (Doc Savage)
“...if you believe some of the anecdotes, the guy can make a black hole in a lab or turn a piece of lint into a concussion grenade. If I could send you in there naked, I would. You’ll have two guards with you until he’s secured.”

Back in March 2010, Asimov’s published William Preston’s “Helping Them Take The Old Man Down”, about the 21st century and the last year in the life of the Old Man, his homage to Clark Savage Jr, as the authorities attacked his Fortress of Solitude. The tales that followed took us further back in time, all the way to the 1920s, to the events that started his career as a scientific adventurer. In Asimov’s March/April 2014, novella “Each in His Prison, Thinking of the Key” takes us back to the present, and is told from the point of view of a special kind of interrogator who’s been brought in because, after a few years of incarceration, nobody has been able to get anything out of the Old man’s prodigious brain.

This is going on my Hugo nomination list next year.
sergebroom: (Death)
You'd think that, after all of yesterday's landscaping work, I'd have easily fallen asleep last night. Instead it took me two hours, and then I had dreams about being lost. I think I'll go have a breakfast of nuked leftover pizza.
sergebroom: (Rocketeer)
The Hugo finalists have been announced, and I understand there are suggestions of some ballot-stuffing. As writer Daniel Abraham approximately said on facebook, it's relatively easy to stuff the ballot for the preliminaries, but not for who will actually win. That being said, I'm glad that one of my nominees made it to the finals. I'd have liked my wife's work to be on the finals, but you know what they say about snowballs in Hell.

ire

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:46 pm
sergebroom: (Beast (X3))
"Did I make myself clear?"

I was one thousand miles away, and I said the above thru instant messaging, not on the phone, but I'm fairly certain our team's minions still got the sense I was very annoyed with them tonight. They won't repeat the stupid mistake that caused my ire.

the hunt

Apr. 16th, 2014 01:26 pm
sergebroom: (Quatermain)
The job hunt so far... I had not heard from the manager of another team who'd recently told me to send my resume so I wrote yesterday to ask if that new position had been filled up. Hopefully his silence simply means he's busy. Also yesterday, the manager of another team who'd once given me the heads-up about a soon-to-open full-time position and who then forgot to tell me when it was time to apply, wrote to me, but not to offer me a job. Instead a former co-worker had applied for a contractor position in that team, and had given my name as a recommendation.
sergebroom: (Doctor/Master)
"Well, I could wear my Victorian time-traveller outfit."
"No."

Sue was looking into places that do the Easter brunch and found one she liked. The problem is that it expected a certain level of proper attire for which I am not equipped. Just as well because that brunch was rather too pricey for the amount of food I'd have consumed. Instead, we'll go to Black Angus.
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Earlier this week, 'they' finally decided which of our new system's servers should be used to receive/send files. Before I could proceed, I wrote to 'them' and said I needed details about this, this, this, *and* that. No answer. Yesterday, one of 'them' asked me if I was ready to proceed. I responded that I needed details about this, this, this, *and* that. No answer. Today, another one of them one of 'them' asked me if I was ready to proceed. I responded that I needed details about this, this, this, *and* that. No answer yet.

Solaris

Apr. 15th, 2014 09:01 am
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I just realized it was time to renew my subscription to French-Canadian SF magazine "Solaris" so off a check went out to them. Did I really become a subscriber 39 years ago?

shocking

Apr. 15th, 2014 05:32 am
sergebroom: (Moloch)
"Do you get electric shocks all year?"

So said the occupant of a car who'd parked next to mine at the gym. I knew right away what she meant, and said that it's not unusual during New Meico's dry winters to get static shocks. The lady explained she'd just moved here from Maine, by way of Norway.
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I am looking forward to September 2015. That's when we'll see the premiere of tv series "The Expanse", about human growth into our solar system then beyond, based on the novels by James S.A. Corey, aka local writers Daniel Abraham and Ty Frank. Some of the writers involved in "Iron Man" are behind this and, while each episode will be first aired on SyFy, the network, which is now run by people who like SF, will not own this. That means no space shark.
sergebroom: (Doctor Strange)
"I was in one of the Enfolded Dimensions. I calmed an ifrit. There was a celebration, it went on late. But there was sushi. Amazing, fantastic sushi. At least, I *think* it was sushi."

So said the Silver Adept, cranky-in-the-morning sorceress, to her assistant whose story Kurt Busiek tells us in "AstroCity #11: The Sorcerer's Assistant".
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"Go ahead and run the show."

That's what I said to one of our newbies tonight. He knew how to handle the issue with our system, but I told him I'd be in the background if he wasn't sure of one of the steps. People take chances and learn better that way. Besides, I like to manage people that way because that's how *I* wanted to be managed.
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I managed not to laugh at the higherup who wanted us to come up with a detailed project plan, but who became quite lost when I rattled off the technical issues that need to be resolved before we come with such a plan with specifics.
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Something neat happened today... We have a new person in our team, and one of our contractors offered to take care of one of the tasks I normally handle with newbies. I had not asked for volunteers. He volunteered out of the blue. I'd like to think it's because I encourage folks to take initiatives, but I'm not that delusional. Still, that was neat.

kindness

Apr. 8th, 2014 06:29 am
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A former co-worker called me last night, to ask if it was ok to give me as a reference for a new position where she now works. I said yes, of course. For one thing, I don't forget when someone has been kind to me.
sergebroom: (Captain America)
I saw "Captain America: Winter Soldier" last night. While it was very entertaining, while I *liked* it, I can't say that I did as much as his first film. Sue and I talked about it after it was over and part of the problem is that, while Cap seems almost as unkillable as Wolverine, the former comes across as Superman, and almost impervious to pain. Part of it also is that they pretty much completely skipped Cap being from Out of Time, aside from his being curious about Disco.
sergebroom: (Rocketeer)
This year's Jack Williamson Lectureships were held April 3-4, in Portales, New Mexico. I had a good time with friends as you can see. I also enjoyed the attendees's breakfasts at Mark's Grill, an establishment that I understand was often frequented by Williamson.



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My chisel appears to have been misplaced so, when I needed to chip the edges off a yard rock yesterday, I used a screwdriver and my small sledgehammer. Said sledgehammer was also used with my axe to split a couple of bricks in half. Is this what is called "thinking outside the (tool)box"?