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Mar. 19th, 2013

Just checked the dates for the 2013 PCAT, and fuck me, the deadline for early application was the 17th, not the 31st like I thought. That means I'd have to pay the late fees if I still want to do the test in July. I could wait and take the test in September, but that's an awful long stretch for me to lose motivation and not study for it. Fuck, I am so angry at myself. I've been so out of it lately, and I know no small part of it is my work schedule.

My work schedule? Is bullshit. They have me flip-flopping between evenings and nights, sometimes within the same week, and it's destroying my life. Right now I'm sitting here at 6:24 a.m., wide awake and sleepless, despite the fact that I have to be at work in less than seven hours. I am exhausted. The stress of having to reset my sleep in less than a twenty-four hour period is just beyond me. It'll reset itself tonight when I come home beyond exhausted, but then I'll have to reset it AGAIN two days from now because she threw me on nights right after a stretch of evenings. I keep telling myself I just need to get through the month of March and it'll be better, but Christ almighty.

If it wasn't for the fact that nobody locally convenient is hiring, I'd seriously considering leaving. It's just such a toxic environment right now, and the hospital system I work for it just so corporatist and corrupt. It just represents everything that is blatantly wrong with healthcare in this country, and the fact that it's using "OBAMACARE!!" as an excuse to cut jobs left and right is just actively repulsive to me. No. There are plenty of ways in which the healthcare plan may adversely affect hospital systems, but this is not the real reason why the cuts are happening. Job cuts are happening because said hospital system decided to throw a bitchfit over [insert insurance company here] bought up and revitalized their largest competitor, so hospital system decided to drop their insurance entire, along with all of their patients whose care provided nearly 15-20% of their revenue. You would think being hauled before city legislation and threatened to have their non-profit status cut would scare them into behaving, but they're just that stupid.

I don't know what to do with myself. I feel like I need to get out of this city, and the utter staleness of the environment I'm in, but I'm locked down by lease until September. It's an ugly feeling, and I don't like it.

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Mar. 15th, 2013

Get out of car. Realize lights are still on. Go back into car, turn auto lights off and go home. Do not drive car for next four days.

Get into car today. Attempt to turn car on. Car refuses to start, entraps key in ignition. Quietly panic. Enlist help of passing fellows to get key out. Failure. Call Triple AAA. Google problem with car's model. Discover this is a common issue that can require replacement of entire ignition system. Not so quietly panic.

Triple AAA arrives. Speak to driver regarding problem. Driver states his concerns because he has seen problem with other model cars as well. Gets in, tests engine. Suddenly gets out of car, asks me about car battery, if lights are on.

No, says I, specifically recalling turning them off because I have done that before and it makes me paranoid and OH MY GOD I can't be that dumb.

Triple AAA driver gets out charger, restarts car, removes key with ease. Driver points to light switch, showing me where the parking lights were left on when I tried to switch the lights off automatic.

Appears that I am that dumb.

Well, says I, at least being dumb is better than spending $300 replacing an ignition switch. Driver laughs and leaves.

My life.

Mar. 8th, 2013

OKAY, IN CASE YOU GUYS HAVEN'T SEEN IT ALL OVER MY TUMBLR

CISPA is back, and it still sucks. The petition has only 12 days left. The petition is here. Please take the moment to sign if you're American, signal boost if you're not.

Feb. 21st, 2013

A note to my friends list -

Keep an eye out for new malware going around called b.scorecardresearch. It shows up under several names (b.scorecardresearch.com #[Comscore], beacon.scorecardresearch.com #[WebBug], sb.scorecardresearch.com). You can sometimes see it loading in your scripts when a webpage is going up. It is most definitely on the tumblr log-in page. Watch out for this sucker - it is definitely malicious. One of the people who reported it on tumblr had their personal and financial accounts hacked into as a result of it.

Download ScriptSafe/NoScript/etc. and blacklist that sucker. I freaked the hell out when I glanced down and saw it loading in my script bar tonight. This blog also had some information on it.

Second note - what the hell has Livejournal done to the entry screen? It looks like hell.

Jan. 13th, 2013

For the gamers on my list, I beg you to take a moment to check out The Cat Lady, an independent game by Harvester Games. At the very least, vote for it on Steam. Or if you don't want to do any of the above, watch and LP of it on YouTube. (My personal go-to is the RPGMinx. She just finished and posted the entire LP this past week.)

This game was incredible. Hands down my favorite I've seen this year, and the developers really deserve to have as much publicity as they can for such an astounding effort. As a matter of caution, however, be aware that it is a very dark game, so those with triggers for suicide, depression, violence, and gore should probably avoid it, but for those who can stomach it, it's worth the play.

Dec. 21st, 2012

Livejournal, how much shame should allow myself to feel for tolerating a yaoi m-preg AU purely because the worldbuilding in the story is so well done? I seriously spend every chapter vacillating between impossible skepticism and vague admiration.

So, I have a question here for fellow fanfic authors. Recently, I went back over a story I rather enjoyed, and I noticed that the author mentioned she wasn't going to continue it. The thing is - I *loved* the idea. It was so clever and unique, and it had so much potential. What I want to ask is what the etiquette surrounding fanfic "borrowing" is? Is it considered acceptable to contact an author and ask if you can continue it if they aren't? Keeping in mind, I have only vague ambitions in mind now, a hint of where I'd take it or whether I'd even invest the time in completing it considering the size of the story the plot demands, but the idea keeps tugging at my mind. I'd never just steal the idea outright, so I wanted to know if there was any unspoken policy surrounding the kind of negotiation?

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Nov. 5th, 2012

AMERICAN ON MY FLIST. VOTING FOR THE ELECTION HAPPENS 11/6/12. THAT'S TOMORROW.

Here are some resources:

Can I Vote? - Voter registration verification. Your state should also have its own website that can tell you whether you're an active voter and where you're polling place is.

Voter ID Requirements - Without going into my ranty rant feelings about the increasing restrictions on the voting process, this site can inform you what states require an on-site ID to vote.

NOTE TO PENNSYLVANIA VOTERS: As of October 2nd, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court suspended the Voter ID Act requirements, meaning that YOU DO NOT NEED AN ID TO VOTE. You may be asked for it or told about the requirements, BUT THEY CANNOT TURN AWAY YOUR VOTE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE AN ID. I recommend having one on you as it is, but again, IT IS NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE AN ID TO VOTE IN PENNSYLVANIA AS OF OCTOBER 2ND.

Nov. 5th, 2012

Since it's 4 a.m. in the morning and I can't get any damn sleep, I'm going to do a delayed post on NYCC.

I actually really enjoyed it! I was a bit nervous about attending initially, since my investment in comic book is fairly superficial, but I was assured - and was relieved to discover - that the convention has more or less become "general geek culture," which I fit just fine into. Lots of a great cosplay and wonderful panels. I really didn't bring too much swag home since I had to carry all of it by myself, but I did pick up a few T-shirts, including a Zelda one so that the world may know my current fandom obsession.

I have to say the crowd control was very well handled. Even arriving with hundreds of people at the door, I still managed to get inside within thirty minutes or less. Some areas were more crowded than others, but over all, the Javits Center staff handled that very well. The only complaint I had was how early they ran out of programs - seriously, NYCC? You ran out by Friday? You sold out tickets. What did you think was going to happen?

Probably my favorite part of the convention was the panels. The best was probably Johnathan Maberry's panel on post-apocalyptic fiction. I really enjoyed his commentary on the interwoven narrative between fiction and reality and how the story must serve as the bridge between them. The women in Steampunk panel was also delightful, and God knows I had a mindgasm over the Brahm Stoker dialogues. The screenwriter behind Coppola's adaption of Dracula was there, and he had some absolutely delightful anecdotes behind the making of the film. Over all, the panels alone wound up making the trip worth it, so I definitely think I'm going to be heading up again next year.

However, the big highlight of the trip was getting to meet last_archangel and darkfrog24, who are both lovely people who play some great drinking games. :D Thank you guys for driving up! I very much enjoyed my time there.

Oct. 11th, 2012

Well, I SUPPOSED to go sight-seeing after I got situated in my hotel. Instead, Google decided to hand me the wrong directions to the hotel (which I should have known were wrong - I've stayed here before) and send me on a quest to the completely opposite side of Queens. After a four hour ordeal involving lots of turning around and two lengthy bus trips in the middle of an NYC rush hour (and some very helpful bus drivers!), I managed to get to my hotel...four hours after I arrived in the city. Well, there went all my energy for exploring. Well, I saw a lot of Queens? There are very long roads? And cars? And lots of angry drivers.

ALL RIGHT. I'm going to finally take a shower, go to bed earlier than I should, wake up earlier than I should, and plan out my next two days before I head into Comic Con around 8:00 a.m.ish. Do you still have my number, last_archangel? Text me when you have an idea of when you want to hang out.

Oct. 7th, 2012

Chopped off six inches of my hair, dyed it darker and redder, and now I have it styled completely differently from what it was. I'd say this would make it harder for people to find me at Comic Con, but you lucky bastards have never seen a picture of me, so everything's A-okay.

SPEAKING OF NEW YORK COMIC CON, I am currently in the stages of packing. For people who are veterans of these conventions (this is literally my first major one), what are some things you recommend to have with you going on? Like, should I only bring flats because I'll be walking/standing a lot, or can I get away with a nice pair of heels? Should I dress warmly with layers or expect higher temperatures due to the crowding? Should I leave the purse at the hotel, only carry cash, anything else? Are there exhibits that I should flat out avoid because they're always overcrowded or understaffed?

I'm assuming I want to plan out the exhibits I want to attend in advance, but I want to leave my schedule loose since there are a couple people I'm interested in running into at the Con. So, uh, anybody up for drinks/lunch/etc., just PM me. :)

Edit: I think the bruise forming on my arm has less to do with the wall I just ran into and more with the giant bite the hotel expenses took out of my bank account. Ouch.

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