June 23rd, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] threemeninaboat at 09:19pm on 23/06/2017
"I really wanted to drive my Spitfire into work today, but it is all rainy."
"I'm sure your STi consoled you."
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posted by [personal profile] alatefeline at 07:28pm on 23/06/2017 under , , ,
Still present. Staying with things. Uncle slept all day, is declining, no longer able to drink liquids. Aunt got out of the house for a few hours while we (Dad and I) were there. Cousin age 5 is a handful and a delight. We fought many monsters, took the dog for a walk, and ate gorilla food (gorilla munch brand corn pop cereal, yogurt, sliced fruit). At lodge to rest now. I am sad and not okay, but I am okay with not being okay, and I am here.
Mood:: 'sad' sad
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posted by [personal profile] halley at 08:51pm on 23/06/2017

I hope it's alright for me to post this here.
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Yes, I missed 22. I'll get to that tonight.

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posted by [personal profile] pumpkinkingmod at 08:42pm on 23/06/2017
The deadline for regular assignments has passed.  Pinch hits are due on the 27th.  A small number of extensions were requested and granted.
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The camera-ware on my cleverphone is on the blink. When I turn it on, I can see the video live from the "outward" lens, but...switching between lenses? Changing photography modes? Video footage instead of stills? Even taking stills?

Nothing.

I suspect this is fixable, but it might take a bit longer than I'd like.
Mood:: 'annoyed' annoyed
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I didn't know this was an actual full-up song to be had. The band as shown here is an offshoot of the Sheepdogs of Saskatoon.

Mood:: 'surprised' surprised
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OK, well, I should be putting an Arisia proposal together right now. Well, TECHNICALLY I said I was going to do my Census post-class self-study today, so I should be doing that, but for reasons that will become clear in a few moments, Fuck That.

Sooo... the week before last, I think it was, I applied for a job as a...junior researcher, I think it was, at [Boston Research Consulting Firm]. VERY unusually, from my experience, the department head subsequently got back in touch, albeit mainly to tell me that I was horribly overqualified. (Which was possibly true, but a) I'm switching careers, kinda, so that's expected, and b) Hey, it's a job.) Usually, even if they DO get in touch to tell you you're overqualified, that's the end of it, and you're left feeling like "Well, fuck." In THIS case, though, he said he was going to forward my résumé on to Matt, the head of their Editorial department, because they might have some freelance editorial work down the line. And that could STILL have been the end of it, but Matt actually DID email me, to say "...please let me know your bandwidth (how many hours a week you would be available to edit our research content) and let’s set up a time to talk." So I write back, and then don't hear from him for over a week, while I sit around wondering what the heck has happened THIS time.

On Wednesday, after asking myself What Would My Dad Do?, I took a moment before Census training and called Matt's number to ask more or less exactly that question, and in due course we set up an appointment for this morning.*

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So I get there--it's the fifth floor in a faceless office park in Waltham--and have to wait a bit, and then meet Matt and get ushered into a conference room: all of which was expected. And THEN we spend like fifteen minutes chatting about German History--which was definitely NOT--before we get down to the nitty gritty of what the job entails. As I had expected, it was going to be more of what I've been doing for [cheapskate client in Germany], namely taking stuff written by experts and editing it so it's actually decent prose.
What I had NOT been assuming was an on-the-spot job offer.

And then came the moment I had been hoping wouldn't happen. "So what do you think would be a reasonable starting rate?" he asked.

Oh Shit. I mean, I know I've been horribly underpaid in the past, but this is a potentially globalized field, and I don't want to get to greedy, because I REALLY want this job...

"Let's start me at $15?"

Matt actually laughed in my face.** "Well, I'd LIKE to employ you at that rate--or at any rate my bosses would..."
"What can I say, I've been really underpaid!"
Anyway, I somehow managed to recover from this screw-up,*** and we agreed that I should start at their standard starting rate for editors.

...which is $45 per hour.

Pause to let that sink in.
Yeah.
I'm going to be working part time, but still.
wow.


I guess I should have learned from Harvard Business School that any time you add the word "business" to a job description, they jack up the salary.

* At this point in writing this, I took a pause to go look at what was probably a juvenile bald eagle, sitting on a tree about fifty yards down the shore. As you can guess from the preceding, I'm in Maine again.

** You probably just did too, given that $15 was what we figured MRE should have been paying me, and this is a much more highly-skilled job. (Though it's also a much more pleasant one, and you can't outsource [University]'s mailroom work to someone with good English in Mumbai.) What can I say, I panicked. Fortunately, [see above]

*** I should perhaps note at this juncture that Matt is yet another person who got a PhD but then decided he didn't want to teach, AND got it in German studies, so PART of all this was that he took pity on my post-academic floundering.
That sounds more self-pitying than I feel, I guess: the OTHER part is that I'm hella good at editing papers in questionable English, and amply demonstrated that I'm experienced in the same in the course of the interview.
posted by [syndicated profile] andrew_hickey_feed at 11:43pm on 23/06/2017

Posted by Andrew Hickey

Currently working on finishing Beach Boys Book 3 (out next week with luck), the Basilisk novel (out in the next fortnight with luck) and a short story (off to a more-patient-than-I-deserve editor early next week), a bunch of freelance commissions, and editing Holly’s book. I tried to put together a linkblog, but frankly I haven’t even been looking at enough interesting links to fill one recently. Normal posting should resume soon.


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posted by [personal profile] ann_leckie at 06:04pm on 23/06/2017 under

Some things I’ve read recently!

The Last Good Man by Linda Nagata

If you didn’t read Nagata’s The Red Trilogy, well, you might want to consider doing so. But whether you have or you haven’t–The Last Good Man is near-future military sf. It’s tense and compelling, and features a middle-aged woman protagonist, an ex-Army pilot who now works for a private military company. During a rescue mission she discovers something that casts a new and disturbing light on an event that she’d thought, well, not safely in the past, but over and done with and accurately understood. But she wants the truth, no matter the cost. If near future and/or military is your jam, don’t miss this.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

This is volume 1 of the Murderbot Diaries, and I suspect a certain percentage of my readers don’t need to hear anything more. Go, purchase, download! You will enjoy this.

Murderbot is a SecUnit–a security android, part organic part mechanical, that isn’t supposed to have any sort of free will. It does, though, and having achieved that free will it secretly names itself Murderbot and then works hard to hide its freedom of thought from the corporation that owns it. It doesn’t actually want to murder anyone, though. It just wants to be left alone to watch its stories. Unfortunately, someone is trying to kill the humans Murderbot has been tasked to protect.

I’m not kidding, I can almost guarantee that my readers will enjoy this. I have already pre-ordered volume 2, which is out in January.

Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns

So, Lesbian Space Pirates. Out at the end of October. That may be all I need to say.

Or not. Our heroines hijack a colony ship in a bid to join a famous band of space pirates–only to discover the pirates are not, as widely believed, hiding out on Barbary Station rolling in money and loot, but are in fact trapped there by the station’s renegade AI. Why is the AI doing what it’s doing? Is it conscious? Does it matter when it’s trying to kill you?

This book is good fun. Set in the Solar System, lots of action, I really enjoyed this, and I bet you will, too.

Mirrored from Ann Leckie.

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posted by [personal profile] case at 06:58pm on 23/06/2017

⌈ Secret Post #3824 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
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posted by [personal profile] hrrunka at 11:48pm on 23/06/2017 under , , , , ,
Last Saturday... something must have happened. I expect the weather was hot. I know I planned to spend some time in the workshop, but it didn't amount to much.

On Sunday, after the morning radio club Net, we headed out to have lunch with friends. That involved driving to Farnham. Unfortunately, a combination of roadworks and a serious incident rendered the obvious route useless, so we had to take a slightly less direct alternative, and that took almost twice as long as expected. Still, we had a good lunch, and the drive home was rather less extended.

Monday was seriously hot. There were a few things we had to get done, but we kept them to a minimum. I went out in the evening to an informal radio club evening meeting.

Tuesday was cooler. We visited Eltham Palace in the morning, and got home before the day became too hot to do much. In the evening I went out to a radio club direction-finding evening. That turned out to be a little more of a challenge than might have been expected, as the primary "fox" was using a radio with rather limited range. Another member hid and decided to act as "fox", and most of us managed to find him. We eventually established two-way contact with the primary "fox", and called him in for tea/coffee. At some point we'll have to figure out what the problem with his rig was...

On Wednesday the weather got hotter again. It was a good day for doing as little as possible. I did catch the radio club VHF Net in the evening.

On Thursday things cooled down. We even had a very brief shower of rain at some point. I managed to catch the weekly Morse practice broadcast. We had a friend come round for lunch, and had a very interesting few hours of conversation.

This morning it was again pleasantly cool, so we did a bit of shopping, then had a fairly quiet afternoon. This evening we went over to Gravesend. Rather than gaming, we spent the time chatting, as it had been a while...
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posted by [personal profile] adair at 05:35pm on 23/06/2017
I did not get much decluttering done this week - too busy with other things to give it a lot of time.
I did take 5 books and about a weeks worth of newspaper to B2P - I use newspaper in packing.
Three different books came back with me in a little case labeled Hogwarts Library. These showed up in the workroom, and I remembered one of the prison libraries asked for them, so they will go in the big plastic box in the garage awaiting the next book pickup.

I did putter around throwing away little sample-size bottles of hand lotion left from travel, that I somehow thought I would squeeze the last drops out of. They had been sitting around for months. I also threw away a lot of little packets of sample skin treatments that came in catalogs I got in the mail. I clearly was not going to try them, so out they went. It's part of that It Might Come In Handy Some Day that causes a lot of saving of objects for no good reason. I need to apply the same clear out process to my makeup drawer, with stuff I bought but never used much. None of this makes a lot of new space, but at least it helps clear surfaces.
posted by [syndicated profile] uk_polling_report_feed at 09:16pm on 23/06/2017

Posted by Anthony Wells

A year on from the EU referendum there was some new YouGov polling for the Times this morning. The country remain quite evenly split over whether Brexit is right or wrong, 44% think leaving was the right decision, 45% the wrong decision. There is not much optimism about negotiations – only 26% expect the government to achieve a deal that is good for Britain, 31% expect a poor deal, 15% expect no deal at all (that said, most don’t think Labour would be doing any better – 24% think they’d get a better deal, 34% a worse deal, 20% that it would end up much the same).

Asked to choose between Britain having full control over immigration from Europe or British businesses having free access to trade with the EU people preferred trade by 58% to 42%. As I wrote in my last post, there’s a lot of variation in questions like this depending on the specific wording, but the overall picture suggests that when people are pushed to choose they do think trade is more important than control of immigration (though among Conservative voters the balance is the other way round).

On other matters, on the question of who would make the best Prime Minister Jeremy Corbyn now leads Theresa May by a single point – 35% to 34%. This is the first time that Corbyn has led in the question – this is partially because of a sharp drop in Theresa May’s ratings (before the snap election she was consistently in the high 40s), but is also due to a significant increase in Jeremy Corbyn’s ratings. Again, if you look at the longer term ratings he used to be consistenty down in the teens.

Full tabs are here

I should also add an update on polling about the second referendum. In my last post I mentioned the Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday which found that the balance of opinion was in favour of having a second referendum on the terms of the Brexit deal. This was the first time any poll had shown this, and I said it was worth looking to see if other polls found the same. Well, so far they haven’t – Survation also had a poll for Good Morning Britain on Monday, that also had a question on a second referendum, and it found 38% of people supported it and 57% were opposed. Tabs for that are here.

posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 05:00pm on 23/06/2017
posted by [syndicated profile] shakesville_feed at 04:15pm on 23/06/2017

Posted by Melissa McEwan

This blogaround brought to you by the echo of a familiar song.

Recommended Reading:

Carey Purcell: [Content Note: Sexual assault] The GOP's Health-Care Bill Is Absurdly Cruel to Sexual Assault Victims

Divya Ghelani: [CN: Fire; death; neglect] Grenfell Tower: 'There Are Only the Deliberately Silent, or the Preferably Unheard'

Eillie Anzilotti: A Higher Minimum Wage Is Not Doing the Bad Things Critics Said It Would Do

Keith Reid-Cleveland: [CN: Sexual assault] Bill Cosby Wants to Lecture People on Sexual Assault, Seriously

Kaiser: Nancy Pelosi Is Not Your Mommy; Stop Blaming Her for Everything

Ragen Chastain: [CN: Fat hatred] How Mamamia's Treatment of Roxane Gay Reveals the Fatphobia in Feminist Spaces

Michael Fitzgerald: [CN: Nazism; homophobia; internment] Lawmakers to Annul Convictions of 50,000 Gay Men in Nazi-Era Germany

Dave Holmes: [CN: Spoilers; sexual assault; death] The Book of Henry Is the Best Worst Movie of the Year

Rae Paoletta: The Dumbo Octopus Is Eight Cute Legs of Stone Cold Murder

Leave your links and recommendations in comments. Self-promotion welcome and encouraged!

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