May 24th, 2007

running, bomb tech


Y'all who missed this week at writers group missed out on a doozy.

I had my meeting with the education coordinator. I was prepared for the "some women think you are an exclusive bunch" thing; we're taking steps about that one. But that was hardly the #1 concern. No. Nor was the "y'all are too loud" thing the #1 concern, even though yeah, that too.


When we go around the group to introduce ourselves and what we write? The fact that more than one of us casually says that we write erotica was cause for complaint.

[Edited to add: I want to make this absolutely crystal clear. Not the reading of erotica during the session itself: the "I'm hcolleen and I primarily write erotica" part of the group. The introductions.]

We're ... reviewing our options.

She was really nice about it; she was more uncomfortable about it than I was. Basically, the center has Policies, and "porn in classes" is not one of the things that fits their vision, even though her personal views are different from the center's views, and I pointed out that properly done erotica can be incredibly empowering for women ... preaching to the choir, but the church doesn't want any.

I didn't hardly even get to bring up the part where what the center is aimed at is more along the self-help-group lines, and we need to be able to accommodate the women coming in looking for a self-help group.

...tonight sure was sex and chocolate night again, even though hardly anyone had anything even close to erotic in their stories. Ecchi-chan reached the infamous "you have a hand" part of Winter Break, but that was it. It was all about the PORN, baby.

Little bits of life.

Wizard draws female comic characters. vito_excalibur draws 'ur d00dz'.

Pool at apartments has been drained, and is being re-filled with nice clean water.

I never did get to watch the whole thing all the way through the first time I ran into this video. Internet video has gotten a lot better in a few years.

The Ecchi-chan goes to a con! Thursday morning! Eeee!

I get to start training the office in the Use Of My Database. Whee. It should be fun, though, because I have answered most of their complaints about the general system by just being "oo shiny" at them. Hee. Because I already bitched about what they were bitching about, and have told them that the thing that they thought was painful but did the job? did not do the job. So, yeah.

Political: the LJMojo goatse-ing, further-reaching consequences of. It's not LJ's place to make the smacking of the dude, because the asshattery was done on the dude's own server, but it's definitely a thing that should be getting the twit, not the victims, in hot water.
phone, cordless phone


3:10 PM 5/24/2007
Got tickets. Confirmed attendance with the Captain earlier.

4:31 PM 5/24/2007
One of those days. Just one of those days. I'm still having a hard time processing.

5:43 PM 5/24/2007
I think I've reached my quota of end-user screaming-at for the day. Doesn't take
much to get it out of my system. Had a delightful chat with Traveling Manager about
the realities of her e-mail system, and how the recycle bin in her e-mail is not the
system recycle bin. I compared it to the trash can in her car vs. the trash can in
her office or home; even though the car may be parked in the office parking lot, it
is designed to be mobile, and therefore carries its trash with it.

It's an analogy that breaks down a lot (unintentional pun! I swear!) but it's
sufficient to get the concept across.

The real screaming happened elsewhere, of course. I'm operating purely personally in
that context. Friends poked me the other day about an acquaintance of theirs (but
not mine) who had a hit tracking counter and didn't know the problems with how she
was using it, and had created drama out of said friends' use of their friends page,
use that only involved her at a tangent. Passive-aggressive posts piled upon each
other, resulting in a chain of passive-aggressive comments, and then a nice little
screamfest from me.

The person is not the misunderstanding. The person is not their misunderstanding.
The person is not their misunderstanding. The person is not defined by their
misunderstanding. The misunderstanding is not the only thing about the person. The
misunderstanding and willingness to create drama where none existed before that is a
really prominent feature of the person, but that is not the entirety of the person,
and I'm sure if we got to know each other I would find several admirable traits and
we might get along very well. Then again, we might not. The person is not their
misunderstanding. The person is not their misunderstanding. Repeat. Wash the

Staying late tonight because I got in late tonight and HEY PIRATES.

Tonight is a documentation night; I'm working on documenting my database. In between
that, I clear the brain. So there may well be babbling.
phone, cordless phone

waaaaigh time to start off to be insane.

6:41 PM 5/24/2007
#1 reason to see PotC #3 without having seen #1 and #2? Johnny Depp.

Dole mandarin orange fruit cups that come out of vending machines have little
plastic sporks in the lid.

I have "Don't Go Back (to Rockville)" stuck in my head; it's the default since
dinner that day when it got stuck. Then I've had "Paint Your Picture" off and on,
but if the soundtrack of the day is more Southern rock/country, then the R.E.M.

7:28 PM 5/24/2007
We have the training class back in here again. It's really interesting to watch
someone I know going through the training class.