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"He found himself smiling. He, too, had come home."

Allen Steele's novel "Coyote Destiny" was not my favorite in the series, but it ended the whole affair in a bittersweet and yet satisfying way.

19 years

Jul. 25th, 2014 06:04 am
sergebroom: (Time Tunnel)
Today is the 19th anniversary of my being with the same employer. I am the last surviving member of our team as it stood when I started. Goodness, the technological changes I've gone thru in all that time...
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It'd appear that Alexei Panshin has taken me off his Facebook list. Not sure why. So it goes.
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Yesterday I came across a quote from the late James Garner where he proudly declared himself to be a bleeding-heart liberal card-carrying Democrat. Some respnded to this by saying they thought he'd been a Reagan Republican. I guess some on the Left had let themselves believe the Right's propaganda. There is the 'man' who thinks that a man must impose his bad-monkey will upon the others. There is also the man who knows he is strong, but who uses his strength to protect the Tribe.
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I accomplished an accomplishment at work today.
Not just any accomplishment.
A *great* accomplishment.

That's exactly what I needed to prove to myself that this morning's doubts are silly. (My thanks to those of you who commented in this morning's earlier post.)
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I don't know which is worse, that office treats me like I am mediocre, or the encroaching feeling that maybe they are right and I *am* mediocre.
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I accomplished an accomplishment at work today. Go me.
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Here are some of the things that anyonymous co-workers wrote about me during a society game played when I was last in the Bay Area;

- very knowledgeable and helpful
- very open and available
- very helpful and resourceful
- very hardworking
- very kind and hardworking

I sure have them fooled.
sergebroom: (Mist)
"It's Hell out there!"

And that's exactly who's on the other side of a door, in "Battlestorm", the third and final part of Sue's tale of Ragnarok in San Francisco, which she turned in to Tor this morning.
sergebroom: (Superman)
I still read and enjoy comic-books, but not DC/Marvel much anymore. Sometimes I'll take a look at one of my once-faves, buy a few issues, then decide I'm not interested anymore. That recently happened with the "Fantastic Four". Yesterday, I decided to try "Supeman" because its art is now by John Romita Jr. The story seems ok, but it's still too early to tell. Mind you, if DC decided to bring Busiek back as the writer, there'd be no uncertainty.
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I just came back from the local SF club's monthly meeting. I felt tongue-tied tonight for some reason, and, when someone would talk to me, it seemed to me that what I said was dumb or dull and so I'd let the conversations peter out.
sergebroom: (Superman)
I accomplished 1.5 accomplishment at work today.
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I'm all set for that tech training in Redwood City the week o August 4. Class registration is complete. Plane tickets have been acquired, and i'll be flying in and out of Oakland. Yes, that's on the other side of the Bay Area from Redwood City, but I'm willing to endure a longer train ride because SFO's own security theater looks much more lengthy. I'll be staying at what appears to be a nice hotel less than 3 miles from the training site.

nuts

Jul. 9th, 2014 08:42 pm
sergebroom: (Mist)
Sue just wrote a scene in her fantasy novel where Mist the Valkyrie kicked the god Loki in the nuts.

like a man

Jul. 6th, 2014 02:01 pm
sergebroom: (Mist)
"...Howard Hawks thought Leigh Brackett was a good writer because according to him she wrote 'like a man'..."

I wonder if he knew she wasn't one when he first hired her. That being said, I was glad to see her mentioned in Lightspeed's "Women Destroy Science Fiction".

experience

Jul. 5th, 2014 10:50 am
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Instinct really is experience internalized to the point where I don't think about the process's individual steps, and where I unconsciously know which of those steps will be a mistake, but that means it can be difficult to explain my conclusion to someone who's smarter but less experienced. In the end I wound up doing the thing the way the other person told me to. One week later, I did not gloat when that person realized my approach would indeed have been the best approach. I threw away the work and started again, but MY way.
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Well, that was interesting. Yesterday somebody pretended to be me on Slacktivist. Rather, that person used my name to spew out rather vile things that were so unlike what I'd say that others immediately recognized him as not-me. Also, it's also my understanding that this 'gent' frequently does this, usurping a name, but never changing his 'voice' to match the name. He seems to be quite the loser.

hot dogs

Jul. 4th, 2014 12:39 pm
sergebroom: (Adams)
"They'll run their quill pens through it, I'm obnoxious and disliked, you know that, Sir."
"Yes, I know."

Sue is working like crazy on her third fantasy novel so I thought I'd commiserate by doing office stuff. This all means that we're not having one of our traditional Fourth of July activities - the watching of "1776". But there was no wa we would miss the musical number where John Adams is trying to convince his buddies that *they* should write the Declaration of Independence. That is now done. Next will be our dinner of hot dogs, overboiled by yours truly.

almost

Jul. 3rd, 2014 08:25 am
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A former co-worker who still works with the same corporation as yours truly contacted me about an opening in her team.Unfortunately its requirements are for programming tools for which I have no experience so we both had to pass. Drat. But she's got my resume, just in case. It is nice to realize that people *are* keeping me in mind when an opening come up.
sergebroom: (Feynman)
I have accomplished an accomplishment at work today.