August 4th, 2005

fangirl, _schools4303

Steampunk will never look the same.

ap_aelfwine has committed Hogwarts vs. Dennis the Menace crossover: "Severus Snape and the Accursed Nephew" -- seriously, put down all beverages, wait until the surgery has healed, don't read while the housemates are sleeping, etc. Rec via ataniell93

I have committed fanart for same: Steampunk Droids
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I regret that I am bad at drawing steampunk legs and feet. Those are supposed to be kid gloves.
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    Marcy Playground - Comin' Up From Behind
twilight, Fairbanks to Phoenix, two worlds

Fondly Fahrenheit

Annual inspection of the apartment complex, including my apartment, did happen as scheduled last week. Sometime later today (after 10 am) I'm getting a little visit to get things fixed. I'm optimistic about the shower, because that looks like a simple bad hookup. (Sort of like the dishwasher.) I'm still holding out hope over the thermostat, but that may well wind up being a battle royal of some sort.

Not sure what sort. I know the maintenance witch is generally sensible, but the part may just not be in the budget, which would fucking suck. I am prepared to become firm, even stubborn, on the issue. After all, there is a very real problem inherent in the setup, something that could be actively dangerous to an elderly, young, or other temperature-sensitive person.

As it stands, the cooling system thinks it is heating. The unit is a chiller -- squirrelcage blower running air past pipes of a certain temperature, pipes which circulate throughout the apartment complex. In the summer, cold water runs through the pipes. In the winter, hot water runs through the pipes.

Since the unit is wired to think it is heating when it is in fact cooling, one twists the thermostat to a temperature higher than the current ambient temperature to make the thermostat think it is too cold, and the "heater" must activate. The "heater" blows air as long as the temperature is below the setting on the thermostat -- when blowing cold air, this is indefinite. When one becomes cool enough, or too cold, one twists the thermostat back to something below the current ambient temperature, so the thermostat thinks that it is already warm enough in the room, and it does not need to blow "hot air" any more. When the temperature creeps up again over the comfort level, one has to go and turn the thermostat to activate the "hot air" to cool down the room.

The dangerous part is this: the thermostat has a limited range of settings. It ranges from around 40°F to 90°F. This is Phoenix, Arizona, in the height of summer. Outside temperatures have been reaching respectably over 110°F. It would not be hard for an inside temperature to reach well over 90°F. And what is the procedure to turn on the chiller? Ah, yes, move the thermostat to a setting over the ambient temperature. So until the room cools off on its own to a temperature that's on the thermostat, the chiller unit remains off.
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    Blondie - Out in the Streets
fangirl, _schools4303

"Allegra" means "Hello!" in Sursilvan Romansch.

perk perk perk

This nearly content-free and highly speculative moment of boing/eep is brought to you by the good offices of the Internet, and why it's such a very small world.
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fangirl, _schools4303


Woo! Woo! Woo!
*tizzyfit featuring rapid ululation*
*gasping breaths*
*repetition of previous tizzyfit*

Computers are fun. When computers intersect with fandom, that's even better.
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    Benjamin Newman - Starseer

Administrative-type fun:

Added new people, dropped people I was mostly skimming and didn't feel much connection with. Changed my journal style. Changed colors associated with users and communities. Changed my background image.

*waves airily* Carry on.

Now, breakfast. No wonder I'm dizzy.
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    Voltaire - Goodnight, Demon Slayer