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May. 28th, 2015 10:24 pm
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Two Hugo novel nominees down.
Three Hugo novel nominees to go.

one down

May. 27th, 2015 10:52 pm
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One Hugo novel nominee down.
Four Hugo novel nominees to go.
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I don't know about you, but, disappointing as some of Marvel's tv/movie offerings have been, I do get a thrill when their logo comes up and rapidly flips thru their comic-book art. I started reading them when they were considered garbage, and you were mocked by adults and by other kids if you were caught reading and enjoying them. I don't believe misfits have won the war. Misfits remain misfits, but, DAMNED if it isn't nice that we've won one battle.
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There was quite a bit of foul matter in the garage.
("TMI, Serge!")
No, not *that* kind of foulness. I'm talking about the manuscripts and page proofs that publishers used to send back to authors before everything went electronic, and Sue accumulated quite a bit in the 21 years since her first novel was published. There was enough to fill up our large recycling bin. That being said, the disposal of the matters was the climax of the four hours I spent in the garage this morning, making more room out of less room. deciding what would go to the dump, what would go to Goodwill, then rearranging the keeper stuff in the liberated floor space and shelves. I think I'll now spend the rest of the afternoon on the couch, relaxing by watching the latest episode of "Game of Thrones", then reading the Hugo's novel nominees. There will probably be a nap somewhere in there.
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I've recorded my votes for all Hugo categories but the novels.
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This year - and it's also happened in years that were not tainted by Pupae - I often felt that novellas could have been novelettes without harming the story, and that novelettes could have been short stories also without harming the story,
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I've begun my Hugo voting for the novella, novelette and short-story categories. No, I haven't read all the tales in those categories. Yes, doing so means that I am conceding victory to the Rabid Pupa, but no matter which course of action we take, he will claim victory so I figured I might as well give away the victory that involves the least wasting of my life's reading time. Based on the reviews by others braver and more patient than I, it would definitely be a waste of my life.

I'll now move on to the other categories, with the novels to be last.
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It's been 34 years since I first and last saw the original adaptation of "Far from the Madding Crowd", but I seem to remember that Baldwood's obsession with Bathsheba took up more of the story than this year's movie did, at the expense of Gabriel. Probably because Peter Finch was a Big Name while Alan Bates wasn't. And Julie Christie's Bathsheba was rather flighty, especially when she pulled that cruel jest on Baldwood. Or is all of that in Hardy's novel? Overall I guess I prefer the modern version.
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Reading the Hugo's novelette category...

I've read my first nominee from beginning to end. The central idea was interesting, but it could have been used in a much better manner.

About 20 pages into my second nominee in the Hugo's novelette category, I started skimming. A bit after that. I thought that maybe I was the problem, but I went to see what someone else had already written about this story. It confirmed that it's not my imagination that the story is incomprehensible if I'm not already familiar with the setting. I decided to stop reading it.

Onward to the next tales.

Hugo, I go

May. 20th, 2015 08:39 pm
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Today I started reading the Hugo nominees.

The first nominee is a short story. Not bad, but sketchy and unfocused. It feels like the second draft of what needed two or three more drafts.

The second nominee is also a short story and, within the first five pages, I found myself drifting then skimming thru the whole thing.

This is not promising.

The third nominee in that category turned out to be good in spite of the resolution coming out of left field.

That leaves two nominees in that category. They were not in the voting packet, but they were originally released by the Rabid Pupa's own publishing house and like Hell if I'm going to give him any of my pennies.
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"So, how is the great hero?"
"I've been better," Geary said. "Sometimes it seems that people start fires just because they know I'll come running to put them out."
From John Hemry(Jack Campbell's novel "Leviathan"
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I've downloaded to my laptop the contents of three of my LiveJournal picture galleries, after which I deleted the galleries. Eventually, I'll do this for all of my galleries until my LiveJournal page can go back to being the free barebone account. I'll probably upload my "steampunk and Hollywood" pic gallery elsewhere. Not sure where.


May. 12th, 2015 11:21 am
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My boss just thanked me for my planning and management of last week's exercise proving that our backup environment is functional. Mind you, she didn't put it in writing, and she said over the phone, without any witness.
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"Don't touch anything, OK?"
"I wouldn't touch that if I were you."

The first 30 minutes were quite good, but it all went downhill when they decided to take their helmets off once they decided that the atmosphere inside the alien ship was breathable. That scene made me think of Flexi Jerkoff landing on planet Porno then stepping outside his ship to take a deep breath and make sure there was an atmosphere. Yes, I just finished watching Ridley Scott's "Prometheus", the story of the stupidest scientific explorers ever.
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I saw "Age of Ultron" last night.

Damn, is it a crowded movie or is it a crowded movie. Then again, that's my problem with those 'group' stories where each character already has an existence elsewhere, but, when they all come together, they are diminished as individual characters and instead become parts of a plot. And it gets worse when the decision is made to add more parts to the mix. Also, while the Marvel Movie Continuity is an interesting project, I don't think it works for anybody who's not familiar with the other stories. Who is Nick Fury? What is SHIELD? What is Hydra? What is this alien invasion they refer to? It's one thing to have tales interconnected, but we're not told *how* they're connected. Mind you, there's little time for that when there's all that sound and fury taking up so much of that time.

At least there's Paul Bettany.

ADDENDUM... I prefer stories of group that exist for organic reasons, like the X-men, who become a family because there are people out there who want to kill them, or like the Fantastic Four, who literally are a family. I prefer tales where a character becomes greater for being in a group, not less.
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It's always amusing when, no matter how thoroughly you document the system, and no matter that you tell people where on the intranet you stored things, someone still asks you if you store the documentation on the intranet. If I ever get run over by a bus, I'll die making it easier for them to carry on while also gloating that they'll still be unable to do so even after I've become carrion. :-)

at last

May. 6th, 2015 10:57 am
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Diagram diary... My boss finally passed on someone else's praise for how my job-flow diagram helped. She didn't say it in writing, but I've written that down in my list of accomplishments for 2015. Yay.
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I just did a bit of tub-thumping to my boss and to my boss's boss about the status of my BIG and SUCCESSFUL project that's important to team's good standing. Go me.
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I won't be going to tomorrow's showing of "Big Trouble in Little China". Let's say that I had to leave my cubicle and go to the men's room to swear at my employer without the whole floor being able to hear me.

The worst part was having my boss's boss say that the project's scope was far beyond what we needed, to prove the functionality of our backup environment. Mind you, I *had* explained the scope long ago, and participants *had* signed off. After spending consecutive 20-hour days thru the weekend and beyond, I am bit unhappy after what was my chance to shine.


May. 4th, 2015 02:21 pm
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The weekend's validation of our backup servers left me so exhausted that, if I lie on the couch to read a book, I'll fall instantly asleep, even if Jo Raquel Tejada as she was in 1966's "Fantastic Voyage" were to show up, Mind you, would I be interested in reading if Jo Raquel Tejada as she was in 1966's "Fantastic Voyage" were to show up?