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It's really good weather and a Sunday, so I'm hanging out at home, not doing much.  I did go for a walk of approx 45-50 minutes earlier to take care of the exercise thing, and in a moment I will go do some gardening.  Since it's my birthday - which I honestly try to ignore because it's a bloody depressing event - I decided to look up what events happened on this day in history.  Some fairly earthshaking stuff and some intriguing trivia, which of course I prefer.

On this day in 1683, one Antonie van Leeuwenhoek first reported the existence of bacteria.  Looked like nobody paid much attention to him for some time.

The USA got their constitution together in 1787!

And get this, since I'm still on a Finland kick, in 1809 on this day,  a "peace" was announced between Sweden and Russia in what was termed the Finnish War.  I'm not sure that's the word the Finns would have used, since to achieve said peace, the Swedes handed over the Finnish territory to Russia.

In 1972, to end on a more optimistic note, MASH premiered on TV!

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I'm still feeling wonky, with a chest full of gunk, but have begun to suspect I might live.  Not good to get sick, but at least I made it back before I began to feel really bad.  In Changi Airport I was aware of *really* wanting some icecream - couldn't find, but got some iced coffee - but still thought/hoped it was travel fatigue.

About international travel these days:

I was glad to find that the dire warnings about extra travel time were not exactly accurate, well, not if you were travelling around midnight, which is the first time that's actually been an advantage.  Customs is more automated than when last I travelled in 2013 and provided one did not screw up - there are a surprising number of ways you can present your passport to a scanner - it was very quick.  

I set off alarms on my outward journey going through the scanning doorway, and had to go back, remove my belt and then hold my pants up with one hand while I waited for my belt to rejoin me.  Also new;  while lining up for the luggage scan, a drug dog with its handler ran along the line, sniffing at speed.  It didn't find anyone interesting.  [Reminder to self; don't pat the drug dog.]  They also had somebody checking passports - basically that you actually had one, and a boarding pass - before you even got into the room with the scanning equipment.

The admonition over the loudspeaker to report "peculiar behaviour" was constant;  I must have heard it 20 or 30 times, but I'm still here, so I must've been normal enough.  The first flight, Cathay Pacific to Hong Kong, was absolutely chockers and while the staff aboard did their best, it was just too crammed for comfort.  They don't seem to do the hot towels thing anymore, which I used to appreciate.  I spent the trip hating on my seatmate, because he was able to go to sleep.

The Finnair flight from Hong Kong had more room and I'd booked a seat with more leg room which I appreciated, but note to the wise;  may not be worth it next time because you are in direct line of sight to the loo so get bright light flashed in your eyes whenever someone opens the door.  Which was constantly, on outward and return flights.  I was barely conscious at landing, and appreciated a monosyllabic taxi driver on the way to the hotel.

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 And I mean really boring.  Now enjoying the worst of the cold, so nothing's happening until I get over it.  Congrats to those people who avoided me at the con;  you dodged a bullet.   Unfortunately there do seem to have been a lot of bullets; somebody on the Worldcon group on Facebook began a list.

Gene, PRK, Lawrie;  how's your health?!

con crud

Aug. 16th, 2017 05:01 pm
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I thought these achy feelings, sniffle and scratchy throat were due to ignoring my diet and travel fatigue, but I think I actually have a cold.  I've certainly had enough sleep and didn't feel bad at all after waking up on my first morning in Helsinki.

There's a growing list of those who have suffered "con crud" and I think I must add myself.  Oh well, got a few days to get over it.  Today's activities were much more mundane than on the trip:  just went to get some groceries as there was nothing here to eat that wasn't a Vitaweat or a cup of English Breakfast tea.   Also am doing laundry.  There are more t-shirts than there were before.
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I'm awake now after spending quite a lot of time asleep, following my return from Finland last night.  It was actually a better trip than I'd feared; the first leg in Finnair was crowded but I had a bit of extra space because I'd paid them for it.  Then when I switched to the little 737 Qantas plane in Changi, I'd feared the worst, but no.  The plane was not full!  It was six seats wide with one narrow aisle in the centre, and I had three of those seats to myself.  Promptly stretched out and crashed.  There was a bit of a rush just before landing because of me being asleep during the passing out of immigration cards but no trouble, filled it out and got through pretty fast, thanks to a new e-passport and automatic systems.

I have lots I want to say about my trip and experiences in Finland, which I will do when I've had a chance to recover and go through my paper journal.  It's a beautiful country, very well organised, even though the authorities do expect a certain basic intelligence from the populace, meaning you can get into trouble as a clueless tourist if you're looking for big, obvious advertising and signage!  It's there, just a tad more restrained and tasteful than it is at home.  Since the language is not gender-based, that meant I was much more comfortable with the way people talked to me, whichever gender they thought I was.  I decided early on that I could easily stand living in Finland, even if that meant I would have to learn Finnish.

I very much enjoyed talking to the Finnish fans and hearing from their writers.  There was even a meet up of the Supernatural fans at Worldcon, most of whom were Finnish.  I had 
never heard of Johanna Sinisalo (GOH) before, but now I will look for her books and watch Iron Sky, which I also haven't got to yet.

Now I need to go grocery shopping.  I may be back with English Breakfast tea, but it's actually all I have here in the way of food.

The houseplants have all survived also.

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Today I went to see the island zoo for my last day of lone sightseeing.  The weather threatened and then delivered a LOT of rain - we would call it a good winter soaking in Perth - but I managed to dodge it and see various creatures, most of whom were in their shelters, eating or asleep.  In regard to the big cats [lynx, snow leopard, Asiatic lion, Amur leopard], all I can say is they had nice, foresty enclosures.  The only creature walking around was a tiger, and the wildcat, which looked just like a tabby moggy, sat in its elevated box and gazed out, not giving a stuff.

I'm getting pretty tired by now, though before I left, I made sure I was doing at least 30-40 minutes of walking per day, but here I'm doing a lot more than that, some of it because I get lost and have to wander around for some time before I work out where I need to go.  Today the zoo ferry dropped us off at a different spot than where it picked us up and I was already pretty tired, so got confused fast.  In the end I found a place to have lunch and got the person at the counter to show me where I was!    It wasn't where I thought I was.  Seriously, my sense of direction is usually better than this.  The rain got very heavy and I had to find shelter several times.  The populace seems very good at this; they bolt for cover when rain gets heavy and then wait quite patiently until it stops, or at least eases.  This time there were small creeks running in the streets.

I made it back to the hotel and fell over for a bit.  When I stirred, the sun was out and no sign of clouds at all.  I'd also gotten the hotel to launder my spare pants and shirts, and for a while they lost the pants, which could have made things difficult.  They were the main reason I'd chosen that option.  There's a heated towel rack in the bathroom which is great for smalls, but I thought the jeans would take a bit long to do.

I'm now ready to sit and be looked after for a bit.  Tomorrow I just have to get to the meeting spot for the tour bus taking a mob of Worldcon attendees to see the Oikiluoto (sp? sorry tired) nuclear power plant and that's the last bit of serious self organisation I need to do.  I hope.  Then Worldcon begins and after that I have one day before I need to head to the airport.  A group of science fiction fans at a nuclear facility;  what can possibly go wrong?

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 Zebra crossing marks don't mean you can just walk across the road.  Well, sometimes.  If there are also pedestrian crossing indicators, the zebra marks mean "this is where you walk when the light is green."   Since the roads are quite wide, there are often two or three stretches of road, maybe with a light rail track down the middle.  Each with its own pedestrian lights.  The indicator furthest away from you goes green before the indicator directly in front of you goes green.  I have developed a twitch caused by reacting to the sight of a "walk" indicator going green that isn't the one I have to wait for.

Also, Finns seem to mostly wait for the lights.  I guess with trams, cars AND buses all using the same broad streets, that's probably a good idea.  Water on the roads seems to be a constant thing also; given the amount of rain even in summer that I've seen so far.

I have more photos up here:


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Some Finnish photos.  Not where I said they'd be, sorry, decided to make a new collection.  I sort of lost track of what I was doing with all the loading so thought would leave it at these and do the rest tonight if I am not too tired!

Most of the pics are of the Suomenlinna naval fortress off the coast of Helsinki.  Helsinki is only a city because of this fort, not the other way around!

I am going to look for some tea.  I may be some time.
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 If anybody who has also travelled to Finland knows where you can get a decent cup of tea here, please share.  This is the end of my first day here and I've yet to track down tea.  The hotel did have some at breakfast but it was Earl Grey.  I'm not yet that desperate.  Mostly because I also drink coffee and the coffee here is strong enough that the two cups I had at breakfast [known as that meal where you don't drink wine] appear to be still doing their job.  No signs of caffeine withdrawal.  It's just that I'm used to having one when I'm keyboarding, damn it!

I got here late afternoon yesterday and while I took a bit of time to settle so I could sleep, once I did manage it, that was me for the next 12 hours.  I fell over around 6pm and apart from waking briefly from 2 to 3 am, that was it until 6 something am.  There were some guys running races in the corridor in their boxers, else I probably wouldn't have woken up then.

I'm really tired again now because I've been touristing all day - may not have quite such an early start tomorrow - and have also caught the sun a bit, even though this isn't really my idea of summer weather.  

I will be glad when the con starts, or for me, when Tuesday arrives and I go on the tour to the nuclear power plant.  It's a bit lonely without anyone I know here, and nobody talks to me, well, except for a couple of British tourists.  As for navigating in a place with ridiculously long street names and not always with directions in my language, it takes a bit of extra work.

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I'm getting ready to leave for Finland tomorrow.  Hair cut and purchase of more underwear today was almost last on the list.  I've even remembered to halve enough of the antidepressants to take along, since I can't take the miniscule scalpel with me, just in case I get a sudden urge to take over an airliner.

I'm going to put updates here on Dreamwidth, but since I still haven't deciphered their system for loading photos, I'll have to put a link to them.  They'll be here.


Here's hoping everything electronic works as I've been promised it will. 

I think that's everything.  

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Paranoia has its uses.  For a while now I've been worried that I would have problems with my Visa card overseas, as I did last time I travelled.  This time I knew there'd been a problem because I hadn't figured out that there was a cap on what I could withdraw in a day.  I thought I'd solved it, but was still worried, so decided to take the huge step of contacting the hotel's sales centre in Finland and getting them to take their money early.

Turns out my only option so close to the date was to ring them up.  As a lifelong telephobic, few things are more terrifying.  But not as terrifying as the possibility of trouble at the other end after no sleep for 24 hours.  So now I have talked to Finland and heard a tri-lingual phone message [Finnish/English/Swedish], with directions so I knew I'd be talking to an English speaker.  I painstakingly gave the details of the card and she had a go.  Transaction declined.  Right, so I then have to talk to my bank.  Turns out that the transaction limit I see in Internet banking and the limit on the card as a debit card are not the same thing.  Okay, probably this is basic to some folks, but not to this rodent.

The guy at call centre says he can lift the limit but only for half an hour; something to do with being a call centre and not the bank.  No problem!  Back to Finland, where I talk to a second operator and am plunged into wild confusion when she does not immediately recognise the contact number as one of theirs. [No idea.  First person had no trouble].  I again painstakingly explained.  Fortunately operator 2 finds the notes of operator 1 and all is clarified.  The transaction is completed and I sit back, feeling a strong wish for something alcoholic and a bit of a lie down.

I think I'll be okay now, but I would not have been, had I ignored the feeling that I really had to do this.  In many ways I'm sorry we're beyond the era of travellers' cheques.  They were easy to get, more secure than cash and useful.

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Incredibly wet day today, especially for Perth.  Managed to get some exercise anyway, half of it without being rained on, when I went to see whether the Swan River had burst its banks yet.  Answer, just about;  it's lapping over the usual edges and creating some very large puddles.  I'd put a photo but despite busting my brain, haven't worked out how to do that here yet.

Apart from that, spent most of the day doing stuff around the house/messing online.  I think I have managed to break Facebook, which is now showing me ads both for gay tours of New York and dating websites so that I can find the right woman.  I also got a junk (?) email from somebody offering to be my slave.

Organising for trip to Finland is done, I'd say.  Today I got the info enabling me to pay for the tour to visit the Oikiluoto nuclear power plant on the day before Worldcon and also print out the bar code I'm supposed to present at the con when I get there.  Everything so far has been incredibly well organised on their part;  most impressed.  I work next week as normal, then the Monday and Tuesday following, then I leave on the redeye flight Thursday night.
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I just saw a local documentary, Not Just Me, produced by Jonathan Messer and featuring four local transmen.  I’ve met David in person a few times and at least recognise the names and photos of the other guys.  This film was part of the Revelation Perth Film Festival at Luna Leederville.

It was great to hear local transmen talk about being trans, often echoing my own thoughts and experiences, and to see the local scenery as the cameras followed them around Perth.  All up, the film had a sense of hope and optimism about the future, that one day it will be accepted that people come in more varieties than was originally supposed.  For needle phobics, here’s a warning that there are also several scenes involving a very large needle being applied to various backsides.

The quality of the segments featuring each transman varied drastically, I presume based on the person’s availability for filming, because one covered experiences of a year, two for six and four months and one a single day.  Now, only hours after the viewing, I’m left with pretty clear images from the two best presented, Simon and David, and only vague memories of Max and Logan’s sections.  Logan’s sections were self-shot with a very jerky camera.  I’m one of the people who can’t tolerate watching jerky camera footage without feeling sick, so I had to stop watching whenever it switched to these segments.  The scene of Logan talking with a friend was outside and very noisy.  While it began with dialogue captions, this didn’t continue and there was quite a bit I couldn’t catch.  This could have been remedied with a bit more captioning and also guidance from the producer.

All the guys depicted were twenty-somethings, which made me groan a bit, because that’s a constant problem I have as an “older” transman, that everyone sees this as something young people do.  Older folk are invisible.  This meant that quite a bit of what they were talking about was not something I could really relate to, so I would have liked to see a bit more diversity.  The director talked (in an earlier interview) about being surprised that there was a “strong culture” of transmen in Perth and that it had taken him a long time to acquire subjects because of “gatekeepers.”  I’m honestly not sure what that means.  I can only say I didn’t have a problem finding and meeting trans people.

Still, the fact that it was made at all is definitely a plus and hopefully we’ll see more on this subject down the track.  Maybe a mini-series?

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It's cold now, by Perth's definition of chilly:  One needs to haul out the heater and wear actual pyjamas.  Well, a tracksuit.  Finland should feel quite comfortable when I get there in early August for the Worldcon in Helsinki, by which time Perth will be frigging freezing.  Yes, I know, heaps of sympathy from those of you in Canberra, or the USA or in Nordic countries already.  But as the Helsinki Complaints Choir laments;  your ancestors could have found somewhere more sunny to be, but they didn't.

I'm hanging out for my trip;  got the rest of this month and next month to go.  I'm doing some reading, that's one method of maintaining mental health.  I picked up Cat Sparks' Lotus Blue while at Supanova Comic Con last week.  The event was a severe disappointment apart from the chance to chat with Cat and also Alan Baxter, who were hiding behind tables piled with their books.  It's taking a while to get into the book but it is pretty good.  Cat mentioned a problem with the book's blurb, which calls it "A Canticle for Lebowitz by way of Neuromancer", two books apparently unknown to most of the fans who populate Supanova.  I think it's an age thing;  most of them seem to be in their 20s and below, so the other comparison with Mad Max means more to them.

geekery about wolves )

I restarted my Netflix account, because navigating around the pirate sites can be a pain and also they get hunted down and closed at regular intervals.  I've just watched two seasons of 12 Monkeys, which was pretty good once I got into it, though the time-travelling really messes with a person's head.  So long as the writers keep the whole thing straight somehow, that's ok with me.  Two seasons is all Netflix has right now, so I figured I'd wait till they got the rest, and checked out quite a few things which failed to hold my interest, until I got to Homeland, which I'm enjoying so far, four episodes in.

The rest;  well, plenty of gardening which is of interest only to me.  Trying to keep exercising.  Trying to write stuff.  I've a story on foot, Pylon!, which Leece prompted me to write, but I'm also dealing with trying to reduce my antidepressant, so things move slowly.  If anyone else wants to hand me a prompt, feel free, but my head is not being terribly obliging right now.  

I'm also considering getting some baby rats from an actual rattery (ie somewhere that has bred them with some care so they don't have lifelong health problems like my rescues have had) when I get home from Finland in mid August, but at the moment, anything beyond Helsinki and Worldcon is vague and indistinct.  Like the world when I remove my glasses.

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This weekend has been a bit boring and I haven't had any human interaction to speak of, but that's all right, means I saved $ and it is all needed for Finland.  I realise now that WABA (boardgaming club) was on but did not come to this realisation until around midnight of Saturday.  Saturday is when I do my housework jobs and some garden jobs and try to get in some exercise.

On Sunday I had to call my mother for Mother's Day, since the customs of the tribe mean I would feel intensely guilty if I didn't.  There wasn't a lot to say, as it's only a week since I called before, but since I generally have to repeat everything, that still takes awhile.  M had to go through how wonderful it was to get flowers from my brother and his family, but all in all, not too bad.  When M answered the phone, I greeted her in my best Indian call centre operator accent, and did well enough that M almost hung up on me.  One has to get entertainment where one can. :-)

I messed around online, made Scrabble moves and wrote a bit of Pylon.  Am in the middle slump, i.e. not sure of a good ending, feeling that there's too much standing around and talking heads, so I arranged for a sea serpent to eat a surf boat.  Some rain was swept in this afternoon; it has now moved on, but there was enough to give everything in the garden a decent drink.

I've started to consider what things I may do when I get to Helsinki.  I will have four days to tourist before the Worldcon starts, not including the afternoon/evening of arrival when I expect to not do much at all.  There's the expected hop on/hop off bus, which can be combined with a ferry trip, plenty of museums, markets, the Finnish Parliament, the Botanical Gardens and the zoo.  Since I figure my chances of seeing Finnish wildlife are probably fairly remote, the zoo is my best bet, and the same goes for most of the plant life found in the countryside, so the Botanical Gardens sound like they would be worth a visit.  I also like the look of a tour called the Sustainable City tour, where they use the trams and buses to show you around.

One offering from the Worldcon peeps themselves is this trip to a nuclear power plant, which I include here for attendees not on Facebook. [Rob and Leece, looky here!]  I thought (a) when else am I ever going to see one and (b) it's a longer tour outside Helsinki, so I'll get a look at the aforementioned countryside :-)

Would you like to visit a nuclear power plant in connection with your trip to #Worldcon75?

We're organising a visit to the Olkiluoto power station on Tuesday, 8 August, the day before Worldcon officially begins. The trip starts at 8 am from Helsinki and return in the evening.

The tour of the site would be done by bus, as visitors aren't allowed into the reactor building for security reasons.

If you are interested in participating, please sign up or message pr5questions@worldcon.fi.

More info about visiting Olkiluoto here:


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Today there were no trains, only Rail Replacement Buses between home and the city.  I reminded myself today that they really are a lot more chaotic than the trains they replace!  I accidentally got on the wrong one, since both leave from the same area, same side of the train station.  Then one sailed past me while I was desperately trying to get across the road to head back the other way, without being flattened.   I made gestures at it, but to no avail.

After I finally caught a bus, I heard the driver ask what station we were next to at one point and then, the bus stopped very neatly so that its back door was exactly opposite two large red bins.  Old bloke trying to get off complained loudly - but squeezed himself between the bins before the driver could move the bus.  Then on the way home, the driver wouldn't let a couple with a pram get on because they already had two prams aboard.

Yeah, I know.  If I'd been paying attention, I would have remembered the trains from Midland weren't running today.  And a person with brains would probably have given up and gone home, but I'd said I'd go to the Trans support group today, so figured I had to.  Was a bit tired but had slept ok, so no excuse there.  I like to show up now and then as a visible reminder that not everyone in the group is around 20 years old, which tends to bug me now and then.  There was one other person my age and three of the 20 somethings in attendance.  One of the latter was moderating the group.

I don't really know what I can do about the focus on youth.  It's not just this group, it's everything in the media.  I don't want to bring in more divisions, we have enough of those, but the focus needs to widen.   And then when I was talking about the problems my mother's generation has in accepting the idea of transgender people, and I placed her in time by saying she had been a child during the Blitz, I realised that one of the 20 somethings had no idea what I meant by "the Blitz."   "Bombing of London?  World War 11?"  They did at least flicker at the name World War II, which was something, but geez.  What do they teach them in these schools?  It would have been an American school, but they teach this generation about that, don't they?

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Terry, the guy from Telstra, has been and gone and my Internet is back.  It turns out the guy who was sent out the first time did not properly investigate the situation, not even examining the lines over at the pillar (node that links to the phone line exchange).

One of my theories as to why my connection was dropping out turns out to be correct.  The NBN digging is not involved, nor are the roadworks.  It was line fault due to age, further affected by temperature.  All the lines close to the surface are faulty, Terry said, so he transferred my connection to one lower down in the earth, which turned out to be all right.  My only problem now should be, if I upgrade to the NBN, whether they do something stupid.  They're still using the old copper to link to the houses, so it's not going to be anything super wonderful, the way Iinet and other ISPs are telling us.  

You know, I don't care about super speed.  I just want the speed I have, which is fairly decent, and for the connection to work.
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 Cue Twilight Zone music:

I've started to keep a log of when my Internet connection checks out and when it comes back, since noticing there seemed to be a pattern.  It's not precise, but since the problems began early this month, the long dropouts happen in midmorning to early afternoon and the connection comes back in the late afternoon/early evening.  Every day since about 16/4, when the connection began checking out for most of the day, and we're now at 23/4.

So.  Is it something to do with the installation of the NBN cables in this suburb?  Or is it a problem that happens at a certain temperature, which could explain the fluctuation between, say, yesterday it came back at 5.50pm and today, a cooler day with even a bit of rain, it came back at 5.24pm.

Given that my modem is new and manages to work all night (or at the points when I woke up and looked, and I had insomnia badly last night) I don't believe it has a problem.  Everything is plugged in that ought to be and has been tested according to instructions from Iinet support. There's already been a line check and I was told a fault had been found and fixed.  Uh uh, I don't think so.  Second check happens on Wednesday.  Whatever else they are, Iinet and Telstra are at least prompt in responding to wails from the populace, or such has been my experience this time.  The first check was done on Easter Sunday, no less, with the guy saying;  well, they didn't have much work so they were doing it early.

Folk are free to check my logic, but I feel weirdly reassured that I am finding a pattern.  It suggests there is something wrong there to be found!

Then again, not sure how reliable my logic is.  I'm the person who spent about two hours last night trying to print a PDF attachment that wouldn't.  Thought my printer was out of ink until I worked out that Windows 10 apparently has a problem with letting you print out such things.  And yes, I eventually hammered through to finding out how to do it.  It was my acknowledgment from the Sokos Pasila in Helsinki that I had a room booked for Worldcon, btw.

Also; my shower head fell off in my hand on Friday while I was trying to superglue a crack where it met the wall.  The lesson for today is that Selleys superglue does not work on showers, and you will get a lot of water sprayed in your face if you are an idjit who forgets to turn off the water first.

Thank Whatever for bathtubs.  I'll sort that problem out next week!

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I'm knackered. [To non-Australians, this only means exhausted.]  Swancon, the Perth sf convention, has been happening this Easter.  Since I'm saving for the Worldcon, I was only there on Saturday but enjoyed it a lot.  Ok, I was there for the Aurealis Awards on Friday since I had been asked to be one of the presenters, but this was more like work.  They said, after I'd done my bit, that it was being live streamed to Facebook so I guess it's still findeable there.  I'm the geek in the purple shirt and the tie :-)

Yesterday and today I have been engaged with making my home Internet happen.  My connection has been terrible, moving to nonexistent late last week, and so it dawned on me that maybe this was personal, not a general "we have all crashed" event.  I've had two lengthy phone calls with Iinet and to give credit where it is in fact due, I had little trouble getting hold of the technical assistance geeks.  Yes, Indian call centre, but they knew what they were doing.  Luckily, as a court transcriber, I have to deal with a lot of accents, and I'm sure that helps with this kind of thing.

 More trouble following instructions which is why I'm so tired.  I had to focus like mad to be certain I did everything correctly.  I'm a writer, not a tech.  

On the first call, we arranged that the line to the house would be checked.  Since it was Easter weekend, I wasn't expecting anything till Tuesday or Wednesday.  

Well.  The Telstra guy got me out of bed this morning.  Easter Monday.  The check was done; the line was fine, very good reception, as a matter of fact.

I staggered out of the house afterwards to get somewhere where somebody else could cook me an excellent omelette, which I inhaled, with mushrooms, cheese, spinach and coffee.  The coffee was not with the other ingredients until I finished all of it.

Still could not get online.  Today, talked with Iinet again on their instructions, after the Telstra guy called them.  Messed with everything.  Had to call friend to ask about modem connections.  After all the messing about and unpluggings, I could no longer remember the basic fact of where to plug in on the modem.  Also trouble with own name.

Iinet promised that the second fault check should be done and things sorted out by the 19th, but whatever they have done so far has helped a lot.  I no longer know wtf is or was going on.

I will be back at work tomorrow for a nice rest.

If I fail to respond to any online messages after this, you know why.  I don't think there's anything urgent out there, so my remaining brain cells will be standing down.

rattfan: (Demons)
 I'm going to keep my LJ going for the time being and just watch carefully for awhile.  I don't like doing anything in haste and I'm not a fan of change in general.  I *hate* saying de-friend because that's not right;  I'm just going to remove names - that's better - on my LJ list of those who are moving to DW.  I'm still not sure whether I've done the import thing correctly either.

In other news, I had my flu shot on Thursday;  it still feels sore and I still felt fuzzy today, though that effect is usually only for one day.  It didn't seem to affect me at work, but it did when I was playing board games at WabaCon today, which probably says something about the degree of concentration required for each activity.  

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