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Oh, for pity's sake.  I finally steal some time to do a post (as opposed to just commenting) and LJ eats it.  Is the universe trying to tell me something, do you think?

So.  Let's try again.

I haven't been around as much as usual because a four-letter word (begins with "w" and ends with "k", and no, the missing letters are not "a" and "n"; guess again) has been demanding most of my attention recently.  We've been having meetings.  Lots of meetings.  Three hours yesterday, two hours today, probably another three hours tomorrow, and then next week there'll be follow-up meetings to these meetings.  And so on until the end of the year, I'm afraid.  For a change, though, the meetings have actually been productive (probably because (a) my boss isn't running them, and (b) said boss isn't being allowed to multitask (taking phone calls, reading text messages on his Blackberry, etc.) while the meetings are going on).  So we manage to accomplish things, and I go back to my desk feeling energised, which is nice.

The purpose of today's post is:

1.  To apologise to crazybutsound because I still haven't posted the chili recipe I promised her.

2.  To show off the beautiful and shiny new icon that alinewrites made for me.  *points*  *loves*

3.  To tell the B/K fans on my flist that Aline also wrote an auction fic for me, which I expect you'll get to see just as soon as I find time to read it first.  Is that right, Aline?  Is it just posted for me now?  *guards fic jealously*

4.  To tell those same B/K fans who might be wondering what's taking me so long to read the story that part of the blame lies with  castalie, who's made a sudoku addict out of me.  Anyone else do the puzzles?

5.  To tell anyone who cares that I now answer to "Mlle Karen" or "Karen Eldonevna". The latter is courtesy of vlad_impaler.  (Well, he owes me something for sending me to the salt mines.  Just because I wouldn't accept that invitation to tea ....  Btw Vlad, shall I say hello to your good friend MK if I run into him here?)

6.  To show vlad_impaler that I have no hard feelings about the labour camp by telling him that the important date he was wondering about is 14 November.  At least send a card, okay?

7.  Finally, to say "Desolée" to the person who posted yesterday with comments disabled.  I'm thinking of you.

Okay, with fingers crossed I shall now click "Update Journal" and see what happens ....

ETA 1:  Sometimes I wonder why I bother with the "Rich Text" option when I write a post if I'm just going to have to go in afterwards and retype the bits that LJ has left out, I guess when it does some automatic formatting of its own (those "< /SPAN >" codes, for example). I might just as well put in the coding myself and be done with it.

ETA 2:  Well, I finally got the message about my password being too easy to guess. Has anyone actually changed their password because of this? I have a suspicious mind, and this sounds an awful lot like those "phishing" expeditions where someone asks you to provide or validate information just so they can capture it. For the moment, at least, my password is staying as is.


Oct. 27th, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
*blatantly highjacking entry* *squee* icon! jim and blair! cute, classy and all :D
Oct. 27th, 2005 01:02 pm (UTC)
*exposes ignorance*

Mouse's icon shows the oft-mentioned Jim and Blair? Which one is which? Will you throw things at me if I admit that I thought the person with long hair was a woman (well, the shot is taken from the back, after all).

*crawls back under my rock*
Oct. 27th, 2005 01:04 pm (UTC)
*blinks* You've never seen The Sentinel? *blinks* Mouse, you have to do something!

the one with the long hair is Blair. The tall hunk is Jim. ^^
Oct. 27th, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
Dude! I'm ready to burn s1 of The Sentinel for Karen if need be, no problem lol

PS: Another of my favourite Jim/Blair icons. Because theirloveissodomestic - and canon, too!
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:28 pm (UTC)
I'm ready to burn s1 of The Sentinel for Karen if need be

Much appreciated, but before you go to the trouble we should probably make sure I'll be able to play the CDs. If your source is American or Canadian (Region 1), I should be able to play a copy made from it (Jem burned Wilby Wonderful for me, and my DVD player can read it). If your source is anything other than Region 1, then you might as well wait until I can track down a DVD player that's region-free, because I won't be able to play it (Jem burned s1 of Blakes7 from a Region 2/PAL source, and my DVD player can't do anything with it).
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:31 pm (UTC)
The source is a burnt DVD that came from the US - to be honest, I don't even know if blank DVDs have a zone attached to them so I don't know about the "source". But well, seeing it comes from the US, it should be alright? Unless the source is my own blank DVD? Hmm will have to investigate!
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:45 pm (UTC)
That would probably be okay. I'm guessing that when you burn a DVD the formatting (region code, PAL or NTSC) of your source gets copied over to the new DVD. So if yours came from the U.S., I should be able to read a copy you make from it.
Oct. 28th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Okay - so you feel like trying The Sentinel? I'm warning you it's not the best show around plot wise. It's basic cop show and all. What I love in TS isn't the brilliance of the plots but the character dynamic... I'm not dissing my beloved show, just being honest so that you don't feel disappointed or anything *g*

Also, if you want a little visual aid before giving me the go? You can find a pretty neat gallery here with screencaps...
Oct. 28th, 2005 09:35 am (UTC)
Sure, if you've got the time to burn the DVD(s) for me, I'm game. I followed your link and looked at the pretty pictures, but I'm also going to have to go read up on the show, I guess. Why do I think there's some mystical or supernatural element to it? And what are these "spirit guides"?
Oct. 29th, 2005 02:55 pm (UTC)
Not so much supernatural as mystical, yes. And sadly, the mysticism of the whole thing wasn't ever really developped that much in the show - though it's here, of course, spirit guides included - but they never went really far. Well, fangirls' opinions, here lol The mystical approach is certainly used in the fandom, though.

The spirit guides comes from traditional shamanism - TS deals with South American shamanism - and I'm not saying it was 100% accurate or anything, but still *g* Jim and Blair have spirit guides - like we all have if you believe in them - which are... a representation of your soul. They're entities which embody your spirit. Jim's is a panther [or jaguar, sometimes we're confused] and Blair's a wolf - which yes, when you know the characters, are fitting perfectly :-)
Oct. 27th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
yeah, that icon is cute but I had seen it before *giggles*

and yes, you HAVE to burn it for her! come on! you know you wanna... *teases*
Oct. 27th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Btw? Your Meloni icon is absolutely gorgeous, I second the thought!

And speaking of which - well sorta, Chris Meloni -> Oz -> Beecher/Keller -> fic, did you read that fic? Fate Makes a Man by blackchaps, it's a very long AU where Toby is still a the convict we know but Keller is a hack. I got hooked and couldn't stop reading! Need to send feedback as a matter of fact.
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
Oh!!!!! I didn't know about that fic! It's long, you say? And good enough to hook you? *runs off to print the story*
Oct. 27th, 2005 05:32 pm (UTC)
It's quite long yes and I thought it was brilliant. Am curious to see what you'll think of it *g*
Oct. 27th, 2005 06:03 pm (UTC)
Damn! I can't print it.

I've been having a problem lately with some things I print from LJ. For example, the LiveJournal header repeats at the top of every page and then text is superimposed on it. I sent a query to the LJ Support Team, and they said that apparently my browser's print setup now has the "print background" option enabled. Well, I guess they're right, because when I just tried to print out the first chapter of this fic on the black and white printer, I get a grey sheet (with narrow white borders) with grey story text. It's completely unreadable. So then I tried sending the print job to the colour printer; this time I get a deep violet page with blue text; also basically unreadable. So I guess my only options are to just read the story on my PC screen, or to print it out from a public computer. Btw, I have no idea what might have caused this browser print setup thing to change, unless it's something our IS department did. Similarly, I haven't a clue as to how to correct it. :-((((