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Apr. 15th, 2019 08:54 am
People who get in my face when I disagree with them get less feedback from me. They also get less honest feedback.

They may not care. They evidently don't want my feedback. But I think enough of my opinions that I feel that it's their loss.

Also I feel I'm saving my own time by not engaging.
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Apr. 12th, 2019 03:02 pm
I was never a huge fan of the airline but as is usual with airlines I'm on the side of more competition.

From https://www.bbc.com/news/business-47905089:
Passengers are stranded in India and around the world after Jet Airways suspended all international flights.

Flights from London, Paris and Amsterdam are among those grounded amid fears about the survival of India's largest private airline.

The airline cancelled all international flights until Monday when, according to reports, it will meet its lenders again to try to secure funding.
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Apr. 11th, 2019 09:36 am
It's been a week of missed connections in the funniest of ways. :)

Last week I was going out to work, which my friend Sarah and I have been meeting up to do in this sort of inept way--neither of us has WhatsApp notifications turned on because they're too distracting, but also neither of us ever thinks to text or call, so we attempt to communicate in what amounts to telephone tag except both of us have the phones with us all the time.

In this scenario, I am taking public transport and it is Pouring Rain.

Me: Hey I can get out to work

Sarah, 90 minutes later: oh great! I have to be at my new house waiting for the gas man from 1-5 if you want to come over and sit in the cold or I can meet you later!

Me, 15 minutes later: I can come!

Me, 40 minutes later, standing in the rain, banging on the door and getting no response, WhatsApps: hey i'm here

Me, 3 minutes later: *bang bang bang* / Hi hey I'm here?

Me: I'm here? Hello?

Me, 2 minutes later: HEY THIS IS A *PHONE* I COULD *CALL* *calls*

Sarah, sounding like I've woken her up: Hello?

Me, suddenly afraid my number is, like, no longer in her phone or something: It's Catie? I'm at your house?

Sarah: *indistinct*

Me: Hello?

Phone call goes dead. A moment later, a message arrives:

Sarah: OH MY GOD NO MY PETAL I THOUGHT YOU MEANT *TOMORROW* I AM AT THE LIBRARY (hence the super quiet indistinct speech of earlier) I WILL COME TO YOU IMMEDIATELY

Me: OH MY GOD NO IT'S POURING RAIN STAY WHERE YOU ARE IT'S NBD

Sarah: I RUSH TO YOU

Me: BUT IT'S POURING RAIN

Sarah: CAFE?

Me, seeing a bus that will get me to the cafe: YES CAFE

Anyway, so she was meeting someone ELSE at her house the next day and just misread the text as saying I was also going to be able to go out and work the next day and thought "hooray we can all work together!" except...no. That wasn't what was happening. *laughs* But we got some work done, and got to see each other, which was what counted!

And then LAST NIGHT--so okay we've got double-feature tickets to Infinity War/Endgame on the 24th, right? Infinity War is at half eight, midnight showing of Endgame because that's how we roll. :) And a couple of friends are joining us, hooray! It's gonna be great!

Except last night one of our party texted me at 8:07pm with "I'm here, laden with snacks, where are you?"

I was like "um. at home? this is catie?" because I was convinced she was meeting someone else for a movie last night, since the one we had a date for wasn't for TWO FULL WEEKS, and just had texted me instead of her date for the night.

But no, she had the right number, just the wrong night. So I threw on my shoes and ran for the door and 31 minutes later arrived at the theatre so we could go see Captain Marvel together, because she hadn't seen it yet and how terrible to be left bereft at the movies when you expected an all-nighter with friends!

It was great fun and very very funny and I'm very glad I went and anyway, hell of a week of missed connections. :) :) :)
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Apr. 7th, 2019 03:30 pm
I gave Discord Nitro a try, probably because of some rather nice Warframe skins that came with it, and it's not a bad launcher but a little redundant with some other services. I do like it quite a bit more than the Epic Launcher, though it's still rather bare bones compared to Steam and GOG's launchers and installers.

Pros: The curated list of included games is not bad. It has a few stinkers but for the most part you're going to find some popular games. Dandara, Tooth and Tail, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Hob, Bioshock Remastered; there's plenty of variety here. There are some extra emoticons and other benefits for Discord users that I didn't really make use of, but some people might like those, and it supports Discord, which is a very nice service.

My virus checker alerted on Dandara and when I wrote in to support about it they said they'd talk to the devs about the false alarm, and not long later I had a fresh and non-alerting version. (I opted to wait for it to pass rather than disable my virus checker.) Support was quick and professional.

When I wanted to cancel my subscription, it didn't end benefits on the day but will wait until the end of the month, and I was able to remove my payment information.

Cons: There's a lot of overlap in the games if you also subscribe to the Humble Monthly or Amazon Prime (giving access to Twitch Prime and some free games every month.) I like Discord's client better than the Twitch client, but we're already using Amazon Prime for other reasons, and am finishing out a Humble Monthly subscription as well, so there's very little available that isn't already there through one of those sources, or isn't an older game that I've already picked up on sale somewhere.

TL;DR: A decent alternative game launcher, probably most interesting if you already use and like Discord, with a good variety of games to play; it adds new games routinely. The launcher is a little better behaved than Epic's and Twitch's. Ultimately I find it too redundant with Twitch Prime and Humble Monthly to continue, but I did use it to try several games out that aren't available through those.
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Apr. 6th, 2019 08:25 pm
Ten years ago today, I started a "word wars" chat room because I had a book on short deadline and needed people to prod me to get it done. I invited a bunch of my writer friends and hoped it would last six months.

Today is its tenth anniversary. At least half a dozen of the people who started in the war room with me ten years ago are still there, and there are many, many others who joined a little later, or even quite recently, who are in there working daily, encouraging each other, ranting, occasionally--because a fair number of us are professionals--giving master class discussions, and just getting our butts in the chairs and the words on the page. It's not a critique room, or a workshop space, or any of that. It's just a work space, and it's worked really well for us.

We figure at least fifty books have been written in the war room over the past decade. I've written twenty-two in there myself. Michelle Sagara's written at least a dozen. Laura Anne Gilman's written at least five by her count, and I don't know how many novellas. Ellen Million, writing as a Zoe Chant, has written a dozen. Robin D. Owens has written I don't even know how many--six, eight, twelve, somewhere in there. Chrysoula Tzavelas has written, I don't know, six? Mikaela Lind has written, I don't know, several, maybe five? Catherine Sharpe's written at least a couple. Kari Sperring's written two or three, although maybe only one of them *in* the war room. Hell, that's over 70 right there, and there are warriors whose book counts I have no clue about at all. It's very possible there's been a hundred books written in there over the last ten years.

I honestly never dreamed it would last this long. I'm really proud of our little community of writers. We're going to have our first real-world meet-up at Dublin 2019, which at least eight of us will be attending, and I cannot WAIT to get a picture of us all together!

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