strange_aeons: (meh)
I have a cold. Again. I've had something like half a million colds in the last year, where previously I've gotten them at a rate of about two per year. (This is probably a stress thing. That, and having a desk inches away from a woman I have dubbed Patient Zero.) I hoped I was done a couple of months ago when I caught the same plague that was laying waste to everyone on reality television at the time, and spent a week essentially dead. No such luck. God, my head.

Time to talk about race!

Not how you're thinking. Maybe next time. )

Aside: I just saw that ad for the asthma controller that contains salmeterol and therefore 'may cause asthma-related death' again. There's a joke about the FDA and 'lethal quantities of irony' in there that I can't formulate. I blame the illness.
strange_aeons: (steamy)
I didn't realize until I went and looked at it that my last post was 4.43 years ago. (Okay, I didn't realize that until I looked at it and did some math.) For the curious, major developments during that time, not necessarily in chronological order:

New dog. New, better iteration of old relationship. New computer. New apartment in new city. New job. New apartment for real this time. Dreadlocks. Flat-panel. TiVo. Promotion. New name. New computer again. New work in progress.

The new WIP is what brings me back. I write best when I have people I can talk to about writing; I have that in spades, but I don't want to monopolize every conversation I have with them. My old stomping ground rasfc is replete with fail¹, so while I figured I was going to come back to the journal, I'm back sooner than I expected.

I have no content right now. I've have one sentence that I know I'm not going to use, and a short list of names (one of which is Music Heard through a Thick Door, which entertains me greatly). I'm still in the stage in which my understanding of what is going on is evolving too rapidly for there to be much point in putting words on the screen. It's good, though; it's snowballing. I almost know how the first scene starts. Watch this space.

There's also a new journal layout, which I urge everyone to come look at and tell me if it's broken in their browsers. It is pretty swanky.² I've tested it in Opera 9.23, Firefox 3b5 and IE 7, but not especially rigorously. It looks a little different, though essentially correct, in IE because IE still sucks and I had to do an ugly workaround. I'm not proud of myself. I'm having a problem with the link colors in the entry boxes, which is that I can't seem to pick anything that doesn't hurt the eyes. Suggestions welcome. I need to come up with a new default icon, also; this one is showing its age. For all the House and Heroes icons I've made (and ... never posted anywhere; this one and this one are the best of the lot), I have no real desire to use them. Well, maybe that second one.

¹ I should go back, but I can tell I'm not going to. I don't like starting shit and then leaving people I respect to deal with it, but I just don't have the energy. Arguing with stupid people on the internet is one of my favorite hobbies, but it's a miserable exercise when the stupid people are people I thought were all right. My time feels even more limited these days than it actually is, and not even guilt is powerful enough to make me spend it on an exercise that just makes me want to lie down and wait for my species to suck less.

I got in some good digs, though. I'm kind of awesome.


² I think it would look good on a T-shirt. I have done one T-shirt design, as a Giftmas present for a friend, which was very well-received and was in very approximately the same 'all the kids seem to be into vector shapes now, so I might as well' style. (There is a problem, which is that the blue and green hearts, while clear on every monitor I've looked at this on, have identical saturation and luminance and just look like a big irregular blob on the shirt itself when viewed from any distance.) If I accumulate enough of this stuff I might actually look into that T-shirt thing.