Requisite Hugo Awards Commentary

I chose not to watch the Hugo Awards ceremony last night as it was too painful but today, the morning after I have a couple of opinions. Because of course I can’t not have opinions. And I am going to fucking name names because BURN IT ALL DOWN. Hugo Awards are not Pokémon, you don’t need to get them all and relentlessly campaigning for them every year at this stage of your career is…unseemly....

September 5, 2022 · 3 min · 507 words

It's Been a Week

My biopsy on Tuesday went surprisingly well. I took an Ativan and a Percocet beforehand (yes, I know you’re not supposed to take both at once, but as we’ll discuss later, the Ativan dose was not very large) and had a very good conversation with the doctor about the potential forks in my path depending on the outcome of the biopsy: Benign: replace the Liletta IUD with a Mirena IUD; I would like a D&C but the doctor feels like that’s an unnecessary surgery but then again she’s not the one who’s been bleeding for a month, either....

August 28, 2022 · 7 min · 1288 words

Misbehaving Meatsuit: Part I Don't Even Know Anymore

This is one of five paintings I made in early 2016, after I had a cancer scare. And I’m having the same scare again. At the beginning of July, I started a new blood thinner. My insurance wasn’t going to cover Eliquis anymore, so my hematologist switched me to Xarelto. He said it shouldn’t be a big deal. About three weeks after I started on the Xarelto, I started bleeding–I thought I was getting my period....

August 18, 2022 · 6 min · 1154 words

Technology and Cats

God, could Apple Music/iTunes be any more terrible than it actually is? I’m trying to get my library to sync because I literally bought ONE album from Bandcamp and I’ve had to subscribe to iTunes Match and turn on the Cloud Library and now nothing’s freaking downloading and I don’t know why the user experience is so fucking terrible. I should be able to plug my phone into the computer and drag the songs I want onto it....

August 14, 2022 · 2 min · 228 words

The Things One Sees...

The Things One Sees… …at Walgreens on a Sunday evening. I have never wished so hard for a set of googly eyes in my purse as I did last night.

August 8, 2022 · 1 min · 30 words

CSS Nightmare

I’ve been working on redesigning an existing modal at work this week and I managed to make this glorious nightmare with a badly placed <div class="d-flex"> tag. When I saw it, I couldn’t stop laughing. In that spirit, here are a couple of other design-focused links I’ve run into over the last week or so: The UX of LEGO Interface Panels These “CSS crimes” turn social media posts into games Not All Zeros are Equal

August 5, 2022 · 1 min · 75 words

Coding, Work, and Random Updates

Me: Oh, let me change the theme, it won’t that big of a deal. time passes Me: Six hours isn’t bad, right? So, yes: I did change a few colors. And the font, and the entire theme. And I made a colophon page and managed to actually code it in properly. Which is pretty exciting, not gonna lie. Anyhow. I’m sure some things look funky and I didn’t notice....

July 25, 2022 · 2 min · 397 words

Links of Note, July 2022

In an attempt to clean out my bookmarks/saved links on Pocket, I share with you a short list of things I found interesting, amusing, or thought-provoking. I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader which is which. The Real Reason Woodpeckers Don’t Get Concussions A Frog So Small, It Could Not Frog The Evolution of Anti-Critical Consumption/Thinking “Anti-Anti” Fandom Community Over Commodity Some Other Words That Trans People Should Destroy, Now That You Can’t Say “Woman” Compound pejoratives on Reddit – from ‘buttface’ to ‘wankpuffin’ It’s been incredibly hot here....

July 24, 2022 · 1 min · 98 words

The Art of Losing

The art of losing isn’t hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster. Four years ago today, I almost died. And while I didn’t lose my life, I have had to master the art of losing nonetheless. First The first thing I lost was my health. I’d been almost rudely healthy up to that point. I’d never been seriously sick beyond a couple of bouts of flu in my 20’s....

July 20, 2022 · 11 min · 2273 words

This Meatsuit is Annoying

I am just not feeling the thing this week. I had a mere 2.5L drained last week1 and you’d think that would have helped and–nope. I feel bloated and I basically haven’t felt hungry so there’s been a lot of forcing myself to eat and then I feel like I overate and it’s just not pleasant. And I’m having weird random pain in my gut, but not enough to actually call my doctor or go to the ER about....

July 13, 2022 · 3 min · 516 words