FedEx: A Dramatic Tale

Jul. 25th, 2017 06:38 pm
settiai: (Blue Beetle/Booster Gold -- dreadable)
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As I've mentioned in the past, I tend to have trouble whenever I pay FedEx extra for an evening delivery (between 5-8pm). Unfortunately, if I order anything that needs a signature, that's my only option as I'm not home to sign for packages earlier than 5pm. So requesting evening delivery is the only way for me to actually get what I order, since they won't deliver after 5pm unless you pay extra.

Cut to the last week of June. I ordered two packages that were scheduled to be delivered on Thursday, and I paid for evening delivery. As has happened several times in the past, the packages never showed up as being on the truck to be delivered. So around 7pm or so I called customer service and started a paper trail, as well as started livetweeting the whole story on Twitter.

FedEx managed to get in touch with the local facility, who told them the package was out for delivery. The driver just hadn't scanned it when he left. ("Uh-huh," I told the poor customer service rep with more than a little skepticism.) This gets a bit long, but it's honestly a rather amusing story. In retrospect, at least. It wasn't so amusing at the time. )

... and that's why I will never again order from any company that only offers FedEx as a shipping option.

A fannish update...

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:15 pm
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Now that I've talked about real life a bit, I guess it's time for a bit of a fandom-related update. I'm not watching a lot of television lately, and the handful of shows that I am watching tend to be webseries rather than more traditional series. We'll see if that changes in the coming months?

I finally was able to start playing Mass Effect: Andromeda and have fallen back in love with the whole ME universe. I know a lot of people didn't like ME:A, but I really loved it. It's not my favorite game (that's still ME2), but I do think it might have moved to the #2 spot on my list. Could it have been better? Sure. But that doesn't mean I don't love it (and the characters) any less.

On a somewhat related note, I still love Dragon Age. I haven't been playing it as much lately, since ME has been taking up so much of my time, but I've gone back to working on fic. Which is a good thing, because DA is one of those rare fandoms that makes me want to write longfic. Even though I kind of suck at writing longfic and take forever to finish stories that are more than 5000 words.

I've also continued with my Critical Role obsession, to the surprise of nobody. The current storyline is slowly drawing to a close, and I'm expecting Vox Machina's tale to come to a close by the end of the year. Which makes me sad, since I love the characters. But on the other hand, a new story! With new characters! My chances of convincing people to start watching will greatly increase when they don't have 400+ hours to watch in order to get caught up.

Speaking of which, Dungeons & Dragons continues to eat a lot of my free time. I have two weekly games that I play in online via Roll20, one on Friday nights and one on Sunday nights. Then I have another Roll20 game on Saturday nights where I'm the DM. And then, because I have no sense of self-preservation, every other Sunday afternoon I walk over to the gaming store near my apartment to play in another campaign.

So, basically, every other week? I play four D&D games in a little over 48 hours. And even when I'm not cramming four games in, I'm still playing three. Which isn't much better.

Oops?

Um, let's see. What other fannish things should I talk about?

Geek and Sundry and Alpha are behind most of the webseries that I'm watching nowadays. There's Critical Role, of course, which I've already mentioned. Then there's Eric's TBD RPG, an awesome Doctor Who RPG that just recently came to an end and was replaced with Shield of Tomorrow, a Star Trek RPG. Oh, and Sagas of Sundry which is just... gods, it's hard to describe. It's creepy and amazing and I highly recommend it.

I'm not watching Vast yet (another one of their RPGs), but I've heard good things about it. It's definitely on my list, whenever I have free time again. (I also watch The Wednesday Club, but it's a bunch of geeks sitting around and talking about comics for two hours each week rather someone I'm particularly fannish about. It's a lot of fun if you like comics, though.)

Based on the recent Doctor Who casting news, I'm cautiously optimistic that I might be able to start watching regularly again. I managed to watch some of the episodes from this most recent series but not all of them. Still, the ones that I was able to watch reminded me just how much I miss this show. I really hope that, once Moffat is gone, it will feel more like Doctor Who to me again.

The upcoming fourth and final season of Star Wars: Rebels has me both excited and terrified. I want to see what happens, but at the same time... well, it's Star Wars. I know going in that there was a good chance a lot of the characters wouldn't actually live through the show. The question is this: who and how?

I really need to start thinking about Yuletide and what fandoms I want to nominate this year, since it's coming up fast. This might be the first time in years that I haven't even started thinking about it yet, though. That will deserve its own post in a few weeks, when I try to start brainstorming.

A long overdue RL update...

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:42 pm
settiai: (Cass -- shoemoney2night)
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So, yes, I'm still alive. Life in general has been busy lately, and the little bit of spare time I've had has been taken up by D&D and Mass Effect: Andromeda. Oops?

Work has been ridiculous lately. It's not really something that I can talk about in detail, but there's definitely quite a bit of tension between the higher ups and, well, a large percentage of the employees who aren't being paid six figures annually. Let's just say that the amount of work expected of most employees has gone up while salaries haven't (except for the higher ups, who magically were able to get raises when people making significantly less than them weren't), and I'm very worried the directors are going to find out first-hand just how screwed they are if a large number of people all turn in their notice and walk.

Mainly because I'm not in a position where I can afford to do that, no matter how much I might want to sometimes. Which means I'll also be somewhat screwed if anyone turns in their notice.

Add in the aforementioned extra work and the fact that several people have been out for health-related reasons, meaning our workload is even heavier, and... well, needless to say, it's not been fun.

Let's see... I should probably talk about the cats, huh?

Garrus and Percy are getting along surprisingly well. The first few weeks were a bit rocky, but once they got used to each other (and realized just how similar they are), things became a lot smoother. They're at the point where they're regularly grooming each other and sleeping just a few inches apart, which is a lot better than I was hoping for after less than two months.

I still miss Tali a lot, obviously, but the fact that Garrus and Percy are getting along so well is definitely helping. Percy is a doll, and I'm already at the point where I can't imagine him not being here. I just, you know, sometimes wish that I could have had all three of them, even though the realistic side of my brain knows that I never would have met him if I hadn't lost her.

VividCon is next week, which... I have complicated feelings about. Brain weasels! Aren't they fun? )

Anyway, I'm hoping that my brain weasels will go away once I'm actually in Chicago. At the moment, though, I'm not nearly as excited about the con being next week as I usually am by this point. Which makes me sad. Hopefully that will change somewhat over the next week-and-a-half?

... oh, I just realized that I never posted about my week of hell with FedEx here on Dreamwidth. I should rectify that. I want to make a separate fandom-related post first, and then I'll post the whole terrifying tale.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 07:52 am
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
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Well, I did not manage to do anything useful yesterday, or at least not before Eor got home. Okay, two loads of laundry were in process when he arrived, and I was just finishing loading the dishwasher, but that's not much for having been home at least four hours before he was. Today I want to be better. The grass is still wet, but needs to be mowed. The garden needs weeding. When it gets too hot there's a chair in the barn that my aunt started painting while she was here; she only got halfway through the primer coat, so I can keep on with that. Or I can do more dishes, because I dirtied more than I washed, yesterday.

And then there's the guy who lives in my mother's house I should call and talk with. He needs to find someone to co-sign on a loan so he can buy the house, and I suspect I'm going to have to start calling him and telling him that repeatedly. We've offered him a really good deal on it - one third less than it's assessed at for tax purposes. Honestly, this is because we know he can't afford much and we are not interested in anything besides getting rid of the place and recouping what it took in lawyer's fees to get the property line straightened out. But if anyone asks we may say that the low price is in light of the fact that he took good care of the place for my mother. (Living in it completely free - she was even still paying the taxes.)

So, yeah... while it's still cool I should not be reading my Thursday Next book. But I have been, of course. They're facing an outbreak of the mispeling vyrus at the moment. Actually, I'm sure I saw that on the loose yesterday, at work. I had an email from a customer support person telling me that this one report query requires 'enchantment.' In the context of the sentence I read it as he intended it, as 'enhancement', initially, and it was only as I was responding that I noticed that was not what he actually had written. :)

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Jul. 21st, 2017 06:27 am
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
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I was just looking at the inside of my kettle, and thinking that I don't know if I've ever had scale on the inside of my kettle before, when I realized that the scale has two distinct layers, a darker and a lighter. So it seems likely that it had scale from some previous place we lived and that the layer on top developed in the last four years. I guess I just never noticed or cared before.

I tried lemon juice last night, and I guess I'll do another round today. I think it took some of it off.

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Jul. 21st, 2017 05:56 am
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
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Something I just noticed about DreamWidth and LiveJournal - when I first moved to DW I felt as though the default 100% size text was about the same, but now when I look at LJ I have to increase the text to 140% in order for it to look about the same. Are the folks who run LJ trying to make me feel old in order to make me move on to some other platform? :)

New Stargate

Jul. 20th, 2017 10:19 pm
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I'm not sure that I really have the words for this.

There's going to be more Stargate. A 10-episode digital series. That's exciting news enough, but...

It's going to be about Catherine Langford's early years.

It's going to be FEMALE-LEAD STARGATE.

Look at that beautiful thumbnail of A WOMAN in front of the Stargate:


FEMALE-LEAD. STARGATE. CATHERINE. LANGFORD.

AND THAT MEANS IT WILL ALSO BE A PERIOD PIECE.

I AM LIVING!!!

ETA: Continuing to add icing to this delicious cake: the director is a woman.

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Jul. 20th, 2017 03:10 pm
derien: It's a cup of tea and a white mouse.  The mouse is offering to buy Arthur's brain and replace it with a simple computer. (Default)
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It is so ridiculously hot. And I have the kettle on, because I need tea so badly.

ETA:
Work sent me to a training in the next state, lodgings got messed up, I ended up doing things for work for too many hours in the last two days, and then I was told that because I was IN class and traveling for being in class (not TEACHING the class) I would get comp time instead of overtime pay. Which I think it complete and utter bullshit, because my pay grade is part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The problem with accepting Comp time is that it becomes time off that has to be used, and getting time off when you want it is almost impossible. So I was basically offered the option of go home early today or try to figure out when I would be allowed to use more time off when I can't even use my vacation time. I was so tired that I chose going home early today, and just took a nap.

Now I'm trying to revive myself with tea to see if I can get anything useful done.

Coppermine Gallery?

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:21 pm
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Does anyone use Coppermine to keep their photos in a gallery? I purchased webspace as a Photobucket replacement, and I'm not looking for some type of gallery software/interface to upload and display the pics so they'll have linkable access. Will animated gifs work with Coppermine?

I'm looking for something that's easily accessible, free and very easy for a non-programmer like myself to use.

Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Two Things About SG-1 Season 10

Jul. 15th, 2017 12:37 pm
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I am finally up to Season 10 in my rewatch and I have two things to say:

1. Did I possibly never watch my Season 10 DVDs? Because this menu doesn't look familiar. Season 10 is the only one that I have digitally so I have watched it A TON but that also means it's possible I never watched the DVDs. HUH.

2. Am I the only one who's bothered that Teal'c notices there's no birds in "Morpheus" and Sam asks him to confirm when the conversation was the other way around in "The First Commandment"?

"The First Commandment"
TEAL'C: Is there a problem, Doctor Carter?
CARTER: No birds.*

"Morpheus"
DANIEL: What is it?
TEAL'C: Birds.
CARTER: What birds?
TEAL'C: My point exactly. I first noticed in the village and now here in the forest as well—an unusual stillness. There are no birds, or any other animal life for that matter.*

While I can come up with some in-world explanations for this, I'm bothered that Amanda Tapping's reaction in "Morpheus" seems to indicate that she hadn't noticed the lack of birds. I feel like even with the added responsibility of being co-command of SG-1 she still would have noticed the birds. (And yes, I realize this is a potential continuity error 9 years apart.)

*Transcripts snagged from SG-1 Solutions

3. Actually, I have a third thing to say: It still surprises me every time Daniel is arguing in favor of putting Vala on SG-1 that he likens her situation to Teal'c and not himself. Yes, Teal'c and Vala have things in common being aliens and potentially having conflicts of loyalty, but Daniel had to argue for his place on SG-1, too. Moreover he was arguing to look for his wife, and Vala is—kind of, if not explicitly—searching for her husband and child. You'd think Daniel would see that connection. (Of course he could be willfully trying to not identify with her.)

Anyway, I still love SG-1. From the start to the finish.

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