May 28th, 2009


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James T. Kirk (Captain)
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Mr. Scott
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on swine flu

So I was joking yesterday about the Swine Flu thing. I don't think I have it.

But I have been trying to understand the who-ha and whatnot that we seem to be having. The whole counting the number of people and what-not. Seems to me that surely you need to test *everyone* and not just those with symptoms? But I dunno.

Anyway, as I understand it, it's not that it's a particularly deadly flu right now in terms of the mortality rate - notice they report those who have it, not those dying from it? It's rather that most people do not have any antibodies for H1N1 as we haven't been exposed. So... we all have some antibodies to regular flu which means that even though we may not have had the current one in season, we will have some way of fighting it off. The issue with H1N1 is, if you get exposed to it, you will get it. Not that you will die from it nor necessarily be very ill with it but that you will get it.

And that means that if it spreads virulently across the country or the globe, we'll all be in bed for a week and there will be noone doing the things that need to be done - collecting the rubbish, manning the stock exchange, milking the cows. Whatever.

Interested if I have gotten it wrong?



At work we have this feature in the email program to send an email out to a group of people with boxes to vote on options.

Our new manager found it and used it I think once. And we all emailed back and forth with much hilarity.

Anyway, she just sent an email to a few of us asking if our contract extensions had come through and to vote Yes or No and she would follow up on the Nos. (I voted No, if you are interested. It seems even though the person whose job I am backfilling for will be working in another contract till Sept, the permission to extend me, in a permanently funded position, until then, still needs to be scrutinised by a committee. We don't know who this committee is. I am calling them the Greys. But obviously noone in my team watched B5).

So I emailed her after I voted: Was that totally to have one more go at the voting lines?
My boss: So yes………

You see why I am sad she's going.

Though I'm going too and she was never staying. And that's just life, eh.


Really good stuff

Because the uninverse is kind and rewards good behaviour, my trainer cancelled on me and I have showered, eaten dinner and am now holed up reading this: Sarah Rees Brennan's parody of Star Trek

It's laugh out loud funny:

SEVERAL YEARS LATER: So, boys, how'd you end up joining the Starfleet Academy?
MCCOY: My wife got Earth in the divorce.
KIRK: I should really quit making bets with guys in bars.
SPOCK: I was going to be a scientist, but then they bagged on my mom. So I said, 'Live long and prosper... bitches.'


STARFLEET ACADEMY: We hereby confirm you as a captain, and award you the Enterprise, and present you with this medal!
KIRK: Does it have 'Captain Awesome' engraved on it as per my request?
STARFLEET ACADEMY: ... Yes, but you should know that made us die inside.

puppy trekkie update

Just to update - watched another episode of Enterprise last night, the dog was totally sleeping when I put it on and then he sat up as soon as the theme song started and watched the whole episode.

I still think it's the beeps and whistles. But it's pretty funny. My dog likes Enterprise.


This week in the House

It's been a busy week, as usual at TPP.

Sunday evening saw us upload the final version of Horn to the printers. And then it was go go go on other stuff.

The stories and review column for Issue 5 of Shiny were proofed, laid out, sent back to the authors along with contracts. Most of these have come back. I'll be writing the editorial tomorrow and the issue should be out by the end of the weekend.

Horn was made available for pre-purchase and so the week has seen sales coming in for that. I've been doing the books as they come in. Yay. And I have addressed the envelopes as well so that as soon as the books are printed, they will go out in the mail that day.

A Book of Endings is back on the agenda. Editing and proofing the final 6 stories for the book are progressing. And I started working on the marketing plan.

Slush. Slush. Slush. We are nearly on top of the Shiny slush. 2 stories have been accepted for Issues 6 and 7. There are a few submissions still to be processed but we are hoping to get turnarounds back down to weekly for Shiny.

That leaves the novella submissions to look at. I have 7.

4 books, 3 Shiny issues and 1 New Ceres issue for this year, plus ASif! and Last Short Story on Earth, turned out to be quite a full on schedule.

Today, I picked up the proofs for Horn and got to look at the book in the flesh (paper?) and was filled with the rush of why I do this.