WorldCon Panel Advice?

Aug. 2nd, 2014 09:17 am
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So. Can Haz Panels. (I'll talk about the a little later when I have my thoughts more together about them; I've been knee-deep in work and work-related stuff lately).

I've given papers at international conferences to roomfuls of academics, so I'm not scared of fen, though two of the panels are adjacent to my main interests, which makes me worried that I'll embarrass myself, but that's why I've got reading time scheduled between now and WorldCon.

I've seen, but haven't heard from any of the moderators, so I'm wondering whether I should start contacting people myself - only the moderator? Anyone whose e-mail address I have?

If you have any advice, do's and don'ts, please share, as I'm feeling decidedly wibbly right now...
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You know what’s really cool?

In Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye series, Clint has named his dog “Lucky”.

And I’m just now reading Edmonson’s Black Widow. In it, Natasha has a cat, which she has named “Liho”.

For those of you who don’t know, Liho or Likho is a Russian spirit/creature type thing who is the embodiment of bad luck.

So Clint’s dog is named for good luck, and Nat’s cat is named for the opposite.

Fireflies in Southern Michigan

Aug. 2nd, 2014 03:01 am
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Photographer: Ken Scott; Ken's Web site

Summary Author: Ken Scott; Jim Foster

Shown above on this long exposure (40 minute) is a flock of fireflies on a midsummer's eve, beneath a starry sky as observed near Willis, Michigan. With dimming light after sunset, fireflies (also called glow worms or lightning bugs) emerge from their daytime lair in grassy lawns, meadows and tree canopies. Initially they cling close to the ground but tend to drift higher up -- though rarely above the tree tops. As the sky darkens their blinking bioluminescent glow, used to attract mates or prey, seems to increase. Note the lone fire-walker; seemingly daring others to cross its yellow-green line. Photo taken on July 19, 2014.

Wearing my judgmental eyebrows

Aug. 2nd, 2014 12:09 am
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So the other day, one of my coworkers posted a video to the fun list at work. It was a compilation of video clips to music called "People are Awesome 2014". As I watched this video, I started to get a funny feeling- not that the things depicted weren't awesome, but that they were all the same kind of awesome, a dude-culture-fueled kind of awesome, a "sports that are extreme even for extreme sports" kind of awesome. Most of them featured what seemed to be terrible judgement and a complete disregard for personal safety. And every so often, there were a few frames of bikini-clad lady crotches with their heads cropped off, posing on a beach.

That's how I feel about MAKE.

(Hello. I have a new job and a new disease. How are you?)

in the meantime

Aug. 2nd, 2014 12:35 am
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I've been working on the slowest traineeship in the history of the Raptor Center. Yesterday I got mail from the Volunteer Coordinator:
Hi Susan,

I am checking in to see how things are going with you. I notice that you have been working on a shift about every other week. Are you able to do a shift weekly? This is the best way to learn. Also, please attend the rounds meeting on Tuesday evenings.

How are you progressing through your training? Are you getting the sign offs and the experience you need? Please let me know if their is anything I can do to help you along.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

I can tell that she means this to be encouraging, but it just makes me want to say no, sorry, I can't go any faster, good bye and good luck.

I have a long and varied history of volunteer work. Naturally, I also have opinions. Mostly on the subject of how to make good use of the stone the builder has discarded, or at least how to make good use of this particular stone the builder has discarded. I don't disagree with her that committing to once a week is the best way to learn. I'm just saying that I can't do that.

I did tell her that I was a very anxious person, in the initial interview when she asked what my weaknesses were. She asked how my anxiety expresses itself and I said, "For one thing, I'm unemployed." I don't know whether I want to try to explain that this is what I meant. I am anxious. I deal with it as best I can. Sometimes that is not very well. If I could deal with it better, I would have a job and a lover and probably no time for the Raptor Center.

Some people who don't experience anxiety take my anxiety as an insult. If that's the way the conversation goes, I will definitely wish I had skipped it. Other people seem to think that my anxiety is a problem for them to solve, by asking me what erroneous beliefs are causing the anxiety, and then explaining to me that the erroneous beliefs are erroneous. Ta-da! I'd rather not ever have that conversation again either.

I am open to advice.
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Kid finally in bed...

Aug. 1st, 2014 11:52 pm
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Friday night, so we don't hound her as much. Also, were playing WoW.

Ivan persists in being weird in the mornings, and inconvenient when he wants feeding. Or lap. Am making spouse feed him since the moment I picked up the computer he came over and wanted food. Ivan was not holding his tail up at all and it had some tangles. So, still worried.

He also persists in inhaling the food through his nose so I have to wipe it out. ( may now all make jokes about picking your friends' noses. Yes, like that. Only with a paper towel or tissue.)

Kid did go to pottery thing today, it being last day, so yay! The glazing process is taking extra time, so we will have to arrange to pick it up later, but we saw pictures. Yay!

GURPS project has not been rejected, still. I am cautiously optimistic. Need to do some tweaks. Doing edits gives me an Anxious.

Want to get back on STO; have been busy doing GURPS tweaks and running around getting kid and stuff.

Havva Quote
Allern (Paladin tank): Go in the portals and get green dots.
Marie (Resto Druid): Why?
Big Green Dragon: *stands up*
--a rough sequence of events when three 90s and an 89 (also a resto druid) went to ICC and did the Heal The Dragon boss.

INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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In the first issue Clint gets shot in the arm while wearing a grey suit. The next time we see him in the suit, nineteen issues later, the sleeve is still torn in the place where he got shot. 

Daily Happiness

Aug. 1st, 2014 09:13 pm
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Well, I still didn't hear for sure about the promotion. *headdesk* But when I asked my manager if he thought we'd hear before I left for the day (this was about an hour and a half before I left), he said probably not, but that everyone was operating under the assumption that I got the promotion and that he couldn't imagine it not happening. And today there were two instances of me being called in to talk with my new manager and former manager (who is still there for a couple days because it's going to be a super busy weekend) to talk about problems with other employees and basically just being treated like I had got the job. And the former vice president (the guy whose extended leave to Japan is what prompted everyone getting shuffled around) came by today to say goodbye to everyone and said he had recommended me, too, so it really does seem like a done deal? (I just don't feel like I can really celebrate until I know for sure, though!)


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