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30 December 2012 @ 11:02 pm
Late Yuletide Treasure  
I've forgotten to share my Yuletide bounty! I was very lucky, and got two stories this year:
Roughing It, a Die Hard 4 John/Matt slash story (rated R). Wonderful characterization, snarky and authentic dialogue, and a nice conflict-resolution arc.
The Fool-Proof Christmas Plan, an extra treat of Reaper fanfic, featuring work-avoidance schemes and the characters doing all the mutually thwarting things they do. :D

No one's taken me up on my offer of a free ficlet for guessing which Yuletide story was my big, unexpected extra. I'll give you another hint: it's literature-based fanfic. That narrows it down. Go ahead, you know you want to guess!

Post Xmas, I haven't gotten as much done as I intended to (big surprise). I assembled a bunch of Christopher's scattered Bionicle sets to donate to Goodwill, and have dug through a ton of LEGO and K'Nex boxes to see where some of the missing pieces are for a couple of remaining sets. I've done some yard cleanup and finished a couple of books (that's for another post). Annnnd, on Christmas, Lauren mentioned that I should change her wireless network name to something cooler than its use-location, such as FBI_WATCHVAN. So I did. My God, the squawking! Gads. I told her she'd have to wait three days before I changed it again (to let her get over herself). So, three days later she emailed me a nag and I changed it: to CREEPER_NET. That resulted in an email that began, "I bet you think you're hilarious..." Why yes, yes I do. She wants something that "will not alarm the neighbors." I don't think she realizes that grownups know that names like that are obviously jokes. ;) Fine, then—SNOOTYBOOTS it is!

New Year's Plans, anyone? Ours will be at home, with the kids, watching something on TV. Not very spectacular, but it's just nice to have some extended time off. And a slight break in the rain...

whipchickwhipchick on January 3rd, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
I need to learn how to change my network name. And now I think I'm going to call it CIA_MONITORING...
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on January 3rd, 2013 06:05 pm (UTC)
If you have access to your home router, you can change the name of the network there. We're running off of a wireless router, so name-changing is very easy (I only realized this in the past year or so). You just have to search for the available wireless networks afterwards, and re-authenticate your PC/devices with the newly-named network. But that's pretty easy.

Now, if it's wired... ideally, your PC should not care what the name of the network is, but if it does, that's less easy to change. :O

I like CIA_MONITORING, for the same reason I liked FBI_WATCHVAN. And there are other possibilities: FLIPTASTIC, CIRCUS_GOD, TRAVELER, WORDSMITH, NSA_SUBSTATION... Depends on whether you ARE trying to alarm the neighbors, or just want something suited to you. I need to change my network to something like Y DRAIG GOCH, but haven't gotten around to that yet. ;)