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While talking about smart home stuff in comments in another post, I realized that during my adventures in turning my home into its own surveillance state just so I can voice control everything and live like a Star Trek character, there are things I learned that are probably useful to everyone but not exactly easy to discover or like, realize were a thing. As we now live in the age of 'many devices and home wifi', it's possible this is one of the things you didn't know or didn't realize was a thing or even why it may or may not be important.

This one is my favorite. It just doesn't come up enough or easily (or at all) when discussing internet/router problems when you are desperately googling after the internet provider has confirmed many times it's you, not them and you kind of have to believe them at this point.

Problem:

My router/wifi keeps dropping some devices/throws devices off/internet is fine though/restart fixes then all goes to hell again fairly soon/help?

Condition question: Do you have at least eight devices that could connect to your wifi at the same time?

Before you answer: Laptop, TV, kindle, tablet, Roku/FireTV, phone: that's six without thinking too hard. Playstation, X-Box, Switch, Alexa? We're at ten right now and the danger zone begins at seven.

Danger zone? For what? Yeah.

if you already know about this, feel free to correct me if I get anything wrong )

We'll now return to me packing for Escapade provided the dryer is done.

Chocolate Box 2019

Feb. 21st, 2019 09:18 pm
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Sorry for not having posted any recs or a shout out to the people who wrote me gifts before now. For bad brains reasons, I... kind of haven't read anything in the collection apart from the two gifts I wrote. Which were great:

Doubt is Imperial Radch, and is Breq/Anaander hatesex. Or hate-something. Going in the direction of hatesex. A delightfully nasty Anaander.

New Life is Silmarillion and is a very gentle AU in which instead of being known as the first person to die in Valinor, or for giving birth to Fëanor, Míriel is the first person to be granted a divorce by the Valar, and then ends up with Indis.

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Feb. 21st, 2019 09:14 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] lokifan!
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Masterlist of Dandelion posts

Time for the grumpy tsundere rabbit who likes romance novels!

Overall I really liked this. They were trying to wallow in tsundere tropes and critique them at the same time, and it didn't always 100% work, but was still really fun.

Content notes: Abusive parents, unfortunate (but thankfully brief) portrayals of disability and crossdressing

Read more... )
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So there I was, about half-past midnight, when I get a text from an unknown phone number. It's a double length message from my next door neighbor (I guess he changed his number, but saved mine) asking to borrow a cup of wifi, explaining that he (and his gf) was moving out at the end of the month, and Comcast had prematurely cut off his internet, and he was trying to get things done for school.

I asked him to stick his head out the door, so I could confirm it was indeed him. We had a bit of a chat. He hadn't known (no reason to) that I was moving too. So this was all very serendipitous.

I am now going to be gnawing my finger nails to the elbow practicing radical acceptance of what comes reminding myself I can tether my computer to my cell phone and have an unlimited data plan, if it comes to that.
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I wonder if it might be a demonstration sport at the Olympics there in five years!

From the article: "Combatants fight inside a circle marked in tape on the floor. Strikes to the head or body are worth five points; to the arms or legs, three points; on hands, one point. The winner is the first to reach 15 points or, if they don’t get there quickly, the fighter with the higher score after three minutes is the victor. If both fighters reach 10 points, the bout enters a “sudden death” stage, in which the first to land a head or body blow wins."

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/feb/19/light-saber-duelling-official-sport-france-star-wars
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Here is the teenager story, because the other TFP one decided it was NOT finished after all. :P

ao3 story blurb

The Parent Trap (17924 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Arcee, Ratchet, Original Cybertronian Character(s)
Additional Tags: Teenagers, Cybertronian Parenting, Sparklings
Series: Part 16 of Transformers works
Summary:

“Oh my God, are you saying that Megatron had Optimus’s baby?” Miko shrieked piercingly.

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Feb. 20th, 2019 09:20 pm
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books
I've bounced off yet more books, primarily because of feeling so bad and not being able to concentrate. Currently attempting The Greenglass House by Kate Milford but rereading old favorite fic is where my head's at.

the health situation
I did a bunch of reading on health issues of the third chakra, so I'm yarning a yellow sun mandala and chanting RAM while doing all my western medicine stuff and waiting for my appt next week. I'm so impatient to feel better.

yarning
I went to yarn group and it was good. One of the people just moved into a new place and everyone is making housewarming gifts. Need to figure out a thing, as my initial idea got nabbed by our newest novice, doh. I dug around Ravelry but nothing jumped out. I may just screw around with some yarn & see what happens.

dirt
I moved the plants off the back porch and into the backyard where they belong. I'm counting around 35 daffodil sprouts but no buds yet. 13 out of 14 flowers on the orchid have bloomed.

food
I adapted a Sunflower Arugula pesto recipe I found on WaPo to make it free of things I'm allergic to. recipe )

Reading Wednesday

Feb. 20th, 2019 09:54 pm
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Another drive-by. I worked from home today (snow/sleet closed things), then got into a computer graphics project, made dinner, cleaned up from dinner, and now it's nearly bedtime. (The Mr. cleaned up from breakfast/lunch, served me lunch, and made banana bread.)

I finished Circe: yeah, there was a slight twist to the ending. I saw half of it from about 50 pages out. I'm not 100% sure I believe in the other half. Not likely to be on my Hugo short list.

Then I digressed from my Hugo reading and re-read Andre Norton's Catseye, which I had bought some little while ago as a Kindle deal. I remembered some bits of it from my teen years but not others, and I'm definitely much more aware of her writing flaws now. (Um, you can call him "Troy" more than once, really you can; you don't have to keep alternating it with his surname and various epithets. Also, it's from his POV, so some of the editorializing about him comes off oddly.) But it was fun.

I'm now reading Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. She has finally written a book that I think I really like, although we'll see how the ending goes. Sadly, I was never better than lukewarm on her Napoleonic dragons series, and Uprooted was somehow not really my thing. I felt like Uprooted was dutiful. somehow? But this one is really drawing me in so that I can immerse myself in the story.

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Before I dive into why the Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame are like romance novels, I wanted to share some great news! Publishers Weekly reviewed Vessel and called it a ‘tense, character-driven debut.’” I might have spent part of the day bouncing around my living room squealing, but I refuse to confirm it. 🙂

It’s odd the way my interests sort of overlap each other sometimes, echoing back and forth across genres. Spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War lie ahead, although honestly, how anyone has managed to remain unspoiled for it until now, I do not know.

In case you didn’t know, Infinity War ends with villain Thanos’ apparent victory, as he snaps his fingers and accomplishes his master plan: eliminating half of all life in the galaxy. To the shock of many moviegoers–including yours truly!–that includes many of the heroes we’ve come to love and cheer on. Among those lost in the Snappening (Marvel apparently calls it the Decimation, but whatever) were Black Panther, Spiderman, and most of the Guardians of the Galaxy… all of whom have sequels in the works (or at least had, with Guardians of the Galaxy 3 still up in the air). It seemed obvious, at least once we got over our shock, that the follow up Avengers movie (which we now know is called Avengers: Endgame) would have to undo at least some of the deaths from the Snappening, if not all of them.

For a lot of people, knowing that Endgame will likely fix things weakened the impact of the ending of Infinity War. I was not one of them. I was reminded of some people’s disappointment with Infinity War when I watched a discussion between some romance writers I follow on Twitter. I’ll start by clarifying: I am a romance reader. I’ve been one since I was a teenager. I have immense respect for romance writers. They work incredibly hard in a demanding genre, and bring in enough money to help keep the publishing industry able to take chances on new writers and new things. We’re talking $1B+ annually, and generally more than mystery/thriller and science fiction/fantasy combined. Despite that, their work is continually denigrated by people who’ve never read a modern romance. (I’ll spare you that rant, but believe me, I have one at the ready.)

This group of romance writers were collectively eye-rolling because once again, someone (or more likely someones) was questioning the necessity for a happy ending for a book to be called a romance. It’s a question/discussion that comes up frequently. Frequently enough that romance writers and readers have heard all of the usual arguments. It’s formulaic. It’s boring if you already know how the book is going to end. Happy endings are unrealistic, simplistic, and too easy. Etc., etc. Often it comes up when someone has yet again written something marketed as a “romance” where the ending is unhappy, and then gets upset when they’re roasted by romance readers who are–understandably–pissed off.

If that seems odd to you: imagine reading an Agatha Christie novel where at the end Hercule Poirot shrugs and goes, “I have no idea who did it” and swans off with his moustaches leaving everyone in the lurch. You’d be pissed, right? Because that’s the rule of mystery novels: they get solved at the end. Well, “happily ever after” endings (HEA for short, or sometimes “HFN”, happy for now) are a rule of the romance genre.

This seems hard for some people to understand, and it took me a while to figure out why. For romance readers, the joy is in the journey. Sure, we know that John and Jane are going to wind up happily in love, but we want to know how they get there. And a good romance writer can keep you on tenterhooks by presenting situations where it seems like there’s just no way there can be a happy ending–and then get you there. Being surprised by the ending isn’t the point.

Which… leads us back to Infinity War and Endgame, and really, superhero movies in general. Yes: Some of the pain we were put through in IW will be resolved in Endgame to a happier ending. The question that holds all of the tension isn’t, “How will this end?” It’s “How will they get there, and what will it cost them?” It may end up costing them quite a bit. As some people have noted, most of the surviving Avengers are the originals… and the ones whose Marvel contracts are up after Endgame. There’s no guarantee there that all of them will survive.

We don’t read romances to find out how they end. And honestly, we don’t– or at least I don’t–go see Marvel movies to see how they end. I know they’re going to end with the bad guy defeated and the good guys–most of them, at least–victorious. That was one reason why Infinity War was such a slap in the face: they broke that unwritten rule. Thanos won. The only reason it worked is because we all knew that Infinity War 2 was coming out soon to resolve it, to bring back the lost people, and to defeat Thanos.

We go superhero movies to watch the good guys struggle and be heroic in the struggle. We read romances to root for the characters and to cheer for their relationship to develop. In both cases, when the story is put together skillfully, the tension comes from not knowing how in the world Iron Man (or John and Jane) are going to get out of this one.

Sometimes, we dive into stories not to see if there is a happy ending, but to see how the characters earn their happy ending. Convincing your audience that the HEA, with superheroes or lovers, is well-earned… that’s the hard part.

Mirrored from Lisa A. Nichols.

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Okay, this is kinda hilarious to me.  My brain saw some Tumblr posts on bullshit bisexual erasure... right after a post about M'Baku being his extra self.

And now every time I run into bisexual erasure crap, I hear M'Baku saying, "We will not have it!"  I end up laughing and feeling better, so I am sharing this silliness with the rest of y'all.
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As some of you already know, I was a Guest of Honor at ConDFW in Fort Worth, Texas from Feb. 15 to Feb. 18; I then stayed with my friends [personal profile] telophase and [personal profile] myrialux until today, Feb. 20.

I flew from BTR (Baton Rouge) to DFW (Dallas-Ft. Worth) on AA 3180 on Feb. 15 in the morning. The original departure gate was B2. They switched it to B7. This is significant because that morning at B7, the computers were down. The gate agent did not have any way of scanning boarding passes and for all I know she didn't take any record of passengers at all, who knows.

Today I showed up at DFW for my return flight home, which was to have been AA 3185 departing DFW at 4:55 p.m. for BTR.

The kiosk couldn't find my flight.

I went to the desk agent.

Two desk agents and one American customer service person on the phone ALL told me that because I was a no-show on the flight from BTR to DFW (they are telling me this as I am standing in the airport at DFW), American automatically dropped my return flight, without telling me. The only way I could get home was now to REBUY a ticket either for that flight or a later one.

Dear reader, I did not fucking teleport from Baton Rouge to Dallas-Ft. Worth. I was on AA 3180 on Feb. 15. It was not my fault that American's fucking incompetent recordkeeping listed me as a no-show. The desk agent asked if I'd kept my boarding pass. I had not, but hell, I remember some people on that plane boarded with electronic boarding passes on their smartphones, so what does that even prove?

As a result, I had to spend $341.30 of my own money to get back onto a flight that American had kicked me off of BECAUSE THEY ARE INCOMPETENT and listed me as a no-show for a flight I WAS ON.

I Tweeted about this in an attempt to get American's attention [1], basically reiterating what I have told you here.

@AmericanAir's response:


There were only two flights in the itinerary, BTR to DFW then return flight DFW to BTR. I was ON flight #1. I should not have been dropped from flight #2. The issue was that they had INCORRECTLY recorded me as a no-show on AA 3180 from BTR to DFW. I should not be penalized for their failure! At the LEAST I want a refund of the ticket I shouldn't have had to buy thanks to American's incompetence.

I have a smartphone that I leave on until I'm physically on the plane, and turn back on once the plane lands. Google's creepy tracking will show that I was in BTR and DFW at the appropriate times. Moreover, my friends [personal profile] telophase and [personal profile] myrialux physically picked me up from DFW when AA 3180 landed and I got off. I have a hotel receipt showing I was in DFW.

I DID NOT TELEPORT TO DFW.

Yes, I have emailed American Airlines with a complaint, since whoever runs their Twitter is incapable of basic reading comprehension. However, I expect that I am never flying American again unless the alternative is getting drawn and quartered by locomotives.

[tech] Comcast: huh

Feb. 20th, 2019 08:29 pm
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I just got the email confirming my move from Comcast, and it says my new bill will be substantially more than my old one.

I pull out the old bill to compare, and the difference is that "limited basic TV" was $8, but will be $21. :[

The only reason I have limited basic TV is because the discount on my internet is more than its price. I will have to have speaks with them. Not amused.
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Title: Where the Mountains Meet the Sky
Fandom: Band of Brothers
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: 2,200
Notes: Written for Body Talk comment fest, prompts: sunshine, naked.
Summary: Alone on the boat back to the US, Dick dreams of Austria.
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This is the latest in a recurring series! For more about the series, please read the original post on Marta Randall, or subsequent posts on Dorothy Heydt, Barbara Hambly, Jane Yolen, Suzy McKee Charnas, Sherwood Smith, Nisi Shawl, and Pamela Dean.





The more I do of this series of posts, the more I discover that one of the commonalities of writers I want to feature here is that they write with great variety--both on a range of topics and for a range of audiences. The first Gwyneth Jones books I fell in love with were the series that starts with Bold As Love--all rock, all political, all relationships, all the time. Focused on the near future, the environment, and how people handle it as people--at basically every scale. Healthy dollop of weird science fiction mysticism.





But then I ran around trying to find as many others of her books as I could--a harder feat than it should be in the US, alas--there were very different things. Weird alien SF! Creepy kids' books! Riffs on classics with heart and humanity! There are authors of whom you can say, "Well, it's a one of those again, if you want that," and...Gwyneth Jones doesn't do that. Even the last book of the Bold As Love cycle departs strongly from the patterns and concerns of the rest of it. (The Grasshopper's Child, and I love that one too.) There's a lot of her back catalog for me to pore through bookstores to find, and I'm eager for it.


[law] Paging Anon Commentor K

Feb. 20th, 2019 05:18 pm
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Paging Anonymous Commentor K! You have email (two actually) from me. If you
don't see them, check your spam filter - Gmail hates me/my domain.

[domesticity] More Moving

Feb. 20th, 2019 05:06 pm
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Called both FedEx and UPS.

FedEx gave me a time window the driver was likely to deliver the rugs tomorrow, and is passing along my request to try to deliver between 1pm and 3pm (which is a subset of the likely time, anyway). The do not need a signature and volunteered to just leave the package, but I explained I needed them to bring the 50lb package all the way up to my apartment, for which I needed to be there to buzz them in. (Not strictly true, but I want to be there so they don't get abandoned in the mail room, leaving me to schlep them.)

UPS's agent was unable to add special delivery instructions to the order until the package was more or less here, and told me to call back tomorrow morning. I politely explained that was not possible, and was incredulous that that was how things were. She apologized that it was so. So I'll try to post a sign tonight.

In other news, I called Comcast to set up my move, and they were completely reasonable. I can change my plans with them at any time, I am eligible to self-move (so it's free), and the internet will be on in both places on the move day, so I can carry the router from one apartment to the other and everything should be fine. Fingers crossed.

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