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29 January 2012 @ 10:33 am
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Really, I have a list of things to write about and apparently no time. OTOH, I’ve reached 21K on “No Dominion”, so you can perhaps see where my efforts are going.

This week I’ve seen both “Haywire” and “Shame”, both of which I’ll write a picoreview of soon. At the moment, all I’ll say is last summer I couldn’t remember or pronounce Michael Fassbender’s last name and now I’ve seen much more of him than I might ever have reasonably expected to. :)

Walking down Henry Street (one of the two major shopping streets in Dublin) to the film last night, I was struck back to back by the comfort of being an anonymous face in a large crowd, being one of hundreds or thousands making their way through the darkening evening, being one of an innumerable mass of stories…and the utter loneliness of being an anonymous face in a large crowd. I immediately thought I should write a literary fiction novel called ANONYMOUS which would no doubt chronicle the life or lives of just such a handful of people, whose lives might or might not intersect, and in the end presumably nothing would have changed except we would all have a deeper understanding of the plight of the human animal. It would become a NYT bestseller, score a blockbuster movie deal starring Zoe Saldona, Scarlett Johansson and Helen Mirren, and people would cry buckets through the whole thing.

Except I’m sure somebody’s done it already, and I doubt I could keep it up for, oh, say, longer than the above paragraph. :)

I had a wonderfully informative discussion with my editor about pre-orders, bestseller numbers, and other interesting things a couple days ago, and need to turn that into a blog post soon too.

I have done something weird and painful to…I don’t know the name of the muscle. The one on the inner arm that runs up to the middle finger. I suspect this is some kind of carpal thing going on from lifting Young Indiana in some fashion, but I haven’t figured out how to stop/do it differently yet. Anyway, it hurts, and stretching/massaging it doesn’t seem to help. :p

Patience paid off! The J Peterman equestrian coat went down to $158! I have purchased one. I think getting to wear it will be my reward for losing about 8 pounds. Sigh.

I must have one of these workstations. I MUST HAVE ONE.

(x-posted from the essential kit)

 
 
 
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mikaela_lmikaela_l on January 29th, 2012 02:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you for mentioning the alpha lipoic acid. My fingers occasionally goes numb. I thought the reason was B12, but I'll try the alpha lipoic acid :).
Alix (Tersa): Hazel-Rah (tersa)tersa on January 29th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)
Oh, good, you've seen Haywire. :) I saw it Friday night and thought "I NEED KIT TO WATCH THIS". Just because, y'know, I wanted to know if you recognized areas they filmed in and flailed. /dork
kitmizkit on January 29th, 2012 11:51 am (UTC)
I could in fact take you on the Dublin Tour of Haywire. Except for the rooftop stuff. :)
Alix (Tersa): Toast---silly tongue (tersa)tersa on January 29th, 2012 11:59 am (UTC)
Except for the rooftop stuff. :)

Oh, good, because the end of it looked rather painful.

;)
kitmizkit on January 29th, 2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
*laughs* There was a grunt of pain throughout the whole theatre at that bit. It was pretty funny. :)
mikaela_lmikaela_l on January 29th, 2012 01:15 pm (UTC)
Hey Catie, the evening velvet dress is discounted to 68 dollar. If only I was taller. *deep sigh*
celestialgldfshcelestialgldfsh on January 29th, 2012 02:00 pm (UTC)
Wow. I am now lusting over that coat. And reminding myself that I live near Phoenix and don't really get to use the coats I have.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on January 29th, 2012 03:26 pm (UTC)
For your arm I suggest rubbing it with Tiger Balm(best bought in a busy street market in Bangkok. Any excuse to visit that city... ) and wearing a snug-fitting neoprene sleeve on the arm.
I don@t know if they sell sleeves like that, but I know they have sleeves that fits knees, elbows and other joints, and yeah, they work...

I'm a computer pro, so I KNOW they work...
I assume you use a computer mouse when working?
try to see how far you can throw it!
Then get a decent replacement.
Evoluent 'Vertical Mouse' can be recommended.
available for both right and lefthanded and i different sizes.
The Anir Vertical mouse is a bit more extreme, and takes a while to get used to, but those at my office that has one is threatening us with doom if we ever try to replace them...
Or even the 'mousetrapper', which is nothing more than a touchpad built into a handrest you place in front of the keyboard.

My personal choice is the Evoluent, lefthanded version.

As adriannem mentions, the shoulders forward position is really bad.
(Also, you don't erver get rid of CTS, as soon as you quit your good habits, it's back, with a vengeance)
For that reason, people have found me in my office, leaned back as far as the chair can go(which is pretty far... ), head rolled back as much as the neck allows, eyes closed...
They think i'm asleep... until they notice the BT headset clipped to my ear and my mumbling.
(I have nearly 2 decades of computer support history. I KNOW all the offices in my region, and every piece of tech there. I just need to close my eyes to visualise it and 'be there' )

My home Workstation is MUCH BETTER than that...

Actually, I have 2...
1. With the 40" Samsung 'not that smart' LED TV and my Mac Mini, but there I sit on a pillow on the floor.
(My feet tend to fall asleep... )

2. My couch! It's an old IKEA model that can transform into a large bed... Doesn't work with most laptops, but works great with my old Psion S3 series PDAs. (If you know how to hold it correctly and 'thumb type' you can get almost up to 'touch type' speeds)

None of those ever came close to costing as much as my car...
1999 vintage Citroën Berlingo, with ragtop and one sliding rear passenger door. Cost me about 3000 Eurro a few months ago when I haad to replace my 1998 vintage... Even got the same red colour)