x_los: (LJ <3)
Originally posted by twissie. Reposted by x_los at 2012-10-26 13:54:00.

So, after nearly a decade at this site, LJ finally does something that makes me actually rage. No popcorn and laughing as the masses storm to news posts complaining, this time I'm actually worried.

A while back I was invited to help out with BETA testing new LJ services (I got this invite via [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases).

They have just announced BETA testing of a new friendslist.

LJ is planning on redoing everyone's friendslists in the style of the new comment page and update page. They want to copy tumblr and make your friendslist into a dashboard-like system page (infinite scrolling and all). It's also been renamed to "feed" (this I don't mind too much, though). In fact the whole dashboard idea with infinite scrolling wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for the fact that everyone will be locked to one specific layout. The system style comment pages are bad enough, but now I'll have to strain my eyes reading my flist? That defeats the purpose of this entire site. The font, use of whitespace, oversized boxes and UI elements ... all contribute to making the page difficult to read, on a site where all you do is read. Aaaah. Even just the possibility of adjusting the font (style and size) would make this suggestion easier to swallow, but it's still not something I'd want for my journal. It would not improve my LJ experience in any way (in fact it would most likely make my daily LJ activities more time consuming).

Now, I wasn't able to make the BETA page display my own friendslist, so I apologise to the random users who are featured in the screenshot, but to give everyone an idea, the below image shows you what your friendslist probably will look like in a couple of months.

(Click for big)

I never switched over from Dystopia, so that adds to the weirdness. You're going to have to picture this with the standard LiveJournal drop down navigation + no blue sidebar to the left. Click the screenshots for bigger versions.

Top of page with links to journal, archive, profile

Example of text heavy post as displayed on friendslist

New buttons to the right replace the navigation strip. One tab for filters

One tab for Archive/Calendar, you can filter your feed to display posts from one specific date. These buttons follow along as you scroll down the page (infinite scrolling).

All friendslists will look the same.

Snippet from the locked post at [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases:
The friends page has been redesigned as a system page for all users, and is now available for Beta testers. There is a link at the top of your friends page allowing you to switch between the new and old versions, and will later go into public beta testing. You can switch back and forth between both versions throughout beta testing.

PUBLIC POST AT [livejournal.com profile] lj_releases ABOUT THE NEW FRIENDSLIST: http://lj-releases.livejournal.com/79480.html.

You can also see the proposed changes for yourself by enabling the BETA on your own journal (instructions from [livejournal.com profile] ruljautonews):
It's trivially easy to test beta features.
1) Go to [livejournal.com profile] lj_ru_beta and request to join.
2) Wait to get confirmation that you've been accepted into the community (this could take a few hours.)
3) Go to this page and choose Go To under Beta.
4) That's it, you're now testing the beta release. All site-scheme pages should now display a big "BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA BETA" in yellow letters across the top.
5) You could make comments in the [livejournal.com profile] lj_ru_beta post, but if you do please keep this in mind: the majority of commenters there don't speak English and if they do it's not their primary language. Machine translation of Russian is lousy. "My hovercraft is full of eels" lousy. While you can engage in basic dialogue and get a feel for what the other person is saying, don't get too hung up on anyone's phrasing.

You can easily switch back to the old version.

Make sure you let LJ know what you think of these proposed changes, I can't be the only one who thinks this is a horrible idea.

ETA: It's nice to see that I'm not the only one worried about the proposed changes, but please direct your feedback through the proper channels. This is a private journal, I have no affiliation with LJ. Please also be respectful when addressing the LJ staff. They are just doing their jobs. Thanks!

ETA2: Russian news post about the BETA test: http://lj-ru-beta.livejournal.com/7013.html

ETA3: Added more screenshots.

ETA4: Additional info at [livejournal.com profile] ruljautonews: http://ruljautonews.livejournal.com/27964.html

ETA5: An update on the new site scheme.

ETA6: Public beta has now been announced. Official announcement.

ETA7 (really?): RUSSIAN NEWS POSTS CONFIRM PAGINATION AND ABILITY TO CUSTOMIZE FONT AND BACKGROUND IN THE FUTURE, [livejournal.com profile] ruljautonews HAS MORE: http://ruljautonews.livejournal.com/28207.html

x_los: (Xena Could Be More Sconic)
""Whym Chow: Flame of Love"

... Katherine Harris Bradley (1846-1914) and Edith Emma Cooper
(1862-1913) who wrote collectively under the pseudonum of Michael
Field, from Rene Titaire the book passed to Francis J. Colline and
thence to the present owner. 'Whym Chow' was a celebration of their
much-loved dog, who died in 1906. Apart from each other Whym Chow was
their closest companion and such was the depth of their feeling for
him that after his death they underwent a religious crisis which led
to their conversion to Roman Catholicism."

Definitely my favorite story about a niece/aunt lesbian couple converting to Catholicism for their dead dog of the day. Maybe even the week!

Also, here is a quickie knitting pic spam of projects I've recently finished/am working on: )
x_los: (Alice)

More info on this gem here



Is it me, or is this a High-Fashion Four Scarf?

Links! )
x_los: (Russian Church)
Tracking what I read is a strange compulsion. On one hand it's a record of accomplishment, a diary, and a resource. I hope to talk to people about things we've both read, because reading is a lonely business, and thinking is only half-done when it's trapped, unarticulated in the reader. Comments sections are something, but they're not the same as sharing a few words or a full dialogue on the subject with people you know well, or hope to come to know well. On the other hand, keeping this sort of record is at best a list of the detritus involved in producing concrete work, and at worst a testament to the amount of pure faffing about I do over the course of a couple weeks.

It does bug me, though, when there's no record--for myself, or for anyone--of what I'm up to. Possibly that's a compulsion born of blogging from an early age. I don't think of it as a narcissistic 'me generation!!' trend-article-spawning psychological issue, though, just--a habit. The diarists of history probably got nervous if they didn't scrawl a few sentences about burying cheese in their commonplace books, well before facebook apparently altered our global subjectivity 4eva. In re: that, this Tolstoy quote's a bit smug, but also a bit true: "People of limited intelligence are fond of talking about "these days," imagining that they have discovered and appraised the peculiarities of "these days" and that human nature changes with the times."

I don't even think this sort of literary accountability is a particularly poor tick to pick up. It has the aforementioned benefits, and it introduces a sort of self-disciplined ordering to one's thoughts and plans, without which days would seem to spin out, messy and forever until they're not. Which of course they do anyway, but in order to get anything done with them, one has to develop a habit of Plot.

So why do you keep this sort of blog/journal? Or why did you, if lj death's driven you off? Fandom participation exclusively, and/or meeting people, and/or forming and presenting yourself via articulation?

I think all of that was why I started blogging (on another site), as a young teenager fresh out of forums, and now my reasons are both simpler (less of the youthful identity politics) and more complicated (what is it to write for myself when so much of my time is spent Forming Opinions and Writing Them professionally, either academically or for other forms of publication? And when I want to also write fiction professionally, but haven't written anything for circulation, or even completed a piece privately, for a while now?). Fandom!death (both LJ and Moffat related, in my corner of the world) has changed things--I no longer feel the same sense of community with a lively interactive group of friends, and it actually really depressed me for a while, more than I might have thought it would. I still enjoy reading friends' entries--sometimes particularly funny/informative/inspiring, sometimes quotidian. I feel warmth towards the writers, and to some degree as though I know them, even if we've spoken outside of lj only spottily for a couple years now.

I don't really have a neat conclusion here. Enjoy, or don't, a crapton of articles, I guess? There are semi-useful section headers this time!

x_los: (Alice)

This mug, guys. You could drink earl grey out of it. I am just saying. This is a rare prototype, worth £200 or some shit (though it didn't sell for that, so maybe not), but if you said the proper run was £5 on ebay... I could find myself tempted.

Yesterday I bent the wire whisk of my kitchenaid on some frozen butter whilst trying to make oatmeal cookies as a way of bribing a boss I don't like into hiring me for more freelance contracts. I then *actually cried* over having broken this treasure possession, not having used it enough, how much it HURT to bend it back into shape, and the passing of all worldly things, especially anything I particularly love. Because that is the level of HYPER-EMO I reach when furious with myself. It's like, a film!Loki-level of self-pity.

I also cursed my stupidity for having not used the paddle attachment, or realized that just because the floor mixer at the bakery could handle frozen butter, that didn't mean my beloved Kitchenaid could. I *think* it's back to near-perfect working order again--though it looks sliiightly wonky--and I could buy a new whisk for a not insignificant but reasonable cost. But these are the sort of thoughts I have now, when the emo has passed over us. At the time I cradled a whisk to my chest like a baby for no less than half an hour. Yep. *Maturity*.

Also, has anyone ever beheld the work of Clarice Cliff? Because it is the UGLIEST SHIT KNOWN TO HUMANITY. Seriously, what the hell is this? There is literally none of it I wouldn't bin, and I can see *exactly* how much it's worth. It would simply be a service to people with eyes.

today: )

MUSIC and Links )
x_los: (OMG)
In Which Kanye West Treats Kim Kardashian Like a Barbie Doll
Doctors Endorse Circumcision of Baby Boys, Eagerly Await Angry Barrage of All-Caps Emails
The Overcoat
Guide to Beef Cuts
Here, kitty kitty: Image of 'Essex Lion' that sparked massive police hunt is finally revealed as officers call off the search and admit sightings were probably of a 'large domestic cat'
How to Chop Onions Without Tears
Hamish McRae: The real worry is how have we fallen so far behind the rest of the world
The New Year Lucky Pig, Glucksschwein
Hideously judgy and poorly-formulated sj campaign in which poors are advised to subsist on mung beans for environment, selves, to save money--the 190th such ill-advised campaign
London’s best farmers' markets
A Different Justice: Why Anders Breivik Only Got 21 Years for Killing 77 People
The Wire
How to tell if baking powder is still good
the accidental artistry of colorful street markings
How Paperbacks Transformed the Way Americans Read
Jon Garrad reviewed Dracula Experience, Whitby, United Kingdom: "Cover three quid in mustard and swallow them. It'll be more fun." Pretty funny. Thanks, random and creepy TripAdvisor alert.
The Dark Knight Meets The Avengers: not as good as it thinks it is.
Michelin stars 2012: get the full list of restaurants
The whole world is watching … A Voice for Men “activists” making asses of themselves
Essex Lion Tweets!
Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Allegra McEvedy, chef, writer, broadcaster and restaurateur
Cuts of Pork: Which Cuts of Pork Are Which & How to Cook Them
The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy
Archaeological dig at Concentration Camp reveals what the Nazis tried to hide
Feel the Loathing on the Campaign Trail
Creepy Millionaire Drops Theft Charges Against Lindsay Lohan Because ‘What’s Mine Is Yours’
Arthur Brisbane and selective stenography: The real media sin is not uncritical printing of false claims: it's extending that license only to the powerful
Shulamith Firestone, radical feminist, wrote best-seller, 67
Gina Rinehart, the World’s Richest Woman, Is Really Sick of How Jeal-Jeal the Working Poor Are
Pittsburgh-Area High School Students Tweet About How Awful Their School Lunches Are
Writer Food From A To Z
Where the Women Aren’t: Drinking in the Republican Lady Lounge
Bad Recipe: Farm-to-Table Chef Accused of Sexual Harassment by 22 Former Employees
Revolt of the Rich: Our financial elites are the new secessionists.
Leann Rimes Turns 30, Checks into Clinic
Monkey tree top trail
Bad Recipe: Farm-to-Table Chef Accused of Sexual Harassment by 22 Former Employees
I Miss You, Lindsay Lohan, and I Want You Back
Meet the Women Who ‘Actually Like Men’: America’s Pro-Life Political Priestesses
Jon Stewart Basks In The Glory Of Clint Eastwood’s ‘Awesome’ Speech While Tearing Apart Romney’s
Dad Protects Son from Bullies by Wearing a Skirt. Guess What? It Works.
Dick Dilemma Reaction Scale
cute craft
Bill Maher on GOP's memory loss of George W. Bush
The Bushies are back, and playing for Romney
wow Kanye’s gettin’ real deep on twitter today check it out: ACTUALLY TRUE.
Holder Announces Impunity for Torture-Homicides
Why Are Republican States Always Leeching Off The Rest Of Us Hard-Working Taxpayers?
Somewhat interesting, long and grueilling Thorki 'stuck on earth' adaptation fic, reminiscent of Varooneeka's P/Q New Orleans thing forever ago--I'm kind of intrigued by the 'reality porn' of having fantastic characters confront the very mundane
Madeleine Albright Can’t Fathom Why Any Woman Would Ever Vote for Mitt Romney
Louis' Beyonce Piece
The Rake
Obama did not change Washington. For each side, it’s clear who’s to blame.
Anne Lamott
Generation Read: Millennials Buy More Books Than Everybody Else
Westford man's close moose encounter
Rainbow Queen
Colorado Girl Staves Off Bubonic Plague, Gains Unfair Advantage in Future AP European History Class
GQ Ran Out of Clothes for Its Woman of the Year
Wealth doesn't trickle down – it just floods offshore, research reveals
x_los: (Andrae?)
Comedic actor William Windom dead at 88
Body shop repairs, tricks out bullied gay student’s ride
Top 9 Most Embarrassing Things My Kid Has Said About a Stranger Who’s Standing About Four Inches Away From Us
Best of TomDispatch: Rebecca Solnit, The Archipelago of Arrogance
Men Explain Things To Me
I Misspoke—What I Meant To Say Is 'I Am Dumb As Dog Shit And I Am A Terrible Human Being'
On Being Inefficient
Focusing on the quest for a PhD
pretty new translation of Swann's Way
How Many Arms do you Have?
War and Peace, Book 01: 1805
450 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free
War and Peace (audible)
Good News: Cats Aren’t Really Polluting Your Brain with Poop Parasites
Mattel Introduces Their New “Drag Queen Barbie”
Is the U.S. Ready for a Gay Man to be a Comedic Super Star? We Certainly Hope So.
simon amstell on jordan catalano
It’s Time We Talked About Chris Brown’s Crazy Mom
A Tea Partier Decided To Pick A Fight With A Foreign President. It Didn't Go So Well.
Michael D. Higgins
Yiddish Curses for Jewish Republicans: which is excellent because I do think they're vile traitors. "May you be reunited in the world to come with your ancestors, who were all socialist garment workers."
A ‘Sleeping Beauties’ Art Exhibit Features Real Sleeping Women and a Real Threat of Marriage
Generation Screwed on the Daily Beast: idk, part interesting, part whiiiiiiiiining/thinly-disguised agism with boringly Ayn Randish tendencies
A ‘Sleeping Beauties’ Art Exhibit Features Real Sleeping Women and a Real Threat of Marriage
Jaded hipster owls think they've seen it all
The Audacity of Hope
How to Put a Magnetic Snap Closure onto Leather
Dickens’s Best Novel? Six Experts Share Their Opinions
Tyra Banks Needs to Stop Lying About Going to Harvard Business School
'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'
Blowjobs: Why Can’t Americans Be More Like the French?
Laurie Penny
Laurie Penny: My New York date was going really well. Until...
Laurie Penny: It's nice to think that only evil men are rapists - that it's only pantomime villains with knives in alleyways. But the reality is different
x_los: (Andrae?)
Study Proves That Men With Shaved Heads Strike Fear Into Our Hearts, Pants
My Awesome Sister is the Zelda Gymnast and Yes, She’s a Lifelong Gamer
50 recommended shows at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe

The Rapture - "Whoo! Alright! Yeah! Uh-huh!" from Benjamin Dickinson on Vimeo.

London 2012: Jeremy Hunt dismisses claims Olympics has turned West End into ghost town
The 100 best dishes in London 2012 - at a glance
Wouldn’t it be Weirder If I Didn’t Think My Child Was Gifted?
Mez's cute ring thing with silicon gel and clay
Vanilla Meringue Mushrooms
Amazing obit about drug addiction
Joplin Mosque Razed in Fire; 2nd Blaze This Summer
Americans Spend Billions on Beauty Products But Are Not Very Happy: this raises a LOT of questions about cultural constructions of happiness, for me?
Married Couple Propositions 13-Year-Old Girl For Sex, and Naturally, People Blame… The Girl
Michael Phelps Gets a Girlfriend, Everyone Immediately Assumes She’s a Fame Whore
Jillian Camarena-Williams Is a Shot Putting Scientist with a License to Be Really, Really Strong
Bobak Ferdowsi's Mohawk Blows Up Twitter As NASA's Curiosity Rover Lands On Mars
Fox News Wonders Why Team USA's Uniforms Are Not Patriotic Enough (VIDEO)
The Gender Pronoun Gap is Narrowing, She Said
Delusional Magazine Editor Fired For Sexual Harassment
Men Too Busy Saving Their Own Asses to Let Women and Children Go First
Britain's first eco-nightclub powered by pounding feet opens its doors
Badger cull in Wales to go ahead
DHS Crushed This Analyst for Warning About Far-Right Terror
Ultra-Orthodox Men Now Wearing Special Blinders to Avoid Seeing Sexy Things
POTUS Embarrassingly Brags About Joe Biden’s Granddaughter Maisy to Her Basketball Idols
Anime Convention Bizarrely Offers Established Cosplayer a Stripper Gig in Exchange for $200 and Snacks
aforementioned lady's costumes
Laurie Penny: To hell with the Gradgrinds – go to university
Archie Bland: You're a posho, Benedict, just shut up about it
Natalie Haynes: Read Richard Burton's diaries and weep for the advent of email
Leading article: We really don't need to talk about Kevin Pietersen
Del Posto’s $500 Menu Brings Mushy Lasagne, Lousy Chips: Buzz
FBI files on Sylvia Plath's father shed new light on poet
List of mammals of Great Britain

Automating the high-tech sector
The Awakening is possibly the worst movie I have seen in years
English-language Star Trek: Catan Game Out This Fall
Russian Bigots Sue Madonna for Hurting Their Feewings
Alice Cooper’s Advice for How to Get a Job: Just Get a Really Good Job, or Be Alice Cooper

: I don't even think explaining Southland Tales is possible.

random shit done many many days ago: )

Random shit

Aug. 2nd, 2012 11:02 pm
x_los: (Cleopatra /Look/)
The last month has been unrelievedly mad, so I've been pretty out of commission. I haven't been able to read, write, or do much but various kinds of work. Maybe it'll be better in a couple weeks? I MIGHT have big news. We'll see.

Toby Hadoke TV Showreel
A tumblr fusing porn and Thomas Jefferson quotes--that HAS to be pretty niche.
Who scarf pattern I'm finishing
The Providores: where I miiiiight be able to pick up some pastry shifts
more on Providores
Meh article on batman massacre
London museums and attractions
Allegra McEvedy : 'I have a fairly extreme personality'
Blake's 7 (S1 1-7)
Down and Safe: Si Hart's guide to Blake's 7
Highgate Tours
Kanye being Kanye
Hideously embarrassing Batman Massacre sketch that shame-squicks me for fandom, with its penchant for tragedy-appropriating, OTT, schmaltzy responses, as if twee sentiment is a band-aid for random acts of violence experienced only vicariously
Quite good steve/tony fic
Oh, cats
When Two Hyphenated Last Names Fall in Love
If Not for Facebook, 18 Percent of Teens Would Be Totally Friendless
Fairtrade Supporter Conference 2011: Allegra McEvedy Key Note Speech
decent S&S gen fic
something lifts towards a light

Loki action figure--I don't really go in for action figures, but this one seems v. well done
Blue Bunny Red Carpet Red Velvet Cake
Ice Cream Review

Ben & Jerry's Fair Goodness Cake!
Limited Edition Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry’s Hannah Teter’s Maple Blondie
Hannah Teter
Don't enjoy your job? Then maybe you're too smart for your own good
Savannah Dietrich Doesn't Face Contempt Charge For Revealing Names Of Sexual Attackers
Westboro Baptist Church Protesters Blocked At Fallen Soldier's Funeral
tumblr.txt: HILARIOUS
as MEz points out, 'No it's not. It's probably like, Sarah.'
If You Liked “The Hunger Games”…
Siiiigh, a game I only got silver in
Wightwick Manor and Gardens
Australian Paper Incites Backlash After Shittily Suggesting that Swimmer Leisel Jones Is Fat
Kristen Stewart Cheats on Vampire Boyfriend With Married Human Father of Two
The Myth of the ‘Booth Babe’
Comedian Gets Awesomely Meta About Her Encounter With a Flasher
The Inevitable Kristen Stewart Death Threats Begin

The Myth of the ‘Booth Babe’
Haters Need to Shut the Hell Up About Gabby Douglas’ Hair
John Scalzi Helpfully Explains Just How Not Okay It Is to Sexually Harass Someone at a Sci-Fi or Fantasy Convention
London’s Dangling Mayor Becomes Latest Delightful British Meme

The London 2012 Olympic Games unticketed-event planner

When a Boy Genius Like Jonah Lehrer Fails

Unusual clubs, classes and workshops in London

Live Rabbits, Drag Queens and Stalkers: My Life as a Mary Kay Lady

Facebook Jerks Want to ‘Beat the Shit’ Out of Teresa Giudice’s 5-Year-Old Daughter

Olympian Is 'Very Bitter' After Ban From Games for Racial Tweet

The Five Most Ridiculous Quotes From Ann Romney

Five Possible Reasons that The Hobbit is Spilling Over into a Third Movie

Sunday Times subeditors reply to Giles Coren

Read Giles Coren's letter to Times subs

See Every Harry Potter Chapter Illustration in One Stunning Illustration

A More Positive Spin on ‘Lady Geeks’

Frank Gaffney Uses Creepy Logic to Defend Fellow Crazy Person Michele Bachmann


Jul. 21st, 2012 05:50 pm
x_los: (Avatar)
"Erin's Mom
4:49 PM (41 minutes ago)

to me
Just to point out my frustration, you may pick what ever place you want us to stay. I think the awkwardness of one bathroom, and less than 3 + beds way out ways 5 to 10 min, or Danny and I paying more. Frankly, I've heard about all the improvised "do it on the cheap" talk I care to. I'm spending thousands of dollars, to come over there, I don't want to be in some crappy accommodation when I get there. I hate the idea of crawling on top of one another, waiting for my turn in the bathroom. You have exhibited such a desire to control the lodging choices, please have at it. I'm not angry, on the contrary, I'm glad to hand it off. Please just keep in mind, no one on the couch or floor, or air mattress, and a second bathroom.

Sent from my iPhone"

EVERY FUCKING TIME I think 'this cannot get worse', it gets /so much dumber/. I am NEVER letting them come see me again. Either of them. Or meeting them anywhere for a vacation. Just--fuck them all.

This after yesterday's epic stupid where she'd forgotten to properly register my brother for his course, which starts Monday. I emailed the program, found an opening, got him registered, called her, waited for her to have a big Emo Cry about Dark Knight or whatever the fuck because she's a tragedy whore, waited for her to call her credit card company to confirm this was the right card, waited her to dick around about giving me the card information because this was THE INTERNET!!! (on... a private skype chat) and AS I WAS ABOUT TO PAY was like 'oh do you think it's a good one?' and I was like 'I... have no idea. I haven't even looked, I was just scrabmling to fix your mistake. But let me just SCOUR LONDON FOR BETTER, CHEAPER PROGRAMS STARTING MONDAY and do a comparrison with NO NOTICE and THREE HOURS before the offices close until said Monday. I am SURE I will be able to do a great job on this, RIGHT NOW.'

Meanwhile, not in a dick way, my little brother was like 'I'm kind of bored, were't we supposed to go out today?' and I was like 'NOT FUCKING NOW, SAM. ...sorry.' And then we went out to get him a phone and I had crippling period cramps exacerbated by stress and stood around in the Orange store in total agony until we could get home. Fun times.
x_los: (Russian Church)
* made a spreadsheet of things to do in/around London and went through it with Sam, ranking his preferences
* responded to my mother's email
* Took Sam to and all around the Tower of London--normally I just do the beefeater tour, the crown jewels and a bit of the white tower, but we pulled out stops and did the white tower COMPLETELY, did the torture mini-exhibit, looked at the ravens properly, looked at the Bloody Tower, looked at the medieval palace and the wall, etc. Not EVERYTHING (it's a big complex, with a lot of shit going on), but a hell of a lot.
* Took sam to Borough market, got him English things--pork pie, custard tart, some... juice, which is not English, but he was thirsty
* atm run
* send Sam out for pizza ingredients
* tidied living room
* did laundry
* hung up the jumpers which had lingered on the chair forever
* called mom re: Sam's school: no response
* tidied kitchen sliiiiiiiiightly
* tried to teach Sam to make tea--may be a WIP
* froze lard
* tidied bedroom
* took out catpoo
* talked to Sam a lot
* called my mother to prompt her to book Edinburgh flatshare thing, got into dumb fight with her
* talked to Katy and Danny to calm down
* wrote annoyed post
* wrote mom a polite note, nicely telling her how she could do this herself, what my concerns were with her alternate plan, and asking yet again for Sam's school info
* confirmed Kim's transfer
* emailed Kim
* prompted Sam to email Kim
* prompted invigilation people about promised work
* wrote Cham Cheering Email (tm)
* prompted Katy re: her script
* emailed Jon re: his edits, prompting
* editing huge, nasty, poorly-written legal doc for dad
* wrote to his comptroller about the doc
* called potential window repair man
* wrote Parmar to say I'd done it
* wrote and posted another ad asking for window bids
* edited and rechecked kitchen CV
* wrote draft letter to accompany kitchen CV, sent to Katy for inspection
* wrote housemates about energy company situation, proposing various solutions
* reminded housemates about council tax payment
* listened to voice samples, read others' thoughts, and weighed in on big audio editing question
* cleaned by inbox from over 150 to 38
* spoke to Jon about a thing Sam wanted to do
* wrote dad to confirm receipt of the settlement letter I re-wrote

STILL SO SO SO SO FUCKING MUCH TO DO. SO BEHIND. Blame mother and her redonk drama and FRENZY and pointlessness, and saddling me with baby bro with NOTHING TO DO for a month. Love Sam, want him here, but kind of have some shit of my own, and his dad's allowance for him (and thus his ability to Do Tourist Shit 24/7)/his patience for endless 'Erin Does Landmark Tours, Tells You How To Identify Historical Things, Walking for Entire Day' affairs is naturally limited.
x_los: (OMG)
Just got off another exciting argument!call with my mother. I am literally never encouraging a visit again. Like, actually. This is WAY more wank than anything ever could be worth. I am willing to visit home for short periods, but no parent is coming over, ever. Too late to stop this visit, but not too late to learn from it.

She wanted to spend like £800 for everyone for three nights in a super boring, far out of town hotel b/c she'd left these arrangements too long and Fringe accomodation is difficult to get. Only like, two places were still available. I said that was a lot for the UK, where hotels were typically pretty cheap, and that Katy and I weren't v. comfortable with a super expensive place--if necessary we were cool sleeping in different places, we'd still see one another like all day.

She sent this VERY patronizing email:

"Your dad and I spoke and we agree that your idea to save money is fine. I certainly don't want either you or Katy to feel uncomfortable. I have looked through the list, and have sent you the two places that looked OK. obviously they are the most expensive on the list.
One is the 450 GBP, at the top, the other is at the bottom at 600 GBP. There are two things that we wont concede to, one, no one is sleeping on the floor, and two, Katy, will not be paying her own way. Tell her it is pointless to argue, that's the way it's going to be. She is also not going to be chipping in for her airfair, or meals and should order what ever the heck she wants. The "uncomfortableness" you mentioned is cute, beyond that offers nothing to sway us. I would have paid for Jake's hard costs of a trip like this when Molly and he were living together, so I don't recognize the difference. Please try to get the 600 GBP flat and book it from the 11th to the 15th."

So I found the people in Edinburgh renting their houses out for the Fringe--TONS--and contacted over 40 of them. I got her back like 20 NICE, available options--cheap, convenient, and characterful. She said she'd be okay with the two most expensive ones (though they were still significantly cheaper than her idea), but not without bitching a LOT about how my dad was 'making such a sacrifice here' and being really snotty about me saying that Sam, Katy and I wouldn't at all mind bringing an airmattress/sleeping bags and sleeping on the couch/the flats' fold out beds/these things we'd bring, as it was just for three nights. And there WERE suggestions with actual beds for absolutely everyone.

Today I call her back, to say 'so the one we decided on--did you firm that up, as we discussed?'

We'd finally gotten it to the two most expensive of my suggestions, before this. The cheaper one was RIGHT DOWNTOWN, so perfect. The other one was a short busride, generally a bit more inconvenient, because we'd be dependent on busses. My mom starts in all "oh well, I just don't knoooow how we can be sure these criagslist people are reeeeeeal"

And I was like, "well, er, as we discussed, you can't be 100%, but you can like, easily request a testamonial/their contact info/do a deposit to reserve it and pay in full when you get there and are satisfied?" And then she starts saying the more expensive one of my options has been talked down by £100. I say "...but that's not even conveinent, it's out on the bus route. We'd be depending on the bus, and it stops early." She's all "DON'T YOU THINK THAT DURING THE FESTIVAL THE CITY WILL CATCH ON TO DEMAND AND DO EXTENDED HOURS?!?!?!??!?!"

Um, no. I've been there. They do not. They're a civic transport infrastructure. They give no fucks about 'increased late night festival demand.' This is fucking Scotland. They want you to buy their tourist tat and BURN IN HELL.

So I try to explain this kind of cordially and she goes all "WELL I HATE EVERYTHING YOU'VE PICKED EVERYTHING EUGH." Dude, then... do it youself? But you should see the photos, these are NICE houses. I was looking through thinking, shit, all of these are FABULOUS, and give me the Shame.


Meanwhile she is telling my little sister Meghan how to clean the windows.


Just-- every. fucking. conversation with her. It's like 'small thing'--->MUCH LARGER ACTUAL PROBLEM!!!!--->complete unwillingness to properly do it herself and not spend money like an idiot on stupid bullshit that won't even actually be convenient or give anyone pleasure. Spending money to stay somewhere nice and convenient: sure. Some fucking travellodge shit out on like, the fucking other side of the county: ...why even? She doesn't even HAVE a ton of money to throw away.

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Ice cream soda: "In the United States, an "ice cream soda" typically refers to the drink containing soda water, syrup, and ice cream, whereas a "float" is generally ice cream in a soft drink."--Damn Right. Also: "Vaca Dourada: In Brazil, a vaca dourada or golden cow is an ice cream soda combination of vanilla ice cream and guaraná soda. It can be enriched with coconut or bananas." BRAZIL! TELL ME MORE!!
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Akbar's Adventures with the Elephant Hawa'i in 1561


Jul. 16th, 2012 04:19 pm
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Heya, does anyone you know live/have property in Edinburgh, and would they want to sublease it to my family for August 11th-14th for a few hundred quid? Please let me know if so!
x_los: (Kermit/Piggy OTP)
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Barefaced trick: can you survive without makeup for the day?: hideously stupid
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Great Opening Sentences from Classic Fantasy Novels

"Taran wanted to make a sword; but Coll, charged with the practical side of his education, decided on horseshoes."
— The Book of Three, Lloyd Alexander

...but that is not even how semi-colons work. What? Embarrassing for everyone involved.

"One cannot raise walls against what has been forgotten."
...Strachey and Freud called, they want their slightly-altered sentence back.

"There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it."--I think this actually is one of the best opening lines ever

Rivers of London- Chapter Three: mini-essay at the beginning a waste of time, only skimmed the chapter
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DON’T KILL YOUR DARLINGS: some interesting ideas, but aaaachingly precious, over-written, poorly argued and irritating
Alif the Unseen
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Rape versus Mans/Laughter: Hitchcock's Blackmail and Feminist Interpretation


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