go ahead, hit recent posts to remember who I am, it's okay.
Okay, there is too much to explain, so let me sum up...
I'm now working at Behemoth Corp, and poor Beadslut is talking me off the cliff ... not daily, but a bit more than weekly. I'd forgotten how frustrating working within a company that is too big to see its own fingers or toes is.
But I don't regret leaving, because what I left wasn't the company I'd been working for. I regret not getting another offer, maybe. Holding out for a better personality match. I miss the people, but I don't miss the company
because staying at Merged Co was getting scarier and scarier, so my jump was still better than staying.
I have to remind myself of that periodically. Okay, that really is daily. I don't go to B every single time. 8-) All of my pants at this point are big girl pants.
I'm working for the paycheck and that's disappointing, but also reality and it's been reality for most everyone most of their working careers, so the fact that I've been lucky in the past has spoiled me. But I was able to do good things, helpful things, help people and international projects kind of things, and now I'm spinning as fast as I can to no noticeable effect, a tiny cog in a huge machine. Eventually the churn of change will settle, so I won't be staggering around trying to regain my balance. Possibly by year end? That would be nice. Possibly a bit optimistic.
Work continues apace on the Captain America shawl. There is no more of that yarn for love or money (Oh, my LYS is the best. She didn't have any more (apparently it was a special edition) so she searched the internet, and zilch, Ravelry had none in stash to sell, but! I found the base for it, so that plus a spool of metallic sewing thread and I'm calling it close enough.
And anyone who tells me they can see the difference doesn't get to pet it. Well, once it's finished. I'm just about out of the last of the Starry skein now.
I find it highly amusing that tonight's the first time I've been on F*Book in forever, and Catt's posted her most recent project - a Cap laptop case. 8-) I'm only on F*book tonight because I'm at our California site of Behemoth Corp, sitting in a hotel room waiting for 8 am tomorrow. Well, 7 counting the walk.
Oh! Californians apparently don't eat. I hate navigating strange cities, so I avoid getting a rental if I can, right? So I found a hotel within "walking distance" of the corporate site, and made sure that hotel had a shuttle to the airport. Except there is no food. Or if there is (apparently, there's an In 'N Out right nearby, on Sepulveda. Nope. Nothing. Zip. Zilch.), I could not find it. Could not find anything, but then turned the corner and bam! food truck! which is old hat to the rest of the world, but to my suburbanite ass, is nifty neato keen! So linner (lunch on pacific time, 2 pm to my stomach on Texas time, 8 hours since breakfast) was a food truck chicken sandwich that seemed like a much better idea then than it does now, three hours later. But it seemed like a tourist thing to do. Food truck. 8-)
So yeah, nobody eats in California (okay, the hotel has a $15 buffet for breakfast. I'm hoping this site has a cafeteria like our site does for the rest of this trip. ) and everyone was remarking on how horribly hot it is, which 90 degrees, um, okay, but I swear the sun is closer here or something, because I am sunburned without getting overheated. Weird.
Anyway, kisses from the shadows! Eventually I'll be able to play again. Fingers crossed that's as early as next month. Or maybe December.
Problem: I am anxious/nervous about driving places for the first time/where it's not marked well/when it's poor visibility
Solution: prep with google street view, and then use gps while driving
Problem: my gps seems to be trying to get me killed, and so is adding to the problem
Solution: use google maps on phone as gps
Problem: have to take eyes off road to look at phone
Anyone have recommended (or anti-recommended) car-mounts for a cell phone? If it makes a difference, my current phone is a samsung galaxy relay.
Stranger Things hit Netflix in mid-July and has since become a pop culture phenomenon, spawning breakout characters
1) Scheduled the cab pickup at 5:10 am.
2) Left for the hospital with me at 5:10 am, despite not having slept all night (see anxiety disorders).
3) Kept me company from 5:10 to 8 am, when the surgery started.
4) Lugged both her rolling bag and my backpack around the hospital.
5) Waited around until about noon or 1, when they let her into the recovery room.
6) Kept me company for as long as she could, until the nurse told her to go take care of herself.
7) Summoned the cab home at 5 pm.
8) Slept on the living room couch while I slept on the sofa bed, in case I needed any help during the night.
At 9 pm, I got up, ate, moved around, noticed I was able to take out the trash, and decided that as soon as she got up, I'd tell her I was able to sleep on my own. I'm an extremely light sleeper, so when I heard her get up around 2:30 am, I woke up and sent her back to her own bed.
Thanks also go to my stepdaughter, who, despite anxiety disorders:
1) Carried my bedding and fan downstairs to the living room while I was in the hospital.
2) Fetched and carried food and trash items back and forth between the kitchen and living room, microwaved soup, washed dishes, etc. once I got home, until the dizziness had gone away.
3) Made me scrambled eggs with mushrooms this morning (not strictly necessary, but I announced that they were celebratory scrambled eggs, not nursing scrambled eggs, as nursing duty was officially over).
4) Carried my fan back upstairs. I took the bedding, but left the maneuvering of the giant floor fan out of the corner it had been squeezed into and up the stairs to someone without surgical wounds.
TORONTO – As the 2016 World Cup of Hockey enters its final games, attention turns to that other big hockey tournament coming up in PyeongChang, South Korea.
But the chances that the NHL is going to bring its players to the 2018 Winter Olympics are dwindling by the day, according to the League.
“I think time is very short to make a decision, and I’m not sure there’s been a lot of progress made in the past six months, and I’m not sure there’s any prospect for progress to be made,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly. “So on the basis of that, I’d say that I’m more negative today than I was two weeks ago.”
The NHL received an update from the International Ice Hockey Federation during the World Cup, and the IIHF said there’s still much work to be done in securing the financial backing the NHL is seeking from the International Olympic Committee.
Among the issues: Travel costs, player insurance costs, better accommodations for the athletes and their guests, as well as considerations about “the physical layout of the Olympic Games, and whether the location of the Olympic Games makes that run smoothly,” said Daly.
While they’ve acknowledged that the IOC must do more to cover those costs, the NHL Players Association has been adamant about its players continuing to participate in the Olympics. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has even threatened on multiple occasions that he would leave his team to play for Russia in the Olympics if the NHL doesn’t continue to send its players.
Daly said that while Ovechkin is one of the NHL’s biggest stars, it would be up to the Capitals to decide whether or not he’d be allowed to leave for the Olympics.
“I don’t have a league reaction to that. If that became a prevailing view of a group of players, or a significant group of players, I might have a different view. But at this point it’s a single superstar player who will have a contract with one of clubs, and the club will handle that within its own discretion,” he said.
Of course, it’s the teams and their owners that have the most concerns about Olympic participation. Not only because of the risk of injury, but because the break in the season is seen as momentum-killing from a marketing standpoint and with no financial benefit to the teams.
“Olympic participation hasn’t done a lot for the National Hockey League, and for the clubs. It’s obviously a big global stage, and probably the top global stage. But it hasn’t translated to our business,” said Daly.
This is partially why the World Cup of Hockey was revived, to create a tournament before the season that could generate revenue that the Olympics don’t. But after over a decade of dormancy, and because of the enormous cost of the event, the World Cup isn’t producing a windfall of profits yet.
“The financial opportunity has been greater here than it has been for our owners at the Olympics, historically. Having said that, in the entire scheme of things, it’s a relatively minor financial opportunity,” said Daly.
So what would happen if the IOC suddenly decided to cover the costs? “It changes the current state of affairs, but it might not change the result,” said Daly.
But in the end, all of this could mean that the NHL won’t go to South Korea but would continue Olympic participation in more fertile (or potentially fertile) hockey markets – like Beijing, China, in 2022.
“It’s possible that you don’t go to one Olympics, but you go to the other. I don’t think anybody has ruled that out as a possibility,” said Daly.
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Last Season: 38-38-6 (82 points), 6th in the Atlantic, 13th in the East
The Canadiens had a roller coaster ride of a season in 2015-16.
They started the year an NHL record 9-0-0 and quickly looked like big time contenders. Then the injury bug hit Carey Price and the team went down an unrecoverable spiral.
Price suffered a lower body injury in late October. Came back to play three games in late November, and then was out the remainder of the NHL regular season after that. The rest of their year was filled with drama.
First there were the struggles to find the right goaltending with Price out. Mike Condon, Dustin Tokarski and Ben Scrivens tried to keep Montreal afloat but ultimately were unable to do so.
The relationship between coach Michel Therrien and defenseman P.K. Subban was constantly under the microscope and the coach referred to a Subban late-game turnover against Colorado as “selfish.”
This led to constant speculation on Subban’s future with the Canadiens before he was eventually traded to the Nashville Predators during the offseason.
The team’s crowning achievement ended up being a Winter Classic victory over the Boston Bruins.
2015-16 Season, In One Picture
Did They Get Better, Worse, Or Are They About The Same?
Provided Price is healthy, they certainly should improve next season. The Canadiens had a lot of problems but the biggest reason why they underperformed was not having the NHL’s best goaltender.
The team tried to change its culture from the flash that surrounded Subban to a more workmanlike approach. That’s in part why they traded Subban for Weber. The move was ripped locally and the Habs gave up quite a bit of offensive flare with the mobile Subban, but Weber is still a 20-goal threat and should add a level of physicality to their defense.
Montreal signed Alexander Radulov to a one-year $5.75 million contract in hopes the Russian winger can add some offense. He hasn’t been a regular in the NHL since the 2007-08 season. The Canadiens added some insurance in net, signing longtime backup Al Montoya to a one-year contract.
Five Most Fascinating Players
Alexander Radulov. For several years, he has been known as the best player not in the NHL. He bolted the league for the KHL in 2008 with one year left on his Nashville contract and then flamed out in his return in 2012. The Canadiens are hoping that at 30 years old and now a father, Radulov has matured to a level that can make him effective over 82 games. So far Radulov has said all the right things, but he’ll need to prove that those words carry some weight.
Shea Weber. During his time in Nashville with the Predators, Weber almost always was paired with an elite blueliner. Early in his career it was Ryan Suter and then later Roman Josi. The Canadiens don’t have nearly as deep a defense corps and Weber will have to carry a lot of the load for the group. This could hurt his numbers overall.
Carey Price.When he’s healthy, Price is far and away the best goaltender in the NHL. He played just 12 games last season as he dealt with a knee injury and it’ll be interesting to see how he comes back. Price has looked fine in the World Cup of Hockey, but he has also had the luxury of playing behind the NHL’s top defensemen. How will he look during an 82-game grind and will the Canadiens lower is game total?
Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty still had 30 goals and notched 64 points. But the team captain has come under fire of late for how the Habs imploded. There was also a rumor that Therrien called Pacioretty the “worst captain” in team history this past summer. He will need a big year to silence some of his doubters.
Andrew Shaw. The gritty forward was a vital cog in the Chicago Blackhawks’ last two Stanley Cup runs. He was brought in to add some sandpaper to the Canadiens’ game. Shaw is a tough guy to play against, but he’s not exactly a big time scorer. His best season came in 2013-14 when he fired 20 goals. What should Canadiens fans expect from him?
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Can We Trust Them At Even Strength?
Maybe. The Canadiens held a 50.98 score, venue and zone adjusted 5-on-5 CF% last season. But this was with Subban, who puts up better puck possession numbers than Weber. Last season Weber held a minus-3.35 score, venue and zone adjusted 5-on-5 CF% rel, though he did go up against a lot of Nashville’s tougher match ups.
Pacioretty held a 53.78 5-on-5 score, venue and zone adjusted CF% and forward Tomas Plekanec was at 52.64. Relative to the rest of the team they were also both in positive territory.
Can We Trust Them On Special Teams?
Maybe. Subban had 24 power play points last season but Weber had 26 – though he played in 10 more games than Subban. Weber scored 14 of his 20 goals last season on the man-advantage. His shot is a powerful weapon that can open up other lanes. Radulov should also provide an offensive boost for this team with on the power play. Both should bring a different element to the Habs that saw their PP convert at a woeful 16.2 percent.
The Canadiens ranked 12th in the NHL on the penalty kill at 81.9 percent, but this should improve with a healthy price. The prior season Montreal had an 83.7 percent penalty kill success rate.
Can We Trust Their Goaltending?
Before Price was injured he held a 2.06 goal-against average and .934 save percentage. He may need to play less this season, based on his health struggles last season.
The Canadiens brought in Al Montoya to back him up in case Price needs a night or two off. Montoya has carved a career as being one of the better backup netminders in the NHL, and last season posted a 2.18 goal-against average and .919 save percentage with the Florida Panthers.
Goaltending should once again be Montreal’s strong suit.
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Paul Byron will have two years left on his contract following this season at a $1.667 million salary cap hit.
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8. Therrien won the short-term battle with Subban with the defenseman getting traded, byt the long-term outlook may be different for the coach. But a slow start by the Habs and Therrien’s days could be numbered. His future has been a hot topic the last year and his cause hasn’t been helped by persistent rumors that he doesn’t believe in the team’s core.
A healthy Price means the Canadiens will make the playoffs. Weber will score in between 15-20 goals and provide the steady, even-keeled leadership the Canadiens are looking for. Radulov will score near 30 goals and not provide any meltdowns or fodder for local tabloids. Overall it will be a nice bounce back year for the Habs.
2016-17 Season Preview
Columbus Blue Jackets
Detroit Red Wings
Los Angeles Kings
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After lunch, we headed to the east coast to Mission Bay, and I caught a few Pokemon with the niece. We went to Sidart for dinner. I've been saying for a while that their Tuesday Test Kitchen is the best value-for-money high-end dining experiences.
As I type this, it's raining heavily outside.
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Piha & Mission Bay
Dinner at Sidart.
(It’s my first week on the job, and really excited about it (stupid me) because at the time I really liked retail. I’m in training. I’m shadowing my manager at the register. A woman comes in with a pair of shoes that she wants to return. I’ve known this since the day I started: there is a very strict return policy that says that the shoes must be UNWORN and returned within SEVEN DAYS of purchasing. It’s on every single receipt printed from the register, and there’s a rather large sign in front of the register, right where the woman is standing.)
Customer: “Excuse me, I need to return these.”
Coworker: “Do you have your receipt?”
Customer: “Yes, here. These shoes simply don’t fit me and are uncomfortable so I need to return them.”
Coworker: “Well, ma’am, it says here that you paid for these a month ago.”
Customer: *quickly getting belligerent* “So?”
Coworker: “Ma’am, we cannot take these back. Our return policy says that we cannot. However, we can do an exchange if you’d like—”
Customer: “Your return policy? No one ever said anything about a return policy!”
(I slowly reach in front of the computer and tap the sign about the return policy. I clear my throat politely. The woman stares at it as though the words are going to jump out and murder her.)
Coworker: *politely* “We would have told you when you bought the shoes, as that’s part of our company policy. It was also on the bottom of your receipt, ma’am, right here. It’s the part that takes up most of the receipt.”
(The customer grabs the shoes, glares at us, and takes off, scoffing at us the entire way.)
Coworker: *sighing* “Sadly that’s not the dumbest thing I’ve seen all week.”
(I was at that job nearly two years after that.)
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TORONTO – The NHL and NHLPA aren’t ready to tell us how the 2020 World Cup of Hockey will be formatted, but the odds of seeing youthful Team North America and a veteran Team Europe again are pretty low.
The concept certainly worked, what with Team North America playing exciting hockey featuring a roster of top draft picks and Team Europe surprising everyone to reach the final against Canada. But you can just sense that with four years until the next one, the traditional country vs. country format will return.
“We haven’t made any of those decisions. What I think is clear to everybody is despite a lot of skepticism a year ago, the concept worked pretty well,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “And secondly, there’s no doubt that part of the competitiveness – maybe the most competitive international hockey tournament ever – was a function of the fact that Team Europe and Team North America were certainly more competitive than the seventh and eighth country teams would have been. Does that mean that’s the prototype for the future? Not necessarily. As I said, it’s not a decision that we’ve focused on yet. We haven’t begun the planning process going forward.”
A qualifying tournament, much like what the IIHF does for the Olympics, would allow the nations that currently make up Team Europe — Slovenia, Norway, Germany, Austria, Slovakia, France, Germany and Denmark — plus others including Latvia, to have a shot at earning one of those final two spots.
There has been plenty of support for the Team Europe concept from the Team Europe players themselves. Many of them have never tasted international success or, in some cases, never had an opportunity to play on such a high international level with their respective countries.
“Coming from Norway, we wouldn’t have a chance to be in this tournament without this [team],” said Mats Zuccarello.
As for where the next World Cup will be in 2020, it sounds like the league and PA will open up a bidding process for various cities to pitch why they would make the best host.
“I think our going-in intention was to put it up for bid on some basis. I don’t think there’s anything that has transpired during this tournament that would change that view,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “But again, that’s something we have to sit down with the players’ association and talk about.”
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tastes of nothing much, makes everything colors, makes me feel ill
and i didn't even finish it.
today i pretty much did cleaner day, more or less, and... had sleep cycle fail? yeah that was all really. not impressive.
i just watched the start of aome movie with frankensteins monster and gargoyles and it was just so completely bad that after the first ten minutes i was staring in plain bafflement. how did this get made? why is it the film four nine pm movie? did no one at any point realise that story traditionally involves plot and characters? how did anyone think it made sense to have an aeons old war between demons and gargoyles where demons could just walk in to holy ground and kill everyone in a night? how would that last any time in the first place?
so now of course i'm plotting a far superior version.
it involves golems of both flesh and stone varieties and probably the rise of AI and how differently a modern would see golem rights after Star Trek, just to make the time skip to the modern era make any kind of thematic or visual sense at all.
... mutter grumble grump...
in other news i have read all the fanfic and no one seems to see the characters quite as i do.
also thping on this tablet is too annoying, yet i don't spare the seconds to plug it into its keyboard.
sense, i makes it :eyeroll:
2. We finished Queen In-hyun's Man last night. It was adorable! I mean, it didn't stir my soul the way Healer did, but definitely a 4/5, would recommend. Very clever use of time-travel, adorable leading lady and impressively smart and chill leading man. Next week we're dipping into the random collection of Kdramas I've Acquired to see what we can find to replace it.
3. I had an excellent day yesterday. There was less of the bone-chilling Arctic wind than there has been of late, so I cycled to meet vaudevilles for lunch, then went and sat on the waterfront to go through my Korean vocab flashcards and have a brief conversation with a ladybird that landed on my hand. (♥) I went for a swim at the pool and cycled home, intending to drive up to J's for Kdrama watchings, but it was a nice enough day that the car didn't seem justified, so I took the bike there too.
We're watching Sports Night along with our regularly scheduled Kdrama, and a lot of it is putting my teeth on edge this time around, but I'm still all, "Awww! Dan and Casey! Smooshcakes!"
4. Over the weekend I finished the first draft of the fic I was writing! \o/ \o/ \o/ It's an AU of the White Collar s1 finale, and it's the longest thing I've written in ages. Now I just need to hammer it into some kind of shape. wc_rewatch | wc_rewatch is back, so I don't have much time or I'll get behind on that. (Who am I kidding? I'm already behind on that. I only have three days left to watch 2.01 and make a fanwork for it, and those days are already full of other things. (Note: Fanworks aren't a compulsory part of wc_rewatch, by any means; I just don't want to break my streak.))
5. My brainwave idea: fanworks creators should be able to pin a work at the top of their AO3 works list.
(My primary motivator for thinking this is that I'm still deeply invested in my Waltzverse, but thanks to my flurry of wc_rewatch missing scenes and episode tags, all the Waltzverse fics are now buried on the second page, and the first story is probably even further back.)
What do you think? Shall I put in a support request? (Better yet -- does someone else want to?)
Thank you! I'm excited to see what you write and delighted already that you wanted to work with one of my fandoms. You're going to do great. ♥
If you just want the super short cheat sheet, my one hard no is abusive relationships. Everything else here is optional! ( if you want the long version, though... )
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Listen, I hear those opening notes and suddenly I'm back in time -- not that ten years ago was necessarily a good time for me to be, but it was ten years ago and I'm still here, so that's something.
- D-Brief notes the apparent discovery by Hubble of water plumes from Europa.
- The Dragon's Gaze links to a paper noting different solutions to the mystery of Boyajian's Star.
- Dangerous Minds shares photos of deserted Pripyat in Ukraine.
- Joe. My. God. notes that 80% of Chicago police dashcams were disabled by the police.
- Lawyers, Guns and Money ad Noel Maurer respond to the American presidential debate.
- The Planetary Society Blog notes that Europa is crying for exploration.
- pollotenchegg maps electoral polarization in Ukraine in 2004.
- The Russian Demographics Blog notes the official Russian stances on the country's demographic issues.
- The Signal links to the Library of Congress' online collections.
- Torontoist reports on waterfront litter.
- Towleroad shares the complaints of Mykki Blanco that gay hip hop stars are not given a chance for stardom.
- Window on Eurasia notes how the Circassians of Syria are denied a chance to return to their ancestral homeland in Russia.