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Thanks much,

P.S. - Comments are screened to save your eyes from bleeding, falling out of your head, and/or spontaneously rupturing in protest at the prospect of reading vast volumes of comment-itude (or perhaps to hide my embarrassment and/or make you think I might be more popular than I really am). Also, monkeys.

Norwescon panelist invites

If you're expecting or hoping for one, please check your spam filters. I'm suspecting a filter problem, because I'm astounded at the number of people yet to reply. And if you *have* received yours, save yourself a couple of nag emails and fill it out? :)

(Comments screened, although if you have questions about Norwescon programming business, it's probably better to email me - same username as here, at the convention domain. Dot org.)

Fashion sideways

"Watch out or you'll lose your goth cred," said my boss of the white scrunchie I wore today, completely failing to notice the pattern printed on my shirt - a jumble of skulls reminiscent of one of the bone collections in the Paris catacombs painted in black and blue watercolor.

Cloth scrunchies are plentiful again. That's a fashion trend I missed. I should buy my weight in them so I'll have enough to last until they're popular again in another 20 years.

I have given up on regular updates

I am still reading. I am and remain ALL THE BUSY with Norwesconly things - the convention starts in ten days. But I had a lousy shopping experience at an Avenue store this weekend that deserves some Avenging.

Two pairs of pants. In the entire store.Collapse )


Has anyone been in contact with rigel_p lately, and if so can you please ask her to contact me? I've got something relatively urgent (yay-urgent, not danger-urgent) I need to discuss with her, and am having no luck raising her via email (Gmail) or phone (Google Voice).

Comments screened if anyone has alternate contact info, else my own contact info is in a protected post at the top of my journal if you don't trust our Russian overlords with someone else's details.

ETA: I've been able to get in touch with her. Thanks all!

Come work with me!

My company has open positions in Seattle for two senior Unix systems engineers, a systems engineering manager, QA, software test engineer, Remedy developer, a project manager or two, and a handful of various data and application analysts.

Job descriptions and more information are available on our Jobs page - if you're not local to Seattle, we also have a variety of positions from sales and client support to federal projects and software development in a variety of locations:

CA: Aliso Viejo (Orange County), Torrance (LA)
CO: Greenwood Village (Denver)
CT: Hartford
FL: Miami, Pensacola, Tampa
IA: Cedar Rapids, Iowa City
MD: Annapolis, Baltimore, Ft. Meade, Hanover
SC: Charleston
TN: Memphis
TX: Austin, Dallas
VA: Alexandria, Fredericksburg, Ft. Belvoir, McLean, Quantico, Stafford
International: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Canada (Calgary, AB)

Feel free to share this. And as employee referrals tend to move to the top of the stack more quickly than free-range applicants, feel free to reference me if you apply. If you don't know my last name, leave a comment with your email address (comments are screened).
More details here, but these are the positions we're hiring for in Seattle:

ATAC Analyst
Computer Software Developer - SIP.net
Computer Technologist
Data Analyst - Data Provisioning
Database Administrator - MS SQL
Financial Analyst
HP Openview Application Management
Manager / Sr. Manager, Network Engineering
Network Analyst
Sr. Network Engineer
Staff Accountant
SW Test Engineer
Systems Engineer
Systems Engineer - UNIX/ Windows
VoIP Engineer

We also have 100+ other open positions in other divisions and other countries:

CA: Aliso Viejo, Camp Pendleton, Torrance
CO: Denver
FL: Pensacola
GA: Atlanta, Suwanee
MD: Annapolis, Ft. Meade, Hanover
VA: Arlington, Herndon, Springfield
VT: St. Johnsbury
Washington DC

Employee referrals tend to go further than free-range applications, so let me know if you apply. Leave your email address in a comment if you want to discuss any of these offline, with the caveat that I'm not going to know much about most of the positions outside Seattle. (Comments are screened unless you explicitly say otherwise.)

So you want to be a panelist...

If you've ever wanted to be a panelist at Norwescon, now is the time to let me know. Don't wait for me to ask you - I'm delegating those decisions to the track leads. Go check out my page on becoming a panelist, reply via the webform linked at the bottom of the page, and I'll forward your info along to the appropriate track leads for consideration.

Please note, however, that while I plan to continue the previous years' policy of cycling through panelists to keep content fresh, on any given year there are roughly three times as many panelists to choose from as slots available to fill. So if you're not chosen, whether you've been a panelist before or not, it's a 99% chance it's not personal. After the convention, everybody except the elected positions are fired and have to reapply for their positions, so chances are good the same people won't be in charge from year to year.

Good luck!

Norwescon stuff & things

I'm still buried under a mountain of dayjob work, and I found out yesterday morning that the Pro Suite coordinator has to drop out due to health reasons. If I know anyone at all who is already attending and would be interested in helping out in that arena (especially on Friday as my panel schedule is pretty packed), drop me a note. I'm not above bribery.

Responsibilities for each party are in the general arena of show up, put pre-prepared snacks on plates, open door on time, shoo people out on time, bag up trash, walk through to make sure nothing's broken or missing, close door -- you don't even have to stick around during the party if you don't want to.

My panel schedule is behind a cut for the disinterestedCollapse )

And now back to the datamines.

LJ DB issues again.

Comment on a post, and get a 'this page has been deleted' error. Reload friends page, the post is still there, and has new comments. Comment I posted shows up in my inbox. Direct link to the page? Still broken.

KGB script-kiddies, aren't you tired yet?

Dec. 8th, 2011

LJ is especially quiet today. RSS and crossposting must be broken. The Russian election is over, script kiddies, get back to your non-DDOSing day jobs.

Calling all Norwescon pros

Turn in your pro surveys ASAP to programming norwescon org. If we don't get it back by December 6th, we're going to assume you're not interested. And if you think you should've been invited and haven't, be sure to check your spam filters and old email addresses - while we try to make sure we keep our info up to date, something inevitably falls through the cracks.

All comments screened unless you explicitly say otherwise. If you have a question, don't want a response via LJ comment, and don't have my midgard email address, leave a comment with yours.

Norwescon 35 panels, 1st pass

Here's what I've come up with for the Culture track. I cut some dead wood, reworked a few titles and descriptions, and added some new panels to shake things up a bit. Please feel free to tell me if my ass is showing, particularly on the new race and transgender panels.

Several are listed with the restriction 18+ or 21+ WITH ID (pending location) - we're going to have Maxi's as additional convention space in the evenings this year, so there's a chance some of the already-age-restricted-because-I'm-not-going-to-jail-for-ill-defined-child-porn-laws topics may end up someplace where you can have an adult beverage while talking about teh sexx0rs.

Cut for those disinterested in all things NorwesconCollapse )

Election Day today

Americans: Please vote if you're eligible. Even if you turn in an empty ballot in protest of the entire biased, backward, gerrymandered, inherently fucked up institution. Voter apathy is a big part of how it got that way. Participatory democracy only works when everyone participates.

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Norwescon 35

I'm running the Norwescon Fannish Culture track again, and am seeking panel (and panelist) suggestions for next year, particularly in the areas of social justice, LGBTQ, sexuality, sexual identity, and assorted lifestyle topics that could be described as "how we nerds live our lives the other 361 days of the year."

The convention is Easter weekend, and panelists receive free membership plus discounted membership for one guest. If you're interested or know someone who is, send them my way. I don't believe in outing anybody without their permission, so comments will remain screened unless you say otherwise.

You can has job?

Not much time for Livejournalling lately, but if you know someone who's a Cisco God or a Unix Jesus, my org is looking for a Senior Network Engineer and a Senior Unix System Engineer. The former is in my group.

Postings are on the Netterbutts -- ping me for my work email address and/or real name if you want to apply and don't already know them.

There are a total of 8 open positions in Seattle right now, plus about 90 others, if you happen to be in, near, or wanting to move to the following locations:

Aliso Viejo, CA
Arlington, VA
Baltimore, MD
Ft. Belvoir, VA
Ft. Bliss, TX
Ft. Meade
Ft. Polk, LA
Hanover, MD
Herndon, VA
Manassas, VA
Pensacola, FL
Seattle, WA
Tampa, FL
Torrance, CA

We do a lot of government contract work, if you hadn't guessed, but none of it in the Seattle area.

The company also has a presence in these locations (no positions currently open, but that may change from week to week):

Augusta, GA
Branchburg, NJ
Calgary, AB
Camp LeJeune
Camp Pendleton, CA
Crystal City
Detroit, MI
Duluth, GA
Ft. Irwin
Jacksonville, FL
McLean, VA
Oakland, CA
San Jose, CA
Southwest Asia
Suwanee, GA

Feel free to ask if you've got any questions, although I doubt I'll be able to provide much info beyond what's on the website for any positions requiring security clearance. And feel free to share this with others who're looking.

ETA: Comments are now screened if you'd prefer a private reply.


Dear LiveJournal,

When I click the "Remember Me" tickybox, it means I don't want to have to relogin every Zeus-damned time I return to the website. If you can't upgrade your site features without breaking the old ones, maybe it's time you knock it the fuck off and leave things the hell alone.

No love,

Bird brain!

A post-con update will come soonish, but right now I'm being treated to a live-action demonstration of why "bird brain" is an insult.

The neighborhood robin cannot tell the difference between a reflection and reality, and whenever the sun has risen far enough, it starts to try and fight, fuck, or otherwise fly at its reflection in our bedroom window. Over and over. And over. And over. This started around 6am last Tuesday morning, and presuming it still did the same thing while we were at Norwescon, this has been going on for a week now.

We tried pasting a drawing of a giant pair of eyes in the window to no avail. Now I'm hoping Marty can find a plastic owl at the hardware store before this stupid little creature manages to break its neck.

Dumbest. Bird. EVER.

My updated Norwescon schedule

One more panel added to my list -- we had a pro who had to back out due to life becoming excessively real, and it's not kind to have a first-year pro running a panel by themselves.



Government shutdown averted, and Planned Parenthood still gets funding.
I've had about enough of people appropriating the personal tragedies of others for no other apparent reason than to further a political agenda. It's ghoulish, and I'm especially disturbed to see it coming from people with whom I thought I agreed. I expect better from my elected representatives, and I certainly expect better from my friends.

Quick Norwescon note

Panelist schedules are starting to go out now, in alphabetical-by-last-name order. I know she's up to at least the Ds now, but there are over 200 pros registered. If you're in the latter half of the alphabet, it might be a few days before you get yours.

If you've got questions, I encourage you to ping me first -- I might already know the answer.

Now, back to the data mines...

Unsolicited product review

Himalayan Institute "Neti Stik" Aromatherapy Inhaler

Four ingredients: Mint, eucalyptus, menthol, and lavender. From a distance of an inch or two, it smells exactly like those Sudacare shower tablets I can't find anywhere anymore.

When used like those old-school menthol inhalers, it's like taking a minty roto-rooter to your sinus cavity. Directions say "inhale gently," but what they mean is "it'll burn like a very burny thing if you overdo it, and also you will cry." But if you can't sleep because you've got a head full of goo, it's so very worth it. I had to buy a second one because tithonium kept stealing mine.

Last seen in the checkout counter impulse buys at PCC for $4.79.

Any PMs looking for work?

A friend had to let her program manager go last week, and is looking for a replacement ASAP. Project or program manager experience needed, game industry experience a plus. Email me, comment to this post with your email address (all comments are screened), or send me a private message with your contact info if you're interested.

Norwescon panel selections

If you have received an invitation to be a panelist at the next Norwescon or know someone who has, surveys need to go back to SunnyJim (programming@norwescon.org) ASAP -- even if you must decline. There are close to a couple of dozen folks on my track alone who haven't responded yet, and we've got to start scheduling the panels next week.

For those who were invited and have accepted, please check your email. Links to panel descriptions went out yesterday, and your choices are due back by NO LATER THAN MONDAY JANUARY 10TH so we can start having our various meetings and putting the schedule together.

At last count, there are 454 panels, 17 programming tracks, AND IT WILL BE AWESOME.

Well, shit.

And suddenly the dryer won't heat. Anyone got a pet handyman who can repair a gas dryer by noon tomorrow?

Ways not to wake up:

1) At 04:30.
2) To the smell of smoke.
3) The source of which you cannot find.
4) Necessitating a sanity-check call to the fire department.
5) Who can't find the source either.

Current theory is it's something that got scorched in the furnace's heat exchanger, blowing the smell through the house via the ductwork. The furnace is switched off for now until we can get someone to take a look at it, and the smell has mostly dissipated.

It's kinda funny that after eleven years of living next door to the fire station, the first time we need them is a few weeks after they move away.

Nov. 25th, 2010

Garlic mashed potatoes (with butter and cream), succotash (sans beans), and cheddar biscuts (with bacon!) are complete. We're sitting down for a few minutes before showering, and then it's on to dinner with walbourn and cuddlyeconomist at the house of some LJ-less friends. And then come the myocardial infarctions.

We don't let the dogs in the kitchen while we're cooking. They are SO MAD.

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