the_siobhan: (book skeleton)
I have some catching up to do. I'm still reading on the bus every day, I'm just behind in listing them.

fantasy / sf / spooky )
the_siobhan: (on fire)


I am suffering from a chronic case of having nothing interesting to say.
the_siobhan: (goatse)
Apparently Shoppers Drug Mart is now selling homeopathic remedies. I picked something new off the shelf and it wasn't until after the receipt was long gone that Axel read the fine print on the packaging. This is fucking annoying. I tend to assume that something I buy at a drug store has an actual active ingredient of some kind. Apparently not.

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I read this article yesterday about scientist who been successfully inclubating lambs in an artifical womb. It's being researched as a therapy for severely premature babies who usually have serious health defects as a result of not cooking long enough.

So that's pretty cool on it's own, but the comments were full of people talking about what will happen once the technology progresses to the point that an artifical womb can be used for the entire process. Some people had some interesting things to say. But the one thing that I totally disagreed with was the number of people who said this would embraced by the pro-life camp as an alternative to abortion. I'm convinced the exact opposite will happen. Because if a woman can put the unwanted pregnancy into an artifical womb and hand it off to somebody else then she's not being punished nearly enough for having had sex, and that's really what the organized pro-life movement is all about.

On the plus side it will probably get rid of the "she shouldn't be allowed it's my baby too" MRA types, because in the vast majority of those cases they don't actually want the kid either.

******


I'm on my second week of working overtime and I'm logging into the systems right now and don't waaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

******
the_siobhan: (flying monkeys)
I swear, I get the most random LinkedIn invitations.

Today it was from some guy who does anger management counselling. And I'm like, so, what are you trying to say?
the_siobhan: It means, "to rot" (Fester)
I kind of meant to use my vacation as a chance to catch up here. Instead I did travel, sick, sick, sick and travel. And then drunk, where I posted a couple of things but mostly forgot anything I wanted to talk about.

I used to do all my updates from work, but not so much now. Things are crazy busy at work and there is never enough time. They have even started offering us overtime hours lately which is... just really not something they've ever done before. I'm taking all the hours I can manage of course, because money.

Having two whole weeks off to so my own thing was So. Nice. I spent most of it being productive of course but I still got to go to Montreal and Guelph and hang out with people.

I wish I had more to talk about but life without money ends up being pretty boring.

aftermath

Apr. 16th, 2017 12:08 pm
the_siobhan: (vertical hold)
I managed to get about 1200 words pounded out between posts and conversations. Not bad.

My hangovers these days mostly consist of just being really really dizzy. I was standing in D's apartment this morning feeling something falling over and completely unable to tell if it was me or something else. As it turned out, it was his laundry basket sliding off the stool.

So it's the last day of my vacation. Apart from the being sick for the entire freakin' time, it was still a productive couple of weeks. I got to visit some lovely people, and we got a a bunch of stuff done around the house.

I think a chill day of just hanging out is in order.

Man, I really don't want to go back to work tomorrow.
the_siobhan: (NaDruWriNi)
At one of our previous laptops&beers sessions somebody asked the room, "Do any of you have any opinions about Earth Day?"

Hoo boy, do I have opinons about Earth Day.

The first year it went international, Axel & I took part. We turned off our lights, lit some candles, sat around in our creepy living room with the plastic hanging off the bricks because we had no walls, drank a bottle of wine and talked. And it was nice, a little break in the middle of a hectic life.

The next day there were tons of news articles about how many people had taken part. How so many major cities, mine included, had seen major energy use dips. The number of people who participated put the event on the map in a big way. I let myself feel a tiny shred of hope, the sneaking suspicion that maybe we weren't totlaly fucked. Not because an hour of low energy use means squat - it doesn't. But if that many people had demonstrated that climate change was important to them, it couldn't help but be a flag to government and business that hello, WE GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THIS SIT UP AND PAY ATTENTION DAMN YOU. MAKE. A. FUCKING. CHANGE,

Ten years later I no longer participate.

Ten years later, my workplace - which has investments in the oil sands - puts an planet earth logo on their intranet site and encourages their employees to celebrate Earth Day by going for a walk during our lunch break.

Businesses all over town promise to dim their lights for an hour. Immediately after, of course, they go back to being fully lit up all night and causing bird genocide all summer long.

Earth Day is now a performance by marketing companies and PR hacks for the benefit of companies who want to convince people to give them their business becasue "they care". And I no longer bother to participate.




Drink List: A bunch of beers, four maybe? Plus a very strong g&t.
the_siobhan: (dinosaur)
My friends are brilliant exhibit A: Sabz suggested that I solicit my friends for synonyms for clitoris.

Go Go Gadget Friendslist!
the_siobhan: (NaDruWriNi)
Back when I was at University I could reliably guarantee that the second my exams were over I would get brutally overwhelmingly sick. I could feel myself getting run-down and exhausted as I got closer to the end of the semester, and I would always think, "Just, _x_ more weeks and I'll be able to rest." Then the second the semester was actually finished all the viruses I had been holding back with sheer force of will would come screaming out of the woodwork and take me out like Bambi meeting Godzilla.

And that's how I spent the last two weeks. The last couple of months at work have been unbelievable levels of busy and I have been coming home so wiped out I can barely function. Then vacation happened and I just - fell right the fuck over. I was so sick.

I'm mostly over the viral vector stage, but now I get to enjoy asthma hangover for a couple of months. Just in time to go back to work.

Bitch just can't catch a break.
the_siobhan: (NaDruWriNi)
A request was made that Drunk Writing happen again some time soon. So my house is now full of people with laptops and various beverages.

My current project is an attempt to write porn. Did I tell you I'm trying to write porn? Well guess what! I'm trying to write porn. This may or may not work out as badly as an attempt I once made to write a Harlequin romance.

So far my biggest problem is running out of cheeky synonyms for clitoris.

I'm probably not going to post the porn here but when I get stuck trying to think of new and more interesting positions I'll ramble on here.

fuck Putin

Apr. 5th, 2017 01:37 pm
the_siobhan: (Sweetums)
A good breakdown of what the new LJ TOS actually means. (Thanks to Jo for the link.)
https://techno-liberty.info/2017/01/17/russia-server/

I'm going to continue doing what I'm doing, which is posting to DW and cross-posting to LJ. Feel free to friend me in either place.
the_siobhan: (on fire)
Work has been bonkers. A new department that we've taken over who have never had a workforce team before, so not only are we taking over all their tracking and reporting we are walking them through a massive cultural shift. A brand new software piece that is shall we say, a little buggy at implementation. And half my co-workers out of the office for training for six weeks.

All of these things are happening at the same time.

We still have tons of stuff to do at home, but I'm so wiped when I get there that half the time I end up just sitting and staring at the open box while little invisible birds twitter around my ears. Like I can't even comprehend what I'm looking at, never mind figure out what to do with it.

But starting Friday I'm on vacation for a week, in training for two days and then off for another week. I am literally counting down the hours.
the_siobhan: (Ursula Le Guin)
I'll have an actual post at some point soon, honest.

sf comes in fours )
the_siobhan: (on fire)
Who has two thumbs and is going to be in a two hour meeting with the VP and department Directors and just started getting the trails and hallucinations that mean an incoming migraine.
the_siobhan: (wormtooth)
I haven't been much on updating lately.

My brain chemistry has been, quite frankly, a fucking shitshow. Pretty much all I have in me is to bully myself out of bed in the morning, bully myself to leave the house for work, and then bully myself to go to bed at the end of the day.

So you know, see you on the other side. When it comes.
the_siobhan: It means, "to rot" (Default)
I have now heard about three separate petitions asking Trudeau to rescind or revise the Safe Third Country Agreement. (The Canadian refugee process requires refugees to apply at the country they land in first, if it's listed in the act. The USA is one of those countries.)

On the Parliament petitions site, here.

One is sponsored by the Broadbent Institute here.

And one sponsored by No One Is Illegal here.

I sent an email to Trudeau and cc'd my MP asking them to repeal or revise the act and offer haven to stranded people being denied entry to the US. Somebody mentioned including the Minister of Immigration in that email chain, I didn't do that but maybe I'll send him a separate email when I get home from work tonight. (He might be sympathetic, since he is 1) Muslim 2) a former refugee and 3) born in one of the countries on the ban list. So he probably is banned from entering the US right now himself.) I've heard that calling is better than email, so if I can gather together the spoons at some point this week I'll do that too.

I also went through the list of companies at grabyourwallet.org and notified the ones that I have accounts with that I won't be buying anything from them until they stop doing business with the Trump family.

If I come across anything else I'll post it here. Feel free to add to the list, and share it around.
the_siobhan: (Margaret Atwood)
Being back at the old job means I spend about twice as long on the bus. So I've already finished four books in the first month.

four fiction )

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