sergebroom: (Beast (X3))
god i'm furious

LATER: I feel calmer because I was vindicated in that I had made the right decision and also because it shows that I have better social skills than my smarter former-colleague-and-now-immediate-higherup. Sorry, folks, for the griping.
sergebroom: (Default)
Last time I was at our Bay Area office, I noticed that they had fixed the conference-room issue of having many network cables, but only one connection that actually worked. Had they gone wireless? They took a much simpler approach: they ditched all cables except for the one that had a working connection.
sergebroom: (Default)
I should be having my yearly review almost exactly six months from now. I expect that I'll get a rating of 3 out of 5, just like I did for this year's review and, as some of you may remember, that had been quite disappointing after years of busting my ass and getting a 4 out 5 every year. But that's ok. I've consistently done good solid work this year, but nothing extraordinary that would get me a 4 instead of 3. I'm being honest about myself. Besides, in spite of the mediocre review's rating, I got a big bonus this year so maybe I'll get one again next year so who cares about ratings?
sergebroom: (Bogart)
I just bought "No Good from a Corpse", which I understand is the novel that got its author Leigh Brackett to work with William Faulkner on Howard Hawkes' "The Big Sleep".
sergebroom: (Robot)
It feels strange reading a novel written in French since I left the land of my birth. No, I haven't forgotten how to read the language. But since I left, laptops came along, email, tablets, cell phones and all other modern devices that either were rare if not non-existent before January 1986. French had to cook up equivalent words and they look weird to me.
sergebroom: (Default)
It's rather funny when you find from a former co-worker instead of from your teammates that your system upgrade's mastermind is leaving.
sergebroom: (Doctor/Master)
"Deep Breath" was a bit clunky and rambling, and had gratuitous t-rex, but it was the first episode after all. And it had Madama Vastra, Jenny and Strax. My ony real criticism is that Capaldi needs to grow a beard.
sergebroom: (Mist)
"Stark had never been here before. Now he looked at the city that sprawled down the slope under the low moons, and shivered, the primitive twitching of the nerves that an animal feels in the presence of death. For the streets where the torches flared were only a tiny part of Valkis. The life of the city had flowed downward from the cliff-tops, following the dropping level of the sea. Five cities, the oldest scarcely recognizable as a place of human habitation. Five harbors, the docks and quays still standing, half buried in the dust. Five ages of Martian history, crowned on the topmost level with the ruined palace of the old pirate kings of Valkis."

- from Leigh Brackett's "Queen of the Martian Catacombs"
sergebroom: (Robot)
Acquiring a skill for later addition to my résumé.
sergebroom: (Rocketeer)
I'm now reading "Stark and the Star Kings", Haffner Press's collection by Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton. It contains the latter's two novels of the Star Kings, some Brackett stories about Eric John Stark, and a short novel bringing together the respective creations of the couple.

boatloads

Aug. 21st, 2014 11:04 am
sergebroom: (Haddock)
I gloated a bit to a former co-worker when I heard that the outfit we're paying boatloads of money to for building our new computer system had made a mistake in their design that I would never had made even if I'd been awake 48 hours in a row.

"Legends"

Aug. 21st, 2014 06:53 am
sergebroom: (Bean)
We sort of watched the 2nd episode of "Legends" last night. On the plus side, it's got a good ethnic diversity On the down side... Plots aren't very imaginative. On the even downer side... it doesn't seem to know what to do with Sean Bean.

noir

Aug. 21st, 2014 06:19 am
sergebroom: (Bogart)
"I suffer fools gladly. If I didn't, I'd have decked myself first."

The first line of another noir story I'll never write.
sergebroom: (Bete)
"That's why we're friends."

So wrote someone to me recently.
Those are wonderful words to read.
sergebroom: (Bete)
Yesterday's post was me reading about the worldcon, and people who went there and thus got to meet friends of mine that I see all too seldom.
sergebroom: (Bete)
feeling wistful
sergebroom: (Default)
It was nice to be able to watch the Hugo Ceremony thru its webcast. It was also VERY gratifying, as I listed the various winners on my facebook page, to see many people click on each post's 'like' button and to have quite a few of them comment on my posts.
sergebroom: (Default)
It's an interesting situation, working for a micromanager who questions almost every decision you make even in areas where you know more, and who at the same time expects you to show initiative.
sergebroom: (Astro-City)
Part One of "Ellie's Friends" in Kurt Busiek's "Astro City" was excellent. It's about an old woman whose mission in life has been to rescue and nurse back to health the various robots trashed over the years by the City's heroes and abandonned by their villain owners. Then her nephew gets into the picture.

"Legends"

Aug. 14th, 2014 09:03 am
sergebroom: (Bean)
I watched the first episode of "Legends" last night. Most of it seemed run-of-the-mill stuff, but it had a twist that will keep me watching. Besides, it's got Sean Bean. And the computer whizz-kid is played by Tina Majorino.