Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015 01:17 pm
I am full of cold symptoms and exhausted by them. Assorted tests are being run, drugs applied, treatments sought. But mostly I'm drifting in and out of sleep and feeling rotten.

The earplugs are helping: they don't completely block everything, but enough that I can sleep through things that used to wake me.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 10:24 pm
Ades Cash & Carry, Charlton, London SE7

Evening RGLers! I hope you enjoyed your long weekends.

This week's featured article is for Ades Cash & Carry in Charlton, an African and Caribbean grocery that is retail as well as wholesale. Apparently there's another branch downstream in Thamesmead - plenty of steamed moi moi puddings and ewedu greens for everyone.

There's a new page for the London Beer Dispensary in Brockley, home to the Late Knights Brewery and serving plenty of their own beers, as you'd expect. Also new to RGL is the Honey Hive, a vegan Caribbean cafe in Sydenham, hidden in the Calabash of Culture gift shop. I've walked past several times and didn't even realise there was a cafe inside!

Rounding up our South-East London based news this week, there's an update for Jam Circus, an Antic pub in Brockley. Is your dog or child welcome there? Go to the page and find out!
Monday, August 31st, 2015 12:57 pm
Overnight I've developed a temperature and cold symptoms, and am on IV antibiotics and fluids to combat them. This would have been much scarier at home.

I find this bay on the ward very wearing. I can't avoid hearing everything going on at each of the other 4 beds, whether it's loud daytime TV or people's diagnoses, arguments with family, biological functions, etc. And I'm highly conscious that the same applies to anything I say or do aloud.

There is an older woman who can't see well and is a bit confused, and she never remembers the nurse call bell, just calls out again and again. I want to be compassionate and understanding but at times I quite hate her :-(
Sunday, August 30th, 2015 05:24 pm
The nurse came to tell me that the consultant overruled the registrar and said no I don't get to go home after all.

I don't have words for how gutted I feel right now. (also deeply unimpressed by who gets landed with giving the bad news)

Sunday, August 30th, 2015 03:05 am
I felt fidgety tonight, so I sat down and scanned in FutureKid's sonograms. Then, since I had the scanner set up, I scanned some old photos from my mother's side of the family. I never quite noticed before, but most of the photos of my grandmother from the 1980s (the last decade of her life) show her with an expression that I can only characterize, in the modern idiom, as "no fucks to give". I guess I take after her. :)

The photos were in one of the two storage bins I brought home from a recent trip to the house of a friend who's been holding on to a lot of my mom's things, since she doesn't have space for them. I had no idea what was in the bins; they were just labeled "Rose". Turns out they contain heaps of photos, my baby book, my birth certificate (not the original but a certified copy), an autobiography I wrote when I was 10 (screamingly hilarious), more photos, copies of the book in which my first published story appeared, a blank notebook that my mother and I doodled in when I was maybe two years old, a comic strip I drew in first grade, a binder of photos of my grandparents' house, even more photos... I only managed to get the binder and a handful of the other pics scanned in. It's time-consuming. I scan as PDFs so I can leave notes on the image with info about the print photo, like a good archivist.

Grandparents and melancholy )

Young Rose and hilarity )
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 10:00 pm
We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 22:30: We've been done for about 30 minutes and haven't seen any issues, so please go ahead and let us know if you notice any problems!
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 01:12 pm
[staff profile] mark and I are planning to do a code push tonight! We will start working around 7pm Pacific time but since it's my first time, the actual push to the site probably won't happen until closer to 8pm Pacific time.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push:

  • Rename swaps will accept rename tokens purchased on either account.

  • OpenID community maintainers will be able to edit tags on community entries.

  • Adorable new mood theme called "angelikitten's Big Eyes".

  • Username tag support for

  • Embedded content support for and

  • Additional space on the user profile page to list your Github username.

And as usual, many tweaks, small bugfixes, and the occasional page source rewrite.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 11:46 am
I'm having some unpleasant digestive TMI (which nurses and docs are clearly trying hard to address), as well as missing home, as well as feeling the utter lack of privacy on the ward quite hard. 

In an attempt to address low blood pressure I have been given a delicious milkshake with ice cream - which I promptly spilled down my nice clean hoodie. Bah.

My comfort-reading stash is getting quite the workout this morning, and I have visitors to look forward to, so I won't be grumpy forever :-) 
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 10:14 pm
It's the end of the week and I'm fighting off a throat infection. Have a kid picspam; I know I need one.

These lecturers just keep getting younger and younger.

We went to the university this past weekend so that the bloke could have an office tidy and we could take the children to the Barber Institute (art gallery) and the Winterbourne botanic gardens. Ms Humuhumu took the opportunity to sit in his comfy swivel chair.

And brush up on her aerosol chemistry. As you do, of a Sunday.

+2 )

Over the past few weekends, we have encountered about twenty of the 200 owl statues gracing various locations in Birmingham and its environs. Below the cut: Humuhumu, with owls.

+7, last one not an owl )
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 11:44 am
Now expanded to 7th Sep as "can reasonably expect to be in at least till then, but maybe not long after":
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 07:28 am
The short version:
I have finished the first round of chemotherapy treatment, but I will need to stay in hospital for probably at least two more weeks. When and how I get to go home and what happens next is all a matter of wait, watch and see. I have daily blood tests, and those results are what’s being watched.

Long version: Read more... )
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 04:51 pm
I've occasionally recommended programs featured as part of Amazon's very long running 'Free (Android) App of the Day' promotion, especially when there were about twenty available for special weekends. A quick look at my list of available programs suggests it was going for at least three years in the UK, but it's now over.

The replacement is 'Amazon Underground', a program with a horrendous list of required permissions which enables you to download and play other programs for free, including not paying for any downloadable content.

Sadly, the currently available list of about 500 of them contains very little that is desirable and nothing that's essential, especially if you've been following the FAotD.

The slight upside is that the creators will actually get paid (per minute you use them, hence the reason for some of those permissions) rather than being expected to be part of the FAotD for nothing.

But there needs to be better content in the list. The FAotD wasn't always great - out of about a thousand of them, I currently only have about thirty actually installed - but I could only spot one of those thirty in the current lineup.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 02:35 pm
I think if Capaldi goes with the kind of nuclear detonation that heralded Matt Smith's departure, I'd quite like his successor's first words to be a series of groans followed by "No more curried eggs for me!"

As for Capaldi's final words, if we get the standard Murray Gold schmalz fest and general sobbing, I'd quite like him to finish with "Gotta go - it's my turn in the barrel."

Any suggestions?