kaffyr: An ostrich holding a Christmas tree decoration (Christmostrich)
Just Call Me a Yule-ish Capitalist

I have done all my Christmas and holiday shopping. Two days of research, an hour of checking with my Best Beloved for agreement on choices, one text, one frenzied 20-minute stretch online. 

Oh, and weeks of guilt over abandoning brick and mortar stores and the living they grant their employees. 

Go, me. 

How do the rest of you handle it?
kaffyr: Twelve in black and white w/Gallifreyan symbols (Twelve in Gallifreyan)

I'm realizing how sexy Twelve is. This is not a thing of which I should be aware. 
kaffyr: (Joe Hill)

Tonight, when I go to my monthly union local meeting, I fully expect my emotions to be, as the subject line says, whipsawed. 

Still mourning Jerry. Many of us at the meeting will mourn him as well. But we're also celebrating this news (it's been a long time coming), and I know Jerry would be so incredibly happy to hear this news. I'm hoping he's looking down (or up, or sideways, or from That Other Dimension of Perfect Justice) and cheering. God knows, he helped get us here. 

So on his behalf? 


(Yes, the union election has yet to take place, but our remarkable organizers wouldn't have announced it, wouldn't have gone public with the news — or the very sophisticated pro-union Trib newsroom employee website — if we didn't have a fairly strong expectation that we'll win this one. I'm knocking wood as I say that, of course.) 

Still ... 

kaffyr: (Deficiency weekly)
You Know ...

Sitting in front of a screen, fighting codeine-generated nausea and an increasingly bleak mood, listening to Steely Dan warble about crossing one's old man back in Oregon, pleading with an unseen authority figure, "don't take me alive" ...

... is not necessarily a shining example of emotional hygiene. 

Perhaps it's time to go to bed. 

Yes, I know it's only 7:50 p.m. 

kaffyr: Snark about fanfic (Adulthood? It's fanfic)
Based On Something BB Said

A search was conducted. 

I can now more or less confidently tell the world that there is no Huntley-Brinkley fanfic. 

I am disappoint.

kaffyr: (NaruOMG)
 When You Just Can't Get Enough Stupid ...

... I'm here to point you in the direction of more. With much thanks to Anu Garg's delightful A Word A Day, who pointed this out; one writer's contemplation about the reaction one school community had to hearing the Pledge of Allegiance spoken in Arabic. 

Dept. of Me, Me, Me!

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 02:30 pm
kaffyr: (Lead laughing)
I've Been Thinking

I am old enough* that seeing an airplane go overhead was cause to run out of the house and look to the skies when I was growing up.
I am old enough that the first telephone number I remember was 884. 
I am old enough that I remember the excitement when they put a transmitter up that allowed us to get our second television station. In black and white.
I am old enough that I learned to type on a 1930s-era Remington.
I am old enough to remember bristol board, manila paper, paper with the wood chips still in it, and school tests printed in purple aniline dye by a spirit duplicator** 
I am old enough that my first comic book cost 8 cents. It went up to 12 cents when I was in fourth or fifth grade. 
I am old enough to remember Boer War veterans coming to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day.***
I am old enough to have listened to the funeral of John F. Kennedy piped through my school classroom****
I am old enough to have sent a telegram unselfconsciously. 

I am still young enough to relish all those things.

* .. and lived as a child in a rural enough area ... but it was not in a wilderness.
** or Ditto machine.
***  Hey, I was very young, and the two of them were very old. Very old. 
**** And I was in Canada. 

kaffyr: Sapphire and Steel together (Sapphire and Steel)
Good, Challenging, and Confusing

It's about time, and inhuman personages of great but fluctuating powers, battling against incomprehensible dangers that are, again, largely time-connected, and about the results on humans caught in the wash of the battles, even when they are sometimes the cause of the battles.

Nope. Not Doctor Who.

Weird television show, ahoy! )

On abysses of understanding in TV skiffy )

Dept. of Oh Dear

Friday, 15 March 2013 12:47 am
kaffyr: Fantasia - night and the profile of a hill (Dark and lovely)
Once Upon A Time

Hmmm. Four episodes in thanks to my son's Netflix account. I'm not sure ... the comedy is good, and watching it from the beginning  - as opposed to having dropped in on one episode back during its first season and having been disappointed by the cheesiness of the "fairytale" section of the story, and the incredible blandness of a couple of the lead fairytale characters - may make me more interested in those characters.

The Emma character is good so far. The Queen/Mayor is really rather hard to take, because if she's supposed to be impressing me as either delightfully and two-dimensionally villainous, or three-dimensionally and therefore fascinatingly villainous, she's failing miserably. On the other hand, the woman playing Mary Margaret/Snow White is less boring than she struck me on that first abortive watch and seems actually somewhat less than cardboard. James, or Charming, or whoever he is, is - marginally - less uninteresting on second watch. 

And if I take the cheesiness of the fairy tale world and look at it as an artistic, or thematic, or meta choice on the part of the showrunners, I suppose I could run with it.

And it is only four episodes in.

But I'm not altogether sure. So far, the fics and vids have shown far more quality than the source material.*

*The exception is, of course Robert Carlyle. So far, he and the woman playing Emma appear to me to be the strongest actors, and the only ones really holding my attention. Certainly, Carlyle's the only one who can chew scenery and still retain my respect.

kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
Post Election Considerations

Thanks in no small part to the vast and evil knowledge of [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll  and the kindly directional wisdom of [personal profile] autopope  that pointed me to this post over at Making Light, I've had the dubious pleasure of reading the extreme expressions of displeasure of those at the fruitbattier end of the "ZOMG Obama End Times AAAAAaaaaaiiiieee!!!!!!" spectrum. And because I like to a) spread the WTFness and b) I do, meanly, enjoy drinking their tears, I provide the links to you.

Under which I ruminate )
On the other hand, I also want to pass along news of good things and I consider this campaign purely, positively, cheekily brilliant. The moment I read this was truly joyful. This idea almost makes using the phrase "thinking outside the box" worthwhile. For people who thought that the Occupy movement had faded away, this is a particularly lovely heads-up that it hasn't. Thanks to [personal profile] supergee  and, again, to Making Light.

And of course, there's this. If you haven't seen it by now, perhaps it will make you smile. Hell, even if you've seen it before, you might want to see it again. And I'd much rather react to my ideological opponents in this fashion than in the splenetic, grammatically challenged perorations you'll find courtesy of the first couple of links.

kaffyr: Clyde of SJA puts a finger to his nose (Clyde's got it!)
Public Service Announcement

Because I care.

Thank you. Goodnight America, and all the ships at sea.

Addendum: thanks to the most estimable [livejournal.com profile] wendymr, who pointed this out to me before mainstream news folks did.
kaffyr: Amy and Rory from "Let's Kill Hitler" (Ponds on wheels)
I Can Haz Proper Cutz Nao!!

Yes I can! I am the proud fixer of the stupid LJ "scissors icon" cut denoter on my journal. I know that sounds rather silly, since I was directed to the fix by other people (thanks [personal profile] sallymn  and[personal profile] ljgeoff , for pointing me in the right direction), but here's the thing. Although the patch was already and ready to paste into the space awaiting it in the CSS coding area , and I knew I could use it, because my journal is in the right LJ style, I needed to find the right code for my journal's background color, because I don't have a plain white background.

And no one had said where I could find that.

Well. Did I let that dissuade me? Not at all. I figured out where to go to look for the coding, figured out (sort of) what the hell "layers" and "children" were, then clicked through to where I figured the color codes were. I couldn't find anything that looked like my shades of green, despite knowing I was in the right place. And then I thought it through some more, and realized I'd been looking at the proper code as I sat there. I tried it out, and - yay! - it worked.

So, even though I'm sure I've used the wrong terms to explain what I did, and even though I still retain my membership in the Sub-Luddite Club, I erased the damned scissors, and I am proud. Excuse me, while I shake my head at myself. Heh.

And speaking of shaking one's head at oneself, I've had a couple of weird dreams lately.
And I shall proceed to tell you at boring length about them. )

No I didn't get much more written on "Hearts and Moons," why do you ask?


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