marcicat: (superhero rainbow shirt)

Not even sure what to make of this one. We typically have a team meeting every Wednesday, which is great, fine, good plan. Gets everyone on the same page. I’m for it.

And once a month or so that meeting includes a guest speaker who makes more money than us talking about whether or not the company is making money. (Spoiler alert: the answer is unfailingly ‘things look good, but not so good that we’re making any promises, so if you could work harder, that’d be great.’)

But *this* week, there are no meeting rooms available in our building for Wednesday. And our scheduled guest speaker is busy. Did we reschedule the meeting to a different day? Did we carefully evaluate whether it was worthwhile to review this information a mere three weeks before we are going to have a company-wide meeting to review it again?

Nope. Instead, our entire team is going to drive to a different building and meet with a different person to review the same information. I mean, okay, but why? In the classic words of ‘Meet The Robinsons,’ “I’m just not sure how well this plan was thought through.”

[“I have a big head, and little arms.”]

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marcicat: (superhero rainbow shirt)

It has been a seriously cool few weeks for space stuff. (Pluto! Cousins!)

Also, dinosaurs.

Which brings me to this awesome tumblr post!

tumblr_alphaaraptor

Original text post by dajo42; original art post by alphaaraptor.

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marcicat: (heart dino)

As a kid, I always liked the brontosaurus best. So I was dismayed when it was decided that brontosaurus wasn’t a real dinosaur. (I mean, I wasn’t moved to tears or anything, but it was a bummer.)

And since I did a cursory amount of research into dinosaurs for my June fic, I decided I’d recheck the status of the brontosaurus — and what luck! It’s back! (What’s next? Pluto’s a planet again?)

The Smithsonian article goes into more detail, but the Scientific American article wins best quote award:

This sauropod diversity emphasizes “that the Late Jurassic [period] of North America in which they lived may have been a weird time,” Wedel says.

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marcicat: (moon with clouds)

Title: Some Days There Are Dinosaurs
Author: marcicat

Fandom: Avengers MCU, Jurassic World
Rating: T
Words: 4100

Characters: Betty Ross, Pepper Potts, Darcy Lewis, Wanda Maximoff, Pietro Maximoff, Janet Van Dyne, Maria Hill, Greg Quill, Peter Quill, Nebula, Gamora, Owen Grady, Harley Keener

Summary: It turns out a lot more of life is about making friends and knowing people than we were led to believe. Also, dinosaurs.

on Dreamwidth

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marcicat: (iriomote_cat_warning)

…reading movie summaries on wikipedia. Because just in case we *do* end up seeing Jurassic World for team building, I want to make sure I don’t get too freaked out by it.

This info (not a spoiler) from wikipedia, made me stop for a minute:

Director Colin Trevorrow has stated that the Indominus rex, the synthetic hybrid dinosaur at the center of the film’s story, is symbolic of consumer and corporate excess.

What? I’m honestly not sure if that’s amazing, amazingly bizarre, or just completely horrible.

Probably this was one of those times they should have listened to the RAPTOR TRAINER (in my mind that phrase is always accompanied by a Power Rangers-esque sound effect):

“They’re dinosaurs. Wow enough.”

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marcicat: (agh a monster)

Back in May, my coworkers made the split-second decision to make a group viewing of Mad Max: Fury Road our next team building activity. It was supposed to happen on May 22nd.

For a variety of reasons, it didn’t. (This is how team building was explained to me: it’s optional, but if one person can’t go, the event gets rescheduled. So, it’s not really optional. Alternately, the key is to SAY you’re going, and act SUPER excited about going, and then get “sick” at the last minute.)

And in a classic example of trying to schedule a group of people to do anything, it has somehow gotten pushed back to June 26th. At first I was all ‘do we really think this movie is still going to be in theaters at a convenient time so far after its release, and in the middle of summer blockbuster season?’

But then I realized that if we were for any reason unable to see Fury Road, the default replacement would probably be Jurassic World. So, two movies that I’m not highly invested in seeing, but wouldn’t mind seeing either of them. (Raptor Squad!? What?) With the added benefit of pushing team building to the end of quarter two, which means that with a little luck we may only do three team building events this year instead of four.

(Not that I don’t love team building…)

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1. The screens in my apartment building slide up to open, just like the windows. (Thanks, first floor kid who I saw doing this!)

2. Putting down any single window other than the driver’s side front (while on the highway going 65mph) creates a weird wind tunnel pressure effect in my car that is extremely weird and uncomfortable.

3. I am now the only one of my coworkers who has never seen the movie ‘The Goonies.’

4. I dream about stairs a lot.

5. Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) are both in Jurassic World.

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marcicat: (heart dino)

I was always partial to the brontosaurus, myself. And now it comes free with the IS THE BRONTOSAURUS EVEN A REAL DINOSAUR debate!

(nice concise explanation here, though it’s A) from the internet and B) about dinosaurs, so who really knows)

Plus, Sheldon the tiny dinosaur who thinks he’s a turtle has a brontosaurus kind of look about him, which is another bonus!

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marcicat: (dreamsheep (wolf))

Because sometimes you wake up and everything seems hard, but it turns out the internet has provided you with a story in which Bucky Barnes finds a tiny dinosaur and brings it home with him.

You Know How I Feel, aka, The Adventures of Bucky and Muffy the Dinosaur, by ifeelbetter

“She likes it,” said Bucky. He still always spoke in the same monotone, the one suited more for sentences like, “I’ll take the three on your six” or “Do you wanna make something of it, punk” than for sentences like, “Muffy prefers iceberg lettuce or fronds.”

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marcicat: (tree under rainbow)

November’s novel-writing adventure already seems so far away! As I looked through my novel today, pre-posting, I thought to myself, ‘good job not using many italics!’

Also, it turns out that Nikki Parsons’ canon name spelling is Nicky. Dammit. (I’m considering the merits of the ‘she changed it when she came back from being legally dead’ argument.)

Singing in the Light, Laughing in the Dark

Author: marcicat
Wordcount: 50,085
Rating: R (for thematic content)

Fandoms: Bourne movies (including Bourne Legacy), I Am Number Four (movie!verse), Marvel!verse (including Spiderman & the Avengers, mentions of F4 & X-teams), brief cameo appearance by characters from my former nano novels (hi Sabri and PJ!)

Author’s Note: Basically, I’m incapable of writing anything without everything taking place in the same universe — the one where everyone is neighbors and everything turns out okay.

Quote:
“I was actually expecting more furniture,” Nikki said.

“More than zero?” Calle asked.

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marcicat: (tron y/n)

1: Appearances of the following words: social, civility, tart, pteranodon, classy, stride, rental.

24: New songs “won” from my motivational song-winning game.

46: The number of times I used the word “thanks” or “thank.” Exactly equal to the number of times I used the word “tell” and one less than my usage of the word “phone.”

189: Difference in words from Scrivener to the NaNo site. Maybe the NaNo site is counting all my –’s as words. (Though honestly, I would have guessed there were more than 189 of them.)

1446: Paragraphs, at least according to Scrivener. No number available for how many of them are just a character saying, “What?”

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marcicat: (cat in snowy window)

words written today:
3068

quote of the day:
Unspoken was the additional ‘and then you died anyway but somehow here you are in dinosaur land.’

song pick:
I Was Here (Beyonce)

random google of the day:
“scrum definition” [Note: the word scrum does not yet appear in my story, but after reading the definition, I live in hope.]

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marcicat: (heart dino)

words written:
1886

quote of the day:
“Do you want us to look prepared and weaponized, or harmless and in need of rescue?”

song pick
Sunglasses At Night (Corey Hart) [thanks, *Andrea!]

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marcicat: (owl heart)

words written today:
2237

quote of the day:
“I’m an intern,” he said. (Nikki was pretty sure that was a polite way of saying ‘how would I know?’)

song pick:
Hall of Fame (The Script)

DINOSAUR SIGHTINGS:
one

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marcicat: (badger roses)

words written: 2305

quote of the day:
“I’ve always wanted to try shifting into a dinosaur.”

best thing about writing a new set of characters:
(slightly) less obvious when I reuse the same plots

worst thing about writing a new set of characters:
can’t use up words with them talking about how the plots seem strangely familiar

song pick: Mad World (Adam Lambert)

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