Agents of SHIELD Tonight

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I have been struggling to post, or do anything, lately, so I am struggling up from the depths here to post these spoilery thoughts about tonights ep of Agents of SHIELDCollapse ).

January Meme: Renovations!

mighty hunter
From [personal profile] justhuman: I loved the photolog of the kitchen reno - what's the next house project you want to do (whether it's financially feasible or not)?

So, RENOVATIONS.Collapse )

Full list of questions can be found here! Ask me something!

January Meme: New Year's Resolutions

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[personal profile] terrio asked: "What are your feelings about New Year's Resolutions? Pro? con? indifferent? baffled? What's the best/worst/silliest you ever heard of?"

I personally haven't had a lot of luck with New Year's Resolutions. There was exactly one year I was wildly successful with my resolutions. I Lost a lot of weight. Got crazy fit with tons of exercise. Felt GREAT. As it turns out, its easy to do this when your job ends and you have nothing else to do but exercise all damn day, and most of this is now all undone because WORK. For the most part, I find the date too arbitrary, and too annoying when you cycle back around and find the thing you resolved to do is still undone.

Some resolutions, I like. Smaller ones. These are like lists for me, and I have to check things off lists, because my brain likes the sense of accomplishment (Yes, it's OCD, I don't care), so they actually get done. But they need to be in smaller bites than "DO THIS WORLD CHANGING MASSIVE THING." Some days, the list has to be "shower, and get to the bus on time. Also don't forget to feed the cats." Because the thing is, New Year's comes at a time of year when the weather is awful and every day when you come home you probably manage to track half a parks worth of snow and grime into the house with you, and the sunlight exists only in a brief tiny window you might see if you go out for lunch, and the end of this nonsense is months away. This is an unreasonable time of year to resolve to do anything other survive the icepack without having to eat your roommate when it is just too much trouble to dig out a car one more damn time so you can go to the grocery snore.


Full list of Questions here, lots of spots left, ask me something!

This Christmas, I am grateful...

mighty hunter
...as I am, with every major holiday that requires the preparation of a Large Bird for Eating... for Alton Brown's How to Truss a Turkey video.

Seriously don't know how anyone ever managed turkey bondage before the man came along to save us from ourselves.
mighty hunter
Okay! So, I'm doing the thing! I really couldn't do it in December, which is when it seemed like all the action was, but, gonna give it a shot for January! (Will I succeed though? I DUNNO SEEMS SCARY)

So, um. Ask me questions?

January!

01: [personal profile] terrio: What are your feelings about New Year's Resolutions? Pro? con? indifferent? baffled? What's the best/worst/silliest you ever heard of?

02: [personal profile] justhuman: I loved the photolog of the kitchen reno - what's the next house project you want to do (whether it's financially feasible or not)?

03: [personal profile] misspamela: I've been asking this one to everyone and I love everyone's answers! Best book (or books) you read in 2013?

04: [personal profile] mollyamory: What's your favorite thing about yourself?

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06: [personal profile] arduinna: Grimm! What do you love, and why do you love it?

07: [personal profile] james: If you could download a skill into your brain, what would it be and why?

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10: [personal profile] dorinda: Tell me things about Haven! Thoughts? Hopes, dreams, wishes? Favorite Trouble? Favorite characters? Do you ship it? Would you invite Audrey to your birthday party? Beard on Dwight, y/n? Should they have waxed Nathan's chest?

11: [personal profile] par_avion: What were the vids you loved before you started vidding? Does being a vidder make you think differently about other people's vids / as a vidwatcher?
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13: [personal profile] cesperanza: You and [personal profile] arduinna have always been the most amazing pimps for me: DZ, POI, Fringe. What should I be fannish about that I'm not (since you know me better than I know myself!)

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15: [profile] gwyn_r: Oh noes, you're going to be stranded on a desert isle soon -- quick, what are your 3 desert isle TV episodes, CDs, books, and movies?
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Wired (the Cylon edition?)

mighty hunter
When we updated the kitchen and heating system this summer, we added a second Nest Thermostat upstairs. Then we (okay I) spent too much time playing around with setting up the schedule, and checking on it from a distance via the app, and whatnot.

Earlier this week, the three Nest Protects (smoke detector/carbon monoxide detector combos) I had ordered a couple months ago finally arrived. The carbon monoxide detectors we had in the house all died over the last year, so the arrival of this product was nicely timed for us, since it meant we could rip out the now ridiculously old smoke detectors, and combine them into one device.

So, [personal profile] arduinna came over earlier today to help me with the setup and climbing of ladders and drilling and screwing and whatnot, and we got them up. The result is fascinating.

And slightly creepy.

First, I purchased the black model. This tends to me my first instinct with almost any electronic purchase, but in this one instance, I'm thinking perhaps I should have stuck with the boring normal default white color that most smoke detectors are. We had to relocate them a bit, and as a result, they are a bit more obvious than I intended. We'll see if we get used to it.

Setup had a few hiccups as I figured out how to get everything on the network but overall went pretty smoothly.

Drilling them into my ceiling was harder, and a bit exhausting. Apparently my ceilings are made of cement, or something. We discovered the old detectors were not nailed or screwed in place -- they were velcro'd. Previous owners must have given up trying to nail the bastards in. The ceilings are just that tough. But, we got them up eventually, and dubbed them "Basement, Family Room, and Upstairs."

Next, we tested them. This was totally unnerving. I knew from the setup that it would be a woman's voice. I also knew that the Protects, although wireless, and battery powered (not wired -- this house is *old*) were interconnected wirelessly. We were still not prepared for hitting "test" on one Protect to trigger all three to test simultaneously. The same woman's voice echoing from different parts of the house, 1-2 seconds out of sync, reporting in on smoke and carbon monoxide levels, before reporting that all was well, freaked us out waaaaay more than it did the cats.

The Protects flash green when we turn the light off in a room, to let us know everything is fine, which is all as it should be. They also, however, turn on a nightlight -- only when they detect you moving through a room in the dark. Yeah, they are motion sensing us as we stagger towards the bathroom in the dark hallway. [personal profile] mollyamory has been muttering about me bringing Cylons into the house for over an hour now.

Robot Overload?Collapse )

Still, this satisfies some kind of weird, deep need of mine to be able to check on the house wherever and whenever I am, and be able to see that all is well, with nice green round symbols on my phone's app, and the "OK" text next to each location.

I have a vague hope Nest will come out with some nice security cameras before we finish re-wiring the house (a slow project that is taking years), so that as soon as they do, I can slap cameras on the front and back porch, and maybe set up a cunningly situated cat-cam to watch the lazy bastards sleep all day while I'm at work.

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Scandal WTFery

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How is it, that with both Game of Thrones and Walking Dead in my current fannish lineup, Scandal is by far the most disturbing thing I am watching?

Because, I mean, SERIOUSLY.

We are 38 minutes in and [personal profile] mollyamory is sitting over there going "I just want to watch something nice and sweet, like Revenge."

This. Show. Is. MESSED UP.

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Fell Asleep

mighty hunter
In the MRI tube. While it was banging away.

Possibly I need to start going to bed earlier.

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mighty hunter
Here is a cookie:



See this cookie? They had piles and piles of these cookies (and also chocolate chip and oatmeal) in front of the security gates this morning around 11 at work. They were there as a Thank You, I guess, for putting up with the fire drill they had just put us through. And I am guessing they felt they had to give us make-up cookies for putting us through a second drill so soon after the last one.

But do you know why we had a second drill so soon after the last one? Because we SUCK. Everyone in that building SUCKS at fire drills. They shouldn't be giving them cookies, they should be giving them LASHES. The behavior of our buildings' residents during fire drills makes me want to PUNCH people. Usually in the back of the neck while I am stuck behind them in the stairwell during the fire drill.

Here are the ways we sucked the first time around: People brought their drinks with them, despite the explicit rule to not do so (one dropped drink means how many people sliding on liquid in an emergency?) People chatted on their cell phones. People texted on their way down the stairs. One person decided to go down 14 flights with their crutches (Yes, there are provisions in place for people who need to take the freight elevator in an emergency). Our time in getting everyone out of the building sucked so bad we got a lecture about it from building management.

And here are the ways building management sucks at the fire drill: the people with disabilities are told to wait at the freight elevator to be taken down. But, once they got there, the people assigned to take them told them it is just a drill and sent them back to their desks. So, as far as I can tell, they never actually *tested* how fast they can get everyone who needs assistance out of the building, or how many trips it is going to take. Way 2: If I am spotting building employees every third landing with trash bags to take away drinks from people who brought drinks, then you have given away the fact that this is a drill, and removed any sense of urgency that might have otherwise spurred these layabouts into movement. Way 3: Ditto if there is SOMEONE FILMING THE ENTIRE OPERATION WITH THEIR IPHONE.

It has reached the point where when the little pre-alarm speech goes off saying "if this is really an emergency, leave when the tone goes off" that I don't bother to wait for the tone. I am absolutely sure that if it were a real emergency, my only hope would be to get the hell out before 95% of the rest of the building decides to get to its feet. I just grab my stuff and go.

This time, I made it to the 7th floor before traffic crushed to a stop, and I had to stand behind chatting, meandering nincompoops. And still, apparently, I was better off than the majority of my office, who didn't move as fast as I did. Apparently by the time our fire wardens were ready to leave, the traffic stoppage was all the way back to the 14th floor, and it could take up to 5 minutes to even get a spot in the goddamn stairwell.

If it were me, we wouldn't have helpful employees offering to take drinks. We would have goddamn movie smoke and sparks, and if that didn't work, friggin electric cattle prods.

This makes me unreasonably angry, I know, but I lived through my apartment building catching fire in a non-minor way when I was growing up (my parents were convinced it was some kind of insurance scam by the end, as the building connected to ours burnt to the ground all three times) and I am just not okay with this kind of lackadaisical bullshit. I am not going to burn because you had to play Popcap during an evacuation.

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