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Inner Mongolia

So, I was going to go to Mongolia this Wednesday. No internet, electricity, water for a month, camping, and a lovely Neolithic dig. I’m an archaeologist.

Instead my lovely partner who listens to me fannibal is having a tough time settling in to a new job, a house move (still in our fourth bNb while I commute cities for work), and a whole different set of people. And bless his heart and mind has owned up he’s feeling close to the edge of a breakdown.

We’ve been here before so he’s not pulling melodrama. So, I’m not going to go. Sent my email Friday. There, that wasn’t so hard was it?

The upside is I’ll probably write a whole Renaissance AU and maybe some other things too. And there’s tie porn to enjoy, and murder dance and all the other things I have in mind. And maybe I’ll reach out to fannibals in London, cos hell’s teeth I’m as shy as a gecko? But I can try.

And he’ll have just a bit more support and still get to hear me fannibal.

I love my work. But I came late to the whole partner thing and unlike work he loves me right back (flint arrowheads are lovely but not affectionate).

And Hannific writing right? A whole month? Cos everything else in my diary was cancelled. Awesome!

I’m so lucky.


W171 Alma lamp by Wästberg with Tham & Videgård 

The W171 Alma lamp is based on a circulated sine wave. The result is this ripple effect like shape that diffuses the light from the light bulb in the center. This sculptural piece of lighting is able to be hung from the ceiling or be directly attached to the ceiling or wall. Tham & Videgård Architects created this lamp for  a planned co-working space in Stockholm called Alma. Wästberg joined them as the producing partner. 

I think that greatest inter-character dynamic I’ve yet seen on Deep Space Nine was in the two-parter of “Improbable Cause” and “The Die is Cast.” This isn’t to say that I don’t find other character interactions amusing, important, or well-developed; they all are. Deep Space Nine would be nothing without the relationship between Jake and Benjamin Sisko, or without Kira and Sisko always having each other’s backs even when they fight, or Jake and Nog’s friendship, or the O’Brien family, or Sisko and Dukat’s verbal sparring, or… Look. They’re all GoodTM.

But Garak and Odo.

(spoilers alert because I’ve got at least one mutual who isn’t this far into the series)

Within every character relationship in the show, there’s always an element of control, in a conversation, in a situation. Is the control taken? Shared? Given?

Take the relationship between Ben and Jake for example. As the father, Ben has more authority between them, but he is a good father who recognizes that Jake is growing up. That Jake needs to have authority of his own. So in multiple cases, he relinquishes control to Jake. The biggest example is Jake staying friends with Nog.

Between Sisko and Odo (and Sisko and Kira) the relationship is actually very similar. Odo and Kira, as his subordinates, and as subordinates who respect Sisko, they relinquish a lot of control to him. But if you couldn’t tell, Benjamin “commanding-officers” the same way he “dads.” And that shows up especially in his interactions with his non-Starfleet staff. So we find that frequently, in a situation or conversation, he will share control with them.

And then there’s his relationship with Dukat. Dukat loves to take control of a situation, and Sisko shuts him down every time. What’s interesting is that Benjamin often ends up in control of their encounters, not because he takes control, but because he refuses to give it. Dukat takes control of situations by having control over the people involved. Sisko always remains in control of himself, and in denying Dukat that control, he remains in control of the situation.

And that is almost the relationship that Garak and Odo share…

…except they both fight for control of each other. Every interaction with them in this two-parter is them fighting for control over one another. Unlike Ben’s responses to Dukat, which are entirely defensive (which is not the same thing as passive), Garak and Odo are both aggressive.

Anytime Odo touches too close to the truth, Garak immediately lashes out with a psychoanalysis of his own. In the torture scene, when Garak is in full control of the entire physical situation, Odo responds by attacking Garak’s character and conscience. Until the bitter end, both of them are clawing for control, not giving an inch, until it’s Garak, the torturer, who cracks.

He drops to his knees and begs Odo to give him something, anything, a lie, so that he can stop torturing him.

For the first time in the two-parter, Garak loses his control. He’s vulnerable. 

Like we saw with Lwaxana Troi in “The Forsaken,” Odo tends to meet vulnerability with vulnerability. He hid himself from Lwaxana until she opened up to him, and that allowed him to trust her in return. And I think, that to a certain extent, he feels like it’s right to respond to vulnerability with a display of his own.

We’ve seen time and again that he doesn’t want the worst of his experiences to be repeated by anyone. It’s why he tries to free the Jem’Hadar child. It’s what sets off his aggression in “The Alternate.”

And growing up in a laboratory, he was forced to be vulnerable, without control.

So instead of fulfilling Garak’s plead for him to lie, he chooses to tell a very personal truth.

And the funny thing is that, in the midst of their vulnerability in that moment, they both still claw for control. Even though he’s pleading, Garak still keeps the stasis generator on. Even though he’s sharing an intimate fact, Odo still throws a jab at Garak’s conscience.

But something shifts in that moment. At the episode’s end, they have one last conversation and it’s a strange moment when they are both, in their usual, private ways, offering each other a bit of control that neither of them take.

These episodes gave so much focus onto how much alike Garak and Odo are - their loneliness in the separation from their people, their desire for privacy, their ability to read people and situations - and I think the way they clashed was the most dynamic interaction I’ve seen between the DS9 cast. Which, considering the rest of the cast and relationships, is saying something.

Some cool stuff happening over in my woods 🙌🏼! I just signed up for a wonderful co-working space in Nashville to work on my second book, which I just signed! That’s coming out in 2017 on Abrams Books.
And this is a wonderful opportunity to remind you backup your data! I just got a Synology DS1515+ to be apart of my archiving process. It’s a great RAID 5 system with remote web access too ⚡️Seriously y'all get your images backup well!

To avoid staying in my apartment all summer I joined a co-work space. It is basically a warehouse with desks, wifi and coffee. Day 1 and I will say it is likely a wise investment. Like any gathering space in Syracuse it is a total mixed bad of folks. This means you never don’t belong. The upside of small city living!

Please fire me. A co-worker sent an email to our cubicle farm asking for consensus on a temperature. Now 60% of the floor is wandering around into and out of cubicles testing for feel. The zoned heating has never worked correctly in the building in the 6 years I’ve been here.

anonymous asked:

I like the idea of freelancing and having your own flexible work schedule. currently I still have a full-time job as test engineer but I'm not confident enough to just quit and take the risk. while I do have some skill in art, design, and creative/technical writing, I don't think I'm good enough to make it for freelancing. so, any tips on how to start freelancing for dummies, especially for jack of all trade and master of none like me?

I started freelancing as a character animator/illustrator/graphic designer after working in a game studio for almost a year. My first client as a freelancer was an acquaintance of a coworker from the studio, and it started from there. I knew what kind of projects I wanted to take and I already knew people in that field, so it was a pretty smooth start.

I’d say, you do need to know what you want to do and have some network before you start freelancing. Do not quit your job if you don’t. Use your free time now to develop your skills and find people and resources in the area you want to freelance in. When you’re confident that you can live off freelance jobs alone, then you can quit.


Here are 6 things you need to get started with freelancing:

1. Master self-discipline. You’ll most likely be working alone in your room or at a coffee shop, but either way, it’s you who must motivate yourself to get work done. If you cannot work alone, prefer to have a supervisor, fixed schedules, or a corporate work environment, freelancing is not for you.

2. Find a good work space. I mostly work in my living room in my apartment. I don’t recommend working in the same room you sleep - that will either kill your productivity, give you insomnia, or both. If you cannot work at home, look for a co-working space near you. This is especially good if you’re an extravert and need feedback on ideas from people. Coffee shops are alright for a change, but there will be inconveniences like loud people, nowhere to plug your laptop cable, slow wifi, or tables are too small.

3. Manage your time. It’s your job to manage your time and your workload. I’m actually still not good at this. I tend to take too many projects at once because I don’t want to say no to good opportunities. However, it’s important to know your capacity and your schedule, so that you don’t kill your health doing allnighters constantly or lose your credibility because you can’t deliver on time. Know how long it takes you to complete a project, and accept jobs accordingly.

4. Apps are your assistant. There are a lot of productivity apps that will make your life easier, especially when you don’t have a manager or secretary to remind you of deadlines.

  • Calendar: I just use the iPhone’s default
  • To do lists: Any.Do
  • Task management: Trello
  • Writing down notes/ideas: Evernote
  • Managing projects/clients: Timely

5. Network a lot. I work with a lot of startups and entrepreneurs in tech. I go to tech/startup/entrepreneur events regularly, and each time I’d meet at least one potential client and more people who could introduce me to potential clients. Find events related to your field of work and go with the intention to get to know people. Meetups is a great place to start.

6. Market yourself on the internet. Find websites that gets a lot of traffic where you can upload your profile/resume and get contacted by potential clients. You may have heard of Linked In (although it’s rather useless for my artists). If you’re also an artist, I recommend Behance, CGsociety jobs board, and deviantart jobs board.
How Silicon Valley helps spread the same sterile aesthetic across the world
Igor Schwarzmann is the German co-founder of Third Wave, a strategy consultancy based in Berlin that works with small-scale industrial manufacturers. The company’s clients range across Europe, the...
By Kyle Chayka

It’s not that these generic cafes are part of global chains like Starbucks or Costa Coffee, with designs that spring from the same corporate cookie cutter. Rather, they have all independently decided to adopt the same faux-artisanal aesthetic. Digital platforms like Foursquare are producing “a harmonization of tastes” across the world, Schwarzmann says. “It creates you going to the same place all over again.”

It’s easy to see how social media shapes our interactions on the internet, through web browsers, feeds, and apps. Yet technology is also shaping the physical world, influencing the places we go and how we behave in areas of our lives that didn’t heretofore seem so digital. Think of the traffic app Waze rerouting cars in Los Angeles and disrupting otherwise quiet neighborhoods; Airbnb parachuting groups of international tourists into residential communities; Instagram spreading IRL lifestyle memes; or Foursquare sending traveling businessmen to the same cafe over and over again.

We could call this strange geography created by technology “AirSpace.” It’s the realm of coffee shops, bars, startup offices, and co-live / work spaces that share the same hallmarks everywhere you go: a profusion of symbols of comfort and quality, at least to a certain connoisseurial mindset. Minimalist furniture. Craft beer and avocado toast. Reclaimed wood. Industrial lighting. Cortados. Fast internet. The homogeneity of these spaces means that traveling between them is frictionless, a value that Silicon Valley prizes and cultural influencers like Schwarzmann take advantage of. Changing places can be as painless as reloading a website. You might not even realize you’re not where you started.

It’s possible to travel all around the world and never leave AirSpace, and some people don’t. Well-off travelers like Kevin Lynch, an ad executive who lived in Hong Kong Airbnbs for three years, are abandoning permanent houses for digital nomadism. Itinerant entrepreneurs, floating on venture capital, might head to a Bali accelerator for six months as easily as going to the grocery store. AirSpace is their home.

As the geography of AirSpace spreads, so does a certain sameness. Schwarzmann’s cafe phenomenon recalls what the architect Rem Koolhaas noticed in his prophetic essay “The Generic City,” from the 1995 book S,M,L,XL: “Is the contemporary city like the contemporary airport—‘all the same’?” he asks. “What if this seemingly accidental—and usually regretted—homogenization were an intentional process, a conscious movement away from difference toward similarity?”

Yet AirSpace is now less theory than reality. The interchangeability, ceaseless movement, and symbolic blankness that was once the hallmark of hotels and airports, qualities that led the French anthropologist Marc Augé to define them in 1992 as “non-places,” has leaked into the rest of life.

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The Office Group sale ‘bags Dorfman £200m’

Travelex founder Lloyd Dorfman has sold a majority stake in his flexible office space group to Blackstone in a deal which property experts say has netted him a £200 million profit.

Dorfman first invested in The Office Group seven years ago, backing management led by founders Charlie Green and Olly Olsen, who set up the company in 2003.

They, and Dorfman, are retaining some shares in the company after Blackstone’s takeover of about 75% of the business.

The private equity giant has snapped up the rump of The Office Group — whose offices and co-working spaces are mainly in London — in a deal valuing the business at £500 million.

The Office Group’s clients are typically start-ups and SMEs, but it also houses big-name corporates such as AOL and British Gas.

“In my seven years with the business, we have significantly expanded the portfolio and client base. [The Office Group is a dynamic and innovative business, with buildings in optimal locations operating in a market whose time has come. It’s a really hot sector and Blackstone recognises that,” Dorfman said.

“London is the leading city in the world for flexible office space and trends in the labour market show growing appetite for this type of work environment.”

Co-working businesses have been in high demand recently. SoftBank backed WeWork earlier this year, valuing the US start-up at almost $20 billion (£15.6 billion).

Rothschild advised The Office Group on the sale, originally looking for minority investors.

Blackstone, which had been looking to get into the hot flexibility office sector, opted to buy a big majority stake instead.

Blackstone’s other major property investments include Hilton Worldwide.

Please fire me. I have a collection of Japanese iwako erasers at my desk to cheer me up. My associate loudly refers to them as “the zoo” and whenever she notices a new one on my desk she sneers and says my desk is “too colorful”. Meanwhile she leaves half-eaten potatoes, apple cores and 100% brown bananas on her desk for weeks.

006: Rehearsals

Rehearsals were set that Saturday, at ten in the morning. Rachel had every intention of coming in early, to set a good impression. Except when she woke up, bundled under warm covers and cuddled up against Quinn, the sun was already high up in the sky. She came to her senses abruptly. It was five minutes to nine in the morning, and Rachel still needed time to prepare. So despite her heart telling her to stay there in the comforts of Quinn’s bed and arms, she got up anyway. She showered and got into presentable clothes in her room—a black off-shoulder top with high-cut pants, something comfortable but still could pass as good impression. She was ready to leave, but scrambled to look for a notepad and a pen on her desk. She got a bottle of water and a piece of banana from the fridge, then the box of painkillers she kept in the medicine cabinet. Quietly making her way to Quinn’s bedroom, she left her little care kit on the blonde’s bedside table and scribbled a note.

Hey. Left for rehearsals. Sorry I didn’t wake you up but you seemed tired. I’ll see you later. :) Text me for anything! - R

She omitted the part where she’d ask if she and Quinn could maybe talk when she got back, about last night. Rachel would be lying if she said she wasn’t a wee bit disappointed, but she totally understood. Maybe this would mean that nothing about them had to change. Waking up cuddled up in Quinn’s arms was more than enough for her too. Putting on some high heels for the added confidence boost, she left the apartment, purse in the hand, as she hailed a cab. Her phone hadn’t had any messages or calls from Kurt, and she told herself to call him the day after if he still doesn’t give any indication of giving in. It’s not like Rachel and Quinn did sleep together. He could suck it up.

She arrived at the building that Jenny texted her the address of. They would meet at a co-working space where they rented a small conference room for, because the theatre they were supposed to rehearse at was still undergoing some minor renovation. Some stage work, if she remembered correctly. She smiled at the brunette she got in the elevator with. The girl pressed for the fourth floor, which was Rachel’s destination as well, and the excited extrovert in her couldn’t help herself.

“Sorry, but are you going to the Night Lights rehearsals as well?“

The other brunette seemed to light up at that and she said yes, yes, oh my god I am, and that was how Rachel made her first friend from her castmates. The brunette introduced herself as Marley Rose, who played Rachel’s character’s best friend. They had already broken the ice when they arrived at the conference room where Jenny and Natasha waited. The two women had welcomed them with excited chatter, and Rachel just knew that this project would be the highlight of her year.

The rest of the four-person cast came in after them, and they did a round of introductions before they started. Rachel introduced herself as a drama major in her senior year from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, which earned a thrilled response from Jenny. Marley was a psych major at NYU as well—Rachel made a note of asking Quinn about her—who fell in love with theatre and wanted to try it out. Cassie July, an older, tanned blonde who seemed to be looking at Rachel like she was her next meal, introduced herself as a part-time dance teacher, full-time art enthusiast. Elijah Thomas, who looked like Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s twin brother, jokingly presented himself as just that, and told the group he was a struggling artist. Everyone chuckled at that—all of them, in a sense, relating to him. Jenny was a tall, redhead with tattoos on her arms, who introduced herself as the director and Natasha, the petite brunette beside her, as the writer. Jenny mentioned the two of them were a couple, “just to get it out of the way,” not without a bashful smile from the brunette. The cast aww’ed and gushed about them as Natasha blushed before she told the group to just get on with the rehearsals.

So they did. Natasha took them through the story—a short coming-of-age musical about Alex, Rachel’s character, who spends summer camp at a nearby city with her best friend, Penelope (Penny for short, Jenny chimed in), played by Marley. There she meets Cassie’s character, Samantha, one of the teachers, and Elijah’s character, Tom—Rachel snorted at that—one of the attendees of the summer camp. Natasha gave them a heads up that Rachel would be kissing both Cassie and Elijah, prompting the blonde to tease Rachel about it to the point that the brunette’s ears tinted red.

They gave the script a read-through. Jenny ordered some food for them during lunch, thankfully asking Rachel first before ordering so the diva had something vegan-friendly to eat, and spent the rest of the afternoon just getting to know each other. They were a fun group of talented people, and Rachel couldn’t wait to see the play come to life. Jenny reminded them that next rehearsal would finally be at the theatre and they’d meet on Saturday at ten in the morning again. Rachel asked the group if it was okay for her to bring her roommate, a photographer, to take some behind-the-scenes, and Natasha agreed without hesitation. It would do them good if they spread word about it on social media, too. They were let go before dinner and went their separate ways, and Rachel left with a huge grin on her lips. She hadn’t felt this pumped about anything before and she couldn’t wait to go home to tell Quinn all about it. She texted the blonde that she was on her way home. Would you like me to pick up dinner?

Please fire me. The second day on the job my manager called me and my colleague, who’s been assigned to train me, into his office to reprimand us because we were talking too much for the guy sitting in the cubicle behind me.  My colleague is now training me with signs, notes and by pantomime.