FU Thermomix

Jul. 26th, 2017 01:25 pm
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  1. I should know better than to try working through the Thermomix site to order parts.
  2. It seems a little disingenuous to be told 'oh, the site doesn't work properly under Safari*' for a multi-million dollar/multinational company, when according to a quick google search, Safari has 30+% of the web browser market in Australia, and thus this must be requiring more phone staff as a result.
  3. When my (second hand) Thermomix dies, I will be replacing it with something I can buy spare parts for off Amazon**/from Target/without having to register as a user for yet another site.
  4. I'd like to be embarrassed about the fact that I swore at the phone monkey, but I'm still angry about the fact that she tried to blame the issue I was having on the browser I wasn't using, and then just pulled back to say 'oh, but you are on a Mac'. F*** you, phone monkey.


* I wasn't using Safari, but it was the thing I said first, and then realised I wasn't using my machine. I was using Firefox, which according to aforementioned search, has <10% of the Australian browser market.
** this list of places I'd rather order from should be indicative of how angry I am, because I *never* voluntarily order from Amazon -- the only reason I do is if it is the only option.

Wizard Fest Auckland – 4 August

Jul. 25th, 2017 06:43 am
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Posted by mittsusaru

Harry Potter’s birthday is on July 31. It looks as if a “a group of witches and wizards dedicated to interacting, socialising and partying with Muggles” is planning an event the following weekend in Auckland. If you are interested in dressing up and joining the fin, then check out Wizard Fest 2017. There is a form where you can register your interest.


Filed under: Events Tagged: harry potter, wizard fest
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I'm trying to turn over a new leaf. I have to accept that there just aren't (enough) 'good' days when I'm fired up and willing to take on everything that needs doing, and that thus I need to have some way of getting things under control despite pain/nausea/lethargy/ennui. As of yesterday, the goals include get off the computer no later than 9:30pm, read a book until no later than 11pm, turn the light off by 11pm. (I managed this yesterday!). In the mornings (other than weekends), get up by 8am, eat breakfast somewhere other than bed, and (unless I have appointments) go for a walk. Today, I did this, with a task of dropping expired medications at the pharmacy, and then purchasing anti-histamines for eldest. I then rewarded myself with a coffee at the local cafe, and time to read a book. This won’t be a common thing, but we ran out of caffinated coffee grounds yesterday, and might not have more until Wednesday, depending on whether eldest is willing to go shopping for me.

And then to work on a specific to do list. I’m using a single piece of A4 paper for the work week, and only allowing myself as many tasks in a day as can be fit in a column. So, today’s list included the above pharmacy run, making a skin check appointment, and a bunch of paperwork. By 10:30am, I'd done half the columne (yes, the easy to get done stuff, but not necessarily the *fast* stuff).

By dinnertime,I'd done most of the rest. Some of it required more computer time than I had during the day, but I’m pretty happy with what I got done. The idea of not trying to fit more in to the week than I can fit on an A4 piece of paper — has potential (although I have to remember to make each thing doable in a small time, or a specific part of a larger task).

and I'm writing this at not quite 9:30pm, and I have a book or two picked out to read some more of. Last night I managed to finish up two near finished ones, so feeling pretty happy about that...
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Incredibly wet day today, especially for Perth.  Managed to get some exercise anyway, half of it without being rained on, when I went to see whether the Swan River had burst its banks yet.  Answer, just about;  it's lapping over the usual edges and creating some very large puddles.  I'd put a photo but despite busting my brain, haven't worked out how to do that here yet.

Apart from that, spent most of the day doing stuff around the house/messing online.  I think I have managed to break Facebook, which is now showing me ads both for gay tours of New York and dating websites so that I can find the right woman.  I also got a junk (?) email from somebody offering to be my slave.

Organising for trip to Finland is done, I'd say.  Today I got the info enabling me to pay for the tour to visit the Oikiluoto nuclear power plant on the day before Worldcon and also print out the bar code I'm supposed to present at the con when I get there.  Everything so far has been incredibly well organised on their part;  most impressed.  I work next week as normal, then the Monday and Tuesday following, then I leave on the redeye flight Thursday night.

link salad

Jul. 18th, 2017 01:01 pm
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I'm sitting in a coffee shop in beautiful downtown Mandurah, drinking a cup of coffee, and waiting for it to be 1:30pm. Which means that briefly, I have free wifi access, to go with the coffee nearly as big as my head (I was offered options of small, medium, and large, and as I'm not sure whether there is more coffee in my future today, and there hasn't been any in my past today, large it was).

While there are any number of things I *could* be doing, what I'm choosing to do is work my way through tabs that I have open. So:

Your car has just been crushed by hagfish: Frequently Asked Questions

...and apparently everything else I have open in this window is fic. So, off to read fic for the next half hour instead :}

Fic rec (WIP) -- Check Please fandom

Jul. 16th, 2017 05:07 pm
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I don't normally read WIP fics, let alone rec them, but on days when I'm looking for something new to read, I frequently have a look at just about anything that turns up in the Check Please! fandom, and this one is just too fabulous to wait and see if it ever gets finished.

The story is self reflection by sinspiration, and it is currently at 12 chapters/25K words.

slightly spoilery description

This is an AU where Bitty isn't on the hockey team, because he hadn't had to give up figure skating. At least, not until he started transitioning -- he's a women's champion at the point the story starts (although the details about the figure skating takes a little while to show up, details that indicate his transition turn up in the first scene, almost the first paragraph). He's already friends with most of the hockey team at the point the story opens, but not with Jack. This is the meet-cute of the story, one seat left in the coffee shop, Bitty practicing for his French class, Jack horrified at his pronunciation and offering to help. Eventually they work out who their friends in common are, and the story mooches on from there.

Story says 'no archive warnings apply', but there are canon-compliant references to past abuse, and either past or current transphobia. Bitty's parents aren't great, but his figure skating coach is a delight (and absolutely the kind of old bat that one finds in well established coaches in many many places/sports).

Not Just Me - Documentary review

Jul. 16th, 2017 04:31 pm
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I just saw a local documentary, Not Just Me, produced by Jonathan Messer and featuring four local transmen.  I’ve met David in person a few times and at least recognise the names and photos of the other guys.  This film was part of the Revelation Perth Film Festival at Luna Leederville.

It was great to hear local transmen talk about being trans, often echoing my own thoughts and experiences, and to see the local scenery as the cameras followed them around Perth.  All up, the film had a sense of hope and optimism about the future, that one day it will be accepted that people come in more varieties than was originally supposed.  For needle phobics, here’s a warning that there are also several scenes involving a very large needle being applied to various backsides.

The quality of the segments featuring each transman varied drastically, I presume based on the person’s availability for filming, because one covered experiences of a year, two for six and four months and one a single day.  Now, only hours after the viewing, I’m left with pretty clear images from the two best presented, Simon and David, and only vague memories of Max and Logan’s sections.  Logan’s sections were self-shot with a very jerky camera.  I’m one of the people who can’t tolerate watching jerky camera footage without feeling sick, so I had to stop watching whenever it switched to these segments.  The scene of Logan talking with a friend was outside and very noisy.  While it began with dialogue captions, this didn’t continue and there was quite a bit I couldn’t catch.  This could have been remedied with a bit more captioning and also guidance from the producer.

All the guys depicted were twenty-somethings, which made me groan a bit, because that’s a constant problem I have as an “older” transman, that everyone sees this as something young people do.  Older folk are invisible.  This meant that quite a bit of what they were talking about was not something I could really relate to, so I would have liked to see a bit more diversity.  The director talked (in an earlier interview) about being surprised that there was a “strong culture” of transmen in Perth and that it had taken him a long time to acquire subjects because of “gatekeepers.”  I’m honestly not sure what that means.  I can only say I didn’t have a problem finding and meeting trans people.

Still, the fact that it was made at all is definitely a plus and hopefully we’ll see more on this subject down the track.  Maybe a mini-series?

Hugo Novellas

Jul. 15th, 2017 09:08 pm
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In the order that I would vote for them:
  1. Penric and the Shaman (Lois McMaster Bujold) -- it probably helps that I already know the world in which this is set, and I loved it both in the previous stories, and this one. The complexity of the plot, the development of the story, the world building, the solution to the issue -- I loved everything about it. And I love the way that 'author's requirements for coincidence' is hand-waved as 'interference by the gods'.
  2. The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (Kij Johnson) -- I went in to this one unsure. The title felt off (although it was obvious later where it had come from) and the early sections felt like the aspects of Dorothy Sayers 'Gaudy Night' that I had disliked. The idea of reading a story about how hard women have to fight not to end up further behind felt like more than I had the energy for. And then I realised where it was going. This is a transformative work, and is a fabulous reimaging of the source work (very spoilery). The understated horrors slowly collect together to be quite the horror story, without ever being gruesome.
  3. Every Heart a Doorway (Seanan McGuire) -- Beautiful creepy mix of horror and fantasy. I loved the way that the idea of going through a door into a different world was codified, that those doors lead different places. The story itself was an interesting exploration of the way that people cope with coming back from those worlds where they fit, and how it can go so wrong. There are aspects of the plot that I was spoiled for, and I'm not sure whether I think that made it easier to deal with -- had I not gone in expecting it to be horror, I might have struggled more.
  4. A Taste of Homey (Kai Ashante Wilson) -- I read this one a while ago, and failed to make notes on it that I can find. Enjoyable, but not particularly memorable, what I liked most was the male/male romance plot line, and the interesting playing with time that was done.
  5. The Ballad of Black Tom (Victor LaVelle) -- I wanted to like this one more than I did. Gritty and gruesome and gory. And plain nasty, in the way that so much Cthulu mythos is. I get that the racism was so necessary to the story, and that it was probably understated in many ways, but it was heart breaking to read. Towards the middle, I struggled a bit to keep going — I was a bit on the bored side, but in the end it was worth it.
  6. The census taker (China Mievelle) -- As a general rule, I don't like Mievelle's work, so it was no real surprise that I didn't like this one either. I had no idea what is going on here and in the end, I don’t really care. There is too much elided by literary wankery, and not real story or idea of what is going on. I’m not interesting in deducing whether the unnamed woman was murdered or ran away.
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I've been having a couple (three? four) days of being a bit unwell, a bit busy, a bit unmotivated. And so I've completely failed to remember to write anything. However, I've managed to finish two of the things on my started by not finished list - the second pussy hat (for friend S) and the reading of the Hugo novellas. I'll do a review post on that shortly.

Trying to work out what I've done in the meantime. I did some sewing on the 365 day quilt project (I'm now up to sewing the block for the 9th of February, and I have that through to the 13th cut out already). I'm not counting that in this, because it is a whole day project, not something I've picked up with the belief that I'll finish it in a day. However, I've been working on reconciling the team accounts for June, and it isn't going well (every time I find something I've missed, I make things worse. And I found something that may or may not mess up for June, but I *think* it is just how much someone owes, so that is okay). So that has been added to the list. And I've started cataloguing some of the set of books that have arrived, so that is another thing on the list. I'm feeling reasonably pleased that said list is still at six active items though, so I'm at least making progress on the things that I've started. At the point, I have two craft, two reading, and two paper work tasks.

Oh, and tables. Grouchiegrrl and family have moved house, and their new place doesn't have enough space for their lovely table. This is a much nicer table than the one that we have had for a while (also inherited from someone moving house). So, our table has gone with chaosmanor, to replace a rickety table that they have (along with one of the three tablecloths that were made specially to go with that table - one is in the wash, and the other is missing), grouchiegrrl's table has come to live with us (in theory long term loan, but we'll see how that pans out), and I'm pretty happy all up. The new one shrinks down to about the space that the old one did with the extra leaf in, so it isn't taking any extra space, but it also expands to a 1300mm square, allowing for three people on a side, when there are people visiting.

...ariaflame, their friend M, youngest, middlest, and their friend T are watching 'Mystery Men'. I lasted about 20 minutes before the sitting still and focusing was too much, but I'm at least listening to it (it is reminding me of things that I didn't enjoy - Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog, for one). Friend S was using the new table as a sewing cutting table, but has wandered off to do something else. And I'm about to a) write the novellas reviews, then b) read the novelettes, and then c) attempt to finish up the book cataloguing. Hopefully, this isn't too optimistic a list!

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