Been a crazy fortnight since I blogged last. Had a major mood crash at the
beginning of the week, that had been building up for a while. Luckily,
venting about the mood swing, and the problems I’ve had with leaving
Château Innsmouth on the weekends. Dealing with my fellow humans is pretty
hard now adays, and I tend to use up all my coping tentacles during the work
week. But after talking about it on Facebook, I’ve been doing a bit better.
Even with work being kind of crazy this week. Yay for tentacle regeneration.
Got a book I’d been looking forward to. ‘Cthulhu Blues’ by Doug Wynne. 3rd
book in one of my favorite Mythos series. Lots of fun to read, I’ll try
to write a more detailed review later. I highly recommend it, and not just
because the author is a pal of mine. Plus I found out about interesting
weirdness is Croatia. Go forth and read my fellow Lovecraft geeks.
Speaking of social stuff, I have a going away party for some friends who
are leaving the sniffly hell of Texas for the Pacific Northwest. It will be
good to see friends, and Seattle isn’t all that far away, and I have plans
for visiting places in the area in the future. And I’ll be hanging with
people tonight who know what’s going on in my head, so if I hide in a corner
or leave early, no one will think less of me. My friends are cool that way.
Running out of words, and focus. So I’ll call this a post, then go read for
a while before the party. Catch you all laters.
Huzzah for 3 day weekend. Sadly, Labor Day weekend tends to fall on or
around my Mom’s spawning day. Specifically this year, it’s today. I
intentionally worked my plans around not having plans today. So if I woke
up with a full on depression cycle, I could just stay in bed. Luckily
for me, I woke up in an alright mood. I miss Mom, but there’s no real
sadness about the day. Which Mom would have preferred. I also made sure
to have chores either done beforehand, or be doable after today. I then
turned off Conky so
the TODO list isn’t visible. I’ll start it up again before I go to bed
So I got up, ran one quick errand (pick up a script from the pharmacy), then
aired up a tire that was low, and drove out to Half Price Books. Partially
because that was a tradition with me and Mom, books on her birthday. And
partially because they have an annual 20% sale for Labor Day weekend.
Didn’t go too crazy, and I ended up picking up a pair of books I already
owned. Oops. I’d take them back, but I honestly don’t know if I’d come
out ahead with the current price of gas here in Texas. I had vague
ideas of going to multiple bookstores, but I honestly didn’t feel like it.
So many books at home and all. I did stop by a big furniture store on
the way back, been looking at getting a reading chair, and well, I wanted
to test drive a few. Didn’t buy anything, but I have a good idea what I want.
So we’ll see. Stopped by a burger place for lunch, and came home.
Been moving stuff around here in Château Innsmouth. I really have way too
much crap for this tiny apartment, but as long I as I don’t look around,
I can ignore it. *wink* When the weather gets cooler, I’m going to
borrow someone’s truck/SUV and haul out a bunch of stuff, either for donation
Rest of Saturday? Well, a delay in writing while I run out and get a burrito.
Came home, ate half of it. (half later for midnight snack or tomorrow).
Now watching ‘The Prestige’ for the first time. Somehow I kept missing out
on it. I’ll also probably fiddle around with moving stuff around more.
Yay for quiet, restful Saturdays…especially when I still have two more
Random geek post. A few months ago I upgraded my Nexus 5 to the Google Pixel (not the XL). I’d transfered over all the files, and the device’s name, NecronomIpod. (cheerfully stolen from Charles Stross). But it didn’t feel right, devices have their own personalities, and I generally give their own names. (Yes, I’m weird that way). So, Saturday came around, and I was re-listening to ‘The Haunter of the Dark’ radio play. I was pondering the magic McGuffin of the story, and thought “It’s dialing ‘N’ for Nyarlathotep!”. *bing* I have name. So my phone’s new name is ‘The Shining Trapezohedron’, with shiny new wallpaper from Gage Prentiss’ design for the Robert Bloch Award from the NecronomiCon Providence. Nerd, thy name is Vulpine. Now lets see if Calls to Cthulhu have less static, and if calling Yuggoth won’t be long distance any more.
Another week has passed. I’m finally done with my first two series of allergy
shots. Next round is 12 shots in 3 months, so min of 1 shot a week. I’m
going to probably do 2 a week, so I’ll be on the next round in October,
and hopefully at maintenance level by the first of the year. Which I hope
will help settle down the pollen horde.
Been getting lots of pictures and reports from NecronomiCon. Still regretting
not going, even if it was the reasonable thing. It looks like people are
having a lot of fun, and there’s lots of cool things. Also, my internet
pal Joe Pulver (who also had to skip the con due to health issues) won the
Robert Bloch award. I’ll freely admit to happy dancing when I read it.
Tonight I’ve been doing a marathon of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre, since
I didn’t get to see them do it live this year. Got to get my weird fix
I haven’t been doing much of anything with computers lately, well on my
own time that is. I have to replace a drive on Hydra, and I want to move
some systems around, but I’m generally lacking in motivation. I used to
live for geek projects, but I guess it’s lost some of it’s sparkle after almost
20 years of geek projects. Maybe it will change, who knows?
And I utterly lost my train of thought. Guess I’ll call this a post. Night
First full week back at Carcosa Corp, and at Château Innsmouth. Was a rough
week mood/depression wise. But I was able to soldier on, and do all the
adulting. Patched both stage environments at work. We’ll do production
week after next. Have a bunch of boring documentation to do as well.
The wild life of a shoggoth wrangler.
Vegging at home today, well vegging and chores. Came home last night, and
I went to bed early due to exhaustion. Forced myself to stay in bed til
about 9am this morning. Had some weird dreams, including dreaming about a
dream home in Victoria BC. Only reason I know that though is that
Craigdarroch Castle was part of the
dream. (We visited the castle when we stopped in Victoria during the
cruise.) It’s nice when my subconscious doesn’t beat me up. Btw, my
dream house has a view of the water and lots of room for bookshelves.
Shocking, I know. I really liked what little I saw of Victoria, and I’ve
been talking about going back there for a longer stay than 4 hours.
(I’d like to go to some museums that have ‘Royal’ in the name) We’ll see
what happens. I also really want to see Puget Sound/Salish Sea again, the
sea was a really dark green, almost black. Definitely was one of the high
points of the vacation.
Chores were well, dull. Multiple loads of laundry, since I haven’t done
any since I got back from vacation. Store run earlier, picked up the kitchen
and general cleaning at home. Allergies are in the ‘annoying’ zone. Really
tired of coughing. Oh well, hopefully the shots will start having a real
effect by the time the cedar trees go crazy around the holidays.
NecronomiCon is next weekend. Really, really wish I’d been able to make it.
Oh well, I’ll make it to Providence one day. On the plus side, I’ll get
reports on all the new releases that I’ll need to acquire for the Starry
Wisdom Library. And there’s always 2019, and next year’s HPLFF, and who
knows what else. So that’s about it for today’s dump of Vulpine brainmeats.
2143 nautical miles.
9 comments on my Cthulhu shirts
15 books finished
So that’s the Alaska Cruise 2017 in a nutshell. While things definitely did
not go completely according to plan, I did try to make the most of everything.
Came to a few conclusions. One, I still love the ocean, definitely need
to spend more time on/near it. I spent hours looking and listening to
the ocean, often reading at the same time. Loved the feeling of the ship
swaying, helped me get to sleep at night.
The ship was interesting. Huge, bigger than the USS Intrepid aircraft
carrier. For those in the crusing know, it was the Carnival Legend. We had a balcony room
port side, aft. (aka left and in the back for the non nautical).
accomidations were nice, loved the shower. I slept on a couch that
was converted to a swin bed, but I spent most of my time in the club chair
the room had, great for reading. The food was good, nothing out of this
world, but enjoyable. Ship had a very cool library, books as decor mixed
with shelves of novels. Would have spent more time there, it was quiet. But
the downside was very little airflow (a problem I had on most of the ship),
so it was more comfortable to lounge on the balcony.
Alaska was interesting. Saw a glacier up close, saw so many bald eagles,
I actually felt a little blaise about seeing them. As for cetaceans, I
got to see killer whales, humpback whales and what I think was a striped
dolphin (aka, not Flipper) running next to the ship. Parts of Alaska looked
like something out of a horror or Lovecraftian story, dark, quiet woods and
looming mountains. Gorgeous, but it could have easily been terrifying
with a small shift. The towns/cities themselves were…eeh. Right by the
cruise docks was full of shops selling ‘cheap’ jewelry and tshirts and stuff.
And we didn’t spend enough time in any of them for me to explore the more
interesting parts. On the other down side, I’m as badly allergic to Alaska
as I am to Texas. I was miserable from day 3 on with ‘cedar fever’
symptoms, which I haven’t gotten rid of.
We also stopped in Victoria BC. I liked this city more, it had a better ‘vibe’
and the houses and building had more history to them. Again, I didn’t get
to explore…which was sad, since there’s a famous bookstore there. Already
have made some mental plans to go back some year. Also, I’m told the museums
are amazing. Seattle, where we were for a few days before the cruise. Did
the usual tourist stuff (Space Needle, Pike Place Market, etc). People who
know me also shouldn’t be surprised that I went to the Seattle Aquarium and
spent a lot of time trying to communicate with the octopus there. Had some
really tasty sushi one night. (no connection). There’s a small laundry list
of things I’d want to go back to Seattle to do, but it was nice to visit.
So that’s things in a very small nutshell. Lots more to talk about, but
if I tried to record everything I’d probably go nuts. My depression and
allergies were kind of nuts on the trip, a cruise of several thousand people
is challenging the likes of me. But my friends were really ok with me
spending large chunks of the cruise in the stateroom reading. My friends
get me, and I’m glad they talked me into going on a cruise. I may do it
again some time, when things are a little more stable. I’ll probably post
some trivia stuff, and some of the pictures I have at another time. Night
Some not so good news for my fellow NecronomiCon people. Due to unexpected bills, a lack of available PTO, and general exhaustion, I’m not going to make it to Providence. Definitely not what I want to do, but it’s what is best for me in the long run. I’ll be there in spirit, and I’ll do my eldritchness to be there in 2019. Sorry to all my cultist pals I was planning on meeting or seeing again, this year has definitely not gone according to plan.
I’ll post about the cruise later on in the week, I’m still drained as heck. Miss the ocean. Oh well.
It’s travel day. Working from home today, then I’ll get picked up and
head to the airport for my evening flight. Then it’s Vulpine’s Big Adventure.
I’m going to be mostly offline for the trip. I’m going to try keeping
away from social media and from online news. I don’t know how well
this will work, but it’s the plan. If you want/need to get ahold of me,
or have some link I need to see when I get back to the real world,
email is your best option. vulpine-at-innsmouth dot net.
The plan for today is to make feeble attempts at getting some work finished
up, while tweaking on travel foo. And twitching. I’m going to try to put
journal entries together on my tablet during the trip, but I’ll probably
not post them til I get back. So don’t worry at general radio silence.
Wish me luck, smooth sailing, and a lack of security theater. Cthulhu
Fhtagn! and all that jazz.
Well, it’s less than a week til I head up to Seattle, and then get on a
ship to Alaska and back. My biggest trip since I was a kid, with my folks.
11 days away from Château Innsmouth. Going to be…A mix of things. Honestly
I’m kind of stressed about things. Travel makes me anxious, and this has
all kinds of additional stressors added. But, I’ll deal. I’ve spent today
getting my tasks in order. Laundry, shopping, packing (yes I’m packing
everything now, rather than flipping out later in the week). Already cut
my wardrobe down so I could get everything packed. Of course, I’ll probably
pull everything out and repack it before the week is out.
So yeah, I’ll gone for a long while. Not that I’ve been all that chatty on
here, but I don’t plan to be all that connected while on the cruise. I
guess that’s part of the anxiety, intentionally trying to disconnect for
a while. Not completely, as I’m using my tablet for reading as usual.
(I will bring a paper book or two just in case). I also will be bringing
a bluetooth keyboard so I can keep journal entries on it, or at least notes
of our adventures. Also have my camera, though I tend to be pretty lazy
about taking pictures. Probably will spend most of my camera time taking
Besides the trip, it’s been a crazy couple of weeks. Busy with work, trying
to get all my allergy shots in on time. Got my new, bifocal glasses today.
Adapted to them pretty quick, of course I got the fancy no line/progressive
lenses. Will be nice to be able to read small print book again without
straining. Been fighting a kind of stalemate battle with my
anxiety/depression. Keep trying to dig my heels in so it doesn’t get a bigger
foothold. Lots of reading, lots of movies. Some socializing, but it’s
been hard. I like being at Château Innsmouth, it’s full of things I like.
*wink* Oh well, I’ll deal.
Also been plotting on my Providence trip for Necronomicon 2017. It’s actually
a less stressful trip, even though I’m going solo. Only going to be gone
about half the time, and I’m pretty much staying in the same area of
Providence most of the time. Of course, there’s a lot of social activity,
but that’s with Lovecraftians, which previous experience tells me I’ll find
easier than most events. And I can always do my own rambles along Grandpa
Theobald’s streets. More plotting when I get back I think.
So that’s about it. About to call it a night and go to bed. Books to
read, and sleeps to have. If I don’t post anything before I leave, see
you all in August. Iä! Iä! Cthulhu Fhtagn!
It’s Sunday. Long weekends are a good thing, even if last night my mood
kind of tanked. Woke up kind of off still, but fighting it with Eurohorror,
noodles, and a good long shower. Self care, it’s what’s for breakfast.
Social time yesterday was fun, yay seeing friends. Random hot chocolate
craving was sated. Fought off the tanked mood with weird horror movies, and
geeking. Starting the process of bringing my OpenSuSE VMs all up to 42.2…
just in time for 42.3 to be released shortly. (also updated my Ubuntu VM,
but that wasn’t any big deal). Went to bed around midnight, so of course
a server lit up and wanted attention. Not a hard fix. just there was much
eyerolling on my part. Had to do some more basic foo this morning. Need
to log into the ticket system and close the automatic tickets generated at
Plans for today are to hang out with Amythest and Nymaz at some point.
Before that I need to swing by the office and pickup my laptop (I left
it on Friday). I only need it if I’m not at home. Was going to get it
yesterday, but I ended up going straight home from the gather. Not a big
fan of the work laptop (windows, ugg), but I don’t see a reason to buy a high
end laptop, or even try to setup my old Thinkpad to play nice with Carcosa
either. Laptops have little appeal to me now a-days, I can do most everything
with Cthäat Aquadingen (my Nexus 7) when I’m not at home, so why add another
device ? (Besides the shiny factor). Hmm, probably should update the
Thinkpad, it’s been a while.
While I’m waiting on the plan to come together, I’ve been watching Spanish
horror flicks First ‘Werewolf Shadow’. Paul Naschy vs vampires (he’s the
werewolf). Spent half the movie trying to remember where I’d heard the
soundtrack, they reused the music from one of the Blind Spanish Zombie
Knights Templar movies. Now watching ‘Beneath Still Waters’, flooded town
holds a hidden occult secret. Made by the same production company and filmed
around the same time as my beloved ‘Dagon’. It’s cheese, but it’s fun cheese.
That’s about all I have right now. Hoping for a quiet and restful rest
of the long weekend. Catch you all on the flipside.