Daily Happiness

Jan. 19th, 2017 12:20 am
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1. It rained today and is supposed to rain a lot for the next few days!

2. This morning I got up from my chair here in the computer room and realised my pants were wet and at first I was afraid Jasper had peed on the blanket that's on my chair, but upon closer inspection, it didn't smell like pee, just cat food, so either he barfed a bit or stepped in his food and wiped it on the blanket, either of which is better than him peeing on something.

3. Tonight after I got off work, we went down to the mall to go to Cheesecake Factory. We just got an appetizer and cheesecake, but even the appetizer ended up being too filling for us to eat the cheesecake, so we brought that home and were still too full all night to eat any, so we still have it for tomorrow. The appetizer we got was their nachos, which were delicious. Really thick, crunchy, salty chips with lots of tasty toppings.

4. We also went to Hot Topic and the Disney Store while we were down there, and apparently that Hot Topic is going out of business, so everything was 50% off. Carla got a Stitch mug, Pikachu earrings, and some other stuff, all for super cheap.

5. Look at this sleepy Molly. So relaxed up on the top shelf where no kittens can bother her.

Vid: A Time of Violence (Flashpoint)

Jan. 19th, 2017 07:22 pm
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Title: A Time of Violence
Fandom: Flashpoint
Music: A Time of Extinction, by Jambinai
Summary: Getting into fights is the fun part of being a cop. But maybe it shouldn't be.

Streaming and download
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Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Just when things were starting to get serious with Kawada-san...

Chapter 13: Enough Said

Media consumption Wednesday

Jan. 18th, 2017 08:59 pm
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[personal profile] firecat reminded me that I really do want to do this most weeks.

Reading )

Listening )

Watching )

Playing )

sketches of the day

Jan. 18th, 2017 09:33 pm
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A catten washing her paw.

Ink: Noodler's Brown #41.
Pen: Pelikan M200 demonstrator, Binder artist's nib.

Joe! I sketched this yesterday while we were waiting for dance class to start.

Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-jaku.
Pen: Pelikan M205 Aquamarine.

Reading Wednesday: 18 January 2017

Jan. 18th, 2017 10:12 pm
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What are you currently reading?

I'm in the middle of The Nix by Nathan Hill which is part of the Morning News Tournament of Books. It's sort of a white dude literary novel that gets debut authors compared to Jonathan Franzen, but since I don't have any knowledge of the author saying stupid things about women writers or the Internet, I can read it on a less conflicted level. I've been listening to it on audio at 1.2 times the normal speed which feels about right.

Still chugging along with Louise Penny's A Great Reckoning and the plot is doing several of the things I hate when long-running mystery series try to do them but I commented when I picked this up that I hope it has enough 'banter and small town hijinks and obscure Canadiana and Inspector Beauvoir being grouchy' to keep me going and indeed it has all of those things, plus the Gamaches have a new puppy.

What did you recently finish reading?

I did in fact use my long weekend to sit in with Fingersmith and WELL THAT TOOK A TURN. I don't want to say anything else about it because spoilers. I just got back from the book club discussion where we talked about it and fortunately one of the other regulars loved it and most other people were interested in it so I don't have to change my name and move to another book club for suggesting it. Though I have forgotten that January is the month a lot of new people show up (the club is based out of a meetup group that anyone can join so while we have a core of regulars people cycle in and out and read a delightfully random selection of titles and genres) and Fingersmith is a heck of an introduction, I don't know what kind of expectations it creates.

What do you think you’ll read next

I got Michael Chabon's Moonglow from the library before Christmas and read a couple chapters but was too busy and had to send it back. I just got it again and so as soon as i post this I'm gonna crawl in bed with it, I am excited. And my nonfiction/social justice book club is reading The New Jim Crow.

Being A Queen About It

Jan. 19th, 2017 03:00 am
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Retail | KY, USA

(The store I work for has several locations in Canada; therefore, company policy is that we accept Canadian money as well as American and the associates have to be familiar with what Canadian currency looks like compared to American. My store isn’t close to the border, so we don’t get Canadian currency a lot. I’m ringing up a customer who’s paying cash.)

Me: “So out of twenty-five dollars and thirty cents?”

Customer: “Yes, ma’am!”

Me: *I go to put the cash in the till when I realize something off* “Oh, sir, do you have another quarter? This is a Canadian dollar coin.”

Customer: “No, it isn’t; it’s a quarter! We don’t use dollar coins here!”

Me: “I know this, sir, but this isn’t American currency. I can accept it as legal tender, or you can see if you have a quarter.”

Customer: “Of course it’s American currency! You just don’t want to accept it!” *scoffs* “Canadian.”

Me: “I apologize for the mix-up; it happens sometimes. People will get Canadian coins mixed in with American, but it’s not a problem to use it as legal tender here.”

Customer: “I only ever use American money, not some made-up Monopoly money!”

Me: “Sir, Canada is a real country, and this is a Canadian dollar coin. If you just look—”

Customer: “It’s an American quarter! Accept it!”

Me: “With all due respect, I’ll accept it as a quarter if you can tell me which American coin has the Queen of England on the face.”

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Roused at 7 yesterday morning, breakfasted, & did requisite half hour of exercises that sometimes allow me to walk. At 8 put on spiked boots, inched along icy streets in the sleet towards the bus stop, saw cab and took that instead. Thus was half hour early for 9 o'clock shift, and just as well because 8:30 person was caught on stalled transit. (TTC is reliable in that you can rely on the signals to break down when there's ice or snow.) She arrives and I wander upstairs; at 9 a.m. an outside replacement person appears- hired to work for F/T staff R, I suppose- at 9:30 *my* replacement arrives (a long story I won't go into: but yes, a half hour shift) and is informed that no, /he's/ working for B starting at 10, the outside replacement is doing the 9 o'clock shift, and I am here precisely why? Why, because that's what it says on the schedule and no one informed either of us about the changes.

And still just as well because toddler 9:30 person has unaccountably failed to show, so I'm her for ninety minutes until I have to leave for physio. But I made precisely six dollars on the morning after deducting cab costs, and though everyone is figuratively singing 'Why it's good old reliable Nathan, Nathan Nathan Nathan Detroit!' at me, and my karma account is in the black, I would *much* rather have slept in till 10.
More tsuris )
Wednesday agane )

Taking Inventory And An Earful

Jan. 19th, 2017 01:00 am
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Posted by BD

Department Store | USA

(I work in Jewelry at a well-known department store chain. It’s a few hours into our Black Friday sale, and I have just moved on to our next customer waiting, who asks to see a pair of gold earrings in our case.)

Me: “These are 18k yellow gold, and the full price is [price], so the discount today is—”

Customer: “No, I’ve looked at these earrings before. They are supposed to be 14k, at [much lower price].”

Me: “Oh, we had several different versions of this earring in stock; it’s a common shape. You were probably looking at an earlier pair we had.”

Customer: *getting angry* “No, it was THESE EARRINGS. I saw these earrings a year ago, and I’ve been watching them all this time, waiting for this day to come and buy them. This is bull-s***!”

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am… but if it’s been that long, they were probably sent back to the vendor. We remove older pieces every month to make room for the newer pieces coming in. We did have about five versions of this style of earring, but I remember sending some back about half a year ago.”

Customer: “This is bull-s***! It was THESE EARRINGS! I looked at them just a month ago! You’ve changed the tags on them. This is fraud!”

Me: “Ma’am, we haven’t changed the tags on these earrings. The ones you saw were a different pair. I can check the back-stock to see if we have any left.”

(I check, and find a larger 14k pair at the same price as the ones in the case, and a smaller 14k pair with a price halfway between what we have and what she wanted. I bring them out to show her.)

Me: “Ma’am, it looks like we only have two versions left. This pair is the cheapest we have right now. The ones you saw before were probably smaller than these—”

Customer: *now gesturing to the new earrings I’m holding* “No, THIS was the pair I saw! And now the price is different! This is fraud!”

Me: “Ma’am, like I said, we had several of these earrings. The pair you saw was either purchased by another customer, or sent back.”

(She refuses to believe me, and continues complaining as she shops, using the words “fraud” and “bull-s***” repeatedly. She decides to buy the earrings along with a few other pieces, and complains to my manager while I am ringing her up about “waiting a year for these earrings” and us “changing the tag”. My manager tells her the exact same thing I had about the earrings she wanted either being bought by someone else or sent back, but the customer insists the pair I am ringing up are the ones she had seen, conveniently forgetting she had said the same thing about the pair in the case! She finally leaves after getting the contact info for someone “higher up” to complain to, and my manager shoots me a sympathetic look.)

Me: *sighing heavily* “That’s not fraud; it’s called ‘Inventory’. I don’t think she knows how stores work. Who expects something to still be there after a year, anyway?”

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Emoji and Bugzilla

Jan. 18th, 2017 05:42 pm
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As announced earlier, we're going to enable support emoji in user inputs in Bugzilla.

We have not committed to a date to release this feature as it requires a production database change which we haven't yet scheduled.

Meanwhile, this change means that as an Bugzilla API consumer, you will need to be ready to accept emoji in your systems.

In particular, if your client application uses MySQL, you'll need to update your databases and tables to use utf8mb4 instead of utf8 encoding, otherwise if you try writing strings containing emoji, they would be truncated at the first emoji which would be a 💩 situation. Adjust that caveat as needed for other data stores such as Postgres.

If your application will need more time to support emoji, please contact us on IRC (irc://irc.mozilla.org/bteam) or comment here. Otherwise we'll assume you're 😎 with this change, and not 😱.

Also, once we turn this feature on, some Bugzilla users will think themselves clever and create bugs with 💩💩💩 as the title. If the bug contains little else than that, it's probably a 🗑🔥 and can be closed as INVALID.

Your friendly, neighborhood 🐞👩

Media Consumption Wednesday

Jan. 18th, 2017 04:04 pm
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Let's see if I can revive this habit.
There might be spoilers in the comments.
In which firecat rambles about books and TV shows )

The same place

Jan. 18th, 2017 09:36 pm
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Posted by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

I was going to post yesterday, but truth be told, I spent most of my blogging time reading comments. You guys really know how to go to town, don’t you? I’ve read all of them now (I think, there are really a lot) and I want to say how much I appreciate that for the very largest part, that there can be respectful disagreement, and that it can be handled decently.  You guys are awesome in the kindness department. While I was reading, it turns out that I didn’t really get off the rainbow train, because another wee thing fell off my needles.  It doesn’t exactly match the bootees, because it was made from the leftover Dream in Color passed on to me by a generous knitting buddy, but it’s darned nice – it’s a little bigger too, not a newborn size, which is a good thing. Impending Grandson arrives at the tail end of April, and as much as it doesn’t feel like it right now, winter will be over. This one should fit him in the fall – when the winter (sigh) comes back.

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Pattern: Tulips (size 6-9m)  Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, and I don’t know the colours because the labels are long ago gone. They’re darling though – and yes, I know this is probably the 6th time I’ve knit this sweater, and no, I’m not even a little sick of it.

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I cast on some bright socks too, as antidote for the next thing on my needles, which is a big squishy warm and cozy cowl for me, knit out of my new yarn crush, Får, from Woolfolk. (I actually like it so much that I came a hair’s breadth from ordering a sweaters worth ten minutes after I finished my swatch. It’s freakin’ delicious.)

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I decided to knit Grus, and I swatched, then merrily cast on for the larger version. 8 (rather long) rounds later, I realized that things weren’t lining up right, thought about tinking back to figure out where it had gone wrong, realized that I’d failed counting to 4 really early on (and more than once) vowed for the 2824745th time in my knitting career not to establish patterns when I wasn’t concentrating (or when I was chatting with Jen and having a glass of wine – rookie move, that)

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and ripped it back –

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and started again. This time, free of the distractions of anything fun or charming, it turns out that I can count to four as many times as I would like, as long as nobody interrupts, me.

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If I am ever the sort of person who has a gagillion dollars, I am going to fund a study to discover what it is about knitting that destroys an otherwise clever person’s ability to count, while still leaving their other skills intact.  Say it with me. 1. 2. 3. 4. Repeat.

Discount Is Not On The Books

Jan. 18th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Bookstore | Atlanta, GA, USA

(I work at a bookstore that has carts of bargain prices books for $1-3, mostly children and baby books, with the price listed on a big red and white sticker. A customer, with his daughter of about three to four, comes in with two of the books from the cart.)

Customer: “Hi, I’d like these two, please.”

Me: “Sure thing!” *I proceed to ring up the books: one, a small, flimsy story book for beginning readers at $1 and a small baby board book for $3* “Okay, that will be [total].”

Customer: “What?! That’s too much! Why aren’t they both a dollar?!”

Me: “Well, sir, the price is clearly labeled and set by our corporate office.”

Customer: “But this book for $3 is smaller than the $1 book! I want a discount!”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir, I can’t do that. The price on the book is the price. It’s already been discounted over 75% off, and I can’t discount it more.”

Customer: “Well, if you won’t discount it then I will take my business elsewhere!” *to his daughter* “Well, honey, it looks you can’t have these books because THIS man here doesn’t want you to have them!”

(Her face just drops as she looks at me and they leave the store.)

Coworker: *jokingly* “I can’t believe you! Breaking that little girls heart like that! But seriously, what the h***?!”

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Between The Has And The Has-Nots

Jan. 18th, 2017 09:00 pm
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Retail | IL, USA

(I work at a store where most of our sales come from people buying gifts off of registries. We are no longer allowed to offer to print the entire list because our customers refuse to read so we have to just print the available items.)

Customer: “I need the registry for [Name].”

Me: *prints a copy* “Here you go! Let me know if you need help finding something!”

Customer: “But… how will I know if she already has something?”

Me: “If she already has it, it won’t be on the list.”

Customer: *looks at me like I’m stupid*

Me: “…unless she asked for more than one of the exact same item but did not get the exact amount she wants. You only have a list of what she still needs.”

Customer: *condescendingly* “But this column says ‘has’!”

Me: “Right! And all the numbers in the ‘has’ column will be zero or at least less than the number in the ‘wants’ column!”

Customer: “So how will I know if she needs something!?”

Me: “If she needs it, it will still be on the list. Nothing that anyone else already fulfilled will even be on the paper. You can buy anything on the list!”

Customer: “Well, now I’m just confused.”

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Sock knitters!

Jan. 18th, 2017 09:32 pm
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Do you block socks? If so, why? If not, why not?
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Clare & Renay's Adventures in: Xena

In a time without a Black Widow movie on the horizon, two fans in turmoil cried out for a heroine. She was Xena, a mighty female protagonist forged in the fires of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. The action, the camp, the queer subtext. Her adventures will rock their worlds.

Clare: When I was a kid, my parents bought me this LEGO set called "Sphinx Secret Surprise." They bought it because I was crazy for Ancient Egypt as a little kid, but it was part of the Adventurers theme (as different lines are called in LEGO parlance), which was an homage/rip-off of Indiana Jones. Since I had no clue who Indiana Jones was, it sailed over my head. Even when I acquainted myself with the trilogy later, there was something vaguely mid-nineties about the whole proceedings, despite being produced and released in the eighties, all because I associated it with putting together this LEGO set.

While I sold all my LEGOs ages ago (although I kept a solid selection for Wolfboy and Little Fang), I still have the sphinx and the sarcophagus. They stand proudly stands proudly next to my curated collection of lady LEGO minifigures including a Warrior Woman minifig who looks suspiciously like Xena.

All of that is to say that seeing an Indiana Jones-inspired episode of Xena from 1997 made perfect sense in my head. Flashing forward to 1940 from… let’s go with ancient times?, Dr. Melinda Pappas joins Dr. Janice Covington on a dig for an artifact that will validate Janice’s father’s thieving reputation—the Xena Scrolls. Read more... )

[personal profile] mme_hardy considers the lily

Jan. 18th, 2017 07:59 pm
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In short, it's both weirdly old-fashioned and weirdly pornographic. As, I suppose, am I.

Context has doubts about "experimental, visually-driven product".

Reading, Listening, Watching

Jan. 18th, 2017 07:47 pm
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Reading: Still Yuletide fic downloaded on Christmas day, if you will credit it - though there has also been a lack of reading time this week.

Listening: The usual mix of podcasts. I'm beginning to think Stuff you Missed in History is a bit too fact heavy and discussion/interpretation light to really appeal to me, though I liked a recent episode on the History of Beer. I was amused that The Doctor Who Book Club really didn't like The Pit (which has always been a byword for a terrible Who novel but I recall mostly being a bit 'meh' about rather than actively disliking). Even so the podcast didn't manage to score it less than 2/10. Verity Podcast continues to maintain a high standard, though I think they rate Freema Agyeman more highly as an actress than I do.

Watching: The Avengers Season 4 is playing well with the unwashed masses (though this may be because I've variously only had one of them to watch with rather than both - I think their combined forces would tend more towards Futurama).

Dinner and work

Jan. 18th, 2017 07:49 pm
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Present!Cesy is very grateful to Past!Cesy for getting the pigs-in-blankets out of the freezer yesterday.

Dinner so far consists of mocktails, pigs-in-blankets, chocolate brownies, and a few carrot sticks as a nod to health. I might need to add something. It's been one of those days at work and I have more to do. But I'm still smiling, even if at times it verges on a grimace. It's satisfying work in between bouts of frustration.
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