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Do any of you have an Air B&B account? Willing to confirm that I'm not a serial killer or likely to redecorate someone's place while staying there?

Oh man

Aug. 27th, 2014 02:44 pm
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So wifi on the airplane will cost us all of $20 for the flight. SO I CAN POST TO TEH INTERNETS FROM 30,000 FEET IN THE AIR.
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Specifically, I am again looking for The Perfect Bag(s). As we are traveling to Japan, and keeping it light, I'm taking one suitcase and one carry-on on the plane. I also have need of a daypack of some sort, unless I can manage to get a carry-on small enough that will work as both (hah!). Ideally, with a daypack, I could shove it into the carry-on or suitcase for the flight over and just use it when walking around.

I don't need suggestions on the suitcase, but the carry-on and theoretical daypack have me trying to figure out what I want and what I can get.

Carry-on: Should have two padded shoulder straps. I have back problems already, and carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder leads to ouchiness. Needs to fit under an airplane seat: W22" × H16" × D10" Ideally it would also have that panel on the back that allows you to fit it down over the handle of a rolly suitcase if you don't want to wear it. Multiple compartments would be nice: my current one has one big compartment and I dislike it. Will be holding camera, lens, GoPro, steadicam mount, a small bag of toiletries currently allowed on planes, change of underwear in case of baggage getting lost, Kindle, iPad, migraine meds, and a couple of trashy magazines because I always buy trashy magazines in airports.

Daypack: Preferably two padded shoulder straps (see back problems note above). Ideally it would fake (after the straps were tucked in or taken off) looking like a much nicer bag. It will carry one (1) DSLR camera body attached to THIS LENS*, and various small accessories, one (1) GoPro and various accessories including a handheld steadicam mount**, one (1) wallet and one (1) passport. I reallllllllllly don't want it to look like a backpack. I can't tell you why; I just don't like carrying backpacks around. And, really, it won't be carrying ALL of that all the time: I probably won't carry my big camera with me on some of our trips around the city, and just rely on my phone camera or the GoPro for snapshots.

* by hook or by crook I will have that lens before we leave as it replaces the TWO I have to carry around now for close up and zoom shots and switching lenses quickly is a bitch.

** which I will never actually use but if I don't bring it I'll wish I had. I'm not sure if it's this one or not--we didn't pay that price--but it's right about that size.

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Fake sushi!

Tortillas spread with cream cheese to glue them together after rolling, with ham, shredded carrots, slivered green onion, and baby spinach. Verdict: Good but bland: next time I'll put some dijon mustard in there to give it a kick.

Not pictured: the leftover mac n cheese that accompanied it. :)


Aug. 25th, 2014 09:11 am
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So you know that thing that cats do? The one where you're sitting on a couch or something and they come sit on the cushion behind you, and then they flop their tail and their tail hits you in the head, and they don't like it so they start flopping their tail even harder so they end up thrashing you in the head and you're all WTF CAT I WAS HERE FIRST and HEY DON'T BLAME ME FOR MY HEAD BEING IN THE WAY and YOU BROUGHT THIS ON YOURSELF and the only response they have is to thrash their tail even harder?

Well, cats do it to each other, too. )


Aug. 23rd, 2014 09:31 pm
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Now, how did they pronounce it? MAIN-ga, of course! :/

Sent from my Apple ][+
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This was supposed to be uploaded before the reveal as a treat but I didn't get it done until just now.

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Parallels creators are revealed, so I can now come out and say that I painted Hiromasa Gets It? for [personal profile] lady_ganesh. Were any of you who saw it really surprised? :D Anyway, head on over and take a look if you'd like. Note that there are "chapters" to it: I stuck details in the chapters so they wouldn't clutter up the main page. :)

Aw, hell, here's the picture. BUt you'll have to go to that site for the details.

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And I can now publicly thank opalmatrix for my Blade of the Immortal fic (I finally got a BoI fic! And a GREAT one! Eeeeee!!). I wondered if you were the author, but I wasn't sure, since I don't read widely in fic-dom and so am not familiar with much of it. :D

The author of the excellent little gem in the Di Renjie/Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame fandom that I received is misura. I was hoping I'd be familiar with this author's fandoms so that I could get some reading in after reveals and...oh, look, they've got 26 works in the Dragaera series., like everything else, too. :)
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from Reddit: You're probably having a better day than this guy.

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The library is under construction and deconstruction right now, and there are LOUD JACKHAMMERS and other machinery happening near my office, enough so that I spent part of the afternoon in earplugs.

And as I was leaving for the day, I discovered that the vibrations are LITERALLY shaking the books off the shelves!

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