The saga continues...

Jul. 28th, 2017 04:15 pm
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Remember the blocked sink? 

Well, nobody wanted to call Engineering, since they had correctly surmised that a) Engineering would be unimpressed and b) there was a high likelihood that we would get in (well-deserved) trouble with Lab Ops.

So someone decided to put bleach down the sink.  It didn't clear the sink, but it did make everything smell worse.

Also, I got a plaintive email from one of my postdocs saying that while I was doing all these maternal emails could I please remind people to close the freezer doors after themselves.  And to, you know, maybe go into the lab and check what was going on when the freezer alarms went off, rather than completely ignoring them and letting samples defrost.

Anyway.  I decided that we really did have to involve Engineering, and sent them the following email:

Hi all,
 
Some idiot decided to wash their lunchbox in one of the lab sinks, which is now blocked.  I gather someone else then tried to use bleach to clear it, so now it is both blocked and smelly.
 
We have people doing lab tours through here for Open House Melbourne on Sunday, so while this is not quite an emergency, it would be great if someone could come and fix this ASAP!
 
Thanks,
 
Catherine
 
PS – I’m sorry my people are idiots.

This was received with favour by Engineering, who are used to scientists behaving like idiots, but not used to people owning up about it.  They promised to send someone.

By morning tea, the locals were getting restless.  One of my PhD students offered to unblock the sink himself, if Engineering could be persuaded to lend him a plunger.  I passed this handsome offer on to Engineering, with a note that I wasn't sure whether this was an offer of help, or an attempt to strike so much fear into their hearts that they would make us a high priority.

Engineering was amused, but did not send anyone.  I went to lunch.  This was a mistake, because when I came back I had a very sheepish RA waiting in my office.  Apparently, she had not been able to take the sight of the sink any longer, and had taken matters into her own hands.  She'd done quite well to start with - the sink is apparently much like her one at home, and she had successfully detached the pipe thingie, cleared it, and re-attached it.  Only then she realised that she still had pieces left. 

And she couldn't make them go back in.

Of course she couldn't.

Engineering came up to take a look, but they couldn't fix it.  Not today, anyway.  (A number of them are away, because they've had a pretty rough week for reasons that have nothing to do with my laboratory.

So the good news is, we no longer have a blocked sink.

We have a leaky sink. 

And I’m contemplating putting up a sign telling everyone to stay out of the lab because clearly they can’t be trusted in there.

Also, I'm no longer feeling like a kindergarten teacher.  I'm pretty sure 'monkey keeper in the zoo' is a more accurate job description.

Raccoons!

Jul. 28th, 2017 01:23 am
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 On my way back from Poke-hunting tonight, at half past midnight, I saw a pack of four or so critters crossing the street about a block ahead of me. Two more stragglers crossed a minute later, by which time I had gotten close enough to positively ID them as raccoons. As much as I love squirrels, it's nice to occasionally spot something bigger in the wild.

Friday's comic!

Jul. 28th, 2017 12:00 am
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Via Sneaky Gate: www.girlgeniusonline.com/ggmain/strips/ggmain20170728.jpg

Official: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20170728 (ON HOLD)

A friendly warning ...

(I've forgotten: Did we ever learn what Larana and Aldin were searching for, and found, in the catacombs?)

oh, *you*

Jul. 27th, 2017 09:58 pm
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Our camp's Pennsic prep is a little unusual:

Me: dials phone
Her: Castle Towing1
Me: Hi. I'm going to need some towing at Cooper's Lake this weekend. Can I book that in advance?
Her: Oh you don't need to. We offer 24x7 road service; you can just call.
Me: It's a 20' trailer. Probably 3-ton, but we don't really know.
Her: ... oh. Uh, I don't know if we can do that.
Me: For what it's worth, you did it two years ago. That's why I specifically called you. But I understand things can change.
Her: I need to check with a driver. I'll call you back.

Return call:
Her: He remembers you. When did you say you need him?

With luck, this will be the last year we have to do our own towing for the house. The Coopers declared it too heavy for them to tow a couple years ago. A lot of what makes it too heavy is the kitchen structure and furniture we store in it. We are well under way with building a new kitchen trailer, which will replace most of that and store the rest between Pennsics. And that will make the house light enough that the Coopers should be willing to tow it to and from our campsite like they had done for years before the new rules. And hey, kitchen trailer instead of having to build and take down our current structure every year.

1 Yes, that really is their name, and yes they're familiar with the Pennsic site.

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But no, 3 phone calls. So I gave up.

Stayed in for breakfast. Yay, leftovers. Went out for dinner, which included an ibuprofen and ice tea, so I could get caffeine and hydration and painkiller and stop the withdrawal-headache. (I was doing fine till about 5pm, oddly. *sigh*) Talked mostly about electric bikes and whatnot, instead of politics. (I maintain that electric bikes are likely to be great, but anyone who thinks "take a bike/leave a bike" stuff is gonna kill busses does not have primary-child-custody of 4-5 year olds, family shopping duties, or awareness of a host of other things that are hard enough with busses.)

Kid is doing better, stomach-wise, YAY! I am pretty sure I have a mild case of it, but as I spent months queasy 24/7 when pregnant, it does not surpass that.

Wrote some flashfic yesterday. AU fanfic based off my kid's unfinished work. So many spoilers, so little sense. At least it was writing, of the "characters insist on having a conversation while I'm in the shower" form.

Very upsetting news from a friend. Please send good thoughts... O:(

Havva Quote
<<OOC>> Amelie notes that she has the Pacifist Hindrance, at the 'won't fight except in self-defense' level, so she's going to do the scariest thing she can: start talking.
--from the star trek game



INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
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I could also see the Blade Runner sequel too, I suppose.

five(ish) good things

Jul. 27th, 2017 06:13 pm
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I recycled some papers I needed to get rid of.

I will see some people I like tonight... and... I saw two(ish) new friends yesterday.

I got new books yesterday.

The sun shining.

Water.

hatred

Jul. 27th, 2017 06:07 pm
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Re U.S. politics:

Read more... )
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The characters I liked best? The bad guys. They were hard-working citizens who got screwed out of jobs that were legally contracted as theirs. So they decided to do something else, by selling alien equipment.

Context contains spoilers for a movie currently in theatres.

More Nature Sounds

Jul. 27th, 2017 05:49 pm
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House sparrows twittering away; water sounds in background. (audio with still picture in video format) Rather loud. 13 minutes.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgtSvpLiLDM

Two videos for this topic… Basket of mewing kittens in yard: (audio with low-quality video and voiceover description). Content Warning: In the first video, the person gets a good deep scratch for moving them out of the basket. The kitties are not thrilled to be transported outside. 5 minutes per video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvXHbJzWMqI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1F8oSjriDp0

Happy bunny hopping and honking. (video and audio). Bunny hops on person’s bed and snuffles happily at person. Less than 1 minute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9d8JViSZ9vY

Goldfinch song. (audio in video format, with still picture) One nearby and several background goldfinches. Less than 1 minute.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QqAhz2-vcc

Stellar jay calls. (video complication with title cards, brief muzak) Okay, technically it’s Steller’s jay, but the former is a better description.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0S3NhhV1js

Allen’s hummingbird. (audio in video format, with still picture) Background indistinct human voices and machinery.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Era1OjcAtxg

Coyote yips and howls. (video and audio) Background bird and animal noises and faint mechanical humming. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA6RBioito4

Time is so sweet and absurd

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:15 pm
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We have a couch! We finally have a couch! It is grey-green and comfortably springy and fits into the space between the windows at the front of the apartment and there was an exciting hour when we weren't sure if it had been lost in transit because the tracking website listed it as delivered and it was definitely not in the apartment and the warehouse couldn't get hold of the drivers to ask where on earth either they or the couch were, but it arrived and was carried upstairs by two very pleasant and competent people who took all the packaging away with them afterward and then I sat on the couch in my living room and talked with Matthew until he had to leave to catch his train, although he took a picture of the couch first:



Hestia set the first claw in it, of course. Now she crouches on the back like a demon rabbit, staring out into the world with wide gold eyes. Autolycus leapt onto the cushions, prowled, sniffed carefully all around, and then took possession of a stack of displaced boxes of slightly greater elevation. I am sitting on it with my computer like a sensible person. I could sit on it and read books. I could drag the coffee table over and watch a movie without being at my desk. I could, some afternoon, fall asleep.

Yay, having furniture.
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I learned earlier today that the accessory store Claire's has non-corrective glasses. I'm not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, most of us do try to choose our glasses based on how they look on us; on the other hand, they're still adaptive devices, and I keep thinking there'd be something Off about buying fake hearing aids for the look. Except hearing aids are often chosen to be not visible...

fyi friday

Jul. 28th, 2017 08:37 am
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Putin and his American Instrument: Putin and his Trumpet.

Silencing The Hillary Clinton Supporter: we've heard everything about the Trump supporters - to the point where mainstream media has been trying to 'humanise' right wing white supremacists, but nothing about the people who mostly supported Hillary - their hopes, their dreams, and what they lost when Trump was elected.

Brandon Hatmaker on Colin Kaepernick: Brandon Hatmaker is the husband (presumably) of Jen Hatmaker, an American Christian who spoke out in favour of LGBT in the church and had her books dropped from sale by one of the biggest Evangelical publishers in the US (and probably the world).

That Which Google Has Named Evil...: By co-opting a word with moral meaning to describe the functional impediment of technology without any specific morality attached, Google has effectively reframed the context of 'good' and 'evil' so that Google is God - the arbiter of what is right and wrong.

A Woman, Explaining Things: Yeah, you've probably seen this, but it's still good.

First They Came For...: New York Times, which means you might not be able to read it. (I saved it in Instapaper, which takes the page data and strips it down to the text and key images.)
This has come as a great shock and demoralizer to many Americans, not necessarily because they didn’t think Trump was capable of such depravity, but because they simply were unprepared for the daily reality of living a nightmare.

There is an enduring expectation, particularly among American liberals, that progress in this society should move inexorably toward more openness, honesty and equality. But even the historical record doesn’t support that expectation.
Some things get better, many things get worse.

--

Australia has had an interesting week of governmental resignations (which everyone else would have missed while That Orange Guy was tweeting away).

Two Greens Senators and a Liberal (conservative party) Senator have had to resign because it turns out they have dual citizenship, which isn't allowed for serving members of Parliament. Another Liberal Senator no longer has a dual citizenship, but was only notified that he'd been de-citizened from the other country five months after the election that raised him to his position.

And, of course, he was one of the loudest voices criticising the Greens senators for getting it wrong.

One Week to Go

Jul. 27th, 2017 03:39 pm
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A week from today as I write this, Lisa and I should be in Portland changing planes for our flight to Reykjavík and then on to Hamburg. A week from yesterday we leave for the Bay Area, because the trip starts from there. I dropped off the vacation form with the local Sheriff's department today to schedule extra home checks. Lists of things to finish before we can leave are getting checked off. I alternatively want to hurry up and get going and am terrified that there's not enough time to finish everything. But I must say that I'm looking forward to only having to worry about travel logistics and Worldcon stuff for three weeks.

I'm an Australian, born and bred

Jul. 28th, 2017 07:53 am
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I have decided no more Ms. Nice Lady. I am an Australian born Australian, and if someone wants to know “where did you really come from?” I am going to ask them if they’re prepared to unload their history as an Australian-born child of immigrants, or else tell me about their Indigenous Australian ancestry.

I am done with microaggressions, even the unintentional ones.

No, you don’t get to ask me what’s my background and then say that yours is “Australian”. Mine is Australian. My mother is an Australian immigrant. My father is an Australian born. I am an Australian born.

I am an Australian-born Australian.

I am no more an immigrant than any white person in this damn country and I am going to FIGHT this definition all the way, calling people racist outright if necessary.

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