china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
This was my weekend (in no particular order):
  1. fed chickens in a hailstorm
  2. discovered my tv has died1
  3. failed to make the necessary decisions to buy a new tv
  4. saw ducklings, kaka, toutouwhai (native robin) and tuatara at the Karori Sanctuary
  5. started listening to the first Rivers of London audiobook
  6. started reading an excellent Les Mis fic
  7. had my first language exchange (in person, for 2hr20)
  8. only watched 1 hour of Kdrama
1 I have sound but no picture; it's only 4 yrs old; I am cranky about the mayfly lifespan of electronic goods these days.


ION, [profile] jamethiel_bane is doing a "post every day" meme, and I thought I'd do my own version, using her prompts, but maybe adapting some to suit me, and probably being far more erratic.

1. What do you prefer to be called by folks reading the entry? Who named you that and why? Where did it come from?

My fandom name is china shop, AKA china AKA Ms Shop. Even offline, in fannish circles I go by china.

It originates from an Ani DiFranco lyric (from the song "You Had Time"), via my pre-fandom blog, which was titled "you are a china shop, I am a bull". In 2007 I wrote on LJ:
Pre-fandom I was a different person online, and while I'm no less me now, well, livejournal is a slightly uncomfortable stage (in the performance sense) for me. The "push" of my entries appearing in your friends' list, as opposed to the "pull" of someone seeking them out. If I'm collected together, I'm more likely to cohere, but in general I suspect I'm a couple of tiles in a mosaic.

I first chose this name as a disclaimer -- you are a china shop, i am a bull -- and then accidentally claimed the fragile part as my identity. Possibly prescient.

The first paragraph of which seems adorably quaint now, in the face of tumblr and reblogging and posts running wild.

Anyway, yes, I am china. I named myself. I like it.

제 팬덤 이름은 차이나인데 진짜 세상에서도 잰 사람와 이야기하면 저는 차이나이라고 합니다. 아니 디 프랑코의 노래에게서 제 이름이 왔는데 "너는 도예를 파는 가게인데 나는 황소예요"라고 합니다. 도예를 파는 가게는 차이나 쇼프입니다.

Question thread #57

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:24 pm[personal profile] pauamma posting in [site community profile] dw_dev
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It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.

Of Course

Oct. 15th, 2017 05:00 am[syndicated profile] viridian5_feed
Posting from my phone.

My laptop turned itself off and will not get through Windows start-up in the three times I tried since. Of course this happens on the first day of Weiss vs Saiyuki Battle while I'm coding some of my submissions. I'm giving the laptop a rest for a while before trying again and hoping this isn't the death of my laptop, with some things I didn't save to a Zip drive yet because I was in the middle of working on them. (I'm still using my Windows XP machine due to money issues.) Of course this would happen on the first day of Battle. I've been dying for two weeks to post my stuff and now I can't.

Of course this is also happening at a time when I'm in major increased pain and neurological flare (weird sensations, numbness, some feelings of weakness). I'm really worried and really, really depressed, and I'm getting an MRI of my brain and brain stem to see if the back of my brain is slumping on my spine again and an MRA done of my carotid artery tonight.


Update 1:22 am: I tried starting the computer in Safe Mode but the process got a blue screen and turned off my laptop. It won't go all the way through Windows start-up in normal mode or "last okay configuration" mode either. Not good at all.

Update 4:30 pm: My computer will not start up.

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Of Course

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:46 am[personal profile] viridian5
viridian5: (Aya (Gone))
Posting from my phone.

My laptop turned itself off and will not get through Windows start-up in the three times I tried since. Of course this happens on the first day of Weiss vs Saiyuki Battle while I'm coding some of my submissions. I'm giving the laptop a rest for a while before trying again and hoping this isn't the death of my laptop, with some things I didn't save to a Zip drive yet because I was in the middle of working on them. (I'm still using my Windows XP machine due to money issues.) Of course this would happen on the first day of Battle. I've been dying for two weeks to post my stuff and now I can't.

Of course this is also happening at a time when I'm in major increased pain and neurological flare (weird sensations, numbness, some feelings of weakness). I'm really worried and really, really depressed, and I'm getting an MRI of my brain and brain stem to see if the back of my brain is slumping on my spine again and an MRA done of my carotid artery tonight.


Update 1:22 am: I tried starting the computer in Safe Mode but the process got a blue screen and turned off my laptop. It won't go all the way through Windows start-up in normal mode or "last okay configuration" mode either. Not good at all.

Update 4:30 pm: My computer will not start up.
linaewen: Girl Writing (Girl Writing)
Since it's Friday, I thought I'd check in and see how everyone is doing.  Hope y'all are having a better writing week than I am!  Even though it's Friday the 13th, I'm hoping for some good luck today instead of bad, so I can spend some significant time writing!

Looking back at the week, how did it go?
  •     I thought about my fic once or twice
  •     I wrote
  •     I did some planning and/or research
  •     I edited
  •     I've sent my fic off to my beta
  •     I posted today!
  •     I'm taking a break
  •     I did something else that I'll talk about in a comment
Looking forward, how are you planning to spend your weekend?
  •     I'm going to make up for not writing all week by having a writing marathon
  •     I'm going to keep writing at my current rate and see how it goes
  •     I have other plans, but I might have time to get some writing in
  •     I'm going to take a break from writing
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth smiling (Default)
Reading
Still reading Whispers Under Ground. Enjoying it, but not racing through it (obviously).

Kdramas
Two episodes into Chicago Typewriter. I'm intrigued but not yet fully hooked.

Mystery Queen seems good. I'm enjoying it so far.

J and I started My Girl (2005) last week. I like it, but the script and production values are very dated, and J is less convinced. We're hoping it's not just going to be repetitive love triangle shenanigans, and they're going to do something more interesting with the characters. *fingers crossed*

Chief Kim is still on hold.

Other TV
We're up to s7 of Parks & Recreation, but last night we just watched Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Mayor (may turn out to be a bit too mainstream for our tastes, in terms of comedy), and the first two episodes of Rosehaven, an Australian sitcom with Celia Pacquola.

Get/together
I really enjoyed get/together (local mini fan con) this year. In some ways, there not being a mega-fandom consuming the majority of attendees worked in my favour, because I've never successfully been part of that, so having everyone be in smaller fandoms evens things out a bit. I showed a clip reel of Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, focusing on the slash side of my OT-V, and I think it went over pretty well, and I contributed a couple of rounds to the quiz. And ate too many (delicious, Knope-inspired) waffles. Good times.

I'm already planning another Kdrama clip reel for next year.

Podcasts
This afternoon I listened to an episode of Stay Tuned with Preet, and it was excellent. I'm not sure I'll listen to more, because there's only so much US politics I can take (I really should be paying more attention to NZ politics!), but it's always good to hear smart good people's take on things.

API wishlist?

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:29 pm[personal profile] momijizukamori posting in [site community profile] dw_dev
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So my workplace gives us a chance twice a year to work on anything we want for a few days, work-related or otherwise, and I thought I'd use some of my time to actually get the new API into a state where we can make it live. With that in mind! What endpoints would you like to see implemented? We're making this Swagger/OpenAPI-compliant, so everything takes JSON as arguments and return JSON formatted data. Stuff already on the list to do or partially done:

/api/v1/users/{username} - GET, shows info about the user (specific info TBD; subset of profile, probably?)
/api/v1/users/{username}/icons - GET, lists icons
/api/v1/users/{username}/icons/{iconid} - GET, returns icon data
/api/v1/users/{username}/journals - GET, returns list of journals with write access.
-- for now, returns only user's primary journal
/api/v1/journals/{username}/accesslists - GET, list of access lists for journal
/api/v1/journals/{username}/tags - GET, list of tags for journal
/api/v1/journals/{username}/xpostaccounts - GET list of xpost accounts
/api/v1/moods - GET list of moods
/api/v1/commentsettings - GET list of allowed comment settings
/api/v1/journals/{username}/entries - POST new entry, GET list of recent entries
/api/v1/journals/{username}/entries/{id} - POST edit entry, GET specific entry
/api/v1/journals/{username}/files - POST new file
/api/v1/spec - GET, returns a description of the API

(Mark and D, as usual, get the final say - some stuff people want may end up being security/privacy risks in non-obvious ways)
The latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead, "El Matadero," just further fanned the flames of the Nick/Troy I've been seeing this season. Troy saying Nick stayed because "You love me. We have so much in common..." Nick being a terrible influence on his terrible (boy)friend, getting Troy drunk and high, and the two of them wandering around in a haze together, Troy following Nick's lead at all times though he does try to be the voice of reason more than once. (When Troy is your voice of reason, things are bad.) That tight, comforting hug amidst the zombie stream, with Troy even cradling Nick's head a bit. Topped off with Nick walking funny the next day as he and Troy tell Madison they're not going with her.

And then I found out on Talking Dead that Mercedes Masohn, the actress who plays Ofelia, ships them hard. So hard. And "Trick" was discussed pretty openly by Chris Hardwick as well. I'm so amused. And wondering if Fear the Walking Dead will actually go there since these days things are possible.

I watched them with a friend. Here are what I thought were our most amusing observations:

Cowsharky: "Madison" ought to be the name for all M hurricanes from now on
Viridian5: Once Madison blows in, almost no one survives.

Cowsharky: ok I want a web series of snarky gate girl
Viridian5: How much shit does she deal with manning that gate? Everybody has an excuse to get in.
Cowsharky: betcha she worked in retail before the apocalypse
Viridian5: Or as a waitress

Viridian5: hahahahahahahaha
Cowsharky: speaking of boyfriends
Viridian5: Uh-huh
Viridian5: Troy: "We have so much in common. Wanna bone at our next stop?"


Viridian5: Hope there's not a child in [that ball pit].
Viridian5: Alicia, you're not doing well

Viridian5: For once Nick isn't the child making Mom cry.
Viridian5: Troy's out there freaking out the Mexicans.
Viridian5: Nooooooooo, Nick
Viridian5: Dooooon't
Cowsharky: Madison: I love all my children equally...Nick, Troy, and (looks at smudged name on hand), Anita
Viridian5: hahahahahahaha
Viridian5: My second husband's kid... what was his name again?

Cowsharky: still, fucking Troy was trying to be the voice of reason there
Cowsharky: oy
Viridian5: When Troy is your voice of reason, it's all gone to shit.

Viridian5: Did Madison spike Ofelia's head?
Viridian5: Didn't Madison give him the option of coming along to see Ofelia at the ranch?
Viridian5: Oh good. She let him mercykill his own daughter. Geez, Madison.

Viridian5: Nick, you're being a terrible influence on your terrible boyfriend.
Viridian5: What are you paying for this with?
Viridian5: wtf
Viridian5: WTF. Brain stem?
Viridian5: The first taste is free!
Viridian5: Nick is too smashed to appreciate Troy taking on the unfamiliar role of voice of reason.
Viridian5: Nick, you're being a terrible influence on your terrible boyfriend!
Viridian5: We're going walking with the dead. While high, because why not?
Viridian5: Nick, you're gonna make Troy worse!
Viridian5: awwwwwww, hug!
Viridian5: This is romance in the zompoc
Cowsharky: Troy even did that head cradle in that hug
Viridian5: It's love

Viridian5: new girl Diana: "We're going mining!"
Cowsharky: wanna time how long it takes until the first Alicia/Pickaxe Girl fic?
Viridian5: I dunno. I'm still waiting on a decent Nick/Troy fic

Viridian5: What is with that walk, Nick?
Cowsharky: it's the morning after sex walk
Viridian5: That's what I was thinking.

for Talking Dead
Viridian5: Pasta keeps fairly well
Viridian5: On eating pork and beans in the zompoc. Infected: "The gas from this thing smells like it's dead, so let's not bite it."
Cowsharky: you can get pork and beans and spam in the apoc. esp spam
Viridian5: Canned things would be good for a few years. Afterward, people will be desperate enough to try eating them anyway.

Viridian5: Troy: "My boyfriend is taking me places!"
Viridian5: boooooyfriends
Viridian5: Ruben, they're boyfriends
Viridian5: hashtag "Trick". So much better than Noy.
Viridian5: Mercedes: "That's hot!"
Cowsharky: the infected are shippers too, that's why they didn't bother Trick
Viridian5: Mercedes Masohn, one of us! One of us!
Cowsharky: so gonna miss her on Talking cuz she's so fun
Cowsharky: I wonder if the show might have Trick cuz everyone's being so open about shipping them.
Viridian5: These days it could go either way.
Viridian5: *snerk* Troy is already kind of Madison's son.
Cowsharky: k, Mercedes is shipping Trick harder than everyone else combined
Viridian5: She ships it *hard*

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Jordan Peele and Tilda Swinton in a commercial together? How much money does Lyft have?

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The latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead, "El Matadero," just further fanned the flames of the Nick/Troy I've been seeing this season. spoilers )

And then I found out on Talking Dead that surprise Talking Dead guest ) ships them hard. So hard. And "Trick" was discussed pretty openly by Chris Hardwick as well. I'm so amused. And wondering if Fear the Walking Dead will actually go there since these days things are possible.

I watched them with a friend. Here are what I thought were our most amusing observations:

spoilers )

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Jordan Peele and Tilda Swinton in a commercial together? How much money does Lyft have?
linaewen: Girl Writing (Girl Writing)
Hello on Saturday!  What kind of a writing day has it been today -- or yesterday, if today hasn't gotten going yet?
  •     I thought about my fic once or twice
  •     I wrote
  •     I did some planning and/or research
  •     I edited
  •     I've sent my fic off to my beta
  •     I posted today!
  •     I'm taking a break
  •     I did something else that I'll talk about in a comment
Saturday Discussion - Today is a good day for talking about general writing topics or posting snippets of what you are currently working on.  Feel free to share whatever is on your mind with your writing today!
My local library had a copy of David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars CD in sight so I picked it up. I didn't quite expect how honky-tonk rock'n'roll it sometimes sounds but enjoyed much of it, especially if I kept the context of it coming out in 1972 in mind since I can sometimes hear the Beatles or psychedelic stuff in it. I'll say that it makes me understand the musical styling in The Rocky Horror Picture Show better.

But in the latest edition of I Like the Lyrics I Heard Better, I do wish that line in "Hang On to Yourself" really was "Y'all, don't go messin' with the spiders from Mars" instead of "You're the blessed, we're the spiders from Mars." I mean, it's seriously good advice. Y'all.

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My local library had a copy of David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars CD in sight so I picked it up. I didn't quite expect how honky-tonk rock'n'roll it sometimes sounds but enjoyed much of it, especially if I kept the context of it coming out in 1972 in mind since I can sometimes hear the Beatles or psychedelic stuff in it. I'll say that it makes me understand the musical styling in The Rocky Horror Picture Show better.

But in the latest edition of I Like the Lyrics I Heard Better, I do wish that line in "Hang On to Yourself" really was "Y'all, don't go messin' with the spiders from Mars" instead of "You're the blessed, we're the spiders from Mars." I mean, it's seriously good advice. Y'all.

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