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Yuletide recs
Monday 31st December 2012 6:33 pm

9 recs from: Babylon 5, Bernice Summerfield, Clueless, Dance Academy, Discworld, Make It or Break It, Pushing Daisies, Sadler's Wells, Wartime Farm. Read more...

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Saturday 29th December 2012 9:21 pm

I read a couple of books lately that were good enough to talk about.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I really enjoyed this, although it took me to the end to enjoy it. The rest of the time I spent hoping there was a point to it - because otherwise it was just a child in battle school. But the ending was satisfying. There is a series, but I don't have any desire to read them - the whole thing felt self-contained to me.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter
I read this because it was by Terry Pratchett and I liked the idea of parallel universes. I enjoyed it. There were some unanswered questions, but the way it was set up I don't think it was possible to answer all the questions. It, and the brief bio of Stephen Baxter on the dust jacket has made me want to look up some of his books. Luckily there are some in my local library - I just need to finish reading some of my other books before going in there.

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The Hobbit (spoiler free)
Thursday 27th December 2012 8:08 pm

I went to see The Hobbit yesterday (although according to the tickets what I actually saw was 'The Hob'). We saw the three LOTR films on Boxing Day, so it was a tradition. We made the mistake of turning up one minute after the adverts started, so ended up sitting down for three hours. After two I had run out of comfortable positions to sit in. I think my back's only just recovered.

But we did see it in a really small screen, with only about 30 people, which was really nice. We'll try and see the next two in that one, next year and the year after.

It also took me a couple of hours to get over the dizziness. The beginning especially had a lot of camera sweeping over the landscape and spinning round. Which was very pretty, but I had to watch it with my eyes closed. Now I remember why I don't go to the cinema often.

But aside from those things, I did enjoy it. Watching it reminded me what I'd enjoyed in LOTR. I remember bits of the book, but not necessarily in order, and the only bits of the appendices I really remember are the bits with Elrond in (ie the important bits).

It has made me want to get back into the fandom - aside from my [info]b2mem and [info]lotr_community dabblings. Without looking at my lotr wip folder, I remember I started writing The Tale of Arathorn and Gilraen, and there was an idea I had with one of Elrond's sons falling in love with Gilraen, which could be an interesting contrast to Arwen falling in love with a Man. If I just get back to it...

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Tuesday 25th December 2012 3:05 pm

What did I used to do on Christmas Day before Yuletide? This year I've been reading the archive in a different order, aka I haven't read any of the Doctor Who-related stories yet.

But I started with mine: Falling (3242 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Make It or Break It
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lauren Tanner, Summer van Horne
Summary: Lauren's very good at keeping secrets.

(I still don't like the random paragraph tags around the summary text - it makes it look awful and confusing).

It's an AU from mid-season 3 and it's heartbreaking and very Lauren. Also it's all about Lauren, what's not to like?

I've never done it before, but this year I'll have a guessing game about what I wrote. I wrote at least one fic in the main archive and at least one in the Madness archive. Beyond that I am not going to say because I wouldn't want to make it easy. There's no prizes, just points (which mean prizes*). The only person who's not allowed to compete is [info]hhertzof because I've mentioned some of the things I intended writing to her.

*If you don't get this reference, I can't be bothered to explain it.

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Fun with websites
Monday 24th December 2012 7:11 pm

My Christmas project is to sort out my website and create the Rotary website. So far I have created the Rotary website, just not put anything on it. With mine I've updated WordPress and played with plugins, broken some things and fixed others. The trouble is that I could endlessly play with it. It's just as well I don't go back to work until the 2nd.

Wednesday I'm off to see The Hobbit (in glorious 2D normal frame rate). We saw each Lord of the Rings films on successive Boxing Days, so it's only traditional to see The Hobbit on Boxing Day too.

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The longest week
Wednesday 19th December 2012 7:59 pm

This week has been so long and it's still only Monday. Yesterday I was convinced it was Wednesday all day, until I got home and then thought it was Thursday. This morning I woke up convinced it was Saturday, then spent the day thinking it was Thursday or Friday.

I've taken Monday off work and Friday is our Christmas party, so tomorrow is effectively the last day of work before Christmas. Except that I have a project in China and they don't have Christmas...

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Sunday 16th December 2012 9:14 pm

I've been mostly hibernating this week. Mum gave me a crocheted blanket and while it's been cold I've been on the sofa under it, watching TV that's better for not having a brain. Two and a half days of work seemed like a lot all of a sudden.

But then this weekend I got my arse in gear and got through my to-do list. I even found an episode of Midsomer Murders that was on in September that I didn't watch at the time and then forgot was on my PVR. Mind you, writing this I've just remembered that I need to upgrade WordPress.

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The wing mirror cover saga
Sunday 9th December 2012 9:40 pm

I purposely didn't post for a week and after last weekend I spent it feeling that I was missing something.

Having resolved the saga with my car's wing mirror cover, I thought I'd post yet another example of bad customer service here.

The passenger side wing mirror cover dropped off my car, due to too many times hitting it against the garage wall when I didn't fold the wing mirrors back. Given that number of cars I've seen with missing wing mirror covers I thought they'd be as easy to get as hub caps. But no. Or not for my car, at least.

So I gave up and rang the dealership. This was back in September. They had to order one in and were insistent that I had to come in within fourteen days of the wing mirror cover coming in, but they promised they'd ring when it arrived.

After three weeks I realised it had been three weeks, but never quite got round to ringing them back. Then in October, they rang me about the recall that was out on my car. So I thought this would be an opportunity not to have to go to the dealership twice - it is just over half an hour's drive away. At the end of the phone call they asked if there was anything else they could do while I was there, so I mentioned the wing mirror cover and promised to sort it out.

Because I could only go in on a Saturday it was a few weeks before I could get an appointment. I intended to ring a week before I went in to make sure they'd definitely got a wing mirror cover, except then I had laryngitis, so I thought I'd hope they'd done as they said.

When I went in there they had a note about the wing mirror cover. After about two hours of sitting around they'd finished, and they included a visual inspection. One of the things they flagged up on the inspection was the lack of wing mirror cover... To which my reaction was something along the lines of "But you've just put one on there" and they had no idea what I was talking about.

I managed to establish that they didn't have one, but they could order it and I could come in and pick it up. I didn't particularly want to go back again, and the receptionist tried to suggest I could 'pop in'. Yeah, a 30 minute drive is not poppping in. I suggested they could post it to me and she wasn't keen, but a bloke in the back said they could do that. So I left them to it.

This time they rang me to extract money and post it. It arrived not long later and I happily went to put it on my car... and discovered it was the driver's side wing mirror cover. When I rang them up they were like, "Oh, that'll be £40." To which I told them that I was not paying for a wing mirror cover that wasn't the one I'd asked for three times.

Eventually he agreed that if I came in with the wing mirror cover and proof that I asked for a passenger side one, they'd exchange it. I made him check they had one, which they did. But I could only come in on a Saturday. He tried to tell me they were open until 5.45pm on weekdays, but given that I finish work at 5.30pm and it's a 40 minute drive away not in the rush hour, that wasn't going to work. So I told them I when I was going to come in.

I finally went to pick it up yesterday. And when I went in they said they didn't have one... I insisted I'd been told different and told them when I spoke to someone. They went off for ages and came out with one! Which they then stuck on for me, which by that point I was thinking "I should hope so too."

I'd charge them for my phone calls, petrol and general waste of time, but I don't have the energy and it won't do any good.

My parents have the same make of car as me and say their local dealership is better, so it's not all of them, just my local one. So when I next need a new car in the distant future, I won't be getting it from my local dealership, if I end up choosing one of the same make.

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