Job hunt update:
So, I’ve applied for a few jobs that I actually want and would totally rock. While I wait/continue to be blown off by them, I have applied to Lionbridge, for a work from home Google Analytics job.
Thing is, I didn’t realize you could only apply for ONE of the jobs listed there. On top of the fact that you can only work for ONE of the three major companies that do this gig. I chose Lionbridge because they had the best reviews…
But I got all the way to my exam scheduled date and then the wires got crossed because I also applied for another job with them so now they won’t send me the exam paperwork for the job I actually qualified for because I am supposedly in for the job I didn’t qualify for because I applied for the other job.
So now I am applying to Appen Butler Hill, and I have to write an essay, and really, just… I’m smart and computer literate and I’ve been playing on these things since the 80s for fuck’s sake. I can do your shitty little job.
But that’s not a good essay.
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If you ever feel bad about your own writing, just remember that one of the world’s most well-known works of classic literature is self-insert fanfiction where the author hangs out with his favorite poet and is guided on his journey of discovery by a Manic Pixie Dream Girl version of a woman he met twice.
also where all his enemies are tormented in hell
I love your stories and think you are a pretty awesome individual. Just sayin. (what kind of ice cream?)
Thanks snoggy, I appreciate that. <3
And it’s jeni’s splendid ice cream. In Brown Butter Almond Brittle, and it is holy fucking christ amazing to the tune of nearly three hundred calories in half a cup.
It’s that good. It was totally worth the ten bucks I spent on it. I might even go out and buy another pint tomorrow, after the day I’ve had.
I am so envious of your ice cream, I don’t have words. I would give anything to have access to that glory!!!
So, you know, if you do go out and get more, please think of me for at least 2 bites, up to half a pint ;)
The question/tag game
Thanks to dominatrixeditrix for tagging me! I’m modifying your modified rules…
The Tag Game
Rule 1: Always post the rules
Rule 2: Answer the questions the person who tagged you asked and write 8 new ones. (answer or not, use these same questions or not, do whatever you like)
Rule 3: Tag a bunch of people and link them to the post. (if you like)
Rule 4: Actually tell people you’ve tagged them. A lot easier with that new @ feature… (if you are going to tag people, you should use the @ feature, that’s all I’m sayin)
1. What would your ideal day entail?
My ideal day starts with waking up when my body says I’ve had enough sleep. Have a nice strong cup of coffee or 3 and then head out for some food. My ideal day is spent wandering from location to location, nibbling on snacks and drinking in the atmosphere, so it’s location dependant on a place that actually has atmosphere!! (New Orleans French Quarter is prime, small beach communities across most of the world count too, but I can have this day in most major cities world wide as well!)
2. What is your favorite book genre?
SF/F. Huge sweeping epic character driven tales, like Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen series, Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series, and Matthew Stover’s Caine books :)
3. What is a skill/talent/ability you have that you are proud of?
I’m a fucking fantastic school librarian.
4. If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Keep going. Don’t stop on that advance placement maths test. None of those people matter, failing that test to stay in the same class with them is one of your biggest regrets. You love Science, and Science needs Math!
5. If you had to pick five songs to sum up your life thus far, what would they be?
Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For - U2
Somebody to Love - Queen
Unforgiven/Wherever I May Roam - Metallica
Groove Me - King Floyd
Let’s Groove - Earth, Wind, & Fire
6. What do you like the best about being on Tumblr?
I can share a picture or song or random thought, and someone, somewhere, feels a connection with that. That’s amazing.
7. What, if anything, do you wish you could do right now?
Right now? Right this very minute? Grab a muffuletta at Central Grocery and a can of Sapporo, have my lunch at the Moonwalk on the Mississippi River.
8. What’s a book you always recommend to other people to read?
Good Omens. I cannot count the copies of this book I have bought, because I am always giving it away off my bookshelves!
So followers, jump in and answer these awesome questions if you like, tag people if you like! The 5 songs question was hard as fuck. Just sayin.
Someone needs to tell the writers of BBC Sherlock that chemists don’t just leave colourful chemicals in Erlenmeyer flasks and beakers lying all over the lab unattended.
None of these chemicals are volatile?
Nobody cleaned and packed away the glassware before leaving?
Or is Sherlock the one making Kool-Aid everywhere?
Anonymous asked: hi sorry can you please explain the basics of what you said about alan turing 's story being sad? my phone isnt allowing me to search anything.
Sure i can. Go and make a cuppa and i’ll do my best at a ‘short’ introduction with thanks to the interwebs, BECAUSE YOU ALL NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HIM, BENEDICT SAID SO.
THIS IS ALL REAL LIFE, AND ACTUALLY HAPPENED IN THE UK 60 ODD YEARS AGO. There are some other important bits i have missed out, do read up on him to get the complete story. This a very basic introduction to Mr Turing.
Ok; Alan Turing for people who don’t know the importance of Alan Turing.
Here he is, lovely Alan;
Alan Turing was a British mathematician, cryptographer, and computer scientist. He was an extremely clever (GENIUS) man.
He built lots of computer type things, was the first to help development of the first self-modifying stored program computer and was a pioneer for biology in the area of non-linear dynamics.
During World War II he was principally responsible for cracking the German Enigma cipher. Largely helping us WIN THE WAR (Although don’t forget the others who helped too!)
Turing shares some traits as our beloved Sherlock Holmes. These traits Benedict will find extremely easy to deal with and i’m interested in how he’ll portray Alan. Alan was a quirky and eccentric young man with little interest in conformity. As an adult he was socially clueless. He was opinionated, outspoken, moody, and a homosexual with striking blue eyes, floppy short hair and a habit to keep talking if you tried to interrupt him.
1928 Turing met and became close friends with a classmate called Christopher. The two shared loads of impassioned conversations about science and maths, often passing notes back in forth in class (in code sometimes) to share commentary on various puzzles and postulates in math or physics. A deep attachment bloomed between the boys, and Alan developed a purportedly unspoken crush. But in 1930 Christopher died :(((( unexpectedly of TB. Deeply affected, Alan became obsessed with unraveling the nature of consciousness, its structure and its origins. He longed to understand what had become of Christopher. When Alan thought of something, he was obsessed with it and any aspect of it HAD to he looked at in great detail.
So that was all a bit upsetting in Alan’s life, anyway he went to NYC for a while, went to a few gay bars, lived it up a little bit. Then when he came back to Cambridge the Government Code and Cipher School hired him. Working as a cryptographer at Bletchley Park. He actually proposed to a woman around this time but broke off the engagement because he admitted he was gay and couldn’t lie to her.
He’d lock himself in a room for days at a time but he managed to reverse engineer the Enigma Machine — a stroke of pure genius that allowed the British and their allies to anticipate attacks and other vital information, changing the course of the war. But because of the secrecy of the Bletchley Park, Turing’s work (and others situated at Bletchley) went unpublicised for years.
THEN (I have to copy and paste all this because it’s just too much awfulness to try and say myself),
In 1952 during an investigation of a break-in at his home, Turing had revealed that one of the young men involved in the incident may have been his 19 year-old lover. As homosexual acts were still illegal in England at the time, Turing was arrested and made to stand trial. He pled guilty to 12 counts of ‘indecent acts’, and to escape imprisonment he agreed to undergo one year of estrogen injections (CHEMICAL FUCKING CASTRATION), intended to dampen his sex drive. One side effect of the treatment, complained Turing, was that he began to “grow breasts”. It was said that Turing kept in high spirits during the year of his treatment.
Once he was a convicted criminal :’(, Turing lost his security clearance and was barred from further cryptographic work with the British government. But because he was a homosexual Turing was doubly stigmatised for it was assumed by security forces that homosexuals were high risk :’(, owing to the threat of blackmail. And although Turing was barred from further government work, he still possessed a great deal of highly classified information. What’s more, as a brilliant cryptologist and computer scientist, Turing might have seemed a tempting asset to foreign governments.
Alan Turing died in 1954 of cyanide poisoning*.
His post-mortem report revealed that he had some amounts of cyanide in him. It was concluded that he doused an apple in cyanide and ate it. Although no-one tested the apple for cyanide…. Alan’s friends and the people working with Alan said that he was enjoying life and planning trips and meetings. Even in the last few days before he died, nothing was unusual. The only unusual thing about the scene where he died was that his shoes were left outside of his bedroom door, something, his housekeeper said, he never did. Truly nobody knows how he died. No-one. A sufficient case to find out how Alan died simply didn’t happen. The people who he was last with were never interviewed. People have accepted that it ‘probably was’ cyanide that killed him (he had a spare room that he had a mini lab in (the little scamp) where he’d get up to all sorts - gold plating spoons for a laugh is just one example. Cyanide was something they found in the lab, also in crystal form, and cyanide was also found in his top drawer - it was all over the bloody place!) Nobody will ever know exactly HOW the great Alan Turing died. And that is a great shame.
Lots of people, including Alan’s Mum never believed it was suicide. So sadly we must shrug our shoulders…. :(
In 2009, following a fucking huge internet campaign, our government made an ‘official public apology’ on behalf of the government for the “appalling way he was treated”. The House Of Lords also granted Turing a statutory pardon and that was backed by this government last year. Which was of course, is far too late…
His story is inspiring, heartbreaking and incredible. When i saw this particular photo of Benedict dressed as Alan, that face, those eyes, the fucking acting happening HERE;
I know that with Benedict’s help, i’m going to bloody BREAK in half, probably way more than Third Star, at this story - The Imitation Game. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightley. A story i can’t wait for the world to see. And see Alan Turing, finally with a voice (there are no recordings of Alan Turing’s voice) getting the recognition he so deserves.
Mr Alan Mathison Turing, everyone.
*standing and clapping*
Cumberbuddy, that was a fucking AWESOME post.
As for me, I owe my livelihood to Alan Turing. Without him, I wouldn’t have a career.
Actually, everyone who has ever used a computing device owes a debt of gratitude to Alan Turing, full stop.
Just wanna let any AO3 authors out there know that instead of deleting all of your work, you also have the option of Orphaning your fanfics. The fic is removed from your library and any association the fic has to you is completely wiped from all chapters and comments, while allowing the fanfic as a whole to still be enjoyed by the community.