How do I cope? Books.

Another long week. Jury duty last Monday. Would have been a hell of a case, in a bad way. Luckily for my sanity, the defendant agreed to a plea bargain and we all go to home. The rest of the week has been work foo, I'm really learning to loathe Sybase. Still do like my job, mostly because of the people I work with. Had the company holiday party on Thursday, was fun until my social anxiety went to 11. Yesterday (Friday) was pretty lousy as well. Stressors from work, friend issues, a whole bunch of wishing this year was done. That's kind of a theme lately.

Today, I woke up and decided that I needed a self spoiling day. Went and got gas, and went on a tour of Half Price Bookstores in the area. Kind of over did it, but I got some really cool books for the library. Mythos stuff, some esoterica and a book about the Beast of GĂ©vaudan;, which was the inspiration for the movie 'Brotherhood of the Wolf'. Also a few movies. While driving around I went by King Tut's again for comfort lamb. Also drove up for critter care while some friends are on vacation. One kitty hid from me, the other saw the sucker sign and came up for pets. Came home, finished up season two of 'The Exorcist' and watched a couple of flicks. Then, as I was starting to ponder book time...work screams. Fecking databases. Hoping we cleared it up right now...that seems to be a no. *sigh* Ok, going to wrap up this post because I'm out of tentacles. Ciao.

The Shape of Water

Went to see 'The Shape of Water' today with Nymaz. Been looking forward to seeing this since it was announced. It was an amazing film. Like his 'Crimson Peak', which was a mystery that happened to have ghosts in it, this was a love story that happened to have a fish person in it. The only monsters in it were people. The two most emotive characters don't speak verbally, there's sign language, but as much of the dialog was in body posture, head tilts, stuff like that. There's even a couple of musical numbers, one of which was probably my favorite scene in the movie. The bad guy isn't a cartoon villain, there's a logic to his actions and he's obviously a product of his career. Everything meshes and it plays out near perfect. Well, bad things happen to a cat, which I could have passed on. But it is understandable in context. And yes, there is fishperson sex. And weird straight people sex, and lonely person sex. Might not be to your tastes, but I don't think it's that big a deal. Also, keep your eyes out for little easter eggs and references. Oh yeah, I wouldn't call it Lovecraftian, definitely weird though. Long story short, if you like del Toro, and want a movie with a very positive message about like and love and being 'human', go see it. 5 out of 5 flared gill slits.

Weekend of Electronic Entropy

This has been the weekend of electronics being a pain in the ass. Come home Thursday night, and my media PC is acting wonky. Can't reach the media drive via NFS. Verified the drive is readable, and NFS is running on Dagon. So I assume something got stuck, NFS is annoying that way, and reboot. Come up with a failed OS drive. Well, damn. Ok, I'd planned to swap it out with Shoggoth, my local network server that doesn't do much. Ok, so I spend my Friday off getting things moved around and hooked up. To find out sound doesn't work. Googling got me either 'use a USB sound card' or 'Sound works fine'. So I go and order a USB sound card that supports Linux with 1 day delivery. Which gets delayed Saturday, so...no media PC. I've watched a bunch of movies on my multi-region bluray player (which I had a frustrating time getting to change region til I remembered the remote control pattern).

I also planned to listen to audiobooks. My normal way to listen is on The Shining Trapezohedron (my phone), using a bluetooth speaker. So of course, what starts having issues ? Yep, the speaker is in flake mode. I verified it wasn't the phone using my bluetooth headset. *grumbles* Again, I have a work around (Audible's website), but it's bloody annoying. I like the bluetooth speaker, because I can wander around the apartment with it while doing chores. Feh.

Also, besides Amazon shipping fail, the post office has delayed two other packages due in Saturday. *sigh* But at least they managed to deliver a book of books from a Kickstarter I funded. Yay new book smell.

Otherwise, it's been a pretty lousy weekend. Not dreaming well, stressed and anxious. The holiday foo is getting to me pretty darn hard. Just have to get through the next 4 weeks. Hoping to have a better 2018. I can dream, after all.